See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements.
ATHENA SILVER CORPORATION
(An Exploration Stage Company)
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Note 1 Organization, Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies:
We are an exploration stage company and our principal business is the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources. We were incorporated on December 23, 2003, in Delaware and we became an exploration stage company on January 1, 2010. We have not presently determined whether our mineral properties contain mineral reserves that are economically recoverable.
Basis of Presentation
Athena Silver Corporation (we, our, or Athena) prepared these condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP for interim financial information in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In our opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2012, are not necessarily indicative of the results for the full year. While we believe that the disclosures presented herein are adequate and not misleading, these interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and the footnotes thereto contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Our condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis which assumes that we will be able to meet our obligations and continue our operations during the next 12 months. Asset realization values may be significantly different from carrying values as shown on our condensed consolidated financial statements and do not give effect to adjustments that would be necessary to the carrying values of assets and liabilities should we be unable to continue as a going concern. At March 31, 2012, we had not yet achieved profitable operations and we have accumulated losses of $5,221,081 since our inception. We expect to incur further losses in the development of our business, all of which casts substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern depends on our ability to generate future profits and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet our obligations arising from normal business operations when they come due. We anticipate that additional funding will be in the form of equity financing from the sale of our common stock. We may also seek to obtain loans from officers, directors or significant shareholders.
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
We do not expect the adoption of recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial position or cash flows.
Note 2 Mineral Rights:
On March 15, 2010, we entered into a 20 year Mining Lease with Option to Purchase (the Langtry Lease or the Lease) granting us the exclusive right to explore, develop and conduct mining operations on a group of 20 patented mining claims that comprise our Langtry Property.
The Lease requires us to pay annual cash lease rental payments, in arrears, of $60,000 to $100,000 on March 15th of each year during the first five years of the Lease. The Lease requires us to pay annual cash lease rental payments, in arrears, of $100,000 to $200,000 (or the market price of 10,000 to 20,000 troy ounces of silver, whichever is higher) on March 15th of each year during the final 15 years of the Lease (i.e. 2016 through 2030).
The Lease also requires us to issue to the lessor, on March 15th of each year 2011 through 2015, additional common shares so that the lessor retains an undiluted 2% equity interest in Athena as additional consideration under the Lease.
On March 15, 2012, in accordance with the terms of the Lease, we issued to the lessor 53,846 common shares valued at $12,385, or $0.23 per share, which was the closing bid price of our common stock on March 14, 2012. We capitalized the $12,385 fair value of common shares issued as an increase to mineral rights in our condensed consolidated balance sheets.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we recorded $17,917 of lease rental expense and $1,484 of other lease acquisition costs and capitalized these amounts as an increase to mineral rights.
Note 3 Notes Payable Related Parties:
Effective March 18, 2012, John D. Gibbs, a significant investor, made an unsecured, non-interest-bearing loan to us in the amount of $125,000. The loan is due on demand.
Effective February 2, 2012, Mr. Gibbs made an unsecured, non-interest-bearing loan to us in the amount of $25,000. The loan is due on demand.
Note 4 - Commitments and Contingencies:
Under the Langtry Lease we declared our intention to expend a minimum of $2.0 million in permitting and other preproduction costs prior to March 15, 2015. If we fail to make these expenditures we will be deemed to be in breach of the Lease and the lessor will have the option to terminate the Lease by giving us 30 days written notice. The Lease also provides us with the right to terminate the Lease without penalty on March 15th of each year during the lease term by giving the lessor 30 days written notice of termination on or before February 13th of each year.
Note 5 Stockholders Equity:
On March 15, 2012, we issued 53,846 common shares valued at $12,385, or $0.23 per share, in accordance with the terms of our Langtry Lease. See also Note 2.
Effective February 7, 2012, and pursuant to an Advisor Agreement with GVC Capital, LLC (GVC) dated January 30, 2012, we sold and issued warrants exercisable to purchase an aggregate of 143,000 common shares at an exercise price of $0.25 per share at any time within five years of the date of their issuance in consideration of $100 and prepaid investor relation services with a fair value of $35,793. The warrants had a fair value of approximately $35,893 on the date of issuance.
We measure and recognize share-based services expense for all share-based payments made to non-employee consultants based on estimated fair values. We estimate the fair value of warrants on the date of issuance using the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model, which includes assumptions for expected dividends, expected share price volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected life of the warrants. Our expected volatility assumption is based on our historical weekly closing price of our stock over a period equivalent to the expected life of the warrants.
The following table summarizes the assumptions used to value warrants issued:
Fair value assumptions warrants issued:
Three Months Ended March 31, 2012
Risk free interest rate
Expected term (years)
Note 6 Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Share
All potential common shares outstanding have been excluded from diluted net loss per common share because the impact of such inclusion would be anti-dilutive. Our total potential common shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, were 343,000 and 200,000, respectively, and were comprised of shares underlying outstanding stock options and warrants.
Note 7 Related Party Transactions:
Conflicts of Interests
Magellan Gold Corporation is a company under common control. Mr. Power is a significant investor, director and CEO of both Athena and Magellan. Mr. Gibbs is a significant investor in both Athena and Magellan. Athena and Magellan are both exploration stage companies involved in the business of acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.
Silver Saddle Resources, LLC is also a company under common control. Mr. Power and Mr. Gibbs are significant investors and managing members of Silver Saddle. Athena and Silver Saddle are both exploration stage companies involved in the business of acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.
The existence of common ownership and common management could result in significantly different operating results or financial position from those that could have resulted had Athena, Magellan and Silver Saddle been autonomous.
Management Fees Related Parties
Effective January 1, 2012, we renewed our management agreement for a period of one year with Mr. Power requiring a monthly payment, in advance, of $2,500 as consideration for the day-to-day management of Magellan. During each of the three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, we incurred $7,500 of management fees to Mr. Power and these costs are included in general and administrative expenses in our condensed consolidated statements of operations.
Due to Related Parties
Accounts payable and accrued interest payable owed to related parties are included in due to related parties in our condensed consolidated balance sheets as follows:
March 31, 2012
December 31, 2011
Accounts payable Mr. Power
Accrued interest payable Mr. Gibbs
Due to related parties - total
Advances Payable - Related Parties
Non-interest-bearing advances payable to related parties are as follows:
March 31, 2012
December 31, 2011
During the three months ending March 31, 2012, we borrowed and repaid non-interest-bearing advances from/ to related parties as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31, 2012
Silver Saddle Resources, LLC
Includes entities controlled by Mr. Power
During the three months ended March 31, 2011, we borrowed and repaid non-interest-bearing advances from/ to related parties as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
Magellan Gold Corporation
Notes Payable Related Parties
Notes payable to related parties was as follows:
March 31, 2012
December 31, 2011
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we borrowed and repaid the following notes payable amounts to related parties:
Three Months Ended March 31, 2012
During the three months ended March 31, 2011, we did not borrow or repay notes payable from/ to related parties.
Interest Expense Related Parties:
During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, we incurred interest expense to related parties in the following amounts:
Three Months Ended March 31,
During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, we did not make interest payments to related parties.
Note 8 Subsequent Events:
Effective April 27, 2012, Mr. Gibbs made an unsecured, non-interest-bearing loan to us in the amount of $25,000. The loan is due on demand.
Effective May 10, 2012, we issued 1,147,324 common shares with a fair value of $321,251, or $0.28 per share based on the May 9, 2012, closing bid price of our stock in satisfaction of $286,831 of notes payable and accrued interest owed to Mr. Gibbs resulting in a $34,420 loss on extinguishment of debt to related parties.
Effective May 11, 2012, we sold 240,000 common shares to Mr. Gibbs for cash consideration of $60,000, or $0.25 per share.
ITEM 2. MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
The following discussion and analysis provides information that management believes is relevant for an assessment and understanding of our results of operations and financial condition. This information should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the Commission on April 16, 2012 and our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included with this report in Part I. Item 1.
On March 15, 2010, we entered into a Mining Lease with Option to Purchase (the Langtry Lease or the Lease) which granted us a 20 year lease to develop and conduct mining operations on a 413 acre group of 20 patented mining claims located in the Calico Mining District (the Langtry Property, or the Property), also with an option to purchase the Property. This Property is located at the base of the Calico Mountains northeast of Barstow, in San Bernardino County, California.
During the first quarter of 2011, we successfully completed a 13 hole drilling program on our Langtry Property in an effort to validate the results of an earlier drilling program undertaken by a previous owner of the Property during the 1960s and 1970s and to further define silver deposits near historic workings on the Property. During the remainder of 2011 and during the first quarter of 2012, we evaluated the results of our drilling program and commissioned independent consultants to prepare a NI 43-101 Technical Report. The NI 43-101 report will follow the guidelines specified by the Canadian Council
of Professional Geoscientists and will include property description and location, history, geological setting, deposit types, mineralization, exploration, drilling, sampling method and approach, sample preparation, analyses and security, data verification, mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, as well as other relevant data and information.
Going forward, our primary focus will be to continue our evaluation of the Langtry Property including the possible acquisition of additional mineral rights and additional exploration, development and permitting activities. Our mineral lease payments, permitting applications and exploration and development efforts will require additional capital.
Results of Operations:
Our analysis presented below is organized to provide the information we believe will be instructive for understanding our historical performance and relevant trends going forward. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements in Part I., Item 1. of this report, including the notes thereto.
Results from Continuing Operations
A summary of our results from continuing operations is as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31,
Other operating costs
General and administrative expenses
Total operating expenses
Other (expense) income:
Loss on extinguishment of debt - related parties
Total other expense
Loss from continuing operations
Our 2012 first quarter loss from continuing operations was $137,915 as compared to $427,550 in 2011. The decrease in our loss was mainly attributable to the decrease in our mineral exploration activities during the first three months of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011.
Our first quarter 2011 operating expenses were $135,971 as compared to $426,239 during the first quarter of 2011.
During the first quarter of 2012, we incurred $63,659 exploration costs as compared to $331,241 during the first quarter of 2011. This $267,582 decrease was mainly due to the absence of an exploration drilling program during the first quarter of 2012. During the first quarter of 2011 we incurred $270,411 of
drilling and sample analysis costs compared to no drilling and sample analysis costs during the first quarter of 2012.
General and administrative expenses decreased $19,150 to $72,312 during the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $91,462 during the first quarter of 2011.This decrease was comprised of a $27,112 decrease in professional fees offset by a $7,963 net increase in all other general and administrative expenses. The decrease in professional fees, which includes accounting, audit, legal, investor relations, management fees and other professional fees, was mainly due to delaying our annual year-end accounting and audit efforts from the first quarter in 2011 until the second quarter in 2012. The net increase in all other general and administrative expenses was mainly due to $9,863 in director compensation during the first quarter 2012 resulting from the addition of a new director in August 2011.
Other (expense) income:
Other nonoperating expense of $1,944 during the first three months of 2012 was slightly higher than the $1,317 of other nonoperating expense during the same period in 2011, mainly due to an increase in interest expense related to increased levels of notes payable to related parties.
Liquidity and Capital Resources:
During the first quarter of 2012, we required capital principally for funding of our operating losses; our annual mineral rights lease payment and our working capital. To date, we have financed our capital requirements through the sale of unregistered equity securities and borrowings primarily from related parties. We expect to meet our future financing needs and working capital and capital expenditure requirements through cash on hand, borrowings and offerings of debt or equity securities, although there can be no assurance that our future financing efforts will be successful. The terms of future financings could be highly dilutive to existing shareholders.
On March 31, 2012, we had $28,681 of cash and cash equivalents and negative working capital of $343,979.
We do not have sufficient cash on hand or available credit facilities to continue operations and are dependent upon securing loans or the sale of equity to provide adequate working capital to continue operations. If we are unable to secure additional financing to cover our operating losses until break-even operations can be achieved, we may not be able to continue as a going concern.
A summary of our cash provided by and used in operating, investing and financing activities is as follows:
Three Months Ended March 31,
Net cash used in operating activities
Net cash used in investing activities
Net cash provided by financing activities
Net increase in cash
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
Net cash used in operating activities:
Net cash used in operating activities was $54,981 and $333,046 during the first quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Cash used in operating activities during the first quarter of 2012 mainly related to our $137,915 net loss as adjusted for non-cash items and changes in operating assets and liabilities. These adjustments and changes were comprised of $21,180 in non-cash share-based compensation expense, a $38,154 increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities and a $23,600 decrease in prepaid expenses during the quarter.
Adjustments to our net loss of $427,550 during the first quarter of 2011 to arrive at our $333,046 cash used in operating activities were mainly comprised of a $101,000 decrease in prepaid expenses resulting from our utilization of $100,000 of prepaid drilling costs during the first quarter of 2011.
Net cash used in investing activities:
Cash used in investing activities was $71,485 during the first quarter of 2012 as compared to $59,701 during the first quarter of 2011.
Our cash used in investing activities during the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 was mainly comprised of our $70,000 and $60,000 annual lease rental payment in March 2012 and March 2011, respectively.
Net cash provided by financing activities:
Cash provided by financing activities during the first quarter of 2012 was $150,475 compared to cash provided by financing activities of $558,757 during the same period in 2011.
During the first quarter of 2012 we borrowed $150,000 from John D. Gibbs, a significant investor, sold 143,000 warrants for $100 cash and prepaid investor services with a fair value of $35,793 and incurred a net increase in advances payable to related parties of $375. During the first quarter of 2011 we sold 2,430,000 common shares for net proceeds of $571,207 and incurred a net decrease in advances payable to related parties of $12,450.
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements:
We do not have and never had any off-balance sheet arrangements.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Recently issued Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification guidance has either been implemented or is not significant to us.
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Conclusion Regarding the Effectiveness of Disclosure Controls and Procedures:
Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time period specified in the SEC's rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. Our management necessarily applied its judgment in assessing the costs and benefits of such controls and procedures, which, by their nature, can provide only reasonable assurance regarding management's control objectives.
Our management, with the participation of our CEO, evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon this evaluation, our CEO concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of such date as a result of a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting due to lack of segregation of duties and a limited corporate governance structure as discussed in Item 9A. of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.
While we strive to segregate duties as much as practicable, there is an insufficient volume of transactions at this point in time to justify additional full time staff. We believe that this is typical in many exploration stage companies. We may not be able to fully remediate the material weakness until we commence mining operations at which time we would expect to hire more staff. We will continue to monitor and assess the costs and benefits of additional staffing.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting:
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the last fiscal quarter covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in Part I. Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS
All sales of unregistered securities were reported on Form 8-K during the period.
ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES
Promissory notes in favor of John D. Gibbs totaling $30,000 matured on December 31, 2011 and were not repaid. Accrued and unpaid interest on these notes totaled $3,552 as of March 31, 2012.
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 6. EXHIBITS