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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

[ X ] QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For quarterly period ended March 31, 2020

or

 

[ ] TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from _______________ to ______________

 

Commission File Number 000-53952

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

27-2345075

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

110 North 5th Street, Suite 410, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

Issuer’s telephone Number: (952) 426-1241

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes [ X ] No [__]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes [X] No [__]

 

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

 

Large accelerated filer [___]   Accelerated filer [___]
Non-accelerated filer [___]   Smaller reporting company [_X_]
Emerging growth company [___]      

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes [__] No [_X_]

 

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

Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock ANFC OTCQB

 

The number of shares of registrant’s common stock outstanding as of May 12, 2020 was 1,600,424.

 

 

 

   

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION  
ITEM 1.   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited) 1
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2020 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2019 1
    Unaudited Condensed Statements of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 2
    Unaudited Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 3
    Unaudited Condensed Statements of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 4
    Notes to the Condensed Financial Statements (Unaudited) 5
ITEM 2.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 17
ITEM 3.   QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK 22
ITEM 4.   CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES 23
       
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION  
ITEM 1.   Legal Proceedings 24
ITEM 1A.   RISK FACTORS 24
ITEM 2.   UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS 24
ITEM 3.   DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES 25
ITEM 4.   MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES 25
ITEM 5.   OTHER INFORMATION 25
ITEM 6.   EXHIBITS 25
    SIGNATURES 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
ASSETS  (Unaudited)      
           
Current assets:          
Cash  $52,097   $108,756 
Receivable from Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.       505 
Prepaid expenses   38,604    47,151 
Total current assets   90,701    156,412 
           
Property and equipment:          
Property and equipment   134,202    134,202 
Less accumulated depreciation   (128,074)   (127,803)
Total property and equipment, net   6,128    6,399 
           
Investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.   4,216,235    6,982,300 
           
Total assets  $4,313,064   $7,145,111 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $81,368   $35,727 
Accrued expenses   35,040    14,220 
Deferred compensation   843,247    1,396,460 
Notes payable, net of $251,205 of debt discounts at March 31, 2020   13,795     
Total current liabilities   973,450    1,446,407 
           
Long term liabilities        
           
Total liabilities   973,450    1,446,407 
           
Commitments and contingencies        
           
Stockholders' equity:          
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding        
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 1,600,424 shares issued and outstanding   1,600    1,600 
Additional paid-in capital   37,340,992    37,054,503 
Accumulated deficit   (34,002,978)   (31,357,399)
Total stockholders' equity   3,339,614    5,698,704 
           
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $4,313,064   $7,145,111 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

 

   For the Three Months
   Ended March 31,
   2020   2019 
         
Management fee income  $   $30,000 
Total revenues       30,000 
           
Operating expenses:          
General and administrative expenses:          
Salaries and benefits   219,724    318,110 
Stock-based compensation   21,489    27,931 
Professional services   84,984    27,708 
Other general and administrative expenses   91,150    56,558 
Total general and administrative expenses   417,347    430,307 
Depreciation and amortization   271    443 
Total operating expenses   417,618    430,750 
           
Net operating loss   (417,618)   (400,750)
           
Other income (expense):          
Interest expense, including $13,795 of warrants issued as a debt discount   (15,109)    
Other income       51 
Loss on investments   (2,212,852)    
Total other income (expense)   (2,227,961)   51 
           
Net loss before provision for income taxes   (2,645,579)   (400,699)
Provision for income taxes        
Net income from continuing operations, net of tax   (2,645,579)   (400,699)
Net income from discontinued operations       332,411 
Net loss before non-controlling interest   (2,645,579)   (68,288)
Less net loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest       (602,049)
Net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.  $(2,645,579)  $(670,337)
           
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic   1,600,424    1,600,424 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - fully diluted   1,600,424    1,600,424 
           
Net income per common share - basic  $(1.65)  $(0.42)
Net income per common share - fully diluted  $(1.65)  $(0.42)

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

                Additional           Total  
    Common Stock     Paid-in     Accumulated     Stockholders'  
    Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Equity  
Balance, December 31, 2018     1,600,424     $ 1,600     $ 36,953,977     $ (35,487,902 )   $ 1,467,675  
Common stock options granted for services to employees and directors                 27,931             27,931  
Net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.                       (670,337 )     (670,337 )
Balance, March 31, 2019     1,600,424     $ 1,600     $ 36,981,908     $ (36,158,239 )   $ 825,269  

 

 

                Additional           Total  
    Common Stock     Paid-in     Accumulated     Stockholders'  
    Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Equity  
Balance, December 31, 2019     1,600,424     $ 1,600     $ 37,054,503     $ (31,357,399 )   $ 5,698,704  
Common stock options granted for services to employees and directors                 21,489             21,489  
Common stock warrants granted to employees and directors for personal guaranty on debt                 265,000             265,000  
Net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.                       (2,645,579 )     (2,645,579 )
Balance, March 31, 2020     1,600,424     $ 1,600     $ 37,340,992     $ (34,002,978 )   $ 3,339,614  

 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

   For the Three Months 
   Ended March 31, 
   2020   2019 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES          
Net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.  $(2,645,579)  $(670,337)
Net income from discontinued operations       (332,411)
Net loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest       602,049 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. to net cash used in operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   271    443 
Loss on investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.   

2,212,852

     
Amortization of stock options   21,489    27,931 
Amortization of stock warrants issued as a debt discount   13,795     
Decrease (increase) in current assets:          
Accounts receivable       (64)
Accounts receivable, related party   505     
Prepaid expenses   8,547    2,284 
Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:          
Accounts payable   45,641    (39)
Accrued expenses   20,820    18,680 
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations   (321,659)   (351,464)
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations       (390,335)
Net cash used in operating activities   (321,659)   (741,799)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
Purchase of property and equipment       (809)
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations       (809)
Net cash provided by investing activities of discontinued operations       95,633 
Net cash provided by investing activities       94,824 
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
Proceeds received from notes payable   387,100     
Repayments on notes payable   (122,100)    
Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations   265,000     
Net cash provided by financing activities from discontinued operations        
Net cash provided by financing activities   265,000     
           
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (56,659)   (646,975)
CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD   108,756    1,503,500 
CASH AT END OF PERIOD  $52,097   $856,525 
           
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:          
Interest paid  $   $ 
Income taxes paid  $   $ 
           
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:          
Value of debt discounts attributable to warrants  $265,000   $ 

 

See accompanying notes to unaudited condensed financial statements.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 1 – Organization and Nature of Business

 

Effective April 2, 2012, Ante5, Inc. changed its corporate name to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc., and continues to be quoted on the OTCQB under the trading symbol “ANFC”. Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. (formerly Ante5, Inc.) (the “Company” and “BROG”) became an independent company in April 2010. We became a publicly traded company when our shares began trading on July 1, 2010. From October 2010 through August 2019, we had been engaged in the business of acquiring oil and gas leases and participating in the drilling of wells in the Bakken and Three Forks trends in North Dakota and Montana and /or managing similar assets for third parties.

 

On September 26, 2017, the Company finalized an equity raise utilizing a rights offering and backstop agreement, raising net proceeds of $5,051,675 and issuing 1,439,400 shares. The proceeds were used to sponsor a special purpose acquisition company, discussed below, with the remainder for general corporate purposes.

 

On October 10, 2017, the Company’s sponsored special purpose acquisition company, Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (“BRAC”), completed an IPO raising $138,000,000 of gross proceeds (including proceeds from the exercise of an over-allotment option by the underwriters on October 18, 2017). In addition, the Company purchased 445,000 BRAC units at $10.00 per unit in a private placement transaction for a total contribution of $4,450,000 in order to fulfill its obligations in sponsoring BRAC, a blank check company formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. BRAC’s efforts to identify a prospective target business were not limited to a particular industry or geographic region. Following the IPO and over-allotment, BROG owned 22% of the outstanding common stock of BRAC and managed BRAC’s operations via a management services agreement.

 

On December 19, 2018, BRAC entered into a business combination agreement and the business combination closed on August 9, 2019.

 

Following the close of the business combination the Company commenced a strategic review to identify, review and explore alternatives for the Company, including a merger, acquisition, or a business combination. The Company currently owns 2,685,500 shares of Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE), the surviving entity after BRAC’s business combination (“Sponsor Shares”). 537,100 of the Sponsor Shares are subject to distribution rights to officers and directors under the 2018 Management Incentive Plan dated March 6, 2018. The Company is evaluating plans for the remaining Sponsor Shares which could include a distribution of some or all of the Sponsor Share proceeds after expiration of the lock-up agreement on August 9, 2020, presuming that as of such date AESE has repaid or converted amounts it owes pursuant to the bridge financing Note Purchase Agreement and Notes dated as of October 11, 2018 and May 17, 2019.

 

Note 2 – Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies

 

The interim condensed financial statements included herein, presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles and stated in US dollars, have been prepared by the Company, without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations, although the Company believes that the disclosures are adequate to not make the information presented misleading.

 

These statements reflect all adjustments, which in the opinion of management, are necessary for fair presentation of the information contained therein. Except as otherwise disclosed, all such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature. It is suggested that these interim condensed financial statements be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, which were included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A. The Company follows the same accounting policies in the preparation of interim reports.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Reclassifications

In the prior year, the income, expense and cash flows from Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (“BRAC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary formed on October 10, 2017, which was consolidated as a variable interest entity through August 9, 2019, the date that BRAC completed a business combination with Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. (“AESE”), were consolidated and have been retrospectively classified as discontinued operations.

 

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles 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 amount of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Environmental Liabilities

The Company was formerly a direct owner of assets in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas companies are subject, by their nature, to environmental hazard and clean-up costs. At this time, management knows of no substantial losses from environmental accidents or events which would have a material effect on the Company.

 

Cash in Excess of FDIC Limits

The Company maintains its cash in bank deposit accounts which, at times, may exceed federally insured limits. Accounts are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) up to $250,000 and $500,000, respectively, under current regulations. The Company didn’t have any cash in excess of FDIC and SIPC insured limits at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019. The Company has not experienced any losses in such accounts.

 

Income Taxes

The Company recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities based on differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of assets and liabilities using the enacted tax rates and laws that are expected to be in effect when the differences are expected to be recovered. The Company provides a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets for which it does not consider realization of such assets to be more likely than not.

 

Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share

The basic net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss adjusted on an “as if converted” basis, by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding plus potential dilutive securities. For the periods presented, potential dilutive securities had an anti-dilutive effect and were not included in the calculation of diluted net loss per common share.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Under FASB ASC 820-10-05, the Financial Accounting Standards Board establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. This Statement reaffirms that fair value is the relevant measurement attribute. The adoption of this standard did not have a material effect on the Company’s financial statements as reflected herein. The carrying amounts of cash, accounts payable and accrued expenses reported on the balance sheets are estimated by management to approximate fair value primarily due to the short-term nature of the instruments. The Company had no items that required fair value measurement on a recurring basis.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are recorded at cost and depreciated using the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives of three to seven years. Expenditures for replacements, renewals, and betterments are capitalized. Maintenance and repairs are charged to operations as incurred. Long-lived assets are evaluated for impairment to determine if current circumstances and market conditions indicate the carrying amount may not be recoverable. Depreciation expense was $271 and $443 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognized management fee income as services were provided.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

The Company accounts for equity instruments issued to employees in accordance with the provisions of ASC 718 Stock Compensation (ASC 718) and Equity-Based Payments to Non-employees pursuant to ASC 2018-07 (ASC 2018-07). All transactions in which the consideration provided in exchange for the purchase of goods or services consists of the issuance of equity instruments are accounted for based on the fair value of the consideration received or the fair value of the equity instrument issued, whichever is more reliably measurable. The measurement date of the fair value of the equity instrument issued is the earlier of the date on which the counterparty’s performance is complete or the date at which a commitment for performance by the counterparty to earn the equity instruments is reached because of sufficiently large disincentives for nonperformance. Stock-based compensation was $21,489 and $27,931 consisting entirely of expenses related to common stock options issued for services of $21,489 and $27,931 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, using the Black-Scholes options pricing model and an effective term of 6 to 6.5 years based on the weighted average of the vesting periods and the stated term of the option grants and the discount rate on 5 to 7 year U.S. Treasury securities at the grant date. In addition, $13,795 of expenses related to the amortization of warrants issued in consideration of personal guarantees provided for debt financing for the three months ended March 31, 2020, using the Black-Scholes options pricing model and an effective term of 5 years based on the weighted average of the vesting periods and the stated term of the warrant grants and the discount rate on 5 year U.S. Treasury securities at the grant date were recognized as interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Uncertain Tax Positions

In accordance with ASC 740, “Income Taxes” (“ASC 740”), the Company recognizes the tax benefit from an uncertain tax position only if it is more likely than not that the tax position will be capable of withstanding examination by the taxing authorities based on the technical merits of the position. These standards prescribe a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. These standards also provide guidance on de-recognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure, and transition.

 

Various taxing authorities may periodically audit the Company’s income tax returns. These audits include questions regarding the Company’s tax filing positions, including the timing and amount of deductions and the allocation of income to various tax jurisdictions. In evaluating the exposures connected with these various tax filing positions, including state and local taxes, the Company records allowances for probable exposures. A number of years may elapse before a particular matter, for which an allowance has been established, is audited and fully resolved. Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. has not yet undergone an examination by any taxing authorities.

 

The assessment of the Company’s tax position relies on the judgment of management to estimate the exposures associated with the Company’s various filing positions.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

From time to time, new accounting pronouncements are issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) that are adopted by the Company as of the specified effective date. If not discussed below, management believes there have been no developments to recently issued accounting standards, including expected dates of adoption and estimated effects on our financial statements, from those disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

In July 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-10, Codification Improvements to Topic 842, Leases. The amendments in ASU 2018-10 provide additional clarification and implementation guidance on certain aspects of the previously issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (“ASU 2016-02”) and have the same effective and transition requirements as ASU 2016-02. Upon the effective date, ASU 2018-10 will supersede the current lease guidance in ASC Topic 840, Leases. Under the new guidance, lessees will be required to recognize for all leases, with the exception of short-term leases, a lease liability, which is a lessee’s obligation to make lease payments arising from a lease, measured on a discounted basis. Concurrently, lessees will be required to recognize a right-of-use asset, which is an asset that represents the lessee’s right to use, or control the use of, a specified asset for the lease term. ASU 2018-10 is effective for private companies and emerging growth public companies for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted. The guidance is required to be applied using a modified retrospective transition approach for leases existing at, or entered into after, the beginning of the earliest comparative periods presented in the financial statements. The Company adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2019, and the standard did not have a material impact on the Company’s combined financial statements and related disclosures.

 

Note 3 – Going Concern

 

As shown in the accompanying financial statements, as of March 31, 2020, the Company had a cash balance of $52,097, and total working capital of negative $882,749. The Company has incurred recurring losses from operations resulting in an accumulated deficit of $34,002,978, and as of March 31, 2020, the Company’s cash on hand may not be sufficient to sustain operations. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The Company is currently seeking additional sources of capital to fund short term operations. The Company, however, is dependent upon its ability to secure equity and/or debt financing and there are no assurances that the Company will be successful; therefore, without sufficient financing it would be unlikely for the Company to continue as a going concern.

 

The financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of any uncertainty as to the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The financial statements also do not include any adjustments relating to the recoverability and classification of recorded asset amounts, or amounts and classifications of liabilities that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 4 – Related Party

 

On March 1, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company approved and adopted the Black Ridge Gas, Inc. 2018 Management Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and the form of 2018 Management Incentive Plan Award Agreement (the “Award Agreement”).

 

In connection with the approval of the Plan and Award Agreement, the Board approved the issuance of awards (the “Awards”) to certain individuals including officers and directors (the “Grantees”), representing a percentage of the shares of BRAC held by the Company as of the date of closing of a business combination for the acquisition of a target business as described in the BRAC prospectus dated October 4, 2017, as follows:

 

   Percentage of BRAC Shares Owned by the 
Name  Company Granted to the Grantee 
Bradley Berman   1.6% 
Lyle Berman   1.6% 
Benjamin Oehler   1.6% 
Joe Lahti   1.6% 
Kenneth DeCubellis   4.0% 
Michael Eisele   2.8% 
James Moe   2.1% 

 

As of March 31, 2020, and following the AESE merger on August 9, 2019, the Company owned 2,685,500 shares of AESE common stock. As a result, 537,100 shares of AESE common stock (the “AESE Shares”) are committed to employees and directors of the Company. Employees and directors are required to remain in their positions for a one-year period, with certain exceptions, to receive the granted shares. The AESE Shares had a fair market value of $843,247 on March 31, 2020. The Company recognized the $1,396,460 of compensation expense related to the Plan during the year ended December 31, 2019. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company recognized a gain of $553,213 related to the reduction in the value of the shares to be paid to employees on August 9, 2020, which was offset against the Company’s loss on the investment in AESE shares due to changes in the AESE market price between December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Subsequent adjustments will be required each quarter to adjust the deferred compensation liability until the shares can be transferred to the employees.

 

Note 5 – Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Under FASB ASC 820-10-5, fair value is defined 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 (an exit price). The standard outlines a valuation framework and creates a fair value hierarchy in order to increase the consistency and comparability of fair value measurements and the related disclosures. Under GAAP, certain assets and liabilities must be measured at fair value, and FASB ASC 820-10-50 details the disclosures that are required for items measured at fair value.

 

The Company has cash and cash equivalents and a revolving credit facility that must be measured under the fair value standard. The Company’s financial assets and liabilities are measured using inputs from the three levels of the fair value hierarchy. The three levels are as follows:

 

Level 1 - Inputs are unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access at the measurement date.

 

Level 2 - Inputs include quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability (e.g., interest rates, yield curves, etc.), and inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means (market corroborated inputs).

 

Level 3 - Unobservable inputs that reflect our assumptions about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following schedule summarizes the valuation of financial instruments at fair value on a recurring basis in the balances sheet as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:

 

   Fair Value Measurements at March 31, 2020 
   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3 
Assets            
Cash  $52,097   $   $ 
Investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.   4,216,235         
Total assets   4,268,332         
                
Liabilities               
Notes payable, net of $251,205 of debt discounts at March 31, 2020       (13,795)    
Total liabilities       (13,795)    
   $4,268,332   $(13,795)  $ 

 

   Fair Value Measurements at December 31, 2019 
   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3 
Assets            
Cash  $108,756   $   $ 
Investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.   6,982,300         
Total assets   7,091,056         
                
Liabilities               
None            
Total liabilities            
   $7,091,056   $   $ 

 

There were no transfers of financial assets or liabilities between Level 1 and Level 2 inputs for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Note 6 – Prepaid Expenses

 

Prepaid expenses consist of the following:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
Prepaid insurance costs  $12,779   $21,090 
Prepaid employee benefits   8,492    11,587 
Prepaid office and other costs   17,333    14,474 
Total prepaid expenses  $38,604   $47,151 

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 7 – Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, consisted of the following:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
Property and equipment  $134,202   $134,202 
Less: Accumulated depreciation and amortization   (128,074)   (127,803)
Total property and equipment, net  $6,128   $6,399 

 

The Company recognized depreciation expense of $271 and $443 for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Note 8 – Investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.

 

Following the close of BRAC’s merger, the Company retained 2,685,500 shares of Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) common stock with a value, based on the closing stock of $4.45 on the merger, of $11,950,475. As noted in Note 4 - Related Party Transactions, 20% or 537,100, of the shares are committed to be released to employees one year from the date of the merger, or on August 19, 2020. Therefore, the Company recorded a deferred compensation liability of $843,247 to recognize the commitment to employees as of March 31, 2020.

 

As of March 31, 2020, the market value of the Company’s investment in AESE’s common stock was $4,216,235, based on the closing stock price of $1.57 per share. Thus, we recognized a loss of $2,766,065, as offset by a gain of $553,213 pursuant to the change in the market value of the stock committed to employees and directors, resulting in a net loss of $2,212,852 as of March 31, 2020. The balance in deferred compensation is also adjusted quarterly to reflect changes in the market value of the AESE common stock commitment.

 

On January 2, 2020, the Company deposited 500,000 shares of its holdings of AESE pursuant to its brokerage account agreement with RBC Capital Markets, LLC. These shares were subsequently used as collateral the $700,000 promissory note, described below, pursuant to a commercial pledge and security agreement, dated March 10, 2020. On February 10, 2020, an additional 66,000 of AESE shares were deposited into this brokerage account. Under this standard brokerage agreement, the Company will be able to borrow funds secured by the value of the AESE shares pursuant to a standard margin account arrangement. The current value of the deposited AESE shares is $933,900 based on a closing price of $1.65 as of May 5, 2020.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 9 – Notes Payable

 

Notes payable consists of the following at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively:

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
         
On November 25, 2019, the Company entered into a credit account agreement (“Margin Account”) with RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”). The Margin Account enables the Company to borrow against the Company’s AESE shares that are held in an account with RBC. The advances received on margin bear interest at rates of between 1.00% and 2.75% over the Base Lending Rate, depending on the average outstanding debit balance. The Base Lending Rate is internally determined by RBC using Broker Call, Prime Rate as determined by commercial banks utilized by RBC CM, Fed Funds, RBC CM’s cost of funds, and other commercially recognized rates of interest. The margin loans are collateralized by the underlying AESE shares. A total of $122,100 was borrowed on the Margin Account over various dates between January 29, 2020 and March 6, 2020. The outstanding balance was repaid in full on, or about, March 12, 2020 out of the proceeds of the loan from Cadence Bank, described below.  $   $ 
           
On March 12, 2020, the Company entered into a business loan agreement with Cadence Bank, N.A. (“Cadence”), as lender encompassing a $700,000 Promissory Note issued to Cadence (the “Note”), a Security Agreement by the Company in favor of Cadence and limited commercial guarantees by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, who is one in the same, and members of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Guarantors”) (collectively, the “Cadence Loan”). The Note bears interest at a rate of 0.50 percentage points over the prime rate, as published in the Wall Street Journal, payable monthly, and is due on March 9, 2021. The Note may be repaid at any time without penalty. The Note is secured by all of the Company’s rights, title and interests in and to 500,000 shares of the common stock of Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) currently owned by the Company and held in the Company’s brokerage account with RBC Capital Markets, LLC. On March 26, 2020, the Company subsequently entered into a separate letter agreement with the Guarantors (the “Letter Agreement”), which provides that if the Company defaults or fails to make any payment due under the Cadence Loan and the Guarantors are required to make payment to Cadence pursuant to the Guarantees, then the Company agrees to issue additional equity interests or rights to Guarantors reflecting ninety-five percent (95%) of the outstanding equity of the Company at the time of such default to participating Guarantors who have made the payments to Cadence. All equity issuances will be subject to any third party or shareholder approvals required at the time of issuance.   265,000     
           
Total notes payable   265,000     
Less unamortized derivative discounts:   251,205     
Notes payable   13,795     
Less: current maturities   13,795     
Notes payable, less current maturities  $   $ 

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The Company recorded total discounts of $265,000, consisting of debt discounts on warrants granted to four officers and directors for warrants issued in consideration of personal guarantees provided for debt financing incurred during the three months ended March 31, 2020. The discounts are being amortized to stock-based compensation expense over the term of the note using the straight-line method, which closely approximates the effective interest method. The Company recorded $13,795 of stock-based compensation expense pursuant to the amortization of note discounts during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

The Company recognized $15,109 of interest expense, consisting of $1,314 of interest and $13,795 of stock-based warrant expense pursuant to the amortization of the debt discount on the business loans during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Note 10 – Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

 

Reverse Stock Split

On February 21, 2020, the Company effected a 1-for-300 reverse stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”). No fractional shares were issued. Instead, the Company issued the following to any stockholder who otherwise would have received a fractional share as a result of the Reverse Stock Split:

 

  · Stockholders owning 300 or more shares of Common Stock received (1) one share of Common Stock for every 300 shares owned and (2) cash in lieu of fractional shares upon the surrender of such stockholder’s shares;
  · Stockholders owning between 25 and 300 shares of Common Stock had their ownership of shares of Common Stock rounded up to one share; and
  · Stockholders owning fewer than 25 shares of Common Stock received cash in lieu of fractional shares upon the surrender of such stockholders’ shares and no longer own shares of Common Stock.

 

Any cash payment in lieu of fractional shares were based on the volume weighted average of the closing sales prices of the Company’s Common Stock on the OTCQB operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. (the “OTCQB”) during regular trading hours for the five consecutive trading days immediately preceding the Effective Date, which was $0.018 per share prior to the effects of the reverse stock split.

 

The Company was authorized to issue 500,000,000 shares of common stock prior to the Reverse Stock Split, which remains unaffected. The Reverse Stock Split did not have any effect on the stated par value of the common stock, or the Company’s authorized preferred stock. Unless otherwise stated, all share and per share information in this Interim Report has been retroactively adjusted to reflect the Reverse Stock Split.

 

Preferred Stock

The Company has 20,000,000 authorized shares of $0.001 par value preferred stock. No shares have been issued to date.

 

Common Stock

The Company has 500,000,000 authorized shares of $0.001 par value common stock. As of March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2019, a total of 1,600,424 shares of common stock have been issued.

  

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 11 – Options

 

The 2020 Equity Plan was approved by written consent of a majority of shareholders of record as of November 12, 2019 and adopted by the Board on December 5, 2019, as provided in the definitive information statement filed with Securities and Exchange Commission on January 10, 2020 (the “DEF 14C”). The description of the 2020 Equity Plan is qualified in its entirety by the text of the 2020 Equity Plan, a copy of which was attached as Annex C to the DEF 14C.

 

Outstanding Options

Options to purchase an aggregate total of 274,204 shares of common stock at a weighted average strike price of $16.41, exercisable over a weighted average life of nine years were outstanding as of March 31, 2020.

 

Options Granted

On February 26, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors granted an aggregate amount of 240,000 stock options pursuant to the 2020 Equity Plan to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock to several officers, directors, and employees at an exercise price of $5.41 per share, which represents the closing price of the Company’s shares on the OTCQB marketplace on February 20, 2020. The officers and directors receiving grants and the amounts of such grants were as follows:

 

   Stock Option 
Name and Title  Shares Granted 
Ken DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer   60,377 
Michael Eisele, Chief Operating Officer   42,264 
Bradley Berman, Chairman of the Board and Director   24,151 
Joseph Lahti, Director   24,151 
Benjamin Oehler, Director   24,151 
Lyle Berman, Director   24,151 
Total:   199,245 

 

All of the stock options granted under the 2020 Equity Plan presented in the table above will vest in five equal installments, commencing one year from the date of grant on February 26, 2021, and continuing for the next four anniversaries thereof until fully vested.

 

No options were granted during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

The Company recognized a total of $21,489, and $27,931 of compensation expense during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, related to common stock options issued to Employees and Directors that are being amortized over the implied service term, or vesting period, of the options. The remaining unamortized balance of these options is $889,412 as of March 31, 2020.

 

Options Exercised

No options were exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

Options Forfeited

No options were forfeited during the three months ended March 31, 2020. A total of 125,000 options expired and were forfeited during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 12 – Warrants

 

Outstanding Warrants

Warrants to purchase an aggregate total of 1,300 shares of common stock at a $3.00 strike price, exercisable until September 22, 2022 were outstanding as of March 31, 2020.

 

Warrants Granted

In consideration for four officers and director’s willingness to serve as guarantors of the Cadence Loan, the Company issued warrants to each of the Guarantors (the “Guarantor Warrants”) for the purchase of the Company’s common stock on March 12, 2020. The Guarantor Warrants entitle each Guarantor to purchase 26,250 shares of the Company's common stock (the “Warrant Shares”) at an exercise price of $4.00 per share. The Guarantor Warrants expire on March 12, 2030. No warrants were granted during the three months ended March 31, 2019. The officers and directors receiving grants and the amounts of such grants were as follows:

 

   Stock Warrant 
Name and Title  Shares Granted 
Ken DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer   26,250 
Bradley Berman, Chairman of the Board and Director   26,250 
Lyle Berman, Director   26,250 
Benjamin Oehler, Director   26,250 
Total:   105,000 

 

Warrants Exercised

No warrants were exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

Note 13 – Income Taxes

 

The Company accounts for income taxes under ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes, which provides for an asset and liability approach of accounting for income taxes. Under this approach, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized based on anticipated future tax consequences, using currently enacted tax laws, attributed to temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts calculated for income tax purposes.

 

Losses incurred during the period from April 9, 2011 (inception) to March 31, 2020 could be used to offset future tax liabilities. Accounting standards require the consideration of a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets if it is “more likely than not” that some component or all of the benefits of deferred tax assets will not be realized. As of March 31, 2020, net deferred tax assets were $6,770,453, with no deferred tax liability, primarily related to net operating loss carryforwards. A valuation allowance of approximately $6,770,453 was applied to the net deferred tax assets. Therefore, BROG has no tax expense for 2020 to date.

 

In accordance with FASB ASC 740, the Company has evaluated its tax positions and determined there are no significant uncertain tax positions as of any date on, or before March 31, 2020.

 

 

 

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BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.

Notes to Condensed Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Note 14 – Commitments

 

The Company from time to time may be involved in various inquiries, administrative proceedings and litigation relating to matters arising in the normal course of business. The Company is not aware of any inquiries or administrative proceedings and is not currently a defendant in any material litigation and is not aware of any threatened litigation that could have a material effect on the Company.

 

The Company periodically maintains cash balances at banks in excess of federally insured amounts. The extent of loss, if any, to be sustained as a result of any future failure of a bank or other financial institution is not subject to estimation at this time.

 

Note 15 – Subsequent Events

 

The Company evaluates events that have occurred after the balance sheet date through the date these financial statements were issued.

 

On April 24, 2020, the Company entered into a loan agreement with Kensington Bank (“Kensington”), as lender (the “Loan Agreement”) encompassing a $112,925 Promissory Note issued to Kensington (the “PPP Note”) pursuant to the Payroll Protection Program established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), which provides loans to qualifying businesses and is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). The PPP Note bears interest at 1.00% per annum, payable monthly beginning November 24, 2020, and is due on April 24, 2022. The PPP Note may be repaid at any time without penalty.

 

Under the Payroll Protection Program, the Company will be eligible for loan forgiveness up to the full amount of the PPP Note and any accrued interest. The forgiveness amount will be equal to the amount that the Company spends during the 8-week period beginning April 24, 2020 on payroll costs, payment of rent on any leases in force prior to February15, 2020 and payment on any utility for which service began before February 15, 2020. The maximum amount of loan forgiveness for non-payroll expenses is 25% of the amount of the PPP Note. No assurance is provided that the Company will obtain forgiveness under the PPP Note in whole or in part.

 

The PPP Note contains customary events of default relating to, among other things, payment defaults, breach of representations and warranties, or provisions of the promissory note. The occurrence of an event of default may result in a claim for the immediate repayment of all amounts outstanding under such PPP Note, collection of all amounts owing from the Company, filing suit and obtaining judgment against the Company.

 

 

 

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

 

Cautionary Statements

 

We are including the following discussion to inform our existing and potential security holders generally of some of the risks and uncertainties that can affect our company and to take advantage of the “safe harbor” protection for forward-looking statements that applicable federal securities law affords.

 

From time to time, our management or persons acting on our behalf may make forward-looking statements to inform existing and potential security holders about our company. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this report regarding our financial position, business strategy, plans and objectives of management for future operations and industry conditions are forward-looking statements. When used in this report, forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by terms or phrases such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “target,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “goal,” “will,” “should,” “may” or other words and similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Items making assumptions regarding actual or potential future sales, market size, collaborations, trends or operating results also constitute such forward-looking statements.

 

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, and important factors (many of which are beyond our control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include the following:

 

·failure to identify acquire or invest in alternatives for the Company that generate shareholder value, including a merger, acquisition, or a business combination in connection with our Board’s evaluation of strategic options;
·the effect of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic on our efforts to identify, review and explore strategic alternatives and our ability to obtain funding through various financing transactions or arrangements;
·volatility or decline of our stock price;
·low trading volume and illiquidity of our common stock, and possible application of the SEC’s penny stock rules;
·potential fluctuation in quarterly results;
·our failure to collect payments owed to us;
·material defaults on monetary obligations owed us, resulting in unexpected losses;
·inadequate capital of our clients to acquire working interests in oil and gas prospects and to participate in the drilling and production of oil and other hydrocarbons;
·inability to maintain adequate liquidity to meet our financial obligations;
·unavailability of oil and gas prospects to acquire for our clients;
·failure to acquire or grow new business ourselves
·litigation, disputes and legal claims involving outside parties; and
·risks related to our ability to be traded on the OTCQB and meeting trading requirements

 

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, results actually achieved may differ materially from expected results in these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.

 

 

 

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Readers are urged not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect any event or circumstance that may arise after the date of this report, other than as may be required by applicable law or regulation. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by us in our reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) which attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect our business, financial condition, results of operation and cash flows. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those expected or projected.

 

Overview and Outlook

 

Effective April 2, 2012, we changed our name to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. Our common stock is still quoted on the OTCQB under the trading symbol “ANFC.”

 

As the sponsor and manager of Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (“BRAC”) beginning in May of 2017, the Company was focused on identifying and closing a business combination for BRAC, which closed on August 9, 2019. Upon BRAC (renamed Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. following the merger or “AESE”, and hereafter named as such following the merger) completing its business combination, we continued to provide additional management services to BRAC until December 31, 2019.

 

Following the close of the Merger, the Company commenced a strategic review to identify, review and explore alternatives for the Company, including a merger, acquisition, or a business combination. The Company currently owns 2,685,500 Sponsor Shares. Of those shares, 537,100 of the Sponsor Shares are subject to distribution rights to officers and directors under the 2018 Management Incentive Plan dated March 6, 2018. Black Ridge is evaluating plans for the remaining Sponsor Shares which could include a distribution of some or all of the Sponsor Share proceeds after expiration of the lock-up agreement on August 9, 2020, presuming that as of such date AESE has repaid or converted amounts it owes pursuant to the bridge financing Note Purchase Agreement and Notes dated as of October 11, 2018 and May 17, 2019.

 

Going Concern Uncertainty

 

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had a cash balance of $52,097, and total working capital of negative $882,749. The Company has incurred recurring losses from operations resulting in an accumulated deficit of $34,002,978, and as of March 31, 2020, the Company’s cash on hand may not be sufficient to sustain operations. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The Company is currently seeking additional sources of capital to fund short term operations. The Company, however, is dependent upon its ability to secure equity and/or debt financing and there are no assurances that the Company will be successful; therefore, without sufficient financing it would be unlikely for the Company to continue as a going concern.

 

We continue to pursue sources of additional capital through various financing transactions or arrangements, including joint venturing of projects, equity or debt financing or other means. We may not be successful in identifying suitable funding transactions in a sufficient time period or at all, and we may not obtain the capital we require by other means. If we do not succeed in raising additional capital, our resources may not be sufficient to fund our business.

 

The report of the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm that accompanies its audited consolidated financial statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A contains an explanatory paragraph regarding the substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of the going concern uncertainty.

 

 

 

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Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

The following table summarizes selected items from the statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

   Three Months Ended   
   March 31,  Increase /
   2020  2019  (Decrease)
          
Management fee income  $   $30,000   $(30,000)
Total revenues:       30,000    (30,000)
                
Operating expenses:               
General and administrative expenses:               
Salaries and benefits   219,724    318,110    (98,386)
Stock-based compensation   21,489    27,931    (6,442)
Professional services   84,984    27,708    57,276 
Other general and administrative expenses   91,150    56,558    34,592 
Total general and administrative expenses   417,347    430,307    (12,960)
Depreciation and amortization   271    443    (172)
Total operating expenses   417,618    430,750    (13,132)
                
Net operating loss   (417,618)   (400,750)   16,868 
                
Other income (expense)               
Interest expense, including $13,795 of warrants issued as a debt discount   (15,109)       15,109 
Other income       51    (51)
Loss on investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.   (2,212,852)       2,212,852 
Total other income (expense)   (2,227,961)   51    (2,228,012)
                
Net loss from continuing operations, net of tax   (2,645,579)   (400,699)   2,244,880 
                
Provision for income taxes            
                
Net profit from continuing operations, net of tax   (2,645,579)   (400,699)   2,244,880 
Net income from discontinued operations       332,411    (332,411)
Net loss before non-controlling interest   (2,645,579)   (68,288)   2,577,291 
Less: Net loss attributable to redeemable non-controlling interest       (602,049)   (602,049)
                
Net loss attributable to Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.  $(2,645,579)  $(670,337)  $1,975,242 

 

 

 

 

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Management fee revenue

 

The Company didn’t earn any management fees from its management agreement with BRAC during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $30,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease is attributable to the termination of the agreement subsequent to the merger between BRAC and AESE on August 9, 2019.

 

General and administrative expenses

 

Salaries and benefits

 

Salaries and benefits for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $219,724 compared to $318,110 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, a decrease of 98,386, or 31%. The decrease in salaries and benefits was primarily due to a headcount decrease and decreased health benefit costs.

 

Stock-based compensation

 

Stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $21,489 compared to $27,931 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, a decrease of $6,442 or 23%. Included in the expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020, was $16,685 of expense related to the 2020 Stock Incentive Plan, and $4,804 related to the 2019 Stock Incentive Plan. Amortization of stock options decreased as a significant group of options became fully amortized at the end of 2019.

 

Professional services

 

General and administrative expenses related to professional services were $84,984 for the 2020 period compared to $27,708 for the 2019 period, an increase of $57,276 or 207%. The increase was primarily due to accounting services provided by an outside consultant and legal costs associated with the reverse stock split, stock option agreements and Cadence loan agreement.

 

Other general and administrative expenses

 

Other general and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $91,150 compared to $56,558 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, an increase of $34,592, or 61%. The increase is primarily attributable to increased stock services expense related to the reverse stock split.

 

Depreciation

 

Depreciation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $271, compared to $443 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, a decrease of $172, or 39%. The decrease is attributable to certain equipment becoming fully amortized.

 

Other income (expense)

 

In the three months ended March 31, 2020, other expense was $2,227,961, consisting of $1,314 of interest expense derived from the business loans the Company received from Cadence Bank, N.A and RBC Capital Markets, LLC, and $13,795 of expense related to the amortization of warrants issued in consideration of personal guarantees provided for debt financing, along with a net loss on investments in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. of $2,212,852, compared to $51 of other income, consisting entirely of other income related to a refund received during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

 

 

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Provision for income taxes

 

The Company had no income tax expense in the 2020 or 2019 periods, as the Company continues to reserve against any deferred tax assets due to the uncertainty of realization of any benefit.

 

Net profit (loss) from discontinued operations

 

Net income from discontinued operations relates to the income and expenses of BRAC during the periods prior to deconsolidation. Net income from discontinued operations of $332,411 during the three months ended March 31, 2019, consisting primarily of $811,335 of interest income on investments in the trust account for the benefit of potential redeeming shareholders and a gain of $4,733 on investments, as offset by $223,726 of general and administrative expenses, $73,352 of professional fees and $186,579 of income taxes.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The following table summarizes our total current assets, liabilities and working capital at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

   March 31,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
Current Assets  $90,701   $156,412 
           
Current Liabilities  $973,450   $1,446,407 
           
Working Capital  $(882,749)  $(1,289,995)

 

As of March 31, 2020, we had negative working capital of $882,749. Liabilities of $843,247 related to the 2018 Management Incentive Plan are included in current liabilities as of March 31, 2020, which will be settled in common stock from the Company’s Investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc., a long-term asset.

 

The following table summarizes our cash flows during the three-month periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 
   2020   2019 
Net cash used in operating activities  $(321,659)  $(741,799)
Net cash provided by investing activities       94,824 
Net cash provided by financing activities   265,000     
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents  $(56,659)  $(646,975)

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $321,659 and $741,799 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, a period over period decrease of $420,140. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of $390,335 in net losses in discontinued operations of BRAC. Changes in working capital from continuing operating activities resulted in a decrease in cash of $56,659 in the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to a decrease in cash of $646,975 for the same period in the previous year.

 

Net cash provided by investing activities were $-0- and $94,824 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. In the period ended March 31, 2019, virtually all the cash was provided from discontinued operations and was the result of transfers and withdrawals from the Trust Account.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities was $265,000 and $-0- for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. All of the 2020 activity was the result of net proceeds from notes payable.

 

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Satisfaction of our cash obligations for the next 12 months

 

As of March 31, 2020, our balance of cash was $52,097 and we had total working capital of negative $882,749. We expect to incur significant costs related to a potential business combination which will put a strain on our cash resources. Our plan for satisfying our cash requirements for the next twelve months is through cash on hand and additional financing in the form of equity or debt as needed. On March 12, 2020, the Company received a business loan from Cadence Bank, N.A. via a $700,000 Promissory Note, of which the Company drew down $265,000, a Security Agreement by the Company and limited commercial guarantees by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer and members of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Guarantors”). The Note bears interest at a rate of 0.500 percentage points over the prime rate, currently 4.25% per annum, payable monthly, is due on March 9, 2021 and is secured by all of the Company’s rights, title and interests in and to 500,000 shares of the common stock of Allied Esports Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: AESE) currently owned by the Company and held in the Company’s brokerage account with RBC Capital Markets, LLC.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

Our management’s discussion and analysis of financial conditions and results of operations is based on our financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. The preparation of these financial statements required us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities and expenses. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate these estimates and judgments. We base our estimates on our historical experience and on various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. These estimates and assumptions form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results and experiences may differ materially from these estimates.

 

Our critical accounting policies are more fully described in Note 2 of the footnotes to our financial statements appearing elsewhere in this Form 10-Q, and Note 2 of the footnotes to the financial statements provided in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

 

As a “smaller reporting company” as defined by Item 10 of Regulation S-K, the Company is not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

On May 15, 2020, we filed a Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2019 and a Form 10-Q/A for the period ended September 30, 2019 and a Form 10-Q/A for the period ended September 30, 2019 to restate our previously reported financial information to correct the presentation of unrealized losses on our investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. in accordance with Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-01 – Financial Instruments – Overall (Subtopic 825-10). Specifically, unrealized losses that were originally separately presented as other comprehensive income should have been included in our net loss.

 

We evaluated our investment in AESE shares of common stock by determining the fair market value of the shares, using the closing traded price as traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The fair market value was then measured against the carrying value, as reported for the prior period, resulting in a gain or loss, which had previously been recognized in other comprehensive income, as unrealized. The adoption of ASU 2016-01, changed the presentation of the gain or loss on equity securities from other comprehensive income to ordinary income, as presented in our restated Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings. Following our conclusion to restate our financial statements, we initiated a comprehensive review of all our determinations and documentation related to accounting for our investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc., as well as related processes and procedures.

 

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Our management, under the direction of our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, who is one in the same, has evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as such terms are defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of March 31, 2020. As part of such evaluation, management considered the matters discussed below relating to internal control over financial reporting. Based on this evaluation our management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, has concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of March 31, 2020, as a result of the identified material weakness in internal control over financial reporting, the nature of which is summarized below.

 

We did not have effective controls to provide reasonable assurance as to the appropriate selection and implementation of accounting methods with respect to presentation of unrealized gains (losses) on our investment in Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc. We lacked adequate technical expertise to ensure the proper application, at inception and on an ongoing basis, of the criteria for reporting investments in equity securities pursuant to ASU 2016-01. This material weakness resulted in our restatement of the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, and for the interim period ending September 30, 2019.

 

To remediate the material weakness described above and enhance our internal control over financial reporting, subsequent to the filing of this Form 10-Q, management will implement the following changes:

 

  Improve training, education and understanding of requirements for all relevant personnel.

 

  Quarterly consultation with a third-party independent expert.

 

  Enhanced reviews whenever there is a change in accounting or significant operational activities.

 

Management believes that these measures, when fully implemented, will mitigate the material weakness described above. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and management will continue to monitor the implementation of these remedial measures and the effectiveness of our internal controls and procedures on an ongoing basis.

 

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the three-month period ended March 31, 2020 that materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

 

Other than routine legal proceedings incident to our business, there are no material legal proceedings to which we are a party or to which any of our property is subject.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS.

 

The outbreak of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has negatively impacted and could continue to negatively impact the global economy. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt or otherwise negatively impact global credit markets, our operations and our efforts to identify, review and explore alternatives for the Company, including a merger, acquisition, or a business combination.

 

The significant outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in a widespread health crisis, which has negatively impacted and could continue to negatively impact the global economy. In addition, the global and regional impact of the outbreak, including official or unofficial quarantines and governmental restrictions on activities taken in response to such event, could have a negative impact on our operations and our ability to identify, review and explore alternatives for the Company. More broadly, the outbreak could potentially lead to an economic downturn that could limit the potential opportunities available to us via merger, acquisition or business combination.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak could disrupt or otherwise negatively impact credit and equity markets, which could adversely affect the availability and cost of capital. Such impacts could limit our ability to obtain additional funding through various financing transactions or arrangements, including joint venturing of projects, equity or debt financing or other means.

 

A pandemic typically results in social distancing, travel bans and quarantines, and this may limit access to our management, support staff, professional advisors and our independent auditors. These factors, in turn, may not only impact our operations, financial condition and our overall ability to react timely to mitigate the impact of this event. Also, it may hamper our efforts to comply with our filing obligations with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

The extent and potential short and long term impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our business will depend on future developments, including the duration, severity and spread of the virus, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities and the impact on the financial markets, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. These and other potential impacts of an epidemic, pandemic or other health crisis, such as COVID-19, could therefore materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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

 

Except as set forth below or previously reported on a Current Report on Form 8-K, we had no unregistered sales of equity securities during the three-month period ended March 31, 2020.

 

On February 21, 2020, the Company effected a 1-for-300 reverse stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”). No fractional shares were issued. Instead, the Company issued the following to any stockholder who otherwise would have received a fractional share as a result of the Reverse Stock Split:

 

  · Stockholders owning 300 or more shares of Common Stock received (1) one share of Common Stock for every 300 shares owned and (2) cash in lieu of fractional shares upon the surrender of such stockholder’s shares;
  · Stockholders owning between 25 and 300 shares of Common Stock had their ownership of shares of Common Stock rounded up to one share; and
  · Stockholders owning fewer than 25 shares of Common Stock received cash in lieu of fractional shares upon the surrender of such stockholders’ shares and will no longer own shares of Common Stock.

 

Any cash payment in lieu of fractional shares were based on the volume weighted average of the closing sales prices of the Company’s Common Stock on the OTCQB operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. (the “OTCQB”) during regular trading hours for the five consecutive trading days immediately preceding the Effective Date, which was $0.018 per share prior to the effects of the reverse stock split.

 

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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION.

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

 

Exhibit   Description
3.1   Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. on December 12, 2012)
3.2   Bylaws (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 of the Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. on December 12, 2012)
10.1*   Business Loan Agreement dated March 10, 2020, between Cadence Bank, N.A. and Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.
10.2*   Promissory Note dated March 10, 2020, between Cadence Bank, N.A. and Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.
10.3*   Commercial Pledge and Security Agreement dated March 10, 2020, between Cadence Bank, N.A. and Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.
10.4*   Form of Commercial Guaranty dated March 10, 2020, between Cadence Bank, N.A. and Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc.
31.1*   Section 302 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer
32.1*   Section 906 Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer
101.INS*   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH*   XBRL Schema Document
101.CAL*   XBRL Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF*   XBRL Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB*   XBRL Labels Linkbase Document
101.PRE*   XBRL Presentation Linkbase Document

*Filed herewith

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

 

  BLACK RIDGE OIL & GAS, INC.
     
Dated: May 15, 2020 By: /s/ Kenneth DeCubellis                          
    Kenneth DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Interim Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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