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Description of Business, Liquidity and Capital Resources

Description of Business, Liquidity and Capital Resources
3 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Description of Business, Liquidity and Capital Resources

Note 1 - Description of Business, Liquidity and Capital Resources


Description of Business


Akerna Corp., herein referred to as we, our or Akerna, through our wholly owned subsidiaries MJ Freeway, LLC, or MJF, Trellis Solutions, Inc., or Trellis, Ample Organics, Inc, or Ample, and solo sciences, inc, or Solo, provides enterprise software solutions that enable regulatory compliance and inventory management. Our proprietary, broad and growing suite of solutions are adaptable for industries in which interfacing with government regulatory agencies for compliance purposes is required, or where the tracking of organic materials from seed or plant to end products is desired. We develop products intended to assist states in monitoring licensed businesses’ compliance with state regulations and to help state-licensed businesses operate in compliance with such laws. We provide our commercial software platforms, MJ Platform®, Ample and Trellis® to state- or federally-licensed businesses, and our regulatory software platform, Leaf Data Systems®, to state government regulatory agencies. Through Solo, we provide an innovative, next-generation solution for state and national governments to securely track product and waste throughout the supply chain with solo*TAG. The integration of MJ Platform® and solo*CODEresults in technology for consumers and brands that brings a consumer-facing mark designed to highlight authenticity and signify transparency. 


We consult with clients on a wide range of areas to help them successfully maintain compliance with state laws and regulations. We provide project-focused consulting services to clients who are initiating our expanding their cannabis business operations or are interested in data consulting engagements with respect to the legal cannabis industry. Our consulting engagements include service offerings focused on compliance requirement assessments, readiness and best practices, compliance monitoring systems, application processes, inspection readiness and business plan and compliance reviews. We typically provide our consulting services to clients in emerging markets who are seeking consultation on newly introduced licensing regimes and assistance with the regulatory compliant build-out of operations. 


Fiscal Year-End

On September 25, 2020, our Board of Directors adopted resolutions to change our fiscal year-end from June 30 to December 31, effective for the year ending December 31, 2020. We will cover the transition period from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 by filing an Annual Report on Form 10-K for the transition year ending December 31, 2020. 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Since our inception, we have incurred recurring operating losses, used cash in operations, and relied on capital raising transactions to continue ongoing operations. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, we incurred a loss from operations of $5.5 million and used cash in operations of $4.2 million.  As of September 30, 2020, we had cash of $14.3 million, excluding restricted cash, and working capital of $0.9 million.


During the quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Company incurred a number of one-time, non-recurring expenses of approximately $1.1 million. These expenses include business combination expenses, restructuring and other non-recurring charges.  Additionally, on October 30, 2020, we closed on the public offering of 5 million shares of common stock with proceeds of approximately $11.0 million net of offering costs, which will be used for general corporate purposes. During the three months ended September 30, 2020 we implemented a number of cost reduction initiatives reducing costs and identifying costs savings that we expect to result in annual savings of an additional $3.0 million to $4.0 million.  As a result, we expect that our current working capital is sufficient to fund our operations and commitments for a period of at least twelve months from the date these financial statements are issued.


In the event the Company requires additional liquidity, the Company can further reduce or defer expenses. More specifically, the Company could implement certain discretionary cost reduction initiatives relating to our spend on employee travel and entertainment, consulting costs and marketing expenses, negotiate deferred salary arrangements, furlough employees or reduce headcount or negotiate extensions of payments of rent and utilities.  The Company also believes it has access to capital through future debt or equity offerings and could be successful in renegotiating the maturity dates or conversion option relating to its current outstanding notes payable, although no assurance can be provided that we would be successful in these efforts.  Further, the potential continues to exist that our $2 million PPP loan could be forgiven. Management will continue to evaluate our liquidity and capital resources.