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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies



This summary of significant accounting policies is presented to assist the reader in understanding and evaluating the Company’s financial statements. The consolidated financial statements and notes are representations of the Company’s management, which is responsible for their integrity and objectivity. These accounting policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles and have been consistently applied in the preparation of the financial statements.




The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and companies in which the Company has a controlling interest including the accounts of Windstream Technologies, Inc., (fka, Windaus Global Energy, Inc.), Windstream Technologies, Inc. (a California corporation), Windstream Energy Technologies Pvt Ltd. and Windstream Technologies Latin America S. A. For consolidated subsidiaries where the Company’s ownership in the subsidiary is less than 100%, the equity interest not held by the Company is shown as non-controlling interest. Management also evaluates whether an investee company is a variable interest entity and whether the Company is the primary beneficiary. Consolidation is required if both of these criteria are met. The Company did not have any variable interest entities requiring consolidation during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. All material intercompany balances have been eliminated in consolidation.




Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation. The reclassifications did not impact prior period results of operations, cash flows, total assets, total liabilities or total equity.


Comprehensive Income


The Company reports comprehensive income in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 220 “Comprehensive Income,” which established standards for reporting and displaying comprehensive income and its components in a financial statement that is displayed with the same prominence as other financial statements.


Total comprehensive income is defined as all changes in stockholders’ equity during a period, other than those resulting from investments by and distributions to stockholders (i.e., issuance of equity securities and dividends). Generally, for the Company, total comprehensive income (loss) equals net income (loss) plus or minus adjustments for currency translation. Comprehensive income was de minimus for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.


Foreign Currency Transactions and Translation


The Company’s subsidiary in India conducts business primarily denominated in its local currency, which is its functional currency. Assets and liabilities have been translated to U.S. dollars at the period-end exchange rates. Revenues and expenses have been translated at exchange rates which approximate the average of the rates prevailing during each period. Translation adjustments are de minimus for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, and are included in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations as a component of general and administrative expenses.


Use of Estimates


The preparation of the consolidated financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Significant accounting estimates reflected in the Company’s consolidated financial statements include the allowance for doubtful accounts and sales returns reserves, inventory write-downs, the estimated useful lives of long-lived assets, the impairment of long-lived assets, fair value of derivative liabilities, valuation allowance on deferred income tax assets, accrued warranty expenses, the grant-date fair value of share-based compensation awards and related forfeiture rates, and fair value of financial instruments. Changes in facts and circumstances may result in revised estimates. The current economic environment has increased the degree of uncertainty inherent in those estimates and assumptions.


Deferred Financing Costs


Deferred financing costs represent costs incurred in connection with obtaining the debt financing. These costs are amortized ratably and charged to interest expense over the term of the related debt.


In connection with one of the five debt issuances as discussed in Note 11, the Company paid finder’s fees of approximately $42,000 as well as 140,000 common stock warrants at $0.05 per share. The warrants vest immediately and have a three year term. The fair value of the warrants was determined to be approximately $48,000 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the same assumptions as the warrants discussed in Notes 11 and 16, except the exercise price used for the warrants.


The combined value of the warrants, including the finders’ fees, is $90,000, which was capitalized as a financing cost and is being amortized to interest expense over the life of the notes.


As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the deferred financing costs had an unamortized balance of $0. Amortization of deferred financing costs, which has been included in interest expense, was approximately $0 and $23,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.


Cash and Cash Equivalents


The Company considers all highly liquid instruments with maturity of three months or less at the time of issuance to be cash equivalents.


Accounts Receivable


Trade accounts receivable are periodically evaluated for collectability based on past credit history with customers and their current financial condition. Bad debts expense or write offs of receivables are determined on the basis of loss experience, known and inherent risks in the receivable portfolio and current economic conditions. The Company believes its allowance for doubtful accounts as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 are adequate, but actual write-offs could exceed the recorded allowance. During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company wrote off $12,402 in accounts receivable against the allowance and increased the allowance by $10,000 of bad debt expense. There were no such transactions in 2014.


Export Import Bank Credit Insurance


The Company sells its products outside the United States under the terms of a short term multi-buyer export credit insurance policy with the Export Import Bank (“Ex Im Bank”) of the United States, an agency of the United States Government. Under the terms of the policy, the Ex Im Bank agrees to pay the Company up to 95% of the outstanding invoice amounts, on qualified sales, due after ninety days or depending on the specific terms with each customer. The limit of the policy was $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively, having been reduced on June 26, 2015.




Inventories are primarily raw materials. Inventories are valued at the lower of cost, as determined on a first-in-first-out (FIFO) basis, or market. Market value is determined by reference to selling prices after the balance sheet date or to management’s estimates based on prevailing market conditions. Management writes down the inventories to market value if it is below cost. Management also regularly evaluates the composition of its inventories to identify slow-moving and obsolete inventories to determine if a valuation allowance is required. Costs of raw material inventories include the purchase prices of the component parts and related costs incurred in bringing the products to their present location and condition.


Property and Equipment


Property and equipment consists of manufacturing equipment, factory equipment, furniture and fixtures, leasehold improvements and tooling costs. These assets are recorded at cost and are being depreciated on the straight-line basis over estimated lives of two to seven years. Leasehold improvements are being depreciated over their useful life or the term of the related lease, whichever is shorter. Repair and maintenance expenditures, which do not result in improvements, are charged to expense as incurred.


Long-Lived Assets


The Company’s long-lived assets consisted of property and equipment and are reviewed for impairment in accordance with the guidance of FASB ASC Topic, 360, Property, Plant and Equipment, and FASB ASC Topic 205, Presentation of Financial Statements. The Company tests for impairment losses on long-lived assets used in operations whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying amount of the asset may not be recoverable. Recoverability of an asset to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the future undiscounted cash flows expected to be generated by the asset. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying value of the asset exceeds its fair value. Impairment evaluations involve management’s estimates on asset useful lives and future cash flows. Actual useful lives and cash flows could be different from those estimated by management which could have a material effect on our reporting results and financial positions. Fair value is determined through various valuation techniques including discounted cash flow models, quoted market values and third-party independent appraisals, as considered necessary. As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the Company had not experienced impairment losses on its long-lived assets. However, there can be no assurances that the demand for the Company’s products and services will continue, which could result in an impairment of long-lived assets in the future.


Deferred Revenues


The Company typically receives advance payments on certain individual sales. These advance payments are recorded as deferred revenues within accrued liabilities, on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets and reclassified as revenue in the Consolidated Statements of Operations only after the product has been delivered and the revenue has been earned.


Revenue Recognition


Sales revenue consists of amounts earned from customers through the sale of its primary products, the TurboMill and the SolarMill, power generation devices which use alternative energy sources, primarily wind, to generate electricity. The Company also provides accessory products in support of these devices in the form of mounting equipment, data collection/monitoring equipment, batteries, inverters and various wiring solutions and accessories.


Sales revenue is recognized when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, title to and risk of loss for the product has passed, which is generally when the products are shipped to its customers and collection is reasonably assured.


Sales Returns


The Company allows customers to return defective products when they meet certain established criteria as outlined in the Company’s sales terms and conditions. It is the Company’s practice to regularly review and revise, when deemed necessary, the estimates of sales return which are based primarily on historical rates. The Company records estimated sales returns as reductions in sales and accounts receivable. Returned products, which are recorded as inventory, are valued based upon the amount the Company expects to realize upon any subsequent disposition. As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the reserve for sales returns and allowances was $16,000.


Warranty Policy


For the Company’s products it sells, the Company warrants to the original purchaser only that the products will be free from defects in workmanship and material for five years after the shipment date with exclusions for improper installation, ordinary wear and tear, improper maintenance or accident or damage. Estimated future warranty obligations related to certain products are provided by charges to operations in the period in which the related revenue is recognized. Estimates are based on, in part, historical experience. At September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the Company had accrued warranty expense liability of $253,000. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, the Company had warranty expense of $365 and $204,141, respectively.


Cost of goods sold


Cost of goods sold consists primarily of raw materials, utility and supply costs consumed in the manufacturing process, manufacturing labor, depreciation expense and direct overhead expenses necessary to manufacture finished goods as well as warehousing and distribution costs such as inbound freight charges, shipping and handling costs, purchasing and receiving costs.


Shipping and Handling Costs


Shipping and handling costs for all sales transactions are billed to the customer and are included in cost of goods sold for all periods presented.


Income Taxes


The Company accounts for income taxes pursuant to the provisions of ASC 740, Income Taxes, whereby deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amount of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and the future tax benefits derived from operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. The Company provides a valuation allowance on its deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will not be realized.


ASC 740 requires that the Company recognize in the consolidated financial statements the effect of a tax position that is more likely than not to be sustained upon examination based on the technical merits of the position. The first step is to determine whether or not a tax benefit should be recognized. A tax benefit will be recognized if the weight of available evidence indicates that the tax position is more likely than not to be sustained upon examination by the relevant tax authorities. The recognition and measurement of benefits related to the Company’s tax positions requires significant judgment as uncertainties often exist with respect to new laws, new interpretations of existing laws, and rulings by taxing authorities. Differences between actual results and the Company’s assumptions, or changes in the Company’s assumptions in future periods, are recorded in the period they become known. The Company accrues any interest or penalties related to its uncertain tax positions as part of its income tax expense. No reserve for uncertain tax positions was booked by the Company for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. No liability for unrecognized tax benefits was recorded as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014.


Profits from non-U.S. activities are subject to local taxes, but not subject to U.S. tax until repatriated to the U.S. It is the Company’s intention to permanently reinvest these earnings outside the U.S., subject to our management’s continuing assessment as to whether repatriation may, in some cases, still be in the best interests of the Company. The calculation of tax liabilities involves dealing with uncertainties in the application of complex global tax regulations.


Stock Based Payments


The Company accounts for stock based awards to employees in accordance with ASC 718 Stock Compensation. Under this guidance, stock compensation expense is measured at the grant date, based on the fair value of the award, and is recognized as an expense over the estimated service period (generally the vesting period) on the straight-line attribute method. Share-based awards to non-employees are accounted for in accordance with ASC 505-50 “Equity”, wherein such awards are expensed over the period in which the related services are rendered.


General and Administrative Expenses


General and administrative expenses consist of business development, commissions, insurance costs, marketing, salary and benefit expenses, rent, professional fees, travel and entertainment expenses and other general and administrative overhead costs. Expenses are recognized when incurred.


Research and Development


Costs incurred in developing the ability to create and manufacture products for sale are included in research and development in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. Once a product is commercially feasible and starts to sell to third party customers, the classification of such costs as development costs stops and such costs are recorded as costs of production, which is included in cost of goods sold. Research and development costs are expensed when incurred.


For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, research and development expenses were approximately $25,000 and $128,000, respectively.


Basic and Diluted Net Loss per Share


The Company computes loss per share in accordance with ASC 260, Earnings per Share. ASC 260 requires presentation of both basic and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) on the face of the income statement. Basic EPS is computed by dividing net loss available to common shareholders (numerator) by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding (denominator) during the period. Diluted EPS gives effect to all dilutive potential common shares outstanding during the period including stock options, using treasury stock method, and convertible preferred stock using the if-converted method. In computing diluted EPS, the average stock price for the period is used in determining the number of shares assumed to be purchased from the exercise of stock options or warrants. Diluted EPS excludes all dilutive potential common shares if their effect is anti-dilutive. Common stock equivalents pertaining to the convertible debt, options and warrants were not included in the computation of diluted net loss per common share because the effect would have been anti-dilutive due to the net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.


Concentration of Credit Risk


Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash and trade receivables. The Company places its cash with high credit quality financial institutions. At times such cash may be in excess of the FDIC limit of $250,000.


The Company sells primarily to companies and governmental entities across the globe. Receivables arising from those sales domestically are not collateralized; however, credit risk is minimized by continuing to diversify the customer base. International sales typically take place under the auspices of the Export Import Bank, a U.S. government entity, and are guaranteed by that entity under the terms of an insurance policy with a limit of $2 million. The limit had been $4 million, but was reduced to $2 million at June 26, 2015. The Company establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon factors surrounding the credit risk of the specific customers, historical trends and other information.


As of September 30, 2015, four customers represented approximately 78% of outstanding accounts receivable. As of December 31, 2014, two customers represented approximately 90% of outstanding accounts receivable balances. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, two customers represented approximately 77% and 85% of revenue, respectively.


For the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, four vendors represented approximately 47% and 59% of total cost of goods sold, respectively.


Related parties


A party is considered to be related to the Company if the party directly or indirectly or through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Company. Related parties also include principal owners of the Company, its management, members of the immediate families of principal owners of the Company and its management and other parties with which the Company may deal if one party controls or can significantly influence the management or operating policies of the other to an extent that one of the transacting parties might be prevented from fully pursuing its own separate interests. A party which can significantly influence the management or operating policies of the transacting parties or if it has an ownership interest in one of the transacting parties and can significantly influence the other to an extent that one or more of the transacting parties might be prevented from fully pursuing its own separate interests is also a related party.


An officer of the Company is also a relative of the mayor of North Vernon, which has a loan with the Company as described in Notes 12 and 13. The officer has an employment contract with the Company. Management believes compensation is based on market value comparisons and is not impacted by the related party officer’s relationship to the mayor of the lender, relationships have been disclosed, and transactions have been entered into on an unrelated, third party basis.


Financial Instruments and Fair Value of Financial Instruments


The Company applies the provisions of accounting guidance, FASB Topic ASC 825, Financial Instruments, that requires all entities to disclose the fair value of financial instruments, both assets and liabilities recognized and not recognized on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, for which it is practicable to estimate the fair value, and defines the fair value of a financial instrument as the amount at which the instrument could be exchanged in a current transaction between willing parties. At September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the fair value of cash, accounts receivable, inventory, accounts payable, accrued expenses, deferred revenues and short term debt approximate carrying value due to the short maturity of the instruments, quoted market prices or interest rates which fluctuate with market rates.


The Company defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or be paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The Company applies the following fair value hierarchy upon the lowest level of input that is available and significant to the fair value measurement. The Company applies the following fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into three levels and bases the categorization within the hierarchy upon the lowest level of input that is available and significant to the fair value measurement.


The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements).


  Level 1 – Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date.
  Level 2 – Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. If the asset or liability has a specified (contractual) term, a Level 2 input must be observable for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.
  Level 3 – Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs for the asset or liability in which there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date.


The Company uses quoted marked prices to determine the fair values when available. If quoted market prices are not available, the Company measures fair value using valuation techniques that use, when possible, current market-based or independently-sourced market parameters, such as interest rates and currency rates.


The carrying value of financial assets and liabilities recorded at fair value is measured on a recurring or nonrecurring basis. Financial assets and liabilities measured on a non-recurring basis are those that are adjusted to fair value when a significant event occurs. The Company had no financial assets or liabilities carried and measured on a nonrecurring basis during the reporting periods. Financial assets and liabilities measured on a recurring basis are those that are adjusted to fair value each time a financial statement is prepared.


Accounting for Derivatives Liabilities


The Company evaluates stock options, stock warrants or other contracts to determine if those contracts or embedded components of those contracts qualify as derivatives to be separately accounted for under the relevant sections of ASC Topic 815-40, Derivative Instruments and Hedging: Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity. The result of this accounting treatment could be that the fair value of a financial instrument is classified as a derivative instrument and is marked-to-market at each balance sheet date and recorded as a liability. In the event that the fair value is recorded as a liability, the change in fair value is recorded in the Consolidated Statements of Operations as other income or expense. Upon conversion or exercise of a derivative instrument, the instrument is marked to fair value at the conversion date and then that fair value is reclassified to equity. Financial instruments that are initially classified as equity that become subject to reclassification under ASC Topic 815-40 are reclassified to a liability account at the fair value of the instrument on the reclassification date. See Note 11 for disclosure of derivatives and their valuation related to various convertible debt agreements.


Equity Instruments Issued to Non-Employees for Acquiring Goods or Services


Issuances of the Company’s common stock or warrants for acquiring goods or services are measured at the fair value of the consideration or the fair value of the equity instruments issued, whichever is more reliably measurable.


The measurement date for the fair value of the equity instruments issued to consultants or vendors is determined at the earlier of (i) the date at which a commitment for performance to earn the equity instruments is reached (a “performance commitment” which would include a penalty considered to be of a magnitude that is sufficiently large disincentive for non-performance) or (ii) the date at which performance is complete. When it is appropriate for the Company to recognize the cost of a transaction during the financial reporting periods prior to the measurement date, for purposes of recognition of costs during those periods, the equity instrument is measured at the then-current fair values at each of those interim financial reporting dates.


Segment Information


The Company operates in two segments in accordance with accounting guidance FASB ASC Topic 280, Segment Reporting. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer has been identified as the chief operating decision maker as defined by FASB ASC Topic 280. See additional discussion at Note 20.


Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements, not yet adopted


On May 28, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which requires an entity to recognize the amount of revenue to which it expects to be entitled for the transfer of promised goods or services to customers. This ASU will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in GAAP when it becomes effective. The new standard is effective for the Company on January 1, 2017. Early application is not permitted. The standard permits the use of either the retrospective or cumulative effect transition method. The Company is currently evaluating the effect that ASU 2014-09 will have on its consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. The Company has not yet selected a transition method nor has it determined the effect of the standard on its ongoing financial reporting.


In August 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements - Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40): Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going Concern. ASU 2014-15 defines management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about an organization’s ability to continue as a going concern and to provide related footnote disclosures. Under GAAP, financial statements are prepared under the presumption that the reporting organization will continue to operate as a going concern, except in limited circumstances. The going concern basis of accounting is critical to financial reporting because it establishes the fundamental basis for measuring and classifying assets and liabilities. Currently, GAAP lacks guidance about management’s responsibility to evaluate whether there is substantial doubt about the organization’s ability to continue as a going concern or to provide related footnote disclosures. The ASU is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2016, and should be applied prospectively. Early adoption is permitted. The Company has not determined the effect of the standard on its ongoing financial reporting.


In February 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810) - Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, (ASU 2015-02). ASU 2015-02 modifies existing consolidation guidance related to (i) limited partnerships and similar legal entities, (ii) the evaluation of variable interests for fees paid to decision makers or service providers, (iii) the effect of fee arrangements and related parties on the primary beneficiary determination, and (iv) certain investment funds. These changes reduce the number of consolidation models from four to two and place more emphasis on the risk of loss when determining a controlling financial interest. This guidance is effective for public companies for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2015. The Company is in the process of evaluating the adoption of this ASU, and does not expect this to have a material effect on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.


In June 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-12, Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved After the Requisite Service Period. The amendments in the ASU require that a performance target that affects vesting and that could be achieved after the requisite service period be treated as a performance condition. A reporting entity should apply existing guidance in Topic 718, Compensation - Stock Compensation, as it relates to awards with performance conditions that affect vesting to account for such awards. The performance target should not be reflected in estimating the grant-date fair value of the award.


Compensation cost should be recognized in the period in which it becomes probable that the performance target will be achieved and should represent the compensation cost attributable to the period(s) for which the requisite service has already been rendered. If the performance target becomes probable of being achieved before the end of the requisite service period, the remaining unrecognized compensation cost should be recognized prospectively over the remaining requisite service period. The total amount of compensation cost recognized during and after the requisite service period should reflect the number of awards that are expected to vest and should be adjusted to reflect those awards that ultimately vest. The requisite service period ends when the employee can cease rendering service and still be eligible to vest in the award if the performance target is achieved. The amendments in this ASU are effective for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Earlier adoption is permitted. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial position and results of operations.