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Edison Nation, Inc. announces the closing of a Merger Agreement with Vinco Ventures, Inc. | 2020-11-12 | Press Releases

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Bethlehem, PA, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chris Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of Vinco Ventures, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBIG), today issued a letter to the Company’s shareholders commenting on the Company’s recent merger agreement, name change, strategic path forward, 2021 outlook and key PPE related developments. A copy of the letter also appears on the Company’s website and is disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 12, 2020.

Shareholder Update

Edison Nation, Inc. (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the closing of a Merger Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Vinco Ventures, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Honey Badger Media, LLC (collectively referred to as “Vinco”). Pursuant to the Agreement, Vinco merged with and into the Company with the resultant new Company name being Vinco.

In addition, the Company entered into transactions with Honey Badger Media, LLC whereby in return for the payment of the consideration as set forth below, the Company receives the following:

  1. The registered traffic domains related to Honey Badger Media in exchange for the payment of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,00).
  2. Exclusive and perpetual license agreement for the use of the Honey Badger Media portal and its process for branding and content development of media properties in exchange for 750,000 shares of restricted common stock of the company.

The Vinco Strategy: B.I.G.

In today’s marketplace for consumer product companies, the digital shelf dominates as the core channel for brand growth and sustainability. The reduction in physical shelf space and the global pandemic have exponentially increased the change in consumer behavior to favor purchasing online.

Many consumer product brands are struggling with this reality and have failed to focus on the importance of the digital shelf. Such brands are ripe for consolidation, and Vinco will seek to lead the effort to consolidate those brands.

Vinco is poised to leverage the new market opportunity by utilizing their B.I.G. Strategy: Buy. Innovate. Grow.

BUY : Vinco will seek to acquire one significant brand per quarter commencing with the acquisition of Honey Badger Media, the media technology platform acquisition announced today.

Acquisitions are our model. The specific attributes of the target companies will evolve with the market, but the core focus will remain digital media and consumer product companies.

The Vinco target brand acquisitions will be segmented into 3 Tiers:

  • Tier 1 brand acquisitions generate $20M+ in top line revenue.
  • Tier 2 brand acquisitions generate $10-19M in top line revenue.
  • Tier 3 brand acquisitions generate $0-9M in top line revenue.

INNOVATE : The core brands for Vinco will leverage the digital traffic platforms of Pop Nation and Honey Badger. By significantly improving both the traffic volume and the conversion metrics, the brands will more easily scale and innovate around the products that are most successful.

The Vinco brands receive a competitive advantage by having access to the digital traffic engine that has produced the following results:

  • 2 Billion Video Views in October 2020
  • 20 Million unique Sessions of unpaid traffic in one day to a directed page
  • 150 Million Unique visitors to owned/controlled domains a month
  • 1 Billion ad impressions per month
  • Over $50 Million in historical revenue generated from platform
  • $3 Million on video views from Facebook 2019
  • Generated traffic for brands ranging from travel, CBD, Credit Repair, skin cream, men’s health, wrinkle cream, diet, muscle building

GROW: Growth is fueled through acquisition and innovation. As the third step in our business, it’s the result of proper execution of our acquisition strategy and efficient innovation. By coupling these two principles together we scale quickly and profitably.

Welcome to the Vinco Team

Brian McFadden, Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. McFadden currently operates a consulting company focused on business development in the digital direct to consumer space. Mr. McFadden’s company has been successful in launching several direct-to-consumer products for both internal concepts as well as Fortune 500 companies. Mr. McFadden has been integral in the creation of several cellular communications patents in previous business experience. With substantial experience in the live shopping and digital commerce space, Mr. McFadden brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and contacts. Additionally, a serial entrepreneur Brian will assist in identifying and targeting our acquisitions to ensure for long term growth and scale.

Laurie Argall, VP of Branding and Media Content

Ms. Argall currently owns and operates a successful social media network of influencers, content creators and celebrities. Ms. Argall started her career in social media monetization by building blogs for celebrities, having grown her network on Facebook to over 150 million fans with clients from Adalia Rose, Bam Margera and Joy of Mom. Driving traffic to her websites in excess of over 150 million unique visitors monthly, Ms. Argall has a unique ability to identify what will trend on social media and go viral. Ms. Argall was able to expand her network after adapting to Facebook’s ever-changing platform from blog +article monetization to video monetization.

James Ulrich, Esq. Nominated as a Board Member

Jim Ulrich is an NFL and MLB-Certified Agent and sports law attorney with more than two decades of experience representing elite professional athletes. He is known for his in-depth knowledge of the business of sports and trusted, long-standing relationships with coaches, executives and other personnel throughout the leagues. Jim is a partner at Enter-Sports Management, a full-service agency for professional athletes with offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte. As an attorney specializing in sports law, Jim handles all aspects of his clients’ legal needs, such as immigration, litigation, and matters involving both NFL and MLB Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Updated Guidance for 2020 for Edison Nation and Edison Nation Medical and PPE performance

COVID-19 has created both opportunity and a considerable amount of uncertainty across many markets including the sourcing and sale of Personal Protective Equipment. While we were initially excited regarding the confirmed orders that we received, we have realized that the supply side of the industry is unable to keep up with the current global demand. In response, we have adjusted our corporate guidance in the PPE space from fiscal year 2020 to include the initial two quarters of 2021 to allow sufficient time for delivery. Additionally, we will provide separate detail revenue and margin guidance for all PPE and non PPE business going forward. While we still remain confident in our confirmed demand and ability to supply the products required, we have taken a different approach moving forward due to the uncertainty of timing of production and transportation which has caused the additional time added to our initial guidance.

Revenue Guidance for Fiscal 2021

Current Brand Sales

911 Help Now Brand: $7.1M

HMNRTH/Wellness Brand $3.8M

Purple Mountain/Global Clean Brand: $8.2M

4Keeps Roses Brand: $1.6M

Royalty Streams: $1.1M

Total Current Brand Sales: $21.8

Current Media/Technology and B to B Sales

911 Help Now License: $2.8M

Honey Badger Media $6.4M

Business to business sales and services: $7.1M

Total Media/Technology and B to B Sales: $16.3M

Target for Additional Sales for 2021 via B.I.G. Strategy of one acquisition per Quarter: $17M

Note: The revenue guidance above does not include sales related to the Cloud B brand as currently those assets are being negotiated for sale and further the estimated revenue related to PPE supplies are anticipated to be recognized on a net revenue basis without including the costs of the shipped products.

Closing

Thank you for time and support as a shareholder in Vinco. We look forward to a new beginning and B.I.G. things in 2021. We have also included a link to the new investor presentation for your review and consideration.

About Vinco Ventures, Inc.

Vinco Ventures, Inc. (BBIG), a consumer products and digital marketing company which aims to advance both product and people brand recognition through our digital marketing and technology platform while reshaping how those are monetized and marketed. Vinco’s B.I.G. (Buy. Innovate. Grow.) strategy will seek out acquisition opportunities that allow for generating digital traffic that will allow for growth and profitability. For more information, please view our investor presentation or visit Investors.vincoventures.com .

Forward-Looking Statements and Disclaimers

Certain statements in this announcement are forward-looking statements which are based on the Company’s expectations, intentions and projections regarding the Company’s future performance, anticipated events or trends and other matters that are not historical facts, including expectations regarding: (i) the Company’s long-term targets, goals and strategies; (ii) the expected benefits of the Company’s focus on digital monetization; (iii) the future impact of the preemptive actions the Company took in response to the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with its cash flow generation and balance sheet and liquidity profile; (iv) the Company’s strategies for each of its segments, including its focus on recurring revenue, its balance sheet and variable cost structure, and the opportunities in the industries the Company serves; (v) the Company’s positioning for future growth and its ability to optimize performance of existing businesses, pursue its disciplined acquisition strategy and effectively manage its capital structure; (vi) the fragmentation of the markets in which the Company operates, the acquisition opportunities in those markets, the Company’s intent to continue to explore opportunistic acquisitions and the Company’s capacity to absorb additional acquisitions; (vii) certain expected 2020 financial results, including the Company’s updated guidance for 2020, the assumptions it made and the drivers contributing to its guidance; (viii) the Company’s flexibility to capitalize on the current environment and invest in potential strategic opportunities; and (ix) the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future operating and financial performance of the Company and its customers, the Company’s plans and strategies to adapt and respond to the pandemic and the expected impact of those plans and strategies. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including: (i) economic conditions, competition and other risks that may affect the Company’s future performance, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, markets, supply chain, customers and workforce, on the credit and financial markets, on the alignment of expenses and revenues and on the global economy generally; (ii) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Company’s acquisitions, including its ability to successfully integrate and make necessary capital investments to support additional acquisitions, and the Company’s ability to take advantage of strategic opportunities; (iii) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (iv) the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and (v) other risks and uncertainties. Given these risks and uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of such statements and, except as required by applicable law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Relations:

Aimee Carroll

Phone: (866) 536-0943

Email: Investors@vincoventures.com

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Lexington woman opens new tax agency in her hometown; Valentine’s Day events planned

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TRU Tax office opens in Lexington

Sharicka Holloway Sides is planning a grand opening celebration on Jan. 30 for her recently opened TRU Tax office in Lexington.

The 2008 graduate of Lexington Senior High moved back to her hometown after a stint of living in Georgia to open her business at 364 Dixon St. The local agency opened in December.

“I moved back really because I got an offer to have my own agency, and a majority of my clients are in North Carolina,” she said. 

Shortly after high school, Sides began doing her own taxes and helping family members file their annual tax forms. She worked for various tax preparation companies in N.C. and Georgia during the next several years. TRU Tax began in Georgia, she said, and now has agencies in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio.

“I love to help people,” she said, explaining why she began working in the tax form preparation industry. “My company will be about modifying charges and getting you the most (refund) back as possible. We have so many tools to use. If I can lower your fee or help you get more refund than you did last year, I’m all for it.”

TRU Tax also has credit repair and accounting services. Sides’ Lexington office will concentrate on tax returns, however, and has 10 employees. She said she will refer clients to TRU Tax credit repair and accounting specialists if requested.

Managing a new TRU Tax agency in Lexington is not Sides’ only job. She is also working with her husband, Kevin Sides, to open Kitchen Konects, a catering company. She first opened a food catering business of the same name while living in Georgia. More information about this business venture will be given when the opening date is nearer.

Potential clients can reach Sides or her employees by downloading the My Tax Office app and using code 8925LA, or by calling or emailing (404) 721-3349 and sharickahtrutax@gmail.com.

Pictured are charcuterie boards made by Chef John Wilson of Sophie's Cork & Ale for the Arts Davidson County New Year's Eve fundraiser. The arts nonprofit and Wilson have teamed up again to offer charcuterie boards for Valentine's Day featuring sweet treats.

Charcuterie boards are back for Valentine’s Day

Arts Davidson County is bringing back its charcuterie board fundraiser, but this time with sweets and wine for Valentine’s Day celebrations at home during the pandemic.

The nonprofit staged a New Year’s Eve charcuterie board fundraiser where it partnered with local artists to make the boards and local restaurants to create the food and sell the wine. 

“We sold 89 boards for New Year’s Eve,” said Amanda Murphy, events and community coordinator for Arts Davidson County. ” We had a few boards left that we did not sell, so we wanted to do this again for Valentine’s. People loved it.”

While the first fundraiser partnered with a Lexington and Thomasville restaurant, the Valentine event will feature the mostly homemade treats of one Lexington restaurant. Chef John Wilson of Sophie’s Cork and Ale in Lexington will fill the handmade boards with Chocolate pretzel sticks, chocolate-covered strawberries, candied pecans, crunchy peanut butter buckeyes, s’mores Girl Scout cookies, pistachio brittle and Nutella marshmallow fluff.

 In addition, Wilson has also partnered with three other Lexington eateries to provide treats. Those treats and businesses are: Chocolate bombs from The Factory – Coffee & Waffles, doughnut holes from Red Donut Shop and swiss rolls from Sinfully Delicious Custom Bakery.

Purchasers will select from six wines when purchasing their charcuterie board at eventbrite.com. The cost is $50. Boards and wine will be ready for pick up at Sophie’s Cork & Ale, located at 23 W. Second Ave., from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

“It’s important to us that we are supporting local businesses with our fundraiser,” Murphy said. “…We’re trying to say stay at home and be safe and stay healthy, but you can still support the businesses in our community.”

A Valentine dinner catered by Kathleen Watson of Cuisine Kathleen is planned for Feb. 13 at The Holt House.

Valentine date night dinners planned in small setting at Holt House

The owning partners at the Holt House have planned a Valentine dinner on Feb. 13 at the historic home in Lexington.

Nia Ward, one of three local women who purchased the home in March 2020 to operate it as a wedding and events venue, said she and her partners wanted to provide a way for people to still “go out” for Valentine’s Day but in a safe, socially-distanced way.

Timed, staggered seating will be provided for two to 10 people. Tables will be set up six feet or more apart in all the rooms on the house’s first floor. A party of six to 10 will be provided a private room. There is also an option to purchase a meal and take it home.

Kathleen Watson, owner of Cuisine Kathleen catering, is preparing the meal that features beef tenderloin, seasonal salad, potatoes au gratin, yeast rolls, flourless chocolate torte and a glass of beer or wine. The cost is $50 per person and includes a floral arrangement to take home.

Seating times from 5-7:30 can be made and tickets purchased at holthoucenc.com. Guests may enjoy their private table for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Afterward, guests may lounge by the outdoor fire pit and patio area. 

– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending topics and personality profiles senior reporter and is always looking for tips about businesses and entertainment events, secret and new menu items, and interesting people in Davidson County. She wants to know what people in Davidson County are talking about. Contact me at jill.doss-raines@the-dispatch.com and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.

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How to Find a Credit Repair Company in New York

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Your credit score isn’t something you tend to give too much thought to – that is, until you need to borrow money, rent an apartment, or sign a car lease wherein it may require a credit check.

Suddenly, the fact that you may have missed a bill here and there, fallen behind on payments, and not worried too much about your credit score, will come back to haunt you.

For many people, bad credit can be scary, especially if you’ve never experienced it before. Having bad credit can negatively affect you in all kinds of ways, not just right now, but also in the future. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be a permanent situation, as there are ways you can go about fixing your credit. One of the most effective methods is to work with a credit repair company that understands exactly what steps you will need to take, and how to improve your rating as smoothly and quickly as possible.

So, if you’re looking for a credit repair company in New York and aren’t even sure what you should be looking for, let this act as your guidebook. Here we’ll outline all the most important steps in finding the perfect credit repair company in New York.

Look for a Company with Experience

The first thing to look out for is a company that has credit repair experience. Fixing your credit is a serious matter and not something you want to make mistakes with. This means you need a company that has a proven track record of helping clients, and one that can show real results.

Does the Company Offer a Guarantee?

Besides experience, it’s also wise to ask if the company offers a guarantee on their services. Ideally, it should be a money back guarantee should they not be able to follow through no their promise or guarantee. In other words, they are unable to fix your credit score.

Does the Company Offer a Free Consultation or Evaluation?

It’s also important to look for a company that approaches each case or client on an individual basis. What works for one person may not be the best solution for you. Ask the company in advance if they offer any type of free consultation or evaluation. This gives you a chance to get an idea of the approach they would take, and you can then make a decision if it matches with your needs and wants.

How Long Will it Take to Fix Your Credit?

Any reputable credit repair company should be able to look at your current credit rating, your personal situation, and then give you a rough estimate on how long the process should take. Will it be weeks, months, a year? It’s important to get a realistic idea of what you can expect going forward. Some companies will even offer real-time status updates, which can give you peace of mind knowing that they are working to remedy your credit rating.

Ask What is Needed Of You

While the credit repair company will be doing all the hard work, you will still have a role to play. Make sure to ask what will be expected and needed of you in order for the process to move along smoothly.

What Is the Customer Support Like?

Because you aren’t an expert yourself when it comes to credit repair, there is no doubt you’ll have questions here and there. It’s important to research what the level of customer support is should you have concerns, issues, or questions that you need assistance with.

Inquire Into Various Plans

Here’s a tip you may not think of right away, but it may be helpful. Sometimes it’s not a matter of a credit rating for a single person, rather you need assistance as part of a couple. You can find a robust Couples Plan at Pyramid, a reputable credit repair company. The Couples Plan is actually Pyramid’s most popular plan and boasts a personalized service for two people and specific finance tools for couples, among other features and benefits. It’s a great way to take action as a couple and get some really positive results.

What Will the Company Need from You?

In order to do their job, the credit repair company will need documentation from you, so make sure you are given a list of all the essential items you need to gather. Without all the necessary documents they may not be able to successfully repair your credit score. This is why it’s so important to be keeping careful records at home.

When you do gather all the material for the company, they should also never ask you to lie. Even if it’s not a bold-faced lie, a misleading statement shouldn’t be used either.

Do You Have to Sign a Contract?

While some companies may try to rope you into a contract, there is no reason you have to go with them. Instead, look for a company that doesn’t have contracts or commitments so that you can feel free to leave if you’re not happy.

Asking for Full Payment Up-Front

Another red flag can be a company that asks for full payment up-front. As experts state, these are companies you want to steer far away from.

Read Online Reviews from Other Clients

Finally, you want to take a look at online reviews about any company you are considering using. Although online reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt, they can offer some helpful insight and help to ensure you make an informed decision.

Besides online reviews, you can speak to family and friends who may have worked with a credit repair company in the past and get their insight on the experience they had – both good and bad.

Finding the Company That Will Help You

While it may seem like a lot of things to be mindful of as you look to hire a credit repair company, the fact is that you want your credit score to be repaired quickly and properly, so choosing the right company is key.



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Mick Foley debuts new hairstyle inspired by Patrick Mahomes

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WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley appears to be keeping busy with commercials for national brands.

Foley debuted a new hairstyle on Twitter while promoting State Farm insurance. As seen below, it looks like he has shaved the sides of his head to match Mahomes’ hairstyle.

Foley said he was looking for State Farm’s “Patrick price” but his son, Dewey, informed him that everyone gets the same great rate at State Farm. Check out Mick’s response in the clip below.

On a related note, Mick also recently did an ad for Lexington Law Group credit repair company so perhaps there is a future for him as a spokesman.



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