Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)

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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2014
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Consolidations

Consolidations

 

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 interests. 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 years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013. All material intercompany balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

Reclassifications

Reclassifications

 

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

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 minimous for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Foreign Currency Translation

Foreign Currency Transactions and Translation

 

The Company’s subsidiaries in India and Peru conduct business primarily denominated in their respective local currency, which is their 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 deminimous for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, and are included in the Company’s results of operations as a component of general and administrative expenses.

Use of Estimates

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 made for doubtful accounts receivable, inventory write-downs, the estimated useful lives of long-lived assets, the impairment of goodwill, long-lived assets and project assets, fair value of derivative liability, valuation allowance of 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

 

Deferred financing costs represent costs incurred in connection with obtaining the debt financing. These costs are amortized ratably and changed to financing expenses 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 years 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 discussed above was $0.05 per share.

 

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

 

As of December 31, 2014 and 2013, the deferred financing costs had an unamortized balance of approximately $0 and $38,000. Amortization of deferred financing costs, which has been included interest expense, for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, was approximately $38,000 and $52,000, respectively.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

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

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 December 31, 2014 and 2013 are adequate, but actual write-offs could exceed the recorded allowance. There have been no write-offs during the various periods being reported on.

Export Import Bank Credit Insurance

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 is $4,000,000 at December 31, 2014 and 2013.

Inventories

Inventories

 

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. During the year ended December 31, 2014, there were write-downs to inventories due to lower of cost or market aggregating $111,000. Management also regularly evaluates the composition of its inventories to identify slow-moving and obsolete inventories to determine if valuation allowance is required. Costs of raw material inventories include purchase and related costs incurred in bringing the products to their present location and condition.

Property and Equipment

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 amortized on the straight-line basis over estimated lives of two to seven years. Leasehold improvements are being amortized 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

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. Through 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

Deferred Revenues

 

The Company typically receives advance payments on certain individual sales. These advance payments are recorded as deferred revenue, under accrued liabilities, on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and reclassified as revenue in the statement of operations only after the product has been delivered and the revenue has been earned. Deferred revenues as of December 31, 2013, was recognized as revenues in the first two fiscal quarters of 2014.

Revenue Recognition

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

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 December 31, 2014 and 2013, the reserve for sales returns and allowances was $16,000 and $0, respectively.

Warranty Policy

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. For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company had accrued warranty expense liability of $253,000 and $63,000, respectively. The Company had $345,777 and $63,000 had warranty expense for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Cost of goods sold

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

 

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

Income Taxes

 

In accordance with ASC 740 - Income Taxes, the provision for income taxes is computed using the asset and liability method. Under the asset and liability method, deferred income tax assets and liabilities are determined based on the differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of assets and liabilities and are measured using the currently enacted tax rates and laws. A valuation allowance is provided for the amount of deferred tax assets that, based on available evidence, are not expected to be realized.

 

Profit 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.

 

The Company also follows the guidance related to accounting for income tax uncertainties. The Company recognizes the benefit of uncertain tax in its positions in its financial statements when it concludes that a tax position is more likely than not to be sustained upon examination based solely on its technical merits. Only after a tax position passed the first step of recognition will measurement be required. Under the measurement step, the tax benefit not measured as the largest amount of benefit that is more likely than not to be realized upon effective settlement. This is determined on a cumulative probability basis. The Company elects not to accrue 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 years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

 

For tax positions meeting the more likely than not threshold, the amount recognized in the consolidated financial statements is the largest benefit that has a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the relevant tax authority. No liability for unrecognized tax benefits was recorded as of December 31, 2014 and 2013.

Stock Based Payments

Stock Based Payments

 

We account 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

 

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

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 statement 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 years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, research and development expenses were approximately $146,000 and $402,000, respectively.

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per Share

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 years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.

Concentration of Credit Risk

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 $4 million. 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 December 31, 2014, two customers represented 90% of outstanding accounts receivable balances. As of December 31, 2013, four customers made up 94% of the outstanding accounts receivable balance. For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, one and three customers represented approximately 80% and 69% of revenue, respectively.

 

For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, three and two vendors represented approximately 51% and 43% of total cost of goods sold, respectively.

Related parties

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 terms of the loan are at fair market. The officer has an employment contract with the Company. Management believes all compensation is based on market value comparisons and is not impacted at all by the related party officer’s relationship to the mayor of the lender, all relationships have been disclosed to all parties, and all transactions have been entered into on an unrelated, third party basis.

Financial Instruments and Fair Value of Financial Instruments

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 balance sheet, 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 December 31, 2014 and 2013, 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 measure 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

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 statement 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

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.

 

In May 2013, the Company issued 4.36 million shares of common stock for consulting services. The shares were valued at $.345 per share with a par value of .001 per share. The shares were not forfeitable and vested immediately. A total of approximately $1.5 million in stock based compensation was recognized on the share issuances and recorded under general and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2013.

Segment Information

Segment Information

 

The Company operates in two segments in accordance with accounting guidance FASB ASC Topic 280, Segment Reporting. Our 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

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 us on January 1, 2017. Early application is not permitted. The standard permits the use of either the retrospective or cumulative effect transition method. We are currently evaluating the effect that ASU 2014-09 will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. We have not yet selected a transition method nor have we determined the effect of the standard on our 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. We have not determined the effect of the standard on our ongoing financial reporting.

 

In April 2014, FASB issued ASU 2014-08, Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity. Under the new guidance, a disposal of part of an organization that has a major effect on its operations and financial results is a discontinued operation. The amendments will be effective for the Company for annual periods and interim periods within those annual periods beginning after December 15, 2014, with early implementation of the guidance permitted. The Company does not expect these amendments to have a material effect on its financial statements.

 

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. We are in the process of evaluating the adoption of this ASU, and do not expect this to have a material effect on our 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.