XOTC:SMDI Quarterly Report 10-Q Filing - 3/31/2012

Effective Date 3/31/2012



UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-Q

x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2012

o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Commission file number: 0000-24477
 
STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Nevada
(State of Incorporation)
#86-0776876
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

3 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(Address of principal executive offices)

(805) 884-9977
(Registrant's telephone number)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: Common Stock par value $0.001

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

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Smaller Reporting Company x

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

The number of shares of common stock outstanding at May 15, 2012 was 88,157,055 shares.



 
 

 

STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
FORM 10-Q
MARCH 31, 2012
(Unaudited)
 
INDEX

 
 
Page
 
 
 
Part I – Financial Information
3
     
Item 1.
Financial Statements
3-19
Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
19-24
Item 3.
Qualitative and Quantitative Disclosures About Market Risk
24
Item 4T.
Controls and Procedures
24
     
Part II – Other Information
24
 
 
 
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
25
Item IA.
Risk Factors
25
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
25
Item 3.
Defaults Upon Senior Securities
25
Item 4.
Reserved
25
Item 5.
Other Information
25
Item 6.
Exhibits
25
 
 
 
Signatures
26
 
 
 
Certifications
 






 
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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION ITEM I — FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
ASSETS
           
             
Current assets
           
Cash and equivalents
 
$
13,172
   
$
98,449
 
Deposits and prepaid expenses
   
83,714
     
87,502
 
Total current assets
   
96,886
     
185,951
 
                 
Property and equipment, net
   
68,255
     
78,135
 
Goodwill and intangible assets
   
3,359,466
     
3,359,466
 
Acquisition deposit
   
50,000
     
50,000
 
Total assets
 
$
3,574,607
   
$
3,673,552
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT
             
                 
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable
 
1,006,726
   
$
789,021
 
Deferred salary
   
188,963
         
Accrued interest
   
842,886
     
716,718
 
Other accrued expenses and other liabilities
   
1,413,789
     
1,541,315
 
Loans payable to officers and a director
   
113,163
     
184,163
 
Notes payable
   
2,203,000
     
555,000
 
Total current liabilities
   
5,768,527
     
3,786,217
 
                 
Commitments and contingencies
               
                 
Equity
               
Series C 10% Preferred stock, $0.001 par value:  1,000,000 shares authorized 0 shares issued and outstanding at 2012 and 2011
   
--
     
--
 
Series D 10% Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value: 500,000 shares authorized 18,999 and 18,999 shares issued and outstanding at 2012 and 2011
   
19 
     
19 
 
Series E 5% Preferred Stock, $0.0011 par value, 10,000 shares   Authorized, 8,700 and 8,700 shares outstanding at 2012 and 2011
   
9
     
9
 
Common stock, $0.001 par value:  200,000,000 shares authorized 88,157,055 and 88,157,055 shares issued and outstanding at 2012 and 201,
   
88,157 
     
88,517 
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
42,315,939
     
41,893,380
 
Accumulated deficit
   
(44,541,282
   
(42,053,664
)
Total Stratus Stockholders' deficit
   
(2,137,158
)
   
(72,099
)
Non-Controlling interest
   
(56,762
)
   
(40,566
)
Total deficit
   
(2,193,920
)
   
(112,665
)
Total liabilities and shareholders’ deficit
 
$
3,574,607
   
$
3,673,552
 


See accompanying notes to financial statements. 


 
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STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
Net revenues
  $ 159,542     $ -  
Cost of revenues
    228,502          
Gross loss
    (68,960 )        
                 
Operating expenses
               
General and administrative
    1,462,687       879,780  
Warrant and options
    240,236       501,126  
Legal and professional services
    570,405       280,090  
Depreciation and amortization
    9,880       13,379  
Total operating expenses
    2,283,208       1,674,375  
                 
Loss from operations
    (2352,168 )     (1,674,375 )
                 
Other expenses
               
Other expense
    -       3,190  
Interest expense
    126,573       36,813  
Total other expenses
    126,573       40,003  
                 
Net loss
  $ (2,478,742 )   $ (1,714,378 )
                 
Basic and diluted loss per share
  $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )
                 
Basic and diluted weighted- average common shares
    88,157,055       64,220,069  


See accompanying notes to financial statements.
 

 
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STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(UNAUDITED)
 
   
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
Net loss
 
$
(2,478,742
)
 
$
(1,714,378
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
   
9,880
     
13,379
 
Non-cash expense for warrants and options
   
240,236
     
501,126
 
Stock issued for services
   
-
     
-
 
Stock issued to settle legal dispute
   
-
     
-
 
Increase / (decrease) in:
               
Deposits and prepaid expenses
   
3,788
     
(63,905
)
Accounts payable
   
190,578
     
(150,200
)
Deferred salary
   
188,963
     
68,303
 
Accrued interest
   
126,573
     
36,812
 
Other accrued expenses and other liabilities
   
(127,526
   
436,269
 
Net cash used in operating activities
   
(1,846,249
)
   
(572,194
)
                 
Cash flows from investing activities
   
-
     
-
 
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Bank overdraft
           
(102,194
)
Payments on loans payable to officers and a director
   
(71,000)
     
-
 
Proceeds from  notes payable
   
1,831,972
     
-
 
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock
           
270,000
 
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
   
-
     
200,000
 
Net cash provided by financing activities
   
1,760,972
     
572,194
 
                 
Net change in cash and equivalents
   
(85,277
   
-
 
                 
Cash and equivalents, beginning of period
   
98,449
     
-
 
                 
Cash and equivalents, end of period
 
$
13,172
   
$
-
 
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
               
Cash paid during the period for interest
 
$
-
   
$
-
 
Cash paid during the period for income taxes
 
$
-
   
$
-
 
                 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
 
Conversion of preferred stock into common stock
 
$
-
   
$
198,980
 
 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.
 
 
 
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STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
MARCH 31, 2012 AND 2011 (UNAUDITED) and DECEMBER 31, 2011
 
1.  Business
 
On March 14, 2008, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated August 20, 2007 between Feris International, Inc. (“Feris”) and Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (“PSEI”), Feris issued 49,500,000 shares of its common stock for all of the issued and outstanding shares of PSEI, resulting in PSEI becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Feris and the surviving entity for accounting purposes (“Reverse Merger”).  In July 2008, Feris’ corporate name was changed to Stratus Media Group, Inc. (“Company”).

PSEI, a California corporation, was organized on November 23, 1998 and specializes in sports and entertainment events it owns, operates, manages, markets and sells in national markets.  PSEI acquired the business of Stratus Rewards, LLC (“Stratus Rewards”) in August 2005 and Stratus Rewards is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSEI.  Stratus Rewards is a credit card rewards program using the Visa card platform that offers a luxury rewards redemption program, including private jet travel, premium travel opportunities, exclusive events and luxury merchandise.   In May 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with a private bank in Switzerland for it to be the processing bank for Stratus Rewards in Europe.
   
ProElite, Inc. (“PEI”) is a subsidiary of the Company.  PEI specializes in the operation and management of Mixed Martial Arts events.  

2.  Going Concern

The Company has suffered losses from operations and without additional capital, currently lacks liquidity to meet its current obligations.  The Company had a net loss for 2011 of $15,837,168 and a net loss of $2,478,742 for the three months ended March 31, 2012.  As of March 31, 2012, the Company had negative working capital of $5,671,641 and accumulated deficit of $44,541,282.  Unless additional financing is obtained, the Company may not be able to continue as a going concern.  .  

The financial statements were prepared on a going concern basis which contemplates the realization of assets and the settlement of liabilities in the normal course of business.  The financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of asset carrying amounts or the amount and classification of liabilities that might result if the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

3.  Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”), pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  The unaudited balance sheet at March 31, 2012 consolidates the accounts of PEI.  All significant intercompany balances were eliminated in consolidation.  

Use of Estimates
 
The preparation of our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities in our consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Although these estimates are based on our knowledge of current events and actions we may undertake in the future, actual results may differ from such estimates and assumptions.


 
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Event Revenues
 
Event revenue consists of ticket sales, participant entry fees, corporate sponsorships, advertising, television broadcast fees, athlete management, concession and merchandise sales, charity receipts, commissions and hospitality functions. The Company recognizes admissions and other event-related revenues when the events are held in accordance with SEC Statement Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) 104. Revenues received in advance and related direct expenses pertaining to specific events are deferred until the events are actually held.

Stratus White Visa Card

Stratus White (formerly referred to as Stratus Rewards), the Company’s affiliate redemption credit card rewards program, generates revenues from transaction fees generated by member purchases using the card, and membership fees. Revenue is recognized when transaction fees are received and membership fees are amortized and recognized ratably over the twelve-month membership period from the time of receipt.

Cash Equivalents
 
We consider all highly liquid investments purchased with maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents.

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable arise principally from royalties from television networks for pay-per-view presentations.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments
 
Our financial instruments include cash and equivalents, accounts payable, a line-of-credit and accrued liabilities. The carrying amounts of financial instruments approximate fair value due to their short maturities.
 
Property and Equipment
 
Property and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. We record depreciation using the straight-line method over the following estimated useful lives:
   
Equipment
3 – 5 years
Furniture and fixtures
5 years
Software
3 years
Leasehold improvements
Lesser of lease term or life of improvements

Goodwill and Intangible Assets
 
Intangible assets consist of goodwill from certain events and the Stratus White Visa Card we acquired. Goodwill is the excess of the cost of an acquired entity over the net amounts assigned to tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed. We apply the provisions of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 142  Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets , codified in FASB ASC Topic 350, which requires allocating goodwill to each reporting unit and testing for impairment using a two-step approach.


 
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The Company purchased several events that are recorded on the Company’s balance sheet as intangible assets with a value at the consideration paid for such assets, which generally include licensing rights, naming rights, merchandising rights and the right to hold such event in particular geographic locations.  There was no goodwill assigned to any of these events and the value of the consideration paid for each event is considered to be the value for each related intangible asset.   Each event has separate accounts for tracking revenues and expenses per event and a separate account to track the asset valuation.

A portion of the consideration used to purchase the Stratus White Visa Card program was allocated to specific assets, as disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements, with the difference between the specific assets and the total consideration paid for the program being allocated to goodwill.

The Company reviews the value of intangible assets and related goodwill as part of its annual reporting process, which generally occurs in February or March of each calendar year.  Between valuations, the Company conducts additional tests if circumstances warrant such testing.  For example, if the Company was unable to secure the services of any sponsoring banks, the Company would then undergo a thorough valuation of the intangible assets related to its Stratus White Visa Card program.

To review the value of intangible assets and related goodwill, the Company compares discounted cash flow forecasts with the amounts of the assets on the balance sheet.

The events are forecasted based on historical results for those events, adjusted over time for the assumed synergies expected from discounts from purchases of goods and services from a number of events rather than from each event on its own, and for synergies resulting from the expected ability to provide sponsors with benefits from sponsoring multiple events with a single point of contact.
  
These forecasts are discounted at a range of discount rates determined by taking the risk-free interest rate at the time of valuation, plus premiums for equity risk and small companies in general, and factors specific to the Company and its business.

If the Company determines the discount factor for cash flows should be increased, or the event will not be able to begin operations when planned, it is possible the amounts for the intangible assets currently on the balance sheet could be reduced or eliminated, which could result in a maximum charge to operations equal to the current carrying value of the intangible assets of $3,359,466.

The Company believes that Core Tour and Maui Music Festival are most at risk for additional impairment charges in the future because the fair value for each event is less than 200% of its book value.

Research and Development
 
Research and development costs not related to contract performance are expensed as incurred. We did not incur any research and development expenses for 2011 or the three months ended March 31, 2012.
 
Capitalized Software Costs
 
We did not capitalize any software development costs during 2010 or the three months ended March 31, 2011. Costs related to the development of new software products and significant enhancements to existing software products are expensed as incurred until technological feasibility has been established and are amortized over three years.
 

 
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Valuation of Long-Lived Assets
 
We account for long-lived assets in accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets,  codified in FASB ASC Topic 360, which requires that long-lived assets and certain identifiable intangibles be reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets is measured by comparing the carrying amount of an asset to future undiscounted net cash flows expected to be generated by the asset. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the assets exceeds their fair value. Assets to be disposed of by sale are reflected at the lower of their carrying amount or fair value less cost to sell.
 
Net Loss Per Share
 
We compute net loss per share in accordance with SFAS No. 128, Earnings Per Share, codified in FASB ASC Topics 260.  Basic per share data is computed by dividing loss available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period. Diluted per share data is computed by dividing loss available to common stockholders by the weighted average shares outstanding during the period increased to include, if dilutive, the number of additional common share equivalents that would have been outstanding if potential common shares had been issued using the treasury stock method. Diluted per share data would also include the potential common share equivalents relating to convertible securities by application of the if-converted method.
 
The effect of common stock equivalents (which include outstanding warrants and stock options) are not included for the three months ended March 31, 2012 or 2011, as they are antidilutive to loss per share.

Stock-Based Compensation

We followed SFAS No. 123R, Share Based Payment (SFAS No. 123R), codified in FASB ASC Topic 718, using the modified prospective transition method. New awards and awards modified, repurchased or cancelled after January 1, 2006 trigger compensation expense based on the fair value of the stock option as determined by the Black-Scholes option pricing model. We amortize stock-based compensation for such awards on a straight-line method over the related service period of the awards taking into account the effects of the employees’ expected exercise and post-vesting employment termination behavior.

We account for equity instruments issued to non-employees in accordance with the provisions of FASB ASC Topic 718.
 
The risk-free interest rate is based on U.S. Treasury interest rates, the terms of which are consistent with the expected life of the stock options.   Future option grants will be calculated using expected volatility based upon the average volatility of our common stock.

Advertising
 
We expense the cost of advertising as incurred. Such amounts have not historically been significant to our operations.
 
Income Taxes

The Company utilizes SFAS No. 109, "Accounting for Income Taxes," which is codified in FASB ASC Topics 740-10 and 740-30, which requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that were included in the  financial statements or tax returns. Under this method, deferred income taxes are recognized for the tax consequences in future years of differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their financial reporting amounts at each year-end based on enacted tax laws and statutory tax rates applicable to the periods in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established, when necessary, to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized. The provision for income taxes represents the tax payable for the period and the change during the period in deferred tax assets and liabilities.


 
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Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In June 2011, FASB issued ASU 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (ASC Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income. Under the amendments in this update, an entity has the option to present the total of comprehensive income, the components of net income and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. Under both options, an entity is required to present each component of net income along with total net income, each component of other comprehensive income along with a total for other comprehensive income and a total amount for comprehensive income. In a single continuous statement, the entity is required to present the components of net income and total net income, the components of other comprehensive income and a total for other comprehensive income, along with the total of comprehensive income in that statement. In the two-statement approach, an entity is required to present components of net income and total net income in the statement of net income. The statement of other comprehensive income should immediately follow the statement of net income and include the components of other comprehensive income and a total for other comprehensive income, along with a total for comprehensive income. In addition, the entity is required to present on the face of the financial statements reclassification adjustments for items that are reclassified from other comprehensive income to net income in the statement(s) where the components of net income and the components of other comprehensive income are presented. The amendments in this update should be applied retrospectively and are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company is currently evaluating the application of this accounting standard.

In September 2011, FASB issued ASU 2011-08 on Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350), which requires that a company should first examined the facts and circumstances for each event or business to determine if it was more likely than not that an impairment had occurred. If this examination suggested that it was more likely that an impairment had occurred, the company then compares discounted cash flow forecasts related to the asset with the stated value of the assets on the balance sheet. The Company adopted this accounting standard for the year ended December 31, 2011.
 
 4.  Litigation

In March 2011, four of our shareholders filed an action in Superior Court of California, in Santa Barbara County (lead plaintiff is Howell Douglas Wood (“Wood”)), against us, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and its outside directors. The complaint alleges violations of the California Corporations Code relating to the issuance of securities to the plaintiffs, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing relating to the handling of requests by the plaintiffs to sell their shares. The complaint seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, recovery of attorney fees and costs and certain equitable relief. We believe that the claims are without merit and have been aggressively defending the action. The company has filed a demurrer to the operative complaint (which is the second amended complaint), and no trial date has been set.
 
In November 2011, 12 additional shareholders filed an action in Superior Court of California, in Santa Barbara County (lead plaintiff is Jeffrey Tuttle), against us, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer and its outside directors. This complaint was filed by the same law firms as the Wood complaint, and is similar to the Wood complaint.  As with the Wood complaint, the Tuttle complaint alleges violations of the California Corporations Code relating to the issuance of securities to the plaintiffs, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing relating to the handling of requests by the plaintiffs to sell their shares. The complaint seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, recovery of attorney fees and costs and certain equitable relief. We believe that the claims are without merit and have been aggressively defending the action. The Company filed a demurrer to the operative complaint (which is the first amended complaint), and no trial date has been set.
 
In September 2011, Maier & Company, Inc., filed a lawsuit against the Company and PSEI for alleged breach of a consulting agreement.  In November of 2011, a default judgment was entered for $117,165 against both the Company and PSEI.  In January of 2012, the Company and PSEI filed a motion to set aside the default and default judgment.  That motion was granted, and the Company and PSEI filed an answer to the complaint.  The parties have since entered into an agreement to stay discovery or other activity until the parties conduct a mediation in June 2012.

In February 2012, Maverick Apparel Printing, LLC, filed a lawsuit against the Company for alleged breach of a contract for the provision of goods, and seek $25,694, plus interest, fees and costs.  The Company filed an answer to the complaint.  A case management conference is set for June 2012, at which point the trial court may set a trial date.


 
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In April 2012, Ned Sands filed a lawsuit against the Company for alleged discrimination based on religion and age in an employee termination, as well as fraud in inducing him to join the company.  The Company has not yet been required to respond to the complaint.  A case management conference is set for August 2012, when the trial court may set a trial date.
 
 5.  Acquisition of Stratus White Visa Card
 
In accordance with the Asset Purchase Agreement dated August 15, 2005, by and between the Company and Stratus White LLC (“Stratus Purchase Agreement”), Stratus acquired the business of Stratus, a credit card rewards program.

The total consideration for this acquisition was $3,000,000, with Stratus entering into a note payable of $1,000,000 and issuing 666,667 common shares valued at $2,000,000. The note is payable in eight quarterly equal payments over a 24 month period, with the first payment due upon completion of the first post-public merger funding of a minimum of $3,000,000.

The Stratus Purchase Agreement included the transfer to the Company of tangible personal property such as computers and all intellectual property, goodwill associated therewith, licenses and sublicenses.  Stratus White had at least $1.4 million of computer hardware and at least $0.2 million of computer software, all of which should have been transferred to the Company pursuant to the Stratus Purchase Agreement.  These computer and software assets were not included in the accounting for the acquisition of Stratus White by Pro Sports and the value of the computer hardware and software that was not received was allocated to goodwill.  The owner of Stratus White received notice on May 15, 2006 that if he did not deliver this hardware and software within 30 days, that the amount of consideration he was entitled to would be reduced by at least the $1,000,000 amount of the note, if not an additional $1,000,000 value in the common stock issued as consideration.  The owner responded on June 2, 2006 that his former law firm owned the computer hardware and software and he did not have the authority to release these items to the Company.

Given this situation and the expiration for the statute of limitations, the Company wrote off this liability as of December 31, 2011.

The results of operations of the business acquired were included in the Company’s Statements of Operations from the date of acquisition. Depreciation and amortization related to the acquisition were calculated based on the estimated fair market values and estimated useful lives for property and equipment and an independent valuation for certain identifiable intangible assets acquired.

Effective May 14, 2010, Stratus Media Group, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Co-branded Card Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Cornèr Banca SA (the “Bank”), located in Lugano, Switzerland.  Under the Agreement, the parties agreed to jointly launch a co-branded consumer card payment solution targeted at high net worth individuals and a co-branded commercial payment solution targeted at small and mid-sized businesses.  The cards, to be issued by the Bank, will include a loyalty rewards program.  The cards are targeted to residents of Europe.  The initial term of the Agreement is five years.  The Company, among other things, will be responsible for marketing and administration of, and expenses relating to, the rewards program.  The Bank will be responsible for issuing the cards.  The Company will receive a share of purchase transactions generated by a card holder and membership and initiation fees.

6.  Property and Equipment

Property and equipment were as follows:
 
   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Computers and peripherals
 
$
97,660
   
$
97,660
 
Office Machines
   
49,370
     
49,370
 
Furniture and fixtures
   
79,484
     
79,484
 
     
226,514
     
226,514
 
Less accumulated depreciation
   
(158,259
)
   
(148,379
)
   
$
68,255
   
$
78,135
 

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, depreciation expense was $9,880 and $2,027, respectively.

 
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7.  Goodwill and Intangible assets

Goodwill and intangible assets of the Company were as follows:
 
   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Intangible Assets
           
Events
           
Beverly Hills Concours
 
$
2,500
   
$
2,500
 
Santa Barbara Concours d'Elegance
   
53,000
     
53,000
 
Cour Tour/Action Sports Tour
   
100,000
     
100,000
 
Freedom Bowl
   
190,000
     
190,000
 
Maui Music Festival
   
5,000
     
5,000
 
Total - Events
   
350,000
     
350,000
 
                 
Goodwill
               
ProElite
   
1,935,621
     
1,935,621
 
Stratus Visa White Card
   
1,073,345
     
1,073,345
 
Total Goodwill
   
3,008,966
     
3,008,966
 
Total Goodwill and Intangible Assets
 
$
3,359,466
   
$
3,359,466
 

In accordance with SFAS No. 142, codified in FASB ASC Topic 350, the Company’s intangible assets, other than the purchased licensed technology and the membership list for Stratus, are considered to have indefinite lives and are therefore no longer amortized, but rather are subject to annual impairment tests. The Company’s annual impairment testing date is December 31, but the Company monitors the facts and circumstances for all intangible properties and will record impairment if warranted by adverse changes in facts and circumstances.  

8.  Accrued liabilities

Accrued liabilities consisted of the following:
 
   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
Professional fees
 
$
519,767
   
$
494,767
 
Accrued legal judgments
   
90,732
     
90,732
 
Consultant fees
   
210,627
     
227,178
 
Payroll related
   
487,877
     
640,208
 
Other
   
104,786
     
64,108
 
   
$
1,413,789
   
$
1,516,993
 

9.  Loans payable to officers and a director

The Loans Payable to officers and directors are as follows:
 
   
March 31
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
President and director, interest at 9.5%
 
$
7,919
   
$
78,919
 
An officer, non-interest bearing
   
50,244
     
50,244
 
An officer, interest at 5.0% if not repaid on timely basis
   
55,000
     
55,000
 
   
$
113,163
   
$
184,163
 

 
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In connection with the employment agreement for its Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Company assumed a promissory note of $231,525 formerly owed to him by ProElite, Inc. and agreed to pay the promissory note with $121,525 payable to him upon the closing of the acquisition of ProElite by the Company, $55,000 due 90 days after the closing of the acquisition, and $55,000 due 180 days after the closing of the acquisition.  Any unpaid amounts after 180 days following the closing of the acquisition will bear interest at 5% per annum at the election of the officer.  The balance is now due.

10.  Notes payable

   
March 31,
   
December 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
Notes payable from ProElite to various individuals dated October 20, 2011 with maturity of July 20, 2012, convertible into common stock of ProElite, Inc. at the noteholders' election
  $ 1,063,000     $ 415,000  
                 
Note payable to a shareholder upon completion of $5,000,000 in funding
    1,000,000          
                 
To shareholder (unsecured), dated January 14, 2005, with maturity of May 14, 2005The principal amount and accrued interest were payable on May 14, 2005, plus interest at 10%.  This note is currently in default.
    70,000       70,000  
                 
To shareholder (unsecured), dated February 1, 2005, with maturity of June 1, 2005.  The principal amount and accrued interest were payable on June 1, 2005 plus interest at 10%.  This note is currently in default.
               
      10,000       10,000  
To non-shareholder (unsecured).  Payable on demand and does not bear interest
    60,000       60,000  
                 
Total
  $ 2,203,000     $ 555,000  
 
11.  Shareholders’ Deficit

Series C 10% Preferred Stock

During 2010, the Company issued 18,365 shares of Series C 10% Preferred Stock (“Series C”) for $454,799.  Each share of Series C sold for $30, can be converted at any time into 20 shares of common stock and has voting rights of 20 shares of common stock.  In connection with the issuance of Series C, the Company issued 124,990 warrants with a life of five years to purchase a share of common stock for $2.00 per share.  The Series C has liquidation preference over common stock at a liquidation value of $30 and pays a cumulative dividend of 10% per year, payable on July 31 and December 31of each year that the Series C is outstanding.  Interest payments may be made in cash or in common stock at the discretion of the Company.  The Series C automatically convert into 20 shares of common stock when the closing price for a share of common stock is $5.00 or above and the average daily trading volume for the 10 previous trading days is above 200,000 shares.  Given the losses recorded by the Company, the stock equivalents related to the Series C are not included in the calculation of earnings per share since the effect of such inclusion would be antidilutive.

Since the Series C contains an embedded conversion feature, the Company performed an analysis of the Series C under ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging.”  This analysis determined that the embedded conversion feature was not required to be bifurcated and accounted separately from the Series C because the economic risks and characteristics of the embedded conversion feature were clearly and closely related to the economic risks and characteristics of the host contract Series C, namely the risks of the common stock.  The value of the beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) was $26,945, which was charged to equity at the time of issuance and was not included in the calculation of earnings per share.  The BCF was calculated as the difference of the fair value of the conversion price and the intrinsic value of the preferred shares.
 

 
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The Series C contains a share adjustment provision that provides for additional shares to be issued if the 30-day volume weighted average price of the Company’s common stock (“VWAP”) is between $1.00 and $2.00 180 days after the purchase of Series C.  If the VWAP is above $2.00, no action is taken.  If the VWAP is between $1.00 to $2.00, additional shares are issued to the holder such that the total of the number of common shares issuable upon conversion, which is the number of Series C shares times 20 (“Conversion Shares”), plus the additional shares together equals the VWAP price equals the Conversion Shares times $2.00.  If the VWAP is below $1.00 the number of additional shares are calculated as if the price were $1.00, not the actual VWAP.  Once this 180-day period passes and the Company has issued the appropriate shares, if any, then Price Protection provisions of this Agreement will expire and the Company will be completely released from any future claims by the Purchaser related to this share adjustment provision.

The Company determined that derivative accounting for the embedded conversion and the share adjustment features were  not required pursuant to ASC 815-10-15-74 because the features and the shares are indexed to the Company’s own stock under ASC 815-40-15 (EITF Issue 07-5); the features can be classified in shareholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (EITF Issue 00-19, paragraphs 1-11)  and that Series C is classified as a conventional convertible so the embedded conversion feature can be classified in stockholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (Issue 00-19, paragraphs 12-32).  The determination was made by the Company that the Series C is a conventional convertible because the freestanding warrant is indexed to the company’s own stock under ASC 815-40-15 (EITF Issue 07-5); the freestanding warrant is classified in shareholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (Issue 00-19, paragraphs 1-32); and the financial instrument does not include embedded puts and/or calls or other features that require bifurcation from the host contract under ASC 815.

As of December 31, 2011, all Series C Preferred Stock had been converted into common stock.

Series D 10% Preferred Stock

During 2010, the Company issued 5,700 shares of Series D 10% Preferred Stock (“Series D”) for $170,921.  Each share of Series C sold for $30, can be converted at any time into 60 shares of common stock and has voting rights of 60 shares of common stock.  In connection with the issuance of Series D, the Company issued warrants to purchase 179,970 shares of common stock.  The warrants have a life of five years to purchase a share of common stock for $1.00.  The Series D has liquidation preference over common stock at a liquidation value of $30 and pays a cumulative dividend of 10% per year, payable on July 31 and December 31 of each year that the Series D is outstanding.  Interest payments may be made in cash or in common stock at the discretion of the Company.  The Series D automatically convert into 60 shares of common stock when the closing price for a share of common stock is $5.00 or above and the average daily trading volume for the 10 previous trading days is above 200,000 shares.  Given the losses recorded by the Company, the stock equivalents related to the Series D are not included in the calculation of earnings per share since the effect of such inclusion would be antidilutive.

Since the Series D contains an embedded conversion feature, the Company performed an analysis of the Series C under ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging.”  This analysis determined that the embedded conversion feature was not required to be bifurcated and accounted separately from the Series D because the economic risks and characteristics of the embedded conversion feature were clearly and closely related to the economic risks and characteristics of the host contract Series D, namely the risks of the common stock.  The value of the BCF was $26,945 which was charged to equity at the time of issuance and was not included in the calculation of earnings per share.  The BCF was calculated as the difference of the fair value of the conversion price and the intrinsic value of the preferred shares.

The Series D contains a share adjustment provision that provides for additional shares to be issued if the thirty-day volume weighted average price of the Company’s common stock (“VWAP”) is between $0.50 and $1.00 180 days after the purchase of Series D.  If the VWAP is above $1.00, no action is taken.  If the VWAP is between $0.50 to $1.00, additional shares are issued to the holder such that the total of the number of common shares issuable upon conversion, which is the number of Series D shares times 60 (“Conversion Shares”), plus the additional shares together equals the VWAP price equals the Conversion Shares times $1.00.  If the VWAP is below $0.50 the number of additional shares are calculated as if the price were $0.50, not the actual VWAP.  Once this 180-day period passes and the Company has issued the appropriate shares, if any, then Price Protection provisions of this Agreement will expire and the Company will be completely released from any future claims by the Purchaser related to this share adjustment provision.  The price protection provisions have expired.


 
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The Company determined that derivative accounting for the embedded conversion and the share adjustment features was not required pursuant to ASC 815-10-15-74 because these features are indexed to the Company’s own stock under ASC 815-40-15 (EITF Issue 07-5); the features can be classified in shareholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (EITF Issue 00-19, paragraphs 1-11)  and that Series D is classified as a conventional convertible so the features can be classified in stockholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (Issue 00-19, paragraphs 12-32).  The determination was made by the Company that the Series D is a conventional convertible because the freestanding warrant is indexed to the company’s own stock under ASC 815-40-15 (EITF Issue 07-5); the freestanding warrant is classified in shareholders’ equity under ASC 815-40 (Issue 00-19, paragraphs 1-32); and the financial instrument does not include embedded puts and/or calls or other features that require bifurcation from the host contract under ASC 815.

As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, 18,999 shares of Series D Preferred Stock were outstanding.   
 
Series E 5% Preferred Stock

On May 24, 2011, the Company entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with eight investors (collectively, the “Investors”) pursuant to which the Company sold the Investors 8,700 shares of a new series of convertible preferred stock designated as Series E Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Shares”), the terms of which are set forth in the Certificate of Designations of Series E Preferred Stock (the “Certificate”), for a purchase price of $1,000 per share, or $8,700,000 in the aggregate.

In connection with the sale of the Preferred Shares, the Company also agreed to issue to the Investors (a) warrants (“A Warrants”) to purchase up to one additional share of Common Stock for each share of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Preferred Shares, and (b) warrants (“B Warrants”) to purchase up to .50 additional shares of Common Stock for each share of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Preferred Shares. The Warrants are exercisable for five years commencing on the date of first issuance and are exercisable only for cash if there is an effective registration statement covering the resale of the shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants. In the absence of such a registration statement, the Warrants are exercisable for cash or on a cashless basis at the option of the holder thereof. The exercise price of the A Warrant is $0.65 per share and the B Warrant has an exercise price of $1.00 per share, subject in each case to full ratchet anti-dilution protection.

Pursuant to the Certificate, the Preferred Shares bear a dividend of 5%, payable quarterly in cash, or, if the dividend shares are registered for resale, in shares of the Company’s Common Stock. The effective conversion rate for the Preferred Shares is $0.40 per share of Common Stock, subject to full ratchet anti-dilution protection. The Preferred Shares have voting rights on an as-converted to Common Stock basis, with the Investors (subject to certain exceptions) having the right to elect two members to the Company’s Board of Directors (“BOD”) for so long as at least 50% of the total number of Preferred Shares purchased pursuant to the Purchase Agreement are outstanding, and the right to elect one member to the Company’s BOD for so long as least 25% but less than 50% of the total number of Preferred Shares issued pursuant to the Purchase Agreement are outstanding. The Company is required to redeem any unconverted Preferred Shares on the fifth anniversary of the date of first issuance of the Preferred Shares, and has the right to require conversion at any time if the average daily trading value for any 20 consecutive trading days exceeds $250,000 and the weighted average price per share is at least $2.50 for each of those 20 consecutive trading days.

To secure the Company’s obligation to redeem the Preferred Shares, the Company entered into a Security Agreement dated May 24, 2011, pursuant to which the Company agreed to grant the holders of the Preferred Shares a first priority security interest in all of its assets.

The Company agreed to file a registration statement with the SEC covering the resale of the shares (a) issuable upon conversion of the Preferred Shares or exercise of the Warrants, (b) issued as dividends payable in shares of Common Stock pursuant to the Certificate, and (c) issuable upon exercise of the Placement Agent Warrants. Upon the occurrence of certain events set forth in the Purchase Agreement, including the failure to timely file the registration statement or have the registration statement timely declared effective, the Company will pay to the Investors cash of 1% of the aggregate purchase price of the Series E Preferred Stock and Warrants for each 30-day period during such default; provided, however, that the payments will not exceed 10% of the aggregate purchase price.


 
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Common Stock

During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company did not raise funds from the issuance of common stock.

Stock Options
 
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company did not issue options, cancel options or experience options exercises..

The following table sets forth the activity of our stock options to purchase common stock:
 
   
Options
Outstanding
   
Range of
Exercise Prices
   
Average
Remaining
Life in Years
   
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   
Options
Exercisable
   
Average
Remaining
Life in Years
   
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
 
                                                         
As of December 31, 2010
    10,269,852     $ 0.14 - $3.50       2.4     $ 0.94       8,512,684       2.0     $ 0.94  
Cancelled
    (3,110,000 )     -       -       -       -       -       -  
Granted
    5,010,000     $ 0.54       5.0     $ 0.54       3,355,000       5.0     $ 0.54  
As of March 31, 2012 and
December 31, 2011
    12,169,852     $ 0.14 - $3.50       3.2     $ 0.49       11,867,684       3.2     $ 0.40  
 
Warrants

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company did not issue additional warrants.

A summary of the warrants:
 
    Warrants Outstanding    
Warrants Exercisable
 
   
Warrants
Outstanding
   
Range of
Exercise Prices
   
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Life in
Years
   
Weighted
Average
ExercisePrice
   
Warrants
Exercisable
   
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
 
As of December 31, 2011
   
55,181,959
   
$
0.65 -  2.00
     
4.2
   
$
0.78
     
55,181,989
   
$
0.78
 
Forfeited
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Exercised
   
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Granted
   
-
   
$
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
As of March 31, 2012
   
55,181,959
   
$
0.65 - $2.00
     
4.0
   
$
0.78
     
55,181,959
   
$
0.78
 
 

 
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12.  Commitments and contingencies

Office space rental

On May 1, 2009, the Company entered into a lease for approximately 1,800 square feet of office space in Santa Barbara, California for use as its executive offices.  This lease was amended on July 21, 2009 and expires on December 31, 2013 with a three-year renewal term available at an initial rent plus common area charges of $5,767 per month.

On August 1, 2011, we entered into a lease for approximately 7,000 square feet of office space in Los Angeles, California.  The lease continues through November 30, 2014.  Initially, the lease had a fixed monthly rent of $19,326 and is subject to annual increases of 3%.  The Company was not required to pay a fixed monthly rent for months 2 through 5.  Prior to this, the Company was leasing the same office space on a month-to-month basis.

On November 1, 2011, we entered into a lease approximately 3,000 square feet of office space in Santa Barbara, California for use by our operating units.  This lease expires on October 31, 2014 with two additional three-year renewal terms available.  The initial rent plus common area charges are $7,157 per month.
 
Rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $85,739 and $18,091, respectively.

13.  Segment Information

Each event and the Stratus Reward program is considered an operating segment pursuant to ASC 280 since each is budgeted separately and results of each event and the Stratus program are tracked separately to provide the chief operating decision maker information to assess and manage each event and the Stratus Program.

The characteristics of the Stratus Reward program are different than the events, so that operating segment is considered a reporting segment.  The events share similar economic characteristics and are aggregated into a reporting segment pursuant to paragraph 17 of ASC 280.  All of the events provide entertainment and the logistics and production processes and methods for each event are similar:  sponsorship sales, ticket and concession sales, security, stages, public address systems and the like.  While the demographic characteristics of the audience can vary by event, all events cater to consumer entertainment.

A summary of results by segment is as follows:

   
(Amounts in $000)
 
   
As of/for the Three Months ended March 31, 2012
   
As of /for the Three Months ended March 31, 2011
 
   
Stratus
Credit Card
   
ProElite
Events
   
Other
   
Total
   
Credit Card
   
Events
   
Other
   
Total
 
Revenues
 
$
-
   
$
160
   
$
-
   
$
160
   
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
Cost of sales
   
-
     
229
     
-
     
229
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Gross loss
   
-
     
69
     
-
     
69
     
-
     
-
     
-
     
-
 
Deprec. & Amort
   
-
     
-
     
10
     
10
     
15
     
-
     
-
     
15
 
Segment loss
   
-
     
69
     
10
     
70
     
15
     
-
     
-
     
15
 
Operating expenses
   
-
     
255
     
2.028
     
2,353
     
-
     
-
     
1,659
     
1,659
 
Other expenses
   
-
     
-
     
127
     
127
     
-
     
-
     
40
     
40
 
Net loss
 
$
-
   
$
324
   
$
2,155
   
$
2,479
   
$
(15
)
 
$
-
   
$
1,699
   
$
1,714
 
                                                                 
Assets
 
$
1,073
   
$
2,019
   
$
463
   
$
3,575
   
$
1,216
   
$
2,124
   
$
2,109
   
$
5,449
 
Liabilities
 
$
-
   
$
1,769
   
$
4,000
   
$
5,769
   
$
1,000
   
$
484
   
$
4,688
   
$
6,172
 


 
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14.  ProElite, Inc.

Effective October 21, 2009, the Company entered into a Strategic Investment Agreement with ProElite, Inc. (“PEI”) pursuant to which PEI sold to the Company shares of PEI’s Series A Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Shares”). The transaction closed on June 14, 2011. The Preferred Shares are convertible into the Common Stock of PEI. The amount of shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion on a cumulative basis is equal to 95% of the sum of (a) the issued and outstanding shares of PEI as of the closing plus (b) any shares of PEI Common Stock issued after the closing upon exercise or conversion of any derivative securities of PEI outstanding as of the closing, subject to any adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations etc. and, in all cases, after giving effect to the shares issuable upon conversion of the Preferred Shares. The purchase price of the Preferred Shares was $2,000,000. At the close, all of the previous directors of PEI resigned and the board of directors of PEI consists of two designees of the Company and one designee of PEI. Paul Feller, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, became PEI’s Chief Executive Officer. Certain present and former key PEI executives continued with PEI. Upon the close of the transaction, the Company recorded goodwill of $2,034,867. The Company also recorded non-controlling interest of $105,263 due to negative equity of PEI at June 30, 2011. The Company has consolidated the balance sheet of PEI as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2011. The results of operations of PEI for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were consolidated into the Company’s results of operations.
 
The pro forma financial information presented below show the consolidated operations for the three months ended March 31, 2011 of the Company as if the PEI acquisition had occurred as of January 1, 2011:

Revenues
 
$
147,000
 
Gross profit
   
147,000
 
Loss from operations
   
(1,982,645
)
Provision for income taxes
   
-
 
Net loss
   
(1,982,645
)
Basic loss per share
 
$
(0.03
)

20.  Subsequent Events
 
On April 4, 2012, SMDI issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $249,999. This note bears interest at an annual rate of 10% with principal and interest due on October 4, 2012. Until the note is paid, the holder has the right to convert some or all of the principal balance of the note into the shares of the Company’s common stock at $0.30 per share. In consideration of the loan to the Company, the Company issued a five-year option to purchase 833,330 shares of the Company’s common stock at $0.40 per share and a five-year option to purchase from the Company 12,500,000 shares of the Common Stock of ProElite, Inc. (“PEI”) owned by the Company at an exercise price of $0.02 per share. The option shares represent approximately 4.99% of the outstanding shares of PEI after giving effect to the conversion of PEI’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock owned by the Company, but before the anticipated 1:25 reverse split of the Common Stock of PEI. All of the underlying shares related to this note carry “piggyback” registration rights.

On May 11, 2012, SMDI issued three promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $350,000. These notes bear interest at an annual rate of 10% with principal and interest due on the earlier of November 11, 2012, or the receipt by the Company of $2,000,000 or more of gross proceeds from the sale of equity securities. These notes are secured by the assets of the Company on a pari passu basis with the holders of the Company’s Series E Preferred Stock.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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ITEM 2.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
 
Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or anticipated results, including those set forth under “Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results” below and elsewhere in, or incorporated by reference into, this report.

In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “intend,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” or the negative of these terms, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. When used in the following discussion, the words “believes,” “anticipates” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The forward-looking statements in this report are based upon management’s current expectations and belief, which management believes is reasonable. These statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and we undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
  
The following discussion relates to the operations of Stratus and should be read in conjunction with the Notes to Financial Statements.

Description of Business

Overview

On March 14, 2008, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as August 20, 2007 between Feris International, Inc. (“Feris”) and Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (“PSEI”), Feris issued 49,500,000 shares of its common stock for all of the issued and outstanding shares of PSEI, resulting in PSEI becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Feris and the surviving entity for accounting purposes (“Reverse Merger”).  In July 2008, Feris’ corporate name was changed to Stratus Media Group, Inc. (“Company”, “Stratus”, or “SMDI”).  

PSEI, a California corporation, was organized on November 23, 1998 and specializes in sports and entertainment events that it owns, operates, manages, markets and sells in national markets.  PSEI acquired the business of Stratus White, LLC (“Stratus White”) in August 2005 and Stratus White is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSEI.  Stratus White is a credit card rewards program that uses the Visa card platform to offers a unique luxury rewards redemption program, including private jet travel, premium travel opportunities, exclusive events and luxury merchandise.   The card program was renamed from Stratus White to Stratus White in 2011 to reduce the emphasis on the rewards program and increase the emphasis on the other card membership benefits.

In June 2011, the Company acquired 95% ownership in ProElite, Inc., a New Jersey corporation (“ProElite or “PEI”), that organizes and promotes mixed martial arts (“MMA”) matches.  PEI’s common stock is available on the OTC Market (“Pink Sheets”) under the symbol PELE.PK.  In June 2011, SMDI acquired Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of PEI which is convertible into shares of PEI’s Common Stock equal to approximately 95% of PEI’s outstanding Common Stock. The Preferred Shares have voting rights on an as-converted basis. SMDI intends to convert the Preferred Shares as soon as practicable after PEI effects a reverse split of 1:25.  All Share information and the exercise price of the PEI Warrant assumes the reverse split and is on a post-reverse split basis.
 
Current Status
 
As a result of the lack of working capital, Stratus has no events currently scheduled pending receipt of sufficient funds from financings which it is currently pursuing.  In the absence of obtaining sufficient funds, Stratus will be unable to schedule or reschedule some or all of its events and implement its business plan.


 
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Stratus Business Plan
 
The business plan of Stratus is to operate the Stratus White program and to own and realize all available event  revenue  rights from tickets/admissions, corporate sponsorship, television, print, radio, Internet, merchandising, and hospitality. With additional funding, the objective of management is to build a profitable business by implementing an aggressive acquisition growth plan to acquire quality companies, build corporate infrastructure, and increase organic growth.  The plan is to leverage operational efficiencies across an expanded portfolio of events to reduce costs and increase revenues.  The Company intends to promote the Stratus White card and its events together, obtaining maximum cross marketing benefit among card members, corporate sponsors and Stratus events.
 
Stratus uses a “roll up” strategy, targeting sports and live entertainment events and companies that are independently owned and operated or being divested by larger companies with the plan to aggregate them into one large leading live entertainment company.  The strategy is to purchase these events for approximately four to six times Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) of the events, with the expectation that the combined EBITDA of the Company from these events will receive a higher valuation multiple in the public markets.
 
Assuming the availability of capital, Stratus is targeting acquisitions of event properties.  The goal is to aggressively build-up a critical mass of events, venues and companies that allow for numerous cross-event synergies.  Specifically:

 
·
On the expense side, to share sales, financial and operations resources across multiple events, creating economies of scale, increasing the Company’s purchasing power, eliminating duplicative costs, and bringing standardized operating and financial procedures to all events, thus increasing the margins of all events.
 
 
·
On the revenue side, to present advertisers and corporate sponsors an exciting and diverse menu of demographics and programming that allows sponsors “one stop shopping” rather than having to deal with each event on its own, and in so doing, convert these sponsors into “strategic partners.”
 
With these core operational synergies and subject to available capital, Stratus intends to (1) expand its acquisition strategy of additional live sports and entertainment events and companies, (2) create entirely new event properties on the forefront of the “experience economy” and thus tap into people’s lifestyle passions, and (3) cross-promote the Stratus White Visa card with these events to enhance the results of the card and event businesses.
 
The business plan of Stratus is to provide integrated event management, television programming, marketing, talent representation and consulting services in the sports and other live entertainment industries.  Stratus’s event management, television programming and marketing services may involve:
 
 
·
Managing sporting events, such as college bowl games, golf tournaments and auto racing team and events;
 
·
Managing live entertainment events, such as music festivals, car shows and fashion shows;

 
·
Producing television programs, principally sports entertainment and live entertainment programs; and
 
·
Marketing athletes, models and entertainers and organizations.

The following discussion relates to the operations of Stratus and should be read in conjunction with the Notes to Financial Statements.
 
Description of our Revenues, Costs and Expenses

Revenues

Our past revenues included event revenues from ticket sales, sponsorships, concessions and merchandise, which are recorded when the event occurs, and Stratus revenues from membership fees, fees on purchases and interest income earned on the redemption trust.  Membership fees and related expenses are amortized over the 12 month period and fees from purchases and interest income are recorded when they occur.

Gross Profit (Loss)
 
Our gross profit represents revenues less the cost of revenues. Our event cost of revenues consists of the costs renting the venue, structures at the venue, concessions, and temporary personnel hired for the event.  


 
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Operating Expenses

Our selling, general and administrative expenses include personnel, rent, travel, office and other costs for selling and promoting events and running the administrative functions of the Company.  Legal and professional services are paid to outside attorneys, auditors and consultants are broken out separately given the size of these expenses relative to selling, general and administrative expenses. Operating expenses also include expenses for impairment of goodwill, fair value expenses for issuing common stock for consideration less than the number of shares issued valued at market closing price on the day of issuance, and Black-Scholes expenses for options and warrants.

Interest Expense

Our interest expense results from accruing interest on a court judgment, loans payable to shareholders, current portion of notes payable-related parties and notes payable.

Critical Accounting Policies

Goodwill and Intangible Assets
 
Intangible assets consist of goodwill from certain events and the Stratus White Visa Card we have acquired. Goodwill is the excess of the cost of an acquired entity over the net amounts assigned to tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed. We apply Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 142  Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets , which requires allocating goodwill to each reporting unit and testing for impairment using a two-step approach.
 
The Company purchased several events that are recorded on the Company’s balance sheet as intangible assets the consideration paid for such assets, which generally include licensing rights, naming rights, merchandising rights and the right to hold such event in particular geographic locations.  There was no goodwill assigned to any of these events and the value of the consideration paid for each event is considered to be the value for each related intangible asset.   Each event has separate accounts for tracking revenues and expenses per event and a separate account to track the asset valuation.

A portion of the consideration used to purchase the Stratus Rewards Visa card program was allocated to specific assets, as disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements, with the difference between the specific assets and the total consideration paid for the program being allocated to goodwill.

The Company reviews the value of intangible assets and related goodwill as part of its annual reporting process, which generally occurs in February or March of each calendar year.  In between valuations, the Company conducts additional tests if circumstances warrant such testing.  For example, if the Company was unable to secure the services of any sponsoring banks, the Company would then undergo a thorough valuation of the intangible assets related to its Stratus Rewards program.

To review the value of intangible assets and related goodwill, the Company compares discounted cash flow forecasts with the stated value of the assets on the balance sheet.
 
The events are forecasted based on historical results for those events, adjusted over time for the assumed synergies expected from discounts from purchases of goods and services from a number of events rather than from each event on its own, and for synergies resulting from the expected ability to provide sponsors with benefits from sponsoring multiple events with a single point of contact.

These forecasts are discounted at a range of discount rates determined by taking the risk-free interest rate at the time of valuation, plus premiums for equity risk and small companies in general, factors specific to the Company and the business that range from 10.0% for events to 40% for the Stratus Rewards Visa card.  The total discount rates ranged from 35% for events to 65% for the Stratus White Visa Card program.  Terminal values are determined by taking cash flows in year five of the forecast, then applying an annual growth of 2.2% to 4.1% for the next seven years and discounting that stream of cash flows by the discount rate used for that section of the business.

If the Company determines that the discount factor for cash flows should be increased, or the event will not be able to being operations when planned, it is possible that the values for the intangible assets currently on the balance sheet could be substantially reduced or eliminated, which could result in a maximum charge to operations of the current carrying value of the intangible assets of $3,359,466.


 
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We believe the events carried as intangible assets on the balance sheet will generate revenues and be profitable because they were profitable when they were acquired by Stratus and the Company has demonstrated that it can operate events in a profitable manner.

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

Revenues

Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012 (“Current Period”) were $159,542 from a ProElite event compared to $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 (“Prior Period”).   

Gross Loss
 
Cost of revenues in the Current Period were $228,502 for a ProElite event compared to $0 for the Prior Period.

Gross loss was $68,960 for the Current Period compared to $0 for the Prior Period.

Operating Expenses

Overall operating expenses for the Current Period were $2,283,208, an increase of $608,833, or 36%, from $1,674,375 in the Prior Period.  This increase was primarily due to a $582,987 increase in general and administrative expenses reflecting greater consulting and payroll expenses.  There was a decrease in warrant and option expense of $260,890.  Legal and professional services were $570,405 in the Current Period, an increase of $290,315 versus $280,090 in the Prior Period.  The Company continues to defend the lawsuits set forth in detail in the footnotes to the financial statements.
  
Interest Expense

Interest expense was $126,573 in the Current Period, an increase of $89,763 from $36,810 in the Prior Period, primarily for interest associated with the preferred stock outstanding and an increase in interest-bearing debt to an officer of the Company.
 
Liquidity and Capital Resources

The report of our independent registered public accounting firm on the financial statements for the year ended 2011 contains an explanatory paragraph expressing substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern as a result of recurring losses, a working capital deficiency, and negative cash flows. The financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts or the amounts and classification of liabilities that would be necessary if we are unable to continue as a going concern.
 
            The Company is actively pursuing equity capital and is targeting a raise of $5 million to $10 million.  The proceeds raised will be used for operational expenses, settling existing liabilities, acquisitions and selling expenses.  Due to our history of operating losses and the current credit constraints in the capital markets, we cannot assure you that such financing will be available to us on favorable terms, or at all.   If we cannot obtain such financing, we will be unable to schedule or recommence our events and credit card operations, all of which are currently on hold, we may not be able to continue as a going concern, and we may become unable to satisfy our obligations to our creditors. In such an event we will need to enter into discussions with our creditors to settle, or otherwise seek relief from, our obligations.

On April 4, 2012, SMDI issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $249,999. This note bears interest at an annual rate of 10% with principal and interest due on October 4, 2012. Until the note is paid, the holder has the right to convert some or all of the principal balance of the note into the shares of the Company’s common stock at $0.30 per share. In consideration of the loan to the Company, the Company issued a five-year option to purchase 833,330 shares of the Company’s common stock at $0.40 per share and a five-year option to purchase from the Company 12,500,000 shares of the Common Stock of ProElite, Inc. (“PEI”) owned by the Company at an exercise price of $0.02 per share. The option shares represent approximately 4.99% of the outstanding shares of PEI after giving effect to the conversion of PEI’s Series A Convertible Preferred Stock owned by the Company, but before the anticipated 1:25 reverse split of the Common Stock of PEI. All of the underlying shares related to this note carry “piggyback” registration rights.


 
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On May 11, 2012, SMDI issued three promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $350,000. These notes bear interest at an annual rate of 10% with principal and interest due on the earlier of November 11, 2012, or the receipt by the Company of $2,000,000 or more of gross proceeds from the sale of equity securities. These notes are secured by the assets of the Company on a pari passu basis with the holders of the Company’s Series E Preferred Stock.

Cash Flows

The following table sets forth our cash flows as of the dates indicated:
 
   
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
 
Operating activities
 
$
1,846,249
)
 
$
(572,194
)
Investing activities
   
-
     
-
 
Financing activities
   
 1,760,972
     
572,194
 
Total change
 
$
(85,277
 
$
-
 
  
Operating Activities

Operating cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 reflects the net loss of $2,478,742, primarily offset, in part, non-cash expenses of $240,236 for warrant and options expenses, $382,376 of net changes in working capital, and $9,880 of non-cash depreciation and amortization expense.

Operating cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2011 reflects the net loss of $1,714,378, primarily offset, in part, non-cash expenses of $501,126 for warrant and options expenses, $627,679 of net changes in working capital, and $13,379 of depreciation and amortization expense.

 Financing Activities

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we received $1.8 million from bridge loans.

During the three months ended March 31, 2011, we received $270,000 from the issuance of preferred stock, $200,000 from the receipt of a subscription receivable for common stock and $102,194 related to bank overdrafts.
 
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off balance sheet arrangements.

 
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ITEM 3.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Not applicable

ITEM 4T. 
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
 
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures.

The term “disclosure controls and procedures” means controls and other procedures of the Company that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Act (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission's rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company's management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

We carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined) in Exchange Act Rules 13a – 15(c) and 15d – 15(e)).  Based upon that evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered in this report, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the required time periods and is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure based on the following material weaknesses:
 
1. Lack of segregation of duties and check and balances.  As of December 31, 2011, there were  in the accounting department, which does not allow for segregation of duties and checks and balances that is allowed with a multi-person department.  Outside of the accounting function, one or two individuals control every aspect of the Company's operation and are in a position to override any system of internal control.

2. Lack of written controls and procedures, particularly with regard to entering into contracts and commitments by the Company.

3. Use of an accounting software package that lacks a rigorous set of software and change controls.  While this software is a proven industry standard and is in widespread use, it allows one person to make significant changes without oversight or approval.

4.  Until April 2012, the ability of the Company’s principal executive officer to set up and approve wire transfers and internal transfers from the Company’s bank account to the personal bank account of the principal executive officer at the same bank.
 
Our Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer do not expect that our disclosure controls or internal controls will prevent all error and all fraud. Although our disclosure controls and procedures were designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives, a control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute assurance that the objectives of the system are met. Further, the design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision-making can be faulty, and that breakdowns can occur because of a simple error or mistake. Additionally, controls can be circumvented if there exists in an individual a desire to do so. There can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.
 
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
 
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 from those reported in our 2011 Form 10-K that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 

 
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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. 
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Not applicable. 

ITEM 1A. 
RISK FACTORS

Not applicable.

ITEM 2. 
UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

None

ITEM 3. 
DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

None.

ITEM 4. 
RESERVED


ITEM 5. 
OTHER INFORMATION

None

ITEM 6. 
EXHIBITS
 
Exhibit No.
Exhibit Description
   
31.1
Certification by the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.2
Certification by the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.1
Certification by the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
32.2
Certification by the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
   
31.1
Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
   
31.2
Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
   
32
Certifications Pursuant to 18 U.S.C., Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
   
101.INS
XBRL Instance Document
   
101.SCH
XBRL Schema Document
   
101.CAL
XBRL Calculation Linkbase Document
   
101.DEF
XBRL Definition Linkbase Document
   
101.LAB
XBRL Label Linkbase Document
   
101.PRE
XBRL Presentation Linkbase Document

 
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 
STRATUS MEDIA GROUP, INC.
     
 
By:
/s/ Paul Feller
   
Paul Feller
   
Principal Executive Officer
     
     
 
By:
/s/John Moynahan
   
John Moynahan
   
Principal Financial Officer
     
 
Date:
May 21, 2011
 











 
 
 
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