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WUC 10Q Quarterly Report

Note 1 - Business 	
Note 2 - Liquidity and Going Concern
Note 3 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 4 - Mineral Assets Equipment, and Kinetic Separation Intellectual Property and Other Property
Note 5 - Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities
Note 6 - Loan Notes Payable
Note 7 - Commitments
Note 8 - Share Capital and Other Equity Instruments
Note 9 - Mining Expenditures	
Note 10 - Related Party Transactions and Balances
Note 11 - Financial Instruments
Note 12 - Covid - 19
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Part II - Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 2.	Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 4.	Mine Safety Disclosures
Item 6. Exhibits
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Western Uranium Earnings 2020-06-30

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow
30241812602015201620182020
Assets, Equity
0.1-0.1-0.3-0.4-0.6-0.82016201720182020
Rev, G Profit, Net Income
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Ops, Inv, Fin

10-Q 1 f10q0620_westernuranium.htm QUARTERLY REPORT

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

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

 

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2020

 

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 000-55626

 

WESTERN URANIUM & VANADIUM CORP.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Ontario, Canada   98-1271843

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

     

330 Bay Street, Suite 1400

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  M5H 2S8
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(970) 864-2125

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of exchange on which registered
N/A        

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has 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 requirement for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted 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 such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

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

 

Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer ☐
Non-accelerated filer ☐ Smaller reporting company ☒
  Emerging growth company ☒

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

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

 

As of August 14, 2020, 30,083,747 of the registrant’s no par value common shares were outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN URANIUM & VANADIUM CORP.

FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.   Financial Statements 1
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) 1
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited) 2
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity (Unaudited) 3
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) 4
  Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) 5
Item 2.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 17
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 26
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 27
     
PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 28
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 28
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 28
Item 6. Exhibits 28
     
SIGNATURES 29

 

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 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

   June 30,
2020
   December 31,
2019
 
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash  $1,370,162   $2,084,782 
Restricted cash, current portion   75,057    75,057 
Prepaid expenses   86,654    189,818 
Marketable securities   1,877    2,759 
Other current assets   44,303    25,345 
Total current assets   1,578,053    2,377,761 
           
Restricted cash, net of current portion   831,780    822,605 
Mineral properties and equipment   11,740,836    11,746,150 
Kinetic separation intellectual property   9,488,051    9,488,051 
           
Total assets  $23,638,720   $24,434,567 
           
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity          
           
Liabilities          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $650,616   $599,337 
Reclamation liability, current portion   75,057    75,057 
Current portion of notes payable   73,116    - 
Deferred revenue, current portion   64,620    24,620 
Total current liabilities   863,409    699,014 
           
Reclamation liability, net of current portion   226,257    219,171 
Deferred tax liability   2,708,887    2,708,887 
Deferred contingent consideration   344,715    351,099 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion   140,790    23,100 
           
Total liabilities   4,284,058    4,001,271 
           
Commitments          
           
Shareholders’ Equity          
Common shares, no par value, unlimited authorized shares, 30,084,053 and 30,084,053 shares issued as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively and 30,083,747 and 30,083,747 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   29,886,367    29,042,547 
Treasury shares, 306 and 306 shares held in treasury as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   -    - 
Accumulated deficit   (10,501,222)   (8,694,569)
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (30,483)   85,318 
Total shareholders’ equity   19,354,662    20,433,296 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $23,638,720   $24,434,567 

  

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

 

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WESTERN URANIUM & VANADIUM CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

                

   For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Revenues                
Lease revenue  $11,155   $11,155   $22,310   $22,310 
                     
Expenses                    
Mining expenditures   57,755    84,440    292,471    128,286 
Professional fees   111,421    94,316    185,177    187,633 
General and administrative   280,383    244,406    669,780    619,379 
Consulting fees   8,882    33,680    36,822    48,680 
Total operating expenses   458,441    456,842    1,184,250    983,978 
                     
Operating loss   (447,286)   (445,687)   (1,161,940)   (961,668)
                     
Interest expense, net   1,885    2,912    5,701    5,806 
Warrant modification expense   639,012    -    639,012    - 
                     
Net loss   (1,088,183)   (448,599)   (1,806,653)   (967,474)
                     
Other comprehensive (expense) income                    
Foreign exchange (loss) gain   (37,358)   (680)   (115,801)   14,599 
                     
Comprehensive loss  $(1,125,541)  $(449,279)  $(1,922,454)  $(952,875)
                     
Net loss per share - basic and diluted  $(0.04)  $(0.02)  $(0.06)  $(0.03)
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   30,083,747    29,275,781    30,083,747    29,275,781 

 

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

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF  CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

                             

   Common Shares   Treasury Shares   Accumulated   Accumulated Other Comprehensive     
   Shares   Amount   Shares   Amount   Deficit   Income   Total 
Balance as of January 1, 2020   30,083,747   $29,042,547    306   $-   $(8,694,569)  $85,318   $20,433,296 
                                    
Stock based compensation - stock options   -    154,042    -    -    -    -    154,042 
Foreign exchange gain   -    -    -    -    -    (78,443)   (78,443)
Net loss   -    -    -    -    (718,470)   -    (718,470)
                                    
Balance as of March 31, 2020   30,083,747   $29,196,589    306   $-   $(9,413,039)  $6,875   $19,790,425 
                                    
Stock based compensation - stock options   -    50,766    -    -    -    -    50,766 
Warrant modification expense   -    639,012    -    -         -    639,012 
Foreign Exchange gain   -    -    -    -    -    (37,358)   (37,358)
Net Loss   -    -    -    -    (1,088,183)   -    (1,088,183)
                                    
Balance as of June 30, 2020   30,083,747   $29,886,367    306   $-   $(10,501,222)  $(30,483)  $19,354,662 
                                    
Balance as of January 1, 2019   25,976,837    25,865,367    306    -    (6,584,342)   41,832    19,322,857 
                                    
Stock based compensation - stock options   -    180,269    -    -    -    -    180,269 
Foreign exchange gain   -    -    -    -    -    15,279    15,279 
Net loss   -    -    -    -    (518,875)   -    (518,875)
                                    
Balance as of March 31, 2019   25,976,837   $26,045,636    306   $-   $(7,103,217)  $57,111   $18,999,530 
                                    
Private Placement - April 16, 2019   3,914,632    2,856,356    -    -    -    -    2,856,356 
Private Placement - June 17, 2019   192,278    140,555    -    -    -    -    140,555 
Foreign exchange gain   -    -    -    -    -    (680)   (680)
Net loss   -    -    -    -    (448,599)   -    (448,599)
                                    
Balance as of June 30, 2019   30,083,747   $29,042,547    306   $-   $(7,551,816)  $56,431   $21,547,162 

 

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

 

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WESTERN URANIUM & VANADIUM CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

        

   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2020   2019 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:        
Net loss  $(1,806,653)  $(967,474)
Reconciliation of net loss to cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation   5,314    1,297 
Accretion of and additions to reclamation liability   7,086    8,528 
Stock based compensation   204,808    180,269 
Warrant modification expense   639,012    - 
Change in marketable securities   882    (188)
Change in operating assets and liabilities:          
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   84,206    (172,680)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   51,279    98,698 
Deferred revenue   157,690    (22,310)
Net cash used in operating activities   (656,376)   (873,860)
           
Cash Flows From Investing Activities          
Purchase of property and equipment   -    (52,418)
Net cash used in investing activities   -    (52,418)
           
Cash Flows From Financing Activities          
Proceeds from notes payable   73,116    - 
Issuances of Common shares, net of offering costs   -    2,996,911 
Net cash provided by financing activities   73,116    2,996,911 
           
Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash   (122,185)   13,337 
           
Net decrease in cash and restricted cash   (705,445)   2,083,970 
           
Cash and restricted cash - beginning   2,982,444    1,798,895 
           
Cash and restricted cash - ending  $2,276,999   $3,882,865 
           
Cash  $1,370,162   $2,954,380 
Restricted cash   906,837    928,485 
Total  $2,276,999   $3,882,865 
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
Cash paid during the period for:          
Interest  $-   $- 
Income taxes  $-   $- 

 

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

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 1 – BUSINESS

 

Nature of operations

 

Western Uranium & Vanadium Corp. (“Western” or the “Company”, formerly Western Uranium Corporation) was incorporated in December 2006 under the Ontario Business Corporations Act. On November 20, 2014, the Company completed a listing process on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”). As part of that process, the Company acquired 100% of the members’ interests of Pinon Ridge Mining LLC (“PRM”), a Delaware limited liability company. The transaction constituted a reverse takeover (“RTO”) of Western by PRM. Subsequent to obtaining appropriate shareholder approvals, the Company reconstituted its Board of Directors and senior management team. Effective September 16, 2015, Western completed its acquisition of Black Range Minerals Limited (“Black Range”).

 

The Company registered office is located at 330 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 2S8 and its common shares are listed on the CSE under the symbol “WUC.” On April 22, 2016, the Company’s common shares began trading on the OTC Pink Open Market, and on May 23, 2016, the Company’s common shares were approved for trading on the OTCQX Best Market. Its principal business activity is the acquisition and development of uranium and vanadium resource properties in the states of Utah and Colorado in the United States of America (“United States”).

 

On June 28, 2016, the Company’s registration statement became effective and Western became a United States reporting issuer. Thereafter, the Company was approved for Depository Trust Company eligibility through the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, which facilitates electronic book-entry delivery, settlement and depository services for shares in the United States.

 

On June 29, 2018, the shareholders of the Company approved the name change of the Company from “Western Uranium Corporation” to “Western Uranium & Vanadium Corp.” The name change became effective in Ontario, Canada on October 1, 2018; thereafter on October 4, 2018 Western’s shares started trading under the new name on the CSE and OTCQX and the Company announced the name change by news release.

 

Note 2 – Liquidity and going concern

 

The Company has incurred continuing losses from its operations and negative operating cash flows from operations and as of June 30, 2020, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $10,501,222 and working capital of $714,644.

 

Since inception, the Company has met its liquidity requirements principally through the issuance of notes and the sale of its common shares. On May 6, 2020, the Company obtained a Paycheck Protection Program loan (the “PPP Loan”) for $73,116. The loan has a fixed interest rate of 1%, requires the Company to make seventeen (17) monthly payments, after a deferral period, and has a maturity date of May 6, 2022.

 

The Company’s ability to continue its operations and to pay its obligations when they become due is contingent upon the Company obtaining additional financing. Management’s plans include seeking to procure additional funds through debt and equity financings, to secure regulatory approval to fully utilize its kinetic separation technology and to initiate the processing of ore to generate operating cash flows.

 

There are no assurances that the Company will be able to raise capital on terms acceptable to the Company or at all, or that cash flows generated from its operations will be sufficient to meet its current operating costs. If the Company is unable to obtain sufficient amounts of additional capital, it may be required to reduce the scope of its planned product development, which could harm its financial condition and operating results, or it may not be able to continue to fund its ongoing operations. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern to sustain operations for at least one year from the issuance of these condensed consolidated financial statements. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.

  

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3 – SUMMARY OF Significant Accounting Policies

 

Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10–Q and Rule 10 of Regulation S–X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. However, in the opinion of the management of the Company, all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position and operating results have been included in these statements. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the SEC on April 14, 2020. Operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for any subsequent quarters or for the year ending December 31, 2020.

 

The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Western and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Western Uranium Corp. (Utah), PRM, Black Range, Black Range Copper Inc., Ranger Resources Inc., Black Range Minerals Inc., Black Range Minerals Colorado LLC, Black Range Minerals Wyoming LLC, Haggerty Resources LLC, Ranger Alaska LLC, Black Range Minerals Utah LLC, Black Range Minerals Ablation Holdings Inc. and Black Range Development Utah LLC. All inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated upon consolidation.

 

The Company has established the existence of mineralized materials for certain uranium projects. The Company has not established proven or probable reserves, as defined by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under Industry Guide 7, through the completion of a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study for any of its uranium projects.

 

Exploration Stage

 

In accordance with U.S. GAAP, expenditures relating to the acquisition of mineral rights are initially capitalized as incurred while exploration and pre-extraction expenditures are expensed as incurred until such time the Company exits the Exploration Stage by establishing proven or probable reserves. Expenditures relating to exploration activities such as drill programs to search for additional mineralized materials are expensed as incurred. Expenditures relating to pre-extraction activities such as the construction of mine wellfields, ion exchange facilities and disposal wells are expensed as incurred until such time proven or probable reserves are established for that uranium project, after which subsequent expenditures relating to mine development activities for that particular project are capitalized as incurred.

 

Companies in the Production Stage as defined under Industry Guide 7, having established proven and probable reserves and exited the Exploration Stage, typically capitalize expenditures relating to ongoing development activities, with corresponding depletion calculated over proven and probable reserves using the units-of-production method and allocated to future reporting periods to inventory and, as that inventory is sold, to cost of goods sold. The Company is in the Exploration Stage which has resulted in the Company reporting larger losses than if it had been in the Production Stage due to the expensing, instead of capitalizing, of expenditures relating to ongoing mill and mine development activities. Additionally, there would be no corresponding amortization allocated to future reporting periods of the Company since those costs would have been expensed previously, resulting in both lower inventory costs and cost of goods sold and results of operations with higher gross profits and lower losses than if the Company had been in the Production Stage. Any capitalized costs, such as expenditures relating to the acquisition of mineral rights, are depleted over the estimated extraction life using the straight-line method. As a result, the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements may not be directly comparable to the financial statements of companies in the Production Stage.   

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3 – SUMMARY OF Significant Accounting Policies, CONTINUED

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of these condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses during the periods reported. By their nature, these estimates are subject to measurement uncertainty and the effects on the condensed consolidated financial statements of changes in such estimates in future periods could be significant. Significant areas requiring management’s estimates and assumptions include determining the fair value of transactions involving common shares, assessment of the useful life and evaluation for impairment of Kinetic Separation intellectual property, valuation and impairment assessments on mineral properties and equipment, deferred contingent consideration, and the reclamation liability, valuation of stock-based compensation, and valuation of available-for-sale securities. Other areas requiring estimates include allocations of expenditures, depletion and amortization of mineral rights and properties. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Foreign Currency Translation

 

The reporting currency of the Company, including its subsidiaries, is the United States dollar. The financial statements of subsidiaries located outside of the U.S. are measured in their functional currency, which is the local currency. The functional currency of the parent (Western Uranium & Vanadium Corp. (Ontario)) is the Canadian dollar. Monetary assets and liabilities of these subsidiaries are translated at the exchange rates at the balance sheet date. Income and expense items are translated using average monthly exchange rates. Non-monetary assets are translated at their historical exchange rates. Translation adjustments are included in accumulated other comprehensive loss in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Revenue Recognition

        

The Company leases certain of its mineral properties for the exploration and production of oil and gas reserves. The Company accounts for lease revenue in accordance with ASC 842 “Leases”. Lease payments received in advance are deferred and recognized on a straight – line basis over the related lease term associated with the prepayment. Royalty payments are recognized as revenues when received.

 

Fair Values of Financial Instruments

 

The carrying amounts of cash, restricted cash, accounts payable, and accrued liabilities, approximate their fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments. Marketable securities are adjusted to fair value at each balance sheet date based on quoted prices which are considered level 1 inputs. The Company’s operations and financing activities are conducted primarily in United States dollars and as a result, the Company is not subject to significant exposure to market risks from changes in foreign currency rates. The Company is exposed to credit risk through its cash and restricted cash, but mitigates this risk by keeping these deposits at major financial institutions.

 

ASC 820 “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” provides the framework for measuring fair value. That framework provides a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (level 3 measurements).

 

Fair value is defined as an exit price, representing the amount that would be received upon the sale of an asset or payment to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. Fair value is a market-based measurement that is determined based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability. A three-tier fair value hierarchy is used to prioritize the inputs in measuring fair value as follows:

 

Level 1 Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2 Quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, or other inputs that are observable, either directly or indirectly.

 

Level 3 Significant unobservable inputs that cannot be corroborated by market data.

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3 – SUMMARY OF Significant Accounting Policies, continued

 

Fair Values of Financial Instruments

 

The fair value of the Company’s financial instruments are as follows:

 

   Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets or Liabilities
(Level 1)
   Quoted Prices for Similar Assets or Liabilities in Active Markets
(Level 2)
   Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Marketable securities as of June 30, 2020  $1,877   $                 -   $           - 
                
Marketable securities as of December 31, 2019  $2,759   $-   $- 

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company utilizes an asset and liability approach for financial accounting and reporting for income taxes. The provision for income taxes is based upon income or loss after adjustment for those permanent items that are not considered in the determination of taxable income. Deferred income taxes represent the tax effects of differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of the Company’s assets and liabilities at the enacted tax rates in effect for the years in which the differences are expected to reverse.

 

The Company evaluates the recoverability of deferred tax assets and establishes a valuation allowance when it is more likely than not that some portion or all the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Management makes judgments as to the interpretation of the tax laws that might be challenged upon an audit and cause changes to previous estimates of tax liability. In management’s opinion, adequate provisions for income taxes have been made. If actual taxable income by tax jurisdiction varies from estimates, additional allowances or reversals of reserves may be necessary.

 

Tax benefits are recognized only for tax positions that are more likely than not to be sustained upon examination by tax authorities. The amount recognized is measured as the largest amount of benefit that is greater than 50 percent likely to be realized upon settlement. A liability for “unrecognized tax benefits” is recorded for any tax benefits claimed in the Company’s tax returns that do not meet these recognition and measurement standards. As of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, no liability for unrecognized tax benefits was required to be reported.

 

The Company’s policy for recording interest and penalties associated with tax audits is to record such items as a component of general and administrative expense. There were no amounts accrued for penalties and interest for the periods June 30, 2020 and 2019. The Company does not expect its uncertain tax position to change during the next twelve months. Management is currently unaware of any issues under review that could result in significant payments, accruals or material deviations from its position.

 

The Company has identified its federal Canadian and United States tax returns and its state tax returns in Colorado and Utah as its “major” tax jurisdictions, and such returns for the years 2016 through 2019 remain subject to examination.

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3 – SUMMARY OF Significant Accounting Policies, continUED

 

Loss per Share

 

Basic net loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares and, if dilutive, potential common shares outstanding during the period. Potential common shares consist of the incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options and warrants (using the treasury stock method). The computation of diluted net loss per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 excludes potentially dilutive securities. The computations of net loss per share for each period presented is the same for both basic and fully diluted.

 

Potentially dilutive securities outlined in the table below have been excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share because the effect of their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive.

 

   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2020   2019 
Warrants to purchase common shares   8,591,825    8,838,701 
Options to purchase common shares   2,808,000    2,416,664 
Total potentially dilutive securities   11,399,825    11,255,365 

 

Warrant Modification Expense

 

In accordance with ASC 718, a modification of the terms or conditions of an equity award shall be treated as an exchange of the original award for a new award. The incremental cost is measured as the excess of the fair value of the modified award determined in accordance with ASC 718 over the fair value of the original award immediately before its terms are modified, measured based on the share price and other pertinent factors. The resulting difference is recorded as a warrant modification expense. See Note 8 for additional information.

 

Recent Accounting Standards

 

Management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective accounting standards, when adopted, will have a material effect on the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements. The Company has adopted the recent accounting standards that are disclosed below.

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments” (“ASU 2016-13”). ASU 2016-13 replaces the incurred loss model with an expected loss model, which is referred to as the current expected credit loss (CECL) model. The CECL model is applicable to the measurement of credit losses on financial assets measured at amortized cost, including loan receivables, held-to-maturity debt securities, and reinsurance receivables. It also applies to off-balance sheet credit exposures not accounted for as insurance (such as loan commitments, standby letters of credit, financial guarantees, and other similar instruments) and net investments in leases recognized by a lessor. For public business entities that meet the definition of an SEC filer, the standard will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods in those fiscal years. For debt securities with other-than-temporary impairment, the guidance will be applied prospectively. Existing purchased credit impaired (PCI) assets will be grandfathered and classified as purchased credit deteriorated (PCD) assets at the date of adoption. The asset will be grossed up for the allowance for expected credit losses for all PCD assets at the date of adoption and will continue to recognize the non-credit discount in interest income based on the yield of such assets as of the adoption date. Subsequent changes in expected credit losses will be recorded through the allowance. For all other assets within the scope of CECL, a cumulative-effect adjustment will be recognized in retained earnings as of the beginning of the first reporting period in which the guidance is effective. The Company has evaluated that ASU 2016-13 does not have a material effect on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

In November 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-08, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718) and Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which clarifies that an entity must measure and classify share-based payment awards granted to a customer by applying the guidance in Topic 718. ASU 2019-08 is effective for annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim reporting periods within those annual reporting periods. The Company has evaluated that ASU 2019-08- does not have a material effect on its condensed consolidated financial statements. 

 

In June 2020, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in conjunction with FASB developed Technical Question and Answer (“TQA”) 3200.18, “Borrower Accounting for a Forgivable Loan Received Under the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program”, which intended to provide clarification on how to account for PPP loans under ASC 470, “Debt” or, if the entity is expected to meet PPP eligibility criteria and the PPP loan is expected to be forgiven, the entity may account for the loans under IAS 20, “Accounting for Government Grants and Disclosure of Government Assistance”. The Company has elected to account for PPP loan proceeds under ASC 470 as allowed by TQA 3200.18.

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 4 – MINERAL ASSETS equipment, and Kinetic separation INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND OTHER PROPERTY

 

Recent Accounting Standards, continued

 

The Company’s mining properties acquired on August 18, 2014 that the Company retains as of June 30, 2020 include: San Rafael Uranium Project located in Emery County, Utah; The Sunday Mine Complex located in western San Miguel County, Colorado; The Van 4 Mine located in western Montrose County, Colorado; The Sage Mine project located in San Juan County, Utah, and San Miguel County, Colorado. These mining properties include leased land in the states of Colorado and Utah. None of these mining properties were operational at the date of acquisition.

 

The Company’s mining properties acquired on September 16, 2015 that the Company retains as of June 30, 2020 include Hansen, North Hansen, High Park, and Hansen Picnic Tree located in Fremont and Teller Counties, Colorado. The Company also acquired the Keota project located in Weld County, Colorado and the Ferris Haggerty project located in Carbon County Wyoming. These mining assets include both owned and leased land in the states of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. All of the mining assets represent properties which have previously been mined to different degrees for uranium.

 

As the Company has not formally established proven or probable reserves on any of its properties, there is inherent uncertainty as to whether or not any mineralized material can be economically extracted as originally planned and anticipated.

 

The Company’s mineral properties and equipment and kinetic separation intellectual property are:

 

   As of 
   June 30,
2020
   December 31,
2019
 
Mineral properties and equipment  $11,740,836   $11,746,150 
Kinetic separation intellectual property  $9,488,051   $9,488,051 

 

Oil and Gas Lease and Easement

 

On July 18, 2017, an oil and gas lease became effective with respect to minerals and mineral rights owned by the Company of approximately 160 surface acres of the Company’s property in Colorado. As consideration for entering into the lease, the Company received $120,000 during the third quarter of 2017. The lease will be in force for an initial term of three years and may be extended by the lessee at 150% of the initial rate. The lessee has also agreed to pay the Company a royalty of 18.75% of the lessee’s revenue attributed to oil and gas produced, saved, and sold attributable to the net mineral interest. The Company is recognizing the initial payment incrementally over the term of the lease.

 

On February 26, 2018, the Company entered into a further agreement with the same entity as the oil and gas lease to provide them with an easement to an additional part of the Company’s property solely for the purposes of transporting the oil and gas extracted via a pipeline. As consideration for the easement, the Company received $36,960 during the first quarter of 2018. The Company is recognizing this payment incrementally over the eight year term of the easement.

 

On June 23, 2020, the same entity as discussed above elected to extend the oil and gas lease easement for three additional years commencing on the date the lease would have previously expired. 

 

During the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 the Company recognized aggregate revenue of $11,155 and $11,155 and for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, the Company recognized aggregate revenue of $22,310 and $22,310, respectively, under these oil and gas lease arrangements.

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 4 – MINERAL ASSETS equipment, and Kinetic separation INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND OTHER PROPERTY, CONTINUED

 

Reclamation Liabilities

 

The Company’s mines are subject to certain asset retirement obligations, which the Company has recorded as reclamation liabilities. The reclamation liabilities of the United States mines are subject to legal and regulatory requirements, and estimates of the costs of reclamation are reviewed periodically by the applicable regulatory authorities. The reclamation liability represents the Company’s best estimate of the present value of future reclamation costs in connection with the mineral properties. The Company determined the gross reclamation liabilities of the mineral properties as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, to be approximately $906,837 and $897,662, respectively. On March 2, 2020, the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board (“MLRB”) issued an order vacating the Van 4 Temporary Cessation, terminating mining operations and ordering commencement of final reclamation. The Company has begun the reclamation of the Van 4 Mine. The reclamation cost is fully covered by the reclamation bonds posted upon acquisition of the property. The Company adjusted the fair value of its reclamation obligation for the Van 4 Mine. The portion of the reclamation liability related to the Van 4 Mine, and its related restricted cash are included in current liabilities, and current assets, respectively, at a value of $75,057. The Company expects to begin incurring the reclamation liability after 2054 for all mines that are not in reclamation and accordingly, has discounted the gross liabilities over their remaining lives using a discount rate of 5.4% to net discounted aggregated values as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $301,314 and $294,228, respectively. The gross reclamation liabilities as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 are secured by financial warranties in the amount of $906,837 and $897,662, respectively.

 

Reclamation liability activity for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 consists of:

 

   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2020   2019 
Beginning balance  $294,228   $224,645 
Accretion   7,086    8,528 
Additions   -    - 
Ending Balance  $301,314   $233,173 

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 4 – MINERAL ASSETS equipment, and Kinetic separation INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND OTHER PROPERTY, CONTINUED

 

Van 4 Mine Permitting Status

 

A prior owner of the Company’s Van 4 Mine had been granted a first Temporary Cessation from reclamation of the mine by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board (“MLRB”) which was set to expire June 23, 2017. Prior to its expiration, PRM formally requested an extension through a second Temporary Cessation. PRM subsequently participated in a public process which culminated in a hearing on July 26, 2017. Prior to the hearing, three non-profit organizations who pursue environmental and conservation objectives filed a brief objecting to the extension. The MLRB board members voted to grant a second five-year Temporary Cessation for the Van 4 Mine. Thereafter, the three objecting parties filed a lawsuit on September 18, 2017. The MLRB was named as the defendant and PRM was named as a party to the case due to the Colorado law requirement that any lawsuit filed after a hearing must include all of the parties in the proceeding. The plaintiff organizations are seeking for the court to set aside the board order granting a second five-year Temporary Cessation period to PRM for the Van 4 Mine. The Colorado state Attorney General was defending this action in the Denver Colorado District Court. On May 8, 2018, the Denver Colorado District Court ruled in favor, whereby the additional five-year temporary cessation period was granted. The Plaintiffs appealed this ruling to the Colorado Court of Appeals and on July 25, 2019 the ruling was reversed, whereby the additional five-year temporary cessation period should not have been granted. Thereafter, the MLRB and the Colorado Attorney General advised Western that it will not make an additional appeal of the ruling. Further, the time period for an appeal has passed. The Judge has subsequently issued an instruction for the MLRB to issue an order revoking the permit and putting the Van 4 Mine into reclamation. On January 22, 2020, the MLRB held a hearing and afterward on March 2, 2020, the MLRB issued an order vacating the Van 4 Temporary Cessation, terminating mining operations and ordering commencement of final reclamation. The Company has commenced reclamation of the Van 4 Mine. The reclamation cost is fully covered by the reclamation bonds posted upon acquisition of the property.

 

Sunday Mine Complex Permitting Status

 

On February 4, 2020, the Colorado DRMS sent a Notice of Hearing to Declare Termination of Mining Operations related to the status of the mining permits issued by the state of Colorado for the Sunday Mine Complex. At issue is the application of an unchallenged Colorado Court of Appeals Opinion for a separate mine (Van 4) with very different facts that are retroactively modifying DRMS rules and regulations. The Company maintains that it was timely in meeting existing rules and regulations. The hearing was scheduled to be held during several monthly MLRB Board meetings, but this matter has been delayed several times. The permit hearing was held during the MLRB Board monthly meeting on July 22, 2020. At issue was the status of the five existing permits which comprise the Sunday Mine Complex. Due to COVID restrictions, the hearing took place utilizing a virtual-only format. The Company prevailed in a 3 to 1 decision which acknowledged that the work completed at the Sunday Mines under DRMS oversight was timely and sufficient for Western to maintain these permits. In a subsequent July 30, 2020 letter, the DRMS notified the Company that the status of the five permits had been changed to Active effective June 10, 2019, the original date on which the change of the status was approved.

 

NOTE 5 – Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities consisted of:

 

   As of 
   June 30,
2020
   December 31,
2019
 
Trade accounts payable  $491,447   $404,015 
Accrued liabilities   159,169    195,322 
Total accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $650,616   $599,337 

  

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 6 – LOAN Notes Payable

 

Paycheck Protection Program Loan

 

On May 6, 2020, the Company obtained a PPP Loan for $73,116. The loan has a fixed interest rate of 1%, requires the Company to make seventeen (17) monthly payments, after a seven month deferral period, and has a maturity date of May 6, 2022. A portion of the loan principal is eligible for forgiveness to the extent that the proceeds are utilized toward permissible expenditures within the initial period. The Company plans to apply for forgiveness after the final updates to the PPP Program are announced.

 

NOTE 7 – COMMITMENTS

  

Supply Contract

  

In December 2015, the Company signed a uranium concentrates supply agreement with a major U.S. utility company for delivery commencing in 2018 and continuing for a five year period through 2022. As the Company does not possess saleable uranium, a partial assignment agreement was put in place whereby the assignee accepted the Company’s right to the Year 1 delivery of 125,000 pounds of natural uranium concentrates. The Year 1 delivery was made during 2018 and the assignee was paid in full consideration under the agreement. The Company did not recognize any gain or loss on this transaction. In Year 2, a partial assignment agreement was put in place whereby the assignee accepted the Company’s right to the Year 2 delivery of 125,000 pounds of natural uranium concentrates. The Year 2 delivery was made during 2019 and the assignee was paid in full consideration under the agreement. The Company did not recognize any gain or loss on this transaction. The Company and the U.S. utility customer mutually agreed to cancel the Year 3 delivery, rather than pursue a partial assignment; there will be no delivery during 2020.

Legal proceedings

 

On June 13, 2019, Black Range was sued over the original Weld County Colorado deed language. The lawsuit was filed in the Weld County District Court. This deed was negotiated prior to the Company acquiring Black Range in September 2015 by prior management and a bank representing the estate of the property owner. The plaintiff, the estate’s beneficiaries, assert that it was the intent that they would receive a production override royalty for oil and gas production from the property, however this language was not included in the deed. Western’s attorney has filed a response with the court contesting this allegation. This only involves royalties on oil and gas production on this undeveloped property, thus there is no current economic impact. Court procedure mandates that the parties participate in a mediation process before bringing the matter before the court. During the scheduling of the mediation process, the parties agreed to a settlement. Western executed the Settlement Agreement on December 31, 2019 and the four plaintiffs executed in counterparts on various days in January 2020. The plaintiff was given a non-participating royalty interest of 1/8th for all hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon substances that are produced and sold from the Weld County property. As the settlement only impacts future economics, the Company will not recognize any gain or loss from this transaction.

 

NOTE 8 – SHARE CAPITAL AND OTHER EQUITY INSTRUMENTS

 

Authorized Capital

 

The holders of the Company’s common shares are entitled to one vote per share. Holders of common shares are entitled to receive rateably such dividends, if any, as may be declared by the Board of Directors out of legally available funds. Upon the liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the Company, holders of common shares are entitled to share rateably in all assets of the Company that are legally available for distribution. As of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, an unlimited number of common shares were authorized for issuance.

 

Incentive Stock Option Plan

 

The Company maintains an Incentive Stock Option Plan (the “Plan”) that permits the granting of stock options as incentive compensation. Shareholders of the Company approved the Plan on June 30, 2008 and amendments to the Plan on June 20, 2013, and the Board of Directors approved additional changes to the Plan on September 12, 2015.

 

The purpose of the Plan is to attract, retain and motivate directors, management, staff and consultants by providing them with the opportunity, through stock options, to acquire a proprietary interest in the Company and benefit from its growth.

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 8 – SHARE CAPITAL AND OTHER EQUITY INSTRUMENTS, CONTINUED

 

Incentive Stock Option Plan, continued

 

The Plan provides that the aggregate number of common shares for which stock options may be granted will not exceed 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares at the time stock options are granted. As of June 30, 2020, a total of 30,083,747 common shares were outstanding, and at that date the maximum number of stock options eligible for issue under the Plan was 3,008,375.

 

On January 6, 2020, the Company granted options under the Plan for the purchase of an aggregate of 600,000 common shares to five individuals consisting of directors, officers, and consultants of the Company. The options have a five year term, an exercise price of CAD $1.03 (US $0.76 as of June 30, 2020) and vest equally in thirds commencing initially on the date of grant and thereafter on January 31, 2020, and June 30, 2020.

 

Stock Options

 

   Number of Shares   Weighted Average Exercise Price (USD)   Weighted Average Contractual Life (years)   Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value (USD)   Intrinsic Value
(USD)
 
Outstanding - January 1, 2020   2,208,000   $1.56    3.01   $0.41      
Granted   600,000   $0.76    4.52   $0.76      
Expired, forfeited, or cancelled   -                     
Outstanding – June 30, 2020   2,808,000   $1.33    2.94   $0.37    - 
Exercisable – June 30, 2020   2,808,000   $1.33    2.94   $0.37    - 

 

The Company’s stock based compensation expense related to stock options for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $50,766 and $180,269 and for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $204,808 and $180,269, respectively. As of June 30, 2020, the Company had $0 in unamortized stock option expense.

 

The Company utilized the Black-Scholes option pricing model to determine the fair value of these stock options, using the assumptions as outlined below.

 

   January 6,
2020
 
Stock Price   CAD $1.03 
Exercise Price   CAD $1.03 
Number of Options Granted   600,000 
Dividend Yield   0%
Expected Volatility   90.5%
Weighted Average Risk-Free Interest Rate   1.61%
Expected life (in years)   2.6 

 

Warrants

 

    Number of Shares     Weighted Average Exercise Price (USD)     Weighted Average Contractual Life (years)     Intrinsic Value (USD)  
Outstanding - January 1, 2020     8,602,913     $ 1.51                  
Issued     -       -                  
Expired     (11,088     0.84                  
Outstanding – June 30, 2020     8,591,825     $ 1.44       1.32     $ -  
Exercisable – June 30, 2020     8,591,825     $ 1.44       1.32     $ -  

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 8 – SHARE CAPITAL AND OTHER EQUITY INSTRUMENTS, CONTINUED

 

Warrant Extension

 

On April 20, 2020, the Company announced the extension by nine months of the common share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) issued to investors in non-brokered private placements that closed on May 4, June 30, and August 9, 2018 (the “2018 Private Placements”) and the amendment of the trigger price in the acceleration clause of each Warrant. A total of 2,671,116 Warrants were amended. The Company performed a Black Scholes valuation on the warrants both pre modification and post modification. The warrant modification expense amounted to $639,012.

 

The Company performed a Black-Scholes valuation on the warrants both pre-modification and post-modification, using the assumptions listed below.

    May 2018 – Prior to Modification     May 2018 – Post Modification     July 2018 – Prior to Modification     July 2018 – Post Modification     August 2018 – Prior to Modification     August 2018 – Post Modification  
Stock Price     CAD $0.80       CAD $0.80       CAD $0.80       CAD $0.80       CAD $0.80       CAD $0.80  
Exercise Price     CAD $1.15       CAD $1.15       CAD $1.15       CAD $1.15       CAD $1.15       CAD $1.15  
Number of Warrants Modified     454,811       454,811       1,262,763       1,262,763       953,544       953,544  
Dividend Yield     0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %
Expected Volatility     106.8 %     106.8 %     106.8 %     106.8 %     106.8 %     106.8 %
Weighted Average Risk-Free Interest Rate     0.15 %     0.15 %     0.15 %     0.15 %     0.15 %     0.15 %
Expected life (in years)     0.04       0.79       0.27       1.02       0.30       1.05  

  

Each Warrant initially entitled the holder to purchase one common share in the capital of the Company at a price of $1.15 CAD at any time prior to May 4, July 30, and August 9, 2020, respectively. Each of these dates has been extended by nine months from their respective expiration dates such that the Warrants will now expire on February 4, April 30, and May 9, 2021, respectively. Additionally, each Warrant originally contained an acceleration clause that allowed the Company to accelerate the expiration date of the Warrant if the closing price of the Company’s common shares was equal to or greater than $2.50 CAD for a period of five consecutive trading days. The Company amended this clause by lowering the trigger price from $2.50 CAD to $1.83 CAD.

  

Note 9 – Mining Expenditures

 

   For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
   For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Permits  $20,944   $66,940   $56,156   $109,322 
Maintenance   -    17,500    -    18,964 
Mining Costs   35,459    -    233,513    - 
Royalties   1,352    -    2,802    - 
   $57,755   $84,440   $292,471   $128,286 

  

NOTE 10 – Related Party Transactions AND BALANCES

 

The Company has transacted with related parties pursuant to service arrangements in the ordinary course of business, as follows:

 

Prior to the acquisition of Black Range, Mr. George Glasier, the Company’s CEO, who is also a director (“Seller”), transferred his interest in a former joint venture with Ablation Technologies, LLC to Black Range. In connection with the transfer, Black Range issued 25 million shares of Black Range common stock to Seller and committed to pay AUD $500,000 (USD $344,715 as of June 30, 2020) to Seller within 60 days of the first commercial application of the kinetic separation technology. Western assumed this contingent payment obligation in connection with the acquisition of Black Range. At the date of the acquisition of Black Range, this contingent obligation was determined to be probable. Since the deferred contingent consideration obligation is probable and the amount is estimable, the Company recorded the deferred contingent consideration as an assumed liability in the amount of $344,715 and $351,099 as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

 

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Stated in USD)

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 11 – FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

 

Foreign Currency Risk

 

Foreign currency risk is the risk that changes in the rates of exchange on foreign currencies will impact the financial position or cash flows of the Company. The Company’s reporting currency is the United States Dollar. The functional currency for Western Uranium & Vanadium Corp. standalone entity is the Canadian dollar. The Company is exposed to foreign currency risks in relation to certain activity that is to be settled in Canadian funds. Management monitors its foreign currency exposure regularly to minimize the risk of an adverse impact on its cash flows.

 

Concentration of Credit Risk

 

Concentration of credit risk is the risk of loss in the event that certain counterparties are unable to fulfill their obligations to the Company. The Company limits its exposure to credit loss on its cash and restricted cash by placing its cash with high credit quality financial institutions. The Company does not have any cash in excess of federally insured limits.

 

Liquidity Risk

 

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Company’s condensed consolidated cash flows from operations will not be sufficient for the Company to continue operating and discharge is liabilities. The Company is exposed to liquidity risk as its continued operation is dependent upon its ability to obtain financing, either in the form of debt or equity, or achieving profitable operations in order to satisfy its liabilities as they come due. As of June 30, 2020, the Company had a working capital of $714,644 and cash on hand of $1,370,162.

 

Market Risk

 

Market risk is the risk that fluctuations in the market prices of minerals will impact the Company’s future cash flows. The Company is exposed to market risk on the price of uranium and vanadium, which will determine its ability to build and achieve profitable operations, the amount of exploration and development work that the Company will be able to perform, and the number of financing opportunities that will be available. Management believes that it would be premature at this point to enter into any hedging or forward contracts to mitigate its exposure to specific market price risks.

 

 

Note 12 – COVID-19

 

In December 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, was reported to have surfaced in Wuhan, China. Since then, the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to multiple countries, including the United States. As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, the Company may experience disruptions that could severely impact the Company. The global outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to rapidly evolve. The extent to which the COVID-19 coronavirus may impact the Company’s business will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, such as the ultimate geographic spread of the disease, the duration of the outbreak, travel restrictions and social distancing in the United States and other countries, business closures or business disruptions and the effectiveness of actions taken in the United States to contain and treat the disease. The Company is monitoring COVID-19’s potential impact on the Company’s operations.

 

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

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

The information disclosed in this quarterly report, and the information incorporated by reference herein, include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our or our management’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking.

 

The forward-looking statements contained or incorporated by reference in this quarterly report are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us and speak only as of the date of each such statement. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described in this Item 2 of Part I of this quarterly report and in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated interim financial statements and footnotes thereto contained in this quarterly report.

 

Overview

 

General

 

Western Uranium & Vanadium Corp. ("Western” or the “Company", formerly Western Uranium Corporation) was incorporated in December 2006 under the Ontario Business Corporations Act. On November 20, 2014, the Company completed a listing process on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE"). As part of that process, the Company acquired 100% of the members' interests of Pinon Ridge Mining LLC ("PRM"), a Delaware limited liability company. The transaction constituted a reverse takeover ("RTO") of Western by PRM. Subsequent to obtaining appropriate shareholder approvals, the Company reconstituted its Board of Directors and senior management team. Effective September 16, 2015, Western completed its acquisition of Black Range Minerals Limited (“Black Range”).

 

On August 18, 2014, the Company closed on the purchase of certain mining properties in Colorado and Utah from Energy Fuels Holding Corp. Assets purchased included both owned and leased lands in Utah and Colorado and all represent properties that have been previously mined for uranium to varying degrees in the past. The acquisition included the purchase of the Sunday Mine Complex. The Sunday Mine Complex is located in western San Miguel County, Colorado. The complex consists of the following five individual mines: the Sunday mine, the Carnation mine, the Saint Jude mine, the West Sunday mine and the Topaz mine. The operation of each of these mines requires a separate permit and all such permits have been obtained by Western and are currently valid. In addition, each of the mines has good access to a paved highway, electric power to existing declines, office/storage/shop and change buildings, and extensive underground haulage development with several vent shafts complete with exhaust fans. These properties were formerly secured by a first priority interest collateralizing a $500,000 promissory note which was paid in full on August 31, 2018 and thus the properties are now held free and clear of encumbrances. The Sunday Mine Complex is the Company’s core resource property and was assigned active status effective June 2019.

 

On September 16, 2015, Western completed its acquisition of Black Range, an Australian company that was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange until the acquisition was completed. The acquisition terms were pursuant to a definitive Merger Implementation Agreement entered into between Western and Black Range. Pursuant to the agreement, Western acquired all of the issued shares of Black Range by way of Scheme of Arrangement (“the Scheme”) under the Australian Corporation Act 2001 (Cth) (the "Black Range Transaction"), with Black Range shareholders being issued common shares of Western on a 1 for 750 basis. On August 25, 2015, the Scheme was approved by the shareholders of Black Range and on September 4, 2015, Black Range received approval by the Federal Court of Australia. In addition, Western issued to certain employees, directors and consultants options to purchase Western common shares. Such stock options were intended to replace Black Range stock options outstanding prior to the Black Range Transaction on the same 1 for 750 basis.

 

The Company has registered offices at 330 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 2S8 and its common shares are listed on the CSE under the symbol "WUC" and are traded on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol “WSTRF”. Its principal business activity is the acquisition and development of uranium and vanadium resource properties in the states of Utah and Colorado in the United States of America (“United States”).

 

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Recent Developments

 

Kinetic Separation Licensing

 

During 2016, the Company submitted documentation to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (“CDPHE”) for a determination ruling regarding the type of license which may be required for the application of Kinetic Separation at the Sunday Mine Complex within the state of Colorado. During May and June of 2016, CDPHE held four public meetings in several cities in Colorado as part of the process. On July 22, 2016 CDPHE closed the comment period. In connection with this matter, the CDPHE consulted with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”). In response, the CDPHE received an advisory opinion dated October 16, 2016, which did not contain support for the NRC’s opinion and with which the Company’s regulatory counsel does not agree. NRC’s advisory opinion recommended that Kinetic Separation should be regulated as a milling operation but did recognize that there may be exemptions to certain milling regulatory requirements because of the benign nature of the non-uranium bearing sands produced after Kinetic Separation is completed on uranium-bearing ores. On December 1, 2016, the CDPHE issued a determination that the proposed Kinetic Separation operations at the Sunday Mine must be regulated by the CDPHE through a milling license. The 2018 increase in the blended uranium/vanadium price has brought the Company closer to production. Beginning in 2017, the Company’s regulatory counsel has prepared significant documentation in preparation for a prospective submission. On September 13, 2019, the Company’s regulatory counsel submitted a white paper to the NRC entitled Recommendations on the Proper Legal and Policy Interpretation for Using Kinetic Separation Processes at Uranium Mine Sites. On July 24, 2020, the NRC staff responded with a letter in support of the original conclusion; Western’s regulatory counsel is evaluating alternatives.

 

Sunday Mine Complex Vanadium Project Supplementary Requirements

 

On June 18, 2019, The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (CDRMS) issued a letter indicating limited supplementary requirements prior to the removal of material (ore) from the Sunday Mine Complex underground workings and further offsite handling. In a follow-up meeting on Monday, August 5, 2019, the Company agreed to construct an ore pad on the surface before stockpiling or storing ore outside the mine and acquire certification that the storm drainage system was constructed in accordance with the existing plan prior to the removal of ore from the SMC. On August 15, 2019, the Company sent a response letter to CDRMS providing the requested additional information regarding the reopening of the Sunday Mine Complex mines. On September 18, 2019, the CDRMS issued a letter indicating that activities at the Sunday Mines do not meet the definition of a “Mining Operation” and thus at this time, the Division does not consider the permits in active status. In the letter, CDRMS reiterated that prior to the removal of ore material from the mines and upgrading to an active status, the CDRMS surface requirements needed to be completed, inspected and accepted by CDRMS. The CDRMS further noted requirements that would apply to Western’s proposed off-site kinetic separation test facility. On April 9, 2020, CDRMS issued a letter acknowledging that the Construction Completion Reports and As-Built Certifications for the ore storage pads have been reviewed and accepted. It was further noted that prior to ore being removed and placed on the ore pad an inspection would still need to be completed, but due to COVID-19 the CDRMS staff were subject to a no-travel policy under the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order. Hence, CDRMS offered an alternative remote procedure requiring extensive photo documentation and a signed affidavit from both the manufacturer and installation crew certifying that the ore pad liner was installed in accordance with the approved Environmental Protection Plan. Additional requirements included the submission of a comprehensive hydrogeology report and completion of the Sunday Mine Complex MLRB permit hearing process. With this approval, Western has now completed every project, study, and submission stipulated as required under the existing Environmental Protection Plan by CDMRS, and all submissions have been made. The hydrogeology report is currently being reviewed by CDMRS and approval is needed to conduct mining activities below the static groundwater level or to affect ground or surface waters.

 

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Sunday Mine Complex Permitting Status

 

On February 4, 2020, the Colorado DRMS sent a Notice of Hearing to Declare Termination of Mining Operations related to the status of the mining permits issued by the state of Colorado for the Sunday Mine Complex. At issue is the application of an unchallenged Colorado Court of Appeals Opinion for a separate mine (Van 4), with very different facts that is retroactively modifying DRMS rules and regulations. The Company maintains that it was timely in meeting existing rules and regulations. The hearing was scheduled to be held during several monthly MLRB Board meetings, but, this matter has been delayed several times. The permit hearing was held during the MLRB Board monthly meeting on July 22, 2020. At issue was the status of the five existing permits which comprise the Sunday Mine Complex. Due to COVID restrictions, the hearing took place utilizing a virtual-only format. The Company prevailed in a 3 to 1 decision which acknowledged that the work completed at the Sunday Mines under Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS) oversight was timely and sufficient for Western to maintain these permits. In a subsequent letter dated July 30, 2020, the DRMS notified the Company that the status of the five permits had been changed to Active effective June 10, 2019, the original date on which the change of status was approved.

Van 4 Mine Permitting Status

 

A prior owner of the Van 4 Mine had been granted a first Temporary Cessation from reclamation of the mine by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board (“MLRB”) which was set to expire June 23, 2017. Prior to its expiration, PRM formally requested an extension through a second Temporary Cessation. PRM subsequently participated in a public process which culminated in a hearing on July 26, 2017. Prior to the hearing, three non-profit organizations who pursue environmental and conservation objectives filed a brief objecting to the extension. The MLRB board members voted to grant a second five-year Temporary Cessation for the Van 4 Mine. Thereafter, the three objecting parties filed a lawsuit on September 18, 2017. The MLRB was named as the defendant and PRM was named as a party to the case due to the Colorado law requirement that any lawsuit filed after a hearing must include all of the parties in the proceeding. The plaintiff organizations are seeking for the court to set aside the board order granting a second five-year Temporary Cessation period to PRM for the Van 4 Mine. The Colorado state Attorney General was defending this action in the Denver Colorado District Court. On May 8, 2018, the Denver Colorado District Court ruled in favor, whereby the additional five-year temporary cessation period was granted. The Plaintiffs appealed this ruling to the Colorado Court of Appeals and on July 25, 2019 the ruling was reversed, ruling that the additional five-year temporary cessation period should not have been granted.

 

The MLRB and the Colorado Attorney General advised Western that it will not make an additional appeal of the ruling. Further, the time period for an appeal has passed. The Judge has subsequently issued an instruction for the MLRB to issue an order revoking the permit and putting the Van 4 Mine into reclamation. On January 22, 2020, the MLRB held a hearing and on March 2, 2020, the MLRB issued an order vacating the Van 4 Temporary Cessation, revoking the permit and ordered commencement of final reclamation. The Company has commenced reclamation of the Van 4 Mine. The reclamation cost is fully covered by the reclamation bonds posted upon acquisition of the property.

 

Weld County Colorado Litigation

 

On June 13, 2019, Black Range was sued over the original Weld County Colorado deed language. The lawsuit was filed in the Weld County District Court. This deed was negotiated prior to the Company acquiring Black Range in September 2015 by prior management and a bank representing the estate of the property owner. The plaintiff, the estate’s beneficiaries, assert that it was the intent that they would receive a production override royalty for oil and gas production from the property, however this language was not included in the deed. Western’s attorney has filed a response with the court contesting this allegation. This only involves royalties on oil and gas production on this undeveloped property, thus there is no current economic impact. Court procedure mandates that the parties participate in a mediation process before bringing the matter before the court. During the scheduling of the meditation process, the parties agreed to a settlement. Western executed the Settlement Agreement on December 31, 2019 and the four plaintiffs executed in counterparts on various days in January 2020. The plaintiff was given a non-participating royalty interest of 1/8th for all hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon substances that are produced and sold from the Weld County property. As the settlement only impacts future economics, the Company will not recognize any gain or loss from this transaction.

 

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Warrant Extension for Warrants issued in 2018 Private Placement

 

On April 20, 2020, the Company announced the extension by nine months of the common share purchase warrants (the “Warrants”) issued to investors in non-brokered private placements that closed on May 4, June 20, and August 9, 2018 (the “2018 Private Placements”) and the amendment of the trigger price in the acceleration clause of each Warrant. A total of 2,671,116 Warrants are being amended.

 

In accordance with ASC 178-20-35-3, the Company must record a warrant modification expense to account for the effects of these amendments to the original terms. See Note 8 for more information.

 

Each Warrant currently entitles the holder to purchase one common share in the capital of the Company at a price of $1.15 CAD at any time prior to May 4, June 30, and August 9, 2020, respectively. Each of these dates has been extended by nine months such that the Warrants will expire on February 4, April 30, and May 9, 2021, respectively. Additionally, each Warrant originally contained an acceleration clause that allowed the Company to accelerate the expiration date of the warrant if the closing price of the Company’s common shares was equal to or greater than $2.50 CAD for a period of five consecutive trading dates. The Company is amending this clause by lowering the trigger price from $2.50 CAD to $1.83 CAD. The Company performed a Black-Scholes analysis to determine the fair value of the Warrants using the pre-modification terms and the post-modification terms on the date of modification. Based on the Company’s analysis performed, the Company recorded a warrant modification expense of $639,012 on April 20, 2020.

 

Uranium Section 232 Investigation/Nuclear Fuel Working Group Process

 

In the United States, an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (U.S) was undertaken by the U.S Department of Commerce (“DoC”) in 2018 to assess the impact to national security of the importation of the vast majority of uranium utilized by the ~100 operative civilian nuclear reactors within the United States. In response to the Section 232 report, the White House disseminated a Presidential Memoranda in July 2019. At that time, President Trump formed the Nuclear Fuel Working Group (“NFWG”) to find solutions for reviving and expanding domestic nuclear fuel production and reinvigorating recommendations. As a first step in addressing this issue, President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget included a $150 million line item each year for the next decade to establish a Uranium Reserve.

 

Thereafter, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette stated that the Department of Energy (“DoE”) was preparing to release the NFWG report in early March 2020. This announcement was made prior to the coronavirus contagion which has delayed the report release. In parallel, Congress has requested that the DoE prepare a report on Key Challenges in Reconstituting Uranium Mining and Conversion Capabilities in the United States. The extended deadline for industry to supply responses to the Request For Information launched by DoE was March 30, 2020. Western continued to participate in the process and made an RFI submission.

 

On April 23, 2020, the DoE released the NFWG report entitled “Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage – A strategy to assure U.S. national security”. The report outlines a strategy for the reestablishment of critical capabilities and direct support to the front end of the U.S. domestic nuclear fuel cycle. The Summary of Measures included the following which could benefit U.S. uranium miners: direct purchases of uranium by establishing a Uranium Reserve, ending DoE’s program which barters uranium and reevaluates DoE’s Excess Uranium Inventory Management Policy, creating a level playing field for all energy sources in power markets, streamlining regulatory reform and land access for uranium dumping in the U.S. market. The NFWG finding and recommendations presented by the DoE are a positive outcome for U.S. uranium miners; however, the ultimate outcome and timing remains uncertain as this is a continuing process requiring approvals and budget appropriation from Congress and implementation by U.S. government agencies, and further participation by the Trump Administration. Presently, Western is one of the very few uranium companies holding previously producing, permitted, and developed mines in the United States and thus well positioned to benefit in the short-term from a favorable determination.

 

Implementation of the NFWG recommendations remains an ongoing process. During July 2020, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations has decided not to provide $150 million uranium reserve funding for fiscal 2021. Instead the DoE was given 180 days to develop and submit the uranium reserve plan. Subsequently, Senator Barrasso introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate entitled the “The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 and Representatives Latta and Cheney introduced a bill to the U.S. House entitled the Nuclear Prosperity and Security Act. These bills implement the key provisions of the NFWG report’s recommendations; both include the creation of a national uranium reserve. In parallel, the preparation of a Congressional report by the DoE on Key Challenges in Reconstituting Uranium Mining and Conversion Capabilities in the United States remains ongoing and is anticipated to be completed later this year. The Department of Commerce (“DoC”) is evaluating an extension of the Russian Suspension Agreement which sets quotas on imports of Russian uranium into the U.S. An extension of the agreement was among the NFWG’s recommendations, the agreement expires this year and multiple Senators have called for the DoC to reduce imports of Russian uranium to below existing limits.

 

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan

 

On May 6, 2020, the Company obtained a Paycheck Protection Program loan (the “PPP Loan”) for $73,116. The loan has a fixed interest rate of 1%, requires the Company to make seventeen (17) monthly payments, after a deferral period, and has a maturity date of May 6, 2022. A portion of the loan principal is eligible for forgiveness to the extent that the proceeds are utilized toward permissible expenditures within the initial period. The Company plans to apply for forgiveness after the final updates to the PPP program are announced.

 

Employment Agreement

 

On June 15, 2020, the Company provided the 90 day required notice to its Chief Financial Officer that his October 2017 employment agreement will be terminated at the end of September 2020. The notice offered the discussion of a new agreement, but those discussions have not commenced.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus

 

In December 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, was reported to have surfaced in Wuhan, China. Since then, the COVID- 19 coronavirus has spread to multiple countries, including the United States and Canada. As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and Canada, we may experience disruptions that could severely impact our business. The global outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to evolve rapidly. The extent to which the COVID-19 coronavirus may impact our business will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, such as the ultimate geographic spread of the disease, the duration of the outbreak, travel restrictions and social distancing in the United States, Canada and other countries, business closures or business disruptions and the effectiveness of actions taken in the United States, Canada and other countries to contain and treat the disease.

 

Results of Operations

 

   For the Three Months Ended June 30,   For the Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Revenue                
Lease revenue  $11,155   $11,155   $22,310   $22,310 
                     
Expenses                    
Mining expenditures   57,755    84,440    292,471    128,286 
Professional fees   111,421    94,316    185,177    187,633 
General and administrative   280,383    244,406    669,780    619,379 
Consulting fees   8,882    33,680    36,822    48,680 
Total operating expenses   458,441    456,842    1,184,250    983,978 
                     
Operating loss   (447,286)   (445,687)   (1,161,940)   (961,668)
                     
Interest expense, net   1,885    2,912    5,701    5,806 
Warrant modification expense   639,012    -    639,012    - 
                     
Net loss   (1,088,183)   (448,599)   (1,806,653)   (967,474)
                     
Other Comprehensive (expense) income                    
Foreign exchange (loss) gain   (37,358)   (680)   (115,801)   14,599 
Comprehensive Loss   (1,125,541)   (449,279)   (1,922,454)   (952,875)
Net loss per share - basic and diluted  $(0.04)  $(0.02)  $(0.06)  $(0.03)

 

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Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 as Compared to the Three Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Summary:

 

Our condensed consolidated net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $1,088,183 and $448,599 or $(0.04) and $(0.02) per share, respectively. The principal components of these quarter over quarter changes are discussed below.

 

Our comprehensive loss for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $1,125,541 and $449,279, respectively.

 

Revenue

 

Our revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $11,155 and $11,155, respectively. This revenue resulted from lease revenue pursuant to a July 18, 2017 oil and gas lease agreement, February 2, 2018 pipeline easement, and July 1, 2018 right-of-way agreement. This revenue is derived from a non-core property acquired in the Black Range Minerals acquisition. The counterparties are from the oil and gas industry.

 

Mining Expenditures

 

Mining expenditures for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $57,755 as compared to $84,440 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in mining expenditures of $26,685, or 31.6% was principally attributable to disproportionately larger mining expenditures at the initiation of the Sunday Mine Complex project last year during the second quarter.

 

Professional Fees

 

Professional fees for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $111,421 as compared to $94,316 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase in professional fees of $17,105, or 18.1% was due to an in increase in accounting and audit fees during the current quarter because of delays caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the completion and filing of the Company’s December 31, 2019 10-K. In 2019, these costs were recognized in the first quarter.

 

General and Administrative

 

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $280,383 as compared to $244,406 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase in general and administrative expense of $35,977, or 14.7% is due to an increase in stock-based compensation expense of $47,094 during the current quarter. In 2019, these costs were recognized in the first quarter.

 

Consulting Fees

 

Consulting fees for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $8,882 as compared to $33,680 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in consulting fees of $24,798, or 73.6% was due to the Company’s hiring a consultant during the current quarter and paying another consultant for an additional month during the corresponding 2019 quarter.

 

Interest Expense, net

 

Interest expense, net, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $1,885 as compared to $2,912 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease of interest expense, net, of $1,027, or 35.3% was attributable to recognizing $2,910 of reclamation liabilities for the three months ended June 30, 2020 as compared to $3,566 recognized for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

 

Foreign Exchange

 

Foreign exchange gain (loss) for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $(37,358) as compared to $(680) for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase of the foreign exchange loss of $36,678 is primarily due to holding cash balances in Canadian Dollars and the translation loss from using United Stated Dollars as the reporting currency.

 

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Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 as Compared to the Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

 

Summary:

 

Our condensed consolidated net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $1,806,653 and $967,474 or $(0.06) and $(0.03) per share, respectively. The principal components of these quarter over quarter changes are discussed below.

 

Our comprehensive loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $1,922,454 and $952,875, respectively.

 

Revenue

 

Our revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was $22,310 and $22,310, respectively. This revenue resulted from lease revenue pursuant to a July 18, 2017 oil and gas lease agreement, February 2, 2018 pipeline easement, and July 1, 2018 right-of-way agreement. This revenue is derived from a non-core property acquired in the Black Range Minerals acquisition. The counterparties are from the oil and gas industry.

 

Mining Expenditures

 

Mining expenditures for the six months ended June 30, 2020 were $292,471 as compared to $128,286 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The increase in mining expenditures of $164,185, or 128.0% was principally attributable to costs related to storm water control structure, hydrological and ore pad construction, and engineering and permitting costs for the Sunday Mine Complex, which accumulated to $160,687 during the current period.

 

Professional Fees

 

Professional fees for the six months ended June 30, 2020 were $185,177 as compared to $187,633 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. Professional fees were comparable between the year-over-year periods, decreasing by $2,456, or 1.3%.

General and Administrative

 

General and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2020 were $669,780 as compared to $619,379 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The increase in general and administrative expense of $50,401, or 8.1% is due to payroll additions during the current period and the timing of the stock based compensation expense. These increases were partially offset by reduced travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Consulting Fees

 

Consulting fees for the six months ended June 30, 2020 were $36,822 as compared to $48,680 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease in consulting fees of $11,858, or 24.4% was principally due to the Company’s hiring a consultant during the current period.

 

Interest Expense, net

 

Interest expense, net, for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $5,701 as compared to $5,806 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease of interest expense, net, of $105, or 1.8% was comparable between the year-over-year periods. 

 

Foreign Exchange

 

Foreign exchange (loss) gain for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $(115,801) as compared to $14,599 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease of the foreign exchange (loss) gain of $130,400 is primarily due to the translation loss from using United States Dollars as the reporting currency.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Company’s cash balance as of June 30, 2020 was $1,370,162. The Company’s cash position is highly dependent on its ability to raise capital through the issuance of debt and equity and its management of expenditures for mining development and for fulfilment of its public company reporting responsibilities. Management believes that in order to finance the development of the mining properties and Kinetic Separation, the Company will be required to raise additional capital by way of debt and/or equity. The Company could potentially require additional capital in 2020 if the scope of the Sunday Mine Complex expands. This outlook is based on the Company’s current financial position and is subject to change if opportunities become available based on current exploration program results and/or external opportunities.

 

Net cash used in operating activities

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $656,376 for the six months ended June 30, 2020, as compared with $873,860 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. Of the $656,376 in net cash used in operating activities, $1,806,653 is derived from our net loss before non-cash adjustments. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, $7,086 represented an increase in accretion of reclamation liability, $204,808 represented an increase in stock based compensation, $84,206 represented an increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets, $51,279 represented an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses, and $157,690 represented an increase in deferred revenue.

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

Net cash used in investing activities was $0 for the six months ended June 30, 2020, as compared with $52,418 for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This capital expenditure represents the initiation of expenditures needed to re-open the Sunday Mine Complex.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

Net cash provided by financing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 were $73,116 and $2,996,911, respectively. The Company applied for and received $73,116 in the form of a PPP Loan on May 6, 2020 from the Small Business Association, as discussed above.

 

Reclamation Liability

 

The Company’s mines are subject to certain asset retirement obligations, which the Company has recorded as reclamation liabilities. The reclamation liabilities of the United States mines are subject to legal and regulatory requirements, and estimates of the costs of reclamation are reviewed periodically by the applicable regulatory authorities. The reclamation liability represents the Company’s best estimate of the present value of future reclamation costs in connection with the mineral properties. The Company determined the gross reclamation liabilities of the mineral properties as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, to be approximately $906,837 and $897,662, respectively. On March 2, 2020, the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board (“MLRB”) issued an order vacating the Van 4 Temporary Cessation, terminating mining operations and ordering commencement of final reclamation. The Company has begun the reclamation of the Van 4 Mine. The reclamation cost is fully covered by the reclamation bonds posted upon acquisition of the property. The Company adjusted the fair value of its reclamation obligation for the Van 4 Mine. The portion of the reclamation liability related to the Van 4 Mine, and its related restricted cash are included in current liabilities, and current assets, respectively, at a value of $75,057. The Company expects to begin incurring the reclamation liability after 2054 for all mines that are not in reclamation and accordingly, has discounted the gross liabilities over their remaining lives using a discount rate of 5.4% to net discounted aggregated values as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 of $301,314 and $294,228, respectively. The gross reclamation liabilities as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 are secured by financial warrantees in the amount of $906,837 and $897,662, respectively.

 

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Additionally, on February 4, 2020, the Colorado DRMS sent a Notice of Hearing to Declare Termination of Mining Operations to Western for the Sunday Mine Complex. At issue is the application of an unchallenged Colorado Court of Appeals Opinion for the Van 4 Mine, with very different facts that is retroactively modifying DRMS rules and regulations. The Company maintains that it was timely in meeting existing rules and regulations. The formal hearing has been rescheduled several times due to the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. The hearing has been most recently postponed until the June 24, 2020 MLRB Board meeting.

 

A permit hearing for the Sunday Mine Complex was held during the MLRB Board monthly meeting on July 22, 2020. At issue was the status of the five existing permits which comprise the Sunday Mine Complex. Due to COVID restrictions, the hearing took place utilizing a virtual-only format. The Company prevailed in a 3 to 1 decision which acknowledged that the work completed at the Sunday Mines under Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety (“DRMS”) oversight was timely and sufficient for Western to maintain these permits. In a subsequent July 30, 2020 letter, the DRMS notified the Company that the status of the five permits had been changed to Active effective June 10, 2019, the original date on which the change of status was approved.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

The Company has transacted with related parties pursuant to service arrangements in the ordinary course of business, as follows:

 

Prior to the acquisition of Black Range, Mr. George Glasier, the Company’s CEO, who is also a director (“Seller”), transferred his interest in a former joint venture with Ablation Technologies, LLC to Black Range. In connection with the transfer, Black Range issued 25 million shares of Black Range common stock to Seller and committed to pay AUD $500,000 (USD $344,715 as of June 30, 2020) to Seller within 60 days of the first commercial application of the Kinetic Separation. Western assumed this contingent payment obligation in connection with the acquisition of Black Range. At the date of the acquisition of Black Range, this contingent obligation was determined to be probable. Since the deferred contingent consideration obligation is probable and the amount estimable, the Company recorded the deferred contingent consideration as an assumed liability in the amount of $344,715 and $351,099 as of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

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Going Concern

 

The Company has incurred continuing losses from its operations and as of June 30, 2020, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $10,501,222 and working capital of $714,644.

 

Since inception, the Company has met its liquidity requirements principally through the issuance of notes and the sale of its common shares.

 

The Company’s ability to continue its operations and to pay its obligations when they become due is contingent upon the Company obtaining additional financing. Management’s plans include seeking to procure additional funds through debt and equity financings, to secure regulatory approval to fully utilize its Kinetic Separation and to initiate the processing of ore to generate operating cash flows.

 

There are no assurances that the Company will be able to raise capital on terms acceptable to the Company or at all, or that cash flows generated from its operations will be sufficient to meet its current operating costs and required debt service. If the Company is unable to obtain sufficient amounts of additional capital, it may be required to reduce the scope of its planned product development, which could harm its financial condition and operating results, or it may not be able to continue to fund its ongoing operations. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern to sustain operations for at least one year from the issuance of the accompanying financial statements. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.

 

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

As of June 30, 2020, there were no off-balance sheet transactions. The Company has not entered into any specialized financial agreements to minimize its investment risk, currency risk or commodity risk.

 

Critical Accounting Estimates and Policies

 

The preparation of these condensed consolidated financial statements requires management to make certain estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period.

 

Significant assumptions about the future and other sources of estimation uncertainty that management has made at the end of the reporting period, that could result in a material adjustment to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities, in the event that actual results differ from assumptions made, include, but are not limited to, the following: fair value of transactions involving common shares, assessment of the useful life and evaluation for impairment of intangible assets, valuation and impairment assessments on mineral properties, deferred contingent consideration, the reclamation liability, valuation of stock-based compensation, valuation of available-for-sale securities and valuation of long-term debt, HST and asset retirement obligations. Other areas requiring estimates include allocations of expenditures, depletion and amortization of mineral rights and properties.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Not applicable.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). Based on their evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of September 30, 2019, to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is (a) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (b) accumulated and communicated to management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Description of Material Weakness

 

Management has concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of June 30, 2020, due to the lack of segregation of duties and the failure to report disclosures on a timely basis.

 

Remediation of Material Weakness

 

Management has developed a plan and related timeline for the Company to design a set of control procedures and the related required documentation thereof in order to address this material weakness. However, its implementation was delayed as a decline in commodity prices caused the Company to pursue aggressive cost cutting and de-staffing which has increasingly concentrated duties on the remaining staff. Until the Company has the proper staff in place, it likely will not be able to remediate its material weaknesses.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by paragraph (d) of Rules 13a-15 or 15d-15 under the Exchange Act that occurred during the current fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

In the opinion of management, we are not involved in any claims, legal actions or regulatory proceedings as of June 30, 2020, the ultimate disposition of which would have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

 

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

 

The Company did not make any unregistered sales of equity securities during the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

 

For Western, safety is a core value, and we strive for superior performance. Our health and safety management system, which includes detailed standards and procedures for safe production, addresses topics such as employee training, risk management, workplace inspection, emergency response, accident investigation, and program auditing. In addition to strong leadership and involvement from all levels of the organization, these programs and procedures for the cornerstone of safety at Western, ensuring that employees are provided a safe and healthy environment and are intended to reduce workplace accidents, incidents and losses, comply with all mining-related regulations and provide support for both regulators and the industry to improve mine safety.

 

The operation of our U.S. based mine is subject to regulation by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (the “Mine Act”). MSHA inspects our mine on a regular basis and issues various citations and orders when it believes a violation has occurred under the Mine Act. Following passage of The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006, MSHA significantly increased the number of citations and orders charged against mining operations. The dollar penalties assessed for citations issued has also increased in recent years.

 

Western is required to report certain mine safety violations or other regulatory matters required by Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Item 104 of Regulation S-K, and that required information is included in Exhibit 95 and is incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on form 10-K filed on April 14, 2020.

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
3.1 *   Certificate of Incorporation, as amended
3.2 *   Amended and Restated Bylaws
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32   Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
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

 

*Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 10 registration statement filed on April 29, 2016 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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.

 

  WESTERN URANIUM &VANADIUM CORP.
     
Date: August 14, 2020 By: /s/ George Glasier
    George Glasier
   

Chief Executive Officer

(Principal executive officer)

   
Date: August 14, 2020 By: /s/ Robert Klein
    Robert Klein
   

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal financial and accounting officer)

 

 

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