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Form 10-Q for ALTERNET SYSTEMS INC


14-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS:

Overview

This quarterly report may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may", "should", "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "predicts", "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risks in the section entitled "Risk Factors" that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States, we do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results.

Our financial statements are stated in United States Dollars (US$) and are prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


In this annual report, unless otherwise specified, all dollar amounts are expressed in United States dollars and all references to "common shares" refer to the common shares in our capital stock.

Company History and Business

Alternet Systems, Inc. (the "Company"), was organized under the laws of the State of Nevada on June 26, 2000, under the name North Pacific Capital Corp. In 2001 the Company changed its name to SchoolWeb Systems Inc. and then, in 2002, to Alternet Systems, Inc. On December 31, 2007 the Company executed a merger with TekVoice Communications, Inc. of Miami, Florida. Since then the Company has changed business focus and strategy to mobile financial services and mobile security. In 2011 TekVoice became inactive.

2009 - to present Focus on Mobile Financial Services and Security

Since late 2009 the Company has focused its investment and operational expertise on the mobile value added services markets of mobile financial transactions and security, through two new subsidiaries. These subsidiaries, Alternet Transaction Systems (dba Utiba Americas, which is 49% owned by Utiba Pte, Ltd) and International Mobile Security (IMS, which is 40% owned by General Services Holding LLC) were launched within the fiscal year 2010. The new lines of business and Company focus were intended to provide new revenue streams and profitability from the high growth segments of the mobile value added service market, namely mobile financial services and mobile security, Growth of both of these market segments is driven by the exponential adoption of mobile phones which in 2011 reached more than 70%, of the global population, with a total of 5 billion phones.

Competition

The Company competes in two distinct industries, mobile financial services and mobile security. Although the Company has unique features in its product offerings, and in mobile financial services is considered a pioneer and market leader, it competes with companies that are better financed. In 2010 and 2011 some market consolidation has taken place. Smaller competitors with market name recognition have been absorbed by larger organizations eager to capture market share and/or obtain technology and continued consolidation is expected over the next couple of years.

Research and Development

The Company spends a judicious amount in research and development expenditures. In mobile financial services, the Company primarily relies on its joint-venture partner's longstanding and continued research and development, and as appropriately purchases the necessary technology. In 2011, the Company purchased $1.5 million in intellectual property from its joint-venture partner. In mobile security the Company has its own proprietary technology and is in constant development to address client and market needs.

Employees

The company continued to increase staffing in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 in its operating subsidiaries. At September 30, 2012, total staff stood at 27 versus 17 the prior year. The Company continues to outsource contract employment as appropriate.

Nine months Ended September 30, 2012 Compared to the nine months Ended September 30, 2011

Net Sales

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company had $452,891 in net sales compared to $128,794 for the corresponding period in 2011. Sales increased significantly in percentage terms (251%) but coming in well below the volume anticipated for the period as delays arose in closing qualified prospects of mobile commerce and mobile security license software by Alternet Transaction Systems, (DBA Utiba Americas) and International Mobile Security. Contract negotiations and/or project implementations are proceeding. Additionally discussions with major new clients have been initiated with the high likelihood of finalizing contracts in near term, most likely in the beginning of 2013.

Delays continue to reflect the long, complex, business to business sales cycle, the slow evolution of mobile money regulations in different countries, and delays not uncommon in the rollout of new technology. Additionally, in Utiba Americas, the transition from sales of software licenses to sale of Software as a Service (SaaS) continues apace with the adverse effect on the timing of revenue recognition. In the former's case, revenue reflects the one-time nature of the sale and is recognized at the time of the contract. SaaS revenue, on the other hand, is recognized over the term of the contract, typically being three to five years, based on the number of users and/or transactions. Management is cognizant of the timing issue and believes that the longer term and more reliable transactional revenue will generate significantly greater value to the Company. Moreover, the market for the Company's SaaS offering is expected to be significantly greater than straight license sales.


Gross Profit

Gross profit was $176,591 in the nine months ending September 30, 2012 compared to $30,008 in the nine month period ending September 30, 2011, representing an increase in gross profit for the period of $146,583. As noted up above, such results were well below anticipated performance.

Operating Expenses

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company's operating expenses increased ($2,872,562 in 2012 versus $1,916,628 in prior year, an increase of $779,343, or 41%) when compared to the prior year. The increase was attributable to the Company's additional staffing and infrastructure growth necessary to properly service market opportunities and customer demand. This increase can best be seen in the year-over-year growth of the combined management and consulting and salary expenses ($2,063,777 in 2012 versus $1,304,029 in 2011, an increase of $759,748, or 58%). Most of this increase, when compared to the year-to-date prior year results, occurred in the third quarter (an increase of $504,862, equivalent to 126%, in third quarter of 2012 versus the third quarter of 2011). The increase in management and consulting and salary expense for the nine months accounts for 82% of the total $925,926 increase in operating expenses. Another 13% of the increase is accounted by in bank and finance charges, which reached $52,905in 2012 versus $10,087 the prior year.

Accounts payable totaled $1,129,472 and accounts receivable were $1,789,478 at September 30, 2012

Net Loss

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company had a net loss of $2,492,012 or $(0.03) per share, which was an increase of $649,217 when compared to the net loss for the corresponding prior year period of $1,842,795. The higher loss was primarily due to increased operating expenses, foreign exchange losses of $247,384 (an increase of $247,030, versus $354 in the prior year) primarily attributable to operations in Venezuela, and higher loss on debt settlement (an increase of $289,212). The latter reflects the accounting loss, recorded on the date of such events, based on fair market value (refer to Note 2).

Interest and other expenses

As shown in operating expenses, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company had bank charges and interest expense of $168,510, including the $85,198 of warrants (refer to Note 8c) compared with $44,718 for the corresponding period to September 30, 2011.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company had current assets including cash on hand of $2,284,595 as at September 30, 2012 ($772,395 at September 30, 2011).

The Company had a working capital deficiency of $2,015,136 at September 30, 2012 ($977,784 at September 30, 2011). Management of the Company has determined that the Company's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on raising additional capital and achieving increased sales of its operating subsidiaries, Alternet Transaction Systems (DBA Utiba Americas), and International Mobile Security (IMS).

Management can give no assurance that any increase in sales will occur in the future and if they do occur, may not be enough to cover the Company's operating expenses or any other costs. Should this be the case, we would be forced, unless sufficient working capital can be raised, to suspend operations and possibly liquidate the assets and wind up and dissolve the Company.


RISK FACTORS

The Company is exposed to a number of risks, including the following:

- The Company may be unable to market and sell its products;
- The Company's sales are currently insufficient and its future prospects are dependent on the ability to market its products and services;
- The Company has a history of operating at a significant loss;
- The Company requires additional equity financing to continue operations and may be unable to obtain this financing;
- If further equity financing is obtained, it will dilute the value of existing shareholders' stock;
- The Company has limited working capital with which to continue operations; The Company is active in competitive industries and faces competition from more established companies with greater financial resources and established sales and distribution capabilities;
- The Company has a significant number of shares outstanding which may be eligible for resale under Rule 144 and which, if sold, could depress the market price of the Company's shares.

Our business operations are also subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to those set forth below:

We have had negative cash flows from operations. If we are unable to obtain financing in the amounts and on terms deemed acceptable to us, we may be unable to continue our business and as a result may be required to scale back or cease operations, the result of which would be that our stockholders would lose some or all of their investment.

To date we have had negative cash flows from operations and we have been dependent on sales of our equity securities and debt financing to meet our cash needs. We expect positive cash flow from operations in 2012 but there is no assurance that actual cash requirements will not exceed our estimates, or that our sales projections will be realized as estimated. The occurrence of any of the aforementioned events could adversely affect our ability to meet our business plans.

In the near term we will depend on outside capital to pay for the continued development of our business. Such outside capital may include the sale of additional stock and/or commercial borrowing. Capital may not continue to be available to meet these continuing development costs or, if the capital is available, that it will be on terms acceptable to us. The issuance of additional equity securities by us would result in a significant dilution in the equity interests of our current stockholders. Obtaining commercial loans, assuming those loans would be available, will increase our liabilities and future cash commitments.

A decline in the price of our common stock could affect our ability to raise further working capital and adversely impact our operations.

A prolonged decline in the price of our common stock could result in a reduction in the liquidity of our common stock and a reduction in our ability to raise capital. Because our operations have been primarily financed through the sale of equity securities, a decline in the price of our common stock could be especially detrimental to our liquidity and our continued operations. Any reduction in our ability to raise equity capital in the future would force us to reallocate funds from other planned uses and would have a significant negative effect on our business plans and operations, including our ability to develop new products and continue our current operations. If our stock price declines, we may not be able to raise additional capital or generate funds from operations sufficient to meet our obligations.

We have a history of losses and fluctuating operating results.

There is no assurance that we will operate profitably or will generate positive cash flow in the future. In addition, our operating results in the future may be subject to significant fluctuations due to many factors not within our control, such as the unpredictability of when customers will purchase our products and/or services, the size of customers' purchases, the demand for our production and/or services, and the level of competition and general economic conditions. If we cannot generate positive cash flows in the future, or raise sufficient financing to continue our normal operations, then we may be forced to scale down or even close our operations.

We have a limited operating history and if we are not successful in continuing to grow our business, we may have to scale back or even cease our ongoing business operations.

We have limited history of revenues from operations and have limited significant tangible assets. We have yet to generate positive earnings and there can be no assurance that we will ever operate profitably. Our company has a limited operating history and must be considered in the development stage. Our company's operations will be subject to all the risks inherent in the establishment of a developing enterprise and the uncertainties arising from the absence of a significant operating history. We are in the development stage and potential investors should be aware of the difficulties normally encountered by enterprises in the development stage. If our business plan is not successful, and we are not able to operate profitably, investors may lose some or all of their investment in our company.


Trading of our stock may be restricted by the SEC's "Penny Stock" regulations, which may limit a stockholder's ability to buy and sell our stock.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted regulations which generally define "penny stock" to be any equity security that has a market price (as defined) less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. Our securities are covered by the penny stock rules, which impose additional sales practice requirements on broker-dealers who sell to persons other than established customers and "accredited investors." The term "accredited investor" refers generally to institutions with assets in excess of $5,000,000 or individuals with a net worth in excess of $1,000,000 or annual income exceeding $200,000 or $300,000 jointly with their spouse. The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer, prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from the rules, to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document in a form prepared by the SEC, which provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market. The broker-dealer also must provide the customer with current bid and offer quotations for the penny stock, the compensation of the broker-dealer and its salesperson in the transaction and monthly account statements showing the market value of each penny stock held in the customer's account. The bid and offer quotations, and the broker-dealer and salesperson compensation information, must be given to the customer orally or in writing prior to effecting the transaction and must be given to the customer in writing before or with the customer's confirmation. In addition, the penny stock rules require that prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from these rules, the broker-dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive the purchaser's written agreement to the transaction. These disclosure requirements may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity in the secondary market for the stock that is subject to these penny stock rules. Consequently, these penny stock rules may affect the ability of broker-dealers to trade our securities and to find purchases for our securities. We believe that the penny stock rules discourage investor interest in and limit the marketability of, our common stock.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, has adopted sales practice requirements which may also limit a stockholder's ability to buy and sell our stock.

In addition to the "penny stock" rules described above, FINRA has adopted rules that require that in recommending an investment to a customer, a broker-dealer must have reasonable grounds for believing that the investment is suitable for that customer. Prior to recommending speculative low priced securities to their non-institutional customers, broker-dealers must make reasonable efforts to obtain information about the customer's financial status, tax status, investment objectives and other information. Under interpretations of these rules, FINRA believes that there is a high probability that speculative low priced securities will not be suitable for at least some customers. FINRA requirements make it more difficult for broker-dealers to recommend that their customers buy our common stock, which may limit your ability to buy and sell our stock and have an adverse effect on the market for our shares.

Trading in our common shares on the OTC Bulletin Board is limited and sporadic making it difficult for our shareholders to sell their shares or liquidate their investments.

Our common shares are currently listed for public trading on the OTC Bulletin Board. The trading price of our common shares has been subject to wide fluctuations. Trading prices of our common shares may fluctuate in response to a number of factors, many of which will be beyond our control. The stock market has generally experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of companies with no current business operation. There can be no assurance that trading prices and price earnings ratios previously experienced by our common shares will be matched or maintained. These broad market and industry factors may adversely affect the market price of our common shares, regardless of our operating performance.


In the past, following periods of volatility in the market price of a company's securities, securities class-action litigation has often been instituted. Such litigation, if instituted, could result in substantial costs for us and a diversion of management's attention and resources.

Because of the early stage of development and the nature of our business, our securities are considered highly speculative.

Our securities must be considered highly speculative, generally because of the nature of our business and the early stage of its development.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In January 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-01, Deferral of the Effective Date of Disclosures about Troubled Debt Restructurings in Update No. 2010-20 (Receivables Topic 310), which is effective upon issuance. This update defers the effective date of the disclosures required under ASU 2010-20 to be concurrent with the effective date of the guidance for determining what constitutes a troubled debt restricting as presented in proposed ASU update:
Receivables (Topic 310) Clarifications to Accounting for Troubled Debt Restructurings by Creditors. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In April 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-03, Reconsideration of Effective Control for Repurchase Agreements (Transfers and Service Pricing Topic 860), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update provides on the accounting for repurchase agreements (repos) and other agreements that entitle and obligate a transferor to repurchase or redeem financial assets before their maturity. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-04, Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFS (Fair Value Measurement Topic 820), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update explains how to measure fair value. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-05, Presentation of Comprehensive Income (Comprehensive Income Topic 220), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update provides guidance on improving the comparability, consistency, and transparency of financial reporting and to increase the prominence of items reported in other comprehensive income This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations

In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-08, Testing Goodwill for Impairment (Intangibles - Goodwill and Other Topic 350), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update simplifies how entities test goodwill for impairment by permitting them to use qualitative factors to first to determine whether an impairment is more likely or not. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-09, Disclosures about an Employer's Participation in a Multiemployer Plan (Compensation - Retirement Benefits - Multiemployer Plans Topic 715-80), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update requires increased disclosure from Company's participating in a Multiemployer Plan. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-11, Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities (Balance Sheet Topic 210), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013. This update facilitates comparison between financial statements presented under US GAAP and financial statements prepared under IFRS. This standard is not expected to have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.

In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-12, Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in ASU 2011-05 (Comprehensive Income Topic 220), which is effective for financial statements issued for interim and annual periods beginning on or after December 15, 2011. This update defers some of the requirements relating to the reclassification of items out of Other Comprehensive Income under ASU 2011-05. This standard did not have an effect on the Company's reported financial position or results of operations.


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