A. BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2021
|Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]|
|BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES||
NOTE A – BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
A summary of the significant accounting policies applied in the preparation of the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements follows.
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of Telkonet, Inc. (the “Company” or “Telkonet”) have been prepared in accordance with Rule S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and with the instructions to Form 10-Q. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.
In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. However, the results from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2021. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated December 31, 2020 financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
Business and Basis of Presentation
Telkonet, Inc., formed in 1999 and incorporated under the laws of the state of Utah, is the creator of the EcoSmart and the Rhapsody Platforms of intelligent automation solutions designed to optimize energy efficiency, comfort and analytics in support of the emerging Internet of Things (“IoT”).
In 2007, the Company acquired substantially all of the assets of Smart Systems International (“SSI”), which was a provider of energy management products and solutions to customers in the United States and Canada and the precursor to the Company’s EcoSmart platform. In 2020, the Company launched the Rhapsody Platform, which simplifies the installation and setup of the Company’s newest products and integrations. Both platforms provide comprehensive savings, management reporting, analytics and virtual engineering of a customer’s portfolio and/or property’s room-by-room energy consumption. Telkonet has deployed more than a half million intelligent devices worldwide in properties within the hospitality, educational, governmental and other commercial markets. The platforms are recognized as a solution for reducing energy consumption, operational costs and carbon footprints, and eliminating the need for new energy generation in these marketplaces – all whilst improving occupant comfort and convenience.
The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Telkonet Communications, Inc., operating as a single reportable business segment.
Going Concern and Management’s Plan
The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis which assumes the Company will be able to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of business for the foreseeable future and, thus, do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of assets and liabilities that may be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.
Since inception through March 31, 2021, we have incurred cumulative losses of $128,172,652 and have never generated enough funds through operations to support our business. For the three-month period ended March 31, 2021, the Company had a cash flow deficit from operations of $653,953. The Company has made significant investments in the engineering, development and marketing of its intelligent automation platforms, including but not limited to, hardware and software enhancements, support services and applications. The funding for these development efforts has contributed to, and continues to contribute to, the ongoing operating losses and use of cash. Operating losses have been financed by debt and equity transactions, capacity under the Company’s $2 million revolving credit facility with Heritage Bank of Commerce (“Heritage Bank”), the sale of a wholly-owned subsidiary, and management of working capital levels. The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon generating profitable operations in the future and obtaining the necessary financing to meet its obligations and repay its liabilities arising from normal business operations when they come due.
The Company’s operations and financial results have also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the health and economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic are highly fluid and the future course of each is uncertain. We cannot predict whether the outbreak of COVID-19 will be effectively contained on a sustained basis. Depending on the length and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for our products, our customers’ ability to meet payment obligations to the Company, our supply chain and production capabilities, and our workforces’ ability to deliver our products and services could be impacted. Management is actively monitoring the impact of the global situation on the Company’s financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce. While we expect this disruption to continue to have a material adverse impact on our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, and liquidity, the Company is unable to reasonably determine the full extent of the impact at this time.
Due to travel restrictions, social distancing and shelter at home edicts, the hospitality industry, our largest market that generally accounts for a majority of our revenue, has suffered as much as any. Rising cases of COVID-19 in certain areas, the emergence of new virus strains and a slow vaccine rollout resulted in the reinstatement of restrictive social-distancing regulations that limited both group and individual travel. Although certain of these restrictions have been lessened or eliminated, business travel, which comprises the largest source of hotel revenue, remains limited. Although a slow return is expected in the second half of 2021, business travel is not expected to return to 2019 levels until at least 2023.13 According to an STR forecast, until group, business and international demand returns, U.S. hotel occupancy rates will not exceed 50% in 2021. Moreover, full recovery of revenue per available room (RevPAR) is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels until the end of 2024.14
In addition, on November 30, 2020, the Company entered into the License Agreement with Sipco and IPCO, LLC dba IntusIQ in order to settle a patent infringement lawsuit without the expense of costly litigation. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had a current liability of approximately $66,000 and a non-current liability of $465,000 included in accrued royalties – long-term recorded on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. The payment of the royalty fees is expected to have a material and adverse impact on the Company’s results of operations and liquidity. See Note I – Commitments and Contingencies for a discussion of the patent infringement lawsuit and the License Agreement.
The Company took and continues to take a number of actions to preserve cash. These actions include suspending the use of engineering consultants and cancelling all non-essential travel and the Company’s attendance at tradeshows (implemented prior to applicable government stay-at-home orders being put in place). In early April of 2020, management made the decision to furlough certain employees, instituted pay cuts for certain other employees and suspended the Company’s 401(k) match through the end of 2020. With the receipt of a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “First PPP Loan”) on April 17, 2020 (discussed below), the Company was able to bring back the furloughed employees, restore payroll to prior levels and delay suspension of the 401(k) match. However, the pandemic continued to impact the Company’s operations and financial results, and consequently, in late June of 2020 management once again made the decision to furlough certain employees, instituted pay cuts for certain other employees and suspended the Company’s 401(k) match through the end of 2020. The furloughs and pay cuts continued through September 2020, at which time management determined it was necessary to discontinue the furloughs and pay cuts in order to retain necessary personnel for the Company’s ongoing operations.
13 Fox, Jena Tesse. “AHLA report ties recovery to optimistic leisure travelers.” Hotel Management January/February 2021: 10.
14 Fox, Jena Tesse. “STR, HVS chart “slow climb’ to full hotel industry recovery.” Hotel Management December 2020: 6.
The more recent actions described above are in addition to the cost elimination and liquidity management actions that the Company began implementing in the second half of 2019, including reviewing opportunities to decrease spend with third party consultants and providers, strategically reviewing whether or not to fill employee positions in the event of vacancies, and implementing sales campaigns to sell slow-moving inventory and reduce existing inventory volumes. There is no guarantee, however, that these actions, nor any other actions identified, will yield profitable operations in the foreseeable future.
In addition to the actions noted above, the Company has received two loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) administered by the United States Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) and authorized by the Keeping American Workers Employed and Paid Act, which is part of the CARES Act, enacted on March 27, 2020. On April 17, 2020, the Company entered into an unsecured promissory note for $913,063 for the First PPP Loan. In January 2021, the Company applied for forgiveness of the amount due on the First PPP Loan. On February 16, 2021, Heritage Bank confirmed that the First PPP Loan granted to the Company, in the original principal amount of $913,063 plus accrued interest of $7,610 thereon, was forgiven in full. The loan forgiveness amount is accounted for as a gain on debt extinguishment in accordance with Accounting Standards Update 2020-09, Debt (Topic 470) ("ASU 2020-09 and a separate component of operating activities in the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.
On April 27, 2021, the Company entered into an unsecured promissory note (the “Note”), dated as of April 26, 2021 (the “Second PPP Loan”), with Heritage Bank under a second draw of the PPP. The principal amount of the Second PPP Loan is $913,063, and it bears interest of 1.0% per annum and has a maturity date of April 27, 2026. Under the terms of the PPP, the Company can apply for, and be granted, forgiveness for all or a portion of the Second PPP Loan. Such forgiveness will be determined, subject to limitations and ongoing rulemaking by the SBA, based on the use of loan proceeds for eligible purposes, including payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, utility costs and the maintenance of employee and compensation levels. No assurance is provided that the Company will obtain forgiveness of the Second PPP Loan in whole or in part. See Note K – Subsequent Event for a summary of the terms of the Second PPP Loan.
The Company also has a $2 million revolving credit facility with Heritage Bank (the “Credit Facility”), which is secured by all of the Company’s assets. The Company is currently in compliance with the financial covenants in the loan agreement for the Credit Facility. However, based on the Company’s current level of operations and forecasted cash flow analysis for the twelve-month period subsequent to the date of this filing, without further cost cutting measures, working capital management, and/or enhanced revenues, the Company believes it is reasonably likely that it will breach the covenant to maintain a minimum unrestricted cash balance of $2 million at some time during 2021. Violation of any covenant under the Credit Facility provides Heritage Bank with the option to accelerate repayment of amounts borrowed, terminate its commitment to extend further credit, and foreclose on the Company’s assets. A default under the Credit Facility would also result in a cross-default under the Company’s Second PPP Loan with Heritage Bank, in which case Heritage Bank could require immediate repayment of all amounts due under the Second PPP Loan. As of March 31, 2021, the outstanding balance on the Credit Facility was $587,814. The Credit Facility has a maturity date of September 30, 2021.
The Company has discussed the possibility of a waiver or a change to the financial covenant with Heritage Bank. Any covenant waiver or amendment could lead to increased costs, increased interest rates, a decrease in the size of the line of credit, additional restrictive covenants, or other lender protections. There is no assurance, however, that the Company will be able to obtain a covenant waiver or amendment, in which case Heritage Bank could immediately declare all amounts due under both the Credit Facility and the Second PPP Loan, terminate the Credit Facility, and foreclose on the Company’s assets. Currently, the Company has sufficient cash balances to pay the amounts due under the Credit Facility and the Second PPP Loan, and the Company plans to submit an application for forgiveness of the Second PPP Loan when all eligible funds have been used. However, depending on the timing of a default and the Company’s ongoing use of cash reserves and the Credit Facility to finance its near-term working capital needs, there is no assurance that at the time of a default that the Company would have sufficient cash balances to pay the amounts due at such time. There is also no assurance that the Company will obtain forgiveness of the Second PPP Loan in whole or in part. The Company may also seek additional financing from alternative sources, but there is no assurance that such financing will be available at commercially reasonable terms, if at all.
The Company currently expects to draw on its cash reserves and utilize the Credit Facility to finance its near-term working capital needs. It expects to continue to incur operating losses and negative operating cash flows for at least one year beyond the date of these financial statements. The Credit Facility provides the Company with needed liquidity to assist in meeting its obligations. However, as discussed above, without further cost cutting measures, working capital management, and/or enhanced revenues, the Company believes it is reasonably likely that it will breach a financial covenant under the Credit Facility at some time during 2021, in which case, without a waiver or amendment, the Credit Facility could be terminated, and without additional financing, the Company may be unable to meet its obligations or fund its operations within the next twelve months. The Company’s Board also continues to consider strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including but not limited to, a sale of the Company, an investment in the Company, a merger or other business combination, a sale of all or substantially all assets or a strategic joint venture. However, these actions are not solely within the control of the Company.
If cash resources become insufficient to meet the Company’s ongoing obligations, the Company may be required to scale back or discontinue portions of its operations or discontinue operations entirely, pursue a sale of the Company or its assets at a price that may result in a significant or complete loss on investment for its shareholders, file for bankruptcy or seek other protection from creditors, or liquidate all its assets. In addition, if the Company defaults under the Credit Facility and is unable to pay the outstanding balance, Heritage Bank could foreclose on the Company’s assets. The Company’s shareholders may lose some or all of their investment as a result of any of these outcomes. Accordingly, and in light of the Company’s historic losses and potential inability to access sources of liquidity to continue its operations, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
Income (Loss) per Common Share
The Company computes earnings per share under ASC 260-10, “Earnings Per Share”. Basic net income (loss) per common share is computed using the weighted average shares outstanding. Diluted net income (loss) per common share is computed using the treasury stock method, which assumes that the proceeds to be received on exercise of outstanding stock options and warrants are used to repurchase shares of the Company at the average market price of the common shares for the year. Dilutive common stock equivalents consist of shares issuable upon the exercise of the Company's outstanding stock options and warrants. For both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, there were 3,599,793 shares of common stock underlying options and warrants excluded due to these instruments being anti-dilutive.
Shares used in the calculation of diluted EPS are summarized below:
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with United States of America (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requires management to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Estimates are used when accounting for items and matters such as revenue recognition and allowances for uncollectible accounts receivable, inventory obsolescence, depreciation and amortization, long-lived assets, taxes and related valuation allowance, income tax provisions, stock-based compensation, and contingencies. The Company believes that the estimates, judgments and assumptions are reasonable, based on information available at the time they are made. Actual results may differ from those estimates.
The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740-10 “Income Taxes.” Under this method, deferred income taxes (when required) are provided based on the difference between the financial reporting and income tax bases of assets and liabilities and net operating losses at the statutory rates enacted for future periods. The Company has a policy of establishing a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that the Company will not realize the benefits of its deferred income tax assets in the future.
The Company follows ASC 740-10-25, which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. ASC 740-10-25 also provides guidance on de-recognition, classification, treatment of interest and penalties, and disclosure of such positions.
Revenue from Contracts with Customers
Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASC 606, the Standard”) supersedes nearly all legacy revenue recognition guidance. ASC 606, the Standard outlines a comprehensive five-step revenue recognition model based on the principle that an entity should recognize revenue based on when it satisfies its performance obligations by transferring control of promised goods or services in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for said goods or services.
Identify the customer contracts
The Company accounts for a customer contract under ASC 606 when the contract is legally enforceable. A contract is legally enforceable when all of the following criteria are met: (1) the contract has been approved by the Company and the customer and both parties are committed to perform their respective obligations, (2) the Company can identify each party’s rights regarding goods or services transferred, (3) the Company can identify payment terms for goods or services transferred, (4) the contract has commercial substance, and (5) collectability of all the consideration to which the Company is entitled in exchange for the goods or services transferred is probable.
A contract does not exist if either party to the contract has the unilateral right to terminate a wholly unperformed contract without compensating the other party (or parties). Nearly all of the Company’s contracts do not contain such mutual termination rights for convenience. All contracts are in written form.
Identify the performance obligations
The Company will enter into product only contracts that contain a single performance obligation related to the transfer of products to a customer.
The Company will also enter into certain customer contracts that encompass product and installation services, referred to as “turnkey” solutions. These contracts ultimately provide the customer with a solution that enhances the functionality of the customer’s existing equipment. For this reason, the Company has determined that the product and installation services are not separately identifiable performance obligations, but in essence represent one, combined performance obligation (“turnkey”).
The Company also offers technical phone support services to customers. This service is considered a separate performance obligation.
Determine the transaction price
The Company generally enters into contracts containing fixed prices. It is not customary for the Company to include contract terms that would result in variable consideration. In the rare situation that a contract does include this type of provision, it is not expected to result in a material adjustment to the transaction price. The Company regularly extends pricing discounts; however, they are negotiated up front and adjust the fixed transaction price set out in the contract.
Customer contracts will typically contain upfront deposits that will be applied against future invoices, as well as customer retainage. The intent of any required deposit or retainage is to ensure that the obligations of either party are honored and follow customary industry practices. In addition, the Company will typically be paid in advance at the beginning of any support contracts, consistent with industry practices. None of these payment provisions are intended to represent significant implicit financing. The Company’s standard payment terms are thirty days from invoice date. Products are fully refundable when returned in their original packaging without damage or defacing less a restocking fee. Historical returns have shown to be immaterial. The Company offers a standard one-year assurance warranty. However, customers can purchase an extended warranty. Under the revenue recognition standard, extended warranties are accounted for as a service warranty, requiring the revenue to be recognized over the extended service periods. Contracts involving an extended warranty are immaterial and will continue to be combined with technical phone support services revenue and recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the contract.
Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations
Revenues from customer contracts are allocated to the separate performance obligations based on their relative stand-alone selling price (“SSP”) at contract inception. The SSP is the price at which the Company would sell a promised good or service separately. The best evidence of an SSP is the observable price of a good or service when the entity sells that good or service separately in similar circumstances and to similar customers. However, turnkey solutions are sold for a broad range of amounts resulting from, but not limited to, tiered discounting for value-added resellers (“VAR”) based upon committed volumes and other economic factors. Due to the high variability of our pricing, the Company cannot establish a reliable SSP using observable data. Accordingly, the Company uses the residual approach to allocate the transaction price to performance obligations related to its turnkey solutions. When support services are not included within the turnkey solution, the residual method is not utilized and no allocation of the transaction price to the performance obligation is necessary.
All support service agreements, whether single or multi-year terms, automatically renew for one-year terms at a suggested retail price (“SRP”). Support service renewals are consistently priced and therefore would support the use of SRP as the best estimate of an SSP for such performance obligations.
The Company recognizes revenues from product only sales at a point in time when control over the product has transferred to the customer. As the Company’s principal terms of sale are FOB shipping point, the Company primarily transfers control and records revenue for product only sales upon shipment.
A typical turnkey project involves the installation and integration of 200-300 rooms in a customer-controlled facility and usually takes sixty days to complete. Since control over goods and services transfers to a customer once a room is installed, the Company recognizes revenue for turnkey solutions over time. The Company uses an outputs measure based on the number of rooms installed to recognize revenues from turnkey solutions.
Revenues from support services are recognized over time, in even daily increments over the term of the contract, and are presented as “Recurring Revenue” in the Statement of Operations.
Contracts are billed in accordance with the terms and conditions, either at periodic intervals or upon substantial completion. This can result in billing occurring subsequent to revenue recognition, resulting in contract assets. Contract assets are presented as current assets in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.
Contract liabilities include deferrals for the monthly support service fees. Long-term contract liabilities represent support service fees that will be recognized as revenue after March 31, 2022.
Contract Completion Cost
The Company recognizes related costs of the contract over time in relation to the revenue recognition. Costs included within the projects relate to the cost of material, direct labor and costs of outside services utilized to complete projects. These are presented as “Contract assets” in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.
Unless provided with a resale or tax exemption certificate, the Company assesses and collects sales tax on sales transactions and records the amount as a liability. It is recognized as a liability until remitted to the applicable state. Total revenues do not include sales tax as the Company is considered a pass through conduit for collecting and remitting sales taxes.
Guarantees and Product Warranties
The Company records a liability for potential warranty claims in cost of sales at the time of sale. The amount of the liability is based on the trend in the historical ratio of claims to sales, the historical length of time between the sale and resulting warranty claim, new product introductions and other factors. The products sold are generally covered by a warranty for a period of one year. In the event the Company determines that its current or future product repair and replacement costs exceed its estimates, an adjustment to these reserves would be charged to earnings in the period such determination is made. For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company experienced returns of approximately 1% to 3% of materials included in the cost of sales. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the Company recorded warranty liabilities in the amount of $23,757 and $45,328, respectively, using this experience factor range.
Product warranties for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020 are as follows:
The Company follows the policy of charging the costs of advertising to expenses as incurred. The Company incurred $1,493 and $5,893 in advertising costs during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Research and Development
The Company accounts for research and development costs in accordance with the ASC 730-10, “Research and Development”. Under ASC 730-10, all research and development costs must be charged to expense as incurred. Accordingly, internal research and development costs are expensed as incurred. Third-party research and development costs are expensed when the contracted work has been performed or as milestone results have been achieved. Company-sponsored research and development costs related to both present and future products are expensed in the period incurred. Total expenditures on research and product development for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 were $311,448 and $369,243, respectively.
The Company accounts for stock-based awards in accordance with ASC 718-10, “Share-Based Compensation”, which requires a fair value measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to the Company’s employees and directors, including employee stock options and restricted stock awards. The Company estimates the fair value of stock options granted using the Black-Scholes valuation model. This model requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions including, among other things, estimates regarding the length of time an employee will hold vested stock options before exercising them, the estimated volatility of the Company’s common stock price and the number of options that will be forfeited prior to vesting. The fair value is then amortized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service periods of the awards, which is generally the vesting period. Changes in these estimates and assumptions can materially affect the determination of the fair value of stock-based compensation and consequently, the related amount recognized in the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations.
The expected term of the options represents the estimated period of time until exercise and is based on historical experience of similar awards, giving consideration to the contractual terms, vesting schedules and expectations of future employee behavior. The expected stock price volatility is based on the historical volatility of the Company’s stock for the related expected term.
Stock-based compensation expense in connection with options granted to employees for both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $1,815.
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