Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 9 - Commitments and Contingencies


Licensing agreements. We are committed to pay royalties for the usage of certain brands, as governed by various licensing agreements, including Rich Dad, Robbie Fowler, and Martin Roberts. Total royalty expenses included in our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) were $1.3 million and $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $4.1 million and $5.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.


Custodial and Counterparty Risk. We are subject to custodial and other potential forms of counterparty risk in respect to a variety of contractual and operational matters. In the course of ongoing Company-wide risk assessment, management monitors our arrangements that involve potential counterparty risk, including the custodial risk associated with amounts prepaid to certain vendors and deposits with credit card and other payment processors. Deposits held by our credit card processors at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, were $2.1 million and $1.5 million, respectively. These balances are included on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets in restricted cash. While these balances reside in major financial institutions, they are only partially covered by federal deposit insurance and are subject to the financial risk of the parties holding these funds. When appropriate, we utilize Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) to reduce banking risk for a portion of our cash in the United States. A CDAR consists of numerous individual investments, all below the FDIC limits, thus fully insuring that portion of our cash. At September 30, 2015, we did not have a CDAR balance.


Litigation. We and certain of our subsidiaries, from time to time, are parties to various legal proceedings, claims and disputes that have arisen in the ordinary course of business. These claims may involve significant amounts, some of which would not be covered by insurance.


A substantial settlement payment or judgment in excess of our accruals could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. While the outcome of these proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not expect any of these existing matters, individually or in the aggregate, to have a material adverse effect upon our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. There have been no material changes to the legal proceedings disclosed in the litigation section of Note 13 - Commitments and Contingencies, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2014, included in our 2014 Annual Report for further discussion.