The SEC requires the company to identify risks that are specific to its business and its financial condition. The company is still subject to all the same risks that all companies in its business, and all companies in the economy, are exposed to. These include risks relating to economic downturns, political and economic events and technological developments (such as COVID, supply chain issues, hacking and the ability to prevent hacking). You should consider general risks as well as specific risks when deciding whether to invest.
Risks Related to the Company’s Business:
The company may not be able to successfully execute its business plan.
In order to continue developing its technology, expand its sales and execute the plans for growth outlined in “Description of Business”, the company must raise significant amounts of capital, foster relationships with key suppliers and attract customers. There is no guarantee that the company will be able to achieve or sustain any of the foregoing within the company’s anticipated timeframe or at all. The company may exceed its budget, encounter obstacles in research and development activities, fail to anticipate customer needs, or be hindered or delayed in implementing the commercialization plans, any of which could imperil the company’s ability to secure additional customer contracts and increase revenues. In addition, any such delays or problems could require the company to secure additional funding over and above what it currently anticipates it will require to sustain the business, which the company may not be able to raise. Additionally, if the company were to make any acquisitions of other companies or assets in the future, it may not be able to successfully integrate such assets or assets successfully into its existing business.
The company may be unable to raise funds needed to fund further development.
The high level of volatility in the capital markets may make it difficult to raise funds. If the company is unable to raise sufficient funds to continue expanding and commercializing its products in accordance with its business plan, its operations will suffer. The company may also have difficulty securing supplies needed or manufacturing and distribution partners in the event it cannot raise sufficient funds.
The company may not be able to effectively manage its growth, and any failure to do so may have an adverse effect on its business viability.
The company intends to use the proceeds of this offering to maximize commercialization of its products for the small backcountry aircraft market and further develop them to address both the current market share and enter new markets. Manufacturing a sophisticated high-tech product with exacting specifications requires expertise and experience which can be difficult to maintain. In addition, the company’s future operating results will depend on its ability to effectively maintain and manage employee, supplier and customer relationships across a broad geographic footprint.
The company’s primary products are typically considered to be high-performance utility aircraft, and therefore do not have an unlimited clientele/customer base.
If the company does not adequately innovate and further expand its product offerings into other markets, such as international sales, government contracts, military applications, and broader private recreation, the company’s success will not be guaranteed.
The company may be subject to product liability claims and/or regulatory action which could have a material adverse effect on the business, its prospects and reputation.
The company faces an inherent risk of exposure to product liability claims if the use of our products results in, or is believed to have resulted in, injury or death. The company takes great measures to ensure that its products are compliant to regulatory requirements and safe for approved uses; despite this, liability claims remain possible.
If product liability claims and such claims arise, it could have a material adverse effect on the company’s business. The company does not currently maintain product liability insurance. The successful assertion or settlement of a claim could harm the company by adding further costs to the business and by diverting the attention of senior management from the operation of the business. Even if a liability claim is successfully defended, the litigation costs and adverse publicity may be harmful to the business.
Any product liability claim may increase the company’s costs and adversely affect its revenues and operating income. Moreover, liability claims arising from a serious adverse event may make it more difficult to secure adequate insurance coverage in the future. In addition, any future product liability insurance may fail to cover future product liability claims, which, if adversely determined, could subject us to substantial monetary damages.
The company could be forced to replace or repair faulty parts.
In the event one of our planes crashes and it is determined that the reason for the crash is due to a manufacturing defect, the company can be forced to issue an AD (Airworthiness Directive) or other ramifications. This often results in the company being required to pay substantial amounts to replace and/or repair the faulty part in similar aircraft manufactured and sold by the company. This could result in substantial financial expense and harm our company’s reputation.
The company could be subject to legal liability as a result of operations
The company could be exposed to significant product, service or corporate liability claims as a result of product defects, accidents or other events. A successful liability claim against the company could require the payment of large monetary damages. While the company maintains some forms of aviation and general liability insurance, there can be no assurance that the insurance would insulate the company from adverse effects of liability judgements.
An accident could have a material adverse effect on the company's operations
Flying aircraft is an inherently risky activity, and a flight accident either in flight testing or consumer operations could have a material adverse effect on the company's operations, including but not limited to liability judgements against it. Even if any such incident were not the responsibility of the company, the company could suffer reputational and other damages.
Our ability to sell our product or service is dependent on outside government regulation which can be subject to change at any time
The company faces regulatory risk as it is subject to regulation from multiple government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States. See “Description of Business -- Regulations” for a description of the regulations we are subject to. Additionally, in other geographies the company may need to gain certification from local aviation regulators, a lengthy and uncertain process.
Adverse regulatory or policy changes could have a material impact on business.
The company’s business is premised on its facilities and procedures meeting the applicable federal regulations. For example, the type of aircraft the company manufactures are classified as certified, light-sport aircraft, or experimental aircraft. If the FAA were to remove or change these designations, our business could be negatively affected. If the company’s products become subjected to new regulatory oversight or the regulatory framework in these markets becomes more restrictive to the point where some of the products are unable to meet these more restrictive standards, the company will have difficulty in selling its products and potential customers may seek alternatives.
The company is partially dependent on third party suppliers and contractors that will need to maintain a high level of expertise and meet strict quality standards.
The company currently relies on some external suppliers and manufacturing partners to produce the necessary technology and components for the aircraft, a few examples of which are engines, propellers, tires, and avionics. Due to the high degree of regulation of aerospace products, the company’s suppliers and manufacturing partners require a high level of expertise, certification, and need to meet strict quality standards. The company believes it has established good working relationships with multiple partners; however, if the company is unable to maintain contracts with them, or if any contract is terminated for reasons outside of the company’s control, it may be difficult for to find new suppliers or contractors that are able to meet these standards. Furthermore, to the extent that any of the company’s suppliers provides products that prove to be defective or fail to meet specifications, the company’s business and reputation may suffer. The impact of social distancing measures, related workforce reductions and supply chain disruptions may negatively impact the ability of suppliers to deliver the components the company needs for manufacture or the ability of any of its potential partners to operate effectively to meet requirements
The company is subject to supply chain disruptions.
Disruptions to the supply chain could substantially impair our ability to deliver consumer products on a timely basis and at desired prices. In the event of any such disruptions, we would need to source components and raw materials from new providers or manufacturers. There is no guarantee that the company would be able to secure such components and/or raw materials. Examples of recent debilitating supply chain issues include engines for Light Sport and kit aircraft models, landing gear materials and fabrication services, composite resin, and others.
Volatility and increases in the costs of raw materials, energy, transportation, labor and other necessary supplies or services may negatively impact net earnings and cash flow.
Volatility and increases in the costs of raw materials and chemicals, and increases in the cost of energy, transportation, labor, and other necessary supplies may harm results of operations. Purchase price increases for raw materials and purchased goods, such as engines, aluminum extrusion, and many others have continually soared since COVID and related shortages occurred. The company cannot predict which of its raw materials may be affected in the future. Increased transportation expenses may cause the company to incur unanticipated expenses and impair its ability to distribute products or receive raw materials in a timely manner, which could disrupt operations, strain customer relations, and adversely affect operating profits. If commodity and or other costs increase in the future, such increases could exceed estimates and if the company is unable to increase the prices of products or achieve cost savings to offset such cost increases, the results of operation will be harmed. In addition, even if the company increases the prices of its products in response to increases in the cost of commodities or other cost increases, it may not be able to sustain the price increases. Sustained price increases may lead to declines in sales volume as competitors may not adjust prices or customers may decide not to pay the higher prices, which could lead to sales declines and loss of market share. This could adversely affect the company’s business, financial condition, and results of operations.
The company’s facilities and suppliers are subject to disruption by events beyond its control.
Operations at the company’s facilities, its landlords, suppliers (including sole-source and single-source suppliers), service providers and customers are subject to disruption for a variety of reasons, including work stoppages, cyber-attacks and other disruptions in information technology systems, demonstrations, disease outbreaks or pandemics, acts of war, terrorism, fire, earthquakes, flooding or other natural disasters, disruptions in logistics, loss or impairment of key manufacturing sites, supplier capacity constraints, raw material and product quality or safety issues, industrial accidents or other occupational health and safety issues. If a major disruption at the company’s facilities or at the facilities of its suppliers were to occur, it could result in injury to people, damages to the natural environment, temporary loss of access to critical data, unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential information, delays in shipments of products to customers, disruptions in supply chain or suspension of operations. Any such disruption could have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial condition and results of operations.
If the company fails to effectively protect its intellectual property, the business may suffer.
The company has several FAA type certificates, trademarks, and patents issued and related technical design, analysis, and test data, and may rely on patents pending to protect future intellectual property, including intellectual property licensed from other parties. There is no assurance that any future patents will be issued with the desired breadth of claim coverage or at all. The failure to obtain patents for any future technology could materially impair the business prospects or, in the case of future development, impair the ability to expand the business into other markets. For the existing patents, and if any more patents are granted, they will, as is generally the case with patents, be subject to uncertainty with respect to their validity, scope, and enforceability and thus the company cannot guarantee you that the patents, or patents that are licensed from third parties, will not be invalidated, circumvented, challenged, or become unenforceable. In cases where the company must license intellectual property from third parties, there is no guarantee that the company will be able to do so on acceptable terms. Some of the company’s proprietary processes, technologies, and know-how are not under patent protection. Although the company intends to seek patent protection where possible and in the best interests of the company, in some cases the law of trade secrets must be relied on to protect the intellectual property. Accordingly, there is a risk that such trade secrets may not stay secret. This risk also applies to confidentiality agreements and inventors’ rights agreements with the company’s strategic partners and employees. There is no assurance that these agreements will not be breached, that the company will have adequate remedies for any breach, or that such persons or institutions will not assert rights to intellectual property arising out of these relationships. Finally, effective patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright protection may be unavailable, limited or not applied for, in certain countries.
The company may be subject to allegations of infringement of other parties’ intellectual property, or conversely, be forced to sue those who infringe its intellectual property. Such litigation is usually costly, time-consuming, and would divert resources away from the company’s primary mission. If the company were to lose such lawsuits, it may be compelled to pay damages or to cease development, manufacture, use or sale of the infringing product or trademark.
The company may in the future become subject to patent and/or trademark litigation, which would be costly to defend and could invalidate the company’s patents and/or trademarks.
No assurance can be given that the company will not become subject to, whether within or outside of the United States, patent and/or trademark infringement claims or litigation or interference proceedings declared by the USPTO to determine the priority of inventions. Defending and prosecuting intellectual property suits, USPTO interference proceedings and related legal and administrative proceedings are costly and time consuming. The company may be obligated to pay all such costs, but there can be no assurance that the company will have the capital or funding available to bear such costs. Litigation may be necessary to enforce the company’s patents, or trademarks, to protect its trade secrets or know-how or to determine the enforceability, scope, and validity of the proprietary rights of others. Any litigation or interference proceedings will be costly and will result in significant diversion of effort by technical and management personnel. An adverse determination in any of the litigation or interference proceedings to which the company may become a party could subject the company to significant liabilities to third parties. However, if the company’s rights are disputed by third parties, the company may be required to cease using such technology, which would have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial condition, results of operations, and future growth prospects.
The business and its prospects for success are dependent on key personnel who are not easy to recruit and retain, especially on the cutting edge of the aerospace industry.
The company relies on key personnel in management, research and development, operations, manufacturing, and marketing. The company will continue to offer key personnel competitive compensation packages, but it cannot assure you that its key personnel will remain with the company or that the company will be able to hire additional personnel with the correct skill sets and qualifications in the future. The company does not maintain any key person insurance and the loss of any of its key personnel could significantly impair the company’s ability to maintain a viable business. In the event one or more of the company’s key personnel exit the business, it may experience financial loss, disruption to the operations and technology development, damage to the brand and reputation and, if any departing person joins a competitor, a weakening of its competitive position.
The company faces competition in the marketplace which could lead to reduced net sales, net earnings, and cash flow.
The company faces competition from other small aircraft manufacturers and companies. The company’s products are expected to compete with other consolidated and widely advertised, promoted, and merchandised brands within this area of aviation.
The company’s products are expected to compete on the basis of product performance, brand recognition, and industry-leading innovation. Advertising, promotion, merchandising and packaging also have significant impacts on consumer purchasing decisions. A newly introduced consumer product (whether improved or newly developed) often encounters intense competition requiring substantial expenditures for advertising, sales promotion, and trade merchandising. If a product gains consumer acceptance, it typically requires continued advertising, promotional support, technical and product support, and product innovations to maintain its relative market position. If the company’s advertising, marketing, and promotional programs, including its use of digital media to reach consumers, are not effective or adequate, the company’s net sales may be negatively impacted.
The industry is subject to change.
Important factors that may cause the company’s revenues, operating results and cash flows to fluctuate include:
The company’s ability to develop and modify its products, its intellectual property and marketing platform;
General economic conditions, which may adversely affect demand and thus performance;
Changes in terms of contracts, whether initiated by us or because of competition;
The amount and timing of operating costs and capital expenditures related to the operations and expansion of the company’s business;
Expenses related to significant, unusual or discrete events;
Extraordinary expenses such as litigation or other dispute-related settlement payments;
Income tax effects, including the impact of changes in U.S. federal and state tax laws;
Technical difficulties or interruptions to the company’s research and development or marketing efforts;
Evolving regulations of our anticipated products and services; and
Regulatory compliance costs.
Many of these factors are outside of the company’s control, and the occurrence of one or more of them might cause the value of any investment in the company’s securities to be substantially impaired or completely eroded.
Risks Related to the Company’s Governance and this offering:
The Total Offering Amount may not be raised.
This offering under Regulation Crowdfunding is part of a larger offering being made under other exemptions under the Securities Act. The company is seeking gross proceeds from the combined offerings of up to a maximum of $50,000,000 (the “Total Offering Amount”). There can be no assurance that the maximum proceeds from the combined offering will be raised. If the Total Offering Amount is not raised, then the company may be required to obtain capital from other sources, including from debt or preferred stock offerings, diluting the ownership of investors in this offering and potentially giving other investors superior rights and preferences.
The offering price was determined by us.
Our offering price is arbitrary and established by the company itself. The price at which the securities are being offered bears no relationship to conventional criteria such as book value or earnings per share. There can be no assurance that the offering price bears any relation to the current fair market value of the securities.
Dilution risk exists for new shareholders.
Investors in this offering will suffer immediate dilution with respect to their investments, compared to existing shareholders. See “Dilution”. If the Total Offering Amount is not raised, that may increase the amount of long-term debt or the amount of additional equity the company needs to raise.
If the Total Offering Amount is not sold, the company may need to incur additional debt or raise additional equity in order to finance its operations. Increasing the amount of debt will increase the company’s debt service obligations and make less cash available for distribution to its shareholders, in the event any such distributions are permitted. Furthermore, if we raise capital through debt, the holders of our debt would have priority over holders of equity, including the securities sold in this offering, and we may be required to accept terms that restrict our ability to incur more debt. Increasing the amount of additional equity that the company will have to seek in the future will further dilute those investors participating in this offering.
Should the company’s securities become quoted on a public market, sales of a substantial number of shares of its type of stock may cause the price of its type of stock to decline.
Should a market develop, and the company’s shareholders sell substantial amounts of its shares in the public market, shares sold may cause the price to decrease below the current offering price. These sales may also make it more difficult for the company to sell equity or equity-related securities at a time and price that the company deems reasonable or appropriate.
You should be aware of the illiquid and long-term nature of this investment.
There is no currently established market for reselling these securities and while the company’s plans include seeking a listing on a stock exchange or similar forum in the future, there can be no assurance that it will succeed in being accepted on such a forum or the extent to which liquidity will result from any such listing. The company has no immediate plans to list any of its shares on any over-the-counter (OTC) trading forum or similar exchange. If you decide that you want to resell these securities in the future, you may not be able to find a buyer. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investment for some time, or be able to pledge these shares as collateral.
Your shares are subject to lock up.
All securities purchased under Regulation CF are subject to a 12 month lock up, meaning you will not be able to sell the Securities purchased in this offering during this time unless the Securities are transferred to the company, to an accredited investor, as part of a registered offering, or to a member of your family or a trust controlled by you or for the benefit of a member of your family, or in connection with death or divorce. Your inability to transfer the Securities could limit your ability to realize a return on your investment.
Investors in Series A Preferred Stock will not have control over the company’s business and affairs.
Management and controlling shareholders (our three directors) own 100% of the outstanding shares of Class B Common Stock of the company which are entitled to eight votes per share, compared to one vote per share for the Series A Preferred Stock. Even if the Total Offering Amount is sold under the combined offerings as Series A Preferred Stock, investors in this offering would have approximately 4.13% of the voting power of the company’s shares. Thus, the holders of our Class B Common Stock are expected to control a majority of the voting power for the foreseeable future and therefore control the business and affairs of the company.
Because the company does not have an audit or compensation committee, shareholders will have to rely on the company’s directors to perform these functions.
The company does not have an audit or compensation committee comprised of independent directors or any audit or compensation committee. The company’s board of directors performs these functions as a whole. No members of the board of directors are independent directors. Thus, there is a potential conflict that board members who are also part of management will participate in discussions concerning management compensation and audit issues that may affect management decisions.
The company’s board has significant discretion over the net proceeds of this offering.
The company’s board of directors has significant discretion over the net proceeds of this offering. As is the case with any business, it should be expected that certain expenses unforeseeable to management at this juncture will arise in the future. There can be no assurance that management’s use of proceeds generated through this offering will prove optimal or translate into revenue or profitability. Investors are urged to consult with their attorneys, accountants, and personal investment advisors prior to making any decision to invest in the company’s Series A Preferred Stock.
The subscription agreement has a forum selection provision that requires disputes be resolved in state or federal courts in the State of Delaware, regardless of convenience or cost to you, the investor.
In order to invest in this offering, investors agree to resolve disputes arising under the subscription agreement other than those arising under the federal securities laws in state or federal courts located in the State of Delaware, for the purpose of any suit, action or other proceeding arising out of or based upon the agreement. This forum selection provision may limit your ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us. Although we believe the provision benefits us by providing increased consistency in the application of Delaware law in the types of lawsuits to which it applies and in limiting our litigation costs, to the extent it is enforceable, the forum selection provision may limit investors’ ability to bring claims in judicial forums that they find favorable to such disputes, may increase investors’ costs of bringing suit and may discourage lawsuits with respect to such claims. Alternatively, if a court were to find the provision inapplicable to, or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such matters in other jurisdictions, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. You will not be deemed to have waived the company’s compliance with the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.
Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and the federal district courts of the United States are the exclusive forums for substantially all disputes between us and our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers, or employees.
Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and the federal district courts of the United States are the exclusive forum for the following types of actions or proceedings under Delaware statutory or common law:
any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf;
any action asserting a breach of fiduciary duty;
any action asserting a claim against us arising under the Delaware General Corporation Law, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation, or our amended and restated bylaws; and
any action asserting a claim against us that is governed by the internal-affairs doctrine.
There is uncertainty as to whether a court would enforce this provision as it relates to federal securities laws. This provision would not apply to suits brought to enforce a duty or liability created by the Exchange Act. Section 22 of the Securities Act creates concurrent jurisdiction for federal and state courts over all such Securities Act actions. Accordingly, both state and federal courts have jurisdiction to entertain such claims. To prevent having to litigate claims in multiple jurisdictions and the threat of inconsistent or contrary rulings by different courts, among other considerations, our amended and restated certificate of incorporation provides that the federal district courts of the United States are the exclusive forum for resolving any complaint asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act. While the Delaware courts have determined that such choice of forum provisions are facially valid, a stockholder may nevertheless seek to bring a claim in a venue other than those designated in the exclusive forum provisions. In such instance, we would expect to assert the validity and enforceability of the exclusive forum provisions of our amended and restated certificate of incorporation. This may require significant additional costs associated with resolving such action in other jurisdictions and there can be no assurance that the provisions will be enforced by a court in those other jurisdictions.
These exclusive forum provisions may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or our directors, officers, or other employees, which may discourage lawsuits against us and our directors, officers and other employees. If a court were to find either exclusive-forum provision in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation to be inapplicable or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving the dispute in other jurisdictions, which could seriously harm our business.
Investors cannot waive compliance with the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.
Investors in this offering may not be entitled to a jury trial with respect to claims arising under the subscription agreement, which could result in less favorable outcomes to the plaintiff(s) in any action under the agreement.
Investors in this offering will be bound by the subscription agreement, which includes a provision under which investors waive the right to a jury trial of any claim they may have against the company arising out of or relating to the agreement, other than any claims made under the federal securities laws.
If we opposed a jury trial demand based on the waiver, a court would determine whether the waiver was enforceable based on the facts and circumstances of that case in accordance with the applicable state and federal law. In determining whether to enforce a contractual pre-dispute jury trial waiver provision, courts will generally consider whether the visibility of the jury trial waiver provision within the agreement is sufficiently prominent such that a party knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waived the right to a jury trial. You should consult legal counsel regarding the jury waiver provision before entering into the subscription agreement.
If you bring a claim not arising under the federal securities laws in connection with matters arising under the agreement, you may not be entitled to a jury trial with respect to those claims, which may have the effect of limiting and discouraging lawsuits against the company. If a lawsuit is brought against the company under the agreement, it may be heard only by a judge or justice of the applicable trial court, which would be conducted according to different civil procedures and may result in different outcomes than a trial by jury would have had, including results that could be less favorable to the plaintiff(s) in such an action.
Nevertheless, if the jury trial waiver provision is not permitted by applicable law, an action could proceed under the terms of the agreement with a jury trial. No condition, stipulation or provision of the subscription agreement serves as a waiver by any holder of the company’s securities or by the company of compliance with any substantive provision of the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations promulgated under those laws.
The jury trial waiver only applies to claims against the company arising out of or related to the subscription agreement. As the provisions of the subscription agreement relate to the initial sale of the securities, subsequent transferees will not be bound by the subscription agreement and therefore to the conditions, obligations and restrictions thereunder, including the jury trial waiver.
Using a credit card to purchase shares may impact the return on your investment as well as subject you to other risks inherent in this form of payment.
Investors in this offering have the option of paying for their investment with a credit card, which is not usual in the traditional investment markets. Transaction fees charged by your credit card company (which can reach 5% of transaction value if considered a cash advance) and interest charged on unpaid card balances (which can reach almost 25% in some states) add to the effective purchase price of the shares you buy. The cost of using a credit card may also increase if you do not make the minimum monthly card payments and incur late fees. Using a credit card is a relatively new form of payment for securities and will subject you to other risks inherent in this form of payment, including that, if you fail to make credit card payments (e.g. minimum monthly payments), you risk damaging your credit score and payment by credit card may be more susceptible to abuse than other forms of payment. Moreover, where a third-party payment processor is used, as in this offering, your recovery options in the case of disputes may be limited. The increased costs due to transaction fees and interest may reduce the return on your investment.
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert dated February 14, 2018 entitled: Credit Cards and Investments – A Risky Combination, which explains these and other risks you may want to consider before using a credit card to pay for your investment.
Risks Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we are operating our business, and the duration and extent to which this will impact our future results of operations and overall financial performance remains uncertain.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread, rapidly evolving, and unpredictable impacts on global society, economies, financial markets, and business practices. Federal and state governments have implemented measures to contain the virus, including social distancing, travel restrictions, border closures, limitations on public gatherings, work from home, and closure of non-essential businesses. As a result of the pandemic the company had to lay off a small number of its employees early on, but was able to rehire and hire additional staff. While revenues have remained relatively consistent throughout, the company did experience issues with its supply chain. The company has since found new suppliers and stockpiled key and core components to help mitigate. The company has added more vendors and added to the diversity of vendors for our packaging raw materials, so that even if one or more of our vendors have issues with delivering their shipments, we can have other vendors who work as backups to ensure we receive the packaging raw materials we need. We are also ordering materials further in advance to allow for extra lead times for the materials to arrive. We have also made sure to select key partners who are considered “essential businesses.”
While we continue to monitor the situation and may adjust our current policies as more information and public health guidance become available, such precautionary measures could negatively affect our customer success efforts, sales and marketing efforts, or create operational or other challenges, such as a reduction in employee productivity because of the work from home requirement, any of which could harm our business and results of operations. Further, if the COVID-19 pandemic has a substantial impact on our employees, partners or third-party service providers’ health, attendance or productivity, our results of operations and overall financial performance may be adversely impacted. Additionally, if employees, partners or third-party services providers return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of inadvertent transmission of COVID-19 through human contact could still occur and result in litigation.
Beginning in March 2020, the U.S. and global economies have reacted negatively in response to worldwide concerns due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we have not yet experienced a material increase in customer cancellations or a material reduction in our retention rate, we may experience such an increase or reduction in the future, especially in the event of a prolonged economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A prolonged economic downturn could result adversely affect demand for our offerings, retention rates and harm our business and results of operations, particularly in light of the fact that our solutions are discretionary purchases and thus may be more susceptible to macroeconomic pressures, as well impact the value of our Common Stock and Series A Preferred Stock, ability to refinance our debt, and our access to capital. Additionally, we have faced supply chain and shipping issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that could impact our ability to meet customer demands for our products. We have made efforts to address these issues and believe we will avoid them in the future.
The duration and extent of the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic depends on future developments that cannot be accurately forecasted at this time, such as the severity and transmission rate of the disease, the extent and effectiveness of containment actions and the impact of these and other factors on our employees, customers, partners and third-party service providers. If we are not able to respond to and manage the impact of such events effectively and if the macroeconomic conditions of the general economy or the industries in which we operate do not improve, or deteriorate further, our business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows could be adversely affected.