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Nature of Operations (Policies)

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Nature of Operations (Policies)
6 Months Ended
Jul. 30, 2022
Nature of Operations [Abstract]  
Nature of Operations
Kaspien Holdings Inc., which, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, is referred to herein as “Kaspien”, “the Company”, “we”, “us” and “our”, was incorporated in New York in 1972. We own 100% of the outstanding common stock of Kaspien Inc, through which our principal operations are conducted. Kaspien provides a platform of software and services to empower brands to grow their online distribution channels on digital marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, eBay, among others. The Company helps brands achieve their online retail goals through its innovative and proprietary technology, tailored strategies, and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Kaspien provides a platform of software and services to empower brands to grow their online distribution channels on digital marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, among others. The Company helps brands achieve their online retail goals through its innovative and proprietary technology, tailored strategies and mutually beneficial partnerships.
 
We are guided by 5 core principles:
We are partner obsessed. Our customers are our partners. Every decision is focused on building mutually beneficial relationships that deliver results.
We are insights driven. We make data actionable. Our curiosity drives us to discover opportunities early and often.
We create simplicity. We challenge the status quo. We take the complicated and simplify it.
We take ownership. We make things happen. We hold ourselves accountable and have a bias for action.
We empower each other. We welcome and learn from diverse experiences. Our empathy ignites innovation and empowers meaningful change.
Liquidity and Cash Flows
Liquidity and Cash Flows:

The Company’s primary sources of liquidity are its borrowing capacity under its Credit Facility, available cash and cash equivalents, and to a lesser extent, cash generated from operations. Our cash requirements relate primarily to working capital needed to operate Kaspien, including funding operating expenses, the purchase of inventory and capital expenditures.
 
The Company incurred a net loss of $8.8 million and $1.3 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021, respectively.  The increase in the net loss was primarily attributable to a decrease in sales and gross margin. In addition, the Company has an accumulated deficit of $129.7 million as of July 30, 2022 and net cash used in operating activities for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2022 was $5.9 million. Net cash used in operating activities for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2021 was $4.9 million.

As disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed April 29, 2022, the Company experienced negative cash flows from operations during fiscal 2021 and 2020 and we expect to incur net losses in fiscal 2022.

Our ability to achieve profitability and meet future liquidity needs and capital requirements will depend upon numerous factors, including the timing and amount of our revenue; the timing and amount of our operating expenses; the timing and costs of working capital needs; successful implementation of our strategy and planned activities; and our ability to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in further implementing our business strategy or that the strategy, including the completed initiatives, will be successful in sustaining acceptable levels of sales growth and profitability. The condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2022 were prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information furnished in these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements reflects all normal, recurring adjustments which, in the opinion of management, are necessary for the fair presentation of such financial statements. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure 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 those estimates. The ability of the Company to meet its liabilities and to continue as a going concern is dependent on improved profitability, the strategic initiatives for Kaspien and the availability of future funding. Based on recurring losses from operations, negative cash flows from operations, the expectation of continuing operating losses for the foreseeable future, and uncertainty with respect to any available future funding, the Company has concluded that there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

As of July 30, 2022, we had cash and cash equivalents of $1.3 million, net working capital of $20.4 million, and $3.9 in borrowings on our revolving credit facility, as further discussed below.

As of January 29, 2022, the Company had borrowings of $10.0 million under the Credit Facility. As of July 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021, the Company had no outstanding letters of credit. The Company had $7.7 million and $10.9 million available for borrowing under the Credit Facility as of July 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021, respectively.

On March 18, 2021, the Company closed an underwritten offering of 416,600 shares of common stock of the Company, at a price to the public of $32.50 per share. The gross proceeds of the offering were approximately $13.5 million, prior to deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. The Company used the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital to implement its strategic plans, investments in technology to enhance its scalable platform and its core retail business.
Credit Facility
Credit Facility
On February 20, 2020, Kaspien Inc. entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (as subsequently amended, the “Loan Agreement”) with Eclipse Business Capital LLC (f/k/a Encina Business Credit, LLC) (“Eclipse”), as administrative agent, under which the lenders party thereto committed to provide up to $25 million in loans under a four-year, secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”). Concurrent with the FYE Transaction, the Company borrowed $3.3 million under the Credit Facility in order to satisfy the remaining obligations of the Company under the previous credit facility.

On March 30, 2020, the Company and Kaspien Inc. (the “Loan Parties”) entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Loan Agreement (the “Amendment”). Pursuant to the Amendment, among other things, (i) the Company was added as “Parent” under the Amended Loan Agreement, (ii) the Company granted a first priority security interest in substantially all of the assets of the Company, including inventory, accounts receivable, cash and cash equivalents and certain other collateral, and (iii) the Loan Agreement was amended to (a) permit the incurrence of certain subordinated indebtedness under the Subordinated Loan Agreement (as defined below) and (b) limit the Company’s ability to incur additional indebtedness, create liens, make investments, make restricted payments or specified payments and merge or acquire assets.


On April 7, 2021, the Loan Parties entered into Amendment No. 2 to the Loan Agreement (the “Second Amendment”. Pursuant to the Second Amendment, the In-Transit Inventory Sublimit (as defined in the Loan Agreement) was increased from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000.

On September 17, 2021, the Loan Parties entered into Amendment No. 3 to the Loan Agreement (the “Third Amendment”). Pursuant to the Third Amendment, among other things, (i) the maturity of the credit facility has been extended to February 20, 2024, and the early termination fees have been accordingly reset; (ii) the LIBOR floor has been reduced to 1.00%; (iii) up to $4,000,000 of acquisitions are now allowed without Eclipse’s consent, subject to satisfaction of various conditions, including the Company having a trailing twelve month fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.20x and Excess Availability greater than the greater of (x) 20% of the average Borrowing Base for each 30 day period immediately prior to, and pro forma for, the purchase and (y) $1,500,000.


On March 2, 2022, the Loan Parties entered into Amendment No. 4 to the Loan Agreement (the “Fourth Amendment”). Pursuant to the Fourth Amendment, among other things, the Credit Facility was amended to permit the incurrence of the Additional Subordinated Loan (as defined below) under the Subordinated Loan Agreement (as defined below).

As of July 30, 2022, the Company had borrowings of $3.9 under the Credit Facility. The Company had no borrowing as of July 31, 2021.

Subordinated Debt Agreement
On March 30, 2020, the Loan Parties entered into a Subordinated Loan and Security Agreement (the “Subordinated Loan Agreement”) with the lenders party thereto from time to time (the “Lenders”) and TWEC Loan Collateral Agent, LLC (the “Collateral Agent”), as collateral agent for the Lenders, pursuant to which the Lenders made a $5.2 million secured term loan (the “Subordinated Loan”) to Kaspien with a scheduled maturity date of May 22, 2023. As of July 30, 2022, unamortized debt issuance costs of $0.1 million are included in “Long Term Debt” on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet.

Directors Jonathan Marcus, Thomas Simpson, and Michael Reickert are the chief executive officer of Alimco Re Ltd. (“Alimco”), the managing member of Kick-Start III, LLC and Kick-Start IV, LLC (“Kick-Start”), and a trustee of the Robert J. Higgins TWMC Trust (the “Trust”), an affiliate of RJHDC, LLC (“RJHDC” and together with Alimco and Kick-Start, “Related Party Entities”), respectively.  The Related Party Entities are parties to the Subordinated Loan Agreement.


Amendment No. 2 to Subordinated Loan and Security Agreement



On March 2, 2022, the Loan Parties entered into that certain Amendment No. 2 to Subordinated Loan and Security Agreement (“Amendment No. 2”) with the “Lenders and the Collateral Agent. Pursuant to Amendment No. 2, among other things, Alimco Re Ltd. (the “Tranche B Lender”) made an additional $5,000,000 secured term loan (the “Additional Subordinated Loan”) with a scheduled maturity date of March 31, 2024, which is the same maturity date as the existing loans under the Subordinated Loan Agreement.


Interest on the Additional Subordinated Loan accrues, subject to certain terms and conditions under the Subordinated Loan Agreement, at the rate of fifteen percent (15.0%) per annum, compounded on the last day of each calendar quarter by becoming a part of the principal amount of the Additional Subordinated Loan.



The Additional Subordinated Loan is also secured by a second priority security interest in substantially all of the assets of the Loan Parties, including inventory, accounts receivable, cash and cash equivalents and certain other collateral of the borrowers and guarantors under the Subordinated Loan Agreement. The Company will provide a limited guarantee of Kaspien’s obligations under the Additional Subordinated Loan.



Among other things, the Subordinated Loan Agreement limits the Loan Parties’ ability to incur additional indebtedness, create liens, make investments, make restricted payments or specified payments and merge or acquire assets.



The Subordinated Loan Agreement contains customary events of default, including, but not limited to, payment defaults, breaches of representations and warranties, covenant defaults, cross-defaults to other obligations, customary ERISA defaults, certain events of bankruptcy and insolvency, judgment defaults, the invalidity of liens on collateral, change in control, cessation of business or the liquidation of material assets of the borrowers and guarantors thereunder taken as a whole and the occurrence of an uninsured loss to a material portion of collateral.



The Loan Parties paid certain customary fees and expenses in connection with the Additional Subordinated Loan and Amendment No. 2.
Paycheck Protection Program
Paycheck Protection Program
On April 17, 2020, Kaspien received loan proceeds of $2.0 million (the “PPP Loan”) pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). On June 14, 2022, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) approved the Company’s application for forgiveness of the PPP Loan. The amount of the forgiveness was $1.9 million in principal and interest, which was the amount requested in the forgiveness application and was less than the original principal balance due of $2.0 million. Following the grant of forgiveness, an outstanding balance of $76,452 was paid during fiscal 2021.

In addition to the aforementioned current sources of existing working capital, the Company may explore certain other strategic alternatives that may become available to the Company, as well continuing our efforts to generate additional sales and increase margins. However, at this time the Company has no commitments to obtain any additional funds, and there can be no assurance such funds will be available on acceptable terms or at all, should we require such additional funds. If the Company is unable to improve its operations, it may be required to obtain additional funding, and the Company’s financial condition and results of operations may be materially adversely affected.

Furthermore, broad market and industry factors may seriously harm the market price of our common stock, regardless of our operating performance, and may adversely impact our ability to raise additional funds, should we require such additional funds.
Impact of COVID-19
Impact of COVID-19

To date, as a direct result of COVID-19, most of our employees are working remotely. The full extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will directly or indirectly impact our business, results of operations and financial condition, including expenses, reserves and allowances, and employee-related amounts, will depend on future developments that are highly uncertain, including as a result of new information that may emerge concerning COVID-19, including the actions taken to contain or treat it, as well as the economic impact on local, regional, national and international customers and markets, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at this time.

Our leadership team believes we have the necessary controls in place to mitigate these impacts and allow the team to continue to operate effectively remotely as long as required by State guidelines.

While e-commerce has largely benefited from the closure of brick-and-mortar locations as consumer spending has been pushed online to marketplaces such as Amazon and Walmart, neither the industry nor our organization has been immune to the impact to our supply chains.

The Company has experienced increased inventory stock outs due to freight demands, lack of shipping containers and general international freight congestion due to the continued increased demand for goods being sold on ecommerce marketplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to consumer demand as price increases related to raw materials, the importing of goods, including tariffs, and the cost of delivering goods to consumers has led to inflation across the United States.

It is not possible to determine the duration and scope of the pandemic, the scale and rate of economic recovery from the pandemic, any ongoing effects on consumer demand and spending patterns, or other impacts of the pandemic, and whether these or other currently unanticipated consequences of the pandemic are reasonably likely to materially affect our results of operations. The Company is actively monitoring the situation and potential impacts on its financial condition, liquidity, operations and workforce but the full extent of the impact is still highly uncertain.