• Filing Date: 2017-03-31
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
15. Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

In 2005, Antimonio de Mexico, S. A. (“AM”) signed an option agreement that gives AM the exclusive right to explore and develop the San Miguel I and San Miguel II concessions for annual payments. Total payments will not exceed $1,430,344, reduced by taxes paid. During the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, $65,000 and $127,500, respectively, was paid and capitalized as mineral rights in accordance with the Company’s accounting policies. At December 31, 2016, the Company has made all of the required payments under the agreement.


In June of 2013, the Company entered into a lease to mine antimony ore from concessions located in the Wadley Mining district in Mexico. The lease calls for a mandatory term of one year and requires payments of $10,500 plus IVA tax per month. The lease is renewable each year with a 15 day notice to the lessor, and agreement of terms. The lease was renewed in June of 2016.


From time to time, the Company is assessed fines and penalties by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”). Using appropriate regulatory channels, management may contest these proposed assessments. At December 31, 2016 and 2015, the Company has no accruals relating to such assessments.


In prior years, the Company utilized Providence Capital, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Providence”), and Herbert A. Denton to provide investor relations services.  On April 1, 2015, we entered into an agreement with Providence to provide us services as our Investor Relations Representative.  We terminated this agreement in May 2015, and signed a Settlement Agreement dated July 27, 2015, and a Supplemental Settlement Agreement dated August 1, 2015.  These agreements provided for a payment to Mr. Denton of 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock and $25,000 to be paid in five equal installments. On August 31, 2015, we issued 100,000 shares of common stock valued at $0.55 per share or $55,000 to Mr. Denton.  On October 12, 2015, we served Mr. Denton with a notice of material breach of the termination agreements and suspended the remaining payments of $15,000. We have subsequently filed an action in federal court to force Mr. Denton to comply with the terms of the termination agreements and for damages related to his non-compliance.  Subsequent to the Company’s filing, Mr. Denton filed a counterclaim against the Company seeking an award for damages for breach of contract, conversion, defamation of character, failure to exercise business judgement and intentional infliction of emotional duress and damage to reputation. We have settled with Mr. Denton for a cash payment of $10,000 and the removal of all restrictions on the 100,000 shares of common stock we previously issued to him.