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Subsequent Events

Subsequent Events
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent Events

Note 11 – Subsequent Events


Extension of Debt – 12.5% promissory note due on April 17, 2020


On January 17, 2020, an indirect subsidiary of the Company closed on a short-term bridge note transaction with an unrelated third party, Beijing Gas Blue Sky Holdings Limited (“BGBS”) in the principal amount of $220,000, with an original issue discount of $20,000, providing net proceeds of $200,000 in cash to the Company (the “STB Note”). The STB Note accrues interest at the rate of 12.5% per annum and matures on April 17, 2020, upon which date the principal sum, the original issue discount, as well as any accrued and unpaid interest and other fees, shall be due and payable. The Company may prepay the STB Note prior to maturity without penalty. The summary of the transaction described in this paragraph is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Bridge Note dated January 17, 2020, which is filed as Exhibit 10.22 to this report.


Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement and Extension of Debt


Deed of Novation and Assignment dated January 18, 2020 by and between Berwin Trading Limited (“Berwin”), Profit Well Limited (“Profit Well”), Foothills Exploration, Inc. (“Foothills”) and Beijing Gas Blue Sky Holdings Limited (“BGBS”).


On January 18, 2020, Foothills entered into a Deed of Novation and Assignment between existing noteholders, Berwin and Profit Well, whereby these noteholders respectively assigned sums due to each, pursuant to their respective debenture and bridge note to BGBS and Foothills simultaneously issued a new 13.5% promissory note to BGBS for an aggregate combined amount of $5,476,505 (the “January BGBS Note”).


The January BGBS Note includes principal, interest, default interest and penalties due under: (a) Berwin’s debenture dated December 30, 2016, in the principal amount of $1,250,000; (b) Profit Well’s bridge note dated August 9, 2017, in the principal amount of $1,050,000; and (c) two bridge loans funded by BGBS to an indirect subsidiary of Foothills in the amounts of $90,000 on November 4, 2019, and $50,000 on December 11, 2019. The maturity date of the January BGBS Note is December 31, 2023. Foothills has agreed to make a principal payment in the amount of $500,000 on December 31, 2020 and another principal payment of $500,000 on December 31, 2021. Foothills further agreed to commence quarterly interest payments in the approximate amount of $184,832, beginning as of January 30, 2022. Foothills pledged its interests in the Ute Tribal North properties located in the Uinta Basin, Utah, as security to collateralize January BGBS Note. This transaction summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Deed of Novation and Assignment and Pledge of Collateral, both dated January 18, 2020, which are filed as Exhibits 10.23 and 10.24, to this report.


Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement


Amendment #1 to Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Note and Net Profits Interest Agreement dated March 4, 2019 (the “FirstFire Amendment”)


The amendment, made effective January 21, 2020, between the Company and FirstFire Global Opportunities Fund, LLC (the “Holder”), and provides the Company with an extension of time to pay. The parties have acknowledged that the total outstanding balance owed under the Note as of the effective date is $800,000. The net profits interest agreement was amended so that it now expires on March 1, 2026. The Company made a payment of $25,000 at the time of signing this amendment with the remaining balance of $775,000 due on or before February 28, 2020. This transaction summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the FirstFire Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 10.25, to this report.


Contingent Liabilities – Legal Proceedings


GMT Exploration Company, LLC vs. Foothills Exploration, Inc. and Foothills Exploration, LLC, Case No.19-556-L, District Court Third Judicial District, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.


This civil suit, filed November 8, 2019, concerns Foothill’s alleged breach of an acquisition agreement to purchase certain oil and gas properties located in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, seeks specific performance of the purchase agreement (primarily our posting the required bonds) and alleges certain damages that are as yet undefined. The Company filed its answer to the complaint with the court on December 18, 2019. On December 26, 2019, Plaintiff GMT Exploration filed with the court a Motion for Immediate Appointment of a Receiver Pending Litigation. On January 14, 2020, the parties agreed to a stipulated receivership for the properties and to appoint GMT Exploration as the receiver pending litigation. The parties are currently in settlement discussions and the Company currently believes that a settlement with the plaintiff to resolve this dispute can occur during Q1 2020. The Company must post the required surety bonds in order to finalize the transfer of operations from the seller, which it anticipates doing before the end of February 2020.


Common Stock Issuance


  Subsequent to September 30, 2019, several of the Company’s variable-rate convertible noteholders, by cashless exercise of warrants issued pursuant to note agreements, acquired a total of 26,956,851 shares common stock.
  Subsequent to September 30, 2019, several of the Company’s variable-rate convertible noteholders converted sums due under their respective note agreements as a result of which we issued a total of 36,885,336 shares of common stock for these conversions. The Company retired $44,403 in notes, which were used as consideration for the conversions.