Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Background and Basis of Presentation

Background and Basis of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Organization Consolidation And Presentation Of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Background and Basis of Presentation

Note 1:       Background and Basis of Presentation

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Live Ventures Incorporated, a Nevada corporation, and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”). Commencing in fiscal year 2015, the Company began a strategic shift in its business plan away from providing online marketing solutions for small and medium sized business to acquiring profitable companies in various industries that have demonstrated a strong history of earnings power. The Company continues to actively develop, revise and evaluate its products, services and its marketing strategies in its businesses. The Company has three operating segments: Retail, Flooring Manufacturing and Steel Manufacturing. Included in the Retail segment: (i) Vintage Stock, Inc. (“Vintage Stock”), the Company is engaged in the retail sale of new and used movies, music, collectibles, comics, books, games, game systems and components and (ii) ApplianceSmart, Inc. (“ApplianceSmart”), the Company is engaged in the sale of new major appliances through a retail store. Included in the Flooring Manufacturing segment is Marquis Industries, Inc. (“Marquis”), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of carpet and the sale of vinyl and wood floorcoverings. Included in the Steel Manufacturing Segment is Precision Industries, Inc. (“Precision Marshall”), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of alloy and steel plates, ground flat stock and drill rods.


Going concern

Based on our current operating plans, we believe that available cash balances, cash generated from our operating activities and funds available under our asset-based revolver lines of credit will provide sufficient liquidity to fund our operations, pay our scheduled loan payments, continue to repurchase shares, and pay dividends on our shares of Series E Preferred Stock as declared by the Board of Directors, for at least the next 12 months.


In March 2020, there was a global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that has resulted in changes in global supply of certain products.  The pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the U.S. economy as federal, state, and local governments react to this public health crisis, which has created significant uncertainties. These uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the potential adverse effect of the pandemic on the economy, the Company’s supply chain partners, its employees and customers, customer sentiment in general, and traffic within shopping centers, and, where applicable, malls, containing its stores.  As the pandemic continues to grow, consumer fear about becoming ill with the virus and recommendations and/or mandates from federal, state, and local authorities to avoid large gatherings of people or self-quarantine are continuing to increase, which has already affected, and may continue to affect, traffic to the stores. As of March 31, 2020, Vintage Stock had closed all of its retail locations in response to the crisis. Beginning May 1, 2020, Vintage Stock began to reopen certain locations in compliance with government regulations.  Additionally, as of June 30, 2020, all Vintage Stock retail locations were reopened while maintaining compliance with government mandates. The Company is unable to predict if additional periods of store closures will be needed or mandated. During March and April 2020, Marquis conducted rolling layoffs for certain employees, however, during May 2020, most employees have returned to their respective locations. Continued impacts of the pandemic could materially adversely affect the near-term and long-term revenues, earnings, liquidity, and cash flows, and may require significant actions in response, including but not limited to, employee furloughs, reduced store hours, store closings, expense reductions or discounting of pricing of products, all in an effort to mitigate such impacts. The extent of the impact of the pandemic on the business and financial results will depend largely on future developments, including the duration of the spread of the outbreak within the U.S., the impact on capital and financial markets and the related impact on consumer confidence and spending, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. This situation is changing rapidly, and additional impacts may arise that the Company is not aware of currently.