Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

1. Organization and Business

1. Organization and Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Organization and Business

Note 1: Organization and Business


Organization and Nature of Business


Genius Brands International, Inc. (“we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company”) is a global content and brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content. Led by industry veterans, the Company distributes its content in all formats as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters. In the children's media sector, the Company’s portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment including the award-winning Baby Genius; new preschool property Rainbow Rangers; preschool property Llama Llama that debuted on Netflix; tween music-driven brand SpacePop; adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® available on public broadcast stations and the Company’s Genius Brands Network on Comcast's Xfinity on Demand, Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Prime; Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Company is also developing an all-new adult-themed animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment and The Hollywood Reporter


In addition, the Company acts as licensing agent for Llama Llama, leveraging its existing licensing infrastructure to expand these brands into new product categories, new retailers, and new territories.


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


On November 15, 2013, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”) with A Squared Entertainment LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“A Squared”), A Squared Holdings LLC, a California limited liability company and sole member of A Squared (the “Parent Member”) and A2E Acquisition LLC, its newly formed, wholly-owned Delaware subsidiary (“Acquisition Sub”). Upon closing of the transactions contemplated under the Merger Agreement (the “Merger”), which occurred concurrently with entering into the Merger Agreement, the Acquisition Sub merged with and into A Squared, and A Squared, as the surviving entity, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. As a result of the Merger, the Company acquired the business and operations of A Squared.


On November 4, 2016, the Company filed a certificate to change its Articles of Incorporation to effect a reverse split on a one-for-three basis (the “2016 Reverse Split”). The 2016 Reverse Split became effective on November 9, 2016. All common stock (“Common Stock”) share and per share information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Form 10-K”), including the accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes thereto, have been adjusted to reflect retrospective application of the 2016 Reverse Split, unless otherwise indicated.




Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. For the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company reported net losses of $4,908,736 and $6,213,135, respectively. The Company reported net cash used in operating activities of $7,186,870 and $3,716,277 for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $41,551,497 and total stockholders’ equity of $15,039,846. As of December 31, 2017, the Company had current assets of $10,834,926, including cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $7,498,072 and current liabilities of $3,718,647, including certain trade payables of $925,000 to which the Company disputes the claim. The Company had working capital of $7,116,279 as of December 31, 2017, compared to a working capital deficit of $479,404 as of December 31, 2016.


During 2017, the Company completed three transactions that enhanced cash and working capital balances:


  · On January 10, 2017, the Company entered into an amendment of its home entertainment distribution agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. (“SPHE”) pursuant to which, among other things, SPHE paid $1,489,583 which was owed and payable by the Company to SPHE’s sister company Sony DADC US Inc. (“DADC”) for certain disk manufacturing and replication services. In connection with such transaction, the Company issued SPHE 301,231 shares of its common stock at $4.945 per share, SPHE’s exclusive territory for exercising its home entertainment distribution rights under the Distribution Agreement was extended from the United States and Canada to worldwide, and the amount of advances subject to recoupment by SPHE out of royalty payments that would otherwise be due to the Company under the Distribution Agreement was increased by the amount of the payment to DADC. In connection with the above issuance of our shares, the Company entered into a subscription agreement with SPHE, effective as of January 17, 2017. Collectively, these transactions are referred to as the “January 2017 Sony Transactions.”
  · On February 9, 2017, the Company entered into a private transaction (the “Private Transaction”) pursuant to a Warrant Exercise Agreement (the “Agreement”) with certain holders of the Company’s existing warrants (the “Original Warrants”) for which it received gross proceeds of $3,866,573 from the exercise of the Original Warrants and issued additional warrants to these holders (see Notes 9 and 11 for additional information about the Private Transaction).
  · On October 3, 2017, the Company sold, in a registered direct offering, 1,647,691 shares of common stock at an offering price of $3.90 per share and, in a concurrent private placement, warrants to purchase an aggregate of 1,647,691 shares of common stock for gross proceeds of approximately $6,425,995 before deducting the placement agent fee and related offering expenses.


Subsequent to the end of the year, on January 8, 2018, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with certain accredited investors pursuant to which the Company sold approximately $1,800,000 of common stock and warrants to such investors (the “January 2018 Private Placement”). The Company issued and sold warrants to purchase 592,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share.


While the Company believes that its anticipated cash balances, working capital, and deal pipeline will be sufficient to fund operations for the next twelve months, there can be no assurance that cash flows from operations will continue to improve in the near future or will not deteriorate during that period. If the Company is unable to attain profitable operations and attain positive operating cash flows, it may need to (i) seek additional funding, (ii) scale back its development or production plans, or (iii) reduce certain operations.