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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington D.C. 20549
For the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012
For the transition period from _________ , 20 __ , to _________ , 20 __.
Commission File Number
American Commerce Solutions, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
1400 Chamber Drive, Bartow, Florida 33830
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
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Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x
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 definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $307,232 as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, based upon the closing sale price on the OTC:BB reported for such date. Shares of common stock held by each officer and director and by each person who owns 10% or more of the outstanding common stock have been excluded in that such persons may be deemed to be affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes.
As of May 23, 2012, the Registrant had 349,896,576 outstanding shares of its common stock, $0.002 par value.
Documents incorporated by reference: none
AMERICAN COMMERCE SOLUTIONS, INC.
AMERICAN COMMERCE SOLUTIONS, INC.
This Annual Report on Form 10-K and the documents incorporated herein by reference contain forward-looking statements that have been made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about American Commerce Solution, Inc.’s industry, management beliefs, and assumptions made by management. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict; therefore, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in any such forward-looking statements.
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. was incorporated in Rhode Island in May 1991 under the name Jaque Dubois, Inc. and was re-incorporated in Delaware in 1994. In July 1995, the Company’s name was changed to JD American Workwear, Inc. In December 2000 the shareholders voted to change the name of the company to American Commerce Solutions, Inc. to more accurately portray the activities of the company.
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. (the “Company” or “American Commerce”) is a multi-industry holding company for its operating subsidiary. As of the close of its most recently completed fiscal year end, the Company had one wholly owned subsidiary operating in the manufacturing segment. The operating subsidiary is International Machine and Welding, Inc. located in Bartow, Florida.
The Company intends to expand its holdings by acquiring additional subsidiaries to facilitate its business plan. The current business plan has been in development since June 2000.
International Machine and Welding, Inc. provides specialized machining services for heavy industry. Target customers in the region include mining, agriculture processing, maritime, power generation and industrial machinery companies. Additional operations include heavy equipment service to the construction, forestry, waste and scrap industries. The operation provides complete service of the equipment, which includes rebuilding undercarriages, engines, transmissions, final drives and hydraulics. The effective service area for the operation located in the Southeastern region of the United States is a prime and lucrative market for such services. Growth in this region of the United States (population, infrastructure, and building) has created long term needs for construction equipment. All of these machines require periodic maintenance, and at certain points major overhauls. In addition to its 38,000 square foot facility, the operation also provides fully equipped field service vehicles so machines do not have to be removed from the work site.
International Machine and Welding, Inc. also sells OEM and after-market repair parts for heavy equipment. The operation has an extensive cross-reference listing and network of sources. One of the major competitive advantages of the operation is its ability to determine exactly what the customer needs and fulfill the requirement. In many cases, the customer may not have service manuals or to be able to identify part numbers. If a customer has more than one type of machine, which is quite common, they may have to contact a number of different suppliers to get parts for multiple machines. Our operation identifies the required parts and arranges the necessary repairs. As a result, the customer only has to make one phone call for all of their needs. This also makes International Machine and Welding, Inc. an attractive alternative for sales to customers outside the United States. Orders can be accumulated throughout the month and be sent on consolidated shipments. This has created a niche market for the direct parts sales division. The operation currently has a dozen customer relationships in the Caribbean. Management believes that this market has not been fully targeted by its competitors and offers potential as a source of increased business.
The Company has adopted a business strategy that focuses on expansion through acquisition. The key elements of acquisition targets must include solid management, profitability, geographical location compatibility and/or undervalued companies that can be enhanced by shared services and opportunities.
The Manufacturing Segment through International Machine and Welding, Inc. offers a broad range of products and services to heavy industry through its three divisions. The operations of Division 1 provide specialized machining of very large components and machinery repair to industries such as aerospace, agricultural processing, chemical, defense, mining, maritime and power generation. Our 38,000 square foot facility located in Bartow, Florida is one of the only operations in the Southeast capable of machining components up to 55 feet in length and/or 20 feet in diameter. Division 2 provides heavy equipment service (parts and labor), which includes repair and bonded rebuilds of engines, tracks, undercarriages, transmissions, final drives and hydraulic systems on heavy equipment. The equipment we repair is from the heavy construction industry including bulldozers, scrapers, loaders, excavators, large tractors, rollers, etc. The division provides field service via equipped service trucks to provide repairs at the customer’s site. Division 3 sells replacement parts to the heavy equipment market, directly to the end user with most of the parts exported outside the United States.
MANUFACTURING AND SOURCES OF SUPPLY
Supplies and parts used by International Machine and Welding, Inc. are purchased from several major suppliers including Caterpillar, John Deere, Case and other major manufacturers and after -market parts suppliers. The machining operations purchase from many suppliers based on the need of specific jobs. Although the operations do not have any long-term contracts with any of its suppliers, management believes that it has excellent business relationships with its current suppliers and it is not exposed to any significant risk in the event any one source of supply is discontinued, because there are many suppliers.
MARKETING AND SALES
International Machine and Welding, Inc. operates three divisions at one location. Division 1 sales have traditionally come from industries within a 100-mile radius of its facilities requiring specialized machining applications. Direct salesmen have established relationships with specific customers and the Company has expanded the business relationship through quality, rapid turn and value. While this business is quite lucrative, visibility is limited. The operation intends to expand its operations in the OEM market, where the subsidiary provides components to manufacturers of large machines. These types of accounts generally involve annual contracts with three-month rolling schedules. The expansion of the market also is expected to increase the serviceable territory from the Southeast to include the entire United States.
Direct sales personnel who primarily target mid-tier accounts handle sales for Division 2 and 3. We believe that this broad niche market is largely untapped by the larger factory-sponsored operations which cater specifically to very large accounts. Margins are typically very slim in these accounts and a large percentage of the customer base is represented by very few accounts. Because we are an independent repair facility, we can provide service to a much broader base of customers with greater margins than the large factory-sponsored competitors.
The principal competitors of the Manufacturing Division consists of regional companies such as Southern Machinery, Florida Plating and Machine, Arroyo and Florida Metalizing in the machining operations and national corporations such as Ringhaver Equipment, Caterpillar, and Case repair facilities in the heavy equipment parts and service category. Management believes that the ability to rapidly turn goods or to provide parts on a timely basis gives it a competitive advantage. We are able to ship parts directly to the consumer, usually on the same day as the order or to return all service work within the time specified either by completing the work at the customers site or because of immediate turnaround capabilities.
International Machine and Welding, Inc. has a broad and diverse base of customers. The division does not rely on any single customer, the loss of which would have a material adverse effect on the segment. This division does generate a significant amount of revenues from sales and services provided to three different industries. The construction industry accounted for approximately 23% of the division’s revenues in fiscal 2012 compared to 17% in fiscal 2011, while the industrial and mining industries accounted for approximately 14% and 62% in fiscal 2012 compared to 19% and 62% in fiscal 2011, respectively, of the division’s total revenues. Due to these concentrations, the results of operations of the division could be affected by changes in the economic, regulatory, or other related conditions impacting on these industries.
Although the division does not rely on a single customer, during the year ended February 29, 2012, one of the Company’s customers accounted for approximately 65% of total revenues. This customer was Mosaic Company.
At February 29, 2012, the Company and its subsidiaries had 18 full-time employees and the parent operation has 2 full time executives.
The Company remains dedicated to its basic business plan, which calls for growth through acquisition of strategic business opportunities. Discussions and negotiations continue with multiple companies.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Annual Report on Form 10-K (including the Exhibits hereto) may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding, among other things, the financial condition and prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries, results of operations, projections, plans for future business development activities and the opportunities available within its market areas, capital spending plans, financing sources, projections of financial results or economic performance, capital structure, the effects of competition, statements of plans, expectations, or objectives of the Company, and the business of the Company and its subsidiaries. These forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” “intend,” and other similar words and expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “should,” “would,” and “could” and other characterizations of future events or circumstances. In addition, the Company may from time to time make such written or oral “forward-looking statements” in future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including exhibits thereto), in its reports to stockholders, and in other communications made by or with the approval of the Company.
These forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company at the time they are made and are based on information currently available to the management of the Company and upon current expectations, estimates, and projections regarding the Company and its industry, management’s beliefs with respect thereto, and certain assumptions made by management. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors (many of which are outside the control of the Company), which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only to the date that such statements are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new information, future events, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise. The following sets forth some, but not necessarily all, of the factors that may cause the Company’s actual results to vary materially from those which are the subject of any forward-looking statements.
Accumulated Deficit and Operating Losses and Anticipated Earnings; Explanatory Language in Auditor’s Report. The Company had an accumulated deficit at February 29, 2012 of $19,050,508. The Company had net income of $25,962 for the year ended February 29, 2012 and a net loss of $385,280 for the year ended February 28, 2011. Additionally, the Company is in default on several notes payable. The auditor’s opinion on the financial statements expresses substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements are presented on the basis that the Company is a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the ordinary course of business. While there can be no assurance of this outcome, management believes its plan of operation will allow the Company to achieve this goal.
Growth Plans and Risk of Expansion. The Company adopted and implemented a business strategy, which seeks growth and expansion through the acquisition of synergistic companies. Accordingly, the growth and financial performance of the Company will depend, in large part, upon the Company’s ability to identify and locate suitable acquisitions, to manage such growth and the resultant diverse operations, to manage the margins of the acquired operations, and to attract, hire, train, and retain qualified supervisory personnel and other operational employees to meet the Company’s needs as it expands, as well as the availability of sufficient working capital. Difficulties resulting from the failure of the Company to manage and control its growth could materially adversely affect the Company’s operating results and financial condition.
No Assurance of Acquisitions. Although the Company has had preliminary discussions with potential acquisition candidates, the Company has not completed any acquisitions in the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012. The Company does have current understandings or arrangements (oral or written) relating to specific acquisitions, but cannot give specific timing to close the potential acquisitions. Until binding agreements are in place there can be no assurance that any proposed acquisition will be consummated or that adequate, acceptable and affordable financing will be available.
Furthermore, to the extent that acquisitions are consummated, the Company’s success or failure will depend upon management’s ability to integrate the acquired business into the company and implementation of adequate management skills and systems necessary to accomplish the Company’s strategy. Additionally, the Company is unable to predict whether or when, once integrated, any acquisition may achieve comparable levels of revenues, profitability, or productivity as existing Company operations, or otherwise perform as expected (including achievement of expected synergies or financial benefits). The Company may face competition for desirable acquisitions from entities that may possess greater resources than the Company.
Acquisition Risks. Acquisitions involve a number of special risks, some or all of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. Such risks include, but are not limited to, the diversion of management’s attention from core operations, difficulties in the integration of acquired operations and retention of personnel, customers, and suppliers, unanticipated problems or legal liabilities, tax and accounting issues, and the inability to obtain all necessary governmental and other approvals and consents.
Need for Additional Financing. Proceeds from notes payable and long-term debt provided the working capital needs and principal payments on long-term debt through most of fiscal 2012. However, the Company will need to obtain additional financing in order to finance its acquisition and growth strategy. There can be no assurance that debt or equity financing will be available to the Company on acceptable terms, if at all. If the Company does require additional financing and it cannot be obtained or the terms of such financings are unfavorable, it may have a material adverse impact on our operations and profitability, and the Company may need to curtail its business plan and strategy.
Loss of Certain Members of Our Management Team Could Adversely Affect the Company. The Company is dependent to a significant extent on the continued efforts, abilities and funding of our Chairman, Robert E. Maxwell and President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel L. Hefner. If the company was to lose the services of either of these individuals or other key employees or consultants before a qualified replacement could be obtained, the business could be materially affected.
Expected Volatility in Share Price. The market price of our stock has traded in a wide range. From March 1, 2001 through February 29, 2012 the price of our common shares has ranged from $0.001 to $0.78 per share. The price of our common stock may be subject to fluctuations in response to quarter-to-quarter variations in operating results, creation or elimination of funding opportunities, restriction of the acquisition plans, and favorable or unfavorable coverage of our officers and Company by the press.
International Machine and Welding, Inc. owns in fee simple title a 38,000 square foot facility in Bartow, Florida, which currently serves as the principal executive offices of American Commerce Solutions. A note payable to Valrico State Bank, originally at $875,000 encumbers this building. As of February 29, 2012, the balance on this note is $607,590. During the year ended February 28, 2010, the Company entered into a refinancing arrangement with a financial institution to refinance the loan at 7% interest, with monthly principle and interest payments of $6,610 and a maturity date of April 30, 2012. The note is secured by all of the Company’s fixed assets and 1,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.
Since the April 1996 closing of the Company’s initial public offering, the Company’s Common Stock has traded in the over-the-counter market on the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. OTC Bulletin Board System (“OTCBB”). Until January 31, 2001 the company’s common stock traded under the symbol “JDAW.” In connection with the name change, since February 10, 2001, the common stock has traded under the symbol “AACS.” The following table sets forth the range of high and low closing bid quotations of the Common Stock as reported by the OTCBB for each fiscal quarter for the past two fiscal years. High and low bid quotations reflect inter-dealer prices without adjustment for retail mark-ups, markdowns or commissions and may not necessarily represent actual transactions.
On February 29, 2012 the closing bid price of the Company’s Common Stock as reported by the OTCBB was $0.001 and there were approximately 1,204 shareholders of record.
The Company has never declared or paid a dividend on its Common Stock, and does not anticipate paying any cash dividends on its Common Stock in the foreseeable future. The Company expects to retain, if any, its future earnings for expansion or development of the Company’s business. The decision to pay dividends, if any, in the future is within the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend upon the Company’s earnings, capital requirements, financial condition and other relevant factors such as contractual obligations. There can be no assurance that dividends can or will ever be paid.
EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION
The following table provides information about our Equity Compensation Plans.
RECENT SALES OF UNREGISTERED SECURITIES
As a smaller reporting company we are not required to provide the information required by this item.
This discussion is intended to further the reader’s understanding of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere herein. This discussion also contains forward-looking statements. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of the risks and uncertainties set forth elsewhere in this Annual Report and in the Company’s other SEC filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company is not party to any transactions that would be considered “off balance sheet” pursuant to disclosure requirements under ITEM 303(c).
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The manufacturing subsidiary, International Machine and Welding, Inc., generates its revenues from three divisions. Division 1 provides specialized machining and repair services to heavy industry and original equipment manufacturers. Division 2 provides repair and rebuild services on heavy equipment used in construction and mining as well as sales of used equipment. Division 3 provides parts sales for heavy equipment directly to the customer. The primary market of this segment is the majority of central and south Florida with parts sales expanding its market internationally. The current operations can be significantly expanded using the 38,000 square foot structure owned by International Machine and Welding, Inc.
FISCAL YEAR 2012 COMPARED TO FISCAL YEAR 2011
The Company’s consolidated net sales increased to $2,447,400 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012, an increase of $165,683 or 7%, from $2,281,717 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011. The increase is due to customers requiring necessary repairs previously deferred over the last two years.
Gross profit for the consolidated operations increased to $1,289,149 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 from $1,194,115 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011. Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased in fiscal year 2012 to 53% from 52% in fiscal year ended 2011. The increase in gross profit margin was due to a combination of International Machine & Welding receiving better pricing from its vendors and the mix of jobs during the quarter.
Consolidated interest expense in fiscal 2012 was $156,203 compared to $182,130 in fiscal 2011. The decrease in interest expense is due to the Company reducing the overall debt during the year, negotiating lower interest rates and making payments on time.
Consolidated interest income in fiscal 2012 was $9,307 compared to $29,299 in fiscal 2011. The decrease in interest income is due to the discount on the note receivable becoming fully amortized during the fiscal year ended February 28,2012.
Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to $1,405,860 for fiscal 2012 from $1,426,564 for fiscal 2011, a decrease of $20,704 or 1%.
The Company incurred a net consolidated income of $25,962 for the year ended February 29, 2012 compared to $385,280 net loss for the year ended February 28, 2011.
The manufacturing operation, International Machine and Welding, Inc. provided net sales of $2,447,400 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 compared to $2,281,717 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011. The machining operations provided $697,759 or 29% of net sales with parts and service providing $1,749,641 or 71% of net sales for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 as compared to machining operations contributing $669,207 or 29% of net sales with parts and service providing $1,612,510 or 71% of net sales for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011.
Gross profit from International Machine and Welding, Inc. was $1,289,149 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 compared to $1,194,115 in fiscal 2011 providing gross profit margins of 53% and 52%, respectively. The increase is due to customers requiring necessary repairs previously deferred over the last two years.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for International Machine and Welding, Inc. were $977,025 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 compared to $1,007,187 or the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011.
Interest expense was $105,859 for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012 compared to $132,532 for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2011. The decrease in interest expense is due to the Company reducing the overall debt.
The Company does not have discrete financial information on each of the three manufacturing divisions, nor does the Company make decisions on the divisions separately; therefore they are not reported as segments.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
During the fiscal years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company used net cash for operating activities of $94,463 and $200,460, respectively. The decrease in use of cash is mainly due to the gain on the forgiveness of debt.
During the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company used funds for investing activities of $93,155 and$58,120, respectively. This increase in cash used by investing activities is mainly due to the increase in the purchase of property and equipment.
During the years ended February 29, 2011 and February 28, 2011, the Company provided cash from financing activities of $166,060 and $277,946, respectively. The decrease in net cash provided by financing activities is due to the decrease in the cash received from the issuance of notes payable.
Cash flows from financing activities provided for working capital needs and principal payments on long-term debt through fiscal 2012. To the extent that the cash flows from financing activities are insufficient to finance the Company’s anticipated growth, or its other liquidity and capital requirements during the next twelve months, the Company will seek additional financing from alternative sources including bank loans or other bank financing arrangements, other debt financing, the sale of equity securities (including those issuable pursuant to the exercise of outstanding warrants and options), or other financing arrangements. However, there can be no assurance that any such financing will be available and, if available, that it will be available on terms favorable or acceptable to the Company.
Although management has reduced debt, new financing to finance operations and to facilitate additional production is still being sought. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to raise capital, obtain debt financing, or improve operating results sufficiently to continue as a going concern.
The diversity of operations in the manufacturing segment protects it from seasonal trends except in the sales of agricultural processing where the majority of the revenue is generated while the processors await the next harvest.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the activity of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary. All intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The Company reviews its estimates, including but not limited to, recoverability of long-lived assets, recoverability of prepaid expenses and allowance for doubtful accounts, on a regular basis and makes adjustments based on historical experiences and existing and expected future conditions. These evaluations are performed and adjustments are made as information is available. Management believes that these estimates are reasonable; however, actual results could differ from these estimates.
We believe that the following critical policies affect our more significant judgments and estimates used in preparation of our consolidated financial statements.
We maintain allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. We base our estimate on an analysis of the Company’s prior collection experience, customer credit worthiness, and current economic trends. If the financial condition of our customers were to deteriorate, additional allowances may be required.
We value our inventories at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined on a standard cost basis that approximates the first-in, first-out method; market is determined based on net realizable value. We write down inventory balances for estimated obsolescence or unmarketable inventory equal to the difference between the cost of the inventory and the estimated market value based upon assumptions about future demand and market conditions. If actual market conditions are less favorable than those projected by management, additional inventory write-downs may be required.
We value our property and equipment at cost. Amortization and depreciation are calculated using the straight-line and accelerated methods of accounting over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations when incurred. Betterments and renewals are capitalized. When property and equipment are sold or otherwise disposed of, the asset account and related accumulated depreciation account are relieved, and any gain or loss is included in operations.
Fair value estimates used in preparation of the consolidated financial statements are based upon certain market assumptions and pertinent information available to management. The respective carrying value of certain on-balance-sheet financial instruments approximated their fair values. These financial instruments include cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and accrued expenses. Fair values were assumed to approximate carrying values for these financial instruments since they are short-term in nature and their carrying amounts approximate fair values or they are receivable or payable on demand. The fair value of the Company’s notes payable is estimated based upon the quoted market prices for the same or similar issues or on the current rates offered to the Company for debt of the same remaining maturities.
NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
For a description of recent accounting standards, including the expected dates of adoption and estimated effects, if any, on our financial statements, see “Note 3: Significant Accounting Polices: Recent Accounting Standards” in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K.
As a smaller reporting company we are not required to provide the information required by this item.
Consolidated Financial Statements
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 and for the Years Then Ended
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiary
I have audited the consolidated balance sheets of American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiary as of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 and the related consolidated statements of operations, consolidated changes in stockholders’ deficit, and consolidated cash flows for the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. My responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on my audit.
I conducted my audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that I plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements were free of material misstatement. The Company was not required to have, nor was I engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. My audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that were appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, I express no such opinion. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. I believe that my audits provide a reasonable basis for my opinion.
In my opinion, the consolidated financial statements, referred to above, present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiary as of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, and the results of its consolidated operations and its consolidated cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has incurred recurring losses from continuing operations, has negative working capital and has used significant cash in support of its operating activities. Additionally, as of February 29, 2012 the Company is in default of several notes payable. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Further information and management’s plans in regard to this uncertainty were also described in Note 2. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.
Peter Messineo, CPA
Palm Harbor, Florida
May 17, 2012
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity
Years Ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011
During the year ended February 29, 2012, the Company reclassified $197,873 of accrued interest to notes payable.
During the year ended February 28, 2011, the Company issued 45,773,010 shares of common stock to a related party and related company, respectively, valued at $66,142 in exchange for guarantees of a note payable. As of February 28, 2011, $65,830 of these guaranty fees has been amortized.
During the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 the Company increased notes payable by $24,264 and $24,199, respectively for an accrual of interest.
During the year ended February 28, 2011 the Company wrote off fixed assets with a cost of $140,582 and which were fully depreciated.
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.
American Commerce Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 and for the
Years Ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011
1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION
American Commerce Solutions, Inc., located and operating in West Central Florida, was incorporated in Rhode Island in 1991 under the name Jaque Dubois, Inc., and was re-incorporated in Delaware in 1994. In July 1995, Jaque Dubois, Inc. changed its name to JD American Workwear, Inc. In December 2000, the stockholders voted at the annual stockholders meeting to change the name of JD American Workwear, Inc. to American Commerce Solutions, Inc. (the “Company”).
The Company is primarily a holding company with a wholly owned subsidiary; International Machine and Welding, Inc. which is engaged in the machining and fabrication of parts used in heavy industry, and parts sales and service for heavy construction equipment.
2. GOING CONCERN
The Company has incurred substantial operating losses since inception and has used approximately $94,500 of cash in operations for the year ended February 29, 2012. Additionally, the Company is in default on several notes payable. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to reverse negative operating trends, raise additional capital, and obtain debt financing.
Management has revised its business strategy to include expansion into other lines of business through the acquisition of other companies in exchange for the Company’s stock to facilitate manufacturing contracts under negotiation. In conjunction with the anticipated new contracts, management is currently negotiating new debt and equity financing, the proceeds from which would be used to settle outstanding debts at more favorable terms, to finance operations, and to complete additional business acquisitions. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to raise capital, obtain debt financing, or improve operating results sufficiently to continue as a going concern.
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 if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.
3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
The significant accounting policies followed are:
The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the activity of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary. All intercompany transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
Cash is maintained with major financial institutions in the United States. Deposits with this bank may exceed the amount of insurance provided on such deposits. Temporary cash investments with an original maturity of three months or less are considered to be cash equivalents.
Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of accounts receivable. Accounts receivable consist of billed services or products. The Company records an allowance for doubtful accounts to allow for any amounts that may not be recoverable, which is based on an analysis of the Company’s prior collection experience, customer credit worthiness, and current economic trends. Based on management’s review of accounts receivable, an allowance for doubtful accounts of $0 is considered adequate at February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011. Receivables are determined to be past due based on payment terms of original invoices. The Company does not charge significant amounts of interest on past due receivables.
The Company accounts for its factoring of accounts receivable by selling and assigning all rights, title, and interest to certain of the Company’s accounts receivable. The Company receives 80% of all approved invoices sold to the Factoring Company, which assumes the credit risk. Based on the Factoring Company’s collections of these invoices the Company may receive additional consideration of up to 18%. The Company records the 80% as payment against the invoices sold and records 20% as an amount due from Factoring Company. Once the invoice exceeds 120 days outstanding, the remaining 20% of the receivable is recorded as expense.
Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined on a standard cost basis that approximates the first-in, first-out method; market is determined based on net realizable value. Appropriate consideration is given to obsolescence, excessive levels, deterioration, and other factors in evaluating net realizable value.
Property and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation and amortization expense are calculated using the straight-line and accelerated methods of accounting over the following estimated useful lives of the assets:
Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations when incurred. Betterments and renewals are capitalized. When property and equipment are sold or otherwise disposed of, the asset account and related accumulated depreciation account are relieved, and any gain or loss is included in operations.
Direct costs incurred with the issuance of notes payable are deferred and amortized over the life of the guaranty. For the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company incurred amortization expense of $63,917 and $67,179, respectively.
The Company records amounts billed to customers for shipping and handling costs as sales revenue. Costs incurred by the Company for shipping and handlings are included in cost of sales.
Sales are recorded when products, repairs, or parts are delivered to the customer. Provisions for discounts and rebates to customers, estimated returns, allowances, and other adjustments are provided for in the same period the related sales are recorded. No products or parts are delivered with any contingencies except for defects.
Amounts collected on behalf of governmental authorities for sales taxes and other similar taxes are reported on a net basis.
Revenue derived from the sale of products not yet completed and delivered is deferred and recognized as revenue once the product has been delivered to the customer.
Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the book value of the asset may not be recoverable. The Company periodically evaluates whether events and circumstances have occurred that indicate possible impairment. When impairment indicators exist, the Company uses market quotes, if available or an estimate of the future undiscounted net cash flows of the related asset or asset group over the remaining life in measuring whether or not the asset values are recoverable. There have been no significant impairments of long-lived assets during the year ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011.
The Company recognizes all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, as compensation expense in the financial statements based on their fair values. That expense will be recognized over the period during which an employee is required to provide services in exchange for the award, known as the requisite service period (usually the vesting period).
The Company accounts for stock based compensation awards issued to non-employees for services and financing arrangements, as prescribed by FASB ASC 505-50, Equity-Based Payments to Non-Employees, at either the fair value of the services rendered or the instruments issued in exchange for such services, whichever is more readily determinable. The fair value of common stock issued for services is based on the closing stock price on the date the common stock was issued.
In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) introduced a framework for measuring fair value and expanded required disclosure about fair value measurements of assets and liabilities. The Company adopted the standard for those financial assets and liabilities as of the beginning of the 2008 fiscal year and the impact of adoption was not significant. FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 820 “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (ASC 820) defines fair value as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. ASC 820 also establishes a fair value hierarchy that distinguishes between (1) market participant assumptions developed based on market data obtained from independent sources (observable inputs) and (2) an entity’s own assumptions about market participant assumptions developed based on the best information available in the circumstances (unobservable inputs). The fair value hierarchy consists of three broad levels, which gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described below:
Fair value estimates discussed herein are based upon certain market assumptions and pertinent information available to management as of February 29, 2012. The respective carrying value of certain on-balance-sheet financial instruments approximated their fair values due to the short-term nature of these instruments. These financial instruments include accounts receivable, other current assets, accounts payable, accrued compensation and accrued expenses. The fair value of the Company’s notes payable is estimated based on current rates that would be available for debt of similar terms which is not significantly different from its stated value.
Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective income tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized as income in the period that included the enactment date. Due to the Company’s continued losses, the Company has placed a full valuation allowance against the deferred tax asset.
The Company adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 740-10 “Uncertainty in Income Taxes” (ASC 740-10), on January 1, 2007. The Company has not recognized a liability as a result of the implementation of ASC 740-10. A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of unrecognized tax benefits has not been provided since there is no unrecognized benefit since the date of adoption. The Company has not recognized interest expense or penalties as a result of the implementation of ASC 740-10. If there were an unrecognized tax benefit, the Company would recognize interest accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits in interest expense and penalties in operating expenses.
The Company records stock as issued at the time consideration is received or the obligation is incurred.
Basic and diluted earnings per share are computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted-average number of shares of common shares outstanding during the year. Diluted earnings per share are computed by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding and dilutive options outstanding during the year. Common stock to be issued upon conversion of preferred stock, convertible debt and common stock options has not been included in dilutive earnings per share due to the Company’s losses and their anti-dilutive effect.
* Net loss for the period, options and other dilutive common stock equivalents are anti-dilutive and are excluded from computation.
Other recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB (including its EITF), the AICPA, and the SEC did not or are not believed by management to have a material impact on the Company’s present or future financial statements.
4. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE, FACTORED
During the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company factored receivables of approximately $850,900 and $1,216,000, respectively. In connection with the factoring agreement, the Company incurred fees of approximately $28,500 and $40,200 during the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, respectively. Any and all of the Company’s indebtedness and obligations to the Factoring Company is guaranteed by two stockholders and collateralized by the Company’s inventory and fixed assets.
Inventories consist of the following:
6. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Property and equipment consist of the following:
Depreciation expense for the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011 was $195,792 and $193,399, respectively.
7. NOTES PAYABLE
Notes payable consist of:
As of February 29, 2012, the notes payable listed above include notes in default totaling $424,812.
The aggregate principal maturing in subsequent years is:
At February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the above notes payable to related parties in the amount of $815,998 and $642,925, respectively, are not necessarily indicative of the terms and amounts that would have been incurred had comparable agreements been made with independent parties.
8. CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK
Holders of Series A convertible preferred stocks vote on a converted basis with the common stockholders on all matters to be brought to a vote of the stockholders. Each share of Series A convertible preferred stock can be converted into 1,289 shares of common stock. Dividends are payable in kind at the Company’s option at a rate of ten percent annually. Payments of annual dividends have been deferred by the Company’s Board of Directors on the outstanding Series A shares because of losses sustained by the Company. As of February 29, 2012, preferred dividends in arrears amounted to $118,377 or $1,161 per share.
The Series B convertible preferred stock has rights to receive cumulative six percent in kind dividends in preference to the payment of dividends on all other shares of capital stock of the Company. No dividends may be declared or paid on any other shares of stock until the full amount of the cumulative dividends on the Series B preferred stock has been paid. Each share of Series B convertible preferred stock can be converted into 1,000 shares of common stock. Cumulative dividends amounted to $2,018,904 at February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, respectively. Dividends may be paid in stock at a conversion rate of $1.00 per share. For the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, no dividends were paid with additional shares of preferred stock.
Holders of Series B preferred stock vote on a converted basis with the common stockholders on all matters to be brought to a vote of the stockholders. The Series B preferred stockholders are entitled to elect one director out of the seven authorized directors of the Company’s board.
In written document, the holder’s of the convertible preferred shares have waived conversion rights since the inception of these preferred issuances until such time that the Company’s market price of shares rise sufficiently or the Company amends the capital structure (through reverse split or increase in the authorized shares) or combination of all factors, where by a conversion of any preferred series of stock, or portion thereof, will not exceed the authorized shares of the Company.
On July 10, 2002, the Company adopted a Non-Qualified Option/Stock Appreciation Rights Plan that authorizes 7,000,000 shares of common stock for grant to key management employees or consultants. Options granted under the plan must be exercised within ten years of the date of grant. The exercise price of options shall not be less than par value and shall be determined by the Stock Option Plan Committee and the Board of Directors. As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company has 57,400 options available for future issuance under this plan.
During the year ended February 29, 2004, the Company adopted an employee stock incentive plan (the “Plan”) that authorizes up to 20,000,000 shares of common stock for grants of both incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options to designated officers, employees, and certain non-employees. Effective July 2003, October 2003 and August 2004, the Company amended this plan to include an additional 20,000,000, 25,000,000 and 20,000,000 shares of common stock, respectively. Effective December 2004, the Company amended the plan to reduce the number of shares of common stock by 7,000,000 shares. Options granted under the Plan must be exercised within 10 years of the date of grant. The exercise price of options granted may not be less than 85 percent of the fair market value of the stock. As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company has issued all of the options available under this plan.
During the year ended February 29, 2004, the Company also adopted a non-employee directors’ and consultants’ retainer stock plan. This plan authorizes up to 5,000,000 shares of common stock to be issued in the amount of compensation for services to directors and consultants at the deemed issuance price of not less than 85 percent of the fair market value of the stock. Effective July 2003, October 2003 and December 2004, the Company amended this plan to include an additional 1,000,000, 15,000,000 and 7,000,000 shares of common stock, respectively. As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, the Company has issued all of the options available under this plan.
A summary of the Company’s stock option activity is as follows:
The following table summarizes information about options outstanding and exercisable as of February 29, 2012:
10. INCOME TAXES
The Company has incurred significant operating losses since its inception and, therefore, no tax liabilities have been incurred for the periods presented. As of February 29, 2012, the amount of unused tax losses available to carry forward and apply against taxable income in future years totaled approximately $35,400,000. The loss carry forwards began expiring in 2008. Due to the Company’s continued losses, management has established a valuation allowance equal to the amount of deferred tax asset because it is more likely than not that the Company will not realize this benefit.
Temporary differences giving rise to the deferred tax assets, are as follows:
The valuation allowance increased by $55,100 during the year ended February 29, 2012. Differences between the federal benefits computed at a statutory rate and the Company’s effective tax rate and provision are as follows for the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011.
The Internal Revenue Code contains provisions that may limit the net operating loss carry forwards available for use in any given year if significant changes in ownership interest of the Company occur.
11. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
During the years ended February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, two executives who are stockholders of the Company deferred $232,400 and $232,400, respectively, of compensation earned during the year. The balance due to stockholders at February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, totaled $2,004,710 and $1,772,310, respectively. The amounts are unsecured, non-interest bearing, and have no specific repayment terms; however, the Company does not expect to repay these amounts within the next year.
During the year ended February 28, 2011, the Company issued 45,773,010 shares of common stock to a related party and related company, respectively, valued at $66,142 in exchange for guarantees of a note payable. As of February 29, 2012 and February 28, 2011, $0 and $65,380 of these guarantee fees have been amortized.
The above amounts are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that would have been incurred had comparable transactions been entered into with independent parties.
12. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS.
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, we carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act. Management conducted its evaluation based on the framework in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee on Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, at February 29, 2012, such disclosure controls and procedures were not effective.
Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
The Company’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rue 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act). Internal control over financial reporting is a process, including policies and procedures, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Our management assessed our internal control over financial reporting based on the Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the COSO. Based on the results of this assessment, our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of February 29, 2012 based on such criteria.
A control system, no matter how well conceived or operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute assurance that the objectives of the control system are met under all potential conditions, regardless of how remote, and may not prevent or detect all errors and all fraud. Because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been prevented or detected. Our internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls
Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of our disclosure control system are met. Because of inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues, if any, within a company have been detected. Based on their evaluation as of the end of the period covered by this report, management concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were sufficiently effective to provide reasonable assurance that the objectives of our disclosure control system were met.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the year ended February 29, 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
Auditor’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
This Annual Report does not include an attestation report of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by the Company’s registered public accounting firm pursuant to temporary rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission that permit the Company to provide only management’s report in this Annual Report.
The following table sets forth information about each person who serves as an executive officer or director of the Company:
Directors of the Company hold office until the earlier of the next annual meeting of the stockholders and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified, or their death, resignation, or removal. Our officers are elected annually by the board of directors to hold office until the next annual meeting of our board and their successors have been duly elected and qualified. There are no family relationships between any of our officers and directors. Set forth below is a description of the business experience during the past five years or more and biographical information for directors and executive officers identified above:
Mr. Maxwell has been a director and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since June 2000. Mr. Maxwell serves as a consultant to International Machine and Welding, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. He was the owner/operator of Florida Machine and Welding, Inc., located in Bartow, Florida, for 24 years until the sale of its assets in June 2000. Mr. Maxwell has served on various bank and charitable boards of directors.
Mr. Puissegur joined the Company in June 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and Director. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1982 with his certificate from the State of Florida and created a sole practitioner officethe same year. The practice grew and has evolved into its current form as the partnership of Puissegur, Finch, & Slivinski, P.A., a full service accounting firm. He is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the National and Polk County Estate Planning Councils. The American Institute of Tax Studies has awarded Mr. Puissegur the designation of “Certified Tax Professional.” He also holds the designation from the State of Florida as a Certified Family Mediator.
Mr. Hefner has been President of the Company since September 2002 and Chief Executive Officer since March 2002. He previously served as Executive Vice President from June 2000 to June 2001 and as interim President from June 2001 through February 2002. Mr. Hefner has been a director of the Company since June 2000. Mr. Hefner formerly served as President of International Machine and Welding, Inc. He formerly served as President, and is now serving as Vice President of International Commerce and Finance, Inc. an investment/consulting company for manufacturing and technology companies, and he has held this position since August 1999. Mr. Hefner has been active for the past eighteen years as an independent consultant to individuals or business seeking to begin operations or to create turnarounds of existing business. During the same period, Mr. Hefner also operated his own independent real estate brokerage operation where he continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. From March to October 1999, Mr. Hefner was Chief Operating Officer for Chronicle Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: CRNC), a Tampa based printer.
The Audit Committee consists of Frank Puissegur and Robert Maxwell. The Audit Committee selects the independent auditors; reviews the results and scope of the audit and other services provided by the Company’s independent auditor. The Audit Committee also reviews and evaluates the Company’s internal control functions. The board of directors has determined that the audit committee does not have an independent “financial expert”; as such term is defined under federal securities law.
CODE OF ETHICS
We have adopted a code of ethics meeting the requirements of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. We believe our code of ethics is reasonably designed to deter wrong doing and promote honest and ethical conduct; provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in public reports; comply with applicable laws; ensure prompt internal reporting of violations; and provide accountability for adherence to the provisions of the code of ethic.
The following summary compensation table sets forth cash and non-cash compensation awarded, paid or accrued, for the past three fiscal years of the Company’s Chief Executive Officers, and all other, if any, whose total annual compensation exceeded $100,000 for the past three fiscal years (collectively, the “ Named Executive Officers”).
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
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