UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

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

 

For the Quarterly Period Ended: August 31, 2020

 

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: 000-55517

 

PUREBASE CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada   27-2060863

(State or other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

8631 State Highway 124

Ione, California

  95640
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(209) 274-9143

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former address)

 

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

 

Title of each class   Trading symbol(s)  

Name of exchange on which registered

None   N/A   N/A

 

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 [X] 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). Yes [X] 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 [X] Smaller reporting company [X]
       
    Emerging Growth Company [X]

 

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 [X].

 

As of October 14, 2020, there were 214,850,741 shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding.

 

 

 

 
 

 

PUREBASE CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED AUGUST 31, 2020

 

    Page
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION 3
     
ITEM 1. Financial Statements (unaudited) 3
     
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019 3
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three and Nine Months Ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 4
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Deficit for the Three and Nine Months Ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 5
     
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 7
     
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements 8
     
ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 21
     
ITEM 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk 27
     
ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures 27
     
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION 28
     
ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings 28
     
ITEM 1A. Risk Factors 29
     
ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds 29
     
ITEM 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities 30
     
ITEM 4. Mine Safety Disclosures 30
     
ITEM 5. Other Information 30
     
ITEM 6. Exhibits 30
     
SIGNATURES 31

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

    August 31,     November 30,  
    2020     2019  
             
ASSETS                
                 
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,735     $ 8,400  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for uncollectable accounts of $18,277 and $11,137, respectively     90,989       17,063  
Due from affiliated entities     665       -  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     58,578       4,953  
Total Current Assets     158,967       30,416  
                 
Property and equipment, net     620,000       772  
Mineral rights acquisition costs     200,000       200,000  
                 
Total Assets   $ 978,967     $ 231,188  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT                
                 
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 214,759     $ 344,225  
Due to affiliated entities     472,704       -  
Settlement liability     480,976       475,000  
Note payable to officer     127,816       132,596  
Notes payable - related party     25,000       25,000  
Total Current Liabilities     1,321,255       976,821  
                 
Convertible notes payable - affiliated entity, net of discount of $59,888     118,112       -  
                 
Total Liabilities     1,439,367       976,821  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 8)                
                 
Stockholders’ Deficit:                
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; 0 and 0 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     -       -  
Common stock, $.001 par value; 520,000,000 shares authorized; 214,850,751 and 208,650,741 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     144,447       138,247  
Additional paid-in capital     11,263,241       10,364,990  
Accumulated deficit     (11,868,088 )     (11,248,870 )
                 
Total Stockholders’ Deficit     (460,400 )     (745,633 )
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit   $ 978,967     $ 231,188  

 

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

 

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PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

    For the Three Months Ended     For the Nine Months Ended  
    August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019     August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019  
                         
Revenue, net   $ 169,980     $ 161,322     $ 176,109     $ 347,780  
                                 
Operating Expenses:                                
Selling, general and administrative     405,291       632,022       760,725       1,266,291  
Product fulfillment, exploration and mining expenses     34,751       49,889       39,945       136,341  
Total Operating Expenses     440,042       681,911       800,670       1,402,632  
                                 
Loss From Operations     (270,062 )     (520,589 )     (624,561 )     (1,054,852 )
                                 
Other Income (Expense):                                
Other income     3,856       13       3,856       16  
Interest income (expense)     (4,554 )     (15,859 )     1,487       (47,504 )
                                 
Total Other Income (Expense)     (698 )     (15,846 )     5,343       (47,488 )
                                 
Net Loss   $ (270,760 )   $ (536,435 )   $ (619,218 )   $ (1,102,340 )
                                 
Loss per Common Share - Basic and Diluted   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.01 )
                                 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic and Diluted     214,782,609       141,347,173       210,687,237       141,347,173  

 

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

 

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PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2020

(UNAUDITED)

 

                            Additional              
    Preferred Stock     Common Stock     Paid-in     Accumulated     Stockholders’  
    Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Deficit  
Balance at November 30, 2019        -     $        -         208,650,741     $   138,247     $   10,364,990     $ (11,248,870 )   $   (745,633 )
                                                         
Forgiveness of related party liabilities     -       -       -       -       150,257       -       150,257  
                                                         
Beneficial conversion feature on convertible debt     -       -       -       -       88,250       -       88,250  
                                                         
Net Loss     -       -       -       -       -       (156,412 )     (156,412 )
                                                         
Balance at February 29, 2020     -       -       208,650,741       138,247       10,603,497       (11,405,282 )     (663,538 )
                                                         
Stock based compensation     -       -       -       -       30,335       -       30,335  
                                                         
Net Loss     -       -       -       -       -       (192,046 )     (192,046 )
                                                         
Balance at May 31, 2020     -       -       208,650,741       138,247       10,633,832       (11,597,328 )     (825,249 )
                                                         
Common shares issued in Quove asset purchase     -       -       6,200,000       6,200       613,800       -       620,000  
                                                         
Stock based compensation     -       -       -       -       15,609       -       15,609  
                                                         
Net Loss     -       -       -       -       -       (270,760 )     (270,760 )
                                                         
Balance at August 31, 2020     -     $ -       214,850,741     $ 144,447     $ 11,263,241     $ (11,868,088 )   $ (460,400 )

 

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

 

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PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 31, 2019

(UNAUDITED)

 

                            Additional              
    Preferred Stock     Common Stock     Paid-in     Accumulated     Stockholders’  
    Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Deficit  
Balance at November 30, 2018     -     $ -       141,347,173     $ 70,943     $ 3,050,893     $ (8,115,447 )   $ (4,993,611 )
                                                         
Stock based compensation     -       -       -       -       51,279       -       51,279  
                                                         
Net Loss     -       -       -       -       -       (337,891 )     (337,891 )
                                                         
Balance at February 28, 2019     -       -       141,347,173       70,943       3,102,172       (8,453,338 )     (5,280,223 )
                                                         
Stock based compensation     -       -       -       -       9,172       -       9,172  
                                                         
Net Loss     -       -       -       -       -       (228,014 )     (228,014 )
                                                         
Balance at May 31, 2019     -       -         141,347,173       70,943         3,111,344       (8,681,352 )         (5,499,065 )
                                                         
Stock based compensation     -       -       -       -       403       -       403  
                                                         
Net Loss        -               -       -       -       -       (536,435 )     (536,435 )
                                                         
Balance at August 31, 2019     -     $ -       141,347,173     $ 70,943     $ 3,111,747     $ (9,217,787 )   $ (6,035,097 )

 

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

 

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PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

 

    For the Nine Months Ended  
    August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:                
Net loss   $ (619,218 )   $ (1,102,340 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts     7,140       -  
Depreciation     772       1,736  
Stock based compensation     45,944       60,854  
Amortization of debt discount     28,362       -  
Issuance of common stock for services     -       91,112  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (81,066 )     (23,900 )
Due to affiliates     -       180,316  
Settlement liability     5,976       -  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (53,625 )     7,738  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     20,791       446,525  
                 
Net Cash Used In Operating Activities     (644,924 )     (337,959 )
                 
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:                
Advances from related parties     472,039       450,725  
Proceeds from convertible notes payable - affiliated entities     178,000       -  
Payments on notes due to officers     (4,780 )     (27,500 )
                 
Net Cash Provided By Financing Activities     645,259       423,225  
                 
Net Increase In Cash     335       85,266  
                 
Cash - Beginning of Period     8,400       8,281  
                 
Cash - End of Period   $ 8,735     $ 93,547  
                 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:                
Cash paid for:                
Interest paid   $ 4,383     $ -  
Income taxes paid   $ -     $ -  
Noncash investing and financing activities:                
Vendors paid by Affiliated Entities   $ -     $ 23,403  
Forgiveness of accounts payable due to USMC   $ 150,257     $ -  
Purchase of assets from Quove Corporation   $ 620,000     $ -  

 

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

 

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PUREBASE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)

 

Note 1 – organization and business operations

 

Corporate History

 

PureBase Corporation (the “Company”) was incorporated in the State of Nevada on March 2, 2010, under the name Port of Call Online, Inc. to create a web-based service that would offer boaters an easy, convenient, fun, easy to use, online resource to help them plan and organize their boating trips. Pursuant to a corporate reorganization consummated on December 23, 2014, the Company changed its business focus to an exploration, mining and product marketing company engaged in identifying and developing advanced stage natural resource projects which, the Company believes, show potential to achieve full production. Effective January 12, 2015, the Company amended its articles of incorporation to change its name to PureBase Corporation. The Company, through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries PureBase Agricultural, Inc., a Nevada corporation, (“PureBase AG”) and U.S. Agricultural Minerals, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company (“USAM”) is engaged in the identification, acquisition, exploration, development, mining and full-scale exploitation of industrial and natural mineral properties in the United States for the agriculture and construction materials markets. On the agricultural side, the Company’s business is to develop agricultural specialized fertilizers, minerals and bio-stimulants for organic and sustainable agriculture. On the construction side, the Company intends to focus on developing construction sector-related products such as cements. The Company intends to provide for distribution of its products into each industry related market.

 

The Company is headquartered in Ione, California.

 

Business Overview

 

PureBase is a diversified, industrial mineral and natural resource company working to provide solutions to the agriculture and construction materials markets. In addition, the Company intends to focus on identifying and developing other advanced stage natural resource projects in support of its agricultural business. PureBase’s business is currently divided into two divisions: “PureBase AG” to develop agricultural specialized fertilizers, minerals and biostimulants for organic and sustainable agriculture and “USAM” which will be focused on developing construction sector related products such as cements.

 

The Company’s initial focus is on the organic agricultural market sectors. The Company has developed and will seek to develop additional products derived from mineralized materials of Leonardite, Kaolin Clay, Laterite, Potassium Silicate Sulfate, and other natural minerals. These important minerals and soil amendments are used in the agricultural industry to protect crops, plants and fruits from the sun and winter damage, to provide nutrients to plants, and to improve dormancy and soil ecology to help farmers increase the yields of their harvests.

 

The Company utilizes the services of US Mine Corporation (“USMC”), a private company and a significant shareholder of the Company focusing on the development and contract mining of industrial mineral and metal projects throughout North America, to perform exploration drilling, preparation of feasibility studies, mine modeling, on-site construction, mine production, and mine site reclamation. Exploration services also include securing necessary permits, environmental compliance, and reclamation plans. In addition, a substantial portion of the minerals to be utilized by the Company is obtained from properties owned or controlled by USMC of which Scott Dockter and John Bremer are officers, directors, and owners.

 

The Company is building a brand family under the parent trade name, “PureBase”, consisting of three primary product lines: PureBase Shade Advantage WP, PureBase SulFi Hume Si Advantage, and PureBase Humate INU Advantage.

 

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NOTE 2 – GOING CONCERN AND LIQUIDITY

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the basis that the Company will continue as a going concern, which contemplates realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. At August 31, 2020, the Company had a significant accumulated deficit of approximately $11.9 million and working capital deficit of approximately $1,200,000. For the nine months ended August 31, 2020, the Company had a loss from operations of approximately $350,000 and negative cash flows from operations of approximately $605,000. The Company’s operating activities consume the majority of its cash resources. The Company anticipates that it will continue to incur operating losses as it executes its development plans for 2020, as well as other potential strategic and business development initiatives. In addition, the Company has had and expects to have negative cash flows from operations, at least into the near future. The Company has previously funded these losses primarily from additional infusions of cash from advances from an affiliate and the sale of equity and convertible notes. The accompanying consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

The Company’s plan, through the continued promotion of its services to existing and potential customers, is to generate sufficient revenues to cover its anticipated expenses. The Company is currently exploring several options to meet its short-term cash requirements, including issuances of equity securities or equity-linked securities from third parties. No assurances can be given as to the Company’s ability to deliver on its revenue plans or that unforeseen expenses will not arise or that any potential equity or debt financing or other potential financing will be available, or if available, on favorable terms, and will provide the necessary funding for the Company to continue as a going concern.

 

As such, these matters raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern for a period of twelve months from the issue date of this report. If adequate funds are not available on acceptable terms, or at all, the Company will need to curtail operations, or cease operations completely.

 

NOTE 3 – SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) including Form 10-Q and Regulation S-X. The information furnished herein reflects all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals and adjustments, unless otherwise indicated) which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to fairly state the operating results for the respective periods. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally present in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) have been omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. These financial statements and the information included under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and explanatory notes for the year ended November 30, 2019 in our Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2020 with the SEC. The results of the nine months ended August 31, 2020 (unaudited) are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year ending November 30, 2020.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries PureBase AG and USAM. Intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and equity-based transactions at the date of the financial statements and the revenues and expenses during the reporting period. 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 carrying values of assets and liabilities and the accrual of costs and expenses that are not readily apparent from 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 the estimates and the actual results, future results of operations will be affected.

 

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The Company believes the following critical accounting policies affect its more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Significant estimates include the allowance for doubtful accounts, useful lives of property and equipment, deferred tax asset and valuation allowance, assumptions used in Black-Scholes-Merton, or BSM, valuation methods, such as expected volatility, risk-free interest rate, and expected dividend rate.

 

Revenue

 

The Company derives revenues from the sale of its agricultural products. The Company’s contracted transaction price is allocated to each distinct performance obligation and recognized as revenue when, or as, the performance obligation is satisfied. The Company’s contracts have a single performance obligation which are not separately identifiable from other promises in the contracts and is, therefore, not distinct. The Company’s performance obligation is satisfied upon the transfer of risk of loss to the customer, which occurs when the product is shipped from the Company’s warehouse.

 

Practical Expedients

 

As part of ASC Topic 606, the Company has adopted several practical expedients including that the Company has determined that it need not adjust the promised amount of consideration for the effects of a significant financing component since the Company expects, at contract inception, that the period between when the Company transfers a promised service to the customer and when the customer pays for that service will be one year or less.

 

Disaggregated Revenue

 

Revenue consists of the following by product offering for the nine months ended August 31, 2020:

 

 

Soil Advantage

    Humate INU
Advantage
   

Shade

Advantage (WP)

    SulFe Hume Si
Advantage
   

 

Solu-Sul

    Total  
                                             
$                   -     $ 8,029     $ 133,220     $ 34,860     $               -     $ 176,109  

 

Revenue consists of the following by product offering for the nine months ended August 31, 2019:

 

 

Soil Advantage

    Humate INU Advantage    

Shade

Advantage (WP)

    SulFe Hume Si
Advantage
   

 

Solu-Sul

    Total  
                                             
$                -     $ 47,250     $ 208,084     $ 92,446     $               -     $ 347,780  

 

Cash

 

The Company considers all highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents. There are no cash equivalents as of August 31, 2020 or November 30, 2019.

 

Account Receivable

 

The Company periodically assesses its accounts and other receivables for collectability on a specific identification basis. If collectability of an account becomes unlikely, an allowance is recorded for that doubtful account. At August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, the Company has determined that an allowance of $18,277 and $11,137, respectively, for doubtful accounts was necessary.

 

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Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment are recorded at cost. Depreciation is computed using straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the related assets, generally three to five years. Expenditures that enhance the useful lives of the assets are capitalized and depreciated.

 

Equipment 3-5 years
Autos and trucks 5 years
Buildings 30 years

 

Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred. At the time of retirement or other disposition of property and equipment, the cost and accumulated depreciation will be removed from the accounts and the resulting gain or loss, if any, will be reflected in operations.

 

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

 

The Company reviews long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. Recoverability of these assets is determined by comparing the forecasted undiscounted net cash flows of the operation to which the assets relate to the carrying amount. If the operation is determined to be unable to recover the carrying amount of its assets, then these assets are written down first, followed by other long-lived assets of the operation to fair value. Fair value is determined based on discounted cash flows or appraised values, depending on the nature of the assets. No impairment losses were recorded during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

Exploration Stage

 

In accordance with U.S. GAAP, expenditures relating to the acquisition of mineral rights are initially capitalized as incurred while exploration and pre-extraction expenditures are expensed as incurred until such time as the Company exits the Exploration Stage by establishing proven or probable reserves. Expenditures relating to exploration activities such as drill programs to establish mineralized materials are expensed as incurred. Expenditures relating to pre-extraction activities are expensed as incurred until such time proven or probable reserves are established for that project, after which expenditures relating to mine development activities for that particular project are capitalized as incurred. There were no costs related to exploration activities for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019.

 

Mineral Rights

 

Acquisition costs of mineral rights are capitalized as incurred while exploration and pre-extraction expenditures are expensed as incurred until such time as the Company exits the exploration stage by establishing proven or probable reserves, as defined by the SEC under Industry Guide 7, through the completion of a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study. Expenditures relating to exploration activities are expensed as incurred and expenditures relating to pre-extraction activities are expensed as incurred until such time proven or probable reserves are established for that project, after which subsequent expenditures relating to development activities for that particular project are capitalized as incurred.

 

Where proven and probable reserves have been established, the project’s capitalized expenditures are depleted over proven and probable reserves upon commencement of production using the units-of-production method. Where proven and probable reserves have not been established, such capitalized expenditures are depleted over the estimated production life upon commencement of extraction using the straight-line method.

 

The carrying values of the mineral rights are assessed for impairment by management on a quarterly basis or when indicators of impairment exist. Should management determine that these carrying values cannot be recovered, the unrecoverable amounts are written off against earnings. Total capitalized costs related to mineral rights were $200,000 as of August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019.

 

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Shipping and Handling

 

The Company incurs shipping and handling costs which are charged back to the customer. The net amounts incurred were $0 and $180 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively, and $0 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019, respectively, included in product fulfillment, exploration and mining expenses.

 

Advertising and Marketing Costs

 

The Company expenses advertising and marketing costs as they are incurred. Advertising and marketing expenses were $3,861 and $5,913 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively, and $0 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019 and are recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses on the statement of operations.

 

Fair Value Measurements

 

As defined in ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (exit price). The Company utilizes market data or assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk and the risks inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique. These inputs can be readily observable, market corroborated, or generally unobservable. ASC 820 establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (level 1 measurement) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (level 3 measurement). This fair value measurement framework applies at both initial and subsequent measurement.

 

Level 1: Quoted prices are available in active markets for identical assets or liabilities as of the reporting date. Active markets are those in which transactions for the asset or liability occur in sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis. Level 1 primarily consists of financial instruments such as exchange-traded derivatives, marketable securities and listed equities.
   
Level 2: Pricing inputs are other than quoted prices in active markets included in Level 1, which are either directly or indirectly observable as of the reported date. Level 2 includes those financial instruments that are valued using models or other valuation methodologies. These models are primarily industry-standard models that consider various assumptions, including quoted forward prices for commodities, time value, volatility factors and current market and contractual prices for the underlying instruments, as well as other relevant economic measures. Substantially all of these assumptions are observable in the marketplace throughout the full term of the instrument, can be derived from observable data or are supported by observable levels at which transactions are executed in the marketplace. Instruments in this category generally include non-exchange-traded derivatives such as commodity swaps, interest rate swaps, options and collars.
   
Level 3: Pricing inputs include significant inputs that are generally less observable from objective sources. These inputs may be used with internally developed methodologies that result in management’s best estimate of fair value.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The carrying value of cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximate their fair values based on the short-term maturity of these instruments. The carrying amount of notes approximates the estimated fair value for these financial instruments as management believes that such notes constitute substantially all of the Company’s debt and interest payable on the notes approximates the Company’s incremental borrowing rate.

 

Net Loss Per Common Share

 

Net loss per common share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the year. All vested outstanding options are considered potential common stock. The dilutive effect, if any, of stock options are calculated using the treasury stock method. Since the effect of common stock equivalents is anti-dilutive with respect to losses, the options have been excluded from the Company’s computation of net loss per common share for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

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The following table summarizes the securities that were excluded from the diluted per share calculation because the effect of including these potential shares was antidilutive due to the Company’s net loss position even though the exercise price could be less than the average market price of the common shares:

 

    Nine Months Ended  
    August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019  
             
Convertible Notes     1,112,500       -  
Stock Options     1,050,000       550,000  
Total     2,162,500       550,000  

 

    Three Months Ended  
    August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019  
             
Convertible Notes     1,112,500       -  
Stock Options     1,050,000       550,000  
Total     2,162,500       550,000  

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company applies the provisions of ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation (“ASC 718”), which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all stock-based awards made to employees, including employee stock options, in the statements of operations.

 

For stock options issued to employees and members of the board of directors for their services, the Company estimates the grant date fair value of each option using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The use of the Black-Scholes option pricing model requires management to make assumptions with respect to the expected term of the option, the expected volatility of the Common Stock consistent with the expected life of the option, risk-free interest rates and expected dividend yields of the Common Stock. For awards subject to service-based vesting conditions, including those with a graded vesting schedule, the Company recognizes stock-based compensation expense equal to the grant date fair value of stock options on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period, which is generally the vesting term. Forfeitures are recorded as they are incurred as opposed to being estimated at the time of grant and revised.

 

Pursuant to ASU 2018-07 Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting, the Company accounts for stock options issued to non-employees for their services in accordance ASC 718. The Company uses valuation methods and assumptions to value the stock options that are in line with the process for valuing employee stock options noted above.

 

Income Taxes

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the consolidated financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets, including tax loss and credit carry forwards, and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that includes the enactment date.

 

The Company utilizes ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements or tax returns. The Company accounts for income taxes using the asset and liability method to compute the differences between the tax basis of assets and liabilities and the related financial amounts, using currently enacted tax rates. A valuation allowance is recorded when it is “more likely-than-not” that a deferred tax asset will not be realized.

 

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For uncertain tax positions that meet a “more likely than not” threshold, the Company recognizes the benefit of uncertain tax positions in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. The Company’s practice is to recognize interest and penalties, if any, related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In January 2017, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-04, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, which eliminated the calculation of implied goodwill fair value. Instead, companies will record an impairment charge based on the excess of a reporting unit’s carrying amount of goodwill over its fair value. This guidance simplifies the accounting as compared to prior US GAAP. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company does not expect the implementation of this new pronouncement to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

 

All other newly issued but not yet effective accounting pronouncements have been deemed to be not applicable or immaterial to the Company.

 

NOTE 4 – ACQUISITIONS

 

Asset Purchase - Quove Corporation

 

 

On May 1, 2020, the Company entered into an asset purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Quove Corporation, a Colorado corporation, (“Quove”), pursuant to which the Company will purchase from Quove all of the assets used in conjunction with the operating of its gold processing plant. The purchase price of $620,000 was satisfied with the issuance of 6,200,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at a fair value of $0.10 per share to Quove and the assumption of up to $10,000 of Quove’s liabilities. The acquisition closed on June 11, 2020. The Company plans to use the assets and parts from the assets to augment and improve their current infrastructure.

 

NOTE 5 – MINING RIGHTS

 

Federal Preference Rights Lease in Esmeralda County, NV

 

This Preference Rights Lease is granted by the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) covering approximately 2,500 acres of land located in the Mount Diablo Meridian area of Nevada. Contained in the leased property is the Chimney 1 Potassium/Sulfur Deposit which consists of 15.5 acres of land fully permitted for mining operation which is situated within the 2,500 acres held by the Company. All rights and obligations under the Preference Rights lease have been assigned to the Company by USMC. These rights are presented at their cost of $200,000. This lease requires a payment of $7,503 per year to the BLM.

 

Snow White Mine located in San Bernardino County, CA – Deposit

 

On April 1, 2020, the Company entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the Bremer Family 1995 Living Trust, a related party through 19% beneficial ownership of the Company, pursuant to which the Company will purchase the Snow White Mine for a purchase price of $836,000 (the “Purchase Price”). The Purchase Price plus 5% interest shall be payable in full in cash at the closing date. The closing date can be completed any time before April 1, 2022. As of August 31, 2020, the Company has yet to close on the purchase.

 

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NOTE 6 – NOTES PAYABLE

 

Bayshore Capital Advisors, LLC

 

On February 26, 2016, the Company issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $25,000 to Bayshore Capital Advisors, LLC, an affiliate through common ownership of a 10% major shareholder of the Company, for $25,000 for working capital. The note bears interest at the rate of 6% per annum and was payable August 26, 2016, or when the Company closes a bridge financing, whichever occurs first. The Company is in default on this note as of August 31, 2020. The balance on the note was $25,000 as of August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, respectively See (Note 10). Total interest expense on the note was $370 and $1,122 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019, respectively.

 

A. Scott Dockter – President and Chief Executive Officer

 

On August 31, 2017, the Company issued a note in the amount of $197,096 to A. Scott Dockter, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, to consolidate the total amounts due to Mr. Dockter. The note to Mr. Dockter bears interest at 6% and is due upon demand. During the year ended November 30, 2019, the Company repaid $44,500 towards the balance of the note. The balance on the note was $127,816 and $132,596 as of August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, respectively (See Note 10). Interest expense for this note was $1,933 and $6,767 and $2,981 and $8,878 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019, respectively.

 

Convertible Promissory Notes - USMC

 

December 1, 2019

 

On December 1, 2019, in connection with the September 26, 2019, securities purchase agreement with USMC, a related party, (See Note 10), the Company issued a two-year convertible promissory note in the amount of $20,000 to USMC, with a maturity date of December 31, 2021 (“Tranche #1”). The note bears interest at 5% per annum which is also payable on maturity. Amounts due under the note may be converted into shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value, at any time at the option of the holder, at a conversion price of $0.16 per share.

 

The issuance of Tranche #1 resulted in a discount from the beneficial conversion feature totaling $20,000. Total straight-line amortization of this discount totaled $2,418 and $7,201 during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively. Total interest expense on Tranche #1 was approximately $200 and $750 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively.

 

January 1, 2020

 

On January 1, 2020, in connection with the September 26, 2019, securities purchase agreement with USMC, a related party, (See Note 10), the Company issued a two-year convertible promissory note in the amount of $86,000 to USMC, with a maturity date of January 1, 2022 (“Tranche #2”). The note bears interest at 5% per annum which is also payable on maturity. Amounts due under the note may be converted into shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value, at any time at the option of the Holder, at a conversion price of $0.16 per share.

 

The issuance of Tranche #2 resulted in a discount from the beneficial conversion feature totaling $32,250. Total straight-line amortization of this discount totaled $4,059 and $10,721 during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively. Total interest expense on Tranche #2 was approximately $700 and $2,863 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively.

 

February 1, 2020

 

On February 1, 2020, in connection with the September 26, 2019, securities purchase agreement with USMC, a related party, (See Note 10), the Company issued a two-year convertible promissory note in the amount of $72,000 to USMC, with a maturity date of February 1, 2022 (“Tranche #3”). The note bears interest at 5% per annum which is also payable on maturity. Amounts due under the note may be converted into shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value, at any time at the option of the Holder, at a conversion price of $0.16 per share.

 

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The issuance of Tranche #3 resulted in a discount from the beneficial conversion feature totaling $36,000. Total straight-line amortization of this discount totaled $4,531 and $10,440 during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively. Total interest expense on Tranche #3 was approximately $600 and $2,091 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively.

 

NOTE 7 – ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED EXPENSES

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses consist of the following amounts:

 

    August 31, 2020     November 30, 2019  
             
Accounts payable   $ 137,654     $ 265,449  
Accrued interest – related party     37,662       44,846  
Accrued compensation     38,895       33,930  
Accrued expenses     549       -  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 214,704     $ 344,225  

 

NOTE 8 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Office and Rental Property Leases

 

The Company is using office space provided by USMC, a related party that is owned by the Company’s majority shareholders and directors A. Scott Dockter and John Bremer. There is currently no lease for use of such office space.

 

Mineral Properties

 

The Company’s mineral rights require various annual lease payments (See Note 5).

 

Legal Matters

 

On September 21, 2016, the Company terminated its employment agreement with its then President, David Vickers (“Vickers”). Subsequently, Vickers alleged claims of age discrimination, fraud in the inducement, violation of California Labor Code §970 and breach of contract against the Company. On April 14,2017, the Company was served with a demand for arbitration of the above referenced claims. The arbitration proceeding was handled by the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. On June 5, 2018, the parties participated in a voluntary mediation but were unable to reach a resolution. The arbitration proceeding, based on Vickers’ demand for arbitration, was held August 6, 2019 to August 8, 2019. An interim-preliminary decision was rendered in connection with the arbitration however, the final award was not determined and the parties filed supplemental briefs. Oral arguments commenced on June 4, 2020. The Company believed its potential exposure to be approximately $475,000, plus potential pre-and-post judgment interest. Accordingly, on January 20, 2020, the Company paid Vickers $50,000 towards such estimated liability. The Company currently believes that a tentative settlement will be finalized within the next 30-60 days and on Juy 29, 2020, paid Vickers an additional $50,000 towards such settlement.

 

On July 8, 2020, the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer, Al Calvanico, filed a demand for arbitration alleging retaliation, wrongful termination, and demand for a minimum amount of $600,000 in alleged stock value, plus interest, recovery of past and future wages, attorneys’ fees, and punitive damages. The Company denies all allegations and believes Mr. Calvanico is owed nothing. The Company takes the position that Mr. Calvanico was not terminated, but rather, his employment contract expired on September 21, 2019 in normal course and was not renewed by Company. On February 14, 2020, the Company asked Mr. Calvanico in writing to exercise his stock options within 30 days. Mr. Calvanico did not do so. To date, Mr. Calvanico has not exercised his stock options. This dispute is currently in the early stages of arbitration, and an arbitrator has not yet been assigned in normal course.

 

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On January 11, 2019, the Company filed a complaint in the Nevada District Court for Washoe County (Case # CV19-00097) against Agregen International Corp (“Agregen”) and Robert Hurtado alleging the misuse of proprietary and confidential information acquired by Mr. Hurtado while employed by the Company as VP of Agricultural Research and Development. Mr. Hurtado was terminated in March 2018 and since that time the Company alleges that he conspired with Agregen to improperly use proprietary and confidential information to compete with the Company which constitute breaches of the non-compete and confidentiality provisions of his employment agreement with the Company. The Company is seeking $100,000,000 in monetary damages. On March 14, 2019 Agregen and Mr. Hurtado filed an answer to the Company’s Complaint that the allegations were false. An Early Case Conference was held on April 26, 2019 and a pre-trial conference was held on July 10, 2019. On March 13, 2020, the Company filed its First Amended Complaint in this lawsuit, adding Todd Gauer and John Gingerich as additional defendants. A default judgment has been taken against Mr. Gingerich. Litigation is proceeding against Mr. Hurtado and Mr. Gauer, and Agregen. Trial is scheduled for seven days beginning June 21, 2021.

 

On March 29, 2019, the Company was served with a complaint filed by Superior Soils Supplements LLC (“Superior Soils”) relating to 64 truckloads of soil amendments delivered to a customer by the Company on behalf of Superior Soils. Superior Soils alleged that the soil amendments were not labeled correctly requiring the entire shipment of product to be returned to the Company. The complaint alleges breach of contract, misrepresentations, fraudulent concealment and unfair competition. The complaint seeks damages of approximately $300,000. The Company filed its answer on May 6, 2019, denying responsibility for the mis-labelling and denying any liability for damages therefrom. The parties are currently in ongoing settlement negotiations.

 

Contractual Matters

 

On November 1, 2013, we entered into an agreement with USMC, a related party, in which USMC performs services relating to various technical evaluations and mine development services for the Company with regard to the various mining properties/rights owned by the Company. Terms of services and compensation will be determined for each project undertaken by USMC.

 

On October 12, 2018 the Company’s board of directors approved a material supply agreement with USMC, a related party, pursuant to which USMC will provide designated natural resources to the Company at predetermined prices (See Note 10).

 

Resignation of Directors

 

Effective April 8, 2020, Calvin Lim resigned as a member of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company. His resignation was not the result of any dispute or disagreement with the Company or the Board on any matter relating to the operations, policies, or practices of the Company.

 

Appointment of Directors

 

The Company entered into a twelve-month director agreement with Jeffrey Guzy (“Guzy”), effective as of April 8, 2020, (the “Director Agreement”). Pursuant to the Director Agreement, Guzy will be entitled to $1,000 per month for serving on the Company’s Board of Directors, which will accrue as debt until the Company has its first cash flow positive month. Upon the termination of the initial term of the Director Agreement or Guzy’s earlier removal or resignation, such accrued amount will be paid in common stock of the Company at a conversion rate of the lower of $0.15 per share or the 20-day volume weighted average price from the last date Guzy was on the board. Guzy was also granted an immediately exercisable five-year option to purchase 250,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share. Guzy was appointed as the chairman of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.

 

Note 9 – StocK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

The Company accounted for its stock-based compensation in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of FASB ASC Topic 718, “Compensation – Stock Compensation.”

 

2017 Equity Incentive Plan

 

On November 10, 2017 the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved the 2017 PureBase Corporation Stock Option Plan which is intended to be a qualified stock option plan (the “Option Plan”). The Board reserved up to 10,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock to be issued pursuant to options granted under the Option Plan. The Option Plan was subsequently approved by shareholders on September 28, 2018. As of August 31, 2020, 50,000 options have been granted under the Option Plan.

 

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The Company has also granted options to purchase an aggregate of 500,000 shares of common stock to certain employees pursuant to employment contracts prior to the adoption of the Option Plan.

 

The Company granted options to purchase an aggregate of 550,000 shares of common stock during the nine months ended August 31, 2020.

 

There were no stock options granted during the nine months ended August 31, 2019.

 

The weighted average grant date fair value of options granted and vested during the nine months ended August 31, 2020, was $21,438 and $22,446, respectively. The weighted average non-vested grant date fair value of non-vested options was $19,481 at August 31, 2020.

 

Compensation based stock option activity for qualified and unqualified stock options are summarized as follows:

 

          Weighted  
          Average  
    Shares     Exercise Price  
Outstanding at November 30, 2019     550,000     $ 2.74  
Granted     550,000       0.10  
Exercised     -       -  
Expired or cancelled     -       -  
Outstanding at August 31, 2020     1,100,000     $ 1.42  

 

The following table summarizes information about options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding and exercisable at August 31, 2020:

 

            Weighted-     Weighted-        
            Average     Average        
Range of     Outstanding     Remaining Life     Exercise     Number  
exercise prices     Options     In Years     Price     Exercisable  
                           
$ 0.099       200,000       3.61     $ 0.99       -  
  0.10       350,000       4.65       0.10       350,000  
  0.12       50,000       8.07       0.12       50,000  
  3.00       500,000       5.50       3.00       500,000  
          1,100,000       5.00     $ 1.42       900,000  

 

The compensation expense attributed to the issuance of the options is recognized as such options vest.

 

Stock options granted under the Option Plan are exercisable for ten years from the grant date and vest over various terms from the grant date to three years.

 

The aggregate intrinsic value of the options totaled $0 and was based on the Company’s closing stock price of $0.10 as of August 31, 2020, which would have been received by the option holders had all option holders exercised their options as of that date.

 

On April 8, 2020, the Company granted a director an option to purchase 250,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share and a fair value of $27,088. The options vest immediately at the grant date. The options were valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model under the following assumptions: stock price - $0.11; strike price - $0.10; expected volatility – 305%; risk-free interest rate – 0.47%; dividend rate – 0%; and expected term – 2.50 years.

 

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On April 15, 2020, the Company granted two advisory board members options to purchase an aggregate of 200,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share and a fair value of $19,481. The options vest one year from the date of grant. The options were valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model under the following assumptions: stock price - $0.099; strike price - $0.10; expected volatility – 304%; risk-free interest rate – 0.34%; dividend rate – 0%; and expected term – 2.50 years.

 

On June 2, 2020, the Company granted a director an option to purchase 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share and a fair value of $10,739. The options vest immediately at the grant date. The options were valued using the Black-Scholes option pricing model under the following assumptions: stock price - $0.11; strike price - $0.10; expected volatility – 283%; risk-free interest rate – 0.20%; dividend rate – 0%; and expected term – 2.50 years.

 

Total compensation expense related to stock options was $10,739 and $62,177 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, respectively. Total compensation expense related to stock options was $403 and $51,018 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019, respectively. As of August 31, 2020, there was $11,364 in future compensation cost related to non-vested stock options.

 

NOTE 10 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

Bayshore Capital Advisors, LLC

 

On February 26, 2016, the Company issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $25,000 to Bayshore Capital Advisors, LLC, an affiliate through common ownership of a 10% shareholder of the Company. The note accrued interest at 6% per annum and was payable August 26, 2016, or upon the closing of a bridge financing by the Company, whichever occurs first. The Company is in default on this note as of August 31, 2020.

 

US Mine Corporation

 

The Company entered into a contract mining agreement with USMC, a company owned by the majority stockholders of the Company, A. Scott Dockter and John Bremer, pursuant to which USMC will provide various technical evaluations and mine development services to the Company. During the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020, the Company made $34,264 in purchases from USMC. There were no purchases made from USMC during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019. There were no services rendered by USMC to the Company for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020. Services totaling $72,848 and $142,210 were rendered by USMC for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019, respectively. In addition, USMC made no payments to the Company’s vendors and creditors on behalf of the Company during the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020. During the three and nine months ended August 31, 2019, USMC paid $8,178 and $23,403, respectively, of expenses to the Company’s vendors and creditors on behalf of the Company. During the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 USMC made cash advances to the Company of $309,000 and $467,000 and $56,000 and $469,125, respectively, which are recorded as part of due to affiliates on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

On September 26, 2019, the Company entered into a securities purchase agreement with USMC pursuant to which USMC may purchase up to $1,000,000 of the Company’s 5% unsecured convertible two-year promissory notes in one or more closings. The notes are convertible into the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $0.16 per share. As of February 29, 2020, USMC has purchased such notes totaling $178,000 with maturity dates ranging from December 1, 2021 through February 1, 2022 (See Note 6). Interest expense on these notes totaled $2,219 and $5,704 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and is recorded as part of due to affiliates on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. The outstanding balance due on the notes to USMC is $178,000 and $0 at August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, respectively.

 

On April 9, 2020, USMC agreed to forgive of $150,257 in outstanding accounts payable from PureBase AG effective February 29, 2020. The Company treated this as a capital contribution and recorded the forgiveness as an increase in additional paid in capital on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheet at August 31, 2020.

 

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On April 22, 2020, the Company entered into a Material Supply Agreement (the “Supply Agreement”) with USMC which amended the prior Materials Supply Agreement entered into on October 12, 2018. All kaolin clay purchased by the Company from USMC under the Supply Agreement must be used exclusively for agricultural products and supplementary cementitious materials. Under the terms of the Supply Agreement, the Company will pay $25 per ton for the kaolin clay for supplementary cementitious materials and $145 per ton for bagged products for clay for agriculture (in each case plus an additional $5 royalty fee per ton). The Supply Agreement also provides that if USMC provides pricing to any other customer which is more favorable than that provided to the Company, USMC shall adjust the cost to the Company to conform to the more favorable terms. The initial term of the Agreement is three years, which automatically renews for three successive one-year terms, unless either party provides notice of termination at least sixty days prior to the end of the then current term. Either party has the right to terminate the Agreement for a material breach which is not cured within 90 days.

 

The Company is using office space provided by USMC rent-free. There is currently no lease for its use of such office space.

 

Transactions with Officers

 

On August 31, 2017, the Company issued a note in the amount of $197,096 to A. Scott Dockter, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company to consolidate the total amounts due to Mr. Dockter. The note bears interest at 6% and is due upon demand. During the nine months ended August 31, 2020, the Company repaid $4,780 towards the balance of the note. As of August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, the principal balance due on this note was $127,816 and $132,596, respectively, and is recorded as Note Payable to Officer on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. Interest expense for this note was $1,933 and $6,767 and $2,981 and $8,878 for the three and nine months ended August 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

NOTE 11 – CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

 

Cash Deposits

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash deposits. Accounts at each institution are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) up to $250,000. As of August 31, 2020 and November 30, 2019, the Company had no deposits in excess of the FDIC insured limit.

 

Revenues

 

Three customers accounted for 80% of total revenue for the nine months ended August 31, 2020.

 

Customer A     42 %
Customer B     20 %
Customer C     18 %

 

Four customers accounted for 91% of total revenue for the nine months ended August 31, 2019.

 

Customer A     37 %
Customer B     24 %
Customer C     18 %
Customer D     12 %

 

Accounts Receivable

 

Three customers accounted for 91% of the accounts receivable as of August 31, 2020, as set forth below:

 

Customer A     38 %
Customer B     31 %
Customer C     22 %

 

Two customers accounted for 100% of the accounts receivable as of November 30, 2019, as set forth below:

 

Customer A     66 %
Customer B     34 %

 

Vendors

 

Two vendors accounted for 88% of purchases as of August 31, 2020, as set forth below:

 

Vendor A     78 %
Vendor B     10 %

 

Two suppliers accounted for 100% of purchases as of November 30, 2019, as set forth below:

 

Vendor A, a related party     88 %
Vendor B     12 %

 

NOTE 12 – SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) as a pandemic which continues to spread throughout the United States and the World. The Company continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and the related business and travel restrictions and changes to behavior intended to reduce its spread, in addition to the impact on its employees. Due to the rapid development and fluidity of this situation, the magnitude and duration of the pandemic and its impact on the Company’s operations and liquidity is uncertain as of the date of this report. While there could ultimately be a material impact on operations and liquidity of the Company, at the time of issuance, the impact could not be determined.

 

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

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes a number of forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are projections in respect of future events or our future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of us and members of our management team, as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the risks set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 28, 2020, any of which may cause our company’s or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements. These risks and factors include, by way of example and without limitation:

 

absence of contracts with customers or suppliers;
our ability to maintain and develop relationships with customers and suppliers;
the impact of competitive products and pricing;
supply constraints or difficulties;
the retention and availability of key personnel;
general economic and business conditions;
business interruptions resulting from geo-political actions, including war, and terrorism or disease outbreaks (such as the recent outbreak of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus);
substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern;
our ability to successfully implement our business plan;
our need to raise additional funds in the future;
our ability to successfully recruit and retain qualified personnel in order to continue our operations;
our ability to successfully acquire, develop or commercialize new products;
the commercial success of our products;
the impact of any industry regulation;
our ability to develop existing mining projects or establish proven or probable reserves;
our dependence on once vendor for our minerals for our products;
the impact of potentially losing the rights to properties; and
the impact of the increase in the price of natural resources.

 

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Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, or performance. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the future operating results over time except as required by law.

 

As used in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-K and unless otherwise indicated, the terms “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our,” refer to PureBase Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, PureBase Agricultural, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“PureBase AG”) and U.S. Agricultural Minerals, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company (“USAM”).

 

Business Overview

 

The Company, through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries PureBase AG and USAM is a diversified, industrial mineral and natural resource company working to provide solutions to the agriculture and construction materials markets. It is engaged in the identification, acquisition, exploration, development, mining and full-scale exploitation of industrial and natural mineral properties in the United States for the agriculture and construction materials markets. On the agricultural side, our business is to develop agricultural specialized fertilizers, minerals and bio-stimulants for organic and sustainable agriculture. In addition, we intend to focus on identifying and developing other advanced stage natural resource projects in support of our agricultural business. On the construction side, we are focused on developing construction sector-related products such as supplemental cementious material (“SCM”).

 

We are developing pozzolan-based products that have applications in the construction materials sector. Pozzolans, also known as SCM’s, may have beneficial qualities when added to concrete. We continue our research into SCM markets and believe there are substantial opportunities with pozzolan-based products currently being tested.

 

Our initial focus has been on the organic agricultural market sector. We hope to develop innovative solutions for our agricultural customers while building a brand under the name, “PureBase”, consisting of three primary product lines: PureBase Shade Advantage WP, PureBase SulFi Hume Si Advantage, and PureBase Humate INU Advantage. and will seek to develop additional products derived from mineralized materials of leonardite, kaolin clay, laterite, potassium silicate sulfate, and other natural minerals. These agricultural minerals and soil amendments are used in the agricultural industry to protect crops, plants and fruits from the sun and winter damage, provide nutrients to plants, and improve dormancy and soil ecology to help farmers increase the yields of their harvests. We also seek to acquire and develop mineralized materials of pozzolan and potassium silicate sulfate for agricultural applications.

 

We utilize the services of US Mine Corporation (“USMC”), a Nevada corporation, for the development and contract mining of industrial mineral and metal projects. USMC performs exploration drilling, mine modeling, on-site construction, mine production, and mine site reclamation, and prepares feasibility studies for the Company. Exploration services also include securing necessary permits, environmental compliance, and reclamation plans. In addition, a substantial portion of the minerals utilized by the Company is obtained through USMC. Scott Dockter, our President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, and John Bremer, a director, are the Treasurer and President, respectively, as well as directors, of USMC.

 

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Recent Developments

 

Snow White Mine

 

On April 1, 2020, we entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Bremer Family 1995 Living Family Trust (the “Trust”) pursuant to which we will purchase 80 acres of land known as the Snow White Mine, located in San Bernardino County, California, and all mineral rights. The purchase price for the property is $836,000, with 5% interest, with the closing to occur within two years. John Bremer, a director of the Company, is the executor of the Trust which owns approximately 19% of the issued and outstanding shares of the Company. The Company previously had certain rights to the Snow White property but in September 2019 discontinued all mining activities at this property. As of the date of this Quarterly Report, the Company has not closed on the purchase.

 

Asset Purchase Agreement

 

On May 1, 2020, the Company executed an asset purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with Quove Corporation, a Colorado corporation, (“Quove”), pursuant to which the Company will purchase from Quove all of the assets used in conjunction with the operating of its gold processing plant. In consideration therefor, the Company issued 6,200,000 shares of its common stock at a fair value of $0.10 per share and agreed to assume up to $10,000 of Quove’s liabilities. The acquisition closed on June 11, 2020. The Company plans to use the assets and parts from the assets to augment and improve its current infrastructure.

 

Material Supply Agreement

 

On April 22, 2020, the Company entered into a Material Supply Agreement (the “Supply Agreement”) with USMC which amended the prior Materials Supply Agreement entered into on October 12, 2018. All kaolin clay purchased by the Company from USMC under the Supply Agreement must be used exclusively for agricultural products and supplementary cementitious materials. Under the terms of the Supply Agreement, the Company will pay $25 per ton for the kaolin clay for supplementary cementitious materials and $145 per ton for bagged products for clay for agriculture (in each case plus an additional $5 royalty fee per ton). The Supply Agreement also provides that if USMC provides pricing to any other customer which is more favorable than that provided to the Company, USMC shall adjust the cost to the Company to conform to the more favorable terms. The initial term of the Agreement is three years, which automatically renews for three successive one-year terms, unless either party provides notice of termination at least sixty days prior to the end of the then current term. Either party has the right to terminate the Agreement for a material breach which is not cured within 90 days.

 

Results of Operations

 

Comparison of the Three Months Ended August 31, 2020 and the Three Months Ended August 31, 2019

 

A comparison of the Company’s operating results for the three months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 are summarized as follows:

 

    August 31,     August 31,        
    2020     2019     Variance  
Revenues   $ 169,980     $ 161,322     $ 8,658  
Operating expenses:                        
Selling, general & administrative     405,291       632,022       (226,731 )
Product fulfillment, exploration and mining     34,751       49,889       (15,138 )
Loss from operations     (270,062 )     (520,589 )     250,527  
Other expense     (698 )     (15,846 )     15,148  
Net Loss   $ (270,760 )   $ (536,435 )   $ 265,675  

 

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Revenues

 

Revenue remained relatively consistent for the three months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended May 31, 2019.

 

Operating Costs and Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $226,731, or 36%, for the three months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended August 31, 2019, primarily due to, a one time expense of $400,000 related to an accrual for a potential loss on litigation during the three months ended August 31, 2019, which was offset by an increase in legal fees of $124,890.

 

Product fulfillment and exploration and mining expenses decreased by $15,138, or 30%, for the three months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended August 31, 2019 primarily as a result of a decrease in sales commissions, delivery charges and miscellaneous chemicals and supplies used during the three months ended August 31, 2020. In addition, there were no mining claim royalty fees paid during the three months ended August 31, 2020

 

Other Expense

 

Other expense decreased by $15,148, or 96%, for the three months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended August 31, 2019, primarily due to a decrease in interest expense as a result of the Company converting payables and a note payable owed to USMC to common stock during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019.

 

Comparison of the Nine Months Ended August 31, 2020 and the Nine Months Ended August 31, 2019

 

A comparison of the Company’s operating results for the nine months ended August 31, 2020 and August 31, 2019 are summarized as follows:

 

    August 31,     August 31,        
    2020     2019     Variance  
Revenues   $ 176,109     $ 347,780     $ (171,671 )
Operating expenses:                        
Selling, general & administrative     760,725       1,266,291       (505,566 )
Product fulfillment, exploration and mining     39,945       136,341       (96,396 )
Loss from operations     (624,561 )     (1,054,852 )     430,291  
Other income (expense)     5,343       (47,888 )     53,231  
Net Loss   $ (619,218 )   $ (1,102,340 )   $ 483,122  

 

Revenues

 

Revenue decreased by $171,671, or 49%, for the nine months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the nine months ended August 31, 2019, primarily as a result of a decrease in sales of the Company’s Shade Advantage (WP) and SulFe Hume Si Advantage products due to customers buying more than they anticipated needing in the nine months ended August 31, 2019, and not needing to reorder during 2020.

 

Operating Costs and Expenses

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $505,566, or 40%, for the nine months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the nine months ended August 31, 2019, primarily due to (i) a decrease in stock-based compensation of $14,507, (ii) a decrease in payroll and related benefits of $136,429 due to a reduction of employees, and (iii) a one time expense of $400,000 related to an accrual for a potential loss on litigation.

 

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Product fulfillment and exploration and mining expenses decreased by $96,396, or 71%, for the nine months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the nine months ended August 31, 2019 primarily as a result of $69,178 in costs related to the products ordered in excess by certain customers during the the nine months ended August 31, 2019. In addition, there were no mining claim royalty fees paid during the nine months ended August 31, 2020.

 

Other Income (Expense)

 

Other income (expense) decreased by $53,231, or 112%, for the nine months ended August 31, 2020, as compared to the nine months ended August 31, 2019, primarily due to a decrease in interest expense as a result of the Company converting payables and a note payable owed to USMC to common stock during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of August 31, 2020, we had $8,735 in cash on hand and a working capital deficiency of $1,162,288, as compared to cash on hand of $8,400 and a working capital deficiency of $946,405 as of November 30, 2019. The decrease in working capital deficiency is mainly due to an approximate $74,000 increase in accounts receivable, an approximate $53,000 increase in prepaid expenses and other assets, and an approximate decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $120,000. These were offset by an approximate $473,000 increase in amounts due to affiliated entities as a result of a cash infusion from USMC.

 

Future Financing

 

We will require additional funds to implement our growth strategy. We currently expect further exploration and development of our current or future projects and the sale of our agricultural products to continue generating sales revenues, but we do not believe that our current cash and cash equivalents will be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements for the next twelve-months. We have had negative cash flow from operating activities as we have not yet begun to generate sufficient and consistent revenues to cover our operating expenses. Until we are able to establish a sufficient revenue stream from operations our ability to meet our current financial liabilities and commitments will be primarily dependent upon proceeds from outside capital sources including USMC, an affiliated entity. There is no assurance that we will be able to obtain necessary amounts of capital or that our estimates of our capital requirements will prove to be accurate. Even if we are able to secure outside financing, it may not be available in the amounts or times when we require or on favorable terms. We currently do not have any agreements or understandings for additional financing. If we are unable to raise sufficient capital we will be required to delay or forego some portion of our business plan, which would have a material adverse effect on our anticipated results from operations and financial condition or cease operations.

 

Furthermore, such outside financing would likely take the form of bank loans, private offerings of debt or equity securities, advances from affiliates or some combination of these. The issuance of additional equity securities would dilute the stock ownership of current investors while incurring loans, lines of credit or long-term debt by the Company would increase its cash flow requirements and possible loss of valuable assets if such obligations were not repaid in accordance with their terms and may subject the Company to restrictions on its operations and corporate actions.

 

Going Concern

 

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements presented in this Quarterly Report have been prepared under the assumption that the Company will continue as a going concern. The Company has accumulated losses from inception through August 31, 2020, of approximately $11.9 million, as well as negative cash flows from operating activities. During the nine months ended August 31, 2020, the Company received net cash proceeds of approximately $472,000 from USMC, an affiliated entity. Presently the Company does not have sufficient cash resources to meet its debt obligations in the twelve months following the date of this Quarterly Report. These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Management is in the process of evaluating various financing alternatives in order to finance the capital requirements of the Company. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful with its fund-raising initiatives.

 

The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that may be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

 

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Working Capital Deficiency

 

Our working capital deficiency as of August 31, 2020, in comparison to our working capital deficiency as of November 30, 2019, can be summarized as follows:

 

    August 31,     November 30,  
    2020     2019  
Current assets   $ 158,967     $ 30,416  
Current liabilities     1,321,255       976,821  
Working capital deficiency   $ 1,162,288     $ 946,405  

 

The increase in current assets is primarily due to an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $53,625 and an increase in accounts receivable of $73,926. A majority of current liabilities remained consistent during the nine months ended August 31, 2020, however, due to affiliates increased approximately $473,000 and accounts payable and accrued expenses decreased approximately $120,000 during the nine months ended August 31, 2020.

 

Cash Flows

 

    Nine Months Ended  
    August 31, 2020     August 31, 2019  
Net cash used in operating activities   $ (644,924 )   $ (337,959 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     645,259       423,225  
Increase in cash   $ 335     $ 85,266  

 

Operating Activities

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $644,924 for the nine months ended August 31, 2020, primarily due to a net loss of $619,218, an increase of $81,066 in accounts receivable, and an increase of $53,625 in prepaid assets and other assets which was partially offset by non-cash expenses of $45,944 and $28,362 related to stock-based compensation and amortization of debt discount, respectively.

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $337,959 for the nine months ended August 31, 2019, primarily due to a net loss of $1,102,340 and an increase in accounts receivable of $23,900, which was partially offset by (i) issuances of common stock for services of $91,112, (ii) stock-based compensation related to stock options of $60,854, (iii) an increase in due to affiliates of $180,316 and (iv) an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $446,525.

 

Investing Activities

 

There were no investing activities during the nine months ended August 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

Financing Activities

 

For the nine months ended August 31, 2020, net cash provided by financing activities was $645,259, primarily due to $178,000 from convertible notes payable received from USMC and cash advanced to the Company by USMC of $472,000.

 

For the nine months ended August 31, 2019, net cash provided by financing activities was $423,225, due to cash advanced to the Company by USMC of $450,725 and offset by payments on a note payable to an officer of $27,500.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies and Procedures

 

Our significant accounting policies are more fully described in the notes to our consolidated financial statements included in this Report, and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2019, as filed with the SEC on February 28, 2020.

 

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

Our recently adopted accounting pronouncements are more fully described in Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements included in this Report.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures (as that term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. In designing disclosure controls and procedures, our management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible disclosure controls and procedures. The design of any disclosure controls and procedures also is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions. Any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance of achieving the desired control objectives.

 

Our management, with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon that evaluation and subject to the foregoing, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that, our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of August 31, 2020 due to the material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting described below.

 

Material Weaknesses in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

A material weakness, as defined in the standards established by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of our annual or interim consolidated financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.

 

The ineffectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was due to the following material weaknesses:

 

(i) Lack of Formal Policies and Procedures. We utilize a third-party independent financial consultant that is not involved in the day to day operations of the Company for the preparation of our financial statements. Although the financial statements and footnotes are reviewed by our management, we do not have a formal policy to review significant accounting transactions and the accounting treatment of such transactions.

 

(ii) Financial Expert. We do not have a financial expert on our board of directors and thus we lack the formal board oversight role within the financial reporting process.

 

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(iii) Entity Level Risk Assessment. We did not perform an entity level risk assessment to evaluate the implication of relevant risks on financial reporting, including the impact of potential fraud related risks and the risks related to non-routine transactions, if any, on internal control over financial reporting.

 

(iv) Lack of Personnel with GAAP Experience. Historically, aside from our third-party independent financial consultant, we have lacked personnel with formal training to properly analyze and record complex transactions in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Our management feels the weaknesses identified above have not had any material effect on our financial results. However, we are currently reviewing our disclosure controls and procedures related to these material weaknesses and hope to implement changes in the future if and when resources permit, including identifying specific areas within our governance, accounting and financial reporting processes to add adequate resources to potentially mitigate these material weaknesses.

 

Our management will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our internal controls and procedures and our internal controls over financial reporting on an ongoing basis and is committed to taking further action and implementing additional enhancements or improvements, as necessary and as funds allow.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended August 31, 2020 that have materially affected, or that are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II - OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

Except as set forth below, there are no pending legal proceedings to which the Company or its subsidiaries area a party or in which any director, officer or affiliate of the Company, any owner of record of beneficially or more than 5% of any class of voting securities of the Company, or security holder is a party adverse to the Company or has a material interest adverse to the Company. The Company’s property is not the subject of any pending legal proceedings.

 

On September 21, 2016, the Company terminated its employment agreement with its then President, David Vickers (“Vickers”). Subsequently, Vickers alleged claims of age discrimination, fraud in the inducement, violation of California Labor Code §970 and breach of contract against the Company. On April 14,2017, the Company was served with a demand for arbitration of the above referenced claims. The arbitration proceeding was handled by the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. On June 5, 2018, the parties participated in a voluntary mediation but were unable to reach a resolution. The arbitration proceeding, based on Vickers’ demand for arbitration, was held August 6, 2019 to August 8, 2019. An interim-preliminary decision was rendered in connection with the arbitration however, the final award was not determined and the parties filed supplemental briefs. Oral arguments commenced on June 4, 2020. The Company believed its potential exposure to be approximately $475,000, plus potential pre-and-post judgment interest. Accordingly, on January 20, 2020, the Company paid Vickers $50,000 towards such estimated liability. The Company currently believes that a tentative settlement will be finalized within the next 30-60 days and on Juy 29, 2020, paid Vickers an additional $50,000 towards such settlement. 

 

On July 8, 2020, the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer, Al Calvanico, filed a demand for arbitration alleging retaliation, wrongful termination, and a demand for $600,000 in alleged stock value, plus interest, recovery of past and future wages, attorneys’ fees, and punitive damages. The Company denies all allegations and believes Mr. Calvanico is owed nothing. The Company takes the position that Mr. Calvanico was not terminated, but rather, his employment contract expired on September 21, 2019 in normal course, and was not renewed by Company. On February 14, 2020, the Company asked Mr. Calvanico in writing to exercise his stock options within 30 days. Mr. Calvanico did not do so. To date, Mr. Calvanico has not exercised his stock options. This dispute is currently in the early stages of arbitration, and an arbitrator has not yet been assigned.

 

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On January 11, 2019, the Company filed a complaint in the Nevada District Court for Washoe County (Case # CV19-00097) against Agregen International Corp (“Agregen”) and Robert Hurtado alleging the misuse of proprietary and confidential information acquired by Mr. Hurtado while employed by the Company as VP of Agricultural Research and Development. Mr. Hurtado was terminated in March 2018 and since that time the Company alleges that he conspired with Agregen to improperly use proprietary and confidential information to compete with the Company which constitute breaches of the non-compete and confidentiality provisions of his employment agreement with the Company. The Company is seeking $100,000,000 in monetary damages. On March 14, 2019 Agregen and Mr. Hurtado filed an answer to the Company’s Complaint that the allegations were false. An Early Case Conference was held on April 26, 2019 and a pre-trial conference was held on July 10, 2019. On March 13, 2020, the Company filed its First Amended Complaint in this lawsuit, adding Todd Gauer and John Gingerich, former Board members of the Company, as additional defendants. A default judgment has been taken against Mr. Gingerich. Litigation is proceeding against Messrs. Hurtado and Gauer and Agregen. Trial is scheduled for seven days beginning June 21, 2021.

 

On March 29, 2019, the Company was served with a complaint filed by Superior Soils Supplements LLC (“Superior Soils”) relating to 64 truckloads of soil amendments delivered to a customer by the Company on behalf of Superior Soils. Superior Soils alleged that the soil amendments were not labeled correctly requiring the entire shipment of product to be returned to the Company. The complaint alleges breach of contract, misrepresentations, fraudulent concealment and unfair competition. The complaint seeks damages of approximately $300,000. The Company filed its answer on May 6, 2019, denying responsibility for the mis-labelling and denying any liability for damages therefrom. The parties are currently in ongoing settlement negotiations.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

As a smaller reporting company, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

Investors should carefully consider the risk factors included in the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended November 30, 2019, as filed with SEC on February 28, 2020. The Company’s business, operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected due to any of those risks.

 

In addition:

 

We face risks related to health epidemics and other outbreaks, which could significantly disrupt our operations.

 

Our business and operating results could be adversely impacted by the effects of epidemics, including but not limited to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 global outbreak, although there remains significant uncertainty related to the public health situation globally.

 

Our results of operations could be adversely affected to the extent that such coronavirus or any other epidemic generally harms the global economy. In addition, our customers and/or personnel may be adversely impacted as a result of a health epidemic or other outbreak. Our operation may experience disruptions, such as temporary closure of our offices, facilities and/or those of our customers, suspension of services and the shut-down of our sales efforts. These disruptions may require us to curtail our sales efforts or even force us to reduce our workforce in effort to conserve capital. Additionally, the continued spread of COVID-19 and uncertain market conditions may limit the Company’s ability to access capital and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Except as described below, there were no sales of equity securities during the period covered by this Report that were not registered under the Securities Act and were not previously reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company.

 

On June 2, 2020, the Company granted a director an immediately exerciseable option to purchase 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.10 per share.

 

The above issuance did not involve any underwriters, underwriting discounts or commissions, or any public offering and we believe is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 by virtue of Section 4(2) thereof.

 

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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

There are no defaults upon senior securities that were not previously reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

None.

 

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit

Number

  Description
31*   Section 302 Certification under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
32*   Section 906 Certification under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer
101.INS   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Filed herewith.

 

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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.

 

PUREBASE CORPORATION

 

By: /s/ A. Scott Dockter  
  A. Scott Dockter  
  Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer  
  (Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial  
  and Accounting Officer)  
  Date: October 14, 2020  

 

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