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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

(MARK ONE)

 

 

 

[X]

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

 

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2019.

 

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 1-13627

 

GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY


(EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)

 

DELAWARE

 

26-4413382

 

 

 

(STATE OR OTHER JURISDICTION OF

 

(I.R.S. EMPLOYER

INCORPORATION OR ORGANIZATION)

 

IDENTIFICATION NO.)

 

 

350 INDIANA STREET, SUITE 800

 

 

GOLDEN, COLORADO

 

80401

 

 

 

(ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)

 

(ZIP CODE)

(303) 839-5060


(REGISTRANT’S TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE)

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tile of each class

Trading Symbol

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

AUMN

NYSE American

 

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 such files).   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  

 

At May 1, 2019, 97,243,433 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, were issued and outstanding.

 

 


 

GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

FORM 10-Q

QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2019

 

INDEX

 

 

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.Financial Statements

 

GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Expressed in United States dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands, except share data)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents (Note 5)

 

$

2,237

 

$

3,293

 

Short-term investments (Note 5)

 

 

225

 

 

330

 

Lease receivables

 

 

490

 

 

481

 

Inventories, net (Note 7)

 

 

231

 

 

229

 

Value added tax receivable, net (Note 8)

 

 

12

 

 

14

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets (Note 6)

 

 

1,249

 

 

1,188

 

Total current assets

 

 

4,444

 

 

5,535

 

Property, plant and equipment, net (Note 9)

 

 

6,844

 

 

7,109

 

Total assets

 

$

11,288

 

$

12,644

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities (Note 10)

 

$

1,493

 

$

1,702

 

Deferred revenue, current (Note 16)

 

 

293

 

 

293

 

Other current liabilities (Note 11)

 

 

50

 

 

12

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

1,836

 

 

2,007

 

Asset retirement and reclamation liabilities (Note 12)

 

 

2,675

 

 

2,683

 

Deferred revenue, non-current (Note 16)

 

 

234

 

 

307

 

Other long term liabilities

 

 

 —

 

 

10

 

Total liabilities

 

 

4,745

 

 

5,007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity (Note 15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 96,868,433 and 95,620,796 shares issued and outstanding respectively

 

 

968

 

 

955

 

Additional paid in capital

 

 

519,050

 

 

517,806

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(513,475)

 

 

(511,124)

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

6,543

 

 

7,637

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

11,288

 

$

12,644

 

 

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

 

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GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Expressed in United States dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

  

2019

  

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands except per share data)

 

Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxide plant lease (Note 16)

 

$

1,932

 

$

1,637

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxide plant lease costs (Note 16)

 

 

(597)

 

 

(503)

 

Exploration expense

 

 

(855)

 

 

(899)

 

El Quevar project expense

 

 

(315)

 

 

(272)

 

Velardeña shutdown and care and maintenance costs

 

 

(517)

 

 

(489)

 

Administrative expense

 

 

(1,074)

 

 

(1,061)

 

Stock based compensation

 

 

(564)

 

 

(15)

 

Reclamation expense

 

 

(59)

 

 

(51)

 

Other operating income, net (Notes 8 and 9)

 

 

108

 

 

1,226

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(274)

 

 

(296)

 

Total costs and expenses

 

 

(4,147)

 

 

(2,360)

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

 

(2,215)

 

 

(723)

 

Other income and (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and other (expense) income, net (Note 17)

 

 

(98)

 

 

 3

 

Loss on foreign currency

 

 

(38)

 

 

(15)

 

Total other income (loss)

 

 

(136)

 

 

(12)

 

Income (loss) from operations before income taxes

 

 

(2,351)

 

 

(735)

 

Income tax

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

(2,351)

 

$

(735)

 

Net income (loss) per common share — basic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss

 

$

(0.02)

 

$

(0.01)

 

Weighted average Common Stock outstanding - basic (1)

 

 

95,755,304

 

 

91,726,375

 


(1)Potentially dilutive shares have not been included because to do so would be anti-dilutive.

 

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

 

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GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Expressed in United States dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities (Note 18)

 

$

(1,407)

 

$

(1,760)

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

 

39

 

 

1,249

 

Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(25)

 

 

(28)

 

Net cash from investing activities

 

$

14

 

$

1,221

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

 

 

337

 

 

 —

 

Net cash from financing activities

 

$

337

 

$

 —

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(1,056)

 

 

(539)

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

3,293

 

 

3,250

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

2,237

 

$

2,711

 

 

See Note 18 for supplemental cash flow information.

 

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

 

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GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

(Expressed in United States dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

    

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Paid-in

 

Accumulated

 

Comprehensive

 

Total

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Deficit

 

Income (loss)

 

Equity

 

 

 

(in thousands except share data)

 

Balance, December 31, 2017

 

91,929,709

 

$

919

 

$

516,284

 

$

(509,082)

 

$

(40)

 

$

8,081

 

Cumulative adjustment related to change in accounting principle (Note 4)

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(89)

 

 

40

 

 

(49)

 

Adjusted balance at January 1, 2018

 

91,929,709

 

$

919

 

$

516,284

 

$

(509,171)

 

$

 —

 

$

8,032

 

Stock compensation accrued

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

45

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

45

 

Net loss for three months ended March 31, 2018

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(735)

 

 

 —

 

 

(735)

 

Balance, March 31, 2018

 

91,929,709

 

 

919

 

 

516,329

 

 

(509,906)

 

 

 —

 

 

7,342

 

Stock compensation accrued and shares issued for vested stock awards

 

537,279

 

 

 4

 

 

267

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

271

 

Registered direct purchase agreement, net (Note 15)

 

3,153,808

 

 

32

 

 

1,202

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,234

 

Deemed dividend on warrants (Note 4)

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 8

 

 

(8)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Net loss for nine month period ended December 31, 2018

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(1,210)

 

 

 —

 

 

(1,210)

 

Balance, December 31, 2018

 

95,620,796

 

$

955

 

$

517,806

 

$

(511,124)

 

$

 —

 

$

7,637

 

Stock compensation accrued (Note 15)

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

337

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

337

 

Modification of previously awarded KELTIP Units (Note 15)

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

583

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

583

 

Shares issued under the at-the-market offering agreement, net (Note 15)

 

33,995

 

 

 1

 

 

11

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

12

 

Shares issued under the Lincoln Park commitment purchase agreement, net (Note 15)

 

1,213,642

 

 

12

 

 

313

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

325

 

Net loss for three months ended March 31, 2019

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(2,351)

 

 

 —

 

 

(2,351)

 

Balance, March 31, 2019

 

96,868,433

 

$

968

 

$

519,050

 

$

(513,475)

 

$

 —

 

$

6,543

 

 

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

 

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GOLDEN MINERALS COMPANY

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Expressed in United States dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

1.     Basis of Preparation of Financial Statements and Nature of Operations

 

Golden Minerals Company (the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, has prepared these unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The interim condensed consolidated financial statements do not include all disclosures required by GAAP for annual financial statements, but in the opinion of management, include all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation.  Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full year; accordingly, these interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and filed with the SEC on February 28, 2019.

 

The Company is a mining company, holding a 100% interest in the Velardeña and Chicago precious metals mining properties and associated oxide and sulfide processing plants in Mexico (the “Velardeña Properties”).  During November 2015 the Company suspended mining and sulfide processing activities at its Velardeña Properties in order to conserve the asset until the Company is able to develop mining and processing plans that at then current prices for silver and gold indicate a sustainable positive operating margin (defined as revenues less costs of sales) or the Company is able to locate, acquire and develop alternative mineral sources that could be economically mined and transported to the Velardeña Properties for processing.  The Company has placed the mine and sulfide processing plant on care and maintenance to enable a re-start of either the mine or mill when mining and processing plans and metals prices support a cash positive outlook.  The Company incurred approximately $0.5 million in care and maintenance costs for each of the three months ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018.  On an ongoing basis, the Company expects to incur approximately $0.4 million in quarterly care and maintenance costs while mining and processing remain suspended. 

 

The Company has retained a core group of employees at the Velardeña Properties, most of whom have been assigned to operate and provide administrative support for the oxide plant, which is leased to a subsidiary of Hecla Mining Company (“Hecla”) and not affected by the shutdown. The retained employees also include an exploration group and an operations and administrative group to continue to advance the Company’s plans in Mexico, oversee corporate compliance activities, and to maintain and safeguard the longer-term value of the Velardeña Properties assets.

 

The Velardeña oxide plant began processing material for Hecla in mid-December 2015, and the Company expects to generate a net operating margin under the lease of approximately $4.9 million in 2019.  On August 2, 2017, the Company granted Hecla an option to extend the lease for an additional period of up to two years ending no later than December 31, 2020 in exchange for a $1.0 million cash payment and the purchase of $1.0 million, or approximately 1.8 million shares of the Company’s common stock, issued at par at a price of $0.55 per share, based on an undiscounted 30-day volume weighted average stock price.  On October 1, 2018, Hecla exercised its option to extend the lease through December 31, 2020. Hecla has the right to terminate the lease on 120 days’ notice.

 

The Company remains focused on evaluating and searching for mining opportunities in North America (including Mexico) with near term prospects of mining, and particularly for properties within reasonable haulage distances of our processing plants at the Velardeña Properties. The Company is also focused on advancing our El Quevar exploration property in Argentina and on advancing selected properties in our portfolio of approximately 12 properties, located primarily in Mexico.  The Company is also reviewing strategic opportunities, focusing primarily on development or operating properties in North America, including Mexico.

 

The Company is considered an exploration stage company under the criteria set forth by the SEC as the Company has not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable mineral reserves, as defined by SEC Industry Guide 7, at the Velardeña Properties, or any of the Company’s other properties.  As a result, and in accordance with GAAP for exploration stage companies, all expenditures for exploration and evaluation of the Company’s properties are expensed as incurred. As such, the Company’s financial statements may not be comparable to the financial statements of mining companies that do have proven and probable mineral reserves.  Such companies would typically capitalize certain development costs including infrastructure development and mining activities to access the ore. The capitalized costs would be amortized on a units-of-production basis as reserves are mined. The amortized costs are typically allocated to inventory and eventually

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to cost of sales as the inventories are sold.  As the Company does not have proven and probable reserves, substantially all expenditures at the Company’s Velardeña Properties for mine construction activity, as well as costs associated with the mill facilities, and for items that do not have a readily identifiable market value apart from the mineralized material, have been expensed as incurred. Such costs are charged to cost of metals sold or project expense during the period depending on the nature of the costs. Certain of the costs may be reflected in inventories prior to the sale of the product. The term “mineralized material” as used herein, although permissible under SEC Industry Guide 7, does not indicate “reserves” by SEC standards. The Company cannot be certain that any deposits at the Velardeña Properties or any other exploration property will ever be confirmed or converted into SEC Industry Guide 7 compliant “reserves”.

 

2.     Liquidity

 

At March 31, 2019, the Company’s aggregate cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.2 million, compared to the $3.3 million in similar assets held at December 31, 2018. The March 31, 2019 balance is due in part from the following expenditures and cash inflows for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  Expenditures totaled $2.8 million from the following:

 

·

$0.9 million in exploration expenditures, including work at the Yoquivo, Santa Maria and other properties;

 

·

$0.5 million in care and maintenance costs at the Velardeña Properties;

 

·

$0.3 million in exploration and evaluation activities, care and maintenance and property holding costs at the El Quevar project; and

 

·

$1.1 million in general and administrative expenses.

 

The foregoing expenditures were offset by cash inflows of $1.7 million from the following:

 

·

$1.3 million of net operating margin received pursuant to the oxide plant lease (defined as oxide plant lease revenue less oxide plant lease costs); and

 

·

$0.4 million, net of commitment fees and other offering related costs, from the LPC Program (as defined in Note 15 below).

 

In addition to the $2.2 million cash balance at March 31, 2019, the Company expects to receive approximately $4.8 million in net operating margin from the lease of the oxide plant during the next twelve-month period ending March 31, 2020.  In addition, subsequent to March 31, 2019 the Company received approximately $0.1 million from the sale of our common stock under the LPC Program.  The Company’s currently budgeted expenditures during the twelve months ending March 31, 2020 are as follows:

 

·

Approximately $2.0 million on exploration activities and property holding costs related to the Company’s portfolio of exploration properties located primarily in Mexico, including project assessment and evaluation costs relating to Yoquivo and other properties;

 

·

Approximately $1.5 million at the Velardeña Properties for care and maintenance;

 

·

Approximately $1.0 million at the El Quevar project to fund ongoing exploration and evaluation activities, care and maintenance and property holding costs; and

 

·

Approximately $3.0 million on general and administrative costs.

 

The Company’s currently budgeted expenditures are slightly greater than its resources noted above.  Therefore, during 2019 the Company intends to take appropriate actions, which may include sales of certain of the Company’s exploration assets, reductions to the Company’s currently budgeted level of spending, and/or raising additional equity capital through sales under the ATM Program (as defined in Note 15 below), the LPC Program or otherwise.

 

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The actual amount of cash that the Company receives or the expenditures that the Company incurs during the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2020 may vary significantly from the amounts specified above and will depend on a number of factors, including variations from anticipated care and maintenance costs at the Velardeña Properties and costs for continued exploration, project assessment, and development at the Company’s other exploration properties, including El Quevar.  Moreover, revenues from the oxide plant lease may be less than anticipated, which would require further actions on the Company’s part in order to maintain sufficient cash balances over the next twelve months.

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis under which an entity is considered to be able to realize its assets and satisfy its liabilities in the normal course of business.  However, the Company’s continuing long-term operations are dependent upon its ability to secure sufficient funding and to generate future profitable operations.  The underlying value and recoverability of the amounts shown as property, plant and equipment in the Company’s consolidated financial statements are dependent on its ability to generate positive cash flows from operations and to continue to fund exploration and development activities that would lead to profitable mining activities or to generate proceeds from the disposition of property, plant and equipment.

 

There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in generating future profitable operations or securing additional funding in the future on terms acceptable to the Company or at all.  The Company believes the continuing cash flow from the lease of the oxide plant, use of the ATM Program and the LPC Program, and the potential for additional asset dispositions make it probable that the Company will have sufficient cash to meet its financial obligations and continue its business strategy beyond one year from the filing of the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2019.

 

3.     New Accounting Pronouncements

 

During the first quarter 2019 the Company adopted ASU 2016-02, “Leases” (“ASU 2016-02”) and ASU No. 2018-11 “Leases (Topic 842)” (“ASU 2018-11”), which require lessees to recognize a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for all leases with terms greater than twelve months. Leases will be classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. For a lessor, the accounting applied is largely unchanged from previous guidance. The Company currently leases administrative offices in the U.S. and in several foreign locations under lease agreements that typically exceed one year.  The Company has elected the modified retrospective method of adopting ASU 2016-02 (see Note 4).

 

During the first quarter 2018 the Company adopted ASU No. 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606)” (“ASU 2014-09”) which was issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) in May 2014.  The Company also adopted ASU No. 2017-05, “Other Income (Subtopic 310-20)” (“ASU 2017-05”), which was issued by the FASB in February 2017 clarifying the scope of Subtopic 610-20, which was originally issued as part of ASU 2014-09.  ASU 2014-09 outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes most current revenue recognition guidance, including industry-specific guidance. In addition, the guidance requires improved disclosures to help users of financial statements better understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue that is recognized and the related cash flows.  The Company has elected the modified retrospective method of adopting ASU 2014-09 (see Note 4).

 

During the first quarter 2018 the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-01, “Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities” (“ASU 2016-01”), which amended its accounting treatment for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of certain financial assets. ASU 2016-01 requires equity investments that have a readily determinable fair value to be measured at fair value through net income. Previously, entities would recognize changes in fair value of available-for-sale equity securities in other comprehensive income, and would recognize in net income impairment losses that were other-than-temporary.  There will no longer be an available-for-sale classification (with changes in fair value reported in other comprehensive income) for equity securities with readily determinable fair values.  The Company recognized retrospectively the cumulative effect of initially adopting ASU 2016-01 (see Note 4).  

 

4.     Change in Accounting Principle

 

Leases

 

Effective January 1, 2019 the Company adopted ASU 2016-02 and ASU No. 2018-11, which requires lessees to recognize a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for all leases with terms greater than twelve months. Leases will be

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classified as either finance or operating, with classification affecting the pattern of expense recognition in the income statement. For a lessor, the accounting applied is largely unchanged from previous guidance. The Company currently leases administrative offices in the U.S. and in several foreign locations under lease agreements that typically exceed one year.  The Company has elected the modified retrospective method of adopting ASU 2016-02 per Topic 842.  The adoption of ASU 2016-02 and ASU No. 2018-11 at January 1, 2019 resulted in only a negligible difference to amounts already recorded by the Company in its Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2018, and as result the Company did not record an adjustment to the beginning balance of retained earnings at January 1, 2019, as required under the modified retrospective method.

 

At March 31, 2019, the Company had one month remaining on a five-year lease of its principal headquarters office in Golden, Colorado and has recorded a lease liability and right of use asset relating to that lease of approximately $14,000 and $8,000 respectively.  The Company also has long-term office leases in Mexico and Argentina that will expire during 2019 and has recorded a combined lease liability of $33,000 and combined right of use asset of $33,000 relating to both of those leases.  The Company is scheduled to take possession of new office space and begin a new long-term lease for its principal headquarters office in May 2019.  The Company anticipates recording a lease liability of approximately $450,000 in the second quarter of 2019 based on the net present value of the future lease payments discounted at 9.5%, which represents the Company’s incremental borrowing rate for purposes of applying the guidance of Topic 842.

 

Other Income Related to the Sale of Exploration Properties

 

During the first quarter 2018 the Company adopted ASU No. 2014-09, which was issued by the FASB in May 2014. ASU 2014-09 outlines a single comprehensive model for entities to use in accounting for revenue arising from contracts with customers and supersedes most current revenue recognition guidance, including industry-specific guidance. In addition, the guidance requires improved disclosures to help users of financial statements better understand the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue that is recognized and the related cash flows.  The Company has elected the modified retrospective method of initially adopting ASU 2014-09. 

 

ASU 2014-09 requires, in certain instances, that transactions covered by ASC Topic 610, “Other Income” (“Topic 610”) follow the recognition, measurement and disclosure guidelines established by ASU 2014-09.  The Company generally follows the guidance of Topic 610 with respect to the recognition of income from the farm-out or sale of exploration properties.  As of the beginning of 2018, the Company had one open contract impacted by the adoption of ASU 2014-09, involving an option agreement under which Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (“Santacruz”) could acquire the Company’s interest in certain nonstrategic mineral claims located in the Zacatecas Mining District, Zacatecas, Mexico (the “Zacatecas Properties”) for a series of payments totaling $1.5 million (Note 9).  In applying ASU 2014-09, approximately $49,000 of the income recognized from the Santacruz transaction in the fourth quarter of 2017 would have been recognized in the first quarter of 2018.  Accordingly, the Company has recognized retrospectively the cumulative effect of initially adopting ASU 2014-09 by recording a negative adjustment to retained earnings of $49,000 at the beginning of 2018, included in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, and recording $49,000 in “Other operating income, net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the period ended March 31, 2018.  See Note 9 for a further description of the contract with Santacruz and the identification of performance obligations and other significant judgments used in applying the guidance of Topic 606 to the contract.

 

Available for Sale Securities

 

During the first quarter 2018 the Company adopted ASU No. 2016-01, which amended its accounting treatment for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of certain financial assets. ASU 2016-01 requires equity investments that have readily determinable fair values to be measured at fair value through net income. Previously, entities would recognize changes in fair value of available-for-sale equity securities in other comprehensive income, and would recognize in net income impairment losses that were other-than-temporary.  There will no longer be an available-for-sale classification (with changes in fair value reported in other comprehensive income) for equity securities with readily determinable fair values.  At December 31, 2017, the Company had equity securities classified as available-for-sale and reported at fair value of $238,000, with cumulative unrealized losses of $40,000 recorded in “Accumulated other comprehensive loss” on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.  The Company has recognized the cumulative effect of initially adopting ASU 2016-01 by recording a negative adjustment to retained earnings and other comprehensive income of $40,000 at the beginning of 2018, included in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity, and has recorded a loss of approximately $105,000 and $6,000 in “Interest and other income, net” in the

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accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the periods ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018, respectively.

 

5.     Cash and Cash Equivalents and Short-term Investments

 

The Company considers all highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. Short-term investments include investments with maturities greater than three months, but not exceeding 12 months, or highly liquid investments with maturities greater than 12 months that the Company intends to liquidate during the next 12 months for working capital needs.

 

The following tables summarize the Company’s short-term investments at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

    

Estimated

    

Carrying

 

March 31, 2019

 

Cost

 

Fair Value

 

Value

 

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading securities

 

$

275

 

$

225

 

$

225

 

Total trading securities

 

 

275

 

 

225

 

 

225

 

Total short term

 

$

275

 

$

225

 

$

225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading securities

 

$

275

 

$

330

 

$

330

 

Total trading securities

 

 

275

 

 

330

 

 

330

 

Total short term

 

$

275

 

$

330

 

$

330

 

 

The short-term investments at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 consist of 7,500,000 common shares, approximately 10% of the outstanding common shares, of Golden Tag Resources, Ltd. (“Golden Tag”), a junior mining company that was a joint venture partner in the Company’s previously owned San Diego exploration property in Mexico.  The Company acquired the shares during 2015 and 2016 in transactions involving the sale of its remaining 50% interest in the San Diego property to Golden Tag.

 

Credit Risk

 

The Company invests substantially all of its excess cash with high credit-quality financial institutions or in U.S. government or debt securities.  Credit risk is the risk that a third party might fail to fulfill its performance obligations under the terms of a financial instrument. For cash and equivalents and investments, credit risk represents the carrying amount on the balance sheet. The Company mitigates credit risk for cash and equivalents and investments by placing its funds and investments with high credit-quality financial institutions, limiting the amount of exposure to each of the financial institutions, monitoring the financial condition of the financial institutions and investing only in government and corporate securities rated “investment grade” or better.  The Company invests with financial institutions that maintain a net worth of not less than $1 billion and are members in good standing of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

 

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6.     Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 consist of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

March 31,

    

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Prepaid insurance

 

$

297

 

$

358

 

Right of use assets

 

 

42

 

 

 —

 

Deferred offering costs

 

 

534

 

 

569

 

Recoupable deposits and other

 

 

376

 

 

261

 

 

 

$

1,249

 

$

1,188

 

 

The right of use assets is related to certain office leases discussed in Note 4. The deferred offering costs are related to the ATM Program and the LPC Program, discussed in detail in Note 15.

 

 

7.     Inventories, net

 

Inventories at the Velardeña Properties at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 consist of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Material and supplies

 

$

231

 

$

229

 

 

 

$

231

 

$

229

 

 

The material and supplies inventory at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 is reduced by a $0.2 million obsolescence charge reflected in shutdown and care and maintenance costs.

 

8.     Value Added Tax Receivable, Net

 

The Company has recorded value added tax (“VAT”) paid in Mexico and related to the Velardeña Properties as a recoverable asset. Mexico law allows for certain VAT payments to be recovered through ongoing applications for refunds. At March 31, 2019, the Company has also recorded approximately $30,000 of VAT receivable as a reduction to VAT payable in Mexico, which appears in “Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company utilized a VAT credit in Mexico that had been previously fully offset by a valuation allowance and recorded other income of $0.1 million, included in “Other operating income, net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The Company has also paid VAT in Mexico as well as other countries, primarily related to exploration projects, which has been charged to expense as incurred because of the uncertainty of recoverability.

 

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9.     Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

 

The components of property, plant and equipment are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Mineral properties

 

$

9,353

 

$

9,353

 

Exploration properties

 

 

2,518

 

 

2,518

 

Royalty properties

 

 

200

 

 

200

 

Buildings

 

 

3,755

 

 

4,278

 

Mining equipment and machinery

 

 

16,038

 

 

16,024

 

Other furniture and equipment

 

 

888

 

 

888

 

Asset retirement cost

 

 

866

 

 

866

 

 

 

 

33,618

 

 

34,127

 

Less: Accumulated depreciation and amortization

 

 

(26,774)

 

 

(27,018)

 

 

 

$

6,844

 

$

7,109

 

 

Celaya Farm-out

 

In August 2016, the Company, through its wholly owned Mexican subsidiary, entered into an earn-in agreement with a 100% owned Mexican subsidiary of Electrum Group, LLC, a privately owned company (together “Electrum”), related to the Company’s Celaya exploration property in Mexico. The Company received an upfront payment of $0.2 million and Electrum agreed to incur exploration expenditures totaling at least $0.5 million in the first year of the agreement, reduced by certain costs Electrum previously incurred on the property since December 2015 in its ongoing surface exploration program.  Electrum initially earned the right to acquire an undivided 60% interest in a joint venture company to be formed to hold the Celaya project by incurring exploration expenditures totaling at least $2.5 million during the initial first three years of the agreement. Electrum would serve as manager of the joint venture. Prior to subsequent amendments to the agreement, the Company would have been allowed to maintain a 40% interest in the Celaya project, following the initial earn-in period, by contributing its pro-rata share of an additional $2.5 million in exploration or development expenditures incurred over a second three-year period. 

 

In February 2018, the Company and Electrum amended the Celaya earn-in agreement to permit Electrum to earn, at its option, an incremental 20% interest in the Celaya project in exchange for a payment of $1.0 million.  Following the amendment, Electrum could have increased its total interest in the project to 80% by contributing 100% of the $2.5 million of additional expenditures required in the second three-year earn-in period.  Following the second earn-in period, and prior to the Company entering into a second and final amendment of the agreement, the Company could have maintained its 20% participating interest or its interest could ultimately have been converted into a carried 10% net profits interest if the Company elected not to participate as a joint venture owner. 

 

In September 2018, the Company and Electrum entered into a second and final amendment of the Celaya earn-in agreement pursuant to which Electrum acquired 100% of the Company’s remaining interest in the Celaya project in exchange for a payment of $3.0 million.  The transaction was set out in a definitive Assignment of Rights Agreement (the “Assignment Agreement”) containing customary terms and conditions. The earn-in agreement was terminated upon entry into the Assignment Agreement.

 

The Company had previously expensed all of its costs associated with the Celaya property and accordingly recognized a gain of $1.0 million from the execution of the first amendment to the agreement in the period ended March 31, 2018, included in “Other operating income, net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The Company recognized a gain of $3.0 million from the execution of the second amendment to the agreement in the three month period ended September 31, 2018.

 

Zacatecas Farm-out

 

In April 2016, the Company entered into an option agreement, which was later amended in February 2018, under which Santacruz acquired the Company’s interest in the Zacatecas Properties for a series of payments totaling approximately $1.5 million through October 2018, including $249,000, $225,000 and $212,000 paid to the Company during the first, second and third quarters of 2018, respectively.  The final payment due the Company of $13,000 was

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received in October 2018.  Upon receipt of each cash payment, the agreement imposed a performance obligation on the Company to provide Santacruz an exclusive right to the Zacatecas Properties to conduct exploration activities during the period from receipt of the payment until the next payment due date, with a final obligation, following receipt of the final payment, to formally acknowledge completion of the sale enabling Santacruz to register title to the properties in its name.  At December 31, 2018 there were no further performance obligations and the Company had taken all steps necessary for Santacruz to take title to the properties.

 

The Company previously expensed all of its costs associated with the Zacatecas Properties.  Because Santacruz was able to terminate the option agreement at any time, and the associated uncertainty relating to timely payments, the Company only recognized income, equal to the cash payments made, evenly over the period covered by each payment.  The Company recognized approximately $115,000 of income under the agreement for the three months ended March 31, 2018, included in “Other operating income, net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company also recorded a liability of approximately $183,000 at March 31, 2018 representing its unearned performance obligation related to the agreement, included in “Other current liabilities” as reported in its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

Other items

 

The asset retirement cost (“ARC”) is all related to the Company’s Velardeña Properties.  The amounts for ARC have been fully depreciated as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018. 

 

10.     Accounts Payable and Other Accrued Liabilities

 

The Company’s accounts payable and other accrued liabilities consist of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Accounts payable and accruals

 

$

536

 

$

358

 

Accrued employee compensation and benefits

 

 

957

 

 

1,344

 

 

 

$

1,493

 

$

1,702

 

 

March 31, 2019

 

Accounts payable and accruals at March 31, 2019 are primarily related to amounts due to contractors and suppliers in the amounts of $0.2 million related to the Company’s Velardeña Properties and $0.3 million related to exploration and corporate administrative activities.  In the case of the Velardeña Properties, approximately, $0.1 million is related to a net VAT payable.

 

Accrued employee compensation and benefits at March 31, 2019 consist of $0.3 million of accrued vacation payable and $0.7 million related to withholding taxes and benefits payable. Included in the $1.0 million of accrued employee compensation and benefits is $0.5 million related to activities at the Velardeña Properties.

 

December 31, 2018

 

Accounts payable and accruals at December 31, 2018 are primarily related to amounts due to contractors and suppliers in the amounts of $0.2 million related to the Company’s Velardeña Properties and $0.2 million related to corporate administrative and exploration activities.  In the case of the Velardeña Properties, approximately $0.1 million is related to a net VAT payable.

 

Accrued employee compensation and benefits at December 31, 2018 consist of $0.2 million of accrued vacation payable and $0.4 million related to withholding taxes and benefits payable. Included in the $1.3 million of accrued employee compensation and benefits is $0.6 million related to activities at the Velardeña Properties and $0.4 million related to the KELTIP Units (see Note 15).

 

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11.     Other Current Liabilities

 

Included in other current liabilities for the period ended March 31, 2019 is $47,000 related to a lease liability for office space at the Company’s principal headquarters in Golden and in Mexico and Argentina (see Note 4).

 

12.     Asset Retirement Obligation and Reclamation Liabilities

 

The Company retained the services of a mining engineering firm to prepare a detailed closure plan for the Velardeña Properties. The plan was completed during the second quarter 2012 and indicated that the Company had an ARO and offsetting ARC of approximately $1.9 million at that time.

 

The Company will continue to accrue additional estimated ARO amounts based on an asset retirement plan as activities requiring future reclamation and remediation occur.  During the first three months of 2019, the Company recognized approximately $55,000 of accretion expense.

 

The following table summarizes activity in the Velardeña Properties ARO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Beginning balance

 

$

2,660

 

$

2,448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in estimates, and other

 

 

(60)

 

 

 1

 

Accretion expense

 

 

55

 

 

51

 

Ending balance

 

$

2,655

 

$

2,500

 

 

The change in estimate of the ARO recorded during 2019 is primarily the result of changes in assumptions related to inflation factors and the timing of future expenditures used in the determination of future cash flows.

 

The ARO set forth on the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 includes a nominal amount of reclamation liability related to activities at the El Quevar project in Argentina.

 

13.     Fair Value Measurements

 

Financial assets and liabilities and nonfinancial assets and liabilities are measured at fair value under a framework of a fair value hierarchy which prioritizes the inputs into valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels.  This hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs.  Further, financial assets and liabilities should be classified by level in their entirety based upon the lowest level of input that was significant to the fair value measurement. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy per ASC 820 are as follows:

 

Level 1:  Unadjusted quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that are accessible at the measurement date.

 

Level 2:  Quoted prices in inactive markets for identical assets or liabilities, quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, or other observable inputs either directly related to the asset or liability or derived principally from corroborated observable market data.

 

Level 3:  Unobservable inputs due to the fact that there is little or no market activity. This entails using assumptions in models which estimate what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

 

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The following table summarizes the Company’s financial assets and liabilities at fair value on a recurring basis at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, by respective level of the fair value hierarchy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Level 1

    

Level 2

    

Level 3

    

Total

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

At March 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

2,237

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

2,237

 

Lease receivables

 

 

490

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

490

 

Short-term investments

 

 

225

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

225

 

 

 

$

2,952

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

2,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At December 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

3,293

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

3,293

 

Lease receivables

 

 

481

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

481

 

Short-term investments

 

 

330

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

330

 

 

 

$

4,104

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

$

4,104

 

 

The Company’s cash equivalents, comprised principally of U.S. treasury securities, are classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.

 

The Company’s trade accounts receivable are classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy and are related to the lease of the oxide plant, valued at the lease rates set forth in the terms of the plant lease agreement.

 

The Company’s short-term investments consist of the common stock in Golden Tag and are classified within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy (see Note 5).

 

Non-recurring Fair Value Measurements

 

There were no non-recurring fair value measurements at March 31, 2019 or December 31, 2018.

 

14.     Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with the provisions of ASC 740, “Income Taxes” (“ASC 740”), on a tax jurisdictional basis.  For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018 the Company did not recognize any income tax benefit or expense. The Company operates in jurisdictions that have generated ordinary losses on a year-to-date basis. However, the Company is unable to recognize a benefit for those losses, except as described in this paragraph, thus an estimated effective tax rate has not been used to report the year-to-date results.

 

In accordance with ASC 740, the Company presents deferred tax assets net of its deferred tax liabilities on a tax jurisdictional basis on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of March 31, 2019 and as of December 31, 2018, the Company had no net deferred tax assets or net deferred tax liabilities reported on its balance sheet.

 

The Company, a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries file tax returns in the United States and in various foreign jurisdictions. The tax rules and regulations in these countries are highly complex and subject to interpretation. The Company’s income tax returns are subject to examination by the relevant taxing authorities and in connection with such examinations, disputes can arise with the taxing authorities over the interpretation or application of certain tax rules within the country involved.  In accordance with ASC 740, the Company identifies and evaluates uncertain tax positions, and recognizes the impact of uncertain tax positions for which there is less than a more-likely-than-not probability of the position being upheld upon review by the relevant taxing authority.  Such positions are deemed to be “unrecognized tax benefits” which require additional disclosure and recognition of a liability within the financial statements. The Company had no unrecognized tax benefits at March 31, 2019 or December 31, 2018.

 

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15.     Equity

 

Registered direct purchase agreement and commitment purchase agreement and registration rights agreement

 

On May 9, 2018 the Company entered into a registered direct purchase agreement (the “Registered Purchase Agreement”) with Lincoln Park Capital Fund, LLC (“LPC”) pursuant to which LPC purchased 3,153,808 shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $0.4122 per share, the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the NYSE American on May 8, 2018, for an aggregate purchase price of $1.3 million.

 

On May 9, 2018, the Company also entered into a commitment purchase agreement (the “Commitment Purchase Agreement” and together with the Registered Purchase Agreement, the “LPC Program”) and a registration rights agreement (the “Registration Rights Agreement”) with LPC, pursuant to which the Company, at its sole discretion, has the right to sell  up to an additional $10.0 million of the Company’s common stock to LPC, subject to certain limitations and conditions contained in the Commitment Purchase Agreement.  The Company closed on the Commitment Purchase Agreement in July 2018.

 

On June 7, 2018, pursuant to the terms of the Registration Rights Agreements, the Company filed a registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-225483) (the “Registration Statement”) registering the resale up to 15,222,941 shares of the Company’s common stock to be issued to LPC pursuant to the terms of the Commitment Purchase Agreement. The Registration Statement was declared effective on June 28, 2018. Proceeds from the LPC Program will be used for general corporate purposes, including advancing the exploration program at the Company’s El Quevar property in Argentina. 

 

Subject to the terms of the Commitment Purchase Agreement, the Company will control the timing and amount of any future sale of the Company’s common stock to LPC. LPC has no right to require any sales by the Company under the Commitment Purchase Agreement but is obligated to make purchases at the Company’s sole direction, as governed by such agreement. There are no upper limits to the price LPC may be obligated to pay to purchase common stock from the Company and the purchase price of the shares will be based on the prevailing market prices of the Company’s shares at the time of each sale to LPC. LPC has agreed not to cause or engage in any manner whatsoever, any direct or indirect short selling or hedging of the Company’s shares of common stock. The Company has the right to terminate the Commitment Purchase Agreement at any time, at its discretion, without any cost or penalty.

 

In consideration for LPC’s commitment to purchase shares pursuant to the Commitment Purchase Agreement, the Company paid LPC a commitment fee of $300,000 and incurred an additional approximate $191,000 in stock exchange fees, legal and other associated costs in connection with the LPC Program.  The total costs for the LPC Program will be recorded as a reduction to equity as common stock is sold to LPC. As of December 31, 2018, approximately $56,000 of LPC Program costs had been amortized against the $1.3 million in proceeds received on May 8, 2018, resulting in $434,000 of deferred LPC Program costs, recorded in “Prepaid expenses and other assets” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company sold 1,213,642 shares of common stock to LPC under the LPC Program at an average sales price per share of approximately $0.30, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $360,000.  In addition, approximately $35,000 of LPC Program costs were amortized, resulting in a remaining balance of $399,000 of deferred LPC Program costs, recorded in “Prepaid expenses and other assets” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2019.

 

Subsequent to March 31, 2019 the Company sold an additional approximately 375,000 shares of common stock to LPC under the LPC Program at an average sales price per share of approximately $0.27, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $100,000.

 

At the Market Offering Agreement

 

In December 2016, the Company entered into an at-the-market offering agreement (as amended from time to time, the “ATM Agreement”) with H. C. Wainwright & Co., LLC (“Wainwright”), under which the Company may, from time to time, issue and sell shares of the Company’s common stock through Wainwright as sales manager in an at-the-market offering under a prospectus supplement for aggregate sales proceeds of up to $5.0 million (the “ATM Program”) or a maximum of 10 million shares.  On November 23, 2018 the Company entered into a second amendment of the ATM Agreement extending the agreement until the earlier of December 20, 2020, or the date that the ATM Agreement is

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terminated in accordance with the terms therein. The common stock will be distributed at the market prices prevailing at the time of sale. As a result, prices of the common stock sold under the ATM Program may vary as between purchasers and during the period of distribution. The ATM Agreement provides that Wainwright will be entitled to compensation for its services at a commission rate of 2.0% of the gross sales price per share of common stock sold. 

 

During the first three months of 2019, the Company sold an aggregate of 33,995 shares of common stock under the ATM Agreement at an average price of $0.34 per share of common stock for total proceeds of approximately $11,000.  As of March 31, 2019, approximately $136,000 of deferred ATM Program costs remained, recorded in “Prepaid expenses and other assets” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

The Company did not sell any stock under the ATM Program during the three months ended March 31, 2018.

 

Equity Incentive Plans

 

Under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2009 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Equity Plan”) awards of the Company’s common stock may be made to officers, directors, employees, consultants and agents of the Company and its subsidiaries.  The Company recognizes stock-based compensation costs using a graded vesting attribution method whereby costs are recognized over the requisite service period for each separately vesting portion of the award.

 

The following table summarizes the status of the Company’s restricted stock grants issued under the Equity Plan at March 31, 2019 and the changes during the three months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

Weighted 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Grant 

 

 

 

 

 

 Date Fair 

 

 

 

Number of 

 

 Value Per 

 

Restricted Stock Grants

 

Shares

 

 Share

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2018

 

340,001

 

$

0.45

 

Granted during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Restrictions lifted during the period

 

(16,666)

 

 

0.41

 

Forfeited during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Outstanding March 31, 2019

 

323,335

 

$

0.45

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company recognized approximately $21,000 of compensation expense related to the restricted stock grants.  The Company expects to recognize additional compensation expense related to these awards of approximately $81,000 over the next 21 months.

 

The following table summarizes the status of the Company’s stock option grants issued under the Equity Plan at March 31, 2019 and the changes during the three months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise

 

 

 

Number of 

 

Price Per 

 

Equity Plan Options

 

Shares

 

Share

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2018

 

30,310

 

$

8.06

 

Granted during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Forfeited or expired during period

 

 —

 

$

 —

 

Exercised during period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Outstanding March 31, 2019

 

30,310

 

$

8.06

 

Exercisable at end of period

 

30,310

 

$

8.06

 

Granted and vested

 

30,310

 

$

8.06

 

 

Also, pursuant to the Equity Plan, the Company’s Board of Directors adopted the Non-Employee Director’s Deferred Compensation and Equity Award Plan (the “Deferred Compensation Plan”).  Pursuant to the Deferred Compensation Plan the non-employee directors receive a portion of their compensation in the form of Restricted Stock Units (“RSUs”) issued under the Equity Plan. The RSUs generally vest on the first anniversary of the grant and each vested RSU entitles the director to receive one unrestricted share of common stock upon the termination of the director’s board service.

 

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The following table summarizes the status of the RSU grants issued under the Deferred Compensation Plan at March 31, 2019 and the changes during the three months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

    

Weighted 

 

 

 

 

Average Grant 

 

 

 

 

 Date Fair 

 

 

Number of 

 

 Value Per 

Restricted Stock Units

 

Shares

 

 Share

Outstanding at December 31, 2018

 

2,230,038

 

$

0.93

Granted during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

Restrictions lifted during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

Forfeited during the period

 

 —

 

 

 —

Outstanding March 31, 2019

 

2,230,038

 

$

0.93

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company recognized approximately $62,000 of compensation expense related to the RSU grants. The Company expects to recognize additional compensation expense related to the RSU grants of approximately $37,000 over the next two months.

 

Key Employee Long-Term Incentive Plan

 

The Company’s 2013 Key Employee Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “KELTIP”) provides for the grant of units (“KELTIP Units”) to certain officers and key employees of the Company, which units will, once vested, entitle such officers and employees to receive an amount, in cash or in Company common stock (such method of settlement at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors) issued pursuant to the Company’s Equity Plan, measured generally by the price of the Company’s common stock on the settlement date. KELTIP Units are not an actual equity interest in the Company and are solely unfunded and unsecured obligations of the Company that are not transferable and do not provide the holder with any stockholder rights. Payment of the settlement amount of vested KELTIP Units is deferred generally until the earlier of a change of control of the Company or the date the grantee ceases to serve as an officer or employee of the Company.

 

At December 31, 2018 the Company had awarded 1,620,000 KELTIP Units to two officers of the Company, reported as a liability of approximately $356,000 and included in “Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities” in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets on the basis that the Company had the intent to settle the obligation in cash.  Through December 31, 2018, the KELTIP Units were marked to market at the end of each reporting period and for the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company recognized approximately $31,000 of compensation expense related to the KELTIP Units.

 

On February 26, 2019, the Company awarded an additional total of 705,000 KELTIP Units to two officers of the Company.  Due to the Company’s desire to preserve its limited current cash reserves for funding expenditures related to its portfolio of exploration projects, the Company determined it no longer had the current intent to settle any of its outstanding KELTIP Units in cash. The Company now intends to settle all of the KELTIP Units, including those previously issued, in common stock of the Company, an option that the Board of Directors holds in its sole discretion so long as sufficient shares remain available under the Equity Plan.  As a result, the Company recorded approximately $254,000 of compensation expense, included in “Stock based compensation” in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the KELTIP Units awarded on February 26, 2019 with a similar amount recorded as “Additional Paid-in Capital” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity.  The Company has treated the previously awarded KELTIP Units as effectively modified at February 26, 2019.  The Company marked-to-market the prior KELTIP Units as of that date and recorded approximately $227,000 of additional compensation expense, included in “Stock based compensation” in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and recorded approximately $583,000 as “Additional Paid-in Capital” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity, an amount representing the sum of the compensation expense recorded on February 26, 2019 and the liability for the KELTIP Units recorded at December 31, 2018.

 

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Common stock warrants

 

The following table summarizes the status of the Company’s common stock warrants at March 31, 2019 and the changes during the three months then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted 

 

 

 

Number of

 

Average Exercise 

 

 

 

Underlying

 

Price Per

 

Common Stock Warrants 

 

Shares

 

Share

 

Outstanding at December 31, 2018

 

11,517,696

 

$

0.81

 

Granted during period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Dilution adjustment

 

19,029

 

 

0.85

 

Expired during period

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Exercised during period

 

 —

 

 

 

 

Outstanding March 31, 2019

 

11,536,725

 

$

0.80

 

 

The warrants relate to prior registered offerings and private placements of the Company’s stock. In September 2014, the Company closed on a registered public offering and concurrent private placement with The Sentient Group (“Sentient”) in which it sold units, consisting of one share of common stock and a five-year warrant to acquire one half of a share of common stock at an exercise price of $1.21 per share.  A total of 4,746,000 warrant shares were issued that became exercisable on March 11, 2015 and will expire on September 10, 2019, five years from the date of issuance.

 

In May 2016, the Company issued 8.0 million registered shares of common stock at a purchase price of $0.50 per share in a registered direct offering (the “Offering”) resulting in gross proceeds of $4.0 million. In connection with the Offering, each investor received an unregistered warrant to purchase three-quarters of a share of common stock for each share of common stock purchased. The resulting 6,000,000 warrant shares have an exercise price of $0.75 per share, became exercisable on November 7, 2016 and will expire on November 6, 2021, five years from the initial exercise date.

 

Pursuant to the anti-dilution clauses in the 2014 warrant agreements, the exercise price of the warrants had been adjusted downward as a result of the subsequent issuance of the Company’s common stock in separate transactions, including the conversion of the Senior Secured Convertible Note which the Company entered into in October 2015 to borrow $5.0 million from Sentient, the Company’s largest stockholder, the May 2016 Offering and private placement, the ATM Program, the issuance of shares to Hecla in August 2017 and the Registered Purchase Agreement with LPC and LPC share sales (discussed above). The number of shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the September 2014 warrants has increased from the original 4,746,000 shares to 5,536,725 shares (790,725 share increase) and the exercise price has been reduced from the original $1.21 per share to $0.85 per share.

 

All of the warrants are recorded in equity at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018.

 

16.     Revenue, Deferred Revenue and Related Costs

 

Oxide Plant Lease and Oxide Plant Lease Costs

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company recorded revenue of approximately $1.9 million and related costs of approximately $0.6 million associated with the lease of the Velardeña Properties oxide plant. The Company recognizes oxide plant lease fees and reimbursements for labor, utility and other costs as “Revenue: Oxide plant lease” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations following the guidance of ASC 606 regarding the income statement characterization of reimbursements received for certain expenses incurred by the Company in performing its obligations under the lease and reporting revenue gross as a principal versus net as an agent.  ASC 606 supports recording as gross revenue fees received for the reimbursement of expenses in situations where the recipient is the primary obligor and has certain discretion in the incurrence of the reimbursable expense. The actual costs incurred for reimbursed direct labor and utility costs are reported as “Oxide plant lease costs” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company recognizes lease fees during the period the fees are earned per the terms of the lease.

 

On August 2, 2017, the Company granted Hecla an option to extend the oxide plant lease for an additional period of up to two years ending no later than December 31, 2020 (the “Extension Period”) in exchange for a $1.0 million upfront cash payment and the purchase of $1.0 million, or approximately 1.8 million shares, of the Company’s common stock,

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issued at par at a price of $0.55 per share, based on an undiscounted 30-day volume weighted average stock price.  The option and lease extension were memorialized in (i) an Option Agreement dated August 2, 2017 among the Company and Hecla Mining Company (the “Option Agreement”), and (ii) a Second Amendment to Master Agreement and Lease Agreement dated August 2, 2017 among Minera William S.A. de C.V., an indirect subsidiary of the Company, and Minera Hecla S.A.  de C.V., an indirect subsidiary of Hecla Mining Company (the “Second Amendment”). Under the Second Amendment, Hecla had an option to extend the lease to December 31, 2020 by exercising the option no later than October 3, 2018.  On October 1, 2018 Hecla exercised the Second Amendment option and extended the lease to December 31, 2020.  All of the fixed fees and throughput related charges remain the same as under the original lease.  Similar volume limitations apply to any required future tailings expansions, which Hecla will fund, leaving unused at the end of the lease term an agreed amount of capacity in the expanded tailings facility.  Pursuant to the Second Amendment, Hecla has the right to terminate the lease during the Extension Period for any reason with 120 days’ notice.  Hecla will also have a one-time right of first refusal to continue to lease the plant following a termination notice through December 31, 2020 if the Company decides to use the oxide plant for its own purposes before December 31, 2020.

 

The Company will recognize the $1.0 million of income from granting the option over the expected life of the lease from August 2, 2017 through December 31, 2020 on a straight-line basis, including such income in “Other operating income” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  During the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company recognized approximately $0.1 million of amortized income related to the upfront cash payment. As of March 31, 2019, the unamortized portion of the lease option totaled approximately $0.5 million recorded as short and long term “Deferred revenue” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company recorded revenue of approximately $1.6 million and related costs of approximately $0.5 million associated with the lease of the Velardeña Properties oxide plant. During the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company also recognized approximately $0.1 million of amortized income related to the upfront cash payment from Hecla discussed above.

 

17.     Interest and Other Income (Expense)

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company recognized approximately $0.1 million of interest and other expense primarily related to the mark-to-market of Golden Tag shares held by the Company (see Note 5).  For the three months ended March 31, 2018 the Company had only a nominal amount of interest and other income.

 

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18.     Supplemental Cash Flow Information

 

The following table reconciles net loss for the period to cash used in operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,351)

 

$

(735)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

274

 

 

296

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

 

 

55

 

 

51

 

Loss on trading securities

 

 

106

 

 

 6

 

Asset write off

 

 

16

 

 

 7

 

Gain on sale of assets

 

 

(39)

 

 

(1,115)

 

Stock compensation

 

 

564

 

 

15

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in lease receivable

 

 

(8)

 

 

(88)

 

Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

(62)

 

 

(105)

 

Increase in inventories

 

 

(2)

 

 

(17)

 

Increase (decrease) in value added tax recoverable, net