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for subsequent resale on our energy and industrial marketplaces. We plan to continue to opportunistically make such acquisitions. The risks described above are heightened in connection with
these acquisitions due to their size and, at times, the limited market for the assets we acquire. If we obtain financing to fund such acquisitions, such financing will increase our costs, which will
decrease any profits we receive from the sale of the acquired assets.
we grow our business, we may choose to increase the amount of merchandise we purchase directly from sellers, thus resulting in increased inventory levels and related risk. Any such
increase would require the use of additional working capital and subject us to the additional risk of incurring losses on the sale of that inventory.
We may be unable to adequately protect or enforce our intellectual property rights, which could harm our
reputation and negatively impact the growth of our business.
We regard our intellectual property, particularly domain names, copyrights and trade secrets, as critical to our success. We rely on a
combination of contractual restrictions and copyright and trade secret laws to protect our proprietary rights, know-how, information and technology. Despite these protections, it may be possible for a
third party to copy or otherwise obtain and use our intellectual property without authorization or independently develop similar intellectual property.
currently are the registered owners of several Internet domain names, including www.liquidation.com, www.govliquidation.com, www.govdeals.com, www.networkintl.com,
www.truckcenter.com, www.secondipity.com, www.go-dove.com and www.irondirect.com. We pursue the registration of our domain names in the U.S. and internationally. We currently
do not have any patents or registered copyrights, but we are pursuing patents. Effective patent, copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret and domain name protection is expensive to maintain
and may require litigation. Our competitors may adopt trade names or domain names similar to ours, thereby impeding our ability to promote our marketplaces and possibly leading to client confusion. In
addition, we could face trade name or trademark or service mark infringement claims brought by owners of other registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks, including trademarks or service
marks that may incorporate variations of our marketplace names. Any claims related to our intellectual property or client confusion related to our marketplaces could damage our reputation and
negatively impact the growth of our business.
If we fail to successfully identify, finance and integrate acquisitions, our future operating results may be
materially adversely affected.
have expanded our business in part through acquisitions and may continue to do so in the future. The success in any future growth strategy involving acquisitions
will depend on our ability to identify, and the availability of, suitable acquisition candidates. We may incur costs in the preliminary stages of an acquisition, but may ultimately be unable or
unwilling to consummate the proposed transaction for various reasons. In addition, acquisitions involve numerous risks, including our ability to successfully integrate the acquired businesses and
operations with our other businesses and fully realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisitions. If we are not able to achieve these objectives in a cost-effective and timely manner, we may not
fully realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition or it may take us longer to realize the benefits of the acquisition than we expect. Acquired operations outside the U.S. may present unique
challenges or increase our exposure to risks associated with foreign operations, including foreign currency risks and risks associated with local regulatory regimes.
integration process could result in the loss of key customers, employees or vendors, increase our operating or other costs, decrease our profit margins or disrupt our other
businesses, each of which could impair our ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of the acquisition. Our efforts to integrate acquired businesses will divert management's attention and resources
from our other businesses. Any