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ODYSSEY MARINE EXPLORATION, INC.
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Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
Additional Information Regarding the Proxy Statement
The following additional information relates to the proxy statement (the Proxy Statement) of Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (the Company), dated June 12, 2020, furnished to stockholders of the Company in connection with the solicitation of proxies by the Board of Directors of the Company for use at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on August 3, 2020 (the Annual Meeting).
The purpose of this information is to inform you that the Company is filing these additional materials to supplement the Proxy Statement solely to disclose that the Company delayed the filing of the Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting in reliance on the 45-day extension provided by an order issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) under Section 36 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), dated March 4, 2020 (Release No. 34-88318), as modified and superseded by an SEC order issued on March 25, 2020 (Release No. 34-88465) (collectively, the Order). On April 22, 2020, the Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (the Form 8-K) to indicate its intention to rely on the Order and delay the filing of the Proxy Statement, including the information omitted from the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 (the Form 10-K), pursuant to General Instruction G(3) of the Form 10-K (the Part III Information), due to the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Form 8-K also stated that Odyssey expected to file the Proxy Statement, including the Part III Information, no later than June 14, 2020 (which is 45 days from the Proxy Statements original filing deadline of April 29, 2020). Odyssey filed the Proxy Statement, including the Part III Information, with the SEC on June 12, 2020.
Consistent with the Companys statements made in the Form 8-K, the Company was unable to file the Proxy Statement, including Part III Information, prior to the original deadline due to circumstances related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In particular, the pandemic caused the Companys office in Tampa, Florida to close due to a stay at home order in place for Florida residents and issued a work from home policy to protect its employees and their families from potential virus transmission among co-workers. The office closures and work from home policy in turn caused a delay in the preparation and filing of the Proxy Statement as a result of more limited support from and access to key personnel, as well as communications and similar delays among such persons. These conditions made it necessary to delay the filing of the Proxy Statement, which includes the Part III Information.
Accordingly, you should read this information in conjunction with the Proxy Statement and Annual Report on Form 10-K.