Helios and Matheson Analytics

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Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.
OTC Pink No Information: HMNY
Founded1983; 40 years ago (1983)
DefunctJanuary 28, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-01-28)
FateChapter 7 bankruptcy
HeadquartersEmpire State Building, ,
Key people
Parthasarathy Krishnan
Decrease US$150.8 million (2017)
Number of employees
71 (2018)

Helios and Matheson Analytics was a publicly traded data analytics company based in New York City, New York. The company became widely known during its final years for acquiring and subsequently operating MoviePass, which ultimately led to the company's bankruptcy.


The company was founded in 1983 by Shmuel BenTov as Software Ben-Tov.[2] It changed its name later that year to The A Consulting Team.[2] The company made its initial public offering in 1997.[3]

In 2006, Helios & Matheson Information Technology Ltd., an IT consulting firm based in India, purchased a majority stake in the company.[4][5] The A Consulting Team changed its name in 2007 to Helios & Matheson North America, to highlight its association with the parent company.[6]

The company again changed its name in 2011 to Helios & Matheson Information Technology Inc., to reflect that it was seeking business opportunities worldwide,[7] and then in 2013 to Helios and Matheson Analytics, to reflect that the business had "moved beyond IT".[8]

The company acquired Zone Technologies, maker of the RedZone Map app, in November 2016.[9][10] Zone founder Ted Farnsworth was appointed chairman of Helios, and then, in January 2017, became Helios's CEO.[10][11]

In August 2017, Helios purchased a majority stake in MoviePass.[12] Helios advanced MoviePass $55 million from December to February 20, 2018. MoviePass then converted the advances from debt to equity. This increased Helios' ownership stake from 62.4 percent to 81.2 percent. Another $35 million in advances converted to capital put Helios at 91.8 percent, allowing for a merger unilaterally initiated by the Helios board.[13] In January 2018, co-founder Stacy Spikes was fired from the company.[14]

In April 2018, Helios acquired the movie listings website Moviefone from Verizon's digital media subsidiary, Oath Inc. As part of the transaction, Verizon took an equity stake in MoviePass.[15]

In March 2018, the board of directors began the process to spin off Zone Technologies to shareholders as a separate, publicly traded company, with the hope that it would allow Helios to focus on its strengths.[16][17]

In April 2018, Helios sold $150 million in stock with $30 million of the shares at $2.75, a discount from the closing market price of $3.83. Most of the proceeds were used to fund MoviePass. With the diluting and discount on the shares, prior investors indicated their unhappiness with the company on Twitter.[18]

In May 2018, the company acquired the assets of Emmett Furla Oasis Films, gaining its executives' expertise in making films for a new subsidiary, MoviePass Films, with an option to purchase the library.[19] The new company would be 51% owned by Helios and the remainder by EFO.[20] By early August 2018, Helios and Matheson completed the acquisition of Emmett Furla Oasis Films assets for the MoviePass subsidiary, MoviePass Films.[21]

In August 2018, the company reported a loss of $100 million in the second quarter of 2018 with the company trading at an implied value of $30 million.[22] In October 2018, the Attorney General of New York opened an investigation into Helios and Matheson Analytics, looking into whether it misled investors about the company's financial situation.[22]

With market perception of MoviePass affecting Helios & Matheson's stock value, in October 2018 the company revealed a preliminary plan to spin off its film industry units as MoviePass Entertainment Holdings. The plan calls for a stock dividend of a minority of the holding company's stock allowing Helios to retain a controlling interest and for listing the new company on the NASDAQ or alternative market.[23] The company' stock was delisted from the Nasdaq on February 12, 2019, and moved to over-the-counter markets.[24] On January 28, 2020, the company filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and announced plans to close the company.[25]


  1. ^ "Our Team". Helios and Matheson Analytics. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Form SB-2: Registration Statement (Report). The A Consulting Team. June 13, 1997. pp. 12 & 35 – via EDGAR.
  3. ^ Form 10-KSB: Annual Report (Report). The A Consulting Team. March 31, 1998. p. 8 – via EDGAR.
  4. ^ Byron, Christopher (August 7, 2006). "Stock vindaloo: Shady Indian investors take grip of a U.S. firm". New York Post – via NewsBank.
  5. ^ Form 8-K: Current Report (Report). The A Consulting Team. September 8, 2006 – via EDGAR.
  6. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Helios & Matheson North America. March 29, 2007. p. 1 – via EDGAR.
  7. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Helios & Matheson Information Technology. March 13, 2012. p. 3 – via EDGAR.
  8. ^ Form 10-K: Annual Report (Report). Helios and Matheson Analytics. March 13, 2014. p. 1 – via EDGAR.
  9. ^ Bary, Emily (April 3, 2018). "Helios & Matheson stock falls after company gets extension for 10-K filing". MarketWatch. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Helios and Matheson Analytics and Zone Technologies, maker of RedZone Map, close merger" (Press release). Helios and Matheson Analytics. November 9, 2016 – via NewsBank.
  11. ^ "Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. names chairman Theodore Farnsworth as chief executive officer" (Press release). Helios and Matheson Analytics. January 23, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Lang, Brent (August 15, 2017). "MoviePass Sells to Helios and Matheson Analytics". Variety. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Morgan, Richard (April 23, 2018). "MoviePass owners weighing merger despite burning through cash". New York Post. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Guerrasio, Jason. "The cofounder of MoviePass recounts what led to his firing from the company he'd built from the ground up". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  15. ^ Smith, Gerry (April 5, 2018). "MoviePass Acquires Moviefone to Bolster Film-a-Day Service". Bloomberg. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. announces plans to spin-off Zone Technologies Inc. to become a separate public company" (Press release). Helios and Matheson Analytics. March 15, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Armental, Maria (April 18, 2018). "MoviePass owner's shares tumble after stock-sale plan". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2018. (subscription required)
  18. ^ Vega, Nicolas (April 20, 2018). "MoviePass faces angry investors after selling off $150M in stock". New York Post. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (May 31, 2018). "MoviePass Expands And Will Now Make Movies Too". Forbes. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  20. ^ Lang, Brent (May 30, 2018). "MoviePass Parent Company Acquiring Emmett Furla Oasis Films". Variety. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  21. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 7, 2018). "MoviePass Films Sets First Pic: Bruce Willis To Star In '10 Minutes Gone'". Deadline. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  22. ^ a b Salinas, Sara; Forkin, Jim (2018-10-17). "New York AG launches probe into MoviePass parent company for allegedly misleading investors". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  23. ^ Vlessing, Etan (October 23, 2018). "MoviePass Parent to Spin Off Cinema Subscription Service". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  24. ^ Hayes, Dade (February 13, 2019). "MoviePass Parent's Shares Begin Trading Over The Counter After Nasdaq Delisting". Deadline. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  25. ^ Linnane, Ciara. "MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson files for Chapter 7 and stock falls to zero". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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