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Nature of Operations

Nature of Operations
6 Months Ended
Jul. 31, 2021
Nature of Operations [Abstract]  
Nature of Operations
Note 1. 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.

Our mission is to optimize and grow brands on today’s leading online marketplaces. To deliver this mission, we provide a platform of software and services to empower brands to grow their online distribution channel on digital marketplaces. Our proprietary software platform of marketplace solutions has been developed with a tech-first approach over the last decade. Through our platform, more than a decade of marketplace expertise, and our subject matter expertise, Kaspien empowers brands to achieve their online retail goals. Through our diversified and flexible partnership approach, Kaspien supports brands all across their brands’ life cycle and maturity online.

The Company has positioned itself to be a brand’s ultimate online growth partner. We are guided by seven core principles:

Partner Obsession
Insights Driven
Diversity and Teamwork

Liquidity and Cash Flows:

The Company’s primary sources of liquidity are its borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility, available cash and cash equivalents, funds raised through equity offerings and to a lesser extent, cash generated from operations. Our cash requirements relate primarily to working capital needed to operate and grow our business, including funding operating expenses and the purchase of inventory. 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 net 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.
The Company incurred a net loss of $1.3 million and $6.3 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2021 and August 1, 2020, respectively.  The decrease in the net loss was primarily attributable to an increase in net revenue and lower SG&A expenses, as well as the forgiveness of the PPP Loan discussed below. In addition, the Company has an accumulated deficit of $114.2 million as of July 31, 2021 and net cash used in operating activities for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2021 was $4.9 million. Net cash used in operating activities for the twenty-six weeks ended August 1, 2020 was $7.9 million.

As disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed April 30, 2021, the Company experienced negative cash flows from operations during fiscal 2020 and 2019 and we expect to incur net losses in fiscal 2021.

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 will be successful in sustaining acceptable levels of sales growth and profitability.  The unaudited 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 twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2021 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. For the next 12 months, management believes that the Company’s existing liquidity will be adequate to fund its working capital needs. The ability of the Company to meet its liabilities is dependent on continued improved profitability and the other factors set forth in the preceding paragraph. Management anticipates any cash requirements due to a shortfall in cash from operations will be funded by the Company’s revolving credit facility, as discussed in note 7 in the interim condensed consolidated financial statements.

As of July 31, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of $2.6 million, net working capital of $22.5 million, and no outstanding borrowings on our revolving credit facility, as further discussed below.

As of January 30, 2021, the Company had borrowings of $6.3 million under the Credit Facility. As of July 31, 2021 and August 1, 2020, the Company had no outstanding letters of credit. The Company had $10.1 million and $6.5 million available for borrowing under the Credit Facility as of July 31, 2021 and August 1, 2020, 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 intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including working capital to implement its strategic plans focused on brand acquisition, investments in technology to enhance its scalable platform and its core retail business.

Credit Facility
On February 20, 2020, Kaspien Inc. entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) with Encina Business Credit, LLC (“Encina”), as administrative agent, under which the lenders party thereto committed to provide up to $25 million in loans under a three-year, secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”).  The Company borrowed $3.3 million under the Credit Facility in order to satisfy the remaining obligations of the Company under its previous credit facility.

The commitments by the lenders under the Credit Facility are subject to borrowing base and availability restrictions. Up to $5.0 million of the Credit Facility may be used for the making of swing line loans.

As of July 31, 2021, the Company had no borrowings under the Credit Facility. The Company had $10.1 million available for borrowing as of July 31, 2021.

Subordinated Debt Agreement
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 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 (“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 Inc. with a scheduled maturity date of May 22, 2023. As of July 30, 2021, 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.

On March 30, 2020, in conjunction with the Subordinated Loan Agreement, the Company issued warrants to purchase up to 244,532 shares of common stock with an aggregate grant date fair value of $0.8 million recorded as a discount to the Subordinated Loan Agreement, $0.5 million of which was unamortized as of January 30, 2021. As of July 31, 2021, 5,126 warrants remain outstanding.

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 15, 2021, 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. Following the grant of forgiveness, an outstanding balance of $76,452 was paid during the second quarter.

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 net revenue 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

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. Management is actively monitoring this situation and the possible effects on its financial condition, liquidity, operations, industry, and workforce. Given the daily evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak and the response to curb its spread, currently we are not able to estimate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to our results of operations, financial condition, or liquidity.

In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we activated our business continuity program, led by our Executive Team in conjunction with Human Resources, to help us manage the situation. In mid-March of 2020, we transitioned our corporate office staff to work 100% remotely. While our business is not dependent on physical office locations nor travel, having a 100% remote workforce does present increased operational risk. 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. During the second quarter of 2021, the Company noticed changes in consumer buying habits that may have reduced demand for its products due to recent re-openings of physical retail outlets and lifting of many restrictions by governmental authorities.

Also during the second quarter of 2021, the Company 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.