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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2008.

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

Commission File Number: 000-26399

 

 

eOn Communications Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   62-1482176
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification Number)
185 Martinvale Lane    
San Jose, CA   95119
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

(408) 694-9500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Check whether the issuer: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 during the past 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filler, a non-accelerated filer, or a small reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “small reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨   Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer ¨   Small 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

2,735,508 shares of common stock, $0.005 par value, were outstanding as of November 30, 2008.

 

 

 


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EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I    FINANCIAL INFORMATION   
Item 1.    Financial Statements    3
   Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at October 31, 2008 (unaudited) and July 31, 2008    3
   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the Three Months Ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (Unaudited)    4
   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (Unaudited)    5
   Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)    6
Item 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis or Plan of Operation    14
Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    17
Item 4.    Controls and Procedures    18
PART II    OTHER INFORMATION   
Item 1.    Legal Proceedings    19
Item 1A.    Risk Factors    19
Item 2.    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    23
Item 3.    Defaults Upon Senior Securities    23
Item 4.    Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders    23
Item 5.    Other Information    23
Item 6.    Exhibits    23

 

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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands, except share amounts)

 

     October 31,
2008
    July 31,
2008
 
     (unaudited)        

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 1,434     $ 1,545  

Marketable securities

     1,000       1,000  

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance of $731 and $680, respectively

     1,145       932  

Trade accounts receivable - related party

     73       84  

Inventories

     2,257       2,501  

Prepaid and other current assets

     65       177  
                

Total current assets

     5,974       6,239  

Property and equipment, net

     135       176  

Intangibles, net

     230       251  

Investments

     1,146       900  

Non-current assets

     110       88  
                

Total assets

   $ 7,595     $ 7,654  
                

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Trade accounts payable

   $ 237     $ 214  

Trade accounts payable - related party

     174       126  

Notes payable

     196       138  

Accrued expenses and other

     1,035       1,145  
                

Total current liabilities

     1,642       1,623  

Commitments and contingencies

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, (10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding)

     —         —    

Common stock, $0.005 par value (10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,870,888 and 2,869,608 shares issued, respectively)

     14       14  

Additional paid-in capital

     55,988       55,931  

Treasury stock, at cost (135,380 shares)

     (1,502 )     (1,502 )

Accumulated deficit

     (48,651 )     (48,517 )

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     104       105  
                

Total stockholders’ equity

     5,953       6,031  
                

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 7,595     $ 7,654  
                

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
October 31,
 
     2008     2007  

REVENUE

    

Third party revenue

   $ 1,784     $ 2,268  

Related party revenue

     —         128  
                

Net revenue

     1,784       2,396  
                

COST OF REVENUE

    

Third party cost of revenue

     813       892  

Related party cost of revenue

     —         120  
                

Cost of revenue

     813       1,012  
                

Gross profit

     971       1,384  
                

OPERATING EXPENSE

    

Selling, general and administrative

     767       1,040  

Research and development

     305       757  

Other expense

     44       26  
                

Total operating expense

     1,116       1,823  
                

Loss from continuing operations

     (145 )     (439 )

Interest income

     11       46  
                

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

     (134 )     (393 )

Income tax expense

     —         —    
                

Loss from continuing operations after income taxes

     (134 )     (393 )

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

    

Loss from discontinued operations

     —         (518 )
                

Loss from discontinued operations

     —         (518 )
                

Net loss

   $ (134 )   $ (911 )
                

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

    

Net loss

   $ (134 )   $ (911 )

Foreign currency translation adjustment

     (1 )     38  
                

Comprehensive loss

   $ (135 )   $ (873 )
                

Weighted average shares outstanding

    

Basic and diluted

     2,735       2,716  

Basic and diluted loss per share:

    

From continuing operations

   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.14 )

From discontinued operations, net of tax

     —         (0.19 )
                

Basic and diluted loss per share

   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.33 )
                

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
October 31,
 
     2008     2007  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net loss

   $ (134 )   $ (911 )

Change in operating assets and liabilities of discontinued operations

     0       180  

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

    

Stock-based compensation expense

     6       41  

Depreciation and amortization

     44       57  

Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts

     51       (10 )

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

     22       8  

Changes in net assets and liabilities

    

Trade accounts receivable

     (264 )     525  

Inventories

     244       (213 )

Prepaid and other assets

     90       (73 )

Trade accounts payable

     23       52  

Trade accounts receivable/payable - related party

     59       (176 )

Accrued expenses and other

     (110 )     55  
                

Net cash used in operating activities

     31       (465 )

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (4 )     (93 )

Investments

     (196 )     (900 )

Purchases of marketable securities

     (1,000 )     —    

Disposal of marketable securities

     1,000       750  
                

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

     (200 )     (243 )

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from notes payable

     58       —    

Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan and stock option exercises

     1       10  
                

Net cash provided by financing activities

     59       10  
                

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (1 )     38  
                

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (111 )     (660 )

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     1,545       2,256  
                

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 1,434     $ 1,596  
                

See accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2008 and 2007

 

1. Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by eOn Communications Corporation (“eOn” or the “Company”). It is management’s opinion that these statements include all adjustments, consisting of only normal recurring adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows as of October 31, 2008 and for all periods presented.

The Company split its common shares in a 5 to 1 reverse split effective at market close on April 18, 2008. Stock and stock option data have been adjusted for presentation to reflect the reverse split.

Description of Business

eOn is a global provider of innovative communications solutions. Backed with over 20 years of telecommunications engineering expertise, the Company’s solutions enable its 8,000 customers to easily leverage advanced technologies in order to communicate more effectively. eOn’s offerings are built on reliable open architectures that enable easy adoption of emerging technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and concepts such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Whether businesses are looking to leverage the advantages of enterprise IP telephony or advanced contact center technologies, eOn Communications delivers proven, IP-ready products that improve business performance.

Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and include the accounts of eOn Communications Corporation and eOn Communications (Beijing) Corporation Limited (“eOn China”), Cortelco China Corporation and eOn IP Voice, Inc. (“EIPV”). All significant inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. It is suggested that these condensed consolidated financial statements be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto as of July 31, 2008 and 2007 and for each of the two years in the period ended July 31, 2008, which are included in the Annual Report on Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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 the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Recent Accounting Standards

In September 2006, the FASB issued SFAS No. 157, Fair Value Measurements (“SFAS 157”). This statement does not require any new fair value measurements but provides guidance on how to measure fair value and clarifies the definition of fair value under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. This statement also requires new disclosures about the extent to which fair value measurements in financial statements are based on quoted market prices, market-corroborated inputs, or unobservable inputs that are based on management’s judgments and estimates. The statement is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2008, for non-financial assets and liabilities, and is effective for fiscal year beginning after November 15, 2007 for financial assets and liabilities. The statement will be applied prospectively by us for any fair value measurements that arise after the date of adoption. As it relates to the Company’s financial assets and liabilities, the adoption of SFAS 157 did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (“SFAS 159”). SFAS 159 permits companies to elect to measure eligible financial instruments, commitments and certain arrangements at fair value at specified election dates, with changes in fair value recognized in earnings at each subsequent reporting period. SFAS 159 was effective for eOn on August 1, 2008. The Company does not expect SFAS 159 to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 141 (Revised 2007), Business Combinations, (“SFAS No. 141R”). SFAS No. 141R will change the accounting for business combinations. Under SFAS No. 141R, an acquiring entity will be required to recognize all the assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a transaction at the acquisition-date fair value with limited exceptions. SFAS No. 141R will also change the accounting treatment and disclosure for certain specific items in a business combination. SFAS No. 141R applies prospectively to business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008. Accordingly, any business combinations the Company engages in will be recorded and disclosed following existing GAAP until July 31, 2009. The Company expects SFAS No. 141R will have an impact on accounting for business combinations once adopted and the effect is dependent upon acquisitions at that time.

In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 160, Noncontrolling Interest in Consolidated Financial Statements—An Amendment of ARB No. 51, or SFAS No. 160. SFAS no. 160 establishes new accounting and reporting standards for the noncontrolling interest in a subsidiary and for the deconsolidation of a subsidiary. SFAS No. 160 is effective for the fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating what impact, if any the adoption of SFAS No. 160 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In March 2008, the FASB issued SFAS No. 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities—an amendment of FASB Statement No. 133 (“SFAS 161”) effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008. SFAS 161 requires an entity to provide enhanced disclosures about derivative instruments and hedging activities. The Company does not expect SFAS 161 to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In April 2008, the FASB issued FASB Staff Position FAS No. 142-3, Determination of the Useful Life of Intangible Assets (“SFAS 142-3”). SFAS 142-3 amends the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under FASB Statement No. 142. The intent of this FSP is to improve the consistency between the useful life of an intangible asset determined under SFAS 142 and the period of expected cash flows used to measure the fair value of the asset under SFAS 141R. FSP 142-3 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company is evaluating the potential impact of this FASB Staff Position on its consolidated financial statements.

In June 2008, the FASB issued EITF No. 07-5, Determining Whether an Instrument (or Embedded Feature) Is Indexed to an Entity’s Own Stock effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2008. EITF No. 07-5 provides guidance for determining whether an equity-linked financial instrument (or embedded feature) is indexed to an entity’s own stock. The adoption of EITF No. 07-5 is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

2. Stock Based Compensation

Equity Incentive Plans

The Company’s Equity Incentive Plans, adopted in fiscal years 1997, 1999 and 2001, authorize the granting of incentive stock options, supplemental stock options, stock bonuses, and restricted stock purchase agreements to officers, directors, and employees of the Company and to non-employee consultants. Incentive stock options are granted only to employees and are issued at prices not less than 100% of the fair market value of the stock at the date of grant. The options generally vest over a four-year period and the term of any option cannot be greater than ten years from the date of grant. Restricted stock purchase agreements are issued at prices not less than 85% of the fair market value of the stock at the date of grant. During the three months ended October 31, 2008, options to purchase 2,500 shares of common stock were granted by the Company.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

During 1999, the Board of Directors adopted an Employee Stock Purchase Plan which permits employees to purchase up to 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The plan was amended in 2005 to increase the number of shares available under the plan to 1,000,000. The shares available under the plan were converted to 200,000 shares on April 18, 2008 when the Company’s common shares were split in a 5 to 1 reverse split. The purchase price under this plan is 85% of the fair market value of the common stock at the beginning of an offering period or on a purchase date, whichever is less. Offering periods generally last one year with purchase dates six and twelve months from the beginning of an offering period. During the three months ended October 31, 2008, employees purchased 1,280 shares under the plan.

 

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Determining Fair Value

The fair value of each option award is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. Expected volatilities are based on historical daily closing prices adjusted for expected future volatility. The Company believes that implied volatility is more reflective of market conditions and a better indicator of expected volatility than historical volatility. The Company uses historical information to calculate expected life of option grants. The Company believes that historical information is currently reflective of the economic life of outstanding option grants. The dividend yield is determined by dividing the expected per share dividend during the coming year by the average fair market value of the stock during the quarter. The Company has not historically declared any cash dividends on its common stock, and currently intends to retain any retained earnings to finance the operation and expansion of the business and therefore does not expect to pay cash dividends on the common stock in the foreseeable future. The risk-free interest rate is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant. The estimated fair value of the employee stock options are amortized to expense using the straight-line method over the vesting period.

The assumptions used to value option grants for the three months ended October 31, 2008 are as follows:

 

Expected volatility

   107 %

Expected term (in years)

   6.25  

Dividend yield

   —    

Risk-free interest rate

   2.91 %

Total stock-based compensation recognized for the three months ended October 31, 2008, is as follows (in rounded thousands):

 

Income Statement Classifications

   Option
Grants
   ESPP    Total

Selling, general and administrative

   $ 6    $    $ 6

Research and development

     —        —        —  
                    

Total

   $ 6    $    $ 6
                    

As of October 31, 2008, the Company has total unrecognized compensation cost of $17,000 related to unvested stock options under the Plans. The Company expects these costs to be recognized on a declining basis ending during fiscal year 2013.

General Stock Option Information

Activity in the Company’s stock option plans since July 31, 2008 is as follows:

 

     Shares
Available
for Grant
    Options
Outstanding
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price

Options at July 31, 2008

   191,864     210,096     $ 17.30

Granted

   (2,500 )   2,500       0.54

Exercised

   —       —         —  

Cancelled

   7,072     (7,072 )     15.06
                  

Options at October 31, 2008

   196,436     205,524     $ 17.17
                  

 

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Information regarding the stock options outstanding under the Company’s stock option plans at October 31, 2008 is summarized as follows:

 

Range of Exercise Prices

   Outstanding
at October 31
2008
   Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life
   Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   Exercisable
at
October 31
2008
   Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price

$ 0.00 —  $25.00

   167,857    5.4 years    $ 10.74    162,172    $ 10.98

$25.01 —  $50.00

   26,147    .3 years      40.43    26,147      40.43

$50.01 —  $75.00

   10,920    .9 years      54.64    10,920      54.64

$75.01 —  $125.00

   600    1.3 years      121.25    600      121.25
                            
   205,524    4.5 years    $ 17.17    199,839    $ 17.55
                            

The aggregate intrinsic value of both options outstanding and options exercisable as of October 31, 2008 was $0. The aggregate intrinsic value of the 1,050 options which vested during the three months ended October 31, 2008 was $0. During the three months ended October 31, 2008, no options to purchase common stock were exercised.

 

3. Revenue Recognition

The Company’s revenues from its three product lines are the result of separate, individual deliverables:

 

     Type of Revenues Earned

Product Line

   Equipment/Software    Professional
Services
   Maintenance
Contracts

Millennium PBX System

   Individual sale      

eQueue Contact Center System

   Individual sale    Individual sale    Individual sale

VOIP Telephones

   Individual sale      

Because the eQueue system is very flexible in its applications, some customers contract for professional services to tailor their system to specific requirements. Professional services are invoiced separately upon completion.

eQueue customers can also elect to enter into maintenance contracts to receive software updates and free technical support. Revenue is booked quarterly for each maintenance period as provided.

The VOIP telephones can be deployed with either the Millennium or eQueue systems to provide lower call costs as well as flexible telecom management across multiple locations. These phones may be sold with a new system, but are often sold subsequent to the system sale.

Revenues from our products are recognized only when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, the price to the customer is fixed or determinable, and collectibility is reasonably assured. Generally, revenue is recognized (1) upon shipment for equipment and software, (2) as work is performed for professional services, and (3) in equal periodic amounts over the term of the contract for software and hardware maintenance. The Company’s revenue recognition policies are in accordance with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 101, “Revenue Recognition,” and Statement of Position No. 97-2, “Software Revenue Recognition.”

 

4. eOn IP Voice, Inc. (“EIPV) and Discontinued Operations

On February 23, 2007, the Company’s subsidiary, EIPV purchased certain accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets and assumed certain liabilities of One IP Voice, Inc. for $150,000 in order to enter the hosted VoIP Services market. These assets, net of liabilities were purchased under an order of the United States Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11 Order Authorizing Sale of Assets at Auction Out of the Ordinary Course of Business. The results of EIPV were included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements beginning February 23, 2007, the date the assets were purchased. The Company accounted for this purchase as an acquisition in accordance with SFAS No. 141, “Business Combinations”.

 

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During the quarter ended April 30, 2008, the Company sold the assets of EIPV for approximately $90,000. EIPV activity for the three months ended October 31, 2007 is as follows:

 

     Three months Ended
October 31, 2007
 

Revenue

   $ 27  

Cost of revenue

     57  

Impaired user licenses

     28  

Inventory obsolescence

     39  
        

Gross profit (loss)

     (97 )

General and administrative expense

     309  

Impaired property and equipment

     57  

Allowance for bad debts

     55  
        

Net loss from discontinued operations

   $ (518 )
        

 

5. Related Parties

Cortelco, Inc. and Cortelco Systems Holding Corporation

Cortelco, Inc. (“CI”) is a subsidiary of Cortelco Systems Holding Corporation (“Cortelco”) and a supplier of Millennium and eQueue peripheral hardware. In addition, on March 8, 2008, the Company and Cortelco entered into an outsourcing agreement whereby Cortelco provides management for all U.S. operations for eOn. Included in the management services are sales, marketing, product management, engineering, technical support, quality assurance, accounting, and information technology. Charges incurred under this agreement during the three months ended October 31, 2008 were approximately $206,000 and approximately $75,000 is included in the accounts payable balance at October 31, 2008. David Lee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, is the Chairman and the controlling shareholder of Cortelco. Accounts payable are paid on thirty to sixty day terms. The following represent related party transactions for the three months ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

 

     2008     2007  

Payable to CI

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 126     $ 300  

Purchases from CI

     197       340  

Payments to CI

     (149 )     (503 )
                

Balance at end of period

   $ 174     $ 137  
                

Cortelco Systems Puerto Rico

Cortelco Systems Puerto Rico (“CSPR”) was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company until August 28, 2001, when it was spun off to the shareholders of eOn. David Lee is a significant shareholder of CSPR. Since the spin-off, the Company has not had significant transactions with CSPR. The following represent related party transactions for the three months ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

 

     2008    2007  

Receivable from CSPR

     

Balance at beginning of period

   $ —      $ 9  

Purchases

     —        4  

Payments

     —        (9 )
               

Balance at end of period

   $ —      $ 4  
               

Spark Technologies, Inc.

Aelix and eOn China performed engineering development projects for Spark Technologies, Inc (“Spark”), a California company that is majority owned by David Lee, the Chief Executive Officer and major shareholder of eOn. On November 1, 2006, the Company entered into a professional services agreement with Spark. Under the terms of the agreement, Spark was charged based upon actual personnel, actual operating costs and allocated general overhead based upon pro rata head count, plus a margin of 10% for these services. Prior to this agreement, under the terms of an engineering development agreement, Aelix billed Spark for personnel and operating costs directly attributable to engineering work on Spark projects and allocated general overhead based upon pro rata head count. On April 1, 2008, an outsourcing services

 

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transfer agreement was entered into and eOn transferred all of its rights and obligations under the professional services agreement with Spark to Symbio Investment Corporation. eOn holds an equity interest in Symbio.

eOn and Spark share office space in San Jose, California. Spark bills eOn approximately $7,000 per month for rent and facility costs. The following represent related party transactions for the three months ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

 

     2008     2007  

Receivable from Spark

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ —       $ 108  

Related party billings for engineering development and costs

     —         128  

Costs offset against operating expenses

     3       6  

Cash payments received from Spark

     —         (100 )

Payables offset against accounts receivable

     (3 )     (51 )
                

Balance at end of period

   $ —       $ 91  
                
     2008     2007  

Payable to Spark

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ —       $ 37  

Operating costs billed to eOn

     22       16  

Payments to Spark

     (19 )     —    

Balance offset against receivable from Spark

     (3 )     (51 )
                

Balance at end of period

   $ —       $ 2  
                

During July 2007, Spark gave notice of its intent to terminate the engineering development work performed by Aelix in India. As a result of this termination, the Company reduced the balance due from Spark by $26,000. This credit represents unamortized leasehold costs as of January 2008 and a facility deposit, offset by lost Aelix profits and rent through January 2008.

Symbio Group

On August 1, 2007 and August 27, 2007, the Company made strategic investments in Symbio Group (“Symbio”) of $500,000 and $400,000 for 250,000 and 200,000, respectively shares or a total of approximately 3% of Symbio Investment Corporation. Symbio is a leading China-based provider of software development, testing, and globalization outsourcing services to multinational companies. The investment is expected to establish eOn as the preferred provider of telephony and contact center solutions for Symbio’s outsourcing engagements requiring customer interaction management. eOn also gains the ability to provide Symbio outsourcing services to its customer base. Symbio is a privately held entity and the Company accounts for its 3% investment by the cost method.

At the time of the second investment in Symbio for $400,000, the Company received a put option from David Lee, effective beginning January 1, 2008 and expiring on January 1, 2011. The put option allows the Company to sell to David Lee a maximum aggregate of 200,000 shares of its investment in Symbio for a per share price of $2.00.

In consideration of the put option, in the event that the 200,000 shares are sold without exercise of the put option before January 1, 2011, the Company has agreed to pay David Lee 50% of the proceeds in excess of $1,000,000.

In conjunction with the purchase of these shares, David Lee was appointed to the board of directors of Symbio and has been elected Chairman. eOn was granted an additional 25,000 ordinary shares of Symbio as compensation for Mr. Lee’s services. These shares have been valued at $50,000, and have been recorded as an increase in investments and a capital contribution by David Lee.

 

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Symbio shares office space and personnel with eOn in China and is billed for expenses attributable to its business. The following represent related party transactions for the three months ended October 31, 2008 (in thousands):

 

     2008  

Receivable from Symbio

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 84  

Billings

     143  

Payments

     (154 )
        

Balance at end of period

   $ 73  
        

Joint Venture

On October 24, 2008, eOn China invested RMB 400,000 (approximately $58,000) into a joint venture in TaiCang China. eOn China had borrowed RMB 300,000 from an unrelated third party in TaiCang and RMB 100,000 from an employee in October to make this investment. These borrowings are unsecured, non-interest bearing and are due in November 2008. In November, David Lee purchased this investment from eOn China for $58,000 and took personal ownership of the investment. The proceeds from David Lee were used to repay these borrowings in November, 2008.

 

6. Inventories

Inventories consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     October 31,
2008
    July 31,
2008
 

Raw materials and purchased components

   $ 935     $ 961  

Finished goods

     2,556       2,759  
                

Total

     3,491       3,720  

Inventory obsolescence reserve

     (1,234 )     (1,219 )
                

Inventory

   $ 2,257     $ 2,501  
                

 

7. Notes Payable

On June 20, 2008, eOn China issued a note to Hangzhou Nature Opto Company, an unrelated third party, in exchange for RMB 945,000, or approximately $138,000. The note is non-interest bearing and is due January 19, 2009. See Note 12.

 

8. Product Warranties

The Company generally provides customers a one year product warranty from the date of purchase. The Company estimates the costs of satisfying warranty claims based on analysis of past claims experience and provide for these future claims in the period that revenue is recognized. The cost of satisfying warranty claims, which approximates 2%—3% of product revenues, has historically been comprised of materials and direct labor costs. The Company performs quarterly evaluations of these estimates, and any changes in estimates, which could potentially be significant, are included in earnings in the period in which the evaluations are completed. The requirements of FIN 45 are applicable to the Company’s product warranty liability. The following table summarizes the activity related to the product warranty liability during the three months ended October 31, 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

 

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     2008     2007  

Beginning balance

   $ 82     $ 133  

Warranty cost incurred

     (2 )     (21 )

Accrued warranty cost

     17       28  
                

Ending balance

   $ 97     $ 140  
                

 

9. Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

The following represent the changes in stockholders’ equity for the three months ended October 31, 2008 (in thousands, excluding share data):

 

     Common Stock    Additional
Paid-In
Capital
   Treasury Stock     Accumulated
Deficit
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
    Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 
     Shares    Amount       Shares     Amount        

Balance at July 31, 2008

   2,869,608    $ 14    $ 55,931    (135,380 )   $ (1,502 )   $ (48,517 )   $ 105     $ 6,031  

Issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

   1,280      —        1    —         —         —         —         1  

Stock based compensation expense, stock options and ESPP

           6              6  

Capital contribution by David Lee

           50              50  

Comprehensive income (loss):

                   

Foreign currency translation adjustments

                    (1 )     (1 )

Net loss

   —        —        —      —         —         (134 )     —         (134 )
                         

Comprehensive loss

   —        —        —      —         —           —         (135 )
                                                         

Balance at October 31, 2008

   2,870,888    $ 14    $ 55,988    (135,380 )   $ (1,502 )   $ (48,517 )   $ 104     $ 5,953  
                                                         

 

10. Commitments and Contingencies

 

(a) Operating Leases

On September 1, 2007, the Company entered into a Shared Space Agreement (“Agreement”) with Sylantro Systems Corporation for office space in Shanghai, China. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Company shared a portion of the premises consisting of 687 square meters or 75% of the premises thru November 30, 2009. The monthly rent for this space was approximately $11,000. Effective May 1, 2008, Symbio became responsible for the majority of the rent and facility costs. Sylantro notified eOn of its intent to terminate the Agreement on September 15, 2008 and terminated the lease as of October 28, 2008.

 

(b) Commitments

At October 31, 2008, the Company had outstanding commitments for inventory purchases under open purchase orders of approximately $235,000.

 

(c) Litigation

The Company is involved in various matters of litigation, claims, and assessments arising in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the eventual disposition of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the financial statements.

 

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On December 12, 2008, the Company executed a restructured Agreement and Plan of Merger to acquire Cortelco Systems Holding Corporation (“Cortelco”) for up to $11,000,000 in cash with $500,000 due at closing. The independent members of the Board of Directors of both eOn and Cortelco have approved the proposed merger.

The following steps are required to complete the acquisition:

 

  - Obtaining approval of a majority of the Cortelco stockholders (excluding for purposes of the Cortelco approval the shares held by the CEO and CFO of eOn and the CEO of Cortelco;

 

  - Receipt of evidence from Cortelco that it has fewer than 35 stockholders who do not meet the definition of “accredited investors” under the federal securities laws; and

 

  - Other customary conditions of closing a merger transaction.

The Company anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that the transaction will close sometime in the Company’s second or third fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2009. The proposed merger may be terminated if the conditions to closing are not fulfilled, in the event of a breach of the agreement by either party, or upon mutual agreement of the parties.

 

12. Symbio-ESPark Business Processing Outsourcing Joint Venture

On August 12, 2008, Hangzhou East Software Park (“Hangzhou”), Symbio and eOn formed Symbio-ESPark Business Processing Outsourcing Joint Venture (the “Joint Venture”) located in Hangzhou, China.

On September 9, 2008, eOn invested RMB900,000 (approximately $136,000) into the Joint Venture for a 9% ownership interest. On June 20, 2008, the Company received approximately $138,000 from an entity related to Hangzhou and executed a promissory note due January  19, 2009 (Note 7).

Item 2. – Management’s Discussion and Analysis or Plan of Operation.

This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are those that express management’s views of future events, developments, and trends. In some cases, these statements may be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” or “continue” or the negative of such terms and other comparable expressions. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our anticipated or projected operating performance, financial results, liquidity and capital resources. These statements are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations, which in turn are based on the information currently available to management. Information contained in these forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain, and our actual operating performance, financial results, liquidity, and capital resources may differ materially due to a number of factors, most of which are beyond our ability to predict or control. Factors that may cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, eOn’s ability to compete successfully in its industry and to continue to develop products for new and rapidly changing markets. We also direct your attention to the risk factors affecting our business that are discussed below. eOn disclaims any obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this report to reflect any future events or developments. The following discussions should be read in conjunction with our condensed financial statements and the notes included thereto.

Overview

eOn Communications Corporation (“eOn” or the “Company”) is a global provider of innovative communications solutions. Backed with over 20 years of telecommunications engineering expertise, the Company’s solutions enable its 8,000 customers to easily leverage advanced technologies in order to communicate more effectively. eOn’s offerings are built on reliable open architectures that enable easy adoption of emerging technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and concepts such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Whether businesses are looking to leverage the advantages of enterprise IP telephony or advanced contact center technologies, eOn Communications delivers proven, IP-ready products that improve business performance.

 

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On February 23, 2007, the Company’s subsidiary, eOn IP Voice, Inc. (“EIPV”) purchased certain accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets and assumed certain liabilities of One IP Voice, Inc. for $150,000 in order to enter the hosted VoIP Services market. These assets, net of liabilities were purchased under an order of the United States Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11 Order Authorizing Sale of Assets at Auction Out of the Ordinary Course of Business. The results of EIPV are included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements beginning February 23, 2007, the date the assets were purchased.

During October 2007, the Company committed to a plan to discontinue offering EIPV Business Connect hosted products and services. Accordingly, balances and activity have been reported as discontinued operations. During the quarter ended April 30, 2008, the Company sold the assets of EIPV for approximately $90,000.

On March 8, 2008, the Company and Cortelco entered into an outsourcing agreement whereby Cortelco provides management for all U.S operations of eOn. Included in the management services are sales, marketing, product management, engineering, technical support, quality assurance, accounting, and information.

On December 12, 2008, the Company executed a restructured Agreement and Plan of Merger to acquire Cortelco Systems Holding Corporation (“Cortelco”) for up to $11,000,000 in cash. The independent members of the Board of Directors of both eOn and Cortelco have approved the proposed merger.

The following steps are required to complete the acquisition:

  - Obtaining approval of a majority of the Cortelco stockholders (excluding for purposes of the Cortelco approval the shares held by the CEO and CFO of eOn and the CEO of Cortelco);

 

  - Receipt of evidence from Cortelco that it has less than 35 stockholders who do not meet the definition of “accredited investors” under the federal securities laws; and

 

  - Other customary conditions of closing a merger transaction.

The Company anticipates, but cannot guarantee, that the transaction will close sometime in the Company’s second or third fiscal quarter of fiscal year 2009. The proposed merger may be terminated if the conditions to closing are not fulfilled, in the event of a breach of the agreement by either party, or upon mutual agreement of the parties.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

There were no material changes during the three months ended October 31, 2008 to the critical accounting policies reported in our Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2008.

Results of Operations

For the Three Months Ended October 31, 2008 compared to the Three Months Ended October 31, 2007

Net Revenue

Net revenue was down by approximately 26% at $1,784,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to $2,396,000 for the same period of the previous year. The majority of the decrease was attributable to eQueue revenues declining substantially during the quarter due to decreased customer demand. In addition, sales of Millennium through our dealer channel declined due to decreased demand.

Cost of Revenue and Gross Profit

Cost of revenue is primarily comprised of purchases from our contract manufacturers and other suppliers and costs incurred for final assembly of our systems. Gross profit decreased approximately 30% to $971,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 from $1,384,000 for the same period of the previous year, reflecting declines in both eQueue and Millennium margins. Gross profit for eQueue and Millennium decreased for the three months ended October 31, 2008, reflecting lower system sales over the same period of the previous year. Maintenance contract revenues declined compared to the same period of the previous year. Gross margin % decreased to approximately 54% for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared with gross margin of approximately 58% for the same period of the previous year, primarily the result of product mix. The margin on related party revenue is significantly less than the historical margins for both the Millennium and eQueue products.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative

Selling, general and administrative expense consists primarily of salaries and benefit costs, marketing costs, and facilities and other overhead expenses incurred to support our business. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased approximately 26% to $767,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008, from $1,040,000 for the same period of the previous year. The decrease reflects lower compensation and related expenses, lower rent expense and lower depreciation, partially offset by higher bad debt expense and higher domestic contract services expense.

Research and Development

Research and development expense consists primarily of personnel and related facility costs for our engineering staff. Research and development expenses decreased approximately 60% to $305,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 from $757,000 for the same period of the previous year. The Company closed its engineering facility in India effective April 1, 2008. and the decrease reflects lower compensation and related expenses, lower rent expense, and lower depreciation.

Other Expense

Other expense is primarily comprised of bank service charges, franchise taxes, currency differences, and gains or losses from disposal of fixed assets. Other expenses were $44,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to $26,000 for the same period of the previous year. The increase in other expense is primarily attributable to the loss on disposal of leasehold improvements in China.

Interest Income

Interest income was $11,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to $46,000 for the same period of the previous year. The decrease reflects a lower weighted average balance of marketable securities invested and lower interest rate earned compared to the same period of the previous year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of October 31, 2008, we had cash and cash equivalents of $1,434,000 and $1,000,000 in short-term marketable securities, and working capital of $4,332,000. Our short-term marketable securities are invested in liquid treasury securities.

Our operating activities resulted in a net cash inflow of $31,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to a net cash outflow of $465,000 for the same period of the previous year. The net operating cash inflow for the current period primarily reflects net loss (adjusted for non-cash items), lower inventories and prepaid assets and higher accounts payable partially offset by high accounts receivable and lower accrued expenses. The net operating cash outflow for the prior year period primarily reflects net loss (adjusted for non-cash items) and higher inventories and related party accounts payable partially offset by lower accounts receivable.

Our investing activities resulted in a net cash outflow of $200,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to a net cash outflow of $243,000 for the same period of the previous year. Cash used in investing activities for the three months ended October 31, 2008 was a result of an investment of approximately $58,000 in a joint venture in TaiCang, China, an investment in Hangzhou of approximately $138,000, and purchases of property and equipment. Cash used in investing activities for the same period of the previous year was a result of the $900,000 investment in Symbio Group and purchases of property and equipment, partially offset by net marketable securities disposals.

Our financing activities resulted in a cash inflow of $59,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 compared to a cash inflow of $10,000 for the same period of the previous year. Cash provided by financing activities in the current period was a result of proceeds from notes payable of approximately $58,000 to an employee and company in TaiCang, China, and purchases under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Cash provided by financing activities in the prior period were due to purchases under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

Liquidity

Since inception, the Company has financed its operations through debt financing and proceeds generated from public offerings of its common stock. The proceeds from these transactions have been used primarily to fund research and development costs, and selling, general and administrative expenses. Additionally, since inception, the Company has invested approximately $5,273,000 in capital expenditures.

 

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The Company has incurred substantial net operating losses since inception and has had negative cash flows from operating activities through July 31, 2008; resulting in an accumulated deficit of $48,517,000. During the three months ended October 31, 2008, cash and cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities decreased to $2,434,000 from $2,545,000, primarily as a result of funding operating losses during the quarter.

The Company had a loss from continuing operations of $134,000 for the three months ended October 31, 2008 versus a loss from continuing operations of $393,000 for the same period in the prior year. As of October 31, 2008, the Company had $2,434,000 in cash and cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities available to fund operations, of which $56,000 was held in international bank accounts.

The Company is dependent on available cash, short-term marketable securities and operating cash flow to finance operations and meet its other capital needs. If such sources are not sufficient, alternative funding sources may not be available. The Company believes that cash on hand and short-term marketable securities plus the additional liquidity that it expects to generate from operations will be sufficient to cover its working capital and fund expected capital expenditures over at least the next twelve months.

The Cortelco Merger Agreement will require $500,000 in cash payments at closing.

Capital Resources

We believe that the cash and short-term marketable securities on hand plus the additional liquidity that we expect to generate from operations will be sufficient to meet the cash requirements of the business including capital expenditures and working capital needs for at least the next twelve months. Should actual results differ significantly from our current assumptions, our liquidity position could be adversely affected and we could be in a position that would require us to raise additional capital, which may not be available to us or may not be available on acceptable terms.

Due to the current state of the credit markets, we are not able to predict with any certainty whether we could obtain debt or equity financing to provide additional sources of liquidity, should the need arise, at favorable rates.

Commitments and Contingencies

 

(a) Operating Leases

On September 1, 2007, the Company entered into a Shared Space Agreement (“Agreement”) with Sylantro Systems Corporation for office space in Shanghai, China. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Company shared a portion of the premises consisting of 687 square meters or 75% of the premises thru November 30, 2009. The monthly rent for this space was approximately $11,000. Effective May 1, 2008, Symbio became responsible for the majority of the rent and facility costs. Sylantro notified eOn of its intent to terminate the Agreement on September 15, 2008 and terminated the lease as of October 28, 2008.

 

(b) Commitments

At October 31, 2008, the Company had outstanding commitments for inventory purchases under open purchase orders of approximately $235,000.

 

(c) Litigation

The Company is involved in various matters of litigation, claims, and assessments arising in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the eventual disposition of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the financial statements.

Recent Developments

On October 24, 2008, eOn China invested RMB 400,000 (approximately $58,000) into a joint venture in TaiCang, China. eOn China had borrowed RMB 300,000 from a company in TaiCang and RMB 100,000 from an employee in October to make this investment However, neither the borrowing nor the investment were authorized by eOn’s Board of Directors. In November, David Lee sent eOn China $58,000 and took personal ownership of the investment. We recorded this investment on our books at October 31, 2008; the receipt of cash and elimination of the investment will be recorded in the second quarter ending January 31, 2009

Item 3. – Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

The Company is subject to market rate risk from exposure to changes in interest rates based on its financing, investing and cash management activities, but the Company does not believe such exposure is material.

 

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Item 4. – Controls and Procedures.

Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures.

Based on our management’s evaluation (with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer), as of the end of the period covered by this report, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the “Exchange Act”)) were effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms.

Changes in internal control over financial reporting.

There were no changes in internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the three-month period ending October 31, 2008.

 

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PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. – Legal Proceedings.

None.

Item 1A. – Risk Factors.

The following risk factors and other information contained in this report should be carefully considered. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones we face. Additional risks and uncertainties that are not currently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial also may impair our business operations. If any of the following risks actually occurs, our business, financial condition, and operating results could be materially adversely affected.

In addition to the other information included in this report, the following factors should be considered in evaluating our business and future prospects.

Downturns in the U.S. economy adversely affect operating results.

Weakness in the U.S. economy has had a negative effect on our operating results. In an economic slowdown, we may also experience the negative effects of increased competitive pricing pressure and customer turnover. Worsening economic conditions or a prolonged or recurring recession could adversely affect our operating results. Further, we cannot assure you that an improvement in economic conditions will result in an immediate, if at all positive, improvement in our operating results or cash flows.

Fluctuations in our quarterly operating results could cause our stock price to decline.

Future operating results are likely to fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter. Factors that could affect our quarterly operating results include:

 

   

Delays or difficulties in introducing new products;

 

   

Increasing expenses without commensurate revenue increases;

 

   

Variations in the mix of products sold;

 

   

Variations in the timing or size of orders from our customers;

 

   

Delayed deliveries from suppliers and

 

   

Price decreases and other actions by our competitors.

Our quarterly operating results are also likely to fluctuate due to seasonal factors. Some of our vertical markets, such as the U.S. government, educational and retail buyers, follow seasonal buying patterns and do not make substantial purchases during the quarters ending January 31. Thus, revenues in the quarters ending January 31 are often lower than in the previous quarters. Because of these and other factors, our operating results may not meet expectations in some future quarters, which could cause our stock price to decline.

Our communications servers face intense competition from many companies that have targeted our markets.

The competitive arena for our products is changing very rapidly and we face intense competition in our markets. Well-established companies and many emerging companies continue to develop products that improve communications, increase employee productivity and lower costs. While the industry remains fragmented, it is rapidly moving toward consolidation. A number of our current competitors have been recently acquired by companies seeking to increase market share and their ability to compete. Additionally, robust open-source products have recently emerged in the market further lowering barriers to market entry and increasing competition.

 

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We expect competition to intensify as competitors develop new products, new competitors enter the market, and companies with complementary products enter into strategic alliances.

Our current and potential competitors can be grouped into the following categories:

 

   

Contact center vendors, such as Avaya, Nortel Networks and Aspect Software;

 

   

Data communication equipment suppliers, such as Cisco Systems and Huawei;

 

   

VoIP telephone manufacturers, such as Polycom, Linksys, Grand Stream and Aastra

 

   

Hosted solution providers including Packet 8, Five9, Echopass and Oracle.

 

   

Email management and web center software suppliers, such as eGain Communications, Kana Software, and Live Person;

 

   

Voice communications equipment suppliers, such as Nortel Networks, Avaya, Mitel, NEC, Toshiba, and Siemens.

 

   

Customer relationship management (CRM) suppliers such as Oracle, and SalesForce.com.

Many of our current and potential competitors have significantly greater financial, technical, marketing, customer service and other resources, greater name and brand recognition and a larger installed customer base than we do. Therefore, our competitors may be able to respond to new or emerging technologies and changes faster than we can. They may also be able to devote greater resources to the development, promotion and sale of their products.

Actions by our competitors could result in price reductions, reduced margins and loss of market share, any of which would damage our business. We cannot assure you that we will be able to compete successfully against these competitors.

If we cannot maintain our indirect sales channels our ability to generate revenue would be harmed.

A significant portion of our revenues are derived from dealers and value added resellers who have no obligation to sell our products. Therefore, dealers and value added resellers could discontinue selling our products at any time in favor of our competitors’ products or for any other reason. A reduction or loss of orders from our dealers and value added resellers could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

The lengthy sales cycles of some of our products and the difficulty in predicting the timing of our sales may cause fluctuations in our quarterly operating results.

The uncertainty of our sales cycle makes the timing of sales difficult to predict and may cause fluctuations in our quarterly operating results. Our sales cycles generally vary from four to twelve months for our eQueue products and from one to six months for our Millennium voice switching platform. The purchase of our products may involve a significant commitment of our customers’ time, personnel, and financial and other resources. Also, it is difficult to predict the timing of indirect sales because we have little control over the selling activities of our dealers and value added resellers.

We incur substantial sales and marketing expenses and spend significant management time before customers place orders with us, if at all. Revenues from a specific customer may not be recognized in the quarter in which we incur related sales and marketing expense, which may cause us to miss our revenues or earnings expectations.

 

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There are risks associated with eOn’s strategy of expanding into international markets, particularly in China

Because some of eOn’s growth initiatives include expansion into foreign markets, it is subject to the risks of conducting business outside of the United States, including:

 

   

Changes in a specific country’s or region’s political or economic conditions;

 

   

Trade protection measures and import or export licensing requirements;

 

   

Potentially negative consequences from changes in tax laws;

 

   

Difficulty in managing widespread sales and customer service operations; and

 

   

Less effective protection of intellectual property.

Future results could be harmed by economic, political, regulatory and other risks associated with international sales and operations

eOn may not be able to continue to invest in China or other international markets due to the above factors. Foreign markets for our products may continue to develop more slowly than anticipated, particularly with the current economic downturn worldwide.

Our products must respond to rapidly changing market needs and integrate with changing protocols to remain competitive.

The markets for our products are characterized by rapid technological change, frequent new product introductions, uncertain product life cycles and changing customer requirements. If we are not able to rapidly and efficiently develop new products and improve existing products to meet the changing needs of our customers and to adopt changing communications standards, our business, operating results and financial condition would be harmed.

Key features of our products include integration with standard protocols, computer telephony integration and automatic call distribution applications and protocols, operating systems and databases. If our products cannot be integrated with third-party technologies or if they do not respond to changing market needs, we could be required to redesign our products. Redesigning any of our products may require significant resources and could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

Delayed deliveries of components from our single source suppliers or third-party manufacturers could reduce our revenues or increase our costs.

We depend on sole source suppliers for certain components, digital signal processors and chip sets, and voice processor boards. Interruptions in the availability of components from our key suppliers could result in delays or reductions in product shipments, which could damage our customer relationships and harm our operating results. Finding alternate suppliers or modifying product designs to use alternative components may cause delays and expenses. Further, a significant increase in the price of one or more third-party components or subassemblies could reduce our gross profit.

We depend upon our primary contract manufacturers Ayshire Electronics (formerly ACT Electronics), Innovative Circuits, and Clover Electronics. We may not be able to deliver our products on a timely basis if any of these manufacturers fail to manufacture our products and deliver them to us on time. In addition, it could be difficult to engage other manufacturers to build our products. Our business, results of operations and financial condition could be harmed by any delivery delays.

We may be unable to hire and retain engineering and sales and marketing personnel necessary to execute our business strategy.

Competition for highly qualified personnel is intense due to the limited number of people available with the necessary technical skills, and we may not be able to attract, assimilate or retain such personnel. If we cannot attract, hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel, we may not be able to successfully develop, market and sell new products.

Our business could be harmed if we lose principal members of our management team.

We are highly dependent on the continued service of our management team. The loss of any key member of our management team may substantially disrupt our business and could harm our business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, replacing management personnel could be costly and time consuming.

 

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We are effectively controlled by our principal stockholders and management, which may limit your ability to influence stockholder matters.

As of October 31, 2008, our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders and their affiliates beneficially owned 722,331 shares, or 29.6% of the outstanding shares of common stock. Thus, they effectively control us and direct our affairs, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions. This concentration of ownership may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of our company and some transactions may be more difficult or impossible without the support of these stockholders. The interests of these stockholders may conflict with those of other stockholders. We also conduct transactions with businesses in which our principal stockholders maintain interests. We believe that these transactions have been conducted on an arm’s length basis, but we cannot assure you that these transactions would have the same terms if conducted with unrelated third parties.

We may not be able to protect our intellectual property, and any intellectual property litigation could be expensive and time consuming.

Our business and competitive position could be harmed if we fail to adequately protect our intellectual property. Although we have filed patent applications, we are not certain that our patent applications will result in the issuance of patents, or that any patents issued will provide commercially significant protection to our technology. In addition, as we grow and gain brand recognition, our products are more likely to be subjected to infringement litigation. We could incur substantial costs and may have to divert management and technical resources in order to respond to, defend against, or bring claims related to our intellectual property rights. In addition, we rely on a combination of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret laws and contractual restrictions to establish and protect our proprietary rights. These statutory and contractual arrangements may not provide sufficient protection to prevent misappropriation of our technology or to deter independent third-party development of similar technologies. Any litigation could result in our expenditure of funds, management time and resources.

Our products may have undetected faults leading to liability claims, which could harm our business.

Our products may contain undetected faults or failures. Any failures of our products could result in significant losses to our customers, particularly in mission-critical applications. A failure could also result in product returns and the loss of, or delay in, market acceptance of our products. In addition, any failure of our products could result in claims against us. Our purchase agreements with our customers typically contain provisions designed to limit our exposure to potential product liability claims. However, the limitation of liability provisions contained in our purchase agreements may not be effective as a result of federal, state or local laws or ordinances or unfavorable judicial decisions in the United States or other countries. We maintain insurance to protect against certain claims associated with the use of our products, but our insurance coverage may not adequately cover all possible claims asserted against us. In addition, even claims that ultimately are unsuccessful could be expensive to defend and consume management time and resources.

Our charter contains certain anti-takeover provisions that may discourage take-over attempts and may reduce our stock price.

Our board of directors has the authority to issue up to 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock and to determine the preferences, rights and privileges of those shares without any further vote or action by the stockholders. The rights of the holders of common stock may be harmed by the rights of the holders of any preferred stock that may be issued in the future. Certain provisions of our certificate of incorporation and bylaws may make it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of us without the consent of our board of directors, even if such changes were favored by a majority of the stockholders. These include provisions that provide for a staggered board of directors, prohibit stockholders from taking action by written consent and restrict the ability of stockholders to call special meetings.

 

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Future sales of shares may decrease our stock price.

Sales of substantial amounts of our common stock in the public market, including shares issued upon the exercise of outstanding options, or the perception that such sales could occur, could reduce the market price of our common stock. These sales also might make it more difficult for us to raise funds through future offerings of common stock.

Item 2. – Unregistered Sales of Securities and Use of Proceeds.

None.

Item 3. – Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

None.

Item 4. – Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

None.

Item  5. – Other Information.

None.

Item 6. – Exhibits.

(A) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

31.1    Officers’ Certification of Periodic Report pursuant to Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1    Officers’ Certification of Periodic Report pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto authorized.

EON COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

 

Dated: December 15, 2008   /s/ Stephen R. Bowling
   

Stephen R. Bowling

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

(Duly Authorized Officer, Principal Financial and
Accounting Officer)

 

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