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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

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Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Note 2 — Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Vinco Ventures, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, majority owned subsidiaries and consolidated variable interest entities. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.

 

Use of Estimates

 

Preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, together with amounts disclosed in the related notes to the financial statements.

 

The Company’s significant estimates used in these financial statements include, but are not limited to, accounts receivable reserves, the valuation allowance related to the Company’s deferred tax assets, impairment valuation estimates, the recoverability and useful lives of long-lived assets, debt conversion features, fair value of warrant liabilities, stock-based compensation, certain assumptions related to the valuation of the reserved shares and the assets acquired and liabilities assumed related to the Company’s acquisitions. Certain of the Company’s estimates could be affected by external conditions, including those unique to the Company and general economic conditions. It is reasonably possible that these external factors could have an effect on the Company’s estimates and could cause actual results to differ from those estimates.

 

Significant Accounting Policies

 

Significant accounting policies are disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. There have been no changes in such policies or the application of such policies during the nine months ended September 30, 2022. As a result of the acquisition of Adrizer, the Company added a new revenue stream, Digital Media Advertising and Licensing, to its Revenue Recognition policy. Additionally, as a result of the Company’s interest in Love is Blurred, the Company has recorded Film and Television Production assets in accordance with Topic 926. As a result of these changes in the first nine months of 2022, new investments have been recognized. The details for each of these topics are as follows:

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company considers all revenues as arising from contracts with customers. Revenue is recognized based on the five-step process outlined in the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606 as disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. Additional clarification on the Company’s Digital Media Advertising and Licensing revenue recognition policy is provided below.

 

 

Digital Media Advertising and Licensing

 

The Company’s digital media advertising revenues are generated primarily from the posting of original digital content through third-party online platforms which are then delivered to users of the online platform across the customer’s digital advertising platform and becomes monetizable to the Company, which the Company concludes is its performance obligation. The Company purchases traffic (spots on a web page) from third party providers. The Company generates revenue by charging their clients for traffic that they purchase from third-parties. The Company also charges a client traffic management fee that is based on a percentage of the amount of traffic purchased by AdRizer for the client. AdRizer built a proprietary software which provides real-time analytics. Utilizing the Company’s software, the Company’s media buyers create, deploy and manage ad campaigns to generate profit. Revenue from the digital media platform is primarily recognized based on impressions delivered to customers. An “impression” is delivered when an advertisement appears on pages viewed by users. For impressions-based digital advertising, revenues are recognized as impressions are delivered over the term of the arrangement, while revenue from non-impressions-based digital advertising is recognized over the period that the advertisements are displayed. Such amounts are recognized net of agency commissions and provisions for estimated sales incentives, including rebates, rate adjustments or discounts.

 

Licensing revenues are derived from the sale of a licensee’s products that incorporates the Company’s intellectual property. Royalty revenues are recognized during the quarter in which the Company receives a report from the licensee detailing the shipment of products that incorporate the Company’s intellectual property, which receipt is in the quarter following the licensee’s sale of such products to its customers. Royalties are calculated as a percentage of the revenues received by the Company’s licensees on sales of products incorporating the Company’s intellectual property. Total licensing revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 are $96,790.

 

Identification of a Customer and Gross Versus Net Revenue Recognition

 

In the normal course of business, the Company acts as or uses an intermediary or agent in executing transactions with third parties. When the intermediary or agent is determined to be the Company’s customer, the Company records revenue based on the amount it expects to receive from the agent or intermediary based on contractual terms with the customer.

 

In other circumstances, the determination of whether revenue should be reported on a gross or net basis is based on an assessment of whether the Company is acting as the principal or an agent in the transaction. If the Company is acting as a principal in a transaction, the Company reports revenue on a gross basis. If the Company is acting as an agent in a transaction, the Company reports revenue on a net basis. The determination of whether the Company is acting as a principal or an agent in a transaction involves judgment and is based on an evaluation of the terms of the arrangement. The Company serves as the principal in transactions in which it controls the goods or services prior to being transferred to the ultimate customer.

 

For AdRizer, FASB ASC 606 requires an entity to determine whether it is a principal (recognizes revenue at the gross amount) or an agent (recognizes revenue at the net amount) for each promised good or service. Based on the FASB guidance, the Company has determined that AdRizer is the principal for each promised good or service, thus, revenue is recognized at the gross amount of the transactions. Revenue from traffic sales and traffic management services are generally recognized at the end of each month when the performance obligation is satisfied.

 

Film and Television Productions

 

The Company accounts for the film and television productions in accordance with Topic 926, Entertainment – Films. Production costs qualifying for capitalization, are recorded as film and television productions on the consolidated balance sheet and amortized using forecast methods that match amortization to estimated revenue. Currently all productions are actively under development and, as such, amortization has not commenced.

 

Investments

 

Investments in equity securities (excluding equity method investments) with readily determinable fair values are accounted for at fair value. For investments in equity securities without readily determinable fair values, the Company elects the measurement alternative permitted under GAAP to measure these investments at cost, less any impairment, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions for an identical or similar investment of the same issuer.

 

 

Investments in which the Company has the ability to exercise significant influence but does not control and is not the primary beneficiary are equity method investments. Significant influence typically exists if the Company has a 20% to 50% ownership interest in a venture unless persuasive evidence to the contrary exists. Under this method of accounting, the Company records its proportionate share of the net earnings or losses of equity method investees and a corresponding increase or decrease to the investment balances. Cash payments to equity method investees such as additional investments, loans and advances and expenses incurred on behalf of investees as well as payments from equity method investees such as dividends, distributions and repayments of loans and advances are recorded as adjustments to investment balances. The Company applies the cumulative earnings approach for determining the cash flow presentation of cash distributions received from equity method investees. Distributions received are included in the consolidated statements of cash flows as operating activities, unless the cumulative distributions exceed the Company’s portion of the cumulative equity in the net earnings of the equity method investment, in which case the excess distributions are deemed to be returns of the investment and are classified as investing activities in the consolidated statements of cash flows. The Company evaluates its equity method investments for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts of such investments may not be recoverable.