|SEVEN STARS CLOUD GROUP, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 11/13/2017|
Cash used in operating activities decreased for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 2016, primarily due to a decrease in our loss from operation from $6.0 million to $5.1 million.
During the nine months ended on September 30, 2017, we entered into a subscription agreement with certain investors, including officers, directors and other affiliates, pursuant to which we issued and sold to such investors, in a private placement, an aggregate of 727,273 shares of the common stock of the Company, for $2.75 per share, or a total purchase price of $2.0 million. While in the same period in 2016, we received $10 million investment proceeds from the sales of 4,545,455 shares of our common stock and issuance of a two-year warrant to acquire an additional 1,818,182 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $2.75 per share to SSS.
Effects of Inflation
Inflation and changing prices have had an effect on our business and we expect that inflation or changing prices could materially affect our business in the foreseeable future. Our management will closely monitor price changes and make efforts to maintain effective cost control in operations.
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
We do not have any off balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity or capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to an investor in our securities.
Our operating results and operating cash flows historically for our legacy YOD business have not been subject to seasonal variations. However, we expect a disproportionate amount of our revenues generated from Wecast Services quarter over quarter due to the customers’ seasonal demand, as normally holiday demand or new model of product introduction would increase our revenue. This pattern may change, however, as a result of new market opportunities or new product introductions.
Critical Accounting Policies
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires our management to make assumptions, estimates, and judgments that affect the amounts reported, including the notes thereto, and related disclosures of commitments and contingencies, if any. We have identified certain accounting policies that are significant to the preparation of our financial statements. These accounting policies are important for an understanding of our financial condition and results of operations. Critical accounting policies are those that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and results of operations and require management’s difficult, subjective, or complex judgment, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain and may change in subsequent periods. Certain accounting estimates are particularly sensitive because of their significance to financial statements and because of the possibility that future events affecting the estimate may differ significantly from management’s current judgments. We believe the following critical accounting policies involve the most significant estimates and judgments used in the preparation of our financial statements.
Variable Interest Entities
We account for entities qualifying as variable interest entities (“VIEs”) in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Boards (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 810, Consolidation. For our consolidated VIEs, management has made evaluations of the relationships between our VIEs and the economic benefit flow of contractual arrangement with VIEs. In connection with such evaluation, management also took into account the fact that, as a result of such contractual arrangements, we control the legal shareholders’ voting interests and have power of attorney in the VIEs, and therefore we are able to direct all business activities of the VIEs. As a result of such evaluation, management concluded that we are the primary beneficiary of our consolidated VIEs.
We have concluded that we can control our PRC VIEs after consulting with our in-house PRC legal counsel. Enforecement of PRC laws and regulations that affect our ability to control our PRC VIEs may preclude us from consolidating these companies in the future.