• Filing Date: 2016-03-30
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
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1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2015
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
NATURE OF OPERATIONS

NATURE OF OPERATIONS – On September 10, 2013, Mobiquity Technologies, Inc. changed its name from Ace Marketing & Promotions, Inc. “the Company” or “Mobiquity”). We operate through two wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries, namely, Mobiquity Networks, Inc. and Ace Marketing & Promotions, Inc. Mobiquity Networks owns 100% of Mobiquity Wireless S.L.U, a company incorporated in Spain. This corporation has an office in Spain to support our U.S. operations.

 

We operate a national location-based mobile advertising network that has developed a consumer-focused proximity network which we believe is unlike any other in the United States. Our integrated suite of proprietary location based mobile advertising technologies allows clients to execute more personalized and contextually relevant experiences, driving brand awareness and incremental revenue.

 

Leveraging our agreements with Simon Property Group, Inc. (which we refer to herein as” Simon” or “Simon Property”), and Macerich Partnership, L.P. (which we refer to as “Macerich”), the number one and number three mall operators, respectively, in the U.S. in terms of number of Class A properties, we have installed our location-based mobile advertising solutions in the common areas of approximately 295 retail destinations across the U.S. to create “smart malls” using Bluetooth-enabled iBeacon compatible technology. As part of our plan to expand our mall footprint into the common areas of other malls, we recently have also added 27 malls operated by PREIT Services, LLC, which we will refer to as “PREIT.” We have also added 30 malls operating by Rouse Properties TRS, Inc. which we will refer to as “Rouse.” In December 2015, we entered into an agreement with GGPLP REIT Services, LLC (which we refer to as “GGP”), the second largest mall operator in the United States, to install our Mobi-Beacons in approximately 120 malls by April 2016. We plan to further expand our mall footprint into the common areas of other malls and outside of malls with additional synergistic venues that will allow for cross marketing opportunities, including venues such as stadiums, arenas, additional college campuses, airports and retail chains. For example, we have entered into an agreement with the New York State University at Stony Brook to deploy a mobile advertising network in their new arena. This type of installation will enable fan engagement, cross-marketing opportunities, sponsorship activation and create interactive event experiences. This is our first installation in the university market.

 

Ace Marketing is our legacy marketing and promotions business which provides integrated marketing services to our commercial customers. While Ace Marketing currently represents substantially all of our revenue, we anticipate that activity from Ace Marketing will represent a diminishing portion of corporate revenue as our attention is now principally focused on developing and executing on opportunities in our Mobiquity Networks business.

GOING CONCERN

GOING CONCERN - The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. The Company's continued existence is dependent upon the Company's ability to obtain additional debt and/or equity financing to advance its new technology revenue stream. The Company has incurred losses for the years ending December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 of $10,459,724 and $10,506,099, respectively. As of December 31, 2015, the Company has an accumulated deficit of $40,471,590. The Company has had negative cash flows from operating activities of $9,369,631 and $5,953,967 for the years ending December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. These factors raise substantial doubt about the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern.

 

Management has plans to address the Company’s financial situation as follows:

 

In the near term, management plans to continue to focus on raising the funds necessary to implement the Company’s business plan related to the Bluetooth-enabled iBeacon compatible technology. Management will continue to seek out debt financing to obtain the capital required to meet the Company’s financial obligations. There is no assurance, however, that lenders and investors will continue to advance capital to the Company or that the new business operations will be profitable. The possibility of failure in obtaining additional funding and the potential inability to achieve profitability raises doubts about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

In the long term, management believes that the Company’s projects and initiatives will be successful and will provide cash flow to the Company that will be used to finance the Company’s future growth. However, there can be no assurances that the Company’s efforts to raise equity and debt at acceptable terms or that the planned activities will be successful, or that the Company will ultimately attain profitability. The Company’s long-term viability depends on its ability to obtain adequate sources of debt or equity funding to meet current commitments and fund the continuation of its business operations, and the ability of the Company to achieve adequate profitability and cash flows from operations to sustain its operations.

PRINCIPLES OF CONSOLIDATION

PRINCIPLES OF CONSOLIDATION - The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Mobiquity Technologies, Inc., formerly known as Ace Marketing & Promotions, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Mobiquity Networks, Inc., Ace Marketing, Inc., (which has had its name changed to Ace Marketing & Promotions, Inc. and Mobiquity Wireless S.L.U.). All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

ESTIMATES

ESTIMATES - The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS - Effective January 1, 2008, the Company adopted FASB ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (“ASC 820”), for assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis. ASC 820 establishes a common definition for fair value to be applied to existing generally accepted accounting principles that require the use of fair value measurements, and establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosure about such fair value measurements. The adoption of ASC 820 did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position or operating results, but did expand certain disclosures.

 

ASC 820 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Additionally, ASC 820 requires the use of valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. These inputs are prioritized below:

 

Level 1: Observable inputs such as quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities
Level 2: Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data
Level 3: Unobservable inputs for which there is little or no market data, which require the use of the reporting entity’s own assumptions.

 

Cash and cash equivalents include money market securities that are considered to be highly liquid and easily tradable as of December 31, 2015 and 2014. These securities are valued using inputs observable in active markets for identical securities and are therefore classified as Level 1 within our fair value hierarchy.

 

The carrying amounts of financial instruments, including accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and promissory note, approximated fair value as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, because of the relatively short-term maturity of these instruments and their market interest rates. No instruments are carried at fair value.

 

The Company accounts for its derivative liabilities, at fair value, on a recurring basis under level 2.

 

     Level 1   Level 2   Level 3   Total 
 Fair value of derivatives   $   $576,557   $   $576,557 

 

Embedded Conversion Features

 

The Company evaluates embedded conversion features within convertible debt under ASC 815 "Derivatives and Hedging" to determine whether the embedded conversion feature(s) should be bifurcated from the host instrument and accounted for as a derivative at fair value with changes in fair value recorded in earnings. If the conversion feature does not require derivative treatment under ASC 815, the instrument is evaluated under ASC 470-20 "Debt with Conversion and Other Options" for consideration of any beneficial conversion feature.

 

Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company has financial instruments that are considered derivatives or contain embedded features subject to derivative accounting related to 22 convertible notes issued totaling $3,675,000 which included a ratchet provision in the conversion price of $.30 or a price equal to the last equity transaction completed by the Company as part of a subscription agreement. The notes all have a maturity date of December 31, 2016. Embedded derivatives are valued separately from the host instrument and are recognized as derivative liabilities in the Company’s balance sheet. The Company measures these instruments at their estimated fair value and recognizes changes in their estimated fair value in results of operations during the period of change. The Company has estimated the fair value of these embedded derivatives for convertible debentures and associated warrants using a multinomial lattice model as of December 31, 2015. The fair values of the derivative instruments are measured each quarter, which resulted in a gain of 1,118,478 and derivative expense of $0 during the three and months ended December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2015, the fair market value of the derivatives aggregated $576,557, using the following assumptions: estimated 1.00-1.25-year term, estimated volatility of 135.62-120.66%, and a discount rate of 0.65-0.22%.

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - The Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments with a maturity of three months or less, as well as bank money market accounts, to be cash equivalents. As of December 31, 2015 and 2014, the balances are $2,044,662 and $1,654,171, respectively.

CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK - Financial instruments, which potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk, consist principally of trade receivables and cash and cash equivalents.

 

Concentration of credit risk with respect to trade receivables is generally diversified due to the large number of entities comprising the Company’s customer base and their dispersion across geographic areas principally within the United States. The Company routinely addresses the financial strength of its customers and, as a consequence, believes that its receivable credit risk exposure is limited.

 

The Company places its temporary cash investments with high credit quality financial institutions. At times, the Company maintains bank account balances, which exceed FDIC limits. As of December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company exceeded FDIC limits by $1,644,032 and $1,004,897, respectively.

REVENUE RECOGNITION

REVENUE RECOGNITION – The Company recognizes revenue, for all revenue streams, when it is realized or realizable and estimable in accordance with ASC 605, “Revenue Recognition”. The Company will recognize revenue only when all of the following criteria have been met:

 

·Persuasive evidence for an agreement exists;

 

·Service has been provided or shipment has occurred;

 

·The fee is fixed or determinable; and,

 

·Collection is reasonably assured.

 

ACE MARKETING – Ace Marketing’s revenue is recognized when title and risk of loss transfers to the customer and the earnings process is complete. In general, title passes to our customers upon the company’s shipment of the merchandise. Revenue is recognized on a gross basis since Ace Marketing has the risks and rewards of ownership, latitude in selection of vendors and pricing, and bears all credit risk. Advance payments made by customers are included in customer deposits. Ace Marketing records all shipping and handling fees billed to customers as revenues and related costs as cost of goods sold, when incurred. Additional source of revenue, derived from emails/texts directly to consumers are recognized under contractual arrangements. Revenue from this advertising method is recognized at the time of service provided.

 

MOBIQUITY NETWORKS –. Mobiquity income will be derived from the sale of mobile based advertising campaigns utilizing our beacon platform. Revenue is realized with the signing of the advertising contract. The customer signs a contract directly with us for an advertising campaign with mutually agreed upon term and is billed on the start date of the advertising campaign, which are normally in short duration periods. The first option to earn revenue with the beacon platform is for customers to contract for advertising campaigns, on our platform, either directly through their own app or through various third party apps. The second option to earn revenue is through a revenue share with advertising exchanges and networks that deliver advertising campaigns to their customers based on our real-time or delayed location signal data. The third option would be through licensing ofour historical data to data management platform companies.

ALLOWANCE FOR DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS

ALLOWANCE FOR DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS - Management must make estimates of the collectability of accounts receivable. Management specifically analyzes accounts receivable and analyzes historical bad debts, customer concentrations, customer credit-worthiness, current economic trends and changes in customer payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts. As of December 31, 2015 and 2014, allowance for doubtful accounts were $104,611 and $40,000, respectively.

INVENTORY

INVENTORY – Inventory is recorded at cost (First In, First Out) and is comprised of finished goods. The Company maintains an inventory on hand for its largest customer’s frequent order items. All items held are branded for the customer, therefore are not available for public distribution. The Company has an agreement with this customer, for cost recovery, if vendor relationship is terminated. There have been minimal reserves placed on inventory, based on this arrangement. As of December 31, 2015 and 2014, the Company has reserved against $31,676 and $31,676, respectively.

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT - Property and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation is expensed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the related assets. Leasehold improvements are being amortized using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the related assets or the remaining term of the lease. The costs of additions and improvements, which substantially extend the useful life of a particular asset, are capitalized. Repair and maintenance costs are charged to expense. When assets are sold or otherwise disposed of, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the account and the gain or loss on disposition is reflected in operating income.

LONG-LIVED ASSETS

LONG LIVED ASSETS - Long-lived assets such as property, equipment and identifiable intangibles are reviewed for impairment whenever facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. When required impairment losses on assets to be held and used are recognized based on the fair value of the asset. The fair value is determined based on estimates of future cash flows, market value of similar assets, if available, or independent appraisals, if required. If the carrying amount of the long-lived asset is not recoverable from its undiscounted cash flows, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between the carrying amount and fair value of the asset.  When fair values are not available, the Company estimates fair value using the expected future cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk associated with the recovery of the assets.  We did not recognize any impairment losses for any periods presented.

PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS

PATENTS and TRADEMARKS - Patents and trademarks developed during the prior years were capitalized for the period of development and testing. Expenditures during the planning stage and after implementation have been expensed in accordance with ASC985.

ADVERTISING COSTS

ADVERTISING COSTS - Advertising costs are expensed as incurred. For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 there were advertising costs of $14,495 and $288, respectively.

ACCOUNTING FOR STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

ACCOUNTING FOR STOCK BASED COMPENSATION. Stock based compensation cost is measured at the grant date fair value of the award and is recognized as expense over the requisite service period. The Company uses the Black-Sholes option-pricing model to determine fair value of the awards, which involves certain subjective assumptions. These assumptions include estimating the length of time employees will retain their vested stock options before exercising them (“expected term”), the estimated volatility of the Company’s common stock price over the expected term (“volatility”) and the number of options for which vesting requirements will not be completed (“forfeitures”). Changes in the subjective assumptions can materially affect estimates of fair value stock-based compensation, and the related amount recognized on the consolidated statements of operations.  Refer to Note 8 “Stock Option Plans” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this report for a more detailed discussion.

BENEFICIAL CONVERSION FEATURES

BENEFICIAL CONVERSION FEATURES - Debt instruments that contain a beneficial conversion feature are recorded as deemed interest to the holders of the convertible debt instruments. The beneficial conversion is calculated as the difference between the fair values of the underlying common stock less the proceeds that have been received for the debt instrument limited to the value received.

FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSLATIONS

FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSLATIONS - The Company’s functional and reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. We own a subsidiary in Europe. Our subsidiary’s functional currency is the EURO. All transactions initiated in EUROs are translated into U.S. dollars in accordance with ASC 830-30, “Translation of Financial Statements,” as follows:

 

  (i) Monetary assets and liabilities at the rate of exchange in effect at the balance sheet date.
  (ii) Fixed assets and equity transactions at historical rates.
  (iii) Revenue and expense items at the average rate of exchange prevailing during the period.

 

Adjustments arising from such translations are deferred until realization and are included as a separate component of stockholders’ equity as a component of comprehensive income or loss. Therefore, translation adjustments are not included in determining net income (loss) but reported as other comprehensive income.

 

No significant realized exchange gains or losses were recorded since March 7, 2013 (date of acquisition of subsidiary) to December 31, 2015.

INCOME TAXES

INCOME TAXES - Deferred income taxes are recognized for temporary differences between financial statement and income tax basis of assets and liabilities for which income tax or tax benefits are expected to be realized in future years. A valuation allowance is established to reduce deferred tax assets, if it is more likely than not, that all or some portion of such deferred tax assets will not be realized. The effect on deferred taxes of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

NET LOSS PER SHARE

NET LOSS PER SHARE - Basic net loss per share is computed by dividing income available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share reflect, in periods in which they have a dilutive effect, the impact of common shares issuable upon exercise of stock options. The number of common shares potentially issuable upon the exercise of certain options and warrants that were excluded from the diluted loss per common share calculation was approximately 28,424,266 and 882,576 because they are anti-dilutive, as a result of a net loss for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. 

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS - We have reviewed the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) accounting pronouncements and interpretations thereof that have effectiveness dates during the periods reported and in future periods. The Company has carefully considered the new pronouncements that alter previous generally accepted accounting principles and does not believe that any new or modified principles will have a material impact on the corporation’s reported financial position or operations in the near term. The applicability of any standard is subject to the formal review of our financial management and certain standards are under consideration.