SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2021
GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction
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190 N. Canon Drive, 4th Fl.
Beverly Hills, CA
|(Address of principal executive offices)||
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (310) 273-4222
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share||GNUS||The Nasdaq Capital Market|
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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On February 1, 2021, Genius Brands International, Inc. (the “Company”) through GBI Acquisition LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company, and 2811210 Ontario Inc., a company organized under the laws of the Province of Ontario, two wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company, closed its previously announced acquisition pursuant to a Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with (i) Harold Aaron Chizick, (ii) Jennifer Mara Chizick, (iii) Wishing Thumbelina Inc. (“Wishing Thumbelina”), and (iv) Harold Aaron Chizick and Jennifer Mara Chizick, the trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust for and on behalf of Harold Aaron Chizick, Jennifer Mara Chizick and Jay Mark Sonshine, trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust, (the “Trustees”) (each a “Seller” and, collectively, “Sellers”), pursuant to which the Company acquired from the Sellers all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of ChizComm Ltd., a corporation organized in Canada (“ChizComm Canada”), and ChizComm USA Corp., a New Jersey corporation (“ChizComm USA” and, together with ChizComm Canada, “ChizComm”) (the “Acquisition”).
Total consideration paid by the Company in the transaction at closing consisted of $8.5 million in cash and 1,966,292 shares (the “Closing Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”) with a value of approximately $3.5 million, both as subject to certain purchase price adjustments. Of the Closing Shares, 674,157 shares of Common Stock, with a value of approximately $1.2 million, were deposited into an escrow account to cover potential post-closing indemnification obligations of Sellers under the Purchase Agreement. Additionally, the Purchase Agreement also provides for the issuance of additional shares of Common Stock with an aggregate value of up to $8.0 million that may be issued to the Sellers if certain EBITDA and performance levels are achieved within a four-year period commencing on the date of the Purchase Agreement.
The parties to the Purchase Agreement made certain representations, warranties and covenants, agreed to certain indemnification terms as set forth in the Purchase Agreement, and agreed to enter into certain employment agreements in connection with the Acquisition.
Prior to the closing of the Acquisition, neither the Company nor any of its affiliates, or any director or officer of the Company or any of its affiliates, or any associate of any such director or officer, had any material relationship with the Sellers. The terms of the Purchase Agreement, including the purchase price, were determined by arm’s length negotiations between the Company and Sellers.
The foregoing description is a summary only, does not purport to set forth the complete terms of the Purchase Agreement and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K (this “Current Report”) and hereby incorporated by reference.
|ITEM 2.01||COMPLETION OF ACQUISITION OR DISPOSITION OF ASSETS.|
The disclosure set forth under Item 1.01 above is hereby incorporated in this Item 2.01 by reference.
|ITEM 7.01||REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.|
On February 2, 2021, the Company issued a press release to announce the closing of the acquisition described above. A copy of the press release is attached to this report as Exhibit 99.1.
The information disclosed under this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act, except as expressly set forth in such filing.
Certain statements in this Current Report constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “intend” or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this Current Report. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, our ability to generate revenue or achieve profitability; our ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if at all; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; the potential issuance of a significant number of shares to our warrant holders which will dilute our equity holders; fluctuations in the results of our operations from period to period; general economic and financial conditions; our ability to anticipate changes in popular culture, media and movies, fashion and technology; competitive pressure from other distributors of content and within the retail market; our reliance on and relationships with third-party production and animation studios; our ability to market and advertise our products; our reliance on third-parties to promote our products; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; our ability to protect our intellectual property and those other risk factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The exhibits listed in the following Exhibit Index are filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
|10.1#||Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated February 1, 2021, by and among Genius Brands International, Inc., GBI Acquisition LLC, 2811210 Ontario Inc. and Harold Aaron Chizick, Jennifer Mara Chizick, Wishing Thumbelina Inc., and Harold Aaron Chizick and Jennifer Mara Chizick, trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust for and on behalf of Harold Aaron Chizick, Jennifer Mara Chizick and Jay Mark Sonshine, the trustees of The Chizsix (2019) Family Trust|
|99.1||Press Release of Genius Brands International, Inc. dated February 2, 2021, furnished pursuant to Item 7.01|
|#||Certain schedules and exhibits to this agreement have been omitted in accordance with Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K. A copy of any omitted schedule and/or exhibit will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on request.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|GENIUS BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.|
|Date: February 2, 2021||By:||/s/ Andy Heyward|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|