Nature of Operations and Going Concern
|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
|Notes to Financial Statements
|Nature of Operations and Going Concern
Aspen Group, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the Company, Aspen or the University) was founded in Colorado in 1987 as the International School of Information Management. On September 30, 2004, the University was acquired by Higher Education Management Group, Inc. (HEMG) and changed its name to Aspen University Inc. On May 13, 2011, the Company formed in Colorado a subsidiary, Aspen University Marketing, LLC, which is currently inactive. On March 13, 2012, the Company was recapitalized through an acquisition by Aspen Group, Inc., an inactive publicly-held company (See Note 9).
Aspens 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 88% of our degree-seeking students (as of March 31, 2012) 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
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 Companys management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments and reclassifications and non-recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly our results of operations and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 and our financial position as of March 31, 2012 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 Annual Report on Form 8-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the SEC on March 19, 2012. The December 31, 2011 balance sheet is derived from those statements.
The Company had a net loss allocable to common stockholders of $1,663,600 and negative cash flows from operations of $867,397 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The Companys ability to continue as a going concern is 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 plans to continue to implement its business plan and to fund operations by raising additional capital through the issuance of debt and equity securities. The Company has presently engaged an underwriter, Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., to assist with raising up to $7,200,000 in additional debt and equity capital subsequent to the close of the merger with Aspen Group, Inc. Since the beginning of 2012, the Company has raised $1,059,000 in gross funding from the sale of a convertible note of $300,000 to the Companys CEO and $759,000 ($150,000 in March 2012 and $609,000 in April 2012) from the sale of Units under the Laidlaw arrangement (See Notes 6 and 12).
The 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.