10-K/A 1 gahi10k16am2.htm AMENDMENT TO FORM 10-K Global Arena Holding Form 10-K

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549


FORM 10-K/A


[X]  15, ANNUAL REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2016

 OR


[ ]  15, TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from     to

 

Commission file number: 000-49819


GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC.

(Exact name of Company in its charter)


Delaware

 

33-0931599

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification)


208 East 51 Street, Suite 112, New York, NY 10022

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant's Telephone number, including area code:  (212) 508-4700



Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:  None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:  Common Stock, $.001 par value


Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes [  ] No [x]


Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.  Yes [  ] No [x]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (section 232.406 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes [X] No [ ]



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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for at least the part 90 days.

Yes [x] No[  ]


Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers in response to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained hereof, and will not be contained, to will be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  [  ]


Indicate by check mark whether the Company is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  


Large accelerated filer   [  ]

 

Accelerated filer                     [  ]

Non-accelerated filer     [  ]

 

Smaller Reporting Company  [x]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes [  ] No [x]


State the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter. The market value of the registrant’s voting $.001 par value common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $3,391,580.


Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date. The number of shares outstanding of the registrant's only class of common stock, as of November 30, 2017 was 575,352,408 shares of its $.001 par value common stock.


No documents are incorporated into the text by reference.


EXPLANATORY NOTE

This amendment to the Form 10-K, as originally filed on May 30, 2017, is being filed solely to expand upon existing disclosures regarding the sale of Global Arena Capital Corp. and to correct the CEO’s address.  No other changes have been made to the document.




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Global Arena Holding, Inc.

Form 10-K

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2016

Table of Contents


 

 

Page

Part I

 

 

Item 1.  Business

 

4

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

19

Item 1B.  Unresolved staff comments

 

20

Item 2.  Properties

 

20

Item 3.  Legal Proceedings

 

20

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

 

22

 

 

 

Part II

 

 

Item 5.  Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholders Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

23

Item 6.  Selected Financial Data

 

27

Item 7.  Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

27

Item 7A.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

33

Item 8.  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

34

Item 9.  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

 

63

Item 9A.  Controls and Procedures

 

63

Item 9B.  Other Information

 

64

 

 

 

Part III

 

 

Item 10.  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 

65

Item 11.  Executive Compensation

 

68

Item 12.  Securities Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

 

70

Item 13.  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

 

70

Item 14.  Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 

70

 

 

 

Part IV

 

 

Item 15.  Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

 

72

Signatures

 

77




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PART I


ITEM 1.   BUSINESS


Global Arena Holding Inc. (“GAHI or the Company”), a Delaware corporation, is organized as a holding company, specializing in financial services and technology software companies. GAHI became a public company on May 18, 2011 when it successfully completed a reverse merger with China Stationary and Office Supply, Inc. (CSOF), an OTC Bulletin Board company.


Reverse Merger Transaction


On January 19, 2011, China Stationery and Office Supply, Inc. (“China Stationery”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with GAHI. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Merger Agreement, at the effective date of the Merger, the Company merged with and into China Stationery, with China Stationery continuing as the surviving corporation with the new name of Global Arena Holding, Inc.


The approval of China Stationery’s board of directors and the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding common stock entitled to vote were obtained in order to approve and adopt the Merger Agreement. China Stationery’s sole director approved the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, at a meeting of their board of directors on January 19, 2011.


At the effective date of the Merger on May 18, 2011, each share of GAHI’s common stock, was cancelled and converted automatically into 1.5 common shares of China Stationery for an aggregate of 18,000,000 common shares of China Stationery and was recorded as a recapitalization of China Stationery in the form of a reverse merger.


The consolidated financial statements are issued under the name of Global Arena Holding, Inc. (formerly, China Stationery, the legal acquirer), but are a continuation of the consolidated financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries.


On May 20, 2015, the registrant incorporated a new wholly owned entity in the State of Delaware called “GAHI Acquisition Corp.”  This entity was incorporated to be the merger subsidiary for the acquisition of BTC.


On May 20, 2015, the registrant entered into an agreement and plan of merger with BTC.  Under this agreement, BTC will merge with GAHI Acquisition Corp., and GAHI Acquisition Corp. will be the surviving corporation.  As consideration for the merger, the registrant will reserve a number of shares equal to 1/3 the total issued and outstanding of the Company to be issued to BTC shareholders.


On October 20, 2015, the parties agreed to extend the closing date of the merger to December 15, 2015.



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On October 20, 2015, the registrant paid $125,000 in cash and authorized the issuance to Nikolaos Spanos of 1,377,398 of its common shares and 1,993,911 warrants to purchase its common shares at the exercise price of $.10 per common share with an exercise period of three years.  The common shares and warrants are being issued for the purchase of 1,000,000 common shares of Blockchain Technologies Corporation (“BTC”).  Said common shares represent ten (10) percent of the outstanding equity in BTC.  The securities are being issued pursuant to an exemption from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933.


Global Election Services, Inc.


On February 25, 2015, Global Election Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. GES provides comprehensive technology-enabled election services primarily for organized labor associations.  The key employees were previously employed by Election Service Solutions, LLC.


GES believes the proposed acquisition of the Blockchain Technologies Corporation may give it a strategic advantage based on the provisional patent application filed by BTC with the United States Patent and Trademark office which provides for the use of a Blockchain data base to enhance and support secure electronic voting and election results.


The Company has a term sheet in place for the asset purchase of ESS assets for the sum of $400,000.The proceeds will be used to buy only the assets of the company and pay off all existing debts/loans with the remaining dollars to be deployed into GES for operations and expansion. Their current clients include United States and International labor unions, Residential Organizations, Co-Op and Condominiums, Private Colleges and Universities and Trade Organizations.


The ESS asset acquisition will give us the ability to expand into the following areas:


Alumni Associations – The ESS team formally ran elections for Alumni organizations for over 25 years with memberships from 5,000 to 200,000. Previous clients include; Brown, Dartmouth, LaGuardia, Penn State and Yale.


Pension and Retirement Groups – The ESS team formally ran elections for Pension and Retirement groups for over 25 years with memberships from 300,000. Previous clients include; Hawaii Employees, Louisiana State, Maryland State, Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS).


Credit Unions – The ESS team formerly ran elections for Credit Unions for over 25 years with memberships from 100,000 to 500,000. Previous clients include; Vystar Federal Credit Union, Visions VCU, Vermont State FCU, United Nations FCU, Telhio FCU, Hudson Valley FCU, Desert School FCU and State Department FCU.



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Professional Trade Associations – The ESS team formerly ran elections for Professional Trade Associations for over 25 years with memberships from 30,000 to 50,000. Previous clients include; National Association of School Psychologists, Nat’l Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees, American Mansa Assoc., Infections Disease Society of America, American Pharmacists Assoc., and Assoc. for Career and Technical Education.


Awards and Contests – The ESS team ran the Country Music Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as Blockbuster Awards for several years. These awards are all online voting so we will have the ability to effectively reengage in that field.


Arbitration Division - GES plans to establish a labor arbitration division, with the assets and relationships of ESS. Prior to 1960, arbitration was principally available as a result of the efforts of the War Labor Board during World War II, but was not legally enforceable. The Supreme Court, in a series of decisions referred to as the Stell Workers Trilogy enforced arbitration provisions in labor contracts and, thus, spawned the broad use of arbitration in labor agreements. In 1970, the Supreme Court decided a case generally referred to as Boys Market, which established that the agreement to arbitrate was the quid pro quo for the no strike clause and, thereby, eliminated a substantial amount of labor strife by making the no-strike clause enforceable against unions so long as employers were willing to arbitrate. As a result, arbitration clauses have gained substantial value to both parties as a rapid and inexpensive method for the resolution of “garden variety” contract disputes and also as a cathartic process which relieves ship level tensions without “self help” or other disruptive actions by employees or their labor organizations.


Unlike arbitrators generally, labor arbitrators are professionals who practice labor law. Some teach or have similar “neutral” occupations. On the whole, the population of acceptable labor arbitrators devote full time to their practices. The American Arbitration Association emerged as the principal provider of the service on a national basis. In order to effectuate this, they successfully empanelled as many acceptable arbitrators as possible and established a tribunal to administer the disputes. Administration consists of receiving a Demand for Arbitration, acknowledging receipt, transmitting a copy of the Demand to the other party or parties and then circulating to the parties, lists of potential arbitrators for them to review and strike peremptorily arbitrators they deem acceptable. Usually, it is requested that they do not strike all of the arbitrators and number the remaining arbitrators in order of preference. The administering agency then selects a mutually acceptable arbitrator and begins the process of scheduling a hearing. In today’s world, scheduling hearings with top quality arbitrators in extremely time consuming and it is not unusual for parties to wait six months or more for a hearing date (Which I believe is snob appeal and sells).


In addition, the practice of labor arbitration has driven the date rate of arbitrators, in some cases, to $1,000.00 per day. Most arbitrators hear a case in one day, but charge a second day for “study”, which really means preparation of the Award. Accordingly, arbitration has lost both its speed and its characteristic inexpensiveness.



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There is a clear need and a strong desire amongst both management and organized labor for an alternative to AAA arbitration, which would be quicker and less expensive. While it is important that the arbitrators be acceptable to the parties, experience suggests that newer arbitrators who have not yet developed a strong following will generally be more available and less expensive that the small club of well established arbitrators who have been in practice for a number of years. However, with the appropriate introduction, new arbitrators can prove themselves equally acceptable and effective for the parties. All available arbitrators will agree to be listed with an agency that is actively promoting their use. Moreover, some unions and employers can be convinced to agree to a “closed panel”, all of who are deemed acceptable and who hear cases on a rotating basis. These approaches result in much quicker turnaround from demand to hearing. Similarly, the use of newer arbitrators or arbitrators who are not in the same level of demand will also result in reduced costs to the parties.


In situations where there is a large backlog of grievances, a grievance mediation system under which an arbitrator/mediator sits with the parties, listens to the presentation without reviewing all of the evidence and indicates what an arbitrator might rule. This is then followed by an attempt to have the parties compose their differences in a mediated settlement. In the State of Ohio, a system was used where cases that did not reach a successful mediated solution were then referred to a rotating panel for almost immediate hearing before a different arbitrator. This system could be very beneficial to the Teamsters and other unions with large grievance backlogs. AAA does not use this approach.


In order to establish an effective tribunal, we would first have to recruit and empanel a variety of arbitrators, some of whom would be novices with appropriate neutrality, but little experience, some journeymen who would be the newer arbitrators who have emerged in the last five to ten years and who have practices but who are not at the “world class” level of the more senior arbitrators and, if possible, a few senior arbitrators so that the panel would have overall balance. Each arbitrator provides us with a “panel sheet” which is essentially a biography listing their background and the types of cases they have arbitrated. Arbitrators are arranged in geographical groups determined by the areas in which they practice.


The development of the necessary demand forms and other administrative paperwork such as form letters is relatively simple, but perhaps we should consider an Internet filing methodology, which would allow both unions and employers to file grievances over the Internet to expedite selection. It should also be possible to use the Internet for scheduling purposes, all of which should result in a dramatic reduction in administrative costs and shortening of the time for setting hearings. This would be a major talking point.




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GES management would further suggest that we build a future arbitrator corps by attempting to identify individuals who because of current employment or other involvements, might not be qualified to serve as neutral arbitrators, but are fully capable of serving as effective mediators. Mediators do not require the same level of independence and neutrality as arbitrators in that they do not make decisions that are binding to the parties. By recruiting persons now to serve as mediators who may have active employment, we would be building a future class of novice arbitrators to replenish the panel.


It is interesting to note that both the Federal Mediation and Coalition Service, and most state mediation services, provide arbitration services but have never successfully competed with the AAA either because the parties are unaware that the services are available or, in the case of state agencies, because the state employs arbitrators who are not acceptable to the parties.


An appropriately organized private arbitration agency at Election Services Corporation administers its case load by handling all incoming correspondence, the selection process and the scheduling process and then monitoring the hearing and transmitting the Award of the arbitrator to the parties. Usually, the agency acts as a collection agent for its administrative fees and the arbitrator’s fees. A fair administrative coast would be approximately $300 - $400 per case solely for administration. This fee is paid half by the union and half by the Company. The arbitrator’s fees probably range between $350 at the very minimum up to $800.


Under appropriate agreements, it may be possible to negotiate special arrangements to handle large backlogs of cases or to give volume discounts on the administration, particularly if the system is as paperless as possible. The administration of a tribunal is likely to initially require one or two people to perform the clerical work, which could also be subcontracted. The printed materials are relatively modest in cost (it could be included in the labor brochure we are planning). Other than forms, all that is required is a set of arbitration rules for standard arbitrations and, possible rules for grievance mediation and for expedited arbitration.


Arbitration services are a natural companion service to election services inasmuch as provided election services will often yield the opportunity to offer arbitration. Often providing arbitration can open the door for election services. There is a natural congruity to offering both types of labor management services. In addition, many elections either require the use of an election arbitrator to resolve eligibility and related issue during the course of the election and having a panel or arbitrators available for that purpose adds value to the election service.


AAA was solely an arbitration company and the election division was formed because of their relationships with labor.




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GES plans to expand its Organized Labor business and increase its market growth conducting elections and Interactive Meetings, Trade Associations, Professional and Membership organizations, Alumni Associations and Residential Organizations. Over 650 Teamster Locals will need assistance to handle their Delegate elections starting in April 2015. A marketing plan will lead to increasing its current 100 plus clients to hopefully 200 during a voting span of four months.


GES management believes this plan and financing will deliver further profitability and growth in 2015 and beyond by making technical, operational, sales and marketing improvements. Additional investment will enable GES to greatly enhance its user functionality and service levels, strengthen its value proposition and lower its cost structure enabling GES to increase conversion rates in all competitive sales situations and build a stronger case for the benefits of outsourcing to prospects that currently manage elections in-house. GES believes it is well positioned to become the national and dominant full-service supplier in the election planning and management market. The inclusion of Ralph Gerchak, a recently retired District Director of the New York City Office of Labor Management Standards will also increase the prestige of GES across the United States. Also, with the addition of an Arbitration Division, we can lure away election clients form American Arbitration Association who would have us handle their elections without fear of reprisals at arbitration hearings.  


GES provides comprehensive technology-enabled election services. The company helps private organizations manage elections, strengthen corporate governance, increase member participation and reduce costs. The team has the unique ability to integrate multiple methods of voting; paper ballots, Internet voting, telephone voting or any combination of these methods. Many of the GES senior staff have been supervising elections since 1981, having managed over 7,000 elections involving more than 40,000,000 voters – none of which have been overturned. Through their relationships and strong reputation in the industry, GES has an impressive customer list of over 100 labor unions and has previously done business with credit unions.

 

Today’s election officials take on tremendous responsibility in managing all aspects of the voting process from selecting products to ensuring fair elections and every phase in between. In an industry that is constantly evolving, these tasks become more challenging every day. GES exists to provide full-service election solutions to clients while offering the experience, support, security and capacity needed to meet ever-changing client needs now and in the future.


GES helps provide organizations manage elections, strengthen corporate governance, increase member participation and reduce costs. GES believes it is unique in its ability to integrate multiple methods of voting; customers can hold elections via paper ballots, Internet voting, telephone voting or any combination of these methods. The company has a dedicated and seasoned team, which has managed over 7,000 elections involving more than 40,000,000 voters, none of which have been overturned.



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Cash collections vary slightly by product, but generally GES collects 35% of booked projects on the date the contract was signed, 55% sixty days prior to the mailing date (the mailing date is typically one month before the election), and the remaining 10% upon the completion of the election – including any overages. Clients do not receive Certification of Results until the bill is paid in full.


GES believes it has valuable assets for growing market share in an election marketplace, which is large and substantially untapped. Our Management team has:


A trusted reputation in the marketplace based on having not one of the 7,000 elections this team has managed over the last thirty-three years, overturned.


Worked effectively with the United States Justice Department and the United States Department of Labor (OLMS) to conduct, organize and run elections, which have been certified as fair by various State and Federal Agencies.


Conducted hundreds of seminars at Union Conventions on “How to get elected” and “How to stay in office”.


Conducted elections at National Labor Conventions such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Longshore and Warehouse Union, National Association of Laborers, and New Democratic Party of Canada Convention.


Conducted elections in over 42 States and United States Territories.


Conducted Internet elections for the National Air Traffic Controllers, Audio Engineering Society, Transport Workers Union Local 252 and Actors’ Equity Association that identified increased participation and lowered postage costs.


Unique capabilities to plan and manage complex elections across multiple vertical industries that involve multiple methods of voting.


The ability to retain existing clients and competitively compete for and win new, large Tier 1 clients, further validating the company’s market share and growth potential.


Strong client relationships that provide significant opportunity for revenue growth and new product and services sales.




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Market and Competitive Landscape of GES


The by-laws of almost all of GES target customers must hold annual or bi-annual elections for some combination of officers/directors/trustees in addition to bylaw, dues increase, strike votes, assessment, and conversion Delegate votes. GES   also assists some unions in surveying the union membership so organized labor union officials better understand their membership. Historically, this work has been done in-house. Today, GES   is experiencing a very positive reception as a result of the market switching to outsourced services because of the dramatic savings clients can gain as well as by their rapidly growing sensitivity to the need for independent third party election certification. In addition, many labor unions are being audited by the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, which can result in elections being re-run and more importantly, reviewing the books and records of the targeted local union.


Current voting systems are predominantly paper-based, typically requiring a series of time-consuming manual processes, such as identifying eligible voters through database management and processing, tabulating and reporting election results. The effort to promote electronic elections is being led by three international organizations: The Internal Foundation for Election Systems, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


GES continues to see significant opportunity for improvements in overall gross margins as customers continue to migrate from paper-based elections to hybrid or more Internet-based elections. This recent trend is attributable primarily to identified operational and workflow inefficiencies and can be reversed with a combination of new leadership, project cost tracking, technology investments and operational reform, and improved print/mail partnering arrangements as described in this plan.


Although competition is increasing, GES believes there is no competitor with the organization, breadth and depth to service the diverse needs of the election services market. Competitors are either vertically of regionally focused or biased towards their unique strengths. The majority of competitors are small regional players who lack resources to compete nationally with the exception of American Arbitration Association, an arbitration firm that services exclusively labor unions. Other competitors are more regional in scope (e.g. True Ballot and Votenet – Washington DC; Merriman River, Midwest; Integrity Voting, Election Trust, Seattle, California Election Company and Ballotpoint, West Coast) and either family or owner operator entities. There is a small subset of Internet firms pushing ASP or exclusively electronic based elections (e.g. Election America and everyonecounts.com).




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The Paper Process


1.

Ballots Returned to Post Office, Sorted by Date

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Retrieved from Post Office unopened

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Mail Sack Opened

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Physical Count

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Identify Who Voted, Check Signature and Bar Code

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Identify Challenged Ballots, Eligibility Duplicates

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Segregate Challenge Ballots

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Open Outer Envelope, Extract SBE

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Segregate Outer Envelope

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Open SBE Extract Ballot

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Segregate SBE

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Process Secret Ballot, High Speed Scanning

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Preliminary Results

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Process Challenges as Needed


Internet Voting


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Increases participation with highly mobile work forces, large, geographically dispersed groups and those in areas of declining public transportation as well as those with an extended workday.

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Supports the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Reduction in costs including printing and mailing as well as return postage.

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There is a strong member preference

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Reduces spoiled ballots, no over votes.


The Web Process logically mirrors the Paper Process.


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Secure Website Encryption

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On-Line Encrypted Storage

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Mail Sack Opened

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Automated Count

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Who Voted; Pin / Password Affirmation

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Identify Challenged Ballots, Eligibility Duplicates

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Segregate Challenges; Separate Storage Table

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Receive Decrypt Key

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Break Voter / Ballot Linkage

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Separate Ballot Table

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Voter Table

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Tabulation Function

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Preliminary Results

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Process Challenges as Needed




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Principles of Secret Ballot, which has been established and validated over decades.


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One vote per member

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Identify who voted, but not how; no identifying mark on ballot

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Provides for Challenge Ballots

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Provides for Duplicate / Replacement

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Provide for Verification / Recount


Secret Mail Ballot


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Personalized ballet mailed to all members

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Three Envelope System; Outbound, Return Envelope with Signature and Bar Code, Secret Ballot Envelope and Completed Ballot

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Returned Ballots held at Post Office, unopened

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Processing when Election Committee authorizes

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Identify Voters by Bar Code Reader

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Segregate Challenges

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Identify Replacements / Duplicates which counts

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Open and Process


GES’s system is intentionally designed to mirror time-proven DOL secret ballot procedures.


Critical Requirements


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24 x 7 x 365 Availability

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Absolute Security, Absolute Secrecy

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Auditability; Ballot Entries and System Activity

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Double Entry Credentials; Member Number and Unique Random Password created by GES

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Complete Integration with Paper Processes; One Member = One Vote, Which Ballot Counts

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Honor Time Proven DOL Processes

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Simple to Understand


Secure Voting Infrastructure


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Fully Redundant; Hardware and Utilities

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No Single Point Failure

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Monitored Continuously

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Symantec “Surveillance”

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Duplicate vote attempts are flagged for resolution before tabulation




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Auditability


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Voter ID is time stamped when the vote is received

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Duplicates or Replacements have a separate pin.

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Ballot Selections (Vote String) available for any or all ballots

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Audits must always show a one-to-one match between the consumed serial numbers (Voted List) and stored ballots.


Security

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True Secret Ballot Capability (Title IV)

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One Person = One Vote

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Intrusion Detection Systems

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Hardened Commercial Hosting Site

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Restricted Personnel Access to Data

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Comprehensive Event History

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Restricted Personnel Access to Paper Returns

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Complete Auditability at all stages

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Observers Welcomed


GES Future Growth


Owning a printing and mailing union facility in the New York Area will substantially increase profitability when conducting mail ballot elections, especially since more than 600 Teamster affiliated Locals throughout the United States will be required to conduct supervised elections commencing in 2015 whereby the IBT Election Supervisor has previously permitted all mailings to be conducted in the New York area.


Currently GES is supported by its touch screen, Internet and scanned voting by a third party. Acquiring an in-house operation will allow GES to expand its operation by implementing up-to-date technology and in-house support therefore increasing our potential client list.


Maralin Falik, President – GES


Maralin Falik has more than thirty-three years experience in election administration, helping manage and conduct over seven thousand elections. Most of her professional career (1981-1999) was spent at the Honest Ballet Association, a not-for-profit organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt, where she was Executive Director.


Because of her extensive experience in providing complete election management solutions to key private sector clients, including labor unions, associations and cooperatives/condominiums, she has been named chairperson of GES Mediation and Arbitration Division.



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Her perfect record reflects the quality of her work when defending challenges elections before the Department of Labor and the courts. Ms. Failk has also testified as an “election expert” to the courts and various oversight groups.


Discontinued Operations and Inactive Business


Acquisition and Sale of Global Arena Capital Corp.


On July 13, 2012, the Company, Broad Sword Holdings, LLC, and JSM Capital Holding Corp. entered into a share purchase agreement to fully acquire Global Arena Capital Corp. (“GACC”) by purchasing the 95.1% of the shares of Global Arena Capital Corp. that it did not previously own.  The change in control of ownership was authorized by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority under a “change of control” membership 1017 application.


The cash consideration paid for the GACC shares was $2.00. The total aggregate purchase price, which was agreed to by the boards of directors and stockholders of JSM Capital Holding Corp. and Broad Sword Holding LLC, (the former owners of Global Arena Capital Corp), included, in addition to the $2.00, an aggregate of 12,108,001 shares in the Company previously received, as filed in the information statement issued on April 26, 2011 pursuant to section 14 (c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


The purchase was from related parties who are also major stockholders of the Company. Since the Company and GACC were under common control, this transaction was treated similar to that of a pooling.


On August 5, 2014, GAHI entered into an Agreement with PMC Capital, LLC (“PMC Capital”) and Barbara Desiderio pursuant to which GAHI agreed to sell to PMC Capital all of the common stock of GACC, subject to the approval from FINRA.  The consideration for the GACC common stock was $2,100,000 and the forgiveness of the amounts payable by GAHI and its other subsidiaries to GACC of approximately $1,330,000


Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, GAHI (i) sold 24.9% of the issued and outstanding shares of GACC’s common stock to PMC Capital as of the Agreement date; and (ii) and sold the remaining 75.1% of the common stock to PMC Capital subject to the receipt of all necessary and required approvals, including compliance with the applicable FINRA rules.  GAHI has agreed to indemnify PMC Capital from losses, third party customer complaints and claims arising from or related to the operations of the GACC on or prior to July 31, 2014.  Such indemnification is limited to $250,000, subject to certain limitations and exclusions. GAHI put into escrow $100,000 towards this indemnification, which subsequently was used for legal fees.




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The results of operations of GACC and the gain on the sale of GACC has been reported as discontinued operations as: 1) the operations and cash flows of GACC will be eliminated from the ongoing operations of the Company as a result of the sale and 2) the Company will not have any significant continuing involvement in the operations of GACC after the sale transaction. The Company has presented the operations of GACC as discontinued operations, and retrospectively reclassified the operating results for all prior periods presented.



On August 7, 2014, the Company completed the sale the remaining 75.1% ownership of GACC, and recognized a gain from the sale of GACC as "Gain on sale of discontinued operations" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The operating results of GACC are reported as "Income from discontinued operations - net" in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for all periods presented. In accordance with accounting guidance, the Company has elected to not separately disclose the cash flows related to the GACC discontinued operations.


On February 16, 2016, the New York District Court entered an Order and Protective Decree pursuant to the provisions of the Securities Investor Protection Act, placing Global Arena Capital Corporation, our former subsidiary, in liquidation and appointing the Securities Investor Protection Corporation as trustee during the liquidation.  The case was then removed to the New York Bankruptcy Court.  GAHI and its subsidiaries are not a party to the liquidation.


Background on Global Arena Capital Corporation


Global Arena Capital Corporation (“GACC”), a New York corporation, is a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA.  GACC clears its client accounts on a fully-disclosed basis through the Royal Bank of Canada Correspondent Services. GAHI owned 100% of GACC’s equity interests up through its sale on August 5, 2014.


GACC was incorporated in the State of New York in June 1985 as Equities Trading Corp. (“ETC”), and was acquired by John S. Matthews and his holding company, JSM Capital Holding Corp in February 2004. On July 13, 2012, GAHI, Broad Sword Holdings, LLC, and JSM Capital Holding Corp. entered into a share purchase agreement pursuant to which GAHI acquired from Broad Sword Holdings, LLC and JSM Capital Holding Corp. all of the equity interests in GACC that it did not previously own. The change in control of ownership of GACC was authorized by FINRA under a “change of control” membership 1017 application.


GACC is a full service financial services company that is a registered broker-dealer with the SEC, a member of FINRA, operating under the Central Registry Deposit #16871, a member of the Municipal Rule Making Board and member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”). GACC is engaged in the securities business, which comprises several classes of securities transactions such as equity, fixed income and



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municipal bonds, mutual funds, insurance products and options, all of which are currently riskless principal and agency transactions executed through our fully disclosed clearing agent RBC Correspondent Services, a securities clearing firm that is a division of RBC Capital Markets Corporation a part of Royal Bank of Canada.  


GACC generated its revenues through commission revenue from registered representatives, investment banking services and insurance brokerage; however, future insurance brokerage activities are being conducted through our subsidiary, MGA International Brokerage LLC (“MGA”), a 66.67% majority owned subsidiary and a New York limited liability company, a full-service insurance broker.


In 2014, our business was largely related to the operations of GACC until the date of sale on August 5, 2014.  Subsequently, our focus became our investment advisory services through our subsidiary, Global Arena Investment Management LLC (“GAIM”).


Global Arena Commodities Corporation


Global Arena Commodities Corporation (“GACOM”), a New York corporation, became a member of the NFA in July 2009. GACOM’s NFA registration number is 0409315. GACOM is owned 100% by GAHI, and the day-to-day management of the business and affairs of GACOM was the responsibility of its CEO, Robert Cain, who had over 20 years of financial trading experience to the position. GACOM was focused on providing commodity brokerage facilities to professional traders, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators as well as offering managed futures accounts to institutional and individual investors.


In July 2011, GACOM completed its clearing agreement with Interactive Brokers.  As a registered introducing broker, Interactive Brokers provides GACOM clients with services in the core functions of order execution, operational clearing, regulatory reporting and settlement.  


GACOM does not hold any funds or securities for its customers.  GACOM uses the services of its clearing agent on a fully-disclosed basis.  GACOM clears all of its transactions through Interactive Brokers, a securities clearing firm that is a division of Interactive Brokers Group Inc.  GACOM clearing agent processes all securities transactions and maintains customer accounts for us on a fee basis.


GACOM ceased all operations in 2014 and the Company closed GACOM in the first six months of 2015, in line with its current business plan, as addressed in the Growth Strategy section.




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Lillybell Entertainment


Lillybell Entertainment LLC (“LB”), a Delaware limited liability company, is an entertainment finance company.  GAHC owns 66-2/3% of LB’s equity interests; Kathryn Weisbeck, the Chief Executive Officer of LB, owns the remaining 33-1/3% of LB’s equity interests.  LB has sponsored the formation of Lillybell Art Fund LP, which is an unregistered investment vehicle focused on investing in art and entertainment-related investments.  The general partner of Lillybell Art Fund LP, which is a single purpose entity formed solely to serve as the general partner of Lillybell Art Fund LP, is an affiliate of LB.  


Ms. Weisbeck has been involved in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years. Beginning on the talent side, Ms. Weisbeck studied theatre, dance and voice and in 2003 graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles earning a BA in Dance and a BA in Individualized Study: Musical Theatre.


From there she became involved in the production and finance side of the industry when she formed Lillybell Entertainment LLC. She now works with other professionals in the art community to bring investment opportunities to her clients as well as promote the creation of art and entertainment projects.


Effective on April 1, 2015, the Company and each of the minority shareholders of Lillybell entered into purchase agreements for the sale of the Company’s 66.67% interests in Lillybell for $1.


MGA International Brokerage LLC (“MGA”)


On January 29, 2013, we acquired 66.67% of the aggregate outstanding member interests of MGA, in exchange for an option to purchase 300,000 shares of the Company’s common shares.  Each option is exercisable into one share of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 per common share.  The exercise period was for one year from the agreement date. The option has expired.


MGA is a full service insurance broker; Marc Goldin, the Managing Director, owns the remaining 33.3%. MGA provides a broad array of insurance and risk management products and services.


Effective on April 1, 2015, the Company and each of the minority shareholders of MGA entered into purchase agreements for the sale of the Company’s 66.67% interests in MGA for $1.




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Global Arena Investment Management


Global Arena Investment Management LLC is a New York limited liability company and a New York investment adviser. GAIM formally served as the investment manager to Global Arena Macro Fund, LP, a Delaware limited partnership.  The Fund was formed to invest all of its assets in Global Arena Master Fund, Ltd. a Cayman Islands exempted company incorporated with limited liability known as a Master Fund, through a “master-feeder” fund structure.  There are currently no assets in these funds.  The Fund is a shareholder of the Master Fund together with another existing entity, Global Arena Macro Fund, Ltd., a Cayman Islands exempted company incorporated with limited liability known as the Offshore Feeder.  Where the Offshore Feeder was formed for investment by non-U.S. persons and U.S. tax-exempt entities, the Fund was formed for investment by U.S. taxable investors. GAIM has been inactive since May 2015.


Growth Strategy for the Company


Going forward, Management plans to also focus on other investments with a specific interest in finance, technology and real estate.


In addition, the Company plans the following for 2017:


Seek the assistance of experienced consultants in hiring portfolio managers and develop potential strategies.


Continue to make asset purchases of companies synergistic to our core business.


Management believes that it will be able to continue its operations and further advance its acquisition plans. However, management cannot give assurances that such plans will materialize in the near term or on terms advantageous to the Company, or at all. Should the Company not be successful in its new business plans or obtain additional financing, the Company would need to curtail certain or all of its operating activities.


The Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to ultimately attain profitable operations, generate sufficient cash flow to meet its obligations, and obtain additional financing.


Employees

The Company currently employs four personnel, including a salaried chief executive officer, compliance officer, controller and a director of investor relations and/or marketing.


ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS


Not applicable to a smaller reporting company.




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ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS


Not applicable.


ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES


The Company moved to its new main office located at 208 East 51 Street, Suite 112, New York, NY 10022 from its former office at 850 Third Avenue, Suite 16C, New York, NY 10022.  During the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, GAHI was charged approximately $56,297 and $161,400, respectively, for its office spaces.


ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.


The Company may be involved in legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable with assurance.


On October 10, 2013, GACOM settled a complaint with the National Futures Association for a fine of $50,000 for certain noncompliance with Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations.  The fine has not been paid and is included in accounts payable and accrued expenses at December 31, 2106 and December 31, 2015.  


Named directors, officers, employees and/or registered representatives of GACC have been called before FINRA for on-the-record interviews in connection with certain FINRA inquiries. GACC has responded to multiple requests for documents and FINRA has taken on-the-record testimony. On October 27, 2014, FINRA indicated that it might recommend enforcement proceedings against GACC, our chairman John Matthews and Brian Joseph Hagerman, the former president and chief compliance officer of GACC. FINRA’s action is commonly referred to as a “Wells Notice” and is a preliminary determination by FINRA staff to recommend disciplinary action against GACC and these individuals.  FINRA is not proposing disciplinary action against the Company.  The allegations are against GACC and these individuals and assert that there were violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”); NASD Rules 3010 and 3040; and FINRA Rules 2010, 5122(b)(2) and 5122(b)(1)(B).  GACC and Messrs. Matthews and Hagerman are responding to this Wells Notice and believe that they have meritorious arguments.


On April 10, 2014, the Legal Section of FINRA formally notified GACC that it had made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against GACC for (1) failing to buy and sell corporate bonds at prices that were fair; and (2) failing to have in place a supervisory system that was reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations and FINRA rules.  GACC has responded and intends to contest this matter.




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On February 11, 2015, John S. Matthews was advised by the staff of FINRA’s Department of Enforcement (the “Staff”) that they intended to recommend that FINRA commence a disciplinary action against Mr. Matthews, in his former capacity as an executive of GACC for a violation of FINRA Rules 2010 and 8210 by failing to provide information to the Staff in what the Staff considered to be a timely manner. Mr. Matthews provided additional materials to FINRA subsequent to the February 11, 2015 notice and submitted a response to the Staff’s allegations on February 25, 2015, disputing the proposed charges against him. Mr. Matthews has at all times cooperated with the Staff’s inquiries and continues to do so.


On December 1, 2015, John S. Matthews, the chief executive officer and director, signed a "Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent ("AWC") with FINRA consenting to the entry of findings by FINRA, without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, that he did not provide any written disclosures to, or receive any written approval from, his member firm prior to selling promissory notes issued by the Company, some of the investors were not qualified purchasers as defined in Section 2(a)(51)(A) of the Investment Company Act, and the sales were not exempt from the requirements of FINRA Rule 5122, and he willfully failed to disclose an unsatisfied $25,590 federal tax lien within 30 days.   The AWC was accepted by FINRA on December 2, 2015.


As a result of the AWC, Mr. Matthews is subject to a six-month suspension from association with any FINRA member, and a fine of $25,000.  As such, Mr. Matthews is statutorily disqualified with respect to association with a FINRA member.


As a result of the AWC, the registrant is statutorily disqualified from relying in the future on certain exemptions from registration of its securities promulgated under Rule 506 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Act") for the length of the suspension as long as Mr. Matthews remains an officer and/or director and/or holder of 10% or more of the voting securities of the registrant.


On November 5, 2015, one of the Company’s prior attorneys commenced an action against GAHI, seeking payment of $27,518 in unpaid legal fees. This amount is included in accounts payable. At this time, management is unable to determine what the ultimate outcome of these proceedings will be and whether there will be a material impact on the Company’s operations or the consolidated financial statements.


On December 23, 2014, one of the Company’s prior attorneys commenced an action against GACC, GAHI, and PMC Capital seeking payment of $150,019 in unpaid legal fees. This amount is included in accounts payable. At this time, management is unable to determine what the ultimate outcome of these proceedings will be and whether there will be a material impact on the Company’s operations or the consolidated financial statements.




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On July 2, 2014, an action was commenced by a group of individuals against GACC, the Company, and the chief executive officer of the Company, which asserts claims for minimum wage and overtime violations under New York State Labor Law, and seeks damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and costs. At this time, the Company is unable to determine the ultimate outcome of the demand or whether it will result in a formal proceeding or action against the Company or any of its officers.


The Company and certain of its officers were named in connection with a demand for repayment of $695,000 by PMC LLC, in a letter dated October 16, 2014 relating to the Stock Purchase Agreement by and among GAHI and PMC Capital, LLC and Barbara Desiderio, dated as of August 5, 2014. The demand seeks repayment for expenditures made by GACC prior to the sale and the failure to meet certain minimum requirements in the Stock Purchase Agreement. At this time, the Company is unable to determine the ultimate outcome of the demand or whether it will result in a formal proceeding or action against the Company or any of its officers.


ITEM 4.  MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.


Not applicable




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PART II


ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES


    Item 5(a)


a)  Market Information.  The Company began trading publicly on the NASD Over the Counter Bulletin Board on July 19, 2006.  We began trading under the symbol GAHC on May 27, 2011, and now trade under the symbol “GAHC.OB”.


The following table sets forth the range of high and low bid quotations for our common stock.  The quotations represent inter-dealer prices without retail markup, markdown or commission, and may not necessarily represent actual transactions.


Quarter Ended

 

High Bid

 

Low Bid

3/31/15

 

0.30

 

0.13

6/30/15

 

0.31

 

0.11

9/30/15

 

0.13

 

0.05

12/31/15

 

0.17

 

0.02

 

 

 

 

 

3/31/16

 

0.06

 

0.01

6/30/16

 

0.02

 

0.01

9/30/16

 

0.02

 

0.003

12/31/16

 

0.006

 

0.0007


b)  Holders.  At May 24, 2017, there were approximately 168 shareholders of record of our common stock.


c)  Dividends.  Holders of our common stock are entitled to receive such dividends as may be declared by our board of directors.  No dividends on our common stock have ever been paid, and we do not anticipate that dividends will be paid on our common stock in the foreseeable future.


d)  Securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans.  


Stock options plan

In June, 2011, the Board of Directors adopted a Stock Awards Plan (“Plan”).  The purpose of the Plan is to attract, retain and motivate employees, directors and persons affiliated with the Company and to provide such participants with additional incentive and reward opportunities.  The awards may be in the form of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, phantom stock awards, or any combination of the foregoing. The total number of shares of stock reserved for issuance under the Plan is 3,000,000.  



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On August 5, 2015, the Company granted stock options to purchase 1,000,000 shares for five years of the Company common stock pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Company’s 2011 Stock Award Plan to each of Kathryn Weisbeck (director of investor relations), Anthony Crisci, (CFO) and John Matthews (CEO and Chairman). The option was fully vested when issued with a fair value of approximately $210,000 at the grant date. Weighted average assumptions used to estimate the fair value of stock options on the date of grant are as follows:


 

 

August 5, 2015

    Expected dividend yield

 

$ 0

    Expected stock price volatility

 

340.76%

    Risk free interest rate

 

1.65%

    Expected life (years)

 

5 year


The stock-based compensation related to stock options, included in stock compensation expense in the consolidated statements of operations, was $0 and $216,152 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.


Other options

On January 29, 2013, in connection with the acquisition of MGA, the Company issued an option to purchase 300,000 shares of common stock exercisable at $0.25 per common share, which expired on January 28, 2014.  The Company intends to extend the option for another year and expired in January 2015. The options vested on the grant date, with a fair value of approximately $34,000 at the grant date recognized in the year ended December 31, 2014.


The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying awards and the quoted price of the Company’s common stock. There were no options exercised during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.


As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, there are no unrecognized compensation costs.




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The Company will issue new shares of common stock upon the exercise of outstanding stock options.  The following is a summary of stock option activity:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

Number of

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

 

Options

 

Price ($)

 

Life (in years)

 

Value ($)

Outstanding, December 31, 2014

 

2,375,000

 

0.42

 

0.48

 

-

Granted

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

4.63

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(2,375,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2015

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

4.63

 

-

Granted

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2016

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

3.88

 

-

Exercisable, December 31, 2016

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

3.88

 

-



e)  Performance graph.  Not applicable.


f)  Sale of unregistered securities.  


Common Shares


During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company issued 250,721,956 shares of common stock for convertible promissory notes payable of $176,494 and accrued interest of $1,766.


During year ended December 31, 2015, the Company received a total of $670,000 from various investors for the subscription of investment units at $0.12 per unit. Each unit contains two common shares, one A warrant and one B warrant. On December 11, 2015, the Company issued a total of 11,166,664 common shares, 5,583,332 A warrants and 5,583,332 B warrants to these investors.   Each A warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.10 per common share with an exercise period of three years.  Each B warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.12 per common share with an exercise period of three years.




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On April 28, 2016, the Company received a total of $130,000 from various investors for the subscription of investment units at $0.02 per unit. Each unit contains two common shares, one A warrant and one B warrant. The Company issued a total of 13,000,000 common shares, 6,500,000 A warrants and 6,500,000 B warrants to these investors.   Each A warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.02 per common share with an exercise period of three years.  Each B warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.03 per common share with an exercise period of three years.


Warrants

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company issued a total of 41,649,999 warrants in connection with a new convertible note and an extension to an existing convertible note. The fair values of the warrants were determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions:

·

Expected life of 3.0 years

·

Volatility of 375% - 439%;

·

Dividend yield of 0%;

·

Risk free interest rate of 0.71 - 1.58%


The following tables summarize the warrants activities:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

Number of

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

 

Warrants

 

Price ($)

 

Life (in years)

 

Value ($)

Outstanding, December 31, 2014

 

35,911,846

 

0.24

 

 

 

426,580

Granted

 

28,925,085

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(250,000)

 

0.55

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2015

 

64,586,931

 

0.15

 

2.33

 

666,279

Granted

 

55,066,665

 

0.03

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(9,504,118)

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2016

 

110,149,478

 

0.08

 

2.17

 

2,140

Exercisable, December 31, 2016

 

110,149,478

 

0.08

 

2.17

 

2,140


     Item 5(b) Use of Proceeds.  Not applicable.




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    Item 5(c) Purchases of Equity Securities by the issuer and affiliated purchasers.  Not applicable.



ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA


Not applicable to a smaller reporting company.


ITEM 7.  MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS


Forward-looking Statements


Statements in this Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation, as well as in certain other parts of this Annual report on Form 10-K (as well as information included in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by the Company) that look forward in time, are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, expectations, predictions, and assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. Although The Company believes such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to, and are qualified by, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to the Company’s ability to estimate the impact of competition and of industry consolidation and risks, uncertainties and other factors set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.


GAHI undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this Form 10-K.


Critical Accounting Policies


The Company’s financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Preparing financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. These estimates and assumptions are affected by management's applications of accounting policies. Critical accounting policies for the Company include revenue recognition, valuation of convertible promissory notes and related warrants, stock and stock option compensation, estimates, and derivative financial instruments.



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The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and include the accounts of GAHI and its wholly-owned and majority owned subsidiaries, GES, GAHI Acquisition Corp., GAIM, and GACOM.  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.  


Revenue Recognition


The Company’s revenue recognition policies comply with SEC revenue recognition rules and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 605-10-S99. The Company earns revenues through various services it provides to its clients. GES’s income is recognized at the presentation date of the certification of the election results. The payments received in advance are recorded as deferred revenue on the balance sheet. Should an election not proceed, all non-refundable deferred revenue will be recognized as revenue.


Convertible Debt


Convertible debt is accounted for under FASB ASC 470, Debt – Debt with Conversion and Other Options. The Company records a beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) related to the issuance of convertible debt that has conversion features at fixed or adjustable rates that are in-the-money when issued and records the relative fair value of any warrants issued with those instruments. The BCF for the convertible instruments is recognized and measured by allocating a portion of the proceeds to the warrants and as a reduction to the carrying amount of the convertible instrument equal to the intrinsic value of the conversion features, both of which are credited to additional paid-in capital.  The Company calculates the fair value of warrants issued with the convertible instruments using the Black-Scholes valuation method, using the same assumptions used for valuing stock options, except that the contractual life of the warrant is used.  


Under these guidelines, the Company allocates the value of the proceeds received from a convertible debt transaction between the conversion feature and any other detachable instruments (such as warrants) on a relative fair value basis.  The allocated fair value of the BCF and warrants are recorded as a debt discount and is accreted over the expected term of the convertible debt as interest expense.  


The Company accounts for modifications of its embedded conversion features in accordance with the ASC which requires the modification of a convertible debt instrument that changes the fair value of an embedded conversion feature and the subsequent recognition of interest expense or the associated debt instrument when the modification does not result in a debt extinguishment.




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Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company evaluates its financial instruments to determine if such instruments are derivatives or contain features that qualify as embedded derivatives. For derivative financial instruments that are accounted for as liabilities, the derivative instrument is initially recorded at its fair value and is then re-valued at each reporting date, with changes in the fair value reported in the statements of operations. The Company uses the Black-Scholes-Merton model to value the derivative instruments. The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is evaluated at the end of each reporting period.  


Share-Based Compensation


The Company periodically issues stock options and warrants to employees and non-employees in capital raising transactions, for services and for financing costs. The Company accounts for share-based payments under the guidance as set forth in the Share-Based Payment Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees, officers, directors, and consultants, including employee stock options, based on estimated fair values. The Company estimates the fair value of share-based payment awards to employees and directors on the date of grant using an option-pricing model, and the value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expense over the required service period in the Company's Statements of Operations. The Company accounts for stock option and warrant grants issued and vesting to non-employees in accordance with the authoritative guidance where the value of the stock compensation is based upon the measurement date as determined at either a) the date at which a performance commitment is reached, or b) the date at which the necessary performance to earn the equity instruments is complete. Stock-based compensation is based on awards ultimately expected to vest and is reduced for estimated forfeitures. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, as necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements


Recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB and the SEC did not have, are not believed by management to have, a material impact, or are currently evaluating the potential impact of updated authoritative guidance on the Company’s present or future consolidated financial statements.




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Trends and Uncertainties


The Company currently has minimal revenues and operations and is investigating potential businesses and companies for acquisition to create and/or acquire a sustainable business. Our ability to acquire or create a sustainable business may be adversely affected by our current financial conditions, availability of capital and/ or loans, general economic conditions which can be cyclical in nature along with prolonged recessionary periods, and other economic and political situations.  


The Company has generated recurring losses and cash flow deficits from its operations since inception and has had to continually borrow to continue operations. These matters raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The continued operations of the Company are dependent upon its ability to raise additional capital, obtain additional financing and/or generate positive cash flows from operations.  As further described in “Liquidity and Capital Resources”, management believes that it will be successful in obtaining additional financing, from which the proceeds will be primarily used to execute its new operating plans. The Company plans to use its available cash and new financing to develop and execute its new business plan and hopefully create and maintain a self-sustaining business.  However, the Company can give no assurances that it will be successful in achieving its plans or if financing will be available or, if available, on terms acceptable to the Company, or at all.  Should the Company not be successful in obtaining the necessary financing to fund its operations, and ultimately achieve adequate profitability and cash flows from operations, the Company would need to curtail certain or all of its operating activities.  


There are no trends, events or uncertainties that have had or are reasonably expected to have a material impact on the net sales or revenues or income from continuing operations. There are no significant elements of income or loss that do not arise from our continuing operations except for the fair value change on derivative financial instruments and settlement on arbitration.  


The rapid advances in computing and telecommunications technology over the past several decades have brought with them increasingly sophisticated methods of delivering financial services through electronic channels. Along with these advances, though, have come risks regarding the integrity and privacy of data, and these risks apply to financial institutions, probably more than any other industry, falling into the general classification of cybersecurity. While it is not possible for anyone to give an absolute guarantee that data will not be compromised, when applicable, the Company shall utilize third-party service providers to secure the Company’s financial and personal data; the Company believes that third-party service providers provide reasonable assurance that the financial and personal data that they hold are secure.




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Liquidity and Capital Resources


As of December 31, 2016, the Company has an accumulated deficit of $19,252,753 and a working capital deficiency of $5,579,714.  Our ability to continue as a going concern depends upon whether we can ultimately attain profitable operations, generate sufficient cash flow to meet our obligations, and obtain additional financing as needed.


For the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company recorded a net loss of $2,207,581.  We recorded an amortization of debt discount of $660,146 and debt modification expense of $61,845.  We recorded a financing costs associated with the issuance convertible promissory notes payable of $614,028 and took a change to earnings of $211,225 for penalty interest on certain convertible promissory notes payable. We recorded a gain for the change in fair value of derivative liability of $86,458.  We had a decrease in prepaid expenses of $30,700, and a decrease in deferred revenue of $377,410.  We had an increase in other assets of $10,221 and an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $265,261.  As a result, we had net cash used in operating activities of $638,023 for the year ended December 31, 2016.


For the year ended December 31, 2016, we paid an additional $21,650 as payment for proposed acquisition.  As a result, we had net cash used in investing activities of $21,650 for the period.


For the year ended December 31, 2016, we received $674,000 as proceeds from the issuance of convertible promissory notes payable and we received $130,000 from the issuance of our common stock.  We repaid convertible promissory notes of $178,500.  As a result, we had net cash provided by financing activities of $625,500 for the period.


Management believes that it will be able to continue its operations and further advance its acquisition plans. However, management cannot give assurances that such plans will materialize and be successful in the near term or on terms advantageous to the Company, or at all. Should the Company not be successful in its new business plans or obtain additional financing, the Company would need to curtail certain or all of its operating activities.


The Company’s continuation as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to ultimately attain profitable operations, generate sufficient cash flow to meet its obligations, and obtain additional financing as may be required. For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, our auditors have included a “going concern” modification in their auditors’ reports.  A “going concern” modification may make it more difficult for us to raise funds when needed. The outcome of this uncertainty cannot presently be determined.




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The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty. There can be no assurance that management will be successful in implementing its business plan or that the successful implementation of such business plan will actually improve our operating results


Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2016 Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2015


Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $1,224,469 compared to $961,610 for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $262,859.  The significant increase is due to us growing our election services business that started in the second quarter of 2015.


Salaries and benefits and stock-based compensation totaled $122,107 for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $782,112 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $659,373 due to the reduced number of employees and there was no stock compensation granted in 2016.


Professional fees for the year ended December 31, 2016 amounted to $570,622 compared to $790,666 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $220,044.  The decrease is due to lower legal fees.


For the year ended December 31, 2016, we had occupancy expenses of $56,297, business development expenses of $320,343, and office and other expenses of $461,563, totaling $838,203. Comparatively, for the year ended December 31, 2015, we had occupancy expenses of $161,408, business development expenses of $280,266, and office and other expenses of $758,398 totaling $1,200,072.  Decrease in these expenses was $361,869 principally due to a decrease in office and other expenses due to management focusing on reducing costs.


Total operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $1,531,564 compared to $2,772,850 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of $1,241,286 principally due to reasons discussed above.


Contractual Obligations

 Our significant contractual obligations as of December 31, 2016, are as follows:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than

 

 

 

 

Less than

 

One to three

 

Three to five

 

Five

 

 

 

 

One Year

 

Years

 

Years

 

Years

 

Total

Convertible notes payable

$

2,168,181

$

500,568

$

-

$

-

$

2,668,749

Promissory notes

 

230,000

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

230,000

Total

$

2,398,181

$

500,568

$

-

$

-

$

2,898,749




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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not maintain any off-balance sheet arrangements, transactions, obligations or other relationships with unconsolidated entities that would be expected to have a material current or future effect upon our financial condition or results of operations.


ITEM 7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK


Not applicable





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ITEM 8.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA


Global Arena Holding, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Index to the Financial Statements


 

 

Page

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

35

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets at December 31, 2016 and 2015

 

37

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

 

39

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity (Deficit) for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

 

40

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

 

41

 

 

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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RAUL CARREGA

Certified Public Accountants

3795 La Crescenta Avenue, Suite 203

Glendale, California 91208

818-248-6325



REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


The Board of Directors and Stockholders of

Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries


We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2016, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ deficiency, and cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2016. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audit.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2016, and the consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for the year period ended December 31, 2016, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements as of and for the years ended December 31, 2016 have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. As more fully described in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company has suffered recurring losses since inception, experiences a deficiency of cash flow from operations, sold its principal operating business, is currently in default of certain outstanding notes, and has a stockholders’ deficiency. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 1. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties. Our opinion is not modified with respect to this matter.

  

Raul Carrega

 

Raul Carrega, CPA

Glendale, California

May 26, 2017



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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


The Board of Directors and Stockholders of

Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries


We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2015, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ deficiency, and cash flows for the year December 31, 2015. The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.


We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audit included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.


In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Global Arena Holding Inc. and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2015, and the consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2015, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.


The accompanying consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2015 have been prepared assuming the Company will continue as a going concern. As more fully described in Note 1 to the financial statements, the Company has suffered recurring losses since inception, experiences a deficiency of cash flow from operations, sold its principal operating business, is currently in default of certain outstanding notes, and has a stockholders’ deficiency. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans in regard to these matters are also described in Note 1. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties. Our opinion is not modified with respect to this matter.



/s/Wei Wei & Co., LLP

Wei Wei & Co., LLP

Flushing, NY

May 6, 2016

 



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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015


 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Cash  

 

$

14,227

$

48,400

 

 Prepaid expenses

 

-

 

20,200

 

 

 Total current assets

 

14,227

 

68,600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security deposits

 

 

-

 

10,500

Deposit for proposed acquisition

 

41,650

 

20,000

Investment

 

 

284,270

 

284,270

Other assets

 

 

3,346

 

13,567

 

 TOTAL ASSETS

$

343,493

$

396,937


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015


(Continued from previous page)


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

1,377,207

$

1,124,612

 

 Convertible promissory notes payable, in default

 

1,366,815

 

280,000

 

 Convertible promissory notes payable,  

 

 

 

 

 

    net of debt discount of $201,628 and $76,789

 

599,738

 

1,270,829

 

 Promissory notes payable, in default

 

230,000

 

230,000

 

 Deferred revenue

 

10,000

 

387,410

 

 Derivative liability

 

2,010,181

 

1,020,408

 

 

 Total current liabilities

 

5,593,941

 

4,313,259

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible promissory notes payable,

 

-

 

 

   net of debt discount of $187,100 and $286,965

 

313,468

 

213,035

 

 TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

5,907,409

 

4,526,294

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

 

 

 

 

 

 Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 10,000,000 shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

authorized;  none issued and outstanding

 

-

 

-

 

 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

authorized;  314,350,165 and 50,628,209 shares issued and outstanding

 

314,350

 

50,628

 

 Additional paid-in capital

 

13,374,487

 

13,045,187

 

 Accumulated deficit

 

(19,252,753)

 

(17,225,172)

 

 

 Total stockholders' deficit

 

(5,563,916)

 

(4,129,357)

 

 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

$

343,493

$

396,937


See notes to consolidated financial statements



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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services

 

 

$

1,224,469

$

961,610

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and benefits

 

 

122,739

 

565,960

 

Occupancy

 

 

 

56,297

 

161,408

 

Business development

 

 

320,343

 

280,266

 

Professional fees

 

 

570,622

 

790,666

 

Stock-based compensation

 

-

 

216,152

 

Office and other

 

 

461,563

 

758,398

 

     Total operating expenses

 

1,531,564

 

2,772,850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from operations

 

 

(307,095)

 

(1,811,240)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense and financing costs

 

(1,806,944)

 

(2,258,519)

 

Loss from sale of subsidiaries

 

-

 

(38,099)

 

Change in fair value of derivative liability

 

86,458

 

(178,800)

 

     Total operating expenses

 

(1,720,486)

 

(2,475,418)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before provision for taxes

 

(2,027,581)

 

(4,286,658)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

$

(2,027,581)

$

(4,286,658)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

103,224,706

 

30,236,244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share - basic and diluted

$

(0.02)

$

(0.14)

 

 

 

 

$

(0.02)

$

(0.14)


See notes to consolidated financial statements.



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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIENCY) FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015


 

Common Stock

 

Additional Paid-in

 

Treasury

 

Accumulated

 

Non

controlling

 

Total Stockholders'

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Stock

 

Deficit

 

Interest

 

Deficit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Balance, December 31, 2014

24,850,979

$

24,851

$

10,834,699

$

(250,000)

 $

(12,689,981)

$

(248,533)

 

(2,328,964)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

Allocated value of warrants and beneficial conversion feature related to issuance of convertible debt

`

 

 

 

1,032,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,032,983

 Issuance of common stock for convertible promissory notes

13,233,168

 

13,233

 

590,864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

604,097

 Stock based compensation - stock options

`

 

 

 

216,152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

216,152

 Modification of warrants and conversion features of convertible debt

`

 

 

 

36,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,400

 Issuance of common stock for cash

11,166,664

 

11,167

 

658,833

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

670,000

 Reclassification of warrants to liabilities

`

 

 

 

(319,808)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(319,808)

 Extinguishment of convertible debt

`

 

 

 

177,571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

177,571

 Issuance of common stock for proposed acquisition

1,377,398

 

1,377

 

67,493

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68,870

 Reclassification of noncontrolling interest

`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(248,533)

 

248,533

 

-

 Reissuance of treasury stock

`

 

 

 

(250,000)

 

250,000

 

 

 

 

 

-

 Net loss

`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,286,658)

 

 

 

(4,286,658)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Balance, December 31, 2015

50,628,209

 

50,628

 

13,045,187

 

-

 

(17,225,172)

 

-

 

(4,129,357)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Issuance of common stock for convertible promissory notes and accrued interest

250,721,956

 

250,722

 

(69,590)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

181,132

 Issuance of common stock for cash

13,000,000

 

13,000

 

117,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

130,000

 Allocated value of warrants and beneficial conversion feature related to issuance of convertible debt

`

 

 

 

220,045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

220,045

 Modification of warrants and convertible features of convertible debt

`

 

 

 

61,845

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61,845

 Net loss

`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,027,581)

 

 

 

(2,027,581)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Balance, December 31, 2016

314,350,165

$

314,350

$

13,374,487

$

-

 $

(19,252,753)

$

-

$

(5,563,916)


See notes to consolidated financial statements.



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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,027,581)

$

(4,286,658)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to

 

 

 

 

 

   net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt discount

 

660,146

 

1,606,606

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

-

 

216,152

 

 

 

Loss on sale of subsidiaries

 

-

 

33,900

 

 

 

Change in fair value of derivative liability

 

(86,458)

 

178,800

 

 

 

Non-cash financing costs

 

614,028

 

-

 

 

 

Convertible promissory notes payable issued for penalty interest

 

211,225

 

-

 

 

 

Debt modification expense

 

61,845

 

36,400

 

 

 

Debt extinguishment

 

 

 

177,571

 

 

Change in current assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses

 

30,700

 

97,935

 

 

 

Other assets

 

10,221

 

-

 

 

 

Rent deposit

 

-

 

9,200

 

 

 

Deposit for proposed acquisition

 

-

 

(20,000)

 

 

 

Deferred revenue

 

(377,410)

 

387,410

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

265,261

 

495,144

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(638,023)

 

(1,067,540)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment of deposit for acquisition

 

(21,650)

 

(125,000)

 

 

Advances from related parties

 

-

 

24,463

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

(21,650)

 

(100,537)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bank overdraft

 

 

-

 

-

 

 

Proceeds from the issuance of common stock

 

130,000

 

670,000

 

 

Proceeds from promissory notes payable

 

-

 

564,000

 

 

Proceeds from convertible promissory notes payable

 

674,000

 

-

 

 

Repayment of convertible promissory notes payable

 

(178,500)

 

(72,500)

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

625,500

 

1,161,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH

 

(34,173)

 

(6,577)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH, BEGINNING BALANCE

 

48,400

 

54,977

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH, ENDING BALANCE

$

14,227

$

48,400


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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015


(Continued from previous page)


CASH PAID FOR:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

$

-

$

50

 

Income taxes

 

$

-

$

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Allocated value of warrants and beneficial conversion features related to debt

$

1,296,276

$

1,032,983

 

Promissory note issued for consulting services

$

-

$

188,000

 

Debt converted to common stock

$

178,260

$

306,491

 

Accrued interest added to debt

$

10,900

$

142,013

 

Reclassification of warrants to liabilities

$

-

$

319,808


See notes to consolidated financial statements.




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GLOBAL ARENA HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015


1.  ORGANIZATION


Organization and Business


Global Arena Holding, Inc. (formerly, “Global Arena Holding Subsidiary Corp.”) (“GAHI”), was formed in February 2009, in the state of Delaware.  GAHI and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) was previously a financial services firm and currently is focusing on the following businesses through these subsidiaries:


On February 25, 2015, Global Election Services, Inc. (“GES”), a wholly owned subsidiary was incorporated in the State of Delaware. GES provides comprehensive technology-enabled election services primarily for organized labor associations.


On May 20, 2015, the Company incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary in the State of Delaware called “GAHI Acquisition Corp.”  This entity is to be the merger subsidiary for the potential acquisition of Blockchain Technologies Corp.


Global Arena Investment Management LLC (“GAIM”), a wholly owned subsidiary, provided investment advisory services to its clients.  GAIM was formally registered with the SEC as an investment advisor. This subsidiary is currently inactive.


Global Arena Commodities Corporation (“GACOM”), which is 100% owned by GAHI, ceased all operations in 2014 and the Company plans to close GACOM in 2016.


Sale of Lillybell Entertainment LLC (“Lillybell”) and MGA International Brokerage LLC (“MGA”)


Effective on April 1, 2015, the Company and each of the minority shareholders of Lillybell and MGA entered into purchase agreements for the sale of the Company’s 66.67% interests in Lillybell and MGA to each of them for $1.  The related loss of approximately $38,000 was included in the accompanying statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2015.  In accordance with SEC Regulation S-X Rule 3-05, Lillybell and MGA combined were not significant subsidiaries as of the disposal date.  Therefore, no pro forma financial information related to the disposal is required to be presented in accordance with SEC Regulation S-X Rule 11-01.




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Going Concern


The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which contemplates the continuation of the Company as a going concern. The Company has generated recurring losses and cash flow deficits from its continuing operations since inception and has had to continually borrow to continue operating. In addition, with the sale of Global Arena Capital Corp. in August 2014, which was the Company’s principal operating business, the Company’s continuing operations are insufficient to support its ongoing activities. In addition, certain of the Company’s debt went into default and required extensions and adjustments to previously issued warrants and conversion prices.  Certain debt continues to be in default as of December 31, 2016. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The continued operations of the Company are dependent upon its ability to raise additional capital, obtain additional financing and/or acquire or develop a business that generates sufficient positive cash flows from operations.  In May, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Blockchain Technologies Corporation (“BTC”), which holds provisional patents and intellectual property for creating a new 3D Blockchain technology. In October, 2015, the Company acquired 10% of the outstanding equity in BTC. The management of the Company is also in negotiations with other companies it believes could be beneficial to the Company’s operations. The Company continues to raise funds from the issuance of additional convertible promissory note. Management is hopeful that with its new focus on business acquisitions and their ability to raise additional funds that the Company should be able to continue as a going concern.


The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded assets, or the amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary in the event the Company cannot continue as a going concern.



NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES


Principles of Consolidation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and include the accounts of GAHI and its wholly-owned and majority owned subsidiaries, GES, GAHI Acquisition Corp., GAIM, GACOM, and Lillybell and MGA through April 1, 2015, the date of sale..  All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.  




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Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share


Earnings per share is calculated in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 260-10, Earnings Per Share. Basic earnings-per-share is based upon the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings-per-share is based on the assumption that all dilutive convertible notes, stock options and warrants were converted or exercised. Dilution is computed by applying the treasury stock method. Under this method, options and warrants are assumed to be exercised at the beginning of the period (or at the time of issuance, if later), and as if funds obtained thereby were used to purchase common stock at the average market price during the period.  The following potentially dilutive shares were excluded from the shares used to calculate diluted earnings per share as their inclusion would be anti-dilutive.


 

December 31,

 

2016

 

2015

Options

3,000,000

 

3,000,000

Warrants

110,149,478

 

64,586,931

Convertible notes

2,179,437,105

 

29,168,520

Total

2,292,586,583

 

96,755,451


Management Estimates


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect certain reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods.  Significant estimates reflected in the consolidated financial statements include, but are not limited to, share-based compensation, and assumptions used in valuing derivative liabilities. Actual results could differ from those estimates.


Cash and Cash Equivalents


The Company considers all demand and time deposits and all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents.  





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Convertible Debt


Convertible debt is accounted for under ASC 470, Debt – Debt with Conversion and Other Options. The Company records a beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) related to the issuance of convertible debt that has conversion features at fixed or adjustable rates that are in-the-money when issued and records the relative fair value of any warrants issued with those instruments. The BCF for the convertible instruments is recognized and measured by allocating a portion of the proceeds to the warrants and as a reduction to the carrying amount of the convertible instrument equal to the intrinsic value of the conversion features, both of which are credited to additional paid-in capital.  The Company calculates the fair value of warrants issued with the convertible instruments using the Black-Scholes valuation method, using the same assumptions used for valuing stock options, except that the contractual life of the warrant is used.  


Under these guidelines, the Company allocates the value of the proceeds received from a convertible debt transaction between the conversion feature and any other detachable instruments (such as warrants) on a relative fair value basis.  The allocated fair value of the BCF and warrants are recorded as a debt discount and is accreted over the expected term of the convertible debt as interest expense.  


The Company accounts for modifications of its embedded conversion features in accordance with the ASC 470-50-40-12 and 40-15-16  which requires the modification of a convertible debt instrument that changes the fair value of an embedded conversion feature and the subsequent recognition of interest expense or the associated debt instrument when the modification does not result in a debt extinguishment pursuant to FASB ASC 470-50-40/55.


Debt Modifications and Extinguishment


In accordance with ASC 470-50-40-10, when the present value of the cash flows under the modified debt instrument was less than ten percent from the present value of the remaining cash flows under the terms of the original debt instrument, the Company accounted for the amendment to the note as a debt modification. If the change in the present value of cash flow under debt instrument changed by ten percent or more, it is treated as debt extinguishment.


Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company evaluates its financial instruments to determine if such instruments are derivatives or contain features that qualify as embedded derivatives pursuant to ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging. For derivative financial instruments that are accounted for as liabilities, the derivative instrument is initially recorded at its fair value and is then re-valued at each reporting date, with changes in the fair value reported in the statements of



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operations. The Company uses the Black-Scholes-Merton model to value the derivative instruments. The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is evaluated at the end of each reporting period.  


Revenue Recognition


The Company’s revenue recognition policies comply with SEC revenue recognition rules and the ASC 605-10-S99. The Company earns revenues through various services it provides to its clients. GES’s income is recognized at the presentation date of the certification of the election results. The payments received in advance are recorded as deferred revenue on the balance sheet. Should an election not proceed, all non-refundable deferred revenue will be recognized as revenue.


Advertising Costs


Advertising costs are expensed as incurred.  Advertising costs, which are included in business development expenses, were $36 and $285,500 for the year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.  The Company entered into a market development and communications management consulting agreement with Ajene Watson LLC in August 2015. Ajene Watson assists the Company in strategic development, market development, investor relations (IR), market reputation (PR), and social media marketing management services.


Share-Based Compensation


The Company periodically issues stock options and warrants to employees and non-employees in capital raising transactions, for services and for financing costs. The Company accounts for share-based payments under the guidance as set forth in the Share-Based Payment Topic of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification, which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees, officers, directors, and consultants, including employee stock options, based on estimated fair values. The Company estimates the fair value of share-based payment awards to employees and directors on the date of grant using an option-pricing model, and the value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expense over the required service period in the Company's Statements of Operations. The Company accounts for stock option and warrant grants issued and vesting to non-employees in accordance with the authoritative guidance where the value of the stock compensation is based upon the measurement date as determined at either a) the date at which a performance commitment is reached, or b) the date at which the necessary performance to earn the equity instruments is complete. Stock-based compensation is based on awards ultimately expected to vest and is reduced for estimated forfeitures. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, as necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.




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Fair Value of Financial Instruments


ASC 820, Fair Value Measurement defines fair value as the price that would be received upon sale of an asset or paid upon transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date in the principal or most advantageous market for that asset or liability.  The fair value should be calculated based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, not on assumptions specific to the entity.


Fair Value Measurements


The Company applies the provisions of ASC 820-10, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures. ASC 820-10 defines fair value, and establishes a three-level valuation hierarchy for disclosures of fair value measurement that enhances disclosure requirements for fair value measures. The three levels of valuation hierarchy are defined as follows:

 

  

·

Level 1 inputs to the valuation methodology are quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.


  

·

Level 2 inputs to the valuation methodology include quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, and inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument.


  

·

Level 3 inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.


Cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses and deferred revenue – The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets for these items are a reasonable estimate of fair value due to their short term nature.


Promissory notes payable and convertible promissory notes payable – Promissory notes payable and convertible promissory notes payable are recorded at amortized cost.  The carrying amount approximates their fair value.


The Company uses Level 2 inputs for its valuation methodology for the beneficial conversion feature and warrant derivative liabilities as their fair values were determined by using the Black-Scholes-Merton pricing model based on various assumptions. The Company’s derivative liabilities are adjusted to reflect fair value at each period end, with any increase or decrease in the fair value being recorded in results of operations as adjustments to fair value of derivatives.




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The following table presents the Company’s assets and liabilities required to be reflected within the fair value hierarchy as of December 31, 2016 and 2015.


 

 

Fair Value

 

Fair Value Measurements at

 

 

As of

 

December 31, 2016

Description

 

December 31, 2016

 

Using Fair Value Hierarchy

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

Beneficial conversion feature

$

1,752,681

$

-

$

1,752,681

$

-

Warrant derivative  

 

257,500

 

 

 

257,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$

2,010,181

$

-

$

2,010,181

$

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Fair Value

 

Fair Value Measurements at

 

 

As of

 

December 31, 2015

Description

 

December 31, 2015

 

Using Fair Value Hierarchy

 

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

Beneficial conversion feature

$

409,208

$

 

$

409,208

$

-

Warrant derivative  

 

611,200

 

 

 

611,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$

1,020,408

$

-

$

1,020,408

$

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Income Taxes


The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes. ASC 740 requires a company to use the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes, whereby deferred tax assets are recognized for deductible temporary differences, and deferred tax liabilities are recognized for taxable temporary differences. Temporary differences are the differences between the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and their tax bases. Deferred tax assets are reduced by a valuation allowance when, in the opinion of management, it is more likely than not that some portion, or all of, the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are adjusted for the effects of changes in tax laws and rates on the date of enactment.

 



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Under ASC 740, a tax position is recognized as a benefit only if it is “more likely than not” that the tax position would be sustained in a tax examination, with a tax examination being presumed to occur. The amount recognized is the largest amount of tax benefit that is greater than 50% likely of being realized on examination. For tax positions not meeting the “more likely than not” test, no tax benefit is recorded. The adoption had no effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.


Reclassifications


Certain amounts in the prior periods’ financial statements have been reclassified for comparative purposes to conform to the presentation.  These reclassifications had no effect on previously reported net losses.


Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements


In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.  ASU 2014-09 is a comprehensive revenue recognition standard that will supersede nearly all existing revenue recognition guidance under current U.S. GAAP and replace it with a principle-based approach for determining revenue recognition.  ASU 2014-09 will require that companies recognize revenue based on the value of transferred goods or services as they occur in the contract.  The ASU also will require additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and changes in judgments and assets recognized from costs incurred to obtain or fulfill a contract.  ASU 2014-09 is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017.   Early adoption is permitted only in annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods therein.  Entities will be able to transition to the standard either retrospectively or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption.  The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of ASU 2014-09 on the Company's consolidated financial statements and disclosures.


In November 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-17, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes. The new guidance requires that all deferred tax assets and liabilities, along with any related valuation allowance, be classified as noncurrent on the balance sheet. This update is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods within those annual periods. The Company does not anticipate the adoption of this ASU will have a significant impact on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). The guidance in ASU No. 2016-02 supersedes the lease recognition requirements in ASC Topic 840, Leases (FAS 13). ASU 2016-02 requires an entity to recognize assets and liabilities arising from a lease for both financing and operating leases, along with additional



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qualitative and quantitative disclosures. ASU 2016-02 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the effect this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.


In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-09, Stock Compensation (Topic 718), Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting. ASU 2016-09, which amends several aspects of accounting for employee share-based payment transactions including the accounting for income taxes, forfeitures, and statutory tax withholding requirements, and classification in the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-09 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods within annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016, with early adoption permitted.  The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of this accounting standard update on its consolidated financial statements.

.In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230), Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments. ASU 2016-15 provides guidance for targeted changes with respect to how cash receipts and cash payments are classified in the statements of cash flows, with the objective of reducing diversity in practice. ASU 2016-15 is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, with early adoption permitted. The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of this accounting standard update on its consolidated statements of cash flows.


In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfer of Assets Other than Inventory, which requires the recognition of the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset, other than inventory, when the transfer occurs. ASU 2016-16 is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted.  The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of this accounting standard update on its consolidated financial statements.


In November 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-18, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Restricted Cash, which requires restricted cash to be presented with cash and cash equivalents on the statement of cash flows and disclosure of how the statement of cash flows reconciles to the balance sheet if restricted cash is shown separately from cash and cash equivalents on the balance sheet. ASU 2016-18 is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, with early adoption permitted. The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of this accounting standard update on its consolidated financial statements.




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In January 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805) Clarifying the Definition of a Business. The amendments in this update clarify the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions or disposals of assets or businesses. The definition of a business affects many areas of accounting including acquisitions, disposals, goodwill, and consolidation. The guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 and should be applied prospectively on or after the effective date. The Company is in the process of evaluating the impact of this accounting standard update.


Other recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB and the Securities and Exchange Commission did not or are not believed by management to have a material impact on the Company's present or future financial statements.


NOTE 3 - INVESTMENT


On October 20, 2015, the Company paid $125,000 in cash and issued to Nikolaos Spanos, 1,377,398 of its common stock (valued at $68,870) and 1,993,911 warrants to purchase its common shares at the exercise price of $0.10 per common share exercisable for three years (valued at $90,400).  The common shares and warrants are being issued for the purchase of 1,000,000 common shares of Blockchain Technologies Corporation (“BTC”).  Said common shares represent ten percent (10%) of the outstanding equity in BTC.  This investment is accounted for under the cost method.


NOTE 4 - PROMISSORY NOTES PAYABLE


In March 2014, the Company issued two promissory notes for a total of $230,000. The interest rate is the short-term applicable federal rate as determined by the Internal Revenue Service for the calendar month plus 10%. These two promissory notes were expired on September 14, 2015 and are in default as of December 31, 2016 and 2015.





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NOTE 5 - CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES PAYABLE


Convertible promissory notes payable at December 31, 2016 and 2015 consist of the following:


 

 

2016

 

2015

Convertible promissory notes with interest at 12% per annum, convertible into common shares at a fixed price ranging from $0.02 to $0.14 per share. Maturity dates range from through November 13, 2018. ($995,000 and $280,000 in default at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively)

$

1,495,000

$

1,542,500

Convertible promissory notes with interest at 12% per annum, convertible into common shares at a price ranging from $0.08 to $0.14 or a 50% discount from the lowest trade price in the 20 trading days prior to conversion (as of December 31, 2016 the conversion price would be $0.00035 per share) ($79,315 is in default at December 31, 2016)

 

719,749

 

335,118

Convertible promissory notes with interest at 8% per annum, convertible into common shares at a fixed price of $0.02 per share. The maturity date is April 30, 2016.  At December 31, 2016, this note is in default.

 

230,000

 

250,000

Convertible promissory notes with interest at 12% per annum, convertible into 3% of the common shares of GES. The maturity date range from September 20, 2016 to October 15, 2017. ($62,500 is in default at December 31, 2016)

 

426,500

 

-

Total convertible promissory notes payable

 

2,871,249

 

2,127,618

Unamortized debt discount

 

(388,728)

 

(363,754)

Convertible promissory notes payable, net discount

 

2,482,521

 

1,763,864

Less notes receivable collateralized by convertible promissory notes payable

 

(202,500)

 

-

 

 

2,280,021

 

1,763,864

Less current portion

 

(1,966,553)

 

(1,550,829)

Long-term portion

$

313,468

$

213,035

 

 

 

 

 




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During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company issued six convertible promissory notes payable totaling $405,000 to one investor for which the Company received $202,500 in cash and notes receivable from the same investor totaling $202,500.  Since the notes receivable were issued to the Company as payment for certain convertible promissory notes payable, the Company has not presented these notes receivable as an asset, but as an offset to the convertible promissory notes payable balance.


A rollfoward of the convertible promissory notes payable from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2016 is below:


Convertible promissory notes payable, December 31, 2015

$

1,763,864

Issued for cash

 

674,000

Issued for penalty interest

 

211,225

Issued for capitalized interest

 

10,900

Repayment for cash

 

(178,500)

Conversion to common stock

 

(176,494)

Debt discount related to new convertible promissory notes

 

(685,120)

Amortization of debt discounts

 

660,146

Convertible promissory notes payable, December 31, 2016

$

2,280,021


NOTE 6 - DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS


On December 31, 2012, in connection with an extension of the maturity date of certain convertible notes which were due on May 31, 2012, the Company issued the holder a warrant to purchase shares of common stock of the Company not exceeding 9.99% of the issued and outstanding shares and potential issuable shares related to outstanding options, warrants and convertible debt of the Company. The Company determined that the anti-dilution provision feature of the warrants to be an embedded derivative instrument.  This derivative is adjusted to fair value at each balance sheet with the changes in fair value recognized in operations.   In addition, certain of the Company’s convertible promissory notes payable are convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at a percentage of the market price on the date of conversion.  The Company has determined that the variable conversion rate is an embedded derivative instrument. The Company uses the Black-Scholes valuation method to value the derivative instruments at inception and on subsequent valuation dates. Weighted average assumptions used to estimate fair values are as follows:



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December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2016

 

2015

Risk-free interest rate

 

0.59%

 

0.16%

Expected life of the options (Years)

 

0.14

 

0.25

Expected volatility

 

375%

 

211%

Expected dividend yield

 

0%

 

0%

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Value

$

2,010,181

$

1,020,408


For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company recognized a change in this derivative liability of $86,458 and $(178,800), respectively, in other income (expense).


NOTE 7- STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT


Common Stock


On April 28, 2016 the stockholders approved an amendment to the Company’s articles of incorporation to increase the number of authorized common shares from 100,000,000 to 1,000,000,000. In addition, the stockholders also approved an amendment to the Company’s Stock Awards Plan, originally filed June 27, 2011, which will increase the number of shares authorized to be issued under the Plan from 3,000,000 shares to 7,460 ,000 shares.


During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company issued 250,721,956 shares of common stock for convertible promissory notes payable of $176,494 and accrued interest of $1,766.


On April 28, 2016, the Company received a total of $130,000 from various investors for the subscription of investment units at $0.02 per unit. Each unit contains two common shares, one A warrant and one B warrant. The Company issued a total of 13,000,000 common shares, 6,500,000 A warrants and 6,500,000 B warrants to these investors.   Each A warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.02 per common share with an exercise period of three years.  Each B warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.03 per common share with an exercise period of three years.


During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company extended the due date of certain convertible promissory notes payable.  In consideration of extending the due dates, the Company lowered the conversion price for certain convertible promissory notes payable and lowered the exercise price of certain warrants.  The Company took a charge to earnings of $61,845 which represents the change in fair value of the conversion features and warrants between the old terms and the new terms.



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During year ended December 31, 2015, the Company received a total of $670,000 from various investors for the subscription of investment units at $0.12 per unit. Each unit contains two common shares, one A warrant and one B warrant. On December 11, 2015, the Company issued a total of 11,166,664 common shares, 5,583,332 A warrants and 5,583,332 B warrants to these investors.   Each A warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.10 per common share with an exercise period of three years.  Each B warrant is exercisable into one common share of the Company at $0.12 per common share with an exercise period of three years.


Stock Option


In June, 2011, the Board of Directors adopted a Stock Awards Plan (“Plan”).  The purpose of the Plan is to attract, retain and motivate employees, directors and persons affiliated with the Company and to provide such participants with additional incentive and reward opportunities.  The awards may be in the form of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, phantom stock awards, or any combination of the foregoing. The total number of shares of stock reserved for issuance under the Plan is 3,000,000.  

 

On August 5, 2015, the Company granted stock options to purchase 1,000,000 shares for five years of the Company common stock pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Company’s 2011 Stock Award Plan to each of Kathryn Weisbeck (director of investor relations), Anthony Crisci, (CFO) and John Matthews (CEO and Chairman). The option was fully vested when issued with a fair value of approximately $210,000 at the grant date. Weighted average assumptions used to estimate the fair value of stock options on the date of grant are as follows:


 

 

August 5, 2015

    Expected dividend yield

 

$ 0

    Expected stock price volatility

 

340.76%

    Risk free interest rate

 

1.65%

    Expected life (years)

 

5 year


The stock-based compensation related to stock options, included in stock compensation expense in the consolidated statements of operations, was $0 and $216,152 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.




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A summary of the option activity is presented below:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

Number of

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

 

Options

 

Price ($)

 

Life (in years)

 

Value ($)

Outstanding, December 31, 2014

 

2,375,000

 

0.42

 

0.48

 

-

Granted

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

4.63

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(2,375,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2015

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

4.63

 

-

Granted

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2016

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

3.88

 

-

Exercisable, December 31, 2016

 

3,000,000

 

0.07

 

3.88

 

-


The aggregate intrinsic value is calculated as the difference between the exercise price of the underlying awards and the quoted price of the Company’s common stock. There were no options exercised during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.


As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, there are no unrecognized compensation costs.




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Warrant Activity


A summary of warrant activity is presented below: 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

Remaining

 

Aggregate

 

 

Number of

 

Exercise

 

Contractual

 

Intrinsic

 

 

Warrants

 

Price ($)

 

Life (in years)

 

Value ($)

Outstanding, December 31, 2014

 

35,911,846

 

0.24

 

 

 

426,580

Granted

 

28,925,085

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(250,000)

 

0.55

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2015

 

64,586,931

 

0.15

 

2.33

 

666,279

Granted

 

55,066,665

 

0.03

 

 

 

 

Exercised

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited/Canceled

 

(9,504,118)

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

Outstanding, December 31, 2016

 

110,149,478

 

0.08

 

2.17

 

2,140

Exercisable, December 31, 2016

 

110,149,478

 

0.08

 

2.17

 

2,140


During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company issued a total of 41,649,999 warrants in connection with a new convertible note and an extension to an existing convertible note. The fair values of the warrants were determined using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions:

·

Expected life of 3.0 years

·

Volatility of 375% - 439%;

·

Dividend yield of 0%;

·

Risk free interest rate of 0.71 - 1.58%



NOTE 8 INCOME TAXES


As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company had approximately $16,826,000 and $15,615,000, respectively, of Federal net operating loss carryforwards available to offset future taxable income.  These net operating losses which, if not utilized, begin expiring in 2029. In accordance with Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code, deductibility of the Company’s net operating loss carryforwards may be subject to an annual limitation in the event of a change of control.




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Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of net operating loss carryforwards and temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes.  In assessing the realization of deferred tax assets, management considers whether it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.  The ultimate realization of deferred tax assets is dependent upon the generation of future taxable income during the periods in which temporary differences representing net future deductible amounts become deductible.  


 FASB ASC 740 requires that a valuation allowance be established when it is “more likely than not” that all, or a portion of, deferred tax assets will not be realized.  A review of all available positive and negative evidence needs to be considered, including a company’s performance, the market environment in which the company operates, the length of carryback and carryforward periods, and expectations of future profits, etc.  The Company believes that significant uncertainty exists with respect to the future realization of the deferred tax assets and has therefore established a full valuation allowance as of December 31, 2016 and 2015.  The change in the deferred tax valuation allowance increased by approximately $484,000 and $1,617,000 during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.


The components of deferred tax assets (liabilities) at December 31, 2016 and 2015 are as follows:


 

 

2016

 

2015

Deferred income tax asset

 

 

 

 

 Net operating loss carryforwards

$

6,727,000

$

6,243,000

  Less: valuation allowance

 

(6,727,000)

 

(6,243,000)

Net deferred tax asset

$

-

$

-

 

 

 

 

 



For the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, the income tax provision (benefit) consists of the following:


 

 

2016

 

2015

Deferred:

 

 

 

 

  Federal

$

(411,000)

$

(1,375,000)

  State and local

 

(73,000)

 

(242,000)

  Change in valuation allowance

 

484,000

 

1,617,000

Total deferred income tax asset

$

-

$

-

 

 

 

 

 




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The Company evaluated the provisions of FASB ASC 740 related to the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise’s financial statements.  FASB ASC 740 prescribes a recognition threshold and a measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.  For those benefits to be recognized, a tax position must be more-likely-than-not to be sustained upon examination by taxing authorities.  Differences between tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return and the benefit recognized and measured pursuant to the interpretation are referred to as “unrecognized benefits.”  A liability is recognized (or amount of net operating loss carryforward or amount of tax refundable is reduced) for an unrecognized tax benefit because it represents an enterprise’s potential future obligation to the taxing authority for a tax position that was not recognized as a result of applying the provisions of FASB ASC 740. Interest costs related to unrecognized tax benefits are required to be calculated (if applicable) and would be classified as “interest expense, net” in the statement of operations.  Penalties would be recognized as a component of “general and administrative expenses.”  No interest or penalties were recorded during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015.  As of December 31, 2016 and 2015, no liability for unrecognized tax benefits was required to be reported.


The Company files income tax returns in the United States and in New York State and City.  The Company is no longer subject to Federal, state and local income tax examinations by the tax authorities for tax years prior to 2013.


The reconciliation between the statutory federal income tax rate (34%) and the Company’s effective rate for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 is as follows:


 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

Federal statutory rates

 

(34.0%)

 

(34.0%)

State income taxes, net of federal benefit

 

(6.0%)

 

(6.0%)

Non-deductible expenses

 

16.1%

 

1.0%

Valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets

 

23.7%

 

39.0%

Effective rate

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 


NOTE 8 - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES


The Company may be involved in legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable with assurance.


On October 10, 2013, GACOM settled a complaint with the National Futures Association for a fine of $50,000 for certain noncompliance with Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations.  The fine has not been paid and is included in accounts payable and accrued expenses at December 31, 2106 and December 31, 2015.  



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Named directors, officers, employees and/or registered representatives of GACC have been called before FINRA for on-the-record interviews in connection with certain FINRA inquiries. GACC has responded to multiple requests for documents and FINRA has taken on-the-record testimony. On October 27, 2014, FINRA indicated that it might recommend enforcement proceedings against GACC, our chairman John Matthews and Brian Joseph Hagerman, the former president and chief compliance officer of GACC. FINRA’s action is commonly referred to as a “Wells Notice” and is a preliminary determination by FINRA staff to recommend disciplinary action against GACC and these individuals.  FINRA is not proposing disciplinary action against the Company.  The allegations are against GACC and these individuals and assert that there were violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Securities Act”); NASD Rules 3010 and 3040; and FINRA Rules 2010, 5122(b)(2) and 5122(b)(1)(B).  GACC and Messrs. Matthews and Hagerman are responding to this Wells Notice and believe that they have meritorious arguments.


On April 10, 2014, the Legal Section of FINRA formally notified GACC that it had made a preliminary determination to recommend that disciplinary action be brought against GACC for (1) failing to buy and sell corporate bonds at prices that were fair; and (2) failing to have in place a supervisory system that was reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations and FINRA rules.  GACC has responded and intends to contest this matter.


On February 11, 2015, John S. Matthews was advised by the staff of FINRA’s Department of Enforcement (the “Staff”) that they intended to recommend that FINRA commence a disciplinary action against Mr. Matthews, in his former capacity as an executive of GACC for a violation of FINRA Rules 2010 and 8210 by failing to provide information to the Staff in what the Staff considered to be a timely manner. Mr. Matthews provided additional materials to FINRA subsequent to the February 11, 2015 notice and submitted a response to the Staff’s allegations on February 25, 2015, disputing the proposed charges against him. Mr. Matthews has at all times cooperated with the Staff’s inquiries and continues to do so.


On December 1, 2015, John S. Matthews, the chief executive officer and director, signed a "Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent ("AWC") with FINRA consenting to the entry of findings by FINRA, without admitting or denying any wrongdoing, that he did not provide any written disclosures to, or receive any written approval from, his member firm prior to selling promissory notes issued by the Company, some of the investors were not qualified purchasers as defined in Section 2(a)(51)(A) of the Investment Company Act, and the sales were not exempt from the requirements of FINRA Rule 5122, and he willfully failed to disclose an unsatisfied $25,590 federal tax lien within 30 days.   The AWC was accepted by FINRA on December 2, 2015.




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As a result of the AWC, Mr. Matthews is subject to a six-month suspension from association with any FINRA member, and a fine of $25,000.  As such, Mr. Matthews is statutorily disqualified with respect to association with a FINRA member.


As a result of the AWC, the registrant is statutorily disqualified from relying in the future on certain exemptions from registration of its securities promulgated under Rule 506 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Act") for the length of the suspension as long as Mr. Matthews remains an officer and/or director and/or holder of 10% or more of the voting securities of the registrant.


On November 5, 2015, one of the Company’s prior attorneys commenced an action against GAHI, seeking payment of $27,518 in unpaid legal fees. This amount is included in accounts payable. At this time, management is unable to determine what the ultimate outcome of these proceedings will be and whether there will be a material impact on the Company’s operations or the consolidated financial statements.


On December 23, 2014, one of the Company’s prior attorneys commenced an action against GACC, GAHI, and PMC Capital seeking payment of $150,019 in unpaid legal fees. This amount is included in accounts payable. At this time, management is unable to determine what the ultimate outcome of these proceedings will be and whether there will be a material impact on the Company’s operations or the consolidated financial statements.


On July 2, 2014, an action was commenced by a group of individuals against GACC, the Company, and the chief executive officer of the Company, which asserts claims for minimum wage and overtime violations under New York State Labor Law, and seeks damages in an amount to be determined at trial, plus interest, attorneys’ fees and costs. At this time, the Company is unable to determine the ultimate outcome of the demand or whether it will result in a formal proceeding or action against the Company or any of its officers.


The Company and certain of its officers were named in connection with a demand for repayment of $695,000 by PMC LLC, in a letter dated October 16, 2014 relating to the Stock Purchase Agreement by and among GAHI and PMC Capital, LLC and Barbara Desiderio, dated as of August 5, 2014. The demand seeks repayment for expenditures made by GACC prior to the sale and the failure to meet certain minimum requirements in the Stock Purchase Agreement. At this time, the Company is unable to determine the ultimate outcome of the demand or whether it will result in a formal proceeding or action against the Company or any of its officers.


NOTE 9– SUBSEQUENT EVENTS


Subsequent to December 31, 2016, the Company issued 54,305,392 shares of common stock in connection with the conversion of convertible promissory notes payable and accrued interest totaling $22,192.



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ITEM 9.  CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE


None


ITEM 9A.  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES


Controls and Procedures.


During the year ended December 31, 2016, there were no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures


Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our chief executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as such term is defined under Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as of December 31, 2016. Based on this evaluation, our chief executive officer and principal financial officers have concluded such controls and procedures were not effective as of December 31, 2016 to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms and to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in the reports that it files or submits under the Act is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.


A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.  In the course of making our assessment of the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting, we identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting as follows. 


·

The relatively small number of employees who are responsible for accounting functions prevents us from segregating duties within our internal control system.


·

Our internal financial staff lack expertise in identifying and addressing complex accounting issued under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


Upon receiving adequate financing, the Company plans to increase its controls in these areas by hiring more employees in financial reporting, and establishing an audit committee.



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A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met.  The design of any system of controls is also based in part on certain assumptions regarding the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.  Given these and other inherent limitations of control systems, there is only reasonable assurance that our controls will succeed in achieving their stated goals under all potential future conditions.


Important Considerations:


The effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures and our internal control over financial reporting is subject to various inherent limitations, including cost limitations, judgments used in decision making, assumptions about the likelihood of future events, the soundness of our systems, the possibility of human error, and the risk of fraud. Moreover, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions and the risk that the degree of compliance with policies or procedures may deteriorate over time. Because of these limitations, there can be no assurance that any system of disclosure controls and procedures or internal control over financial reporting will be successful in preventing all errors or fraud or in making all material information known in a timely manner to the appropriate levels of management.


ITEM 9B.  OTHER INFORMATION


None




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PART III


ITEM 10.  DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.


The following persons listed below have been retained to provide services as director until the qualification and election of his successor.  All holders of common stock will have the right to vote for directors.


The board of directors has primary responsibility for adopting and reviewing implementation of the business plan of the Company, supervising the development business plan, review of the officers' performance of specific business functions.  The board is responsible for monitoring management, and from time to time, to revise the strategic and operational plans of the Company.  A director shall be elected by the shareholders to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders, or until his or her death, or resignation and his or her successor is elected.  


The Executive Officers and Directors are:


Name

 

Position

 

Term(s) of Office

John Matthews

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

March 20, 2014 to present

 

 

Director

 

October 27, 2010 to present

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

April 10, 2016 to present

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Crisci, Jr.

 

Former Chief Financial Officer

 

February 11, 2015 to April 10, 2016

Facundo Bacardi

 

Director

 

November 7, 2011 to present

Martin Doane

 

Director

 

November 7, 2011 to present


Resumes

John Matthews.  John Matthews has been the Chairman of the Board of Global Arena Holding since October 27, 2010.  From October 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Matthews was the chief executive officer of Global Arena Holding.  From January 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Matthews was the president of Clark Dodge, a FINRA registered broker/dealer.


From January 2003 to September 2005, Mr. Matthews was the chairman of JSM Capital Holding Corp., held the independent contractor agreement for two Office of Supervisory Jurisdictions with Finance Investments, Inc. and was responsible for the supervision of 35 registered representatives.



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Concurrently, during the period from January 2003 until October 2004, Mr. Matthews served as the president of vFinance Investments and was responsible for all retail sales of 165 registered representatives and 28 branch offices.


From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Matthews served as Chairman of Ehrenkranz, King & Nussbaum, a NASD broker/dealer.


From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Matthews served as chairman and chief executive officer of Weatherly Securities Corp., a full service NASD brokerage firm.  In May 2000, Weatherly Securities was sold to Weatherly International PLC, a publicly-traded company listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.  From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Matthews worked as a registered representative, qualifying as a NASD Series 24 principal in 1992.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Matthews has gained extensive experience with the daily operation and administration of a financial services firm.


Facundo Bacardi, age 47, is a current shareholder and member of the family that owns and controls Bacardi Ltd., a worldwide liquor manufacturer and distributor.  From 1979 to 1991, he was in charge of Bacardi’s manufacturing and distribution division for Nassau, Brazil, Trinidad and Central America.  Currently, Mr. Bacardi serves as a director of Suramericana de Inversiones, S.A., an investment company located in Panama, and has served in that capacity since 1990.  Mr. Bacardi is a founding shareholder of JSM Capital Holding Corp. and a significant shareholder of Global Arena.


Martin J. Doane, age 50, is a director of Global Arena Holdings Corp. since November 7, 2011.  He has been a founding partner and CEO of Ubequity Capital since 2006.  He served as vice president and secretary of Northern Empire Energy Corporation from March 20, 2012 to September 4, 2013.  He was the chief executive officer of Adenyo Inc. from 2004 through 2009.  He has served as the chief executive officer of MeeMee Media Inc. since April 2013.  We as the vice president and secretary of EnDev Holdings Inc. from July 2010 to April 2013.  


Mr. Doane is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Committees of the Board of Directors

We do not have standing audit, nominating or compensation committees, or committees performing similar functions. Our board of directors believes that it is not necessary to have standing audit, nominating or compensation committees at this time because the functions of such committees are adequately performed by our board of directors.




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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Under Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, an officer, director, or greater-than-10% shareholder of the Company must file a Form 4 reporting the acquisition or disposition of Company's equity securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than the end of the second business day after the day the transaction occurred unless certain exceptions apply.  Transactions not reported on Form 4 must be reported on Form 5 within 45 days after the end of the Company's fiscal year.  Such persons must also file initial reports of ownership on Form 3 upon becoming an officer, director, or greater-than-10% shareholder.  To our knowledge, based solely on a review of the copies of these reports furnished to it, the officers, directors, and greater than 10% beneficial owners complied with all applicable Section 16(a) filing requirements during 2015.


Code of Ethics Policy

During July 2008, we adopted a code of ethics that applies to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller or persons performing similar functions.


Corporate Governance

There have been no changes in any state law or other procedures by which security holders may recommend nominees to our board of directors.  In addition to having no nominating committee for this purpose, we currently have no specific audit committee and no audit committee financial expert.  Based on the fact that our current business affairs are simple, any such committees are excessive and beyond the scope of our business and needs.


Indemnification

The Company shall indemnify to the fullest extent permitted by, and in the manner permissible under the laws of the State of Delaware, any person made, or threatened to be made, a party to an action or proceeding, whether criminal, civil, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he is or was a director or officer of the Company, or served any other enterprise as director, officer or employee at the request of the Company.  


The board of directors, in its discretion, shall have the power on behalf of the Company to indemnify any person, other than a director or officer, made a party to any action, suit or proceeding by reason of the fact that he/she is or was an employee of the Company.  


Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Company, the Company has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable.  In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Company of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or



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controlling person of the Company in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceedings) is asserted by such director, officer, or controlling person in connection with any securities being registered, the Company will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issues.


INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS OR PERSONS CONTROLLING THE REGISTRANT FOR LIABILITIES ARISING UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, IS HELD TO BE AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY BY THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND IS THEREFORE UNENFORCEABLE.



ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION


The following table set forth certain information as to the compensation paid to our executive officers.


Summary Compensation Table


Name and Principal Position

Cash Year

Salary ($)

Stock Awards ($)

Option Awards ($)

All Other Compensation ($)

Total ($)

John Matthews

2015

171,575

-

-

-

171,575

CEO

2016

188,017

-

-

-

188,017


Anthony Crisci, Jr.

2015

-

-

-

-

-

CFO (2)

2016

-

-

-

-

-


Josh Winkler

2015

-

-

-

-

-

CFO (1)

2016

-

-

-

-

-


(1)

Mr. Winkler resigned as Chief Financial Officer as of February 11, 2015.

(2)

Mr. Crisci resigned as Chief Financial Officer as of April 10, 2016.


Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End




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The following table sets forth the stock options outstanding to Global Arena's executive officers.


Option Awards


Outstanding Equity Awards at December 31, 2016


There are currently no equity awards outstanding.  All prior awards expired on July 17, 2015.


Director Compensation

The following table set forth certain information as to the compensation paid to our Directors.


Summary Compensation Table


Name and Principal Position

Cash Year

Salary ($)

Stock Awards ($)

Option Awards ($)

All Other Compensation ($)

Total ($)

John S. Matthews

2015

171,575

-

-

 

171,575

Chairman

2016

188,017

-

-

-

188,017


Facundo Bacardi

2015

-

-

-

 

-

Director

2016

-

-

-

-

-


Martin Doane

2015

-

-

-

 

-

Director

2016

-

-

-

-

-



Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End


There are currently no equity awards outstanding.  All prior awards expired on July 17, 2015.




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ITEM 12.  SECURITIES OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDERS MATTERS


The following table sets forth, as of May 24, 2017, the number and percentage of our outstanding shares of common stock owned by (i) each person known to us to beneficially own more than 5% of its outstanding common stock, (ii) each director, (iii) each named executive officer and significant employee, and (iv) all officers and directors as a group.


Name and Address

 

Amount

 

Percentage

John Matthews (1)

 

2,842,028    (direct)

 

0.83%

1500 Broadway, 5th Floor

 

1,042,157 (indirect)

 

0.30%

New York, NY 10036

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facundo Bacardi

 

0

 

0%

1500 Broadway, 5th Floor

 

 

 

 

New York, NY 10036

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Doane

 

0

 

0%

1500 Broadway, 5th Floor

 

 

 

 

New York, NY 10036

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Officers and Directors as a Group (3 persons)

 

 2,842,028   (direct)

1,042,157(indirect)

 

0.83%

0.30%


(1)  Indirectly beneficially owns 1,042,157 common shares held by JSM Capital Holding Corp.


Based upon 343,042,187 outstanding common shares as of May 24, 2017.


ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.


Not applicable.


ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTING FEES AND SERVICES.


Audit Fees

The aggregate fees billed and estimated to be billed for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 for professional services rendered by Wei, Wei & Co. LLP. for the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements and review of the financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-Q or services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the period ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, were $40,000 and $96,000, respectively.



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The aggregate fees billed for the year ended December 31, 2016 for professional services rendered by Anton & Chia, LLP for the audit of the Company’s annual financial statements and review of the financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-Q or services that are normally provided by the accountant in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for the period ended December 31, 2016 were $7,875.


Raul Carrega was appointed as our auditor on January 23, 2017, and all fees to be paid will be applied to the 2017 fiscal year.


Audit related fees

The aggregate fees billed for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 for assurance and related services by Wei, Wei & Co., LLP that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Company’s financial statements for that fiscal year were included in the above listed were $0 and $0, respectively.


The aggregate fees billed for the years ended December 31, 2016 for assurance and related services by Anton & Chia LLP that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Company’s financial statements for that fiscal year were included in the above listed were $0.


Tax Fees

We incurred aggregate tax fees and expenses from Wei, Wei and Co., LLP during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 for professional services rendered for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning of $0 and $17,100, respectively.


We incurred aggregate tax fees and expenses from Anton & Chia, LLP during the years ended December 31, 2016 for professional services rendered for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning of $0.


All Other Fees

The board of directors, acting as the Audit Committee considered whether, and determined that, the auditor's provision of non-audit services was compatible with maintaining the auditor's independence.  All of the services described above for fiscal year 2016 were approved by the board of directors pursuant to its policies and procedures.



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Part IV


ITEM 15. EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES


(a)(1)  List of Financial statements included in Part II hereof


Balance Sheets, December 31, 2016 and 2015

Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit) for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

Notes to the Financial Statements


(a)(2) List of Financial Statement schedules included in Part IV hereof:  None.

(a)(3) Exhibits


The following exhibits are included herewith:


Exhibit No.

      Description

31

 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

32

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

101.INS*

XBRL Instance Document

101.SCH*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

101.CAL*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

101.DEF*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

101.LAB*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

101.PRE*

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document


*XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed or a part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.


Following are a list of exhibits which we previously filed in other reports which we filed with the SEC, including the Exhibit No., description of the exhibit and the identity of the Report where the exhibit was filed.




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NO.

DESCRIPTION

FILED WITH

DATE FILED

1.1

Form of Underwriting Agreement

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

1.2

Form of Agreement Among Underwriters

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

1.3

Form of Selected Dealer Agreement

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

1.4

Form of Consulting Agreement with Schneider Securities, Inc.

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

2.1

Form of Agreement and Plan of Merger between Dickie Walker Marine, Inc., a California corporation and Dickie Walker Marine, Inc., a Delaware Corporation

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

2.2

Acquisition Agreement

Form 8-K

February 8, 2005

2.3

Amendment No. 2 to Acquisition Agreement

Form 8-K

July 20, 2005

2.4

Share Change Agreement

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

2.5

Broker Dealer Stock Purchase Agreement

Form 8-K

August 8, 2014

3.1a

Articles of Incorporation for Montiel Marketing Group, Inc. as filed with the California Secretary of State on February 16, 2001

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

3.1b

Certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation as filed with the California Secretary of State on February 16, 2002

Form SB-2/A

February 11, 2002

3.1c

Certificate of Incorporation for Dickie Walker Marine, Inc. as filed with the Delaware Secretary of State on February 4, 2002

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

3.2a

Bylaws of the California corporation as adopted by its Board of Directors on October 10, 2000

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

3.2b

Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Delaware corporation as adopted by its Board of Directors May 1, 2002

Form SB-2/A

May 13, 2002

3.3

Certificate of Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation of Dickie Walker Marine, Inc.

Form 8-K

July 20, 2006

4.1

Specimen stock certificate representing shares of common stock of the Company

Form SB-2/A

April 18, 2002

4.2

Form of Representative's Warrant

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

4.3

Placement Agent's Warrant

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

4.4

Form of Investor Note from 2001 Private Placement

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

4.5

Selling Agent Agreement

Form 10KSB

December 29, 2004

4.6

Investor Promissory Note

Form 10KSB

December 29, 2004




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4.7

Investor Warrant

Form 10KSB

December 29, 2004

4.8

Placement Agent's Warrants

Form 10KSB

December 29, 2004

4.9

Certificate of Designation for Preferred Stock

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

4.10

Stock Option and Proxy

Form SC 13D

December 7, 2010

4.11

2011 Stock Awards Plan

Form S-8

July 6, 2011

10.1

$50,000 Promissory Note in favor of Gerald W. Montiel dated January 15, 2002

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.2

$45,000 Promissory Note in favor of Gerald W. Montiel dated January 31, 2002

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.3

Form of Reimbursement Agreement between Gerald W. Montiel and the Company dated February 1, 2002

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.4

License Agreement between Gerald W. Montiel and the Company dated February 1, 2001

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.5

Strategic Alliance Agreement with West Marine Products, Inc. dated October 19, 2001 (Confidential Treatment Requested)

Form SB-2/A

May 13, 2002

10.6

Facility Lease Agreement with WHMF dated February 1, 2002 for the facility located at 1414 South Tremont Street, Oceanside, California

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.7

2002 Equity Incentive Plan

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.8

Form of Lock-Up Agreement among the officers, directors and stockholders and the representative

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.9

Form of Employment Agreement with Gerald W. Montiel dated February 1, 2002

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.10

Equipment Lease Agreement with Emtex Leasing Corporation dated April 4, 2001

Form SB-2

February 11, 2002

10.11

Form of Stockholder Rights Agreement

Form SB-2/A

April 1, 2002

10.12

Lease Agreement

Form 10KSB

December 20, 2002

10.16

Separation Agreement and Complete Release

Form 8-K

October 21, 2003

10.17

Dick Walker Marine Inc. Code of Ethics

Form 10KSB

December 17, 2003

10.18

Financial and Code of Ethics Complaint Procedure Policy

Form 10KSB

December 17, 2003

10.19

Amendment to Strategic Alliance Agreement

Form 10KSB

December 17, 2003

10.20

Form of Parent Support Agreement

Form 8-K

February 8, 2005

10.21

Form of Lock-Up Agreement

Form 8-K

February 8, 2005




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10.22

Consulting Agreement with Gerald Montiel

Form 8-K

February 8, 2005

10.23

Form of Incentive Stock Option Grant Under DWM 2002 Equity Incentive Plan

Form S-4

May 10, 2005

10.24

Form of Non-Qualified Stock Option Grant Under DWM 2002 Equity Incentive Plan

Form S-4

May 10, 2005

10.25

Mutual Lease Agreement

Form 8-K

October 14, 2005

10.26

Form of Employment Agreement with Gerald W. Montiel

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

10.27

Form of Employment Agreement with Javier Vidrio

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

10.28

Form of Consulting Agreement with Montiel Marketing Group

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

10.29

Agreement and Plan of Reorganization

Form 8-K

January 25, 2011

10.30

Assignment and Assumption and Management Agreement

Form 8-K

January 25, 2011

10.31

Securities Purchase Agreement

Form 8-K

January 7, 2013

10.32

Amendment 1 to Securities Purchase Agreement

Form 8-K

January 25, 2013

10.33

Agreement of Sale

Form 8-K

January 31, 2013

10.34

Member Interests Purchase Agreement by and between the Company and Courtney Smith

Form 8-K

March 19, 3013

10.35

Management and Investor Rights Agreement

Form 8-K

May 10, 2013

10.36

Subordinated Promissory Note and Conversion Agreement between the Company and Jia Hui New Climate Investment Ltd.,

Form 8-K

December 4, 2013

10.37

Warrant to purchase common stock issued to Jia Hui New Climate Investment Ltd.

Form 8-K

December 4, 2013

10.38

Settlement agreement between the Company, GAIM and FireRock

Form 8-K

December 12, 2013

10.39

Securities purchase agreement between the Company, GAIM and FireRock

Form 8-K

December 12, 2013

10.40

Convertible Promissory Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement

Form 8-K

December 19, 2014

16.1

Letter from Ernst and Young LLP

Form 8-K

September 15, 2005

16.2

Letter from Mendoza Berger and Company, LLP

Form 8-K/A

June 30, 2006

16.3

Letter from Patricia and Zhao, LLC

Form 8-K/A

March 20, 2008

16.4

Auditor's Letter: P.C. Liu

Form 8-K/A

September 15, 2011

16.5

Change of Accountant Letter

Form 8-K

February 9, 2012

24.1

Limited Power of Attorney

Form 4

July 30, 2003

99.1

Certification for CEO

Form 10KSB

December 20, 2002



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99.2

Certification for CFO

Form 10KSB

December 20, 2002

99.3

Press Release for Dickie Walker Marine, Inc.

Form 8-K

December 18, 2003


99.4

Press Release Dated February 11, 2004

Form 8-K

February 12, 2004

99.5

Press Release

Form 8-K

April 4, 2004

99.6

Press Release

Form 8-K

September 3, 2004

99.7

Press Release

Form 8-K

December 30, 2004

99.8

Press Release

Form 8-K

February 8, 2005

99.9

Press Release

Form 8-K

May 13, 2005

99.10

Press Release

Form 8-K

June 1, 2005

99.11

Press Release

Form 8-K

July 7, 2005

99.12

Press Release

Form 8-K

July 20, 2005

99.13

Press Release

Form 8-K

August 3, 2005

99.14

Press Release

Form 8-K

August 17, 2005

99.15

Press Release

Form 8-K

October 14, 2005


99.16

Press Release

Form 8-K

November 7, 2005

99.17

Press Release

Form 8-K

April 13, 2006

99.18

Agreement and Plan of Merger

DEF 14C

April 29, 2011

99.19

Section 262 of DGCL

DEF 14C

April 29, 2011

99.20

Share Purchase Agreement

Form 8-K

July 20, 2012

99.21

Financial Statements and Supplementary Information

Form 8-K

July 20, 2012

99.22

Financial Statements and Supplemental Schedule and Independent Auditor's Report and Supplemental Report on Internal Control and Independent Accountants' Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures

Form 8-K

July 20, 2012

99.23

Statement of Financial Condition

Form 8-K

July 20, 2012




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SIGNATURES


Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Global Arena Holding, Inc.


/s/ John S. Matthews

By: John S. Matthews

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Director

Date:  November 30, 2017


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Company and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.


/s/John Matthews

 

CEO, CFO Controller

 

November 30, 2017

 

 

Director,

 

 


/s/Facundo Bacardi

 

Director

 

November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 


/s/Martin Doane

 

Director

 

November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 





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