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AHNR Athena Gold

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

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

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

 

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

 

For the transition period from ____________ to ____________

 

Commission file number: 000-51808

 

ATHENA GOLD CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

900775276

(IRS Employer Identification Number)

  

2010A Harbison Drive #312, Vacaville, CA

(Address of principal executive offices)

95687

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (707) 291-6198

 

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 definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company”, and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act (check one):

 

Large accelerated filer [_]Accelerated filer [_]Non-accelerated filer [X]Smaller Reporting Company [X]
   Emerging Growth Company [X]

 

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

 

Title of each ClassTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
N/AN/AN/A

 

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]

 

On May 5, 2021, there were 60,282,320 shares of the registrant’s common stock, $.0001 par value, outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION3
  
Item 1.FINANCIAL STATEMENTS3
 Balance Sheets (unaudited)3
 Statements of Operations (unaudited)4
 Statements of Stockholders' Deficit (unaudited)5
 Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)6
 Notes to Financial Statements (unaudited)7
Item 2.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations13
Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk20
Item 4.Controls and Procedures20
   
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION21
Item 1.Legal Proceedings21
Item 1A.Risk Factors21
Item 2.Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds21
Item 3.Defaults Upon Senior Securities21
Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures21
Item 5.Other Information21
Item 6.Exhibits21
Signature 22

 

 

 

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

ATHENA GOLD CORPORATION

 

BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

 

  March 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
       
ASSETS        
Current Assets        
Cash $32,077  $8,986 
         
Total current assets  32,077   8,986 
         
Mineral Rights - Excelsior Springs  150,000   150,000 
         
Total assets $182,077  $158,986 
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $64,472  $61,149 
Accrued liabilities - related party     96,500 
Accrued interest  22,261   21,189 
Advances payable - related party  13,298   21,898 
Convertible note payable, net of discount of $1,831 and $7,324  49,439   43,946 
         
Total liabilities  149,470   244,682 
         
Commitments and contingencies      
         
Stockholders' equity (deficit):        
Preferred stock - $0.0001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding      
Common stock - $0.0001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized, 60,282,320 and 54,887,876 issued and outstanding  6,028   5,489 
Additional paid-in capital  10,272,436   9,897,700 
Accumulated deficit  (10,245,857)  (9,988,885)
Total stockholders' equity (deficit)  32,607   (85,696)
         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit) $182,077  $158,986 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited financial statements.

 

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ATHENA GOLD CORPORATION

 

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
       
Operating expenses:        
Exploration costs $35,677  $ 
General and administrative expenses  214,103   34,375 
         
Total operating expenses  249,780   34,375 
         
Operating loss  (249,780)  (34,375)
         
Other expense:        
Interest expense - Related party     (27,573)
Interest expense  (7,192)  (1,668)
         
Total other expense  (7,192)  (29,241)
         
Net loss $(256,972) $(63,616)
         
Basic and diluted net loss per common share $(0.00) $(0.00)
         
Basic and diluted weighted-average        
common shares outstanding  

59,455,715

   36,532,320 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited financial statements.

 

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ATHENA GOLD CORPORATION

 

STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)

(Unaudited)

 

        Additional       
  Common Stock  Paid-in  Accumulated    
  Shares  Amount  Capital  Deficit  Total 
Balance, December 31, 2019  36,202,320  $3,653  $6,618,495  $(9,506,948) $(2,884,800)
Net loss, three months ending March 31, 2020           (63,616)  (63,616)
Balance, March 31, 2020  36,202,320  $3,653  $6,618,495  $(9,570,564) $(2,948,416)
                     
                     
Balance, December 31, 2020  54,887,876  $5,489  $9,897,700  $(9,988,885) $(85,696)
Conversion of management fees payable  2,144,444   214   96,286      96,500 
Common stock sold in private placement - related party  250,000   25   7,475      7,500 
Common stock sold in private placement  3,000,000   300   142,200      142,500 
Stock based compensation        128,775      128,775 
Net loss, three months ending March 31, 2021           (256,972)  (256,972)
Balance, March 31, 2021  60,282,320  $6,028  $10,272,436  $(10,245,857) $32,607 

 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited financial statements.

 

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ATHENA GOLD CORPORATION

 

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss $(256,972) $(63,616)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Amortization of debt discount  5,493    
Stock based compensation  128,775    
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts payable  3,323   14,344 
Accrued interest - related parties     27,573 
Accrued liabilities and other liabilities  1,072   (3,980)
         
Net cash used in operating activities  (118,309)  (25,679)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Proceeds from advances from related parties  9,245   125 
Payments on advances from related parties  (17,845)  (4,575)
Proceeds from sale of common stock to related parties  7,500    
Proceeds from sales of common stock  142,500    
Borrowings from credit facility and notes payable - related parties     42,750 
         
Net cash provided by financing activities  141,400   38,300 
         
Net increase (decrease) in cash  23,091   12,621 
Cash at beginning of period  8,986   117 
         
Cash at end of period $32,077  $12,738 
         
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information        
Cash paid for interest $627  $648 
Cash paid for income taxes $  $ 
         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions        
Conversion of management fees payable $96,500  $ 

 

 

See accompanying notes to the unaudited financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

 

Note 1 – Organization, Basis of Presentation, Liquidity and Going Concern

 

Nature of Operations

 

Athena Gold Corporation (“we,” “our,” “us,” or “Athena”) is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources. We were incorporated in Delaware on December 23, 2003 and began our mining operations in 2010.

 

In December 2009, we formed and organized a wholly-owned subsidiary, Athena Minerals, Inc. (“Athena Minerals”) which owns and operates mining interests and property in California. On December 31, 2020 we sold the subsidiary to Tripower Resources Inc., a company controlled by Mr. John Gibbs, a related party, in a non-cash exchange. This transaction is discussed in further detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Effective December 15, 2020, Athena entered into a definitive Property Option Agreement with Nubian Resources Ltd. (“Nubian”) (TSXV: NBR), pursuant to which Nubian has granted Athena the option to acquire a 100% interest in Nubian’s Excelsior Springs exploration project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. Details of this transaction are further discussed in Note 2 – Mineral Rights – Excelsior Springs.

  

Our primary focus going forward will be to continue evaluating of our properties, and possible acquisitions of additional mineral rights and exploration, all of which will require additional capital. Further information regarding our mineral rights are discussed below in Note 2 – Mineral Rights – Excelsior Springs, as well as in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Basis of Presentation

 

On December 31, 2020 we sold our wholly-owned subsidiary, Athena Minerals Inc. to a related party shareholder in a non-cash exchange. As such, operating results for all reporting periods prior to January 1, 2021 include the operations of Athena Minerals, Inc., while all reporting periods subsequent to December 31, 2020 do not include the operations of Athena Minerals, Inc.

 

We prepared these interim financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The accompanying unaudited interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP for interim financial information and in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In our opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results for the full year. While we believe that the disclosures presented herein are adequate and not misleading, these interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and the footnotes thereto contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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Reclassifications

 

Certain reclassifications may have been made to our prior year’s consolidated financial statements to conform to our current year presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on our previously reported results of operations or accumulated deficit.

  

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

We do not expect the adoption of recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial position or cash flow.

  

Liquidity and Going Concern

 

Our interim financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which assumes that we will be able to meet our obligations and continue our operations during the next fiscal year. Asset realization values may be significantly different from carrying values as shown in our consolidated financial statements and do not give effect to adjustments that would be necessary to the carrying values of assets and liabilities should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

  

At March 31, 2021, we had not yet achieved profitable operations and we have accumulated losses of $10,245,857 since our inception. We expect to incur further losses in the development of our business, all of which raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern depends on our ability to generate future profits and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet our obligations arising from normal business operations when they come due.

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2021 we sold 5,000,000 shares of common stock in private placements realizing proceeds of $150,000. We anticipate that future funding will be in the form of additional equity financing from the sale of our common stock, or loans from officers, directors or significant shareholders. Currently, there are no arrangements in place for additional equity funding or new loans.

 

COVID-19 pandemic: An occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect our operations. The occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect our operations. A pandemic typically results in social distancing, travel bans and quarantine, and this may limit access to our facilities, customers, management, support staff and professional advisors. These factors, in turn, may not only impact our operations, financial condition and demand for our goods and services but 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.

 

 

 

 

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Note 2 – Mineral Rights - Excelsior Springs

 

Effective December 15, 2020, Athena entered into a definitive Property Option Agreement with Nubian Resources Ltd. (“Nubian”) (TSXV: NBR), pursuant to which Nubian has granted Athena the option to acquire a 100% interest in Nubian’s Excelsior Springs exploration project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada.

 

The Option is exercisable in two tranches: the first tranche was exercised immediately pursuant to which the Company acquired a 10% interest in Excelsior Springs in consideration of issuing to Nubian an aggregate of 5,000,000 shares of Athena Gold Corporation common stock. On December 15, 2020 the company issued the 5,000,000 shares of its common stock valued at $0.03 per share totaling $150,000. The second tranche is exercisable on or before December 31, 2021 to purchase an additional 90% interest in Excelsior Springs in consideration of issuing to Nubian an additional 45 million shares of Athena common stock. Should both options be exercised, Nubian will hold 50 million shares of Athena common stock, which will be subject to a six-month lockup.

 

Athena’s agreement with Nubian includes 100% of the 140 unpatented claims at Excelsior Springs with two additional patented claims held under a lease option that are subject to a 2% net smelter returns royalty on gold production. Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Nubian will retain a 1% net smelter returns royalty (“NSR Royalty”) on the Excelsior Springs Project if Athena fully exercises the option. Athena will have the right to purchase 0.5% (being one half) of the NSR Royalty for CAD $500,000 and the remaining 0.5% of the NSR Royalty at fair market value.

 

Note 3 – Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

Financial assets and liabilities recorded at fair value in our balance sheets are categorized based upon a fair value hierarchy established by GAAP, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into the following levels:

 

Level 1 – Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities at the measurement date.

   

Level 2 – Quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets; quoted prices for identical or similar assets and liabilities in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable and can be corroborated by observable market data.

 

Level 3 – Inputs reflecting management’s best estimates and assumptions of what market participants would use in pricing assets or liabilities at the measurement date. The inputs are unobservable in the market and significant to the valuation of the instruments.

 

A financial instrument's categorization within the valuation hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other short-term debt, approximate their fair value because of the short-term nature of these financial instruments.

 

 

 

 

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Note 4 – Convertible Note Payable

 

Effective April 1, 2015, the Company executed a convertible promissory note (the “Note”) in the principal amount of $51,270 in favor of Clifford Neuman, the Company’s legal counsel, representing accrued and unpaid fees for past legal services. The Note is unsecured and accrues interest at the rate of 6% per annum, compounded quarterly, and is due on demand. The principal and accrued interest due under the Note may be converted, at the option of the holder, into shares of the Company’s common stock.

 

On April 24, 2020, the Company agreed to reduce the conversion price from $0.0735 per share to $0.021 per share. All other terms of the convertible note remain unchanged, and therefore did not change the cash flows of the note. The Company determined the transaction was considered an extinguishment because of the change in conversion price in which no gain or loss was recorded according to ASC 470-50. However, because the conversion price was reduced below the $0.03 market value on the date of the change, a beneficial conversion feature resulted from the price reduction in the amount of $21,973, which was accounted for as a discount to the debt and a corresponding increase in additional paid in capital. The debt discount is being amortized on a straight-line basis over one year to interest expense. A total of $5,493 was amortized to interest expense during the three months ended March 31, 2021. At December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021, a total of $7,324 and $1,831, respectively, of unamortized discounts remained and are presented as a reduction of the Note principle on the accompanying balance sheets.

  

Accrued interest totaled $22,261 and $21,189 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively, and is shown as Accrued interest on the accompanying balance sheets. Total interest expense associated with this Note was $6,565 and $1,020 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

Note 5 – Common Stock

  

On January 1, 2021 Mr. John Power, the Company’s CEO/CFO agreed to convert accrued management fees totaling $96,500. As a result, we issued 2,144.444 shares of common stock at a price of $0.045 per share.

 

During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, we sold 5,000,000 shares of common stock to six individuals at a price of $0.03 per share, realizing total proceeds of $150,000. Shares totaling 1,750,000 had not been issued as of this report date. As such the total proceeds of $52,500 have been recorded as an addition to paid in capital. 

 

Note 6 – Share Based Compensation

  

On March 22, 2021 the Company issued a total of 2,000,000 non-statutory stock options to four individuals, three of which are Directors of the Company, the other an independent technical consultant that is helping design our 2021 exploration programs at Excelsior Spring. Upon vesting, each option is exercisable to purchase one share of common stock at a price of $0.09 per share. The options vest 50% upon issuance, and 25% on each of the 1st and 2nd anniversaries of the grant date.

 

 

 

 

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We estimated the fair value of the options using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which includes assumptions for expected dividends, expected share price volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected life of the options. Our expected volatility assumption is based on our historical weekly closing price of our stock over a period equivalent to the expected remaining life of the options. The total estimated fair value of the options utilized the following assumptions:

 

 Expected volatility184%
 Contractual term5 years
 Risk free interest rate0.87%
 Expected dividend rate0%

  

The calculations resulted in the total fair value of the options issued to be $197,552. We expense share-based compensation, adjusted for estimated forfeitures, using the straight-line method over the vesting term of the award for our employees and directors and over the expected service term for our non-employee consultants. As such, a stock based compensation charge of $98,775 was recorded on March 22, 2021, representing all vested options, and is included in administrative expenses on the accompanying Statement of Operations.

 

Also on March 22, 2021 the Company agreed to issue a total of 300,000 restricted stock units at a price of $0.10 per share to the independent technical consultant helping design our 2021 exploration programs at Excelsior Springs. However, the shares shall not be issued until such time the individual either provides a written request or his termination date, whichever is sooner. The shares shall have no voting rights until issued. As such, we have recorded stock-based compensation in the amount of $30,000 which was charged to exploration costs on the accompanying Statement of Operations. We have charged the $30,000 to stock based compensation, but since the shares have not been issued, we have recorded the full amount as an addition to paid in capital.

 

Note 7 – Commitments and Contingencies

 

We are subject to various commitments and contingencies as discussed in Note 2 – Mineral Rights – Excelsior Springs.

 

Note 8 – Related Party Transactions

 

Conflicts of Interests

 

Magellan Gold Corporation (“Magellan”) is a company under common control. Mr. John Power is a significant shareholder of both Athena and Magellan and an officer and director of Athena. Mr. John Gibbs is a significant shareholder in both Athena and Magellan. Athena and Magellan are both involved in the business of acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.

 

Silver Saddle Resources, LLC (“Silver Saddle”) is also a company under common control. Mr. Power and Mr. Gibbs are the owners and managing members of Silver Saddle. Athena and Silver Saddle are both involved in the business of acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.

 

There exists no arrangement or understanding with respect to the resolution of future conflicts of interest. The existence of common ownership and common management could result in significantly different operating results or financial position from those that could have resulted had Athena, Magellan and Silver Saddle been autonomous.

  

 

 

 

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Management Fees – Related Parties

 

The Company is subject to a month-to-month management agreement with Mr. Power requiring a monthly payment of $2,500 as consideration for the day-to-day management of Athena. For each of the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, a total of $7,500 was recorded as management fees and are included in general and administrative expenses in the accompanying statements of operations. At March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, $-0- and $96,500, respectively, of management fees due to Mr. Power had not been paid and are included in accrued liabilities – related parties on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

 

On January 1, 2021, the Company agreed to convert the $96,500 balance of management fees due Mr. Power into 2,144,444 shares of common stock at a price of $0.045 per share.

 

Accrued interest and Interest Expense – Related Parties

 

Related party interest primarily represented interest on the convertible credit facility which was settled as part of the sale of Athena Minerals, Inc. on December 31, 2020. Therefore, on December 31, 2020 all accrued and unpaid interest due Mr. Gibbs totaling $668,012 on the convertible credit facility was also waived as part of the sale of Athena Minerals transaction briefly discussed in Note 1 – Basis of presentation. Further information regarding this transaction is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Total related party interest was $-0- and $27,573 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

  

Advances Payable - Related Parties

 

Mr. Power and Mr. Gibbs have advanced the Company funds generally utilized for day-to-day operating requirements. These advances are non-interest bearing and are generally repaid as cash becomes available. The Company also utilizes credit cards owned by Mr. Power to pay various obligations when an online payment is required, the availability of cash is limited, or the timing of the payments is considered critical.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, Mr. Power made short-term advances to the Company totaling $9,245, and $17,845 was repaid during the period, leaving an unpaid balance of $13,298 included in Advances payable – related party on the accompanying balance sheets.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, Mr. Power made short-term advances to the Company totaling $9,245, and $17,845  was repaid during the period, leaving an unpaid balance of $13,298 included in Advances payable – related party on the accompanying balance sheets.

 

Sale of Common Stock - Related Party

 

On January 15, 2021 the Company sold 250,000 shares of common stock at a price of $0.03 per share in a private placement to Mr. Gibbs, realizing total proceeds of $7,500.

 

 

 

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

 

We use the terms “Athena,” “we,” “our,” and “us” to refer to Athena Gold Corporation.

 

The following discussion and analysis provide information that management believes is relevant for an assessment and understanding of our results of operations and financial condition. This information should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, and our interim unaudited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included with this report in Part I. Item 1.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Some of the information presented in this Form 10-Q constitutes “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that include terms such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “continue,” “believe,” “plan,” or the like, as well as all statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of our knowledge of our business and operations, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations.

 

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they are made.

 

Business Overview

 

We were incorporated on December 23, 2003, in Delaware and our principal business is the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.

 

In January 2021, the company’s Board of Directors approved a name change from Athena Silver Corporation, to Athena Gold Corporation. Athena Gold Corporation (“we,” “our,” “us,” or “Athena”) is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources. We began our mining operations in 2010.

 

In December 2009, we formed and organized a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Athena Minerals, Inc. (“Athena Minerals”) which owned and operated our mining interests and properties in California. On December 31, 2020 we sold the subsidiary to Tripower Resources Inc., a company controlled by Mr. John Gibbs, a related party, in a non-cash exchange. Further information regarding this transaction is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

In December 2020, Athena entered into a definitive Property Option Agreement with Nubian Resources Ltd. (“Nubian”) (TSXV: NBR), pursuant to which Athena acquired a 10% interest in Nubian’s Excelsior Springs exploration project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada and has an option to acquire the remaining 90% held by Nubian.

 

The Option is exercisable in two tranches: the first tranche was exercised immediately pursuant to which the Company acquired a 10% interest in Excelsior Springs in consideration of issuing to Nubian an aggregate of 5,000,000 shares of Athena Gold Corporation common stock. The Company issued the 5,000,000 shares of its common stock valued at $0.03 per share totaling $150,000 in December 2020. The second tranche is exercisable on or before December 31, 2021 to purchase an additional 90% interest in Excelsior Springs in consideration of issuing to Nubian an additional 45 million shares of Athena common stock. Should both options be exercised, Nubian will hold 50 million shares of Athena common stock, which will be subject to a six-month lockup.

 

 

 

 

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Athena’s agreement with Nubian includes 100% of the 140 unpatented claims at Excelsior Springs with two additional patented claims held under a lease option that are subject to a 2% net smelter returns royalty on gold production. Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Nubian will retain a 1% net smelter returns royalty (“NSR Royalty”) on the Excelsior Springs Project if Athena fully exercises the option. Athena will have the right to purchase 0.5% (being one half) of the NSR Royalty for CAD $500,000 and the remaining 0.5% of the NSR Royalty at fair market value.

 

Athena plans make Excelsior Springs its flagship project and has completed a N.I. 43-101 Technical Report to support its planned listing on a Canadian Stock Exchange that details historical exploration activities on the property, recent exploration activities conducted by Athena and also highlights future exploration plans to advance the Property.

 

We have not presently determined whether our mineral properties contain mineral reserves that are economically recoverable.

 

Reclassifications: Certain reclassifications may have been made to our prior year’s consolidated financial statements to conform to our current year presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on our previously reported results of operations or accumulated deficit.

  

COVID-19 pandemic: An occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect our operations. The occurrence of an uncontrollable event such as the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect our operations. A pandemic typically results in social distancing, travel bans and quarantine, and this may limit access to our facilities, customers, management, support staff and professional advisors. These factors, in turn, may not only impact our operations, financial condition and demand for our goods and services but 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.

 

Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

 

A summary of our results from operations is as follows:

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Operating expenses:        
Exploration costs $35,677  $ 
General and administrative expenses  214,103   34,375 
Total operating expenses  249,780   34,375 
Operating loss  (249,780)  (34,375)
Total other income (expenses), net  (7,192)  (29,241)
Net loss $(256,972) $(63,616)

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, our net loss was $256,972 as compared to a net loss of $63,616 during the same period in 2020. The $193,356 increase in our loss was mainly attributable to stock-based compensation resulting from the issuance of incentive stock options and restricted stock units, as well as increased legal and professional fees associated with the sale of Athena Minerals, Inc. and the acquisition of the Excelsior Springs project.

 

 

 

 

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Operating expenses:

 

Our total operating expenses increased $215,405, from $34,375 to $249,780 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, we incurred $35,677 of exploration costs. In March 2021, we issued 300,000 restricted stock units at a price of $0.10 per share to the independent technical consultant helping design our 2021 exploration programs at Excelsior Springs. However, the shares shall not be issued until such time the individual either provides a written request or his termination date, whichever is sooner. The shares shall have no voting rights until issued. As such, we have recorded stock-based compensation in the amount of $30,000 which was charged to exploration costs. We have also begun preliminary work on our future exploration programs which has resulted in an additional $5,677 of exploration costs. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we incurred no exploration costs.

 

Our general and administrative expenses increased by $179,728, from $34,375 to $214,103 for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2021.

 

Legal and professional fees for the three months ended March 31, 2021 totaled $111,954 and are attributed to legal and other professional fees associated with the acquisition of the Excelsior Springs project. Total legal costs for the three months ended March 31, 2020 totaled $27,409, an increase of $84,545 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021.

 

On March 22, 2021 the Company issued a total of 2,000,000 non-statutory stock options to four individuals, three of which are Directors of the Company, the other an independent technical consultant that is helping design our 2021 exploration programs at Excelsior Spring. Upon vesting, each option is exercisable to purchase one share of common stock at a price of $0.09 per share. The options vest 50% upon issuance, and 25% on each of the 1st and 2nd anniversaries of the grant date.

 

We estimated the fair value of the options using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which includes assumptions for expected dividends, expected share price volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected life of the options. Our expected volatility assumption is based on our historical weekly closing price of our stock over a period equivalent to the expected remaining life of the options. The total estimated fair value of the options utilized the following assumptions:

 

 Expected volatility184%
 Contractual term5 years
 Risk free interest rate0.87%
 Expected dividend rate0%

  

The calculations resulted in the total fair value of the options issued to be $197,552. Upon each vesting date a percentage of the total value of the options issued and outstanding is charged to stock-based compensation. As such, an administrative expense charge of $98,775 was recorded on March 22, 2021.

 

Other income and expense:

 

Our total other expenses, net was $7,192 during the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to total other income of $29,241 during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

  

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 other expenses consisted entirely of interest expense associated with a convertible note payable originating in April 2015, from the conversion of certain amounts due our primary legal counsel.

 

 

 

 

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For the three months ended March 31, 2020 other expenses consisted entirely of interest expense which included $27,573 in interest expense associated with our related party convertible credit facility, $1,020 of interest expense associated with a convertible note payable originating in April 2015, from the conversion of certain amounts due our primary legal counsel, as well as $648 of interest associated with the resolution of a 2019 franchise tax obligation which was paid during the quarter.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Going Concern

 

Our consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which assumes that we will be able to meet our obligations and continue our operations during the next fiscal year. Asset realization values may be significantly different from carrying values as shown in our consolidated financial statements and do not give effect to adjustments that would be necessary to the carrying values of assets and liabilities should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

At March 31, 2021, we had not yet achieved profitable operations and we have accumulated losses of $10,245,857 since our inception. We expect to incur further losses in the development of our business, all of which casts substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern depends on our ability to generate future profits and/or to obtain the necessary financing to meet our obligations arising from normal business operations when they come due.

 

We have financed our capital requirements primarily through borrowings from related parties and equity financings. We expect to meet our future financing needs and working capital and capital expenditure requirements through additional borrowings and offerings of debt or equity securities, although there can be no assurance that our future financing efforts will be successful. The terms of future financing could be highly dilutive to existing shareholders. Currently, there are no arrangements in place for additional equity funding or new loans.

 

Liquidity

 

As of March 31, 2021, we had $32,077 of cash and negative working capital of $117,393. This compares to cash on hand of $8,986 and negative working capital of $235,696 at December 31, 2020.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 we sold 5,000,000 shares of common stock in private placements realizing proceeds of $150,000.   Of this amount, shares totaling 1,750,000 had not been issued as of this report date and the associated proceeds of $52,500 have been recorded as an addition to paid in capital. We anticipate that future funding will be in the form of additional equity financing from the sale of our common stock, or loans from officers, directors or significant shareholders. Currently, there are no arrangements in place for additional equity funding or new loans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cash Flows

 

A summary of our cash provided by and used in operating, investing and financing activities is as follows:

 

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2021  2020 
Net cash used in operating activities $(118,309) $(25,679)
Net cash provided by financing activities  141,400   38,300 
Net increase (decrease) in cash  23,091   12,621 
Cash, beginning of period  8,986   117 
Cash, end of period $32,077  $12,738 

 

Net cash used in operating activities:

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $118,309 and $25,679 during the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

Cash used in operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2021 is primarily attributed to our $256,972 net loss. Non-cash charges to operating activities included total stock based compensation of $128,775, as well as amortization of debt discount on our convertible note payable totaling $5,493. We also realized increases in accounts payable of $3,323, and other accrued liabilities of $1,072.

 

Cash used in operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2020 is primarily attributed to our $63,616 net loss. We realized increases in accounts payable of $14,344, accrued interest on our notes payable of $27,573, and a decrease in other accrued liabilities of $3,980.

 

Net cash provided by financing activities:

 

Cash provided by financing activities during the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $141,400 compared to cash provided by financing activities of $38,300 during the same period in 2020.

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2021 the Company’s President had advanced a total of $9,245, and was repaid a total of $17,845. At March 31, 2021 unpaid advances totaled $13,298. Also during the quarter we sold 5,000,000 shares of our common stock in private placements at a price of $0.03 per share, resulting in total proceeds of $150,000. Of the total shares sold, 250,000 were sold to a significant shareholder related party.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2020 borrowings under our convertible credit facility were $42,750. Also, during the period the Company’s President had advanced a total of $125, and was repaid a total of $4,575 associated with advances outstanding at December 31, 2019.

 

 

 

 

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Off Balance Sheet Arrangements:

 

We do not have and never had any off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

We do not expect the adoption of recently issued accounting pronouncements to have a significant impact on our results of operations, financial position or cash flow. 

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates, assumptions and judgments that affect the amounts reported in our financial statements. The accounting positions described below are significantly affected by critical accounting estimates.

 

We believe that the significant estimates, assumptions and judgments used when accounting for items and matters such as capitalized mineral rights, asset valuations, recoverability of assets, asset impairments, taxes, and other provisions were reasonable, based upon information available at the time they were made. Actual results could differ from these estimates, making it possible that a change in these estimates could occur in the near term.

  

Mineral Rights

 

We have determined that our mining rights meet the definition of mineral rights, as defined by accounting standards, and are tangible assets. As a result, our direct costs to acquire or lease mineral rights are initially capitalized as tangible assets. Mineral rights include costs associated with: leasing or acquiring patented and unpatented mining claims; leasing mining rights including lease signature bonuses, lease rental payments and advance minimum royalty payments; and options to purchase or lease mineral properties.

 

If we establish proven and probable reserves for a mineral property and establish that the mineral property can be economically developed, mineral rights will be amortized over the estimated useful life of the property following the commencement of commercial production or expensed if it is determined that the mineral property has no future economic value or if the property is sold or abandoned. For mineral rights in which proven and probable reserves have not yet been established, we assess the carrying values for impairment at the end of each reporting period and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. Proven and probable reserves have not been established for any mineral rights as of March 31, 2021.

 

Impairment of Long-lived Assets

 

We continually monitor events and changes in circumstances that could indicate that our carrying amounts of long-lived assets, including mineral rights, may not be recoverable. When such events or changes in circumstances occur, we assess the recoverability of long-lived assets by determining whether the carrying value of such assets will be recovered through their undiscounted expected future cash flows. If the future undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying amount of these assets, we recognize an impairment loss based on the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value of the assets.

 

 

 

 

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Exploration Costs

 

Mineral exploration costs are expensed as incurred. When it has been determined that it is economically feasible to extract minerals and the permitting process has been initiated, exploration costs incurred to further delineate and develop the property are considered pre-commercial production costs and will be capitalized and included as mine development costs in our consolidated balance sheets.

 

Share-based Payments

 

We measure and recognize compensation expense or professional services expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees, directors and non-employee consultants based on estimated fair values. We estimate the fair value of stock options on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes-Merton option pricing model, which includes assumptions for expected dividends, expected share price volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected life of the options. Our expected volatility assumption is based on our historical weekly closing price of our stock over a period equivalent to the expected life of the options.

 

We expense share-based compensation, adjusted for estimated forfeitures, using the straight-line method over the vesting term of the award for our employees and directors and over the expected service term for our non-employee consultants. We estimate forfeitures at the time of grant and revise those estimates in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from our estimates. Our excess tax benefits, if any, cannot be credited to stockholders’ equity until the deduction reduces cash taxes payable; accordingly, we realized no excess tax benefits during any of the periods presented in the accompanying consolidated financial statements.

  

Income Taxes

 

We account for income taxes through the use of the asset and liability method. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax basis, and for income tax carry-forwards. A valuation allowance is recorded to the extent that we cannot conclude that realization of deferred tax assets is more likely than not. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in operations in the period that includes the enactment date.

 

We follow a two-step approach to recognizing and measuring tax benefits associated with uncertain tax positions taken, or expected to be taken in a tax return. The first step is to determine if, based on the technical merits, it is more likely than not that the tax position will be sustained upon examination by a taxing authority, including resolution of any related appeals or litigation processes. The second step is to measure the tax benefit as the largest amount that is more than 50% likely to be realized upon ultimate settlement with a taxing authority. We recognize interest and penalties, if any, related to uncertain tax positions in our provision for income taxes in the consolidated statements of operations. To date, we have not recognized any tax benefits from uncertain tax positions.

 

 

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Conclusion Regarding the Effectiveness of Disclosure Controls and Procedures:

 

Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time period specified in the SEC's rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. Our management necessarily applied its judgment in assessing the costs and benefits of such controls and procedures, which, by their nature, can provide only reasonable assurance regarding management's control objectives.

 

Our management, with the participation of our CEO and CFO, evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon this evaluation, our CEO and CFO concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of such date as a result of a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting due to lack of segregation of duties, a limited corporate governance structure and insufficient formal management review processes over certain financial and accounting reports as discussed in Item 9A of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

While we strive to segregate duties as much as practicable, there is an insufficient volume of transactions at this point in time to justify additional full time staff. We believe that this is typical in many exploration stage companies. We may not be able to fully remediate the material weakness until we commence mining operations at which time we would expect to hire more staff. We will continue to monitor and assess the costs and benefits of additional staffing.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting:

 

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the last fiscal quarter covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

None.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in Part I. Item 1A. of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

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

 

All sales of unregistered securities were reported on Form 8-K during the period.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

None

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBIT NUMBER DESCRIPTION
   
31 Certification Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the Exchange Act, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*
32 Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*
   
101.INS XBRL Instance Document**
101.SCH XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema**
101.CAL XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation**
101.DEF XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition **
101.LAB XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels**
101.PRE XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation**
____________________
* Filed herewith
** Furnished, not filed.

 

 

 

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SIGNATURE

 

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

 

ATHENA SILVER CORPORATION
  
Dated: May 5, 2021By:/s/ John C. Power
  John C. Power
  Chief Executive Officer, President,
  Chief Financial Officer, Secretary & Director
  (Principal Executive Officer)
  (Principal Accounting Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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