Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022
Liquidity [Abstract]  

Note 2 - Liquidity


The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles applicable to a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. In accordance with ASU No. 2014-15, Disclosure of Uncertainties about an Entity’s Ability to Continue as a Going concern (Subtopic 205-40), we have evaluated whether there are conditions and events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the Consolidated Financial Statements are issued.


We have historically funded our operations with cash flow from operations, equity capital raises, and note payable agreements from shareholders and private investors, in addition to bank loans. Our principal uses of cash have been debt service, capital expenditures and working capital, and funding operations. The Company incurred net losses of approximately $33.1 million during the twelve months ending December 31, 2022. Cash used in operating activities was approximately $28.6 million for the same period. As of December 31, 2022, we have working capital of $5.8 million which compares to the $3.2 million working capital we maintained as of December 31, 2021.


Late in the third quarter of 2022, we secured a term loan in the maximum amount of $6.0 million, with $4.0 million being advanced upon execution and up to two additional $1.0 million advances available to us subject to performance hurdles. Additionally, we secured an asset based line of credit with a $15.0 million credit limit subject to accounts receivable and inventory balances. The term loan and asset based line of credit were secured in order to augment our liquidity, as needed, through the execution of management's plan. The Company had drawn $4.0 million of the term loan and $1.3 million (net of repayments) of the asset based line of credit as of December 31, 2022. See Note 9 for a description of the asset based line of credit and Note 10 for a description of the term loan.


In late 2022, we invested more heavily into our inventories than our sales volumes would indicate as being required. Given that prevailing beef prices were rising at the time, this investment in inventory was driven in part by opportunistic commodity beef purchases made towards the end of the third quarter of 2022 to secure attractive pricing ahead of the ramp in prices. While this endeavor helped to insulate us from the increased commodity market in the fourth quarter of 2022, it came at a cost of dedicating a portion of our liquidity. We have also experienced a slower sell-through of our rationalized slow-moving, and obsolete inventory than expected due to many other consumer packaged goods companies conducting similar inventory management and rationalization programs at the same time creating a surplus of goods in the channels commonly used to sell off this type of rationalized, slow-moving, or obsolete inventory. Additionally, as previously mentioned, in the fourth quarter of 2022, we experienced irregular order patterns from our retail and distribution customers due to what we believe to be working capital management activities not specific to our products in which retailers and distributors may have sought to bring down their inventory levels broadly.


In 2023, we have had to make significant investments in our working capital to support increased distribution with marquee retailers coming online in the second quarter of the year. Many of these distribution resets have been secured in large part due to our new packaging design. Accordingly, we have had to build and project continuing to build net new inventories to support these upcoming resets.


The investment in inventory ahead of sales has put pressure on our liquidity position given the structure and terms of our credit facilities and has required us to seek external financing. While we anticipate the increased volumes will result in improved financial results and a significantly narrowed cash loss, we do anticipate continued growth which, depending on the rate of growth, may require more external financing. Ultimately, these conditions, events, and general uncertainty around the current state of the capital markets has raised substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.


We are currently evaluating several different strategies to enhance our liquidity position. These strategies may include, but are not limited to, pursuing additional actions under our business reorganization plan, and seeking additional financing from both the public and private markets through the issuance of equity or debt securities. The outcome of these matters cannot be predicted with any certainty at this time. If capital is not available to us when, and in the amounts needed, we could be required to delay, scale back, or abandon some of our operations, which could materially harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, we have examined spending throughout our business and identified ways to drive efficiencies, eliminate unnecessary expense, and focus on the highest and best use of each dollar. We have also sought to optimize our channel strategy and rationalize our customer and product portfolio to eliminate sales that detract from our profitability goals. We also anticipate reducing our inventory levels throughout 2023 which would be a near-term source of liquidity.


We have prepared cash flow forecasts which indicate that based on our expected operating losses and cash consumption due to growth in working capital, we believe that absent an infusion of sufficient capital there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for twelve months after the date the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2022 are issued. The Company's plan includes the items noted above as well as securing external financing which may include raising debt or equity capital. These plans are not entirely within the Company's control including our ability to raise sufficient capital on favorable terms, if at all.