• Filing Date: 2020-06-12
  • Form Type: 10-Q
  • Description: Quarterly report
6 Months Ended
Apr. 30, 2020
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  


The significant accounting policies are defined in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2019 filed with the SEC on January 13, 2020, except as follows.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements Adopted in the Six-Month Period Ended April 30, 2020

On November 1, 2019, the Company adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (the “FASB’s”) Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2018-07, “Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting”, which became effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. ASU 2018-07 simplifies the accounting for nonemployee share-based payments, aligning it more closely with the accounting for employee awards. Under the adoption provisions, equity-classified awards for which a measurement date had already been established as of the adoption date, including the Company’s Earn-In Option Agreement (Note 4), are unaffected by ASU 2018-07. As a result of this adoption, the Company reclassified $4,803 from stock option liability to additional paid-in capital (Note 11).


On November 1, 2019, the Company adopted the FASB’s ASU 2016-02, “Leases,” (Topic 842), together with subsequent amendments, which became effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. The new standard requires a lessee to recognize on its balance sheet, a liability to make lease payments (the lease liability) and the right-of-use (“ROU”) asset representing the right to the underlying asset for the lease term and allows companies to elect to apply the standard at the effective date. The Company elected the package of practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance, which applies to expired or existing leases and allows the Company not to reassess whether a contract contains a lease, the lease classification, and any initial direct costs incurred.


The Company also elected a number of optional practical expedients including the following:


  • the short-term lease recognition exemption whereby ROU assets and lease liabilities will not be recognized for leasing arrangements with terms less than one year;
  • the land easements practical expedient whereby existing land easements are not reassessed under the new standard;
  • the hindsight practical expedient when determining lease term at transition; and
  • the practical expedient not to apply lease accounting to the intangible right to explore for those natural resources, and rights to use the land in which those natural resources are contained.

The adoption of this update did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows and disclosures.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, “Income Taxes - Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (Topic 740)” which is intended to simplify various aspects related to accounting for income taxes. ASU 2019-12 removes certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740 and clarifies and amends existing guidance to improve consistent application. ASU 2019-12 will be effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2020. Early adoption is permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the impact the adoption of ASU 2019-12 will have on its financial position, results of operations or cash flows and disclosures.


Other recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB (including its Emerging Issues Task Force) and the SEC did not or are not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s present or future consolidated financial statements.