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Basis of Presentation and Business

Basis of Presentation and Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
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Basis of Presentation and Business



Basis of presentation and principles of consolidation


The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Surge Holdings, Inc. (“Surge”), formerly Ksix Media Holdings, Inc., incorporated in Nevada on August 18, 2006, and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Ksix Media, Inc. (“Media”), incorporated in Nevada on November 5, 2014, Ksix, LLC (“KSIX”), a Nevada limited liability company that was formed on September 14, 2011, Surge Blockchain, LLC (“Blockchain”), formerly Blvd. Media Group, LLC (“BLVD”), a Nevada limited liability company that was formed on January 29, 2009, DigitizeIQ, LLC (“DIQ”) an Illinois limited liability company that was formed on July 23, 2014 Surge Cryptocurrency Mining, Inc. (“Crypto”), formerly North American Exploration, Inc. (“NAE”), a Nevada corporation that was incorporated on August 18, 2006 and True Wireless, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation (formerly True Wireless, LLC) (“TW”), (collectively the “Company” or “we”). All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.


The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial statements and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 8 of Regulation S-X of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not contain all information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for annual financial statements. In the opinion of the Company’s management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contain all of the adjustments necessary (consisting only of normal recurring accruals) to present the financial position of the Company as of September 30, 2018 and the results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented. The results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for the full fiscal year or any future period. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 filed with the SEC on April 10, 2018 and Form 8-K/A filed with the SEC on June 26, 2018.


Recent Developments


As reported on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 16, 2018, on April 11, 2018, the Company closed the merger transaction (the “Merger”) that was the subject of that certain Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”) with True Wireless, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation (“TW”) dated as of April 11, 2018. At closing, in accordance with the Merger Agreement, TW merged with and into TW Acquisition Corporation, a Nevada corporation (“Merger Sub”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Surge Holdings, Inc. (the “Merger”), with TW being the surviving corporation. As a result of the Merger, TW became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.


As a result of the controlling financial interest of the former members of TW, for financial statement reporting purposes, the merger between the Company and TW has been treated as a reverse acquisition with TW deemed the accounting acquirer and the Company deemed the accounting acquiree under the acquisition method of accounting in accordance with section 805-10-55 of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification. The reverse acquisition is deemed a capital transaction and the net assets of TW (the accounting acquirer) are carried forward to the Company (the legal acquirer and the reporting entity) at their carrying value before the acquisition. The acquisition process utilizes the capital structure of the Company and the assets and liabilities of TW which are recorded at their historical cost. The equity of the Company is the historical equity of TW retroactively restated to reflect the number of shares issued by the Company in the transaction. See Note 4.


Business description


The Company’s current focus is the provision of financial and telecommunications services to the financially underserved (i.e. persons who have little or no access credit) within the population. The Company provides a suite of services which are primarily marketed through small retail establishments which are utilized by members of its target market.


Historically, the Company’s principal business has been digital advertising and lead generation through two of its wholly owned subsidiaries—DIQ, which is a full-service digital advertising agency specializing in survey generation and landing page optimization specifically designed for mass tort action lawsuits and KSIX, which is an Internet marketing company and has an advertising network designed to create revenue streams for its affiliates and to provide advertisers with increased measurable audience. KSIX has an online advertising network that works directly with advertisers and other networks to promote advertiser campaigns and manage offer tracking, reporting and distribution.


Commencing in 2018, the Company’s focus has significantly expanded to include the pursuit of the following business models:


Surge Telecom


True Wireless is licensed to provide subsidized wireless service to qualifying low income customers in 5 states. Utilizing all 4 major USA wireless backbones, True Wireless provides discounted and free wireless service to over 60,000 veterans and other qualifying federal programs such as SNAP (EBT) and Medicaid.


SurgePhone offers discounted talk, text, and 4G LTE data wireless plans at prices that average 15% – 40% lower than competitors. (Unlimited plans start at just $10/mo) Available nationwide, SurgePhone also offers strategic discounts such as the Surge Heroes campaign that rewards teachers, first responders, active military and veterans with a free Android smartphone (surgeheroes.com).


SafeHomePhone is a nationwide home phone alternative. This product has a modem that connects to the PCS network and allows customers to plug in their traditional home phone without paying the local phone company or worrying about wiring. Customers can save 60% or more and keep their same number.


The SurgePhone Volt 5XL’s slim, sturdy, affordable design fits comfortably in your hand and easily in your pocket. It’s mesmerizing 5” LCD touchscreen display delivers an HD entertainment experience for your favorite videos and movies, while dual front and back cameras allow you to capture stunning photos. Plus, with an expandable micro SD memory slot, you can add even more storage for your best memories


SurgePays Visa is targeted for a Q4 2018-Q1 2019 launch. This card will perform the functions of a traditional credit card and also a checking account for the unbanked or credit challenged. The SurgePays card will offer safety, security and convenience of using the card anywhere that accepts Visa. Customers will be able to access their accounts from the connected app to remit money to friends and relatives while avoiding costly fees. In addition, customers will also be able to take a picture of their paycheck and load the cash to their cards (eliminating costly check cashing fees).


Surge Money Order will launch in the Midwest and southeast in Q1 2019. This is a natural add-on to our convenient store Fintech product suite and will ensure we box out any other stand-alone product competitors. Entering the $20 Billion a year money order business will enable unbanked customers to send secure payments.


SurgePays Portal is a multi-purpose software interface for convenient stores, bodegas and other corner merchants providing goods and services to the underbanked community. The merchant or clerk is able to use the portal – similar to a website – with image driven navigation to add wireless minutes for any carrier, pay bills and also load debit cards etc. What makes SurgePays unique is that it also offers the merchant access to order wholesale goods through the portal with one touch ease. SurgePays is essentially an e-commerce store front that allows manufactures and distribution companies to have access to merchants while cutting out the middle man. The goal of the SurgePays Portal is to provide every Fintech and Telecom product available to convenient stores, corner markets, bodegas, and supermarkets while procuring other consumable products commonly sold in these same stores. From the Telecom and Fintech products such as SurgePhone Androids, SurgePhone Wireless Service, Wireless Top-ups, Bill Payments, Pinless LD, Money Remittance, Money Orders and Reloadable Visa debit load cards to distributing partner company’s consumables such as energy drinks, CBD oils, dry foods, frozen foods, snacks, automotive parts and many more goods you will find next time you are in a convenient store and look around.


Surge Digital Assets


Surge Cryptocurrency strategically mines Ethereum, Litecoin and cryptocurrencies. The Company’s mining operation consists of 136 machines pooled together with other machines in a mining pool to maximize the processing power and yields. This operation is does not require any Surge human capital and runs 24/7. The goal for this subsidiary is to hold Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple and Stellar as digital assets with the expectation of future appreciation.


The Surge Utility Token is part of our rewards program intended to incentivize customer loyalty while also encouraging each customer to purchase additional Surge services. For example, a wireless customer should also become a SurgePays Visa holder and or other products in the Surge ecosystem as we expand. The Surge Tokens are issued on the Ethereum blockchain and are ERC-20 compliant. The tokens will be used for redeeming gifts and prizes from the Surge Rewards website. The launch target for the Surge Utility Token is Q4 2018


TokenSpinner is the first smartphone app that Surge Holdings Inc. has developed with a launch date target of Q4 2018. The app provides a simple game of chance spin of the wheel to win a prize. The app has multiple Ad Network feeds that pay Surge per impression. Players of the game have an opportunity to earn additional spins by participating in other activities (where Surge is compensated) like watching videos or filling out surveys. The prizes will vary from gift cards, to electronics and of course Surge Tokens.


Surge Digital Media


Surge Logics is a full-service digital advertising agency, specializing in lead generation, Pay Per Call, landing page optimization and managed ad spending. Our primary media buying platforms are Google AdWords, Facebook, Instagram and Bing. We have a call center that can handle Live Call Transfers, Customer Service Support, Lead Verification and Attorney Case Support.


Lead generation describes the marketing process of stimulating and capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing sales pipeline.


Pay-per-call (PPCall, also called cost-per-call) is an advertising model in which the rate paid by the advertiser is determined by the number of telephone calls made by viewers of an ad. Pay Per Call providers charge per call, per impression or per conversion.


Media buying is the process of buying media placements for advertising (on TV, in publications, on the radio, digital signage, apps or on websites).


call center or call center is a centralized office used for receiving or transmitting a large volume of requests by telephone.