UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

x Quarterly report under Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2020

 

o Transition report under Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from _______ to _______.

 

Commission file number: 001-36247

 

TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.

 

(Name of registrant in its charter)

 

Nevada 74-3237581
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

5700 West Plano Pkwy, Suite 3600

Plano, Texas 75093

 

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(214) 432-8002

 

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

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

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value   TRCH   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes x No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. Large accelerated filer o Accelerated filer x Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company x Emerging growth company o

 

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

 

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

 

As of June 5, 2020, there were 86,216,424 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding (the only class of voting common stock).

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FORM 10-Q

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  

Note About Forward-Looking Statements 3
     
PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION 4
     
Item 1. Consolidated Financial Statements 4
     
  Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) 4
     
  Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) 5
     
  Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) 6
     
  Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity (Unaudited) 7
     
  Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited) 8
     
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 28
     
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 31
     
Item 4. Controls and Procedures 32
     
PART II OTHER INFORMATION 32
     
Item 1. Legal Proceedings 32
     
Item 1A. Risk Factors 32
     
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 32
     
Item 6. Exhibits 33
     
  Signatures 34

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NOTE ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, among other things, statements regarding plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. Forward-looking statements may appear throughout this report, including without limitation, Item 2 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in this report and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and in particular, the risks discussed in our Form 10-K under the caption “Risk Factors” in Item 1A therein, and those discussed in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Important factors that in our view could cause material adverse effects on our financial condition and results of operations include, but are not limited to, risks associated with our ability to extend or restructure existing debt, to obtain additional capital in the future to repay outstanding debt and fund planned expansion, the demand for oil and natural gas which demand could be materially affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 and possible increases in supply from Russia and OPEC, general economic factors, competition in the industry, our ability to regain and maintain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement of the Nasdaq Stock Market and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. We undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

 

As used herein, the “Company,” “Torchlight,” “we,” “our,” and similar terms include Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
ASSETS        
Current assets:          
Cash  $82,654   $89,730 
Accounts receivable   222,509    199,462 
Production revenue receivable   71,106    100,546 
Subscription receivable   0    250,000 
Prepaid expenses   61,671    96,006 
Total current assets   437,940    735,744 
           
Oil and gas properties, net   33,947,468    40,182,043 
Office equipment, net   5,867    6,348 
           
TOTAL ASSETS  $34,391,275   $40,924,135 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $2,423,626   $1,444,002 
12% 2020 Unsecured promissory notes, net of $825 and $127,170  of discount and financing costs, respectively   64,297    8,437,127 
10% 2020 Convertible promissory notes payable   540,000    540,000 
14% 2020 Convertible promissory notes payable   -    2,000,000 
Due to working interest owners   54,320    54,320 
Accrued interest payable   599,742    445,861 
Total current liabilities   3,681,985    12,921,310 
           
12% 2021 Secured promissory notes, net of $136,704 and $59,297 of discount and financing costs, respectively   12,362,471    3,940,703 
8% 2021 Convertible promissory notes payable, net of  $1,065,619 and $1,186,029 of discount and BCF, respectively   894,381    773,971 
14% 2021 Convertible promissory notes payable   2,000,000    - 
Convertible notes payable and accrued interest   -    7,157,260 
Accrued payroll   1,041,176    996,176 
Related party payables   45,000    45,000 
Asset retirement obligations   23,461    23,319 
           
Total liabilities   20,048,474    25,857,739 
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Stockholders’ equity:          
Preferred stock, par value $0.001, 10,000,000 shares authorized; -0- issued and outstanding at March 31,2020 and December 31, 2019   -    - 
Common stock, par value $0.001; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 80,272,757 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020; 76,222,042 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019   80,276    76,225 
Additional paid-in capital   117,110,089    114,143,872 
Accumulated deficit   (102,847,564)   (99,153,701)
Total stockholders’ equity   14,342,801    15,066,396 
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  $34,391,275   $40,924,135 

 

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

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

 

   Three Months   Three Months 
   Ended   Ended 
   March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019 
Oil and gas sales  $84,620   $310,837 
           
Cost of revenues   (67,858)   (127,622)
           
Gross profit   16,762    183,215 
           
Operating expenses:          
General and administrative   1,047,624    1,042,757 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   447,405    185,426 
Loss on extinguishment of debt   1,829,651    - 
Impairment loss   -    474,357 
Total operating expenses   3,324,680    1,702,540 
           
Other income (expense)          
Interest expense and accretion of note discounts   (385,945)   (158,599)
Interest income   -    50 
Total (expense), net   (385,945)   (158,549)
           
Loss before income taxes   (3,693,863)   (1,677,874)
           
Provision for income taxes   -    - 
           
Net loss  $(3,693,863)  $(1,677,874)
           
Loss per common share:          
Basic and Diluted  $(0.05)  $(0.02)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:          
Basic and Diluted   79,595,394    70,771,643 

 

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

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

 

   Three Months   Three Months 
   Ended   Ended 
   March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities          
Net loss  $(3,693,863)  $(1,677,874)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operations:          
Stock based compensation   230,650    397,250 
Stock issued for interest payments on notes payable   -    14,628 
Amortization of debt issuance costs   71,647    71,647 
Accretion of note discounts   57,291    57,291 
Amortization of beneficial conversion on CV notes   120,410    - 
Accrued interest payable in stock   305,202    76,284 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   447,405    185,426 
Loss on extinguishment of debt   1,829,651    - 
Impairment loss   -    474,357 
Change in:          
Accounts receivable   (23,047)   (54,700)
Production revenue receivable   29,440    136,981 
Prepayments - development costs   -    144,062 
Prepaid expenses   34,335    31,605 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   247,269    (299,965)
Accrued interest payable   22,268    252,055 
Net cash from operating activities   (321,342)   (190,953)
           
Cash Flows From Investing Activities          
Investment in oil and gas properties   (2,212,852)   (2,404,783)
           
Net cash from investing activities   (2,212,852)   (2,404,783)
           
Cash Flows From Financing Activities          
Issuance of common stock, net of offering costs   2,357,118    1,274,080 
Proceeds from stock subscription receivable   250,000    - 
Proceeds from notes payable   -    2,000,000 
Payment of extension fee on note payable   (80,000)   - 
Proceeds from exercise of warrants into common stock   -    77,000 
Net cash from financing activities   2,527,118    3,351,080 
           
Net (decrease) in cash   (7,076)   755,344 
           
Cash - beginning of period   89,730    840,163 
           
Cash - end of period  $82,654   $1,595,507 
           
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:          
Cash paid for interest  $399,677   $371,765 
           
Cash paid for state franchise tax  $-   $- 
           
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:          
Debt converted by transfer of working interest  $7,330,849   $- 
Interest in accounts payable for property development costs  $839,855   $709,006 

 

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

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Unaudited)

 

   Common   Common   Additional         
   stock   stock   paid-in   Accumulated     
   shares   amount   capital   deficit   Total 
Balance, December 31, 2019   76,222,042   $76,225   $114,143,872   $(99,153,701)  $15,066,396 
                          
Issuance of common stock for services   125,000    125    86,125    -    86,250 
Issuance of common stock to a vendor for delay in payment   40,000    40    25,960    -    26,000 
Issuance of common stock for cash, less underwriting/offering costs   3,885,715    3,886    2,353,232    -    2,357,118 
Warrants issued in conversion of notes payable   -    -    382,500    -    382,500 
Warrants issued for services   -    -    98,900    -    98,900 
Stock options issued for services   -    -    19,500    -    19,500 
Net loss   -    -    -    (3,693,863)   (3,693,863)
                          
Balance, March 31, 2020   80,272,757   $80,276   $117,110,089   $(102,847,564)  $14,342,801 

 

   Common   Common   Additional         
   stock   stock   paid-in   Accumulated     
   shares   amount   capital   deficit   Total 
Balance, December 31, 2018   70,112,376   $70,116   $107,266,965   $(89,314,305)  $18,022,776 
                          
Issuance of common stock for services   92,593    92    99,908         100,000 
Issuance of common stock for cash   1,592,600    1,593    1,272,487         1,274,080 
Issuance of common stock for interest   13,546    13    14,615         14,628 
Issuance of common stock for warrant exercise   100,000    100    76,900         77,000 
Warrants issued for services             186,000         186,000 
Stock options issued for services             111,250         111,250 
Net loss                  (1,677,874)   (1,677,874)
                          
Balance, March 31, 2019   71,911,115   $71,914   $109,028,125   $(90,992,179)  $18,107,860 

  

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

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
 

1. NATURE OF BUSINESS

 

Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. was incorporated in October 2007 under the laws of the State of Nevada as Pole Perfect Studios, Inc. (“PPS”). From its incorporation to November 2010, the company was primarily engaged in business start-up activities.

 

On November 23, 2010, we entered into and closed a Share Exchange Agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) between the major shareholders of PPS and the shareholders of Torchlight Energy, Inc. (“TEI”). As a result of the transactions effected by the Exchange Agreement, at closing TEI became our wholly-owned subsidiary, and the business of TEI became our sole business. TEI was incorporated under the laws of the State of Nevada in June 2010. We are engaged in the acquisition, exploitation and/or development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. We operate our business through our subsidiaries Torchlight Energy Inc., Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC, Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Torchlight Hazel LLC, and Warwink Properties LLC.

 

2. GOING CONCERN

 

At March 31, 2020, the Company had not yet achieved profitable operations. We had a net loss of $3,693,863 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and had accumulated losses of $102,847,564 since our inception. We expect to incur further losses in the development of our business. The Company had a working capital deficit as of March 31, 2020 of $3,244,045. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on its ability to generate future profitable operations and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet its obligations and repay its liabilities arising from normal business operations when they come due. Management’s plan to address the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern includes: (1) obtaining debt or equity funding from private placement or institutional sources; (2) obtain loans from financial institutions, where possible, or (3) participating in joint venture transactions with third parties. Although management believes that it will be able to obtain the necessary funding to allow the Company to remain a going concern through the methods discussed above, there can be no assurances that such methods will prove successful.

 

These consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern and therefore, the financial statements do not include any adjustments to reflect the possible future effects on the recoverability and classification of assets or the amount and classifications of liabilities that may result from the outcome of this uncertainty.

 

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

The Company maintains its accounts on the accrual method of accounting in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Accounting principles followed and the methods of applying those principles, which materially affect the determination of financial position, results of operations and cash flows are summarized below:

 

Use of estimates – The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and certain assumptions that affect the amounts reported in these consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

 

Basis of presentation – The financial statements are presented on a consolidated basis and include all of the accounts of Torchlight Energy Resources Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Torchlight Energy, Inc., Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC, Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Torchlight Hazel LLC, and Warwink Properties LLC. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.

 

These interim financial statements are unaudited and have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding interim financial reporting. Certain disclosures have been condensed or omitted from these financial statements. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and notes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for complete consolidated financial statements, and should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited financial condensed consolidated financial statements include all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to fairly present the financial position as of, and the results of operations for, all periods presented. In preparing the accompanying financial statements, management has made certain estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts in the condensed financial statements and disclosures of contingencies. Actual results may differ from those estimates. The results for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of annual results. Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior period’s consolidated financial statements and related footnotes to conform them to the current period presentation.

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
 

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES - continued

 

Risks and uncertainties – The Company’s operations are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, including financial, operational, technological, and other risks associated with operating an emerging business, including the potential risk of business failure.

 

Concentration of risks – At times the Company’s cash balances are in excess of amounts guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Company’s cash is placed with a highly rated financial institution, and the Company regularly monitors the credit worthiness of the financial institutions with which it does business.

 

Fair value of financial instruments – Financial instruments consist of cash, receivables, payables and promissory notes, if any. The estimated fair values of cash, receivables, and payables approximate the carrying amount due to the relatively short maturity of these instruments. The carrying amounts of any promissory notes approximate their fair value giving affect for the term of the note and the effective interest rates.

 

For assets and liabilities that require re-measurement to fair value the Company categorizes them in a three-level fair value hierarchy as follows:

 

Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2 inputs are quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly through market corroboration.

 

Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs based on management’s own assumptions used to measure assets and liabilities at fair value.

 

A financial asset or liability’s classification within the hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

Cash and cash equivalents - Cash and cash equivalents include certain investments in highly liquid instruments with original maturities of three months or less.

 

Accounts receivable – Accounts receivable consist of uncollateralized oil and natural gas revenues due under normal trade terms, as well as amounts due from working interest owners of oil and gas properties for their share of expenses paid on their behalf by the Company. Management reviews receivables periodically and reduces the carrying amount by a valuation allowance that reflects management’s best estimate of the amount that may not be collectible. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, no valuation allowance was considered necessary.

 

Oil and gas properties – The Company uses the full cost method of accounting for exploration and development activities as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Under this method of accounting, the costs of unsuccessful, as well as successful, exploration and development activities are capitalized as properties and equipment. This includes any internal costs that are directly related to property acquisition, exploration and development activities but does not include any costs related to production, general corporate overhead or similar activities.

 

Oil and gas properties include costs that are excluded from costs being depleted or amortized. Oil and natural gas property costs excluded represent investments in unevaluated properties and include non-producing leasehold, geological, and geophysical costs associated with leasehold or drilling interests and exploration drilling costs. The Company allocates a portion of its acquisition costs to unevaluated properties based on relative value. Costs are transferred to the full cost pool as the properties are evaluated over the life of the reservoir. Unevaluated properties are reviewed for impairment at least quarterly and are determined through an evaluation considering, among other factors, seismic data, requirements to relinquish acreage, drilling results, remaining time in the commitment period, remaining capital plan, and political, economic, and market conditions.

 

Gains and losses on the sale of oil and gas properties are not generally reflected in income unless the gain or loss would significantly alter the relationship between capitalized costs and proved reserves. Sales of less than 100% of the Company’s interest in the oil and gas property are treated as a reduction of the capital cost of the field, with no gain or loss recognized, as long as doing so does not significantly affect the unit-of-production depletion rate. Costs of retired equipment, net of salvage value, are usually charged to accumulated depreciation.

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
 

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES - continued

 

Capitalized interest – The Company capitalizes interest on unevaluated properties during the periods in which they are excluded from costs being depleted or amortized. During the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, the Company capitalized $614,479 and $670,963, respectively, of interest on unevaluated properties.

 

Depreciation, depletion, and amortization – The depreciable base for oil and natural gas properties includes the sum of all capitalized costs net of accumulated depreciation, depletion, and amortization (“DD&A”), estimated future development costs and asset retirement costs not included in oil and natural gas properties, less costs excluded from amortization. The depreciable base of oil and natural gas properties is amortized on a unit-of-production method.

 

Ceiling test – Future production volumes from oil and gas properties are a significant factor in determining the full cost ceiling limitation of capitalized costs. Under the full cost method of accounting, the Company is required to periodically perform a “ceiling test” that determines a limit on the book value of oil and gas properties. If the net capitalized cost of proved oil and gas properties, net of related deferred income taxes, plus the cost of unproved oil and gas properties, exceeds the present value of estimated future net cash flows discounted at 10 percent, net of related realizable tax affects, plus the cost of unproved oil and gas properties, the excess is charged to expense and reflected as additional accumulated DD&A. The Company recorded an impairment expense of $-0- and $474,357 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, to recognize the adjustment required by the ceiling test.

 

The ceiling test calculation uses a commodity price assumption which is based on the unweighted arithmetic average of the price on the first day of each month for each month within the prior 12 month period and excludes future cash outflows related to estimated abandonment costs.

 

The determination of oil and gas reserves is a subjective process, and the accuracy of any reserve estimate depends on the quality of available data and the application of engineering and geological interpretation and judgment. Estimates of economically recoverable reserves and future net cash flows depend on a number of variable factors and assumptions that are difficult to predict and may vary considerably from actual results. In particular, reserve estimates for wells with limited or no production history are less reliable than those based on actual production. Subsequent re-evaluation of reserves and cost estimates related to future development of proved oil and gas reserves could result in significant revisions to proved reserves. Other issues, such as changes in regulatory requirements, technological advances, and other factors which are difficult to predict could also affect estimates of proved reserves in the future.

 

Asset retirement obligations – The fair value of a liability for an asset’s retirement obligation (“ARO”) is recognized in the period in which it is incurred if a reasonable estimate of fair value can be made, with the corresponding charge capitalized as part of the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset. The liability is accreted to its then-present value each subsequent period, and the capitalized cost is depleted over the useful life of the related asset. Abandonment costs incurred are recorded as a reduction of the ARO liability.

 

Inherent in the fair value calculation of an ARO are numerous assumptions and judgments including the ultimate settlement amounts, inflation factors, credit adjusted discount rates, timing of settlement, and changes in the legal, regulatory, environmental, and political environments. To the extent future revisions to these assumptions impact the fair value of the existing ARO liability, a corresponding adjustment is made to the oil and gas property balance. Settlements greater than or less than amounts accrued as ARO are recorded as a gain or loss upon settlement.

 

Income taxes Income taxes are accounted for under the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss carry forwards. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date. A valuation allowance is established to reduce deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that the related tax benefits will not be realized.

 

Authoritative guidance for uncertainty in income taxes requires that the Company recognize the financial statement benefit of a tax position only after determining that the relevant tax authority would more likely than not sustain the position following an examination. Management has reviewed the Company’s tax positions and determined there were no uncertain tax positions requiring recognition in the consolidated financial statements. Company tax returns remain subject to Federal and State tax examinations. Generally, the applicable statutes of limitation are three to four years from their respective filings.

 

Estimated interest and penalties related to potential underpayment on any unrecognized tax benefits are classified as a component of tax expense in the statements of operation. The Company has not recorded any interest or penalties associated with unrecognized tax benefits for any periods covered by these financial statements.

 

Share-based compensation – Compensation cost for equity awards is based on the fair value of the equity instrument on the date of grant and is recognized over the period during which an employee is required to provide service in exchange for the award.

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
 

3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES - continued

 

The Company accounts for stock option awards using the calculated value method. The expected term was derived using the simplified method provided in Securities and Exchange Commission release Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 110, which averages an awards weighted average vesting period and contractual term for “plain vanilla” share options.

 

The Company accounts for any forfeitures of options when they occur. Previously recognized compensation cost for an award is reversed in the period that the award is forfeited.

 

The Company also issues equity awards to non-employees. The fair value of these option awards is estimated when the award recipient completes the contracted professional services. The Company recognizes expense for the estimated total value of the awards during the period from their issuance until performance completion.

 

The Company values warrant and option awards using the Black-Scholes option pricing model.

 

Revenue recognition

 

The Company’s revenue is typically generated from contracts to sell natural gas, crude oil or NGLs produced from interests in oil and gas properties owned by the Company. Contracts for the sale of natural gas and crude oil are evidenced by (1) base contracts for the sale and purchase of natural gas or crude oil, which document the general terms and conditions for the sale, and (2) transaction confirmations, which document the terms of each specific sale. The transaction confirmations specify a delivery point which represents the point at which control of the product is transferred to the customer. These contracts frequently meet the definition of a derivative under ASC 815, and are accounted for as derivatives unless the Company elects to treat them as normal sales as permitted under that guidance. The Company elects to treat contracts to sell oil and gas production as normal sales, which are then accounted for as contracts with customers. The Company has determined that these contracts represent multiple performance obligations which are satisfied when control of the commodity transfers to the customer, typically through the delivery of the specified commodity to a designated delivery point.

 

Revenues from oil and gas sales are detailed as follows:

 

   Three Months     Three Months 
   Ended   Ended 
   March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019 
Revenues          
           
Oil sales  $82,113   $302,145 
           
Gas sales   2,507    8,692 
           
Total  $84,620   $310,837 

 

Revenue is measured based on consideration specified in the contract with the customer, and excludes any amounts collected on behalf of third parties. The Company recognizes revenue in the amount that reflects the consideration it expects to be entitled to in exchange for transferring control of those goods to the customer. Amounts allocated in the Company’s price contracts are based on the standalone selling price of those products in the context of long-term contracts. Payment is generally received one or two months after the sale has occurred.

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Gain or loss on derivative instruments is outside the scope of ASC 606 and is not considered revenue from contracts with customers subject to ASC 606. The Company may in the future use financial or physical contracts accounted for as derivatives as economic hedges to manage price risk associated with normal sales, or in limited cases may use them for contracts the Company intends to physically settle but do not meet all of the criteria to be treated as normal sales.

 

Producer Gas Imbalances. The Company applies the sales method of accounting for natural gas revenue. Under this method, revenues are recognized based on the actual volume of natural gas sold to purchasers.

 

Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share Basic earnings (loss) per common share is computed by dividing net income (loss) available to common shareholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings (loss) per common share is computed in the same way as basic earnings (loss) per common share except that the denominator is increased to include the number of additional common shares that would be outstanding if all potential common shares had been issued and if the additional common shares were dilutive. The calculation of diluted earnings per share excludes 13,766,528 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding warrants and options because their effect would be anti-dilutive.

 

Environmental laws and regulations – The Company is subject to extensive federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Environmental expenditures are expensed or capitalized depending on their future economic benefit. The Company believes that it is in compliance with existing laws and regulations. The Company accrued no liability as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019.

 

Recent adopted accounting pronouncements – In February 2016 the FASB, issued ASU, 2016-02, Leases. The ASU requires companies to recognize on the balance sheet the assets and liabilities for the rights and obligations created by leased assets. ASU 2016-02 was effective for the Company in the first quarter of 2019. The Company adopted the change which did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

Other recently issued or adopted accounting pronouncements are not expected to have, or did not have, a material impact on the Company’s financial position or results from operations.

 

Subsequent events – The Company evaluated subsequent events through June 5, 2020, the date of issuance of these financial statements. Subsequent events are disclosed in Note 11.

 

4. OIL & GAS PROPERTIES

 

The following table presents the capitalized costs for oil & gas properties of the Company as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:

 

   March 31, 2020   December 31, 2019 
Evaluated costs subject to amortization  $13,253,523   $13,243,541 
Unevaluated costs   33,870,107    39,667,740 
Total capitalized costs   47,123,630    52,911,281 
Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization   (13,176,162)   (12,729,238)
Total oil and gas properties  $33,947,468   $40,182,043 

 

Unevaluated costs as of March 31, 2020 include cumulative costs on developing projects including the Orogrande, Hazel, and Winkler projects in West Texas.

 

The Company identified impairment of $2,300,626 in 2017 related to its unevaluated properties. The Company adjusted the separation of evaluated versus unevaluated costs within its full cost pool to recognize the value impairment related to the expiration of unevaluated leases in 2017 in the amount of $2,300,626. The impact of this change was to increase the basis for calculation of future period’s depletion, depreciation and amortization to include $2,300,626 of cost which will effectively recognize the impairment on the consolidated statement of operations over future periods. The $2,300,626 has also become an evaluated cost for purposes of ceiling tests and which may cause recognition of increased impairment expense in future periods. An impairment of unevaluated costs in 2019 of $756,964 has also been added to the basis for calculation of depletion, depreciation, and amortization.

 

Due to the volatility of commodity prices, should oil and natural gas prices decline in the future, it is possible that a further write-down could occur. Proved reserves are estimated quantities of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids, which geological and engineering data demonstrate with reasonable certainty to be recoverable from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions. The independent engineering estimates include only those amounts considered to be proved reserves and do not include additional amounts which may result from new discoveries in the future, or from application of secondary and tertiary recovery processes where facilities are not in place or for which transportation and/or marketing contracts are not in place. Estimated reserves to be developed through secondary or tertiary recovery processes are classified as unevaluated properties.

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Current Projects

 

As of March 31, 2020, we had interests in four oil and gas projects: the Orogrande Project in Hudspeth County, Texas, the Hazel Project in Sterling, Tom Green, and Irion Counties, Texas, the Winkler Project in Winkler County, Texas and the Hunton wells in partnership with Husky Ventures in central Oklahoma.

 

Orogrande Project, West Texas

 

On August 7, 2014, we entered into a Purchase Agreement with Hudspeth Oil Corporation (“Hudspeth”), McCabe Petroleum Corporation (“MPC”), and Gregory McCabe, our Chairman. Mr. McCabe was the sole owner of both Hudspeth and MPC. Under the terms and conditions of the Purchase Agreement, at closing, we purchased 100% of the capital stock of Hudspeth which holds certain oil and gas assets, including a 100% working interest in approximately 172,000 mostly contiguous acres in the Orogrande Basin in West Texas. As of December 31, 2017, leases covering approximately 134,000 acres remain in effect. As consideration, at closing we issued 868,750 restricted shares of our common stock to Mr. McCabe and paid a total of $100,000 in geologic origination fees to third parties. Additionally, Mr. McCabe has, at his option, a 10% working interest back-in after payout and a reversionary interest if drilling obligations are not met, all under the terms and conditions of a participation and development agreement among Hudspeth, MPC and Mr. McCabe. Mr. McCabe also holds a 4.5% overriding royalty interest in the Orogrande acreage, which he obtained prior to, and was not a part of, the August 2014 transaction. We believe all drilling obligations through March 31, 2020 have been met. We have received a waiver of the requirement to develop four wells in 2020.

 

On September 23, 2015, Hudspeth entered into a Farmout Agreement with Pandora Energy, LP (“Pandora”), Founders Oil & Gas, LLC (“Founders”), and for the limited purposes set forth therein, MPC and Mr. McCabe, for the entire Orogrande Project in Hudspeth County, Texas. The Farmout Agreement provided that Hudspeth and Pandora (collectively referred to as “Farmor”) would assign to Founders an undivided 50% of the leasehold interest and a 37.5% net revenue interest in the oil and gas leases and mineral interests in the Orogrande Project, which interests, except for any interests retained by Founders, would be reassigned to Farmor by Founders if Founders did not spend a minimum of $45.0 million on actual drilling operations on the Orogrande Project by September 23, 2017. Under a joint operating agreement also entered into on September 23, 2015, Founders was designated as operator of the leases.

 

On March 22, 2017, Founders, Founders Oil & Gas Operating, LLC, Founders’ operating partner, Hudspeth and Pandora signed a Drilling and Development Unit Agreement (the “DDU Agreement”), with the Commissioner of the General Land Office, on behalf of the State of Texas, and as approved by the Board for Lease of University Lands, or University Lands, on the Orogrande Project. The DDU Agreement has an effective date of January 1, 2017 and required a payment from Founders, Hudspeth and Pandora, collectively, of $335,323 as the initial consideration fee. The initial consideration fee was paid by Founders in April 2017 and was to be deducted from the required spud fee payable to us at commencement of the next well drilled.

 

The DDU Agreement allows for all 192 existing leases covering approximately 134,000 net acres leased from University Lands to be combined into one drilling and development unit for development purposes. The term of the DDU Agreement expires on December 31, 2023, and the time to drill on the drilling and development unit continues through December 2023. The DDU Agreement also grants the right to extend the DDU Agreement through December 2028 if compliance with the DDU Agreement is met and the extension fee associated with the additional time is paid. Our drilling obligations began with one well to be spudded and drilled on or before September 1, 2017, and increased to two wells in year 2018, three wells in year 2019, four wells in year 2020 and five wells per year in years 2021, 2022 and 2023. We have received a waiver of the requirement to develop four wells in 2020. The obligation for 2021 and years following will return to the schedule in the DDU Agreement. The drilling obligations are minimum yearly requirements and may be exceeded if acceleration is desired. The DDU Agreement replaces all prior agreements, and will govern future drilling obligations on the drilling and development unit if the DDU Agreement is extended. The Company drilled three wells during fourth quarter, 2019.

 

The Company has developed vertical tests wells in the Orogrande Project. The Orogrande Rich A-11 test well was spudded on March 31, 2015, drilled in the second quarter of 2015 and was evaluated and numerous scientific tests were performed to provide key data for the field development thesis. We believe that future utility of this well may be conversion to a salt water disposal well in the course of further development of the Orogrande acreage. The University Founders B-19 #1 was spudded on April 24, 2016 and drilled in the second quarter of 2016. The well successfully pumped down completion fluid in the third quarter of 2016 and indications of hydrocarbons were seen at the surface on this second Orogrande Project test well. We believe that future utility of this well may be conversion to a salt water disposal well in the course of further development of the Orogrande acreage.

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During the fourth quarter of 2017, we took back operational control from Founders on the Orogrande Project. We were joined by Wolfbone Investments, LLC, (“Wolfbone”), a company owned by Mr. McCabe. We, along with Hudspeth, Wolfbone and, for the limited purposes set forth therein, Pandora, entered into an Assignment of Farmout Agreement with Founders, (the “Assignment of Farmout Agreement”), pursuant to which we and Wolfbone will share the remaining commitments under the Farmout Agreement. All original provisions of our carried interest were to remain in place including reimbursement to us on each wellbore. Founders was to remain a 9.5% working interest owner in the Orogrande Project for the $9.5 million it had spent as of the date of the Assignment of Farmout Agreement, and such interests were to be carried until $40.5 million is spent by Wolfbone and us, with each contributing 50% of such capital spend, under the existing agreement. Our working interest in the Orogrande Project thereby increased by 20.25% to a total of 67.75% and Wolfbone then owned 20.25%.

 

Founders was to operate a newly drilled horizontal well called the University Founders #A25 (at 5,540’ depth in a 1,000’ lateral) with supervision from us and our partners. The University Founders #A25 was spudded on November 28, 2017. During the month of April, 2018, we, MPC and Mr. McCabe were to assume full operational control including managing drilling plans and timing for all future wells drilled in the project.

 

On July 25, 2018, we and Hudspeth entered into a Settlement & Purchase Agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Founders (and Founders Oil & Gas Operating, LLC), Wolfbone and MPC, which agreement provides for Hudspeth and Wolfbone to each immediately pay $625,000 and for Hudspeth or the Company and Wolfbone or MPC to each pay another $625,000 on July 20, 2019, as consideration for Founders assigning all of its working interest in the oil and gas leases of the Orogrande Project to Hudspeth and Wolfbone equally. The final payments were made on July 18, 2019. The assignments to Hudspeth and Wolfbone were made in July when the first payments were made. Future well capital spending obligations will require the same 50% contribution from Hudspeth and 50% from Wolfbone until such time as the $40.5 million to be spent on the project (as per our Assignment of Farmout Agreement with Founders) is completed. The Company estimates that there is still approximately $24.8 million remaining to be spent on the project until such time as the capital expenditures revert back to the percentages of the working interest owners. Additionally, the Settlement Agreement provides that the Founders parties will assign to the Company, Hudspeth, Wolfbone and MPC their claims against certain vendors for damages, if any, against such vendors for negligent services or defective equipment. Further, the Settlement Agreement has a mutual release and waivers among the parties.

 

After the assignment by Founders (for which Hudspeth’s total consideration was $1,250,000), Hudspeth’s working interest increased to 72.5%.

 

During the fourth quarter, 2019, the Company drilled three additional test wells in the Orogrande in order to stay in compliance with University Lands D&D Unit Agreement, as well as, to test for potential shallow pay zones and deeper pay zones that may be present on structural plays. Development of these wells continued into the three months ended March 31, 2020 to further capture and document the scientific base in support of demonstrating the production potential of the property. The Company is currently marketing the project for an outright sale or farm in partner. This marketing process has been long and arduous as the overall market is quite soft. Due to the size and scope of the project, we are dealing with very large companies that have multitudes of people reviewing our material, which in itself is extensive. During the marketing process, the Company and Wolfbone will endeavor to complete the University Maverick A24 #1 as a potential producer in the Atoka formation. Should a farm out partner or sale not occur, the Company and Wolfbone will continue to drill additional wells in the play in order to fulfill the obligations under the DDU Agreement.. We drilled to test the two obligation wells described above. The first well, the A35 1H, was drilled and cased in the Penn Section and tested with positive results of oil and gas production to the surface. This first well is a short horizontal in the proven Penn Section where we will be looking to break through the dual porosity system in place with a larger frac designed to open up the oil bearing pores. We also drilled the A25 #2 which was being drilled on an identified structure. This well is designed to test both conventional zones and potentially the unconventional Barnett and Woodford Zones ultimately drilling down to the cellar around 8,000 feet.

 

On March 9, 2020, holders of notes payable by the Company entered into a Conversion Agreement under which the noteholders elected to convert principal of $6,000,000 and approximately $1,331,000 of accrued interest on the notes, in accordance with their terms, into an aggregate 6% working interest (of all such holders) in the Orogrande Project.

 

The Orogrande Project ownership as of March 31, 2020 is detailed as follows:

 

   Revenue   Working 
   Interest     Interest 
University Lands - Mineral Owner   20.000%   n/a 
           
ORRI - Magdalena Royalties, LLC, an entity controlled by Gregory McCabe, Chairman   4.500%   n/a 
           
ORRI - Unrelated Party   0.500%   n/a 
           
Hudspeth Oil Corporation, a subsidiary of Torchlight Energy Resources Inc.   49.875%   66.500%
           
Wolfbone Investments LLC, an entity controlled controlled by Gregory McCabe, Chairman   18.750%   25.000%
           
Conversion by Note Holders in March, 2020   4.500%   6.000%
           
Unrelated Party   1.875%   2.500%
           
    100.000%   100.000%

 

Rich Masterson, our consulting geologist, is credited with originating the Orogrande Project in Hudspeth County in the Orogrande Basin. With Mr. Masterson’s assistance and based on all the science we have gathered to date, we have identified multiple unconventional and conventional target pay zones with depths between 3,000’ and 8,000’ with primary pay, described as the Penn formation, located at depths of 5,300 to 5,900’. Based on our geologic analysis to date, this basin has stacked pay with zones including the Wolfcamp, Penn, Barnett, Woodford, Atoka and more. These potential zones are prospective for oil and gas with a GOR of 1100 expected based on our gathered scientific information and analysis from independent third parties.

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Hazel Project in the Midland Basin in West Texas

 

Effective April 4, 2016, TEI acquired from MPC a 66.66% working interest in approximately 12,000 acres in the Midland Basin in exchange for 1,500,000 warrants to purchase shares of our common stock with an exercise price of $1.00 for five years and a back-in after payout of a 25% working interest to MPC.

 

Initial development of the first well on the property, the Flying B Ranch #1, began July 9, 2016 and development continued through September 30, 2016. This well is classified as a test well in the development pursuit of the Hazel Project. We believe that this wellbore will be utilized as a salt water disposal well in support of future development.

 

In October 2016, the holders of all of our then-outstanding shares of Series C Preferred Stock (which were issued in July 2016) elected to convert into a total 33.33% working interest in our Hazel Project, reducing our ownership from 66.66% to a 33.33% working interest.

 

On December 27, 2016, drilling activities commenced on the second Hazel Project well, the Flying B Ranch #2. The well is a vertical test similar to our first Hazel Project well, the Flying B Ranch #1. Recompletion in an alternative geological formation for this well was performed during the three months ended September 30, 2017; however, we believe that the results were uneconomic for continuing production. We believe that this wellbore will be utilized as a salt water disposal well in support of future development.

 

We commenced planning to drill the Flying B Ranch #3 horizontal well in the Hazel Project in June 2017 in compliance with the continuous drilling obligation. The well was spudded on June 10, 2017. The well was completed and began production in late September 2017. As of March 31, 2020 the well is shut in due to high lease operating expenses as a result of lack of three phase electricity to the property which forced the use of diesel generation equipment to power the production facilities.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019 the Company deepened the Flying B #4 and took whole cores through all of the Wolfcamp A and the upper portion of the Wolfcamp B.

 

Acquisition of Additional Interests in Hazel Project

 

On January 30, 2017, we and our then wholly-owned subsidiary, Torchlight Acquisition Corporation, a Texas corporation (“TAC”), entered into and closed an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and a Plan of Merger with Line Drive Energy, LLC, a Texas limited liability company (“Line Drive”), and Mr. McCabe, under which agreements TAC merged with and into Line Drive and the separate existence of TAC ceased, with Line Drive being the surviving entity and becoming our wholly-owned subsidiary. Line Drive, which was wholly-owned by Mr. McCabe, owned certain assets and securities, including approximately 40.66% of 12,000 gross acres, 9,600 net acres, in the Hazel Project and 521,739 warrants to purchase shares of our common stock (which warrants had been assigned by Mr. McCabe to Line Drive). Upon the closing of the merger, all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of TAC automatically converted into a membership interest in Line Drive, constituting all of the issued and outstanding membership interests in Line Drive immediately following the closing of the merger, the membership interest in Line Drive held by Mr. McCabe and outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the merger ceased to exist, and we issued Mr. McCabe 3,301,739 restricted shares of our common stock as consideration therefor. Immediately after closing, the 521,739 warrants held by Line Drive were cancelled, which warrants had an exercise price of $1.40 per share and an expiration date of June 9, 2020. A Certificate of Merger for the merger transaction was filed with the Secretary of State of Texas on January 31, 2017. Subsequent to the closing the name of Line Drive Energy, LLC was changed to Torchlight Hazel, LLC.

 

We were required to drill one well every six months to hold the entire 12,000 acre block for eighteen months until to November 22, 2018, and thereafter two wells every six months. During 2019 and the three months ended March 31, 2020 modifications were completed to mineral owner leases as described below.

 

Lease Modifications

 

In May 2019 we entered into agreements with two of the three mineral owners on the northern section of the leases to keep the entire acreage block as one lease with a one year extension. We issued each of them 50,000 shares of our common stock as consideration for this extension. As of March 31, 2020 we have structured the extension agreement retroactively with the third mineral owner for cash consideration. Due to this extension, our obligation for 2019 reduced to one obligation well. We finished that obligation well targeting a shallow zone that showed oil potential. For the remainder of 2020 the Company must drill one well in June and two wells by the December 31, 2020.

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Also on January 30, 2017, TEI entered into and closed a Purchase and Sale Agreement with Wolfbone. Under the agreement, TEI acquired certain of Wolfbone’s Hazel Project assets, including its interest in the Flying B Ranch #1 well and the 40 acre unit surrounding the well, for consideration of $415,000, and additionally, Wolfbone caused to be cancelled a total of 2,780,000 warrants to purchase shares of our common stock, including 1,500,000 warrants held by MPC, and 1,280,000 warrants held by Green Hill Minerals, an entity owned by Mr. McCabe’s son, which warrant cancellations were effected through certain Warrant Cancellation Agreements. The 1,500,000 warrants held by MPC that were cancelled had an exercise price of $1.00 per share and an expiration date of April 4, 2021. The warrants held by Green Hill Minerals that were cancelled included 100,000 warrants with an exercise price of $1.73 and an expiration date of September 30, 2018 and 1,180,000 warrants with an exercise price of $0.70 and an expiration date of February 15, 2020.

 

Since Mr. McCabe held the controlling interest in both Line Drive and Wolfbone, the transactions were combined for accounting purposes. The working interest in the Hazel Project was the only asset held by Line Drive. The warrant cancellation was treated in the aggregate as an exercise of the warrants with the transfer of the working interests as the consideration. We recorded the transactions as an increase in its investment in the Hazel Project working interests of $3,644,431, which is equal to the exercise price of the warrants plus the cash paid to Wolfbone.

 

Upon the closing of the transactions, our working interest in the Hazel Project increased by 40.66% to a total ownership of 74%.

 

Effective June 1, 2017, we acquired an additional 6% working interest from unrelated working interest owners in exchange for 268,656 shares of common stock valued at $373,430, increasing our working interest in the Hazel project to 80%, and an overall net revenue interest of 74-75%.

 

Mr. Masterson is credited with originating the Hazel Project in the Midland Basin. With Mr. Masterson’s assistance, we are targeting prospects in the Midland Basin that have 150 to 130 feet of thickness, are likely to require six to eight laterals per bench, have the potential for 12 to 16 horizontal wells per section, and 200 long lateral locations, assuming only two benches.

 

In April 2018, we announced that we have commenced a process that could result in the monetization of the Hazel Project. We believe the development activity at the Hazel Project, coupled with nearby activities of other oil and gas operators, suggests that this project has achieved a level of value worth monetizing. We anticipate that the liquidity that would be provided from selling the Hazel Project could be redeployed into the Orogrande Project. While this process is underway, we will take all necessary steps to maintain the leasehold as required. As of this filing, we continue to maintain the leases in good standing and continue to market the acreage in an effort to focus on the Orogrande Project.

 

The marketing process is ongoing for the Hazel project. We continue to encounter, as does the entire industry, a soft market for acquisitions and divestitures transactions. We will continue to look to sell the property or joint venture the property via farm in or a drillco transaction.

 

Winkler Project, Winkler County, Texas

 

On December 1, 2017, the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization that we and our then wholly-owned subsidiary, Torchlight Wolfbone Properties, Inc., a Texas corporation (“TWP”), entered into with MPC and Warwink Properties, LLC (“Warwink Properties”) on November 14, 2017 closed. Under the agreement, TWP merged with and into Warwink Properties and the separate existence of TWP ceased, with Warwink Properties being the surviving entity and becoming our wholly-owned subsidiary. Warwink Properties was wholly owned by MPC. Warwink Properties owns certain assets, including a 10.71875% working interest in approximately 640 acres in Winkler County, Texas. Upon the closing of the merger, all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of TWP converted into a membership interest in Warwink Properties, constituting all of the issued and outstanding membership interests in Warwink Properties immediately following the closing of the merger, the membership interest in Warwink Properties held by MPC and outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the merger ceased to exist, and we issued MPC 2,500,000 restricted shares of our common stock as consideration. Also on December 1, 2017, MPC closed its transaction with MECO IV, LLC (” MECO”), for the purchase and sale of certain assets as contemplated by the Purchase and Sale Agreement dated November 9, 2017 among MPC, MECO and additional parties thereto (the “MECO PSA”), to which we are not a party. Under the MECO PSA, Warwink Properties received a carry from MECO (through the tanks) of up to $1,179,076 in the next well drilled on the Winkler County leases. A Certificate of Merger for the merger transaction was filed with the Secretary of State of Texas on December 5, 2017.

 

Also on December 1, 2017, the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement that TEI entered into with MPC closed. Under the Purchase Agreement, which was entered into on November 14, 2017, TEI acquired beneficial ownership of certain of MPC’s assets, including acreage and wellbores located in Ward County, Texas (the “Ward County Assets”). As consideration under the Purchase Agreement, at closing TEI issued to MPC an unsecured promissory note in the principal amount of $3,250,000, payable in monthly installments of interest only beginning on January 1, 2018, at the rate of 5% per annum, with the entire principal amount together with all accrued interest due and payable on January 1, 2021. In connection with TEI’s acquisition of beneficial ownership in the Ward County Assets, MPC sold those same assets, on behalf of TEI, to MECO at closing of the MECO PSA, and accordingly, TEI received $3,250,000 in cash for its beneficial interest in the Ward County Assets. Additionally, at closing of the MECO PSA, MPC paid TEI a performance fee of $2,781,500 in cash as compensation for TEI’s marketing and selling the Winkler County assets of MPC and the Ward County Assets as a package to MECO.

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Addition to the Winkler Project

 

As of May 7, 2018 our Winkler project in the Delaware Basin had begun the drilling phase of the first Winkler Project well, the UL 21 War-Wink 47 #2H. Our operating partner, MECO had begun the pilot hole on the project. The plan is to evaluate the various potential zones for a lateral leg to be drilled once logging is completed. We expect the most likely target to be the Wolfcamp A interval. The well is on 320 newly acquired acres offsetting the original leasehold we entered into in December, 2017. The additional acreage was leased by our operating partner under the Area of Mutual Interest Agreement (AMI) and we exercised its right to participate for its 12.5% in the additional 1,080 gross acres at a cash cost of $447,847 in July, 2018. Our carried interest in the first well, as outlined in the agreement, was originally planned to be on the first acreage acquired. That carried interest is being applied to this new well and will allow MECO to drill and produce potential revenues sooner than originally planned. The primary leasehold is a 320-acre block directly west of the current position and will allow for 5,000-foot lateral wells to be drilled. The well was completed and began production in October, 2018 and is producing currently.

 

The operator has informed us that there will be no planned additional wells in the acreage in 2020. All acreage is presently held by production.

 

In December 2018, the Company began to take measures on its own to market the Winkler Project in an effort to focus on the Orogrande. This process is ongoing.

 

Hunton Play, Central Oklahoma

 

Presently, we are producing from one well in the Viking Area of Mutual Interest and one well in Prairie Grove.

 

With respect to marketing oil and natural gas properties, the Company has evaluated the properties being marketed to determine whether any should be reclassified as held-for-sale at March 31, 2020. The held-for-sale criteria include: management commits to a plan to sell; the asset is available for immediate sale; an active program to locate a buyer exists; the sale of the asset is probable and expected to be completed within one year; the asset is being actively marketed for sale; and it is unlikely that significant changes to the plan will be made. If each of these criteria is met, the property would be reclassified as held-for-sale on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets and measured at the lower of their carrying amount or estimated fair value less costs to sell. Fair values are estimated using accepted valuation techniques, such as a discounted cash flow model, valuations performed by third parties, earnings multiples, or indicative bids, when available. Management considers historical experience and all available information at the time the estimates are made; however, the fair value that is ultimately realized upon the sale of the assets to be divested may differ from the estimated fair values reflected in the consolidated financial statements. If each of these criteria is met, DD&A expense would not be recorded on assets to be divested once they are classified as held for sale. Based on management’s assessment, these criteria have not been met and no assets are classified as held for sale as of March 31, 2020.

 

5. RELATED PARTY PAYABLES

 

As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, related party payables of $45,000, and accrued payroll was $1,041,176 and $996,176, respectively, consisting of accrued and unpaid compensation due to our executive officers.

 

6. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Leases

 

The Company had a noncancelable lease for its office premises that expired on November 30, 2019 and which requires the payment of base lease amounts and executory costs such as taxes, maintenance and insurance. Effective June 1, 2019 the Company entered into an agreement with a company that had been subleasing a portion of its office space to become the primary obligor on the lease and to assume full responsibility for lease payments after lease expiration on November 30, 2019. The Company has continued after November 30, 2019 as a subtenant on a month to month basis.

 

Legal Matters

 

On January 31, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Torchlight Energy, Inc. and Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC were served with a lawsuit brought by Goldstone Holding Company, LLC (Goldstone Holding Company, LLC v. Torchlight Energy, Inc., et al., in the 160th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas). On February 24, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., Torchlight Energy, Inc., and Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC timely filed their answer, affirmative defenses, and requests for disclosure. The suit, which seeks monetary relief over $1 million, makes unspecified allegations of misrepresentations involving a November 2015 participation agreement and a 2016 amendment to the participation agreement. The Company has denied the allegations and has asserted several affirmative defenses including but not limited to, that the suit is barred by the applicable statute of limitations, that the claims have been released, and that the claims are barred because of contractual disclaimers between sophisticated parties.

 

On April 30, 2020, our wholly owned subsidiary, Hudspeth Oil Corporation, filed suit against Datalog LWT, Inc. d/b/a Cordax Evaluation Technologies. The suit seeks the recovery of approximately $1.4 million in costs incurred as a result of a tool failure during drilling activities on the University Founders A25 #2 well that is located in the Orogrande Field.  Working interest owner Wolfbone Investments, LLC, a company owned by our Chairman Gregory Mccabe, is a co-plaintiff in that action. The defendant has been served, and its deadline to respond to the lawsuit is Monday, June 8, 2020. The suit, Hudspeth Oil Corporation and Wolfbone Investments, LLC v. Datalog LWT, Inc. d/b/a Cordax Evaluation Technologies, was filed in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. 

 

Environmental Matters

 

The Company is subject to contingencies as a result of environmental laws and regulations. Present and future environmental laws and regulations applicable to the Company’s operations could require substantial capital expenditures or could adversely affect its operations in other ways that cannot be predicted at this time. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, no amounts had been recorded because no specific liability has been identified that is reasonably probable of requiring the Company to fund any future material amounts.

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7. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Common Stock

 

On January 16, 2020, the Company announced the closing of its underwritten public offering of 3,285,715 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $0.70 per share, for total proceeds of $1,997,118 after deducting underwriting discounts and other offering expenses payable by the Company.

 

The Company sold 600,000 shares of common stock for cash at $0.60 per share for total proceeds of $360,000 in a private placement.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 125,000 shares of common stock with a fair value of $86,250 as compensation for services.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 40,000 shares of common stock to a vendor with a fair value of $26,000 for delay in payment on outstanding account payable.

 

Warrants and Options

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 215,000 warrants with total fair value of $98,900 as compensation for services and recorded expense of $19,500 related to options issued in prior periods.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 750,000 warrants valued at $382,500 in connection with the conversion of convertible notes payable into working interest in the Company’s Orogrande Project.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company issued 600,000 warrants in connection with the sale of 600,000 shares of common stock in a private placement.

 

A summary of warrants outstanding as of March 31, 2020 by exercise price and year of expiration is presented below:

 

Exercise   Expiration date In       
Price   2020   2021   2022   2023   2024   2025   Total 
$0.70    -    -    -    -    -    965,000    965,000 
$0.80    -    -    -    -    -    2,266,667    2,266,667 
$1.03    -    120,000    -    -    -    -    120,000 
$1.14    -    -    -    600,000    -    -    600,000 
$1.21    -    -    -    120,000    -    -    120,000 
$1.35    -    -    365,455    -    -    -    365,455 
$1.40    321,737    -    -    -    -    -    321,737 
$1.63    -    -    -    -    100,000    -    100,000 
$1.64    -    200,000    -    -    -    -    200,000 
$1.80    1,250,000    -    -    -    -    -    1,250,000 
$2.00    -    200,000    -    -    -    -    200,000 
$2.23    339,901    -    -    -    -    -    339,901 
      1,911,638    520,000    365,455    720,000    100,000    3,231,667    6,848,760 

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7. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY - continued

 

A summary of stock options outstanding as of March 31, 2020 by exercise price and year of expiration is presented below:

 

Exercise   Expiration Date in         
Price   2020   2021   2022   2023   2024   Total 
$0.85    -    -    -    -    600,000    600,000 
$0.97    -    259,742    -    -    -    259,742 
$1.10    -    -    800,000    -    -    800,000 
$1.19    -    -    -    700,000    -    700,000 
$1.57    4,500,000    -    -    -    -    4,500,000 
$1.63    -    -    58,026    -    -    58,026 
      4,500,000    259,742    858,026    700,000    600,000    6,917,768 

 

At March 31, 2020, the Company had reserved 13,766,528 common shares for future exercise of warrants and options.

 

Warrants and options granted were valued using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model. The assumptions used in calculating the fair value of the warrants and options issued were as follows:

 

2020   
Risk-free interest rate  .58% - 1.21%
Expected volatility of common stock  204% - 205%
Dividend yield  0.00%
Discount due to lack of marketability  20%
Expected life of option/warrant  Five Years
    
2019   
Risk-free interest rate  2.40% - 2.46%
Expected volatility of common stock  105% - 107%
Dividend yield  0.00%
Discount due to lack of marketability  20%
Expected life of option/warrant  Five Years

 

8. INCOME TAXES

 

The Company recorded no income tax provision at March 31, 2020 and 2019 because of losses incurred.

 

The Company estimates its annual effective income tax rate in recording its quarterly provision for income taxes in the various jurisdictions in which it operates. Statutory tax rate changes and other significant or unusual items are recognized as discrete items in the quarter in which they occur. The Company recorded no income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020 because the Company expects to incur a tax loss in the current year. Similarly, no income tax expense was recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

The Company had a net deferred tax asset related to federal net operating loss carryforwards of $70,061,148 and $66,984,024 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The federal net operating loss carryforward will begin to expire in 2033. Realization of the deferred tax asset is dependent, in part, on generating sufficient taxable income prior to expiration of the loss carryforwards. The Company has placed a 100% valuation allowance against the net deferred tax asset because future realization of these assets is not assured.

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9. PROMISSORY NOTES

 

Promissory Notes Issued in 2017

 

On April 10, 2017, the Company sold to investors in a private transaction two 12% unsecured promissory notes with a total of $8,000,000 in principal amount. Interest only is due and payable on the notes each month at the rate of 12% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity on April 10, 2020. The holders of the notes will also receive annual payments of common stock at the rate of 2.5% of principal amount outstanding, based on a volume-weighted average price. Both notes were sold at an original issue discount of 94.25% and accordingly, we received total proceeds of $7,540,000 from the investors. We used the proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which includes, without limitation, drilling capital, lease acquisition capital and repayment of prior debt.

 

These 12% promissory notes allow for early redemption. The notes also contain certain covenants under which we have agreed that, except for financing arrangements with established commercial banking or financial institutions and other debts and liabilities incurred in the normal course of business, we will not issue any other notes or debt offerings which have a maturity date prior to the payment in full of the 12% notes, unless consented to by the holders.

 

The effective interest rate is 16.15%.

 

On April 24, 2017, we used $2,509,500 of the proceeds from this financing to redeem and repay a portion of the outstanding 12% Series B Convertible Unsecured Promissory Notes. Separately, $1,000,000 of the principal amount of the Series B Notes plus accrued interest was converted into 1,007,890 shares of common stock and $64,297 was rolled into the new debt financing.

 

On February 20, 2020, the Company extended the maturity on $4 million of the 12% unsecured promissory notes previously due in April, 2020. The maturity date of the subject promissory note has been extended for one year, from April 10, 2020 to April 10, 2021.

 

As part of the terms of this extension agreement, the Company paid the noteholder a fee of $80,000. The promissory note was originally issued in April 2017, and provides for monthly payments of interest only at the rate of 12% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity.

 

Promissory Notes Issued in 2018

 

On February 6, 2018, we sold to an investor in a private transaction a 12% unsecured promissory note with a principal amount of $4,500,000. Interest only is due and payable on the note each month at the rate of 12% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity on April 10, 2020. The holder of the note will also receive annual payments of common stock at the rate of 2.5% of principal amount outstanding, based on a volume-weighted average price. We sold the note at an original issue discount of 96.27% and accordingly, we received total proceeds of $4,332,150 from the investor. We used the proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which includes, without limitation, drilling capital, lease acquisition capital and repayment of prior debt.

 

This 12% promissory note allows for early redemption, provided that if we redeem before February 6, 2019, we must pay the holder all unpaid interest and common stock payments on the portion of the note redeemed that would have been earned through February 6, 2019. The note also contains certain covenants under which we have agreed that, except for financing arrangements with established commercial banking or financial institutions and other debts and liabilities incurred in the normal course of business, we will not issue any other notes or debt offerings which have a maturity date prior to the payment in full of the 12% note, unless consented to by the holder.

 

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9. PROMISSORY NOTES - continued

 

The effective interest rate is 15.88%.

 

On April 24, 2020, the Company entered into a Note Amendment Agreement with the David A. Straz, Jr. Foundation, as a lender (the “Straz Foundation”), the David A. Straz, Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986, as a lender and collateral agent (the “Straz Trust”), and The Northern Trust Company and Christopher M. Straz, as co-trustees of the Straz Trust. Under the Note Amendment Agreement, the parties agreed to amend and restate the two promissory notes issued to the Straz Trust on April 10, 2017 and February 6, 2018 that have total principal outstanding of $8,500,000. Under the Note Amendment Agreement, the maturity dates of the two promissory notes held by the Straz Trust and the Note held by the Foundation were extended to April 10, 2021.

 

Under the Note Amendment Agreements, we and our subsidiaries provided a first priority lien on certain collateral in favor of the collateral agent for the benefit of the lenders. The collateral includes all assets and property held by Hudspeth Oil Corporation and Torchlight Hazel, LLC, which includes without limitation our working interest in certain oil and gas leases in Hudspeth County, Texas, known as the “Orogrande Project” and our working interest in certain oil and gas leases in the Midland Basin in West Texas, known as the “Hazel Project.” Further, these subsidiaries, along with Torchlight Energy, Inc., provided guaranty with respect to payment of the three promissory notes. The Note Amendment Agreements also provide that (a) upon any disposition of less than 100% of Borrower’s right, title and interest in and to the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, we must prepay an amount equal to 75% of the proceeds thereof (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes), unless such disposition results in us owning less than a 45% working interest (on an 8/8ths basis) in the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, in which case the prepayment amount is to be equal to 100% of such proceeds (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes); and (b) upon any disposition of 100% of our right, title and interest in and to the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, we must prepay an amount equal to 100% of the proceeds thereof (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes).

 

Additionally, the promissory notes, as amended, now provide conversion rights whereby the lenders will have the right, at each such lender’s option, to convert any portion of principal and interest into shares of common stock of Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. at a conversion price of $1.50 per share.

 

The Note Amendment Agreements (as further amended) provided that no later than May 25, 2020, we were obligated to pay: (a) to the lenders all past due interest that has accrued on the existing promissory notes, and (b) to the Straz Trust a fee of $170,000 which payments were made. Further, the agreements have certain negative covenants regarding related party transactions, dividends, stock repurchases, grants of liens on other assets, and payment of accrued executive compensation. There are also typical affirmative covenants regarding legal compliance and payment of taxes. The agreements also provide certain notice and disclosure requirements, including notice of material events, such as defaults under other obligations and litigation.

 

All other terms and conditions of the three original promissory notes remain substantially unchanged, including without limitation, monthly payments of interest only at the rate of 12% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity, and annual payments of common stock at the rate of 2.5% of the principal amount outstanding, based on a volume-weighted average price.

 

Since the extension of the notes was completed before the date of filing this report, the debt is presented on the balance sheet as noncurrent debt. Reference Note 11 – Subsequent Events.

 

In April 2019 and 2018, respectively, the holders of the notes described above received 202,316 and 172,342 shares of common stock as a payment in kind representing the annual payments of common stock due at the rate of 2.5% of principal amount outstanding as of April 10 based on a volume-weighted average price calculation. In April, 2020 the note holders’ payment in kind required the issuance of 680,377 shares of our common stock.

 

The 12% promissory note transactions through March 31, 2020 are summarized as follows:

 

12% 2020 Unsecured promissory note balance - December 31, 2019  $12,377,830 
      
Accretion of discount and amortization of debt issuance costs   128,938 
Debt extension fee paid   (80,000)
      
12% 2020 and 2021 Promissory note balance - March 31, 2020  $12,426,768 
      
As reported on our Balance Sheet:     
Current liabilities - 12% 2020 Unsecured promissory note   64,297 
Other liabilities - 12% 2021 Secured promissory notes   12,362,471 
      
   $12,426,768 

 

The 12% unsecured notes payable at December 31, 2019 included $64,297 due to a holder unrelated to the Straz entities. As of March 31, 2020 the amount payable to that holder remains unsecured. The note was due on April 10, 2020. The holder has agreed to extend the repayment date. 

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9. PROMISSORY NOTES - continued

 

Convertible Notes Issued in October, 2018

 

On October 17, 2018, we sold to certain investors in a private transaction 16% Series C Unsecured Convertible Promissory Notes with a total principal amount of $6,000,000. Interest and principal are due and payable on the notes in one balloon payment at maturity on April 17, 2020. The notes are convertible, at the election of the holders, into an aggregate 6% working interest in certain oil and gas leases in Hudspeth County, Texas, known as our “Orogrande Project.” After an analysis of the transaction and a review of applicable accounting pronouncements, management concluded that the notes issued on October 17, 2018 which contain a conversion right for holders to convert into a working interest in the Orogrande Project of the Company, meet a specific scope exception to the provisions requiring derivative accounting.

 

The notes allow us to redeem them early only upon the event of a fundamental transaction, such as a merger or sale of substantially all our assets. The notes provide that the noteholders may accelerate and declare any and all of the obligations under the notes to be immediately due and payable in the event of default, such as nonpayment, failure to perform required conversions, failure to perform any covenant or agreement under the notes, an insolvency event, or certain defaults or judgments. As part of the sale of the of the notes, the noteholders required that McCabe Petroleum Corporation, a Texas corporation owned by our Chairman Gregory McCabe (“MPC”), provide them a put option whereby they have the right to have MPC purchase from them any unpaid principal amount due on the notes. Additionally, if there is a fundamental transaction, Mr. McCabe will be required to pay a fee to each noteholder that elects not to convert or require MPC to purchase the principal amount under the note, which fee will be equal to such noteholder’s pro-rata share of a total fee amount of $1,500,000.

 

We received total proceeds of $6,000,000 from the sale of the notes, of which $3,000,000 was used to pay back the promissory note issued to MPC on December 1, 2017, which note was due on December 31, 2020. We used the remaining proceeds for working capital and general corporate purposes, which includes, without limitation, drilling and lease acquisition capital.

 

Prior to entering into the above transactions, our Board of Directors formed a special committee composed of independent directors to analyze and authorize the transactions on behalf of Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and determine whether the transactions are fair to the company. In this role, the special committee engaged an independent financial consulting firm which rendered a fairness opinion deeming that the transactions were fair to the company, from a financial point of view, and contained terms no less favorable to the company than those that could be obtained in arm’s length transactions.

 

On March 9, 2020, each of the noteholders entered into a Conversion Agreement with us and our subsidiary Hudspeth Oil Corporation (“Hudspeth”), under which the noteholders elected to convert the notes, in accordance with their terms, into an aggregate 6% working interest (of all such holders) in certain oil and gas leases in Hudspeth County, Texas, known as our “Orogrande Project.” Principal of $6,000,000 and approximately $1,331,000 of accrued interest were converted at March 9, 2020.

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9. PROMISSORY NOTES - continued

 

The Conversion Agreements also provided additional consideration to the noteholders including a limited carry, a top-off obligation of us and Hudspeth, and warrants to purchase a total of 750,000 restricted shares of our common stock, which warrants will have a term of five years and an exercise price of $0.70 per share. The limited carry provides that for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, Hudspeth will pay all costs and expenses attributable to the assigned working interests, except where prohibited by law or regulation. The top-off obligation provides that, subject to the terms and conditions of the Conversion Agreements, if (a) we sell our entire working interest in the Orogrande Project, (b) as part of such sale, the holder’s entire working interests are sold, and (c) the gross proceeds received by all the holders in such transaction are equal to less than $9,000,000; then we must pay the holders an amount equal to $9,000,000, (i) less gross proceeds the holders received in the transaction, (ii) less the amount of the carry the holders received under the Conversion Agreements, and (iii) less any gross proceeds the holders received in any farmouts occurring prior to the transaction.

 

The transaction was treated as an extinguishment of debt. The fair value of the working interest transferred in the conversion of the debt was $8,778,000 and the value of warrants issued to the holders was $382,500. The Company recognized a Loss on extinguishment of debt in the amount of $1,829,651.

 

Convertible Notes Issued in First Quarter 2019

 

In February 2019 the Company raised a total of $2,000,000 from investors through the sale of two 14% Series D Unsecured Convertible Promissory Notes. Principal was payable in a lump sum at maturity on May 11, 2020 with payments of interest payable monthly at the rate of 14% per annum. Holders of the notes have the right to convert principal and interest at any time into common stock at a conversion price of $1.08 per share. The Company has the right to redeem the notes at any time, provided that the redemption amount must include all interest that would have been earned through maturity. The Company evaluated the notes for beneficial conversion features and derivative accounting criteria and concluded that derivative accounting treatment is not applicable.

 

On April 21, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. entered into agreements to amend the two 14% Series D Unsecured Convertible Promissory Notes that were originally issued on February 11, 2019 and have a total of $2,000,000 in principal outstanding. Under the amendment agreements, (a) the maturity dates were extended from May 11, 2020 to November 11, 2021, (b) the conversion price under which the noteholders may convert into our common stock was changed from $1.08 to $0.43, and (c) the noteholders were provided the right, at each noteholder’s election, to convert their notes into either (i) a working interest in the Orogrande Project at the rate of one acre per $1,100 of principal and unpaid interest converted, or (ii) a working interest in the Hazel Project at the rate of one acre per $1,300 of principal and unpaid interest converted; provided, that the noteholders’ right to convert into either such working interest is subject to approval of the collateral agent of the Note Amendment Agreement with the Straz parties.

 

Under the note amendments, the noteholders agreed to forebear demand or collection on all interest payments due and payable under the Note, including any past due interest payments, for 20 days after the execution of the Note Amendment Agreement. Further, we agreed to (a) issue each holder 20,000 restricted shares of common stock immediately and (b) pay each holder a fee of $10,000, at the same time as the payment of past due interest is paid. The past due interest was paid.

 

These two promissory notes will continue to provide for monthly payments of interest only at the rate of 14% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity. Since the extension of the notes was completed before the date of filing this report, the debt is presented on the balance sheet as noncurrent debt. Reference Note 11 – Subsequent Events.

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9. PROMISSORY NOTES - continued

 

Convertible Notes Issued in Third Quarter 2019

 

In July 2019, the Company issued 8% Unsecured Convertible Promissory notes in the amount of $2,010,000 together with warrants to purchase our common stock. Principal and 8% interest are due at maturity on May 21, 2021. The principal and accrued interest on the notes are convertible into shares of common stock at $1.10 per common share at any time after the original issue date. Along with the notes, the three year warrants equal to 20% of the number of shares of common stock issuable upon the conversion of the notes were issued to note holders. The warrants are exercisable at $1.35 per share.

 

Warrants issued along with the notes meet the requirements of the scope exemptions in ASC 815-10-15-74 and are thus classified as equity upon issuance. The Company determined the fair value of the warrants using the Black Scholes pricing formula and is recognized as a discount on the carrying amount of the notes and is credited to additional paid in capital. The fair value of the warrants at the issuance date was determined to be $240,455.

 

A beneficial conversion feature (“BCF”) of a convertible note is normally characterized as the convertible portion feature that provides a rate of conversion that is below market value or “in the money” when issued. The BCF related to the issuance of the notes was recorded at the issuance date. The BCF was measured using the intrinsic value method and is shown as a discount to the carrying amount of the convertible note and is credited to additional paid in capital. The intrinsic value of the BCF at the issuance date of the notes was determined to be $1,145,546.

 

The allocated fair values of the BCF and the warrants was recorded as a debt discount from the face amount of the notes and such discount is being accreted over the expected term of the notes and is charged to interest expense. The Company recognized interest expense of $120,410 from the amortization of debt discount from notes for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

The Company evaluated the July, 2019 notes for derivative accounting criteria and concluded that derivative accounting treatment was not applicable.

 

Convertible Notes Issued in Fourth Quarter 2019

 

Effective October 31, 2019, the Company issued 10% Unsecured Convertible Promissory notes in the amount of $540,000. Principal and interest are due at maturity on December 3, 2020. The principal and accrued interest on the notes are convertible into shares of common stock at $0.75 per common share at any time after the original issue date. The notes are convertible, at the election of the holders, into an aggregate 0.367% working interest in our Orogrande Project.

 

The Company evaluated the October 2019 notes for BCF and derivative accounting criteria and concluded that there was no BCF or derivative accounting treatment applicable.

 

10. ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS

 

The following is a reconciliation of the asset retirement obligations liability through March 31, 2020:

 

Asset retirement obligations – December 31, 2019  $23,319 
Accretion expense   142 
Estimated liabilities recorded   - 
      
Asset retirement obligations – March 31, 2020  $23,461 

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11. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Extension of Promissory Notes

 

On April 24, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., along with its subsidiaries Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Torchlight  Hazel, LLC and Torchlight Energy, Inc., entered into a Note Amendment Agreement with each of the David A. Straz, Jr. Foundation, as a lender (the “Straz Foundation”), and a Note Amendment Agreement with the David A. Straz, Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986, as a lender and collateral agent (the “Straz Trust”), and The Northern Trust Company and Christopher M. Straz, as co-trustees of the Straz Trust. Under the Note Amendment Agreements, the parties agreed to amend and restate the two promissory notes issued to the Straz Trust on April 10, 2017 and February 6, 2018 that have a total outstanding principal amount of $8,500,000, along with the promissory note issued to the Straz Foundation on April 10, 2017 which has an outstanding principal amount of $4,000,000. Under the Note Amendment Agreements, the maturity dates of the two promissory notes held by the Straz Trust and the Note held by the Foundation were extended to April 10, 2021. We had previously extended the maturity date of the promissory note held by the Straz Foundation to April 10, 2021.

 

Under the Note Amendment Agreements, we and our subsidiaries provided a first priority lien on certain collateral in favor of the collateral agent for the benefit of the lenders. The collateral includes all assets and property held by Hudspeth Oil Corporation and Torchlight Hazel, LLC, which includes without limitation our working interest in certain oil and gas leases in Hudspeth County, Texas, known as the “Orogrande Project” and our working interest in certain oil and gas leases in the Midland Basin in West Texas, known as the “Hazel Project.” Further, these subsidiaries, along with Torchlight Energy, Inc., provided guaranty with respect to payment of the three promissory notes. The Note Amendment Agreements also provide that (a) upon any disposition of less than 100% of Borrower’s right, title and interest in and to the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, we must prepay an amount equal to 75% of the proceeds thereof (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes), unless such disposition results in us owning less than a 45% working interest (on an 8/8ths basis) in the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, in which case the prepayment amount is to be equal to 100% of such proceeds (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes); and (b) upon any disposition of 100% of our right, title and interest in and to the Orogrande Project or the Hazel Project, we must prepay an amount equal to 100% of the proceeds thereof (up to the outstanding amount due under the notes).

 

Additionally, the promissory notes, as amended, now provide conversion rights whereby the lenders will have the right, at each such lender’s option, to convert any portion of principal and interest into shares of common stock of Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. at a conversion price of $1.50 per share.

 

The Note Amendment Agreements (as further amended) provided that no later than May 25, 2020, we were obligated to pay: (a) to the lenders all past due interest that has accrued on the existing promissory notes, and (b) to the Straz Trust a fee of $170,000 which payments were made. Further, the agreements have certain negative covenants regarding related party transactions, dividends, stock repurchases, grants of liens on other assets, and payment of accrued executive compensation. There are also typical affirmative covenants regarding legal compliance and payment of taxes. The agreements also provide certain notice and disclosure requirements, including notice of material events, such as defaults under other obligations and litigation.

 

All other terms and conditions of the three original promissory notes remain substantially unchanged, including without limitation, monthly payments of interest only at the rate of 12% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity, and annual payments of common stock at the rate of 2.5% of the principal amount outstanding, based on a volume-weighted average price.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

11. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS - continued

 

Extension of Convertible Promissory Notes

 

On April 21, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. entered into agreements to amend two convertible promissory notes that were originally issued on February 11, 2019, which notes presently have a total of $2,000,000 in principal outstanding. Under the amendment agreements, (a) the maturity dates were extended from May 11, 2020 to November 11, 2021, (b) the conversion price under which the noteholders may convert into our common stock was changed from $1.08 to $0.43, and (c) the noteholders were provided the right, at each noteholder’s election, to convert their notes into either (i) a working interest in the Orogrande Project at the rate of one acre per $1,100 of principal and unpaid interest converted, or (ii) a working interest in the Hazel Project at the rate of one acre per $1,300 of principal and unpaid interest converted; provided, that the noteholders’ right to convert into either such working interest is subject to approval of the collateral agent of the Note Amendment Agreement with the Straz parties.

 

Under the note amendments, the noteholders agreed to forebear demand or collection on all interest payments due and payable under the Note, including any past due interest payments, for 20 days after the execution of the Note Amendment Agreement. Further, we agreed to (a) issue each holder 20,000 restricted shares of common stock immediately and (b) pay each holder a fee of $10,000, at the same time as the payment of past due interest is paid. The past due interest was paid.

 

These two promissory notes will continue to provide for monthly payments of interest only at the rate of 14% per annum, with a balloon payment of the outstanding principal due and payable at maturity. Since the extension of the notes was completed before the date of filing this report, the debt is presented on the balance sheet as noncurrent debt.

 

Common Stock Offering

 

On May 18, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. entered into an Underwriting Agreement with ThinkEquity, a division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc., as underwriter, relating to the issuance and sale in an underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of our common stock, par value $0.001 per share, plus an additional 450,000 shares through the over-allotment option which the underwriter exercised on that same date. The public offering price for each share of common stock was $0.34.

 

The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and agreements by us, customary conditions to closing, indemnification obligations of us and the underwriter, including for liabilities under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, other obligations of the parties and termination provisions. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Underwriting Agreement were made only for purposes of such agreement and as of specific dates, were solely for the benefit of the parties to such agreement and may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the contracting parties.

 

Pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement, and subject to certain exceptions, for a period of 15 trading days we agreed (i) not to sell capital stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for shares of capital stock in a public offering, (ii) not to sell capital stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for shares of capital stock in a non-public offering for consideration less than the public offering price set forth in the Underwriting Agreement, (iii) file a registration statement relating to the offering of any capital stock or securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for shares of capital stock, (iv) complete any offering of debt securities, or (v) enter into any swap or other arrangement that transfers to another, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of capital stock, whether any such transaction described in clause (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) above is to be settled by delivery of shares of capital stock or such other securities, in cash or otherwise. Our directors and executive officers agreed to a lock-up period of 90 days.

 

The common stock was offered and sold pursuant to our effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration Statement No. 333-220181) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 25, 2017 and declared effective by the SEC on September 28, 2017, the accompanying prospectus contained therein, and preliminary and final prospectus supplements filed with the SEC in connection with our takedown relating to the offering.

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TORCHLIGHT ENERGY RESOURCES, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

 

11. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS - continued

 

The net proceeds to us from the sale of the shares of common stock were approximately $890,000, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by us, which includes the underwriter’s exercise of the full amount of the 45-day over-allotment option granted under the terms of the Underwriting Agreement to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments. The offering closed May 20, 2020.

 

Also under the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, we issued to the underwriter warrants (the “Representative’s Warrants”) to purchase an aggregate of 172,500 shares of common stock (5% of the total shares issued in in the public offering including exercise by the underwriter of the full amount of the over-allotment option). The Representative’s Warrants are exercisable at a per share exercise price of $0.425. The warrants are exercisable for a term of four and one-half years commencing 180 days from May 18, 2020. The warrants also provide for “piggyback” registration rights with respect to the registration of the shares of common stock underlying the warrants, cashless exercise if there is no effective registration statement registering such shares and customary anti-dilution provisions.

 

Shares issued for Payment in Kind

 

In April 2020, the Company issued 680,377 shares of common stock in satisfaction of the payment in kind valued at $314,107 due on April 10, 2020 under the terms of the promissory notes held by the Straz Foundation and the Straz Trust.

 

Other Stock Issued

 

On May 6, 2020, we issued 1,630,434 restricted shares of common stock to an investor for the purchase price of $750,000. The investor, Maverick Oil & Gas Corporation, is the operator for our Orogrande Project. Our subsidiary Hudspeth Oil Corporation owed the investor in excess of $750,000 on unpaid balances and cost overruns on work performed on the Orogrande Project, which amount is due and payable now. The investor agreed to exchange $750,000 in accounts receivable owed to it by Hudspeth Oil as consideration for the purchase of the common stock. Under the terms of the sale, we provided registration rights to the investor .

 

On April 29, 2020, we issued 142,857 restricted shared of common stock to a consultant as consideration for $60,000 in investor relations services.

 

Paycheck Protection Program Loan

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) made available low-interest rate loans to qualified small businesses, including under its Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”). On April 10, 2020, in order to supplement its cash balance, the Company submitted an application for a loan (“SBA loan”) in the amount of approximately $77,477. On May 1, 2020, Company’s SBA loan application was approved and the Company received the loan proceeds. The SBA loan has an interest rate of 0.98% and matures in April 2022.

 

Section 1106 of the CARES Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the PPP. The PPP and loan forgiveness are intended to provide economic relief to small businesses, such as the Company, that are adversely impacted under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration issued by President Trump on March 13, 2020. The Company will apply for loan forgiveness when the SBA site for that purpose is available.

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

 

Overview

 

We are an energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and/or development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. We are primarily focused on the acquisition of early stage projects, the development and delineation of these projects, and then the monetization of those assets once these activities are completed.

 

Since 2010, our primary focus has been the development of interests in oil and gas projects we hold in the Permian Basin in West Texas, including the Orogrande Project in Hudspeth County, Texas, the Hazel Project in the Midland Basin and the project in Winkler County, Texas in the Delaware Basin. We also hold interests in certain other oil and gas projects that we are in the process of divesting, including the Hunton wells project as part of a partnership with Husky Ventures, Inc., or Husky, in Central Oklahoma.

 

We employ a private equity model within a public platform, with the goal to (i) enter into a play at favorable valuations, (ii) “prove up” and delineate the play through committed capital and exhaustive geologic and engineering review, and (iii) monetize our position through an exit to public and private independents that can continue full-scale development. Rich Masterson, our consulting geologist, has originated several of our current plays, as discussed below, based on his tenure as a geologist since 1974. He is credited with originating the Wolfbone shale play in the Southern Delaware Basin of West Texas and has prepared prospects totaling over 150,000 acres that have been leased, drilled and are currently being developed by Devon Energy Corp., Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Noble Energy, and Samson Oil & Gas Ltd., among others.

 

In April 2018, we announced that we have commenced a process that could result in the monetization of the Hazel Project. Pursuant to our corporate strategy, in our opinion the development activity at the Hazel Project, coupled with nearby activities of other oil and gas operators, is indicative of this project having achieved a level of value that suggests monetization. We believe that the liquidity that would be provided from selling the Hazel Project could be redeployed into the Orogrande Project.

 

We are also currently marketing the Orogrande Project for an outright sale or farm in partner and are taking measures on our own to market the Winkler Project. These efforts are continuing.

 

We operate our business through five wholly-owned subsidiaries, Torchlight Energy, Inc., a Nevada corporation, Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, Hudspeth Oil Corporation, a Texas corporation, Torchlight Hazel, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, and Warwink Properties, LLC, a Texas limited liability company. We currently have two full-time employees and we employ consultants for various tasks as needed.

 

Our principal executive offices are located at 5700 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 3600, Plano, Texas 75093. The telephone number of our principal executive offices is (214) 432-8002.

 

The following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our unaudited financial statements included herewith and our audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019. This discussion should not be construed to imply that the results discussed herein will necessarily continue into the future, or that any conclusion reached herein will necessarily be indicative of actual operating results in the future. Such discussion represents only the best present assessment by our management.

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

 

Historical Results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019:

 

Revenues and Cost of Revenues

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, we had production revenue of $84,620 compared to $310,837 for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Refer to the table of production and revenue included below for quarterly changes in revenue. Our cost of revenue, consisting of lease operating expenses and production taxes, was $67,858 and $127,622 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Property Quarter Oil Production {BBLS} Gas Production {MCF}  Oil Revenue   Gas Revenue   Total Revenue 
Oklahoma Q1 - 2020 181 468  $583   $1,000   $1,583 
Hazel (TX) Q1 - 2020 0 0  $-   $-   $- 
MECO (TX) Q1 - 2020 1,863 1,559  $81,530   $1,507   $83,037 
Total Q1-2020   2,044 2,027  $82,113   $2,507   $84,620 
                      
Oklahoma Q1 - 2019 56 1,072  $2,567   $2,333   $4,900 
Hazel (TX) Q1 - 2019 2,864 0  $131,901   $-   $131,901 
MECO (TX) Q1 - 2019 3,525 2,565  $167,677   $6,359   $174,036 
Total Q1-2019   6,445 3,637  $302,145   $8,692   $310,837 
                      
Oklahoma Q2 - 2019 43 1,770  $2,477   $2,450   $4,927 
Hazel (TX) Q2 - 2019 1,123 0  $64,302   $-   $64,302 
Meco (TX) Q2 - 2019 2,585 2,623  $156,259   $11,587   $167,846 
Total Q2-2019   3,751 4,393  $223,038   $14,037   $237,075 
                      
Oklahoma Q3 - 2019 0 0  $-   $-   $- 
Hazel (TX) Q3 - 2019 0 0  $-   $-   $- 
Meco (TX) Q3 - 2019 1,320 4,522  $71,064   $78   $71,142 
Total Q3-2019   1,320 4,522  $71,064   $78   $71,142 
                      
Oklahoma Q4 - 2019 166 3,766  $8,873   $1,895   $10,768 
Hazel (TX) Q4 - 2019 0 0  $-   $-   $- 
Meco (TX) Q4 - 2019 2,102 5,890  $110,894   $5,547   $116,441 
Total Q4-2019   2,268 9,656   119,767    7,442    127,209 
                      
2019 Year To Date   13,784 22,208  $716,014   $30,249   $746,263 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, oil production decreased due to down time associated with equipment repair and typical decline in production from the MECO property.

 

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

 

We recorded depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense of $447,405 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $185,426 for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

General and Administrative Expenses

 

Our general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 were $1,047,624 and $1,042,757, respectively, an increase of $4,867. Our general and administrative expenses consisted of consulting and compensation expense, substantially all of which was non-cash or deferred, accounting and administrative costs, professional consulting fees, and other general corporate expenses. The change in general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to 2019 is detailed as follows:

 

Increase(decrease) in non cash stock and warrant compensation  $(181,230)
Increase(decrease) in consulting expense   53,449 
Increase(decrease) in investor relations   90,693 
Increase(decrease) in travel expense   6,934 
Increase(decrease) in salaries and compensation   (12,141)
Increase(decrease) in legal fees   3,549 
Increase(decrease) in contract labor   20,625 
Increase(decrease) in insurance   11,731 
Increase(decrease) in rent   (5,929)
Increase(decrease) in accounting and audit fees   43,373 
Increase(decrease) in general corporate expenses   (26,187)
      
Total Increase in General and Administrative Expenses  $4,867 

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

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

At March 31, 2020, we had working capital deficit of $3,244,045 and total assets of $34,391,275. Stockholders’ equity was $14,342,801. The negative working capital is principally due to accumulated accounts payable balances at March 31, 2020 and notes payable.

 

Cash flows from operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $(321,342) compared to $(190,953) for the three months ended March 31, 2019, a decrease of $130,389. Cash flows from operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 can be primarily attributed to net loss from operations of $3,693,863, stock based compensation of $230,650, a loss on extinguishment of debt $1,829,651, and other noncash expense adjustments. Cash flows from operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2019 can be primarily attributed to net loss from operations of $1,677,874 and $397,250, in stock compensation expense, an impairment expense of $474,357 and changes in other noncash expense adjustments. Reference the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for additional detail of the components that comprise the net use of cash in operations. We expect to continue to use cash flow in operating activities until such time as we achieve sufficient commercial oil and gas production to cover all of our cash costs.

 

Cash flows from investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $(2,212,852) compared to $(2,404,783) for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Cash flows from investing activities principally consists of investment in oil and gas properties in Texas.

 

Cash flows from financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $2,527,118 as compared to $3,351,080 for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Cash flows from financing activities consists of proceeds from issuance of our common stock, proceeds from a subscription receivable, and additional borrowings under notes payable. We expect to continue to have cash flow provided by financing activities as we seek new rounds of financing and continue to develop our oil and gas investments.

 

We will require additional debt or equity financing to meet our plans and needs. We face obstacles in continuing to attract new financing due to industry conditions and our history and current record of net losses. Despite our efforts, we can provide no assurance that we will be able to obtain the financing required to meet our stated objectives or even to continue as a going concern.

 

We do not expect to pay cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future.

 

Commitments and Contingencies-

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company had a noncancelable lease for its office premises that expired on November 30, 2019 and which requires the payment of base lease amounts and executory costs such as taxes, maintenance and insurance. Effective June 1, 2019 the Company entered into an agreement with a company that had been subleasing a portion of its office space to become the primary obligor on the lease and to assume full responsibility for lease payments after lease expiration on November 30, 2019. The Company has continued after November 30, 2019 as a subtenant on a month-to- month basis.

 

Environmental matters

 

We are subject to contingencies as a result of environmental laws and regulations. Present and future environmental laws and regulations applicable to our operations could require substantial capital expenditures or could adversely affect our operations in other ways that cannot be predicted at this time. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, no amounts have been recorded because no specific liability has been identified that is reasonably probable of requiring us to fund any future material amounts.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not Applicable

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ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) and Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer), we evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, as of March 31, 2020. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective to ensure that the information required to be disclosed by us in the reports we submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the applicable rules and forms and that such information was accumulated and communicated to our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, in a manner that allowed for timely decisions regarding disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There were no changes during the quarter ended March 31, 2020 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

On January 31, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Torchlight Energy, Inc. and Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC were served with a lawsuit brought by Goldstone Holding Company, LLC (Goldstone Holding Company, LLC v. Torchlight Energy, Inc., et al., in the 160th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas). On February 24, 2020, Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., Torchlight Energy, Inc., and Torchlight Energy Operating, LLC timely filed their answer, affirmative defenses, and requests for disclosure. The suit, which seeks monetary relief over $1 million, makes unspecified allegations of misrepresentations involving a November 2015 participation agreement and a 2016 amendment to the participation agreement. We have denied the allegations and have asserted several affirmative defenses including but not limited to, that the suit is barred by the applicable statute of limitations, that the claims have been released, and that the claims are barred because of contractual disclaimers between sophisticated parties.

 

On April 30, 2020, our wholly owned subsidiary, Hudspeth Oil Corporation, filed suit against Datalog LWT, Inc. d/b/a Cordax Evaluation Technologies. The suit seeks the recovery of approximately $1.4 million in costs incurred as a result of a tool failure during drilling activities on the University Founders A25 #2 well that is located in the Orogrande Field.  Working interest owner Wolfbone Investments, LLC, a company owned by our Chairman Gregory Mccabe, is a co-plaintiff in that action. The defendant has been served, and its deadline to respond to the lawsuit is Monday, June 8, 2020. The suit, Hudspeth Oil Corporation and Wolfbone Investments, LLC v. Datalog LWT, Inc. d/b/a Cordax Evaluation Technologies, was filed in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.  

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

There were no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, except for such risks and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as disclosed below. The risks described in the Annual Report on Form 10-K and in this Form 10-Q are not the only risks we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us, or that we deem to be immaterial, also may have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

 

An occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to negatively affect, and has to date negatively affected, our operations.

 

The occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to, and has already, negatively affected our operations. A pandemic typically results in social distancing, travel bans and quarantine, and the effects of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to our facilities, properties, management, support staff and professional advisors. These, in turn, have not only negatively impacted our operations and financial condition, but our overall ability to react timely to mitigate the impact of this event. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in declines in the demand for, and the price of, oil and gas, and it is unclear how long this decline will last. The full effect on our business and operation is currently unknown. In the event that the effects of COVID-19 continue in the future and/or the economy continues to deteriorate, we may be forced to curtail our operations and may be unable to pay our debt obligations as they come due.

 

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on oil and gas prices, and depending on the severity and longevity of the pandemic, it may result in a major economic recession which will continue to depress oil and gas prices and cause our business and results of operations to suffer.

 

The inability and/or unwillingness of individuals to congregate in large groups, travel and/or visit retail businesses or travel outside of their homes will, and has to date, had a negative effect on the demand for, and the current prices of, oil and gas. Additionally, the demand for oil and gas is based partially on global economic conditions. If the COVID-19 pandemic results in a global economic recession, there will be a continued negative effect on the demand for oil and gas and this will have a negative effect on our operating results. All of the above may be exacerbated in the future as the COVID-19 outbreak and the governmental responses thereto continue. Concerns about global economic growth have had a significant adverse impact on global financial markets and commodity prices. If the economic climate in the United States or abroad continues to deteriorate, demand for petroleum products could further diminish, which will impact the price at which we can sell our oil and gas, impact the value of our working interests and other oil and gas assets, affect the ability of our vendors, suppliers and customers to continue operations, affect our operations and ultimately adversely impact our results of operations, liquidity and financial condition.

 

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

 

In January 2020, we sold 600,000 restricted shares of common stock to an investor for a total purchase price of $360,000. As part of the sale, we also issued the investor 600,000 five-year warrants to purchase shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.80 per share.

 

In February 2020, we issued a total of 125,000 restricted shares of common stock at consideration for consulting services.

 

In March 2020, we issued the operator of our Orogrande Project 40,000 restricted shares of common stock for services.

 

All of the above sales of securities were sold under the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. The issuances of securities did not involve a “public offering” based upon the following factors: (i) the issuances of securities were isolated private transactions; (ii) a limited number of securities were issued to a limited number of purchasers; (iii) there were no public solicitations; (iv) the investment intent of the purchasers; and (v) the restriction on transferability of the securities issued.

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
2.1   Share Exchange Agreement dated November 23, 2010. (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 24, 2010.) *
     
3.1   Articles of Incorporation. (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 18, 2019.) *
     
3.2   Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation dated December 10, 2014. (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 15, 2015.) *
     
3.3   Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation dated September 15, 2015. (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 12, 2015.) *
     
3.4   Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation dated August 18, 2017 (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 9, 2018.) *
     
3.5   Amended and Restated Bylaws (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 26, 2016.) *
     
10.1   Employment Agreement (with John A. Brda) (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 16, 2015.) *
     
10.2   Employment Agreement (with Roger Wurtele) (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on June 16, 2015.) *
     
10.3   Farmout Agreement between Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Founders Oil & Gas, LLC and certain other parties (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 29, 2015) *
     
10.4   Purchase and Sale Agreement with Husky Ventures, Inc. (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 12, 2015) *
     
10.5   Purchase Agreement with McCabe Petroleum Corporation for acquisition of “Hazel Project” (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 15, 2016) *
     
10.6   Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and Plan of Merger with Line Drive Energy, LLC (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 31, 2017) *
     
10.7   Purchase and Sale Agreement with Wolfbone Investments, LLC (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 31, 2017) *
     
10.8   Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and Plan of Merger with McCabe Petroleum Corporation and Warwink Properties, LLC(Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2018) *
     
10.9   Purchase Agreement with Torchlight Energy, Inc. and McCabe Petroleum Corporation (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2018) *
     
10.10   Promissory Note for $3,250,000 by Torchlight Energy, Inc. to McCabe Petroleum Corporation (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2018) *
     
10.11   Assignment of Farmout Agreement between Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Founders Oil & Gas, LLC and Wolfbone Investments, LLC (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2018) *
     
10.12   Underwriting Agreement, dated April 19, 2018, between Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and Roth Capital Partners, LLC (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on April 19, 2018) *
     
10.13   Purchase & Settlement Agreement, dated July 24, 2018, between Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., Hudspeth Oil Corporation, Founders Oil & Gas, LLC, Founders Oil & Gas Operating, LLC, Wolfbone Investments, LLC and McCabe Petroleum. Corporation (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 9, 2018) *
     
10.14  

16% Series C Unsecured Convertible Promissory Note (form of) dated October 17, 2018 (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 18, 2018)*

     
10.15   Underwriting Agreement, dated January 14, 2020, between Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and Aegis Capital Corp. (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 14, 2020) *
     
10.16   Conversion Agreement (form of) dated March 9, 2020 between Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc., Hudspeth Oil Corporation and the previous holders of 16% Series C Unsecured Convertible Promissory Notes (Incorporated by reference from Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2020) *
     
10.17   Underwriting Agreement, dated May 18, 2020, between Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. and ThinkEquity, a division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc. (Incorporated by reference from Form 8-K filed with the SEC on May 18, 2020) *
     
10.18   Foundation Note Amendment Agreement dated April 24, 2020 with the David A. Straz, Jr Foundation
     
10.19   Amendment to Foundation Note Amendment Agreement dated May 12, 2020 with David A. Straz, Jr. Foundation
     
10.20   Trust Note Amendment Agreement dated April 24, 2020 with The David A. Straz, Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986
     
10.21   Amendment to Trust Note Amendment Agreement dated May 12, 2020 with the David A. Straz Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986
     
10.22   Amended and Restated Note dated April 24, 2020 in the amount of $4,000,000 with The David A. Straz, Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986
     
10.23   Amended and Restated Note dated April 24, 2020 in the amount of $4,500,000 with THE David A. Straz, Jr. Irrevocable Trust DTD 11/11/1986
     
10.24   Amended and Restated Note dated April 24, 2020 in the amount of $4,000,000 with David A. Straz, Jr. Foundation
     
31.1   Certification of principal executive officer required by Rule 13a 14(1) or Rule 15d 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
31.2   Certification of principal financial officer required by Rule 13a 14(1) or Rule 15d 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
32.1   Certification of principal executive officer and principal financial officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Section 1350 of 18 U.S.C. 63.
     
101.INS   XBRL Instance Document
     
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema
     
101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
     
101.DEF   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definitions Linkbase
     
101.LAB   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase

 

  * Incorporated by reference from our previous filings with the SEC

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc.
   
Date: June 5, 2020 /s/ John A. Brda
  By: John A. Brda
  Chief Executive Officer
   
Date: June 5, 2020 /s/ Roger Wurtele
  By: Roger Wurtele
  Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer

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