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Organization and Business

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Organization and Business
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
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Company Overview
 
Inuvo is a technology company that develops and sells information technology solutions for marketing. These platforms predictively identify and message online audiences for any product or service across devices, channels and formats, including video, mobile, connected TV, display, social and native. These capabilities allow Inuvo’s clients to engage with their customers and prospects in a manner that drives engagement from the first contact with the consumer. Inuvo facilitates the delivery of hundreds of millions of marketing messages to consumers every single month and counts among its clients numerous world-renowned names in industries that have included retail, automotive, insurance, health care, technology, telecommunications and finance. Inuvo has contractual relationships with three clients who collectively manage over 50% of all U.S. digital media budgets.
 
Inuvo’s solution incorporates a proprietary form of artificial intelligence, or AI, branded the IntentKey. This sophisticated machine learning technology uses interactions with Internet content as a source of information from which to predict consumer intent. The AI includes a continually updated database of over 500 million machine profiles which Inuvo utilizes to deliver highly aligned online audiences to its clients. Inuvo earns revenue when consumers view or click on its client’s messages. Inuvo’s business scales through account management activity with existing clients and by adding new clients through sales activity.
 
As part of Inuvo’s technology strategy, it owns a collection of websites including alot.com and earnspendlive.com, where Inuvo creates content in health, finance, travel, careers, auto, education and living categories. These sites provide the means to test Inuvo’s technologies, while also delivering high quality consumers to clients through the interaction with proprietary content in the form of images, videos, slideshows and articles.

There are many barriers to entry associated with Inuvo’s business model, including a proficiency in large scale information processing, predictive software development, marketing data products, analytics, artificial intelligence, integration to the internet of things (IOT), and the relationships required to execute within the IOT. Inuvo’s intellectual property is protected by 17 issued and eight pending patents.

Mergers Termination

On June 20, 2019, Inuvo entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger Termination Agreement (the “Merger Termination Agreement”) with ConversionPoint Technologies Inc., a Delaware corporation (“CPT”), ConversionPoint Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”), CPT Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation, (“CPT Merger Sub”), and CPT Cigar Merger Sub, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“Inuvo Merger Sub”), which, among other things, (1) terminated the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated November 2, 2018, by and among Inuvo, CPT, Parent, CPT Merger Sub, and Inuvo Merger Sub, as amended (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which Inuvo would have merged with and into Inuvo Merger Sub and become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent, and CPT would have merged with and into CPT Merger Sub and become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (the “Mergers”), and (2) terminated each of the Support Agreements that were entered into by certain officers and directors of Inuvo and the parties to the Merger Agreement. The Merger Agreement was terminated as a result of Parent’s inability to fulfill the closing condition of the Mergers that Parent raise $36,000,000 in gross proceeds from an equity, debt, or equity-linked offering of its securities which no longer obligated Inuvo to consummate the Mergers contemplated by the Merger Agreement.

Concurrently with the execution of the Merger Termination Agreement, CPT Investments, LLC, a California limited liability company and an affiliate of CPT (“CPT Investments”), and Inuvo entered into a certain Inuvo Note Termination Agreement (the “Note Termination Agreement”) and agreed to (1) terminate and cancel the 10% Senior Unsecured Subordinated Convertible Promissory Note, dated November 1, 2018, executed by Inuvo in favor of CPT Investments (the “CPTI Note”), which as of June 20, 2019, had $1,063,288 in accrued principal and interest outstanding (the “Outstanding Indebtedness”) by July 20, 2019, (2) effective immediately, terminate all conversion rights under the CPTI Note to convert amounts outstanding into shares of Inuvo’s common stock, (3) terminate the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated November 1, 2018, by and between Inuvo and CPTI (the “Securities Purchase Agreement”), and (4) terminate the Registration Rights Agreement, dated November 1, 2018, by and between Inuvo and CPTI.
The Merger Termination Agreement provided that the termination fee of $2,800,000 to be paid to Inuvo (the “Termination Fee”) for failure to fulfill the Financing Condition would be satisfied as follows:

(1) $1,063,288 of the Termination Fee (the “Indebtedness Satisfaction Amount”) was satisfied in consideration of the termination and cancellation of the Outstanding Indebtedness pursuant to the CPTI Note Termination Agreement that was approved by CPT’s senior lenders Montage Capital II, L.P. and Partners for Growth IV, L.P. (the “Senior Lenders”) of CPT’s issuance of a replacement note to CPT Investments that was entered into in July 2019;

(2) $1,611,712 of the Termination Fee (the “ReTargeter Satisfaction Amount”) was satisfied by CPT transferring all of the assets related to CPT’s programmatic and RTB advertising solutions business conducted through managed services and a proprietary SaaS solution (the “ReTargeter Business”), free and clear of all liabilities, encumbrances, or liens, to Inuvo (the “ReTargeter Asset Transfer”). The enterprise valuation of the ReTargeter Business was determined to be $2.57 million; and

(3) CPT paid $125,000 to Inuvo on September 15, 2019 to be contributed to the settlement of ongoing litigation with respect to the Mergers (the “Litigation Fee”).

On September 30, 2019, Inuvo paid its obligation of $250,000 under a confidential settlement agreement that it entered into on June 20, 2019 resolving certain outstanding litigation related to the Mergers. Under the Merger Termination Agreement, CPT and Inuvo agreed to mutually release all claims that each party had against the other, as well as certain affiliated entities of each. Inuvo, however, will be able to pursue any claims against CPT and its affiliates for breaches of the Merger Termination Agreement.

Liquidity
For the three months ended March 31, 2020, our revenues declined 3.4% from the same period in the prior year. The lower revenue and higher operating costs in the three-month period of 2020 is principally responsible for our $2.8 million net loss. Of the loss, approximately $1.1 million were the non-cash expenses of depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation. Since our credit facility is dependent upon receivables, and we do not know when, if ever, that our revenues will return to historic levels or if we will be able to replace those lost revenues with revenues from other sources, the combination of lower credit availability and negative cash flows generated from operating activities introduces potential risk to operation without interruption. Our principal sources of liquidity are our borrowings under our credit facility which is described in Note 5, the sale of our common stock and borrowings from non-bank financial institutions.

On March 20, 2020, we closed a Loan and Security Agreement (the “Loan and Security Agreement”) dated February 28, 2020 by and between our company and our subsidiaries and Hitachi Capital America Corp. (“Hitachi”) replacing the previous credit facility with Western Alliance Bank. Under the terms of the Loan and Security Agreement Hitachi has provided us with a $5,000,000 line of credit commitment. We are permitted to borrow (i) 90% of the aggregate Eligible Accounts Receivable, plus (i) the lesser of 75% of the aggregate Unbilled Accounts Receivable (as those terms are defined in the Loan and Security Agreement) or 50% of the amount available to borrow under (i), up to the maximum credit commitment. On March 12, 2020 we drew $5,000,000 under this agreement, using $2,959,573 of these proceeds to satisfy our obligations to Western Alliance Bank under our credit agreement with it and the balance is being used for working capital. Following the satisfaction of our obligations to Western Alliance Bank, all agreements with that entity have been terminated.

On March 20, 2020, we sold an aggregate of 3,931,428 shares of our common stock at a purchase price of $0.175 per share to the five members of our Board of Directors in a private placement exempt from registration under Section 4(a)(2) and Rule 506(b) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. We received proceeds of $688,000 in this offering.

On March 27, 2020, we closed on the first tranche of a registered direct offering (the "Registered Direct Offering") in which we sold 3,115,001 shares of our common stock at a price of $0.175 per share for gross proceeds of $545,125.

On April 2, 2020, we closed on a second tranch of the Registered Direct Offering in which we sold 1,400,285 shares of our common stock at a price of $0.175 per share for gross proceeds of $245,050.

On April 10, 2020, we obtained an unsecured $1.1 million loan through Relyance Bank N.A. under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP Loan”) pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) and is administered by the United States Small Business Administration. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, the we will use proceeds from the PPP Loan primarily for payroll costs.
We have pooled our resources behind a plan to grow our AI technology, the IntentKey, where we have a technology advantage and higher margins. If we are successful in implementing our plan, we expect to return to a positive cash flow from operations by the second half of 2020. However, there is no assurance that we will be able to achieve this objective.

Though we believe current operating cash flows and the credit facility will be sufficient to sustain operations into the third quarter of 2020, if our plan to grow the IntentKey business is unsuccessful, we may need to fund operations through private or public sales of securities, debt financings or partnering/licensing transactions. There is no assurance that we will be successful in obtaining funding to continue operations in which case we would need to find additional sources of credit and make substantial reductions to operating expense. A substantial reduction of operating expense may cause disruption to the business and the generation of future revenue. Given the above conditions, there is substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared with the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business.

Customer concentration

We generated the majority of our revenue from two customers, Yahoo! and Google as noted below:
For the Three Months Ended March 31,
2020 2019
Yahoo! 51.4% 73.6  %
Google 18.4% 11.7  %
Total 69.8% 85.3  %

As of March 31, 2020, Yahoo! and Google accounted for 55.0% of our gross accounts receivable balance. As of December 31, 2019, the same two customers accounted for 60.2% of our gross accounts receivable balance.

We still source the majority of our revenue through these relationships where we have access to advertiser budgets indirectly. While this strategy creates a concentration risk, we believe that it also provides upside opportunities including; access to hundreds of thousands of advertisers across geographies; the ability to scale our business across verticals; an avoidance of the sales costs associated with a large direct to advertisers’ sales force; access to innovation; overall media budget market insights; attractive payment terms; and low risk on receivables. As our IntentKey business continues to grow and become a larger proportion of our overall revenue, the percentage of Yahoo! and Google revenue to the total revenue is expected to decrease.