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Note 1 - Organization and Description of Business

Note 1 - Organization and Description of Business
6 Months Ended
Apr. 30, 2020
Notes to Financial Statements  
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements Disclosure [Text Block]
Organization and Description of Business
Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. (the “Company” or “Successor”) is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Thornton (near Denver), Colorado. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries including Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping, Inc. (“Brundage-Bone”), Capital Pumping (“Capital”), Camfaud Group Limited (“Camfaud”), and Eco-Pan, Inc. (“Eco-Pan”).
December 6, 2018 (
the "Closing Date"), the Company, formerly known as Concrete Pumping Holdings Acquisition Corp., consummated a business combination transaction (the “Business Combination”) pursuant to which it acquired (i) the private operating company formerly called Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. (“CPH”) and (ii) the former special purpose acquisition company called Industrea Acquisition Corp (“Industrea”). In connection with the closing of the Business Combination, the Company changed its name to Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. The financial results described herein for the dates and periods prior to the Business Combination relate to the operations of CPH prior to the consummation of the Business Combination. See Note
– Business Combinations for further discussion.
Nature of business
Brundage-Bone and Capital are concrete pumping service providers in the United States ("U.S.") and Camfaud is a concrete pumping service provider in the United Kingdom (“U.K.”). Their core business is the provision of concrete pumping services to general contractors and concrete finishing companies in the commercial, infrastructure and residential sectors. Most often equipment returns to a “home base” nightly and neither company contracts to purchase, mix, or deliver concrete. Brundage-Bone and Capital collectively have approximately
branch locations across
states, with its corporate headquarters in Thornton (near Denver), Colorado. Camfaud has
branch locations throughout the U.K., with its corporate headquarters in Epping (near London), England.
Eco-Pan provides industrial cleanup and containment services, primarily to customers in the construction industry in the U.S. and the U.K. Eco-Pan uses containment pans specifically designed to hold waste products from concrete and other industrial cleanup operations. Eco-Pan has
operating locations across the U.S. and
operating location in the U.K., with its corporate headquarters in Thornton (near Denver), Colorado.
The Company’s sales are historically seasonal, with lower revenue in the
quarter and higher revenue in the
quarter of each year. Such seasonality also causes the Company’s working capital cash flow requirements to vary from quarter to quarter and primarily depends on the variability of weather patterns with the Company generally having lower sales volume during the winter and spring months. 
Impacts of
December 2019,
a novel strain of coronavirus (“COVID-
) emerged and has spread around the world. On
March 11, 2020,
the World Health Organization declared COVID-
to be a global pandemic and recommended containment and mitigation measures worldwide. On
March 13, 2020,
U.S. President Trump announced a National Emergency relating to the pandemic. Government authorities in the U.S. and U.K. have recommended or imposed various social distancing, quarantine, and isolation measures on large portions of the population, which include limitations on travel and mandatory cessation of certain business activities. Both the outbreak and the containment and mitigation measures have had and
continue to have a serious adverse impact on the global economy, the severity and duration of which are uncertain. It is likely that government stabilization efforts will only partially mitigate the consequences to the economy. The extent to which the COVID-
pandemic will impact the Company’s business, financial condition, and results of operations is highly uncertain and will be affected by a number of factors. These include the duration and extent of the pandemic; the duration and extent of imposed or recommended containment and mitigation measures; the extent, duration, and effective execution of government stabilization and recovery efforts; the impact of the pandemic on economic activity, including on construction projects and the Company’s customers’ demand for its services; the Company’s ability to effectively operate, including as a result of travel restrictions and mandatory business and facility closures; the ability of the Company’s customers to pay for services rendered; any further closures of the Company’s and the Company’s customers’ offices and facilities; and any additional project delays or shutdowns. Customers
also slow down decision-making, delay planned work or seek to terminate existing agreements. Any of these events
have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition, and/or results of operations, including further impairment to our goodwill and intangible assets.
In the final month of the
quarter of fiscal
operations in the Seattle and U.K. markets were negatively impacted due to COVID-
-imposed construction site shutdowns. In Seattle, the restrictions were eased in the beginning of
and in the U.K., the Prime Minister announced on
May 10
that restarting construction and manufacturing is explicitly encouraged. As a result of the pandemic, the Company has implemented certain short-term cost reductions, including suspension of any remaining uncommitted
capital expenditure investment, headcount reductions, modified work schedules reducing hours where needed, and furloughs in limited locations. While the Company believes these disruptions will be temporary, it is difficult to predict how long they will last and the impact they will have on the Company in future periods. The Company will continue to evaluate the effect of COVID-
on its business.
In addition, the COVID-
pandemic drove a sustained decline in the Company's stock price and a deterioration in general economic conditions in the fiscal
quarter, which qualified as a triggering event necessitating the evaluation of its goodwill and long-live assets for indicators of impairment. As a result of the evaluation, the Company conducted a quantitative interim impairment test as of
April 30, 2020.
Refer to Notes
for further discussion.