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Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): May 16, 2019



(Exact Name of Company as Specified in its Charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)



File No.)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


950 S. Cherry St., Suite 1515, Denver, Colorado



(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (303) 993-3200


Not Applicable

Former Name, Former Address or Former Fiscal Year,
If Changed From Last Report)


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Item 5.02 (b). Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


On May 16, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado entered an order (the “Order”) granting interim preliminary injunctive relief to APEG Energy II, LP (“APEG”) in APEG’s suit against David Veltri, alleging that Mr. Veltri, without authorization, holds himself out to be and acts as President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Energy Corp, a Wyoming corporation (the “Company”). Pursuant to the Order, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this report and incorporated herein by reference, among other things:


  Mr. Veltri is preliminarily enjoined from acting as, or holding himself out to be, President and/or Chief Executive Officer of the Company; and

Ryan Smith, the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, is appointed temporary custodian of the Company with the charge to act as Interim Chief Executive Officer and, by virtue of that charge and the bylaws of the Company, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”).


As temporary custodian of the Company, Mr. Smith shall have all the powers normally attendant to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company, except as noted in the Order. In addition, pursuant to the Order, as temporary custodian of the Company, Mr. Smith shall forthwith call a meeting of the Board for the purpose of constituting, by May 23, 2019, an audit committee that complies with the requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”), and shall cause the Company to report as much to Nasdaq. Or, if for some reason a compliant audit committee cannot be timely constituted, Mr. Smith shall submit a plan for such reconstitution to Nasdaq by May 23, 2019.


In a meeting of the Board duly convened on May 20, 2019, the Company has confirmed (i) the composition of the Company’s Audit Committee as it was constituted as of July 17, 2017, with each of Javier Pico, John Hoffman and Weldon Chitwood and (ii) as so constituted that the Audit Committee would continue to operate with full authority as provided by the Company’s Bylaws. In addition, the Board ratified, approved and confirmed all actions taken by the Audit Committee as so constituted since its formation.


The Company intends to submit a plan to Nasdaq for regaining compliance with the Nasdaq Listing Rules by the May 23, 2019 deadline. Moreover, the Company continues to work with Nasdaq to diligently enable the filing of the Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as reasonably practicable.


This report contains forward-looking statements, and any statements other than statements of historical fact could be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the expected timing for the filing of the Form 10-K, the Company’s ability to regain compliance with the Exchange’s requirements for continued listing and related matters. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the failure of the Company to file the Form 10-K on its expected timeline, and actual results may differ materially from these statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


99.1   May 16, 2019 Order from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Granting Interim Preliminary Injunctive Relief and Appointing Ryan Smith as Interim Custodian.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated: May 20, 2019 By:

/s/ Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith
    Interim Chief Executive Officer & President