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Form 10-Q

November 8, 2012
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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 September 30, 2012

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 October 18, 2012 was 74,416,030.

 

 

 

 


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         Page No.  

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 – 25   
     

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     26 – 33   
     

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     33   
     

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

     33   
     

Part II:

  Other Information         
     

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

     34   
     

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

     34   
     

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     34   
     

Item 3.

 

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

     34   
     

Item 4.

 

[Removed and Reserved]

     34   
     

Item 5.

 

Other Information

     34   
     

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

     34   
   

Signatures

     35   

 

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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

                 
     (Unaudited) 
September 30, 
2012
    December 31, 
2011
 

ASSETS

                

CURRENT ASSETS

                

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 2,148,350      $ 7,971,794   

Restricted cash

     749,000        212,788   

Accounts receivable, net

     15,758,070        500,626   

Inventory

     544,049        557,151   

Other current assets

     1,105,364        779,478   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     20,304,833        10,021,837   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

                

Equipment and office fixtures

     16,712,107        15,450,467   

Building and land

     4,703,359        4,703,359   

Accumulated depreciation

     (14,655,034     (13,620,956
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total property and equipment

     6,760,432        6,532,870   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

                

Inventory

     5,391,323        5,501,808   

Restricted cash

     —          251,791   

Investment in unconsolidated entity

     —          —     

Other non-current assets

     1,107,612        1,106,097   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other assets

     6,498,935        6,859,696   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 33,564,200      $ 23,414,403   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

                

CURRENT LIABILITIES

                

Accounts payable

   $ 2,468,200      $ 1,105,902   

Accrued expenses and other

     5,280,047        2,061,974   

Deferred revenue

     6,671,829        3,545,140   

Derivative liabilities

     7,276,103        7,333,293   

Mortgage and loans payable

     24,013,922        4,802,930   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     45,710,101        18,849,239   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

                

Mortgage and loans payable

     5,370,284        5,690,125   

Deferred income from revenue participation rights

     4,643,750        8,400,000   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total long-term liabilities

     10,014,034        14,090,125   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     55,724,135        32,939,364   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note H)

                
     

Redeemable Series G Convertible Preferred stock

     —          250,000   
     

STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

                

Preferred stock - $.0001 par value; 9,361,200 shares authorized; none outstanding

     —          —     

Preferred stock series D convertible - $.0001 par value; 448,800 shares authorized, respectively; 206,400 issued and outstanding, respectively

     21        21   

Common stock – $.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 74,416,030 and 73,095,384 issued and outstanding, respectively

     7,440        7,309   

Additional paid-in capital

     142,130,522        137,236,462   

Accumulated deficit

     (164,297,918     (147,018,753
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ deficit

     (22,159,935     (9,774,961
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

   $ 33,564,200      $ 23,414,403   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

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     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30, 
2012
    September 30, 
2011
    September 30, 
2012
    September 30, 
2011
 

REVENUE

                                

Artifact sales and other

   $ 712,628      $ 226,216      $ 900,034      $ 680,130   

Exhibit

     50,000        28,124        150,000        99,527   

Expedition

     183,469        5,685,533        4,222,446        13,998,888   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

     946,097        5,939,873        5,272,480        14,778,545   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

                                

Cost of sales – artifacts and other

     54,237        97,118        178,318        323,255   

Marketing, general and administrative

     2,985,664        2,293,687        7,825,582        6,897,857   

Operations and research

     (3,017,253     7,521,962        11,689,145        16,241,556   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     22,648        9,912,767        19,693,045        23,462,668   

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

     923,449        (3,972,894     (14,420,565     (8,684,123
         

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

                                

Interest income

     573        1,683        23,711        2,218   

Interest expense

     (1,930,783     (82,313     (4,595,983     (285,924

Change in derivative liabilities fair value

     4,801,862        1,750,009        1,712,030        1,165,387   

(Loss) from unconsolidated entity

     —          (2,893,100     —          (4,488,100

Other

     7,882        58,618        11,641        47,957   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense)

     2,879,534        (1,165,103     (2,848,601     (3,558,462
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     3,802,983        (5,137,997     (17,269,166     (12,242,585

Income tax benefit (provision)

     —          —          —          —     
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCOME (LOSS)

   $ 3,802,983      $ (5,137,997   $ (17,269,166   $ (12,242,585
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE (See NOTE B)

                                

Basic

   $ .05      $ (.07   $ (.24   $ (.22
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ .05      $ (.07   $ (.24   $ (.22
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding with participating securities per the two-class method

                                

Basic

     78,544,391        72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

     81,440,848        72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

 

                 
     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30, 
2012
    September 30, 
2011
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

                

Net loss

   $ (17,269,166   $ (12,242,585

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

                

Depreciation and amortization

     1,186,550        1,476,289   

Write down of long-lived asset

     —          593,966   

Loan fee amortization

     334,850        —     

Change in derivatives liabilities fair value

     (1,712,030     (1,165,387

Note payable interest accretion

     2,992,354        —     

Loss in unconsolidated entity

     —          4,488,100   

Investment in unconsolidated entity

     —          (4,488,100

Share-based compensation

     1,298,231        1,347,471   

(Increase) decrease in:

                

Restricted cash

     (284,421     502,969   

Accounts receivable

     (15,257,444     (601,179

Inventory

     123,587        298,853   

Other assets

     (263,938     (218,044

Increase (decrease) in:

                

Accounts payable

     1,352,298        (979,374

Accrued expenses and other

     3,350,753        (1,019,768

Deferred revenue

     (629,561     2,770,675   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH (USED) BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

     (24,777,937     (9,236,114
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

                

Purchase of property and equipment

     (853,929     (558,719
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH (USED) BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES

     (853,929     (558,719
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

                

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     738,982        15,627,196   

Deferred income from revenue participation rights

     —          7,512,500   

Dividends

     (10,000     (240,000

Redemption of Series G Preferred

     —          (757,500

Broker commissions and fees on capital raises

     (400,000     —     

Proceeds from issuance loan payable

     19,994,483        —     

Repayment of mortgage and loans payable

     (515,043     (2,536,744
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES

     19,808,422        19,605,452   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH

     (5,823,444     9,810,619   
     

CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

     7,971,794        235,762   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH AT END OF PERIOD

   $ 2,148,350      $ 10,046,381   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

                

Interest paid

   $ 887,872      $ 289,406   

Income taxes paid

   $ —        $ —     
     

NON-CASH TRANSACTIONS:

                

Accrued compensation paid by equity instruments

   $ 347,528      $ 229,564   

Equipment purchased with financing

   $ 588,499      $ —     

Debt repayment with common shares

   $ 2,347,826      $ —     

Offset account receivable with subscription payable (See NOTE F)

   $ —        $ 1,998,800   

Series G Preferred Stock dividend declaration

   $ —        $ 210,000   

Series G Preferred Stock accretion

   $ —        $ 2,217,409   

Series G Preferred Stock conversion

   $ 250,000      $ —     

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, 2011.

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 September 30, 2012, and the results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. Operating results for the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, 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.

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. In accordance with Topic A.1.in SAB 13: Revenue Recognition, exhibit, contractual and expedition charter revenue is recognized ratably when realized and earned as time passes throughout the contract period as defined by the terms of the agreement or by applicable accounting standards. 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 allowances and reserves.

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 of artifacts recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck, general branded merchandise and related packaging material. Inventoried costs of recovered artifacts include the costs of recovery, conservation and administrative costs to obtain legal title to the artifacts. Administrative costs are generally legal fees or insurance settlements required in order to obtain clean title. The capitalized recovery costs include direct costs such as vessel and related equipment operations and maintenance, crew and technical labor, fuel, provisions, supplies, port fees and depreciation. Conservation costs include fees paid to conservators for cleaning and preserving the artifacts. 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 September 30, 2012, 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. In periods when the Company generates income, the Company calculates basic earnings per share (“EPS”) using the two-class method pursuant to ASC 260 Earnings Per Share. The two-class method is required effective with the issuance of the Senior Convertible Note disclosed in Note I because the note qualifies as participating security, giving the holder the right to receive dividends should dividends be declared on common stock. Under the two-class method, earnings for the period are allocated on a pro-rata basis to the common stockholders and to the holders of Convertible Notes based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding and number of shares that could be converted. The Company does not use the two-class method in periods when it generates a loss as the holders of the Convertible Notes do not participate in losses.

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, Convertible Notes or other convertible securities. As it relates solely to the Senior Convertible Note, for diluted earnings per share, the Company uses the more dilutive of the if-converted method or two-class 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 September 30, 2012 and 2011, weighted average common shares outstanding year-to-date were 73,498,034 and 69,292,452, respectively. For the periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, 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 tables 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      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
 

Average market price during the period

   $ 3.72       $ 2.78       $ 3.32       $ 3.11   

In the money potential common shares from options excluded

     —           73,997        321,755        162,213  

In the money potential common shares from warrants excluded

     —           676,542        1,270,508        1,123,951  

 

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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      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30, 
2012
     September 30, 
2011
     September 30, 
2012
     September 30, 
2011
 

Out of the money options and warrants excluded:

                                   

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.30 per share

     —           —           —           —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.50 per share

     —           875,000        245,000        875,000  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.51 per share

     —           984,670        984,670        984,670  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.53 per share

     —           211,900        204,500        211,900  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.90 per share

     20,000        —           20,000        —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $4.00 per share

     52,500        52,500        52,500        52,500  

Stock options with an exercise price of $5.00 per share

     300,000         650,000         300,000         650,000   

Stock options with an exercise price of $7.00 per share

     100,000         100,000         100,000         100,000   

Warrants with an exercise price of $3.60 per share

     —           —           1,562,500         —     

Warrants with an exercise price of $5.25 per share

     100,000         100,000         100,000         100,000   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total anti-dilutive warrants and options excluded from EPS

     572,500         2,974,070         3,569,170         2,974,070   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
 

Potential common shares from Convertible Preferred Stock excluded from EPS

     —           3,146,400         206,400         3,146,400   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
     September 30,
2012
     September 30,
2011
 

Potential common shares from unvested restricted stock awards excluded from EPS

     —           495,548         464,554         443,385   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

 

                                 
     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     September 30, 
2012
     September 30, 
2011
    September 30, 
2012
    September 30, 
2011
 

Net income (loss)

   $ 3,802,983       $ (5,137,997   $ (17,269,166   $ (12,242,585

Accretion of Series G Preferred Stock

     —           —          —          (1,987,977

Fair market value of warrants issued to Series G Preferred Stock stockholders

     —           —          —          (906,150

Cumulative dividends on Series G Preferred Stock

     —           (105,000     (10,000     (343,479
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

   $ 3,802,983       $ (5,242,997   $ (17,279,166   $ (15,480,191
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Denominator:

                                 

Shares used in computation – basic:

                                 

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     74,087,794         72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   

Additional shares from participating securities per the two-class method

     4,456,597         —          —          —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common shares outstanding for basic

     78,544,391         72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Shares used in computation – diluted:

                                 

Common shares outstanding for basic

     78,544,391         72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   

Dilutive effect of potential common shares outstanding

     2,896,457         —          —          —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

     81,440,848         72,793,773        73,498,034        69,292,452   
    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share – basic

   $ 0.05       $ (0.07   $ (0.24   $ (0.22

Net income (loss) per share – diluted

   $ 0.05       $ (0.07   $ (0.24   $ (0.22

 

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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.

 

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Level 3.  Unobservable inputs to the valuation methodology 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.

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 a liability in instances where redemption is certain to occur pursuant to ASC 480 – Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity. Redeemable preferred stock classified as a liability 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 mortgage loan entered into with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) on July 11, 2008, $500,000 was deposited into an additional interest-bearing account from which principal and interest payments are made. On each anniversary of the mortgage, we are to 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 September 30, 2012, was $323,207.

As required by the project term loan entered into with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) on July 9, 2012, $500,000 was deposited into an additional interest-bearing account from which interest payments are made. 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 term will be returned to the Company. The balance in this account at September 30, 2012, was $425,793.

NOTE D – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

The accounts receivable balances at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were $15,758,070 and $500,626, respectively, which are net of reserves of $4,820,593 and $6,390,593, respectively. As described in NOTE F, Neptune Minerals, Inc. (“NMI”) completed a 2011 share exchange with DOR shareholders which resulted in an executed assignment and assumption agreement, whereby NMI assumed $8,227,675 of the outstanding debt of DOR owed to us. The $4,820,593 reserve at September 30, 2012 is for the remaining Neptune Minerals, Inc. (“NMI”) accounts receivable assumed from DOR. The $6,390,593 reserve at December 31, 2011 was comprised of the $1,570,000 “Shantaram ” and $4,820,593 for the DOR receivable that was assumed by NMI in 2011 and discussed in NOTE F.

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we recorded an accounts receivable of $17,832,420 representing proceeds to be received from the sale of silver from the “ Gairsoppa ” project. This amount denotes the contractual recoupment of previously expensed search and recovery costs incurred related to the “ Gairsoppa ” project. The total consists of $110,848 of costs that were expensed to Marketing, general and administrative and $17,721,572 that were expensed to Operations and research. Within this period, we recovered approximately 48 tons of silver from the SS Gairsoppa and commenced the refining process which allows us to sell silver into London’s bullion market on behalf of United Kingdom Government. The “ Gairsoppa” project is discussed at length in ITEM 2 of this Form 10-Q. The balance remaining of this receivable at September 30, 2012 is $15,314,200. These costs are expected be reimbursed in full from the silver sale proceeds prior to year end.

At December 31, 2011, we had a reserve for the “Shantaram ” receivable of $1,570,000 owed according to the terms of sale of research for the “Shantaram ” project. During the three-month period ending March 31, 2012, management offset the amount due against its reserve. According to our agreement, we have the right to receive additional participation amounts, if any, up to approximately 11% from the first £100 million and approximately 7% thereafter from recovery distributions after recovery costs.

 

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NOTE E – INVENTORY

Our inventory consisted of the following:

 

                 
     September 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 

Artifacts

   $ 5,785,769      $ 5,879,137   

Packaging

     141,143        159,160   

Merchandise

     389,053        412,865   

Merchandise reserve

     (380,593     (392,203
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total inventory

   $ 5,935,372      $ 6,058,959   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Of these amounts, $5,391,323 and $5,501,808 are classified as non-current as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

NOTE F – INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

Neptune Minerals, Inc.

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. In April 2010, SMM was acquired by Dorado Ocean Resources, Ltd. (“DOR”) through a share exchange. 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. We also acquired an additional 1,200 shares of DOR valued at $2,000,000 that resulted in a 41.25% ownership of DOR. Ultimately we held a 40.8% ownership of DOR. Under the terms of the Share Subscription Agreement (subscription payable), we had the option to pay for this investment in cash, provide marine services to DOR over a three-year period commencing April 2010 or exercise our contractual right to offset against the $2,000,000 marine services accounts receivable owed to us. During 2011, we exercised our contractual right and offset these two amounts. The focus of DOR was on the exploration and monetization of gold- and copper-rich Seafloor Massive Sulfide (“SMS”) deposits.

During 2011, we were engaged by Neptune Minerals, Inc. (“NMI”) and its affiliates to perform marine services relating to deep-sea mining. The agreements provided for payments in cash and Class B shares of non-voting common stock of NMI. In 2011, we earned 2,066,600 shares of the Class B non-voting common stock from these engagements. During this same period, NMI completed a share exchange with DOR shareholders whereby each one outstanding share of DOR was exchanged for 1,000 shares of NMI Class B non-voting common stock. We received 1,650,000 shares of NMI Class B non-voting common stock for our 1,650 DOR shares pursuant to the share exchange. In connection with this share exchange, NMI executed an assignment and assumption agreement, whereby NMI assumed $8,227,675 of the outstanding debt DOR owed to us. Additionally in 2011, we executed a debt conversion agreement with NMI, whereby we converted $2,500,000 of the debt owed to us for 2,500,000 shares of NMI Class B non-voting common stock. At September 30, 2012, we have a net share position in NMI of 6,216,600 shares, which represents an approximate 30% ownership before any further dilution of the NMI stock.

At September 30, 2012, there is a known loss of $959,000, which is as of December 31, 2011, of DOR (NMI) losses allocable to us that we have not recognized in our income statement because these losses exceeded our investment. Based on the NMI and DOR transaction described above, we believe it is appropriate to allocate these losses to any incremental investment that may be recognized on our balance sheet in NMI. NMI has been unable to provide their financial statements for periods subsequent to December 31, 2011 so we are unable to accurately quantify our share of their loss for the respective periods. With NMI being involved in the capital intensive deep-sea mining and exploration industry as well as not having revenue, their cumulative losses for each of the periods may be several million dollars.

Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd.

During the period ended June 30, 2012, we performed deep-sea mining exploratory services for Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd. (“CRP”) valued at $1,680,000. As payment for these services, CRP issued 9,320,348 of ordinary shares to us which currently represents a 7.3% equity stake in CRP. With CRP being on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and guidance per ASC 320: Debt and Equity Securities regarding readily determinable fair value, we believe it is appropriate to not recognize this amount as an asset nor as revenue.

 

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NOTE G – INCOME TAXES

As of September 30, 2012, the Company had consolidated income tax net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards for federal tax purposes of approximately $135 million. The federal NOL carryforward from 1997 of $564,000 will expire beginning with the 2013 tax year. The federal NOL carryforwards from 1998 forward will expire in various years beginning in 2019 and ending through the year 2032. From 2019 through 2023, approximately $7.5 million of the NOL will expire, from 2024 through 2028, approximately $80.5 million of the NOL will expire, and from 2029 through 2032, approximately $46.5 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 tax credit carryforwards

   $ 48,537,961   

Capital loss carryforward

     384,901   

Accrued expenses

     62,625   

Reserve for accounts receivable

     2,087,344   

Reserve for inventory

     133,155   

Start-up costs

     107,074   

Excess of book over tax depreciation

     1,187,108   

Stock option and restricted stock award expense

     1,578,615   

Investment in unconsolidated entity

     3,695,636   

Less: valuation allowance

     (57,583,166
    

 

 

 
     $ 191,253   
    

 

 

 

Deferred tax liability:

        

Property and equipment basis

   $ 69,260   

Prepaid expenses

     121,993   
    

 

 

 
     $ 191,253   
    

 

 

 

Net deferred tax asset

   $ —     
    

 

 

 

As reflected above, we have recorded a net deferred tax asset of $0 at September 30, 2012. 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 September 30, 2012.

The change in the valuation allowance is as follows:

 

         

September 30, 2012

   $ 57,583,166   

December 31, 2011

     52,515,797   
    

 

 

 

Change in valuation allowance

   $ 5,067,370   
    

 

 

 

Income taxes for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 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:

 

                 
     September 30, 
2012
    September 30, 
2011
 

Expected (benefit)

   $ (5,871,516   $ (4,162,479

State income taxes net of federal benefits

     (167,562     (122,296

Nondeductible expense

     14,166        12,474   

Stock options and restricted stock awards

     242,390        729,241   

Derivatives

     521,008        (396,232

Change in valuation allowance

     5,067,370        3,910,077   

Effects of:

                

Change in apportionment estimate

     (40,826     —     

Change in net operating loss estimate

     612,353        —     

Change in capital loss carryover estimate

     (374,051     —     

Other, net

     (3,332     29,215   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 
     $ —        $ —     
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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During the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 the Company recognized certain tax benefits and (liabilities), prior to any valuation allowances, related to stock option plans in the amounts of $249,423 and $0, respectively. If we did not have a full valuation allowance, such benefits would be recorded as an increase to the deferred tax asset and increase in additional paid in capital.

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 2009.

NOTE H – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Legal Proceedings

On April 16, 2012, the Kingdom of Spain filed a motion with the district court for an award of attorney’s fees and costs related to the “ Black Swan ” case. We are opposing the motion vigorously and have submitted substantial arguments in opposition. However, we cannot predict the court’s ruling at this time.

The Company may be subject to a variety of other 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 2012 business plan contained assumptions which include several of our planned projects are being funded through project debt-type financings, syndications or other partnership opportunities. The business plan expenses included a 90-day charter agreement which we executed with a company to provide a ship and equipment to conduct recovery operations on the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects. The charter was extended for approximately another 30 days. We have recently renewed our term loan with Fifth Third Bank which increased our existing term loan from $3 million to $5 million through July 2013. We amended our senior convertible note and received an additional $8 million in May 2012. In July we executed an agreement with Fifth Third Bank which provided $10 million of Gairsoppa project financing collateralized with a portion of the silver from the project. We are expecting to receive cash proceeds of approximately $41 million from Gairsoppa silver sales in 2012. We are contracted to pay the United Kingdom approximately $5 million as well as approximately $15 million to Galt Resources, LLC. We also paid the Fifth Third Bank $10 million from the silver proceeds in October 2012. We are in the process of discussing other finance opportunities, including the renewal of the term and mortgage loans, with Fifth Third Bank for 2013. Based upon our current expectations, we believe our cash position will be sufficient to fund operating cash flows throughout the rest of 2012 and into the first quarter of 2013 taking into account our beginning cash balance, current cash flow expectations and revenues from multiple sources, including projected sales, syndicated projects and other potential financing arrangements. 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, realizing capital gains from our investments in other business opportunities or to generate income from mineral exploration activities, charters or other projects. However, it is likely that we could monetize a significant amount of cash from our existing shipwreck projects or the sale of equity in our mining projects in 2012 or 2013 which would fund our operations for future periods. 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 in the future.

NOTE I – MORTGAGE AND LOANS PAYABLE

The Company’s consolidated debt consisted of the following at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

                 
     September 30, 
2012
     December 31, 
2011
 

Term loan

   $ 5,000,000       $ 3,000,000   

Project term loan

     10,000,000         —     

Face value $10,000,000, 8% Convertible Senior Note Payable

     7,558,049         5,316,328   

Face value $8,000,000, 9% Convertible Senior Note Payable

     4,830,825         —     

Mortgage payable

     1,995,332         2,176,727   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     $ 29,384,206       $ 10,493,055   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Term Loan

On May 4, 2011, we amended our revolving credit facility with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) to replace it with a $5 million term loan with a maturity date of April 23, 2012. A principal payment of $2 million was due and paid prior to August 1, 2011, with the remainder due by 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 paid at closing. Restricted cash amounts are not required to be kept on deposit. As a condition to the loan renewal, we were required to amend the Loan Agreement (mortgage payable) for our corporate real estate facility, which is due to mature on July 11, 2013, whereby we were required to pay additional principal to meet an 80% loan-to-value (LTV) based upon an independent real estate appraisal. All additional principal payments have been made.

On March 30, 2012, the above term loan that was set to mature on April 23, 2012 was amended and increased to $5 million with an expiration date of July 11, 2013. 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. No restricted cash payments will need to be kept on deposit.

The latest amended term loan is secured by approximately 26,700 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. The significant covenants included: 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 without approval.

Project Term Loan

On July 9, 2012, we entered into a project term loan agreement with Fifth Third Bank that provided a credit facility of up to $10.0 million. The facility will mature on January 31, 2013. This project term loan bears interest at a floating rate equal to the one month LIBOR rate plus 500 basis points. We are able to make prepayments in whole or in part without premium or penalty. An origination fee of $50,000 was paid at closing. A restricted cash deposit of $500,000 was established to cover interest payments over the term (See Note C).

The term loan is secured by $15.0 million worth of silver recovered from either the SS Gairsoppa or the SS Mantola shipwreck projects. We are required to comply with a number of customary covenants. An advance against the term loan of $5 million was available when at least $10.0 million worth of silver was recovered, and a second advance of $5.0 million was available when at least $15.0 million worth of silver in total was delivered to the port of entry. We took the entire $10.0 million draw against the facility on July 17, 2012. The proceeds from this project term loan were used to fund the project recovery costs. The term loan was paid in October 2012.

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 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. As a condition to entering the term loan noted above, we were required to amend this loan whereby we are required to pay additional principal to meet an 80% loan-to-value (LTV) based upon an independent real estate appraisal. All additional principal payments have been made.

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 with 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 originally carried a second mortgage for $100,000 with interest due monthly and $25,000 of principal due each May commencing in May 2009. As of June 30, 2012, this debt was paid in full. The interest was at a variable rate of 1.0% above the prime interest rate stated by BB&T, formerly Colonial Bank of Tampa.

 

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Senior Convertible Note

Initial Note

During November 2011, we entered into a securities purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with one institutional investor pursuant to which we issued and sold a Senior Convertible Note in the original principal amount of $10.0 million (the “Initial Note”) and a warrant (the “Warrant”) to purchase up to 1,302,083 shares of our common stock. Subject to the satisfaction of conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement, we had the right to require the investor to purchase an additional senior convertible note in the original principal amount of up to $5.0 million on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date (the “Additional Note” and, collectively “Notes”). Aggregate direct finance costs amounted to $545,000 of which $45,000 related to costs of the lender and, accordingly, were included in the original issue discount on the Initial Note.

The indebtedness evidenced by the Note bears interest at 8.0% percent per year (15% under default conditions, if ever). Interest is compounded monthly and payable quarterly at the beginning of each calendar quarter. The Note is amortized with equal monthly principal installments of $434,783 commencing on July 8, 2012. Prepayment is not allowed. Further, the Note may be converted into our common stock, at the option of the holder, at any time following issuance, with respect to the Initial Note, or at any time following six months after the date of issuance, with respect to the Additional Note. The initial conversion price of the Initial Note was $3.74, subject to adjustment on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date as follows: The reset conversion price applicable to the Initial Note will be adjusted to the lesser of (a) the then current conversion price and (b) the greater of (i) $1.44 and (ii) 110.0% of the market price of our common stock on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date (as applicable, the “Conversion Price”). On May 10, 2012 (the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date), the conversion price applicable to the initial note was adjusted to $3.17, which represented 110.0% of the market price of Odyssey’s common stock .The conversion price is also subject to adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations, and similar transactions. We have agreed to pay each amortization payment in shares of our common stock, if certain conditions are met; provided, that we may, at our option, elect to pay such amortization payments in cash. The conversion rate applicable to any amortization payment that we make in shares of our common stock will be the lower of (a) the Conversion Price and (b) a price equal to 85.0% of the volume-weighted average price of our shares of common stock for a ten-day period immediately prior to the applicable amortization date.

The Note provides for redemption upon the occurrence of an event of default. Default conditions include non-servicing of the debt and certain other credit risk related conditions. Default conditions also include certain equity indexed events including failures to file public information documents, non-conversion or insufficient share authorizations to effect conversion and failure obtain and maintain an effective registration statement covering the underlying common shares. The remedies to the investor for events of default include acceleration of payment at 125% of the remaining face value in certain circumstances. In the event the default redemption is not paid, the investor would have the right to elect conversion of the note at an adjusted conversion price approximating 75% of quoted market prices. A change in control would also result in a redemption requirement at 125% of the face value.

The Notes extend no voting rights to the investors. However, the Notes extend participation rights in dividend payments, if any, made to the holders of the Company’s common or other class of stock, except our Series G Preferred Stock.

During the second quarter the Holder of the Initial Note elected to apply the payment of principal due during the period to the principal balance due on the Additional Note described below. The principal balance of the Initial Note at September 30, 2012 was $10,000,000.

Under the terms of the Warrant, the holder is entitled to exercise the Warrant to purchase up to 1,302,083 shares of our common stock at an initial exercise price of $4.32 per share, during the five-year period beginning on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date; provided, that 434,027 shares of our common stock issuable upon exercise of the Warrant could not be exercised unless the investor purchased the Additional Note. In accordance with the terms of the warrant agreement, on May 10, 2012, the exercise price applicable to the Warrant was adjusted to$3.60 which was the lesser of (a) the then current exercise price and (b) 125.0% of the market price of our common stock on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date. The Exercise Price is also subject to adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations, and similar transactions. We are generally prohibited from issuing shares of common stock upon exercise of the Warrant if such exercise would cause us to breach our obligations under the rules or regulations of the stock market on which the common stock is traded.

In connection with the financing, we entered into a registration rights agreement pursuant to which we agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (with the “SEC”) relating to the offer and sale by the investor of the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes and the exercise of the Warrant. Pursuant to the agreement, we are required to file the registration statement within six months of the initial closing date and to use its best efforts for the registration statement to be declared effective 90 days thereafter (or 120 days thereafter if the registration statement is subject to review by the SEC).

Additional Note

On May 10, 2012, we issued a second senior convertible note, referred to as the Additional Note, in the original principal amount of $8.0 million, and the number of shares of Odyssey’s common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrant increased to

 

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1,562,600. The additional note bears interest at 9.0% per year and will mature on the 30-month anniversary of the initial closing date. The additional note will amortize in equal monthly installments commencing on the eighth-month anniversary of the initial note and may be paid in cash or Odyssey common stock. The Additional Note may be converted into Odyssey’s common stock, at the option of the holder, at any time following six months after the date of issuance. Odyssey has a right to redeem the Additional Note. The initial conversion price of the Additional Note is $3.74, subject to reset on the earlier of the date the registration statement registering the offer and sale of the common stock issuable under the notes and the warrants becomes effective and a prospectus contained therein shall be available for the resale by the holder of all of the registrable securities or the six-month anniversary of the additional closing date. The registration statement was declared effective on July 6, 2012 and there was no reset to the conversion price of the Additional Note. The principal balance of the Additional Note at September 30, 2012 was $5,757,042.

Accounting considerations

We have accounted for the Initial Note, Additional Note and Warrant issued for cash as a financing transaction, wherein the net proceeds that we received were allocated to the financial instruments issued. Prior to making the accounting allocation, we evaluated the Initial Note, Additional Note and the Warrant for proper classification under ASC 480 Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”) and ASC 815 Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”).

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. The material embedded derivative features consisted of the conversion option and related conversion reset price protection, the Company’s redemption privilege, and certain redemption rights that were indexed to equity risks. The conversion option and conversion reset price protection, along with the redemption features bearing risks of equity, were not clearly and closely related to the host debt agreement and required bifurcation. 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.

The Warrant has a term of five and one-half years and at inception, had an initial exercise price of $4.32. The contractual exercise price is subject to adjustment for both traditional recapitalization events and was reset on the sixth month anniversary of issuance to $3.60 per share. Although the warrant did not fall within the scope of ASC 480, the warrant required derivative liability accounting because the conversion price reset protection terms are not consistent with the definition for financial instruments indexed to a company’s own stock

Based on the previous conclusions, we allocated the cash proceeds first to the derivative components at their fair values (see NOTE M) with the residual allocated to the host debt contract, as follows:

 

         
     Allocation  

Initial Note

   $ 4,910,862  

Compound embedded derivative

     2,989,537  

Derivative warrants

     2,054,601  
    

 

 

 
     $ 9,955,000  
    

 

 

 

The basis that was subject to allocation included the gross proceeds of $10,000,000, less costs of the investor paid out of proceeds that amounted to $45,000. We also allocated the direct financing costs of $500,000 to the note payable and the derivative components based upon the relative fair values of these financial instruments. As a result of this allocation, $246,653 was recorded in deferred costs and $253,347 was recorded as expense.

Allocation of the cash proceeds related to the Additional Financing was as follows:

 

         
     Allocation  

Additional Note

   $ 6,339,642   

Compound embedded derivative

     1,291,298   

Derivative warrants

     363,542   
    

 

 

 
     $ 7,994,482   
    

 

 

 

The basis that was subject to allocation included the gross proceeds of $8,000,000, less costs of the investor paid out of proceeds that amounted to $5,518. We also allocated the direct financing costs of $400,000 to the note payable and the derivative components based upon the relative fair values of these financial instruments. As a result of this allocation, $317,201 was recorded in deferred costs and $82,799 was recorded as expense.

 

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The financing basis allocated to the notes payable and the deferred asset arising from direct finance costs are subject to amortization with periodic charges to interest expense using the effective interest method. Amortization of these components included in interest expense during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 amounted to $1,359,855 and $3,327,204, respectively. The derivative components are subject to re-measurement to fair value at the end of each reporting period with the change reflected in income. See Note M for information about our derivatives.

NOTE J – STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

Common Stock

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we issued 741,971 shares of common stock, valued at $2,347,826, representing payment for principal on our Initial Note and Additional Note as described in Note I.

During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we issued 287,500 shares of common stock to four accredited investors upon exercise of 287,500 outstanding warrants. We also issued 140,000 shares of common stock for the conversion of 1 share of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and 8,900 shares of common stock upon the exercise of stock options from the employee stock incentive plan.

During June 2011, we completed a public offering of 5,520,000 shares of our common stock at $3.05 per share, before underwriting discounts and commissions. This offering was conducted pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

During the three-month period ended June 30, 2011, we issued 46,000 shares of common stock to two accredited investors upon exercise of 46,000 outstanding warrants.

During our annual meeting of stockholders on June 1, 2011, an amendment to our Articles of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock from 100,000,000 to 150,000,000 was approved by the stockholders.

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2011, we issued 56,000 shares of common stock to two accredited investors upon exercise 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. This conversion was completed in accordance with the original terms of the Series E Convertible Preferred Stock.

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. This conversion was completed in accordance with the original terms of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock.

Stock-Based Compensation

We have two 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 expired. 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 can be reduced for estimated 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 nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $1,298,231 and $1,347,471, respectively and for the three-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $380,143 and $449,157, respectively.

The weighted average estimated fair value of stock options granted during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 was $2.09. We did not issue stock options in the three-month period ended September 30, 2011. 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

 

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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.

 

     
     September 30,
2012

Risk-free interest rate

   .56%

Expected volatility of common stock

   71.43%

Dividend yield

   0%

Expected life of options

   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. The marine services obligation was $3,545,140 at each period ended for September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and will be recognized as revenue over the period of time the contractual marine services are provided. The balance at September 30, 2012 of $6,671,829 also includes the remaining Galt Revenue Participation Right of $3,126,689 which is to be amortized into revenue over the expected cash flow stream as it relates to the Galt investment described in detail in NOTE N. Currently the expected Galt cash flow stream is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2012.

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 September 30, 2012, our uninsured cash balance was approximately $1,564,488.

Our term loans bear a variable interest rate based on LIBOR and our primary mortgage bears interest at a variable rate based on the prime rate. See NOTE I for further detail on these instruments. These instruments expose us to interest rate risk. On our primary mortgage, for an increase of every 100 basis points, our interest obligation increases by approximately $1,200 per month until maturity in July 2013. An increase of 100 basis points to the interest rate on our term loans increases our interest obligation, at most, by approximately $4,200 per month until maturity in July 2013. If an increase to the rates on these instruments occurs, it will 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 and linked common shares as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and the amounts that were reflected in our income related to our derivatives for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011:

 

                 
     September 30, 
2012
     December 31, 
2011
 

Derivative liabilities:

                 

Embedded derivatives derived from:

                 

Senior Convertible Notes

   $ 2,638,514      $ 2,521,422  

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     —           158,711  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
       2,638,514        2,680,133  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Warrant derivatives

                 

Senior Convertible Notes

     2,369,063        1,898,785  

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     2,268,525        2,754,375  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
       4,637,588        4,653,160  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total derivative liabilities

   $ 7,276,102      $ 7,333,293  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     
     September 30, 
2012
     December 31, 
2011
 

Common shares linked to derivative liabilities:

                 

Embedded derivatives:

                 

Senior Convertible Notes

     4,665,850        2,673,797  

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     —           140,000  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
       4,665,850        2,813,797  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Warrant derivatives

                 

Senior Convertible Notes

     1,562,500        1,302,083  

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     2,325,000        2,325,000  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
       3,887,500        3,627,083  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total common shares linked to derivative liabilities

     8,553,350        6,440,880  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     Three months ended September 30,      Nine months ended September 30,  
     2012      2011      2012      2011  

Derivative income (expense):

                                   

Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes:

                                   

Senior Convertible Notes

   $ 2,274,033       $ —         $ 1,174,205       $ —     

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

     286,355         1,185,555         158,711         740,208   

Warrant derivatives

     2,241,494         564,454         379,114         425,179   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total derivative income (expense)

   $ 4,801,862       $ 1,750,009       $ 1,712,030       $ 1,165,387   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Our Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant Financing Transaction on October 11, 2010, Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant Settlement Transaction during April 2011, and Senior Convertible Note and Warrant Financing Transactions on November 8, 2011 and May 10, 2012 gave rise to derivative financial instruments. As more fully discussed in Note Q, we entered into the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant Financing Transaction and the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant Settlement Transaction on October 11, 2010 and April 14, 2011, respectively. 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. Warrants issued with this transaction and the subsequent Settlement Transaction embodied down-round anti-dilution protection and, accordingly, were not afforded equity classification.

As more fully discussed in NOTE I, we entered into the Senior Convertible Note and Warrant Financing Transactions on November 8, 2011 and May 10, 2012. The Senior Convertible Notes embodied certain terms and conditions that were not clearly and closely related to the host debt agreement in terms of economic risks and characteristics. These terms and features consist of the embedded conversion options, certain redemption features and a conversion price reset feature. Warrants issued with this transaction embodied reset price protection and, accordingly, were not afforded equity classification.

Current accounting principles that are provided in ASC 815 - Derivatives and Hedging require derivative financial instruments to be classified in liabilities and carried at fair value with changes recorded in income. In addition, the standards do not permit an issuer to account separately for individual derivative terms and features embedded in hybrid financial instruments that require bifurcation and liability classification as derivative financial instruments. 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 compound embedded 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. We have selected Binomial Lattice to fair value our warrant derivatives because we believe this technique is reflective of all significant assumption types market participants would likely consider in transactions involving freestanding warrants derivatives. 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 inputs and results arising from the Monte Carlo Simulations process are as follows for the compound embedded derivative that has been bifurcated from our Senior Convertible Notes and classified in liabilities:

 

         
     September 30, 
2012
   December 31, 
2011

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $3.15    $2.74

Contractual conversion rate

   $3.17 - $3.74    $3.74

Range of effective contractual conversion rates

   NA    $2.74 - $2.89

Contractual term to maturity

   1.58 Years    2.33 Years

Implied expected term to maturity

   1.32 – 1.43 Years    2.06 Years

Market volatility:

         

Range of volatilities

   21.4% - 70.1%    55.6% - 101.8%

Range of equivalent volatilities

   44.6% - 57.0%    78.9% - 84.3%

Contractual interest rate

   8.0% - 9.0%    8.0%

Range of equivalent market risk adjusted interest rates

   8.02% - 9.08%    8.0% - 8.1%

Range of equivalent credit risk adjusted yields

   0.39% - 2.03%    3.1% - 3.5%

Risk-free rates

   0.17% - 0.31%    0.01% - 0.25%

 

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The effective contractual conversion rates on December 31, 2011 gave effect to the conversion price reset related to the Additional Notes, six months from their inception date, and were derived using a Random-Walk Brownian Motion Stochastic Process. In this process, the expected mean selling price of the Company’s common stock on the reset date was estimated at a range of $2.49 - $2.63 as of December 31, 2011. Once the registration statement was declared effective on July 6, 2012, the conversion price was no longer subject to reset.

Significant inputs and results arising from the Monte Carlo Simulations process are as follows for the compound embedded derivative that has been bifurcated from our Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and classified in liabilities:

 

             
     September 30,    December 31,
     2012 (1)    2011    2011

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $3.17    $2.46    $2.74

Contractual conversion rate

   $1.78    $1.78    $1.78

Implied expected term

   0.29 Years    0.70 Years    0.46 Years

Market volatility:

              

Range of volatilities

   34.0% - 72.3%    69.73% - 125.36%    49.5% - 101.8%

Equivalent volatility

   47.1%    104.27%    74.1%

Market risk adjusted interest rate:

              

Range of rates (including premiums)

   19.0% - 35.0%    12.0% - 32.00%    13.0% - 32.0%

Equivalent market risk adjusted interest rate

   20.8%    14.46%    15.3%

Credit risk adjusted yield rate:

              

Range of rates

   1.3% - 1.8%    3.21% - 4.85%    3.1% - 3.7%

Equivalent credit-risk adjusted yield rate

   1.4%    3.20%    3.1%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates:

              

Range of rates

   0.06% - 0.17%    0.13% - 0.42%    0.12% - 0.25%

 

(1) The calculation of the fair value of the embedded derivative was carried out as of July 13, 2012, which was the redemption date.

The following table reflects the issuances of compound embedded derivatives, redemptions and changes in fair value inputs and assumptions related to the compound embedded derivatives during the periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.

 

                 
    

Nine Months ended

September 30,

 
     2012     2011  

Balances at January 1

   $ 2,680,133     $ 4,075,344  

Issuances:

     1,291,298          

Expirations from redemptions of host contracts reflected in income

     (650,627     (676,718

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     (682,289     (63,490
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances at September 30

   $ 2,638,515     $ 3,335,136   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

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.

On October 11, 2010, we also issued warrants to acquire 1,800,000 of our common shares in connection with the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock Financing. During April 4-8, 2011, we issued warrants to acquire 525,000 of our common shares in connection the Series G Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrant Settlement Transaction. Finally, on November 8, 2011, we issued warrants to acquire 1,302,083 of our common shares in connection with the Senior Convertible Note Financing Transaction. These warrants required liability classification as derivative financial instruments because certain down-round anti-dilution protection or price protection features included in the warrant agreements are not consistent with the concept of equity. We applied the Binomial 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.

 

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The Binomial 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 and utilized in the Binomial Lattice process are as follows for both the issuance dates of the warrants and September 30, 2012 and 2011 and December 31, 2011:

 

             
     September 30,   December 31,
     2012   2011   2011

Linked common shares

   1,800,000   1,800,000   1,800,000

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $3.15   $3.13   $2.74

Contractual exercise rate

   $2.50   $2.50   $2.50

Term (years)

   1.03   2.03   1.78

Range of market volatilities

   38.9% - 68.1%   69.7% - 129.5%   56.8% - 101.6%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates

   0.06% - 0.17%   0.02% – 0.43%   0.02% – 0.25%

 

             
     September 30,   December 31,
     2012   2011   2011

Linked common shares

   525,000   525,000   525,000

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $3.15   $3.13   $2.74

Contractual exercise rate

   $2.75   $2.75   $2.75

Term (years)

   1.54   2.50   2.28

Range of market volatilities

   38.7% - 69.2%   76.6% - 117.6%   56.9% - 94.0%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates

   0.06% - 0.20%   0.02% – 0.43%   0.02% – 0.25%

 

         
     September 30, 
2012
  December 31, 
2011

Linked common shares

   1,562,500   1,302,083

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $3.15   $2.74

Contractual exercise rate

   $3.60   $4.32

Term (years)

   4.60   5.35

Range of volatilities

   54.2% - 71.0%   67.2% - 87.5%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates

   0.10% - 0.47%   0.02% - 0.83%

Custom lattice variable: Probability of exercisability (434,027 linked common shares)

   —     60.0%

Of the 1,302,083 common shares accessible from the warrant issued on November 8, 2011, 434,027 of those common shares were accessible only based upon the Company’s election to require the lender to provide the additional financing. The lattice custom variable is the probability that management will elect to receive this funding. Based upon all current facts and circumstances, that probability was 60% as of December 31, 2011. When the lender provided additional financing of $8,000,000 on May 10, 2012, the additional 434,027 of common shares became accessible. Warrants indexed to an additional 260,417 were issued in conjunction with the additional financing.

The following table reflects the issuances of derivative warrants and changes in fair value inputs and assumptions related to the derivative warrants during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.

 

                 
     Nine months ended September 30,  
     2012     2011  

Balances at January 1

   $ 4,653,160      $ 2,287,800  

Issuances

     363,542        906,150   

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     (379,114     139,275  
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balances at September 30

   $ 4,637,588      $ 3,333,225  
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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

NOTE N – REVENUE PARTICIPATION RIGHTS

The Company’s participating revenue rights consisted of the following at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

 

                 
     September 30, 
2012
     December 31, 
2011
 

“ Cambridge ” project

   $ 825,000       $ 825,000   

“ Republic ” (now “ Seattle ”) project

     62,500         62,500   

Galt Resources, LLC

     3,756,250         7,512,500   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total participating revenue rights

   $ 4,643,750       $ 8,400,000   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

We 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 HMS Sussexshipwreck 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 a project syndication deal with Galt Resources LLC (“Galt”) for which they invested $7,512,500 representing 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 originally allowed Galt to select only one project but an agreement was subsequently reached permitting Galt to bifurcate their selection between two projects, the SS Gairsoppa and HMS Victory. Galt will receive an amount equal to 50% of our net proceeds on the SS Gairsoppa project until they receive two times their initial investment of $7,512,500. Galt will also receive an amount equal to 50% of our net proceeds, if any, on the HMS Victory project until they receive two times their initial investment and thereafter will receive 7.5125% of our net proceeds from the HMS Victory project. The Galt invested balance will be amortized to revenue over the expected cash flow stream of the selected project. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2012, we recovered approximately 48 tons of silver from the SS Gairsoppa and commenced the refining process which allows us to sell this silver into London’s bullion market on behalf of the United Kingdom Government. The refining process commenced September 2012 and is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2012. During this time, the proceeds we receive from the sale of silver into London’s bullion market will be allocated accordingly between us, Galt and the United Kingdom Government based on contractual terms. During September 2012, we received first proceeds of $5,036,489 of which 50%, $2,518,244 has been allocated to Galt while the other 50% was allocated toward our recovery cost recapture discussed in NOTE D. Galt’s $2,518,244 represents 17% of the total $15,025,000 due. The $2,518,244 is due Galt in November 2012 and is included in Accrued expenses and other in our September 30, 2012 balance sheet. This first cash proceeds allowed us to amortize $629,561 (17% of $3,756,250) into revenue for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012. During the three-month period ending December 31, 2012, based on the expected cash flows resulting from the refining process, we expect to receive sufficient cash flow to allocate the remaining $12,506,756 to the Galt investment, thus allowing us to amortize the remaining $3,126,689 into revenue for the three-month period ending December 31, 2012. This $3,126,689 is included in the Deferred Revenue balance of $6,671,829 at September 30, 2012, see NOTE K.

 

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NOTE O — REDEEMABLE SERIES G PREFERRED STOCK

During October 2010, we designated and issued 24 shares of our authorized preferred stock as Series G 8% Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Series G Preferred”) as further discussed below. In April 2011 and October 2011, we redeemed 3 and 20 shares, respectively, from certain holders of the Series G Preferred for cash of $757,500 and $5,065,556, respectively, under the terms and conditions of the Series G Preferred Certificate of Designation. At the time of redemption, the carrying value of these shares of Series G Preferred amounted to $558,926 and $5,000,000, respectively. We recorded the difference between the redemption values paid and the carrying values amounting to $198,574 and $65,556, respectively, as a deemed dividend in paid-in capital. See NOTE K for our accounting for the associated compound embedded derivative that had been bifurcated and classified in liabilities. During July 2012, the remaining 1 share of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock was converted into 140,000 shares of common stock. As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, 0 and 1 share of Series G Convertible Preferred Stock remains outstanding, respectively.

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 will be cumulative and shall 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.

Voting Rights . The holders of Series G Preferred will be entitled to one vote for each share of common stock into which the Series G Preferred is convertible and will be 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.

 

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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 $928,481. 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 as of 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.
(2) See NOTE M for information related to the valuation of these financial instruments both on the inception date of the transactions and at December 31, 2010.

Prior to making the above accounting allocation, we evaluated the Series G Preferred and the warrants for proper classification under ASC 480 - Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity and ASC 815 - Derivatives and Hedging.

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 during the year ended December 31, 2011 amounted to $1,789,403 and there has been no further accretion during the nine months ended September 30, 2012

 

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Dividends on the Series G Preferred are recorded when they are declared. Cumulative dividends from the inception date of the transactions to September 30, 2012 amounted to $525,556 of which none are arrears on September 30, 2012.

Warrants:

The warrants issued in the financing and exchange transactions have terms of three years and an exercise price 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.

 

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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, 2011.

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

Additional information regarding our announced projects may be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our Quarterly Reports for the period ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012. Only projects with material status updates since those report were 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 vessel, the Odyssey Explorer, or chartered vessels to conduct operations based on availability.

HMS Victory Project

In 2008, Odyssey discovered HMS Victory (lost 1744) and is, as recognized by the owner and under maritime law, salvor-in-possession of the wreck. After a period of joint consultation between the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) and the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and a public consultation period, the title to the HMS Victory was transferred to the Maritime Heritage Foundation in January 2012. The Foundation, a charity established to locate shipwrecks, investigate, recover and preserve artifacts to the highest archaeological standards and to promote knowledge and understanding of Britain’s maritime heritage, has now assumed responsibility for the future management of the wreck site. The Foundation has contracted with Odyssey to provide a full range of archaeological, recovery, conservation and other services.

Pursuant to an agreement with the Foundation, Odyssey has produced an extensive project design for the archaeological excavation of the site, including a complete plan for recording, documentation, conservation, publication and public education. The agreement calls for Odyssey’s project costs to be reimbursed and for Odyssey to be paid a percentage of the recovered artifacts’ fair value. The preferred option is for Odyssey to be compensated in cash.

A report was provided to the Foundation and the UK MOD that details monitoring of the site conducted by Odyssey and Wreck Watch International between 2008 and early 2012. The report includes evidence, including photographs, of additional damage to the site since 2008 caused by human and natural forces. This report was published in June 2012 and is available herehttp://shipwreck.net/victorypapers.php. We also provided a revised archaeological project design, developed as a result of the impact report, to the Maritime Heritage Foundation. This revised project design has been approved by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, chaired by marine archaeologist; Dr. Margaret Rule. The Foundation has been informed that it should expect a response shortly from the government.

 

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Reports detailing the phased archaeological operations at the shipwreck site will be provided to the Maritime Heritage Foundation after the completion of each phase.

While awaiting final feedback on the proposal, the Odyssey Explorer is conducting search and target inspection operations in a section of the “Atlas” survey area, which is a continuation of our extensive survey of a large area in the English Channel and Western Approaches where a number of high value shipwrecks have been lost throughout history.

“ Gairsoppa ” Project

On January 25, 2010, Odyssey was awarded the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Gairsoppa by the United Kingdom Government (UKG) Department for Transport. The contract was awarded after a competitive bid process. This contract has been extended to allow recovery operations to continue through 2013.

The SS Gairsoppa was a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941 while enlisted in the service of the UKG Ministry of War Transport. Contemporary research and official documents indicate that the ship was carrying £600,000 (1941 value) or up to 7 million total ounces of silver, including over 3 million ounces of private silver bullion insured by the UKG. The British Ministry of War Transport paid a War Risk Insurance Claim for £325,514 (in 1941 value) for 2,817 bars of silver that was reported to be on board the Gairsoppa when she sank. The UKG only paid this insurance on privately owned cargo. Any cargo owned by the UKG would not have been insured through the War Risk Insurance Office.

Under the recovery contract, Odyssey assumes the risk, expense, and responsibility for the search, cargo recovery, documentation, and marketing of the cargo. Any monetary proceeds from the salvage will first be applied to reimbursement of Odyssey’s search, recovery and processing expenses. Any remaining monetary proceeds will next be divided with Odyssey retaining 80% of the net salved value, and 20% retained by the UKG.

Search operations began in July 2011. On September 26, 2011, we announced confirmation of the identity and location of the SS Gairsoppa approximately 300 miles southwest of Galway, Ireland in waters approximately 4700 meters deep.

Initial recovery operations began aboard the MV Seabed Worker on June 4, 2012 and ended on September 23, 2012 due to deteriorating weather conditions in the North Atlantic and a previous commitment of the Seabed Worker to another charter. During 2012 operations, a total of 1,218 silver ingots, weighing approximately 1.4 million troy ounces, were recovered from the SS Gairsoppa, as well as several hundred artifacts which have been declared to the UKG Receiver of Wreck.

During the 83 operational days of this period (days not affected by weather delays, transit or time in port), 71 days were spent surgically opening and clearing approximately 70% of the holds and compartments of the SS Gairsoppa which were suitable for transporting silver cargo. These areas were opened and inspected using the ROV controlled hydraulic shears, deck removal tool and small grab system operated from nearly three miles above the shipwreck site. Based on experience and data gained this season, and armed with improved tools and technology, it is expected that the rest of these areas can be searched and cleared within 30-45 operational days upon Odyssey’s return to the site in 2013.

The silver bullion recovered is being refined and sold on the London Metals Exchange. The first sale occurred in September 2012 and all silver remaining is expected to be sold in the fourth quarter 2012 (approximately $41 million in proceeds). Some of the silver may be used in numismatic or collectible coins which may provide extra revenue to the company above and beyond bullion value.

“ Mantola ” Project

Odyssey was also awarded the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Mantola by the UKG Department for Transport. On October 10, 2011, we announced the discovery of the SS Mantola , which sank on February 9, 1917, after being torpedoed by German submarine U-81. Odyssey discovered the shipwreck approximately 2,500 meters beneath the surface of the northern Atlantic Ocean, approximately 100 miles from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck.

In 1917, the British Ministry of War Transport paid a War Risk Insurance Claim for £110,000 (in 1917 value) for silver that was reported to be on board the Mantola when she sank. This sum would equate to more than 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. In September 2011, the UK Government Department for Transport awarded Odyssey a salvage contract for the cargo of the SS Mantola. The terms and conditions are similar to the SS Gairsoppa salvage contract. Under the agreement, Odyssey will retain 80% of the net salved silver value recovered.

Operations on the Mantola were planned in conjunction with operations on the SS Gairsoppa under the umbrella of “North Atlantic Expedition 2012”. Operations on the Mantola were conducted to test ship and equipment capabilities during 12 days early in the expedition. Recovery operations on the Mantola are planned to continue immediately after completion of Gairsoppa recovery operations during the 2013 season.

 

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Commodity Wreck Program

On September 20, 2012, we announced project approval and salvage contracts from ship owners for a multi-year commodity shipwreck program with a potential total recovery value of more than $230 million based upon current commodity prices and related assumptions. The company has negotiated salvage contracts with ship owners that will award 90% of the net recovered cargo value to Odyssey for four separate deep-ocean shipwrecks carrying valuable commodities when they sank. There are additional valuable shipwrecks that do not require salvage agreements that can be added to the program and undertaken while Odyssey has a ship and equipment nearby.

Planning is underway to assemble the necessary ship and equipment for the recovery of these cargoes, which is targeted to begin in 2013.

Robert Fraser Projects

Odyssey is currently working on the initial phase of a verification project under a contract executed in first quarter 2011 with certain client companies of Robert Fraser & Partners utilizing a chartered ship.

Subsea Mineral Mining Exploration Projects

We currently own 6.2 million shares of Neptune Minerals, a company focused on discovering and commercializing high-value mineral deposits. To-date Neptune Minerals has been successful in attracting the investment capital required to fund mineral exploration expeditions and is currently conducting a drilling program on one of their highly prospective tenement areas. Neptune’s capital raise, completed in December 2011, was at $12 per share of Class B common stock. Neptune Minerals recently completed another private placement for approximately $17 million at $17.50 per share. Our current ownership is approximately 30%.

In May 2012 we received our final cash payment of $1 million for charter services from Chatham Rock Phosphates, Ltd. We also received 9.3 million shares of Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd. common stock for charter services valued at $1.7 million (12.2 % of Chatham shares outstanding). Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd currently holds a license covering over 4,000 square kilometers off the coast of New Zealand believed to have significant seabed deposits of rock phosphate and other potentially valuable minerals. Since our share acquisition, the stock price has approximately doubled in value. Also, other major investors have acquired shares that have diluted our position to approximately 7.3%.

The Dorado Discovery is currently working on an environmental survey and mineral exploration project in the Pacific Ocean.

Recent Activities

Odyssey expects to announce within the fourth quarter one or more agreements with a country or countries granting exclusive exploration rights for geographic regions thought to contain high value shipwrecks or other valuable resources or assets.

According to the agreements, Odyssey will bear the costs and risk associated with these projects and will follow archaeological guidelines and the project design submitted to the governments. If the target shipwreck(s) are located, Odyssey will have an exclusive license to recover the underwater cultural heritage and will receive a salvage award as negotiated, similar to prior Odyssey projects. In the case of contracts related to mineral exploration or assets other than shipwrecks, the company will conduct survey operations and recoveries pursuant to contracts to be issued.

We also recently completed a shipwreck search expedition utilizing new sonar technology and are extremely pleased with the results produced by the new technology, which produces super high resolution images of targets even in very difficult underwater terrain. This technology shows strong potential to significantly enhance our future search capability. Several promising targets were acquired during this program and after further analysis an inspection program will be developed to further examine these targets.

Admiralty Legal Proceedings

An admiralty arrest is a legal process in which we seek recognition from the Court of our salvor-in-possession status for a specific shipwreck, site or cargo. It is the first legal step in establishing our rights to ownership or to a salvage award. If we are 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

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of the case by the United States Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida finding no subject matter jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Without concluding that the coins and artifacts recovered were owned by the Kingdom of Spain, the Court upheld the order to transfer all property to Spain based upon a finding that it was once carried aboard the Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes , a Spanish naval vessel. The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case. On February 23, 2012, Odyssey complied with the Court’s order by transferring the coins and artifacts to Spain. On April 16, 2012 Spain filed a motion with the district court for an award of unspecified fees and costs (footnoted roughly $4 million). We are opposing the motion vigorously and have submitted substantial arguments in opposition. However, we cannot predict the court’s ruling at this time.

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 .

 

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Unidentified Shipwreck (Bray Case)

On August 15, 2012, the district court dismissed this case once again, finding that the Plaintiff had failed to state a cause of action upon which relief could be granted. The Plaintiff has filed a notice of appeal stating that he intends to once again appeal the dismissal. We will continue to vigorously defend against what we consider to be a frivolous claim.

Critical Accounting Policies and Changes to Accounting Policies

There have been no material changes in our critical accounting estimates since December 31, 2011, nor have we adopted any accounting policy that has or will have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

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 September 30, 2012, compared to three-months ended September 30, 2011

 

                                 
Increase/(Decrease)                2012 vs. 2011  
(Dollars in millions)    2012     2011     $     %  

Artifact sales and other

   $ .7      $ .2      $ .5        215

Exhibit

     .1        —          —          78   

Expedition charter

     .2        5.7        (5.5     (97
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ .9      $ 5.9      $ (5.0     (84 )% 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of sales

   $ .1      $ .1      $ (—       (44 )% 

Marketing, general and administrative

     3.0        2.3        .7        30   

Operations and research

     (3.0     7.5        (10.5     (140
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

   $ —        $ 9.9      $ (9.9     (100 )% 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

   $ 2.9      $ (1.2   $ 4.0        347
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

   $ 3.8      $ (5.1   $ 8.9        174
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The explanations that follow are for the three-months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the three-months ended September 30, 2011.

Revenue

The decrease in total revenue of $5.0 million was primarily related to a decrease in expedition charter revenue of $5.5 million and an increase in artifact sales & other of $.5 million. The decrease in expedition charter revenue in 2012 was associated with our subsea mineral mining charters primarily related to Neptune Minerals charter services in 2011 ($5.3 million) and a reduction of Robert Fraser shipwreck projects ($.4 million). Also, our operational efforts in 2012 were focused on our shipwreck recovery projects (i.e., Gairsoppa Mantola and HMS Victory ).

The increase in artifact and other sales of $.5 million in 2012 was due to an increase in other revenue of $.6 million associated with the deferred revenue from the Gairsoppa project offset by a reduction in artifact sales of $.1 million.

Operating Expenses

Marketing, general and administrative expenses were $3.0 million in 2012 as compared to $2.3 million in 2011. The increase of $.7 million primarily represented an increase in our professional fees and services (.5 million) and an increase in employee-related expenses ($.2 million).

Operations and research expenses had a credit balance of $3.0 million in 2012 as compared to $7.5 million in 2011. The decrease in operating and research expenses of $10.5 million primarily represented a recoupment of Gairsoppa project search and recovery costs of $17.8 million which have been recovered based upon silver proceeds from the project in 2012. Other favorable variances of $2.9 million include the Ocean Alert which was sold in 2011 and not utilized in 2012 ($1.0 million) and the charter vessel RV Yuzhmorgeologiya utilized in 2011 only ($1.9 million).

Other Income (Expense)

Other income and expense generally consists of interest income on investments offset by interest expense on our bank term and other mortgage loans and convertible notes. Beginning in the fourth quarter 2009, it also included the income or loss from our equity investment in subsea mineral mining which has since been written down to zero. It also includes the change in fair value of the derivatives related to our issuance of Series G convertible preferred stock and senior convertible notes. The favorable other income variance of $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 was primarily related to a favorable impact on the fair value of the derivative financial instruments ($3.1 million, see Note M). Also included in other income (expense) was a favorable

 

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impact of $2.9 million on the loss on equity investment since the investment had been written down to zero in 2011. This favorable impact was offset by unfavorable interest expense variance of $1.8 million which primarily related to the interest accretion on the senior convertible note payable ($1.4 million), interest payable on the convertible note ($.3 million) and other interest ($.1 million).

Nine-months ended September 30, 2012, compared to nine-months ended September 30, 2011

 

                                 
Increase/(Decrease)                2012 vs. 2011  
(Dollars in millions)    2012     2011     $     %  

Artifact sales and other

   $ .9      $ .7      $ .2        32

Exhibit

     .2        .1        .1        51   

Expedition charter

     4.2        14.0        (9.8     (70
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 5.3      $ 14.8      $ (9.5     (64 )% 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of sales

   $ .2      $ .3      $ (.1     (45 )% 

Marketing, general and administrative

     7.8        6.9        .9        13   

Operations and research

     11.7        16.2        (4.6     (28
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

   $ 19.7      $ 23.5      $ (3.8     (16 )% 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

   $ (2.8   $ (3.6   $ (.7     (20 )% 
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) before income tax

   $ (17.3   $ (12.2   $ 5.0        41
    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The explanations that follow are for the nine-months ended September 30, 2012, compared to the nine-months ended September 30, 2011.

Revenue

The decrease in total revenue of $9.5 million was primarily related to a decrease in expedition charter revenue of $9.8 million and an increase in artifact sales & other of $.2 million. The decrease in expedition charter revenue in 2012 was associated with our subsea mineral mining charters primarily related to Neptune Minerals ($6.7 million) and a reduction of Robert Fraser shipwreck projects ($2.8 million). The expedition charter revenue of $4.2 million in 2012 was primarily associated with a subsea mineral mining charter with Chatham Rock Phosphates off the coast of New Zealand. The expedition charter revenue in 2011 of $14.0 million related to subsea mineral mining charters with Neptune Minerals. Also, our operational efforts in 2012 were focused on our shipwreck recovery projects (i.e., Gairsoppa Mantola and HMS Victory ).

The increase in artifact and other sales of $.2 million in 2012 was due to an increase in other revenue of $.6 million associated with the deferred revenue from the Gairsoppa project offset by a reduction in artifact sales of $.4 million.

Operating Expenses

Cost of sales decreased by $.1 million in 2012 versus 2011 due to fewer silver coins sold in the first quarter 2012 versus 2011.

Marketing, general and administrative expenses were $7.8 million in 2012 as compared to $6.9 million in 2011. The increase of $.9 million primarily represented an increase in our professional fees and services (.7 million) and an increase in employee-related and other expenses ($.2 million).

Operations and research expenses were $11.7 million in 2012 as compared to $16.2 million in 2011. The decrease in operating and research expenses of $4.6 million primarily represented a recoupment ofGairsoppa project search and recovery costs of $17.8 million which have been recovered based upon silver proceeds from the project in 2012. Other favorable variances of $3.6 million include the Ocean Alert which was sold in 2011 and not utilized in 2012 ($1.8 million) and the charter vessel RV Yuzhmorgeologiya which was utilized in 2011 only ($1.9 million).

 

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Other Income (Expense)

Other income and expense generally consists of interest income on investments offset by interest expense on our bank term and other mortgage loans and convertible notes. Beginning in the fourth quarter 2009, it also included the income or loss from our equity investment in subsea mineral mining which has since been written down to zero. It also includes the change in fair value of the derivatives related to our issuance of Series G convertible preferred stock and senior convertible notes. The favorable other income variance of $.7 million in 2012 was primarily related to a favorable impact on the fair value of the derivative financial instruments ($.5 million, see Note M). Also included in other income (expense) was a favorable impact of $4.5 million on the loss on equity investment since the investment had been written down to zero in 2011. This favorable impact was offset by unfavorable interest expense variance of $4.3 million which primarily related to the interest accretion on the senior convertible note payable ($3.1 million), interest on the convertible note ($.9 million) and other interest ($.3 million).

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

                 
     Nine-Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)    September 2012     September 2011  

Summary of Cash Flows:

                

Net cash used by operating activities

   $ (24,778   $ (9,236

Net cash used by investing activities

     (854     (559

Net cash provided by financing activities

     19,808        19,605   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

   $ (5,823   $ 9,811   

Beginning cash and cash equivalents

     7,972        236   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending cash and cash equivalents

   $ 2,148      $ 10,046   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Discussion of Cash Flows

Net cash used by operating activities for the first nine months of 2012 was $24.8 million. This amount primarily reflected an operating loss of $17.3 million offset in part by non-cash items of $4.1 million including depreciation and amortization ($1.2 million), share-based compensation ($1.3 million), notes payable interest accretion and loan fee amortization ($3.3 million), favorable change in the fair value of derivative liabilities ($1.7 million decrease to Net Loss, see NOTE M). Other working capital changes (including non-current assets) also provided a decrease in working capital of $11.6 million. These changes primarily included a net increase in current assets of $15.7 million (relating to the $15.3 million in accounts receivable primarily relating to silver proceeds receivable from the Gairsoppa project and $.3 million increase in restricted cash). These increases in net current assets were offset by net increases of current liabilities of $4.1 million (primarily relating to increases in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $4.7 million offset by $.6 million decrease in deferred revenue relating to the Gairsoppa Project). The increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses was primarily related to charter agreements and amounts payable under contractual commitments for the Gairsoppa project.

Net cash used by operating activities for the first nine months of 2011 was $9.2 million. This amount primarily reflected an operating loss of $12.2 million offset in part by non-cash items of $2.2 million including depreciation and amortization ($1.5 million), share-based compensation ($1.3 million), write down of vessel Ocean Alert to salvage value ($.6 million) as well as a favorable change in the fair value of derivative liabilities ($1.2 million increase to Net Loss, see NOTE M). Other working capital changes (including non-current inventory) also provided a decrease in cash of $.8 million. These changes included an increase of $2.8 million of deferred revenue offset by a decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $2.0 million.

Cash flows used in investing activities for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 were $.9 million and $.6 million, respectively, which primarily represented the purchase of marine property and equipment in both periods.

Cash flows provided by financing activities for the first nine months of 2012 were $19.8 million which primarily represented $10 million from the Gairsoppa project financing from Fifth Third Bank in July 2012 and $2.0 million proceeds from the additional term loan with Fifth Third Bank in March 2012, offset by repayment of mortgage and loans payable ( $.2 million). Also in April 2012, we received $8.0 million additional proceeds from the second tranche of the Senior Convertible Note (Additional Note). Cash flows provided by financing activities for the first nine months of 2011 were $19.6 million which primarily represented proceeds from the issuance of common stock ($15.6 million) and an increase in deferred revenue from revenue participation rights on the Galt project ($7.5 million, see NOTE N). The deferred income increase represented the proceeds from the Galt project which will be amortized into income when earned. Other uses which offset the aforementioned proceeds included redemption of a portion of the outstanding Series G convertible preferred stock ($.8 million), preferred dividends ($.2 million), and repayment of mortgage and loans payable ($2.5 million). A principal loan payment of $2.0 million was paid in August 2011 on the revised bank term loan which closed in May 2011 (see Other Cash Flow and Equity Areas below).

Other Cash Flow and Equity Areas

General Discussion

At September 30, 2012, we had cash and cash equivalents of $2.1 million, a decrease of $5.8 million from the December 31, 2011 balance of $8.0 million.

 

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On November 8, 2011, we entered into a securities purchase agreement with one institutional investor pursuant to which Odyssey issued and sold a senior convertible note in the original principal amount of $10.0 million and a warrant to purchase up to 1,302,083 shares of Odyssey’s common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $10.0 million. Subject to the satisfaction of conditions set forth in the securities purchase agreement, Odyssey had the right to require the investor to purchase an additional senior convertible note in the original principal amount of up to $5.0 million on the six-month anniversary of the initial closing date. The indebtedness evidenced by the Notes bears interest at 8.0% percent per year, payable quarterly, and matures on the 30-month anniversary of the initial closing date. (See Note I to the Consolidated Financial Statements).

In April 2012, we delivered an additional closing notice under the securities purchase agreement that was executed in November 2011 when we issued and sold the investor a senior convertible note in the original principal amount of $10.0 million and warrants in amounts as stated above. In connection with the delivery of the additional closing notice, the original agreement was amended to increase the additional second tranche of the note to $8 million. The additional note bears interest at 9.0% per year and will mature on the 30-month anniversary of the initial closing date. The additional note will be amortized in equal monthly installments commencing on the eighth-month anniversary of the initial note and may be paid in cash or Odyssey common stock. The additional note may be converted into Odyssey’s common stock, at the option of the holder, at any time following six months after the date of issuance. Odyssey has a right to redeem the additional note. The conversion price of the additional note is $3.74. The number of shares of Odyssey’s common stock issuable upon exercise of the warrant increased to 1,562,500.

During December 2011, we chartered the Dorado Discovery vessel to Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd. for $1.2 million in relation to deep-ocean surveying. The charter permitted Chatham to pay for services in either cash or common shares of their company. At December 31, 2011, Chatham was planning on a financing to pay for the charter. We did not record the revenue from this charter because of their liquidity and capital positions at that time. Chatham completed a portion of their financing in the first quarter of 2012 and remitted the $1.2 million payment. In addition, during March 2012, Chatham remitted $1.8 million for charter services performed in the first quarter 2012. An amount due of an additional $1 million was paid in May for services rendered in January 2012. In June, Chatham executed the option to pay the remaining charter balance of $1.7 million in stock and Odyssey received 9.3 million shares, or 12.2% of the company.

We are expecting to receive cash proceeds of approximately $41 million from Gairsoppa silver sales in 2012. We are obligated to pay the United Kingdom (UKG) approximately $5 million and approximately $15 million to Galt Resources, LLC. We also paid the Fifth Third Bank $10 million of project financing from the silver proceeds in October 2012. The remaining $11 million will be used for working capital purposes. The income statement impact is different than the cash flow as we estimate a $25 million favorable income statement impact from the Gairsoppa project in 2012. The third quarter 2012 favorable impact on the income statement was $18.4 million. This included project expense credits of $17.8 million which will be reimbursed from cash proceeds. Also, an additional $.6 million was amortized to artifact sales and other from deferred revenue representing the portion of Galt Resources, LLC deferred revenue earned through September 30, 2012. In the fourth quarter 2012 the favorable impact on the income statement is estimated to be approximately $7 million based upon current silver prices. This represents the remaining deferred revenue for the Gairsoppa project of $3.1 million which will be amortized to artifact sales and other. The additional $4 million of revenue represents estimated additional silver sales earned on the project in the fourth quarter 2012 (i.e., total silver cash proceeds less UKG and Galt Resources, LLC contractual payments less project search and recovery operating expenses reimbursed of $17.8 million).

Bank Term Loan

On March 30, 2012, we amended our $3 million term loan maturing on April 23, 2012. The term loan was increased to $5 million with an expiration date of July 11, 2013. 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 renewal fee of $25,000 was payable at closing. No restricted cash payments will need to be kept on deposit. The term loan is still secured by approximately 27,000 numismatic coins recovered by the Company from the SS Republicshipwreck, which amount will be reduced over the term by the amount of coins sold by the Company. The coins used as collateral will be held by a custodian for the security of the Bank. The borrowing base will be 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 July 9, 2012, Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. entered into a project term loan agreement with Fifth Third Bank that provides a credit facility of up to $10.0 million. The facility will mature on January 31, 2013. The term loan bears interest at a floating rate equal to the one month LIBOR rate plus 500 basis points. Odyssey may make prepayments in whole or in part without premium or penalty. An origination fee of $50,000 was payable at closing. A restricted cash deposit of $500,000 would be required to cover any potential interest payments if the full amount of the term loan is advanced. The term loan will be secured by approximately $15.0 million worth of silver recovered from either the SS Gairsoppa or the SS Mantola shipwreck projects. The Company is required to comply with a number of customary covenants. The proceeds of the credit facility were used to fund the project recovery costs. The company took a $10 million draw against the facility on July 17, 2012. Based upon silver proceeds from theGairsoppa project, we paid the project term loan in October 2012.

 

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Trends and Uncertainties

Our 2012 business plan contained assumptions which include several of our planned projects are being funded through project debt-type financings, syndications or other partnership opportunities. The business plan expenses included a 90-day charter agreement which we executed with a company to provide a ship and equipment to conduct recovery operations on the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects. The charter was extended for approximately another 30 days. We have recently renewed our term loan with Fifth Third Bank which increased our existing term loan from $3 million to $5 million through July 2013. We amended our senior convertible note and received an additional $8 million in May 2012. In July we executed an agreement with Fifth Third Bank which provided $10 million of Gairsoppa project financing collateralized with a portion of the silver from the project. We are expecting to receive cash proceeds of approximately $41 million from Gairsoppa silver sales in 2012. We are contracted to pay the United Kingdom approximately $5 million as well as approximately $15 million to Galt Resources, LLC. We also paid the Fifth Third Bank $10 million from the silver proceeds in October 2012. We are in the process of discussing other finance opportunities, including the renewal of the term and mortgage loans, with Fifth Third Bank for 2013. Based upon our current expectations, we believe our cash position will be sufficient to fund operating cash flows throughout the rest of 2012 and into the first quarter of 2013 taking into account our beginning cash balance, current cash flow expectations and revenues from multiple sources, including projected sales, syndicated projects and other potential financing arrangements. 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, realizing capital gains from our investments in other business opportunities or to generate income from mineral exploration activities, charters or other projects. However, it is likely that we could monetize a significant amount of cash from our existing shipwreck projects or the sale of equity in our mining projects in 2012 or 2013 which would fund our operations for future periods. 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 in the future.

New Accounting Pronouncements

As of September 30, 2012, 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 term loan and primary mortgage bear interest at variable rates and expose us to interest rate risk. Our term loan bears a variable interest rate based on LIBOR and our primary mortgage bears an interest at a variable rate based on the prime rate. See NOTE I for further detail on these instruments. Both of these instruments expose us to interest rate risk. On our primary mortgage, for an increase of every 100 basis points, our interest obligation increases, at most, by approximately $1,100 per month until maturity in July 2013. On our term loan, an increase of every 100 basis points to the interest rate increases our interest obligation, at most, by approximately $4,100 per month until maturity in July 2013. If an increase to the rates on these instruments occurs, it will 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 our 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 our disclosure controls and procedures are effective. There have been no significant changes in our internal controls over financial reporting during the third quarter of 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

 

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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, we may be subject to or may assert a variety of claims or lawsuits.

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 we are 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, 2011. Investors should consider such risk factors, as well as the risk factor set forth below, prior to making an investment decision with respect to the Company’s securities.

The issuance of shares at conversion prices lower than the market price at the time of conversion and the sale of such shares could adversely affect the price of our common stock.

Some of our outstanding shares may have been acquired from time to time upon conversion of outstanding senior convertible notes at conversion prices that are lower than the market price of our common stock at the time of conversion. Odyssey has agreed to pay each amortization payment due under the notes in shares of Odyssey’s common stock, if certain conditions are met; provided, that Odyssey may, at its option, elect to pay such amortization payments in cash. The conversion rate applicable to any amortization payment in shares of Odyssey’s common stock will be the lower of (a) the then-current conversion price and (b) a price equal to 85.0% of the average of the volume-weighted average price of Odyssey’s shares of common stock for a ten-day period immediately prior to the applicable amortization date. Conversion of the notes at conversion prices that are lower than the market price at the time of conversion and the sale of the shares issued upon conversion could have an adverse effect upon the market price of our common stock.

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

 

     
   
  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)
   
101.1    Interactive Data File

 

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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: November 8, 2012           By:  

/s/ Michael J. Holmes

                Michael J. Holmes, Chief Financial
                Officer and Authorized Officer

 

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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: November 8, 2012

 

 

/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: November 8, 2012

 

/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 September 30, 2012:

(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
November 8, 2012

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 September 30, 2012:

(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

November 8, 2012

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.