Annual report pursuant to section 13 and 15(d)

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING PRACTICES

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SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING PRACTICES
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Notes to Financial Statements  
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING PRACTICES

 

2.           SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING PRACTICES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepting in the United States of America (“US GAAP”).

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Segment Information

 

Operating segments are identified as components of an enterprise about which separate, discrete financial information is available for evaluation by the chief operating decision-maker, or decision-making group, in making decisions on how to allocate resources and assess performance. The Company views its operations and manages its business as one operating segment.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

For purposes of reporting within the statement of cash flows, the Company considers all cash on hand, cash accounts not subject to withdrawal restrictions or penalties, and all highly liquid investments with original maturities of 90 days or less at the time of acquisition to be cash equivalents.

 

The Company maintains its cash in institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

  

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company generates revenues from sales of SUGARDOWN®.  Revenue is recognized when there is persuasive evidence that an arrangement exists, the price is fixed and determinable, the product is shipped and collectability is reasonably assured.

 

Revenue is recognized as product is shipped from an outside fulfillment operation.  Terms of product sales contain no contractual rights of return or multiple elements.  In practice, the Company has not experienced or granted returns of product.  Shipping fees charged to customers are included in revenue and shipping costs are included in costs of sales.

 

Inventory

 

Inventory consists of raw materials and finished goods of SUGARDOWN®.  Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market, not in excess of net realizable value.  The Company adjusts the carrying value of its inventory for excess and obselete inventory. This adjustment for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 was $1,667 and $0, respectively. The Company continues to monitor the valuation of its inventories.

 

Intangible Assets

 

Intangible assets consist of identifiable finite-lived assets acquired in business acquisitions. Acquired intangible assets are recorded at fair value on the date of acquisition. Certain acquired intangible assets, including developed technology, products and trade names, are amortized over their economic useful lives on a straight line basis.

 

Goodwill

 

The Company follows the guidance of Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 350, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. Under ASC 350, goodwill and certain other intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized, but instead are reviewed for impairment at least annually.

  

The Company tests goodwill for impairment in the fourth quarter of each year or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired. The test is based on a comparison of the reporting unit’s book value to its estimated fair value. The Company has concluded that no impairment existed at the 2011 testing date. A considerable amount of judgment is required in calculating this impairment analysis, principally in determining financial forecasts and discount rates.  Differences in actual cash flows as compared to the discounted cash flows could require the Company to record an impairment loss in the future.

 

Impairment of Long-lived Assets

 

The Company reviews long-lived assets, which include the Company’s intangible assets, for impairment whenever events or changes in business circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts of the assets may not be fully recoverable.  Future undiscounted cash flows of the underlying assets are compared to the assets’ carrying values.  Adjustments to fair value are made if the sum of expected future undiscounted cash flows is less than book value.  To date, no adjustments for impairment have been made.

 

Loss per Share

 

Basic net loss per share is computed based on the net loss for the period divided by the weighted average actual shares outstanding during the period. Diluted net loss per share is computed based on the net loss for the period divided by the weighted average number of common shares and common equivalent shares outstanding during each period unless the effect of such common equivalent shares would be anti-dilutive. Common stock equivalents represent the dilutive effect of the assumed exercise of certain outstanding stock options using the treasury stock method.  The weighted average number of common shares for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 did not include consideration of 1,578,400 and 78,400 common stock options, respectively, because of their anti-dilutive effect.

  

Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under the asset and liability method. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or be settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion of the gross deferred tax asset will not be realized.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company’s financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable, accrued expenses, and notes payable. The carrying value of cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximates fair value due to their short-term nature.

 

The carrying value of the notes payable as of December 31, 2011 and 2010, is not materially different from the fair value of the notes payable.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk are principally cash and cash equivalents. The Company places its cash and cash equivalents in highly rated financial institutions. The Company maintains cash and cash equivalent balances with financial institutions that occasionally exceed federally insured limits. The Company has not experienced any losses related to these balances, and management believes its credit risk to be minimal.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Stock–based compensation, including grants of employee  and non-employee stock options and modifications to existing stock options, is recognized in the income statement based on the estimated fair value of the awards. The Company uses the Black-Scholes option pricing model to determine the fair value of options granted and recognizes the compensation cost of share-based awards on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the award.

  

The determination of the fair value of share-based payment awards utilizing the Black-Scholes model is affected by the stock price and a number of assumptions, including expected volatility, expected life, risk-free interest rate and expected dividends. The Company does not have a history of market prices of the common stock as, and as such volatility is estimated using historical volatilities of similar public entities. The expected life of the awards is estimated based on the simplified method. The risk-free interest rate assumption is based on observed interest rates appropriate for the terms of our awards. The dividend yield assumption is based on history and expectation of paying no dividends. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates. Stock-based compensation expense is recognized in the financial statements on a straight-line basis over the vesting period, based on awards that are ultimately expected to vest.

 

The Company grants stock options to non-employee consultants from time to time in exchange for services performed for the Company. Equity instruments granted to non-employees are subject to periodic revaluation over their vesting terms. In general, the options vest over the contractual period of the respective consulting arrangement and, therefore, the Company revalues the options periodically and records additional compensation expense related to these options over the remaining vesting period.

  

The fair value of stock options granted was calculated with the following assumptions:

  

  2011 2010
Risk-free interest rate 0.28-0.77% 0.54-0.84%
Expected dividend yield 0% 0%
Volatility factor 90% 90%
Expected life of option 4.75-5.0 years 3.75-4.75 years

 

The weighted-average fair value of stock options granted during the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, under the Black-Scholes option pricing model was $0.20 and $0.08 per share, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $149,727 and $122, respectively, in connection with share-based payment awards. As of December 31, 2011, there was $172,953 of unrecognized compensation expense related to non-vested stock option awards that is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.1 years.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2010-28, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350) - When to Perform Step 2 of the Goodwill Impairment Test for Reporting Units with Zero or Negative Carrying Amounts - a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force, modifies Step 1 of the goodwill impairment test for reporting units with zero or negative carrying amounts. For those reporting units, an entity is required to perform Step 2 of the goodwill impairment test if it is more likely than not that a goodwill impairment exists. In determining whether it is more likely than not that a goodwill impairment exists, an entity should consider whether there are any adverse qualitative factors indicating that an impairment may exist. The amendments are effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011.

 

ASU 2011-08, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Goodwill for Impairment

 

This ASU gives an entity the option in its annual goodwill impairment test to first assess revised qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. The amendments are effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011.