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10-Q

May 9, 2011
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

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

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2011

or

 

¨ Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number 001-31895

 

 

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

     
Nevada   84-1018684

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

5215 W. Laurel Street, Tampa, Florida 33607

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)

(813) 876-1776

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

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       NO   ¨

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

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

 

             
Large accelerated filer:   ¨    Accelerated filer:   x
       
Non-accelerated filer:   ¨   (Do not check if a smaller Reporting company)    Smaller reporting company:   ¨

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

The number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s Common Stock, $.0001 par value, as of April 28, 2011 was 67,267,773.

 

 

 

 


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Part I:

 

Financial Information

        
     
Item 1.   Financial Statements:         
     
    Consolidated Balance Sheets      3   
     
    Consolidated Statements of Operations      4   
     
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows      5   
     
    Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements      6 – 20   
     
Item 2.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      20 – 26   
     
Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      26   
     
Item 4.   Controls and Procedures      26   
     

Part II:

 

Other Information

        
     
Item 1.   Legal Proceedings      26   
     
Item 1A.   Risk Factors      27   
     
Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      27   
     
Item 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities      27   
     
Item 4.   [Removed and Reserved]      27   
     
Item 5.   Other Information      27   
     
Item 6.   Exhibits      27   
   
Signatures      28   

 

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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

                 
     (Unaudited) 
March  31, 

2011
    December 31, 
2010
 

ASSETS

                

CURRENT ASSETS

                

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 6,119,806      $ 235,762   

Restricted cash

     503,197        563,710   

Accounts receivable, net

     2,612,991        2,095,571   

Inventory

     411,010        409,613   

Other current assets

     609,683        467,180   
                  

Total current assets

     10,256,687        3,771,836   
     

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

                

Equipment and office fixtures

     16,867,118        16,637,638   

Building and land

     4,671,231        4,671,231   

Accumulated depreciation

     (13,507,296     (12,979,576
                  

Total property and equipment, net

     8,031,053        8,329,293   
     

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

                

Restricted cash

     129,991        183,498   

Investments in unconsolidated entities

     310,000        —     

Inventory

     5,852,637        6,020,699   

Other non-current assets

     1,101,367        1,101,367   
                  

Total other assets

     7,393,995        7,305,564   
                  

Total assets

   $ 25,681,735      $ 19,406,693   
                  
     

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

                

CURRENT LIABILITIES

                

Accounts payable

   $ 468,130      $ 2,238,356   

Accrued expenses and other

     1,400,934        2,766,672   

Deferred revenue

     7,536,366        730,098   

Subscription payable

     1,998,800        1,998,800   

Derivative liabilities

     7,652,328        6,363,144   

Mortgage and loans payable

     5,174,870        5,174,537   
                  

Total current liabilities

     24,231,428        19,271,607   
     

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES

                

Mortgage and loans payable

     2,738,736        2,776,383   

Deferred income from revenue participation rights

     6,850,000        887,500   
                  

Total long-term liabilities

     9,588,736        3,663,883   
                  

Total liabilities

     33,820,164        22,935,490   
                  
     

Commitments and contingencies (Note H)

                
     

Redeemable Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     4,442,922        4,019,523   
     

STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

                

Preferred stock - $.0001 par value; 9,361,176 shares authorized; none outstanding

     —          —     

Preferred stock series D convertible - $.0001 par value; 448,800 shares authorized at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively; 206,400 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

     21        21   

Common stock - $.0001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 67,227,773 and 67,082,835 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

     6,722        6,708   

Additional paid-in capital

     123,103,830        122,722,840   

Accumulated deficit

     (135,691,924     (130,277,889
                  

Total stockholders’ deficit

     (12,581,351     (7,548,320
                  

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

   $ 25,681,735      $ 19,406,693   
                  

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

 

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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - Unaudited

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
    March 31, 
2010
 

REVENUE

                

Artifact sales and other

   $ 348,891      $ 92,051   

Exhibit

     42,993        60,000   

Expedition

     1,702,219        2,776,374   
                  

Total revenue

     2,094,103        2,928,425   
                  
     

OPERATING EXPENSES

                

Cost of sales – artifacts and other

     173,576        44,645   

Marketing, general and administrative

     2,170,079        2,267,477   

Operations and research

     3,532,710        3,609,407   
                  
     

Total operating expenses

     5,876,365        5,921,529   
     

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

     (3,782,262     (2,993,104
     

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

                

Interest income

     386        1,502   

Interest expense

     (97,901     (81,709

Change in derivative liabilities fair value

     (1,289,184     —     

Income (loss) from unconsolidated entity

     —          (60,908

Other

     (5,074     15,469   
                  
     

Total other income (expense)

     (1,391,773     (125,646
                  
     

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     (5,174,035     (3,118,750

Income tax benefit (provision)

     —          —     
                  
     

NET LOSS

   $ (5,174,035   $ (3,118,750
                  
     

NET LOSS PER SHARE

                

Basic and diluted

   $ (.09   $ (.05
     

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

                

Basic and diluted

     67,148,056        62,774,721   

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

 

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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS - Unaudited

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
    March 31, 
2010
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

                

Net loss

   $ (5,174,035   $ (3,118,750

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided (used) by operating activities:

                

Depreciation and amortization

     527,721        530,193   

Change in derivatives liabilities fair value

     1,289,184        —     

Loss from unconsolidated entity

     —          60,908   

Investment in unconsolidated entity

     (310,000     —     

Share-based compensation

     448,839        468,774   

(Increase) decrease in:

                

Restricted cash

     114,020        101,789   

Accounts receivable

     (517,421     (1,076,667

Inventory

     166,665        46,694   

Other assets

     (142,503     (2,117

Increase (decrease) in:

                

Accounts payable

     (1,770,226     276,889   

Accrued expenses and other

     (1,376,174     (2,132,360

Deferred revenue

     6,806,268        —     
                  

NET CASH PROVIDED (USED) BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

     62,338        (4,844,647
                  
     

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

                

Purchase of property and equipment

     (229,480     (395,581
                  

NET CASH (USED) BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES

     (229,480     (395,581
                  
     

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

                

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     126,000        6,243,000   

Deferred income from revenue participation rights

     5,962,500        —     

Fees on private offering

     —          (186,254

Repayment of mortgage and loans payable

     (37,314     (37,008
                  

NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES

     6,051,186        6,019,738   
                  
     

NET INCREASE IN CASH

     5,884,044        779,510   
     

CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

     235,762        2,145,449   
                  

CASH AT END OF PERIOD

   $ 6,119,806      $ 2,924,959   
                  

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

                

Interest paid

   $ 97,988      $ 81,795   

Income taxes paid

   $ —        $ —     
     

NON-CASH TRANSACTIONS:

                

Accrued compensation paid by equity instruments

   $ 229,564      $ 496,964   

Series G Preferred Stock dividend declaration

   $ 240,000      $ —     

Series G Preferred Stock accretion

   $ 423,399      $ —     

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

 

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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

NOTE A – BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company,” “Odyssey,” “us,” “we” or “our”) have been prepared in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the instructions to Form 10-Q and, therefore, do not include all information and footnotes normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. These interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

In the opinion of management, these financial statements reflect all adjustments, including normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position as of March 31 2011, and the results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. Operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the full year.

NOTE B – SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

This summary of significant accounting policies of the Company is presented to assist in understanding our financial statements. The financial statements and notes are representations of the Company’s management, who are responsible for their integrity and objectivity, and have prepared them in accordance with our customary accounting practices.

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Odyssey Marine Services, Inc., OVH, Inc., Odyssey Retriever, Inc. and Odyssey Marine Entertainment, Inc. All significant inter-company transactions and balances have been eliminated. Equity investments in which we exercise significant influence but do not control and are not the primary beneficiary are accounted for using the equity method. All significant inter-company and intra-company transactions and balances have been eliminated.

Shipwreck Heritage Press, LLC was organized during 2005 to publish and distribute print media. The entity does not have any current activity and has not been capitalized, and therefore, it is not consolidated.

Use of Estimates

Management used estimates and assumptions in preparing these financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Those estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, and the reported revenues and expenses. Actual results could vary from the estimates that were used.

Revenue Recognition and Accounts Receivable

Revenue from product sales is recognized at the point of sale when legal title transfers. Legal title transfers when product is shipped or is available for shipment to customers. Exhibit or expedition revenue is recognized based upon the accrual method of accounting supported by contractual terms of an agreement. Bad debts are recorded as identified and, from time to time, a specific reserve allowance will be established when required. A return allowance is established for sales which have a right of return. Accounts receivable is stated net of any recorded allowance for returns, if any.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash include cash on hand and cash in banks. We also consider all highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents.

Inventory

Our inventory consists mainly of artifacts recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck as well as general branded merchandise and related packaging material. The value of recovered artifacts in inventory is comprised of the costs of recovery and conservation. Costs of recovery include direct operating costs such as vessel and related equipment operations and maintenance, crew and technical labor, fuel, provisions and supplies, port fees and depreciation. The SS Republic recovery costs also include the fee paid to an insurer to relinquish the insurer’s claim to the artifacts recovered from the shipwreck. Conservation costs include fees paid to conservators for cleaning and preparing the artifacts for sale. We continually monitor the recorded aggregate costs of the artifacts in inventory to ensure these costs do not exceed the net realizable value. Historical sales, publications or available public market data are used to assess market value.

 

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Packaging materials and merchandise are recorded at average cost. We record our inventory at the lower of cost or market.

Long-Lived Assets

Our policy is to recognize impairment losses relating to long-lived assets in accordance with the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) topic for Property, Plant and Equipment. Decisions are based on several factors, including, but not limited to, management’s plans for future operations, recent operating results and projected cash flows.

Comprehensive Income

Securities with a maturity greater than three months from purchase date are deemed available-for-sale and carried at fair value. Unrealized gains and losses on these securities are excluded from earnings and reported as a separate component of stockholders’ equity. At March 31, 2011, we did not own securities with a maturity greater than three months.

Property and Equipment and Depreciation

Property and equipment is stated at historical cost. Depreciation is provided using the straight-line method at rates based on the assets’ estimated useful lives, which are normally between three and ten years. Leasehold improvements are amortized over their estimated useful lives or lease term, if shorter. Major overhaul items (such as engines or generators) that enhance or extend the useful life of vessel related assets qualify to be capitalized and depreciated over the useful life or remaining life of that asset, whichever is shorter. Certain major repair items required by industry standards to ensure a vessel’s seaworthiness also qualify to be capitalized and depreciated over the period of time until the next scheduled planned major maintenance for that item. All other repairs and maintenance are accounted for under the direct-expensing method and are expensed when incurred.

Earnings Per Share

Basic earnings per share (EPS) is computed by dividing income available to common stockholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS reflects the potential dilution that would occur if dilutive securities and other contracts to issue Common Stock were exercised or converted into Common Stock or resulted in the issuance of Common Stock that then shared in our earnings. We use the treasury stock method to compute potential common shares from stock options and warrants and the if-converted method to compute potential common shares from Preferred Stock or other convertible securities. In the case of liability classified warrants, we use the reverse treasury stock method.

When a net loss occurs, potential common shares have an anti-dilutive effect on earnings per share and such shares are excluded from the diluted EPS calculation.

At March 31, 2011 and 2010, weighted average common shares outstanding year-to-date were 67,148,056 and 62,774,721, respectively. For the periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, in which net losses occurred, all potential common shares were excluded from diluted EPS because the effect of including such shares would be anti-dilutive.

The potential common shares in the following table represent potential common shares calculated using the treasury stock method from outstanding options, stock awards and warrants that were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS:

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
     March 31,
2010
 

Average market price during the period

   $ 3.06       $ 1.40   
     

In the money potential common shares from options excluded

     150,069        —     

In the money potential common shares from warrants excluded

     1,021,351        —     

 

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Potential common shares from out-of-the-money options and warrants were also excluded from the computation of diluted EPS because calculation of the associated potential common shares has an anti-dilutive effect on EPS. The following table lists options and warrants that were excluded from diluted EPS:

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
     March 31, 
2010
 

Out of the money options and warrants excluded:

                 

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.50 per share

     875,000        1,412,916  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.51 per share

     984,670        1,003,170  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.53 per share

     211,900        211,900  

Stock options with an exercise price of $4.00 per share

     52,500        97,500  

Stock options with an exercise price of $5.00 per share

     650,000         650,000   

Stock options with an exercise price of $7.00 per share

     100,000         100,000   

Warrants with an exercise price of $2.25 per share

     —           2,400,000   

Warrants with an exercise price of $5.25 per share

     100,000         100,000   
                   

Total anti-dilutive warrants and options excluded from EPS

     2,974,070         5,975,486   
                   

Potential common shares from outstanding Convertible Preferred Stock calculated per the if-converted basis having an anti-dilutive effect on diluted earnings per share were excluded from potential common shares as follows:

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
     March 31, 
2010
 

Potential common shares from Preferred Stock excluded from EPS

     3,566,400         2,106,400   
                   

The weighted average equivalent common shares relating to our unvested restricted stock awards that were excluded from potential common shares used in the earning per share calculation due to having an anti-dilutive effect are:

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
     March 31, 
2010
 

Excluded unvested restricted stock awards

     337,320         440,806   
                   

The following is a reconciliation of the numerators and denominators used in computing basic and diluted net income per share:

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2011
    March 31, 
2010
 

Net loss

   $ (5,174,035   $ (3,118,750
     

Accretion of Series G Preferred Stock

     (423,399     —     
     

Decleared cumulative dividends on Series G Preferred Stock in arrears

     (240,000     —     
                  

Numerator, basic and diluted net income (loss) available to stockholders

   $ (5,837,434   $ (3,118,750
                  
     

Denominator:

                

Shares used in computation – basic:

                

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     67,148,056        62,774,721   
                  

Shares used in computation – diluted:

                

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     67,148,056        62,774,721   

Dilutive effect of options and warrants outstanding

     —          —     
                  

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

     67,148,056        62,774,721   
                  

 

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     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,
2011
    March 31,
2010
 

Net loss per share – basic

   $ (0.09   $ (0.05

Net loss per share – diluted

   $ (0.09   $ (0.05

Income Taxes

Income taxes are accounted for using an asset and liability approach that requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences attributable to differences between financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. A valuation allowance is provided when it is more likely than not that some portion or the entire deferred tax asset will not be realized.

Stock-based compensation

Our stock-based compensation is recorded in accordance with the guidance in the ASC topic for Stock-Based Compensation. (See NOTE J)

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Financial instruments consist of cash, evidence of ownership in an entity, and contracts that both (i) impose on one entity a contractual obligation to deliver cash or another financial instrument to a second entity, or to exchange other financial instruments on potentially unfavorable terms with the second entity, and (ii) conveys to that second entity a contractual right (a) to receive cash or another financial instrument from the first entity, or (b) to exchange other financial instruments on potentially favorable terms with the first entity. Accordingly, our financial instruments consist of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities, derivative financial instruments, mortgage and loans payable, and redeemable preferred stock. We carry cash and cash equivalents, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and mortgage and loans payable at the approximate fair market value, and, accordingly, these estimates are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that we could realize in a current market exchange. We carry derivative financial instruments at fair value as is required under current accounting standards. We carry redeemable preferred stock at historical cost and accrete carrying values to estimated redemption values over the term of the financial instrument.

Derivative financial instruments consist of financial instruments or other contracts that contain a notional amount and one or more underlying variables (e.g. interest rate, security price or other variable), require no initial net investment and permit net settlement. Derivative financial instruments may be free-standing or embedded in other financial instruments. Further, derivative financial instruments are initially, and subsequently, measured at fair value and recorded as liabilities or, in rare instances, assets. See NOTE M for additional information. We generally do not use derivative financial instruments to hedge exposures to cash-flow, market or foreign-currency risks. However, we have entered into certain other financial instruments and contracts, such as our sale and issuance of redeemable preferred stock and freestanding warrants during October 2010 with features that are either (i) not afforded equity classification, (ii) embody risks not clearly and closely related to host contracts, or (iii) may be net-cash settled by the counterparty. As required by ASC 815 – Derivatives and Hedging, these instruments are required to be carried as derivative liabilities, at fair value, in our financial statements with changes in fair value reflected in our income.

Fair Value Hierarchy

The three levels of inputs that may be used to measure fair value are as follows:

Level 1.  Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2.  Observable inputs other than Level 1 prices, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets with insufficient volume or infrequent transactions (less active markets), or model-derived valuations in which all significant inputs are observable or can be derived principally from or corroborated with observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities. Level 2 inputs also include non-binding market consensus prices that can be corroborated with observable market data, as well as quoted prices that were adjusted for security-specific restrictions.

Level 3.  Unobservable inputs to the valuation methodology that are significant to the measurement of the fair value of assets or liabilities. Level 3 inputs also include non-binding market consensus prices or non-binding broker quotes that we were unable to corroborate with observable market data.

 

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Redeemable Preferred Stock

Redeemable preferred stock (and, if ever, any other redeemable financial instrument we may enter into) is initially evaluated for possible classification as liabilities in instances where redemption is certain to occur pursuant to ASC 480 – Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity. Redeemable preferred stock classified as liabilities is recorded and carried at fair value. Redeemable preferred stock that does not, in its entirety, require liability classification is evaluated for embedded features that may require bifurcation and separate classification as derivative liabilities. In all instances, the classification of the redeemable preferred stock host contract that does not require liability classification is evaluated for equity classification or mezzanine classification based upon the nature of the redemption features. Generally, mandatory redemption requirements or any feature that could require cash redemption for matters not within our control, irrespective of probability of the event occurring, requires classification outside of stockholders’ equity. Redeemable preferred stock that is recorded in the mezzanine section is accreted to its redemption value through charges to stockholders’ equity when redemption is probable using the effective interest method. See NOTE O for further disclosures about our redeemable preferred stock.

Subsequent Events

We have evaluated subsequent events for recognition or disclosure through the date this Form 10-Q is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

NOTE C – RESTRICTED CASH

As required by the revolving credit facility renewed with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) on April 23, 2010 (See NOTE I), a balance of $500,000 was established in an interest-bearing account from which interest payments will be made. Upon each anniversary of the facility, we deposit into the account an amount sufficient to restore the balance to $500,000 for interest payments for the following facility year. The balance in this restricted cash account is held as additional collateral by the Bank and is not available for operations. Any funds remaining in this account at the end of the facility term will be returned to the Company. The balance in this account at March 31, 2011, was $280,656.

As required by the mortgage loan entered into with the Bank on July 11, 2008, $500,000 was deposited into an additional interest-bearing account from which principal and interest payments were made for the first one-year period. On each anniversary of the mortgage, we deposit or will deposit into the account an amount sufficient to ensure a balance of $500,000 for principal and interest payments for the subsequent year of the mortgage. The balance in this restricted cash account is held as additional collateral by the Bank and is not available for operations. Any funds remaining in this account at the end of the mortgage term will be returned to the Company. The balance in this account at March 31, 2011, was $352,532.

NOTE D – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Of the $2,612,991 accounts receivable at March 31, 2011, $2,000,000 relates to charter activity with Dorado Ocean Resources, Ltd. (“DOR”) (see NOTE F) over the period from August to December 2010. The remaining balance at March 31, 2011 consists of trade receivables. The December 31, 2010 balance of $2,095,571 consists of $2,000,000 which relates to charter activity with DOR and $95,571 of trade receivables. The December 31, 2010 balance is net of an $8,494,672 reserve. The reserve is comprised of $6,924,672 for DOR and $1,570,000 for our “ Shantaram ” project which are discussed in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended December 31, 2010. The $6,924,672 provides a reserve for the remaining DOR receivable which relates to charter services provided to DOR (exclusive of $2,000,000 which can be offset against our $1,998,800 subscription payable to DOR.) At the present time we will retain our ownership interest in DOR (approximately 41%) and continue to be very optimistic concerning the future potential of this emerging new business. We expect to convert our accounts receivable into an interest bearing note with equity conversion privileges. We continue to believe that we may receive the economic benefit of all or a portion of the receivable/note that relates to the reserve that has been established and will continue to evaluate this asset accordingly in future periods.

NOTE E – INVENTORY

Our inventory consisted of the following:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
    December 31,
2010
 

Artifacts

   $ 6,060,193      $ 6,203,813   

Packaging

     196,080        219,101   

Merchandise

     482,281        486,857   

Merchandise reserve

     (474,907     (479,459
                  

Total inventory

   $ 6,263,647      $ 6,430,312   
                  

 

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Of these amounts, $5,852,637 and $6,020,699 is classified as non-current as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.

If we secure ownership rights to the recovered artifacts from the “ Black Swan ” project, we will capitalize into inventory all related costs to recover and conserve these artifacts. Recovery costs include operating costs to recover, legal fees to defend and secure ownership rights and other costs associated with bringing the artifacts into an appropriate archaeological state. We have capitalized costs of approximately $2.6 million related to recovery and conservation that have been reserved for at 100%. When and if ownership rights are secured, these deferred costs will be allocated to inventory and the reserve eliminated.

NOTE F – INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

Dorado Ocean Resources, Ltd.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2009, we invested $500,000 for a 25% interest (five membership units) in SMM Project, LLC (“SMM”) to pursue opportunities in the exploration of deep-ocean gold and copper deposits. SMM purchased a majority interest in Bluewater Metals Pty, Ltd. (“Bluewater”), an Australian company with licenses for mineral exploration of approximately 150,000 square kilometers of ocean floor in territorial waters controlled by four different countries in the South Pacific. Effective April 2010, SMM was acquired by Dorado Ocean Resources, Ltd. (“DOR”) through a stock exchange agreement. At that time, DOR also acquired the remaining interest in Bluewater. We were issued 450 DOR shares in exchange for our surrendered units in SMM. Additionally, we acquired 1,200 shares of DOR valued at $2,000,000 that resulted in a 41.25% ownership of DOR prior to any additional dilution that may result from additional financing. Currently we have a 40.8% ownership. Under the terms of the Share Subscription Agreement, we have the option to pay for this investment in cash or by providing marine services to DOR over a three-year period commencing April 2010. The focus of DOR is on the exploration and monetization of gold- and copper-rich Seafloor Massive Sulfide (“SMS”) deposits.

We are only at risk for the carrying value of our investment which was initially $2,500,000. At March 31, 2011, our carrying value is $0. There are currently approximately $2,500,000 of outstanding losses allocable to us we have not recognized in our income statement because these losses exceeded our investment basis.

Neptune Minerals, Inc.

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, we were contracted by Neptune Minerals, Inc. and its affiliates (“Neptune”) to perform marine services relating to deep-sea mining for a minimum of fifty days. The contract states we are to be paid in cash and Class B shares of common stock of Neptune Minerals, LLC. At March 31, 2011, we have a receivable of $310,000 due in the form of Class B common stock from Neptune. Based on the contractual terms of the agreement, Neptune will issue the respective shares to us within ten days from when the contract ceases. Due to the nature and contractual terms, we have classified this amount as in investment in our balance sheet. We expect to ultimately achieve an ownership percentage in Neptune not to exceed 20%. If the $310,000 was converted as of March 31, 2011, our ownership position in Neptune would be approximately 4%. Accordingly, we will apply the cost method of accounting treatment to this investment.

NOTE G – INCOME TAXES

As of March 31, 2011, the Company had consolidated income tax net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards for federal tax purposes of approximately $110 million. The NOL will expire in various years beginning in 2017 and ending through the year 2031. From 2017 through 2021, approximately $4 million of the NOL will expire, from 2022 through 2026, approximately $42 million of the NOL will expire and from 2027 through 2031, approximately $64 million of the NOL will expire.

Deferred income taxes reflect the net tax effects of the temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes. Significant components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities are as follows:

 

         

Deferred tax assets:

        

Net operating loss and capital loss carryforwards

   $ 39,644,005   

Accrued expenses

     63,743   

Reserve for accounts receivable

     3,025,011   

Reserve for inventory

     169,118   

Start-up costs

     108,985   

Excess of book over tax depreciation

     1,186,388   

Stock option expense

     1,946,765   

Investment in unconsolidated entity

     979,347   

Less: valuation allowance

     (46,986,278
          
     $ 137,084   
          

Deferred tax liability:

        

Property and equipment basis

   $ 70,495   

Prepaid expenses

     66,589   
          
     $ 137,084   
          

Net deferred tax asset

   $ —     
          

 

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As reflected above, we have recorded a net deferred tax asset of $0 at March 31, 2011. As required by the Accounting for Income Taxes topic in the ASC, we have evaluated whether it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will be realized. Based on the available evidence, we have concluded that it is more likely than not that those assets would not be realized without the recovery and rights of ownership or salvage rights of high value shipwrecks and thus a valuation allowance has been recorded as of March 31, 2011. While we have recovered more than 17 tons of silver and hundreds of gold coins and other artifacts from the “ Black Swan” project, we do not have the ability to monetize the recovered cargo unless and until we are awarded title or a salvage award by the court or otherwise reach a settlement of the matter.

The change in the valuation allowance is as follows:

 

         

March 31, 2011

   $ 46,986,278   

December 31, 2010

     45,983,926   
          

Change in valuation allowance

   $ 1,002,352   
          

Income taxes for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 differ from the amounts computed by applying the effective federal income tax rate of 34.0% to income (loss) before income taxes as a result of the following:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
    March 31, 
2010
 

Expected (benefit)

   $ (1,759,172   $ (1,060,376

State income taxes net of federal benefits

     (53,471     (42,136

Nondeductible expense

     3,277        3,202   

Stock options

     188,855        —     

Derivatives

     438,323        —     

Change in valuation allowance

     1,002,352        1,160,593   

Effects of:

                

Change in apportionment estimate

     180,373        (61,763

Other, net

     (537     480   
                  
     $ —        $ —     
                  

We have not recognized a material adjustment in the liability for unrecognized tax benefits and have not recorded any provisions for accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

The earliest tax year still subject to examination by a major taxing jurisdiction is 2007.

NOTE H – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Legal Proceedings

The Company may be subject to a variety of claims and suits that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Management is currently not aware of any claims or suits that will have a material adverse impact on its financial position or its results of operations.

Trends and Uncertainties

Our current 2011 business plan estimates that some of our planned projects may be financed through project syndications or other partnership and project financing opportunities. One or more of these projected project financing or partnership opportunities may not be realized which may require the need for additional cash. Based upon our current expectations, we believe our cash position will be sufficient to fund operating cash flows throughout the rest of 2011 taking into account our current cash flow expectations and expected revenues from multiple sources, including projected sales, project financing and other potential financing opportunities. Our renewed term loan with Fifth Third Bank will require a $2 million payment in August 2011, and we also anticipate redeeming the remaining $5.3 million of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock on or before October 15, 2011. However, we will need to obtain additional capital if cash flow from operations or project financing is not sufficient to pay down these additional amounts. We have experienced several years of net losses resulting in a stockholders’

 

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deficit. Our capacity to generate net income in future periods is dependent upon our success in recovering and monetizing high-value shipwrecks, or from generating income from other projects. While we have recovered more than 17 tons of silver coins and hundreds of gold coins and other artifacts from the “ Black Swan” project, we will not have the ability to monetize any recovered cargo unless we are awarded title or a salvage award by the U.S. District Court or negotiate a settlement with other claimants in the case. At the present time, we cannot determine how long that process may take. We have also identified one of our potential high value target shipwrecks, HMS Victory, and there is evidence suggesting that at least one of the Robert Fraser client shipwreck targets has been located. We may not be able to begin recovery operations on projects as planned or monetize any potential cargo in the short term If cash flow is not sufficient to meet our projected business plan requirements, we will be required to raise additional capital or curtail expenses. While we have always been successful in raising the necessary funds in the past, there can be no assurance that we can continue to do so.

NOTE I – MORTGAGE AND LOANS PAYABLE

The Company’s consolidated debt consisted of the following at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
     December 31, 
2010
 
     

Revolving credit facility

   $ 5,000,000       $ 5,000,000   

Mortgage payable

     2,913,606         2,950,920   
                   
     $ 7,913,606       $ 7,950,920   
                   

Revolving Credit Facility

On February 7, 2008, we entered into a $5 million revolving credit facility with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”). The credit facility has a floating interest rate equal to the “Prime Rate” plus fifty basis points (.50%), requires monthly payments of interest only and was originally due in full February 7, 2010, and a 90-day extension was granted until May 7, 2010. On April 23, 2010, the Bank renewed the credit facility which is due in full on April 23, 2011. The facility requires us to pay the Bank an unused line fee equal to one-half percent (0.50%) per annum of the unused portion of the credit line. The line of credit is secured by a restricted cash balance (See NOTE C) as well as approximately 27,900 coins that were recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck, which amount will be reduced over the term by the amount of coins sold. The modified borrowing base is equal to forty percent (40%) of the eligible coin inventory calculated on a rolling twelve-month wholesale average value. Odyssey is required to comply with a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants. The significant covenants include: maintaining insurance on the inventory; ensuring the collateral is free from encumbrances and without the consent of the Bank, the Company cannot merge or consolidate with or into any other corporation or entity nor can the Company enter into a material debt agreement with a third party. See Note P – Subsequent Events.

Mortgage Payable

On July 11, 2008, we entered into a mortgage loan with Fifth Third Bank. Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, we borrowed $2,580,000. The loan bears interest at a variable rate equal to the prime rate plus three-fourths of one percent (0.75%) per annum. The loan matures on July 11, 2013, and requires us to make monthly principal payments in the amount of $10,750 plus accrued interest. This loan is secured by a restricted cash balance (See NOTE C) as well as a first mortgage on our corporate office building. This loan contains customary representations and warranties, affirmative and negative covenants, conditions, and other provisions.

During May 2008, we entered into a mortgage loan in the principal amount of $679,000 with The Bank of Tampa to purchase our conservation lab and storage facility. This obligation has a monthly payment of $5,080 and a maturity date of May 14, 2015. Principal and interest payments are payable monthly. Interest is at a fixed annual rate of 6.45%. This debt is secured by the related mortgaged real property. The seller is carrying a second mortgage for $100,000 with interest due monthly and $25,000 of principal due each May commencing in May 2009. The interest is at a variable rate of 1.0% above the prime interest rate stated by BB&T, formerly Colonial Bank of Tampa. This obligation has a maturity date of May 14, 2012, and is also secured by the related mortgaged real property.

NOTE J – STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

Common Stock

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, we issued 56,000 shares of common stock to two accredited investors upon conversion of 56,000 outstanding warrants.

On May 6, 2010, we issued 1,300,000 shares of common stock to one institutional investor upon conversion of 13 outstanding shares of our Series E Convertible Preferred Stock.

 

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On April 20, 2010, we issued 600,000 shares of common stock to one institutional investor upon conversion of 600,000 outstanding shares of our Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.

On March 18, 2010, we issued 600,000 shares of common stock to one institutional investor upon conversion of 600,000 outstanding shares of our Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.

On February 12, 2010, we issued 500,000 shares of common stock to one institutional investor upon conversion of 500,000 outstanding shares of our Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.

During January 2010, we entered into individual purchase agreements with certain investors pursuant to which we sold an aggregate of 4,000,000 shares of Odyssey’s common stock and warrants to purchase up to 2,400,000 shares of common stock to such investors. The common stock and warrants were sold as units, with each unit consisting of one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase 0.6 shares of common stock. The purchase price for each unit was $1.565. The warrants have an exercise price of $2.25 per share of common stock and are exercisable in accordance with their terms at any time on or before the close of business on January 29, 2013. The net proceeds to us from the registered direct public offering, after deducting placement agent fees and its offering expenses, and excluding the proceeds, if any, from the exercise of the warrants issued in the offering, were approximately $6.1 million.

Stock-Based Compensation

We have two active stock incentive plans, the 1997 Stock Incentive Plan and the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan (“Plan”). The 1997 Stock Incentive Plan expired on August 17, 2007. As of that date, options cannot be granted from that plan but any granted and unexercised options will continue to exist until exercised or they expire. The Plan provides for the grant of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units and stock appreciation rights. We initially reserved 2,500,000 of our authorized but unissued shares of common stock for issuance under the Plan, and, at the time the Plan was adopted, not more than 500,000 of these shares could be used for restricted stock awards and restricted stock units. On January 16, 2008, the Board of Directors approved amendments to the Plan to add 2,500,000 shares of common stock to the Plan, to allow any number of shares to be used for restricted stock awards, to clarify certain other provisions in the Plan and to submit the amended Plan for stockholder approval. The amendments to the Plan were approved at the annual meeting of stockholders on May 7, 2008. On June 3, 2010, the stockholders approved the addition of 3,000,000 shares to the Plan. Any incentive option and non-qualified option granted under the Plan must provide for an exercise price of not less than the fair market value of the underlying shares on the date of grant, but the exercise price of any incentive option granted to an eligible employee owning more than 10% of our outstanding common stock must not be less than 110% of fair market value on the date of the grant.

Share-based compensation expense recognized during the period is based on the value of the portion of share-based payment awards that is ultimately expected to vest. As share-based compensation expense recognized in the statement of operations is based on awards ultimately expected to vest, it will be reduced for forfeitures. The ASC topic Stock Compensation requires forfeitures to be estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates. The share based compensation charged against income for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 was $448,839 and $468,774, respectively.

The weighted average estimated fair value of stock options granted during the three-month period ended March 31, 2011 was $1.43. We did not issue stock options in the three-month period ended March 31, 2010. The weighted average fair value of stock options granted is determined using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, which values options based on the stock price at the grant date, the expected life of the option, the estimated volatility of the stock, the expected dividend payments, and the risk-free interest rate over the life of the option. The Black-Scholes option valuation model was developed for estimating the fair value of traded options that have no vesting restrictions and are fully transferable. Because option valuation models require the use of subjective assumptions, changes in or variations from these assumptions can materially affect the fair value of the options.

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
     March 31,
2010
 

Risk-free interest rate

     1.51%-1.89%         —     

Expected volatility of common stock

     69.1%-69.5%         —     

Dividend yield

     0%         —     

Expected life of options

     3.0-4.1 years         —     

NOTE K – DEFERRED REVENUE

From time to time, we enter into marine search services contracts associated with shipwreck and deep-sea mining projects. For each contract, revenue is recognized over the contractual period when services are performed as defined by the contract. The period of time a search project remains active varies but usually extends over several months and may be accelerated or extended depending upon operational factors. At March 31, 2011, we have a $7,536,366 service obligation that will be recognized as revenue over the period of time the contractual services are provided. At December 31, 2010, related to one marine search services contract, we had deferred revenue of $730,098.

 

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NOTE L – CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

We maintain our cash at one financial institution. From December 31, 2010 to December 31, 2012, all noninterest-bearing transaction accounts are fully insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, regardless of the balance of the account, at all insured institutions. At March 31, 2011, our uninsured cash balance was approximately $400,000.

Our revolving credit facility and primary mortgage bear interest at variable rates and expose us to interest rate risk. If interest rates increase, our debt service obligations on the variable rate indebtedness would increase even though the principal amount of such indebtedness remained the same. Interest on both of these debt instruments are equal to prime plus basis points as described in NOTE I. An increase in the prime rate could have an adverse effect on our operating cash flows and financial condition but we believe it would not be material.

NOTE M – DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

The following tables summarize the components of our derivative liabilities as of March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010 and the changes in fair value that were reflected in our income:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
     December 31, 
2010
 

Derivative liabilities:

                 

Compound embedded derivative

   $ 4,997,328      $ 4,075,344  

Warrant derivative

     2,655,000        2,287,800  
                   

Total derivative liabilities

   $ 7,652,328      $ 6,363,144  
                   
     
     March 31, 
2011
     December 31, 
2010
 

Common shares linked to derivative liabilities:

                 

Compound embedded derivative

     3,360,000        3,360,000  

Warrant derivative

     1,800,000        1,800,000  
                   

Total common shares linked to derivative liabilities

     5,160,000        5,160,000  
                   

The following table summarizes the changes in fair values of our derivative liabilities, which are reflected in income, during the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010:

 

                 
     Three months ended March 31,  
     2011     2010  

Derivative (expense) income:

                

Compound embedded derivative

   $ (921,984   $ —     

Warrant derivative

     (367,200     —     
                  

Total derivative (expense) income

   $ (1,289,184   $ —     
                  

As more fully discussed in NOTE O Redeemable Preferred Stock, on October 11, 2010, we entered into the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant financing transaction and the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant settlement transaction. The Series G Convertible Preferred Stock embodied certain terms and features that both possessed all of the conditions of derivative financial instruments and were not clearly and closely related to the host preferred contract in terms of economic risks and characteristics. These terms and features consist of the embedded conversion option and the related down-round anti-dilution protection provision, the Company’s redemption privilege and the holder’s redemption privilege. Each of the redemption features also embodies the redemption premium payments. Current accounting principles that are provided in ASC 815 do not permit an issuer to account separately for individual derivative terms and features that require bifurcation and liability classification. Rather, such terms and features must be bundled together and fair valued as a single, compound embedded derivative. We have selected the Monte Carlo Simulations valuation technique to fair value the compound embedded derivative because we believe that this technique is reflective of all significant assumption types, and ranges of assumption inputs, that market participants would likely consider in transactions involving such types of derivatives. Such assumptions include, among other inputs, interest risk assumptions, credit risk assumptions and redemption behaviors in addition to traditional inputs for option models such as market trading volatility and risk free rates.

 

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The Monte Carlo Simulations technique is a level three valuation technique because it requires the development of significant internal assumptions in addition to observable market indicators. Significant assumptions and results arising from the Monte Carlo Simulations process are as follows at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

 

         
     March 31, 
2011
   December 31 
2010

Quoted market price of our common stock

   $3.08    $2.78

Contractual conversion rate

   $1.78    $1.78

Implied expected term (years)

   0.71    0.81

Market volatility:

         

Range of volatilities

   59.93%-73.82%    57.69%-73.28%

Equivalent volatility

   67.89%    61.59%

Market-risk adjusted interest rate:

         

Range of rates

   11.0%-32.94%    8.0%-33.09%

Equivalent market-risk adjusted interest rate

   15.20%    13.55%

Credit-risk adjusted yield rate:

         

Range of rates

   2.41%-3.83%    3.46%-4.81%

Equivalent credit-risk adjusted yield rate

   2.48%    3.54%

Risk-free rates using yields on zero coupon US Treasury Security rates:

         

Range of rates

   0.30%-1.29%    0.29%-1.02%

The following table reflects the issuances of compound embedded derivatives and changes in fair value inputs and assumptions related to the compound embedded derivatives during the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

         
     Amount  

Balance at January 1, 2011

   $ 4,075,344  

Issuances

     —     

Redemptions

     —     

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     921,984  
          

Balance at March 31, 2011

   $ 4,997,328  
          

The fair value of the compound embedded derivative is significantly influenced by our trading market price, the price volatility in trading and the interest components of the Monte Carlo Simulation technique. To illustrate, during the period from December 31, 2010 to on March 31, 2011, the quoted market price of our common stock increased from $2.78 to $3.08. That increase largely caused the increase in fair value during that period.

In addition to the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock, we also issued warrants to acquire 1,800,000 of our common shares. These warrants required liability classification as derivative financial instruments because certain down-round anti-dilution protection features included in the warrant agreements are not consistent with the concept of equity. We applied the Trinomial Lattice valuation technique in estimating the fair value of the warrants because we believe that this technique is most appropriate and reflects all of the assumptions that market participants would likely consider in transactions involving the warrants, including the potential incremental value associated with the down-round anti-dilution protections.

The Trinomial Lattice technique is a level three valuation technique because it requires the development of significant internal assumptions in addition to observable market indicators. Significant assumptions utilized in the Trinomial Lattice process are as follows for March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

 

         
     March 31, 
2011
   December 31 
2010

Quoted market price of our common stock

   $3.08    $2.78

Contractual exercise rate

   $2.50    $2.50

Effective anti-dilution adjusted exercise price

   $2.42    $2.46

Term (years)

   2.53    2.78

Range of market volatilities

   59.05%-73.82%    57.64%-74.21%

Range of risk-free rates using yields on US Treasury Securities

   0.09%-1.29%    0.12%-1.02%

The following table reflects the issuances of derivative warrants and changes in fair value inputs and assumptions related to the derivative warrants during the three months ended March 31, 2011.

 

         
     Amount  

Balance at January 1, 2011

   $ 2,287,800  

Issuances

     —     

Exercise

     —     

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     367,200  
          

Balance at March 31, 2011

   $ 2,655,000  
          

 

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The fair value of the warrant derivative is significantly influenced by our trading market price, the price volatility in trading and the risk free interest components of the Trinomial Lattice technique.

NOTE N – REVENUE PARTICIPATION RIGHTS

The Company’s participating revenue rights consisted of the following at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2011
     December 31, 
2010
 

“ Cambridge ” project

   $ 825,000       $ 825,000   

“ Republic ” (now “ Seattle ”) project

     62,500         62,500   

Galt Resources, LLC

     5,962,500         —     
                   

Total participating revenue rights

   $ 6,850,000       $ 887,500   
                   

We have previously sold Revenue Participation Certificates (“RPCs”) that represent the right to share in our future revenues derived from the “ Cambridge ” project, which is now referred to as the HMSSussex shipwreck project. We also sold RPCs related to a project formerly called the “ Republic” project which we now call the “ Seattle ” project. The “ Seattle ” project refers to a shipwreck which we have not yet located. The “ Cambridge” RPC units constitute restricted securities.

Each $50,000 convertible “ Cambridge” RPC entitles the holder to receive a percentage of the gross revenue received by us from the “ Cambridge ” project, which is defined as all cash proceeds payable to us as a result of the “ Cambridge ” project, less any amounts paid to the British Government or their designee(s); provided, however, that all funds received by us to finance the project are excluded from gross revenue. The “ Cambridge ” project holders are entitled to 100% of the first $825,000 of gross revenue, 24.75% of gross revenue from $4 - 35 million, and 12.375% of gross revenue above $35 million generated by the project.

In a private placement that closed in September 2000, we sold “units” consisting of Republic Revenue Participation Certificates and Common Stock. Each $50,000 “unit” entitled the holder to 1% of the gross revenue generated by the “ Seattle ” project (formerly referred to as the “ Republic ” project), and 100,000 shares of Common Stock. Gross revenue is defined as all cash proceeds payable to us as a result of the “ Seattle ” project, excluding funds received by us to finance the project.

The participating rights balance will be amortized under the units of revenue method once management can reasonably estimate potential revenue for each of these projects. The RPCs for the “ Cambridge” and “ Republic” projects do not have a termination date, therefore these liabilities will be carried on the books until revenue is recognized from these projects or we permanently abandon either project.

In February 2011, we entered into arrangements for a project syndication deal with Galt Resources LLC (“Galt”) for $5,962,000 which represents rights to future revenues of any project Galt selects prior to December 31, 2011. If the project is successful, Galt will recoup their investment plus three times the investment. These amounts will be paid out of proceeds of the project. Galt will receive 50% of the proceeds until this amount is recouped. Thereafter, they will share in additional net proceeds of the project at the rate of 1% for every million invested. The agreement allows Galt to select only one project, and Galt will be allowed to invest approximately an additional $4 million in the project with the permission of Odyssey. The Galt invested balance will be amortized to revenue over the expected revenue stream of the selected project.

NOTE O – REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

On October 6, 2010, we designated 24 shares of our authorized preferred stock as Series G 8% Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Series G Preferred”). Significant terms and conditions of the Series G Preferred are as follows:

Dividends The holders of the Series G Preferred will generally be entitled to receive cash dividends at a rate of $20,000 per share per year (or 8%), payable semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year, commencing April 1, 2011. The dividends are cumulative and accrue, whether or not earned or declared, from and after the date of issue.

Liquidation Preference In the event of any liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of Odyssey’s affairs, each holder of the Series G Preferred then outstanding will be entitled to receive, before any payment or distribution will be made on Odyssey’s common stock or any capital stock of Odyssey ranking junior to the Series G Preferred as to the payment of dividends or the distribution of assets, an amount per share of Series G Preferred equal to the sum of (a) $250,000 plus (b) any accrued but unpaid dividends.

 

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Voting Rights The holders of Series G Preferred are entitled to one vote for each share of common stock into which the Series G Preferred is convertible and are entitled to notice of meetings of stockholders. The holders of Series G Preferred will also be entitled to vote as a separate class with respect to certain matters. However, no holder may exercise its voting rights if doing so would result in the holder beneficially owning in excess of 9.9% of the outstanding common stock, unless waived by the holder.

Conversion Rights At any time on or after April 15, 2011, any holder of shares of Series G Preferred may convert any or all of the shares into shares of common stock. Each share of Series G preferred will be convertible into the number of shares determined by dividing $250,000 by $1.785714, which we refer to as the conversion price. The number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Series G Preferred is subject to adjustment in certain events, as discussed in the next paragraph.

Adjustments to Conversion Rights If Odyssey pays a dividend or makes a distribution on its common stock in shares of common stock, subdivides its outstanding common stock into a greater number of shares, or combines its outstanding common stock into a smaller number of shares, or if there is a reorganization, or a merger or consolidation of Odyssey with or into any other entity which results in a conversion, exchange, or cancellation of the common stock, or a sale of all or substantially all of Odyssey’s assets, then the conversion rights described above will be adjusted appropriately so that each holder of Series G Preferred will receive the securities or other consideration the holder would have received if the holder’s Series G Preferred had been converted before the happening of the event. The conversion price in effect from time to time is also subject to downward adjustment if we issue or sell shares of common stock for a purchase price less than the conversion price or if we issue or sell shares convertible into or exercisable for shares of common stock with a conversion price or exercise price less than the conversion price for the Series G Preferred.

Limitations Upon Conversion Rights No holder may convert shares of Series G Preferred if such conversion would result in the holder beneficially owning in excess of 9.9% of the outstanding common stock, unless waived by the holder. In addition, we will not issue any shares of common stock upon conversion of shares of Series G Preferred if the issuance of such shares of common stock would exceed the aggregate number of shares of common stock that we may issue upon conversion of all outstanding shares of Series G Preferred and the outstanding warrants offered hereby without breaching our obligations under the listing rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market relating to stockholder approval of certain issuances of securities.

Redemption Odyssey has the option to redeem the Series G Preferred, in whole or in part, at any time after December 15, 2010 at a redemption price of 100% of the liquidation value. Commencing after March 31, 2011, the redemption price increases 1.0% each month without cap. Each holder will have the option to require Odyssey to redeem the Series G Preferred, in whole or in part, at any time after December 15, 2011 at a redemption price commencing at 109% of the liquidation value, which increases 1.0% each without cap such that, after December 15, 2011, the holder’s and Odyssey’s redemption prices will equal. In either case, the redemption price to be paid by Odyssey for each share of Series G Preferred will be the redemption prices referred to above plus accrued dividends. There is no sinking fund requirement for redemption of the Series G preferred stock.

On October 11, 2010, we issued (i) 20 shares of Series G Preferred, plus warrants to purchase 1,530,000 shares of our common stock for cash of $5,050,000 and (ii) 4 shares of Series G Preferred, plus warrants to purchase 270,000 shares of our common stock to settle certain promissory notes with a carrying value of $928,482. We have accounted for the Series G Preferred and warrants issued for cash as a financing transaction, wherein the net proceeds that we received was allocated to the financial instruments issued. We have accounted for the Series G Preferred and warrants issued in settlement of the promissory notes as an exchange, wherein we have recorded the financial instruments issued at their fair values and extinguished the promissory notes resulting in an extinguishment loss.

The following table summarizes the allocation for each of these transactions on October 11, 2010:

 

                         
     Financing      Exchange     Total  

Redeemable preferred stock (1)

   $ 2,747,476      $ 888,997     $ 3,636,473  

Compound embedded derivatives (2)

     1,389,114        261,318       1,650,432  

Warrant derivatives (2)

     913,410        161,190       1,074,600  

Extinguishment loss

     —           (383,023     (383,023
                           
     $ 5,050,000      $ 928,482     $ 5,978,482  
                           

 

(1) The fair value of the redeemable preferred stock was estimated based upon its forward cash flow value, at a credit-risk adjusted market interest rate, as enhanced by the fair value of the conversion feature. Credit-risk adjusted rates used to discount the cash flow component ranged from 3.98% to 4.89% over our estimated period to redemption, which is October 2013. The fair value of the conversion feature is reflected in the compound embedded derivative line of the table.
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Prior to making the above accounting allocation, we evaluated the Series G Preferred and the warrants for proper classification under ASC 480 and ASC 815.

Series G Preferred :

ASC 480 generally requires liability classification for financial instruments that are certain to be redeemed, represent obligations to purchase shares of stock or represent obligations to issue a variable number of common shares. We concluded that the Series G Preferred was not within the scope of ASC 480 because none of the three conditions for liability classification was present.

ASC 815 generally requires the analysis embedded terms and features that have characteristics of derivatives to be evaluated for bifurcation and separate accounting in instances where their economic risks and characteristics are not clearly and closely related to the risks of the host contract. However, in order to perform this analysis we were first required to evaluate the economic risks and characteristics of the Series G Preferred in its entirety as being either akin to equity or akin to debt. Our evaluation concluded that the Series G was more akin to a debt-like contract largely due to the fact that the financial instrument is mandatorily redeemable for cash at the option of the holder and has a return in the form of a dividend that operates similarly with an interest rate on debt. Other features of the Series G Preferred that operate like equity, such as the conversion option and voting feature, did not afford sufficient evidence, in our view, to offset the weight of the primary debt-like features; that is, the redemption feature and the dividend feature. Accordingly, based upon this conclusion the clear and close relationship of embedded derivative features was made relative to a debt-like contract.

The material embedded derivative features consisted of the conversion option and related down-round anti-dilution protection, the Company’s redemption privilege, and the holder’s redemption privilege. The conversion option and related anti-dilution protection, bearing risks of equity, were not clearly and closely related to the debt-like Series G Preferred and required bifurcation. The redemption features, although generally bearing risks of debt, such as credit and interest risk, were not clearly and closely related to the Series G Preferred because the Series G Preferred was deemed to be issued at a substantial discount and there are scenarios, however improbable or remote, that the redemption features as designed could double the investor’s initial rate of return. Current accounting principles that are also provided in ASC 815 do not permit an issuer to account separately for individual derivative terms and features that require bifurcation and liability classification. Rather, such terms and features must be and were bundled together and fair valued as a single, compound embedded derivative.

Redeemable preferred stock represents preferred stock that is either redeemable for cash on a specific date or contingently redeemable for cash for events that are not within the control of management. Redeemable preferred stock is required to be classified outside of stockholders’ equity (in the mezzanine section). Because the Series G Preferred is redeemable at the holder’s option, we are required to record the residual from our allocation to the mezzanine section. This amount is further subject to accretion to the redemption value over the term to the earliest redemption date using the effective method. Accretion for the three months ended March 31, 2011 amounted to $423,399 (cumulative accretion as of March 31, 2011 amounted to $806,449).

Our Board of Directors declared dividends in the amount of $240,000 on the Series G Preferred Stock during the three-months ended March 31, 2011. Dividends are recorded when they are declared.

Warrants :

The warrants issued in the financing and exchange transactions have terms of three years and exercise prices of $2.50. The contractual exercise price is subject to adjustment for both traditional recapitalization events and sales of common stock or other common stock linked contracts below the contractual exercise price. The latter is referred to as down-round anti-dilution protections. The warrants did not fall within the scope of ASC 480 under any of the three conditions referred to above. However, the warrants required derivative liability accounting because certain down-round anti-dilution protections are terms that are not consistent with the definition for financial instruments indexed to a company’s own stock.

NOTE P – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

On May 4, 2011, we amended our revolving credit facility to replace it with a $5 million term loan maturing on April 23, 2012. A principal payment of $2 million is due on August 1, 2011 and the remainder is due upon maturity. The facility bears floating interest at the one month LIBOR rate according to the Wall Street Journal plus 500 basis points. Any prepayments made in full or in part are without premium or penalty. A commitment fee of $250,000 was payable at closing. No restricted cash payments will need to be kept on deposit. As a condition to the loan renewal, we were required to amend the Loan Agreement for our corporate real estate facility, which is due to mature on July 11, 2013, whereby we will be required to pay additional principal, if any, to meet an 80% loan-to-value (LTV) based upon an independent real estate appraisal. Additional principal payments, if any, will be required at $100,000 per month until the loan balance meets the 80% LTV. The Second Amendment to the Revolving Credit Loan and Security Agreement, and the Amendment to the Real Estate Loan Agreement are attached to this report as Exhibit 10.1 and Exhibit 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated herein as reference.

 

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The amended term loan is secured by approximately 27,900 numismatic coins recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck, which amount will be reduced over the term by the amount of coins sold by the Company. The coins used as collateral are held by a custodian for the security of the Bank. The borrowing base is equal to forty percent (40%) of the eligible coin inventory valued on a rolling twelve-month wholesale average value. The Company is required to comply with a number of customary covenants.

On April 14, 2011, we entered into separate agreements with two holders of our Series G 8% Convertible Preferred Stock. The two holders are accredited investors and hold, in aggregate, shares representing $5,250,000 of the original $6,000,000 issued on October 12, 2010. The Certificate of Designation relating to the Series G Preferred Stock includes (a) an option for the holders thereof to convert their shares of Series G Preferred Stock into shares of common stock that became exercisable on April 15, 2011, and (b) an option for the holders to redeem the shares of Series G Preferred Stock at any time after December 15, 2011, with the redemption price increasing by 1% per every month beginning April 1, 2011. In consideration of the issuance by Odyssey of warrants to purchase an additional 525,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.75 per share, the holders agreed to extend by six months the dates upon which the conversion option and the redemption option become exercisable and date upon which the redemption price begins to increase by 1% per month. The shares of Series G Preferred Stock held by the remaining holders, representing $750,000 of the offering, were redeemed by us in April 2011 in accordance with the Certificate of Designation. We are currently evaluating the accounting consequences of this modification.

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

The following discussion will assist in the understanding of our financial position and results of operations. The information below should be read in conjunction with the financial statements, the related notes to the financial statements and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

In addition to historical information, this discussion contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 regarding the Company’s expectations concerning its future operations, earnings and prospects. On the date the forward-looking statements are made, the statements represent the Company’s expectations, but the expectations concerning its future operations, earnings and prospects may change. The Company’s expectations involve risks and uncertainties (both favorable and unfavorable) and are based on many assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable, but such assumptions may ultimately prove to be inaccurate or incomplete, in whole or in part. Accordingly, there can be no assurances that the Company’s expectations and the forward-looking statements will be correct. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of risk factors that could cause actual results to differ (favorably or unfavorably) from the expectations stated in this discussion. Odyssey disclaims any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Operational Update

We have numerous shipwreck projects in various stages of development around the world. In order to protect the targets of our planned search or recovery operations, in some cases we will defer disclosing specific information relating to our projects until we have located a shipwreck or targets of interest and determined a course of action to protect our property rights.

Additional information regarding our announced projects may be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. Only projects with material status updates since that report was filed are discussed below. We may have other projects in various stages of planning or execution that may not be disclosed for security or legal reasons until considered appropriate by management.

We may use our owned vessels, the Odyssey Explorer and Ocean Alert, the Dorado Discovery, which we have on long-term charter, or chartered vessels to conduct operations based on availability.

“ Atlas ” Search Project

Between 2005 and 2010, we searched more than 5,000 square nautical miles of seabed in the western English Channel and the Western Approaches to the Channel, recording over 270 shipwrecks. The shipwrecks discovered include site “35-F, ” the Marquise de Tornay , and HMS Victory (1744). Additional high-value targets are believed to be within the “Atlas” search area.

2011 operations in the “Atlas” search area have commenced and planned work this year includes additional search, inspection and verification work on several target shipwrecks.

HMS Victory Project

We discovered and conducted a preliminary investigation of the shipwreck of Admiral Balchin’s HMS Victory (which sank in 1744) during our 2008 “ Atlas ” season. HMS Victory was the inspiration for and direct predecessor to Nelson’s Victory and was the mightiest and most technically advanced vessel of her age.

 

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We have been cooperating closely with the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defense (the “MOD”) on the project. All activities at the site, including the recovery of two bronze cannon, have been conducted in accordance with protocols approved by the UK Government (UKG) and Royal Navy officials. The Victory discovery was announced publicly February 2, 2009. On September 18, 2009, we announced an agreement with the UKG on an 80% salvage award for the cannon recovered from the site.

After notification and agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence, Odyssey conducted a reconnaissance of the site in March 2011 and discovered additional damage to the site. A full report on the findings is being submitted to the UKG.

Discussions with the UKG about the future of Balchin’s HMS Victory are ongoing. We have submitted a proposal that would provide for the archaeological excavation of the shipwreck at no cost to the UKG, and expect that the results of the Consultation process, which will steer the direction of this project, will be made public soon.

Although the UK is not a signatory to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Convention for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (“CPUCH”) and therefore not bound by CPUCH, Odyssey’s proposal is consistent with the archaeological principles of the Rules of CPUCH.

Robert Fraser Projects (“ Enigma II, ” “ Firebrand ,” “ Shantaram ”)

Odyssey executed agreements in 2010 with clients of Robert Fraser & Partners LLP (RFP) for three shipwreck search projects code named “ Firebrand, ” “ Shantaram ” and “ Enigma II .”

Two of the three “Robert Fraser Marine” search projects conducted in 2010 have now moved into the “verification” phase. Based on preliminary results, there is evidence suggesting that at least one of the target shipwrecks has been located. Agreements for both of these projects have been executed and funded. In January 2011, Odyssey executed agreements to provide marine archaeological excavation and related services on an existing project to certain client companies of RFP. The work will be conducted on a shipwreck site that Odyssey discovered and inspected during a recently completed survey carried out under contract with the RFP client companies. Odyssey is providing the research vessel, equipment, technical and archaeological crew to conduct the operation. The contract provided for cash payments totaling approximately $2.3 million to Odyssey plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. After the repayment of all recovery costs, Odyssey will receive at least 50% of net revenue until an additional £1.9 million (approximately U.S. $3.1 million) has been received and then will receive a minimum of 50% of further net revenue in accordance with the search contracts.

Subject to the verification of the shipwreck’s identity, the condition of the cargo and confirmation of jurisdiction for administering legal rights and title to the shipwreck and its cargo, Odyssey expects to enter into additional agreements for the complete archaeological excavation of the site and for the conservation and documentation of any artifacts recovered.

In March 2011, Odyssey executed agreements to expand a search and provide marine archaeological excavation and related services to certain client companies of RFP. Additional work will be conducted on and around a site that Odyssey discovered and inspected during a recently completed survey carried out under contract with the RFP client companies. Odyssey is providing the research vessel, equipment, technical and archaeological crew to conduct the operation. The contract provides for cash payments totaling approximately $2.0 million to Odyssey, plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. After the repayment of all recovery costs, Odyssey will receive 75% of net revenue until an additional £5.9 million (approximately U.S. $9.6 million) has been received and then will receive a minimum of 50% of further net revenue in accordance with the search contracts.

Subject to confirmation of the location and identity, and cargo verification of the target shipwreck, Odyssey expects to enter into additional agreements for the complete archaeological excavation of the site and for the conservation and documentation of any artifacts recovered. During the coming year, we will be conducting preliminary excavations on both of these projects to verify the identities of these shipwrecks and the condition of the reported cargoes.

To protect the security of the operations and search areas, specific location details for “ Enigma ,” “ Firebrand ” and “ Shantaram ” are not being released at this time.

In March 2011, Odyssey executed its first agreement with client companies of RFP to provide mining exploration and drilling operations in a tenement area controlled by Dorado Ocean Resources. The drilling will be conducted on a Seafloor Massive Sulfide (SMS) deposit that was surveyed by Odyssey and Dorado teams during the first 100 days of exploration in Dorado’s South Pacific concession areas in 2010. Three separate areas have been identified for sample drilling in one tenement based on preliminary sample analysis. This contract is for exploration and drilling services in one of those areas. Additional contracts for the remaining two areas in the tenement are expected to be executed during the second quarter. Odyssey is responsible for providing the research vessel, equipment, and technical crew to conduct the operation. The contract provides for preliminary cash payments totaling approximately $1.5 million to Odyssey plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. After the repayment of mining costs, Odyssey will receive approximately 50% of net revenue until an additional £3.7 million (approximately U.S. $5.9 million) has been received. The additional two contracts are expected to have similar terms. Odyssey may also benefit from successful monetization of the deposits because of the company’s ownership in Dorado.

We expect to execute additional agreements with clients of RFP in 2011 for subsea mineral exploration and shipwreck projects.

 

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“ Gairsoppa ” Project

On January 25, 2010, Odyssey was awarded the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Gairsoppa by the United Kingdom (UK) Government Department for Transport. The contract was awarded after a competitive bid process and is for two years, which commenced immediately. The SS Gairsoppa was a British cargo steamer enlisted in the service of the United Kingdom for the Ministry of War Transport during World War II. It was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in February 1941 in the North Atlantic while reportedly carrying a significant cargo of silver.

Odyssey will assume the risk, expense, and responsibility for the search, cargo recovery, documentation, and marketing of the cargo. If the salvage is successful, Odyssey will be compensated with a salvage award which consists of 80% of the net value of the recovered cargo after deduction of expenses of search and salvage. This project aligns with our strategy to focus on partnership projects with several governments that provide straightforward legal ownership arrangements.

Planning is underway to begin search operations on this project during the summer of 2011. While we have identified several options for recovery of the cargo, specific plans for recovery operations will be completed after the shipwreck is located and the site assessed.

Subsea Mineral Mining and Exploration Project

During 2010, we proved that our team, tools and technology can successfully be applied to the search for deep-ocean mineral deposits. In addition to our work for Dorado Ocean Resources (and our approximate 41% ownership stake in Dorado), we’re expanding our role in this emerging industry.

During February 2011, we expanded our deep-ocean mineral exploration client base by entering into a charter agreement with Neptune Minerals PLC (a UK Company), Neptune Minerals, Inc. (a Nevada Corp.) and Neptune Resources Ltd. (a New Zealand Company). Under the charter, the Dorado Discovery will supply geological exploration services to Neptune Minerals to explore their tenements in the waters surrounding New Zealand during the first half of 2011 This agreement provides for 75% of the charter rate to be paid in cash to Odyssey and 25% to be paid in equity of Neptune Minerals, Inc. John Morris is a principal in Neptune Minerals, Inc. and is also the cofounder and former CEO of Odyssey and continues to be a consultant to Odyssey.

After completion of the Neptune project, it is anticipated that Odyssey will continue exploration activities using the Dorado Discovery in the South Pacific.

Other Syndication Projects

In February 2011, we entered into arrangements for a project syndication deal with Galt Resources LLC. Odyssey has received approximately $6.0 million from Galt which represent rights to future revenues of any project that Galt selects prior to December 31, 2011. If the project is successful, Galt will recoup their investment plus three times the investment. These amounts will be paid out of proceeds of the project. Galt will receive 50% of the proceeds until this amount is recouped. In addition they will share in additional net proceeds of the project at the rate of 1% for every million invested. The agreement allows Galt to select only one project, and Galt will be allowed to invest an additional $4 million in the project with the permission of Odyssey.

Admiralty Legal Proceedings

An Admiralty arrest is a legal process in which Odyssey seeks recognition from the Court of Odyssey’s salvor-in-possession status for a specific shipwreck, site or cargo. It is the first legal step in establishing Odyssey’s rights to ownership or to a salvage award. If Odyssey is able to confirm that any entity has a potential legitimate legal claim to any materials recovered from any shipwreck site, we will provide legal notice to any and all potential claimants and pursue prompt resolutions of all claims.

“Black Swan” Arrest

We filed our notice of appeal with the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on January 15, 2010, and filed the appeal with the Eleventh Circuit on May 11, 2010. Spain issued their reply to our appeal on July 19, 2010, and Odyssey’s reply to Spain’s response was filed on August 19, 2010. Our case has been scheduled for oral argument on May 24, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. All of Odyssey’s significant filings to date, including those made at the district court level, can be viewed at http://www.shipwreck.net/blackswanlegal.php .

Unidentified Shipwreck (Bray Case)

On March 31, 2011, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of the case ruling that the alleged oral agreement for purchase of research materials was a maritime contract. As reflected in the position taken in our court filings, we were satisfied with this finding as we hoped to litigate what we consider a frivolous claim to deal with it as quickly as possible. Accordingly, the case will be set for trial at the District Court.

Critical Accounting Policies and Changes to Accounting Policies

There have been no material changes in our critical accounting estimates since December 31, 2010, nor have we adopted any accounting policy that has or will have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

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Results of Operations

The dollar values discussed in the following tables, except as otherwise indicated, are approximations to the nearest $100,000 and therefore do not necessarily sum in columns or rows. For more detail refer to the Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1.

Three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to three months ended March 31, 2010

 

                                 
Increase/(Decrease)                2011 vs. 2010  
(Dollars in millions)    2011     2010     $     %  

Artifact sales and other

   $ .3      $ .1      $ .3        279

Exhibit

     —          .1        (—       (28

Expedition charter

     1.7        2.8        (1.1     (39
                                  

Total revenue

   $ 2.1      $ 2.9      $ (.8     (28 )% 
                                  

Cost of sales

     .2        —          .1        289

Marketing, general and administrative

     2.2        2.3        (.1     (4

Operations and research

     3.5        3.6        (.1     (2
                                  

Total operating expenses

   $ 5.9      $ 5.9      $ (—       (1 )% 
                                  

Other income (expense)

   $ (1.4   $ (.1   $ (1.3     (1,008 )% 
                                  

The explanations that follow are for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2010.

Revenue

The decrease in total revenue of $.8 million was primarily related to a $1.1 million decrease in expedition charter revenue. The decrease in expedition charter revenue associated with “ Enigma I” ($1.5 million) and ET 409 aircraft recovery project ($1.3 million) in 2010 was partially offset by current year subsea mineral mining work in the New Zealand area with Neptune Minerals ($1.2 million) and miscellaneous Odyssey Explorer charter revenue in 2011 ($.5 million). We are currently working under a charter agreement with Neptune Minerals which will be completed in the second quarter 2011 along with completion of the “ Firebrand” Robert Fraser syndicated project.

Odyssey’s exhibit, SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure , was on display for one month in the first quarter 2010 (Discovery Place, Charlotte, NC.) and two months in 2011 (Maryland Science Center & G. WIZ). The exhibit is currently on display at G.WIZ - The Science Center in Sarasota, Florida until August 31, 2011.

During the first quarter 2011 we have seen an increase in artifact sales of $.3 million versus 2010 primarily due to the addition of a major new distributor.

Operating Expenses

Cost of sales increased by $.1 million in 2011 versus 2010 due to an additional volume of approximately 500 silver coins sold.

Marketing, general and administrative expenses were $2.2 million in 2011 as compared to $2.3 million in 2010 primarily represented a decrease in legal and outside professional services in 2011.

Operations and research expenses were $3.5 million in 2011 as compared to $3.6 million in 2010. The $.1 million decrease was primarily due to lower employee-related and contract labor expenses in the archeology, research and conservation department. Marine operations and vessel expenses were offsetting between the two periods. The Dorado Discovery comprised $1.1 million of the increase in the first quarter 2011 since the ship first came into service beginning in March 2010. These increases in vessel costs were offset by favorable expenses of the Ocean Alert ($1.0 million) which was not working in the first quarter of 2011 and favorable expenses of the Odyssey Explorer ($.1 million) which was primarily related to contract labor expenses. We are currently considering several options for the Ocean Alert including charter, use on a potential project in the Eastern Mediterranean and potential sale.

Other Income (Expense)

Other income and expense generally consists of interest income on investments offset by interest expense on our revolving credit facility and other loans. Beginning in the fourth quarter 2009, it also included the income or loss from our equity investment in mining. Beginning in the fourth quarter 2010 it included the change in fair value of the derivatives related to our issuance of Series G convertible preferred stock and gain/(loss) on debt extinguishment. The unfavorable increase of other expense in the first quarter of 2011 was related to the change in fair value of the derivative of $1.3 million primarily due to the increase in our stock price (see NOTE M).

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)    2011     2010  

Summary of Cash Flows:

                

Net cash provided (used) by operating activities

   $ 62      $ (4,845

Net cash (used) by investing activities

     (229     (396

Net cash provided by financing activities

     6,051        6,020   
                  

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

   $ 5,884      $ 780   
     

Beginning cash and cash equivalents

     236        2,145   
                  

Ending cash and cash equivalents

   $ 6,120      $ 2,925   
                  

Discussion of Cash Flows

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first three months of 2011 was $.1 million. This amount primarily reflected an operating loss of $5.2 million offset in part by non-cash items including change in the fair value of derivative liabilities ($1.3 million, see NOTE M), depreciation and loan discount amortization ($.5 million), investment in unconsolidated entity ($.3 million) which represented our equity earned in Neptune Minerals (see NOTE F), and share-based compensation ($.4 million). Working capital changes also included an increase in accounts receivable of $.5 million representing miscellaneous charter revenue for the Odyssey Explorer, and a decrease in accounts payable ($1.8 million) and accrued expenses ($1.4 million). Deferred revenue increased by $6.8 million representing $3 million received from Neptune Minerals for charter services, $1.4 million from clients of Robert Fraser & Partners LLP (RFP) for the Stanton A mining exploration and drilling project, and 3.3 million for other ongoing shipwreck projects with clients of RFP, offset by revenue recognized on the projects of $.9 million.

Net cash used in operating activities for the first three months of 2010 was $4.8 million. This amount primarily reflected an operating loss of $3.1 million offset in part by non-cash items including depreciation and amortization ($.5 million), share-based compensation ($.5 million) and a loss from unconsolidated entity ($.1 million). Working capital changes also included a decrease of accrued expenses and other ($2.1 million of which $1.3 million represents recognition of unearned revenue related to project “ Enigma ” from 2009), an increase in accounts receivable ($1.1 million primarily reflecting the amount due from the Lebanese government), an increase in accounts payable ($.3 million) and a decrease in restricted cash ($.1 million).

Cash flows used in investing activities for the first three months of 2011 and 2010 were $.2 million and .4 million, respectively, which represented the purchase of marine property and equipment in both periods.

Cash flows provided by financing activities for the first three months of 2011 were $6.1 million which primarily represented proceeds from and an increase in deferred income from revenue participation rights ($6.0 million, see NOTE N). This increase represented the proceeds from the Galt project (see Item 2. Operations Update) which will be amortized into revenue if, or when, the designated project is recovered and monetized. Other sources include the issuance and sale of common stock offset by mortgage and loans payable. Cash flows provided by financing activities for the first three months of 2010 were $6.0 million which included $6.2 million proceeds from the issuance and sale of common stock in January 2010 offset by fees related to the private offering of $.2 million.

General Discussion 2011

At March 31, 2011, we had cash and cash equivalents of $6.1 million, an increase of $5.9 million from the December 31, 2010, balance of $.2 million.

Equity-Related

On October 6, 2010, we entered into separate purchase agreements with certain investors pursuant to sell 24 shares of Series G 8% Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share, and warrants to purchase up to 1,800,000 shares of Odyssey’s common stock to such investors. The Series G preferred stock and warrants were offered as units, with each unit consisting of one share of Preferred Stock and a Warrant to purchase 75,000 shares of common stock. The purchase price for each unit was $250,000. The transaction closed on October 12, 2010, and we sold 20 of the units for cash, and four of the units were issued upon tender of an aggregate of $1.0 million of principal amount of the promissory notes that Odyssey issued in August 2010 by the holders thereof. Accordingly, the net cash proceeds to Odyssey were approximately $5.0 million. See NOTE N to the Consolidate Financial Statements for further information and the planned accounting for this transaction.

On April 14, 2011, we entered into separate agreements with two holders of Odyssey’s Series G 8% Convertible Preferred Stock. The two holders represented $5,250,000 of the original $6,000,000 Series G Convertible Preferred Stock issued on October 12, 2010. The Certificate of Designation relating to the Series G Preferred Stock includes (a) an option for the holders thereof to convert their shares of Series G Preferred Stock into shares of common stock that became exercisable on April 15, 2011, and (b) an option for the holders to redeem the shares of Series G Preferred Stock at any time after December 15, 2011,

 

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with the redemption price increasing by 1% per every month beginning April 1, 2011. In consideration of the issuance by Odyssey of warrants to purchase an additional 525,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.75 per share, the holders agreed to extend by six months the dates upon which the conversion option and the redemption option become exercisable and date upon which the redemption price begins to increase by 1% per month. The shares of Series G Preferred Stock held by the remaining holders, representing $750,000 of the offering, were redeemed by Odyssey in April 2011 in accordance with the Certificate of Designation.

Other Cash Flow Areas

In January 2011, Odyssey executed agreements to provide marine archaeological excavation and related services on an existing project to certain client companies of Robert Fraser & Partners LLP (RFP). The work will be conducted on a shipwreck site that Odyssey discovered and inspected during a recently completed survey carried out under contract with the RFP client companies. The contract provides for cash payments totaling approximately $2.3 million to Odyssey (of which $2.1 million was received in the first quarter) plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. See ITEM 2, Operational Status, Robert Fraser Projects (“ Enigma II, ” “ Firebrand ,” “ Shantaram ”).

In February 2011, Odyssey closed on a project syndication deal with Galt Resources LLC. Odyssey has received approximately $6.0 million from Galt which represent rights to future revenues of the project Galt selects prior to December 31, 2011. If the project is successful, Galt will recoup their investment plus three times the investment. These amounts will be paid out of proceeds of the project. Galt will receive 50% of the proceeds until this amount is recouped. In addition they will share in the future net proceeds of the project at the rate of 1% for every million invested. The agreement allows Galt to select only one project, and Galt will be allowed to invest an additional $4 million in the project with the permission of Odyssey.

During February 2011, Odyssey entered into a charter agreement with Neptune Minerals PLC (a UK Company) and Neptune Minerals, Inc. (a Nevada Corp.) and Neptune Resources Ltd. (a New Zealand Company) for the Dorado Discovery to supply geological exploration services to Neptune Minerals to explore their tenements in the waters surrounding New Zealand in the first half of 2011 Odyssey has received $3 million in cash for the charter and will also receive a minority equity position in Neptune Minerals, Inc. upon completion of the project. See ITEM 2, Operational Status, Other Syndication Projects.

In March 2011, Odyssey executed agreements to expand a search and provide marine archaeological excavation and related services to certain client companies of RFP. Additional work will be conducted on and around a site that Odyssey discovered and inspected during a recently completed survey carried out under contract with the RFP client companies. The contract provides for cash payments totaling approximately $2.0 million to Odyssey (of which $1.0 million was received in the first quarter and an additional $.8 million was received in April 2011), plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. See ITEM 2, Operational Status, Robert Fraser Projects (“ Enigma II, ” “ Firebrand ,” “ Shantaram ”).

In March 2011, Odyssey executed its first agreement with client companies of RFP to provide mining exploration and drilling operations in a tenement area controlled by Dorado Ocean Resources. The drilling will be conducted on a Seafloor Massive Sulfide (SMS) deposit that was surveyed by the Odyssey and Dorado teams during the first 100 days of exploration in Dorado’s South Pacific concession areas in 2010. Three separate areas have been identified for sample drilling in one tenement based on preliminary sample analysis. This contract is for exploration and drilling services in one of those areas. Additional contracts for the remaining two areas in the tenement are expected to be executed during the second quarter. The contract provides for preliminary cash payments totaling approximately $1.5 million to Odyssey (of which Odyssey received $1.4 million in the first quarter and an additional $.1 million was received in April 2011) plus additional payments based upon revenue derived from the project. See ITEM 2, Operational Status, Robert Fraser Projects (“ Enigma II, ” “ Firebrand ,” “ Shantaram ”). Final payment of $.2 million was received in March 2011 for the Firebrand project whereby work will be completed in April 2011.

Due to the lack of specificity on the ultimate form of collection of the Dorado receivable, we recorded a $6.9 million receivable reserve against operations in 2010. There remains a $2.0 million account receivable from DOR which could be offset against our subscription payable of $2.0 million which is due by April 1, 2013. At the present time we will retain our ownership interest in DOR (approximately 41%) and we continue to be very optimistic concerning the future potential of this emerging new business. We expect to convert our accounts receivable into an interest bearing note with equity conversion privileges. We continue to believe that we will receive the economic benefit of all or a portion of the receivable/note that relates to the reserve that has been established and will continue to evaluate this asset accordingly in future periods.

Bank Credit Facility

On May 4, 2011, we amended our revolving credit facility to replace it with a $5 million term loan maturing on April 23, 2012. A principal payment of $2 million is due August 1, 2011 and the remainder is due upon maturity. The facility bears a floating interest at the one month LIBOR rate according to the Wall Street Journal plus 500 basis points. Any prepayments made in full or in part are without premium or penalty. A commitment fee of $250,000 was payable at closing. No restricted cash payments will need to be kept on deposit. As a condition to the loan renewal, we were required to amend the Loan Agreement for our corporate real estate facility, which is due to mature on July 11, 2013, whereby we will be required to pay an additional principal, if any, to an 80% loan-to-value (LTV) based upon an independent real estate appraisal. Any additional principal payments, if any, will be required at $100,000 per month until the loan balance meets the 80% LTV. The Second Amendment to the Revolving Credit Loan and Security Agreement, and the Amendment to the Real Estate Loan Agreement are attached to this report as Exhibit 10.1 and Exhibit 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated herein as reference.

 

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The amended term loan is secured by approximately 27,900 numismatic coins recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck, which amount will be reduced over the term by the amount of coins sold by the Company. The coins used as collateral are held by a custodian for the security of the Bank. The borrowing base is equal to forty percent (40%) of the eligible coin inventory valued on a rolling twelve-month wholesale average value. The Company is required to comply with a number of customary covenants.

Trends and Uncertainties

Our current 2011 business plan estimates that some of our planned projects may be financed through project syndications or other partnership and project financing opportunities. One or more of these projected project financing or partnership opportunities may not be realized which may require the need for additional cash. Based upon our current expectations, we believe our cash position will be sufficient to fund operating cash flows throughout the rest of 2011 taking into account our current cash flow expectations and expected revenues from multiple sources, including projected sales, project financing and other potential financing opportunities. Our renewed term loan with Fifth Third Bank will require a $2 million payment in August 2011, and we also anticipate redeeming the remaining $5.3 million of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock on or before October 15, 2011. However, we will need to obtain additional capital if cash flow from operations or project financing is not sufficient to pay down these additional amounts. We have experienced several years of net losses resulting in a stockholders’ deficit. Our capacity to generate net income in future periods is dependent upon our success in recovering and monetizing high-value shipwrecks, or from generating income from other projects. While we have recovered more than 17 tons of silver coins and hundreds of gold coins and other artifacts from the “ Black Swan” project, we will not have the ability to monetize any recovered cargo unless we are awarded title or a salvage award by the U.S. District Court or negotiate a settlement with other claimants in the case. At the present time, we cannot determine how long that process may take. We have also identified one of our potential high value target shipwrecks, HMS Victory, and there is evidence suggesting that at least one of the Robert Fraser client shipwreck targets has been located. We may not be able to begin recovery operations on projects as planned or monetize any potential cargo in the short term If cash flow is not sufficient to meet our projected business plan requirements, we will be required to raise additional capital or curtail expenses. While we have always been successful in raising the necessary funds in the past, there can be no assurance that we can continue to do so.

New Accounting Pronouncements

As of March 31, 2011, the impact of recent accounting pronouncements on our business is not considered to be material.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not engage in off-balance sheet financing arrangements. In particular, we do not have any interest in so-called limited purpose entities, which include special purpose entities (SPEs) and structured finance entities.

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Market risk is the exposure to loss resulting from changes in interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, commodity prices and equity prices. Our revolving credit facility and primary mortgage bear interest at variable rates and expose us to interest rate risk. If interest rates increase, our debt service obligations on the variable rate indebtedness would increase even though the principal amount of such indebtedness remained the same. Interest on both of these debt instruments are equal to prime plus basis points as described in NOTE I. An increase in the prime rate could have an adverse effect on our operating cash flows and financial condition, but we believe it would not be material. We do not believe we have other material market risk exposure and have not entered into any market risk sensitive instruments to mitigate these risks or for trading or speculative purposes.

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Odyssey maintains a set of disclosure controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms. As of the end of the period covered by this report, based on an evaluation carried out under the supervision and with the participation of Odyssey’s management, including the chief executive officer (CEO) and chief financial officer (CFO), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures, the CEO and CFO have concluded that Odyssey’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective. There have been no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting during the first quarter of 2011 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

The Company is not currently a party to any material litigation other than the admiralty proceedings described in this report. From time to time in the ordinary course of business, the Company may be subject to or may assert a variety of claims or lawsuits.

 

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See the information set forth under the heading “Operational Update – Admiralty Legal Proceedings” in Part I, Item 2 of this report for disclosure regarding certain admiralty legal proceedings in which Odyssey is involved. Such information is hereby incorporated by reference into this Part II, Item 1.

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

For information regarding risk factors, please refer to Item 1A in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. There have been no material changes from the disclosure provided in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, with respect to the Risk Factors. Investors should consider the Risk Factors prior to making an investment decision with respect to the Company’s securities.

ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

None.

ITEM 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

ITEM 4. [Removed and Reserved]

ITEM 5. Other Information

None.

ITEM 6. Exhibits

 

     
10.1    Second Amendment to Revolving Credit Loan and Security Agreement dated May 4, 2011 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
10.2    Amendment to Real Estate Loan Agreement dated May 4, 2011 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
32.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 (Filed herewith electronically)

 

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SIGNATURES

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

 

         
    ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.
     
Date: May 9, 2011   By:  

/s/ Michael J. Holmes

        Michael J. Holmes, Chief Financial
        Officer and Authorized Officer

 

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Exhibit 10.1

SECOND AMENDMENT TO REVOLVING

CREDIT LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

This Second Amendment to Revolving Credit Loan and Security Agreement (the “Second Amendment”) is executed on this 4 th day of May, 2011, between FIFTH THIRD BANK , an Ohio banking corporation, having a mailing address of 201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1800, Tampa, Florida 33602 (the “Bank”) and ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. , a Nevada corporation authorized to do business in Florida, having its principal place of business at 5215 West Laurel Street, Tampa, Florida 33607 (the “Borrower”), and amends and modifies that certain Revolving Credit Loan and Security Agreement dated February 8, 2008, as previously amended by First Amendment dated April 23, 2010 (collectively the “Loan Agreement”), as follows:

1. Terms . All of the capitalized terms in this Second Amendment shall have the meanings as defined in the Loan Agreement.

2. Term Loan Renewal . The Bank has renewed the revolving credit Loan to Borrower in the form of a term loan in the amount of $5,000,000.00 (the “Term Renewal Loan”), as evidenced by a Renewal Term Promissory Note dated effective April 23, 2011 (the “Renewal Term Note”). The revolving feature of the Loan has been terminated and any principal repaid shall not be available to re-borrow by the Borrower.

3. Loan and Note . The term “Loan” under the Loan Agreement is hereby modified to reference the revised amount due under the Renewal Term Loan and the term “Note” under the Loan Agreement is hereby modified to refer to the terms of the Renewal Term Note.

4. Maintenance of Collateral Value . During the term of the Loan, Borrower shall maintain a minimum Collateral value of not less than the rolling 12 month wholesale average value of the Eligible Inventory (coins) at a 40% advance rate. Eligible Inventory is defined as all inventory and proceeds therefrom, owned by Borrower and held by the Custodian, excluding all (a) inventory used for display or demonstration purposes and (b) Inventory on consignment with vendors of the Borrower. If the total Collateral value falls below the outstanding principal on the Note, then an immediate pay down is required against the outstanding principal to bring the Loan back into compliance.

5. Warranties . Borrower hereby affirms and warrants that all of the warranties made in the Loan Documents, and any other documents or instruments recited herein or executed with respect thereto directly or indirectly, are true and correct as of the date hereof and that Borrower is not in default of any of the foregoing nor aware of any default with respect thereto, and that Borrower has no defenses or rights of offset with respect to any indebtedness to the Bank. Borrower hereby releases the Bank from any cause of action against it existing as of the date of execution hereof. The rights and defenses being waived and released hereunder include without limitation any claim or defense based on the Bank having charged or collected interest at a rate greater than that allowed to be contracted for by applicable law as changed from time to time,

 


provided, however, in no event shall such waiver and release be deemed to change or modify the terms of the Loan Documents which provide that sums paid or received in excess of the maximum rate of interest allowed to be contracted for by applicable law, as changed from time to time, reduce the principal sum due, said provision to be in full force and effect.

6. Consent and Waiver . Borrower hereby consents to the foregoing and agree that the execution of this Second Amendment shall in no manner or way whatsoever impair or otherwise adversely affect Borrower’s liability to the Bank under the Loan Documents or any other instrument set forth in the Recitals or herein, all as modified by this Second Amendment.

7. Cross Document Default . Any default under the terms and conditions of this Second Amendment or of any instrument set forth herein or contemplated by this Second Amendment shall be and is a default under every other instrument set forth herein or contemplated by this Second Amendment.

8. Ratification . Except as modified by this Second Amendment, Borrower hereby ratifies and confirms the continued validity and viability of all terms, conditions and obligations set forth in the Loan Documents and all other instruments executed in connection with this Second Amendment, all as modified by this Second Amendment.

9. Severability . Whenever possible, each provision of this Second Amendment shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision hereof shall be prohibited or invalid under applicable law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity only, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or of the remaining provisions of this Second Amendment.

10. Florida Contract . This Second Amendment shall be deemed a Florida contract and shall be construed according to the laws of the State of Florida, regardless of whether this Second Amendment is executed by certain of the parties hereto in other states.

11. Time . Time is of the essence of this Second Amendment.

12. Binding Effect and Modification . This Second Amendment shall bind the successors and assigns to the parties hereto and constitutes the entire understanding of the parties, which may not be modified except in writing, executed by all parties hereto in the same form as this Second Amendment.

13. Waiver of Jury Trial . The parties to this Second Amendment hereby irrevocably waive their respective rights to trial by jury in any and all actions arising out of the terms of this Second Amendment.

 

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14. Conflict . As to any conflict between the terms of the Loan Agreement and the terms of this Second Amendment, the terms of this Second Amendment shall supersede and control over such other terms.

15. Execution in Counterparts . This Second Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument, and in making proof of this Second Amendment it shall not be necessary to produce or account for more than one such counterpart.

16. Other Terms . Except as specifically modified and amended by the terms set forth in this Second Amendment, all of the other terms, covenants, obligations and conditions of the Loan Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

Entered into as of the day and year first above written.

 

             
WITNESSES:       “BORROWER”
     
        ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.,
        a Nevada corporation
       

 

      By:  

        /s/ Michael Holmes

Signature of Witness           Michael Holmes,

 

          as its Chief Financial Officer
Print or type name of Witness            

 

         

(CORPORATE SEAL)

Signature of Witness            

 

           
Print or type name of Witness            
     
        “BANK”
     
        FIFTH THIRD BANK,
        an Ohio banking corporation
       

 

      By:  

        /s/ Julio C. Ramirez Jr.

Signature of Witness           Julio C. Ramirez, Jr.,

 

          as its Senior Vice President
Print or type name of Witness            

 

           
Signature of Witness          

(CORPORATE SEAL)

 

           
Print or type name of Witness            

 

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STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this              day of May, 2011, by Michael Holmes, as Chief Financial Officer of ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC., a Nevada corporation, on behalf of the corporation.

 

                 
    Personally known       

 

    Florida Driver’s License        Notary Public
    Other Identification Produced         
   

 

          

 

   

 

           Print or type name of Notary
         
                 (SEAL)

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this              day of May, 2011, by Julio C. Ramirez, Jr., as Senior Vice President of FIFTH THIRD BANK, an Ohio banking corporation, on behalf of the Bank.

 

                 
    Personally known       

 

    Florida Driver’s License        Notary Public
    Other Identification Produced         
   

 

          

 

   

 

           Print or type name of Notary
         
                 (SEAL)

 

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Exhibit 10.2

AMENDMENT TO LOAN AGREEMENT

This Amendment to Loan Agreement (the “Amendment”) is executed on this 4 th day of May, 2011, between FIFTH THIRD BANK , an Ohio banking corporation, having a mailing address of 201 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1800, Tampa, Florida 33602 (the “Bank”) and ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. , a Nevada corporation, authorized to do business in Florida, having its principal place of business at 5215 West Laurel Street, Tampa, Florida 33607 (the “Borrower”), and amends and modifies that certain Loan Agreement dated July 11, 2008 (the “Loan Agreement”) as follows:

1. Terms . All of the capitalized terms in this Amendment shall have the meanings as defined in the Loan Agreement.

2. Appraisal and Maintenance of Loan To Value. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 22 of the Mortgage the Borrower shall order, through the Bank, an appraisal on the commercial real estate located at 5215 West Laurel Street, Tampa, Florida. After receipt, review, and acceptance of the newly ordered appraisal report by the Bank, the Borrower shall be required, if the loan balance is above an 80% Loan To Value (the “LTV”), to pay down the Loan due to mature on July 11, 2013, to an 80% LTV. The curtailments will be required at $100,000.00 per month until the Loan meets the 80% LTV. The first payment would be due within 30 days of the appraisal date and would recur every 30 days thereafter.

3. Warranties . Borrower hereby affirms and warrants that all of the warranties made in the Loan Documents, and any other documents or instruments recited herein or executed with respect thereto directly or indirectly, are true and correct as of the date hereof and that Borrower is not in default of any of the foregoing nor aware of any default with respect thereto, and that Borrower has no defenses or rights of offset with respect to any indebtedness to the Bank. Borrower hereby releases the Bank from any cause of action against it existing as of the date of execution hereof. The rights and defenses being waived and released hereunder include without limitation any claim or defense based on the Bank having charged or collected interest at a rate greater than that allowed to be contracted for by applicable law as changed from time to time, provided, however, in no event shall such waiver and release be deemed to change or modify the terms of the Loan Documents which provide that sums paid or received in excess of the maximum rate of interest allowed to be contracted for by applicable law, as changed from time to time, reduce the principal sum due, said provision to be in full force and effect.

4. Consent and Waiver . Borrower hereby consents to the foregoing and agree that the execution of this Amendment shall in no manner or way whatsoever impair or otherwise adversely affect Borrower’s liability to the Bank under the Loan Documents or any other instrument set forth in the Recitals or herein, all as modified by this Amendment.

 


5. Cross Document Default . Any default under the terms and conditions of this Amendment or of any instrument set forth herein or contemplated by this Amendment shall be and is a default under every other instrument set forth herein or contemplated by this Amendment.

6. Ratification . Except as modified by this Amendment, Borrower hereby ratifies and confirms the continued validity and viability of all terms, conditions and obligations set forth in the Loan Documents and all other instruments executed in connection with this Amendment, all as modified by this Amendment.

7. Severability . Whenever possible, each provision of this Amendment shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision hereof shall be prohibited or invalid under applicable law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity only, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or of the remaining provisions of this Amendment.

8. Florida Contract . This Amendment shall be deemed a Florida contract and shall be construed according to the laws of the State of Florida, regardless of whether this Amendment is executed by certain of the parties hereto in other states.

9. Time . Time is of the essence of this Amendment.

10. Binding Effect and Modification . This Amendment shall bind the successors and assigns to the parties hereto and constitutes the entire understanding of the parties, which may not be modified except in writing, executed by all parties hereto in the same form as this Amendment.

11. Waiver of Jury Trial . The parties to this Amendment hereby irrevocably waive their respective rights to trial by jury in any and all actions arising out of the terms of this Amendment.

12. Conflict . As to any conflict between the terms of the Loan Agreement and the terms of this Amendment, the terms of this Amendment shall supersede and control over such other terms.

13. Execution in Counterparts . This Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument, and in making proof of this Amendment it shall not be necessary to produce or account for more than one such counterpart.

14. Other Terms . Except as specifically modified and amended by the terms set forth in this Amendment, all of the other terms, covenants, obligations and conditions of the Loan Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

Entered into as of the day and year first above written.

 

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WITNESSES:       “BORROWER”
     
        ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.,
        a Nevada corporation
       

 

      By:  

        /s/ Michael Holmes

Signature of Witness           Michael Holmes,

 

          as its Chief Financial Officer
Print or type name of Witness            

 

         

(CORPORATE SEAL)

Signature of Witness            

 

           
Print or type name of Witness            
     
        “BANK”
     
        FIFTH THIRD BANK,
        an Ohio banking corporation
       

 

      By:  

        /s/ Julio C. Ramirez Jr.

Signature of Witness           Julio C. Ramirez, Jr.,

 

          as its Senior Vice President
Print or type name of Witness            

 

           
Signature of Witness          

(CORPORATE SEAL)

 

           
Print or type name of Witness            

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this              day of May, 2011, by Michael Holmes, as Chief Financial Officer of ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC., a Nevada corporation, on behalf of the corporation.

 

                 
    Personally known       

 

    Florida Driver’s License        Notary Public
    Other Identification Produced         
   

 

          

 

   

 

           Print or type name of Notary
         
                 (SEAL)

 

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STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this              day of May, 2011, by Julio C. Ramirez, Jr., as Senior Vice President of FIFTH THIRD BANK, an Ohio banking corporation, on behalf of the Bank.

 

                 
    Personally known       

 

    Florida Driver’s License        Notary Public
    Other Identification Produced         
   

 

          

 

   

 

           Print or type name of Notary
         
                 (SEAL)

 

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Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

PURSUANT TO SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Gregory P. Stemm, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

(a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

(b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

(d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

(a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

(b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 9, 2011

 

 

/s/ Gregory P. Stemm

Gregory P. Stemm
Chief Executive Officer

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

PURSUANT TO SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

I, Michael J. Holmes, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

(a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

(b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

(d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

(a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

(b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 9, 2011

 

 

/s/ Michael J. Holmes

Michael J. Holmes
Chief Financial Officer

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. for the period ending March 31, 2011:

(1) complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

(2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material aspects, the financial condition and results of operations of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

 

 

/s/ Gregory P. Stemm

Gregory P. Stemm
Chief Executive Officer
May 9, 2011

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been provided to Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and will be retained by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.

Exhibit 32.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. for the period ending March 31, 2011:

(1) complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

(2) the information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material aspects, the financial condition and results of operations of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

 

 

/s/ Michael J. Holmes

Michael J. Holmes
Chief Financial Officer
May 9, 2011

A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 has been provided to Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and will be retained by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.