Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2023
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  



Our Business


References in this document to the “Company,” “Verb,” “we,” “us,” or “our” are intended to mean Verb Technology Company, Inc., individually, or as the context requires, collectively with its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.


Through June 13, 2023 of the nine months ended September 30, 2023, the Company operated three distinct lines of business through separate wholly owned subsidiaries. The first was Verb Direct, LLC, a sales Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) platform for the direct sales industry; the second was Verb Acquisition Co., LLC, which was a sales SaaS platform for the Life Sciences industry and sports teams; and the third is verbMarketplace, LLC, which operates MARKET.live, a multivendor social shopping platform for retailers, brands, manufacturers, creators, influencers and entrepreneurs who seek to participate in an open market-style eco-system environment.




On April 12, 2019, the Company acquired Sound Concepts Inc. (“Sound Concepts”) through a merger into the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Verb Direct, LLC (“Verb Direct”).


On September 4, 2020, the Company acquired Ascend Certification, LLC, dba SoloFire (“SoloFire”) through a merger into the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Verb Acquisition Co., LLC (“Verb Acquisition”).


On October 18, 2021, the Company established verbMarketplace, LLC (“Market LLC”), a Nevada limited liability company. Market LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company established to operate the MARKET.live platform.


On June 13, 2023, the Company disposed of all of its operating SaaS assets of Verb Direct and Verb Acquisition, (referred to collectively as the “SaaS Assets”) pursuant to an asset purchase agreement in consideration of the sum of $6,500, $4,750 of which was paid in cash by the buyer at the closing of the transaction. Additional payments of $1,750 will be paid by the buyer if certain profitability and revenue targets are met within the next two years as set forth more particularly in the asset purchase agreement. The sale of the SaaS Assets was undertaken to allow the Company to focus its resources on its burgeoning MARKET.live business unit which it expects over time will create greater shareholder value.


MARKET.live is akin to a virtual shopping mall, a centralized online destination where shoppers could explore hundreds, and over time thousands, of shoppable stores for their favorite brands, influencers, creators and celebrities, all of whom can host livestream shopping events from their virtual stores that can be seen by all shoppers at the virtual mall. Every store operator can host livestream events, even simultaneously, and over time we expect there will be thousands of such events, across numerous product and service categories, being hosted by people from all over the world, always on – 24/7 - where shoppers could communicate directly with the hosts in real time to comment or ask questions about products featured in the livestream through an on-screen chat visible to all shoppers. Through the on-screen chat, shoppers can also communicate directly with each other in real time, invite their friends and family to join them at any of the live shopping events to share the experience, and then simply click on a non-intrusive - in-video overlay to place items in an on-screen shopping cart for purchase – all without interrupting the video. Shoppers can visit any number of other shoppable events to meet up and chat with friends, old and new, and together watch, shop and chat with the hosts, discover new products and services, and become part of an immersive entertaining social shopping experience. Throughout the experience, the shopping cart follows shoppers seamlessly from event to event, shoppable video to shoppable video, host to host, store to store and product to product.


Among the big differentiators for MARKET.live is that it allows anyone that streams on MARKET.live to simultaneously broadcast their stream (multi-cast or simulcast) over most popular social media sites to reach a substantially larger audience, which is especially attractive for creators and influencers that have large numbers of followers on other social media platforms.


A very compelling new feature recently developed for MARKET.live allows shoppers watching the stream on TikTok to stay on that site and actually check out through that site, eliminating the friction or reluctance of users to leave their TikTok feed in order to complete their purchase on MARKET.live. Our technology integration allows the purchase data to flow back through MARKET.live and to the individual vendors and stores on MARKET.live seamlessly for fulfillment of the orders.


Last fall the Company launched its “Creators on MARKET.live,” a program that allows creators to monetize their content through livestream shopping and personalized storefronts on MARKET.live. This program is only open to those individuals with a large, verifiable social media following. Participants selected for the Creators on MARKET.live program can choose to feature their favorite products from MARKET.live stores and promote and sell them to their fans, followers and customers. The Company has recently launched a similar program on TikTok for TikTok creators and influencers.


The Company has also recently launched a drop ship program on MARKET.live, offered on a subscription basis, designed specifically for those individuals interested in starting their own ecommerce business, who do not yet have a large base of fans or followers. Through this new program, entrepreneurs can quickly and easily establish their own storefronts, essentially their own website, by choosing the products they love from a carefully curated list of products by category (based on their selected subscription package). They can easily import the products into their storefront and launch their own ecommerce business through livestream shopping events broadcast live on MARKET.live and simulcast on other social platforms. Subscribers do not have to purchase inventory and product fulfillment is handled for them for no additional cost. This program represents a very low cost, low risk option for those who want to start their own ecommerce business. The Company is planning a national television commercial campaign to promote this new program.


All livestream events are recorded and available to watch in each vendors’ personally branded stores on MARKET.live for those fans, followers and customers to return after the livestream events, 24/7, to browse and purchase any of the featured products. All the recorded livestream videos are indexed for easy browsing and remain shoppable. Depending on the products chosen, participants in the Creator program can earn between 5% and 20% of their gross sales at no cost and no risk to the Creators selected to participate in the program. Entrepreneurs that participate in the dropship programs will pay a fixed monthly fee for access to the products in the program and to maintain their MARKET.live ecommerce storefronts and will also earn a percentage of the sales they generate, which varies based on the subscription package.



Going Concern


The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the settlement of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business. As reflected in the accompanying consolidated financial statements, during the nine months ended September 30, 2023, the Company incurred a net loss from continuing operations of $11,957 and used cash in continuing operations of $6,619. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date of the financial statements being issued. As a result, the Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent on its ability to obtain additional financing until the Company can generate sufficient cash flows from operations to meet our obligations. The Company intends to continue to seek additional debt or equity financing to continue its operations.


As of September 30, 2023, the Company had cash of $918.


Equity financing:


On January 24, 2023, the Company issued 901,275 shares of the Company’s common stock which resulted in proceeds of $6,578, net of offering costs of $622.


During September 2023, the Company restarted its’ at-the-market (“ATM”) issuance sales agreements with Truist Securities, Inc. pursuant to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-252167). As of September 30, 2023, the Company has issued 105,300 shares of the Company’s common stock pursuant to this agreement, resulting in proceeds of $50, net of offering costs of $27. Subsequent to September 30, 2023, the Company issued 6,498,591 shares of its common stock and received $2,086 of net proceeds associated with ATM issuances.


Debt financing:


On January 12, 2022, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “January Note Purchase Agreement”) with three institutional investors (collectively, the “January Note Holders”) providing for the sale and issuance of an aggregate original principal amount of $6,300 in convertible notes due January 2023 (each, a “Note,” and, collectively, the “Notes,” and such financing, the “January Note Offering”). The Company and the January Note Holders also entered into a security agreement, dated January 12, 2022, in connection with the January Note Offering, pursuant to which the Company granted a security interest to the January Note Holders in substantially all of its assets. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company repaid $4,950 in principal payments and $357 of accrued interest to January Note Holders pursuant to the terms of the Notes. On January 26, 2023, the Company repaid the remaining principal balance of $1,350 and $208 of accrued interest under the January Note Offering dated January 12, 2022.


In September 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration approved a loan of $350, which, as of November 10, 2023, the Company has not received these funds.


On November 7, 2022, the Company entered into a note purchase agreement (the “November Note Purchase Agreement”) and promissory note with an institutional investor (the “November Note Holder”) providing for the sale and issuance of an unsecured, non-convertible promissory note in the original principal amount of $5,470, which has an original issue discount of $470, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of approximately $5,000 (the “November Note,” and such financing, the “November Note Offering”). The November Note matures eighteen months following the date of issuance. Commencing Nine months from the date of issuance, the Company is required to make monthly cash redemption payments in an amount not to exceed $600. The November Note may be repaid in whole or in part prior to the maturity date for a 10% premium. The November Note requires the Company to use up to 20% of the gross proceeds raised from future equity or debt financings, or the sale of any subsidiary or material asset, to prepay the November Note, subject to a $2,000 cap on the aggregate prepayment amount. Until all obligations under the November Note have been paid in full, the Company is not permitted to grant a security interest in any of its assets, or to issue securities convertible into shares of common stock, subject in each case to certain exceptions. verbMarketplace, LLC entered into a guaranty, dated November 7, 2022, in connection with the November Note Offering, pursuant to which it guaranteed the obligations of the Company under the November Note in exchange for receiving a portion of the loan proceeds.


On May 16, 2023, the Company received a redemption notice under the terms of the November Note Purchase Agreement for $300. The Company missed two payments resulting in a Payment Failure Balance Increase of 10% on the outstanding principal balance per occurrence pursuant to the terms of the agreement totaling $1,205. These costs have been recorded as finance costs in the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2023.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2023, the Company paid $375 in cash and $4,092 in shares of its common stock. As of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the outstanding balance of the November Notes amounted to $2,647 and $5,544, respectively. Subsequent to September 30, 2023, the Company issued 2,040,922 shares of its common stock pursuant to an exchange agreement in exchange for a reduction of $655 on the outstanding balance of the November Notes.


On February 16, 2023, the Company modified and combined the unpaid balances of the previous two advances on future receipts with a new advance from the same third party totaling $1,550 for the purchase of future receipts/revenues of $2,108, resulting in a debt discount of $558. As of September 30, 2023, the outstanding balance of the note was $269 and is being repaid by making daily payments of $10 on each banking day with a scheduled maturity date of November 7, 2023. The amounts related to this financing agreement have been reclassified to liabilities of discontinued operations for purposes of presenting discontinued operations. Subsequent to September 30, 2023, the Company repaid all of the advances on future receipts.





The Company, through its Professional Employer Organization, filed for federal government assistance for the second and third quarters of 2021 in the aggregate amount of $1,528 through Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”) provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The purpose of the ERC is to encourage employers to keep employees on the payroll, even if they are not working during the covered period due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 30, 2023, and December 31, 2022, the Company had a receivable of $1,528 as the amended payroll tax returns have been filed with the IRS related to the quarterly periods ending June 2021 and September 2021. Due to the uncertain timing of the receipt of this receivable, it is being classified as a long-term asset in the condensed consolidated balance sheet at September 30, 2023.


In November 2022, a cost savings plan was approved and implemented to improve liquidity and preserve cash for operations (the “Cost Savings Plan”). This plan was expected to further reduce expenses moving forward through such actions as a reduction in force, elimination of certain services provided by various vendors, and a 25% reduction in cash compensation by senior management over a four-month period in exchange for shares of common stock. Subsequently, the Company extended the Cost Savings Plan through April 30, 2023.


If the Company is unable to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to operate its business and pay its debt obligations as they become due, it will need to seek to raise additional capital, borrow additional funds, dispose of subsidiaries or assets, reduce or delay capital expenditures, or change its business strategy. However, in light of the restrictive covenants imposed by certain of the Company’s prior financing arrangements, in combination with the recent decline in the trading price of the common stock, the Company may be unable to raise additional capital in sufficient amounts when needed to operate its business, service its debt or execute on its strategic plans. Further, notwithstanding such restrictions, there can be no assurance that debt or equity financing will be available in the amounts, on terms, or at times deemed acceptable by the Company. The issuance of additional equity securities would result in significant dilution in the equity interests of the Company’s current stockholders and could include rights or preferences senior to those of the current stockholders. Borrowing additional funds would increase the Company’s liabilities and future cash commitments and potentially impose significant operational or financial restrictions and require the Company to further encumber its assets. If the Company is unable to obtain financing in the amounts and on terms deemed acceptable, the Company may be unable to continue to operate its business or pay its obligations as they become due, and as a result may be required to curtail or cease operations, which may result in stockholders or noteholders losing some or all of their investment.


Economic Disruption


Our business is dependent in part on general economic conditions. Many jurisdictions in which our customers are located and our products are sold have experienced and could continue to experience unfavorable general economic conditions, such as inflation, increased interest rates and recessionary concerns, which could negatively affect demand for our products. Under difficult economic conditions, customers may seek to cease spending on our current products or fail to adopt our new products, which could negatively affect our financial performance. We cannot predict the timing or magnitude of an economic slowdown or the timing or strength of any economic recovery. These and other economic factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.