Remark Media
Remark Media, Inc. (Form: 10-K, Received: 04/15/2013 17:11:17)

 

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012

 

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 001-33720

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REMARK MEDIA, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

33-1135689

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification No.)  

 

 

 

Six Concourse Parkway, Suite 1500 Atlanta, Georgia 30328

 

 

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(770) 821-6670

 

 

(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, $0.001 Par Value

 

NASDAQ Capital Market

 

 

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

 

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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, as amended, 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 if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.

 

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Large accelerated filer

 

Accelerated filer

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Smaller reporting company x

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

 

 

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

 

At April 9 , 2013, 7,090,832 shares of the Registrant’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share, were outstanding.  The aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $ 12,811,939 as of June 30, 2012, based on the closing price of the Common Stock on that date on the NASDAQ Capital Market. Shares of common stock held by each executive officer and director and by each person who owns 10% or more of the outstanding common stock have been excluded in that such person might be deemed to be an affiliate. This determination of affiliate status might not be conclusive for other purposes.

 

Documents incorporated by reference: 

 

None

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

PART I

 

 

 

Item 1.  

Business

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Item 1A.  

Risk Factors

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Item 1B.  

Unresolved Staff Comments

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Item 2.  

Properties

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Item 3.  

Legal Proceedings

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Item 4.  

    Mine Safety Disclosures

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PART II

 

 

 

Item 5.  

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

25

Item 6.  

Selected Financial Data

25

Item 7.  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

25

Item 7A.  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

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Item 8.  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

35

Item 9.  

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

61

Item 9A.  

Controls and Procedures

61

Item 9B.  

Other Information

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PART III

 

 

 

Item 10.  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

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Item 11.  

Executive Compensation

62

Item 12.  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

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Item 13.  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

62

Item 14.  

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

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PART IV

 

 

 

Item 15.  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

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SIGNATURES  

65

 

 

 

INDEX TO EXHIBITS  

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PART I

 

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

Our disclosure and analysis in this report concerning our operations, cash flows and financial position, including, in particular, the likelihood of our success in expanding our business and our assumptions regarding the regulatory environment and international markets, include forward-looking statements.  Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “may” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.  Although these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that are described more fully in this report in the section titled “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors.”  These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this filing and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results.  As a result, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors, except as required by applicable securities laws.

 

ITEM 1.  BUSINESS

 

OVERVIEW

  

Who We Are    

 

Remark Media, Inc.  (“Remark Media” or the “Company”) is a global digital media company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Atlanta, with operations in Las Vegas, Miami, Beijing and São Paulo.

 

The Company provides unique and dynamic digital media experiences across multiple verticals, with a focus on compelling content, trusted brands, and valuable resources for consumers.

 

Remark Media is listed on The NASDAQ Capital Market.  The Company transferred its listing from The NASDAQ Global Market on May 31, 2011.   The Company was incorporated in Delaware in March 2006 and is headquartered in Atlanta with additional operations in Las Vegas, Miami, Beijing and Sao Paulo.

 

History

 

Remark Media was incorporated in Delaware in March 2006 as a wholly owned subsidiary of HowStuffWorks, Inc. in order to develop businesses using exclusive digital publishing rights to HowStuffWorks’ content in China and Brazil.  The Company merged with INTAC International, Inc. (“INTAC”) in 2007 to accelerate its obtaining Internet licenses and to benefit from INTAC’s knowledge of the Chinese markets, relationships, and core competencies.  In 2007 and 2008, the Company launched Brazilian and Chinese editions, respectively, of HowStuffWorks.com, utilizing strategies based on those employed by HowStuffWorks, Inc., as tailored to the needs of each localized market.  Remark Media still owns and operates these businesses.

 

In 2008, Remark Media decided to further leverage its web-publishing infrastructure by expanding its operations into the U.S. market through the acquisition of DailyStrength, Inc. (“DailyStrength”).  DailyStrength’s website offered content authored by medical professionals and the ability for users and members to launch health-related discussion groups using leading community tools to interact with others.

 

In 2009, the Company co-founded Sharecare, a U.S.-based venture between: Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading cardiac surgeon, health expert and host of “The Dr. Oz Show”; HARPO Productions, producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”; Discovery Communications, the world’s largest non-fiction media company; Jeff Arnold, WebMD founder and Discovery Communications’ former Chief of Global Digital Strategy; Sony Pictures Television; and Remark Media.  Sharecare was created to build a web-based platform that simplifies the search for health and wellness information by organizing a vast array of health-related questions and providing multiple answers from experts, organizations, publishers, and caregivers representing various points of view. As a part of the transactions, the Company received an equity stake in Sharecare, sold substantially all of the assets of its DailyStrength subsidiary to Sharecare, agreed to provide management and website development services to Sharecare, and received a license to use Sharecare’s web platform for its own businesses.  As of December 31, 2012, Remark Media owns approximately 10.8% of Sharecare’s common stock and has representation on its Board of Directors.  Accordingly, the Company considers Sharecare a related party.  Further information about Sharecare is available at http://sharecare.com . The Company does not incorporate any information on the Sharecare.com site into this Form 10-K. As Sharecare’s technology development partner, the Company began development of the platform for Sharecare in July 2009, and Sharecare.com was launched in October 2010. The Company continued to provide services to Sharecare

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through December 31, 2011, at which time its agreement with Sharecare expired. The Company does not expect to provide any further significant development services to Sharecare. Remark Media maintains the licensed rights to use the web publishing and social media platform it built for Sharecare for its own businesses outside of the healthcare industry.

 

In 2010, Remark Media launched Curiosity Online for Discovery Communications ( http://curiosity.com ), and provided website development services for the site through November 2011. The Company’s service agreement with Discovery concluded in December 2011. 

 

In 2012, Remark Media began building a portfolio of personal finance digital media websites and services.  The Company entered into an agreement to acquire Banks.com, Inc. (“Banks.com, Inc.”) in February 2012, and completed the acquisition in June 2012.  Banks.com, Inc.’s properties include the personal finance websites Banks.com and IRS.com, and personal finance services FileLater and MyStockFund Securities.  Remark Media additionally launched DimeSpring.com in September 2012, providing leading expert content and an interactive community for people seeking actionable personal finance advice.  To support the growth into the personal finance vertical, Remark Media raised $4.25 million in equity financing in February 2012, and $1.8 million in a convertible note in November 2012.

 

Remark Media entered the 18-to-34 year old lifestyle vertical in 2013, with the acquisition of Pop Factory, LLC (“Pop Factory”) in March 2013.  Pop Factory owns Bikini.com, a beach lifestyle digital media brand providing websites, branded merchandise, and mobile content.  Over the coming months, Remark Media will introduce a refreshed Bikini.com brand and a new website at www.bikini.com, with a focus on providing sophisticated and informative content, social media and services for fun in the sun destinations, style, and health and fitness.  To support the acquisition of Pop Factory and its entry into the new vertical, Remark Media raised $4 million in a convertible debt financing in April 2013.

 

The Company intends to make additional acquisitions and product launches in the 18-to-34 year old lifestyle vertical, which it believes holds significant growth opportunity in the near-term.  The 18 to 34 demographic is the first age group to have grown up with the Internet and social media, and is an increasingly meaningful user base that is redefining how media is consumed.  They represent a disproportionally large percentage of the consumers viewing online videos, engaging in social networking, owning tablets, and using smartphones, according to Nielsen research.  Media consumers who are 18-34 continue to increase their engagement with digital media, representing approximately 4 in 10 online video views according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  For those in this demographic who use social networks, they spend an average of 3.8 hours daily doing so, reported market research company Ipsos.

 

DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESSES

 

Remark Media’s current operating segment is Brands (formerly referred to as “Digital Online Publishing”), which contains its digital media properties in China and Brazil, its personal finance vertical, and its 18-to-34 year old lifestyle vertical.  The Company historically has operated a Content and Platform Services segment (formerly known as “Web Platform Services”), to provide consulting services.  The Company does not anticipate taking on new clients in the Content and Platform Services segment in the near future.

 

Brands

 

Our Brands segment consists of those digital media properties that we own and operate.  It presently includes our translated and localized editions of HowStuffWorks.com in China and Brazil; our personal finance vertical, including DimeSpring, Banks.com, IRS.com, FileLater, and MyStockFund.com; and our new 18-to-34 year old lifestyle vertical, including Bikini.com.  We intend to expand our Brands segment in the coming year by continuing to acquire, develop and launch U.S.-based content, social and commerce websites in the 18-to-34 year old lifestyle vertical.  

 

HowStuffWorks International

 

ComoTudoFunciona  (hsw.com.br) is Brazil’s online source for credible, unbiased and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.  The Portuguese-language site is the exclusive digital publisher in Brazil of translated and localized content from the leading Discovery Communications brand HowStuffWorks, and is published from Remark Media’s São Paulo operations.

 

BoWenWang  (www.bowenwang.cn) is an information and reference website that provides China with encyclopedic knowledge and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world works.  The website is published from Beijing in the Chinese language.  Launched in June 2008, BoWenWang features a combination of original content authored by the Company, translated and localized articles from the leading Discovery Communications brand HowStuffWorks, and content from World Book, Inc. 

 

 

 

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Personal Finance

 

DimeSpring (dimespring.com) is a U.S.-focused personal finance website providing rich content and advice from a wide array of financial professionals building a community of people interested in managing life’s financial hurdles and opportunities.  Content is organized by life stages, with tools and visuals such as infographics that inspire action among the site’s users.  On-site presence by resident experts and knowledge partners provide numerous ways for DimeSpring users to learn from and connect with financial professionals.

 

Banks.com (banks.com) is an action-oriented resource for people interested in financial institutions and products.  In addition to providing relevant and timely news and information about banking, investing and loans, Banks.com allows users to compare rates and take action on financial products such as mortgages and savings accounts.

 

US Tax Center (irs.com) offers information about tax matters effecting U.S. readers, and provides them with access to tax related information and services.

 

FileLater (filelater.com) is an e-commerce business providing taxpayers with an online platform to file business and personal tax extensions with the IRS and receive acknowledgment of that filing from the IRS in a matter of minutes

 

MyStockFund Securities (mystockfund.com) offers fractional share investing and a dollar cost averaging brokerage product that allows investors to build a diversified portfolio in stocks, index funds and bond funds without incurring the high fees and trading costs of traditional brokerage firms.

 

18-to-34 Lifestyle

 

Bikini.com (bikini.com) is a digital beach lifestyle brand including its flagship website at www.bikini.com, branded merchandise, and mobile content .  Over the coming months, Remark Media will introduce a refreshed Bikini.com brand and a new website at www.bikini.com , with a focus on providing sophisticated and informative content, social media and services for fun in the sun destinations, style, and health and fitness.

 

Content and Platform Services

 

Our Content and Platform Services business provided third-party clients with content, design, and development services for their websites as well as advisory services and custom technology solutions.  We licensed our proprietary web publishing and social media platforms.  Past engagements include the development and launch of Ask Dr. Oz ( http://www.doctoroz.com/ask) for Sharecare and the development and launch of Curiosity Online for Discovery Communications ( http://www.curiosity.com ).

 

As part of our transition to focusing on our Brands, our legacy content and platform service agreements with Sharecare and Discovery Communications were concluded in December 2011.  We do not anticipate taking on new clients for the Content and Platform Services business in the near future, as we focus on developing and growing our owned and operated verticals in our Brands business. 

 

Sales & Marketing

 

The primary business model for our Brands business is the sale of advertising, sponsorships and related products and services.  By focusing on providing high-quality digital properties to end users in the United States, Brazil and China we aim to establish a user base attractive to advertisers.  We primarily sell advertising based on the quantity of views delivered to advertisers or the success of various advertising-related metrics, such as clicks or specified user actions.  We have sales operations in the United States to service our advertisers and intend to conduct sales for our owned and operated websites through a direct sales force and strategic partnerships. The primary business model for our Content and Platform Services business has been service fees and platform licensing fees.

 

Much of our marketing efforts for both segments are in fostering word-of-mouth momentum by providing high-quality brands and services, in addition to using public relations efforts and search engine optimization practices.  We also intend to enter into partnerships with local businesses to provide awareness of and traffic to our brands and services. 

 

Competition

 

Online publishing is a rapidly evolving market and we encounter significant competition in each market in which we own and operate websites.  Competitors for our Brands business include:

 

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United States: traditional Internet companies like Yahoo! and AOL, and web portals that focus on specific category verticals such as Demand Media, WebMD and About.com;

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China: national Internet portals such as Baidu, Shanda Interactive Entertainment, Sina, sohu.com and tom.com; and

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Brazil:  national websites such as Terra and Globo.

 

These competitors operate websites that compete with us for both end users and advertising revenue. 

 

The online financial services market continues to evolve rapidly and we expect it to remain highly competitive. Our MyStockFund subsidiary competes with full commission, discount and online brokerage firms. Some of these competitors provide Internet trading and banking services, investment advisor services, touchtone telephone and voice response banking services, electronic bill payment services and a host of other financial products. Our tax preparation and tax extension businesses compete with the much larger firms such as Intuit and H&R Block.

 

We also face intense competition in attracting and retaining qualified employees.  Our ability to compete effectively will depend upon our ability to attract new employees and retain and motivate our existing employees while efficiently managing compensation-related costs.

 

Our Content & Platform Services segment provided a broad range of digital services for third parties, including content, design and development of websites as well as licensing of our proprietary content and social media technology platforms.  We are subject to significant competition from other website service providers.  Website service providers vary in their offerings and the market is highly competitive due to low barriers to entry and a large number of competitors.

  

Intellectual Property

 

We license many technologies used in our businesses as well as hold licenses to content owned by HowStuffWorks.  We rely upon trademark, copyright and trade secret laws in various jurisdictions, as well as confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions to protect our proprietary assets and brands.  We do not own any patent or copyright registrations.  We hold various trademarks for our brands, and we have additional applications pending.

 

Government Regulation

 

The application of new and existing laws and regulations to the Internet or other online services could also have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations. Several federal laws that could have an impact on our business have already been adopted. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is intended to reduce the liability of online service providers for listing or linking to third party web properties that include materials that infringe copyrights or rights of others. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act is intended to restrict the distribution of certain materials deemed harmful to children and impose additional restrictions on the ability of online services to collect user information from minors. In addition, the Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act requires online services providers to report evidence of violations of federal child pornography laws under certain circumstances. The foregoing legislation may impose significant additional costs on our business or subject us to additional liabilities, if we were not to comply fully with their terms, whether intentionally or not. We intend to fully comply with the laws and regulations that govern our industry, and we employ internal resources and incur outside professional fees to establish, review and maintain policies and procedures to reduce the risk of noncompliance.

 

Privacy concerns relating to the disclosure of consumer financial information have drawn increased attention from federal and state governments. For example, the IRS generally prohibits the use or disclosure by tax return preparers of taxpayers’ information without the prior written consent of the taxpayer. In addition, other regulations require financial service providers to adopt and disclose consumer privacy policies and provide consumers with a reasonable opportunity to “opt-out” of having personal information disclosed to unaffiliated third-parties for marketing purposes. Although we have procedures to protect against identity theft, breaches of our clients’ privacy may occur. To the extent the measures we have taken prove to be insufficient or inadequate, we may become subject to litigation or administrative sanctions, which could result in significant fines, penalties or damages and harm to our brand and reputation. In addition, changes in these federal and state regulatory requirements could result in more stringent requirements and could result in a need to change business practices, including how information is disclosed. Establishing systems and processes to achieve compliance with these new requirements may increase costs and/or limit our ability to pursue certain business opportunities.

 

We post our privacy policy and practices concerning the use and disclosure of any user data on our web properties and our distribution applications. Any failure by us to comply with posted privacy policies, Federal Trade Commission requirements or other domestic or international privacy-related laws and regulations could result in proceedings by governmental or regulatory bodies that could potentially harm our businesses, results of operations and financial condition. In this regard, there are a large number of legislative proposals before the United States Congress and various state legislative bodies regarding privacy issues related to our businesses. It is not possible to predict whether or when such legislation may be adopted, and certain proposals, if adopted, could harm our business through a decrease in user registrations and revenue.

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These decreases could be caused by, among other possible provisions, the required use of disclaimers or other requirements before users can utilize our services.

 

There are a growing number of legislative proposals before Congress and various state legislatures regarding privacy issues related to the Internet generally, and some of these proposals apply specifically to paid search businesses and ownership rights of Internet domain properties. We are unable to determine if and when such legislation may be adopted. If certain proposals were to be adopted, our business could be harmed by increased expenses or lost revenue opportunities, and in other unforeseen ways.

 

We anticipate that new laws and regulations affecting us will be implemented in the future. Those new laws, in addition to new applications of existing laws, could expose us to substantial liabilities and compliance costs.  In addition, because our services are available over the Internet in multiple states, certain states may claim that we are required to qualify to do business in such state.

 

As part of our initiative to make  www.banks.com  a preferred destination for personal finance and consumer banking information and services, we have focused our efforts on enhancing the content and usability of the site. Our subsidiary MyStockFund Securities, Inc. is a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and a member of a self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Broker-dealers are subject to federal and state laws and regulations covering all aspects of the securities business, including sales and trading practices, securities offerings, publication of research reports, use of customers’ funds and securities, minimum net capital requirements, record-keeping and retention, anti-money laundering, privacy laws, and the conduct of their directors, officers, employees and other associated persons. Violations of the federal and state laws and regulations governing a broker-dealers actions could result in civil and criminal liability and administrative liability in the form of censures, fines, the issuance of cease-and-desist orders, revocation of licenses or registrations, the suspension or expulsion from the securities industry of such broker-dealer or its officers or employees, or other similar consequences by both federal and state securities administrators.

 

Employees

 

As of December 31, 2012, we had 11 employees.

 

Our Relationship with Discovery Communications, Inc.

 

On December 17, 2007, following HowStuffWorks’ contribution of digital publishing rights to the Company, HowStuffWorks merged with Discovery Communications, Inc. (the “Discovery Merger”), and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery.  The merger agreement between Discovery and HowStuffWorks provided that payment to the former HowStuffWorks shareholders for a significant portion of its ownership of our common stock would not be paid at the October 2007 closing of the transaction, but instead would be available to be paid in three semi-annual installments.  The installments were planned to begin in October 2008 and occurred in December 2012.  At December 31, 2012, Discovery, through HowStuffWorks, owned approximately 11% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. 

 

Available Information

 

Remark Media’s website address is www.remarkmedia.com .   Information on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Form 10-K and should not be considered a part of this report.  We make available free of charge through our website our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports in addition to other SEC reports as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC.

 

 

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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS

 

This report contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed in this report.  Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed below and elsewhere in this report and in any documents incorporated in this report by reference.

 

RISKS RELATING TO OUR SERVICES & BRANDS

 

We continue to evolve our business strategy and develop new brands and services, and prospects are difficult to evaluate.

 

We are in varying development stages of our business, so our prospects must be considered in light of the many risks, uncertainties, expenses, delays, and difficulties frequently encountered by companies in their early stages of development.  Additionally, we have limited operating history of our owned websites in the United States market. Some of the risks and difficulties we expect to encounter include our ability to:

 

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manage and implement new business strategies;

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successfully commercialize and monetize our assets;

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successfully attract advertisers for our owned and operated websites, and clients for our content and platform services;

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continue to raise additional working capital;

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manage our expense structure as a U.S. public company including, without limitation, compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd Frank Acts;

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manage the anticipated rise in operating expenses;

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establish and take advantage of contacts and strategic relationships;

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adapt to our potential diversification into other content verticals and service offerings;

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manage and adapt to rapidly changing and expanding operations;

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implement and improve operational, financial and management systems and processes;

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respond effectively to competitive developments;

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attract, retain and motivate qualified personnel; and

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manage each of the other risks set forth in this report.

Because of our lack of operating history in the United States and the early stage of development of our business, we cannot be certain that our business strategy will be successful or that it will successfully address these risks.  Any failure by us to successfully implement our new business plans could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

If we do not effectively manage our growth, our operating performance will suffer and our financial condition could be adversely affected.

 

Substantial future growth will be required in order for us to realize our business objectives.   To the extent we are capable of achieving this growth, it will place significant demands on our managerial, operational and financial resources.  Additionally, this growth will require us to make significant expenditures, establish, train and manage a larger work force, and allocate valuable management resources. We must manage any such growth through appropriate systems and controls in each of these areas.  If we do not manage the growth of our business effectively, our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially and adversely affected.

 

The expansion of our Brands segments into new category verticals subjects us to additional business, legal, financial and competitive risks.

 

A key component of our business strategy is to grow our network of owned and operated websites to cover a variety of category verticals to address consumer interests and needs. In doing so we will encounter a number of risks, including increased capital requirements, growth in our workforce, new competitors and development of new strategic relationships. We cannot ensure that our strategy will result in increased revenue or operating profit. Furthermore, growth into new areas may require changes to our cost structure, modifications to our infrastructure and exposure to new regulatory and legal risks, any of which may require expertise in areas in which we have little or no experience. If we cannot generate revenue as a result of our expansion into new areas that are greater than the cost of such expansion, our operating results could be negatively impacted.

 

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We have and will continue to generate revenue from advertising, and the reduction in spending by or loss of advertisers could seriously harm our business.

 

As we expand our Brands business, we will become increasingly reliant on online advertising. To date, we have had limited experience in selling online advertising.  Our advertisers can generally terminate their contracts with us at any time.  Advertisers will not continue to do business with us if their investment in advertising with us does not generate sales leads or if we do not deliver their advertisements in an appropriate and effective manner.  If we are unable to be competitive and provide value to our advertisers, they may stop placing ads with us, which would negatively impact our revenues and business.  Economic conditions, especially those associated with an emerging market or an industry where our Brands business has a focus such as banking and finance, could have a direct impact on advertising spend which would impact our revenue.  We cannot predict the timing, strength or duration of economic issues or a subsequent economic recovery generally or in the online advertising market.   In addition, expenditures by advertisers tend to be cyclical, reflecting overall economic conditions and budgeting and buying patterns.  Any decreases in or delays in advertising spending due to general economic conditions could reduce our revenues or negatively impact our ability to grow our revenues.

Our quarterly results of operations might fluctuate due to seasonality, which could adversely affect our growth rate and in turn the market price of our securities.

Our quarterly results have fluctuated in the past and will likely fluctuate in the future due to seasonal fluctuations in the level of Internet usage and interest in various topics of our Brands.  Prolonged or severe decreases in usage during certain seasonal periods may adversely affect our growth rate and in turn the market price of our securities.  In addition, we expect the revenues associated with our websites at www.irs.com  and www.filelater.com to be largely seasonal in nature, with peak revenues occurring during January through April, corresponding to the U.S. tax season.

If we are unable to attract and retain visitors to our web business in a cost-effective manner, our business, financial condition and results of operations will be adversely affected.

 

Our primary strategy for attracting and retaining users to our websites is to provide content and community-focused digital experiences. The success of these efforts depends, in part, upon our ability to create and distribute high-quality content as well as innovate and evolve our content and social media technology platforms at scale in a cost-effective manner. Failure to do so could adversely affect user experiences and reduce traffic to our owned and operated websites, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Additionally, our strategy could be flawed and might not result in the ability to attract and retain users in a cost-effective manner. A second strategy we utilize to attract traffic is the search engine optimization, (“SEO”), of our websites and the content published on them.  SEO involves architecting websites with the objective of ranking well in unpaid search engine results. Our ability to successfully manage SEO efforts across our owned and operated websites is dependent on our timely and effective modification of SEO practices implemented in response to periodic changes in search engine algorithms and methodologies and changes in search query trends and our ability to offer websites and content responsive to ever-changing consumer interests and trends. Our failure to successfully manage our SEO strategy could result in a substantial decrease in traffic to our owned and operated websites, or an inability to attract traffic to new websites that we launch which would adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Even if we succeed in attracting traffic to our owned and operated websites, we may not be successful in monetizing the traffic. Additionally, the costs of attracting and retaining users to our websites may exceed our ability to generate revenues from such activities, which would have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

As a creator and a distributor of digital content, we face potential liability for legal claims based on the nature and content of the materials that we create or distribute, or that are accessible via our owned and operated websites.

 

As a creator and distributor of original content and third-party provided content, we face potential liability for legal claims, including defamation, negligence, unlawful practice of a licensed profession, copyright or trademark infringement or other legal theories based on the nature, creation or distribution of this information, and under various laws, including the Lanham Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Act. We may also be exposed to similar liability in connection with content that is posted to our owned and operated websites by users and other third parties through comments, profile pages, discussion forums and other social media features. In addition, it is also possible that visitors to our owned and operated websites could make claims against us for losses incurred in reliance upon information provided on our owned and operated websites. Any of these claims could result in significant costs to investigate and defend, regardless of the merit of the claims. If we are not successful in our defense, we may be forced to pay substantial damages. While we run our content through a rigorous quality control process, there is no guarantee that we will avoid future liability and potential expenses for legal claims, which could affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

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We may be subject to liability for information displayed by advertisers on our websites, which may affect our business.

Laws relating to the liability of providers of online services for activities of their advertisers and for the content of their advertisers’ listings are currently unsettled. It is unclear whether we could be subjected to claims for defamation, negligence, copyright or trademark infringement or claims based on other theories relating to the information we publish on our websites. These kinds of claims have been brought, sometimes successfully, against online services as well as other print publications in the past. We may not successfully avoid liability for unlawful activities carried out by advertisers displayed on our websites. If we are subjected to such lawsuits, it may adversely affect our business.

In addition, much of the information on websites in our personal finance vertical   that is provided by advertisers and collected from third parties relates to the rates, costs and features for various loan, depositary, personal credit and investment products offered by financial institutions, mortgage companies, investment companies, insurance companies and others participating in the consumer financial marketplace. We are exposed to the risk that some advertisers may provide us, or directly post on our websites, (i) inaccurate information about their product rates, costs and features, or (ii) rates, costs and features that are not available to all consumers. This could cause consumers to lose confidence in the information provided by advertisers on our websites, and cause certain advertisers to become dissatisfied with our websites, and result in lawsuits being filed against us.

Government and legal regulations have damaged our business in the past and may damage it in the future.

We are subject to general business regulations and laws, as well as regulations and laws specifically governing the Internet and e-commerce. Such existing and future laws and regulations may impede the growth of the Internet or other online services. These regulations and laws may cover taxation, user privacy, data protection, pricing, content, copyrights, distribution, electronic contracts and other communications, consumer protection, the provision of online payment services, broadband residential Internet access, and the characteristics and quality of products and services.

The Federal Trade Commission has recently reviewed the way in which search engines disclose paid search practices to Internet users. In 2002, the FTC issued guidance recommending that all search engine companies ensure that all paid search results are clearly distinguished from non-paid results, that the use of paid search is clearly and conspicuously explained and disclosed and that other disclosures are made to avoid misleading users about the possible effects of paid search listings on search results. The adoption of laws or regulations relating to placement of paid search advertisements or user privacy, defamation or taxation may inhibit the growth in use of the Internet, which in turn, could decrease the demand for our services and increase our cost of doing business or otherwise have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations. Any new legislation or regulation, or the application of existing laws and regulations to the Internet or other online services, could have a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

The application of new and existing laws and regulations to the Internet or other online services has had a material adverse effect on our business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations in the past. For example, on April 17, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1677,  The Taxpayer Protection Act of 2007 (“H.R. 1677”). Section 8 of H.R. 1677 would have amended Section 333, Title 31 of the U.S. Code to include Internet domain addresses in the prohibition on certain use of the U.S. Department of the Treasury names and symbols. Although the legislation was never passed by the Senate or signed into law and the bill ceased with the ending of the 110th Congress in January 2009, there is no guarantee that similar legislation won’t be introduced and passed into law by the current or future Congress. While the ultimate impact of any such proposed legislation is not presently determinable, if enacted, such legislation may adversely impact our overall operations. We own the Internet domain address  www.irs.com, which is an acronym commonly associated with the Internal Revenue Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While the bill was never passed into law, if enacted, the passage of such legislation could have severely adversely affected our use of our Internet domain address  www.irs.com  as well as our overall operations. In the event a bill such as H.R. 1677 were to become law, we intend to be continue to be diligent in our communications with the Internal Revenue Service and Congress in an effort to mitigate any potential negative effects of such legislation.

We may be subjected to large scale advertiser defections due to external organizations exerting influence.

The passage of H.R. 1677 in April 2007 resulted in a modification of the 2008 Operating Agreement of the Free File Alliance and prohibited their members from advertising on the domain irs.com . The Free File Alliance is a public/private cooperative of certain online tax providers who provide certain U.S. citizens with access to free online tax preparation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service. Their members represent the vast majority of the online tax preparation market including TurboTax, H&R Block and TaxAct and the unexpected loss of their advertising dollars had an adverse affect on Banks.com, Inc.’s business in 2008.   The Free File Alliance no longer prohibits their members from advertising on the  banks.com  domain but we cannot assure you that they will continue allow their members to advertise with us or that individual members will not decide on their own not to advertise with us.

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We are subject to the extensive regulations that govern a broker-dealer.

 

MyStockFund Securities, Inc., a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and a member of a self-regulatory organization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Broker-dealers are subject to federal and state laws and regulations covering all aspects of the securities business, including sales and trading practices, securities offerings, publication of research reports, use of customers’ funds and securities, minimum net capital requirements, record-keeping and retention, anti-money laundering, privacy laws, and the conduct of their directors, officers, employees and other associated persons. Violations of the federal and state laws and regulations governing a broker-dealers actions could result in civil and criminal liability and administrative liability in the form of censures, fines, the issuance of cease-and-desist orders, revocation of licenses or registrations, the suspension or expulsion from the securities industry of such broker-dealer or its officers or employees, or other similar consequences by both federal and state securities administrators. 

 

We face intense competition from larger, more established companies, and we may not be able to compete effectively, which could reduce demand for our services.   

 

We compete for Internet advertising revenues with the personal finance sections of general interest sites such as Bankrate.com, Yahoo!Finance, and Smartmoney.com, and we will compete for Internet advertising revenues with numerous websites focusing on the 18-to-34 year old demographic.

 

Nearly all our competitors have longer operating histories, larger customer bases, greater brand recognition and significantly greater financial, marketing and other resources than we do. Our competitors may secure more favorable revenue arrangements with advertisers, devote greater resources to marketing and promotional campaigns, adopt more aggressive growth strategies and devote substantially more resources to website and systems development than we do. In addition, the Internet media and advertising industries continue to experience consolidation, including the acquisitions of companies offering finance related content and services and paid search services. Industry consolidation has resulted in larger, more established and well-financed competitors with a greater focus. If these industry trends continue, or if we are unable to compete in the Internet media and paid search markets, our financial results may suffer.  

 

Additionally, larger companies may implement policies and/or technologies into their search engines or software that make it less likely that consumers can reach our websites and less likely that consumers will click-through on sponsored listings from our advertisers. The implementation of such technologies could result in a decrease in our revenues. If we are unable to successfully compete against current and future competitors, our operating results will be adversely affected.  

   

Historically, a few of our advertising networks   and direct advertisers have provided a substantial portion of our revenue; the loss of one of these partners may have a material adverse effect on our operating results.   

 

We cannot assure you that, should agreements with our advertising networks, strategic sales and marketing partners, and /or direct advertisers fail to renew or should the contracts be terminated or modified in advance of their expiration, we will be able to timely replace the sponsored listings they provide us. We have had similar agreements in the past that have failed to renew or been modified prior to their termination where our financial results were harmed.  

 

We may not succeed in marketing and monetizing our assets to potential customers or developing strategic partnerships for the distribution of our products and services.

 

Our plans to market and monetize our assets in the United States are still relatively new, and we have limited experience in owning and operating websites in the United States.  We may not be successful in establishing a customer base of our owned and operated websites or strategic partnerships for our services.  If we are not successful in developing, releasing and/or marketing these owned and operated websites and services on a profitable basis, our results of operations would be materially and adversely affected.  Moreover, we may not have the resources available to simultaneously continue development of operations in China and Brazil.  Accordingly, there may be a delay in developing such operations or we might decide not to pursue these markets, which could affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Our sublicensed content is subject to the terms and conditions of agreements between HowStuffWorks and third parties.

 

Under the terms of our contribution agreements, HowStuffWorks transferred and contributed to us all rights, but only those rights, that belong to and are held by HowStuffWorks pursuant to third party licenses.  Some of those licenses, including those with Publications International, Ltd., contain restrictions on the use of content and termination provisions for breaches of the license agreements.  Accordingly, a breach of any third party license by HowStuffWorks may cause us to lose our license with such third party, which could have a material adverse effect on the implementation of our business plan, value of our content offering, financial condition, results of our operations and cash flows.

 

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We may not have sufficient liquidity to support our operations.   

 

As of December 31, 2012, the Company’s total cash and cash equivalents balance was approximately $1.4 million.   The Company has incurred net losses and generated substantial negative cash flow from operations in the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and in each fiscal year since its inception and has an accumulated deficit of $105.8 million as of December 31, 2012.  The Company had minimal revenues in 2012 due to the termination of certain agreements in the Content and Platform Services segment at the end of 2011 and its transition to owning and operating its own digital media properties. Since that time, the Company has been focused on building and acquiring wholly owned digital media properties for its Brands segment and pursuing new services agreements with new customers for its Content and Platform Services segment.

  

On November 13, 2012, the Company entered into a Services Agreement with TheStreet Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) (“TheStreet”) in which Remark Media granted TheStreet an exclusive right to sell and serve advertisement and e-commerce on certain of Remark Media’s personal finance websites. TheStreet will also support the websites by providing personal finance content, various promotion and advertisements on TheStreet’s websites, and marketing support.  The Company expects the agreement to provide at least $0.9 million in payments to the Company over the initial term of the agreement.  

 

On November 23, 2012, the Company entered into a $1.8 million Term Loan Agreement, at a 6.67% annual interest rate with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Tao has been a director of the Company since 2007.  The Term Loan is secured by substantially all the tangible and intangible assets of the Company, excluding its shares of common stock of Sharecare. The principal and accrued interest under the Term Loan Agreement is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $1.30 per share, which represents an approximately 33% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 53% premium to the closing price of the Company’s Common Stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  The full balance is due November 2014. 

 

On April 2, 2013, the Company entered into a $4.0 million Promissory Note, at a 6.67% annual interest rate for the first year and 8.67% for the second year, with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  The Promissory Note is secured pursuant to the Term Loan Agreement detailed above, as amended by Amendment Number One to that Term Loan Agreement, dated April 2, 2013.  The principal and accrued interest under the Promissory Note is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $2.00 per share, which represents an approximately 11% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 8% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  The full balance is due April 2015. 

 

If these two notes are not converted into Common Stock of the Company, or if the Company’s shareholders do not approve the ability to convert the April 2013 $4 million Promissory Note into Common Stock of the Company, the Company may be in a position where it is unable to repay the notes.

 

Finally the Company has taken steps to reduce operating costs, primarily payroll through a reduction in personnel associated with its Content and Platform Services segment, which will result in a decline in annual salary expense of approximately $1.2 million. The Company will continue to evaluate other opportunities to control costs. 

 

The Company intends to fund its future operations through revenue growth in its Brands segment, particularly its personal finance and 18-to-34 year old lifestyle properties.  Additionally, the Company is actively engaged in evaluating future acquisitions to provide revenue growth and the sale of certain non-core assets to provide capital.

 

Absent any acquisitions of new businesses, the addition of new customers, or the material increase in revenue from its existing customers, current revenue growth may not be sufficient to sustain the Company’s operations in the long term. As such, the Company may need to obtain additional equity financing and/or divest of certain assets or businesses, neither of which can be assured on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. In addition, any equity financing that might be obtained would substantially dilute existing stockholders.  There is no certainty that the Company will be successful at raising capital, nor is there certainty around the amount of funds that may be raised. In addition, the success of the Company will be subject to performance of the markets and investor sentiment regarding the macro and micro economic conditions under which we operate including stock market volatility. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful at generating more revenues or selling any of its assets. Any failure by the Company to successfully implement these plans would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, including the possible inability to continue operations. 

 

Based on the Company’s current financial projections, which incorporate the Services Agreement with TheStreet, the Term Loan Agreement and the Promissory Note, and the reduction in expenses, all discussed above, the Company believes it has sufficient existing cash resources to fund operations through December 2013.   However, projecting operating results is inherently uncertain.  Anticipated expenses can exceed those that are projected, and proceeds under TheStreet Agreement

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could be delayed or not meet expectations. Accordingly, the Company’s cash resources could be fully utilized prior to December 2013. 

 

The market price of our stock is likely to be volatile and various factors could negatively affect the market price or market for our common stock.   

   

The market for and price of our common stock could be affected by the following factors:   

 

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general market and economic conditions;

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our common stock has been thinly traded; and 

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minimal third party research is available regarding our company.

Additionally, the terms of the Discovery Merger provided that payment to HowStuffWorks stockholders for a significant portion of HowStuffWorks’ ownership of our common stock would not be paid at the October 2007 closing of the transaction and instead are payable to HowStuffWorks’ former stockholders in three semi-annual installments.  Discovery has distributed all such shares of Remark Media to the HowStuffWorks’ former stockholders.  Accordingly, the amount of shares of our common stock Discovery owns has decreased.  All of our rights to publish HowStuffWorks content will remain effective regardless of the number of shares Discovery owns in the future.  As a result of such distributions, relative to the daily market trading volumes for our common stock , such stockholders may sell a significant number of shares.  These factors could also affect our common stock, and depress the market price for our common stock or limit the market for resale of our common stock.  The market price of our common stock has been volatile, particularly in the recent stock market turmoil, and is also based on other factors outside of our control.  

 

The anticipated benefits of the mergers may not be realized fully or at all or may take longer to realize than expected.   

 

The mergers with Banks.com and Pop Factory involve d the integration of companies that have previously operated independently with principal offices in different distinct locations. Significant management attention and resources has been and will be required to integrate the companies. Delays in this process could adversely affect the combined company's business, financial results, financial condition, and stock price following the merger. Even if the combined company were able to integrate the business operations successfully, there can be no assurance that this integration will result in the realization of the full benefits of synergies, innovation and operational efficiencies that may be possible from this integration and that these benefits will be achieved within a reasonable period of time.  

 

 

RISKS RELATING TO OUR COMPANY

 

We have a history of operating losses and if we do not reach profitability, we may not be able to fund and operate our businesses.

 

Although Remark Media was founded in 2006, our business strategy is still evolving, and we have a limited operating history. We are in varying development stages of our businesses, including online publishing and international and domestic digital markets, with a limited operating history upon which investors and others can evaluate our current business and prospects.  We have had operating losses in each year of our operations. If we are not able to reach profitability, we may not be able to fund our operations in the future.

 

Because of our limited operating history in U.S. digital media properties and the ongoing development of our business, we will have limited insight into trends and conditions that may exist or emerge and affect our business, especially with respect to the content and platform services and online publishing market.  Our content and platform service agreements with Sharecare and Discovery Communications, which represented approximately 97% of our revenues for 2011, expired in December 2011. The Content and Platform Services business will have no revenues unless we enter into new services agreements with new customers.  During 2012 and 2011, we have generated only minimal revenue in our Brands business.  We cannot be certain that our business strategy will be successful or that it will successfully address these risks.  Any failure by us to successfully implement our new business plans would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

Acquisitions, business combinations and other transactions present integration risk and may have negative consequences for our business and our stockholders.

 

We plan to continuously monitor certain strategic acquisition opportunities.  The process of integrating acquired businesses into our existing operations may result in unforeseen difficulties and liabilities and may require a disproportionate amount of resources and management attention.  Difficulties that we encounter in integrating the operations of acquired businesses could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.  Moreover, we

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may not realize any of the anticipated benefits of an acquisition and integration costs may exceed anticipated amounts.  We may enter into joint ventures, strategic alliances or similar arrangements with third parties.  These transactions result in changes in the nature and scope of our operations and changes in our financial condition.  Financing for these transactions may come from cash on hand, proceeds from the issuance of additional common stock or proceeds from debt financing. 

 

 The issuance of additional equity or debt securities could:

 

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cause substantial dilution of the percentage ownership of our stockholders at the time of the issuance;

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cause substantial dilution of our earnings per share;

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subject us to the risks associated with increased leverage and additional interest costs;

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subject us to restrictive covenants that could limit our flexibility in conducting future business activities; and

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adversely affect the prevailing market price for our outstanding securities.

 

  Our investment in Sharecare’s equity securities involves a substantial degree of risk.

 

Sharecare is a recently formed company with limited history of operations.  Its prospects must be considered in light of the many risks, uncertainties, expenses, delays and difficulties encountered by companies in their early stages of development.  Moreover, Sharecare operates in the highly competitive Internet industry and might not achieve profitability or consumer acceptance in the near term, if ever. Our investment in Sharecare’s equity securities is illiquid and might fail to appreciate and might decline in value or become worthless.  It is unlikely our Sharecare equity securities will pay current dividends, and our ability to realize a return on our investment, as well as to recover our investment, will be dependent on the success of Sharecare.  

 

Even if Sharecare is successful, our ability to realize the value of our investment might be limited.  Because it is a private company, there is no public market for Sharecare’s securities, and the Sharecare securities are subject to restrictions on resale that might prevent us from selling these securities during periods in which it would be advantageous to do so.  As a result, we might have to wait for a liquidity event, such as a public offering or the sale of Sharecare, to realize the value of our investment, if any.  A liquidity event is not expected in the near term.

 

We accounted for our investment in Sharecare under the equity method of accounting through November 2012, under which we record our proportionate share of Sharecare’s net income or loss.  As of December 2012, we moved to the cost method.  It is likely that Sharecare will need to raise additional capital, or make additional acquisitions, and our equity position in Sharecare may be diluted if Sharecare issues additional equity, options, or warrants.  If Sharecare makes a capital call of its existing equity holders, our position may be diluted if we choose not to contribute additional capital. Our interest ownership in the common stock of Sharecare was 10.8% at December 31, 2012.

 

We may not have sufficient liquidity to support the ongoing development and growth of our businesses.

 

The Company is in the process of developing and launching new content vertical websites as well as a website services business.  We currently operate at a loss and with a substantial negative cash flow from operations.  While we believe that our cash resources on hand at the time of this filing including the proceeds from our recent financing transactions, are sufficient to fund the launch and early growth of these through at least December 31, 2013 , our cash resources are not necessarily sufficient to fund these businesses for an extended period beyond that unless revenues increase significantly or we find additional sources of capital, neither of which can be assured.  Additionally, the development of new content vertical websites may require additional sources of capital for the Company.  Our management and directors continue to evaluate our progress and likelihood of success in each of our markets, and our ability to raise additional capital, against the relative value of our resources and other opportunities.  Accordingly, we implemented cost saving measures in 2011 and 2012 related to our Atlanta, Brazil and China operations in order to focus our limited resources in building our new content verticals, and we might decide to implement further cost savings measures or suspend our activities in one or more of our markets.  

 

We will need to raise additional funds in the future to support expansion, develop new or enhanced applications and services, respond to competitive pressures, acquire complementary businesses or technologies or take advantage of unanticipated opportunities.  If required, we may attempt to raise such additional funds through public or private debt or equity financing, strategic relationships or other arrangements similar to the revolving credit agreement entered into in March 2011 and which expired on March 3, 2012, or the Term Loan Agreement and Promissory Note discussed above. In addition, there can be no assurance that such financing will be available on acceptable terms, if at all, or that such financing will not be dilutive to our stockholders. For further details regarding our liquidity, refer to our “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section of the “ Management’s Discussion and Analysis” included in this Form 10-K.  

 

 

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If we do not scale and adapt our business to technological needs of increased traffic and technological changes, it could cause inefficiencies or disruptions on our websites and loss of users, contributors, and advertisers.

 

As our business grows, our technological and network infrastructure must keep in-line with our traffic and advertiser needs. Future demand is difficult to forecast and we may not be adequately able to handle large increases unless we spend substantial amounts to augment our ability to handle increased traffic. Additionally, the implementation of increased network capacity contains some execution risks and may lead to ineffectiveness or inefficiency. This could lead to a diminished experience for our consumers and advertisers and damage our reputation and relationship with them, leading to lower marketability and negative effects on our operating results. Moreover, the pace of innovative change in network technology is fast and if we do not keep up, we may lag behind competitors. The costs of upgrading and improving technology could be substantial and negatively affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

We are vulnerable to failures of third party network and technology providers who may fail to provide adequate services in the future. This could cause technical problems or failure of our websites or traffic, which could inhibit our revenues or damage our reputation and relationships with users, advertisers, and content providers.

 

We rely on many third party businesses for technological, network, and expert services. Our ability to operate successfully depends on the successful operation of these third party businesses, which carry their own risks. If one of our third party vendors fails to deliver expected services, our websites and business could suffer operating problems or temporary failures. If there is a problem or failure with our websites, it could hurt our ability to advertise and damage our reputation with consumers and advertisers.

 

We utilize third party services to host our websites. If one of these third parties experiences a failure, it could cause the failure of our websites, which may cause material adverse effects to our business. Additionally, a termination of our hosting agreements or failure to renew on favorable terms could affect our business. Shifting hosting services could require management focus and time and potentially disrupt operations of our websites.

 

In addition, as operators of content websites reliant on user traffic to sell advertising, our users must have adequate and functioning Internet access. Technical problems with Internet access providers such as cable, DSL satellite or mobile companies may inhibit user access to our websites and slow traffic. Such events as power outages caused by blackouts, brown outs, storm outages or other power issues could also cause loss of user access to our websites.

 

Our network operations may be vulnerable to hacking, viruses and other disruptions, which may make our products and services less attractive and reliable.

 

User traffic to our owned and operated websites could decline if any well-publicized compromise of our security occurs.  “Hacking” involves efforts to gain unauthorized access to information or systems or to cause intentional malfunctions or loss or corruption of data, software, hardware or other computer equipment.  Hackers, if successful, could misappropriate proprietary information or cause disruptions in our service.  We may be required to expend capital and other resources to protect our owned and operated websites against hackers.  If our security measures are breached as a result of third party action, employee error or otherwise, we could incur liability and our reputation would be damaged, which could lead to the loss of current and potential customers. If we experience any breaches of our network security or sabotage, we might be required to expend significant capital and other resources to remedy, protect against or alleviate these and related problems, and we may not be able to remedy these problems in a timely manner, or at all. Because techniques used by outsiders to obtain unauthorized network access or to sabotage systems change frequently and generally are not recognized until launched against a target, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate preventative measures. We cannot ensure that any measures we may take will be effective.  In addition, the inadvertent transmission of computer viruses could expose us to a material risk of loss or litigation and possible liability, as well as materially damage our reputation and decrease our user traffic.

 

We are subject to many government laws and regulations which could subject us to claims if we do not comply with such laws and regulations which could affect our reputation, business and financial position.

 

We are subject to a variety of laws and regulations regarding our business both within the United States, and in foreign territories in which we operate. Laws and regulations of particular importance to our business relate to: privacy, information security, intellectual property and other copyright, freedom of expression, domain registration, content distribution, and advertising. In particular, as a content company we may not be particularly protected from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for infringing content posted on our website if we are not fully in compliance with the statutory requirements of this act.

 

Our failure to comply with these regulations may result in claims against us or other liabilities. Such liabilities could be substantial and adversely affect our operations, reputation and financial condition. We may incur substantial legal expenses and management resources may be required to defend against such claims, even if meritless.

 

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We are exposed to unique risks from operations in Emerging Market countries, including Brazil and China which could affect our operations in these countries.

 

Our international operations expose us to a wide variety of risks including increased credit risks, customs duties, import quotas and other trade restrictions, potentially greater inflationary pressures, and the risk of failure or material interruption of wireless systems and services.  Changes may occur in foreign trade and investment laws in the territories and countries where we will operate.  United States laws and regulations relating to investment and trade in foreign countries could also change to our detriment.  Any of these factors could adversely affect our revenues and profits. 

 

We are subject to risk of political instability and trade sanctions within China.  China has traditionally been a closed market with strict political controls.  As China shifts to a market economy, growing economic and social freedoms may conflict with the more restrictive political and governmental policies.  In addition, democratic countries throughout the world have, from time to time, attempted to use economic and other sanctions to achieve political or social change in other countries.  Each of these factors could result in economic sanctions, economic instability, the disruption of trading and war within China and the Asia Pacific Rim, any of which could result in our inability to conduct business operations in China.

 

In the past, the Brazilian government has intervened in the Brazilian economy and occasionally made drastic changes in economic policy.  The Brazilian government’s actions to control inflation and affect other policies have included high interest rates, wage and price controls, currency devaluations, capital controls and limits on exports, among other actions.  Our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, prospects and the market price of our securities may be adversely affected by changes in Brazilian government policies, as well as general economic factors, including:

 

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currency fluctuations;

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exchange controls and restrictions on remittances abroad, such as those that were briefly imposed on such remittances (including dividends) in 1989 and in the beginning of 1990;

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inflation;

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price instability;

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energy policy;

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interest rate increases;

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liquidity of domestic capital and lending markets;

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changes in tax policy; and

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other political, domestic, social and economic developments in or affecting Brazil.

 

Also, the President of Brazil has considerable power to determine governmental policies and actions that relate to the Brazilian economy and, consequently, affect the operations and financial performance of businesses operating in Brazil.  We have no control over, and cannot predict what policies or actions the Brazilian government may take in the future.

 

Further risks relating to international operations include, but are not restricted to, unexpected changes in legal and regulatory requirements, changes in tariffs, exchange rates and other barriers, political and economic instability, possible effects of war and acts of terrorism, difficulties in accounts receivable collections, difficulties in managing distributors or representatives, difficulties in staffing and managing international operations, difficulties in protecting our intellectual property overseas, seasonality of sales and potentially adverse tax consequences.  Any of these factors could adversely affect our revenues and profits. Additional risks include, but are not limited to the following:

 

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We may not succeed in marketing and monetizing our international assets to potential customers or developing strategic partnerships for the distribution of our websites and services. Our plans to market and monetize our assets in the Chinese and Brazilian online markets through the Internet are still relatively unproven.

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The state of the Internet infrastructure in Emerging Markets may limit our growth in these countries. The Internet infrastructures in Emerging Market countries, including China and Brazil, are not well developed and are subject to regulatory control and, in the case of China, ownership by the Chinese government.  The cost of Internet access is high relative to the average income in Emerging Market countries.  Failure to further develop these infrastructures could limit our ability to grow.  Alternatively, as these infrastructures improve and Internet use increases, we may not be able to scale our systems proportionately.  Our reliance on these infrastructures makes us vulnerable to disruptions or failures in service, without sufficient access to alternative networks and services.  Such disruptions or failures could reduce our user satisfaction.

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We may be sensitive to a slowdown in economic growth or other adverse changes in the China and Brazil economies.  This is particularly true in light of current financial and economic uncertainties.  In response to adverse economic developments, companies have reduced spending on marketing and advertising.  As a result, a slowdown in overall economic growth, an economic downturn or recession or other adverse economic developments in China or Brazil may materially reduce the demand for our services and materially and adversely affect our business.

·

Our Emerging Market operations subject us to other regulatory risks including unpredictable governmental regulation in China and Brazil.

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Although Remark Media is incorporated in the State of Delaware, we have operations located in Brazil and the PRC. As a result, it may be difficult for investors to enforce outside the United States any actions brought against us or our officers and directors in the United States, including actions predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the federal securities laws of the United States or of the securities laws of any state of the United States.  There is doubt as to the enforceability in Brazil and the PRC, in original actions or in actions for enforcement of judgments of United States courts, of civil liabilities predicated solely upon the federal securities laws of the United States or the securities laws of any state of the United States.

Additional specific risks related to conducting business in China could affect our business operations in that country.

 

The economy of China differs from the economies of most countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a number of respects, including:

 

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structure;

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level of government involvement;

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level of development;

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level of capital reinvestment;

·

growth rate;

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control of foreign exchange; and

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methods of allocating resources.

 

Since 1949, China has been primarily a planned economy subject to a system of macroeconomic management.  Although the Chinese government still owns a significant portion of the productive assets in China, economic reform policies since the late 1970s have emphasized decentralization, autonomous enterprises and the utilization of market mechanisms.  We cannot predict what affects the economic reform and macroeconomic measures adopted by the Chinese government may have on our business or results of operations. Specific risks, which could affect our business in China include:

 

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Regulation and censorship of information collection and distribution in China may adversely affect our business. China has enacted regulations governing Internet access and the distribution of news and other information.  Furthermore, the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party has been given the responsibility to censor news published in China to ensure, supervise and control a particular political ideology.  Periodically, the Ministry of Public Security has stopped the distribution over the Internet of information, which it believes to be socially destabilizing.  The Ministry of Public Security has the authority to cause any local Internet service provider to block any website maintained outside China at its sole discretion.  If the PRC government were to take action to limit or eliminate the distribution of information through our portals or to limit or regulate current or future applications available to users of our portals, our business would be adversely affected.

·

PRC laws and regulations related to the PRC Internet sector are unclear and will likely change in the near future.  If we are found to be in violation of current or future PRC laws or regulations, we could be subject to severe penalties.

·

The PRC regulates its Internet sector by making pronouncements or enacting regulations regarding the legality of foreign investment in the PRC Internet sector and the existence and enforcement of content restrictions on the Internet.  There are substantial uncertainties regarding the interpretation of current PRC Internet laws and regulations. If we are found to be in violation of any existing or future PRC laws or regulations, the relevant PRC authorities would have broad discretion in dealing with such violation, including, without limitation, the following:

·

levying fines;

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confiscating our income;

·

revoking our business licenses;

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pursuing criminal sanctions against our business and personnel;

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·

shutting down our servers and/or blocking our websites;

·

requiring us to restructure our ownership structure or operations; and

·

requiring us to discontinue any portion or all of our Internet business based in China.

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A 2006 regulation establishes more complex procedures in the PRC for acquisitions conducted by foreign investors, which could make it more difficult for us to pursue growth through acquisitions.

·

The online advertising markets in China and Brazil are still developing and present risk to our revenues to be generated from our online publishing business. We do not expect our online publishing businesses in China and Brazil to derive significant revenue from online advertisements in the near term. The online advertising markets in China and Brazil are still developing, and future growth and expansion of these markets is uncertain. In February and September 2011, we implemented certain cost-saving measures in our Brazil and China operations, respectively, to bring costs in line with expected revenues while searching for strategic media partners in both countries and consideration of other strategic alternatives.  These measures have also had an impact on our trend of revenues in both countries which would impact our financial condition, results or operations and cash flows generated in these countries.

·

Potential additional Chinese regulation could affect our business in China. The Ministry of Information Industry, the Chinese governmental agency that regulates the Internet in China, promulgated a directive effective January 31, 2008, providing that online videos can only be broadcast or streamed by state-owned or controlled companies.  Subsequently, the Ministry of Information Industry acted to provide exceptions for certain non-state-owned or controlled companies.  While it is possible that our Chinese website would not be permitted to display online videos, which could have a material effect on the content provided on such website, it is not yet clear what, if any, effect this regulation has upon our business in China.

·

New political and economic policies of the PRC government could affect our business.

·

The PRC legal system embodies uncertainties, which could limit the legal protections available to us. The PRC legal system is a civil law system based on written statutes.  Unlike common law systems, it is a system in which decided legal cases have little precedential value.  In 1979, the PRC government began to promulgate a comprehensive system of laws and regulations governing economic matters in general.  We are subject to laws and regulations applicable to foreign investment in mainland China.  However, these laws, regulations and legal requirements are relatively recent, and their interpretation and enforcement involve uncertainties.  These uncertainties could limit the legal protections available to us and other foreign investors. 

 

Any of these actions could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.

 

We are subject to risks arising from some of our revenue being denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Restrictions on currency exchange may limit our ability to utilize our revenues effectively. Fluctuations in currency exchange rates may cause our foreign revenues to be unpredictable and fluctuate quarterly and annually.

 

Some of our revenues and operating expenses may be denominated in Chinese Renminbi .  Currently, we may purchase foreign exchange for settlement of “current account transactions” without the approval of the SAFE.  We may also retain foreign exchange in our current account (subject to a ceiling approved by the SAFE) to satisfy foreign exchange liabilities or to pay dividends.  However, the relevant PRC governmental authorities may limit or eliminate our ability to purchase and retain foreign currencies in the future.

 

Additionally, some of our revenues and operating expenses may be denominated in Brazilian Reais .  Brazilian law allows the Brazilian government to impose restrictions on the conversion of the Real into foreign currencies and on the remittance to foreign investors of proceeds from their investments in Brazil.  The government may impose such restrictions whenever there is a serious imbalance in Brazil’s balance of payments or there are reasons to foresee a serious imbalance.  The Brazilian government last imposed remittance restrictions for approximately six months in 1989 and early 1990.  The likelihood that the Brazilian government would impose such restrictions again depends on the extent of Brazil’s foreign currency reserves, the availability of foreign currency in the foreign exchange markets on the date a payment is due, the size of Brazil’s debt service burden relative to the economy as a whole, Brazil’s policy toward the International Monetary Fund and other factors.

 

Since a portion of our revenues may be denominated in Renminbi , existing and future restrictions on the exchange of Renminbi to other currencies may limit our ability to use revenue generated in Renminbi to fund our business activities outside China, if any, or expenditures denominated in foreign currencies.  Similarly, in the event that a significant amount of our revenues are denominated in Reais , any future restrictions on the exchange of Reais for other currencies or the remittance to foreign investors of proceeds from their investments in Brazil may limit our ability to use revenue generated in Reais to fund our business activities outside Brazil, or expenditures denominated in foreign currencies.

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Currency fluctuations, devaluations and exchange restrictions may adversely affect our liquidity and results of operations.  In some countries, local currencies are not readily converted into Euros or U.S. dollars (or other “hard currencies”) or are only converted at government-controlled rates, and, in some countries, the transfer of hard currencies offshore has been restricted from time to time.  Very limited hedging transactions are available in China to reduce its exposure to exchange rate fluctuations.  To date, we have not entered into any hedging transactions in an effort to reduce our exposure to foreign currency exchange risk.  While we may decide to enter into hedging transactions in the future, the availability and effectiveness of these hedges may be limited and we may not be able to successfully hedge our exposure, if at all.  Our revenues as expressed in our U.S. dollar financial statements will decline in value if Renminbi or Reais depreciate relative to the U.S. dollar to the extent we have revenues in China or Brazil.  In addition, our currency exchange losses may be magnified by PRC exchange control regulations that restrict our ability to convert Renminbi into U.S. dollars or by Brazilian exchange control regulations that restrict our ability to convert Reais into U.S. dollars.

 

Unauthorized use of our intellectual property by third parties, and the expenses incurred in protecting our intellectual property rights, may adversely affect our business.

 

We regard our copyrights, service marks, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property as critical to our success.  Unauthorized use of our intellectual property by third parties may adversely affect our business and reputation.  We rely on trademark and copyright law, trade secret protection and confidentiality agreements with our employees, customers, business partners and others to protect our intellectual property rights.  Despite our precautions, it is possible for third parties to obtain and use our intellectual property without authorization.  Furthermore, the validity, enforceability and scope of protection of intellectual property in Internet related industries are uncertain and still evolving.  In particular, the laws of the PRC and Brazil are uncertain or do not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as do the laws of the United States.  Moreover, litigation may be necessary in the future to enforce our intellectual property rights, to protect our trade secrets or to determine the validity and scope of the proprietary rights of others.  Future litigation could result in substantial costs and diversion of resources.

 

We may be subject to intellectual property infringement claims, which may force us to incur substantial legal expenses and, if determined adversely against us, materially disrupt our business.

 

We cannot be certain that our brands and services will not infringe valid patents, copyrights or other intellectual property rights held by third parties.  We may in the future be subject to legal proceedings and claims from time to time relating to the intellectual property of others in the ordinary course of our business.  In particular, if we are found to have violated the intellectual property rights of others, we may be enjoined from using such intellectual property, and may incur licensing fees or be forced to develop alternatives.  We may incur substantial expenses in defending against these third party infringement claims, regardless of their merit.  Successful infringement claims against us may result in substantial monetary liability or may materially disrupt the conduct of our business.

 

If we are not able to attract and retain key management, we may not successfully integrate the contributed assets into our historical business or achieve our other business objectives.

 

We will depend upon our senior management for our business success.  The loss of the service of any of the key members of our senior management may significantly delay or prevent the integration of the contributed assets and other business objectives.  Our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, consultants and advisors will be critical to our success.  We may not be able to attract and retain these individuals, and our failure to do so would adversely affect our business.

 

We may have additional tax liabilities if tax positions we have taken in prior years are challenged.

 

Although the company has not been a substantial taxpayer to date, our subsidiaries and we are subject to taxes in the United States and various foreign jurisdictions.  We believe that our tax returns appropriately reflected our tax liability when those tax returns were filed.  However, applicable tax authorities may challenge our tax positions.  Any successful challenge to one or more of our prior tax positions could result in a material tax liability to us or to one or more of our subsidiaries, including INTAC, for one or more prior years.

 

We could incur asset impairment charges for intangible assets or other long-lived assets.

 

We have intangible assets and other long-lived assets, therefore future lower than anticipated financial performance or changes in estimates and assumptions, which in many cases require significant judgment, could result in impairment charges.  We test intangible assets that are determined to have an indefinite life for impairment during the fourth quarter of each fiscal year, and assess whether factors or indicators, such as unfavorable variances from established business plans, significant changes in forecasted results or volatility inherent to external markets and industries, become apparent that would require an interim test.  Adverse changes in the operating environment and related key assumptions used to determine the fair value of our indefinite lived intangible assets or declines in the value of our common stock may result in future impairment

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charges for a portion or all of these assets.  In December 2012, we recorded an impairment charge of $0.4 million resulting from abandoning certain projects in our Content and Platform Services business.  In September 2011, we recorded an impairment charge of $0.4 million resulting from our analysis of a triggering event tied to the strategic reductions in investment in our China operations to better align expenses to the revenues being generated at that time.  If any of the assumptions used in the analysis change in the future, an impairment charge for a portion or all of the assets may be required.  In addition, in December 2010, we recorded an impairment charge of $0.5 million, primarily because of changes in our assumptions as to the time and cost required to obtain licenses to operate in China similar to the ones we currently hold. An additional impairment charge could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position and results of operations, but would not be expected to have an impact on our cash flows or liquidity.

 

Our internal control over financial reporting and our disclosure controls and procedures may not prevent all possible errors that could occur. 

 

A control system, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the control system’s objectives will be satisfied.  Internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures are designed to give a reasonable assurance that they are effective to achieve their objectives.  We cannot provide absolute assurance that all of our possible future control issues will be detected.  These inherent limitations include the possibility that judgments in our decision-making can be faulty, and that isolated breakdowns can occur because of simple human error or mistake.  The design of our system of controls is based in part upon assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed absolutely in achieving our stated goals under all potential future or unforeseeable conditions.  Because of the inherent limitations in a cost effective control system, misstatements due to error could occur and not be detected. 

 

We are not required to have our independent auditors attest to the effectiveness of our internal controls over our financial reporting.

 

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires public companies to have and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and preparation of financial statements, and have management review the effectiveness of those controls on an annual basis. We are required to comply with these requirements, but as a “smaller reporting company,” as defined by SEC rules, we are not required to have our independent auditors attest to the effectiveness of our internal controls over our financial reporting.  As a result, we may not have comparable procedures in place as compared to other larger public companies.

 

Our operations are vulnerable to natural disasters and other events.

 

While we believe we have adequate backup systems in place, we could still experience system failures and electrical outages from time to time in the future, which could disrupt our operations.  All of our servers and routers are currently hosted in a single location, which poses site redundancy risk.  Although our site is a Tier 4 data center, which is composed of multiple active power and cooling distribution paths, has redundant components, is fault tolerant, and provides 99.995% availability, we do not have a documented disaster recovery plan in the event of damage from fire, flood, typhoon, earthquake, power loss, telecommunications failure, break in or similar events.  If any of the foregoing occurs, we may experience a temporary system shutdown.  If there is significant disruption or damage to the data center hosting our web servers, our ability to provide access to our websites would be interrupted.  We do not carry any business interruption insurance.  Although we carry property insurance, our coverage may not be adequate to compensate us for all losses, particularly with respect to loss of business and reputation that may occur.

 

RISKS RELATING TO OUR COMMON STOCK

 

There is a risk that an active and robust market for our common stock may not be available.

 

Our common stock is currently listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market, a robust exchange with substantial liquidity. It is not guaranteed that an active and robust market will exist for our common stock. However, if the NASDAQ Capital Market changes its listing requirements or ceases to operate in its current manner, there is no guarantee that we will be able to list on another exchange. This could severely limit the market liquidity of our stock and could adversely affect its price.

 

Moreover, the market for our common stock will be subject to general market economic conditions. Internet stocks in particular have exhibited extreme price fluctuations and volume volatility. In the event of adverse economic shifts in the Internet and Media stock sectors or the stock market in general, there is a risk that trading liquidity in our stock may not be available.

 

 

 

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The market price of our stock is likely to be volatile and various factors could negatively affect the market price or market for our common stock.

 

The market for and price of our common stock could be affected by the following factors: 

 

·

general market and economic conditions;

·

our common stock has been thinly traded; and 

·

minimal third party research is available regarding our company.

 

The market price of our common stock has been volatile, particularly in the recent stock market turmoil, and is also based on other factors outside of our control. 

 

The concentration of our stock ownership may limit individual stockholder ability to influence corporate matters.

 

HowStuffWorks, a subsidiary of Discovery, beneficially owns a significant percentage of our outstanding common stock and is a party of a stockholders’ agreement.  The stockholders’ agreement entitles HowStuffWorks to designate nominees to our Board of Directors.  As a result, Discovery may have the ability to influence our management and affairs and determine the outcome of matters submitted to stockholders for approval, including the election and removal of directors, amendments to the charter, approval of equity-based employee compensation plans and any merger, consolidation or sale of all or substantially all of our assets.  The interests of Discovery and its affiliates may materially conflict with the interests of other stockholders.   For as long as they exert a significant influence over our business affairs, they will have the ability to cause us to take actions that may be adverse to the interests of other stockholders or inconsistent with other stockholders’ investment objectives.

 

Digipac, an entity associated with our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, holds approximately $6 million of convertible notes made by the Company, which if converted would result in a Digipac owning a significant percentage of our outstanding common stock.  As a result, Digipac may have the ability to influence our management and affairs and determine the outcome of matters submitted to stockholders for approval, including the election and removal of directors, amendments to the charter, approval of equity-based employee compensation plans and any merger, consolidation or sale of all or substantially all of our assets.  The interests of Digipac and its affiliates may materially conflict with the interests of other stockholders.  In the future, Digipac may have the ability to cause us to take actions that may be adverse to the interests of other stockholders or inconsistent with other stockholders’ investment objectives.

 

Two of our stockholders also have substantial Sharecare investments, and potential conflicts of interests could harm us.

 

Jeff Arnold, a member of the Board of Directors until June 2010 and former Chief of Global Digital Strategy for Discovery, the parent company of HowStuffWorks, together with Discovery beneficially own approximately 15% of our common stock at December 31, 2012.  Both Mr. Arnold and Discovery own significant interests in Sharecare.  Mr. Arnold and a representative of Discovery serve on the Board of Directors of Sharecare, and Mr. Arnold is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sharecare.  As a result, Mr. Arnold and Discovery have the ability to significantly influence and manage the affairs of both Remark Media and Sharecare and determine the outcome of matters submitted for approval to stockholders of each company.  If Remark Media and Sharecare’s interests diverge, there is a risk that Mr. Arnold or Discovery will favor actions by Sharecare that are adverse to Remark Media. 

 

The concentration of our stock ownership, as well as our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Amended and Restated Bylaws, stockholders agreement and Delaware law contain provisions that may make our acquisition more difficult without the approval of our board of directors, which could discourage, delay or prevent a transaction involving our change of control.

 

As of December 31, 2012, Discovery owned approximately 11 % of our outstanding shares of common stock through its HowStuffWorks subsidiary.  As a result, it will be difficult for our other stockholders to approve a takeover of us without the cooperation of Discovery.

 

Furthermore, our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws contain anti-takeover provisions, including but not limited to the following provisions:

 

·

only our Board of Directors may call special meetings of our stockholders;

·

our stockholders may take action only at a meeting of our stockholders and not by written consent;

·

we have authorized undesignated preferred stock, the terms of which may be established and shares of which may be issued without stockholder approval;

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·

SEC Rule 14a-8 requires that we receive notice of stockholder proposals at least 120 days prior to the date of our proxy statement for the previous year’s annual meeting or we do not have to include them in our proxy materials; and

·

for stockholder proposals not requested to be included in our proxy materials under Rule 14a-8, we require advance notice of not less than 60 nor more than 90 days prior to a meeting for the proposal to be introduced and considered.

 

In addition, the stockholders agreement gives HowStuffWorks the right to designate nominees to our Board of Directors.

 

These anti-takeover defenses could discourage, delay or prevent a transaction involving a change of control of us.  These provisions could also discourage proxy contests and make it more difficult for individual investors and other stockholders to cause us to take other corporate actions individual investors and other stockholders desire.

 

Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law may also delay, defer or prevent a change in control that our stockholders might consider to be in their best interest.  We are subject to Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law which, subject to certain exceptions, prohibits “business combinations” between a publicly-held Delaware corporation and an “interested stockholder,” which is generally defined as a stockholder who becomes a beneficial owner of 15% or more of a Delaware corporation’s voting stock for a three-year period following the date that such stockholder became an interested stockholder.  Section 203 could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of us that our stockholders consider to be in their best interest.

 

Resales of our common stock and additional obligations to issue our common stock may cause the market price of our stock to fall.

 

As of December 31, 2012, there were approximately 7,113 ,744 shares of our common stock outstanding, and options and warrants to purchase another approximately 982,468 shares outstanding.  At December 31, 2012, we also had reserved an additional 373,049 shares for future issuance under our equity compensation plans.  Resale of outstanding shares or issuance of new shares could depress the market price for our common stock.

 

If we fail to meet all listing requirements, we might not be able to remain listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market.

 

In September 2009, we received a notice from The NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that we no longer complied with the continued listing requirement that our shares of common stock maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00.  In response, we conducted a reverse stock split and regained compliance with continued listing standards.  In March 2010, the Company received a notice from The NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that we were not in compliance with the continued listing requirement that the publicly held shares of the Company, which is calculated by subtracting all shares held by officers, directors or beneficial owners of 10% or more from the total shares outstanding, maintain a minimum market value of $5,000,000.  In July 2010, the Company received a notice from The NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that it had regained compliance with this rule.  In April 2011, Remark Media received notification from the NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that the Company no longer complied with the requirements for continued listing on the NASDAQ Global Market because the Company’s stockholders’ equity has fallen below $10 million as reported on our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.  The Company’s stockholders’ equity as of December 31, 2010 was $8,775,882.  The Company was allowed until May 19, 2011, to submit a plan to NASDAQ to regain compliance. Rather than submit a plan, we elected to move our listing to the NASDAQ Capital Market. Our stockholders’ equity as of December 31, 2011 was $2,693,183.  Our stockholders’ equity as of December 31, 2012 was $2,777,105 .  However, there can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to satisfy the requirements to maintain a continued listing on The NASDAQ Capital Market.

 

On November 15, 2012, the Company received a notice from The NASDAQ Stock Marketing indicating that we no longer complied with the majority independent board requirement nor the Audit Committee member requirement, due to the resignations of two board members.  In response, the Company asked for an extension in which to comply with the requirements.  On January 7, 2013, Remark Media received notification from the NASDAQ Stock Market indicating that the Company was granted an extension until May 14, 2013, to regain compliance with the continued listing rules by appointing two independent directors to its Board of Directors, who will also be appointed to the Audit Committee.

 

 

ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS  

 

None.

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES  

 

Our corporate headquarters are located at Six Concourse Parkway, Suite 1500, Atlanta, Georgia, 30328 , which consists of approximately 12,000 square feet of leased space.   We also have locations in Las Vegas, Nevada, which consists of approximately 10,915 square feet of leased space, and Miami, Florida, which consists of approximately 1,790 square feet of leased space.  We do not own any real property.  We believe that our existing facilities are adequate to meet our needs in the near term.

 

As of December 31, 2012, our total remaining lease obligations were approximately U.S. $1 .0 million. The lease obligations are associated with a lease agreement for our headquarters, which will terminate in 2016.

 

ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS  

 

We are not subject to any material pending legal proceeding, nor are we aware of any material threatened claims against us. 

 

ITEM 4.  MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

    

ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANTS COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Our common stock has been traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “MARK” since January 3, 2012, following the change of our corporate name to Remark Media, Inc.  Previously, our common stock traded under the symbol “HSWI” on the NASDAQ Global Market from October 2, 2007, until May 30, 2011, and on the NASDAQ Capital Market from May 31, 2011 until January 3, 2012. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock, as reported on the NASDAQ Capital Market.  See Note 8, “Stockholders’ Equity” of the notes to the financial statements included in this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High

 

Low

Year ended December 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

$

6.15 

$

6.02 

Second Quarter

 

3.58 

 

3.40 

Third Quarter

 

1.95 

 

1.66 

Fourth Quarter

 

1.74 

 

1.53 

 

 

 

 

 

Year ended December 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

First Quarter

$

4.25 

$

2.52 

Second Quarter

 

6.41 

 

2.68 

Third Quarter

 

5.99 

 

2.41 

Fourth Quarter

 

3.74 

 

2.00 

 

Holders of Record

 

As of April 9 , 2013, the last sale price of our common stock on the NASDAQ Capital Market was $2.10 per share.  As of April 9 , 2013 , there were approximately 133 stockholders of record.

 

Dividend Policy

 

We have neither paid nor declared dividends on our common stock since our inception and do not plan to pay dividends in the foreseeable future.  Any earnings that we may realize will be retained to finance our growth.

 

Equity Compensation Plans

 

The information required by Item 5 of Form 10-K regarding equity compensation plans is incorporated herein by reference to “Item 12.  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.”

 

ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

We are a smaller reporting company; as a result, we are not required to report selected financial data disclosures as required by Item 301 of Regulation S-K.

 

ITEM 7.    MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION   AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of our Financial Condition and Results of Operations should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included as part of this Form 10-K.  Our disclosure and analysis in this report concerning our operations, cash flows and financial position, including, in particular, the likelihood of our success in expanding our business, the likelihood of our success in achieving the desired benefits from the Banks.com Merger and our assumptions regarding the regulatory environment and international markets, include forward-looking statements.  Statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “may” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.  Although these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, they are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this filing and are not intended to give any assurance as to future results.  As a result, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors, except as required by applicable securities laws. 

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Business Overview and Recent Developments

 

Remark Media, Inc. (“Remark Media” or the “Company”) is a global digital media company focused on developing, owning and operating next-generation digital platforms that combine traditional web publishing and social media, with the goal of revolutionizing the way people search and exchange information over the Internet.

 

The Company’s international emerging market brands, BoWenWang (bowenwang.com.cn) and ComoTudoFunciona (hsw.com.br), provide readers in China and Brazil with thousands of articles about how the world around them works, serving as destinations for credible and easy-to-understand reference information. Remark Media is the exclusive digital publisher in China and Brazil for translated content from HowStuffWorks.com, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, and in China for certain content from World Book, Inc., publisher of World Book Encyclopedia. The Company’s website services business seeks to create innovative content and platform solutions for leading media and entertainment companies as well as Fortune 500 brands and boutique businesses. The solutions the Company offers center on helping clients generate value with the objective of maximizing content utilization, enhancing online engagement and customer experience and by driving online and offline actions. Remark Media is also a founding partner and developer of the U.S.-based product Sharecare, a highly searchable social Q&A healthcare platform organizing and answering health and medical questions. The Company generates revenue primarily through service and licensing fees as well as online advertising sales on its owned and operated websites.   

 

The Company was incorporated in Delaware in March 2006 and is headquartered in Atlanta with additional operations in Las Vegas, Miami, Beijing and Sao Paulo. 

 

On December 30, 2011, the Company changed its name to Remark Media, Inc.  The name Remark Media reflects the Company’s continued dedication to rich, high-quality content, its commitment to deep social media engagement, and its core belief that uniting remarkable content and remarkable people leads to value-added exchanges of information and enriched connections with others.   The Company amended and restated its Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State to reflect its name change.  Effective January 3, 2012, the ticker symbol for the Company’s common stock traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market changed from “HSWI” to “MARK”, and the CUSIP for the Company’s common stock changed from “40431N104” to “75954W107”.

 

On February 27, 2012, the Company entered into definitive equity financing agreements with accredited and institutional investors to raise funds in the amount of $4.25 million through a private placement. In connection with the transaction, the Company issued to investors common stock priced at $4.50 per share. Investors also received warrants to acquire shares of common stock at an exercise price of $6.81 per share, in the amount of 25% of the number of shares of common stock that the investors purchased. On February 29, 2012, the Company received $4.25 million in cash and issued to the investors a total of 944,777 shares of common stock and warrants to acquire an additional 236,194 shares of common stock.  

 

On February 26, 2012, the Company entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Banks.com, Inc. (“Banks.com”), pursuant to which Banks.com became a wholly owned subsidiary of Remark Media (the “Banks.com Merger”). Banks.com is a leading financial services portal operating a unique breadth and depth of financial products and services. Upon the closing of the merger on June 28, 2012, Remark Media issued approximately 702,267 shares of Common Stock to the shareholders of Bank.com, plus $300,000 in cash, as consideration for the merger. Also, on the effective date of the merger, the Company paid $131,250 in settlement of a promissory note in the amount of $125,000, which matured on June 28, 2012 and related unpaid interest.

 

On November 13, 2012, the Company entered into a Services Agreement with TheStreet Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) (“TheStreet”) in which Remark Media granted TheStreet an exclusive right to sell and serve advertisement and e-commerce on certain of Remark Media’s personal finance websites. TheStreet will also support the websites by providing personal finance content, various promotion and advertisements on TheStreet’s websites, and marketing support. The Company expects the agreement to provide at least $0.9 million over the initial term of the agreement.   The Company had a receivable from TheStreet of $0.2 million at December 31, 2012, which was included in prepaid and other assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet. 

 

On November 23, 2012, the Company entered into a $1.8 million Term Loan Agreement, at a 6.67% annual interest rate with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Tao has been a director of the Company since 2007.  The Term Loan is secured by substantially all the tangible and intangible assets of the Company, excluding its shares of common stock of Sharecare.  The principal and accrued interest under the Term Loan Agreement is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $1.30 per share, which represents an approximately 33% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 53% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  This Term Loan Agreement was approved by the Audit Committee of the

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Board, which believes the related party transaction was negotiated as an arms-length transaction.  The full balance is due November 2014. 

 

On March 29, 2013, Remark Media acquired Pop Factory, LLC, the owner and operator of Bikini.com, a digital beach lifestyle brand providing websites, branded merchandise, and mobile content, for total cash consideration of $2,375,000.  In connection with the purchase, the two founders, who had remained executives of Pop Factory, entered into one year employment agreements with Pop Factory and noncompetition agreements with the Company.

 

On April 2, 2013, the Company entered into a $4.0 million Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Note (“Promissory Note”), at a 6.67% annual interest rate for the first year and 8.67% for the second year, with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  The Promissory Note is secured pursuant to the Term Loan Agreement detailed above, as amended by Amendment Number One (“Amendment”) to that Term Loan Agreement, dated April 2, 2013.  The principal and accrued interest under the Promissory Note is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $2.00 per share, which represents an approximately 11% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 8% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  This Promissory Note and Amendment were approved by the Audit Committee of the Board, which believes the related party transaction was negotiated as an arms-length transaction.  The proceeds from this Promissory Note and Amendment was used to acquire Pop Factory and will be used to fund future acquisitions and the ongoing operations of the business, in conjunction with revenue growth in the Brands segment.  The full balance is due April 2015. 

 

Our Strategy 

 

During 2012, we focused on the development and growth of our personal finance digital media vertical.  We launched DimeSpring, a new website combining high-quality, credible content with an expert community, and acquired Banks.com, Inc., which brought us the portfolio of personal finance properties including Banks.com, IRS.com, FileLater.com, and MyStockFund.com.   In an effort to accelerate awareness and revenue growth of our new personal finance businesses, on November 13, 2012, we entered into a strategic partnership with TheStreet.com.

 

In 2013, we are focusing on creating an 18-to-34 year old lifestyle digital medial vertical, and commenced the development in March 2013 with the acquisition of Pop Factory, the owner and operator of Bikini.com.  We intend to redevelop the brand and website, and continue to acquire other complimentary digital media properties.

 

 

Our Operations   

 

Domestic 

 

Brands .  In September 2012, we launched DimeSpring.com, a U.S.-focused personal finance website that intends to utilize rich content and advice from a wide array of professionals to build a community of people interested in managing life’s financial hurdles and opportunities.  DimeSpring.com is part of a larger product strategy to leverage our experience and expertise to create leading destination websites that offer a dynamic online experience around a given topic with access to relevant content and subject matter experts. The Banks.com merger was successfully completed on June 28, 2012.  Assets obtained through the Banks.com Merger complement DimeSpring and serve to build a network of personal finance digital media businesses. These include Banks.com, the US Tax Center at www.irs.com , FileLater, and MyStockFund.  We continue to invest in technology   and product development to support this initiative, and more recently have entered into a services agreement with The Street.com to accelerate consumer awareness and revenue growth of these sites.  

 

Content and Platform Services .  Our agreements with Sharecare and Discovery expired in December 2011, and while we entered into new service agreements, revenues from these agreements were not significant.  We do not intend to expand our services business, while we continue to focus on developing the personal finance and 18-to-34 year old lifestyle verticals in our Brands business. 

 

Sharecare Investment .  Although Remark Media is no longer providing services for Sharecare, the Company maintains equity ownership in the venture.  As of December 31, 2012, we own approximately 10.8% of Sharecare’s common stock and had representation on Sharecare’s board of directors.  Through November 30, 2012, t he Company accounted for its equity interest in Sharecare under the equity method of accounting.  Under this method, the Company recorded its proportionate share of Sharecare’s net income or loss based on Sharecare’s financial results.  As of December 1, 2012, the Company moved to the cost method of accounting due to a lower percentage of ownership (10.8% as of December 1, 2012), nonparticipation in policy-making processes, and limited existence of technology dependency.  Remark Media owned approximately 10.8% of the outstanding common stock of Sharecare as of December 31, 2012.

 

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International

 

During 2011, we implemented certain cost-savings measures in our Brazil and China operations in connection with a strategic shift towards operations in the United States. We believe that the value of our international assets will be recognized over a longer-term horizon, as online advertising markets develop for Brazil and China and the websites’ traffic fundamentals improve. In the near term, we believe our resources can be better applied to developing and establishing new brands and expanding our services business in the United States; and as a result, are managing our costs in Brazil and China while evaluating our opportunities.

 

ComoTudoFunciona  ( http://hsw.com.br ) is Brazil’s online source for credible, unbiased and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.  The Portuguese-language site is the exclusive digital publisher in Brazil of translated and localized content from the leading Discovery Communications brand HowStuffWorks, and is published from Remark Media’s São Paulo operations.  We recognized approximately $0.07 million and $0.1 million of revenue from Brazil during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  Brazil revenues and operating results are included in the Brands reporting segment. We do not expect to see major growth in our Brazil operations in the near term unless we increase investment in the brand.

 

BoWenWang  ( http://www.bowenwang.com.cn ) is an information and reference website that provides China with encyclopedic knowledge and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world works.  The website is published from Beijing in the Chinese language.  Launched in June 2008, BoWenWang features a combination of original content authored by the Company, translated and localized articles from the leading Discovery Communications brand HowStuffWorks, and content from World Book, Inc.  Revenue generated from the operations based in China was approximately $0.003 million and $0.03 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  We performed an impairment assessment of the license to operate in China, which is an indefinite-lived intangible asset.  As a result of the assessment, we recorded an impairment loss of $0.4 million in our statement of operations for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. China revenues and operating results are included in the Brands reporting segment. We do not expect to see major growth in our China operations in the near term unless we increase investment in the brand.

 

 

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Results of Operations – Year Ended December 31, 2012 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2011

 

The following table sets forth our consolidated results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2012

 

December 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Brands

$

500,890 

 

$

140,702 

Content and platform services from affiliates

 

 -

 

 

4,851,224 

Total revenue

 

500,890 

 

 

4,991,926 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and Marketing

 

91,467 

 

 

19,225 

Content, technology and development

 

75,720 

 

 

3,187,379 

General and administrative (including stock-based compensation expense of $826,008 and $615,367 in 2012 and 2011, respectively)

 

6,150,269 

 

 

5,900,771 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment Loss

 

412,979 

 

 

381,000 

Depreciation and amortization

 

232,574 

 

 

220,327 

Total operating expenses

 

6,963,009 

 

 

9,708,702 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

(6,462,119)

 

 

(4,716,776)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

 

 

 

 

Other expense

 

(64,838)

 

 

(123,480)

Other income

 

12,970 

 

 

6,769 

Total other income

 

(51,868)

 

 

(116,711)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from operations before equity in loss of equity method investment

 

(6,513,987)

 

 

(4,833,487)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change of interest gain of equity-method investment

 

2,494,990 

 

 

407,376 

Proportional share in loss of equity-method investment

 

(2,948,206)

 

 

(2,473,659)

 

 

(453,216)

 

 

(2,066,283)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before benefit from income taxes

 

(6,967,203)

 

 

(6,899,770)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

 

1,531 

 

 

(95,250)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(6,968,734)

 

$

(6,804,520)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(1.05)

 

$

(1.26)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

6,605,563 

 

 

5,416,109 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Segment Data

 

We monitor and analyze our financial results on a segment basis for reporting and management purposes, as presented in Note 5 to the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements.  Operating segments are components of an enterprise about which separate financial information is available that is evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision maker, or decision-making group, in deciding how to allocate resources and assess performance.   

 

Our Brands segment consists of our websites in Brazil and China and generates revenues from advertisers based in the respective countries. This segment also includes the businesses acquired through the recent Banks.com’s acquisition completed on June 28, 2012.  The operating results for services performed under the Sharecare and Discovery services agreements are included in the Content and Platform Services segment. 

 

Revenues

 

For the twelve months ended December 2012 and 2011, we generated revenue of $0.5 million and $5.0 million respectively, of which 100% was generated from our Brands segment for 2012 and 97% was generated from our Content and Pl atform services segment for 201 1.  The decrease in revenue is primarily attributable to the elimination of the services provided to Sharecare and Discovery during 2012 as compared to 2011 , as the services agreements with Sharecare and Di scovery concluded in December 2011, and we did not renew or enter into new agreements in the Content and Platform segment.  Sharecare and Discovery are related parties and the related revenues are included in our consolidated statements of operations under Content and Platform Services from affiliates. 

 

Our Brands segment is comprised of revenue generated from our owned and operated websites, including international website businesses based in Brazil and China. Revenue generated on the two websites relate primarily to paid-for-impression and pay-per-performance ads.  

 

Also, pursuant to closing of the Banks.com merger on June 28, 2012, we recorded $ 0.4 million of Banks.com revenues in our statements of operations for the year ending December 31, 2012. 

 

Sales and Marketing 

 

We have been and will continue to focus on sales and marketing to support our growth initiatives.  Going forward, for our domestic assets, we are participating in a strategic advertising sales partnership with The Street.  Sales and marketing expenses were $91 thousand and $19 thousand for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Content, technology and development    

 

Content, technology and development expenses include the ongoing third-party costs to acquire original content, translate and localize content for our Brands segment from English to Portuguese and Chinese, as well as costs of designing and developing our products as well as expenses to support our Content and Platform Services segment including labor, content and third party platform support services.  Content, technology and development expenses were $0.08 million and $3.2 million for the year s ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively .  The decrease is re lated to web developments costs, in addition to the decrease in the services provided to customers in the content and platform services segment.  

 

General and Administrative Expenses 

 

Our total general and administrative expenses were   $6.2 million and $5.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  The increase was primarily due to an increase in personnel expenses and facilities expense.  As discussed in Item 1 above, the Company has taken steps to reduce costs, including personnel costs, which were realized in the later part of 2012 and will be realized going forward.  

 

Impairment Loss

 

Impairment loss was $0.4 million in each of the years ending December 31, 2012 and 2011.  The loss for the year ended December 31, 2012 was due to the Company’s abandonment of certain projects in the Content and Platform Services business. 

 

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Depreciation and Amortization

 

Depreciation and amortization expense was $0. 2 million for each of the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.  The expense in the year ended December 31, 2012 was due to amortization from the Banks.com acquisition, offset by a decrease in depreciation.

 

Interest Expense 

 

Interest expense for the year ending December 31, 2012 and 2011 was $65 thousand and $123 thousand, respect ively.  These amounts reflect the amortization of debt issuance costs in connection with our revolving credit facility entered into in March 2011 which expired in March 2012.  The debt issuance costs were fully amortized in the first quarter of 2012. 

 

Loss from Equity-Method Investments and Change of Interest Gain 

 

We accounted for our investment in Sharecare under the equity method of accounting through November 2012.  In December, the Company moved to the cost method of accounting (see Note 2).  Under the equity method through November 2012, we recorded a loss of $0.4 million.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, we recorded a loss of $2.1 million. These losses represent our share in Sharecare’s loss during those periods, which was offset by the change in interest gain. 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our cash balance was approximately $1.4 million as of December 31, 2012, a decrease of approximately $0.1 million over our cash balance as of December 31, 2011.  

 

On November 23, 2012, the Company entered into a $1.8 million Term Loan Agreement, at a 6.67% annual interest rate with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Tao has been a director of the Company since 2007.  The Term Loan is secured by substantially all the tangible and intangible assets of the Company, excluding its shares of common stock of Sharecare.  The principal and accrued interest under the Term Loan Agreement is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $1.30 per share, which represents an approximately 33% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 53% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  This Term Loan Agreement was approved by the Audit Committee of the Board, which believes the related party transaction was negotiated as an arms-length transaction.  The full balance is due November 2014. 

 

On April 2, 2013, the Company entered into a $4.0 million Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Note (“Promissory Note”), at a 6.67% annual interest rate for the first year and 8.67% for the second year, with a lender controlled by and in part owned by Mr. Kai-Shing Tao, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  The Promissory Note is secured pursuant to the Term Loan Agreement detailed above, as amended by Amendment Number One (“Amendment”) to that Term Loan Agreement, dated April 2, 2013.  The principal and accrued interest under the Promissory Note is convertible into Common Stock of the Company at the rate of $2.00 per share, which represents an approximately 11% premium to the average closing prices of the Company’s common stock for the ten days prior to entrance into the agreement and an approximately 8% premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the day of entrance into the agreement.  This Promissory Note and Amendment were approved by the Audit Committee of the Board, which believes the related party transaction was negotiated as an arms-length transaction.  The proceeds from this Promissory Note and Amendment will be used to fund future acquisitions and the ongoing operations of the business, in conjunction with revenue growth in the Brands segment.  The full balance is due April 2015. 

 

Finally the Company has taken steps to reduce operating costs, primarily payroll through a reduction in headcount that had previously been focused on its Content and Platform Services business, which will result in a decline in annual salary expense of approximately $1.2 million. The Company will continue to evaluate other opportunities to control costs. 

 

The Company intends to fund its future operations through a combination of revenue growth in its Brands segment, particularly its personal finance properties.  Additionally, the Company is actively engaged in evaluating future acquisitions to provide revenue growth and the sale of certain non-core assets to provide capital.

 

After receipt of funding of the Promissory Note, offset by the acquisition of Pop Factory, the balance of cash and cash equivalents would be approximately $2.4 million had these occurred as of December 31, 2012. The Company has incurred net losses and generated substantial negative cash flow from operations in 2012 and in each fiscal year since its inception and has an accumulated deficit of $105 .8 million as of December 31, 2012.  The Company had minimal revenues in 2012 due to the termination of certain agreements in the Content and Platform Services segment at the end of 2011 and its transition to owning and operating its own digital media properties.  Since that time, the Company has been focused on building and acquiring wholly owned digital media properties for its Brands segment. 

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We consistently monitor our cash position, and make operational changes as necessary to maintain our business objective of funding ongoing operations and related growth.  The decrease in cash is primarily due to the use of cash to fund our operating and investing activities, including website development costs and the acquisition of Banks.com, offset by the proceeds provided through the equity funding completed in February 2012 and debt funding completed in November 2012. 

 

Absent any acquisitions of new businesses or the material increase in expectations from its existing customers, current revenue growth may not be sufficient to sustain the Company’s operations in the long term. As such, the Company may need to obtain additional equity financing and/or divest of certain assets or businesses, neither of which can be assured on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. In addition, any equity financing that might be obtained would substantially dilute existing stockholders.  There is no certainty that the Company will be successful at raising capital, nor is there certainty around the amount of funds that may be raised. In addition, the success of the Company will be subject to performance of the markets and investor sentiment regarding the macro and micro economic conditions under which we operate including stock market volatility. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful at generating more revenues or selling any of its assets. Any failure by the Company to successfully implement these plans would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, including the possible inability to continue operations. 

 

Based on the Company’s current financial projections, which incorporates the Services Agreement with TheStreet, the new Term Loan Agreement and Promissory Note, and the reductions in expenses, all discussed above, the Company believes it has sufficient existing cash resources to fund operations through December 2013. However, projecting operating results is inherently uncertain.  Anticipated expenses can exceed those that are projected, and revenue under TheStreet Agreement could be delayed or not meet expectations. Accordingly, the Company’s cash resources could be fully utilized prior to December 2013.

 

The table below summarizes the change in our statement of cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2012

 

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

$

(4,949,938)

 

$

(2,952,840)

Net cash provided by/used in investing activities

 

(824,238)

 

 

(323,639)

Net cash provided by/used in financing activities

 

5,598,006 

 

 

(20,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$

(176,170)

 

$

(3,296,479)

 

  

Cash flows used in operating activities

 

The net cash used in operating activities was $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $3.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.   The increase is primarily due to a major decrease in revenues, offset by a decrease in content, technology and development expense and the change in interest gain.

 

Cash used in investing activities

 

During the year ended December 31, 2012, the net cash used in investing activities was $0.8 million compared to $0.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.  The increase in cash used in investing activities for 2012 primarily due to the payment o f the cash consideration of $0.3 million related to the Banks.com’s acquisition consummated on June 28, 2012 and $0.5 million in addition to internally developed software .

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the net cash provided by financing activities was $5.6 million, which primarily consisted of the net cash proceeds of $3.9 million provided through the equity financing transactions completed in February 2012, and the cash proceeds of $1.8 million provided by the convertible note financing in November 2012.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, net cash used in financing activities was $0.02 million which was related to payments of debt issuance costs related to our revolving credit agreement.  .  

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.  We

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believe that our critical accounting policies, revenue recognition, stock-based compensation and long-lived assets including goodwill, equity investments, and other intangible assets may involve a higher degree of judgment and complexity.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

We recognize revenue when the service has been provided, the fees we charge are fixed or determinable, we and our advertisers understand the specific nature and terms of the agreed-upon transactions, and collectability is reasonably assured.

 

We recognize revenue from our owned and operated websites as visitors are exposed to or react to advertisements on our website.  We generate revenue from advertising in the form of sponsored links and image ads.  This includes both pay-per-performance ads and paid-for-impression advertising.  In the pay-per-performance model, we earn revenue based on the number of clicks associated with such ad; in the paid-for-impression model (sponsorships), revenue is derived from the display of ads. These revenues are classified within our Brands segment.

 

We recognize advertising revenue from the Service Agreement with TheStreet in the period it is earned. 

 

We recognize content and platform services revenue at the time services are performed.  All of our 2011 services revenue is related to the design, development, hosting and other services required to launch and operate the Sharecare, DailyStrength and Ask Dr. Oz websites through our direct activities and management of third-party vendors. We also recognize content and platform services revenue on certain projects using a percentage of completion method.  Sales are calculated based on the percentage that total costs incurred bear to total estimated costs at completion.  These revenues are classified within our Content and Platform services segment.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Under the 2006 Equity Incentive Plan adopted April 13, 2006, and the 2010 Equity Plan adopted June 15, 2010, as modified on December 30, 2011 (the “Plans”), Remark Media authorized a total of 1,325,000 shares for grant as part of a long-term incentive plan to attract, retain and motivate its eligible executives, employees, officers, directors and consultants.  Options to purchase common stock under the Plans have been granted to our officers and employees with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the underlying shares on the date of grant.  Additionally in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, we granted restricted shares to certain members of our Board of Directors and executives .  As of December 31, 2012, no options have been exercised under the Plan.     We recognize expense based on the fair value of our stock-based compensation awards.

 

We have elected to use the Black-Scholes options pricing model to determine the grant date fair value of stock option awards.  We measure stock-based compensation based on the fair values of all stock-based awards on the dates of grant, and recognize stock-based compensation expense using the straight-line method over the vesting periods.  Stock-bas ed compensation expense was $0.8 million and $0.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Impairment of Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment is tested for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that its carrying amount may not be recoverable.  Such events include significant adverse changes in the business climate, the impact of significant customer losses, unanticipated current period operating or cash flow losses, forecasted continuing losses or a current expectation that an asset group will be disposed of before the end of its useful life.  Recoverability of property and equipment is measured by a comparison of the carrying amounts to future net undiscounted cash flows the assets are expected to generate.  For purposes of recognition and measurement of an impairment loss, property and equipment are grouped with other assets at the lowest level for which identifiable cash flows are largely independent of the cash flows of other assets.  In December 2012, the Company abandoned certain software development projects associated with its Content and Platform Services business.  As a result, the Company recorded a $0.4 million impairment charge in the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

Impairment of Investments

 

Investments are reviewed to determine if events have occurred which would indicate that a decrease in value has occurred which is other than temporary.  Evidence of a loss in value might include, but would not necessarily be limited to, absence of an ability to recover the carrying amount of the investment or inability of the investee to sustain an earnings capacity that would justify the carrying amount of the investment. We monitor our assets for potential impairment on an ongoing basis.  No impairment charge has been recognized on our investment balances as of December 31, 2012 or 2011.

 

Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets Impairment

 

As of September 30, 2011, and in light of the market conditions and the cost savings measures implemented in the Company’s operations in China, the Company performed an impairment analysis of its indefinite-lived intangible asset which

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is a license to operate in China. The Company used the cost approach to estimate the fair value. The Company considered the inputs in this assessment to be Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy.  As a result of the assessment, the Company determined that the intangible asset was impaired and recorded in the Company’s statement of operations for the third quarter 2011 an impairment charge of $0.4 million

 

In December 2012, the Company performed a qualitative assessment of the carrying value of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets under the Step Zero process. The Step Zero process determines whether it is more likely than not that the fair value is less than the carrying amount.  After consideration of the Company’s market capitalization and the fact that the majority of these assets are comprised of the Banks.com merger in June 2012, and therefore only six months since merger, the Company determined there were no impairment charges of goodwill or indefinite-lived intangibles in 2012. 

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

We are subject to recent accounting pronouncements, as described in detail in Note 3 to our consolidated financial statements included in Item 8 herein.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

None.

 

 

ITEM 7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK  

 

We translate the foreign currency financial statements of our international operations into U.S. dollars at current exchange rates, except revenue and expenses, which we translate at average exchange rates during each reporting period.  We accumulate net exchange gains or losses resulting from the translation of assets and liabilities in a separate caption of stockholders’ equity titled “accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)”.  Generally, our foreign expenses are denominated in the same currency as the associated foreign revenue, and at this stage of our development, the exposure to rate changes is minimal.

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject us to a concentration of credit risk consist principally of cash and accounts receivables.  At December 31, 2011, 99% of our cash was denominated in U.S. dollars.  The remaining 1% was denominated in Brazilian Reals , Chinese Renminbi or Hong Kong Dollars.  The majority of our cash is placed with financial institutions we believe are of high credit quality.  Our cash is maintained in bank deposit accounts, which, at times, exceed federally insured limits.  We have not experienced any losses in such accounts and do not believe our cash is exposed to any significant credit risk.

 

We do not use financial instruments to hedge our foreign exchange exposure because the effects of the foreign exchange rate fluctuations are not currently significant.  We do not use financial instruments for trading purposes.  We do not use any derivative financial instruments to mitigate any of our currency risks.  The net assets of our foreign operations at December 31, 2012, were approximately $0. 05 million.

 

 

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ITEM 8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA  

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

For supplemental quarterly financial information, see Note 14, Quarterly Financial Data (unaudited), of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. 

 

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and

Stockholders of Remark Media, Inc.:

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Remark Media, Inc. and subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the related consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for   the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States of America). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern.  As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company incurred cumulative net losses since inception of approximately $105.7 million and cash used in operating activities of approximately $7.9 million during the two years ended December 31, 2012.  These factors, among others as discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.  Management’s plans in regards to these matters are also described in Note 1.  The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty. 

 

 

 

/s/ Cherry Bekaert LLP

 

 

Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

April 15, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REMARK MEDIA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2012

 

 

2011

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,355,332 

 

$

1,531,502 

Trade accounts receivable, net

 

101,865 

 

 

21,730 

Trade accounts receivable due from affiliates

 

 -

 

 

302,129 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

503,256 

 

 

393,989 

Total current assets

 

1,960,453 

 

 

2,249,350 

Property and equipment, net

 

400,526 

 

 

364,386 

Investment in unconsolidated affiliate

 

452,636 

 

 

905,852 

Intangibles assets, net

 

1,854,108 

 

 

116,429 

Goodwill

 

1,584,976 

 

 

 -

Other long-term assets

 

105,876 

 

 

100,000 

Total assets

$

6,358,575 

 

$

3,736,017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

516,623 

 

$

93,806 

Advances from shareholder

 

85,745 

 

 

85,745 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

459,548 

 

 

547,569 

Current portion of capital lease obligations

 

117,549 

 

 

 -

Total current liabilities

 

1,179,465 

 

 

727,120 

Long-term liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

25,000 

 

 

25,000 

Other long-term liabilities

 

282,791 

 

 

290,714 

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

 

294,214 

 

 

 -

Long-term debt with related party

 

1,800,000 

 

 

 -

Total liabilities

 

3,581,470 

 

 

1,042,834 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000 shares

 

 

 

 

 

authorized, none issued

 

 -

 

 

 -

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 20,000,000 shares authorized,

 

 

 

 

 

7,113,744 and 5,422,295 issued and outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

 

7,114 

 

 

5,422 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

108,507,255 

 

 

101,444,780 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

5,370 

 

 

16,881 

Accumulated deficit

 

(105,742,634)

 

 

(98,773,900)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

2,777,105 

 

 

2,693,183 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

6,358,575 

 

$

3,736,017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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REMARK MEDIA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brands

 

$

500,890 

 

$

140,702 

Content and platform services to affiliates

 

 

 -

 

 

4,851,224 

Total revenue

 

 

500,890 

 

 

4,991,926 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing

 

 

91,467 

 

 

19,225 

Content, technology and development

 

 

75,720 

 

 

3,187,379 

General and administrative (including stock-based compensation expense of $826,008 and $615,367 in 2012 and 2011, respectively)

 

 

6,150,269 

 

 

5,900,771 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment loss

 

 

412,979 

 

 

381,000 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

232,574 

 

 

220,327 

Total operating expenses

 

 

6,963,009 

 

 

9,708,702 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

 

(6,462,119)

 

 

(4,716,776)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(64,838)

 

 

(123,480)

Other income (expense)

 

 

12,970 

 

 

6,769 

Total other income (expense)

 

 

(51,868)

 

 

(116,711)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before loss from equity-method investment

 

 

(6,513,987)

 

 

(4,833,487)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change of interest gain of equity-method investment

 

 

2,494,990 

 

 

407,376 

Proportional share in loss of equity-method investment

 

 

(2,948,206)

 

 

(2,473,659)

 

 

 

(453,216)

 

 

(2,066,283)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before benefit from income taxes

 

 

(6,967,203)

 

 

(6,899,770)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

 

 

1,531 

 

 

(95,250)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(6,968,734)

 

$

(6,804,520)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

 

$

(1.05)

 

$

(1.26)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

 

6,605,563 

 

 

5,416,109 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(6,968,734)

 

$

(6,804,520)

Cumulative translation adjustments

 

 

(11,511)

 

 

(21,650)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive loss

 

$

(6,980,245)

 

$

(6,826,170)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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REMARK MEDIA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-in

 

Comprehensive

 

Accumulated

 

Stockholders'

 

Common Stock

 

Capital

 

Income (Loss)

 

Deficit

 

Equity

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance as of December 31, 2010

5,375,455 

 

$

5,375 

 

$

100,701,356 

 

$

38,531 

 

$

(91,969,380)

 

$

8,775,882 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

(6,804,520)

 

 

(6,804,520)

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

(21,650)

 

 

 -

 

 

(21,650)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted stock vesting

49,000 

 

 

49 

 

 

(49)

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

Forfeited restricted stock

(2,160)

 

 

(2)

 

 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

Stock-based compensation

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

615,367 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

615,367 

Warrants issued

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

128,104 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

128,104 

Balance as of December 31, 2011

5,422,295 

 

 

5,422 

 

 

101,444,780 

 

 

16,881 

 

 

(98,773,900)

 

 

2,693,183 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

(6,968,734)

 

 

(6,968,734)

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

(11,511)

 

 

 -

 

 

(11,511)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted stock vesting

12,000 

 

 

12 

 

 

(12)

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

February 12, 2012 stock sale

944,777 

 

 

945 

 

 

3,849,506 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

3,850,451 

Banks.com stock issuance

702,267 

 

 

702 

 

 

2,387,006 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

2,387,708 

Stock-based compensation

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

826,008 

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

826,008 

Warrants exercised

32,405 

 

 

33 

 

 

(33)

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

 

 

 -

Balance as of December 31, 2012

7,113,744 

 

$

7,114 

 

$

108,507,255 

 

$

5,370 

 

$

(105,742,634)

 

$

2,777,105 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REMARK MEDIA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Expressed in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2012

 

2011

Cash Flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(6,968,734)

 

$

(6,804,520)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

232,574 

 

 

220,327 

Impairment loss

 

 

412,979 

 

 

381,000 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

826,008 

 

 

615,367 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

 -

 

 

(95,250)

Loss in equity-method investments

 

 

453,216 

 

 

2,066,283 

(Gain)/loss on disposal of assets

 

 

 -

 

 

39,648 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

7,782 

 

 

21,011 

Accounts receivable from affiliates

 

 

302,129 

 

 

356,815 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

(14,691)

 

 

220,289 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

(201,201)

 

 

26,190 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

 

(4,949,938)

 

 

(2,952,840)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, equipment and software

 

 

(516,623)

 

 

(327,404)

Cash paid for acquisition

 

 

(317,503)

 

 

 -

Other, net

 

 

9,888 

 

 

3,765 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(824,238)

 

 

(323,639)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of stock and warrants

 

 

3,850,451 

 

 

 -

Proceeds from Convertible Note with related party

 

 

1,800,000 

 

 

 -

Payments of debt issue costs

 

 

 -

 

 

(20,000)

Payments on capital leases

 

 

(52,445)