Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

1. Organization and Business

1. Organization and Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
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, we distribute our content in all formats as well as a broad range of consumer products based on our characters. In the children's media sector, our portfolio features “content with a purpose” for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment. New intellectual property titles include the preschool property Rainbow Rangers, which debuted in November 2018 on Nickelodeon and preschool property Llama Llama; which debuted on Netflix in January 2018 and was renewed by Netflix for a second season. Our library titles include the award winning Baby Genius, - adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab® and Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett which is distributed across our Genius Brands Network on Comcast’s Xfinity on Demand, AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Cox, Dish, Sling and Zumo as well as Connected TV.


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


The Company commenced operations in 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”.


Liquidity and Going Concern


Historically, the Company has incurred net losses. For the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company reported net losses of $9,003,901 and $4,908,736, respectively. The Company reported net cash used in operating activities of $8,008,010 and $7,186,870 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $50,702,486 and total stockholders’ equity of $12,839,771. As a result, the Company will require additional capital to fund its operations and execute its business plan. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of $3,085,026, which is not sufficient to fund the Company’s planned operations and production through one year after the date the consolidated financial statements are issued, and accordingly, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.


The analysis used to determine the Company’s ability as a going concern does not include cash sources outside the Company’s direct control that management expects to be available within the next 12 months. Management is in negotiations to obtain new long-term financing and has a long history of successful capital raises with its investment bank group that will be leading the upcoming round. Both the Company and the Investment banking group are confident in their ability to raise sufficient capital to meet the Company’s obligations and fund its production slate for the coming twelve months. There is inherent uncertainty and business risks that the Company will be able to raise such additional capital. The Company also expects revenue from operations to increase in the third quarter and for the subsequent quarters based on executed licensing agreements. These consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis and do not include any adjustments to the amounts and classification of assets and liabilities that may be necessary in the event the Company can no longer continue as a going concern.


During 2018, the company completed three transactions that enhanced cash and working capital balances:


January 2018 Private Placement


On January 8, 2018, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with certain accredited investors pursuant to which the Company sold approximately $1,596,341 net, 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. In addition, the company issued to Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, as placement agent, warrants to purchase 93,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share.


Securities Purchase Agreement


On August 17, 2018, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “August 2018 Purchase Agreement”) with certain investors, pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell (i) an aggregate principal amount of $4.50 million in secured convertible notes, convertible into shares of our common stock, at a conversion price of $2.50 per share (the “Secured Convertible Notes”) and (ii) warrants to purchase 1,800,000 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $3.00 per share (the “Warrants,” and, together with the Secured Convertible Notes, the “Securities”). The Company received approximately $4,186,054 in net proceeds from the offering.


Production Loans


On September 28, 2018, Llama Productions LLC, a California limited liability company (“Llama”) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Loan and Security Agreement”) with Bank Leumi USA (the “Lender”), pursuant to which the Lender agreed to make a secured loan in the aggregate amount of $4,186,054, to Llama (the “Loan”). The proceeds of the Loan were or will be used to pay the majority of the expenses of producing, completing and delivering two 22-minute episodes and sixteen 11-minute episodes of the second season of the animated series Llama Llama to be initially exhibited on Netflix.


In addition, on September 28, 2018, Llama and Lender entered into Amendment No. 2 to the Loan and Security Agreement, effective as of August 27, 2018, by and between Llama and the Lender (the “Amendment”). Pursuant to the Amendment, the original Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of August 5, 2016 and amended as of November 7, 2017 (the “Original Loan and Security Agreement”), was amended to (i) reduce the loan commitment thereunder to $1,768,010, which is a reduction of $3,075,406 from the original loan commitment under the Original Loan and Security Agreement and (ii) include the Llama Llama season two obligations under the Loan and Security Agreement as obligations under the Original Loan and Security Agreement.


The Maturity Date of the Prime Rate Loan facility and LIBOR Loan facility is March 31, 2021.


Subsequent to the end of the year, on February 19, 2019, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with an accredited investor pursuant to which the Company sold approximately $2,000,000 of common stock and warrants to such investor (the “February 2019 Private Placement”) , see note 17.


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.