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H/Cell Energy
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10-K 2020-03-25 Annual: 2019-12-31
10-Q 2019-11-12 Quarter: 2019-09-30
S-1 2019-07-19 Public Filing
10-Q 2019-08-07 Quarter: 2019-06-30
10-Q 2019-05-15 Quarter: 2019-03-31
S-1 2019-03-29 Public Filing
10-K 2019-03-26 Annual: 2018-12-31
10-Q 2018-11-08 Quarter: 2018-09-30
10-Q 2018-08-10 Quarter: 2018-06-30
10-Q 2018-06-27 Quarter: 2018-03-31
10-K 2018-04-02 Annual: 2017-12-31
10-Q 2017-11-09 Quarter: 2017-09-30
10-Q 2017-08-14 Quarter: 2017-06-30
10-Q 2017-05-19 Quarter: 2017-03-31
10-K 2017-03-24 Annual: 2016-12-31
10-Q 2016-10-25 Quarter: 2016-09-30
8-K 2020-03-25 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2020-01-15 Enter Agreement, Sale of Shares, Exhibits
8-K 2020-01-03 Enter Agreement, Exhibits
8-K 2019-11-12 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-10-17
8-K 2019-08-07 Earnings, Exhibits
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8-K 2019-03-26 Earnings, Exhibits
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HCCC 2019-12-31
Part I
Item 1 - Business
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 1B - Unresolved Staff Comments
Item 2 - Properties
Item 3 - Legal Proceedings
Item 4 - Mine Safety Disclosures
Part II
Item 5 - Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
Item 6 - Selected Financial Data
Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 7A - Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 8 - Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
Part I - Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements
Item 9 - Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures
Item 9A - Controls and Procedures
Item 9B - Other Information
Part III
Item 10 - Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
Item 11 - Executive Compensation
Item 12 - Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
Item 13 - Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
Item 14 - Principal Accounting Fees and Services
Part IV
Item 15 - Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules
Item 16 - Form 10-K Summary
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H/Cell Energy Earnings 2019-12-31

HCCC 10K Annual Report

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DIGP 5 1 1 2 1 -2 -1 6 38% -4.1 -120%
CMXC 69 0 2 0 0 -1 -1 68 74% -76.9 -202%
CCSB 6 51 44 0 0 -0 -0 3 79% -103.5 -0%
HCCC 3 4 2 7 2 -1 -0 3 30% -64.6 -16%
MOJO 6 1 1 0 0 6 49% 29.6 -21,020,900%
FHRT 6 249 244 80 21 6 18 -3 26% -0.2 2%
NAUH 6 38 46 52 0 -25 -22 -3 0% 0.1 -66%
WSCO 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0% 242.1 260%
XCO 6 1,033 2,059 304 0 -183 -90 -57 0% 0.6 -18%

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2019

 

Commission File Number 000-55802

 

H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   47-4823945

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

3010 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200        
Dallas, TX   75234   (972) 888-6009
(Address of principal executive office)   (Zip Code)   (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: Common Stock, $0.0001 par value

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined by Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No ☒

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. Yes ☐ No ☒

 

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 and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 229.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The aggregate market value of the voting common equity held by non-affiliates as of June 30, 2019, based on the closing sales price of the common stock as quoted on the OTCQB was $627,863. For purposes of this computation, all officers, directors, and 5 percent beneficial owners of the registrant are deemed to be affiliates. Such determination should not be deemed an admission that such directors, officers, or 5 percent beneficial owners are, in fact, affiliates of the registrant.

 

As of March 24, 2020, there were 7,757,024 shares of registrant’s common stock outstanding.

 

 

 

 
 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

      PAGE
PART I      
       
Item 1. Business   3
Item 1A. Risk Factors   7
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments   17
Item 2. Properties   17
Item 3. Legal Proceedings   17
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures   17
       
PART II      
       
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities   18
Item 6. Selected Financial Data   18
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   19
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk   25
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data   F-1 – F-27
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosures   26
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures   26
Item 9B. Other Information   26
       
PART III      
       
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance   27
Item 11. Executive Compensation   30
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters   31
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence   32
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services   32
       
PART IV      
       
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules   33
Item 16. Form 10-K Summary   35
       
  Signatures   36

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1 - BUSINESS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (including the section regarding Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations) contains forward-looking statements regarding our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not deemed to represent an all-inclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements as denoted in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Additionally, statements concerning future matters are forward-looking statements.

 

Although forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K reflect the good faith judgment of our Management, such statements can only be based on facts and factors currently known by us. Consequently, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes discussed in or anticipated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences in results and outcomes include, without limitation, those specifically addressed under the heading “Risks Factors” below, as well as those discussed elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). You can read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. You can obtain additional information about the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. In addition, the SEC maintains an Internet site (www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC, including us.

 

We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made throughout the entirety of this annual Report, which attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Overview

 

We were formed in August 2015 to expand upon the successful implementation of a hydrogen energy system used to completely power a residence or commercial property with clean energy so that it can run independent of the utility grid and also provide energy to the utility grid for monetary credits. This system uses renewal energy as its source for hydrogen production. We believe that it is a revolutionary green-energy concept that is safe, renewable, self-sustaining and cost effective.

 

Market Potential

 

According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2019, renewable energy will become the leading source of primary energy consumption by 2050. During that time, the market share of renewable energy is expected to rise from its current 15% to 30%. This rapid growth in the use of renewable energy is led by continued expansion in renewable energy technology, the need to lessen dependency on fossil fuel energy, grid-based vulnerabilities and the battle against global warming.

 

As we are one of the first providers of a hydrogen energy system for residential housing, we are creating this new market within the renewable energy sector. As a result, there is no expectation or basis for any projections of the future of this market. Since the market did not exist previously, there can only be growth, not a decline, and we are, through the use of these statistics, showing that there is a significant market opportunity for hydrogen energy in the renewable energy sector. While the statistics show that there is expected to be a significant growth in renewable energy market, we cannot provide any assurances as to how much, if any, of this market, we will be able to capture.

 

Technology Overview

 

There are great benefits to hydrogen energy. The use of hydrogen as a fuel produces no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Unlike fossil fuels, the sole emission from hydrogen fuel is chemically pure water. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using renewable energy from the sun and unlike batteries, hydrogen energy can be stored indefinitely. There is no drilling, fracking or mining required to produce hydrogen energy. We believe it is safe and efficient, and the cleanest energy source on the planet. In addition to offering this self-sustaining clean energy system using hydrogen and fuel cell technology, we offer a number of renewable energy services, such as audits of energy consumption, review of energy/tax credits available, feasibility studies, solar/battery system installation, zoning/permitting analysis, site design/preparation and restoration, system startup, testing, commissioning, maintenance and interconnection applications.

 

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The HC-1 System

 

We have succeeded in developing a hydrogen energy system designed to create electricity. We call the hydrogen energy system the HC-1. The HC-1 system functions as a self-sustaining renewable energy system. It can be configured as an off grid solution for all your electricity needs or it can be connected to the grid to generate energy credits. Its production of hydrogen is truly eco-friendly, as it is not produced by the use of fossil fuels. It is a system comprised of solar, batteries, a hydrogen generator, a fuel cell and a hydrogen storage tank.

 

When there is sunlight, the solar produce renewable energy that charges a bank of batteries. After the batteries are fully charged, the excess electricity is then combined with water through a hydrogen generator that extracts the hydrogen from the water in a gasified state, which is safely transferred to a tank and stored for later use. If the tank is full, excess electricity is sent from the batteries to the utility grid, which results in energy credits for the system owner.

 

The HC-1 system is connected to the residential or commercial property. The electricity is always provided by the charged batteries. If there is no solar to charge the batteries, the system keeps the batteries fully charged by using hydrogen stored in the tank, which processed through a fuel cell, creates the electricity. As the system is able to produce hydrogen, that keeps the hydrogen tank full, it provides a continuous supply of clean energy and sustainability that is independent from the grid.

 

Each HC-1 system is custom designed to accommodate the electrical loads for an end user. The system is completely scalable. Typically, one HC-1 standard system configuration can provide 40 kWh per day, which is a sufficient amount of electricity to satisfy the daily demand of a majority of homes in the United States. If the customer is connected to the utility grid, excess energy production can be transferred to the utility company at market rates. Energy credits for production alone are also available in some states.

 

Solar Modules and Racking Solar Inverters Battery Inverters

 

   
Batteries and Enclosure HC-1 Outdoor Enclosure Hydrogen Generator

 

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Fuel Cell Hydrogen Tank Hydrogen Tank Connected

 

We are an integrator of technology, so we do not manufacture any of the components of our HC-1 system. All components are purchased from various suppliers. We do not have any formal relationships with any suppliers as all of the components are readily available off-the-shelf from a number of various suppliers. As such, when we need to obtain components, we are able to source such components at that time and at the best available price.

 

Each project is customized to meet the particular needs of the client. Various factors, including the size of the residence or commercial property, the amount of electricity needed to be generated and the amount of solar availability, all impact the price charged on a project.

 

All project work is performed to specifications that meet local utility requirements as well as domestic and international building codes. Once the system is operational, we remotely receive data to monitor its performance and energy efficiency to confirm the system is functioning as expected. We will also provide any additional maintenance required at standard labor rates. Each of the components has a manufacturer’s warranty that is at least one year in duration. If components need to be replaced after the one year workmanship warranty, we will secure replacement components, under warranty if possible, and we will install at our standard labor rates.

 

Growth Strategy

 

We intend to aggressively grow our business, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. We intend to continue to acquire companies with licensed contractors in various states and regions, which will allow us to expand the territories in which we can build our systems. These acquired companies will also provide us with a consistent revenue stream, a customer base for marketing our HC-1 systems and technicians that can be trained to design and install our systems.

 

Pride Subsidiary

 

On January 31, 2017, we entered into a share exchange agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) with The Pride Group (QLD) Pty Ltd., an Australian corporation (“Pride”), Turquino Equity LLC (“Turquino”) and Stephen Paul Mullane and Marie Louise Mullane as Trustees of the Mullane Family Trust (together with Turquino, the “Pride Shareholders”). Pursuant to the Exchange Agreement, we acquired all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Pride from the Pride Shareholders in exchange for an aggregate of 3,800,000 shares of our common stock. Andrew Hidalgo and Matthew Hidalgo, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, respectively, are each a managing partner of Turquino.

 

Pride sells, designs, installs and maintains a variety of technology products in the security systems market, including commercial alarm systems, access control and video surveillance. Pride also provides annual maintenance contracts. The division generates approximately half of its revenue from government contracts and the other half from the commercial sector. Pride has recurring annual maintenance revenue of close to AUD $1.7 million. Pride is a certified security systems integrator for the Queensland Government and has various government contracts in place for installation, maintenance and project services. Pride also works with a number of general contractors as a subcontractor for security systems integration.

 

Pride has a renewable energy division that designs, installs and maintains a variety of technology services in the clean energy market, including audits of energy consumption, review of energy and tax credits available, feasibility studies, solar/battery energy system design, zoning and permitting analysis, site design/preparation and restoration, system startup, testing and commissioning and maintenance. The division has a significant bid list and has begun to generate limited revenue for renewable energy systems focusing on the residential, commercial and government sectors.

 

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PVBJ Subsidiary

 

On February 1, 2018, we acquired PVBJ Inc. (“PVBJ”) for 444,445 shares of our common stock with a fair value of $1,177,779 and $221,800 in earn-out liability. Established in 2008 and historically profitable, PVBJ is well recognized for the design, installation, maintenance and emergency service of environmental systems both in residential and commercial markets. PVBJ is now expanding into renewable energy systems. PVBJ has an extensive and notable customer base.

 

Competition

 

Given the increasing focus on renewable energy to offset the environmental problems caused by fossil fuels, the renewable energy industry is highly competitive, and rapidly evolving. Our major competitors include leading global companies, and other regional and local energy providers.

 

In the markets where we plan to conduct business, we will compete with many energy producers including electric utilities and large independent power producers. There is also competition from fossil fuel sources such as natural gas and coal, and other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The competition depends on the resources available within the specific markets. However, we believe that our system allows us to compete favorably with traditional utilities and other renewable energy systems in the regions we service.

 

Although the cost to produce clean, reliable, renewable energy is becoming more competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources, it generally remains more expensive to produce, and the reliability of its supply is less consistent than traditional fossil fuel. Deregulation and consumer preference are becoming important factors in increasing the development of renewable energy projects.

 

However, as a company with only a short operating history, substantially all of our competitors have advantages over us in terms of greater operational, financial, technical, management or other resources in particular markets or in general. While hydrogen energy has certain advantages when compared to other power generating technologies, it is one of the newer and less established methods of renewable energy and therefore currently has less market acceptance.

 

Governmental Regulation

 

We are subject to laws and regulations affecting our operations in a number of areas. These U.S. and foreign laws and regulations affect the Company’s activities which include, but are not limited to, the areas of zoning, permitting, labor, advertising, consumer protection, real estate, billing, quality of services, intellectual property and ownership and infringement, tax, import and export requirements, anti-corruption, foreign exchange controls and cash repatriation restrictions, data privacy requirements, anti-competition, environmental, and health and safety. In the U.S., our operations are subject to stringent and complex federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the occupational health and safety of our employees and wage regulations. For example, we are subject to the requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, as amended, or OSHA, and comparable state laws that protect and regulate employee health and safety. We expend resources to maintain compliance with OSHA requirements and industry best practices.

 

Regulatory Matters

 

If a customer wishes to connect our system to the electrical grid in order to generate energy credits, the customer needs to obtain interconnection agreements from the applicable local primary electricity utility. Prior to an installation of the HC-1 system, on behalf of the customer, we will submit an interconnection application with the local public utility company to become a certified renewable energy generator. Approval of the application is based on a balance of historical consumption and the amount of renewable energy to be produced. In almost all cases, interconnection agreements are standard form agreements that have been pre-approved by the local public utility commission or other regulatory body with jurisdiction over interconnection. As such, no additional regulatory approvals are required once interconnection agreements are signed. In our experience, there has not been any cost involved in obtaining an interconnection agreement, but as the requirements are determined on a local basis, it may be possible that some nominal costs are involved in connection with the process.

 

Government Incentives

 

We intend to focus on states or countries whose government supports a regulatory standard requiring its utility companies to increase their production of energy from renewable energy sources. These governments have established various incentives and financial mechanisms to accelerate and promote the use of renewable energy sources. If the customer obtains an interconnection agreement from the applicable local primary electricity utility, once the HC-1 system is operational, the HC-1 system end user can eliminate their electric bill and, if in a permissible state, can begin generating energy credits.

 

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Employees

 

As of March 24, 2020, we had 46 full time employees, of which 26 worked for Pride, 16 for PVBJ, and four at corporate. We plan to hire employees on an as-needed basis. None of our employees are represented by a labor union, and we believe that our relations with our employees are good.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

Risks Related to Our Company and Our Business

 

We have a short operating history and have generated minimal revenue to date. This makes it difficult to evaluate our future prospects and increases the risk that we will not be successful.

 

We were incorporated in August 2015, have been operating for less than five years. As a result, we have a very limited operating history for you to evaluate in assessing our future prospects. We are subject to all risks inherent in a developing business enterprise. Our likelihood of continued success must be considered in light of the problems, expenses, difficulties, complications, and delays frequently encountered in connection with the services industry and the competitive and regulatory environment in which we operate. As a new industry, there are few established companies whose business models we can follow. Similarly, there is little information about comparable companies for potential investors to review in making a decision about whether to invest in the Company.

 

Potential investors should consider, among other factors, our prospects for success in light of the risks and uncertainties generally encountered by companies that, like us, are in their early stages. We may not successfully address these risks and uncertainties or successfully implement our operating strategies. If we fail to do so, it could materially harm our business to the point of having to cease operations and could impair the value of our common stock to the point investors may lose their entire investment.

 

For as long as we are an emerging growth company, we will not be required to comply with certain reporting requirements, including those relating to accounting standards and disclosure about our executive compensation, that apply to other public companies.

 

In April 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or the JOBS Act, was signed into law. The JOBS Act contains provisions that, among other things, relax certain reporting requirements for “emerging growth companies,” including certain requirements relating to accounting standards and compensation disclosure. We are classified as an emerging growth company. For as long as we are an emerging growth company, which may be up to five full fiscal years, unlike other public companies, we will not be required to, among other things, (1) provide an auditor’s attestation report on management’s assessment of the effectiveness of our system of internal control over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, (2) comply with any new requirements adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or the PCAOB, requiring mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report in which the auditor would be required to provide additional information about the audit and the financial statements of the issuer, (3) comply with any new audit rules adopted by the PCAOB after April 5, 2012 unless the SEC determines otherwise, (4) provide certain disclosure regarding executive compensation required of larger public companies or (5) hold unit holder advisory votes on executive compensation.

 

Our services have never been provided on a mass market commercial basis, and we do not know whether they will be accepted by the market.

 

The market for residential or commercial properties to run on hydrogen energy is a relatively new concept and the extent to which its use will be widely adopted is uncertain. To date, we are only aware of four homes, which we installed, that have been successful with this technology, and that is not a large enough market to prove our concept. If our services are not accepted by the market our financial condition will be negatively impacted. The development of a successful market for our proposed operations and our ability to implement our business plan may be affected by a number of factors, many of which are beyond our control. If our proposed operations fail to gain sufficient market acceptance, our business plans, prospects, results of operations and financial condition will be negatively impacted.

 

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If hydrogen energy technology is not suitable for widespread adoption at economically attractive rates of return or if sufficient additional demand for hydrogen energy systems does not develop or takes longer to develop than we anticipate, we may not achieve significant net sales and we may be unable to obtain or sustain profitability.

 

In comparison to fossil fuel-based electricity generation, the hydrogen energy market is at an early stage of development. If hydrogen technology proves unsuitable for widespread adoption at economically attractive rates of return or if additional demand for hydrogen energy systems fails to develop sufficiently or takes longer to develop than we anticipate, we may be unable to grow our business or generate sufficient net sales to obtain profitability. In addition, demand for hydrogen energy systems in our targeted markets may develop to a lesser extent than we anticipate. Many factors may affect the viability of widespread adoption of hydrogen energy technology and demand for hydrogen energy systems, including the following:

 

cost-effectiveness of the electricity generated by hydrogen energy systems compared to conventional energy sources, such as natural gas and coal (which fuel sources may be subject to significant price fluctuations from time to time), and other non-solar renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind;
   
performance, reliability, and availability of energy generated by hydrogen energy systems compared to conventional and other renewable energy sources and products, particularly conventional energy generation capable of providing 24-hour, non-intermittent baseload power;
   
success of other renewable energy generation technologies, such as solar, hydroelectric, tidal, wind, geothermal, and biomass;
   
fluctuations in economic and market conditions that affect the price of, and demand for, conventional and non-solar renewable energy sources, such as increases or decreases in the prices of natural gas, coal, oil, and other fossil fuels;
   
fluctuations in capital expenditures by end-users of renewable energy systems, which tend to decrease when the economy slows and when interest rates increase; and
   
availability, substance, and magnitude of support programs including government targets, subsidies, incentives, and renewable portfolio standards to accelerate the development of the hydrogen energy industry.

 

Our business currently depends on the availability of rebates, tax credits and other financial incentives. The expiration, elimination or reduction of these rebates, credits and incentives would adversely impact our business.

 

U.S. federal, state and local government bodies provide incentives to end users, distributors, system integrators and manufacturers of renewable energy systems like ours to promote renewable energy electricity in the form of rebates, tax credits and other financial incentives such as system performance payments, payments for renewable energy credits associated with renewable energy generation and the exclusion of renewable energy systems from property tax assessments. We rely on these governmental rebates, tax credits and other financial incentives to incentivize customers to buy our HC-1 systems. However, these incentives may expire on a particular date, end when the allocated funding is exhausted or be reduced or terminated as solar energy adoption rates increase. These reductions or terminations often occur without warning.

 

The federal government currently offers an investment tax credit of qualified expenditures under Section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code, or the Federal ITC, for the installation of certain residential renewable energy systems, such as our HC-1 system. The credit was at 30% for projects that were placed in service by December 31, 2019, then decline to 26% for systems placed in service by December 21, 2020, and to 22% for systems placed in service by December 31, 2021. The credit is scheduled to expire effective January 1, 2022. This credit was previously scheduled to expire effective January 1, 2017, and there can be no assurances that it will be further extended, or if extended, that the amount of the tax credit will remain at similar levels.

 

Reductions in, eliminations of, or expirations of, governmental incentives could adversely impact our results of operations and ability to compete in our industry by increasing the overall cost of the HC-1 system to our customers, which would effectively reduce the size of our addressable market.

 

We rely on net metering and related policies to attract and incentivize customers to purchase our hydrogen energy systems.

 

Most states in the U.S. have a regulatory policy known as net energy metering, or net metering, available to customers. Net metering allows our customers to interconnect their hydrogen energy systems to the utility grid and offset their utility electricity purchases by receiving a bill credit at the utility’s retail rate for energy generated by their solar energy system that is exported to the grid in excess of the electric load used by the customers. At the end of the billing period, the customer simply pays for the net energy used or receives a credit at the retail rate if more energy is produced than consumed. Utilities operating in states without a net metering policy may receive hydrogen electricity that is exported to the grid when there is no simultaneous energy demand by the customer without providing retail compensation to the customer for this generation.

 

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Our ability to sell our hydrogen energy systems and the electricity they generate may be adversely impacted by the failure to expand existing limits on the amount of net metering in states that have implemented it, the failure to adopt a net metering policy where it currently is not in place, the imposition of new charges that only or disproportionately impact customers that utilize net metering or reductions in the amount or value of credit that customers receive through net metering. Our ability to sell our HC-1 systems and our customers’ ability to sell the electricity they generate may also be adversely impacted by the unavailability of expedited or simplified interconnection for grid-tied hydrogen energy systems or any limitation on the number of customer interconnections or amount of hydrogen energy that utilities are required to allow in their service territory or some part of the grid. For example, in October 2015, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission capped the state’s net metering program at existing levels, and in late-December 2015, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission effectively capped the state’s net metering program at existing levels and imposed additional monthly charges on customers who interconnect their renewable energy systems. In addition, utilities in some states, such as Arizona, have proposed imposing additional monthly charges on customers who interconnect renewable energy systems installed on their homes. If such charges are imposed, the cost savings associated with switching to hydrogen energy may be significantly reduced and our ability to attract future customers could be impacted.

 

Existing electric utility industry regulations, and changes to regulations, may present technical, regulatory and economic barriers to the purchase and use of hydrogen energy systems that may reduce demand for our hydrogen energy systems.

 

Federal, state and local government regulations and policies concerning the electric utility industry, utility rate structures, interconnection procedures, internal policies and regulations promulgated by electric utilities, heavily influence the market for electricity generation products and services. These regulations and policies often relate to electricity pricing and the interconnection of customer-owned electricity generation. In the United States, governments and utilities continuously modify these regulations and policies. These regulations and policies could deter potential customers from purchasing renewable energy, including our HC-1 systems. This could result in a reduction in potential demand for our hydrogen energy systems. In addition, depending on the region, electricity generated by our HC-1 systems would compete most effectively with higher priced peak-hour electricity from the electric grid, rather than the lower average price of electricity. Modifications to the utilities’ peak-hour pricing policies or rate design, such as a flat rate, would require us to lower the price of our hydrogen energy systems to compete with the price of electricity from the electric grid.

 

Future changes to government or internal utility regulations and policies that favor electric utilities could also reduce our competitiveness, cause a significant reduction in demand for our products and services, and threaten the economics of our existing energy contracts. For example, in October 2015, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission capped the state’s net metering program at existing levels and net metering no longer is available to new customers. In late-December 2015, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission also effectively capped the state’s net metering program at existing levels and net metering no longer is available to new customers. In addition, Nevada’s rules include significant additional monthly charges on customers who interconnect their solar energy systems, significant reduction in the amount of bill credit for energy generated by their solar energy system that is exported to the grid in excess of electric load used by customers, and application of the new rules to existing customers with solar energy systems.

 

Project development or construction activities may not be successful and proposed projects may not receive required permits or construction may not proceed as planned.

 

The development and construction of our proposed projects will involve various risks. Success in developing a particular project is contingent upon, among other things: (i) negotiation of satisfactory engineering, procurement and construction agreements; (ii) receipt of required governmental permits and approvals, including the right to interconnect to the electric grid on economically acceptable terms; (iii) payment of interconnection and other deposits (some of which may be non-refundable); and (iv) timely implementation and satisfactory completion of construction.

 

Successful completion of a particular project may be adversely affected by numerous factors, including: (i) delays in obtaining required governmental permits and approvals with acceptable conditions; (ii) unforeseen engineering problems; (iii) construction delays and contractor performance shortfalls; (iv) work stoppages; (v) cost over-runs; (vi) equipment and materials supply; (vii) adverse weather conditions; and (viii) environmental and geological conditions.

 

The hydrogen energy industry competes with both conventional power industries and other renewable power industries.

 

The hydrogen energy industry faces intense competition from companies in the energy industry, such as nuclear, natural gas and fossil fuels as well as other renewable energy providers, including solar, biomass and wind. Other energy sources may benefit from innovations that reduce costs, increase safety or otherwise improve their competitiveness. New natural resources may be discovered, or global economic, business or political developments may disproportionately benefit conventional energy sources. Governments may support certain renewable energy sources and not support hydrogen energy. If we cannot compete with the providers of other energy sources, it may materially and adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.

 

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To execute our overall business strategy, we will likely require additional working capital, which may not be available on terms favorable to us or at all. If additional capital is not available or is available at unattractive terms, we may be forced to delay, reduce the scope of or eliminate our operations.

 

We have an ambitious business plan for strong growth of our business, which will likely require us to raise additional financing to supplement our cash flows from operations to fully execute. We intend to use proceeds from our recent private placement to implement our business strategy. We believe that since we are now a public company, we will have a greater potential ability to issue stock in lieu of cash, including for acquisitions and employee retention.

 

We expect that we will require additional financing to execute our business strategy. To the extent we raise additional capital through the sale of equity securities, the issuance of those securities could result in dilution to our shareholders. In addition, if we obtain debt financing, a substantial portion of our operating cash flow may be dedicated to the payment of principal and interest on such indebtedness, thus limiting funds available for our business activities. If adequate funds are not available, we may be required to reduce our marketing and sales efforts or reduce or curtail our operations.

 

There can be no assurance that if we were to need additional funds to meet obligations we have incurred, or may incur in the future, that additional financing arrangements would be available in amounts or on terms acceptable to us, if at all. Furthermore, if adequate additional funds are not available, we may be required to delay, reduce the scope of, or eliminate material parts of the implementation of our business strategy.

 

We face strong competition from other energy companies, including traditional and renewable providers.

 

Although we offer a unique solution, the energy provider business is competitive. Our competitors range in size from small companies to large multinational corporations. Our main competitors vary by region and energy services offered. We compete against other renewable energy providers that offer solar and wind, as well as traditional electricity providers. Almost all of our competitors have greater financial and other resources than we do and may be able to grow more quickly or better respond to changing business and economic conditions. Many of our competitors also have greater access to capital and we may not be able to compete successfully with them.

 

Our lack of diversification will increase the risk of an investment in us, and our financial condition and results of operations may deteriorate if we fail to diversify.

 

Our current business focuses primarily on one area of the renewable energy space, the hydrogen energy sector. Larger companies have the ability to manage their risk by diversification. However, we currently lack diversification, specifically in terms of the nature of our business. As a result, we will likely be impacted more acutely by factors affecting our industry and sector in which we operate, than we would if our business were more diversified, enhancing our risk profile.

 

If we fail to successfully introduce new products or services, we may lose market position.

 

New products, product improvements, line extensions or new services will be an important factor in our sales growth. If we fail to identify emerging technological trends, to maintain and improve the competitiveness of our existing products and services or to successfully introduce new products or services on a timely basis, we may lose market position.

 

The industry in which we operate has relatively low barriers to entry and increased competition could result in margin erosion, which would make profitability even more difficult to sustain.

 

Other than the technical skills required in our business, the barriers to entry in our business are relatively low. We do not have any intellectual property rights to protect our business methods and business start-up costs do not pose a significant barrier to entry. The success of our business is dependent on our employees, customer relations and the successful performance of our services. If we face increased competition as a result of new entrants in our markets, we could experience reduced operating margins and loss of market share and brand recognition.

 

Our failure to attract and retain engineering personnel or maintain appropriate staffing levels could adversely affect our business.

 

Our success depends upon our attracting and retaining skilled engineering personnel. Competition for such skilled personnel in our industry is high and at times can be extremely intense, especially for engineers and project managers, and we cannot be certain that we will be able to hire sufficiently qualified personnel in adequate numbers to meet the demand for our services. We also believe that our success depends to a significant extent on the ability of our key personnel to operate effectively, both individually and as a group. Additionally, we cannot be certain that we will be able to hire the requisite number of experienced and skilled personnel when necessary in order to service the number of contracts we may have at a particular time, particularly if the market for related personnel is competitive. Conversely, if we maintain or increase our staffing levels in anticipation of one or more projects and the projects are delayed, reduced or terminated, we may underutilize the additional personnel, which could reduce our operating margins, reduce our earnings and possibly harm our results of operations. If we are unable to obtain a sufficient number of contracts or effectively complete such contracts due to staffing deficiencies, our revenues may decline and we may experience continued losses.

 

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Acquisitions involve risks that could result in a reduction of our operating results, cash flows and liquidity.

 

We have made two acquisitions since January 1, 2017 and currently intend to grow our business by making additional strategic acquisitions, although we currently have no agreements to do so. However, we may not be able to identify suitable acquisition opportunities, or may be unable to complete such acquisitions. We may pay for acquisitions with our common stock or with convertible securities, which may dilute your investment in our common stock, or we may decide to pursue acquisitions that investors may not agree with. In connection with our acquisitions, we may also agree to substantial earn-out arrangements. To the extent we defer the payment of the purchase price for any acquisition through a cash earn-out arrangement, it will reduce our cash flows in subsequent periods. In addition, acquisitions may expose us to operational challenges and risks, including:

 

  the ability to profitably manage acquired businesses or successfully integrate the acquired business’ operations and financial reporting and accounting control systems into our business;
     
  increased indebtedness and contingent purchase price obligations associated with an acquisition;
     
  the ability to fund cash flow shortages that may occur if anticipated revenue is not realized or is delayed, whether by general economic or market conditions, or unforeseen internal difficulties;
     
  the availability of funding sufficient to meet increased capital needs;
     
  diversion of management’s attention; and
     
  the ability to retain or hire qualified personnel required for expanded operations.

 

Completing acquisitions may require significant management time and financial resources because we may need to assimilate widely dispersed operations with distinct corporate cultures. In addition, acquired companies may have liabilities that we failed, or were unable, to discover in the course of performing due diligence investigations. We cannot assure you that the indemnification granted to us by sellers of acquired companies will be sufficient in amount, scope or duration to fully offset the possible liabilities associated with businesses or properties we assume upon consummation of an acquisition. We may learn additional information about our acquired businesses that materially adversely affect us, such as unknown or contingent liabilities and liabilities related to compliance with applicable laws. Any such liabilities, individually or in the aggregate, could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Failure to successfully manage the operational challenges and risks associated with, or resulting from, acquisitions could adversely affect our results of operations, cash flows and liquidity. Borrowings or issuances of convertible securities associated with these acquisitions may also result in higher levels of indebtedness.

 

Liability claims could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.

 

We face an inherent business risk of exposure to liability claims arising from the alleged failure of our services, including the individual components in our systems. Any material uninsured losses due to liability claims that we experience could subject us to material losses. We could be required to redesign our services if they prove to be defective. We maintain insurance against liability claims, but it is possible that our insurance coverage will not continue to be available on terms acceptable to us or that such coverage will not be adequate for liabilities actually incurred. A successful claim brought against us in excess of available insurance coverage, or any claim that results in significant expense or adverse publicity against us, could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.

 

We are dependent upon key personnel whose loss may adversely impact our business.

 

We rely heavily on the expertise, experience and continued services of our founders, especially Andrew Hidalgo, our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board, Mike Strizki, our Chief Technology Officer and the developer of the hydrogen house concept and James Strizki, our Executive Vice President of Technical Services. We currently only have employment agreements with Andrew Hidalgo and Matthew Hidalgo, and any of our other executive officers are not restricted from leaving or competing against us. The loss of either of these individuals, or an inability to attract or retain other key individuals, could materially adversely affect us. We seek to compensate and motivate these individuals, as well as other personnel, through competitive cash and equity compensation, but there can be no assurance that these programs will allow us to retain key personnel or hire new key personnel. As a result, if any member of our key personnel were to leave, we could face substantial difficulty in hiring a qualified successor and could experience a loss in productivity while any such successor obtains the necessary training and experience.

 

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Our resources may not be sufficient to manage our expected growth; failure to properly manage our potential growth would be detrimental to our business.

 

We may fail to adequately manage our anticipated future growth. Any growth in our operations could place a significant strain on our administrative, financial and operational resources, and increase demands on our management and on our operational and administrative systems, controls and other resources. We cannot assure you that our existing personnel, systems, procedures or controls will be adequate to support our operations in the future or that we will be able to successfully implement appropriate measures consistent with our growth strategy. As part of this growth, we may have to implement new operational and financial systems, procedures and controls to expand, train and manage our employee base, and maintain close coordination among our staff. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so, or that if we are able to do so, we will be able to effectively integrate them into our existing staff and systems.

 

If we are unable to manage growth effectively, such as if our sales and marketing efforts exceed our capacity to perform our services and maintain our products or if new employees are unable to achieve performance levels, our business, operating results and financial condition could be materially adversely affected. As with all expanding businesses, the potential exists that growth will occur rapidly. If we are unable to effectively manage this growth, our business and operating results could be negatively impacted. Anticipated growth in future operations may place a significant strain on management systems and resources. In addition, the integration of new personnel will continue to result in some disruption to ongoing operations. The ability to effectively manage growth in a rapidly evolving market requires effective planning and management processes. We will need to continue to improve operational, financial and managerial controls, reporting systems and procedures, and will need to continue to expand, train and manage our work force. Our success depends in part on our maintaining high quality customer service and any failure to do so could adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

Failure to properly manage projects may result in unanticipated costs or claims.

 

Our project engagements may involve large scale, highly complex projects. The quality of our performance on such projects depends in large part upon our ability to manage the relationship with our customers, and to effectively manage the project and deploy appropriate resources, in a timely manner. Any defects or errors or failure to meet customers’ expectations could result in claims for substantial damages against us. Our contracts generally limit our liability for damages that arise from negligent acts, errors, mistakes or omissions in rendering services to our customers. However, we cannot be sure that these contractual provisions will protect us from liability for damages in the event of litigation.

 

We are subject to operating and litigation risks that may not be covered by insurance.

 

Our business operations are subject to all of the operating hazards and risks normally incidental to the implementation of systems involving combustible products, such as liquefied petroleum gases, propane, natural gas and hydrogen gas, and the generation of electricity. Accidents involving our hydrogen energy systems, including leaks, ruptures, fires, explosions, sabotage and mechanical problems, could result in substantial losses due to personal injury and/or loss of life, and severe damage to and destruction of property and equipment arising from explosions and other catastrophic events. If such accidents were to occur, we could face lawsuits from our clients alleging that we were responsible for such accidents. There can be no assurance that our insurance will be adequate to protect us from all material expenses related to future claims or that such levels of insurance will be available in the future at economical prices.

 

An impairment in the carrying value of goodwill or other intangible and long-lived assets could negatively affect our operating results and equity.

 

As of December 31, 2019, we had $1,373,621 of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets. Financial Accounting Standard Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 350, Intangibles—Goodwill and other (“ASC 350”) requires that we test these assets for impairment annually (or more frequently should indications of impairment arise) by first assessing qualitative factors and then by quantitatively estimating the fair value of each of our reporting units (calculated using a discounted cash flow method) and comparing that value to the reporting units’ carrying value, if necessary. If the carrying value exceeds the fair value, there is a potential impairment and additional testing must be performed. In performing our annual tests and determining whether indications of impairment exist, we consider numerous factors including actual and projected operating results of each reporting unit, external market factors such as market prices for similar assets and trends within our industry. We performed an annual assessment, at December 31, 2019, of the recoverability of our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangibles, noting no instances of impairment. However, future events may occur that could adversely affect the estimated fair value of our reporting units. Such events may include, but are not limited to, strategic decisions made in response to changes in economic and competitive conditions and the impact of the economic environment on our operating results. Failure to achieve sufficient levels of cash flow at our reporting units could also result in impairment charges on goodwill. If the value of the acquired goodwill is impaired, our operating results and shareholders’ equity could be adversely affected.

 

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We also had $63,161 of definite-lived intangible assets as of December 31, 2019. FASB ASC Topic 360-10-35, (“ASC 360-10-35”) requires companies to review these assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts may not be recoverable. No such events or circumstances were identified during the year ended December 31, 2019. If similar events occur as enumerated above such that we believe indicators of impairment are present, we would test for recoverability by comparing the carrying value of the asset to the net undiscounted cash flows expected to be generated from the asset. If those net undiscounted cash flows do not exceed the carrying amount, we would perform the next step, which is to determine the fair value of the asset, which could result in an impairment charge. Any impairment charge recorded could negatively affect our operating results and shareholders’ equity.

 

Any outbreak of contagious diseases, or other adverse public health developments, could have a material and adverse effect on our business operations, financial condition and results of operations.

 

In December 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since spread to a number of other countries, including the United States. Any outbreak of contagious diseases, or other adverse public health developments, could have a material and adverse effect on our business operations. For example, the coronavirus may impact the global economy or negatively affect various aspects of our business, including our workforce and demand for our services. An impact to our workforce could impact our ability to deliver our services to our customers and make it more difficult to meet our expectations and obligations. The extent to which the coronavirus may impact our business will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of the coronavirus. A health pandemic or other outbreak could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Risks Related to Our Common Stock

 

Our officers, directors and principal shareholders will own a controlling interest in our voting stock and investors will not have any voice in our management.

 

As of March 24, 2020, our officers, directors and principal shareholders, in the aggregate, beneficially own or control the votes of approximately 91.8% of our outstanding common stock. As a result, these stockholders, acting together, will have the ability to control substantially all matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, including:

 

  election of our board of directors;
  removal of any of our directors;
  amendment of our articles of incorporation or bylaws; and
  adoption of measures that could delay or prevent a change in control or impede a merger, takeover or other business combination involving us.

 

As a result of their ownership and positions, our directors, executive officers and principal shareholders collectively are able to influence all matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions. In addition, sales of significant amounts of shares held by our directors, executive officers or principal shareholders, or the prospect of these sales, could adversely affect the market price of our common stock. Management’s stock ownership may discourage a potential acquirer from making a tender offer or otherwise attempting to obtain control of us, which in turn could reduce our stock price or prevent our stockholders from realizing a premium over our stock price.

 

We have not paid cash dividends in the past and do not expect to pay cash dividends in the future. Any return on investment may be limited to the value of our common stock.

 

We have never paid cash dividends on our common stock and do not anticipate paying cash dividends in the foreseeable future. The payment of dividends on our common stock will depend on earnings, financial condition and other business and economic factors affecting it at such time as the board of directors may consider relevant.

 

We may raise capital through the sale of our securities in either private placements or a public offering, which offerings would dilute the ownership of investors in this private offering.

 

If our operations require additional capital in the future, we may sell additional share of our common stock and/or securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for shares of our common stock. Such offerings may be in private placements or a public offering. If we conduct such additional offerings, an investor would experience dilution of his ownership of the Company.

 

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You may experience dilution of your ownership interests because of the future issuance of additional shares of our common or preferred stock or other securities that are convertible into or exercisable for our common or preferred stock.

 

In the future, we may issue our authorized but previously unissued equity securities, resulting in the dilution of the ownership interests of our present stockholders. We are authorized to issue an aggregate of 25,000,000 shares of common stock and 5,000,000 shares of “blank check” preferred stock. In addition, we have reserved 2,500,000 shares of common stock for issuance under our 2016 stock option incentive plan, of which 1,245,000 million options have been issued, 200,000 have been exercised, 346,500 cancelled and there are 698,500 currently exercisable. The options were issued at various prices. We may issue additional shares of our common stock or other securities that are convertible into or exercisable for our common stock in connection with hiring or retaining employees, future acquisitions, future sales of our securities for capital raising purposes, or for other business purposes. The future issuance of any such additional shares of our common stock may create downward pressure on the trading price of the common stock. We will likely need to raise additional capital in the near future to meet our working capital needs, and there can be no assurance that we will not be required to issue additional shares, warrants or other convertible securities in the future in conjunction with these capital raising efforts, including at a price (or exercise or conversion prices) that could be below the price an investor paid for stock.

 

There has been a limited trading market for our common stock and limited market activity to date.

 

Currently, our common stock is available for quotation on the OTCQB Market under the symbol “HCCC.” However, our stock only became eligible for quotation in November 2017 and prior to February 2017, there was no trading activity in our common stock and there has been limited trading activity to date. It is anticipated that there will remain a limited trading market for the common stock on the OTCQB. The lack of an active market may impair your ability to sell your shares at the time you wish to sell them or at a price that you consider reasonable. The lack of an active market may also reduce the fair market value of your shares. An inactive market may also impair our ability to raise capital by selling shares of capital stock and may impair our ability to acquire other companies by using common stock as consideration.

 

You may have difficulty trading and obtaining quotations for our common stock.

 

Our common stock is not actively traded, and the bid and asked prices for our common stock on the OTCQB Market may fluctuate widely. As a result, investors may find it difficult to dispose of, or to obtain accurate quotations of the price of, our securities. This severely limits the liquidity of the common stock and would likely reduce the market price of our common stock and hamper our ability to raise additional capital.

 

Our common stock is not currently traded at high volume, and you may be unable to sell at or near ask prices or at all if you need to sell or liquidate a substantial number of shares at one time.

 

Our common stock is currently traded, but with very low if any, volume, based on quotations on the OTCQB Market, meaning that the number of persons interested in purchasing our common stock at or near bid prices at any given time may be relatively small or non-existent. During the year ended December 31, 2019, there was an average of approximately 1,694 shares traded per trading day, with no trading on 170 of 252 trading days. This situation is attributable to a number of factors, including the fact that we are a small company which is still relatively unknown to stock analysts, stock brokers, institutional investors and others in the investment community that generate or influence sales volume, and that even if we came to the attention of such persons, they tend to be risk-averse and would be reluctant to follow an unproven company such as ours or purchase or recommend the purchase of our shares until such time as we became more seasoned and viable. As a consequence, there may be periods of several days or more when trading activity in our shares is minimal or non-existent, as compared to a seasoned issuer which has a large and steady volume of trading activity that will generally support continuous sales without an adverse effect on share price. We cannot give you any assurance that a broader or more active public trading market for our common stock will develop or be sustained, or that trading levels will be sustained.

 

Shareholders should be aware that, according to Commission Release No. 34-29093, the market for “penny stocks” has suffered in recent years from patterns of fraud and abuse. Such patterns include (1) control of the market for the security by one or a few broker-dealers that are often related to the promoter or issuer; (2) manipulation of prices through prearranged matching of purchases and sales and false and misleading press releases; (3) boiler room practices involving high-pressure sales tactics and unrealistic price projections by inexperienced sales persons; (4) excessive and undisclosed bid-ask differential and markups by selling broker-dealers; and (5) the wholesale dumping of the same securities by promoters and broker-dealers after prices have been manipulated to a desired level, along with the resulting inevitable collapse of those prices and with consequent investor losses. Our management is aware of the abuses that have occurred historically in the penny stock market. Although we do not expect to be in a position to dictate the behavior of the market or of broker-dealers who participate in the market, management will strive within the confines of practical limitations to prevent the described patterns from being established with respect to our securities. The occurrence of these patterns or practices could increase the future volatility of our share price.

 

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The market price of our common stock may, and is likely to continue to be, highly volatile and subject to wide fluctuations.

 

The market price of our common stock is likely to be highly volatile and could be subject to wide fluctuations in response to a number of factors that are beyond our control, including:

 

  dilution caused by our issuance of additional shares of common stock and other forms of equity securities, which we expect to make in connection with future capital financings to fund our operations and growth, to attract and retain valuable personnel and in connection with future strategic partnerships or acquisitions of other companies;
     
  quarterly variations in our revenues and operating expenses;
     
  changes in the valuation of similarly situated companies, both in our industry and in other industries;
     
  changes in analysts’ estimates affecting our company, our competitors and/or our industry;
     
  changes in the accounting methods used in or otherwise affecting our industry;
     
  additions and departures of key personnel;
     
  announcements of technological innovations or new technologies or services available to the renewable energy industry;
     
  fluctuations in interest rates and the availability of capital in the capital markets; and
     
  significant sales of our common stock.

 

These and other factors are largely beyond our control, and the impact of these risks, singly or in the aggregate, may result in material adverse changes to the market price of our Common Stock and/or our results of operations and financial condition.

 

The rights of the holders of common stock may be impaired by the potential issuance of preferred stock.

 

Our articles of incorporation give our board of directors the right to create new series of preferred stock. As a result, the board of directors may, without stockholder approval, issue preferred stock with voting, dividend, conversion, liquidation or other rights which could adversely affect the voting power and equity interest of the holders of common stock. Preferred stock, which could be issued with the right to more than one vote per share, could be utilized as a method of discouraging, delaying or preventing a change of control. The possible impact on takeover attempts could adversely affect the price of our common stock. Although we have no present intention to issue any shares of preferred stock or to create a series of preferred stock, we may issue such shares in the future.

 

Offers or availability for sale of a substantial number of shares of our common stock may cause the price of our common stock to decline.

 

If our stockholders sell substantial amounts of our common stock in the public market, including upon the expiration of any lockup periods or the statutory holding period under Rule 144, or issued upon the conversion of preferred stock, it could create a circumstance commonly referred to as an “overhang” and in anticipation of which the market price of our common stock could fall. The existence of an overhang, whether or not sales have occurred or are occurring, also could make more difficult our ability to raise additional financing through the sale of equity or equity-related securities in the future at a time and price that we deem reasonable or appropriate.

 

If we fail to comply with the rules under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 related to accounting controls and procedures, or if we discover material weaknesses and deficiencies in our internal control and accounting procedures, our stock price could decline significantly and raising capital could be more difficult.

 

If we fail to comply with the rules under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 related to disclosure controls and procedures, or, if we discover material weaknesses and other deficiencies in our internal control and accounting procedures, our stock price could decline significantly and raising capital could be more difficult. Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires annual management assessments of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. If material weaknesses or significant deficiencies are discovered or if we otherwise fail to achieve and maintain the adequacy of our internal control, we may not be able to ensure that we can conclude on an ongoing basis that we have effective internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Moreover, effective internal controls are necessary for us to produce reliable financial reports and are important to helping prevent financial fraud. If we cannot provide reliable financial reports or prevent fraud, our business and operating results could be harmed, investors could lose confidence in our reported financial information, and the trading price of our common stock could drop significantly.

 

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Management has identified a material weakness in the design and effectiveness of our internal controls, which, if not remediated could affect the accuracy and timeliness of our financial reporting and result in misstatements in our financial statements.

 

In connection with the preparation of our Report on Form 10-K, an evaluation was carried out by management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) as of December 31, 2019. Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

During evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2019 conducted as part of our annual audit and preparation of our annual financial statements, management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operations of our disclosure controls and procedures and concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective. Management determined that at December 31, 2019, we had a material weakness that relates to the relatively small number of staff who have bookkeeping and accounting functions. In addition, we lacked sufficient written policies and procedures for accounting and financial reporting with respect to the requirements and application of U.S. GAAP and SEC disclosure requirements. This limited number of staff prevents us from segregating duties within our internal control system.

 

This material weakness could result in a misstatement to the accounts and disclosures that would result in a material misstatement to our annual or interim consolidated financial statements that would not be prevented or detected. If we do not remediate the material weakness or if other material weaknesses are identified in the future, we may be unable to report our financial results accurately or to report them on a timely basis, which could result in the loss of investor confidence and have a material adverse effect on our stock price as well as our ability to access capital and lending markets.

 

Our common stock is subject to the “Penny Stock” rules of the SEC and the trading market in our securities will be limited, which makes transactions in our common stock cumbersome and may reduce the value of an investment in our common stock.

 

Rule 15g-9 under the Exchange Act establishes the definition of a “penny stock,” for the purposes relevant to us, as any equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or with an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. For any transaction involving a penny stock, unless exempt, the rules require: (a) that a broker or dealer approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks; and (b) the broker or dealer receive from the investor a written agreement to the transaction, setting forth the identity and quantity of the penny stock to be purchased.

 

In order to approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks, the broker or dealer must: (a) obtain financial information and investment experience objectives of the person and (b) make a reasonable determination that the transactions in penny stocks are suitable for that person and the person has sufficient knowledge and experience in financial matters to be capable of evaluating the risks of transactions in penny stocks.

 

The broker or dealer must also deliver, prior to any transaction in a penny stock, a disclosure schedule prescribed by the SEC relating to the penny stock market, which, in highlight form: (a) sets forth the basis on which the broker or dealer made the suitability determination; and (b) confirms that the broker or dealer received a signed, written agreement from the investor prior to the transaction. Generally, brokers may be less willing to execute transactions in securities subject to the “penny stock” rules. This may make it more difficult for investors to dispose of our common stock and cause a decline in the market value of our common stock.

 

Disclosure also has to be made about the risks of investing in penny stocks in both public offerings and in secondary trading and about the commissions payable to both the broker or dealer and the registered representative, current quotations for the securities and the rights and remedies available to an investor in cases of fraud in penny stock transactions. Finally, monthly statements have to be sent disclosing recent price information for the penny stock held in the account and information on the limited market in penny stocks.

 

FINRA sales practice requirements may also limit a shareholder’s ability to buy and sell our stock.

 

In addition to the “penny stock” rules described above, FINRA has adopted rules that require that in recommending an investment to a customer, a broker-dealer must have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer. Prior to recommending speculative low priced securities to their non-institutional customers, broker-dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer’s financial status, tax status, investment objectives and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative low priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. The FINRA requirements make it more difficult for broker-dealers to recommend that their customers buy our common stock, which may limit your ability to buy and sell our stock and have an adverse effect on the market for our shares.

 

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ITEM 1B – UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

Not required under Regulation S-K for “smaller reporting companies.”

 

ITEM 2 – PROPERTIES

 

We maintain our principal office at 3010 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75234. Our telephone number at that office is (972) 888-6009. Our office is in a shared office space provider, for which we entered into a one-year lease in January 2019 at a cost of $120 per month and currently the lease is month-to-month. Our Pride main office is located at 1/36 Kerryl Street Kunda Park, Queensland Australia at a cost of $2,640 and our PVBJ office located at 141 Robbins Road Suite 100 Downingtown, PA United States at a cost of $1,430 a month.

 

We believe that our existing facilities are suitable and adequate to meet our current business requirements. We maintain various websites and the information contained on those websites is not deemed to be a part of this annual report.

 

ITEM 3 - LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

From time to time, we may become involved in various lawsuits and legal proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of business. However, litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and an adverse result in these or other matters may arise from time to time that may harm our business. We are currently not aware of any such legal proceedings or claims that we believe will have, individually or in the aggregate, a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or operating results.

 

ITEM 4 – MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5 - MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Price Range of Common Stock

 

Our common stock has been available for quotation on the OTCQB Markets under the symbol “HCCC” since November 21, 2017. The price range during the year ended December 31, 2019, was a low of $0.25 per share and a high of $1.60 per share.

 

On March 24, 2020, the closing sale price of our common stock, as reported by the OTC Markets, was $0.19 per share. On March 24, 2020, there were 49 holders of record of our common stock. Because certain of our shares of common stock are held by brokers and other institutions on behalf of stockholders, we are unable to estimate the total number of stockholders represented by these record holders.

 

Dividend Policy

 

We have never paid any cash dividends on our capital stock and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. We intend to retain future earnings to fund ongoing operations and future capital requirements of our business. Any future determination to pay cash dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements and such other factors as the Board deems relevant.

 

Equity Compensation Information

 

The following table summarizes information about our equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2019.

 

Plan Category 

Number of Shares

of Common Stock

to be Issued

upon Exercise

of Outstanding

Options

(a)

  

Weighted-Average

Exercise Price of

Outstanding Options

  

Number of Options

Remaining Available for

Future Issuance Under

Equity Compensation Plans
(excluding securities

reflected in column (a)

 
Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders   698,500    0.43    1,255,000 
Equity compensation plans not approved by stockholders            
Total   698,500    0.43    1,255,000 

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, we sold an aggregate of 31,500 shares under our equity purchase agreement with GHS Investments for aggregate net proceeds of $10,510.

 

Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers

 

We did not purchase any of our registered securities during the period covered by this Annual Report.

 

ITEM 6 – SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Not required under Regulation S-K for “smaller reporting companies.”

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations includes a number of forward-looking statements that reflect Management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate” and “continue,” or similar words. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of us and members of our management team as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements.

 

Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by us in this report and in our other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Important factors currently known to Management could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the future operating results over time. We believe that our assumptions are based upon reasonable data derived from and known about our business and operations. No assurances are made that actual results of operations or the results of our future activities will not differ materially from our assumptions. Factors that could cause differences include, but are not limited to, expected market demand for our products, fluctuations in pricing for materials, and competition.

 

Business Overview

 

We were formed in August 2015 to expand upon the successful implementation of a hydrogen energy system used to completely power a residence or commercial property with clean energy so that it can run independent of the utility grid and also provide energy to the utility grid for monetary credits. This system uses renewable energy as its source for hydrogen production. It functions as a self-sustaining clean energy system using hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Its production of electricity is truly eco-friendly, as it is not produced by the use of fossil fuels. It is a revolutionary green-energy concept that is safe, renewable, self-sustaining and cost effective.

 

There are great benefits to hydrogen energy. The use of hydrogen as an energy source produces no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. Unlike fossil fuels, the only emission from hydrogen is chemically pure water. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using renewable energy from the sun and unlike batteries, hydrogen can be stored indefinitely. There is no drilling, fracking or mining required to produce hydrogen. We believe it is safe and the most abundant and cleanest energy source on the planet. In addition to offering this self-sustaining clean energy system using hydrogen and fuel cell technology, we offer a number of renewable energy services, such as audits of energy consumption, review of energy/tax credits available, feasibility studies, solar/battery system installation, zoning/permitting analysis, site design/preparation and restoration, system startup, testing, commissioning, maintenance and interconnection applications.

 

We have succeeded in developing and installing hydrogen energy systems that are combined with renewable solar energy to produce clean electricity. We call the hydrogen energy system the HC-1. The HC-1 system functions as a self-sustaining renewable energy system. It can be configured as an off grid solution for all your electricity needs or it can be connected to the grid to generate energy credits. It is a system comprised of solar, batteries, a hydrogen generator, a fuel cell and a hydrogen storage tank.

 

When there is sunlight, the solar produce renewable energy that charges a bank of batteries. After the batteries are fully charged, the excess electricity is then combined with water through a hydrogen generator that extracts the hydrogen from the water in a gasified state, which is safely transferred to a tank and stored for later use. If the tank is full, excess electricity is sent from the batteries to the utility grid, which results in energy credits for the system owner. The electricity for the end user is always provided by the charged batteries. If there is no solar power to charge the batteries, the system keeps the batteries fully charged by using the hydrogen gas stored in the tank, which processed through a fuel cell, creates the electricity to charge the batteries. As the system is able to produce its own hydrogen gas, which keeps the tank full, it provides a continuous supply of clean energy and sustainability that is independent from the grid. Each HC-1 system is custom designed to accommodate the electrical loads for an end user. The system is completely scalable.

 

If a customer wishes to connect the system to the electrical grid in order to generate renewable energy credits, we obtain interconnection agreements from the local electric utility company. If the customer obtains authorization for interconnection to the utility grid, once the HC-1 system is operational, the HC-1 system owner can eliminate their electric bill and, if in a permissible state, can begin generating energy credits. In certain states, an end user receives one energy credit for each 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) produced through renewal energy. The customer sells these credits to a broker, who in turn sells the credits to a utility company so that the utility company can demonstrate their compliance with the regulatory obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The price per credit can vary depending on supply and demand. Many other states that may not offer an energy credit program, do offer other cash incentives for renewable energy systems.

 

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On January 31, 2017, we acquired The Pride Group (QLD) Pty Ltd, an Australian company (“Pride”). Founded in 1997, Pride is a provider of security systems integration for a variety of customers in the government and commercial sector and has launched a new clean energy division to focus on the high growth renewable energy market in Asia-Pacific. On February 1, 2018, we acquired PVBJ Inc. (“PVBJ”). Established in 2008, PVBJ is a regionally recognized company that specializes in HVAC and refrigeration for commercial and residential customers. The services offered include design, installation, repair, maintenance and emergency services for environmental systems. PVBJ has a highly trained technical team that is experienced in all aspects of environmental systems. PVBJ covers the U.S. Mid-Atlantic market. PVBJ is also establishing a clean energy division so that it can offer hydrogen energy systems to its existing customer base.

 

Current Operating Trends

 

Currently, a number of technicians are licensed to install our HC-1 systems in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and Australia. In addition to recently establishing a clean energy division, Pride is a highly regarded and established company that designs, installs and maintains a variety of technology products in the security systems market. Pride also provides annual maintenance programs which amount to approximately AUD $1.7 million per annum. Pride currently generates approximately half of its revenue from government contracts and the other half from the commercial sector. Pride is a certified and licensed security systems integrator for the Queensland Government and has various government contracts in place for installation, maintenance and project services.

 

PVBJ is well recognized for the design, installation, maintenance and emergency service of environmental systems both in residential and commercial markets. The subsidiary has a team of technicians that can install and service a variety of HVAC and refrigeration products. PVBJ is certified and licensed in multiple states and has developed an extensive customer base. PVBJ is now expanding into clean energy systems and employs technicians that are familiar with installing environmental systems requiring electrical, plumbing and gases, which is similar to the installation of an HC-1 system.

 

We intend to aggressively grow our business, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. Our goal is to acquire companies with the licenses and certifications to operate in various states and countries. This will allow us to expand the geographic areas in which we can install our systems. These acquired companies will also provide us with a consistent revenue stream, a customer base for marketing our systems and technicians that can be trained to install our products and services. Initially, we intend to focus on states or countries whose government supports a regulatory standard requiring its utility companies to increase their production of electricity from renewable energy sources. This overall approach is more cost effective than the protracted nature of opening an office, hiring staff and obtaining certifications to operate in a specific geographic area. As of the date of this annual report, we have no written agreements or understandings to acquire any companies and no assurances can be given that we will identify or successfully acquire any other companies.

 

Results of Operations

 

For the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

 

Revenue and Cost of Revenue

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019, we had $6,817,324 of revenue and $4,854,878 of cost of revenue. Pride revenues for year ended December 31, 2019 were $3,943,528, down from $5,073,533 for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was due in large part to government and contract jobs that Pride were awarded in 2019 but pushed into 2020. PVBJ revenue for 2019 was $2,873,796, up from $2,440,854 for the year ended December 31, 2018. This was due to a large contract job performed in January 2019, new direct digital controls division that PVBJ started in 2019, along with another month of revenue in 2019 as PVBJ was acquired in February of 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2018, we had $7,546,437 of revenue and $5,532,983 of cost of revenue, of which $40,548 and $40,376, respectively, was related party.

 

   For the Year Ended 
   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
Revenue by segment          
Renewable systems integration  $203,394   $40,548 
Non-renewable system integration   6,613,930    7,505,889 
   $6,817,324   $7,546,437 

 

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General and Administrative Expenses

 

During the year ended December 31, 2019, our total operating expenses were $2,415,785. $528,283 was related to the Renewable Systems Integration segment, including corporate expenses comprised of $150,000 of gross payroll, $98,451 of accounting fees related to audit, consulting and tax costs, $80,500 in management disbursements, $58,000 of legal fees, $25,669 of dues and subscription fees, which pertained to transfer agent, press release, EDGAR fees and OTC Market annual listing fees, $23,089 of stock-based compensation, $21,084 of amortization, $16,138 of directors and officers insurance liability, $10,916 of travel and meals, $10,457 of payroll taxes, $9,313 of investor relations, $8,000 of investment banking fees, $7,846 in automobile expense and $8,820 of miscellaneous expenses.

 

The Non-renewable Systems Integration segment incurred general and administrative expenses during the year ended December 31, 2019 of $1,887,502, including management and administrative salaries of $892,661 along with $466,268 of other various employee expenses, such as vacation, sick time, training, workcover and retirement benefits. In addition, facilities lease and storage expense for the Pride and PVBJ offices totaled $101,627 and auto allowance and vehicle lease totaled $57,669. Insurance expense was $191,041, which related to liability and health. Other expenses included $66,892 of telecommunications, information technology and computer expense, $37,605 in licenses, tools, safety, dues and subscriptions, $13,370 in accounting and legal fees, $13,237 in meals, $10,774 in utilities, $9,350 of advertising and $27,008 in miscellaneous expenses.

 

We incurred $13,000 of income tax expense and other expenses totaling $258,054 for the year ended December 31, 2019, including $233,345 of interest expense – related party, $42,897 of interest expense and $18,463 change in fair value earn-out, offset by $36,651 of gain on fixed asset disposal.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2018, our total operating expenses were $2,446,860. $565,700 was related to the Renewable Systems Integration segment, including corporate expenses comprised of $150,000 of gross payroll, $87,560 of accounting fees related to audit, consulting and tax costs, $78,000 in management disbursements, $68,293 of stock-based compensation, $63,050 of legal fees, $30,343 of dues and subscription fees, which pertained to transfer agent, press release, EDGAR fees and OTC Market annual listing fees, $18,063 of directors and officers insurance liability, $16,877 of amortization, $12,545 of investor relations, $12,221 of travel, $10,168 of payroll taxes, and $18,580 of miscellaneous expenses.

 

The Non-renewable Systems Integration segment incurred general and administrative expenses during the year ended December 31, 2018 of $1,881,160, including management and administrative salaries of $827,406 along with $434,697 of other various employee expenses, such as vacation, sick time, workcover and payroll processing. In addition, facilities lease for the Pride and PVBJ offices totaled $98,593 and auto allowance totaled $61,869. Insurance expense was $178,567, which related to liability and health. Other expenses included $62,646 of professional and legal fees, including fees related to the acquisition of PVBJ, $52,950 of telecommunications, $26,012 of general office expenses, $24,155 in computer services, $23,451 of 401(k) contribution, $9,218 of meals and entertainment, $8,278 of donations and contributions, $6,814 in bank service charges, $4,502 of advertising and $62,002 of miscellaneous expenses.

 

We incurred $16,257 of income tax provision and other expenses totaling $104,347 for the year ended December 31, 2018, including $79,622 of interest expense – related party, $26,584 of interest expense and $15,418 change in fair value earn-out, offset by $17,277 of gain on fixed asset disposal.

 

As a result of the foregoing, we had net losses of $724,393 and $554,010 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of December 31, 2019, we had a working capital deficit of $249,147, comprised of $702,133 of accounts payables and accrued expenses, $269,746 in current line of credit, $87,897 of current operating lease liability, $80,500 of current convertible note payable, $75,743 of current finance leases payable, $47,098 of billings in excess of cost, $41,426 of income tax payable, $39,751 of sales and withholding tax payable and $27,435 of current equipment notes payable, which made up current liabilities at December 31, 2019, offset by $803,659 of accounts receivable, $277,620 of cash, $26,045 of costs in excess of billings and $15,258 of prepaid expenses.

 

At December 31, 2019, non-current assets included $1,373,621 in goodwill, $478,238 of property and equipment, $222,524 in right of use asset, $130,072 in deferred offering cost, $63,161 of customer list, $46,000 of a deferred tax asset and $32,233 of security deposits. Non-current liabilities included $473,770 in convertible notes payable – related party, net of discount, $307,804 in finance leases, $209,199 of earn out payable, $137,071 in operating lease liability and $72,140 of equipment notes payable.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019, we used $412,196 of cash in operating activities, which represented our net loss of $724,393, $349,800 of depreciation and amortization, $279,451 change in accounts receivable, $220,055 of change in right of use liability, $23,089 of stock based compensation, $19,133 costs in excess of billings, $18,463 in change in fair value contingent consideration, $9,000 of income tax payable, $4,000 of change in deferred tax asset and $988 change in prepaid expenses, offset by $222,473 change in operating right of use asset, $204,489 change in accounts payable, $148,149 change in billings excess of cost and $36,651 gain in fixed asset disposals.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, we used $412,646 of cash in operating activities, which represented our net loss of $554,010, $146,105 of depreciation and amortization, $114,656 of billings in excess of cost, $68,293 of stock-based compensation, $28,261 of changes in accounts payable, $5,743 change in deferred tax asset, $15,418 on change in fair value contingent consideration $2,018 of prepaid expenses, $1,067 of costs in excess of billings, and $616 of bad debt expense, offset by $219,501 of changes in accounts receivables, and $17,276 of gain on the sale of assets.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019, we used $6,587 of cash, in investing activities relating to the purchase of fixed assets of $244,412 and security deposits of $372, offset by $238,197 of proceeds from the disposition of property and equipment.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, we generated $24,755 of cash from investing activities relating to the purchase of fixed assets of $46,690 and security deposits of $26,922, offset by $30,408 of cash acquired in business acquisition and $67,959 of proceeds from the disposition of property and equipment.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019, we generated $331,985 of cash from financing activities relating to $241,387 of proceeds from line of credit, $240,000 for the issuance of convertible debt and $40,122 proceeds from equity financing, offset by $90,000 in legal fees associated with financing transactions, $61,300 in repayments on finance leases and $38,224 in repayments of notes payable.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2018, we generated $324,443 of cash from financing activities, which represented $395,000 of proceeds from the issuance of convertible debt, $27,175 of net proceeds from a line of credit and $1,000 from the exercise of stock options, offset by $51,048 in repayments on capital leases and $47,684 of repayments of notes payable.

 

In the future we expect to incur expenses related to compliance for being a public company and travel related to visiting potential customer sites. We expect that our general and administrative expenses will increase as we expand our business development, add infrastructure and incur additional costs related to being a public company, including incremental audit fees, investor relations programs and increased professional services.

 

Our future capital requirements will depend on a number of factors, including the progress of our sales and marketing of our services, the timing and outcome of potential acquisitions, the costs involved in operating as a public reporting company, the status of competitive services, the availability of financing and our success in developing markets for our services. When we enter into contracts with customers, they will be required to make payments in tranches, including a payment after a contract is executed but prior to commencement of the project. We believe our existing cash, together with revenue generated by operations, will be sufficient to fund our operating expenses and capital equipment requirements for at least the next 12 months.

 

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Credit Facility

 

On August 21, 2018, PVBJ entered into a loan and security agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Thermo, which was amended in March 2020. The Credit Agreement provides for a revolving line of credit in an amount not to exceed $400,000, which is evidenced by a promissory note issued by PVBJ to Thermo (the “Note”). Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, PVBJ granted a security interest to Thermo in all of its assets. In addition, pursuant to a limited recourse guaranty, Andrew Hidalgo, our Chief Executive Officer, personally guaranteed the repayment of the Credit Agreement under certain conditions.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Credit Agreement, we are permitted to borrow up to $400,000 under the revolving credit line, under a borrowing base equal to the lesser of (i) or 85% of Eligible Accounts (as defined in the Credit Agreement). Borrowings under the Credit Agreement may be used for working capital and to refinance certain existing debt of PVBJ. The Credit Agreement contains certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative and negative covenants, and events of default. Principal covenants include a debt service coverage ratio of not less than 1.15 to 1.0, a fixed charge coverage ratio of not less than 1.15 to 1.0, and maintaining a tangible net worth of at least $150,000, excluding intercompany loans. As of December 31, 2019, we were in compliance with these covenants.

 

The loan commitment shall expire on August 21, 2020. The interest rate applicable to revolving loans under the Credit Agreement is prime plus 5.0%, subject to a minimum interest rate of 9.5%. We paid a loan commitment fee of $7,000, of which $3,500 was paid on closing, and $3,500 was paid on the first anniversary. We will also pay a monthly monitoring fee during the term of the Credit Agreement of 0.33% of the average outstanding balance, payable monthly in arrears.

 

We may prepay the Note at any time and terminate the Credit Agreement. In the event that we terminate the Credit Agreement, we will pay Thermo an early termination fee equal to 4% of the pro rata portion, which pro rata portion is determined by multiplying $400,000 by the number of months prior to the second anniversary of the effective date of the Credit Agreement and then dividing that by 24.

 

The obligations of PVBJ under the Credit Agreement may be accelerated upon the occurrence of an event of default under the Credit Agreement, which includes customary events of default including, without limitation, payment defaults, defaults in the performance of affirmative and negative covenants, the inaccuracy of representations or warranties, cross-defaults, bankruptcy and insolvency related defaults, defaults relating to judgments, an ERISA reportable event occurs, a change of control and a change in our financial condition that could have a material adverse effect on us.

 

As of December 31, 2019, we had outstanding borrowings of $269,746 under the Credit Agreement, the interest rate was 9.5%, and funds totaling $70,254 were available for borrowing under the Credit Agreement.

 

2019 Convertible Debenture Financing

 

On February 8, 2019, we entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “2019 Purchase Agreement”) with two of our directors, pursuant to which we sold an aggregate principal amount of $150,000 in 10% Convertible Debentures (the “2019 Debentures”), convertible into shares of our common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share.

 

The 2019 Debentures, together with any accrued and unpaid interest, become due and payable on February 8, 2021 (the “2021 Maturity Date”). Interest on the 2019 Debentures accrues at the rate of 10% per annum, payable monthly in cash, beginning on March 1, 2019 and on the 2021 Maturity Date. The 2019 Debentures are convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share at the discretion of the holder, with special provisions applying to any holder whose conversion would result in the holder beneficially owning more than 4.99% of our common stock.

 

2018 Convertible Debenture Financing

 

On January 2, 2018, we entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “2018 Purchase Agreement”) with two of our directors, pursuant to which we sold an aggregate principal amount of $400,000 in 12% Convertible Debentures (the “2018 Debentures”), originally convertible into shares of our common stock at a conversion price of $0.75 per share.

 

The 2018 Debentures, together with any accrued and unpaid interest, were originally due and payable on January 2, 2020 (the “2020 Maturity Date”). Interest on the 2018 Debentures accrues at the rate of 12% per annum, payable monthly in cash, beginning on February 1, 2018 and on the 2020 Maturity Date. The 2018 Debentures are convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $0.75 per share at the discretion of the holder, with special provisions applying to any holder whose conversion would result in the holder beneficially owning more than 4.99% of our common stock.

 

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On February 8, 2019, we entered into amendments (the “First Amendments”) with the holders of the 2018 Debentures. Pursuant to the First Amendments, the conversion price of the 2018 Debentures was reduced from $0.75 to $0.50, and the interest rate on the 2018 Debentures was reduced from 12% to 10%. On January 3, 2020, we entered into amendments (the “Second Amendments”) with the holders of the 2018 Debentures. Pursuant to the Second Amendments, the 2020 Maturity Date was extended until February 8, 2021.

 

Equity Financing Agreement

 

On July 9, 2019, we entered into an equity financing agreement (the “Equity Purchase Agreement”) and a registration rights agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”) with GHS, pursuant to which GHS has agreed to purchase from us up to $3,000,000 in shares (the “Shares”) of our common stock, subject to certain limitations and conditions set forth in the Equity Purchase Agreement. Additionally, we issued 30,000 shares to GHS as a commitment fee.

 

Under the Equity Purchase Agreement, we have the right, from time to time at our sole discretion and subject to certain conditions, to direct GHS to purchase shares of common stock on any business day (a “Put”), provided that at least ten trading days has passed since the most recent Put. The purchase price of shares of common stock pursuant to the Equity Purchase Agreement will be 80% of the lowest trading price of the common stock during the 10 trading days prior to the Put (the “Pricing Period”). Such sales of common stock by us, if any, may occur from time to time, at our option, over the 24-month period commencing on July 31, 2019.

 

The number of Shares that we may direct GHS to purchase per Put is limited by the average daily trading volume of the common stock prior to the Put, as follows:

 

  i. If between zero (0) to fifteen thousand (15,000) Shares are traded on average per day during the Pricing Period, the relevant Put shall be capped to fifteen thousand (15,000) Shares;
  ii. If between fifteen thousand and one (15,001) Shares to thirty thousand (30,000) Shares are traded on average per day, the relevant Put shall be capped to thirty thousand (30,000) Shares;
  iii. If between thirty thousand and one (30,001) Shares to sixty thousand (60,000) Shares are traded on average per day, the relevant Put shall be capped to sixty thousand (60,000) Shares;
  iv. If between sixty thousand and one (60,001) Shares to one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) Shares are traded on average per day, the relevant Put shall be capped to one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) Shares; and
  v. If the average daily traded volume for the Pricing Period is equal to or greater than one hundred fifty thousand and one (150,001) Shares, then the relevant Put shall be limited to an amount which equals two times (2x) the average daily volume for the Shares during the Pricing Period.

 

In all instances, we may not sell shares of our common stock to GHS under the Equity Purchase Agreement if it would result in GHS beneficially owning more than 4.99% of our common stock. In addition, no Put can be made in an amount that exceeds $400,000. As of March 24, 2020, we have sold an aggregate of 188,250 shares of our common stock to GHS under the Equity Purchase Agreement for aggregate net proceeds of $59,949.

 

2019 Convertible Note Financing

 

On October 17, 2019, we entered into a securities purchase agreement with FirstFire Global Opportunities Fund LLC (“FirstFire”), an unrelated third party, pursuant to which, we sold a $110,000 principal amount convertible note (the “2019 Note”) to FirstFire for gross proceeds of $100,000, with an original discount issuance of $10,000. The transaction closed on October 23, 2019 upon receipt of the funds from FirstFire.

 

The 2019 Note will mature on October 17, 2020 and will bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum, which interest will be payable on the maturity date or any redemption date and may be paid, in certain conditions, through the issuance of common shares, at our discretion. We make a monthly principal payment to FirstFire of $6,000 on the 17th day of each month, which started November 17, 2019. We also have the right, at any time, to repay all or a part of the 2019 Note, on at least one prior business days’ notice, in an amount equal to 115% of the principal being repaid, plus any accrued but unpaid interest on the principal amount being repaid.

 

The 2019 Note will be convertible into our common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share (the “Fixed Conversion Price”) at the discretion of the holder. At no time will FirstFire be entitled to convert any portion of the 2019 Note to the extent that after such conversion, FirstFire (together with its affiliates) would beneficially own more than 4.99% of our outstanding common stock as of such date. The 2019 Note contains standard anti-dilution protection.

 

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The 2019 Note includes customary event of default provisions, and provides for a default interest rate of 15%. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, FirstFire may require us to redeem all or any portion of the 2019 Note (including all accrued and unpaid interest), in cash, at a price equal to the product of (A) the amount to be redeemed multiplied by (B) 125%. In addition, upon an event of default, the conversion price would be the lower of (i) the Fixed Conversion Price or (ii) 75% of the lowest closing price of our common stock during the 10 trading days prior to the conversion date.

 

2020 Convertible Note Financing

 

On January 15, 2020, we entered into a securities purchase agreement with FirstFire pursuant to which, we sold a $85,250 principal amount convertible note (the “2020 Note”) to FirstFire for gross proceeds of $77,500, with an original discount issuance of $7,750. The transaction closed on January 16, 2020 upon receipt of the funds from FirstFire.

 

The 2020 Note will mature on January 15, 2021 and will bear interest at the rate of 8% per annum, which interest will be payable on the maturity date or any redemption date and may be paid, in certain conditions, through the issuance of common shares, at our discretion. We make a monthly principal payment to FirstFire of $4,500 on the 15th day of each month, which started February 15, 2020. We also have the right, at any time, to repay all or a part of the 2020 Note, on at least one prior business days’ notice, in an amount equal to 115% of the principal being repaid, plus any accrued but unpaid interest on the principal amount being repaid.

 

The 2020 Note will be convertible into our common stock at the Fixed Conversion Price at the discretion of the holder. At no time will FirstFire be entitled to convert any portion of the 2020 Note to the extent that after such conversion, FirstFire (together with its affiliates) would beneficially own more than 4.99% of our outstanding common stock as of such date. The 2020 Note contains standard anti-dilution protection.

 

The 2020 Note includes customary event of default provisions, and provides for a default interest rate of 15%. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, FirstFire may require us to redeem all or any portion of the 2020 Note (including all accrued and unpaid interest), in cash, at a price equal to the product of (A) the amount to be redeemed multiplied by (B) 125%. In addition, upon an event of default, the conversion price would be the lower of (i) the Fixed Conversion Price or (ii) 75% of the lowest closing price of our common stock during the 10 trading days prior to the conversion date.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Please refer to Note 2 in the accompanying financial statements for our policies.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

Please refer to Note 19 in the accompanying financial statements.

 

Management does not believe there would have been a material effect on the accompanying financial statements had any other recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standards been adopted in the current period.

 

ITEM 7A – QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not required under Regulation S-K for “smaller reporting companies.”

 

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ITEM 8 - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

 

 

F-1
 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

Stockholders of H/Cell Energy Corporation

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of H/Cell Energy Corporation (the Company) as of December 31, 2019, and 2018, and the related consolidated statements of operations - comprehensive income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the consolidated financial statements). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the results of its consolidated operations and its cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2019, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

/s/ Rosenberg Rich Baker Berman, P.A.  
   
We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2015.  
   
Somerset, New Jersey  
   
March 25, 2020  

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
         
ASSETS          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents  $277,620   $359,134 
Accounts receivable (net retention)   803,659    1,087,381 
Prepaid expenses   15,258    16,282 
Costs and earnings in excess of billings   26,045    45,478 
Total current assets   1,122,582    1,508,275 
           
Property and equipment, net   478,238    476,436 
Security deposits and other non-current assets   32,233    32,530 
Deferred tax asset   46,000    50,000 
Customer lists, net   63,161    83,645 
Right of use asset   222,524    - 
Deferred offering cost   130,072    - 
Goodwill   1,373,621    1,373,621 
           
 Total assets  $3,468,431   $3,524,507 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
           
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $702,133   $891,354 
Billings in excess of costs and earnings   47,098    195,331 
Sales and withholding tax payable   39,751    59,857 
Current operating lease liability   87,897    - 
Current equipment notes payable   27,435    38,991 
Current finance lease payable   75,743    65,265 
Current line of credit   269,746    - 
Current convertible note payable   80,500    - 
Income tax payable   41,426    48,643 
Total current liabilities    1,371,729     1,299,441 
           
Noncurrent liabilities          
Line of credit   -    28,359 
Lease operating liability   137,071    - 
Earn-out payable   209,199    190,736 
Equipment note payable   72,140    121,038 
Finance leases   307,804    232,876 
Convertible note payable – related party, net of discount   473,770    29,122 
Total noncurrent liabilities    1,199,984     602,131 
           
Total liabilities   2,571,713    1,901,572 
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Stockholders’ equity          
Preferred stock - $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding   -    - 
Common stock - $0.0001 par value; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 7,725,524 and 7,586,024 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively   772    758 
Additional paid-in capital    2,969,686     2,983,476 
Accumulated deficit   (2,010,157)   (1,285,764)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (63,583)   (75,535)
Total stockholders’ equity    896,718     1,622,935 
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $ 3,468,431    $3,524,507 

 

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

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS – OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

   For the Years Ended December 31, 
   2019   2018 
         
Revenue          
Sales  $6,817,324   $7,505,889 
Related party   -    40,548 
Total revenue   6,817,324    7,546,437 
           
Cost of goods sold          
Direct costs   4,854,878    5,492,607 
Direct costs – related party   -    40,376 
Total cost of goods sold    4,854,878    5,532,983 
           
Gross profit   1,962,446    2,013,454 
           
Operating expenses          
General and administrative expenses   2,335,285    2,368,860 
Management fees – related party   80,500    78,000 
Total operating expenses   2,415,785    2,446,860 
           
Loss from operations   (453,339)   (433,406)
           
Other expenses (income)          
Interest expense   42,897    26,584 
Interest expense – related party   233,345    79,622 
Change in fair value earn-out   18,463    15,418 
Gain on fixed asset disposal   (36,651)   (17,277)
Total other expenses   258,054    104,347 
           
Net loss before taxes   (711,393)   (537,753)
           
Income tax provision   13,000    16,257 
           
Net loss  $(724,393)  $(554,010)
           
Other comprehensive income (loss), net          
           
Foreign currency translation adjustment   11,952    (46,725)
           
Comprehensive loss  $(712,441)  $(600,735)
           
Loss per share          
Basic  $(0.09)  $(0.07)
Diluted  $(0.09)  $(0.07)
Weighted average common shares outstanding          
Basic   7,644,653    7,586,024 
Diluted   7,644,653    7,586,024 

 

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

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND DECEMBER 30, 2018

 

   Common Stock   Preferred Stock           Accumulated     
   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Number of
shares
   Amount   Additional
Paid-In
Capital
   Accumulated Income (Deficit)   Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)  

Total

Stockholders’ Equity

 
Beginning, December 31, 2017   7,041,579   $704    -   $-    1,335,656   $(731,754)  $(28,810)  $575,796 
                                         
Issuance of common stock February 2018, PVBJ Acquisition   444,445    44    -    -    1,183,537    -    -    1,183,581 
                                         
Stock option exercise   100,000    10    -    -    990    -    -    1,000 
                                         
Stock-based compensation expense   -    -    -    -    68,293    -    -    68,293 
                                         
Beneficial conversion feature   -    -    -    -    395,000    -    -    395,000 
                                         
Foreign currency translation adjustment   -    -    -    -    -    -    (46,725)   (46,725)
                                         
Net loss   -    -    -    -    -    (554,010)   -    (554,010)
                                         
Ending, December 31, 2018   7,586,024   $758    -   $-    2,983,476   $(1,285,764)  $(75,535)  $1,622,935 

 

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

 

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   Common Stock   Preferred Stock           Accumulated     
   Number of
Shares
   Amount   Number of
shares
   Amount   Additional
Paid-In
Capital
   Accumulated Income (Deficit)   Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)   Total
Stockholders’ Equity
 
Beginning, January 1, 2019   7,586,024   $758    -   $-   $2,983,476   $(1,285,764)  $(75,535)  $1,622,935 
                                         
Stock-based compensation   -    -    -    -     23,089     -    -     23,089  
                                         
Beneficial conversion feature   -    -    -    -    97,500    -    -    97,500 
                                         
                                         
Commitment shares   30,000    3    -    -    44,997    -    -    45,000 
                                         
Equity financing (net proceeds)    109,500    11    -    -     37,084     -    -     37,095  
                                         
Foreign currency translation adjustment   -    -    -    -    -    -    11,952    11,952 
                                         
Debt extinguishment   -    -    -    -    (216,460)   -    -    (216,460)
                                         
Net loss   -    -    -    -    -    (724,393)   -    (724,393)
                                         
Ending, December 31, 2019   7,725,524   $772    -   $-   $2,969,686   $(2,010,157)  $(63,583)  $896,718 

 

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

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

   For the Years Ended December 31, 
   2019   2018 
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:          
           
Net loss  $(724,393)  $(554,010)
           
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   349,800    146,105 
Stock-based compensation   23,089    68,293 
Change in deferred tax asset   4,000    5,743 
Gain on sale of assets   (36,651)   (17,276)
Change in fair value contingent consideration   18,463    15,418 
Bad debt expense   -    616 
Change in operating assets and liabilities:          
Change in operating right of use asset   (222,473)   - 
Change in right of use liability   220,055    - 
Accounts and retainage receivable   279,451    (219,501)
Prepaid expenses and other costs   988    (2,018)
Costs in excess of billings   19,113    1,067 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (204,489)   28,261 
Income tax payable   9,000      
Billings in excess of costs   (148,149)   114,656 
           
Net cash used in operating activities   (412,196)   (412,646)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
           
Purchase of fixed assets   (244,412)   (46,690)
Cash acquired in business acquisition   -    30,408 
Security deposits   (372)   (26,922)
Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment   238,197    67,959 
           
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (6,587)   24,755 
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
           
Proceeds from issuance of convertible debt   240,000    395,000 
Repayments on finance leases   (61,300)   (51,048)
Repayments on notes payable   (38,224)   (47,684)
Proceeds from line of credit   241,387    27,175 
Legal fees paid associated with financing   (90,000)   - 
Proceeds from equity financing   40,122    - 
Proceeds related to stock option exercises   -    1,000 
           
Net cash provided by financing activities   331,985    324,443 
           
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (86,798)   (63,448)
           
Effect of foreign currency translation on cash   5,284    (33,118)
           
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   359,134    455,700 
           
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  $277,620   $359,134 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities          
           
Common stock issued for acquisition of business  $-   $1,177,779 
Fair value of net assets acquired in business combination  $-   $2,056,344 
Beneficial conversion feature  $97,500   $395,000 
Vehicle leases  $120,413   $- 
Stock issued for deferred financing fee  $45,000   $- 
Reclassification of deferred financing fee to additional paid in capital  $4,931   $- 

 

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

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

1. ORGANIZATION AND LINE OF BUSINESS

 

H/Cell Energy Corporation (the “Company”) was incorporated in the state of Nevada on August 17, 2015. The Company, based in Dallas, Texas, is a company whose principal operations consist of designing and installing clean energy systems with a focus on hydrogen energy. Effective January 31, 2017, the Company acquired The Pride Group (QLD) Pty Ltd, an Australian company (“Pride”). Founded in 1997, Pride is a provider of security systems integration for a variety of customers in the government and commercial sector and has launched a new clean energy systems division to focus on the high growth renewable energy market in Asia-Pacific. The new clean energy division has generated some revenue and has begun to bid a number of projects. On February 1, 2018, the Company acquired PVBJ Inc. (“PVBJ”) for 444,445 shares of the Company’s common stock with a fair value of $1,177,779 and $221,800 in earn-out liability. Established in 2008, PVBJ is well recognized for the design, installation, maintenance and emergency service of environmental systems both in residential and commercial markets. PVBJ is now expanding into clean energy systems.

 

The Company has developed a hydrogen energy system for residential and commercial use designed to create electricity. This system uses renewable energy as its source for hydrogen production. It functions as a self-sustaining clean energy system using hydrogen and fuel cell technology. It can be configured as an off grid solution for all electricity needs or it can be connected to the grid to generate energy credits. Its production of electricity is truly eco-friendly, as it is not produced by the use of fossil fuels. It is a revolutionary green-energy concept that is safe, renewable, self-sustaining and cost effective.

 

2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). All inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated upon consolidation.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The Company bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable in the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

 

Reclassification

 

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current period presentation.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

Accounts receivable are recorded when invoices are issued and are presented in the balance sheet net of the allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts is estimated based on the Company’s historical losses, the existing economic conditions in the construction industry, and the financial stability of its customers. Accounts are written off as uncollectible after collection efforts have failed. In addition, the Company does not generally charge interest on past-due accounts or require collateral. At December 31, 2019 and 2018, there was no allowance for doubtful accounts required.

 

Property and Equipment, and Depreciation

 

Property and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation is generally provided using the straight line method over the estimated useful lives of the related assets. Leasehold improvements are amortized on a straight line basis over the shorter of the remaining term of the lease or the estimated useful life of the improvement.

 

Repairs and maintenance that do not improve or extend the lives of the property and equipment are charged to expense as incurred.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

Goodwill and Finite-Lived Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill represents the excess of the aggregate of the following (1) consideration transferred, (2) the fair value of any non-controlling interest in the acquiree, and (3) if the business combination is achieved in stages, the acquisition-date fair value of our previously held equity interest in the acquiree over the net of the acquisition-date amounts of the identifiable assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. Identifiable intangible assets consist primarily of customer lists and relationships, non-compete agreements and technology based intangibles and other contractual agreements. The Company amortizes finite lived identifiable intangible assets over five years, on a straight-line basis to their estimated residual values and periodically reviews them for impairment. Total goodwill and identifiable intangible assets comprised 41% of the Company’s consolidated total assets at each of December 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

The Company uses the acquisition method of accounting for all business combinations and does not amortize goodwill. Goodwill is tested for possible impairment annually during the fourth quarter of each fiscal year or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. The Company has the option to perform a qualitative assessment to determine if an impairment is more likely than not to have occurred. If the Company can support the conclusion that it is not more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, the Company would not need to perform the two-step impairment test for that reporting unit. If the Company cannot support such a conclusion or the Company does not elect to perform the qualitative assessment, then the first step of the goodwill impairment test is used to identify potential impairment by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the estimated fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying amount, its goodwill is not impaired and the second step of the impairment test is not necessary. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its estimated fair value, then the second step of the goodwill impairment test must be performed. The second step of the goodwill impairment test compares the implied fair value of the reporting unit goodwill with its carrying amount to measure the amount of impairment, if any. The implied fair value of goodwill is determined in the same manner as the amount of goodwill recognized in a business combination. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of that goodwill, an impairment is recognized in an amount equal to that excess.

 

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had recorded goodwill in the amount of $1,373,621 related to the PVBJ acquisition. The performance of the Company’s fiscal 2019 impairment analysis did not result in an impairment of the Company’s goodwill.

 

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

Comprehensive income (loss) consists of two components, net loss and other comprehensive income (loss). The Company’s other comprehensive income (loss) is comprised of foreign currency translation adjustments.

 

Advertising Costs

 

Advertising costs are charged to expense during the period in which they are incurred. Advertising expense for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $9,350 and $4,426, respectively.

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

The Company translates its foreign subsidiary’s assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies into U.S. dollars at current rates of exchange as of the balance sheet date and income and expense items at the average exchange rate for the reporting period. Translation adjustments resulting from exchange rate fluctuations are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income. The Company records gains and losses from changes in exchange rates on transactions denominated in currencies other than each reporting location’s functional currency in net income (loss) for each period. Items included in the financial statements of each entity in the group are measured using the currency of the primary economic environment in which the entity operates (“functional currency”).

 

The functional and reporting currency of the Company is the United States Dollar (“U.S. Dollar”). The financial records of Pride located in Australia, is maintained in the local currency, the Australian Dollar (AUD$) which is also its functional currency.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company recorded other comprehensive income from a translation gain of $11,952 in the consolidated financial statements. For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company recorded other comprehensive loss from a translation loss of $46,725 in the consolidated financial statements.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

On January 1, 2018, the Company adopted Accounting Standard Update (“ASU”) ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)” (“ASU 2014-09”) using the modified retrospective method applied to those contracts which were not completed as of December 31, 2018. Results for reporting periods beginning January 1, 2018 are presented under ASU 2014-09, while prior period amounts are not adjusted and continue to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for the prior period.

 

Under ASU 2014-09 requirements, the Company recognizes revenue from the installation or construction of projects and service or short term projects over time using the cost-based input method. The Company accounts for a contract when: (i) it has approval and commitment from both parties, (ii) the rights of the parties are identified, (iii) payment terms are identified, (iv) the contract has commercial substance, and (v) collectability of consideration is probable. The Company considers the start of a project to be when the above criteria have been met and the Company either has written authorization from the customer to proceed or an executed contract. A detailed breakdown of the five step process is as follows:

 

Identify the Contract with a Customer

 

The Company receives almost all of its contracts from only two sources, referrals or government bids. In a referral, a client that the Company has an ongoing business relationship refers the Company to perform services. In a government bid, the Company applies to perform services for public projects. The contracts have a pattern of being stand-alone contracts.

 

Identify the Performance Obligations in the Contract

 

The performance obligation of the Company is to perform a contractually agreed upon task for the customer. If the contract is stated to provide only contractual service, then the service is considered the only performance obligation. If the contractual service includes design and or engineering in addition to the contract, it is considered a single performance obligation.

 

Determine the Transaction Price

 

The nature of the industry involves a number of uncertainties that can affect the current state of the contract. Variable considerations are the estimates made due to a contract modification in the contractual service. Change orders, claims, extras, or back charges are common in contractual services activity as a form of variable consideration. If there is going to be a contract modification, judgment by management will need to be made to determine if the variable consideration is enforceable. The following factors are considered in determining if the variable consideration is enforceable:

 

  1. The customer’s written approval of the scope of the change order;
  2. Current contract language that indicates clear and enforceable entitlement relating to the change order;
  3. Separate documentation for the change order costs that are identifiable and reasonable; or
  4. The Company’s favorable experience in negotiating change orders, especially as it relates to the specific type of contract and change order being evaluated

 

Once the Company receives a contract, a budget of projected costs is generated for the contract based on the contract price. If the scope of the contract during the contractual period needs to be modified, the Company typically files a change order. The Company does not continue to perform services until the change modification is agreed upon with documentation by both the Company and the customer. There are few times that claims, extras, or back charges are included in the contract.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

Allocate the Transaction Price to the Performance Obligations in the Contract

 

If there are multiple performance obligations to the contract, the costs must be allocated appropriately and consistently to each performance obligation. In the Company’s experience, usually only one performance obligation is stated per contract. If there are multiple services provided for one customer, the Company has a policy of splitting out the services over multiple contracts.

 

Recognize revenue when (or as) the entity satisfies a performance obligations:

 

The Company uses the total costs incurred on the project relative to the total expected costs to satisfy the performance obligation. The input method involves measuring the resources consumed, labor hours expended, costs incurred, time lapsed, or machine hours used relative to the total expected inputs to the satisfaction of the performance obligation. Costs incurred prior to actual contract (i.e. design, engineering, procurement of material, etc.) should not be recognized as the client does not have control of the good/service provided. When the estimate on a contract indicates a loss, or claims against costs incurred reduce the likelihood of recoverability of such costs, the Company records the entire estimated loss in the period the loss becomes known. Project contracts typically provide for a schedule of billings or invoices to the customer based on the Company’s job to date percentage of completion of specific tasks inherent in the fulfillment of its performance obligation(s). The schedules for such billings usually do not precisely match the schedule on which costs are incurred. As a result, contract revenue recognized in the statement of operations can and usually does differ from amounts that can be billed or invoiced to the customer at any point during the contract. Amounts by which cumulative contract revenue recognized on a contract as of a given date exceed cumulative billings and unbilled receivables to the customer under the contract represent contract assets and are reflected as a current asset in the Company’s balance sheet under the captions “Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings” and “Unbilled accounts receivable.” Amounts by which cumulative billings to the customer under a contract as of a given date exceed cumulative contract revenue recognized on the contract are reflected as a current liability in the Company’s balance sheet under the caption “Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings.”

 

Disaggregated Revenue:

 

For the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, revenues from contracts with customers summarized by Geographical Area and Revenue Stream were as follows:

 

   2019   2018 
United States - Service  $2,713,796   $2,440,854 
Australia - Service   1,862,922    1,941,078 
United States - Contract   160,000    40,548 
Australia - Contract   2,080,606    3,123,957 
Total  $6,817,324   $7,546,437 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash and cash equivalents includes cash in bank and money market funds as well as other highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less. The Company had no cash equivalents as of December 31, 2019 or 2018.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company recognizes expense for its stock-based compensation based on the fair value of the awards at the time they are granted. The Company estimates the value of stock option awards on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes model. The determination of the fair value of stock-based payment awards on the date of grant is affected by the Company’s stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of complex and subjective variables. These variables include the Company’s expected stock price volatility over the term of the awards, expected term and risk-free interest rate expected. The Company recognizes forfeitures in the period in which they occur. The Company’s outstanding awards do not contain market or performance conditions.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

Sales and Use Tax

 

The Company collects sales tax in various jurisdictions. Upon collection from customers, it records the amount as a payable to the related jurisdiction. On a periodic basis, it files a sales tax return with the jurisdictions and remits the amount indicated on the return.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes pursuant to Financial Accounting Standard Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 740, Income Taxes (“ASC 740”). Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets, including tax loss and credit carryforwards, and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. Deferred income tax expense represents the change during the period in the deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities. The components of the deferred tax assets and liabilities are individually classified as current and non-current based on their characteristics. Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

The determination of the Company’s provision for income taxes requires significant judgment, the use of estimates, and the interpretation and application of complex tax laws. Significant judgment is required in assessing the timing and amounts of deductible and taxable items and the probability of sustaining uncertain tax positions. The benefits of uncertain tax positions are recorded in the Company’s financial statements only after determining a more-likely-than-not probability that the uncertain tax positions will withstand challenge, if any, from taxing authorities. When facts and circumstances change, the Company reassesses these probabilities and records any changes in the financial statements as appropriate. Accrued interest and penalties related to income tax matters are classified as a component of income tax expense.

 

The Company recognizes and measures its unrecognized tax benefits in accordance with ASC 740. Under that guidance, management assesses the likelihood that tax positions will be sustained upon examination based on the facts, circumstances and information, including the technical merits of those positions, available at the end of each period. The measurement of unrecognized tax benefits is adjusted when new information is available, or when an event occurs that requires a change.

 

The Company did not identify any material uncertain tax positions. The Company did not recognize any interest or penalties for unrecognized tax benefits.

 

The federal income tax returns of the Company are subject to examination by the IRS, generally for the three years after they are filed. The Company’s 2018, 2017 and 2016 income tax returns are still open for examination by the taxing authorities.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Except for the Company’s earn-out liability, the carrying value of cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and short-term borrowings, as reflected in the balance sheets, approximate fair value because of the short-term maturity of these instruments. All other significant financial assets, financial liabilities and equity instruments of the Company are either recognized or disclosed in the financial statements together with other information relevant for making a reasonable assessment of future cash flows, interest rate risk and credit risk. Where practicable the fair values of financial assets and financial liabilities have been determined and disclosed; otherwise only available information pertinent to fair value has been disclosed. The Company classifies and discloses assets and liabilities carried at fair value in one of the following three categories:

 

  Level 1—quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities;
     
  Level 2—observable market based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data; and
     
  Level 3—significant unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

The table below presents a reconciliation of the fair value of the Company’s contingent earn-out obligations that use significant unobservable inputs (Level 3).

 

Fair value earn-out liability from acquisition of PVBJ Inc.  $175,318 
Adjustments to fair value   15,418 
Balance sheet as of December 31, 2018   190,736 
Payments   - 
Adjustments to fair value   18,463 
Balance as of December 31, 2019  $209,199 

 

The Company values earn-out obligations using a probability weighted discounted cash flow method. This fair value measurement is based on significant unobservable inputs in the market and thus represents a Level 3 measurement within the fair value hierarchy. This analysis reflects the contractual terms of the purchase agreements (e.g., minimum and maximum payments, length of earn-out periods, manner of calculating any amounts due, etc.) and utilizes assumptions with regard to future cash flows, probabilities of achieving such future cash flows and a discount rate. The contingent earn-out obligations are measured at fair value each reporting period and changes in estimates of fair value are recognized in earnings.

 

Net Loss Per Common Share

 

The Company computes basic net loss per share by dividing net loss per share available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period and excludes the effects of any potentially dilutive securities. Diluted earnings per share, if presented, would include the dilution that would occur upon the exercise or conversion of all potentially dilutive securities into common stock using the “treasury stock” and/or “if converted” methods as applicable. The computation of diluted loss per share excludes dilutive securities, because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive. Dilutive securities for the periods presented are as follows:

 

   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
         
Options to purchase common stock   698,500    955,000 
Convertible debt   1,100,000    800,000 
Totals   1,798,500    1,755,000 

 

3. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The Company’s former office space during the year ended December 31, 2018 consisted of approximately 800 square feet, which was donated to it from one of its executive officers. There was no lease agreement and the Company paid no rent.

 

In September 2018, the Company entered into a contract with Steve Mullane, the Executive General Manager of Pride, for a solar installation. The system installation was complete as of December 31, 2018. Costs incurred were $8,333 along with revenue of $8,759 for year ended December 31, 2018.

 

In August 2019, the Company entered into a contract with a Pride employee for a solar installation. The system installation was complete as of December 31, 2019. Costs incurred were $5,169 along with revenue of $6,416 for year ended December 31, 2019.

 

In June 2016, the Company entered into a contract with Rezaul Karim, one of its former directors, for the installation of an HC-1 system. The system installation was complete as of December 31, 2018. The system installation generated $8,499 and $40,288 of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company subcontracted the installation of the system to Renewable Energy Holdings LLC (“REH”), a company owned by Mike Strizki, one of the Company’s executive officers. James Strizki, one of the Company’s executive officers, is vice president of operations at REH. There was $9,019 and $40,636 of costs for the year ended December 31, 2018, respectively.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

The Company has entered into agreements to indemnify its directors and executive officers, in addition to the indemnification provided for in the Company’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. These agreements, among other things, provide for indemnification of the Company’s directors and executive officers for certain expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and settlement amounts incurred by any such person in any action or proceeding, including any action by or in the right of the Company, arising out of such person’s services as a director or executive officer of the Company, any subsidiary of the Company or any other company or enterprise to which the person provided services at the Company’s request. The Company believes that these provisions and agreements are necessary to attract and retain qualified persons as directors and executive officers.

 

There was $80,500 and $78,000 of management fees expensed for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, to Turquino Equity LLC (Turquino”), a significant shareholder wholly-owned by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

 

On January 2, 2018, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement with two of its directors, pursuant to which the Company sold an aggregate principal amount of $400,000 in 12% Convertible Debentures (“2018 Debentures”). On February 8, 2019, the Company and the holders of the 2018 Debentures entered into amendments (the “Amendments”) to the 2018 Debentures. The 2018 Debentures, together with any accrued and unpaid interest, become due and payable on January 2, 2020 (the “2020 Maturity Date”). Interest on the 2018 Debentures accrues at the rate of 12% per annum from January 2, 2018 through the date of the Amendments, and 10% per annum subsequent to the date of the Amendments, payable monthly in cash, beginning on February 1, 2018 and through the 2020 Maturity Date. The 2018 Debentures are convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share at the discretion of the holder, with special provisions applying to any holder whose conversion would result in the holder beneficially owning more than 4.99% of the Company’s common stock. In connection with this convertible note payable, the Company recorded a $395,000 discount on debt, related to the beneficial conversion feature of the note to be amortized over the life of the note using the effective interest method, or until the note is converted or repaid.

 

On August 21, 2018, PVBJ entered into a loan and security agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Thermo Communications Funding, LLC (“Thermo”). The Credit Agreement provides for a revolving line of credit in an amount not to exceed $350,000, which is evidenced by a promissory note issued by PVBJ to Thermo (the “Note”). Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, PVBJ granted a security interest to Thermo in all of its assets. In addition, pursuant to a limited recourse guaranty, Andrew Hidalgo, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer personally guaranteed the repayment of the Credit Agreement under certain conditions. As of December 31, 2019, the Company was in compliance with these covenants and the facility was increased to $400,000 in March of 2020.

 

On February 8, 2019, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement with two of its directors, pursuant to which the Company sold an aggregate principal amount of $150,000 in 10% Convertible Debentures (“2019 Debentures”). The 2019 Debentures, together with any accrued and unpaid interest, become due and payable on February 8, 2021 (the “2021 Maturity Date”). Interest on the 2019 Debentures accrues at the rate of 10% per annum, payable monthly in cash, beginning on March 1, 2019 and through the 2021 Maturity Date. The 2019 Debentures are convertible into common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share at the discretion of the holder, with special provisions applying to any holder whose conversion would result in the holder beneficially owning more than 4.99% of the Company’s common stock. In connection with this convertible note payable, the Company recorded a $97,500 discount on debt, related to the beneficial conversion feature of the note to be amortized over the life of the note using the effective interest method, or until the note is converted or repaid.

 

4. SIGNIFICANT CONCENTRATIONS OF CREDIT RISK

 

Cash is maintained at an authorized deposit-taking institution (bank) incorporated in both the United States and Australia and is insured by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Australian Securities & Investments Commission up to $250,000 and approximately $186,000 USD in total, respectively. At December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the balance was fully covered under the $250,000 threshold in the United States. In Australia, the balance exceeded the threshold at December 31, 2019 by $10,563 and exceeded the threshold by $133,578 at December 31, 2018.

 

Credit risk for trade accounts is concentrated as well because substantially all of the balances are receivable from entities located within certain geographic regions. To reduce credit risk, the Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial conditions, but does not generally require collateral. In addition, at December 31, 2019, one of the Company’s accounts receivable was due from one customer at approximately 13%. At December 31, 2018, approximately 20% of the Company’s accounts receivable was due from two unrelated customers, each at 10%.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

5. MAJOR CUSTOMERS

 

There was one customer with a concentration of 10% or higher of the Company’s revenue, at 14% for the year ended December 31, 2019, and three customers with a concentration of 10% or higher of the Company’s revenue, two at 13% and one at 12% for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

6. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 

At December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, property and equipment were comprised of the following:

 

   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
Furniture and fixtures (5 to 7 years)  $11,649   $11,661 
Machinery and equipment (5 to 7 years)   44,578    36,969 
Computer and software (3 to 5 years)   48,219    88,021 
Auto and truck (5 to 7 years)   756,138    785,979 
Leasehold improvements (life of lease)   34,707    34,788 
    895,291    957,418 
Less accumulated depreciation   417,053    480,982 
   $478,238   $476,436 

 

Depreciation expense for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $164,392 and $145,606, respectively.

 

7. UNCOMPLETED CONTRACTS

 

Costs, estimated earnings and billings on uncompleted contracts are summarized as follows at December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018:

 

   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
Costs incurred on uncompleted contracts  $465,686   $811,173 
Estimated earnings   454,132    469,109 
Costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts   919,818    1,280,282 
Billings to date   750,769    1,265,475 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts   169,049    14,807 
Costs and earnings in excess of billings on completed contracts   (190,102)   (164,660)
   $(21,053)  $(149,853)
           
Costs in excess of billings (contract asset)  $26,045   $45,478 
Billings in excess of cost (contract liability)   (47,098)   (195,331)
   $(21,053)  $(149,853)

 

8. LEASES

 

For leases with a term of 12 months or less, the Company is permitted to make an accounting policy election by class of underlying asset not to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities, and the Company has elected to recognize lease expense for such leases on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

The Company previously entered into two leases for office space in Woombye and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, both which expired in April 2018. The Company signed new leases in January 2019 for a Dallas, Texas shared office space, which ended in December 2019 and is now month-to-month, and February 2018 for new office space in Kunda Park, Queensland Australia, which started in May 2018 and expires in April 2023. The Company also renewed the Brisbane office space for one year, starting in May 2018.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

On March 25, 2019, the Company signed a lease for new office space in Brisbane, which has a fixed 3% increase annually expiring in March 2025 and includes a renewal period of three years that management is reasonably certain will be exercised. The Company analyzed this lease and determined that this agreement meets the definition of a lease under ASU 2016-02 as it provides management with the exclusive right to direct the use of and obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the identified leased asset, which is the office space. Management also analyzed the terms of this arrangement and concluded it should be classified as an operating lease, as none of the criteria were met for finance lease classification. As there was only one identified asset, no allocation of the lease payments was deemed necessary. Management did not incur any initial direct costs associated with this lease. As of the commencement date, which was March 25, 2019, a right of use asset and lease liability of $130,736 was recorded on the consolidated balance sheet based on the present value of payments in the lease agreement. Per review of the lease agreement, there was no variable terms identified and there is no implicit rate stated. Therefore, the Company determined the present value of the future minimum lease payments based on the incremental borrowing rate of the Company. The incremental borrowing rate was determined to be 10%, as this is the rate which represents the incremental borrowing rate for the Company, on a collateralized basis, in a similar economic environment with similar payment terms.

 

On July 1, 2019, the Company signed a lease for the previously month-to-month office space in Downingtown, PA. Per review of the lease, the term is less than 12 months, therefore, the Company has elected to treat this lease as an operating lease and recognize lease expense on a straight-line basis.

 

The future minimum payments on operating leases for each of the next five years and in the aggregate amount to the following:

 

2020  $65,112 
2021   66,285 
2022   67,313 
2023   40,157 
2024   30,741 
Thereafter   7,742 
Total lease payments   277,350 
Less: present value discount   (52,382)
Total operating lease liabilities  $224,968 

 

The weighted-average remaining term of the Company’s operating leases was 4.5 years and the weighted-average discount rate used to measure the present value of the Company’s operating lease liabilities was 9.69% as of December 31, 2019.

 

Rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 was $94,210 and $98,593, respectively, and is included in “General and Administrative” expenses on the related statements of operations.

 

Right of use assets represent the right to use an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent the Company’s obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Operating lease right of use assets and liabilities are recognized at commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As most of the Company’s leases do not provide an implicit rate, the Company uses an incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. The operating lease right of use asset also excludes lease incentives. The Company’s lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that the Company will exercise that option. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

In determining the discount rate to use in calculating the present value of lease payments, the Company estimates the rate of interest it would pay on a collateralized loan with the same payment terms as the lease by utilizing bond yields traded in the secondary market to determine the estimated cost of funds for the particular tenor.

 

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H/CELL ENERGY CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

DECEMBER 31, 2019 AND 2018

 

Finance Leases

 

At December 31, 2019, the Company had 13 finance leases with an aggregate net book value of $383,547. The obligations are payable in monthly installments ranging from approximately $503 to $1,578 with interest rates from 3.0% to 5.57% per annum. The leases are secured by the related equipment. Approximate payments to be made on these finance lease obligations are as follows:

 

2020  $91,959 
2021   84,332 
2022   78,381 
2023   80,920 
2024   67,832 
Thereafter   11,495 
      
Finance lease obligation   414,919 
Less: amounts representing interest   31,372 
Less: current maturities of finance lease obligations   75,743 
      
Finance lease obligations, non-current  $307,804 

 

9.DEBT

 

Long-term debt consisted of the following:

 

Equipment Notes Payable

 

   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2018 
Note payable with monthly payments of $716, including interest at 6.50% per annum through November 2020.  $-   $18,707 
Note payable with monthly payments of $615, including interest at 6.80% per annum through August 2021.   -    18,383 
Note payable with monthly payments of $1,294, including interest at 14.72% per annum through March 2023.