NATURE OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
|6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2022
|Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]
|NATURE OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
1. NATURE OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Nature of Business
Amergent Hospitality Group Inc. (“Amergent”) was incorporated on February 18, 2020 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (“Chanticleer”) for the purpose of conducting the business of Chanticleer and its subsidiaries after completion of the spin-off of Amergent to the shareholders of Chanticleer (Spin-Off”). The Spin-Off transaction was completed on April 1, 2020 in connection with Chanticleer’s completion of its merger transaction (the “Merger”) with Sonnet BioTherapeutics, Inc. (“Sonnet”). Amergent is in the business of owning, operating and franchising fast casual dining concepts.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Amergent and its subsidiaries (collectively “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company”). All intercompany and inter-entity balances have been eliminated in consolidation.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles of the United States (“U.S. GAAP”). Any reference in these notes to applicable guidance is meant to refer to U.S. GAAP as found in the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) and Accounting Standards Updates (“ASU”) promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”).
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Significant estimates include the valuation of options, warrants and convertible notes payable using Black-Scholes and Monte Carlo models, and analysis of the recoverability of goodwill and long-lived assets. Actual results could differ from those estimates, particularly given the significant social and economic disruptions and uncertainties associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 control responses.
Certain prior year amounts have been updated to conform to the current period presentation. The Company has opted to present the financial information on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and condensed consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive loss, convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit and cash flows in thousands.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements included in this Report have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim reporting and include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation. These condensed consolidated financial statements have not been audited. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2021 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2021 and for the year then ended included in Amergent’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 15, 2022. The results of operations for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2022 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for the full year ending December 31, 2022.
Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations for interim reporting. The Company believes that the disclosures contained herein are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. However, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Amergent’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (“2021 Form 10-K”) previously filed with the SEC.
There have been no changes to our significant accounting policies described in our 2021 Form 10-K that would have had a significant impact on these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes.
Liquidity, Capital Resources and Going Concern
As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s cash balance was $1.0 million, its working capital deficiency was $12.3 million and it had significant near-term commitments and contractual obligations. The level of additional cash needed to fund operations and our ability to conduct business for the next 12 months will be influenced primarily by the following factors:
We have typically funded our operating costs, acquisition activities, working capital requirements and capital expenditures with proceeds from the issuances of our common stock and other financing arrangements, including convertible debt, lines of credit, notes payable, capital leases, government stimulus funds and other forms of external financing.
The Company expects to have to seek additional debt or equity funding to support operations and there can be no assurances that such funding would be available at commercially reasonable terms, if at all.
As Amergent executes its business plan over the next 12 months, it intends to carefully monitor its working capital needs and cash balances relative to the availability of cost-effective debt and equity financing. In the event that capital is not available, Amergent may then have to scale back or freeze its growth plans, sell assets on less than favorable terms, reduce expenses, and/or curtail future acquisition plans to manage its liquidity and capital resources.
In early March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was declared to be a National Public Health Emergency. The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely impact the economies in which we operate. As a result of rising case rates toward the end of 2020 and certain jurisdictions implementing restrictions that reduced dining room capacity or mandated the closure of dining rooms, the Company began fiscal 2021 with significant limitations on its operations which, throughout the fiscal year, varied widely from time to time, state to state and city to city, however, nonetheless negatively impacted sales. Once COVID-19 vaccines were approved and moved into wider distribution in the United States in early to mid-2021, public health conditions improved and almost all of the COVID-19 restrictions on businesses eased.
While cases continue to decline and staffing continues to improve, overall consumer and business activity remains muted in certain markets as consumer behaviors have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some businesses have yet to bring employees back into their offices. The Company’s restaurant operations have been, and could again in the future, be disrupted by team member staffing issues because of illness, exclusion, fear of contracting COVID-19 or caring for family members due to COVID-19, legal requirements for employee vaccinations or COVID testing, lack of labor supply, competitive labor pressures, or for other reasons. Furthermore, inflation has been and is elevated across the Company’s business, including food costs, due in part to the supply chain impacts of the pandemic. The Company remains in regular contact with its major suppliers and while, to date, it has not experienced significant disruptions in its supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company could see significant future disruptions should the impacts of the pandemic continue. Currently, national, state and local jurisdictions have removed their capacity restrictions on businesses and, therefore, the Company’s restaurants are serving customers in its dining rooms without social distancing requirements. However, it is possible additional outbreaks could lead to restrictive measures that could impact the Company’s guest demand and dining room capacity.
For further information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, see the discussion included in our 2021 Form 10-K.
The Company’s current operating losses, combined with its working capital deficit, raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.