UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 
FORM 10-Q
 
(Mark One)
 
[X] QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended      September 30, 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.   001-39278
 
SOLITARIO ZINC CORP.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Colorado
84-1285791
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
4251 Kipling St. Suite 390, Wheat Ridge, CO
80033
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
(303)  534-1030
 
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
 


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of Each Class
 
Trading Symbol
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
 
XPL
 
NYSE American
 
 
Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
 
YES    ☒   
 
NO     ☐    
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every
Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted 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 and post such files).
YES    ☒    
 
NO    ☐    
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer  ☐
Accelerated filer   ☐
Non-accelerated filer  ☒
Smaller reporting company   ☒
Emerging Growth Company    ☐
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
YES     ☐
 
NO     ☒
          
 There were 58,108,366 shares of $0.01 par value common stock outstanding as of November 9, 2020.
 

 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
SOLITARIO ZINC CORP.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(in thousands of U.S. dollars,
 
September 30,
 
 
December 31,
 
  except share and per share amounts)
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
 
(unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Cash and cash equivalents
 $413 
 $574 
  Short-term investments
  6,317 
  6,829 
  Investments in marketable equity securities, at fair value
  1,844 
  1,039 
  SilverStream note receivable
  - 
  268 
  Prepaid expenses and other
  28 
  46 
    Total current assets
  8,602 
  8,756 
 
    
    
Mineral properties
  15,617 
  15,617 
Other assets
  161 
  159 
       Total assets
 $24,380 
 $24,532 
 
    
    
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
 
Current liabilities:
    
    
  Accounts payable
 $141 
 $228 
  Operating lease liability
  17 
  41 
  Paycheck Protection Loan
  70 
  - 
  Kinross call option
  19 
  - 
       Total current liabilities
  247 
  269 
 
    
    
Long-term liabilities
    
    
  Asset retirement obligation – Lik
  125 
  125 
  Operating lease liability
  - 
  7 
       Total long-term liabilities
  125 
  132 
 
    
    
Commitments and contingencies
    
    
 
    
    
Equity:
    
    
Shareholders’ equity:
    
    
   Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 10,000,000     shares (none issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and      December 31, 2019)
  - 
  - 
   Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 100,000,000 shares       (58,108,366 and 58,133,066 shares, respectively, issued
      and outstanding at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019)
  581 
  581 
   Additional paid-in capital
  70,486 
  70,204 
   Accumulated deficit
  (47,059)
  (46,654)
     Total shareholders’ equity
  24,008 
  24,131 
       Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 $24,380 
 $24,532 
 
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
 
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SOLITARIO ZINC CORP.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands of US dollars, except per share amounts)
 
Three months endedSeptember 30
 
 
Nine months endedSeptember 30
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Revenue, net – mineral property sale
 $- 
 $- 
 $- 
 $408 
 
    
    
    
    
Costs, expenses and other:
    
    
    
    
  Exploration expense
  112 
  815 
  269 
  1,680 
  Depreciation
  6 
  6 
  19 
  19 
  General and administrative
  226 
  319 
  816 
  1,065 
Total costs, expenses and other
  344 
  1,140 
  1,104 
  2,764 
Other (loss) income
    
    
    
    
 Interest income (net)
  3 
  43 
  111 
  205 
 Other income
  - 
  - 
  44 
  - 
 Loss on derivative instruments
  (70)
  (36)
  (90)
  (36)
 Gain on sale of marketable equity securities
  25 
  - 
  50 
    
 Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable equity securities
  333 
  (347)
  584 
  (736)
Total other income (loss)
  291 
  (340)
  699 
  (567)
Net loss
 $(53)
 $(1,480)
 $(405)
 $(2,923)
Loss per common share:
    
    
    
    
    Basic and diluted
 $(0.00)
 $(0.03)
 $(0.01)
 $(0.05)
Weighted average shares outstanding:
    
    
    
    
    Basic and diluted
  58,110 
  58,138 
  58,119 
  58,147 
 
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
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SOLITARIO ZINC CORP.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 
Nine months endedSeptember 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Net loss
 $(405)
 $(2,923)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
    
    
 
    
    
    Depreciation
  19 
  19 
    Amortization of right of use lease asset
  29 
  29 
    Unrealized (gain) loss on marketable equity securities
  (584)
  736 
    Employee stock option expense
  287 
  258 
    Gain on sale of marketable equity securities
  (50)
  - 
    Other income- gain on conversion of SilverStream Note
  (44)
  - 
    Loss on derivative instruments
  90 
  36 
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
    
    
      Prepaid expenses and other assets
  60 
  211 
      Note receivable, net of mineral property sold
  - 
  (223)
      Accounts payable and other current liabilities
  (118)
  (528)
        Net cash used in operating activities
  (716)
  (2,385)
Investing activities:
    
    
 Sale of short-term investments, net
  488 
  2,844 
 Purchase of Vendetta units
  - 
  (233)
 Cash from sale of marketable equity securities
  123 
  - 
 Purchase of other assets
  - 
  (6)
 (Purchase) sale of derivative instruments – net
  (121)
  10 
       Net cash provided by investing activities
  490 
  2,615 
Financing activities:
    
    
 Paycheck Protection Loan
  70 
  - 
 Purchase of common stock for cancellation
  (5)
  (12)
        Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
  65 
  (12)
 
    
    
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
  (161)
  218 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
  574 
  117 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
 $413 
 $335 
 
    
    
Supplemental Cash Flow information:
    
    
  Conversion of SilverStream note to Marketable equity securities
 $294 
  - 
 
    
    
 
See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)
 
1.       Business and Significant Accounting Policies
 
Business and company formation
 
Solitario Zinc Corp. (“Solitario,” or the “Company”) is an exploration stage company as defined in Industry Guide 7, as issued by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Solitario was incorporated in the state of Colorado on November 15, 1984 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Resources Corporation ("Crown"). In July 1994, Solitario became a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") through its initial public offering. Solitario has been actively involved in mineral exploration since 1993. Solitario’s primary business is to acquire exploration mineral properties or royalties and/or discover economic deposits on its mineral properties and advance these deposits, either on its own or through joint ventures, up to the development stage. At that point, or sometime prior to that point, Solitario would likely attempt to sell its mineral properties, pursue their development either on its own or through a joint venture with a partner that has expertise in mining operations, or create a royalty with a third party that continues to advance the property. Solitario is primarily focused on the acquisition and exploration of zinc-related exploration mineral properties; however, Solitario will evaluate and acquire other base and precious metal mineral exploration properties. In addition to focusing on its mineral exploration properties and the evaluation of mineral properties for acquisition, Solitario also evaluates potential strategic transactions for the acquisition of new precious and base metal properties and assets with exploration potential or business combinations that Solitario determines to be favorable to Solitario.
 
Solitario has recorded revenue in the past from the sale of mineral properties, including (i) the sale of certain mineral royalty properties to SilverStream SEZC, a private Cayman Island royalty and streaming company (“SilverStream”), for Cdn$600,000 in January 2019 (the “Royalty Sale”), and (ii) the sale in June 2018 of its interest in the royalty on its Yanacocha property. In addition, Solitario has received proceeds from (i) the sale in 2015 of its former interest in Mount Hamilton LLC (“MH-LLC”), the owner of its former Mt. Hamilton project; (ii) the sale of a royalty on its former Mt. Hamilton project and (iii) joint venture property payments. Revenues and / or proceeds from the sale or joint venture of properties or assets, although generally significant when they occur, have not been a consistent annual source of cash and would only occur in the future, if at all, on an infrequent basis.
 
Solitario currently considers its carried interest in the Florida Canyon project in Peru and its interest in the Lik project in Alaska to be its core mineral property assets. Nexa Resources, Ltd. (“Nexa”), Solitario’s joint venture partner, is expected to continue the exploration and furtherance of the Florida Canyon project and Solitario is monitoring progress at Florida Canyon. Solitario is working with its 50% joint venture partner in the Lik deposit, Teck American Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (both companies are referred to as “Teck”), to further the exploration and evaluate potential development plans for the Lik project.
 
As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has significant balances of cash and short-term investments that Solitario anticipates using, in part, to fund costs and activities intended to further the exploration of the Florida Canyon and Lik projects and to potentially acquire additional mineral property assets. The fluctuations in precious metal and other commodity prices contribute to a challenging environment for mineral exploration and development, which has created opportunities as well as challenges for the potential acquisition of early-stage and advanced mineral exploration projects or other related assets at potentially attractive terms.
 
The accompanying interim condensed consolidated financial statements of Solitario for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 are unaudited and are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“generally accepted accounting principles”). They do not include all disclosures required by generally accepted accounting principles for annual financial statements, but in the opinion of management, include all adjustments necessary for a fair presentation. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results which may be achieved in the future, or for the full year ending December 31, 2020.
 
These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto which are included in Solitario’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. The accounting policies set forth in those annual financial statements are the same as the accounting policies utilized in the preparation of these financial statements, except as modified for appropriate interim financial statement presentation.
 
Risks and Uncertainties
 
Solitario faces risks related to health epidemics and other outbreaks of communicable diseases, which could significantly disrupt its operations and may materially and adversely affect its business and financial conditions.
 
 
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Solitario’s business could be adversely impacted by the effects of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) or other epidemics or pandemics. Solitario has recommended all of its employees and contractors follow government guidelines for health and safety policies for employees and contractors, including encouraging tele-commuting and working from home where possible. Solitario has evaluated the effects of COVID-19 on its operations and taken pro-active steps to address the impacts on its operations, including reducing costs, in response to the economic uncertainty associated with potential risks from COVID-19. These reductions include implementing salary reductions and evaluation and reduction in certain planned 2020 exploration programs through its joint venture partners at the Florida Canyon and Lik exploration projects. Also, Solitairo has evaluated the potential impacts on its ability to access future traditional funding sources on the same or reasonably similar terms as in past periods. Solitario will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on its operations, financial condition and liquidity. However, the extent to which COVID-19 impacts Solitario’s business, including our exploration and other activities and the market for its securities, will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at this time, and include the duration, severity and scope of the outbreak and the actions taken to contain or treat the coronavirus outbreak.
 
Cash equivalents
 
Cash equivalents include investments in highly liquid money-market securities with original maturities of three months or less when purchased. As of September 30, 2020, $404,000 of Solitario’s cash and cash equivalents are held in brokerage accounts and foreign banks, which are not covered under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) rules for the United States.
 
Short-term investments
 
As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has $4,754,000 of its current assets in United States Treasury Securities (“USTS”) with maturities of 30 days to 12 months. In addition, Solitario has $1,563,000 of its current assets in seven bank certificates of deposits (“CD’s”) with face values between $100,000 and $250,000 and maturities between five and 20 months. The USTS and CD’s are recorded at their fair value based upon quoted market prices. The USTS are not covered under the FDIC insurance rules for United States deposits. Solitario’s USTS and CD’s are highly liquid and may be sold in their entirety at any time at their quoted market price and are classified as a current asset.
 
Earnings per share
 
The calculation of basic earnings (loss) per share is based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019.
 
Potentially dilutive shares related to outstanding common stock options for 5,698,000 Solitario common shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 because the effects were anti-dilutive. Potentially dilutive shares related to outstanding common stock options for 4,373,000 Solitario common shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 because the effects were anti-dilutive.
 
Recently adopted accounting pronouncements
 
The FASB issued ASU No. 2018-13, Disclosure Framework – Fair Value (topic 820): Changes to Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement (“ASU No. 2018-13”). Among other things, ASU No. 2018-13 changes the required disclosures regarding (i) transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 fair values; (ii) unrealized gains / losses included in earnings and other comprehensive income for Level 3 instruments; and (iii) amount, reason and policies regarding transfers between Levels. ASU No. 2018-13 is effective for Solitario for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2019. Solitario adopted ASU No. 2016-13 January 1, 2020 which did not have a material impact on its consolidated financial position or results of operations as of or for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.
 
Recently issued accounting pronouncements
 
The SEC has adopted amendments to its disclosure rules to modernize the mineral property disclosure requirements for issuers whose securities are registered with the SEC. These amendments became effective February 25, 2019 (the “SEC Modernization Rules”) and, following a two-year transition period, the SEC Modernization Rules will replace the historical property disclosure requirements for mining registrants that are included in SEC Industry Guide 7. Under the SEC Modernization Rules, consistent with global standards as embodied by the Committee for Reserves International Reporting Standards (“CRIRSCO”), registrants will be required to disclose specified information concerning mineral resources that have been identified on one or more of its mineral properties. Consistent with CRIRSCO standards the SEC Modernization Rules have added definitions to recognize “Measured Mineral Resources”, “Indicated Mineral Resources” and “Inferred Mineral Resources.” The Company is not required to provide disclosure on its mineral properties under the SEC Modernization Rules until its fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021.
 
 
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Upon adoption of the SEC Modernization Rules, among other requirements, the Company will be required to report its mineral resources, if any, as Measured, Indicated or Inferred Mineral Resources in accordance with the SEC Modernization Rules. This will allow investors to evaluate the Company’s resources on a comparable basis with other mining and exploration issuers registered with the SEC. In addition, the SEC Modernization Rules will require the Company to disclose exploration results, mineral reserves, if any, and mineral resources based upon information and supporting documentation prepared by a mining expert (the “qualified person”). The SEC Modernization Rules will require the Company to obtain a dated and signed technical report summary from the qualified person identifying and summarizing the information reviewed and conclusions reached by the qualified person(s) about the mineral resources or reserves for each mineral property. The Company is currently evaluating the requirements under the SEC Modernization Rules and has not determined what effect adoption will have on its consolidated financial statements and disclosures.
 
2.        Mineral Property
 
The following table details Solitario’s investment in Mineral Property:
(in thousands)
 
September 30,
 
 
December 31,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Exploration
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Lik project (Alaska – US)
 $15,611 
 $15,611 
   La Promesa (Peru)
  6 
  6 
     Total exploration mineral property
 $15,617 
 $15,617 
 
All exploration costs on our exploration properties, none of which have proven and probable reserves, including any additional costs incurred for subsequent lease payments or exploration activities related to our projects, are expensed as incurred.
 
Royalty sale
 
On January 22, 2019, Solitario completed the Royalty Sale to SilverStream for Cdn$600,000. On closing of the Royalty Sale, Solitario received Cdn$250,000 in cash and a convertible note from SilverStream in the principal amount of Cdn$350,000 (the “SilverStream Note”). The SilverStream Note was originally due December 31, 2019, accrued 5% per annum simple interest, payable on a quarterly basis, and was convertible into common shares of SilverStream, at the discretion of SilverStream, by providing Solitario a notice of conversion. In December of 2019, Solitario and SilverStream agreed to extend the due date of the SilverStream Note to June 30, 2020, and to increase the interest rate to 8% per annum simple interest. During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario recorded mineral property revenue of $408,000 from the Royalty Sale, consisting of the fair value of the cash received on the date of the sale of $185,000 and the fair value of the SilverStream Note on the date of the sale of $263,000 less the carrying value of the royalties sold of $40,000.
 
On May 19, 2020, SilverStream completed an initial public offering, including changing its name to Vox Royalty Corp. (“Vox”) and, in accordance with the terms of the SilverStream Note, issued Solitario 137,255 shares of common stock of Vox in full satisfaction of obligations owed under the SilverStream Note. In accordance with the terms of the SilverStream Note, the 137,255 shares were issued at a price of Cdn$2.55 per share, which was at a 15% discount to the initial public offering price of Cdn$3.00 per share. Solitario recorded its initial investment in the Vox common shares at the initial public offering price, or a total of Cdn$412,000 or $294,000. Solitario recorded other income of $44,000 for the gain on the conversion of the SilverStream Note during the nine months ended September 30, 2020.
 
During the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, Solitario recorded interest income from the SilverStream Note of nil and $3,000, respectively. During the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 Solitario recorded interest income from the SilverStream Note of $7,000 and $9,000, respectively.
 
 
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Exploration expense
 
The following items comprised exploration expense:
 
(in thousands)
 
Three months ended September 30,
 
 
Nine months ended September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Geologic and field expenses
 $91 
 $794 
 $204 
 $1,621 
Administrative
  21 
  21 
  65 
  59 
Total exploration costs
 $112 
 $815 
 $269 
 $1,680 
 
Asset Retirement Obligation
 
In connection with the acquisition of its interest in the Lik project in 2017, Solitario recorded an asset retirement obligation of $125,000 for Solitario’s estimated reclamation cost of the existing disturbance at the Lik project. This disturbance consists of an exploration camp including certain drill sites and access roads at the camp. The estimate was based upon estimated cash costs for reclamation as determined by the permitting bond required by the State of Alaska for which Solitario has purchased a reclamation bond insurance policy in the event Solitario or its 50% partner, Teck, do not complete required reclamation.
 
Solitario has not applied a discount rate to the recorded asset retirement obligation as the estimated time frame for reclamation is not currently known, as reclamation is not expected to occur until the end of the Lik project life, which would follow future development and operations, the start of which cannot be estimated or assured at this time. Additionally, no depreciation will be recorded on the related asset for the asset retirement obligation until the Lik project goes into operation, which cannot be assured.
 
3.            
Marketable Equity Securities
 
Solitario's investments in marketable equity securities are carried at fair value, which is based upon quoted prices of the securities owned. The cost of marketable equity securities sold is determined by the specific identification method. Changes in market value are recorded in the condensed consolidated statement of operations. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario recorded an unrealized gain on marketable equity securities of $333,000 and $584,000, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario recorded an unrealized loss on marketable equity securities of $347,000 and $736,000, respectively.
 
The following tables summarize Solitario’s marketable equity securities and adjustments to fair value:
(in thousands)
 
 September 30,
2020
 
 
 December 31,
2019
 
  Marketable equity securities at cost
 $2,099 
 $1,879 
  Cumulative unrealized loss on marketable equity securities
  (255)
  (840)
  Marketable equity securities at fair value
 $1,844 
 $1,039 
 
 
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The following table represents changes in marketable equity securities:
 
(in thousands)
 
Three months ended
September 30,
 
 
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Cost of marketable equity securities sold
 $22 
 $- 
 $73 
 $- 
Realized gain on marketable equity securities sold
  25 
  - 
  50 
  - 
Proceeds from the sale of marketable equity securities sold
  (47)
  - 
  (123)
  - 
Net gain (loss) on marketable equity securities
  358 
  (347)
  634 
  (736)
Additions to marketable equity securities
  - 
  - 
  294 
  - 
Change in marketable equity securities at fair value
 $311 
 $(347)
 $805 
 $(736)
 
The following table represents the realized and unrealized gain (loss) on marketable equity securities:
 
(in thousands)
 
Three months ended
September 30,
 
 
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
  Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities
 $333 
 $(347)
 $584 
 $(736)
  Realized gain on marketable equity securities sold
  25 
  - 
  50 
  - 
  Net gain (loss) on marketable securities
 $358 
 $(347)
 $634 
 $(736)
 
Solitario sold 900,000 and 2,900,000 shares of Vendetta Mining Corp. (“Vendetta”) common stock, respectively, during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 for proceeds of $47,000 and $123,000, respectively, and recorded a gain on sale of $25,000 and $50,000, respectively, on the date of sale. Solitario did not sell any marketable equity securities during the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2019. The change in the fair value of marketable equity securities during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 was related entirely to the unrealized loss on marketable equity securities related to their fair values based upon quoted market prices for the marketable equity securities held by Solitario during that period.
 
On May 19, 2020, Solitario received 137,255 shares of Vox upon conversion of the SilverStream Note, discussed above, valued at $294,000.
 
4.        Leases
 
Solitario adopted ASU 2016-02 Leases effective January 1, 2019 and accounts for its leases in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 842. Solitario leases one facility, its Wheat Ridge, Colorado office (the “WR Lease”), that has a term of more than one year. Solitario has no other material operating lease costs. The WR Lease is classified as an operating lease and has a term of 5 months remaining at September 30, 2020, with no renewal option. At September 30, 2020, the right-of-use office lease asset for the WR Lease is classified as other assets and the related liability as current office lease liabilities in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. The amortization of right of use lease asset expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term, with variable lease payments recognized in the period those payments are incurred. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 Solitario recognized $9,000 and $29,000, respectively, of non-cash amortization of right of use lease asset expense for the WR Lease included in general and administrative expense. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 Solitario recognized $10,000 and $30,000, respectively, of non-cash amortization of right of use lease asset expense for the WR Lease included in general and administrative expense. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 cash lease payments of $10,000 and $31,000, respectively, were made on the WR Lease. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 cash lease payments of $10,000 and $27,000, respectively, were made on the WR Lease. These cash payments, less imputed interest for each period, reduced the related liability on the WR Lease. The discount rate within the WR Lease was not determinable at the inception of the WR Lease, and Solitario has applied a discount rate of 5% based upon Solitario’s estimate of its cost of capital.
 
 
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The maturities of Solitario’s lease liability for its WR Lease are as follows at September 30, 2020:
 
Future lease payments (in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020
  10 
2021
  7 
Total lease payments
  17 
  Less amount of payments representing interest
  - 
Present value of lease payments
 $17 
 
Supplemental cash flow information related to our operating lease was as follows:
 
(in thousands)
 
Three months ended
 September 30,
 
 
Nine months ended
 September 30,
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Operating cash outflows from WR Lease payments
 $10 
 $10 
 $31 
 $27 
Non-cash amounts related to the WR lease
    
    
    
    
   Leased assets recorded in exchange for new operating lease liabilities
 $- 
 $- 
 $- 
 $82 
 
5        Other Assets
 
The following items comprised other assets:
 
(in thousands)
 
September 30,
 
 
December 31
 
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Furniture and fixtures, net of accumulated depreciation
 $35 
 $39 
Lik project equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
  35 
  50 
Office lease asset
  17 
  45 
Vendetta warrants
  70 
  21 
Exploration bonds and other assets
  4 
  4 
Total other
 $161 
 $159 
 
 
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6.        Derivative Instruments
 
Vendetta Warrants
 
On July 31, 2019, Solitario purchased 3,450,000 Vendetta units for a total of $233,000. Each Vendetta unit consisted of one share of Vendetta common stock and one Vendetta warrant (the “Vendetta Warrants”). Each Vendetta Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional share of Vendetta common stock for a purchase price of Cdn$0.13 per share for a period of three years. On the purchase date Solitario recorded marketable equity securities of $165,000 for the Vendetta shares acquired and $68,000 for the Vendetta Warrants based upon an allocation of the purchase price of the Vendetta units, determined by (i) the fair value of the Vendetta common shares received based upon the quoted market price for Vendetta common shares and (ii) the fair value of Vendetta Warrants based upon a Black Scholes model. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario recorded a gain on derivative instruments of $37,000 and $50,000, respectively, for the change in the fair value of the Vendetta Warrants based on a Black Scholes model. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario recorded a loss on derivative instruments of $42,000 for the change in the fair value of the Vendetta Warrants based on a Black Scholes model.
 
Covered call options
 
From time to time Solitario has sold covered call options against its holdings of shares of common stock of Kinross Gold Corporation (“Kinross”) included in Marketable Equity Securities. The business purpose of selling covered calls is to provide additional income on a limited portion of shares of Kinross that Solitario may sell in the near term, which is generally defined as less than one year and any changes in the fair value of its covered calls are recognized in the statement of operations in the period of the change. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario sold covered calls against its holdings of Kinross for cash proceeds of $25,000 and $103,000, respectively, and repurchased certain of its covered calls prior to expiration for $160,000 and $224,000, respectively. As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has a remaining liability of $19,000, in total, related to two outstanding Kinross call options which expire in November 2020 and January 2021. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 Solitario recorded a loss on derivative instruments related to its Kinross calls of $106,000 and $139,000, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario recorded a gain on derivative instruments related to its Kinross calls of $6,000.
 
7.        PPP Loan
 
On April 20, 2020, in response to significant market volatility and uncertainty, our general history of operating losses, and the resulting need for Solitario to conserve its financial resources, Solitario applied for and received a loan in the amount of $70,000 (the “PPP Loan”) pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) to help fund Company payroll, rent and utilities obligations. The PPP Loan has a two-year term and bears interest at a rate of 1.0% per annum. Monthly principal and interest payments are deferred for six months after the date of the loan. The PPP Loan may be prepaid at any time prior to maturity, under certain conditions, with no prepayment penalties. The PPP Loan promissory note contains events of default and other provisions customary for a loan of this type. The Paycheck Protection Program provides that the PPP Loan may be partially or wholly forgiven if the funds are used for certain qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. Solitario believes it used the proceeds from the PPP Loan for qualifying expenses and intends to apply for forgiveness of a portion of the PPP Loan in accordance with the terms of the CARES Act. However, Solitario cannot assure that such forgiveness of any portion of the PPP Loan will occur. As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has recorded $70,000 for the PPP Loan, including accrued interest through September 30, 2020 at 1% per annum, as a current liability. Solitario expects to repay its PPP Loan, less forgiveness, if any, within the next twelve months.
 
8.        Fair Value
 
Solitario accounts for its financial instruments under ASC 820 Fair Value Measurement. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 there were no reclassifications in financial assets or liabilities between Level 1, 2 or 3 categories.
 
 
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The following is a listing of Solitario’s financial assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis and where they are classified within the hierarchy as of September 30, 2020:
 
(in thousands)
 
Level 1 
 
 
Level 2 
 
 
Level 3
 
 
Total 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Short-term investments
 $6,317 
 $- 
 $- 
 $6,317 
  Marketable equity securities
 $1,844 
 $- 
 $- 
 $1,844 
  Vendetta Warrants
 $- 
 $70 
 $- 
 $70 
Liabilities
    
    
    
    
  Kinross call options
 $19 
 $- 
 $- 
 $19 
 
The following is a listing of Solitario’s financial assets and liabilities required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis and where they are classified within the hierarchy as of December 31, 2019:
 
(in thousands)
 
Level 1
 
 
Level 2
 
 
Level 3
 
 
Total
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Short-term investments
 $6,829 
 $- 
 $- 
 $6,829 
  Marketable equity securities
 $1,039 
 $- 
 $- 
 $1,039 
  Vendetta Warrants
 $- 
 $21 
 $- 
 $21 
 
9.        Income Taxes
 
Solitario accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC 740 Accounting for Income Taxes. Under ASC 740, income taxes are provided for the tax effects of transactions reported in the financial statements and consist of taxes currently due plus deferred taxes related to certain income and expenses recognized in different periods for financial and income tax reporting purposes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities represent the future tax return consequences of those differences, which will either be taxable or deductible when the assets and liabilities are recovered or settled. Deferred taxes are also recognized for operating losses and tax credits that are available to offset future taxable income and income taxes, respectively. A valuation allowance is provided if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.
 
At both September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, a valuation allowance has been recorded, which fully offsets Solitario’s net deferred tax assets, because it is more likely than not that the Company will not realize some portion or all of its deferred tax assets.  The Company continually assesses both positive and negative evidence to determine whether it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets can be realized prior to their expiration.
 
During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, Solitario recorded no deferred tax expense.
 
10.            
Commitments and contingencies
 
Solitario has recorded an asset retirement obligation of $125,000 related to its Lik project in Alaska. See Note 2, “Mineral Properties,” above.
 
Solitario leases office space under a non-cancelable operating lease for the Wheat Ridge, Colorado office which provides for future total minimum rent payments as of September 30, 2020 of $17,000 through March of 2021.
 
 
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11.            
Employee Stock Compensation Plans
 
On June 18, 2013, Solitario’s shareholders approved the 2013 Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp. Omnibus Stock and Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2013 Plan”). Under the terms of the 2013 Plan, a total of 5,750,000 shares of Solitario common stock were reserved for awards to directors, officers, employees and consultants. Awards granted under the 2013 Plan may take the form of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, and restricted stock units. The terms and conditions of the awards are pursuant to the 2013 Plan and are granted by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board of Directors”) or a committee appointed by the Board of Directors.
 
As of September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 there were options outstanding that are exercisable to acquire 5,698,000 and 4,373,000 shares, respectively, of Solitario common stock, with exercise prices between $0.20 and $0.77 per share. All of the options have a five-year term and vest 25% on the date of grant and 25% on each of the next three anniversary dates. Solitario amortizes grant date fair value on a straight-line basis over the vesting period. During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario granted options exercisable to acquire 1,325,000 shares of common stock with an exercise price of $0.20 per share, a five year term and a grant date fair value of $145,000 based upon a Black-Scholes model, with a 66% volatility and a 0.4% risk-free interest rate. During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario granted options exercisable to acquire 150,000 shares of common stock, with an exercise price of $0.28 per share, a five-year term, and a grant date fair value of $23,000 based upon a Black-Scholes model, with a 64% volatility and a 2.4% risk-free interest rate. In addition, during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, options exercisable for 1,000,160 shares of common stock, with exercise prices between $1.68 and $0.70 per share, expired unexercised. There were no exercises of options under the 2013 Plan during either of the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario recorded stock option compensation expense of $72,000 and $287,000, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario recorded stock option compensation expense of $85,000 and $258,000, respectively. At September 30, 2020, the total unrecognized stock option compensation cost related to non-vested options was $175,000 and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 22 months.
 
12.        Shareholders’ Equity
 
Shareholders’ Equity for the three months ended September 30, 2020:
 
(in thousands, except
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock Shares
 
 
Common Stock Amount
 
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
 
Total Shareholders’ Equity
 
Balance at June 30, 2020
  58,111,966 
  581 
 $70,415 
 $(47,006)
 $23,990 
Stock option expense
  - 
  - 
  72 
  - 
  72 
Purchase of shares for cancellation
  (3,600)
  - 
  (1)
  - 
  (1)
Net loss
  - 
  - 
  - 
  (53)
  (53)
Balance at September 30, 2020
  58,108,366 
 $581 
 $70,486 
 $(47,059)
 $24,008 
 
Shareholders’ Equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2020:
 
(in thousands, except
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock Shares
 
 
Common Stock Amount
 
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
 
Total Shareholders’ Equity
 
Balance at December 31, 2019
  58,133,066 
  581 
 $70,204 
 $(46,654)
 $24,131 
Stock option expense
  - 
  - 
  287 
  - 
  287 
Purchase of shares for cancellation
  (24,700)
  - 
  (5)
  - 
  (5)
Net loss
  - 
  - 
  - 
  (405)
  (405)
Balance at September 30, 2020
  58,108,366 
 $581 
 $70,486 
 $(47,059)
 $24,008 
 
 
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Shareholders’ Equity for the three months ended September 30, 2019:
 
(in thousands, except
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock Shares
 
 
Common Stock Amount
 
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
 
Total Shareholders’ Equity
 
Balance at June 30, 2019
  58,138,266 
  581 
 $70,036 
 $(44,808)
 $25,809 
Stock option expense
  - 
  - 
  85 
  - 
  85 
Purchase of shares for cancellation
  (2,900)
  - 
  (1)
  - 
  (1)
Net loss
  - 
  - 
  - 
  (1,480)
  (1,480)
Balance at September 30, 2019
  58,135,366 
 $581 
 $70,120 
 $(46,288)
 $24,413 
 
Shareholders’ Equity for the nine months ended September 30, 2019:
 
(in thousands, except
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Stock Shares
 
 
Common Stock Amount
 
 
Additional Paid-in Capital
 
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
 
Total Shareholders’ Equity
 
Balance at December 31, 2018
  58,171,466 
  582 
 $69,873 
 $(43,365)
 $27,090 
Stock option expense
  - 
  - 
  258 
  - 
  258 
Purchase of shares for cancellation
  (36,100)
  (1)
  (11)
  - 
  (12)
Net loss
  - 
  - 
  - 
  (2,923)
  (2,923)
Balance at September 30, 2019
  58,135,366 
 $581 
 $70,120 
 $(46,288)
 $24,413 
 
Share Repurchase Program
 
On October 28, 2015, the Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program that authorized Solitario to purchase up to two million shares of its outstanding common stock. During 2019, the Board of Directors extended the expiration date of the share repurchase program through December 31, 2020. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, Solitario purchased 3,600 and 24,700 shares of Solitario common stock, respectively, for an aggregate purchase price of $1,000 and $5,000, respectively. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, Solitario purchased 2,900 and 36,100 shares of Solitario common stock, respectively, for an aggregate purchase price of $1,000 and $12,000, respectively. As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has purchased a total of 994,000 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $467,000 under the share repurchase program since its inception.
 
 
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Item 2.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the information contained in the consolidated financial statements of Solitario for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained in Solitario’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2019. Solitario's financial condition and results of operations are not necessarily indicative of what may be expected in future periods. Unless otherwise indicated, all references to dollars are to U.S. dollars.
 
(a) Business Overview and Summary
 
We are an exploration stage company under Industry Guide 7, as issued by the SEC, with a focus on the acquisition of precious and base metal properties with exploration potential and the development or purchase of royalty interests. Currently our primary focus is the acquisition and exploration of zinc-related exploration mineral properties. However, we will continue to evaluate other mineral properties for acquisition, and we hold a portfolio of mineral exploration properties and assets for future sale, joint venture or on which to create a royalty prior to the establishment of proven and probable reserves. Although our mineral properties may be developed in the future by us, through a joint venture or by a third party, we have never developed a mineral property. In addition to focusing on our current mineral exploration properties, we also from time to time evaluate potential strategic transactions for the acquisition of new precious and base metal properties and assets with exploration potential.
 
Our current geographic focus for the evaluation of potential mineral property assets is in North and South America; however, we have conducted property evaluations for potential acquisition in other parts of the world. At September 30, 2020, we consider our carried interest in the Florida Canyon project in Peru and our interest in the Lik project in Alaska to be our core mineral property assets. In addition, at September 30, 2020, we have one other exploration property in Peru. We are conducting independent exploration activities on our own and through joint ventures operated by our partners in Peru and the United States.
 
We have recorded revenue in the past from the sale of mineral properties, including from the Royalty Sale in January 2019 and the sale in June 2018 of our interest in the royalty on the Yanacocha property. Revenues and / or proceeds from the sale or joint venture of properties or assets, although generally significant when they have occurred in the past, have not been a consistent source of revenue and would only occur in the future, if at all, on an infrequent basis. We have reduced our exposure to the costs of our exploration activities in the past through the use of joint ventures. Although we anticipate that the use of joint venture funding for some of our exploration activities will continue for the foreseeable future, we can provide no assurance that these or other sources of capital will be available in sufficient amounts to meet our needs, if at all.
 
As of September 30, 2020, we have balances of cash and short-term investments that we anticipate using, in part, to (i) fund costs and activities intended to further the exploration of the Lik project, (ii) fund costs and activities intended to further the exploration at the Florida Canyon project, (iii) conduct reconnaissance exploration and (iv) potentially acquire additional mineral property assets. The fluctuations in precious metal and other commodity prices contribute to a challenging environment for mineral exploration and development, which has created opportunities as well as challenges for the potential acquisition of advanced mineral exploration projects or other related assets at potentially attractive terms.
 
 
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(b) Effects of COVID-19
 
As of September 30, 2020, the effects of COVID-19 have not had a material adverse effect on Solitario’s administrative activities as we have only three full-time employees, all of whom can work remotely, and are not required to meet in person on a regular basis. To date, our joint ventures also have not been directly affected by the effects of COVID-19, as they are remote exploration projects, with no full-time or part-time on-site employees or contractors. However, our joint-venture partners, Teck at our Lik project and Nexa at our Florida Canyon project, have taken steps, with our concurrence, to reduce the planned exploration activities on these projects for 2020 due to several factors. These factors include but are not limited to; (i) our partners’ limited exploration staffing; (ii) the need to put into place safety and operational protocols for COVID-19 and other potential pandemics related to all of their exploration activities; (iii) the ability to reallocate exploration resources to non-site specific tasks, such as data and resource review, and planning for future drilling; and (iv) the ability to postpone 2020 exploration activities to 2021 by using the interim period to enhance potential 2021 exploration programs. Solitario does not believe the reduction in 2020 exploration activities reflects on the long-term economic potential of either its Lik or Florida Canyon projects.
 
Because of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, and the resulting market volatility and unknown long-term effects of COVID-19, Solitario has taken steps to reduce the potential impact of COVID-19 on its liquidity and capital resources by; (i) obtaining the PPP Loan; (ii) initiating salary reductions for all of its employees; (iii) reducing its contractual amounts due to contractors; (iv) reducing non-core activities such as travel and investor relations; and (v) reducing or delaying certain capital costs such as equipment replacement. Although the impact of COVID-19 on Solitario’s ability to access capital markets is unknown and may be reduced, Solitario believes the proceeds of the PPP Loan combined with Solitario’s current assets, provide Solitario with the flexibility to continue its on-going operations.
 
Nonetheless, the extent to which COVID-19 impacts our business, including our exploration and other activities and the market for our securities, will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be accurately predicted at this time. Please see Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” below.
 
 (c) Results of Operations
 
Comparison of the three months ended September 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2019
 
We had a net loss of $53,000 or $0.00 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to a net loss of $1,480,000 or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2019. As explained in more detail below, the primary reasons for the decrease in net loss in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the net loss during the three months ended September 30, 2019 were (i) a reduction in exploration expense to $112,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to exploration expense of $815,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019; (ii) a reduction in general and administrative expense to $226,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to general and administrative expense of $319,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019; and (iii) an unrealized gain on marketable equity securities of $333,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to an unrealized loss on marketable equity securities of $347,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. Partially offsetting the above items was (i) a reduction in our interest income to $3,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to interest income of $43,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019; and (ii) a loss on derivative instruments of $70,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to a loss on derivative instruments of $36,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. Each of the major components of these items is discussed in more detail below.
 
 
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          Our exploration expense decreased to $112,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to our exploration expense of $815,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019 as a result of (i) our joint venture partner Nexa meeting the final required total drilling target of 5,100 meters of drilling at the Florida Canyon project during the three months ended September 30, 2019 with Solitario responsible for $527,000 of the total drilling costs incurred by Nexa resulting in recording of $527,000 of exploration expense during the three months ended September 30, 2019 with no similar drilling at Florida Canyon during the three months ended September 30, 2020; (ii) a reduction in our reconnaissance exploration program to $81,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to reconnaissance exploration of $102,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019; (iii) a reduction in our exploration expense at our Lik project in Alaska to $27,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to exploration expense at Lik of $147,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019 and (iv) a reduction in our La Promesa project expenses to $nil during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to project expenses at La Promesa of $31,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. During the three months ended September 30, 2020 we had one contract geologist in Peru, and our Denver personnel spent a majority of their time on reconnaissance exploration activities described above and related matters. We have budgeted approximately $493,000 for our full-year exploration expenditure for 2020, which as discussed above in “Effects of COVID-19,” is reduced, from our original full-year exploration budget of $976,000. As discussed above, our joint venture partners, with our concurrence, have reduced planned exploration expenditures, the bulk of which were planned for our Lik project which previously included approximately $527,000 for Solitario’s share of a joint drilling program with Teck at the Lik project. The revised plan at the Lik project calls for a full-year 2020 budget of approximately $90,000, with the bulk of those expenses planned for the third and fourth quarters of 2020. Given the significant drilling that was performed in 2019, primarily for drilling at our Florida Canyon project, we expect our full-year exploration expenditures for 2020 to be below the full-year exploration expenditures for 2019.
 
Exploration expense (in thousands) by project consisted of the following:
 
 
 
Three months ended
September 30,
 
 
Nine months ended
September 30,
 
Project Name
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
 
2020
 
 
2019
 
Florida Canyon
 $4 
 $535 
 $10 
 $1,070 
Lik
  27 
  147 
  (11)
  190 
La Promesa
  - 
  31 
  - 
  90 
Reconnaissance
  81 
  102 
  270 
  330 
  Total exploration expense
 $112 
 $815 
 $269 
 $1,680 
 
General and administrative costs, excluding stock option compensation costs, discussed below, were $153,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $234,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. The major components of this reduction in costs were related to (i) salaries and benefit expense of $74,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to salary and benefit costs of $108,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019, as we have reduced staff and taken salary reductions during 2020; (ii) legal and accounting expenditures of $26,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $40,000 in the three months ended September 30, 2019; (iii) directors and officer insurance cost of $14,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019 with no similar cost during 2020 as Solitario dropped its director and officer insurance during 2020 due to the high cost; (iv) office rent and expenses of $27,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $33,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019; and (v) travel and shareholder relation costs of $26,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $38,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. We anticipate the full-year general and administrative costs will be lower for 2020 compared to 2019.
 
We recorded $72,000 of stock option compensation expense for the amortization of unvested grant date fair value with a credit to additional paid-in-capital during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $85,000 of stock option compensation expense during the three months ended September 30, 2019. These non-cash charges related to the expense for vesting of stock options outstanding during the three months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019. The primary reason for the decrease in 2020 was the vesting of previously granted options, for which we no longer amortize grant date fair value. See Note 11, “Employee Stock Compensation Plans,” above, for additional information on our stock option expense.
 
 
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We recorded a non-cash unrealized gain on marketable equity securities of $333,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to an unrealized loss on marketable equity securities of $347,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. The gain during the three months ended September 30, 2020 was primarily related to (i) an increase in the value of our holdings of 100,000 shares of Kinross common stock, which increased to a fair value of $882,000 at September 30, 2020 from a fair value of $722,000 at June 30, 2020 or an increase of $160,000 based on quoted market prices; (ii) an increase in the value of our 11,550,000 shares of Vendetta common stock of $224,000, based on quoted market prices, which increased from a fair value of $424,000 at June 30, 2020 to a fair value of $648,000 at September 30, 2020, (iii) a decrease in the value of our holdings of Vox Royalty common shares of $40,000 to $303,000 at September 30, 2020 from a fair value of $343,000 at June 30, 2020 based on quoted market prices and, we held other marketable equity securities with a fair value of $11,000 at September 30, 2020 and June 30, 2020. In addition, we recorded an $11,000 unrealized loss to the date of sale on the Vendetta shares we sold during the three months ended September 30, 2020.
 
We recorded interest income of $3,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to interest income of $43,000 during the three months ended September 30, 2019. This reduction was primarily due to (i) a decrease in the interest earned on our short-term investments in USTS as a result of a decrease in the total amount of outstanding short-term investments during the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019; (ii) the average interest rates on our existing short term investments decreased during the three months ended September 30, 2019, which increased the value of existing USTS we held based upon quoted market prices during the three months ended September 30, 2019; compared to the three months ended September 30, 2020, during which interest rates were relatively stable and we did not record a comparable increase in value of our existing USTS; and (iii) the actual interest rates during 2020 have been very close to zero on USTS which compounds the reduction in the amount of interest earned on our lower balance of USTS discussed above.
 
We regularly perform evaluations of our mineral property assets to assess the recoverability of our investments in these assets. All long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or circumstances change which indicate the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable utilizing guidelines based upon future net cash flows from the asset as well as our estimates of the geological potential of an early stage mineral property and its related value for future sale, joint venture or development by us or others. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, we recorded no property impairments.
 
At September 30, 2020 and 2019, our net operating loss carryforwards exceed our built-in gains on marketable equity securities resulting in a net tax asset position for which we provide a valuation allowance for all net deferred tax assets. We recorded no income tax expense or benefit during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 or 2019. As a result of our administrative expenses and exploration activities, we anticipate we will not have currently payable income taxes during 2020. In addition to the valuation allowance discussed above, we provide a valuation allowance for our foreign net operating losses, which are primarily related to our exploration activities in Peru. We anticipate we will continue to provide a valuation allowance for these net operating losses until we are in a net tax liability position with regards to those countries where we operate or until it is more likely than not that we will be able to realize those net operating losses in the future.
 
 
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Comparison of the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to the nine months ended September 30, 2019
 
We had a net loss of $405,000 or $0.01 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to a net loss of $2,923,000 or $0.05 per basic and diluted share for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. As explained in more detail below, the primary reasons for the decrease in our net loss were (i) a decrease in exploration expense to $269,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to exploration expense of $1,680,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; (ii) a decrease in general and administrative costs to $816,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to general and administrative expenses of $1,065,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; (iii) an unrealized gain on marketable equity securities of $584,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to an unrealized loss on marketable equity securities of $736,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; (iv) we recorded $44,000 of other income on the conversion of the SilverStream Note, discussed above during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 with no similar item during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; and (v) we sold 2,900,000 shares of Vendetta common stock for proceeds of $123,000 and recorded a realized gain of $50,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 with no similar sales of marketable equity securities during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. These causes of the decrease in our net loss during the period were partially offset by (i) recording mineral property sale revenue of $408,000 from the Royalty Sale during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, with no comparable mineral property sale during the nine months ended September 30, 2020; (ii) a decrease in interest income to $111,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to interest income of $205,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; and (iii) recording a loss on derivative instruments of $90,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 with a loss of $36,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The significant changes for these items are discussed in more detail below.
 
During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, we completed the Royalty Sale and recorded net revenues of $408,000 with no comparable sale during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. See Note 2 “Mineral Property” above for a discussion of the Royalty Sale. We do not anticipate additional significant property sales during the remainder of 2020.
 
Our net exploration expense decreased to $269,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $1,680,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The primary reasons for the decrease was (i) the recording of $1,054,000 of exploration expense for the completion of drilling by Nexa in excess of the 5,100-meter threshold at the Florida Canyon project during the first nine months of 2019, discussed above, with no similar charge in the nine months ended September 30, 2020; (ii) reducing our exploration activity at our La Promesa project and our reconnaissance exploration activity, as detailed in the table above, during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019; and (iii) a one-time non-cash credit to our accrued expenses at our Lik project of $52,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, resulting from the billing of 2019 exploration expenditures from Teck to reflect that Teck did not spend the entirety of the budgeted expenditures at the Lik project during 2019, which we had accrued.
 
General and administrative costs, excluding stock option compensation costs discussed below, were $529,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $807,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The major components of the costs were (i) salary and benefit expense during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 of $218,000 compared to salary and benefit expense of $323,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, with this decrease being the result of personnel and salary reductions; (ii) legal and accounting expenditures of $50,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to $146,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; (iii) office and other costs of $87,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $85,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019; and (iv) travel and shareholder relation costs of $174,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $209,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
 
 
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During the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, Solitario recorded $287,000 and $258,000, respectively, of stock option expense for the amortization of unvested grant date fair value with a credit to additional paid-in capital. The primary reason for the increase in stock option expense during 2020 was related to the grant of 1,325,000 options on April 2, 2020 with an exercise price of $0.20 per share, a five-year term and a grant date fair value of $145,000 based upon a Black-Scholes model. The options vest 25% on the date of grant and we recognized $36,000 of grant date fair value for these options on the date of grant during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 with no similar item during the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
 
We recorded an unrealized gain on marketable equity securities of $584,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to an unrealized loss on marketable equity securities of $736,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The non-cash unrealized gain during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 was primarily related to (i) an increase in the value of our holdings of 100,000 shares of Kinross common stock which increased to a fair value of $882,000 at September 30, 2020 compared to a fair value of $474,000 at December 31, 2019 based on quoted market prices, or an increase of $408,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020; and (ii) an increase in the value of our holdings of 11,550,000 shares of Vendetta common stock, which increased from a fair value of $446,000 at December 31, 2019 to a fair value of $648,000 at September 30, 2020, based on quoted market prices, or an increase of $202,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. The non-cash unrealized loss during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was primarily related to a decrease in the value of our then holdings of 14,450,000 shares of Vendetta common stock which decreased in value $703,000, based on quoted market prices during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. We may reduce our holdings of marketable equity securities depending on cash needs and market conditions, which may reduce the volatility of the changes in unrealized gains and losses in marketable equity securities during the remainder of 2020.
 
Our interest income on short-term investments decreased to $111,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to interest income of $205,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 primarily as a result of (i) the effects of interest rates reducing during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, which increased the quoted market price of our USTS holdings during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as discussed above; and (ii) a decreased value of our holdings of short-term investments reduced the interest earned during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2019. We anticipate as we utilize our short-term investments to provide funds for exploration and general and administrative expenses, our interest income will be reduced during the remainder of 2020 compared to 2019.
 
During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, we sold 2,900,000 shares of our holdings of Vendetta common stock for proceeds of $123,000 and recorded a gain on sale of marketable equity securities of $50,000. After the completion of the sale of the Vendetta shares, we hold 11,550,000 shares of Vendetta common stock at September 30, 2020. See Note 3 “Marketable Equity Securities” to the condensed consolidated financial statements for a discussion of the sale of Vendetta common stock.
 
(d) Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
Cash and Short-term Investments
 
As of September 30, 2020, we have $6,730,000 in cash and short-term investments. As of September 30, 2020, we have $4,754,000 of our current assets in USTS with maturities of 30 days to 12 months. In addition, Solitario has $1,563,000 of its current assets in seven CD’s with face values between $100,000 and $250,000 and maturities between eight and 20 months. The USTS and CD’s are recorded at their fair value based upon quoted market prices. We anticipate we will roll over that portion of our short-term investments not used for exploration expenditures, operating costs or mineral property acquisitions as they become due during the remainder of 2020.
 
We intend to utilize a portion of our cash and short-term investments in our exploration activities and the potential acquisition of mineral assets over the next several years. We also expect to use a portion of our cash to repurchase shares of our common stock pursuant to the terms of a share repurchase program, discussed above in Note 12, “Shareholders’ Equity,” to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, although we may reduce the number of shares repurchased during the remainder of 2020, if any, in light of the potential effects of COVID-19, discussed above. The share repurchase program may be terminated at any time and does not require us to purchase a minimum number of shares.
 
 
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Investment in Marketable Equity Securities
 
Our marketable equity securities are carried at fair value, which is based upon market quotes of the underlying securities. At September 30, 2020 we own 11,550,000 shares of Vendetta common stock, 100,000 shares of Kinross common stock and 137,255 shares of Vox common stock. At September 30, 2020, the Vendetta shares are recorded at their fair market value of $648,000, the Kinross shares are recorded at their fair value of $882,000; and the Vox shares are recorded at their fair value of $303,000. In addition, we own other marketable equity securities with a fair value of $11,000 at September 30, 2020. During the nine months ended September 30, 2020 we sold 2,900,000 shares of Vendetta common stock, as discussed above. We anticipate we may sell some of our marketable equity securities during the remainder of 2020 depending on cash needs and market conditions.
 
Working Capital
 
We had working capital of $8,355,000 at September 30, 2020 compared to working capital of $8,487,000 as of December 31, 2019. Our working capital at September 30, 2020 consists primarily of our cash and cash equivalents, our investment in USTS and CD’s, discussed above, our investment in marketable equity securities of $1,844,000, and other current assets of $28,000, less our accounts payable of $141,000, the PPP Loan of $70,000 and other current liabilities of $36,000. As of September 30, 2020, our cash balances along with our short-term investments and marketable equity securities are adequate to fund our expected expenditures over the next year.
 
The nature of the mineral exploration business requires significant sources of capital to fund exploration, development and operation of mining projects. We will need additional capital if we decide to develop or operate any of our current exploration projects or any projects or assets we may acquire. We anticipate we would finance any such development through the use of our cash reserves, short-term investments, joint ventures, issuance of debt or equity, or the sale of some or all of our interests in our exploration projects or assets.
 
Stock-Based Compensation Plans
 
As of September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 there were options outstanding that are exercisable to acquire 5,698,000 and 4,373,000, respectively, shares of Solitario common stock. The outstanding options have exercise prices between $0.77 per share and $0.20 per share. We do not anticipate the exercise of options to be a significant source of cash flow during the remainder of 2020.
 
Share Repurchase Program
 
On October 28, 2015, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program that authorized us to purchase up to two million shares of our outstanding common stock. During 2019, our Board of Directors extended the term of the share repurchase program until December 31, 2020. All shares purchased to date have been cancelled and reduced the number of shares of outstanding common stock. The amount and timing of any shares purchased has been determined by our management and the purchases were effected in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions based upon market conditions and other factors, including price, regulatory requirements and capital availability and in compliance with applicable state and federal securities laws. The repurchase program does not require the purchase of any minimum number of shares of common stock by the Company, and may be suspended, modified or discontinued at any time without prior notice. No purchases have been made outside of the United States, including on the TSX. Payments for shares of common stock repurchased under the program have been funded using the Company’s working capital. As of September 30, 2020, Solitario has purchased a total of 994,000 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $467,000 under the share repurchase program since its inception and these shares are no longer included in our issued and outstanding shares. Subject to any legal restrictions and our available financial resources, we anticipate we will continue to purchase a limited number of shares under the share repurchase plan during the remainder of 2020 as determined by management.
 
 
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 (e) Cash Flows
 
Net cash used in operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 decreased to $716,000 compared to $2,385,000 of net cash used in operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 primarily as a result of (i) the exploration expense related to the $1,580,000 payments to Nexa during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, of which $527,000 was incurred and accrued during 2018 and paid in 2019 and the remaining amount of $1,053,000 was incurred and expensed and paid during 2019, as discussed above, with no similar item during the nine months ended September 30, 2020; and (ii) the decrease in cash general and administrative costs, excluding the non-cash costs for stock options, during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, discussed above, compared to the cash general and administrative costs during 2019. These decreases in uses of cash in operations were partially offset by (i) cash of $185,000 received from the Royalty Sale during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, with no similar item during the nine months ended September 30 2020 and (ii) the reduced cash for interest income received during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 from our short-term investments compared to the cash received for interest income during the nine months ended September 30, 2019, discussed above, as a result of a decrease in the balances of our short-term investments and a decrease in interest rates from 2019 to 2020. Based upon projected expenditures in our 2020 budget, we anticipate the continued use of funds from operations through the remainder of 2020, primarily for exploration activities at our Lik and Florida Canyon projects, reconnaissance exploration and general and administrative uses. See “Results of Operations” discussed above for further explanation of some of these variances.
 
During the nine months ended September 30, 2020, we provided $490,000 in cash from investing activities compared to $2,615,000 of cash provided from investing activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The primary sources of the cash provided related to the net proceeds from short-term investment sales and purchases of $488,000 and $2,844,000, respectively, during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019. In addition, during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 we sold 2,900,000 shares of Vendetta common stock for proceeds of $123,000, with no similar item during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and we used cash of $121,000, net, from the sale and repurchase of Kinross calls as derivative instruments during the nine months ended September 30, 2020, compared to receipt of net cash of $10,000 from the sale of derivative instruments during the nine months ended September 30, 2019. We may sell additional marketable equity securities during the remainder of 2020, as discussed above. However, we do not anticipate the sale of marketable equity securities will be a significant source of cash during the remainder of 2020. We will continue to liquidate a portion of our short-term investments as needed to fund our operations and / or evaluate potential mineral property acquisitions during the remainder of 2020. Any potential mineral property acquisition or strategic corporate investment during the remainder of 2020, discussed above under “Business Overview and Summary,” could involve a significant change in our cash provided or used for investing activities, depending on the structure of any potential transaction.
 
We received $70,000 from the PPP Loan during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 to help fund payroll, rent and utilities expenses, and we used other cash on hand of $5,000 and $12,000, respectively, for the purchase of our common stock during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, as discussed above under “Share Repurchase Program” in “Liquidity and Capital Resources.” We anticipate the use of funds for additional purchases of our common stock during the remainder of 2020, although we may reduce the number of shares repurchased during the remainder of 2020, if any, in light of the potential effects of COVID-19, discussed above, and any additional purchases will be limited to the maximum number of shares, permissible under the share repurchase program.
 
(f) Off-balance sheet arrangements
 
As of September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 we have no off-balance sheet obligations.
 
(g) Development Activities, Exploration Activities, Environmental Compliance and Contractual Obligations
 
We are not involved in any development activities, nor do we have any contractual obligations related to any potential development activities as of September 30, 2020. As of September 30, 2020, there have been no changes to our contractual obligations for exploration activities, environmental compliance or other obligations from those disclosed in our Management’s Discussion and Analysis included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
 
 
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(h) Discontinued Projects
 
We sold our Brazil, Mexico and Montana royalty properties during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 in the Royalty Sale, discussed above. We did not record any mineral property write-downs during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019.
 
(i) Critical Accounting Estimates
 
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, describe the significant accounting estimates and policies used in preparation of our consolidated financial statements. Actual results in these areas could differ from management’s estimates.
 
(j) Related Party Transactions
 
As of September 30, 2020, and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, we have no related party transactions or balances.
 
(k) Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
See Note 1, “Business and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements under Recent Accounting Pronouncements” above for a discussion of our significant accounting policies.
 
(l) Forward Looking Statements
 
This Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “1934 Act”) with respect to our financial condition, results of operations, business prospects, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, capital expenditures, and exploration and development efforts. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements described herein and under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Item 1A of Part I of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. These forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this report and include statements with respect to, among other things:
 
Our estimates of the value and recovery of our short-term investments;
Our estimates of future exploration, development, general and administrative and other costs;
Our ability to realize a return on our investment in the Lik and Florida Canyon projects;
Our ability to successfully identify, and execute on transactions to acquire new mineral exploration properties and other related assets;
Our estimates of fair value of our investment in shares of Vendetta, Vox and Kinross;
Our expectations regarding development and exploration of our properties including those subject to joint venture and shareholder agreements;
The impact of political and regulatory developments;
Our future financial condition or results of operations and our future revenues and expenses;
Our business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations; and
Risks related to pandemics, including the significant market volatility resulting from the on-going outbreak of the coronavirus global health pandemic (COVID-19).
 
 
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Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that these statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in the statements. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 
Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
 
Smaller Reporting Companies are not required to provide the information required by this item.
 
Item 4.   Controls and Procedures
 
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
 
As required by Rule 13a-15 under the 1934 Act, as of September 30, 2020, we carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures. This evaluation was carried out under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer (our principal executive officer) and our Chief Financial Officer (our principal financial officer). Based upon and as of the date of that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of September 30, 2020.
 
Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and other procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the 1934 Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed under the 1934 Act is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and our principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
 
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
 
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) promulgated under the 1934 Act) during the quarter ended September 30, 2020 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 
 
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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION
 
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings
 
None
 
Item 1A.
Risk Factors
 
Except as detailed below with regard to on-going risks related to the coronavirus pandemic and other potential pandemics, there were no material changes to the Risk Factors associated with our business disclosed in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 or in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
 
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
 
The following table provides information about our purchase of our common shares under the share repurchase program during the three months ended September 30, 2020.
 
 
Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
Period
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
 
Average Price Paid Per Share
 
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs
 
 
Maximum number of Shares that May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs (1)
 
July 1, 2020- July 31, 2020
  - 
  n/a 
  - 
  1,009,600 
August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
  3,600 
 $0.33 
  3,600 
  1,006,000 
September 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020
  - 
  n/a 
  - 
  1,006,000 

(1)
As of September 30, 2020, we have purchased a total of 994,000 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $467,000 under the share repurchase program and these shares are no longer included in our issued and outstanding shares.
 
Item 3.     
Defaults upon Senior Securities
 
None
 
Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures
 
None
 
Item 5.
Other Information
 
None
 
Item 6.
Exhibits
 
The Exhibits to this report are listed in the Exhibit Index.
 
 
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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.
 
SOLITARIO ZINC CORP.
 
November 9, 2020
Date
By:
/s/ James R. Maronick
James R. Maronick
Chief Financial Officer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp., as Amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Solitario’s Form 10-Q filed on August 10, 2010)
 
 
Articles of Amendment to Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Solitario Zinc Corp. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Solitario’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 14, 2017)
 
 
Amended and Restated By-laws of Solitario Zinc Corp. (Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp.) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to Solitario’s Form 10-K filed on March 22, 2013)
 
 
Form of Common Stock Certificate of Solitario Zinc Corp. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to Solitario’s Form 10-Q filed on November 8, 2017)
 
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
 
Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
 
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The following financial statements, formatted in XBRL: (i) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, (ii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, (iii) Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019; and (iv) Notes to the Condensed Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.
 
 
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Filed herewith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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