10-Q 1 f10q0923_cuentasinc.htm QUARTERLY REPORT

 

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED: SEPTEMBER 30, 2023

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ______________ to ______________

 

Commission File Number: 001-39973

 

CUENTAS, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Florida   20-3537265
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

235 Lincoln Rd., Suite 210, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

800-611-3622

(Registrant’s telephone number)

 

Securities registered under Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   CUEN   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Warrants, each exercisable for one share of Common Stock   CUENW   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
  Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common equity, as of the latest practicable date: As of November 14, 2023, the issuer had 2,719,668 shares of its common stock issued and outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

CUENTAS, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2023

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  
   
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance sheets as of September 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022 1
 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive loss for nine and three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 2
 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the period of nine and three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 3
 
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 5
 
Notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements 6 - 15

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

   September  30,   December  31, 
   2023   2022 
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   1,057    466 
Accounts receivables   860    209 
Related parties receivables   94    
-
 
Other current assets   94    14 
Total Current assets   2,105    689 
           
Property and equipment, net   4    6 
Investment in unconsolidated entities   3,000    776 
Intangible assets   168    28 
Total assets   5,277    1,499 
           
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)          
Current Liabilities          
Trade payable   1,412    1,231 
Other accounts liabilities   1,526    681 
Deferred revenue   130    113 
Notes and Loan payable   118    109 
Total current liabilities   3,186    2,134 
           
Other long-term loans   89    89 
Total liabilities   3,275    2,223 
           
Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)          
Common stock, 0.001 par value each: 11,076,923 shares authorized as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022; issued and outstanding 2,719,668 and 1,473,645 shares as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022.   5    4 
Additional paid-in capital   59,074    52,051 
Treasury stock   (33)   (29)
Accumulated deficit   (57,044)   (52,750)
Total stockholders’ Equity (deficit)   2,002    (724)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ Equity   5,277    1,499 

  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

   Nine months ended   Three months ended 
   September 30   September 30 
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
                 
Revenues  $1,000   $2,207   $895   $1,143 
Cost of revenues   (1,247)   (1,902)   (971)   (1,027)
Gross profit (loss)   (247)   305    (76)   116 
                     
Operating expenses                    
Amortization of Intangible assets   (13)   (1,358)   (7)   (453)
Selling, General and administrative expenses   (3,499)   (7,962)   (1,097)   (1,929)
Total Operating expenses   (3,512)   (9,320)   (1,104)   (2,382)
                     
Operating loss   (3,759)   (9,015)   (1,180)   (2,266)
                     
Other expenses                    
Other loss   (537)   (32)   -    - 
Interest income (expense)   26    (3)   (3)   1 
Gain (loss) from Change in fair value of stock-based liabilities   
-
    1    1    - 
Total other expenses   (511)   (34)   (2)   1 
                     
Net loss before equity losses   (4,270)   (9,049)   (1,182)   (2,265)
                     
Equity losses in unconsolidated entities   (24)   (36)   (5)   (10)
Net loss  $(4,294)  $(9,085)  $(1,187)  $(2,275)
                     
Loss per share (basic and diluted)
   (2.09)   (7.69)   (0.53)   (1.84)
                     
Basic and diluted weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding
   2,052,604    1,180,986    2,227,973    1,233,624 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CUENTAS, INC. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Additional
paid-in
capital
   Treasury
stock
   Accumulated
deficit
   Total
stockholders’
equity
(deficit)
 
                         
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2022   1,473,645    4    52,051    (29)   (52,750)   (724)
Issuance of Shares of Common Stock for cash, net of issuance expenses (**)   907,679    1    6,033    
-
    
-
    6,034 
Share based Compensation   43,144    *    290    -    
-
    290 
Issuance of Shares of Common due to acquisition of an asset   295,282    *    700    -    
-
    700 
Treasury stock   (227)   *    -    (4)   -    (4)
Reverse split   145    
-
    -    -    
-
    
-
 
Net loss for the period ended September 30, 2023   -    
-
    -    -    (4,294)   (4,294)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2023   2,719,668    5    59,074    (33)   (57,044)   2,002 

 

(*)represents amount less than $1 thousand.
(**)Issuance expenses totaled to $1,000.

 

   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Additional
paid-in
capital
   Treasury
stock
   Accumulated
deficit
   Total
stockholders’
equity
(deficit)
 
                         
BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2023   2,103,365    4    57,357    (33)   (55,857)   1,471 
Share based Compensation   -    -    3    -    -    3 
Issuance of Shares of Common Stock for cash, net of issuance expenses (**)   616,303    1*   1,714    
-
    
-
    1,715 
Net loss for the period ended September 30, 2023   -    -    -    -    (1,187)   (1,187)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2023   2,719,668    5    59,074    (33)   (57,044)   2,002 

 

(*)represents amount less than $1 thousand.
(**)Issuance expenses totaled to $319.

 

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CUENTAS, INC. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Additional
paid-in
capital
   Treasury
stock
   Accumulated
deficit
   Total
stockholders’
equity
(deficit)
 
                         
BALANCE AT DECEMBER 31, 2021   1,151,207    15    47,654            -    (38,219)   9,450 
Issuance of Shares of Common Stock for cash, net of issuance expenses (**)   127,308    1    2,687    
-
    
-
    2,688 
Share based Compensation   -    -    881    -    
-
    881 
Shares issued for services   7,693    *   667    -    -    667 
Net loss for the period ended September 30, 2022   -    -    -    
-
    (9,085)   (9,085)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2022   1,286,208    16    51,889    -    (47,304)   4,601 

 

(*)represents amount less than $1 thousand.
(**)Issuance expenses totaled to $312.

 

   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Additional
paid-in
capital
   Treasury
stock
   Accumulated
deficit
   Total
stockholders’
equity
(deficit)
 
                         
BALANCE AT JUNE 30, 2022   1,158,900    15    48,858    -    (45,029)   3,844 
Issuance of Shares of Common Stock for cash, net of issuance expenses (**)   127,308    1    2,687    
-
    
-
    2,688 
Share based Compensation   -    -    344    -    
-
    344 
Net loss for the period ended September 30, 2023   -    -    
-
    
-
    (2,275)   (2,275)
BALANCE AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2022   1,286,208    16    51,889    -    (47,304)   4,601 

 

(*)represents amount less than $1 thousand.
(**)Issuance expenses totaled to $312.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

   Nine months ended 
   September 30, 
   2023   2022 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Loss for the period   (4,294)   (9,085)
Adjustments required to reconcile net loss for the period to net cash used in operating activities:          
Stock based compensation, shares issued for services and settlement   290    1,548 
Equity losses in non-consolidated entity   24    36 
Interest   9    9 
Impairment of an investment in an unconsolidated entity   537    
-
 
Loss (gain) from Change in on fair value of stock-based liabilities   -    (2)
Depreciation and amortization expense   14    1,358 
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:          
Increase in accounts receivable   (651)   (486)
decrease (Increase) in other current assets   (5)   105 
Increase in accounts payable   106    406 
Decrease in other accounts liabilities   879    (136)
Related Parties, net   (127)   
-
 
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue   17    (276)
Net cash used in operating activities   (3,201)   (6,523)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:          
Investment in unconsolidated entities   (2,085)   (657)
Purchase of equipment   
-
    (7)
Purchase of intangible asset   (153)   - 
Net cash used in investing activities   (2,238)   (664)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCE ACTIVITIES:          
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance expense   6,034    2,688 
Treasury stock   (4)   
-
 
Net cash provided by finance activities   6,030    2,688 
           
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   591    (4,499)
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD   466    6,607 
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD   1,057    2,108 
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
Investment in unconsolidated entity against accounts receivables   
-
    233 
Issuance of Shares of common stock for investment in unconsolidated entity   700    
-
 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statement.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

 

Cuentas, Inc. (the “Company”) together with its subsidiaries, is mainly focused on financial technology (“FINTECH”) services, delivering mobile financial services, prepaid debit and digital content services to unbanked, underbanked and underserved communities. During 2023-Q1, the Company initiated its first investment into the Real Estate market and, made its second, more significant investment in Real Estate in the second quarter of 2023. The Company derived its revenue from GPR “Debit” Card fees and the sales of prepaid products and services including third party digital content, gift cards, remittances, mobile phone topups and other digital services.   Additionally, the Company has an agreement with Interactive Communications International, Inc. (“InComm”) a leading processor of general purpose reloadable (“GPR”) debit cards, to market and distribute a line of prepaid digital content and gift cards targeted towards the Latin American market. Cuentas is able to purchase InComm’s prepaid digital content and gift cards at a discount and resell these same products in real time through its mobile app and through the Cuentas SDI network of over 31,000 bodegas. Cuentas is able to offer these digital products to the public through its mobile app and the Cuentas SDI distribution network, many at discounted prices, while making a small profit margin which varies from product to product.

 

The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida on September 21, 2005 to act as a holding company for its subsidiaries. Its subsidiary is Meimoun and Mammon, LLC (100% owned) (“M&M”), Tel3, a business segment of the Company, provides prepaid calling cards to consumers directly and operates in a complimentary space as Meimoun and Mammon, LLC. The Company invested $46, of which $20 were invested during 2023, for 50% of CUENTASMAX LLC which installs WiFi6 shared network (“WSN”) systems in locations in the New York metropolitan tristate area using access points and small cells to provide users with access to the WSN.

 

On February 3, 2023, the Company entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (MIPA) with Core Development Holdings Corporation (“Core”). Core holds approximately 29.3% of 4280 Lakewood Road Manager, LLC (“Lakewood Manager”), which in turn owns 86.45% of the membership interests in 4280 Lakewood Road, LLC (“4280 Project”), an affordable multi-family real estate project located in Lake Worth, Florida. Core agreed to sell to the Company 6% of its interest in the Lakewood Manager to the Company in exchange for 295,282 shares of the Company’s common stock, representing 19.99% of the then outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock. The 6% equity in the Lakewood Manager was valued at approximately $700. The Company closed this transaction on or about March 9, 2023.

 

The company used the measurement alternative which provides an accounting framework for valuing an equity security investment in the absence of a readily determinable fair value. Accordingly, the investment was accounted for at a cost basis.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

On April 13, 2023, the Company signed an Operating Agreement to be a majority member in Brooksville Development Partners, LLC (“Brooksville”) with 2 minority members for the purpose of acquiring land for the development of a residential apartment community consisting of approximately 360 apartments. All real and personal property owned by Brooksville shall be owned by Brooksville as an entity, and neither the Members nor the Manager will have any ownership interest in such property. One of the minority members will be the manager of the project.

 

On April 28, 2023, the Company and minority partners in Brooksville closed on the transaction to acquire a 21.8 acre site for development of the Brooksville project. The Company had deposited an “Initial Capital Contribution” of $2,000 into a title insurance escrow account which was released from escrow by the Title Agent to fund the balance of the purchase price of the Vacant Land, together with a $3,050 bank loan to Brooksville from Republic Bank of Chicago. The Company is currently a 63% interest holder in Brooksville but that may change in the future if the Company is not able to raise sufficient financing to complete the project. Since the Company does not manage or control the LLC and its losses are limited to the cost amount, the Brooksville transaction was accounted for as an investment in an unconsolidated entity in accordance with ASC 323, using the equity method of accounting with the Company as the acquirer. 

 

NASDAQ

 

On June 21, 2022, the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Staff (the “Staff”) issued the Company a delist letter citing its failure to comply with the minimum bid price requirement under Listing Rule 5550(a)(2). In accordance with Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company was provided 180 calendar days, or until December 19, 2022, to regain compliance with Rule 5550(a)(2). On December 20, 2022, the Staff notified the Company that it had determined to delist the Company as it did not comply with bid price requirement for listing on the Exchange. On April 14, 2023, the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Staff issued the Company a compliance letter citing that that the Company had regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.

 

On August 18, 2023, the Company received a deficiency letter from Nasdaq Regulation stating that based upon its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2023 which reported shareholders’ equity of $1,471, the Company was not in compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5550(b)(1) which requires the Company to maintain shareholders’ equity of not less than $2,500 for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.

 

On October 3 2023, the Company received a Staff Determination Letter from Nasdaq Regulation stating that due to the Company’s failure by October 2, 2023, to submit a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1), the $2,500 stockholders’ equity requirement, the Company would be subject to delisting unless it timely requests a hearing before a Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”). The Company has requested a hearing before the Panel which is scheduled to be held on December 7, 2023. The hearing request will stay any suspension or delisting action through the hearing and the expiration of any additional extension granted by the Panel following the hearing. In that regard, pursuant to the Nasdaq Listing Rules, the Panel has the discretion to grant the Company an extension not to exceed April 1, 2024. Notwithstanding, there can be no assurance that the Panel will grant the Company an extension or that the Company will ultimately regain compliance with all applicable requirements for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

REVERSE SPLIT

 

On March 24, 2023, the Company completed a reverse stock split of its common stock. As a result of the reverse stock split, the following changes have occurred (i) every thirteen shares of common stock have been combined into one share of common stock; (ii) the number of authorized shares of common stock has been proportionately reduced; (iii) the number of shares of common stock underlying each common stock option or common stock warrant have been proportionately decreased on a 1-for-13 basis, and (iv) the exercise price of each such outstanding stock option and common warrant has been proportionately increased on a 1-for-13 basis. Accordingly, all option numbers, share numbers, warrant numbers, share prices, warrant prices, exercise prices and losses per share have been adjusted within these consolidated financial statements, on a retroactive basis, to reflect this 1-for-13 reverse stock split.

 

GOING CONCERN

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As of September 30, 2023, the Company had $1,057 in cash and cash equivalents, $1,081 in negative working capital, shareholder’s equity of $2,002 and an accumulated deficit of $57,044. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon raising capital from financing transactions and revenue from operations. Management anticipates their business will require substantial additional investments that have not yet been secured. Management is continuing in the process of fund raising in the private equity and capital markets as the Company will need to finance future activities. These financial statements do not include any adjustments that may be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

SECURITIES OFFERING

 

On February 6, 2023, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with an institutional investor (the “Investor”) for the purpose of raising approximately $5,000 in gross proceeds for the Company. Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to sell, in a registered direct offering, an aggregate of (i) 163,344 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock (“Common Stock”) and (ii) pre-warrants to purchase up to 128,031 shares of Common Stock (the “Pre-Funded Warrants” and such shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Pre-Funded Warrants, the “Pre-Funded Warrant Shares”) and, in a concurrent private placement, warrants (the “Purchase Warrants”) to purchase 291,375 shares of Common Stock (the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Purchase Warrants, the “Purchase Warrant Shares”). The combined purchase price per Share and Purchase Warrant is $17.16 and the combined purchase price per Pre-Funded Warrant and Purchase Warrant of $17.16. The Pre-Funded Warrants were sold, in lieu of shares of Common Stock, to any Investor whose purchase of shares of Common Stock in the Registered Offering would otherwise result in such Investor, together with its affiliates and certain related parties, beneficially owning more than 4.99% (or, at such Investor’s option upon issuance, 9.99%) of the Company’s outstanding Common Stock immediately following the consummation of the Registered Offering. Each Pre-Funded Warrant represents the right to purchase one share of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.0013 per share. As of March 31, 2023 the Pre-Funded Warrants were exercised in full. The Purchase Warrants will be exercisable on or before August 5, 2023 and will expire on August 5, 2028 at an exercise price of $17.36 per share. The closing of the sales of these securities under the Purchase Agreement occurred on or about February 8, 2023. H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC (“Wainwright”) acted as exclusive placement agent for the offering pursuant to an engagement agreement between the Company and Wainwright dated as of December 13, 2022.

 

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CUENTAS, INC.

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

As compensation for such placement agent services, the Company agreed to pay Wainwright an aggregate cash fee equal to 7.0% of the gross proceeds received by the Company from the offering, plus a management fee equal to 1.0% of the gross proceeds received by the Company from the offerings, a non-accountable expense of $65 and $16 for clearing expenses. The Company has also agreed to issue to Wainwright or its designees warrants to purchase 20,397 shares of Common Stock (the “PA Warrants” and the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the PA Warrants, the “PA Warrant Shares”). The PA Warrants have a term of five years from the issuance date and have an exercise price of $23.17 per share. The net proceeds to the Company from the registered direct offering and concurrent private placement, after deducting the Placement Agent’s fees and expenses and the Company’s offering expenses were $4,319.

 

On August 21, 2023, the Company entered into a common stock warrant exercise inducement offer letter (the “Inducement Letter”) with a certain holder (the “Holder”) of existing warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $7.67 per share, issued on August 8, 2022 and of the Purchase Warrants having an exercise price of $17.16 per share which were issued on February 8, 2023 (together, the “Existing Warrants”). Pursuant to the Inducement Letter, the Holder agreed to exercise for cash its Existing Warrants to purchase an aggregate of 616,303 shares of the Company’s common stock, at a reduced exercised price of $3.30 per share, in consideration for the Company’s agreement to issue a new warrant (the “Inducement Warrant”), to purchase up to 1,232,606 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $3.30, subject to certain anti-dilution adjustments. The Inducement Warrant is exercisable for five and a half years commencing on the date shareholders of the Company approve the issuance of the Inducement Warrant (“Shareholder Approval”) under applicable rules of Nasdaq. The Company received aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $2,033,799 from the exercise of the Existing Warrants by the Holder and the sale of the Inducement Warrants, before deducting placement agent fees and other offering expenses payable by the Company. The Company engaged H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC (“Wainwright”) to act as its exclusive placement agent in connection with the transactions summarized above and paid Wainwright a cash fee of $142,366 (7.0% of the gross proceeds received from the exercise of the Existing Warrants) as well as a management fee of $20,338 (1.0% of the gross proceeds from the exercise of the Existing Warrants). The Company also paid Wainwright $65,000 for non-accountable expenses and $15,950 as a closing fee. The Company also issued to designees of Wainwright warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 43,141 shares of common stock of the Company having the same terms as the Inducement Warrant except for an exercise price equal to $4.455 per share.

 

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

Basis of presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries, prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, the financial statements presented herein have not been audited by an independent registered public accounting firm but include all material adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair statement of the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows for the for nine-months ended September 30, 2023. However, these results are not necessarily indicative of results for any other interim period or for the year ended December 31, 2023. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires the Company to make certain estimates and assumptions for the reporting periods covered by the financial statements. These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. Actual amounts could differ from these estimates.

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been omitted pursuant to the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023 (the “2022 Form 10-K”). For further information, reference is made to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the 2022 Form 10-K.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company include the Company and its wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries. All inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, certain revenues and expenses, and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Fair Value Measurement

 

Fair value is the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Fair value is estimated by applying the following hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into three levels, and bases the categorization within the hierarchy upon the lowest level of input that is available and significant to the fair value measurement:

 

Level 1: Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities.

 

Level 2: Observable inputs other than those included in Level 1. For example, quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in inactive markets.

 

Level 3: Significant unobservable inputs reflecting management’s own assumptions about the inputs used in pricing the asset or liability.

 

Our financial instruments consist of cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued expenses, notes payables, and other accrued liabilities. The carrying value of these instruments approximates fair value as a result of the short duration of such instruments or due to the variability of the interest cost associated with such instruments.

  

Recently issued accounting standards

 

In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, “Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments.” This updated guidance sets forth a current expected credit loss model based on expected losses. Under this model, an entity recognizes an allowance for expected credit losses based on historical experience, current conditions and forecasted information rather than the current methodology of delaying recognition of credit losses until it is probable a loss has been incurred. This guidance becomes effective for the Company beginning in interim periods starting in fiscal year 2023. The impact of adopting the new standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Other accounting standards that have been issued or proposed by the FASB or other standards-setting bodies that do not require adoption until a future date are not expected to have a material impact on our financial statements upon adoption.

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 3 – STOCK OPTIONS

 

The following table presents the Company’s stock option activity for the nine months ended September 30, 2023:

  

   Number of
Options
   Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
 
Outstanding at December 31,2022   128,477    56.44 
Granted   
-
    
-
 
Exercised   
-
    
-
 
Forfeited or expired   (8,862)   186.55 
Outstanding at September 30,2023   119,615    48.86 
Number of options exercisable at September 30, 2023   115,766    36.82 

 

The aggregate intrinsic value of the awards outstanding as of September 30, 2023 is $0.  These amounts represent the total intrinsic value, based on the Company’s stock price of $1.4 as of September 30, 2023, less the weighted exercise price.

 

The stock options outstanding as of September 30, 2023, have been separated into exercise prices, as follows:

 

Exercise price   Stock options
outstanding
   Weighted average
remaining contractual
life – years
   Stock options
exercisable
 
    As of September 30, 2023 
 67.99    1,538    0.52    1,538 
 36.40    118,077    8.18    114,228 
      119,615        

115,766

 

 

The stock options outstanding as of September 30, 2022, have been separated into exercise prices, as follows:

 

Exercise price   Stock options
outstanding
   Weighted average
remaining contractual
life – years
   Stock options
vested
 
    As of September 30, 2023 
 186.55    6,093    0.49    6,093 
 97.50    2,769    0.96    2,769 
 67.99    1,538    1.49    1,538 
 36.40    125,770    9.13    77,693 
      136,170        88,093 

 

Compensation expense recorded by the Company in respect of its stock-based compensation awards for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was $34 and for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was $3. These expenses are included in General and Administrative expenses in the Statements of Operations. 

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 4 – RELATED PARTIES

 

A. Transactions with related parties

  

   Nine months ended
September 30
   Three months ended
September 30
 
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
Sales:                
Sales to SDI Cuentas LLC   52    1,634    22    902 
Sales to Next Communications INC (a company controlled by Arik Maimon  Company's Chairman of the Board and CEO) (a)   860    
-
    860    
-
 
Total sales to related parties   912    1,634    882    902 

  

B. Due from related parties:

 

   As of
September  30,
   As of
December  31,
 
   2023   2022 
Arik Maimon (Chairman of the Board and the CEO)   44    
-
 
Michael De Prado (Vice Chairman of the Board and President)   50    
-
 
Current assets - Related parties   94    
-
 
           
Next Communications INC (a company controlled by Arik Maimon Company's Chairman of the Board and CEO)   860    
-
 
SDI Cuentas LLC.   
-
    198 
Current assets – Accounts receivables   860    198 
           
Total Due from related parties   1,055    198 

 

(a)On June 26, 2009 the Company and Next Communications INC (“Next”) entered into Bilateral Wholesale Carrier Agreement according to which the Company and Next will provide and purchase from time to time telecommunications transport services from each other and to other carriers at price determined in the agreement and as may mutually change from time to time. The Agreement shall continue on a month-to-month basis unless either Party notifies the other in writing not less than 30 days prior of its intent to terminate this Agreement

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 5 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

From time to time, the Company may become involved in various lawsuits and legal proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of business. However, litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and an adverse result in these or other matters may arise from time to time that may harm our business.

 

On May 1, 2019, the Company received a notice of demand for arbitration from Secure IP Telecom, Inc. (“Secure IP), who allegedly had a Reciprocal Carrier Services Agreement (“RCS”) exclusively with Limecom and not with the Company. The arbitration demand originated from another demand for arbitration that Secure IP received from VoIP Capital International (“VoIP”) in March 2019, demanding $1,053 in damages allegedly caused by unpaid receivables that Limecom assigned to VoIP based on the RCS. On or about October 5, 2020, the trial court appointed a receiver over Limecom, Inc. (“Limecom”) in the matter of Spectrum Intelligence Communications Agency, LLC. v. Limecom, Inc., case no. 2018-027150-CA-01 pending in the 11th Circuit for Miami-Dade County, Florida. On June 5, 2020, Secure IP Telecom, Inc. (“Secure IP”) filed a complaint against Limecom, Heritage Ventures Limited (“Heritage”), an unrelated third party and owner of Limecom, and the Company, case no. 20-11972-CA-01. Secure IP alleges that the Company received certain transfers from Limecom during the period that the Company wholly owned Limecom that may be an avoidable under Florida Statute § 725.105. On July 13, 2021, the two cases were consolidated, and are now pending before the same trial court under the former case number. The Company has answered and denied any liability with respect to both complaints. To the extent the Company has exposure for any transfers from Limecom, Heritage has indemnified the Company for any such liability and the Company has a pending cross-claim against Heritage for purposes of enforcing the indemnification obligation. A review of the books and records of the Company reflect aggregate transfers from Limecom to the Company or its affiliates of less than $600. The Company’s books and records reflect that the Company fully reimbursed Limecom through direct payment of expenses of Limecom and through issuance of shares by the Company to employees or other vendors on behalf of Limecom for settlement and release of claims the employees or vendors may have asserted against Limecom. The books and records of the Company therefore do not reflect an identifiable avoidable transfer, but this analysis may change as the discovery process continues. As of September 30, 2023, the Company accrued $300 thousand due to this matter.

 

On October 4, 2022, Crosshair Media Placement, LLC, a Kentucky based marketing company, filed and served a complaint on Cuentas for breach of contract alleging breach of contract damages of $630, which case remains pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, case no. 3:22-CV-512-CHB. On November 8, 2022, filed a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and a Motion to Change Venue. On May 9, 2023, the Company and the plaintiff attended a court settlement conference before the federal magistrate judge presiding over the matter. The parties reached a settlement that the Company will make the following payments to fully resolve the matter: $50 on or about June 1, $20 on or about July 1, and nine equal $15 monthly payments due the first of each month, then a final payment of $425 due May 1, 2024. As of September 30, 2023 the Company had paid $115 to the plaintiff under the above referenced settlement agreement.

 

On February 8, 2023, a former employee of the Company, filed a complaint for breach of employment agreement alleging the Company failed to pay her certain compensation she alleges she was entitled to upon her resignation.. The Company and the employee are discussing a settlement agreement and estimates that the maximum amount the Company will be required to pay will not exceed $30.

 

On April 1, 2021 the Company executed a lease for office space effective April 1, 2021. The lease requires monthly rental payments of $9.

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

On July 14, 2023, the Company entered into an agreement with OLB and Cuentas-SDI (the “OLB Agreement”) in which OLB agreed to cause Cuentas-SDI to enter into an agreement with the Company pursuant to which Cuentas-SDI would agree to pay the Company $229 to satisfy outstanding invoices and, subject to the Company’s receipt of the first $100, for the Company to restore the services it had previously provided Cuentas-SDI on a purchase or services order basis (the “Payment Agreement”). On July 14, 2023 the Company and Cuentas-SDI entered into the Payment Agreement pursuant to which Cuentas-SDI agreed to pay amounts due under the outstanding invoices in the amount of $229. As of September 30, 2023, Cuentas-SDI has paid the Company $121. The balance is payable in monthly installments of $21 through and including January 1, 2024.

 

NOTE 6 – SEGMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The Company reports segment information based on the “management” approach. The management approach designates the internal reporting used by management for making decisions and assessing performance as the source of the Company’s reportable operating segments. The Company manages its business primarily on a product basis. The accounting policies of the various segments are the same as those described in Note 2, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.” The Company evaluates the performance of its reportable operating segments based on net sales and gross profit.

 

A. Revenue by product:

 

   Nine months ended
September 30,
   Three months ended
September 30,
 
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
                 
Telecommunications   57    484    22    166 
Wholesale telecommunication services (1)   

860

    
-
    

860

    
-
 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   83    1,723    13    977 
    1,000    2,207    895    1,143 

 

B. Gross profit (loss) by product:

 

   Nine months ended
September 30,
   Three months ended
September 30,
 
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
                 
Telecommunications   (167)   297    (40)   97 
Wholesale telecommunication services   6    
-
    6    
-
 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   (86)   8    (42)   19 
    (247)   305    (76)   116 

 

  (1) On July 17, 2023 the Company and ASAL Communication, S.A. DE C.V ("ASAL") entered into an Interconnection Agreement according to which ASAL shall provide the Company intermediary telecommunication services consisting of data, voice and other traffic though ASAL's public telecommunication network, in order to terminate them in Mexico at price determined in the agreement and as may mutually change from time to time. The agreement shall be in effect for the initial period of one year and may be terminated by either party after the laps of the initial period by providing a written notice of termination of at least 90 days in advance

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

 

NOTE 7 – OTHER LOSS

 

Other loss is mainly composed from impairment of an investment of $537 in Cuentas SDI. On June 15, 2023, The OLB Group, Inc. entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement dated as of June 15, 2023 with SDI Black 001, LLC whereby it acquired 80.01% of the membership interests of Cuentas SDI, LLC for a purchase price of $850. This purchase price resulted with an Impairment of an investment of $537 in Cuentas SDI.

 

NOTE 8 – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

On October 16, 2023, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the execution and delivery of a binding term sheet (the “Term Sheet”) with UCG, Inc., the holder of 75% of the issued and outstanding shares of World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTC:WHEN). Pursuant to the terms of the Term Sheet, the Company will acquire 75% of the shares of WHEN in exchange for the issuance to UCG of that number of shares of the Company which will represent 50% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company on a fully diluted basis. It is contemplated that within the following 45 days, the parties will complete their due diligence processes and execute definitive agreements incorporating the terms of the Term Sheet. The share exchange is contingent on obtaining the approval of Nasdaq and the shareholders of the Company to the contemplated transaction, the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission of a registration statement on Form S-4, an independent third-party appraisal of the value of the WHEN shares, the grant by the Nasdaq Stock Market of an extension at least through April 1, 2024 for the Company to comply with Nasdaq’s minimum stockholder equity requirements and other customary closing conditions. The parties agreed to use their best efforts to consummate the transaction as soon as practicable, but not later than December 15, 2023 unless extended in writing. Either party has the right to terminate to terminate the Term Sheet if the closing does not occur on or before said date or the parties are unable to enter into a definitive stock purchase agreement before expiration of the 45-day diligence period.

 

The Term Sheet further provides that each of Giora Rozensweig, the interim CEO of WHEN, George Baumeohl, a director of WHEN and a principal of UCG, Arik Maimon, CEO and President of the Company and Michael De Prado, the President of the Company, shall enter into stockholders agreement whereby the parties agree to certain matters relating to the management of the Company.

 

Upon the consummation of the share exchange contemplated by the Term Sheet, the board of directors of the Company shall be increased to nine members. UCG and the Company Shareholders will each designate two members, with the remaining five independent directors to be nominated by mutual agreement of UCG and the Company Shareholders.

 

The Term Sheet also contemplates that at the closing of the share exchange, the Company may enter into employment agreements with Giora Rozensweig, the interim CEO of WHEN, who shall be designated as co-Executive Chairman of the Company Board. The agreement will be on the same terms and conditions as the current Company’s Chairman and CEO, and/or co-CEO of the Company and an additional WHEN designated person shall serve in a senior capacity as an officer of the Company.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations together with our financial statements and the related notes included elsewhere in this Form 10-Q and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. Some of the information contained in this discussion and analysis, particularly with respect to our plans and strategy for our business and related financing, includes forward-looking statements within the meanings of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, including statements regarding expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies for the future. When used in this report, the terms “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and words or phrases of similar import, as they relate to our company or our management, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We intend that all forward-looking statements be subject to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and reflect our views as of the date they are made with respect to future events and financial performance, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise, nor do we have a policy of updating or revising, any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable law. Forward-looking statements are subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of several factors including those set forth under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and in subsequent reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

The Company notes that in addition to the description of historical facts contained herein, this report contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties as detailed herein and from time to time in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those, described in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, among others: (a) the Company’s fluctuations in sales and operating results; (b) regulatory, competitive and contractual risks; (c) development risks; (d) the ability to achieve strategic initiatives, including but not limited to the ability to achieve sales growth across the business segments through a combination of enhanced sales force, new products, and customer service; and (e) pending litigation.

 

OVERVIEW AND OUTLOOK

 

The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida on September 21, 2005 to act as an operational company and as a holding company for its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries are Meimoun and Mammon, LLC (100% owned) (“M&M”),Tel3, a business segment of the Company provides prepaid calling cards to consumers directly and operates in a complimentary space as Meimoun and Mammon, LLC. The Company also owns 50% of CUENTASMAX LLC which is a joint venture and installs WiFi6 shared network (“WSN”) systems in locations in the New York metropolitan tristate area using access points and small cells to provide users with access to the WSN.

 

The Company mainly invests in financial technology and engages in use of certain licensed technology to provide innovative telecommunications, mobility, and remittance solutions to unserved, unbanked, and emerging markets. The Company uses proprietary technology and certain licensed technology to provide innovative telecommunications and telecommunications mobility and remittance solutions in emerging markets. The Company also offers wholesale telecommunications minutes and prepaid telecommunications minutes to consumers through its Tel3 division. Since the first quarter of 2023, the Company has made a number of equity investments in real estate projects in Florida. Cuentas partners with leading edge developers and construction technology companies to create sustainable, inclusive and affordable residential communities specifically designed to provide high quality housing alternatives at extremely competitive pricing. The Company’s goal is to source land zoned and ready for development of multi-family buildings in strategic areas where rental prices are increasing dramatically, placing financial stress and pressure on working class families. The Company believe that providing affordable apartments to the Hispanic Latino and other immigrant communities in Florida will enable us to introduce them our fintech solutions and generate revenue. We believe that providing affordable apartments to the Hispanic Latino and other immigrant communities in Florida will enable us to introduce them our fintech solutions and generate revenue.

 

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On March 7, 2023, the Company acquired a six percent (6%) equity interest in Lakewood Village from Core Development Holdings Corporation (“Core”), pursuant to a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (“MIPA”), in exchange for 295,282 shares of Common Stock, representing approximately19.99% of the then outstanding shares of Common Stock. Core holds approximately 29.3% of 4280 Lakewood Road Manager, LLC (“Lakewood Manager”), which in turn owns 86.45% of the membership interests in 4280 Lakewood Road, LLC (“4280 Project”), an affordable multi-family real estate project located in Lake Worth, Florida. Lakewood Manager, an affiliate of RENCo USA, Inc. (“Renco”), is constructing the 4280 Lakewood Project with RENCO Structural Building System, a proprietary composite structural system distributed by Renco. Lakewood Village is the first sustainable rental housing project developed in the US using a patented MCFR Mineral Composite Fiber Reinforced Construction Technology that has been approved for hurricane-prone areas as such in Florida. The Lakewood Village project is an affordable multi-family real estate development located in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, consisting of 96 apartments that have two and three bedrooms.

 

In March 2023, the Company signed a 10 year supply agreement with Renco to provide Renco’s patented building materials for new, sustainable rental housing projects. Renco is an innovative green construction technology company that has a patented MCFR (Mineral Composite Fiber Reinforced) Construction System which provides cost efficiency, reduced build time, and sustainable benefits. Renco’s system is hurricane proof up to Category 5, which is a major benefit for developing housing projects in the South Florida market and other hurricane prone areas where we are planning to develop projects. Renco’s system is also earthquake resistant. Renco has the exclusive rights in the USA to the patented building process. The Renco Wall, Floor and Roofing System is a unique MCFR Building System that creates interlocking, fiber reinforced, composite building blocks and other construction related products that can be connected in an almost limitless variety of designs. Renco’s system can be used to create homes, apartment buildings, hotels, office buildings, warehouses, infrastructure products.

 

On April 13, 2023, the Company signed an Operating Agreement to be a majority member in Brooksville Development Partners, LLC (“Brooksville”) with 2 minority members for the purpose of acquiring land for the development of a residential apartment community consisting of approximately 360 apartments. All real and personal property owned by Brooksville will be owned by Brooksville as an entity. One of the minority members will be the manager of the project.

 

On April 28, 2023, the Company and minority partners in Brooksville closed on the transaction to acquire a 21.8 acre site for development of the Brooksville project. Cuentas had deposited as an initial capital contribution $2,000,000.00 (Two Million Dollars) into a title insurance escrow account which was released from escrow by the Title Agent to fund the balance of the purchase price of the Vacant Land, together with a $3.05 million bank loan from Republic Bank of Chicago. Brooksville owns the Vacant Land, free and clear of any liens, claims and encumbrances with the sole exception being the Republic Bank loan. The Company is currently a 63% interest holder in Brooksville but that may change in the future if the Company is not able to raise sufficient financing to complete the project. On June 29, 2023, the Company contributed additional $64,000 contribution for further development of the project.

 

In April 2023, CIMA, which provided maintenance and support services for our technology platform, shut down access to the platform as we were transitioning to a new, improved platform. During the first quarter of 2023, we reduced product availability to Cuentas-SDI to allow Cuentas-SDI to catch up on its payments and during the second quarter of 2023 we curtailed all services to Cuentas-SDI and marketing initiatives with Cuentas-SDI due to its inability to reduce its debt significantly. These disruptions to our fintech solutions and technology business were a major reason for the decline in revenue between the Q1-Q2 periods in 2022 and 2023. In May 2023, The OLB Group (NASDAQ: OLB) (“OLB”) terminated a Software Licensing and Transaction Sharing Agreement with the Company for the purpose of upgrading the Cuentas Mobile App and digital distribution system. In June 2023, OLB acquired 80.01% of Cuentas-SDI. In July 2023, the Company and Cuentas-SDI settled certain payment issues and renewed discussions and cooperation to re-open the digital distribution network and systems through Cuentas-SDI’s convenience store distribution network of over 31,000 locations, including many across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri State area. On July 14, 2023, the Company entered into an agreement with OLB and Cuentas-SDI (the “OLB Agreement”) in which OLB agreed to cause Cuentas-SDI to enter into an agreement with the Company pursuant to which Cuentas-SDI would agree to pay the Company $228,752 to satisfy outstanding invoices and, subject to the Company’s receipt of the first $100,373, for the Company to restore the services it had previously provided Cuentas-SDI on a purchase or services order basis (the “Payment Agreement”). On July 14, 2023 the Company and Cuentas-SDI entered into the Payment Agreement pursuant to which Cuentas-SDI agreed to pay amounts due under the outstanding invoices in the amount of $228,752. To date, Cuentas-SDI has paid the Company $142,666. The balance is payable in four monthly installments of $21,333 commencing September 1, 2023.

 

OUTLOOK

 

Business Environment

 

We are mainly a technology payment platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of under-bank and unbanked individuals. During 2023-Q1, the Company initiated its first investment into the Real Estate market and recently, made its second, more significant investment in Real Estate. We believe in providing simple, affordable, secure and reliable financial services and digital payments to help our customers to achieve their financial goals. The Company’s real estate investments are intended to broaden its reach into the unbanked, underbanked and underserved communities by using a patented, low cost, sustainable technology that should allow it to provide reasonably priced rental apartments to working class residents who have been priced out of rental communities due to severe rent price hikes in Florida and other areas in the US.

 

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We strive to increase our relevance for consumers, and family to access and move their money anywhere in the world, anytime, on any platform and through any device (e.g., mobile, tablets, personal computers or wearables). We provide safer and simpler ways for businesses of all sizes to accept payments from merchant websites, mobile devices and applications, and at offline retail locations through a wide range of payment solutions. We also facilitate person to person payments through Cuentas GPR Card.

  

We operate globally and in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment characterized by a heightened regulatory focus on all aspects of the payments industry. That focus continues to become even more heightened as regulators on a global basis focus on such important issues as countering terrorist financing, anti-money laundering, privacy and consumer protection. Some of the laws and regulations to which we are subject were enacted recently and the laws and regulations applicable to us, including those enacted prior to the advent of digital and mobile payments, are continuing to evolve through legislative and regulatory action and judicial interpretation. Non-compliance with laws and regulations, increased penalties and enforcement actions related to non-compliance, changes in laws and regulations or their interpretation, and the enactment of new laws and regulations applicable to us could have a material adverse impact on our business, results of operations and financial condition. Therefore, we monitor these areas closely to ensure compliant solutions for our customers who depend on us.

 

Industry Trends

 

Our industry is dynamic and highly competitive, with frequent changes in both technologies and business models. Each industry shift is an opportunity to conceive new products, new technologies, or new ideas that can further transform the industry and our business. At Cuentas, we push the boundaries of what is possible through a broad range of research and development activities that seek to anticipate the changing demands of customers, industry trends and competitive forces. The Company’s entrance into the real estate market should allow it to provide reasonably priced rental apartments to working class residents who should benefit from Cuentas’ financial solutions in parallel with the residential solutions.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Comparison of the nine months ended September 30, 2023 to the nine months ended September 30, 2022

 

Revenue

 

The Company generates revenues through the sale and distribution of Digital products, General Purpose Reloadable Cards, wholesale telecommunication services and other related telecom services. Revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2023, totaled $1,000,000 compared to $2,207,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease in our sales of digital products and General-Purpose Reloadable Cards is mainly due to decreasing our sales with Cuentas SDI including online and other marketing initiatives, including but not limited to distribution agreements partially offset by increase in wholesale telecommunication services in the amount of $860,000 from our Bilateral Wholesale Carrier Agreement with Next Communications INC. a company controlled by Arik Maimon our Chairman of the Board and our CEO. The decrease in our sales of digital products and General-Purpose Reloadable Cards is mainly due to reducing our cooperation with Cuentas SDI including online and other marketing initiatives. The decrease in our sales of telecommunications products is mainly due to reducing our activities in this segment. The Company has studied and evaluated its previous mobile phone offerings and has modified its mobile phone program to be aggressively priced within marketing standards that have been proven to be successful by other prepaid cellular carriers in the US. The Company has invested the past 12 months to re-organize its “Cuentas Mobile” prepaid cellular phone service offering, website and marketing strategy and is currently in the testing and provisioning phase. These efforts and testing are ongoing and should be fully implemented during the forth quarter of 2023, allowing the formal launch of the services. We expect to produce significant profit with Cuentas Mobile due to its low-cost pricing structure which has proven to be successful by other prepaid cellular phone carriers. Cuentas anticipates the real estate investments to produce direct and indirect profit streams as the projects come to completion and begin to produce rental revenue and the property values appreciate. This is not anticipated to happen until 2024, at the earliest.

 

Revenue by product for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2022 are as follows:

 

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Telecommunications  $57   $484 
Wholesale telecommunication services   860    - 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   83    1,723 
Total revenue  $1,000   $2,207 

 

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Costs of Revenue and Gross profit

 

Cost of revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 totaled $1,247,000 compared to $1,902,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Cost of revenue consists of the purchase of wholesale minutes for resale, related telecom platform costs and purchase of digital products in the amount of $1,023,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and $69,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Cost of revenue also consists of costs related to the sale of the Company’s digital products and GPR Cards in the amount of $224,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and $958,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Gross profit (loss) by product lines for nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022 are as follows: 

  

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Telecommunications  $(167)  $297 
Wholesale telecommunication services   6    - 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   (86)   8 
Total Gross profit (loss)  $(247)  $305 

 

Gross profit margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was negative for both the telecommunications segment and the digital product and general purpose reloadable cards segment but slightly positive for wholesale which by its nature has a tiny markup. The gross loss for the sale of digital product and general-purpose reloadable cards stemmed from ceasing all activities with Cuentas SDI LLC. In addition, in April 2023, CIMA, which provided maintenance and support services for our technology platform, shut down access to the platform as we were transitioning to a new, improved platform. During the first quarter of 2023, we reduced product availability to Cuentas-SDI to allow Cuentas-SDI to catch up on its payments and during the second quarter of 2023 we curtailed all services to Cuentas-SDI and marketing initiatives with Cuentas-SDI due to its inability to reduce its debt significantly. These disruptions to our fintech solutions and technology business were a major reason for the decline in revenue between the nine months ended September 30, 2022 as compare to the nine month period ended September 30, 2023. In May 2023, The OLB Group terminated a Software Licensing and Transaction Sharing Agreement with the Company for the purpose of upgrading the Cuentas Mobile App and digital distribution system. In June 2023, OLB acquired 80.01% of Cuentas-SDI. In July 2023, the Company and Cuentas-SDI settled certain payment issues and renewed discussions and cooperation to re-open the digital distribution network and systems through Cuentas-SDI’s convenience store distribution network of over 31,000 locations, including many across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri state area.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Operating expenses consist of selling, general and administrative Expenses and amortization of Intangible assets as discussed below and totaled $3,587,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $9,320,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022 representing a net decrease of $5,733,000.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

The table below summarizes our general and administrative expenses incurred during the periods presented:

 

   Nine Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Officers compensation  $699   $1,170 
Directors fees   267    192 
Share-based compensation   290    1,548 
Directors’ and officers’ insurance   -    448 
Professional services   737    819 
Maintenance and support services   120    700 
Legal fees   302    339 
Payments in accordance with the processing service agreement with Incomm   200    625 
Selling and Marketing   278    1,306 
Settlements   299    - 
Other   307    815 

Total Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

  $3,499   $7,962 

 

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Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $3,499,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023, a net decrease of $4,463,000, or 56% compared to $7,962,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease in our Selling, general and administrative expenses during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 compare to the period of nine months ended September 30, 2022, is primarily attributable to the decrease in the amount of $471,000 in Officers compensation attributable to the departure of Jeffery Johnson in 2022 and the reduction in the number of the officers of the Company in 2023, decrease in the amount of $1,258,000 in Share-based compensation and shares issued for services expenses attributable to the decrease in the amount of our vested option in 2023 as opposed to 2022 partially mitigated by an increase in the number of shares that were issued for services and settlement, decrease in the amount of $580,000 in maintenance and support services that were provided by CIMA, decrease in the agreed payments in accordance with the processing service agreement with Incomm in the amount of $425,000 decrease in Directors’ and officers’ insurance in the amount of $448,000 since the Company cancelled its policy during the fourth quarter of 2022 and a decrease in selling and marketing expenses of $1,028,000 since the Company reduced significantly its selling and marketing campaigns in 2023 due to its ineffectiveness and lack of resources, partially offset by increase of approximately $299,000 in our settlements expenses.

 

Amortization of Intangible assets

 

Amortization of Intangible assets totaled $13,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023 and $1,358,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The amortization expense of $1,350,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2022, mainly stemmed from the one-time licensing fee in the amount of $9,000,000 that was paid in shares to Cima, on December 31, 2019. During the fourth quarter of 2022, the Company recorded an impairment charge for the remaining unamortized cost of $3,600,000.

 

Other Expenses

 

Other expenses totaled $511,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2023, mainly due to an impairment loss of $537,000 which resulted from a decrease in cost of an investment in Cuentas SDI LLC.

 

Net Income (Loss) 

 

We incurred a net loss of $4,294,000 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2023, as compared to a net loss of 9,085,000 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022 mainly due to the decrease in selling and general administrative expenses as described above.

 

Comparison of the three months ended September 30, 2023 to the three months ended September 30, 2022

 

Revenue

 

The Company generates revenues through the sale and distribution of prepaid telecom minutes, digital products, wholesale telecommunication services and other related telecom services. Revenues during the three months ended September 30, 2023, totaled $895,000 compared to $1,143,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease in our sales of digital products and General-Purpose Reloadable Cards is mainly due to decreasing sales with Cuentas SDI including online and other marketing initiatives, including but not limited to distribution agreements partially offset by increase in wholesale telecommunication services in the amount of $860,000 from our Bilateral Wholesale Carrier Agreement with Next Communications Inc., a company controlled by Arik Maimon Company’s Chairman of the Board and CEO. The decrease in our sales of digital products and General-Purpose Reloadable Cards is mainly due to reducing our cooperation with Cuentas SDI including online and other marketing initiatives. The decrease in our sales of telecommunications products is mainly due to reducing our activities in this segment.

 

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Revenue by product for the three months ended September 30, 2023, and the three months ended September 30, 2022 are as follows:

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Telecommunications  $22   $166 
Wholesale telecommunication services   860    - 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   13    977 
Total revenue  $895   $1,143 

 

Costs of Revenue and Gross profit

 

Cost of revenues during the three months ended September 30, 2023 totaled $971,000 compared to $1,027,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Cost of revenue consists of the purchase of wholesale minutes for resale, related telecom platform costs and purchase of digital products in the amount of $911,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023 and $69,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Cost of revenue also consists of costs related to the sale of the Company’s Digital products and GPR Card in the amount of $60,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023 and $958,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Gross profit (loss) by product for the three months ended September 30, 2023, and the three months ended September 30, 2022 are as follows:

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Telecommunications  $(40)  $97 
Wholesale telecommunication services   6    - 
Digital products and General Purpose Reloadable Cards   (42)   19 
Total Gross profit (loss)  $(76)  $116 

 

Gross profit margin for the three months ended September 30, 2023 was negative for both the telecommunications segment and the digital product and general purpose reloadable cards segment but slightly positive for wholesale which by its nature has a tiny markup. The gross loss for the sale of digital product and general-purpose reloadable cards stemmed from ceasing all activities with Cuentas SDI LLC. In addition, in April 2023, CIMA, which provided maintenance and support services for our technology platform, shut down access to the platform as we were transitioning to a new, improved platform. During the second quarter of 2023 we curtailed all services to Cuentas-SDI and marketing initiatives with Cuentas-SDI due to its inability to reduce its debt significantly. These disruptions to our fintech solutions and technology business were a major reason for the decline in our revenue between the nine months period in 2022 and 2023. In May 2023, OLB terminated a Software Licensing and Transaction Sharing Agreement with the Company for the purpose of upgrading the Cuentas Mobile App and digital distribution system. In June 2023, OLB acquired 80.01% of Cuentas-SDI. In July 2023, the Company and Cuentas-SDI settled certain payment issues and renewed discussions and cooperation to re-open the digital distribution network and systems through Cuentas-SDI’s convenience store distribution network of over 31,000 locations, including many across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri state area.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Operating expenses consist of selling, general and administrative Expenses and amortization of Intangible assets as discussed below and totaled $1,179,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $2,382,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022 representing a net decrease of $1,203,000.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

The table below summarizes our general and administrative expenses incurred during the periods presented:

 

   Three Months Ended 
   September 30 
   2023   2022 
   Dollars in thousands 
Officers compensation  $291   $404 
Directors fees   163    68 
Share-based compensation   3    344 
Directors’ and officers’ insurance   -    132 
Professional services   250    198 
Legal fees   142    144 
Payments in accordance with the processing service agreement with Incomm   75    250 
Selling and Marketing   49    217 
Other   124    172 
Total Gross profit (loss)  $1,097   $1,929 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $1,097,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023, a net decrease of $832,000, or 43% compared to $1,929,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease in our Selling, general and administrative expenses during the three months ended September 30, 2023 compare to the period of three months ended September 30, 2022, is primarily attributable to the decrease in the amount of $113,000 in Officers compensation attributable to the departure of Jeffery Johnson in 2022 and the reduction in the number of the officers of the Company in 2023, decrease in the amount of $341,000 in Share-based compensation and shares issued for services expenses attributable to the decrease in the amount of our vested option in 2023 as opposed to 2022, decrease in the agreed payments in accordance with the processing service agreement with Incomm in the amount of $175,000, decrease in Directors’ and officers’ insurance in the amount of $132,000 since the Company cancelled its policy during the fourth quarter of 2022 and a decrease in selling and marketing expenses of $168,000 since the Company reduced significantly its selling and marketing campaigns in 2023 due to its ineffectiveness and lack of resources.

 

Amortization of Intangible Assets

 

Amortization of intangible assets totaled $7,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023 and $453,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022. The amortization expense of $453,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022, mainly stemmed from amortization of the CIMA software license. The Company impaired the entire unamortized cost of the CIMA license on December 31, 2022.

 

Other Expenses

 

Other expenses totaled $2,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2023 as compared to other income of $1,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2022.

 

Net Income (Loss) 

 

We incurred a net loss of $1,187,000 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2023, as compared to a net loss of 2,275,000 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2022 due to the decrease in selling and general administrative expenses as described above.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Liquidity is the ability of a company to generate funds to support its current and future operations, satisfy its obligations, and otherwise operate on an ongoing basis. Significant factors in the management of liquidity are funds generated by operations, levels of accounts receivable and accounts payable and capital expenditures.

 

As of September 30, 2023, the Company had total current assets of $2,105,000, including $1,057,000 of cash, accounts receivables of $860,000, related parties in the amount of $94,000 and other current assets of $94,000 and total current liabilities of $3,186,000 creating a working capital deficit of $1,081,000.

 

As of December 31, 2022, the Company had total current assets of $689,000, including $466,000 of cash, accounts receivables of $209,000, and other current assets of $14,000. As of December 31, 2022, the Company had total current liabilities of $2,134,000 creating a negative working capital deficit of $1,445,000.

 

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The decrease in our working capital deficit was mainly due the increase in our Cash and Cash equivalents from financing activities in the amount of $6,030,000 due to the sale of our shares partially mitigated by our negative cash flow from operations activities in the amount of in the amount of $3,201,000 and negative cash flow from investment activities in the amount of $2,238,000 which included investment in Brooksville Development Partners, LLC in the amount of $2,065,000, investment in Cuentas Max, LLC in the amount of $20,000, and purchasing roof.com domain in the amount of $153,000.

 

To date, we have principally financed our operations through the sale of our Common Stock. Nevertheless, management anticipates that our current cash and cash equivalents position and generating revenue from the sales of our digital products, General-Purpose Reloadable Cards and prepaid cellular phone services will provide us limited financial resources for the near future to continue implementing our business strategy of further developing our digital products, General Purpose Reloadable Card, enhance our digital products offering and increase our sales and marketing. We also may be required to invest additional funds to support the real estate projects that we are invested in. Our ownership may change in the future, and we can incur additional losses if we will not be able to raise sufficient financing to complete these projects. Management plans to secure additional financing sources, including but not limited to the sale of our Common Stock in future financing. This is expected to be used to further support our operations as described above and to complete the development of its new portal and financial technology capabilities and the development of our real estate projects. There can be no assurance, however, that the Company will be successful in raising additional capital or that the Company will have net income from operations to fund the business plan of the Company for the near future or long term.

 

Cash Flows – Operating Activities

 

The Company’s operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, resulted in net cash used of $3,201,000. Net cash used in operating activities consisted of a net loss of $4,369,000, partially offset by non-cash expenses mainly consisting of share-based compensation of $290,000 and impairment loss due to decrease in cost of an investment in a non-consolidated entity in the amount of $537,000, Changes in operating assets and liabilities utilized cash of $219,000, resulting mainly from an increase in related parties of $127,000.

 

The Company’s operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, resulted in net cash used of $6,523,000. Net cash used in operating activities consisted of a net loss of $9,085,000 partially offset by non-cash expenses consisting of share-based compensation of $1,548,000 and amortization of intangible assets of $1,358,000. Changes in operating assets and liabilities used cash of $387,000, resulting mainly from an increase in accounts payables of $406,000 which was mitigated in an increase of in accounts receivables of $486,000.

 

Cash Flows – Investing Activities

 

The Company’s investment activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 resulted in net cash used of $2,238,000 due to the Company’s investment in Brooksville Development Partners, LLC. in the amount of $2,065,000 , investment in the amount of $20,000 in Cuentas Max LLC and investment in the amount of $153,000 in the roof.com domain

 

Cash Flows – Financing Activities

 

The Company’s financing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, resulted in net cash received of $6,030,000 mainly consisting of $6,034,000 received from the sale of our common stock. 

 

The Company’s financing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, resulted in net cash in the amount of $2,688,000 from the sale of our common stock.

 

Inflation and Seasonality

 

In management’s opinion, our results of operations have not been materially affected by inflation or seasonality, and management does not expect that inflation risk or seasonality would cause material impact on our operations in the future.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of September 30, 2023, we had no off-balance sheet arrangements of any nature.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP in the United States requires our management to make assumptions, estimates and judgments that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements, including the notes thereto, and related disclosures of commitments and contingencies, if any. Note 2 to our consolidated audited financial statements filed with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, describes the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our financial statements.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards 

 

New pronouncements issued but not effective as of September 30, 2023, are not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Other accounting standards that have been issued or proposed by the FASB or other standards-setting bodies that do not require adoption until a future date are not expected to have a material impact on our financial statements upon adoption.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures 

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures. We maintain “disclosure controls and procedures” as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In designing and evaluating our disclosure controls and procedures, our management recognized that disclosure controls and procedures, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of disclosure controls and procedures are met. Additionally, in designing disclosure controls and procedures, our management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible disclosure controls and procedures. The design of any disclosure controls and procedures is also based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.

 

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on such evaluation, and as discussed in greater detail below, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, disclosure controls and procedures are not effective: 

 

to give reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed in reports that are file under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms, and

 

to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that are file or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is accumulated and communicated to management, including our CEO and our Treasurer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the three-month period ended September 30, 2023, that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

From time to time, we may become involved in various lawsuits and legal proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of business. However, litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and an adverse result in these or other matters may arise from time to time that may harm our business.

 

On May 1, 2019, the Company received a notice of demand for arbitration from Secure IP Telecom, Inc. (“Secure IP), who allegedly had a Reciprocal Carrier Services Agreement (“RCS”) exclusively with Limecom and not with the Company. The arbitration demand originated from another demand for arbitration that Secure IP received from VoIP Capital International (“VoIP”) in March 2019, demanding $1,053 in damages allegedly caused by unpaid receivables that Limecom assigned to VoIP based on the RCS. On or about October 5, 2020, the trial court appointed a receiver over Limecom, Inc. (“Limecom”) in the matter of Spectrum Intelligence Communications Agency, LLC. v. Limecom, Inc., case no. 2018-027150-CA-01 pending in the 11th Circuit for Miami-Dade County, Florida. On June 5, 2020, Secure IP Telecom, Inc. (“Secure IP”) filed a complaint against Limecom, Heritage Ventures Limited (“Heritage”), an unrelated third party and owner of Limecom, and the Company, case no. 20-11972-CA-01. Secure IP alleges that the Company received certain transfers from Limecom during the period that the Company wholly owned Limecom that may be an avoidable under Florida Statute § 725.105. On July 13, 2021, the two cases were consolidated, and are now pending before the same trial court under the former case number. The Company has answered and denied any liability with respect to both complaints. To the extent the Company has exposure for any transfers from Limecom, Heritage has indemnified the Company for any such liability and the Company has a pending cross-claim against Heritage for purposes of enforcing the indemnification obligation. A review of the books and records of the Company reflect aggregate transfers from Limecom to the Company or its affiliates of less than $600,000. The Company’s books and records reflect that the Company fully reimbursed Limecom through direct payment of expenses of Limecom and through issuance of shares by the Company to employees or other vendors on behalf of Limecom for settlement and release of claims the employees or vendors may have asserted against Limecom. The books and records of the Company therefore do not reflect an identifiable avoidable transfer, but this analysis may change as the discovery process continues. At this time, based upon an analysis of the Company’s books and records, the loss contingency is not capable of reasonable estimation under the above circumstances, and the likelihood of an adverse judgment is not probable at this time. An adverse judgment in this matter is reasonably possible and based upon an analysis of litigation costs and likelihood of a settlement. As of September 30, 2023, the company accrued $300 thousand due to this matter.

 

On October 4, 2022, Crosshair Media Placement, LLC, a Kentucky based marketing company, filed and served a complaint on Cuentas for breach of contract alleging breach of contract damages of $629,807.74, which case remains pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, case no. 3:22-CV-512-CHB. On May 9, 2023, the Company and the plaintiff attended a court settlement conference before the federal magistrate judge presiding over the matter. The parties reached a settlement that the Company will make the following installments in the amount of $630,000 to fully resolve the matter: $50,000 on or about June 1, $20,000 on or about July 1, and nine equal $15,000 monthly payments due the first of each month, then a final payment of $425,000 due May 1, 2024. As of September 30, 2023 the Company has paid $70,000 to the plaintiff under the above referenced settlement agreement.

 

On February 8, 2023, a former employee of the Company, filed a complaint for breach of employment agreement alleging the Company failed to pay her certain compensation she alleges she was entitled to upon her resignation.. The Company and the employee are discussing a settlement agreement and estimates that the maximum amount the Company will be required to pay will not exceed $30.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

Reference is made to the risks and uncertainties disclosed in Item 1A (“Risk Factors”) of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 (the “2022 Form 10-K”) and our Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-273552) declared effective on August 9, 2023 (the “2023 Resale Registration Statement”) under the caption “Risk Factors,” which sections are incorporated by reference into this report. Prospective investors are encouraged to consider the risks described in our 2022 Form 10-K, the 2023 Resale Registration Statement, our Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained in this Report and other information publicly disclosed or contained in reports and other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission before purchasing our securities.

 

We have relied upon vendors and other third parties to develop, manage and operate our fintech solutions. To the extent our vendors and other third parties encounter financial and operational difficulties, our business, results of operations and financial conditions may be materially and adversely affected.

 

During the early stages of our financial solutions and technology business, due to our limited financial resources, we have relied upon vendors and other third parties to develop, manage and operate those businesses, To the extent our vendors and other third parties encounter financial and operational difficulties, our business, results of operations and financial conditions may be materially and adversely affected.

 

In April 2023, CIMA, which provided maintenance and support services for our technology platform, shut down access to the platform as we were transitioning to a new, improved platform, and during the first quarter of 2023, we reduced product availability to Cuentas-SDI to allow Cuentas-SDI to catch up on its payments and during the second quarter of 2023 we curtailed all services to Cuentas-SDI and marketing initiatives with Cuentas-SDI due to its inability to reduce its debt significantly. These disruption to our fintech solutions and technology business were a major reason for the decline in revenue between the Q1-Q2 periods in 2022 and 2023.

 

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The success of our equity investments in real estate projects in Florida will depend upon the ability of the real estate developers, contractors, property managers and operators to develop, construct, manage and operate those projects and other factors beyond our control.

 

We own a minority equity interest in certain real estate development projects in Florida. The success of those projects will depends upon ability of the real estate developers, contractors, property managers and operators to develop, construct, manage and operate those projects and certain factors beyond our control, including occupancy and rental rates, economic conditions in the areas where the properties are located as well as changes in population, employment and household earnings and expenses, the condition of the financial and real estate markets and the economy, in general, the ability of developers to identify attractive acquisition opportunities consistent with our investment strategy and to obtain financing, inflation, interest rates levels and volatility, title litigation, litigation with guests, legal compliance, real estate taxes, HOA fees and insurance; and our ability to obtain financing to invest in projects on terms acceptable to us.

 

Our failure to meet the continued listing requirements of Nasdaq could result in a de-listing of our Common Stock.

 

If we fail to satisfy the continued listing requirements of Nasdaq, such as the corporate governance, minimum closing bid price or minimum shareholders’ equity requirements, Nasdaq may take steps to de-list our securities. Such a de-listing would likely have a negative effect on the price of our Common Stock and would impair your ability to sell or purchase our Common Stock when you wish to do so. In the event of a de-listing, we would take actions to restore our compliance with Nasdaq’s listing requirements, but we can provide no assurance that any such action taken by us would allow our Common Stock to become listed again, stabilize the market price or improve the liquidity of our Common Stock, prevent our Common Stock from dropping below the Nasdaq minimum bid price requirement or prevent future non-compliance with Nasdaq’s other continued listing requirements. The Company effected a 1-for 13 reverse stock split of its Common Stock on March 24, 2023 to bring it in compliance with Nasdaq’s minimum bid price requirements.

 

On August 18, 2023, we received a deficiency letter from Nasdaq Regulation stating that based upon our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2023 which reported shareholders’ equity of $1,471,000, we were not in compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5550(b)(1) which requires us to maintain shareholders’ equity of not less than $2,500,000 for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market (the “Minimum Shareholders’ Equity Requirement”). Under Nasdaq Rules the Company had until October 2, 2023 to submit a plan to regain compliance.

 

On October 3 2023, the Company received a Staff Determination Letter from Nasdaq Regulation stating that due to the Company’s failure by October 2, 2023, to submit a plan to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1), the Minimum Shareholders’ Equity Requirement, the Company would be subject to delisting unless it timely requests a hearing before a Nasdaq Hearings Panel (the “Panel”). The Company filed a request for a hearing before the Panel which has been scheduled to be held on December 7, 2023. The hearing request will stay any suspension or delisting action through the hearing and the expiration of any additional extension granted by the Panel following the hearing. In that regard, pursuant to the Nasdaq Listing Rules, the Panel has the discretion to grant the Company an extension not to exceed April 1, 2024. Notwithstanding, there can be no assurance that the Panel will grant the Company an extension or that the Company will ultimately regain compliance with all applicable requirements for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

Except as previously reported in the Company’s reports filed pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act, there were no sales of unregistered securities during the period covered by this report.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR DEBT

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

None.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

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None

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

            Incorporated by reference
Exhibit Number   Exhibit Description   Filed herewith   Form   Period ending   Exhibit   Filing date
3.1   Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, filed on August 21, 2020.       8-K       3.1   2020-08-21
3.2   Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, filed on March 23, 2023.       8-K       3.1   2023-03-30
3.3   Amended and Restated Bylaws, dated August 21, 2020.       8-K       3.2   2020-08-21
4.1   Form of Inducement Warrant       8-K       4.1   2023-08-22
10.1   Form of Warrant Exercise and Inducement Warrant Letter dated August 21, 2023       8-K       10.1   2023-08-22
10.2   Employment Agreement, dated as of August 21, 2023, by and between Cuentas, Inc. and Shalom Arik Maimon       8-K       10.1   2023-08-22
10.3   Employment Agreement, dated as of August 21, 2023, by and between Cuentas, Inc. and Michael De Prado       8-K       10.2   2023-08-22
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   X                
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   X                
32.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   X                
32.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   X                
101.INS     Inline XBRL Instance Document.   X                
101.SCH   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.   X                
101.CAL   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.   X                
101.DEF   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.   X                
101.LAB   Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.   X                

 

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SIGNATURES

 

In accordance with the requirements of the Exchange Act, the registrant caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  Cuentas, Inc.
  (Registrant)
   

Date: November 20, 2023

By:  /s/ Shalom Arik Maimon
    Chief Executive Officer
     
  By: /s/ Shlomo Zakai
    Chief Financial Officer

 

 

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