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IPDN Professional Diversity Network

Filed: 17 May 21, 12:53pm

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

[X]QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

 

or

 

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

 

For the transition period from ________ to________

 

Commission file number: 001-35824

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware 80-0900177

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

   

55 E. Monroe Street, Suite 2120

Chicago, Illinois

 60603
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

(312) 614-0950

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

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

 

Title of each class Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

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

 

None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

Yes [  ] No [X]

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

Yes [  ] No [X]

 

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

Yes [X] No [  ]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes [X] No [  ]

 

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

 

Large accelerated filer [  ]Accelerated filer [  ]Non-accelerated filer [  ]Smaller reporting company [X]
Emerging growth company [  ]   

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes [  ] No [X]

 

There were 13,465,022 shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock as of March 31, 2021.

 

 

 

 
 

 

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements concern expectations, beliefs, projections, plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Specifically, this Quarterly Report contains forward-looking statements regarding:

 

 our beliefs regarding our ability to capture and capitalize on market trends;
 our expectations on the future growth and financial health of the online diversity recruitment industry and the industry participants, and the drivers of such growth;
 our expectations regarding continued membership growth;
 our beliefs regarding the increased value derived from the synergies among our segments; and
 our beliefs regarding our liquidity requirements, the availability of cash and capital resources to fund our business in the future and intended use of liquidity.

 

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

 

 our ability to raise funds in the future to support operations failure to realize synergies and other financial benefits from mergers and acquisitions within expected time frames, including increases in expected costs or difficulties related to integration of merger and acquisition partners;
 our ability to maintain our stock exchange listing in order to provide liquidity for our shares as a ‎prerequisite for raising additional equity:‎
 inability to identify and successfully negotiate and complete additional combinations with potential merger or acquisition partners or to successfully integrate such businesses;
 our history of operating losses;
 our limited operating history in a new and unproven market;
 increasing competition in the market for online professional networks;
 our ability to comply with increasing governmental regulation and other legal obligations related to privacy;
 our ability to adapt to changing technologies and social trends and preferences;
 our ability to attract and retain a sales and marketing team, management and other key personnel and the ability of that team to execute on the Company’s business strategies and plans;
 our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our intellectual property;
 any future litigation regarding our business, including intellectual property claims;
 general and economic business conditions; and
 legal and regulatory developments.

 

The foregoing list of important factors may not include all such factors. You should consult other disclosures made by the Company (such as in our other filings with the SEC or in company press releases) for additional factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by the Company. Please refer to Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of our 2020 Annual Report for additional information regarding factors that could affect our results of operations, financial condition and cash flow. You should consider these factors, risks and uncertainties when evaluating any forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements represent our views as of the date of this Quarterly Report, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date of this Quarterly Report.

 

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PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, INC.

 

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 PAGE
PART I 
  
ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS4
ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS21
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK32
ITEM 4 CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES32
  
PART II 
  
ITEM 1 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS35
ITEM 1A RISK FACTORS35
ITEM 2 UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS36
ITEM 3 DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES36
ITEM 4 MINE SAFETY DISCLOUSRES36
ITEM 5 OTHER INFORMATION36
ITEM 6 EXHIBITS36

 

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Item 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

 

  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
  (Unaudited)    
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $2,342,343  $2,117,569 
Accounts receivable, net  1,066,101   1,005,482 
Incremental direct costs  42,848   36,212 
Prepaid expense and other current assets  353,273   355,260 
Current assets from discontinued operations  6,882   6,898 
Total current assets  3,811,447   3,521,421 
         
Property and equipment, net  12,240   10,382 
Capitalized technology, net  19,582   25,867 
Goodwill  339,451   339,451 
Intangible assets, net  357,126   376,178 
Right-of-use assets  472,526   487,677 
Merchant reserve  760,849   760,849 
Security deposits  66,340   66,340 
Long-term assets from discontinued operations  198,186   3,085,178 
Total assets $6,037,747  $8,673,343 
         
Current Liabilities:        
Accounts payable $431,778  $728,379 
Accrued expenses  1,500,009   1,626,164 
Deferred revenue  2,114,991   1,901,129 
Lease liability, current portion  61,887   46,526 
Current liabilities from discontinued operations  387,186   375,276 
Total current liabilities  4,495,851   4,677,474 
         
Lease liability, non-current portion  456,333   463,998 
Deferred tax liability  121,335   186,039 
Total liabilities  5,073,519   5,327,511 
         
Commitments and contingencies  -   - 
         
Stockholders’ Equity        
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized, 13,466,070 shares and 12,820,891 shares issued as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, and 13,465,022 and 12,819,843 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020.  134,650   128,198 
Additional paid in capital  94,659,832   95,985,080 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  387   292,506 
Accumulated deficit  (93,793,524)  (93,022,835)
Treasury stock, at cost; 1,048 shares at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020  (37,117)  (37,117)
Total stockholders’ equity  964,228   3,345,832 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $6,037,747  $8,673,343 

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Revenues:        
Membership fees and related services $263,205  $383,831 
Recruitment services  1,175,080   566,687 
Products sales and other  1,431   1,431 
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions  45,136   30,348 
Total revenues  1,484,852   982,297 
         
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of revenues  261,154   173,477 
Sales and marketing  699,715   524,969 
General and administrative  1,317,853   1,660,854 
Depreciation and amortization  29,607   52,001 
Total costs and expenses  2,308,329   2,411,301 
         
Loss from continuing operations  (823,477)  (1,429,004)
         
Other income (expense)        
Interest expense  -   - 
Interest and other income  885   664 
Other income (expense), net  885   664 
         
Loss before income tax benefit  (822,592)  (1,428,340)
Income tax benefit  (66,977)  (5,909)
Loss from continuing operations  (755,615)  (1,422,431)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  (15,074)  (69,665)
Net loss $(770,689) $(1,492,096)
         
Other comprehensive loss:        
Net loss $(770,689) $(1,492,096)
Foreign currency translation adjustment  (292,119)  39,873 
Comprehensive loss: $(1,062,808) $(1,452,223)
         
Basic and diluted loss per share:        
Continuing operations $(0.06) $(0.16)
Discontinued operations $(0.00) $(0.01)
Net loss $(0.06) $(0.17)
         
Weighted average outstanding shares used in computing net loss per common share:        
Basic and diluted  13,263,402   8,969,475 

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Unaudited)

 

  Common Stock  Additional
Paid in
  Accumulated  Treasury Stock  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
  Total
Stockholders’
 
  Shares  Amount  Capital  Deficit  Shares  Amount  Income (Loss)  Equity 
Balance at January 1, 2021  12,819,843  $128,198  $95,985,080  $(93,022,835)  1,048  $(37,117) $292,506  $3,345,832 
                                 
Sale of common stock  500,000   5,000   995,000   -   -   -   -       1,000,000 
Issuance of common stock  150,000   1,500   165,000   -   -   -   -   166,500 
Cancellation of common stock  

(4,821

)  (48)  48                   - 
Share-based compensation  -   -   106,428   -   -   -   -   106,428 
Adjustment from discontinued operations          (2,591,724)                  (2,591,724)
Translation adjustments  -   -   -   -   -   -   (292,119)  (292,119)
Net loss  -   -   -   (770,689)  -   -   -   (770,689)
Balance at March 31, 2021  13,465,022  $134,650  $94,659,832  $(93,793,524)  1,048  $(37,117) $387  $964,228 

 

  Common Stock  Additional
Paid in
  Accumulated  Treasury Stock  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
  Total
Stockholders’
 
  Shares  Amount  Capital  Deficit  Shares  Amount  Income (Loss)  Equity 
Balance at January 1, 2020  8,928,611  $89,286  $91,126,784  $(88,671,260)  1,048  $(37,117) $44,242  $     2,551,935 
                                 
Sale of common stock  1,939,237   19,392   1,480,608   -   -   -   -   1,500,000 
Issuance of common stock  53,125   531   (531)  -   -   -   -   - 
Share-based compensation  -   -   18,680   -   -   -   -   18,680 
Translation adjustments  -   -   -   -   -   -   39,873   39,873 
Net loss  -   -   -   (1,492,096)  -   -   -   (1,492,096)
Balance at March 31, 2020  10,920,973  $109,209  $92,625,541  $(90,163,356)  1,048  $(37,117) $84,115  $2,618,392 

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Loss from continuing operations $(755,615) $(1,422,431)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities - continuing operations:        
Depreciation and amortization  29,606   52,001 
Deferred tax benefit  (64,704)  (5,909)
Amortization of right-of-use asset  22,847   39,102 
Accretion of lease liability  -   1,469 
Stock-based compensation expense  106,428   18,680 
Write-off of property and equipment  -   - 
Litigation settlement reserve  -   450,000 
Issuance of common stock related to settlement  

166,500

   - 
Payment of lease obligations  -   (45,642)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of discontinued operations:        
Accounts receivable  (60,619)  433,396 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,987   (66,419)
Incremental direct costs  (6,636)  7,139 
Accounts payable  (296,600)  187,576 
Accrued expenses  (126,154)  (73,004)
Deferred revenue  213,862   (149,836)
Net cash used in operating activities - continuing operations  (769,098)  (573,878)
Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations  35,364   15,573 
Net cash used in operating activities  (733,734)  (558,305)
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Costs incurred to develop technology  (3,470)  (3,700)
Purchases of property and equipment  (2,658)  (834)
Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations  (6,128)  (4,534)
Net cash used in investing activities - discontinued operations  -   (171)
Net cash provided used in investing activities  (6,128)  (4,705)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from the sale of common stock  1,000,000   1,500,000 
Net cash provided by financing activities - continuing operations  1,000,000   1,500,000 
Net cash provided by financing activities  1,000,000   1,500,000 
         
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents  (35,364)  (15,402)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents ��224,774   936,990 
Cash, cash equivalents, beginning of period  2,117,569   633,615 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  2,342,343   1,555,203 
         
Supplemental disclosures of other cash flow information:        
Non-cash stock issuance $166,500  $- 
Cash paid for income taxes $-  $- 

 

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

 

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Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and Subsidiaries

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

 

1. Basis of Presentation and Description of Business

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. GAAP pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, which consist of normal recurring adjustments and transactions or events discretely impacting the interim periods, considered necessary by management to fairly state our results of operations, financial position and cash flows. The operating results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for the full year. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our 2020 Form 10-K.

 

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. is both the operator of the Professional Diversity Network (the “Company,” “we,” “our,” “us,” “PDN Network,” “PDN” or the “Professional Diversity Network”) and a holding company for NAPW, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the operator of the National Association of Professional Women (the “NAPW Network” or “NAPW”). The PDN Network operates online professional networking communities with career resources specifically tailored to the needs of different diverse cultural groups including: Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), and Students and Graduates seeking to transition from education to career. The networks’ purposes, among others, are to assist its registered users in their efforts to connect with like-minded individuals, identify career opportunities within the network and connect with prospective employers. The Company’s technology platform is integral to the operation of its business. The NAPW Network is networking organization for professional women, whereby its members can develop their professional networks, further their education and skills, and promote their business and career accomplishments. NAPW provides its members with opportunities to network and develop valuable business relationships with other professionals through its website, as well as at events hosted at its local chapters across the country.

 

In March 2020, our Board of Directors decided to suspend all China operations generated by the former CEO, Michael Wang. The results of China operations are presented in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss as net loss from discontinued operations. On March 19, 2020, Jiangxi PDN Culture Media Co., Ltd. (“Jiangxi PDN”), a company established under the laws of the People’s Republic of China and a variable interest entity (VIE) controlled by Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (“PDN”), issued a Notice of Termination of the Agreement of Acquisition and Equity Transfer (the “Termination”). This Notice was exercised under Jiangxi PDN’s unilateral right and was delivered on March 19, 2020. Under the terms of the Termination, no additional due diligence shall be completed, any materials shall be returned to the respective owners, and there shall be no breakup fee or penalty associated with this Termination. We expect no further involvement in this matter.

 

2. Going Concern and Management’s Plans

 

At March 31, 2021, the Company’s principal sources of liquidity were its cash and cash equivalents and the net proceeds from the sale of common stock during the first quarter of 2021.

 

The Company had an accumulated deficit of ($93,793,524) at March 31, 2021. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company generated a net loss from continuing operations of ($755,615) and used cash in continuing operations of $935,598. At March 31, 2021, the Company had a cash balance of $2,324,343. Total revenues were approximately $1,485,000 and $982,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. The Company had a working capital deficiency from continuing operations of approximately ($684,000) and ($1,156,000) at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively. These conditions raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent on the Company’s ability to further implement its business plan, raise capital, and generate revenues. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Management believes that its available cash on hand and cash flow from operations may not be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements for the twelve month period subsequent to the issuance of our financial statements. In order to accomplish our business plan objectives, the Company will need to continue its cost reduction efforts, increase revenues, raising capital through the issuance of common stock, or through a strategic merger or acquisition. However, there can be no assurances that our business plans and actions will be successful, that we will generate anticipated revenues, or that unforeseen circumstances will not require additional funding sources in the future or effectuate plans to conserve liquidity. Future efforts to improve liquidity through the issuance of our common stock may not be successful or they may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company entered into a private placement with Ms. Yiran Gu, in which the Company sold 500,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $2.00 for gross proceeds of $1,000,000.

 

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Principles of Consolidation - The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company, its wholly-owned subsidiaries and a variable interest entity. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Use of Estimates The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Making estimates requires management to exercise significant judgment. It is at least reasonably possible that the estimate of the effect of a condition, situation or set of circumstances that existed at the date of the financial statements, which management considered in formulating its estimate, could change in the near term due to one or more future intervening events. Accordingly, the actual results could differ significantly from estimates.

 

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

 

Principles of Consolidation - The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Cash Equivalents - The Company considers cash equivalents to include all short-term, highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and have original maturities of three months or less.

 

Accounts Receivable - Accounts receivable represent receivables generated from fees earned from customers and advertising revenue. The Company’s policy is to reserve for uncollectible accounts based on its best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in its existing accounts receivable. The Company periodically reviews its accounts receivable to determine whether an allowance for doubtful accounts is necessary based on an analysis of past due accounts and other factors that may indicate that the realization of an account may be in doubt. Account balances deemed to be uncollectible are charged to the allowance after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the allowance for doubtful accounts was approximately $191,000 and $157,000, respectively.

 

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Incremental Direct Costs - Incremental direct costs incurred in connection with enrolling members in the NAPW Network consist of sales commissions paid to the Company’s direct sales agents. Incremental direct costs associated with the PDN Network consists of commissions paid to third-party agencies. Commissions associated with the NAPW Network are deferred and amortized over the term of the membership, which is a 12-month period and agency commissions associated with the PDN Network are deferred and amortized over the membership service period. Total incremental direct costs related to the NAPW and PDN Network amounted to approximately $34,000 and $29,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

Property and Equipment - Property and equipment is stated at cost, including any cost to place the property into service, less accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is recorded on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets which currently range from three to five years. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the shorter of their estimated useful lives or the term of the lease. Maintenance, repairs and minor replacements are charged to operations as incurred; major replacements and betterments are capitalized. The cost of any assets sold or retired and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts at the time of disposition, and any resulting profit or loss is reflected in income or expense for the period. Depreciation expense during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was approximately $10,000 and $26,000, respectively, and is recorded in depreciation and amortization expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

 

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

 

On September 23, 2020, the Company entered into a new office lease agreement for its corporate headquarters. The office lease is for 4,902 square feet of office space and the lease term is for 84 months, commencing on October 1, 2020. Additionally, the office lease required a security deposit of $66,340 and the lease agreement provided for a rent abatement of twelve months beginning in October 2020.

 

Capitalized Technology Costs - In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 350-40, Internal-Use Software, the Company capitalizes certain external and internal computer software costs incurred during the application development stage. The application development stage generally includes software design and configuration, coding, testing and installation activities. Training and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred, while upgrades and enhancements are capitalized if it is probable that such expenditures will result in additional functionality. Capitalized software costs are amortized over the estimated useful lives of the software assets on a straight-line basis, generally not exceeding three years.

 

Business Combinations - ASC 805, Business Combinations (“ASC 805”), applies the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations to all acquisitions where the acquirer gains a controlling interest, regardless of whether consideration was exchanged. ASC 805 establishes principles and requirements for how the acquirer: a) recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, and any non-controlling interest in the acquiree; b) recognizes and measures the goodwill acquired in the business combination or a gain from a bargain purchase; and c) determines what information to disclose to enable users of the financial statements to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. Accounting for acquisitions requires the Company to recognize, separately from goodwill, the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed at their acquisition-date fair values. Goodwill as of the acquisition date is measured as the excess of consideration transferred and the net of the acquisition-date fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. While the Company uses its best estimates and assumptions to accurately value assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date, the estimates are inherently uncertain and subject to refinement. As a result, during the measurement period, which may be up to one year from the acquisition date, the Company may record adjustments to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed with the corresponding offset to goodwill. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period or final determination of the values of assets acquired or liabilities assumed, whichever comes first, any subsequent adjustments are recorded to the consolidated statements of operations.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Treasury Stock – Treasury stock is recorded at cost as a reduction of stockholders’ equity in the accompanying balance sheets.

 

Discontinued Operations

 

China Operations

 

The Company previously disclosed in its Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2019 (the “2019 10-K”) and subsequently that the assets of PDN China were frozen by Chinese local authorities in November 2019 in connection with the criminal investigation of alleged illegal public fund raising by Gatewang Group (the “Gatewang Case”), a separate company organized under the laws of the People’s Republic of China (“Gatewang”), with which Mr. Maoji (Michael) Wang, the former Chairman and CEO of the Company was affiliated. A subsequent investigation led by a special committee of the Board concluded that it did not find any evidence that the Company or PDN China has engaged in the criminal activity of illegal fund-raising as alleged against Gatewang. The Company subsequently discontinued all of its operations in China.

 

The Company also previously disclosed in the 2019 Form 10-K that although the seizure of PDN ‎China’s assets had been lifted in March 2020, PDN China’s bank account (the “PDN China Account”) with a balance of RMB 20,080,467 (approximately $3.1 million) continued to be frozen by the Chinese local authorities pending the outcome of the Gatewang Case. The Company had classified this entire cash balance as a long-term asset (the “Frozen Cash Asset”) of discontinued operations in its financial statements.

 

On April 22, 2021, the Company learned that RMB 18,841,064.15 (approximately $2.9 million) had been seized from the PDN China Account by Longxu District Court of Wuzhou City in Guangxi Province to satisfy a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs in the Gatewang Case. On April 26, 2021, the Company concluded that the seizure of such cash assets is a material reduction of Company assets and filed a Form 8-K to report that reduction. The cash value at time of seizure is approximately $2.9 million. The Company has reflected the seizure of these cash funds in its Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021.

 

The seizure of these cash funds reduces the Company’s shareholders’ equity by an equal amount, which results in its stockholders’ equity being less than the $2.5 million required by The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) under its Listing Rule 5550(b)(1) for continued listing of the Company’s common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market. The Company plans to explore alternatives for increasing its stockholders’ equity in order to meet NASDAQ’s listing requirements, including the possibility of issuing additional equity.

 

The Company has asserted its claim to these funds as the genuine owner to the Chinese officials and asked for their return. The Company plans to pursue all possible legal alternatives to have these funds returned to the Company but such return is uncertain at this time.

 

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All historical operating results for the Company’s China operations are included in a loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, in the accompanying statement of operations. For the three months ended March 31, 2021, loss from discontinued operations was approximately $15,000 compared to a loss from discontinued operations of approximately $70,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Assets and liabilities of China operations are now included in current assets and long-term assets from discontinued operations, and current liabilities and long-term liabilities from discontinued operations. Current assets from discontinued operations were approximately $7,000, as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, and long-term assets from discontinued operations were approximately $198,000 at March 31, 2021, compared to approximately $3,085,000 as of December 31, 2020. As of March 31, 2021, current liabilities from discontinued operations were approximately $387,000, compared to approximately $375,000 as of December 31, 2020.

 

Operating Results of Discontinued Operations

 

The following table represents the components of gross operating results from discontinued operations, which are included in the statements of operations and comprehensive loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
       
Revenues $-  $- 
         
Cost of Sales  2,315   7,356 
Depreciation and amortization  -   - 
Sales and marketing  -   1,695 
General and administrative  9,470   60,614 
Non-operating income (expense)  3,289   - 
Loss from discontinued operations before income tax  (15,074)  (69,665)
Income tax expense (benefit)  -   - 
Net loss from discontinued operations $(15,074) $(69,665)

 

Advertising and Marketing Expenses Advertising and marketing expenses are expensed as incurred or the first time the advertising takes place. The production costs of advertising are expensed the first time the advertising takes place. For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company incurred advertising and marketing expenses of approximately $193,000 and $158,000, respectively. These amounts are included in sales and marketing expenses in the accompanying statements of operations. At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, there were no prepaid advertising expenses recorded in the accompanying balance sheets.

 

Concentrations of Credit Risk - Financial instruments, which potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk, consist principally of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable. The Company places its cash with high credit quality institutions. At times, such amounts may be in excess of the FDIC insurance limits. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts and believes that it is not exposed to any significant credit risk on the account.

 

Income Taxes - The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740, Income Taxes, which requires that the Company recognize deferred tax liabilities and assets based on the differences between the financial statement basis and tax basis of assets and liabilities, using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. The Company estimates the degree to which tax assets and credit carryforwards will result in a benefit based on expected profitability by tax jurisdiction. A valuation allowance for such tax assets and loss carryforwards is provided when it is determined to be more likely than not that the benefit of such deferred tax asset will not be realized in future periods. If it becomes more likely than not that a tax asset will be used, the related valuation allowance on such assets would be reduced.

 

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ASC 740 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements in accordance with ASC 740-20 and prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement process for financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities. There were no unrecognized tax benefits as of March 31, 2021. The Company is currently not aware of any issues under review that could result in significant payments, accruals or material deviation from its position.

 

The Company may be subject to potential income tax examinations by federal or state authorities. These potential examinations may include questioning the timing and amount of deductions, the nexus of income among various tax jurisdictions and compliance with federal and state tax laws. Management does not expect that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits will materially change over the next twelve months. Tax years that remain open for assessment for federal and state tax purposes include the years ended December 31, 2017 through 2020.

 

The Company’s policy for recording interest and penalties associated with audits is to record such expense as a component of income tax expense. There were no amounts accrued for penalties or interest as of March 31, 2021.

 

Fair Value of Financial Assets and Liabilities - Financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and accounts payable, are carried at cost. Management believes that the recorded amounts approximate fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments.

 

Net Loss per Share - The Company computes basic net loss per share by dividing net loss available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period and excludes the effects of any potentially dilutive securities. Diluted earnings per share, if presented, would include the dilution that would occur upon the exercise or conversion of all potentially dilutive securities into common stock using the “treasury stock” and/or “if converted” methods as applicable. The computation of basic net loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 excludes the potentially dilutive securities summarized in the table below because their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
       
Warrants to purchase common stock  125,000   125,000 
Stock options  66,126   39,126 
Unvested restricted stock  206,775   - 
Total dilutive securities  397,901   164,126 

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (ASU 2019-12) which simplifies the accounting for income taxes by removing certain exceptions for investments, intraperiod allocations, and interim calculations, and adds guidance to reduce the complexity of applying Topic 740. This ASU was effective for the Company on January 1, 2021. The adoption of ASU 2019-12 did not have a material impact to the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting. This update provides optional expedients and exceptions for applying generally accepted accounting principles to certain contract modification and hedging relationships that reference London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) or another reference rate expected to be discontinued. The guidance is effective upon issuance and generally can be applied through December 31, 2022. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of this ASU on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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4. Revenue Recognition

 

The Company recognizes revenue under the core principle of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606”) – Revenues From Contracts with Customers, to depict the transfer of control to its customers in an amount reflecting the consideration to which it expects to be entitled. In order to achieve that core principle, the Company has applied the following five-step approach: (1) identify the contract with a customer, (2) identify the performance obligations in the contract, (3) determine the transaction price, (4) allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract, and (5) recognize revenue when a performance obligation is satisfied.

 

The Company’s principal sources of revenue are recruitment revenue, consumer marketing and consumer advertising revenue, membership subscription fees, and product sales. Recruitment revenue includes revenue recognized from direct sales to customers for recruitment services and events, as well as revenue from its direct ecommerce sales. Revenues from recruitment services are recognized when the services are performed, evidence of an arrangement exists, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is probable. The Company’s recruitment revenue is derived from agreements through single and multiple job postings, recruitment media, talent recruitment communities, basic and premier corporate memberships, hiring campaign marketing and advertising, e-newsletter marketing and research and outreach services.

 

Consumer marketing and consumer advertising revenue is recognized either based upon a fixed fee for revenue sharing agreements in which payment is required at the time of posting, or billed based upon the number of impressions (the number of times an advertisement is displayed) recorded on the websites as specified in the customer agreement.

 

Revenue generated from NAPW Network membership subscriptions is recognized ratably over the 12-month membership period, although members pay their annual fees at the commencement of the membership period. Starting January 2, 2018, we began offering a monthly membership for which we collect fees on a monthly basis and we recognize revenue in the same month as the fees are collected. Revenue from related membership services are derived from fees for development and set-up of a member’s personal on-line profile and/or press release announcements. Fees related to these services are recognized as revenue at the time the on-line profile is complete and press release is distributed. 

 

The Company may have contracts where there is an extended timing difference between payment and the time when control of the goods or services is transferred to the customer. The Company has adopted the practical expedient and does not adjust for the promised amount of consideration for the effects of a significant financing component if it expects, at contract inception, that the period between when the entity transfers a promised good or service to a customer and when the customer pays for that good or service will be one year or less.

 

Nature of Goods and Services

 

The following is a description of principal activities from which the Company generates its revenue:

 

Membership Fees and Related Services

 

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

 

The Company also offers monthly memberships for which it collects fees on a monthly basis and recognizes revenue in the same month as the fees are collected.

 

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

 

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Recruitment Services

 

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

 

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

 

Product Sales and Other Revenue

 

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

 

Consumer Advertising and Marketing Solutions

 

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

 

Disaggregation of revenue

 

Revenue is disaggregated by product line and timing of transfer of products and services and is in line with our reportable segments as described in Note 12 - Segment Reporting.

 

Contract Balances

 

The Company’s rights to consideration for work completed, but not billed at the reporting date, is classified as a receivable, as it has an unconditional right to payment or only conditional for the passage of time. The Company has no recorded contract assets as of March 31, 2021.

 

Consideration received in advance from customers is recorded as a contract liability, if a contract exists under ASC 606, until services are delivered or obligations are met and revenue is earned. Contract liability represents the excess of amounts invoiced over amounts recognized as revenues. Contract liabilities to be recognized in the succeeding twelve-month period are classified as current contract liabilities and the remaining amounts, if any, are classified as non-current contract liabilities. Contract liabilities of approximately $2,115,000 are included in current deferred revenues, on the Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021. For the period ended March 31, 2021, we recognized revenue associated with contract liabilities of approximately $756,000 that were included in the contract liabilities balance at the beginning of the period.

 

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Transaction price allocated to the remaining performance obligations

 

The Company applies the optional exemptions and does not disclose: a) information about remaining performance obligations that have an original expected duration of one year or less or b) transaction price allocated to unsatisfied performance obligations for which variable consideration is allocated entirely to a wholly unsatisfied performance obligation or to a wholly unsatisfied promise to transfer a distinct good or service that forms part of a single performance obligation in accordance with the series guidance.

 

The typical duration of all event related and other contracts is one year or less and, as a result, the Company applies the optional exemptions and does not disclose information about remaining performance obligations that have an original expected duration of one year or less.

 

The Company has also elected to not disclose transaction price allocated to unsatisfied performance obligations for which variable consideration is allocated entirely to a wholly unsatisfied performance obligation or to a wholly unsatisfied promise to transfer a distinct good or service for event related promises for those contracts that contain percentage of the sales. The fees are variable for this type of contract, and the uncertainty related to the final fee, is resolved within the current year.

 

5. Capitalized Technology

 

Capitalized Technology, net is as follows:

 

  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
Capitalized cost:        
Balance, beginning of period $2,169,245  $2,169,245 
Additional capitalized cost  3,470   - 
Balance, end of period  2,172,715   2,169,245 
         
Accumulated amortization:        
Balance, beginning of period $2,143,378  $2,130,037 
Provision for amortization  9,755   13,341 
Balance, end of period  2,153,132   2,143,378 
Capitalized Technology, net  19,582   25,867 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, amortization expense was approximately $10,000 and $13,000, respectively, and is recorded in depreciation and amortization expense in the accompanying statements of operations.

 

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6. Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets, net was as follows:

 

  Useful Lives  

Gross

Carrying

  Accumulated  Net Carrying 
March 31, 2021 (Years)  Amount  Amortization  Amount 
Long-lived intangible assets:                
Sales Process  10  $2,130,956  $(1,864,230) $266,726 
Paid Member Relationships  5   803,472   (803,472)  - 
Member Lists  5   8,086,181   (8,086,181)  - 
Developed Technology  3   648,000   (648,000)  - 
Trade Name/Trademarks  4   440,000   (440,000)  - 
       12,108,609   (11,765,676)  266,726 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:                
Trade name              90,400 
Intangible assets, net             $357,126 

 

  Useful Lives  

Gross

Carrying

  Accumulated  Net Carrying 
December 31, 2020 (Years)  Amount  Amortization  Amount 
Long-lived intangible assets:                
Sales Process  10  $2,130,956  $(1,845,178) $285,778 
Paid Member Relationships  5   803,472   (803,472)  - 
Member Lists  5   8,086,181   (8,086,181)  - 
Developed Technology  3   648,000   (648,000)  - 
Trade Name/Trademarks  4   440,000   (440,000)  - 
       12,108,609   (11,822,831)  285,778 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets:                
Trade name              90,400 
Intangible assets, net             $376,178 

 

As of March 31, 2021, estimated amortization expense in future fiscal years is summarized as follows:

 

Year ended December 31,   
Remaining of 2021 $57,156 
2022  76,207 
2023  76,207 
2024  57,156 
  $266,726 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, amortization expense was approximately $19,000, respectively, and is recorded in depreciation and amortization expense in the accompanying statements of operations.

 

7. Commitments and Contingencies

 

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

 

As of March 31, 2021, right of use assets and current lease obligations were approximately $473,000 and $62,000, respectively.

 

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Other - PDN China’s bank account with balance of approximately $195,000 was frozen by Guangzhou Police due to Gatewang Case. The Company has classified this entire cash balance as a long-term asset presented in discontinued operations (see footnote 3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies – Discontinued Operations).

 

Legal Proceedings

 

In a letter dated October 12, 2017, White Winston Select Asset Funds (“White Winston”) threatened to assert claims against the Company in excess of $2 million based on White Winston’s contention that the Company’s conduct delayed White Winston’s ability to sell shares in the Company during a period when the Company’s stock price was generally falling. On October 28, 2020, the Company and White Winston reached a settlement agreement, in which the Company made a cash payment of $250,000 on October 29, 2020 and a second cash payment of $350,000 was paid on February 16, 2021. In addition, the Company issued 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock in January 2021 and recorded a non-cash stock issuance of $166,500. The total amount of the settlement was $766,500.

 

NAPW is a defendant in a Nassau County (NY) Supreme Court case, whereby TL Franklin Avenue Plaza LLC has sued NAPW Case index No. LT-000421/2018, with respect to NAPW’s former Garden City NY Premises. NAPW had surrendered the Premises to the Landlord, and the Landlord has obtained a judgment against NAPW in the amount of $746,142.41. As a result of the judgement order, the Company recorded a $780,000 litigation settlement reserve in the second quarter of 2020, which reflected the judgement order in addition to imputed interest costs and legal fees. NAPW is currently negotiating a settlement with the Landlord.

 

The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, NAPW, Inc., are parties to a proceeding captioned Deborah Bayne, et al. vs. NAPW, Inc. and Professional Diversity Network, Inc., No. 18-cv-3591 (E.D.N.Y.), filed on June 20, 2018 and alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and certain provisions of the New York Labor Law. The Company disputes that it or its subsidiary violated the applicable laws or that either entity has any liability and intends to vigorously defend against these claims. The matter is in the final stages of discovery and we have completed depositions of relevant witnesses. During the first quarter of 2020, the Company recorded a $450,000 litigation settlement reserve in the event of an unfavorable outcome in this proceeding. In November 2020, both parties entered into mediation proceedings but a settlement was not reached. This matter is scheduled to go to trial in 2021.

 

General Legal Matters

 

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

 

8. CFL Transaction

 

On August 12, 2016, the Company entered into a stock purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”), with CFL, a Republic of Seychelles company wholly-owned by a group of Chinese investors. Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to issue and sell to CFL, and CFL agreed to purchase, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement, a number of shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), such that CFL will hold shares of Common Stock equal to approximately 51% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, determined on a fully-diluted basis, after giving effect to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement.

 

At the closing of the CFL Transaction, the Company entered into a Stockholders’ Agreement, dated November 7, 2016 (the “Stockholders’ Agreement”) with CFL and each of its shareholders: Maoji (Michael) Wang, Jingbo Song, Yong Xiong Zheng and Nan Kou (the “CFL Shareholders”). The Stockholders’ Agreement sets forth the agreement of the Company, CFL and the CFL Shareholders relating to board representation rights, transfer restrictions, standstill provisions, voting, registration rights and other matters following the closing of the Share Issuance and Sale.

 

As of March 31, 2021, CFL beneficially holds shares of Common Stock equal to approximately 25.5% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Company.

 

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9. Stockholders’ Equity

 

Preferred Stock – The Company has no preferred stock issued. The Company’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws include provisions that allow the Company’s Board of Directors to issue, without further action by the stockholders, up to 1,000,000 shares of undesignated preferred stock.

 

Common Stock – The Company has one class of common stock outstanding with a total number of shares authorized of 45,000,000. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had 13,465,022 shares of common stock outstanding.

 

In January 2021, the Company issued 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock to White Winston as a result of a settlement agreement and recorded a non-cash stock issuance of $166,500. (see note 7. Commitments and Contingencies).

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company entered into a private placement with Ms. Yiran Gu, in which the Company sold 500,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $2.00 for gross proceeds of $1,000,000.

 

10. Stock-Based Compensation

 

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

 

Stock Options

 

The fair value of options is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The valuation determined by the Black-Scholes pricing model is affected by the Company’s stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of highly complex and subjective variables. These variables include, but are not limited to, expected stock price volatility over the term of the awards, and actual and projected employee stock option exercise behaviors. The risk free rate is based on the U.S. Treasury rate for the expected life at the time of grant, volatility is based on the average long-term implied volatilities of peer companies, the expected life is based on the estimated average of the life of options using the simplified method, and forfeitures are estimated on the date of grant based on certain historical data. The Company utilizes the simplified method to determine the expected life of its options due to insufficient exercise activity during recent years as a basis from which to estimate future exercise patterns. The expected dividend assumption is based on the Company’s history and expectation of dividend payouts.

 

Forfeitures are required to be estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.

 

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The following table summarizes the Company’s stock option activity for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

        Weighted    
        Average    
     Weighted  Remaining    
     Average  Contractual  Aggregate 
  Number of  Exercise  Life  Intrinsic 
  Options  Price  (in Years)  Value 
Outstanding - January 1, 2021  66,126  $5.24   8.3  $- 
Granted  -   -   -     
Exercised  -   -   -     
Forfeited  -   -   -     
Outstanding - March 31, 2021  66,126  $5.24   8.1  $- 
                 
Exercisable at March 31, 2021  26,126  $8.18   6.8  $       - 

 

        Weighted    
        Average    
     Weighted  Remaining    
     Average  Contractual  Aggregate 
  Number of  Exercise  Life  Intrinsic 
  Options  Price  (in Years)  Value 
Outstanding - January 1, 2020  295,793  $8.88  $7.5  $- 
Granted  -   -   -     
Exercised  -   -   -     
Forfeited  (256,667)  9.28   -     
Outstanding - March 31, 2020  39,126  $6.27   8.1  $- 
                 
Exercisable at March 31, 2020  29,126  $7.65   7.8  $        - 

 

Total unrecognized pre-tax stock-based compensation expense related to unvested stock options at March 31, 2021 was approximately $0.

 

Warrants

 

As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, 125,000 warrants were outstanding and exercisable with an exercise price of $20.00 per share. The aggregate intrinsic value was $0 and the warrants are scheduled to expire on December 30, 2021.


 

Restricted Stock

 

As of March 31, 2021 and 2020, the following is a summary of restricted stock activity:

 

  Number of 
  Shares 
Outstanding - January 1, 2021  206,775 
Granted  - 
Forfeited  - 
Vested  - 
Outstanding - March 31, 2021  206,775 

 

  Number of 
  Shares 
Outstanding - January 1, 2020  27,319 
Granted  - 
Forfeited  - 
Vested  (27,319)
Outstanding - March 31, 2020  - 

 

Additionally, the Company had no non-cash pre-tax stock-based compensation expense recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, respectively, as a component of general and administrative expenses in the accompanying statements of operations, pertaining to restricted stock.

 

Total unrecognized pre-tax stock-based compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock at March 31, 2021 was $0.

 

11. Income Taxes

 

The Company’s quarterly income tax provision is based upon an estimated annual income tax rate. The Company’s quarterly provision for income taxes also includes the tax impact of discrete items, if any, including changes in judgment about valuation allowances and effects of changes in tax laws or rates, in the interim period in which they occur.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded a benefit for income tax of approximately $67,000 and $5,900, respectively. The increase in income tax benefit during the current period was primarily due to an increases in discrete tax items associated with litigation settlement reserves and stock-based compensation expense.

 

In assessing the realizability of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred income tax assets will not be realized. The ultimate realization of deferred income tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which those temporary differences become deductible. Management considers the scheduled reversal of deferred income tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, and tax planning strategies in making this assessment. Based on consideration of these items, management has determined that enough uncertainty exists relative to the realization of the deferred income tax asset balances to warrant the application of a valuation allowance as of March 31, 2021. The valuation allowance at March 31, 2021 was approximately $8,847,000. The net change in the valuation allowance during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was an increase of approximately $210,000.

 

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12. Segment Information

 

The Company operates in the following segments: (i) PDN Network, (ii) NAPW Network and (iii) Corporate Overhead. The financial results of China Operations have been reclassified from the Company’s reportable segments to discontinued operations for all periods presented.

 

The following tables present key financial information related of the Company’s reportable segments related to financial position as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020 and results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 
  PDN  NAPW  Corporate    
  Network  Network  Overhead  Consolidated 
Membership fees and related services $-  $263,205  $-  $263,205 
Recruitment services  1,175,080   -   -   1,175,080 
Products sales and other  -   1,431   -   1,431 
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions  45,137   -   -   45,137 
Total revenues  1,220,217   264,636   -   1,484,853 
Income (loss) from continuing operations  312,823   (246,419)  (889,880)  (823,476)
Depreciation and amortization  1,178   28,429   -   29,607 
Income tax benefit  (46,357)  (20,620)  -   (66,977)
Net loss from continuing operations  360,065   (225,799)  (889,880)  (755,614)

 

  As of March 31, 2021 
Goodwill $339,451  $-  $-  $339,451 
Intangibles assets, net  90,400   266,726   -   357,126 
Assets from continuing operations  4,643,168   1,189,511   -   5,832,679 

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 
  PDN  NAPW  Corporate    
  Network  Network  Overhead  Consolidated 
Membership fees and related services $-  $383,831  $-  $383,831 
Recruitment services  566,687   -   -   566,687 
Products sales and other  -   1,431   -   1,431 
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions  30,348   -   -   30,348 
Total revenues  597,035   385,262   -   982,297 
Loss from continuing operations  (150,024)  (68,110)  (1,210,870)  (1,429,004)
Depreciation and amortization  14,675   37,326   -   52,001 
Income tax benefit  (951)  (407)  (4,551)  (5,909)
Net loss from continuing operations  (148,409)  (67,703)  (1,206,319)  (1,422,431)

 

  As of December 31, 2020 
Goodwill $339,451  $-  $-  $339,451 
Intangibles assets, net  90,400   285,778   -   376,178 
Assets from continuing operations  4,455,262   1,126,005   -   5,581,267 

 

13. Subsequent Events

 

On or about March 24, 2021, IPDN entered into a stock purchase agreement to purchase a significant equity stake in RemoteMore (USA) Inc. (“RemoteMore”). According to an arrangement between the parties, IPDN made a deposit of $60,000 to RemoteMore to facilitate the closing of the transaction. RemoteMore may use the deposit towards closing costs. If the transaction is closed as planned, this deposit will be treated as a part of the purchase price. If the transaction for whatever reasons is not closed, RemoteMore shall refund this deposit to IPDN.

 

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

 

Basis of Presentation

 

This MD&A should be read in conjunction with the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto, and the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our 2020 Form 10-K.

 

Forward-looking statements in this MD&A are not guarantees of future performance and may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Refer to the “Forward-Looking Statements” section of this MD&A and Item 1A. Risk Factors of our 2020 Form 10-K for a discussion of these risks and uncertainties.

 

Overview

 

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

 

We currently operate in two business segments: (i) Professional Diversity Network (“PDN Network”), which includes online professional networking communities with career resources tailored to the needs of various diverse cultural groups and employers looking to hire members of such groups, and (ii) National Association of Professional Women (“NAPW Network”), a women-only professional networking organization. On March 4, 2020 the Board decided to discontinue all of the Company’s operations in the People’s Republic of China, ( “China Operations”), which focused on providing tools, products and services in China to assist women, students and business professionals in personal and professional development.

 

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

 

On March 4, 2020, our Board of Directors (the “Board”) decided to discontinue all operations in China. The resolution approved by the Board does not contemplate a sale of the business unit or a sale of any assets to a third-party for its China operations, but to effectively cease operations, which will commence during the second quarter of 2020. Accordingly, all historical financial results associated with the China operations have been reclassified to discontinued operations and current and prior period financial results have been reclassified. China operations were previously disclosed as a reportable operating segment as “China Operations”.

 

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Impact of COVID-19

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the global economy, disrupted consumer spending and global supply chains and created significant volatility and disruption of financial markets. The COVID-19 pandemic may have an adverse effect on our business and financial performance. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including our ability to execute our business strategies as planned, will depend on future developments, including the duration and severity of the pandemic, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. In response to mandates and recommendations from federal, state and local authorities, as well as decisions we have made to protect the health and safety of our employees with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, we temporarily closed our offices and had our employees work remotely. We may face more closure requirements and other operation restrictions for prolonged periods of time due to, among other factors, evolving and stringent public health directives, quarantine policies, social distancing measures, or other governmental restrictions, which could have a further material impact on our sales and profits. The COVID-19 pandemic could also adversely affect our liquidity and ability to access the capital markets. Uncertainty regarding the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic may adversely impact our ability to raise additional capital, or require additional capital, or require additional reductions in capital expenditures that are otherwise needed to implement our strategies.

 

The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on our business and financial results will also depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the pandemic, the implementation or recurrence of shelter in place or similar orders in the future.

 

Sources of Revenue

 

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

 

Paid Membership Subscriptions and Related Services. Paid Membership Subscriptions and Related Services. We offer paid membership subscriptions through our NAPW Network, a women-only professional networking organization, operated by our wholly-owned subsidiary. Members gain access to networking opportunities through a members-only website at www.iawomen.com and “virtual” networking events which occur in a webcast setting as well as through in-person networking at approximately 100 local chapters nationwide, additional career and networking events such as HERizonInsights and the Leadership Lab and the PDN Network events. NAPW members also receive ancillary (non-networking) benefits such as educational discounts, shopping, and other membership perks. The basic package is the Initiator level, which provides access to networking events and member programming. Upgrades to an Innovator membership include the Initiator benefits as well enhanced education and mentorship. The most comprehensive level, the Influencer, provides all the aforementioned benefits plus admission to exclusive “live” events and expanded opportunities for marketing and promotion, including the creation and distribution of a press release, which is prepared by professional writers and sent over major newswires. Additionally, all memberships offer discounts through the IAW Perks program and preferred partners. NAPW Membership is renewable and fees are payable on an annual or monthly basis, with the first fee payable at the commencement of the membership.

 

As part of the launch of IAW in the United States, the Company began to offer a monthly membership option in January 2018, in addition to an annual membership option. While this has increased the number of new members registering, membership revenue is received on a monthly rather than an annual basis.

 

Recruitment Services. We provide recruitment services through PDN Network to medium and large employers seeking to diversify their employment ranks. Our recruitment services include recruitment advertising, job postings, semantic search technology and paid access to, and placement in, or advertising around our career and networking events. The majority of recruitment services revenue comes from job recruitment advertising. We also offer to businesses subject to the regulations and requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (“OFCCP”) our OFCCP compliance product, which combines diversity recruitment advertising with job postings and compliance services.

 

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Product Sales. We offer to new purchasers of our NAPW memberships the opportunity to purchase a commemorative wall plaque at the time of purchase. They may purchase up to two plaques at that time.

 

Consumer Advertising and Consumer Marketing Solutions. We work with partner organizations to provide them with integrated job boards on their websites which offer their members or customers the ability to post recruitment advertising and job openings. We generate revenue from fees charged for those postings.

 

Cost of Revenue

 

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

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

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

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the most directly comparable GAAP measure reported in our consolidated financial statements:

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
  (in thousands) 
Loss from Continuing Operations $(756) $(1,422)
Stock-based compensation  106   19 
Litigation settlement reserve  -   450 
Depreciation and amortization  30   52 
Interest and other income  1   1 
Income tax benefit  (67)  (6)
Adjusted EBITDA $(686) $(906)

 

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Results of Operations

 

Revenues

 

Total Revenues

 

The following tables set forth our revenue for the periods presented. The period-to-period comparison of financial results is not necessarily indicative of future results.

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
Revenues:                
Membership fees and related services $263  $384  $(121)  (31.5)%
Recruitment services  1,175   567   608   107.2%
Products sales and other  1   1   -   -%
Consumer advertising and marketing solutions  45   30   15   50.0%
Total revenues $1,484  $982  $502   51.1%

 

Total revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2021 increased approximately $502,000, or 51%, to approximately $1,484,000 from approximately $982,000 during the same period in the prior year. The increase was predominately attributable to an approximate $608,000 increase in recruitment services revenues in the current period, partially offset by an approximate $121,000 decrease in membership fees and related services revenues, as compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

Revenues by Segment

 

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

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
PDN Network $1,220  $597  $623   104.3%
NAPW Network  264   385   (121)  (31.4)%
Total revenues $1,484  $982  $502  51.1%

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, our PDN Network generated approximately $1,220,000 in revenues compared to approximately $597,000 in revenues during the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of approximately $623,000 or 104%. The increase in revenues was predominately driven by improvements in our e-commerce platform and new sales collaborations, higher new client acquisitions and a significant increase in diversity recruitment initiatives by our clients

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, our NAPW Network revenues were approximately $264,000, compared to revenues of approximately $385,000 during the same period in the prior year, a decrease of approximately $121,000 or 31%. The decrease in revenues was primarily due a continued decrease in legacy membership retention rates and the continued effects of COVID-19 as new membership enrollment slowly returns. We believe that the membership services that we provide to our customers turned into a discretionary spending item during 2020 and the first three months of 2021 and the services that we provide were postponed as a result of the financial and economic impact of COVID-19.

 

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Costs and Expenses

 

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

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
Cost and expenses:                
Cost of revenues $261  $173  $88   50.9%
Sales and marketing  700   525   175   33.3%
General and administrative  1,318   1,661   (343)  (20.7)%
Depreciation and amortization  29   52   (23)  (42.3)%
Total pre-tax cost and expenses: $2,308  $2,411  $(103)  (4.2)%

 

Cost of revenues: Cost of revenues during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $261,000, an increase of approximately $88,000, or 51%, from approximately $173,000 during the same period of the prior year, as a result of increased revenues of approximately 51%.

 

Sales and marketing expense: Sales and marketing expense during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $700,000, an increase of approximately $175,000, or 33%, from $525,000 during the same period in the prior year. The increase is mainly attributable to primarily as a result of approximately $188,000 of sales and marketing costs driving increased revenues.

 

General and administrative expense: General and administrative expenses decreased by approximately $343,000, or 20%, to approximately $1,318,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease was a result of a litigation settlement reserve of $450,000 recorded in the first quarter of 2020 where there was no comparable event in the current period and a decrease in legal fees of approximately $160,000 as compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease was offset by an increase in professional services of approximately $110,000 and stock-based compensation costs of approximately $88,000, as compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

Depreciation and amortization expense: Depreciation and amortization expense during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $29,000, compared to approximately $51,000 during the same period in the prior year, a decrease of approximately $23,000, or 42%. The decrease was primarily attributable to assets and intangible assets reaching the end of their useful lives.

 

Costs and Expenses by Segment

 

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

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
PDN Network $907  $747  $160   21.4%
NAPW Network  511   453   58   12.8%
Corporate Overhead  890   1,211   (321)  (26.5)%
Total pre-tax costs and expenses: $2,308  $2,411  $(103)  (4.2)%

 

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For the three months ended March 31, 2021, pre-tax costs and expenses related to Corporate Overhead decreased by approximately $321,000, or 27%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily as a result of a litigation settlement reserve of $450,000 recorded in the first quarter of 2020 where there was no comparable event in the current period and a decrease in legal fees of approximately $160,000 as compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease was offset by an increase in professional services of approximately $110,000 and stock-based compensation costs of approximately $88,000, as compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, pre-tax costs and expenses related to our PDN Network increased by approximately $160,000, or 21%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, in our PDN Network segment primarily as a result of approximately $188,000 of sales and marketing costs driving increased revenues, partially offset by a reduction of general and administrative costs of approximately $44,000, as compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, pre-tax costs and expenses related to our NAPW Network remained fairly consistent.

 

Income Tax Benefit

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
Income tax benefit $(67) $(6) $61   1016.7%

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, we recorded a benefit for income tax of approximately $67,000 and $6,000, respectively. The increase in income tax benefit during the current period was primarily due to an increase in discrete tax items associated with litigation settlement reserves and stock-based compensation expense.

 

Net loss from Continuing Operations

 

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

 

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Change  Change 
  2021  2020  (Dollars)  (Percent) 
  (in thousands)       
PDN Network $360  $(148) $508   342.3%
NAPW Network  (226)  (68)  (158)  (233.4)%
Corporate Overhead  (890)  (1,206)  316   26.2%
Consolidated net loss from continuing operations $(756) $(1,422) $666   46.8%

 

Consolidated Net Loss from Continuing Operations. As the result of the factors discussed above, during the three months ended March 31, 2021, we incurred a net loss of approximately $756,000 from continuing operations, an increase of approximately $666,000 or 47%, compared to a net loss of approximately $1,422,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

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Discontinued Operations

 

In March 2020, our Board decided to suspend all China operations generated by the former CEO, Michael Wang. The results of operations for China operations are presented in the statements of operation and comprehensive loss as loss from discontinued operations.

 

The following table presents results from discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

  

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 
  2021  2020 
       
Revenues $-  $- 
         
Cost of Sales  2,315   7,356 
Depreciation and amortization  -   - 
Sales and marketing  -   1,695 
General and administrative  9,470   60,614 
Non-operating income (expense)  3,289   - 
Loss from discontinued operations before income tax  (15,074)  (69,665)
Income tax expense (benefit)  -   - 
Net loss from discontinued operations $(15,074) $(69,665)

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The following table summarizes our liquidity and capital resources as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

 

  March 31,  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
  (in thousands) 
Cash and cash equivalents $2,342  $2,118 
Working capital (deficiency) $(684) $(1,156)

 

Our principal sources of liquidity are our cash and cash equivalents, including net proceeds from the issuances of common stock. As of March 31, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $2,342,000 compared to cash and cash equivalents of $2,118,000 at December 31, 2020. We had an accumulated deficit of approximately $93,793,000 at March 31, 2021. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we generated a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $756,000 and used cash from continuing operations of approximately $936,000.

 

As of March 31, 2020, we had a working capital deficiency of approximately $1,741,000. We had an accumulated deficit of approximately $90,163,000 at March 31, 2020. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we generated a net loss from continuing operations of approximately $1,422,000 and used cash from continuing operations of approximately $574,000.

 

We continue to focus on our overall profitability by reducing operating and overhead expenses, we have continued to generate negative cash flows from operations, and we expect to incur net losses for the foreseeable future, especially considering the negative impact COVID-19 will have on our liquidity and financial position. These conditions raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on our ability to further implement our business plan, raise capital, and generate revenues. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary if we unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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We are closely monitoring operating costs and capital requirements. Our Management continues to contain and reduce costs, including terminating non-performing employees and eliminating certain positions, replacing and negotiating with certain vendors, implementing a new approval process overseeing travel and other expenses, and significantly reducing the cash compensation for independent board directors. If we are still not successful in sufficiently reducing our costs, we may then need to dispose of our other assets or discontinue business lines.

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company entered into a private placement with Ms. Yiran Gu, in which the Company sold 500,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $2.00 for gross proceeds of $1,000,000.

 

On or about March 24, 2021, we entered into a stock purchase agreement to purchase a significant equity stake in RemoteMore (USA) Inc. (“RemoteMore”). According to an arrangement between the parties, we made a deposit of $60,000 to RemoteMore to facilitate the closing of the transaction. RemoteMore may use the deposit towards closing costs. If the transaction is closed as planned, this deposit will be treated as a part of the purchase price. If the transaction for whatever reasons is not closed, RemoteMore shall refund this deposit to us.

 

We currently anticipate that our available funds and cash flow from operations may not be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements for the twelve months subsequent to the issuance of our financial statements. In order to fund our operations, we will need to increase revenues or raise capital by the issuance of stock. However, there can be no assurances that our business plans and actions will be successful, that we will generate anticipated revenues, or that unforeseen circumstances will not require additional funding sources in the future or effectuate plans to conserve liquidity. Future efforts to raise additional funds may not be successful or they may not be available on acceptable terms, if at all. In addition, due to China’s foreign currency control, the Company cannot move money between China and the USA freely. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) regulate the flow of foreign exchange in and out of the country strictly. We need to get approval from Chinese government to move money from China to the U.S., which might take extra time. As noted above, on April 22, 2021, RMB 18,841,064.15 (approximately $2.9 million) had been seized ‎from the PDN China Account by Chinese local authorities, and after such seizure, there is approximately RMB 1,279,000 (approximately $195,000) left in the PDN China Account. Such seizure of cash funds reduces the Company’s shareholders’ equity by an equal amount, which results in ‎its stockholders’ equity being less than the $2.5 million required by NASDAQ for continued listing of the Company’s common shares on the Nasdaq Capital ‎Market. The Company plans to explore alternatives for increasing its stockholders’ equity in order to meet ‎NASDAQ’s listing requirements, including the possibility of issuing additional equity; however, there is no guaranty that such efforts will be successful and if the Company cannot increase its stockholders equity to meeting Nasdaq requirements, its common shares may be delisted from the NASDAQ Capital Market, which would negatively impact the liquidity and price of such shares.‎

 

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

 

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  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2020  2020 
Cash provided by (used in) continued operations (in thousands) 
Operating activities $(769) $(574)
Investing activities  (6)  (5)
Financing activities  1,000   1,500 
Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents  (35)  (15)
Cash provided by (used in) discontinued operations        
Operating activities  35   16 
Investing activities  -   - 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $225  $922 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers cash and cash equivalents to include all short-term, highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and have original maturities of three months or less.

 

Net Cash Used in Operating Activities

 

Net cash used in operating activities from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $769,000. We had a net loss of approximately $756,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2021, which included a stock based compensation expense of approximately $106,000, depreciation of amortization expense of $30,000 and amortization of right-of-use assets of $23,000, which was partially offset by deferred tax benefit of approximately $65,000. We also recorded a non-cash stock issuance of $166,500 related to the settlement of litigation. Changes in operating assets and liabilities used approximately $274,000 of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2021, consisting primarily of increases in accounts receivable, accounts payable, deferred revenue and accrued expenses, partially offset by decreases in deferred revenue.

 

Net cash used in operating activities from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2020  was $574,000. We had a net loss of $1,422,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2020, which included a non-cash litigation settlement reserve of $450,000, depreciation of amortization expense of $52,000 and amortization of right-of-use assets of $39,000, which was partially offset by payments of lease obligations of $46,000. Changes in operating assets and liabilities used $339,000 of cash during the three months ended March 31, 2020, consisting primarily of increases in accounts receivable, accounts payable, deferred revenue and accrued expenses, partially offset by decreases in deferred revenue and accrued expenses.

 

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

 

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $6,000, which consisted of investments in developed technology and computer equipment purchases.

 

Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities

 

Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was approximately $1,000,000 and which reflected proceeds from the sale of common stock.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations during the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1,500,000 and which reflected proceeds from the sale of common stock. On March 22, 2020, we entered into an agreement with Malven Group Limited, a company established under the laws of the British Virgin Islands, in connection with the purchase of 1,939,237 shares of our common stock at a price of $0.7735 per share for gross proceeds of $1,500,000. The closing of the transaction took place on March 30, 2020.

 

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

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

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

While our significant accounting policies are more fully described in Note 3 to our consolidated financial statements included at the end of this Annual Report, we believe that the following accounting policies are the most critical to aid you in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results and affect the more significant judgments and estimates that we use in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

Our policy is to reserve for uncollectible accounts based on our best estimate of the amount of probable credit losses in our existing accounts receivable. We periodically review our accounts receivable to determine whether an allowance for doubtful accounts is necessary based on an analysis of past due accounts and other factors that may indicate that the realization of an account may be in doubt. Account balances deemed to be uncollectible are charged to the allowance after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is considered remote.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Capitalized Technology Costs

 

We account for capitalized technology costs in accordance with ASC 350-40, Internal-Use Software (“ASC 350-40”). In accordance with ASC 350-40, we capitalize certain external and internal computer software costs incurred during the application development stage. The application development stage generally includes software design and configuration, coding, testing and installation activities. Training and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred, while upgrades and enhancements are capitalized if it is probable that such expenditures will result in additional functionality. Capitalized software costs are amortized over the estimated useful lives of the software assets on a straight-line basis, generally not exceeding three years.

 

Business Combinations

 

ASC 805, Business Combinations (“ASC 805”), applies the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations to all acquisitions where the acquirer gains a controlling interest, regardless of whether consideration was exchanged. ASC 805 establishes principles and requirements for how the acquirer : a) recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, and any non-controlling interest in the acquiree; b) recognizes and measures the goodwill acquired in the business combination or a gain from a bargain purchase; and c) determines what information to disclose to enable users of the financial statements to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. Accounting for acquisitions requires the Company to recognize, separately from goodwill, the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed at their acquisition-date fair values. Goodwill as of the acquisition date is measured as the excess of consideration transferred and the net of the acquisition-date fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. While the Company uses its best estimates and assumptions to accurately value assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date, the estimates are inherently uncertain and subject to refinement. As a result, during the measurement period, which may be up to one year from the acquisition date, the Company may record adjustments to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed with the corresponding offset to goodwill. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period or final determination of the values of assets acquired or liabilities assumed, whichever comes first, any subsequent adjustments are recorded to the consolidated statements of comprehensive loss.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Our principal sources of revenue are recruitment revenue, consumer marketing and consumer advertising revenue, membership subscription fees, and product sales. Recruitment revenue includes revenue recognized from direct sales to customers for recruitment services and events, as well as revenue from our direct ecommerce sales. Revenues from recruitment services are recognized when the services are performed, evidence of an arrangement exists, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectability is probable. Our recruitment revenue is derived from agreements through single and multiple job postings, recruitment media, talent recruitment communities, basic and premier corporate memberships, hiring campaign marketing and advertising, e-newsletter marketing and research and outreach services.

 

Consumer marketing and consumer advertising revenue is recognized either based upon a fixed fee for revenue sharing agreements in which payment is required at the time of posting, or billed based upon the number of impressions (the number of times an advertisement is displayed) recorded on the websites as specified in the customer agreement.

 

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Revenue generated from NAPW Network membership subscriptions is recognized ratably over the 12-month membership period, although members pay their annual fees at the commencement of the membership period. Starting January 2, 2018, we began offering a monthly membership for which we collect fees on a monthly basis and we recognize revenue in the same month as the fees are collected. Revenue from related membership services are derived from fees for development and set-up of a member’s personal on-line profile and/or press release announcements. Fees related to these services are recognized as revenue at the time the on-line profile is complete and press release is distributed.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

See Note 3 to our financial statements.

 

ITEM 3 – QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 4 – CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures

 

As of March 31, 2021, our management conducted an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures; as is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We recognize that there are material weaknesses related to our internal controls. Therefore, our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective, as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report. This includes ensuring that information required to be disclosed was recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Furthermore, to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (principal executive officer) and Interim Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer), is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act. We have designed our internal controls to provide reasonable assurance that our financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (U.S. GAAP), and include those policies and procedures that:

 

 pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and disposition of our assets;
   
 provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorization of our management and directors; and
   
 provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Our management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. In making this evaluation, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in its 2013 Internal Control — Integrated Framework.

 

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Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our internal controls over financial reporting were not effective as of the end of the period covered in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Management undertook several remediation actions, including hiring experienced accounting personnel, improvements in the segregation of duties within our accounting and financial reporting functions, GAAP training of internal staff and engaging an outside consultant to assist the Company on complex GAAP matters. Although these measures greatly helped to improve our internal controls, they did not fully remediate deficiencies in controls. Despite this, our management has concluded that the financial statements included in this report fairly present in all material respects our financial position and results of operations.

 

The Company’s 2020 Annual Report does not include an attestation report of the Company’s registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting as it was not subject to attestation by the Company’s registered public accounting firm pursuant to rules of the SEC that permit the Company to provide only management’s report in the 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Material Weakness in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

A material weakness is a control deficiency or a combination of control deficiencies that result in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected. Our management had concluded that, as of December 31, 2020, we did not maintain effective controls over the preparation, review, presentation and disclosure of our financial statements. Specifically, we noted the following.

 

 Management has not implemented policies and procedures to recognize revenue equal to the amount allocated from revenue sharing arrangements with partners. Specifically, invoices of such arrangements are not agreed to approved price list before recording and related write-offs and credit memos for payments to be received are not reviewed or approved by management;
   
 The Company does not have accounting policies and procedures to specify the correct treatment for estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts and bad debt expense of recruitment services. Specifically, a supporting analysis is not prepared for estimating the allowance for doubtful accounts and bad debt expense. Delinquent accounts receivable are not reviewed; and
   
 Accounting procedures are not sufficiently formal that management can determine whether the control objective is met, documentation supporting the procedures is in place, and personnel routinely know the procedures that need to be performed. Specifically, data from foreign subsidiaries underlying financial statements is not captured completely, accurately, and timely, in accordance with the entity’s policies and procedure

 

Plan for Remediation of Material Weakness

 

During fiscal 2021, we continued our initiatives to improve and remediate material weaknesses related to our internal control over financial reporting for the period ended December 31, 2020. Specifically:

 

 We continue to look to expand our corporate accounting staff and add qualified personnel with knowledge of U.S. GAAP;
   
 Continued updating of accounting policies and procedures; and
   
 We continue to improve the financial reporting processes which included monthly and quarterly closing check-lists and monthly review of the financial reports by the Company’s Finance Department leadership.

 

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

 

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Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls

 

The effectiveness of any system of internal control over financial reporting, including ours, is subject to inherent limitations, including the exercise of judgment in designing, implementing, operating and evaluating the controls and procedures, and the inability to eliminate misconduct completely. Accordingly, any system of internal control over financial reporting, including ours, no matter how well designed and operated, can only provide reasonable, not absolute assurances. In addition, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate. We intend to continue to monitor and upgrade our internal controls as necessary or appropriate for our business, but cannot assure you that such improvements will be sufficient to provide us with effective internal control over financial reporting.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

During the first quarter of 2021, we continued to undertake certain initiatives to improve and remediate material weaknesses related to our internal control over financial reporting that were identified for the year ended December 31, 2020. Specifically, we continued to implement more effective financial reporting process and internal control procedures that included monthly and quarterly closing check-lists, updating of accounting policies and procedures, and monthly review of the financial reports by the Company’s Finance Department. We also continued improving GAAP training of internal staff and to utilize third-party consultants, when necessary, to assist in the review and preparation of complex accounting transaction and financial statement reports. There have been no other changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the first quarter of 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 1 – LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

In a letter dated October 12, 2017, White Winston Select Asset Funds (“White Winston”) threatened to assert claims against the Company in excess of $2 million based on White Winston’s contention that our conduct delayed White Winston’s ability to sell our shares of Common Stock during a period when our stock price was generally falling. On October 28, 2020, we and White Winston reached a settlement agreement, in which we made a cash payment of $250,000 on October 29, 2020 and a second cash payment of $350,000 was paid on February 16, 2021. In addition, we issued 150,000 shares of our common stock in January 2021 and recorded a non-cash stock issuance of $166,500. The total amount of the settlement was $766,500.

 

NAPW is a defendant in a Nassau County (NY) Supreme Court case, whereby TL Franklin Avenue Plaza LLC has sued NAPW Case index No. LT-000421/2018, with respect to NAPW’s former Garden City NY Premises. NAPW had surrendered the Premises to the Landlord, and the Landlord has obtained a judgment against NAPW in the amount of $746,142.41. As a result of the judgement order, we recorded a $780,000 litigation settlement reserve in the second quarter of 2020, which reflected the judgement order in addition to imputed interest costs and legal fees. NAPW is currently negotiating a settlement with the Landlord.

 

We and our wholly-owned subsidiary, NAPW, Inc., are parties to a proceeding captioned Deborah Bayne, et al. vs. NAPW, Inc. and Professional Diversity Network, Inc., No. 18-cv-3591 (E.D.N.Y.), filed on June 20, 2018 and alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and certain provisions of the New York Labor Law. We dispute that it or its subsidiary violated the applicable laws or that either entity has any liability and intends to vigorously defend against these claims. The matter is in the final stages of discovery and we have completed depositions of relevant witnesses. During the first quarter of 2020, we recorded a $450,000 litigation settlement reserve in the event of an unfavorable outcome in this proceeding. In November 2020, both parties entered into mediation proceedings but a settlement was not reached. This matter is scheduled to go to trial in 2021.

 

General Legal Matters

 

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

 

ITEM 1A – RISK FACTORS

 

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

 

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

 

On February 1, 2021, the Company entered into a private placement with Ms. Yiran Gu, in which the Company sold 500,000 shares of its common stock at a price per share of $2.00 for gross proceeds of $1,000,000. The Company’s Form 8-K filed on February 2, 2021 is incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

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

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, on May 20, 2020.

 

 PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK, INC.
   
Date: May 17,2021By:/s/ Xin (Adam) He
 Name:Xin (Adam) He
 Title:Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer
  (On behalf of the Registrant and as principal financial
  officer and principal accounting officer)

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

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

 

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