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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-Q


[x]     Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2012

-OR-

[ ]     Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities And Exchange Act of 1934 for the transaction period from _________ to________


Commission File Number  0-49819


Global Arena Holding, Inc.

 (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware

 

33-0931599

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


708 Third Avenue, New York, NY

 

10017

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)


(212) 508-4700

 (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


Indicate by check mark whether the issuer (1) 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 past 90 days.  Yes  [x]   No [ ]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (section 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 [ ]   No [ ]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerate filer, or a small reporting company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act):




Large accelerated filer        [  ]

 

Non-accelerated filer             [  ]

Accelerated filer                 [  ]

 

Smaller reporting company   [x]


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


The number of outstanding shares of the registrant's common stock,

May 15, 2012:

Common Stock  -  21,234,651


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC.

FORM 10-Q

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

INDEX


PART 1 – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 

Page

Item 1.  Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

5

Item 2.  Management's Discussion and Analysis of

  Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

29

Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure

  About Market Risk

 

33

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures

 

33


PART II – OTHER INFORMATION



Item 1.  Legal Proceedings

 

35

Item 1A.  Risk Factors

 

35

Item 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and

  Use of Proceeds

 

35

Item 3.  Defaults upon Senior Securities

 

36

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

 

36

Item 5.  Other Information

 

36

Item 6.  Exhibits

 

36

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

37



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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

This Quarterly Report includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions, and on information currently available to management.  Forward-looking statements include the information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations set forth under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”  Forward-looking statements also include statements in which words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “consider,” or similar expressions are used.

 

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.  They involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions.  Our future results and shareholder values may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements.  Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

March 31,

December 31,

ASSETS

2012

2011

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

  Cash

 $50,755

 $60,674

  Cash - restricted cash

 613

 613

  Due from clearing organization

 17,949

 20,937

  Advances to registered representatives and employees

 41,090

 46,943

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 3,975

 3,975

  Other receivable - related party

 517,865

 469,062

 

 

 

    Total current assets

 632,247

 602,204

 

 

 

Fixed assets, net of accumulated depreciation

 

 

  of $1,415and $1,269, respectively

342

 488

 

 

 

Other assets

 

 

  Investment

 480,000

 480,000

Customer list, net

 

 

 

 

 

    Total other assets

 480,000

 480,000

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 $1,112,589

 $1,082,692


 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

  Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 $186,166

 $116,677

  Other payable - related party

 66,808

 6,868

  Customer deposit

 15,147

 15,147

  Convertible promissory notes payable,

 

 

    net of debt discount of $208,133 and $117,300, respectively

 591,382

 417,215

  Derivative liability

 378,700

 714,200

 

 

 

    Total current liabilities

 1,238,203

 1,270,107

 

 

 

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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


Convertible promissory notes payable,

 

 

  net of debt discount of $191,600  and $223,000, respectively

 58,400

 26,800

 

 

 

    Total liabilities

 1,296,603

 1,296,907

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity (deficiency)

 

 

  Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares

                 21,235

                 21,235

    authorized; 21,234,651 shares issued and outstanding

  Additional paid-in capital

 4,161,535

 3,899,535

  Accumulated (deficit)

 (4,178,935)

 (3,955,050)

 

 

 

    Stockholders’ equity (deficiency) attributable to controlling interests

 3,835

 (34,280)

 

 

 

  Noncontrolling interests

 (187,849)

 (179,935)

 

 

 

    Total stockholders’ equity (deficiency)

 (184,014)

 (214,215)

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)

 $1,112,589

 $1,082,692


See notes to consolidated financial statements.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2012

2011

Revenues

 

 

  Investment advisory fees

 $187,039

 $219,282

  Commissions and other

 15,590

 7,324

 

 

 

    Total revenues

 202,629

 226,606

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

  Commissions

 143,581

 177,276

  Salaries and benefits

 147,736

 59,255

  Occupancy

 35,145

 28,461

  Business development

 79,551

 18,212

  Professional fees

 71,803

 152,762

  Clearing and operations

 9,716

 6,419

  Communication and data

 9,644

 2,897

  Regulatory fees

 5,197

 1,931

  Office and other

 31,496

 166,974

 

 

 

    Total operating expenses

 533,869

 614,187

 

 

 

(Loss) from operations

 (331,240)

 (387,581)

 

 

 

Other income (expenses)

 

 

  Interest expense

 (236,059)

 -

  Change in fair value of derivative liability

 335,500

 (27,000)

 

 

 

    Total other income (expenses)

 99,441

 (27,000)

 

 

 

Net (loss) before noncontrolling interests

 (231,799)

 (414,581)

Net (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 (7,914)

 (28,757)

 

 

 

Net (loss) attributable to controlling interests

 $   (223,885)

 $(385,824)

 

 

 

(Loss) per common share, basic and diluted

 $         (0.01)

 $      (0.02)

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 21,234,651

 18,000,000


See notes to consolidated financial statements.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)


 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2012

2011

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

  Net (loss) before noncontrolling interests

 $(231,799)

$(414,581)

  Adjustment to reconcile net (loss) to net cash (used in) operating activities:

 

 

    Depreciation and amortization

 146

13,709

    Accretion of debt discount

 202,767

-

    Change in fair value of derivative liability

 (335,500)

27,000

 Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

    Due from clearing organization

 2,988

(4,928)

    Advances to registered representatives and employees

 5,853

(3,184)

    Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 -

(651)

    Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 69,489

 6,229

 

 

 

      Net cash (used in) operating activities

 (286,056)

 (376,406)

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

  Return of escrow deposit - restricted cash

 -

325,059

 

 

 

      Net cash provided by investing activities

 -

325,059

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

  Proceeds from convertible promissory notes

 265,000

150,000

  Advances from (to) affiliates

 11,137

(46,685)

 

 

 

      Net cash provided by financing activities

 276,137

103,315

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

 (9,919)

51,968

Cash, beginning of period

 60,674

22,401

 

 

 

Cash, end of period

 $50,755

$74,369


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)


 

Three Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

2012

2011

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information

 

 

 

 

 

  Cash paid for income taxes

 $13,970

 $7,292

 

 

 

  Cash paid for interest

 $          -

 $        -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

  Issuance of warrants in connection with debt

 $262,000

 $140,700

 

 

 

  Reclassification of derivative liabilities to equity

 $            -

 $  16,000


See notes to consolidated financial statements.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


1.  ORGANIZATION


Description of the Business


Global Arena Holding, Inc. (formerly, “Global Arena Holding Subsidiary Corp.”) (“GAHI”), was formed in February 2009, in the state of Delaware.  The Company is a financial services firm that services the financial community through its subsidiaries as follows:


Global Arena Investment Management LLC (“GAIM”) provides investment advisory services to its clients.  GAIM is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as an investment advisor and clears all of its business through Fidelity Advisors (“Fidelity”), its correspondent broker. Global Arena Commodities Corp. (“GACOM”) provides commodities brokerage services and earns commissions. Global Arena Trading Advisors, LLC (“GATA”) provides futures advisory services and earns fees. GATA is registered with the National Futures Association (NFA) as a commodities trading advisor. Lillybell Entertainment, LLC (“Lillybell”) provides finance services to the entertainment industry.


Reverse Merger Transaction


On January 19, 2011, China Stationery and Office Supply, Inc. (“China Stationery”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with GAHI.  Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Merger Agreement, at the effective date of the Merger, the Company merged with and into China Stationery, with China Stationery continuing as the surviving corporation with the new name of Global Arena Holding, Inc.


The approval of China Stationery’s board of directors and the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding common stock entitled to vote were obtained in order to approve and adopt the Merger Agreement.  China Stationery’s sole director approved the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, at a meeting of their board of directors on January 19, 2011.  


Immediately following the execution of the Merger Agreement, and as a condition and inducement to the willingness of the Company to enter into the Merger Agreement, certain shareholders, who held, as of the date of the Merger Agreement, a majority of the issued and outstanding common shares entitled to vote on the adoption of the Merger Agreement, executed and delivered to the Company a written consent approving the transactions contemplated thereby.  As a result, no further action by any other China Stationery stockholder was required in connection with the adoption of the Merger Agreement.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


1.  ORGANIZATION (Continued)


At the effective date of the Merger on May 18, 2011, each share of GAHI’s common stock, was cancelled and converted automatically into 1.5 common shares of China Stationery for an aggregate of 18,000,000 common shares of China Stationery and was recorded as a recapitalization of China Stationery.  


The consolidated financial statements are issued under the name of Global Arena Holding, Inc. (formerly, China Stationery, the legal acquirer), but are a continuation of the consolidated financial statements of GAHI and its subsidiaries (the accounting acquirers, collectively, the “Company”).  The effect of the recapitalization was applied retroactively to the prior period’s consolidated financial statements as if the current structure existed since inception of the periods presented.


Going Concern


The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which contemplates continuation of the Company as a going concern. The Company has generated recurring losses and cash flow deficits from operations, since February 24, 2009 (inception) and has had to continually borrow to continue operations. These matters raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The continued operations of the Company are dependent upon its ability to raise additional capital, obtain additional financing and/or generate positive cash flows from operations.  Management believes that it will be successful in obtaining additional financing, from which the proceeds will be primarily used to execute its operating plan. The Company plans to use its available cash to continue the development and execution of its business plan and expand its client base and services.  However, the Company can give no assurance that such financing will be available or on terms acceptable to the Company, or at all.  Should the Company not be successful in obtaining the necessary financing to fund its operations and ultimately achieve adequate profitability and cash flows from operations, the Company would need to curtail certain or all of its operating activities.


The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded assets, or the amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary in the event the Company cannot continue in existence.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


2.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES


Change of Reporting Entity and Basis of Accounting and Presentation


The reverse acquisition described in Note 1 was treated as recapitalization of the Company.  SEC Manual Item 2.6.5.4 “Reverse Acquisitions” requires that “in a reverse acquisition, the historical shareholder’s equity of the accounting acquirer prior to the merger is retroactively reclassified for the equivalent number of shares received in the merger after giving effect to any difference in par value of the registrant’s and the accounting acquirer’s stock by an offset to additional paid-in capital.”  


Therefore, the consolidated financial statements have been prepared as if Global Arena Holding, Inc. and its subsidiaries had always been the reporting company and then on the reverse acquisition date, had changed its name and reorganized its capital stock.


The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and include the accounts of GAHI and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and majority owned subsidiaries, GAIM, GACOM, GATA and Lillybell.  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.  


The unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Company as of March 31, 2012 and for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and the rules and regulations of the SEC which apply to interim financial statements.  Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes normally required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for annual financial statements.  In the opinion of management, such information contains all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the periods presented.  The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for future quarters or for the year ending December 31, 2012.  The interim consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, previously filed with the SEC.


Revenue Recognition


The Company’s revenue recognition policies comply with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) 104.  The Company earns revenues through various services it provides to its clients.  Advisory fees are on a contractual basis with the fee stipulated in the contract and are recognized based on the terms of the contract during the period the service is


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


2.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)


provided.  Customer security transactions and the related commission income and expense are recorded as of the trade date.  The Company generally acts as an agent in executing customer orders to buy or sell listed and over-the-counter securities in which it does not make a market, and charges commissions based on the services the Company provides to its customers.


Use of Estimates


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect certain reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.


Fair Value of Financial Instruments


Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” defines fair value as the price that would be received upon sale of an asset or paid upon transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date in the principal or most advantageous market for that asset or liability.  The fair value is to be calculated based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, not on assumptions specific to the entity.


Cash and Cash Equivalents


The Company considers all demand and time deposits and all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.  At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, in connection with private placement offerings, the Company had a cash escrow balance of approximately $600.  Accordingly, these amounts have been included as restricted cash.


Due from Clearing Organization


As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, amounts due from the clearing organization consisted primarily of cash deposits in accordance with the clearing arrangement.  


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


2.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)


Property and Equipment


Property and equipment is recorded at cost.  Depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method based on the estimated useful lives of the related assets, which range from three to five years.  Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred; costs of major additions and betterments that extend the useful life of the asset are capitalized.  When assets are retired or otherwise disposed of, the costs and related accumulated depreciation or amortization are removed from the accounts and any gain or loss on disposal is recognized.


Impairment of Long-Lived Assets


The Company assesses the recoverability of its long lived assets when there are indications that the assets might be impaired.  When evaluating assets for potential impairment, the Company first compares the carrying amount of the asset to the asset’s estimated future cash flows (undiscounted and without interest charges).  If the estimated future cash flows used in this analysis are less than the carrying amount of the asset, an impairment loss calculation is prepared.  The impairment loss calculation compares the carrying amount of the asset to the asset’s estimated future cash flows (discounted and with interest charges).


If the carrying amount exceeds the asset’s estimated futures cash flows (discounted and with interest charges), the loss is allocated to the long-lived assets of the group on a pro rata basis using the relative carrying amounts of those assets.  Based on its assessments, the Company did not incur any impairment charges for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.


Convertible Debt


Convertible debt is accounted for under FASB ASC 470, “Debt – Debt with Conversion and Other Options.”  The Company records a beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) related to the issuance of convertible debt that has conversion features at fixed or adjustable rates that are in-the-money when issued and records the fair value of any warrants issued with those instruments.  The BCF for the convertible instruments is recognized and measured by allocating a portion of the proceeds to the warrants and as a reduction to the carrying amount of the convertible instrument equal to the intrinsic value of the conversion features, both of which are credited to additional paid-in-capital.  The Company calculates the fair value of warrants issued with the convertible instruments using the Black-Scholes valuation method, using the same assumptions used for valuing stock options, except that the contractual life of the warrant is used.  Under these


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guidelines, the Company allocates the value of the proceeds received from a convertible debt transaction between the conversion feature and any other detachable instruments (such as warrants) on a relative fair value basis.  The allocated fair value is recorded as a debt discount and is accreted over the expected term of the convertible debt as interest expense.  


The Company accounts for modifications of its Embedded Conversion Features (ECF’s) in accordance with the Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) 06-6 which requires the modification of a convertible debt instrument that changes the fair value of an embedded conversion feature and the subsequent recognition of interest expense or the associated debt instrument when the modification does not result in a debt extinguishment pursuant to EITF 96-19, “Debtor’s Accounting for a Modification or Exchange of Debt Instruments.”


Derivative Financial Instruments


In connection with the issuance of certain warrants that include price protection reset provisions, the Company determined that the exercise price reset provision feature is an embedded derivative instrument pursuant to FASB ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging.”  This embedded derivative is adjusted to fair value at each balance sheet date with the change recognized in operations.


Advertising Costs


Advertising costs are expensed as incurred.  Advertising costs, which are included in business development expenses, were deemed to be de minimus for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.


Noncontrolling Interests


The Company accounts for its less than 100% interest in consolidated subsidiaries in accordance with FASB ASC 810, “Consolidation,” and accordingly the Company presents noncontrolling interests as a component of equity on its consolidated balance sheets and reports noncontrolling interests’ net income or loss under the heading “net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests” in the consolidated statements of operations.


Income Taxes


The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with FASB ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which requires the recognition of deferred income taxes for differences between the basis of assets and liabilities for financial statement and income tax purposes.  Deferred tax assets and liabilities represent the future tax consequence for those differences, which will either be taxable or deductible when the assets and liabilities are recovered or settled.  Deferred taxes are also recognized for operating losses that are available to offset future taxable income.  Valuation allowances are established when


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


2.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)


necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.  As of December 31, 2011, the Company had deferred tax assets of approximately $1,576,000 for net operating loss carryforwards, which was fully reserved by a valuation allowance due to the significant uncertainty with respect to its future realization.


The Company adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 740-10-25, which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in income tax returns.  FASB ASC 740-10-25 also provides guidance on de-recognition of income tax assets and liabilities, classification of current and deferred income tax assets and liabilities, and accounting for interest and penalties associated with tax positions.  The Company is no longer subject to federal, state and local income tax examinations by tax authorities for years prior to 2008.

  

3.  RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS


In April 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2011-02, “A Creditor’s Determination of Whether a Restructuring Is a Troubled Debt Restructuring” (ASU 2011-02), an update to ASC 310 “Receivables.”  ASU 2011-02 provides guidance in evaluating whether a restructuring constitutes a troubled debt restructuring.  In order to meet the requirements for a troubled debt restructuring, a creditor must separately conclude that both the restructuring constitutes a concession and the debtor is experiencing financial difficulties.  The amendments clarify the guidance on a creditor’s evaluation of whether it has granted a concession and also clarify the guidance on a creditor’s evaluation of whether a debtor is experiencing financial difficulties.  ASU 2011-02 is effective for the first interim or annual period beginning on or after June 15, 2011 and has to be applied retrospectively to the beginning of the annual period of adoption.  The adoption of this new pronouncement did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.


In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, “Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S.GAAP and IFRSs” (“ASU No. 2011-04”) that provides clarification about the application of existing fair value measurements and disclosure requirements and expands certain other disclosure requirements.  ASU No. 2011-04 amends U.S. GAAP to provide common fair value measurements and disclosure requirements with International Financial Reporting Standards.  The amendments in this ASU are effective prospectively for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011, with no early adoption permitted.  The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


3.  RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (Continued)


In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, “Presentation of Comprehensive Income” (“ASU No. 2011-05”) that improves the comparability, consistency, and transparency of financial reporting and increases the prominence of items reported in other comprehensive income by eliminating the option to present components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity.  ASU No. 2011-05 requires that all nonowner changes in stockholders’ equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements.  In both methods, 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 component of net income and the components of other comprehensive income are presented.  ASU No. 2011-05 is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011 and is to be applied retrospectively, with early adoption permitted.  The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.


In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-08, “Testing Goodwill for Impairment” (“ASU No. 2011-08”) that permits an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the required annual goodwill impairment test.  ASU No. 2011-08 is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011; however, early adoption is permitted.  The adoption of this standard did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.


In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-11, “Balance Sheet (Topic 210): Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities” (“ASU No. 2011-11”).  The amendments in this ASU require an entity to disclose information about offsetting and related arrangements to enable users of its financial statements to understand the effect of those arrangements on its financial position.  An entity is required to apply the amendments for annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013, and interim periods within those annual periods.  An entity should provide the disclosures required by those amendments retrospectively for all comparative periods presented.  The Company does not expect that the adoption of ASU No. 2011-11 will have a significant, if any, impact on its consolidated financial statements.


4.  NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE


The Company computes net income (loss) per common share in accordance with FASB ASC 260, “Earnings Per Share” (“ASC 260”) and SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No.


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4.  NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE (Continued)


98 (“SAB 98”).  Under the provisions of ASC 260 and SAB 98, basic net income (loss) per common share is computed by dividing the amount available to common shareholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period.  Diluted income per share includes the effect of dilutive common stock equivalents from the assumed exercise of options, warrants, convertible preferred stock and convertible notes.  The Company’s common stock equivalents were excluded in the computation of net (loss) per share since their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.  These common stock equivalents may dilute future earnings per share.  Total shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding warrants and conversion of convertible promissory notes for the three months ended March 31, were as follows:


 

         2012

     2011

 

 

 

Warrants

4,815,847

4,650,029

Convertible debt

3,167,962

428,571

 

 

 

Potential common stock equivalents

7,983,809

5,078,600


5.  CUSTOMER LIST


On July 27, 2009, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire a customer list from an unaffiliated entity, under which the Company paid $217,000 for the acquisition.  The Company capitalized the acquisition cost of $217,000 and determined the estimated useful life of the customer list to be approximately four years.  The customer list was tested for impairment based on undiscounted cash flows and, if impaired, written down to fair value based on either discounted cash flows or appraised values.  During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company evaluated and determined that the customer list was impaired and accordingly, wrote down the customer list to zero.  Amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $0 and $13,562, respectively.


6.  INVESTMENT


As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the investment in Global Arena Capital Corp. (“GACC”) was $480,000.  GACC is a broker dealer registered with the SEC.  As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company owned a 4.8% interest in GACC.  The investment made in GACC is accounted for under the cost method of accounting because the Company does not hold a significant or controlling interest in this entity.


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MARCH 31, 2012


7.  DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS


In October 2010, in connection with a subscription agreement, the Company issued 2,231,250 warrants to an investor (see Note 11).  The warrants have a term of three years.  Per the terms of the subscription agreement, in the event the Company, at any time while all or any portion of these warrants are outstanding, sells any shares of common stock per share, or issue common stock equivalents at a conversion price, less than the warrant exercise price, the warrant price will be adjusted accordingly.  In accordance with the provisions of ASC 815-40, these warrants are subject to derivative accounting treatment under ASC 815-10 and are recorded as a liability which is revalued at fair value each reporting date.  Any change in fair value was recorded as non-operating, non-cash income or expense for each reporting period at each balance sheet date.  The Company reassesses the classification at each balance sheet date.  If the classification changes as a result of events during the period, the contract is reclassified as of the date of the event that caused the reclassification.  The Company uses the Black-Scholes valuation method to value the derivative instruments at inception and on subsequent valuation dates.  Weighted average assumptions used to estimate fair values are as follows:


 

March 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

Issuance

 

 

 

 

Expected volatility

150%

150%

100%

Risk free interest rate

0.33%

0.25%

0.73% to 1.03%

Expected life (years)

1.63

1.88

3

 

 

 

 


For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the Company recognized additional income (loss) in the derivative liability of $335,500 and $(27,000) in other expense related to the warrant derivative instruments.


8.  FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS


FASB ASC 820 specifies a hierarchy of valuation techniques based upon whether the inputs to those valuation techniques reflect assumptions other market participants would use based upon market data obtained from independent sources (observable inputs).  In accordance with FASB ASC 820, the following summarizes the fair value hierarchy:


Level 1 Inputs – Unadjusted quoted market prices for identical assets and liabilities in an active market that the Company has the ability to access.


Level 2 Inputs – Inputs other than the quoted prices in active markets that are observable either directly or indirectly.


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8.  FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS (Continued)


Level 3 Inputs – Inputs based on prices or valuation techniques that are both unobservable and significant to the overall fair value measurements.


ASC 820 requires the use of observable market data, when available, in making fair value measurements.  When inputs used to measure fair value fall within different levels of the hierarchy, the level within which the fair value measurement is categorized is based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurements.  Valuation techniques used need to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs.  The Company’s assessment of the significance of particular inputs to these fair value measurements requires judgment and considers factors specific to each asset or liability.


Cash, due from clearing organization, other receivables, advances to registered representatives and employees, accounts payable and accrued expenses, advances payable – The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets for these items are a reasonable estimate of fair value due to their short term nature.


Investment – Investment is recorded at cost.  The carrying amount approximated fair value.  


Convertible promissory notes payable – Convertible promissory notes payable are recorded at amortized cost.  The carrying amount approximated fair value.


Derivative financial instruments – The fair value liabilities for warrants with dilutive price reset provisions have been recorded as determined utilizing Black-Scholes valuation method.


The following table presents the Company’s assets and liabilities required to be reflected within the fair value hierarchy as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011.


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MARCH 31, 2012


8.  FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS (Continued)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2012

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 - warrants


$


-


$


-


$


378,700


$


378,700


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2011

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivative financial instruments

 - warrants


$


-


$


-


$


714,200


$


714,200


The following table presents the Level 3 reconciliation of the beginning and ending balances of the fair value measurements using significant unobservable inputs:


Balance, January 1, 2012

 

 

$

714,200

Fair value of new warrants issued

 

 

 

-

Fair value of warrants exercised

 

 

 

-

Change in fair value included in other (income) loss

 

 

 

(335,500)

 

 

 

 

 

Balance, March 31, 2012

 

 

$

378,700


9.  CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES


On January 23, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $50,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum.  In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 142,858 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note originally matured on March 12, 2012 and was extended to May 30, 2012. The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the note of $50,000 were recorded net of a discount of $50,000. The debt discount was comprised of $27,000 for the relative fair value of the warrants and $23,000 for the beneficial conversion feature of the note.  The debt discount is being accreted as additional interest expense ratably over the term of the convertible note.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


9.  CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (Continued)


On January 31, 2012, all notes sold and issued to the lender, in the total principal amount of $351,500, were extended to April 23, 2012 in consideration of a payment of $10,000.  On April 23, 2012, all notes were extended to May 30, 2012 in consideration of an additional payment of $10,000.


On February 10, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $30,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum. In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 60,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on September 30, 2012.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the note of $30,000 were recorded net of a discount of $30,000. The debt discount was comprised of $14,000 for the relative fair value of the warrants and $16,000 for the beneficial conversion feature of the note.  The debt discount is being accreted as additional interest expense ratably over the term of the convertible notes.


On February 29, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $35,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum. In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 70,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note originally matured on April 14, 2012 and was extended to May 30, 2012.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.45 per share.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the note of $35,000 were recorded net of a discount of $32,000. The debt discount was comprised of $16,000 for the relative fair value of the warrants and $16,000 for the beneficial conversion feature of the note.  The debt discount is being accreted as additional interest expense ratably over the term of the convertible notes.


On March 15, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $80,000 at a stated interest rate of 8% per annum. In addition, the Company granted warrants to purchase 160,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


9.  CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (Continued)


date of the grant. The convertible note matures on March 15, 2013.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.30 per share.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the note of $80,000 were recorded net of a discount of $80,000. The debt discount was comprised of $36,000 for the relative fair value of the warrants and $44,000 for the beneficial conversion feature of the note.  The debt discount is being accreted as additional interest expense ratably over the term of the convertible notes.


On March 20, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $70,000 at a stated interest rate of 8% per annum. In addition, the Company granted warrants to purchase 140,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on March 20, 2013.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.30 per share.


The gross proceeds from the sale of the note of $70,000 were recorded net of a discount of $70,000. The debt discount was comprised of $32,000 for the relative fair value of the warrants and $38,000 for the beneficial conversion feature of the note.  The debt discount is being accreted as additional interest expense ratably over the term of the convertible notes.


The intrinsic value for the outstanding convertible promissory notes as of March 31, 2012 was approximately $376,000.


10.  STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY


In 2009, the Company entered into a private placement offering for $2,000,000 (40) units).  Each unit consisted of 90,000 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 45,000 shares of common stock.  The warrants are exercisable in whole or in part during the three-year period following issuance at an exercise price of $1.00 per share.  The shares of common stock into which the warrants are exercisable will have the same registration rights as all other shares of common stock sold in the offering.


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MARCH 31, 2012


10.  STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Continued)


Under the terms of the agreement, the Company could sell up to an additional 20 units to cover investor over-subscriptions, if any.  The purchase price for each unit was $50,000, although subscriptions for lesser amounts could be accepted at the discretion of the Company’s management


For the year ended December 31, 2010, under the private placement offering as described above, the Company sold 5.2 net units consisting of 927,000 shares of common stock with 463,500 warrants for net proceeds of $515,000.


The Company also entered into a separate subscription agreement during the year ended December 31, 2010 to sell 2,625,000 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 2,231,250 shares of common stock for net proceeds of $700,000; 1,115,625 warrants are exercisable in whole or in part during the three-year period following issuance at an exercise price of $0.31 per share and the remaining 1,115,625 warrants are exercisable at $0.35 per share.  The warrants had a dilutive provision whereby in the event the Company sells shares of common stock for consideration less than the stated exercise price then the warrant price will be adjusted accordingly to the terms of the agreement.  The Company determined that the reset provision is a derivative liability and under ASC 815. The Company was required to classify the warrants as a derivative liability and mark to market through earnings at the end of each reporting period (see Note 7).


During the year ended December 31, 2010, the Company repurchased from investors 459,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and 229,500 warrants for $255,000. Accordingly, the Company cancelled the 459,000 shares of common stock and 229,500 warrants associated with these shares.


As described in Note 1, on May 18, 2011, each share of the Company’s common stock was cancelled and converted automatically into the right to receive 1.5 common shares of China Stationery.  The above shares reflect the effect of the 1:1.5 stock split.


During 2011, the Company issued 908,027 shares of common stock for the exercise of warrants for $290,000.  Upon the exercise of warrants, the Company reclassified $170,700 of the derivative liability to equity.


On May 18, 2011 the Company modified 1,633,500 of warrants previously granted pursuant to the 2009 private placement memorandum.  The Company reset the term of the warrants to three years as of the date of the reverse merger.  The Company recorded a charge of $110,400 for the modification of the award which has been charged as interest expense.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


10.  STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Continued)


On July 10, 2011 a holder exercised 785,714 warrants using the cashless exercise provision. Accordingly, the Company issued 673,007 shares of common stock for the exercise of the warrants, which represented the net shares with respect to the cashless exercise provision.


On July 28, 2011 the Company issued 144,093 shares of common stock for the exercise of warrants for $50,000.  Upon the exercise of warrants, the Company reclassified $22,200 of the derivative liability to equity.


On July 1, 2011, the Company entered into a stock option agreement with a vendor to purchase 100,000 shares of common stock at a price of $0.50 per share.  The option agreement had a life of 30 days and was fully vested on the date of the grant.  On July 7, 2011 the options were exercised for services provided by the vendor.  Due to the nature of the transaction, the Company recorded a stock-based compensation charge of $50,000 as a share issuance for the fair value of the services provided.


On November 28, 2011, the Company entered into a subscription agreement to sell 714,286 shares of common stock and warrants to purchase 187,500 shares of common stock for net proceeds of $250,000.  The warrants are exercisable in whole or in part during the five-year period following issuance at an exercise price of $0.45 per share.


On December 14, 2011, the Company entered into another subscription agreement to sell 285,715 shares of common stock for net proceeds of $100,000.


11.  WARRANTS


The following tables summarize the warrants activities:


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MARCH 31, 2012


11.  WARRANTS (Continued)


 




Shares

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price


Weighted- Average Exercisable

 


Aggregate Intrinsic Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2011

4,242,989

 

0.48

4,242,989

$

1,145,607

Granted

572,858

 

0.41

572,858

 

63,014

Exercised

-

 

-

-

 

-

Cancelled and surrendered

-

 

-

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding at March 31, 2012

4,815,847

$

0.47

4,815,847

$

-


Exercise

Price

Average Number Outstanding


Contractual Life


Exercise price

Warrants Exercisable

 

 

 

 

 

$0.31 to $0.45

3,182,347

3.20

$   0.35

3,182,347

$0.67

1,633,500

2.13

$   0.67

1,633,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,815,847

-

-

4,815,847


12.  NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


The Company has two operating subsidiaries, which are not wholly owned.  The Company has a 67% equity interest in Lillybell and a 95% equity interest in GAIM.  As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the third party non-controlling interests were $(187,849) and $(179,935), respectively.


13.  RELATED PARTIES


The Company has an expense sharing agreement with GACC whereby GACC pays certain general and administrative expenses on behalf of the Company and its operating subsidiaries. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the Company reimbursed GACC approximately $24,000 and $141,000, respectively.


The Company has a month-to-month agreement with Broad Sword Holdings, LLC, one of the Company’s stockholders, whereby Broad Sword Holdings, LLC provides office space to the Company.  During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the Company was charged approximately $35,000 and $28,000, respectively, for office space.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


13.  RELATED PARTIES (Continued)


Other receivable – related party represents advances to Broad Sword Holdings, LLC.  Those advances are non-interest bearing and payable on demand.  At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the receivable was approximately $518,000 and $468,000, respectively.


14.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES


Litigation


The Company may be involved in legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable with assurance.


On October 12, 2011, Harry Friedman filed a complaint with the Nassau County Court, State of New York, Index Number 11-014606 against the Company, as a shareholder of GACC, Josh Winkler, as an officer of GACC and JSM Capital Holding Corp. and Broad Sword Holdings, LLC, as majority shareholders of GACC.  The complaint seeks a recovery on several counts resulting from the purported wrongful termination of Plaintiff and lack of Notice by Global Arena Capital Corp.  The Company is of the opinion that the charges alleged in the complaint are without merit and will be discounted or dismissed against the Company.  However, the Company cannot provide assurance that the outcome of this matter will not have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.


Indemnification


The Company is engaged in providing a broad range of investment services to a diverse group of retail and institutional clientele. Counterparties to the Company’s business activities include broker-dealers and clearing organizations, banks and other financial institutions. The Company uses clearing brokers to process transactions and maintain customer accounts on a fee basis, and the Company permits the clearing firms to extend credit to its clientele secured by cash and securities in the client’s account. The Company’s exposure to credit risk associated with the non-performance by its customers and counterparties in fulfilling their contractual obligations can be directly impacted by volatile or illiquid trading markets, which may impair the ability of customers and counterparties to satisfy their obligations to the Company. The Company has agreed to indemnify the clearing brokers on a limited basis for losses it incurs while extending credit to the Company’s clients.


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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


14.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Continued)


It is the Company’s policy to review, as necessary, the credit standing of its customers and each counterparty.  Amounts due from customers that are considered uncollectible by the clearing broker are charged back to the Company by the clearing broker when such amounts become determinable. Upon notification of a charge back, such amounts, in total or in part, are then either (i) collected from the customers, (ii) charged to the broker initiating the transaction, and/or (iii) charged as an expense in the accompanying statement of operations, based on the particular facts and circumstances.


The maximum potential amount for future payments that the Company could be required to pay under this indemnification cannot be estimated. However, the Company believes that it is unlikely it will have to make any material payments under these arrangements and has not recorded any contingent liability in the consolidated financial statements for this indemnification.


15.  REVENUE CONCENTRATIONS


The Company considers significant revenue concentrations to be clients or brokers who account for 10% or more of the total revenues generated by the Company during the period. The Company had two brokers who accounted for 81% of total revenues, which included revenues from a single customer that accounted for 16% of total revenues, during the three months ended March 31, 2012. During the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company had three brokers who accounted for 82% of total revenues, which included revenues from a single customer that accounted for 13% of total revenues.


16.  SUBSEQUENT EVENTS  


On April 3, 2012, the Board of Directors authorized the issuance of stock options to purchase an aggregate of 1,750,000 common shares under the 2011 Stock Awards Plan.


On April 27, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $75,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum. In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 125,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.75 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on August 1, 2012.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.3825 per share.


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Management’s Discussion and Analysis of

Financial Condition And Results of Operations


Forward-looking Statements


Statements in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation, as well as in certain other parts of this quarterly report on Form

10-Q (as well as information included in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by Global Arena) that look forward in time, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, expectations, predictions, and assumptions and other statements which are other than statements of historical facts. Although Global Arena believes such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to, and are qualified by, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to Global Arena’s ability to estimate the impact of competition and of industry consolidation and risks, uncertainties and other factors set forth in Global Arena’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.


Global Arena undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Form 10-Q.


Critical Accounting Policies


Global Arena Holding’s financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Preparing financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. These estimates and assumptions are affected by management's applications of accounting policies. Critical accounting policies for the registrant include the revenue recognition, cash and cash equivalents and derivative financial instruments.


Revenue Recognition

Global Arena Holding earns revenues through various services it provides to its clients. Advisory fees are on a contractual basis with the fee stipulated in the contract and are recognized based on the terms of the contract during the period service is provided.  Customer security transactions and the related commission income and expense are recorded as of the trade date. Global Arena Holding generally acts as an agent in executing customer orders to buy or sell listed and over-the-counter securities in which it does not make a market, and charges commissions based on the services Global Arena provides to its customers.


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Derivative Financial Instruments

In connection with the issuance of certain warrants that include price protection reset provisions. Global Arena Holding determined that the exercise price reset provision feature is an embedded derivative instrument pursuant to ASC 815 “Derivatives and Hedging.”


The accounting treatment of derivative financial instruments requires that Global Arena Holding record the related warrants at their fair values as of the inception date of the financial instrument and at fair value as of each subsequent balance sheet date. Any change in fair value was recorded as non-operating, non-cash income or expense for each reporting period at each balance sheet date. Global Arena Holding reassesses the classification at each balance sheet date. If the classification changes as a result of events during the period, the contract is reclassified as of the date of the event that caused the reclassification.


Off-balance Sheet Arrangements

Global Arena Holding has not entered into any other financial guarantees or other commitments to guarantee the payment obligations of any third parties.


Global Arena Holding does not have any retained or contingent interest in assets transferred to an unconsolidated entity that serves as credit, liquidity or market risk support to such entity. We do not have any variable interest in any unconsolidated entity that provides financing, liquidity, market risk or credit support to us or engages in leasing, hedging or research and development services with us.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB and the SEC did not have, or are not believed by management to have, a material impact on Global Arena Holding's present or future consolidated financial statements.


Trends and Uncertainties


Global Arena is a financial services firm that services the financial community through its subsidiaries. Demand for Global Arena's services are dependent on general economic conditions, which are cyclical in nature.  Because a major portion of Global Arena’s activities are the receipt of revenues from financial services, our business operations may be adversely affected by competition, prolonged recessionary periods and other economic and political situations.


There are no other known trends, events or uncertainties that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a material impact on our short term or long term liquidity. Sources of liquidity will come from the sale of our services, as well as the private sale of our stock and the issuance of debt. There are no material commitments for capital expenditure at this time. There are no trends, events or uncertainties that have had or are reasonably expected to have a material impact on the net sales or revenues or income from continuing operations. There are no significant elements of income or loss that do not arise from Global Arena’s continuing operations. There are no other known causes for


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any material changes from period to period in one or more line items of our financial statements.


Liquidity and Capital Resources


During the three months ended March 31, 2012, Global Arena Holding had $0 net cash provided by investing activities.


Comparatively, during the three months ended March 31, 2011, Global Arena Holding reduced its escrow deposit – restricted cash balance by $325,259, resulting in net cash provided by investing activities of $325,259.


During the three months ended March 31, 2012, Global Arena received proceeds from convertible promissory notes of $265,000 received advances of $11,137 from affiliates, resulting in net cash provided by financing activities of $276,137 for the three months ended March 31, 2012.


Comparatively, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, Global Arena received proceeds from convertible promissory notes of $150,000 and advanced $46,685 to affiliates, resulting in net cash provided by financing activities of $103,315 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.


Global Arena Holding has an expense sharing agreement with GACC whereby GACC pays certain general and administrative expenses on behalf of the Global Arena Holding and its operating subsidiaries. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and the three months ended March 31, 2011, Global Arena Holding reimbursed GACC $24,000 and $141,000, respectively.


Global Arena Holding has a month-to-month agreement with Broadsword, an affiliated company, whereby Broadsword provides office space to Global Arena Holding. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and the three months ended March 31, 2011, Global Arena was charged $35,000 and $28,000, respectively, for office space


The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As shown in the accompanying financial statements, Global Arena Holding has incurred losses of $223,885 and $385,824 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and a working capital deficiency which raises substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.


Management believes that it will be successful in obtaining additional financing, from which the proceeds will be primarily used to execute its operating plan. Global Arena Holding plans to use its available cash to continue the development and execution of its business plan and expand its client base and services. However, Global Arena Holding cannot give assurances that such financing will be available or on terms advantageous to Global Arena Holding, or at all. Should Global Arena Holding not be successful in obtaining the necessary financing to fund its operations, Global Arena Holding would need to curtail certain or all of its operational activities.


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The Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to ultimately attain profitable operations, generate sufficient cash flow to meet its obligations, and obtain additional financing as may be required. Our auditors have included a “going concern” qualification in their auditors’ report dated April 30, 2012. Such a “going concern” qualification may make it more difficult for us to raise funds when needed. The outcome of this uncertainty cannot be assured.


The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.  There can be no assurance that management will be successful in implementing its business plan or that the successful implementation of such business plan will actually improve Global Arena’s operating results.


Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011.


Revenues for three months ended March 31, 2012 consisted of investment advisory fees of $187,039 and commissions and other of $15,590 resulting in total revenues of $202,629. Comparatively for the three months ended March 31, 2011, revenues consisted of investment advisory fees of $219,282 and commissions and other of $7,324.  The decrease in advisory fees is primarily attributable to the reduced value of assets under management as of December 31, 2011 as compared to December 31, 2010, on which fees were based for the following three months, respectively.


For the three months ended March 31, 2012, we paid commissions of $143,581 and paid salaries and benefits of $147,736.  We had occupancy expenses of $35,145, business development expenses of $79,551, and paid professional fees of $71,803.  We paid $9,716 for clearing and operations and $9,644 for communication and data.  We paid $5,197 in regulatory fees, and had office and other expenses of $31,496.  As a result, we had total operating expenses of $553,869 for the three months ended March 31, 2012, resulting in a net loss from operations of $331,240.


Comparatively, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, we paid commissions of $177,276 and paid salaries and benefits of $59,255.  We had occupancy expenses of $28,461, business development expenses of $18,212, and paid professional fees of $152,762.  We paid $6,419 for clearing and operations and $2,897 for communication and data.  We paid $1,931 in regulatory fees, and had office and other expenses of $166,974.  As a result, we had total operating expenses of $614,187 for the three months ended March 31, 2011, resulting in a net loss from operations of $387,581.


There was a gain on the fair value of a derivative liability for the three months ended March 31, 2012 of $335,500 compared to a loss of $27,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.


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Recently Issued Accounting Standards


Management does not believe that any other recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting standard if currently adopted would have a material effect on the accompanying financial statements.


Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk


Not applicable for a smaller reporting company.


Item 4.  Controls and Procedures.


During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, there were no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined under Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as of March 31, 2012.  Based on this evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief principal financial officer have concluded such controls and procedures were not effective as of March 31, 2012 to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission's rules and forms and to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer's management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.


In connection with the December 31, 2011 audit of our consolidated financial statements and our review of the three ended March 31, 2012, our independent auditors identified significant deficiencies that together constitute a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting. These significant deficiencies primarily relate to our lack of lack of appropriate resources to handle the accounting for certain complex equity transactions and our lack of a sophisticated financial reporting system. The accounting department constituted of one Officer and one Controller.  Therefore, we have relied heavily on entity or management review controls to lessen the issue of segregation of duties.  Upon receiving adequate financing the Company plans to increase its controls in these areas by hiring more employees in financial reporting, and establishing an audit committee. These significant deficiencies together constitute a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting.


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A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met.  The design of any system of controls is also based in part on certain assumptions regarding the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.  Given these and other inherent limitations of control systems, there is only reasonable assurance that our controls will succeed in achieving their stated goals under all potential future conditions.


Although we have taken steps to remedy some of these issues with our internal control over financial reporting, including the hiring of a consultant to provide guidance regarding our complex equity and debt transactions, we still have additional work to do to bring our financial reporting procedures up to public-company standards. Because the Merger occurred in the second quarter of 2011 and because the Company was a small privately-held company, we were unable to upgrade our internal controls over financial reporting to the level required of a public company prior to the end of the period covered by this annual report. Nevertheless, we are initiating the remediation steps to rectify the identified significant deficiencies that together constitute a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting. Because these remediation steps have not yet been completed, we have performed additional analyses and other post-closing procedures to ensure that our condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this annual report were prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and applicable SEC regulations. Our planned remediation steps include determining the appropriate resources to handle complex transactions as they arise in the future, upgrading our financial reporting systems, and establishing an audit committee.


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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION


Item 1.   Legal Proceedings  

          None


Item 1A.  Risk Factors

          Not applicable for smaller reporting company


Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds


On January 23, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $50,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum.  In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 142,858 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note originally matured on March 12, 2012 and was extended to May 30, 2012. The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share.


On January 31, 2012, all notes sold and issued to the lender, in the total principal amount of $351,500, were extended to April 23, 2012 in consideration of a payment of $10,000.  On April 23, 2012, all notes were extended to May 30, 2012 in consideration of an additional payment of $10,000.


On February 10, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $30,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum. In addition, the Company granted warrants to purchase 60,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on September 30, 2012.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share.


On February 29, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $35,000 at a stated interest rate of 12% per annum. In addition the Company granted warrants to purchase 70,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note originally matured on April 14, 2012 and was extended to May 30, 2012.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.45 per share.


On March 15, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $80,000 at a stated interest rate of 8% per annum. In addition, the Company granted warrants to purchase 160,000 shares of common stock at an exercise


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price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on March 15, 2013.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.30 per share.

 

On March 20, 2012, the Company sold and issued a convertible promissory note in the principal amount of $70,000 at a stated interest rate of 8% per annum. In addition, the Company granted warrants to purchase 140,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.45 per share. The warrants have a life of 5 years and were fully vested on the date of the grant. The convertible note matures on March 20, 2013.  The holder of the note is entitled to convert all or a portion of the convertible note plus any unpaid interest, at the holder’s sole option, into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.30 per share.


The above securities were issued to sophisticated investors pursuant to an exemption under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933.


Item 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities  

          None


Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

          Not applicable


Item 5.   Other Information  

          None


Item 6.   Exhibits

       Exhibit 31* - Certifications pursuant to Section 302 of the  

         Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

       Exhibit 32* - Certifications pursuant to Section 906 of the

         Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

       101.INS**   XBRL Instance Document

       101.SCH**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

       101.CAL**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase

         Document

       101.LAB**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

       101.PRE**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

         Document

*  Filed herewith

**XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) 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. To be filed by amendment.


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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.


Dated: May 15, 2012


Global Arena Holding, Inc.



/s/Joshua Winkler

  Joshua Winkler,

  Chief Executive Officer

  Chief Financial Officer



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