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ZOOM TECHNOLOGIES INC - 10-Q - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

June 16, 2014

Corporate Overview

Zoom Technologies, Inc. ("Zoom" or the "Company") was incorporated in the state of Delaware on February 29, 2002. Until September 22, 2009, Zoom's business was the design, production, marketing, sales, and support of broadband and dial-up modems, Voice over Internet Protocol or "VoIP" products and services, Bluetooth® wireless products, and other communication-related products.

On September 22, 2009, the Company consummated a share exchange transaction and acquired all the outstanding shares of Gold Lion Holding Limited ("Gold Lion"), a company organized and existing under the laws of the British Virgin Islands ("BVI"). In connection with the share exchange transaction, the Company spun off its then-existing business to its stockholders, by distributing and transferring all assets and liabilities to its then subsidiary, Zoom Telephonics, Inc., and issuing shares of its then operating subsidiary as a dividend to its stockholders.

Zoom's Operations in China

The Company, through Gold Lion, was the owner of 100% of Profit Harvest Corporation Ltd., a company organized under the laws of Hong Kong ("Profit Harvest"), which owns 100% ownership of Celestial Digital Entertainment, Ltd., a mobile platform video game development company based in Hong Kong. The Company, through Gold Lion's wholly owned subsidiary, Jiangsu Leimone Electronics Co. Ltd ("Jiangsu Leimone"), was the owner of 80% of Tianjin Tong Guang Group Digital Communication Co., Ltd ("TCB Digital"), a company organized under the laws of the People's Republic of China ("PRC"). Both TCB Digital and Jiangsu Leimone were in the business of manufacturing, research and development, and sales of electronic components for third generation mobile phones, wireless communication circuitry, GPS equipment, and related software products.

The Company also held 100% ownership of Silver Tech Enterprises, Ltd ("Silver Tech"), a BVI holding company which owns 100% of Ever Elite Corporation, Ltd ("Ever Elite"), a Hong Kong holding company, which owns 100% of Nollec Wireless Company Ltd ("Nollec"), a mobile phone and wireless communication design company located in Beijing, China.

On October 26, 2011, the Company closed the sale of 167,630 shares of common stock to Spreadtrum Communications, Inc., ("Spreadtrum") in consideration of $2,900,000, pursuant to a Common Stock Purchase Agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") entered into by and among the Company, Spreadtrum and Leo (Lei) Gu (the "Key Stockholder"). Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company also agreed to design and develop all applicable Company products to integrate and operate solely with Spreadtrum's products, and to not design and develop any Company products to integrate or operate with any Spreadtrum's competitive products for a term of three years from the Purchase Agreement. Also pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, Spreadtrum has the right to nominate one nominee to the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Nomination Right"), subject to approval of the Company's independent directors, as required under Nasdaq Rule 5605(e)-Independent Director Oversight of Director Nominations. Spreadtrum's Nomination Right shall continue until such time that Spreadtrum owns not less than 83,815 shares of the Company's outstanding common stock. In accordance with the Purchase Agreement, Dr. Leo Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spreadtrum, was added to the Company's Board. Dr. Li was subsequently replaced by Chin Hung (James) Lo as a director of the Company in May 2013.

In May 2012, the Company and Spreadtrum Communications (Tianjin) Co, Ltd formed a joint venture in Tianjin City, China, named SpreadZoom Technologies, Inc. ("SpreadZoom"), of which the Company holds 47.4% ownership. In connection with the joint venture, the Company contributed a manufacturing facility valued at approximately $11 million into SpreadZoom. SpreadZoom's business is focused on manufacturing and sales of mobile phones containing certain chipset products of Spreadtrum.



Subsidiary Sale

On December 31, 2012, the Company entered into a Share Purchase Agreement (the "SPA") with Beijing Zhumu Culture Communication Company, Ltd. (the "BZCC"), a PRC company that provides services to the telecommunication industry. Pursuant to the SPA, the Company agreed to sell (the "Subsidiary Sale") to the Purchaser all the equity interests the Company holds in its China based subsidiaries (except for SpreadZoom as mentioned above), which include 100% of the outstanding equity interest of Ever Elite and its wholly owned subsidiary Nollec, 80% of the outstanding equity interest of TCB Digital (excluding TCB Digital's interest in SpreadZoom; however, as stated abve the Company will mostly likely pursue the sale of SpreadZoom), 100% of the outstanding equity interest of Profit Harvest, and 100% of the outstanding equity interest of CDE. As consideration for the Subsidiary Sale, the Purchaser agreed to pay to the Company RMB 200 million (approximately US$32 million) (the "Purchase Price"), subject to adjustment pending an appraisal by an independent third party appraiser. The Purchaser remitted an advance payment to Zoom in the amount of RMB 80 million and deposited the balance of the purchase price into an escrow account, to be released to the Company upon the final closing of the Subsidiary Sale, which was to be held until 30 days after the Company receives all the requisites corporate and regulatory approvals with respect to the Subsidiary Sale. On December 31, 2012, BZCC completed its acquisition of Profit Harvest and CDE; on April 5, 2013, BZCC completed its acquisition of Ever Elite and Nollec. As of May 15, 2014, the acquisition of TCB Digital by BZCC been completed.

On December 30, 2013, BZCC assigned its purchase right for TCB Digital to Tianjin Huatianli Trading Co., Ltd. ("Huatianli"). On December 30, 2013, the Company consented to the assignment between BZCC and Huatianli and agreed to amend the SPA to reflect the change. In connection with the assignment, the parties agreed that the RMB120 million, representing the balance of the Purchase Price that was being held in escrow pending the closing of all of the sales under the SPA, would be released to the Company on January 14, 2014. Of that amount, approximately RMB 68 million was available for the Company's immediate use, and approximately RMB52 million, representing the purchase price for TCB Digital, was be monitored by Huatianli until the closing of the TCB Digital sale. As of the date of this report the RMB 120 million is held in a wealth management account at New Times Trust Holding Co., Ltd. The Company's Chief Executive Officer has unencumbered sole signing and dispositive rights to that account. As of May 16, 2014, the Company has received payment in full from Huatianli for the sale of TCB Digital and the Company has completed the transfer of Jiangsu Leimone's ownership interest in TCB Digital to Huatianli. Since the Company received payment separately from Huantianli for RMB 52 million, the Company is obligated to repay RMB 52 million to BZCC from the RMB 120 million held in the wealth management account.

Letter of Intent

On January 13, 2014, Zoom entered into a Letter of Intent with Tinho Union Holding Group, pursuant to which it proposes to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Tinho Union Holding Group and its subsidiaries ("Tinho") in exchange for the issuance of 9,363,585 shares of the Company's common stock at a valuation of $8.6505 per share; 4,681,793 shares that are to be issued will be held in escrow, and those shares will be released upon Tinho's achievement of certain earnings targets (such transaction, the "Tinho Acquisition"). The Letter of Intent is subject to final terms and conditions, which will be mutually accepted and fully described in a definitive agreement governing the proposed transaction. To date no such definitive agreement has been prepared and there can be no assurance that Zoom and Tinho will consummate this transaction.

The Letter of Intent provides the parties with exclusivity until the earlier of: (i) June 30, 2014; (ii) the time that all parties agree in writing not to pursue the Tinho Acquisition; or (iii) execution of a definitive agreement; provided, that the Company shall be allowed to consider other acquisition proposals that may be superior to terms of the Tinho Acquisition. In the event that either Tinho or Zoom's board of directors fails to approve the Tinho Acquisition during the exclusivity period for reasons other than material breach of the Letter of Intent or the definitive agreement, dissatisfaction with the outcomes of due diligence, or failure of any closing conditions outside of a party's control, such party shall be subject to a break-up fee of



$2 million. However, Tinho shall not be subject to any break-up fee in the event that Zoom is no longer listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market ("Nasdaq") and Zoom is deemed by Nasdaq to be subject to Nasdaq's seasoning rules. With the exception of these exclusivity and break-up provisions, which are binding, the terms of the Letter of Intent are non-binding in nature. As of the date of this report, the Company has not concluded its due diligence on Tinho, and audit financial statements for Tinho for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012, and 2011 have yet to be provided to the Company.

Tinho is a leading B2B e-commerce platform provider for the travel industry in China. Tinho's innovative platform aggregates and streamlines a vast inventory of travel products, including air, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages from travel service providers worldwide to enable customers to easily and accurately find best deals in real-time. Tinho also provides full-service, customized travel solutions to corporate clients. Tinho distributes its platform through websites (, franchise model, direct-sale model and 24-hour toll-free call centers. Founded in 2009, Tinho is headquartered in Shenzhen, China with over 200 employees.

The Company is currently conducting due diligence on Tinho, and Tinho is conducting due diligence on the Company. Definitive agreements have yet to be completed or executed by either party.

Zoom's Investment in the U.S.

On October 12, 2011, the Company and Zoom USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company ("Zoom Sub") entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement to purchase from The Cellular Network Communications Group, Inc. ("CNCG") a 50% interest in Portables Unlimited LLC ("Portables"), an exclusive wholesale distributor of T-Mobile products in the United States. As consideration of the 50% interest in Portables, Zoom (i) issued 149,469 shares of Zoom common stock (the "Equity Consideration") to the principals of CNCG and (ii) through Zoom Sub, issued a promissory note of $500,000 payable to CNCG. The promissory note accrues interest at 2% and matures three years from the date of issuance. Subsequent to the purchase of the 50% stake in ownership from CNCG, Zoom Sub increased its stake in Portables to 50.1% by injecting additional capital. Further, in connection with the transaction, the Company assumed the responsibility for repaying certain indebtedness owed by Portables to T-Mobile USA, Inc. of $4,757,187 (the "T- Mobile Indebtedness"), and agreed to arrange for a $500,000 letter of credit in the name of Portables to secure obligations of Portables to T-Mobile. The T-Mobile Indebtedness was payable under the following schedule: $2,500,000 was due on November 10, 2011 (the "Initial Payment"), $1,400,000 was due on December 10, 2011 (the "Second Payment"), and the remaining $857,186 was due on December 20, 2011 (the "Final Payment"). The Initial Payment and Second Payment were made timely, and pursuant to the agreement with T-Mobile the Final Payment was waived. The Company also agreed to pay other outstanding indebtedness of Portables of $4,500,000, less the amount of T-Mobile Indebtedness paid off. Additionally, the Company had previously recognized acquisition payables to Portables in the amount of $1,350,000 and the need to arrange a $500,000 Letter of Credit in Portables' name to secure obligations to T-Mobile.

As of July 15, 2013, the Company was in default of a promissory note for $2,000,000 owed to Portables Unlimited, Inc. The promissory note was collateralized by the Company's ownership percentage in Portables. The Company was not been able to cure its default, and the Company determined it was not able to recover its investment, and forfeited its ownership interest. Accordingly, the Company recognized a loss of approximately $16.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2013 which includes a complete write off of its investment in Portables for loss of approximately $11.5 million. The Company had previously erroneous accounted for its investment in Portables using the consolidation method of accounting; however, it was subsequently determined that the proper method of accounting for its investment was the equity method; accordingly, the Company has revised its presentation of 2013 financial statements in this Form 10-Q. Refer to "Note 21 - Correction of Error for Accounting of Portables Unlimited, LLC" for further details.



Zoom's principal executive offices are located in the People's Republic of China at Sanlitun SOHO, Building B, 19th Floor, No.8 Workers Stadium North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100027; its telephone number is 86-10-5935-9000. The Company's corporate web site address is

The diagram below summarizes the Company's corporate structure as of March 31, 2014:

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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of Zoom's consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("US GAAP") requires it to make estimates and judgments that affect its reported assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Zoom based its estimates and judgments on historical experience and on various other assumptions that it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances. Future events, however, may differ markedly from current expectations and assumptions. While there are a number of significant accounting policies affecting Zoom's consolidated financial statements, we believe the following critical accounting policies involve the most complex, difficult and subjective estimates and judgments: allowance for doubtful accounts; income taxes; asset impairment.



Revenue Recognition

In accordance with US GAAP, revenue is recognized only when the price is fixed or determinable, persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, the service is performed, and collection of the resulting receivable is reasonably assured. Noted below are brief descriptions of the product or service revenues that Zoom recognizes in the financial statements contained herein.

The Company recognizes sales in accordance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Staff Accounting Bulletin ("SAB") No. 104, "Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements" (FASB ASC Topic 605), "Revenue Recognition."

The Company recognizes revenue when the following criteria are met:

(i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists;

(ii) delivery has occurred or services were rendered;

(iii) the price to the customer is fixed or determinable and,

(iv) collection of the resulting receivable is reasonably assured. Revenue is not recognized until title and risk of loss is transferred to the customer, which occurs upon delivery of goods, and objective evidence exists that customer acceptance provisions were met.

The Company bases its estimates on historical experience taking into consideration the type of products sold, the type of customer, and the type of specific transaction in each arrangement. Revenues represent the invoiced value of goods, net of value added tax ("VAT").

The Company does not offer promotional payments, customer coupons, rebates or other cash redemption offers to its customers. Deposits or advance payments from customers prior to delivery of goods and passage of title of goods are recorded as advanced from customers.

Income is recognized as the percentage of estimated total income that incurred costs to date divided by estimated total costs after giving effect to estimates of costs to complete based on most recent information. Percentage of completion is based on labor hours incurred to date divided by total estimated labor hours for the contract.

Royalty income on sales of licensed products by its customers is recorded when the customers report sales to the Company. Royalty income is reported monthly and recorded in the period in which the product is sold. The Company has the right to audit the books of the licensees.

Equity Method Accounting

In May 2012, the Company invested $12.3 million to establish a joint venture named SpreadZoom Technologies Co. Ltd., ("SpreadZoom"). The Company owns 47.4% of SpreadZoom and accounted for this investment under the equity method of accounting (ASC 323-30). Refer to "Note 18 - Equity Method Investments" for details.

The Company revised its accounting for Portables Unlimited, LLC. Previously, the Company accounted for the investment as a subsidiary under the consolidation method of accounting; as of the date of this report, Company retroactively changed its method of accounting for Portables to the equity method. Previously reported net income/(loss) attributable to the Company were unchanged; however, the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2012 no longer includes all of the assets and liabilities of Portables. As of December 31, 2013, Portables was no longer an investment of the Company. As disclosed above the Company completely wrote off the investment on July 15, 2013, recording a loss of approximately $11.5 million. At December 31, 2012, the Company was a joint borrower on a $3 million line of credit provided by M&T Bank. This line was refinanced in February of 2013 to be reduced to $2.5 million; concurrently, the Company and Portables co-borrowed $2.5 million in a term note from M&T Bank.



Both the line of credit and term note were accounted for as an increase to the investment amount when Portables was still owned by the Company. The investment was written off in July of 2013; however, at December 31, 2013, the maximum value of the line of credit of $2.5 million and the amortized balance of the term note are carried as liabilities on the Company's consolidated balance sheets. On May 20, 2014, Portables and M&T Banks released the Company from the obligation of repaying the line of credit and term note. Refer to "Note 9 - Short Term Loans" for further details.

Allowance for doubtful accounts

Zoom maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts to reduce amounts to their estimated realizable value. A considerable amount of judgment is required when Zoom assesses the realization of accounts receivables, including assessing the probability of collection and the current credit-worthiness of each customer. If the financial condition of customers were to deteriorate, resulting in an impairment of their ability to make payments, an additional provision for doubtful accounts could be required. Zoom initially records a provision for doubtful accounts based on its historical experience, and then adjusts this provision at the end of each reporting period based on a detailed assessment of its accounts receivable and allowance for doubtful accounts. In estimating the provision for doubtful accounts, Zoom considers: (i) the aging of the accounts receivable; (ii) trends within and ratios involving the age of the accounts receivable; (iii) the customer mix in each of the aging categories and the nature of the receivable; (iv) its historical provision for doubtful accounts; (v) the credit worthiness of the customer; and (vi) the economic conditions of the customer's industry as well as general economic conditions, among other factors. Management regularly reviews outstanding receivables to determine their recoverability. Zoom regularly reviews the credit policies and procedures of its operating subsidiaries to ensure that procedures are appropriate to the Company's risk management approach as well as the general economic environment.

Income taxes

Zoom accounts for income taxes in accordance with SFAS No. 109 (ASC Topic 740), "Accounting for Income Taxes". Under this method, deferred income taxes are recognized for the estimated tax consequences in future years of differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their financial reporting amounts and each year-end based on enacted tax laws and statutory rates applicable to the periods in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized when, in management's opinion; it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The provision for income taxes represents current taxes payable net of the change during the period in deferred tax assets and liabilities. Zoom adopted FIN 48 (ASC Topic 740), Accounting for Uncertainty in Tax Positions. Zoom has engages tax preparers in all of the jurisdictions in which it operates to determine if the Company is both fully compliant with applicable tax laws and is lawfully maximizing tax benefits to the Company.

Asset Impairment

Zoom periodically evaluates the carrying value of other long-lived assets, including, but not limited to, property and equipment and intangible assets, when events and circumstances warrant such a review. The carrying value of a long-lived asset is considered impaired when the anticipated undiscounted cash flows from such asset is less than its carrying value. In that event, a loss is recognized based on the amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair value of the long-lived asset. Fair value is determined primarily using the anticipated cash flows discounted at a rate commensurate with the risk involved. Significant estimates are utilized to calculate expected future cash flows utilized in impairment analyses. Zoom also utilizes judgment to determine other factors within fair value analyses, including the applicable discount rate. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had completely written off goodwill resulting from its acquisition of Jiangsu Leimone, Silver Tech, and CDE. There was no goodwill outstanding as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2014.



Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2014


Our revenues from continuing operations were $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. The Company is restructuring its business and expects to consummate a transaction to invest in a high growth technology based business.

Cost of sales

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, our costs of sales from continuing operations were $0. As previously noted, the Company is restructuring its business.

Gross profit

Gross profits from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $0.

Operating expenses

Sales, general and administrative expenses from continuing operations primarily consisted of compliance expense related to maintaining the Company's status as public company.

The Company has not issued any non-cash equity-based compensation during the three months ended March 31, 2014.

Other income/(expenses)-net

The Company's other net expense was $223,850 and $485,418 for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. There was a net investment loss for SpreadZoom of $377,005 for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to an investment loss of $252,588 for the same period in 2013 (as restated). The Company also incurred net investment loss for Portables of $152,481for the three months ended March 31, 2013 (as restated).

Net (loss) income

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company's net loss was $541,124 as compared to net income of $1,500,386 for the corresponding period in 2013. The substantial losses are the result of the Company restructuring and ongoing public company expenses.

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

The Company's other comprehensive income is attributable to foreign currency exchange fluctuations, particularly the Renminbi against the USD.



Liquidity and Capital Resources

Zoom generally finances its operations from cash flow generated internally, equity fundraising and short-term bank loans due in less than one year and with interest rates between 5.3% and 8.4%. As of March 31, 2014, we had cash and equivalents of $4,694,290, an increase of $4,657,555 from $36,735 as of December 31, 2013. We also had $8,463,136 in restricted cash a reduction of $11,169,729 from $19,632,865 in restricted cash. The reduction was a result of certain funds to be reclassified as short term investments. The restricted cash and short term investment are held in a wealth management trust account controlled by the Company's Chief Executive Officer and BZCC. The funds were related to the disposition of certain discontinued operations. As of May 16, 2014, the funds have been released to the Company for use without any further restrictions. The signatory and dispositive authority over the funds in the wealth management account after they were unencumbered rests solely with the Company's Chief Executive Officer.

The net cash provided in operating activities in for three months ended March 31, 2014 was $6,144,781 compared to net cash used in operating activities for the same period in 2013 of $23,499,656 (as restated). The net cash inflow from operating activities in 2013 was primarily generated in discontinued operations by decreases in accounts receivables and increases in accrued and other current liabilities.

Net cash provided by in investing activities was $8,665,840 for the three months ended March 31, 2014. These funds were primarily sourced from discontinued operations as certain restricted with PRC banks became unencumbered.

Net cash used in financing activities was $3,936,258 for the three months ended March 31, 2014. These funds were used in discontinued operations for the repayments of related parties and notes payable.

Contractual Obligations

As of March 31, 2013, the Company had promissory note obligations outstanding for past acquisitions totaling $350,937. The Company also owed $1,861,853 to M&T Bank as co-borrower with Portables on an amortizing term note. The Company was also a co-borrower revolving on a line of credit of $2,500,000 from M&T bank. On May 20, 2014, the Company was released by M&T Bank as co-borrower for both the line of credit and term note.

On a go forward basis over the next 12 months, Zoom intends to continue to rely on restricted cash to fund its operational cash needs. In the event that expansion or acquisition opportunities exist, the Company may contemplate additional conventional bank and/or equity financing to take advantage of such opportunities. However, there is no assurance that such opportunities can be found, and if so, whether financing is available at acceptable terms.

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

As of March 31, 2014, Zoom had no off balance sheet arrangements.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

Not applicable.



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