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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

 

 

   

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

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015

OR

   

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

 

For the transition period from              to

          

Commission file number: 001-9025

 

Vista-Logo-2-300dpi  

 

VISTA GOLD CORP.

 (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)r

 

 

British Columbia

   

98-0542444

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

   

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

   

 

Suite 5, 7961 Shaffer Parkway

   

   

Littleton, Colorado

   

80127

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

   

(Zip Code)

 

(720) 981-1185

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code)

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant (1)  filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically 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 (§ 229.405 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 No

 

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

      Large Accelerated Filer   Accelerated Filer   Non-Accelerated Filer Smaller Reporting Company  

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practical date: 82,390,217 common shares, without par value, outstanding as of May 5, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   

 

VISTA GOLD CORP. 

(An Exploration Stage Enterprise) 

FORM 10-Q 

For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2015 

INDEX  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 


 

PART I

 

ITEM 1.  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

VISTA GOLD CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollar amounts in U.S. dollars and in thousands, except shares)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,660 

 

$

3,714 

Other investments, at fair value (Note 3)

 

2,653 

 

 

6,163 

Other current assets

 

1,353 

 

 

1,485 

   Total current assets

 

12,666 

 

 

11,362 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral properties (Note 4)

 

3,870 

 

 

5,406 

Plant and equipment, net (Note 5)

 

2,655 

 

 

2,842 

Assets held for sale (Note 5)

 

6,500 

 

 

6,500 

Long-term deferred tax asset

 

730 

 

 

1,916 

   Total non-current assets

 

13,755 

 

 

16,664 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

$

26,421 

 

$

28,026 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

544 

 

$

457 

Accrued liabilities and other

 

607 

 

 

370 

Current deferred tax liability

 

730 

 

 

1,916 

   Total current liabilities

 

1,881 

 

 

2,743 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

1,881 

 

 

2,743 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies – (Note 8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares, no par value - unlimited shares authorized; shares

 

 

 

 

 

   outstanding: 2015 - 82,390,217 and 2014 - 82,390,217 

 

404,912 

 

 

404,912 

Additional paid-in capital (Note 6)

 

33,399 

 

 

33,171 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (Note 7)

 

(13)

 

 

11 

Accumulated deficit

 

(413,758)

 

 

(412,811)

   Total shareholders' equity

 

24,540 

 

 

25,283 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

26,421 

 

$

28,026 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved by the Board of Directors

 

 

Racy A. S

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ John M. Clark

John M. Clark

Director

/s/ Tracy A. Stevenson

Tracy A. Stevenson

Director

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

 

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME/(LOSS) AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)

(Dollar amounts in U.S. dollars and in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expense:

 

 

 

 

Exploration, property evaluation and holding costs

$

(975)

$

(1,418)

Corporate administration

 

(1,044)

 

(1,275)

Depreciation and amortization

 

(191)

 

(217)

Gain on disposal of mineral property, net (Note 4)

 

1,958 

 

 -

   Total operating expense

 

(252)

 

(2,910)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-operating income and (expense):

 

 

 

 

Gain/(loss) on sale of marketable securities

 

12 

 

13 

Unrealized gain/(loss) on other investments (Note 3)

 

(390)

 

2,054 

Realized gain/(loss) on other investments, net (Note 3)

 

(348)

 

155 

Interest income

 

 

Interest expense

 

 -

 

(78)

Other income/(expense)

 

30 

 

(378)

   Total non-operating income/(expense)

 

(695)

 

1,770 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(947)

 

(1,140)

Deferred income tax (expense) benefit

 

 -

 

 -

Net loss

$

(947)

$

(1,140)

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive gain/(loss):

 

 

 

 

Unrealized fair value increase/(decrease) on available-for-sale securities

 

(24)

 

53 

Comprehensive loss

$

(971)

$

(1,087)

 

 

 

 

 

Basic:

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

82,390,217 

 

82,275,217 

Net loss per share

 

(0.01)

$

(0.01)

Diluted:

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding

 

82,390,217 

 

82,275,217 

Net loss per share

 

(0.01)

$

(0.01)

 

 

 

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

 

 

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollar amounts in U.S. dollars and in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common shares

 

Common stock

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

Accumulated deficit

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balances at December 31, 2013

82,275,217 

$

404,470 

$

32,487 

$

(393,885)

$

(59)

$

43,013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued

115,000 

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

Stock-based compensation

 -

 

442 

 

684 

 

 -

 

 -

 

1,126 

Other comprehensive loss

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

70 

 

70 

Net loss

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

(18,926)

 

 -

 

(18,926)

Balances at December 31, 2014

82,390,217 

$

404,912 

$

33,171 

$

(412,811)

$

11 

$

25,283 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 -

 

 -

 

228 

 

 -

 

 -

 

228 

Other comprehensive income

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

(24)

 

(24)

Net loss

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

(947)

 

 -

 

(947)

Balances at March 31, 2015

82,390,217 

$

404,912 

$

33,399 

$

(413,758)

$

(13)

$

24,540 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollar amounts in U.S. dollars and in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss for the period

$

(947)

 

$

(1,140)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss for the period to net cash used in operations:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

191 

 

 

217 

Stock-based compensation

 

228 

 

 

414 

Gain on disposal of marketable securities

 

(12)

 

 

(13)

Gain on disposal of mineral property

 

(1,958)

 

 

 -

Unrealized (gain)/loss on other investments

 

390 

 

 

(2,054)

Realized (gain)/loss on other investments

 

348 

 

 

(155)

Other non-cash items

 

 -

 

 

(7)

Change in working capital account items:

 

 

 

 

 

Other current assets

 

75 

 

 

426 

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other

 

324 

 

 

41 

   Net cash used in operating activities

 

(1,361)

 

 

(2,271)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from sales of marketable securities

 

41 

 

 

29 

Proceeds from sale of other investments, net

 

2,772 

 

 

10,560 

Additions to plant and equipment

 

 -

 

 

(3)

Proceeds from option/sale agreements, net

 

3,494 

 

 

50 

   Net cash provided by investing activities

 

6,307 

 

 

10,636 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Repayment of debt

 

 -

 

 

(6,344)

   Net cash used in financing activities

 

 -

 

 

(6,344)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

4,946 

 

 

2,021 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

3,714 

 

 

5,475 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

8,660 

 

$

7,496 

 

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

 

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

1. Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation

 

Vista Gold Corp. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Vista,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) operate in the gold mining industry. We are focused on the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and advancement of gold exploration and potential development projects, which may lead to gold production or value adding strategic transactions such as earn-in right agreements, option agreements, leases to third parties, joint venture arrangements with other mining companies, or outright sales of assets for cash and/or other consideration.  We look for opportunities to improve the value of our gold projects through exploration drilling and/or technical studies focused on optimizing previous engineering work

 

Our principal asset is our flagship Mt Todd gold project (“Mt Todd”) in Northern Territory (“NT”), Australia. We also hold 5.5% of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Midas Gold Corp. (“Midas Gold Shares”), non-core projects in Mexico and the United States, and royalty interests in projects in Bolivia and Indonesia

 

The interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (“interim statements”) of the Company are unaudited. In the opinion of management, all adjustments and disclosures necessary for a fair presentation of these interim statements have been included. The results reported in these interim statements are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be reported for the entire year. These interim statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed March 3, 2015 on Form 10-K. The year-end balance sheet data was derived from the audited financial statements and, in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q, certain information and footnote disclosures required by United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) have been condensed or omitted

 

References to C$ refer to Canadian currency, A$ to Australian currency and $ to United States currency.

 

2. Liquidity

 

These interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis under which an entity is considered to be able to realize its assets and satisfy its liabilities in the normal course of business. The continuing long-term viability of the Company is dependent upon our ability to secure sufficient funding and ultimately to generate future profits from operations.  The underlying value and recoverability of the amounts shown as mineral properties and plant and equipment in the condensed consolidated balance sheets are also dependent on our ability to continue to fund exploration and development activities that could lead to profitable production or proceeds from the disposition of these assets.  There can be no assurance that we will be successful in disposing of these assets, securing additional funding on terms acceptable to us or at all, or developing profitable operations in the future. These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded assets or liabilities which might be necessary should we not be able to continue as a going concern.     

 

3. Other Investments

 

Midas Gold Corp. Shares 

 

In April 2011, Vista completed a combination with Midas Gold, Inc. (the “Combination”), creating Midas Gold Corp., whereby Vista was issued 30,402,615 Midas Gold Shares. Concurrently with the Combination, we purchased 1,400,000 Midas Gold Shares for an aggregate purchase price of $3,632 as part of a private placement. Following completion of these transactions, Vista held a total of 31,802,615 Midas Gold Shares representing 24.9% of the Midas Gold Shares outstanding as of December 31, 2013.

 

During February 2014, we sold 16,000,000 Midas Gold Shares at a price of C$0.80 ($0.73) per Midas Gold Share, for net proceeds of $10,560, reducing the total Midas Gold Shares we owned to 15,802,615 or approximately 11.2% of the Midas Gold Shares outstanding, on a non-dilutive basis, at that time. This sale resulted in a realized gain on other investments of $155 based on the realized value at the time of the sale compared to the fair value of the Midas Gold Shares at December 31, 2013, net of costs to sell.

 

During March 2015, we sold 8,000,000 Midas Gold Shares, at a price of C$0.46 ($0.36) per Midas Gold Share, for net proceeds of  $2,772, reducing the total Midas Gold Shares we own to 7,802,615 or approximately 5.5% of the Midas Gold Shares outstanding, on a non-dilutive basis. This sale resulted in a realized loss on other investments of $348 based on the realized value at the time of the sale compared to the fair value of the Midas Gold Shares at December 31, 2014, net of costs to sell. We also entered into a lock-up agreement whereby we agreed not to sell any of our remaining Midas Gold Shares for a period of six months.

 

Upon initial recognition of its investment in the Midas Gold Shares, Vista elected to apply the fair value option, and as such, the investment is recorded at fair value in the  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. Subsequent changes in fair value are recorded in

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss) and Comprehensive Income/(Loss) in the period in which they occur. 

 

The following table summarizes our investment in Midas Gold Shares as at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at beginning of period

 

$

6,163 

$

20,990 

Sale of Midas Gold Shares, net of costs to sell

 

 

(2,772)

 

(10,560)

Realized and unrealized loss during the period

 

 

(738)

 

(4,267)

Fair value at end of period

 

$

2,653 

$

6,163 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated tax benefit/(expense) for the period

 

$

122 

$

1,478 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midas Gold Shares held at the end of the period

 

 

7,802,615 

 

15,802,615 

 

 

4.  Mineral Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At March 31, 2015

 

At December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Todd, Australia

$

2,146 

$

2,146 

Guadalupe de los Reyes, Mexico

 

1,724 

 

2,224 

Los Cardones, Mexico

 

 -

 

1,036 

 

$

3,870 

$

5,406 

 

Proceeds received less costs associated with the transactions discussed below are applied to the capitalized cost basis of the respective project until the cost basis is depleted to zero. At that point, net proceeds received will be recorded as gain on disposal of mineral properties in the condensed consolidated statement of income/loss.

 

Guadalupe de los Reyes Gold/Silver Project, Sinaloa, Mexico

 

During April 2014, Minera Gold Stake S.A. de C.V. (“MGS”), Vista’s wholly-owned subsidiary, entered into a definitive option agreement with MGS (the “Option Agreement”) to option its interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico to Cangold Limited (“Cangold”) for consideration of $5,000 in payments over a three-year period, with payments totaling $1,000 in the first year (already received, of which $500 was received in March 2015 ), $1,500 in January 2016 and $2,500 in January 2017.

 

The Option Agreement provides that all cash payments are non-refundable and optional to Cangold, and in the event Cangold fails to pay any of the required amounts on the scheduled dates or fails to comply with its other obligations, the Option Agreement will terminate and Cangold will have no interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project. Provided it is not in breach of the Option Agreement, Cangold may at its discretion advance the above payment schedule and exercise the initial option for a 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project any time during the three-year period.

 

Subject to Cangold earning a 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project, MGS has granted Cangold the option to earn the remaining 30% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project by notifying MGS of a production decision no later than the tenth anniversary of exercising the first option and by making a cash payment to MGS of $3,000 plus an additional cash payment based on a formula that includes the growth, if any, in estimated measured and indicated mineral resources of the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project, and the then prevailing spot gold price (“Escalator Payment”). 

 

Should Cangold determine not to put the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project into production, the Option Agreement provides MGS with the right to buy back Cangold’s 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project for a cash payment of $5,000 plus the Escalator Payment described above.  If MGS does not exercise its buyback option, MGS will still retain a right of first refusal should Cangold elect to sell its 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project to a third party.      

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

Los Cardones

 

In October 2013, we sold our 100% debt and equity participation in the Los Cardones gold project located in Baja California Sur, Mexico (“Los Cardones Sale”) to Invecture Group, S.A. de C.V. (“Invecture”) and RPG Structured Finance S.a.r.l. (together the “Purchasers”) for a total of $13,000 ($7,000 of which was paid in October 2013 and $6,000 of which was originally payable January 2014 (the “Subsequent Payment”) subject to the Purchasers’ option to elect to not make the Subsequent Payment.  In 2014, the due date for the Subsequent Payment was extended to January 30, 2015 for additional consideration of $500.    In October 2014, Invecture announced that the Los Cardones gold project had been suspended because the conditions for its development were not favorable at that time, which introduced substantial doubt that the Subsequent Payment would be madeAfter making this announcement, there were no apparent significant favorable changes to incentivize Invecture to lift the suspension. In January 2015, we agreed to amend the payment terms (the “Amendment”) of the Los Cardones Sale. Under the Amendment, the Company received a payment of $3,000 cash from the Purchasers as the final payment for 100% of the Company’s interest in the project.    This resulted in a realized gain of $1,958.  

 

5.  Plant and Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

Cost

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

 

Net

 

 

Cost

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

 

Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Todd, Australia

$

5,475 

 

$

2,912 

 

$

2,563 

 

$

5,483 

 

$

2,756 

 

$

2,727 

Guadalupe de los Reyes, Mexico

 

17 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 

 

 

 

 

Corporate, United States

 

403 

 

 

320 

 

 

83 

 

 

403 

 

 

297 

 

 

106 

 

$

5,895 

 

$

3,240 

 

$

2,655 

 

$

5,903 

 

$

3,061 

 

$

2,842 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

Book value beginning of period

 

 

Write-downs during the period

 

 

Book value end of period

 

 

Book value beginning of period

 

 

Write-downs during the period

 

 

Book value end of period

Assets held for sale (mill equipment)

$

6,500 

 

$

 -

 

$

6,500 

 

$

6,500 

 

$

 -

 

$

6,500 

 

6.  Additional Paid-in Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants 

 

Warrant activity is summarized in the following table: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrants outstanding

 

Weighted average exercise price per share

 

Weighted average remaining life (yrs.)

 

Intrinsic value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2014

 

15,219,802 

$

5.00 

 

0.8 

$

 -

As of March 31, 2015

 

15,219,802 

$

5.00 

 

0.6 

$

 -

 

The 15,219,802 warrants outstanding expire in October 2015.   

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

Under our Stock Option Plan (the “Plan”) and our Long-Term Equity Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”), we may grant options and/or restricted stock units (“RSUs”) or restricted stock awards to our directors, officers, employees and consultants.  The combined maximum number of our Common Shares that may be reserved for issuance under the Plan and the LTIP is a variable number equal to 10% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares on a non-diluted basis.    Options and RSUs under the Plan and LTIP, respectively, are granted from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company (“Board”), with vesting periods and other terms as determined by the Board.  Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

is as follows: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock options

$

 

$

104 

Restricted stock units

 

226 

 

 

310 

 

$

228 

 

$

414 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2015, stock options and RSUs had unrecognized compensation expense of $25 and $673, respectively, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 3.75 and 1.25 years, respectively. 

 

Stock Options

 

A summary of option activity under the Plan as of March 31, 2015 and changes during the period then ended is set forth in the following table: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of options

 

Weighted average exercise price per option

 

Weighted average remaining contractual term

 

Aggregate intrinsic value

Outstanding - December 31, 2014

 

2,257,500 

$

1.60 

 

3.02 

$

 -

Outstanding - March 31, 2015

 

2,257,500 

$

1.60 

 

2.78 

$

 -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable - March 31, 2015

 

2,011,250 

$

1.75 

 

2.66 

$

 -

 

A summary of our unvested stock options as of March 31, 2015 and changes during the period then ended is set forth in the following table:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of options

 

Weighted average grant-date fair value per option

 

Weighted average remaining amortization period (Years)

Unvested - December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

246,250 

$

0.22 

 

3.99 

Unvested - March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

246,250 

$

0.22 

 

3.75 

 

Restricted Stock Units

 

The following table summarizes the RSU activity under the LTIP as of March 31, 2015 and changes during the years then ended:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of units

 

Weighted average grant-date fair value per unit

Unvested - December 31, 2014

 

3,692,829 

$

0.74 

Unvested - March 31, 2015

 

3,692,829 

$

0.74 

 

A portion of the RSU awards vest on a fixed future date provided the recipient continues to be affiliated with Vista on that date.  Other RSU awards vest subject to certain performance and market criteria, including the accomplishment of certain corporate objectives and the Company’s share price performance.  The vesting period for RSUs is at least one year.  The average forfeiture is approximately 29%, based on historical market conditions

 

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NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

7.  Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income/(Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated
other comprehensive
income (loss)

 

Accumulated
other comprehensive
income (loss), net of tax

As of December 31, 2014

$

11 

$

10 

Other comprehensive loss due to change in fair market value of marketable securities during period before reclassifications

 

(12)

 

(10)

Reclassifications due to realization of gain on sale of marketable securities (1)

 

(12)

 

(10)

As of March 31, 2015

$

(13)

$

(10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Reclassified to gain/(loss) on sale of marketable securities on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income/(Loss) and Comprehensive Income/(Loss).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Commitments and Contingencies

 

Our exploration and development activities are subject to various laws and regulations governing the protection of the environment. These laws and regulations are continually changing and are generally becoming more restrictive. As such, the future expenditures that may be required for compliance with these laws and regulations cannot be predicted. We conduct our operations to minimize effects on the environment and believe our operations are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations in all material respects. The Company has accrued $275 with respect to loss contingencies related to a contract dispute that has not yet been resolved. See Note 11 for subsequent final settlement discussion.  

 

Under our  agreement with the Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation (the  JAAC”), we must offer the JAAC the opportunity to establish a joint venture with Vista holding 90% and the JAAC holding a  10% participating interest in Mt Todd mining licenses. In addition, the JAAC will be entitled to an annual cash payment, or payment in kind, equal to 1% of the value of the annual gold production from the current mining licenses, and a 1% NSR royalty on other metals, subject to a minimum payment of A$50 per year.

 

9Fair Value Accounting

The following table sets forth the Company’s assets measured at fair value by level within the fair value hierarchy. As required by accounting guidance, assets are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 3

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash equivalents

 

$

7,500 

$

7,500 

$

 -

 

Marketable securities

 

 

84 

 

84 

 

 -

 

Other investments (Midas Gold Shares)

 

 

2,653 

 

2,653 

 

 -

 

Mill equipment, held for sale

 

 

6,500 

 

 -

 

6,500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 3

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketable securities

 

$

137 

$

137 

$

 -

 

Other investments (Midas Gold Shares)

 

 

6,163 

 

6,163 

 

 -

 

Mill equipment, held for sale

 

 

6,500 

 

 -

 

6,500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our cash equivalent instruments, marketable securities and investment in Midas Gold Shares are classified as Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy as they are valued at quoted market prices in an active market. 

 

The mill equipment is classified as Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy as its value is based on a third party assessment of the projected

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VISTA GOLD CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts in U.S dollars and in thousands, except per share, per option, per warrant and per ounce amounts unless otherwise noted)

 

sale value less costs to sell giving full consideration to current market conditions and an orderly sale process. The mill equipment is categorized as assets held for sale on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

At March 31, 2015, the assets classified within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy represent 39% of the total assets measured at fair value. There have been no transfers between levels in 2015 nor have there been any changes in valuation techniques.  

 

10.  Geographic and Segment Information

 

The Company has one reportable operating segment, consisting of evaluation, acquisition, and exploration activities.  We evaluate, acquire, explore and advance gold exploration and potential development projects, which may lead to gold production or value adding strategic transactions.  These activities are focused principally in Australia and North America. We reported no revenues during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.  Geographic location of mineral properties and plant and equipment is provided in Notes 4 and 5, respectively.

 

11. Subsequent Event

 

During May 2015, we settled a contract dispute for $295 net of GST recoveries for which we had accrued $275 as of March 31, 2015.

 

 

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ITEM 2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2015, and the related notes thereto, which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”). This discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements and information as a result of many factors.  See section heading “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” below.

 

All dollar amounts stated herein are in U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share amounts and currency exchange rates unless specified otherwise. References to C$ refer to Canadian currency, A$ to Australian currency and $ to United States currency.

 

Overview

 

Vista Gold Corp. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Vista,” the “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) are engaged in the gold mining industry. We are focused on the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and advancement of gold exploration and potential development projects, which may lead to gold production or value adding strategic transactions such as earn-in right agreements, option agreements, leases to third parties, joint venture arrangements with other mining companies, or outright sales of assets for cash and/or other consideration.  We look for opportunities to improve the value of our gold projects through exploration drilling and/or technical studies focused on optimizing previous engineering work. 

 

Our principal asset is our flagship Mt Todd gold project (“Mt Todd”) in Northern Territory (“NT”), Australia.  We also hold 5.5%  of the outstanding common shares in the capital of Midas Gold Corp. (“Midas Gold Shares”), non-core projects in Mexico and the United States, and royalty interests in projects in Bolivia and Indonesia.

 

Outlook

 

We do not currently generate operating cash flows. The prices for gold equities, particularly those with early stage projects, have decreased steadily during the past few years, and capital raising has become more difficult for mining companies which do not have producing assets.  Consequently, raising sufficient amounts of capital on reasonable terms has become increasingly difficult. These conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and could affect our ability to raise sufficient capital on reasonable terms, if at all. We are committed to ensuring that the Company remains liquid through careful cost management and timely financing with priority given to non-dilutive sources such as the sale of our used mill equipment and monetization of other non-core assets.  However, there can be no assurance that we will be able to timely monetize our non-core assets at values acceptable to us or at all.  

 

The Company’s flagship asset is its 100% owned Mt Todd gold project. Completion of the feasibility study or the development of the project is not justified at this time due to the current low gold price. However, with the completion of the environmental impact study in 2014,  the permitting risk is substantially reduced and the development timeline at Mt Todd is well defined. We are now well positioned, subject to a sustained improvement in gold prices, to move forward quickly with the completion of the Mt Todd gold project feasibility study. We estimate that the feasibility study could be completed within six months of its commencement and at a cost of approximately $2,500.

 

Results from Operations

 

Summary

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2015,  we focused principally on water management and related activities at Mt Todd.  At the Corporate level, we generated $6,307 net cash from non-dilutive sources.    

 

Consolidated net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $947 and $1,140 or $0.01 and $0.01 per share, respectively.  The principal components of these year-over-year changes are discussed below.

 

Exploration, property evaluation and holding costs

 

Exploration, property evaluation and holding costs were $975 and $1,418 during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. A significant portion of this cost reduction results from a weaker Australian dollar in 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.  In addition, during the three month period ended March 31, 2015, the Government of the Northern Territory shared the cost of treating and discharging water from the Batman pit; there was no similar program in 2014. 2015 stock-based compensation, a non-cash expense, is also lower than in 2014, as a significant portion of this expense was fully amortized in 2014.

 

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Corporate administration

 

Corporate administration costs were $1,044, and $1,275 during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  Costs in 2014 included severances costs, which resulted from the 2013 retrenchment.  There were no similar costs incurred in 2015. 2015 stock-based compensation, a non-cash expense, is also lower than in 2014, as a significant portion of this expense was fully amortized in 2014.        

 

Non-operating income and expenses  

 

Unrealized Gain/(Loss) on Other Investments

 

Unrealized gain/(loss) on other investments was $(390) and $2,054 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  These amounts are the result of changes in fair value of our Midas Gold Shares.  The Company also holds approximately half the number of Midas Gold Shares in 2015 compared to the number held in 2014     

 

 Financial Position, Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Operating Activities

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $1,361 and $2,271 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The decrease is primarily the result of changes in operating expenses as discussed in “Results from Operations” above and is consistent with our prior disclosure. 

 

Investing Activities

 

The Company continues to monetize non-core assets as a non-dilutive means of financing. Net cash of  $6,307 for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was provided from proceeds received from the Los Cardones Sale of $3,000, the Guadalupe de los Reyes Option Agreement of $500 and the sale of 8,000,000 Midas Gold Shares for net proceeds of $2,772

 

Net cash of $10,636 for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was provided mainly from the sale of 16,000,000 Midas Gold Shares.  

 

Financing Activities

 

There were no cash transactions from financing activities during the three months ended March 31, 2015. Net cash of $6,344 was used in financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2014 for the repayment of the loan facility entered into in 2013. 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

At March 31, 2015, we had working capital of $10,785 compared with working capital of $8,619 at December 31, 2014, representing an increase of $2,166.  Our working capital increase resulted from the receipt of the cash payments related to the optioning and sale of non-core assets.  Included in the March 31, 2015  $10,785 working capital amount is $8,660 of cash and cash equivalents. Included in the December 31, 2014, $8,619 working capital amount is $3,714 of cash and cash equivalents.

 

Since late 2012, capital raising through the issuance of common shares has become more difficult for junior mining companies which do not have producing assets, and these conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future. During this period, the Company cut costs significantly and successfully financed itself through non-dilutive sources including debt, which was subsequently fully repaid, the optioning and sale of non-core assets, and the sale of approximately 75% of our position in Midas Gold Corp.  Going forward, management remains committed to maintaining similar efforts to manage costs and ensure liquidity through non-dilutive financing.

 

Capital raising during the quarter included the receipt of $2,772 net proceeds from the sale of 8,000,000 Midas Gold Shares (we also entered into a lock-up agreement whereby we agreed not to sell any of our remaining Midas Gold Shares for a period of six months); the receipt of $3,000 as the final payment for the Los Cardones gold project; and the receipt of a scheduled $500 option payment for the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project. As a result of these transactions, our cash balance as of March 31, 2015 has increased to $8,660, from $3,714 as at December 31, 2014.

 

As a result of the cost cutting measures introduced during 2013 and 2014 and continued to date, the Company’s fixed costs, those expenditures necessary to ensure that we preserve our property rights and meet all of our safety, regulatory and environmental responsibilities, are expected to average $1,500 to $1,700 per quarter for the foreseeable future. We believe that our cash position will be sufficient to fund the Company into the third quarter of 2016.      

 

Potential future sources of financing include the $1,500 option payment which we expect to receive in the first quarter of 2016

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pursuant to the Guadalupe de los Reyes option agreement.  In addition, we will continue to seek additional financing with priority given to non-dilutive sources such as the sale of our used mill equipment, other non-core assets, and, possibly, our remaining Midas Gold Shares, after the current six-month lock-up period expires. There can be no assurance that we will receive the Guadalupe de los Reyes option payment or be able to timely monetize our mill equipment, other non-core assets, or our Midas Gold Shares at a value acceptable to us or at all.

 

The continuing long-term viability of the Company is dependent upon our ability to secure sufficient funding and ultimately to generate future profits from operations. The underlying value and recoverability of the amounts shown as mineral properties and plant and equipment in our condensed consolidated balance sheets are dependent on our ability to fund exploration and development activities that could lead to profitable production or proceeds from the disposition of these assets. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in disposing of these assets or securing additional funding on terms acceptable to us or at all or developing profitable operations in the future.  Our consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded assets or liabilities which might be necessary should we not be able to continue as a going concern.

 

Fair Value Accounting

The following table sets forth the Company’s assets measured at fair value by level within the fair value hierarchy. As required by accounting guidance, assets are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 3

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash equivalents

 

$

7,500 

$

7,500 

$

 -

 

Marketable securities

 

 

84 

 

84 

 

 -

 

Other investments (Midas Gold Shares)

 

 

2,653 

 

2,653 

 

 -

 

Mill equipment, held for sale

 

 

6,500 

 

 -

 

6,500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value at December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 3

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketable securities

 

$

137 

$

137 

$

 -

 

Other investments (Midas Gold Shares)

 

 

6,163 

 

6,163 

 

 -

 

Mill equipment, held for sale

 

 

6,500 

 

 -

 

6,500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our cash equivalent instruments, marketable securities and investment in Midas Gold Shares are classified as Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy as they are valued at quoted market prices in an active market. 

 

The mill equipment is classified as Level 3of the fair value hierarchy as its value is based on a third party assessment of the projected sale value giving full consideration to current market conditions and an orderly sale process. The mill equipment is categorized as assets held for sale on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

At March 31, 2015, the assets classified within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy represent 39% of the total assets measured at fair value. There have been no transfers between levels in 2015 nor have there been any changes in valuation techniques.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements required to be disclosed in this quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

We have no material contractual obligations as of March 31, 2015.  

 

Project Updates

 

Mt Todd Gold Project, Northern Territory, Australia

 

The focus of our activities at Mt Todd during 2015 has been principally on identifying and evaluating project optimization opportunities, and care and maintenance activities related to the mining licenses and exploration licenses.  We continue to review and closely monitor our site holding costs and are working with the NT Government to define the scope and potential for continued funding with respect to the management of water on site and the associated environmental monitoring. The Company is

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developing its 2015 plans regarding selected discretionary programs. These programs could include certain additional studies and drilling programs.        

 

Guadalupe de los Reyes Gold/Silver Project, Sinaloa, Mexico

 

During April 2014, Minera Gold Stake S.A. de C.V. (“MGS”), Vista’s wholly-owned subsidiary, entered into a definitive option agreement with Vista (the “Option Agreement”) to option its interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico to Cangold Limited (“Cangold”) for consideration of $5,000 in payments over a three-year period, with payments totaling $1,000 in the first year (already received), $1,500 in January 2016 and $2,500 in January 2017.

 

The Option Agreement provides that all cash payments are non-refundable and optional to Cangold, and in the event Cangold fails to pay any of the required amounts on the scheduled dates or fails to comply with its other obligations, the Option Agreement will terminate and Cangold will have no interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project. Provided it is not in breach of the Option Agreement, Cangold may at its discretion advance the above payment schedule and exercise the initial option for a 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project any time during the three-year period.

 

Subject to Cangold earning a 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project, MGS has granted Cangold the option to earn the remaining 30% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project by notifying MGS of a production decision no later than the tenth anniversary of exercising the first option and by making a cash payment to MGS of $3,000 plus an additional cash payment based on a formula that includes the growth, if any, in estimated measured and indicated mineral resources of the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project, and the then prevailing spot gold price (“Escalator Payment”).

 

Should Cangold determine not to put the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project into production, the Option Agreement provides MGS with the right to buy back Cangold’s 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project for a cash payment of $5,000 plus the Escalator Payment described above.  If MGS does not exercise its buyback option, MGS will still retain a right of first refusal should Cangold elect to sell its 70% interest in the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project to a third party.  

 

In February 2015, Cangold announced that they have entered into a binding letter agreement with Great Panther Silver Limited (“Great Panther”) pursuant to which Great Panther will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Cangold (the “Plan of Arrangement”) with closing expected before the end of May 2015.  The Company believes that if the Plan of Arrangement closes the likelihood of receiving the Guadalupe de los Reyes option payments is improved.

 

Los Cardones Gold Project

 

In October 2013, we sold our 100% debt and equity participation in the Los Cardones gold project located in Baja California Sur, Mexico (“Los Cardones Sale”) to Invecture Group, S.A. de C.V. (“Invecture”) and RPG Structured Finance S.a.r.l. (together the “Purchasers”) for a total of $13,000  ($7,000 of which was paid in October 2013 and $6,000 of which was originally payable January 2014 (the “Subsequent Payment”) subject to the Purchasers’ option to elect to not make the Subsequent Payment.  In 2014, the due date for the Subsequent Payment was extended to January 30, 2015 for additional consideration of $500.    In October 2014, Invecture announced that the Los Cardones gold project had been suspended because the conditions for its development were not favorable at that time, which introduced substantial doubt that the Subsequent Payment would be made.  After making this announcement, there were no apparent significant favorable changes to incentivize Invecture to lift the suspension. In January 2015, we agreed to amend the payment terms (the “Amendment”) of the Los Cardones Sale. Under the Amendment, the Company received a payment of $3,000 cash from the Purchasers as the final payment for 100% of the Company’s interest in the project.         

 

Awak Mas Royalty

 

We continue to hold a royalty interest in the Awak Mas gold project, controlled by One Asia Resources Limited, in Indonesia. 

 

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources and Proven and

Probable Reserves 

   

The terms “mineral reserve”, “proven mineral reserve” and “probable mineral reserve” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the “CIM”) – CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the “CIM Definition Standards”). These definitions differ from the definitions in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7 (“SEC Industry Guide 7”) under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards, a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical average price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves, and the primary environmental analysis or report must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority.

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In addition, the terms “mineral resource”, “measured mineral resource”, “indicated mineral resource” and “inferred mineral resource” are defined in and required to be disclosed by NI 43-101; however, these terms are not defined terms under SEC Industry Guide 7 and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a mineral deposit in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. “Inferred mineral resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic, technical and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all, or any part, of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically, technically or legally mineable. Disclosure of “contained ounces” in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute “reserves” by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures.

 

Accordingly, information contained in this report and the documents incorporated by reference herein contain descriptions of our mineral deposits that may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. 

Certain U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations 

Vista has been a “passive foreign investment company” (“PFIC”) as defined under Section 1297 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, in recent years and expects to continue to be a PFIC in the future. Current and prospective United States shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the tax consequences of PFIC classification and the U.S. federal tax treatment of PFICs. Additional information on this matter is included in Vista’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, under “Part II. Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities — Certain United States Federal Income Tax Considerations.” 

 

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements 

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information under Canadian securities laws that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this annual report on Form 10-K, our other filings with the SEC and Canadian securities commissions and in press releases and public statements by our officers or representatives that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, including, but not limited to, such things as those listed below:

 

·

the Company’s ability to sustain its cash requirements at $1,500 to $1,700 per quarter through 2015;

 

·

the ability to fund the Company into the third quarter of 2016:

 

·

the potential monetization of our non-core assets, including our mill equipment which is for sale;

 

·

the receipt by the Company of all of the $4,000 of option payments related to the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project entered into by the Company and Cangold Limited;

 

·

the probability that the Great Panther and Cangold Plan of Arrangement closes;

 

·

estimates of future operating and financial performance;

 

·

potential funding requirements and sources of capital, including near-term sources of additional cash;

 

·

our expectation that the Company will continue to incur losses and will not pay dividends for the foreseeable future;

 

·

our estimates of our future cash position;

·

our intention to continue cost reduction efforts;

·

our expectation that raising capital for mining companies without producing assets will continue to be difficult for the foreseeable future, and the potential impact of this on our ability to raise capital in sufficient amounts on reasonable terms;

·

our planned deferral of significant development programs until market conditions improve;

·

our potential ability to generate proceeds from operations or the disposition of our assets;

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·

the timing, performance and results of feasibility studies; 

·

plans and anticipated effects of holding 5.5% of the outstanding Midas Gold Shares; 

·

our potential entry into agreements to find, lease, purchase, option or sell mineral interests;

·

plans for evaluation and advancement of the Mt Todd;

·

our ability to raise sufficient capital to complete a feasibility study of Mt Todd;

·

the feasibility of Mt Todd;

·

future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals and expansion and growth of our business; 

·

plans and estimates concerning potential project development, including matters such as schedules, estimated completion dates and estimated capital and operating costs; 

·

estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources; and

·

our expectation that we will continue to be a passive foreign investment company (‘PFIC”) in the future.

Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information have been based upon our current business and operating plans, as approved by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”); our cash and other funding requirements and timing and sources thereof; results of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, mineral resource and reserve estimates, preliminary economic assessments and exploration activities; advancements of the Company’s required permitting processes; current market conditions and project development plans. The words “estimate,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “will,” “may” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. These factors include risks such as: 

 

·

our ability to raise additional capital on favorable terms, if at all;

·

pre-feasibility and feasibility study results and preliminary assessment results and the accuracy of estimates and assumptions on which they are based; 

·

resource and reserve estimate results, the accuracy of such estimates and the accuracy of sampling and subsequent  assays and geologic interpretations on which they are based; 

·

technical and operational feasibility and the economic viability of deposits; 

·

our ability to obtain, renew or maintain the necessary authorizations and permits for Mt Todd, including its development plans and operating activities; 

·

the timing and results of a feasibility study on Mt Todd;

·

delays in commencement of construction at Mt Todd;

·

our ability to secure the permits for Mt Todd;

·

receiving all of the $4,000 of option payments related to the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold/silver project option agreement;

·

increased costs that affect our operations or our financial condition;

·

our reliance on third parties to fulfill their obligations under our agreements;

·

whether projects not managed by us will comply with our standards or meet our objectives;

·

a shortage of skilled labor, equipment and supplies;

·

whether our acquisition, exploration and development activities, as well as the realization of the market value of our assets, will be commercially successful and whether any transactions we enter into will maximize the realization of the market value of our assets;

·

trading price of our securities and our ability to raise funds in new share offerings due to future sales of common shares in the public or private market;

·

the lack of dividend payments by us;

·

the success of future joint ventures, partnerships and other arrangements relating to our properties;

·

the market price of the securities held by us;

·

our ability to timely monetize Midas Gold Shares;

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·

our lack of production and experience in producing;

·

perception of environmental impact of Mt Todd;

·

reclamation liabilities, including reclamation requirements at Mt Todd;

·

our history of losses from operations;

·

future water supply issues at Mt Todd;

·

litigation or other legal claims;

·

environmental lawsuits;

·

lack of adequate insurance to cover potential liabilities;

·

our ability to attract, retain and hire key personnel;

·

fluctuations in the price of gold;

·

inherent hazards of mining exploration, development and operating activities;

·

the accuracy of calculations of mineral reserves, mineral resources and mineralized material fluctuations therein based on metal prices, inherent vulnerability of the ore and recoverability of metal in the mining process;

·

changes in environmental regulations to which our exploration and development operations are subject;

·

changes in climate change regulations could result in increased operating costs;

·

changes in corporate governance and public disclosure regulations;

·

intense competition in the mining industry;

·

conflicts of interest of some of our directors as a result of their involvement with other natural resource companies;

·

potential challenges to the title to our mineral properties;

·

political and economic instability in Mexico, Bolivia and Indonesia;

·

fluctuation in foreign currency values; and

·

our likely status as a PFIC for U.S. federal tax purposes.

For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, please see the risk factors contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, under “Part I-Item 1A. Risk Factors” and “Part II-Item 2. Risk Factors” below. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that these statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in the statements. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

ITEM 3.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

 

We are engaged in the acquisition of gold projects and related activities, including exploration, engineering, permitting and the preparation of feasibility studies. The value of our properties, as well as our marketable securities and our investment in Midas Gold Shares,  are related to the price of gold, and changes in the price of gold could affect the value of, and/or our ability to generate revenue from, our mineral projects.

 

Gold prices may fluctuate widely from time to time and are affected by numerous factors, including: expectations with respect to the rate of inflation, exchange rates, interest rates, global and regional political and economic circumstances and governmental policies, including those with respect to gold holdings by central banks. The demand for and supply of gold affect gold prices, but not necessarily in the same manner as demand and supply affect the prices of other commodities. The supply of gold consists of a combination of new mine production and existing stocks of bullion and fabricated gold held by governments, public and private financial institutions, industrial organizations and private individuals. The demand for gold primarily consists of jewelry and investments. Additionally, hedging activities by producers, consumers, financial institutions and individuals can affect gold supply and demand. The market value for gold cannot be predicted for any particular time.

 

Because we have exploration operations in Australia, we are subject to foreign currency fluctuations. We do not engage in currency hedging to offset any risk of currency fluctuations.

 

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ITEM 4.  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures.

 

At the end of the period covered by this quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2015, an evaluation was carried out under the supervision of and with the participation of our management, including the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of the design and operations of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, the CEO and the CFO have concluded that as of the end of the period covered by this quarterly report, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective in ensuring that: (i) information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit to the SEC under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in applicable rules and forms and (ii) material information required to be disclosed in our reports filed under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow for accurate and timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting 

 

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2015 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II

 

ITEM 1.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

We are not aware of any material pending or threatened litigation or of any proceedings known to be contemplated by governmental authorities that are, or would be, likely to have a material adverse effect upon us or our operations, taken as a whole.   

 

ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS.

 

There have been no material changes from the risk factors set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 as filed with the SEC on March 3, 2015.  

 

ITEM 2.  UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS.

 

None.

 

ITEM 3.  DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4.  MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE.

 

We consider health, safety and environmental stewardship to be a core value for the Company.

 

Pursuant to Section 1503(a) of the United States Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2011 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), issuers that are operators, or that have a subsidiary that is an operator, of a coal or other mine in the United States are required to disclose in their periodic reports filed with the SEC information regarding specified health and safety violations, orders and citations, related assessments and legal actions, and mining-related fatalities under the regulation of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) under the United States Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (the “Mine Act”). During the three months ended March 31, 2015, our U.S exploration properties were not subject to regulation by the MSHA under the Mine Act and consequently no disclosure is required under Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act.

 

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ITEM 5.  OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

 

ITEM 6.  EXHIBITS.

 

Exhibits

 

The following exhibits are filed as part of this report: 

 

 

 

Exhibit

Number

Description

3.01

Certificate of Continuation, previously filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated June 12, 2013 and incorporated by reference herein (File No. 1-9025)

3.02

Notice of Articles, previously filed as Exhibit 3.2 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated June 12, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference (File No. 1-9025)

3.03

Articles, previously filed as Exhibit 3.3 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated June 12, 2013 and incorporated herein by reference (File No. 1-9025)

10.1

Third Amending Agreement between Vista and RPG Structured Finance S.á.R.L, previously filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated February 2, 2015 and incorporated herein by reference (File No. 1-9025)

10.2

Agency Agreement with Haywood Securities Inc. dated February 24, 2015,  previously filed as Exhibit 10.1 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated March 2, 2015 and incorporated herein by reference (File No. 1-9025)

10.3

Finders Agreement with Global Market Development LLC, dated February 25, 2015, previously filed as Exhibit 10.2 to the Corporation’s Form 8-K dated March 2, 2015 and incorporated herein by reference (File No. 1-9025)

31.1*

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended

31.2*

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended

32.1*

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

32.2*

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

101.INS*(1)

XBRL Instance Document

101.SCH*(1)

XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Schema

101.CAL*(1)

XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Calculations

101.DEF*(1)

XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Definitions

101.LAB*(1)

XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Labels

101.PRE*(1)

XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Presentations

* - Filed herewith

 

 (1)    Submitted Electronically Herewith. Attached as Exhibit 101 to this report are the following formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income/(Loss) and Comprehensive Income/(Loss)for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, (ii) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, (iii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, and (iv) Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.

 

 

 

   

VISTA GOLD CORP.

(Registrant)

 

 

Dated: May 8, 2015

By: /s/ Frederick H. Earnest

   

   Frederick H. Earnest,

   

   Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Dated: May 8, 2015

By: /s/ John F. Engele

   

   John F. Engele

   

   Chief Financial Officer

 

 

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