Nature of Operations and Going Concern
|3 Months Ended|
Jul. 31, 2013
|Nature of Operations and Going Concern [Abstract]|
|Nature of Operations and Going Concern||
Note 1.Nature of Operations and Going Concern
Aspen Group, Inc. (together with its subsidiary, the "Company" or "Aspen") was founded in Colorado in 1987 as the International School of Information Management. On September 30, 2004, it was acquired by Higher Education Management Group, Inc. ("HEMG") and changed its name to Aspen University Inc. On March 13, 2012, the Company was recapitalized in a reverse merger. All references to the Company or Aspen before March 13, 2012 are to Aspen University Inc.
On April 5, 2013, the Company gave 120-day notice to CLS 123, LLC of its intent to terminate the agreement between the Company and CLS 123, LLC dated November 9, 2011. Moreover, at the end of the 120-day period, the Company shall no longer be offering the "Certificate in Information Technology with a specialization in Smart Home Integration" program. Accordingly, the activities related to CLS (or the "Smart Home Integration Certificate" program) are treated as discontinued operations. As this component of the business was not sold, there was no gain or loss on the disposition of this component (see below "Basis of Presentation").
On April 25, 2013, our Board of Directors approved a change in our fiscal year-end from December 31 to April 30, with the change to the calendar year reporting cycle beginning May 1, 2013. Consequently, we filed a Transition Report on Form 10-KT for the four-month transition period ended April 30, 2013.
Aspen's mission is to become an institution of choice for adult learners by offering cost-effective, comprehensive, and relevant online education. One of the key differences between Aspen and other publicly-traded, exclusively online, for-profit universities is that approximately 86% of our full-time degree-seeking students (as of July 31, 2013) were enrolled in graduate degree programs (Master or Doctorate degree program). Since 1993, we have been nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council ("DETC"), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (the "DOE").
Basis of Presentation
1. Interim Financial Statements
The interim condensed consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared by the Company, without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). In the opinion of the Company's management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments and reclassifications and non-recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly our results of operations for the three months ended July 31, 2013 and 2012, our cash flows for the three months ended July 31, 2013 and 2012, and our financial position as of July 31, 2013 have been made. The results of operations for such interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected for the full year.
Certain information and disclosures normally included in the notes to the annual consolidated financial statements have been condensed or omitted from these interim consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, these interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Report on Form 10-KT for the period ended April 30, 2013 as filed with the SEC on July 30, 2013. The April 30, 2013 balance sheet is derived from those statements.
2. Discontinued Operations
As of March 31, 2013, the Company decided to discontinue business activities related to its "Certificate in Information Technology with a specialization in Smart Home Integration" program so that it may focus on growing its full-time, degree-seeking student programs, which have higher gross margins. On April 5, 2013, the Company gave 120-day notice to CLS 123, LLC of its intent to terminate the agreement between the Company and CLS 123, LLC dated November 9, 2011. Thus, as of August 3, 2013, the Company shall no longer be offering the "Certificate in Information Technology with a specialization in Smart Home Integration" program. The termination of the "Smart Home Integration Certificate" program qualifies as a discontinued operation and accordingly the Company has excluded results for this component from its continuing operations in the condensed consolidated statements of operations for all periods presented. The following table shows the results of the "Smart Home Integration Certificate" program component included in the income (loss) from discontinued operations:
The major classes of assets and liabilities of discontinued operations on the balance sheet are as follows:
The Company had a net loss of $1,105,576 and negative cash flows from operations of $1,013,268 for the three months ended July 31, 2013. While management expects operating trends to improve over the course of 2013, if the realization of the expected improvement fails to occur, it is possible the Company's ability to continue as a going concern may be contingent on securing additional debt or equity financing from outside investors. These matters raise substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern.
Management has continued to implement its business plan and fund operations through equity securities and convertible debt. In September 2013, the Company and an institutional investor (the "Institutional Investor") signed a Term Sheet with respect to a loan of up to $2,240,000 to be evidenced by 18 month original issue discount convertible debentures (the "Debentures") with gross proceeds of $2,000,000. The investor has agreed, subject to completion of due diligence, execution of a definitive Securities Purchase Agreement and customary closing conditions to lend the Company $1,500,000. The Company expects to receive the remaining $500,000 from other investors. To this end, in September 2013 Company entered into an engagement agreement with Laidlaw & Co. ("Laidlaw") to act as placement agent for the offering and receive customary compensation. Laidlaw has introduced the Institutional Investor. In addition, in September 2013 the Company entered into a letter of intent with Olympus Securities, LLC to raise the remaining $500,000 in exchange for customary compensation.
The unaudited consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recovery of the recorded assets or the classification of the liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.
The entire disclosure for organization, consolidation and basis of presentation of financial statements disclosure.
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