PINX:BILB Bill The Butcher, Inc. Quarterly Report 10-Q Filing - 2/29/2012

Effective Date 2/29/2012

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



FORM 10-Q
 

 
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QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended February 29, 2012
OR
 
   
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission file number: 000-52439

BILL THE BUTCHER, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Nevada
 
20-5449905
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation
or organization)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 
1730 1ST Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
 
98134
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

(206) 453-4418
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the last 90 days.
YES x NO ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
YES x NO ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer, “accelerated filer,” “non-accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer ¨
Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer ¨
Smaller reporting company x
(do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
YES ¨ NO x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: 31,224,362 shares of common stock outstanding as of May 14, 2012.
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc.

Table of Contents
 
   
Page
     
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
     
Item 1.
1
Item 2.
8
Item 3.
11
Item 4.
11
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
 
     
Item 1.
12
Item 1A.
12
Item 2.
12
Item 3.
12
Item 4.
  12
Item 5.
12
Item 6.
12
     
13
     
14

 
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share information)
(Unaudited)
 
    February 29,     August 31,  
    2012     2011  
Current assets                
Cash and cash equivalents  
100
   
90
 
Merchandise inventories    
74
     
70
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets    
6
     
22
 
Total current assets    
180
     
182
 
Property and equipment, net
   
267
     
334
 
Deferred debt issue costs, net
   
11
     
24
 
Deposits and other assets
   
65
     
66
 
                 
Total assets
 
$
523
   
$
606
 
                 
Current liabilities
               
Accounts payable
 
$
990
   
$
639
 
Accrued liabilities
   
137
     
256
 
                 
Notes payable
   
              300
     
300
 
Convertible notes payable, net of discount of $0 and $53
   
450
     
397
 
Advances on notes payable
   
455
     
250
 
Other current liabilities
   
146
     
12
 
Total current liabilities
   
2478
     
1,854
 
Other liabilities
   
40
     
37
 
Total liabilities
   
2,518
     
1,891
 
                 
Commitments and contingencies
               
                 
Stockholders' deficit
               
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized;
none issued or outstanding
               
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 70,000,000 shares authorized;
30,599,362 and  25,206,654 shares issued and outstanding
   
31
     
25
 
Shares issuable: 0 and 341,875 shares
   
-
     
137
 
Common stock, 200,000 shares, receivable from founder
   
(100
)
   
(100
)
Additional paid-in capital
   
3,935
     
2,931
 
Accumulated deficit
   
(5,861
)
   
(4,278
)
Total stockholders' deficit
   
(1,995
)
   
(1,285
)
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit
 
$
523
   
$
606
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
 
 
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share information)
(Unaudited)
                                           
    Three months ended     Six months ended  
   
February 29, 2012
   
February 28, 2011
   
February 29, 2012
   
February 28, 2011
 
                         
Sales
  $ 255     $ 559     $ 643     $ 1,152  
Cost of goods sold
    188       347       449       727  
Gross profit
    67       212       194       425  
Operating expenses
                               
  Direct store expenses
    125       325       430       665  
  General and administrative expenses
    164       382       533       681  
  Investor and public relations expenses
    261       169       313       416  
Total operating expenses
    550       876       1,276       1,762  
                                 
Loss from operations
    (483 )     (664 )     (1,082 )     (1,337 )
Interest expense
    307       35       501       39  
                                 
Net loss
  $ (790 )   $ (699 )   $ (1,583 )   $ (1,376 )
                                 
Net loss per share, basic and diluted
  $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.06 )
                                 
Weighted average shares used in computing
   net loss per common share, basic and diluted
    26,198,960       23,755,779       25,910,651       23,632,112  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                                             
    Six months ended February 29  
    2012     2011  
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
 Net loss
    (1,583 )     (1,376 )
    Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
       used by operating activities:
               
        Depreciation and amortization
    67       70  
        Stock-based compensation expense
    473       328  
        Amortization of debt discount
    11       24  
        Changes in assets and liabilities
               
          Merchandise inventories
    (4 )     74  
          Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    16       7  
          Deposits and other
    1       6  
          Accounts payable
    351       255  
          Accrued liabilities
    (119 )     84  
               Other
    2       (9 )
               Net cash used by operating activities
    (787 )     (537 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
     Purchases of property, plant & equipment
    0       (26 )
          Net cash used by investing activities
    0       (26 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
     Proceeds from sale of common stock issued and issuable
    403       264  
     Proceeds from issuance of notes payable
    53       450  
     Repayments of Notes payable
    205       (100 )
     Payments on capital obligations
    0       (5 )
     Other financing activities
    136       0  
          Net cash provided  by financing activities
    797       609  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    10       46  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year
    90       96  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
    100       142  
                 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
               
  Cash paid for interest
    307       9  
                 
  Non-cash investing and financing activities:
               
                 
    Common stock issued for services
    473          
    Exchange of note payable for common stock
    0       157  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
 
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
For the three months ended February 29, 2012 (unaudited)
 
Note 1. Description of Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Organization and business – Bill the Butcher, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary (together, “Bill the Butcher” or the “Company”), is a Seattle, Washington based retailer selling U.S. sourced and ethically and sustainably raised meats through corporate-owned neighborhood butcher shops. On February 29, 2012, we operated five stores in the greater Seattle area, after closing one store in Bellevue, Washington, due to the City and landlord not being able to provide adequate power to the building and have entered into leases for three additional stores. Two and a half of those three new stores are fully constructed and awaiting opening. We have one operating segment, butcher shops selling organic and natural meat.
Going concern - The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which contemplate continuation of the Company as a going concern. Our net loss was $790,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2012 and $2.9 million during the year ended August 31, 2011, and our operating activities used cash of $787,000 during the six months ended February 29, 2012 and $1.5 million during the year ended August 31, 2011. We expect losses to continue in the near future as we grow and further develop our operations. On February 29, 2012, we had a working capital deficit of approximately $2.3 million and an accumulated deficit of $5.9 million. We have funded our operations, business development and growth through sales of common stock and short-term borrowings. During the three months ended February 29, 2012, we received $100,000 from equity investors,.

We require additional funds to further develop our business, execute our business strategy and satisfy our working capital needs. Our operating expenses will consume a material amount of our cash resources. We intend to raise capital through debt and/or equity financing to fund future operations and to provide additional working capital. However, there is no assurance that such financing will be available on a timely basis, on terms favorable to us or obtained in sufficient amounts necessary to meet our needs. In the event that we cannot obtain additional funds on a timely basis or our operations do not generate sufficient cash flow, we may be forced to curtail or cease our activities, which would likely result in the loss to investors of all or a substantial portion of their investment.

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amounts and classifications of liabilities that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

Use of estimates in the preparation of financial statements - Preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The more significant accounting estimates inherent in the preparation of our financial statements include estimates as to the valuation and recoverability of inventories, recoverability of long-lived assets, valuation of equity related instruments, and valuation allowance for deferred income tax assets.

Interim financial statements – The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and note disclosures required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. The accompanying unaudited financial information should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, as of and for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information furnished in this report reflects all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments), which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows for each period presented. The results of operations for the interim period ended February 29, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results for any future period.

Concentrations - All of our operations are currently located in the greater Seattle, Washington area. As a result, we could be particularly susceptible to adverse trends and economic conditions in the area, including labor markets and other occurrences such as local strikes, earthquakes or other natural disasters. In addition, inasmuch as we are a retailer of meat and related merchandise, adverse publicity and/or trends with respect to the meat industry in general could have a material effect on our operations and financial condition.
 
Cash and cash equivalents - We consider all highly liquid investments purchased with maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Our cash is maintained with high credit quality financial institutions. At times, such balances may be in excess of the FDIC insurance limit. At February 29, 2012, no amounts exceeded the limit.
 
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
For the three months ended February 29, 2012 (unaudited)
 
Fair value measurements – In general, fair values determined by Level 1 inputs utilize quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Fair values determined by Level 2 inputs utilize observable inputs other than Level 1 prices, such as quoted prices for similar asset or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the related assets or liabilities. Fair values determined by Level 3 inputs are unobservable data points for the asset or liability, and include situations where there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability.

Fair value of financial instruments – The fair value of our financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable, certain accrued liabilities and notes payable approximates the carrying amounts value due to their short maturities.

Merchandise inventories Merchandise inventories, which consists of meat and nonperishable products, is stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined by the first-in, first-out method.

Revenue recognition - Revenues are recognized at the point of sale at retail locations or upon delivery of the product. Retail store revenues are reported net of sales, use or other transaction taxes that are collected from customers and remitted to taxing authorities.

Cost of goods sold - Cost of goods sold includes the cost of meat and nonperishable products sold and commissary costs.

Stock-based compensation - We use the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model as our method of valuation for stock-based awards. Stock-based compensation expense is based on the value of the portion of the award that will vest during the period. The Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model requires the input of highly subjective assumptions, and other reasonable assumptions could provide differing results. Our determination of the fair value of stock-based awards on the date of grant using an option pricing model is affected by our stock price as well as assumptions regarding a number of highly complex and subjective variables. These variables include, but are not limited to, the expected stock price volatility over the term of the award. Stock-based compensation expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the applicable vesting period based on the fair value of such stock-based awards on the grant date.
 
Net loss per share - Basic and diluted net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Common stock equivalents are excluded as the effect would be anti-dilutive. Shares excluded from net loss per share computations for the three months ended February 29, 2012 were as follows:
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Warrants
   
407,292
     
1,750,000
 
Options
   
375,000
     
375,000
 
Convertible notes payable
   
562,500
     
-
 
Total
   
1,344,792
     
2,125,000
 
 
Contingencies - Conditions may exist as of the date financial statements are issued, which may result in a loss to the Company, but which will only be resolved when one or more future events do or do not occur. Company management assesses such contingent liabilities, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise of judgment. If the assessment of a contingency indicates that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be estimated, then the estimated liability would be accrued in our financial statements. If the assessment indicates that a potentially material loss contingency is not probable but is reasonably possible, or is probable but cannot be estimated, then the nature of the contingent liability, together with an estimate of the range of possible loss, if determinable, would be disclosed.

Note 2. Related Party

J’Amy Owens, our sole officer and director and principal shareholder, acquired a majority of the Company’s ownership in 2009, and during the fiscal year ended August 31, 2010, the Company acquired ownership of a business she co-founded to develop the “Bill the Butcher” retail concept. Ms. Owens is involved in other business activities, and as a result may face a conflict in selecting between the Company and other business interests. We have not established a policy for resolution of such conflicts.
 
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
For the three months ended February 29, 2012 (unaudited)
Note 3. Merchandise Inventories

Merchandise inventories consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
   
February 29,
   
August 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Perishable food
 
$
22
   
$
36
 
Non-perishables
   
14
     
34
 
Other
   
38
   
$
0
 
Total
  $
74
 
 
$
70
 

Note 4. Notes Payable

Note Payable - In May 2011, we received $300,000 cash and issued a note payable due in September 2011, bearing interest at 6.25% payable at maturity, together with 300,000 shares of our common stock. The maturity date could be extended for one month, and if extended, the note bears interest at 8.25% and we agreed to issue the note holder 100,000 shares of our common stock. The note bears interest at 24% beyond the extended maturity date, is due on demand and remained outstanding as of February 29, 2012. In January 2012, we agreed to issue the lender 550,000 shares of our common stock and the lender agreed to forbear from issuing a written default notice extend the loan until February 15, 2012. During the three months ended February 29, 2012, we recorded expense of $94,000 relating to extensions of the notes of and 300,000 shares of common stock issuable, based on closing market prices of our stock on extension dates occurring during the period. A current report on Form 8K was filed regarding this matter on April 4, 2012.

Convertible Notes - During the year ended August 31, 2011, we received $450,000 cash from investors and issued convertible notes payable (together, the “Convertible Notes” and individually, a “Convertible Note”) in such amounts together with warrants to purchase 550,000 shares of our common stock at a per share price of $0.80 that expire in February 2016. Convertible Notes bear interest at 15% payable at maturity. Convertible Notes are convertible into shares of our common stock at a conversion price of $0.80 per share if (i) we are acquired or (ii) we elect to prepay all or a portion of the outstanding principal. The fair value of warrants issued recorded as debt discount was $169,000 and is being amortized to interest expense over the debt terms. Discount amortization of $11,000 was recognized as interest expense during the three months ended February 29, 2012, and the remaining $13,000 will recognized during the next quarter of May 31st 2012 . Convertible Notes of $250,000 are due in February 2012 and $50,000 are due in May 2012. As of February 29, 2012, Convertible Notes of $150,000 are beyond their maturity dates.

Advances on Notes Payable - On August 31, 2011 and through February 29, 2012, we received $455,000, which is reported as advances on notes payable in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet at February 29, 2012. Terms of notes payable have not yet been finalized. Interest has been accrued on advances at a rate of 0% per annum.  Management is in negotiations to transfer this to shares at the trading price the date we received the funds.

Note 5. Stockholders’ Equity

Warrants to Purchase Common Stock Issued for Services – In October 2011, we entered into an agreement for legal services pursuant to which we agreed to issue the service provider a warrant to purchase 400,000 shares of our common stock at a price of $0.20 per share exercisable for 10 years. We recorded expense of $98,000, the fair value of warrants determined by utilizing the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model with assumptions of 113% volatility, 2.2% interest rate and dividend rate of nil.
 
 
Bill the Butcher, Inc. and Subsidiary
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
For the three months ended February 29, 2012 (unaudited)
 
Note 6. Commitments and Contingencies

Legal Proceedings - In October 2010, a former employee commenced a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of Washington against the Company, its sole officer and director, and certain advisors to the Company. The complaint alleges that the Company breached its employment agreement with the plaintiff and that the plaintiff was wrongfully discharged in violation of public policy. The plaintiff seeks damages in an undefined amount, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. Additionally, the plaintiff also has asserted a claim against our sole officer and director, personally, for breach of a stock purchase agreement. A trial date has been set in August 2012. We have rejected the claims, filed a counterclaim and intend to defend the lawsuit vigorously.

In June 2011, an action was commenced by the former owner and co-founder of W K, Inc. (“W K”), the company we acquired in 2010, in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, County of King, against our Company, our Chief Executive Officer, J’Amy Owens, and others. The plaintiff is seeking damages or the rescission of a Related Party Agreement and a Stock Purchase Agreement. The rescission of these agreements could result in the return of controlling ownership interest in W K. The Company and Ms. Owens believe they have meritorious defenses to the plaintiff’s claims, which they believe are without merit. The Company is vigorously defending against these claims and has asserted counterclaims for theft, fraud, misrepresentation and defamation. The Company is vigorously pursuing these counterclaims and is seeking damages in excess of $3 million.

From time to time, we may be subject to various legal proceedings and claims that may arise in the ordinary course of business. Our management currently believes that resolution of such legal matters will not have a material adverse impact on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

Terminated Stock Purchase Agreement - In May 2011, we entered into a stock purchase agreement with an investment fund that provided for, among other things, our issuance of approximately 6.1 million shares of common stock. In July 2011, the stock purchase agreement was terminated and it was agreed that stock issued would be returned. and the stock was returned and cancelled.   We had another investment group that we issued 8.65 million shares and the funds were not delivered to escrow and the stock was canceled.

Note 7.  Subsequent Events

Subsequent to Feb 29, 2012, 625,000 shares of common stock were issued to a single investor for cash of $100,000.
 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “continue,” or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, those listed under the heading “Risk Factors” and those listed in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our Financial Statements and related Notes thereto included elsewhere in this report. Unless the context otherwise requires, references in this report to “we,” “us,” “Bill the Butcher,” or the “Company” refer to Bill the Butcher, Inc. and its subsidiary.

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following is intended to provide information necessary to understand our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and highlight certain other information which, in the opinion of management, will enhance a reader’s understanding of our financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations. In particular, the discussion is intended to provide information with respect to significant trends and material changes in our financial position and operating results of our business during the quarterly period ended February 29, 2012. The following should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and with our audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes thereto appearing in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011 (the “Form 10-K”).

Overview - Founded in 2009, Bill the Butcher is a sustainable food company with a mission to support small farmers and ranchers that sell organic and natural grass-fed meat, (including pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and turkey) with complementary and thematic sundry food items via corporate owned neighborhood butcher shops. We purchase meat that does not contain hormones, antibiotics, steroids or genetically modified inputs, which differentiates us from grocery stores. Our operations are in the greater Seattle, Washington area. Our first store opened in 2009 and five additional stores opened in 2010. We have lease agreements for three additional stores. We operate a commissary that provides limited processing and distribution services for our butcher shops.

Going Concern and Capital Resources - As of February 29, 2012, we had cash of $100,000 and an accumulated deficit of $5.9 million. Our net loss was $790,000 for the three months ended February 29, 2012 and $2.9 million for the year ended August 31, 2011, and we expect to incur losses in the near future. Our operating activities used cash of $787,000 during the six months ended February 29, 2012 and $1.5 million during the year ended August 31, 2011, and our working capital deficit (excess of current liabilities over current assets) was $2.3 million as of February 29, 2012. The report of our independent registered public accounting firm on our August 31, 2011 consolidated financial statements included in our Form 10-K includes a comment noting that these and other factors raise substantial doubt regarding our ability to continue as a going concern.

We have prepared our consolidated financial statements on the basis that we will continue as a going concern, which contemplates realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. We have funded our losses primarily through sales of common stock and short-term borrowings. We require additional capital to further develop our business, execute our business strategy and to satisfy our near-term working capital requirements. Our operating expenses will also consume a material amount of our cash resources. We intend to raise capital from equity and debt financing to fund future operations and to provide additional working capital. However, there is no assurance that such financing will be obtained in sufficient amounts on a timely basis or on terms favorable to us necessary to meet our needs. In the event that we cannot obtain additional funds on a timely basis or our operations do not generate sufficient cash flow, we may be forced to curtail or cease our activities, which would likely result in the loss to investors of all or a substantial portion of their investment. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amounts and classifications of liabilities that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
 

Results of Operations – Summary operating results for the three and six months ended (dollars in thousands):

                                                 
    Three months ending     Six months ending  
   
Feb 29, 2012
   
Feb 28, 2011
   
Feb 29, 2012
   
Feb 28, 2011
 
                         
Sales
    255       559       643       1,152  
Cost of goods sold
    188       347       449       727  
Gross profit
    67       212       194       425  
Operating expenses
                               
  Direct store expenses
    125       325       430       665  
  General and administrative expenses
    164       382       533       681  
  Investor and public relations expenses
    261       169       313       416  
     Total operating expenses
    550       876       1,276       1,762  
                                 
Loss from operations
    (483 )     (664 )     (1,082 )     (1,337 )
Interest expense
    307       35       501       39  
Net Loss
    (790 )     (699 )     (1,583 )     (1,376 )
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
      As a percent of sales  
Sales
    100 %     100 %     100 %     100 %
Gross profit
    26 %     38 %     30 %     37 %
Direct store expense
    49 %     58 %     67 %     58 %

Sales for the three months ended February 29, 2012 were $255,000 as compared to $559,000 during the comparative prior period. We had five butcher shops open on February 29, 2012 and six in 2011. Sales have decreased due closing one store. We had to close the Bellevue location due to the lack of an operating permit because the landlord would not upgrade the power to the building site to the City of Bellevue’s satisfaction. The Company offered to make the improvements if it received a rent reduction, but an agreement could not be reached. This was a blow to our gross revenue as the Bellevue store contributed over $450,000 during the brief time it was open. Additionally, sales lagged due to stores being under stocked as a result of having operating capital compromised by funding expensive litigation. It is important to note that in 2010, the Company did $1.4 million in gross sales and in 2011, nearly doubled that sales volume to $2.2 million. Management believes that the annual growth will continue due to a solid base of customers, with over 165,000 unique transactions, and an active daily social media following of over 6,000 fans and followers and an average 4.5 star rating on social media sites such as Yelp. Management believes that the product the Company offers and the brand are both in high demand. The Company is planning on opening the Edmonds and Wallingford locations in the late spring or early summer of this year.

Cost of goods sold includes the cost of meat and nonperishable products sold. Cost of goods sold was $188,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2012, resulting in a gross profit of $67,000, or approximately 26% of sales. Cost of goods sold was $347,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2011, resulting in a gross profit of $212,000, or 38% of sales.

Direct store expenses consist of store salaries and employee related costs, rent and other occupancy costs, supplies, depreciation, and other store-specific costs. Direct store expenses were $125,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2012, or 49% of sales, compared to $325,000, or 58% of sales, during the comparative prior year period. Our direct store expenses decreased due to reductions in workforce required by limited working capital, and increased as a percent of sales due to decreased sales.
 

Other operating expenses include investor and public relations expenses and general and administrative expenses. Investor and public relations expenses increased to $261,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2012 as compared to $169,000 during the comparative prior year period, primarily due to increases in stock-based expenses to $258,000 during the current quarter from $169,000 during the three months ended February 28, 2011. General and administrative expenses, which include compensation and related costs, legal, advertising and marketing, accounting, facilities and other office related costs, were $164,000 during the three months ended February 29, 2012, a decrease of $218,000 from $382 ,000 during the comparative prior year period, due primarily to decreases in stock-based compensation from the corresponding period in 2011. We expect stock-based expenses and general and administrative costs, including costs associated with being a public reporting company, to continue to be very significant in the future and may increase greatly due to the expected growth in employment at the company quarter to quarter.

Interest expense during the three months ended February 29, 2012 was $307,000 and represents interest on note payable borrowings, including amortization of debt issue costs and debt discount of $11,000, and $24,000 of non-cash stock-based expenses for maturity date extensions. Interest expense during the three months ended February 28, 2011 was not significant as there were no significant borrowings outstanding.

Our net loss and basic and diluted loss per common share for the three months ended February 29, 2012 was $(790,000) and $(0.03) per share. Our net loss and basic and diluted loss per common share for the three months ended February 28, 2011 was $(699,000) and $(0.03) per share.

Cash Flows - Following is a summary of cash flow information for six months ended February 29, 2012 and February 28,2011 (dollars in thousands):
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Net cash used by operating activities
 
$
          (787
)
 
$
(537
)
Net cash used by investing activities
   
              0
     
(26
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
   
        797
     
609
 
Net increase in cash
   
             10
     
46
 
Cash at beginning of year
   
90
     
96
 
Cash at end of period
 
$
  100
   
$
142
 
 
Operating activities used cash of approximately $787,000 during the six months ended February 29, 2012 as compared to $537,000 during the comparative prior year. Cash used in operating activities relates primarily to funding our net losses. We expect operating activities to continue to use cash in the near future.

Our investing activities used cash for purchases of property and equipment of nil during the six months ended February 29, 2012, as compared to $26,000 during the comparative prior year. When cash from financing activities becomes available, uses of cash for investing activities are expected to increase as we open new stores and equip our commissary.
 
Our financing activities provided cash of approximately $797,000 during the six months ended February 29, 2012, as compared to $609,000 during the comparative prior year period. During the three months ended February 29, 2012, proceeds from advances on note payable borrowings provided $205,000, an inventory loan provided $30,000 and other financing activities provided $ 136,000. During the three months ended February 28, 2011, sales of our common stock provided $264,000, and notes payable borrowings provided $350,000. Financing activities are expected to increase in order to fund future operations and to provide additional working capital.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates- The preparation of financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. On an on-going basis, management evaluates its estimates and judgments. Management bases its estimates and judgments on historical experiences and on various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying value of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. The more significant accounting estimates inherent in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements include estimates as to the valuation and recovery of inventory, recovery of long-lived assets, valuation of equity related instruments and valuation allowance for deferred income tax assets. At this early stage of our business and operations we have not yet been involved in many transactions having significant accounting complexity or reporting alternatives.

Our accounting policies are described in notes to consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements - As of February 29, 2012, we did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements, as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of SEC Regulation S-K.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Not applicable.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures
 
Disclosure Controls and Procedures. As of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer, who is also our Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures. Based upon that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer, who is also our Chief Financial Officer, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are not effective for gathering, analyzing and disclosing the information that we are required to disclose in reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting. There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2012, that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 
 
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

We may occasionally become involved in various lawsuits and legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. Litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties and an adverse result in these or other matters that may arise from time to time could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition or operating results. Other than the following pending suits, we are currently not aware of any such legal proceedings or claims that will have, individually or in the aggregate, a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or operating results.

In October 2010, an action was commenced by Joseph Barrett in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, County of King, against the Company, its Chief Executive Officer, J’Amy Owens, and others. Mr. Barrett, a former employee of the Company, has alleged the Company breached its employment agreement with him and that he was wrongfully discharged in violation of public policy. Mr. Barrett is seeking damages in an undefined amount, injunctive relief and attorney’s fees. The claim against Ms. Owens is based on an alleged breach of a stock purchase agreement entered into between Ms. Owens and Mr. Barrett. A trial date for these claims has been set in August 2012. The Company and Ms. Owens have rejected the claims made by Mr. Barrett and have asserted counterclaims against him.
In June 2011, an action was commenced by William Von Schneidau, who left the Company in November 2010, in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, County of King, against the Company, its Chief Executive Officer, J’Amy Owens, and others. Mr. Von Schneidau is seeking damages or the rescission of a Related Party Agreement and a Stock Purchase Agreement. The Company and Ms. Owens believe they have meritorious defenses to Mr. Von Schneidau’s claims, which they believe are without merit. The Company is vigorously defending against these claims and has asserted counterclaims against Mr. Von Schneidau for theft, fraud, misrepresentation and defamation. The Company is vigorously pursuing these counterclaims and is seeking damages from Mr. Von Schenidau in excess of $3,000,000.

High Capital Funding, LLC issued a notice of default to the Company on a $300,000 Promissory Note, or the Note, of the Company, dated May 5, 2011, due on February 15, 2012.  Default interest at a rate of 24% per annum is currently accruing on the Note. On March 16, 2012, High Capital filed a complaint against the Company in the Federal District Court for the District of Nevada seeking the payment of the principal, accrued and accruing interest, and the expenses of collection.  The Company has asserted defenses to the complaint based on its belief that High Capital engaged in financial activities in Nevada without the necessary license from the Financial Institutions Division of the State of Nevada.  On April 5, 2012, the Company answered the complaint and asserted that High Capital’s claim is barred and the Note is unenforceable by the doctrines of laches, estoppel and unclean hands.


You should consider carefully the factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2011, which could materially affect our business. There have been no material changes to the risk factors described previously in that Annual Report.


None.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

None.

Item 5. Other Information

None.

Item 6. Exhibits

See the Exhibit Index following the signature page to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for a list of exhibits filed or furnished with this report, which Exhibit Index is incorporated herein by reference.



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.

   
BILL THE BUTCHER, INC.
 
   
(Registrant)
 
       
Date: May 16, 2012
By:
/s/ J’Amy Owens
 
   
J’Amy Owens
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer,
Treasurer, Secretary and sole Director
(Principal Executive Officer, Principal Financial Officer and
Principal Accounting Officer)
 

 



† Filed herewith
‡ Furnished herewith
** XBRL information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.
 

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