UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

☒   QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

 

OR

 

☐   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from        to      

 

Commission file number: 000-55710

 

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NioCorp Developments Ltd.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

British Columbia, Canada   98-1262185
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     

 7000 South Yosemite Street, Suite 115 Centennial, CO

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   

 

80112 

(Zip code) 

     
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (855) 264-6267
 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Not Applicable   Not Applicable   Not Applicable

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 

Large Accelerated Filer Accelerated Filer
Non-Accelerated Filer Smaller Reporting Company
  Emerging Growth Company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☒

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No ☒

 

As of May 11, 2021, the registrant had 251,667,966 Common Shares outstanding.

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

       
      Page
PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION     
       
ITEM 1.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS   1
ITEM 2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS   17
ITEM 3.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK   27
ITEM 4.  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES   27
       
PART II — OTHER INFORMATION     
       
ITEM 1.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS   28
ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS   28
ITEM 2.  UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS   28
ITEM 3.  DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES   28
ITEM 4.  MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES   28
ITEM 5.  OTHER INFORMATION   28
ITEM 6.  EXHIBITS   29
       
SIGNATURES    30

 

 

 

PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Contents

 

    Page
     
Condensed consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020 (unaudited)   2
     
Condensed consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited)   3
     
Condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited)   4
     
Condensed consolidated statements of shareholders’ equity for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (unaudited)   5
     
Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (unaudited)   6 – 16

 

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NioCorp Developments Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share data) (unaudited)

 

 

          As of  
    Note     March 31,
2021
    June 30, 
2020
 
ASSETS                  
Current                  
Cash         $ 8,626     $ 307  
Prepaid expenses and other           24       31  
Total current assets           8,650       338  
Non-current                      
Deposits           35       35  
Investment in equity securities           19       7  
Right of use assets   10       203        
Mineral interests           10,617       10,617  
Total assets         $ 19,524     $ 10,997  
                       
LIABILITIES                      
Current                      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   4     $ 488     $ 3,065  
Related party loan   8       3,818       3,818  
Convertible debt   5       1,349       838  
Notes payable, current portion   6             258  
Operating lease liability   10       88        
Derivative liability, convertible debt   5             33  
Total current liabilities           5,743       8,012  
Non-current                      
    Convertible debt, net of current   5       7,967          
Notes payable, net of current portion   6             344  
Operating lease liability   10       125        
Total liabilities           13,835       8,356  
SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY                      
Common stock, unlimited shares authorized; shares outstanding: 245,545,587 at March 31, 2021 and 235,925,684 at June 30, 2020   7       90,215       84,476  
Additional paid-in capital           14,142       13,206  
Accumulated deficit           (97,833 )     (94,686 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss           (835 )     (355 )
Total shareholder equity           5,689       2,641  
Total liabilities and equity         $ 19,524     $ 10,997  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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NioCorp Developments Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share data) (unaudited)

 

 

         

For the three months ended

March 31,

    For the nine months ended
March 31,
 
    Note     2021     2020     2021     2020  
Operating expenses                                      
Employee related costs         $ 327     $ 341     $ 1,332     $ 1,040  
Professional fees           83       41       276       226  
Exploration expenditures   9       297       294       711       971  
Other operating expenses           138       141       802       473  
Total operating expenses           845       817       3,121       2,710  
Other income   6       (22 )           (208 )      
Loss on debt extinguishment   5                   163        
Change in financial instrument fair value   5       (60 )     (49 )     (32 )     39  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss           (94 )     395       (497 )     359  
Interest expense           354       100       612       233  
Other (Gain) loss on equity securities           (10 )     (1 )     (12 )     2  
Loss before income taxes           1,013       1,262       3,147       3,343  
Income tax benefit                              
Net loss   3     $ 1,013     $ 1,262     $ 3,147     $ 3,343  
                                       
Other comprehensive loss:                                      
Net loss         $ 1,013     $ 1,262     $ 3,147     $ 3,343  
Other comprehensive loss (gain):                                      
Reporting currency translation           93       (449 )     480       (406 )
Total comprehensive loss         $ 1,106     $ 813     $ 3,627     $ 2,937  
                                       
Loss per common share, basic and diluted         $ 0.00     $ 0.00     $ 0.01     $ 0.01  
                                       
Weighted average common shares outstanding           241,931,563       234,870,686       239,283,205       234,453,544  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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NioCorp Developments Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars) (unaudited)

 

 

   

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 
    2021     2020  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Total loss for the period   $ (3,147 )   $ (3,343 )
Non-cash elements included in net loss:                
Change in financial instrument fair value     (32 )     39  
Unrealized (gain) loss on equity securities     (12 )     1  
Accretion of convertible debt     219        
Noncash lease expense     10        
Loss on debt extinguishment     163        
Gain on debt forgiveness     (196 )      
Foreign exchange (gain) loss     (453 )     331  
Share-based compensation     797       145  
      (2,651 )     (2,827 )
Change in working capital items:                
Prepaid expenses     9       69  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     (1,006 )     586  
Net cash used in operating activities     (3,648 )     (2,172 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
Proceeds from issuance of capital stock     2,847        
Loan repayments     (406 )      
Share issuance costs     (1 )      
Proceeds from debt issuance, net of expenses     9,477        
Related party debt drawdown           1,865  
Net cash provided by financing activities     11,917       1,865  
Exchange rate effect on cash and cash equivalents     50       (2 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents during period     8,319       (309 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     307       357  
Cash and cash equivalent, end of period   $ 8,626     $ 48  
                 
Supplemental cash flow information:                
Amounts paid for interest   $ 734     $ 48  
Amounts paid for income taxes            
Non-cash financing transactions                
Conversion of accounts payable to convertible debt   $ 1,640     $  
Conversions of debt for common shares     1,256       980  
Recognition of operating lease liabilities     231        
Loan amounts forgiven     196        

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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NioCorp Developments Ltd.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity

(expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except for Common Shares outstanding) (unaudited)

 

 

    For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020  
    Common
Shares
Outstanding
    Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Deficit     Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
    Total  
Balance, June 30, 2019     232,496,215     $ 82,939     $ 13,124     $ (90,685 )   $ (526 )   $ 4,852  
Debt conversions     2,444,420       980                         980  
Share-based payments                 145                   145  
Reporting currency presentation                             406       406  
Loss for the period                       (3,343 )           (3,343 )
Balance, March 31, 2020     234,940,635     $ 83,919     $ 13,269     $ (94,028 )   $ (120 )   $ 3,040  
                                                 
Balance, June 30, 2020     235,925,684     $ 84,476     $ 13,206     $ (94,686 )   $ (355 )   $ 2,641  
Exercise of warrants     4,732,261       2,942       (309 )                 2,633  
Exercise of options     2,942,177       1,542       (1,327 )                 215  
Fair value of warrants granted                 1,775                   1,775  
Debt conversions     1,945,465       1,256                         1,256  
Share issuance costs           (1 )                       (1 )
Share-based payments                 797                   797  
Reporting currency presentation                             (480 )     (480 )
Loss for the period                       (3,147 )           (3,147 )
Balance, March 31, 2021     245,545,587     $ 90,215     $ 14,142     $ (97,833 )   $ (835 )   $ 5,689  

 

    For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020  
    Common
Shares
Outstanding
    Common
Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
    Deficit     Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
    Total  
Balance, December 31, 2019     234,839,598     $ 83,872     $ 13,241     $ (92,766 )   $ (569 )   $ 3,778  
Debt conversions     101,037       47                         47  
Share-based payments                 28                   28  
Reporting currency presentation                             449       449  
Loss for the period                       (1,262 )           (1,262 )
Balance, March 31, 2020     234,940,635     $ 83,919     $ 13,269     $ (94,028 )   $ (120 )   $ 3,040  
                                                 
Balance, December 31, 2020     240,110,267     $ 86,839     $ 13,844     $ (96,820 )   $ (742 )   $ 3,121  
Exercise of warrants     1,954,839       1,328       (190 )                 1,138  
Exercise of options     2,503,560       1,298       (1,224 )                 74  
Fair value of warrants granted                     1,712                   1,712  
Debt conversions     976,921       750                         750  
Share issuance costs                                    
Share-based payments                                    
Reporting currency presentation                             (93 )     (93 )
Loss for the period                       (1,013 )           (1,013 )
Balance, March 31, 2021     245,545,587     $ 90,215     $ 14,142     $ (97,833 )   $ (835 )   $ 5,689  

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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1. DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

 

NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“NioCorp” or the “Company”) was incorporated on February 27, 1987, under the laws of the Province of British Columbia and currently operates in one reportable operating segment consisting of exploration and development of mineral deposits in North America, specifically, the Elk Creek Niobium/Scandium/Titanium property (the “Elk Creek Project”) located in southeastern Nebraska.

 

These financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis that contemplates the realization of assets and discharge of liabilities at their carrying values in the normal course of business for the foreseeable future. These financial statements do not reflect any adjustments that may be necessary if the Company is unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company currently earns no operating revenues and will require additional capital in order to advance the Elk Creek Project to construction and commercial operation. As further discussed in Note 3, the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is uncertain and is dependent upon obtaining sufficient financing, the generation of profits from mineral properties, and maintaining continued support from its shareholders and creditors. 

 

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

  a) Basis of Preparation and Consolidation

 

The accompanying unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of the United States of America (“US GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The interim condensed consolidated financial statements include the consolidated accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries with all significant intercompany transactions eliminated. The accounting policies followed in preparing these interim condensed consolidated financial statements are those used by the Company as set out in the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2020.

 

In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary (including reclassifications and normal recurring adjustments) to present fairly the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows at March 31, 2021, and for all periods presented, have been included in these interim condensed consolidated financial statements. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with US GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to appropriate SEC rules and regulations. These interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2020. The interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year ending June 30, 2021, or future operating periods.

 

  b) Recent Accounting Standards

 

Issued and Adopted

On July 1, 2020, NioCorp adopted Accounting Standards Update 2018-13 - Fair Value Measurements (Topic 820): Disclosure Framework - Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement. This update modifies the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements in Topic 820 and eliminates ‘at a minimum’ from the phrase ‘an entity shall disclose at a minimum’ to promote the appropriate exercise of discretion by entities when considering fair value disclosures and to clarify that materiality is an appropriate consideration. The adoption of this standard had no impact on the consolidated financial statements.

 

Issued and Not Effective 

From time to time, new accounting pronouncements are issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board that are adopted by the Company as of the specified effective date. Unless otherwise discussed, management believes that the impact of recently issued standards did not or will not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements upon adoption.

 

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  c) Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with US GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period. The Company regularly evaluates estimates and assumptions related to the deferred income tax asset valuations, convertible debt valuations, and share-based compensation. The Company bases its estimates and assumptions on current facts, historical experience, and various other factors that it believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the other sources. The actual results experienced by the Company may differ materially and adversely from the Company’s estimates. To the extent there are material differences between estimates and the actual results, future results of operations will be affected.

 

3. GOING CONCERN ISSUES

 

The Company incurred a loss of $3,147 for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 (2020 - $3,343) and had an accumulated deficit of $97,833 as of March 31, 2021. As an exploration stage entity, the Company has not yet commenced its mining operations and accordingly does not generate any revenue.

 

The Company’s ability to continue operations and fund its expenditures, which have historically averaged $700 to $850 per quarter, is dependent on management’s ability to secure additional financing. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had cash of $8,626 which, after consideration of the purchase of land and the private placement funding disclosed in Note 12, may not be sufficient to fund normal operations and meet debt obligations for the next twelve months without deferring payment on certain current liabilities and raising additional funds. Management is actively pursuing additional sources of financing, and while it has been successful in doing so in the past, there can be no assurance it will be able to do so in the future. The Company has approximately $700 available on its non-revolving credit facility agreement with a related party (refer to Note 8), however, the Company did not have any further funding commitments or arrangements for additional financing as of March 31, 2021. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

These consolidated financial statements do not give effect to any adjustments required to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in other than the normal course of business and at amounts different from those reflected in the accompanying financial statements.

 

Since March 2020, several measures have been implemented in the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world in response to the increased impact from the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination programs started in the United States in December 2020 and currently over one-third of the populations of both Colorado and Nebraska are fully vaccinated. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be temporary, the current circumstances are dynamic and the impact on business operations cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. The continued spread of COVID-19 has resulted in business travel restrictions and other capital market disruptions, and this has had an impact on the following: the Company’s ability to obtain financing and advance development plans; and the Company’s results of operations, financial position, and cash flows during the current fiscal year.   

 

4. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES

 

          As of  
    Note     March 31, 
2021
    June 30, 
2020
 
  Accounts payable, trade         $ 185     $ 2,460  
  Interest payable to related party   8       107       450  
  Other accruals           196       155  
Total accounts payable and accrued liabilities         $ 488     $ 3,065  

 

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On December 18, 2020, an accounts payable balance of $1,640 was exchanged for a convertible note as discussed in Note 5.

 

5. CONVERTIBLE DEBT

 

    As of  
    March 31, 
2021
    June 30,
2020
 
Current Portion                
  Nordmin Convertible Note   $ 1,349     $  
  Convertible promissory notes           800  
  Lind IV Convertible Security           38  
 Total convertible debt, current portion   $ 1,349     $ 838  
Non-Current Portion                
  Lind III Convertible Security   $ 7,967     $  

 

Lind III Convertible Security

 

On February 19, 2021, the Company issued to Lind Global Asset Management III, LLC (“Lind III”), an entity managed by The Lind Partners, a New York-based asset management firm (“The Lind Partners”), a convertible security (the “Lind III Convertible Security”) pursuant to a definitive convertible security funding agreement, dated as of February 16, 2021 (the “Lind Agreement”), between the Company and Lind III. The Lind III Convertible Security has a face value of $11,700 (representing $10,000 in funding plus an implied 8.5% interest rate per annum for the term of the Lind III Convertible Security). After deducting a $350 commitment fee as set forth in the Lind Agreement, NioCorp received net proceeds of $9,650 from the funding of the Lind III Convertible Security. As further discussed in Note 12, on April 23, 2021, the Company used a portion of the proceeds from the funding of the Lind III Convertible Security to purchase a key land parcel associated with the Company’s Elk Creek Project, with the remainder to be spent for general corporate purposes.

  

The Lind III Convertible Security has a term of (i) 24 months or (ii) 30 calendar days after the date on which the face value of the Lind III Convertible Security is nil due to such amount having been fully converted and/or fully repaid (including with any applicable premium) in accordance with the terms of the Lind Agreement, whichever is earlier. The Lind III Convertible Security constitutes the direct, general and unconditional obligation of the Company and ranks pari-passu with the Company’s other indebtedness. The Lind III Convertible Security is guaranteed on a secured basis by 0896800 B.C. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“0896800”), and Elk Creek Resources Corp., a private Nebraska corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of 0896800 (“ECRC”).

 

The Lind III Convertible Security is secured by all of the assets and property of the Company and 0896800, including all of the issued and outstanding shares of 0896800 pledged by the Company and all of the issued and outstanding shares of ECRC pledged by 0896800, and certain real property and fixtures of ECRC. The liens securing the Lind III Convertible Security rank pari-passu with the liens securing: i) the loan with Mark Smith, President, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Executive Chairman of NioCorp (the “Smith Loan”), pursuant to the Loan Agreement, dated June 17, 2015, by and between the Company and Mr. Smith, as amended from time to time; and ii) a non-revolving credit facility (the “Smith Credit Facility”) with a limit of $3,500 with Mr. Smith, pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, dated January 16, 2017, between the Company and Mr. Smith, as amended from time to time. The liens securing the Lind III Convertible Security rank senior to the liens securing the Smith Loan and the Smith Credit Facility on any amount that is owed by the Company to Mr. Smith in excess of $4,000.

 

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Pursuant to the Lind Agreement, Lind III is entitled to convert the Lind III Convertible Security into common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) in monthly installments over its term at a price per Common Share equal to 85% of the volume-weighted average price Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) for the five trading days immediately preceding to the date on which Lind III provides notice to the Company of its election to convert. The Lind Agreement provides that Common Shares issuable upon conversion, together with the number of Common Shares issued upon exercise of Warrants, shall not exceed 43,588,000 Common Shares. Subject to certain exceptions, the Lind Agreement contains restrictions on how much of the Lind III Convertible Security may be converted in any particular month. The Lind Agreement also provides NioCorp with the option to buy back the remaining face amount of the Lind III Convertible Security in cash at any time; provided that, if the Company exercises such option, Lind III will have the option to convert up to 33.33% of the remaining face amount into Common Shares at the price described above. In addition, Lind III is entitled to accelerate its conversion right to the full amount of the face value of the Lind III Convertible Security or demand repayment thereof in cash upon the occurrence of an event of default and other designated events described in the Lind Agreement.

 

On February 19, 2021, in connection with the funding and issuance of the Lind III Convertible Security, the Company issued 8,558,000 Common Share purchase warrants, exercisable at a price per Common Share of C$0.97, expiring February 19, 2025 (the “Lind III Warrants”), to Lind III pursuant to the Lind Agreement.

 

The Company identified embedded derivatives in the Lind III Convertible Security that were evaluated to be immaterial at both the closing date and at March 31, 2021.

 

The Company allocated the net proceeds of $9,650 from the Lind III Convertible Security as follows:

 

 

$1,712 was booked to the additional paid in capital equity account, representing the fair value of the Lind III Warrants based on the Black Scholes pricing model using a risk-free interest rate of 0.40%, an expected dividend yield of 0%, a volatility of 51.60%, and an expected life of 4.0 years.

 

  $7,938 was booked to the convertible debt liability. Transaction costs of $173, in addition to a commitment fee of $350, were recognized as a direct deduction from the debt liability, resulting a net opening balance of $7,765. This balance will be accreted up to face value of the Lind III Convertible Security at maturity using the effective interest method and recorded as non-cash interest expense in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

Based on the Company’s closing Common Share price of C$1.26 as of March 31, 2021, conversion of the remaining Lind III Convertible Security balance, including accrued interest, would require the issuance of approximately 13,738,000 Common Shares. For each C$0.01 change in the fair value of one Common Share, the total shares the Company would be obligated to issue would change by approximately 110,000 shares.

 

Changes in the Lind III Convertible Security are as follows:

 

    Convertible
Security
 
Initial valuation   $ 7,765  
  Accretion expense     202  
Balance, March 31, 2021   $ 7,967  

 

Nordmin Convertible Note

 

On December 18, 2020, the Company issued a convertible note in the principal amount of approximately $1,872 (the “Nordmin Convertible Note”) and 500,000 Common Share purchase warrants, exercisable at a price per Common Share of $0.80, expiring December 18, 2022 (the “Nordmin Warrants”) to Nordmin Engineering Ltd. (“Nordmin”) pursuant to a convertible note and warrant subscription agreement, dated December 18, 2020 (the “Nordmin Agreement”), between the Company and Nordmin. Under the Nordmin Agreement, Nordmin agreed to subscribe for and purchase the Nordmin Convertible Note and Nordmin Warrants for a subscription price of approximately $1,804. This amount was set off against the amount owed to Nordmin by NioCorp for past services.

 

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The Nordmin Convertible Note will mature on December 18, 2021 and has no stated interest rate, an implied interest rate of 5% per annum and, subject to certain terms and conditions, is convertible into up to 4,500,000 Common Shares at a conversion price of 92% of the five-day volume-weighted average price of the Common Shares on the TSX at the time of conversion. The Nordmin Convertible Note contains restrictions on how much of the principal amount may be converted in any 30-day period. The Nordmin Convertible Note also provides the Company with the option to prepay, in whole or in part, any outstanding principal amount thereunder, upon three days’ notice to Nordmin. In addition, Nordmin is entitled to accelerate the maturity of the Nordmin Convertible Note and require the Company to prepay the outstanding principal amount upon the occurrence of an event of default and other designated events described in the Nordmin Convertible Note. The Nordmin Convertible Note constitutes the direct, general and unconditional obligation of the Company. The Nordmin Convertible Note is unsecured and ranks effectively junior to the Company’s secured indebtedness, including under the Lind III Convertible Security, the Smith Loan and the Smith Credit Facility, to the extent of the value of the assets securing such indebtedness.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Nordmin Agreement, on December 18, 2020, the Company issued 836,551 Common Shares to Nordmin upon an initial conversion of $450 in principal amount of the Nordmin Convertible Note at a conversion price of C$0.684 per share.

 

The Company accounted for this transaction as a debt extinguishment under Accounting Standards Codification 470, Debt. Accordingly, the Company wrote off the value of the existing obligation, calculated the fair value of the Nordmin Convertible Note and recorded a loss of $163 on the difference in the consolidated statement of operations. This loss included $63 related to the fair value of the Nordmin Warrants at closing. The fair value of the Nordmin Warrants was estimated based on the Black Scholes pricing model using a risk-free interest rate of 0.32%, an expected dividend yield of 0%, a volatility of 43.16%, and an expected life of 2.0 years.

 

The Company initially recorded the Nordmin Convertible Note at a fair value of $1,740. The remaining initial fair value balance will be accreted up to net face value of the Nordmin Convertible Note over the remaining time until maturity using the effective interest method. In addition, transaction costs of $25 were expensed at closing.

 

Changes in the Nordmin Convertible Note are as follows:

 

    Convertible
Note
 
  Extinguishment of accounts payable   $ 1,740  
  Conversions     (418 )
  Accretion expense     27  
Balance, March 31, 2021   $ 1,349  

 

Based on the Company’s closing Common Share price of C$1.26 as of March 31, 2021, conversion of the remaining Nordmin Convertible Note balance would require the issuance of 1,346,450 Common Shares. For each C$0.01 change in the fair value of one Common Share, the total shares the Company would be obligated to issue would change by approximately 10,700 shares.

 

Convertible Promissory Notes

 

Effective October 12, 2020, the maturity date for $750 of the Company’s outstanding convertible promissory notes was extended for one year to October 14, 2021. All terms and conditions remained unchanged, except the amended agreement provides that the Company may repay all or any of the amount of outstanding principal and any accrued but unpaid interest, with 14 days’ advance written notice (the “Notice”), as follows:

 

  with respect to the outstanding principal and any accrued but unpaid interest, in cash, using the Bank of Canada daily US$-C$ exchange rate on the date of the Notice; or
  with respect to the outstanding principal only, provided that the volume weighted average trading price of the Common Shares is C$0.97 or greater for a period of ten consecutive trading days prior to the date of the Notice, and subject to Toronto Stock Exchange approval, by converting all or any portion of the outstanding principal into Common Shares at a conversion rate of C$0.97 per Common Share, using the Bank of Canada daily US$-C$ exchange rate on the date of the Notice.

 

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One of the Company’s convertible promissory notes valued at $50 was not extended under the agreement above and was converted into 67,695 Common Shares on October 14, 2020. On March 16, 2021, the remaining convertible notes, with a face value of $750, were converted into 976,921 Common Shares. In addition, the Company paid $11 to the noteholders for outstanding interest accrued through the March 16, 2021 conversion date.

 

The changes in the derivative liability related to the conversion feature of the Company’s convertible promissory notes are as follows:

 

    Derivative
Liability
 
Balance, June 30, 2020   $ 33  
  Change in fair value of derivative liability     (33 )
Balance, March 31, 2021   $ -  

 

Lind IV Convertible Security

 

On July 9, 2020, Lind Asset Management IV, LLC (“Lind IV”), an entity managed by The Lind Partners and the holder of the convertible security (the “Lind IV Convertible Security”) issued by the Company pursuant to a definitive convertible security funding agreement, dated June 27, 2018, between the Company and Lind IV, converted the remaining balance thereunder of $38 into 64,298 Common Shares.

 

  6. NOTES PAYABLE

 

    As of  
    March 31, 
2021
    June 30, 
2020
 
Current Portion:                
Vendor note   $     $ 166  
SBA loan           92  
Total current portion   $     $ 258  
Noncurrent Portion:                
Vendor note   $     $ 240  
    SBA Loan           104  
Total noncurrent portion   $     $ 344  

 

SBA Loan

 

On April 17, 2020, ECRC received a U.S. Small Business Administration Loan (the “SBA Loan”) from American National Bank, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly referred to as the CARES Act, in the amount of $196. Under the terms of the SBA Loan, the Company may be eligible for full or partial loan forgiveness. The unforgiven portion of the SBA Loan is payable over two years at an annual interest rate of 1%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months. The Company used the proceeds for purposes consistent with the PPP.

 

On October 27, 2020, the Company applied for loan forgiveness of $186, comprising the initial SBA Loan balance less $10 representing an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant (the “EIDL advance”) received by the Company in April 2020. On November 18, 2020, the Company was notified that the $186 loan forgiveness request had been approved and recorded a corresponding gain in other income in the consolidated statement of operations.

 

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On December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), which provided additional COVID-19 relief as well as government funding and other bills. The Act removes the previous requirement that PPP borrowers deduct the amount of any EIDL advance from their PPP forgiveness amount. The SBA released Procedural Notice 5000-20075, effective January 8, 2021, stating that the SBA will no longer deduct EIDL Advances from forgiveness payments remitted to PPP lenders. Accordingly, the Company recorded a gain in other income in the consolidated statement of operations for the remaining $10 of the SBA Loan.

 

Vendor Note

 

On April 13, 2020, the Company entered into an agreement with a vendor to convert amounts due for services performed to a 28-month note payable at a stated interest rate of 3%. The Company paid off the remaining note balance of $290 on March 30, 2021.

 

  7. COMMON STOCK

 

  a) Stock Options

 

 
    Number of
Options
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
 
Balance, June 30, 2020     19,129,409     C$ 0.62  
  Granted     3,700,000       0.78  
  Exercised     (2,942,177     0.61  
  Cancelled/expired     (3,897,232 )     0.64  
Balance, March 31, 2021     15,990,000     C$ 0.66  
                 

The Company granted 3,700,000 options at an average fair value price of $C0.25 per option, based on Black-Scholes models with an average risk-free rate of 0.26%, average stock price volatility of 54.07%, and a three-year expected option life.

 

The following table summarizes information about options to purchase Common Shares (“Options”) outstanding at March 31, 2021: 

 

Exercise Price     Expiry Date   Number
Outstanding
    Aggregate
Intrinsic Value
    Number
Exercisable
    Aggregate
Intrinsic Value
 
C$ 0.94     July 21, 2021     540,000      C$ 173       540,000      C$ 173  
C$ 0.76     March 6, 2022     4,700,000       2,350       4,700,000       2,350  
C$ 0.47     November 9, 2022     3,205,000       2,532       3,205,000       2,532  
C$ 0.84     September 18, 2023     1,050,000       441       1,050,000       441  
C$ 0.54     November 15, 2023     4,120,000       2,966       4,120,000       2,966  
C$ 0.75     December 14, 2023     1,825,000       931       1,825,000       931  
C$ 0.75     December 16, 2023     550,000       281       550,000       281  
              15,990,000     C$ 9,674       15,990,000     C$ 9,674  

 

The aggregate intrinsic value in the preceding table represents the total intrinsic value, based on the Company’s closing Common Share price of C$1.26 as of March 31, 2021, that would have been received by the Option holders had all Option holders exercised their Options as of that date. The total number of in-the-money Options vested and exercisable as of March 31, 2021, was 15,990,000. As of March 31, 2021, there was $0 of unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested share-based compensation arrangements granted under the Option plans.

 

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  b) Warrants
    Warrants     Weighted
Average
Exercise Price
 
Balance June 30, 2020     12,376,451     C$ 0.74  
  Granted     9,058,000       0.96  
  Exercised     (4,732,261     0.72  
  Expired     (2,398,418 )     0.71  
Balance, March 31, 2021     14,303,772     C$ 0.89  
                     

At March 31, 2021, the Company had outstanding exercisable Common Share purchase warrants (“Warrants”), as follows: 

 

Number     Exercise Price     Expiry Date
  658,872     C$ 0.72     April 5, 2021
  298,581     C$ 0.72     April 29, 2021
  645,250     C$ 0.72     May 9, 2021
  1,035,319     C$ 0.77     July 9, 2021
  2,607,750     C$ 0.79     July 26, 2021
  500,000     C$ 0.80     December 18, 2022
  8,558,000     C$ 0.97     February 19, 2025
  14,303,772              

 

See Note 5 for more information regarding the issuance of the Lind III Warrants and the Nordmin Warrants. 

 

  8. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS AND BALANCES

 

The Smith Loan bears an interest rate of 10%, is secured by the Company’s assets pursuant to a concurrently executed general security agreement (the “General Security Agreement”) and is subject to both a 2.5% establishment fee and 2.5% prepayment fee. As of March 31, 2021, the principal amount outstanding under the Smith Loan was $1,000.

 

Borrowings under the Smith Credit Facility bear interest at a rate of 10% and drawdowns from the Smith Credit Facility are subject to a 2.5% establishment fee. Amounts outstanding under the Smith Credit Facility are secured by all of the Company’s assets pursuant to the General Security Agreement. The Smith Credit Facility contains financial and non-financial covenants customary for a facility of its size and nature. As of March 31, 2021, the principal amount outstanding under the Smith Credit Facility was $2,818.

 

On December 14, 2020, the maturity dates for the Smith Loan and the Smith Credit Facility were extended from December 15, 2020 to December 15, 2021.

 

On February 23, 2021, the Company paid Mr. Smith $726 related to accrued interest and origination fees through December 31, 2020. Accounts payable and accrued liabilities as of March 31, 2021 include accrued interest of $107 payable to Mr. Smith under the Smith Loan and the Smith Credit Facility. 

 

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9. Exploration Expenditures

 

    For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
    For the Nine Months
Ended March 31,
 
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
  Technical studies and engineering   $ 10     $ 9     $ 11     $ 32  
  Field management and other     198       236       527       806  
  Metallurgical development     44       49       128       133  
  Geologists and field staff     45             45        
Total   $ 297     $ 294     $ 711     $ 971  

 

10. Leases

 

Effective August 1, 2020, the Company entered into a three-year corporate office lease extension and recognized the corresponding right of use asset and lease liability associated with this lease extension, along with two existing nominal leases. The Company has applied a discount rate of 16%.

 

These three operating leases have an average remaining life of 2.0 years as of March 31, 2021. The Company incurred lease costs of $81 and $77 for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

The maturities of lease liabilities are as follows at March 31, 2021:

 

     Fiscal Year
Lease Maturities
 
2021   $ 28  
2022     110  
2023 and thereafter     115  
Total lease payments     253  
  Less portion of payments representing interest     (40 )
Present value of lease payments   $ 213  
   Less current portion of lease liability     88  
   Noncurrent lease liability   $ 125  

 

11. Fair Value Measurements

 

The Company measures the fair value of financial assets and liabilities based on US GAAP guidance which defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements.

 

The Company classifies financial assets and liabilities as held-for-trading, available-for-sale, held-to-maturity, loans and receivables, or other financial liabilities depending on their nature. Financial assets and financial liabilities are recognized at fair value on their initial recognition.

 

Financial assets and liabilities classified as held-for-trading are measured at fair value, with gains and losses recognized in net income. Financial assets classified as held-to-maturity, loans and receivables, and financial liabilities other than those classified as held-for-trading are measured at amortized cost, using the effective interest method of amortization. Financial assets classified as available-for-sale are measured at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses being recognized in income.

 

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Financial instruments including receivables, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and related party loans are carried at amortized cost, which management believes approximates fair value due to the short-term nature of these instruments.

 

The following tables present information about the assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, respectively, and indicate the fair value hierarchy of the valuation techniques the Company utilized to determine such fair value. In general, fair values determined by Level 1 inputs utilize quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical instruments. Fair values determined by Level 2 inputs utilize data points that are observable, such as quoted prices, interest rates, and yield curves. Fair values determined by Level 3 inputs are unobservable data points for the financial instrument and include situations where there is little, if any, market activity for the instrument.

 

    As of March 31, 2021  
    Total     Level 1     Level 2     Level 3  
Assets:                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,626     $ 8,626     $     $  
Equity securities     19       19              
Total   $ 8,645     $ 8,645     $     $  

 

    As of June 30, 2020  
    Total     Level 1     Level 2     Level 3  
Assets:                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 307     $ 307     $     $  
Equity securities     7       7              
Total   $ 314     $ 314     $     $  
Liabilities:                                
Convertible debt   $ 38     $     $     $ 38  
Derivative liability, convertible debt     33                   33  
Total   $ 71     $     $     $ 71  

 

The Company measures the fair market value of the Level 3 components using the Black Scholes model and discounted cash flows, as appropriate. These models take into account management’s best estimate of the conversion price of the stock, an estimate of the expected time to conversion, an estimate of the stock’s volatility, and the risk-free rate of return expected for an instrument with a term equal to the duration of the convertible debt.

 

 The following table sets forth a reconciliation of changes in the fair value of the Company’s convertible debt components classified as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy:

 

Balance, June 30, 2020   $ 71  
Additions to convertible debt      
Conversions to equity     (38 )
Realized and unrealized losses     (33 )
Balance, March 31, 2021   $  

   

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As discussed in Note 5, the Nordmin Convertible Note and Lind III Convertible Security were initially recorded at fair value, which represents a nonrecurring fair value measurement using a Level 3 input. The significant unobservable valuation inputs for the Nordmin Convertible Note and Lind III Convertible Security includes an expected return of 7% and 21%, respectively.

 

12. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

On February 22, 2021, the Company announced that it formally exercised its option to purchase two parcels of land and associated rights in Johnson County, Nebraska associated with the Company’s Elk Creek Project, pursuant to the Amended and Restated Option to Purchase, dated as of April 29, 2020 (the “Option Agreement”), between Beverly J. Beethe and ECRC. On April 23, 2021, ECRC formally exercised and closed on the Option Agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the Option Agreement, the Owner sold, transferred, conveyed and assigned all of her rights, privileges, title and interest in and to the real property to ECRC, including any associated oil, gas and mineral rights. The Option Agreement provides for a purchase price calculated based on the appraised value per acre of the parcels of land, the mineral rights and the structures erected on the land. The purchase price was approximately $6.2 million.

 

On April 30, 2021, the Company repaid $1,000 to Mark Smith, to retire all of the outstanding balance on the Smith Loan. On April 30, 2021 and May 4, 2021, The Company repaid $250 and $250, respectively, representing partial repayments on the Smith Credit Facility. Each of these loan repayments utilized proceeds from the exercise of warrants. Additionally, on May 4, 2021, the Company repaid $138 to Mark Smith, representing accrued interest on the Smith Loan through the repayment date noted above and accrued interest on the Smith Credit Facility through April 30, 2021.

 

On May 10, 2021, the Company closed a non-brokered private placement (the “April 2021 Private Placement”) of units of the Company (“Units”). A total of 4,334,157 Units were issued at a price per Unit of C$1.43, for total gross proceeds to the Company of approximately C$6.2 million. Each Unit issued pursuant to the April 2021 Private Placement consisted of one Common Share and one Warrant. Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one additional Common Share at a price of C$1.63 for a period of two years from the date of issuance. Proceeds of the April 2021 Private Placement will be used for continued advancement of the Company’s Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project, including ongoing detailed engineering efforts, conducting technical assessments of potentially adding rare earth products to the planned product offering, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements as of, and for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, and the related notes thereto, which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“US GAAP”). This discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements and information as a result of many factors, including, but not limited to, those set forth elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. See “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” below.

 

All currency amounts are stated in thousands of U.S. dollars unless noted otherwise.

 

As used in this report, unless the context otherwise indicates, references to “we,” “our,” the “Company,” “NioCorp,” and “us” refer to NioCorp Developments Ltd. and its subsidiaries, collectively.

 

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the exhibits attached hereto contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). Such forward-looking statements concern our anticipated results and developments in the operations of the Company in future periods, planned exploration activities, the adequacy of the Company’s financial resources, and other events or conditions that may occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “potential,” “possible,” and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions, or results “will,” “may,” “could,” or “should” (or the negative and grammatical variations of any of these terms) occur or be achieved. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect,” “is expected,” “anticipates” or “does not anticipate,” “plans,” “estimates,” or “intends,” or stating that certain actions, events, or results “may,” “could,” “would,” “might,” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, risks related to the following:

 

  risks related to our ability to operate as a going concern;
  risks related to our requirement of significant additional capital;
  risks related to our limited operating history;
  risks related to changes in economic valuations of the Elk Creek Project, such as net present value calculations, changes or disruptions in the securities markets;
  risks related to our history of losses;
  risks related to cost increases for our exploration and, if warranted, development projects;
  risks related to feasibility study results;
  risks related to mineral exploration and production activities;
  risks related to our lack of mineral production from our properties;
  risks related to the results of our metallurgical testing;
  risks related to the price volatility of commodities;
  risks related to estimates of mineral resources and reserves;
  risks related to changes in mineral resource and reserve estimates;
  risks related to differences in U.S. and Canadian reserve and resource reporting;
  risks related to our exploration activities being unsuccessful;

 

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  risks related to our ability to obtain permits and licenses for production;
  risks related to government and environmental regulations that may increase our costs of doing business or restrict our operations;
  risks related to proposed legislation that may significantly affect the mining industry;
  risks related to land reclamation requirements;
  risks related to competition in the mining industry;
  risks related to the difficulties of managing and treating water at our Elk Creek Project;
  risks related to equipment and supply shortages;
  risks related to current and future joint ventures and partnerships;
  risks related to our ability to attract qualified management;
  risks related to the ability to enforce judgment against certain of our Directors;
  risks related to claims on the title to our properties;
  risks related to surface access on our properties;
  risks related to potential future litigation;
  risks related to our lack of insurance covering all our operations;
  risks related to the need for resilience in the face of potential impacts from climate change;
  risks related to a disruption in, or failure of, our information technology (“IT”) systems, including those related to cybersecurity;
  risks related to covenants contained in agreements with our secured creditors that may affect our assets;
  risks related to the extent to which our level of indebtedness may impair our ability to obtain additional financing;
  risks related to our status as a “passive foreign investment company” under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;
  risks related to our Common Shares, including price volatility, lack of dividend payments, dilution and penny stock rules;
  risks related to our status as an “emerging growth company” and the impact of related reduced reporting requirements on our ability to attract investors; and
  Risks related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business plans, financial condition and liquidity.

 

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including without limitation those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, as well as other factors described elsewhere in this report and the Company’s other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

The Company’s forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are based on the beliefs, expectations, and opinions of management as of the date of this report. The Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s beliefs, expectations, or opinions should change, except as required by law. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not attribute undue certainty to, or place undue reliance on, forward-looking statements.

 

National Instrument 43-101 Compliance

 

Scott Honan, M.Sc., SME-RM, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), has supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for the Elk Creek Project disclosure in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and has approved the disclosure in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q related thereto. Mr. Honan is not independent of the Company, as he is the Chief Operating Officer. Additional information on the updated Feasibility Study for the Elk Creek Project (the “2019 Feasibility Study”) is available in our NI 43-101 Technical Report, issued May 29, 2019, which is available under NioCorp’s profile on the Canadian Administrators website at www.sedar.com and on our website at www.niocorp.com/wp-content/uploads/180001_FINAL_43-101_FS_NioCorp_AS_FILED.pdf.

 

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Company Overview

 

NioCorp is developing the Elk Creek Project, located in southeast Nebraska. The Elk Creek Project is an advanced Niobium (“Nb”)/Scandium (“Sc”)/Titanium (“Ti”) exploration project. Niobium is used to produce various superalloys that are extensively used in high performance aircraft and jet turbines. It also is used in High-Strength, Low-Alloy (“HSLA”) steel, a stronger steel used in automobiles, bridges, structural systems, buildings, pipelines, and other applications that generally increases strength and/or reduces weight, which can result in environmental benefits, including reduced fuel consumption and material usage and fewer air emissions. Scandium can be combined with aluminum to make high-performance alloys with increased strength and improved corrosion resistance. Scandium also is a critical component of advanced solid oxide fuel cells, an environmentally preferred technology for high-reliability, distributed electricity generation. Titanium is a component of various superalloys and other applications that are used for aerospace applications, weapons systems, protective armor, medical implants and many others. It also is used in pigments for paper, paint, and plastics.

 

Our primary business strategy is to advance our Elk Creek Project to commercial production. We are focused on obtaining additional funds to carry out our near-term planned work programs associated with securing the project financing necessary to complete mine development, construction, commissioning, and operation of the Elk Creek Project.

 

Emerging Growth Company Status

 

We qualify as an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 101 of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) as we do not have more than $1.07 billion in annual gross revenue and did not have such amount as of June 30, 2020, this being the last day of our most recently completed fiscal year.

 

We may lose our status as an emerging growth company on the last day of our fiscal year during which (i) our annual gross revenue exceeds $1.07 billion or (ii) we issue more than $1.07 billion in non-convertible debt in a three-year period. We will lose our status as an emerging growth company if at any time we are deemed to be a large accelerated filer, as defined in Rule 405 under the Exchange Act. We will lose our status as an emerging growth company on the last day of our fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of our first sale of Common Shares pursuant to an effective registration statement.

 

As an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act, we have elected to opt out of the extended transition period for complying with new or revised standards pursuant to Section 107(b) of the JOBS Act. The election is irrevocable.

 

As an emerging growth company, we are exempt from Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Section 14A(a) and (b) of the Exchange Act. Such sections are described below:

 

  Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires a public company’s auditor to attest to, and report on, management’s assessment of its internal controls.
  Sections 14A(a) and (b) of the Exchange Act, implemented by Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), require companies to hold shareholder advisory votes on executive compensation and golden parachute compensation.

 

As long as we qualify as an emerging growth company, we will not be required to comply with the requirements of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Section 14A (a) and (b) of the Exchange Act.

 

COVID-19

 

In December 2019, COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to other countries, including the United States. In March 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Several countries, including the United States, continue to take steps to restrict travel, temporarily close businesses and issue quarantine orders, and it remains unclear how long currently enacted measures will remain in place. COVID-19 vaccination programs started in the United States in December 2020 and currently over one-third of the populations of both Colorado and Nebraska are fully vaccinated. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company is following, and will continue to follow, social distancing, health and safety protocol, business-related social gathering restrictions, and other similar guidelines promulgated by both Colorado and Nebraska governmental officials.

 

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On April 17, 2020, NioCorp’s subsidiary, Elk Creek Resources Corp., received a U.S. Small Business Administration Loan (the “SBA Loan”) from American National Bank, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly referred to as the CARES Act, in the amount of $196. Under the terms of the SBA Loan, the Company may be eligible for full or partial loan forgiveness. The unforgiven portion of the SBA Loan is payable over two years at an annual interest rate of 1%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months. The Company used the proceeds for purposes consistent with the PPP.

 

On October 27, 2020, the Company applied for loan forgiveness of $186, comprising the initial SBA Loan balance less $10 representing an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant (the “EIDL advance”) received by the Company in April 2020. On November 18, 2020, the Company was notified that the $186 loan forgiveness request had been approved.

 

On December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), which provided additional COVID-19 relief legislation as well as government funding and other bills. The Act removes the previous requirement that PPP borrowers deduct the amount of any EIDL advance from their PPP forgiveness amount. The SBA released Procedural Notice 5000-20075, effective January 8, 2021, stating that the SBA will no longer deduct EIDL Advances from forgiveness payments remitted to PPP lenders. Accordingly, the Company recorded a gain in other income in the consolidated statement of operations for the remaining $10 of the SBA Loan.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainty with regards to overall project funding timelines and has heightened the risk that we may be unable to secure sufficient additional capital, including but not limited to equity and debt offerings, to fund future expenditures or to maintain our liquidity. It is also possible that the COVID-19 pandemic could further adversely affect our business plans, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity in the future. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is fluid and continues to evolve, and therefore, we cannot currently predict the extent to which our business plans, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity will ultimately be impacted.

 

Recent Corporate Events

 

On February 19, 2021, the Company issued to Lind Global Asset Management III, LLC (“Lind III”), an entity managed by The Lind Partners, a New York-based asset management firm, a convertible security (the “Lind III Convertible Security”) pursuant to a definitive convertible security funding agreement, dated as of February 16, 2021 (the “Lind Agreement”), between the Company and Lind III. The Lind III Convertible Security has a face value of $11,700 (representing $10,000 in funding plus an closed an implied 8.5% interest rate per annum for the term of the Lind III Convertible Security). After deducting a $350 commitment fee as set forth in the Lind Agreement, NioCorp received net proceeds of $9,650 from the funding of the Lind III Convertible Security. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the funding of the Lind III Convertible Security to pay the exercise price under an option-to-purchase agreement on a key land parcel associated with the Company’s Elk Creek Project, as discussed below under “Elk Creek Project Update,” as well as for general corporate purposes.

 

The Lind III Convertible Security has a term of (i) 24 months or (ii) 30 calendar days after the date on which the face value of the Lind III Convertible Security is nil due to such amount having been fully converted and/or fully repaid (including with any applicable premium) in accordance with the terms of the Lind Agreement, whichever is earlier. The Lind III Convertible Security constitutes the direct, general and unconditional obligation of the Company and ranks pari-passu with the Company’s other indebtedness. The Lind III Convertible Security is guaranteed on a secured basis by 0896800 B.C. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“0896800”), and Elk Creek Resources Corp., a private Nebraska corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of 0896800 (“ECRC”).

 

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The Lind III Convertible Security is secured by all of the assets and property of the Company and 0896800, including all of the issued and outstanding shares of 0896800 pledged by the Company and all of the issued and outstanding shares of ECRC pledged by 0896800, and certain real property and fixtures of ECRC. The liens securing the Lind III Convertible Security rank pari-passu with the liens securing: i) the loan with Mark Smith, President, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Executive Chairman of NioCorp (the “Smith Loan”), pursuant to the Loan Agreement, dated June 17, 2015, by and between the Company and Mr. Smith, as amended from time to time; and ii) a non-revolving credit facility (the “Smith Credit Facility”) with a limit of $3,500 with Mr. Smith, pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, dated January 16, 2017, between the Company and Mr. Smith, as amended from time to time. The liens securing the Lind III Convertible Security rank senior to the liens securing the Smith Loan and the Smith Credit Facility on any amount that is owed by the Company to Mr. Smith in excess of $4,000.

 

Pursuant to the Lind Agreement, Lind III is entitled to convert the Lind III Convertible Security into common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) in monthly installments over its term at a price per Common Share equal to 85% of the volume-weighted average price Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) for the five trading days immediately preceding to the date on which Lind III provides notice to the Company of its election to convert. Subject to certain exceptions, the Lind Agreement contains restrictions on how much of the Lind III Convertible Security may be converted in any particular month. The Lind Agreement also provides NioCorp with the option to buy back the remaining face amount of the Lind III Convertible Security in cash at any time; provided that, if the Company exercises such option, Lind III will have the option to convert up to 33.33% of the remaining face amount into Common Shares at the price described above. In addition, Lind III is entitled to accelerate its conversion right to the full amount of the face value of the Lind III Convertible Security or demand repayment thereof in cash upon the occurrence of an event of default and other designated events described in the Lind Agreement.

 

On February 19, 2021, in connection with the funding and issuance of the Lind III Convertible Security, the Company issued 8,558,000 Common Share purchase warrants, exercisable at a price per Common Share of C$0.97, expiring February 19, 2025 (the “Lind III Warrants”), to Lind III pursuant to the Lind Agreement.

 

The Lind III Convertible Security and the Lind III Warrants were issued pursuant to the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Section 4(a)(2) thereof based upon the representations and warranties of Lind III in the Lind Agreement.

 

On April 30, 2021, the Company repaid $1,000 to Mark Smith, to retire all of the outstanding balance on the Smith Loan. On April 30, 2021 and May 4, 2021, The Company repaid $250 and $250, respectively, representing partial repayments on the Smith Credit Facility. Each of these loan repayments utilized proceeds from the exercise of warrants. Additionally, on May 4, 2021, the Company repaid $138 to Mark Smith, representing accrued interest on the Smith Loan through the repayment date noted above and accrued interest on the Smith Credit Facility through April 30, 2021.

 

On May 10, 2021, the Company closed a non-brokered private placement (the “April 2021 Private Placement”) of units of the Company (“Units”). A total of 4,334,157 Units were issued at a price per Unit of C$1.43, for total gross proceeds to the Company of approximately C$6.2 million. Each Unit issued pursuant to the April 2021 Private Placement consisted of one Common Share and one Warrant. Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one additional Common Share at a price of C$1.63 for a period of two years from the date of issuance. Proceeds of the April 2021 Private Placement will be used for continued advancement of the Company’s Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project, including ongoing detailed engineering efforts, conducting technical assessments of potentially adding rare earth products to the planned product offering, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

 

Elk Creek Project Update

 

On February 22, 2021, the Company announced that it formally exercised its option to purchase two parcels of land and associated rights in Johnson County, Nebraska associated with the Company’s Elk Creek Project, pursuant to the Amended and Restated Option to Purchase, dated as of April 29, 2020 (the “Option Agreement”), between Beverly J. Beethe and ECRC. On April 23, 2021, ECRC formally exercised and closed on the Option Agreement. Pursuant to the terms of the Option Agreement, the Owner sold, transferred, conveyed and assigned all of her rights, privileges, title and interest in and to the real property to ECRC, including any associated oil, gas and mineral rights. The Option Agreement provides for a purchase price calculated based on the appraised value per acre of the parcels of land, the mineral rights and the structures erected on the land. The purchase price was approximately $6.2 million.

 

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On February 23, 2021, the Company announced that it has signed a contract with Cementation USA, Inc, part of the Cementation Americas Group (“Cementation”), a leading global underground mine contracting and engineering company, to continue advancing detailed engineering work associated with the Elk Creek Project. Under the contract, Cementation will conduct an evaluation of the current design for the Elk Creek Project’s underground mine and prepare a detailed cost estimate for the final detailed engineering that would be required to bring the mine design to “Issued for Construction” status. As previously announced by NioCorp, Cementation has been selected as the lead Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractor for the underground aspects of the Elk Creek Project. NioCorp expects to engage Cementation, if and when additional financing becomes available, to undertake Phase 2 of the contract, which involves completion of the detailed engineering for the mine.

 

On March 2, 2021, the Company announced that it launched a review of the economic potential of expanding its currently planned product suite from the Elk Creek Project to also include rare earth products. We currently plan to produce niobium, scandium, and titanium at the Elk Creek Project once project financing is secured and the Elk Creek Project is operational, and any rare earth products that might be produced would be additional to our currently planned products.

 

The Company’s review of previously collected data on rare earth content comes in response to growing interest by governments and industrial consumers around the world for additional sources of rare earths beyond current suppliers. As noted in more detail below, additional test work is needed to establish a means of recovering and extracting rare earths into saleable products.

 

The Company has completed a comprehensive geologic and metallurgical evaluation of all of the rare earth data associated with the Elk Creek Project. Of the 20,364 assay results in the Elk Creek database, 13,287 (65%) contain a complete suite of analytical data for all commercial rare earth elements. Included within this dataset are 661 assays where the Total Rare Earth Oxide (“TREO”) assay results are greater than one percent.

 

Our current plan to extract and purify niobium, scandium, and titanium from ore that may be produced by the Elk Creek Project involves putting these critical minerals into solution. As part of that process, rare earth elements would be simultaneously put into solution. Among the factors NioCorp will now consider as part of its overall plan to move the Elk Creek Project from the exploration stage to the development stage, and ultimately, the production stage, subject to securing additional financing, is the economic potential for additional processing of the solubilized rare earths into commercial rare earth products.

 

Other Activities

 

Our long-term financing efforts continued during the quarter ended March 31, 2021. However, as noted above under “COVID-19,” the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and continues to impact processes related to the Company’s efforts to obtain project financing. As funds become available through the Company’s fundraising efforts, we expect to undertake the following activities:

 

  Continuation of the Company’s efforts to secure federal, state and local permits;
  Continued evaluation of the potential to produce rare earth products
  Negotiation and completion of engineering, procurement and construction agreements;
  Completion of the final detailed engineering for the underground portion of the Elk Creek Project;
  Initiation and completion of the final detailed engineering for surface project facilities;
  Construction of natural gas and electrical infrastructure under existing agreements to serve the Elk Creek Project site;
  Completion of water supply agreements and related infrastructure to deliver fresh water to the project site;
  Initiation of revised mine groundwater investigation and control activities; and
  Initiation of long-lead equipment procurement activities.

 

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Financial and Operating Results

 

The Company has no revenues from mining operations. Operating expenses incurred related primarily to performing exploration activities, as well as the activities necessary to support corporate and shareholder duties and are detailed in the following table.

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,     For the Nine Months Ended March 31,  
    2021     2020     2021     2020  
Operating expenses                                
Employee-related costs   $ 327     $ 341     $ 1,332     $ 1,040  
Professional fees     83       41       276       226  
Exploration expenditures     297       294       711       971  
Other operating expenses     138       141       802       473  
Total operating expenses     845       817       3,121       2,710  
Other income     (22 )           (208 )      
Loss on extinguishment                 163        
Change in financial instrument fair value     (60 )     (49 )     (32 )     39  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss     (94 )     395       (497 )     359  
Interest expense     354       100       612       233  
(Gain) loss on equity securities     (10 )     (1 )     (12 )     2  
Income tax expense                        
Net Loss   $ 1,013     $ 1,262     $ 3,147     $ 3,343  

 

Nine months ended March 31, 2021 compared to nine months ended March 31, 2020

 

Significant items affecting operating expenses are noted below:

 

Employee-related costs increased in 2021 as compared to 2020, primarily due to increased share-based compensation costs, which reflect the timing of 2021 Option grants, which were fully vested and expensed on the grant date.

 

Exploration expenditures decreased in 2021 as compared to 2020, primarily due to the costs incurred in 2020 related to advancing work to obtain an air construction permit from the State of Nebraska. 2021 expenditures primarily related to the ongoing personnel costs, as well as general project advancement activities.

 

Other operating expenses include investor relations, general office expenditures, equity offering and proxy expenditures, board-related expenditures and other miscellaneous costs. These costs increased in 2021 as compared to 2020 primarily due to 2021 Option grants, which were fully vested and expensed on the grant date. These costs were partially offset by a decrease in finance-related contract costs.

 

Other significant items impacting the change in the Company’s net loss are noted below:

 

Other income for 2021 represents the forgiveness of the Company’s SBA Loan as discussed in Note 6 to the financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and other minor gains.

 

Loss on extinguishment for 2021 represents the loss incurred in connection with the conversion of the Nordmin accounts payable balance to the one-year Nordmin Convertible Note, as discussed in Note 5 to the financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

Foreign exchange (gain) loss is primarily due to changes in the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar and reflects the timing of foreign currency transactions, primarily U.S. dollar-based related party loans, and subsequent changes in exchange rates, and the gain during 2021 as compared to a loss in 2020 is due to a decline in the U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar in 2021.

 

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Interest expense increased in 2021 as compared to 2020 primarily due to the accretion of the Lind III Convertible Security, which began in February 2021, as well as the timing of 2020 increases in principal amounts outstanding under the non-revolving credit facility agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Mark Smith, President, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Executive Chairman of NioCorp.

 

Three months ended March 31, 2021 compared to three months ended March 31, 2020

 

Overall, the decrease in net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the same period in 2020, is primarily the result of the same factors underlying the nine-month changes in foreign exchange (gain) loss and interest expense as discussed above.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources   

 

We have no revenue generating operations from which we can internally generate funds. To date, our ongoing operations have been financed by the sale of our equity securities by way of private placements, convertible securities issuances, the exercise of incentive stock options and share purchase warrants, and related party loans. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty with respect to overall project funding timelines, we believe that we will be able to secure additional private placement financings in the future, although we cannot predict the timing, size, or pricing of any such financings. In addition, we could raise funds through the sale of interests in our mineral properties, although current market conditions and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have substantially reduced the number of potential buyers/acquirers of any such interests.  However, we cannot provide any assurances that we will be able to be successful in raising such funds.

 

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had cash of $8.6 million and a working capital surplus of $2.9 million, compared to cash of $0.3 million and working capital deficit of $7.7 million on June 30, 2020. The working capital surplus for 2021 is due to the timing of cash inflows from convertible debt arrangements and warrant redemptions to support current operations offset slightly by a continued effort to reduce outstanding accounts payable balances.

 

We expect that the Company will operate at a loss for the foreseeable future. The Company’s current planned operational needs are approximately $9.2 million until June 30, 2021, inclusive of the purchase of land parcels described above under “Elk Creek Project Update,” as well as the retirement of the Smith Loan and partial repayment of the Smith Credit Facility discussed above under “Recent Corporate Events.” In addition to outstanding accounts payable and short-term liabilities, our average monthly expenditures are approximately $601 per month where approximately $590 is for corporate overhead and estimated costs related to securing financing necessary for advancement of the Elk Creek Project. Approximately $11 per month is planned for expenditures relating to the advancement of Elk Creek Project by NioCorp’s wholly owned subsidiary, Elk Creek Resources Corp. The Company’s ability to continue operations and fund our current work plan is dependent on management’s ability to secure additional financing.

 

The Company anticipates that it has sufficient cash, including net proceeds from the April 2021 Private Placement, to continue to fund basic operations for the next twelve months. As additional funds are secured, we will continue advancing the project in the areas of financing, permitting, and detailed engineering. Management is actively pursuing such additional sources of debt and equity financing, and while it has been successful in doing so in the past, there can be no assurance it will be able to do so in the future.

  

Elk Creek property lease commitments are $nil until June 30, 2021. To maintain its currently held properties and fund its currently anticipated general and administrative costs and planned exploration and development activities at the Elk Creek Project for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, the Company will likely require additional financing during the current fiscal year. Should such financing not be available in that timeframe, we will be required to reduce our activities and will not be able to carry out all our presently planned activities at the Elk Creek Project. 

 

We currently have no further funding commitments or arrangements for additional financing at this time (other than the April 2021 Private Placement and the potential exercise of Options and Warrants) and there is no assurance that we will be able to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, if at all. There is significant uncertainty that we will be able to secure any additional financing in the current equity or debt markets. The quantity of funds to be raised and the terms of any proposed equity or debt financing that may be undertaken will be negotiated by management as opportunities to raise funds arise. Management intends to pursue funding sources of both debt and equity financing, including but not limited to the issuance of equity securities in the form of Common Shares, Warrants, subscription receipts, or any combination thereof in units of the Company pursuant to private placements to accredited investors or pursuant to equity lines of credit or public offerings in the form of underwritten/brokered offerings, at-the-market offerings, registered direct offerings, or other forms of equity financing and public or private issuances of debt securities including secured and unsecured convertible debt instruments or secured debt project financing. Management does not currently know the terms pursuant to which such financings may be completed in the future, but any such financings will be negotiated at arm’s-length. Future financings involving the issuance of equity securities or derivatives thereof will likely be completed at a discount to the then-current market price of the Company’s securities and will likely be dilutive to current shareholders.

 

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The audit opinion and notes that accompany our financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2020 disclose that substantial doubt exists as to our ability to continue in business. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q have been prepared under the assumption that we will continue as a going concern. We are an exploration stage company and we have incurred losses since our inception. We may not have sufficient cash to fund normal operations and meet debt obligations for the next twelve months without deferring payment on certain current liabilities and raising additional funds. The continued spread of COVID-19 has resulted in business travel restrictions and capital market disruptions, and this has had an adverse impact on our ability to obtain financing, development plans, results of operations, financial position, and cash flows during the current fiscal year. We believe that the going concern uncertainty cannot be alleviated with confidence until the Company has entered into a business climate where funding of its planned ongoing operating activities is secured. Therefore, these factors raise substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern.

  

We have no exposure to any asset-backed commercial paper. Other than cash held by our subsidiaries for their immediate operating needs in Colorado and Nebraska, all of our cash reserves are on deposit with major United States and Canadian chartered banks. We do not believe that the credit, liquidity, or market risks with respect thereto have increased as a result of the current market conditions. However, in order to achieve greater security for the preservation of our capital, we have, of necessity, been required to accept lower rates of interest, which has also lowered our potential interest income.

 

Operating Activities

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2021, the Company’s operating activities consumed $3.6 million of cash (2020: $2.2 million). The cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 reflects the Company’s funding of losses of $3.1 million, partially offset by share-based compensation charges, other non-cash transactions and a $1.0 million decrease in accounts payable and accrued liabilities. Overall, operational outflows during the nine months ended March 31, 2021 increased from the corresponding period of 2020 due to the continued focus on paying down our outstanding accounts payable. Going forward, the Company’s working capital requirements are expected to increase substantially in connection with the development of the Elk Creek Project.

 

Financing Activities

 

Financing inflows were $11.9 million during the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $1.9 million during the corresponding period in 2020, primarily reflecting the timing of the Lind III Convertible Security funding in February 2021, as well as warrant and option exercises and related party debt drawdowns initiated during the comparative periods.

 

Cash Flow Considerations

 

As noted above under “COVID-19,” the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty with respect to overall project funding timelines. The Company has historically relied upon debt and equity financings to finance its activities. The Company may pursue additional debt and/or equity financing in the medium term; however, there can be no assurance the Company will be able to obtain any required financing in the future on acceptable terms.   

 

The Company has limited financial resources compared to its proposed expenditures, no source of operating income, and no assurance that additional funding will be available to it for current or future projects, although the Company has been successful in the past in financing its activities through the sale of equity securities.

 

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The ability of the Company to arrange additional financing in the future will depend, in part, on the prevailing capital market conditions, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the timing and availability of funding, and its success in developing the Elk Creek Project. Any quoted market for the Common Shares may be subject to market trends generally, notwithstanding any potential success of the Company in creating revenue, cash flows, or earnings, and any depression of the trading price of the Common Shares could impact its ability to obtain equity financing on acceptable terms.

 

Historically, the Company has used net proceeds from issuances of Common Shares to provide sufficient funds to meet its near-term exploration and development plans and other contractual obligations when due. However, development and construction of the Elk Creek Project will require substantial additional capital resources. This includes near-term funding and, ultimately, funding for Elk Creek Project construction and other costs. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources” above for the Company’s discussion of arrangements related to possible future financings.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

There have been no material changes to our contractual obligations discussed in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” under the heading “Contractual Obligations” as of June 30, 2020, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, other than (i) the signing of the three-year corporate office lease extension; (ii) the conversion of the remaining balance under the convertible security held by Lind of $38 into 64,298 Common Shares on July 9, 2020; (iii) the conversion of $50 of the Company’s convertible promissory notes into 67,695 Common Shares on the maturity date, October 14, 2020; (iv) the forgiveness of $186 of the SBA Loan on November 18, 2020; (v) the set-off of accounts payable relating to past services provided by Nordmin with the issuance of the Nordmin Convertible Note in the principal amount of $1,872 on December 18, 2020; (vi) the funding of the Lind III Convertible Security on February 19, 2021, resulting in net proceeds of $9,650; (vii) the conversion of the remaining $750 of the Company’s convertible promissory notes into 976,921 Common Shares on March 16, 2021; and (viii) repayment of the outstanding Smith Loan of $1,000 on April 29, 2021 and $250 reductions to the Smith Credit Facility on April 29, 2021 and May 4, 2021, respectively. Effective December 14, 2020, the maturity date Smith Credit Facility was extended to December 15, 2021.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

The Company has no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

There have been no material changes in our critical accounting policies discussed in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” under the heading “Critical Accounting Policies” as of June 30, 2020, in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

 

Certain U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations

 

The Company has been a “passive foreign investment company” (“PFIC”) as defined under Section 1297 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, in recent years and expects to continue to be a PFIC in the future. Current and prospective United States shareholders should consult their tax advisors as to the tax consequences of PFIC classification and the U.S. federal tax treatment of PFICs. Additional information on this matter is included in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, under the heading “Risks Related to the Common Shares.”

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Interest rate risk

 

The Company’s exposure to changes in market interest rates, relates primarily to the Company’s earned interest income on cash deposits and short-term investments. The Company maintains a balance between the liquidity of cash assets and the interest rate return thereon. The carrying amount of financial assets, net of any provisions for losses, represents the Company’s maximum exposure to credit risk. 

 

Foreign currency exchange risk

 

The Company incurs expenditures in both U.S. dollars and Canadian dollars. Canadian dollar expenditures are primarily related to certain Common Share-related costs and corporate professional services. As a result, currency exchange fluctuations may impact the costs of our operating activities. To reduce this risk, we maintain sufficient cash balances in Canadian dollars to fund expected near-term expenditures.

 

 Commodity price risk

 

The Company is exposed to commodity price risk related to the elements associated with the Elk Creek Project. A significant decrease in the global demand for these elements may have a material adverse effect on our business. The Elk Creek Project is not in production, and the Company does not currently hold any commodity derivative positions.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

At the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, an evaluation was carried out under the supervision of and with the participation of our management, including the CEO and the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of the design and operations of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, the CEO and the CFO have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective in ensuring that: (i) information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or submit to the SEC under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in applicable rules and forms and (ii) material information required to be disclosed in our reports filed under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management, including the CEO and the CFO, as appropriate, to allow for accurate and timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

Management does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures will prevent all error and all fraud. The effectiveness of our or any system of disclosure controls and procedures, however well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance that the objectives of the system will be met and is subject to certain limitations, including the exercise of judgment in designing, implementing and evaluating controls and procedures and the assumptions used in identifying the likelihood of future events.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the three months ended March 31, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

We know of no material, active, or pending legal proceedings against the Company, nor are we involved as a plaintiff in any material proceeding or pending litigation. There are no proceedings in which any of our directors, officers, or affiliates, or any registered or beneficial shareholder, is an adverse party or has a material interest adverse to our interest.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

There have been no changes to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

On March 16, 2021, the Company issued 976,921 Common Shares upon conversion of the remaining $750 of the Company’s convertible promissory notes. The Common Shares were issued pursuant to Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act.

 

ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

None.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Pursuant to Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act, issuers that are operators, or that have a subsidiary that is an operator, of a coal or other mine in the United States are required to disclose specified information about mine health and safety in their periodic reports. These reporting requirements are based on the safety and health requirements applicable to mines under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (the “Mine Act”) which is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”). During the three-month period ended March 31, 2021, the Company and its subsidiaries and their properties or operations were not subject to regulation by MSHA under the Mine Act and thus no disclosure is required under Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

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ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit No.   Title
     
3.1(1)   Notice of Articles dated April 5, 2016
3.2(1)   Articles, as amended, effective as of January 27, 2015
10.1(2)   Amended and Restated 2016 Incentive Stock Option Plan
10.2(3)   Convertible Security Funding Agreement, dated February 16, 2021, between NioCorp Developments Ltd. and Lind Global Asset Management III, LLC
10.1(3)   Form of Lind Warrant Certificate
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2   Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101.INS(4)   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH(4)   XBRL Taxonomy Extension- Schema
101.CAL(4)   XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Calculations
101.DEF(4)   XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Definitions
101.LAB(4)   XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Labels
101.PRE(4)   XBRL Taxonomy Extension – Presentations

 

(1) Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Draft Registration Statement on Form S-1 (Registration No. 377-01354) submitted to the SEC on July 26, 2016 and incorporated herein by reference.
(2) Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 25, 2021 and incorporated herein by reference.
(3) Previously filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 17, 2021 and incorporated herein by reference.
(4) Submitted Electronically Herewith. Attached as Exhibit 101 to this report are the following formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language): (i) the Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, (ii) the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss for the Three and Nine Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, (iii) the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, (iv) the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Three and Nine Months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 and (v) the Notes to the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements.

   

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

NIOCORP DEVELOPMENTS LTD. 

(Registrant)

 

By:      /s/ Mark A. Smith  
  Mark A. Smith  
  President, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman  
  (Principal Executive Officer)  
     
Date: May 11, 2021  
     
By: /s/ Neal Shah  
  Neal Shah  
  Chief Financial Officer  
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)  
     
Date: May 11, 2021  

 

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