Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Note 1 - Description of Business and Basis of Presentation

Note 1 - Description of Business and Basis of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Jan. 31, 2024
Notes to Financial Statements  
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements Disclosure [Text Block]

(1) Description of Business and Basis of Presentation


Description of Business


Skillsoft Corp. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Skillsoft”, “we”, “us”, “our” and the “Company”) has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SKIL” since June 14, 2021. Through a portfolio of high-quality content, an AI-enabled platform that is personalized and connected to customer needs, and a broad ecosystem of partners, Skillsoft drives continuous growth and performance for employees and their organizations by overcoming critical skills gaps, unlocking human potential, and developing the workforce.


With more than 150,000 expert-led skills-building courses in modalities ranging from video and audio to instructor-led training, coaching, practice labs, and a GenAI-powered conversation simulator, Skillsoft offers transformative learning experiences for leaders to frontline workers, readers to hands-on learners.


References in the accompanying footnotes to the Company’s fiscal year refer to the fiscal year ended January 31 of that year (e.g., fiscal 2024 is the fiscal year ended January 31, 2024).


Successor and Predecessor Periods


On June 11, 2021 (“acquisition date”), Churchill Capital Corp II, a Delaware corporation (“Churchill”) completed its acquisition of Software Luxembourg Holding S.A. (“Software Luxembourg” or “Predecessor”, and such acquisition, the "Skillsoft Merger"), and changed its corporate name from Churchill to Skillsoft Corp. (“Skillsoft”). In addition, the Company changed its fiscal year end from December 31 to January 31. Also on June 11, 2021, the Company completed the acquisition of Albert DE Holdings Inc. (“Global Knowledge” or “GK” and such acquisition, the “Global Knowledge Merger”), a worldwide leader in IT and professional skills development. The Skillsoft Merger was considered a business combination under Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 805, Business Combinations, and is accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting, whereby Churchill was determined to be the accounting acquirer and Software Luxembourg Holding was determined to be the predecessor for financial reporting purposes. References to “Successor” or “Successor Company” relate to the condensed consolidated financial position and results of operations of Skillsoft subsequent to June 11, 2021, the date when the acquisitions of Predecessor and Global Knowledge were completed. References to “Predecessor” relate to the condensed consolidated financial position and results of operations of Software Luxembourg Holding S.A. between August 28, 2020, and June 11, 2021 (its last date of operations prior to the merger). Operating results for the acquired business on June 11, 2021, were credited to the Predecessor in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of operations. The funds received from the PIPE investments and transferred for the business combinations closing on June 11, 2021, were recorded in the Successor period of the condensed consolidated statement of cash flows.


In the accompanying footnotes references to “the Company” relate to Successor and Predecessor for the same periods.

Reverse Stock Split


On September 29, 2023, we effected a 1-for-20 reverse stock split of our common stock and proportionately decreased the number of authorized shares of common stock. All shares, outstanding options, warrants, restricted stock unit ("RSU"), and per share information throughout this Annual Report on Form 10-K has been retroactively adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split. The shares of common stock retain a par value of $0.0001 per share. Accordingly, an amount equal to the par value of the decreased shares resulting from the reverse stock split was reclassified from "Common stock" to "Additional paid-in capital".


Basis of Financial Statement Preparation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Skillsoft (Successor) and Software Luxembourg (Predecessor) and its wholly owned subsidiaries. We prepared the accompanying consolidated financial statements in accordance with the instructions for Form 10‑K and Article 10 of Regulation S-X and, therefore, include all information and footnotes necessary for a complete presentation of operations, comprehensive income (loss), financial position, changes in shareholders’ equity (deficit) and cash flows in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP").


Certain amounts reported in prior years have been reclassified to conform to the presentation in the current year. These reclassifications had no effect on total assets, total liabilities, total stockholders’ equity, or net income (loss) for the prior years.


The Company is an “emerging growth company,” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act, as modified by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS” Act”), and has and may in the future take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the independent registered public accounting firm attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in its periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. 


Principles of Consolidation


The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All material intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.


Use of Estimates


The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the dates of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reported periods. Actual results could differ from our estimates.