One Voice Tech, Inc (ONEV) - Description of business
One Voice Technologies, Inc. is a voice recognition technology company with over $43 million invested in Research and Development and deployment of more than 20 million products worldwide in seven languages. To date, our customers include: Walt Disney Internet Group, Warner Home Video, Golden State Cellular, Inland Cellular, Eloqui Wireless, Cell One of Amarillo, Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Plateau Wireless, West Central Wireless, Telispire PCS, NewEgg.com, PC Alchemy, CompUSA, Dell.com and Cannon PC. Based on our patented technology, One Voice offers voice solutions for the Telecom and Interactive Multimedia markets. Our telecom solutions allow business and consumer phone users to Voice Dial, Group Conference Call, Read and Send E-Mail and Instant Message, all by voice. We offer PC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) the ability to bundle a complete voice interactive computer assistant which allows PC users to talk to their computers to quickly play digital media (music, videos, DVD) along with read and send e-mail messages, SMS text messaging to mobile phones, PC-to-Phone calling (VoIP) and PC-to-PC audio/video. We believe that we are strongly positioned across these markets with our patented voice technology.
Located in San Diego, California, the Company has 12 full-time employees and 5 consultant/part-time employees. The company is traded on the NASD OTC Electronic Bulletin Board ("OTCBB") under the symbol ONEV.OB. One Voice is incorporated in the State of Nevada and commenced operations on July 14, 1999.
We believe that the presence of voice technology as an interface in mobile communications and PC computing is of paramount importance. Voice interface technology makes portable communications products mobile, more effective and safer to use and it makes communicating with a PC to play digit content, such as music, videos and photos, easier for consumers. One Voice's development efforts currently are focused on the Telecom and PC multimedia markets and more specifically on mobile communications from a cell phone and in-home digital media access.
In the Telecom sector, we believe that the Mobile Messaging market, which has both business and consumer market applications including: E-mail, Instant Messages, and SMS (Short Message Service), is extremely large and is growing at a rapid rate. Over six trillion text messages are sent globally every year, and messaging has shown the consistent ability to generate significant revenue for wireless carriers. One Voice solutions enable users to send, intelligently route and receive text messages using voice from any type of phone (wired or wireless) anywhere in the world.
In the PC sector, we believe that digital in-home entertainment is rapidly growing with the wide acceptance of digital photography, MP3 music and videos, along with plasma and LCD TV's. Companies including Apple, Microsoft and Intel are actively creating products and technology, which allows consumers to experience the next generation of digital entertainment. One Voice's Media Center Communicator product works with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to add voice-navigation and communication features allowing consumers to talk to their Media Center PC to play music, view photo slideshows, watch and record TV, place Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) phone calls, read and send e-mail and Instant Messages, all by voice.
ONE VOICE PRODUCTS
Our messaging and voice-activated dialing applications are built on our MobileVoice(TM) platform, which combines patented natural language speech processing with the scalability, redundancy and fault-tolerance of a server based, telco-ready architecture. The result is a completely integrated solution that allows people to:
- Send free-format voice-to-text messages - Make voice-activated dialing calls - Access their E-mail from mobile environments - using voice.
MOBILEVOICE ACTIVATED DIALING(TM)
MobileVoice Activated Dialing is server-based and we believe it delivers higher levels of accuracy and reliability than other solutions on the market today. It was designed with a high capacity for contact lists, advanced functionality such as synchronization and import tools that interface with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, and we believe it requires less setup time than other solutions. It was designed to meet the challenges of today's mobile environments while delivering high accuracy for native and non-native speaking individuals.
We believe an opportunity exists for the adoption of MobileVice Activated Dialing by wireless carriers, as more safety legislation is introduced for hands free communications while operating motor vehicles. MobileVice Activated Dialing allows a user to place calls to members of a contact list using voice commands while employing safe driving techniques.
On-the-fly group conferencing is a new addition to One Voice's MobileVoice solution. MobileConference allows users to connect up to 64 people on a single conference call by speaking their name, group name or phone number.
A unique Voice-to-Text Email solution that let's subscribers send free-form email messages to PCs, mobile phones or wireless alphanumeric paging devices while on the road. Available for English and Spanish it delivers some of the highest levels of accuracy in the industry.
Short Message Service (SMS) has gained wide popularity in major markets throughout the world. MobileVoice SMS is a mobile Voice-to-Text SMS solution that let's subscribers send free-form messages from phone-to-phone with only their voice. Subscribers can avoid triple-tapping their text messages by dictating the message through the MobileVoice SMS interface. Subscribers can send messages within network or to subscribers on other networks.
MOBILEVOICE INSTANT MESSAGING(TM)
Instant Messaging has long been a popular way for friends and colleagues to communicate on their computers. MobileVoice Instant Messaging takes Instant Messaging mobile, allowing people to chat and send quick messages using free form dictation. Targeted at subscribers and enterprise customers, MobileVoice Instant Messaging allows for voice based instant communications in mobile environments.
MOBILEVOICE VOICE MAIL(TM)
MobileVoice Voice Mail lets subscribers record and send messages in their own voice. The voice recording of a message will be sent as an Email attachment to the recipient or group of recipients. These messages may be retrieved from any computer or phone.
MOBILEVOICE EMAIL READER(TM)
MobileVoice Email Reader allows subscribers to fully manage their Email accounts from any phone. Subscribers can sort and find important messages from specific contacts. The MobileVoice Email Reader offers management tools such as "Reply", "Reply to All", "Forward", "Skip" and "Delete" functionality. Subscribers can access personal and corporate Email accounts from any phone.
MEDIACENTER COMMUNICATOR Version 2
Media Center Communicator Version 2 uses voice recognition to control Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition 2005. Features include:
- Voice Navigate Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - Send E-Mail - Read E-Mail - SMS Text Messaging - Text Instant Messaging - PC-to-PC calls - Video conferencing - PC-to-Phone calling
COMMUNICATOR VOICE NAVIGATION
We believe that our Media Center Communicator(TM) Version 2 makes managing digital content easier and more efficient by using voice recognition technology. The user can play a particular song by saying its title, watch TV, read and send E-mail, place a phone call from a PC or Instant Message a friend using intuitive voice commands. Media Center Communicator(TM) Version 2 eliminates the need to navigate through numerous drop down menus to access favorite content which we believe makes the experience faster and more user friendly. The request of a particular song or artist can be done without turning on the television.
Our Media Center Communicator utilizes an open microphone solution where the user has the ability to control his/her Media Center without using a remote control. It can be set up whereby a microphone is constantly scanning the room for a keyword that the user has set. The keyword is a personalized system name used whenever the user wishes to make a command. The default is "One Voice." Example: "One Voice, play artist The Rolling Stones."
Communicator's E-Mail reader will speak the user's E-Mail messages to him/her eliminating the need to use confining keyboard and mouse interfaces. The user has the ability to control everything using only voice. Communicator's E-Mail reader works with widespread E-Mail accounts, including, but not limited to, Yahoo, EarthLink, Lycos, and SBC.
Media Center Communicator's PC-to-phone calling allows full-duplex, high quality phone calling to preset contacts or keyed entries.
COMMUNICATOR INSTANT MESSENGER
Media Center Communicator's Instant Messenger allows for online chat sessions with other users on the One Voice network. Users can text message, talk or video chat using Communicator's high quality, full-duplex PC-to-PC audio and video.
COMMUNICATOR SMS TEXT MESSAGING
Media Center Communicator(TM) allows the user to send a quick message to someone on the road. Users can send SMS text messages to cellular telephones by speaking the name of a contact or entering the cellular phone number, entering or speaking the message and saying the "Send" command.
We own exclusive rights to three United States patents on our software. We have filed for international patent protection as well. These patents define the primary features and unique procedures that comprise our products and solutions.
Our future success and ability to compete depends in part upon the proprietary technology and trademarks, which we attempt to protect with a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws, as well as with our confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions. These legal protections afford only limited protection and are time-consuming and expensive to obtain and/or maintain. Further, despite our efforts, we may be unable to prevent third parties from infringing upon or misappropriating our intellectual property. Additionally, there can be no assurances that others will not develop market and sell products substantially equivalent to our products or utilize technologies similar to those used by us. Although we believe that our products do not infringe on any third-party patents and our patents offer sufficient protection, there can be no assurance that we will not become involved in litigation involving patents or proprietary rights. Patent and proprietary rights litigation entails substantial legal and other costs, and there can be no assurance that we will have the necessary financial resources to defend or prosecute our rights in connection with any litigation. Responding to, defending or bringing claims related to our rights to our intellectual property may require our management to redirect its resources to address these claims, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
At April 10, 2006, we employed 12 full-time employees and 5 consultant/part-time employees. None of these employees is subject to a collective bargaining agreement, and there is no union representation within our company. We maintain various employee benefit plans and believe our employee relations are good.
This section summarizes certain risks regarding our business and industry. The following information should be considered in conjunction with the other information included and incorporated by reference in this report on Form 10-KSB before purchasing shares of our stock.
WE HAVE A HISTORY OF LOSSES. WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO INCUR LOSSES, AND WE MAY NEVER ACHIEVE AND SUSTAIN PROFITABILITY.
Since inception, we have incurred significant losses and have negative cash flows from operations. For the year ended December 31, 2005 and 2004, we incurred a net loss of $1,546,000 and $8,752,000, respectively. These factors, among others discussed in Note 1 to the financial statements, raise substantial doubt about the ability to continue as a going concern. We expect to continue to incur net losses until sales generate sufficient revenues to fund our continuing operations. We may fail to achieve significant revenues from sales or achieve or sustain profitability. There can be no assurance of when, if ever, we will be profitable or be able to maintain profitability.
IF WE DO NOT BECOME PROFITABLE WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR OPERATIONS.
Our future sales and profitability depend in part on our ability to demonstrate to prospective customers the potential performance advantages of using voice interface software. To date, commercial sales of our software have been limited.
WE HAVE A LIMITED OPERATING HISTORY WHICH MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO EVALUATE OUR BUSINESS.
Our current corporate entity commenced operations in 1999 and has a limited operating history. We have limited financial results on which you can assess our future success. Our prospects must be considered in light of the risks, expenses and difficulties frequently encountered by growing companies in new and rapidly evolving markets, such as voice recognition software, media delivery systems and electronic commerce.
To address the risks and uncertainties we face, we must:
-- establish and maintain broad market acceptance of our products and services and convert that acceptance into direct and indirect sources of revenues;
-- maintain and enhance our brand name;
-- continue to timely and successfully develop new products, product features and services and increase the functionality and features of existing products;
-- successfully respond to competition, including emerging technologies and solutions; and
-- develop and maintain strategic relationships to enhance the distribution, features and utility of our products and services.
IF WE ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL FUNDING OUR BUSINESS OPERATIONS WILL BE HARMED.
We believe that our available short-term assets and investment income will be sufficient to meet our operating expenses and capital expenditures through the end of fiscal year 2006. We do not know if additional financing will be available when needed, or if it is available, if it will be available on acceptable terms. Insufficient funds may prevent us from implementing our business strategy or may require us to delay, scale back or eliminate certain contracts for the provision of voice interface software.
OUR OPERATING RESULTS ARE LIKELY TO FLUCTUATE SIGNIFICANTLY.
As a result of our limited operating history and the rapidly changing nature of the markets in which we compete, our quarterly and annual revenues and operating results are likely to fluctuate from period to period. These fluctuations may be caused by a number of factors, many of which are beyond our control. These factors include the following, as well as others discussed elsewhere in this section:
o how and when we introduce new products and services and enhance our existing products and services; o our ability to attract and retain new customers and satisfy our customers' demands; o the timing and success of our brand-building and marketing campaigns; o our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships; o our ability to attract, train and retain key personnel; o the demand for voice recognition applications; o the emergence and success of new and existing competition; o varying operating costs and capital expenditures related to the expansion of our business operations and infrastructure, domestically and internationally, including the hiring of new employees; o technical difficulties with our products, system downtime, system failures or interruptions in Internet access; o changes in the mix of products and services that we sell to our customers; o costs and effects related to the acquisition of businesses or technology and related integration; and o costs of litigation and intellectual property protection.
In addition, because the market for our products and services is relatively new and rapidly changing, it is difficult to predict future financial results.
For these reasons, you should not rely on period-to-period comparisons of our financial results, if any, as indications of future results. Our future operating results could fall below the expectations of public market analysts or investors and significantly reduce the market price of our common stock. Fluctuations in our operating results will likely increase the volatility of our stock price.
We are in the starting stages of our business plan and are therefore more vulnerable to unexpected or uncontrollable business and economic forces. Unknown software errors may not be corrected in time to develop a sustainable customer base. Unfavorable product reviews or news reports could squelch early sales efforts. A competitor may quickly release a better version of a similar product before we can complete our development efforts. Economic conditions such as a national or world recession, international trade restrictions on computer product sales, or a slowdown in new technology growth could reduce our revenues below financially-healthy levels. The risks of a development-stage company include the possible loss of all investment funds by investors.
OUR CURRENT AND POTENTIAL COMPETITORS, SOME OF WHOM HAVE GREATER RESOURCES THAN WE DO, MAY DEVELOP PRODUCTS AND TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY CAUSE DEMAND FOR, AND THE PRICES OF, OUR PRODUCTS TO DECLINE.
A number of companies have developed, or are expected to develop, products that compete with our products. Competitors in the voice interface software market include IBM, Scansoft and Nuance. We expect additional competition from other companies such as Microsoft, who has recently made investments in, and acquired, voice interface technology companies. Furthermore, our competitors may combine with each other, and other companies may enter our markets by acquiring or entering into strategic relationships with our competitors. Current and potential competitors have established, or may establish, cooperative relationships among themselves or with third parties to increase the abilities of their advanced speech and language technology products to address the needs of our prospective customers.
Many of our current and potential competitors have longer operating histories, significantly greater financial, technical, product development and marketing resources, greater name recognition and larger customer bases than we do. Our present or future competitors may be able to develop products comparable or superior to those we offer, adapt more quickly than we do to new technologies, evolving industry trends and standards or customer requirements, or devote greater resources to the development, promotion and sale of their products than we do. Accordingly, we may not be able to compete effectively in our markets, competition may intensify and future competition may harm our business.
ANY INABILITY TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT OUR PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY COULD HARM OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE.
Our future success and ability to compete depends in part upon our proprietary technology and our trademarks, which we attempt to protect with a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws, as well as with our confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions. These legal protections afford only limited protection and are time-consuming and expensive to obtain and/or maintain. Further, despite our efforts, we may be unable to prevent third parties from infringing upon or misappropriating our intellectual property.
We have recently been issued three patents covering the United States, Australia, China and parts of Europe. Any patents that are issued to us could be invalidated, circumvented or challenged. If challenged, our patents might not be upheld or their claims could be narrowed. Our intellectual property may not be adequate to provide us with competitive advantage or to prevent competitors from entering the markets for our products. Additionally, our competitors could independently develop non-infringing technologies that are competitive with, equivalent to, and/or superior to our technology. Monitoring infringement and/or misappropriation of intellectual property can be difficult, and there is no guarantee that we would detect any infringement or misappropriation of our proprietary rights. Even if we do detect infringement or misappropriation of our proprietary rights, litigation to enforce these rights could cause us to divert financial and other resources away from our business operations. Further, we license our products internationally, and the laws of some foreign countries do not protect our proprietary rights to the same extent as do the laws of the United States.
OUR PRODUCTS MAY INFRINGE UPON THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND RESULTING CLAIMS AGAINST US COULD BE COSTLY AND REQUIRE US TO ENTER INTO DISADVANTAGEOUS LICENSE OR ROYALTY ARRANGEMENTS.
The software industry is characterized by the existence of a large number of patents and frequent litigation based on allegations of patent infringement and the violation of intellectual property rights. Although we attempt to avoid infringing upon known proprietary rights of third parties, we may be subject to legal proceedings and claims for alleged infringement by us or our licensees of third-party proprietary rights, such as patents, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrights, from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Any claims relating to the infringement of third-party proprietary rights, even if not successful or meritorious, could result in costly litigation, divert resources and management's attention or require us to enter into royalty or license agreements which are not advantageous to us. In addition, parties making these claims may be able to obtain injunctions, which could prevent us from selling our products. Furthermore, former employers of our employees may assert that these employees have improperly disclosed confidential or proprietary information to us. Any of these results could harm our business. We may be increasingly subject to infringement claims as the number of, and number of features of, our products grow.
IF THE STANDARDS WE HAVE SELECTED TO SUPPORT ARE NOT ADOPTED AS THE STANDARDS FOR SPEECH-ACTIVATED SOFTWARE, BUSINESSES MIGHT NOT USE OUR SPEECH-ACTIVATED SOFTWARE PLATFORM FOR DELIVERY OF APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES, AND OUR REVENUE GROWTH COULD BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED.
The market for speech-activated services software is new and emerging. Certain industry software standards have, however, been established but may change as the technology evolves. We may not be competitive unless our products support changing industry software standards. The emergence of industry standards other than those we have selected to support, whether through adoption by official standards committees or widespread usage, could require costly and time consuming redesign of our products. If these standards become widespread and our products do not support them, our clients and potential clients may not purchase our products, and our revenue growth could be adversely affected. Multiple standards in the marketplace could also make it difficult for us to design our products to support all applicable standards, which could also result in decreased sales of our products.
OUR FAILURE TO RESPOND TO RAPID CHANGE IN THE MARKET FOR SPEECH-ACTIVATED SERVICES SOFTWARE COULD CAUSE US TO LOSE REVENUE AND HARM OUR BUSINESS.
The speech-activated services software industry is relatively new and rapidly evolving. Our success will depend substantially upon our ability to enhance our existing products and to develop and introduce, on a timely and cost-effective basis, new products and features that meet changing end-user requirements and incorporate technological advancements. If we are unable to develop new products and enhanced functionalities or technologies to adapt to these changes, or if we cannot offset a decline in revenue from existing products with sales of new products, our business will suffer.
Commercial acceptance of our products and technologies will depend, among other things, on:
-- the ability of our products and technologies to meet and adapt to the needs of our target markets;
-- the performance and price of our products as compared to our competitors' products;
-- our ability to deliver customer service directly and through our resellers; and
-- the ability of our customers to utilize our product.
OUR DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES AND OUR INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING ARE INEFFECTIVE. IF WE ARE UNABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE REMEDIAL ACTIONS WE HAVE PROPOSED AND GENERALLY MAINTAIN THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES AND INTERNAL CONTROLS, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE RELIABLE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WHICH WOULD MAKE ANY INVESTMENT IN OUR COMPANY SPECULATIVE AND RISKY.
Management received a letter dated March 31, 2006 (the "Letter") from Peterson & Co., LLP, its independent auditors, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors in connection with the audit of our financial statements as of December 31, 2005, in which the independent auditors identified certain matters involving internal controls and procedures that they consider to be significant deficiencies or material weaknesses under the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. These material weaknesses were: (1) lack of sufficient and knowledgeable personnel to maintain appropriate accounting and financial reporting organizational structure to support the activities of the Company; (2) lack of a functioning audit committee and lack of a majority of outside directors on the Company's board of directors, resulting in ineffective oversight in the establishment and monitoring of required internal controls and procedures; (3) inadequate segregation of duties consistent with control objectives; (4) insufficient written policies and procedures for accounting and financial reporting with respect to the requirements and application of US GAAP and SEC disclosure requirements; (5) ineffective personnel resources and technical accounting expertise within the accounting function to resolve non-routine or complex accounting matters; (6) ineffective controls over period end financial close and reporting processes; and (7) inadequate procedures for appropriately identifying, assessing and applying accounting principles. The aforementioned material weaknesses were identified by our independent auditors in connection with the audit of our financial statements as of December 31, 2005 and communicated to our management through the Letter.
Management believes that the material weaknesses set forth in items (3), (4) and (6) above did not have an affect on our financial results or any restatements which have occurred. However, management believes that the lack of sufficient and knowledgeable personnel to maintain appropriate accounting and financial reporting organizational structure to support the activities of our company, lack of a functioning audit committee and lack of a majority of outside directors on our board of directors, resulting in ineffective oversight in the establishment and monitoring of required internal controls and procedures, ineffective personnel resources and technical accounting expertise within the accounting function to resolve non-routine or complex accounting matters, and inadequate procedures for appropriately identifying, assessing and applying accounting principles resulted in our determination to restate our financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2004 and 2003. Specifically, the material weaknesses specified in the preceding sentence resulted in management determining that our previous accounting for our common stock purchase warrants issued from 2003 to 2004 did not comply with Emerging Issues Task Force 00-19, ACCOUNTING FOR DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS INDEXED TO, AND POTENTIALLY SETTLED IN A COMPANY'S OWN STOCK. As a result, we determined that the fair value of the warrants should have been reclassified from additional paid in capital, to a current liability, and that the warrant fair value should have been marked to market as of the balance sheet date with the corresponding non-cash gain or loss reflected in the results of operations. This resulted in us restating our net loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 to $(8,752,000) compared to $(5,383,000) as previously reported, and a net loss for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 to $(5,839,000) compared to $(5,932,000) as previously reported. In addition, total liabilities for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 and 2003 was restated to $6,464,000 and $1,431,000 respectively, compared to $1,523,000 and $1,140,000, respectively, as previously reported.
In accordance with Exchange Act Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15, and after receipt of the Letter, we have re-evaluated, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2005, March 31, 2006 and September 30, 2006. Based upon this re-evaluation the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our current disclosure controls and procedures are not effective in ensuring that the information required to be disclosed is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission's rule and forms and is accumulated and communicated to the our management, including our Chief Executive Officer (the principal executive officer) and Chief Financial Officer (the principal accounting and financial officer) as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
We are committed to improving our financial organization. As part of this commitment, we will create a segregation of duties consistent with control objectives and will increase our personnel resources and technical accounting expertise within the accounting function by the end of fiscal 2007 to resolve non-routine or complex accounting matters. In addition, we will take the following actions to enhance our internal controls, when funds are available to us, which we expect to occur by the end of fiscal 2007:
i) Appointing one or more outside directors to our board of directors who shall be appointed to the audit committee resulting in a fully functioning audit committee who will undertake the oversight in the establishment and monitoring of required internal controls and procedures. All compensation paid to board members comes in the form of stock options that normally carry a value of less than $10,000, which vest over a period of time;
ii) Preparing and implementing sufficient written policies and checklists which will set forth procedures for accounting and financial reporting with respect to the requirements and application of US GAAP and SEC disclosure requirements, which management estimates will cost approximately $65,000 per annum; and
iii) Hiring additional knowledgeable personnel with technical accounting expertise to further support the current accounting personnel, which management estimates will cost approximately $90,000 per annum.
Management believes that the appointment of one or more outside directors, who shall be appointed to a fully functioning audit committee, will remedy the lack of a functioning audit committee and a lack of a majority of outside directors on our Board. In addition, management believes that preparing and implementing sufficient written policies and checklists will remedy the following material weaknesses (i) insufficient written policies and procedures for accounting and financial reporting with respect to the requirements and application of US GAAP and SEC disclosure requirements; (ii) ineffective controls over period end financial close and reporting processes; and (iii) inadequate procedures for appropriately identifying, assessing and applying accounting principles. Further, management believes that hiring additional knowledgeable personnel with technical accounting expertise will remedy the following material weaknesses: (A) lack of sufficient and knowledgeable personnel to maintain appropriate accounting and financial reporting organizational structure to support the activities of the Company; (B) inadequate segregation of duties consistent with control objectives; and (C) ineffective personnel resources and technical accounting expertise within the accounting function to resolve non-routine or complex accounting matters.
Management believes that the hiring of additional personnel who have the technical expertise and knowledge with the non-routine or technical issues we have encountered in the past will result in both proper recording of these transactions and a much more knowledgeable finance department as a whole. Due to the fact that our accounting staff consists of a controller and an interim CFO, additional personnel will also ensure the proper segregation of duties and provide more checks and balances within the department. Additional personnel will also provide the cross training needed to support us if personnel turn over issues within the department occur. This coupled with the appointment of additional outside directors will greatly decrease any control and procedure issues the company may encounter in the future.
We will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal controls over financial reporting on an ongoing basis and are committed to taking further action and implementing additional enhancements or improvements, as necessary and as funds allow.
We cannot assure you that we will be able to maintain adequate controls over our financial processes and reporting. If we are unable to implement the remedial actions we have not yet undertaken and generally maintain the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls so as to insure that all of the information required to be reported in our periodic reports was recorded, processed, summarized, and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission's rules and forms, we will not be able to provide reliable financial reports, our results of operations could be misstated and our reputation may be harmed. Accordingly, any investment by you in our company under these conditions could be speculative and risky.
RISKS RELATING TO OUR COMMON STOCK
OUR COMMON STOCK IS SUBJECT TO "PENNY STOCK" RULES.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") has adopted Rule 15g-9 which establishes the definition of a "penny stock," for the purposes relevant to us, as any equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or with an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. For any transaction involving a penny stock, unless exempt, the rules require:
(i) that a broker or dealer approve a person's account for transactions in penny stocks; and
(ii) the broker or dealer receive from the investor a written agreement to the transaction, setting forth the identity and quantity of the penny stock to be purchased.
In order to approve a person's account for transactions in penny stocks, the broker or dealer must
(i) obtain financial information and investment experience objectives of the person; and
(ii) make a reasonable determination that the transactions in penny stocks are suitable for that person and the person has sufficient knowledge and experience in financial matters to be capable of evaluating the risks of transactions in penny stocks. The broker or dealer must also deliver, prior to any transaction in a penny stock, a disclosure schedule prepared by the Commission relating to the penny stock market, which, in highlight form, (i) sets forth the basis on which the broker or dealer made the suitability determination; and (ii) that the broker or dealer received a signed, written agreement from the investor prior to the transaction. Disclosure also has to be made about the risks of investing in penny stocks in both public offerings and in secondary trading and about the commissions payable to both the broker-dealer and the registered representative, current quotations for the securities and the rights and remedies available to an investor in cases of fraud in penny stock transactions. Finally, monthly statements have to be sent disclosing recent price information for the penny stock held in the account and information on the limited market in penny stocks
IF WE FAIL TO REMAIN CURRENT ON OUR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, WE COULD BE REMOVED FROM THE OTC BULLETIN BOARD WHICH WOULD LIMIT THE ABILITY OF BROKER-DEALERS TO SELL OUR SECURITIES AND THE ABILITY OF STOCKHOLDERS TO SELL THEIR SECURITIES IN THE SECONDARY MARKET
Companies trading on the OTC Bulletin Board, such as us, must be reporting issuers under Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and must be current in their reports under Section 13 in order to maintain price quotation privileges on the OTC Bulletin Board. If we fail to remain current on our reporting requirements, we could be removed from the OTC Bulletin Board. As a result, the market liquidity for our securities could be severely affected by limiting the ability of broker-dealers to sell our securities and the ability of stockholders to sell their securities in the secondary market.
FUTURE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS
We will require and are in the process of negotiating additional funds to finance our operations. The precise amount and timing of our funding needs cannot be determined at this time and will largely depend upon a number of factors, including the market demand for our products and our management of our cash, accounts payable, inventory and other working capital items. There can be no assurance that those funds will be available or on terms satisfactory to us. Any inability to obtain needed funding on satisfactory terms may require us to reduce planned capital expenditures, to scale back our product offerings or other operations or to enter into financing agreements on terms which we would not otherwise accept, and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.