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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016

 

¨  TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ___________ to ____________

 

Commission File Number:   333-56262

 

EL CAPITAN PRECIOUS METALS, INC.

 

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada 88-0482413
(State or Other Jurisdiction (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation or Organization) Identification No.)

 

5871 Honeysuckle Road  
Prescott, Arizona 86305
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (928) 515-1942

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:   None.

 

Securities registered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act:   None.

 

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

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding twelve 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  þ   No  ¨

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).   Yes  þ   No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.   þ

 

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

 

Large accelerated filer  ¨    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨     Smaller reporting company  þ

 

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

 

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s voting common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of March 31, 2016 (the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter), was approximately $11,897,412 based on the last trading price of the registrant’s common stock of $0.041 as reported the OTC Marketplace operated by the OTC Markets Group, Inc. on such date.

 

As of January 13, 2017, the registrant had 383,974,231 shares of its $.001 par value common stock issued and outstanding.

 

Documents incorporated by reference:  None.

 

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EL CAPITAN PRECIOUS METALS, INC.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

      Page  
         
Cautionary Note Regarding Exploration State Status     4
SEC Industry Guide 7 Definitions     5  
Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements     6  
       
PART I        
             
Item 1   Business     8  
Item 1A   Risk Factors     12  
Item 1B   Unresolved Staff Comments     18  
Item 2   Properties     18  
Item 3   Legal Proceedings     25  
Item 4   Mine Safety Disclosures     25  
             
PART II        
             
Item 5   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities     26  
Item 6   Selected Financial Data     27  
Item 7   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     28  
Item 7A   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     34  
Item 8   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data     35  
Item 9   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure     68  
Item 9A   Controls and Procedures     68  
Item 9B   Other Information     69  
             
PART III        
             
Item 10   Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance     70  
Item 11   Executive Compensation     72  
Item 12   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters     76  
Item 13   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence     78  
Item 14   Principal Accountant Fees and Services     79  
             
PART IV        
             
Item 15   Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules     81  
Item 16   Form 10-K Summary     83  
         
SIGNATURES      84  

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING EXPLORATION STAGE STATUS

 

 

We are considered an “exploration stage” company under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7, Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations (“Industry Guide 7”), because we do not have reserves as defined under Industry Guide 7.  Reserves are defined in Industry Guide 7 as that part of a mineral deposit which can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination.  The establishment of reserves under Industry Guide 7 requires, among other things, certain spacing of exploratory drill holes to establish the required continuity of mineralization and the completion of a detailed cost or feasibility study.

 

Because we have no reserves as defined in Industry Guide 7, we have not exited the exploration stage and continue to report our financial information as an exploration stage entity as required under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).  Although for purposes of FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 915, Development Stage Entities, we have exited the development stage and no longer report inception to date results of operations, cash flows and other financial information, we will remain an exploration stage company under Industry Guide 7 until such time as we demonstrate reserves in accordance with the criteria in Industry Guide 7.

 

Because we have no reserves, we have and will continue to expense all mine construction costs, even though these expenditures are expected to have a future economic benefit in excess of one year.  We also expense our reclamation and remediation costs at the time the obligation are incurred.  Companies that have reserves and have exited the exploration stage typically capitalize these costs, and subsequently amortize them on a units-of-production basis as reserves are mined, with the resulting depletion charge allocated to inventory, and then to cost of sales as the inventory is sold.  As a result of these and other differences, our financial statements will not be comparable to the financial statements of mining companies that have established reserves and have exited the exploration stage.

 

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SEC INDUSTRY GUIDE 7 DEFINITIONS

 

 

The following definitions are taken from the mining industry guide entitled “Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations” contained in the Securities Act Industry Guides published by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, as amended.

 

Exploration State   The term “exploration state” (or “exploration stage”) includes all issuers engaged in the search for mineral deposits (reserves) which are not in either the development or production stage.
     
Development Stage   The term “development stage” includes all issuers engaged in the preparation of an established commercially mineable deposit (reserves) for its extraction which are not in the production stage. This stage occurs after completion of a feasibility study.
     
Mineralized Material   The term “mineralized material” refers to material that is not included in the reserve as it does not meet all of the criteria for adequate demonstration for economic or legal extraction.
     
Probable (Indicated) Reserve   The term “probable reserve” or “indicated reserve” refers to reserves for which quantity and grade and/or quality are computed from information similar to that used for proven (measured) reserves, but the sites for inspection, sampling, and measurement are farther apart or are otherwise less adequately spaced. The degree of assurance, although lower than that for proven reserves, is high enough to assume continuity between points of observation.
     
Production Stage   The term “production stage” includes all issuers engaged in the exploitation of a mineral deposit (reserve).
     
Proven (Measured) Reserve   The term “proven reserve” or “measured reserve” refers to reserves for which (a) quantity is computed from dimensions revealed in outcrops, trenches, workings or drill holes; grade and/or quality are computed from the results of detailed sampling and (b) the sites for inspection, sampling and measurement are spaced so closely and the geologic character is so well defined that size, shape, depth and mineral content of reserves are well-established.
     
Reserve   The term “reserve” refers to that part of a mineral deposit which could be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination. Reserves must be supported by a feasibility study done to bankable standards that demonstrates the economic extraction. (“Bankable standards” implies that the confidence attached to the costs and achievements developed in the study is sufficient for the project to be eligible for external debt financing.) A reserve includes adjustments to the in-situ tons and grade to include diluting materials and allowances for losses that might occur when the material is mined.

 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

 

This report may contain certain “forward-looking” statements as such term is defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases, which represent the registrant’s expectations or beliefs, including but not limited to, statements concerning the registrant’s operations, economic performance, financial condition, growth and acquisition strategies, investments, and future operational plans. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,”  “believe,” “anticipate,” “intent,” “could,” “estimate,” “might,” “plan,” “predict” or “continue” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the registrant’s control, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including uncertainty related to acquisitions, governmental regulation, managing and maintaining growth, the operations of the company and its subsidiaries, volatility of stock price, commercial viability of any mineral deposits and any other factors discussed in this and other registrant filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

These risks and uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to those set forth under Item 1A. Risk Factors of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or the risk factors described in this Annual Report or in the documents we incorporate by reference, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

This annual report contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding, among other things:

 

  our ability to continue as a going concern;
  we will require additional financing in the future to start production at the El Capitan Property and to bring it into sustained commercial production;
  our anticipated needs for working capital;
  our ability to secure financing;
  our dependence on our El Capitan Property for our future operating revenue, which property currently has no proven or probable reserves;
  our mineralized material calculations at the El Capitan Property are only estimates and are based principally on historic data;
  actual capital costs, operating costs, production and economic returns may differ significantly from those that we have anticipated;
  exposure to all of the risks associated with starting and establishing new mining operations, if the development of our mineral project is found to be economically feasible;
  title to some of our mineral properties may be uncertain or defective;
  land reclamation and mine closure may be burdensome and costly;
  significant risk and hazards associated with mining operations;
  the requirements that we obtain, maintain and renew environmental, construction and mining permits, which is often a costly and time-consuming process and may be opposed by local environmental group;
  our exposure to material costs, liabilities and obligations as a result of environmental laws and regulations (including changes thereto) and permits;
  changes in the price of silver, gold and iron ore;
  extensive regulation by the U.S. government as well as state and local governments;
  our projected sales and profitability;
  anticipated trends in our industry;
  unfavorable weather conditions;
  the lack of commercial acceptance of our product or by-products;
  problems regarding availability of materials and equipment; and
  failure of equipment to process or operate in accordance with specifications, including expected throughput, which could prevent the production of commercially viable output.

 

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These statements may be found under “Item 1. Business,” and “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” as well as in this annual report generally. Actual events or results may differ materially from those discussed in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, without limitation, the risks outlined under “Item1A. Risk Factors” and matters described in this annual report generally. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements contained in this annual report will in fact occur. We caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. In addition to the information expressly required to be included in this annual report, we will provide such further material information, if any, as may be necessary to make the required statements, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.

 

These risks and uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, those set forth under “Item1A. Risk Factors”. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Except as required by federal securities laws, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

 

Company Overview; Recent Developments

 

El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is based in Prescott, Arizona. Together with its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Company,” “our” or “we”), the Company is an exploration stage company as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7, as the Company has no established reserves as required under the Industry Guide 7. We are principally engaged in the exploration of precious metals and other minerals. We have owned interests in several properties located in the southwestern United States in the past. Currently, our primary asset is a 100% equity ownership interest in El Capitan, Ltd., an Arizona corporation (“ECL”), which holds an interest in the El Capitan property located near Capitan, New Mexico (the “El Capitan Property”). Our ultimate objective is to market and sell the El Capitan Property to a major mining company or enter into a joint venture arrangement with a major mining company to conduct mining operations.

 

Based on results from testing conducted on mineralized material at the El Capitan Property during fiscal years 2013 and 2014, we determined the existence and concentration of potentially commercially extractable precious metals or other minerals. We subsequently completed testing and enhancement of our recovery process for such mineralized material and our evaluation as to the economic and legal feasibility of the property. Employing our testing results, we determined to put the El Capitan Property into mineral exploration production to assist us in marketing it for potential sale to a major mining company and to create potential cash flow for the Company through the sale of mineralized material removed from the El Capitan Property and, separately, iron ore extracted from such mineralized material.

 

We commenced mineral exploration activity in the quarter ended December 2015 under our modified mining permit. However, we have not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at our El Capitan Property. To date, we have not had any material revenue producing operations. We have recorded nominal revenues during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 consisting of revenue for test loads of iron ore to a construction contractor. There is no assurance that a commercially viable mineral deposit exists on our property.

 

“Mineralized material” as used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, although permissible under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) Industry Guide 7, does not indicate “reserves” by SEC standards. We cannot be certain that any part of the El Capitan Property will ever be confirmed or converted into SEC Industry Guide 7 compliant “reserves.” Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of the mineralized material will ever be confirmed or converted into reserves or that mineralized material can be economically or legally extracted.

 

Business Operations

 

We are considered an exploration stage company and have not established any “reserves” with respect to our exploration projects, and will remain an exploration stage company until the Company has reserves as defined in SEC Industry Guide 7. The Company may never meet the reserve requirements or enter into development with respect to any of our properties.

 

Arrangements with Glencore AG and Logistica

 

On March 10, 2014, the Company entered into a life-of-mine off take agreement with Glencore AG (“Glencore”) for the sale of iron extracted from mineralized material at the El Capitan Property (such agreement is referred to herein as the “Glencore Purchase Contract”). Under the terms of the Glencore Purchase Contract, the Company agreed to sell to Glencore, and Glencore agreed to purchase from the Company, iron that meets the applicable specifications from the El Capitan Property mine. Payment for the iron is to be made pursuant an irrevocable letter of credit in favor of the Company. The purchase price is based on an index price less an applicable discount. Either party may terminate the Glencore Purchase Contract following a breach by the other party that remains uncured for a specified period after receipt of written notice. Because of current market iron ore prices, the contract has not been implemented or terminated.

 

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In anticipation of, and in conjunction with, the Glencore Purchase Contract, the Company entered into a Master Services Agreement (the “Master Agreement”) and corresponding Iron Ore Processing Agreement (the “Processing Agreement”) with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”), each effective as of February 28, 2014. Pursuant to these agreements, Logistica agreed to, among other things, provide the logistics required for the Company to fulfill its obligations under the Glencore Purchase Contract, to assist the Company in financing the costs of processing and delivering iron under the Glencore Purchase Contract, and to provide and/or manage the processing that iron. Because of current market iron ore prices, the contract was not implemented.

 

The contracts with Logistica were superseded by a new agreement entered into on January 5, 2016. Under the new agreement, we will provide to Logistica concentrated ore to their specifications at the mine site, and Logistica will transport, process, and refine the precious metals concentrates to sell to precious metals buyers. When certain terms and conditions are met, the new agreement calls for Logistica to arrange for a letter of credit for working capital for the mining, processing and sale activities. For additional information regarding the Glencore Purchase Contract and our agreements with Logistica, see Note 9 – Commitments and Contingencies of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

In late April 2014, we announced the purchase of a heavy metals separation system from AuraSource, Inc (OTCBB and OCTGB: ARAO). This state-of-the-art technology will separate hematite and magnetite from other mineral elements in the El Capitan mineral deposits. The AuraSource process leaves a concentrate for additional processing that is used by the Company to extract the precious metals.

 

The Company has methods for both the separation of the iron and the separation and recovery of the precious metals that have repeatedly yielded consistent and commercially viable economic value results. Yet another significant aspect of these breakthrough technologies for separation and recovery is that they are environmentally friendly and do not rely on the use of caustic chemicals.

 

On August 4, 2015, we signed a contract with independent subcontract miner to mine, process and concentrate the ore at the El Capitan site. The clearing of the overburden at the site commenced later in the August.

 

Price of Precious Metals

 

Gold and silver are each traded as investments on various world markets, including London, New York, Zurich and Tokyo, and are fixed twice daily in London. The “fix” is the reference price on which a large number of precious metal transactions around the world are based. The price is set by a number of market members matching buy and sell orders from all over the world.

 

High, low and average London afternoon fix prices for gold and silver for the period from January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016 and for the last five calendar years are as follows:

 

Gold - London Afternoon Fix Prices - US Dollars            
    High   Low   Average
Period                        
For the nine months ended September 30, 2016   $ 1,366       1,077       1,258  
For the year ended December 31, 2015     1,297       1,040       1,160  
For the year ended December 31, 2014     1,385       1,192       1,266  
For the year ended December 31, 2013     1,694       1,192       1,411  
For the year ended December 31, 2012     1,750       1,540       1,669  
For the year ended December 31, 2011     1,895       1,319       1,572  
   Data Source: Kitco                        

 

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Silver - London Afternoon Fix Prices - US Dollars            
    High   Low   Average
Period                        
For the nine months ended September 30, 2016   $ 20.71       13.58       17.08  
For the year ended December 31, 2015     17.10       13.71       15.68  
For the year ended December 31, 2014     22.05       15.28       19.08  
For the year ended December 31, 2013     32.23       18.61       23.79  
For the year ended December 31, 2012     37.23       28.00       31.15  
For the year ended December 31, 2011     48.70       26.16       35.12  
   Data Source: Kitco                        

 

Our ability to sell the El Capitan Property will be highly dependent upon the price of these precious metals, the market for which can be highly volatile. There is no assurance that we will be able to recover precious metals from the El Capitan Property or that we will generate significant revenue from the sale of the El Capitan Property.

 

Competition

 

The mining industry has historically been highly competitive. It is dominated by multi-billion dollar, multi-national companies that possess resources significantly greater than ours. Additionally, due to our limited resources, we do not intend to develop any of our properties on our own, but rather to only perform exploration on our properties with the anticipation of selling or developing through a joint venture any properties in which our exploration proves successful. Given our size and financial condition, there is no assurance we can compete with any larger companies for the acquisition of additional potential mineral properties, and we have no current plans to do so.

 

Government Regulation

 

Mining and exploration is highly regulated and subject to various constantly changing federal and state laws and regulations. These laws are becoming more and more restrictive, and include without limitation: the Clean Water Act; the Clean Air Act; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; the Endangered Species Act; the Federal Land Policy and Management Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; and related state laws. The environmental protection laws dramatically impact the mining and mineral extraction industries as it pertains to both the use of hazardous materials in the mining and extraction process and from the standpoint of returning the land to a natural look once the mining process is completed. Compliance with federal and state environmental regulations can be expensive and time-consuming, and given our limited resources, such regulations may have a material effect on the success of our operations.

 

Compliance with the various federal and state governmental regulations requires us to obtain multiple permits for each mining property. Although the requirements may differ slightly in each of the respective states in which we may hold claims or may hold claims in the future, the process of securing such permits generally require the filing of a “Notice of Intent to Locate Mining Claims” and the payment of a fee of $25 to the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) office in the state in which the claim is located. Subsequently, we are required to file and record a New Location Notice for each such claim within 90 days of locating the claim, the fee for which is approximately $165. On an annual basis, we are required to pay a maintenance fee of $155 per claim.

 

To the extent we intend to take action on a property that is more than “casual use,” which generally includes activities that cause only negligible disturbance to the land (this would not generally include drilling or operating earthmoving equipment on the property), we are required to prepare and file with the BLM either a notice of operation or plan of operation identifying the activity we intend to take on the property, including a plan of reclamation indicating how we intend to return the land to its prior state upon completion of our activities. For each claim that we file a notice or plan of operations, we are required to pay a one-time reclamation bond to the BLM to be used toward restoration of the property upon completion of our activities. The amount of the reclamation bond is determined by the BLM based upon the scope of the activity described in the notice or plan of operation, and will thus vary with each property.

 

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In connection with the original plan of operation on the El Capitan Property that we filed with the BLM, we were required to pay a reclamation bond of $15,000. Upon payment we were issued a notice to proceed from the BLM. This allowed us to proceed with our original plan of operation on up to five (5) acres.  The permit was received by the Company from the previous owners of the El Capitan Property under a grandfather clause and allows operations on five (5) acres of the property at a time. In 2015, we amended the permit to allow operations on forty acres (40) of property at a time. The amended permit was issued in March 25, 2015, and we were required to increase our reclamation bond to $74,499.

 

In July 2007, we submitted a Plan of Operation for continued exploration on a 2,000 acre parcel within our more than 7,000 acres, at that time, Company claim block near Capitan, New Mexico with the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”). We hired an experienced environmental services firm to manage this effort. Having this permit in place would provide the opportunity for a professional and methodical investigation into the additional geologic potential of this portion of our holdings, without requiring further time-consuming permitting efforts. The area being permitted will allow access to a number of high-potential targets identified through previous surface sampling and remote sensing efforts, as well as to the prospective area to the west of the existing deposit, which remains open to geologic resource extension. The USFS permitting effort is governed by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 (“NEPA”) and under the General Mining Law of 1872, as amended. In conjunction with the USFS filing, the Company submitted an Exploration Permit with the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division (“MMD”). The permitting process is a robust process that can take a significant amount of time to complete. The typical process generally takes longer than the prescribed regulatory time frame, and is dependent upon a number of factors outside of our control, including, without limitation, governmental approvals, licensing and permitting, as well as potential opposition by third parties. Both permits must be approved prior to the commencement of drilling activity. 

 

In July 2008, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the USFS related to the permitting of 112 exploration drill holes planned on 2,000 acres of Company claims in Lincoln County, New Mexico. The action signaled the initiation of the Federal Environmental Assessment (“EA”) permitting process. It was originally anticipated that the receipt of these two permits would occur in the second or third quarter of 2009. Subsequently in late 2008, this process was put on hold due to a lack of working capital and a potential conflict of interest with the USFS by the environmental services firm we were utilizing for the permitting process.

 

In December 2009, we hired a new experienced environmental services firm, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. (“AMEC”), to manage and oversee our continued permitting process. AMEC has drafted a replacement Plan of Operations (“PoO”) and submitted it to the USFS. The USFS has provided technical comments on the PoO and AMEC has responded to their comments and submitted a revised PoO for approval. AMEC has met with representatives of the USFS at the project site to review the proposed exploration locations and general discussion of the project. Subsequent to the meeting, the USFS agreed to work with AMEC to develop the third part of the NEPA scope of work. The USFS provided a draft NEPA scope of work template to AMEC in electronic format. AMEC revised the draft template and submitted it to the USFS for review and approval.

 

AMEC has also prepared the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (“SWPPP”) that will be sent to the agencies upon permit approval. Informational copies of the SWPPP will be provided to the MMD and the USFS.   The SWPPP is an EPA required document for construction projects that disturb more than one (1) acre of land.  Prior to field activities, coverage under the New Mexico Construction General Permit (“CGP”) will be obtained by filing a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) with EPA Region 6. Coverage under the CGP is required prior to field work.  A copy of the SWPPP must be maintained at the project site during all construction activities.  New Mexico does not have primacy over the SWPPP requirements.  EPA Region 6 is the primary agency. 

 

AMEC prepared and submitted a revised New Mexico Mining and Minerals Subpart 4 Exploration permit application. The revised application was submitted on September 16, 2011 and MMD issued administrative completeness determination on October 4, 2012.  The Agency comment period closed on December 31, 2012.  MMD requested a site visit as part of the Agency review process, and the site visit was conducted on December 5, 2012. A second site visit was requested by MMD to view locations that were not accessible.  Revisions to the boring locations were made, based on the field visit, and revised boring location figures were submitted to the MMD on April 26, 2013.  To date a second site visit has not been conducted related to the drill hole sites. 

 

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A PoO was submitted to the USFS in 2011.  Comments were received from the USFS and incorporated into a revised document which was resubmitted to the USFS.  In addition, at the request of the USFS, a NEPA scope of work (“SOW”) was prepared and submitted to the USFS in 2012.  Comments were received from the USFS and incorporated into a revised NEPA SOW.  This activity has been on hold since April 2013.  In February through April 2013, the existing mine permit (L1005 ME) for the El Capitan Property mine site and a cursory review of water rights issues were evaluated. 

 

In May 2014, and in conjunction with requesting modifications to our mining permit, we submitted a revised PoO, as well as the required reclamation plan for the site. The modified permit approval process required we increase the amount of our reclamation bond to $74,495. We posted the increased bond in January 2015 and received the modified mining permit on March 25, 2015.

 

In June 2014 we applied for an Air Quality Permit for our operation, which is tied to the generation of dust from the mining and crushing process. This permit was issued by the New Mexico Environment Department Air Quality Bureau in November 2014.

 

Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) under the Department of Labor cited the Company in March 2016 for violations. The Company contends that the work which was done and work that was being done was according to the handbook issued by MSHA. The Company has challenged the citations and has requested a hearing for Administrative relief.

 

Employees

 

We currently have informal arrangements with two individuals, one of whom is an officer and director of the Company and one is an officer of the Company, who serve as support staff for the functioning of all the corporate activities. There are no written agreements with these individuals. Additionally, we use consultants for the testing and exploration of property claims. If administrative requirements expand, we anticipate that we may hire additional employees, and utilize a combination of employees and consultants as necessary to conduct of these activities. 

 

Available Information

 

The Company is a Nevada corporation with its principal executive office located at 5871 Honeysuckle Road, Prescott, Arizona 86305. The Company’s telephone number is (928) 515-1942.   The Company’s website address is www.elcapitanpmi.com. Our website contains links to download free of charge our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. Unless expressly noted, none of the information on our website is part of this Annual Report.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

Risks Relating to Our Business

 

The volatility of precious metal prices may negatively affect our potential earnings.

 

We anticipate that a significant portion of our future revenues will come from the sale of our El Capitan Property. Our earnings will be directly affected by the prices of precious metals believed to be located on such property. Demand for precious metals can be influenced by economic conditions, including worldwide production, attractiveness as an investment vehicle, the relative strength of the U.S. dollar and local investment currencies, interest rates, exchange rates, inflation and political stability. The aggregate effect of these factors is not within our control and is impossible to predict with accuracy. The price of precious metals has on occasion been subject to very rapid short-term changes due to speculative activities. Downward fluctuations in precious metal prices may adversely affect the value of any discoveries made at the site with which our Company is involved. If the market prices for these precious metals falls below the mining and development costs we incur to produce such precious metals, we will experience the inability to sell our El Capitan Property.

 

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We have not had revenue-generating operations and may never generate revenues.

 

With the exception of immaterial revenue from the sale of two dore’ bars and the sale of iron ore, we have not yet had revenue-generating operations, and it is possible that we will not find marketable amounts of minerals on our El Capitan Property or that the property will ever be sold.  Should we fail to obtain working capital through other avenues, our ability to continue to market our El Capitan Property could be curtailed.

 

Until we confirm recoverable precious metals on our El Capitan Property, we may not have any potential of generating any revenue.

 

Our ability to sell the El Capitan Property depends on the success of our exploration programs and the development of a cost-effective process for recovering precious metals and iron extracted from the mineralized materials at the El Capitan Property. We have not established proven or probable mineral deposits at our El Capitan Property.  Even if exploration leads to a valuable deposit, it might take several years for us to enter into an agreement for sale or joint venture development of the property. During that time, depending on economic conditions and the underlying market values of the precious metals that may be recovered, it might become financially or economically unfeasible to extract the minerals at the property.

 

We may not be able to sell the El Capitan Property or on terms acceptable to us.

 

We are concentrating our efforts on developing a strategic plan to sell the El Capitan Property or potentially enter into a joint venture with a major mining company to operate the mining operation. There is no guarantee that we will be able to find a potential acquirer or joint venture partner on terms that are acceptable to us or at all.

 

Our inability to establish the existence of mineral resources in commercially exploitable quantities on our El Capitan Property may cause our business to fail.

 

To date, we have not established a mineral reserve on the El Capitan Property. A “reserve,” as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Industry Guide 7, is that part of a mineral deposit that can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination. A reserve requires a feasibility study demonstrating with reasonable certainty that the deposit can be economically and legally extracted and produced.  At this time it is not ascertainable or it is possible that the El Capitan Property does not contain a reserve and all resources we spend on exploration of this property may be lost. We have not received feasibility studies. As a result, we have no reserves at the El Capitan Property. In the event we are unable to establish reserves or measured resources acceptable under industry standards, we may be unable to sell or enter into a joint venture with respect to the development of the El Capitan Property, and the business of the Company may fail as a result.

 

Uncertainty of mineralization estimates may diminish our ability to properly value our property.

 

We rely on estimates of the content of mineral deposits on our properties, which estimates are inherently imprecise and depend to some extent on statistical inferences drawn from both limited drilling on our properties and the placement of drill holes that may not be spaced close enough to one another to enable us to establish probable or proven results. These estimates may prove unreliable. Additionally, we have previously relied upon various certified independent laboratories to assay our samples, which may produce results that are not as consistent as a larger commercial laboratory might produce.  Reliance upon erroneous estimates may have an adverse effect upon the financial success of the Company.

  

Any loss of the industry experience of members of our Board and/or our officers may affect our ability to achieve our business objectives.

 

The skills of the Company’s directors span mining, business and legal expertise.  The Company relies on contractors and consultants for certain industry matters.  All of these relationships and the background of the directors would be difficult to replace.  Fulfilling the Company’s objectives might be negatively impacted or prove more costly to obtain if we were to lose the services of these directors, contractors or consultants.  The Company does not own life insurance on any of our officers, directors, contractors or consultants.

 

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The nature of mineral exploration is inherently risky, and we may not ever discover marketable amounts of precious minerals.

 

Exploration for minerals is highly speculative and involves greater risk than many other businesses. Most exploration programs fail to result in the discovery of economically feasible mineralization. Our exploration and mining efforts are subject to the operating hazards and risks common to the industry, such as:

 

  economically insufficient mineralized materials;
  decrease in values due to lower metal prices;
  fluctuations in production cost that may make mining uneconomical;
  unanticipated variations in grade and other geologic problems;
  unusual or unexpected formations;
  difficult surface conditions;
  metallurgical and other processing problems;
  environmental hazards;
  water conditions; and
  government regulations.

 

Any of these risks can adversely affect the feasibility of development of our El Capitan Property, production quantities and rates, and costs and expenditures. We currently have no insurance to guard against any of these risks. If we determine that capitalized costs associated with our El Capitan Property are likely not to be recovered, a write-down of our investment would be necessary. All of these factors may result in unrecoverable losses or cause us to incur potential liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial position.

 

The effect of these factors cannot be accurately predicted, and the combination of any of these factors may prevent us from selling or otherwise developing the El Capitan Property and receiving an adequate return on our invested capital.

 

Extensive government regulation and environmental risks may require us to discontinue or delay our marketing activities for the sale of El Capitan Property.

 

Our business is subject to extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations governing exploration, development, production, labor standards, occupational health, waste disposal, use of toxic substances, environmental regulations, mine safety and other matters. Additionally, new legislation and regulations may be adopted at any time that may affect our business. Compliance with these changing laws and regulations could require increased capital and operating expenditures and could prevent or delay the sale of the El Capitan Property. 

 

Any failure to obtain government approvals and permits may require us to discontinue future exploration on our El Capitan Property.

 

We are required to seek and maintain federal and state government approvals and permits in order to conduct exploration and other activities on our El Capitan Property. The permitting requirements for our respective claims and any future properties we may acquire will be somewhat dependent upon the state in which the property is located, but generally will require an initial filing and fee (of approximately $20) relating to giving notice of an intent to make a claim on such property, followed by a one-time initial filing of a location notice with respect to such claim (approximately $192), an annual maintenance filing for each claim (generally $155 per claim per year), annual filings for bulk fuel and water well permits (typically $5 per year each) and, to the extent we intend to take any significant action on a property (other than casual, surface-level activity), a one-time payment of a reclamation bond to the BLM, which is to be used for the reclamation of the property upon completion of exploration or other significant activity. In order to take any such significant action on a property, we are required to provide the BLM with either a notice of operation or a plan of operation setting forth our intentions. The amount of the reclamation bond is determined by the BLM based upon the scope of the activity described in the notice or plan of operation. With respect to the current plan of operations on the El Capitan Property, the reclamation bond was $15,000, but this amount has been increased to $74,499 with the approval of our modified mining permit in December 2014 and subsequently issued on March 25, 2015.

 

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Obtaining the necessary permits can be a complex and time-consuming process involving multiple jurisdictions, and requiring annual filings and the payment of annual fees. Additionally, the duration and success of our efforts to obtain permits are contingent upon many variables outside of our control and may increase costs of or cause delay to our mining endeavors. There can be no assurance that all necessary approvals and permits will be obtained, and if they are obtained, that the costs involved will make it economically unfeasible to continue our exploration of the El Capitan Property. 

 

As of filing this Annual Report on Form 10-K report, we were issued all our required permits.

 

Mineral exploration is extremely competitive, and we may not have adequate resources to successfully compete.

 

There is a limited supply of desirable mineral properties available for claim staking, lease or other acquisition in the areas where we contemplate participating in exploration activities.  We compete with numerous other companies and individuals, including competitors with greater financial, technical and other resources than we possess, and that are in a better position than us to search for and acquire attractive mineral properties. We have no intention to expand our mineral properties interest outside of the El Capitan Property.

 

Title to any of our properties may prove defective, possibly resulting in a complete loss of our rights to such properties.

 

The primary portion of our holdings includes unpatented mining claims. The validity of unpatented claims is often uncertain and may be contested. These claims are located on federal land or involve mineral rights that are subject to the claims procedures established by the General Mining Law of 1872, as amended. We are required to make certain filings with the county in which the land or mineral is situated and annually with the BLM and pay an annual holding fee of $155 per claim. If we fail to make the annual holding payment or make the required filings, our mining claims would become invalid. In accordance with the mining industry practice, generally a company will not obtain title opinions until it is determined to sell a property. Also no title insurance is available for mining. Accordingly, it is possible that title to some of our claims may be defective and in that event we would not have good and valid title to the El Capitan Property, and we would be forced to curtail or cease our exploratory programs on the property site.

 

Risks Related to Our Common Stock

 

Our common stock is thinly traded, and there is no guarantee of the prices at which the shares will trade.

 

Trading of our common stock is conducted on the OTCQB Marketplace operated by the OTC Markets Group, Inc., or “OTCQB,” under the ticker symbol “ECPN.”  Not being listed for trading on an established securities exchange has an adverse effect on the liquidity of our common stock, not only in terms of the number of shares that can be bought and sold at a given price, but also through delays in the timing of transactions and reduction in security analysts’ and the media’s coverage of the Company.  This may result in lower prices for your common stock than might otherwise be obtained and could also result in a larger spread between the bid and asked prices for our common stock.  Historically, our common stock has been thinly traded, and there is no guarantee of the prices at which the shares will trade, or of the ability of stockholders to sell their shares without having an adverse effect on market prices.

 

Our stock price may be volatile and as a result you could lose all or part of your investment.

 

In addition to volatility associated with securities traded on the OTCQB in general, the value of your investment could decline due to the impact of any of the following factors upon the market price of our common stock:

 

  adverse changes in the worldwide prices for gold, silver or iron ore;
  disappointing results from our exploration or development efforts;
  failure to meet operating budget;
  decline in demand for our common stock;
  downward revisions in securities analysts’ estimates or changes in general market conditions;
  technological innovations by competitors or in competing technologies;
  investor perception of our industry or our prospects; and
  general economic trends.

 

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In addition, stock markets have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations and the market prices of securities generally have been highly volatile. These fluctuations commonly are unrelated to operating performance of a company and may adversely affect the market price of our common stock. As a result, investors may be unable to resell their shares at a fair price.

 

We have never paid dividends on our common stock and we do not anticipate paying any dividends in the foreseeable future.

 

We have not paid dividends on our common stock to date, and we may not be in a position to pay dividends in the foreseeable future. Our ability to pay dividends depends on our ability to successfully develop the El Capitan Property and generate revenue from future operations. Further, our initial earnings, if any, will likely be retained to finance our growth. Any future dividends will depend upon our earnings, our then-existing financial requirements and other factors and will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors.

  

Because our common stock is a “penny stock,” it may be difficult to sell shares of our common stock at times and prices that are acceptable.

 

Our common stock is a “penny stock.” Broker-dealers who sell penny stocks must provide purchasers of these stocks with a standardized risk disclosure document prepared by the SEC. This document provides information about penny stocks and the nature and level of risks involved in investing in the penny stock market. A broker must also give a purchaser, orally or in writing, bid and offer quotations and information regarding broker and salesperson compensation, make a written determination that the penny stock is a suitable investment for the purchaser, and obtain the purchaser’s written agreement to the purchase. The penny stock rules may make it difficult for you to sell your shares of our common stock. Because of these rules, many brokers choose not to participate in penny stock transactions and there is less trading in penny stocks. Accordingly, you may not always be able to resell shares of our common stock publicly at times and prices that you feel are appropriate.

 

We may raise additional capital to fund our operations. The manner in which we raise any additional funds may affect the value of your investment in our common stock.

 

Although we have no current expectation to pursue financings beyond those contemplated by the Equity Purchase Agreement with River North Equity LLC (discussed below and in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”), we may be required to do so if our circumstances change or opportunities requiring expenditures in excess of the proceeds available under the Equity Purchase Agreement present themselves. We have no current committed sources of additional capital. We do not know whether additional financing will be available on terms favorable or acceptable to us when needed, if at all. To the extent that we raise additional capital by issuing equity securities, our stockholders may experience dilution. In addition, we may grant future investors rights superior to those of our existing stockholders. If we raise additional funds by incurring debt, we could incur significant interest expense and become subject to covenants in the related transaction documentation that could affect the manner in which we conduct our business. If adequate additional capital is not available when required, we may be forced to reduce or eliminate our marketing efforts for the sale of the El Capitan Property.

 

As a public reporting company, we are subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, or Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as to the information and reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and other federal securities laws. As a result, we incur significant legal, accounting, and other expenses, including costs associated with our public company reporting requirements and corporate governance requirements. As an example of public reporting company requirements, we evaluate the effectiveness of disclosure controls and procedures and of our internal control over financing reporting in order to allow management to report on such controls

 

Our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of September 30, 2016 due to a failure to maintain sufficient personnel with an appropriate level of technical accounting knowledge, experience, and training in the application of generally accepted accounting principles commensurate with the complexity of our equity derivative financial instruments issued with certain debt transactions. As a result, there is a lack of monitoring of the accounting and reporting process for these types of transactions. To address these types of transactions and concur on their treatment, we will have qualified professional review the transaction treatment prior to recording on the books of the Company

 

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Risks Relating to the Equity Purchase Agreement with River North

 

In connection with the Equity Purchase Agreement dated March 16, 2016, as amended on December 9, 2016 (as so amended, the “Purchase Agreement”), with River North Equity, LLC (“River North”), further described in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” below, the following risk factors should be taken into account by investors:

 

Resales of shares purchased by River North under the Purchase Agreement may cause the market price of our common stock to decline.

 

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Purchase Agreement, we have the right to “put,” or sell, up to $5,000,000 worth of shares of our common stock to River North. Unless terminated earlier, River North’s purchase commitment will automatically terminate on the earlier of the date on which River North shall have purchased shares pursuant to the Purchase Agreement for an aggregate purchase price of $5,000,000 or March 16, 2018. The common stock to be issued to River North pursuant to the Purchase Agreement will be purchased at a price equal to 85% of the Market Price, which is defined as the average of the two lowest closing bid prices on the OTCQB, as reported by Bloomberg Finance L.P., during the five consecutive trading days including and immediately prior to the settlement date of the sale, which in most circumstances will be the trading day immediately following the date that a put notice is delivered to River North (a “Put Date”); provided, however, that an additional 5% will be added to the discount if (i) we are not DWAC eligible and (ii) an additional 10% will be added to the discount if we are under DTC chill status on date of the applicable put notice. In addition, if either (i) the closing bid price the common stock is less than $0.10 per share on the Put Date, or (ii) the average daily trading volume in dollar amount for the common stock during the ten trading days including and immediately preceding a Put Date is less than $50,000, then an additional 10% discount to the Market Price will be taken when calculating the purchase price for the shares. River North will have the financial incentive to sell the shares of our common stock issuable under the Purchase Agreement in advance of or upon receiving such shares and to realize the profit equal to the difference between the discounted price and the current market price of the shares. This may cause the market price of our common stock to decline.

 

The foregoing description of the terms of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement itself.

 

Puts under the Purchase Agreement may cause dilution to existing shareholders.

 

Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, River North has committed to purchase up to $5,000,000 worth of shares of our common stock. This arrangement is also sometimes referred to herein as the “Equity Line.” From time to time during the term of the Purchase Agreement, and at our sole discretion, we may present River North with a put notice requiring River North to purchase shares of our common stock. As a result, our existing stockholders will experience immediate dilution upon the purchase of any of the shares by River North. River North may resell some, if not all, of the shares that we issue to it under the Purchase Agreement and such sales could cause the market price of the common stock to decline significantly. To the extent of any such decline, any subsequent puts would require us to issue and sell a greater number of shares to River North in exchange for each dollar of the put amount. Under these circumstances, the existing stockholders of our company will experience greater dilution. The effect of this dilution may, in turn, cause the price of our common stock to decrease further, both because of the downward pressure on the stock price that would be caused by a large number of sales of our shares into the public market by River North, and because our existing stockholders may disagree with a decision to sell shares to River North at a time when our stock price is low, and may in response decide to sell additional shares, further decreasing our stock price. If we draw down amounts under the Equity Line when our share price is decreasing, we will need to issue more shares to raise the same amount of funding.

 

There is no guarantee that we will satisfy the conditions to the Purchase Agreement.

 

Although the Purchase Agreement provides that we can require River North to purchase, at our discretion, up to $5,000,000 worth of shares of our common stock in the aggregate, our ability to put shares to River North and obtain funds when requested is limited by the terms and conditions of the Purchase Agreement, including restrictions on when we may exercise our put rights, restrictions on the amount we may put to River North at any one time, which is determined in part by the trading volume of our common stock, and a limitation on our ability to put shares to River North to the extent that it would cause River North to beneficially own more than 9.99% of the outstanding shares of our common stock.

 

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We may not have access to the full amount available under the Purchase Agreement with River North.

 

Our ability to draw down funds and sell shares under the Purchase Agreement requires that a registration statement (and periodic post-effective amendments thereto) be declared effective and continue to be effective registering the resale of shares issuable under the Purchase Agreement. We filed a registration statement on Form S-1 registering the resale of 25,000,000 shares of our common stock, and that registration statement was declared effective on April 20, 2016. Our ability to sell any additional shares issuable under the Purchase Agreement is subject to our ability to prepare and file one or more additional registration statements registering the resale of such additional shares. These registration statements may be subject to review and comment by the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will require the consent of our independent registered public accounting firm. Therefore, the timing of effectiveness of these registration statements cannot be assured. The effectiveness of these registration statements is a condition precedent to our ability to sell all of the shares of our common stock to River North under the Purchase Agreement. Even if we are successful in causing one or more registration statements registering the resale of some or all of the shares issuable under the Purchase Agreement to be declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a timely manner, we may not be able to sell the shares unless certain other conditions are met. For example, we might have to increase the number of our authorized shares in order to issue the shares to River north. Increasing the number of our authorized shares will require board and stockholder approval. Accordingly, because our ability to draw down any amounts under the Purchase Agreement with River North is subject to a number of conditions, there is no guarantee that we will be able to draw down all of the proceeds of $5,000,000 under the Purchase Agreement.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

 

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

 

El Capitan Property

 

Our primary asset is the 100% equity interest in El Capitan, Ltd., an Arizona corporation (“ECL”), which holds a 100% interest in the El Capitan property located near Capitan, New Mexico (the “El Capitan Property”).

 

 

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Below is a map setting forth the location of the El Capitan Property.

 

 [Map setting forth the location of the El Capitan Property]

 

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Location and Access to Deposits

 

 [Map showing location and access to deposits]

 

The El Capitan Property is situated in the Capitan Mountains, near the city of Capitan, in southwest New Mexico. The main site can be reached by going north from Capitan on State Road 246 for 5.5 miles, turning right onto an improved private road and proceeding for about 0.75 mile.

 

Description of Interests

 

The El Capitan Property originally consisted of four (4) patented and nine (9) BLM lode claims; and mineral deposits are covered by these claims. The lode claims, known as Mineral Survey Numbers 1440, 1441, 1442 and 1443, were each located in 1902 and patented in 1911. On January 1, 2006, ECL finalized the purchase of the four (4) patented mining claims on the property, which constitute approximately 77.5 acres in the aggregate. These claims are bounded by the Lincoln National Forest in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

 

Based upon recommendations from our consulting geologist, we have staked and claimed property surrounding the El Capitan Property site located in Lincoln County, New Mexico, increasing the acreage of our total BLM claimed area. We continue to maintain BLM load claims covering the approximately 240 acres and increased our BLM claimed area in 2016 to 2,240 acres that support the Company’s mineral exploration operating plans.

 

The Company has four grants from President Woodrow Wilson which Grants Rights and easements to the property.

 

The Company has power supplied to a mobile home on the patented land by Otero County Electric Co-op, Inc.

 

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Currently the Company transports water to the El Capitan Property in a Company-owned water truck. The Company plans to have a water well permitted and drilled on a turn-key basis and has received initial bids on this project. The well will be situated on our patented property.

 

Mineral Title

 

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s holdings at the El Capitan Property consist of four (4) patented mining claims, covering approximately 77.5 acres (the “Patented Claims”), and twelve (112) lode claims with the BLM, covering approximately 2,240 acres (the “BLM Claims”). The Patented Claims and BLM Claims are held in the name of ECL and ECPN. The BLM Claims are Federal unpatented mining claims for locatable minerals and are located on public land and held pursuant to the General Mining Law of 1872, as amended. The Company fully owns the mining rights and believes the claims are in good standing in accordance with the mining laws of the United States.

 

To maintain our claims in good standing, for its Patented Claims the Company must pay annual property taxes to Lincoln County, and for its BLM Claims, the Company must pay annual assessment fees to the BLM and record the payment of rental fees with Lincoln County. The current year annual assessment and recording costs for our BLM Claims total approximately $25,560. The Company has paid the required assessment fees for 2016 assessment year (September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017).

 

The Company has no underlying agreements or royalty agreements on any of its claims.

 

The map set forth below shows the location of our claims on the El Capitan Property as of September 30, 2016:

 

[Map showing the location of claims on the El Capitan Property] 

 

 

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Permits

 

Pursuant to the New Mexico Mining Act, the MMD issued Permit No. L1005ME to ECL. The permit is a “minimal impact existing mining operation.” In 2015, the Company was issued a modified permit that increased the portion of the El Capitan Property on which we could conduct exploration activities from five acres to 40 acres The modified permit approval process required we increase the amount of our reclamation bond to $74,495.

 

The New Mexico Environmental Department issued our Air Quality Permit, NSR permit No. 5951 in November 2014.

 

Previous Operations

 

To our knowledge, prior to its acquisition by ECL, the property was last active in 1988. The property was previously drilled with a total of approximately 160 short core holes by the U,S, Bureau of Mines in 1944 and 1948.  The results of this drilling showed that our patented claims contain a combined indicated and inferred resource of approximately 2.5 million short tons of potential iron ore containing an average 53.38% magnetite.  This equates to a resource of approximately 1.34 million short tons of contained magnetite in the deposit.  Reported analytical results on drill core show that magnetite in the deposit has an average of 66.82% TFe (percent total iron). From 1961 to 1988, to our knowledge, an estimated 250,000 tons of iron were produced on the property. Prior to December 2004, there had not been any significant exploration completed on the property. There had only been shallow drilling of the upper magnetite horizon, which was completed by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1944 and 1948, and additionally performed by ECL in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, there was geologic mapping of the property at a scale of 1:3,600 by Kelley in 1952. 

 

There were no significant surface disturbances or contamination issues found on the surface or underground water due to the historical mining activities referred to above and no remediation has been required to be performed by the Company. However, the Company was required to provide, and has provided, a $15,000 financial assurance in connection with the issuance of our Permit No. L1005ME by the MMD.

 

Geology

 

The main El Capitan Property deposit is exposed in an open-pit and outcrops within a nearly circular 1,300 foot diameter area, with smaller bodies stretching eastward for a distance of up to 7,000 feet. The El Capitan Property includes two magnetite-dominant bodies. The upper magnetite zone lies below a limestone cap that is a few tens of feet thick, and that is bleached and fractured with hematite-calcite fracture filling. Hematite is an iron oxide mineral, and calcite is a calcium carbonate mineral. Below the limestone cap, there is a mineral deposit which consists mainly of calc-silicate minerals, or minerals which have various ratios of calcium, silicon and oxygen. Beneath the calc-silicate deposit is granite rock. The El Capitan Property has an abundance of hematite, which occurs with calcite in later stage fracture fillings, breccias (rock composed of sharp-angled fragments), and stockworks (multi-directional fractured rock containing veinlets of hydrothermally introduced materials). 

 

Potential mineralization has been defined as two separate types: (i) magnetite iron, and (ii) hematite-calcite mineralized skarn and limestone, which may contain precious metals. By using core holes located at strategic points throughout the property, we have been able to develop subsurface information and define the mineralization. To date, there have been no proven commercial precious metals reserves on the El Capitan Property site. To establish “reserves” (as defined under Industry Guide 7 issued by the SEC), we will be required to establish that the property is commercially viable.  As of September 30, 2015, we have not completed a feasibility study on the property, and thus cannot identify the economic significance of the property, if any, at this time.

 

Exploration

 

Historical

 

After a preliminary sampling and assay program in early 2005, the Company implemented three stages of diamond drilling and rotary drilling, totaling 45 holes between April 2005 and September 2006.

 

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Stage 1 of the drilling program was completed between April and May 2005, and consisted of 1,391 feet drilled in 12 vertical core holes, with depths ranging from 38 to 142 feet. Between June and August 2005, we completed Stage 2 drilling, which consisted of both drilling in areas adjacent to some of the Stage 1 drilling holes and drilling in new target areas to the southwest of the main deposit site. Stage 2 drilling consisted of 1,204 feet of combined core and rotary footage in 10 vertical holes, ranging from 24.5 to 344.5 feet in depth. The Stage 3 drilling program began in February 2006 and was completed in May 2006. The program consisted of 23 vertical reverse drill holes totaling 9,685 feet and varying depths from 270 to 710 feet. Drill cuttings were sent to AuRIC and fusion assays of these holes were completed. The samples were collected and controlled under “Chain-of-Custody” by our outside quality control person.

 

Because caustic fusion is not a precious metal industry accepted assay technique, we retained M.H.S. Research of Lakewood, Colorado (“M.H.S.”) in August 2006 to research and develop a modified fire assay technique that we believe is more appropriate for the material from the El Capitan Property. Preliminary results to date by M.H.S. indicated values that meet or exceed the values obtained by AuRic. The principal of M.H.S. is Michael Thomas who had over thirty years of experience in geology and mining related area including extensive laboratory work in fire assaying, mineral processing and precious metals recovery. He also was an adjunct professor in the Mining Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines providing part-time instruction in mineral processing and fire assays.

 

We also retained the services of Dr. Clyde Smith to manage the exploration of the property. Dr. Smith is a Consulting Geologist who has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Dr. Smith holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. Dr. Smith also served as a member of the Industrial Associates of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University for several years.

 

After several months of investigation into the composite sample from the El Capitan Property, M.H.S. results have shown the ability to readily produce ‘metal-in-hand’ using a minor modification of standard fire assay procedures. Mr. Thomas began testing various fire assay fluxes to improve the effectiveness and repeatability of the fire assay procedure on the specific rock matrix of this material. M.H.S. worked in these areas and performed multiple replicate tests on chain of custody composite material in order to establish a benchmark head grade for the composite sample. There can be no assurance that any mineral grade or recovery determined in a small scale laboratory test can or will be duplicated in larger tests under on-site conditions or during mineral exploration.

 

The Company has entered into agreements with various contractors (as referenced above) for exploration of the El Capitan Property. Each of the respective contractors utilizes its own equipment to complete such exploration and testing.

 

The Company has worked with third parties to analyze samples from the El Capitan Property to create an economically feasible recovery model for the El Capitan Property mineralized material. We have successfully utilized a repeatable concentration and recovery procedure, which is a modified fire assay technique, to allow evaluation of the mineralized material. Results using this procedure have been positive and show potential economically feasible mineralized material.  The Company has not filed any geological reports on SEDAR for review by Canadian authorities and does not intend to do so.

 

The Company and Gold and Minerals Company, Inc. (“G&M”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, have incurred a total of $10,907,023 in exploration and mine development costs associated with the El Capitan Property.  G&M incurred $5,275,916 in exploration costs from January 1, 1994 through January 19, 2011, at which time it was merged into the Company, and the Company has incurred $5,631,107 in exploration costs from its inception on July 26, 2002 through September 30, 2016.  The foregoing exploration and mine development costs include costs associated with drilling, assaying, filing fees, extraction process development, consultant, geological, metallurgical, chemist, environmental and legal fees, and other miscellaneous property exploration costs have been expensed as required under the SEC Industry Guide 7.

 

Current

 

In 2014, we utilized and verified the three recovery processes on the El Capitan Property mineralized material: cyanide leaching utilizing various pre-step ore processing, silver – lead inquarting, and the fine grind and magnetic separation method. The final verification process is to ensure that value of the El Capitan Property mineralized materials is sufficient so that the costs of the recovery process are not prohibitive in comparison to the price of the precious metals recoverable at the El Capitan Property.

 

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Based upon the test results that utilized the fine-grinding and separation method, we moved forward with our strategic plan for a limited-scale continued mineral exploration at the El Capitan Property site in New Mexico in support of the sale of that property. The chain-of-custody samples were finely milled and magnetically separated using specific gravity concentrating methodology from extraction testing represents the complete methodology - from samples to final mineralized materials without the use of cyanide.

 

In March 2014, we announced that the Company reached an agreement with Logistica US Terminals LLC (“Logistica”), a Texas-based limited liability company and member of LIT Group network. The contract, which is the first of several contracts with high-profile mining industry companies, supports the Company’s mineral exploration plans and represents a tactical initiative to support the marketing and potential sale of the El Capitan Property. Under the terms of a Master Service Agreement, Logistica has agreed to finance and operate the extraction of iron from mineralized materials at the El Capitan Property mine and provide the Company with a turnkey solution that also includes shipment of the iron to ports where buyers will take delivery. The contracts with Logistica were superseded by a new agreement entered into on January 5, 2016 to encompass our concentrated mineralized material.

 

In March 2014, we also announced that we reached an agreement with GlencoreXstrata for the purchase of iron from the El Capitan Property mine. Under the terms of the agreement, GlencoreXstrata committed to ongoing purchases of iron from the El Capitan Property. GlencoreXstrata will issue a Letter of Credit to guarantee payment on iron sales. Because of current market iron ore prices, the contract has not implemented

 

In late April 2014, we announced the purchase of a heavy metals separation system from AuraSource, Inc. that uses state-of-the-art technology to separate hematite and magnetite from other elements in the El Capitan Property mineralized deposits. The AuraSource system leaves a rich concentrate of mineralized material that we will use to extract precious metals. We have successfully completed the assembly and testing of the AuraSource heavy metals separation system at the El Capitan Property.

 

In May 2014, we announced recovery results of .40 of gold equivalent per ton of El Capitan Property samples. The precious metals processing was completed in China as part of testing related to the calibration and tuning of the heavy metals separation device that will be used on site at the El Capitan Property in New Mexico. After the separation of the hematite and magnetite from the El Capitan Property mineralized materials, an independent lab processed the precious metals that yielded the .40 of gold equivalent per ton of samples. Parameters used to calculate the economic value were 0.20, 3.2 and 0.25 ounces of gold, silver and palladium per ton, respectively, of mineralized material at the current market price.

 

The Company currently has methods for both the separation of the iron and the separation and recovery of mineralized material that have repeatedly yielded consistent and commercially viable economic value results. Yet another significant aspect of these breakthrough technologies for separation and recovery is that they are environmentally friendly and do not rely on the use of caustic chemicals. 

 

We have a 5-acre minimal impact mining permit that can be used on our patented land and has been modified to encompass allowing exploration on 40 acres at a time on our patented land. The modified permit was issued on March 25, 2015. The Company’s Clean Air Permit was also issued in late November 2014.

 

In September 2014, we announced that we had reached an agreement for the sale of mineralized tailings from the El Capitan Property to a Hong Kong-based trading company. This agreement was not finalized due to a disagreement regarding which party would serve the importer of the mineralized materials. Other contributing factors to the delay on finalizing this contract were disputes involving unionized dock workers that hindered trade at international seaports on the West coast of the United States during the first and second quarters of 2015, and the subsequent downturn of the China economy later in 2015.

 

At September 30, 2015, the El Capitan Property has been prepared for mineral exploration with issuance of the modified minimal impact mining permit and other required permits on our patented land. Leased fencing encompasses the mineral exploration area and other criteria that the MMD has required and inspected. Mineral exploration will be conducted on open pit basis and no tunneling will be involved.

 

We engage third party consultants and companies to provide mineral exploration and analysis of samples.  As part of its selection process, we take into account the quality assurance practices of such consultants and companies prior to engagement. Consequently, the Company has not created an independent quality assurance program.

 

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Description of Equipment

 

We have purchased a heavy metals separation system from AuraSource, Inc that uses state-of-the-art technology to separate hematite and magnetite from other elements in the mineralized materials collected at the El Capitan Property. The AuraSource process separates the head ore into three products: iron ore, precious metals and middlings, which is mostly a waste product. The system does not use any water or toxic chemicals and utilizes complete green industrial extraction of precious metals. At full capacity, the machine can process up to 400 tons of mineralized material per hour. The Company built various protective coverings for the AuraSource machine and for storage of small tools and other related enhancements relative to our project.

 

The Company has purchased a water truck to transport water to the El Capitan Property pending the drilling on-site. We also have a mobile home situated on our patented land. The Company currently has no other material equipment or buildings on site.

 

From time to time, we have entered into agreements with various personnel and companies to conduct exploration projects on the El Capitan Property. Each of the respective companies utilizes its own equipment to perform contracted work at the El Capitan Property. Currently our contract miner has used various types of equipment on the El Capitan Property site, which has been rented to perform the required mining activities.

 

Other Properties

 

As previously reported, the Company has a 20% joint venture interest in the COD Property, an underground property located in the Cerbat mountains in Mohave County, Arizona, approximately 11 miles north, northwest of Kingman, Arizona. The Company entered into a joint venture agreement related to this property in May 2004. Based upon the events and financial condition of the 80% joint venture partner, we have determined that this joint venture is not viable and, as a result, the Company does not consider the COD Property to be a material property of the Company at this time. 

 

Executive Offices and Administrative Offices

 

The executive and administrative office is at 5871 Honeysuckle Road, Prescott. Arizona 86305. The office premises are contributed free of charge by Mr. Stephen J. Antol, Chief Financial Officer for the Company. We believe that the offices are adequate to meet our current operational requirements. Other than our property as described above, we do not own any real property. 

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

We are not currently subject to any legal proceedings, and to the best of our knowledge, no such proceeding is threatened, the results of which would have a material impact on our properties, results of operation, or financial condition.  Nor, to the best of our knowledge, are any of our officers or directors involved in any legal proceedings in which we are an adverse party.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

During our current fiscal operating year the Company received various minor violations from MSHA. The proposed assessments are currently being contested by the Company and we are waiting for a requested hearing before the independent Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. The proposed assessments aggregate $1,864.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Market Information

 

Our common stock trades on the OTCQB Marketplace operated by the OTC Markets Group, Inc., or “OTCQB,” under the ticker symbol “ECPN.” The following table sets forth the range of high and low closing bid quotes of our common stock per quarter as reported by the OTCQB for the past two fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. All quoted prices reflect inter-dealer prices without retail mark-up, mark-down or commission and may not necessarily represent actual transactions.

 

    Price Range
Quarter Ended   High     Low
               
September 30, 2016   $ 0.199     $ 0.035
June 30, 2016   $ 0.074     $ 0.030
March 31, 2016   $ 0.067     $ 0.034
December 31, 2015   $ 0.995     $ 0.045
               
September 30, 2015   $ 0.095     $ 0.060
June 30, 2015   $ 0.155     $ 0.056
March 31, 2015   $ 0.125     $ 0.075
December 31, 2014   $ 0.180     $ 0.090

 

Holders

 

As of January 11, 2017, we had approximately 1,423 holders of record of our common stock, one of which was Cede & Co., a nominee for Depository Trust Company, or DTC. Shares of common stock that are held by financial institutions as nominees for beneficial owners are deposited into participant accounts at DTC, and are considered to be held of record by Cede & Co. as one stockholder. As of January 11, 2017, we had approximately 8,250 beneficial holders of our common stock.

 

Dividends

 

To date, the Company has not declared or paid any cash dividends since its inception, and does not intend to declare any such dividends in the foreseeable future. Our ability to pay dividends is subject to limitations imposed by Nevada law. Under Nevada law, dividends may be paid to the extent that a corporation’s assets exceed its liabilities and it is able to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of business. 

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

 

On October 1, 2015, the Company issued 700,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to an officer for accrued back compensation. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

On November 26, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement with an accredited third party financing source for the repayment of a note and accrued interest. As consideration in retirement of the loan and accrued interest, the Company issued 3,500,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to the lender. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

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On December 16, 2015, the Company entered into an agreement with an accredited third party financing source for the repayment of a note and accrued interest up to October 31, 2015. As consideration in retirement of the loan and accrued interest, the Company issued 3,772,728 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to the lender. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

In April 2016, the Company issued to two lenders in connection with a loan extension, 75,000 shares each of restricted common stock with an aggregate value of $4,858 on the date of issuance. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

On April 22, 2016, the Company issued a total of 600,000 shares of restricted common stock to an individual for accrued compensation and expenses payable that was valued at $23,640 on the date of issuance. The issuance of the 600,000 shares of restricted common stock was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

On June 9, 2016, we issued 2,879,127 shares of restricted common stock for an aggregate of $52,256 in principal and accrued interest under a promissory note. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

During the quarter ended June 30, 2016, we issued 1,166,814 shares of common stock to River North Equity, LLC (“River North”) under the Equity Purchase Agreement dated March 16, 2016 (the “Purchase Agreement”) between the Company and River North for aggregate proceeds of $45,995. The issuances of shares were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

During the quarter ended September 30, 2016, we issued 3,462,228 shares of restricted common stock in final conversion of an aggregate of $67,960 in principal and accrued interest under a promissory note. The issuances of shares were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

On August 4, 2016, the Company issued 500,000 shares of restricted common stock to a creditor for carrying a significant balance with a value of $36,000 on the date of issuance. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

On August 8, 2016, we issued 9,506,619 shares of restricted common stock for complete conversion of an aggregate of $186,662 in principal and accrued interest under a promissory note. The issuance of shares was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering. 

 

During the six months ended September 30, 2016, we issued 11,905,792 shares of common stock to River North under the Purchase Agreement between the Company and River North for aggregate proceeds of $825,684. The issuances of shares were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide disclosure pursuant to this item.

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Overview of Business

 

The Company is an exploration stage company as defined by the SEC’s Industry Guide 7 as the Company has no established reserves as required under Industry Guide 7. We are principally engaged in the exploration of precious metals and other minerals on the El Capitan property located near Capitan, New Mexico (the “El Capitan Property”). We have recorded nominal revenues in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 consisting of revenue for test loads of iron ore to a construction contractor. 

 

We commenced planned mineral exploration activity in the quarter ended December 2015 under our modified mining permit. However, we have not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at our El Capitan Property.  As a result, and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for exploration stage companies, all expenditures for exploration and evaluation of our property are expensed as incurred. 

 

For complete details regarding the business of the Company, see “Item 1. Business” and “Item 2. Properties,” above.

 

Results of Operations - Fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 compared to fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

 

We are an exploration stage company and have not yet realized any material revenue from operations through our fiscal year 2016. We realized a net increase in operating expenses of $895,423, from $$2,264,029 for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015 to $3,159,452 for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. The increase is comprised mainly of increases in mine and exploration costs of $1,607,241. These increases were offset by decreases in legal and accounting of $125,639 and other general and administrative expenses of $568,355.

 

The increase in exploration costs is mainly associated with the start-up active mining operations at the El Capitan Property and includes a one-time non-cash contract cost of $589,000. Costs were incurred to clear vegetation, prepare pads to work on and for the operating equipment. Other major cost incurred was in conjunction with concentrating the ore to various specifications for testing by various refiners. We also made significant improvements to the road to the site as required by MSHA. Under SEC Guide 7, we are required to expense all incurred associated costs. The decrease in legal and accounting expenses occurred due to decreased legal fees related to the negotiation and preparation of contracts and agreements associated with the prior fiscal year. The decrease in other general and administrative expenses is attributable to decreased non-cash costs associated with options and warrants aggregating $494,497 and depreciation expensed against operations in the current fiscal year of $58,244.

 

Our net loss increased by $1,664,264 from $2,843,473 for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015 to $4,507,737 for the current fiscal year ended September 30, 2016. The increase in net loss is mainly attributable to the net increase in operating expenses detailed above and an increase in a non-cash loss on derivative instruments aggregating $767,940. 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of September 30, 2016, we had cash on hand of $296,619 and a working capital deficit of $1,334,349. Based upon our budgeted burn rate, we currently have operating capital for approximately three months. The Company has historically relied on equity or debt financings to finance its ongoing operations. Currently, the Company intends to rely on the sale of stock under the Purchase Agreement with River North to fund its ongoing operations until such time as the Company can generate revenue from its mineral exploration and mining activities.

 

Our current financing arrangements are summarized below under the caption “Recent Financing Activities.” Our only committed source of future financing is pursuant to the Purchase Agreement with River North. To the extent that we are required to raise additional capital, we do not know whether it will be available on terms favorable or acceptable to us when needed, if at all. To the extent that we raise additional capital by issuing equity securities, our stockholders may experience dilution. In addition, we may grant future investors rights superior to those of our existing stockholders. If we raise additional funds by incurring debt, we could incur significant interest expense and become subject to covenants in the related transaction documentation that could affect the manner in which we conduct our business. If adequate additional capital is not available when required, we may be forced to reduce or eliminate our exploration activities and our marketing efforts for the sale of the El Capitan Property, or suspend our operations entirely.

 

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Recent Financing Activities

 

Agreements with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC

 

On January 5, 2016, we entered into our current agreement with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”). Under the agreement we will provide to Logistica concentrated ore to their specifications at the mine site. Logistica will transport, process, and refine the precious metals concentrates to sell to precious metals buyers. The terms of the new agreement provide for the recovery of hard costs related to the concentrates by both parties prior to the distribution of profits. The agreement also provides for the future issuance of 10,000,000 shares of our restricted common stock and the elimination of a $100,000 accrued liability to Logistica for prior services rendered. When certain terms and conditions are met, the Agreement calls for Logistica to arrange for a letter of credit for working capital for the mining, processing and sale activities under the Agreement. The shares were issued in August 2016. The new agreement supersedes previous agreements with Logistica entered into in March 2014. See “Item 1. Business – Business Operations - Arrangements with Glencore AG and Logistica.”

 

October 17, 2014 Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement

 

On October 17, 2014, we entered into a private Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement with an accredited investor pursuant to which we borrowed $500,000 against delivery of a promissory note (the “2014 Note”) in such amount and issued warrants to purchase 882,352 shares of our common stock pursuant to the Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement. The promissory note carries an interest rate of 8% per annum, was initially due on July 17, 2015 and is secured by a first priority security interest in all right, title and interest of the Company in and to the net proceeds received by the Company from its sale of tailings separated from iron recovered by the Company at the El Capitan Property. On August 24, 2015, the 2014 Note was mutually extended from July 17, 2015 to January 17, 2016. In consideration of the extension, the Company amended the common stock purchase warrant to purchase 4,714,286 shares (subject to adjustment) of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.07 per share. The warrant dated October 17, 2014 was cancelled. On January 19, 2016, the amended 2014 Note was extended from January 17, 2016 to September 19, 2016. In consideration of the extension, we issued to the investor a fully vested three year common stock purchase warrant to purchase 471,429 shares (subject to adjustment) of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.051 per share, the closing price on the date of the agreed extension agreement. The fair value of the warrants was determined to be $16,775 using Black-Scholes option price model and was expensed during the three months ended March 31, 2016. The issuance of the new warrant was exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under the amended 2014 Note was $400,000 and accrued interest was $1,140. Subsequent to our current fiscal year the investor verbally agreed to reduce the outstanding principal balance of this note by an additional $150,000 along with the current accrued interest.

 

February 4, 2015 Unsecured Promissory Notes

 

On February 4, 2015, we issued unsecured promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $63,000, of which $30,000 is issued to MRI, a company controlled by John F. Stapleton, who served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of the Company at that time and who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Outstanding amounts under these notes accrue interest at 18% per year, with all principal and accrued interest being due and payable on February 4, 2016. As additional consideration for the loan, we issued 200,000 shares of our restricted common stock for each note for a total of 400,000 shares. The relative fair value of the common stock was determined to be $21,211 and was recorded as discounts to the promissory notes was amortized to interest expense over the life of the notes. On February 4, 2016, one of the promissory notes was amended to extend the maturity date from February 4, 2016 to February 4, 2017 and reduced the interest rate to 10% per year. The Company also agreed to add the accrued interest on the note at February 4, 2016 of $5,940 to the principle of the note. In consideration of the amendment, the Company agreed to issue an aggregate 150,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to the lenders and the Board of Directors approved the issuance on April 22, 2016. One of the lenders is affiliated with the Company and provided $30,000 of the original $63,000 loaned funds and has agreed to extend the note to February 4, 2017 at the same rate of interest and the issuance of 200,000 shares of our restricted common stock. Our obligations under both notes are personally guaranteed by the Company’s director and Chief Executive Officer at the time of the original notes.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, aggregate amortization expense of $12,065 was recognized, the aggregate outstanding balance under these notes at September 30, 2016 was $68,940, accrued interest was $11,486 and the unamortized discounts on the notes payable was $1,769.

 

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April 16, 2015 Installment Loan

 

On April 16, 2015, we entered into an agreement with a third party financing source pursuant to which the lender committed to loan the Company a total of $200,000 in installments. Installments on this loan have been advanced as follows:

 

Installment Date     Amount  
         
April 17, 2015   $ 50,000  
May 15, 2015   $ 50,000  
June 16, 2015   $ 25,000  
July 20, 2015   $ 25,000  
August 18, 2015   $ 25,000  
September 18, 2015   $ 25,000  

 

The loan accrued interest at 10% per year, with all principal and accrued interest being due and payable on April 17, 2016. To secure the loan, we granted the lender a security interest in the AuraSource heavy metals separation system located on the El Capitan Property. As additional consideration for the loan, the Company issued 3,000,000 shares of our restricted common stock to the note holder. The note, including a portion of accrued interest of $7,500, was satisfied in its entirety in December 2015 in exchange for 3,772,728 restricted shares of our restricted common stock. The note and accrued interest retired aggregated $207,500 and the fair value of the stock was $215,423. The Company recorded a loss on the debt conversion of $7,923. At September 30, 2016, unpaid accrued interest remained of $2,466.

 

August 31, 2015 Working Capital Loan

 

On August 31, 2015, we entered into an agreement with a third party financing source pursuant to which the lender committed to loan the Company $100,000 for working capital. As an incentive for the financing, we issued 2,000,000 shares of restricted common stock. The investor decided not to accept the shares because of income tax implications and they were returned to our transfer agent and returned to the treasury. The agreement had an annual interest rate of 2% and was due November 15, 2015. The agreement provided for payment of one-half (1/2) of the gross revenues that the Company may receive from its mining activities towards the principal and accrued interest. The note, including accrued interest, was satisfied in its entirety in December 2015 in exchange for 3,500,000 restricted shares of the Company’s common stock. The principal and accrued interest retired aggregated $100,482 and the fair value of the stock was $187,250. The Company recorded a loss on the debt conversion of $86,768.

 

December 2, 2015 Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On December 2, 2015, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement for two $114,400 convertible notes with an accredited investor for an aggregate principal amount of $228,800 with an annual interest rate of 9%. Each note contains an original issue discount (“OID”) of $10,400 and related legal and due diligence costs of $12,000. The Company received net proceeds of $92,000 from the first note received by the Company. The second note was cancelled. The maturity date on the first note is December 2, 2017. An amendment to the note on January 12, 2016, allows us to prepay in full the unpaid principal and interest on the note, upon notice, any time prior to June 3, 2016. Any prepayment is at 140% face amount outstanding and accrued interest. The redemption must be closed and paid for within three business days of the Company sending the redemption demand. The note may not be prepaid after the June 2, 2016. The note is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time beginning on May 30, 2016. The conversion price is equal to 55% of the lowest trading price of our common stock as reported on the QTCQB for the 10 prior trading days (and may include the day of the Notice of Conversion under certain circumstances). We agreed to reserve an initial 5,033,000 shares of common stock for conversions under the note. We also agreed to adjust the share reserve to ensure that it equals at least four times the total number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the note from time to time. We recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability on June 9, 2016 of $136,276.

 

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The note contained an embedded conversion option and was separated from the note and accounted for as a derivative instrument at fair value and discount to the note and is expensed over the life of the note under the effective interest method. The initial carrying value of the of the embedded conversion option exceeded the net proceeds received and created a derivative loss of $$132,068 in the period ending December 31, 2015. The Company recorded a loan discount of $114,400 and the discount included OID interest of $10,400 and related loan costs of $12,000. For the year ended September 30, 2016, the discount amortization was $114,400. During the period of conversion we issued 6,341,355 shares of restricted common stock in satisfaction of $114,400 principal and accrued interest of $5,816.

 

January 26, 2016 Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On January 26, 2016 (the “Effective Date”), we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) for an $180,000 convertible note with an accredited investor, with an annual interest rate of 7%. The note contains an OID of $18,000 and related legal costs of $6,000. The net proceeds received by the Company were $156,000. The maturity date of the note is January 26, 2017. Interest is due on or before the maturity date. We may redeem the note by prepaying the unpaid principal and interest on the note, upon notice, any time prior to 180 days after the Effective Date. If redemption is (i) prior to the 30th day the note is in effect (including the 30th day), the redemption will be 105% of the unpaid principal amount and accrued interest; (ii) if the redemption is on the 31st day up to and including the 60th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 115% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest; (iii) if the redemption is on the 61st day up to and including the 120th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 135% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest; if the redemption is on the 121st day up to and including the 180th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 150% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest. The redemption must be closed and paid for within three business days of the Company sending the redemption demand. The note may not be prepaid and redeemed after the 180th day. The note is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time beginning on the date which is 181 days following the Effective Date. The conversion price is equal to 55% of the lowest trading price of our common stock as reported on the QTCQB for the 10 prior trading days and may include the day of the Notice of Conversion under certain circumstances. The Company agreed to reserve an initial 10,800,000 shares of common stock for conversions under the note (the “Share Reserve”). We also agreed to adjust the Share Reserve to ensure that it always equals at least three times the total number of shares of common stock that is actually issuable if the entire note were to be converted. The OID interest of $18,000 and related loan costs of $6,000 was recorded as a discount to the note and was being amortized over the life of the loan as interest expense

 

The note has an embedded conversion option which qualifies for derivative accounting and bifurcation under ASC 815-15 Derivatives and Hedging. Pursuant to ASC 815, the Company recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability on July 25, 2016 of $238,479 with $167,898 recorded as a discount to the note and $70,581 recorded as a day one derivative loss. On August 8, 2016, the investor converted the principal balance of $180,000 and accrued interest of $6,662 into 9,506,619 shares of restricted common stock. For the year ended September 30, 2016, the discount amortization was $191,898.

 

March 16, 2016 Purchase Agreement and Registration Rights Agreement; December 9, 2016 Amendment

 

On March 16, 2016, we entered into a Purchase Agreement with River North, which was subsequently amended on December 9, 2016 by Amendment No. 1 thereto (the “Amendment”). Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement we may from time to time, in our discretion, sell shares of our common stock to River North for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $5,000,000. Unless terminated earlier, River North’s purchase commitment will automatically terminate on the earlier of the date on which River North shall have purchased Company shares pursuant to the Purchase Agreement for an aggregate purchase price of $5,000,000 or March 16, 2018. We have no obligation to sell any shares under the Purchase Agreement.

 

As provided in the Purchase Agreement, the Company may require River North to purchase shares of common stock from time to time by delivering a put notice to River North specifying the total purchase price for the shares to be purchased (the “Investment Amount”); provided there must be a minimum of 10 trading days between deliveries of each put notice. The minimum trading days between deliveries of put notices may be adjusted downward at the discretion of River North from time to time. Currently the minimum time between the put notices is five (5) days. This arrangement is also sometimes referred to herein as the “Equity Line.” We may determine the Investment Amount, provided that such amount may not be more than the average daily trading volume in dollar amount for the Company’s common stock during the 10 trading days preceding the date on which the Company delivers the applicable put notice. Additionally, such amount may not be lower than $5,000 or higher than $150,000 without prior approval of River North. The number of shares issuable in connection with each put notice will be computed by dividing the applicable Investment Amount by the purchase price for such common stock. River North will have no obligation to purchase shares under the Purchase Agreement to the extent that such purchase would cause River North to own more than 9.99% of the Company’s common stock.

 

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Prior to the Amendment, for each share of our common stock purchased under the Purchase Agreement, River North paid a purchase price equal to 85% of the Market Price, which was defined as the average of the two lowest closing bid prices on the OTCQB Marketplace, as reported by Bloomberg Finance L.P., during the five consecutive Trading Days including and immediately prior to the date on which the applicable put notice is delivered to River North (the “Pricing Period”). If, at the time of a sale, we were not deposit/withdrawal at custodian (“DWAC”) eligible, or if we were under Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) “chill” status, an additional 5.0% and 10% discount to the Market Price, respectively, applied.

 

On December 9, 2016, the Company and River North entered into the Amendment in order to amend the formula pursuant to which the purchase price for the Company’s shares is calculated and to make certain other amendments to the terms of the Purchase Agreement. As amended, the Pricing Period now includes the five consecutive trading days including and immediately prior to the settlement date of the sale, which in most circumstances will be the trading day immediately following the date that a put notice is delivered to River North (a “Put Date”). In addition, the Amendment provides that if either (i) the closing bid price the common stock is less than $0.10 per share on the Put Date, or (ii) the average daily trading volume in dollar amount for the common stock during the ten trading days including and immediately preceding a Put Date is less than $50,000, then an additional 10% discount to the Market Price will be taken when calculating the purchase price for the shares. The prior discounts for DWAC ineligibility and DTC chill status remain.

 

River North’s obligation to purchase shares under the Purchase Agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including without limitation a requirement that a registration statement remain effective registering the resale by River North of the shares to be issued pursuant to the Purchase Agreement as contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement described below. The Purchase Agreement contains covenants, representations and warranties of the Company and River North that are typical for transactions of this type. In addition, the Company and River North have granted each other customary indemnification rights in connection with the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement may be terminated by the Company at any time. The Purchase Agreement is not transferable and any benefits attached thereto may not be assigned.

 

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement (including the Amendment) does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement itself (including the Amendment).

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, we issued a total of 13,072,636 shares of common stock to River North under the Purchase Agreement for aggregate proceeds of $871,679.

 

Also on March 16, 2016, in connection with the Purchase Agreement, we entered into a Registration Rights Agreement with River North requiring the Company to prepare and file, within 45 days of the effective date of the Registration Rights Agreement, a registration statement registering the resale by River North of the shares to be issued under the Purchase Agreement, and to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective, and to keep such registration statement effective until (i) three months after the last closing of a sale of shares under the Purchase Agreement, (ii) the date when River North may sell all the shares under Rule 144 without volume limitations, or (iii) the date on which River North no longer owns any of the shares. On April 11, 2016, we filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 (SEC File No. 333-210686) with the SEC registering the resale of up to 25,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock that may be issued and sold to River North pursuant to the Purchase Agreement. Such Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC on April 20, 2016.

 

As partial consideration for the above-mentioned agreements, on March 16, 2016, we issued to River North a “commitment” convertible promissory note (the “Commitment Note”) in the principal amount of $35,000. The Commitment Note accrued interest at a rate of 10% per annum and was scheduled to mature on March 16, 2017. Upon the registration statement contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement being declared effective, $10,000 of the principle balance of the Commitment Note and accrued interest thereon was extinguished and deemed to have been repaid.

 

After 180 days following the date of the Commitment Note, or earlier upon the occurrence of an event of default that remains uncured, the Commitment Note may be converted into shares of the Company’s common stock at the election of River North at a conversion price per share equal 60% of the Current Market Price, which is defined as the lowest closing bid price for the common stock as reported by Bloomberg, LP for the 10 trading days ending on the trading day immediately before the conversion. The loan principal and accrued interest were paid in full prior to the note conversion date.

 

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On March 16, 2016, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with River North pursuant to which the Company issued a convertible promissory note (the “Bridge Note”) to River North, in the original principal amount of $90,000, in consideration of the payment by River North of a purchase price equal to $73,800, with $9,000 retained by River North as original issue discount and $7,200 for related legal and due diligence costs and these costs were recorded as discount to the note. The Company issued the Bridge Note on March 16, 2016. The Bridge Note accrues interest at a rate of 10% per annum and matures on March 16, 2017.The Bridge Note provides for conversion rights and events of default on substantially the same terms and conditions as the Commitment Note; provided however that an event of default under the Bridge Note will also be triggered if the Company fails to use at least 15% of the proceeds from each sale of shares under the Purchase Agreement to prepay a portion of the Bridge Note after it becomes convertible. The loan principal and accrued interest were paid in full prior to the note conversion date and for the fiscal year ended we recorded a discount expense of $16,200.

 

Financing of Insurance Premiums

 

On July 14, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance a portion of our liability insurance premiums in the amount of $15,116 at an interest rate of 8.76% with equal payments of $1,573, including interest, due monthly beginning July 14, 2015 and continuing through April 14, 2016. In August 2015, an increase in premium of $1,876 occurred due an increase in coverage and the remaining payments increased to $1,815. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

On November 19, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance director and officer insurance premiums in the amount of $26,031 at an interest rate of 7.05% with equal payments of $2,688, including interest, due monthly beginning December 21, 2015 and continuing through September 21, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

On December 31, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance additional liability insurance premiums in the amount of $6,742 at an interest rate of 8.752% with equal payments of $2,283, including interest, due monthly beginning February14, 2016 and continuing through April 14, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

On August15, 2016, we entered into an agreement to finance a portion of our liability insurance premiums in the amount of $28,384 at an interest rate of 7.25% with equal payments of $2,934, including interest, due monthly beginning July 14, 2016 and continuing through April 14, 2017. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $20,048.

 

Factors Affecting Future Mineral Exploration Results

 

We have generated no revenues, other than interest income and miscellaneous revenue from the sale of two dore’ bars, and loads of iron ore to a contractor since inception. As a result, we have only a limited history upon which to evaluate our future potential performance. Our potential must be considered by evaluation of all risks and difficulties encountered by exploration companies which have not yet established business operations and anticipated results and situations of entering active exploration activities.

 

The price of gold and silver has experienced an increases and decreases in value over the past five years.  A historical chart of their respective prices is contained in Item 1, the “Business” portion of this Annual Report.  Beginning in April 2013, the price of gold and silver has experienced a downward swing. A significant permanent drop in the price of gold, silver or other precious metals may have a materially adverse effect on the future results of potential exploration activities and the opportunity to market the sale of the El Capitan Property and the potential future revenue derived from the sale of concentrates. The El Capitan Property is an open pit mine with lower production costs and a material increase in costs associated with the recovery of precious metals may also cause a material adverse effect on the financial success of the Company and our ability to market the sale of the El Capitan Property.

 

Time delays in obtaining any necessary future approvals from the various governmental agencies, both federal and state, may also cause delays, all of which are not under our control, in achieving our strategic business plan and current plan of operation.

 

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, we did not engage in any off-balance sheet arrangements as set forth in Item 303(a)(4) of the Regulation S-K.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Our consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, which require us to make estimates and judgments that significantly affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements. Note 1, “Business, Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, describes our significant accounting policies which are reviewed by management on a regular basis. 

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISKS

 

Our exposure to market risks is limited to changes in interest rates. We do not use derivative financial instruments as part of an overall strategy to manage market risk. Accordingly, we consider our interest rate risk exposure to be insignificant at this time.

 

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

EL CAPITAN PRECIOUS METALS, INC.

 

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm    36
     
Consolidated Balance Sheets   37
     
Consolidated Statements of Operations   38
     
Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity   39
     
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows   40
     
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements   42

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

  

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders

El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc.

Prescott, Arizona

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) as of September 30, 2016 and 2015, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for the years then ended. These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. and its subsidiaries as of September 30, 2016 and 2015, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared assuming that the Company will continue as a going concern. As discussed in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has no source of revenue to cover its costs, incurred a net loss for the year ended September 30, 2016 and has a working capital deficit as of September 30, 2016. The Company requires additional funds to meet its obligations and the costs of its operations. These factors raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern. Management’s plans regarding those matters also are described in Note 1. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of this uncertainty. 

 

/s/ MaloneBailey, LLP

 

www.malonebailey.com

Houston, Texas

January 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

    September 30,  
    2016     2015  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 296,619     $ 71,393  
Prepaid expense and other current assets     135,196       61,654  
Inventory     252,466       52,279  
Total Current Assets     684,281       185,326  
                 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $128,748 and $63,470, respectively     577,883       588,067  
Exploration property     1,864,608       1,864,608  
Restricted cash     74,504       74,499  
Deposits     22,440       22,440  
Total Assets   $ 3,223,716     $ 2,734,940  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
Accounts payable   $ 224,079     $ 251,834  
Notes payable, net of unamortized discounts of $1,769 and $77,157, respectively     857,219       1,168,187  
Note payable, related party net of unamortized discounts of $0 and $4,438, respectively     30,000       25,562  
Accrued compensation - related parties     500,000       228,975  
Accrued liabilities     407,332       592,764  
Total Current Liabilities     2,018,630       2,267,322  
                 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:                
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 51 and 51 shares issued and outstanding, respectively            
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 400,000,000 shares authorized; 366,254,777 and 285,398,000 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     366,255       285,398  
Additional paid-in capital     212,865,439       207,701,091  
Accumulated deficit     (212,026,608 )     (207,518,871 )
Total Stockholders’ Equity     1,205,086       467,618  
     Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   $ 3,223,716     $ 2,734,940  

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

    Years Ended September 30,  
    2016     2015  
                 
REVENUES   $ 2,950     $  
                 
COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH REVENUES     3,300        
  Gross Loss     (350 )      
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
Mine and exploration costs     2,232,191       624,950  
Professional fees     210,896       208,720  
Administrative consulting fees     240,000       260,000  
Legal and accounting fees     216,028       341,667  
Other general and administrative     260,337       828,692  
Total Operating Expenses     3,159,452       2,264,029  
                 
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS     (3,159,802 )     (2,264,029 )
                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                
Interest income     20       23  
Loss on derivative instruments     (767,940 )      
Loss on debt extinguishment     (80,396 )     (220,703 )
Interest expense – related party     (4,438 )     (3,521 )
Interest expense     (495,181 )     (355,243 )
Total Other Income (Expense)     (1,347,935 )     (579,444 )
                 
LOSS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     (4,507,737 )     (2,843,473 )
                 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES            
                 
NET LOSS   $ (4,507,737 )   $ (2,843,473 )
                 
Basic and Diluted Per Share Data:                
Net Loss Per Share - basic and diluted   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.01 )
                 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:                
Basic and diluted     318,237,726       280,599,695  

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

YEARS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 AND 2015

 

 

                Additional              
      Common Stock       Preferred Stock       Paid-In       Accumulated          
      Shares       Amount       Shares       Amount       Capital       Deficit       Total  
                                                         
Balances at September 30, 2014     278,053,877     $ 278,054       51     $     $ 206,411,222     $ (204,675,398 )   $ 2,013,878  
Common stock issued for services     2,500,000       2,500                   235,050             237,550  
Options expense                             525,703             525,703  
Sales of common stock for cash     594,318       594                   49,406             50,000  
Common stock issued with notes payable     3,400,000       3,400                   116,159             119,559  
Stock issued for related party payables     849,805       850                   52,684             53,534  
Warrants issued with debt extinguishment                             220,703             220,703  
Warrants issued with notes payable                             73,053             73,053  
Warrants issued as deferred financing cost                             17,111             17,111  
Net loss                                   (2,843,473 )     (2,843,473 )
Balances at September 30, 2015     285,398,000     $ 285,398       51     $     $ 207,701,091     $ (207,518,871 )   $ 467,618  
Common stock issued for services and to contract miners     38,026,842       38,027                   2,232,629             2,270,656  
Options expense                             31,206             31,206  
Sales of common stock for cash     13,072,636       13,073                   858,606             871,679  
Stock placement fees                             (25,000 )           (25,000 )
Common stock issued for conversion of notes payable and accrued interest     23,120,702       23,121                   686,430             709,551  
Common stock issued for accrued compensation and payable     4,339,324       4,339                   219,497             223,836  
Common stock issued for accrued liability     2,147,273       2,147                   111,659             113,806  
Warrants issued with debt extinguishment                             16,775             16,775  
Financial derivatives associated with convertible notes                             1,027,838             1,027,838  
Common stock  issued as deferred financing cost     150,000       150                   4,708             4,858  
Net loss                                   (4,507,737 )     (4,507,737 )
Balances at September 30, 2016     366,254,777     $ 366,255       51     $     $ 212,865,439     $ (212,026,608 )   $ 1,205,086  

 

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

     Years Ended September 30,  
    2016     2015  
             
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
Net loss   $ (4,507,737 )   $ (2,843,473 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Warrant and option expense     31,206       525,703  
Stock-based compensation     1,884,102       237,550  
Amortization of debt discounts     407,182       269,576  
Amortization of deferred financing cost           17,111  
Depreciation     66,596       60,453  
Loss on debt extinguishment     80,396       220,703  
Loss on derivative instruments     767,940        
Gain on disposition of fixed asset     (352 )      
Net change in operating assets and liabilities:              
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     9,200       37,432  
Inventory           (52,279 )
Accounts payable     (14,305 )     172,788  
Accrued compensation - related parties     380,000       228,975  
Accrued liabilities     106,801       405,127  
Interest payable     23,467       38,323  
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities     (765,504 )     (682,011 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
Purchase of equipment     (2,385 )     (80,954 )
Proceeds from asset disposition     6,937        
Restricted cash     (5 )     (59,499 )
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     4,547       (140,453 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
Proceeds from sale of common stock     871,679       50,000  
Proceeds from notes payable           583,000  
Proceeds from convertible notes payable, net of original issue discounts     321,800        
Proceeds from note payable – related party           30,000  
Payments on notes payable     (215,000 )      
Increase in finance contracts     61,157       39,960  
Payments on finance contracts     (53,453 )     (27,616 )
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities     986,183       675,344  
                 
NET (DECREASE) IN CASH     225,226       (147,120 )
CASH, BEGINNING OF YEAR     71,393       218,513  
CASH, END OF YEAR   $ 296,619     $ 71,393  

(Continued)

 

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

 

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(Continued) 

 

     Years Ended September 30,  
    2016     2015  
             
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:                
Cash paid for interest   $ 57,145     $ 33,435  
Cash paid for income taxes            
             
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
Common stock issued with debt modification   $ 4,858     $  
Common stock issued with note payable           119,559  
Common stock issued on settlement of debt and accrued interest     307,982        
Warrants issued for deferred financing costs           17,111  
Warrants issued with notes payable           73,053  
Common stock issued for related party payables     151,161       53,534  
Common stock issued for third party payables     321,178        
Common stock issued for inventory     241,393        
Common stock issued for prepayment of services     41,535        
Common stock issued on conversion of notes payable and accrued interest     306,878        
Debt discount from derivative liabilities     259,898        
Derivative allocation between liability and equity     1,027,838        
Reclassification of accrued interest to note principal balance outstanding     5,940        
Convertible debt issued for stock issuance cost     25,000        
Fixed assets purchased on accounts payable     60,612        

 

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

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

NOTE 1 – BUSINESS, BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Business, Operations and Organization

 

On July 26, 2002, El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. was incorporated as a Delaware corporation to engage in the business of acquiring properties containing precious metals, principally gold, silver, and platinum (“El Capitan Delaware”). On March 18, 2003, El Capitan Delaware entered into a share exchange agreement with DML Services, Inc. (“DML”), a Nevada corporation, and became the wholly owned subsidiary of DML. On April 11, 2003, DML changed its name to El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. The results of El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc., a Nevada corporation (formerly DML Services, Inc.), and its wholly owned Delaware subsidiary of the same name (collectively the “Company”) are presented on a consolidated basis.

 

The Company is an exploration stage company as defined by the SEC’s Industry Guide 7 as the Company has no established reserves as required under Industry Guide 7. We have owned interests in several properties located in the southwestern United States in the past. We are principally engaged in the exploration of precious metals and other minerals on the El Capitan property located near Capitan, New Mexico (the “El Capitan Property”). We have recorded nominal revenues for the year ended September 30, 2016 consisting of revenue for test loads of iron ore to a construction contractor. 

 

We commenced planned mineral exploration activity in the quarter ended December 2015 under our modified mining permit. However, we have not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at our El Capitan Property.  As a result, and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for exploration stage companies, all expenditures for exploration and evaluation of our property are expensed as incurred. 

 

El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is based in Prescott, Arizona. Together with its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Company,” “our” or “we”), the Company is an exploration stage company as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Industry Guide 7, as the Company has no established reserves as required under the Industry Guide 7. We are principally engaged in the exploration of precious metals and other minerals. Our primary asset is the 100% equity interest in El Capitan, Ltd., an Arizona corporation (“ECL”), which holds an interest in the El Capitan property located near Capitan, New Mexico (the “El Capitan Property”). Our ultimate objective is to market and sell the El Capitan Property to a major mining company or enter into a joint venture arrangement with a major mining company to conduct mining operations. We have completed research and confirmation procedures on the recovery process for the El Capitan Property mineralized material and our evaluation as to the economic and legal feasibility of the property. We have not yet demonstrated the existence of proven or probable reserves at the El Capitan Property. To date, we have not had any material revenue producing operations.  There is no assurance that a commercially viable mineral deposit exists on our property. 

 

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The Company owns 100% of the outstanding common stock of El Capitan Delaware. Prior to January 19, 2011, El Capitan Delaware owned a 40% interest in El Capitan, Ltd., an Arizona corporation (“ECL”).  On January 19, 2011, we acquired the remaining 60% interest in ECL from Gold and Minerals Company, Inc. (“G&M”) by merging an acquisition subsidiary created by the Company with and into G&M. In connection with the merger, each share of G&M common and preferred stock outstanding was exchanged for approximately 1.414156 shares of the Company’s common stock, resulting in the issuance of an aggregate of 148,127,043 shares of the Company’s common stock to former G&M stockholders. Upon closing of the merger, G&M became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and our consolidated Company acquired 100% of ECL. As a result, we now own 100% of the El Capitan Property site (described below). 

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Gold and Minerals Company, Inc., a Nevada corporation; and El Capitan, Ltd., an Arizona corporation. All significant inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

 

Basis of Presentation and Going Concern

 

The Company's consolidated financial statements are prepared using the accrual method of accounting in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), and have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the settlement of liabilities in the normal course of business. The Company currently has a minimum source of revenue to cover its costs. The Company has incurred a loss for the year ended September 30, 2016 and has a working capital deficit as of September 30, 2016. These conditions raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

To continue as a going concern, the Company is dependent on achievement of cash flow and future profits from entering the production stage of operations. The Company does not have adequate liquidity to fund its current operations, meet its obligations and continue as a going concern. The Company has secured working capital loans to assist in financing its activities in the near term. The Company is also pursuing other financing alternatives, including short-term operational strategic financing or equity financing, to fund its activities until it can achieve cash flow and profits from its operations. The Company’s consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustment relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts and classification of liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue in existence.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The fair values of the Company’s financial instruments, which include cash, investments, accounts payable, accrued expenses and notes payable, approximate their carrying amounts because of the short maturities of these instruments or because of restrictions.

 

Management Estimates and Assumptions

 

The preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting periods. Management makes these estimates using the best information available at the time the estimates are made; however, actual results could differ materially from these estimates.

 

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Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

The Company considers those short-term, highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less as cash and cash equivalents. At times, cash in banks may be in excess of the FDIC limits. The Company has no cash equivalents.

 

Inventory

 

Inventories include mineralized material stockpile, concentrate, iron ore inventories and road base, as described below. Inventories are carried at the lower of average cost or net realizable value, in the case of mineralized material stockpile and concentrate inventories and minimal cost is attributable to the iron ore inventories. The net realizable value of mineralized material stockpile inventories represents the estimated future sales price of the product based on current and long-term metals prices, less the estimated costs to complete production and bring the product to sale. Concentrate inventories are carried at the lower of full cost of production or net realizable value based on current metals prices. Write-downs of inventory will be reported as a component of production costs applicable to sales.

 

Mineralized Material Stockpile Inventories

 

Mineralized material stockpile inventories represent mineralized materials that have been mined and are available for further processing. Costs are allocated to mineralized material stockpile inventories based on relative values of material stockpiled and processed using current mining costs incurred up to the point of stockpiling the mineralized material.

 

Concentrates

 

Concentrates inventory include metal concentrates located either at the Company’s El Capitan Property mine site or in transit to a customer’s port. Inventories consist of mineralized material that contains gold and silver mineralization.

 

Iron Ore

 

Iron ore material is inventoried until the market prices are reestablished at a higher market demand and are valued at approximately $20 a ton. Any proceeds from the sale of iron ore will offset the cost of mining the mineralized ore.

 

Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment are recorded at cost less accumulated depreciation. Upon retirement or sale, the cost of the assets disposed of and the related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts, with any resultant gain or loss being recognized as a component of operating income or expense. Depreciation is computed over the estimated useful lives of the assets using the straight-line method. Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations as incurred.  

 

Restricted Cash

 

Restricted cash consists of two certificates of deposits in favor of the New Mexico Minerals and Mining Division for a total of $74,504. The amount was increased $59,495 during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015 with the issuance of the Company’s expanded mining permit and is posted as a financial assurance for required reclamation work to be completed on mined acreage.

 

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Exploration Property Costs

 

Exploration property costs are expensed as incurred until such time as economic reserves are quantified. To date the Company has not established any proven or probable reserves on the El Capitan Property. The Company has capitalized $1,864,608 of exploration property acquisition costs reflecting its investment in the El Capitan Property.

 

Net Income (Loss) Per Share

 

The Company calculates net income (loss) per share as required by Accounting Standards Codification subtopic 260-10, Earnings per Share (ASC 260-10”). Basic earnings (loss) per share is calculated by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing net income (loss) by the weighted average number of common shares and dilutive common stock equivalents outstanding. During the periods when they are anti-dilutive, common stock equivalents, if any, are not considered in the computation. For the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the impact of outstanding stock equivalents has not been included as they would be anti-dilutive. 11,137,500 and 10,387,500 options and 5,332,773 and 4,861,344 warrants were excluded during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

FASB ASC 718 requires companies to measure all stock compensation awards using a fair value method and recognize the related compensation cost in its financial statements. Beginning with the Company’s quarterly period that began on October 1, 2006, the Company adopted the provisions of FASB ASC 718 and expenses the fair value of employee stock options and similar awards in the financial statements. The Company accounts for share based payments in accordance with ASC 718, Compensation - Stock Compensation, which requires all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, to be recognized in the financial statements based on the grant date fair value of the award. In accordance with ASC 718-10-30-9, Measurement Objective – Fair Value at Grant Date, the Company estimates the fair value of the award using the Black-Scholes option pricing model for valuation of the share-based payments. The Company believes this model provides the best estimate of fair value due to its ability to incorporate inputs that change over time, such as volatility and interest rates, and to allow for actual exercise behavior of option holders. The simplified method is used to determine compensation expense since historical option exercise experience is limited relative to the number of options issued. The compensation cost is recognized ratably using the straight-line method over the expected vesting period.

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation to other than employees in accordance with FASB ASC 505-50. Equity instruments issued to other than employees are valued at the earlier of a commitment date or upon completion of the services, based on the fair value of the equity instruments and is recognized as expense over the service period.

 

The Company recognized stock-based administrative compensation aggregating $31,206 and $525,703 for common stock options issued to administrative personnel, directors and consultants during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Also during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the Company paid stock-based compensation consisting of common stock issued to non-employees aggregating $1,884,102 and $237,550, respectively.

 

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

 

The Company reviews and evaluates long-lived assets for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. The assets are subject to impairment consideration under ASC 360-10-35-17, Measurement of an Impairment Loss, if events or circumstances indicate that their carrying amount might not be recoverable. As of September 30, 2016, precious metals recovery process for precious metals is on target with the Company’s updated report from our independent geologist in January 2012 and no events or circumstances have happened to indicate the related carrying values of the properties may not be recoverable. When the Company determines that an impairment analysis should be done, the analysis will be performed using the rules of ASC 930-360-35, Asset Impairment, and 360-10-15-3 through 15-5, Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets.

 

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An impairment loss is recognized when estimated future cash flows expected to result from the use of the asset and its eventual disposition is less than its carrying amount. When impairment is identified, the carrying amount of the asset is reduced to its estimated fair value. Assets to be disposed of are recorded at the lower of net book value or fair market value less cost to sell at the date management commits to a plan of disposal. There were no impairments to long-lived assets for the Company’s fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company computes deferred income taxes under the asset and liability method prescribed by FASB ASC 740. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for temporary differences between the financial statement amounts and the tax basis of certain assets and liabilities by applying statutory rates in effect when the temporary differences are expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount more likely than not to be realized.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

When revenue is generated from operations, it will be recognized in accordance with FASB ASC 605. In general, the Company will recognize revenue when (i) persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, (ii) delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, (iii) the fee is fixed or determinable, and (iv) collectability is reasonably assured. Revenue generated and costs incurred under this agreement will be reported on a net basis in accordance with FASB ASC 605-45. There was minimal revenue generated for the Company’s fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and none in 2015.

 

Gain on Settlement of Accounts Payable

 

During the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the Company recorded a gain on settlement of accounts payable of $-0- and $53,252, respectively.

 

Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

FASC Topic No. 220, “Comprehensive Income,” establishes standards for reporting and display of comprehensive income and its components in a full set of general-purpose financial statements. As at September 30, 2015 and 2014, the Company had no items of other comprehensive income.

 

Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company does not use derivative instruments to hedge exposures to cash flow or, market risks. The Company reviews the terms of convertible debt, equity instruments and other financing arrangements to determine whether there are embedded derivative instruments, including embedded conversion options that are required to be bifurcated and accounted for separately as a derivative financial instrument. Also, in connection with the issuance of financing instruments, the Company may issue freestanding options or warrants that may, depending on their terms, be accounted for as derivative instrument liabilities, rather than as equity. The Company may also issue options or warrants to non-employees in connection with consulting or other services.

 

Derivative financial instruments are initially measured at their fair value. For derivative financial instruments that are accounted for as liabilities, the derivative instrument is initially recorded at its fair value and is then re-valued at each reporting date, with changes in the fair value reported as charges or credits to income. For warrant-based derivative financial instruments, the Company uses the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model to value the derivative instruments. To the extent that the initial fair values of the freestanding and/or bifurcated derivative instrument liabilities exceed the total proceeds received, an immediate charge to income is recognized, in order to initially record the derivative instrument liabilities at their fair value.

 

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The discount from the face value of the convertible debt or equity instruments resulting from allocating some or all of the proceeds to the derivative instruments, together with the stated interest on the instrument, is amortized over the life of the instrument through periodic charges to income, using the effective interest method.

 

The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is reassessed at the end of each reporting period. If reclassification is required, the fair value of the derivative instrument, as of the determination date, is reclassified. Any previous charges or credits to income for changes in the fair value of the derivative instrument are not reversed. Derivative instrument liabilities are classified in the balance sheet as current or non-current based on whether or not net-cash settlement of the derivative instrument could be required within twelve months of the balance sheet date.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

Other than as set forth below, management does not believe that any recently issued, but not yet effective accounting pronouncements, if adopted, would have a material effect on the accompanying financial statements.

 

In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-03 “Interest – Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30): Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs.” ASU No. 2015-03 provides that an entity: (1) present debt issuance costs in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying value of the associated debt liability rather than as an asset; and (2) report amortization of debt issuance costs as interest expense. Company has adopted ASU No. 2015-03 as of December 31, 2015, which has no material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In July 2015, the FASB has issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2015-11, “Inventory (Topic 330): Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory.” Topic 330, “Inventory,” currently requires an entity to measure inventory at the lower of cost or market. Market could be replacement cost, net realizable value, or net realizable value less an approximately normal profit margin. The amendments do not apply to inventory that is measured using last-in, first-out (LIFO) or the retail inventory method. The amendments apply to all other inventory, which includes inventory that is measured using first-in, first-out (FIFO) or average cost. An entity should measure in scope inventory at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Net realizable value is the estimated selling prices in the ordinary course of business, less reasonably predictable costs of completion, disposal, and transportation. Subsequent measurement is unchanged for inventory measured using LIFO or the retail inventory method. The amendments in this Update more closely align the measurement of inventory in GAAP with the measurement of inventory in International Financial Reporting Standards. For public business entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company adopted of ASU 2015-11 as of December 31, 2015, which has no material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In November 2015 the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2015-17, Income Taxes (Topic 740) Related to the Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes which will require entities to present deferred tax assets (DTAs) and deferred tax liabilities (DTLs) as noncurrent in a classified balance sheet.  The ASU simplifies the current guidance (ASC 740-10-45-4), which requires entities to separately present DTAs and DTLs as current and noncurrent in a classified balance sheet.  The ASU is effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after December 15, 2016, and interim periods within those annual periods.  The Board decided to allow all entities to early adopt the ASU for financial statements that had not been issued.  The Company has adopted ASU 2015-17 as of December 31, 2015, which has no material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

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In January 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”)  2016-01, “Financial Instruments - Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities (Subtopic 825-10).” The amendments require all equity investments to be measured at fair value with changes in the fair value recognized through net income (other than those accounted for under the equity method of accounting or those that result in consolidation of the investee). The amendments also require an entity to present separately in other comprehensive income the portion of the total change in the fair value of a liability resulting from a change in the instrument-specific credit risk when the entity has elected to measure the liability at fair value in accordance with the fair value option for financial instruments. In addition, the amendments eliminate the requirement to disclose the fair value of financial instruments measured at amortized cost for entities that are not public business entities and the requirement to disclose the method(s) and significant assumptions used to estimate the fair value that is required to be disclosed for financial instruments measured at amortized cost on the balance sheet for public business entities. This guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company does not expect to early adopt this guidance and does not believe that the adoption of this guidance will have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, "Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting." ASU 2016-09 amends several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities and classification on the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-09 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted any interim or annual period. If early adopted, an entity must adopt all of the amendments in the same period. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-09 on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

 

Other recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB (including its Emerging Issues Task Force), the AICPA, and the SEC during the current reporting period did not, or are not believed by management to have a material impact on the Company’s present or future consolidated financial statements.

 

NOTE 2 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Consulting Agreements

 

Effective May 1, 2009, the Company has informal arrangements with two individuals, both of whom are officers and one is also a director of the Company, pursuant to which such individuals serve as support staff for the functioning of the home office and all related corporate activities and projects. The aggregate monthly payments under the informal arrangements are $21,667. There are no written agreements with these individuals. Total administrative consulting fees expensed under these informal arrangements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $250,000 and $260,000 respectively. Accrued and unpaid compensation under these arrangements of $185,000 and $93,975, respectively, was recorded in accrued compensation – related parties at September 30, 2016 and 2015. The individual who was an officer and a director and retired effective in August 2016 remains a director.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the Company issued 849,805 common shares to the controller of the Company as payment of accrued compensation of $53,534. The fair value of the stock was $53,534.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company issued 1,663,186 common shares to a director of the Company as payment of accrued compensation of $108,975. The fair value of the stock was $102,849 and the Company recorded an additional paid-in capital of $6,126.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company issued 831,591 common shares to the Chief Financial Officer of the Company as payment of accrued compensation of $42,186. The fair value of the stock was $32,765 and the Company recorded an additional paid in capital of $9,421.

 

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In January 2012, the Company retained the consulting services of Management Resource Initiatives, Inc. (“MRI”), a company controlled by John F. Stapleton who served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of the Company at that time and who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. The current monthly consulting fee for such services is $15,000. Total consulting fees expensed to MRI for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $180,000, respectively. At September 30, 2016 and 2015, MRI had accrued and unpaid compensation of $315,000 and $135,000, respectively, recorded in accrued compensation – related parties.

 

On January 18, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Stephan J. Antol as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, replacing Mr. Stapleton in such capacity. Mr. Stapleton continued to serve as a director of the Company and as Chairman of the Board. Effective August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. Stapleton to replace Charles C. Mottley as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The change in senior management was proposed by Mr. Mottley, who continues to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and as President Emeritus.

 

On February 4, 2015, the Company signed a $30,000 promissory note payable to MRI, at 18% interest per annum, due and payable on February 4, 2016. As an inducement for the loan represented by the note, the Company issued 200,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to MRI. The Company approved amending the note to extend the maturity date from February 4, 2016 to February 4, 2017 under the original terms of the Agreement. See Note 6.  

 

NOTE 3 – INVENTORY

 

The following table provides the components of inventory as of September 30, 2016 and 2015:

 

   September 30,
   2016  2015
       
Mineralized material stockpile  $87,840   $52,279 
Concentrate   146,738     
Iron ore   17,888     
     Total  $252,466   $52,279 

 

NOTE 4 – PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 

Major classes of property and equipment together with their estimated useful lives, consisted of the following at September 30, 2016 and 2015:

 

   Useful  September 30,
   Lives  2016  2015
          
Computers and office equipment   3 years   $8,486   $8,486 
Automotive equipment   5 years    15,042    15,042 
Mine equipment   3-10 years    532,285    537,803 
Equipment structures and other   7-10 years    73,979    73,979 
Lab and equipment   5 years    60,612     
Permits   15 years    16,227    16,227 
         706,631    651,537 
Less: accumulated depreciation        (128,748)   (63,470)
                
Net property and equipment       $577,883   $588,067 

 

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Depreciation expense during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 totaled $66,596 and $60,453, respectively. 

 

NOTE 5 – ACCRUED LIABILITIES

 

Accrued liabilities consisted of the following at September 30, 2016 and 2015:

 

    September 30,  
    2016     2015  
             
Compensation and consulting   $     $ 62,000  
Mining costs     60,613       203,626  
Accounting and legal     285,025       277,000  
Interest     61,694       50,138  
    $ 407,332     $ 592,764  

 

NOTE 6 – NOTES PAYABLE

 

Agreements with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC

 

Under an agreement with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”) dated February 28, 2014, Logistica agreed to remit a $400,000 payment on the Company’s behalf that represented the remaining balance of the Company’s purchase price for a heavy ore trailing separation line to be used for processing of mineralized material at the El Capitan Property mine site. The Company previously remitted $100,000 toward the purchase of such equipment. In consideration for Logistica remitting such payment, the Company agreed to deliver a $400,000 promissory note to Logistica and issued 2,500,000 shares of common stock to a designee of Logistica under the Company’s 2005 Stock Incentive Plan. The promissory note accrues interest at 4.5%, with principal and accrued interest payments to be made out of the Company’s proceeds from sale of iron extracted from mineralized material as part of the Company’s exploration activities. The relative fair value of the common stock was determined to be $222,222 and was recorded as a discount to the promissory note that was amortized to interest expense over the expected life of the note through August 31, 2015. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, amortization expense of $158,559 was recognized. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $400,000 and accrued interest on the note was $46,603. 

 

On January 5, 2016, we entered into our current agreement with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”). Under the agreement we will provide to Logistica concentrated ore to their specifications at the mine site. Logistica will transport, process, and refine the precious metals concentrates to sell to precious metals buyers. The terms of the new agreement provide for the recovery of hard costs related to the concentrates by both parties prior to the distribution of profits. The agreement also provides for the future issuance of 10,000,000 shares of our restricted common stock and the elimination of a $100,000 accrued liability to Logistica for prior services rendered. When certain terms and conditions are met, the Agreement calls for Logistica to arrange for a letter of credit for working capital for the mining, processing and sale activities under the Agreement. The shares were issued in August 2016. The new agreement supersedes the previous agreements with Logistica.

 

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October 17, 2014 Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement

 

On October 17, 2014, we entered into a private Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement with an accredited investor pursuant to which we borrowed $500,000 against delivery of a promissory note (the “2014 Note”) in such amount and issued warrants to purchase 882,352 shares of our common stock pursuant to the Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement. The promissory note carries an interest rate of 8% per annum, was initially due on July 17, 2015 and is secured by a first priority security interest in all right, title and interest of the Company in and to the net proceeds received by the Company from its sale of tailings separated from iron recovered by the Company at the El Capitan Property. On August 24, 2015, the 2014 Note was mutually extended from July 17, 2015 to January 17, 2016. In consideration of the extension, the Company amended the common stock purchase warrant to purchase 4,714,286 shares (subject to adjustment) of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.07 per share. The warrant dated October 17, 2014 was cancelled. On January 19, 2016, the amended 2014 Note was extended from January 17, 2016 to September 19, 2016. In consideration of the extension, we issued to the investor a fully vested three year common stock purchase warrant to purchase 471,429 shares (subject to adjustment) of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.051 per share, the closing price on the date of the agreed extension agreement. The fair value of the warrants was determined to be $16,775 using Black-Scholes option price model and was expensed during the three months ended March 31, 2016. The Note is currently due and principal are being made on the Note, As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under the amended 2014 Note was $400,000 and accrued interest was $1,140. Subsequent to our fiscal year end, the outstanding principal balance of the amended 2014 Note was reduced by an additional $150,000 and related accrued interest payments have been made.

 

February 4, 2015 Unsecured Promissory Notes

 

On February 4, 2015, we issued unsecured promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $63,000, of which $30,000 is issued to MRI, a company controlled by John F. Stapleton, who served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of the Company at that time and who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Outstanding amounts under these notes accrue interest at 18% per year, with all principal and accrued interest being due and payable on February 4, 2016. As additional consideration for the loan, we issued 200,000 shares of our restricted common stock for each note for a total of 400,000 shares. The relative fair value of the common stock was determined to be $21,211 and was recorded as discounts to the promissory notes was amortized to interest expense over the life of the notes. On February 4, 2016, one of the promissory notes was amended to extend the maturity date from February 4, 2016 to February 4, 2017 and reduced the interest rate to 10% per year. The Company also agreed to add the accrued interest on the note at February 4, 2016 of $5,940 to the principle of the note. In consideration of the amendment, the Company agreed to issue an aggregate 150,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to the lenders and the Board of Directors approved the issuance on April 22, 2016. One of the lenders is affiliated with the Company and provided $30,000 of the original $63,000 loaned funds and has agreed to extend the note to February 4, 2017 at the same rate of interest and the issuance of 200,000 shares of our restricted common stock. Our obligations under both notes are personally guaranteed by the Company’s director and Chief Executive Officer at the time of the original notes.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, aggregate amortization expense of $12,065 was recognized, the aggregate outstanding balance under these notes at September 30, 2016 was $68,940, accrued interest was $11,486 and the unamortized discounts on the notes payable was $1,769.

 

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April 16, 2015 Installment Loan

 

On April 16, 2015, we entered into an agreement with a third party financing source pursuant to which the lender committed to loan the Company a total of $200,000 in installments. Installments on this loan have been advanced as follows:

 

Installment Date     Amount  
         
April 17, 2015   $ 50,000  
May 15, 2015   $ 50,000  
June 16, 2015   $ 25,000  
July 20, 2015   $ 25,000  
August 18, 2015   $ 25,000  
September 18, 2015   $ 25,000  

 

The loan accrued interest at 10% per year, with all principal and accrued interest being due and payable on April 17, 2016. To secure the loan, we granted the lender a security interest in the AuraSource heavy metals separation system located on the El Capitan Property. As additional consideration for the loan, the Company issued 3,000,000 shares of our restricted common stock to the note holder. The note, including a portion of accrued interest of $7,500, was satisfied in its entirety in December 2015 in exchange for 3,772,728 restricted shares of our restricted common stock. The note and accrued interest retired aggregated $207,500 and the fair value of the stock was $215,423. The Company recorded a loss on the debt conversion of $7,923. At September 30, 2016, unpaid accrued interest remained of $2,466. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, aggregate amortization expense of $72,619 was recognized.

 

August 31, 2015 Working Capital Loan

 

On August 31, 2015, we entered into an agreement with a third party financing source pursuant to which the lender committed to loan the Company $100,000 for working capital. As an incentive for the financing, we issued 2,000,000 shares of restricted common stock. The investor decided not to accept the shares because of income tax implications and they were returned to our transfer agent and returned to the treasury. The agreement had an annual interest rate of 2% and was due November 15, 2015. The agreement provided for payment of one-half (1/2) of the gross revenues that the Company may receive from its mining activities towards the principal and accrued interest. The note, including accrued interest, was satisfied in its entirety in December 2015 in exchange for 3,500,000 restricted shares of the Company’s common stock. The principal and accrued interest retired aggregated $100,482 and the fair value of the stock was $187,250. The Company recorded a loss on the debt conversion of $86,768.

 

Financing of Insurance Premiums

 

On July 14, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance a portion of our liability insurance premiums in the amount of $15,116 at an interest rate of 8.76% with equal payments of $1,573, including interest, due monthly beginning July 14, 2015 and continuing through April 14, 2016. In August 2015, an increase in premium of $1,876 occurred due an increase in coverage and the remaining payments increased to $1,815. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

On November 19, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance director and officer insurance premiums in the amount of $26,031 at an interest rate of 7.05% with equal payments of $2,688, including interest, due monthly beginning December 21, 2015 and continuing through September 21, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

On December 31, 2015, we entered into an agreement to finance additional liability insurance premiums in the amount of $6,742 at an interest rate of 8.752% with equal payments of $2,283, including interest, due monthly beginning February14, 2016 and continuing through April 14, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $0.

 

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On August 15, 2016, we entered into an agreement to finance a portion of our liability insurance premiums in the amount of $28,384 at an interest rate of 7.25% with equal payments of $2,934, including interest, due monthly beginning July 14, 2016 and continuing through April 14, 2017. As of September 30, 2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $20,048.

 

The components of the notes payable, including the note payable to related party, at September 30, 2016 are as follows: 

 

    Principal     Unamortized      
    Amount     Discount     Net
                       
Notes payable   858,988     $ (1,769 )   $ 857,219
Notes payable – related party     30,000             30,000
    $ 888,988     $ (1,769 )   $ 887,219

 

The components of the notes payable at September 30, 2015 are as follows:

 

    Principal     Unamortized      
    Amount     Discount     Net
                       
Notes payable   1,245,344     (77,157 )   1,168,187
Notes payable – related party     30,000       (4,438 )     25,562
    $ 1,275,344     $ (81,595 )   $ 1,193,749

 

NOTE 7 – CONVERTIBLE NOTES PAYABLE

 

December 2, 2015 Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On December 2, 2015, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement for two $114,400 convertible notes with an accredited investor for an aggregate principal amount of $228,800 with an annual interest rate of 9%. Each note contains an original issue discount (“OID”) of $10,400 and related legal and due diligence costs of $12,000. The Company received net proceeds of $92,000 from the first note received by the Company. The second note was cancelled. The maturity date on the first note is December 2, 2017. An amendment to the note on January 12, 2016, allows us to prepay in full the unpaid principal and interest on the note, upon notice, any time prior to June 3, 2016. Any prepayment is at 140% face amount outstanding and accrued interest. The redemption must be closed and paid for within three business days of the Company sending the redemption demand. The note may not be prepaid after June 2, 2016. The note is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time beginning on May 30, 2016. The conversion price is equal to 55% of the lowest trading price of our common stock as reported on the QTCQB for the 10 prior trading days (and may include the day of the Notice of Conversion under certain circumstances). We agreed to reserve an initial 5,033,000 shares of common stock for conversions under the note. We also agreed to adjust the share reserve to ensure that it equals at least four times the total number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the note from time to time. We recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability on June 9, 2016 of $136,276.

 

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The note contained an embedded conversion option and was separated from the note and accounted for as a derivative instrument at fair value and discount to the note and is expensed over the life of the note under the effective interest method. The initial carrying value of the of the embedded conversion option exceeded the net proceeds received and created a derivative loss of $132,068. The Company recorded a loan discount of $114,400 and the discount included OID interest of $10,400 and related loan costs of $12,000. For the year ended September 30, 2016, the discount amortization was $114,400. During the period of conversion we issued 6,341,355 shares of restricted common stock in satisfaction of $114,400 principal and accrued interest of $5,816.

 

January 26, 2016 Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On January 26, 2016 (the “Effective Date”), we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) for an $180,000 convertible note with an accredited investor, with an annual interest rate of 7%. The note contains an OID of $18,000 and related legal costs of $6,000. The net proceeds received by the Company were $156,000. The maturity date of the note is January 26, 2017. Interest is due on or before the maturity date. We may redeem the note by prepaying the unpaid principal and interest on the note, upon notice, any time prior to 180 days after the Effective Date. If redemption is (i) prior to the 30th day the note is in effect (including the 30th day), the redemption will be 105% of the unpaid principal amount and accrued interest; (ii) if the redemption is on the 31st day up to and including the 60th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 115% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest; (iii) if the redemption is on the 61st day up to and including the 120th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 135% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest; if the redemption is on the 121st day up to and including the 180th day the note is in effect, the redemption price will be 150% of the unpaid principle amount of the note along with any accrued interest. The redemption must be closed and paid for within three business days of the Company sending the redemption demand. The note may not be prepaid and redeemed after the 180th day. The note is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at any time beginning on the date which is 181 days following the Effective Date. The conversion price is equal to 55% of the lowest trading price of our common stock as reported on the QTCQB for the 10 prior trading days and may include the day of the Notice of Conversion under certain circumstances. The Company agreed to reserve an initial 10,800,000 shares of common stock for conversions under the note (the “Share Reserve”). We also agreed to adjust the Share Reserve to ensure that it always equals at least three times the total number of shares of common stock that is actually issuable if the entire note were to be converted. The OID interest of $18,000 and related loan costs of $6,000 was recorded as a discount to the note and was being amortized over the life of the loan as interest expense

 

The note contained an embedded conversion option which qualifies for derivative accounting and bifurcation under ASC 815-15 Derivatives and Hedging. Pursuant to ASC 815, the Company recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability on July 25, 2016 of $238,479 with $167,898 recorded as a discount to the note and $70,581 recorded as a day one derivative loss. On August 8, 2016, the investor converted the principal balance of $180,000 and accrued interest of $6,662 into 9,506,619 shares of restricted common stock. For the year ended September 30, 2016, the discount amortization was $191,898. 

 

NOTE 8 – FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

U.S. accounting standards require disclosure of a fair-value hierarchy of inputs the Company uses to value an asset or a liability. In September 2006, the FASB issued new accounting guidance, which establishes a framework for measuring fair value under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The Company previously partially adopted this guidance for all instruments recorded at fair value on a recurring basis. In the second quarter of fiscal 2010, the Company adopted the remaining provisions of the guidance for all non-financial assets and liabilities that are not re-measured at fair value on a recurring basis. The adoption of these provisions did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Fair value standards define fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Additionally, the standards establish a three-level fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value. This hierarchy requires that the Company maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. The three levels of the fair-value hierarchy are described as follows:

 

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Level 1 – Quoted prices are available in active markets for identical assets or liabilities as of the reporting date. Active markets are those in which transactions for the asset or liability occur in sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis. Level 1 primarily consists of financial instruments such as exchange-traded derivatives, marketable securities and listed equities.

 

Level 2 – Pricing inputs are other than quoted prices in active markets included in Level 1, which are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reported date.

 

Level 3 – Pricing inputs include significant inputs that are generally less observable from objective sources. These inputs may be used with internally developed methodologies that result in management’s best estimate of fair value.

 

The following table sets forth by level with the fair value hierarchy the Company’s financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on September 30, 2016 and 2015:

 

September 30, 2016:   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3   Total
                 
Assets                
Exploration property   $     $     $ 1,864,608     $ 1,864,608  
Liabilities                                
None   $     $     $     $  

 

September 30, 2015:   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3   Total
                 
Assets                
Exploration property   $     $     $ 1,864,608     $ 1,864,608  
Liabilities                                
None   $     $     $     $  

 

The exploration property associated with the El Capitan Property, which the Company is intending to continue to market for sale to a major mining company, is classified as Level 3. The fair value of the exploration property is determined based upon the cost basis the of the Company’s investment in the exploration property under U.S. GAAP. There was no change in the carrying valuation of the exploration property during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 or 2015.

 

Derivative Liabilities

 

During December 2015, a total of 4,861,344 warrants were tainted due to the convertible note issued in December 2015 and were reclassified from equity to derivative liabilities with a fair value of $205,526. The note contained an embedded conversion option and was separated from the note and accounted for as a derivative instrument at fair value and discount to the note and is expensed over the life of the note under the effective interest method. The initial fair value of the of the embedded conversion option of $224,068 exceeded the net proceeds received and created a derivative loss of $132,068.

 

On January 12, 2016, an amendment to the convertible note was made and under GAAP, the derivative liability had to be revalued on this date and eliminated. The fair value of the warrants on January 12, 2016 of $142,803 was reclassified to equity.

 

On June 9, 2016, the convertible note issued in December 2015 became convertible and a total of 5,332,773 warrants were tainted due to the convertible note and were reclassified from equity to derivative liabilities with a fair value of $149,600. We recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability and derivative loss on June 9, 2016 of $136,276.

 

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On July 25, 2016, the convertible note issued in January 2016 became convertible and the Company recognized the fair value of the embedded conversion feature as a derivative liability of $238,479 with $167,898 recorded as a discount to the note and $70,581 recorded as a day one derivative loss.

 

During July and August 2016, the convertible notes were fully converted to common stock and the derivative liabilities associated with the embedded conversion options and the tainted warrants were reclassified to equity at their fair value of $1,240,161.

 

The following table summarizes the change in the fair value of derivative liabilities during the year ended September 30, 2016:

 

      Change in Fair  
      Value for  
      Year Ended  
      September 30, 2016  
         
Fair value as of September 30, 2015   $  
Additions recognized as note discounts at inception     259,898  
Additions recognized as derivative loss at inception     338,925  
Amount reclassified from equity at inception     355,126  
Amount reclassified to equity upon resolution     (1,382,964 )
Change in fair value     429,015  
Fair value as of September 30, 2016   $  

 

NOTE 9 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Related Party

 

In January 2012, the Company retained the consulting services of Management Resource Initiatives, Inc. (“MRI”), a company controlled by John F. Stapleton who served as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of the Company at that time and who currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. The current monthly consulting fee for such services is $15,000. Total consulting fees expensed to MRI for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $180,000, respectively. At September 30, 2016 and 2015, MRI had accrued and unpaid compensation of $315,000 and $135,000, respectively, recorded in accrued compensation – related parties.

 

On January 18, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Stephan J. Antol as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, replacing Mr. Stapleton in such capacity. Mr. Stapleton continued to serve as a director of the Company and as Chairman of the Board. Effective August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. Stapleton to replace Charles C. Mottley as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The change in senior management was proposed by Mr. Mottley, who continues to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and as President Emeritus.

 

On February 4, 2015, the Company signed a $30,000 promissory note payable to MRI, at 18% interest per annum, due and payable on February 4, 2016. As an inducement for the loan represented by the note, the Company issued 200,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to MRI. The Company approved amending the note to extend the maturity date from February 4, 2016 to February 4, 2017 under the original terms of the Agreement. See Note 6.  

 

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Purchase Contract with Glencore AG

 

On March 10, 2014, the Company entered into a life-of-mine off take agreement with Glencore AG (“Glencore”) for the sale of iron extracted from mineralized material at the El Capitan Property (such agreement is referred to herein as the “Glencore Purchase Contract”). Under the terms of the Glencore Purchase Contract, the Company agreed to sell to Glencore, and Glencore agreed to purchase from the Company, iron that meets the applicable specifications from the El Capitan Property mine. Payment for the iron is to be made pursuant an irrevocable letter of credit in favor of the Company. The purchase price is based on an index price less an applicable discount. Either party may terminate the Glencore Purchase Contract following a breach by the other party that remains uncured for a specified period after receipt of written notice. Because of current market iron ore prices, the contract has not been implemented or terminated.

 

Agreements with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC

 

Under an agreement with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”) dated February 28, 2014, Logistica agreed to remit a $400,000 payment on the Company’s behalf that represented the remaining balance of the Company’s purchase price for a heavy ore trailing separation line to be used for processing of mineralized material at the El Capitan Property mine site. The Company previously remitted $100,000 toward the purchase of such equipment. In consideration for Logistica remitting such payment, the Company agreed to deliver a $400,000 promissory note to Logistica and issued 2,500,000 shares of common stock to a designee of Logistica under the Company’s 2005 Stock Incentive Plan. The promissory note accrues interest at 4.5%, with principal and accrued interest payments to be made out of the Company’s proceeds from sale of iron extracted from mineralized material as part of the Company’s exploration activities. The relative fair value of the common stock was determined to be $222,222 and was recorded as a discount to the promissory note that was amortized to interest expense over the expected life of the note through August 31, 2015. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, amortization expense of $158,559 was recognized. As of September 30,2016, the outstanding balance under this note payable was $400,000 and accrued interest on the note was $46,603. 

 

On January 5, 2016, we entered into our current agreement with Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (“Logistica”). Under the agreement we will provide to Logistica concentrated ore to their specifications at the mine site. Logistica will transport, process, and refine the precious metals concentrates to sell to precious metals buyers. The terms of the new agreement provide for the recovery of hard costs related to the concentrates by both parties prior to the distribution of profits. The agreement also provides for the future issuance of 10,000,000 shares of our restricted common stock and the elimination of a $100,000 accrued liability to Logistica for prior services rendered. When certain terms and conditions are met, the Agreement calls for Logistica to arrange for a letter of credit for working capital for the mining, processing and sale activities under the Agreement. The shares were issued in August 2016. The new agreement supersedes the previous agreements with Logistica.

 

NOTE 10 – INCOME TAXES

 

The Company has incurred no income taxes during the period from July 26, 2002 (inception) through September 30, 2016. The calculated tax deferred benefit at September 30, 2016 and 2015 is based on the current Federal statutory income tax rate of 35% applied to the loss before provision for income taxes. The tax years open for Internal Revenue Service review are fiscal years ended September 30, 2012 to 2016.

 

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The following table accounts for the differences between the actual income tax benefit and amounts computed for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 or 2015:

 

    Years Ended September 30,
    2016   2015
         
Tax benefit at the federal statutory rate   $ 984,773     $ 632,495  
State tax benefit     196,110       125,957  
Cumulative effect of Federal tax rate change            
Expiration of state operating losses     (138,659 )     (82,972
Increase in valuation allowance     (1,042,224 )     (675,480 )
Income tax expense   $     $  

 

The components of the deferred tax asset and deferred tax liability at September 30, 2016 or 2015 are as follows:

 

    September 30,
    2016   2015
         
Deferred tax assets   $ 9,693,456     $ 8,651,232  
Valuation allowance     (9,693,456 )     (8,651,232 )
Net deferred tax asset after valuation allowance   $     $  

 

A valuation allowance has been provided to reduce the net deferred tax asset, as management determined that it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

At September 30, 2016, the Company has net operating loss carry forwards for financial statement purposes for Federal income tax approximating $25,769,000. These losses expire in varying amounts between September 30, 2022 and September 30, 2036.

 

At September 30, 2016, the Company has net operating loss carry forwards for financial statement purposes for State income tax approximating $9,854,000. These losses expire in varying amounts between September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2021.

 

NOTE 11 – 2015 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

 

On October 8, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”). The 2015 Plan enables the Board of Directors to grant to employees, directors, and consultants of the Company and its subsidiaries a variety of forms of equity-based compensation, including grants of options to purchase shares of common stock, shares of restricted common stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, other stock-based awards and performance-based awards. At the time it was adopted, the maximum number of shares of common stock of the Company that could be issued or awarded under the 2015 Plan was 15,000,000 shares. On October 14, 2015, the Company filed Form S-8 Registration Statement No. 333-207399 with the SEC registering the 15,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2015 Plan. On December 15, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 1 to the 2015 Plan, pursuant to which the number of shares of common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 15,000,000 to 23,000,000. On January 14, 2016, the Company filed Form S-8 Registration Statement No. 333-208991 with the SEC registering the additional 8,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2015 Plan. Effective April 22, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 2 to the 2015 Plan pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 23,000,000 to 28,000,000. On April 27, 2016, the Company filed Form S-8 Registration Statement No. 333-210942 with the SEC registering the additional 5,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2015 Plan. Effective August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 3 to the 2015 Plan pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 28,000,000 to 50,000,000. On August 8, 2016, the Company filed Form S-8 Registration Statement No. 333- 212972 with the SEC registering the additional 22,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2015 Plan. See Note 13.

 

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NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

Authorized Common Shares

 

At the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders held September 28, 2016, the Company’s stockholders approved an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock from 400,000,000 to 500,000,000 shares. The change in the authorized number of shares of common stock was effected pursuant to an Certificate of Amendment (the “Certificate of Amendment”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Nevada on October 4, 2016 and was effective as of such date. 

 

Series B Preferred Stock

 

Pursuant to resolutions adopted by the Board, on August 1, 2014, the Company filed a Certificate of Designation (the “Certificate of Designation”) with the Nevada Secretary of State creating a series of Preferred Stock by and designating fifty-one (51) shares of previously undesignated preferred stock as Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”).

 

Liquidation. The Series B Preferred Stock, with respect to rights on liquidation, dissolution and winding-up of the Corporation, ranks on parity with each other class or series of capital stock of the Company the terms of which do not expressly provide that such class or series shall rank senior or junior to the Series B Preferred Stock. Except for distributions in the event of a liquidation, dissolution or winding-up of the Company (whether voluntary or involuntary), or a merger or consolidation by the Corporation with another corporation or other entity (in each case, other than where the Company is the surviving entity) (a “Liquidation”), holders of Series B Preferred Stock are not be entitled to receive dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock. In the event of a Liquidation, the holders of Series B Preferred Stock are be entitled to receive out of the assets of the Company, an amount equal to the $1.00 per share of Series B Preferred Stock (subject to adjustment), after any distribution or payment with respect to such Liquidation is made to the holders of any senior securities and prior to any distribution or payment with respect to such Liquidation shall be made to the holders of any junior securities.

 

Voting Rights. Solely with respect to matters upon which stockholders are entitled to vote or to which stockholders are entitled to give consent and relate to Company capitalization (including, without limitation, increasing and/or decreasing the number of authorized shares of common stock and/or preferred stock, and implementing forward and/or reverse stock splits) and changes in the Company’s name, the holders of the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock vote together with the holders of common stock without regard to class, except as to those matters on which separate class voting is required by applicable law or the Company’s articles of incorporation or bylaws. The holders of the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock do not otherwise have the right to vote on matters brought before the Company’s stockholders. In matters on which holders of shares of Series B Preferred Stock are entitled to vote, each share of the Series B Preferred Stock has voting rights equal to (x) (i) 0.019607 multiplied by the total of (A) the issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock eligible to vote at the time of the respective vote, plus (B) the number of votes which all other series or classes of securities other than this Series B Preferred Stock are entitled to cast together with the holders of the Company’s common stock at the time of the relevant vote (the amount determined by this clause (i), the “Numerator”), divided by (ii) 0.49, minus (y) the Numerator.

 

Conversion. Shares of Series B Preferred Stock may, at the option of the holder, be converted into one share of common stock (subject to adjustment, the “Conversion Ratio”). In the event of any Transfer (as defined in the Certificate of Designation) of any share of Series B Preferred Stock, such share will automatically convert into common stock based upon the Conversion Ratio applicable at the time of such Transfer. If, at any time while any shares of Series B Preferred Stock remain outstanding, the Company effectuates a stock split or reverse stock split of its common stock or issues a dividend on its common stock consisting of shares of common stock, the Conversion Ratio and any other amounts calculated as contemplated by the Certificate of Designation shall be equitably adjusted to reflect such action.

 

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Equity Purchase Agreement – July 20, 2014

 

On July 30, 2014, we entered into a new Equity Purchase Agreement (the “2014 Agreement”) with Southridge, pursuant to which the Company may from time to time, in its discretion, sell newly-issued shares of its common stock to Southridge for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1,900,000. Southridge will have no obligation to purchase shares under the 2014 Agreement to the extent that such purchase would cause Southridge to own more than 9.99% of the Company’s common stock. Unless terminated earlier, the purchase commitment of Southridge will automatically terminate on the earlier of July 30, 2016, or the date on which aggregate purchases by Southridge under the 2014 Agreement total $1,900,000. The Company has no obligation to sell any shares under the 2014 Agreement.

 

As provided in the 2014 Agreement, the Company may require Southridge to purchase shares of our common stock from time to time by delivering a put notice to Southridge specifying the total purchase price for the shares to be purchased (the “Investment Amount”). The Company may determine the Investment Amount, provided that such amount may not be more than the lesser of (a) $500,000, or (b) 250% of the average daily trading dollar volume of the Company’s common stock for the 20 trading days preceeding the date on which the Company delivers the applicable put notice. For this purpose, the trading dollar volume for each day is determined by multiplying the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (or such other principal market on which the Company’s stock trades) on such date by the trading volume of the Company’s common stock on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (or such other principal market on which the Company’s stock trades) on such date. The number of shares issuable in connection with each put notice will be computed by dividing the applicable Investment Amount by the purchase price for such common stock.

 

The offering of shares under the 2014 Agreement has been made pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration Statement No. 333-193208) previously filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and prospectus supplements thereto. The benefits and representations and warranties set forth in the 2014 Agreement are not intended to and do not constitute continuing representations and warranties of the Company or any other party to persons not a party thereto, including without limitation, any future or other investor.

 

As of September 30, 2015, we have sold shares of common stock to Southridge under 2014 Agreements for aggregate proceeds of $300,000. However, because the Company’s public float was less than $75 million upon the December 29, 2014 filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K, the Company is no longer eligible to utilize Form S-3 registration statements on a primary basis.

 

Equity Purchase Agreement – March 16, 2016 Purchase Agreement and Registration Rights Agreement; December 9, 2016 Amendment

 

On March 16, 2016, we entered into a Purchase Agreement with River North, which was subsequently amended on December 9, 2016 by Amendment No. 1 thereto (the “Amendment”). Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement we may from time to time, in our discretion, sell shares of our common stock to River North for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $5,000,000. Unless terminated earlier, River North’s purchase commitment will automatically terminate on the earlier of the date on which River North shall have purchased Company shares pursuant to the Purchase Agreement for an aggregate purchase price of $5,000,000 or March 16, 2018. We have no obligation to sell any shares under the Purchase Agreement.

 

As provided in the Purchase Agreement, the Company may require River North to purchase shares of common stock from time to time by delivering a put notice to River North specifying the total purchase price for the shares to be purchased (the “Investment Amount”); provided there must be a minimum of 10 trading days between deliveries of each put notice. The minimum trading days between deliveries of put notices may be adjusted downward at the discretion of River North from time to time. Currently the minimum time between the put notices is five (5) days. This arrangement is also sometimes referred to herein as the “Equity Line.” We may determine the Investment Amount, provided that such amount may not be more than the average daily trading volume in dollar amount for the Company’s common stock during the 10 trading days preceding the date on which the Company delivers the applicable put notice. Additionally, such amount may not be lower than $5,000 or higher than $150,000 without prior approval of River North. The number of shares issuable in connection with each put notice will be computed by dividing the applicable Investment Amount by the purchase price for such common stock. River North will have no obligation to purchase shares under the Purchase Agreement to the extent that such purchase would cause River North to own more than 9.99% of the Company’s common stock.

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Prior to the Amendment, for each share of our common stock purchased under the Purchase Agreement, River North paid a purchase price equal to 85% of the Market Price, which was defined as the average of the two lowest closing bid prices on the OTCQB Marketplace, as reported by Bloomberg Finance L.P., during the five consecutive Trading Days including and immediately prior to the date on which the applicable put notice is delivered to River North (the “Pricing Period”). If, at the time of a sale, we were not deposit/withdrawal at custodian (“DWAC”) eligible, or if we were under Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) “chill” status, an additional 5.0% and 10% discount to the Market Price, respectively, applied.

 

On December 9, 2016, the Company and River North entered into the Amendment in order to amend the formula pursuant to which the purchase price for the Company’s shares is calculated and to make certain other amendments to the terms of the Purchase Agreement. As amended, the Pricing Period now includes the five consecutive trading days including and immediately prior to the settlement date of the sale, which in most circumstances will be the trading day immediately following the date that a put notice is delivered to River North (a “Put Date”). In addition, the Amendment provides that if either (i) the closing bid price the common stock is less than $0.10 per share on the Put Date, or (ii) the average daily trading volume in dollar amount for the common stock during the ten trading days including and immediately preceding a Put Date is less than $50,000, then an additional 10% discount to the Market Price will be taken when calculating the purchase price for the shares. The prior discounts for DWAC ineligibility and DTC chill status remain.

 

River North’s obligation to purchase shares under the Purchase Agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including without limitation a requirement that a registration statement remain effective registering the resale by River North of the shares to be issued pursuant to the Purchase Agreement as contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement described below. The Purchase Agreement contains covenants, representations and warranties of the Company and River North that are typical for transactions of this type. In addition, the Company and River North have granted each other customary indemnification rights in connection with the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement may be terminated by the Company at any time. The Purchase Agreement is not transferable and any benefits attached thereto may not be assigned.

 

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement (including the Amendment) does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement itself (including the Amendment).

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, we issued a total of 13,072,636 shares of common stock to River North under the Purchase Agreement for aggregate proceeds of $871,679.

 

Also on March 16, 2016, in connection with the Purchase Agreement, we entered into a Registration Rights Agreement with River North requiring the Company to prepare and file, within 45 days of the effective date of the Registration Rights Agreement, a registration statement registering the resale by River North of the shares to be issued under the Purchase Agreement, and to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to become effective, and to keep such registration statement effective until (i) three months after the last closing of a sale of shares under the Purchase Agreement, (ii) the date when River North may sell all the shares under Rule 144 without volume limitations, or (iii) the date on which River North no longer owns any of the shares. On April 11, 2016, we filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 (SEC File No. 333-210686) with the SEC registering the resale of up to 25,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock that may be issued and sold to River North pursuant to the Purchase Agreement. Such Registration Statement was declared effective by the SEC on April 20, 2016.

 

As partial consideration for the above-mentioned agreements, on March 16, 2016, we issued to River North a “commitment” convertible promissory note (the “Commitment Note”) in the principal amount of $35,000. The Commitment Note accrued interest at a rate of 10% per annum and was scheduled to mature on March 16, 2017. Upon the registration statement contemplated by the Registration Rights Agreement being declared effective, $10,000 of the principle balance of the Commitment Note and accrued interest thereon was extinguished and deemed to have been repaid.

 

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After 180 days following the date of the Commitment Note, or earlier upon the occurrence of an event of default that remains uncured, the Commitment Note may be converted into shares of the Company’s common stock at the election of River North at a conversion price per share equal 60% of the Current Market Price, which is defined as the lowest closing bid price for the common stock as reported by Bloomberg, LP for the 10 trading days ending on the trading day immediately before the conversion. The loan principal and accrued interest were paid in full prior to the note conversion date.

 

On March 16, 2016, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with River North pursuant to which the Company issued a convertible promissory note (the “Bridge Note”) to River North, in the original principal amount of $90,000, in consideration of the payment by River North of a purchase price equal to $73,800, with $9,000 retained by River North as original issue discount and $7,200 for related legal and due diligence costs and these costs were recorded as discount to the note. The Company issued the Bridge Note on March 16, 2016. The Bridge Note accrues interest at a rate of 10% per annum and matures on March 16, 2017.The Bridge Note provides for conversion rights and events of default on substantially the same terms and conditions as the Commitment Note; provided however that an event of default under the Bridge Note will also be triggered if the Company fails to use at least 15% of the proceeds from each sale of shares under the Purchase Agreement to prepay a portion of the Bridge Note after it becomes convertible. The loan principal and accrued interest were paid in full prior to the note conversion date and for the fiscal year ended we recorded a discount expense of $16,200.

 

Likelihood of Accessing the Full Amount of the Equity Line

 

Notwithstanding that the Equity Line is in an amount of $5,000,000, we anticipate that the actual likelihood that we will be able access the full $5,000,000 may be low due to several factors, including that our ability to access the Equity Line is impacted by our average daily trading volume, the average computed sale price of of the shares for each put, which may limit the maximum dollar amount of each put we deliver to River North. Our use of the Equity Line will continue to be limited and restricted if our share trading volume or market price of our stock continue at their current levels or decrease further in the future from the volume and stock prices reported over the past year.

 

Further, our ability to issue shares in excess of the 25,000,000 shares covered by the registration statement will be subject to our filing a subsequent registration statement with the SEC and the SEC declaring it effective.

 

Preferred Stock Issuances

 

On August 1, 2014, the Company issued fifty-one (51) shares of Series B Preferred Stock to John F. Stapleton (the “Series B Stockholder”) for a purchase price equal to $1.00 per share. The offer and sale of such shares were not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) at the time of sale, and therefore may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. For this issuance, the Company relied on the exemption from federal registration under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and/or Rule 506 promulgated thereunder, based on the Company’s belief that the offer and sale of the shares has not and will not involve a public offering as the Series B Stockholder is an “accredited investor” as defined under Section 501 promulgated under the Securities Act and no general solicitation has been involved in the offering.

 

As a result of the voting rights of the Series B Preferred Stock, the Series B Stockholder holds in the aggregate approximately 51% of the total voting power of all issued and outstanding voting capital of the Company solely with respect to matters upon which stockholders are entitled to vote or to which stockholders are entitled to give consent and relate to the Company’s capitalization (including, without limitation, increasing and/or decreasing the number of authorized shares of common stock and/or preferred stock, and implementing forward and/or reverse stock splits) and changes in the Company’s name. The Series B Stockholder does not otherwise have the right under the Certificate of Designation to vote on matters brought before the Company’s stockholders. The Company’s Board of Directors believes that the issuance of the Series B Preferred Stock to the Series B Stockholder will facilitate the Company’s ability to manage its affairs with respect to the limited matters on which the Series B Stockholder is entitled to vote.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company did not issue any shares of preferred stock.

 

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Common Stock Issuances

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company:

 

  (i) Issued  7,272,728 shares of restricted common stock with a fair value of $402,673, in settlement of two notes payable and accrued interest valued of $307,982, resulting in a loss of $94,691;
     
  (ii) Issued an aggregate of 26,826,842 shares of restricted stock and S-8 common stock to our contract miners at a fair value of $1,508,556, recognized as a payment of $103,626 for accrued mining cost, $177,999 for services, $1,185,396 for the mining of inventory, and a prepayment of $41,534 for services and issued an aggregate of 700,00 shares of restricted stock and S-8 common stock for mining services valued at $37,100;
     
  (iii) Issued 15,847,974 shares of restricted common stock for the conversion of two convertible notes and accrued interest of $306,878;
     
  (iv) Issued to two lenders in connection with a loan extension, 75,000 shares each of restricted common stock with an aggregate value of $4,858 on the date of issuance;
     
  (v) Issued 10,000,000 shares of S-8 common stock pursuant to the terms of the January 5, 2016 agreement with Logistica and valued at $689,000;
     
  (vi) Issued 600,000 shares of restricted common stock and 3,391,820 shares of S-8 stock in connection with a value of $186,480 for the conversion accrued expenses of $217,550, resulting in a gain of $31,070;
     
  (vii) Issued 700,000 shares of restricted common stock and 1,794,777 shares of S-8 stock in connection with a value of $135,614 for the conversion of accrued compensation of $151,161 resulting in a gain of $15,547 that was recognized in equity;
     
  (viii) Issued 500,000 shares of restricted common stock to a creditor for carrying a significant balance. The market value of the shares issued was $36,000 and was classified as non-cash financing costs in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016; and
     
  (ix) Issued 13,072,636 shares of common stock under the 2016 Purchase Agreement with River North for aggregate cash proceeds of $871,679.

 

The issuance of the restricted common shares during our fiscal year 2016, were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the Company:

 

  (i) Issued 400,000 shares of restricted common stock, as provided for in two loan agreements entered into in February 2015. The relative fair value of the stock was determined to be $21,211 and was accounted for as a discount to the loans and will be amortized over the life of the loans;

 

  (ii) Issued 3,000,000 shares of restricted common stock, as provided for in a working capital loan entered into in April 2015. The relative fair value of the stock was determined to be $98,349 and was accounted for as a discount to the loans and will be amortized over the life of the loans;

 

  (iii) Issued 500,000 shares of restricted common stock to a creditor for carrying a significant balance. The market value of the shares issued was $67,550 and was classified as non-cash financing costs in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015;

 

 

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  (iv) Issued 2,000,000 shares of S-8 common stock as consideration for a commitment consulting fee to a six month mining agreement. The market value of the shares issued was $170,000;

 

  (v) Issued 849,805 shares of restricted common stock in connection with a conversion accrued compensation valued at $53,534; and

 

  (vi) Issued 594,318 shares of common stock under the 2014 Agreement with Southridge for cash proceeds of $50,000.

 

The issuance of the restricted common shares during our fiscal year 2015, were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) thereof because such issuance did not involve a public offering.

 

Warrants

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company:

 

  (i) Issued to an investor in consideration of the extension of the 2014 note, the Company amended the common stock purchase warrant to purchase 4,714,286 shares (subject to adjustment) of our common stock at an exercise price of $0.07 per share. The warrant is a fully vested three-year warrant. The note was mutually extended from July 17, 2015 to January 17, 2016. The warrant dated October 17, 2014 was cancelled. On January 19, 2016, the amended 2014 Note was extended from January 17, 2016 to September 19, 2016. In consideration of the extension, we issued to the investor a fully vested three year common stock purchase warrant to purchase 471,429 shares (subject to adjustment) of common stock of the Company at an exercise price of $0.051 per share, the closing price on the date of the agreed extension agreement. . The fair value of the warrants was determined to be $16,775 using Black-Scholes option price model and was expensed during the three months ended March 31, 2016.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the Company:

 

  (i) Issued to an investor 735,294 three-year fully vested warrants at an exercise price of $0.17 per share as related to the $500,000 2014 Note. The relative fair value of the warrants was determined to be $73,053 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and was recorded as a discount to the 2014 Note and is being amortized to interest expense over the expected life of the note through July 17, 2015. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, amortization expense of $73,053 was recognized and the unamortized discount was $0 as of September 30, 2015.

 

  (ii) Issued 147,058 three-year fully vested warrants at an exercise price of $0.17 per share as placement fees related to the $500,000 2014 Note. The fair value of the warrants was determined to be $17,111 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and was recorded as deferred financing costs to be amortized over the expected life of the note through July 17, 2015. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, amortization expense of $17,111 was recognized and the unamortized deferred financing costs balance was $0 as of September 30, 2015.

 

  (iii) Issued to an investor 4,714,286 three-year fully vested warrants at an exercise price of $0.07 per share as related to the amended $500,000 2014 Note on August 18, 2015. The prior issued warrants aggregating 735,294 were cancelled under the terms of the amendment. The relative fair value of the amended warrants was determined to be $220,703 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and was recorded as loss on debt extinguishment.

 

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Options

 

Aggregate options expense recognized was $31,206 and $525,703 for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively related to the option grants described below. As of September 30, 2016 there was no unamortized option expense.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, the Company:

 

  (i) The Company granted to three new directors, each 250,000 ten-year fully vested stock options. The aggregate relative fair value of the options was determined to be $31,206 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model on the dates of grant and was expensed in the current fiscal year.

 

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the Company:

 

  (i) Granted, pursuant to the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan, (a) to two directors of the Company each a ten-year stock option to purchase 500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, (b) to two directors  of the Company each a ten-year stock option to purchase 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, and (c) to the controller a ten-year stock option to purchase 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, all of which vested immediately, at an exercise price of $0.15 per share. The fair value of the options was determined to be $218,471 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and was expensed as warrant and option costs during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. 

 

  (ii) Granted to a consultant a ten-year stock option to purchase an aggregate of 500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.15 per share with the options vesting on the date of grant. The fair value of the options was determined to be $73,158 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and was expensed as warrant and option costs during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. 

 

  (iii) Granted to a consultant a ten-year stock option to purchase an aggregate of 1,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.15 per share with the options vesting equally over a nine-month period from the date of the grant. The fair value of the options was determined to be $219,473 using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and $219,473 was expensed as warrant and option costs during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. 

 

The Company utilizes the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of its option awards and warrants. The following table summarizes the significant assumptions used in the model during the years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:

 

Year Ended September 30, 2016:     
Exercise prices   $0.02 - $0.17 
Expected volatilities   105.11% - 139.77% 
Risk free interest rates   10.51% - 1.68% 
Expected terms   1.3 – 5.0 years 
Expected dividends    

 

Year Ended September 30, 2015:     
Exercise prices   $0.07 - $0.17 
Expected volatilities   115.01% - 139.28% 
Risk free interest rates   0.79% - 2.36% 
Expected terms   3.0 – 10.0 years 
Expected dividends    

 

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Stock option activity, both within and outside the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan and warrant activity, for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 or 2015, are as follows:

 

      Stock Options       Stock Warrants
              Weighted               Weighted
              Average               Exercise
      Shares       Price       Shares       Price
                               
Outstanding at September 30, 2014     7,900,000     $ 0.38           $ 0.09
   Granted     3,750,000       0.15       5,596,638       0.17
   Canceled     (312,500 )     0.35       (735,294 )    
   Expired     (950,000     0.56            
   Exercised                      
                               
Outstanding at September 30, 2015     10,387,500     $ 0.30       4,861,344     $ 0.07
   Granted     750,000       0.051       471,429       0.051
   Canceled                      
   Expired                      
   Exercised                      
                               
Outstanding at September 30, 2016     11,137,500     $ 0.264       5,332,773     $ 0.071
                               
Exercisable at September 30, 2016     11,137,500     $ 0.264       5,332,773     $ 0.071

 

The range of exercise prices and remaining weighted average life of the options outstanding at September 30, 2016 were $0.042 to $1.02 and 4.87 years, respectively. The aggregate intrinsic value of the outstanding options at September 30, 2016 was $28,175.

 

The range of exercise prices and remaining weighted average life of the warrants outstanding at September 30, 2016 were $0.051 to $0.17and 1.9 years, respectively. The aggregate intrinsic value of the outstanding warrants at September 30, 2016 was $106,967.

 

During the fiscal year 2015 our 2005 Plan expired. On October 8, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”). As of September 30, 2016, 50,000,000 shares of the Company’s Common Stock were authorized for issuance under the 2015 Plan. See Note 11.

 

NOTE 13 - SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Amendment to Articles of Incorporation

 

At the Company’s annual meeting of stockholders held September 28, 2016, the Company’s stockholders approved an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of the Company’s common stock from 400,000,000 to 500,000,000 shares. The change in the authorized number of shares of common stock was effected pursuant to an Certificate of Amendment (the “Certificate of Amendment”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Nevada on October 4, 2016 and was effective as of such date. The foregoing description of the Amendment is qualified in its entirety by the Certificate of Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 4, 2016, and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Amendment to 2015 Equity Incentive Plan

 

Effective October 31, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 4 to the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”) pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 50,000,000 to 75,000,000. A copy of Amendment No. 4 to the 2015 Plan is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on November 2, 2016, and is incorporated by reference herein. On November 4, 2016, the Company filed Form S-8 Registration Statement No. 333- 214442 with the SEC registering the additional 25,000,000 shares of common stock authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2015 Plan.

 

Subsequent Issuances of Common Stock

 

Subsequent to September 30, 2016, the Company issued 17,719,454 shares of Common Stock valued at the time of issuance as follows:

 

Accrued compensation    $ 199,110  
Accrued liability for legal services     150,000  
Compensation for mining services     327,000  
River North under the Purchase Agreement     324,724  
    $ 1,000,834  

 

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ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

There have been no changes in our accountants during the last two fiscal years, and we have not had any material disagreements with our existing accountants during that time.

 

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We conducted an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures. The term “disclosure controls and procedures,” as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, means controls and other procedures of a company that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the company in the reports it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures also include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of September 30, 2016, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective due to a material weakness identified which is described below.

 

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company. Internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) is a process to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of our financial reporting for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Internal control over financial reporting includes maintaining records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect our transactions; providing reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary for preparation of our financial statements; providing reasonable assurance that receipts and expenditures of Company assets are made in accordance with management authorization; and providing reasonable assurance that unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of company assets that could have a material effect on our financial statements would be prevented or detected on a timely basis. 

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting is not intended to provide absolute assurance that a misstatement of our financial statements would be prevented or detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risks that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness, as of September 30, 2016, of our internal control over financial reporting based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).  Based on this evaluation, management concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of September 30, 2016. This was due to the following material weakness:

 

  We did not maintain sufficient personnel with an appropriate level of technical accounting knowledge, experience, and training in the application of generally accepted accounting principles commensurate with the complexity of our  equity financial derivative instruments issued with debt transactions. As a result, there is a lack of monitoring of the accounting and reporting process for these types of transactions.

 

To address this material weakness in these types of transactions and concur on their treatment, we will have qualified professional review these types of transactions and concur on their treatment prior to recording them on the books of the Company

 

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Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

During the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2016, there was no change in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

Attestation Report of the Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Company’s independent registered public accounting firm is not required to issue, and has not issued, an attestation report on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of September 30, 2016.

 

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

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PART III

 

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Identification of Directors and Executive Officers

 

The following table sets forth the name, age, position and office term of each executive officer and directors of the Company as of January 11, 2017.

 

Name   Age   Position   Director Since
             
John F. Stapleton     73     President, Chief Executive Officer, Director,   April 21, 2009
            Chairman of the Board, Secretary    
Charles C. Mottley     81     Director, President Emeritus   April 21, 2009
Stephen J. Antol     74     Chief Financial Officer  
Clyde L. Smith     79     Director   November 23, 2015
Timothy J. Gay     72     Director   December 4, 2015
Daniel G. Martinez     71     Director   July 7, 2016

 

John F. Stapleton – Mr. Stapleton has been a Company director and Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors since April 2009, and served as Chief Financial Officer from February 2012 to January 2016. On August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. Stapleton to replace Mr. Mottley as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Stapleton has extensive experience with early-stage development companies and contributes a unique set of skills needed to achieve a focused strategy, early-stage funding, basic infrastructure and business model, all of which are central to creating a solid business platform to launch and scale a successful venture. Mr. Stapleton has a history of founding and supporting more than 25 emerging technology companies. As a senior officer and investor, Mr. Stapleton has been instrumental in the development and financing of several companies. Mr. Stapleton is the sole owner of Management Resource Initiatives, Inc., a corporation that, since January 2012, has been managing and overseeing the process of operating and marketing the El Capitan Property and performing other services aimed at furthering the Company's strategic goals.

 

Charles C. Mottley – Mr. Mottley was Chairman of the Board of Gold and Minerals Company, Inc. from February 2009 until the merger into the Company in 2011; and was on the Board of Trustees at Hampden-Sydney College from 2007 to May 2011. Mr. Mottley was President and a Director of the Company from July 2002 to April 2007, when he resigned as President, but continued to serve as a Director until September 2007. He also provided consulting services to our Company from June 2007 to June 2008. On April 21, 2009, Mr. Mottley was reappointed as a Director of the Company and on April 30, 2009, Mr. Mottley was reappointed as President and as Chief Executive Officer. At the request of Mr. Mottley, on August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Mr. Stapleton to replace Mr. Mottley as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Mottley continues to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and as President Emeritus. Mr. Mottley also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gold and Minerals Company, Inc., from 1978 until July 2005, at which time he resigned those positions. He was on the Board of the National Mining Association from 2005 to 2007 and has been employed in the mining industry in various capacities from equipment sales and services to active mining operations for over 36 years. Mr. Mottley is the author of five books and is the founder of the Fatherhood Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Mottley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1958. On January 20, 2012, Mr. Mottley filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the Unites States Bankruptcy Court in and for the District of Arizona (Case No. 10-01419 GBN). A plan of reorganization was approved by the Court in June 2013, and has informally completed.

 

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Stephen J. Antol – Mr. Mr. Antol, age 74, previously served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer from November 2004 to May 2007 and from April 2009 until February 2012, and has since served the Company in a non-executive capacity. For the period May 2007 to May 2009, and from late 1992 through November 2004, Mr. Antol rendered services as a consultant chief financial officer for a number of small and medium-size businesses, public and private companies requiring technical expertise on a limited or recurring basis. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Antol served as Chief Financial Officer of Lou Register Furniture, a fine furniture retailer located in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Antol served as Director of Finance for F.S. Inc. (dba Audio Express and Country House Furniture), a retailer of furniture and stereo equipment in four southwestern states. From 1975 to 1987, Mr. Antol worked for Giant Industries, Inc., an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, in such capacities as Corporate Controller and Corporate Treasurer. Mr. Antol also has five years audit and tax experience with two major certified public accounting firms in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Antol received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1968, and became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 1970. He no longer practices as a licensed CPA.

 

Clyde L. Smith, PhD – A scientist with strong ties to academic research applied to ore-deposit exploration, Dr. Smith’s background includes eight years as an Industrial Associate to Stanford University School of Earth Sciences, work as an explorationist, and executive positions for the Toronto Stock Exchange- and Vancouver Stock Exchange-listed public companies with broad experience in prospect-generator business model, joint ventures, and exploration alliances with major companies such as Rio Tinto, Teck, and Mount Isa Mines. Dr. Smith’s recent project work has included work as Chief Geologist for Alexander Mining, a Singapore-based entity for which he wrote the NI 43-101 report and secured $5 million financing through UOB Bank, Singapore. He also planned and directed grassroots orogenic gold exploration and drilling on a large exploration license in Papua New Guinea, where he employed an ex-Chief Geochemist of Barrick Gold Corporation and an ex-Chief Geophysicist of Newmont Mining Corporation.

 

Timothy J. Gay, CPA, CVA Mr. Gay has been involved for thirty-five years in management advisory with public companies for SEC-related services and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy reorganizations, expert testimony, and business valuations. He founded, organized, and continues to facilitate the M&A Roundtable and has extensive experience in providing guidance and services for financial institutions related to mergers, acquisitions, and financing alternatives. In addition, Mr. Gay has served on the boards and loan committees of financial institutions. As founder of Tim Gay & Associates, Mr. Gay organized the investment banking firms Cornelius & Gay and Cornelius, Gay & Korte (CG&K). He resigned his positions with CG&K in 2005 when he formed the Sierra Consulting Group, LLC. He has been appointed as an Examiner by the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustee by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and currently serves as a Principal of Semple, Marchal & Cooper, LLC, where he performs concurring partner reviews on SEC engagements. Mr. Gay also serves on various boards of non-profit organizations.

 

Daniel G. Martinez Mr. Martinez, who joined the Company’s Board of Directors on July 7, 2016, graduated with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Arizona in 1968. He worked as a pharmacist in San Diego, California before purchasing and operating a pharmacy clinic from 1970 until 1981. From 1981 until 1989, Mr. Martinez was a franchisee of McDonald’s Restaurants in California and New Mexico, after which he built low income housing for the Philippine government until 1990. Since 1990, Mr. Martinez has owned and operated a multi-family residential real estate rental and development business in Abilene, Texas and, currently in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Martinez serves as a director of the Paragon Foundation and the Nevada Livestock Association.

 

Audit Committee; Financial Expert

 

The Company has a standing audit committee comprised of one director, John F. Stapleton. As set forth in the Company’s written audit committee charter, the audit committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing, and reporting practices of the Company, and such other duties as directed by the Board. The committee’s role includes a particular focus on the qualitative aspects of financial reporting to shareholders, on the Company’s processes to manage business and financial risk, and for compliance with significant applicable legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements. The committee is directly responsible for the appointment, compensation, and oversight of the public accounting firm engaged to prepare and issue an audit report on the financial statements of the Company. We have posted our audit committee charter on our website at www.elcapitanpmi.com.

 

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Mr. Stapleton is not an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the rules promulgated by the SEC. However, Mr. Stapleton has financial management experience and is able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including our consolidated balance sheet, consolidated statement of expenses and consolidated statement of cash flows, and is generally knowledgeable in financial and auditing matters. Given the Company’s current lack of capital to engage an “expert,” and the knowledge of the current member of the audit committee, the Company has determined that its current member of the audit committee sufficiently operates and functions without an “audit committee financial expert.”

 

Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Management

 

We have adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to our principal executive, financial and accounting officers (or persons performing similar functions). A copy of the Code of Ethics is filed as Exhibit 14.1 to this report.

 

Nominating Committee

 

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which security holders may recommend nominees to the Company’s Board of Directors.

 

Compliance with Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act

 

Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) requires officers, directors and persons who beneficially own more than 10% of any class of equity securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act to file initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not have a class of equity securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act.

 

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

This section contains a discussion of the material elements of compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to (i) all individuals serving as our principal executive officer during fiscal 2016, regardless of compensation level, and (ii) our two most highly compensated other executive officers who were serving as executive officers at the end of fiscal 2016 (or such lesser number then serving as an executive officers) and who received in excess of $100,000 in total compensation during such fiscal year. These individuals are referred to in this report as the “named executive officers.” The named executive officers were the only individuals who served as executive officers of the Company during fiscal 2016.

 

The Company’s named executive officers include John F. Stapleton, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since August 4, 2016 and who also served as Chief Financial Officer until January 18, 2016, Charles C. Mottley, our current President Emeritus who also served as President and Chief Executive Officer until August 4, 2016, and Stephen J. Antol, who has served Chief Financial Officer since January 18, 2016. Messrs. Mottley and Stapleton also serve as members of the Company’s Board of Directors and Mr. Stapleton is Chairman of the Board.

 

The Board believes that equity incentive compensation in the form of stock option grants aligns the interests of the Company’s named executive officers with that of the Company’s stockholders, namely to maximize stockholder equity returns. In light of the Company’s current plan to market the El Capitan Property for sale to a major mining company, the Board believes that stock options provide a meaningful incentive for management to execute on this strategic goal. 

 

During fiscal years 2015 and 2016, and prior to his ceasing to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2016, Mr. Mottley was entitled to receive a salary of $15,000 per month for his service as President and Chief Executive Officer. Due to limited cash availability, Mr. Mottley had accrued unpaid compensation of $145,000, which is recorded in accrued compensation - related parties at September 30, 2016. In addition, the Company granted 500,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock to Mr. Mottley on November 3, 2014, as compensation for his services as a director. See “Director Compensation” below.

 

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Mr. Stapleton does not receive direct cash compensation for his service to the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer (current) or Chief Financial Officer (former). Instead, since 2012, the Company has retained the consulting services of Management Resource Initiatives, Inc. (“MRI”), a company controlled by Mr. Stapleton, to manage and oversee the process of operating and marketing the El Capitan Property and perform other services aimed at furthering the Company's strategic goals. The monthly consulting fee for such services is $15,000. Total consulting fees and compensation expensed to MRI for each of fiscal 2016 and 2015 was $180,000. At September 30, 2016 and 2015, MRI had accrued and unpaid compensation of $315,000 and $135,000, respectively, recorded in accrued compensation – related parties. The Company granted 500,000 options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock to Mr. Stapleton on November 3, 2014, as compensation for his services as a director. See “Director Compensation” below. 

 

Mr. Antol is entitled to annual compensation of $80,000 and has received no cash compensation since February 2014. In lieu of cash compensation, Mr. Antol had converted his accrued compensation at September 30, 2016 into shares of commons stock of the Company.

 

Messrs. Stapleton, Antol and Mottley are not parties to a written employment agreement. 

 

Summary Compensation Table

 

The following table sets forth the compensation awarded to, earned by or paid to each named executive officer during each of the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 or 2015. 

 

Name and Principal Position     Fiscal Year     Salary         Total
Compensation
 
                             
John F. Stapleton (1)     2016     $         $  
Chief Executive Officer, President     2015     $         $  
Director, Chairman of the Board                            
                             
Charles C. Mottley      2016     $ 160,000         $ 160,000  
President Emeritus     2015     $ 180,000         $ 180,000  
Director                            
                             
Stephen J. Antol     2016     $ 60,000         $ 60,000  
Chief Financial Officer     2015     $         $  

 

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(1) Mr. Stapleton has served as Chairman of the Board since April 21, 2009, served as Chief Financial Officer from February 2012 until January 2016, and as Chief Executive Officer and President since August 4, 2016.  Mr. Stapleton currently has no written employment contract with the Company and receives compensation from the Company indirectly through the Company’s consulting arrangement with MRI.

 

Grants of Plan-Based Awards

 

There were no equity awards granted under our 2005 Stock Incentive Plan nor our 2015 Equity Incentive Plan to any named executive officer during the fiscal years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 as compensation for services provided as executive officers. Equity awards granted as compensation for director services are discussed below under “Director Compensation.”

 

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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 

The following table sets forth information regarding each unexercised options held by each of the Company’s named executive officers as of September 30, 2016:

 

Name   Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Exercisable   Number of Securities Underlying Unexercised Options Unexercisable   Option Exercise Price   Option Expiration Date
                             
John F. Stapleton     500,000           $ 1.02     2/7/18
      500,000           $ 0.38     1/31/19
      500,000           $ 0.21     7/6/22
      500,000           $ 0.215     1/15/18
      500,000           $ 0.16     12/12/18
      500,000           $ 0.31     3/14/19
      500,000           $ 0.15     11/3/24
                             
Charles C. Mottley     500,000           $ 1.02     2/7/18
      500,000           $ 0.21     7/6/22
      500,000           $ 0.215     1/15/18
      500,000           $ 0.16     12/12/18
      500,000           $ 0.31     3/14/19
      500,000           $ 0.15     11/3/24
                             
Stephen J. Antol     100,000           $ 0.215     1/15/18
      250,000           $ 0.15     11/3/24

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(1)  All option grants reflected in the table above were granted under to the Company’s 2005 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended, or the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended.

 

Severance and Change of Control Arrangements

 

The Company has no severance or change of control agreements in place with its executive officers. The Company’s Board of Directors, or a committee thereof, serving as plan administrator of its 2005 Stock Incentive Plan and 2015 Equity Incentive Plan, has the authority to provide for accelerated vesting of the options granted to its named executive officers and any other person in the event of an acquisition of the Company through the sale of substantially all of the Company's assets or through a merger, exchange, reorganization or liquidation of the Company or a similar event as determined by the Committee. This description constitutes only a summary of the relevant terms of the Company’s 2005 Stock Incentive Plan and 2015 Equity Incentive Plan. 

 

Director Compensation

 

On July 21, 2005, based upon recommendations from the Company’s compensation committee, the Board of Directors approved a cash compensation plan for the Board of Directors pursuant to which non-employee directors are entitled to receive an annual retainer of $5,000, plus an additional $1,000 for each Board meeting attended by each such director in person and $500 for all Board meetings attended by such director remotely. In addition, non-employee directors serving as chairman of the audit and compensation committee shall receive an additional annual retainer of $4,000. Because Messrs. Mottley and Stapleton were employees of the Company throughout fiscal 2016, neither was eligible to receive cash director compensation. Dr. Clyde L. Smith became a Director on November 23, 2015, Mr. Timothy J. Gay became a Director on December 4, 2015 and Mr. Daniel G. Martinez became a Director on July 7, 2016.

 

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The Board also approves grants of stock incentive awards to all directors from time to time, which are reflected in the table below, including the footnotes thereto.

 

The following table shows the compensation earned by each of the Company’s Directors for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016: 

 

Name   Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
    Stock Awards     Option Awards (2)     Total  
                                 
Charles C. Mottley (1)(3)   $     $     $     $  
                                 
John F. Stapleton (1)(4)   $     $     $     $  
                                 
Clyde L. Smith (1)(5)   $     $     $ 9,542     $ 9,542  
                                 
Timothy J. Gay (1)(6)   $     $     $ 12,825     $ 12,825  
                                 
Daniel G. Martinez (1)(7)   $     $     $ 8,839     $ 8,839  

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(1)  Mr. Mottley and Mr. Stapleton were appointed to the Board of Directors and Mr. Stapleton as Chairman of the Board on April 21, 2009; Dr. Clyde L. Smith was appointed to the Board of Directors on November 23, 2015; Mr. Timothy J. Gay was appointed to the Board of Directors on December 4, 2015 and Mr. Daniel G. Martinez was appointed to the Board of Directors on July 7, 2016.
   
(2) Amounts shown reflect the grant date fair value, computed in accordance with FASB ASC 718, for stock based incentives granted during the fiscal 2016.   Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown exclude the impact of estimated forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions. For a discussion of the assumptions relating to our valuations of the option awards, see Note 1 to the financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. These amounts reflect our accounting expense for these stock options and do not correspond to the actual value that may be recognized by the director. 
   
(3) At September 30, 2016, Mr. Mottley held options to purchase 3,000,000 shares at a weighted average exercise price of approximately $0.34 per share, all of which were fully vested.
   
(4) At September 30, 2016, Mr. Stapleton held options to purchase 3,500,000 shares at a weighted average exercise price of approximately $0.35 per share, all of which were fully vested.
   
(5) During fiscal 2016, Mr. Smith was awarded an option to purchase 250,000 shares of our common stock at $0.05 per share, which had a grant date fair value of $9,542. At September 30, 2016, Mr. Smith held options to purchase 250,000 shares at a weighted average exercise price of $0.05 per share, all of which were fully vested.
   
(6) During fiscal 2016, Mr. Gay was awarded an option to purchase 250,000 shares of our common stock at $0.062 per share, which had a grant date fair value of $12,825. At September 30, 2016, Mr. Gay held options to purchase 250,000 shares at a weighted average exercise price of $0.062 per share, all of which were fully vested.
   
(7) During fiscal 2016, Mr. Martinez was awarded an option to purchase 250,000 shares of our common stock at $0.042 per share, which had a grant date fair value of $8,839. At September 30, 2016, Mr. Gay held options to purchase 250,000 shares at a weighted average exercise price of $0.042 per share, all of which were fully vested.

 

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Compensation Committee

 

The Compensation Committee of the Company contemplates a minimum of one director. The purpose of the Committee is to carry out the Board of Directors’ overall responsibility relating to executive compensation. Members of the Committee are appointed by the Board of Directors and may be removed by the Board of Directors in its discretion. Members of the Compensation Committee are required to be independent directors, and shall satisfy the Company’s independence guidelines for members of the Compensation Committee. Since December 24, 2014, the Board as a whole has assumed the responsibilities of the Compensation Committee until such time as a new independent director or directors are appointed to the Compensation Committee. We have posted our Compensation Committee Charter on our website at www.elcapitanpmi.com.

 

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

The following table sets forth, as of January 11, 2017, certain information regarding beneficial ownership of our capital stock according to the information supplied to us, that were beneficially owned by (i) each person known by the Company to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of each class of the Company’s outstanding voting stock, (ii) each director, (iii) each named executive officer identified in the Summary Compensation Table, and (iv) all named executive officers and directors as a group.

 

Except as otherwise indicated, the persons named in the table have sole voting and dispositive power with respect to all shares beneficially owned, subject to community property laws where applicable.

 

    Amount and Nature of Beneficial Ownership
    Common Stock  

Series B Convertible

Preferred Stock (1)

Name and Address of Beneficial Owner   Shares     % of Class (2)   Shares   % of Class (2)
                   
Charles C. Mottley
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  7,236,586 (3)   1.87%    
John F. Stapleton
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  8,196,031 (4)   2.12%   51   100.0%
Clyde L. Smith
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  250,000 (5)   *    
Timothy J. Gay
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  304,990 (6)   *    
Daniel G. Martinez
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  250,000 (7)   *    
Stephen J. Antol
5871 Honeysuckle Road
Prescott, Arizona 86305
  5,772,834 (8)   1.50%    
All officers and directors as a group (6 persons)   22,010,441     5.62%   51   100.0%

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* Less than 1%
   
(1) Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock entitles the holder thereof to 7,835,871 votes solely in respect of matters that relate to Company capitalization (including, without limitation, increasing and/or decreasing the number of authorized shares of common stock and/or preferred stock, and implementing forward and/or reverse stock splits) and changes in the Company’s name.  Holders of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock do not otherwise have the right to vote such shares on matters brought before the Company’s stockholders.

 

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(2) Applicable percentage of ownership is based on 383,974,231, shares of common stock and 51 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock outstanding as of January 11, 2017, together with securities exercisable or convertible into shares of common stock within sixty (60) days of January 11, 2017, for each stockholder. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Shares of common stock subject to options or warrants exercisable or convertible into shares of common stock that are currently exercisable or exercisable within sixty (60) days of January 11, 2017. are deemed to be beneficially owned by the person holding such options or warrants for the purpose of computing the percentage of ownership of such person, but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person.
   
(3) Mr. Mottley is President Emeritus and a Director of the Company.  Includes (i) 3,000,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017; and (ii) 10,000 shares of common stock held by Mr. Mottley’s spouse.
   
(4) Mr. Stapleton is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Includes (i) 3,500,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017, (ii) 200,000 shares held indirectly by Management Resource Initiatives, Inc. a corporation wholly-owned by Mr. Stapleton, and (iii) 51 shares of common stock that are issuable upon conversion of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock held by Mr. Stapleton.
   
(5) Mr. Smith is a Director of the Company as of November 23, 2015. Includes 250,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017.
   
(6) Mr. Gay is a Director of the Company as of December 4, 2015. Includes 250,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017.
   
(7) Mr. Martinez is a Director of the Company as of July 7, 2016. Includes 250,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017.
   
(8) Mr. Antol is Chief Financial Officer of the Company as of January 18, 2016. Includes (i) 350,000 shares issuable upon the exercise of outstanding stock options that are currently exercisable or will become exercisable within sixty (60) days following January 11, 2017 and (ii) 125,000 shares held indirectly by Mr. Antol’s spouse.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

On October 8, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Plan”). The 2015 Plan enables the Board of Directors to grant to employees, directors, and consultants of the Company and its subsidiaries a variety of forms of equity-based compensation, including grants of options to purchase shares of common stock, shares of restricted common stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, other stock-based awards and performance-based awards. At the time it was adopted, the maximum number of shares of common stock of the Company that could be issued or awarded under the 2015 Plan was 15,000,000 shares. On December 15, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 1 to the 2015 Plan, pursuant to which the number of shares of common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 15,000,000 to 23,000,000. Effective April 22, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 2 to the 2015 Plan pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 23,000,000 to 28,000,000. Effective August 4, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 3 to the 2015 Plan pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 28,000,000 to 50,000,000. On October 31, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Company adopted Amendment No. 4 to the 2015 Plan, pursuant to which the number of shares of the common stock issuable under the 2015 Plan was increased from 50,000,000 to 75,000,000.

 

We also maintain a 2005 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2005 Plan”) which authorized the granting of stock-based awards to purchase up to 30,000,000 shares of our common stock. The 2005 Plan expired during our 2015 fiscal year and prohibits the granting of incentives after such expiration. Nonetheless, the 2005 Plan will remain in effect until all outstanding incentives granted thereunder have either been satisfied or terminated.

 

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The following table sets forth, as of September 30, 2016, (A) the number of securities to be issued upon the exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights issued under our equity compensation plans, (B) the weighted-average exercise price of such options, warrants and rights, and (C) the number of securities remaining available for future issuance under our equity compensation plans (excluding those securities set forth in Item (A)).

 

Plan Category  Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights
(A)
  Weighted average price of outstanding options, warrants and rights
(B)
  Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding (A))
(C)
          
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders:           
                
2005 Stock Incentive Plan   8,387,500   $0.312     
                
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders:            
                
2015 Equity Incentive Plan   750,000    0.051    6,536,561 
                
Stock options issued outside the Plans   2,000,000    0.051     
                
    Total   11,137,500   $0.264    6,536,561 

  

ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

Certain Relationships

 

In January 2012, the Company retained the consulting services of Management Resource Initiatives, Inc. (“MRI”), a company controlled by John F. Stapleton, our then Chief Financial Officer and Director and our current President and Chief Executive Officer and Director. The monthly consulting fee for such services is $15,000. Total consulting fees expensed to MRI for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was $180,000, respectively. At September 30, 2016 and 2015, MRI had accrued and unpaid compensation of $315,000 and $135,000, respectively, recorded in accrued compensation – related parties.

 

On August 1, 2014, Company issued fifty-one (51) shares of Series B Preferred Stock to John F. Stapleton for a purchase price equal to $1.00 per share. As a result of the voting rights of the Series B Preferred Stock, Mr. Stapleton holds in the aggregate approximately 51% of the total voting power of all issued and outstanding voting capital of the Company solely with respect to matters upon which stockholders are entitled to vote or to which stockholders are entitled to give consent and relate to Company capitalization (including, without limitation, increasing and/or decreasing the number of authorized shares of common stock and/or preferred stock, and implementing forward and/or reverse stock splits) and changes in the Company’s name. Mr. Stapleton does not otherwise have the right under the Certificate of Designation to vote the Series B Preferred Stock on matters brought before the Company’s stockholders. The Company’s Board of Directors believes that the issuance of the Series B Preferred Stock to Mr. Stapleton facilitates the Company’s ability to manage its affairs with respect to the limited matters on which the Series B Stockholder is entitled to vote.

 

On February 4, 2015, the Company signed a $30,000 promissory note payable to MRI, at 18% interest per annum, due and payable on February 4, 2016. As an inducement for the loan represented by the note, the Company issued 200,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company to MRI. The Company approved amending the note to extend the maturity date from February 4, 2016 to February 4, 2017 under the original terms of the Agreement. See Note 6.

 

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Director Independence

 

Although the Company is not listed on a national securities exchange, in determining whether the members of our Board and its committees are independent, the Company has elected to use the definition of “independence” set forth by the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”) and the standards for independence established by NASDAQ. After review of relevant transactions or relationships between each director, or any of his family members, and the Company, its senior management and its independent registered public accounting firm, the Board has determined that John F. Stapleton and, Charles C. Mottley are not independent directors under the NASDAQ standard based in part on their positions as executive officers of the Company.

 

The director independence rules of NASDAQ require listed companies to have an audit committee of at least three members, each of whom (in addition to satisfying other conditions) is an independent director. The Company’s audit committee currently is comprised of John F. Stapleton and, therefore, would not meet this NASDAQ requirement.

 

The director independence rules of NASDAQ require that the compensation of the chief executive officer and other officers of a listed company be determined, or recommended to the Board for determination, either by a compensation committee comprised of independent directors or by a majority of the independent directors on its Board of Directors. Since December 24, 2014, the Board as a whole has assumed the responsibilities of the Compensation Committee until such time as a new independent director or directors are appointed to the Compensation Committee. Until such appointment(s), the Company’s compensation committee does not meet this NASDAQ requirement.

 

The director independence rules of the NASDAQ require that Board of Director nominations must be either selected, or recommended for the Board's selection, by either a nominating committee comprised solely of independent directors or by a majority of the independent directors. The Company’s Board of Directors as a whole serves as the nominating committee and, therefore, would not meet this NASDAQ requirement.

 

ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

The following table summarizes the aggregate fees billed to the Company by MaloneBailey, LLP in relation to the audits and quarterly reviews of the Company for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:

 

    Year Ended
September 30, 2016
  Year Ended
September 30, 2015
                 
Audit Fees (1)   $ 54,750     $ 52,000  
Audit-Related Fees (2)   $     $  
Tax Fees (3)   $     $  
All Other Fees (4)   $     $  

 

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(1) Audit Fees. Audit fees include fees for professional services performed for the audit of our annual consolidated financial statements, review of quarterly consolidated financial statements included in our SEC filings, and assistance and issuance of consents associated with other SEC filings.
(2) Audit-Related Fees. Audit-related fees are fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the audit. This category includes fees related to assistance consulting on financial accounting/reporting standards.
(3) Tax Fees. Tax fees primarily include professional services performed with respect to preparation of our federal and state tax returns for our consolidated subsidiaries.
(4) All Other Fees. All other fees include products and services provided, other than the services reported comprising Audit Fees, Audit Related Fees and Tax Fees.

 

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The audit committee of the Board of Directors has reviewed the services provided by MaloneBailey, LLP during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 and the amounts billed for such services, and after consideration, has determined that the receipt of these fees by MaloneBailey, LLP is compatible with the provision of independent audit services. The audit committee has discussed these services and fees with MaloneBailey, LLP and Company management to determine that they are appropriate under the rules and regulations concerning auditor independence promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to implement the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as under guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Pre-Approval Policy

 

The audit committee charter provides that all audit and non-audit accounting services that are permitted to be performed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm under applicable rules and regulations must be pre-approved by the audit committee or by designated independent members of the audit committee, other than with respect to de minimis exceptions permitted under Section 202 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. All services performed by MaloneBailey during the fiscal  years ending September 30, 2016 and 2015 have been pre-approved in accordance with the charter.

 

Prior to or as soon as practicable following the beginning of each fiscal year, a description of audit, audit-related, tax, and other services expected to be performed by the independent registered public accounting firm in the following fiscal year will be presented to the audit committee for approval. Following such approval, any requests for audit, audit-related, tax, and other services not presented and pre-approved must be submitted to the audit committee for specific pre-approval and cannot commence until such approval has been granted. Normally, pre-approval is provided at regularly scheduled meetings. However, the authority to grant specific pre-approval between meetings, as necessary, may be delegated to one or more members of the audit committee who are independent directors. In the event such authority is so delegated, the full audit committee must be updated at the next regularly scheduled meeting with respect to any services that were granted specific pre-approval by delegation. During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, the audit committee has functioned in conformance with these procedures.

 

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PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

Exhibit

Number

  Description
     
2.1   Agreement and Plan of Merger between the Company, Gold and Minerals Company, Inc. and MergerCo, dated June 28, 2010 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 7, 2010).
3.1   Articles of Incorporation, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Form S-4 Registration Statement #333-170281 filed on November 2, 2010).
3.2   Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 1, 2014).
3.3   Certificate of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 4, 2016).
3.4   Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 31, 2011).
3.5   Certificate of Designation of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 1, 2014).
3.6   Restated Bylaws (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.5 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 filed with the SEC on August 15, 2016).
4.1   Rights Agreement dated August 25, 2011 between the Company and OTR, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Form 8-K filed on August 31, 2011).
10.1   2005 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Form S-8 Registration Statement #333-177417 filed on October 20, 2011).
10.2   Form of Stock Option Agreement (Director) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed December 14, 2012).
10.3a   El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 14, 2015)
10.3b   Amendment No. 1 to El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 18, 2015)
10.3c   Amendment No. 2 to El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 26, 2016)
10.3d   Amendment No. 3 to El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on August 5, 2016)
10.3e   Amendment No. 4 to El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on November 2, 2016)
10.4*   Form of Stock Option Agreement (Director) under El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. 2015 Equity Incentive Plan
10.5   Agreement dated March 10, 2014 between the Company and Glencore AG (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on July 22, 2014).+
10.6   Master Services Agreement dated February 28, 2014 by and between the Company and Logistica, U.S. Terminals, LLC, including the Iron Ore Processing Agreement attached as Appendix A thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 14, 2014). +
10.7a   Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement dated October 17, 2014, between the Company and Connelly Land LLC, including the 8% Secured Promissory Note, Common Stock Purchase Warrant and Security Agreement attached as Exhibits A, B and C thereto (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.8 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 29, 2014).
10.7b   Amended Note dated as of August 24, 2015 and Warrant Purchase Agreement between the Company and Connelly Land LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.7b to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on January 11, 2016).
10.8   Promissory Note dated February 4, 2015 between the Company and George Nesemeier and Robert J. Runck
10.9   Promissory Note dated February 4, 2015 between the Company and Management Resource Initiative, Inc.
10.10   Agreement dated April 16, 2015 between the Company and S&L Energy, LLC
10.11   Agreement dated August 31, 2015 between the Company and Charles L. Wickham, Jr.

 

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Exhibit

Number

  Description
     
10.12a   Securities Purchase Agreement dated December 2, 2015 between the Company and Union Capital, LLC, including front-end and back-end Notes attached as Exhibits A and B, and Collateralized Secured Promissory Note (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.12 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on January 11, 2016).
10.12b   Amendment No. 1 to Convertible Promissory Note dated January 12, 2016 between the Company and Union Capital, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.3b to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on February 16, 2016).
10.13   Agreement dated January 5, 2016 between the Company and Logistica U.S. Terminals, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on February 16, 2016).
10.14   Securities Purchase Agreement dated January 26, 2016 between the Company and Bay Private Equity Inc., including the $180,000 Convertible Redeemable Note as Exhibit A (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.5 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on February 16, 2016).
10.15a   Equity Purchase Agreement dated March 16, 2016 by and between the Company and River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 21, 2016).
10.15b   Registration Rights Agreement dated March 16, 2016 by and between the Company and River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 21, 2016).
10.15c   Commitment Convertible Promissory Note dated March 16, 2016, issued in favor of River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 21, 2016).
10.15d   Securities Purchase Agreement dated March 16, 2016 by and between the Company and River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 21, 2016).
10.15e   Bridge Convertible Promissory Note dated March 16, 2016, issued in favor of River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.5 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 21, 2016).
10.15f   Amendment No. 1 dated December 9, 2016 to Equity Purchase Agreement dated March 16, 2016 by and between El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. and River North Equity, LLC (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on December 9, 2016).
14.1   Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Management (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 14.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on January 11, 2016).
21.1   Subsidiaries of El Capitan Precious Metals, Inc. (incorporated by referenced to Exhibit 21.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 29, 2014).
23.1 *   Consent of Clyde L. Smith, Ph.D.
23.2 *   Consent of MaloneBailey, LLP
31.1*   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2*   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1*   Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS*   XBRL Instance Document** 
101.SCH*   XBRL Extension Schema Document**
101.CAL*   XBRL Extension Calculation Linkbase Document**
101.DEF*   XBRL Extension Definition Linkbase Document**
101.LAB*   XBRL Extension Labels Linkbase Document**
101.LAB*   XBRL Extension Labels Linkbase Document**
101.PRE*   XBRL Extension Presentation Linkbase Document**

 __________________

Filed herewith.
** In accordance with Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, this information is deemed not “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
+ Confidential treatment has been granted as to certain portions of this exhibit pursuant to Rule 406 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or Rule 24b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

 

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Financial Statement Schedules

 

None.

 

ITEM 16. FORM 10-K SUMMARY

 

Registrants may voluntarily include a summary of information required by Form 10-K under this Item 16. The Company has elected not to include such summary information.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

  EL CAPITAN PRECIOUS METALS, INC.
     
     
Date:  January 13, 2017 By:   /s/ John F. Stapleton
  John F. Stapleton
  Chief Executive Officer
  (Principal Executive Officer)

 

     
Date:  January 13, 2017 By:   /s/ Stephen J. Antol
  Stephen J. Antol
  Chief Financial Officer
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

  

Name   Title   Date
         
         
/s/ John F. Stapleton   Chief Executive Officer, Director   January 13, 2017
John F. Stapleton   (Principal Executive Officer)    
         
         
/s/ Stephen J. Antol   Chief Financial Officer   January 13, 2017
Stephen J. Antol   (Principal Financial Officer)    
         
         
/s/ Charles C. Mottley   Director and President Emeritus   January 13, 2017
Charles C. Mottley        
         
         
/s/ Clyde L. Smith   Director   January 13, 2017
Clyde L. Smith        
         
         
/s/ Timothy J. Gay   Director   January 13, 2017
Timothy J. Gay        
         
         
/s/ Daniel G. Martinez   Director   January 13, 2017
Daniel G. Martinez        

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION TO BE FURNISHED WITH REPORTS

FILED PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE ACT BY REGISTRANTS WHICH HAVE

NOT REGISTERED SECURITIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE ACT

 

The registrant has not sent to its security holders any annual report covering the registrant’s fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

 

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