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Form 10-Q for SEVEN ARTS ENTERTAINMENT INC.


19-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this document might constitute "forward-looking statements". Some, but not all, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," and "intend," statements that an action or event "may," "might," "could," "should," or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following risks: the need for additional financing; uncertainties and risks related to carrying on business in foreign countries; risks associated with third party infringement of copyrights and other intellectual property, especially the unauthorized duplication of motion picture DVDs and unauthorized distribution of motion pictures through the world wide web; risks associated with the lack of enforcement of applicable copyright and intellectual property laws, especially in foreign countries; risks associated with changing copyright and applicable intellectual property laws, especially in foreign countries; risks associated with changing distribution models for motion pictures, especially on the world wide web; risks associated with restrictions of motion picture content, especially in foreign countries; reliance on key personnel; the potential for conflicts of interest among certain officer, directors or promoters of the Company; the absence of dividends; currency fluctuations; competition; dilution; the volatility of the Company's ordinary share price and volume; and tax consequences to United States Shareholders. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Overview:

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the preceding financial statements and footnotes thereto contained in this report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements, which are based on our assumptions about the future of our business. Our actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

We are an independent motion picture production company engaged in developing, financing, producing and licensing theatrical motion pictures with budgets in the range of $2 million to $15 million for exhibition in domestic (i.e. the United States and Canada) and foreign theatrical markets and for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including DVD, home video, pay-per-view, and free television. Our pictures generally receive either a wide theatrical release (1,000 to 3,000 theaters in the United States) or only a limited theatrical release (50-300 theaters in the United States), or may even be released directly to post-theatrical markets, primarily DVD. Our pictures that receive limited theatrical release or post-theatrical release typically benefit from lower prints and advertising ("P & A") cost and, in turn, improved gross profit margins. We determine the size of a theatrical release in the United States based on distributor and our estimates of the commercial prospects of theatrical box office and our own evaluation of the level of expected theatrical release costs as opposed to our estimation of potential theatrical box office in the United States.

No one picture had a principal or controlling share of gross revenues or operating profits in these periods.


Film Company

We license distribution rights in our motion pictures in the United States and in most foreign territories prior to and during the production or upon the acquisition of rights to distribute a picture. We share in the commissions generated by the sales of the pictures. Sale of a license to distribute a motion picture prior to its delivery is termed a "pre-sale" and may occur at any time during the development and production process. In a typical license agreement, we license a picture to a distributor before it is produced or completed for an advance from the licensee, which advance is recoverable by the distributor from our share of the revenues generated by the distribution of the picture in the licensee's territory, after deduction of the distributor's expenses and distributor fee. The advance usually is in the form of a cash deposit plus a letter of credit or "bank letter" for the balance payable 10-20% on execution (i.e., the cash deposit) and the balance on delivery (i.e., the letter of credit or "bank letter"). The license grants the distributor the right to the post-theatrical release of the picture in all or certain media in their territory for a predetermined time period. After this time, the distribution rights revert back to us and we are then free to re-license the picture. The license specifies that the distributor is entitled to recoup its advance from the revenue generated by the release of the picture in all markets in its territory, as well as its release costs and distribution fees.

After the distributor has recouped its advance, costs, and fees, any remaining revenue is shared with us according to a predetermined formula. This is known as an "overage" and can be a significant source of revenue for us from successful films. However, a film's poor reception in one market does not preclude it from achieving success in another market and generating significant additional revenue for us in the form of an "overage" in that territory. In all of our licensing arrangements, we retain ownership of our films and maintain our control of each copyright. We intend to continue the practice of retaining underlying rights to our film projects in order to continue to build our motion picture library to license or sell in the future.

We create a separate finance plan for each motion picture we produce. Accordingly, the sources of the funds for production of each motion picture vary according to each finance plan. We utilize financing based on state and foreign country tax credits (e.g. Louisiana, United Kingdom and Hungary) and direct subsidies, "mezzanine" or "gap" funds, which are senior to our equity, and senior secured financing with commercial banks or private lenders, together in certain cases with a limited investment from us, which is customarily less than 10% of the production budget. Since each finance plan is unique to each motion picture, we cannot generalize as to the amount we will utilize any of these sources of funds for a particular motion picture. We generally obtain some advances or guarantees prior to commitment to production of a motion picture project, but those amounts may not be substantial on smaller budgeted motion picture (e.g., under $10,000,000), and in certain cases we have committed to production with an insubstantial amount of advances and guarantees. Unless we can manage the risks of production through the use of these financing techniques, we will not likely commit to production of larger budget motion pictures (e.g., over $15,000,000), and we have never in the past committed to such productions, without substantial advances or guarantees from third-party distributors, or the equivalent in "non-recourse" financings.

Music Company

Seven Arts Music Inc ("SAM") became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company on February 23, 2012, although set-up costs had been incurred as early as September 2011. The delivery of the first of the DMX albums acquired from David Michery was released on September 11, 2012 and initial costs in creating the first album for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are being incurred for delivery in November 2012. Several other new artists are being considered by SAM.


Post-Production Facility

As of June 30, 2012 SAFELA was transferred to the Company. SAFELA, which is 60% owned by the Company, has a 30 year lease to run a production and pot-production facility at 807 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana ("807 Esplanade"). The facility commenced operations on July 1, 2012.

Company Outlook

The principal factors that affected our results of operations have been the number of motion pictures delivered in a fiscal period, the distribution rights of motion pictures produced by others acquired in a fiscal period, the choice of motion pictures produced or acquired by us, management's and talents' execution of the screenplay and production plan for each picture, the distribution and market reactions to the motion pictures once completed, management's ability to obtain financing and to re-negotiate financing on beneficial terms, the performance of our third-party distributors and our ability to take advantage of tax-incentivized financing. These factors will continue to be, in our opinion, the principal factors affecting future results of operation and our future financial condition. No particular factor has had a primary or principal effect on our operations and financial condition in the periods discussed below.

Our revenues principally consist of amounts we earned from third-party distributors of its motion pictures. We recognize revenue from license fees as and when a motion picture is delivered to the territory to which the license relates if we have a contractual commitment and the term of license has begun or upon receipt of a royalty statement or other reliable information from a distributor of the amounts due to us from distribution of that picture. A motion picture is "delivered" when we have completed all aspects of production and may make playable copies of the motion picture for exhibition in a medium of exhibition such as theatrical, video, or television distribution.

We also recognize revenue beyond an initial license fee from our share of gross receipts on motion pictures which we recognize as revenue when we are notified of the amounts that are due to us. In some fiscal periods, a significant portion of our revenue is derived from sources other than motion picture distribution, including the cancellation of debt and interest income on a financing transaction.

We have also benefited significantly from our ability to raise third party film equity investments such as in tax advantaged transactions under which we transfer to third party investor's tax benefits for motion picture production and distribution. These types of investments have enabled us to substantially reduce the cost basis of our motion pictures and even to record significant fee-related revenues.


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Results of Operations for the Three-Month Period Ended September 30, 2012 vs. 2011

We generated a net loss of $1,357,621 for the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $983,291 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. A discussion of the key components of our statements of operations and material fluctuations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 is provided below.

Revenue

A) Film revenue totalled $229,393 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $592,541 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. A comparison of the 2012 and 2011 sales is as follows:

The majority of 2012 sales came from the accrued sales for the US release of the movie "Drunk Boat" September 2012. On-going royalty income was also received spread over "Pool Boys", "Knife Edge" "Night of the Demons" and "Nine Miles Down"

The majority of 2011 sales came from the US digital release of the movie "The Pool Boys" in September 2011. A significant sale to a third party distributor was also made on the title in Canada during the period. A small amount of royalty income spread over several titles was also received.

B) The music division released the first album from its main artist DMX on September 11, 2012. Accrued revenues of $927,645 have been booked with a returns provision of 25% ($231,405) showing as cost of sales. Costs to produce the album have been capitalized into music assets.

C) The post production facility commenced operations during the period but as construction is still on-going revenues were small.

There were no fee-related revenues in either period.

Cost of Sales

A) The costs of acquiring and producing films are amortized using the individual-film-forecast method, whereby these costs are amortized and participations and residuals costs are accrued in proportion to that the current year's revenue bear's to management's estimates of ultimate revenue expected to be recognized from the exploitation or sale of the films.

An amortization charge of $77,809 was made in the period to September 30, 2012 spread over several titles but mainly "Pool Boys" and "Knife Edge" in line with revenue forecasts.

The equivalent charge during the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $463,804 mainly related to the release of "Pool Boys".

B) The music company assets have also been amortised in proportion to that the current year's revenue bears to management's estimates of ultimate revenue expected to be recognized from the exploitation or sale of the album. A charge of $408,205 has been levied for the period. No amortization was recorded in the previous year.

C) The leasehold improvements have been written off over the 30 year period of the lease.


Other costs of sales in the period totalled $120,307 versus $ 15,340 in the same quarter in 2011 due to the addition of two new divisions especially the music division were 15% distribution fee is payable to the music distributor Fontana.

Administration Expenses

General and administrative expenses decreased from $681,885 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 to $681,885 for the three-months ended September 30, 2012.

Apart from the addition of the two new divisions (additional cost of $67,513) the net increase is primarily due to the following:

$210,000 distribution costs relating to the digital and theatrical release of "The Pool Boys" in September 2011 compared to $120,307 in 2012.

$111,000 of additional legal and professional costs in the 2012 period compared to 2011 mainly related to the set-up of certain loans taken out during the period as well as advisory fees relating to our NASDAQ listing.

Travel and entertainment costs have increased by $50,000 between 2011 and 2012. This increase is attributable to the increased trips of the directors between the US and the UK and travel costs for our auditors for each quarterly review, which did not happen in 2011.

Interest charges in the three months to September 30, 2012 were $975,509 compared to $413,800 in the same period in 2011. The 2012 total includes an additional $141,000 related to SAFELA for the mortgage and construction loan and $25,000 related to the music company. Neither of these charges was included in the 2011 total.

Interest on movie and production loans was $450,000 during the first quarter ended September 30, 2012 versus September 30, 2011 of $366,000. The 2012 amount includes disputed interest expense that was not included in the 2011 charge. The 2012 amount also includes $214,000 of corporate loan interest on loans that were entered into subsequent to March 31, 2011.

No tax expense was recognized in either period.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Management assesses the Company's liquidity in terms of its ability to generate cash to fund its operating, investing and financing activities and whether it will be sufficient to allow it to continue investing in existing businesses, consummating strategic acquisitions, paying interest and servicing debt and managing its capital structure on a short and long-term basis.


Short Term Liquidity

The Company has a retained deficit of $8,284,741 as of September 30, 2012. Management believes that, as a result of the proceeds derived from the proposed offering (registration statement, Form S-1, to be filed November 2012) , and based on historical revenues generated from the licensing of the distribution rights on our motion pictures and the new revenues generated from the music division and post-production facility, we will have sufficient working capital to operate for the next twelve months. Fiscal 2013 will be a year of exploitation of the developed music and post-production businesses, as well as consolidation having strengthened the balance sheet through conversion of debt to equity. This is still anticipated to lead to positive cash flow from operations during fiscal 2013.

We currently borrow funds for the financing of each of our motion pictures from several production lenders. There can be no assurances given that the Group will be able to borrow funds to finance our motion pictures in the future

Long Term Liquidity

The long term liquidity needs of the Company, are projected to be met primarily through the cash flow provided by operations. Cash flow from Operating Activities is expected to become positive in fiscal 2013 due to the impact of the release of the first DMX album, the operation of the post-production facility and on-going film revenues.

Cash Flows

Operating Activities: Net cash used in operating activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $538,815. An increase in other receivables from music company revenue was offset by a provision for returns, amortization of film costs and music assets and during the year and amortization of leasehold improvements.

Investing Activities: Net cash used in investing activities in the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $1,308,825 which is attributable to cost associated with the development of music assets, additions to film costs for films currently in development and leasehold improvements for the post-production facility.

Financing Activities: Net cash provided by financing activities during the year ended June 30, 2012 was $1,736,119 mainly due to the proceeds from additional debt and issuance of common stock for cash.

Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2012, the Company did not have any outstanding capital commitments. As of the date of this filing the Company had no other commitments than disclosed in the Company's financial statements and notes to the financial statements.

WORKING CAPITAL: Working capital at September 30, 2012 was $(11,075,753), which is consistent with our position as of June 30, 2012 of ( $10,298,134).

Working capital is negative due to the fact that all the loans are classified as current even with longer-term workout agreements. The receivables for the fee income from related parties will be paid out over the next four years and, accordingly, are reported long and short-term. The majority of the other loans are convertible to stock so will have little or no cash impact.


Additionally, the mortgage and construction loans on 807 Esplanade are current liabilities with corresponding leasehold improvements being recorded as non-current assets.

SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY/(DEFICIT): Shareholder's Equity at September 30, 2012 was $13,456,818 increasing slightly from June 30, 2012 $13,449,284. The change was primarily due to the conversion of debt to equity through the issuance of common shares set-off against the revaluation of the shares pledged to certain loans.

Historically, we have successfully raised additional operating capital through private equity funding sources or loans from affiliates. However, no assurances can be given that we will be able to obtain sufficient working capital through the sale of common stock and/or borrowing or that the development and implementation of our business plan will generate sufficient future revenues to sustain on-going operations.

Employees

As of September 30, 2012, Seven Arts had 15 employees and independent contractors, providing full time services. Our affiliates employ many part time employees for production of our motion pictures, but we do not engage temporary employees on any regular or material basis. We are not signatory to any labor union collective bargaining agreements, but our affiliates in the United States are signatory to the current Writer's Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and IATSE Low Budget Agreements and have in the past been signatory to the Screen Actors Guild Agreement. Our employees have ranged from a low of six to a high of fourteen over the last three fiscal years.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

Litigation

Fireworks Litigation

The Company prevailed in a motion for summary adjudication on February 10, 2011 in an action against CanWest Entertainment and two of its affiliates ("CanWest") confirming the Company's ownership of five motion pictures "Rules of Engagement", "An American Rhapsody," "Who Is Cletis Tout," "Onegin," and "The Believer", (the "Copyrights"). The Company has filed an action in England against Content Media Corporation ("Content") and Paramount Picture Corp. ("Paramount") to recover the Copyrights and substantial damages for the use of the copyrighted works after their purported acquisition from CanWest. The Company may incur up to $200,000 in legal expenses to pursue this claim but expects to recover those fees from Content.

Jones Film

Seven Arts Pictures plc ("PLC"), the Company's listing predecessor, its then subsidiary Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment Limited ("SAFE") and Seven Arts Pictures Inc. ("SAP"), were the subject of two arbitration awards of attorney fees totalling approximately $900,000, with interest and charges, both of which were reduced to judgment in favour of Jonesfilm ("JF"). PLC has accrued a provisional liability in the amount of $800,000 including approximately $100,000 of accrued interest at June 30, 2011. The Company paid approximately $525,000, the amount of the first arbitration award plus interest and charges, in November, 2011, Management believes the Company has no further liability in this matter. JF asserts that the Company is liable as the "successor in interest" to PLC, which the Company denies.


Arrowhead Target Fund

Seven Arts Future Flow I ("SFF"), a limited liability Company owned by SAP Inc., a Company previously controlled by Mr. Hoffman, obtained financing from the Arrowhead Target Fund, Ltd. ("Arrowhead") of approximately $8,300,000 (the "Arrowhead Loan"). SFF secured the Arrowhead Loan with liens on 12 motion pictures that generated revenues of $820,026 in the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009, $2,739,800 in the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2008 and $544,478 in the three month period ended June 30, 2009. The Company's only liability is to repay the Arrowhead Loan from the proceeds of the film assets pledged against the Arrowhead Loan. The Company is not required to repay the Arrowhead Loan from any of its other assets or revenues. SAE's subsidiary, SAFE, Ltd. was the collateral agent of the film assets.

The Arrowhead Loan became due in February 2009 and SFF has not paid the outstanding principle and interest due thereon. Arrowhead has the right to foreclose on the pledged film assets, but has not done so at the present time. SFF has received a default notice to this effect and as a result Arrowhead is now collecting directly all sums receivable by the Company with respect to these motion pictures, and has appointed a new servicing agent for these motion pictures with the result that the Company no longer controls the licensing of these motion pictures. Failure to repay or refinance the Arrowhead Loan could result in a material disposition of assets through the loss of the Company's rights to the twelve motion pictures and related loss of revenues in amounts that are difficult to predict.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company has removed all assets accounts relating to the twelve motion pictures pledged to Arrowhead and has removed the corresponding limited recourse indebtedness from the Company's consolidated balance sheet at fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, due to the fact that the loan was a limited recourse loan and the Company had no further obligations to Arrowhead beyond the pledged film assets.

Arrowhead filed an action on September 22, 2010 which seeks recovery from the Company of the monies which the Company has retained under its interpretation of the relevant agreements with Arrowhead. In addition, Arrowhead makes substantial additional claims against the Company, Mr. Hoffman and SAP Inc. regarding claimed breaches of the terms of the operative agreements, including failure to properly account, failure to turn over materials, failure to remit monies collected, and similar matters. The claims against the Company for these breaches of warranties for damages are $8,300,000 although Arrowhead states no basis for this amount.

The Company had moved to dismiss the action against all defendants other than Seven Arts Future Flows I LLC, which is not part of the Company. On August 9, 2011, the New York Supreme Court granted the Company's motion and dismissed all defendants except Seven Arts Filmed Entertainment Limited in its capacity as a collateral agent, which is not a material element of Arrowhead claim. The Company continues to believe that Arrowhead's claims against the Company are without substantial merit.

Arrowhead has purported to refile its claim against the Company and the other defendants. The Company will seek dismissal of these claims on the same grounds. The Company continues to believe that Arrowhead's claims against the Company are without substantial merit.

Arrowhead Capital Partners - AGC Loan

The Company's predecessor and several affiliates were named as defendants in an action by Arrowhead Capital Partners Ltd filed in the Supreme Court of New York County of New York State purportedly served on May 24, 2010, seeking to collect $1,000,000 plus interest (the "ACG Loan") due to Arrowhead Consulting Group LLC ("ACG") as well as foreclosure on the collateral granted as part of the Cheyne Loan described above in Note 13 under "Production Loans". The ACG Loan is fully subordinated to repayment of the Cheyne Loan, which has not been repaid, and a subsidiary of the Company has been assigned all Cheyne's rights under the subordination provision of the Cheyne Loan. As a result Management does not believe that ACG has the right to maintain this action to collect any monies or to foreclose on any collateral pursuant to the Cheyne Loan. The Company intends to vigorously defend against this action and has filed a motion for summary judgement to dismiss this action.


Investigation into Claim for Tax Credits (SAPLA)

The US Attorney in New Orleans is investigating claims for Louisiana film infrastructure tax credits including such tax credits to be claimed by an . . .

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