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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2022

 

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

 

For the transition period from _____________ to _____________

 

Commission File Number: 000-28831

 

CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC.

 (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Florida 84-1047159
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

431 Fairway Drive, Suite 200, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(954) 252-3440
(Issuer’s Telephone Number)

  

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 past 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes No

 

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

  

Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer ☐
Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company
Emerging Growth company  

  

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

 

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

 

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
None N/A N/A

  

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

 

As of May 2, 2022, the Company had 48,893,031 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding. The Common Stock is quoted on the OTCQB Venture Market of the OTC Markets Group, Inc. under the trading symbol “CAPC.”

   

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

As used in this Form 10-Q Quarterly Report (Form 10-Q Report)) for the fiscal period ending March 31, 2022, “COVID-19” refers to Coronavirus/COVID-19 virus and all variants of that virus, a highly contagious novel virus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization or “WHO” on March 11, 2020. “COVID-19 pandemic” refers to “global pandemic” (as defined by WHO) by COVID-19. “Company,” “Capstone,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refers to Capstone Companies, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless context indicates just Capstone Companies, Inc.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant, adverse economic disruption in the United States, Thailand and China, especially the locality of the Thailand and Chinese original equipment manufacturers or “OEMs” of the products sold by the Company. The products sold by us are primarily sold by traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and the COVID-19 pandemic significantly, adversely impacted those retailers and our sale of traditional LED products. We developed a new product line for internet connected surfaces, smart mirrors, (“Connected Surface”) for residential use, however this new product line as a replacement core product line for the LED lighting products, has just recently shipped as of January, 2022. The marketing launch of the initial products of the Connected Surface program began in February 2021. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and financial performance has been significant and ongoing and, coupled with the delayed development of the Connected Surface product line, has placed a significant financial strain on the Company. Despite the ramped-up vaccination program in the United States and its beneficial impact on the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the “Delta” variant, the threat of new mutations or variants of the virus creates the specter of a vaccine-resistant strain and a future waive of economic disruption from a new wave of pandemic infections. The full impact of a mutant variant is not fully understood or understandable as of the date of the filing of this Form 10-Q Report, but the Delta variant appears to be highly contagious and virulent for unvaccinated persons and the significant percentage of people who are not fully vaccinated raises the specter of a new round of economic disruption in key markets for Connected Surface products and possible emergence of new variants that are not effectively combated by current vaccines. The emergence of a new variant that is not effectively combated by vaccines could cause a second global economic crisis and possibly ruinous impact of demand for the company-critical Connected Surface products.

 

Actual results may differ materially from those results implied in the forward-looking statement as a result of various factors, some factors being beyond the Company’s control or ability to foresee. Among the factors that could cause plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are, without limitation: disruption from natural or human causes, including severe weather, accidents, fires, earthquakes, terrorist acts, regional wars and epidemic or pandemic diseases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which pandemic could result and has resulted in delays or suspension of product production from Thailand and China or other regions, where our products are made, or otherwise dampen consumer demand for products like our products, which are a discretionary purchase. The information contained in the filed Form 10-K report, including the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition” and “Risk Factors” identifies other important factors that could cause such differences. When, in any forward-looking statement, the Company, or its management, expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, that expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and is believed to have a reasonable basis, but there can be no assurance that the stated expectation or belief will result or be achieved or accomplished. Further, the Company is a “penny stock” company with no primary market makers. Such a status makes highly risky any investment in the Company securities.

 

You should also read the filed Form 10-K report and the documents that we may reference in Form 10-K report and have been filed with the SEC on March 31, 2022, with the understanding that our actual future results, performance, and events and circumstances may be materially different from what we expect.

 

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

 Three Months Ended March 31, 2022

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  

PART 1 FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
     
Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) 4
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation 25
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 45
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 45
     
PART II Other Information 46
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 46
Item 1A. Risk Factors 46
Item 2. Unregistered Sale of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 49
Item 3. Defaults of Senior Securities 49
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 49
Item 5. Other Information 49
Item 6. Exhibits 49

 

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  (Unaudited)

 

         
    March 31,   December 31,
    2022   2021
Assets:     (Unaudited)          
Current Assets:                
Cash   $ 623,991     $ 1,277,492  
Accounts receivable, net     145,013       1,481  
Inventories     1,035,196       508,920  
Prepaid expenses     212,446       500,748  
Employee retention tax refundable     152,000        
Income tax refundable     53,718       284,873  
Total Current Assets     2,222,364       2,573,514  
                 
Property and equipment, net     70,517       76,928  
Operating lease- right of use asset, net     82,979       98,651  
Deposit     11,148       11,148  
Goodwill     1,312,482       1,312,482  
Total Assets   $ 3,699,490     $ 4,072,723  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 627,492     $ 538,551  
Operating lease- current portion     71,953       70,157  
Total Current Liabilities     699,445       608,708  
                 
Long-Term Liabilities:                
Operating lease- long-term portion     18,930       37,533  
Note payable related parties and accrued interest     1,042,915       1,030,340  
Deferred tax liabilities -long-term     273,954       273,954  
Total Long-Term Liabilities     1,335,799       1,341,827  
Total Liabilities     2,035,244       1,950,535  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies: ( Note 5 )                
                 
Stockholders’ Equity:                
Preferred Stock, Series A, par value $.001 per share, authorized 6,666,667 shares, issued and outstanding- 0- shares            
Preferred Stock, Series B-1, par value $.0001 per share, authorized 3,333,333 shares, issued and outstanding- 15,000 shares at March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021 (Liquidation Preference $15,000)     2       2  
Preferred Stock, Series C, par value $1.00 per share, authorized 67 shares, issued and outstanding -0- shares            
Common Stock, par value $.0001 per share, authorized 56,666,667 shares, issued and outstanding 48,893,031 shares at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021.     4,892       4,892  
Additional paid-in capital     8,557,682       8,554,320  
Accumulated deficit     (6,898,330 )     (6,437,026 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     1,664,246       2,122,188  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 3,699,490     $ 4,072,723  

 

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

  

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

                 
    For the Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
         
Revenues, net   $ 262,979     $ 438,423  
Cost of sales     (187,063 )     (309,776 )
 Gross Profit     75,916       128,647  
                 
Operating Expenses:                
 Sales and marketing     132,930       4,180  
 Compensation     196,553       352,079  
 Professional fees     156,462       127,224  
 Product development     51,560       26,892  
 Other general and administrative     140,073       103,122  
 Total Operating Expenses     677,578       613,497  
                 
Operating Loss     (601,662 )     (484,850 )
                 
Other income (Expense):                
Other Income     152,000        
Interest expense , net     (11,642 )     (14,136 )
Total Other Income (Expense), net     140,358       (14,136 )
                 
Loss Before Tax Benefit     (461,304 )     (498,986 )
                 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)            
                 
Net Loss   $ (461,304 )   $ (498,986 )
                 
Net Loss per Common Share                
Basic and Diluted   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.01 )
                 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding                
Basic and Diluted     48,893,031       46,296,364  

 

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

 

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2022, AND MARCH 31, 2021

(Unaudited)

 

                                                                                         
    Preferred Stock   Preferred Stock   Preferred Stock       Additional        
    Series A   Series B   Series C   Common Stock   Paid-In   Accumulated   Total
    Shares   Par Value   Shares   Par Value   Shares   Par Value   Shares   Par Value   Capital   Deficit   Equity
                                             
Balance at December 31, 2021         $       15,000     $ 2           $       48,893,031     $ 4,892     $ 8,554,320     $ (6,437,026 )   $ 2,122,188  
Stock options for compensation                                                     3,362             3,362  
Net Loss                                                           (461,304 )     (461,304 )
Balance at March 31, 2022         $       15,000     $ 2                   48,893,031     $ 4,892     $ 8,557,682     $ (6,898,330 )   $ 1,664,246  
                                                                                         
Balance at December 31, 2020         $           $           $       46,296,364     $ 4,630     $ 7,053,328     $ (4,473,397 )   $ 2,584,561  
Stock options for compensation                                                     4,200             4,200  
Stock issued to Directors for loan                 15,000       2                               48,994             48,996  
Net Loss                                                           (498,986 )     (498,986 )
Balance at March 31, 2021         $       15,000     $ 2           $       46,296,364     $ 4,630     $ 7,106,522     $ (4,972,383 )   $ 2,138,771  

  

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

 

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 (Unaudited)

 

                 
    For the Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2022   2021
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
                 
 Net Loss   $ (461,304 )   $ (498,986 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:                
 Depreciation and amortization     6,411       2,464  
 Stock based compensation expense     3,362       4,200  
 Noncash lease expense     15,672       14,554  
 Non-cash stock issued to Director’s for loan           24,498  
 Accrued interest added to note payable related parties     12,575        
 Increase in accounts receivable, net     (143,532 )     (47,038 )
 Increase in inventories     (526,276 )      
 Decrease in prepaid expenses     288,302       32,333  
 Increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities     88,941       145,676  
 Increase employee retention tax refundable     (152,000 )      
 Income tax refundable     231,155       575,645  
 Decrease in operating lease liabilities     (16,807 )     (15,148 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities     (653,501 )     238,198  
                 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash     (653,501 )     238,198  
Cash at Beginning of Period     1,277,492       1,223,770  
Cash at End of Period   $ 623,991     $ 1,461,968  
                 
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:                
Stocks issued to directors for loan fee   $     $ 24,498  
                 
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:                
Cash paid for interest   $     $  
Cash paid for income taxes   $     $  

 

 

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

  

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

  

NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

This summary of accounting policies for Capstone Companies, Inc. (“CAPC,” “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”), a Florida corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries is presented to assist in understanding the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The accounting policies conform to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) and have been consistently applied in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements.

 

Organization and Basis of Presentation

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this report are unaudited. In the opinion of management, the condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, which are of a normal recurring nature, necessary to present fairly the Company’s financial position as of March 31, 2022, and results of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021. All material intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated in consolidation. These condensed consolidated financial statements and notes are presented in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relating to interim financial statements and in conformity with U.S. GAAP. Certain information and note disclosures have been condensed or omitted in the condensed financial statements pursuant to SEC rules and regulations, although the Company believes that the disclosures made herein are adequate to make the information not misleading. The condensed unaudited consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (the “2021 Annual Report”) filed with the SEC on March 31, 2022.

 

The operating results for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected for any other interim period or the full fiscal year.

 

Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

 

The Company’s top priority has been to take appropriate actions to protect the health and safety of our employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have adjusted standard operating procedures within our business operations to ensure the continued safety of our employees and we continually monitor evolving health guidelines to ensure ongoing compliance and protection of our employees. These procedures include expanded and more frequent cleaning within facilities, implementation of appropriate social distancing programs, requiring use of certain personal protective equipment, screening protocols and work from home programs.

 

In response to COVID-19 pandemic and Centers for Disease Control (‘CDC”) guidelines, the Company has practiced the following actions since March 2020:

 

Followed the CDC guidelines for social distancing and safe practices.
Placed restrictions on business travel for our employees.
Modified our corporate and division office functions to allow employees to work remotely and attend the office on a rotating schedule.

 

As of the filing of this Form 10-Q Report, the Company continues to adhere to local government practices and mandates. With government mandated lockdowns in Thailand and parts of China resulting from the upsurge in various mutant variants, the Company restrictions on business travel remains in effect. While all the above-referenced steps are appropriate considering COVID-19 pandemic, they have impacted the Company’s ability to operate the business in its ordinary and traditional course. Our personnel is limited to management with a limited number of employees in Florida and we rely on contractors and consulting services in Thailand and Hong Kong for production, inventory and distribution of our products. As such, our COVID-19 pandemic measures do not remediate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on all operations affecting our business and financial condition.

 

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CAPSTONE COMPANIES INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Our business operations and financial performance for the period ended March 31, 2022, continued to be adversely impacted by COVID-19 pandemic, which, also contributed to the poor performance of our traditional LED product line in 2021 and the lack of revenues from the new Connected Surface products. In Thailand, mutant variants including Delta mutant of COVID-19 pandemic has recently surged which disrupted our overseas OEM’s and delayed some of the Smart Mirror certification testing in 2021. This resulted in shipment delays of the company critical Connected Surface Devices. The Company reported a net loss of approximately $461.3 thousand and $499.0, for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The Smart Mirror inventory started shipping to the U.S. in January 2022.

 

The overall economic indicators have continued to improve since 12-31-2021. With the national vaccination program in place, the consumer confidence index has improved slightly, the number of unemployed has continued to drop down by 431,000 with the unemployment rate now at 3.6%. Retail sales in March increased 0.5% higher than February. But the impact of inflation on consumer prices and their buying patterns will be a factor through 2022. It is projected that the inflation rate will average 7.9% through 2022.

 

Future economic indicators are trending positive, however, as our wholesale business revenue is dependent on customer orders issued many months in advance, the revenue shortfall during the period continued to be driven by the uncertainty felt by retail buyers as to the short and long-term impact on the retail market of COVID-19 and its overall long-term impact on the U.S. economy and in-store retail foot traffic. Management actively monitors the impact of the global pandemic on the Company’s financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce. Given the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergence of variants and uncertainty about future variants, and the global response to curb its spread, the Company is not able to estimate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its results of operations, financial condition, or liquidity for fiscal year 2022.

 

The Company has been building its infrastructure to transition into the online retail business by developing an e-commerce website and has invested in developing a social media presence over the last year and these systems are ready to launch and ship the Smart Mirror product. During the quarter ended March 31, 2022, the Company introduced the Smart Mirror on its Capstone Connected website. Prior to 2021, the Company’s wholesale business relied on brick-and-mortar retail for sale of its products to consumers and sought to piggyback off retailers’ e-commerce websites as well as dedicated online retailers like Amazon. As the Company focuses its effort on social media driven e-commerce, the Company’s online strategy is projected to deliver future growth and reduce reliance on big box retail. The gross margin is more favorable on the e-commerce business which translates to better returns on lower revenues. The Company does not have extensive experience in conducting its own e-commerce business and the Company’s e-commerce efforts may not produce results that compensate for any lack of robust sales from brick-and-mortar sales.

 

The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted our company at the same time as we were implementing a major shift in product line, from the mature LED products to new Connected Surfaces products, amplified the financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic by disrupting development and production of new Connected Surfaces products in Thailand and China. This delay in launching the new product line coupled with the decline in sales of the LED product line adversely, impacted the Company.

 

Management determined sufficient indicators existed to trigger the performance of an interim goodwill impairment analysis as of March 31, 2022. The analysis concluded that the Company’s fair value of its single reporting unit exceeded the carrying value and a goodwill impairment charge was not required in the quarter ended March 31, 2022, as the fair value of the reporting unit exceeded the carrying amount based on the Company’s market capitalization.

 

The extent to which COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact the Company’s results will depend primarily on future developments, including the severity and duration of the crisis, the acceptance and effectiveness of the national vaccine inoculation program, potential mutations of COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of future actions that will be taken to contain COVID-19 pandemic or treat its impact. These future developments are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, especially if mutations of the COVID-19 virus become widespread and prove resistant to vaccines. The Delta variant of COVID-19 recent resurgence in Thailand, has caused sporadic regional lockdowns and resulted in delays in finalizing certain Smart Mirror certifications, production of the initial Smart Mirror inventory and a major logistics backlog. The Company has placed and received orders from its manufacturing suppliers for the initial inventory rollout which will now support the 2022 sales program.

 

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic’s resurgence globally and in many states or emergence of new vaccine-resistant strains of the virus could have a continuing negative impact on the brick-and-mortar retail sector, with consumers’ unwilling to visit retail stores, causing reduced consumer foot traffic and consumer spending. However, with a successful relaunch of the Smart Mirror portfolio using the online retail platform, the Company will not be as dependent on brick-and-mortar and e-commerce sites of Big Box retailers for our revenue streams as in previous years.

 

Our business operations and financial performance for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was adversely impacted by the developments discussed above. For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company reported a decrease in net revenue from $438 thousand in 2021 to $263 thousand in 2022, a reduction of approximately $175 thousand or 40%. The net loss for the three months ended March 31,2022 and 2021 was approximately $461 thousand as compared to approximately $499 thousand in 2021. With these recurring losses, the cash generated from operations was negatively impacted and the Company utilized approximately $654 thousand of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 the Company used approximately $654 thousand of cash in 2022 and provided $238 thousand in 2021 With the net operating loss of $461.3 thousand in the current period, the Company also used $526.3 thousand in building inventories for the new Smart Mirror programs in order to generate future ecommerce revenue.

 

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had working capital of approximately $1.522 million, an accumulated deficit of approximately $6.9 million, a cash balance of $624 thousand and a related party long term note payable of $1.043 million and $699.4 thousand of current liabilities for accounts payable and accrued liabilities. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

On April 5, 2021, the Company entered into five separate securities purchase agreements (“SPAs”) whereby the Company privately placed an aggregate of 2,496,667 shares of Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price $1,498,000 (transactions being referred to as the “Private Placement”). The five investors in the Private Placement consisted of four private equity funds nd one individual – all being “accredited investors” (under Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“Securities Act”). The $1,498,000 in proceeds from the Private Placement was used mostly to purchase start up a inventory for the Company’s new Smart Mirror product line, and the remainder for advertising and working capital.

 

The Company has been in discussions with alternate funding sources that offer programs that are more in line with the Company’s future business model, particularly a facility that provides funding options that are more suitable for the e-commerce business. The borrowing costs associated with such financing are dependent upon market conditions and our credit rating. We cannot assure that we will be able to negotiate competitive rates, which could increase our cost of borrowing in the future. On July 2, 2021, the Board of Directors (“Board”) resolved that the Company required a purchase order funding facility to procure additional inventory to support the online Smart Mirror business. The Board resolved that certain Directors could negotiate the terms of a Purchase Order Funding Agreement for up to $1,020,000 with Directors S. Wallach, J. Postal and E. Fleisig, a natural person. This agreement was finalized, and the Company received the $1,020,000 funding under this agreement on October 18, 2021.

 

Management is closely monitoring its operations, liquidity, and capital resources and is actively working to minimize the current and future impact of this unprecedented situation.

 

Based on past performances and current expectations, Management believes that with the recent $1,393,000 equity investment and the $1,020,000 purchase order funding facility and now with the recently negotiated $600 thousand working capital line (See Note 7) ,provides adequate liquidity to meet the Company’s cash needs for our daily operations, capital expenditures and procurement of the Smart Mirror inventory for the short-term. However, we will need to continue seeking additional funding through either debt or equity to continue meeting our financial obligations which consist approximately of $700 thousand of accounts payable and accrued expenses as well as a $1,043,000 note payable with related parties and accrued interest that becomes due in April 2023 until we are able to generate sufficient cash flows from the sale of the Smart Mirror inventory.

  

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Nature of Business

  

Capstone Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

 

Since the beginning of fiscal year 2007, the Company through CAPI has been primarily engaged in the business of developing, marketing, and selling home LED products (“Lighting Products”) through national and regional retailers in North America and in certain overseas markets. The Company’s products are targeted for applications such as home indoor and outdoor lighting and have different functionalities to meet consumer’s needs. The development of the smart interactive mirror or “Smart Mirrors” is part of the Company’s strategic effort to find new product lines to replace or supplement existing products that are nearing or at the end of their product life cycle. These products are offered under the Capstone brand. The Smart Mirror launch was announced in February 2021, but because of operational delays and regional lockdowns resulting from the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Thailand, the product started to ship the first quarter 2022.

 

The Company’s products are typically manufactured in Thailand and China by contract manufacturing companies. The Company’s future product development effort is focused on the Smart Mirrors category because the Company believes, based on Company’s management understanding of the industry, the Smart Mirrors have the potential for greater profit margin than the Company’s historical LED consumer products. Technological developments and changes in consumer tastes could alter the perceived potential and future viability of Smart Mirrors as a primary product. Aggressive marketing and pricing by larger competitors in the smart mirror market could also adversely impact the Company’s efforts to establish Smart Mirrors as its core product line. The Company may change its product development strategies and plans as economic conditions and consumer tastes change, which condition and changes may be unforeseeable by the Company or may be beyond the ability of the Company to timely or at all adjust its strategic and product development plans.

 

The Company’s operations consist of one reportable segment for financial reporting purposes: Lighting Products.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

For wholesale product revenue, the Company invoices its customers at the time of shipment for the sales value of the product shipped. Accounts receivables are recognized at the amount expected to be collected and are not subject to any interest or finance charges. The Company does not have any off-balance sheet credit exposure related to any of its customers. Previously in the factoring agreement with Sterling National Bank, accounts receivable served as collateral when the Company borrowed against its credit facilities. With the termination of the factoring agreement, the accounts receivables are unencumbered.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, accounts receivable had not been collateralized against debt.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

The Company evaluates the collectability of accounts receivable based on a combination of factors. In cases where the Company becomes aware of circumstances that may impair a specific customer’s ability to meet its financial obligations subsequent to the original sale, the Company will recognize an allowance against amounts due, and thereby reduce the net recognized receivable to the amount the Company reasonably believes will be collected. For all other customers, the Company recognizes an allowance for doubtful accounts based on the length of time the receivables are past due and consideration of other factors such as industry conditions, the current business environment and the Company’s historical payment experience. An allowance for doubtful accounts is established as losses are estimated to have occurred through a provision for bad debts charged to earnings. This evaluation is inherently subjective and requires estimates that are susceptible to significant revisions as more information becomes available.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, management determined that accounts receivable is fully collectible. As such, management has not recorded an allowance for doubtful accounts.

 

  

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Inventories

 

The Company’s inventory, which consists of finished Thin Cast Smart Mirror products for resale to consumers by Capstone, is recorded at the lower of landed cost (first-in, first-out) or net realizable value. The Company writes down its inventory balances for estimates of excess and obsolete amounts. The Company reduces inventory on hand to its net realizable value on an item-by-item basis when the expected realizable value of a specific inventory item falls below its original cost. Management regularly reviews the Company’s investment in inventories for such declines in value. The write-downs are recognized as a component of cost of sales. As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, respectively, the inventory was valued at $1,035,196 and $508,920, respectively. The $526,276 inventory increase is the result of the buildup of Connected Surfaces inventory to support the online sales program.

 

Prepaid Expenses

 

The Company’s prepaid expenses consist primarily of deposits on inventory purchases for future orders as well as prepaid insurance, trade show and subscription expense. As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, prepaid expenses were $212,446 and $500,748, respectively. The $288,302 decrease in this period’s prepaid balance resulted from an increase in Connected Surfaces inventory.

 

Goodwill

 

On September 13, 2006, the Company entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Capstone Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation (“Capstone”). Capstone was incorporated in Florida on May 15, 1996 and is engaged primarily in the business of wholesaling technology inspired consumer products to distributors and retailers in the United States.

 

Under the Stock Purchase Agreement, the Company acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Capstone’s common stock, and recorded goodwill of $1,936,020. Goodwill acquired in business combinations is initially computed as the amount paid by the acquiring company in excess of the fair value of the net assets acquired.

 

Goodwill is tested for impairment on December 31 of each year or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. If the carrying amount exceeds its fair value, an impairment loss is recognized. Goodwill is not amortized. The Company estimates the fair value of its single reporting unit relative to the Company’s market capitalization.

 

As a result of the economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and decline in revenue during the quarter ended March 31, 2022, management determined sufficient indicators existed to trigger the performance of interim goodwill impairment analysis for the period ended March 31, 2022. The analysis concluded that the Company’s fair value exceeded the carrying value of its single reporting unit and a goodwill impairment charge was not required.

 

The Company estimates the fair value of its single reporting unit relative to the Company’s market capitalization which utilizes level 1 inputs

 

Fair Value Measurement

 

The accounting guidance under Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”), “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (ASC 820-10) requires the Company to make disclosures about the fair value of certain of its assets and liabilities. ASC 820-10 clarifies the principle that fair value should be based on the assumptions market participants would use when pricing an asset or liability and establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the information

 

used to develop those assumptions. ASC 820-10 utilizes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels. The three levels of the hierarchy are as follows:

 

Level 1: Observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2: Inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3: Significant unobservable inputs.

   

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Earnings Per Common Share

 

Basic earnings per common share is computed by dividing net income(loss) by the weighted average number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of March 31, 2022, and 2021. Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other contracts to issue Common Stock were exercised or converted into common stock. For calculation of the diluted earnings per share, the basic weighted average number of shares is increased by the dilutive effect of stock options and warrants using the treasury stock method. In periods where losses are reported, the weighted average number of common shares outstanding excludes common stock equivalents because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the total number of potentially dilutive common stock equivalents excluded from the diluted earnings per share calculation was 2,079,633 which was comprised of 880,000 stock options, 199,733 warrants and 15,000 of Preferred B-1 stock convertible into 999,900 of common stock, as compared to 990,000 stock options for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company generates wholesale revenue from developing, marketing, and selling consumer lighting products through national and regional retailers. The Company’s products are targeted for applications such as home indoor and outdoor lighting and have different functionalities. Capstone currently operates in the consumer lighting products category in the United States and in certain overseas markets. These products may be offered either under the Capstone brand or licensed brands.

 

A sales contract occurs when the customer-retailer submits a purchase order to buy a specific product, a specific quantity, at an agreed-fixed price, within a ship window, from a specific location and on agreed payment terms.

 

The selling price in all of our customers’ orders has been previously negotiated and agreed to including any applicable discount prior to receiving the customer’s purchase order. The stated unit price in the customer’s order has already been determined and is fixed at the time of invoicing.

 

The Company recognizes product revenue when the Company’s performance obligations as per the terms in the customers purchase order have been fully satisfied, specifically, when the specified product and quantity ordered has been manufactured and shipped pursuant to the customers requested ship window, when the sales price as detailed in the purchase order is fixed, when the product title and risk of loss for that order has passed to the customer, and collection of the invoice is reasonably assured. This means that the product ordered and to be shipped has gone through quality assurance inspection, customs and commercial documentation preparation, the goods have been delivered, title transferred to the customer and confirmed by a signed cargo receipt or bill of lading. Only at the time of shipment when all performance obligations have been satisfied will the judgement be made to invoice the customer and complete the sales contract.

 

As the Company launches the Smart Mirror program ,these orders will be sold through e-commerce. The Company will only bill the customer and recognize revenue upon the customer obtaining control of the Smart Mirror which will generally occur upon delivery.

 

The Company may enter into a licensing agreement with globally recognized companies, that allows the Company to market products under a licensed brand to retailers for a designated period of time, and whereby the Company will pay a royalty fee, typically a percentage of licensed product revenue to the licensor in order to market the licensed product. The Company expenses license royalty fees and sales commissions when incurred and these expenses are recognized during the period the related sale is recorded. These costs are recorded within sales and marketing expense.

 

The following table presents net revenue by geographic location which is recognized at a point in time:

 

                               
    For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022   For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
    Revenues   % of Revenue   Revenues   % of Revenue
Lighting Products- U.S.   $ 202,259       77 %   $ 141,900       32 %
Lighting Products- International     44,640       17 %     296,523       68 %
Smart Mirror Products- U.S.     16,080       6 %            
Total Net Revenue     262,979       100 %     438,423       100 %

  

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 NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

We provide our customers with limited rights of return for non-conforming product warranty claims. As a policy, the Company does not accept product returns from customers, however occasionally as part of a customers in store test for new product, we may receive back residual inventory.

 

Customer wholesale orders received are not long-term orders and are typically shipped within six months of the order receipt, but certainly within a one-year period. Our payment terms may vary by the type of customer, the customer’s credit standing, the location where the product will be picked up from and for international customers, which country their corporate office is located. The term between invoicing date and when payment is due may vary between 30 days and 90 days depending on the customer type. In order to ensure there are no payment issues, overseas customers or new customers may be required to provide a deposit or full payment before the order is delivered to the customer.

 

The Company selectively supports retailer’s initiatives to maximize sales of the Company’s products on the retail floor or to assist in developing consumer awareness of new products launches, by providing marketing fund allowances to the customer. The Company recognizes these incentives at the time they are offered to the customers and records a credit to their account with an offsetting charge as either a reduction to revenue, increase to cost of sales, or marketing expenses depending on the type of sales incentives. Sales reductions for anticipated discounts, allowances and other deductions are recognized during the period when the related revenue is recorded. The reduction of accrued allowances is included in net revenues and amounted to $1.0 thousand and approximately $7.5 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

 

Warranties

 

The Company provides the end user with limited rights of return as a consumer assurance warranty on all products sold, stipulating that the product will function properly for the warranty period. The warranty period for all products is one year from the date of consumer purchase.

 

Certain retail customers may receive an off invoice-based discount such as a defective/warranty allowance, that will automatically reduce the unit selling price at the time the order is invoiced. This allowance will be used by the retail customer to defray the cost of any returned units from consumers and therefore negate the need to ship defective units back to the Company. Such allowances are charged to cost of sales at the time the order is invoiced.

 

For those customers that do not receive a discount off-invoice, the Company recognizes a charge to cost of sales for anticipated non-conforming returns based upon an analysis of historical product warranty claims and other relevant data. We evaluate our warranty reserves based on various factors including historical warranty claims assumptions about frequency of warranty claims, and assumptions about the frequency of product failures derived from our reliability estimates. Actual product failure rates that materially differ from our estimates could have a significant impact on our operating results. Product warranty reserves are reviewed each quarter and recognized at the time we recognize revenue.

 

For the new online Smart Mirror customers the product has a One Year Limited Warranty. The purchaser must register the product within 30 days from date of purchase with specific product information to activate the warranty. Capstone warrants the product to be free from defects in workmanship and materials for the warranty period. If the product fails during normal and proper use within the warranty period, Capstone at its discretion, will repair or replace the defective parts of the product, or the product itself.

 

Advertising and Promotion

 

Advertising and promotion costs, including advertising, public relations, and trade show expenses, are expensed as incurred and included in sales and marketing expenses. Advertising and promotion expense was $121,375 and $4,010 for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The $117,365 increase over last year was mainly the result of the Company’s attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2022 which was cancelled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

Product Development

 

Our research and development consultants located in Hong Kong working with our designated contractor factories, are responsible for the design, development, testing, and certification of new product releases. Our engineering efforts support product development across all products, as well as product testing for specific overseas markets. All research and development costs are charged to results of operations as incurred. With the reduction of revenue resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and combined with the transfer of manufacturing to Thailand, the CIHK operation was closed down in March 2022 and will remain in a dormant status. Two key management were retained as consultants to support product development and sales operations.

 

Product development expenses were $51,560 and $26,892, for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

 

Shipping and Handling

 

The Company’s shipping and handling costs are included in sales and marketing expenses and are recognized as an expense during the period in which they are incurred and amounted to $7,185 and $170 for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

 

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

 

The following table summarizes the components of accounts payable and accrued liabilities as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 , respectively.

  

       
    March 31,   December 31,
    2022   2021
Accounts payable   $ 393,199     $ 126,281  
Accrued warranty reserve     46,322       46,322  
Accrued compensation and deferred wages, marketing allowances, customer deposits.     187,971       365,948  
Total   $ 627,492     $ 538,551  

  

Income Taxes

 

The Company is subject to income taxes in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, various state jurisdictions and certain other jurisdictions.

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under the provisions of ASC 740 Income Taxes. ASC 740 requires recognition of deferred income tax assets and liabilities for the expected future income tax consequences, based on enacted tax laws, of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities. The Company and its U.S. subsidiaries file consolidated income tax returns. The Company recognizes the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not the tax position will be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities, based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements from such positions are then measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon settlement. Tax regulations within each jurisdiction are subject to the interpretation of the relaxed tax laws and regulations and require significant judgement to apply. The Company is not subject to U.S. federal, state and local tax examinations by tax authorities generally for a period of 3 years from the later of each return due date or date filed.

 

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was enacted into law. The CARES Act is a tax and spending package intended to provide economic relief to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes several significant income and other business tax provisions that, among other things, would eliminate the taxable income limit for certain net operating losses (“NOLs”) and allow businesses to carry back NOLs arising in 2018, 2019, and 2020 to the five prior tax years.

 

If the Company were to subsequently record an unrecognized tax benefit, associated penalties and tax related interest expense would be recorded as a component of income tax expense.

  

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Stock Based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation under the provisions of ASC 718 Compensation- Stock Compensation, which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees and directors, including employee stock options, based on estimated fair values. ASC 718 requires companies to estimate the fair value of share-based payment awards on the date of the grant using an option-pricing model. The value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expenses over the requisite service periods in the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations. Stock-based compensation expense recognized during the period is based on the value of the portion of share-based payment awards that is ultimately expected to vest during the period. In conjunction with the adoption of ASC 718, the Company adopted the straight-line single option method of attributing the value of stock-based compensation expense. The Company accounts for forfeitures as they occur.

 

Stock-based compensation expense recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021 was $3,362 and $4,200, respectively.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. The Company evaluates its estimates on an ongoing basis, including those related to revenue recognition, periodic impairment tests, product warranty obligations, valuation of inventories, tax related contingencies, valuation of stock-based compensation, other contingencies and litigation, among others. The Company generally bases its estimates on historical experience, agreed obligations, and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Historically, past changes to these estimates have not had a material impact on the Company’s financial statements. However, circumstances could change, and actual results could differ materially from those estimates.

 

Recent Accounting Standards

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses.” This ASU sets forth a current expected credit loss model which requires the Company to measure all expected credit losses for financial instruments held at the reporting date based on historical experience, current conditions, and reasonable supportable forecasts. This replaces the existing incurred loss model and is applicable to the measurement of credit losses on financial assets measured at amortized cost and applies to some off-balance sheet credit exposures. In November 2019, the effective date of this ASU was deferred until fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The Company is in the process of determining the potential impact of adopting this guidance on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740)”. The amendments in ASU 2019-12 seek to simplify the accounting for income taxes by removing certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740. The amendments also improve consistent application and simplify GAAP in other areas of Topic 740. ASU 2019-12 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2019-12 may have on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

 Adoption of New Accounting Standards

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-13, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework – “Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement.” This new guidance removes certain disclosure requirements related to the fair value hierarchy, modifies existing disclosure requirements related to measurement uncertainty and adds new disclosure requirements. The new disclosure requirements include disclosing the changes in unrealized gains and losses for the period included in other comprehensive income for recurring Level 3 fair value measurements held at the end of the reporting period and the range and weighted average of significant unobservable inputs used to develop Level 3 fair value measurements.

 

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NOTE 1 - ORGANIZATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

 

ASU 2018-13 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. The adoption of ASU 2018-03 did not have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

The Company continually assesses any new accounting pronouncements to determine their applicability to the Company. Where it is determined that a new accounting pronouncement affects the Company’s consolidated financial reporting, the Company undertakes a study to determine the consequence of the change to its financial statements and assures that there are proper controls in place to ascertain that the Company’s consolidated financial statements properly reflect the change.

 

NOTE 2 - CONCENTRATIONS OF CREDIT RISK AND ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to credit risk consist principally of cash and accounts receivable. The Company has no significant off-balance-sheet concentrations of credit risk such as foreign exchange contracts, options contracts or other foreign hedging arrangements.

 

Cash

 

The Company at times has cash with its financial institution in excess of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FIDC”) insurance limits. The Company places its cash with high credit quality financial institutions which minimize the risk of loss. To date, the Company has not experienced any such losses. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $0 and $471.5 thousand , respectively, in excess of FIDC insurance limits.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

The Company grants credit to its customers, substantially all of whom are retail establishments located throughout the United States and their international locations. The Company typically does not require collateral from customers. Credit risk is limited due to the financial strength of the customers comprising the Company’s customer base and their dispersion across different geographical regions. The Company monitors exposure of credit losses and maintains allowances for anticipated losses considered necessary under the circumstances. As the Company’s ecommerce revenue starts to increase the makeup of the accounts receivable change significantly. Stripe is the company that processes online payments for our website, we should receive payment from them within 3 days of the product shipment. If the product is shipped through Amazon it could take between 20 and 30 days for collection.

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to credit risk consist principally of cash and accounts receivable. The Company has no significant off-balance-sheet concentrations of credit risk such as foreign exchange

 

contracts, options contracts or other foreign hedging arrangements.

 

Major Customers

 

The Company had two customers who comprised 77% and 17%, respectively, of net revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2022, and two customers who comprised 47% and 32%, respectively, of net revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The loss of these customers would adversely impact the business of the Company. March 31, 2022, and 2021, approximately 17% and 68%, respectively, of the Company’s net revenue resulted from international sales.

 

As of March 31, 2022, approximately $145 thousand or 100% of accounts receivable was from two customers. As of December 31, 2021, approximately $1 thousand or 100% of accounts receivable was from two customers.

 

 As the Company increases its ecommerce business, rather than having hundreds of individual consumer customers we will have those companies that we have selected to process our orders such as Stripe, Amazon or Wayfair.

 

Major Vendors

 

The Company had two vendors from which it purchased 72% and 23%, respectively, of merchandise during the three months ended March 31, 2022, and two vendors from which it purchased 47% and 31% of merchandise during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The loss of these suppliers could adversely impact the business of the Company.

 

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 NOTE 2 - CONCENTRATIONS OF CREDIT RISK AND ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE (Continued)

 

As of March 31, 2022, approximately $176 thousand or 45% of accounts payable was due to two vendors. As of December 31, 2021, approximately $92 thousand or 73% of accounts payable was due to one vendor.

 

NOTE 3 – NOTES PAYABLE

 

The Company has been in discussions with alternate sources of funding, that could provide funding options that are more suitable to the e-commerce business model that the Company is transitioning into. The borrowing costs associated with such financing, are dependent upon market conditions and our credit rating. We cannot assure that we will be able to negotiate competitive rates, which could increase our cost of borrowing in the future or that we will secure affordable funding. See Note 4 - Note Payable with Related Parties.

 

NOTE 4 – NOTES AND LOANS PAYABLE TO RELATED PARTIES

  

On January 4, 2021, the Company entered a $750,000 working capital loan agreement with Directors, Stewart Wallach and Jeffrey Postal. The short-term facility ended June 30, 2021.

 

In consideration for the Lenders providing the loan under this Agreement and agreeing to a below market rate of interest, and as payment of a finance fee for the loan on an unsecured basis, the Company issued to the Lenders the following securities 7,500 shares of the Company’s Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Stock (“Preferred Shares”) issued to each Lender. The Preferred Shares shall have the appropriate restrictive legends. Each Preferred Share converts into 66.66 shares of Common Stock at option of Lender . The Preferred Shares and any shares of Common Stock issued under the loan agreement are “restricted” securities under Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Preferred Shares have no further rights, preferences, or privileges. The fair value of the Preferred Shares was determined to be $48,996 based on the number of shares of Common Stock to be issued upon conversion and the market price of the Common Stock on the date the working capital loan agreement was executed. The Company amortized the $48,996 Finance Fee into interest expense over the six months of the agreement. The Finance Fee was recognized as expense and included in interest expense on the consolidated statements of operations.

 

On July 2, 2021, the Board of Directors (“Board”) resolved that the Company required a purchase order funding facility to procure additional inventory to support the online Smart Mirror business. The Board resolved that certain Directors could negotiate the terms of a Purchase Order Funding Agreement for up to $1,020,000 with Directors S. Wallach and J. Postal and E. Fleisig, a natural person who is not affiliated with the Company. This agreement was finalized on October 18, 2021, and the Company received the funding of $1,020,000 on October 18, 2021 which is due 18 months from receipt of the funds. Under this agreement the interest terms are 5% based on a 365- day year. This agreement shall continue in full force for 18 months from the start date. On March 31, 2022, the note payable of $1,042,915 includes accrued interest of $22,915.

 

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NOTE 5– COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company had operating lease agreements for offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida expiring at June 2023. The Company’s principal executive office is located at 431 Fairway Drive, Suite 200, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441.

 

Effective November 1, 2019, the Company entered a new prime operating lease with the landlord “431 Fairway Associates, LLC” ending June 30, 2023, for the Company’s executive offices located on the second floor of 431 Fairway Drive, Suite 200, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441 with an annualized base rent of $70,104 and with a base rental adjustment of 3% commencing July 1, 2020 and on July 1st of each subsequent year during the term. Under the lease agreement, Capstone is also responsible for approximately 4,694 square feet of common area maintenance charges ,respectively in the leased premises which has been estimated at $12.00 per square foot or approximately $56,000 on an annualized basis.

 

The Company’s rent expense is recorded on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. The rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021 amounted to $38,898 and $35,600,including the common area maintenance charges. At the commencement date of the new office lease, the Company recorded a right-of-use asset and lease liability under ASU 2016-02, Topic 842.

  

       
Supplemental balance sheet information related to leases as of March 31, 2022 is as follows:
Assets    
Operating lease - right-of-use asset   $ 231,077  
Accumulated amortization   $ (148,098
Operating lease - right - of -use asset , net   $ 82,979  
Liabilities        
Current        
Current portion of operating lease   $ 71,953  
         
Noncurrent        
Operating lease liability, net of current portion   $ 18,930  
         
Supplemental statement of operations information related to leases for the period ended March 31, 2022, is as follows:        
Operating lease expense as a component of other general and administrative expenses   $ 16,807  
         
Supplemental cash flow information related to leases for the period ended March 31, 2022, is as follows:        
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities: Operating cash flow paid for operating lease   $ 18,594  
         
Lease term and Discount Rate        
Weighted average remaining lease term (months)        
Operating lease     15  
         
Weighted average Discount Rate        
Operating lease     7 %

  

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NOTE 5 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Continued)

 

Scheduled maturities of operating lease liabilities outstanding as of March 31, 2022 are as follows:

 

   
Year   Operating
Lease
2022     $ 56,898  
2023       38,304  
Total Minimum Future Payments       95,202  
Less: Imputed Interest       4,319  
Present Value of Lease Liabilities     $ 90,883  

 

Consulting Agreements

 

On July 1, 2015, the Company entered into a consulting agreement with George Wolf, whereby Mr. Wolf was paid $10,500 per month through December 31, 2015 increasing to $12,500 per month from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

 

On January 1, 2018, the agreement was further amended, whereby Mr. Wolf was paid $13,750 per month from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 and was further amended at various periods to be paid at the same rate through December 31, 2021.

 

On January 1, 2022, the sales operations consulting agreement with George Wolf, was further extended, whereby Mr. Wolf will be paid $13,750 per month from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

 

Effective September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, payment for fifty percent or $6,875 of the monthly consulting fee or approximately $48,125 for the effective period, was deferred until 2022. As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, the amount due to Mr. Wolf for deferred consulting fees was $48,125 and $48,125, respectively, which is included in accounts payable and accrued expenses on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Effective April 1, 2021, the sales operations consulting fee with Mr. Wolf was restored to the contract amount of $13,750 per month.

 

The consulting agreement can be terminated upon 30 days’ notice by either party. The Company may, in its sole discretion at any time convert Mr. Wolf to a full-time Executive status. The annual salary and term of employment would be equal to that outlined in the consulting agreement.

 

Employment Agreements

 

On February 5, 2020, the Company entered into a new Employment Agreement with Stewart Wallach, whereby Mr. Wallach will be paid $301,521 per annum. The initial term of this new agreement began February 5, 2020 and ends February 5, 2023. The parties may extend the employment period of this agreement by mutual consent with approval of the Company’s Board of Directors, but the extension may not exceed two years in length.

 

On February 5, 2020, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement with James McClinton, whereby Mr. McClinton was paid $191,442 per annum. The term of agreement began February 5, 2020 and ended February 5, 2022.

 

Effective September 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021, payments equivalent to fifty percent of both Mr. Wallach and Mr. McClinton’s salary were deferred to be repaid in the future. As of December 31, 2021, $86,977 and $20,616 respectively, have been deferred until later in 2022. As of March 31, 2022, total wages deferred for Mr. Wallach were approximately $86,977 and $0 for Mr. McClinton.

 

On February 6, 2022, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement with James McClinton (Chief Financial Officer and Director), whereby Mr. McClinton will be paid $736.41 per day. The term of this new agreement began February 6, 2022 and ends August 30, 2022.

  

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NOTE 5 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Continued)

 

There is a provision in Mr. Wallach’s employment agreement, if the officer’s employment is terminated by death or disability or without cause, the Company is obligated to pay to the officer’s estate or the officer, an amount equal to accrued and unpaid base salary as well as all accrued but unused vacation days through the date of termination. The Company will also pay sum payments equal to the sum of twelve (12) months base salary at the rate the Executive was earning as of the date of termination and (b) the sum of “merit” based bonuses earned by the Executive during the prior calendar year of his termination. Any payments owed by the Company shall be paid from a normal payroll account on a bi-weekly basis in accordance with the normal payroll policies of the Company. The amount owed by the Company to the Executive, from the effective Termination date, will be payout bi-weekly over the course of the year but at no time will be no more than twenty (26) installments. The Company will also continue to pay the Executive’s health and dental insurance benefits for 6 months starting at the Executives date of termination. If the Executive had family health coverage at the time of termination, the additional family premium obligation would remain theirs and will be reduced against the Executive’s severance package. The employment agreements have an anti-competition provision for 18 months after the end of employment.  

 

On March 4, 2022,with the pending closure of the CIHK operation, the Company entered a consulting agreement with Fayyyaz Fakhruddin Bootwala (Frank),who previously was a direct employee as the Business Development and Product Manager. Frank will continue to perform similar duties but as an independent contractor. The agreement will end February 28, 2023, which term maybe extended by mutual agreement between the consultant and Company on an agreed upon schedule with prior written notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing , the Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time after the initial 60 day term, upon 30 days prior written notice. The consulting fee in consideration for these services will be $6,119.00 USD paid in arrears monthly on receipt of invoice.

 

On March 4, 2022, with the pending closure of the CIHK operation, the Company entered a consulting agreement with Yee Moi Choi (Johnny),who previously was a direct employee as the Logistics Manager. Johnny will continue to perform similar duties but as an independent contractor. The agreement will end February 28, 2023, which term maybe extended by mutual agreement between the consultant and Company on an agreed upon schedule with prior written notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing , the Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time after the initial 60 day term, upon 30 days prior written notice. The consulting fee in consideration for these services will be $4,127.00 USD paid in arrears monthly on receipt of invoice.

 

Director Appointment

 

George Wolf was appointed as a director on January 13, 2022 and waived any compensation as a director for 2022.

 

Directors Compensation

 

On May 31, 2019, the Company approved that effective on June 1, 2019, each independent director, namely Jeffrey Guzy and Jeffrey Postal, would each receive $750 per calendar month, as a Form 1099 compensation, for their continued services as directors of the Company. This compensation would be in addition to the stock option grants awarded for their participation on the Audit Committee and Compensation and Nominating Committee.

 

On May 31, 2019, the Company also approved that the independent directors would be offered effective from June 1, 2019, the opportunity to participate as a non-employee in the Company’s Health Benefit Plan, subject to compliance with all plan participation requirements and on acceptance into the plan the director will be responsible to pay 100% of their plan’s participation cost.

 

On June 10, 2020, the Company approved that effective on August 1, 2020, until August 1, 2021, each independent director, namely Jeffrey Guzy and Jeffrey Postal, would each receive $750 per calendar month, as a Form 1099 compensation, for their continued services as directors of the Company. This compensation would be in addition to the stock option grants awarded for their participation on the Audit Committee and Compensation and Nominating Committee.

  

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NOTE 5 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Continued)

 

On May 6, 2021, the Company approved the following basic compensation arrangement for independent directors of the Company, effective August 6, 2021 and ending August 5, 2022: A total compensation value of $15,000 per annum, payable $750 monthly cash, compensation or $9,000 or (60% of total value) and remainder $6,000 payable in non-qualified stock options vesting as of August 6, 2022 and with an exercise price equal to market price of common stock as of August 6, 2021, less 20% (discount). See Note 6 – Stock Transactions for further disclosures.

 

NOTE 6 - STOCK TRANSACTIONS

 

Stock Purchase Agreements

 

On April 5, 2021, the Company entered into a Private Equity Placement with five separate securities purchase agreements (“SPAs”) whereby the Company privately placed an aggregate of 2,496,667 shares (“Shares”) of its common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, (“common stock”) for an aggregate purchase price $1,498,000. The five unrelated investors in the Private Placement consisted of four private equity funds and one individual – all being “accredited investors” (under Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“Securities Act”). The $1,498,000 in proceeds from the Private Placement was used mostly to purchase start up inventory for the Company’s new Smart Mirror product line, and the remainder for advertising and working capital. Under the SPA, each investor is granted five-year piggyback, ‘best efforts’ registration rights with no penalties. The Shares are ‘restricted securities” under Rule 144 of the Securities Act and are subject to a minimum six month hold period. Based on representations made to the Company, the five investors do not constitute a “group” under 17 C.F.R. 240.13d-3 and have purchased the Shares solely as an investment for each investor’s own account. No individual investor owns more than 2% of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock.

 

The Private Placement was required to raise needed working capital to purchase U.S. domestic inventory, to support the Company’s new Smart Mirror product line that initially was to be sold online in the second quarter 2021. The Company engaged Wilmington Capital Securities, LLC, a FINRA and SEC registered broker to act as a placement agent to assist to raise capital through a private placement from one or more accredited investors. As compensation for their services Wilmington was paid 7% of the gross proceeds or $104,860 as a placement fee. The placement fee was offset against the $1,498,000 gross proceeds and the net amount of $1,393,140. This increased the Company’s additional paid in capital as presented on the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of stockholders’ equity statement as of March 31, 2022. In addition, the Company issued to Wilmington as consideration for their placement fee services, warrants equal to 8% of the shares issued or 199,733 warrants.

 

The warrants can be exercised for five years from date of issuance, exercisable at a price per share equal to 110% or $0.66 of the price per share paid by the investors.

 

 Warrants

 

On April 28, 2021, Company issued common stock warrants to purchase 199,733 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.66 and exercisable for five years from the issuance date. The warrants were issued to Wilmington Capital Securities, LLC, a FINRA and SEC registered broker under a financial services and placement agreement with a broker-dealer in connection with the Company’s placement of $1.4 million of restricted shares of common stock to five investors on April 5, 2021. The issuance of these warrants were made an exemption from registration under Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 506(b) of Regulation D under the Securities Act. The estimated fair value of these warrants since issued as issuance costs, had no impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2022.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company had 199,733 and 0 warrants outstanding, respectively.

 

Series “B-1” Preferred Stock

 

In 2009, the Company authorized 2,108,313 shares of Series B-1 preferred stock (“B-1”). The B-1 preferred stock are convertible into common shares, at a rate of 66.66 of common stock for each share of B-1 convertible preferred stock. The par value of the B-1 preferred shares is $0.0001. The B-1 shares shall not be entitled to any dividends and have no voting rights. In the event of a liquidation, the B-1 holders are entitled to distribution prior to common stockholders but not before any other preferred stockholders.

  

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NOTE 6 - STOCK TRANSACTIONS (continued)

 

On June 7, 2016, the Company authorized 3,333,333 of the B-1 preferred stock. The B-1 shares have a liquidation preference of $1.0 per share or $15,000 as of September 30, 2021.

 

On January 4, 2021, the Company entered a $750,000 working capital loan agreement with Directors, Stewart Wallach and Jeffrey Postal (“Lenders”). In consideration for the Lenders allowing for loan advances under the loan agreement, a below market rate of interest and the loan made on an unsecured basis, as payment of a finance fee for the loan, the Company issued a total of seven thousand five hundred shares of Company’s Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value per share, (“Preferred Shares”) to each of the Lenders. Each preferred share converts into 66.66 shares of common stock at option of Lender. The Preferred Shares and any shares of common stock issued under the loan agreement are “restricted” securities under Rule 144 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (See Note 4).

 

Options

 

In 2005, the Company authorized the 2005 Equity Plan that made available shares of common stock for issuance through awards of options, restricted stock, stock bonuses, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock units.

 

On May 2, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors amended the Company’s 2005 Equity Incentive Plan to extend the Plan’s expiration date from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2021.

 

On May 31, 2019, the Company granted 100,000 stock options each to two directors of the Company for their participation as members of the Audit Committee and Nominating and Compensation Committee, and 10,000 stock options to the Company Secretary. The Director options have a strike price of $.435 with an effective date of August 6, 2019 and will vest on August 5, 2020 and have a term of 5 years. The Company Secretary options have a strike price of $.435 with an effective date of August 6, 2019 and vested on August 5, 2020 and have a term of 10 years.

 

On July 15, 2021, Jeffrey Guzy a Company director, exercised a previously granted non-qualified stock option and purchased 100,000 shares of Company common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $43,500 or a per share price of $.435. The shares are restricted shares under federal securities laws and were acquired by independent Director Guzy. The proceeds will be used by the Company for general working capital to support the rollout of the Smart Mirror product line.

 

As of March 31, 2022, there were 880,000 stock options outstanding and vested. The stock options have a weighted average exercise price of $0.435 and have a weighted average contractual term remaining of 2.40 years.

 

Stock options were issued under Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 506(b) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933.

 

The Binomial Lattice (Suboptimal) option pricing model was used to calculate the fair value of the stock options granted.

 

The expected dividend yield is based upon the fact that the Company has not historically paid dividends and does not expect to pay dividends in the near future.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $3,362 and $4,200, respectively, related to these stock options. Such amounts are included in compensation expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. A further compensation expense expected to be approximately $5 thousand will be recognized for these options through July 2022.

 

Adoption of Stock Repurchase Plan

 

On August 23, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the Company to implement a stock repurchase plan for up to $750,000 worth of shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock. The stock purchases can be made in the open market, structured repurchase programs, or in privately negotiated transactions. The Company has no obligation to repurchase shares under the authorization, and the timing, actual number and value of the shares which are repurchased will be at the discretion of management and will depend on several factors including the price of the Company’s common stock, market conditions, corporate developments, and the Company’s financial condition. The repurchase plan may be discontinued at any time at the Company’s discretion.

  

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 NOTE 6 - STOCK TRANSACTIONS (continued)

 

On December 19, 2018, Company entered a Purchase Plan pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act, with Wilson Davis & Co., Inc., a registered broker-dealer. Under the Purchase Plan, Wilson Davis & Co., Inc will make periodic purchases of up to an aggregate of 750,000 shares at prevailing market prices, subject to the terms of the Purchase Plan.

 

On June 10, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a further extension of the Company’s stock repurchase plan through August 31, 2021. Since the Board of Director approval there have been no further repurchase of the Company’s common stock during 2020 and further Stock repurchases have been placed on hold in order to conserve cash during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

On May 6, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a further extension of Rule 10b-5, the Company’s stock purchase agreement with Wilson-Davis & Company, Inc. through August 31, 2022. The cap on shares of common stock eligible for purchase under the agreement is set at 750,000 shares. Since the Board of Director approval last year, there have been no further repurchase of the Company’s common stock during 2020-2022. Further Stock repurchases will be dependent on the Company’ future liquidity position.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, a total of 750,000 of the Company’s common stock has been repurchased since the program was initiated at a total cost of $107,740.

 

NOTE 7- SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Public Relations

 

Effective May 1st the Company has finalized a marketing/ public relations agreement with Tongal, who will provide services for the development and creation of digital assets for use on the Company’s website, social media ads and other ecommerce websites such as Amazon. The platform fee will be $30,000 with production expenses additional. The initial period will be for six months. The Company can terminate the agreement with a written notice 30 days prior to the end of the Agreement and will automatically renew for a further six months at the same rate.

 

Working Capital Funding

 

The Company has been in discussions with alternate funding sources that offer various programs. The borrowing costs associated with such financing are dependent upon market conditions and our credit rating. On May 1, 2022 the Company negotiated three $200,000 each, working capital funding agreements, to provide funding for daily operations. The Board resolved that certain Directors could negotiate the terms of a Working Capital Funding Agreement for up to a total of $600,000, with Directors S. Wallach (Group Nexus), J. Postal and Mouhaned Khoury, a natural person. On May 1st the three individual agreements became effective. The terms are for 18 months with a simple interest rate of 5 percent per annum. The loans may be prepaid in full or partially without any penalty The Company has received to date $400 thousand in checks and a wire transfer of $75 thousand with the balance to follow.

  

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

 

This discussion should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Company’s 2021 Annual Report.

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Form 10-Q Report contains forward-looking statements that are contained principally in the sections describing our business as well as in “Risk Factors,” and in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained, or incorporated by reference, in this Form 10-Q Report, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategy, financial position, results of operations, plans, prospects, actions taken or strategies being considered with respect to our liquidity position, valuation and appraisals of our assets and objectives of management for future operations, our ability to weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (including variant viruses), financing opportunities, and future cost mitigation and cash conservation efforts and efforts to reduce operating expenses and capital expenditures are forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the factors described in the section captioned “Risk Factors” in our latest 2021 Annual Report. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions (including the negative and variants of such words). Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties, a reader of this Form 10-Q Report should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-Q Report are made as of the date of filing this Form 10-Q Report. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. In addition, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited, to the impact of:

 

COVID-19 pandemic and new emerging variants of the virus on our financial condition and operations, which could adversely affect our ability to obtain acceptable financing in an amount equal to the resulting reduction in cash from operations, and the current, and uncertain future, other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, including its effect on the retail market place and the closure of retail stores and its effect on consumer confidence and on the ability or desire of consumers to purchase nonessential goods, which are expected to continue to adversely impact our results, operations, outlook, plans, goals, growth, cash flows, liquidity, demand for consumer products and share price.
our success in reducing operating expenses and the impact of any such reductions.
our ability to work with a banking institution to provide a new credit facility and maintain sufficient collateral.
adverse general economic and related factors, such as fluctuating or increasing levels of unemployment, declines in the securities and real estate markets, and perceptions of these conditions that decrease the level of disposable income of consumers or consumer confidence.
the spread of epidemics, pandemics, and viral outbreaks.
our anticipated need for additional financing, which may not be available on favorable terms, or at all, and may be dilutive to existing shareholders.
our ability to raise sufficient capital and/or take other actions to improve our liquidity position or otherwise meet our liquidity requirements that are sufficient to eliminate the substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.
an impairment of our goodwill, in future reporting periods.
the risks and increased costs associated with operating internationally.
fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
our expansion into and investments in new product categories.
our inability to obtain adequate insurance coverage.
volatility and disruptions in the credit and financial markets, which may adversely affect our ability to borrow.
our inability to recruit or retain qualified personnel or the loss of key personnel.
our inability to keep pace with developments in technology.
other factors are set forth under “Risk Factors” in our 2021 Annual Report.

 

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Additionally, many of these risks and uncertainties are currently amplified by and will continue to be amplified by, or in the future may be amplified by, the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and emergence of new variant viruses. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks. There may be additional risks that we consider immaterial, or which are unknown.

 

The challenge facing the Company is to establish a new profitable product line, the Connected Surfaces, before the poor performance of Company’s traditional LED product line and economic disruptions imposed by COVID-19 pandemic and variant viruses and cost of marketing and penetrating a new product market company impose unsustainable financial burdens and losses on the Company.

 

The Company is a “penny stock” company under Commission rules and the public stock market price for our common stock is impacted by the lack of significant institutional investor and primary market maker support. Investment in our common stock is highly risky and should only be considered by investors who can afford to lose their investment and do not require on demand liquidity. Potential investors should carefully consider risk factors in our SEC filings. Increases in the public market price of the common stock in first fiscal quarter of 2021 is not indicative of potential performance of the common stock in the public market.

 

The Company’s common stock lacks the primary market maker and institutional investor support to protect the public market from being unpredictable and volatile.

 

The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, assumptions, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our present and future business strategies and the environment in which we expect to operate in the future. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change of events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement was based, except as required by law.

 

Use of Certain Defined Terms. Except as otherwise indicated by the context, the following terms have the stated meanings.

 

(1) “Capstone Lighting Technologies, L.L.C.” or “CLTL” is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capstone Companies, Inc.
(2) “Capstone International Hong Kong Ltd” or “CIHK” is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capstone Companies, Inc. and a Hong Kong registered Company.
(3) “Capstone Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of CAPC, may also be referred to as “CAPI” or “Capstone”.
(4) “Capstone Companies, Inc.,” a Florida corporation, may also be referred to as “we,” “us” “our,” “Company,” or “CAPC”. Unless the context indicates otherwise, “Company” includes in its meaning all of Capstone Companies, Inc. Subsidiaries.
(5) “China” means People’s Republic of China.
(6) “W” means watts.
(7) References to “33 Act” or “Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
(8) References to “34 Act” or “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
(9) “SEC” or “Commission” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
(10) “Subsidiaries” means Capstone Industries, Inc. (“CAPI”), Capstone International H.K Ltd., (“CIHK”), and Capstone Lighting Technologies, Inc. (“CLTL”).
(11) Any reference to fiscal year in this Annual Report on Form 10-K means our fiscal year, ending December 31st.2020.
(12) “LED” or “LED’s” means a light-emitting diode component(s) which can be assembled into light bulbs or can be used in lighting fixtures.
(13) “OEM” means “original equipment manufacturer.”
(14) “Connected Surfaces” or “Connected Products” means smart home devices with embedded sensors that provide communication and data transfer between the Connected Surface and internet-enabled systems of the Company or associated third parties. Connected Surfaces may permit internet access for defined functions.

 

We may use “FY” to mean “fiscal year” and “Q” to mean fiscal quarter in this Report.

 

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Overview of Our Business

 

Capstone Companies, Inc. (“Company” or “CAPC”) is a public holding company organized under the laws of the State of Florida. The Company is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer inspired products that bridge technological innovations. The Company has global distribution including Australia, Japan, Korea, North America, South America, and the United Kingdom. The primary operating subsidiary is Capstone Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation located in the principal executive offices of the Company (“CAPI”). Capstone International Hong Kong, Ltd., or “CIHK”, was established to expand the Company’s product development, engineering, and factory resource capabilities. The Company has a recent history of exploiting technologies in areas of induction charging, power failure control, security and home LED lighting products and most recently has entered the electronics market with its introduction of Capstone’s Smart Mirrors. The Company’s focus through 2017 was the integration of LEDs into most commonly used consumer lighting products in today’s home. Over the last few years there has been significant LED price erosion, which has commoditized LED consumer products. The LED category has matured and is no longer the innovative “must have” consumer product as in previous years. The Connected Surfaces is the Company’s effort to establish business in an emerging segment that will allow for future revenue growth. The smart home segment is the umbrella category in which we will participate with the Connected Surfaces program.

 

 In late 2017, as management recognized that the LED category was maturing, it sought a business opportunity that would transition the Company’s revenue streams to an emerging new product category. While we currently continue to supply LED products on a limited basis, our strategic plan to develop and launch new innovative product lines, like Connected Surfaces’ Smart Mirrors, is believed to be essential for sustaining or growing revenues.

 

The Company began its foray into the electronics industry in 2019 with its Connected Surfaces initiative. We decided to enter the market as we identified the smart home category to be emerging with strong long term growth potential. This strategy would require the Company to adopt a different short term business model as a way of building awareness and revenues. The business model is consumer direct through e-commerce marketing including a company webstore as well as third party resellers like Amazon, Wayfair and other recognized, available e-commerce platforms. The smart mirror business requires maintenance of inventory in order to be responsive to e-commerce and retail sales orders and lessen the impact of logistical problems with the delivery of products from Asia. The e-commerce platform is designed to build product awareness among consumers but will also allow the Company to potentially exploit and promote sales of products in brick-and-mortar retailers’ stores.

 

The Company’s financial initiatives are driven by its entry into new distribution channels and calls for an increased emphasis on an e-commerce business model. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, retail foot traffic has diminished substantially, and e-commerce platforms have advanced with consumers across all product lines. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated an existing trend of consumers purchasing more products online. The Connected Surfaces category is intended to find its way to retail shelves after it has been established through its direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform. The Company does not have prior experience in operating and promoting its own e-commerce website. The Company’s e-commerce marketing and sales strategy will shift its historic reliance on ‘Big Box,” brick and mortar retailers to an emphasis on e-commerce marketing and sales. If Connected Surfaces is successful, the gross margins generated by the e-commerce model should be greater than LED consumer lighting products. The Company will require additional funding to build its marketing effort, inventory levels and service levels, which funding must be timely and affordable to fund the desired marketing and product launch. The future growth will be directly impacted by the level of exposure, messaging and distribution capabilities. Certain members of the Company’s management (“Corporate Insiders and Directors”) have provided short-term funding from time to time to support the Company’s basic operational funding needs, but there is no guarantee that this funding will continue or be adequate to fund operations or Smart Mirror program marketing and inventory as well as possible enhancements in functions demanded by the consumers.

 

Effects of COVID-19

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the continued outbreak and global spread of COVID-19 pandemic caused significant global economic volatility, uncertainty and disruption in our operating environment.

 

In response to the COVID-19 and various state and local orders, the Company instituted the following actions in March 2020:

 

  Placed restrictions on business travel for our employees.

 

  Closed our Corporate offices both in the U.S. and in Hong Kong.

 

  Modified our corporate and division office functions to allow all employees to work remotely.

 

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As of the filing of this Form 10-Q Report, the Company continues to adhere to the same practices. With government mandated lockdowns in Thailand and parts of China resulting from the upsurge in the Delta variant, the Company restrictions on business travel remains in effect. While all the above-referenced steps are appropriate considering COVID-19 pandemic, they have impacted the Company’s ability to operate the business in its ordinary and traditional course. The Company does not have a vaccination mandate for its employees.

 

Our business operations and financial performance for the period ended March 31, 2022, continued to be adversely impacted by COVID-19, which also contributed to the poor performance of our traditional LED product line in 2021 and the lack of revenues from the new Connected Surface products. In Thailand, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has recently surged which disrupted our overseas OEM’s and delayed some of the Smart Mirror certification testing. This has resulted in shipment delays of the company critical Connected Surface devices. The Company reported a net loss of approximately $461.3 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to a net loss of approximately $498.9 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2021, respectively.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the general U.S. economic indicators show significant signs of improvement including the consumer confidence index and Management believes that with the national vaccine inoculation program making major advances, and with increasing consumer confidence, states will continue to open their economies and consumer foot traffic will increase in brick-and-mortar retailers in 2022. This improvement may be adversely affected during 2022 if the Delta variant of COVID 19 or a new variant proves to vaccine resistant or continues to cause a surge in severe illness and death among a significant percentage of unvaccinated Americans and others in other nations. Further, there is a growing concern about impact of any sustained inflationary trends adversely impacting consumer confidence in the economy and resulting in drop in purchases of discretionary consumer products like the Connected Surfaces products.

 

The Company has been building its infrastructure to transition into the online retail business by developing an e-commerce website and has invested in developing a social media presence over the last year and these systems are ready to launch and ship its Smart Mirror product.

 

During the quarter the Company introduced the Smart Mirror on its Capstone Connected website. Prior to 2021, the Company’s wholesale business relied on brick-and-mortar retail for sale of its products to consumers and sought to piggyback off retailers’ e-commerce websites as well as dedicated online retailers like Amazon. As the Company focuses its effort on social media driven e-commerce, the Company’s online strategy is projected to deliver future growth and reduce reliance on Big Box retail. The Company believes that the gross margin is more favorable on the e-commerce business which then should translates to better returns on lower revenues. The Company does not have operational experience in running its own e-commerce site for Connected Surfaces products to substantiate this expectation of better returns on lower revenues. If the Company cannot operate an effective e-commerce site or effectively market in the e-commerce marketplace, the launch of the Connected Surfaces product line may not be successful.

 

Further reliance on brick-and-mortar retailers may not provide the necessary financial benefits to address the Company’s current financial problems. COVID-19 pandemic may have substantially altered the consumer product distribution environment. The extent to which COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact the Company’s results will depend primarily on future developments, including the severity and duration of the crisis, the acceptance and effectiveness of the national vaccine inoculation program, potential mutations of COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of future actions that will be taken to contain COVID-19 pandemic or treat its impact. These future developments are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, especially if mutations of the COVID-19 virus become widespread and prove resistant to vaccines. The Delta variant of COVID-19 for the last few months had a major surge in Thailand which necessitated sporadic regional lockdowns and s resulted in delays in finalizing certain Smart Mirror certifications, production of the initial Smart Mirror inventory and a major logistics backlog. The Company placed orders for the initial inventory rollout and has this quarter received shipments in the U.S. warehouse and has other shipments in transit. As part of the domestic inventory buildup.

 

As a result of the continuing economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the reduced revenue during the period, Management determined sufficient indicators existed to trigger the performance of an interim goodwill impairment analysis as of March 31, 2022. The analysis concluded that the Company’s fair value of its single reporting unit exceeded the carrying value and a goodwill impairment charge was not required in the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

 

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On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which we refer to as the “CARES Act.” was enacted into law. The CARES Act includes several significant income and other business tax provisions that, among other things, would eliminate the taxable income limit for certain net operating losses (“NOLs”) and allow businesses to carry back NOLs arising in 2018, 2019, and 2020 to the five prior tax years. The Company was able to carryback the 2018 and the 2019 NOLs to 2017 tax year and generate an estimated refund of previously paid income taxes at an approximate 34% federal tax rate. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had an income tax refundable of approximately $862 thousand of which approximately $576 thousand of income tax was refunded on February 3, 2021 and approximately $232 thousand tax was refunded on February 9, 2022 leaving approximately $54 remaining balance to be refunded as of March 31, 2022.

 

Despite the operation obstacles and delays that the COVID 19 pandemic has caused, we are progressing in our goals and intend to execute our organic growth strategy, which is designed to enhance our market presence and expand our consumer customer base.

 

Goodwill Impairment

 

As a result of the economic uncertainties caused by the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, management determined sufficient indicators existed to trigger the performance of interim goodwill impairment analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2022. The analysis concluded that the Company’s fair value exceeded the carrying value of its single reporting unit and a goodwill impairment charge was not required. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company recognized a goodwill impairment charge of $0 for both periods. The total impairment charge for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021was $0 and $0, respectively.

 

With the continuing economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic including variant viruses, the capital markets may have a downturn and adversely affect the Company’s stock price which will require the Company to test its goodwill for impairment in future reporting periods.

 

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.

 

The uncertainty and the continuing negative impact that the COVID-19 disruption could have on the future retail business and consumers’ willingness to visit retail stores, causing reduced consumer foot traffic and consumer spending, could negatively impact the demand for our products or delay future planned promotional opportunities. However, with a successful launch of the Smart Mirror portfolio using the online retail platform, the Company will need a purchase order credit line to support increased U.S. domestic inventory to facilitate revenue growth in that category.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company used cash in operations of approximately $654 thousand and generated net operating losses of approximately $461 thousand. As of March 31, 2022, the Company has working capital of approximately $1.5 million and an accumulated deficit of $6.9 million. The Company’s cash balance decreased by approximately $653 thousand from $1.277 million as of December 31, 2021 to $624 as of March 31, 2022. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern,

 

As discussed above, the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business, financial condition, cash flow and results of operations remains uncertain. If any of our major wholesale customers fail to maintain normal operations or the Connected Surfaces program is not accepted by consumers, then the revenue could further decline, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and liquidity. Management believes that with the ongoing national distribution of vaccines, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. will continue through 2022, but ultimately should not impact the Company’s long-term strategy and initiatives.

 

We will seek alternative sources of liquidity, including but not limited to accessing the capital markets, or other alternative financing measures. However, instability in, or tightening of the capital markets, could adversely affect our ability to access the capital markets on terms acceptable to us. An economic recession or a slow recovery could adversely affect our business and liquidity. The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and financial performance may also affect the Company’s ability to obtain funding.

 

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The Company has been in discussions with alternate funding sources that offer programs that are more in line with the Company’s future business model, particularly a facility that provides funding options that are more suitable for the e-commerce business. The borrowing costs associated with such financing are dependent upon market conditions and our credit rating. We cannot assure that we will be able to negotiate competitive rates, which could increase our cost of borrowing in the future. Based on past performances and current expectations, Management believes that with the recent $1,393,000 equity investment and the $1,020,000 purchase order funding facility and now with the recently negotiated $600 thousand working capital line (See Note 7) ,provides adequate liquidity to meet the Company’s cash needs for our daily operations, capital expenditures and procurement of the Smart Mirror inventory for the short-term. However, we will need to continue seeking additional funding through either debt or equity to continue meeting our financial obligations which consist approximately of $700 thousand of accounts payable and accrued expenses as well as a $1,043,000 note payable with related parties and accrued interest that becomes due in April 2023 until we are able to generate sufficient cash flows from the sale of the Smart Mirror inventory.

 

  The Company has outstanding note payable due to related parties of approximately $1.0 million. The Company has working capital of approximately $1.5 million consisting mostly of cash of $624 thousand and inventory of $1.0 million.

 

  The Company had an estimated income tax refundable of approximately $54 thousand and ERTC refundable under Cares Act 2020-2021 of approximately $152 thousand as of March 31, 2022.

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic resurgence in many states or emergence of new vaccine-resistant strains of the virus could have a continuing negative impact on the brick-and-mortar retail sector, with consumers’ unwilling to visit retail stores, causing reduced consumer foot traffic and consumer spending. However, with a successful relaunch of the Smart Mirror portfolio using the online retail platform, the Company will not be as dependent on Big Box retailers for our revenue streams as in previous years.

 

On April 5, 2021, the Company entered into five separate security purchase agreements (“SPAs”) whereby the Company privately placed an aggregate of 2,496,667 shares of Company common stock for an aggregate purchase price $1.498,000 (transactions being referred to as the “Private Placement”). The five investors in the Private Placement consisted of four private equity funds and one individual – all being “accredited investors” (under Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“Securities Act”). The $1,393,140 in net proceeds from the Private Placement will be used mostly to purchase start up inventory for the Company’s new Smart Mirror product line, for a major online e-commerce fulfilment company, and the remainder for advertising and working capital (See Note 6).

 

On July 2, 2021, the Board of Directors (“Board”) resolved that the Company required a purchase order funding facility to procure additional inventory to support the online Smart Mirror business. The Board resolved that certain Directors could negotiate the terms of a Purchase Order Funding Agreement for up to $1.020 million with Directors S. Wallach, and J. Postal and E. Fleisig, a natural person who is not affiliated with the Company other than as a lender. This agreement was finalized, and the Company received the $1.020 million, funding under this agreement on October 18, 2021. As of March 31, 2022, the loan balance $1,042,915 includes an accrued interest of $22,915.

 

With the global resurgence of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Company’s manufacturers both in Thailand and China have experienced sporadic regional lockdowns which caused production delays for Connected Surface products. With the same virus now becoming the dominant variant in the United States, the future impact on the retail marketplace remains uncertain, which places uncertainty on the timing of the Company’s new retail programs that are planned to be introduced during 2022. Further delays in the shipment of Connected Surface products to consumers and distributors could have a significant impact on the ability of the Company to continue to withstand the multiple challenges of a declining LED product line, delay in shipping the new product line and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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As part of its traditional strategic planning, the Company reviews alternatives to its current business approach, including, without limitation, development of a new product line, sale of the public company or merger of the Company with a private operating company and other common strategic alternatives to a company facing business and financial challenges and uncertainties.

 

Management is closely monitoring its operations, liquidity, and capital resources and is actively working to minimize the current and future impact of this unprecedented situation. Those efforts may not successfully remediate or combat in all instances the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the affected efforts to launch the Connected Surfaces product line.

 

Our Growth Strategy

 

The Company’s looking forward strategy requires continued expansion of its product development and engineering, manufacturing base marketing and distribution of a broadened portfolio of consumer electronic products. The Company will pursue new revenue opportunities through the introduction and expansion of its “Connected Surfaces” portfolio into alternate distribution channels including e-commerce and others that the Company has not previously focused on. The Company also intends to leverage its existing valuable customer base and strong relationships to achieve organic growth initiatives within this new category.

 

Capstone’s past success has been in its ability to identify emerging product categories where Capstone’s management experience can be fully leveraged. We demonstrated this when the Company entered the LED lighting category. Our branding and product strategies delivered the Company to a well-respected market position. The Company’s low-cost manufacturing and operations have typically, in the past, provided an advantage in delivering great products affordably.

 

Our expectation is that the new product portfolio appeals to a much larger audience than our traditional LED lighting product line. The new Connected Surfaces portfolio is designed to tap into consumer’s ever-expanding connected lifestyles prevalent today. The products have both touch screen and voice interfacing, internet access and an operating system capable of running downloadable applications. The average selling prices will be comparable to that of tablets and smartphones, expected MSRP retail to start at $899.00, with the goal to deliver exceptional consumer value to mainstream America. Whereas, during the day your smartphone/tablet keeps you connected, whether it is work or personal, now when entering your home, Capstone’s new Connected Surfaces products will enable users the same level of connectivity in a more relaxed manner that does not require being tethered to these devices.

 

The Company competes in emerging, highly competitive consumer market channels that can be affected by volatility from a number of general business and economic factors such as, consumer confidence, employment levels, credit availability and commodity costs. Demand for the Company’s products is highly dependent on economic drivers such as consumer spending and discretionary income.

 

Although the overseas factories have previously been fully functioning, a resurgence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused sporadic regional lockdowns with certain overseas factories that could delay shipments of products from Thailand and China, which produces all of our products. With the United States now being impacted by the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the impact of the virus in the U.S. will continue through 2022, but this disruption has not impacted our long-term strategy and initiatives as of the date of the filing of this Form 10-Q Report.

 

Last year, the Company expanded its investment and commitment in social media marketing. With our Company’s plan to shift its focus to on-line commerce in the first half of 2022 and thereafter, its social media presence will be key to the Company’s growth initiatives. The analytics derived from testing various messaging on social media platforms (i.e., Facebook Ads, Google Ads) has validated consumer interest in the Smart Mirror program. Based on the results from the Smart Mirrors product rollout, the Company’s social media marketing efforts may be revised or expanded. Additional capital may be required to fully exploit an effective social media and e-commerce effort to support the company-critical Smart Mirrors product launch. As stated, the Company is new to social media and ecommerce marketing on the current contemplated scale and no assurances can be given, due to the lack of operational experience, on the success of those efforts, which are critical to our future financial performance and condition.

 

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Organic Growth Strategy

 

Subject to adequate funding, the Company intends to pursue various initiatives to execute its organic growth strategy, which is designed to enhance its market presence, expand its customer base and maintain its recognition as an industry leader in new product development. Key elements of our organic growth strategy include:

 

Connected Surfaces. Historically LED lighting products have been our core business. The Capstone Lighting and Hoover Home LED brands combined, have sold millions of LED lighting products over the recent years and consequently the Company holds a well-respected position in the retail lighting category. While consistently launching successful lighting programs, the Company has determined that it needs to diversify and expand its core focus in order to continue to meet revenue growth initiatives. The Company has refocused its development and marketing initiatives and is determined to build on its success with a broader product portfolio beyond lighting products only. The new category “Connected Surfaces” was officially launched in January 2020 at CES. The Company intends to expand the new line of “Connected Products” for the next several years. The Company’s product roadmap outlines plan for product introductions through 2022 and this will continue to expand as consumer product acceptance validates its innovations. The Company believes this program will leverage existing relationships with its current retail partners, deliver on its e-commerce initiatives and collectively contribute organic growth for the Company.

 

The Company acknowledges that smart homes will become more mainstream over the next several years and will present significant growth opportunities for the Company and its Connected Surfaces portfolio.

 

While our focus of Connected Surface products is the smart home market, smart mirrors are being employed by retailers like Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus to allow customers to compare outfits on fitting room smart mirrors. Further, single application smart mirrors are emerging in the fitness industry for interactive workouts at home as a result of the global pandemic.

 

 Perceived or Essential Strengths

 

Capstone believes that the following competitive strengths serve to support its business strategies.

 

In North America, the Company has been recognized for more than a decade as an innovator and highly efficient, low-cost manufacturer in several product niches. Capstone believes that its insight into the needs of retail programming and its proven execution track record with noted retailers globally positions it well for future growth.

 

Capstone’s core executive team has been working together for over three decades and has successfully built and managed other consumer product companies.

 

Operating Management’s experience in hardline product manufacturing has prepared the Company for successful entries into various consumer product markets, especially its experience in using foreign OEMs to provide capabilities not possessed internally by our company.

 

Product Quality: Through a combination of sourcing quality components, stringent manufacturing quality control and conducting rigorous third-party testing, product experiences by consumers are of the highest ranking. To deliver cost-competitive products without compromising quality standards, we leverage purchasing volume and capitalize on strategic vendor relationships.

 

Perceived Weaknesses

 

Capstone believes that its competitive weaknesses are:

It does not possess the business, marketing, and financial resources of larger competitors or the brand recognition or international markets of some of the larger competitors.

 

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Declining financial performance of the Company due to declining sales and appeal of its LED lighting product line has placed the Company in a weakened financial position, which in turn increases the need for working capital funding from investors or lenders. The Company lacks the hard assets for affordable, sufficient debt financing and the low market price of its Common Stock makes equity funding difficult in terms of finding suitable investors who will provide adequate, affordable, timely working capital funding.

 

The Company’s current products lines are focused on consumer LED lighting, which is a declining revenue source with relatively low profit margins, and long-term revenue prospects of the recent diversification into Connected Surfaces products is uncertain as of the date of this Form 10-K report. As a mature product line, LED business is a declining business line and revenue source and is not deemed as sufficient to sustain the Company as a revenue source through 2022 and into 2023.

 

The Company does not have the large internal research and development capability of its larger competitors. Capstone operates with a limited number of employees whose functions are dedicated to executive management, sales and marketing or administrative support. The limited number of employees may hinder or delay the ability of the Company to identify or respond to consumer preferences or new technology developments in a product line. Hiring may be required with any growth and qualified personnel may not be readily available. We cannot match the compensation packages to prospective employees that many larger competitors may offer, and we lack the funding and other resources to change our operational model and its reliance on contractors for many functions and capabilities, including development, production, shipping, warehousing and distribution of products.

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are more vulnerable to events like COVID-19 pandemic, production and shipping delays, travel and operational disruptions and restrictions and an accelerated shift to e-commerce from reliance on brick-and-mortar retail sales. We lack, the staff, money, internal capabilities and resources and operational experience to significantly or timely respond to significant challenges and adverse changes in business and financial requirements.

 

COVID-19 pandemic closures of companies and shipping-distribution channels produced a delay in shipping and receipt of products from abroad and in the United States. The problems include a lack of sufficient drivers for trucking industry. The Company relies on OEM’s located in Thailand and China, which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in meeting development, production and shipping deadlines. The extent of the continuing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting logistical delays is uncertain as of the date of this Form 10-Q report. The Company is actively exploring production capabilities in Mexico as an alternative product development and production source in order to eliminate shipping delays from Asia, but a Mexican source has not been identified as of the date of the filing of this Form 10-K and the Company may not be able to locate a Mexican source. Even if identified, a Mexican production source for products would not be in place prior to 2023, if then.

 

Capstone’s international purchases can become more expensive if the U.S. Dollar weakens against the foreign currencies.

 

Should the increased U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese manufactured goods remain it may increase the cost of electronic components used in our products.

 

 While we have established new production capacity in Thailand, there is no final resolution of the U.S. / China trade dispute from which specific components are sourced. Developing a new, efficient OEM relationship in a new country takes time and effort to reach acceptable production efficiencies. We have only a short operational experience with Thai OEM’s and cannot predict long term effectiveness of the relationship.

 

If the COVID-19 pandemic has any continuing adverse impact on operations and consumer confidence in 2022, it could have a detrimental impact on our ability to maintain operations by depressing consumer purchase of our products, whether online or in retail stores. Withstanding continued losses could cause the Company to consider significant corporate transaction, including, without limitation, a possible merger and acquisition transaction or reorganization to protect the core operations from the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many companies, the Company conducts periodic strategic reviews where the feasibility of significant corporate transactions are considered, including mergers, asset purchases or sales and diversification or change in business lines. The Company lacks the financial resources of larger companies to withstand adverse, significant and sustained changes in business and financial condition. This vulnerability necessitates an ongoing consideration of alternatives to current operations. Due to the decline in financial performance of the Company since 2021, and the Company being in transition from a declining product line and not yet establishing a profitable product line, as well as the Company having its shares of Common Stock quoted on The OTC Markets Group, Inc. QB Venture Market, the Company may be unable to consummate a corporate transaction that sustains operations.

 

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Products and Customers

 

While the Company is expanding its product portfolio through the introduction of the Capstone Connected Surfaces program, it still develops and offers a select number of LED lighting products under the “Capstone Lighting” brand for both the U.S. and overseas market. The product lines available as of the date of this 10-Q report are as follows:

Connected Surfaces – Smart Mirrors

Standard Rectangular

Wardrobe/Fitness Mirror

LED Puck Lights

LED Undercabinet Light Bars

LED Motion Sensor Lights

 

The plan to expand the Company’s product portfolio through Connected Surfaces involves the inherent risk of increased operating and marketing costs without a corresponding increase in operational revenues and profits.. Expense categories including molds, prototyping, engineering, advertising, public relations, tradeshows and social media platforms will continue to be incurred for a period before revenues occur.

 

Over the past ten years, the Company has established product distribution relationships with numerous leading international, national and regional retailers, including but not limited to: Amazon, Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club-Walmart, the Container Store and Firefly Buys. These distribution channels may sell the Company’s products through the internet as well as through retail storefronts and catalogs/mail order. In a post-COVID-19 pandemic environment, these distribution channels may be less valuable as distribution channels, especially for the Smart Mirrors product line and if our e-commerce initiative succeeds and expands. The effective development of an e-commerce-based approach to distribution of products may be critical to the future performance of the Company. The Company believes it has developed the scale, manufacturing efficiencies, and design expertise that serves as the foundation for aggressive pursuit of niche product opportunities in our largest consumer domestic and international markets. While Capstone has traditionally generated the majority of its sales in the U.S. market, urbanization, rising family incomes and increased living standards abroad have spurred a perceived demand for small consumer appliances internationally. To capture this market opportunity, the Company has continued its international sales by leveraging relationships with our existing global retailers and by strengthening our international product offerings. The Company sold Capstone brand products to markets outside the U.S., including Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. International sales for the three months ended March 31, 2022, were approximately $44.6 thousand or 17% of net revenue as compared to $296.5 thousand or 68% in the same period 2021. The Company’s performance depends on a number of assumptions and factors. Critical to growth are the economic conditions in the markets that we serve, as well as success in the Company’s initiatives to distinguish its brands from competitors by design, quality, and scope of functions and new technology or features. Efforts to expand into new international markets may be adversely impacted in the near term by COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Company’s products are subject to general economic conditions that impact discretionary consumer spending on non-essential items. Such continued progress depends on a number of assumptions and factors, including ones mentioned in “Risk Factors” below. Critical to growth are economic conditions in the markets that foster greater consumer spending as well as success in the Company’s initiatives to distinguish its brands from competitors by design, quality, and scope of functions and new technology or features. The Company’s ability to fund the pursuit of our goals remains a constant, significant factor.

 

With the Company’s “Connected Surfaces” category, Capstone has developed a comprehensive product offering. Within the selection of products offered, Capstone seeks to service the needs of a wide range of consumers by providing products to satisfy their different interests, preferences, and budgets. The Company believes in its strategy to offer consumers with an array of innovative connected products and quickly introduce additional products to continue to allow Capstone to further penetrate this developing market.

 

Tariffs. The previous U.S. administration implemented certain tariffs that directly affected the Company’s competitiveness. While all companies in certain industries are affected equally, the appeal for these products to consumers was negatively impacted when retail prices increased due to higher duty rates. The Company has seen promotional schedules cut back and retailers have requested pricing adjustments that would not be known to them in advance to products being shipped. Capstone’s business model insulates the Company from paying duties as its retail partners are the importers of record. The obvious unknown is the final impact of tariffs to the landed costs. Accordingly, retailers have demonstrated caution in their promotional planning schedules and will continue to do so until the administration has clarified its position enabling importers to calculate estimated landed costs.

 

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Tariffs and trade restrictions imposed by the previous U.S. administration provoked trade and tariff retaliation by other countries. A “trade dispute” of this nature or other governmental action related to tariffs or international trade agreements or policies has the potential to adversely impact demand for our products, our costs, customers, suppliers and/or the U.S. economy or certain sectors thereof and, thus, to adversely impact our businesses. As of the date of this Form 10-Q Report, the new U.S. administration is currently reviewing its future position on this issue and there has not been a resolution of the Chinese American trade dispute.

 

Sales and Marketing

 

Our LED products are sold nationally and internationally through a direct sales force. The sales force markets the Company’s LED products through numerous retail locations worldwide, including larger retail warehouse clubs, hardware centers and e-commerce websites. Our business model has been designed to support “direct import sales” made directly to the retail customer. However, we also offer “domestic sales” programs which will be expanded in the future as a result of the Capstone Connected Surfaces program becomes available. As we shift to Connected Surfaces products, the LED products will become a secondary product line.

 

Direct Import Sales. We ship finished products directly to our retail customer from Thailand and China. The sales transaction and title of goods are completed by delivering products to the customers overseas shipping point. The customer takes title of the goods at that point and is responsible for inbound ocean freight and import duties. Direct import sales are made in larger quantities (generally container sized lots) to customers worldwide.

 

Domestic Sales. The strategy of selling products from a U.S. domestic warehouse enables the Company to provide timely delivery and serve as a domestic supplier of imported goods. With this model the Company imports goods from overseas and is responsible for all related costs including ocean freight, insurance, customs clearance, duties, storage, and distribution charges related to such products and therefore such sales command higher sales prices than direct sales. Domestic orders are for a much smaller size and could be as low as a single unit directly to the end consumer if ordered through an online website. To support an effective e-commerce business model, we will be required to warehouse adequate inventory levels enabling the Company to ship orders directly to the end consumer expediently.

 

To the extent permitted by our current financial condition, we continue to make investments to expand our sales, marketing, technical applications support and distribution capabilities to sell our product portfolio. We also continue to make investments to promote and build market awareness of the products and brands we offer. Our sales within the U.S. are primarily made by our in-house sales team and our independent sales agencies. Our independent sales agencies are paid a commission based upon sales made in their respective territories. Our sales agencies are recruited, trained, and monitored by us directly. We will utilize an agency as needed to help us provide service to our retail customers as required. The sales agency agreements are generally one (1) year agreements, which automatically renew on an annual basis, unless terminated by either party on 30 days’ prior notice. Our international sales to divisions of U.S. based retailers are made by our in-house sales team.

 

The Company actively promotes its products to retailers and distributors at North American trade shows, such as the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) or the International Hardware Show, but also relies on the retail sales channels to advertise its products directly to the end user consumers through various promotional activities. This marketing effort will continue as a complement to the social media and e-commerce initiatives.

 

In the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company had two customers who comprised approximately 94% and 79%, respectively, of net revenue. Although we have long established relationships with our customers, we do not have contractual arrangements to purchase a fixed quantity of product annually. A decrease of business or a loss of any of our major customers could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

 

The Company has been focused on establishing an on-line e-commerce presence to support the introduction of the “Connected Surfaces” program and deliver direct to consumer.

 

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In 2021, we utilized social media platforms and online advertising campaigns to further grow the Company’s online presence. In addition to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, Capstone has launched a You Tube channel to host Smart Mirror videos and established a Twitter account. The Company has a social media presence on the following social media platforms:

 

FACEBOOK1: https://www.facebook.com/capstoneindustries and https://www.facebook.com/capstoneconnected

INSTAGRAM2: https://www.instagram.com/capstoneconnected

PINTEREST3: https://www.pinterest.com/capstoneconnected/

LINKEDIN4: https://www.linkedin.com/company/6251882

TWITTER5https://twitter.com/capc capstone

YOUTUBE6 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMX5W8PV0Q59qoAdMxKcAig

1 Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.

2 Instagram is a registered trademark of Instagram.

3 Pinterest is a registered trademark of Pinterest.

4 LinkedIn is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.

5 Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter Corporation.

6YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube Corporation.

 

Competitive Conditions

 

The Company operates in a highly competitive environment, both in the United States and internationally, in the lighting and smart mirror segments. The Company competes with large multinationals with global operations as well as numerous other smaller, specialized competitors who generally focus on narrower markets, products, or particular categories.

 

Competition is influenced by technological innovation, brand perceptions, product quality, value perception, customer service and price. Over the past several years while the Company’s focus has been on LED lighting, principal competitors include Energizer, Feit Electric and Jasco Products Co. (an exclusive licensee of General Electric Company). The Company believes private-label sales by large retailers has some impact on the market in some parts of the world as many national retailers such as Costco, Home Depot, Target and Sam’s/Wal-Mart offer lighting as part of their private branded product lines. Many of the Company’s competitors have greater resources and capabilities, including greater brand recognition, research and development budgets and broader geographical market reach. Competitors with greater resources could undermine Capstone’s expansion efforts by marketing campaigns targeting its expansion efforts or price competition.

 

Other competitive factors include rapid technological changes, product availability, credit availability, speed of delivery, ability to tailor solutions to customer needs, quality and depth of product lines and training, as well as service and support provided by the distributor to the customer. Smart mirrors and other connected surface products are an emerging industry, and the Company may be unable to develop or license emerging new technologies that are dominant.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the decrease in consumer reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar retailing and heightened the importance of e-commerce and online marketing and sales. We have started our social media marketing. Many competitors have more established, widespread and effective e-commerce and social media campaigns than we do. We may not be able to effectively compete in e-commerce and social media marketing and sales. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted marketing and sales of many products and the long-term impact of the pandemic remains uncertain as of the date of the filing of this Form 10-Q report.

 

With trends and technology continually evolving, and subject to adequate and affordable funding, Capstone will continue to invest and develop new products that are competitively priced with consumer centric features and benefits easily articulated to influence point of sale decision making. Success in the markets we serve depends upon product innovation, pricing, retailer support, responsiveness, and cost management. The Company continues to invest in developing the technologies and design critical to competing in our markets. Our ability to invest is limited by operational cash flow and funding from third parties, including members of management and the Board of Directors, and by the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and financial performance. Subject to adequate and affordable funding, absence of unexpected competition or technological developments in connected surface devices, and a curbing of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company believes that it can effectively pursue and exploit product market niches because of management’s proven track record in delivering innovation to the market and cost-effective and timely manner.

 

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Research, Product Development, and Manufacturing Activities

 

The Company’s research and development operations based in Florida and Thailand design and engineer many of the Company’s products, with collaboration from its third-party manufacturing partners, software developers and Capstone U.S. engineering advisers. The Company outsources the manufacture and assembly of our products to a select group of OEM manufacturers overseas. Our research and development focus includes efforts to:

 

  Establish Capstone Connected Surfaces portfolio as an innovator in the smart home segment.

 

  Develop product with increasing technology and functionality with enhanced quality and performance, and at a very competitive cost; and

 

  Solidify new manufacturing relationships with contract manufacturers in Thailand.

 

The Company establishes strict engineering specifications and product testing protocols with the Company’s contract manufacturers and ensure that their factories adhere to all Regional Labor and Social Compliance Laws. These contract manufacturers purchase components that we specify and provide the necessary facilities and labor to manufacture our products. We leverage the strength of the contract manufacturers and allocate the manufacturing of specific products to the contract manufacturer best suited to the task. Quality control and product testing is conducted at the contract manufacturers facility and at their 3rd party testing laboratories overseas.

 

Capstone’s research and development team enforces its proprietary manufacturing expertise by maintaining control over all outsourced production and critical production molds. To ensure the quality and consistency of the Company’s products manufactured overseas, Capstone uses globally recognized certified testing laboratories such as United Laboratories (UL) or Intertek (ETL) to ensure all products are designed and tested to adhere to each country’s individual regulatory standards. The Company also hires quality control inspectors who examine and test products to Capstone’s specification(s) before shipments are released.

 

To successfully implement Capstone’s business strategy, the Company must continually improve its current products and develop new product segments with innovative imbedded technologies to meet consumer’s growing expectations. The Connected Surfaces product development is our current effort to achieve those expectations.

 

Investments in technical and product development are expensed when incurred and are included in the operating expenses.

 

Raw Materials

 

The principal raw materials currently used by Capstone are sourced in Thailand and China, as the Company orders product exclusively through contract manufacturers in the region. These contract manufacturers purchase components based on the Company’s specifications and provide the necessary facilities and labor to manufacture the Company’s products. Capstone allocates the production of specific products to the contract manufacturer the Company believes is more experienced to produce the specific product and whose facility is located in the country that most benefits from the U.S. Tariff regulations. To ensure the consistent quality of Capstone’s products, quality control procedures have been incorporated at each stage of the manufacturing process, ranging from the inspection of raw materials through production and delivery to the customer. These procedures are additional to the manufacturers’ internal quality control procedures and performed by Quality Assurance personnel.

 

  Raw Materials – Components and supplies are subject to sample inspections upon arrival at the contract manufacturer, to ensure the correct specified components are being used in production.

 

  Work in Process – Our quality control inspectors conduct quality control tests at different points during the product stages of our manufacturing process to ensure that quality integrity is maintained.

 

  Finished Goods – Our inspectors performs tests on finished and packaged products to assess product safety, integrity and package compliance.

 

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Raw materials used in manufacturing include plastic resin, copper, led bulbs, batteries, and corrugated paper. Prices of materials have remained competitive in the last year. CAPC believes that adequate supplies of raw materials required for its operations are available at the present time. CAPC, cannot predict the future availability or prices of such materials. These raw materials are generally available from a number of different sources, and the prices of those raw materials are susceptible to currency fluctuations and price fluctuations due to transportation, government regulations, price controls, economic climate, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the past, CAPC has not experienced any significant interruption in availability of raw materials. We believe we have extensive experience in manufacturing and have taken positions to assure supply and to protect margins on anticipated sales volume.

 

Section 1502 of Title XV of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires SEC-reporting companies to disclose annually whether any conflict minerals are necessary to the functionality or production of a product. Based on our inquiries to our manufacturers, we do not believe as of the date of such inquiries that any conflict minerals are used in making our products.

 

Distribution and Fulfillment

 

Since January 2015, the Company has outsourced its U.S. domestic warehousing and distribution needs to a third-party warehousing facility situated in Anaheim, California. The warehouse operator provides full inventory storage, packaging and logistics services including direct to store and direct to consumer shipping capabilities that electronically interface to our existing operations software. The warehouse operator provides full ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), Inventory Control and Warehouse Management Systems. These fulfillment services can be expanded to the east coast in Charleston, South Carolina, if the Company needed to establish an east coast distribution point. This relationship, if required, will allow us to fully expand our U.S. distribution capabilities and services. As the Company transitions into the e-commerce and direct to consumer marketplace, the Company has developed a new website with full shopping cart capabilities. To complete this project the Company has negotiated contracts for secured credit card processing capability, state sales tax compliance services and order fulfillment and logistics services, at a very competitive rate. The Company will also warehouse and supply its Smart Mirror program through Amazon fulfilment and Wayfair.

 

 Seasonality

 

In general, sales for household products and electronics are seasonally influenced. Certain gift products cause consumers to increase purchases during key holiday winter season of the fourth quarter, which requires increases in retailer inventories during the third quarter. In addition, natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes can create conditions that drive increased needs for portable power and power failure light sales. Climate change may increase the number and severity of hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. Historically, the lighting products had lower sales during the first quarter due to the Chinese New Year holiday as factories are closed and shipments are halted during this period. Our transition to Thailand manufacturers may reduce the impact of Chinese New Year holiday.

 

We do not have sufficient operational experience with Connected Surfaces to predict the seasonality of Connected Surfaces.

 

Intellectual Property

 

CAPC subsidiary, CAPI, has filed a number of U.S. trademarks and patents over the past decade. These include the following trademarks: Exclusive license and sub-license to Power Failure Technology; Capstone Power Control, Timely Reader, Pathway Lights, and 10 LED - Eco-i-Lite Power Failure Light, 5 LED - Eco-i-Lite Power Failure Light, 3 LED - Eco-i-Lite Power Failure Light, 3 LED Slim Line Eco-i-Lite Power Failure Light, LED Induction Charged Headlight. We also have a number of patents pending; Puck Light (cookie), Puck Light Base, Multi-Color Puck Lights, LED Dual Mode Solar Light, Integrated Light Bulb (Coach Light), LED Gooseneck Lantern, Spotlights, Security Motion Activated Lights, Under Cabinet Lighting and Bathroom Vanity Light. CAPC periodically prepares patent and trademark applications for filing in the United States and China. CAPC will also pursue foreign patent protection in foreign countries if deemed necessary to protect a patent and to the extent that we have the available cash to do so. CAPC’s ability to compete effectively in the Home Lighting categories depends in part, on its ability to maintain the proprietary nature of its technology and manufacturing processes through a combination of patent and trade secret protection, non-disclosure agreements, licensing, and cross-licensing agreements. CAPC owns a number of patents, trademarks, trademark and patent applications and other technology which CAPC believes are significant to its business. These intellectual property rights relate primarily to lighting device improvements and manufacturing processes.

 

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While the Company may license third party technologies for its products, or may rely on other companies, especially OEMs, for design, engineering and testing, the Company believes that its oversight of design and function of its products and its marketing capabilities are significant factors in the ability of the Company to sell its products.

 

 Value of Patents.

 

The actual protection afforded by a patent, which can vary from country to country, depends upon the type of patent, the scope of its coverage and the availability of legal remedies in the country. Issued patents or patents based on pending patent applications or any future patent applications may not exclude competitors or may not provide a competitive advantage to us. In addition, patents issued or licensed to us may not be held valid if subsequently challenged and others may claim rights in or ownership of such patents. The validity and breadth of claims in technology patents involve complex legal and factual questions and, therefore, the extent of their enforceability and protection is highly uncertain.

 

Reverse engineering, unauthorized copying or other misappropriation of our technologies could enable third parties to benefit from our technologies without paying us. We cannot assure shareholders that our competitors have not developed or will not develop similar products, will not duplicate our products, or will not design around any patents issued to or licensed by us. We will assess any loss of these rights and determine whether to litigate to protect our intellectual property rights on a case by case basis.

 

We rely on trademark, trade secret, patent, and copyright laws to protect our intellectual property rights. We cannot be sure that these intellectual property rights will be effectively utilized or, if necessary, successfully asserted. There is a risk that we will not be able to obtain and perfect our own intellectual property rights, or, where appropriate, license intellectual property rights from others to support new product introductions. There can be no assurance that we can acquire licenses under patents belonging to others for technology potentially useful or necessary to us and there can be no assurance that such licenses will be available to us, if at all, on terms acceptable to us. Moreover, there can be no assurance that any patent issued to or licensed by us will not be infringed or circumvented by others or will not be successfully challenged by others in lawsuits. We do not have a reserve for litigation costs associated with intellectual property matters. The cost of litigating intellectual property rights claims may be beyond our financial ability to fund.

 

As is customary in the retail industry, many of our customer agreements requires us to indemnify our customers for third-party intellectual property infringement claims. Such claims could harm our relationships with customers and might deter future customers from doing business with us. With respect to any intellectual property rights claims against us or our customers, we may be required to cease manufacture of the infringing product, pay damages and expend significant Company resources to defend against the claim and or seek a license.

 

Information Technology

 

The efficient operation of our business is dependent on our information technology systems. We rely on those systems to manage our daily operations, communicate with our customers and maintain our financial and accounting records. In the normal course of business, we receive information regarding customers, associates, and vendors. Since we do not collect significant amounts of valuable personal data or sensitive business data from others, our internal computer systems are under a light to moderate level of risk from hackers or other individuals with malicious intent to gain unauthorized access to our computer systems. Cyberattacks are growing in number and sophistication and are an ongoing threat to business computer systems, which are used to operate the business on a day to day basis. Our computer systems could be vulnerable to security breaches, computer viruses, or other events. The failure of our information technology systems, our inability to successfully maintain our information or any compromise of the integrity or security of the data we generate from our systems or an event resulting in the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information or degradation of services provided by critical business systems, whether by us directly or our third-party service providers, could adversely affect our business operations, sales, reputation with current and potential customers, associates or vendors, results of operations, product development and make us unable or limit our ability to respond to customers’ demands.

 

We have incorporated into our data network various on and off-site data backup processes which should allow us to mitigate any data loss events, however our information technology systems are vulnerable to damage or interruption from:

 

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  hurricanes, fire, flood and other natural disasters

 

  power outage

 

  internet, computer system, telecommunications or data network failure Hacking as well as malware, computer viruses, ransomware and similar malicious software code

 

Environmental Regulations

 

We believe that the Company is in compliance with environmental protection regulations and will not have a material impact on our financial position and results of operations.

 

The Company is not aware of any national, state or local environmental laws or regulations that will materially affect our earnings or competitive position or result in material capital expenditures. However, the Company cannot predict the effect on our operations due to possible future environmental legislation or regulations. During the first fiscal quarter of 2022, there were no material capital expenditures for environmental control facilities and no such material expenditures are anticipated.

 

 Intellectual Property Issues. Market participants rely on patented and non-patented proprietary information relating to product development and other core competencies of their business. Protection of intellectual property is important. Therefore, steps such as patent applications, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, as well as other security measures are generally taken. The Company has not created a litigation reserve for intellectual property rights litigation. As a business judgment, the Company does not patent or copyright or trademark all intellectual property due to a combination of factors, including, in part, the cost of registration and maintenance of registration, odds and cost of successful defense of the registration and commercial value of the intellectual property rights. To enforce or protect intellectual property rights, litigation or threatened litigation is common. The Company has not sued any third parties over intellectual property rights.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

We believe that there have been no significant changes to our critical accounting policies during the three months ended March 31, 2022, as compared to those we disclosed in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in our 2021 Annual Report.

 

CONSOLIDATED OVERVIEW OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Results of operations.

  

Net Revenues

 

Revenue is currently mainly derived from sales of our residential lighting products. These products are directed towards consumer home LED lighting for both indoor and outdoor applications. Revenue is subject to both quarterly and annual fluctuations and is impacted by the timing of individually large orders as well as delays or sometimes advancements to the timing of shipments or deliveries. We recognize revenue upon shipment of the order to the customer when all performance obligations have been completed and title has transferred to the customer and in accordance with the respective sale’s contractual arrangements. Each contract on acceptance will have a fixed unit price. Most of our sales are to the U.S. market which in the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 represented 83% of revenues and we expect that region to continue to be the major source of revenue for the Company. We also derived 17% of our revenue from overseas sales. Net revenue also includes the cost of instant rebate coupons, and product support allowances provided to retailers to promote certain products. All of our revenue is denominated in U.S. dollars.

 

Cost of Goods Sold

 

Our cost of goods sold consists primarily of purchased products from contract manufacturers, associated duties and inbound freight. In addition, our cost of goods sold also include inventory adjustments, warranty claims/reserves and freight allowances. We source our manufactured products based on customer orders.

 

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Gross Profit

 

Our gross profit has and will continue to be affected by a variety of factors, including average sales price for our products, product mix, promotional allowances, our ability to reduce product costs and fluctuations in the cost of our purchased components.

 

Operating Expenses

 

Operating expenses include sales and marketing expenses, consisting of sales representatives’ commissions, advertising and trade show expense and costs related to employee’s compensation. In addition, operating expense include charges relating to accounting, legal, insurance and stock-based compensation.

 

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND OUTLOOK

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2022, Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2021
(In Thousands)
 
    March 31, 2022   March 31,2021
    Dollars   % of Revenue   Dollars   % of Revenue
Revenues, net   $ 263       100 %   $ 438       100 %
Cost of sales     (187 )     (71.1 )%     (309 )     (70.5 )%
Gross Profit     76       28.9 %     129       29.4 %
Operating Expenses:                                
Sales and marketing     133       50.6 %     4       0.9 %
Compensation     197       74.9 %     352       80.4 %
Professional fees     156       59.3 %     127       29.0 %
Product development     52       19.8 %     27       6.2 %
Other general and administrative     140       53.2 %     103       23.5 %
Total Operating Expenses     678       257.8 %     613       140.0 %
Operating Loss     (602 )     (228.3 )%     (485 )     (110.7 )%
Other Income (Expense):                                
Other income     152       57.8 %            
Other expense     (12 )     (4.6 )%     (14 )     (3.2 )%
Total Other Income (Expense)     140       53.2 %     (14 )     (3.2 )%
Loss Before Tax Benefit     (461 )     (175.3 )%     (499 )     (113.9 )%
Benefit for Income Tax                        
Net Loss   $ (461 )     (175.3 )%   $ (499 )     (113.9 )%

 

Net Revenues

 

Our business operations and financial performance for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, continued to be adversely impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the U.S. and global economy. As our LED revenue is dependent on customer orders issued many months in advance, this revenue shortfall continued to be driven by the uncertainty felt by retailers, as to the short and long-term impact on the U.S. retail market of COVID-19 resulting from the reduction of consumer foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores.

 

Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2022, were $263 thousand, a decrease of $175 thousand as compared to the same period 2021.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, international sales were $45 thousand or 17% of revenue as compared to $296 thousand or 68% of revenue in 2021.

 

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The following tables disaggregates revenue by geographic area:

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,   For the Three Months Ended March 31,
    2022   2021
    Revenues   % of Total Revenue   Revenues   % of Total Revenue
Lighting Products- US   $ 202,259       77 %   $ 141,900       32 %
Lighting Products- International     44,640       17 %     296,523       68 %
Smart Mirror Products- U.S.     16,080       6 %            
Total Revenue   $ 262,979       100 %   $ 438,423       100 %

 

Gross Profit and Cost of Sales

 

Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, was $76 and $129 thousand, respectively, a reduction of $53 thousand from the previous year. Gross Profit as a percent of revenue was 29% in the first quarter 2022 as compared to 29 % in the same quarter 2021.

 

 During the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company provided approximately $1.0 and $7.5 thousand, respectively of marketing allowances, which are recorded as a reduction of revenues.

 

Operating Expenses and Other Income (Expenses)

 

Sales and Marketing Expenses

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, sales and marketing expenses were approximately $133 thousand and $4 thousand respectively, an increase of $129 thousand or 3225%. The Consumer Electronics Show expense was $100 thousand in January 2022 as compared to $0 in 2021 and Social Media expense was $19 thousand in 2022 as compared to $4 thousand in 2021.

 

Compensation Expenses

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, compensation expenses were approximately $197 thousand and $352 thousand, respectively, a decrease of $156 thousand or 44%.

 

As part of the COVID-19 cost mitigation plan, the Company eliminated several positions including one executive in the Hong Kong office which have not been restated and is the main reason for the expense reduction.

 

Professional Fees

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, professional fees were approximately $156 thousand and $127 thousand respectively, an increase of $29 thousand or 22.8 %. During the first quarter of 2022, consulting fees related to the setup of a manufacturing operation in Mexico were approximately $14 thousand and fees related to the closure of the Hong Kong sales operation were approximately $9 thousand as compared to $0 in 2021.

 

Product Development Expenses

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, product development expenses were approximately $52 thousand as compared to $27 thousand in 2021, an increase of $25 thousand or 92.6 %. During the first quarter 2022 the Company invested $31.6 thousand in software and hardware development and certifications for the Smart Mirror project compared to $24.5 thousand in the same period in 2021. In 2022 the Company also incurred $20 thousand of patent, trademark and sample fees compared to $1.5 thousand in in the first quarter, 2021.

 

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Other General and Administrative Expenses

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, other general and administrative expenses were approximately $140 thousand as compared to $103 thousand in 2021, an increase of $37 thousand or 35.9%. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, increased in expenses were mainly due to a, $22.5 thousand prorated charge from Costco Wholesale related to a claimed LED patent infringement, that they settled, approximately $7.5 increased Directors and Officers insurance premium and lodging fees approximately $9.6 thousand for Smart Mirror electronics consultant as compared to the same period in 2021.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, total operating expenses were approximately $678 thousand and $613 thousand, respectively, an increase of approximately $65 thousand or 10.6%.

 

Operating Loss

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, the operating loss was approximately $602 thousand and $485 thousand, respectively, an increase loss of $117 thousand or 24.1%.

 

Total Other Income (Expense), net

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021, other income, net was $140 thousand as compared $14 thousand expense , net in 2021. The net other income $140 thousand as of March 31, 2022, comprised of $152 thousand employee retention tax credit under Cares act 2020-2021 and approximately $12 thousand interest expense accrued for note payable due related parties.

 

Benefit for Income Tax

 

The CARES Act included provisions related to net operating loss carryback periods. The Company was able to carryback the NOL to 2017 tax years and generated an estimate refund of previously paid income taxes at an approximate 34% federal tax rate. In 2020 this resulted in a benefit for income tax provision of $21.2 thousand and $805.2 thousand for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. As of March 31, 2022, we have an unearned a tax benefit of approximately $54 thousand.

 

Net Loss

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, the net loss was approximately $461 thousand compared to a net loss of $499 thousand in the same period 2021, a decrease in loss of $38 thousand or 7.4%.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Company does not have material off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a material future effect on our results of operations or financial condition.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

There were no material changes to contractual obligations for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Cash flow from operations are primarily dependent on our net income adjusted for non-cash expenses and the timing of collections of receivables, level of inventory and payments to suppliers. Cash as of March 31, 2022, and December 31, 2021, was approximately $624 thousand and $1.277 million respectively, a decrease of approximately $654 thousand. The Company had an income tax refundable as of December 31, 2021, of approximately $285 thousand of which approximately $231 thousand was refunded on February 9, 2022 and approximately $54 thousand remains a receivable as of March 31, 2022. .

 

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Summary of Cash Flows   For the Three Months ended March 31,
    2022   2021
(In thousands)                
Net cash used in:                
Operating Activities   $ (654 )   $ 238  
Net (decrease) in cash   $ (654 )   $ 238  

 

As of March 31, 20212, the Company’s working capital was approximately $1.5 million. Current assets were approximately $2.2 million and current liabilities were approximately $699 thousand and include:

 

  Accounts payable of approximately $393 thousand due vendors and service providers.
     
  Accrued expenses of approximately $188 thousand net of various services , allowances , deferred wages.
     
  Warranty provision for estimated defective returns in the amount of approximately $46 thousand.
     
  Operating lease liability-current portion of approximately $72 thousand.

 

Cash Flows used in Operating Activities

 

Cash used in operating activities in the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021 was approximately $654 thousand and provided by $238 thousand , respectively, an increase of $891 thousand compared to last year. During the three months ended March 31, 2022, cash used in operating activities resulted from the net loss of approximately $461 thousand and approximately $526 thousand increase of initial Smart Mirror inventories. . The Company’s cash position was approximately $624 thousand at March 31, 2022 compared to $1.277 million at December 31, 2021.

 

Cash Flows used in Investing Activities

 

Cash used in investing activities in the three months ended March 31, 2022, and 2021 was $0 for both periods.

 

Cash Flows provided by Financing Activities

 

Cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 20212, and 2021, was $0 for both periods.

 

As of March 31, 2022, and 2021, the Company had outstanding note payable $1,042,915 includes $22,915 accrued interest & $0, respectively

 

Directors and Officers Insurance

 

The Company currently operates with Directors and Officers insurance and the Company believes the coverage is adequate to cover likely liabilities under such a policy.

 

Exchange Rates

 

We sell all of our products in U.S. dollars and pay for all of our manufacturing costs in U.S. dollars. Our factories are located in mainland China and Thailand. During 2022 the average exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and Chinese Yuan have been relatively stable approximately RMB 6.90 to U.S. $1.00.

 

The average exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and Thai Baht has been relatively stable at approximately Baht 31.25 to U.S. $1.00.

 

Operating expenses of the Hong Kong office are paid in either Hong Kong dollars or U.S. dollars. The exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar to the U.S. dollar has been very stable at approximately HK $7.80 to U.S. $1.00 since 1983 and, accordingly, has not represented a currency exchange risk to the U.S. dollar. While exchange rates have been stable for several years, we cannot assure you that the exchange rate between the United States, Hong Kong, Chinese and Thailand currencies will continue to be stable and exchange rate fluctuations may have a material effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

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Country Risks: Changes in foreign, cultural, political, and financial market conditions could impair the Company’s international manufacturing operations and financial performance.

 

The Company’s manufacturing is currently conducted in China and Thailand. Consequently, the Company is subject to a number of significant risks associated with manufacturing in China, including:

 

  The possibility of expropriation, confiscatory taxation, or price controls.
     
  Adverse changes in local investment or exchange control regulations.
     
  Political or economic instability, government nationalization of business or industries, government corruption, and civil unrest.
     
  Legal and regulatory constraints.
     
  Tariffs and other trade barriers, including trade disputes between the U.S. and China.
     
  Political or military conflict between the U.S. and China, or between U.S. and North Korea, resulting in adverse or restricted access by U.S.-based companies to Chinese manufacturing and markets.

 

Currency: Currency fluctuations may significantly increase our expenses and affect the results of operations, especially where the currency is subject to intense political and other outside pressures.

 

Interest Rate Risk: The Company does not have significant interest rate risk during the period ended March 31, 2022.

 

Credit Risk: The Company has not experienced significant credit risk, as most of our customers are long-term customers with superior payment records. Our managers monitor our receivables regularly and our Direct Import Programs are shipped to only the most financially stable customers or advance payments before shipment are required for those accounts less financially secure.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures.

 

Because the Company is a smaller reporting company, this Form 10-Q Report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm.

 

An evaluation was conducted under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) as principal executive officer and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) as principal financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as that term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) as of March 31, 2022. Based on that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date to provide reasonable assurances that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms, and is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

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 Changes in internal controls over financial reporting.

 

There are no changes to our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2022, that has materially affected or are reasonable likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

The certifications of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer attached as Exhibits 31 and 32 and to this Form 10-Q Report include information concerning our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting.

 

Inherent Limitations on Effectiveness of Controls

 

Our management does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures or our internal control over financial reporting will prevent or detect all errors and all fraud. Internal control over financial reporting, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of internal control are met. Further, the design of internal control must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of the control must be considered relative to their costs. While our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting are designed to provide reasonable assurance of their effectiveness, because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within our company, have been detected.

 

PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

 

The Company is not a party to any other pending or threatened legal proceedings and, to the best our knowledge, no such action by or against us has been threatened. From time to time, we are subject to legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business. Although occasional adverse decisions or settlements may occur in such routine lawsuits, we believe that the final disposition of such routine lawsuits will not have material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations or status as a going concern.

 

Other Legal Matters. To the best of our knowledge, none of our directors, officers, or owners of record of more than five percent (5%) of the securities of the Company, or any associate of any such director, officer or security holder is a party adverse to us or has a material interest adverse to us in reference to pending litigation.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

You should carefully consider the “Risk Factors” disclosed under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our 2021 Annual Report. You should be aware that these risk factors and other information may not describe every risk facing our Company. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

 

Described below and throughout this Form 10-Q Report are certain risks that the Company’s management believes are applicable to the Company’s business and the industries in which it operates. If any of the described events occur, the Company’s business, results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, or access to the capital markets could be materially adversely affected. There may be additional risks that are not presently material or known. There are also risks within the economy, the industry, and the capital markets that could materially adversely affect the Company, including those associated with an economic recession, inflation, a global economic slowdown, political instability, government regulation (including tax regulation), employee attraction and retention, and customers’ inability or refusal to pay for the products and services provided by the Company. There are also risks associated with the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as COVID-19 pandemic, terrorist attacks or natural disasters (such as tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods). These factors affect businesses generally, including the Company, its customers and suppliers and, as a result, are not discussed in detail below, but are applicable to the Company. As a “penny stock” without primary market maker support, and due to the decline in financial performance of the Company in 2020 and 2021, any investment in our common stock is highly risky and should only be considered by investors who can afford to lose their entire investment and do not require immediate liquidity. These risk factors are not the only risks that we may face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or not currently believed to be important also may adversely affect our business.

 

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Business and Operational Risks

 

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic resurgence and measures intended to reduce its spread has, and may continue to, adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition and may hamper our ability to fund our operations without obtaining adequate, affordable funding, which funding may not be available as needed.

 

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe and continues to impact worldwide economic activity, including Southern Florida where the Company offices are located and in China and Thailand where the Company has its products made. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented our employees, suppliers, logistics services and other partners from conducting business activities at full capacity for a period of time, due to the community spread of the disease or due to shutdowns that were requested or mandated by governmental authorities or businesses. While it is not possible at this time to estimate the full impact that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on our business, the continued presence of COVID-19 pandemic, emergence of variant viruses and the measures taken by the governments and businesses in affected areas and in which we operate have disrupted and may continue to disrupt our product development, manufacturing supply chain, the retail marketplace and overall consumer buying confidence. For example, despite the phased reopening of the economy in many U.S. states, the resurgence or persistence of COVID-19 pandemic has paused many phased re-openings. Due to social distancing and other mandates implemented by federal, state, and local governments, many individuals are working remotely and staying at home resulting in retail stores remaining closed and demand for consumer goods like our goods remaining uncertain. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remain a serious health threat, the retail marketplace may have continued declines, which has reduced and may continue to reduce revenues and, as a result, could continue to adversely affect our operating results and financial condition. The overall negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy has also impacted, and may continue to impact, the number of potential retail customers for our LED and possibly Smart Mirror products. The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and government and business mitigation measures have also had an adverse impact on global economic conditions, which has had and could continue to have an adverse effect on our business and financial condition and could impact our ability to access the capital markets on terms acceptable to us, if at all. In addition, we have taken and may further take temporary precautionary measures intended to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 pandemic to our employees, including closing the corporate office, temporarily requiring employees to work remotely, suspending all non-essential travel for our employees, which could negatively affect our business. The further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic or emergence of vaccine resistant strains of the virus and actions taken to limit and combat the spread will impact our ability to carry out our business as normal, and may materially adversely impact our business, operating results, and financial condition. The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak impacts our results will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information that may emerge concerning the severity of the virus and the actions to contain its impact.

 

While the vaccination program has mitigated the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in some parts of the United States and other regions in 2021, the emergence of Delta variant and the still significant percentage of unvaccinated Americans in certain parts of the United States and other regions outside the United States creates the specter of the emergence of vaccine resistant variants of COVID 19 that could impose economic disruption similar to the initial wave of COVID 19 in 2020. This uncertainty makes COVID 19 pandemic an ongoing threat to and adverse factor in respect of the Company’s efforts to establish a new product line to stabilize the financial results of the Company. As such, the above-described risk factors remain relevant to the Company and its business despite an improving economy in the United States and possible return to pre-COVID 19 pandemic economic growth

 

The adverse financial results from the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and financial performance coupled with our transition in new product focus on Connected Surfaces products and declining performance of the LED product lines places a significant financial strain on our Company. We secured a $750,000 thousand short-term working capital facility which ended on June 30, 2021.The Company obtained $1.4 million in equity funding on April 5, 2021. We anticipate the available funding will sustain operations in the short-term, into 2022, but this assumption may prove to be incorrect. However, to sustain future operations and revenue growth we will also need either adequate and affordable additional working capital funding including purchase order funding or adequate cash flow from sales of products in fiscal year 2022.

 

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We will continue to actively monitor the situation and may take further actions that alter our business operations as may be required by governments, or that we determine are in the best interest of our employees, customers, partners, suppliers and shareholders. The extent of the adverse impact of the pandemic on the global economy and markets will depend, in part, on the length and severity of the measures taken to limit the spread of the virus and, in part, on the size and effectiveness of the compensating measures taken by governments. To the extent the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely affect the U.S. economy, and/or adversely affects our business, operations or financial performance, it may also have the effect of increasing the likelihood and/or magnitude of other risks described herein, including those risks related to market, credit, geopolitical and business operations and cyber, or risks described in our other filings with the SEC. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic may also affect our business, operations or financial performance in a manner that is not presently known to us. The emergence of new, vaccine resistant strains of the virus could result in a reoccurrence of the economic disruption caused in 2020 by the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Further, if a significant portion of the U.S. population refuses to get vaccinated, and thereby sustain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to harm our business and financial performance in 2021 as well as increase the possibility of new, vaccine resistant strains of the virus.

 

Our operating results are substantially dependent on the acceptance of new products.

 

The success of the Connected Surfaces product line in 2022 is critical to the ability of the Company to sustain the Company as a going concern beyond 2022. The Company will not be able to assess the results of the new Connected Surfaces product line until later in 2022. While the Company routinely considers significant corporate actions as part of regular strategic planning, the Company may have to consider and pursue a strategic corporate action, like a merger, sale of operating assets or new business line, in order to sustain operations beyond 2022.

 

The shipment of the Connected Surface products and success of Connected Surface products are critical to stabilizing the financial condition and performance of the Company. The Company started shipment of those products to customers and distributors in the first quarter of 2022. Any further delays in shipping and order fulfillment for Connected Surfaces will only impose greater financial stress on the Company and adversely impact the transition from LED product line to Connected Surfaces product line as the primary product line of the Company. A resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States could adversely impact the Company’s efforts to ship and establish the Connected Surface product line by causing economic disruption and decline in consumer willingness to purchase discretionary purchase products like a smart mirror. The Company does not have an alternative product line to the Smart Mirrors identified and ready for production, which increases the importance of a successful launch of the Smart Mirrors to sustainability of the Company.

 

Risk Factors for our Common Stock

 

Penny Stock and Volatile Market Price.

 

After the announcement of the $750,000 working capital credit line by two Company directors and announcement of the new Connected Surfaces Smart Mirror product launch, the market price of our common stock rose significantly in first fiscal quarter of 2021. As a matter of policy, the Company never recommends any investment in its common stock to public investors.

 

Due to the factors described below, the Company’s Common Stock is subject to possible volatile trading, including rapid increases and decreases in market price due to trading in the open market. The Company’s Common Stock lacks the primary market makers and institutional investors who can protect the market price from volatility in trading and market price. Company does not have any research analyst issuing recommendations. The common stock is also a “penny stock” under SEC rules and suffers the limitations and burdens in trading of penny stocks. This lack of market support and penny stock status means that trading, especially by day traders, can cause a rapid increase or decrease in market price of the common stock and makes any investment in the common stock extremely risky and unsuitable for investors who cannot withstand the loss of their entire investment and requires liquidity in the investment. An investment in the Common Stock remains an extremely risky investment that is not suitable for investors who cannot afford the loss of investment and can withstand or tolerate a lack of liquidity.

 

In March 2021, our Common Stock was approved for DWAC/Fast electronic transfer, which will enhance trading of our Common Stock, but will not eliminate the issues imposed by the lack of market support for the Common Stock or the “penny stock” status of our Common Stock and, as such, will not lessen the volatility in trading and market price of our Common Stock. Further, restricted stock cannot be DWAC/Fast transferred. Many brokerage houses do not want or readily accept “penny stocks” in trading accounts.

 

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We are also a former shell company under current SEC rules and interpretations thereof. As such, our stock transfer agent requires a legal opinion as well as other paperwork to lift restrictive legends from stock certificates for non-affiliated as well as affiliated shareholders. The restrictive legends can only be lifted for at most a 90-day period for sales under Rule 144 for affiliated and non-affiliated shareholders. Further, our stock transfer agent will not permanently remove restrictive legends on stock certificates held by shareholders. absent registration of the shareholder’s shares of common stock under the Securities Act. This status may make our common stock even more unappealing to investors and potential purchasers and more difficult to sell or trade. “Affiliated shareholders” are generally Company officers, directors, and holders of more than 10% of the issued shares of the Common Stock.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

 

The Company did not issue any unregistered securities in the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2022.

 

Company did not repurchase any shares of Common Stock during the first fiscal quarter of 2022 under its repurchase plan.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

 

None.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 5. Other Information

 

The Company has no information to disclose that was required to be in a report on Form 8-K during the period covered by this report but was not reported. There have been no material changes to the procedures by which security holders may recommend nominees to our board of directors or make shareholder proposals.

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

The following exhibits are filed as part of this Report on Form 10-Q or are incorporated herein by reference.

 

EXHIBIT #    EXHIBIT TITLE
31.1   Certifications of Principal Executive Officer filed pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002
31.2   Certifications of Principal Financial Officer filed pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002
32.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer furnished pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350,
32.2   Certification of Principal Financial Officer furnished pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350,

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

Capstone Companies, Inc.

 

Dated: May 16, 2022

 

/s/ Stewart Wallach    
Stewart Wallach   Chief Executive Officer
Principal Executive Officerñ    
       
/s/James G. McClinton    
James G. McClinton   Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Principal Financial
Executive and Accounting Officer
   

 

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