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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)


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


For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012


o 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 000-31199


U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Nevada

 

87-0638338

(State or other jurisdiction  of incorporation)

 

(IRS Employer File Number)


12 Gunnebo Drive, Lonoke, Arkansas

 

72086

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(zip code)


(501) 676-2994

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

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

None

 

None

(Title of each class)

 

(Name of each exchange on which registered)

 

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


Common

(Title of Class)

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. o Yes    þ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. o Yes    þ No


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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). þ Yes   o No

 

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 the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 Large accelerated filer

o

Accelerated filer

 

o

Non-accelerated filer

o

Smaller reporting company

 

þ

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

 

 

 

 

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

As of May 21, 2012, the Company had 21,330,777 shares of common stock issued.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Heading

Page

 

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

3

 

 

 

Item 2.

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition

 

 

and Results of Operations

4

 

 

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

8

 

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

8

 

 


PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

10

 

 

Item1A.

Risk Factors

10

 

 

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

17

 

 

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

18

 

 

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosure

18

 

 

Item 5.

Other Information

18

 

 

 

Item 6.

Exhibits

18

 

 

 

 

Signatures

19


PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION


Item 1. Financial Statements


Consolidated Financial Statements


Consolidated Balance Sheets – March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011

F-1

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations – Three Months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

F-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

F-3

 

 

 

 





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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC.

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Cash

$

                 152,506

$

                 521,553

 

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts

 

 

 

 

 

of $57,262 and $80,486, respectively

 

                 381,154

 

                 457,179

 

Other current assets

 

                            -

 

                        644

 

 

Total current assets

 

                 533,660

 

                 979,376

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

                 140,290

 

                 149,328

 

Mineral properties

 

                 326,000

 

                 326,000

 

 

Total property and equipment

 

                 466,290

 

                 475,328

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

                 999,950

$

              1,454,704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

                 419,568

$

                 365,178

 

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses-related party

 

                     5,429

 

                     5,429

 

 Accrued compensation-officers

 

              3,137,500

 

              3,137,500

 

 Current installments of long term debt – related party (net of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 discount of $12,477 and $51,313)

 

                 325,023

 

                 272,174

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

              3,887,520

 

              3,780,281

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM DEBT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note payable-related party (net of discount of $94,463 and $94,463)

 

                 346,130

 

                 463,254

 

 

Total liabilities

 

              4,233,650

 

              4,243,535

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock; 10,000,000 shares authorized,

 

 

 

 

 

  outstanding, respectively

 

                            -

 

                          -   

 

Common stock; 100,000,000 shares authorized,

 

 

 

 

 

  at $0.00001 par value, 21,330,777 and 20,504,238

 

 

 

 

 

  shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

                        213

 

                        205

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

            41,520,762

 

            39,247,893

 

Accumulated deficit

 

          (44,754,675)

 

          (42,036,929)

 

 

Total stockholders' deficit

 

            (3,233,700)

 

            (2,788,831)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT

$

                 999,950

$

              1,454,704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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




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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC.

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2012

2011

REVENUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising revenue

$

573,524

$

487,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenue

 

573,524

 

487,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

 

352,801

 

360,917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

 

220,723

 

126,809

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

2,848,071

 

3,989,442

 

Exploration expense

 

31,853

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

2,879,924

 

3,989,442

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss) from operations

 

 (2,659,201)

 

(3,862,633)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INCOME (LOSS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

150

 

184

 

Interest expense

 

 (20,100)

 

-

 

Other expense

 

 (38,595)

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total other (loss) income

 

 (58,545)

 

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 (2,717,746)

 

(3,862,449)

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss)

$

 (2,717,746)

$

(3,862,449)

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

PER SHARE DATA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC AND DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE

$

 (0.13)

$

 (0.31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES

 

 

 

 

OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND DILUTED

 

21,299,392

 

12,574,787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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




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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC.

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2012

2011

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

$

 (2,717,746)

$

       (3,862,449)

 

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to

 

 

 

 

 

Net Cash Used by Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

9,038

 

                5,529

 

 

Common stock and warrants issued for services

 

2,272,877

 

         3,308,932

 

 

Change in derivative liability - related party

 

-

 

            301,883

 

Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

76,025

 

            277,901

 

 

Other current receivables

 

644

 

              50,097

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

54,390

 

          (110,141)

 

 

Net cash used in operating Aactivities

 

 (304,772)

 

            (28,248)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of fixed assets

 

-

 

              (5,256)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

-

 

              (5,256)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from the sale of common stock and warrants

 

-

 

            395,000

 

Repayment of related-party payables

 

 (64,275)

 

                        -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

 (64,275)

 

            395,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH

 

 (369,047)

 

            361,496

CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

            521,553

 

              61,574

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH AT END OF PERIOD

$

152,506

$

            423,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

$

-

$

                        -

 

 

Income taxes

 

-

 

                        -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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




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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


NOTE 1. ORGANIZATION


The Company and Our Business

U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. (“USRE”, “U.S. Rare Earths” or the “Company”) is a mineral exploration, mining and claims acquisition company based in Lonoke, AR. Formerly Colorado Rare Earths, Inc., the Company holds over 12,000 acres of mining claims for rare-earth elements in Colorado, Idaho and Montana.  In Colorado, these claims include the Powderhorn Property in Gunnison County, and Wet Mountain Property in Fremont and Custer Counties. Additional claims include the Lemhi Pass Property in Lemhi County, Idaho and Beaverhead County, Montana; Diamond Creek and North Fork Properties in Lemhi County, Idaho and the Sheep Creek Property in Ravalli County, Montana.


The Company has budgeted expenditures for the next twelve months of approximately $4,700,000, depending on additional financing, for general and administrative expenses and exploration and development to implement the business plan as described.  For further details see “Cash Requirements” below. USRE believes that it will have to raise substantial additional capital in order to fully implement the business plan.  If economic reserves of rare-earth elements and/or other minerals are proven, additional capital will be needed to actually develop and mine those reserves.

 

The Company’s principal source of liquidity for the next several years will need to be the continued raising of capital through the issuance of equity or debt and the exercise of warrants.  USRE plans to raise funds for each step of the project and as each step is successfully completed, raise the capital for the next phase.  USRE believes this will reduce the cost of capital as compared to trying to raise all the anticipated capital at once up front.  However, since USRE’s ability to raise additional capital will be affected by many factors, most of which are not within our control (see “Risk Factors”), no assurance can be given that USRE will in fact be able to raise the additional capital as it is needed.

 

The Company’s primary activity will be to proceed with the development of the rare-earth properties and other mining opportunities that may present themselves from time to time. The Company cannot guarantee that the rare-earth properties will be successful or that any project that we embark upon will be successful. Our goal is to build our Company into a successful mineral exploration and development company.


The Company continues to operate through our subsidiaries, Media Depot and Media Max, a national agency specializing in co-op advertising. The Company’s media business offers an array of services ranging from buying and planning media in radio, TV, cable, print or outdoor advertising, to creating print ads and producing electronic commercials. The Company also offers a full line of advertising services to manufacturers, distributors and dealers.


On July 18, 2011, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and the acquisition closed on August 22, 2011. In connection with the acquisition, the Company changed its corporate name to U.S. Rare Earths.


On December 15, 2010, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire Seaglass Holding Corp., a Nevada corporation (“Seaglass”).  Seaglass owns certain mining and/or mineral leases and/or claims located in Gunnison County, Colorado, Freemont County, Colorado and Custer County, Colorado.  The acquisition was structured as a triangular merger whereby Seaglass merged with Calypso Merger, Inc., a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Calypso Media Services Group, Inc. created solely for the purpose of facilitating the acquisition.  Seaglass became the surviving corporate entity as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Calypso Merger, Inc. was dissolved.


The Company incorporated in the State of Delaware on July 27, 1999 and changed its domicile to the State of Nevada in December 2007.  Its principal executive offices are located at 12 Gunnebo Drive, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086. The telephone number is 501-676-2994. The Company maintains offices at 12 North Washington Street, Montoursville, Pennsylvania 17754. The telephone number 570-368-7633. The Company’s principal website



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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


address is located at www.usrareearths.com. The information on our website is not incorporated as a part of this Form 10-Q. 


Liquidity and Going Concern

During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company had no revenues from our rare-earth elements properties. 


Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 was approximately $38,718,000. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 included approximately $35,780,000 of non-cash expenses. Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was approximately $2,718,000. The net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 included approximately $2,282,000 of non-cash expenses.

 

The Company’s current operating funds are less than necessary to complete all intended exploration of the property, and therefore it  need to obtain additional financing in order to complete our business plan. As of March 31, 2012 the Company had cash of approximately $153,000 and accounts receivable of approximately $381,000.

 

The Company’s business plan calls for significant expenses in connection with the exploration of the property.  The Company does not currently have sufficient funds to conduct continued exploration on the property and require additional financing in order to determine whether the property contains economic mineralization.  The Company will also require additional financing if the costs of the exploration of the property are greater than anticipated.


The Company will require additional financing to sustain its business operations if the Company is not successful in earning revenues once exploration is complete.  The Company does not currently have any arrangements for financing and the Company can provide no assurance to investors that it will be able to find such financing. Obtaining additional financing would be subject to a number of factors, including the market prices for rare-earth elements, investor acceptance of our property and general market conditions.  These factors may make the timing, amount, terms or conditions of additional financing unavailable to the Company.


The most likely source of future funds presently available to us is through the sale of equity capital. Any sale of share capital will result in dilution to existing shareholders.  The only other anticipated alternative for the financing of further exploration would be our sale of a partial interest in the property to a third party in exchange for cash or exploration expenditures, which is not presently contemplated.


The Company’s accountants have expressed doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern as a result of the Company’s history of net losses. The Company’s ability to achieve and maintain profitability and positive cash flow is dependent upon our ability to successfully execute the above plans. The outcome of these matters cannot be predicted at this time. These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to the amounts and classifications of assets and liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue its business.


Unaudited Financial Statements

The accompanying unaudited financial statements of U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. The financial statements for the periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 are unaudited and include all adjustments necessary to a fair statement of the results of operations for the periods then ended. All such adjustments are of a normal, recurring nature. The results of the Company’s operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results of the Company’s operations for a full fiscal year. For further information, refer to the financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 16, 2012.





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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


NOTE 2 – SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES


This summary of significant accounting policies of the Company is presented to assist in understanding the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The consolidated financial statements and notes are representations of the Company’s management, which is responsible for their integrity and objectivity.  These accounting policies conform to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and have been consistently applied in the preparation of the consolidated financial statements.


Accounting Method

The Company’s consolidated financial statements are prepared using the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.


Principles of Consolidation

These consolidated financial statements include the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. All material intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in the accompanying consolidated financial statements.


Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company classifies highly liquid temporary investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased as cash equivalents. The Company maintains cash balances at various financial institutions. Balances at US banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000. At March 31, 2011 and March 31, 2012, all noninterest-bearing transaction accounts were fully insured, regardless of the balance of the account, at all FDIC-insured institutions. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts and believes it is not exposed to any significant risk for cash on deposit.  As of March 31, 2012, the Company had no uninsured cash amounts.


Accounts Receivable

The Company’s accounts receivable are net of the allowance for estimated doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects managements’ best estimate of probable losses inherent in the accounts receivable balance. Management determines the allowance based on known troubled accounts, historical experience, and other currently available evidence. The allowance totaled $57,262 and $80,486 as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.


Property and Equipment

Equipment consists of machinery, furniture and fixtures and software, which are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation is computed by the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives or lease period of the relevant asset, generally 5-7 years. 


Mineral Properties

Costs of acquiring mineral properties are capitalized by project area upon purchase of the associated claims. Costs to maintain the mineral rights and leases are expensed as incurred.  When a property reaches the production stage, the related capitalized costs will be amortized, using the units of production method on the basis of periodic estimates of ore reserves.


Mineral properties are periodically assessed for impairment of value and any diminution in value. As of December 31, 2011, the Company recorded an impairment of $15,678,084 related to the acquisition of U.S. Rare Earths.


Long-Lived Assets

The Company reviews its long-lived assets for impairment annually or when changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Long-lived assets under certain circumstances are reported at the lower of carrying amount or fair value. Assets to be disposed of and assets not expected to provide any future service potential to the Company are recorded at the lower of carrying amount or fair value (less the projected cost



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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


associated with selling the asset). To the extent carrying values exceed fair values, an impairment loss is recognized in operating results.  

 

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes revenue when products are fully delivered or services have been provided and collection is reasonably assured. Furthermore, if an actual measurement of revenue cannot be determined, it defers all revenue recognition until such time that an actual measurement can be determined. If during the course of a contract management determines that losses are expected to be incurred, such costs are charged to operations in the period such losses are determined. Revenues are deferred when cash has been received from the customer but the revenue has not been earned. The Company had no deferred revenue as of March 31, 2012 and December 31 2011.

 

Mineral Exploration and Development Costs

All exploration expenditures are expensed as incurred.  Significant property acquisition payments for active exploration properties are capitalized.  If no minable ore body is discovered, previously capitalized costs are expensed in the period the property is abandoned.  Expenditures to develop new mines, to define further mineralization in existing ore bodies, and to expand the capacity of operating mines, are capitalized and amortized on a unit of production basis over proven and probable reserves.


Should a property be abandoned, its capitalized costs are charged to operations.  The Company charges to operations the allocable portion of capitalized costs attributable to properties abandoned.  Capitalized costs are allocated to properties sold based on the proportion of claims sold to the claims remaining within the project area.


Provision for Income Taxes

Income taxes are provided based upon the liability method of accounting. Under this approach, deferred income taxes are recorded to reflect the tax consequences in future years of differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and their financial reporting amounts at each year-end.  A valuation allowance is recorded against deferred tax assets if management does not believe the Company has met the “more likely than not” standard.


Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amount used for income tax purposes.


Net Loss Per Share

Basic loss per common share is computed by dividing net loss available to common shareholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding for the periods presented. Diluted net loss per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock or resulted in the issuance of common stock that would then share in the income of the Company, subject to anti-dilution limitations. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had warrants for the purchase of 3,624,398 common shares that were not included in the computation of loss per share at March 31, 2012 because they would have been anti-dilutive. As of March 31, 2011, the Company had warrants for the purchase of 1,571,932 common shares that were not included in the computation of loss per share at March 31, 2011 because they would have been anti-dilutive.


Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements


A variety of proposed or otherwise potential accounting standards are currently under study by standard setting organizations and various regulatory agencies. Due to the tentative and preliminary nature of those proposed



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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


standards, management has not determined whether implementation of such proposed standards would be material to our consolidated financial statements. 


NOTE 3. ACQUISITIONS


Seaglass Holding Corp. Acquisition

On December 15, 2010, the Company entered into Agreement of Plan and Merger (“Seaglass Merger Agreement”) with Seaglass Holding Corp. (“Seaglass”). Seaglass owns certain mining and/or mineral leases and/or claims located in Gunnison County, Colorado, Freemont County, Colorado and Custer County, Colorado.  The acquisition was structured as a triangular merger whereby Seaglass merged with Calypso Merger, Inc., a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company created solely for the purpose of facilitating the acquisition.  Seaglass became the surviving corporate entity as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Calypso Merger, Inc. was dissolved. The acquisition resulted in a change in control.


As part of the acquisition of Seaglass, the Company acquired rights to mineral claims on approximately 704 acres on, near, or adjacent to anomalous values of Rare Earth metals, including thorium, uranium, niobium and tantalum. The Company had an independent evaluation performed by a licensed processing engineer to estimate the fair market value of the claims on the date of acquisition. Based on this report, the Company assigned a fair value to the claims of $326,000.


U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. Acquisition

On July 18, 2011, the Company entered into an Agreement of Plan and Merger (“USRE Merger Agreement”) to acquire U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“USRE-Delaware”), and the acquisition closed on August 22, 2011. In connection with the acquisition, the Company changed its corporate name to U.S. Rare Earths. As part of the acquisition of USRE-Delaware, the Company acquired rights to mineral claims on approximately 704 acres on, near, or adjacent to anomalous values of rare-earth elements, including thorium, uranium, niobium and tantalum.


NOTE 4. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE/ CUSTOMER CONCENTRATION


Accounts receivable were $381,154 and $457,179, net of allowance, as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The Company had two customers (17.6% and 11.7%) in excess of 10% of consolidated revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The Company had two customers (26.5% and 11.4%) with accounts receivable in excess of 10% as of March 31, 2012. The Company does expect to have customers with revenues or a receivable balance of 10% of total accounts receivable in the foreseeable future.

 

NOTE 5. EQUIPMENT, NET


Equipment, net consists of the following: 


 

Estimated

 

 

 

Useful Lives

March 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

Office equipment

5 years

 $               258,157

 $               258,157

Mining and other equipment

5-7 years

                  111,710

                  111,710

Less: accumulated depreciation

 

 (229,577)

                 (220,539)

 

 

 $               140,290

 $               149,328


Depreciation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $9,038 and $5,529 respectively.





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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


NOTE 6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The following relationships are related:

 

Properties

The Company’s principal offices in Montoursville, Pennsylvania are leased from the Hoff Family Limited Partnership that is controlled by a founder of Media Depot and a principal stockholder of Calypso. This agreement was entered into before the Company acquired Media Depot and has been continued following the acquisition. Lease payments are $2,000 per month and renew monthly.


The Company’s offices located in Lonoke, Arkansas are leased from the J.S. Parnell Trust, of which our C.E.O. Michael D. Parnell is trustee. This agreement was entered into before the Company acquired Media Depot and has been continued following the acquisition. Lease payments are $916 per month and renew monthly.


Service Agreements

On March 11, 2011, the Company signed an exclusive Services Agreement (“Logic Agreement”) with Logic International Consulting Group LLC (“Logic”). The president of Logic is also a board member of the Company. Under the Logic Agreement, Logic agreed to provide certain advisory services to the Company. The Logic Agreement was automatically extended to December 11, 2012 and can be renewed for additional terms of 12 month periods unless either party gives the other 45 days written notice of termination. The Logic Agreement can be cancelled with ninety days written notice.  The Logic Agreement requires a monthly payment of $50,000. See Note 8 for additional details.


Change in Control

Due to the change in control of the Company related to the acquisition of Seaglass and U.S Rare Earths as described in Note 3 and 8, the Company has accrued the severance compensation due to Mr. Parnell, Hoff and Schifrin under their employment agreements, including amendments. As of March 31, 2012, the Company has accrued $3,137,500 as Accrued compensation – officers, in the accompanying balance sheet.


USRE Note

As part of the acquisition price of USRE, the Company assumed a note in the amount of $1,418,719 payable to an entity owned by one of the Company’s directors and who is also a significant shareholder in the Company.  As part of the USRE purchase agreement, the Company agreed to pay $500,000 against the note and both the Company and the lender agreed to restructure the remaining balance.  The Company made the $500,000 payment and the remaining note balance of $918,719 was restructured to be a non interest bearing note with principal only payments of $28,125 due at the first of each month commencing November 1, 2011 and continuing until the note is repaid, which is expected to occur on or about July 2014.  The restructured note has no prepayment penalty and is secured by the Company’s mineral claims in and around the Lemhi Mining District in Idaho and the Montana Beaverhead District.


The restructured note is noninterest bearing and therefore, the Company is required to impute interest on the principal.  Using its estimated incremental borrowing rate, the Company recorded $149,866 as a discount against the restructured note, representing an estimated incremental borrowing rate of 10% per annum.  The discount will be accredited to interest expense over the term of the restructured note.  The Company recorded $20,100 and $0 of interest expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011,  respectively related to the amortization of the discount.


The Company recorded $88,099 in accounts payable related to the acquisition of USRE, including two current directors, who were directors of USRE (Delaware). USRE (Delaware) has requested reimbursement $145,849 as of April 13, 2012. The Companies are negotiating the accounts payable.


Other Related Party Transactions

Other related party transactions are disclosed in the Notes to Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2012.



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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


NOTE 7 – COMMON STOCK


On November 29, 2011, Mr. Daniel McGroarty was appointed President of the Company. On January 1, 2012, Company entered into an Employment Agreement (“McGroarty Agreement”) with Mr. McGroarty which is subject to Board approval. Under the terms of the McGroarty Agreement, he was awarded 650,000 shares of restricted common stock. The shares were valued at $2.85 per share and $1,852,500 was expensed as selling, general and administrative expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

On January 17, 2012, Dicturel LLC exercised a warrant granted by the Company on March 11, 2011 for the purchase of 41,539 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price was $0.50 per share. The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrant was exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2012 on a cashless basis. A notice filing under Regulation D was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2012 with regard to these stock issuances.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company issued 135,000 restricted shares of common stock to five consultants and employees for services. The shares were valued at $2.85 per share and $99,750 of the vested shares were expensed as selling, general and administrative expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012. The shares do not have registration rights. A notice filing under Regulation D was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2012 with regard to these stock issuances.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012 an additional $320,626 was recognized as selling, general and administrative expenses related to shares that had vested.

Except as disclosed, all of the above private placements of our securities were conducted under the exemption from registration as provided under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933.


A summary of the warrants issued as of March 31, 2012 were as follows:


 

March 31, 2012

 

Weighted

Weighted

 

Weighted

 

Average

Average

 

Average

Number of

Remaining

Exercise

Shares

Exercise

Warrants

Life

Price

Exercisable

Price

2,120,000

4.79

 $           0.50

2,120,000

 

1,504,398

4.16

 $           4.85

1,504,398

 

3,624,398

 

 $           2.31

3,624,398

 $           2.31














A summary of the status of the warrants outstanding as of March 31, 2012 is presented below:


 

March 31, 2012

 

 

Weighted

 

 

Average

 

 

Exercise

 

Shares

Price

Outstanding at beginning of period

        3,754,398

 $               2.24

Issued

                       -   

 $                    -   

Exercised

         (130,000)

 $             (0.50)

Forfeited

                       -   

 $                    -   

Expired

                       -   

 $                    -   

Outstanding at end of period

        3,624,398

 $               2.31

Exercisable at end of period

        3,624,398

 


The significant weighted average assumptions relating to the valuation of the Company’s warrants for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were as follows:


Assumptions

 

Dividend yield

0%

Expected life

5

Expected volatility

369%

Risk free interest rate

2%


At March 31, 2012, vested warrants totaling 3,624,398 shares had an aggregate intrinsic value of $11,815,537.


NOTE 8. COMMITMENTS, CONTINGENCIES AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS


Except as disclosed, there are no pending legal proceedings against the Company that are expected to have a material adverse effect on cash flows, financial condition or results of operations.


Employment Agreements


Michael Parnell


On December 10, 2010, the Company entered into a Revised Employment Agreement (“Parnell Agreement”) with Michael Parnell, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under the terms of the Parnell Agreement, Mr. Parnell’s salary was $125,000 in year one, $137,500 in year two and $151,000 in year three. Mr. Parnell was awarded 300,000 shares of restricted common stock. In the event the Company is sold or merged or there is a change in control, Mr. Parnell is to receive at his discretion, severance of $500,000 in cash or restricted common stock at $.50 per share. Mr. Parnell is eligible for vacation of six weeks, benefit programs and incentive bonuses as approved by the Board of Directors. The Parnell Agreement has a three year term and is automatically renewable for additional one year periods unless ninety days’ notice is provided by either party.


On July 26, 2011, the Company entered into an Addendum to a Revised Employment Agreement (“Parnell Agreement Addendum”).  The Parnell Agreement Addendum extended the term by two years to five years from December 10, 2010. Mr. Parnell’s  salary was $125,000 in year one, $137,500 in year two,  $151,000 in year three, $166,100 in year four and $182,710 in year five. The Company also agreed to issue 125,000 shares per year to Mr. Parnell in year four and five, provided Mr. Parnell is employed by the Company.  In the event of a change in control of the Company by merger, acquisition, takeover or otherwise, the share amounts due in years four and five would become immediately due and payable. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has accrued $500,000 and $712,500 or $1,212,500 as Accrued compensation – officers, in the accompanying balance sheet.


Matthew Hoff


On December 10, 2010, the Company entered into a Revised Employment Agreement (“Hoff Agreement”) with Matthew Hoff, the Company’s Business Manager. Under the terms of the Hoff Agreement, Mr. Hoff’s salary was $125,000 in year one, $137,500 in year two and $151,000 in year three. Mr. Hoff was awarded 300,000 shares of



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(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


restricted common stock. In the event the Company is sold or merged or there is a change in control, Mr. Hoff is to receive at his discretion, severance of $500,000 in cash or restricted common stock at $.50 per share. Mr. Hoff is eligible for vacation of six weeks, benefit programs and incentive bonuses as approved by the Board of Directors. The Hoff Agreement has a three year term and is automatically renewable for additional one year periods unless ninety days’ notice is provided by either party.


On July 26, 2011, the Company entered into an Addendum to a Revised Employment Agreement (“Hoff Agreement Addendum”).  The Hoff Agreement Addendum extended the term by two years to five years from December 10, 2010. Mr. Hoff’s  salary was $125,000 in year one, $137,500 in year two,  $151,000 in year three, $166,100 in year four and $182,710 in year five. The Company also agreed to issue 125,000 shares per year to Mr. Hoff in year four and five, provided Mr. Hoff is employed by the Company.  In the event of a change in control of the Company by merger, acquisition, takeover or otherwise, the share amounts due in years four and five would become immediately due and payable. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has accrued $500,000 and $712,500 or $1,212,500 as Accrued compensation – officers, in the accompanying balance sheet.


Gregory Schifrin


On December 10, 2010, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement (“Schifrin Agreement”) with Gregory Schifrin, the Company’s President. Under the terms of the Schifrin Agreement, Mr. Schifrin’s salary was $60,000 in year one and is to be negotiated in years 2 and 3. Mr. Schifrin was awarded 10,000 shares of restricted common stock in year one and 240,000 shares of restricted common stock in year two. The Schifrin Agreement has a three year term and is automatically renewable for additional one year periods unless ninety days’ notice is provided by either party.


On July 26, 2011, the Company entered into an Addendum to a Revised Employment Agreement (“Schifrin Agreement Addendum”).  The Schifrin Agreement Addendum extended the term by two years to five years from December 10, 2010. Mr. Schifrin’s salary was $96,000 in year one, and is to be negotiated in years 2 through 5. The Company also agreed to issue 125,000 shares per year to Mr. Schifrin, provided Mr. Schifrin is employed by the Company.  In the event of a change in control of the Company by merger, acquisition, takeover or otherwise, the share amounts due in years four and five would become immediately due and payable. As of March 31, 2102 and December 31, 2011, the Company has accrued $712,500 as Accrued compensation – officers, in the accompanying balance sheet.


On November 29, 2011, Mr. Schifrin’s title was changed to Chief Operating Officer.


Daniel McGroarty


On November 29, 2011, Daniel McGroarty was appointed President of the Company. On January 1, 2012, Company entered into an Employment Agreement (“McGroarty Agreement”) with Mr. McGroarty which is subject to Board approval. Under the terms of the McGroarty Agreement, Mr. McGroarty’s salary was $120,000 in year one and is to be negotiated in years 2 and 3. Mr. McGroarty was awarded 650,000 shares of restricted common stock. The McGroarty Agreement has a three year term and is automatically renewable for additional one year periods unless ninety days’ notice is provided by either party.


Consulting Agreements


Logic International Consulting Group LLC


On March 11, 2011, the Company signed an exclusive Services Agreement (“Logic Agreement”) with Logic International Consulting Group LLC (“Logic”). Under the Logic Agreement, Logic agreed to provide certain advisory services to the Company. The Logic Agreement was automatically extended to December 11, 2012 and can be renewed for additional terms of 12 month periods unless either party gives the other 45 days written notice of termination. The Logic Agreement can be cancelled with ninety days written notice.  The Logic Agreement requires



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(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


a monthly payment of $50,000. The Company issued a cashless warrant to Logic dated March 10, 2011 for the purchase of 1,300,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price is $0.50 per share and it expires March 10, 2016. The warrant was valued at $2.80 per share or $3,640,000 using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrant contains certain dilutive provisions related to subsequent equity sales and the issuance of additional common stock. The warrant contains certain piggyback registration rights.


On November 29, 2011, the Company issued a cashless warrant to Logic for the purchase of 700,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price is $0.50 per share and it expires November 29, 2016.  The warrant contains certain dilutive provisions related to subsequent equity sales and the issuance of additional common stock. The warrant contains certain piggyback registration rights.


On December 31, 2011, Logic cancelled the warrant granted on March 10, 2011 for 1,300,000 shares and the warrant granted on November 29, 2011 warrant for 700,000 shares.


On December 31, 2011, the Company issued a cashless warrant to Logic for the purchase of 1,300,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price is $0.50 per share and it expires March 9, 2016. The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share or $3,705,000 using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. On December 31, 2011, the Company issued a cashless warrant to Logic for the purchase of 700,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price is $0.50 per share and it expires November 28, 2016.  The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share or $1,995,000 using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrants may be called by the Company if it has registered the sale of the underlying shares with the SEC and a closing price of $7.00 or more for the Company’s common stock has been sustained for five trading days. The warrants contain certain piggyback registration rights.


McKim and Company LLC


On May 24, 2011, the Company signed a Financial Advisory Agreement (“McKim Agreement”) with McKim and Company LLC (“McKim”). Under the McKim Agreement, McKim agreed to provide certain advisory services to the Company. The McKim Agreement expires May 23, 2014 and can be renewed for additional terms of six month periods unless either party gives the other 90 days written notice of termination. The Company issued a cashless warrant to McKim dated May 24, 2011 for the purchase of 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price is $0.50 per share and it expires May 24, 2016. The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share or $712,500 using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrant contains certain piggyback registration rights.


P-Con Consulting, Inc.


On May 24, 2011, the Company signed an Agreement for Service (“P-Con Agreement”) with P-Con Consulting, Inc. (“P-Con”). Under the P-Con Agreement, Logic agreed to provide certain advisory services to the Company. The P-Con Agreement does not expire. The Company issued a cashless warrant to P-Con dated May 25, 2011 for the purchase of 70,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price was $0.50 per share and it expires May 25, 2016. The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share or $199,500 using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrant contains certain piggyback registration rights.


Mark Scott


On December 19, 2011, the Company entered into a Consulting Agreement with Mark Scott in connection with his service as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Scott will receive: (i) US $4,000 cash per month and (ii) restricted shares of Company common stock equaling US $3,000 at $2.85 per share (1,053 shares monthly) for each monthly period from December 19, 2011 through December 31, 2012, the expiration date of the Agreement.




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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


Leases

 

The Company is obligated under various non-cancelable operating leases for their various facilities.

 

The aggregate unaudited future minimum lease payments, to the extent the leases have early cancellation options and excluding escalation charges, are as follows:


Years Ended March 31,

Total

2013

 $                           2,916

2014

0

2015

0

2016

0

2017

0

Beyond

0

Total

 $                           2,916


NOTE 9 – SEGMENT DISCLOSURES


Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise about which separate financial information is available that is evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision-maker in deciding how to allocate resources and in assessing performance. The Company’s chief executive officer and chief operating officer have been identified as the chief operating decision makers. The Company’s chief operating decision makers direct the allocation of resources to operating segments based on the profitability and cash flows of each respective segment.


The Company has two principal operating and reportable segments, which are (1) the corporate operations which offer a full line of advertising services to manufacturers, distributors and dealers across the United States and Canada; and (2) the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. These operating segments were determined based on the nature of the products and services offered. The Company operates solely in the United States.













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U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(FORMERLY COLORADO RARE EARTHS, INC.)

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MARCH 31, 2012


The following table presents revenues, operating income (loss) and total assets by reportable segment for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011:


(dollars in thousands)


 

 

 Advertising  

 Mineral  

 

Company

 Services

 Exploration

 Total

Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 $              574

 $                          -   

 $                       574

 

(Loss) from operations

              (183)

                     (2,476)

                     (2,659)

 

Total assets

                 520

                          480

                       1,000

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 $              488

 $                           -   

 $                       488

 

(Loss) from operations

                (65)

                     (3,797)

                     (3,862)

 

Total assets

                 606

                          627

                       1,233

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following reconciles operating loss to net loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2012

2011

 

 

(Loss) from operations

 $             (2,659)

 $                 (3,862)

 

 

Other (loss) expense

                      (59)

                              -   

 

 

(Loss) before income taxes

                (2,718)

                     (3,862)

 

 

Income tax expense

                          -   

                              -   

 

 

Net loss

 $              (2,718)

 $                  (3,862)

 


NOTE 10 – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS


The Company evaluates subsequent events, for the purpose of adjustment or disclosure, up through the date the financial statements are available.




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

 

Forward-looking statements in this report reflect the good-faith judgment of our management and the statements are based on facts and factors as we currently know them. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences in results and outcomes include, but are not limited to, those discussed below as well as those discussed elsewhere in this report (including in Part II, Item 1A (Risk Factors)). Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this report.


We are a mineral exploration, mining and claims acquisition company based in Lonoke, Arkansas. Formerly Colorado Rare Earths, Inc., the Company holds over 12,000 acres of mining claims for rare-earth elements in Colorado, Idaho and Montana.  In Colorado, these claims include the Powderhorn Property in Gunnison County, and Wet Mountain Property in Fremont and Custer Counties. Additional claims include the Lemhi Pass Property in Lemhi County, Idaho and Beaverhead County, Montana; Diamond Creek and North Fork Properties in Lemhi County, Idaho and the Sheep Creek Property in Ravalli County, Montana.


We have budgeted expenditures for the next twelve months of approximately $4,700,000, depending on additional financing, for general and administrative expenses and exploration and development to implement the business plan as described.  For further details see “Cash Requirements” below. USRE believes that it will have to raise substantial additional capital in order to fully implement the business plan.  If economic reserves of rare-earth elements and/or other minerals are proven, additional capital will be needed to actually develop and mine those reserves.

 

Our principal source of liquidity for the next several years will need to be the continued raising of capital through the issuance of equity or debt and the exercise of warrants.  USRE plans to raise funds for each step of the project and as each step is successfully completed, raise the capital for the next phase.  USRE believes this will reduce the cost of capital as compared to trying to raise all the anticipated capital at once up front.  However, since USRE’s ability to raise additional capital will be affected by many factors, most of which are not within our control (see “Risk Factors”), no assurance can be given that USRE will in fact be able to raise the additional capital as it is needed.

 

Our primary activity will be to proceed with the exploration and development of the rare-earth properties and other mining opportunities that may present themselves from time to time. We cannot guarantee that the rare-earth properties will be successful or that any project that we embark upon will be successful. Our goal is to build our Company into a successful mineral exploration and development company.


We continue to operate through our subsidiaries, Media Depot and Media Max, a national agency specializing in co-op advertising. Our media business offers an array of services ranging from buying and planning media in radio, TV, cable, print or outdoor advertising, to creating print ads and producing electronic commercials. We also offer a full line of advertising services to manufacturers, distributors and dealers.


On July 18, 2011, we entered into an agreement to acquire U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and the acquisition closed on August 22, 2011. In connection with the acquisition, we changed our corporate name to U.S. Rare Earths.


On December 15, 2010, we entered into an agreement to acquire Seaglass Holding Corp., a Nevada corporation (“Seaglass”).  Seaglass owns certain mining and/or mineral leases and/or claims located in Gunnison County, Colorado, Freemont County, Colorado and Custer County, Colorado.  The acquisition was structured as a triangular merger whereby Seaglass merged with Calypso Merger, Inc., a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Calypso Media Services Group, Inc. created solely for the purpose of facilitating the acquisition.  Seaglass became the surviving corporate entity as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and Calypso Merger, Inc. was dissolved.



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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS


The following table presents certain consolidated statement of operations information and presentation of that data as a percentage of change from year-to-year.


THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2012 COMPARED TO THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2011


(dollars in thousands)


 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2012

2011

$ Variance

% Variance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising revenue

 $                  574

 $                  488

 $                    86

17.6%

Cost of revenues

                     353

                     361

                       (8)

2.2%

Gross margin

 

                     221

                     127

                       94

74.0%

Operating expenses-

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

                  2,848

                  3,989

                (1,141)

28.6%

Exploration expense

                       32

                       -   

                       32

-100.0%

Total operating expenses

                  2,880

                  3,989

                (1,109)

27.8%

(Loss) from operations

                (2,659)

                (3,862)

                  1,203

31.1%

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

                       -   

                       -   

                       -   

0.0%

 

Interest expense

                     (20)

                       -   

                     (20)

-100.0%

 

Other expense

                     (39)

                       -   

                     (39)

-100.0%

Total other (loss) income

                     (59)

                       -   

                     (59)

-100.0%

(Loss) before income taxes

                (2,718)

                (3,862)

                  1,144

29.6%

Income tax expense

                       -   

                       -   

                       -   

0.0%

Net (loss)

 

 $             (2,718)

 $             (3,862)

 $               1,144

29.6%


Advertising Revenue


Advertising revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased $86,000 to $574,000 as compared to $488,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The increase was due to the new customers.


Cost of Sales


Cost of sales for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased $8,000 to $353,000 as compared to $361,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The decrease was due to lower costs.


Expenses


Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 decreased $1,141,000 to $2,848,000 as compared to $3,984,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we recorded $2,273,000 in stock-based compensation, primarily related to accounting for stock based compensation. Exploration expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased $32,000 to $32,000 as compared to $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2011.


Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 consisted primarily of employee and independent contractor expenses, warrant expenses, expenses related to share issuances, rent, audit, overhead, amortization and depreciation, professional and consulting fees, sales and marketing costs,



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investor relations, legal, and other general and administrative costs and exploration expenses. Exploration expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 consisted of permits, drilling and other exploration expenses.


Net (Loss)


Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $2,718,000 as compared to $3,862,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. We acquired USRE-Delaware on August 22, 2011 and Seaglass on December 15, 2010. The net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 included $2,273,000 in non-cash expenses.


LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES


We had cash of $153,000, accounts receivable of $381,000 and a working capital deficit of $3,354,000 as of March 31, 2012.


With the acquisition of USRE-Delaware and Seaglass, we expect that historic expenses, subject to raising additional capital, expenditures will ramp up for exploration and development.  We have budgeted expenditures for the next twelve months of approximately $4,700,000, depending on additional financing, for general and administrative expenses and exploration and development. We may choose to scale back operations to operate at break-even with a smaller level of business activity, while adjusting overhead depending on the availability of additional financing. In addition, we expect that we will need to raise additional funds if it decides to pursue more rapid expansion, the development of new or enhanced services or products, appropriate responses to competitive pressures, or the acquisition of complementary businesses or technologies, or if it must respond to unanticipated events that require it to make additional investments. We cannot assure that additional financing will be available when needed on favorable terms, or at all.


If economic reserves of rare earth elements are proven, additional capital will be needed to actually develop and mine those reserves. Even if economic reserves are found, if we are unable to raise this capital, we will not be able to complete our project.  


We have budgeted the following expenditures for the next twelve months of approximately $4,700,000, depending on additional financing, for general and administrative expenses and exploration and development to implement the business plan as described above. 


Expenditures

$

General and administrative

 $        790,000

Future property acquisitions

            250,000

Exploration costs

        3,500,000

Property payments

            160,000

    Total

 $     4,700,000


Operating Activities


Net cash used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $305,000. This amount was primarily related to a net loss of $2,718,000, offset by depreciation and amortization and non-cash expenses of $2,282,000. The net loss reflects the acquisition on USRE-Delaware on August 22, 2011 and Seaglass on December 15, 2010.


Financing Activities


Net cash used in financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $64,000. This amount was primarily related to the repayment of related-party payables.




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Our unaudited contractual cash obligations as of March 31, 2012 are summarized in the table below:


 

 

Less Than

 

 

Greater Than

Contractual Cash Obligations

Total

1 Year

1-3 Years

3-5 Years

5 Years

Operating leases

$     2,916

$     2,916

$     0

$     0

$     0

Capital lease obligations

0

0

0

0

0

Note payable

796,829

337,500

459,329

0

0

Mining expenditures

4,700,000

4,700,000

0

0

0

Acquisitions

0

0

0

0

0

 

$  5,499,745

$   5,040,416

$   459,329

$     0

$     0


Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to stockholders.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The application of GAAP involves the exercise of varying degrees of judgment. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates and judgments based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe that of our significant accounting policies (see summary of significant accounting policies more fully described in Note 2 to the financial statements set forth in this report), the following policies involve a higher degree of judgment and/or complexity:


Cash and Cash Equivalents

We classify highly liquid temporary investments with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased as cash equivalents. The Company maintains cash balances at various financial institutions. Balances at US banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation up to $250,000. Beginning December 31, 2011, through December 31, 2012, all noninterest-bearing transaction accounts are fully insured, regardless of the balance of the account, at all FDIC-insured institutions. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts and believes it is not exposed to any significant risk for cash on deposit.  As of March 31, 2012, we had no uninsured cash amounts.


Property and Equipment

Equipment consists of machinery, furniture and fixtures and software, which are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation is computed by the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives or lease period of the relevant asset, generally 5-7 years. 


Mineral Properties

Costs of acquiring mineral properties are capitalized by project area upon purchase of the associated claims. Costs to maintain the mineral rights and leases are expensed as incurred.  When a property reaches the production stage, the related capitalized costs will be amortized, using the units of production method on the basis of periodic estimates of ore reserves.


Long-Lived Assets

We review our long-lived assets for impairment annually or when changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Long-lived assets under certain circumstances are reported at



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the lower of carrying amount or fair value. Assets to be disposed of and assets not expected to provide any future service potential to the Company are recorded at the lower of carrying amount or fair value (less the projected cost associated with selling the asset). To the extent carrying values exceed fair values, an impairment loss is recognized in operating results.  As of December, 31 2011, we recorded an impairment of $15,678,000 related to the acquisition of USRE-Delaware.


Mineral Exploration and Development Costs

All exploration expenditures are expensed as incurred.  Significant property acquisition payments for active exploration properties are capitalized.  If no minable ore body is discovered, previously capitalized costs are expensed in the period the property is abandoned.  Expenditures to develop new mines, to define further mineralization in existing ore bodies, and to expand the capacity of operating mines, are capitalized and amortized on a unit of production basis over proven and probable reserves.


Should a property be abandoned, its capitalized costs are charged to operations.  We charge to operations the allocable portion of capitalized costs attributable to properties sold.  Capitalized costs are allocated to properties sold based on the proportion of claims sold to the claims remaining within the project area.

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

We have no investments in any market risk sensitive instruments either held for trading purposes or entered into for other than trading purposes.


ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

MANAGEMENT'S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING


a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We have adopted and maintain disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports under the Exchange Act, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods required under the SEC’s rules and forms and that the information is gathered and communicated to our management to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure.


As required by Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, our management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2012. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and our management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating and implementing our disclosure controls and procedures. Based upon the evaluation described above, our management concluded that they believe that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective, as of the end of the period covered by this report, in providing reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to our management to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures, and is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Management identified the weaknesses discussed below. 

 

Identified Material Weakness

 

A material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting is a control deficiency, or combination of control deficiencies, that results in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the financial statements will not be prevented or detected. Management identified material weaknesses during its assessment of internal controls over financial reporting as of March 31, 2012:




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We do not have an audit committee.  An audit committee with three independent directors would improve oversight in the establishment and monitoring of required internal controls and procedures. We expect to form an audit committee during 2012.

  

(b)  Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that has materially affected or is likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting.



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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

We know of no material, existing or pending legal proceedings against our Company, nor are we involved as a plaintiff in any material proceeding or pending litigation. There are no proceedings in which any of our directors, officers or affiliates, or any registered or beneficial stockholder, is an adverse party or has a material interest adverse to our interest.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

An investment in our Common Stock involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the following risk factors and other information in this prospectus before deciding to invest in shares of the Company’s Common Stock. The most significant risks and uncertainties known and identified by our management are described below; however, they are not the only risks that we face. If any of the following risks actually occurs, our business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations and prospects for growth could be materially adversely affected, the trading price of our Common Stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment. You should acquire shares of our Common Stock only if you can afford to lose your entire investment. We make various statements in this section that constitute “forward-looking statements”. See “Forward-Looking Statements” beginning on page 4 of this Form 10-Q.


The volatility of the price of rare-earth elements could adversely affect our future operations and our ability to develop our properties.  


The potential for profitability of our operations, the value of our properties and our ability to raise funding to conduct continued exploration and development, if warranted, are directly related to the market price of rare-earth elements.  The price of rare-earth elements may also have a significant influence on the market price of our common stock and the value of our properties.  Our decision to put a mine into production and to commit the funds necessary for that purpose must be made long before the first revenue from production would be received.  A decrease in the price of rare-earth elements may prevent our property from being economically mined or result in the write-off of assets whose value is impaired as a result of lower rare-earth element prices.

 

The volatility of mineral prices represents a substantial risk, which no amount of planning or technical expertise can fully eliminate.  In the event rare-earth element prices decline or remain low for prolonged periods of time, we might be unable to develop our properties, which may adversely affect our results of operations, financial performance and cash flows.


Conditions in the rare-earth industry have been, and may continue to be, extremely volatile, which could have a material impact on our company.

 

Conditions in the rare-earth industry have been extremely volatile, and prices, as well as supply and demand, have been significantly impacted by a number of factors, principally (1) changes in economic conditions and demand for rare-earth elements and (2) changes, or perceived changes, in Chinese quotas for export of rare-earth elements. If conditions in our industry remain volatile, our stock price may continue to exhibit volatility as well. In particular, if prices or demand for rare-earth elements were to decline, our stock price would likely decline, and this could also impair our ability to obtain remaining capital needed for development of our properties.


As we face intense competition in the rare-earth industry, we will have to compete with our competitors for financing and for qualified managerial and technical employees.

 

The rare-earths mining and processing markets are capital intensive and competitive. Our Chinese competitors may have greater financial resources, as well as other strategic advantages to maintain, improve and possibly expand their facilities. Additionally, the Chinese producers have historically been able to produce at relatively low costs due to domestic economic factors. As a result of this competition, we may be unable to acquire additional attractive



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mining claims or financing on terms we consider acceptable. We also compete with other mining companies in the recruitment and retention of qualified managerial and technical employees. If we are unable to successfully compete for financing or for qualified employees, our exploration and development programs may be slowed down or suspended.

The success of our business will depend, in part, on the establishment of new uses and markets for rare-earth elements.


The success of our business will depend, in part, on the establishment of new markets for certain rare-earth elements that may be in low demand. The success of our business depends on creating new markets and successfully commercializing rare-earth elements in existing and emerging markets. Any unexpected costs or delays in the exploration and development of our properties could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.


Estimates of mineralized material are based on interpretation and assumptions and may yield less mineral production under actual conditions than is currently estimated.  


Unless otherwise indicated, estimates of mineralized material presented in our press releases and regulatory filings are based upon estimates made by our consultants and us.  When making determinations about whether to advance any of our projects to development, we must rely upon such estimated calculations as to the mineralized material on our properties.  Until mineralized material is actually mined and processed, it must be considered an estimate only.  These estimates are imprecise and depend on geological interpretation and statistical inferences drawn from drilling and sampling analysis, which may prove to be unreliable.  We cannot assure you that these mineralized material estimates will be accurate or that this mineralized material can be mined or processed profitably.  Any material changes in estimates of mineralized material will affect the economic viability of placing a property into production and such property’s return on capital.  There can be no assurance that minerals recovered in small scale metallurgical tests will be recovered at production scale.

  

The mineralized material estimates have been determined and valued based on assumed future prices, cut-off grades and operating costs that may prove inaccurate.  Extended declines in market prices for rare-earth elements may render portions of our mineralized material uneconomic and adversely affect the commercial viability of one or more of our properties and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition.


If we do not obtain additional financing, our business will fail.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2011 and the three months ended March 31, 2012, we had no revenues from our rare-earth elements properties.

 

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 was approximately $38,718,000. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2011 included approximately $32,964,000 of non-cash expenses. Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was approximately $2,718,000. The net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012 included approximately $2,273,000 of non-cash expenses.

 

Our current operating funds are less than necessary to complete all intended exploration of the property, and therefore we will need to obtain additional financing in order to complete our business plan.  As of March 31, 2012, we had cash of $153,000 and accounts receivable of approximately $381,000.

 

Our business plan calls for significant expenses in connection with the exploration of the property.  We do not currently have sufficient funds to conduct continued exploration on the property and require additional financing in order to determine whether the property contains economic mineralization.  We will also require additional financing if the costs of the exploration of the property are greater than anticipated.


We will require additional financing to sustain our business operations if we are not successful in earning revenues once exploration is complete.  We do not currently have any arrangements for financing and we can provide no



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assurance to investors that we will be able to find such financing if required. Obtaining additional financing would be subject to a number of factors, including the market prices for rare-earth elements, investor acceptance of our property and general market conditions.  These factors may make the timing, amount, terms or conditions of additional financing unavailable to us.


The most likely source of future funds presently available to us is through the sale of equity capital. Any sale of share capital will result in dilution to existing shareholders.  The only other anticipated alternative for the financing of further exploration would be our sale of a partial interest in the property to a third party in exchange for cash or exploration expenditures, which is not presently contemplated.


We need to continue as a going concern if our business is to succeed.


Our audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011 indicates that there are a number of factors that raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.   Such factors identified in the report result from our limited history of operations, limited assets, and operating losses since inception.  If we are not able to continue as a going concern, it is likely investors will lose their investments.


Because of the unique difficulties and uncertainties inherent in mineral exploration ventures, we face a high risk of business failure. 

Potential investors should be aware of the difficulties normally encountered by new mineral exploration companies and the high rate of failure of such enterprises. The likelihood of success must be considered in light of the problems, expenses, difficulties, complications and delays encountered in connection with the exploration of the mineral properties that we plan to undertake. These potential problems include, but are not limited to, unanticipated problems relating to exploration, and additional costs and expenses that may exceed current estimates. The expenditures to be made by us in the exploration of the mineral claim may not result in the discovery of commercial mineral deposits. Problems such as unusual or unexpected formations and other conditions are involved in mineral exploration and often result in unsuccessful exploration efforts. If the results of our exploration do not reveal viable commercial mineralization, we may decide to abandon our claim and acquire new claims for new exploration. The acquisition of additional claims will be dependent upon us possessing capital resources at the time in order to purchase such claims. If no funding is available, we may be forced to abandon our operations.

 

Because we have commenced limited business operations, we face a high risk of business failure.

 

We started exploring our properties in the summer of 2011.  Accordingly, we have no way to evaluate the likelihood that our business will be successful.  Although we were incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1999 and reincorporated in Nevada in 2007, the Company just acquired our mineral properties with our acquisition of CREE in December 2010 and USRE-Delaware in August 2011.  We have not earned any revenues from rare-earth elements as of the date of this Form 10-Q.

 

Prior to completion of our exploration stage, we anticipate that we will incur increased operating expenses without realizing any revenues.  We therefore expect to incur significant losses into the foreseeable future.  We recognize that if we are unable to generate significant revenues from development of the mineral claims and the production of minerals from the claims, we will not be able to earn profits or continue operations.


There is no history upon which to base any assumption as to the likelihood that we will prove successful, and we can provide investors with no assurance that we will generate any operating revenues or ever achieve profitable operations. If we are unsuccessful in addressing these risks, our business will most likely fail.


We are dependent on key personnel.


Our success depends to a significant degree upon the continued contributions of key management and other personnel, some of whom could be difficult to replace. We do not maintain key man life insurance covering certain of our officers. Our success will depend on the performance of our officers, our ability to retain and motivate our officers, our ability to integrate new officers into our operations and the ability of all personnel to work together



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effectively as a team. Our failure to retain and recruit officers and other key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We lack an operating history and we expect to have losses in the future.

 

Except for our initial exploration efforts as described above, we have not started our proposed business operations or realized any revenues from our rare-earth element properties. Except for our media operations, we have no operating history upon which an evaluation of our future success or failure can be made. Our ability to achieve and maintain profitability and positive cash flow is dependent upon the following:

 

  

Our ability to locate a profitable mineral property;

 

  

Our ability to generate revenues; and

 

  

Our ability to reduce exploration costs.


Based upon current plans, we expect to incur operating losses in foreseeable future periods. This will happen because there are expenses associated with the research and exploration of our mineral properties. We cannot guarantee that we will be successful in generating revenues in the future. Failure to generate revenues will cause us to go out of business.

 

Because of the inherent dangers involved in mineral exploration, there is a risk that we may incur liability or damages as we conduct our business.

 

The search for valuable minerals involves numerous hazards.  As a result, we may become subject to liability for such hazards, including pollution, cave-ins and other hazards against which we cannot insure or against which we may elect not to insure.  Although we conducted a due diligence investigation prior to entering into the acquisition of Seaglass, risk remains regarding any undisclosed or unknown liabilities associated with this project. The payment of such liabilities may have a material adverse effect on our financial position.

 

Because we are small and do not have sufficient capital, we may have to cease operation even if we have found mineralized material.

 

Because we are small and do not have sufficient capital, we must limit our exploration. Because we may have to limit our exploration, we may be unable to mine mineralized material, even if our mineral claims contain mineralized material. If we cannot mine mineralized material, we may have to cease operations.

 

Governmental regulations impose material restrictions on mineral property exploration and development. Under state laws in Colorado, Idaho and Montana, to engage in exploration will require permits, the posting of bonds, and the performance of remediation work for any physical disturbance to the land. If we proceed to commence drilling operations on the mineral claims, we will incur additional regulatory compliance costs.


In addition, the legal and regulatory environment that pertains to mineral exploration is uncertain and may change. Uncertainty and new regulations could increase our costs of doing business and prevent us from exploring for ore deposits. The growth of demand for ore may also be significantly slowed. This could delay growth in potential demand for and limit our ability to generate revenues.  In addition to new laws and regulations being adopted, existing laws may be applied to limit or restrict mining that have not as yet been applied.  These new laws may increase our cost of doing business with the result that our financial condition and operating results may be harmed.


We may be subject to environmental laws and regulations particular to our operations with which we are unable to comply.

 

Because we are engaged in mineral exploration, we are exposed to environmental risks associated with mineral exploration activity. We are currently in the initial exploration stages on our property interests and have not determined whether significant site reclamation costs will be required. We anticipate that we would only record



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liabilities for site reclamation when reasonably determinable and when such costs can be reliably quantified. Compliance with environmental regulations will likely be expensive and burdensome.  The expenditure of substantial sums on environmental matters will have a materially negative effect on our ability to implement our business plan and grow our business.

 

The exploration and mining industry is highly competitive, and we are at a disadvantage since many of our competitors are better funded.

 

Discovering, exploring and exploiting a mineral prospect are highly speculative ventures. There are many companies already established in this industry who are better financed and/or who have closer working relationships with productive mining companies. This places us at a competitive disadvantage. Our goal is to explore our properties with the anticipation of locating one or more commercially viable deposits.  If we do not have the requisite funds to further develop a discovered deposit, we may have to find a partner that would assist us in to fully develop the property. We have not entered into any agreements with any third parties to produce any discovered minerals from our property, nor have we identified any potential partners in that regards. There are no guarantees that we will have sufficient funds or that we will ever identify and enter in agreement with suitable partners to assist us in realizing production grade minerals from our property. If cannot realize sufficient funds or we are unable to identify and/or partner with any third parties to assist us in attaining production grade minerals, we will likely be unsuccessful in producing any such minerals, which would likely have a materially adverse effect on our ability to generate revenues.


We may not have access to all of the supplies and materials we need to begin exploration that could cause us to delay or suspend operations.


Competition and unforeseen limited sources of supplies in the industry could result in occasional spot shortages of supplies, such as explosives, and certain equipment such as bulldozers and excavators that we might need to conduct exploration. We have not attempted to locate or negotiate with any suppliers of products, equipment or materials. We will attempt to locate products, equipment and materials as we conduct exploration. If we cannot find the products and equipment we need, we will have to suspend our exploration plans until we do find the products and equipment we need.

 

Because of the speculative nature of exploration of rare-earth elements, there is no assurance that our exploration activities will result in the discovery of new commercially exploitable quantities of rare-earth elements.

 

We plan to continue to source exploration rare-earth element properties. The search for valuable rare-earth elements as a business is extremely risky. We can provide investors with no assurance that additional exploration on our properties will establish that additional commercially exploitable reserves of rare-earth elements exist on our properties.  Problems such as unusual or unexpected geological formations or other variable conditions are involved in exploration and often result in exploration efforts being unsuccessful. The additional potential problems include, but are not limited to, unanticipated problems relating to exploration and attendant additional costs and expenses that may exceed current estimates. These risks may result in us being unable to establish the presence of additional commercial quantities of ore on our mineral claims with the result that our ability to fund future exploration activities may be impeded.

 

Weather and location challenges may restrict and delay our work on our property.  

 

We plan to conduct our exploration on a seasonal basis, it is possible that snow or rain could restrict and delay work on the properties to a significant degree. Our properties are located in relatively remote locations, which create additional transportation and energy costs and challenges. 


Trading of our stock may be restricted by Blue Sky eligibility and the SEC's penny stock regulations, which may limit a stockholder's ability to buy and sell our stock.

 

We currently are not Blue Sky eligible in certain states so trading of our common stock in such states may be restricted. In addition, the SEC has adopted regulations which generally define "penny stock" to be any equity



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security that has a market price (as defined) less than $5.00 per share or an exercise price of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions.  Under the penny stock rules, additional sales practice requirements are imposed on broker-dealers who sell to persons other than established customers and "accredited investors."  The term "accredited investor" refers generally to institutions with assets in excess of $5,000,000 or individuals with a net worth in excess of $1,000,000 or annual income exceeding $200,000 or $300,000 jointly with their spouse.  


The penny stock rules require a broker-dealer, prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from the rules, to deliver a standardized risk disclosure document in a form prepared by the SEC, which provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks in the penny stock market.  The broker-dealer also must provide the customer with current bid and offer quotations for the penny stock, the compensation of the broker-dealer and its salesperson in the transaction, and monthly account statements showing the market value of each penny stock held in the customer's account.  The bid and offer quotations, and the broker-dealer and salesperson compensation information, must be given to the customer orally or in writing prior to effecting the transaction and must be given to the customer in writing before or with the customer's confirmation.  In addition, the penny stock rules require that prior to a transaction in a penny stock not otherwise exempt from these rules, the broker-dealer must make a special written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser and receive the purchaser's written agreement to the transaction.  These disclosure requirements may have the effect of reducing the level of trading activity in the secondary market for the stock that is subject to broker-dealers ability to trade in the Company’s securities.  The Blue Sky eligibility and the penny stock rules may discourage investor interest in and limit the marketability of, the Company’s common stock.


The sale of a significant number of our shares of common stock could depress the price of our common stock. 

 

Sales or issuances of a large number of shares of common stock in the public market or the perception that sales may occur could cause the market price of our common stock to decline. As of May 21, 2012, there were 25.0 million shares of common stock and warrants issued and outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Significant shares of common stock are held by our principal shareholders, other insiders and other large shareholders. As “affiliates” (as defined under Rule 144 of the Securities Act (“Rule 144”)) of the Company, our principal shareholders, other insiders and other large shareholders may only sell their shares of common stock in the public market pursuant to an effective registration statement or in compliance with Rule 144. 


We may engage in acquisitions, mergers, strategic alliances, joint ventures and divestitures that could result in financial results that are different than expected. 

 

In the normal course of business, we may engage in discussions relating to possible acquisitions, equity investments, mergers, strategic alliances, joint ventures and divestitures. All such transactions are accompanied by a number of risks, including:


  

Use of significant amounts of cash,

 

  

Potentially dilutive issuances of equity securities on potentially unfavorable terms,

 

  

Incurrence of debt on potentially unfavorable terms as well as impairment expenses related to goodwill and amortization expenses related to other intangible assets, and

 

  

The possibility that we may pay too much cash or issue too many of our shares as the purchase price for an acquisition relative to the economic benefits that we ultimately derive from such acquisition.

 

  

The process of integrating any acquisition may create unforeseen operating difficulties and expenditures. The areas where we may face difficulties in the foreseeable include:

 

  

Diversion of management time, during the period of negotiation through closing and after closing, from its focus on operating the businesses to issues of integration,

 



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The need to integrate each Company's accounting, management information, human resource and other administrative systems to permit effective management, and the lack of control if such integration is delayed or not implemented,

 

  

The need to implement controls, procedures and policies appropriate for a public company that may not have been in place in private companies, prior to acquisition,

 

  

The need to incorporate acquired technology, content or rights into our products and any expenses related to such integration, and

 

  

The need to successfully develop any acquired in-process technology to realize any value capitalized as intangible assets.

 

From time to time, we may engage in discussions with candidates regarding potential divestures. If a divestiture does occur, we cannot be certain that our business, operating results and financial condition will not be materially and adversely affected. A successful divestiture depends on various factors, including our ability to:

 

  

Effectively transfer liabilities, contracts, facilities and employees to any purchaser,

 

  

Identify and separate the intellectual property to be divested from the intellectual property that we wish to retain,

 

  

Reduce fixed costs previously associated with the divested assets or business, and

 

  

Collect the proceeds from any divestitures.


In addition, if customers of the divested business do not receive the same level of service from the new owners, this may adversely affect our other businesses to the extent that these customers also purchase other products offered by us. All of these efforts require varying levels of management resources, which may divert our attention from other business operations.


If we do not realize the expected benefits or synergies of any divestiture transaction, our consolidated financial position, results of operations, cash flows and stock price could be negatively impacted.


The market price of our common stock may be volatile. 

 

The market price of our common stock has been and is likely in the future to be volatile. Our common stock price may fluctuate in response to factors such as: 

 

Announcements by us regarding liquidity, significant acquisitions, equity investments and divestitures, strategic relationships, addition or loss of significant customers and contracts, capital expenditure commitments, loan, note payable and agreement defaults, loss of our subsidiaries and impairment of assets,

  

  

Issuance of convertible or equity securities for general or merger and acquisition purposes,

  

  

Issuance or repayment of debt, accounts payable or convertible debt for general or merger and acquisition purposes,

  

  

Sale of a significant number of shares of our common stock by shareholders,

  

  

General market and economic conditions,

  

  

Quarterly variations in our operating results,

  

  

Investor relation activities,

  

  

Announcements of technological innovations,

  

  

New product introductions by us or our competitors,

  

  

Competitive activities, and

  

  

Additions or departures of key personnel.

 

These broad market and industry factors may have a material adverse effect on the market price of our common stock, regardless of our actual operating performance. These factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.  

 

Certain shareholders have substantial influence over our company. 

 

As of May 21, 2012, the former large shareholders of USRE-Delaware which we acquired on August 22, 2012 and Seaglass which we acquired on December 10, 2010 own or control 11.5 million shares as of the filing date or approximately 55.6% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock and 47.3% of our common stock on a fully diluted basis.


These shareholders, in combination with other shareholders, could cause a change of control of our board of directors, approve or disapprove any matter requiring stockholder approval, cause, delay or prevent a change in control or sale of the Company, which in turn could adversely affect the market price of our common stock.


Conflict of interest.

 

Some of our officers and directors are also directors and officers of other companies, and conflicts of interest may arise between their duties as our officers and directors and as directors and officers of other companies. These factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.


We have limited insurance. 

 

We have limited director and officer insurance and commercial insurance policies. Any significant insurance claims would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.


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


On November 29, 2011, Daniel McGroarty was appointed President of the Company. On January 1, 2012, Company entered into an Employment Agreement (“McGroarty Agreement”) with Mr. McGroarty which is subject to Board approval. Under the terms of the McGroarty Agreement, was awarded 650,000 shares of restricted common stock. The shares were valued at $2.85 per share and $1,852,500 was expensed as selling, general and administrative expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

On January 17, 2012, Dicturel LLC exercised a warrant granted by the Company on March 11, 2011 for the purchase of 41,539 shares of the Company’s common stock. The warrant price was $0.50 per share. The warrant was valued at $2.85 per share using the Black-Scholes-Merton option valuation model. The warrant was exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2012 on a cashless basis. A notice filing under Regulation D was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2012 with regard to these stock issuances.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company issued 135,000 restricted shares of common stock to five consultants and employees for services. The shares were valued at $2.85 per share and $99,750 was expensed as selling, general and administrative expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012. The shares do not have registration rights. A notice filing under Regulation D was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2012 with regard to these stock issuances.



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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

None.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURE.

Not applicable.

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

None.

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

The following documents are filed as a part of this report or are incorporated by reference to previous filings, if so indicated:

No.

Description

10.1  Executive Employment Agreement dated January 1, 2012 by and between U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. and Daniel McGroarty. (1) *


16.1 Letter from GBH CPAs, PC (3)


31.1

Certification by Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a). (2)

31.2

Certification by Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a). (2)

32.1

Certification by Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. (2)

32.2

Certification by Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. (2)

99.1  Financial statements of USRE-Delaware a private Delaware corporation, as of December 31, 2010. (4)             
                          

99.2  Unaudited pro forma financial statements of the Company and USRE-Delaware, a private Delaware
          corporation as of December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (4)

____________________________________

* Indicates management contract or compensatory plan.


(1) Attached as an exhibit to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated December 31, 2011 and filed with the SEC on April 16, 2012.

 

(2) Filed herewith.


(3) Attached as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 8-K dated January 20, 2012 and filed with the SEC on January 27, 2012.

(4) Attached as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 8-K/A dated August 22, 2012 and filed with the SEC on April 6, 2012.



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SIGNATURES


Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, U.S. Rare Earths, Inc. (the "Registrant") has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


  

U.S. RARE EARTHS, INC.

 

  

  

  

 

Date: May 21, 2012

By:

/s/ Michael D. Parnell

 

  

  

Michael D. Parnell

 

  

  

Chief Executive Officer and Director

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

  

  

  

 

  

By:

/s/ Mark Scott

 

  

  

Mark Scott

 

  

  

Chief Financial Officer

( Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 




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