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Form 10-Q

May 11, 2015
 
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

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

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015

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 May 5, 2015 was 89,614,902.

 

 

 

 


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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 – 26   
     

Item 2.

 

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

     26 – 36   
     

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     36   
     

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

     36   
     

Part II:

  Other Information         
     

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

     36   
     

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

     36   
     

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     37   
     

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

     37   
   

Signatures

     37   

 

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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

                 
     Unaudited 
March 31, 
2015
    December 31, 
2014
 

ASSETS

                

CURRENT ASSETS

                

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 704,452      $ 3,143,550   

Restricted cash

     378,358        520,728   

Accounts receivable and other, net

     6,377,893        6,476,049   

Inventory

     569,329        674,992   

Other current assets

     777,029        655,662   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

    8,807,061        11,470,981   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

               

Equipment and office fixtures

    24,344,405        24,895,343   

Building and land

    3,759,778        3,758,688   

Building and land held for sale

    —          1,024,999   

Accumulated depreciation

    (22,113,922     (22,443,492
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total property and equipment

    5,990,261        7,235,538   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

               

Inventory

    5,080,643        5,110,967   

Other non-current assets

    1,198,684        1,272,053   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

    6,279,327        6,383,020   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

  $ 21,076,649      $ 25,089,539   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY/(DEFICIT)

               

CURRENT LIABILITIES

               

Accounts payable

  $ 6,344,672      $ 5,070,973   

Accrued expenses and other

    2,445,577        2,387,962   

Deferred income

    67,241        —     

Derivative liabilities

    2,689,348        2,226,445   

Mortgage and loans payable

    10,751,372        9,356,724   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

    22,298,210        19,042,104   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

               

Mortgage and loans payable

    11,563,086        11,808,157   

Deferred income and revenue participation rights

    4,643,750        4,643,750   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total long-term liabilities

    16,206,836        16,451,907   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    38,505,046        35,494,011   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (NOTE H)

               

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY/(DEFICIT)

               

Preferred stock - $.0001 par value; 9,675,200 shares authorized; none outstanding

    —          —     

Preferred stock series D convertible - $.0001 par value; 134,800 shares authorized; 32,400 issued and outstanding

    3        3   

Common stock - $.0001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 89,582,502 and 85,582,502 issued and outstanding

    8,958        8,558   

Additional paid-in capital

    201,437,836        198,323,630   

Accumulated deficit

    (212,141,723     (202,427,252
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity/(deficit) before non-controlling interest

    (10,694,926     (4,095,061

Non-controlling interest

    (6,733,471     (6,309,411
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity/(deficit)

    (17,428,397     (10,404,472
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity/(deficit)

  $ 21,076,649      $ 25,089,539   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

 

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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - Unaudited

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2015
    March 31, 
2014
 

REVENUE

                

Recovered cargo sales and other

   $ 94,440      $ 564,602   

Exhibit

     20,852        1,484   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

    115,292        566,086   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

               

Cost of sales – cargo and other

    212,876        119,605   

Marketing, general and administrative

    3,015,986        3,014,525   

Operations and research

    3,361,466        7,095,683   

Common stock issued for subsidiary stock option settlement

    2,520,000        —     
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

    9,110,328        10,229,813   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

    (8,995,036     (9,663,727

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

               

Interest income

    59        2,051   

Interest expense

    (662,282     (527,620

Change in derivative liabilities fair value

    (462,903     (182,713

Other

    (18,369     9,697   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income (expense)

    (1,143,495     (698,585
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

    (10,138,531     (10,362,312

Income tax benefit (provision)

    —          —     
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET (LOSS) BEFORE NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST

    (10,138,531     (10,362,312

Non-controlling interest

    424,060        563,555   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET (LOSS)

  $ (9,714,471   $ (9,798,757
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET (LOSS) PER SHARE

               

Basic and diluted (See NOTE B)

  $ (.11   $ (.12
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

               

Basic

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

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

 

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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS - Unaudited

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2015
    March 31, 
2014
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

                

Net loss before non-controlling interest

   $ (10,138,531   $ (10,362,312

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

                

Depreciation and amortization

     404,455        629,563   

Loss on sale of building and land

     29,404        —     

Loan fee amortization

     —          15,046   

Change in derivatives liabilities fair value

     462,903        182,713   

Note payable interest accretion

     292,277        256,560   

Inventory markdown

     151,922        —     

Common stock issued for subsidiary stock option settlement

     2,520,000        —     

Share-based compensation

     594,606        742,775   

(Increase) decrease in:

                

Accounts receivable

     98,156        (5,478

Inventory

     135,988        (365,674

Other assets

     (199,919     890,719   

Increase (decrease) in:

                

Accounts payable

     1,273,699        (385,567

Accrued expenses and other

     60,961        (2,106,604
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH (USED) BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    (4,314,079     (10,508,259
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

               

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

    850,000        —     

Purchase of property and equipment

    (38,503     (1,575,426
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH PROVIDED (USED) BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    811,497        (1,575,426
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

               

Proceeds from issuance of loan payable

    2,000,001        —     

Restricted cash held as collateral on loans payable

    142,370        10,324,527   

Repayment of mortgage and loans payable

    (1,078,887     (13,795,378
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET CASH PROVIDED (USED) BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    1,063,484        (3,470,851
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH

    (2,439,098     (15,554,536

CASH AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

    3,143,550        21,322,257   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH AT END OF PERIOD

  $ 704,452      $ 5,767,721   
    

 

 

   

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

               

Interest paid

  $ 364,025      $ 329,205   

Income taxes paid

  $  —        $ 15,000   

NON-CASH TRANSACTIONS:

               

Accrued compensation paid by equity instruments

  $  —        $ 113,126   

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, 2014.

In the opinion of management, these financial statements reflect all adjustments, including normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position as of March 31, 2015, and the results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented. Operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015, 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 direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, Odyssey Marine Services, Inc., OVH, Inc., Odyssey Retriever, Inc., Odyssey Marine Entertainment, Inc., Odyssey Marine Enterprises, Ltd., Marine Exploration Holdings, LLC, Odyssey Marine Management, Ltd., Oceanica Marine Operations, S.R.L., and majority interest in Oceanica Resources, S.R.L. and Exploraciones Oceanicas, S. De R.L. De C.V. Equity investments in which we exercise significant influence but do not control and of which we 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. The results of operations attributable to the non-controlling interest are presented within equity and net income, and are shown separately from the Company’s equity and net income attributable to the Company.

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

In accordance with Topic A.1. in SAB 13: Revenue Recognition, exhibit 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. Expenses related to the exhibit and expedition charter revenue are recorded as incurred and presented under the caption “Operations and research” on our Consolidated Statements of Operations.

In 2014, we were contracted to recover gold and other cargo from the shipwreck SS Central America . Our agreement allows for the reimbursement of Priority Recoupment costs which are based on pre-defined and quantifiable contractual amounts. Priority Recoupment relates to recoupment of operating and recovery expenses associated with this project. Operating and recovery expenses consist of mobilization costs and vessel-related expenses such as ships’ crew, provisions, fuel and specialized off-shore equipment. These expenses are charged to the Consolidated Statements of Operations as incurred and the priority recoupment is recorded as a benefit (credit to expense) in the period we are assured of recoupment. These costs are recouped out of first cash proceeds from the monetization of recovered cargo items that are split 80% to us and 20% to the receiver. After the Priority Recoupment is paid in full, subsequent cash proceeds are split 45% to us and 55% to the receiver, at which point in time we will record these additional proceeds as revenue. Staff Accounting Bulletin 13 requires four criteria to be present before recognizing revenue. These criteria are: collection is probable, delivery of goods or services are complete, persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists and the price or amount can be determined. Priority cost recoupment is not revenue but the same criteria are applied when determining to recognize or not. We have recovered a significant amount of gold and other valuable cargo, and based on an independent expert review of the recovered cargo, our Priority Recoupment to date as of December 31, 2014 is reasonably assured of being collected when the gold and other valuable cargo is monetized. To the extent the appraised value

 

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exceeds our priority recoupment and we are able to accurately measure or quantify a dollar amount for our 45% interest in these additional cash proceeds, we will record revenue at that time. The value of future monetization is based on what the market will bear, which is undeterminable at this time and, therefore, there will be no revenue recognition related to our 45% portion of proceeds in excess of the Priority Recoupment until monetization occurs. See NOTE D regarding the SS Central America .

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 that have a right of return. Accounts receivable is stated net of any recorded allowances.

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 principally consists of cargo recovered from the SS Republic shipwreck, other purchased artifacts, general branded merchandise and related packaging material. Inventoried costs of recovered cargo include the costs of recovery, conservation and administrative costs to obtain legal title to the cargo. Administrative costs are generally legal fees or insurance settlements required in order to obtain clear 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 cargo and the artifacts. We continually monitor the recorded aggregate costs of the recovered cargo 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.

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

Costs associated with the above noted items are the costs included in our costs of goods. Vessel costs associated with expedition revenue as well as exhibit costs are not included in cost of goods sold. Vessel costs include, but are not limited to, charter costs, fuel, crew and port fees. Vessel and exhibit costs are included in Operations and research in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Long-Lived Assets

Our policy is to recognize impairment losses relating to long-lived assets in accordance with the 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. Impairment losses are included in depreciation at the time of impairment.

Property and Equipment and Depreciation

Property and equipment is stated at historical cost. Depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method at rates based on the assets’ estimated useful lives which are normally between three and thirty 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 has income, the Company will calculate basic earnings per share using the two-class method, if required, pursuant to ASC 260 Earnings Per Share. The two-class method was required effective with the issuance of the Senior Convertible Note disclosed in Note I because the note qualified as a 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 holder of the Convertible Notes do not participate in losses.

 

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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 March 31, 2015 and 2014, weighted average common shares outstanding year-to-date were 85,515,835 and 83,937,883, respectively. For the periods ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, 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  
     March 31,
2015
     March 31,
2014
 

Average market price during the period

   $ 0.79       $ 2.10   

In the money potential common shares from options excluded

     —           10,057  

In the money potential common shares from warrants excluded

     —           —     

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

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2015
     March 31, 
2014
 

Out of the money options and warrants excluded:

                 

Stock options with an exercise price of $1.04 per share

     1,652,000        —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $1.07 per share

     50,000        —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $1.74 per share

     51,750        —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $2.20 per share

     969,610        —     

Stock options with an exercise price of $2.73 per share

     644,469        651,969  

Stock options with an exercise price of $2.74 per share

     633,835        633,835  

Stock options with an exercise price of $2.89 per share

     983,822        993,822  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.25 per share

     100,000        100,000  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.40 per share

     100,000        100,000  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.43 per share

     40,000        40,000  

Stock options with an exercise price of $3.50 per share

     100,000        100,000  

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  

Stock options with an exercise price of $7.00 per share

     —           525,000   

Warrants with an exercise price of $3.60 per share

     1,562,500         1,562,500   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total anti-dilutive warrants and options excluded from EPS

    6,907,986        4,779,626  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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  
     March 31,
2015
     March 31,
2014
 

Potential common shares from Convertible Preferred Stock excluded from EPS

     32,400         32,400   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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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  
     March 31, 
2015
     March 31, 
2014
 

Potential common shares from unvested restricted stock awards excluded from EPS

     1,776,210         654,342   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

 

                 
     Three Months Ended  
     March 31, 
2015
     March 31, 
2014
 

Net income (loss)

   $ (9,714,471    $ (9,798,757
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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

  $ (9,714,471   $ (9,798,757
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Denominator:

               

Shares used in computation – basic:

               

Weighted average common shares outstanding

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Common shares outstanding for basic

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Shares used in computation – diluted:

               

Common shares outstanding for basic

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Shares used in computing diluted net income per share

    86,515,835        83,937,883   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net (loss) per share – basic

  $ (0.11   $ (0.12

Net (loss) per share – diluted

  $ (0.11   $ (0.12

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 and mortgage and loans payable. 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. Redeemable preferred stock has been carried at historical cost and accreted 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

 

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instances, assets. See NOTE J 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 with features that are either (i) not afforded equity classification, (ii) embody risks not clearly and closely related to host contracts, or (iii) may be net-cash settled by the counterparty. As required by ASC 815 – Derivatives and Hedging , these instruments are required to be carried as derivative liabilities, at fair value, in our financial statements with changes in fair value reflected in our income.

Fair Value Hierarchy

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

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

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

Level 3.  Unobservable inputs to the valuation methodology 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

If we issue redeemable preferred stock instruments (or any other redeemable financial instrument) they are 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.

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 original mortgage loan entered into with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) on July 11, 2008, $500,000 was deposited into an interest-bearing account from which principal and interest payments are made. This mortgage loan has since been extended to July 2016. As extended, the new loan calls for a restricted cash balance of $400,000 to be funded annually for principal and interest payments (see NOTE I). The balance in the restricted cash account is held as additional collateral by the Bank and is not available for operations. The balance in this account at March 31, 2015, was $186,142.

During May 2014, we entered into a $10.0 million project loan facility with the Bank (see NOTE I). Per the agreement, we deposited, from the loan proceeds, $500,000 into a restricted bank account to cover principal and interest payments. This account balance is also pledged as additional security for the loan. There is no requirement to fund this account in the future. The balance in this account at March 31, 2015, was $192,216.

NOTE D – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Our accounts receivable consisted of the following:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

Trade

   $ 10,956,113       $ 11,053,118   

Other

     53,373         54,524   

Reserve allowance

     (4,631,593      (4,631,593
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

  $ 6,377,893      $ 6,476,049   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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The trade receivable balance at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 consists primarily of (i) a trade receivable from Neptune Minerals, Inc. for which a reserve allowance for the full amount, $4,631,593, has been made, and (ii) a trade receivable on our right to a priority cost recoupment on the SS Central America shipwreck project. We recorded a priority recoupment of costs in the amount $6,290,465 as a reduction to our Operations and research costs for the year ended December 31, 2014. These amounts are based on set and determinable contractual amounts for the recovery of the SSCentral America shipwreck. These determinable amounts define the day rate and fixed obligation due to us for our services rendered as it relates to Priority Recoupment. We are awaiting court approval in 2015 so we may assist in monetizing these assets permitting us to collect this receivable. See revenue recognition and accounts receivable in NOTE B.

NOTE E – INVENTORY

Our inventory consisted of the following:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

Recovered cargo

   $ 5,553,773       $ 5,681,264   

Packaging

     64,681         70,560   

Merchandise

     402,850         405,467   

Merchandise reserve

     (371,332      (371,332
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventory

  $ 5,649,972      $ 5,785,959   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Of these amounts, $5,080,643 and $5,110,967 are classified as non-current as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. Based on the fair market value of silver at March 31, 2015 and our inventory valuation policy, we recorded a charge to “Cost of goods sold” for the mark down of our silver Gairsoppa bars of $151,922 to fairly represent the net realizable value.

On shipwreck recovery projects where we do not own the recovered cargo, such as the Gairsoppa and the SS Central America projects, we do not carry any of the recovered but non-monetized cargo as inventory unless we receive cargo as payment for services, as part of our share of proceeds, or if we purchase some of the cargo for re-sale.

NOTE F – INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED ENTITIES

Neptune Minerals, Inc.

We currently own 6,190,201 shares of non-voting stock in Neptune Minerals, Inc. (“NMI”). These non-voting shares are comprised of 6,184,976 of Class B Common non-voting shares and 5,225 Series A Preferred non-voting shares. This represents approximately a 28% ownership interest in NMI. During 2011, NMI acquired Dorado Ocean Resources, Ltd. (“DOR”) through a share exchange with DOR’s shareholders. At that time, we had an approximate 41% ownership position in DOR. Since then we obtained additional shares in NMI from the conversion of convertible instruments or from marine services contracts from which we were compensated with NMI stock.

At March 31, 2015, our estimated share of unrecognized DOR (NMI) losses are $20.7 million. We have not recognized the accumulated $20.7 million in our income statement because these losses exceed our investment in DOR (NMI). Our investment has a carrying value of zero as a result of the recognition of our share of prior losses incurred by NMI under the equity method of accounting. Based on the NMI and DOR transactions described above, we believe it is appropriate to allocate this loss carryforward of $20.7 million to any incremental NMI investment that may be recognized on our balance sheet in excess of zero. The aforementioned loss carryforward is based on NMI’s last unaudited financial statements as of December 31, 2014. We do not have any guaranteed obligations to NMI, nor are we otherwise committed to provide financial support. Even though we were not obligated, during July 2013, we, along with a second creditor, loaned funds to NMI of which our share was $500,000, and this indebtedness was evidenced by a convertible note. This funding was not for the purpose of funding NMI’s prior losses but for current requirements. Per ASC 323-10-35-29: Additional Investment After Suspension of Loss Recognition , we concluded this loan did not increase our ownership nor was it to be considered in-substance stock. Based on the financial position of NMI at December 31, 2013, we reserved for this note in its entirety. This note carried an interest rate of 6% per annum and matured on April 26, 2014. The note contained a mandatory conversion clause if the note remained unpaid at maturity. In April 2014, the note was converted into 5,225 shares of Series A Preferred non-voting stock. These shares are convertible into 522,500 shares of Class A voting shares and require no further exchange of consideration for conversion. As a result of this conversion of the loan into equity, we recognized $522,500 of additional investment in NMI and appropriately wrote it down to the loss in unconsolidated entity in 2014.

 

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Although we are a shareholder of NMI, we have no representation in the board of directors or management of NMI and hold no Class A voting shares. We are not involved in the management of NMI. At March 31, 2015, the net carrying value of our investment in NMI was zero in our consolidated financial statements.

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. The shares currently represent less than a 10% equity stake in CRP. With CRP being a thinly traded stock on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and guidance per ASC 320: Debt and Equity Securities regarding readily determinable fair value, we believe it was appropriate to not recognize this amount as an asset nor as revenue during that period. At March 31, 2015, the net carrying value of our investment in CRP was zero in our consolidated financial statements.

NOTE G – INCOME TAXES

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2015, we generated approximately $9.3 million of federal net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards and $0.9 million of foreign NOL carryforwards. As of March 31, 2015, we had consolidated income tax NOL carryforwards for federal tax purposes of approximately $138.4 million and net operating loss carryforwards for foreign income tax purposes of approximately $14.2 million. The federal NOL carryforwards from 2005 forward will expire in various years beginning in 2025 and ending through the year 2035.

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the estimated future tax consequences attributable to differences between financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to be recovered or settled. We have recorded a net deferred tax asset of $0 at March 31, 2015. As required by the Accounting for Income Taxes topic in the ASC, we have concluded it is more likely than not that those assets would not be realizable without the recovery and rights of ownership or salvage rights of high value shipwrecks or substantial profits from our mining operations and thus a valuation allowance has been recorded as of March 31, 2015. There was no U.S. income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2015 due to the generation of net operating losses.

The increase in the valuation allowance as of March 31, 2015 is due to the generation of approximately $10.2 million in net operating loss carryforwards year-to-date.

The change in the valuation allowance is as follows:

 

         

March 31, 2015

  $  63,625,186   

December 31, 2014

    60,312,726   
    

 

 

 

Change in valuation allowance

  $ 3,312,460   
    

 

 

 

Our estimated annual effective tax rate as of March 31, 2015 is 34.84% while our first quarter effective tax rate is 0.0% because of the full valuation allowance.

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 2011.

NOTE H – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Legal Proceedings

The Company may be subject to a variety of claims and suits that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. We are currently not a party to any pending litigation.

Going Concern Consideration

We have experienced several years of net losses and may continue to do so. Our capacity to generate net income or positive cash flows for the remainder of 2015 or the following twelve months is dependent upon our success in recovering and monetizing shipwrecks, monetizing our interests in mineral exploration entities and recovered cargo, generating income from shipwreck or mineral exploration charters, collecting on amounts owed to us, generating income from other project or asset based financing, and completing the MINOSA/Penelope financing transaction. We can offer no assurance any of our planned projects will be successful in providing additional cash during 2015. We have been the target of repeated attacks by third parties seeking to drive down our stock price. These attacks are primarily organized by certain short-sellers seeking to distort the truth and

 

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thereby profit from the decline of our company’s share price (“short and distort”). These attacks have taken the form of public false statements, misrepresentations, and scare tactics in unregulated internet media channels, as well as direct and indirect attempts to disrupt our business by seeking to negatively influence our business partners and business ventures. These attacks have had a consequence on our share price, on our various business deals, and on our ability to secure certain financing alternatives. We received a letter from NASDAQ on March 9, 2015 stating that the Company’s closing bid price on the NASDAQ Capital Market had not maintained a minimum bid price of $1.00 for 30 consecutive business days and that the Company now has 180 calendar days to cure the situation. The Company may be eligible for more than 180 days to cure the situation, but if the situation is not cured then the Company’s shares could be de-listed from the exchange. Our 2015 business plan requires us to generate new cash inflows during 2015 to effectively allow us to perform our planned projects. We plan to generate new cash inflows through the monetization of shipwreck cargo and/or our equity stakes in seabed mineral companies, financings, syndications or other partnership opportunities. One or more of the planned shipwreck or mining project monetizations, financings, syndications or partnership opportunities may not be realized to the extent needed which may require us to curtail our desired business plan until we generate additional cash. On March 11, 2015, we entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Minera del Norte S.A. de c.v. (“MINOSA”) and Penelope Mining LLC, an affiliate of MINOSA (“Penelope”), pursuant to which (a) MINOSA agreed to extend short-term, debt financing to Odyssey of up to $14.75 million, and (b) Penelope agreed to invest up to $101 million over three years in convertible preferred stock of Odyssey. The debt and the equity financings are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the approval of our stockholders, and MINOSA and Penelope are currently under no obligation to provide the additional loan amounts, make the Preferred share equity investments, or exercise their call option on our Oceanica shares. (See Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—General Discussion 2014—Financings.) If our stockholders do not approve the transaction, we will likely have to seek debt or equity financing from other sources to allow us to continue as a going concern. If cash inflow is not sufficient to meet our desired projected business plan requirements, we will be required to follow our contingency business plan which is based on curtailed expenses and requires less cash inflows. Our consolidated non-restricted cash balance at March 31, 2015 was $0.7 million which is insufficient to support operations through the end of 2015. We have a working capital deficit at March 31, 2015 of $13.5 million. We have a bank loan of $7.7 million that matures in 2015. Even though our total assets on our consolidated balance sheet are $21.1 million, the majority of these assets are secured as collateral against our loans and the related fair market value of these assets may differ from their net carrying book value. Even though we executed the above noted financing arrangement, we must obtain stockholder approval and Penelope must purchase the shares for us to be able to complete the equity component of the transaction. Therefore, the factors noted above raise doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to the amounts and classification of assets and liabilities that may be necessary should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

NOTE I – MORTGAGE AND LOANS PAYABLE

The Company’s consolidated debt consisted of the following at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

Term loan

   $ 3,500,000       $ 4,000,000   

Project term loans

     15,789,600         15,502,422   

Promissory note

     1,937,858         —     

Mortgages payable

     1,087,000         1,662,459   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
    $ 22,314,458      $ 21,164,881   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Term Loan

Our current term loan with Fifth Third Bank, which is a result of amending its predecessor during July 2013, has a maturity date in July 2016. This facility bears floating interest at the one-month LIBOR rate as reported in the Wall Street Journal plus 500 basis points. Beginning January 2014, we were required to make semi-annual payments of $500,000. Any prepayments made in full or in part were without premium or penalty. No restricted cash payments are required to be kept on deposit. This facility has substantially the same terms as its predecessors as disclosed in our previous Securities and Exchange Commission’s filings.

This term loan is secured by approximately 24,600 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 carrying value of the borrowing base is not to exceed 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 include: maintaining insurance on the inventory; ensuring the collateral is free from encumbrances 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. We were in compliance with all covenants at March 31, 2015. At March 31, 2015, the outstanding loan balance for this term loan is $3,500,000.

 

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Project Term Loans

Loan one

On August 14, 2014, we entered into a Loan Agreement with Monaco Financial, LLC (“Monaco”), a strategic marketing partner, pursuant to which Monaco agreed to lend us up to $10.0 million, the first $5.0 million of which (the “First Tranche”) was advanced upon execution of the Loan Agreement. Subject to the satisfaction of conditions set forth in the Loan Agreement, we have the right to borrow up to an additional $5.0 million in two separate advances of $2.5 million each, which we refer to as the “Second Tranche” and the “Third Tranche.” Each of the three advances is evidenced by separate promissory notes (the “Notes”). The Second Tranche was advanced on October 1, 2014, and the Third Tranche was advanced on December 1, 2014. The outstanding balance of these Notes at March 31, 2015 was $10.0 million.

The indebtedness evidenced by the Notes bears interest at 8.0% percent per year until the first anniversary of the note and 11% per annum from the first anniversary through the maturity date. Principal is payable at the maturity date while interest is payable monthly. As consideration for the Notes, the Company (i) entered into a multi-year exclusive agreement in which the we granted Monaco an exclusive right to market valuable trade cargo through a marketing joint venture, (ii) assigned to Monaco 100,000 shares of Oceanica Resources S. de. R.L (“Oceanica”) and (iii) granted Monaco a Share Purchase Option whereby the investor may purchase shares of Oceanica at a purchase price which is the lower of (a) $3.15 per share or (b) the price per share of a contemplated equity offering of Oceanica which totals $1,000,000 or more in the aggregate. The Share Purchase Option may be exercised (i) by conversion of the outstanding principal, (ii) in cash for up to 50% of the initial principal amount of the Note (exercisable until the end of the term of the note) if the Note has been repaid early at the request of the investor, or (iii) in cash for up to 100% of the initial principal amount of the Note (exercisable until the end of the term of the note) if the Note has been repaid early at the request of the Company. Although the conversion price of the Share Purchase Option is variable, the amount of shares issuable under the arrangement is 10,000,000. For collateral, we granted the lender a security interest in the proceeds from the sale of valuable trade cargo whenever held, in excess of the proceeds previously pledged under other arrangements, a certain quantity of our Oceanica shares based on the loan balance and certain marine equipment and technology as evidenced by equity in two of our wholly owned subsidiaries.

Accounting considerations

We have accounted for the First Tranche 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 First Tranche 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 of 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 feature consisted of the share purchase option. The share purchase option was not clearly and closely related to the host debt agreement and required bifurcation.

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

 

                         
     T1 Allocation      T2 Allocation      T3 Allocation  

Promissory Note

   $ 3,918,254      $ 1,937,540      $ 1,909,127  

Embedded derivative (share purchase option)

     831,746        562,460        590,873  

Common shares of Oceanica

     250,000        —           —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
    $ 5,000,000     $ 2,500,000     $ 2,500,000  
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

No value was assigned to the multi-year exclusive marketing agreement (entered into with Monaco at the same time as the Loan Agreement) because the value attributable to the multi-year exclusive marketing agreement is compensatory in nature. The value of the compensation will be determined when i) the valuable trade cargo is recovered, and ii) the marketing and sales activities are successful. Accordingly, the compensation related to the 5% fee will be a period expense in the period incurred, or when a sale takes place. The assignment to Monaco of 100,000 shares of Oceanica was valued at $250,000 and was included as part of the allocation of proceeds. The financing basis allocated to the Notes is subject to amortization with periodic charges to interest expense using the effective interest method. Amortization of these components included in interest expense during the year ended March 31, 2015 amounted to $287,179. The derivative components are subject to re-measurement to fair value at the end of each reporting period with the change reflected in income.

 

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Loan two

On May 7, 2014, we entered into a new $10.0 million credit facility with Fifth Third bank similar to the loans obtained in 2012 and 2013 for the Gairsoppa project. The bank will advance funds based upon our recovery of valuable cargo from shipwrecks over the subsequent 12 months. The advances are at pre-defined amounts or percentages of the value of a project’s recovered cargo. The proceeds from our shipwreck recovery contracts or from our sales of recovered cargo will be used to repay the new loan, as was done for the previous Gairsoppa loans. The interest rate on the new loan is a floating rate equal to the one-month LIBOR rate plus 500 basis points. An origination fee of $50,000 was paid at closing. This facility matures in May 2015. A restricted cash deposit of $500,000 was required to cover interest payments when the term loan was funded, or portion thereof. We are required to comply with a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants of which we were in compliance at March 31, 2015. The proceeds are to be used to fund various project recovery costs. At March 31, 2015, the outstanding loan balance on this credit facility was $7,684,514.

Loan three

During July 2013, we entered into a $10.0 million project term loan agreement with Fifth Third Bank for the Gairsoppa shipwreck project. The facility that was outstanding at December 31, 2013 was to mature on July 24, 2014 but was repaid in its entirety during March 2014. This term loan bore interest at a floating rate equal to the one-month LIBOR rate plus 500 basis points. We were 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 required to cover interest payments. The term loan was secured by $10.0 million that was monetized from approximately 1.8 million ounces of silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa . We were required to comply with a number of customary affirmative and negative covenants of which we were in compliance during the existence of this facility. The proceeds were used to fund project recovery costs.

Promissory Note

On March 11, 2015, in connection with a Stock Purchase Agreement (See NOTE J), Minera del Norte, S.A. de C.V. (“MINOSA”) agreed to lend us up to $14.75 million, subject to the terms set forth in the Purchase Agreement, according to the following schedule:

 

         

Dates

   Loan Amount  

March 11, 2015 (Received March 2015)

   $ 2,000,000  

March 31, 2015 (Received April 2015)

     6,000,000  

April 30, 2015 (Received April 2015)

     3,000,000  

May 31, 2015

     2,000,000  

June 30, 2015

     1,750,000  
    

 

 

 
    $ 14,750,000  
    

 

 

 

The outstanding indebtedness bears interest at 8.0% percent per annum. Principal and interest is payable on (i) September 30, 2015 or (ii) if and only if the Stock Purchase Agreement has been terminated by MINOSA under specific circumstances, March 30, 2016 (the “Maturity Date”). In connection with the loans, we granted MINOSA an option to purchase our 54% interest in Oceanica for $40.0 million (the “Oceanica Call Option”). As disclosed in the Current Report and on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 15, 2015, the Call Option was amended on April 10, 2015 whereby in specified circumstances, the expiration date of the Option Agreement will be extended to a two-year period and the Option Consideration will be reduced to $20.0 million. Management believes that the likelihood of the specified circumstances occurring is remote. As collateral for the loan, we granted MINOSA a security interest in the Company’s 54% interest in Oceanica. MINOSA’s obligation to make additional loan amounts is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specific conditions. The outstanding balance of this debt at March 31, 2015 was $2.0 million.

Accounting considerations

We have accounted for this transaction as a financing transaction, wherein the net proceeds received were allocated to the financial instruments issued. The Second Tranche of $6.0 million was received in April 2015 and is not reflected in our March 31, 2015 financial statements. Prior to making the accounting allocation, we evaluated for proper classification under ASC 480 Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity (“ASC 480”), ASC 815 Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”) and ASC 320 Property, Plant and Equipment (“ASC 320”).

The debt agreement did not contain any embedded terms or features that have characteristics of derivatives. The Oceanica Call Option is considered a freestanding financial instrument because it is both (i) legally detachable and (ii) separately exercisable. The Oceanica Call Option did not fall under the guidance of ASC 480. Additionally it did not meet the definition of a derivative under ASC 815 because the option has a fixed value of $40 million and does not contain an underlying variable which is indicative of a derivative. This instrument is considered an option contract for a sale of an asset. The guidance applied in this case is ASC 360.20, which provides that in situations when a party lends funds to a seller and is given an option to buy the

 

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property at a certain date in the future, the loan shall be recorded at its present value using market interest rates and any excess of the proceeds over that amount credited to an option deposit account. If the option is exercised, the deposit shall be included as part of the sales proceeds; if not exercised, it shall be credited to income in the period in which the option lapses.

Based on the previous conclusions, we allocated the cash proceeds first to the debt at its present value using a market rate of 15%, which is management’s estimate of a market rate loan for the Company, with the residual allocated to the Oceanica Call Option, as follows:

 

         
     Tranche 1  

Promissory Note

   $ 1,932,759  

Deferred Income (Oceanica Call Option)

     67,241  
    

 

 

 

Proceeds

  $ 2,000,000  
    

 

 

 

The option amount of $67,241 represents a debt discount. This discount will be accreted up to face value using the effective interest method. Amortization for the three months ended March 31, 2015 amounted to $5,098. Accrued interest recorded on the note for the three months ended March 31, 2015 amounted to $9,205.

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 bore interest at a variable rate equal to the prime rate plus three-fourths of one percent (0.75%) per annum. The loan matured on July 11, 2013, and required monthly principal payments in the amount of $10,750 plus accrued interest. This loan was secured by a restricted cash balance as well as a first mortgage on our corporate office building. This loan contained customary representations and warranties, affirmative and negative covenants, conditions, and other provisions.

During July 2013, when the above noted mortgage matured, we extended it under substantially the same terms that previously existed. The new maturity date is July 2016. The loan bears interest at a variable rate equal to the prime rate plus three-fourths of one percent (0.75%) per annum. Monthly principal payments in the amount of $10,750 plus accrued interest are required. 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 of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $1,087,000.

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 had a monthly payment of $5,080 with a maturity date of May 14, 2015. Principal and interest payments were payable monthly. Interest was at a fixed annual rate of 6.45%. This debt was secured by the related mortgaged real property. This property was sold in sold in March 2015 and all related mortgages have been paid in full. As of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $0.

Senior Convertible Notes

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 Initial Note bore interest at 8.0% percent per year (15% under default conditions, if applicable). Interest was compounded monthly and payable quarterly at the beginning of each calendar quarter. The Initial Note was amortized with equal monthly principal installments of $434,783 that commenced on July 8, 2012. Prepayment was not allowed. Further, the Notes could have been 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 was to 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 was also subject to adjustment for stock splits, stock dividends, recapitalizations, and similar transactions. We agreed to pay each amortization payment in shares of

 

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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 was the lower of (a) the Conversion Price and (b) a price equal to 85.0% of the average for a ten-day period immediately prior to the applicable amortization date of the volume-weighted average price of our shares of common stock.

The Initial Note provided for redemption upon the occurrence of an event of default. Default conditions included non-servicing of the debt and certain other credit risk related conditions. Default conditions also included certain equity indexed events including failures to file public information documents, non-conversion or insufficient share authorizations to effect conversion and failure to obtain and maintain an effective registration statement covering the underlying common shares. The remedies to the investor for events of default included acceleration of payment at 125% of the remaining face value in certain circumstances. In the event the default redemption was 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 did not extend voting rights to the investors. However, the Notes extended 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.

The holder of the Initial Note elected to apply some of the payments due on the principal balance of the Initial Note to the Additional Note described below. During the year ended December 31, 2013, we issued 3,282,934 shares of common stock as payment of $8,608,694 in outstanding principal. During 2014, the remaining principal balance of $1,391,306 was paid in full in cash.

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 filed 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 were required to file the registration statement within six months of the initial closing date and to use 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 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 1,562,500. The Additional Note bore interest at 9.0% per year and matured on the 30-month anniversary of the initial closing date. The Additional Note 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 could have been converted into Odyssey’s common stock, at the option of the holder, at any time following six months after the date of issuance. The conversion rate applicable to any amortization payment that we make in shares of our common stock was the lower of (a) the Conversion Price and (b) a price equal to 85.0% of the average for a ten-day period immediately prior to the applicable amortization date of the volume-weighted average price of our shares of common stock. The initial conversion price of the Additional Note was $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.

On January 2, 2013, we entered into an agreement to amend the terms of the Additional Note. The installment payments due December 1, 2012, January 1, 2013 and February 1, 2013 were deferred until March 1, 2013 and the conversion price on the Additional Note was decreased from $3.74 to $3.17. We evaluated the amendment’s impact on the accounting for the Additional Note in accordance with ASC 470-50-40-6 through 12 to determine whether extinguishment accounting was appropriate. The modification had a cash flow effect on a present value basis of less than 10% and the reduction in the conversion price resulted in a change in the fair value of the embedded conversion option that was less than 10% of the carrying value of the Additional Note immediately prior to the modification. Since the amendment did not result in a substantial modification, extinguishment accounting was not applicable. During 2014, $1,739,130 of the principal balance was paid in cash and the remaining principal balance of $2,347,826 was converted into common stock.

 

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Accounting considerations

We have accounted for the issuance of the Initial Note, the Additional Note and the Warrant 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 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 from inception and 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 L) 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.

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 months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 amounted to $0 and $271,606, 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 L for information about our derivatives. As of March 31, 2015 these notes are no longer outstanding.

 

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NOTE J – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

Common Stock

In March 2015, we issued 4.0 million shares of our common stock to Mako Resources, LLC, an Oceanica shareholder, valued in total at $2,520,000 based on our closing stock price on March 11, 2015. These shares were issued as consideration for termination of Mako’s option to acquire up to 6.0 million of our shares owned in Oceanica. See Preferred Stock below and NOTE I.

In 2014, we issued 1,290,155 shares of common stock, valued at $2,420,863, representing payment for principal and interest on the Additional Note as described in NOTE I.

In 2013, we issued 3,552,357 shares of common stock, valued at $9,280,242, representing payment for principal and interest on the Initial Note and Additional Note as described in NOTE I.

During the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, we issued 2,010,500 shares of common stock to accredited investors upon exercise of their outstanding warrants.

Preferred Stock

On March 11, 2015, we entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Penelope Mining LLC (the “Investor”), and, solely with respect to certain provisions of the Purchase Agreement, Minera del Norte, S.A. de C.V. (the “Guarantor” or the “Lender”). The Purchase Agreement provides for the Company to issue and sell to the Investor, after receiving stockholder approval, shares of the Company’s preferred stock in the amounts and at the prices set forth in the following table:

 

                         

Convertible Preferred Stock

   Shares      Price Per Share      Total Investment  

Series AA-1

     101,124,042      $ 1.00       $ 101,124,042  

Series AA-2

     86,677,740      $ 0.50         43,338,870  
    

 

 

             

 

 

 
      187,801,782             $ 144,462,912  
    

 

 

             

 

 

 

The Investor’s option to purchase the Series AA-2 shares is subject to the closing price of the Common Stock on the NASDAQ having been greater than or equal to $1.26 per share for a period of twenty (20) consecutive Business Days on which the NASDAQ is open.

The closing of the sale and issuance of shares of the Company’s preferred stock to the Investor is subject to certain conditions, including the Company’s receipt of required approvals from the Company’s stockholders, the receipt of regulatory approval, performance by the Company of its obligations under the Stock Purchase Agreement, the listing of the underlying common stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the Investor’s satisfaction, in its sole discretion, with the viability of certain undersea mining projects of the Company. Completion of the transaction requires amending the Company’s articles of incorporation to (a) effect a 1-for-6 reverse stock split, (b) adjust the Company’s authorized capitalization, and (c) establish a classified board of directors (collectively, the “Amendments”).

Series AA Convertible Preferred Stock Designation

The Purchase Agreement provides for the issuance of up to 101,124,042 shares of Series AA-1 Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Series AA-1 Preferred”) and 86,677,740 shares of Series AA-2 Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Series AA-2 Preferred”), subject to stockholder approval and satisfaction of other conditions. Significant terms and conditions of the Series AA Preferred are as follows:

Dividends . If and when the Company declares a dividend and any other distribution (including, without limitation, in cash, in capital stock (which shall include, without limitation, any options, warrants or other rights to acquire capital stock) of the Company, then the holders of each share of Series AA Preferred Stock are entitled to receive, a dividend or distribution in an amount equal to the amount of dividend or distribution received by the holders of common stock for which such share of Series AA Preferred Stock is convertible.

Liquidation Preference . The Liquidation Preference on each share of Series AA Preferred Stock is its Stated Value plus accretion at the rate of 8% per annum compounded on each December 31 from the date of issue of such share until the date such share is converted. For any accretion period which is less than a full year, the Liquidation Preference shall accrete in an amount to be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months and the actual number of days elapsed.

 

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

Conversion Rights . At any time after the Preferred Shares have been issued, any holder of shares of Series AA Preferred may convert any or all of the shares of preferred stock into one fully paid and non-assessable share of Common Stock.

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 AA Preferred will receive the securities or other consideration the holder would have received if the holder’s Series AA 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 AA Preferred.

Accounting considerations

As stated above the issuance of the Series AA Convertible Preferred Stock is based on certain contingencies. No accounting treatment determination is required until these contingencies are met and the Series AA Convertible Preferred Stock has been issued. However, we have analyzed the instrument to determine the proper accounting treatment that will be necessary once the instruments have been issued.

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 AA 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 of 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 AA Convertible Preferred Stock in its entirety as being either akin to equity or akin to debt. Our evaluation concluded that the Series AA Convertible Preferred Stock was more akin to an equity-like contract largely due to the fact that most of its features were participatory in nature. As a result we concluded that the embedded conversion feature is clearly and closely related to the host equity contract and will not require bifurcation and liability classification.

The option to purchase the Series AA-2 Convertible Preferred Stock was analyzed as a freestanding financial instruments and has terms and features of derivative financial instruments. However, in analyzing this instrument under applicable guidance it was determined that it is both (i) indexed to the Company’s stock and (ii) meet the conditions for equity classification.

Warrants

Warrants to purchase 1,562,500 shares of common stock were attached to our formerly outstanding Senior Convertible debt discussed further in NOTES I and L. The exercise price on these warrants is $3.60, and they expire on November 9, 2016. See NOTE L for further information on these warrants.

Stock-Based Compensation

We have one stock incentive plan, the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan, that has been approved by our stockholders. The 2005 Stock Incentive 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 amended Plan was approved at the annual meeting of stockholders on May 7, 2008. On June 3, 2010, our stockholders’ approved an amendment to the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan which resulted in the addition of 3,000,000 shares of common stock 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 officer, director or 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. This plan will expire in August 2015.

 

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On January 2, 2015 our Board of Directors (the “Board”) adopted the 2015 Stock Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), subject to stockholder approval. The Plan provides for the grant of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, restricted stock awards, restricted stock units and stock appreciation rights. The Plan will be submitted to our stockholders for approval at the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders. The Board adopted the Plan because the 2005 Stock Incentive Plan will expire in 2015. On January 2, 2015, the Board granted, subject to stockholder approval of the Plan, 1,652,000 stock options and 951,381 restricted stock units to officers, directors, and other eligible recipients.

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 three-month periods ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $594,606 and $492,775.

The weighted average estimated fair value of stock options granted during the three-month periods ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 was $0.71 and $1.28, respectively. The weighted average fair value of stock options granted is determined using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, which values options based on the stock price at the grant date, the expected life of the option, the estimated volatility of the stock, the expected dividend payments, and the risk-free interest rate over the life of the option. The Black-Scholes option valuation model was developed for estimating the fair value of traded options that have no vesting restrictions and are fully transferable. Because option valuation models require the use of subjective assumptions, changes in or variations from these assumptions can materially affect the fair value of the options.

 

         
     March 31, 
2015
  March 31, 
2014

Risk-free interest rate

   1.78 - 2.00%   2.11 - 2.66%

Expected volatility of common stock

   64.47 - 65.95%   63.54 - 65.03%

Dividend yield

   0%   0%

Expected life of options

   6.1 - 8.2 years   6.1 - 8.2 years

NOTE K – CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

We maintain the majority of our cash at one financial institution. At March 31, 2015, our uninsured cash balance was approximately $859,000.

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, on average, $852 per month until maturity in July 2016. An increase of 100 basis points to the interest rate on our term loans increases our interest obligation, at most, by approximately, on average, $2,436 per month while an increase of 100 basis points our project term loan would increase the monthly interest payment by approximately $6,510. See NOTE I. 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 L – DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

The following tables summarize the components of our derivative liabilities and linked common shares as of March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 and the amounts that were reflected in our income related to our derivatives for the periods then ended:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

Derivative liabilities:

                 

Embedded derivatives derived from:

                 

2014 Convertible Promissory Notes

   $ 2,594,444      $ 2,115,318  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
      2,594,444       2,115,318  

Warrant derivatives

               

Senior Convertible Notes

    94,904       111,127  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Warrant derivatives

    94,904       111,127  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total derivative liabilities

  $ 2,689,348     $ 2,226,445  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

Common shares linked to derivative liabilities:

                 

Embedded derivatives:

                 

2014 Convertible Promissory Notes*

     3,174,604        3,174,604  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
      3,174,604       3,174,604  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Warrant derivatives

               

Senior Convertible Notes

    1,562,500       1,562,500  

Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

    —          —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

 
      1,562,500       1,562,500  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total common shares linked to derivative liabilities

    4,737,104       4,737,104  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

* The common shares indexed to the 2014 Convertible Promissory Notes are shares indexed to Oceanica.

 

                 
     Three-months ended March 31,  
     2015      2014  

Derivative income (expense):

                 

Unrealized gains (losses) from fair value changes:

                 

Senior Convertible Notes

   $ —         $ 47,243   

2014 Convertible Promissory Notes

     (479,126      —     

Warrant derivatives

     16,223         (229,956
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total derivative income (expense)

  $ (462,903   $ (182,713
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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 share purchase options that have been bifurcated from our Monaco Notes and classified in liabilities as of March 31, 2015 and the inception dates (Tranche 1 – August 14, 2014, Tranche 2 – October 1, 2014, Tranche 3 – December 1, 2014):

 

         

Tranche 1 – August 14, 2014:

   March 31, 2015   August 14, 2014

Underlying price on valuation date*

   $2.50   $2.50

Contractual conversion rate

   $3.15   $3.15

Contractual term to maturity

   1.38 Years   2.00 Years

Implied expected term to maturity

   1.27 Years   1.85 Years

Market volatility:

        

Range of volatilities

   75.4% - 115.9%   37.0% - 62.2%

Equivalent volatilities

   91.53%   51.2%

Contractual interest rate

   8.0% - 11.0%   8.0% - 11.0%

Equivalent market risk adjusted interest rates

   10.00%   9.50%

Range of credit risk adjusted yields

   4.69% - 5.18%   3.94% - 4.45%

Equivalent credit risk adjusted yield

   4.81%   4.15%
     

Tranche 2 – October 1, 2014:

   March 31, 2015   October 1, 2014

Underlying price on valuation date*

   $2.50   $2.50

Contractual conversion rate

   $3.15   $3.15

Contractual term to maturity

   1.51 Years   2.00 Years

Implied expected term to maturity

   1.38 Years   1.79 Years

Market volatility:

        

Range of volatilities

   75.2% - 114.1%   58.6% - 75.3%

Equivalent volatilities

   89.7%   68.00%

Contractual interest rate

   8.0% - 11.0%   8.0% - 11.0%

Equivalent market risk adjusted interest rates

   9.75%   9.25%

Range of credit risk adjusted yields

   4.69% - 5.18%   3.97% - 4.61%

Equivalent credit risk adjusted yield

   4.85%   4.24%

 

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Tranche 3 – December 1, 2014:

   March 31, 2015    December 1, 2014

Underlying price on valuation date*

   $2.50    $2.50

Contractual conversion rate

   $3.15    $3.15

Contractual term to maturity

   1.67 Years    2.00 Years

Implied expected term to maturity

   1.53 Years    1.76 Years

Market volatility:

         

Range of volatilities

   74.4% - 115.1%    61.8% - 79.8%

Equivalent volatilities

   89.3%    72.2%

Contractual interest rate

   8.0% - 11.0%    8.0% - 11.0%

Equivalent market risk adjusted interest rates

   9.50%    9.25%

Range of credit risk adjusted yields

   4.69% - 5.18%    4.29% - 4.84%

Equivalent credit risk adjusted yield

   4.85%    4.52%

 

* The instrument is convertible into shares of the Company’s subsidiary, Oceanica, which is not a publicly-traded entity. Therefore its shares do not trade on a public exchange. As a result, the underlying value must be based on private sales of the subsidiary’s shares because that is the best indicator of the value of the shares. There has been a sale of Oceanica’s shares in which a private investor accumulated 24% of the shares of which their last purchase price was for $2.50 per share in December 2013. Accordingly the underlying price used in the MCS calculations for the inception dates and quarter ended March 31, 2015 was $2.50.

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 three-months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.

 

                 
    

For the three-months ended

March 31,

 
     2015      2014  

Balances at January 1

   $ —        $ 47,243  

Issuances

     —           —     

Expirations from redemptions of host contracts reflected in income

     —           (47,243

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     —           —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balances at March 31

  $ —       $  —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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.

The following table reflects the issuances of the Share Purchase Option derivatives and changes in fair value inputs and assumptions for these derivatives during the three-months ended March 31, 2015.

 

         
     March 31, 2015  

Balances at January 1

   $ 2,115,318  

Issuances

     —     

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     479,126  
    

 

 

 

Balances at March 31

  $ 2,594,444  
    

 

 

 

The fair value of all Share Purchase Option 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.

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. All remaining warrants linked to 1,725,000 shares of common stock were exercised on October 11, 2013.

All remaining warrants linked to 525,000 shares of common stock expired unexercised on April 13, 2014. Therefore, the warrants linked to 525,000 shares of common stock were not outstanding as of March 31, 2015. Significant assumptions and utilized in the Binomial Lattice process are as follows for the warrants linked to 525,000 shares of common stock as of March 31, 2014:

 

     
     March 31, 2014

Linked common shares

   525,000

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $2.29

Contractual exercise rate

   $2.3793

Term (years)

   0.04

Range of market volatilities

   15.2% - 29.2%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates

   0.05%

Significant assumptions and utilized in the Binomial Lattice process are as follows for the warrants linked to 1,562,500 shares of common stock as of March 31, 2015, March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2014:

 

             
     March, 31    December 31, 
2014
     2015    2014   

Linked common shares

   1,562,500    1,562,500    1,562,500

Quoted market price on valuation date

   $0.70    $2.29    $0.93

Contractual exercise rate

   $3.60    $3.60    $3.60

Term (years)

   2.11    3.11    2.40

Range of market volatilities

   69.7% - 109.1%    47.9% - 66.1%    59.9% - 73.9%

Risk free rates using zero coupon US Treasury Security rates

   0.03% - 0.56%    0.05% - 0.90%    0.04% - 0.67%

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

   —      —      —  

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. 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 years ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.

 

                 
     Three-months ended March 31,  
     2015      2014  

Balances at January 1

   $ 111,127      $ 840,000  

Changes in fair value inputs and assumptions reflected in income

     (16,223      18,906  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balances at March 31

  $ 94,904     $ 858,906  
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

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 M – DEFERRED INCOME AND REVENUE PARTICIPATION RIGHTS

The Company’s participating revenue rights and deferred revenue consisted of the following at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014:

 

                 
     March 31, 
2015
     December 31, 
2014
 

“ Cambridge ” project

   $ 825,000       $ 825,000   

“ Seattle ” project

     62,500         62,500   

Galt Resources, LLC (HMS Victory )

     3,756,250         3,756,250   

Oceanica call option

     67,241         —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total deferred income and participating revenue rights

  $ 4,710,991      $ 4,643,750   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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“ Cambridge ” project

We previously sold Revenue Participation Certificates (“RPCs”) that represent the right to share in our future revenues derived from the “ Cambridge ” project, which is also referred to as the HMSSussex shipwreck project. 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.

“ Seattle ” 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 now named “ 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 “ Seattle” 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.

Galt Resources, LLC

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 one project Galt selected prior to December 31, 2011. If the project is successful and generates sufficient proceeds, Galt will recoup their investment plus three times the investment. Galt’s investment return will be paid out of project proceeds. Galt will receive 50% of project 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. Subsequent to the original syndication deal, we reached an agreement permitting Galt to bifurcate their selection between two projects, the SS Gairsoppa and HMS Victory with the residual 1% on additional net proceeds assigned to the HMS Victory project only. The bifurcation resulted in $3,756,250 being allocated to each of the two projects. Therefore, Galt will receive 7.5125% of net proceeds from the HMSVictory project after they recoup their investment of $3,756,250 plus three times the investment. Galt was paid in full in the amount of $12,506,755 during the first quarter of 2013 for their remaining share of the Gairsoppa project investment. There are no future payments remaining due to Galt for the Gairsoppa project nor did they receive or have they received any further distributions from the Gairsoppaproject proceeds. Based on the timing of the proceeds earmarked for Galt, the relative corresponding amount of Galt’s revenue participation right of $3,756,250 was amortized into revenue in 2012 based upon the percent of Galt-related proceeds from the sale of silver as a percentage of total proceeds that Galt earned under the revenue participation agreement ($15.0 million).

Oceanica Call Option

On March 11, 2015, we agreed to issue and sell up to $14.75 million in Promissory Notes (See NOTE I) to Minera del Norte, S.A. de C.V. (“MINOSA”) In connection with the loans, we granted MINOSA an option to purchase our 54% interest in Oceanica for $40.0 million (the “Oceanica Call Option”). The guidance applied in this case is ASC 360.20, which provides that in situations when a party lends funds to a seller and is given an option to buy the property at a certain date in the future, the loan shall be recorded at its present value using market interest rates and any excess of the proceeds over that amount credited to an option deposit account. If the option is exercised, the deposit shall be included as part of the sales proceeds; if not exercised, it shall be credited to income in the period in which the option lapses. The option deposit account in this case is deferred income.

NOTE N – SUBSEQUENT EVENT

On May 7, 2015, we amended the $10.0 million credit facility with Fifth Third Bank that we entered into in May 2014. The loan balance of the credit facility was $7.7 million on May 7, 2015. Pursuant to the amendment, (i) the maturity date of the

 

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loan was extended to December 11, 2015, (ii) on or before August 31, 2015, we are required to make a loan principal payment of not less than $1.4 million, (iii) additional principal payments may be requested by the Bank prior to the maturity date if we receive cash in excess of $1.0 million that is not related to our normal course of business operations, is not related to new funding of a specific project, or is not an amount scheduled to be received in 2015 pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement that we entered into in March 2015, (iv) immediate payment of the current interest due on the loan of $30,000 and bank loan amendment fees of $20,000, (v) Bank consent is required for any new loans or financing other that those included in the Purchase Agreement, and (vi) the full loan balance is immediately due to the Bank on June 9, 2015 if our stockholders do not approve the Purchase Agreement at our Annual Stockholders Meeting on June 9, 2015.

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 condition 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, 2014.

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 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 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 can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. Only projects with material status updates since those reports 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.

During the first quarter of 2015, our owned vessel, the Odyssey Explorer was in port undergoing necessary repairs, annual drydock, routine inspections and surveys and mobilization work for upcoming projects.

As we await necessary permissions to commence archaeological recovery operations on the HMS Victory project, our team aboard the Odyssey Explorer is engaged in reconnaissance operations on one or more 20th century bullion wrecks nearby. During this time we will also be finalizing system testing of our new state-of-the-art deep tow search system.

SS Central America Project

In March 2014, we were awarded an exclusive contract to conduct an archaeological excavation of and recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck located approximately 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The ship, which was immortalized in the best-selling book, ‘Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea,’ sank in 1857 with one of the largest documented cargoes of gold ever lost at sea.

Odyssey was selected for the project by Ira Owen Kane, the court-appointed receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP) and Columbus Exploration, LLC. The service contract was approved by the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio, which has jurisdiction over the receivership for RLP and Columbus Exploration, LLC. The shipwreck itself is under the admiralty jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, which ruled in July 2014 that RLP had the exclusive shipwreck salvage rights. Monetization of the cargo recovered in 2014 has not yet occurred because the Virginia Court has not yet released the cargo recovered from the SS Central America . Under the agreement with RLP, Odyssey will receive 80% of the proceeds of monetization of cargo until a fixed mobilization fee and a negotiated day rate are paid (the “Priority Recoupment”). Thereafter, Odyssey will receive 45% of the proceeds of monetization.

Odyssey conducted survey and archaeological recovery work on the shipwreck site from mid-April through mid-September 2014. Over 15,500 silver and gold coins as well as 45 gold ingots, dust, nuggets, jewelry and other artifacts were recovered from the shipwreck. The detailed recovery inventory lists and recovery reports are available on our website. Odyssey has exclusive rights to perform future recovery work on this shipwreck site under contract with RLP through the first quarter of 2019. RLP and Odyssey will continue to analyze the data obtained in 2014 to determine whether to conduct work on the site in future seasons.

 

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No revenues from this project have been recognized to date because the recovered items have not been monetized, and thus the realized value cannot be fully measured at this time. However, we recognized the Priority Recoupment as a benefit (credit to expense) in the second and third quarters of 2014 because the potential monetization value of the already-recovered cargo is well in excess of the project costs. The Priority Recoupment in the second and third quarter of 2014 was $3.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. Tens of millions of dollars’ worth of valuable cargo was recovered from the shipwreck in 2014, but the exact value will only be determined by a monetization event. Odyssey has a right to a share of the proceeds from this monetization but is not the owner of the recovered cargo and, that being the case, none of the recovered cargo is carried as inventory on the balance sheet of Odyssey. The first proceeds received by Odyssey from the monetization of the recovered cargo will be used to satisfy any outstanding principal and interest due on the Fifth Third Bank credit facility of May 7, 2014 (See Note I).

HMS Victory Project

In 2008, Odyssey discovered the shipwreck of HMS Victory (lost 1744) and, with the permission of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), recovered two cannons to aid in positive identification of the shipwreck. In 2010, the MOD and the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) held a joint public consultation on options for the management of the site. In January 2012, a deed of gift transferred the Victory (1744) and associated materials belonging to the Crown to the Maritime Heritage Foundation (MHF), a UK charity whose mission is to promote knowledge and understanding of Britain’s maritime heritage. Odyssey is recognized as the salvor-in-possession of the wreck by the MHF and under maritime law. The MHF has now assumed responsibility for the future management of the wreck site and has contracted with Odyssey to provide a full range of archaeological, recovery, conservation and other services.

Between February and August 2012, Odyssey conducted, on behalf of the MHF, a comprehensive non-disturbance survey that completed the non-disturbance sections of the project design. The wide ranging initiatives included side-scan and multibeam sonar survey, production of two photomosaics, the recording of all surface features, remote geophysical sensing for ferrous (FADE), non-ferrous (TSS) and other sub-bottom imaging anomalies (SBI), and an environmental and marine biological site assessment contracted to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Three sacrificial frames containing metal and wood samples were buried offsite as part of an environmental studies program. Five papers detailing this non-disturbance work have been published, including ‘ HMS Victory (Site 25C). Preliminary Results of the Non-Disturbance Shipwreck Survey, 2012.’ These scientific papers, as well as eight others related to Victory , are available at www.victory1744.org , a website dedicated to Victory that includes a unique virtual dive trail.

A detailed project design for the archaeological excavation of the site, including a complete plan for recording, documentation, conservation, publication and public education was submitted to the UK Ministry of Defence’s Advisory Group. On October 24, 2014, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced its consent to proceed with the archaeological investigation and recovery of at-risk artifacts from the HMS Victory (1744) wreck site in accordance with the Project Design that has been approved. In March 2015, the MOD withdrew this permission to address the issues raised in an application for Judicial Review of the original consent. The MHF has informed us they expect the MOD to issue a new consent taking into account the issues raised in the Judicial Review application. An application to the UK Marine Management Organisation (“MMO”) was submitted in December 2014 seeking a permit for regulated activities related to the Victory project. Approvals necessary to proceed are expected in the coming months.

Commodity Wreck Program

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. Odyssey’s research has also identified numerous other shipwrecks carrying potentially valuable commodity cargos and these shipwrecks, which don’t require advance salvage agreements, have also been added to the program.

Odyssey has conducted tests on our modified 6,000 meter inspection class ROV, a new 3,000 meter depth capable 7160 hull mounted multi-beam, and a 12 kHz 6,000 meter echo-sounder that can be utilized on these commodity projects. In addition, an advanced custom 6,000 meter depth capability search system that utilizes dual 7125 multi-beam systems was delivered in the second quarter of 2014 for use on commodity shipwreck search and inspection projects. In September and October 2014, we fully integrated this new system aboard the Odyssey Explorer and conducted extensive at-sea tests of this new technology. As a result of these system tests several feature enhancements were identified. Manufacture modifications have since been integrated and additional at-sea system testing is being conducted in the second quarter of 2015 in anticipation of deployment of this system on project work in the near future. The capabilities of this new system provide us with an effective deep ocean search system that significantly extends our ability to detect and assess both shipwreck and mineralized deposits down to the depth of 6,000 meters.

 

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We are currently conducting reconnaissance work on one or more 20 th century shipwrecks. Before initiating recovery efforts on any of these commodity shipwrecks, reconnaissance is required in order to determine the position and condition of the ships to define the specific recovery equipment and to determine the economic feasibility of recovery operations.

Subsea Mineral Mining Exploration Projects

Neptune Minerals, Inc.

We currently own approximately 6.2 million Class B non-voting shares of Neptune Minerals, Inc. (NMI), a company focused on discovering and commercializing high-value mineral deposits. In 2013, we extended a convertible loan of $500,000 to NMI, which was fully reserved for at December 31, 2013. The loan matured on April 26, 2014. In April 2014, the note was converted into 5,225 shares of Series A Preferred non-voting stock. These shares are convertible into 522,500 shares of Series A voting shares for no additional consideration. Our current ownership of NMI is approximately 28%. NMI holds tenement rights to numerous SMS (Seafloor Massive Sulfides) deposits in the South Pacific that commonly contain high concentrations of copper, zinc, gold, and silver. Our investment in NMI is carried in the consolidated financial statements at a net value of zero. We are not involved in the management of NMI nor do we have any obligation to provide additional capital to NMI.

Oceanica Resources, S. de R.L.

In February 2013, we disclosed Odyssey’s ownership interest, through Odyssey Marine Enterprises, Ltd., a wholly owned Bahamian company (“Enterprises”), in Oceanica Resources, S. de R.L., a Panamanian company (“Oceanica”), and Exploraciones Oceanicas, S. De R.L. De C.V. (“ExO”), a subsidiary of Oceanica. ExO is in the business of mineral exploration and controls exclusive permits in an area in Mexican waters that contains a large amount of phosphate mineralized material. Phosphate is a key ingredient of fertilizers. In March 2014, Odyssey received an NI 43-101 technical report/preliminary assessment on the deposit and periodically issues updates on this report. Odyssey initially held 77.6 million of Oceanica’s 100.0 million outstanding shares. Subsequently, Enterprises sold and transferred to Mako Resources, LLC (“Mako”) 15.0 million shares for a purchase price of $1.00 per share and granted Mako options to purchase an additional 15.0 million shares at the purchase price of $2.50 per share before December 31, 2013.

In June 2013, Mako agreed to exercise of a portion of these options to purchase 8 million shares at a reduced exercise price of $1.25 per share. As part of Odyssey’s strategy to maintain a majority position in Oceanica, in parallel with the early exercise, Odyssey purchased one million shares of Oceanica from another Oceanica shareholder at $1.25 per share. This transaction also granted Odyssey voting rights on an additional three million shares of Oceanica held by such other Oceanica shareholder so long as there is no change in control of Odyssey.

An option to purchase an additional one million shares was exercised by Mako on December 30, 2013 for a total amount of $2.5 million. The options on the remaining 6.0 million shares were extended in December 2014 and early 2015. On March 11, 2015, these options were terminated in exchange for the issuance of 4.0 million shares of our common stock to Mako.

ExO has conducted extensive scientific testing of the mineralized phosphate material and of the environmental impact of recovering the mineralized material from the seafloor. ExO has been working with leading environmental experts on the impact assessment and permitting process, with Royal Boskalis on the extraction and processing program, and with JPMorgan on the strategic growth alternatives.

ExO applied for and recently has been granted additional mining concession areas by the Mexican government. These additional areas are adjacent to the zones with the highest concentration of mineralization in the original mining concession area.

In September 2014, ExO reported that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for proposed dredging and recovery of phosphate sands from the “Don Diego” deposit had been filed with the Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). This EIA application is needed in order to obtain an environmental permit to begin the commercial extraction of phosphate from the tenement area. In November 2014, SEMARNAT held a public hearing on the EIA in Mexico and asked supplemental questions to ExO on its EIA application. In full compliance with the SEMARNAT process, a response was filed in March 2015. In addition to providing supplemental scientific information and studies, the response included additional mitigation and economic considerations to reinforce ExO’s commitment to being good corporate citizens and stewards of the environment.

In August 2014, we entered into a new loan agreement with Monaco Financial, LLC, a marketing partner. Under terms of that agreement, Monaco may convert all or part of the loan balance into Oceanica shares held by us or purchase some Oceanica shares from us at a price of $3.15 (See NOTE I). At December 31, 2014, the outstanding principal amount on the loan was $10.0 million.

 

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Admiralty Legal Proceedings

An admiralty arrest is a legal process in the United States in which we may 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 through the federal admiralty process in the United States. 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.

There are currently no pending admiralty legal proceedings to which we are a party. We have, however entered into a court-approved Services Agreement with Recovery Limited Partnership for the salvage of the SS Central America arrested in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. The District Court has determined Recovery Limited Partnership is the real party in interest and salvor-in-possession of the SS Central America . Recovery Limited Partnership’s motion to award title is pending before the court.

Critical Accounting Policies and Changes to Accounting Policies

There have been no material changes in our critical accounting estimates since December 31, 2014, 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 March 31, 2015, compared to three-months ended March 31, 2014

 

                                 
Increase/(Decrease)                  2015 vs. 2014  
(Dollars in millions)    2015      2014      $      %  

Recovered cargo sales and other

   $ 0.1       $ 0.6       $ (0.5      (83 %) 

Exhibit

     0.0         0.0         0.0         0   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

  $ 0.1      $ 0.6      $ (0.5     (80 %) 
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cost of sales

  $ 0.2      $ 0.1      $ 0.1        78

Marketing, general and administrative

    3.0        3.0        0.0        0   

Operations and research

    3.4        7.1        (3.7     (53

Common stock issued for subsidiary stock option settlement

    2.5        —          2.5        100   
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

  $ 9.1      $ 10.2      $ (1.1     (11 %) 
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other income (expense)

  $ (1.1   $ (0.7   $ (0.4     (63 %) 
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income tax benefit (provision)

  $ —        $ —        $ —          —     
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Non-controlling interest

  $ 0.4      $ 0.6      $ (0.1     (25 %) 
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

  $ (9.7   $ (9.8   $ 0.1        1
    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The explanations that follow are for the three-months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the three-months ended March 31, 2014.

Revenue

Revenue is generated through the sale of recovered cargo such as coins, bullion, artifacts and merchandise, fees from our themed attraction exhibit and expedition charters.

Total revenue decreased by $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 mainly because the 2014 period included revenues from the sale of gold from theGairsoppa shipwreck that was not replicated in 2015. The majority of revenue in 2015 resulted from the sale of inventory items such as coins, whereas 2014 revenue was the product of coin sales and a large sale of gold obtained from refining the silver bullion recovered from the Gairsoppa shipwreck.

Although significant quantities of gold and silver cargo items were recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck in 2014, no revenues have been recognized so far in 2014 or 2015 from this project since any amounts can only be measured upon monetization of the recovered cargo. The ability to monetize cargo from this project is dependent on a final judicial ruling from the United States Federal Court. None of the cargo recovered in 2014 from SS Central America shipwreck has been monetized so far.

 

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Operating Expenses

Cost of sales consists of shipwreck recovery costs, grading, conservation, packaging, and shipping costs associated with cargo and merchandise sales. Cost of sales is recorded for the sale of eachRepublic coin or the sale of merchandise and other items owned by us. We acquired non-refined Gairsoppa silver bars from the UK government. Some of these silver bars and other Gairsoppa merchandise were sold in 2014 and 2015 generating cost of sales. This was the majority of cost of sales in the first three months of 2014. Cost of sales in the first quarter of 2015 includes a write-down of the carrying value of our inventory of Gairsoppa silver bars as a result of a decline in world silver prices. There is no cost of sales incurred or associated with the Gairsoppa licensing agreement or Gairsoppa gold or silver bullion sales.

Marketing, general and administrative expenses primarily include all costs within the following departments: Executive, Finance & Accounting, Legal, Information Technology, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Sales and Business Development. Marketing, general and administrative expenses remained unchanged at $3.0 million in 2015 and in 2014.

Operations and research expenses primarily include all costs within Archaeology, Conservation, Exhibits, Research, and Marine operations, which include all vessel and charter operations. First quarter Operations and research expenses were $3.4 million in 2015 as compared to $7.1 million in 2014. This $3.7 million decrease is mainly due to (i) $3.1 million in savings from the termination of theDorado Discovery vessel lease in August 2014, and to (ii) $0.6 million in lower costs in the first quarter of 2015 for mineral operations than in 2014.

Common stock issued for subsidiary stock option settlement was $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to nil in 2014. This represents the cost of exchanging 4.0 million newly issued shares of our common stock for cancelling MAKO Resources’ call option on 6 million shares of Oceanica held by us. This transaction ensured that Odyssey maintained majority control over Oceanica.

Other Income and 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. It can also include the change in fair value of the derivatives related to our issuance of certain convertible warrants and notes. Total other income decreased 63% in 2015 compared 2014 as a result of an increase in interest expense (higher balance of interest-bearing debt in 2015), in addition to the change in the fair value of the derivative financial instruments (see NOTE L). Other income in 2015 was made up of $0.5 million in expense from the change in the fair value of derivative financial instruments ($0.6 million related to the change in the stock price/volatility, and ($0.1) million of other), and by $0.7 million of expense from interest on our financial debt. Other expense in the first quarter of 2014 was made up of $0.2 million in expense from the change in the fair value of derivative financial instruments (($0.1) million related to the change in the stock price/volatility, $0.1 million related to the change in the probability of exercise of certain instruments and $0.2 million of other), as well as $0.5 million of expense from interest on our financial debt.

Taxes and Non-Controlling Interest

We did not accrue any taxes in the first quarter of either 2015 or 2014.

Starting in 2013, we became the controlling shareholder of Oceanica. Our financial statements thus include the financial results of Oceanica. Except for intercompany transactions that are eliminated upon consolidation, Oceanica’s revenues and expenses, in their entirety, are shown in our consolidated financial statements. The share of Oceanica’s net losses corresponding to the equity of Oceanica not owned by us is subsequently shown as the “Non-Controlling Interest” in the consolidated statements of operations. The non-controlling interest adjustment in the first quarter of 2015 was $0.1 million lower than in the first quarter of 2014 due to lower expenses in our subsidiaries in 2015 as compared to 2014. In 2014, our subsea mineral exploration subsidiary was engaged in environmental studies and preparation of the Don Diego MIA whereas in 2015 most of that work was completed.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

                 
     Three-Months Ended  
(In thousands)    March 2015      March 2014  

Summary of Cash Flows:

                 

Net cash used by operating activities

   $ (4,313    $ (10,509

Net cash used by investing activities

     811         (1,575

Net cash provided by financing activities

     1,063         (3,471
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

  $ (2,439   $ (15,555

Beginning cash and cash equivalents

    3,143        21,322   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Ending cash and cash equivalents

  $ 704      $ 5,768   
    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Discussion of Cash Flows

Net cash used by operating activities for the first three months of 2015 was $4.3 million, or an improvement of $6.2 million compared to the same period in the previous year, primarily as a result of increased non-cash items and accounts payable. The 2015 operating cash flows primarily reflected a net loss before non-controlling interest of $10.1 million offset by non-cash items of $5.8 million including common stock issued for subsidiary stock option settlement ($2.5 million, see NOTE J), depreciation and amortization ($0.4 million), share-based compensation ($0.6 million), notes payable interest accretion ($0.3 million), and the change in the fair value of derivative liabilities ($0.5 million, see NOTE L). Other working capital changes (including non-current assets) resulted in an increase in working capital of $1.5 million. This primarily included an increase in vessel-related accounts payable in 2015 of $1.3 million. Other changes in working capital in the first three months of 2015 included a $0.1 million increase in accrued expenses and a $0.1 million decrease in inventory and accounts receivable.

Net cash used by operating activities for the first three months of 2014 was $10.2 million. This amount primarily reflected a net loss before non-controlling interest of $10.4 million offset in part by non-cash items of $1.8 million including depreciation and amortization ($0.6 million), share-based compensation ($0.7 million), notes payable interest accretion and loan fee amortization ($0.3 million), and the change in the fair value of derivative liabilities ($0.2 million, see NOTE L). Other working capital changes (including non-current assets) resulted in a decrease in working capital of $1.6 million which primarily included a $2.1 million decrease in accrued expenses. The decrease in accrued expenses in the first quarter of 2014 resulted primarily from the payment of $1.3 million to the UK on the Gairsoppaproject and the payment of other accruals made at the end of 2013. Other changes in working capital in the first quarter of 2014 included a $0.4 million increase in inventory, a $0.3 million decrease in restricted cash, a $0.9 million decrease in other assets, and a $0.4 million decrease in accounts payable.

Cash flows from investing activities for the first three months of 2015 were $0.8 million. Our Nassau street building research and conservation operations were consolidated within our Laurel street location and that building was sold, providing the majority of these proceeds.

Cash flows used in investing activities for the first three months of 2014 were $1.6 million. The major equipment purchases in 2014 included $0.7 million for new mineral exploration equipment for the Dorado Discovery and $0.7 million for the Odyssey Explorer which included steelwork, an umbilical cable and a control system for the ROV.

Cash flows provided by financing activities for the first three months of 2015 were $1.1 million. In the first quarter, we borrowed $2.0 million from MINOSA (see Note I). This cash inflow was offset by repayment of debt obligations which included $0.6 million in mortgage payable reductions and an additional $0.5 million in payments on the term loan from Fifth Third Bank. The 2013 $10.0 millionGairsoppa project loan was paid off in 2014 using $10.0 million in restricted cash held at Fifth Third Bank. The remaining variance in cash flows used for financing activities is due to the change in restricted cash.

Cash flows used for financing activities for the first three months of 2014 were $3.7 million which primarily represents repayment of debt obligations. $3.1 million of that amount was for short term notes payable. An additional $0.5 million was a payment on the term loan from Fifth Third Bank. The $10.0 million project loan was paid off using $10.0 million in restricted cash held at Fifth Third Bank. The remaining cash flows used for financing activities were mortgage payments.

Other Cash Flow and Equity Areas

General Discussion

At March 31, 2015, we had cash and cash equivalents of $0.7 million, a decrease of $2.4 million from the December 31, 2014 balance of $3.1 million. This reduction was mainly the result of cash used in operations during the first three months of 2015. The Odyssey Explorer vessel spent the first quarter of 2015 in port in the UK. It underwent its required annual dry-dock repair, maintenance, inspection, and certification process. Odyssey continued work on the Oceanica phosphate project in Mexico and submitted the updates to the Environmental Impact Assessment application and responded to question posed by the Mexican environmental agency.

Financial debt of the company was increased by $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2015, from a balance of $21.2 million at December 31, 2014 to a balance of $22.4 million at March 31, 2015. On March 11, 2015, we entered into a new financing deal with MINOSA. We received $2.0 million from a promissory note as part of this arrangement. Additional debt reductions resulted from $0.5 million in scheduled semi-annual payments on our Term Loan with Fifth Third Bank, and $0.6 million of mortgage payments, the bulk of which paid off our Nassau street building mortgage upon the sale of that building in 2015.

 

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Financings

Stock Purchase Agreement

On March 11, 2015, Odyssey entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Penelope Mining LLC (the “Investor”), and, solely with respect to certain provisions of the Purchase Agreement, Minera del Norte, S.A. de C.V. (the “Guarantor” or the “Lender”). The Purchase Agreement provides for the Company to issue and sell to the Investor shares of the Company’s preferred stock in the amounts and at the prices set forth below:

 

                 

Series

   No. of Shares      Price 
per Share
 

Series AA-1

     101,124,042       $ 1.00   

Series AA-2

     86,677,740       $ 0.50   

The closing of the sale and issuance of shares of the Company’s preferred stock to the Investor is subject to certain conditions, including the Company’s receipt of required approvals from the Company’s stockholders, the receipt of regulatory approval, performance by the Company of its obligations under the Purchase Agreement, receipt of certain third party consents, the listing of the underlying common stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the Investor’s satisfaction, in its sole discretion, with the viability of certain undersea mining projects of the Company. Completion of the transaction requires amending the Company’s articles of incorporation to (a) effect a 1-for-6 reverse stock split, (b) adjust the Company’s authorized capitalization, and (c) establish a classified board of directors (collectively, the “Amendments”). The Amendments will be set forth in a certificate of amendment (the “Amendment Certificate”) to the Company’s articles of incorporation to be filed with the Nevada Secretary of State. Under Section 78.390 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, the Amendments must be approved by the holders of at least a majority of the Company’s outstanding voting securities present in person or by proxy at a meeting of the stockholders at which a quorum is present. In addition, under NASDAQ Rule 5635, the issuance of the shares of preferred stock must be approved by holders of at least a majority of the shares present in person or by proxy at a meeting of the stockholders at which a quorum is present. Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company is required to promptly file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and mail to its stockholders of record a definitive proxy statement relating to a meeting of the Company’s stockholders (the “Meeting”) for the purpose of, among other things, approving the Purchase Agreement, the Amendments, and the issuance and sale of the shares of preferred stock to the Investor, and to elect individuals designated by the Investor and reasonably acceptable to the Company to the Company’s board of directors, with such individuals constituting a majority of the members of the board of directors.

Each of the Company’s executive officers and directors, who hold in the aggregate approximately 5.8% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“Common Stock”), have entered into a voting agreement (the “Voting Agreement”) with the Investor pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the Amendment Certificate, the Purchase Agreement, the transactions contemplated thereby, and certain related matters.

The purchase and sale of 35,000,004 shares of Series AA-1 Preferred Stock will occur at an initial closing to be held on the later of (i) 150 days after the signing of the Purchase Agreement, and (ii) three business days after stockholder and any other necessary approvals are obtained, and the satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions to the initial closing set forth in the Purchase Agreement. The Purchase Agreement provides for the purchase and sale of the remaining 69,305,856 shares of Series AA-1 Preferred Stock according to the following schedule, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement:

 

                 

Date

   No. Series AA- 
1 Shares
     Total Purchase 
Price
 

March 1, 2016

     21,683,868       $ 21,683,868   

September 1, 2016

     21,683,868       $ 21,683,868   

March 1, 2017

     18,214,446       $ 18,214,446   

March 1, 2018

     4,541,856       $ 4,541,856   

The Investor may elect to purchase all or a portion of the Series AA-1 Preferred Stock before the dates set forth above. After completing the purchase of all AA-1 Preferred Stock, the Investor has the right, but not the obligation, to purchase all or a portion the 86,677,740 shares of Series AA-2 Preferred Stock at any time after the closing price of the Common Stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market has been $1.26 or more for 20 consecutive trading days. The Investor’s right to purchase the shares of Series AA-2 Preferred Stock will terminate on the fifth anniversary of the initial closing under the Purchase Agreement.

 

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The Purchase Agreement contains certain restrictions, subject to certain exceptions described below, on the Company’s ability to initiate, solicit or knowingly encourage or facilitate an alternative acquisition proposal, to participate in any discussions or negotiations regarding an alternative acquisition proposal, or to enter into any acquisition agreement, merger agreement or similar definitive agreement, or any letter of intent, memorandum of understanding or agreement in principle, or any other agreement relating to an alternative acquisition proposal. These restrictions will continue until the earlier to occur of the termination of the Purchase Agreement pursuant to its terms and the time at which the initial closing occurs. Notwithstanding this limitation, prior to time stockholder approval is obtained, the Company may under certain circumstances provide information to third parties and participate in discussions and negotiations with respect to any unsolicited alternative acquisition proposal that the Company’s board of directors has determined constitutes or could reasonably be expected to result in a “Superior Proposal” (which is generally defined to refer to a bona fide written acquisition proposal that the Company’s board of directors determines, in its good faith judgment, after consultation with its outside legal counsel and financial advisor, is (i) more favorable to the Company’s stockholders from a financial point of view than the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement, taking into account all of the terms and conditions of acquisition proposal (including any conditions to any related financing), and (ii) is reasonably likely of being completed in a timely manner in accordance with its terms.

The Purchase Agreement also includes customary termination rights for both the Company and the Investor and provides that, in connection with the termination of the Purchase Agreement under specified circumstances, including in the event of a termination by the Company in order to accept a Superior Proposal, the Company will be required to pay to the Investor a termination fee of $4.0 million.

The Purchase Agreement contains representations, warranties and covenants of the parties customary for a transaction of this type.

Subject to the terms set forth in the Purchase Agreement, the Lender agreed to provide the Company, through a subsidiary of the Company, with loans of up to $14.75 million, the outstanding amount of which, plus accrued interest, will be repaid from the proceeds from the sale of the shares of Series AA-1 Preferred Stock at the initial closing. The Lender loaned the Company $2.0 million upon the signing of the Purchase Agreement, and the additional loans will made according to the following schedule, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified conditions set forth in the Purchase Agreement:

 

         

Date

   Loan Amount  

March 31, 2015

   $ 6,000,000   

April 30, 2015

   $ 3,000,000   

May 31, 2015

   $ 2,000,000   

June 30, 2015

   $ 1,750,000   

The March 31, 2015 $6.0 million loan amount was received in early April 2015 and was thus not included in the financial statements of March 31, 2015.

The loans must be repaid if the necessary approvals of the transactions are not obtained. The obligation to repay the loans is evidenced by a promissory note (the “Note”) in the amount of up to $14.75 million and bears interest at the rate of 8.0% per annum, and, pursuant to a pledge agreement (the “Pledge Agreement”) between the Lender and Odyssey Marine Enterprises Ltd., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“OME”), is secured by a pledge of 54.0 million shares of Oceanica Resources S. de R.L., a Panamanian limitada (“Oceanica”), held by OME. In addition, OME and the Lender entered into a call option agreement (the “Oceanica Call”), pursuant to which OME granted the Lender an option to purchase the 54.0 million shares of Oceanica held by OME for an exercise price of $40.0 million at any time during the one-year period after the Oceanica Call was executed and delivered by the parties. As disclosed in the Current Report and on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 15, 2015, the Call Option was amended on April 10, 2015 whereby in specified circumstances, the expiration date of the Option Agreement will be extended to a two-year period and the Option Consideration will be reduced to $20 million. Management believes that the likelihood of the specified circumstances occurring is remote. The Oceanica Call will terminate if the Investor elects to terminate the Purchase Agreement under specified circumstances.

Class AA Convertible Preferred Stock

Pursuant to a certificate of designation (the “Designation”) to be filed with the Nevada Secretary of State, each share of Series AA-1 Convertible Preferred Stock and Series AA-2 Convertible Preferred Stock (collectively, the “Class AA Preferred Stock”) will be convertible into one share of Common Stock at any time and from time to time at the election of the holder. Each share of Class AA Preferred Stock will rank pari passu with all other shares of Class AA Preferred Stock and senior to shares of Common Stock and all other classes and series of junior stock. If the Company declares a dividend or makes a distribution to the

 

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holders of Common Stock, the holders of the Class AA Preferred Stock will be entitled to participate in the dividend or distribution on an as-converted basis. Each share of Class AA Preferred Stock shall entitle the holder thereof to vote, in person or by proxy, at any special or annual meeting of stockholders, on all matters voted on by holders of Common Stock, voting together as a single class with other shares entitled to vote thereon. So long as a majority of the shares of the Class AA Preferred Stock are outstanding, the Company will be prohibited from taking specified extraordinary actions without the approval of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Class AA Preferred Stock. In the event of the liquidation of the Company, each holder of shares of Class AA Preferred Stock then outstanding shall be entitled to be paid, out of the assets of the Corporation available for distribution to its stockholders, an amount in cash equal to the greater of (a) the amount paid to the Company for such holder’s shares of Class AA Preferred Stock, plus an accretion thereon of 8.0% per annum, compounded annually, and (b) the amount such holder would be entitled to receive had such holder converted such shares of Class AA Preferred into Common Stock immediately prior to such time at which payment will be made or any assets distributed.

Stockholder Agreement

The Purchase Agreement provides that, at the initial closing, the Company and the Investor will enter into a stockholder agreement (the “Stockholder Agreement”). The Stockholder Agreement will provide that (a) in connection with each meeting of the Company’s stockholders at which directors are to be elected, the Company will (i) nominate for election as members of the Company’s board of directors a number of individuals designated by the Investor (“Investor Designees”) equivalent to the Investor’s proportionate ownership of the Company’s voting securities (rounded up to the next highest integer) less the number of Investor Designees who are members of the board of directors and not subject to election at such meeting, and (ii) use its reasonable best efforts to cause such nominees to be elected to the board of directors; (b) the Company will cause one of the Investor Designees to serve as a member of (or at such Investor Designee’s election, as an observer to) each committee of the Company’s board of directors; and (c) each Investor Designee shall have the right to enter into an indemnification agreement with the Company (an “Indemnification Agreement”) pursuant to which such Investor Designee is indemnified by the Company to the fullest extent allowed by Nevada law if, by reason of his or her serving as a director of the Company, such Investor Designee is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any proceeding or by reason of anything done or not done by such Investor Designee in his or her capacity as a director of the Company.

The Stockholder Agreement will provide the Investor with pre-emptive rights with respect to certain equity offerings of the Company and restricts the Company from selling equity securities until the Investor has purchased all the Class AA Preferred Stock or no longer has the right or obligation to purchase any of the Class AA Preferred Stock. The Stockholder Agreement will also provide the Investor with certain “first look” rights with respect to certain mineral deposits discovered by the Company or its subsidiaries. Pursuant to the Stockholder Agreement, the Company will grant the Investor certain demand and piggy-back registration rights, including for shelf registrations, with respect to the resale of the shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Class AA Preferred Stock.

Other loans

In 2013, we amended our $5.0 million term loan with Fifth Third Bank (the “Bank”) to extend maturity date from July 11, 2013 to July 11, 2016. In January and July 2014 and in January 2015 we made required semi-annual principal payments of $500,000 reducing the outstanding principal balance to $3.5 million. 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 term loan is still secured by approximately 24,600 numismatic coins recovered by the Company 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. As of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $3.5 million.

On May 7, 2014, we entered into a new $10.0 million credit facility with Fifth Third bank similar to the loans obtained in 2012 and 2013 for the Gairsoppa project. The new loan is not tied to any specific shipwreck project. The bank will advance funds based upon our recovery of valuable cargo from shipwrecks over the coming twelve months. The advances will be pre-defined amounts or percentages of the value of the recovered cargo. The proceeds from our shipwreck recovery contracts or from our sales of recovered cargo will be used to repay the new loan, as was done for the previousGairsoppa loans. The interest rate on the new loan is a floating rate equal to the one month LIBOR rate plus 500 basis points. An origination fee of $50,000 was payable at closing. A restricted cash deposit of $500,000 was originally required to cover interest payments when the term loan was advanced. By September 30, 2014, we had received advances of $7.7 million on this new credit facility based on recoveries of gold bars and gold $20 coins from the SS Central America shipwreck. As of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $7.7 million. On May 7, 2015, we amended this $10.0 million credit facility with Fifth Third Bank. Pursuant to the amendment, (i) the maturity date of the loan was extended to December 11, 2015, (ii) on or before August 31, 2015, we are required to make a loan principal payment of not less than $1.4 million, (iii) additional principal payments may be requested by the Bank prior to the maturity date if we receive cash in excess of $1.0 million that is not related to our normal course of business operations, is not

 

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related to new funding of a specific project, or is not an amount scheduled to be received in 2015 pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement that we entered into in March 2015, (iv) immediate payment of the current interest due on the loan of $30,000 and bank loan amendment fees of $20,000, (v) Bank consent is required for any new loans or financing other that those included in the Purchase Agreement, and (vi) the full loan balance is immediately due to the Bank on June 9, 2015 if our stockholders do not approve the Purchase Agreement at our Annual Stockholders Meeting on June 9, 2015.

On August 14, 2014, we entered into a loan agreement with a strategic marketing partner that provides for loans of up to an aggregate amount of $10.0 million. At closing, we borrowed $5.0 million, with the right to borrow the remainder in two tranches of $2.5 million each upon the achievement of milestones set forth in the loan agreement. On October 1, 2014, we received the Second Tranche of $2,500,000 on this loan facility. Advances under the loan agreement bear interest at a rate of 8.0% for the first year and 11.0% thereafter. The credit facility provides for monthly payments of interest only, with the principal amount and all accrued interest due and payable on August 14, 2016. As further consideration for the credit facility, we agreed to assign to the lender 100,000 shares Odyssey owns in Oceanica Resources and granted the lender the right to convert the outstanding loan balance into shares of Oceanica Resources or to purchase additional shares of Oceanica Resources from Odyssey if the loan is repaid. Odyssey’s obligations under the credit facility are secured by specified assets, including a portion of Odyssey’s shares in Oceanica Resources. Our obligation to repay the principal and accrued interest may be accelerated at the option of the lender if an event of default, as specified in the loan agreement, occurs. We may prepay the outstanding loan balance before the maturity date (See NOTE I and NOTE L). As of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $10.0 million.

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 had an initial maturity date of 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 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. In July 2013 when the above noted mortgage was scheduled to mature, we extended it on substantially the same terms that previously existed. The new maturity date is July 2016. As of March 31, 2015, the loan balance outstanding was $1.1 million.

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. In March 2015 we sold the building covered by this mortgage and simultaneously prepaid the entire balance of this loan and terminated the loan.

Going Concern Consideration

We have experienced several years of net losses and may continue to do so. Our capacity to generate net income or positive cash flows for the remainder of 2015 or the following twelve months is dependent upon our success in recovering and monetizing shipwrecks, monetizing our interests in mineral exploration entities and recovered cargo, generating income from shipwreck or mineral exploration charters, collecting on amounts owed to us, generating income from other project or asset based financing, and completing the MINOSA/Penelope financing transaction. We can offer no assurance any of our planned projects will be successful in providing additional cash during 2015. We have been the target of repeated attacks by third parties seeking to drive down our stock price. These attacks are primarily organized by certain short-sellers seeking to distort the truth and thereby profit from the decline of our company’s share price (“short and distort”). These attacks have taken the form of public false statements, misrepresentations, and scare tactics in unregulated internet media channels, as well as direct and indirect attempts to disrupt our business by seeking to negatively influence our business partners and business ventures. These attacks have had a consequence on our share price, on our various business deals, and on our ability to secure certain financing alternatives. We received a letter from NASDAQ on March 9, 2015 stating that the Company’s closing bid price on the NASDAQ Capital Market had not maintained a minimum bid price of $1.00 for 30 consecutive business days and that the Company now has 180 calendar days to cure the situation. The Company may be eligible for more than 180 days to cure the situation, but if the situation is not cured then the Company’s shares could be de-listed from the exchange. Our 2015 business plan requires us to generate new cash inflows during 2015 to effectively allow us to perform our planned projects. We plan to generate new cash inflows through the monetization of shipwreck cargo and/or our equity stakes in seabed mineral companies, financings, syndications or other partnership opportunities. One or more of the planned shipwreck or mining project monetizations, financings, syndications or partnership opportunities may not be realized to the extent needed which may require us to curtail our desired business plan until we generate additional cash. On March 11, 2015, we entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Minera del Norte S.A. de c.v. (“MINOSA”) and Penelope Mining LLC, an affiliate of MINOSA (“Penelope”), pursuant to which (a) MINOSA agreed to extend short-term, debt financing to Odyssey of up to $14.75 million, and (b) Penelope agreed to invest up to $101 million over three years in convertible preferred stock of Odyssey. The debt and the equity financings are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the approval of our stockholders, and MINOSA and Penelope are currently under no obligation to provide the additional loan amounts, make the Preferred share equity investments, or exercise their call option on our Oceanica shares. (See Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—General Discussion 2014—Financings.) If our stockholders do not approve the transaction, we will likely have to seek debt or

 

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equity financing from other sources to allow us to continue as a going concern. If cash inflow is not sufficient to meet our desired projected business plan requirements, we will be required to follow our contingency business plan which is based on curtailed expenses and requires less cash inflows. Our consolidated non-restricted cash balance at March 31, 2015 was $0.7 million which is insufficient to support operations through the end of 2015. We have a working capital deficit at March 31, 2015 of $13.5 million. We have a bank loan of $7.7 million that matures in 2015. Even though our total assets on our consolidated balance sheet are $21.1 million, the majority of these assets are secured as collateral against our loans and the related fair market value of these assets may differ from their net carrying book value. Even though we executed the above noted financing arrangement, we must obtain stockholder approval and Penelope must purchase the shares for us to be able to complete the equity component of the transaction. Therefore, the factors noted above raise doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern. These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to the amounts and classification of assets and liabilities that may be necessary should we be unable to continue as a going concern.

New Accounting Pronouncements

As of March 31, 2015, 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 $852 per month until maturity in July 2016. On our term loan, an increase of every 100 basis points to the interest rate increases our interest obligation, at most, by approximately $2,436 per month while an increase of 100 basis points our project term loan would increase the monthly interest payment by approximately $6,510. 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

We maintain a set of disclosure controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports that we file or submit 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 three quarters of 2014 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

The Company is not currently a party to any litigation. From time to time in the ordinary course of business, we may be subject to or may assert a variety of claims or lawsuits.

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, 2014. 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. We may enter into convertible debt deals whereas our shares may be acquired from time to time upon conversion of the outstanding debt. At times, conversion prices could be lower than market price of our common stock at the time of conversion. We previously had outstanding senior convertible debt that was converted

 

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at a discount to market described in NOTE I to our financial statements as well as in our most recent Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K for 2014. The senior convertible debt described in NOTE I was satisfied in full with the conversion of the remaining balance into our common stock during the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Short sellers of our stock may be manipulative and may drive down the market price of our common stock. Short selling is the practice of selling securities that the seller does not own but rather has, supposedly, borrowed from a third party with the intention of buying identical securities back at a later date to return to the lender. The short seller hopes to profit from a decline in the value of the securities between the sale of the borrowed securities and the purchase of the replacement shares, as the short seller expects to pay less in that purchase than it received in the sale. As it is therefore in the short seller’s best interests for the price of the stock to decline, many short sellers (sometime known as “disclosed shorts”) publish, or arrange for the publication of, negative opinions regarding the relevant issuer and its business prospects in order to create negative market momentum and generate profits for themselves after selling a stock short. Although traditionally these disclosed shorts were limited in their ability to access mainstream business media or to otherwise create negative market rumors, the rise of the Internet and technological advancements regarding document creation, videotaping and publication by weblog (“blogging”) have allowed many disclosed shorts to publicly attack a company’s credibility, strategy and veracity by means of so-called “research reports” that mimic the type of investment analysis performed by large Wall Street firms and independent research analysts. These short attacks have, in the past, led to selling of shares in the market, on occasion in large scale and broad base. Issuers who have limited trading volumes and are susceptible to higher volatility levels than large-cap stocks, can be particularly vulnerable to such short seller attacks. These short seller publications are not regulated by any governmental, self-regulatory organization or other official authority in the U.S., are not subject to certification requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and, accordingly, the opinions they express may be based on distortions or omissions of actual facts or, in some cases, fabrications of facts. In light of the limited risks involved in publishing such information, and the enormous profit that can be made from running just one successful short attack, unless the short sellers become subject to significant penalties, it is more likely than not that disclosed short sellers will continue to issue such reports.

Our common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market, which imposes, among other requirements, a minimum bid requirement. The closing bid price for our common stock must remain at or above $1.00 per share to comply with NASDAQ’s minimum bid requirement for continued listing. If the closing bid price for our common stock is less than $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive trading days, NASDAQ may send us a notice stating we will be provided a period of 180 days to regain compliance with the minimum bid requirement or else NASDAQ may make a determination to delist our common stock. Delisting from the NASDAQ Capital Market could make trading our common stock more difficult for investors, potentially leading to declines in our share price and liquidity. If our common stock is delisted by NASDAQ, our common stock may be eligible to trade on an over-the-counter quotation system, where an investor may find it more difficult to sell our stock or obtain accurate quotations as to the market value of our common stock. We cannot assure you that our common stock, if delisted from the NASDAQ Capital Market, will be listed on another national securities exchange or quoted on an over-the counter quotation system.

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

None.

ITEM 6. Exhibits

 

     
   
  10.1   Fifth Third First Amendment to Loan Agreement, Non-Revolving Line of Credit Promissory Note May 7, 2015 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
  31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
  31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
  32.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
  32.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 (Filed herewith electronically)
   
101.1   Interactive Data File

SIGNATURES

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

 

             
        ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.
       
Date: May 11, 2015       By:  

/s/ Philip S. Devine

            Philip S. Devine, Chief Financial
            Officer and Authorized Officer

 

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Exhibit 10.1

FIRST AMENDMENT TO LOAN AGREEMENT,

NON-REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT PROMISSORY NOTE,

ASSIGNMENT AND SECURITY AGREEMENT AND PLEDGE OF DEPOSIT

ACCOUNT, SALVAGE PROCEEDS ACCOUNT, AND

ASSIGNMENT AND SECURITY AGREEMENT AND PLEDGE OF DEPOSIT

ACCOUNT, INTEREST RESERVE ACCOUNT

THIS First Amendment To Loan Agreement, Non-Revolving Line Of Credit Promissory Note, Assignment And Security Agreement And Pledge Of Deposit Account, Salvage Proceeds Account, And Assignment And Security Agreement And Pledge Of Deposit Account, Interest Reserve Account (“ Amendment ”) is made and entered into as of the 7th day of May, 2015, by and between ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC. , a Nevada corporation (“ Borrower ”), and FIFTH THIRD BANK , an Ohio banking corporation, (“ Lender ”).

RECITALS

A. Borrower requested, and Lender made available to Borrower, a loan (the “ Loan ”) in the amount of $10,000,000.00, as evidenced by that certain Non-Revolving Line of Credit Promissory Note made by Borrower in favor of Lender dated May 7, 2014, in the original principal amount of Ten Million and 00/100 Dollars ($10,000,000.00) (the “ Note ”). The Loan is evidenced and secured by, among other things, (i) that certain Loan Agreement made by Borrower and Lender, dated May 7, 2014 (the “ Loan Agreement ”), (ii) that certain Collateral Assignment of Rights to Proceeds from Borrower to Lender, dated May 7, 2014 (the “ Proceeds Assignment ”) encumbering Borrower’s rights to proceeds from that certain Master Services Agreement dated March 7, 2014 (the “ Master Services Agreement ”) between Borrower and Ira O. Kane as Receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership and Columbus Exploration, LLC (the “ Receiver ”) for recovery of gold coins and gold bars from the wreck of the SS Central America, certain property as more particularly described therein (the “ Collateral ”), (iii) that certain Assignment and Security Agreement and Pledge of Deposit Account, Salvage Proceeds Account, from Borrower to Lender, dated May 7, 2014 (the “ Salvage Account Assignment ”) encumbering Borrower’s Deposit Account #[***] (which replaced Account #[***]) established with Lender, (iv) that certain Assignment and Security Agreement and Pledge of Deposit Account, Interest Reserve Account, from Borrower to Lender, dated May 7, 2014 (the “ Reserve Account Assignment ”) encumbering Borrower’s Deposit Account #[***] (which replaced Account #[***]) established with Lender, and (v) that certain UCC Financing Statement filed May 23, 2014, with the Nevada Secretary of State, initial filing number 2014012912-8 (the “ Financing Statement ”). The Note, Loan Agreement, Proceeds Assignment, Salvage Account Assignment, Reserve Account Assignment, Financing Statement, and all other documents evidencing, securing, executed or delivered in connection with the Loan are referred to hereinafter as the “ Loan Documents .”

B. Borrower is also the borrower from Lender under (i) that certain Renewal Commercial Term Promissory Note dated July 11, 2013, in the original principal amount of Five Million and 00/100 Dollars ($5,000,000.00), and (ii) that certain Renewal Commercial Promissory Note dated July 11, 2013, in the original principal amount of One Million Three Hundred Two Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($1,302,000.00) secured, among other things, by a mortgage on certain real property owned by Borrower (the “ Additional Loans ”).

 

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C. Borrower has requested Lender to extend the Maturity Date of the Note, and Lender is willing to extend Maturity Date of the Note on the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

AGREEMENT

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and of the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, the parties hereto do hereby agree as follows:

1. Recitals . The Recitals hereinabove contained are true and correct and are made a part hereof.

2. Definitions . Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in the Loan Documents.

3. Loan Extension . So long as no Event of Default (as hereafter defined) occurs hereunder and subject to the conditions set forth in this Amendment, Lender agrees to extend the Maturity Date of the Note through December 17, 2015 (the “ Extended Maturity Date ”).

4. Payments to Lender . In addition to the terms of payment set forth in the Note and other Loan Documents, Borrower shall make the following payments to Lender:

(a) Borrower shall simultaneously with the execution of this Amendment pay to Lender the interest due under the Loan as of May 7, 2015 in the amount of $33,165.72.

(b) On or before August 31, 2015, Borrower shall make a principal payment under the Note of not less than One Million Four Hundred Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($1,400,000.00). Thereafter, the principal balance of the Note shall not be permitted by Borrower to exceed the amount reasonably determined from time to time by Lender to be the amount of Compensation remaining to be paid by the Receiver to Borrower under Article 8 of the Master Services Agreement. Borrower shall pay from time to time to Lender within five (5) business days from notice the amount of principal necessary to maintain compliance with the preceding sentence.

(c) If Borrower receives in excess of One Million and 00/100 Dollars ($1,000,000.00) in the aggregate outside of the normal course of its business operations, including without limitation in the form of equity investment or loan repayment, then Borrower shall pay to Lender within two (2) business days after demand the amount of such excess required by Lender against the principal due on the Loan or any of the Additional Loans, as determined by Lender in its sole and absolute discretion. “Normal course of business operations” shall mean marine archeological exploration, shipwreck salvage services, deep-ocean mineral exploration, and the provision to government and companies of deep-ocean expertise, equipment and vessel charter. Notwithstanding the foregoing, there shall not be included in the foregoing excess payment requirement (i) amounts received by Borrower pursuant to that certain Purchase Agreement dated March 11, 2015 (as amended through April 29, 2015, the “ Purchase Agreement ”), among the Borrower, Minera del Norte, S.A. de C.V. (“MINOSA”), and Penelope Mining LLC, upon the issuance of up to 31,300,297 shares of the Borrower’s Class AA Preferred Stock and the issuance of up to 31,300,297 shares of the

 

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Borrower’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Class AA Preferred Stock, in each case calculated after giving effect to the one-for-six reverse stock split contemplated by Proposal 3(b) of the Borrower’s Proxy Statement for its annual meeting of shareholders to be held June 9, 2015 (the “ Proxy Statement ”), (ii) any remaining loan amounts that may be received on the $14.75 million aggregate loan from MINOSA described in the Purchase Agreement, or (ii) any financing received for a specific project and dedicated exclusively for that project.

(d) Borrower shall pay simultaneously with execution of this Amendment funds in the aggregate amount of (i) all costs and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiating and preparation of this Amendment and the transactions contemplated hereby, including without limitation Lender’s attorneys’ fees and costs, and (ii) the credit extension fee in the amount of $20,000.00.

(e) Borrower shall continue to pay accrued interest monthly on the 7 th day of each month until the Extended Maturity Date, at which time all principal and accrued interest shall be immediately due and payable.

(f) If Borrower’s shareholders fail, on or before June 9, 2015, to adopt and approve the Purchase Agreement, the Loan shall be in default and all principal and accrued interest under the Note shall be immediately due and payable.

5. Amendments to Account Assignments . The Salvage Account Assignment is amended to replace Deposit Account #[***] with Deposit Account #[***]. The Reserve Account Assignment is amended to replace Deposit Account #[***] with Deposit Account #[***].

6. Closing Requirements . As a condition precedent to Lender’s execution and delivery of this Agreement:

(a) Lender shall have received the following documents, duly authorized and executed by Borrower, each in form and substance satisfactory to Lender in Lender’s sole and absolute discretion:

 

  (i) an original of this Agreement (or counterparts hereto), duly authorized and executed by Borrower;

 

  (ii) Borrower’s Certificate;

 

  (iii) Assurance Agreement;

 

  (iv) Allonge to the Note;

 

  (v) Closing Statement;

 

  (vi) Such other documents or instruments deemed to be necessary or proper by Lender to effectuate the terms of this Agreement; and

 

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  (vii) Receiver’s acknowledgement and consent to the assignment by Borrower to Lender of Borrower’s rights to proceeds under the Master Services Agreement, in accordance with the Collateral Assignment of Rights to Proceeds from Borrower in favor of Lender;

(b) Lender shall have received from Borrower such financial information as contained in the sworn Borrower’s Affidavit, which has been executed at the same time as this Agreement.

(c) Borrower shall be in compliance with all of the other terms of the Loan and the Additional Loans.

7. Covenants . Borrower agrees as follows:

(a) Borrower shall not obtain or enter into any additional financing or indebtedness other than pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, or otherwise encumber or allow any lien against any assets of Borrower, without the prior written consent of Lender, which may be withheld by Lender in Lender’s sole and absolute discretion.

(b) No later than the tenth (10 th ) day of each month starting June 2015, Borrower shall submit to Lender a written report, in form and content acceptable to Lender, concerning the progress of monetization of the recovered cargo from the SS Central America and the legal proceedings relating to the salvage, custody and the proceeds from monetization of the recovered cargo.

(c) Borrower shall continue to comply with all applicable covenants, obligations, terms and conditions of the Loan Documents, the Additional Loans and this Amendment.

(d) Borrower acknowledges and agrees that any default under any indebtedness existing from time to time of Borrower to Lender of any kind or nature, including without limitation the Loan and/or the Additional Loans, is a default under all indebtedness of Borrower to Lender, whether or not so specified in the provisions of any particular loan. In addition, Borrower acknowledges and agrees that Lender shall have the benefit of all collateral given by Borrower to or for the benefit of Lender with respect to all indebtedness of Borrower to Lender, with the result that all indebtedness of Borrower to Lender is cross-defaulted and cross-collateralized, whether or not so specified in the provisions of any particular loan.

8. Confirmation of the Loan and the Amounts Due . Borrower, in consideration of the matters described in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are acknowledged, hereby covenants and agrees for the benefit of Lender and its respective successors, transferees, participants and assigns as follows:

(a) As of May 7, 2015, the aggregate outstanding balances on the Note, prior to payments under Section 4 above, are:

 

         

Principal

  $ 7,684,514.25   

Interest

  $ 33,165.72   
    

 

 

 

TOTAL

  $ 7,717,679.97   

 

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Borrower acknowledges that such amount excludes attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred by Lender in connection with this Amendment.

(b) The Loan Documents and all documents given in connection with the Additional Loans are valid and enforceable according to their terms.

9. Events of Default . In addition to events of default set forth in the Loan Documents and the Additional Loans, Lender shall be entitled to exercise all rights and remedies available under the Loan Documents, the Additional Loans and applicable law upon the occurrence of the following events (each, an “ Event of Default ”):

(a) if any of the representations, warranties or covenants made by Borrower either set forth in this Amendment or in any of the Loan Documents or in any documents relating to the Additional Loans or in any other document delivered in connection with this Amendment are determined at any time to have been known to Borrower to be false or misleading in any material respect when made and adversely affect the interests of Lender; or

(b) if Borrower fails to duly and promptly observe, perform and discharge any covenant, term, condition or agreement contained in this Amendment or in any of the Loan Documents or any documents relating to the Additional Loans (without the application of any applicable notice or cure period set forth therein).

10. Remedies . Upon the occurrence of an Event of Default under this Amendment, in addition to all of the rights and remedies available to Lender under the Loan Documents and applicable law, interest shall be calculated retroactively from May 7, 2015, at the Default Interest Rate, such that all accrued and accruing default interest shall become immediately due and payable. Borrower acknowledges and confirms that all grace or cure periods provided in any of the Loan Documents are hereby deleted and of no force or effect, and, upon the occurrence of an Event of Default, Lender shall be entitled to immediately exercise all rights and remedies available under this Amendment, the Loan Documents, the Additional Loans and applicable law against Borrower, including the right to declare the unpaid principal balance and accrued but unpaid interest on the Note and the Additional Loans, and all other amounts due under the Note, the Loan Documents and the Additional Loans, at once due and payable.

11. Representations and Warranties and Agreements . Borrower represents and warrants, covenants and agrees, as applicable, as follows:

(a) Borrower hereby affirms and warrants that all of the warranties made in the Loan Documents, and any other documents or instruments recited herein or executed with respect thereto directly or indirectly, are true and correct as of the date hereof and that Borrower is not in default of any of the foregoing nor aware of any default with respect thereto, and that Borrower has no defenses or rights of offset with respect to any indebtedness

 

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to the Bank. Borrower hereby releases the Bank from any cause of action against it existing as of the date of execution hereof. The rights and defenses being waived and released hereunder include without limitation any claim or defense based on the Bank having charged or collected interest at a rate greater than that allowed to be contracted for by applicable law as changed from time to time, provided, however, in no event shall such waiver and release be deemed to change or modify the terms of the Loan Documents which provide that sums paid or received in excess of the maximum rate of interest allowed to be contracted for by applicable law, as changed from time to time, reduce the principal sum due, said provision to be in full force and effect.

(b) this Agreement is a valid, binding and enforceable obligation of Borrower and does not violate any law, rule, regulation, contract or agreement otherwise enforceable by or against the Borrower;

(c) all financial statements delivered by Borrower to Lender prior to the date of this Agreement present fairly, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Company on a consolidated basis as of the dates and for the periods stated therein;

(d) Borrower has engaged an attorney or attorneys in connection with the preparation and review of this Agreement, has specifically discussed with its attorneys the meaning and effect of this Agreement, and has carefully read and understood the scope of each provision contained herein, and has not relied upon any representation or statement made by Lender or by any representative of Lender with regard to the subject matter, basis or effect of this Agreement;

(e) Borrower has entered into this Agreement voluntarily and has not been coerced by Lender or any other party in any manner and have received actual and adequate consideration to enter into this Agreement;

(f) Borrower shall comply with all applicable terms and conditions of the Loan Documents as amended by this Amendment;

(g) Borrower has the power and authority to execute, deliver and perform all terms under this Agreement and all related documents to which it is a party and has taken all necessary action to authorize such execution, delivery and performance. Borrower’s execution of this Agreement and its performance of its obligations hereunder are not subject to any further approval, vote or contingency from any person or committee;

(h) Borrower has disclosed all pending or threatened litigation, administrative ruling or investigation by any federal or state agency having jurisdiction over Borrower which, if determined adversely to Borrower, would have a material adverse effect on such Borrower’s execution, delivery, or enforceability of this Agreement;

(i) The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the performance by Borrower of its obligations hereunder will not conflict with or be a breach of any provision of any law, regulation, judgment, order, decree, writ, injunction, contract, agreement or instrument

 

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to which Borrower is subject; and Borrower has obtained any consent, approval, authorization or order of any court or governmental agency or body required for the execution, delivery and performance by Borrower thereof; and

(j) Borrower believes, and has no cause or reason to not believe, that Borrower can perform each and every covenant contained in this Agreement.

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

(l) Borrower confirms and ratifies that all Loan Documents, as amended by this Amendment, and all other documents given by Borrower to Lender in connection with the Loan are and remain valid, binding and enforceable.

12. Bankruptcy . Borrower hereby agrees that, in consideration of the recitals and mutual covenants contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, including the forbearance of Lender from exercising the rights and remedies otherwise available to it under the Loan Documents, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, in the event Borrower shall (i) file with any bankruptcy court of competent jurisdiction or be the subject of any petition (which Borrower fails to discharge within sixty (60) days of the filing of such petition) under Title 11 of the U.S. Code, as amended; (ii) be the subject of any order for relief issued under such Title 11 of the U.S. Code, as amended; (iii) file or be the subject of any petition (which Borrower fails to discharge within sixty (60) days of the filing of such petition) seeking any reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution, or similar relief under any present or future federal or state act or law relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, or other relief for debtors; (iv) seek or consent to or acquiesce in the appointment of any trustee, receiver, conservator, or liquidator; or (v) be the subject of any order, judgment or decree entered by any court of competent jurisdiction approving a petition filed against such party for any reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution, or similar relief under any present or future federal or state act or law relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, or relief for debtors, Lender shall thereupon be entitled to relief from any automatic stay imposed by Section 362 of Title 11 of the U.S. Code, as amended, or otherwise, on or against the exercise of the rights and remedies otherwise available to Lender as provided in Loan Documents, and as otherwise provided by law. Borrower further represents and warrants that Borrower has not entered into this Amendment or the transactions contemplated herein to provide preferential treatment to Lender or any other creditor of Borrower in anticipation of seeking relief under the Bankruptcy Code, nor has Borrower entered into this Amendment or the transactions contemplated herein with the actual intent to hinder, delay or defraud any creditors of Borrower.

13. No Novation . It is the intent of the parties hereto that this Amendment shall not in any way adversely affect the lien rights or any other rights or obligations of the parties under the Loan Documents. To the extent this Amendment or any provision hereof shall be construed by a court of competent jurisdiction as operating to subordinate the lien priority of the Loan Documents to any claim which would otherwise be subordinate thereto (and provided that ruling is not appealed or appealable), such provision or provisions shall be void and of no force and

 

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effect; except that this Amendment shall constitute, as to any provision so construed, a lien upon the collateral subordinate to such third person’s claims, incorporating by reference the terms of the Loan. The Loan Documents shall then be enforced pursuant to the terms therein contained, independent of any such provisions.

14. Sale of Loan Documents . Lender, to the extent already provided in the Loan Documents, may from time to time, without prior notice to Borrower, as the context so requires, sell or assign, in whole or in part, or grant participations in, the Note and/or the obligations evidenced thereby. In all events, the holder of any such sale, assignment or participation, if the applicable agreement between Lender and such holder so provides, shall be: (a) entitled to all the rights, obligations and benefits of Lender; and (b) deemed to hold and may exercise the rights of setoff or banker’s lien with respect to any and all obligations of such holder to Borrower in each case as fully as though Borrower were directly indebted to such holder. Lender may in its discretion give notice to Borrower of such sale, assignment or participation; however, the failure to give such notice shall not affect any of Lender’s or such holder’s rights.

15. Miscellaneous .

(a) Lender is under no obligation to grant or to make any further or additional loans to Borrower or to extend, amend or modify the Loan Documents or any other document executed in connection therewith.

(b) This Amendment shall be construed, interpreted, enforced and governed by and in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, excluding the principles thereof governing conflicts of law.

(c) This Amendment shall be binding upon, and shall inure to the benefit of, the respective successors and assigns of the parties hereto.

(d) Time is of the essence of each provision of this Amendment.

(e) Borrower shall pay all documentary stamp taxes, if any, intangible taxes, if any, recording and filing costs and fees, Lender’s attorney’s fees and all other costs and fees whatsoever incurred with respect to, growing from or arising out of this Amendment and any other document or instrument executed in connection with this Amendment. Borrower hereby agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Lender harmless therefrom. If any such sums are advanced by Lender, they shall be due and payable on demand and shall bear interest at the Default Rate until paid.

(f) This Amendment, the Loan Documents and the Additional Loans constitute the entire agreement (including all representations and promises made) between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and no modification or waiver shall be effective unless in writing and signed by the party to be charged.

(g) The parties may execute this Amendment and any other agreement executed pursuant to it in counterparts. Each executed counterpart will be deemed to be an original, and all of them, together, will constitute the same agreement. This Amendment will become effective as of its stated date of execution, when each party has signed a counterpart and all the executed counterparts have been delivered to Lender.

 

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(h) The Loan Documents and all of the documents executed in connection with the foregoing and any and all prior modifications and extensions to any and all of the foregoing, including without limitation that certain Agreement Waiving Right to Jury dated May 7, 2014, are hereby ratified, confirmed and approved in all respects except as specifically amended by this Amendment.

(i) In the event the conditions to the effectiveness of this Amendment are not satisfied on or prior to 5 p.m. on May 7, 2015, this Amendment shall be automatically null and void and of no further force or effect.

VENUE AND ORAL STATEMENT

ANY LITIGATION BASED HEREON, OR ARISING OUT OF, UNDER, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AMENDMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT, SHALL BE BROUGHT AND MAINTAINED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE COURTS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA. BORROWER HEREBY EXPRESSLY AND IRREVOCABLY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURTS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA FOR THE PURPOSE OF ANY SUCH LITIGATION AS SET FORTH ABOVE. BORROWER FURTHER IRREVOCABLY CONSENTS TO THE SERVICE OF PROCESS BY REGISTERED MAIL, POSTAGE PREPAID, OR BY PERSONAL SERVICE WITHIN OR WITHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA. BORROWER HEREBY EXPRESSLY AND IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY OBJECTION WHICH IT MAY NOW OR HEREAFTER HAVE TO THE LAYING OF VENUE OF ANY SUCH LITIGATION BROUGHT IN ANY SUCH COURT REFERRED TO ABOVE AND ANY CLAIM THAT ANY SUCH LITIGATION HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN AN INCONVENIENT FORUM.

BORROWER AND LENDER AGREE THAT THEY WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO RELY ON OR ENFORCE ANY ORAL STATEMENTS MADE PRIOR TO OR SUBSEQUENT TO THE SIGNING OF THIS DOCUMENT.

WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL

BORROWER AND LENDER HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS: (A) EACH OF THEM KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY, INTENTIONALLY, AND IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LAWSUIT, PROCEEDING, COUNTERCLAIM, OR OTHER LITIGATION (AN “ ACTION ”) BASED UPON, OR ARISING OUT OF, UNDER, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY RELATED DOCUMENTS, INSTRUMENTS, OR AGREEMENTS (WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN AND WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AS A RESULT OF A COURSE OF DEALING, A COURSE OF CONDUCT, A STATEMENT, OR OTHER ACTION OF EITHER PARTY); (B) NONE OF THEM MAY SEEK A TRIAL BY JURY IN

 

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ANY SUCH ACTION; (C) NONE OF THEM WILL SEEK TO CONSOLIDATE ANY SUCH ACTION (IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL HAS BEEN WAIVED) WITH ANY OTHER ACTION IN WHICH A JURY TRIAL CANNOT BE OR HAS NOT BEEN WAIVED; AND (D) NONE OF THEM HAS IN ANY WAY AGREED WITH OR REPRESENTED TO THE OTHER OF THEM THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION WILL NOT BE FULLY ENFORCED IN ALL INSTANCES.

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[Signature page to Amendment]

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be executed as of the day and year first above written.

 

                 
WITNESSES:       BORROWER:
         
   

/s/ Teresa Jimenez

         

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.,

a Nevada corporation

Print Name:   Teresa Jimenez            
         
   

/s/ Melisa Rivera Zambrana

      By:  

/s/ Philip Devine

Print Name:  

Melisa Rivera Zambrana

      Name:  

Philip Devine

            Title:  

CFO

 

         
STATE OF Florida       )
        ) SS:
COUNTY OF Hillsborough       )

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 8th day of May, 2015, by Philip Devine, as the CFO of ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC ., a Nevada corporation, on behalf of the banking corporation, who produced his driver’s license as identification.

 

 

            /s/ Teresa Jimenez

NOTARY PUBLIC, State of Florida
 

            Teresa Jimenez

Print Name
 
Commission No. 085112
 
My Commission Expires:1/27/2018

 

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[Signature page to Amendment]

 

                 
WITNESSES:       LENDER:
     

 

      FIFTH THIRD BANK , an Ohio banking corporation
Print Name:  

 

       
       
        By:  

 

Print Name:  

 

      Name:  

 

            Title:  

 

 

         
STATE OF FLORIDA       )
        ) SS:
COUNTY OF COLLIER       )

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 8th day of May, 2015, by                                         , as the                                          of FIFTH THIRD BANK, an Ohio banking corporation, successor by merger with Fifth Third Bank, a Michigan banking corporation, on behalf of the banking corporation, who is personally known to me or produced his driver’s license as identification.

 

     

 

NOTARY PUBLIC, State of Florida
 

 

Print Name    
   
Commission No.  

 

     
   
My Commission Expires:  

 

 

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EXHIBIT 31.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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

I, Mark D. Gordon, certify that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: May 11, 2015

 

 

/s/ Mark D. Gordon

Mark D. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer

EXHIBIT 31.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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

I, Philip S. Devine, certify that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
Date: May 11, 2015
 

/s/ Philip S. Devine

Philip S. Devine
Chief Financial Officer

EXHIBIT 32.1

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. for the period ending March 31, 2015:

(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/ Mark D. Gordon

Mark D. Gordon
Chief Executive Officer
May 11, 2015

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

EXHIBIT 32.2

CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.

PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350

I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. for the period ending March 31, 2015:

(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/ Philip S. Devine

Philip S. Devine
Chief Financial Officer
May 11, 2015

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.