Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Description of Business and Basis of Presentation

Description of Business and Basis of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Description of Business and Basis of Presentation



Description of Business


FTE Networks, Inc. (collectively with its subsidiaries, “FTE” or the “Company”) is a leading provider of innovative technology-oriented solutions for smart platforms, network infrastructure and buildings throughout the United States across a range of industries. The Company’s primary activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and support solutions for state-of-the-art networks and commercial properties and the following services, data center infrastructure, fiber optics, wireless integration, network engineering, internet service provider, general contracting management and general contracting.


On April 20, 2017, FTE acquired Benchmark Builders, Inc. (“Benchmark” or “Predecessor”). Benchmark is a full-service general contracting management and general contracting firm in the New York metropolitan area. See Note 5. The Company and Benchmark operate in similar segments. Audited predecessor financial statements have been provided in these consolidated financial statements since the operations of the company before the acquisition of Benchmark were insignificant relative to the operations acquired.


Basis of Presentation and Consolidation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements include all accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“US GAAP”). All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.


Use of Estimates


The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with U. S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. These estimates and judgments are based on historical information, information that is currently available to the Company and on various other assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable under the circumstances. Key estimates include: the recognition of revenue and project profit or loss (which the Company defines as project revenue less project costs of revenue, including project-related depreciation), in particular, on construction contracts accounted for under the percentage-of-completion method, for which the recorded amounts require estimates of costs to complete projects, ultimate project profit and the amount of probable contract price adjustments as inputs; allowances for doubtful accounts; estimated fair values of acquired assets; asset lives used in computing depreciation and amortization; share-based compensation; other reserves and accruals; accounting for income taxes. While management believes that such estimates are reasonable when considered in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial position and results of operations taken as a whole, actual results could differ materially from those estimates.




The Company operates in two segments in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 280 “Segment Reporting”, (“ASC No. 280”). Operating segments as defined in ASC No. 280, are components of public entities that engage in business activities from which they may earn revenues and incur expenses for which separate financial information is available and which is evaluated regularly by the Company’s chief operating decision maker in deciding how to assess performance and allocate resources. The two primary segments are the infrastructure segment and technology segment. The Company is reporting as one segment per ASC No. 280 as the revenue, profit and loss, and assets of the technology segment are immaterial.


Reverse stock split


On November 6, 2017, the Company’s board of directors approved, without action by the shareholders of the Company, a Certificate of Amendment to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation to implement a 25-for-1 reverse stock split of the Company’s Common Stock with an effective date of November 6, 2017. On the effective date of the reverse split each 25 shares of issued Common Stock were converted automatically into one share of Common Stock. The number of authorized shares of the Company’s Common Stock was reduced from 200,000,000 shares to 8,000,000 shares. All Common Stock shares and per-share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to give effect to the reverse split.


Liquidity and Managements’ Plans


In accordance with Accounting Standards Update, (“ASU”), 2014-15, Presentation of Financial Statements—Going Concern (Subtopic 205-40) (“ASC 205-40”), the Company has the responsibility to evaluate whether conditions and/or events raise substantial doubt about its ability to meet its future financial obligations as they become due within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. This evaluation requires management to perform two steps. First, management must evaluate whether there are conditions and events that raise substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. Second, if management concludes that substantial doubt is raised, management is required to consider whether it has plans in place to alleviate that doubt. As required by ASC 205-40, this evaluation shall initially not take into consideration the potential mitigating effects of plans that have not been fully implemented as of the date the financial statements are issued. Disclosures in the notes to the consolidated financial statements are required if management concludes that substantial doubt exists or that its plans alleviate the substantial doubt that was raised.


The Company’s ultimate success is dependent on its ability to obtain additional financing and generate sufficient cash flow to meet its obligations on a timely basis. The Company’s business will require significant amounts of capital to sustain operations and the Company will need to make the investments it needs to execute its longer-term business plan. Absent generation of sufficient revenue from the execution of the Company’s long-term business plan, the Company will need to obtain debt or equity financing, especially if the Company experiences downturns in its business that are more severe or longer than anticipated, or if the Company experiences significant increases in expense levels resulting from being a publicly-traded company or operations. Such additional debt or equity financing may not be available to the Company on favorable terms, if at all.


At December 31, 2018, the Company had $12,170 in cash and a working capital deficit of $95,501. The Company has classified all amounts outstanding to the Senior Lender totaling $34,322 as current liabilities as they mature during 2019. See Note 14. Also, the Company has reported aggregated net losses of $138,675 for the two-year period ended December 31, 2018.


Management has assessed the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern in accordance with the requirement of ASC 205-40. Management believes the Company’s present cash flows from operations will not enable it to meet its obligations for the twelve months from the date these financial statements are available to be issued. Management currently has available certain bridge financing from a significant shareholder to fund its operations, but is actively seeking new sources of financing at more favorable terms and conditions, that will enable the Company to meet its obligations for the twelve-month period from the date the financial statements are available to be issued. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern and do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets, or the amounts and classification of liabilities that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.