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[June 12, 2014]
ARTEC CONSULTING CORP. - 10-Q - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
(Edgar Glimpses Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Forward-Looking Statements This Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements which involve assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies, and expectations, and are generally identifiable by use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "intend," or "project," or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. These statements are expressed in good faith and based upon a reasonable basis when made, but there can be no assurance that these expectations will be achieved or accomplished.
Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, (a) the potential markets for our products, our potential profitability, and cash flows (b) our growth strategies (c) our future financing plans and (d) our anticipated needs for working capital. This information may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. These statements may be found at various places throughout this report including, but not limited to the discussions under "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Business." Actual events or results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, without limitation, the matters described in this Form 10-K generally. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements contained in this filing will in fact occur.
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Although forward-looking statements in this report reflect the good faith judgment of our management, forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, business, economic and other risks and factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those discussed in these forward-looking statements. Many of those factors are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report.
We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this report, other than as may be required by applicable law or regulation.
Overview We offer a comprehensive suite of online marketing and reporting solutions, including lead gen (prospect email, performance display, mobile marketing), performance media (PPC, SEO, social media, retargeting) and affiliate marketing, as well as other related web services and consultation. We generate revenue by delivering measurable marketing results to clients.
Online leads are usually generated as clicks from websites or email. Our goal is to engage Internet visitors with targeted media and to connect our marketing clients with their potential clients on line.
We use world-class technology solutions to create advertising campaigns for clients to target potential customers, optimize those campaigns in real time and track tangible results. Through a single advertising budget, we enable our clients to reach customers -whether using traditional computing devices or mobile devices-across the Internet, including through all of the major search engines and leading general interest and vertically focused online publishers.
9 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our retargeting and display marketing solutions target consumers that have recently search for a client's business keywords as well as those who have recently visited their website. We continue to expand our platform to include additional advertising products designed specifically for the needs of our clients. Our website solutions are designed to help client turn more of their website visitors into leads, manage those leads more effectively and convert more of them into customers.
We focus on serving clients in large, information-intensive industry verticals where relevant, targeted media and offerings help visitors make informed choices, find the products that match their needs, and thus become qualified customer prospects for our clients.
Products/Services We combine advanced, publisher-agnostic technology and an experienced, digitally sophisticated direct sales force to provide clients with a single, easy to use and cost-effective solution to acquire, maintain and retain customers using digital and traditional media.
Artec owns or accesses targeted databases and utilizes proprietary technology to create local, regional and national marketing campaigns on demand providing clients with the ability to acquire new customers. We run advertisements or other forms of marketing messages and programs through multiple channels (i.e.
Email, Direct Mail, Social Media, SMS, radio and telecommunication) to create responders for client offerings. We optimize client matches and media yield such that we achieve desired results for clients and a sound financial outcome for Artec.
We deliver cost-effective marketing results to our clients, predictable and scalable, most typically in the form of a qualified lead, click or call. These leads, clicks or calls can then convert into a customer or sale for the client at a rate that results in an acceptable marketing cost to them. We get paid by clients primarily when we deliver qualified results as defined in our agreements. Typically, leads are routed through a call center or other offline acquisition process. Online leads are usually generated as clicks from websites.
Our marketing services include but are not limited to: · Affiliate and performance marketing, · Search advertising, · Display advertising, · Telecommunications · Retargeting, · Email marketing, · Lead generation, · Creative design, and · Consulting services.
For advertisers our platform allows us to connect clients to multiple online publishers. For publishers our platform provides access to a significant advertiser base to gain access to a broader range of advertising inventory. The combination of these end-to-end online marketing capabilities enables us to offer clients the simplicity of a single advertising budget that meets their marketing objectives.
Our search product is focused on assuring that our clients' advertisements appear prominently among the search results when local consumers enter certain keywords on leading local search sites such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing and social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
10 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our display product is primarily focused on maximizing the exposure for clients that want to broadcast a message to a specific target online audience.
Our remarketing and search retargeting products allow us to target consumers who have previously visited a specific client's website, either through a search marketing campaign or a display marketing campaign, or who have previously searched for a client's keywords. When the potential customer visits any other site within our remarketing network, we can remarket to the target customer on behalf of that client.
Our lead conversion helps clients manage their leads and convert more of them into customers.
Our capabilities: · Software-based solution that provides back-end automation and optimization technologies to manage advertising spend across a broad array of online publishers and media outlets; · For advertisers interested in search engine marketing, automation of build-up of keyword search criteria for the leading search engines; · Seting and optimization of bids for keywords based on client products and services; · Placement of display advertisements on websites selected in accorance with custom profiles; · Integration with leading social media sites; · Proprietary algorithms multiple times a day to evaluate each publisher and keyword, dynamic shifting of spend to continuously optimize and improve campagin performance; · Proprietary reverse proxy technology that automatically tracks campaign-generated activity; and · Access to multiple publishers and advertisers.
Consulting We work with clients on a consultative basis to help them achieve their markeing objectives, educating and guiding them through the opportunities arising from and the mechanics of online advertising. Our consulting services provide clients access to technology and media that they could not access by themselve, and proven in ways they understand.
Scale and Experience Our scale and experience in purchasing online advertising from publishers allows us to make more efficient and effective purchasing decisions on behalf of our clients. In addition, our platform enables us to connect our clients to a wide array of online publishers. Our platform not only allows us to expand the reach of our publisher network, but also allows us quickly to test and identify better performing advertising options for our clients.
Client Relationships As new online advertising opportunities emerge, such as mobile, video and social media, we believe that having a direct client relationship will enable us to offer additional products and services to our clients.
Technology Running thousands of online advertising campaigns simultaneously across multiple publishers poses significant technical challenges. While technologies exist to help larger companies manage and optimize their online marketing spend, we believe that such solutions are too expensive and too complex to scale down to many of our clients' monthly advertising budget. We have built our services, systems and networks for maximum scalability and flexibility to manage these types of campaigns, and we have invested heavily in automation technologies that reduce the level of human intervention required to support these campaigns. This automation is critical to our ability to scale our business and deliver moderately budgeted campaigns in a cost-effective manner.
11 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Strategy We generate revenue by providing marketing and advertising solutions for our clients through direct sales and our online marketing platform. We sell our marketing products based on a consultative approach to discover customer needs and build pricing and packages which provide a positive return on their investment. While we do not commit to a specific set of results, we work with our clients to meet their marketing objectives. Clients primarily pay us for leads that they can convert into customers. Typically, leads are routed through a call center or other offline customer acquisition process. Online leads are usually generated as clicks from websites or email. In brief, Artec helps clients communicate their message to potential new customers by delivering compelling offers through the use of proprietary products, media channels and distribution platforms.
We believe that we are in the early stages of a large and long-term business opportunity presented by the shift from traditional media formats to digital media formats. Our strategy for pursuing this opportunity includes the following key components: · Expand Media Offerings. We have developed a platform that enables us more easily to connect our client advertisers to a broader array of online publishers and, in the future, to reach customers through new formats such as mobile and video. Our plan has been, and continues to be, to fulfill, track and optimize a client's entire digital media plan, regardless of media property or format.
· Develop Digital Marketing Software Solutions. Our current products target our clients' needs to acquire customers through online media buying. We believe that there will be continued movement towards digital platforms in the other segments of our clients' marketing activities, such as marketing automation, lead conversion and customer relationship management. To address these and other needs, we plan to continue investing in the internal development or potential acquisition of products and services in these adjacent segments.
Affiliate and Performance Marketing Key Trends and Drivers · One of the most effective ways to enter new markets (pay-for-performance model represents low risk and low overhead while also providing access to local marketing experts without having to bring on full-time staff), · Growth of mobile, · With the rise in multi-channel retailing, expect a tighter integration of marketing channels. Performance marketing, for example, will be more closely aligned with retargeting and display, · Big data solutions that include affiliate program data will enable more targeted, timely ads and offers to be delivered at the right audience at the right time on the right device.
· Aligned with the way that consumers shop and behave, · It's a proven acquisition channel for new customers and provides a low risk opportunity to try new ideas, and · Deal-driven consumers turn to affiliate sites first and frequently, because they believe offers from affiliate sites are better than those presented on a retailer's We differentiate ourselves by utilizing our marketing platform to attract large multi-location organizations. These organizations have seen dramatic cuts to their marketing departments over the last few years forcing them to work more with less. We help centralize and streamline marketing initiatives for these large decentralized organizations allowing them, in many cases for the first time in years, to stop playing defense and become offensive in the management and implementation of their marketing efforts. In essence, we allow independent field offices, franchise owners, sales agents to have access to easy to utilize fortune 500 type marketing services at their disposal 24/7. We have proven our services lower client acquisition costs, increase the overall spend of client initiatives, creating more loyal and profitable clients.
12 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Market The ability to market to and acquire customers is a critical driver of success for businesses, often representing a very significant portion of their cost base. Business to consumer e-commerce was approximately a $1.0 trillion industry globally in 2012, growing at 16.7% per year from 2012 to 2017, according to International Data Corporation, or IDC. Penetration of smartphones and tablets has also driven rapid growth of mobile commerce, which represented $64.5 billion globally in 2012, and is expected to grow at 35.5% CAGR between 2012 and 2017 according to IDC. The internet and mobile devices are becoming increasingly important mediums for businesses to generate customer engagement and leads that ultimately result in sales, both online and offline. However, these mediums are also complex and fragmented, making it difficult and costly to engage and convert customers. Illustrating the difficulty of converting customers, 88% of online shoppers surveyed in February 2013 by comScore indicated they had from time to time placed items in a shopping cart and left a site without making a purchase. It is therefore important for businesses to develop and execute online and mobile marketing campaigns efficiently and effectively harnessing consumer intent, big data, technology, measurability, and the ability to target, at scale. According to ZenithOptimedia, marketers spent $88.6 billion on internet advertising in 2012, with this spend expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 14.3% through 2015.
Competitive Landscape The market for online advertising solutions is intensely competitive and rapidly changing, and with the introduction of new technologies and market entrants, we expect competition to intensify in the future. Many of our current and potential competitors enjoy substantial competitive advantages, such as greater name recognition, longer operating histories and larger marketing budgets, as well as substantially greater financial, technical and other resources. In addition, many of our current and potential competitors have established marketing relationships and access to larger customer bases.
Our competitors include: · Internet Marketing Providers. We compete with large Internet marketing providers such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft. These providers typically offer their products and services through disparate, online-only, self-service platforms. We compete with these companies on the basis of our product offerings and our publisher-agnostic services to our clients. Although we compete against the self-service offerings of these large providers, we also have business relationships with them. We also believe that we provide a valuable service to these companies by connecting them to a large number of clients, which are generally disinclined to purchase online advertising via self-service platforms · Traditional, Offline Media Companies. We compete with traditional yellow page and newspaper companies with large, direct sales forces. While these traditional media companies have made investments to address the migration of advertising expenditures away from their existing print products, we believe that they face the prospect of cannibalizing their existing higher margin products that they own and the challenge of re-training and restructuring their sales forces, most of whom have only sold print products and many of whom still receive the majority of their income from selling those products. We compete with these companies on the basis of the strength and breadth of our technology platform and product offering and our focus exclusively on Internet advertising.
Intellectual Property We have developed a few different very important software/applications, which we consider to be proprietary including a custom gateway that runes real-time analytics and tracking on all campaigns powered by our resources. This software helps us manage and mitigate exposure to fraud, while enabling us to purchase media more intelligently, with better control over our advertiser's budget in order to maximize campaign efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, we have developed Email Service Provider ("ESP") and Message Transfer Agent ("MTA") software, which allows clients to log in and manage their own mailings directly.
We have also developed dialer/phone systems to maximize efficiency with respect to telecommunication client management.
13 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Governmental Approval and Regulation We are subject to various federal and state law and regulation relating to our business. The regulation currently focuses on data collection, privacy, social networking, user generated content, information security and online behavioral marketing. Because of the increasing popularity of the Internet and the growth of online services, there are regular initiatives at both the federal and state level to expand the scope of regulation as problems and perceived problems arise and develop. Although much of the regulation is well founded, it does have an impact on how we conduct our business and may have an impact on our financial results if we are limited in our business activities or there are additional costs associated with compliance. We do not believe there to be any specific environmental regulation that will have a material impact on our business operations or financial results.
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission, or the FTC, enforces rules and regulations enacted pursuant to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, or COPPA, imposing restrictions on the ability of online services to collect information from minors under the age of 13. During 2009, the FTC actively enforced COPPA through civil penalties and consent orders. As a part of our efforts to comply with these requirements, we do not knowingly collect online personally identifiable information from any person under 13 years of age and have implemented age screening mechanisms on certain of our websites in an effort to prohibit persons under the age of 13 from registering. The restrictions are likely to dissuade some percentage of our potential customers from using such websites, which may adversely affect our business. If it turns out that one or more of our websites is not COPPA compliant, we may face enforcement actions by the FTC, complaints to the FTC by individuals, or face a civil penalty, any of which could adversely affect our reputation and business.
Laws on the state level protecting the identity of personal information of children online have been enacted or are under consideration. For example, Michigan and Utah have established registries where parents and others may register instant messenger IDs, mobile text messaging and fax numbers in addition to e-mail addresses to prevent certain types of messages from reaching children in those states. Such laws could have an adverse impact on how we will be able to conduct our business in the future and may limit access to an important segment of the target markets our clients seek.
A number of government authorities, both in the United States and abroad, and private parties are increasing their focus on privacy issues and the use of personal information. Well-publicized breaches of data privacy and consumer personal information have caused state legislatures to enact data privacy legislation. Forty-five states, including New York, California and Pennsylvania, have enacted data privacy legislation, including data breach notification laws, and laws penalizing the misuse of personal information in violation of published privacy policies. Certain states have also enacted legislation requiring certain encryption technologies for the storage and transmission of personally identifiable information, including credit card information, and more states are considering enactment of information security regulations and may require the adoption of written information security policies that are consistent with state laws if businesses have personal information of residents of their states. Data privacy and information security legislation is also being considered at the federal level, which if enacted, could adversely affect our business. In addition to the specific data privacy and data breach statutes, the FTC and attorneys general in several states have investigated the use of personal information by some Internet companies under existing consumer protection laws.
In particular, an attorney general or the FTC may examine privacy policies to ensure that a company fully complies with representations in the policies regarding the manner in which the information provided by consumers and other visitors to a website is used and disclosed by the company and the failure to do so could give rise to a complaint under state or federal unfair competition or consumer protection laws. We review our privacy policies and operations on a regular basis, and currently, we believe we are in material compliance with applicable U.S. federal and state laws. Our business could be adversely affected if new regulations or decisions regarding the storage, transmission, use and/or disclosure of personal information are implemented in such ways that impose new or additional technology requirements on us, limit our ability to collect, transmit, store and use the information, or if government authorities or private parties challenge our privacy practices that result in restrictions on us, or we experience a significant data or information breach which would require public disclosure under existing notification laws and for which we may be liable for damages or penalties.
The United States Congress enacted the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003, or CAN-SPAM, regulating "commercial electronic mail messages" (i.e., e-mail), the primary purpose of which is to promote a product or service. The FTC has promulgated various regulations applying CAN-SPAM and has enforcement authority for violations of CAN-SPAM. Any entity that sends commercial e-mail messages, such as Alloy and our various subsidiaries for itself and clients, and those who re-transmit such messages, must adhere to the CAN-SPAM requirements. Violations of its provisions may result in civil money penalties and criminal liability. Although the FTC has publicly announced that it does not at the present time intend to do so, CAN-SPAM further authorizes the FTC to establish a national "Do Not E-Mail" registry akin to the "Do Not Call Registry" relating to telemarketing. The Federal Communications Commission has also promulgated CAN-SPAM regulations prohibiting the sending of unsolicited commercial electronic e-mails to wireless e-mail addresses and has released a "Do Not E-Mail" registry applicable to wireless domain addresses, some of which may be in our databases. Compliance with these provisions may limit our ability to send certain types of e-mails on our own behalf and on behalf of several of our advertising clients, which may adversely affect our business. While we intend to operate our businesses in a manner that complies with the CAN-SPAM provisions, we may not be successful in so operating. If it turns out we have violated the provisions of CAN-SPAM we may face enforcement actions by the FTC or FCC or face civil penalties, either of which could adversely affect our business.
In addition to the federal CAN-SPAM regulations, many states have comparable legislation. There have been a number of cases brought as class actions based on the federal and state statutes. At the state level the courts have tended to decide in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded substantial damages. An award of damages, at either the federal or state level could have a detrimental impact on our financial results.
14 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Social networking websites are under increased scrutiny. Legislation has been introduced on the state and federal level that could regulate social networking websites. Some of the proposed rules call for more stringent age-verification techniques, attempt to mandate data retention or data destruction by Internet providers, and impose civil and/or criminal penalties on owners or operators of social networking websites. For example, the United States Congress may consider once again the Deleting Online Predators Act which, if enacted in the form introduced in 2007, would require certain schools and libraries to protect minors from online predators in the absence of parental supervision when using commercial networking websites and chat rooms. Such law could potentially limit user access to our websites. Similar bills to ban or restrict access to social networking sites are also being introduced and considered on the state level.
Dozens of state attorneys general in late 2008 and early 2009 have served subpoenas on certain social networking sites relating to known predators and if any such actions become more widespread, similar actions could potentially have an adverse effect on our reputation or our business.
The FTC has been considering a number of issues relating to online behavioral advertising and has most recently issued a report containing a new set of "guidelines" for industry self-regulation. The FTC's report may result in future regulation of the collection and use of online consumer data, which could potentially place restrictions on our ability to utilize our database and other marketing data on our own behalf and on behalf of our advertising clients, which may adversely affect our business.
Legislation concerning the above described online activities has either been enacted or is in various stages of development and implementation in other countries around the world and could affect our ability to make our websites available in those countries as future legislation is made effective. It is possible that state and foreign governments might also attempt to regulate our transmissions of content on our website or prosecute us for violations of their laws.
Governments of states or foreign countries might attempt to regulate our transmissions or levy sales or other taxes relating to our activities even though we do not have a physical presence and/or operate in those jurisdictions.
As our products and advertisements are available over the Internet anywhere in the world, and we conduct marketing programs in numerous states, multiple jurisdictions may claim that we are required to qualify to do business as a foreign corporation in each of those jurisdictions and pay various taxes in those jurisdictions.
Results of Operations As of April 30, 2014, we had total assets of $12,201 and total liabilities of $16,755. Since our Inception to April 30, 2014, we have accumulated a deficit of $211,002. We anticipate that we will continue to incur losses for the foreseeable future. Our financial statements have been prepared assuming that we will continue as a going concern. We expect we will require additional capital to meet our long term operating requirements. We expect to raise additional capital through, among other things, the sale of equity or debt securities.
Three Months Ended April 30, 2014 Compared with the Three Months Ended April 30, 2013 Revenue and Gross Profit Revenue is generated from affiliate marketing whereby the Company markets other companies products through our online portal
and other 3rd party portals. Additionally, the Company generates revenue through the sale of data used by companies in the targeted marketing of their products and services via direct mail. During the three months ended April 30, 2014, the Company generated $18,668 of revenue compared to no revenue in the prior year. The increase is due to the Company beginning operations as a vertically integrated marketing firm.
Cost of sales consists of data purchased for resale and was $15,583 during the three months ended April 30, 2014 resulting in gross profit of $3,085.
15 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operating Expenses Operating expenses increased $151,782 to $155,194 during the three months ended April 30, 2014 compared to $3,412 during the three months ended April 30, 2013.
The increase in expense is due to the initiation the Company's strategic plan to become a vertically integrated marketing firm, including costs to establish an internet presence and the purchase of resalable data.
Liquidity and Capital Resources Our principal source of liquidity is cash in the bank. As of April 30, 2014 our current assets were $12,201 and were comprised of $7,264 in cash and $4,937 in accounts receivable. We have not recognized any significant revenue. Due to the "start-up" nature of our business, we expect to incur losses as we develop and introduce our products and services. These conditions raise doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Management recognizes that in order for us to meet our capital requirements, and continue to operate, additional financing will be necessary. We expect to raise additional funds through private or public equity investment in order to expand the range and scope of business operations. We will seek access to private or public equity but there is no assurance that such additional funds will be available for us to finance our operations on acceptable terms, if at all. If we are unable to raise additional capital or generate positive cash flow, it is unlikely that we will be able to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
Cash Flows from Operating Activities For the three months ended April 30, 2014, net cash flows used in operating activities was $123,569, compared to $3,412 for the three months ended April 30, 2013. From Inception (August 6, 2012) to April 30, 2014 net cash used in operating activities was $206,481. The increase is due to the initiation the Company's strategic plan to become a vertically integrated marketing firm.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities We have not generated or used any cash flows from investing activities from Inception (August 6, 2012) to April 30, 2014.
Cash Flows from Financing Activities We have financed our operations primarily from the issuance of equity and debt instruments. For the three months ended April 30, 2014, we generated net cash flows of $125,548 from the issuance of common stock compared to $8,700 for the three months ended April 30, 2013. From Inception (August 6, 2012) to April 30, 2014 net cash provided by financing activities was $213,745.
16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plan of Operation and Funding Our cash reserves are not sufficient to meet our obligations for the next twelve month period. As a result, we are seeking additional funding from the sale of shares of our common stock. We may also seek to obtain short-term loans from our directors or unrelated parties, although no such arrangements have been made.
Our ability to continue operations will be dependent upon the successful completion of additional financing and, ultimately, the achievement of profitable operations. There can be no assurances that we will be successful, which would in turn significantly affect our ability to be successful in our business plan. If not, we will likely be required to reduce operations. We will continue to evaluate our projected expenditures relative to our available cash and to seek additional means of financing in order to satisfy our working capital and other cash requirements.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.
Critical Accounting Estimates The preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires us to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that have a significant impact on the results that we report in our financial statements. Some of our accounting policies require us to make difficult and subjective judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates regarding matters that are inherently uncertain. Certain of these significant accounting policies require us to make critical accounting estimates, as defined below.
A critical accounting estimate is defined as one that is both material to the presentation of our financial statements and requires management to make difficult, subjective or complex judgments that could have a material effect on our financial condition and results of operations. Specifically, critical accounting estimates have the following attributes: · we are required to make assumptions about matters that are highly uncertain at the time of the estimate; and · different estimates we could reasonably have used, or changes in the estimate that are reasonably likely to occur, would have a material effect on our financial condition or results of operations.
Estimates and assumptions about future events and their effects cannot be determined with certainty. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions believed to be applicable and reasonable under the circumstances. These estimates may change as new events occur, as additional information is obtained and as our operating environment changes. These changes have historically been minor and have been included in the financial statements as soon as they became known. Based on a critical assessment of our accounting policies and the underlying judgments and uncertainties affecting the application of those policies, management believes that our financial statements are fairly stated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and present a meaningful presentation of our financial condition and results of operations.
Our most critical accounting estimates include: · the recognition and measurement of current and deferred income taxes, which impact our provision for taxes.
Below, we discuss this policy further, as well as the estimates and judgments involved.
17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Income Taxes Provisions for income taxes are based on taxes payable or refundable for the current period and deferred taxes on temporary differences between the amount of taxable income and pretax financial income and between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts in the financial statements. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are included in the financial statements at currently enacted income tax rates applicable to the period in which the deferred tax assets and liabilities are expected to be realized or settled.
When accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, first, the tax position is evaluated to determine the likelihood that it will be sustained upon external examination. If the tax position is deemed "more-likely-than-not" to be sustained, the tax position is then assessed to determine the amount of benefit to recognize in the financial statements. The amount of the benefit that may be recognized is the largest amount that has a greater than 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. As changes in tax laws or rates are enacted, deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted through the provision for income taxes. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized. The Company's utilization of U.S. Federal net operating losses will be limited in accordance to Section 381 rules. As changes in tax laws or rates are enacted, deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted through the provision for income taxes.
Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements We review new accounting standards as issued. Although some of these accounting standards issued or effective after the end of our previous fiscal year may be applicable to us, we have not identified any standards that we believe merit further discussion. We believe that none of the new standards will have a significant impact on our financial statements.
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