NOTE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS & SUMMARY OF ACCTING POLICIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Notes to Financial Statements|
|NOTE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS & SUMMARY OF ACCTING POLICIES||
NOTE 1 - DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Description of Business
We currently operate in two separate segments with one segment being a 3D entertainment portal which leverages its proprietary licensed technology to offer visitors a network of virtual, multi-user environments which we call "worlds" and the second segment being a management company in the medical cannabis industry.
We were formed on January 25, 2011 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Worlds Inc. (formerly known as Worlds.com Inc.). Effective May 16, 2011 Worlds Inc. transferred to us the majority of its operations and related operational assets, except for its patent portfolio. Worlds Inc. has also given us a perpetual world-wide license to its patented technology. Pursuant to the license and we have the right to issue unlimited sublicenses to the licensed technology, subject to Worlds Inc.’s reasonable consent.
The assets transferred to us include: Worlds Inc.’s technology platform, Worlds Chat, Aerosmith World, DMC Worlds, Cinema Virtual, Pearson contracts and related revenue, the following URLs: Worlds.com, Cybersexworld.com, Hang.com, and Worldsfunds.com, a digital inventory of over 10,000 3D objects, animation sequences, an extensive avatar library, texture maps and virtual world architectures.
The transfer of assets occurred in the context of the spin-off by Worlds Inc. of its online and operational technologies businesses to us. The spin-off was effectuated by Worlds Inc. declaring a dividend of its shares of its then wholly-owned subsidiary, Worlds Online, Inc. with each share of Worlds Inc. to receive 1/3 of a share of Worlds Online with all fractional shares rounded up. Worlds Inc. did not want a trading market to develop for its shares until the SEC completed its review of its registration statement on Form 10. Accordingly, the actual distribution of the dividend did not occur until the payment date of March 12, 2012. Our stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board. Approximately 23,859,248 shares were issued as part of the dividend distribution and immediately following the distribution Worlds Inc. continued to own approximately 19.6% of our outstanding shares. Worlds Inc. intends to dispose of its stock in an orderly fashion into the open market or in private sales, in either case in ways designed not to impact the market, but in any event within five years of the dividend payment debt. While it holds any of our shares it will vote them in proportion to the votes by other stockholders.
On May 19, 2014, Worlds Online Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) between MariMed Advisors Inc. (“MariMed”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, Sigal Consulting LLC (“Sigal”), a Massachusetts limited liability company, and the Members of Sigal (“Sellers”). The transaction closed on September 29, 2014. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Company, through MariMed, acquired all of the assets of Sigal and the Sellers received the aggregate amount of (i) the Company’s common stock (WORX) equal to 50% of the Company’s outstanding common stock on the Closing Date; (ii) three million options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock which are exercisable over five years with various exercise prices ranging from $0.15 to $0.35 and (iii) 49% of MariMed’s outstanding common stock. As a result, the Company’s ownership of MariMed was reduced from 100% to 51%.
The transaction was accounted for as a purchase acquisition/merger wherein the Company is both accounting acquirer and legal acquirer. Accordingly, the company recorded the assets purchased and liabilities assumed as part of the merger and the portion that the fair value of the common stock issued and options granted for acquisition over the book value of Sigal was recorded as goodwill, which was subsequently impaired in full.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("US GAAP"), which contemplates continuation of the Company as a going concern. The Company will require substantial additional funds for development and marketing of its products. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to obtain the substantial additional capital resources necessary to pursue its business plan or that any assumptions relating to its business plan will prove to be accurate. We were not able to generate sufficient revenue or obtain sufficient financing which had a material adverse effect on our ability to grow our business. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from these estimates.
Trading securities are common stock in publicly traded companies, one that was received as compensation for performing consulting services. The other was purchased as an investment. The carrying value of the investments is the market price of the shares at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015. Any unrealized gain or loss are recorded under other income/(expense) in the accompanying statements of operations.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents are comprised of highly liquid money market instruments, which have original maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase.
The Company has the following source of revenue: VIP subscriptions to our Worlds Ultimate 3-D Chat service and consulting and other revenues from MariMed. The Company recognizes revenue when all of the following criteria are met: evidence of an arrangement exists such as a signed contract, delivery has occurred, the price is fixed or determinable, and collectability is reasonable assured. This will usually be in the form of a receipt of a customer’s acceptance indicating the product has been completed to their satisfaction except for development work and service revenue which is recognized when the services have been performed. Deferred revenue represents cash payments received in advance to be recorded as revenue when earned. The corresponding cost associated with those contracts is also deferred as deferred costs until the revenue is ultimately recognized.
Research and Development Costs
Research and development costs will be charged to operations as incurred.
Intangible Asset - Websites
The Company purchased several medical marijuana related websites in 2014. The websites cost were being amortized using the straight line method over a period of five years. It was determined that the websites were not generating a deal flow for us and was not generating any expected future economic benefit so the balance was written off at the end of 2015.
Property and Equipment
Property and equipment will be stated at cost. Depreciation will be provided on a straight line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets ranging from three to five years. When assets are retired or disposed of, the cost and accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts, and any resulting gains or losses are included in income. Maintenance and repairs will be charged to expense in the period incurred.
Impairment of Long Lived Assets
The Company evaluates the recoverability of its fixed assets and other assets in accordance with section 360-10-15 of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) for disclosures about Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets. Disclosure requires recognition of impairment of long-lived assets in the event the net book value of such assets exceeds its expected cash flows. If so, it is considered to be impaired and is written down to fair value, which is determined based on either discounted future cash flows or appraised values.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments
The Company follows paragraph 825-10-50-10 of the FASB ASC for disclosures about fair value of its financial instruments and paragraph 820-10-35-37 of the FASB ASC (“Paragraph 820-10-35-37”) to measure the fair value of its financial instruments. Paragraph 820-10-35-37 establishes a framework for measuring fair value in US GAAP, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. To increase consistency and comparability in fair value measurements and related disclosures, Paragraph 820-10-35-37 establishes a fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs. The three levels of fair value hierarchy defined by Paragraph 820-10-35-37 are described below:
The carrying amounts of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities, such as cash and accounts payable approximate their fair values because of the short maturity of these instruments.
Accounts Payable Related Party
Accounts payable related party is comprised of cash payments made by Worlds Inc. on our behalf for shared operating expenses.
Deferred revenue represents advance payments for the license, the design and development of the software, content and related technology for the creation of an interactive, 3D entertainment portal on the internet.
Extinguishment of liabilities
The Company accounts for extinguishment of liabilities in accordance with the guidance set forth in section 405-20 of the FASB ASC 405-20. Extinguishments of Liabilities When the conditions are met for the extinguishment accounting, the liabilities are derecognized and the gain or loss on the extinguishment is recognized.
The Company accounts for stock-based compensation using the fair value method following the guidance set forth in section 718-10 of the FASB ASC for disclosure about Stock-Based Compensation. This section requires a public entity to measure the cost of employee services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments based on the grant-date fair value of the award (with limited exceptions). That cost will be recognized over the period during which an employee is required to provide service in exchange for the award- the requisite service period (usually the vesting period). No compensation cost is recognized for equity instruments for which employees do not render the requisite service.
Real estate tax escrow
Real estate tax escrow consists of funds held for the purpose of real estate taxes owed. These funds will be released as required to satisfy tax payments as due.
Rental properties are carried at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Betterments, major renovations and certain costs directly related to the improvement of rental properties are capitalized. Maintenance and repair expenses are charged to expense as incurred. Depreciation is recognized on a straight-line basis over estimated useful lives of the assets, which range from 7 to 39 years. Tenant improvements are amortized on a straight-line basis over the lives of the related leases, which approximate the useful lives of the assets.
Upon the acquisition of real estate, the Company assesses the fair value of acquired assets (including land, buildings and improvements, identified intangibles, such as acquired above-market leases and acquired in-place leases) and acquired liabilities (such as acquired below-market leases) and allocate the purchase price based on these assessments. The Company assesses fair value based on estimated cash flow projections that utilize appropriate discount and capitalization rates and available market information. Estimates of future cash flows are based on a number of factors including historical operating results, known trends, and market/economic conditions.
The Company’s rental properties are individually reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. An impairment exists when the carrying amount of an asset exceeds the aggregate projected future cash flows over the anticipated holding period on an undiscounted basis. An impairment loss is measured based on the excess of the property’s carrying amount over its estimated fair value. Impairment analyses are based on our current plans, intended holding periods and available market information at the time the analyses are prepared. If the Company’s estimates of the projected future cash flows, anticipated holding periods, or market conditions change, the Company’s evaluation of impairment losses may be different and such differences could be material to its consolidated financial statements.
The evaluation of anticipated cash flows is subjective and is based, in part, on assumptions regarding future occupancy, rental rates and capital requirements that could differ materially from actual results. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company did not record any impairment losses.
The Company has capitalized land, which is not subject to depreciation.
The Company accounts for income taxes under Section 740-10-30 of the FASB ASC (“ASC 740”). Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based upon differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of assets and liabilities and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the differences are expected to reverse. Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance to the extent management concludes it is more likely than not that the assets will not be realized. 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 in the consolidated statements of operations in the period that includes the enactment date.
ASC 740 prescribes a comprehensive model for how companies should recognize, measure, present, and disclose in their financial statements uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken on a tax return. Under ASC 740, tax positions must initially be recognized in the financial statements when it is more likely than not the position will be sustained upon examination by the tax authorities. Such tax positions must initially and subsequently be measured as the largest amount of tax benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority assuming full knowledge of the position and relevant facts.
Related Party Transactions
The Company follows subtopic 850-10 of the FASB ASC for the identification of related parties and disclosure of related party transactions.
Pursuant to Section 850-10-20 the Related parties include a. affiliates of the Company; b. Entities for which investments in their equity securities would be required, absent the election of the fair value option under the Fair Value Option Subsection of Section 825–10–15, to be accounted for by the equity method by the investing entity; c. trusts for the benefit of employees, such as pension and profit-sharing trusts that are managed by or under the trusteeship of management; d. principal owners of the Company; e. management of the Company; f. other parties with which the Company may deal if one party controls or can significantly influence the management or operating policies of the other to an extent that one of the transacting parties might be prevented from fully pursuing its own separate interests; and g. Other parties that can significantly influence the management or operating policies of the transacting parties or that have an ownership interest in one of the transacting parties and can significantly influence the other to an extent that one or more of the transacting parties might be prevented from fully pursuing its own separate interests.
The financial statements shall include disclosures of material related party transactions, other than compensation arrangements, expense allowances, and other similar items in the ordinary course of business. However, disclosure of transactions that are eliminated in the preparation of financial statements is not required in those statements. The disclosures shall include: a. the nature of the relationship(s) involved; b. a description of the transactions, including transactions to which no amounts or nominal amounts were ascribed, for each of the periods for which income statements are presented, and such other information deemed necessary to an understanding of the effects of the transactions on the financial statements; c. the dollar amounts of transactions for each of the periods for which income statements are presented and the effects of any change in the method of establishing the terms from that used in the preceding period; and d. amounts due from or to related parties as of the date of each balance sheet presented and, if not otherwise apparent, the terms and manner of settlement.
Comprehensive Income (Loss)
The Company reports comprehensive income and its components following guidance set forth by section 220-10 of the FASB ASC which establishes standards for the reporting and display of comprehensive income and its components in the consolidated financial statements. There were no items of comprehensive income (loss) applicable to the Company during the period covered in the financial statements.
Loss Per Share
Net loss per common share is computed pursuant to section 260-10-45 of the FASB ASC. Basic net loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted net loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of shares of common stock and potentially outstanding shares of common stock during each period. As of December 31, 2016, there were 9,250,000 options and 1,185,000 warrants whose effect is anti-dilutive and not included in diluted net loss per share at December 31, 2016. The options and warrants may dilute future earnings per share.
Commitments and Contingencies
The Company follows subtopic 450-20 of the FASB ASC to report accounting for contingencies. Certain conditions may exist as of the date the financial statements are issued, which may result in a loss to the Company but which will only be resolved when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. The Company assesses such contingent liabilities, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise of judgment. In assessing loss contingencies related to legal proceedings that are pending against the Company or unasserted claims that may result in such proceedings, the Company evaluates the perceived merits of any legal proceedings or unasserted claims as well as the perceived merits of the amount of relief sought or expected to be sought therein.
If the assessment of a contingency indicates that it is probable that a material loss has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be estimated, then the estimated liability would be accrued in the Company’s financial statements. If the assessment indicates that a potentially material loss contingency is not probable but is reasonably possible, or is probable but cannot be estimated, then the nature of the contingent liability, and an estimate of the range of possible losses, if determinable and material, would be disclosed.
Loss contingencies considered remote are generally not disclosed unless they involve guarantees, in which case the guarantees would be disclosed. Management does not believe, based upon information available at this time that these matters will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows. However, there is no assurance that such matters will not materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, financial position, and results of operations or cash flows.
Risk and Uncertainties
The Company is subject to risks common to companies in the technology industries, including, but not limited to, litigation, development of new technological innovations and dependence on key personnel. The Company is also subject to risks arising from its medical marijuana related business inasmuch as marijuana is still a federally prohibited substance.
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
The Company does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements.
Uncertain Tax Positions
The Company did not take any uncertain tax positions and had no adjustments to unrecognized income tax liabilities or benefits pursuant to the provisions of Section 740-10-25 for the years ended December 31, 2016 or 2015.
On September 29, 2014 our wholly-owned subsidiary, MariMed Advisors Inc. ("MariMed"), acquired all of the outstanding assets of Sigal Consulting LLC ("Sigal") from its members, The purchase price consisted of 31,954,236 shares of the Company's common stock, 3 million five-year options to purchase additional shares of our common stock at prices ranging from $0.15 - $0.35 per share and which vest over two years and 49% of MariMed's outstanding equity. The fair value of the common stock issued was $5,911,534 determined by the fair value of the Company’s Common Stock on the closing date, at a price of approximately $0.185 per share. The fair value of the stock options was $569,682 measured using the Black-Scholes valuation model on the grant date, assuming approximately 1.56% risk-free interest, 0% dividend yield, 311% volatility, and expected life of five years. The fair value of common stock issued and options granted for acquisition over the book value of Sigal is recorded as goodwill, which was subsequently impaired in full. Two of the owners of Sigal, Robert Fireman and Jon Levine are directors of the Company.
The Company evaluated for subsequent events through the issuance date of the Company’s financial statements. The Company raised $1,600,000 in March by issuing 7,978,888 shares of common stock to accredited investors at a price per share between $0.18 per share and $0.25 per share.
The Company also voted to approve authorizing up to 500 million shares of common stock and 50 million shares of preferred stock.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers.” This amendment outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes most current revenue recognition guidance, including industry-specific guidance. The core principle of the revenue model is that “an entity recognizes revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services.” The new guidance applies to all contracts with customers except those that are within the scope of other topics in GAAP. This amendment is effective for annual reporting periods, including interim reporting periods within those periods, beginning after December 15, 2016, and is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Company has reviewed all recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting pronouncements up to ASU 2015-16, and does not believe the future adoption of any such pronouncements may be expected to cause a material impact on its financial condition or the results of its operations.
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