Quarterly Report (10-q)

Date : 05/20/2019 @ 10:03PM
Source : Edgar (US Regulatory)
Stock : Professional Diversity Network Inc (IPDN)
Quote : 1.75  0.3153 (21.98%) @ 11:00PM

Quarterly Report (10-q)

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

Form 10-Q

 

 

 

(Mark One)

 

[X] Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
   
  For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2019
   
or
   
[  ] 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: 001-35824

 

 

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   80-0900177
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

801 W. Adams Street, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois 60607

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(312) 614-0950

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former Name, Former Address and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

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, $0.01 par value per share   IPDN   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes [X] 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 [X] 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 [X]
  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 [X]

 

APPLICABLE ONLY TO ISSUERS INVOLVED IN BANKRUPTCY

PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PRECEDING FIVE YEARS:

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has fled all documents and reports required to be filed by Sections 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court. [  ] Yes [  ] No

 

APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE ISSUERS:

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

 

There were 5,089,463 shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of May 17, 2019.

 

 

 

     
 

 

PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, INC.

 

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

      Page
PART I   3
  ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 3
  ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 19
  ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK 30
  ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES 30
PART II   31
  ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS 31
  ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS 32
  ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS 32
  ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES 32
  ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE 32
  ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION 32
  ITEM 6. EXHIBITS 32

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

    March 31,     December 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (Unaudited)        
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents (Amounts related to variable interest entity of $341,800 and $683,043 as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)   $ 793,863     $ 1,441,607  
Accounts receivable, net     445,821       816,698  
Incremental direct costs     48,154       20,797  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     483,426       350,906  
Current assets from discontinued operations     26,539       126,270  
Total current assets     1,797,803       2,756,278  
                 
Property and equipment, net     67,273       83,608  
Capitalized technology, net     169,626       194,833  
Goodwill     339,451       339,451  
Intangible assets, net     837,774       1,020,942  
Right-of-use assets     353,486       -  
Merchant reserve     760,849       760,849  
Security deposits     90,574       82,139  
Total assets   $ 4,416,836     $ 5,238,100  
                 
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 1,676,620     $ 1,843,688  
Accrued expenses     1,063,914       989,626  
Deferred revenue     2,254,170       2,460,436  
Note Payable – related party     207,118       500,000  
Revolving Credit Facility– related party     292,882       -  
Lease liability, current portion     300,456       -  
Current liabilities from discontinued operations     303,794       346,528  
Total current liabilities     6,098,954       6,140,278  
                 
Deferred tax liability     122,824       194,786  
Deferred rent     -       13,742  
Other liabilities     84       82  
Lease liability, non-current portion     60,910       -  
Long-term liabilities from discontinued operations     -       -  
Total liabilities     6,282,772       6,348,888  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders’ Equity                
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized; 5,060,176 shares and 4,856,213 shares issued as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively; and 5,059,128 shares and 4,855,165 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively     50,602       48,562  
Additional paid in capital     84,108,048       83,728,903  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,305 )     (24,340 )
Accumulated deficit     (85,986,164 )     (84,826,796 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 1,048 shares at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018     (37,117 )     (37,117 )
Total stockholders’ equity     (1,865,936 )     (1,110,788 )
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 4,416,836     $ 5,238,100  

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (Unaudited)

 

   

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 
    2019     2018  
             
Revenues:                
Membership fees and related services   $ 829,420     $ 1,612,221  
Recruitment services     474,260       621,415  
Product sales and other     2,812       3,657  
Education and training     4,069       6,471  
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions     35,716       69,734  
Total revenues     1,346,277       2,313,498  
                 
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of revenues     187,581       285,833  
Sales and marketing     780,747       1,093,124  
General and administrative     1,358,556       2,351,931  
Depreciation and amortization     221,422       679,761  
Total costs and expenses     2,548,306       4,410,649  
                 
Loss from operations     (1,202,029 )     (2,097,151 )
                 
Other (expense) income                
Interest expense     (8,133 )     -  
Interest and other income     -       890  
Other income (expense)     -       22,558  
Other income, net     (8,133 )     23,448  
                 
Loss before income tax expense (benefit)     (1,210,162 )     (2,073,703 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     (65,633 )     (249,050 )
Loss from continuing operations     (1,144,529 )     (1,824,653 )
Loss from discontinued operations (net of tax benefit of $1,211, and $35,036, in the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively)     (14,840 )     (209,760 )
Net loss     (1,159,369 )     (2,034,413 )
                 
Other comprehensive loss:     (1,159,369 )     (2,034,413 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment     23,035       76,708  
Comprehensive loss   $ (1,136,334 )   $ (1,957,705 )
                 
Basic and diluted loss per share:                
Continuing operations     (0.23 )     (0.43 )
Discontinued operations     (0.00 )     (0.05 )
Net loss   $ (0.23 )   $ (0.48 )
                 
Weighted average outstanding shares used in computing net loss per common share:                
Basic and diluted     4,969,230       4,221,620  

  

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

 

   

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 
    2019     2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Loss from continuing operations   $ (1,144,529 )   $ (1,824,653 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities– continuing operations:                
Depreciation and amortization     221,422       679,761  
Deferred tax expense (benefit)     (65,633 )     (58,907 )
Amortization of right-of-use asset     86,304       -  
Accretion of lease liability     3,902       -  
Stock-based compensation expense     8,289       118,398  
Provision for bad debt     -       560  
Write-off of property and equipment     581       51,804  
Payment of lease obligations    

(93,758

)     -  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of discontinued operations:                
Accounts receivable     370,877       423,490  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (131,010 )     (90,187 )
Incremental direct costs     (27,357 )     77,493  
Accounts payable     (172,775 )     (7,122 )
Accrued expenses     76,199       (299,869 )
Deferred revenue     (211,227 )     (605,110 )
Deferred rent     -       (7,961 )
Other liabilities     -       (26,161 )
Net cash used in operating activities– continuing operations     (1,078,714 )     (1,568,464 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities – discontinued operations     40,945       (196,012 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (1,037,769 )     (1,764,476 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Costs incurred to develop technology     -       (13,261 )
Purchases of property and equipment     3,351       -
Security deposit     (6,691 )     (1,494 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities– continuing operations     (3,340 )     (14,755 )
Net cash provided by investing activities – discontinued operations     -       (13,322 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     (3,340 )     (28,077 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from the sales of common stock     372,896       1,486,954  
Repayment of note payable - related party     (292,882 )     -  
Proceeds from line of credit - related party     292,882       -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     372,896       1,486,954  
                 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents     20,469     86,906  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (647,745 )     (218,693 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     1,441,607       2,926,088  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 793,862     $ 2,707,395  
                 
Supplemental disclosures of other cash flow information:                
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 6,966     $ 65,689  

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

1. Description of Business

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. is both the operator of the Professional Diversity Network (the “Company,” “we,” “our,” “us,” “PDN Network,” “PDN” or the “Professional Diversity Network”) and a holding company for NAPW, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the operator of the National Association of Professional Women (the “NAPW Network” or “NAPW”), Noble Voice LLC and Compliant Lead LLC (collectively, “Noble Voice”), PDN (Hong Kong) International Education Ltd, PDN (Hong Kong) International Education Information Co., Ltd, and PDN (China) International Culture Development Co. Ltd, each of which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and together provide career consultation services. In November 2017, Jiangxi PDN Culture Media Co., Ltd became our consolidated variable interest entity (VIE). Laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) prohibit or restrict companies with foreign ownership from certain activities and benefits including eligibility for certain government grants and certain rebates related to commercial activities. To provide the Company the expected residual returns of the VIE, the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PDN (China) International Culture Development Co., Ltd., entered into a series of contractual arrangements with the VIE and its registered shareholders to enable the Company, to exercise effective control over the VIE, receive substantially all of the economic benefits and residual returns, and absorb substantially all the risks of the VIE as if it were the sole shareholder; and have an exclusive option to purchase all of the equity interests in the VIE. Please refer to Note 3 for more details about the VIE. The PDN Network operates online professional networking communities with career resources specifically tailored to the needs of different diverse cultural groups including: Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), and Students and Graduates seeking to transition from education to career. The networks’ purposes, among others, are to assist its registered users in their efforts to connect with like-minded individuals, identify career opportunities within the network and connect with prospective employers. The Company’s technology platform is integral to the operation of its business. The NAPW Network is an exclusive women-only professional networking organization, whereby its members can develop their professional networks, further their education and skills, and promote their business and career accomplishments. NAPW provides its members with opportunities to network and develop valuable business relationships with other professionals through its website, as well as at events hosted at its local chapters across the country. The Company established business operations in China in 2017. Our business activities, similar to those in the United States, will be focused on providing tools, products and services in China, which will assist in personal and professional development.

 

On May 25, 2018, the Company sold Noble Voice to a long-time customer of the Company and exited the business segment conducted by Noble Voice. See Note 3 for additional information.

 

2. Going Concern and Management’s Plans

 

At March 31, 2019 the Company’s principal sources of liquidity were its cash and cash equivalents and the net proceeds from the sales of shares of common stock in the first three months of 2019.

 

The Company had an accumulated deficit of approximately $85,986,000 at March 31, 2019. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company generated a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $1,145,000, used cash in continuing operations of approximately $1,079,000, and the Company expects that it will continue to generate operating losses for the foreseeable future. At March 31, 2019, the Company had a cash balance of approximately $794,000. Total revenues were approximately $1,346,000 and $2,313,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Company had working capital deficiency of approximately $4,301,000 and $3,384,000 at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. In order to alleviate the substantial doubt, the Company has approved and undertaken several measures.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

The Company is closely monitoring operating costs and capital requirements. Management of the Company also made efforts in 2018 and first quarter of 2019 to contain and reduce cost, including implementing a new approval process over travel and other expenses, significantly reducing the cash compensation for independent board directors, terminating non-performing employees and eliminating certain positions, and replacing and negotiating with certain vendors. We also sold our Noble Voice business on May 25, 2018 to reduce operating losses and cash burns. If we are still not successful in sufficiently reducing our costs, we may then need to dispose our other assets or discontinue business lines.

 

On November 16, 2018, the Company entered into a revolving credit facility agreement with GNet Tech Holdings, a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), that matures on May 31, 2020, under which we can draw up to GBP £1,500,000 (approximately $2,000,000). Interest is payable on any outstanding principal balance at a rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 4%. Amounts drawn under this facility are payable at the end of one, three, or six months periods at the election of the Company. At March 31, 2019, the Company drew $293,000 under this facility. At May 15, 2019, approximately $1,707,000 was available for us to draw.

 

From January 9, 2019 to April 2, 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 232,515 shares of its common stock at a purchase price ranging from $1.146 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription. As of the date of this annual report, the Company has received an aggregate gross proceeds of $479,931 under this private placement. All of the purchasers are citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

 

Management believes that its available funds and cash flow from operations may not be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements for the twelve months subsequent to the issuance of our financial statements. In order to fund its operations, the Company will need to either raise capital by issuance of stock, or utilize a revolving credit facility with GNet; However, there can be no assurances that our business plans and actions will be successful, that we will generate anticipated revenues, or that unforeseen circumstances will not require additional funding sources in the future or effectuate plans to conserve liquidity. Future efforts to raise additional funds may not be successful or they may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all. In addition, due to China’s foreign currency control, the Company cannot move money between China and the USA freely. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) regulate the flow of foreign exchange in and out of the country strictly. We need to get approval from Chinese government to move money from China to the U.S. which might take extra time. As of March 31, 2019 we had a $761,000 cash balance in China.

 

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and pursuant to the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 8 of Regulation S-X of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Certain information or footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC for interim financial reporting. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes necessary for a comprehensive presentation of financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. It is management’s opinion, however, that the accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of a normal recurring nature, which are necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position, operating results and cash flows for the periods presented.

 

The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 as filed with the SEC on April 15, 2019 (the “Annual Report”), which contains the audited financial statements and notes thereto, together with Management’s Discussion and Analysis, for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017. The financial information as of December 31, 2018 is derived from the audited financial statements presented in the Annual Report. The interim results for the three months ended March 31, 2019 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the year ending December 31, 2019 or for any future interim periods.

 

Use of Estimates The preparation of unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.

 

Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future intervening events. Accordingly, the actual results could differ significantly from estimates.

 

Significant estimates underlying the financial statements include the fair value of acquired assets and liabilities associated with acquisitions; assessment of goodwill impairment, other intangible assets and long-lived assets for impairment; allowances for doubtful accounts and assumptions related to the valuation allowances on deferred taxes, the valuation of stock-based compensation and the valuation of stock warrants.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

Principles of Consolidation The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company, its wholly-owned subsidiaries and its VIE, Jiangxi PDN Culture & Media Co. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Variable Interest Entity – (VIE)

 

Financial Information of VIE

 

In November 2017, Jiangxi PDN Culture Media Co., Ltd became a consolidated VIE. Liabilities recognized as a result of consolidating this VIE do not represent additional claims on the Company’s general assets. VIE assets can be used to settle obligations of the primary beneficiary. The financial information of Jiangxi PDN Culture & Media Co., which was included in the accompanying condensed financial statements, is presented as follows:

 

    March 31, 2019     December 31, 2018  
    (in thousands)  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 342       683  
Total assets   $ 1,204       1,180  
Total liabilities   $ 72       65  

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (in thousands)  
Total net revenue   $ 35     $             -  
Net loss   $ (6 )   $            -  

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets - The Company accounts for goodwill and intangible assets in accordance with ASC 350, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (“ASC 350”). ASC 350 requires that goodwill and other intangibles with indefinite lives should be tested for impairment annually or on an interim basis if events or circumstances indicate that the fair value of an asset has decreased below its carrying value.

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment at the reporting unit level on an annual basis (December 31 for the Company) and between annual tests if an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying value. The Company considers its market capitalization and the carrying value of its assets and liabilities, including goodwill, when performing its goodwill impairment test.

 

When conducting its annual goodwill impairment assessment, the Company initially performs a qualitative evaluation of whether it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired. If it is determined by a qualitative evaluation that it is more likely than not that goodwill is impaired, the Company then compares the fair value of the Company’s reporting unit to its carrying or book value. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying value, goodwill is not impaired and the Company is not required to perform further testing. If the carrying value of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the Company will measure any goodwill impairment losses as the amount by which the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value, not to exceed the total amount of goodwill allocated to that reporting unit.

 

Revenue Recognition Revenue is recognized when all of the following conditions exist: (1) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, (2) services are performed, (3) the sales price is fixed or determinable, and (4) collectability is reasonably assured.

 

Membership Fees and Related Services

 

Membership fees are collected up-front and member benefits become available immediately; however those benefits must remain available over the 12 month membership period. At the time of enrollment, membership fees are recorded as deferred revenue and are recognized as revenue ratably over the 12 month membership period. Members who are enrolled in this plan may cancel their membership in the program at any time and receive a partial refund (amount remaining in deferred revenue) or due to consumer protection legislation, a full refund based on the policies of the member’s credit card company.

 

Starting January 2, 2018, we also offer a monthly membership for which we collect fees on a monthly basis and we recognize revenue in the same month as we collect the monthly fees.

 

Revenue from related membership services are derived from fees for development and set-up of a member’s personal on-line profile and/or press release announcements. Fees related to these services are recognized as revenue at the time the on-line profile is complete and press release is distributed.

 

Deferred Revenue – Deferred revenue includes customer deposits received prior to performing services which are recognized as revenue when revenue recognition criteria are met, and membership fees for annual memberships that are collected at the time of enrollment and are recognized as revenue ratably over the 12 month membership period.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

Recruitment Services

 

The Company’s recruitment services revenue is derived from the Company’s agreements through single and multiple job postings, recruitment media, talent recruitment communities, basic and premier corporate memberships, hiring campaign marketing and advertising, e-newsletter marketing and research and outreach services. Recruitment revenue includes revenue recognized from direct sales to customers for recruitment services and events, as well as revenue from the Company’s direct e-commerce sales. Direct sales to customers are most typically a twelve month contract for services and as such the revenue for each contract is recognized ratably over its twelve month term. Event revenue is recognized in the month that the event takes place and e-commerce sales are for one month job postings and the revenue from those sales are recognized in the month the sale is made. Our recruitment services mainly consist of the following products:

 

On-line job postings to our diversity sites and to our broader network of websites including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Urban League and over 20 other partner organizations
   
OFCCP job promotion and recordation services
   
Diversity job fairs, both in person and virtual fairs
   
Diversity recruitment job advertising services
   
Cost per application, a service that employers can purchase whereby PDN sources qualified candidates and charges only for those applicants who meet the employers’ minimum qualifications
   
Diversity executive staffing services

 

Product Sales and Other Revenue

 

Products offered to members relate to custom made plaques. Product sales are recognized as deferred revenue at the time the initial order is placed. Revenue is then recognized at the time these products are shipped. The Company’s shipping and handling costs are included in cost of sales in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

 

Education and Training

 

The Company works with its business partners to provide education and training seminars to business people in China. Revenues are recognized in the month when the seminar takes place.

 

Consumer Advertising and Marketing Solutions

 

The Company provides career opportunity services to its various partner organizations through advertising and job postings on their websites. The Company works with its partners to develop customized websites and job boards where the partners can generate advertising, job postings and career services to their members, students and alumni. Consumer advertising and marketing solutions revenue is recognized as jobs are posted to their hosted sites.

 

The Company’s partner organizations include NAACP and National Urban League,VetJobs, among others.

 

Discontinued Operations

 

On May 25, 2018, the Company sold Noble Voice to a long-time customer of the Company and exited the business segment previously conducted by Noble Voice. The sales included all property, equipment, intangible assets, and other long-term assets. The Company retained cash, receivables, payables, and other current and non-current assets and liabilities. The purchase price was $200,000 and the gain on the transaction was approximately $64,000.

 

All historical operating results for Noble Voice are included in a loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, loss from discontinued operations was $15,000, net of tax benefit of $1,000, compared to a loss of $210,000, net of tax benefit of $35,000 during same period in the prior year.

 

Assets and liabilities that the Company retained, which were previously reported in the Noble Voice operating segment, are now included in current assets from discontinued operations, and current liabilities from discontinued operations. As of March 31, 2019, the current assets from discontinued operations were $27,000, compared to $126,000 as of December 31, 2018. As of March 31, 2019, current liabilities from discontinued operations were $304,000 compared to $347,000 as of December 31, 2018.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

Advertising and Marketing Expenses Advertising and marketing expenses are expensed as incurred or the first time the advertising takes place. The production costs of advertising are expensed the first time the advertising takes place. For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company incurred advertising and marketing expenses of approximately $185,000 and $322,000, respectively. These amounts are included in sales and marketing expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive loss. At March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, there were no prepaid advertising expenses recorded in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Net Loss per Share The Company computes basic net loss per share by dividing net loss per share available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period and excludes the effects of any potentially dilutive securities. Diluted earnings per share, if presented, would include the dilution that would occur upon the exercise or conversion of all potentially dilutive securities into common stock using the “treasury stock” and/or “if converted” methods as applicable. The computation of basic net loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 excludes the potentially dilutive securities summarized in the table below because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.

 

    As of March 31,  
    2019     2018  
Warrants to purchase common stock     170,314       170,314  
Stock options     409,126       246,564  
Unvested Restricted stock units     83,057       15,544  
Unvested restricted stock     4,886       -  
Total dilutive securities     667,383       432,422  

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued new lease accounting guidance ASU No. 2016-02, “Leases” (“ASU 2016-02”), as amended by ASU 2018-10, “Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases” and ASU 2018-11, “Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements.” Under the new guidance, at the commencement date, lessees will be required to recognize a lease liability, which is a lessee’s obligation to make lease payments arising from a lease, measured on a discounted basis; and a right-of-use asset, which is an asset that represents the lessee’s right to use, or control the use of, a specified asset for the lease term. The new guidance is not applicable for leases with a term of 12 months or less. Lessor accounting is largely unchanged. Public business entities should apply the amendments in ASU 2016-02 for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early application is permitted upon issuance. ASC 842 was previously required to be adopted using the modified retrospective approach. However, in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, which allows for retrospective application with the recognition of a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. Under this option, entities would not need to apply ASC 842 (along with its disclosure requirements) to the comparative prior periods presented. Management expects that most of its operating leases (primarily office space) will be recognized as operating lease liabilities and right of use assets on its consolidated balance sheet. The Company has elected to adopt certain of the optional practical expedients, including the package of practical expedients, which, among other things, gives the option to not reassess: 1) whether expired or existing contracts are or contain leases; 2) the lease classification for expired or existing leases; and 3) initial direct costs for existing leases. The Company adopted ASC 842, effective January 1, 2019.

 

As of March 31, 2019, right of use assets were $354,000, current lease obligations were $300,000, and non-current lease obligations were $61,000.

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, The Company recorded lease amortization expense of $86,000 which is continued to be classified in general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

 

4. Capitalized Technology

 

Capitalized technology, net is as follows:

 

   

March 31,

2019

   

December 31,

2018

 
Capitalized cost:                
Balance, beginning of period   $ 2,163,044     $ 2,043,122  
Additional capitalized cost     -       119,922  
Balance, end of period   $ 2,163,044     $ 2,163,044  
                 
Accumulated amortization:                
Balance, beginning of period   $ 1,968,213     $ 1,889,741  
Provision for amortization     25,206       78,472  
Balance, end of period   $ 1,993,419     $ 1,968,213  
Capitalized Technology, net   $ 169,625     $ 194,831  

 

Amortization expense were approximately $25,000 and $16,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and are recorded in depreciation and amortization expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

5. Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets, net is as follows:

 

March 31, 2019  

Useful Lives

(Years)

   

Gross

Carrying

Amount

   

Accumulated

Amortization

   

Net Carrying

Amount

 
Long-lived intangible assets:                                
Sales Process     10     $ 2,130,956     $ (1,711,816 )   $ 419,140  
Paid Member Relationships     5       803,472       (773,805 )     29,667  
Member Lists     5       8,086,181       (7,787,614 )     298,567  
Developed Technology     3       648,000       (648,000 )     -  
Trade Name/Trademarks     4       440,000       (440,000 )     -  
            $ 12,108,609     $ (11,361,235 )     747,374  
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:                                
Trade Name                             90,400  
                                 
Intangible assets, net                           $ 837,774  

 

December 31, 2018  

Useful Lives

(Years)

   

Gross

Carrying

Amount

   

Accumulated

Amortization

   

Net Carrying

Amount

 
Long-lived intangible assets:                                
Sales Process     10     $ 2,130,956     $ (1,692,764 )   $ 438,192  
Paid Member Relationships     5       803,472       (758,972 )     44,500  
Member Lists     5       8,086,181       (7,638,331 )     447,850  
Developed Technology     3       648,000       (648,000 )     -  
Trade Name/Trademarks     4       440,000       (440,000 )     -  
            $ 12,108,609     $ (11,178,067 )     930,542  
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:                                
Trade Name                             90,400  
                                 
Intangible assets, net                           $ 1,020,942  

 

Future annual estimated amortization expense is summarized as follows:

 

Years ending December 31,      
2019     382,904  
2020     72,894  
2021     72,894  
2022     72,894  
Thereafter     145,788  
    $ 747,374  

 

Amortization expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 were $183,000 and $619,000, respectively, and are recorded in depreciation and amortization expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

6. Note Payable – Related Party

 

On November 5, 2018, the Company entered into a note purchase agreement (the “Note Purchase Agreement”) with GNet Tech Holdings Public Limited Company (the “GNet Tech”), a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), pursuant to which the Company issued to GNet Tech a $500,000 convertible promissory note with an interest rate of 6% per annum (the “Note”). The Note shall mature six months after the date of issuance (the “Maturity Date”). Pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement and the Note, at any time on or after the Maturity Date, at the election of the note holder, the Note will convert into the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”) at a conversion price of the lower of (i) the closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ immediately preceding the date of issuance or the date of conversion, as applicable, or (ii) the average closing price of the Common Stock on NASDAQ for the five trading days immediately preceding the date of issuance or the date of conversion, as applicable (the “Minimum Price”). However, in no event shall the conversion price be less than the Minimum Price on the date of issuance. The issuance of the Note is exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, as a transaction not involving a public offering.

 

On April 30, 2019, the Company amended a note purchase agreement from November 5, 2018 with GNet Tech Holdings Public Limited Company (the “GNet Tech”), a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), pursuant to which maturity of the $500,000 convertible promissory note which the Company issued to GNet has been extended by one year from May 5, 2019 to May 5, 2020.

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, the Company repaid $292,882 of the Note.

 

At May 17, 2019, the remaining balance of the Note was $207,118.

 

7. Revolving Credit Facility – Related Party

 

On November 16, 2018, the Company entered into a revolving credit facility agreement with GNet Tech Holdings, a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), that matures on May 31, 2020, under which we can draw up to GBP £1,500,000 (approximately $2,000,000). Interest is payable on any outstanding principal balance at a rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 4%. Amounts drawn under this facility are payable at the end of one, three, or six months periods at the election of the Company. During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, the Company drew $293,000 under this facility.

 

At May 17, 2019, approximately $1,707,000 was available for us to draw.

 

8 . Commitments and Contingencies

 

Lease Obligations The Company leases office space and equipment under various operating lease agreements, including an office for its headquarters, as well as office spaces for its events business, sales and administrative offices under non-cancelable lease arrangements that provide for payments on a graduated basis with various expiration dates.

 

The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification Topic 842, effective January 1, 2019. Under the new guidance, at the commencement date, lessees are required to recognize a lease liability, which is a lessee’s obligation to make lease payments arising from a lease, measured on a discounted basis; and a right-of-use asset, which is an asset that represents the lessee’s right to use, or control the use of, a specified asset for the lease term. The new guidance is not applicable for leases with a term of 12 months or less. ASC 842 was previously required to be adopted using the modified retrospective approach. However, in July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, which allows for retrospective application with the recognition of a cumulative-effect adjustment to the opening balance of retained earnings in the period of adoption. Under this option, entities would not need to apply ASC 842 (along with its disclosure requirements) to the comparative prior periods presented.

 

As of March 31, 2019, right of use assets were $354,000, current lease obligations were $300,000, and non-current lease obligations were $61,000.

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, The Company recorded lease amortization expense of $86,000 which is continued to be classified in general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

Total lease expense, including lease amortization, amounted to approximately $107,000 and $314,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, and is included in general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

In a letter dated October 12, 2017, White Winston Select Asset Funds (“White Winston”) threatened to assert claims against the Company in excess of $2 million based on White Winston’s contention that the Company’s conduct delayed White Winston’s ability to sell shares in the Company during a period when the Company’s stock price was generally falling. On April 30, 2018, White Winston filed a lawsuit, entitled White Winston Select Asset Funds, LLC, No. 18-cv-10844, (the “Federal Action”) in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, asserting federal jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship. The four-count complaint in the Federal Action alleged that White Winston is entitled to recover compensatory damages of $1,708,233, plus attorneys’ fees, treble damages and other amounts. White Winston served the complaint on July 12, 2018, and the Company moved to dismiss the entire action for failure to state a claim. On October 15, 2018, prior to addressing the motion to dismiss, the Court issued an order noting that White Winston (which is a limited liability company) had failed to allege the citizenship of its members and ordered White Winston to show cause that complete diversity exists between the parties and that the Court had jurisdiction. On October 23, 2018, White Winston dismissed the Federal Action without prejudice. On December 18, 2018, White Winston filed a complaint in Massachusetts Superior Court in Suffolk County in Boston alleging the same claims and rights to relief as in the Federal Action. The Company has moved to once again to dismiss the complaint in its entirety for failure to state a claim. The entire motion package, comprised of the Company’s motion to dismiss and accompanying memorandum, White Winston’s opposition, and the Company’s reply brief, was filed with the court on Monday, March 25, 2019. The hearing on the motion to dismiss has been scheduled for May 29, 2019. The Company denies liability for all claims.

 

NAPW is a defendant in a Nassau County (NY) Supreme Court case, whereby TL Franklin Avenue Plaza LLC has sued NAPW with respect to NAPW’s former Garden City NY Premises. NAPW had surrendered the Premises to the Landlord, and the Landlord is suing NAPW for the balance of the rent due under the Lease Term – which term is less than one year remaining. The case is currently being litigated, and we are currently in the summary judgment phase of the litigation.

 

The Company is a party to a proceeding captioned Gerbie, et al. v. Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Ill.), a putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. A settlement has been reached and case has been dismissed by the court. The Company believes that its practices and procedures were compliant with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and admitted no fault.

 

NAPW and PDN are two of the named Respondents in a Superior Court of New Jersey Proceeding, and they are being sued by Shore Digital LLC. The Petitioner in this matter, Shore Digital LLC is alleging that both NAPW and PDN are in breach of contract, and the matter involves the payment of the entire value of the contract plus council feels, interest, and costs owing to the Petitioner. The case is settled and both parties have agreed to a Stipulation and Order of Dismissal.

 

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, NAPW, Inc., are parties to a proceeding captioned Deborah Bayne, et al. vs. NAPW, Inc. and Professional Diversity Network, Inc., No. 18-cv-3591 (E.D.N.Y.), filed in June of 2018 and alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and certain provisions of the New York Labor Law. The Company disputes that it or its subsidiary violated the applicable laws or that either entity has any liability and intends to vigorously defend against these claims. The matter is in the final stages of discovery. The potential financial impact on the Company is inherently uncertain at this point.

 

The Company is a party to a proceeding captioned Jacqueline M. Jefferson v. Noble Voice, No. 440-2018-06979 (EEOC), filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on July 10, 2018 and alleging violations of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, where an employee alleges she was terminated by the Company due to her age on May 25, 2018. Ms. Jefferson’s termination was as a result of the sale of the Noble Voice business on May 25, 2018. The EEOC has closed its file on this charge and we await to see if any private action will be filed by June 1, 2019.

 

General Legal Matters

 

From time to time, the Company is involved in legal matters arising in the ordinary course of business. While the Company believes that such matters are currently not material, there can be no assurance that matters arising in the ordinary course of business for which the Company is, or could be, involved in litigation, will not have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

9. Employment Agreements

 

James Kirsch, formerly Co-Executive Chairman of the Company, was party to an employment contract with the Company dated September 24, 2014. As the Company previously reported in its March 8, 2018 Form 8-K, Mr. Kirsch tendered his resignation as Co-executive Chairman on March 6, 2018. Mr. Kirsch’s decision to resign was due to his personal reasons and was not a result of any dispute with the Company. No compensation was provided in connection with his departure.

 

Jiangping (Gary) Xiao, formerly Chief Financial Officer of the Company, was party to an employment contract with the Company dated March 7, 2017. As the Company previously reported in its February 12, 2019 Form 8-K, Mr. Xiao tendered his resignation on February 6, 2019 as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 19, 2019. Mr. Xiao’s decision to resign was due to his personal reasons and was not a result of any dispute with the Company. No compensation was provided in connection with his departure.

 

Jingbo (James) Song, formerly Co-Executive Chairman of the Company, was party to an employment contract with the Company dated January 12, 2017. As the Company previously reported in its February 22, 2019 Form 8-K, Mr. Song tendered his resignation on February 20, 2019 as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and director of the Company, effective immediately. Also on February 20, 2019, the Board of Directors resolved to accept Mr. Song’s resignation with immediate effect. Mr. Song’s resignation from the Board of Directors of the Company was for personal health reasons. Mr. Song served as a valued member of the Board since November, 2016, and his decision to resign was not due to any disagreement with the Company. No compensation was provided in connection with his departure.

 

On March 11, 2019 (the “He Effective Date”), the Company entered into an employment agreement (the “He Employment Agreement”) with Mr. He, which He Employment Agreement continues until terminated in writing by either party or earlier terminated pursuant to the provisions of the He Employment Agreement. Under the He Employment Agreement, Mr. He will receive an annual base salary of $200,000, subject to adjustment in the sole discretion of the Board or the Compensation Committee of the Board; provided however, that such annual base salary may not be decreased during Mr. He’s employment period. Mr. He will be eligible to receive an annual incentive bonus in an amount equal to up to fifty percent (50%) of his base salary, based upon the achievement of one or more performance goals, targets, measurements and other factors, established for such year by the Compensation Committee. Mr. He will also participate in all benefit plans and programs, subject to certain conditions and exceptions, as are generally provided by the Company to its other senior executive employees.

 

10. Income Taxes

 

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 was 5.4% and 12.0%, respectively, resulting in a $66,000, and $249,000 income tax benefit, respectively. The difference in the effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018, is mainly attributable to the decrease in tax rates pursuant to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and a change in the valuation allowance. In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred income tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred income tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred income tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies in making this assessment. Based on the consideration of these items, management has determined that enough uncertainty exists relative to the realization of the deferred income tax asset balances to warrant the application of a full valuation allowance as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018.

 

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act subjects a U.S. parent shareholder to current tax on its “global intangible low-taxed income” (GILTI). We are allowed under ASC 740 to elect an accounting policy choice of either (1) treating taxes due on future U.S. inclusions in taxable income related to GILTI as a current period expense when incurred or (2) factoring such amounts into the Company’s measurement of its deferred taxes. Because of the complexity of these rules, and anticipated guidance from U.S. Treasury we will continue to evaluate the impact on the Company’s financial statements. Therefore, we have not recorded any deferred taxes related to GILTI and have not made a policy decision regarding whether to record deferred taxes on GILTI.

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

11. Stock-Based Compensation

 

Equity Incentive Plans – The Company’s 2013 Equity Compensation Plan (the “2013 Plan”) was adopted for the purpose of providing equity incentives to employees, officers, directors and consultants including options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, other equity awards, annual incentive awards and dividend equivalents. The Company amended the 2013 Plan to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock under the Plan from 225,000 shares to 615,000 shares, which the Company’s stockholders approved on June 26, 2017. The Company further amended the 2013 Plan to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock under the Plan by 300,000 shares, which the Company’s stockholders approved and ratified on November 8, 2018. The Company is now authorized to issue 915,000 shares under the amended 2013 Plan.

 

Stock Options

 

The following tables summarize the Company’s stock option activity for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and 2018:

 

   

Number of

Options

   

Weighted

Average

Exercise

Price

   

Weighted

Average

Remaining

Contractual

Life

(in Years)

   

Aggregate

Intrinsic

Value

 
Outstanding – January 1, 2019     499,439     $ 6.94       9.0     $ -  
Granted     30,000       2.23                  
Exercised     -       -                  
Forfeited/Canceled/Expired     (120,313 )     2.88                  
Outstanding – March 31, 2019     409,126     $ 7.78       8.4     $ 80,520  
                                 
Exercisable – March 31, 2019     330,959     $ 9.01       8.2     $ 32,710  

 

   

Number of

Options

   

Weighted

Average

Exercise

Price

   

Weighted

Average

Remaining

Contractual

Life

(in Years)

   

Aggregate

Intrinsic

Value

 
Outstanding – January 1, 2018     246,564     $ 11.17       9.1     $ —    
Granted     —         —                    
Exercised     —         —                    
Forfeited/Canceled/Expired     —         —                    
Outstanding – March 31, 2018     246,564     $ 11.17       8.9     $ —    
                                 
Exercisable – March 31, 2018     166,564     $ 11.39       8.8     $ —    

 

On March 11, 2019, the Company granted 30,000 stock options to CFO Adam He, in connection with his employment agreement. These options had an aggregate fair value of $54,000, using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following assumptions:

 

Risk-free interest rate     2.44 %
Expected dividend yield     0.00 %
Expected volatility     102.71 %
Expected term     5.75 years  

 

The March 11, 2019 options granted are exercisable at an exercise price of $2.23 over a ten-year term and vest over two years, with one-third vested upon grant.

 

The Company recorded non-cash compensation expense, which is included in general and administrative expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of operations, of approximately $6,000 and $88,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, related to stock option grants.

 

Total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested stock options at March 31, 2019 amounted to approximately $89,000 and is expected to be recognized over a remaining weighted average period of 1.4 years.

 

Warrants

 

As of March 31, 2019, there were 170,314 warrants outstanding and exercisable, with a weighted average exercise price of $32.44 per share. The weighted average remaining contractual life of the warrants at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 was 1.8 and 2.6 years, respectively, and the aggregate intrinsic value was 0.

 

The Company did not grant any warrants to purchase shares of common stock during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

No compensation cost was recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and 2018 pertaining to warrants.

 

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Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units

 

During the first three months of 2019, the Company granted 8,090 restricted stock units (“RSUs”) to a Board member The RSUs vest one year after they were awarded, subject to continued service on the vesting date. The RSUs have no voting or dividend rights. The fair value of the common stock on the date of grant were $3.09 per share, based upon the closing market price on the grant dates. The aggregate grant date fair value of the combined awards amounted to $25,000.

 

A summary of the restricted stock award activity for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and 2018 is as follows:

 

    Number of
Shares
 
       
Unvested Outstanding - January 1, 2019     60,651  
Granted     8,090  
Forfeited     (22,730 )
Vested     -  
Unvested Outstanding - March 31, 2019     46,011  

 

    Number of
Shares
 
       
Unvested Outstanding - January 1, 2018     15,544  
Granted     —    
Forfeited     —    
Vested     —    
Unvested Outstanding - March 31, 2018     15,544  

 

The Company recorded non-cash compensation expenses of approximately $3,000 and $30,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, related to restricted stock grants.

 

Total unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock and unvested restricted stock units at March 31, 2019 amounts to approximately $56,000 and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 0.4 year.

 

12. Segment Information

 

Beginning on May 26, 2018, the Company operates in the following segments: (A) United States: (i) PDN Network and (ii) NAPW Network, and (B) China Operations. The segments are categorized based on their business activities and organization. Prior to May 26, 2018, the Company operated in the following segments: (A) United States: (i) PDN Network, (ii) NAPW Network, and (B) China Operations. The following tables present key financial information of the Company’s reportable segments as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:

 

    Three Months Ended March 31, 2019  
    United States                    
   

PDN

Network

   

NAPW

Network

    China
Operations
    Corporate
Overhead
    Consolidated  
                               
Membership fees and related services   $ -     $ 794,539     $ 34,881     $ -     $ 829,420  
Recruitment services     474,260       -       -       -       474,260  
Products sales and other     -       2,812       -       -       2,812  
Education and training     -       -       4,069               4,069  
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions     35,716       -       -       -       35,716  
Total revenues     509,976       797,351       38,950       -       1,346,277  
(Loss) income from continuing operations     (171,476 )     (107,731 )     (334,847 )     (587,975 )     (1,202,029 )
Depreciation and amortization     15,741       201,442       4,239       -       221,422  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (13,135 )     (8,129 )     -       (44,369 )     (65,633 )
Net (loss) income from continuing operations     (160,924 )     (99,602 )     (340,397 )     (543,606 )     (1,144,529 )
Capital expenditures     -       -       3,351       -       3,351  

 

    March 31, 2019  
Goodwill   $ 339,451     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 339,451  
Intangible assets, net     90,400       747,374       -       -       837,774  
Assets from continuing operations     1,610,239       1,705,760       1,074,298       -       4,390,297  

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

    Three Months Ended March 31, 2018  
    United States                    
    PDN
Network
    NAPW
Network
    China
Operations
    Corporate
Overhead
    Consolidated  
                               
Membership fees and related services   $ -     $ 1,549,932     $ 62,289     $ -     $ 1,612,221  
Recruitment services     621,415       -       -       -       621,415  
Products sales and other     -       3,657       -       -       3,657  
Education and training     -       -       6,471       -       6,471  
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions     69,734       -       -       -       69,734  
Total revenues     691,149       1,553,589       68,760       -       2,313,498  
(Loss) income from continuing operations     (67,204 )     (766,055 )     (351,117 )     (912,775 )     (2,097,151 )
Depreciation and amortization     16,987       658,433       4,341       -       679,761  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (8,773 )     (109,639 )     -       (130,638 )     (249,050 )
Net (loss) income from continuing operations     (52,524 )     (656,416 )     (333,576 )     (782,137 )     (1,824,653 )
Capital expenditures     -       -       -       -       -  

 

    December 31, 2018  
Goodwill   $ 339,451     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 339,451  
Intangible assets, net     90,400       930,543       -       -       1,020,943  
Assets from continuing operations     1,654,346       1,970,594       1,486,891       -       5,111,831  

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

13. Subsequent Events

 

The Company evaluates subsequent events and transactions that occur after the balance sheet date up to the date that the consolidated financial statements were issued for potential recognition or disclosure. Other than as described below, the Company did not identify any subsequent events that would have required adjustment or disclosure in the consolidated financial statements.

 

From April 1, 2019 to April 2, 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 28,552 shares of its common stock at a purchase price ranging from $3.70 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription. As of the date of this quarterly report, the Company has received an aggregate gross proceeds of $107,036 under this private placement. All of the purchasers are citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

 

On April 16, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing that the Company’s variable interest entity, Jiangxi PDN Culture Media Co., Ltd. has signed a letter of intent to acquire 51% of the equity interests of Zhejiang Xili Valley Tourism Development Co., Ltd., an affiliate of the Company’s partner in Guangzhou.

 

On April 24, 2019, the Company received a letter from Nasdaq notifying the Company that it is not in compliance with the minimum stockholders’ equity requirement for continued listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1) requires listed companies to maintain stockholders’ equity of at least $2.5 million. In the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2018, the Company reported stockholders’ equity of $(1,110,788), which is below the minimum stockholders’ equity required for continued listing pursuant to Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b)(1). Further, as of April 24, 2019, the Company does not meet the alternatives of market value of listed securities or net income from continuing operations. This notification has no immediate effect on the Company’s listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Nasdaq has provided the Company with 45 calendar days, or until June 8, 2019, to submit a plan to regain compliance with the minimum stockholders’ equity standard. If the Company’s plan to regain compliance is accepted, Nasdaq may grant an extension of up to 180 calendar days from the date of the notification letter, or until October 21, 2019, to evidence compliance. The Company is presently evaluating various courses of action to regain compliance and intends to timely submit a plan to Nasdaq to regain compliance with the Nasdaq minimum stockholders’ equity standard.

 

On April 30, 2019, the Company amended a note purchase agreement from November 5, 2018 with GNet Tech Holdings Public Limited Company (the “GNet Tech”), a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), pursuant to which maturity of the $500,000 convertible promissory note which the Company issued to GNet has been extended by one year from May 5, 2019 to May 5, 2020.

 

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

 

Unless we specify otherwise, all references in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “ Quarterly Report ”) to “PDN,” “the Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto in Item 1, “Financial Statements,” in Part I of this Quarterly Report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements, which are based on our assumptions about the future of our business. Our actual results will likely differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Please read “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” for additional information regarding forward-looking statements used in this Quarterly Report.

 

Overview

 

We are an operator of professional networks with a focus on diversity, employment, education and training. We use the term “diversity” (or “diverse”) to describe communities, or “affinities,” that are distinct based on a wide array of criteria, including ethnic, national, cultural, racial, religious or gender classification. We serve a variety of such communities, including Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+).

 

We currently operate in three business segments: (i) Professional Diversity Network ( “PDN Network” ), which includes online professional networking communities with career resources tailored to the needs of various diverse cultural groups and employers looking to hire members of such groups, (ii) National Association of Professional Women ( “NAPW Network” ), a women-only professional networking organization, and (iii) China operations ( “China Operations” ), which focuses on providing tools, products and services in China which will assist women, students and business professionals in personal and professional development.

 

On May 25, 2018, the Company sold Noble Voice to a long-time customer of the Company and exited the business segment. The Company retained all receivables and payables prior to the May 25, 2018 closing date and as a result of this divestiture, ceased operating losses on that division immediately upon the sale. Management believes that education lead generation business is not important to the Company’s long-term strategy and with the sale of the Noble Voice division, the Company is now able to focus on executing its long term plan for its PDN jobs recruitment division and NAPW.

 

Our value proposition is simple: (i) we provide a robust online and in-person network for our women members to make professional and personal connections for our diverse audience of women: African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of the gay community (with the ability to roll out to our other affinities); (ii) we assist our registered users, or members, in their efforts to connect with like-minded individuals and identify career opportunities within the network; (iii) we help employers address their workforce diversity needs by connecting them with the right candidates; and (iv) we leverage our U.S. expertise and China connections to deliver these values to China, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for professional networking.

 

In January of 2017, the Company established PDN Hong Kong through its two wholly-owned subsidiaries there and in March of 2017 the Company established PDN China through its subsidiary there. We are currently executing our strategic plan to build in China entirely new networking, training and education businesses. We believe that coupling the Company’s expertise in networking and careers with our Chinese executives’ expertise in the China market will provide us with an opportunity for success with our overseas expansion. During the first two quarters of 2017, we held seven events as part of our education and training business line’s “Shared Economy” summit series, attracting over 7,800 paid attendees. Additionally, during the second quarter of 2017, we held a selective marketing event to introduce IAW, the PDN China women’s networking business.

 

In the third quarter of 2017, PDN China began to transact IAW annual memberships in China, ranging from RMB 20,000 to RMB 200,000 (approximately $3,000 to $30,000). Additionally IAW China held its first IAW VIP China event at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, in Paris, France. Also, on December 2, 2017, PDN China held its largest education and training event of the year. The event, “The International Capital Leadership Summit”, took place in Beijing, China. Among its many notable speakers was Mr. Bruce Aust, Vice Chairman of the Nasdaq Exchange, who was featured at the event. In the fourth quarter of 2017, PDN China began to transact annual business club memberships in China, ranging from RMB 20,000 to RMB 100,000 (approximately $3,000 to $15,000).

 

Through the first quarter of 2019, our PDN Network, NAPW Network, and China Operations businesses represented 37.9%, 59.2%, and 2.9% of our revenues, respectively. As of March 31, 2019, we had approximately 10.7 million registered users in our PDN Network and approximately 952,000 registered users, or members, in the NAPW Network. Included in 952,000 NAPW Network registered users, there were 9,000, and 22,000 paid members as of March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. We believe that the combination of our solutions allows us to approach recruiting and professional networking in a unique way and thus create enhanced value for our members and customers.

 

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Sources of Revenue

 

We generate revenue from (i) paid membership subscriptions and related services, (ii) recruitment services, (iii) product sales, (iv) education and training and (v) consumer advertising and consumer marketing solutions. The following table sets forth our revenues from each product as a percentage of total revenue for the periods presented. The period-to-period comparison of financial results is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

   

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 
    2019     2018  
Percentage of revenue by product:                
Membership fees and related services     61.6 %     69.7 %
Recruitment services     35.2 %     26.8 %
Products sales and other     0.2 %     0.2 %
Education and training     0.3 %     0.3 %
Consumer advertising and consumer marketing solutions     2.7 %     3.0 %

 

Paid Membership Subscriptions and Related Services. Paid Membership Subscriptions and Related Services. We offer paid membership subscriptions through our NAPW Network, a women-only professional networking organization, operated by our wholly-owned subsidiary. Members gain access to networking opportunities through a members-only website at www.iawomen.com and “virtual” eChapter events which occur in a webcast setting as well as through in-person networking at approximately 100 local chapters nationwide, additional career and networking events such as the National Networking Summit Series, Power Networking Events and the PDN Network events. NAPW members also receive ancillary (non-networking) benefits such as educational discounts, shopping, and other membership perks. The basic package is the Initiator level, which provides online benefits only. Upgrades to an Innovator membership include the Initiator benefits as well as membership in local chapters, and access to live in-person events. The most comprehensive level, the Influencer, provides all the aforementioned benefits plus admission to exclusive “live” events and expanded opportunities for marketing and promotion, including the creation and distribution of a press release, which is prepared by professional writers and sent over major newswires. Additionally, all memberships offer educational programs with discounts or at no cost, based on the membership level. NAPW Membership is renewable and fees are payable on an annual or monthly basis, with the first fee payable at the commencement of the membership. NAPW Membership subscriptions represented approximately 99.6% and 99.8%, respectively, of revenue attributable to the NAPW Network business segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

As part of the launch of IAW in the United States, the Company began to offer a monthly membership option in January 2018, in addition to an annual membership option. While this has increased the number of new members registering, membership revenue is received on a monthly rather than an annual basis. The new IAW is focused on delivering member benefits and providing value to those who join as paid members.

 

In the third quarter of 2017, PDN China began to transact IAW annual memberships in China, ranging from RMB 20,000 to RMB 200,000 (approximately $3,000 to $30,000). In the fourth quarter of 2017, PDN China began to transact annual business club memberships in China, ranging from RMB 20,000 to RMB 100,000 (approximately $3,000 to $15,000). IAW memberships comprised approximately 89.6% and 90.6%, respectively, of revenue attributable to China Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

Recruitment Services . We provide recruitment services through our PDN Network to employers, ranging from small to large sized organizations, seeking to diversify their employment ranks. Our recruitment services include recruitment advertising, job postings, semantic search technology and paid access to, and placement in, or advertising around our career and networking events. The majority of recruitment services revenue comes from job recruitment advertising. We also offer to businesses subject to the regulations and requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (“ OFCCP ”) our OFCCP compliance product, which combines diversity recruitment advertising with job postings and compliance services. Recruitment advertising revenue constituted approximately 93.0% and 89.9%, respectively, of revenue attributable to the PDN Network business segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

Product Sales . We offer to new purchasers of our NAPW memberships the opportunity to purchase a commemorative wall plaque at the time of purchase. They may purchase up to two plaques at that time. Product sales represented approximately 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively, of revenue attributable to the NAPW Network business segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

Education and Training . In March of 2017 we began our China Operations by creating a Shared Economy summit series designed to provide education and training to Chinese business people. Our initial event was a paid event which generated revenue through paid event admission fees. Education and training represented approximately 10.4% and 9.4%, respectively, of the revenue attributable to China Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

Consumer Advertising and Consumer Marketing Solutions . We work with partner organizations to provide them with integrated job boards on their websites which offer their members or customers the opportunity to post recruitment advertising and job openings. We generate revenue from fees charged for those postings. Consumer advertising and marketing solutions represented approximately 7.0% and 10.1%, respectively, of the revenue attributable to the PDN Network business segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

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Cost of Revenue

 

Cost of revenue primarily consists of costs of producing job fair and other events, revenue sharing with partner organizations, costs of web hosting and operating our websites for the PDN Network, and costs of producing education and training events and serving IAW members for our China business. Costs of producing wall plaques, hosting member conferences and local chapter meetings are also included in the cost of revenue for NAPW Network.

 

Financial Overview

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, we experienced losses as we continued our efforts to develop China Operations, reduce costs and streamline our business. We realized a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $1,145,000, a $681,000 decrease from the comparable prior year period. This decrease in net loss was primarily a result of a decrease of $992,000 in overall general and administrative expenses, a decrease of $436,000 in amortization expense of long-lived intangible assets of our NAPW segment as a result of $2,796,000 impairment charge the Company recorded in fourth quarter of 2018, and a decrease of $312,000 in overall sales and marketing costs, partially offset by a decrease of $783,000 in revenues from membership fees. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent on the Company’s ability to further implement its business plan, raise capital, and generate revenues. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

Key Metrics

 

We believe that one of the key metrics in evaluating and measuring our performance is the number of registered users. We define the number of registered users as (i) the number of individual job seekers who affirmatively visited one of PDN Network’s properties, opted into an affinity group and provided us with demographic or contact information enabling us to match them with employers and/or jobs (PDN Network registered users); and (ii) the number of consumers who have viewed our marketing material, opted into membership in the NAPW Network, provided demographic information and engaged in an onboarding call with a membership coordinator (NAPW Network registered users). We believe that a higher number of registered users will result in increased sales of our products and services, as customers will have access to a larger pool of professional talent. However, a higher number of registered users will not immediately translate to increased revenue, as there is a lag between the time we acquire a registered user through our lead-generation process and the time we generate revenue from a registered user by selling them one of our paid products or services.

 

The following table sets forth the number of registered users on our PDN Network and total membership on our NAPW Network as of the periods presented:

 

    As of March 31,     Change  
    2019     2018     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)        
PDN Network Registered Users (1)     10,695       10,529       1.6 %
NAPW Network Total Membership (2)     952       955       (0.3 )%

 

(1) The number of registered users may be higher than the number of actual users due to various factors. For more information, see “Risk Factors page #18 —The reported number of our registered users is higher than the number of actual individual users, and a substantial majority of our visits are generated by a minority of our users ” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 (the “2018 Annual Report” as filed with the SEC on April 15, 2019).
   
(2) Includes both Paid Members and Unpaid Members. There were 9,000, and 22,000 Paid Members as of March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

 

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Non-GAAP Financial Measure

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful representation of our operating performance that provides useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is commonly used by financial analysts and others to measure operating performance. Furthermore, management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure may provide investors with additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results of prior periods as they are expected to be reflective of our core ongoing business. However, while we consider Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of operating performance, Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures have limitations, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Further, Adjusted EBITDA, as we define it, may not be comparable to EBITDA, or similarly titled measures, as defined by other companies.

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of Net Loss from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reported in our consolidated financial statements:

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (in thousands)  
Loss from Continuing Operations   $ (1,145 )   $ (1,825 )
Stock-based compensation expense     8       118  
Depreciation and amortization     221       680  
Interest Expense     8       -  
Interest and other income     -       (1 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     (66 )     (249 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ (974 )   $ (1,277 )

 

Results of Operations

 

Revenues

 

Total Revenues

 

The following table sets forth our revenues for the period presented. The period-to-period comparison of financial results is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
Revenues:                                
Membership fees and related services   $ 829     $ 1,612     $ (783 )     (48.6 )%
Recruitment services     474       621       (147 )     (23.7 )%
Products sales and other     3       4       (1 )     (25.0 )%
Education and training     4       6       (2 )     (33.3 )%
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions     36       70       (34 )     (48.6 )%
Total revenues   $ 1,346     $ 2,313     $ (967 )     (41.8 )%

 

Total revenues decreased $967,000, or 41.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the same prior year period, due primarily to management’s focus on reduction in sales and operations workforce as a means to improved efficiencies and operational effectiveness while rebranding the business.

 

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Revenues by Segment

 

The following table sets forth each operating segment’s revenues for the period presented. The period-to-period comparison is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
NAPW Network   $ 797     $ 1,554     $ (756 )     (48.7 )%
PDN Network     510       691       (181 )     (26.2 )%
China     39       69       (30 )     (43.5 )%
Total revenues   $ 1,346     $ 2,313     $ (967 )     (41.8 )%

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our NAPW Network generated $797,000 in revenue from membership fees and related services and product sales, compared to $1,554,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $756,000, or 48.7%. The decrease was mainly attributable to reductions in NAPW sales staff from 19 sales representatives on average during the first three months of 2018 to 7 sales representatives on average during the first three months of 2019. As a part of rebranding the NAPW business, the Company also re-tooled its lead-generation and other marketing activities.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our PDN Network generated $510,000 in revenue, compared to $691,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $181,000, or 26.2%. The decrease was a result of lower sales staffing and resources in 2019 compared to 2018. We anticipate more robust sales in the latter half of the year.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our China Operations generated $39,000 in revenue, compared to $69,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $30,000 or 43.6%. We did not hold any major paid events in the first three months of 2019 as most our efforts were devoted to future business development.

 

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Costs and Expenses

 

The following table sets forth our costs and expenses for the period presented. The period-to-period comparison of financial results is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
Costs and expenses:                                
Cost of revenue   $ 189     $ 286     $ (97 )     (33.9 )%
Sales and marketing     781       1,093       (312 )     (28.5 )%
General and administrative     1,359       2,351       (992 )     (42.2 )%
Depreciation and amortization     221       680       (459 )     (67.5 )%
Total costs and expenses   $ 2,550     $ 4,410     $ (1,860 )     (42.2 )%

 

During the first three months ended March 31, 2019, total costs and expenses were $2,550,000, compared to $4,410,000 for same period in the prior year, decrease of $1,860,000 or 42.2%. The decrease is primarily the result of $992,000 or 42.2% decrease in general and administrative expenses, a $459,000 or 67.5% decrease in depreciation and amortization expenses, and a $312,000, or 28.5% decrease in sales and marketing expenses.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Cost of revenue : Cost of revenues decreased during the three months ended March 31, 2019 to $189,000, compared to $286,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $97,000, or 33.9%. The decrease is in tandem with lower revenues.

 

Sales and marketing expenses : Sales and marketing expenses during the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $781,000, compared to $1,093,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $312,000, or 28.5%. The decrease was mostly attributable to a $130,000 reduction in lead spending in our NAPW segment, $109,000 decrease in personnel cost due to sales force reduction in our NAPW segment, a $73,000 reduction in sales commission expenses, and overall better marketing cost management.

 

General and administrative expenses : General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $1,359,000, compared to $2,351,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $992,000 or 42.2%. The decrease was mainly attributable to a $314,000 reduction in personnel costs, a $207,000 reduction in rent expenses because we centralized our US operations in Chicago and executed a work-from-home model for certain employees at our NAPW segment in 2018, and a $110,000 decrease in stock based compensation expenses, and $102,000 reduction in audit related expenses.

 

Depreciation and amortization expenses : Depreciation and amortization expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $221,000, compared to $680,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $459,000 or 67.5%. The decrease was mainly a result of $2,796,000 impairment charge against long-lived intangible assets in our NAPW segment that the Company recorded in fourth quarter of 2018. Amortization of the intangible assets is listed in Note 5 on page 10 of this quarterly report.

 

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Costs and Expenses by Segment

 

The following table sets forth each operating segment’s costs and expenses for the period presented. The period-to-period comparison is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
NAPW Network   $ 905     $ 2,320     $ (1,415 )     (61.0 )%
PDN Network     681       758       (77 )     (10.2 )%
China     374       420       (46 )     (11.0 )%
Corporate Overhead     588       913       (325 )     (35.6 )%
Total costs and expenses   $ 2,548     $ 4,411     $ (1,863 )     (42.2 )%

 

NAPW Network: During the three months ended March 31, 2019, total costs and expenses in our NAPW segment were $905,000, compared to $2,320,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $1,415,000 or 61.0%. The decrease was a result of a $436,000 decrease in amortization expense of long-lived intangible assets as a result of $2,796,000 impairment charge the Company recorded in fourth quarter of 2018, a $342,000 decrease in personnel costs, a $207,000 reduction in rent expenses because we centralized our US operations in Chicago and executed a work-from-home model for certain employees at our NAPW segment in 2018, and a $130,000 reduction in lead generation spending.

 

PDN Network: During the three months ended March 31, 2019, total costs and expenses in our PDN segment were $681,000, compared to $758,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $77,000, or 10.2%. The decrease was primarily cost of revenues and was in tandem with lower revenues.

 

China Operations: During the three months ended March 31, 2019, total costs and expenses in our China operations were $374,000, compared to $420,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $46,000 or 11.0%. The primary reason for the decrease in cost of sales was lower revenues.

 

Corporate Overhead: During the three months ended March 31, 2019, total costs and expenses incurred by our Corporate Overhead segment were $588,000, compared to $913,000 for the same period in the prior year, a decrease of $325,000 or 35.6%. The decrease was primarily a result of $110,000 decrease in stock based compensation expenses, and $102,000 reduction in audit related expenses.

 

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
Total   $ (66 )   $ (249 )   $ 183       (73.5 )%

 

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 was 5.4% and 12.0%, respectively, resulting in a $66,000, and $249,000 income tax benefit, respectively. The difference in the effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018, is mainly attributable to the decrease in tax rates pursuant to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an impairment charge recognized on NAPW’s goodwill, change in the valuation allowance and the foreign tax rate differential due to the Company’s China Operations. Management has determined that enough uncertainty exists relative to the realization of the deferred income tax asset balances to warrant the application of a valuation allowance as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018.

 

Net Loss from Continuing Operations by Segment

 

The following table sets forth each operating segment’s net loss from continuing operations for the periods presented. The period-to-period comparison is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

    Three Months Ended              
    March 31,     Change     Change  
    2019     2018     (Dollars)     (Percent)  
    (in thousands)              
NAPW Network   $ (100 )   $ (656 )   $ 556       (84.7 )%
PDN Network     (161 )     (53 )     (108 )     205.8 %
China     (340 )     (334 )     (6 )    

1.8

%
Corporate Overhead     (544 )     (782 )     238       (30.4 )%
Consolidated Net Loss from continuing operations   $ (1,145 )   $ (1,825 )   $ 680       (37.3 )%

 

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As the result of the factors discussed above, during the three months ended March 31, 2019 we incurred a net loss from continuing operations of $1,145,000, a decrease of 37.3% from net loss from continuing operations of $1,825,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2018. The $680,000 decrease in net loss was primarily driven by a $992,000 decrease in general and administrative expenses, a $459,000 decrease in depreciation and amortization expenses, and a $312,000 decrease in sales and marketing expenses, partially offset by a $756,000 decrease in revenue from membership fees, related services at our NAPW segment.

 

NAPW Network . During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our NAPW segment incurred a net loss of $100,000, compared to a net loss of $656,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The $556,000 decrease in net loss was a result of continued cost cutting efforts that began in the third quarter of 2017, mainly reduction in the work force that resulted in a $342,000 decrease in personnel costs, a $207,000 reduction in rent expenses because we centralized our US operations in Chicago and executed a work-from-home model for certain employees at our NAPW segment in 2018, a $130,000 reduction in lead generation spending, and a $436,000 decrease in amortization expense of long-lived intangible assets as a result of $2,796,000 impairment charge the Company recorded in fourth quarter of 2018, partially offset by a $756,000 decrease in revenues from membership fees.

 

PDN Network . During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our PDN segment generated a net loss of $161,000, compared to a net loss of $53,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The increase in net loss of $108,000 was mainly due to a $181,000 decrease in revenues as a result of lower sales staffing and resources in 2019 compared to 2018, partially offset by lower costs and expenses by $77,000, mainly cost of revenues.

 

China Operations. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our China Operations incurred a net loss of $340,000, compared to a net loss of $334,000 for the same period in the prior year. The increase in net loss of $6,000 was mainly a result of a $30,000 decrease in revenue, partially offset by lower cost of revenues.

 

Corporate Overhead. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our Corporate Overhead segment incurred a net loss of $544,000, compared to a net loss of $782,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. In the first quarter of 2019 we continued our efforts to reduce corporate level expenses, such as $110,000 decrease in stock based compensation expenses, $102,000 reduction in audit related expenses, and $24,000 reduction in corporate salaries expenses.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The following table summarizes our liquidity and capital resources as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively, and is intended to supplement the more detailed discussion that follows:

 

    March 31,     December 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (in thousands)  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 794     $ 1,442  
Working (deficiency) capital   $ (4,301 )   $ (3,384 )

 

Our principal sources of liquidity are our cash and cash equivalents, including the net proceeds from the issuances of common stock to CFL and other investors. As of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, we had working capital deficiency of approximately $4,301,000 and $3,384,000. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, we generated a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $1,145,000 used cash in continuing operations of approximately $1,079,000, and we expect that we will continue to generate operating losses for the foreseeable future. These conditions raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent on the Company’s ability to further implement its business plan, raise capital, and generate revenues. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company is closely monitoring operating costs and capital requirements. Management of the Company also made efforts in 2018 and first quarter of 2019 to contain and reduce cost, including terminating non-performing employees and eliminating certain positions, replacing and negotiating with certain vendors, implementing a new approval process over travel and other expenses, and significantly reducing the cash compensation for independent board directors. We also sold our Noble Voice business on May 25, 2018 to reduce operating losses and cash burns. If we are still not successful in sufficiently reducing our costs, we may then need to dispose of our other assets or discontinue business lines.

 

On November 16, 2018, the Company entered into a revolving credit facility agreement with GNet Tech Holdings, a related party through one of the Company’s shareholders, Cosmic Forward Limited (“CFL”), that matures on May 31, 2020, under which we can draw up to GBP £1,500,000 (approximately $2,000,000). Interest is payable on any outstanding principal balance at a rate equal to the LIBOR rate plus 4%. Amounts drawn under this facility are payable at the end of one, three, or six months periods at the election of the Company. At December 31, 2018, there were no outstanding amounts drawn under this facility. At May 15, 2019, approximately $1,707,000 was available for us to draw.

 

From January 9, 2019 to April 2, 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 232,515 shares of its common stock at a purchase price ranging from $1.146 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription. As of the date of this annual report, the Company has received an aggregate gross proceeds of $479,931 under this private placement. All of the purchasers are citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

 

We currently anticipate that our available funds and cash flow from operations may not be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements for the twelve months subsequent to the issuance of our financial statements. In order to fund its operations, the Company will need to either raise capital by issuance of stock, or utilize a revolving credit facility with GNet; However, there can be no assurances that our business plans and actions will be successful, that we will generate anticipated revenues, or that unforeseen circumstances will not require additional funding sources in the future or effectuate plans to conserve liquidity. Future efforts to raise additional funds may not be successful or they may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all. In addition, due to China’s foreign currency control, the Company cannot move money between China and the USA freely. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) regulate the flow of foreign exchange in and out of the country strictly. We need to get approval from Chinese government to move money from China to the U.S. which might take extra time.

 

We collect membership fees generally at the commencement of the membership term or at renewal periods thereafter. The memberships we sell are for one year and we defer recognition of the revenue from membership sales and renewals and recognize it ratably over the twelve month period. Starting January 2, 2018, we also offer a monthly membership for IAW in the USA for which we collect a fee on a monthly basis. Our PDN Network also sells recruitment services to employers, generally on a one year contract basis. This revenue is also deferred and recognized over the life of the contract. Our payment terms for PDN Network and Noble Voice customers range from 30 to 60 days. We consider the difference between the payment terms and payment receipts a result of transit time for invoice and payment processing and to date have not experienced any liquidity issues as a result of the payments extending past the specified terms. Cash and cash equivalents and short term investments consist primarily of cash on deposit with banks and investments in money market funds, corporate and municipal debt and U.S. government and U.S. government agency securities.

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2019     2018  
    (in thousands)  
Cash provided by (used in) continuing operations                
Operating activities   $ (1,079 )   $ (1,568 )
Investing activities     (3 )     (15 )
Financing activities     373       1,487  
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents     20     87  
Cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations:                
Operating activities     41       (196 )
Investing activities     -       (13 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   $ (648 )   $ (218 )

 

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Net Cash Used in Operating Activities

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, net cash used in operating activities in continuing operations was $1,079,000. We had a net loss of $1,145,000, payments of lease obligations of $94,000, and deferred tax benefit of $66,000 which was offset by non-cash depreciation and amortization of $221,000, amortization of leases of $86,000, stock-based compensation expense of $8,000, accretion of lease liability of $4,000 and a write off of equipment of $1,000. Changes in operating assets and liabilities used $95,000 of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2019, consisting primarily of decreases in accounts payable and deferred revenue, and increase in prepayments, partially offset by decrease in accounts receivable, and increase in accrued expenses.

 

Net cash used in operating activities in continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $1,568,000. We had a net loss of $1,825,000, a deferred tax benefit of $59,000 which was offset by non-cash depreciation and amortization of $680,000, stock-based compensation expense of $118,000, write off of property and equipment of $52,000, and provision for bad debt of $1,000. Changes in operating assets and liabilities used $535,000 of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2018, consisting primarily of decreases in accrued expenses, and deferred revenue, and increase in prepayments, partially offset by decreases in accounts receivable.

 

Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities

 

Net cash used in investing activities in continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $3,000, mainly consisting of security deposits.

 

Net cash used in investing activities in continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $15,000, mainly consisting of investments to develop new technology.

 

Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities

 

Net cash provided by financing activities in continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $373,000, consisting of $373,000 in gross proceeds from sale of 203,963 shares of common stock at a purchase price ranging from $1.42 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription to citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities in continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $1,487,000, consisting of $1,487,000 in gross proceeds from the January 29, 2018 issuance and sale of 380,295 shares of common stock at a price of $3.91 per share to Mr. Shengqi Cai, an individual and a resident of the People’s Republic of China.

 

Net Cash Used in Discontinued Operations

 

On May 25, 2018 we sold our Noble Voice operations.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities in discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $41,000.

 

Net cash used in operating activities in discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $196,000.

 

Net cash used in investing activities in discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $13,000.

 

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

Since inception, we have not engaged in any off-balance sheet activities as defined in Regulation S-K Item 303(a)(4).

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

Pursuant to the provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “ JOBS Act ”), as an “emerging growth company,” we may delay adoption of new or revised accounting standards applicable to public companies until the earlier of the date that (i) we are no longer an emerging growth company or (ii) we affirmatively and irrevocably opt out of the extended transition period for complying with such new or revised accounting standards. We have elected to take advantage of the benefits of this extended transition period. Our consolidated financial statements may therefore not be comparable to those of companies that comply with such new or revised accounting standards. Upon issuance of new or revised accounting standards that apply to our consolidated financial statements, we will disclose the date on which adoption is required for non-emerging growth companies and the date on which we will adopt the recently issued accounting guidelines.

 

Our management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is based on our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to exercise considerable judgment with respect to establishing sound accounting policies and in making estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of our assets and liabilities, our recognition of revenues and expenses, and disclosure of commitments and contingencies at the date of the consolidated financial statements.

 

We base our estimates on our historical experience, knowledge of our business and industry, current and expected economic conditions, the attributes of our products, the regulatory environment, and in certain cases, the results of outside appraisals. We periodically re-evaluate our estimates and assumptions with respect to these judgments and modify our approach when circumstances indicate that modifications are necessary. These estimates and assumptions form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources.

 

While we believe that the factors we evaluate provide us with a meaningful basis for establishing and applying sound accounting policies, we cannot guarantee that the results will always be accurate. Since the determination of these estimates requires the exercise of judgment, actual results could differ from such estimates.

 

There have been no material changes to the Company’s critical accounting policies and estimates as compared to the critical accounting policies and estimates described in the 2018 Annual Report, which we believe are the most critical to our business and the understanding of our results of operations and affect the more significant judgments and estimates that we use in the preparation of our financial statements.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

See Note 3 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements regarding recent accounting pronouncements.

 

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report contains “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. These statements concern expectations, beliefs, projections, plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Specifically, this Quarterly Report contains forward-looking statements regarding:

 

  our beliefs regarding our ability to create enhanced value for our members and customers;
  our beliefs regarding the relation between the number of members or registered users and our revenues;
  our expectations regarding future changes in our salesforce;
  our expectations regarding the changes in revenues in 2018, 2019 and 2020;
  our expectations regarding future increases in sales and marketing costs and general and administrative expenses; and
  our beliefs regarding our liquidity requirements, the availability of cash and capital resources to fund our business in the future and intended use of liquidity.

 

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These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. We wish to caution readers that certain important factors may have affected and could in the future affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. The most important factors that could prevent us from achieving our goals, and cause the assumptions underlying forward-looking statements and the actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  our ability to raise funds in the future to support operations failure to realize synergies and other financial benefits from mergers and acquisitions within expected time frames, including increases in expected costs or difficulties related to integration of merger and acquisition partners;
  inability to identify and successfully negotiate and complete additional combinations with potential merger or acquisition partners or to successfully integrate such businesses;
  our history of operating losses;
  we may not be able to reverse the significant decline in our revenues;
  our limited operating history in a new and unproven market;
  increasing competition in the market for online professional networks;
  our ability to comply with increasing governmental regulation and other legal obligations related to privacy;
  our ability to adapt to changing technologies and social trends and preferences;
  our ability to attract and retain a sales and marketing team, management and other key personnel and the ability of that team to execute on the Company’s business strategies and plans;
  our ability to obtain and maintain protection for our intellectual property;
  any future litigation regarding our business, including intellectual property claims;
  general and economic business conditions; and
  legal and regulatory developments.

 

The foregoing list of important factors may not include all such factors. You should consult other disclosures made by the Company (such as in our other filings with the SEC or in company press releases) for additional factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by the Company. Please refer to Part II, Item 1A, “ Risk Factors ” of this Quarterly Report and to Part I, Item 1A, “ Risk Factors ” of our 2018 Annual Report for additional information regarding factors that could affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flow. You should consider these factors, risks and uncertainties when evaluating any forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements represent our views as of the date of this Quarterly Report, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date of this Quarterly Report.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

As of March 31, 2019, our management conducted an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures; as is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We recognize that there are material weaknesses related to our internal controls. Therefore, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective, as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report. This includes ensuring that information required to be disclosed was recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Furthermore, to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

During the third quarter of 2018, we continued to undertake certain initiatives to improve and remediate material weaknesses related to our internal control over financial reporting that were identified for the year ended December 31, 2018. Specifically, we continued implementing policies to more fully segregate incompatible duties within our accounting and financial reporting functions and enhance the overall internal control structure, including a more rigorous and transparent expense approval process, and segregating check signing ability for finance personnel; we continued to implement more effective financial reporting process that included monthly and quarterly closing check-lists and monthly review of the financial reports by the Company’s Finance Department. We also continued improving GAAP training of internal staff. There have been no other changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the first quarter of 2019 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

 

Our management had concluded that, as of March 31, 2019, we did not maintain effective controls over the preparation, review, presentation and disclosure of our financial statements. Specifically, we noted the following:

 

  Relevant operating information is not adequately used to develop accounting and financial information and serve as a basis for reliable financial reporting. This same operating information is also used as the basis for accounting estimates. Specifically, financial and nonfinancial indicators of going concern and impairment of assets were not completely assessed by management.
     
  Debt agreements are not fully reviewed for appropriate classification of outstanding debt. Specifically, the revolving credit facility agreement repayment terms were not effectually considered by management.

 

We anticipate that the actions described above and resulting improvements in controls will strengthen the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and will, over time, address the related material weaknesses. However, because many of the controls in the Company’s system of internal controls rely extensively on manual review and approval, the successful operation of these controls may be required for several quarters prior to management being able to conclude that the material weaknesses have been remediated.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

In a letter dated October 12, 2017, White Winston Select Asset Funds (“White Winston”) threatened to assert claims against the Company in excess of $2 million based on White Winston’s contention that the Company’s conduct delayed White Winston’s ability to sell shares in the Company during a period when the Company’s stock price was generally falling. On April 30, 2018, White Winston filed a lawsuit, entitled White Winston Select Asset Funds, LLC, No. 18-cv-10844, (the “Federal Action”) in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, asserting federal jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship. The four-count complaint in the Federal Action alleged that White Winston is entitled to recover compensatory damages of $1,708,233, plus attorneys’ fees, treble damages and other amounts. White Winston served the complaint on July 12, 2018, and the Company moved to dismiss the entire action for failure to state a claim. On October 15, 2018, prior to addressing the motion to dismiss, the Court issued an order noting that White Winston (which is a limited liability company) had failed to allege the citizenship of its members and ordered White Winston to show cause that complete diversity exists between the parties and that the Court had jurisdiction. On October 23, 2018, White Winston dismissed the Federal Action without prejudice. On December 18, 2018, White Winston filed a complaint in Massachusetts Superior Court in Suffolk County in Boston alleging the same claims and rights to relief as in the Federal Action. The Company has moved to once again to dismiss the complaint in its entirety for failure to state a claim. The entire motion package, comprised of the Company’s motion to dismiss and accompanying memorandum, White Winston’s opposition, and the Company’s reply brief, was filed with the court on Monday, March 25, 2019. The hearing on the motion to dismiss has been scheduled for May 29, 2019. The Company denies liability for all claims.

 

NAPW is a defendant in a Nassau County (NY) Supreme Court case, whereby TL Franklin Avenue Plaza LLC has sued NAPW with respect to NAPW’s former Garden City NY Premises. NAPW had surrendered the Premises to the Landlord, and the Landlord is suing NAPW for the balance of the rent due under the Lease Term – which term is less than one year remaining. The case is currently being litigated, and we are currently in the summary judgment phase of the litigation.

 

The Company is a party to a proceeding captioned Gerbie, et al. v. Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Ill.), a putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. A settlement has been reached and case has been dismissed by the court. The Company believes that its practices and procedures were compliant with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and admitted no fault.

 

NAPW and PDN are two of the named Respondents in a Superior Court of New Jersey Proceeding, and they are being sued by Shore Digital LLC. The Petitioner in this matter, Shore Digital LLC is alleging that both NAPW and PDN are in breach of contract, and the matter involves the payment of the entire value of the contract plus council feels, interest, and costs owing to the Petitioner. The case is settled and both parties have agreed to a Stipulation and Order of Dismissal.

 

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, NAPW, Inc., are parties to a proceeding captioned Deborah Bayne, et al. vs. NAPW, Inc. and Professional Diversity Network, Inc., No. 18-cv-3591 (E.D.N.Y.), filed in June of 2018 and alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and certain provisions of the New York Labor Law. The Company disputes that it or its subsidiary violated the applicable laws or that either entity has any liability and intends to vigorously defend against these claims. The matter is in the final stages of discovery. The potential financial impact on the Company is inherently uncertain at this point.

 

The Company is a party to a proceeding captioned Jacqueline M. Jefferson v. Noble Voice, No. 440-2018-06979 (EEOC), filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on July 10, 2018 and alleging violations of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, where an employee alleges she was terminated by the Company due to her age on May 25, 2018. Ms. Jefferson’s termination was as a result of the sale of the Noble Voice business on May 25, 2018. The EEOC has closed its file on this charge and we await to see if any private action will be filed by June 1, 2019.

 

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ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

Smaller reporting companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.

 

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

 

During the first quarter of 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 203,963 shares of its common stock at a purchase price ranging from $1.42 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription.

 

Subsequent to March 31, 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 28,552 shares of its common stock at a purchase price ranging from $3.70 to $3.85 per share, representing 120% of the closing price the trading day immediately prior to the date of subscription.

 

As of the date of this quarterly report, the Company has received an aggregate gross proceeds of $479,931 under this private placement in 2019. All of the purchasers are citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

 

The issuance of the above shares of common stock is exempt from registration due to the exemption found in Regulation S promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

31.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d- 14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d- 14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
101. INS XBRL Instance Document
101. SCH XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101. CAL XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101. DEF XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101. LAB XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101. PRE XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

    PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, INC.
       
Date: May 20, 2019 By: /s/ Xin (Adam) He
    Name:   Xin (Adam) He
    Title:

Chief Financial Officer

(On behalf of the Registrant and as principal financial

officer and principal accounting officer)

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

31.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d- 14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.2 Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d- 14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.1 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
101. INS XBRL Instance Document
101. SCH XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101. CAL XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101. DEF XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101. LAB XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase Document
101. PRE XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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