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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021

 

or

 

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

 

For the transition period from _______ to_________

 

Commission File Number 0-4057

 

PORTSMOUTH SQUARE, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

CALIFORNIA   94-1674111
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)

 

1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200, Los Angeles, California 90025

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(310) 889-2500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

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

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

 

Common Stock, No Par Value

(Title of class)

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

 

Yes ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.

 

☐ Yes ☒ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 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 ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

 

☒ Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (Section 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendments to this Form 10-K.

 

☒ Yes ☐ No

 

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

 

Large Accelerated Filer   Accelerated Filer
         
Non-Accelerated Filer   Smaller reporting company
         
Emerging growth company      

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act):

☐ Yes ☒ No

 

The aggregate market value of the Common Stock, no par value, held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the closing price reported on December 31, 2020 was $4,912,000.

 

The number of shares outstanding of registrant’s Common Stock, as of September 17, 2021 was 734,187.

 

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
None   None   None

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE: None

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

    Page
     
  PART I  
     
Item 1. Business. 4
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors. 8
     
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments. 13
     
Item 2. Properties. 13
     
Item 3. Legal Proceedings. 15
     
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. 15
     
  PART II  
     
Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities. 15
     
Item 6. Selected Financial Data. 15
     
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. 16
     
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk. 21
     
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. 22
     
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure. 45
     
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures. 45
     
Item 9B. Other Information. 45
     
  PART III  
     
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance. 46
     
Item 11. Executive Compensation. 48
     
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters. 50
     
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence. 51
     
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services. 52
     
  PART IV  
     
Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules. 52
     
Signatures   54

 

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to our expectations regarding the performance of our business, our financial results, our liquidity and capital resources, the impact to our business and financial condition, and measures being taken in response to the novel strain of coronavirus and the disease it causes (“COVID-19”), the effects of competition and the effects of future legislation or regulations and other non-historical statements. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts, and in some cases, can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “projects,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. You should not rely on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond our control and which could materially affect our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance or future achievements or events.

 

COVID-19 has had and continues to have a significant negative effect on the hospitality industry and our business. The effects of COVID-19, including government restrictions such as mandated closings of non-essential businesses and travel restrictions, have severely reduced overall lodging demand. Since March 2020, we have experienced a significant decline in occupancy and Revenue per Available Room (“RevPar”) associated with COVID-19, which resulted in a decline in our operating cash flow, our financial condition, results of operations and performance, and a decline on the global economy and financial markets. The continued extent to which COVID-19 has impacted us and guests at our hotel will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic and possible resurgences, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its effect, additional closures that may be mandated or advisable whether due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases or otherwise, and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. However, the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines that began in December 2020 and the reports of their effectiveness have resulted in an improvement in traveler and general consumer sentiment. Investors are cautioned to interpret many of the risks identified in the risk factors discussed in this 10-K and incorporated by reference from our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2020 as being heightened as a result of the ongoing and numerous adverse impacts of COVID-19.

 

Other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to:

 

  risks associated with the lodging industry, including competition, increases in wages, labor relations, energy and fuel costs, actual and threatened pandemics, actual and threatened terrorist attacks, and downturns in domestic and international economic and market conditions, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area;
     
  risks associated with the real estate industry, including changes in real estate and zoning laws or regulations, increases in real property taxes, rising insurance premiums, costs of compliance with environmental laws and other governmental regulations;
     
  the availability and terms of financing and capital and the general volatility of securities markets;
     
  changes in the competitive environment in the hotel industry;
     
  economic volatility and potential recessive trends;
     
  risks related to natural disasters;
     
  hyperinflation;
     
  litigation; and
     
  other risk factors discussed below in this Report.

 

All such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of management and therefore involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the statements. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and we urge investors to carefully review the disclosures we make concerning risks and uncertainties in Item 1A: “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2020, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, as well as risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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PART I

 

Item 1. Business.

 

GENERAL

 

Portsmouth Square, Inc. (referred to as “Portsmouth” or the “Company” and may also be referred to as “we” “us” or “our”) is a California corporation, incorporated on July 6, 1967, for the purpose of acquiring a hotel property in San Francisco, California through a California limited partnership, Justice Investors Limited Partnership (“Justice” or the “Partnership”). As of June 30, 2021, approximately 74.9% of the outstanding common stock of Portsmouth was owned by The InterGroup Corporation (“InterGroup”), a public company (NASDAQ: INTG).

 

Portsmouth’s primary business is conducted through its general and limited partnership interest in Justice. Portsmouth controls approximately 99.3% of the voting interest in Justice and is the sole general partner of Justice. The financial statements of Justice are consolidated with those of the Company.

 

Justice, through its subsidiaries Justice Operating Company, LLC (“Operating”) and Justice Mezzanine Company, LLC (“Mezzanine”) owns and operates a 544-room hotel property located at 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco California, known as the Hilton San Francisco Financial District (the “Hotel”) and related facilities including a five-level underground parking garage. Mezzanine is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Partnership; Operating is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mezzanine. Mezzanine is the borrower under certain mezzanine indebtedness of Justice, and in December 2013, the Partnership conveyed ownership of the Hotel to Operating. The Hotel is operated by the partnership as a full-service Hilton brand hotel pursuant to a Franchise License Agreement with HLT Franchise Holding LLC (“Hilton”) through January 31, 2030.

 

Justice entered into a Hotel management agreement (“HMA”) with Interstate Management Company, LLC (“Interstate”) to manage the Hotel, along with its five-level parking garage, with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of the management agreement is for an initial period of ten years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for successive one (1) year periods, to not exceed five years in the aggregate, subject to certain conditions. Under the terms of the HMA, base management fee payable to Interstate shall be one and seven-tenths percent (1.70%) of total Hotel revenue. The HMA also provides for Interstate to advance a key money incentive fee to the Hotel for capital improvements in the form of a self-exhausting, interest free note payable in the amount of $2,000,000 in a separate key money agreement. As of June 30, 2020, balance of the key money including accrued interest was $1,009,000 and is included in restricted cash in the consolidated balance sheets. As of June 30, 2021, the key money balance was zero as the Hotel obtained approval from Interstate to use the funds for hotel operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, balance of the unamortized portion of the key money are $1,396,000 and $1,646,000, respectively, and are included in the related party notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets. On October 25, 2019, Interstate merged with Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm. With the completion of the merger, the newly combined company will be positioned under the Aimbridge Hospitality name in the Americas.

 

Portsmouth receives management fees as a general partner of Justice for its services in overseeing and managing the Partnership’s assets. Those fees are eliminated in consolidation.

 

The Company also derives income from the investment of its cash and investment securities assets. The Company has invested in income-producing instruments, equity and debt securities and may consider other investments in the future. See Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for a discussion of the Company’s marketable securities and other investments.

 

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HILTON HOTELS FRANCHISE LICENSE AGREEMENT

 

The Partnership entered into a Franchise License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with the HLT Existing Franchise Holding LLC (“Hilton”) on December 10, 2004. The term of the License Agreement was for an initial period of fifteen years commencing on the date the Hotel began operating as a Hilton hotel, with an option to extend the License Agreement for another five years, subject to certain conditions. On June 26, 2015, Operating and Hilton entered into an amended franchise agreement that, among other things, extended the License Agreement through 2030, and provided the Partnership with certain key money cash incentives to be earned through 2030.

 

HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY AGREEMENT

 

On February 1, 2017, Justice entered into a Hotel management agreement with Interstate Management Company, LLC to manage the Hotel with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of the management agreement is for an initial period of ten years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for successive one (1) year periods, not to exceed five years in the aggregate, subject to certain conditions. Under the terms on the HMA, base management fee payable to Interstate shall be one and seven-tenths (1.70%) of total Hotel revenue. On October 25, 2019, Interstate merged with Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm. With the completion of the merger, the newly combined company will be positioned under the Aimbridge Hospitality name in the Americas. For the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, hotel management fees were $242,000 and $591,000, respectively, offset by key money amortization of $250,000 for both years and are included in Hotel operating expenses in the consolidated statements of operations. As part of the Hotel management agreement, Interstate, through the Partnership’s wholly owned subsidiary, Kearny Street Parking LLC, manages the parking garage in-house.

 

CHINESE CULTURE FOUNDATION LEASE

 

On March 15, 2005, the Partnership entered an amended lease with the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco (the “Foundation”) for the third-floor space of the Hotel commonly known as the Chinese Culture Center, which the Foundation had right to occupy pursuant to a 50-year nominal rent lease that began in 1967.

 

The amended lease, among other things, requires the Partnership to pay to the Foundation a monthly event space fee in the amount of $5,000, adjusted annually based on the local Consumer Price Index. As of June 30, 2021, monthly event space fee is $6,500. The term of the amended lease expires on October 17, 2023, with an automatic extension for another 10-year term if the property continues to be operated as a hotel. Subject to certain conditions as set forth in the amended lease, the Foundation is entitled to reserve for a maximum of 75 days per calendar year for use of the event space. If the Partnership needs the event space during one of the dates previously reserved by the Foundation, the Partnership shall pay the Foundation $4,000 per day for using the event space. During the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Partnership did not pay the Foundation any such fees.

 

MARKETABLE SECURITIES INVESTMENT POLICIES

 

In addition to its Hotel and real estate operations, the Company also invests from time to time in income producing instruments, corporate debt and equity securities, publicly traded investment funds, mortgage backed securities, securities issued by REITs and other companies which invest primarily in real estate.

 

The Company’s securities investments are made under the supervision of an Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”). The Committee currently has three members and is chaired by the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, John V. Winfield. The Committee has delegated authority to manage the portfolio to the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer together with such assistants and management committees he may engage. The Committee generally follows certain established investment guidelines for the Company’s investments. These guidelines presently include: (i) corporate equity securities should be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE MKT, NYSE Arca or the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ); (ii) the issuer of the listed securities should be in compliance with the listing standards of the applicable national securities exchange; and (iii) investment in a particular issuer should not exceed 10% of the market value of the total portfolio. The investment guidelines do not require the Company to divest itself of investments, which initially meet these guidelines but subsequently fail to meet one or more of the investment criteria. The Committee has in the past approved non-conforming investments and may in the future approve non-conforming investments. The Committee may modify these guidelines from time to time.

 

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The Company may also invest, with the approval of the Committee, in unlisted securities, such as convertible notes, through private placements including private equity investment funds. Those investments in non-marketable securities are carried at cost on the Company’s balance sheet as part of other investments and reviewed for impairment on a periodic basis. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company had other investments of $20,000 and $87,000, respectively.

 

The Company may utilize margin for its marketable securities purchases using standard margin agreements with national brokerage firms. The margin used by the Company may fluctuate depending on market conditions. The use of leverage could be viewed as risky, and the market values of the portfolio may be subject to large fluctuations. Margin balances due on June 30, 2021 and 2020 were $1,715,000 and $0, respectively.

 

As Chairman of the Committee and of the Company, John V. Winfield, directs the investment activity of the Company in public and private markets pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Directors. Mr. Winfield also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of InterGroup and oversees the investment activity of InterGroup. Effective June 2016, Mr. Winfield became the Managing Director of Justice. Depending on certain market conditions and various risk factors, the Chief Executive Officer and InterGroup may, at times, invest in the same companies in which the Company invests. Such investments align the interests of the Company with the interests of these related parties because it places the personal resources of the Chief Executive Officer and the resources of InterGroup, at risk in substantially the same manner as the Company in connection with investment decisions made on behalf of the Company.

 

Further information with respect to investment in marketable securities and other investments of the Company is set forth in Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations section and Notes 6 and 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

SEASONALITY

 

Historically, the Hotel’s operation has been seasonal under normal circumstances. Like most hotels in the San Francisco area, the Hotel generally maintained high occupancy and room rates during the entire year except for the weeks starting from Thanksgiving to the end of the calendar year due to the holiday season. These seasonal patterns can be expected to cause fluctuations in the quarterly revenues of the Hotel. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered this seasonal trend since March 2020. See Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for more information regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our results of operations.

 

COMPETITION

 

The hotel industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic that hurt business worse than 9/11 and the Great Recession combined. By the start of the fiscal year 2021 most of the hotels in the San Francisco market were closed due to lack of business, only one of our primary Competitive Set (“Comp Set”) remained open at that time. Most of those hotels stayed close through end of Q1 and by the end of Q2 only one had opened. The market has seen slight improvements over the past two quarters, but RevPAR in San Francisco was hit the hardest of any major market in the US. The Hotel has navigated this very competitive market nimbly and has consistently been ranked the number one hotel in its Comp Set based on our ability to drive occupancy. At the end of fiscal year 2021 the Hotel had roughly a 233% RevPAR index. The Hotel took advantage of the slow periods to make certain capital improvements including refinishing of all guest room furniture, resurfacing half of the hotel bath tubs that needed repair, refreshing meeting space and lobby paint and vinyl, replacing all bed frames and socks, and the installation of corridor carpets that was completed in July 2021. Hotel improvements are ongoing in order to remain competitive.

 

The Hotel’s location in the San Francisco Financial District historically had provided greater opportunities over its competitors when it comes to developing relationships with the Financial District entities and the customers who regularly do business in the downtown area. With business travel to San Francisco almost non-existent for the time, we are competing with hotels in more tourist attracting locations and amenities for the leisure traveler. The ability to capitalize on the strong midweek demand of the individual business traveler to the Financial District has been the focus during the timeframe of strong growth in the market; however, that customer along with our group customers has significantly reduced occupancy beginning in March of 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged the hotel industry. The shift to attracting leisure travel has pushed the hotel to price aggressively to lure competition from the more tourist locations in San Francisco.

 

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The Hotel is also subject to certain operating risks common to the hospitality industry, which could adversely impact performance.

 

These risks include, but are not limited to:

 

  Competition for guests and meetings from other hotels including competition and pricing pressure from internet wholesalers and distributors;
     
  increases in operating costs, including wages, benefits, insurance, property taxes and energy, due to inflation and other factors, which may not be offset in the future by increased room rates;
     
  labor strikes, disruptions or lock outs;
     
  dependence on demand from business and leisure travelers, which may fluctuate and is seasonal;
     
  increases in energy costs, cost of fuel, airline fares and other expenses related to travel, which may negatively affect traveling;
     
  terrorism, terrorism alerts and warnings, wars and other military actions, pandemics or other medical events or warnings which may result in decreases in business and leisure travel;
     
  natural disasters; and
     
  adverse effects of downturns and recessionary conditions in international, national and/or local economies and market conditions.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

 

In connection with the ownership of the Hotel, the Company is subject to various federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations relating to environmental protection. Under these laws, a current or previous owner or operator of real estate may be liable for the costs of removal or remediation of certain hazardous or toxic substances on, under or in such property. Such laws often impose liability without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of hazardous or toxic substances.

 

Environmental consultants retained by the Partnership and its lenders conducted updated Phase I environmental site assessments in fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 on the Hotel property. These Phase I assessments relied, in part, on Phase I environmental assessments prepared in connection with the Partnership’s first mortgage loan obtained in December 2013. Phase I assessments are designed to evaluate the potential for environmental contamination on properties based generally upon site inspections, facility personnel interviews, historical information and certain publicly available databases; however, Phase I assessments will not necessarily reveal the existence or extent of all environmental conditions, liabilities or compliance concerns at the properties.

 

Although the Phase I assessments and other environmental reports we have reviewed disclose certain conditions on our property and the use of hazardous substances in operation and maintenance activities that could pose a risk of environmental contamination or liability, we are not aware of any environmental liability that we believe would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

The Company believes that the Hotel is in compliance, in all material respects, with all federal, state and local environmental ordinances and regulations regarding hazardous or toxic substances and other environmental matters, the violation of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company. The Company has not received written notice from any governmental authority of any material noncompliance, liability or claim relating to hazardous or toxic substances or other environmental matters in connection with any of its present properties.

 

EMPLOYEES

 

As of June 30, 2021, Portsmouth had three full-time employees. The employees of the Company are not part of any collective bargaining agreement, and the Company believes that its employee relations are satisfactory.

 

Effective February 3, 2017, the Partnership had no employees. On February 3, 2017, Interstate assumed all labor union agreements and retained employees of their choice to continue providing services to the Hotel. As of June 30, 2021, approximately 92% of those employees were represented by one of three labor unions, and their terms of employment were determined under various collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) to which the Partnership was a party. CBA for Local 2 (Hotel and Restaurant Employees) will expire on August 13, 2022. CBA for Local 856 (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) will expire on December 31, 2022. CBA for Local 39 (Stationary Engineers) will expire on July 31, 2024.

 

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Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, which includes not just terms and conditions of employment, but scope and coverage of employees, is a regular and expected course of business operations for the Partnership and Interstate. The Partnership expects and anticipates that the terms of conditions of the CBAs will have an impact on wage and benefit costs, operating expenses, and certain hotel operations during the life of the CBAs and incorporates these principles into its operating and budgetary practices.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

The Company files required annual and quarterly reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”). The public may read and copy any materials that we file with the Commission at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330. The Commission also maintains an Internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the Commission.

 

Other information about the Company can be found on our parent company’s website www.intgla.com. Reference in this document to that website address does not constitute incorporation by reference of the information contained on the website.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

 

The responses by federal, state, and local civil authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a material detrimental impact on our business, financial results and liquidity, and such impact could worsen and last for an unknown period of time.

 

The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is complex and rapidly-evolving, with governments, public institutions and other organizations imposing or recommending, and businesses and individuals implementing, restrictions on various activities or other actions to combat its spread, such as restrictions and bans on travel or transportation, limitations on the size of gatherings, closures of work facilities, schools, public buildings and businesses, cancellation of events, including sporting events, conferences and meetings, and quarantines and lock-downs. The shelter-in-place, physical distancing, quarantine measures, city closures and their consequences have dramatically reduced travel, conventions and demand for hotel rooms, which has and will continue to impact our business, operations, and financial results. The extent to which the closures impacts our business, operations, and financial results, including the duration and magnitude of such effects, will depend on numerous evolving factors that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including the duration and scope of the closures; the negative impact it has on global and regional economies and economic activity, including the duration and magnitude of its impact on unemployment rates and consumer discretionary spending; its short and longer-term impact on the demand for travel, transient and group business, and levels of consumer confidence; our ability to successfully navigate the impacts of the closures; governments actions, businesses and individuals take in response to the closures, including limiting or banning travel; and how quickly economies, travel activity, and demand for lodging recovers after the closures subsides.

 

The COVID-19 closures have subjected our business, operations and financial condition to a number of risks, including, but not limited to, those discussed below:

 

Risks Related to Revenue: The COVID-19 closures and other imposed restrictions have negatively impacted and will in the future negatively impact to an extent we are unable to predict, our revenue from the Hotel. Currently, the Hotel is not generating revenue sufficient to meet its operating expenses, which is adversely affecting our net income.
   

Risks Related to Operations: Because of the significant decline in the demand for hotel rooms, the Hotel has taken steps to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency, including furloughing a substantial number of its personnel and implementing reduced work weeks for other personnel. Such steps, and further changes we may make in the future to reduce costs, may negatively impact guest loyalty, or our ability to attract and retain associates, and our reputation and market share may suffer as a result. For example, if our furloughed personnel do not return to work with us when the COVID-19 closures and imposed restrictions are lifted, including because they find new jobs during the furlough, we may experience operational challenges that impact guest loyalty and our market share, which could limit our ability to grow revenue and could reduce our profits. Further, reputational damage from, and the financial impact of, reduced work weeks could lead associates to depart the company and could make it harder for us to recruit new associates in the future. We may also face demands or requests from labor unions that represent our associates, whether in the course of our periodic renegotiation of our collective bargaining agreements or otherwise, for additional compensation, healthcare benefits or other terms as a result of COVID-19 that could increase costs, and we could experience labor disputes or disruptions as we continue to implement our COVID-19 mitigation plans.

 

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COVID-19, and the volatile regional and global economic conditions stemming from the pandemic, as well as reactions to future pandemics or resurgences of COVID-19, could also precipitate or aggravate the other risk factors that we identify in this annual report, which in turn could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, liquidity, and results of operations (including revenues and profitability). Further, COVID-19 may also affect our operating and financial results in a manner that is not presently known to us or that we currently do not consider presenting significant risks to our operations.

 

Adverse changes in the U.S. and global economies could negatively impact our financial performance.

 

Due to a number of factors affecting consumers, the outlook for the lodging industry remains uncertain. These factors have resulted at times in the past and could continue to result in the future in fewer customers visiting, or customers spending less, in San Francisco, as compared to prior periods. Leisure travel and other leisure activities represent discretionary expenditures, and participation in such activities tends to decline during economic downturns, during which consumers generally have less disposable income. As a result, in those times customer demand for the luxury amenities and leisure activities that we offer may decline. Furthermore, during periods of economic contraction, revenues may decrease while some of our costs remain fixed or even increase, resulting in decreased earnings.

 

Weakened global economic conditions may adversely affect our industry, business and results of operations.

 

Our overall performance depends in part on worldwide economic conditions which could adversely affect the tourism industry. According to current economic news reports, the United States and other key international economies may be subject to a recession, characterized by falling demand for a variety of goods and services, restricted credit, going concern threats to financial institutions, major multinational companies and medium and small businesses, poor liquidity, declining asset values, reduced corporate profitability, and volatility in credit, equity and foreign exchange markets. These conditions affect discretionary and leisure spending and could adversely affect our customers’ ability or willingness to travel to destinations for leisure and cutback on discretionary business travel, which could adversely affect our operating results. In addition, in a weakened economy, companies that have competing properties may reduce room rates and other prices which could also reduce our average revenues and harm our operating results.

 

We operate a single property located in San Francisco and rely on the San Francisco market. Changes adversely impacting this market could have a material effect on our business, financial condition, results of operation, and fair market value of the Hotel.

 

Our business has a limited base of operations and substantially all of our revenues are currently generated by the Hotel. Accordingly, we are subject to greater risks than a more diversified hotel or resort operator and the profitability of our operations is linked to local economic conditions in San Francisco. The combination of a decline in the local economy of San Francisco, reliance on a single location and the significant investment associated with it may cause our operating results to fluctuate significantly and may adversely affect us and materially affect our total profitability.

 

We face intense local and increasingly national competition which could impact our operations and adversely affect our business and results of operations.

 

We operate in the highly competitive San Francisco hotel industry. The Hotel competes with other high-quality Northern California hotels and resorts. Many of these competitors seek to attract customers to their properties by providing, food and beverage outlets, retail stores and other related amenities, in addition to hotel accommodations. To the extent that we seek to enhance our revenue base by offering our own various amenities, we compete with the service offerings provided by these competitors.

 

Many of the competing properties have themes and attractions which draw a significant number of visitors and directly compete with our operations. Some of these properties are operated by subsidiaries or divisions of large public companies that may have greater name recognition and financial and marketing resources than we do and market to the same target demographic group as we do. Various competitors are expanding and renovating their existing facilities. We believe that competition in the San Francisco hotel and resort industry is based on certain property-specific factors, including overall atmosphere, range of amenities, price, location, technology infrastructure, entertainment attractions, theme and size. Any market perception that we do not excel with respect to such property-specific factors could adversely affect our ability to compete effectively. If we are unable to compete effectively, we could lose market share, which could adversely affect our business and results of operations.

 

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The San Francisco hotel and resort industry are capital intensive; financing our renovations and future capital improvements could reduce our cash flow and adversely affect our financial performance.

 

The Hotel has an ongoing need for renovations and other capital improvements to remain competitive, including replacement, from time to time, of furniture, fixtures and equipment. We will also need to make capital expenditures to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

 

Renovations and other capital improvements of hotels require significant capital expenditures. In addition, renovations and capital improvements of hotels usually generate little or no cash flow until the project’s completion. We may not be able to fund such projects solely from cash provided from our operating activities. Consequently, we will rely upon the availability of debt or equity capital and reserve funds to fund renovations and capital improvements and our ability to carry them out will be limited if we cannot obtain satisfactory debt or equity financing, which will depend on, among other things, market conditions. No assurances can be made that we will be able to obtain additional equity or debt financing or that we will be able to obtain such financing on favorable terms.

 

Renovations and other capital improvements may give rise to the following additional risks, among others: construction cost overruns and delays; increased prices of materials due to tariffs; temporary closures of all or a portion of the Hotel to customers; disruption in service and room availability causing reduced demand, occupancy and rates; and possible environmental issues.

 

As a result, renovations and any other future capital improvement projects may increase our expenses, reduce our cash flows and our revenues. If capital expenditures exceed our expectations, this excess would have an adverse effect on our available cash.

 

We have substantial debt, and we may incur additional indebtedness, which may negatively affect our business and financial results.

 

We have substantial debt service obligations. Our substantial debt may negatively affect our business and operations in several ways, including: requiring us to use a substantial portion of our funds from operations to make required payments on principal and interest, which will reduce funds available for operations and capital expenditures, future business opportunities and other purposes; making us more vulnerable to economic and industry downturns and reducing our flexibility in responding to changing business and economic conditions; limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in the business and the industry in which we operate; placing us at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors that have less debt; limiting our ability to borrow more money for operations, capital or to finance acquisitions in the future; and requiring us to dispose of assets, if needed, in order to make required payments of interest and principal.

 

Our business model involves high fixed costs, including property taxes and insurance costs, which we may be unable to adjust in a timely manner in response to a reduction in our revenues.

 

The costs associated with owning and operating the Hotel are significant. Some of these costs (such as property taxes and insurance costs) are fixed, meaning that such costs may not be altered in a timely manner in response to changes in demand for services. Failure to adjust our expenses may adversely affect our business and results of operations. Our real property taxes may increase as property tax rates change and as the values of properties are assessed and reassessed by tax authorities. Our real estate taxes do not depend on our revenues, and generally we could not reduce them other than by disposing of our real estate assets.

 

Insurance premiums have increased significantly in recent years, and continued escalation may result in our inability to obtain adequate insurance at acceptable premium rates. A continuation of this trend would appreciably increase the operating expenses of the Hotel. If we do not obtain adequate insurance, to the extent that any of the events not covered by an insurance policy materialize, our financial condition may be materially adversely affected.

 

In the future, our property may be subject to increases in real estate and other tax rates, utility costs, operating expenses, insurance costs, repairs and maintenance and administrative expenses, which could reduce our cash flow and adversely affect our financial performance. If our revenues decline and we are unable to reduce our expenses in a timely manner, our business and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

Risk of declining market values in marketable securities.

 

The Company invests from time to time in marketable securities. As a result, the Company is exposed to market volatility in connection with these investments. The Company’s financial position and financial performance could be adversely affected by worsening market conditions or sluggish performance of such investments.

 

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Illiquidity risk in nonmarketable securities.

 

Nonmarketable securities are, by definition, instruments that are not readily salable in the capital markets, and when sold are usually at a substantial discount. Thus, the holder is limited to return on investment from any income producing feature of the instrument, as any sale of such an instrument would be subject to a substantial discount. Thus, a holder may need to hold such instruments for long period of time and not be able to realize a return of their cash investment should there be a need to liquidate to obtain cash at any given time.

 

Litigation and legal proceedings could expose us to significant liabilities and thus negatively affect our financial results.

 

We are a party, from time to time, to various litigation claims and legal proceedings, government and regulatory inquiries and/or proceedings, including, but not limited to, intellectual property, premises liability and breach of contract claims. Material legal proceedings are described more fully in Note 17, Commitments and Contingencies, to our consolidated financial statements, included in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Litigation is inherently unpredictable and defending these proceedings can result in significant ongoing expenditures and the diversion of our management’s time and attention from the operation of our business, which could have a negative effect on our business operations. Our failure to successfully defend or settle any litigation or legal proceedings could result in liabilities that, to the extent not covered by our insurance, could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, revenue and profitability.

 

The threat of terrorism could adversely affect the number of customer visits to the Hotel.

 

The threat of terrorism has caused, and may in the future cause, a significant decrease in customer visits to San Francisco due to disruptions in commercial and leisure travel patterns and concerns about travel safety. We cannot predict the extent to which disruptions in air or other forms of travel as a result of any further terrorist act, outbreak of hostilities or escalation of war would adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. The possibility of future attacks may hamper business and leisure travel patterns and, accordingly, the performance of our business and our operations.

 

We depend in part, on third party management companies for the future success of our business and the loss of one or more of their key personnel could have an adverse effect on our ability to manage our business and operate successfully and competitively or could be negatively perceived in the capital markets.

 

The Hotel is managed by Interstate. Their ability to manage the Hotel and to operate successfully and competitively is dependent, in part, upon the efforts and continued service of their managers. The departure of key personnel of current or future management companies could have an adverse effect on our business and our ability to operate successfully and competitively, and it could be difficult to find replacements for these key personnel, as competition for such personnel is intense.

 

Seasonality and other related factors such as weather can be expected to cause quarterly fluctuations in revenue at the Hotel.

 

The hotel and resort industry are seasonal in nature. This seasonality can tend to cause quarterly fluctuations in revenues at the Hotel. Our quarterly earnings may also be adversely affected by other related factors outside our control, including weather conditions and poor economic conditions. As a result, we may have to enter into short-term borrowings in certain quarters in order to offset these quarterly fluctuations in our revenues.

 

The hotel industry is heavily regulated and failure to comply with extensive regulatory requirements may result in an adverse effect on our business.

 

The hotel industry is subject to extensive regulation and the Hotel must maintain its licenses and pay taxes and fees to continue operations. Our property is subject to numerous laws, including those relating to the preparation and sale of food and beverages, including alcohol. We are also subject to laws governing our relationship with our employees in such areas as minimum wage and maximum working hours, overtime, working conditions, hiring and firing employees and work permits. Also, our ability to remodel, refurbish or add to our property may be dependent upon our obtaining necessary building permits from local authorities. The failure to obtain any of these permits could adversely affect our ability to increase revenues and net income through capital improvements of our property. In addition, we are subject to the numerous rules and regulations relating to state and federal taxation. Compliance with these rules and regulations requires significant management attention. Furthermore, compliance costs associated with such laws, regulations and licenses are significant. Any change in the laws, regulations or licenses applicable to our business or a violation of any current or future laws or regulations applicable to our business or gaming license could require us to make substantial expenditures or could otherwise negatively affect our gaming operations. Any failure to comply with all such rules and regulations could subject us to fines or audits by the applicable taxation authority.

 

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Violations of laws could result in, among other things, disciplinary action. If we fail to comply with regulatory requirements, this may result in an adverse effect on our business.

 

Uninsured and underinsured losses could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

 

There are certain types of losses, generally of a catastrophic nature, such as earthquakes and floods or terrorist acts, which may be uninsurable or not economically insurable, or may be subject to insurance coverage limitations, such as large deductibles or co-payments. We will use our discretion in determining amounts, coverage limits, deductibility provisions of insurance and the appropriateness of self-insuring, with a view to maintaining appropriate insurance coverage on our investments at a reasonable cost and on suitable terms. Uninsured and underinsured losses could harm our financial condition and results of operations. We could incur liabilities resulting from loss or injury to the Hotel or to persons at the Hotel. Claims, whether or not they have merit, could harm the reputation of the Hotel or cause us to incur expenses to the extent of insurance deductibles or losses in excess of policy limitations, which could harm our results of operations.

 

In the event of a catastrophic loss, our insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover the full current market value or replacement cost of our lost investment. Should an uninsured loss or a loss in excess of insured limits occur, we could lose all or a portion of the capital we have invested in the Hotel, as well as the anticipated future revenue from the property. In that event, we might nevertheless remain obligated for any mortgage debt or other financial obligations related to the Hotel. In the event of a significant loss, our deductible may be high, and we may be required to pay for all such repairs and, as a consequence, it could materially adversely affect our financial condition. Inflation, changes in building codes and ordinances, environmental considerations and other factors might also keep us from using insurance proceeds to replace or renovate the Hotel after it has been damaged or destroyed. Under those circumstances, the insurance proceeds we receive might be inadequate to restore our economic position on the damaged or destroyed property.

 

It has generally become more difficult and expensive to obtain property and casualty insurance, including coverage for terrorism. When our current insurance policies expire, we may encounter difficulty in obtaining or renewing property or casualty insurance on our property at the same levels of coverage and under similar terms. Such insurance may be more limited and for some catastrophic risks (for example, earthquake, flood and terrorism) may not be generally available at current levels. Even if we are able to renew our policies or to obtain new policies at levels and with limitations consistent with our current policies, we cannot be sure that we will be able to obtain such insurance at premium rates that are commercially reasonable. If we were unable to obtain adequate insurance on the Hotel for certain risks, it could cause us to be in default under specific covenants on certain of our indebtedness or other contractual commitments that require us to maintain adequate insurance on the Hotel to protect against the risk of loss. If this were to occur, or if we were unable to obtain adequate insurance and the Hotel experienced damage which would otherwise have been covered by insurance, it could materially adversely affect our financial condition and the operations of the Hotel.

 

In addition, insurance coverage for the Hotel and for casualty losses does not customarily cover damages that are characterized as punitive or similar damages. As a result, any claims or legal proceedings, or settlement of any such claims or legal proceedings that result in damages that are characterized as punitive or similar damages may not be covered by our insurance. If these types of damages are substantial, our financial resources may be adversely affected.

 

You may lose all or part of your investment.

 

There is no assurance that the Company’s initiatives to improve its profitability or liquidity and financial position will be successful.

 

The price of the Company’s common stock may fluctuate significantly, which could negatively affect the Company and holders of its common stock.

 

The market price of the Company’s common stock may fluctuate significantly from time to time as a result of many factors, including: investors’ perceptions of the Company and its prospects; investors’ perceptions of the Company’s and/or the industry’s risk and return characteristics relative to other investment alternatives; difficulties between actual financial and operating results and those expected by investors and analysts; changes in our capital structure; trading volume fluctuations; actual or anticipated fluctuations in quarterly financial and operational results; volatility in the equity securities market; and sales, or anticipated sales, of large blocks of the Company’s common stock.

 

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The concentrated beneficial ownership of our common stock and the ability it affords to control our business may limit or eliminate other shareholders’ ability to influence corporate affairs.

 

As of June 30, 2021, InterGroup owns more than 74% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. Because of this concentrated stock ownership, the Company’s largest shareholders will be able to significantly influence the election of the Company’s board of directors and all other decisions on all matters requiring shareholder approval. As a result, the ability of other shareholders to determine the management and policies of the Company is significantly limited. The interests of these shareholders may differ from the interests of other shareholders with respect to the issuance of shares, business transactions with or sales to other companies, selection of officers and directors and other business decisions. This level of control may also have an adverse impact on the market value of our shares because our largest shareholders may institute or undertake transactions, policies or programs that may result in losses, may not take any steps to increase our visibility in the financial community and/or may sell enough shares to significantly decrease our price per share.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.

 

None.

 

Item 2. Properties.

 

SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL PROPERTY

 

The Hotel is owned by the Partnership through its wholly owned subsidiary, Justice Operating Company, LLC. The Hotel is centrally located in the Financial District in San Francisco, one block from the Transamerica Pyramid. The Embarcadero Center is within walking distance and North Beach is two blocks away. Chinatown is directly across the bridge that runs from the Hotel to Portsmouth Square Park. The Hotel is a 31-story (including parking garage), steel and concrete, A-frame building, built in 1970. The Hotel has 544 well-appointed guest rooms and luxury suites situated on 22 floors. The third floor houses the Chinese Culture Center (the “CCC”), its administrative office, and a grand ballroom. The Hotel has approximately 22,000 square feet of meeting room space, including the grand ballroom. Other features of the Hotel include a 5-level underground parking garage and pedestrian bridge across Kearny Street connecting the Hotel and the CCC with Portsmouth Square Park in Chinatown. The bridge, built and owned by the Partnership, is included in the lease to the CCC.

 

As required by its senior lender, the Partnership will continue to make minimum payments into its furniture, fixtures, and equipment (“FF&E”) escrow account held by its senior lender of the greater of 4% of annual revenues or a minimum of $1,952,000 per annum. In the opinion of management, the Hotel is adequately covered by insurance.

 

HOTEL FINANCINGS

 

On December 18, 2013: (i) Justice Operating Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Operating”), entered into a loan agreement (“Mortgage Loan Agreement”) with Bank of America (“Mortgage Lender”); and (ii) Justice Mezzanine Company, a Delaware limited liability company (“Mezzanine”), entered into a mezzanine loan agreement (“Mezzanine Loan Agreement” and, together with the Mortgage Loan Agreement, the “Loan Agreements”) with ISBI San Francisco Mezz Lender LLC (“Mezzanine Lender” and, together with Mortgage Lender, the “Lenders”). The Partnership is the sole member of Mezzanine, and Mezzanine is the sole member of Operating.

 

The Loan Agreements provide for a $97,000,000 Mortgage Loan and a $20,000,000 Mezzanine Loan. The proceeds of the Loan Agreements were used to fund the redemption of limited partnership interests and the pay-off of the prior mortgage.

 

The Mortgage Loan is secured by the Partnership’s principal asset, the Hotel. The Mortgage Loan bears an interest rate of 5.275% per annum and matures in January 2024. The term of the loan is ten years with interest only due in the first three years and principal and interest payments to be made during the remaining seven years of the loan based on a thirty-year amortization schedule. The Mortgage Loan also requires payments for impounds related to property tax, insurance and FF&E reserves. As additional security for the Mortgage Loan, there is a limited guaranty (“Mortgage Guaranty”) executed by the Company in favor of the Mortgage Lender.

 

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The Mezzanine Loan is secured by the Operating membership interest held by Mezzanine and is subordinated to the Mortgage Loan. The Mezzanine Loan had an interest rate of 9.75% per annum and a maturity date of January 1, 2024. Interest only payments were due monthly. On July 31, 2019, Mezzanine refinanced the Mezzanine Loan by entering into a new mezzanine loan agreement (“New Mezzanine Loan Agreement”) with Cred Reit Holdco LLC in the amount of $20,000,000. The prior Mezzanine Loan was paid off. Interest rate on the new mezzanine loan is 7.25% and the loan matures on January 1, 2024. Interest only payments are due monthly. As additional security for the new mezzanine loan, there is a limited guaranty executed by the Company in favor of Cred Reit Holdco LLC (the “Mezzanine Guaranty” and, together with the Mortgage Guaranty, the “Guaranties”).

 

The Guaranties are limited to what are commonly referred to as “bad boy” acts, including: (i) fraud or intentional misrepresentations; (ii) gross negligence or willful misconduct; (iii) misapplication or misappropriation of rents, security deposits, insurance or condemnation proceeds; and (iv) failure to pay taxes or insurance. The Guaranties are full recourse guaranties under identified circumstances, including failure to maintain “single purpose” status which is a factor in a consolidation of Operating or Mezzanine in a bankruptcy of another person, transfer or encumbrance of the Property in violation of the applicable loan documents, Operating or Mezzanine incurring debts that are not permitted, and the Property becoming subject to a bankruptcy proceeding. Pursuant to the Guaranties, the Partnership is required to maintain a certain minimum net worth and liquidity. Effective as of May 12, 2017, InterGroup agreed to become an additional guarantor under the limited guaranty and an additional indemnitor under the environmental indemnity for Justice Investors limited partnership’s $97,000,000 mortgage loan and the $20,000,000 mezzanine loan. Pursuant to the agreement, InterGroup is required to maintain a certain net worth and liquidity. As of June 30, 2021, InterGroup is in compliance with both requirements. Due to the Hotel’s current low occupancy and low rates, and their negative impact on the Hotel’s cash flow, Justice Operating Company, LLC is not meeting certain of its loan covenants such as the Debt Service Coverage Ratio (“DSCR”) which would trigger the creation of a lock-box and cash sweep by the Lender for all cash collected by the Hotel, and under certain terms, would allow the Lender to request Operating to replace its hotel management company. The DSCR for Operating has been below 1.00 since third quarter of fiscal year 2020 while it is required to maintain a DSCR of at least 1.10 to 1.00 for two consecutive quarters. However, such lockbox has been created and utilized from the loan inception and will be in place up to loan maturity regardless of the DSCR. Justice has not missed any of its debt service payments and does not anticipate missing any debt obligations even during these uncertain times for at least the next twelve months and beyond.

 

Each of the Loan Agreements contains customary representations and warranties, events of default, reporting requirements, affirmative covenants and negative covenants, which impose restrictions on, among other things, organizational changes of the respective borrower, operations of the Property, agreements with affiliates and third parties. Each of the Loan Agreements also provides for mandatory prepayments under certain circumstances (including casualty or condemnation events) and voluntary prepayments, subject to satisfaction of prescribed conditions set forth in the Loan Agreements.

 

On July 2, 2014, the Partnership obtained from InterGroup an unsecured loan in the principal amount of $4,250,000 at 12% per year fixed interest, with a term of two years, payable interest only each month. InterGroup received a 3% loan fee. The loan may be prepaid at any time without penalty. The proceeds of the loan were applied to the July 2014 payments to Justice Holdings Company, LLC (“Holdings”) in connection with the redemption of limited partnership interests. The loan was extended to July 31, 2022. On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, InterGroup has advanced $3,650,000 to Justice per the loan modification agreement. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the balance of the loan was $6,650,000 and $3,000,000, respectively.

 

On April 9, 2020, Justice entered into a loan agreement (“SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). Justice received proceeds of $4,719,000 from the SBA Loan. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Justice used the proceeds from the SBA Loan for payroll costs and other qualified expenses. The SBA Loan was scheduled to mature on April 9, 2022 with a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. On June 10, 2021, the SBA Loan was forgiven in full.

 

On February 3, 2021, Justice entered into a second loan agreement (“Second SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA administered by the SBA. Justice received proceeds of $2,000,000 from the Second SBA Loan. As of June 30, 2021, Justice had used all proceeds from the Second SBA Loan primarily for payroll costs. The Second SBA Loan is scheduled to mature on February 3, 2026 and has a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. All payments of principal and interest are deferred until either: (a) if the SBA approves the forgiveness amount, the date the forgiveness amount is remitted by the SBA to CIBC; or (b) if Justice does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period specified in the loan agreement or if the forgiveness amount is not approved, the date that is 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The loan may be forgiven if the funds are used for payroll and other qualified expenses. All unforgiven portion of the principal and accrued interest will be due at maturity. Justice submitted its application for full loan forgiveness on September 3, 2021.

 

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INVESTMENT IN REAL ESTATE

 

In August 2007, the Company agreed to acquire 50% interest in InterGroup Uluniu, Inc. (“Uluniu”), a Hawaiian corporation and a 100% owned subsidiary of InterGroup, for $973,000, which represents an amount equal to the costs paid by InterGroup for the acquisition and carrying costs of approximately two acres of unimproved land held for development located in Maui, Hawaii. In March 2021, to make both companies more efficient, InterGroup purchased back the 50% interest of Uluniu from Portsmouth for $980,000, which represents Portsmouth’s carrying cost of the investment. No gains or losses were realized as a result of the transaction since it was a related-party transaction. As a related-party transaction, the fairness of the financial terms of the transactions were reviewed and approved by the independent director of the Company.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

The Company may be subject to legal proceedings, claims, and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company will defend itself vigorously against any such claims. Management does not believe that the impact of such matters will have a material effect on the financial conditions or result of operations when resolved.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

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

 

MARKET INFORMATION

 

Portsmouth’s common stock is traded on the OTC Market Inc.’s Pink tier under the symbol PRSI. As of June 30, 2021, the number of holders of record of the Company’s Common Stock was approximately 123. Such number of owners was determined from the Company’s shareholders records and does not include beneficial owners of the Company’s Common Stock whose shares are held in the names of various brokers, clearing agencies or other nominees.

 

DIVIDENDS

 

It is expected that the Company will not consider a return to a regular dividend policy until such time that Partnership cash flows, distributions and other economic factors warrant such consideration. The Company will continue to review and modify its dividend policy as needed to meet such strategic and investment objectives as may be determined by the Board of Directors.

 

SECURITIES AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER EQUITY COMPENSATION PLANS

 

Portsmouth has no securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans.

 

PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Portsmouth did not repurchase any of its own securities during the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 and does not have any publicly announced repurchase program.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

 

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

 

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF CIVIL AUTHORITY ACTIONS ON OUR BUSINESS

 

On February 25, 2020, the City of San Francisco issued the proclamation by the Mayor declaring the existence of a local emergency. The negative effects of the civil authority actions related to the novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) on our business have been significant. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. This contagious virus, which has continued to spread, has adversely affected workforces, customers, economies and financial markets globally. It has also disrupted the normal operations of many businesses, including ours. To mitigate the harm from the pandemic, on March 16, 2020, the City and County of San Francisco, along with a group of five other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, issued parallel health officer orders imposing shelter in place limitations across the Bay Area, requiring everyone to stay safe at home except for certain essential needs. Since February 2020, several unfavorable events and civil authority actions have unfolded causing demand for our hotel rooms to suffer including cancellations of all citywide conventions, reduction of flights in and out of the Bay Area and decline in both leisure and business travel.

 

In December 2020, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco has suspended or restricted certain activities. Health Order C19-07q (the “Order”) incorporates suspensions, reductions in capacity limits, and other restrictions contained in the Regional Stay At Home Order issued by the California Department of Public Health on December 3, 2020. Effective December 17, 2020, the Bay Area Region, including San Francisco, is required to comply with the State’s December 3, 2020 Regional Stay-at-Home Order. The Order strongly discourages anyone in the County from travelling for leisure, recreation, business or other purposes that can be postponed until after the current surge. With limited exceptions, this Order imposed a mandatory quarantine on anyone traveling, moving, or returning to the County from anywhere outside the Bay Area. Effective January 20, 2021, Health Order C19- 07r revised and replaced the previous Order; it continues to temporarily prohibit certain businesses and activities from resuming but allows certain other businesses, activities, travel and governmental functions to occur subject to specified health and safety restrictions, limitations, and conditions to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Quarantine and isolation requirements and recommendations upon moving to, traveling to, or returning to the County have not changed from the previous Order.

 

On March 24, 2021, the City and County of San Francisco announced it moved into the orange tier which removed the suggested Shelter in Place for guests travelling to San Francisco. This was a very positive step for the hotel community. This tier opens up activities in the city including expanded restaurant capacities, museums and attractions. For the hotel it allows for guests to gather in public spaces and for outlets and amenities to open up at limited capacities including fitness centers. It does not change the very stringent cleaning and sanitation requirements set forth by the Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco which proves to be a costly measure to maintain. Effective May 6, 2021, the City and County of San Francisco moved into the yellow tier guidelines.

 

In response to the decrease in demand, we have since furloughed all managers at the Hotel except for members of the executive team and continue to limit hourly staff to a minimum. By the end of March 2020, we had temporarily closed all of our food and beverage outlets, valet parking, concierge and bell services, fitness center, as well as the executive lounge facility. We continue to implement social distancing standards and cleaning processes designed by Interstate and Hilton to keep employees and guests safe. The full impact and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve as of the date of this report. The pandemic effectively eliminated our ability to generate any profits, due to the drastic decline in both leisure and business travel. As a result, management believes the ongoing length and severity of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic will have a material adverse impact on our future business, financial condition, liquidity and financial results. We are also assessing the potential impact on the impairment analysis of our long-lived assets and the realization of our deferred tax assets. As of the date of this report, the effects of the pandemic continue to affect our economy, business and leisure travel, and our needs to continue to curtail certain revenue generating activities at the Hotel. We expect that the effects will have a material adverse effect on our business until the pandemic ends.

 

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) signed into law on March 27, 2020, additional avenues of relief may be available to workers and families through enhanced unemployment insurance provisions and to small businesses through programs administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The CARES Act includes, among other things, provisions relating to payroll tax credits and deferrals, net operating loss carryback periods, alternative minimum tax credits and technical corrections to tax depreciation methods for qualified improvement property. The CARES Act also established a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), whereby certain small businesses are eligible for a loan to fund payroll expenses, rent, and related costs. On April 9, 2020, Justice entered into a loan agreement (“SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA under the CARES Act. Justice received proceeds of $4,719,000 from the SBA Loan. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Justice used proceeds from the SBA Loan for payroll costs and other qualified expenses. The SBA Loan was scheduled to mature on April 9, 2022 with a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. On June 10, 2021, the SBA Loan was forgiven in full.

 

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On February 3, 2021, Justice entered into a second loan agreement (“Second SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA administered by the SBA. Justice received proceeds of $2,000,000 from the Second SBA Loan. As of June 30, 2021, Justice had used all proceeds from the Second SBA Loan primarily for payroll costs. The Second SBA Loan is scheduled to mature on February 3, 2026 and has a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. All payments of principal and interest are deferred until either: (a) if the SBA approves the forgiveness amount, the date the forgiveness amount is remitted by the SBA to CIBC; or (b) if Justice does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period specified in the loan agreement or if the forgiveness amount is not approved, the date that is 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The loan may be forgiven if the funds are used for payroll and other qualified expenses. All unforgiven portion of the principal and accrued interest will be due at maturity. Justice submitted its application for full loan forgiveness on September 3, 2021.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The Company’s principal business is conducted through its general and limited partnership interest in the Justice Investors Limited Partnership (“Justice” or the “Partnership”). Justice owns a 544-room hotel property located at 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California 94108, known as the “Hilton San Francisco Financial District” (the “Hotel” or the “Property”) and related facilities, including a five-level underground parking garage. The financial statements of Justice have been consolidated with those of the Company.

 

The Hotel is operated by the Partnership as a full-service Hilton brand hotel pursuant to a License Agreement with Hilton. The Partnership entered into the License Agreement on December 10, 2004. The term of the License Agreement was for an initial period of 15 years commencing on the reopening date, upon completion of a major renovation, with an option to extend the License Agreement for another five years, subject to certain conditions. On June 26, 2015, the Partnership and Hilton entered into an amended franchise agreement which extended the License Agreement through 2030, modified the monthly royalty rate, extended geographic protection to the Partnership and also provided the Partnership certain key money incentive fee in the form of a self-exhausting, interest free note payable to be earned through 2030. The key money incentive fee of $4,750,000 was received on July 1, 2015. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the balance of the note was $2,692,000 and $3,008,000, respectively, and are included in related party and other notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets.

 

On February 1, 2017, Justice entered into a Hotel management agreement (“HMA”) with Interstate Management Company, LLC (“Interstate”) to manage the Hotel with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of management agreement is for an initial period of 10 years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for an additional year not to exceed five years in the aggregate subject to certain conditions. The HMA also provides for Interstate to advance a key money incentive fee to the Hotel for capital improvements in the amount of $2,000,000 under certain terms and conditions described in a separate key money agreement. As of June 30, 2020, balance of the key money including accrued interest was $1,009,000 and is included in restricted cash in the consolidated balance sheets. As of June 30, 2021, the key money balance was zero as the Hotel obtained approval from Interstate to use the funds for hotel operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, balance of the unamortized portion of the key money are $1,396,000 and $1,646,000, respectively, and are included in the related party notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets. On October 25, 2019, Interstate merged with Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm. With the completion of the merger, the newly combined company will be positioned under the Aimbridge Hospitality name in the Americas.

 

Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2021 Compared to Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2020

 

The Company had net loss of $5,286,000 for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to net loss of $3,223,000 for the year ended June 30, 2020. The change is primarily attributable to the decrease in Hotel revenue.

 

The Company had net loss from Hotel operations of $7,873,000 for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to net loss of $4,012,000 for the year ended June 30, 2020. The change was primarily attributable to the $28,171,000 decrease in Hotel revenue, offset by the $19,422,000 decrease in operating expenses.

 

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The following table sets forth a more detailed presentation of Hotel operations for the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

 

For the year ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Hotel revenues:          
Hotel rooms  $12,138,000   $36,465,000 
Food and beverage   293,000    3,529,000 
Garage   2,117,000    2,368,000 
Other operating departments   120,000    477,000 
Total hotel revenues   14,668,000    42,839,000 
Operating expenses excluding depreciation and amortization   (17,911,000)   (37,333,000)
Operating (loss) income before interest, depreciation and amortization   (3,243,000)   5,506,000 
Gain on sale of assets   12,000    - 
Gain on forgiveness of debt   4,719,000    - 
Interest expense - mortgage   (7,282,000)   (7,326,000)
Depreciation and amortization expense   (2,079,000)   (2,192,000)
Net loss from Hotel operations  $(7,873,000)  $(4,012,000)

 

For the year ended June 30, 2021, the Hotel had operating loss of $3,243,000 before non-recurring charges, interest, depreciation, and amortization on total operating revenues of $14,668,000 compared to operating income of $5,506,000 before non-recurring charges, interest, depreciation, and amortization on total operating revenues of $42,839,000 for the year ended June 30, 2020. Room revenues decreased by $24,327,000 for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to the year ended June 30, 2020, food and beverage revenue decreased by $3,236,000, revenue from garage decreased by $251,000, and revenue from other operating departments decreased by $357,000. The year over year decline in all areas are result of the business interruption attributable to a variety of responses by federal, state, and local civil authority to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020 which continues to affect us. The following table sets forth the monthly average occupancy percentage of the Hotel for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

 

Month  July   August   September   October   November   December   January   February   March   April   May   June   Fiscal Year 
Year   2020    2020    2020    2020    2020    2020    2021    2021    2021    2021    2021    2021    2020 - 2021 
Average Occupancy %   44%   55%   62%   64%   52%   30%   29%   45%   67%   66%   71%   78%   55%

 

Month  July   August   September   October   November   December   January   February   March   April   May   June   Fiscal Year 
Year   2019    2019    2019    2019    2019    2019    2020    2020    2020    2020    2020    2020    2019 - 2020 
Average Occupancy %   98%   99%   98%   97%   99%   98%   96%   96%   35%   10%   27%   34%   74%

 

Operating expenses decreased by $19,422,000 for the year ended June 30, 2021 to $17,911,000 compared to the year ended June 30, 2020 of $37,333,000 primarily due to decrease in salaries and wages, rooms commission, credit card fees, management fees, and franchise fees.

 

The following table sets forth the average daily room rate, average occupancy percentage and room revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) of the Hotel for the year ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

 

For the Year

Ended June 30,

  

Average

Daily Rate

  

Average

Occupancy %

   RevPAR 
              
2021   $111    55%  $61 
2020   $248    74%  $183 

 

The Hotel’s revenues decreased by 65% year over year. Average daily rate decreased by $137, average occupancy dropped 19%, and RevPAR decreased by $122 for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021 compared to the twelve months ended June 30, 2020.

 

In order to provide our guests with best-in-class technology experience, we completed the upgrade of our new internet system from Cisco including a complete hotel re-cabling with the latest Ethernet and fiber and installed new 55” smart 4K televisions and Hilton’s stay connected internet streaming products, including Netflix streaming. We also replaced mattresses and pillows in all guestrooms during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. Replacement of all corridor floor coverings was completed in July 2021 and a guestroom carpet replacement program commenced in June 2021 and is scheduled to be completed prior to fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic and design delays have pushed back the plans for the conversion of the Justice offices, Fitness Center, SPA and Executive Lounge; projects that would add 19 guest rooms to our inventory. The long-term value of these rooms is in utilizing them as income producing guest rooms, and we will work to implement a new timeline as business returns. Part of this renovation will be funded by the Hotel’s furniture, fixture and equipment reserve account with our lender. Lastly, the Hotel completed the installation of a complete exterior building maintenance system which will enable periodic window washing, replaced and upgraded all computers in the business center and administrative offices.

 

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The Company had a net gain on marketable securities of $1,399,000 for the year ended June 30, 2021 compared to a net loss on marketable securities of $322,000 for the year ended June 30, 2020. For the year ended June 30, 2021, the Company had $1,031,000 net gain related to the Company’s investment in the common stock of Comstock Mining Inc. (“Comstock” - NYSE MKT: LODE). For the year ended June 30, 2020, the Company had net zero gain related to the Company’s investment in the common stock of Comstock. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, investments in Comstock represent approximately 19% and 60%, respectively, of the Company’s investment portfolio. For the year ended June 30, 2021, the Company had a net realized loss of $540,000 and a net unrealized gain of $1,939,000. For the year ended June 30, 2020, the Company had a net realized loss of $177,000 and a net unrealized loss of $145,000. Gains and losses on marketable securities may fluctuate significantly from period to period in the future and could have a significant impact on the Company’s results of operations. However, the amount of gain or loss on marketable securities for any given period may have no predictive value and variations in amount from period to period may have no analytical value. For a more detailed description of the composition of the Company’s marketable securities see the Marketable Securities section below.

 

During the year ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company performed an impairment analysis of its other investments and determined its investments had other than temporary impairments and recorded impairment losses of $38,000 and $80,000, respectively.

 

The Company consolidates Justice (Hotel) for financial reporting purposes and is not taxed on its non-controlling interest in the Hotel. The income tax benefit during the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 represents the income tax effect on the Company’s pretax loss which include its share in net loss of the Hotel.

 

MARKETABLE SECURITIES AND OTHER INVESTMENTS

 

As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company had investments in marketable equity securities of $3,536,000 and $565,000, respectively. The following table shows the composition of the Company’s marketable securities portfolio by selected industry groups:

 

       % of Total 
As of June 30, 2021      Investment 
Industry Group  Fair Value   Securities 
         
Communication services  $1,334,000    37.7%
Basic materials   720,000    20.3%
Industrials   653,000    18.5%
REITs and real estate companies   438,000    12.4%
Energy   250,000    7.1%
Healthcare   141,000    4.0%
   $3,536,000    100.0%

 

       % of Total 
As of June 30, 2020      Investment 
Industry Group  Fair Value   Securities 
         
Basic materials  $377,000    66.7%
REITs and real estate companies   162,000    28.7%
Energy   26,000    4.6%
   $565,000    100.0%

 

As of June 30, 2021, the Company held twelve different equity positions in its investment portfolio. The Company held three equity securities that comprised more than 10% of the equity value of the portfolio. The largest security position represents 38% of the portfolio and consists of the common stock of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACP) which is included in the communication services industry group.

 

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The following table shows the net gain or loss on the Company’s marketable securities and the associated margin interest and trading expenses for the respective years.

 

For the years ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Net gain (loss) on marketable securities  $1,399,000   $(322,000)
Impairment loss on other investments   (38,000)   (80,000)
Dividend and interest income   17,000    134,000 
Margin interest expense   (11,000)   (19,000)
Trading expenses   (130,000)   (111,000)
Net gain (loss) from marketable securities  $1,237,000   $(398,000)

 

FINANCIAL CONDITION AND LIQUIDITY

 

The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2,310,000 and $4,710,000 as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. In addition, the Hotel had $6,222,000 and $10,666,000 of restricted cash held by its senior lender Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Lender”) as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Of the $10,666,000 restricted cash held as of June 30, 2020, $2,432,000 was for a possible future property improvement plan (“PIP”) requested by our franchisor, Hilton. However, Hilton confirmed that it will not require a PIP for our Hotel until relicensing which shall occur at the earlier of (i) January 2030, which is six years after the maturity date of our current senior and mezzanine loans, or (ii) upon the sale of our Hotel. On August 19, 2020, Lender released PIP deposits in the amount of $2,379,000 to the Hotel. The funds were utilized to fund operating expenses, including franchise and management fees and other expenses.

 

On April 9, 2020, Justice entered into a loan agreement (“SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). Justice received proceeds of $4,719,000 from the SBA Loan. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Justice used the proceeds from the SBA Loan for payroll costs and other qualified expenses. The SBA Loan was scheduled to mature on April 9, 2022 with a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. On June 10, 2021, the SBA Loan was forgiven in full.

 

On February 3, 2021, Justice entered into a second loan agreement (“Second SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA administered by the SBA. Justice received proceeds of $2,000,000 from the Second SBA Loan. As of June 30, 2021, Justice had used all proceeds from the Second SBA Loan primarily for payroll costs. The Second SBA Loan is scheduled to mature on February 3, 2026 and has a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. All payments of principal and interest are deferred until either: (a) if the SBA approves the forgiveness amount, the date the forgiveness amount is remitted by the SBA to CIBC; or (b) if Justice does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period specified in the loan agreement or if the forgiveness amount is not approved, the date that is 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The loan may be forgiven if the funds are used for payroll and other qualified expenses. All unforgiven portion of the principal and accrued interest will be due at maturity. Justice submitted its application for full loan forgiveness on September 3, 2021.

 

On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, InterGroup has advanced $3,650,000 to Justice per the aforementioned loan modification agreement. The Partnership is also allowed to seek additional loans and sell partnership interests. Upon the consent of the general partner and a super majority in interest, the Partnership may sell additional classes or series of units of the Partnership under certain conditions in order to raise additional capital. Additionally, on August 28, 2020, the Board of InterGroup passed resolutions to provide funding to Portsmouth if necessary.

 

In order to increase its liquidity position and to take advantage of the favorable interest rate environment, InterGroup refinanced its 151-unit apartment complex in Parsippany, New Jersey on April 30, 2020, generating net proceeds of $6,814,000. In June 2020, InterGroup refinanced one of its California properties and generated net proceeds of $1,144,000. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, InterGroup completed refinancing on six of its California properties and generated net proceeds of $6,762,000. InterGroup is currently evaluating other refinancing opportunities and it could refinance additional multifamily properties should the need arise, or should management consider the interest rate environment favorable. InterGroup has an uncollateralized $8,000,000 revolving line of credit from CIBC Bank USA (“CIBC”) and the entire $8,000,000 is available to be drawn down as of June 30, 2021 should additional liquidity be necessary.

 

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Our known short-term liquidity requirements primarily consist of funds necessary to pay for operating and other expenditures, including management and franchise fees, corporate expenses, payroll and related costs, taxes, interest and principal payments on our outstanding indebtedness, and repairs and maintenance of the Hotel.

 

Our long-term liquidity requirements primarily consist of funds necessary to pay for scheduled debt maturities and capital improvements of the Hotel. We will continue to finance our business activities primarily with existing cash, including from the activities described above, and cash generated from our operations. After considering our approach to liquidity and accessing our available sources of cash, we believe that our cash position, after giving effect to the transactions discussed above, will be adequate to meet anticipated requirements for operating and other expenditures, including corporate expenses, payroll and related benefits, taxes and compliance costs and other commitments, for at least twelve months from the date of issuance of these financial statements, even if current levels of low occupancy and low RevPAR were to persist. The objectives of our cash management policy are to maintain existing leverage levels and the availability of liquidity, while minimizing operational costs. We believe that our cash on hand, along with other potential aforementioned sources of liquidity that management may be able to obtain, will be sufficient to fund our working capital needs, as well as our capital lease and debt obligations for at least the next twelve months and beyond. However, there can be no guarantee that management will be successful with its plan.

 

MATERIAL CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

 

The following table provides a summary of the Company’s material financial obligations which also includes interest.

 

       Year   Year   Year   Year   Year     
   Total   2022   2023   2024   2025   2026   Thereafter 
Mortgage notes payable  $110,745,000   $1,632,000   $1,721,000   $107,392,000   $-   $-   $- 
PPP and other notes payable   2,664,000    481,000    183,000    -    -    2,000,000    - 
Related party notes payable   10,739,000    567,000    7,217,000    567,000    567,000    567,000    1,254,000 
Interest   16,720,000    7,088,000    6,180,000    3,452,000    -    -    - 
Total  $140,868,000   $9,768,000   $15,301,000   $111,411,000   $567,000   $2,567,000   $1,254,000 

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

The Company has no material off balance sheet arrangements.

 

IMPACT OF INFLATION

 

Hotel room rates are typically impacted by supply and demand factors, not inflation, since rental of a hotel room is usually for a limited number of nights. Room rates can be, and usually are, adjusted to account for inflationary cost increases. Since Interstate has the power and ability under the terms of its management agreement to adjust Hotel room rates on an ongoing basis, there should be minimal impact on partnership revenues due to inflation. For the two most recent fiscal years, the impact of inflation on the Company’s income is not viewed by management as material.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Critical accounting policies are those that are most significant to the portrayal of our financial position and results of operations and require judgments by management in order to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts in our consolidated financial statements. We evaluate our estimates on an ongoing basis, including those related to the consolidation of our subsidiaries, to our revenues, allowances for bad debts, accruals, asset impairments, other investments, income taxes and commitments and contingencies. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities. The actual results may differ from these estimates or our estimates may be affected by different assumptions or conditions.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

 

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS   PAGE
     
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm   23
     
Consolidated Balance Sheets – As of June 30, 2021 and 2020   25
     
Consolidated Statements of Operations – For years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020   26
     
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Deficit – For years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020   27
     
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – For years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020   28
     
Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements   29

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

 

To the Shareholders and the Board of Directors

Portsmouth Square, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Portsmouth Square, Inc. and its subsidiary (the “Company”) as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ deficit and cash flows for the years then ended, and the related notes (collectively, referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Company as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures to respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

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Critical Audit Matter

 

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements, and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has historically generated cash flows primarily from their Hotel operations. However, the responses by federal, state, and local civil authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a material detrimental impact on the Company’s Hotel operations and liquidity. During the year ended June 30, 2021, the Company took several steps to preserve capital and increase liquidity, including implementing strict cost management measures to eliminate non-essential expenses, postponing capital expenditures, renegotiating certain reoccurring expenses, and temporarily closing certain hotel services and outlets. At June 30, 2021, the Company believes its current available liquidity, borrowing capacity, and cash generated by operations will be sufficient to fund the Company’s operations for at least a year beyond the date of the issuance of the consolidated financial statements.

 

We identified liquidity and capital resources as a critical audit matter due to the subjectivity and judgments required by management to conclude the Company would have sufficient liquidity to sustain itself for at least a year beyond the date of the issuance of the consolidated financial statements. This in turn led to a high degree of auditor subjectivity and judgment to evaluate the audit evidence supporting management’s liquidity and going concern conclusions.

 

The primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter included:

 

  Evaluating the amount and timing of management’s forecasted revenues and expenses along with the respective cash receipts and payments, including scheduled debt payments, over the next twelve-months. This includes a consideration of current market information available at the time of preparation of the forecast. In addition, evaluating audit evidence in connection with management’s liquidity assessment.
     
  Retrospectively evaluating management’s prior forecasted timing of cash receipts and payments and comparing to actual results from the most recent twelve-month period in order to consider management’s potential bias in preparing estimates.
     
  Finally, evaluating the clarity and adequacy of the Company’s disclosure of the circumstances which led to initial doubt regarding the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern and the factors that alleviated the initial doubt included in the consolidated financial statements.

 

/s/ Moss Adams LLP

 

Irvine, California

September 16, 2021

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2017.

 

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PORTSMOUTH SQUARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

As of  June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020 
ASSETS          
Investment in hotel, net  $31,513,000   $32,481,000 
Investment in real estate   -    980,000 
Investment in marketable securities   3,536,000    565,000 
Other investments, net   20,000    87,000 
Cash and cash equivalents   2,310,000    4,710,000 
Restricted cash   6,222,000    11,675,000 
Accounts receivable - hotel, net   194,000    251,000 
Other assets, net   701,000    831,000 
Deferred tax assets   8,055,000    5,974,000 
           
Total assets  $52,551,000   $57,554,000 
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT          
Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and other liabilities - Justice  $7,440,000   $7,588,000 
Accounts payable and other liabilities   190,000    255,000 
Accounts payable to related party   3,193,000    2,385,000 
Due to securities broker   1,715,000    - 
Related party notes payable   10,738,000    7,604,000 
SBA Loan - Justice   2,000,000    4,719,000 
Finance Leases   664,000    1,098,000 
Mortgage notes payable - hotel, net   110,134,000    111,446,000 
           
Total liabilities   136,074,000    135,095,000 
           
Commitments and Contingencies - Note 17          
           
Shareholders’ deficit:          
Common stock, no par value: Authorized shares - 750,000; 734,187 and 734,183 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively   2,092,000    2,092,000 
Accumulated deficit   (84,960,000)   (73,809,000)
Total Portsmouth shareholders’ deficit   (82,868,000)   (71,717,000)
Noncontrolling interest   (655,000)   (5,824,000)
Total shareholders’ deficit   (83,523,000)   (77,541,000)
           
Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit  $52,551,000   $57,554,000 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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PORTSMOUTH SQUARE, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

For the years ended June 30,  2021   2020 
         
Revenue - Hotel  $14,668,000   $42,839,000 
           
Costs and operating expenses          
Hotel operating expenses   (17,911,000)   (37,333,000)
Hotel depreciation and amortization expense   (2,079,000)   (2,192,000)
General and administrative expense   (796,000)   (747,000)
           
Total costs and operating expenses   (20,786,000)   (40,272,000)
           
(Loss) Income from operations   (6,118,000)   2,567,000 
           
Other income (expense)          
Interest expense - mortgage   (6,710,000)   (6,965,000)
Interest expense - related party   (572,000)   (361,000)
Gain on asset disposal   12,000    - 
Gain on forgiveness of debt   4,719,000    - 
Net gain (loss) on marketable securities   368,000    (322,000)
Net gain on marketable securities - Comstock   1,031,000    - 
Impairment loss on other investments   (38,000)   (80,000)
Dividend and interest income   17,000    134,000 
Trading and margin interest expense   (141,000)   (130,000)
           
Total other expense, net   (1,314,000)   (7,724,000)
           
Loss before income taxes   (7,432,000)   (5,157,000)
Income tax benefit   2,146,000    1,934,000 
           
Net loss   (5,286,000)   (3,223,000)
Less:Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest   58,000    290,000 
           
Net loss attributable to Portsmouth  $(5,228,000)  $(2,933,000)
           
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Portsmouth  $(7.12)  $(3.99)
           
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   734,187    734,183 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

 

               Total         
               Portsmouth       Total 
   Common Stock   Accumulated   Shareholders’   Noncontrolling   Shareholders’ 
   Shares   Amount   Deficit   Deficit   Interest   Deficit 
                         
Balance at July 1, 2019   734,183   $2,092,000   $(70,876,000)  $(68,784,000)  $(5,534,000)  $(74,318,000)
                               
Net loss   -    -    (2,933,000)   (2,933,000)   (290,000)   (3,223,000)
                               
Balance at June 30, 2020   734,183    2,092,000    (73,809,000)   (71,717,000)   (5,824,000)   (77,541,000)
                               
Net loss   -    -    (5,228,000)   (5,228,000)   (58,000)   (5,286,000)
                               
Reclassify Justice non-controlling interest   -    -    (5,923,000)   (5,923,000)   5,923,000    - 
                               
Investment in Justice   -    -    -    -    (696,000)   (696,000)
                               
Shares Issued   4    -    -    -    -    - 
                               
Balance at June 30, 2021   734,187   $2,092,000   $(84,960,000)  $(82,868,000)  $(655,000)  $(83,523,000)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

For the year ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net loss  $(5,286,000)  $(3,223,000)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
operating activities:          
Net unrealized (gain) loss on marketable securities   (1,939,000)   145,000 
Gain on disposal of assets   (12,000)   - 
Gain on forgiveness of debt   (4,719,000)   - 
Deferred income taxes   (2,081,000)   (1,920,000)
Impairment loss on other investments   38,000    80,000 
Depreciation and amortization   1,847,000    1,997,000 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Investment in marketable securities   (1,032,000)   715,000 
Accounts receivable - Hotel, net   57,000    597,000 
Other assets   130,000    55,000 
Accounts payable and other liabilities - Justice   (148,000)   (3,710,000)
Accounts payable and other liabilities   (65,000)   73,000 
Accounts payable related party   808,000    263,000 
Due to securities broker   1,715,000    (151,000)
Obligations for securities sold   -    (325,000)
Net cash used in operating activities   (10,687,000)   (5,404,000)
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Payments for hotel furniture, equipment and building improvements   (1,068,000)   (1,291,000)
Investment in real estate   980,000    (3,000)
Investment in Justice   (696,000)   - 
Proceeds from other investments   29,000    29,000 
Net cash used in investing activities   (755,000)   (1,265,000)
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Proceeds from SBA Loan - Justice   2,000,000    4,719,000 
Proceeds from related party note payable   3,650,000    - 
Payments of mortgage and finance leases, net   (2,011,000)   (1,872,000)
Issuance cost from refinance of long term debt   -    (479,000)
Issuance cost from refinance of related party loan   (50,000)   (130,000)
Net cash provided by financing activities   3,589,000    2,238,000 
           
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash   (7,853,000)   (4,431,000)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the beginning of the period   16,385,000    20,816,000 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period  $8,532,000   $16,385,000 
           
Supplemental information:          
Interest paid  $6,720,000   $7,345,000 
Taxes paid  $23,000   $2,000 
Non-cash transaction:          
Additions to Hotel equipment through finance leases  $30,000   $30,000 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTE 1 – BUSINESS AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Description of Business

 

Portsmouth’s primary business is conducted through its general and limited partnership interest in Justice Investors Limited Partnership, a California limited partnership (“Justice” or the “Partnership”). Portsmouth has a 99.3% limited partnership interest in Justice and is the sole general partner. Justice was formed in 1967 to acquire real property in San Francisco, California. As of June 30, 2021, the Partnership has 3 voting limited partners. The financial statements of Justice are consolidated with those of the Company.

 

As of June 30, 2021, The InterGroup Corporation (“InterGroup”), a public company (NASDAQ: INTG), owns approximately 74.9% of the common stock of Portsmouth.

 

Justice, through its subsidiaries Justice Operating Company, LLC (“Operating”) and Justice Mezzanine Company, LLC (“Mezzanine”) owns and operates a 544-room hotel property located at 750 Kearny Street, San Francisco California, known as the Hilton San Francisco Financial District (the “Hotel”) and related facilities including a five-level underground parking garage. Mezzanine is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Partnership; Operating is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mezzanine. Mezzanine is the borrower under certain mezzanine indebtedness of Justice, and in December 2013, the Partnership conveyed ownership of the Hotel to Operating. The Hotel is operated by the partnership as a full-service Hilton brand hotel pursuant to a Franchise License Agreement with HLT Franchise Holding LLC (“Hilton”) through January 31, 2030.

 

Justice entered into a Hotel management agreement (“HMA”) with Interstate Management Company, LLC (“Interstate”) to manage the Hotel, along with its five-level parking garage, with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of the management agreement is for an initial period of ten years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for successive one (1) year periods, to not exceed five years in the aggregate, subject to certain conditions. Under the terms of the HMA, base management fee payable to Interstate shall be one and seven-tenths percent (1.70%) of total Hotel revenue. The HMA also provides for Interstate to advance a key money incentive fee to the Hotel for capital improvements in the form of a self-exhausting, interest free note payable in the amount of $2,000,000 in a separate key money agreement. As of June 30, 2020, balance of the key money including accrued interest was $1,009,000 and is included in restricted cash in the consolidated balance sheets. As of June 30, 2021, the key money balance was zero as the Hotel obtained approval from Interstate to use the funds for hotel operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, balance of the unamortized portion of the key money are $1,396,000 and $1,646,000, respectively, and are included in the related party notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets. On October 25, 2019, Interstate merged with Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm. With the completion of the merger, the newly combined company will be positioned under the Aimbridge Hospitality name in the Americas.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and Justice. All significant inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated.

 

Investment in Hotel, Net

 

Property and equipment are stated at cost. Building improvements are depreciated on a straight-line basis over their useful lives ranging from 3 to 39 years. Furniture, fixtures, and equipment are depreciated on a straight-line basis over their useful lives ranging from 3 to 7 years.

 

Repairs and maintenance are charged to expense as incurred. Costs of significant renewals and improvements are capitalized and depreciated over the shorter of its remaining estimated useful life or life of the asset. The cost of assets sold or retired and the related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts; any resulting gain or loss is included in other income (expenses).

 

The Company reviews property and equipment for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). If the carrying amount of the asset, including any intangible assets associated with that asset, exceeds its estimated undiscounted net cash flow, before interest, the Partnership will recognize an impairment loss equal to the difference between the assets’ carrying amount and its estimated fair value. If impairment is recognized, the reduced carrying amount of the asset will be accounted for as its new cost. For a depreciable asset, the new cost will be depreciated over the asset’s remaining useful life. Generally, fair values are estimated using discounted cash flow, replacement cost or market comparison analyses. The process of evaluating for impairment requires estimates as to future events and conditions, which are subject to varying market and economic factors. Therefore, it is reasonably possible that a change in estimate resulting from judgments as to future events could occur which would affect the recorded amounts of the property. No impairment losses were recorded for the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.

 

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Investment in Marketable Securities

 

Marketable securities are stated at fair value as determined by the most recently traded price of each security at the balance sheet date. Marketable securities are classified as trading securities with all unrealized gains and losses on the Company’s investment portfolio recorded through the consolidated statements of operations.

 

Other Investments, Net

 

Other investments include non-marketable securities (carried at cost, net of any impairments loss). The Company has no significant influence or control over the entities that issue these investments. These investments are reviewed on a periodic basis for other-than-temporary impairment. The Company reviews several factors to determine whether a loss is other-than-temporary. These factors include, but are not limited to: (i) the length of time an investment is in an unrealized loss position, (ii) the extent to which fair value is less than cost, (iii) the financial condition and near-term prospects of the issuer and (iv) our ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in fair value. For the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company recorded impairment losses related to other investments of $38,000 and $80,000, respectively. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the allowance for impairment losses was $2,249,000 and $2,257,000, respectively.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash equivalents consist of highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased and are carried at cost, which approximates fair value. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company does not have any cash equivalents.

 

Restricted Cash

 

Restricted cash is comprised of amounts held by lenders for payment of real estate taxes, insurance, replacement and capital addition reserves for the Hotel. It also includes key money received from Interstate that is restricted for capital improvements.

 

Accounts Receivable - Hotel, Net

 

Accounts receivable from Hotel customers are carried at cost less an allowance for doubtful accounts that is based on management’s assessment of the collectability of accounts receivable. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the allowance for doubtful accounts was $17,000 and $25,000, respectively. The Partnership extends unsecured credit to its customers but mitigates the associated credit risk by performing ongoing credit evaluations of its customers.

 

Other Assets, Net

 

Other assets include prepaid insurance, accounts receivable, franchise fees, and other miscellaneous assets. Franchise fees are stated at cost and amortized over the life of the agreement (15 years).

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company consolidates Justice (“Hotel”) for financial reporting purposes and is not taxed on its non-controlling interest in the Hotel. The income tax benefit during the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 represent the income tax effect on the Company’s pretax loss which includes its share in the net loss of the Hotel.

 

Deferred income taxes are calculated under the liability method. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are based on differences between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities at the current enacted tax rates. Changes in deferred income tax assets and liabilities are included as a component of income tax expense. Changes in deferred income tax assets and liabilities attributable to changes in enacted tax rates are charged or credited to income tax expense in the period of enactment. Valuation allowances are established for certain deferred tax assets where realization is not likely.

 

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We have considered the income tax accounting and disclosure implications of the relief provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted on March 27, 2020, and the American Rescue Plan Act enacted on March 11, 2021. The effect of tax law changes is required to be recognized either in the interim period in which the legislation is enacted or reflected in the computation of the annual effective tax rate, depending on the nature of the change. As of June 30, 2020, we evaluated the income tax provisions of the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act and have determined there to be no material effect on the fiscal year tax provision. We will continue to evaluate the income tax provisions of both acts and monitor the tax law changes that could have income tax accounting and disclosure implications.

 

Assets and liabilities are established for uncertain tax positions taken or positions expected to be taken in income tax returns when such positions are judged to not meet the “more-likely-than-not” threshold based on the technical merits of the positions.

 

Due to Securities Broker

 

Various securities brokers have advanced funds to the Company for the purchase of marketable securities under standard margin agreements. These advanced funds are recorded as a liability.

 

Accounts Payable and Other Liabilities

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities include trade payables, advance customer deposits, accrued wages, accrued real estate taxes, and other liabilities.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (i.e., the “exit price”) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Accounting standards for fair value measurement establishes a hierarchy for inputs used in measuring fair value that maximizes the use of observable inputs and minimizes the use of unobservable inputs by requiring that the most observable inputs be used when available. Observable inputs are inputs that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the Company. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect the Company’s assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability developed based on the best information available in the circumstances. The hierarchy is broken down into three levels based on the observability of inputs as follows:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Revenue Recognition

 

On July 1, 2018, we adopted ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, using the modified retrospective approach to all contracts resulting in no cumulative adjustment to accumulated deficit. The adoption of this standard did not impact the timing of our revenue recognition based on the short-term, day-to-day nature of our operations. See Note 3 – Revenue.

 

Advertising Costs

 

Advertising costs are expensed as incurred and are included in Hotel operating expenses in the consolidated statements of operations. Advertising costs were $110,000 and $176,000 for the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

Basic and Diluted Loss per Share

 

Basic loss per share is calculated based upon the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during each fiscal year. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company did not have any potentially dilutive securities outstanding.

 

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Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP) requires the use of estimates and assumptions regarding certain types of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. Such estimates primarily relate to the recording of allowance for doubtful accounts and allowance for impairment losses which are based on management’s assessment of the collectability of accounts receivable and the fair market value of nonmarketable securities, respectively, as of the end of the fiscal year. Actual results may differ from those estimates.

 

Debt Issuance Costs

 

Debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability are presented in the consolidated balance sheets as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the debt liability and are amortized over the life of the debt. Loan amortization costs are included in interest expense in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842). ASU 2016-02 requires lessees to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and requires expanded disclosures about leasing arrangements. ASU 2016-02 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, and interim periods in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-11, Leases (Topic 842): Targeted Improvements. ASU 2018-11 provides entities another option for transition, allowing entities to not apply the new standard in the comparative periods they present in their financial statements in the year of adoption. Effective July 1, 2019, we adopted ASU 2016-02 using the modified retrospective approach provided by ASU 2018-11. We elected certain practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance, including the election to carryforward historical lease classification. We also elected the short-term lease practical expedient, which allowed us to not recognize leases with a term of less than twelve months on our consolidated balance sheets. In addition, we elected the lease and non-lease components practical expedient, which allowed us to calculate the present value of the fixed payments without performing an allocation of lease and non-lease components. We did not record any operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) assets and operating lease liabilities upon adoption of the new standard as the aggregate value of the ROU assets and operating lease liabilities are immaterial relative to our total assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2021and 2020. The standard did not have an impact on our other finance leases, statements of operations or cash flows. See Note 4 and Note 11 for balances of finance lease ROU assets and liabilities, respectively.

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued Accounting Standard Update No. 2018-13, Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurements (Topic 820) (ASU 2018-13), which improved the effectiveness of disclosure requirements for recurring and nonrecurring fair value measurements. The amendments in this Update are effective for all entities for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2019. The amendments on changes in unrealized gains and losses, the range and weighted average of significant unobservable inputs used to develop Level 3 fair value measurements, and the narrative description of measurement uncertainty should be applied prospectively for only the most recent interim or annual period presented in the initial fiscal year of adoption. All other amendments should be applied retrospectively to all periods presented upon their effective date. Early adoption is permitted upon issuance of this Update. An entity is permitted to early adopt any removed or modified disclosures upon issuance of this Update and delay adoption of the additional disclosures until their effective date. The Company has adopted the new standard effective July 1, 2020 and the adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

NOTE 2 - LIQUIDITY

 

Historically, our cash flows have been primarily generated from our Hotel operations. However, the responses by federal, state, and local civil authorities to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a material detrimental impact on our liquidity. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, our net cash flow used in operations was $10,687,000 and $5,404,000, respectively. We have taken several steps to preserve capital and increase liquidity at our Hotel, including implementing strict cost management measures to eliminate non-essential expenses, postponing major capital expenditures, renegotiating certain reoccurring expenses, and temporarily closing certain hotel services and outlets.

 

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The Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2,310,000 and $4,710,000 as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. In addition, the Hotel had $6,222,000 and $10,666,000 of restricted cash held by its senior lender Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Lender”) as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Of the $10,666,000 restricted cash held as of June 30, 2020, $2,432,000 was for a possible future property improvement plan (“PIP”) requested by our franchisor, Hilton. However, Hilton has confirmed that it will not require a PIP for our Hotel until relicensing which shall occur at the earlier of (i) January 2030, which is six years after the maturity date of our current senior and mezzanine loans, or (ii) upon the sale of our Hotel. On August 19, 2020, Lender released PIP deposits in the amount of $2,379,000 to the Hotel. The funds were utilized to fund operating expenses, including franchise and management fees and other expenses. The Company had marketable securities, net of margin due to securities brokers, of $1,821,000 and $565,000 as of June 30, 2021and 2020, respectively. These marketable securities are short-term investments and liquid in nature.

 

On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, InterGroup advanced $3,650,000 to Justice per the aforementioned loan modification agreement, bringing the total amount due InterGroup to $6,650,000 at June 30, 2021. The Partnership is also allowed to seek additional loans and sell partnership interests. Upon the consent of the general partner and a super majority in interest, the Partnership may sell additional classes or series of units of the Partnership under certain conditions in order to raise additional capital. On August 28, 2020, the Board of InterGroup passed resolutions to provide funding to Portsmouth if necessary.

 

In order to increase its liquidity position and to take advantage of the favorable interest rate environment, InterGroup refinanced its 151-unit apartment complex in Parsippany, New Jersey on April 30, 2020, generating net proceeds of $6,814,000. In June 2020, InterGroup refinanced one of its California properties and generated net proceeds of $1,144,000. During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, InterGroup completed refinancing on six of its California properties and generated net proceeds of $6,762,000. InterGroup is currently evaluating other refinancing opportunities and it could refinance additional multifamily properties should the need arise, or should management consider the interest rate environment favorable. InterGroup has an uncollateralized $8,000,000 revolving line of credit from CIBC Bank USA (“CIBC”) and the entire $8,000,000 is available to be drawn down as of June 30, 2021 should additional liquidity be necessary.

 

On April 9, 2020, Justice entered into a loan agreement (“SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). Justice received proceeds of $4,719,000 from the SBA Loan. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Justice used the proceeds from the SBA Loan for payroll costs and other qualified expenses. The SBA Loan was scheduled to mature on April 9, 2022 with a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. On June 10, 2021, the SBA Loan was forgiven in full.

 

On February 3, 2021, Justice entered into a second loan agreement (“Second SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA administered by the SBA. Justice received proceeds of $2,000,000 from the Second SBA Loan. As of June 30, 2021, Justice had used all proceeds from the Second SBA Loan primarily for payroll costs. The Second SBA Loan is scheduled to mature on February 3, 2026 and has a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. All payments of principal and interest are deferred until either: (a) if the SBA approves the forgiveness amount, the date the forgiveness amount is remitted by the SBA to CIBC; or (b) if Justice does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period specified in the loan agreement or if the forgiveness amount is not approved, the date that is 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The loan may be forgiven if the funds are used for payroll and other qualified expenses. All unforgiven portion of the principal and accrued interest will be due at maturity. Justice submitted its application for full loan forgiveness on September 3, 2021.

 

Our known short-term liquidity requirements primarily consist of funds necessary to pay for operating and other expenditures, including management and franchise fees, corporate expenses, payroll and related costs, taxes, interest and principal payments on our outstanding indebtedness, and repairs and maintenance of the Hotel.

 

Our long-term liquidity requirements primarily consist of funds necessary to pay for scheduled debt maturities and capital improvements of the Hotel. We will continue to finance our business activities primarily with existing cash, including from the activities described above, and cash generated from our operations. After considering our approach to liquidity and accessing our available sources of cash, we believe that our cash position, after giving effect to the transactions discussed above, will be adequate to meet anticipated requirements for operating and other expenditures, including corporate expenses, payroll and related benefits, taxes and compliance costs and other commitments, for at least twelve months from the date of issuance of these financial statements, even if current levels of low occupancy and low RevPAR were to persist. The objectives of our cash management policy are to maintain existing leverage levels and the availability of liquidity, while minimizing operational costs. We believe that our cash on hand, along with other potential aforementioned sources of liquidity that management may be able to obtain, will be sufficient to fund our working capital needs, as well as our capital lease and debt obligations for at least the next twelve months and beyond. However, there can be no guarantee that management will be successful with its plan.

 

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NOTE 3 - REVENUE

 

The following table present our revenue disaggregated by revenue streams.

 

For the year ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Hotel revenues:          
Hotel rooms  $12,138,000   $36,465,000 
Food and beverage   293,000    3,529,000 
Garage   2,117,000    2,368,000 
Other operating departments   120,000    477,000 
Total Hotel revenue  $14,668,000   $42,839,000 

 

Performance obligations

 

We identified the following performance obligations for which revenue is recognized as the respective performance obligations are satisfied, which results in recognizing the amount we expect to be entitled to for providing the goods or services:

 

  Cancelable room reservations or ancillary services are typically satisfied as the good or service is transferred to the hotel guest, which is generally when the room stay occurs.
     
  Noncancelable room reservations and banquet or conference reservations represent a series of distinct goods or services provided over time and satisfied as each distinct good or service is provided, which is reflected by the duration of the room reservation.
     
  Other ancillary goods and services are purchased independently of the room reservation at standalone selling prices and are considered separate performance obligations, which are satisfied when the related good or service is provided to the hotel guest.
     
  Components of package reservations for which each component could be sold separately to other hotel guests are considered separate performance obligations and are satisfied as set forth above.

 

Hotel revenue primarily consists of hotel room rentals, revenue from accommodations sold in conjunction with other services (e.g., package reservations), food and beverage sales and other ancillary goods and services (e.g., parking). Revenue is recognized when rooms are occupied or goods and services have been delivered or rendered, respectively. Payment terms typically align with when the goods and services are provided. For package reservations, the transaction price is allocated to the performance obligations within the package based on the estimated standalone selling prices of each component.

 

We do not disclose the value of unsatisfied performance obligations for contracts with an expected length of one year or less. Due to the nature of our business, our revenue is not significantly impacted by refunds. Cash payments received in advance of guests staying at our hotel are refunded to hotel guests if the guest cancels within the specified time period, before any services are rendered. Refunds related to service are generally recognized as an adjustment to the transaction price at the time the hotel stay occurs or services are rendered.

 

Contract assets and liabilities

 

We do not have any material contract assets as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, other than trade and other receivables, net on our consolidated balance sheets. Our receivables are primarily the result of contracts with customers, which are reduced by an allowance for doubtful accounts that reflects our estimate of amounts that will not be collected.

 

We record contract liabilities when cash payments are received or due in advance of guests staying at our hotel, which are presented within accounts payable and other liabilities on our consolidated balance sheets. Contract liabilities decreased to $161,000 as of June 30, 2021 from $375,000 as of June 30, 2020. The decrease for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021 was primarily driven by $214,000 revenue recognized that was included in the advanced deposits balance as of June 30, 2020.

 

Contract costs

 

We consider sales commissions earned to be incremental costs of obtaining a contract with our customers. As a practical expedient, we expense these costs as incurred as our contracts with customers are less than one year.

 

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NOTE 4 – INVESTMENT IN HOTEL, NET

 

Investment in Hotel consisted of the following as of:

 

       Accumulated   Net Book 
June 30, 2021  Cost   Depreciation   Value 
             
Land  $1,124,000   $-   $1,124,000 
Finance lease ROU assets   1,805,000    (606,000)   1,199,000 
Furniture and equipment   31,014,000    (27,956,000)   3,058,000 
Building and improvements   56,194,000    (30,062,000)   26,132,000 
Investment in Hotel, net  $90,137,000   $(58,624,000)  $31,513,000 

 

       Accumulated   Net Book 
June 30, 2020  Cost   Depreciation   Value 
             
Land  $1,124,000   $-   $1,124,000 
Finance lease ROU assets   1,775,000    (291,000)   1,484,000 
Furniture and equipment   30,528,000    (27,498,000)   3,030,000 
Building and improvements   55,614,000    (28,771,000)   26,843,000 
Investment in Hotel, net  $89,041,000   $(56,560,000)  $32,481,000 

 

NOTE 5 – INVESTMENT IN REAL ESTATE

 

In August 2007, the Company agreed to acquire 50% interest in InterGroup Uluniu, Inc. (“Uluniu”), a Hawaiian corporation and a 100% owned subsidiary of InterGroup, for $973,000, which represents an amount equal to the costs paid by InterGroup for the acquisition and carrying costs of approximately two acres of unimproved land held for development located in Maui, Hawaii. In March 2021, to make both companies more efficient, InterGroup purchased back the 50% interest of Uluniu from Portsmouth for $980,000, which represents Portsmouth’s carrying cost of the investment. No gains or losses were realized as a result of the transaction since it was a related-party transaction. As a related-party transaction, the fairness of the financial terms of the transactions were reviewed and approved by the independent director of the Company.

 

NOTE 6 - INVESTMENT IN MARKETABLE SECURITIES

 

The Company’s investment in marketable securities consists primarily of corporate equities. The Company has also invested in income producing securities, which may include interests in real estate-based companies and REITs, where financial benefit could insure to its shareholders through income and/or capital gain.

 

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As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, all of the Company’s marketable securities are classified as trading securities. The change in the unrealized gains and losses on these investments are included in earnings. Trading securities are summarized as follows:

 

       Gross   Gross   Net    
Investment  Cost   Unrealized Gain   Unrealized Loss   Unrealized Loss   Fair
Value
 
                     
As of June 30, 2021                         
Corporate                         
Equities  $4,987,000   $438,000   $(1,889,000)  $(1,451,000)  $3,536,000 
                          
As of June 30, 2020                         
Corporate                         
Equities  $3,955,000   $66,000   $(3,456,000)  $(3,390,000)  $565,000 

 

As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, approximately 19% and 60% of the investment marketable securities balance above is comprised of the common stock of Comstock Mining Inc. (“Comstock” – NYSE AMERICAN: LODE). As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company had $1,873,000 and $3,448,000, respectively, of unrealized losses related to securities held for over one year; of which $1,789,000 and $3,400,000 are related to its investment in Comstock, respectively.

 

Net gain (loss) on marketable securities on the statement of operations is comprised of realized and unrealized losses. Below is the breakdown of the two components for the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

For the year ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Realized gain (loss) on marketable securities  $32,000   $(177,000)
Realized loss on marketable securities related to Comstock   (572,000)   - 
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities   336,000    (145,000)
Unrealized gain on marketable securities related to Comstock   1,603,000    - 
Net gain (loss) on marketable securities  $1,399,000   $(322,000)

 

NOTE 7 – OTHER INVESTMENTS, NET

 

The Company may also invest, with the approval of the Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee and other Company guidelines, in private investment equity funds and other unlisted securities, such as convertible notes through private placements. Those investments in non-marketable securities are carried at cost on the Company’s balance sheet as part of other investments, net of other than temporary impairment losses.

 

Other investments, net consist of the following:

 

Type  June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020 
Private equity hedge fund, at cost  $20,000   $57,000 
Other investments   -    30,000 
   $20,000   $87,000 

 

NOTE 8 - FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

The carrying values of the Company’s financial instruments not required to be carried at fair value on a recurring basis approximate fair value due to their short maturities (i.e., accounts receivable, other assets, accounts payable and other liabilities, due to securities broker and obligations for securities sold) or the nature and terms of the obligation (i.e., other notes payable and mortgage notes payable).

 

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The assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis are as follows:

 

As of June 30, 2021  Level 1 
Assets:     
Investment in marketable securities:     
Communication services  $1,334,000 
Basic materials   720,000 
Industrials   653,000 
REITs and real estate companies   438,000 
Energy   250,000 
Healthcare   141,000 
   $3,536,000 

 

As of June 30, 2020  Level 1 
Assets:     
Investment in marketable securities:     
Basic materials  $377,000 
REITs and real estate companies   162,000 
Energy   26,000 
   $565,000 

 

The fair values of investments in marketable securities are determined by the most recently traded price of each security at the balance sheet date.

 

Financial assets that are measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis and are not included in the tables above include “Other investments in non-marketable securities,” that were initially measured at cost and have been written down to fair value as a result of impairment or adjusted to record the fair value of new instruments received (i.e., preferred shares) in exchange for old instruments (i.e., debt instruments). The following table shows the fair value hierarchy for these assets measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis as follows:

 

           Net loss for the 
Assets  Level 3   June 30, 2021   year ended June
30, 2021
 
                
Other non-marketable investments  $20,000   $20,000   $(38,000)

 

           Net loss for the 
Assets  Level 3   June 30, 2020   year ended June
30, 2020
 
                
Other non-marketable investments  $87,000   $87,000   $(80,000)

 

For fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, we received distribution from other non-marketable investments of $30,000 and $29,000, respectively.

 

Other investments in non-marketable securities are carried at cost net of any impairment loss. The Company has no significant influence or control over the entities that issue these investments. These investments are reviewed on a periodic basis for other-than-temporary impairment. When determining the fair value of these investments on a non-recurring basis, the Company uses valuation techniques such as the market approach and the unobservable inputs include factors such as conversion ratios and the stock price of the underlying convertible instruments. The Company reviews several factors to determine whether a loss is other-than-temporary. These factors include but are not limited to: (i) the length of time an investment is in an unrealized loss position, (ii) the extent to which fair value is less than cost, (iii) the financial condition and near-term prospects of the issuer and (iv) our ability to hold the investment for a period of time sufficient to allow for any anticipated recovery in fair value.

 

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NOTE 9 – OTHER ASSETS, NET

 

Other assets consist of the following as of June 30:

 

   2021   2020 
Inventory - Hotel  $37,000   $37,000 
Prepaid expenses   381,000    511,000 
Miscellaneous assets, net   283,000    283,000 
Total other assets  $701,000   $831,000 

 

NOTE 10 – RELATED PARTY AND OTHER FINANCING TRANSACTIONS

 

The following summarizes the balances of related party and other notes payable as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

As of June 30,  2021   2020 
Note payable - InterGroup  $6,650,000   $3,000,000 
Note payable - Hilton   2,692,000    3,008,000 
Note payable - Interstate   1,396,000    1,646,000 
SBA Loan - Justice   2,000,000    4,719,000 
Total related party and other notes payable  $12,738,000   $12,373,000 

 

On July 2, 2014, the Partnership obtained from InterGroup an unsecured loan in the principal amount of $4,250,000 at 12% per year fixed interest, with a term of 2 years, payable interest only each month. InterGroup received a 3% loan fee. The loan may be prepaid at any time without penalty. The loan was extended to July 31, 2022. On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, InterGroup advanced $3,650,000 to Justice per the aforementioned loan modification agreement. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the balance of the loan was $6,650,000 and $3,000,000, respectively.

 

Note payable to Hilton (Franchisor) is a self-exhausting, interest free development incentive note which is reduced by approximately $316,000 annually through 2030 by Hilton if the Partnership is still a Franchisee with Hilton.

 

On February 1, 2017, Justice entered into an HMA with Interstate to manage the Hotel with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of the management agreement is for an initial period of 10 years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for an additional year not to exceed five years in aggregate subject to certain conditions. The HMA also provides for Interstate to advance a key money incentive fee to the Hotel for capital improvements in the amount of $2,000,000 under certain terms and conditions described in a separate key money agreement. The key money contribution shall be amortized in equal monthly amounts over an eight (8) year period commencing on the second (2nd) anniversary of the takeover date. As of June 30, 2020, balance of the key money including accrued interest was $1,009,000 and is included in restricted cash in the consolidated balance sheets. As of June 30, 2021, the key money balance was zero as the Hotel obtained approval from Interstate to use the funds for hotel operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Unamortized portion of the key money is included in the related party notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets.

 

On April 9, 2020, Justice entered into a loan agreement (“SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). Justice received proceeds of $4,719,000 from the SBA Loan. In accordance with the requirements of the CARES Act, Justice used the proceeds from the SBA Loan for payroll costs and other qualified expenses. The SBA Loan was scheduled to mature on April 9, 2022 with a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act.. On June 10, 2021, the SBA Loan was forgiven in full.

 

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On February 3, 2021, Justice entered into a second loan agreement (“Second SBA Loan”) with CIBC Bank USA administered by the SBA. Justice received proceeds of $2,000,000 from the Second SBA Loan. As of June 30, 2021, Justice had used all proceeds from the Second SBA Loan primarily for payroll costs. The Second SBA Loan is scheduled to mature on February 3, 2026 and has a 1.00% interest rate and is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the CARES Act. All payments of principal and interest are deferred until either: (a) if the SBA approves the forgiveness amount, the date the forgiveness amount is remitted by the SBA to CIBC; or (b) if Justice does not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period specified in the loan agreement or if the forgiveness amount is not approved, the date that is 10 months after the last day of the covered period. The loan may be forgiven if the funds are used for payroll and other qualified expenses. All unforgiven portion of the principal and accrued interest will be due at maturity. Justice submitted its application for full loan forgiveness on September 3, 2021.

 

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had finance lease obligations outstanding of $664,000. These finance leases expire in various years through 2023 at rates ranging from 4.62% to 6.25% per annum. Minimum future lease payments for assets under finance leases as of June 30, 2021 are as follows:

 

For the year ending June 30,    
2022  $508,000 
2023   188,000 
Total minimum lease payments   696,000 
Less interest on finance lease   (32,000)
Present value of future minimum lease payments  $664,000 

 

Future minimum principal payments for all related party and other financing transactions are as follows:

 

For the year ending June 30,    
2022  $1,047,000 
2023   7,400,000 
2024   567,000 
2025   567,000 
2026   2,567,000 
Thereafter   1,254,000 
   $13,402,000 

 

As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company had accounts payable to related party of $3,193,000 and $2,385,000, respectively. These are amounts due to InterGroup and represent certain shared costs and expenses, primarily general and administrative expenses, rent, insurance and other expenses that are allocated among the Company and InterGroup.

 

The Company’s Board of Directors is currently comprised of directors John V. Winfield, William J. Nance, John C. Love, Jerold R. Babin, and Steve Grunwald. All of the Company’s directors also serve as directors of InterGroup except for Mr. Grunwald. Mr. Winfield also serves as Managing Director of Justice.

 

John V. Winfield serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company and InterGroup. Effective June 2016, Mr. Winfield became the Managing Director of Justice. Depending on certain market conditions and various risk factors, the Chief Executive Officer and InterGroup may, at times, invest in the same companies in which the Company invests. The Company encourages such investments because it places personal resources of the Chief Executive Officer and the resources of InterGroup at risk in connection with investment decisions made on behalf of the Company.

 

NOTE 11 – MORTGAGE NOTES PAYABLE

 

On December 18, 2013: (i) Justice Operating Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Operating”), entered into a loan agreement (“Mortgage Loan Agreement”) with Bank of America (“Mortgage Lender”); and (ii) Justice Mezzanine Company, a Delaware limited liability company (“Mezzanine”), entered into a mezzanine loan agreement (“Mezzanine Loan Agreement” and, together with the Mortgage Loan Agreement, the “Loan Agreements”) with ISBI San Francisco Mezz Lender LLC (“Mezzanine Lender” and, together with Mortgage Lender, the “Lenders”). The Partnership is the sole member of Mezzanine, and Mezzanine is the sole member of Operating.

 

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The Loan Agreements provide for a $97,000,000 Mortgage Loan and a $20,000,000 Mezzanine Loan. The proceeds of the Loan Agreements were used to fund the redemption of limited partnership interests and the pay-off of the prior mortgage.

 

The Mortgage Loan is secured by the Partnership’s principal asset, the Hotel. The Mortgage Loan bears an interest rate of 5.275% per annum and matures in January 2024. The term of the loan is ten years with interest only due in the first three years and principal and interest payments to be made during the remaining seven years of the loan based on a thirty-year amortization schedule. The Mortgage Loan also requires payments for impounds related to property tax, insurance and capital improvement reserves. As additional security for the Mortgage Loan, there is a limited guaranty (“Mortgage Guaranty”) executed by the Company in favor of Mortgage Lender.

 

The Mezzanine Loan is secured by the Operating membership interest held by Mezzanine and is subordinated to the Mortgage Loan. The Mezzanine Loan had an interest rate of 9.75% per annum and a maturity date of January 1, 2024. Interest only payments were due monthly. On July 31, 2019, Mezzanine refinanced the Mezzanine Loan by entering into a new mezzanine loan agreement (“New Mezzanine Loan Agreement”) with Cred Reit Holdco LLC in the amount of $20,000,000. The prior Mezzanine Loan was paid off. Interest rate on the new mezzanine loan is 7.25% and the loan matures on January 1, 2024. Interest only payments are due monthly. As additional security for the new mezzanine loan, there is a limited guaranty executed by the Company in favor of Cred Reit Holdco LLC (the “Mezzanine Guaranty” and, together with the Mortgage Guaranty, the “Guaranties”).

 

The Guaranties are limited to what are commonly referred to as “bad boy” acts, including: (i) fraud or intentional misrepresentations; (ii) gross negligence or willful misconduct; (iii) misapplication or misappropriation of rents, security deposits, insurance or condemnation proceeds; and (iv) failure to pay taxes or insurance. The Guaranties are full recourse guaranties under identified circumstances, including failure to maintain “single purpose” status which is a factor in a consolidation of Operating or Mezzanine in a bankruptcy of another person, transfer or encumbrance of the Property in violation of the applicable loan documents, Operating or Mezzanine incurring debts that are not permitted, and the Property becoming subject to a bankruptcy proceeding. Pursuant to the Guaranties, the Partnership is required to maintain a certain minimum net worth and liquidity. Effective as of May 12, 2017, InterGroup agreed to become an additional guarantor under the limited guaranty and an additional indemnitor under the environmental indemnity for Justice Investors limited partnership’s $97,000,000 mortgage loan and the $20,000,000 mezzanine loan. Pursuant to the agreement, InterGroup is required to maintain a certain net worth and liquidity. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, InterGroup is in compliance with both requirements. However, due to the Hotel’s current low occupancy and its negative impact on the Hotel’s cash flow, Justice Operating Company, LLC is not meeting certain of its loan covenants such as the Debt Service Coverage Ratio (“DSCR”) which would trigger the creation of a lock-box and cash sweep by the Lender for all cash collected by the Hotel, and under certain terms, would allow the Lender to request Operating to replace its hotel management company. The DSCR for Operating has been below 1.00 since third quarter of fiscal year 2020 while it is required to maintain a DSCR of at least 1.10 to 1.00 for two consecutive quarters. However, such lockbox has been created and utilized from the loan inception and will be in place up to loan maturity regardless of the DSCR. Justice has not missed any of its debt service payments and does not anticipate missing any debt obligations even during these uncertain times for at least the next twelve months and beyond.

 

Each of the Loan Agreements contains customary representations and warranties, events of default, reporting requirements, affirmative covenants and negative covenants, which impose restrictions on, among other things, organizational changes of the respective borrower, operations of the Property, agreements with affiliates and third parties. Each of the Loan Agreements also provides for mandatory prepayments under certain circumstances (including casualty or condemnation events) and voluntary prepayments, subject to satisfaction of prescribed conditions set forth in the Loan Agreements.

 

As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the Company had the following mortgages:

 

June 30, 2021   June 30, 2020   Interest Rate  Origination Date  Maturity Date
$90,745,000   $92,292,000   Fixed 5.28%  December 18, 2013  January 1, 2024
 20,000,000    20,000,000   Fixed 9.75% (Fixed 7.25% effective August 1st, 2019)  July 31, 2019  January 1, 2024
 110,745,000    112,292,000   Mortgage notes payable - hotel      
 (611,000)   (896,000)  Net debt issuance costs      
$110,134,000   $111,396,000   Total mortgage notes payable - hotel      

 

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Future minimum principal payments for mortgage notes payable are as follows:

 

For the year ending June 30,    
2022  $1,632,000 
2023   1,721,000 
2024   107,392,000 
   $110,745,000 

 

NOTE 12 – MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS

 

On February 1, 2017, Justice entered into a Hotel management agreement (“HMA”) with Interstate Management Company, LLC (“Interstate”) to manage the Hotel with an effective takeover date of February 3, 2017. The term of management agreement is for an initial period of 10 years commencing on the takeover date and automatically renews for an additional year not to exceed five years in the aggregate subject to certain conditions. The HMA also provides for Interstate to advance a key money incentive fee to the Hotel for capital improvements in the amount of $2,000,000 under certain terms and conditions described in a separate key money agreement. The key money contribution shall be amortized in equal monthly amounts over an eight (8) year period commencing on the second (2nd) anniversary of the takeover date. As of June 30, 2020, balance of the key money including accrued interest was $1,009,000 and is included in restricted cash in the consolidated balance sheets. As of June 30, 2021, the key money balance was zero as the Hotel obtained approval from Interstate to use the funds for hotel operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, balance of the unamortized portion of the key money are $1,396,000 and $1,646,000, respectively, and are included in the related party notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets. For the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, hotel management fees were $242,000 and $591,000, respectively, offset by key money amortization of $250,000 for both years and are included in Hotel operating expenses in the consolidated statements of operations.

 

NOTE 13 – CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

 

As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, all accounts receivables are related to Hotel customers. The Hotel had two customers that accounted for 89%, or $64,000 of accounts receivable at June 30, 2021, and two customers that accounted for 95%, or $239,000 of accounts receivable at June 30, 2020.

 

The Company maintains its cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash with various financial institutions that are monitored regularly for credit quality. At times, such cash and cash equivalents holdings may be in excess of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) or other federally insured limits.

 

NOTE 14 - INCOME TAXES

 

The provision for income tax benefit consists of the following:

 

For the years ended June 30,  2021   2020 
Federal          
Current tax benefit  $-   $15,000 
Deferred tax benefit   1,606,000    1,349,000 
    1,606,000    1,364,000 
State          
Current tax benefit (expense)   65,000    (1,000)
Deferred tax benefit   475,000    571,000 
    540,000    570,000 
Total income tax benefit  $2,146,000   $1,934,000 

 

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A reconciliation of the statutory federal income tax rate to the effective tax rate is as follows:

 

For the years ended June 30,  2021   2020 
         
Statutory federal tax rate   21.0%   21.0%
State income taxes, net of federal tax benefit   5.8%   9.2%
Disallowed interest   2.9%   10.3%
Valuation allowance   -4.3%   - 
Other   3.6%   -1.0%
    29.0%   39.6%

 

The components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and (liabilities) as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, are as follows:

 

   2021   2020 
Deferred tax assets          
Net operating loss carryforward  $9,802,000   $6,238,000 
Investment reserve   671,000    674,000 
Interest expense   2,684,000    1,466,000 
Other   1,423,000    1,755,000 
    14,580,000    10,133,000 
Deferred tax liabilities          
Basis difference in Justice   (5,092,000)   (3,295,000)
State taxes   (482,000)   (368,000)
Valuation allowance   (951,000)   (496,000)
    (6,525,000)   (4,159,000)
Net deferred tax assets  $8,055,000   $5,974,000 

 

As of June 30, 2021, the Company had net operating loss carryforwards of approximately $31,495,000 and $36,050,000 for federal and purposes, respectively. These carryforwards expire in varying amount through 2039. Due to the California’s suspension of net operating losses, approximately $15.1M of the state net operating losses cannot be utilized in taxable years 2020, 2021 and 2022 if the company’s taxable income in each of those years is $1M or more.

 

Assets and liabilities are established for uncertain tax positions taken or positions expected to be taken in income tax returns when such positions are judged to not meet the “more-likely-than-not” threshold based on the technical merits of the positions. As of June 30, 2021, it has been determined that there are no uncertain tax positions likely to impact the Company.

 

The Company files tax returns as prescribed by the tax laws of the jurisdictions in which it operates and is subject to examination by federal, state and local jurisdictions, where applicable.

 

As of June 30, 2021, tax years beginning in fiscal years 2016 and 2017 remain open to examination by the major tax jurisdictions and are subject to the statute of limitations.

 

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NOTE 15 - SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

The Company operates in two reportable segments, the operation of the Hotel (“Hotel Operations”) and the investment of its cash in marketable securities and other investments (“Investment Transactions”). These two operating segments, as presented in the consolidated financial statements, reflect how management internally reviews each segment’s performance. Management also makes operational and strategic decisions based on this same information.

 

Information below represents reporting segments for the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Segment loss from Hotel operations consists of the operation of the Hotel and operation of the garage. Income (loss) from investments consists of net investment gain (loss), dividend and interest income and investment related expenses.

 

As of and for the year  Hotel   Investment         
ended June 30, 2021  Operations   Transactions   Other   Total 
Revenues  $14,668,000   $-   $-   $14,668,000 
Segment operating expenses   (17,911,000)   -    (796,000)   (18,707,000)
Segment loss   (3,243,000)   -    (796,000)   (4,039,000)
Interest expense – mortgage   (6,710,000)   -    -    (6,710,000)
Interest expense – related party   (572,000)   -    -    (572,000)
Gain on disposal of asset   12,000    -    -    12,000 
Gain on debt forgiveness   4,719,000    -    -    4,719,000 
Depreciation and amortization expense   (2,079,000)   -    -    (2,079,000)
Gain from investments   -    1,237,000    -    1,237,000 
Income tax benefit   -    -    2,146,000    2,146,000 
Net income (loss)  $(7,873,000)  $1,237,000   $1,350,000   $(5,286,000)
Total assets  $40,367,000   $3,556,000   $8,628,000   $52,551,000 

 

As of and for the year  Hotel   Investment         
ended June 30, 2020  Operations   Transactions   Other   Total 
Revenues  $42,839,000   $-   $-   $42,839,000 
Segment operating expenses   (37,333,000)   -    (747,000)   (38,080,000)
Segment income (loss)   5,506,000    -    (747,000)   4,759,000 
Interest expense - mortgage   (6,965,000)   -    -    (6,965,000)
Interest expense – related party   (361,000)   -    -    (361,000)
Depreciation and amortization expense   (2,192,000)   -    -    (2,192,000)
Loss from investments   -    (398,000)   -    (398,000)
Income tax benefit   -    -    1,934,000    1,934,000 
Net income (loss)  $(4,012,000)  $(398,000)  $1,187,000   $(3,223,000)
Total assets  $49,716,000   $652,000   $7,186,000   $57,554,000 

 

NOTE 16 - RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

As discussed in Note 10 – Related Party and Other Financing Transactions, on July 2, 2014, the Partnership obtained from InterGroup an unsecured loan in the principal amount of $4,250,000. The loan was extended to July 31, 2022. On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the balance of the loan was $6,650,000 and $3,000,000, respectively, and are included in the related party and other notes payable in the consolidated balance sheets.

 

Certain shared costs and expenses, primarily administrative expenses, rent and insurance are allocated between the Company and InterGroup based on management’s estimate of the pro rata utilization of resources. For the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, these expenses were approximately $96,000 and $72,000, respectively.

 

Four of the Company’s Directors serve as directors of InterGroup.

 

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As Chairman of the Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John V. Winfield, directs the investment activity of the Company in public and private markets pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Directors. Mr. Winfield also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of InterGroup and oversees the investment activity of InterGroup. Effective June 2016, Mr. Winfield became the Managing Director of Justice. Depending on certain market conditions and various risk factors, the Chief Executive Officer and InterGroup may, at times, invest in the same companies in which the Company invests. Such investments align the interests of the Company with the interests of these related parties because it places the personal resources of the Chief Executive Officer and the resources of InterGroup at risk in substantially the same manner as the Company in connection with investment decisions made on behalf of the Company.

 

NOTE 17 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Cash Management Agreement

 

As part of the Hotel refinancing effective December 18, 2013, Operating entered into a Cash Management Agreement with Bank of America, N.A. (“Lender”) and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Cash Management Bank”) whereby all cash received by Operating is to be deposited into a business checking account controlled by the Cash Management Bank up to the loan maturity date. Additionally, other terms of the Cash Management Agreement provide that effective February 2019 or upon a Property Improvement Plan (“PIP”) requirement by Hilton (“Franchisor”) deemed the “Cash Sweep Period” during which all excess cash generated by Operating beyond the monthly budgeted expenses and debt services including principal and interest, insurance reserves, real estate taxes reserve, furniture fixtures and equipment (“FF&E”) reserves, for the senior and mezzanine loans, will be held by the Cash Management Bank for future hotel improvements as required by the date or a PIP. Currently, any and all funds are being controlled by the Cash Management Bank according to the Cash Management Agreement.

 

Franchise Agreements

 

The Partnership entered into a Franchise License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) with the HLT Existing Franchise Holding LLC (“Hilton”) on December 10, 2004. The term of the License agreement was for an initial period of 15 years commencing on the date the Hotel began operating as a Hilton hotel, with an option to extend the License Agreement for another five years, subject to certain conditions. On June 26, 2015, Operating and Hilton entered into an amended franchise agreement which amongst other things extended the License Agreement through 2030, and also provided the Partnership certain key money cash incentives to be earned through 2030.

 

Since the opening of the Hotel as a full brand Hilton in January 2006, the Partnership has incurred monthly royalties, program fees and information technology recapture charges equal to a percentage of the Hotel’s gross room revenue. Fees for such services during fiscal year 2021 and 2020 totaled approximately $703,000 and $2,960,000, respectively.

 

Hotel Employees

 

Effective February 3, 2017, the Partnership had no employees. On February 3, 2017, Interstate assumed all labor union agreements and retained employees of their choice to continue providing services to the Hotel. As of June 30, 2021, approximately 92% of those employees were represented by one of three labor unions, and their terms of employment were determined under various collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) to which the Partnership was a party. CBA for Local 2 (Hotel and Restaurant Employees) will expire on August 13, 2022. CBA for Local 856 (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) will expire on December 31, 2022. CBA for Local 39 (Stationary Engineers) will expire on July 31, 2024.

 

Negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, which includes not just terms and conditions of employment, but scope and coverage of employees, is a regular and expected course of business operations for the Partnership and Interstate. The Partnership expects and anticipates that the terms of conditions of CBAs will have an impact on wage and benefit costs, operating expenses, and certain hotel operations during the life of each CBA and incorporates these principles into its operating and budgetary practices.

 

Legal Matters

 

The Company may be subject to legal proceedings, claims, and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company will defend itself vigorously against any such claims. Management does not believe that the impact of such matters will have a material effect on the financial conditions or result of operations when resolved.

 

NOTE 18 – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Effective July 15, 2021, Portsmouth completed the purchase of 100% of the limited partnership interest of Justice and is in the process of dissolving the partnership.

 

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

 

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.

 

EVALUATION OF DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

The Company’s management, with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) or 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the fiscal period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Based upon such evaluation, management has concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures are effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed in this filing is accumulated and communicated to management and is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms.

 

MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act. The internal control over financial reporting is a process, under the supervision of our Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of our financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The internal control over financial reporting include those policies and procedures that:

 

● pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect our transactions and dispositions of our assets;

 

● provide reasonable assurance that our transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of our financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and that our receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and our directors; and

 

● provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting using the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control-Integrated Framework. Based on its evaluation under that framework, management concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective as of June 30, 2021.

 

This annual report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm, pursuant to provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that permit us to provide only management’s report in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal year covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting

 

Item 9B. Other Information.

 

None.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to the Directors and Executive Officers of the Company as of June 30, 2021:

 

Name   Position with the Company   Age   Term to Expire
             
John V. Winfield   Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (1)   74   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
             
David C. Gonzalez   President   54   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
    Advisor of Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee (1)        
             
Jerold R. Babin   Director   88   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
             
John C. Love   Director (2)(3)(4)   81   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
             
William J. Nance   Director (2)(3)   77   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
             
Steve Grunwald   Director (1)(3)(4)   40   Fiscal 2021 Annual Meeting
             
Other Executive Officers:        
             
Danfeng Xu   Treasurer, Controller (Principal Financial Officer), and Secretary   34   N/A

 

(1) Member of Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee

(2) Member of Audit Committee

(3) Member of Compensation Committee

(4) Member of Nominating Committee

 

Business Experience:

 

The principal occupation and business experience during the last five years for each of the Directors and Executive Officers of the Company are as follows:

 

John V. Winfield — Mr. Winfield was first elected to the Board in May of 1996 and currently serves as the Company’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. On May 24, 2021, Mr. Winfield resigned effective immediately from the position of the Company’s President. Mr. Winfield is also Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of InterGroup, Portsmouth’s parent company, and has held those positions since 1987. Effective June 2016, Mr. Winfield became the Managing Director of Justice. Mr. Winfield’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur and investor, as well as his managerial and leadership experience from serving as a chief executive officer and director of public companies, led to the Board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

David C. Gonzalez — Mr. Gonzalez was elected as the Company’s President in May 2021 upon the resignation of Mr. Winfield. Mr. Gonzalez was appointed Vice President Real Estate of InterGroup, Portsmouth’s parent company, on January 31, 2001. Since 1989, Mr. Gonzalez has served in numerous capacities with InterGroup, including Controller and Director of Real Estate. Mr. Gonzalez was appointed advisor of the Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee of InterGroup and Portsmouth in February 2020.

 

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Jerold R. Babin — Mr. Babin was first appointed as a Director of the Company in February 1996. Mr. Babin is also a director of InterGroup. Mr. Babin is a retail securities broker. From 1974 to 1989, he worked at Drexel Burnham and from 1989 to June 30, 2010, he worked for Prudential Securities (later Wachovia Securities and now Wells Fargo Advisors) where he held the title of First Vice-President. Mr. Babin retired from his position at Wells Fargo advisors in June 2010. For the past 20 years, until present, Mr. Babin has also served as an arbitrator for FINRA (formerly NASD). Mr. Babin’s extensive experience in the securities and financial markets as well has his experience in the securities and public company regulatory industry led to the Board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

John C. Love — Mr. Love was appointed a Director of the Company on March 5, 1998. Mr. Love is an international hospitality and tourism consultant. He is a retired partner in the national CPA and consulting firm of Pannell Kerr Forster and, for the last 30 years, a lecturer in hospitality industry management control systems and competition & strategy at Golden Gate University and San Francisco State University. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University and the Executive Secretary of the Hotel and Restaurant Foundation. Mr. Love is also a Director of InterGroup, having been appointed in January 1998. Mr. Love’s extensive experience as a CPA and in the hospitality industry, including teaching at the university level for the last 30 years in management control systems, and his knowledge and understanding of finance and financial reporting, led to the Board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

William J. Nance — Mr. Nance was first elected to the Board in May 1996. He is the President and CEO of Century Plaza Printers, Inc., a company he founded in 1979. He has also served as a consultant in the acquisition and disposition of multi-family and commercial real estate. Mr. Nance is a Certified Public Accountant and, from 1970 to 1976, was employed by Kenneth Leventhal & Company where he was a Senior Accountant specializing in the area of REITs and restructuring of real estate companies, mergers and acquisitions, and all phases of real estate development and financing. Mr. Nance is a Director of InterGroup and has held such position since 1984. Mr. Nance also serves as a director of Comstock Mining, Inc. Mr. Nance’s extensive experience as a CPA and in numerous phases of the real estate industry, his business and management experience gained in running his own businesses, his service as a director and audit committee member for other public companies and his knowledge and understanding of finance and financial reporting, led to the Board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

Steve Grunwald — Mr. Grunwald joined the Board in December 2019. Mr. Grunwald is a successful hospitality operator with over 15 years of experience. He worked at various positions at the five-star hotel Le Châtelain Brussels and later on became the General Manager of the property. In 2006, Mr. Grunwald actively participated in the construction and opening of a boutique hotel, The Progress Hotel. He became the General Manager of two more properties in 2009. In 2013, he oversaw the renovations and reopening of The Hotel Siru and took over the management of the property. Mr. Grunwald is currently managing four hotels of different styles and categories. Mr. Grunwald obtained his bachelor’s degree from Brussels Business Institute’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2004. Mr. Grunwald’s vast experience in the hospitality industry led to the Board’s conclusion that he should serve as a director of the Company.

 

Danfeng Xu – Ms. Xu was appointed as Treasurer and Controller of the Company on October 16, 2017. Ms. Xu also serves as Treasurer and Controller of InterGroup, having been appointed to the position on October 16, 2017. On June 1, 2018, she was appointed Secretary of the Company and InterGroup. Prior to joining the Company, she had served as Controller and worked in other positions at the Hotel from July 2010 to February 2017. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University and her Master of Professional Accounting, with a concentration in Audit and Assurance from University of Washington.

 

Family Relationships: There are no family relationships among directors, executive officers, or persons nominated or chosen by the Company to become directors or executive officers.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings: No director or executive officer, or person nominated or chosen to become a director or executive officer, was involved in any legal proceeding requiring disclosure.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires the Company’s officers and directors, and each beneficial owner of more than ten percent of the Common Stock of the Company, to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Officers, directors and greater than ten-percent shareholders are required by SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms they file.

 

Based solely on its review of the copies of Forms 3 and 4 and amendments thereto furnished to the Company during its most recent fiscal year, or written representations from certain reporting persons that no Forms 5 were required for those persons, the Company believes that during fiscal 2021 all filing requirements applicable to its officers, directors, and greater than ten-percent beneficial owners were complied with.

 

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Code of Ethics.

 

The Company has adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to its executive officers, including its principal executive officer, principal financial officer, or persons performing similar functions as well as its Board of Directors. A copy of the Code of Ethics is filed as Exhibit 14 to this Report. A copy is also posted on the Portsmouth page of its parent company’s website at www.intgla.com. The Company will provide to any person without charge, upon request, a copy of its Code of Ethics by sending such request to: Portsmouth Square, Inc., Attn: Treasurer, 1516 S Bundy Drive, Suite 200, Los Angeles, California 90025. The Company will promptly disclose any amendments or waivers to its Code of Ethics on Form 8-K.

 

BOARD AND COMMITTEE INFORMATION

 

Portsmouth is an unlisted company and a Smaller Reporting Company under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). With the exception of the Company’s Chairman of the Board and CEO, John V. Winfield, all of Portsmouth’s Board of Directors consists of “independent” directors as independence is defined by the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ.

 

Procedures for Recommendations of Nominees to Board of Directors

 

There have been no changes to the procedures previously disclosed by which security holders may recommend nominees to the Company’s Board of Directors.

 

Audit Committee and Audit Committee Financial Expert

 

Portsmouth is an unlisted company and a Smaller Reporting Company under SEC rules and regulations. The Company’s Audit Committee is currently comprised of Directors William J. Nance (Chairperson) and John C. Love, each of whom are independent directors as independence is defined by the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ, and as may be modified or supplemented. William J. Nance and John C. Love also meets the audit committee financial expert requirement based on their qualifications and business experience discussed above in Item 10.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation.

 

The following table provides certain summary information concerning compensation awarded to, earned by, or paid to the Company’s principal executive officer and other named executive officers of the Company whose total compensation exceeded $100,000 for all services rendered to the Company for each of the Company’s last two completed fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020. No stock awards, long-term compensation, options or stock appreciation rights were granted to any of the named executive officers during the last two fiscal years.

 

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

 

Annual Compensation 
Name and  Fiscal           All Other     
Principal Position  Year   Salary   Bonus   Compensation   Total 
                     
John V. Winfield   2021   $306,000(1)  $-   $-   $306,000 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer   2020   $306,000(1)  $-   $-   $306,000 

 

(1) Amounts shown include $6,000 per year in regular Directors fees.

 

Portsmouth has no stock option plan or stock appreciation rights for its executive officers. The Company has no pension or long-term incentive plans. There are no employment contracts between Portsmouth and any executive officer, and there are no termination-of-employment or change-in-control arrangements.

 

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Internal Revenue Code Limitations

 

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), provides that, in the case of a publicly held corporation, the corporation is not generally allowed to deduct remuneration paid to its chief executive officer and certain other highly compensated officers to the extent that such remuneration exceeds $1,000,000 for the taxable year. Certain remuneration, however, is not subject to disallowance, including compensation paid on a commission basis and, if certain requirements prescribed by the Code are satisfied, other performance-based compensation. Since InterGroup and Portsmouth are each a public company, the $1,000,000 limitation applies separately to the compensation paid by each entity. Stock option expenses are also amortized over several years. For fiscal years 2021 and 2020, no compensation paid by the Company to its CEO or other executive officers was subject the deduction disallowance prescribed by Section 162(m) of the Code.

 

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

 

The following table provides information concerning compensation awarded to, earned by, or paid to the Company’s directors for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021.

 

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION TABLE

 

Name 

Fees Earned

or Paid in Cash

  

All Other

Compensation

   Total 
             
Jerold R. Babin  $6,000    -   $6,000 
                
John C. Love  $8,000(1)   -   $8,000 
                
William J. Nance  $8,000(1)   -   $8,000 
                
Steve Grunwald  $6,000    -   $6,000 
                
John V. Winfield (2)   -    -    - 

 

(1) Amounts shown include regular Board fees and Audit Committee fees.

 

(2) As an executive officer, Mr. Winfield’s director fees are reported in the Summary Compensation Table.

 

Each director of the Company is paid a Board retainer fee of $1,500 per quarter for a total annual compensation of $6,000. This policy has been in effect since July 1, 1985. Members of the Company’s Audit Committee also receive a fee of $500 per quarter. Directors and Committee members are also reimbursed for their out-of-pocket travel costs to attend meetings.

 

Change in Control or Other Arrangements

 

Except for the foregoing, there are no other arrangements for compensation of directors and there are no employment contracts between the Company and its directors or any change in control arrangements.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

The Company did not have any outstanding equity awards at the end of its fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 and has no equity compensation plans in effect.

 

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

 

The following table sets forth, as of September 17, 2021, certain information with respect to the beneficial ownership of Common Stock owned by (i) those persons or groups known by the Company to own more than five percent of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, (ii) each Director and Executive Officer, and (iii) all Directors and Executive Officers as a group.

 

Name and Address

of Beneficial Owner

 

Amount and Nature of

Beneficial Ownership (1)

   Percent of Class (2) 
         
John V. Winfield   18,641    2.5%
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
Jerold R. Babin   45,678(3)   6.2%
243 28th Street          
San Francisco, CA 94121          
           
John C. Love   -    - 
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
William J. Nance   -    - 
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
Steve Grunwald   -    - 
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
David C. Gonzalez   -    - 
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
Danfeng Xu   -    - 
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
The InterGroup Corporation   550,070(4)   74.9%
1516 S. Bundy Drive, Suite 200          
Los Angeles, CA 90025          
           
All of the above as a group   614,389    83.6%

 

(1) Unless otherwise indicated, and subject to applicable community property laws, each person has sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares beneficially owned.

 

(2) Percentages are calculated based of 734,187 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding as of September 17, 2021.

 

(3) Jerold R. Babin claims sole voting power over the 45,678 shares identified herein, of which he has sole dispositive power over 7,000 held in his retirement account. He claims shared dispositive power with his wife over the 38,478 shares which they hold as trustees of a family trust.

 

(4) As directors of InterGroup, Messrs. Winfield, Babin, Love and Nance have the power to direct the vote of the shares of Portsmouth owned by InterGroup.

 

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Security Ownership of Management in Parent Corporation.

 

As Chairman of the Board and a 67.2% beneficial shareholder of InterGroup, Mr. Winfield has voting and dispositive power over the shares owned of record and beneficially by InterGroup.

 

Changes in Control Arrangements.

 

There are no arrangements that may result in a change in control of Portsmouth.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans.

 

Portsmouth has no securities authorized for issuance under any equity compensation plans.

 

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

 

As of September 17, 2021, InterGroup and John V. Winfield owned 74.9% and 2.5% of the common stock of Portsmouth, respectively.

 

As discussed in Note 10 – Related Party and Other Financing Transactions, on July 2, 2014, the Partnership obtained from the InterGroup Corporation (the parent company) an unsecured loan in the principal amount of $4,250,000. The loan was extended to July 31, 2022. On December 16, 2020, Justice and InterGroup entered into a loan modification agreement which increased Justice’s borrowing from InterGroup as needed up to $10,000,000. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, InterGroup has advanced $3,650,000 to Justice per the loan modification agreement. As of June 30, 2021 and 2020, the balance of the loan was $6,650,000 and $3,000,000, respectively.

 

Under the terms of the Justice Partnership Agreement, its general partner, Portsmouth, receives compensation of one percent of hotel revenue. During each of the fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, total compensation earned by Portsmouth under the agreement was $146,000 and $428,000, respectively, and are eliminated in consolidation.

 

Certain shared costs and expenses, primarily administrative expenses, rent and insurance are allocated among the Company and InterGroup based on management’s estimate of the pro rata utilization of resources. For the years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, these expenses were approximately $96,000 and $72,000, respectively.

 

Four of the Company’s Directors serve as directors of InterGroup. The Company’s President serve as Vice President Real Estate of InterGroup.

 

As Chairman of the Executive Strategic Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee and the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John V. Winfield, directs the investment activity of the Company in public and private markets pursuant to authority granted by the Board of Directors. Mr. Winfield also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of InterGroup and oversees the investment activity of InterGroup. Effective June 2016, Mr. Winfield became the Managing Director of Justice. Depending on certain market conditions and various risk factors, the Chief Executive Officer and InterGroup may, at times, invest in the same companies in which the Company invests. Such investments align the interests of the Company with the interests of these related parties because it places the personal resources of the Chief Executive Officer and the resources of InterGroup at risk in substantially the same manner as the Company in connection with investment decisions made on behalf of the Company.

 

There are no other relationships or related transactions between the Company and any of its officers, directors, five-percent security holders or their families that require disclosure.

 

Director Independence

 

Portsmouth is an unlisted company and a Smaller Reporting Company under the rules and regulations of the SEC. With the exception of the Company’s CEO, John V. Winfield, all of Portsmouth’s Board of Directors consists of “independent” directors as independence is defined by the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and NASDAQ.

 

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Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.

 

On November 16, 2017, the Audit Committee appointed Moss Adams LLP (“Moss Adams”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. The aggregate fees billed for each of the last two fiscal years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 for professional services rendered by Moss Adams are set forth in the tables below. These fees were billed for audit of the Company’s annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in the Company’s Form 10-Q reports, and services provided in connection with statutory and regulatory filings and engagements for those fiscal years.

 

   Fiscal Year 
   2021   2020 
           
Audit fees  $105,000   $126,000 
Tax fees   11,000    9,000 
Total  $116,000   $135,000 

 

Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policies

 

The Audit Committee shall pre-approve all auditing services and permitted non-audit services (including the fees and terms thereof) to be performed for the Company by its independent registered public accounting firm, subject to any de minimis exceptions that may be set for non-audit services described in Section 10A(i)(1)(B) of the Exchange Act which are approved by the Committee prior to the completion of the audit. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees consisting of one or more members when appropriate, including the authority to grant pre-approvals of audit and permitted non-audit services, provided that decisions of such subcommittee to grant pre-approvals shall be presented to the full Committee at its next scheduled meeting. All of the services described herein were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to its pre-approval policies.

 

None of the hours expended on the independent registered public accounting firms’ engagement to audit the Company’s financial statements for the most recent fiscal year were attributed to work performed by persons other than the independent registered public accounting firm’s full-time permanent employees.

 

PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules.

 

(a)(1) Financial Statements

 

The following financial statements of the Company are included in Part II, Item 8 of this Report at pages 23 through 43:

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets - June 30, 2021 and 2020

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations for years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

 

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Deficit for years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for years ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

(a)(2) Financial Statement Schedules

 

All other schedules for which provision is made in Regulation S-X have been omitted because they are not required or are not applicable or the required information is shown in the consolidated financial statements or notes to the consolidated financial statements.

 

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(a)(3) Exhibits

 

Set forth below is an index of applicable exhibits filed with this report according to exhibit table number.

 

Exhibit Number   Description
     
3.(i)   Bylaws (amended February 16, 2000) *
     
3.(ii)   Articles of Incorporation*
     
4.   Instruments defining the rights of security holders including indentures (See Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws) *
     
10.   Material Contracts:
     
10.3   Franchise License Agreement, dated December 10, 2004, between Justice Investors Limited Partnership and Hilton Hotels (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 of the Company’s amended report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, as filed with the Commission on August 24, 2012). *
     
10.5   Management Agreement, dated February 1, 2017, between Justice Operating Company, LLC and Interstate Management Company, LLC. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 of the Company’s Form 10-K Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, as filed with the Commission on October 13, 2017). *
     
14.   Code of Ethics (filed herewith).
     
31.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer of Periodic Report Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a).
     
31.2   Certification of Principal Financial Officer of Periodic Report Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a).
     
32.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
     
32.2   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.

 

* All exhibits marked by an asterisk have been previously filed with other documents, including Registrant’s Form 10 filed on October 27, 1967, and subsequent filings on Forms 8-K, 10-K, 10-KSB, 10-Q and 10-QSB, which are incorporated herein by reference

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

      PORTSMOUTH SQUARE, INC.
      (Registrant)
                                      
Date: September 17, 2021   by /s/ John V. Winfield
        John V. Winfield,
        Chairman of the Board and
        Chief Executive Officer
         
Date: September 17, 2021   by /s/ Danfeng Xu
       

Danfeng Xu,

Treasurer and Controller

 

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

 

 

Signatures   Title and Position   Date
         
/s/ John V Winfield   Chief Executive Officer and Chairman   September 17, 2021
John V. Winfield   of the Board (Principal Executive Officer)    
         
/s/ David C. Gonzalez   President, Advisor of Executive Strategic   September 17, 2021
David C. Gonzalez   Real Estate and Securities Investment Committee    
         
/s/ Danfeng Xu   Treasurer and Controller (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)   September 17, 2021
Danfeng Xu        
         
/s/ Jerold R. Babin   Director   September 17, 2021
Jerold R. Babin        
         
/s/ John C. Love   Director   September 17, 2021
John C. Love        
         
/s/ William J. Nance   Director   September 17, 2021
William J. Nance        
         
/s/ Steve Grunwald   Director   September 17, 2021
Steve Grunwald        

 

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