(EDGAR Online via COMTEX) -- ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
You should read the following discussion and analysis in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. In preparing the management's discussion and analysis, the registrant presumes that you have read or have access to the discussion and analysis for the preceding fiscal year.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This document includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or the Reform Act. All statements other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including, but not limited to, any projections of earning, revenue or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning proposed new services or developments; any statements regarding future economic conditions of performance; and statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: our ability to raise capital and the terms thereof; ability to gain an adequate player base to generate the expected revenue; competition with established gaming websites; adverse changes in government regulations or polices; and other factors referenced in this Form 10-Q.
The use in this Form 10-Q of such words as "believes", "plans", "anticipates", "expects", "intends", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. These forward-looking statements present the Company's estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this Report. Except for the Company's ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by the federal securities laws, the Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements.
Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in any of the forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed or any of the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company's future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and inherent risks and uncertainties.
PLAN OF OPERATIONS
Camber is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, development, and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids from various known productive geological formations in Louisiana and Texas. Through the recent investment in Viking and through the Company's subsequent investments and planned merger with Viking, the Company will continue to be engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties, both individually and through unconsolidated subsidiaries or collaborative partnerships with other companies in this field of endeavor.
The Company's business plan is to engage in the acquisition, exploration, development of and production from oil and natural gas properties, both individually and through collaborative partnerships with other companies in this field of endeavor. The Company has relationships with industry experts and formulated an acquisition strategy, with emphasis on acquiring under-valued, producing properties from distressed vendors or those deemed as non-core assets by larger sector participants. The Company does not focus on speculative exploration programs, but rather targets oil and gas properties with current production and untapped reserves. The Company's growth strategy includes the following key initiatives:
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Acquisition of under-valued producing oil and gas assets
On February 15, 2021, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Viking. The Merger Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Viking will merge with and into a newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary of Camber ("Merger Sub"), with Viking surviving the Merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Camber.
Upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, at the effective time of the Merger (the "Effective Time"), each share: (i) of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Viking (the "Viking Common Stock") issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, other than shares owned by Camber, Viking and Merger Sub, will be converted into the right to receive one share of common stock of Camber; and (ii) of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock of Viking (the "Viking Preferred Stock") issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time will be converted into the right to receive one share of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of Camber (the "Camber Series A Preferred Stock"). Each share of Camber Series A Preferred Stock will convert into 890 shares of common stock of Camber (subject to a beneficial ownership limitation preventing conversion into Camber common stock if the holder would be deemed to beneficially own more than 9.99% of Camber's common stock), will be treated equally with Camber's common stock with respect to dividends and liquidation, and will only have voting rights with respect to voting: (a) on a proposal to increase or reduce Camber's share capital; (b) on a resolution to approve the terms of a buy-back agreement; (c) on a proposal to wind up Camber; (d) on a proposal for the disposal of all or substantially all of Camber's property, business and undertaking; (f) during the winding-up of Camber; and/or (g) with respect to a proposed merger or consolidation in which Camber is a party or a subsidiary of Camber is a party. Holders of Viking Common Stock and Viking Preferred Stock will have any fractional shares of Camber common stock or preferred stock after the Merger rounded up to the nearest whole share.
At the Effective Time, each outstanding Viking equity award, will be converted into the right to receive the merger consideration in respect of each share of Viking Common Stock underlying such equity award and, in the case of Company stock options, be converted into vested Camber stock options based on the merger exchange ratio calculated as provided above (the "Exchange Ratio").
The Merger Agreement provides, among other things, that effective as of the Effective Time, James A. Doris, the current Chief Executive Officer of both the Company and Viking, shall serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Company following the Effective Time. The Merger Agreement provides that, as of the Effective Time, the Combined Company will have its headquarters in Houston, Texas.
The Merger Agreement also provides that, during the period from the date of the Merger Agreement until the Effective Time, each of Camber and Viking will be subject to certain restrictions on its ability to solicit alternative acquisition proposals from third parties, to provide non-public information to third parties and to engage in discussions with third parties regarding alternative acquisition proposals, subject to customary exceptions. Viking is required to hold a meeting of its stockholders to vote upon the adoption of the Merger Agreement and, subject to certain exceptions, to recommend that its stockholders vote to adopt the Merger Agreement. Camber is required to hold a meeting of its stockholders to approve the issuance of Viking Common Stock and Viking Preferred Stock in connection with the Merger (the "Share Issuance").
The completion of the Merger is subject to customary conditions, including (i) adoption of the Merger Agreement by Camber's stockholders and approval of the Share Issuance by Camber's stockholders, (ii) receipt of required regulatory approvals, (iii) effectiveness of a registration statement on Form S-4 for the Camber common stock to be issued in the Merger (the "Form S-4"), and (iv) the absence of any law, order, injunction, decree or other legal restraint preventing the completion of the Merger or making the completion of the Merger illegal. Each party's obligation to complete the Merger is also subject to certain additional customary conditions, including (i) subject to certain exceptions, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party, (ii) subject to certain exceptions, performance by the other party of its obligations under the Merger Agreement and (iii) the absence of any material adverse effect on the other party, as defined in the Merger Agreement.
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Additional closing conditions to the Merger include that in the event the NYSE American determines that the Merger constitutes, or will constitute, a "back-door listing" / "reverse merger", Camber (and its common stock) is required to qualify for initial listing on the NYSE American, pursuant to the applicable guidance and requirements of the NYSE as of the Effective Time.
The Merger Agreement can be terminated (i) at any time with the mutual consent of the parties; (ii) by either Camber or Viking if any governmental consent or approval required for closing is not obtained, or any governmental entity issues a final non-appealable order or similar decree preventing the Merger; (iii) by either Company or Viking if the Merger shall not have been consummated on or before August 1, 2021; (iv) by Company of Viking, upon the breach by the other of a term of the Merger, which is not cured within 30 days of the date of written notice thereof by the other; (v) by Camber if Viking is unable to obtain the affirmative vote of its stockholders for approval of the Merger; (vi) by Viking if Camber is unable to obtain the affirmative vote of its stockholders required pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement; and (vii) by Company or Viking if there is a willful breach of the Merger Agreement by the other party thereto.
The Merger Agreement contains customary indemnification obligations of the parties and representations and warranties.
The Merger has not been completed. As of the date of filing this report, neither Viking or Camber has advised of its intention to terminate the Merger Agreement.
Going Concern Qualification
The Company's consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared on a going concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. The Company generated net loss of $246,495,102 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to a net loss of $41,625,851 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The 2021 loss was comprised of, among other things, certain non-cash items with a total net impact of $(242,574,582) including: (i) a loss on derivative liability of $222,688,936 (ii) Loss in earnings of unconsolidated entity of $18,339,293 (iii) stock-based compensation of $1,536,895; and (iv) Depreciation, depletion and accretion of $9,458.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company has a stockholders' deficit of $(165,531,9493) and total Long-Term Debt of $20,500,000.
As of September 30, 2021, the Company has a working capital deficiency of approximately $172.4 million. The largest components of current liabilities creating this working capital deficiency is a derivative liability of $176 million.
Management believes it will be able to continue to leverage the expertise and relationships of its operational and technical teams to enhance existing assets and identify new development and acquisition opportunities in order to improve the Company's financial position. The Company may have the ability, if it can raise additional capital, to acquire new assets in a separate division from existing subsidiaries.
None the less, recent oil and gas price volatility as a result of geopolitical conditions and the global COVID-19 pandemic have already had and may continue to have a negative impact on the Company's financial position and results of operations. Negative impacts could include but are not limited to: The Company's ability to sell our oil and gas production, reduction in the selling price of the Company's oil and gas, failure of a counterparty to make required hedge payments, possible disruption of production as a result of worker illness or mandated production shutdowns, the Company's ability to maintain compliance with loan covenants and/or refinance existing indebtedness, and access to new capital and financing.
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These conditions raise substantial doubt regarding the Company's ability to continue as a going concern. The Company's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to utilize the resources in place to generate future profitable operations, to develop additional acquisition opportunities, and to obtain the necessary financing to meet its obligations and repay its liabilities arising from business operations when they come due. Management believes the Company will be able to continue to develop new opportunities and will be able to obtain additional funds through debt and / or equity financings to facilitate its development strategy; however, there is no assurance of additional funding being available. These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to the recorded assets or liabilities that might be necessary should the Company have to curtail operations or be unable to continue in existence.
RESULTS OF CONTINUING OPERATIONS
The following discussion of the financial condition and results of operation of the Company for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KT for the year ended December 31, 2020.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of September 30, 2021, and December 31, 2020, the Company had $5,164,789 and $868,548 in cash holdings, respectively.
Three months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020
The Company had gross revenues of $103,191 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $57,458 for the three months ended September 30, 2020, reflecting an increase of $45,733. This increase in revenue is a result of an increase in oil and gas realized prices in 2021.
The Company's operating expenses increased to $1,023,497 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, from $885,100 in the corresponding prior period. Lease operating costs increased by $9,313 to $38,661 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $29,348 for the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, due to lower realized production levels. DD&A expense was relatively unchanged at $1,906 for the three months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $2,837 for the three months ended September 30, 2020. General and administrative expenses and stock-based compensation combined reflected an increase of $130,015 to $982,930, when compared to $852,915 in the corresponding prior period.
Income (loss) from Operations
The Company generated a loss from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2021 of $(920,306), when compared to a loss from operations of $(827,642) for the three months ended September 30, 2020.
Other Income (Expense)
The Company had other (expense) of $(263,635,217) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to other (expense) of $(19,159,201) for the three months ended September 30, 2020. This significant difference is primarily a result of the Company's stock price and its impact on our derivatives.
Net Income (Loss)
The Company had net loss of $(264,555,523) during the three-month period ended September 30, 2021, compared with a net loss of $(19,986,843) for the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, a $244,568,680 difference primarily as a result of the items discussed above.
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Nine months ended September 30, 2021 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2020
The Company had gross revenues of $266,082 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $180,046 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, reflecting an increase of $86,036. This increase in revenue is a result of an increase in oil and gas realized prices in 2021.
The Company's operating expenses increased to $4,271,528 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, from $3,239,340 in the corresponding prior period. Lease operating costs decreased by $100,263 to $98,140 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $198,403 for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, due to lower realized production levels. DD&A expense was relatively unchanged at $9,458 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 as compared to $10,337 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. General and administrative expenses and stock-based compensation combined reflected an increase of $1,133,330 to $4,163,930, when compared to $3,030,600 the corresponding prior period.
Income (loss) from Operations
The Company generated a loss from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 of $4,005,446 when compared to a loss from operations of $3,059,294 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
Other Income (Expense)
The Company had other (expense) of $(242,486,656) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to other (expense) of $(38,566,557) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. This significant difference is primarily a result of the Company's stock price and its impact on our derivatives.
Net Income (Loss)
The Company had net loss of $(246,495,102) during the nine-month period ended September 30, 2021, compared with a net loss of $(41,625,851) for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, a $204,869,251 difference primarily as a result of the items discussed above.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
We prepare our financial statements in conformity with GAAP, which requires management to make certain estimates and assumptions and apply judgments. We base our estimates and judgments on historical experience, current trends and other factors that management believes to be important at the time the financial statements are prepared and actual results could differ from our estimates and such differences could be material. Due to the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain, materially different amounts could be reported under different conditions or using different assumptions. On a regular basis, we review our critical accounting policies and how they are applied in the preparation of our financial statements, as well as the sufficiency of the disclosures pertaining to our accounting policies in the footnotes accompanying our financial statements. Described below are the most significant policies we apply in preparing our consolidated financial statements, some of which are subject to alternative treatments under GAAP. We also describe the most significant estimates and assumptions we make in applying these policies. See "Note 2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies" to our consolidated financial statements.
Oil and Gas Property Accounting
The Company uses the full cost method of accounting for its investment in oil and natural gas properties. Under this method of accounting, all costs of acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas properties (including such costs as leasehold acquisition costs, geological expenditures, dry hole costs, tangible and intangible development costs and direct internal costs) are capitalized as the cost of oil and natural gas properties when incurred.
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The full cost method requires the Company to calculate quarterly, by cost center, a "ceiling," or limitation on the amount of properties that can be capitalized on the balance sheet. To the extent capitalized costs of oil and natural gas properties, less accumulated depletion and related deferred taxes, exceed the sum of the discounted future net revenues of proved oil and natural gas reserves, the lower of cost or estimated fair value of unproved not properties subject to amortization, the cost of properties not being amortized, and the related tax amounts, such excess capitalized costs are charged to expense.
Estimates of our proved reserves included in this report are prepared in accordance with U.S. SEC guidelines for reporting corporate reserves and future net revenue. The accuracy of a reserve estimate is a function of:
i. the quality and quantity of available data;
ii. the interpretation of that data;
iii. the accuracy of various mandated economic assumptions; and
iv. the judgment of the persons preparing the estimate.
Our proved reserve information included in this report was predominately based on estimates. Because these estimates depend on many assumptions, all of which may substantially differ from future actual results, reserve estimates will be different from the quantities of oil and gas that are ultimately recovered. In addition, results of drilling, testing and production after the date of an estimate may justify material revisions to the estimate.
In accordance with SEC requirements, we based the estimated discounted future net cash flows from proved reserves on the unweighted arithmetic average of the prior 12-month commodity prices as of the first day of each of the months constituting the period and costs on the date of the estimate.
The estimates of proved reserves materially impact depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion ("DD&A") expense. If the estimates of proved reserves decline, the rate at which we record DD&A expense will increase, reducing future net income. Such a decline may result from lower market prices, which may make it uneconomic to drill for and produce from higher-cost fields.
Asset Retirement Obligation
Asset retirement obligations ("ARO") primarily represent the estimated present value of the amount we will incur to plug, abandon and remediate our producing properties at the projected end of their productive lives, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. We determined our ARO by calculating the present value of estimated cash flows related to the obligation. The retirement obligation is recorded as a liability at its estimated present value as of the obligation's inception, with an offsetting increase to proved properties. Periodic accretion of discount of the estimated liability is recorded as accretion expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.
ARO liability is determined using significant assumptions, including current estimates of plugging and abandonment costs, annual inflation of these costs, the productive lives of wells and a risk-adjusted interest rate. Changes in any of these assumptions can result in significant revisions to the estimated ARO.
The Series C Preferred Stock certificate of designation, or COD, contains provisions that could result in modification of the Series C Preferred Stock conversion price that is based on a variable that is not an input to the fair value of a "fixed-for-fixed" option as defined under FASB ASC Topic No. 815 - 40.
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The Series C Preferred Stock are convertible into shares of common stock at a fixed $3.25 conversion rate. Upon conversion, the holder is entitled to dividends as if the shares had been held to maturity, which is referred to as the Conversion Premium. The Conversion Premium may be paid in shares or cash, at the option of the Company. If the Conversion Premium is paid in cash, the amount is fixed and not subject to adjustment. If the Conversion Premium is paid in shares, the conversion ratio is based on a VWAP calculation based on the lowest stock price over the Measurement Period. The Measurement Period is 30 days (or 60 days if there is a Triggering Event) prior to the conversion date and 30 days (or 60 days if there is a Triggering Event) after the conversion date. The VWAP calculation is subject to adjustment if there is a Triggering Event and the Measurement Period is subject to adjustment in the event that the Company is in default of one or more Equity Conditions provided in the COD. For example, the Measurement period may be extended one day for every day the Company is not in compliance with one or more of the Equity Conditions. Trigger events are described in the designation of the Series C Preferred Stock, but include items which would typically be events of default under a debt security, including filing of reports late with the SEC.
At the conversion date, the number of shares due for the Conversion Premium is estimated based on the previous 30-day VWAP. If the Company does not elect to pay the Conversion Premium in cash, the Company will issue all shares due for the conversion and the estimated shares due for the conversion premium. If the VWAP calculation for the portion of the Measurement Period following the date of conversion is lower than the VWAP for the portion of the Measurement Period prior to the date of conversion, the holder will be issued additional common shares, referred to as True-Up shares. If the VWAP calculation is higher, no True-Up shares are issued.
The Company has determined that the Series C Preferred Stock contains an embedded derivative liability relating to the Conversion Premium and, upon conversion, a derivative liability for the potential obligation to issue True-Up Shares relating to Series C shares that have been converted and the Measurement Period has not expired, if applicable.
The fair value of the derivative liability relating to the Conversion Premium for any outstanding Series C Shares is equal to the cash required to settle the Conversion Premium. The fair value of the potential True-Up share obligation has been estimated using a binomial pricing mode and the lesser of the conversion price or the low closing price of the Company's stock subsequent to the conversion date. and the historical volatility of the Company's common stock.
The following tables present a range of estimates of the number of shares potentially issuable to settle future conversions of the Series C Preferred Stock outstanding at September 30, 2021, including the conversion premiums, reflecting consideration of all provisions that pertain to the computation of settlements as follows:
Estimate of Common Shares Due to Series C Pref. Shareholders (assuming Dividends/Conversion
Series C Pref. Shares Outstanding - 3,945 September 30, 2021 Assume Triggering Yes Event Low VWAP During Measurement Period - Low VWAP During Measurement Period Low VWAP During Measurement Period - $0.3475 - $0.50 $1.00 Conversion Price for Conversion Price Conversion Price Preferred Stock for Preferred for Preferred . . .
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