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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

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

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

 

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

 

For the transition period from ___________ to ___________

 

Commission file number: 001-37950

 

 

GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   20-4118216
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)
     
190 N. Canon Dr., 4th Floor    
Beverly Hills, California   90210
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

310-273-4222

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share GNUS The Nasdaq Capital Market

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: 300,791,335 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, were outstanding as of May 17, 2021.

 

 

     

 

 

GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

FORM 10-Q

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2021

 

Table of Contents

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION 3
   
Item 1. Financial Statements. 3
   
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. 30
   
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk. 37
   
Item 4. Controls and Procedures. 37
   
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION 38
   
Item 1. Legal Proceedings. 38
   
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 38
   
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds. 38
   
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities. 39
   
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 39
   
Item 5. Other Information. 39
   
Item 6. Exhibits. 39
   
SIGNATURES 40

 

 

 

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 PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020

(unaudited)

 

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
    (unaudited)        
ASSETS                
Current Assets:                
Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 143,612,749     $ 100,456,324  
Accounts Receivable, net     7,407,452       1,731,373  
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets     8,165,903       6,378,392  
Total Current Assets     159,186,104       108,566,089  
                 
Property and Equipment, net     245,927       95,828  
Right of Use Assets, net     2,373,071       1,972,364  
Film and Television Costs, net     13,106,727       11,828,494  
Lease Deposits     91,129       43,001  
Investment in ChizComm           300,798  
Investment in Stan Lee Universe, LLC     1,250,000       1,000,000  
Intangible Assets, net     9,567,172       28,694  
Goodwill     19,972,833       10,365,806  
Total Assets   $ 205,792,963     $ 134,201,074  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts Payable   $ 8,014,994     $ 785,526  
Accrued Expenses     112,919       408,459  
Participations Payable     3,274,178       3,160,016  
Deferred Revenue     985,658       684,129  
Payroll Protection Program     366,267       366,267  
Warrant Derivative Liability     1,632,945       1,197,068  
Lease Liability     390,305       146,099  
Due to Related Party     1,349       2,420  
Accrued Salaries and Wages     562,705       428,922  
Total Current Liabilities     15,341,320       7,178,906  
                 
Long Term Liabilities:                
Deferred Revenue     3,543,845       3,748,248  
Lease Liability     2,402,970       2,052,530  
Production Facility, net     688,011       1,099,713  
Contingent Earn Out     7,210,000        
Disputed Trade Payable     925,000       925,000  
Total Liabilities     30,111,146       15,004,397  
                 
Stockholders’ Equity                
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively            
Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 400,000,000 shares authorized 300,321,658 and 258,438,514 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively     300,322       258,439  
Additional Paid in Capital     721,203,155       588,500,680  
Accumulated Deficit     (545,816,267 )     (469,557,324 )
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss     (5,393 )     (5,118 )
Total Stockholders' Equity     175,681,817       119,196,677  
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 205,792,963     $ 134,201,074  

 

 

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

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020

(unaudited)

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020  
Revenues:            
Licensing & Royalties   $ 170,460     $ 203,365  
Media Advisory & Advertising Services     753,388        
Television & Home Entertainment     83,471       52,217  
Advertising Sales     56,462       78,657  
Product Sales     482       500  
Total Revenues     1,064,263       334,739  
                 
Operating Expenses:                
Marketing and Sales     601,828       112,700  
Direct Operating Costs     248,466       227,506  
General and Administrative     6,933,828       1,762,583  
Total Operating Expenses     7,784,122       2,102,789  
                 
Loss from Operations     (6,719,859 )     (1,768,050 )
                 
Other Income (Expense):                
Interest Income     47,184        
Loss on Foreign Exchange     (3,159 )      
Warrant Revaluation Expense     (435,876 )     (3,467,961 )
Warrant Incentive Expense     (69,138,527 )      
Sub-Lease Income           121,070  
Interest Expense     (8,706 )     (721,003 )
Net Other Income (Expense)     (69,539,084 )     (4,067,894 )
                 
Loss Before Income Tax Expense     (76,258,943 )     (5,835,944 )
                 
Income Tax Expense            
                 
Net Loss Before Foreign Translation Adjustment     (76,258,943 )     (5,835,944 )
                 
Foreign Translation Adjustment     (275 )      
                 
Net Loss   $ (76,259,218 )   $ (5,835,944 )
                 
Net Loss per Common Share (Basic and Diluted)   $ (0.27 )   $ (0.23 )
                 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Basic and Diluted)     287,217,911       25,466,121  

 

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

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020

(unaudited)

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020  
Net Loss   $ (76,258,943 )   $ (5,835,944 )
Foreign Translation Adjustment     (275 )      
Comprehensive Net Loss to Common Shareholders   $ (76,259,218 )   $ (5,835,944 )

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders' Equity

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

(unaudited)

 

  Common Stock   Preferred Stock   Additional Paid-In Capital   Accumulated Deficit   Other Comprehensive Loss   Total  
  Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount                  
Balance, December 31, 2019   21,877,724   $ 21,878     1,097   $ 1   $ 75,117,076   $ (66,047,135 ) $ (5,118 ) $ 9,086,702  
                                                 
Value of Preferred Stock Conversion   3,171,428     3,172     (666 )   (1 )   (3,171 )            
Proceeds from Securities Purchase Agreement, Net   4,000,000     4,000             911,296             915,296  
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, net   500,000     500             169,500             170,000  
Issuance of Common Stock for Services   43,077     43             27,957             28,000  
Share Based Compensation                   23,814             23,814  
Net Loss                       (5,835,944 )       (5,835,944 )
                                                 
Balance, March 31, 2020   29,592,229   $ 29,593     431   $ 0   $ 76,246,472   $ (71,883,079 ) $ (5,118 ) $ 4,387,868  
                                                 
Balance, December 31, 2020   258,438,514   $ 258,439       $   $ 588,500,680   $ (469,557,324 ) $ (5,118 ) $ 119,196,677  
                                                 
Shares Issued for ChizComm acquisition   1,980,658     1,981             3,525,046             3,527,027  
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, net   39,740,500     39,740             57,224,916             57,264,656  
Issuance of Common Stock for Services   161,986     162             240,838             241,000  
Share Based Compensation                   2,573,148             2,573,148  
Warrant Incentive                   69,138,527             69,138,527  
Foreign Translation Adjustment                           (275 )   (275 )
Net Loss                       (76,258,943 )       (76,258,943 )
                                                 
Balance, March 31, 2021   300,321,658   $ 300,322       $   $ 721,203,155   $ (545,816,267 ) $ (5,393 ) $ 175,681,817  

 

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

 

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020

(unaudited)

 

    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:                
Net Loss   $ (76,258,943 )   $ (5,835,944 )
                 
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities:                
Amortization of Film and Television Costs     117,947       106,614  
Depreciation and Amortization Expense     152,323       132,573  
Accretion of Discount on Secured Convertible Notes           (7,288 )
Bad Debt     73,412        
Stock Issued for Services     41,000       28,000  
Share Based Compensation Expense     2,573,148       23,814  
Warrant Revaluation Expense     435,876       3,467,961  
Lease Modification     (66,894 )      
Debt Discount in Excess of the Principal           631,852  
Warrant Incentive Expense    

69,138,527

       
                 
Decrease (Increase) in Operating Assets:                
Accounts Receivable, net     401,153       1,163,565  
Prepaid Expenses & Other Assets     (1,530,917 )     (154,466 )
Lease Deposits     (35,738 )      
Film and Television Costs, net     (1,396,180 )     (70,651 )
                 
Increase (Decrease) in Operating Liabilities:                
Accounts Payable     352,945       (125,637 )
Accrued Salaries & Wages     133,783       37,979  
Deferred Revenue     97,126       (100,238 )
Participations Payable     114,162       90,156  
Due to Related Party     (1,071 )     (511,503 )
Accrued Expenses     (196,932 )     127,696  
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities     (5,855,273 )     (995,517 )
                 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:                
Investment in Stan Lee Universe, LLC     (250,000 )      
Cash Payment for ChizComm, net of cash acquired     (7,788,877 )      
Investment in Property & Equipment     (16,975 )      
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (8,055,852 )      
                 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:                
Increase in Lease Liability, net of Payments     214,596       (68,579 )
Proceeds from Sale of Securities Purchase Agreement, net           915,296  
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, net     57,264,656       170,000  
Proceeds from Senior Secured Convertible Notes, net           6,098,000  
Repayment of Secured Convertible Notes           (2,866,664 )
Repayment of Production Facility, net     (411,702 )     (797,609 )
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities     57,067,550       3,450,444  
                 
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     43,156,425       2,454,927  
Beginning Cash and Cash Equivalents     100,456,324       305,121  
Ending Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 143,612,749     $ 2,760,048  
                 
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:                
Cash Paid for Interest   $     $ 23,562  
Schedule of Non-Cash Financing and Investing Activities                
Shares issued for ChizComm acquisition     3,527,027        
Liability for Acquisition Earnout Shares     7,210,000        
Warrant Derivative Liability           10,229,852  

 

 

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

 

 

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Genius Brands International, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

March 31, 2021 (unaudited)

 

Note 1: Organization and Business

 

Organization and Nature of Business

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by experienced industry personnel, we distribute our content in all formats as well as a broad range of consumer products based on our characters. In the children's media sector, our portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment. New intellectual property titles include Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten produced with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Oak Productions. Arnold Schwarzenegger lends his voice as the lead and is also an Executive Producer on the series. The show is being broadcast in the United States on the Company’s wholly owned distribution outlet, Kartoon Channel!. Other newer series include, the preschool property Rainbow Rangers, which debuted in November 2018 on Nickelodeon and which was renewed for a second season and preschool property Llama Llama, which debuted on Netflix in January 2018 and was renewed by Netflix for a second season. Our library titles include the award-winning Baby Genius, adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett, which is distributed across our Genius Brands Network on Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Cox, Dish, Sling and Zumo, as well as Connected TV. In July 2020, the Company entered into a binding term sheet with POW, Inc. (“POW!”) in which we agreed to form an entity with POW! to exploit certain rights in intellectual property created by Stan Lee, as well as the name and likeness of Stan Lee. The entity is called “Stan Lee Universe, LLC”. POW! and the Company are finalizing the details of the venture. This agreement will enable us to assume the worldwide rights, in perpetuity, to the name, physical likeness, physical signature, live-action and animated motion picture, television, online, digital, publishing, comic book, merchandising and licensing rights to Stan Lee and over 100 original Stan Lee creations, from which Genius Brands plans to develop and license multiple properties each year. The Company is also developing a new animated series starring the voice of Shaquille O’Neil called Shaq’s Garage.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Liquidity

 

Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, the Company reported net losses of $76,258,943 and $5,835,944, respectively. The Company reported net cash used in operating activities of $5,855,273 and $995,517 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, respectively. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $545,816,267 and total stockholders’ equity of $175,681,817. At March 31, 2021, the Company had current assets of $159,186,104, including cash and cash equivalents of $143,612,749 and current liabilities of $15,341,320. The Company had working capital of $143,844,784 as of March 31, 2021, compared to working capital of $101,387,183 as of December 31, 2020.

 

 

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On January 28, 2021, the Company entered into letter agreements (the “Letter Agreements”) with certain existing institutional and accredited investors to exercise certain outstanding warrants (the “Existing Warrants”) to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of the Company’s common stock at their original exercise price of $1.55 per share (the “Exercise”). The Company received approximately $61.6 million in gross proceeds. The Special Equities Group, a division of Bradley Woods & Co. Ltd., acted as warrant solicitation agent and received a cash fee of approximately $4.3 million. In consideration for the exercise of the Existing Warrants for cash, the exercising holders received new unregistered warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of common stock (the “New Warrants”) at an exercise price of $2.37 per share and with an exercise period of five years from the initial issuance date. Pursuant to the Letter Agreements, the New Warrants are substantially in the form of the Existing Warrants (except for customary legends and other language typical for an unregistered warrant, including the ability for the holder of the New Warrant to make a cashless exercise if no resale registration statement covering the common stock underlying the New Warrants is effective after six months), were exercisable immediately, and have a term of exercise of five years, and the Company was required to register for resale the shares of common stock underlying the New Warrants.

  

As more fully discussed in Note 3 on February 1, 2021, the Company through GBI Acquisition LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company, and 2811210 Ontario Inc., a company organized under the laws of the Province of Ontario, two wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, purchased the outstanding equity interests of ChizComm Ltd., a corporation organized in Canada and ChizComm USA Corp., a New Jersey corporation.

 

Note 2: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying 2021 and 2020 condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Genius Brands International, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiaries A Squared Entertainment LLC, Llama Productions LLC, Rainbow Rangers Productions LLC, Superhero Kindergarten LLC, ChizComm Beacon Media LLC and ChizComm Ltd. All significant inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

The financial statements have been prepared using the acquisition method of accounting in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805 Business Combinations.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.

  

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments with initial maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company had Cash and Cash Equivalents of $143,612,749 and $100,456,324, respectively.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

Accounts receivable are presented on the balance sheets net of estimated uncollectible amounts. The Company assesses its accounts receivable balances on a quarterly basis to determine collectability and records an allowance for estimated uncollectible accounts in an amount approximating anticipated losses based on historical experience and future expectations. Individual uncollectible accounts are written off against the allowance when collection of the individual accounts appears doubtful. The Company had an allowance for doubtful accounts of $117,087 for March 31, 2021 and $43,676 as of December 31, 2020.

  

 

 

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Property and Equipment

 

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

 

Right of Use Leased Assets

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, “Leases.” The standard requires lessees to recognize the assets and liabilities that arise from leases on the balance sheet. A lessee should recognize in the statement of financial position a liability to make lease payments (the lease liability) and a right-of-use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. The new guidance is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. The amendments should be applied at the beginning of the earliest period presented using a modified retrospective approach with earlier application permitted as of the beginning of an interim or annual reporting period.

 

In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842), Targeted Improvements, which allows for an additional optional transition method where comparative periods presented in the financial statements in the period of adoption will not be restated and instead those periods will be presented under existing guidance in accordance with ASC 840, Leases. Management used this optional transition method. As of February 1, 2021, as a result of the ChizComm acquisition, management recorded lease liability of $380,050, right-of-use asset of $380,050.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price over the estimated fair value of net assets acquired in business combinations accounted for by the purchase method. In accordance with FASB ASC 350 Intangibles Goodwill and Other, goodwill and certain intangible assets are presumed to have indefinite useful lives and are thus not amortized, but subject to an impairment test annually or more frequently if indicators of impairment arise. The Company completes the annual goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests at the end of each fiscal year. To test for goodwill impairment, we are required to estimate the fair market value of each of our reporting units, of which we have one. While we may use a variety of methods to estimate fair value for impairment testing, our primary method is discounted cash flows. We estimate future cash flows and allocations of certain assets using estimates for future growth rates and our judgment regarding the applicable discount rates. Changes to our judgments and estimates could result in a significantly different estimate of the fair market value of the reporting units, which could result in an impairment of goodwill or indefinite lived intangible assets in future periods.

 

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

 

Debt and Attached Equity-Linked Instruments

 

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

 

The Company accounts for the proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes payable in accordance with FASB ASC 470-20 Debt with Conversion and Other Options. Pursuant to FASB ASC 470-20, the intrinsic value of the embedded conversion feature (beneficial conversion interest), which is in the money on the commitment date is included in the discount to debt and amortized to interest expense over the term of the note agreement. When the conversion option is not separated, the Company accounts for the entire convertible instrument including debt and the conversion feature as a liability.

 

 

 

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

  

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

 

Film and Television Costs

 

We capitalize production costs for episodic series produced in accordance with FASB ASC 926-20 Entertainment-Films - Other Assets - Film Costs. Accordingly, production costs are capitalized at actual cost and then charged against revenue based on the initial market revenue evidenced by a firm commitment over the period of commitment. We expense all capitalized costs that exceed the initial market firm commitment revenue in the period of delivery of the episodes.

 

We capitalize production costs for films produced in accordance with FASB ASC 926-20 Entertainment - Films - Other Assets - Film Costs. Accordingly, production costs are capitalized at actual cost and then charged against revenue quarterly as a cost of production based on the relative fair value of the film(s) delivered and recognized as revenue. We evaluate its capitalized production costs annually and limits recorded amounts by their ability to recover such costs through expected future sales.

 

Additionally, for both episodic series and films, from time to time, we develop additional content, improved animation and bonus songs/features for its existing content. After the initial release of the film or episodic series, the costs of significant improvement to existing products are capitalized while routine and periodic alterations to existing products are expensed as incurred.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company accounts for revenue according to standard ASC 606 (Topic 606). The Company has identified the following six material and distinct performance obligations:

 

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

 

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

 

  · Options to renew or extend a contract at fixed terms. (While this performance obligation is not significant for the Company’s current contracts, it could become significant in the future.)

 

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

 

  · Fixed fee advertising revenue generated from the Genius Brands Network

 

  · Variable fee advertising revenue generated from the Genius Brands Network

   

 

 

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As a result of the change, beginning January 1, 2018, the Company began recognizing revenue related to licensed rights to exploit functional IP in two ways. For minimum guarantees, the Company recognizes fixed revenue upon delivery of content and the start of the license period. For functional IP contracts with a variable component, the Company estimates revenue such that it is probable there will not be a material reversal of revenue in future periods. Revenue under these types of contracts was previously recognized when royalty statements were received. The Company began recognizing revenue related to licensed rights to exploit symbolic IP substantially similarly to functional IP. Although it has a different recognition pattern from functional IP, the valuation method is substantially the same, depending on the nature of the license.

 

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

 

The Company provides media and advertising services to clients. Revenue is recognized in the month that the services are performed.

 

The Company also purchases advertising for clients on linear and across digital and streaming platforms and receives a commission on these purchases. Advertising commissions are recognized as revenue in the month the advertising is displayed.

 

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

 

Direct Operating Costs

 

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

 

Share-Based Compensation

 

As required by FASB ASC 718 - Stock Compensation, the Company recognizes an expense related to the fair value of our share-based compensation awards, including stock options, using the Black-Scholes calculation as of the date of grant. The Company has elected to use the graded attribution method for awards which are in-substance, multiple awards based on the vesting schedule. The Company’s accounting policy elected for forfeitures is not to estimate the number of awards that are expected to vest. Instead, the Company accounts for forfeitures when they occur. The Company issues authorized shares available for the issuance under the 2015 and 2020 Plans upon employees’ exercise of their stock options.

 

Earnings Per Share

 

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

 

Income Taxes

 

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

 

 

 

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Concentration of Risk

 

The Company’s cash is maintained at two financial institutions and from time to time the balances for this account exceed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC”) insured amount. Balances on interest bearing deposits at banks in the United States are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000 per account. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had six accounts with an uninsured balance of $142,111,746.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company had one customer whose total revenue each exceeded 10% of the total consolidated revenue. That customer was responsible for 11% to total revenue. The Company had four customers whose accounts receivable exceeded 10% of total accounts receivable. Those customers accounted for 69% of accounts receivable. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company had two customers whose total revenue exceeded 10% of the total consolidated revenue. These customers accounted for 22% of total revenue and two other customers represented 92% of accounts receivable.

 

Fair value of financial instruments

 

The carrying amounts of cash, receivables, accounts payable, and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to the short-term maturity of the instruments. The carrying amount of the Production Loan Facility approximates fair value since the debt carries a variable interest rate that is tied to either the current Prime or LIBOR rates plus an applicable spread.

 

We previously adopted FASB ASC 820 for financial instruments measured at fair value on a recurring basis. FASB ASC 820 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in accordance with U.S. GAAP and expands disclosures about fair value measurements.

 

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

 

  Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets;
  Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable such as quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets or quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active; and
  Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions, such as valuations derived from valuation techniques in which one or more significant inputs or significant value drivers are unobservable.

  

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

  

In March 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-02, Entertainment-Films-Other Assets-Film Costs (Subtopic 926-20) and Entertainment-Broadcasters Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Subtopic 920-350). The update aligns the accounting for production costs of an episodic television series with the accounting for production costs of films by removing the content distinction for capitalization. The amendments also require that an entity reassess estimates of the use of a film in a film group and account for any changes prospectively. The amendments in this update require that an entity test a film or license agreement for program material within the scope of Subtopic 920-350 for impairment at a film group level when the film or license agreement is predominantly monetized with other films and/or license agreements. For public business entities, the amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. We have prospectively adopted ASU 2016-18. The impact to our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows were not material.

 

 

 

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In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity. The update simplifies the accounting for convertible instruments by removing certain separation models in Subtopic 470-20, Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options, for convertible instruments. As part of the amendment, the embedded conversion features are no longer separated from the host contract for convertible instruments with conversion features that are not required to be accounted for as derivatives under Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or that do not result in substantial premiums accounted for as paid-in capital. The FASB has eliminated the cash conversion and beneficial conversion feature models. The FASB has also modified accounting rules relating to application of the scope exception from derivative accounting. The amendments revise the guidance in ASC 815-40-25-10, to remove three out of seven conditions from the settlement guidance, referred to as additional equity classification requirements. Following the above amendments, more convertible debt instruments will be accounted for as a single liability measured at its amortized cost and more convertible preferred stock will be accounted for as a single equity instrument measured at its historical cost, as long as no features require bifurcation and recognition as derivatives. The amendments are effective for public business entities, excluding smaller reporting companies, for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, including smaller reporting companies the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, but no earlier than fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, including interim periods within those fiscal years. We have prospectively adopted ASU No. 2020-06. The impact to our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows were not material.

 

Various other accounting pronouncements have been recently issued, most of which represented technical corrections to the accounting literature or were applicable to specific industries and are not expected to have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

Business Combinations

 

We allocate the fair value of the purchase consideration of a business acquisition to the tangible assets, liabilities, and intangible assets acquired based on their estimated fair values. The excess of the fair value of purchase consideration over the fair values of these identifiable assets and liabilities is recorded as goodwill. The valuation of acquired assets and assumed liabilities requires significant judgment and estimates, especially with respect to intangible assets. The valuation of intangible assets requires that we use valuation techniques such as the income approach. The income approach includes the use of a discounted cash flow model, which includes discounted cash flow scenarios and requires significant estimates such as future expected revenue, expenses, capital expenditures and other costs, and discount rates. We estimate the fair value based upon assumptions we believe to be reasonable, but which are inherently uncertain and unpredictable and, as a result, actual results may differ from estimates. Estimates associated with the accounting for acquisitions may change as additional information becomes available regarding the assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Acquisition-related expenses and any related restructuring costs are recognized separately from the business combination and are expensed as incurred.

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

The Company considers the U.S. dollar to be its functional currency for its United States based operations. The Company considers the Canadian dollar to be its functional currency for its Canada based operation. Accordingly, monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect at the balance sheet date and non-monetary assets and liabilities are translated at the exchange rates in effect at the time of acquisition or issue. Revenues and expenses are translated at rates approximating the exchange rates in effect at the time of the transactions. All exchange gains and losses are included in operations.

 

Note 3: Acquisition of ChizComm Entities

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company through GBI Acquisition LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company, and 2811210 Ontario Inc., a company organized under the laws of the Province of Ontario, two wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, closed its previously announced acquisition pursuant to a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with (i) Harold Aaron Chizick, (ii) Jennifer Mara Chizick, (iii) Wishing Thumbelina Inc. (“Wishing Thumbelina”), and (iv) Harold Aaron Chizick and Jennifer Mara Chizick, the trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust for and on behalf of Harold Aaron Chizick, Jennifer Mara Chizick and Jay Mark Sonshine, trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust, (the “Trustees”) (each a “Seller” and, collectively, “Sellers”), pursuant to which the Company acquired from the Sellers all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of ChizComm Ltd., a corporation organized in Canada (“ChizComm Canada”), and ChizComm USA Corp., a New Jersey corporation (“ChizComm USA” and, together with ChizComm Canada, “ChizComm”) (the “Acquisition”).

  

 

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Total consideration paid by the Company in the transaction at closing consisted of $8.5 million in cash and 1,980,658 shares (the “Closing Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”) with a value of approximately $3.5 million, both as subject to certain purchase price adjustments. Of the Closing Shares, 674,157 shares of Common Stock, with a value of approximately $1.2 million, were deposited into an escrow account to cover potential post-closing indemnification obligations of Sellers under the Purchase Agreement. Additionally, the Purchase Agreement also provides for the issuance of additional shares of Common Stock with an aggregate value of up to $8.0 million that may be issued to the Sellers if certain EBITDA and performance levels are achieved within a four-year period commencing on the date of the Purchase Agreement (Earn-Out).

 

The Acquisition was approved by the board of directors of each Company. Transaction costs incurred relating to this acquisition including legal and accounting totaled $539,806, which is included in general and administrative expenses on the statement of operations. The acquisition expands the Company’s revenue streams into media and advertising services.

 

The Company has determined that the Acquisition constitutes a business acquisition as defined by Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 805, Business Combinations. Accordingly, the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed in the transaction were recorded at their estimated acquisition fair values, while transaction costs associated with the acquisition were expensed as incurred pursuant to the purchase method of accounting in accordance with ASC 805. The Company’s purchase price allocation was based on an evaluation of the appropriate fair values and represent managements best estimate based on available data. Fair values are determined based on the requirements of ASC 820, Fair Measurements and Disclosures (“ASC 820”).

 

The Earn-Out arrangement meets the liability classification criteria outlined in ASC 480, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity”, as it is not indexed to the Company’s own shares and is classified as a liability in the accompanying balance sheet. Liability classified contingent consideration is measured initially at the fair value on the acquisition date and is remeasured at each reporting period. Subsequent differences between the estimated fair value of the Earn-Out recorded at the acquisition date and the remeasurement date will be reflected as a charge or credit, as applicable, in the statement of operations.

 

The following table summarizes the fair value of the purchase price consideration paid to acquire ChizComm:

 

    Amount  
Cash consideration at closing   $ 8,500,000  
Equity consideration at closing     3,527,027  
Fair value of Earn-Out shares     7,210,000  
Total   $ 19,237,027  

 

The preliminary purchase price allocation was based upon an estimate of the fair value of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed by the Company in connection with the acquisition of ChizComm. The accounting for the acquisition at March 31, 2021 is preliminary as the Company is finalizing its valuation and determination of it’s intangible assets and contingent consideration and expects to be finalized in subsequent quarters. The Company has engaged a third party valuation firm to assist with the purchase price allocation which will be completed in subsequent quarters.

 

The identifiable intangible assets acquired of $9,630,000 was composed of $3,430,000 for ChizComm’s trade name with an indefinite remaining economical life, $6,140,000 for ChizComm’s customer base with a remaining useful life of approximately 12 years, and $60,000 for ChizComm’s non-compete agreements with a remaining economic life of 3 years.

 

Management is responsible for determining the fair value of the identifiable assets acquired as of the effective Date. Management considered a number of factors, including reference to an analysis under ASC 805 solely for the purpose of allocating the purchase price to the assets acquired.

 

Valuation Methodology

 

Customer relationships for ChizComm were valued by performing a discounted cash flow analysis using the multiperiod excess earnings method. This method includes discounting the projected cash flows associated with existing customers based primarily upon customer turnover data over its expected life and considers the operating expenses and contributory asset charges associated with servicing such existing customers. Projected cash flows attributable to the customer relationships were discounted to their present value at a rate commensurate with the perceived risk. The useful lives of customer relationships are estimated based primarily upon the present value of cash flows attributable to the customer relationships.

 

 

 

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Trademarks and trade names for ChizComm were valued using the relief-from-royalty method. This method is an income approach that estimates the portion of a company’s earnings attributable to an asset based on the royalty rate the company would have paid for the use of the asset if it did not own it. Royalty payments are estimated by applying a royalty rate to the prospective revenue attributable to the intangible asset. The resulting annual royalty payments are tax-affected and then discounted to present value.

 

Non-compete agreements were valued using a with and without method. Under this method, estimated prospective financial information (“PFI”) is calculated with the existence and ownership of an intangible asset and compared to the PFI in the absence of the ownership of the intangible asset. The after-tax differential PFI attributable to the intangible asset is then discounted to its present value.

 

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

 

  · Historical performance including sales and profitability.

 

  · Business prospects and industry expectations.

 

  · Estimated economic life of asset.

 

  · Acquisition of new customers.

 

  · Attrition of existing customers.

 

The acquisition was treated for tax purposed as a nontaxable transaction and as such, the historical tax bases of the acquired tax bases of the acquired assets, net operating loose, and other tax attributes of ChizComm will carryover. As a result, no new goodwill for tax purposes was created on connection with the acquisition as there is no step-up to the fair value of the underlying tax bases of the acquired net assets.

 

The preliminary purchase price allocation was based upon an estimate of the fair value of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed by the Company in connection with the acquisition of ChizComm, as follows:

 

Cash   $ 711,123  
Accounts Receivable     6,150,919  
Prepaids Expenses     56,594  
Lease Deposits     12,390  
Fixed assets     147,689  
Trade Name     3,430,000  
Customer Relationships     6,140,000  
Non-Compete Agreements     60,000  
Goodwill     9,607,027  
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses     (7,006,350 )
Payroll Tax Liability     (72,365 )
         
Total Consideration   $ 19,237,027  

 

 

 

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Supplemental Pro Forma Information (Unaudited)

 

The following supplemental pro forma information summarizes our results of operations for the periods presented, as if we completed the acquisition of ChizComm on the beginning of the period presented.

 

Supplemental proforma information as follows:

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020  
Total Revenues     2,416,563       5,669,748  
                 
Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders     (76,885,359 )     (7,681,019 )
                 
Net Loss per Common Share (Basic and Diluted)   $ (0.27 )   $ (0.30 )
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Basic and Diluted)     287,217,911       25,466,121  

 

Note 4: Property and Equipment, Net

 

The Company has property and equipment as follows as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

 

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Furniture and Equipment   $ 19,419     $ 19,419  
Computer Equipment     325,285       168,122  
Leasehold Improvements     14,182       14,182  
Software     75,652       68,152  
Property and Equipment, Gross     434,538       269,875  
Less Accumulated Depreciation     (188,611 )     (174,047 )
Property and Equipment, Net   $ 245,927     $ 95,828  

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded depreciation expense of $14,564 and $44,942, respectively.

 

Note 5: Right of Use Leased Asset

 

As of February 1, 2021, as a result of the Acquisition, management recorded lease liability and right-of-use asset of $380,050.

 

Right of use asset consisted of the following as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

 

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Office Lease Asset   $ 2,692,037     $ 2,245,093  
Printer Lease Asset     12,374       12,374  
Right of Use Asset, Gross     2,704,411       2,257,467  
                 
Office Lease Accumulated Amortization     (320,485 )     (274,980 )
Printer Lease Accumulated Amortization     (10,855 )     (10,123 )
Right of Use Asset, Net   $ 2,373,071     $ 1,972,364  

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded amortization expense of $46,237 and $108,245 respectively.

 

Note 6: Film and Television Costs, Net

 

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had net Film and Television Costs of $13,106,729, compared to $11,828,494 at December 31, 2020. The increases primarily relates to the development costs related to Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten offset by amortization of Rainbow Rangers Season 1 and Llama Llama Seasons 1 & 2.

 

 

 

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During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded Film and Television Cost amortization expense of $117,947 and $979,598, respectively.

 

The following table highlights the activity in Film and Television Costs of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020:

 

    Total  
Film and Television Costs, Net as of December 31, 2019   $ 9,906,885  
Additions to Film and Television Costs     2,901,207  
Film Amortization Expense     (979,598 )
Film and Television Costs, Net as of December 31, 2020     11,828,494  
Additions to Film and Television Costs     1,396,180  
Film Amortization Expense     (117,947 )
Film and Television Costs, Net as of March 31, 2021   $ 13,106,727  

  

Note 7: Goodwill and Intangible Assets, Net

 

Goodwill

 

In 2013, the Company recognized $10,365,806 in Goodwill, representing the excess of the fair value of the consideration for the Merger over net identifiable assets acquired. Pursuant to FASB ASC 350-20, Goodwill is not subject to amortization but is subject to annual review to determine if certain events warrant impairment to the Goodwill asset.

 

As a result of the ChizComm acquisition, the consideration exceeded the fair value of the assets acquired by $9,607,027. Accordingly, this amount was recorded as Goodwill at the time of the acquisition. Through March 31, 2021, the Company has not recognized any impairment to Goodwill.

 

The following table represents details of our goodwill balance:

 

    Total  
Goodwill as of December 31, 2020   $ 10,365,806  
Acquisition of ChizComm Entities     9,607,027  
Goodwill as of March 31, 2021   $ 19,972,833  

 

Intangible Assets, Net

 

The Company had the following intangible assets as of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020:

 

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Trademarks (a)   $ 129,831     $ 129,831  
Trade Name (b)     3,430,000        
Customer Relations (c)     6,140,000        
Non-Compete (d)     60,000        
Other Intangible Assets (a)     299,028       299,028  
Intangible Assets, Gross     10,058,859       428,859  
Less Accumulated Amortization (e)     (491,687 )     (400,165 )
                 
Intangible Assets, Net   $ 9,567,172     $ 28,694  

 

(a) Pursuant to FASB ASC 350-30-35, the Company reviews these intangible assets periodically to determine if the value should be retired or impaired due to recent events.
(b) Amount represents fair value of the ChizComm and ChizComm Beacon Media trade names which have determined to have an indefinite useful life.
(c) Amount represents fair value of the ChizComm and ChizComm Beacon Media customer relationships with a useful life of 12 years. Amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $85,333.
(d) Amount represents fair value of the Non-compete agreements as part of the ChizComm acquisition. The non-compete agreements have a useful life of 3 years. Amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $3,333.
(e) During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, the Company recognized, $2,855 and $10,791, respectively, in amortization expense related to the Trademarks, Product Masters, and Other Intangible Assets. 

 

 


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Expected future intangible asset amortization as of March 31, 2021 is as follows:

 

 

Fiscal Year:      
2021   $ 407,391  
2022     542,528  
2023     538,187  
2024     514,400  
Thereafter     4,134,666  
Total   $ 6,137,172  

 

Note 8: Deferred Revenue

 

As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company had total short term and long term deferred revenue of $4,528,503 and $4,432,377, respectively. Deferred revenue includes both (i) variable fee contracts with licensees and customers in which the Company had collected advances and minimum guarantees against future royalties and (ii) fixed fee contracts. The Company recognizes revenue related to these contracts when all revenue recognition criteria have been met. Included in the deferred revenue balance as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 is the $3,370,284 which is the remaining balance from the total $3,489,583 advance against future royalty that Sony paid to the Company for both the foreign and domestic distribution rights.

   

Note 9: Accrued Expenses, Salaries and Wages – Current

 

As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company has the following current accrued liabilities:

 

    March 31, 2021     December 31, 2020  
Other Accrued Expenses (a)   $ 112,919     $ 408,459  
Accrued Salaries and Wages (b)     562,705       428,922  
Total Accrued Liabilities – Current   $ 675,624     $ 837,381  

 

  (a)  Represents accrued interest and legal fees.
  (b)  Represents accrued salaries and wages and accrued vacation payable to employees as of March 31, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020

 

Note 10: Secured Convertible Notes

 

On August 17, 2018, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “August 2018 Purchase Agreement”) with certain investors (the “Investors”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell (i) an aggregate principal amount of $4.50 million in secured convertible notes, convertible into shares of our common stock, at a conversion price of $2.50 per share (the “August 2018 Secured Convertible Notes”) and (ii) warrants to purchase 1,800,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share (the “Warrants,” and, together with the August 2018 Secured Convertible Notes, the “Securities”). We received approximately $4,500,000 in gross proceeds from the Offering.

 

The August 2018 Secured Convertible Notes were our senior secured obligations and were secured by certain tangible and intangible property of the Company as described in the August 2018 Purchase Agreement. On March 16, 2020, the holders of the August 2018 Secured Convertible Notes were repaid in full including interest.

   

 

 

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Note 11: Senior Secured Convertible Notes and Warrant Private Placement

 

On March 11, 2020, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) with certain accredited investors (each an “Investor” and collectively, the “Investors”) pursuant to which we agreed to sell and issue (1) Senior Secured Convertible Notes to the Investors in the aggregate principal amount of $13,750,000 (each, a “Note” and collectively, the “2020 Convertible Notes”) and $11,000,000 funding amount (reflecting an original issue discount of $2,750,000) and (2) warrants to purchase 65,476,190 shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), exercisable for a period of five years at an initial exercise price of $0.26 per share (each a “Warrant” and collectively, the “Warrants”), for consideration consisting of (i) a cash payment of $7,000,000, and (ii) full recourse cash secured promissory notes payable by the Investors to the Company (each, an “Investor Note” and collectively, the “Investor Notes”) in the principal amount of $4,000,000 (the “Investor Notes Principal”) (collectively, the “Financing”). Andy Heyward, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, participated as an Investor and invested $1,000,000 in connection with the Financing, all of which was paid at the closing and not pursuant to an Investor Note. The Special Equities Group, LLC, a division of Bradley Woods & Co. LTD, acted as placement agent and received warrants to purchase 6,547,619 shares at an exercise price of $0.26 per share (the “Placement Agent Warrants”).

 

The closing of the sale and issuance of the 2020 Convertible Notes, the Warrants and the Placement Agent Warrants occurred on March 17, 2020 (the “Closing Date”). The maturity date of the 2020 Convertible Notes was September 30, 2021 and the maturity date of the Investor Notes was March 11, 2060.

 

The Company held a stockholder meeting to approve the issuance of shares of Common Stock issuable under the 2020 Convertible Notes and pursuant to the terms of the SPA for the purposes of compliance with the stockholder approval rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Stockholder Approval”).

 

In addition, pursuant to the terms of the SPA, the 2020 Convertible Notes and the Warrants, the Company agreed that the following will apply or become effective only following Stockholder Approval: (1) the conversion price of the 2020 Convertible Notes shall be reduced to $0.21 per share and may be further reduced to any amount and for any period of time deemed appropriate by the board of directors of the Company (the “Board of Directors”), (2) the exercise price of the Warrants shall be immediately reduced to $0.21 per share and may be further reduced to any amount and for any period of time deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors, (3) the 2020 Convertible Notes and Warrants shall each have full ratchet anti-dilution protection for subsequent financings (subject to certain exceptions), (4) existing warrant holders that are participating in the Financing (representing warrants to purchase an aggregate of 8,715,229 shares of Company Common Stock) will have their existing warrants’ exercise prices reduced to $0.21 and (5) the investors shall have a most favored nations right which provides that if the Company enters into a subsequent financing, then the Investors (together with their affiliates) at their sole discretion shall have the ability to exchange their 2020 Convertible Notes on a $1 for $1 basis into securities issued in the new transaction. Additionally, in the event that any warrants or options (or any similar security or right) issued in a subsequent financing include any terms more favorable to the holders thereof (less favorable to the Company) than the terms of the Warrants, the Warrants shall be automatically amended to include such more favorable terms. On March 16, 2020, the holders of the August 2018 Secured Convertible Notes were repaid in full including any outstanding interest. 

 

On May 15, 2020, the Company received the necessary Stockholder Approval in connection with the Nasdaq proposals described above. As a result, the Conversion Price of the 2020 Convertible Notes and the exercise price of the Warrants were each reduced to $0.21. In addition, existing warrant holders that participated in the Financing (representing warrants to purchase an aggregate of 9,172,463 shares of Common Stock) also had their existing warrants’ exercise prices reduced to $0.21.

 

On June 23, 2020, the Company received $3,600,000, net of expenses, from the payment of the Investor Notes Principal.

 

Between June 19 and June 23, 2020, the Convertible Notes were converted and repaid through the issuance of 65,476,190 shares of Common Stock.

 

Note 12: Production Loan Facility

 

On August 8, 2016, Llama Productions, LLC closed a $5,275,000 multiple draw-down, secured, non-recourse, non-revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) with Bank Leumi USA to produce its animated series Llama Llama, (the “Series”) which is configured as fifteen half-hour episodes comprised of thirty 11-minute programs that were delivered to Netflix in fall 2017. The Facility is secured by the license fees the Company will receive from Netflix for the delivery of the Series as well as the Company’s copyright in the Series. The Facility has a term of 40 months and has an interest rate of either Prime plus 1% or one, three, or six-month LIBOR plus 3.25%. As a condition of the loan agreement with Bank Leumi, the Company deposited $1,000,000 into a cash account to be used solely to produce the Series. Additionally, the Facility contains certain standard affirmative and negative non-financial covenants such as maintaining certain levels of production insurance and providing standard financial reports. As of March 31, 2020, the Company was in compliance with these covenants.

 

 

 

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On September 28, 2018, Llama Productions LLC entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Loan and Security Agreement”) with Bank Leumi USA (the “Lender”), pursuant to which the Lender agreed to make a secured loan in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4,231,989 to Llama (the “Loan”). The proceeds of the Loan will be used to pay the majority of the expenses of producing, completing and delivering two 22-minute episodes and sixteen 11- minute episodes of the second season of the animated series Llama Llama to be initially exhibited on Netflix. To secure payment of the Loan, Llama has granted to the Lender a continuing security interest in and against, generally, all of its tangible and intangible assets, which includes all seasons of the Llama Llama animated series.

  

Under the Loan and Security Agreement, Llama can request revolving loan advances under (a) the Prime Rate Loan facility and (b) the LIBOR Loan facility, each as further described in the Loan and Security Agreement attached as an exhibit hereto. Prime Rate Loan advances shall bear interest, on the outstanding balance thereof, at a fluctuating per annum rate equal to 1.0% plus the Prime Rate (as such term is defined in the Loan and Security Agreement), provided that in no event shall the interest rate applicable to Prime Rate Loans be less than 4.0% per annum. LIBOR Loan advances shall bear interest, on the outstanding balance thereof, for the period commencing on the funding date and ending on the date which is one (1), three (3) or six (6) months thereafter, at a per annum rate equal to 3.25% plus the LIBOR determined for the applicable Interest Period (as such terms are defined in the Loan and Security Agreement), provided that in no event shall the interest rate applicable to LIBOR Loans be less than 3.25% per annum. The Maturity Date of the Prime Rate Loan facility and LIBOR Loan facility is July 31, 2021. Interest rates on advances under the Loan and Security Agreement were 4.25% as of March 31, 2021.

 

In addition, on September 28, 2018, Llama and Lender entered into Amendment No. 2 to Loan and Security Agreement, effective as of August 27, 2018, by and between Llama and the Lender (the “Amendment”). Pursuant to the Amendment, the original Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of August 8, 2016 and amended as of November 7, 2017 (the “Original Loan and Security Agreement”), was amended to (i) reduce the loan commitment thereunder to $1,768,010, and (ii) include the Llama Llama season two obligations under the Loan and Security Agreement as obligations under the Original Loan and Security Agreement.

 

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had gross outstanding borrowing under the facility of $688,011. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had gross outstanding borrowing under the facility of $1,099,713.

 

Note 13: Disputed Trade Payable

 

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

 

Note 14: Payroll Protection Program Loan

 

On April 30, 2020, the Company received loan proceeds in the amount of $366,267 under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) which was established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act and is administered through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The PPP provides loans to qualifying businesses in amounts up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses and was designed to provide a direct financial incentive for qualifying businesses to keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus crisis. PPP loans are uncollateralized and guaranteed by the SBA and are forgivable after a “covered period” (eight or twenty-four weeks) as long as the borrower maintains its payroll levels and uses the loan proceeds for eligible expenses, including payroll, benefits, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities. The forgiveness amount will be reduced if the borrower terminates employees or reduces salaries and wages more than 25% during the covered period. Any unforgiven portion is payable over 2 years if issued before, or 5 years if issued after, June 5, 2020 at an interest rate of 1% with payments deferred until the SBA remits the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount to the lender, or, if the borrower does not apply for forgiveness, ten months after the end of the covered period. PPP loan terms provide for customary events of default, including payment defaults, breaches of representations and warranties, and insolvency events and may be accelerated upon the occurrence of one or more of these events of default. Additionally, PPP loan terms do not include prepayment penalties. The Company repaid the loan, including interest of $3,452 on April 28, 2021.

 

Note 15: Stockholders’ Equity

 

Common Stock

 

As of March 31, 2021, the total number of authorized shares of common stock was 400,000,000.

     

On March 22, 2020, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with certain long standing investors (the “Investors”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to issue and sell, in a registered direct offering by the Company directly to the Investors (the “Registered Offering”), an aggregate of 4,000,000 shares Common Stock at an offering price of $0.2568 per share for gross proceeds of approximately $1.0 million before deducting offering expenses. The Registered Offering closed on March 25, 2020.

 

 

 

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As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, there were 300,321,658 and 258,438,514 shares of common stock outstanding, respectively.

 

Preferred Stock

 

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

 

As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, there were 0 and 0 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock outstanding respectively.

 

On May 12, 2014, the Board of Directors authorized the designation of a class of preferred stock as “Series A Convertible Preferred Stock.” On May 14, 2014, the Company filed the Certificate of Designation, Preferences and Rights of the 0% Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Certificate of Designations”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Nevada.

 

Each share of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of Common Stock, based on a conversion calculation equal to the Base Amount divided by the conversion price. The Base Amount is defined as the sum of (i) the aggregate stated value of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to be converted and (ii) all unpaid dividends thereon. The stated value of each share of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock is $1,000 and the initial conversion price is $6.00 per share, subject to adjustment in the event of stock splits, dividends and recapitalizations. Additionally, in the event the Company issues shares of its common stock or common stock equivalents at a per share price that is lower than the conversion price then in effect, the conversion price shall be adjusted to such lower price, subject to certain exceptions. The Company is prohibited from effecting a conversion of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to the extent that as a result of such conversion, the investor would beneficially own more than 9.99% in the aggregate of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock, calculated immediately after giving effect to the issuance of shares of common stock upon conversion of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock. The shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock possess no voting rights.

 

On November 20, 2019, we entered into a settlement agreement and release (“Settlement Agreement”) with certain holders of our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (each, a “Preferred Holder” and collectively, the “Preferred Holders”) constituting 58% of the outstanding Series A Preferred Stock in connection with a dispute that arose between the parties with respect to certain rights under the Certificate of Designations. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, we agreed to adjust the conversion price of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock to $0.21 and the parties agreed to terminate and deem null and void that certain Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of May 14, 2014, by and among the Preferred Holders and the other parties signatories thereto, with respect to the Preferred Holders. The Preferred Holders, constituting the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding Preferred Shares (the “Required Holders”), agreed and consented to an amendment and restatement of the Certificate of Designations. The parties also agreed to customary releases and a covenant not to sue as further contained in the Settlement Agreement. Accordingly, on November 21, 2019, we filed an Amended and Restated Certificate of Designation (the “Amended and Restated Certificate”) for our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock. The amendments, among other things, had the effect of setting the conversion price of the Series A Convertible Preferred Stock at $0.21.

 

Between November 21, 2019 and December 10, 2019, the Company issued 3,804,766 shares of the Common Stock in exchange for 798 shares of preferred Stock at a conversion price of $0.21 per share.

 

On January 9, 2020, the Company issued 3,171,428 shares of the Common Stock in exchange for 666 shares of preferred Stock at a conversion price of $0.21 per share.

 

Between May 18 and June 24, 2020, the Company issued 1,571,428 shares of Common Stock in exchange for 330 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock at a conversion price of $0.21 per share.

 

On November 17, 2020, the Company issued 476,190 shares of Common Stock in exchange for 100 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock at a conversion price of $0.21 per share.

 

 

 

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On January 6, 2021, the Company issued 25,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.40 per share for marketing services.

 

On January 21, 2021, the Company issued 136,986 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.46 per share for marketing services.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company issued 1,932,163 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.78 per share as partial consideration for the ChizComm acquisition.

 

On February 4, 2021, the Company issued 48,495 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.81 per share as partial consideration for the ChizComm acquisition.

 

Note 16: Stock Options

 

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

 

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

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company granted options to purchase 520,000 shares of common stock to employees and granted to each of the members of the Board of Directors 20,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s Common Stock with an option price of $3.06 per share. The options vest on January 27, 2022 and have a five-year term. The fair value of these options was determined to be $1,801,800 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model based on the following assumptions:

 

Exercise Price $3.06
Dividend Yield 0%
Volatility 143%
Risk-free interest rate 0.41%
Expected life of options 5.0 years

 

The following table summarizes the changes in the Company’s stock option plan during the three months ended March 31, 2021:

 

    Options
Outstanding
Number Of
Shares
    Exercise
Prices
Per Share
    Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
    Weighted
Average

Exercise Price Per Share
    Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
 
Balance at December 31, 2020     9,116,176     $ 1.39 - 10.00       9.37 years     $ 1.69        
Options Granted     660,000     $ 3.06       4.83 years     $ 3.06        
Options Exercised         $           $        
Options Cancelled     45,000     $ 2.61       4.24 years     $ 2.61        
Options Expired         $           $        
Balance at March 31, 2021     9,731,176     $ 1.39 - 10.00       8.86 years     $ 1.78        
                                         
Exercisable December 31, 2020     6,449,452     $ 1.39 - 9.00       6.25 years     $ 7.67        
Exercisable March 31, 2021     6,434,452     $ 1.39 - 3.17       9.43 years     $ 1.44        

  

 

 

 

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During the three months ended March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2020, the Company recognized $1,158,624 and $23,814, respectively in share-based compensation expense. The unvested share-based compensation as of March 31, 2021 was $4,510,315, which will be recognized through the fourth quarter of 2023 assuming the underlying grants are not cancelled or forfeited.

 

Note 17: Restricted Stock Units

 

On December 7, 2020, the Company granted 9,075,000 shares of Restricted Stock Units (RSU’s) with a fair market value of $12,614,250 to certain employees and officers.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company issued 53,763 shares of Restricted Stock Units (RSU’s) with a fair market value of $82,594.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s restricted stock issuance during the three months ended December 31, 2020:

 

    RSUs
Outstanding Number Of
Shares
    Exercise
Prices
Per Share
    Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Life
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
Per Share
    Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
 
Balance at December 31, 2020     9,075,000     $ 1.39       4.94 years     $ 1.39        
RSUs Granted     53,763     $ 1.38       4.84 years     $ 1.38        
RSUs Exercised         $           $        
RSUs Cancelled         $           $        
RSUs Expired         $           $        
Balance at March 31, 2021     9,128,763     $ 1.38 - 1.39       4.69 years     $ 1.39        
                                         
Exercisable December 31, 2019         $           $        
Exercisable March 31, 2021         $           $        

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, the Company recognized $1,414,524 in share-based compensation expense. The unvested share-based compensation as of March 31, 2021 is $8,734,200 which will be recognized through the fourth quarter of 2024 assuming the underlying grants are not cancelled or forfeited.

 

Note 18: Warrants

 

The Company has warrants outstanding to purchase up to 45,511,965 and 45,511,965 shares as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively.

  

On January 22, 2020, the Company entered into a private transaction (the “Private Transaction”) pursuant to a Warrant Exercise Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the holder of the Company’s existing warrants (the “Original Warrants”). The Original Warrants were originally issued on October 3, 2017, to purchase an aggregate of 500,000 shares of Common Stock, at an exercise price of $3.90 per share and were to expire in October 2022.

 

Pursuant to the Agreement, the holder of the Original Warrants and the Company agreed that such Original Warrant holder would exercise its Original Warrants in full and the Company would amend the Original Warrants to reduce the exercise price thereof to $0.34 (the average closing price of the common stock (as reflected on Nasdaq.com) for the five trading days immediately preceding the signing of the Agreement) (the “Amended Exercise Price”). The Company received approximately $170,000 from the exercise of the Original Warrants.

 

 

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The placement agent received warrants to purchase 50,000 shares at an exercise price of $0.34 per share.

 

Pursuant to the SPA described in Note 11, the Company issued to the note holders warrants to purchase 65,476,191 shares of Common Stock, exercisable for a period of five years at an initial exercise price of $0.26 per share.

 

The placement agent received warrants to purchase 6,547,619 shares at an exercise price of $0.26 per share. The fair values of derivative warrants attached to 2020 Convertible Notes and Notes conversion option were determined based on Level 3 inputs, using the Black-Scholes-Merton model with standard valuation inputs. The valuation inputs at March 17, 2020 included expected volatility of 88.98%, and annual interest rate of 0.66%.

 

On January 28, 2021, the Company entered into letter agreements (the “Letter Agreements”) with certain existing institutional and accredited investors to exercise certain outstanding warrants (the “Existing Warrants”) to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of the Company’s common stock at their original exercise price of $1.55 per share (the “Exercise”). The Company received approximately $61.6 million in gross proceeds. The Special Equities Group, a division of Bradley Woods & Co. Ltd., acted as warrant solicitation agent and received a cash fee of approximately $4.3 million. In consideration for the exercise of the Existing Warrants for cash, the exercising holders will receive new unregistered warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of common stock (the “New Warrants”) at an exercise price of $2.37 per share and with an exercise period of five years from the initial issuance date. Pursuant to the Letter Agreements, the New Warrants are substantially in the form of the Existing Warrants (except for customary legends and other language typical for an unregistered warrant, including the ability for the holder of the New Warrant to make a cashless exercise if no resale registration statement covering the common stock underlying the New Warrants is effective after six months), will be exercisable immediately, and will have a term of exercise of five years, The Company registered the New Warrants. The valuation inputs at January 28, 2021 included expected volatility of 143.85%, and annual interest rate of 0.42%. The fair value of these warrants was determined to be $69,138,527 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which was recorded as a warrant incentive expense and included in the calculation of the Net Loss per Common Share, based on the following assumptions:

 

Exercise Price $2.37
Dividend Yield 0%
Volatility 144%
Risk-free interest rate 0.42%
Expected life of options 5.0 years

 

The following table summarizes the changes in the Company’s outstanding warrants during the three months ended March 31, 2021:

 

    Warrants
Outstanding
Number Of
Shares
    Exercise Prices
Per Share
    Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Life
    Weighted
Average
Exercise Price
Per Share
 
Balance at December 31, 2020     45,511,965     $ 0.21 - 5.30       5.19 years     $ 1.55  
Warrants Granted     39,740,500     $ 2.37        4.83 years     $ 2.37  
Warrants Exercised     39,740,500     $ 1.55        4.76 years     $ 1.55  
Warrants Expired         $           $  
                                 
Balance at March 31, 2021     45,511,965     $ 0.21 - 5.30       5.16 years      $ 2.27  
                                 
Exercisable December 31, 2019     7,176,620     $ 0.76 - 6.00       3.77 years     $ 2.52  
Exercisable December 31, 2020     42,227,793     $ 0.21 - 5.30       4.74 years     $ 2.33  

 

Note 19: Income Taxes

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

The Company includes interest and penalties arising from the underpayment of income taxes in the statements of operation in the provision for income taxes. As of March 31, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company had no accrued interest or penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

 

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

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. is subject to US income taxes on a stand-alone basis. Genius Brands International, Inc. and ChizComm Canada file separate stand-alone tax returns in each jurisdiction in which they operate. ChizComm Canada is a corporation operating in Canada and is subject to Canadian income taxes on its stand-alone taxable income.

 

Note 20: Commitment and Contingencies

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, “Leases.” The standard requires lessees to recognize the assets and liabilities that arise from leases on the balance sheet. For practically all leases, a lessee should recognize in the statement of financial position a liability to make lease payments (the lease liability) and a right-of-use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. The new guidance is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018.

 

In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842), Targeted Improvements, which allows for an additional optional transition method where comparative periods presented in the financial statements in the period of adoption will not be restated and instead those periods will be presented under existing guidance in accordance with ASC 840, Leases. Management will use this optional transition method. As of January 1, 2019, management recorded lease liability of $2,071,903, right-of-use asset of $2,153,747, accumulated amortization of $124,070, a reversal of previously recorded deferred rent of $37,920 and the increase in accumulated deficit of $4,306.

  

As of March 31, 2021, weighted-average lease term for operating leases equals to 74.70 months. Weighted-average discount rate equals to 9.86%.

 

On February 6, 2018, the Company entered into an operating lease for 6,969 square feet of general office space at 131 South Rodeo Drive, Suite 250, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 pursuant to a 91-month lease that commenced on May 25, 2018. We pay rent of $364,130 annually, subject to annual escalations of 3.5%.

 

Effective January 21, 2019, the Company entered into a sublease for the 6,969 square feet of general office space located at 131 South Rodeo Drive, Suite 250, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 pursuant to an 83-month sublease that commenced on February 4, 2019. The subtenant will pay us rent of $422,321 annually, subject to annual escalations of 3.5%.

 

On January 30, 2019, we entered into an operating lease for 5,838 square feet of general office space at 190 N. Canon Drive, Suite 400, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 pursuant to a 96-month lease that commenced on August 1, 2019. We will pay rent of $392,316 annually, subject to annual escalations of 3.5%.

 

On February 1, 2021, as part of the Acquisition, the Company assumed an operating lease that entered into on May 19, 2019 for 6845 square feet of general office space located at 245 Fairview Mall Drive, Suites 202 and 301, Toronto, Ontario M2J 4T1 pursuant to a 84 month lease which commenced on October 1, 2019. We pay rent of $95,830 annually, subject to annual escalations 5% to 7%.

 

On February 1, 2021, as part of the Acquisition, the Company assumed an operating lease that entered into on April 30, 2019 for 3,379 square feet of general office space located at One International Boulevard, 11th Floor, Mahawh, New Jersey pursuant to a 24 month lease which commenced on May 1, 2019. We pay rent of $74,338 annually.

 

On March 2, 2021, the Company entered into an operating lease for 4,765 square feet of general office space located at 1050 Wall Street West, Suite 665, Lyndhurst NJ, 07071 pursuant to a 89 month lease which is expected to commence on August 1, 2021. We will pay $114,360 annually subject to annual escalations of 2.5%.

 

 

 

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In addition, the Company has contractual commitments for employment agreements of certain employees.

 

Rental expenses incurred for operating leases during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 were $112,343 and $207,839, respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, we received sub-lease income of $0 and $121,070, respectively.

 

The following is a schedule of future minimum contractual obligations as of March 31, 2021, under the Company’s operating leases and employment agreements:

 

  2021   2022   2023   2024   2025   Thereafter   Total  
Operating Leases $ 368,440   $ 571,782   $ 555,038   $ 577,065   $ 595,729   $ 895,930   $ 3,563,984  
Employment Contracts   1,688,131     1,915,183     1,554,107     1,105,566     506,583         6,769,570  
Consulting Contracts   300,000     187,500                     487,500  
  $ 2,356,571   $ 2,674,465   $ 2,109,145   $ 1,682,631   $ 1,102,312   $ 895,930   $ 10,821,054  

 

Note 21: Related Party Transactions

  

Pursuant to his employment agreements dated November 16, 2018 and November 16, 2020, Mr. Heyward is entitled to an Executive Producer fee of $12,400 per half hour episode for each episode he provides services as an executive producer. The first identified series under this employment agreement is Rainbow Rangers. During the year ended December 31, 2020, 13 half hours had been delivered and accordingly Mr. Heyward was paid $161,200. The second identified series under this employment agreement is Rainbow Rangers Season 2. During the year ended December 31, 2020, 26 half hours had been delivered and accordingly Mr. Heyward was paid $322,400.

 

On July 21, 2020, the Company entered into a merchandising and licensing agreement with Andy Heyward Animation Art (“AHAA”), whose principal is Andy Heyward, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. The Company entered into a customary merchandise license agreement with AHAA for the use of characters and logos related to Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club and Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 in connection with certain products to be sold by AHAA. The terms and conditions of such license are customary within the industry, and the Company earns an arm-length industry standard royalty on all sales made by AHAA utilizing the licensed content. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company earned $0 in royalties from this agreement.

 

On March 11, 2020, Mr. Heyward purchased $1,000,000 of the 2020 Convertible Notes with an original discount of $250,000.

 

On June 19, 2020, Mr. Heyward received 5,658,474 shares of Common Stock upon the cashless exercise of 6,119,048 warrants.

 

On June 23, 2020, Mr. Heyward received 5,952,381 shares of Common Stock upon conversion of $1,250,000 of 2020 Convertible Notes.

 

On December 7, 2020, Mr. Heyward’s was granted 7,500,000 Restricted Stock Units vest 1,875,000 on each of the next four anniversary dates. Mr. Heyward was also granted 7,500,000 Performance Based Restricted Stock Units that, if awarded, vest 1,875,000 on each of the next four anniversary dates.

 

On December 7, 2020, Mr. Heyward’s was granted 5,000,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s Common Stock at $1.39 per share. The options vest on the grant date.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2020, Mr. Heyward was paid a bonus of $73,528, $11,370 in interest on the Senior Convertible Notes and $3,000 in board fees for his attendance at the unscheduled board meetings.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company paid $380,989 for security at Mr. Heyward’s residence.

 

As of March 31, 2021, Mr. Heyward is owed $1,349 for reimbursable expenses which are included in the Due To Related Parties line item on our condensed consolidated balance sheet.

 

 

 

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Note 22: Segment Reporting

 

The Company has determined that it operates in two operating segments, the production and distribution of children’s content and provides media and advertising services.

 

The following table presents sales and earnings within our two operating segments.

 

  Content Production & Distribution   Media & Advertising Services   Total  
Total Revenue $ 310,875   $ 753,388   $ 1,064,263  
% of segment revenue   29%     71%     100%  
                   
Total Assets $ 198,387,023   $ 7,405,940   $ 205,792,963  
% of segment assets   96%     4%     100%  

 

Note 23: Subsequent Events

 

Pursuant to FASB ASC 855, management has evaluated all events and transactions that occurred from March 31, 2021 through the date of issuance of these financial statements. During this period, we did not have any significant subsequent events, except as disclosed below:

 

On April 7, 2021, the Company finalized a Mutual Termination Agreement with Mattel, Inc., with regard to its Rainbow Rangers property. The agreement allows the Company to contract with other companies for the design, manufacturing of Rainbow Rangers toys.

 

April 14, 2021, Mr. Heyward was paid a bonus of $64,718.

 

On April 28, 2021, the Company repaid the Payroll Protection Program loan, including interest which totaled $369,779.

 

On May 14, 2021, the Company issued 469,677 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.55 per share for production services.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

With respect to the ongoing and evolving coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak, which was designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, COVID-19 has caused substantial disruption in international and U.S. economies and markets. COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on the entertainment industry and, if repercussions of COVID-19 are prolonged, could have a significant adverse impact on our business, which could be material. The majority of the Company’s employees have been working remotely from home, with only a few individuals monitoring the office as needed. A return-to-work plan for the Company is under development and is expected to be implemented, on a phased in basis, commencing in June of 2021. We have not experienced any disruption in our supply chain, nor have we experienced any negative impact from our animation production partners. With regard to content distribution, we have observed demand increases for streaming entertainment services in 2020. If there is a resurgence and the COVID-19 outbreak is prolonged, we may see a negative impact on our revenues.

 

The Company’s management cannot at this point estimate the impact of COVID-19 on its business and no provision for COVID-19 is reflected in the accompanying financial statements. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and may take further actions that alter our business operations as may be required by federal, state, local or foreign authorities, or that we determine are in the best interests of our employees, customers, partners and stockholders. To date, we believe that COVID-19 has not caused a material negative impact on our business, including the effects on our customers, suppliers or vendors, or on our financial results.

 

 

 

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

 

The following discussion and analysis of our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity and capital resources should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and related notes for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. Certain statements made or incorporated by reference in this report and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in our press releases and in statements made by or with the approval of authorized personnel constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Forward-looking statements reflect intent, belief, current expectations, estimates or projections about, among other things, our industry, management’s beliefs, and future events and financial trends affecting us. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will” and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These differences can arise as a result of the risks described in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2021 and elsewhere in this report, as well as other factors that may affect our business, results of operations, or financial condition. Forward-looking statements in this report speak only as of the date hereof, and forward looking statements in documents incorporated by reference speak only as of the date of those documents. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks and uncertainties, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this report will, in fact, transpire.

 

Overview

 

The management’s discussion and analysis is based on our financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make certain estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and expenses and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Management bases its estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under 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 and conditions.

 

Our Business

 

Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by experienced industry personnel, we distribute our content in all formats as well as a broad range of consumer products based on our characters. In the children's media sector, our portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment. New intellectual property titles include Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten produced with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Oak Productions. Arnold Schwarzenegger lends his voice as the lead and is also an Executive Producer on the series. The show is being broadcast in the United States on the Company’s wholly owned distribution outlet, Kartoon Channel!. Other newer series include, the preschool property Rainbow Rangers, which debuted in November 2018 on Nickelodeon and which was renewed for a second season and preschool property Llama Llama, which debuted on Netflix in January 2018 and was renewed by Netflix for a second season. Our library titles include the award-winning Baby Genius, adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett, which is distributed across our Genius Brands Network on Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Cox, Dish, Sling and Zumo, as well as Connected TV. In July 2020, the Company entered into a binding term sheet with POW, Inc. (“POW!”) in which we agreed to form an entity with POW! to exploit certain rights in intellectual property created by Stan Lee, as well as the name and likeness of Stan Lee. The entity is called “Stan Lee Universe, LLC”. POW! and the Company are finalizing the details of the venture. This agreement will enable us to assume the worldwide rights, in perpetuity, to the name, physical likeness, physical signature, live-action and animated motion picture, television, online, digital, publishing, comic book, merchandising and licensing rights to Stan Lee and over 100 original Stan Lee creations, from which Genius Brands plans to develop and license multiple properties each year. The Company is also developing a new animated series starring the voice of Shaquille O’Neil called Shaq’s Garage.

 

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

 

 

 

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Recent Financings

 

On January 28, 2021, the Company entered into letter agreements (the “Letter Agreements”) with certain existing institutional and accredited investors to exercise certain outstanding warrants (the “Existing Warrants”) to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of the Company’s common stock at their original exercise price of $1.55 per share (the “Exercise”). The Company received approximately $61.6 million in gross proceeds. The Special Equities Group, a division of Bradley Woods & Co. Ltd., acted as warrant solicitation agent and received a cash fee of approximately $4.3 million. In consideration for the exercise of the Existing Warrants for cash, the exercising holders received new unregistered warrants to purchase up to an aggregate of 39,740,500 shares of common stock (the “New Warrants”) at an exercise price of $2.37 per share and with an exercise period of five years from the initial issuance date. Pursuant to the Letter Agreements, the New Warrants are substantially in the form of the Existing Warrants (except for customary legends and other language typical for an unregistered warrant, including the ability for the holder of the New Warrant to make a cashless exercise if no resale registration statement covering the common stock underlying the New Warrants is effective after six months), were exercisable immediately, and have a term of exercise of five years, and the Company was required to register for resale the shares of common stock underlying the New Warrants.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

With respect to the ongoing and evolving coronavirus (“COVID-19”) outbreak, which was designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, COVID-19 has caused substantial disruption in international and U.S. economies and markets. COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on the entertainment industry and, if repercussions of COVID-19 are prolonged, could have a significant adverse impact on our business, which could be material. The majority of the Company’s employees have been working remotely from home, with only a few individuals monitoring the office as needed. A return-to-work plan for the Company is underdevelopment and is expected to be implemented on a phased in basis commencing in June of 2021. We have not experienced any disruption in our supply chain, nor have we experienced any negative impact from our animation production partners. With regard to content distribution, we have observed demand increases for streaming entertainment services in 2020. If there is a resurgence and the COVID-19 outbreak is prolonged, we may see a negative impact on our revenues.

 

The Company’s management cannot at this point estimate the impact of COVID-19 on its business and no provision for COVID-19 is reflected in the accompanying financial statements. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and may take further actions that alter our business operations as may be required by federal, state, local or foreign authorities, or that we determine are in the best interests of our employees, customers, partners and stockholders. To date, we believe that COVID-19 has not caused a material negative impact on our business, including the effects on our customers, suppliers or vendors, or on our financial results.

 

Results of Operations

 

Our summary results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2020 are below.

 

Revenues

 

  Three Months Ended          
  March 31, 2021   March 31, 2020   Change   % Change  
Licensing & Royalties $ 170,460   $ 203,365   $ (32,905 )   -16%  
Media Advisory & Advertising Services   753,388         753,388     N/A  
Television & Home Entertainment   83,471     52,217     31,254     60%  
Advertising Sales   56,462     78,657     (22,195 )   -28%  
Product Sales   482     500     (18 )   -4%  
Total Revenue $ 1,064,263   $ 334,739   $ 729,524     218%  

 

Licensing and royalty revenue include items for which we license the rights to our copyrights and trademarks of our brands and those of the brands for which we act as a licensing agent. During the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020, Licensing and Royalty revenue decreased $32,905, or 16%.

 

 

 

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Media & Advertising Services revenue is a combination of client retainer fee-based services and media commissions. The increase of $753,388 was a result of the ChizComm acquisition on February 1, 2021.

 

Television & Home Entertainment revenue is generated from distribution of our properties for broadcast on television, VOD, or SVOD in domestic and international markets and the sale of DVDs for home entertainment through our partners. Fluctuations in Television & Home Entertainment revenue occur period over period based on the achievement of revenue recognition criteria such as the start of a license period and the delivery of the content to the customer. During the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020, Television & Home Entertainment revenue increased $31,254, or 60%.

 

Advertising sales are generated on the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel in the form of either flat rate promotions or advertising impressions served. Advertising sales decreased by $22,195 or 28%, during the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Product sales are generated through Merch by Amazon and consist of on-demand printed t-shirt sales for the Llama Llama and Rainbow Rangers brands. Product sales decreased $18 or 4%, during the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021.

  

Expenses

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020     Change     % Change  
Marketing and Sales   $ 601,828     $ 112,700     $ 489,128       434%  
Direct Operating Costs     248,466       227,506       20,960       9%  
General and Administrative     6,933,828       1,762,583       5,171,245       293%  
Interest Expense     8,706       721,003       (712,297 )     -99%  
      7,792,828       2,823,792       4,969,036       179%  

 

Marketing and sales expenses increased $489,128, or 434%, for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020 primarily due to an increase in marketing and advertising expenses to promote Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.

 

Direct operating costs include costs of our product sales, unamortizable post-production costs, film and television cost amortization expense, and participation expense related to agreements with various animation studios, post-production studios, writers, directors, musicians or other creative talent with which we are obligated to share net profits of the properties on which they have rendered services. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we recorded film and television cost amortization expense of $117,947 and participation expense of $124,513 compared to expenses of $106,614 and $119,469, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The increases in direct operating costs for the three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to the prior year period reflect decreases in film amortization and participation expenses related to decreased revenues from the Rainbow Rangers property.

 

General and administrative expenses consist primarily of salaries, employee benefits, share-based compensation related to stock options, insurances, rent, depreciation, and amortization as well as other professional fees related to finance, accounting, legal and investor relations. General and administrative expenses for three months ended March 31, 2021 increased $5,171,245, or 293%, compared to the same period in 2020. This increase was primarily related to the acquisition of the ChizComm entities, increases in legal professional fees, share based compensation, rent expense, and bad debt.

 

Interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 decreased $712,297, or 99%, compared to the same period in 2020. This decrease was due to the expensing of the debt discount in excess of principal related to the Senior Secured Convertible Notes in 2020.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Working Capital

 

As of March 31, 2021, we had current assets of $159,186,104, including cash and cash equivalents of $143,612,749, and current liabilities of $15,341,320, resulting in working capital of $143,844,784. As of December 31, 2020, we had current assets of $108,566,089, including cash and cash equivalents of $100,456,324, and current liabilities of $7,178,906, resulting in working capital of $101,387,183.

 

 

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Increases in working capital resulted from increases in cash and accounts receivable.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we met our immediate cash requirements through existing cash balances. Additionally, we used equity and equity-linked instruments to pay for services and compensation. We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents balances are sufficient to support our operations for at least the next twelve months. To meet our short and long-term liquidity needs, we expect to use existing cash balances.

 

Comparison of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2020

 

Our total cash and cash equivalents were $143,612,749 and $2,760,048 at March 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively. 

 

Comparison of Cash Flows

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31, 2021     March 31, 2020     Change     % Change  
Cash used in operations   $ (5,855,273 )   $ (995,517 )   $ (4,859,756 )     488%  
Cash used in investing activities     (8,055,852 )           (8,055,852 )     N/A  
Cash provided by financing activities     57,067,550       3,450,444       53,617,106       1554%  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   $ 43,156,425     $ 2,454,927     $ 40,701,498       1658%  

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, our primary sources of cash were the net proceeds from the January warrant exercise of $57,264,656, partially offset by the repayment of the Production Facility of $411,702.

 

Operating Activities

 

Cash used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $5,855,273 as compared to cash used in operating activities of $995,517 during the comparable period in 2020. The increase in cash used in operating activities was primarily due to the increases in the net loss, in stock-based compensation expense, accounts receivable (primarily due to the ChizComm Acquisition) and film and television costs. These increases were partially offset by increases in accounts payable (primarily due to the ChizComm acquisition).

 

Investing Activities

 

Cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $8,055,852 as compared to a use of $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Investing activities include the cash portion of the ChizComm Acquisition of $8,500,000 which occurred on February 1, 2021.

 

Financing Activities

 

Cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $57,067,550 as compared to $3,450,444 cash provided by the comparable period in 2020. The increase is primarily attributable to the net proceeds from the January 28, 2021 warrant exercise of $57,264,656.

 

Capital Expenditures

 

As of March 31, 2021, we do not have any material commitments for capital expenditures except for the purchase of furniture and equipment which is estimated to be $180,000.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Our accounting policies are described in the notes to the financial statements. Below is a summary of the critical accounting policies, among others, that management believes involve significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of its financial statements.

 

 

 

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Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Genius Brands International, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiaries A Squared, Llama Productions and Rainbow Ranger Productions, as well as its interest in Stan Lee Comics, LLC (“Stan Lee Comics”). All significant inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Right of Use Leased Assets

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, “Leases.” The standard requires lessees to recognize the assets and liabilities that arise from leases on the balance sheet. A lessee should recognize in the statement of financial position a liability to make lease payments (the lease liability) and a right-of-use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. The new guidance is effective for annual and interim reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. The amendments should be applied at the beginning of the earliest period presented using a modified retrospective approach with earlier application permitted as of the beginning of an interim or annual reporting period.

  

In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842), Targeted Improvements, which allows for an additional optional transition method where comparative periods presented in the financial statements in the period of adoption will not be restated and instead those periods will be presented under existing guidance in accordance with ASC 840, Leases. Management used this optional transition method. As of January 1, 2019, management recorded lease liability of $2,071,903, right-of-use asset of $2,029,677, a reversal of previously recorded deferred rent of $37,920 and the increase in accumulated deficit of $4,306.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill represents the excess of purchase price over the estimated fair value of net assets acquired in business combinations accounted for by the purchase method. In accordance with FASB ASC 350 Intangibles Goodwill and Other, goodwill and certain intangible assets are presumed to have indefinite useful lives and are thus not amortized, but subject to an impairment test annually or more frequently if indicators of impairment arise. We complete the annual goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests at the end of each fiscal year. To test for goodwill impairment, we are required to estimate the fair market value of each of our reporting units, of which we have one. While we may use a variety of methods to estimate fair value for impairment testing, our primary method is discounted cash flows. We estimate future cash flows and allocations of certain assets using estimates for future growth rates and our judgment regarding the applicable discount rates. Changes to our judgments and estimates could result in a significantly different estimate of the fair market value of the reporting units, which could result in an impairment of goodwill or indefinite lived intangible assets in future periods.

 

Other intangible assets have been acquired, either individually or with a group of other assets, and were initially recognized and measured based on fair value. In accordance with FASB ASC 350 Intangible Assets, the costs of new product development and significant improvement to existing products are capitalized while routine and periodic alterations to existing products are expensed as incurred. Annual amortization of these intangible assets is computed based on the straight-line method over the remaining economic life of the asset.

 

Film and Television Costs

 

We capitalize production costs for episodic series produced in accordance with FASB ASC 926-20 Entertainment-Films - Other Assets - Film Costs. Accordingly, production costs are capitalized at actual cost and then charged against revenue based on the initial market revenue evidenced by a firm commitment over the period of commitment. We expense all capitalized costs that exceed the initial market firm commitment revenue in the period of delivery of the episodes.

 

We capitalize production costs for films produced in accordance with FASB ASC 926-20 Entertainment-Films - Other Assets - Film Costs. Accordingly, production costs are capitalized at actual cost and then charged against revenue quarterly as a cost of production based on the relative fair value of the film(s) delivered and recognized as revenue. We evaluate its capitalized production costs annually and limits recorded amounts by their ability to recover such costs through expected future sales.

 

 

 

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Additionally, for both episodic series and films, from time to time, we develop additional content, improved animation and bonus songs/features for its existing content. After the initial release of the film or episodic series, the costs of significant improvement to existing products are capitalized while routine and periodic alterations to existing products are expensed as incurred.

 

Debt and Attached Equity-Linked Instruments

 

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

 

We account for the proceeds from the issuance of convertible notes payable in accordance with FASB ASC 470-20 Debt with Conversion and Other Options. Pursuant to FASB ASC 470-20, the intrinsic value of the embedded conversion feature (beneficial conversion interest), which is in the money on the commitment date is included in the discount to debt and amortized to interest expense over the term of the note agreement. When the conversion option is not separated, we account for the entire convertible instrument including debt and the conversion feature as a liability.

  

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

 

When required, we also consider the bifurcation guidance for embedded derivatives per FASB ASC 815-15 Embedded Derivatives.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company accounts for revenue according to standard ASC 606 (Topic 606). The Company has identified the following six material and distinct performance obligations:

 

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

 

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

 

  · Options to renew or extend a contract at fixed terms. (While this performance obligation is not significant for the Company’s current contracts, it could become significant in the future.)

 

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

 

  · Fixed fee advertising revenue generated from the Genius Brands Network

 

  · Variable fee advertising revenue generated from the Genius Brands Network

   

 

 

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As a result of the change, beginning January 1, 2018, the Company began recognizing revenue related to licensed rights to exploit functional IP in two ways. For minimum guarantees, the Company recognizes fixed revenue upon delivery of content and the start of the license period. For functional IP contracts with a variable component, the Company estimates revenue such that it is probable there will not be a material reversal of revenue in future periods. Revenue under these types of contracts was previously recognized when royalty statements were received. The Company began recognizing revenue related to licensed rights to exploit symbolic IP substantially similarly to functional IP. Although it has a different recognition pattern from functional IP, the valuation method is substantially the same, depending on the nature of the license.

 

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

 

The Company provides media and advertising services to clients. Revenue is recognized in the month that the services are performed.

 

The Company also purchases advertising for clients on both linear and streaming platforms and receives a commission on these purchases. Advertising commissions are recognized as revenue in the month the advertising is displayed.

 

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

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

  

In March 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-02, Entertainment-Films-Other Assets-Film Costs (Subtopic 926-20) and Entertainment-Broadcasters Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Subtopic 920-350). The update aligns the accounting for production costs of an episodic television series with the accounting for production costs of films by removing the content distinction for capitalization. The amendments also require that an entity reassess estimates of the use of a film in a film group and account for any changes prospectively. The amendments in this update require that an entity test a film or license agreement for program material within the scope of Subtopic 920-350 for impairment at a film group level when the film or license agreement is predominantly monetized with other films and/or license agreements. For public business entities, the amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. We adopted ASU 2019-02 in 2019. The impact to our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows were not material.

 

In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity. The update simplifies the accounting for convertible instruments by removing certain separation models in Subtopic 470-20, Debt—Debt with Conversion and Other Options, for convertible instruments. As part of the amendment, the embedded conversion features are no longer separated from the host contract for convertible instruments with conversion features that are not required to be accounted for as derivatives under Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or that do not result in substantial premiums accounted for as paid-in capital. The FASB has eliminated the cash conversion and beneficial conversion feature models. The FASB has also modified accounting rules relating to application of the scope exception from derivative accounting. The amendments revise the guidance in ASC 815-40-25-10, to remove three out of seven conditions from the settlement guidance, referred to as additional equity classification requirements. Following the above amendments, more convertible debt instruments will be accounted for as a single liability measured at its amortized cost and more convertible preferred stock will be accounted for as a single equity instrument measured at its historical cost, as long as no features require bifurcation and recognition as derivatives. The amendments are effective for public business entities, excluding smaller reporting companies, for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, including smaller reporting companies the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted, but no earlier than fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is in the process of assessing the impact of the amendments to Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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Various other accounting pronouncements have been recently issued, most of which represented technical corrections to the accounting literature or were applicable to specific industries and are not expected to have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the ‘‘Exchange Act’’). Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based upon our evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective for the three months ended March 31, 2021 in ensuring that information that we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms.

 

In the course of our review of our consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021, we identified a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting related to our failure to adequately evaluate the accounting treatment for the warrants issued as incentive for the existing holders to exercise their warrants.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

We believe we are taking the necessary steps to improve our internal control over financial reporting by increasing it’s use of outside accounting experts for assistance with complicated accounting matters.

 

The Company is in the process of evaluating the internal control procedures of the ChizComm entities.

 

Inherent Limitations over Internal Controls

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

As of March 31, 2021, there were no material pending legal proceedings to which we are a party or as to which any of its property is subject other than described below.

 

As previously disclosed, on August 18, 2020, the Company and its Chief Executive Officer Andy Heyward were named as defendants in a putative class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and styled Salvador Verdin v. Genius Brands International, Inc. and Andy Heyward, Case No. 2:20-cv-07457 DSF (RAOx). We were later served with a similar lawsuit Sumit Garg v. Genius Brands International, Inc. and Andy Heyward, Case No. 2:20-cv-07764. Both suits allege generally that defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by making materially false or misleading statement regarding the Company’s business and business prospects, artificially inflating the Company’s stock price during an alleged class period running from March 11 through July 5, 2020. Plaintiffs seek unspecified damages on behalf of the alleged class of persons who invested in our common stock during the alleged class period. The securities suits have been consolidated into a single proceeding before Judge Dale Fischer in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The proceeding will now be known as, styled In re Genius Brands International, Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. 2:20-cv-07457 DSF (RAOx). The Lead Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in the consolidated actions on February 1, 2021. While asserting the same legal claims and class period, the amended complaint added a new defendant, Chief Financial Officer Robert Denton.  On March 17, 2021, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint. Briefing of that motion is, by court-ordered schedule, expected to extend into June 2021, with a hearing currently scheduled for July 5, 2021. Pending resolution of the motion to dismiss, neither discovery nor other substantive proceedings are expected.

 

Related to the securities class action, the Company’s directors, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have been named as defendants in a putative shareholder derivative lawsuit filed in September 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and styled Correa, etc., v. Heyward, et. al., Case No. 2:20-cv-08277-DSF (RAOx). On November 20, 2020 a second case, Ly, etc. v. Heyward, et al., Case No. 20STCV44611 was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. More recently, two additional putative shareholder derivative lawsuits have been filed, one in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California captioned Contorno, etc. v. Heyward et al., Case No. 2:21-cv-02331 DSF (RAOx), and another in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada styled Miceli, etc. v. Heyward, et al., Case No. 3:21-cv-00132-MMD-WGC. While the allegations and legal claims vary somewhat among the derivative actions, they all generally allege that the defendants breached fiduciary duties owed to the Company by, among other things, causing the Company to issue the supposedly false and misleading statements that underlie the securities lawsuit, purportedly exposing the Company to liability and damaging the Company in an unspecified amount. By these derivative lawsuits, the plaintiffs seek no recovery from the Company. Instead, as a shareholder derivative action, the Company is named as Nominal Defendant; and plaintiffs, all alleged stockholders of the Company, purports to sue on behalf and for the benefit of the Company. Pursuant to agreements among the parties, the courts have stayed proceedings in the derivative litigations pending the outcome of anticipated motions to dismiss in the securities class action. Additionally, the parties to the Correa and Contorno actions have agreed to consolidate those two lawsuits and expect shortly to submit to the Court an agreement formally to do so.

  

In all of the above-mentioned proceedings, defendants have denied and continue to deny any wrongdoing and intend to defend the claims vigorously.

 

On July 7, 2020, we received a letter from a law firm alleging that rights Genius Brands had licensed from POW!, LLC, through its the Stan Lee Universe, LLC joint venture, had already been sold to another company, represented by that law firm. The law firm alleged that the Company is, inter alia, interfering with their contractual rights. This matter was referred to our outside litigation counsel. We have been informed that the matter is being adjudicated in an arbitration and that the arbitrator issued a gag order preventing further communications from Plaintiff to 3rd parties.

 

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

 

There have been no material changes to the Risk Factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

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

 

On January 6, 2021, the Company issued 25,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock for consulting services at $1.40 per share. The total amount of $35,000 was included in accrued expenses as of December 31, 2020. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

 

 

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On January 21, 2021, the Company issued 136,986 shares of the Company’s Common Stock for marketing services at $1.46 per share. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company issued 1,932,163 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.78 per share as partial consideration for the ChizComm acquisition. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

On February 4, 2021, the Company issued 48,495 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $1.81 per share as partial consideration for the ChizComm acquisition. The issuance of the shares of common stock was exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

 Exhibit

No.

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

____________________________ 

  * Filed herewith

 

  ** Furnished herewith

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

  GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
   
Date: May 17, 2021 By: /s/ Andy Heyward
   

Andy Heyward

Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer)

     
     
Date: May 17, 2021 By: /s/ Robert L Denton
   

Robert L. Denton

Chief Financial Officer

    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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