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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 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 March 31, 2022

 

  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:

 

 

GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   20-4118216
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)

 

190 N. Canon Dr., 4th Floor

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

 

310-273-4222

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

____________________________

 

Securities registered pursuant to 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 GNUS The Nasdaq Capital Market

 

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, a 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 

 

As of May 15, 2022, the registrant had 316,129,176 shares of common stock, $0.001 par value per share, outstanding.

 

 

   

 

 

GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

FORM 10-Q

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2022

 

Table of Contents

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION 3
   
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited). 3
   
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 3
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 4
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) 5
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity 6
   
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 7
   
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 8
   
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. 34
   
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk. 42
   
Item 4. Controls and Procedures. 42
   
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION 43
   
Item 1. Legal Proceedings. 43
   
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 44
   
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds. 44
   
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities. 44
   
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 45
   
Item 5. Other Information. 45
   
Item 6. Exhibits. 45
   
SIGNATURES 46

 

 

 

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PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

           
   March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021 
   (unaudited)     
ASSETS          
Current Assets:          
Cash and Cash Equivalents  $49,811   $2,058 
Restricted Cash   3,000    8,002 
Investments in Marketable Securities (amortized cost of $105,977)   101,301    112,523 
Accounts Receivable, net   3,463    7,632 
Note & Accounts Receivable from Related Party   1,378    1,276 
Other Receivable   675    969 
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets   4,663    3,725 
Total Current Assets   164,291    136,185 
           
Property and Equipment, net   472    449 
Right of Use Assets, net   2,699    2,785 
Film and Television Costs, net   4,033    2,940 
Lease Deposits   69    69 
Investment in Your Family Entertainment AG   18,533    6,695 
Intangible Assets, net   12,663    9,733 
Goodwill   15,911    15,227 
Total Assets  $218,671   $174,083 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts Payable  $5,204   $7,192 
Accrued Production Costs   181    1,733 
Accrued Expenses   761    535 
Participations Payable   2,324    2,438 
Deferred Revenue   369    432 
Margin Loan   57,753    6,392 
Notes Payable   29    28 
Warrant Liability   814    855 
Lease Liability   612    664 
Due to Related Party   12    63 
Accrued Salaries and Wages   848    799 
Total Current Liabilities   68,907    21,131 
           
Long Term Liabilities:          
Deferred Revenue   3,482    3,492 
Lease Liability   2,425    2,460 
Contingent Earn Out   1,345    1,340 
Notes Payable   78    82 
Disputed Trade Payable   925    925 
Total Liabilities   77,162    29,430 
           
Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 21)          
Stockholders’ Equity          
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively        
Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 400,000,000 shares authorized 304,368,966 and 303,379,122 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively   304    303 
Additional Paid in Capital   744,296    739,495 
Accumulated Deficit   (600,379)   (595,848)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss   (4,605)   (1,221)
Total Genius Brands International, Inc. Stockholders' Equity   139,616    142,729 
Non-Controlling Interests in Consolidated Subsidiaries   1,893    1,924 
Total Stockholders' Equity   141,509    144,653 
           
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity  $218,671   $174,083 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

           
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021 
Revenues:          
Media Advisory & Advertising Services  $986   $753 
Content Distribution   414    140 
Licensing & Royalties   41    171 
Total Revenues   1,441    1,064 
           
Operating Expenses:          
Marketing and Sales   160    602 
Direct Operating Costs   344    248 
General and Administrative   10,857    6,934 
Total Operating Expenses   11,361    7,784 
           
Loss from Operations   (9,920)   (6,720)
           
Other Income (Expense):          
Interest Expense   (55)   (8)
Other Income (Expense), Net   5,413    (69,531)
Gain (Loss) Before Income Tax Expense   5,358    (69,539)
           
Provision for Tax Expense        
           
Net Loss   (4,562)   (76,259)
           
Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests   31     
           
Net Loss Attributable to Genius Brands International, Inc.  $(4,531)  $(76,259)
           
Net Loss per Share (Basic)  $(0.01)  $(0.27)
Net Loss per Share (Diluted)  $(0.01)  $(0.27)
           
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Basic)   303,779,247    287,217,911 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Diluted)   303,779,247    287,217,911 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

           
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021 
Net Loss  $(4,562)  $(76,259)
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss):          
Change in Unrealized Losses on Marketable Securities   (3,500)    
Realized Losses on Marketable Securities Reclassified from AOCI into Earnings   79     
Foreign Translation Adjustment   37     
Total Other Comprehensive Loss   (3,384)    
Total Comprehensive Net Loss   (7,946)   (76,259)
Less: Comprehensive Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests   31     
Total Comprehensive Net Loss Attributable to Genius Brands International, Inc.  $(7,915)  $(76,259)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity

(in thousands, except share data) 

(unaudited)

 

 

                                              
   Common Stock   Preferred Stock   Additional Paid-In   Accumulated   Accumulated Other Comprehensive   Non-
Controlling
     
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Capital   Deficit   Loss   Interest   Total 
Balance, December 31, 2020   258,438,514   $258       $   $588,501   $(469,557)  $(5)  $   $119,197 
                                              
Shares Issued for ChizComm Acquisition   1,980,658    2            3,525                3,527 
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, net   39,740,500    40            57,225                57,265 
Issuance of Common Stock for Services   161,986                241                241 
Warrants Incentive                   69,139                69,139 
Share Based Compensation                   2,573                2,573 
Other Comprehensive Loss                                    
Net Loss                       (76,259)           (76,259)
                                              
                                              
Balance, March 31, 2021   300,321,658   $300       $   $721,203   $(545,816)  $(5)  $   $175,682 
                                              
Balance, December 31, 2021   303,379,122   $303       $   $739,495   $(595,848)  $(1,221)  $1,924   $144,653 
                                              
Issuance of Common Stock for Services   386,196                311                311 
Issuance of Common Stock for Vested Restricted Stock Units   603,648    1            (1)                
Share Based Compensation                   4,491                4,491 
Other Comprehensive Loss                           (3,384)       (3,384)
Net Loss                       (4,531)       (31)   (4,562)
                                              
Balance, March 31, 2022   304,368,966   $304       $   $744,296   $(600,379)  $(4,605)  $1,893   $141,509 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

           
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:          
Net Loss  $(4,531)  $(76,259)
           
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities:          
Amortization of Film and Television Costs   200    118 
Depreciation and Amortization of Property, Equipment & Intangible Assets   263    106 
Amortization of Right of Use Asset   97    46 
Share Based Compensation Expense   4,491    2,573 
Amortization of Premium on Marketable Securities   276     
Gain on Revaluation of Equity Investment in Your Family Entertainment (“YFE”)   (5,395)    
(Gain) Loss on Warrant Revaluation   (41)   436 
Realized Loss on Marketable Securities   79     
Warrant Incentive Expense       69,139 
Stock Issued for Services   312    41 
Other   201    73 
           
Decrease (Increase) in Operating Assets:          
Accounts Receivable, net   4,399    401 
Other Receivables   295     
Film and Television Costs, net   (1,293)   (1,396)
Lease Deposits       (36)
Prepaid Expenses & Other Assets   (914)   (1,531)
           
Increase (Decrease) in Operating Liabilities:          
Accounts Payable   (2,016)   353 
Accrued Production Costs   (1,552)    
Accrued Salaries & Wages   49    134 
Participations Payable   (114)   114 
Deferred Revenue   (73)   97 
Lease Liability   (98)   148 
Due to Related Party   (51)   (1)
Accrued Expenses   84    (196)
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities   (5,332)   (5,640)
           
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:          
Cash Payment for Equity Investment in YFE   (6,637)    
Cash Payment for Ameba, net of Cash Acquired   (3,893)    
Cash Payment for ChizComm, net of cash acquired       (7,789)
Investment in Stan Lee Universe, LLC       (250)
Proceeds from Principal Collections on Marketable Securities   1,910     
Proceeds from Sales of Marketable Securities   5,536     
Purchase of Property & Equipment   (61)   (17)
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   (3,145)   (8,056)
           
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:          
Proceeds from Margin Loan   59,570     
Repayments of Margin Loan   (8,210)    
Note & Accounts Receivable from Related Party   (102)    
Repayment of Note Payable   (7)    
Consolidation of VIE (VIE Asset/Liability)   (31)    
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, net       57,265 
Repayment of Production Facility, net       (412)
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   51,220    56,853 
           
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash   8     
           
Net Increase/(Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash   42,751    43,157 
Beginning Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash   10,060    100,456 
Ending Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash  $52,811   $143,613 
           
Schedule of Non-Cash Financing and Investing Activities          
Shares issued for ChizComm acquisition       3,527 
Liability for Acquisition Earnout Shares       7,210 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

March 31, 2022

(unaudited)

 

 

Note 1: Organization and Business

 

Organization and Nature of Business

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by experienced industry personnel, the Company distributes its content primarily on television and streaming platforms and licenses its properties for a broad range of consumer products based on the Company’s characters. In the children’s media sector, the Company’s portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment. New intellectual property titles include Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten produced with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and Oak Productions. Arnold Schwarzenegger lends his voice as the lead and is also an Executive Producer on the series. Another new offering is KC! Pop Quiz, a live action game show featuring kids as contestants. The show is hosted by Casey Simpson, a prominent social media influencer and former Nickelodeon star. Both KC! Pop Quiz and Superhero Kindergarten are being broadcast in the United States on the Company’s wholly-owned advertisement supported video on demand (“AVOD”) and subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) distribution outlet, the Kartoon Channel!. Other newer series include, the preschool property Rainbow Rangers, which debuted in November 2018 on Nickelodeon, and was renewed for a third season and preschool property Llama Llama, which debuted on Netflix in January 2018 and was renewed by Netflix for a second season. The Company’s library titles include the award-winning Baby Genius, adventure comedy Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab® and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett, which is distributed across the Company’s Genius Brands Network on Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Cox, Dish, Sling and Zumo, as well as Connected TV. The Company is in production on a new animated series starring Shaquille O’Neal called Shaq’s Garage, which the Company expects to debut during the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

In addition, the Company acts as licensing agent for Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House LLC which owns or controls the underlying rights to Llama Llama, leveraging the Company’s existing licensing infrastructure to expand this brand into new product categories, new retailers, and new territories.

 

The Company commenced operations in 2006, assuming all the rights and obligations of its then Chief Executive Officer, under an Asset Purchase Agreement between the Company and Genius Products, Inc., in which the Company obtained all rights, copyrights, and trademarks to the brands “Baby Genius,” “Kid Genius,” “123 Favorite Music” and “Wee Worship,” and all then existing productions under those titles. In 2011, the Company reincorporated in Nevada and changed its name to Genius Brands International, Inc. (the “Reincorporation”). In connection with the Reincorporation, the Company changed its trading symbol to “GNUS.”

 

In 2013, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”) with A Squared Entertainment LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“A Squared”), A Squared Holdings LLC, a California limited liability company and sole member of A Squared (the “Parent Member”), and A2E Acquisition LLC, its newly formed, wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary (“Acquisition Sub”). Upon closing of the transactions, A Squared, as the surviving entity, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company, through GBI Acquisition LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company, and 2811210 Ontario Inc., a company organized under the laws of the Province of Ontario, two wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, purchased the outstanding equity interests of ChizComm Ltd., a corporation organized in Canada, and ChizComm USA Corp., a New Jersey corporation (collectively “ChizComm”). During the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company rebranded and renamed ChizComm Ltd. to Beacon Communications and ChizComm USA Corp. to Beacon Media (collectively, the “Beacon Media Group”).

 

 

 

 

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On January 13, 2022, the Company completed its acquisition of the issued and outstanding shares of Ameba Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Manitoba and gained access to its kid-safe subscription-based video on demand platform technology and 13,000 episodes of content. Refer to Note 3 for additional details.

 

Acquisition Completed Subsequent to Quarter End

 

On April 6, 2022, the Company completed its previously disclosed acquisition of Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“WOW”), a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia. On October 26, 2021, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, 1326919 B.C. LTD., a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia and WOW, entered into an Arrangement Agreement to effect a transaction among the parties by way of a plan of arrangement under the arrangement provisions of Part 9, Division 5 of the Business Corporations Act. The Company purchased 100% of WOW’s issued and outstanding shares for approximately $38.3 million in cash and 11,057,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company has not completed its initial accounting for the business combination which will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. The fair value of the assets and liabilities are still to be determined.

 

Recent Investments

 

Following the initial equity investment in Your Family Entertainment AG (“YFE”) during the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company participated in a mandatory tender offer for the remaining publicly traded shares held by YFE shareholders. Upon the expiration of the offer on February 14, 2022, the Company purchased an additional 2,637,717 shares of YFE, at 2.00 EUROS per share or $5.7 million in the aggregate. On March 9, 2022, bonds held by YFE shareholders, were converted into 2,574,000 shares of YFE common stock, 304,631 of which were purchased by the Company, at 2.00 EUROS per share or $0.6 million, increasing the number of YFE’s outstanding shares and increasing the Company’s ownership in YFE to 45.6% as of March 31, 2022.

 

Liquidity

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents (excluding restricted cash) increased by $47.8 million. Of this amount, $43.3 million, including transactional costs, was borrowed and transferred from the Company’s investment margin account to subsequently finance the WOW acquisition, as noted above.

 

As of March 31, 2022, the Company held marketable securities with a fair value of $101.3 million as available-for-sale, a decrease of $11.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2022. Cash in excess of immediate requirements is invested in accordance with the Company’s investment policy, primarily with a view for liquidity and capital preservation. Accordingly, the available-for-sale securities, consisting principally of corporate and government debt securities, are also available as a source of liquidity.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company borrowed an additional $59.6 million from its investment margin account and repaid $8.2 million with cash received from sales and/or redemptions of its marketable securities. The borrowed amounts were used to finance the Company’s additional investments in YFE and the closing of its acquisition of WOW, in each case pledging certain of its marketable securities as collateral. The interest rate for these investment margin account borrowings fluctuates based on the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.65% with interest only payable monthly. The weighted average interest rate was 0.72% and the average balance of the borrowings was $13.6 million as of March 31, 2022. The Company incurred interest expense of $21,846 during the three months ended March 31, 2022. The investment margin account borrowings do not mature but are payable on demand as the custodian can issue a margin call at any time, therefore the margin loan is recorded as a current liability on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. The Company has the ability to borrow up to 66% of the balance held in marketable securities, with the option to increase its borrowing capacity, if needed. As of March 31, 2022, the outstanding balance of the margin loan was $57.8 million, or 57% of the balance held in marketable securities.

 

 

 

 

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Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and March 31, 2021, the Company reported net losses of $4.5 million and $76.3 million, respectively. The Company reported net cash used in operating activities of $5.3 million and $5.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $600.3 million and total stockholders’ equity of $141.6 million. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had current assets of $164.3 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $45.6 million and current liabilities of $68.9 million. The Company had working capital of $95.4 million as of March 31, 2022, compared to working capital of $115.1 million as of December 31, 2021.

 

Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2021 has been derived from audited statements. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles (“US GAAP”) for complete financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and related footnotes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2022.

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include, in the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments and reclassifications) necessary to state fairly the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, Statements of Operations, Statements of Comprehensive Loss, Statements of Stockholders' Equity, and Statements of Cash Flows for all periods presented.

 

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified for consistency with the current period presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on the reported results of operations.

 


Segments

 

The Company determined its operating segments on the same basis that it assesses performance and makes operating decisions. The Company principally operates in two distinct business segments: the Content Production & Distribution Segment which produces and distributes children’s content, and the Media Advisory & Advertising Services Segment which provides media and advertising services. These segments are reflective of how the Company’s Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) reviews operating results for the purposes of allocating resources and assessing performance. The Company has identified its Chief Executive Officer as the CODM. The segments are organized around the products and services provided to customers and represent the Company’s reportable segments. Prior to the acquisition of the Beacon Media Group (formerly “ChizComm”), the Company’s operations were comprised of a single segment.

 

The accounting policies for each segment are the same as for the Company as a whole. Refer to Note 22 for additional information.

 

Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation

 

The Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Genius Brands International, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The Company consolidates all majority-owned subsidiaries, investments in entities in which it has controlling influence and variable interest entities where the Company has been determined to be the primary beneficiary. Minority interests are recorded as noncontrolling interests. Non-consolidated investments are accounted for using the equity method or the fair value option when the Company has the ability to significantly influence the operating decisions of the investee. When the Company does not have the ability to significantly influence the operating decisions of an investee, these equity securities are classified as either marketable investment securities or other investments and recorded at fair value with changes recognized within other Income (expense) on the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss). All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

 

 

 

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Business Combinations

 

The Company accounts for transactions that are classified as business combinations in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Boards’ (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805, Business Combinations (“ASC 805”). Once a business is acquired, the Company allocates the fair value of the purchase consideration to the tangible assets, liabilities, and intangible assets acquired based on their estimated fair values. The excess of the fair value of purchase consideration over the fair values of these identifiable assets and liabilities is recorded as goodwill. As required, preliminary fair values are determined upon acquisition, with the final determination of the fair values being completed within the one-year measurement period from the date of acquisition. The valuation of acquired assets and assumed liabilities requires significant judgment and estimates, especially with respect to intangible assets. The valuation of intangible assets requires that the Company use valuation techniques such as the income approach. The income approach includes the use of a discounted cash flow model, which includes discounted cash flow scenarios and requires significant estimates such as future expected revenue, expenses, capital expenditures and other costs, and discount rates. The Company estimates the fair value based upon assumptions management believes to be reasonable, but which are inherently uncertain and unpredictable and, as a result, actual results may differ from estimates. Estimates associated with the accounting for acquisitions may change as additional information becomes available regarding the assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Acquisition-related expenses and any related restructuring costs are recognized separately from the business combination and are expensed as incurred.

 

Variable Interest Entities

 

The Company holds an interest in Stan Lee University (“SLU”), an entity that is considered a variable interest entity (“VIE”). The variable interest relates to 50% ownership in the entity that is comprised of the Stan Lee Assets (as defined below) and that requires additional financial support from the Company to continue operations. The Company’s total cash investment in SLU is $2.0 million. The Company is considered the primary beneficiary and is required to consolidate the VIE.

 

In evaluating whether the Company has the power to direct the activities of a VIE that most significantly impact its economic performance, the Company considers the purpose for which the VIE was created, the importance of each of the activities in which it is engaged and the Company’s decision-making role, if any, in those activities that significantly determine the entity’s economic performance as compared to other economic interest holders. This evaluation requires consideration of all facts and circumstances relevant to decision-making that affects the entity’s future performance and the exercise of professional judgment in deciding which decision-making rights are most important.

 

In determining whether the Company has the right to receive benefits or the obligation to absorb losses that could potentially be significant to the VIE, the Company evaluates all of its economic interests in the entity, regardless of form (debt, equity, management and servicing fees, and other contractual arrangements). This evaluation considers all relevant factors of the entity’s design, including: the entity’s capital structure, contractual rights to earnings (losses), subordination of our interests relative to those of other investors, contingent payments, as well as other contractual arrangements that have the potential to be economically significant. The evaluation of each of these factors in reaching a conclusion about the potential significance of our economic interests is a matter that requires the exercise of professional judgment. The Company continuously assesses whether it is the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity as changes to existing relationships or future transactions may result in the Company consolidating its collaborators or partners.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.

 

 

 

 

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Foreign Currency

 

The Company considers the U.S. dollar to be its functional currency for its United States based operations. The Company considers the Canadian dollar to be its functional currency for its Canada based operations. Accordingly, the financial information is translated from the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar for inclusion in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. Revenue and expenses are translated at average exchange rates prevailing during the period, and assets and liabilities are translated at exchange rates in effect at the balance sheet date. Resulting translation adjustments are included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net in stockholders’ equity.

 

Foreign exchange transaction gains and losses are included in other income (expense), net in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments with initial maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $49.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

 

Restricted Cash 

 

The Company holds restricted cash of $3.0 million in an escrow account for the future commitment of financing related to our investment in YFE, which was used to purchase additional shares of YFE, subsequent to March 31, 2022.

 

Marketable Debt Securities

 

The Company purchases high quality, investment grade securities from diverse issuers. Management determines the appropriate classification of securities at the time of purchase and reevaluates such designation as of each balance sheet date. Currently, the Company classifies its investments in marketable securities as “available-for-sale” and records these investments at fair value. The securities are available to support current operations and, accordingly, the Company classifies the investments as current assets without regard to their contractual maturity.

 

Unrealized gains or losses on available-for-sale securities for which the Company expects to fully recover the amortized cost basis are recognized in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, a component of stockholders’ equity. If the Company intends to sell a debt security, or it is more likely than not that it would be required to sell a debt security before the recovery of its amortized cost basis, the entire difference between the security's amortized cost basis and its fair value at the balance sheet date would be recognized as a loss in the consolidated statements of operations.

 

The Company reports accrued interest receivable separately from the available-for-sale securities and has elected not to measure an allowance for credit losses for accrued interest receivables. Uncollectible accrued interest is written off when the Company determines that no additional interest payments will be received. Approximately $0.6 million in interest income was receivable as of March 31, 2022 and classified within Other Receivables on the consolidated balance sheets.

 

Interest earned on investment securities is reported in interest income, net of applicable adjustments for accretion of discounts and amortization of premiums accounted for by the level yield method with no pre-payment anticipated.

 

Equity-Method Investments

 

When the Company does not have a controlling financial interest in an entity but can exert significant influence over the entity’s operating and financial policies, the investment is accounted for either (i) under the equity method of accounting or (ii) at fair value by electing the fair value option available under U.S. GAAP. Significant influence generally exists when the firm owns 20% to 50% of the entity’s common stock or in-substance common stock.

 

 

 

 

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In general, the Company accounts for investments acquired at fair value. See Note 5 for further information about the Company’s investment in YFE’s equity securities accounted for under the fair value option.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

Accounts receivable are presented on the balance sheets net of estimated uncollectible amounts. The Company assesses its accounts receivable balances on a quarterly basis to determine collectability and records an allowance for estimated uncollectible accounts in an amount approximating anticipated losses based on historical experience and future expectations. Individual uncollectible accounts are written off against the allowance when collection of the individual accounts appears doubtful.

 

Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment are recorded at cost. Depreciation on property and equipment is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets, which range from two to seven years. Maintenance, repairs, and renewals, which neither materially add to the value of the assets nor appreciably prolong their lives, are charged to expense as incurred. Gains and losses from any dispositions of property and equipment are reflected in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

Right of Use Leased Assets

 

The Company determines at contract inception whether the arrangement is a lease based on its ability to control a physically distinct asset and determines the classification of the lease as either operating or finance under FASB ASC 842, Leases (“ASC 842”). For all leases, the Company combines all components of the lease including related nonlease components as a single component. Operating leases are reflected as operating right of use (“ROU”) assets and operating lease liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets. The Company does not have any finance leases.

 

Operating lease ROU assets and liabilities are recognized at commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As the Company’s leases do not provide an implicit rate, the Company uses its incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. The Company estimates the incremental borrowing rate to reflect the profile of collateralized borrowing over the expected term of the leases based on the information available at the later of the initial date of adoption, or the lease commencement date.

 

The operating lease ROU asset also includes any lease payments made prior to lease commencement date and excludes lease incentives. Lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when the Company is reasonably certain that it will exercise the option. Lease expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term in the consolidated statement of operations. Lease incentives are recognized as a reduction to the lease expense on a straight-line basis over the underlying lease term.

 

Film and Television Costs

 

The Company capitalizes production costs for episodic series produced in accordance with FASB ASC 926-20, Entertainment-Films - Other Assets - Film Costs. Accordingly, production costs are capitalized at actual cost and amortized using the individual-film-forecast method, whereby these costs are amortized, and participations costs are accrued based on the ratio of the current period’s revenues to management’s estimate of ultimate revenue expected to be recognized from each production.

 

 

 

 

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Due to the inherent uncertainties involved in making such estimates of ultimate revenues and expenses, these estimates have differed in the past from actual results and are likely to differ to some extent in the future from actual results. In addition, in the normal course of the Company’s business, some titles are more successful or less successful than anticipated. Management reviews its ultimate revenue and cost estimates on a title-by-title basis, when an event or change in circumstances indicates that the fair value of the production may be less than its unamortized cost. This may result in a change in the rate of amortization of film costs and participations and/or a write-down of all or a portion of the unamortized costs of the film or television production to its estimated fair value. An impairment charge is recorded in the amount by which the unamortized costs exceed the estimated fair value. These write-downs are included in amortization expense within Direct Operating Expenses on the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations. There were no events or changes in circumstances that would indicate a change in fair value of productions and therefore the Company has not recorded any impairment charges during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

The Company expenses all capitalized costs that exceed the initial market firm commitment revenue in the period of delivery of the episodes. Additionally, for episodic series, from time to time, the Company develops additional content, improved animation and bonus songs/features for its existing content. After the initial release of the episodic series, the costs of significant improvement to existing products are capitalized while routine and periodic alterations to existing products are expensed as incurred.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price over the estimated fair value of net assets acquired in business combinations accounted for by the acquisition method. In accordance with FASB ASC 350, Intangibles Goodwill and Other, goodwill and certain intangible assets are presumed to have indefinite useful lives and are thus not amortized, but subject to an impairment test annually or more frequently if indicators of impairment arise. The Company completes the annual goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests at the end of each fiscal year. To test for goodwill impairment, the Company may elect to perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit, of which the Company has two, is less than its carrying value. If impairment is indicated in the qualitative assessment, or, if management elects to initially perform a quantitative assessment of goodwill, the impairment test uses a one-step approach. The fair value of a reporting unit is compared with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, goodwill of the reporting unit is not impaired. If the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value, an impairment charge would be recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount exceeds the reporting unit's fair value, not to exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit.

 

Changes in future results, assumptions, and estimates after the measurement date may lead to an outcome where additional impairment charges would be required in future periods. Specifically, actual results may vary from the Company’s forecasts and such variations may be material and unfavorable, thereby triggering the need for future impairment tests where the conclusions may differ in reflection of prevailing market conditions. Further, continued adverse market conditions could result in the recognition of additional impairment if the Company determines that the fair values of its reporting units have fallen below their carrying values.  

 

Other intangible assets have been acquired, either individually or with a group of other assets, and were initially recognized and measured based on fair value. Annual amortization of these intangible assets is computed based on the straight-line method over the remaining economic life of the asset.

 

Debt and Attached Equity-Linked Instruments

 

The Company measures issued debt on an amortized cost basis, net of debt premium/discount and debt issuance costs amortized using the effective interest rate method or the straight-line method when the latter does not lead to materially different results.

 

 

 

 

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The Company analyzes freestanding equity-linked instruments including warrants attached to debt to conclude whether the instrument meets the definition of the derivative and whether it is considered indexed to the Company’s own stock. If the instrument is not considered indexed to the Company’s stock, it is classified as an asset or liability recorded at fair value. If the instrument is considered indexed to the Company’s stock, the Company analyzes additional equity classification requirements per FASB ASC 815-40, Contract’s in Entity’s Own Equity. When the requirements are met, the instrument is recorded as part of the Company’s equity, initially measured based on its relative fair value with no subsequent re-measurement. When the equity classification requirements are not met, the instrument is recorded as an asset or liability and is measured at fair value with subsequent changes in fair value recorded in earnings.

 

When required, the Company also considers the bifurcation guidance for embedded derivatives per ASC 815-15, Embedded Derivatives.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company accounts for revenue according to standard FASB ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASC 606”). The Company has identified the following material and distinct performance obligations:

 

  · License rights to exploit Functional Intellectual Property (“Functional Intellectual Property” or “functional IP” is defined as intellectual property that has significant standalone functionality, such as the ability be played or aired. Functional Intellectual Property derives a substantial portion of its utility from its significant standalone functionality).

 

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License rights to exploit Symbolic Intellectual Property (“Symbolic Intellectual Property” or “symbolic IP” is intellectual property that is not functional as it does not have significant standalone use and substantially all of the utility of symbolic IP is derived from its association with the entity’s past or ongoing activities, including its ordinary business activities, such as the Company’s licensing and merchandising programs associated with its animated content).

     
  ·

Provide media and advertising services to clients.

     
  · Fixed and variable fee advertising and subscription-based revenue generated from the Genius Brands Kartoon Channel!
     
  · Options to renew or extend a contract at fixed terms. (While this performance obligation is not significant for the Company’s current contracts, it could become significant in the future).

 

  · Options on future seasons of content at fixed terms. (While this performance obligation is not significant for the Company’s current contracts, it could become significant in the future).

 

The Company recognizes revenue related to licensed rights to exploit functional IP in two ways; for minimum guarantees, the Company recognizes fixed revenue upon delivery of content and the start of the license period and for functional IP contracts with a variable component, the Company estimates revenue such that it is probable there will not be a material reversal of revenue in future periods. The Company recognizes revenue related to licensed rights to exploit symbolic IP substantially similarly to functional IP. Although it has a different recognition pattern from functional IP, the valuation method is substantially the same, depending on the nature of the license.

 

The Company sells advertising and subscriptions on its App and OTT based “Kartoon Channel!” in the form of either flat rate promotions or impressions served. For flat rate promotions with a fixed term, the Company recognizes revenue when all five revenue recognition criteria under ASC 606 are met. For impressions served, the Company delivers a certain minimum number of impressions on the channel to the advertiser for which the advertiser pays a contractual CPM per impression. Impressions served are reported to the Company on a monthly basis, and revenue is reported in the month the impressions are served. For subscription-based revenue, the Company recognizes revenue when customer downloads the mobile device application and their credit card is charged.

 

 

 

 

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The Company provides media and advertising services to clients. Revenue is recognized when the services are performed. When the Company purchases advertising for clients on linear and across digital and streaming platforms and receives a commission, the commissions are recognized as revenue in the month the advertising is displayed.

 

The Company recognizes revenue related to product sales when the Company completes its performance obligation, which is when the goods are transferred to the buyer.

 

Direct Operating Costs

 

Direct operating costs include costs of the Company’s product sales, non-capitalizable film costs, film and television cost amortization expense, impairment expenses related to film and television costs, and participation expense related to agreements with various animation studios, post-production studios, writers, directors, musicians or other creative talent with which the Company is obligated to share net profits of the properties on which they have rendered services.

 

Share-Based Compensation

 

The Company issues stock-based awards to employees and non-employees that are generally in the form of stock options or restricted stock units (“RSUs”). Share-based compensation cost is recorded for all options and awards of non-vested stock based on the grant-date fair value of the award.

 

The fair value of stock options is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes-Merton (“BSM”) option pricing model, which requires management to make assumptions with respect to the fair value on the grant date. The assumptions are as follows: (i) the expected term assumption of the award is based on the Company’s historical exercise and post-vesting behavior (ii) the expected volatility assumption is based on historical and implied volatilities of the Company’s common stock calculated based on a period of time generally commensurate with the expected term of the award; (iii) the risk-free interest rates are based on the implied yield available on U.S. treasury zero-coupon issues with an equivalent expected term; (iv) and the expected dividend yields of the Company’s stock are based on history and expectations of future dividends payable. In the case of RSUs the fair value is calculated based on the Company’s underlying common stock on the date of grant.

 

The Company recognizes compensation expense over the requisite service period ratably, using the graded attribution method, which is in-substance, recognizing multiple awards based on the vesting schedule. The Company has elected to account for forfeitures when they occur. The Company issues authorized shares available for issuance under the Company’s 2015 Incentive Plan and the Company’s 2020 Incentive Plan upon employees’ exercise of their stock options.

  

Earnings Per Share

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share of common stock (“EPS”) is calculated by dividing net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS is calculated by dividing net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding, plus the assumed exercise of all dilutive securities using the treasury stock or “as converted” method, as appropriate. During periods of net loss, all common stock equivalents are excluded from the diluted EPS calculation because they are antidilutive.

 

 

 

 

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Income Taxes

 

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized based on differences between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities using presently enacted tax rates. At each balance sheet date, the Company evaluates the available evidence about future taxable income and other possible sources of realization of deferred tax assets and records a valuation allowance that reduces the deferred tax assets to an amount that represents management’s best estimate of the amount of such deferred tax assets that more likely than not will be realized.

  

Concentration of Risk

 

The Company maintains its cash in bank deposit accounts which, at times, may exceed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC”) or the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“CDIC”) insured amounts. Balances on interest bearing deposits at banks in the United States are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000 per account and deposits in banks in Canada are insured by the CDIC up to $100,000 CAD. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had three accounts with an uninsured balance in bank deposit accounts of $1.1 million.

 

The Company has a managed account and a brokerage account with a financial institution. The managed account maintains the Company’s investments in marketable securities of $101.3 million as of March 31, 2022. The brokerage account held $4.7 million in cash as of March 31, 2022, that was subsequently invested in additional shares of YFE. Assets in the managed and brokerage account are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) up to $500,000 (with a limit of $250,000 for cash). In addition, the financial institution provides additional “excess of SIPC” coverage which insures up to $1 billion. As of March 31, 2022 the Company has not had account balances held at this financial institution that exceed the insured balances.

 

The Company’s investment portfolio consists of investment-grade securities diversified among security types, industries and issuers. The Company’s policy limits the amount of credit exposure to any one security issue or issuer and the Company believes no significant concentration of credit risk exists with respect to these investments.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company had one customer, whose total revenue exceeded 10% of total consolidated revenue. This customer accounted for 13.3% of total revenue. The Company had three customers whose total accounts receivable exceeded 10% of total accounts receivable. These customers accounted for 57% of the total accounts receivable as of March 31, 2022.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company had one customer whose total revenue exceeded 10% of the total consolidated revenue. This customer accounted for 11% of total revenue. The Company had four customers whose accounts receivable exceeded 10% of total accounts receivable. Those customers accounted for 69% of accounts receivable. 

 

There is significant financial risk associated with a dependence upon a small number of customers. The Company periodically assesses the financial strength of these customers and establishes allowances for any anticipated bad debt. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company recorded an allowance for bad debt of $34,097 and $22,080, respectively.

 

Fair value of Financial Instruments

 

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. FASB ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement (“ASC 820”) establishes a three-tier fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). These tiers include:

 

  · Level 1 - Observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets;

 

  · Level 2 - Inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable such as quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets or quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active; and

 

  · Level 3 - Unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions, such as valuations derived from valuation techniques in which one or more significant inputs or significant value drivers are unobservable.

 

 

 

 

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The carrying amounts of cash, restricted cash, receivables, payables, accrued liabilities and the margin loan approximate fair value due to the short-term maturity of the instruments. The fair values of the Company’s liability-classified derivative warrants are determined using the BSM model (Level 2) with standard valuation inputs. Refer to Note 19 for additional details. The investment in YFE is valued based on the trading price of YFE (Level 1). Refer to Note 5 for additional details.

 

The fair values of the available-for-sale securities are generally based on quoted market prices, where available. These fair values are obtained primarily from third-party pricing services, which generally use Level 1 or Level 2 inputs for the determination of fair value to facilitate fair value measurements and disclosures. Level 2 securities primarily include corporate securities, securities from states, municipalities and political subdivisions, mortgage-backed securities, United States Government securities, foreign government securities, and certain other asset-backed securities. For securities not actively traded, the pricing services may use quoted market prices of comparable instruments or a variety of valuation techniques, incorporating inputs that are currently observable in the markets for similar securities.

 

The following table summarizes the marketable securities measured at fair value by level within the fair value hierarchy as of March 31, 2022 (in thousands):

               
   Level 1   Level 2   Total Fair Value 
Marketable investments:               
Corporate Bonds  $29,883   $14,349   $44,232 
U.S. Treasury   23,394        23,394 
Mortgage-Backed       6,653    6,653 
U.S. agency and government sponsored securities       13,239    13,239 
U.S. states and municipalities       11,219    11,219 
Asset-Backed       2,564    2,564 
Total  $53,277   $48,024   $101,301 

 

Fair values were determined for each individual security in the investment portfolio. The Company’s marketable securities are considered to be available-for-sale investments as defined under FASB ASC 320, Investments – Debt and Equity Securities. There were no impairment charges recorded for the marketable securities. Refer to Note 6 for additional details.

 

Financial and nonfinancial assets and liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis are those that are adjusted to fair value when a significant event occurs and include the Company’s contingent earn-out liability, goodwill and film and television costs as of March 31, 2022. There were no significant events that occurred or circumstances that resulted in an adjustment to the fair value of those assets and liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

The Company reviewed all recently issued accounting pronouncements and concluded that they were not applicable or not expected to have a significant impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Note 3: Acquisition of Ameba

        

On January 13, 2022, the Company closed its previously announced acquisition of Ameba Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the province of Manitoba (“Ameba”), pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) by and between the Company and Tony Havelka, a resident of the Province of Manitoba (the “Seller”), in which the Company acquired from the Seller all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of Ameba. In addition to the SPA, pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “APA”) by and between the Company, the Seller and Tek Gear Inc., a corporation owned by the Seller, the Company acquired from the Seller, a proprietary software platform (the “Technology”) that powers the Ameba subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) deliveries. The SPA, together with the APA, are referred to as the “Ameba Acquisition.”

 

 

 

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Consideration paid by the Company in the transaction at closing consisted of $3.5 million in cash pursuant to the SPA and $0.3 million in cash pursuant to the APA, for total consideration of $3.8 million, or $3.6 million net of cash acquired, excluding transaction costs and subject to a net working capital adjustment (the “NWC Adjustment”) as described in more detail below.

 

Transaction costs incurred relating to the Ameba Acquisition, including legal and accounting, totaled $0.1 million, which is included in general and administrative expenses on the statement of operations. The agreement provides for an adjustment to the purchase price based on an adjusted net working capital (“NWC”) as defined in the agreement. The Company recorded an estimated liability of $0.3 million related to the NWC Adjustment, which is reflected within Accrued Expenses in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. 

 

The Ameba acquisition facilitates the Company’s expansion into SVOD with its technology and content essential to the launch of the ad-free subscription-based Kartoon Channel! Kidaverse platform. The acquisition provides immediate benefit recognized through the content available on the SVOD Ameba channel app, available for download on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox 360, Xumo, LG Smart TV, TiVo, VEWD, CINEMOOD and iOS and Android devices.

 

The Company has determined that the Ameba Acquisition constitutes a business acquisition as defined by ASC 805. Accordingly, the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed in the transaction were recorded at their estimated acquisition fair values, while transaction costs associated with the acquisition were expensed as incurred pursuant to the purchase method of accounting in accordance with ASC 805. The Company’s preliminary purchase price allocation was based on an evaluation of the available data to determine the appropriate fair values based on the requirements of ASC 820 and represents managements best estimates.

 

The following table summarizes the consideration paid, including the preliminary Net Working Capital Adjustment (in thousands):

     
   Amount 
SPA cash consideration at closing  $3,500 
APA cash consideration at closing   300 
Net working capital adjustment   269 
Total  $4,069 

 

As of March 31, 2022, the accounting for the acquisition is preliminary, as the Company is finalizing its valuation and determination of the intangible assets. The Company has engaged a third-party valuation firm to assist with the purchase price allocation, which will be completed in subsequent quarters.

 

The preliminary purchase price allocation was based upon an estimate of the fair value of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed by the Company on January 11, 2022 as follows (in thousands):

 

     
Cash  $176 
Accounts Receivable   238 
Prepaids Expenses   25 
Trade Name   23 
Digital Network   2,804 
Technology   300 
Goodwill   673 
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses   (140)
Tax Liability   (30)
Total Consideration  $4,069 

 

 

 

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 The identifiable intangible assets acquired of $3.1 million is comprised of $2.8 million for the Digital Network, Ameba TV, with a remaining economic life of 18 years, $24,000 for Ameba’s trade name with a useful life of 3 years and $0.3 million for the SVOD technology with a remaining useful life of approximately 3 years. The goodwill arising from the acquisition consists largely of the synergies expected from the combined businesses, including the Company’s build-out of its technology for the expansion of the Kartoon Channel! platform. The goodwill was recorded to the Content Production & Distribution reporting unit and is not deductible for tax purposes.

 

The allocation of the preliminary purchase price shown in the above table was based upon a preliminary valuation and estimates and assumptions that are subject to change within the purchase price allocation period, generally one year from the acquisition date. 

 

Valuation Methodology

 

The digital network was valued by performing a discounted cash flow analysis. This method includes discounting the projected cash flows associated with the current digital network content, based primarily upon historical revenue and projections over its expected life and considers the operating expenses and contributory asset charges associated with servicing such network. Projected cash flows attributable to the digital network was discounted to the present value at a rate commensurate with the perceived risk. The useful life of the digital network is estimated based primarily upon the present value of cash flows attributable to the digital network.

 

The Ameba trade name was valued using the relief-from-royalty method. This method is an income approach that estimates the portion of a company’s earnings attributable to an asset based on the royalty rate the company would have paid for the use of the asset if it did not own it. Royalty payments are estimated by applying a royalty rate to the prospective revenue attributable to the intangible asset. The resulting annual royalty payments are tax-affected and then discounted to present value. The useful life of the trade name is based on the estimated time it will take for the Company to rebrand the Ameba trade name and logo with the Company branded Kartoon Channel! Kidaverse trade name.

 

The technology was valued at cost.

 

The assumptions used in forecasting cash flows for each of the identified intangible assets included consideration of the following:

 

  · Historical performance including sales and profitability.

 

  ·

Expense estimates.

     
  · Contributory asset charges.

 

  · Estimated economic life of asset.

 

  · Acquisition of new customers.

 

  · Attrition of existing customers.

 

 

 

 

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Supplemental Pro Forma Information

 

The following unaudited supplemental pro forma information summarizes the Company’s results of operations as if the acquisition was completed in the beginning of the periods presented (in thousands, except for share and per share data):

          
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021 
Total Revenues  $1,468   $1,225 
           
Net Loss Applicable to Common Stockholders  $(4,593)  $(76,181)
           
Net Loss per Common Stock (Basic and Diluted)  $(0.02)  $(0.27)
           
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Basic and Diluted)   303,779,247    287,217,911 

 

Note 4: Variable Interest Entity

 

In July 2020, the Company entered into a binding term sheet with POW, Inc. (“POW!”) in which we agreed to form an entity with POW! to exploit certain rights in intellectual property created by Stan Lee, as well as the name and likeness of Stan Lee. The entity is called “Stan Lee Universe, LLC.” POW! and the Company executed an Operating Agreement for the joint venture, effective as of June 1, 2021. The purpose of the acquisition was to enable the Company to assume the worldwide rights, in perpetuity, to the name, physical likeness, physical signature, live-action and animated motion picture, television, online, digital, publishing, comic book, merchandising and licensing rights to Stan Lee and over 100 original Stan Lee creations (the “Stan Lee Assets”), from which Genius Brands plans to develop and license multiple properties each year.

 

The Company contributed $2.0 million to obtain 50% of SLU’s voting equity and POW, for the remaining 50%, contributed the specified intangible assets associated with the Stan Lee Assets. POW will retain certain rights in the transferred intangible assets, namely existing the rights/obligations arising from current licensing agreements. Under ASC 805, the Company determined that the value of SLU was wholly attributable to the Stan Lee Assets and would be accounted for as an asset acquisition. The acquisition cost of $2.0 million was equivalent to the value of the Stan Lee Assets contributed by POW. Therefore, the fair value of the consideration paid by the entity of $2.0 million and the fair value of the 50% noncontrolling interest approximated a total of $4.0 million.

 

Pursuant to the guidance under ASC 810, the Company concluded that SLU qualifies as a variable interest entity (“VIE”). The Company consolidates the results of SLU as it was determined that the Company is the primary beneficiary due to having the power through the collaboration to direct the activities that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance and the Company is required to fund over half of the economic support of the entity. Accordingly, the Company recorded the total fair value of the Stan Lee Assets in SLU of $4.0 million, as an intangible asset to be amortized over the duration of 70 years, the life of the publicity rights related to Stan Lee’s name, likeness, voice, physical characteristics, etc.

 

There were no changes in facts and circumstances that occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2022 that would result in a re-evaluation of the VIE assessment.

 

Note 5: Investment in Equity Interest

 

On December 1, 2021, the Company completed a $6.8 million investment in YFE. In exchange for $3.4 million in cash and 2,281,269 shares of the Company’s common stock (valued at approximately $3.4 million), the Company received 3,000,000 shares of YFE’s common stock.

 

 

 

 

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Following the initial equity investment in YFE during the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company participated in a mandatory tender offer for the remaining publicly traded shares held by YFE shareholders. Upon the expiration of the offer on February 14, 2022, the Company purchased an additional 2,637,717 shares of YFE at 2.00 EUROS per share or $5.7 million in the aggregate. On March 9, 2022, bonds held by YFE shareholders, were converted into 2,574,000 shares of YFE common stock, 304,631 of which were purchased by the Company at 2.00 EUROS per share or $0.6 million, increasing the number of YFE’s outstanding shares and the Company’s ownership in YFE to 45.6% as of March 31, 2022.

 

The Company has elected to apply the fair value option for its investment in YFE (Level 1) as it is believed that investors value this investment based on the trading price of YFE. The Company recognizes changes in the fair value of its investment in YFE as unrealized gains (losses), net in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations with other income (loss), net.

 

The Company revalued the investment in YFE’s securities as of March 31, 2022 and recorded a gain of $5.2 million within other income (loss) on the Company’s condensed consolidated statement of operations, net of a $0.2 million loss due to the change in the foreign currency translation rate.

 

On April 5, 2022, the Company exercised its subscription rights to purchase an additional 914,284 shares of YFE’s common stock at 3.00 EUROS per share, increasing the number of shares held by the Company to 6,857,132 shares and its ownership in YFE to 48.2%.

 

Note 6: Marketable Securities

 

The Company classifies and accounts for its marketable debt securities as available-for-sale and the securities are stated at fair value.

 

The investments in marketable securities had an adjusted cost basis of $106.0 million and a market value of $101.3 million as of March 31, 2022. The balances consisted of the following securities (in thousands):

               
   Adjusted Cost   Unrealized Gain/(Loss)   Fair Value 
Corporate Bonds  $46,100   $(1,868)  $44,232 
U.S. Treasury   24,345    (951)   23,394 
Mortgage-Backed   6,981    (329)   6,653 
U.S. agency and government sponsored securities   14,095    (855)   13,239 
U.S. states and municipalities   11,854    (635)   11,219 
Asset-Backed   2,602    (38)   2,564 
Total  $105,977   $(4,676)  $101,301 

 

The Company reported the net unrealized losses in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, a component of stockholders' equity. The decline in fair value is largely due to changes in interest rates and other market conditions and is expected to recover as the securities approach maturity. The Company has evaluated these securities and determined that no allowance is necessary based on the credit quality and the low risk of loss due to the security type. The Company has not yet held marketable securities in an unrealized loss position for greater than twelve months. A net realized loss of $79,051 related to the prepayment of principals for certain mortgage-backed securities was recorded in earnings during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

The contractual maturities of the Company’s marketable investments as of March 31, 2022 were as follows (in thousands):

     
   Fair Value 
Due within 1 year  $11,159 
Due after 1 year through 5 years   76,781 
Due after 5 years through 10 years   4,501 
Due after 10 years   8,860 
Total  $101,301 

 

 

 

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The Company may sell certain of its marketable debt securities prior to their stated maturities for reasons including, but not limited to, managing liquidity, credit risk, duration and asset allocation.

 

The Company did not sell any securities during the three months ended March 31, 2022, that resulted in material gains or losses.

 

Note 7: Property and Equipment, Net

 

The Company has property and equipment as follows (in thousands):

          
   March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021 
Furniture and Equipment  $191   $181 
Computer Equipment   178    173 
Leasehold Improvements   73    44 
Software   194    177 
Production Equipment   22    23 
Property and Equipment, Gross   658    598 
Less Accumulated Depreciation   (186)   (149)
Property and Equipment, Net  $472   $449 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded depreciation expense of $37,051 and $14,562, respectively.

 

Note 8: Right of Use Leased Assets

 

Right of use assets consisted of the following (in thousands):

          
   March 31, 2022   December 31, 2021 
Office Lease Asset  $3,359   $3,351 
Printer Lease Asset   13    13 
Right of Use Assets, Gross   3,372    3,364 
           
Accumulated Amortization   (673)   (579)
Right of Use Assets, Net  $2,699   $2,785 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded ROU asset amortization expense of $97,037 and $46,237, respectively.

 

Note 9: Film and Television Costs, Net

 

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had net Film and Television Costs of $4.0 million, compared to $2.9 million as of December 31, 2021. The increase primarily relates to the production of Shaq’s Garage and other development costs, partially offset by amortization of Rainbow Rangers, Superhero Kindergarten and KC! Pop Quiz.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded Film and Television Cost amortization expense of $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively.

 

 

 

 

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The following table highlights the activity in Film and Television Costs as of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021 (in thousands):

     
Film and Television Costs, Net as of December 31, 2020  $11,828 
Additions to Film and Television Costs   10,650 
Film Amortization Expense   (19,538)
Film and Television Costs, Net as of December 31, 2021   2,940 
Additions to Film and Television Costs   1,293 
Film Amortization Expense   (200)
Film and Television Costs, Net as of March 31, 2022  $4,033 

  

Note 10: Goodwill and Intangible Assets, Net

 

Goodwill

 

In 2013, the Company recognized $10.4 million in goodwill, as a result of the merger with A Squared. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recognized $9.6 million in goodwill, as a result of the acquisition of The Beacon Media Group (formerly ChizComm). As of December 31, 2021, the goodwill allocated to the Media Advisory and Advertising Services reportable segment was determined to be impaired and the Company recorded an impairment charge of $4.8 million, accordingly.

 

As a result of the Ameba Acquisition during the first quarter of 2022, the Company recorded goodwill of $0.7 million as determined to be the amount in excess of the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in the acquisition. The goodwill recorded for the Ameba Acquisition was allocated to the Content Production and Distribution reportable segment.

 

As Beacon Communications and Ameba are incorporated as Canadian companies with CAD being their functional currency, goodwill will change each period due to currency exchange differences.

 

The Company will perform its annual review of goodwill during the fourth quarter. There were no events or changes in circumstances that would indicate an impairment in goodwill during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

The following table summarizes the changes in the carrying amount of goodwill by reportable segment (in thousands):

               
   Content Production & Distribution   Media Advisory & Advertising Services   Total 
Goodwill as of December 31, 2021  $10,366   $4,861   $15,227 
Acquisition of Ameba   673        673 
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustment       11    11 
Goodwill as of March 31, 2022  $11,039   $4,872   $15,911 

 

Intangible Assets, Net

 

The Company had the following intangible assets (in thousands) with their weighted average remaining amortization period (in years):

 

 

 

 

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Intangible Assets, Net

               
   Weighted Average Remaining Amortization Period  

March 31,

2022

  

December 31,

2021

 
Customer Relationships   11   $6,144   $6,120 
Digital Networks   18    2,804     
Trade names   70    4,023    4,000 
Technology   3    300     
Non-Compete   2    60    60 
Other Intangible Assets (a)   1.5    301    301 
Intangible Assets, Gross        13,632    10,481 
                
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustment        28    24 
Less Accumulated Amortization        (997)   (772)
Intangible Assets, Net       $12,663   $9,733 

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  (a) Represents the remaining unamortized logo and website intangible assets related to the merger with A Squared.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded amortization expense of $225,093 and $91,521, respectively.

 

Pursuant to ASC 350-30, General Intangibles Other than Goodwill, the Company reviews these intangible assets periodically to determine if the value should be retired or impaired due to recent events. There were no changes in events or circumstances during the three months ended March 31, 2022 that would indicate an impairment of the intangible assets.

 

Expected future intangible asset amortization as of March 31, 2022 is as follows (in thousands):

     
Fiscal Year:    
2022  $665 
2023   854 
2024   828 
2025   731 
2026   727 
Thereafter   8,858 
Total  $12,663 

 

Note 11: Deferred Revenue

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, the Company had total short term and long term deferred revenue of $3.85 million and $3.9 million, respectively. Deferred revenue includes both (i) variable fee contracts with licensees and customers in which the Company had collected advances and minimum guarantees against future royalties and (ii) fixed fee contracts. The Company recognizes revenue related to these contracts when all revenue recognition criteria have been met. Included in the deferred revenue balance as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 is the $3.4 million which is the remaining balance from the total $3.5 million advance against future royalty that Sony paid to the Company for both the foreign and domestic distribution rights.

 

 

 

 

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Note 12: Supplemental Financial Statement Information

 

Accrued Expenses

 

The Company had the following current accrued liabilities as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 (in thousands):

          
  

March 31,

2022

  

December 31,

2021

 
Accrued Production Costs (a)  $181   $1,733 
Other Accrued Expenses (b)   492    535 
Accrued Salaries and Wages (c)   848    799 
Accrued NWC Adjustment (d)   269     
Total Accrued Liabilities – Current  $1,790   $3,067 

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  (a) Represents production costs accrued for Rainbow Rangers Season 3 and KC! Pop Quiz.
  (b) Primarily represents Ameba royalty fees for revenue share and external consulting services, legal fees and taxes.
  (c) Represents accrued salaries and wages and accrued vacation payable to employees.
  (d) Represents estimated amount owed as part of the Ameba Acquisition for the NWC Adjustment.

 

Other Income (Expense), Net

 

Components of other income (expense), net, are summarized as follows (in thousands):

          
   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2022   2021 
Gain (Loss) on Warrant Revaluation  $41   $(436)
Loss on Foreign Exchange   (192)   (3)
Loss on Marketable Securities Investments   (79)    
Gain on Revaluation of Equity Investment in YFE   5,395     
Interest Income   248    47 
Warrant Incentive Expense       (69,139)
Net Other Income (Expense)  $5,413   $(69,531)

 

The gain (loss) on warrant revaluation is related to the change in fair value of outstanding warrants that were determined to be derivative liabilities attached to previously issued and converted convertible notes.

 

The foreign exchange gains and losses are due to foreign currency denominated transactions, including the foreign exchange loss on the investment in YFE’s equity securities accounted for under the fair value option.

 

The Company started investing in marketable securities during the year ended December 31, 2021. The net realized loss on marketable securities recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2022, reflects the loss in the investments in available-for-sale securities that will not be recovered due to prepayments of principals on certain mortgage-backed securities.

 

 

 

 

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The gain on revaluation of the equity investment in YFE, is the change in fair value recognized on the Company’s investments in YFE accounted for using the fair value option. The gain is a result of the difference in the original cost of the YFE investments and the updated fair value based on YFE’s stock price at the end of the current reporting period.

 

Interest Income during the three months ended March 31, 2022, primarily consists of cash interest received of $0.5 million on the investments in marketable securities, net of $0.3 million for amortization of premiums.

 

The Warrant Incentive Expense is related to the fair value of new warrants that were issued in 2021 to certain existing warrant holders in exchange for previously issued outstanding warrants.

 

Note 13: Disputed Trade Payable

 

As part of the merger in 2013, the Company assumed certain liabilities from a previous member of A Squared which has claimed certain liabilities totaling $925,000. The Company disputes the basis for this liability. As of December 31, 2017, the Company believes that the statute of limitations applicable to the assertion of any legal claim relating to the collection of these liabilities has expired and therefore believes this liability is not owed.

 

Note 14: Note Payable

 

On February 1, 2021, as part of the ChizComm Acquisition, the Company assumed a $200,000 business loan that was entered into on October 15, 2019. The loan matures on September 15, 2026, with payments of $2,999, plus interest at a rate of Prime plus 2.85% per annum, due monthly. As of March 31, 2022, the Company has an outstanding balance of $107,000, classified as a note payable within current and noncurrent liabilities on its consolidated balance sheets.

 

Note 15: Margin Loan

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company borrowed an additional $59.6 million from its investment margin account and repaid $8.2 million with cash received from sales and/or redemptions of its marketable securities. The borrowed amounts were used to finance the Company’s additional investments in YFE and the closing of its acquisition of WOW, in each case pledging certain of its marketable securities as collateral. The interest rate for these investment margin account borrowings fluctuates based on the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.65% with interest only payable monthly. The weighted average interest rate was 0.72% and the average balance of the borrowings was $13.6 million as of March 31, 2022. The Company incurred interest expense of $21,846 during the three months ended March 31, 2022. The investment margin account borrowings do not mature but are payable on demand as the custodian can issue a margin call at any time, therefore the margin loan is recorded as a current liability on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. The Company has the ability to borrow up to 66% of the balance held in marketable securities, with the option to increase its borrowing capacity, if needed. As of March 31, 2022, the outstanding balance of the margin loan was $57.8 million, or 57% of the balance held in marketable securities.

 

Note 16: Stockholders’ Equity

 

Common Stock

 

As of March 31, 2022, the total number of authorized shares of common stock was 400,000,000.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, there were 304,368,966 and 303,379,122 shares of common stock outstanding, respectively.

 

 

 

 

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On February 24, 2022, the Company issued 36,196 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $65,515 which were held in escrow as part of the ChizComm acquisition.

 

On March 2, 2022, the Company issued 350,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.3 million to a consultant for advisory services.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company issued 603,648 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.6 million which represented delivery of vested RSUs.

 

Preferred Stock

 

The Company has 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock authorized with a par value of $0.001 per share. The Board of Directors is authorized, subject to any limitations prescribed by law, without further vote or action by our stockholders, to issue from time to time shares of preferred stock in one or more series. Each series of preferred stock will have such number of shares, designations, preferences, voting powers, qualifications and special or relative rights or privileges as shall be determined by our Board of Directors, which may include, among others, dividend rights, voting rights, liquidation preferences, conversion rights and preemptive rights.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, there were 0 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock outstanding.

  

Note 17: Stock Options

 

On September 18, 2015, the Company adopted the Genius Brands International, Inc. 2015 Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”). The total number of shares that can be issued under the 2015 Plan is 2,167,667 shares.

 

On September 1, 2020, the Company adopted the Genius Brands International, Inc. 2020 Incentive Plan (the “2020 Plan”). On August 4, 2020, the Board of Directors voted to adopt the 2020 Plan. The shares available for issuance under the 2020 Plan was approved by stockholders on August 27, 2020. The 2020 Plan as approved by the stockholders increased the maximum number of shares available for issuance up to an aggregate of 32,167,667 shares of common stock.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company granted options to purchase 875,000 shares of common stock to employees with a fair market value of $603,750. The options were granted on March 17, 2022, with a three-year vesting period and a five-year term.

 

The fair value of the options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2022 was calculated using the BSM option pricing model based on the following assumptions:

 
Exercise Price $0.90
Dividend Yield 0%
Volatility 104%
Risk-free interest rate 0.41%
Expected life of options 5.0 years

 

 

 

 

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The following table summarizes the stock option activity during the three months ended March 31, 2022:

               
   Number of Shares   Weighted- Average Remaining Contractual Life   Weighted- Average Exercise Price 
Outstanding at December 31, 2021   10,197,312    7.96   $1.75 
Granted   875,000    4.96   $0.90 
Exercised          $ 
Forfeited/Cancelled   (285,000)   4.59   $1.43 
Expired          $ 
Outstanding at March 31, 2022   10,787,312    7.57   $1.69 
                
Unvested at March 31, 2022   2,897,804    6.48   $1.92 
Vested and exercisable at March 31, 2022   7,889,508    7.97   $1.61 

  

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and March 31, 2021, the Company recognized $0.4 million and $0.98 million, respectively, in share-based compensation expense related to stock options. The unrecognized share-based compensation expense related to stock options at March 31, 2022 of $1.7 million, will be recognized through the first quarter of 2025 based on the remaining vesting periods, assuming the options are not cancelled or forfeited. The outstanding shares as of March 31, 2022 have an aggregated intrinsic value of $0. The weighted average fair value per option granted during the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $0.69.

 

Note 18: Restricted Stock Units

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company granted 300,000 shares of RSUs to a nonemployee with a fair market value of $268,500. The shares were granted on March 17, 2022, with a three-year vesting period and a five-year term.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s RSU activity during the three months ended March 31, 2022:

               
   Restricted Stock Units  

Weighted-

Average Remaining Contractual Life

  

Weighted-

Average Grant Date Fair Value per Share

 
Unvested at December 31, 2021   15,383,234    4.34   $1.40 
Granted   300,000    4.96   $1.42 
Vested   (17,921)   3.84   $1.38 
Forfeited/Cancelled          $ 
Unvested at March 31, 2022   15,665,313    4.11   $1.39 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company recognized $4.1 million in share-based compensation expense related to RSUs. The unrecognized share-based compensation expense related to RSUs at March 31, 2022 of $6.4 million, will be recognized through the first quarter of 2025 based on the remaining vesting periods, assuming the underlying grants are not cancelled or forfeited.

 

Note 19: Warrants

 

The Company has warrants outstanding to purchase up to 45,511,965 shares of the Company’s common stock as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021.

  

 

 

 

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As of March 31, 2022, 892,857 liability classified derivative warrants to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock remain outstanding and were re-valued at $0.8 million, resulting in a decrease in liability, as compared to December 31, 2021. The change in value is recorded within Net Other Income (Expense) on the condensed consolidated statement of operations. The valuation inputs as of March 31, 2022 included an expected volatility of 124% and an annual interest rate of 2.44%.

 

The Company did not have any warrant activity during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Note 20: Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes (“ASC 740”), which requires the recognition of deferred tax liabilities and assets at currently enacted tax rates for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. A valuation allowance is recognized to reduce the net deferred tax asset to an amount that is more likely than not to be realized.

 

ASC 740 provides guidance on the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in a company’s financial statements. ASC 740 requires a company to determine whether it is more likely than not that a tax position will be sustained upon examination based upon the technical merits of the position. If the more-likely-than-not threshold is met, a company must measure the tax position to determine the amount to recognize in the financial statements.

 

The Company includes interest and penalties arising from the underpayment of income taxes in the statements of operation in the provision for income taxes. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company had no accrued interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

 

The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and in the states of California, Massachusetts and New Jersey. The Company is currently subject to U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities since inception of the Company.

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. is subject to US income taxes on a stand-alone basis. Genius Brands International, Inc. and the Beacon Media Group (formerly ChizComm) file separate stand-alone tax returns in each jurisdiction in which they operate. Beacon Communications and Ameba are corporations operating in Canada and are subject to Canadian income taxes on its stand-alone taxable income.

 

Note 21: Commitment and Contingencies

 

The following is a schedule of future minimum contractual obligations as of March 31, 2022 (in thousands):

                                   
   2022   2023   2024   2025   2026   Thereafter   Total 
Operating Leases  $499   $640   $665   $686   $703   $582   $3,775 
Employment Contracts   2,201    2,219    794    427            5,641 
Consulting Contracts   753    155                    908 
Debt   57,770    24    24    24    18        57,860 
   $61,223   $3,038   $1,483   $1,137   $721   $582   $68,184 

 

The Company has not included any amounts that may be required related to its pending acquisition of WOW.

 

Leases

 

On January 30, 2019, the Company entered into an operating lease for 5,838 square feet of general office space at 190 N. Canon Drive, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 pursuant to a 96-month lease that commenced on August 1, 2019. The Company pays rent of $0.4 million annually, subject to annual escalations of 3.5%.

 

 

 

 

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On February 1, 2021, as part of the ChizComm Acquisition, the Company assumed an operating lease that was entered into on May 19, 2019 for 6,845 square feet of general office space located at 245 Fairview Mall Drive, Suites 202 and 301, Toronto, Ontario M2J 4T1 pursuant to an 84-month lease which commenced on October 1, 2019. The Company pays rent of $95,830 annually, subject to annual escalations 5% to 7%. Also, as part of the ChizComm Acquisition, the Company assumed an operating lease that was entered into on April 30, 2019 for 3,379 square feet of general office space located at One International Boulevard, 11th Floor, Mahawh, New Jersey pursuant to a 24-month lease which ended on May 1, 2021. The Company pays rent of $74,338 annually.

 

On March 2, 2021, the Company entered into an operating lease for 4,765 square feet of general office space located at 1050 Wall Street West, Suite 665, Lyndhurst NJ, 07071 pursuant to an 89-month lease which commenced on October 1, 2021. The Company pays rent of $0.1 million annually subject to annual escalations of 2.5%.

 

As of March 31, 2022, the weighted-average lease term for operating leases was 67 months. The weighted-average discount rate on the leases was 24.9%.

 

Rental expenses incurred for operating leases during the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 were $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively.

 

Other Funding Commitments

 

The Company enters into various agreements associated with its individual properties. Some of these agreements call for the potential future payment of royalties or “profit” participations for either (i) the use of third party intellectual property, in which the Company is obligated to share net profits with the underlying rights holders on a certain basis as defined in the respective agreements or (ii) services rendered by animation studios, post-production studios, writers, directors, musicians or other creative talent for which the Company is obligated to share with these service providers a portion of the net profits of the properties on which they have rendered services, as defined in each respective agreement.

 

On April 6, 2022, the Company completed its acquisition of WOW. The Company purchased 100% of WOW’s issued and outstanding shares for approximately $38.3 million in cash and 11,057,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

Note 22: Related Party Transactions

  

Pursuant to his employment agreements dated December 7, 2020, Andy Heyward, the Company’s CEO, is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,500 per one-half hour episode for each episode he provides services as an executive producer. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, Mr. Heyward earned $0.6 million in producer fees and is owed $12,155 as of March 31, 2022, which is included in Due to Related Party on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheets. Mr. Heyward was also paid $55,000 as part of his quarterly discretionary bonus during the first quarter of 2022.

 

On July 21, 2020, the Company entered into a merchandising and licensing agreement with Andy Heyward Animation Art (“AHAA”), whose principal is Andy Heyward. The Company entered into a customary merchandise license agreement with AHAA for the use of characters and logos related to Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 in connection with certain products to be sold by AHAA. The terms and conditions of such license are customary within the industry, and the Company earns an arm-length industry standard royalty on all sales made by AHAA utilizing the licensed content. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company earned $0 in royalties from this agreement.

 

 

 

 

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On September 30, 2021, the Company entered into a Loan Agreement and Promissory Note with POW! in the amount of $1,250,000, accruing simple interest at the annualized rate of 9%. The entire principal sum was required to be remitted to POW!’s client trust account of POW!’s legal counsel within 5 days of the effective date. The principal, plus interest must be repaid by no later than November 1, 2022. Within the Loan Agreement, it is stated that the proceeds of $1,000,000 are required to be used by POW! to settle the arbitration against Stan Lee Studios (aka Proxima Studios) and $250,000 shall be used to solely pay for the payment of legal costs and fees. The principal amount was transferred to POW! on October 12, 2021 and on or about November 4, 2021, POW and Proxima entered into a binding settlement agreement resolving all the claims made by Proxima. The loan has accrued interest of $26,221 as of March 31, 2022 and is recorded with the principal balance within Note Receivable from Related Party on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet. In addition, pursuant to its joint venture with POW! and formation of the entity Stan Lee Universe, LLC, the Company included within Note Receivable from Related Party, the amount owed to the Company equal to 50% of expenses incurred by the Company related to the 50% of the Company’s non-controlling interest held by POW!.

 

 Note 23: Segment Reporting

 

The Company’s CODM uses revenue and net earnings to evaluate the profitability and performance of each operating segment. All other financial information is reviewed by the CODM on a consolidated basis. The CODM does not evaluate the operating segments using asset information and it is therefore not disclosed. All expenses directly attributable to each reportable segment is included in operating results for each segment. However, the CODM does not evaluate the expenses by operating segment and, therefore, it is not separately presented.

 

The following table presents the revenue and net earnings within the two operating segments for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (in thousands):

          
   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2022   2021 
Total Revenues:          
Content Production & Distribution  $455   $311 
Media Advisory & Advertising Services   986    753 
Total Revenue  $1,441   $1,064 
           
Net Loss:          
Content Production & Distribution  $(4,071)  $(75,989)
Media Advisory & Advertising Services   (491)   (270)
Total Operating Loss  $(4,562)  $(76,259)

 

Geographic Information

 

The following table provides information about disaggregated revenue by geographic area for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 (in thousands):

          
   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2022   2021 
Total Revenues:          
United States  $553   $736 
Canada   888    328 
Total Revenue  $1,441   $1,064 

 

 

 

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Note 24: Subsequent Events

 

On April 6, 2022, the Company completed its acquisition of WOW whereby on October 26, 2021, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, 1326919 B.C. LTD., a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia and WOW, a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia, entered into an Arrangement Agreement to effect a transaction among the parties by way of a plan of arrangement under the arrangement provisions of Part 9, Division 5 of the Business Corporations Act. The Company purchased 100% of WOW’s issued and outstanding shares for approximately $38.3 million in cash and 11,057,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company has not completed its initial accounting for the business combination which will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. The fair value of the assets and liabilities are still to be determined.

 

On April 5, 2022, the Company exercised its subscription rights to purchase an additional 914,284 shares of YFE’s common stock at 3.00 EUROS per share, increasing the number of shares held by the Company to 6,857,132 shares and its ownership in YFE to 48.2%.

 

On April 7, 2022, the Company issued 703,125 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.6 million, which represented delivery of 25% of the CEO’s RSUs that vested related to the satisfaction of performance-based criteria.

 

During April, 2022, pursuant to his employment agreements, Andy Heyward, the Company’s CEO, was paid $87,500 in Executive Producer fees and $55,000 as part of his quarterly discretionary bonus.

 

During the second quarter of 2022, the Company borrowed an additional $2.2 million from its investment margin account.

 

On April 25,2022, in the matter of Harold Chizick and Jennifer Chizick v. Genius Brands International, Inc., ChizComm Ltd., Index No. 650278/2022, the Company filed a Motion for Partial Dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint seeking (1) dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims for Indemnification and Defamation and (2) a stay of Plaintiffs’ claim for Breach of Escrow Agreement pending the required arbitration of this claim. This Motion has not yet been ruled on and the case remains at the pleading stage with no trial date set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

 

The following discussion and analysis of our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity and capital resources should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and related notes for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021. Certain statements made or incorporated by reference in this report and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in our press releases and in statements made by or with the approval of authorized personnel constitute forward looking statements within the meaning 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, and are subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Forward-looking statements reflect intent, belief, current expectations, estimates or projections about, among other things, our industry, management’s beliefs, and future events and financial trends affecting us. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will” and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These differences can arise as a result of the risks described in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 6, 2022 and elsewhere in this report, as well as other factors that may affect our business, results of operations, or financial condition. Forward-looking statements in this report speak only as of the date hereof, and forward-looking statements in documents incorporated by reference speak only as of the date of those documents. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks and uncertainties, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this report will, in fact, transpire.

 

Overview

 

The Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) is intended to provide readers of our condensed consolidated financial statements with the perspectives of management. This should allow the readers of this report to obtain a comprehensive understanding of our businesses, strategies, current trends, and future prospects. It should be noted that the MD&A contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

 

Our Business

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by experienced industry personnel, we distribute our content primarily on television and streaming platforms and license our properties for a broad range of consumer products based on our characters. In the children's media sector, our portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment. New intellectual property titles include Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten produced with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and Oak Productions. Arnold Schwarzenegger lends his voice as the lead and is also an Executive Producer on the series. Another new offering is KC! Pop Quiz, a live action game show featuring kids as contestants. The show is hosted by Casey Simpson, a prominent social media influencer and former Nickelodeon star. Both KC! Pop Quiz and Superhero Kindergarten are being broadcast in the United States on our wholly-owned advertisement supported video on demand (“AVOD”) and subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) distribution outlet, the Kartoon Channel!. Other newer series include, the preschool property Rainbow Rangers, which debuted in November 2018 on Nickelodeon, and was renewed for a third season and preschool property Llama Llama, which debuted on Netflix in January 2018 and was renewed by Netflix for a second season. Our library titles include the award-winning Baby Genius, adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett, which is distributed across our Genius Brands Network on Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Cox, Dish, Sling and Zumo, as well as Connected TV. We are in production on a new animated series starring Shaquille O’Neal called Shaq’s Garage which we expect to debut during the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

 

 

 

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In addition, we act as a licensing agent for Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House LLC which owns or controls the underlying rights to Llama Llama, leveraging our existing licensing infrastructure to expand this brand into new product categories, new retailers, and new territories.

 

Environmental, Social and Governance Strategy

 

We are attempting to shape culture, social attitudes and societal outcomes with our animated content and consumer products that touch the lives of young people and their families. As a global content company that reaches millions of people, we aim to be a positive force in the world.

 

We are committed to advancing and strengthening our approach to environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) topics to help serve our partners, audiences, employees and shareholders — and to enhance our success as a business.

 

We are committed to responsible, ethical and inclusionary business practices as outlined below:

 

Human Capital Management

 

As of March, 31, 2022, we employed 79 full-time employees and 16 independent contractors.

 

We aim to build a culture that attracts and retains the best employees and a workplace where everyone feels welcome, safe and inspired. Our human capital management strategy is intended to address the following areas:

 

A Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

We seek to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion through a range of partnerships, collaborations, programs and initiatives, some of which are described below.

 

We strive to be an inclusionary workplace because we believe that it strengthens our business. In 2021, we created the role of Chief Diversity Officer. That role is responsible for both helping meet our hiring goals and reviewing the content we create.

     

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

 

We have enacted policies addressing harassment, discrimination and other behaviors that could create a hostile workplace, some of which are described below.

 

  · We make available to our employees, training on preventing sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
  · We expect employees to report any violations of Company policies, including sexual harassment, they witness. Among other ways, employees can report incidents of harassment using our anonymous complaint and reporting hotline.

 

 

 

 

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Social Impact and Corporate Social Responsibility

 

We believe that the content we produce, primarily directed at young people and their families, both reflects and influences how our young viewers perceive and understand important issues. We endeavor to earn our viewers’ trust through a variety of practices, and we are focused on using our platforms to create positive social impacts.

 

By way of just a few examples: in our show Rainbow Rangers, a diverse cast of girls works to save animals and protect the environment, while demonstrating the power of teamwork; in our Llama Llama series, we teach kindness and inclusion, and feature a differently abled character, which we have been told is appreciated by moms and kids who deal with physical challenges. In the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we spread public service messages to keep our audiences safe and informed with animated shorts featuring the iconic voices from our series including Warren Buffett from The Secret Millionaires Club and Jennifer Garner, the voice of Mama Llama from the Llama Llama series.

 

Our mission statement says it all: “Content with a Purpose.” Social justice, caring about the environment and modeling appropriate and inclusionary behavior for kids has been part of our company for many years and we are constantly seeking ways to improve on what we have already been doing.

 

Acquisition of Wow Unlimited Media Inc.

 

On April 6, 2022, we completed the acquisition of Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“WOW”), a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia. On October 26, 2021 our wholly-owned subsidiary, 1326919 B.C. LTD., a corporation existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia and WOW, entered into an Arrangement Agreement to effect a transaction among the parties by way of a plan of arrangement under the arrangement provisions of Part 9, Division 5 of the Business Corporations Act. We purchased 100% of WOW’s issued and outstanding shares for approximately $38.3 million in cash and 11,057,000 shares of our common stock. We have not completed the initial accounting for the business combination which will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. The fair value of the assets and liabilities are still to be determined.

 

Recent Investments

 

Following the initial equity investment in YFE during the fourth quarter of 2021, we participated in a mandatory tender offer for the remaining publicly traded shares held by YFE shareholders. Upon the expiration of the offer on February 14, 2022, we purchased an additional 2,637,717 shares of YFE at 2.00 EUROS per share or $5.7 million in the aggregate. On March 9, 2022, bonds held by YFE shareholders, were converted into 2,574,000 shares of YFE common stock, 304,631 of which were purchased by us, at 2.00 EUROS per share or $0.6 million, increasing the number of YFE’s outstanding shares and our ownership in YFE to 45.6% as of March 31, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

We continue to work with our stakeholders (including customers, employees, consumers, suppliers, business partners and local communities) to responsibly address this global pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and assess possible implications to our business and our stakeholders and will take appropriate actions in an effort to mitigate adverse consequences. We cannot assure you that we will be successful in any such mitigation efforts. The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to negatively impact our operations will depend on future developments which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration of the pandemic, the emergence of new virus variants, new information which may emerge concerning the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, outbreaks occurring at any of our facilities, the actions taken to control the spread of COVID-19 or treat its impact, and changes in worldwide and U.S. economic conditions. Further deteriorations in economic conditions, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or otherwise, could lead to a further or prolonged decline in demand for our products and services and negatively impact our business. It may also impact financial markets and corporate credit markets which could adversely impact our access to financing or the terms of any such financing. We cannot at this time predict the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic impact, but it could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position, results of operations and cash flows. To the extent the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects our business and financial results, it may also have the effect of heightening many of the other risks described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 6, 2022, such as our ability to protect our information technology networks and infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, malware, phishing and other events that could have a security impact as a result of our remote working environment or otherwise. On March 15, 2022, we began implementing our “Return to Office” plan. We continue to be flexible with employee in-office requirements as we adjust to COVID-19 outbreaks and employee preferences for remote work.

 

Results of Operations

 

Our summary results for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and March 31, 2021 are below.

 

Revenues

 

   Three Months Ended         
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021   Change   % Change 
   (in thousands, except percentages) 
Media Advisory & Advertising Services  $986   $753   $233    31% 
Content Distribution   414    139    275    198% 
Licensing & Royalties   41    172    (131)   (76)%
Total Revenue  $1,441   $1,064   $377    35% 

 

Media Advisory & Advertising Services revenue is a combination of client retainer fee-based services and media commissions generated by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Beacon Media Group, which we acquired on February 1, 2021. The increase of 31% represents an additional month of revenue recognized during the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the first quarter of 2021.

 

Content Distribution revenue is generated from the distribution of our properties for broadcast on television, video-on-demand (“VOD”) or subscription video-on-demand (“SVOD”) in domestic and international markets and the sale of DVDs for home entertainment through our partners. Content Distribution also includes our advertising sales generated on our digital network, the Kartoon Channel! in the form of either flat rate promotions or advertising impressions served.

 

 

 

 

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Fluctuations in Content Distribution revenue are based on the achievement of revenue recognition criteria such as the start of a license period and the delivery of the content or advertisement to the customer. Revenue related to our AVOD and SVOD, including advertising sales for the three months ended March 31, 2022, increased 198% as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to the acquisition of Ameba, increasing revenue by $0.2 million.

 

Licensing & Royalties revenues are generated by the items in which we license the rights to our copyrights and trademarks of our brands and those of the brands for which we act as a licensing agent. Revenue related to our licensing and royalties for the three months ended March 31, 2022 decreased 76% as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to the expiration of certain consumer product licenses that were not renewed.

 

Expenses

 

   Three Months Ended         
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021   Change   % Change 
   (in thousands, except percentages) 
Marketing and Sales  $160   $602   $(442)   (73)%
Direct Operating Costs   344    248    96    39% 
General and Administrative   10,857    6,934    3,923    57% 
Interest Expense   55    8    47    588% 
   $11,416   $7,792   $3,624    47% 

 

Marketing and Sales expenses consist primarily of advertising expenses and certain payments made to our marketing partners. Advertising expenses include promotional activities such as digital and television advertising. Marketing expenses also include payroll and related expenses for personnel that support marketing activities. The decrease in marketing and sales expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021 was primarily due to a decrease in marketing and advertising expenses incurred to promote Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.

 

Amortization, including any impairments of film and television costs makes up the majority of our Direct Operating Costs. Expenses directly associated with the acquisition, licensing and production of content, such as participation expenses related to agreements with various animation studios, post-production studios, writers, directors, musicians or other creative talent with which we are obligated to share net profits of the properties on which they have rendered services and costs of our product sales make up the remainder of Direct Operating Costs. The increase in direct operating costs for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, was primarily due to the consolidation of Ameba’s royalty expense into our financial statements related to the Ameba Acquisition.

 

General and Administrative expenses primarily consist of payroll and related expenses, share-based compensation related to our equity compensation plan, rent, depreciation of our property and equipment and amortization of our intangible assets, as well as professional fees and other general corporate expenses. The $3.9 million increase in general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily consisted of a $1.9 million increase in share-based compensation expense primarily due to the modification of our Chief Executive Officer’s RSUs, a $1.2 million increase related to an increase in salaries and wages, directors’ and officers’ insurance and a $0.8 million increase in legal professional fees.

 

Interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2022, increased as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, primarily due to the interest incurred on our margin loan balance and the restricted cash balance sitting in an escrow account for future YFE financings.

 

 

 

 

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Other Income (Expense), Net

 

Components of other income (expense), net are summarized as follows (in thousands):

 

   Three Months Ended March 31, 
   2022   2021 
Gain (Loss) on Warrant Revaluation  $41   $(436)
Loss on Foreign Exchange   (192)   (3)
Loss on Marketable Securities Investments   (79)    
Gain on Revaluation of Equity Investment in YFE   5,395     
Interest Income   248    47 
Warrant Incentive Expense       (69,139)
Net Other Income (Expense)  $5,413   $(69,531)

 

The gain (loss) on warrant revaluation is related to the change in fair value of outstanding warrants that were determined to be derivative liabilities attached to previously issued and converted convertible notes.

 

 The foreign exchange gains and losses are due to foreign currency denominated transactions, including the foreign exchange loss on the investment in YFE’s equity securities accounted for under the fair value option.

 

We started investing in marketable securities during the year ended December 31, 2021. The net realized loss on marketable securities recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2022 reflects the loss in the investments in available-for-sale securities that will not be recovered due to prepayments of principals on certain mortgage-backed securities.

 

The gain on revaluation of the equity investment in YFE, is the change in fair value recognized on our investments in YFE accounted for using the fair value option. The gain is a result of the difference in the original cost of the YFE investments and the updated fair value based on YFE’s stock price at the end of the current reporting period.

 

Interest Income during the three months ended March 31, 2022, primarily consists of cash interest of $0.5 million received on the investments in marketable securities, net of $0.3 million for amortization of premiums.

 

The Warrant Incentive Expense is related to the fair value of new warrants that were issued in 2021 to certain existing warrant holders in exchange for previously issued outstanding warrants.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, our cash and cash equivalents (excluding restricted cash) increased by $47.8 million. Of this amount, $43.3 million, including transactional costs, was borrowed and transferred from our investment margin account to subsequently finance the WOW acquisition, as noted above.

 

As of March 31, 2022, we held marketable securities with a fair value of $101.3 million as available-for-sale, a decrease of $11.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2022. Cash in excess of immediate requirements is invested in accordance with our investment policy, primarily with a view for liquidity and capital preservation. Accordingly, the available-for-sale securities, consisting principally of corporate and government debt securities, are also available as a source of liquidity.

 

 

 

 

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During the three months ended March 31, 2022, we borrowed an additional $59.6 million from our investment margin account and repaid $8.2 million with cash received from sales and/or redemptions of our marketable securities. The borrowed amounts were used to finance our additional investments in YFE and the closing of our acquisition of WOW, in each case pledging certain of our marketable securities as collateral. The interest rate for these investment margin account borrowings fluctuates based on the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.65% with interest only payable monthly. The weighted average interest rate was 0.72% and the average balance of the borrowings was $13.6 million as of March 31, 2022. We incurred interest expense of $21,846 during the three months ended March 31, 2022. The investment margin account borrowings do not mature but are payable on demand as the custodian can issue a margin call at any time, therefore the margin loan is recorded as a current liability on our condensed consolidated balance sheets. We have the ability to borrow up to 66% of the balance held in marketable securities, with the option to increase its borrowing capacity, if needed. As of March 31, 2022, the outstanding balance of the margin loan was $57.8 million, or 57% of the balance held in marketable securities.

 

Working Capital

 

As of March 31, 2022, we had current assets of $164.3 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $49.8 million and marketable securities of $101.3 million and our current liabilities were $68.9 million. We had working capital of $95.4 million as of March 31, 2022 as compared to working capital of $115.1 million as of December 31, 2021. The decrease of $19.7 million in working capital as compared to December 31, 2021 was primarily due to the $7.8 million increase in our margin loan balance, including the offset of transfer to cash and pay down from our marketable securities and a decrease in the accounts receivable balance of $4.2 million.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, we met our immediate cash requirements through existing cash balances. Additionally, we used equity and equity-linked instruments to pay for services and compensation. We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents balances and our investments in available for sale marketable securities are sufficient to support our operations for at least the next twelve months. To meet our short and long-term liquidity needs, we expect to use existing cash and marketable securities balances.

 

Comparison of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022, and March 31, 2021

 

Our total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of March 31, 2022 and 2021 was $52.8 million and $100.5 million, respectively.

 

Comparison of Cash Flows

 

   Three Months Ended         
   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021   Change   % Change 
   (in thousands, except percentages) 
Cash Used in Operating Activities  $(5,332)  $(5,641)  $(309)   (5.5)%
Cash Used in Investing Activities   (3,145)   (8,056)   (4,911)   (61)% 
Cash Provided by Financing Activities   51,220    56,854    (5,634)   (10)% 
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash   8        8    100% 
Increase/(Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash  $42,751   $43,157   $(406)   (0.9)% 

 

Operating Activities

        

Cash used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2022 decreased $0.3 million as compared to cash used during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The change in cash used in operating activities is primarily due to the change in cash receipts and cash payments due to the timing of the acquisition and consolidation of Beacon Media Group into our financial statements on February 1, 2021.

 

 

 

 

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Investing Activities

 

Cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2022 decreased $4.9 million as compared to cash used during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The decrease in cash used for investing was primarily due to our proceeds from marketable securities of $7.4 million, offset by our investments in YFE of $6.6 million and acquisition of Ameba for $3.9 million compared to the total investment in ChizComm of $7.8 million.

 

Financing Activities

 

Cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2022 decreased by $5.6 million as compared to cash provided during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The primary source of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2022, was the net proceeds borrowed from our margin loan of $51.4 million, compared to the primary source of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2021 of $57.3 million from the warrant exercise during January 2021.

  

Material Cash Requirements

 

We have entered into arrangements that contractually obligate us to make payments that will affect our liquidity and cash flows in future periods. Our material cash requirements from known contractual and other obligations primarily relate to our debt and lease obligations and our employment and consulting contracts. The aggregate amount of future minimum purchase obligations under these agreements over the period of next five years is approximately $67.6 million as of March 31, 2022, of which $61.2 million is expected to be paid within one year. For additional information on our contractual commitments and timing of future payments, see Note 21, to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in this Report on Form 10-Q.

 

In addition to our contractual commitments as of March 31, 2022, the Company has entered into strategic acquisitions and investments to grow our business that have and/or will result in material cash requirements, including our subsequent closing of our acquisition of WOW and our additional equity investments in YFE.

 

We plan to utilize our liquidity (as described above) to fund our material cash requirements.

 

As of March 31, 2022, we do not have any material commitments for capital expenditures.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of the financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and operating results require our management to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that affect the amounts reported. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities. Actual results may differ from these estimates, and such differences may be material.

 

Note 2, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in Part I, Item 1 of this Form 10-Q and in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of the 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and “Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” in Part II, Item 7 of the 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K describe the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’). Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based upon our evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective for the three months ended March 31, 2022, in ensuring that information that we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC rules and forms. 

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, we continued to execute upon our 2021 planned remediation actions as disclosed in Item 9A. of our 2021 Annual Report on Form 10-K which was filed with the SEC on April 6, 2022, which are all intended to strengthen our overall control environment. This includes hiring additional accounting personnel at our corporate headquarters and other locations. We are committed to maintaining a strong internal control environment and believe that these remediation efforts will represent significant improvements in our control environment. Our management will continue to monitor, implement, test and evaluate the relevance of our risk-based approach and the effectiveness of our internal controls and procedures over financial reporting on an ongoing basis and is committed to taking further action and implementing additional enhancements or improvements, as necessary and as funds allow.

 

 

Inherent Limitations over Internal Controls

 

Internal control over financial reporting cannot provide absolute assurance of achieving financial reporting objectives because of its inherent limitations, including the possibility of human error and circumvention by collusion or overriding of controls. Accordingly, even an effective internal control system may not prevent or detect material misstatements on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

As of March 31, 2022, there were no material pending legal proceedings to which the Company is a party or as to which any of its property is subject other than described below.

 

As previously disclosed, the Company, its Chief Executive Officer Andy Heyward, and its Chief Financial Officer Robert Denton, are named as defendants in a putative class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and styled In re Genius Brands International, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. 2:20-cv-07457 DSF (RAOx). Initially, the lead plaintiffs alleged generally that the defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) by making materially false or misleading statements regarding the Company’s business and business prospects, artificially inflating the Company’s stock price during an alleged class period running from March 11, 2020, through July 5, 2020. Plaintiffs sought unspecified damages on behalf of the alleged class of persons who invested in our common stock during the alleged class period. The defendants moved to dismiss lead plaintiffs’ amended complaint; and in a decision issued on August 30, 2021, the Court dismissed the amended complaint but granted lead plaintiffs a further opportunity to plead a claim.

 

On September 27, 2021, the lead plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint, naming the same defendants. The new complaint alleges that the Company made numerous false or misleading statements about the Company’s business and business prospects over an alleged class period running from March 11, 2020, through March 30, 2021, which they say violated Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act. Lead plaintiffs also allege a “scheme to defraud” during 2020 that involved several private placements of Company stock with an allegedly “insider” group of investors that purportedly then issued press releases that inflated the stock price, after which these investors purportedly sold their shares at higher prices. None of these investors (save Mr. Heyward, who is not alleged to have sold his shares) is named as a defendant in the securities action. The lead plaintiffs again seek unspecified damages on behalf of the alleged class—persons who invested in the Company’s common stock during the newly alleged class period. In November 2021, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the second amended complaint, and the motion is fully briefed. Shortly before a scheduled argument on the motion, the court cancelled the hearing and is expected to rule based on the parties’ written submissions. The Company cannot predict the outcome of the motion or the timing of a decision from the Court. Pending resolution of the motion to dismiss, neither discovery nor other substantive proceedings are occurring nor expected.

 

Related to the securities class action, the Company’s directors, together with Messrs. Heyward and Denton have been named as defendants in several putative stockholder derivative lawsuits. As previously disclosed, these include a consolidated proceeding pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and styled In re Genius Brands Stockholder Derivative Litigation, Case No. 2:20-cv-08277 DSF (RAOx); an action filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court captioned Ly, etc. v. Heyward, et al., Case No. 20STCV44611; and an additional case pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, styled Miceli, etc. v. Heyward, et al., Case No. 3:21-cv-00132-MMD-WGC. While the allegations and legal claims vary somewhat among the derivative actions, they all generally allege that the defendants breached fiduciary duties owed to the Company by, among other things, causing the Company to issue the supposedly false and misleading statements that underlie the securities lawsuit, purportedly exposing the Company to liability and damaging the Company in an unspecified amount. By these derivative lawsuits, the plaintiffs seek no recovery from the Company. Instead, as a stockholder derivative action, the Company is named as a nominal defendant. The plaintiffs, all alleged stockholders of the Company, purport to sue on behalf and for the benefit of the Company. Pursuant to agreements among the parties, the courts in all of the derivative lawsuits have stayed proceedings pending the outcome of the motion to dismiss in the securities action.

 

The Company is also a nominal defendant in an action filed January 11, 2022, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and styled Todd Augenbaum v. Anson Investments Master Fund LP, et al., Case No. 1:22-cv-00249 VM. The action, which again purports to be brought on behalf and for the benefit of the Company, seeks the recovery under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act of supposed short-swing profits allegedly realized by roughly a dozen persons and entities that participated as investors in certain of the Company’s private placements of securities in 2020. Plaintiff Augenbaum, who purports to be a Company stockholder, filed his lawsuit after issuing a demand to the Company’s Board of Directors asking that the Company sue the investor defendants. The Company rejected the demand in late December 2021, and Mr. Augenbaum sued a few weeks later, as Section 16(b) permits him to do. No Company officer or director is among the defendants. The defendant investors in the action have requested court permission to file motions to dismiss the action, as that court’s rules contemplate. These requests are currently pending; there is otherwise no current activity in the case. The Company cannot predict the outcome of the requests to file the motions to dismiss, the timing of court action on the requests, or the outcome of the lawsuit more generally, but again notes that plaintiff seeks no relief against the Company.

 

 

 

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On January 18, 2022, the Company was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York styled Harold Chizick and Jennifer Chizick v. Genius Brands International, Inc., ChizComm Ltd., Index No. 650278/2022, alleging: (1) breach of employment agreement, (2) breach of duty of good faith, (3) constructive dismissal, (4) indemnification, (5) violation of the Employment Standards Act 2000 of Ontario, and (6) defamation. On February 25, 2022, the Company filed a Motion to Dismiss on the ground that venue is improper. In response, Plaintiffs’ counsel has advised that they will be amending their complaint to address the arguments in the Company’s venue motion. Plaintiffs filed their Amended Complaint on March 17, 2022, adding a claim for Reformation of the Plaintiffs’ Employment Agreements to address the Company’s lack of venue argument and a claim for Breach of Escrow Agreement regarding alleged release of shares held in escrow pursuant to the parties’ Purchase and Sale Agreement. On April 25,2022, the Company filed a Motion for Partial Dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint seeking (1) dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims for Indemnification and Defamation and (2) a stay of Plaintiffs’ claim for Breach of Escrow Agreement pending the required arbitration of this claim. This Motion has not yet been ruled on and the case remains at the pleading stage with no trial date set.

 

In all of the above-mentioned active proceedings, the Company has denied and continues to deny any wrongdoing and intends to defend the claims vigorously.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

 

There have been no material changes to the Risk Factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

 

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

 

On February 18, 2022, the Company issued 350,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.89 per share to a consultant for advisory services. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

On February 24, 2022, the Company issued 36,196 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.81 per share, which were held in escrow as part of the ChizComm acquisition. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

 

Exhibit

No.

Description
31.1* Section 302 Certification of Chief Executive Officer.
   
31.2* Section 302 Certification of Chief Financial Officer.
   
32.1** Section 906 Certification of Chief Executive Officer.
   
32.2** Section 906 Certification of Chief Financial Officer.
   
101.INS* XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH* XBRL Schema Document
101.CAL* XBRL Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF* XBRL Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB* XBRL Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE* XBRL Presentation Linkbase Document

____________________________ 

* Filed herewith

 

** Furnished herewith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
   
Date: May 16, 2022 By: /s/ Andy Heyward
   

Andy Heyward

Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer)

     
     
Date: May 16, 2022 By: /s/ Robert L Denton
   

Robert L. Denton

Chief Financial Officer

    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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