8-K 1 fsnn_8k.htm CURRENT REPORT Blueprint

Washington, D.C. 20549
Current Report
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 1, 2019

Fusion Connect, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
001- 32421
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1718, New York, NY 10170
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(212) 201-2400
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Not applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 4.02.    Non-Reliance on Previously Issued Financial Statements or a Related Audit Report or Completed Interim Review.
As previously disclosed, on May 4, 2018, Fusion Connect, Inc. (the “Company”) completed the merger (the “Birch Merger”) of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fusion BCHI Acquisition LLC, with and into Birch Communication Holdings, Inc. (“Birch”), in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 26, 2017, as amended. As a result of the Birch Merger, each then existing subsidiary of Birch became an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. For accounting purposes, the Birch Merger has been treated as a “reverse acquisition” under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and Birch has been treated as the accounting acquirer. Accordingly, Birch’s historical results of operations have replaced the Company’s historical results of operations for all periods prior to the Birch Merger and, the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2018 (the “Original Filings”) included the results of operations of the combined company since the Birch Merger.
In connection with the first audit of the Company’s financial statements post Birch Merger, the Company determined that the process used by certain of its Birch subsidiaries for capitalizing costs associated with the customer on-boarding process and the related judgments and estimates were not designed with sufficient precision. As a result, the Company identified accounting errors which resulted in an understatement of expenses for the applicable periods (the “Accounting Errors”), which are currently anticipated to be material to the impacted periods. The Company is correcting the Accounting Errors and will be restating its interim financial statements included in the Original Filings and its annual financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 to be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 (the “2018 Form 10-K”).
On April 1, 2019, the Audit Committee of the Company (the “Audit Committee”) concluded, acting upon the recommendation of management and following discussions with EisnerAmper LLP, the Company’s independent public accountants (“Eisner”), that due to the Accounting Errors, the previously issued financial statements of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2017, and for the periods contained in the Original Filings and other financial communications for those periods should no longer be relied upon.
On April 2, 2019, the Company also filed an amendment to its Form 12b-25 filed with the U.S. Securities and Commission on March 15, 2019 to indicate that the Company will not be able to file the 2018 Form 10-K by the April 2, 2019 extension deadline. This further delay in filing the 2018 Form 10-K is due to the Company requiring additional time to gather information and complete its analysis of the impact of the Accounting Errors. In addition, McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC, Birch’s public accounting firm prior to the completion of the Birch Merger, has not completed its audit procedures related to the restatement of Birch’s 2017 financial statements resulting from the Accounting Errors.
Although the Company has not determined the precise amount of the required restatements, it currently estimates such amounts to range between $2.3 million and $3.0 million with respect to the year ended December 31, 2017 and ranging from $3.4 million and $4.1 million and $1.7 million and $2.3 million with respect to the quarters ended September 30, 2018 and June 30, 2018, respectively. The actual amount of the restatements will not be known until all audit work is completed. The Company can provide no assurances that the estimates provided above will not change. These adjustments will have no cash impact but will reduce the Company’s EBTIDA for the applicable periods by an amount equal to the required restatements.
The 2018 Form 10-K will include a material weakness relating to the Accounting Errors and material weakness relating to (a) the design and implementation of policies that define internal control expectations, (b) insufficient personnel with the knowledge and training in information technology, (c) ineffective information technology general controls in the areas of user access and program change management over certain information technology (IT) systems, (d) insufficient documentation to support the effective operation of controls placed in service that support the Company’s financial reporting processes, and (e) ineffective monitoring and review and communicating deficiencies in a timely manner for corrective action (collectively, the “Material Weaknesses”).
Management continues to assess the nature and extent of the Material Weaknesses and their impact on the Company’s reports on the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting and its disclosure controls and procedures. The Company is in the process of remediating the identified deficiencies and implementing new controls that management believes will remediate the Material Weaknesses. Further details concerning the Material Weaknesses and the Company’s proposed remediation plans will be reflected in the 2018 Form 10-K. Management and the Audit Committee have discussed these matters with Eisner. The Company intends to file the 2018 Form 10-K as soon as practicable.
Management currently expects that Eisner’s audit report with respect to the Company’s 2018 financial statements will include an explanatory paragraph expressing uncertainty as to the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The failure of the Company to timely deliver the financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and/or the delivery of such financial statements with a going concern qualification could give rise to a default or event of default under the Credit Agreements (as defined below).
The Company anticipates that it will receive a notification letter from the Listing Qualifications Department of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) stating that the Company is no longer in compliance with applicable Nasdaq rules based on its inability to file the 2018 Form 10-K. The Company will have 60 calendar days from receipt of such notice to submit to Nasdaq an acceptable plan setting forth the steps to be taken by the Company to regain compliance with these requirements. The Company intends to file such a plan.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure
The Company is party to (i) that certain First Lien Credit and Guaranty Agreement, dated as of May 4, 2018 (the “First Lien Credit Agreement”), by and among the Company, as borrower, certain subsidiaries of the Company, as guarantor subsidiaries, the lenders party thereto, and Wilmington Trust, National Association (“Wilmington Trust”), as administrative agent and collateral agent (the “First Lien Administrative Agent”), and (ii) that certain Second Lien Credit and Guaranty Agreement, dated as of May 4, 2018 (the “Second Lien Credit Agreement” and, together with the First Lien Credit Agreement, the “Credit Agreements”), by and among the Company, as borrower, certain subsidiaries of the Company, as guarantor subsidiaries, the lenders party thereto, and Wilmington Trust, as administrative agent and collateral agent (the “Second Lien Administrative Agent” and together with the First Lien Administrative Agent, the “Administrative Agent”).
On April 1, 2019, the Company failed to make an approximately $7 million in aggregate principal payments with respect to the Tranche A Term Borrowings and the Tranche B Term Borrowings (each as defined in the First Lien Credit Agreement), that was due on April 1, 2019 (the “Installments”). Non-payment of the Installments constitutes an immediate event of default under the First Lien Credit Agreement pursuant to which the lenders may accelerate the loans thereunder (and will constitute a cross-default or cross-acceleration event under certain of the Company’s other indebtedness or contractual obligations). We have been informed by certain of our lenders that they intend to instruct the Administrative Agent to declare all amounts borrowed thereunder to be immediately due and payable. Should such acceleration occur, this would also result in the occurrence of an event of default under the Second Lien Credit Agreement.
The Company also anticipates that it will not be in compliance with certain covenants set forth in the First Lien Credit Agreement as of the December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019 testing dates. The December 31, 2018 non-compliance resulted from the Accounting Errors. Noncompliance with these covenants can become an additional event of default under the Credit Agreements.
As discussed above, the Company also expects that it will be unable to deliver its 2018 audited financial statements without a going concern qualification in the time-frame required by the Credit Agreements. Non-compliance with these requirements can also become an additional default or event of default under the Credit Agreements.
The Company has been engaged in discussions with lenders under the Tranche A Term Loans, the Tranche B Term Loans, and the Revolving Loans (each as defined in the First Lien Credit Agreement) and the lenders under Loans (as defined the Second Lien Credit Facility) to secure, among other things, waivers of, and amendments related to, the various defaults and events of defaults described in this Form 8-K and other defaults or events of default that may arise as a result of its non-compliance with the requirements of the Credit Agreements. In addition to its lender discussions, the Company was engaged in discussions with Mr. Holcombe T. Green, Jr., the Company’s majority stockholder and Vice Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, to secure additional liquidity for the Company through a capital infusion. However, the Company has been unable to secure such capital infusion from the stockholder.
As a result of the foregoing, the Company intends to seek forbearances from its lenders and intends to enter into discussions with its lenders regarding a restructuring of its debt obligations through an out-of-court agreement. If such discussions are unsuccessful, the Company may seek protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and, in the case of certain of the Company’s subsidiaries, the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
The Company has retained Weil Gotshal & Manges LLC, FTI Consulting, and Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., to assist the Company with its review of various strategic options.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This Current Report includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. When used in this report, the words “will,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “could,” “estimate,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “potential” or their negatives, other similar expressions or the statements that include those words, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: statements relating to the Company’s ability to obtain forbearances from its lenders; statements about the Company’s ability to negotiate restructuring of its debt obligations; statements relating to the timing of the completion of the audit procedures for the 2018 Form 10-K, the final assessment of the amount of the required restatement arising from the Accounting Errors and the related impact on the Company’s financial statements; statements relating to the timing of the filing of the 2018 Form 10-K; statements about the Company’s compliance with Nasdaq rules; and statements relating to the Company’s ability to remediate control deficiencies and material weaknesses.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors, and the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from future results, performance or achievements expressed in these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current beliefs, intentions and expectations. These statements are not guarantees or indicative of future performance, nor should any conclusions be drawn or assumptions be made as to any potential outcome of Company’s discussions with its lenders or with respect to the Capital Infusion.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Company cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Moreover, neither the Company nor any other person assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in Company’s expectations, except as required by law. Please also refer to the “Risk Factors” in Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Fusion Connect, Inc.
Date: April 2, 2019
/s/ James P. Prenetta, Jr.  
Name:  James P. Prenetta, Jr.
Title:  EVP and General Counsel