Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Background and Basis of Presentation

Background and Basis of Presentation
3 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Background and Basis of Presentation

Note 1: Background and Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Live Ventures Incorporated, a Nevada corporation, and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Live Ventures” or the “Company”). Live Ventures is a diversified holding company with a strategic focus on value-oriented acquisitions of domestic middle-market companies. The Company has three operating segments: Retail, Flooring Manufacturing, Steel Manufacturing, and Corporate and Other. The Retail segment includes (i) Vintage Stock, Inc. (“Vintage Stock”), which 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”), which is engaged in the sale of new major appliances through a retail store. The Flooring Manufacturing segment included Marquis Industries, Inc. (“Marquis”), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of carpet and the sale of vinyl and wood floorcoverings. The Steel Manufacturing Segment includes Precision Industries, Inc. (“Precision Marshall”), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of alloy and steel plates, ground flat stock and drill rods.

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for audited financial statements. In the opinion of the Company’s management, this interim information includes all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods. The results of operations for three months ended December 31, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. This financial information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto as of September 30, 2021 and for the fiscal year then ended included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on December 28, 2021 (the “2021 10-K”).


The global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has resulted in changes in global supply of certain products. The outbreak or pandemic has continued to create significant uncertainties. The pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on the U.S. economy as federal, state, and local governments react to this public health crisis. These significant uncertainties and unprecedented impacts include, but are not limited to, an adverse effect 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, consumer fear about becoming ill, as well as recommendations or mandates from federal, state, and local authorities to avoid large gatherings of people or self-quarantine, are continuing to increase; this has already affected, and may continue to affect, traffic to the stores. For example, by 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. Then, 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. For the Company’s other segments, during March and April 2020, Marquis conducted rolling layoffs for certain employees; however, by May 2020, most employees returned to their respective locations. Continued impacts of the pandemic materially adversely affect the near-term and long-term revenues, earnings, liquidity, and cash flows, and may require a variety of responsive actions, 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 uncertainties and impacts of the pandemic on the Company’s business and financial results will depend largely on future developments, including the duration of the pandemic 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 of which the Company is not aware may arise.