10-Q 1 v312882_10q.htm QUARTERLY REPORT

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

 

Form 10-Q

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

 

o TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT

 

For the transition period from _______________ to _______________.

 

Commission file number 002-76219NY

 

VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Company as Specified in its Charter)

 

Nevada 87-0564472
(State or other jurisdiction of (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization) Identification No.)
   
3355 Bee Caves Road Ste 608, Austin, Texas 78746
 (Address of principal executive offices)  (Zip Code)

 

(512)-347-7300

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act 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 x      No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted 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 and post such files).     Yes x      No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   o Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company   x
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)  

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).   Yes o      No x

 

Applicable only to issuers involved in bankruptcy proceedings during the preceding five years

 

Check whether the registrant filed all documents and reports required to be filed by Section 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court.

Yes o       No o

 

Applicable only to corporate issuers:

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.  As of May 1, 2012 there were 27,170,418 shares of common stock, par value $0.001, issued and outstanding. This reflects the 1:50 reverse stock split that became effective on January 12, 2012.

 

 
 

 

VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION

QUARTERLY REPORT ON

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

  Page
   
Part I – Financial Information  
     
Item 1. Financial Statements 4
     
Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 14
     
Item 3.  Qualitative and Quantitative Discussions About Market Risk 18
     
Item 4.  Controls and Procedures 18
     
Part II – Other Information 19
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 19
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors 19
     
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 19
     
Item 3. Default Upon Senior Securities 19
     
Item 4. Removed and Reserved 20
     
Item 5. Other Information 20
     
Item 6. Exhibits 20
     
Signature 20

 

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Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements

 

Victory Energy Corporation desires to take advantage of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This report contains a number of forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views and expectations with respect to business, strategies, future results and events and financial performance. All statements made in this Quarterly Report other than statements of historical fact, including statements that address operating performance, events or developments that management expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including statements related to revenues, cash flow, profitability, adequacy of funds from operations, statements expressing general optimism about future operating results and non-historical information, are forward looking statements. In particular, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” variations of such words, and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements and their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward-looking.

 

Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on management’s current expectations and projections about future events, are not guarantees of future performance, are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and apply only as of the date of this report. Victory Energy Corporation’s actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from the results expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the “Risk Factors” as well as those discussed elsewhere in this report, and the risks discussed in press releases and other communications to stockholders issued by Victory Energy Corporation from time to time which attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect the business. Except as may be required under the federal securities laws, Victory Energy Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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Part I – Financial Information

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
CURRENT ASSETS          
Cash  $872,367   $475,623 
Accounts receivable   49,921    79,185 
Subscriptions Receivable   90,000    - 
Prepaid expenses   22,182    29,555 
Total current assets   1,034,470    584,363 
           
FIXED ASSETS          
Furniture and equipment   10,623    10,623 
Accumulated depreciation   (3,903)   (3,550)
Total furniture and fixtures, net   6,720    7,073 
           
Oil and natural gas properties, net of impairment   2,541,424    1,953,629 
Accumulated depletion   (1,045,356)   (1,026,900)
    1,496,068    926,729 
           
TOTAL ASSETS  $2,537,258   $1,518,165 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)          
           
CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Accounts payable  $213,649   $326,973 
Accrued interest   -    150,267 
Accrued liabilities   177,499    179,979 
Liability for unauthorized preferred stock issued   32,164    32,164 
Total current liabilities   423,312    689,383 
           
OTHER LIABILITIES          
Senior convertible debenture, net of debt discount   -    632,534 
Deferred tax liability   -    748,763 
Asset retirement obligation   30,004    30,004 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   453,316    2,100,684 
           
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)          
Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 47,500,000 shares authorized, 26,973,707 and 7,647,494 issued and outstanding, respectively   401,934    382,308 
Additional paid in capital   42,783,080    35,126,462 
Accumulated deficit   (41,101,072)   (36,091,289)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)   2,083,942    (582,519)
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND          
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)  $2,537,258   $1,518,165 

 

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VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

   For the Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 
   2012   2011 
         
REVENUES  $63,965   $85,786 
           
COSTS AND EXPENSES          
Lease operating expenses   (14,155)   41,498 
Production taxes   6,479    5,127 
Exploration   86,742    73,132 
Exploration - non cash   10,125    - 
General and administrative expense   645,875    596,337 
General and administrative expense - non cash   335,850    18,960 
Depletion, depreciation, and accretion   18,809    12,202 
Total expenses   1,089,725    747,256 
           
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS   (1,025,760)   (661,470)
           
OTHER EXPENSE          
Interest expense   3,984,023    213,112 
Total other expense   3,984,023    213,112 
           
NET LOSS BEFORE TAX BENEFIT   (5,009,783)   (874,582)
           
TAX BENEFIT   -    58,105 
           
NET LOSS  $(5,009,783)  $(816,477)
           
Weighted average shares, basic and diluted   10,874,774    2,735,726 
Net loss per share, basic and diluted  $(0.46)  $(0.30)

 

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VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

 

   For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
   2012   2011 
         
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES          
Net loss  $(5,009,783)  $(816,477)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from operations to          
net cash used in operating activities          
Amortization of debt discount and financing warrants   265,460    170,086 
Depletion and depreciation   18,809    12,202 
Debt discount on debentures converted to common stock   3,661,781    - 
Stock based compensation   82,125    - 
Tax benefit of debenture discount   -    (58,105)
Warrants for services   263,850    18,960 
Change in working capital          
Accounts receivable   29,264    4,261 
Subscriptions receivable   (90,000)   - 
Prepaid expense   7,373    2,153 
Accounts payable   (113,324)   45,812 
Accrued liabilities   53,984    57,498 
Net cash used in operating activities   (830,461)   (563,610)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
Drilling costs in progress   (82,795)   (205,539)
Acquisition of land   (505,000)   - 
Purchase of furniture and fixtures   -    (8,329)
Net cash used in investing activities   (587,795)   (213,868)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
Sale of debentures   1,725,000    910,000 
Sale of stock for cash   90,000    - 
Bank line of credit - net of repayments   -    (6,600)
Payments on notes payable to related party   -    (50,000)
Net cash provided by financing activities   1,815,000    853,400 
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   396,744    75,922 
           
Beginning cash and cash equivalents   475,623    111,572 
           
Ending cash and cash equivalents  $872,367   $187,494 
           
Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and          
financing activities:          
Debentures exchanged for common stock  $4,559,775   $- 
Common stock exchanged for accrued interest  $206,731   $- 
Deferred tax liability  $-   $309,655 
           
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:          
Cash paid during the period for          
Interest  $318   $10,274 
Income taxes  $-   $- 

 

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Victory Energy Corporation and Subsidiary

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 1 – Financial Statement Presentation

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011, which has been derived from audited financial statements, and the accompanying interim consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2012, for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, have been prepared by management pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for interim financial reporting. These interim consolidated financial statements are unaudited and, in the opinion of management, include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments and accruals) necessary to present fairly the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of Victory Energy Corporation and subsidiary (hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Company") as of and for the periods presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012 or for any other interim period during such year. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been omitted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. The accompanying consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 30, 2012.

 

Organization and nature of operations

 

Victory Energy Corporation (OTCQB symbol VYEY) was organized under the laws of the State of Nevada on January 7, 1982. Prior to May 3, 2006 the Company operated as Victory Capital Holdings Corporation among other corporate names. The Company is authorized to issue 47,500,000 shares of $0.001 par value common stock.

 

On January 12, 2012 the Company implemented a 1:50 reverse stock split. All information in this Form 10-Q reflects this reverse stock split.

 

The Company is engaged in the exploration, acquisition, development and exploitation of domestic oil and gas properties. Current operations are primarily located onshore in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. We are headquartered in Austin, Texas.

 

Victory may invest in oil and gas projects directly, or through its partnership with Aurora Energy Partners, a Texas General Partnership (“Aurora”). Currently all oil and gas assets are held through the Aurora partnership. Victory is the managing partner of Aurora. On December 6, 2012, Victory increased its ownership of Aurora from 15% to 50% on the signing of the Second Amended Partnership Agreement with the Navitus Energy Group. Our future capital and exploration expenditures will focus primarily on oil or liquid-rich gas projects. The Company will develop its investment opportunities through both internal capabilities and strategic industry relationships.

 

Going Concern

 

As reported in the consolidated financial statements, we had a net loss of $5,009,783 for the three months ended March 31, 2012.  Of this amount, approximately $4,292,025 was for non-cash expenses including the amortization of the debt discount and warrants associated with the Company’s 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures, the unamortized portion of the debt discount recognized on the conversion of the debentures to common stock on February 29, 2012, warrants given for services, and stock based compensation.

 

The cash proceeds from the sale of debentures have allowed the Company to continue operations and invest in new oil and gas properties. Management anticipates that operating losses will continue in the near term.

 

At March 31, 2012, the Company had $611,158 in working capital and was in active discussions with The Navitus Energy Group related to longer term financing required for our capital expenditures planned for 2012 and 2013. We are also discussing capital requirements and funding with other potential investors. Without additional outside investment from the sale of equity securities or debt financing our capital expenditures and overhead expenses must be reduced to a level commensurate with available cash flows.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared as if the Company will continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not contain adjustments, including adjustments to recorded assets and liabilities, which might be necessary if the Company were unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Note 2 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Principles of consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and Aurora Energy Partners, A Texas General Partnership. The Company holds a 50% equity interest in Aurora Energy Partners. Since the Company serves as managing partner and is responsible for managing all business operations of the partnership, the financial statements of Aurora have been consolidated with the Company. All significant intercompany transactions have been eliminated. The consolidated financial statements reflect necessary adjustments, all of which were of a recurring nature and are in the opinion of management necessary for a fair presentation.

 

Reclassification

 

Some balances on the prior’s year’s consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

 

Property and equipment

 

Property and equipment are recorded at cost. Cost of repairs and maintenance are expensed as they are incurred. Major repairs that extend the useful life of equipment are capitalized and depreciated over the remaining estimated useful life. When property and equipment are sold or otherwise disposed, the related costs and accumulated depreciation are removed from the respective accounts and the gains or losses realized on the disposition are reflected in operations. The Company uses the straight-line method in computing depreciation for financial reporting purposes.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company uses the sales method of accounting for oil and natural gas revenues. Under this method, revenues are recognized based on actual volumes of gas and oil sold to purchasers. The volumes sold may differ from the volumes to which the company is entitled based on our interests in the properties. Differences between volumes sold and entitled volumes create oil and gas imbalances which are generally reflected as adjustments to reported proved oil and gas reserves and future cash flows in their supplemental oil and gas disclosures. If their excess takes of natural gas or oil exceed their estimated remaining proved reserves for a property, a natural gas or oil imbalance liability is recorded in the consolidated balance sheet.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

We recognize an allowance for doubtful accounts to ensure trade receivables are not overstated due to uncollectability. Accounts receivable for the sale of oil are typically collected in the month following the month of production. Accounts receivable for the sale of gas are typically collected in the second month following the month of production. There were no allowances for doubtful account balances at March 31, 2012 or December 31, 2011.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company’s financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, other assets, fixed assets, derivative liability, deferred revenue, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and short-term debt.  The estimated fair value of cash, accounts receivable, other assets, accounts payable, deferred revenue and accrued liabilities approximated their carrying amounts due to the short-term nature of these instruments.  The carrying value of short-term debt also approximates fair value since their terms are similar to those in the lending market for comparable loans with comparable risks.  None of these instruments are held for trading purposes.

 

The Company utilizes various types of financing to fund its business needs, including debt with warrants attached and other instruments indexed to its stock.  The Company reviews its warrants and conversion features of securities issued as to whether they are freestanding or contain an embedded derivative and if so, whether they are classified as a liability at each reporting period until the amount is settled and reclassified into equity with changes in fair value recognized in current earnings.

 

Inputs used in the valuation to derive fair value are classified based on a fair value hierarchy which distinguishes between assumptions based on market data (observable inputs) and an entity’s own assumptions (unobservable inputs).  The hierarchy consists of three levels:

 

 Level one –Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;
•  Level twoInputs other than level one inputs that are either directly or indirectly observable; and
•  Level threeUnobservable inputs developed using estimates and assumptions, which are developed by the reporting entity and reflect those assumptions that a market participant would use.

 

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Determining which category an asset or liability falls within the hierarchy requires significant judgment.  The Company evaluates its hierarchy disclosures each quarter.  The following table presents all assets that were measured and recognized at fair value as of March 31, 2012 and for the three months then ended on a non-recurring basis. The assets shown below were presented at fair value due to the impairment analysis indicating an estimated fair value below the carrying value for the proved oil and gas properties.

 

Fair value of assets measured and recognized at fair value on a non-recurring basis as of March 31, 2012 were as follows:

 

Description  Level 1   Level 2   Level 3   Total Realized
(Loss) due to
Valuation
   Total
Unrealized
(Loss)
 
Proved Properties (net)  $   $   $565,303   $   $ 
Totals  $   $   $565,303   $   $ 

 

The Company valued the producing properties at their fair value in accordance with the applicable Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) standard due to the impairment indicators prevalent as of March 31, 2012.  The inputs that were used in determining the fair value of these assets were Level 3 inputs. These inputs consist of but are not limited to the following: estimates of reserve quantities, estimates of future production costs and taxes, estimates of consistent pricing of commodities, 10% discount rate, etc. No impairment expense was recorded as of March 31, 2012.

 

Concentrations

 

There is a ready market for the sale of crude oil and natural gas. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, each of our fields sold all of its oil and natural gas production to one purchaser for each field and all of its natural gas production to one purchaser for each field. However, because alternate purchasers of oil and natural gas are readily available at similar prices, we believe that the loss of any of our purchasers would not have a material adverse effect on our financial results

 

Accounting estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods reported. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

 

Significant estimates include volumes of oil and natural gas reserves used in calculating depletion of proved oil and natural gas properties, future net revenues and abandonment obligations, impairment of proved and unproved properties, future income taxes and related assets and liabilities, the fair value of various common stock, warrants and option transactions, and contingencies. Oil and natural gas reserve estimates, which are the basis for unit-of-production depletion and the calculation of impairment, have numerous inherent uncertainties. The accuracy of any reserve estimate is a function of the quality of available data, the engineering and geological interpretation and judgment. Results of drilling, testing and production subsequent to the date of the estimate may justify revision of such estimate. Accordingly, reserve estimates are often different from the quantities of oil and natural gas that are ultimately recovered.  In addition, reserve estimates are vulnerable to changes in wellhead prices of crude oil and natural gas. Such prices have been volatile in the past and can be expected to be volatile in the future.

 

These significant estimates are based on current assumptions that may be materially affected by changes to future economic conditions such as the market prices received for sales of volumes of oil and natural gas, interest rates, the fair value of the Company’s common stock and corresponding volatility, and the Company’s ability to generate future taxable income. Future changes to these assumptions may affect these significant estimates materially in the near term.

 

Oil and natural gas properties

 

The Company accounts for its oil and natural gas properties using the successful efforts method of accounting. Under this method, all costs associated with property acquisitions, successful exploratory wells, all development wells, including dry hole development wells, and asset retirement obligation assets are capitalized. Additionally, interest is capitalized while wells are being drilled and the underlying property is in development. Costs of exploratory wells are capitalized pending determination of whether each well has resulted in the discovery of proved reserves. Oil and natural gas mineral leasehold costs are capitalized as incurred. Items charged to expense generally include geological and geophysical costs, costs of unsuccessful exploratory wells, and oil and natural gas production costs. Capitalized costs of proved properties including associated salvage are depleted on a well-by-well or field-by-field (common reservoir) basis using the units-of-production method based upon proved producing oil and natural gas reserves. The depletion rate is the current period production as a percentage of the total proved producing reserves. The depletion rate is applied to the net book value of property costs to calculate the depletion expense. Proved reserves materially impact depletion expense. If the proved reserves decline, then the depletion rate (the rate at which we record depletion expense) increases, reducing net income.  Dispositions of oil and natural gas properties are accounted for as adjustments to capitalized costs with gain or loss recognized upon sale.  A gain (loss) is recognized to the extent the sales price exceeds or is less than original cost or the carrying value, net of impairment.  Oil and natural gas properties are also subject to impairment at the end of each reporting period. Unproved property costs are excluded from depletable costs until the related properties are developed. See impairment discussed in “Long-lived assets and intangible assets” below.

 

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The Company depreciates other property and equipment using the straight-line method based on estimated useful lives ranging from five to 10 years.

 

Long-lived assets and intangible assets

 

The Company accounts for intangible assets in accordance with the applicable ASC.   Intangible assets that have defined lives are subject to amortization over the useful life of the assets. Intangible assets held having no contractual factors or other factors limiting the useful life of the asset are not subject to amortization but are reviewed at least annually for impairment or when indicators suggest that impairment may be needed.  Intangible assets are subject to impairment review at least annually or when there is an indication that an asset has been impaired. While there are prospects for possible capital funding (either debt or equity), much is left to the market and outside instability.  As such, at this time, management cannot anticipate with a comfortable degree of certainty if the appropriate amount of funding will be achieved and any funding will be diverted fully to its E&P activities.  This will further postpone the Company’s ability to dedicate financial as well as human resources to its technology division in the short term future.  As such, the Company has eliminated the division entirely.

 

For unproved property costs, management reviews these investments for impairment on a property-by-property basis if a triggering event should occur that may suggest that impairment may be required.

 

The Company reviews its long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. If the carrying amount of the asset, including any intangible assets associated with that asset, exceeds its estimated future undiscounted net cash flows, the Company will recognize an impairment loss equal to the difference between its carrying amount and its estimated fair value. The fair value used to calculate the impairment for producing oil and natural gas field that produces from a common reservoir is first determined by comparing the undiscounted future net cash flows associated with total proved properties to the carrying value of the underlying evaluated property. If the cost of the underlying evaluated property is in excess of the undiscounted future net cash flows, the future net cash flows are discounted at 10%, which the Company believes approximates fair value, to determine the amount of impairment.

 

The Company recorded no impairment loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

 

Asset retirement obligation

 

In accordance with the applicable ASC, the Company recognizes  the fair value of the liability for asset retirement costs in an entity’s balance sheet, as both a liability and an increase in the carrying values of such assets, in the periods in which such liabilities can be reasonably estimated. The present value of the estimated future asset retirement obligation (“ARO”), as of the date of acquisition or the date at which a successful well is drilled, is capitalized as part of the costs of proved oil and natural gas properties and recorded as a liability. The asset retirement costs are depleted over the production life of the oil and natural gas property on a unit-of-production basis.

 

The ARO is recorded at fair value and accretion expense is recognized as the discounted liability is accreted to its expected settlement value at least once per year. The fair value of the ARO liability is measured by using expected future cash outflows discounted at the Company’s credit adjusted risk free interest rate.

 

Amounts incurred to settle plugging and abandonment obligations that are either less than or greater than amounts accrued are recorded as a gain or loss in current operations.  Revisions to previous estimates, such as the estimated cost to plug a well or the estimated future economic life of a well, are generally done at the end of the fiscal year and may require adjustments to the ARO and are capitalized as part of the costs of proved oil and natural gas property.

 

Income taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740 “Income Taxes” which requires an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting of income taxes.   Deferred income taxes reflect the impact of temporary differences between the amount of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and such amounts as measured by tax laws and regulations. Deferred tax assets include tax loss and credit carry forwards and are reduced by a valuation allowance if, based on available evidence, it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

On January 1, 2007, the Company adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance to clarify the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes.  The guidance prescribes a measurement process for recording in the financial statements uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.  Additionally, the it provides guidance regarding uncertain tax positions relating to derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition.  The Company will classify any interest and penalties associated with income taxes as interest expense. The provisions of this guidance have been incorporated into Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 740-10.

 

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Stock based compensation

 

Beginning January 1, 2006, the Company adopted the FASB standard for accounting for stock based compensation to account for its issuance of warrants to key partners, directors and officers. The standard requires all share-based payments, including employee stock options, warrants and restricted stock, be measured at the fair value of the award and expensed over the requisite service period (generally the vesting period). The fair value of stock options and common warrants granted to key partners, directors and officers is estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model by using the historical volatility of the Company’s stock. The calculation also takes into account the common stock fair market value at the grant date, the exercise price, the expected life of the common stock option or warrant, the dividend yield and the risk-free interest rate.

 

The Company from time to time may issue stock options, warrants and restricted stock to acquire goods or services from third parties. Restricted stock, options or warrants issued are recorded on the basis of their fair value, which is measured as of the date issued.   The options or warrants are valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model on the basis of the market price of the underlying equity instrument on the “valuation date,” which for options and warrants related to contracts that have substantial disincentives to non-performance, is the date of the contract, and for all other contracts is the vesting date. Expense related to the options and warrants is recognized on a straight-line basis over the shorter of the period over which services are to be received or the vesting period.

 

The Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $345,975 from warrants granted to consultants and directors for their services and from stock options issued to officers for the three months ended March 31, 2012. For the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company recognized $18,960 in expense for warrants granted to directors for their service as directors.

 

Earnings per share

 

Basic earnings per share are computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilutive effects of common stock equivalents such as options, warrants and convertible securities. Given the historical and projected future losses of the Company, all potentially dilutive common stock equivalents are considered anti-dilutive.

 

Note 3 – Oil and natural gas properties

 

Oil and natural gas properties are comprised of the following as of:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
         
Land  $625,625   $101,259 
Drilling and work in process   305,140    268,436 
Proved property – purchased gas wells   3,015,322    3,015,322 
Proved property – drilled gas wells   1,753,026    1,753,026 
Producing oil wells   246,425    219,700 
Total oil and natural gas properties, cost   5,945,538    5,356,743 
Less: accumulated depreciation, depletion and impairment   (4,449,470)   (4,431.014)
Oil and natural gas properties, net  $1,496,068   $926,729 

 

Depletion expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $18,456 and $12,005, respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, the Company recorded no impairment losses on its oil and gas properties.

 

Note 4 – Liability for Unauthorized Preferred Stock Issued

 

During the year ended December 31, 2006, the Company authorized 10,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, convertible to common stock at the rate of 100 shares of common for every share of preferred. During 2006, the Company issued 715,517 shares of this preferred stock for cash of $246,950.  The Company subsequently issued additional preferred stock and had several preferred shareholders converted their shares into common stock during the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

 

During the course of the Company’s internal investigation, it was determined by the Company’s legal counsel that the preferred shares had not been duly authorized by the State of Nevada. Since the Company had issued and received consideration for the preferred stock, notwithstanding that the stock was not legally authorized, the Company reclassified the preferred stock into a liability and does not present preferred stock in the equity section of the balance sheet. The Company has offered to settle the debt with the remaining holders of the unauthorized preferred stock by honoring the terms of conversion of one share of preferred into 100 shares of common stock on a pre-split basis. The Company intends to cancel the preferred stock once all remaining preferred stockholders have converted.

 

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There were 238,966. shares of unconverted preferred stock outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

 

The remaining liability for the unconverted preferred stock is based on the original cash tendered and consisted of the following as of:

 

   March 31, 2012   December 31, 2011 
Liability for unauthorized preferred stock  $32,164   $32,164 

 

Note 5 – Senior Secured Convertible Debentures

 

On February 29, 2012, all of the then outstanding Debentures were converted into shares of the Company’s common stock in accordance with their terms.

 

In the following discussion, all share references have been adjusted to reflect a 1:50 reverse stock split by the Company on January 12, 2012.

 

Between October 15, 2010, and February 29, 2012, the Company entered into agreements with accredited investors for the cash sale by the Company of an aggregate of $5,120,000 of 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures (the “Debentures”) which were convertible into an aggregate of 20,480,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $0.25 per share of common stock, subject to the customary adjustments for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations and the like.  There are no registration rights for the converted shares.

 

In addition, on December 31, 2010, the Company converted a note payable and accrued interest due to a related party of $552,275 to the same 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debenture which is convertible into an aggregate of 2,209,100 shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $0.25 per share of common stock, subject to customary adjustments for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations and the like.  There are no registration rights for the converted shares.

 

The maturity date of the Debentures is September 30, 2013, but may be extended at the sole discretion of the Company to December 31, 2013. 

 

In connection with the Debenture offering, the Company also issued five (5) year warrants to purchase an aggregate of 102,400 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.25 per share, subject to customary adjustments for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations and the like, to the investors.

 

The Company has the right to force conversion of the Debentures under certain terms and conditions

 

The Debentures are secured under the terms of a Security Agreement by a security interest in all of the Company’s personal property. The relative fair value of the warrants and beneficial conversion features of the debentures were determined at the time of issuance using the methodology prescribed by current accounting guidance.

 

The cash proceeds of $5,120,000 were allocated to working capital and investments in oil and gas.

 

During the two months ended February 29, 2012, the Company issued $1,725,000 of these Debentures for cash of $1,725,000. The Company determined the initial fair value of the beneficial conversion feature was approximately $1,725,000. The Company also determined that the relative fair value of the warrants upon issuance was $61,649 which was calculated under a Black-Scholes option pricing model using as assumptions an expected life of 5 years, a stock volatility ranging from 673.2% to 674.8% , a risk free interest rate ranging from .71% to .87%, and no expected dividend yield. The initial fair value of the warrants of $61,649 and the beneficial conversion feature of $1,663,351 were recorded by the Company as a financing discount of $1,725,000 which the Company is amortizing to interest expense over the life of the Debentures.

 

On June 30, 2011, $1,112,500 of the Debentures were converted into 4,450,000 shares of the Company’s common stock in accordance with their terms.

 

On February 29, 2012, all of the $4,559,775 then outstanding Debentures were converted into 18,239,100 shares of the Company’s common stock in accordance with their terms.

 

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Senior secured convertible debentures consisted of the following as of:

 

   March 31, 
2012
   December 31,
2011
 
Convertible debentures, interest at 10% per annum payable quarterly, due September 30, 2013 with detachable warrants  $5,120,000   $3,395,000 
Convertible debentures, interest at 10% per annum payable quarterly, due September 30, 2013 issued in exchange for notes payable and accrued interest to related party   552,275    552,275 
Convertible debentures converted to common stock   (5,672,275)   (1,112,500)
Subtotal       2,834,775 
Debt discount       (2,202,241)
Net book value  $   $632,534 

 

At the time of conversion on February 29, 2012 amortization of the debt discount and related financing warrants for the two months then ended totaled $265,460.

 

Note 6 – Shareholders Equity

 

The Company estimates the fair value of employee stock options and warrants granted using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model. Key assumptions used to estimate the fair value of warrants and stock options include the exercise price of the award, the fair value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant, the expected warrant or option term, the risk free interest rate at the date of grant, the expected volatility and the expected annual dividend yield on the Company’s common stock.

 

The following weighted average assumptions were used in estimating the fair value of share-based payment arrangements during the three months ended March 31, 2012:

 

Annual dividends 0
Expected volatility 514.9% - 700.2%
Risk-free interest rate 0.71% - 1.04%
Expected life 4 – 6 years

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the following unregistered securities were issued for the purposes noted. All shares and prices have been adjusted for the 1:50 reverse stock split effective for the Company on January 12, 2012.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures with the total face value of $1,170,000 to 34 individuals or investment entities who are non-affiliates of the Company in exchange for $1,170,000.  The debentures are convertible into 4,680,000 shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.25 per share.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 23,400 shares of common stock to 34 individuals or investment entities who are non-affiliates of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 as part of the terms of the sale of the debentures. The warrants are convertible into 23,400 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures with the total face value of $555,000 to four individuals or investment entities who are affiliates of the Company in exchange for $555,000.  The debentures are convertible into 2,220,000 shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.25 per share.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 4,100 shares of common stock to four individuals or investment entities who are affiliates of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 as part of the terms of the sale of the debentures. The warrants are convertible into 4,100 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 30,000 non-qualified stock options to an officer employee of the Company to purchase the common stock of the Company for $0.50 per share as part of their compensation. The options have a four year life and vest immediately.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 60,000 non-qualified stock options to an officer employee of the Company to purchase the common stock of the Company for $1.00 per share as part of his compensation. The options have a six year life and vest over 24 months.

 

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The Company determined that the fair value of the options upon grant was $148,500 of which $49,500 was recognizable immediately and $99,000 would be amortized over the remaining 24 months of vesting, The value was calculated under a Black-Scholes option pricing model using as assumptions an expected life of 4 and 6 years, a stock volatility of 700.2%, a risk free interest rate of 0.86%, and no expected dividend.

 

On January 3, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 15,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 and warrants to purchase 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 to a board member in return for services as General Counsel to the Company. The Company determined that the fair value of these warrants was $74,250 which was calculated under a Black-Scholes option pricing model using as assumptions an expected life of 5 years, a stock volatility of 514.9%, a risk free interest rate of 0.89%, and no expected dividend yield.

 

On February 20, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 and warrants to purchase 60,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 to a consultant to the Company as part of the compensation for services rendered to the Company. The Company determined that the fair value of these warrants was $156,600 which was calculated under a Black-Scholes option pricing model using as assumptions an expected life of 5 years, a stock volatility of 517.1%, a risk free interest rate of 0.81%, and no expected dividend yield.

 

On March 31, 2012, we authorized warrants to be issued to purchase a total of 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 to members of the board in return for their board service. Each board member earns warrants to purchase 2,000 shares for each monthly meeting attended.  These warrants will be physically issued by us to the individuals on December 31, 2012.

 

The Company determined that the fair value of the warrants granted to the board members was $33,000 which was calculated under a Black-Scholes option pricing model using as assumptions an expected life of 5 years, a stock volatility of 518.4%, a risk free interest rate of 1.04%, and no expected dividend yield.

 

Note 7 – Income Taxes

 

As a result of net operating losses and the inability to record a benefit for its deferred income tax assets, the Company has no income tax provision for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The Company had no income tax provision for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

The Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, imposes substantial restrictions on the utilization of net operating losses in the event of an “ownership change” of a corporation.  Accordingly, a company’s ability to use net operating losses may be limited as prescribed under Internal Revenue Code Section 382 (“IRC Section 382”).  Events which may cause limitations in the amount of the net operating losses that the company may use in any one year include, but are not limited to, a cumulative ownership change of more than 50% over a three-year period.  There have been transactions that have changed the Company’s ownership structure since inception that may have resulted in one or more ownership changes as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

 

At December 31, 2011, the Company had available Federal and state net operating loss carry forwards to reduce future taxable income of approximately $13,130,000. The Federal net operating loss carry forward begins to expire in 2025.

 

Given the Company’s history of net operating losses, management has determined that it is more-likely-than-not the Company will not be able to realize the tax benefit of the carry forwards. Current standards require that a valuation allowance be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

Accordingly, the Company has recorded a full valuation allowance against its net deferred tax assets at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.  Upon the attainment of taxable income by the Company, management will assess the likelihood of realizing the tax benefit associated with the use of the carry forwards and will recognize a deferred tax asset at that time.

 

Note 8 – Subsequent Events

 

On May 7, 2010, the Company entered into an agreement to sell our working interests in the Jones County and Atwood properties to CO Energy who is the current Operator of the properties for $400,000 which is expected to result in a gain for the Company on the sale. Cash proceeds will be paid to us in equal installments of $200,000 in May and July, 2012.

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion is intended to assist you in understanding our business and results of operations together with our present financial condition. This section should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes included elsewhere in this report. Statements in our discussion may be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. We caution that a number of factors could cause future production, revenues and expenses to differ materially from our expectations.

 

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The following is management’s discussion and analysis of certain significant factors that have affected certain aspects of our financial position and results of operations during the periods included in the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements. You should read this in conjunction with the discussion under “Financial Information” and the audited consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements concerning our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, estimates, intentions, operations, future results and prospects, including statements that include the words “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “expect,” “will,” “shall,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations and are subject to risk, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, expected, projected, intended, committed or believed. We provide the following cautionary statement identifying important factors (some of which are beyond our control) which could cause the actual results or events to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements and related assumptions.

 

General Overview

 

We are an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the production, acquisition and exploitation of oil and natural gas properties through our partnership with Aurora Energy Partners.  We are geographically focused on the onshore United States. Our operational focus is the acquisition, through the most cost effective means possible, of production or near production oil and natural gas field assets. Our areas of operation include Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

 

Our revenue, profitability, cash flow, oil and natural gas reserves value, future growth, and ability to borrow funds or obtain additional capital, as well as the carrying value of our properties, are substantially dependent on prevailing prices of natural gas and oil. Historically, the markets for natural gas and oil have been volatile, and those markets are likely to continue to be volatile in the future. It is impossible to predict future natural gas and oil price movements with certainty. Prices for natural gas and oil are subject to wide fluctuations in response to relatively minor changes in the supply of and demand for natural gas and oil, market uncertainty, and a variety of additional factors beyond our control.

 

Going Concern

 

As reported in the consolidated financial statements, we had a net loss of $5,009,783 for the three months ended March 31, 2012.  Of this amount, approximately $4,292,025 was for non cash expenses of the Company during the period including the amortization of the debt discount and warrants associated with the Company’s 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures, the recognition of the unamortized portion of the debt discount on the conversion of the debentures to common stock on February 29, 2012, warrants given for services, and stock based compensation. Our accumulated deficit is $41,101,072 as of quarter end 2012.

 

The cash proceeds from the sale of debentures have allowed the Company to continue operations and invest in new oil and gas properties. At quarter end, we had $611,158 in net working capital. Management intends to fund the 2012 investment program using this working capital, the proceeds from asset sales in the second quarter, cash generated from operations and additional capital provided by The Navitus Energy Group or other parties. We are in active discussions with The Navitus Energy Group to receive capital under the terms and conditions already agreed last year when the Aurora Partnership Agreement was amended. Without additional capital received from the sale of equity securities or debt, our operating activities and overhead expenses must be scaled back to a level commensurate with cash flow from existing operations.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements are prepared as if the Company will continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not contain adjustments, including adjustments to recorded assets and liabilities, which might be necessary if the Company were unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 Compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

 

Our revenue, operating expenses, and net income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011 were as follows:

 

               Percentage 
   Three Months Ended March 31,       Change 
   2012   2011   Change   Inc (Dec) 
                 
REVENUES  $63,965   $85,786   $(21,821)   (25.4%)
                     
COSTS AND EXPENSES                    
Lease operating expense   (14,155)   41,498    (55,653)   n/m 
Production Taxes   6,479    5,127    1,352    26.4%
Exploration   86,742    73,132    13,610    18.6%
Exploration - non cash   10,125    -    10,125    n/m 
General and administrative expense   645,875    596,337    49,538    8.3%
General and administrative expense - non cash   335,850    18,960    316,890    n/m 
Depletion and accretion   18,809    12,202    6,607    54.1%
Total expenses   1,089,725    747,256           
                     
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS   (1,025,760)   (661,470)   (364,290)   (55.1%)
                     
OTHER EXPENSE                    
Interest expense   3,984,023    213,112    3,770,911    n/m 
Total other expense   3,984,023    213,112           
                     
NET LOSS BEFORE TAX BENEFIT   -    58,105    (58,105)   n/m 
                     
NET LOSS  $(5,009,783)  $(816,477)  $(4,193,306)   n/m 
                     
Weighted average shares, basic and diluted   10,874,774    2,735,726           
Net loss per share, basic and diluted  $(0.46)  $(0.30)          

 

Revenues: All of our revenue was derived from the sale of oil and natural gas.  Our revenues decreased $21,821 or 25.4% to $63,965 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $85,786 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.  The decrease reflects a decline in the amount of natural gas sold to 10,386 Mcf (thousand cubic feet) at $4.77 per Mcf for the three months ending March 31, 2012 from 11,675 Mcf sold at $6.49 per Mcf in the three months ended March 31, 2011. The decline in physical gas production is attributable to the normal productivity decline that occurs with these types of wells over time. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we also sold 184 barrels of oil at $92.24 per barrel. There were no sales of oil in the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

Lease Operating Expenses:  Our cost of production includes a one-time credit of $35,157 received from an Operator that had received the credit from one of its vendors. Had this credit not been recognized in the period, our cost of production would have been approximately $21,002 for the three months ending March 31, 2012 which would have represented a decrease of $20,496 or 49.4% from $41,498 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

Production Taxes: Production taxes increased $1,352 or 26.4% to $6,479 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $5,127 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The change is not considered meaningful and reflects the timing of the calculation and payment of production taxes.

 

Exploration Expense: Exploration expense increased $13,610 or 18.6% to $86,742 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $73,132 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This increase reflects the higher tempo of exploration activities as the Company had only just hired a full time exploration officer employee in the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

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Exploration Expense – non cash: Exploration non-cash expense increased $10,125 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. This increase reflects the vesting of exploration-dedicated employee stock options during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

 

General and Administrative Expense:  General and administrative expenses increased $49,538 or 8.3% to $645,875 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $596,337 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.   For the most part, the increase reflects the addition of a new chief financial officer, ongoing investor relations activities, and outside management consulting services which were not part of general and administrative expense in the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

General and Administrative Expense – non cash:  General and administrative non-cash expenses increased $316,890 to $335,850 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $18,960 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.   The increase reflects the non cash charges related to the issuance of warrants to board members for their service as members of the board, additional warrants to a related party to serve as general counsel of the Company, warrants to a management consultant for services in that capacity, employee stock options to the new Chief Financial Officer, and the amortization of employee stock options as such options vest. Such non-cash compensation totaled $18,960 in the three months ended March 31, 2011 in warrants to the board members for their service as members of the board.

 

Depletion and Accretion:  Depletion, accretion, and depreciation increased $6,607 or 54.1% to $18,809 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $12,202 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.  The increase is due to the additional depletion of the operating oil wells in 2012 which the company did not have in the three months ending March 31, 2011.

 

Interest Expense: Interest expense increased $3,770,911 to $3,984,023 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 from $213,112 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, $265,460 represents the amortization of the non-cash debt discount associated with the sale of the outstanding 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures from January 1, 2012 up to the point where the debentures were converted to common stock on February 29, 2012, $3,661,781 represents the recognition of the remaining non-cash debt discount associated with the conversion of all the outstanding debentures to common stock on February 29, 2012, and $56,782, for the most part, represents the actual interest expense accrued on the 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures outstanding until their conversion on February 29, 2012.

 

Income Taxes: There is no provision for income tax recorded for either the three months ended March 31, 2012 or for the three months ended March 31, 2011 due to the expected operating losses of both years.  We had available Federal income tax net operating loss (“NOL”) carry forwards of approximately $13,130,000 at December 31, 2011. Our NOL generally begins to expire in 2025.

 

The realization of future tax benefits is dependent on our ability to generate taxable income within the carry forward period. Given the Company’s history of net operating losses, management has determined that it is more-likely-than-not the Company will not be able to realize the tax benefit of the carry forwards. Current standards require that a valuation allowance thus be established when it is more likely than not that all or a portion of deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

All tax benefits recognized in 2011 due to the timing difference in tax effect between the accounting and tax basis of the Company’s 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures were eliminated when the debentures were converted to common stock during the three month period ended March 31, 2012.

 

Net Loss:  We had a net loss of $5,009,783 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to a net loss of $816,477 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.  For the three months ended March 31, 2012 approximately $4,292,025 of this loss was related to the non-cash charges related to the debt discount on the Companies 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures which were converted to common stock on February 29, 2012 and to non cash compensation awards to individuals for board service, employee stock options, and other management and consulting services. This net loss should be viewed in light of the cash flow from operations discussed below.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The global financial and credit crisis may have impacts on our liquidity and financial condition that we currently cannot predict.

 

The continued credit crisis and related turmoil in the global financial system may have a material impact on our liquidity and our financial condition, and we may ultimately face major challenges if conditions in the financial markets do not improve. Our ability to access the capital markets or borrow money may be restricted at a time when we would like, or need, to raise capital, which could have an adverse impact on our flexibility to react to changing economic and business conditions and on our ability to fund our operations and capital expenditures in the future. Additionally, the current economic situation could lead to reduced demand for natural gas and oil, or further reductions in the prices of natural gas and oil, or both, which could have a negative impact on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows. While the ultimate outcome and impact of the current financial crisis cannot be predicted, it may have a material adverse effect on our future liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.

 

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Our cash and cash equivalents, total current assets, total assets, total current liabilities, and total liabilities as of March 31, 2012 as compared to March 31, 2011, are as follows:

 

   March 31, 
   2012   2011 
Cash  $872,367   $187,493 
Total current assets   1, 34,470    280,805 
Total assets   2,537,258    1,034,206 
Total current liabilities   423,312    677,879 
Total liabilities   453,316    1,492,135 

 

At March 31, 2012, we had working capital of $611,158 compared to a working capital deficit of $397,074 at March 31, 2011. Current liabilities decreased to $423,312 at March 31, 2012 from $677,879 at March 31, 2011 primarily due to the payoff of the amount due the bank, the amount due a related party, the conversion of unauthorized preferred stock to common stock, and the conversion of accrued interest to common stock.

 

Net cash used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 totaled $830,461 after the net loss of $5,009,783 was decreased by $4,292,025 in non-cash charges and offset by $112,703 in changes to the working capital accounts. This compares to cash used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2011 of $563,610 after the net loss for the period of $816,477 was decreased by $143,143 in non cash charges and $109,724 in changes to the working capital accounts.

 

Net cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $587,795 of which $82,795 was for drilling and related costs for exploration efforts and $505,000 was used to acquire land for drilling. This compares to $205,539 in drilling costs and $8,329 in purchases of furniture and fixtures for the then new Austin, Texas office during the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $1,815,000 of which $1,725,000 came from the sale of the Company’s 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures and $90,000 came from the sale of stock. This compares to $853,400 provided by financing activities during the three months ended March 31, 2011 of which $910,000 came from the sale of the Company’s 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures,$6,600 was used to pay down the bank line of credit and $50,000 was used to pay off a note due a related party.

 

Item 3. Qualitative and Quantitative Discussions About Market Risk

 

As a smaller reporting company we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.  However, we did include market risk factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 30, 2012.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Pursuant to Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act, the Company carried out an evaluation, with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) (the Company's principal executive officer) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) (the Company’s principal financial and accounting officer), of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined under Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of March 31, 2012. Based upon that evaluation, our management concluded that our control over financial reporting and related disclosure controls and procedures are now effective.

 

Changes in Internal Controls

 

While the Company is still small we now have separate full-time employees serving as the CEO and CFO. Moreover, the Board of Directors continues to be proactively involved in the management of the business. Thus, risks associated with adequate segregation of duties have been addressed. Also, the skills and capabilities of the new CFO as well as ongoing advice and expertise provided by outside advisors gives assurance that our financial reporting is accurate and timely. We have disclosure processes in place to identify transactions and events to be reported, as applicable. Additional internal control enhancements are planned for implementation in the second and third quarters of 2012.

 

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Part II – Other Information

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

There have been no material developments in the status of the litigation as reported in Item 3 of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 30, 2012.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

As a smaller reporting company we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.  However, we did include risk factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC on March 30, 2012.

 

Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the following unregistered securities were issued for the purposes noted.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures with the total face value of $1,170,000 to 34 individuals or investment entities who are non-affiliates of the Company in exchange for $1,170,000.  The debentures are convertible into 4,680,000 shares of common stock on a post-split basis at a conversion price of $0.25 per share.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 23,400 shares of common stock to 34 individuals or investment entities who are non-affiliates of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 as part of the terms of the sale of the debentures. The warrants are convertible into 23,400 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures with the total face value of $555,000 to four individuals or investment entities who are affiliates of the Company in exchange for $555,000.  The debentures are convertible into 2,220,000 shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.25 per share.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 4,100 shares of common stock to four individuals or investment entities who are affiliates of the Company at an exercise price of $0.25 as part of the terms of the sale of the debentures. The warrants are convertible into 4,100 shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 30,000 non-qualified stock options to an officer employee of the Company to purchase the common stock of the Company for $0.50 per share as part of their compensation. The options have a four year life and vest immediately.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we issued 60,000 non-qualified stock options to an officer employee of the Company to purchase the common stock of the Company for $01.00 per share as part of his compensation. The options have a six year life and vest over 24 months.

 

On January 3, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase a total of 15,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 and warrants to purchase 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 to a Board member in return for services as General Counsel to the Company.

 

On February 20, 2012, we issued warrants to purchase 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 and warrants to purchase 60,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $1.00 to a consultant to the Company as part of the compensation for services rendered to the Company.

 

On March 31, 2012, we authorized warrants to be issued to purchase a total of 30,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $.50 to members of the board in return for their board service. Each board member earns warrants to purchase 2,000 shares for each monthly meeting attended.  These warrants will be physically issued by us to the individuals on December 31, 2012.

 

Unless otherwise indicated, we relied on the exemption from registration relating to offerings that do not involve any public offering pursuant to Section 4(2) under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Act”) and/or Rule 506 of Regulation D of the Act. We believe that each investor had adequate access to information about us through the investor’s relationship with us.

 

Item 3.   Default Upon Senior Securities

 

There is no information required to be reported under this Item.

 

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Item 4.   Removed and Reserved

 

There is no information required to be reported under this Item.

 

Item 5.   Other Information

 

On January 12, 2012, the Company implemented a 1:50 reverse stock split first announced on October 13, 2011. This matter was reported on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 13, 2012

 

On February 29, 2012, all the outstanding 10% Senior Secured Convertible Debentures were converted to common shares of the Company in accordance with the terms of the underlying debentures. The matter was reported on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on March 6, 2012.

 

Item 6.   Exhibits

 

(a)             Exhibits

 

31.1

Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification by Kenneth Hill

31.2  Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification by Mark Biggers
32.1 Section 1350 Certification by Kenneth Hill and Mark Biggers
101.INS*  XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH* XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL* XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF* XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB* XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE* XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

*XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information is furnished and not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Section 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, is deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise is not subject to liability under these sections.

 

Signature

 

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, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

Date: May 15, 2012

VICTORY ENERGY CORPORATION
     
     
  By: /s/ KENNETH HILL
    Kenneth Hill
   

Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

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