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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 30, 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 30, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado (the “Court”) entered an order (the “Order”) discharging Ryan Smith as the interim custodian for U.S. Energy Corp, a Wyoming corporation (the “Company”), and appointing C. Randel Lewis as the custodian of 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:


  David Veltri remains preliminarily enjoined from acting as, or holding himself out to be, President and/or Chief Executive Officer of the Company;
  Mr. Smith is discharged as temporary custodian of the Company; and
  the Court appoints Mr. Lewis as the custodian of the Company, with the charge to act as Interim Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) 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 noted in the Order, the primary purpose of the custodianship shall be to maintain the Company as an operating company, compliant with all applicable laws and regulations, pending longer-term resolution of Board deadlock. As custodian of the Company, Mr. Lewis shall govern his actions with reference to this purpose and have all the powers normally attendant to the position of CEO of the Company, except as noted in the Order. In addition, pursuant to the Order, among other things, the custodian shall:


  act “in place of” the Board to appoint one independent director to replace Hoffman, thus returning the Board to five members (inclusive of the custodian), inform any candidate for this position that the candidate’s directorship may last potentially only until the next shareholders’ meeting and, in case of any director resignations, act in place of the Board to appoint replacements so that the Board remains at five members (inclusive of the custodian);
  not have the power, absent a specific directive by majority vote of a five-member Board (inclusive of the custodian), to


  o pursue the purchase of APEG Energy II, LP’s (“APEG”) North Dakota assets at any price; and
  o take any action designed to cause the dismissal, abandonment, or settlement of the lawsuit filed by the Company against APEG in a certain Texas lawsuit;


  promptly issue a call for an annual shareholders’ meeting to take place no later than July 31, 2019, with an agenda to include the election of five directors to the Board (including a director to replace the custodian on the Board), and to conduct any other business properly before the shareholders;
  ensure that the five-member board elected at the annual shareholders’ meeting promptly votes on a CEO to replace the custodian in this role and ensure that CEO candidates understand that their tenure as CEO may last only so long as is required for the Court to resolve the disputed issues in the lawsuit prompting the Order; and
  promptly after election of a CEO per the Order, move the Court to be discharged..


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


99.1 May 30, 2019 Order from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Discharging Temporary Custodian and Appointing 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: June 4, 2019 By: /s/ Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith
    Chief Financial Officer