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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period ended March 31, 2012
Commission File Number 000-32629
PACIFIC GOLD CORP.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code (416) 214-1483
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 requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See definition of accelerated filer and large accelerated filer in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer o Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes o No x
As of May 15, 2012, the Company had outstanding 861,143,640 shares of its common stock, par value $0.001.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Pacific Gold Corp.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
March 31, 2012
NOTE 1 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Pacific Gold Corp. (Pacific Gold) was originally incorporated in Nevada on December 31, 1996 under the name of Demand Financial International, Ltd. On October 3, 2002, Demand Financial International, Ltd. changed its name to Blue Fish Entertainment, Inc. On August 5, 2003, the name was changed to Pacific Gold Corp. Pacific Gold is engaged in the identification, acquisition, and development of prospects believed to have gold mineralization. Pacific Gold through its subsidiaries currently owns claims, property and leases in Nevada and Colorado.
Basis of Presentation
These consolidated financial statements and related notes are presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are expressed in U.S dollars, and should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto contained in Pacific Golds Annual Report filed with the SEC on Form 10-K. The Companys fiscal year-end is December 31. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of financial position and the results of operations for the interim periods presented have been reflected herein. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. Notes to the financial statements, which would substantially duplicate the disclosure contained in the audited financial statements for 2011 as reported in the Form 10-K have been omitted.
Principle of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements include all of the accounts of Pacific Gold Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nevada Rae Gold, Inc., Fernley Gold, Inc., Pilot Mountain Resources, Inc. and Pacific Metals Corp. All significant inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated.
Reclassification of Accounts
Certain accounts in the prior period have been reclassified to conform to the March 31, 2012 financial statements presentation.
Significant Accounting Principles
Use of Estimates and Assumptions
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect (i) the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, (ii) the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities known to exist as of the date the financial statements are published, and (iii) the reported amount of net sales, expenses and costs recognized during the periods presented. Adjustments made with respect to the use of estimates often relate to improved information not previously available. Uncertainties with respect to such estimates and assumptions are inherent in the preparation of financial statements; accordingly, actual results could differ from these estimates.
Cash and Cash Equivalents
For purposes of the statement of cash flows, Pacific Gold considers all highly liquid investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. The Company has no cash in excess of FDIC federally insured limits as of March 31, 2012.
Pacific Gold recognizes revenue from the sale of gold when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, services have been rendered, the sales price is fixed or determinable, and collection is reasonably assured, which is determined when it places a sale order of gold from its inventory on hand with the refinery.
Accounts Receivable/Bad Debt
The allowance for doubtful accounts is maintained at a level sufficient to provide for estimated credit losses based on evaluating known and inherent risks in the receivables portfolio. Management evaluates various factors including expected losses and economic conditions to predict the estimated realization on outstanding receivables. As of March 31, 2012, and December, 31, 2011 there was no allowance for bad debts
Inventories are stated at the lower of average cost or net realizable value. Costs included are limited to those directly related to mining.
The major classes of inventories as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were:
Property and Equipment
Property and equipment are valued at cost. Additions are capitalized and maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred. Gains and losses on dispositions of equipment are reflected in operations. Depreciation is provided using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets, which are 2 to 10 years.
All mine-related costs, other than acquisition costs, are expensed prior to the establishment of proven or probable reserves. Reserves designated as proven and probable are supported by a final feasibility study, indicating that the reserves have had the requisite geologic, technical and economic work performed and are legally extractable at the time of reserve determination. Once proven or probable reserves are established, all development and other site-specific costs are capitalized.
Capitalized development costs and production facilities are depleted using the units-of-production method based on the estimated gold which can be recovered from the ore reserves processed. There has been no change to the estimate of proven and probable reserves. Lease development costs for non-producing properties are amortized over their remaining lease term if limited. Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
The Company reviews the carrying value of its long-lived assets annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the historical cost-carrying value of an asset may no longer be appropriate. Pacific Gold assesses recoverability of the carrying value of the asset by estimating the undiscounted future net cash flows, which depend on estimates of metals to be recovered from proven and probable ore reserves, and also identified resources beyond proven and probable reserves, future production costs and future metals prices over the estimated remaining mine life. If undiscounted cash flows are less that the carrying value of a property, an impairment loss is recognized based upon the estimated expected future net cash flows from the property discounted at an interest rate commensurate with the risk involved. If the future net cash flows are less than the carrying value of the asset, an impairment loss is recorded equal to the difference between the assets carrying value and fair value.
The fair value of an asset retirement obligation is recognized in the period in which it is incurred if a reasonable estimate of fair value can be made. The present value of the estimated asset retirement costs is capitalized as part of the carrying amount of the long-lived asset. For Pacific Gold, asset retirement obligations primarily relate to the abandonment of ore-producing property and facilities.
We review the carrying value of our interest in each mineral claim on a quarterly basis to determine whether impairment has incurred in accordance with ASC 360 Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets.Where information and conditions suggest impairment, we write-down these properties to net recoverable amount, based on estimated discounted future cash flows. Our estimate of gold price, mineralized materials, operating capital, and reclamation costs are subject to risks and uncertainties affecting the recoverability of our investment in property, plant, and equipment. Although we have made our best estimate of these factors based on current conditions, it is possible that changes could occur in the near term that could adversely affect our estimate of net cash flows expected to be generated from our operating properties and the need for possible asset impairment write-downs.
Where estimates of future net operating cash flows are not available and where other conditions suggest impairment, we assess if carrying value can be recovered from net cash flows generated by the sale of the asset or other means.
In accordance with ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes Pacific Gold recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities based on differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities using the enacted tax rates and laws that are expected to be in effect when the differences are expected to be recovered. Pacific Gold provides a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets for which it does not consider realization of such assets to be more likely than not.
Loss per Share
The basic net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss adjusted on an "as if converted" basis, by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding plus potential dilutive securities. For the Three Months ended March 31, 2012 potential dilutive securities had an anti-dilutive effect and were not included in the calculation of diluted net loss per common share. As of March 31, 2012, the Company did not have any potentially dilutive common stock equivalents.
The Companys policy is to expense advertising costs as incurred. For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and March 31, 2011 the Company incurred $58,265 and $1,246, respectively in advertising costs.
Environmental Remediation Liability
The Company has posted a bond with the State of Nevada in the amount required by the State of Nevada equal to the maximum cost to reclaim land disturbed in its mining process. The bond requires a quarterly premium to be paid to the State of Nevada Division of Minerals. The Company is current on all payments. Due to its investment in the bond and the close monitoring of the State of Nevada, the Company believes that it has adequately mitigated any liability that could be incurred by the Company to reclaim lands disturbed in its mining process.
The Companys financial instruments, when valued using market interest rates, would not be materially different from the amounts presented in the consolidated financial statements.
Convertible debt is accounted for under ASC 470, Debt Debt with Conversion and Other Options. The Company records a beneficial conversion feature (BCF) related to the issuance of convertible debt that have conversion features at fixed or adjustable rates that are in-the-money when issued and records the fair value of warrants issued with those instruments. The BCF for the convertible instruments is recognized and measured by allocating a portion of the proceeds to warrants and as a reduction to the carrying amount of the convertible instrument equal to the intrinsic value of the conversion features, both of which are credited to paid-in-capital. The Company calculates the fair value of warrants issued with the convertible instruments using the Black-Scholes valuation method, using the same assumptions used for valuing employee options for purposes of following ASC Topic 718, except that the contractual life of the warrant is used. Under these guidelines, the Company allocates the value of the proceeds received from a convertible debt transaction between the conversion feature and any other detachable instruments (such as warrants) on a relative fair value basis. The allocated fair value is recorded as a debt discount or premium and is amortized over the expected term of the convertible debt to interest expense. For a conversion price change of a convertible debt issue, the additional intrinsic value of the debt conversion feature, calculated as the number of additional shares issuable due to a conversion price change multiplied by the previous conversion price, is recorded as additional debt discount and amortized over the remaining life of the debt.
The Company accounts for modifications of its Embedded Conversion Features (ECFs) in accordance with ASC 470-50, Debt Modifications and Exchanges, which requires the modification of a convertible debt instrument that changes the fair value of an embedded conversion feature and the subsequent recognition of interest expense or the associated debt instrument when the modification does not result in a debt extinguishment pursuant to ASC 470-50-40, Debt Modification and Exchanges Extinguishment of debt.
Equity Instruments Issued with Registration Rights Agreement
The Company accounts for these penalties as contingent liabilities, in accordance with ASC Topic 450, Contingencies. Accordingly, the Company recognizes a liability when it becomes probable that they will be incurred and amounts are reasonably estimable.
Derivative Liability Related to Convertible Notes and Warrants
The derivative liability related to convertible notes and warrants arises because the conversion price of the Companys convertible notes is discounted from the market price of the Companys common stock. Thus, the number of shares that may be issued upon conversion of such notes is indeterminate, which gives rise to the possibility that the Company may not be able to fully settle its convertible note and warrant obligations by the issuance of common stock.
The derivative liability related to convertible notes and warrants is adjusted to fair value as of each date that a note is converted or a warrant is exercised, as well as at each reporting date, using the Black-Scholes pricing model. Any change in fair value between reporting dates that arises because of changes in market conditions is recognized as a gain or loss. To the extent the derivative liability is reduced as a consequence of the conversion of notes or the exercise of warrants, such reduction is recognized as additional paid-in capital as of the conversion or exercise date.
Stock based compensation
The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC Topic 718, Compensation Stock Compensation. which requires that the fair value compensation cost relating to share-based payment transactions be recognized in financial statements. Share-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date, based on the fair value of the award, and is recognized over the employees requisite service period, which is generally the vesting period. The fair value of the Companys stock options is estimated using a Black-Scholes option valuation model. There were no stock options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2012.
Recently issued accounting pronouncements
Recent accounting updates that the Company has adopted or that will be required to adopt in the future are summarized below.
On January 1, 2011, the Company adopted updates issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to the authoritative hierarchy of GAAP. These changes establish the FASB Accounting Standards CodificationTM (ASC) as the source of authoritative accounting principles recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities in the preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP. Rules and interpretive releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under authority of federal securities laws are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants. The FASB will no longer issue new standards in the form of Statements, FASB Staff Positions, or Emerging Issues Task Force Abstracts; instead the FASB will issue Accounting Standards Updates. Accounting Standards Updates will not be authoritative in their own right as they will only serve to update the Codification. These changes and the Codification itself do not change GAAP. Other than the manner in which new accounting guidance is referenced, the adoption of these changes had no impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Company does not expect the adoption of any other recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on its results of operations, financial position or cash flow.
NOTE 2 - INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The accompanying interim unaudited condensed 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 Article 8 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In our opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012. For further information, refer to the financial statements and footnotes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.
NOTE 3 PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
The Company wrote off $9,893 of equipment during the three months ended March 31, 2012.
During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company reviewed its equipment requirements and modified its plant. The Company purchased equipment for a total cost of $66,972, and disposed of redundant equipment for total proceeds of $14,500.
On September 30, 2011, the Company sold all of its plant and equipment at the Black Rock Canyon Mine to its subsidiary, Nevada Rae Gold, Inc. The sale of the assets was recorded at net book value, and no gains or losses were incurred as a result of the sale. The intercompany transaction was eliminated on consolidation. These assets are being depreciated on a straight-line basis over 2 to 10 years depending on the estimated useful life of the asset.
Plant and equipment at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 consisted of the following:
For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011 depreciation expense was $34,417 and $39,905, respectively.
NOTE 4 MINERAL RIGHTS
Mineral rights at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 consisted of the following:
As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 the amount allocated to undeveloped mineral rights was $10,000.
On February 10, 2011, our subsidiary Pilot Mountain Resources Inc. entered into an Option and Asset Sale Agreement ("Agreement") with Pilot Metals Inc., a subsidiary of Black Fire Minerals of Australia, whereby Pilot Metals has secured an option on the Project W Tungsten claims.
The basic monetary terms of the Agreement called for Pilot Metals to pay PMR $50,000 for a 100 day due diligence period on the mining claims. The option payment was received on signing the agreement and recorded as income. Within the initial 100 day option period, Pilot Metals had the right to exercise an additional 24 month option on the claims by paying a further $450,000. During the 24 month option period, Pilot Metals may conduct physical due diligence work including sampling, drilling or any other work on the claims it deems necessary. The right for an additional 24 months option period was exercised and a payment of $450,000 was received on September 9, 2011 and recorded as income.
At any point prior to the conclusion of the 24 month option period, Pilot Metals may exercise an option and election to either purchase 100% of the claims, for $1,500,000, paid as three annual installments of $500,000 each, and an additional $1,000,000 payment on the commencement of commercial mining operations, or Pilot Metals may elect to enter into a joint venture with Pilot Mountain Resources for the mining claims by paying a further $1,000,000 to PMR paid as two annual $500,000 installments, with each company owning 50% of the joint venture. The payments made to PMR are subject to a 15% royalty to Platoro West, Inc.
NOTE 5 SHAREHOLDER NOTE PAYABLE/RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
On December 2, 2011, $1,000,000 in principal and $91,711 in accrued interest of an unsecured loan from a company owned by the Chief Executive Officer was assigned to a non- affiliate debt holder, as discussed in Note 6 Promissory Notes. As of March 31, 2012, Pacific Gold owes $1,223,031 in principal to a company owned by the Chief Executive Officer. The amount due is represented by a promissory note accruing interest at 10% per year. The note is due on January 2, 2013 and is convertible into shares of common stock of Pacific Gold at $0.05 per share. Interest expense on the loan for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $30,492. Including interest, the balance on the loan at March 31, 2012 was $1,362,044.
Pacific Gold owes its executives $185,927 and $203,434 in short term notes payable reflected in the accrued expenses for the periods ended March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. These short term notes are interest free and due on demand.
Pacific Gold owes $420,106 to related parties in short term notes payable for the three months ended March 31, 2012. These short term notes are interest free and due on demand
NOTE 6 PROMISSORY NOTES
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company received total proceeds of $243,000 from a non-affiliate. The notes agreements accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum from the date of the agreements. The principal and accrued interest is due on January 2, 2013.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012 $250,000 in principal and $137,102 in accrued interest on the promissory notes were assigned to a third party that is not affiliated with the Company as discussed in Note 7.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012 $250,000 in principal was converted into 12,500,000 shares of common stock.
As of March 31, 2012 Pacific Gold owes $1,021,819 in promissory notes.
A summary of the notes is as follows:
NOTE 7 FINANCING
On December 2, 2011, the Company agreed to the assignment of $500,000 in principal amount of an outstanding note, which represents a portion of the note the Company issued to the original debt holder on January 2, 2011. The assignment was to a third party that is not affiliated with the Company. In connection with the assignment, the Company agreed to various modifications of the note for the benefit of the new holder, which enhance and reset the conversion features of the note and change certain other basic terms of the note. As a result of the amendments, the note now (i) has a conversion rate of a 45% discount to the daily VWAP ( volume weighted average price, which is a measure of the average price the stock has traded over the trading horizon) price of the common stock based on a five day period prior to the date of conversion, which rate will be subject to certain adjustments, (ii) has an annual interest rate of 12%, due at maturity, (iii) has a new maturity date of December 2, 2012, (iv) permits prepayment only with a premium of 50% of the amount being repaid, (v) has ratchet protection of the conversion anti-dilution provisions for all future issuances or potential issuances of securities by the Company at less than the then conversion rate, and (vi) has additional default provisions, including additional events of default and an default interest rate of 24.99%. The Company has also agreed that the assigned debt will not be subordinate to new debt, other than purchase money and similar debt, which may have the effect of limiting the companys access to additional debt capital while the note is outstanding. Based on the above and without taking into account the conversion of any of the interest to be earned or converted, the principal if fully converted represents the potential issuance of 50,000,000 shares, limited to a maximum conversion right at any one time to 4.99% of the then outstanding shares of common stock of the company.
During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company agreed to the assignment of an additional $250,000 in principal and $137,102 in accrued interest of outstanding promissory notes to the third party under the same terms as discussed above. All convertible notes mature within a year of the notes issuance date. The note issued on December 2, 2011 was fully converted into 46,228,854 shares of common stock.
A summary of the carrying value of the note is as follows:
NOTE 8 COMMON STOCK
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, 46,228,854 common shares were issued for $360,000 in principal and $8,500 in accrued interest on the convertible note issued December 2, 2012.
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, 12,500,000 shares of common stock were issued for $250,000 in principal on the promissory note issued December 2, 2012.
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, 3,000,000 shares of common stock were issued for services valued at $30,000.
In 2011, 2,000,000 common shares were issued as part of the settlement payment of $60,000.
In 2011, 13,050,580 common shares were issued for conversion of Promissory notes for $652,527 in principal.
In 2011, 15,590,954 common shares were issued for conversion of the convertible note for $140,000 in principal.
In 2011, 1,000,000 common stock shares were issued as a royalty payment of $20,000 for rent on behalf of the Companys subsidiary, Nevada Rae Gold.
NOTE 9 OPERATING LEASES
The Company has leased approximately 440 acres of privately owned land adjacent to its staked prospects from Corporate Creditors Committee LLC, by lease dated October 1, 2003. The Company paid an advance royalty of $7,500 for the first year, which amount is increased by $2,500 in each of the next five years to be $20,000 in the sixth year. For the last four years of the lease, the advance royalty is $20,000 per year. If the lease is renewed, the annual advance royalty is $20,000. The advance royalty is credited to and recoverable from the production rental amounts. The royalty is the greater of a 4% net smelter royalty or $0.50 per yard of material processed. The lease is for 10 years with a renewal option for another 10 years.
In 2011, Nevada Rae Gold (NRG) entered into a lease agreement to lease a 100% interest in 45 mining claims covering approximately 2,000 acres in Lander County, Nevada. The lease calls for NRG to pay the claim owners a gross royalty of 4% on gold sales or $0.50 per yard of gravels mined, whichever is greater. NRG will be required to make annual minimum advance royalty payments of $20,000. The term of the lease is for 10 years with an option for NRG to extend the term for a further 10 years.
The following is a schedule by years of future minimum lease payments required under operating leases that have initial or remaining non-cancellable lease terms in excess of one year as of March 31, 2012:
Nevada Rae Gold has a lease for its mobile office at a cost of approximately $407 per month. This lease was accounted for as an operating lease and will expire in July 2012. Rental expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $1,222.
NOTE 10 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
On March 8, 2012, Pacific Gold Corp. (the Company) received a complaint that was filed in the United States District Court in Newark New Jersey, Case number 2:12-cv-01285-ES-CLW entitled Black Mountain Equities Inc. v. Pacific Gold Corp. The claimant seeks monetary damages of $445,090.90 based on an assertion that the exercise price of a warrant, issued on February 27, 2007, that it holds, and that the claimant purchased just prior to the warrants expiration, was not properly adjusted and that the Company's refusal to issue the shares underlying the warrant on exercise of the warrant at the asserted adjusted price. The Company denies that there was a price adjustment as asserted by the plaintiff and intends to defend itself vigorously in the action.
NOTE 11 GOING CONCERN
The Companys financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had an accumulated deficit of $28,567,445, negative working capital of $3,516,616, and negative cash flows from operations of $340,965, raising substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company financed its operations through the sale of securities and issuance of debt.
Managements plan to address the Companys ability to continue as a going concern includes obtaining additional funding from the sale of the Companys securities and establishing revenues. Although management believes that it will be able to obtain the necessary funding to allow the Company to remain a going concern through the methods discussed above, there can be no assurances that such methods will prove successful. Should we be unsuccessful, the Company may need to discontinue its operations.
NOTE 12 SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
Subsequent to quarter end, the debenture holder of the convertible note converted $175,000 in principal and $3,015 in accrued interest into 24,040,601 shares of common stock.
Subsequent to quarter end, the Company has agreed to the assignments of additional $733,097 in principal amount of the promissory note to a third party investor. Subsequent to the assignments, the Company has received additional proceeds of $725,000 from the promissory note holder.
Subsequent to quarter end, the Company has issued an additional $129,000 in promissory note.
Subsequent to quarter end, the Company has purchased additional equipment for a total of $34,229.
ITEM 2. MANAGEMENTS DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Forward Looking Statements
From time to time, we or our representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing. Such forward-looking statements may be included in, but not limited to, press releases, oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer or in various filings made by us with the SEC. Words or phrases "will likely result", "are expected to", "will continue", "is anticipated", "estimate", "project or projected", or similar expressions are intended to identify "forward-looking statements". Such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to and are accompanied by the above discussion of certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements.
Management is currently unaware of any trends or conditions other than those previously mentioned in this management's discussion and analysis that could have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, future results of operations, or liquidity. However, investors should also be aware of factors that could have a negative impact on our prospects and the consistency of progress in the areas of revenue generation, liquidity, and generation of capital resources. These include: (i) variations in revenue, (ii) possible inability to attract investors for its equity securities or otherwise raise adequate funds from any source should the company seek to do so, (iii) increased governmental regulation, (iv) increased competition, (v) unfavorable outcomes to litigation involving the company or to which the company may become a party in the future and, (vi) a very competitive and rapidly changing operating environment.
The above identified risks are not all inclusive. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all of such risk factors, nor can it assess the impact of all such risk factors on the company's business or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results.
The financial information set forth in the following discussion should be read with the consolidated financial statements of Pacific Gold included elsewhere herein.
Pacific Gold is engaged in the identification, acquisition, and development of mining prospects believed to have known gold and/or tungsten mineral deposits. The main objective is to identify and develop commercially viable mineral deposits on prospects over which the company has rights that could produce revenues. These types of prospects may also contain mineral deposits of metals often found with gold and/or tungsten which also may be worth processing. Development of commercially viable mineral deposits of any metal includes a high degree of risk which careful evaluation, experience and factual knowledge may not eliminate, and therefore, we may never produce any significant revenues.
Pacific Gold Corp. has four wholly-owned operating subsidiaries: Nevada Rae Gold, Inc., Fernley Gold, Inc., Pilot Mountain Resources Inc., and Pacific Metals Corp., through which it holds various prospects in Nevada and Colorado. The Company intends to acquire through staking, purchasing and/or leasing arrangements additional prospects, from time to time, in which there may be gold, tungsten and/or other mineral deposit potential.
Nevada Rae Gold, Inc.
NRG has permitted the Black Rock Canyon Mine with the BLM and the Nevada State Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). NRG built a gravel screening facility at the Black Rock Canyon Mine. The plant is in good physical condition. The plant consists of a 60 foot by 90 foot by 30 foot steel building with offices, plumbing, electrical and a sloped floor for drainage; additionally the site has fuel storage, settling ponds, security offices and the entire are is fenced in for security along with exterior lighting and security cameras that allow management remote access viewing of the site from any internet access point in the world. The plant equipment primarily consists of a grizzly hopper, conveyors, trommels, high gravity bowls, sand screw, and a variety of pumps, cyclones and small equipment. The Company currently plans to rent or lease earth moving equipment including bull dozers, haul trucks, excavators, front end loaders and other smaller pieces. The plant is serviced via power lines provided by NV Energy and via two water wells that the Company owns.
In general, the operations will require the excavation of the gravel within the prospect. Typically, the vegetation and minor soil cover will be stripped and side cast for future reclamation. The mineral deposit bearing gravel will be dug with an excavator until bedrock is reached, and material will be prescreened and then hauled to the mill site. The mill area will be about three miles away from the mine site. The mill site is equipped with two functioning wells for process water and is connected to the power grid. The mill and trommel unit are set up on the private, fee land owned by the company.
During the first quarter of 2012, the Company completed its search for a suitable operations manager for the mine. Poor weather that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2011 continued in the first quarter of 2012, and daily maintenance of the screen plant was not efficient. In order to correct the plant throughput and improve the gold recovery the Company worked closely with an engineering firm to perform a complete review of the water process in the plant to improve the delivery of clean water and to optimize the plant desanding process. The Company worked to purchase and install the new water equipment as recommened by the consulting engineers. The Company has implemented a new screen plant maintenance schedule and is working on a new parts inventory system in order to improve the plant operating hours.
The Company screened approximately 10,629 cubic yards from the stockpile and newly mined gravels, in approximately 84 operating hours, and sold approximately 35 ounces of gold.
As at March 31, 2012 the mine had approximately a 17,000 cubic yard stockpile of gravel to be screened for gold.
Through March 31, 2012 the Company has invested approximately $9,860,000 into NRG.
Pilot Mountain Resources Inc.
In August 2005, Pacific Gold Corp. established a new subsidiary called Pilot Mountain Resources Inc., which then acquired Project W. Project W is primarily a tungsten project located in Mineral County, Nevada. Elevated tungsten values occur throughout the area, and there are known mineral resources within the claim area. The property is located approximately 21 miles east of the town of Mina with access through an all-weather, county-maintained gravel road and a network of further trails. Mina is 168 miles southeast of Reno on Route 95. The claims are located at an average elevation of 6,500 feet.
Resource calculations from a feasibility study completed by Kaiser Engineers place the size of Project W at 9,061,600 tons, grading 0.386% Tungsten Tri-oxide (WO3) of combined proven, probable and possible ore, or approximately 35,000 tons of WO3.
The terms of the acquisition of Project W call for Pilot Mountain Resources Inc. to pay Platoro West a 2% gross royalty on all mineral sales from Project W. In addition to the claims, Pilot Mountain Resources Inc. received copies of previously prepared working documents and reports regarding Project W.
On February 10, 2011, Pilot Mountain Resources Inc. entered into an Option and Asset Sale Agreement ("Agreement") with Pilot Metals Inc., a subsidiary of Black Fire Minerals of Australia, whereby Pilot Metals has secured an option on the Project W Tungsten claims.
The basic monetary terms of the Agreement call for Pilot Metals to pay PMR $50,000 for a 100 day due diligence period on the mining claims. Within the initial 100 day option period, Pilot Metals has the right to exercise an additional 24 month option on the claims by paying a further $450,000. During the 24 month option period, Pilot Metals may conduct physical due diligence work including sampling, drilling or any other work on the claims it deems necessary.
At any point prior to the conclusion of the 24 month option period, Pilot Metals may exercise an option and election to either purchase 100% of the claims, for $1,500,000, paid as three annual installments of $500,000 each, and an additional $1,000,000 payment on the commencement of commercial mining operations, or Pilot Metals may elect to enter into a joint venture with Pilot Mountain Resources for the mining claims by paying a further $1,000,000 to PMR paid as two annual $500,000 installments, with each company owning 50% of the joint venture.
On May 12, 2011, Pilot Mountain Resources Inc. agreed with Pilot Metals Inc., to extend by 100 days the diligence period.
On September 9, 2011 Pilot Mountain Resources, Inc., received official notice and payment of $450,000, from Pilot Metals that it was electing to exercise its 24 month option, to purchase or joint venture the Project W claims.
Fernley Gold, Inc.
Fernley Gold, Inc. entered into a lease agreement in 2004 for the right to mine the property and claims known as Butcher Boy and Teddy. The property and claims are located 34 miles east of Reno, Nevada, just off highway I-80. The area known for placer gold, and commonly referred to as the Olinghouse Placers, has a rich mining history.
Financial Condition and Changes in Financial Condition
The Company had revenues from the sale of gold in the quarter ended March 31, 2012 of $47,283, with a negative gross margin of $39,388.
Operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, totaled $624,805. The Company incurred labor, fuel and productions costs associated with the various mining activities. Equipment operating costs, tools and materials of $344,625 were incurred primarily to prepare the plant and equipment at Black Rock Canyon for operations. Legal and professional fees of $40,943 were incurred for services performed with respect to acquisitions and mining prospect evaluation, as well as SEC reporting compliance and accounting fees. The Company also incurred expenses related to geological studies, fieldwork, site visits, preparation of mining permit applications and consulting fees of $27,840. Interest expense totaled $411,323; of this amount, $343,496 was a non-cash expense that included amounts for interest on the convertible debentures that were not paid out in cash, $66,606 was interest accrued on debt and $1,221 was interest expensed for late fees on trade payables for the quarter. The remaining expenses relate to general administrative expenses. We believe we will incur substantial expenses for the near term as we build up operations at the Black Rock Canyon Mine and progress with our evaluations of future mining prospects.
The Company had no revenues from the sale of gold in the quarter ended March 31, 2011.
Operating expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, totaled $176,816. The Company incurred labor, fuel and productions costs associated with the various mining activities. Equipment operating costs, tools and materials of $31,700 were incurred primarily to prepare the plant and equipment at Black Rock Canyon for operations. Legal and professional fees of $19,197 were incurred for services performed with respect to acquisitions and mining prospect evaluation, as well as SEC reporting compliance and accounting fees. The Company also incurred expenses related to geological studies, fieldwork, site visits, preparation of mining permit applications and consulting fees of $1,263. Interest expense totaled $53,574 for the quarter. The remaining expenses relate to general administrative expenses. We believe we will incur substantial expenses for the near term as we build up operations at the Black Rock Canyon Mine and progress with our evaluations of future mining prospects.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Since inception to March 31, 2012, we have funded our operations from the sale of securities, issuance of debt and loans from a shareholder.
As of March 31, 2012, our assets totaled $1,648,382, which consisted primarily of mineral rights, land and water rights, and related equipment. Our total liabilities were $5,165,030 which primarily consisted of note payable to a shareholder of $1,223,031, accounts payable and accrued expenses of $1,650,120, notes payable to related parties of $420,106, and promissory notes of $987,900. We had an accumulated deficit of $28,567,445 and a working capital deficit of $3,516,617 at March 31, 2012.
At March 31, 2012, the balance of the note from a shareholder was $1,362,044 including accrued interest. The note bears interest at the rate of 10% and is due on January 2, 2013.
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the convertible note holder has converted $360,000 in principal and $8,500 in accrued interest on the Convertible notes. An additional $387,102 was assigned to the convertible notes as discussed in note 7 to the financial statements. The face value of the notes including accrued interest at March 31, 2012 was $390,867. The notes are convertible into common shares of the company at a conversion rate of a 45% discount to the daily VWAP price of the common stock based on a five day period prior to the date of conversion, which rate will be subject to certain adjustments. The notes bear interest at the rate of 12%, and due within one year of the notes issuance date.
For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company issued additional $243,000 in promissory notes to nonrelated party. The promissory notes are due on January 2, 2013. Interest expense on the promissory notes accrues at a rate of 10% per annum. Interest accrued on the notes for the three months ended was $27,875. At March 31, 2012 the balance on the promissory notes was $1,021,819 including accrued interest, representing promissory notes owed to two individual debt holders.
For the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company has received additional net proceeds of $5,500 from related party notes payable. The notes are due on demand and are interest free. At March 31, 2012, the balance on the related party note was $420,106.
Our independent auditors, in their report on the financial statements, have indicated that the Company has experienced recurring losses from operations and may not have enough cash and working capital to fund its operations beyond the very near term, which raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Management has made a similar note in the financial statements. As indicated herein, we have need of capital for the implementation of our business plan, and we will need additional capital for continuing our operations. We do not have sufficient revenues to pay our expenses of operations. Unless the company is able to raise working capital, it is likely that the Company either will have to cease operations or substantially change its methods of operations or change its business plan.
New Accounting Pronouncements
Pacific Gold does not expect the adoption of recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on the Company, or any of its subsidiaries operating results, financial position, or cash flow.
ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in company reports filed or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commissions rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in company reports filed under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Companys Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (the Certifying Officers), as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
As required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act, the Certifying Officers carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2012. Their evaluation was carried out with the participation of other members of the Companys management. Based on an evaluation conducted by management, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as required by Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(e) management concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were ineffective as of March 31, 2012. Our disclosure controls and procedures did not ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act was (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the SEC rules, and (ii) the necessary information was not accumulated and communicated to management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure as specified by the SEC rules and forms.
Management of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Internal control over financial reporting is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) or 15d-15(f) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the Company's principal executive and principal financial officers and effected by the Company's board of directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and includes those policies and procedures that:
(a) Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company;
(b) Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and
(c) Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation. Because of the inherent limitations of internal control, there is a risk that material misstatements may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis by internal control over financial reporting. However, these inherent limitations are known features of the financial reporting process. Therefore, it is possible to design into the process safeguards to reduce this risk.
Based on its assessment, management has concluded that the Company's disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting are ineffective, based in part on the absence of separation of duties with respect to internal financial controls of the Company
The Board of Directors has assigned a priority to the short-term and long-term improvement of our internal control over financial reporting. Notwithstanding this commitment, given the limited operations and consequently the limited revenues and capital resources, the Board of Directors and management are not now able to engage additional personnel to remedy the processes that would eliminate the issues that may arise due to the absence of separation of duties within the financial reporting functions. Therefore, there is not specific timing for the remediation procedures. Additionally, the Board of Directors will work with management to continuously review controls and procedures to identified deficiencies and implement remediation within our internal controls over financial reporting and our disclosure controls and procedures.
PART II OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
On March 8, 2012, Pacific Gold Corp. (the Company) received a complaint that was filed in the United States District Court in Newark New Jersey, Case number 2:12-cv-01285-ES-CLW entitled Black Mountain Equities Inc. v Pacific Gold Corp. The claimant seeks monetary damages of $445,090.90 based on an assertion that the exercise price of a warrant, issued on February 27, 2007, that it holds, and that the claimant purchased just prior to the warrants expiration, was not properly adjusted and that the Company's refusal to issue the shares underlying the warrant on exercise of the warrant at the asserted adjusted price. The Company denies that there was a price adjustment as asserted by the plaintiff and intends to defend itself vigorously in the action.
From time to time the Company is involved in minor trade, employment and other operational disputes, none of which have or are expected to have a material impact on the current or future financial statements or operations.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS
During the quarter the Company issued a total of 58,728,854 shares of common stock for debt repayment of $610,000 in principal and $8,500 in accrued interest.
During the quarter the Company issued 3,000,000 shares of common stock for services valued at $30,000 based upon the closing price of our common stock at the grant date.
ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
The Black Rock Canyon mine did not receive any citations for the three months ended March 31, 2012.
ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 6. EXHIBITS
Certification of Chief Executive Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Exchange Act, as enacted by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
Certification of Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) of the Exchange Act, as enacted by Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to 18 United States Code Section 1350, as enacted by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. *
* Filed herewith
In accordance with Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the registrant caused this report on Form 10-Q to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
In accordance with the Exchange Act, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.