UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: June 28, 2013

(Date of earliest event reported)

 

 

Arête Industries, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

COLORADO   33-16820-D   84-1508638

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

7260 Osceola Street

Westminster, CO 80030

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(303) 427-8688

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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ITEM 1.01 ENTRY INTO A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT; ITEM 2.03 CREATION OF A DIRECT FINANCIAL OBLIGATION OR AN OBLIGATION UNDER AN OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENT OF A REGISTRANT; ITEM 3.02 UNREGISTERED SALE OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

Effective June 28, 2013, a number of holders of Arête Industries, Inc.’s (the “Company”) 15% Series A1 Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series A1 Preferred Stock”) elected to convert shares of such stock into the Company’s common stock at a deemed conversion price of $0.75 per common share. In connection with those conversions, the Company agreed to reduce the deemed conversion price from $3.35 per common share to $0.75 per common share and all such holders agreed to waive all dividend rights on their shares of Series A1 Preferred Stock subsequent to March 30, 2013. Information regarding the conversions is set forth below.

 

Name of Holder

   Number of Shares of Series
A1 Preferred Stock Converted
     Number of
Common Shares  Issued
 

Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP

     16         100,800   

Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP

     184         1,159,200   

Charles B. Davis*

     100         1,333,333   

Tucker Family Investments LLLP

     25         333,333   

Mark Venjohn

     10         133,333   

Pete Haman

     35         466,667   

Nicholas L. Scheidt*

     100         1,333,333   

Michael J. Finney

     5         66,667   

William and Sara Kroske

     2.5         33,333   

Michael A. Geller

     10         133,333   

John H. Rosasco

     10         133,333   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
     497.5         5,226,665   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

* Executive Officer and Director of the Company

The Company now has 22.5 shares of its Series A1 Preferred Stock outstanding. Because a majority of the Series A1 Preferred Stock has been converted into the Company’s common stock, the Series A1 Preferred Stock now outstanding will now vote on an as converted basis (into common stock) on all matters relating to the Company. Except as provided by law, holders of the Series A1 Preferred Stock shall vote together with the holders of the Company’s common stock.

In addition, in connection with the conversions of Series A1 Preferred Stock by Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP and Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP, the Company also entered into transactions with such entities in exchange for cash consideration, unsecured promissory notes and cancellation of certain Series A1 Preferred Shares.

 

Name of Holder

   Cash Consideration      Promissory
Note –  Principal
     Series A1 Preferred
Shares Cancelled
 

Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP

   $ 4,000       $ 48,000         16   

Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP

   $ 46,000       $ 552,000         184   

The above unsecured promissory notes bear interest at 7% per annum, with interest payable quarterly and all unpaid interest and principal due on July 23, 2014. If the promissory notes are not paid when due or declared due, the entire principal and interest thereon will bear interest at the rate of 12% per annum.

The Company relied upon Section 2(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Act”) and the exemption from registration provided by Section 4(2) of the Act, along with Rule 506 of Regulation D, in connection with the share conversions and exchanges described in this report.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

The Exhibits listed below are furnished as Exhibits to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

10.13    Notice of Conversion by Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP, dated June 28, 2013
10.14    Notice of Conversion by Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP, dated June 28, 2013
10.15    Promissory Note - Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP, dated June 28, 2013
10.16    Promissory Note - Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP, dated June 28, 2013
10.17    Form of Notice of Conversion for holders of Series A1 Preferred Stock other than Burlingame Equity Investors II, LP and Burlingame Equity Investors Master Fund, LP


SIGNATURES

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

 

    ARÊTE INDUSTRIES, INC.
Dated: July 5, 2013      
    By:  

/s/ Nicholas L. Scheidt

    Name:   Nicholas L. Scheidt
    Title:   Chief Executive Officer