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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K/A

(Amendment No. 1)

 

(Mark One)

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021

 

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: 000-28837

 

IDAHO STRATEGIC RESOURCES, INC.

(Name of small business issuer in its charter)

 

Idaho

82-0490295

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. employer identification No.)

 

201 N. Third Street, Coeur d’AleneID 83814

(Address of principal executive offices) (zip code)

 

(208) 625-9001

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OF THE ACT:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

None

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(g) OF THE ACT:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Common Stock, $0.00 par value

 

IDR

 

NYSE American

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the issuer (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the past 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 website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T 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 if disclosure of delinquent filers in response to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and no disclosure will be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “small reporting 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

 

The aggregate market value of all common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant, based on the average of the bid and ask prices on June 30, 2021 was $39,775,500.

 

On March 1, 2022 there were 11,309,160 shares of the registrant’s Common Stock outstanding.

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

We are filing this Amendment No. 1 on Form 10-K/A, or this Amendment, to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, for the purpose of reporting the information required by Items 1300 through 1305 of Regulation S-K for our mining properties under Item 2 of Part I, revising our reporting under Item 7, Part II of Form 10-K, and correcting our name in our auditor’s audit report in Item 8 of Part II. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, or the Original Filing, was originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on March 31, 2022. Item 2 of Part I of Form 10-K is reorganized and includes additional disclosures and clarifications related to our properties as prescribed by Items 1300 through 1305 of Regulation S-K. Item 7 of Part II includes further details related to our increase in revenues and gross profits. Item 8 of Part II has been corrected to state our name, Idaho Strategic Resources Inc., rather than our former name, New Jersey Mining Company. And, we have included a Technical Report Summary that is attached as Exhibit 96.1 in Item 15 of Part IV.

 

Pursuant to the SEC rules, Item 15 of Part IV has also been amended to contain the currently dated certificates from the Company’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer pursuant to Sections 302, 303, and 308 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The certificates of the Company’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer are attached to this Amendment as Exhibits 31.1, 31.2, 31.3 and 31.4.

 

Other than with respect to the information contained herein with respect to Item 2 of Part I, Item 7 of Part II, and Item 8 of Part II, below, this Amendment does not change any of the information contained in the Original Filing. Other than as specifically set forth herein, we have not updated or amended the disclosures contained in the Original Filing to reflect events that have occurred since the date thereof. Accordingly, this Amendment should be read in conjunction with our Original Filing. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Original Filing.

  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

3

 

GLOSSARY OF SIGNIFICANT MINING TERMS

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 1. 

DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS

 

6

 

ITEM 2.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTIES

 

9

 

ITEM 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

23

 

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 5.

MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

24

 

ITEM 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

25

 

ITEM 7.

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

26

 

ITEM 7A.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

30

 

ITEM 8.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

31

 

ITEM 9.

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

51

 

ITEM 9A. 

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

51

 

ITEM 9B. 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

52

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 10. 

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

52

 

ITEM 11. 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

53

 

ITEM 12. 

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

55

 

ITEM 13.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

56

 

ITEM 14.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 15. 

EXHIBITS

 

57

 

SIGNATURES

 

58

 

   

 
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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K and the exhibits attached hereto contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements concern the Company’s anticipated results and developments in the Company’s operations in future periods, planned exploration and development of its properties, plans related to its business and other matters that may occur in the future. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. These statements include, but are not limited to, comments regarding:

 

 

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the establishment and estimates of mineralization;

 

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the grade of mineralization;

 

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anticipated expenditures and costs in our operations;

 

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planned exploration activities and the anticipated outcome of such exploration activities;

 

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plans and anticipated timing for obtaining permits and licenses for our properties;

 

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expected future financing and its anticipated outcome;

 

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anticipated liquidity to meet expected operating costs and capital requirements;

 

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our ability to obtain joint ventures partners and maintain working relationships with our current joint venture partners;

 

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our ability to obtain financing to fund our estimated exploration expenditures and capital requirements; and

 

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factors expected to impact our results of operations.

      

Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “estimates” or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation:

 

 

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risks related to our limited operating history;

 

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risks related to our history of losses and our expectation of continued losses;

 

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risks related to our properties being in the exploration or development stage;

 

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risks related our mineral operations being subject to government regulation;

 

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risks related to future legislation and administrative changes to mining laws;

 

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risks related to future legislation regarding climate change;

 

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risks related to our ability to obtain additional capital or joint venture partners;

 

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risks related to land reclamation requirements and costs;

 

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risks related to mineral exploration and development activities being inherently dangerous;

 

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risks related to our insurance coverage for operating risks;

 

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risks related to cost increases for our exploration and development projects;

 

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risks related to a shortage of equipment and supplies adversely affecting our ability to operate;

 

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risks related to mineral estimates;

 

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risks related to the fluctuation of prices for precious metals, such as gold and silver;

 

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risks related to the competitive industry of mineral exploration;

 

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risks related to our title and rights in our mineral properties and mill;

 

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risks related to joint venture partners and our contractual obligations therewith;

 

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risks related to potential conflicts of interest with our management;

 

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risks related to our dependence on key management;

 

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risks related to the New Jersey Mill operations, management, and milling capacity;

 

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risks related to our business model;

 

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risks related to evolving corporate governance standards for public companies; and

 

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risks related to our shares of common stock.

 

This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect our forward-looking statements. Some of the important risks and uncertainties that could affect forward-looking statements are described further under the sections titled “Description of Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” of this Annual Report. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated, or expected. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We disclaim any obligation subsequently to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events, except as required by law.

 

We qualify all the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report by the foregoing cautionary statements.

 

 
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GLOSSARY OF SIGNIFICANT MINING TERMS

 

Ag-Silver.

 

Au-Gold.

 

Alluvial-Adjectivally used to identify rocks or minerals deposited over time by moving water.

 

Argillites-Metamorphic rock containing clay minerals.

 

Arsenopyrite-An iron-arsenic sulfide. Common constituent of gold mineralization.

 

Ball Mill-A large rotating cylinder usually filled to about 45% of its total volume with steel grinding balls. The mill rotates and crushed rock is fed into one end and discharged through the other. The rock is pulverized into small particles by the cascading and grinding action of the balls.

 

Bedrock-Solid rock underlying overburden.

 

Cu-Copper.

 

CIL-A standard gold recovery process involving the leaching with cyanide in agitated tanks with activated carbon. CIL means "carbon-in-leach."

 

Crosscut-A nominally horizontal mine passageway, generally driven at right angles to the strike of a vein.

 

Dip-Angle made by an inclined surface with the horizontal, measured perpendicular to strike.

 

Deposit-A mineral deposit is a mineralized body that has been intersected by sufficient closely-spaced drill holes or underground sampling to support sufficient tonnage and average grade(s) of metal(s) to warrant further exploration or development activities.

 

Drift-A horizontal mine opening driven on the vein. Driving is a term used to describe the excavation of a mine passageway.

 

Exploration Stage-As defined by the SEC-includes all issuers engaged in the search for mineral deposits (reserves), which are not in the production stage.

 

Fault-A fracture in the earth’s crust accompanied by a displacement of one side of the fracture with respect to the other and in a direction parallel to the fracture.

 

Flotation-A physiochemical process for the separation of finely divided solids from one another. Separation of these (dissimilar) discrete solids from each other is affected by the selective attachment of the particle surface to gas bubbles.

 

GPT-grams per metric tonne.

 

Galena-A lead sulfide mineral. The most important lead mineral in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District.

 

Grade-A term used to assign the concentration of metals per unit weight of ore. An example-ounces of gold per ton of ore (opt). One troy ounce per short ton is 34.28 parts per million or 34.28 grams per metric tonne.

 

Mill-A general term used to denote a mineral processing plant.

 

Mineralization-The presence of minerals, usually of potential economic significance, in a specific area or geologic formation.

 

Mineral Reserve-An estimate of tonnage and grade or quality of indicated and measured mineral resources that, in the opinion of the qualified person, can be the basis of an economically viable project. More specifically, it is the economically mineable part of a measured or indicated mineral resource, which includes diluting materials and allowances for losses that may occur when the material is mined or extracted.

 

Mineral Resource-A concentration or occurrence of material of economic interest in or on the Earth’s crust in such form, grade or quality, and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for economic extraction. A mineral resource is a reasonable estimate of mineralization, taking into account relevant factors such as cut-off grade, likely mining dimensions, location or continuity, that, with the assumed and justifiable technical and economic conditions, is likely to, in whole or in part, become economically extractable. It is not merely an inventory of all mineralization drilled or sampled.

 

Net Smelter Return (“NSR”)-The Net Smelter Return from a processed ore is the value recouped from the mineral products less the costs associated with smelting, refining, and transport to the smelter. The NSR specifically does not permit the deduction of mining and milling costs.

 

Ore-A mineral or aggregate of minerals that can be mined and treated at a profit. A large quantity of ore that is surrounded by waste or sub-ore material is called an orebody.

 

 
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Patented Claim-A mineral claim where the title has been obtained from the U.S. federal government through the patent process of the 1872 Mining Law. The owner of the patented claim is granted title to the surface and mineral rights.

 

Production Stage-As defined by the SEC-includes all issuers engaged in the exploitation of a mineral deposit (reserve).

 

Proven Reserve-The economically mineable part of a measured mineral resource and can only result from conversion of a measured mineral resource.

 

Pyrite-An iron sulfide mineral that usually has no commercial value but is commonly associated with mineral deposits of gold, copper, and other metals.

 

Quartz-Crystalline silica (SiO2). An important rock-forming and gangue material in veins or other types of mineral deposits.

 

Quartzites-Metamorphic rock containing significant amounts of quartz.

 

Raise-An underground opening driven upward, generally on the vein.

 

Ramp-An underground opening usually driven downward, but not always, to provide access to an orebody for rubber-tired equipment such as loaders and trucks. Typically ramps are inclined at a slope grade of approximately 15%.

 

Rare Earth Elements (REE)- The rare earth elements (REE) comprise of 15 elements that range in atomic number from 57 (lanthanum) to 71 (lutetium) on the periodic table. Most of the REE’s are not as rare as the group’s name suggests. Although REE’s are relatively abundant in the Earth’s crust, they are rarely concentrated into mineable ore deposits. These elements are in demand because they are essential for a diverse and expanding array of high-technology applications and emerging alternative energy uses.

 

Royalty or NSR Royalty-A mineral royalty is a percentage of the value extracted from an ore that is paid to an interest holding party, usually a claim owner. The NSR Royalty is calculated based on the value of the processed ore after deducting the costs of smelting, refining, and transport to a smelter. However, the cost of mining and milling is not deducted. Typical NSR Royalty rates in the United States are on the order of 1–5%.

 

Shoot – A body of ore, usually of elongated form, extending downward or upward in a vein.

 

Stope-An underground void created by the mining of ore.

 

Strike-The bearing or azimuth of the line created by the intersection of a horizontal plane with an inclined rock strata, vein or body.

 

Tellurium-Relatively rare chemical element found with gold and silver that can form minerals known as tellurides.

 

Tetrahedrite-Sulfosalt mineral containing copper, antimony, and silver.

 

Vein-A zone or body of mineralized rock lying within boundaries separating it from neighboring wallrock. A mineralized zone having a more or less regular development in length, width and depth to give it a tabular form and commonly inclined at a considerable angle to the horizontal.

 

Unpatented Claim-A mineral claim staked on United States Public Domain (USPD) that is open for mineral entry. Unpatented lode claims can be no more than 1,500 feet long by 600 feet wide. The claimant owns the mineral rights, but does not own the surface, which is USPD. Any exploration or mining on the claim must first be submitted in a plan of operations (POO) for approval to the appropriate federal land management entity.

 

Wallrock-Usually barren rock surrounding a vein.

 

 
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PART I

 

ITEM 1. DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS

 

Business

Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (“the Company” or “IDR”) is a gold producer with an established base in three historic mining districts in the Western United States. The Company’s primary source of revenue comes from its operating gold mine, the Golden Chest Mine located in the Murray Gold Belt of northern Idaho. The Company is also pursuing a Rare Earth Element (REE) exploration strategy and has acquired REE properties in Idaho.

 

Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (“the Company” or “IDR”) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Idaho on July 18, 1996. The Company’s head office and registered records office is located at 201 N. 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

 

Any Bankruptcy, Receivership or Similar Proceedings

There have been no bankruptcy, receivership, or similar proceedings.

 

Any Material Reclassification, Merger, Consolidation, or Purchase or Sale of a Significant Amount of Assets Not in the Ordinary Course of Business.

There have been no material reclassifications, mergers, consolidations, purchases, or sales not in the ordinary course of business for the past three years.

 

BUSINESS OF THE COMPANY

 

General Description of the Business

Domiciled in Idaho and headquartered in the Panhandle of northern Idaho, Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (formerly New Jersey Mining Company (NJMC)) was incorporated in the State of Idaho on July 18, 1996. On December 6, 2021, The Company changed its name to Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (IDR) to better reflect its corporate focus, Idaho-based operations and being domiciled in Idaho. Idaho Strategic Resources (IDR) is one of the few resource-based companies (public or private) possessing the combination of officially recognized U.S. domestic rare earth element properties (in Idaho) and Idaho-based gold production located in an established mining community.

 

Idaho Strategic Resources produces gold at the Golden Chest Mine located in the Murray Gold Belt (MGB) area of the world-class Coeur d’Alene Mining District, north of the prolific Silver Valley. With over 7,000 acres of patented and unpatented land, the Company has the largest private land position in the area following its consolidation of the Murray Gold Belt for the first time in over 100-years.

 

The Company is an established gold producer, with surface and underground mining operations at its 100-percent owned Golden Chest Mine and conducts milling operations at its majority-owned New Jersey Mill. The Company also has an expanded focus on identifying and exploring Critical Minerals (Rare Earth Minerals). Its business strategy is to grow its asset base and mineral production over time while advancing its Rare Earth Element projects. In addition to gold and gold production, the Company maintains an important strategic presence in the U.S. Critical Minerals sector, specifically focused on the more “at-risk” Rare Earth Elements (REE’s). The Company’s Diamond Creek and Roberts REE properties are included the U.S. national REE inventory as listed in USGS, IGS and DOE publications. Both projects are in central Idaho and participating in the USGS Earth MRI program, with the Diamond Creek Project also participating in the Idaho Department of Commerce’s IGEM program.

 

The Company holds mineral properties in three historic mining districts of Idaho and Montana. Its portfolio of mineral properties includes:

 

 

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The Golden Chest Mine, a producing gold mine located in the Murray Gold Belt (MGB) of North Idaho;

 

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A significant portfolio of early-stage exploration properties within the MGB, many of which include historic gold mines and known gold mineralization;

 

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United States Geologic Survey (USGS) recognized Rare Earth Element potential

 

 

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Diamond Creek-one of Idaho’s most prospective REE properties

 

 

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Roberts Rare Earth-one the highest grade REE properties in the US

 

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A significant portfolio of early-stage exploration properties in Central Idaho, primarily in the Elk City area, and;

 

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The Butte Highlands Mine (50-percent interest), an advanced-stage project which has seen considerable development work, located south of the city of Butte, in Western Montana, however management does not expect this project to be advanced in the near future;

 

In addition to its portfolio of exploration, pre-development, and producing properties, the Company is also the manager and majority-owner of the New Jersey Mill, which currently processes ore from the Golden Chest Mine. The New Jersey Mill can process gold and silver ore through a 360-tonne per day flotation plant.

 

During the last two years, the Company has focused its efforts on expanding underground development and production at the Golden Chest Mine with an aggressive focus on consolidating and increasing its land holding within the Murray Gold Belt. With all debt associated with the start-up of operations behind it, the Company significantly increased its exploration and expansion activities in the Murray Gold Belt. This progress combined with the existing infrastructure and development over the last two years has created a solid foundation for continued growth real estate holdings, and a base of value regardless of market cycles.

 

 
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Competitive Business Conditions

While there has been a market for gold and precious metals historically, the Company competes on several different fronts within the minerals exploration industry. The Company competes with other junior mining companies for the capital necessary to sustain its exploration and development programs. IDR also competes with other mining companies for exploration properties and mining assets, mostly properties in the western United States. In recent years, the Company has been successful in resuming operations at the New Jersey Mill, consolidating 100% ownership of the Golden Chest Mine, and acquiring a 50% interest in the Butte Highlands Joint Venture. In October 2016 production at the Golden Chest resumed with the Company as the sole owner and operator. While not its core business, the New Jersey Mill has little competition for contract milling within an approximate 175-mile radius.

 

Generally, the Company is subject to the risks inherent to the mineral industry. A primary risk of mineral exploration is the low probability of finding a major ore deposit. The Company attempts to mitigate this risk by focusing its efforts in areas known to host significant mineral deposits, and also by relying on its experienced management team to drive analysis, evaluation, and acquisition of properties that it feels have a higher-than-average probability of success. In addition to deal essentials, such as cost, terms, timing, and market considerations, the Company’s process of property acquisition involves screening target properties based on geological, economic, engineering, environmental, and metallurgical factors. In all its operations the Company competes for skilled labor within the mining industry.

 

The risks associated with the Company’s mining and milling operations include other risks typical of the mining industry, such as: operational effectiveness in the processing plant that could result in lower recovery of the economic metals, mechanical failure of equipment that could increase costs or decrease efficacy, ability to hire and retain qualified operators, and risks that the mining operations are unable to economically extract material due to ground or slope failures that increase cost. The Company manages these risks with engineering and geologic analysis, detailed mine planning, a preventive maintenance program, and installing experienced and technically proficient management.

 

Another significant risk in the mining industry is the price of metals such as gold and silver. If the prices of these metals were to fall substantially, it could lead to a loss of investor interest in the mineral exploration sector, which would make it more difficult to raise the capital necessary for the Company to move exploration and development plans forward.

 

Customer Dependence and Product Distribution

The Company sold all its flotation gold concentrate to H&H Metals Corporation of New York, NY which accounted for 95% of gold sales in 2021. The remaining gold sales were gold dore’ which was sold to a western U.S. refinery. H&H Metals is also an IDR shareholder. Although not expected, if H&H Metals could not purchase the gold concentrate, it is anticipated another customer could be found readily as the floatation gold concentrate is a high-value concentrate with minor deleterious element content.

 

The Company ships its gold concentrate overseas to a smelter in Japan and the recent global shipping problems due to Covid-19 have caused an increase of inventory of gold concentrate at the New Jersey Mill. Only one day has been allowed for loading vessels in Seattle making it nearly impossible to ship from Idaho. Management is working to set up a concentrate storage area near the Port of Seattle so that several 20-tonne lots of concentrate could be stored closer to the port and loaded on a vessel in the short time currently allowed for loading.

 

Effect of Existing or Probable Governmental Regulations on the Business

The mining business is subject to extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations governing development, production, labor standards, occupational health, waste disposal, the use of toxic substances, environmental regulations, mine safety and other matters. The Company is subject to potential risks and liabilities occurring as a result of mineral exploration and production. Insurance against environmental risk (including potential liability for pollution or other hazards as a result of the disposal of waste products occurring from exploration and production) is not generally available to the Company (or to other companies in the minerals industry) at a reasonable price. To the extent that the Company becomes subject to environmental liabilities, the satisfaction of any such liabilities would reduce funds otherwise available to the Company and could have a material adverse effect on the Company. Laws and regulations intended to ensure the protection of the environment are constantly changing and are generally becoming more restrictive.

 

All operating and exploration plans have been made in consideration of existing governmental regulations. Regulations that most affect operations are related to surface water quality and access to public lands. An approved plan of operations (POO) and a financial bond are usually required before exploration or mining activities can be conducted on public land that is administered by the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or United States Forest Service (USFS).

 

The New Jersey Mine, Golden Chest Mine, and other nearby properties are part of the expanded Bunker Hill Superfund Site. Current plans for expanded cleanup do not include any IDR projects. There is no known evidence that previous operations at the New Jersey Mine (prior to 1910) caused any groundwater or surface water pollution or discharged any tailings into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River; however, it is possible that such evidence could surface. Should such a liability emerge for the Company, its exposure would likely be to clean up or cover old mine tailings that may have washed downstream from upstream mining operations. There are no mineral processing tailings deposits at the Golden Chest Mine. However, at least two old adits have small water discharges. The Company could conceivably be required to conduct cleanup operations at its own expense, however, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Record of Decision for the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Operating Unit 3 does not include any cleanup activities at the Company’s projects. Recently, the EPA has proposed a new cleanup plan that greatly increases the number of historic mine sites to be reclaimed, however, the plan has not been approved. IDR has not received any notifications that it could be liable for any environmental cleanup.

 

 
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Costs and Effects of Compliance with Environmental Laws (Federal, State and Local)

No major Federal permits are required for the Golden Chest and New Jersey Mines because the operations are on private land and there are no process discharges to surface waters. However, any exploration program conducted by the Company on unpatented mining claims, usually administered by the BLM or USFS, requires a POO to be submitted. The Company’s exploration programs on public land can be delayed for significant periods of time (one to two years) because of the slow permitting process applied by the USFS. The Company believes that such permitting delays are caused by insufficient manpower, complicated regulations, competing priorities, and sympathy for environmental groups who oppose all mining projects.

 

The Company is also subject to the rules of the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for the New Jersey and Golden Chest operations. When an underground mine or mill is operating, MSHA performs a series of regular quarterly inspections to verify compliance with mine safety laws, and can assess financial penalties for violations of MSHA regulations. A typical mine citation order for a violation that is not significant or substantial is about $200.

 

The New Jersey Mine and Mill have two important State of Idaho permits. The first is an Idaho Cyanidation Permit and the second is a reclamation plan for surface mining operations. The Company has also applied for a permit to expand its tailings storage facility (TSF) with the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Once approved, the Company will have to post a reclamation bond of approximately $110,000. If not approved in a timely manner, the Company would have to dispose of tailings in with a slightly more expensive method such as backhauling tailings to the Golden Chest Mine. An Idaho cyanidation permit was granted October 10, 1995 [No. CN-000027]. Construction of the Concentrate Leach Plant (CLP) at the New Jersey Mill was completed in November of 2007. The Idaho Cyanidation permit requires quarterly surface water and groundwater monitoring during the operation of the CLP. IDR estimates the cost of water-monitoring associated with the CLP to be approximately $6,000 per year. The New Jersey Mill also has an EPA general stormwater permit.

 

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) approved a surface mining reclamation plan for the New Jersey Mine in 1993. The plan calls for grading of steep fill slopes and planting of vegetation on the area disturbed by the open pit mine. IDR pays an annual reclamation fee of $133 to the Idaho Department of Lands for surface disturbance associated with the New Jersey Mine open pit. The Company has estimated its costs to reclaim the New Jersey Mine and Mill site to be $96,600. The Company submitted a reclamation plan to the IDL for its current open pit mining operation at the Golden Chest Mine. The plan was approved, and the Company was required to post a reclamation bond of $103,320. This plan also calls for the grading of steep fill slopes and re-vegetation of disturbed land as well as erosion control measures utilizing best practices. The Golden Chest Mine also has an EPA stormwater permit.

 

When the Company plans an exploration drilling program on public lands, it must submit a POO to either the BLM or USFS. Compilation of the plan can take several days of professional time and a reclamation bond is usually required to start drilling once the plan is approved. Bond costs vary directly with surface disturbance area, but a small, single set-up drilling program usually requires a bond amount of approximately $5,000. If a plan requires road building, the bond amount can increase significantly. Upon completion of site reclamation and approval by the managing agency, the bond is returned to the Company.

 

The Company complies with local building codes and ordinances as required by law.

 

Number of Total Employees and Number of Full Time Employees

The Company's total number of full-time employees is 38.

 

REPORTS TO SECURITY HOLDERS

 

The Company is not required to deliver an annual report to shareholders, however, it plans to deliver an annual report to shareholders in 2022. The annual report will contain audited financial statements. The Company may also rely on the Internet to deliver annual reports to shareholders.

 

The SEC maintains an Internet site (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the Commission and SEC.

 

The Company maintains a website where recent press releases and other information can be found. A link to the Company’s filings with the SEC is provided on the Company’s website www.idahostrategic.com.

 

 
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ITEM 2. DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTIES

 

Note on New SEC Mining Disclosure Rules

 

Information concerning our mining properties in this Annual Report on Form 10-K/A has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K, which first became applicable to us for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. These requirements differ significantly from the previously applicable disclosure requirements of SEC Industry Guide 7. Among other differences, subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K requires us to disclose our mineral resources, in addition to our mineral reserves, as of the end of our most recently completed fiscal year both in the aggregate and for each of our individually material mining properties.

 

Summary

 

The map below shows the locations of our operations and our exploration Properties.

 

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 Figure 1 - Property Location Map

   

The following table summarizes our aggregate metal quantities produced and sold, which only includes the quantities produced and sold from the Golden Chest Mine (the Company’s only producing mine) for the last three years:

 

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Gold -

 

Ounces produced

 

 

4,826

 

 

 

3,755

 

 

 

5,060

 

 

 

Payable ounces sold

 

 

4,826

 

 

 

3,755

 

 

 

5,060

 

   

The following table summarizes the Company’s total in-situ mineral reserves (the Golden Chest Mine is the Company’s only property with calculated reserves) as of December 31, 2021:

 

Classification

 

Year

 

Tonnes

 

 

Grade

(grams gold per tonne)

 

 

Cut-off

(grams gold per tonne)

 

 

Metallurgical Recovery

 

Proven reserves

 

2020

 

 

42,500

 

 

 

5.17

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

Proven reserves

 

2021

 

 

38,700

 

 

 

4.87

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

Total mineral reserves

 

 

 

 

38,700

 

 

 

4.87

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

 

 
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The Company has not completed a Mineral Resource estimate for the year ending December 31, 2021, but is planning to complete one for the year ending December 31, 2022. In 2012, an historic resource estimate was completed as a part of a Canadian NI 43-101 by a third party and is provided for background only and does not represent a current SK 1300-compliant resource. A summary of the historic 2012 NI 43-101 is provided in Exhibit 96.1, the Technical Report Summary on the Golden Chest Mine, Idaho, prepared by the Qualified Person under Section 1300 of SEC Regulation S-K (QP), Grant Brackebusch who is the Qualified Person.

 

GOLDEN CHEST MINE

   

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Figure 1 - Photo of Golden Chest Mine in February 2020

 

The Golden Chest Mine is the Company’s only Production Stage mine and is comprised of an underground mine, an open pit mine, and an exploration property located about 1.5 miles east of Murray, Idaho. The Golden Chest Mine includes 26 patented mining claims (319 acres) and 70 unpatented claims (562.5 acres). The mine is permitted with the Idaho Department of Lands and has posted a reclamation bond for an approved reclamation plan. IDR is the operator and owns 100% of the Golden Chest LLC (owner of the Golden Chest Mine). Production from the Golden Chest and an adjacent Area of Interest is subject a 2% NSR payable to Marathon Gold Corporation (Marathon). The mineralization occurs as gold-quartz veins associated with an orogenic deposit type. Ore from the Golden Chest Mine is processed off-site at the New Jersey Mill in Kellogg, Idaho. For more information concerning the Golden Chest Mine, please refer to the information set forth under the caption “Individual Properties-MATERIAL OPERATING PROPERTIES” and under the caption “Golden Chest Mine” in this Item 2.

 

NEW JERSEY MILL

 

Property Location

The New Jersey Mill is a fully permitted, 360-tonne per day, flotation mill and concentrate leach plant (“CLP”) located two miles east of Kellogg, Idaho, in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. The CLP is permitted with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ). The mill is located on the same property as the New Jersey Mine, adjacent to U.S. Interstate Highway 90 and easily accessed year-round by local roads. Three-phase electrical power is supplied to the New Jersey Mill by Avista Utilities.

 

Property Ownership and Operation

The New Jersey Mill is operated by IDR. In 2011, IDR signed a joint venture (“JV”) agreement with Crescent Silver LLC (Crescent) to increase the capacity of the New Jersey Mill. Crescent funded the mill expansion in return for a 35% interest in JV assets plus the right to process 7,000 tonnes of its ore per month. IDR is the JV manager and retains a 65% interest in JV assets as well as the right to process its own ore at the rate of 3,000 tonnes per month and to allocate unused and excess capacity in its role as manager. The property covered by the JV agreement includes the crushing circuit, grinding circuit, gravity circuit, flotation circuit, CLP, buildings, and surface rights only over the patented mill site claim. Unpatented mill site claims are also part of the JV.

 

 
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Present Condition of Plant & Equipment

Mill Expansion and Crescent Ore Processing

The mill expansion was completed in 2012, rendering the mill capable of processing 360 tonnes of sulfide ore per day to produce a single flotation concentrate. The expansion cost approximately $3.2 million, all of which was funded by Crescent under terms of the JV (Ex. 10.1). The expansion project included the installation of a new cone crusher, a new fine ore bin, new conveyors, a new 2.4-meter by 4.0-meter ball mill, additional flotation cells, a new paste thickener, associated pumps, and a new building.

 

Current Ore Processing Operations

In October 2016, the Company resumed operations at the New Jersey Mill, processing ore extracted from open pit and underground at the Golden Chest. In 2021, the New Jersey Mill processed 44,305 tonnes at an average head grade of 3.85 gpt gold with 89% gold recovery. Since restarting operations at the Golden Chest in October 2016, the Company has milled a total of 207,000 tonnes.

 

The mill recycles process water and utilizes a paste tailings disposal process patented by IDR founder Fred Brackebusch to minimize impacts to the environment. By implementing paste tailings processing methods, IDR can recycle process water and prevent the discharge of process water to surface waters. At full capacity, this method saves more than 50 million gallons of water per year. IDR was recognized as a “Pollution Prevention Champion” by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in 2014 for its efforts to reduce pollution at the mill. The Company has submitted a permit for an expansion of its existing tailings storage facility, TSF #1. If the tailings expansion permit approval was delayed beyond mid-2022, the Company would to most likely, back-haul tailings to the Golden Chest mine.

 

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had a net capital cost of $3,868,692 associated with the New Jersey Mill.

 

Permit Requirements

The New Jersey Mill has all the required environmental permits to operate currently and into the foreseeable.  Some permits may require modification if operating conditions change, but typically these changes can be completed without impeding the milling operation. A summary of the permits held by the Company are found in following table:

 

Permit Descriptions

 

Permit Description

Reference

Idaho Cyanidation Permit for NJ Mill

#CN-0026-001

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Tailings Storage Facility (TSF)

NJ Mill

94-7509

Idaho Department of Water Resources

Air Quality Exemption (Crushing) for

NJ Mill

Idaho Department of Envirnmental Quality

 

BUTTE HIGHLANDS PROPERTY

  

Property Location

The Butte Highlands property is an underground gold Exploration Stage property operated by Highland Mining LLC. In January 2016, IDR purchased a 50% interest in Butte Highlands Joint Venture LLC (“BHJV”) from Timberline Resources Corporation (“Timberline”). BHJV owns the Butte Highlands property, located 15 miles south of Butte, Montana, within a gold-producing region that includes several large gold deposits. The property can be accessed via State Highway 2 and county and USFS roads. Electricity and water are available on the property.

 

Property Ownership

The Butte Highlands property covers approximately 135 acres and includes 11 patented claims. All the private lands within the Butte Highlands property are patented lode and placer claims. BHJV is responsible for paying Montana state property taxes on all patented lands and for paying annual BLM maintenance fees on any unpatented mining claims.

 

Butte Highlands Joint Venture

In 2009, Timberline formed a 50/50 joint venture, the BHJV, with Highland Mining LLC (“Highland”) for the purpose of developing and mining the Butte Highlands property, with Highland to operate and fund all mine development costs through to commercial production. In 2012, Montana State Gold Company LLC (“MSGC”) purchased Highland, assuming its project loan and its funding commitment.

 

IDR purchased Timberline’s 50% “carried to production” interest in BHJV in 2016 for total consideration of $435,000 with Highland funding all development costs and IDR’s 50% share of costs to be paid from proceeds of future mine production. Proceeds are to be split on an 80/20 basis (to Highland and IDR, respectively) until payback is reached, after which proceeds will be split evenly.

 

 
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Property History

The Butte Highlands gold mine was an historic lode mine that produced an estimated 60,000 ounces of gold from 1937 until the War Production Board forced its closure at the onset of WWII. The property was later explored by Battle Mountain, Placer Dome, ASARCO, and Orvana in the 1980’s and 1990’s which, in total, drilled more than 30,000 meters at Butte Highlands, prior to its acquisition by Timberline in 2007.

 

In 2009, Timberline formed a 50/50 joint venture with Highland to create BHJV for the purpose of developing and mining the property. In 2009 and 2010, Timberline conducted surface exploration, drilling, and permitting work as Highland began building surface and underground infrastructure.

 

In 2011, BHJV completed an underground exploration ramp and a 16,000-meter underground core drilling program to support mine modeling, focusing on the upper portion of the “Old Mill Block” which has dimensions of approximately 85 meters along strike, 335 meters down dip, and a mineralized thickness of 2.5 to 4.5 meters.

 

A NI 43-101 compliant technical report for Butte Highlands was completed in May 2013 by Mine Development Associates of Reno, Nevada. However, the property has no mineral reserves or resources as defined by Regulation S-K Subpart 1300.

 

The project has experienced significant timeline delays due, in part, to miscalculations of the permitting process and other technical issues. Permitting advanced more effectively from 2013 to 2015 with the following critical milestones successfully achieved:

 

 

·

In July 2013, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) issued the final Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“MPDES”) water discharge permit;

 

 

 

 

·

In January 2015, the Montana DEQ authorized BHJV to construct and operate an underground gold mine by publishing positive Record of Decision (“ROD”) on Final Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”);

 

 

 

 

·

In October 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS”) released its Final Decision Notice on haul road with a Finding of No Significant Impacts.

 

These milestones represent the final major hurdles to the receipt of necessary permits allowing the project to proceed. Final construction designs and completion of work will be required, along with bond payments, before final authority is granted to proceed with the proposed operation. Once final designs and road construction are complete, the USFS will grant authority to use local USFS roads for material haulage. Upon payment of the reclamation bond, the Hard Rock Operating Permit will be granted by the Montana DEQ.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

IDR does not anticipate any progress regarding BHJV (not the mine or operations) this year and is looking forward to one day cooperating with its partner to advance and or consolidate ownership in 2022. The partner maintains management and operation control and all plans are subject to their approval and direction and they have proven to be a less than optimal partner.

 

Present Condition of Plant & Equipment

Since 2009 Highland has invested nearly $40 million at Butte Highlands building a modern gold mine, including nearly 1.6 kilometers of underground mine development and construction of surface facilities, all of which are located on private lands owned by BHJV. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had a net capital cost of $435,000 associated with the Butte Highlands property.

 

Geology & Mineralization

Gold mineralization at Butte Highlands is hosted primarily in lower Paleozoic Wolsey Shale with higher-grade mineralization occurring within sediments proximal to diorite sills and dikes. The property is within a favorable geologic domain that has hosted several multi-million-ounce gold deposits. There are currently no mineral resources or reserves as defined by Regulation S-K Subpart 1300.

  

NEW JERSEY MINE PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The New Jersey Mine is an underground gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located two miles east of Kellogg, Idaho, in the Coeur d'Alene Mining District. The mine is adjacent to U.S. Interstate Highway 90 and is easily accessed year-round by local roads. The New Jersey Mill is located on the same property. Three-phase electrical power is supplied to the New Jersey Mill by Avista Utilities.

 

Property Ownership

At the New Jersey Mine and Mill complex, the Company owns 102 acres of private land with surface and mineral rights, 108 acres of private land with mineral rights only, 40 acres of private land with surface rights only, and approximately 130 acres of unpatented mining claims. The unpatented claims are on federal land administered by the BLM. The gold-bearing Coleman vein system, including the underground workings and the Coleman pit, are located on the patented mining claims that are wholly owned by the Company and not part of the New Jersey Mill Joint Venture.

 

 
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Property History

 

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, New Jersey Mining and Milling (an unrelated company) drove more than 760 meters of development workings on the Coleman Vein and its northwest branch, including drifts, crosscuts, shafts, and raises. The historic development also included a 10-stamp gravity mill that was operated for a short period.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

Since 2001, IDR has drilled 14 holes totaling 1,765 meters to explore the Coleman Vein and associated zones. Drilling confirmed vein system continuity and resulted in the discovery of the broad, low grade (averaging about 0.70 gpt gold) Grenfel zone. The Company’s best intercept of the Coleman vein assayed 2.76 gpt gold over 12.5 meters, which included 6.80 gpt gold over 2.5 meters.

 

In 2008, the Company performed underground exploration on the Coleman Vein at the 740 level, including 84 meters of drifting, with 20 meters along the vein before it was displaced by a fault.

 

In 2010, a raise was driven upward on the 740 level to explore a narrow high-grade vein that crosscut the main Coleman Vein. This raise was driven 12 meters vertically, leading to the extraction of 367 tonnes that assayed 2.68 gpt gold in processing at the New Jersey Mill.

 

IDR has not conducted material work at the New Jersey Mine since 2010 and has no plans for exploration in 2022.

 

While the Company has conducted significant drilling, underground development, and even limited gold production from the New Jersey Mine, the property has no mineral reserves or resources as defined by Regulation S-K Subpart 1300.

 

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had a capitalized development plus investment cost of $248,289 associated with the mine.

  

Permits for the New Jersey Mill are set forth in under the caption “New Jersey Mill” in this Item 2.

  

Geology & Mineralization

The New Jersey Mine area is underlain by argillites and quartzites of the Proterozoic-age Prichard Formation, which commonly hosts gold mineralization regionally. The property occurs adjacent to and north of the major Osburn Fault, an important geological structure of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. The Prichard Formation is divided into nine units of alternating argillites, siltites, and quartzites; the units exposed in the New Jersey Mine area appear to belong to the lower members. Gold mineralization is associated with sulfide-bearing quartz veins that cut the bedding in Prichard argillite and quartzite. Associated sulfides are pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, low-silver tennantite, galena, and sphalerite.

   

ALDER GULCH PROPERTY

 

The Alder Gulch property is a gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located just north of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property is comprised of 880 acres of patented mining claims having both surface and mineral rights. IDR owns 100% of Alder Gulch, subject to convertible promissory notes secured by 512 acres of the property. The property’s mineralization styles include vein systems and alluvial deposits. The Company has not obtained permits for this property and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property. For more information concerning the Alder Gulch property, please refer to the information set forth under the caption “Individual Properties – MATERIAL OPERATING PROPERTIES” and under the caption “Alder Gulch Property” in this Item 2.

 

BUCKSKIN PROPERTY

  

Property Location

The Buckskin property is a gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located 1.5 kilometers north of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property can be accessed via dirt roads from paved Forest Highway 9.

 

Property Ownership

The Buckskin property is comprised of 12 patented mining claims covering 218 acres and 73 unpatented mining claims covering approximately 1,367 acres. The 218 acres of patented mining claims were acquired through an exploration and mining lease. The Buckskin Lease term runs for 7.5 years and includes annual payments of $12,000 and a 2-percent NSR on future production from the property. If the property is placed into production, the lease will continue as long as production is underway and also includes a right of first refusal for IDR to purchase the property, and the lease payments are treated as an advance payment on the royalty. The unpatented lode claims adjacent to the core group of claims are wholly owned by the Company and not subject to a royalty. These claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

 

Property History

The Buckskin property was mined intermittently for both gold and base metals in the early 20th century with most of the mining completed in the 1930’s. The property contains numerous old workings, most of which are inaccessible. A mill was located on the property, but historic production is unknown.

 

 
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Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

In 2019, the Company conducted exploration efforts in the Buckskin area with trenching mapping/sampling, road building, reopening historic underground workings, and underground mapping/sampling. The Company conducted additional field work in 2020 and 2021 such as mapping, trenching, and ground based magnetic surveys. Core drilling is planned for 2022. The Company has a capitalized investment cost of $332,728 associated with this property.

   

Geology & Mineralization

The bedrock geology at the Buckskin property is largely quartzites of the Burke Formation and argillite-siltite of the Prichard Formation. A major structural feature is the Murray Peak Fault, a northerly trending, high-angle reverse fault. Historical prospects and adits are developed along northerly trending shear zones that are likely related to the Murray Peak Fault, that contain silica flooded rock. Gold mineralization is found in quartz veins and is associated with sulfide minerals including pyrite, chalcopyrite, and galena. Anomalous tungsten was also detected in assays.

  

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

BUTTE GULCH PROPERTY

  

Property Location

The Butte Gulch property is a gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located 3 kilometers east of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property lies immediately adjacent to the east side of Golden Chest Mine. It is accessed by paved Forest Highway 9, then on secondary dirt roads.

  

Property Ownership

The Butte Gulch property is comprised of 60 acres of both patented surface and mineral rights, 117 acres of patented mineral rights, and 602 acres of unpatented claims. The patented surface and mineral rights were purchased from a third party in mid-2018 and any lode production from the patented claims is subject to a 2% NSR. The patented claims where the Company only owns the lode mineral rights can be placer mined by the current owner. IDR holds a first right of refusal for the purchase of the surface rights not already owned by the Company. The unpatented lode claims are wholly owned by the Company and not subject to a royalty.

  

Property History

Butte Gulch has been placer mined by several different operations over the last century; however, there are no gold production records from these historic placer mining efforts. There is evidence of historic lode prospecting in the form of surface pits and exploration adits on the property, but the Company is not aware of any modern exploration occurring on the property.

  

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

The property is an Exploration Stage property adjacent to the Golden Chest Mine. The property vendor has retained the placer mining rights in the bottom of the drainage on the patented claims and conducted placer mining activity last year. IDR has no affiliation or connection with the placer mining operation. Two historic adits have been reopened for mapping and sampling. Additionally, areas have been rock sampled where current placer operations have uncovered altered bedrock. More geologic fieldwork is planned for the upcoming 2022 season to explore for gold mineralization. The Company has a capitalized investment cost of $274,440 combined between this property and the Potosi property.

 

Geology & Mineralization

Outcrops in the Butte Gulch area are dominantly argillite, siltite, and quartzite units that belong to the Prichard Formation. The hinge line of a major regional scale fold called the Trout Creek Anticline traverses the property. Both northwest and northeast trending quartz veins containing pyrite, galena and chalcopyrite have been identified with anomalous silver mineralization.

 

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

GIANT LEDGE PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The Giant Ledge property is a gold and base metal Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located six kilometers east of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property is situated in Granite Gulch and is accessed by paved Forest Highway 9 and secondary dirt roads.

 

Property Ownership

The Company’s land position consists of 57 unpatented lode claims covering an area of 1,119 acres. The claim group includes 3 separate claim blocks: Giant Ledge, Porphyry and Bear. The unpatented lode claims are wholly owned by the Company and not subject to a royalty. These claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

 

 
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Property History

The Giant Ledge property consists of several historical prospected areas with lead, copper, and gold mineralization in and along the contact of the igneous intrusive. The Giant Ledge Mine was active in the 1920’s when a 122-meter-deep shaft was sunk and about 450 meters of drift development was completed. A flotation mill was erected, and a minor amount of undisclosed production was achieved. Bunker Hill Mining Company also examined and mapped the mine workings in the 1950’s. Sunshine Mining Company conducted exploration at the Giant Ledge in the mid-1980’s and drilled two core holes. In 2008, the Company obtained core from Sunshine’s drilling program, and it was re-logged and assayed. The best of the mineralization showed 4.6 meters of 0.908 gpt gold and 0.24% combined copper and lead. An extensive soil sampling program was completed in conjunction with a VLF and magnetometer survey.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

The property is an Exploration Stage prospect east of the Golden Chest Mine. Although no significant work was performed at Giant Ledge during the 2009-2021 period, the Company is preparing to resume exploration efforts in 2022.

 

Geology & Mineralization

The primary structural feature on the Giant Ledge property is the French Gulch fault. The fault contact extends through the property, separating monzonitic intrusive rocks on the west, from Prichard Formation’s argillite and quartzites on the east. Structurally controlled mineralization is found in both, the contact between argillite-quartzite sediments and in the monzonite. Seams and disseminations of auriferous pyrite, galena and chalcopyrite are found up to 10 meters into the footwall and hanging wall.

 

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

POTOSI PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The Potosi property is a gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located 4.4 kilometers southwest of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property is accessed by the paved Beaver Creek county road and other secondary dirt roads.

 

Property Ownership

IDR acquired fee simple title to of 3 patented lode claims as part of the 2018 Butte Gulch land acquisition. The 3 patented claims cover a 71-acre area.

  

Property History

Potosi has been placer mined in several different operations over the last century however, there is no gold production records from these historic placer mining efforts. There is evidence of historic lode prospecting in the form of surface pits and exploration adits on the property, but the Company is not aware of any modern lode exploration occurring on the property.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

Minor reclamation work, road improvements and timber harvesting was conducted in 2019, In 2020, the Company completed the remaining reclamation of surface disturbance caused by a previous operator. There are no exploration plans for 2022. The Company has a capitalized investment cost of $274,440 combined between this property and the Butte Gulch property.

  

Geology & Mineralization

Host rocks at the property are siltites and argillites of the Prichard Formation. Geologic mapping suggests fault structures associated with the Crown Point Shear Zone may cross the property.

  

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

McKINLEY-MONARCH PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The McKinley-Monarch property is an early-stage, gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and encompasses several historic prospects in central Idaho and extends, from the town of Riggins northward for nearly five miles. The property is accessed via public and private dirt roads off US Highway 95.

 

Property Ownership

In 2013, IDR acquired the McKinley-Monarch property through its acquisition of Idaho Champion Resources (“ICR”). The Company also holds 28 unpatented claims, totaling 560 acres, adjacent the 4 patented claims of the McKinley Mine (not owned by the Company). These claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

 

 
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Property History

The Monarch-McKinley property is located in the Simpson Mining District which was first prospected in 1891. The nearby McKinley Mine, intermittently active until World War II, was the largest lode gold mine in a mining district better known for its placer gold production. Approximately 3000 feet south-southwest of the McKinley Mine, is an area with substantial historic prospecting but lacking significant development, is the Monarch area. The southern bounds of the property, shows several historic underground developments but no records of production have been located. This area was formerly referred to as the “Big Easy Mine” but is now called the Fiddle Creek Prospect.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

Surface mapping and sampling by IDR identified an area with significant gold mineralization in outcrop: the Monarch Zone, about one kilometer S-SW of the McKinley Mine. At the Monarch Zone, several samples returned high-grade gold with values up to 26 gpt. There are no exploration plans for 2022. The Company has a capitalized investment cost of $200,000 associated with this property.

 

Geology and Mineralization

The Monarch-McKinley property is located within the rocks of the Riggins and Seven Devils Groups of the Blue Mountains Island-Arc Complex. The rocks are part of a sequence of accreted terranes sutured to the North American continent during late Mesozoic time. They are comprised of volcanic and volcano-clastic sediments metamorphosed to greenschist facies rocks. The complex structural environment of the collision boundary supplies ample pathways for mineralizing fluids, typical of orogenic systems. Rock alteration consists of carbonization and silicification. Gold mineralization is associated with auriferous pyrite and quartz-carbonate veining.

 

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

EASTERN STAR PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The Eastern Star property is an early-stage gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located about four miles west of Elk City in central Idaho. It consists of 11 patented lode mining claims (220 acres) acquired by IDR in 2014 and an additional 45 unpatented lode claims (413 acres) located in 2018. The property is accessible via improved dirt roads from Idaho State Highway 14.

 

Property Ownership

IDR acquired fee simple title to the 11 patented claims (220 acres) from Premium Exploration Inc. (“Premium”) for $250,817 in 2014. The Company also holds the 45 unpatented lode claims (413 acres) surrounding the core group of patented claims. All of the Eastern Star claims are wholly owned by the Company and not subject to a royalty. The unpatented claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

  

Property History

The Elk City Mining District is an historic gold mining region dating back to the 1860s that once supported more than 20 underground mines, including the Eastern Star.

 

In recent years, prior operator Premium collected grab samples from three separate locations, representing nearly one-half mile of mineralized trend. Of 25 grab samples, nine returned gold values greater than 16.9 gpt. Premium then drilled three core holes at Eastern Star, targeting a bulk mineable gold deposit.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

In 2014, The Company completed mapping, sampling, and trenching programs. Company geologists identified several quartz veins that had been exploited by historic prospect pits and small shafts. Surface grab samples from these veins confirmed the widespread presence of high-grade gold within mineralized quartz vein material.

 

Channel samples across the vein zones intercepted notable gold mineralization including 10.4 m of contiguous samples reporting 2.25 gpt gold and 6.4 meters of 7.97 gpt gold, which includes 4.3 meters of 11.34 gpt gold. Select grab samples from trenched material returned values of up to 35.9 gpt gold. The Company has a capitalized investment cost of $250,817 associated with this property.

 

Although no significant work was performed at Eastern Star during the 2015-2021 period, the Company is preparing to resume exploration efforts in 2022. The Company’s exploration objective at Eastern Star is to evaluate the potential of these high-grade gold-bearing quartz veins for potential development and production.

 

Geology & Mineralization

The Eastern Star property is underlain by extensively weathered, high grade metamorphic rocks such as biotite gneiss and schist, intruded by felsic dikes and sills emanating from the Idaho Batholith. Two types of gold mineralization are present at the Eastern Star property. The first is the large, low-grade, bulk tonnage mineralization associated with the northerly trending Orogrande Shear Zone, and the second is the easterly trending high-grade gold quartz veins.

 

 
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Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

DIAMOND CREEK RARE EARTH PROPERTY

   

Property Location

The Diamond Creek REE property is a rare earth elements (REE) Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and covers approximately 1,040 acres and is comprised of 52 unpatented mining claims. It is located in the Eureka Mining district, approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) north-northwest of the town Salmon, Idaho. The property is accessed by a dirt road known as the Diamond Creek Road.

 

Property Ownership

The unpatented lode claims are wholly owned by the Company and there are no underlying royalties. The unpatented claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

 

Property History

The area was historically prospected for gold until 1949 when its unique geologic setting was recognized by the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) and the Idaho Geological Survey. In the early 1950’s the U.S. government sponsored country-wide exploration for raw materials related to nuclear power. This campaign resulted in the discovery of thorium in areas of Lemhi County, including the REE occurrence in the Diamond Creek area. Several other companies have undertaken minor rare earths exploration programs on the property including one stage of limited core drilling.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

The Company staked the claims that make up the property in early 2020. Some surface exploration activities including mapping and sampling were completed in 2021. Additionally, the Company submitted a Plan of Operations (POO) to the USFS for a core drilling program. The POO is currently under review by the USFS.

  

Geology & Mineralization

The REE mineralization at Diamond Creek is found in quartz veins over a large area approximately 3.2 km long and 0.8 km wide. There are at least eight known veins, and they range in width from 0.15 to 7.6 m in thickness. Vein widths appear best developed in the metasediments and can be traced on the surface for distances ranging from 33.5 to 780 m.

 

Samples taken by the USGS show total REE oxide contents ranging from 0.59 to 5.51 percent. Work by the USGS in 1979 reported three samples cut across one of the larger veins were assayed for gold and contained 0.5, 2.4 and 11.9 grams per tonne. Down-dip extensions of these mineralized veins have never been sufficiently tested. Historical reports indicate two short core holes have been completed with some significant REE mineralization noted.

 

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

ROBERTS RARE EARTH PROPERTY

 

Property Location

The Roberts Rare Earth Element property is an early-stage REE Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and comprised of 63 unpatented mining claims covering an area of approximately 1,051 acres. This property is located within the Mineral Hill Mining District, approximately 48 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Salmon, Idaho. Access to the property is via National Forest Road 036 (Indian Creek Road).

  

Property Ownership

The unpatented lode claims are wholly owned by the Company and there are no underlying royalties. The unpatented claims require an annual claim fee payment to the BLM.

 

Property History

The Mineral Hill district was historically prospected for gold and copper in the early 1900’s. Rare earth element (REE) mineralization was discovered later in the early 1950’s. Studies conducted by A. T. Abbott (1954) and A. L. Anderson (1958) from the Idaho Geological Survey, and E. P. Kaiser (1956) with the USGS, pioneered recognition of these REE occurrences. Abbott reported cutting a 2.5-foot sample across the Roberts Lode which returned 21.5-percent combined rare earth oxides and thoria.

  

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

The Company staked the claims that make up the property in early 2020 and added to the position with additional claims in 2021. Surface exploration activities including mapping and sampling were completed in 2021. Sampling by Company geologists returned assays of combined rare earths elements in excess of 12%. The company’s samples show REEs like, neodymium, praseodymium, and samarium elements in abundance. Similarly, as with IDR’s Diamond Creek property, REE’s are not the only valuable commodities but gold and niobium may also be in profitable concentration as by-products. Recent samples collected from the Roberts’ property, show assays with gold values up to 8.8 grams per ton and niobium as high as 0.50 %. Exploration plans include geologic mapping, sampling, and geophysical surveys.

  

 
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Geology & Mineralization

The REE mineralization at the Roberts property is associated with a unique group of igneous rocks known as carbonatites. Carbonatites are carbonate rocks sourced from magmatic origins, with primary carbonate compositions exceeding 50%. The Roberts property contains two of the eight known carbonatite occurrences within the Mineral Hill District. The first carbonatite can be found in a northwest-trending seam which measures approximately 400 meters (1,300 feet) long and 90 meters (300 feet) wide; the second occurrence occurs as a small carbonatite plug, measuring about 200 meters in diameter.

  

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property.

 

Individual Properties – MATERIAL OPERATING PROPERTIES

 

GOLDEN CHEST MINE

  

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Property and Location

The Golden Chest Mine is a gold Production Stage property comprised of an underground mine, an open pit mine, and an exploration property located about 1.5 miles east of Murray, Idaho, and 115 km east of the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at Latitude 47o37’14” North and Longitude 115o49’43” West.  The Golden Chest Mine includes 26 patented mining claims (319 acres) and 70 unpatented claims (1,390 acres). The mine is permitted with the Idaho Department of Lands and has posted a reclamation bond for an approved reclamation plan. Surface water monitoring is completed as a condition of the permit. The mine is along Forest Highway 9 and is accessible by several improved dirt roads from the paved highway. A three-phase power line was installed at the property in 2014 with power supplied by Avista Utilities.

 

Property Ownership

IDR owns 100% of the Golden Chest LLC (owner of the Golden Chest Mine). The core of the Golden Chest Mine is a contiguous group of 26 patented claims where all modern mining has taken place to date. The Company owns the rights to both the surface and subsurface mineral on all patented claims directly and through its 100% held subsidiary Golden Chest LLC (GCLLC), excluding the Joe Dandy Claim where IDR owns only the subsurface mineral rights.  As these patented claims are considered private lots, legal access is allowed.  Property taxes on patented claims are assessed by Shoshone County each year and IDR has paid the taxes in full.

 

IDR currently maintains 70 unpatented mining claims covering 562.5 ha (1,390 acres). The claims have been filed with the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agency and at the Shoshone County Courthouse. Annual maintenance fees are paid to the BLM by September 1, and the Golden Chest unpatented claim fees have been paid and are in good standing.

 

 
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Production from the Golden Chest and an adjacent Area of Interest is subject a 2% NSR payable to Marathon Gold Corporation (Marathon).

 

Property History

The Golden Chest Mine was developed in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s as part of the first gold production from the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Historical accounts vary, but the district is believed to have produced approximately 300,000 ounces of gold from placer sources. It is estimated that the historic hard rock mining at the Golden Chest (prior to IDR’s ownership) produced approximately 65,000 ounces of gold, primarily from shallow, underground, high-grade veins. The Golden Chest Mine is considered to be the largest historic lode producer of gold in northern Idaho.

 

Modern exploration of the Golden Chest area began in the late 1970’s with several companies, including Cominco-American and Golden Chest Inc. (“GCI”), targeting gold and massive sulfides. Drill tests by GCI included a 200-foot hole from surface that intersected a 60-foot zone containing multiple low-grade gold-bearing quartz veins.

 

Newmont Exploration Ltd. followed GCI’s discovery by evaluating the veins for bulk mineable potential in the late-1980’s. Newmont drilled 35 shallow reverse-circulation and five core holes. In 2010 and 2011, a joint venture between IDR and Marathon Gold drilled 18,300 meters of core and published a resource report in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101).

 

In September 2013, the Skookum Shoot portion of the Golden Chest property was leased to Juniper Mining Company. Juniper began construction in Q3 2014, spending an estimated $7 to $9 million on mine development and infrastructure, building a modern gold mine that reached production in May 2015. Mining activities continued until September 2015 when Gold Hill ceased operations and terminated its lease, forfeiting the mine and infrastructure back to Golden Chest LLC.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

Current Underground Operations

The Golden Chest underground mine is accessed by primary decline ramp (MAR) with a complimentary escape-way incline ramp. The primary mining method is underhand drift-and-fill utilizing cemented rock-fill (CRF). During 2021, IDR mined a total of 17,180 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 5.32 gpt gold. The ore came from the 891, 842, 833 and 824 stopes. The decline (MAR) was extended at depth during 2021 to the 815 sublevel which required about 190 meters of ramp development and two exhaust ventilation raises were completed by IDR miners. A two-boom jumbo was added late in the year to accelerate MAR development.

 

Current Open-Pit Operations

In 2021, IDR continued its open pit mining operation which commenced in August of 2016. Mining in the Klondike pit advanced from the 1032 bench to the 1002 bench during the year. A total of 27,125 tonnes of ore at average grade of 2.92 gpt gold and 174,000 tonnes of waste were mined during the year. Ore tonnes and grade in the Klondike Pit were lower than modeled because of unmapped, historic stopes in the Klondike where high-grade material had been mined out by the old-timers.

 

Exploration Plans and Results

Modern exploration, including over 30,000 meters of drilling, reveals six NW-trending ore shoots at Golden Chest that demonstrate strong periodicity, consistent width and spacing, along the Idaho Fault. Most historic production came from the northernmost of these shoots, the Katie-Dora and the Klondike. Current underground mining occurs within the Skookum Shoot. Excellent exploration potential remains in unmined portions of the northern shoots as well as in the unmined Paymaster and Joe Dandy shoots to the south. During 2021, a total of 6,935 meters of core drilling was completed with drilling at the Joe Dandy, Paymaster, Skookum, and Klondike areas. A highlight of the 2021 drilling included drillhole GC 21-193 which intercepted 7.3 meters of 11.5 gpt gold in the Paymaster area. This intercept is significant as it shows high-grade, thick sequences of the vein and is more than 400 meters south and 125 meters below the current underground mining area in the Skookum. Additionally, drilling in the Klondike such as drillhole GC 21-204 found a new zone of gold mineralization. Drillhole GC 21-204 intercepted 7.5 meters of 5.2 gpt gold (including 3.3 meters of 9.4 gpt gold) in the upper vein and 3.4 meters of 12.2 gpt gold (including 1.1 meters of 34.1 gpt gold) in the lower vein. This newly discovered zone of gold mineralization is in the hanging wall of the Idaho Fault which is significant because it opens a new area for future exploration and the intercepts are reasonably close to the surface. Core drilling totaling approximately 8,000 meters is planned for 2022 using the company’s drill rig. Drilling is planned to explore and define gold resources in the Klondike, Golden Chest, Skookum, and Paymaster areas.

 

Present Condition of Plant & Equipment

 

The Golden Chest underground mine is accessed by primary decline ramp (MAR) with a complimentary escape-way incline ramp. The MAR was originally developed in 2013 at nominal 4-meter by 4.5-meter cross-section. Additional development by IDR in the MAR has been completed recently. There are several metal buildings on the mine surface constructed from 2012 through 2021 including a core shed with offices, a mine shop, and associated mine dry and warehouse. The mine electrical service is a three-phase, 500 kVA installation supplied by Avista Utilities.

 

 
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As of December 31, 2021, the Company had a capitalized development and investment cost of $2,633,706 associated with the Golden Chest.

 

Geology & Mineralization

Gold mineralization occurs in veins associated with multiple faulting and folding events in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. The mineralization occurs as gold- quartz veins associated with an orogenic deposit type. The orogenic system at the Golden Chest appears to have an association with igneous rock activity. Hence, the vein deposits may be described as intrusion-related orogenic gold. The principal vein being exploited at the Golden Chest Mine is associated with the Idaho Fault, which juxtaposes the quartzites of the upper Prichard Formation against finer-grained argillites, also of the upper Prichard Formation.

 

Veins occur adjacent to the Idaho Fault both in its footwall, and in its hanging wall. The mineralization occurs in two types of quartz veins, banded and massive. These veins are generally conformable to bedding in the Proterozoic age Prichard Formation. The banded veins, which occur primarily in argillite, contain, pyrite, arsenopyrite, galena, sphalerite and visible gold. Thicker, massive veins occur in quartzite and contain pyrite, galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, scheelite and visible gold.

 

The Company has not completed a Mineral Resource estimate for the year ending December 31, 2021, but is planning to complete one for the year ending December 31, 2022. In 2012, an historic resource estimate was completed as a part of a Canadian NI 43-101 by a third party and is provided for background only and does not represent a current SK 1300-compliant resource. A summary of the historic 2012 NI 43-101 is provided in Exhibit 96.1, the Technical Report Summary on the Golden Chest Mine, Idaho, prepared by the Qualified Person under Section 1300 of SEC Regulation S-K (QP).

 

Open pit ore reserves were not calculated for the year ending December 31, 2021. The Klondike open pit is an area with a low density of core drilling and extensive, unmapped stopes (mined-out voids) from historic mining that make it difficult to produce an accurate reserve estimate. The open pit is mined on a drill-as-you-go basis where each bench is economically evaluated based on the blastholes assays to determine whether enough revenue will be available to generate a profit for the bench. These factors combine to make the outlook for continued open pit mining relatively uncertain.

 

The Company prepared an underground mine reserve estimate in accordance with the requirements of subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K. A block model was completed using Vulcan software and an inverse-distance squared methodology for the underground mine. The underground reserves calculated are entirely in the Skookum shoot where sample density and mining experience gave enough confidence that grades could be reasonably predicted. A gold price using the three-year trailing average of $1,650 was used to calculate reserves for the year ending December 31, 2021. Economic parameters such as mining costs, milling costs, metallurgical recovery, mining dilution, and gold payment under smelter contracts were obtained from the Company’s recent operating history and applied to the reserve calculation exercise. More details related to the reserve calculation are attached as Exhibit 99.2.

 

The reserve was calculated by mining engineer Andrew Brackebusch, EIT under the supervision of Grant Brackebusch, P.E. who is the qualified person.

 

Classification

 

Year

 

Tonnes

 

 

Grade

(grams gold per tonne)

 

 

Cut-off

(grams gold per tonne)

 

 

Metallurgical Recovery

 

Proven reserves

 

2020

 

 

42,500

 

 

 

5.17

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

Proven reserves

 

2021

 

 

38,700

 

 

 

4.87

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

Total mineral reserves

 

 

 

 

38,700

 

 

 

4.87

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

93%

 

 

There was approximately a 9% decrease in tonnes and a 6% decrease in grade in the reserve estimate in 2021 versus 2020 which is due to a lower density of core drilling (wider spacing) below the lowest reserve blocks limiting the area that could be included in a proven reserve estimate. Company block modeling procedures require a minimum of two samples with a 25-meter search radius to estimate a block value for reserve calculations.

 

Two cut-off grades are used for stope planning, the go/no-go cut-off and the in-stope cut-off. The go/no-go cut-off represents any material that has the potential to be mined but does not have to be mined as part of the operational plan. The go/no-go cut-off is used for initial stope planning as any given stope or sublevel does not have to be mined and should only be mined if it is economic. The go/no-go cut-off is equation is presented in Equation 1.

 

Equation 1 go/no-go cut-off

  

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Go/No-Go Cut-off Parameters

 

The backfill costs are included in the mining cost in above Table. This formula yields a value of 3.18 gpt for the cut-off and was rounded down to 3.0 gpt for a more natural break.

 

The in-stope cut-off is used when material in a previously defined stope must be mined to reach higher grades. In this scenario the mining cost is considered sunk and is omitted from Equation 1 as the cost was incurred regardless of the ore/waste determination at the face. Evaluating equation 1 omitting mining cost yields a value of 1.09 gpt which was raised to 2.0 gpt to be more selective in the mining process.

 

For more information, see Section 12-2 of Exhibit 96.1, the Technical Report Summary on the Golden Chest Mine, Idaho, prepared for the Company by the Qualified Person under Section 1300 of SEC Regulation S-K (QP), Grant Brackebusch, P.E. who is the qualified person.

 

Permit Requirements

The Golden Chest Mine has all the required environmental permits to operate currently and into the foreseeable.  Some permits may require modification if operating conditions change, but typically these changes can be completed without impeding the mining operation.  A summary of the permits held by the Company are found in the following table:

 

Permit Descriptions

 

Permit Description

Reference

Idaho Surface Mine Reclamation Plan for

Golden Chest Mine

#S312900

Idaho Department of Lands

US EPA Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

For NJ Mill and Golden Chest Mine

Multi-Sector General Permit

Idaho Shallow Injection Well for

Golden Chest Mine

#S94X-0026-001

Idaho Department of Water Resources

 

In 2021, MSHA issued four citations for Section 104 S&S violations associated with the Golden Chest Mine and fined the Company $3,754.  Reference is made to exhibit 95 to this report.

 

 
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Alder Gulch

 

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The Alder Gulch property is a gold Exploration Stage property operated by IDR and located just north of the town of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho. The property can be accessed via dirt road from paved Forest Highway 9. There are no facilities or existing infrastructure located on this property.

 

Property Ownership

The Alder Gulch property is comprised of 880 acres of patented mining claims having both surface and mineral rights. There is no underlying royalty attached to the Alder Gulch property. The acquisition of this property was funded by two tranches of secured convertible promissory notes (the “Notes”) issued in 2020 and 2021. The first tranche of Notes (2020 Notes) for 368 acres with an aggregate principal amount of US $885,000 were all converted to IDR common stock in 2020 and 2021 extinguishing the debt and releasing the land (368 acres) to the Company. A second tranche, the 2021 Notes, of secured convertible promissory Notes with an aggregate principal amount of $1,750,000 were issued in 2021 for another 512 acres. The 512 acres of land are the security underlying the Notes. The outstanding principal amount of the Notes will bear interest at an annual rate of 8.0% for a term of three years. The principal amount of the Notes will be convertible at the option of the investors for common shares of the Company at a price of US $4.90 per common share prior to the maturity date of the Notes. Interest only payments shall be made on the Notes payable, and the Company may prepay the Notes in whole or in part without written consent of the investors.

 

Property History

The Alder Gulch land was originally patented in the 1880’s due to its gold potential and has changed ownership only a couple of times since Idaho statehood in 1890. It was held in the same family for nearly 100 years. Timber harvesting was the main activity occurring on the property in the last century. There is no evidence of modern mineral exploration on the property, but there is evidence of placer mining of gravel deposits left by an ancient river channel along the hillside. There is also evidence of historic prospect pits and exploration adits on the Alder Gulch property.

 

Present Condition, Work Completed, and Exploration Plans

In 2021, the Company conducted surface sampling, geologic mapping, trenching, and re-opened an adit. Trenching uncovered two vein-systems, the Badger, and the Argus. The Argus vein zone has been tracked for 130 meters along strike through 8 trenches, each 15 meters long. Samples along these veins returned assay gold values up to 8 gpt. Of the 34 samples taken to date on the new uncovered Argus veins, 25 have anomalous gold and eight have values greater than 1 gpt Au. One sampled trench has a 45 cm banded vein interval that assayed 8.57 gpt Au with the 1 meter of wall rock below the vein assaying 0.5 gpt and the 1.5 m above the vein also assaying 0.5 gpt Au. The weighted average of this trench assays 4.68 gpt Au over a true thickness of 2.9 meters indicating a mineralized zone with good gold grades over significant widths. The Company is planning more exploration in 2022 including geologic mapping, trenching, sampling, and core drilling. As of December 31, 2021, the Company has a capitalized investment cost of $2,473,066 associated with this property.

 

 
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Geology and Mineralization

The bedrock geology at the Alder Gulch Property is composed of siltite, argillite and quartzite belonging to the Proterozoic Prichard Formation and intrusive rocks of unknown age. A major structural feature is the Murray Peak Fault, a northerly trending, high-angle reverse fault which bisects the property. The ancient stream channel of auriferous gravels, the original justification for granting of the mining patent, extends across the Alder Gulch land from the northeast to the southwest. Gold mineralization is exposed through the gravel cover in numerous prospects, like on the Evans claim where a hydrothermally altered gold bearing intrusive sill barely outcrops above the gravels. The sill contains disseminated pyrite and galena with numerous quartz vein stringers mineralized with chalcopyrite, galena, and gold-bearing tellurides. A select sample from this sill assayed 4.75 gpt gold, 15.65 gpt silver, 2.2 % lead and 7.96 ppm tellurium.

 

Permits and Facilities

There are no permits associated with this property, and there are no processing plants or other available facilities located on the property. IDR would need to obtain permits for surface disturbances from the Idaho Department of Lands in order to develop this property. There are no current plans to permit the property and no estimates of associated timelines to obtain such permits.

 

No Mineral Resources or Reserves

The Company has not determined whether there are any mineral resources or reserves with respect to Alder Gulch.

 

Internal Controls

Exploration and development drilling programs are performed using industry standard quality control methods for drilling, logging, sampling, and analytical procedures. The laboratory used by IDR for sample preparation and analyses is: American Analytical Services, Inc. (AAS), 59148 Silver Valley Rd, Osburn, ID 83849. American Analytical is ISO 17025 Certified for Mineral and Ore Chemical Testing. Fire assaying is the only method used to quantify gold in core samples and muck samples. Occasionally Atomic Absorptions (AA) is use for multi-element analysis.

 

IDR’s QA/QC program has been in place since the GCLCC joint venture in 2011. The QA/QC program consists of inserting blanks and commercially certified standards into the sample stream. A blank or a standard is inserted into the sample sequence at least every 10 samples. All standards are commercially certified and have been prepared in advance by accredited labs. The QP’s reviewed the results of blank assay and only 2 of 241 samples returned an assay greater than the detection limit for fire assay, < 0.060 gpt gold.

 

For all the samples processed by AAS on behalf of GCLLC/IDR, the following methods were used to obtain a fire assay for gold. Samples received at the American Analytical are sorted and coded. They are then placed in the sample drying room and dried at 60°C. All drill samples are collected from the rig daily by Mine staff and transported to the locked and secure Mine Office/Core Shed building. Sample security has relied upon the fact that the samples were always attended or locked in appropriate sample storage areas. Samples remain within the custody of staff up to the moment the samples are delivered to the laboratory at which time AAS assumes custody. Chain of custody procedures include filling out sample submittal forms that are sent to the laboratory with sample shipments to make certain that all samples are received by the laboratory.

 

The sampling methods meet industry standard practices and are adequate for mineral resource and mineral reserve estimation and mine planning purposes. Sampling was conducted by appropriately qualified personnel under direct supervision of appropriately qualified geologists.Sample collection procedures used meet industry best practices. Sample preparation procedures meet industry best practices. QA/QC results produce acceptable results. Security procedures are consistent with industry standards. The databases are managed in a secure area using modern, commonly used software by trained staff. The staff are experienced in the nuances of narrow vein mining and treat the model with their experience in mind.

 

Drillhole logs are completed using Microsoft Excel and are only accessible by mine technical staff and timestamped at the last time of change. Geologic interpretation and solid modeling are accomplished using Leapfrog. Survey volumes, block modeling, and estimation of Mineral Reserves is accomplished using Maptek’s Vulcan. Data is stored at the mine site and backed up to a separate server stored at the corporate office quarterly.

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

None

  

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

The information concerning mine safety violations or other regulatory matters required by Section 1503(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Item 104 of Regulation S-K is included in exhibit 95 to this report.

 

 
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PART II

  

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

Market Information

The Company's Common Stock currently trades on the American tier of the NYSE Market under the symbol "IDR".

 

As of March 1, 2022, there were approximately 1,200 shareholders of record of the Company's Common Stock.

 

Dividend Policy

The Company has not declared or paid cash dividends or made distributions in the past and the Company does not anticipate that it will pay cash dividends or make distributions in the foreseeable future. The Company currently intends to retain and reinvest future earnings, if any, to finance its operations.

 

Transfer Agent

The transfer agent for the Company's Common Stock is Nevada Agency Trust 50 West Liberty, Suite 880 Reno, Nevada 89501.

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

In April 2014 the Board of Directors of the Company established a stock option plan to authorize the granting of stock options to officers and employees. Upon exercise of the options shares are issued from the available authorized shares of the Company.

No additional fees are paid for attendance at Board of Directors’ meetings, committee membership or committee chairmanship

Equity Compensation Plan Information

 

Plan Category

 

Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

 

Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

 

Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in column (a))

 

 

 

(a)

 

 

(b)

 

 

(c)

 

Equity compensation plans approved by the board

 

 

507,175

 

 

$5.25

 

 

 

0

 

Equity compensation plans not approved by the board

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

Total

 

 

507,175

 

 

$5.25

 

 

 

0

 

 

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

Occasionally, we pay for goods and services with restricted common stock. Our policy is to determine the fair value of the goods or services, and then issue the number of corresponding shares using an agreed upon price for our common stock that considers the bid/offer price as quoted by the NYSE-American.

 

The Company closed a private placement in October 2021. Under the private placement, the Company sold 471,436 units at $4.20 per unit for net proceeds of $1,980,000. Each unit consisted of one share of the Company’s stock and one half of one stock purchase warrant with each whole warrant exercisable for one share of the Company’s stock at $5.60 for 24 months. The Company closed a private placement in November 2021. Under the private placement, the Company sold 107,143 units at $5.60 per unit for net proceeds of $600,000. Each unit consisted of one share of the Company’s stock and one half of one stock purchase warrant with each whole warrant exercisable for one share of the Company’s stock at $7.00 for 24 months. The Company closed a private placement in April 2020. Under the private placement, the Company sold 105,821 units at $1.89 per unit for net proceeds of $200,000. Each unit consisted of one share of the Company’s stock and one half of one stock purchase warrant with each whole warrant exercisable for one share of the Company’s stock at $2.52 for 24 months. The Company closed a private placement in August 2020. Under the private placement, the Company sold 694,184 units at $3.92 per unit for net proceeds of $2,706,896. Each unit consisted of one share of the Company’s stock and one half of one stock purchase warrant with each whole warrant exercisable for one share of the Company’s stock at $5.60 for 24 months. The transactions were strictly limited to persons who met certain minimum financial (accredited investors) or sophistication requirements. In management’s opinion, the securities were issued pursuant to exemption from registration under Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

In June of 2021, 291,667 shares of the Company’s stock were issued to holders of convertible debt at a rate of $2.52 per share in exchange for $735,000 in debt. In July of 2021, 39,682 shares of the Company’s stock were issued to holders of convertible debt at a rate of $2.52 per share in exchange for $100,000 in debt. In July of 2020, 19,842 shares of the Company’s stock were issued to a holder of convertible debt at a rate of $2.52 per share in exchange for $50,000 in debt.

 

In the second quarter of 2021, 19,841 shares were issued in exchange for outstanding warrants for net proceeds of $50,000. In the third quarter of 2021, 26,786 shares were issued in exchange for outstanding warrants for net proceeds of $67,500. In the third quarter of 2020, 74,405 shares were issued in exchange for outstanding warrants for net proceeds of $208,334. In the fourth quarter of 2020, 47,619 shares were issued in exchange for outstanding warrants for net proceeds of $133,333.

 

 
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In the fourth quarter of 2020 1,786 shares were issued in exchange for outstanding options at a rate of $2.52 per share for net proceeds of $4,500.

 

In the first quarter of 2021, the Company issued 28,195 shares of its common stock in exchange for 44,643 outstanding options in a cashless option exercise to non-management employees. In the second quarter of 2021, the Company issued 3,572 shares of its common stock in exchange for 7,143 outstanding options in a cashless option exercise to non-management employees. In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Company issued 38,958 shares of its commons stock in exchange for 50,000 outstanding options in a cashless option exercise, of these 29,048 shares with a fair value at the time of exercise of $217,862 were issued to management and the remaining 9,910 shares with a fair value at the time of exercise of $63,428 were issued to other employees. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company issued 39,286 shares of its common stock in exchange for 80,358 outstanding options in a cashless option exercise. Of these, 35,715 shares with a fair value at the time of exercise of $125,000 were issued to management and the remaining 3,571 shares with a fair value at the time of exercise of $15,000 were issued to other employees.

 

In the first quarter of 2021 the Company issued 715 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $3.22 per share for services received of $2,300. In the second quarter of 2021 the Company issued 1,072 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $3.92 per share for services received of $4,200. In the fourth quarter of 2021 the Company issued 2,749 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $6.09 per share for services received of $16,748. In the fourth quarter of 2021 the Company issued 6,190 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $7.50 per share for services received of $46,425.

 

In the third quarter of 2021 the Company issued 45,940 shares of the Company’s common stock for 22% of Buckskin Gold and Silver with a fair market value at the time of purchase of $192,946. In the fourth quarter of 2021 the Company issued 30,358 shares of the Company’s common stock for an additional 15% of Buckskin Gold and Silver with a fair market value at the time of purchase of $136,000.

  

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

 

 
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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Plan of Operation

Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. is a gold producer focused on diversifying and building its asset base and cash flows through a portfolio of mineral properties located in historic producing gold districts in Idaho and Montana.

 

The Company’s plan of operation is to generate positive cash flow, increase its gold production and asset base over time while being mindful of corporate overhead. The Company’s management is focused on utilizing its in-house technical and operating skills to build a portfolio of producing mines and milling operations with a focus on gold and exploration for Rare Earth elements (REE).

 

The Company’s properties include: the Golden Chest Mine (currently in production), the New Jersey Mill (majority ownership interest), and a 50% carried to production interest in the past producing Butte Highlands Mine located in Montana. In addition to its producing and near-term production projects, Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. has additional gold exploration prospects, including the McKinley-Monarch and Eastern Star located in Central Idaho, and additional holdings near the Golden Chest in the Murray Gold Belt. Recently, the Company added two rare earth element properties in Idaho to its portfolio of exploration properties in an effort to diversify its holdings towards the anticipated demand for these elements in the electrification of motorized vehicles.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Response and Impact

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic ("COVID-19") in early 2020, in March 2020 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued guidelines to mitigate the spread and health consequences of COVID-19. The Company implemented changes to its operations and business practices to follow the guidelines and minimize physical interaction, including using technology to allow employees to work from home when possible and altering production procedures and schedules, asset maintenance, and limiting discretionary spending. As long as they are required, the operational practices implemented could have an adverse impact on our operating results due to deferred production and revenues or additional costs. The negative impact of COVID-19 remains uncertain, including on overall business and market conditions. There is uncertainty related to the potential additional impacts COVID-19 could have on our operations and financial results for the year.

 

Critical Accounting Estimates

We have, besides our estimates of the amount of depreciation on our assets, two critical accounting estimates. The ounces of gold contained in our process and concentrate inventory is based on assays taken at the time the ore is processed and the ounces of gold contained in shipped concentrate which is based upon assays taken prior to shipment however subject to final assays at the refinery, these shipments are also subject to the fluctuation in gold prices between our shipment date and estimated and actual final settlement date. Also, the reclamation bond obligation on our balance sheet is based on an estimate of the future cost to recover and remediate our properties as required by our permits upon cessation of our operations, and may differ when we cease operations.

 

Our concentrate sales sometimes involve variable consideration, as they can be subject to changes in metals prices between the time of shipment and their final settlement. However, we are able to reasonably estimate the transaction price for the concentrate sales at the time of shipment using forward prices for the estimated month of settlement, and previously recorded sales and accounts receivable are adjusted to estimated settlement metals prices until final settlement for financial reporting purposes. The embedded derivative contained in our concentrate sales is adjusted to fair value through earnings each period prior to final settlement. It is unlikely a significant reversal of revenue for any one concentrate lot will occur. As such, we use the expected value method to price the concentrate until the final settlement date occurs, at which time the final transaction price is known. At December 31, 2021, metals that had been sold but not final settled thus exposed to future price changes totaled 2,196 ounces of gold. The Company has received provisional payments on the sale of these ounces with the remaining amount due reflected in gold sales receivable.

 

The asset retirement obligation and asset on our balance sheet is based on an estimate of the future cost to recover and remediate our properties as required by our permits upon cessation of our operations, and may differ when we cease operations. At December 31, 2021, we made an estimate that the cost of the machine and man hours probable to be needed to put our properties in the condition required by our permits once we cease operations would be $103,906 for the Golden Chest property and $96,600 for the New Jersey Mine and Mill. For purposes of the estimate, we evaluated the expected life in years and costs that, initially, are comparable to rates that we would incur at the present. We are adding to the liability each year, and amortizing the asset over the estimated life, which decreases our net income in total each year. We make periodic reviews of the remaining life of the mine and other operations, and the estimated remediation costs upon closure, and adjust our account balances accordingly. At this time, we think that an adjustment in our asset recovery obligation is not required, and an adjustment in future periods would not have a material impact in the year of adjustment, but would change the amount of the annual accretion and amortization costs charged to our expenses by an undetermined amount.

 

 
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Critical Accounting Estimates

The SEC has requested that all registrants address their most critical accounting policies. The SEC has indicated that a “critical accounting policy” is one which is both important to the representation of the registrant’s financial condition and results and requires management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. We base our estimates on past experience and on various other assumptions our management believes to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results will differ, and may differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. Additionally, changes in accounting estimates could occur in the future from period to period. Our management has discussed the development and selection of our most critical financial estimates with the Audit and Finance Committee of our Board of Directors. The following paragraphs identify our most critical accounting policies:

 

Determination of Fair Values

Management determines the fair value of a financial instrument based on the amount that could be received upon the sale of an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The fair value is calculated based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, not on assumptions specific to the entity. In addition, the fair value of liabilities includes consideration of non-performance risk, including the party’s own credit risk.

 

Impairment of Mineral Rights and Properties, Plant and Equipment

The Company assesses its mineral rights and properties, plant and equipment for possible impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value of the assets may not be recoverable. Such indicators include changes in the Company’s business plans, changes in precious metal prices and significant downward revisions of estimated mineralization quantities. If the carrying value of an asset exceeds the future undiscounted cash flows expected from the asset, an impairment charge is recorded for the excess of carrying value of the asset over its estimated fair value.

 

Determination as to whether and how much an asset is impaired involves management estimates on highly uncertain matters such as future commodity prices, the effects of inflation and technology improvements on operating expenses, and the outlook for global or regional demand conditions for gold and silver. However, the impairment reviews and calculations are based on assumptions that are consistent with the Company’s business plans and long-term investment decisions. Management does not believe there are impairments present in mineral rights and properties, plant, and equipment.

 

Reclamation and Remediation Obligations

Reclamation costs are allocated to expense over the life of the related assets and are periodically adjusted to reflect changes in the estimated present value resulting from the passage of time and revisions to the estimates of either the timing or amount of the reclamation and remediation costs. Reclamation obligations are based on when the spending for an existing environmental disturbance will occur. We review, on at least an annual basis, the reclamation obligation at each mine site in accordance with guidance for accounting for asset retirement obligations.

 

Reclamation obligations for inactive mines are accrued based on management’s best estimate of the costs expected to be incurred at a site. Such cost estimates include, where applicable, ongoing care, maintenance and monitoring costs. Changes in estimates at inactive mines are reflected in earnings in the period an estimate is revised.

 

Accounting for reclamation and remediation obligations requires management to make estimates unique to each mining operation of the future costs we will incur to complete the reclamation and remediation work required to comply with existing laws and regulations. Actual costs incurred in future periods could differ from amounts estimated. Additionally, future changes to environmental laws and regulations could increase the extent of reclamation and remediation work required. Any such increases in future costs could materially impact the amounts charged to earnings for reclamation and remediation.

 

Income Taxes

Our income tax expense and deferred tax assets and liabilities reflect management’s best assessment of estimated future taxes to be paid. Deferred income taxes arise from temporary differences between the tax and financial statement recognition of revenue and expense. In evaluating our ability to recover our deferred tax assets, we consider all available positive and negative evidence, including scheduled reversals of deferred tax liabilities, projected future taxable income, tax planning strategies and recent financial operations. In projecting future taxable income, we develop assumptions including the amount of future state and federal pretax operating income, the reversal of temporary differences, and the implementation of feasible and prudent tax planning strategies. These assumptions require significant judgment about the forecasts of future taxable income and are consistent with the plans and estimates that we are using to manage the underlying businesses. Valuation allowances are recorded as reserves against net deferred tax assets by the Company when it is determined that net deferred tax assets are not likely to be realized in the foreseeable future.

 

 
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The calculation of our tax liabilities involves dealing with uncertainties in the application of complex tax laws and regulations. Income tax positions must meet a more-likely-than-not recognition threshold to be recognized.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

We have identified our critical accounting policies, the application of which may materially affect the financial statements, either because of the significance of the financials statement item to which they relate, or because they require management’s judgment in making estimates and assumptions in measuring, at a specific point in time, events which will be settled in the future. The critical accounting policies, judgments and estimates which management believes have the most significant effect on the financial statements are set forth below:

 

a) Estimates. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes for items such as mineral reserves, depreciation lives and methods, potential impairment of long-lived assets, deferred income taxes, settlement pricing of gold sales, fair value of stock based compensation, estimation of asset retirement obligations and reclamation liabilities. Estimates are based on historical experience and various other assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

b) Stock-based Compensation. All transactions in which goods or services are received for the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock or options to purchase shares of common stock are accounted for based on the fair value of the equity interest issued. The value of common stock awards is determined based upon the closing price of the Company’s stock on the date of the award. The Company estimates the fair value of stock-based compensation using the Black-Scholes model, which requires the input of some subjective assumptions. These assumptions include estimating the length of time employees will retain their vested stock options before exercising them (“expected life”), the estimated volatility of the Company’s common stock price over the expected term (“volatility”), the risk-free interest rate and the dividend yield. Changes in the subjective assumptions can materially affect the estimate of the fair value of stock-based compensation.

 

c) Income Taxes. Income taxes are accounted for under the liability method. Under this method deferred income tax liabilities or assets are determined at the end of each period using the tax rate expected to be in effect when the taxes are expected to be paid or recovered. A valuation allowance is recorded to reduce the deferred tax assets if there is uncertainty regarding their realization. Uncertain tax positions are evaluated in a two-step process, whereby (i) it is determined whether it is more likely than not that the tax positions will be sustained based on the technical merits of the position and (ii) for those tax positions that meet the more-likely-than-not recognition threshold, the largest amount of tax benefit that is greater than 50% likely of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the related tax authority would be recognized.

 

d) Investments. In a joint venture where the Company holds more than 50% of the voting interest and has significant influence, the joint venture is consolidated with the presentation of non-controlling interest. In determining whether significant influences exist, the Company considers its participation in policy-making decisions and its representation on the venture’s management committee.

 

Highlights for 2021 include:

   

 

·

For the year ending December 31, 2021, the Company processed 44,300 dry metric tonnes (dmt) at the Company’s New Jersey Mill with an average gold head grade of 3.85 grams per tonne gold (gpt).

 

·

IDR produced a total of 4,826 ounces of gold contained in concentrates and dore’.

 

·

Mined 27,125 tonnes of ore from the open pit at an average grade of 2.92 gpt gold with an average stripping ratio of 6.4 and an average daily mining rate of 1,024 tonnes per day (tpd). Tonnes and grade were lower than expected because of unmapped historic stopes where the old-timer’s mined portions of the veins.

 

·

Mined 17,318 tonnes of ore from the underground mine at an average grade of 5.32 gpt gold and completed 190 meters of development related to the Main Access Ramp (MAR) to access new stopes. Two ventilation raises were completed by IDR miners as well.

 

·

Completed 6,935 meters of core drilling at the Golden Chest with significant gold-vein intercepts in the Paymaster and Klondike areas. A highlight of the 2021 drilling included drillhole GC 21-193 which intercepted 7.3 meters of 11.5 gpt gold in the Paymaster area.

 

·

Increased land position at rare earth element properties in central Idaho.

 

·

Increased the size of the Alder Gulch Project by acquiring an additional 500 acres of patented mining claims located just west of the Golden Chest.

 

 
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Results of Operations

  

Our financial performance for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 is summarized below:

  

 

·

Revenue from gold concentrate sales was $7,630,416 for the year ending December 31, 2021, compared to $5,674,947 for the comparable period in 2020. The increase in revenue from mining operations is the result of an increase in tonnes processed at the mill and a higher ratio of underground to open pit ore processed at the mill, resulting in a higher average gold grade. We are anticipating this higher underground ore ratio to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

·

Gross profit in 2021 was $487,877 compared to a gross profit of $67,546 in 2020 providing an increase in gross profit as a percentage of sales from 1.2% in 2020 to 6.4% in 2021. The percentage increase is largely due to the higher gold grade processed at the mill, as well as increased mining efficiency from our new underground equipment placed in service during the year.

 

·

The Company had a net loss of $3,260,361 in 2021 compared to a net loss of $739,939 for the same period in 2020 due to the planned increase in gold exploration and a non-cash charge related to an increase in stock-based compensation to employees

 

·

The consolidated net loss included non-cash charges of $1,977,841 ($236,493 in 2020) as follows: depreciation and amortization of $814,422 ($575,671 in 2020), accretion of asset retirement obligation of $9,953 ($9,632 in 2020), stock based compensation of $1,087,575 (none in 2020), stock issued for services of $69,673 (none in 2020), loss on write off of equipment none ($9,536 in 2020), equity income (loss) on investment in Buckskin $3,782 (none in 2020), gain on forgiveness of CARES Act loan of none ($358,346 in 2020).

 

·

Net loss attributable to Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. was $3,160,169 and $642,876 in the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively.

 

·

Gold sales receivable increased to $408,187 from $264,779 at December 31, 2021 compared to 2020 as a result of shipping delays related to the global shipping situation.

 

·

Inventories decreased as of December 31, 2021, compared to 2020 as a result of where material was in the process at the mill.

 

·

Exploration expenses increased in 2021 compared to 2020 as funds became available. These exploration costs were primarily associated with core drilling at the Golden Chest and rare earth exploration in Central Idaho.

 

·

Management, professional services, and general and administrative costs increased in 2021 compared to 2020 for reasons including stock based compensation that was awarded in 2021 (none in 2020), and an overall increase in corporate activities as the Company is growing.

 

·

Stock based compensation increased in 2021 compared to 2020 as the company resumed the program after forgoing any awards in 2020.

 

·

Mineral properties increased in 2021 with the addition of and to several properties most significantly with the addition of 508 acres to the Alder Gulch property for $1,699,965.

 

 
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Cash Costs and All In Sustaining Costs Reconciliation to GAAP-Reconciliation of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (GAAP) to cash cost per ounce and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) per ounce (non-GAAP).

 

The table below presents reconciliations between the most comparable GAAP measure of cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion, and amortization to the non-GAAP measures of cash cost per ounce produced and all in sustaining costs per ounce produced for the Company’s gold production for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020. The cost per ounce calculations are based on ounces produced. Upon sale, the Company typically receives payment at an average rate of 91% of ounces produced after smelting and refining charges are deducted.

 

Cash cost per ounce is an important operating measure that we utilize to measure operating performance. AISC per ounce is an important measure that we utilize to assess net cash flow after costs for pre-development, exploration, reclamation, and sustaining capital. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop, and sustain gold production.

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion, and amortization

 

$7,142,539

 

 

$5,607,401

 

Depreciation, depletion, and amortization

 

 

(814,422)

 

 

(575,671)

Change in concentrate inventory

 

 

188,815

 

 

 

(177,391)

Cash Cost

 

$6,516,932

 

 

$4,854,339

 

Exploration

 

 

1,417,605

 

 

 

303,291

 

Sustaining capital

 

 

676,340

 

 

 

515,742

 

General and administrative

 

 

1,319,145

 

 

 

397,315

 

Less stock-based compensation and other non-cash items

 

 

(1,153,466)

 

 

(9,632)

All in sustaining costs

 

$8,776,556

 

 

$6,061,055

 

Divided by ounces produced

 

 

4,827

 

 

 

3,755

 

Cash cost per ounce

 

$1,350.10

 

 

$1,292.77

 

All in sustaining cost (AISC) per ounce

 

$1,818.22

 

 

$1,614.13

 

 

Financial Condition and Liquidity

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

Net cash provided (used) by:

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Operating activities

 

$(1,351,027)

 

$(482,418)

Investing activities

 

 

(3,090,946)

 

 

(1,593,541)

Financing activities

 

 

3,878,546

 

 

 

4,398,108

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(563,427)

 

 

2,322,149

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

 

2,539,945

 

 

 

217,796

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$1,976,518

 

 

$2,539,945

 

 

The Company has accumulated deficit of approximately $15.8 million at December 31, 2021 and incurred a consolidated net loss in 2021 of $3,260,361. The Company’s working capital at December 31, 2021 is $1,438,819. The Company is currently producing from the open-pit and underground at the Golden Chest. During 2021, production generated negative cash flow from operations of $1,351,027 compared to a negative cash flow used in operations of $482,418 in 2020. Planned production for the next 18 months indicates a positive cash flow from operations will be renewed as underground mining overtakes the open pit as the primary source of mineralized material. In prior years, the Company has been successful in raising required funds for ongoing operations from sale of its common stock or borrowing. Management believes it has the ability to meet its contractual obligations with continuing cash flows from operations, existing cash, and potential financings for the next 12 months.

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Not required for smaller reporting companies.

  

 
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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the shareholders and the board of directors of Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (the "Company") as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the years then ended, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the years then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

Critical Audit Matter

 

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current-period audit of the financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (1) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

 

The Impact of Ore Reserves on Mineral Properties

 

As discussed in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company’s ore reserves are estimated by management’s specialists based on the amount of metals that could be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time of the reserve determination. Management’s calculations of ore reserves are based on financial, engineering, and geological estimates, including future metals prices and operating costs.

 

We identified the assessment of the impact of ore reserves as a critical audit matter. Costs of developing ore reserves are capitalized and amortized using the units-of-production method over estimated recoverable reserves. Reserves also serve as the basis for assessing the recoverability of the carrying value of Company’s mineral properties.

 

The reserve estimates are based on several significant assumptions that are developed internally by management’s specialists, including the amount of metals to be extracted, future operating costs, and estimated future capital expenditures. Auditing these elements involved especially challenging and subjective auditor judgment due to the nature and extent of audit effort required to address these matters.

 

The primary procedures we performed to address this critical audit matter included:

 

 

·

Evaluating management’s process for determining estimates of mineralized material, including drilling, sampling, and assaying data.

 

·

Analyzing the objectivity, experience, and qualification of the Company’s mine engineers.

 

·

Evaluating the reasonableness of the reserves estimate by reviewing management’s assessment of historical drilling, sampling, and assaying activities, which are used in the estimate of proven and probable reserves.

 

·

Assessing the reasonableness of management’s determination of future operating costs and estimated future capital expenditures through comparison to current and past performance at the mine site, including evaluating against evidence obtained in other areas of the audit.

 

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Assure CPA, LLC (formerly DeCoria, Maichel & Teague, P.S.)

 

We have served as the Company’s independent auditor since 2003.

Spokane, Washington

March 31, 2022

Firm ID 444

 

 
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Consolidated Balance Sheets, December 31, 2021 and 2020

 

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Consolidated Statements of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

 

35

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

 

36

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Financial Statements

 

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Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2021, and 2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$1,976,518

 

 

$2,539,945

 

Gold sales receivable

 

 

408,187

 

 

 

264,779

 

Inventories

 

 

213,722

 

 

 

402,537

 

Joint venture receivable

 

 

4,442

 

 

 

4,177

 

Other current assets

 

 

334,443

 

 

 

224,063

 

Total current assets

 

 

2,937,312

 

 

 

3,435,501

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

 

 

8,255,961

 

 

 

7,227,144

 

Mineral properties, net of accumulated amortization

 

 

5,843,186

 

 

 

3,455,233

 

Investment in Buckskin

 

 

332,728

 

 

 

-

 

Investment in joint venture

 

 

435,000

 

 

 

435,000

 

Reclamation bond

 

 

103,320

 

 

 

103,320

 

Deposits

 

 

11,694

 

 

 

12,863

 

Total assets

 

$17,919,201

 

 

$14,669,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$647,218

 

 

$687,331

 

Accrued payroll and related payroll expenses

 

 

174,110

 

 

 

143,485

 

Notes payable related parties, current portion

 

 

10,543

 

 

 

37,078

 

Notes payable, current portion

 

 

664,153

 

 

 

339,704

 

Small Business Administration loan and interest, current portion

 

 

2,469

 

 

 

1,741

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

1,498,493

 

 

 

1,209,339

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset retirement obligation

 

 

172,348

 

 

 

173,001

 

Notes payable related parties, long term

 

 

106,068

 

 

 

117,234

 

Convertible debt

 

 

1,950,000

 

 

 

1,010,000

 

Convertible debt-related party

 

 

-

 

 

 

25,000

 

Notes payable, long term

 

 

961,748

 

 

 

709,072

 

Small Business Administration loan and interest, long term

 

 

166,742

 

 

 

161,251

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

 

3,356,906

 

 

 

2,195,558

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

4,855,399

 

 

 

3,404,897

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Common stock, no par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; 10,940,969 and 9,826,665 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

 

26,004,756

 

 

 

20,986,062

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(15,832,955)

 

 

(12,672,786)

Total Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. stockholders’ equity

 

 

10,171,801

 

 

 

8,313,276

 

Non-controlling interest

 

 

2,892,001

 

 

 

2,950,888

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

13,063,802

 

 

 

11,264,164

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$17,919,201

 

 

$14,669,061

 

 

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

 

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Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Years Ended December 31, 2021, and 2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue-gold sales

 

$7,630,416

 

 

$5,674,947

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales and other direct production costs

 

 

6,328,117

 

 

 

5,031,730

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

814,422

 

 

 

575,671

 

Total cost of sales

 

 

7,142,539

 

 

 

5,607,401

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

487,877

 

 

 

67,546

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploration

 

 

1,417,605

 

 

 

303,291

 

Loss on write-off of equipment

 

 

-

 

 

 

9,536

 

Management

 

 

518,011

 

 

 

169,493

 

Professional services

 

 

293,402

 

 

 

183,017

 

General and administrative

 

 

1,319,145

 

 

 

397,315

 

Total other operating expenses

 

 

3,548,163

 

 

 

1,062,652

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

 

(3,060,286)

 

 

(995,106)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other (income) expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on forgiveness of CARES Act loan

 

 

-

 

 

 

(358,346)

Equity income on investment in Buckskin

 

 

(3,782)

 

 

 

 

Timber revenue

 

 

(4,338)

 

 

(49,798)

Timber expense

 

 

-

 

 

 

3,494

 

Interest income

 

 

(146)

 

 

(1,696)

Interest expense

 

 

208,341

 

 

 

151,179

 

Total other (income) expense

 

 

200,075

 

 

 

(255,167)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

(3,260,361)

 

 

(739,939)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

(100,192)

 

 

(97,063)

Net income (loss) attributable to Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc.

 

$(3,160,169)

 

$(642,876)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share-basic and diluted

 

$(0.31)

 

$(0.07)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding-basic and diluted

 

 

10,192,465

 

 

 

9,198,015

 

 

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

 

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Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity

For the Years Ended December 31, 2021, and 2020

 

 

 

  

Common Stock 

 

 

Accumulated

Deficit Attributable

to Idaho

Strategic

 

 

Non-Controlling

 

 

Stockholders’

 

 

 

 Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

 Resources, Inc.

 

 

 Interest

 

 

 Equity

 

Balance, December 31, 2019

 

 

8,843,725

 

 

$17,682,999

 

 

$(12,029,910)

 

$3,003,888

 

 

$8,656,977

 

Contribution from non-controlling interest in Mill JV

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

44,063

 

 

 

44,063

 

Issuance of common stock for cash and warrants net of issuance costs

 

 

800,004

 

 

 

2,906,896

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,906,896

 

Issuance of common stock for options exercised

 

 

1,786

 

 

 

4,500

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

4,500

 

Issuance of common stock for warrants exercised

 

 

122,024

 

 

 

341,667

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

341,667

 

Issuance of common stock for cashless option exercise

 

 

39,286

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Conversion of convertible debt to common stock

 

 

19,840

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

50,000

 

Net loss

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(642,876)

 

 

(97,063)

 

 

(739,939)

Balance, December 31, 2020

 

 

9,826,665

 

 

$20,986,062

 

 

$(12,672,786)

 

$2,950,888

 

 

$11,264,164

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contribution from non-controlling interest in Mill JV

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

41,305

 

 

 

41,305

 

Issuance of common stock for cash and warrants net of issuance costs

 

 

578,579

 

 

 

2,580,000

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,580,000

 

Issuance of common stock for services

 

 

10,726

 

 

 

69,673

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

69,673

 

Issuance of common stock for warrants exercised

 

 

46,627

 

 

 

117,500

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

117,500

 

Issuance of common stock for investment in Buckskin

 

 

76,298

 

 

 

328,946

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

328,946

 

Issuance of common stock for cashless option exercise

 

 

70,725

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Issuance of options to management, directors, and employees

 

 

-

 

 

 

1,087,575

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

1,087,575

 

Conversion of convertible debt to common stock

 

 

331,349

 

 

 

835,000

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

835,000

 

Net loss

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(3,160,169)

 

 

(100,192)

 

 

(3,260,361)

Balance, December 31, 2021

 

 

10,940,969

 

 

$26,004,756

 

 

$(15,832,955)

 

$2,892,001

 

 

$13,063,802

 

 

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

 

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Years Ended December 31, 2021, and 2020

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$(3,260,361)

 

$(739,939)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

814,422

 

 

 

575,671

 

Accretion of asset retirement obligation

 

 

9,953

 

 

 

9,632

 

Stock based compensation

 

 

1,087,575

 

 

 

-

 

Stock issued for services

 

 

69,673

 

 

 

-

 

Loss on write-off of equipment

 

 

-

 

 

 

9,536

 

Equity income on investment in Buckskin

 

 

(3,782)

 

 

-

 

Gain on forgiveness of CARES Act loan

 

 

-

 

 

 

(358,346)

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold sales receivable

 

 

(143,408)

 

 

41,145

 

Inventories

 

 

188,815

 

 

 

(177,391)

Joint venture receivable

 

 

(265)

 

 

(1,767)

Other current assets

 

 

(110,380)

 

 

(65,230)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

(33,894)

 

 

161,188

 

Accrued payroll and related payroll expenses

 

 

30,625

 

 

 

63,083

 

Net cash used by operating activities

 

 

(1,351,027)

 

 

(482,418)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant, and equipment

 

 

(664,645)

 

 

(502,879)

Additions to mineral properties

 

 

(2,414,607)

 

 

(1,077,799)

Deposit on equipment

 

 

(11,694)

 

 

(12,863)

Net cash used by investing activities

 

 

(3,090,946)

 

 

(1,593,541)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of common stock and warrants, net of issuance costs

 

 

2,580,000

 

 

 

2,906,896

 

Proceeds from exercise of warrants

 

 

117,500

 

 

 

341,667

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

 

 

-

 

 

 

4,500

 

Principal payments on notes payable

 

 

(572,558)

 

 

(439,902)

Principal payments on notes, related parties

 

 

(37,701)

 

 

(62,362)

Issuance of convertible debt

 

 

1,750,000

 

 

 

1,085,000

 

Proceeds from Small Business Administration loans

 

 

-

 

 

 

518,246

 

Contributions from non-controlling interest

 

 

41,305

 

 

 

44,063

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

3,878,546

 

 

 

4,398,108

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(563,427)

 

 

2,322,149

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

 

 

2,539,945

 

 

 

217,796

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

 

$1,976,518

 

 

$2,539,945

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid in cash, net of amount capitalized

 

$257,614

 

 

$148,086

 

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deposit applied to purchase of equipment and mineral property

 

$12,863

 

 

$25,000

 

Notes payable for equipment purchase

 

 

1,149,683

 

 

 

283,154

 

Common stock issued for investment in Buckskin

 

 

328,946

 

 

 

-

 

Conversion of convertible debt to common stock

 

 

835,000

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

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

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1. Description of Business

 

Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. (“the Company”) was incorporated as an Idaho corporation on July 18, 1996, as New Jersey Mining Company. On December 6, 2021 New Jersey Mining Company changed its name to Idaho Strategic Resources Inc. and also finalized a 1 for 14 reverse stock split of its common stock as previously approved by shareholders at a Special Meeting of the Shareholders held on October 6, 2021. On the date of the reverse stock split, every fourteen (14) shares of New Jersey Mining Company were automatically converted into one issued and outstanding share of Idaho Strategic Resources, Inc. common stock without any change in the par value per share. The Company’s primary business is exploring for, developing, and extracting gold, and to a lesser extent, silver, and base metal mineral resources in the Greater Coeur d’Alene Mining District of North Idaho. From an operational perspective, the Company produces gold at the Golden Chest Mine located in the Murray Gold Belt (MGB) area of the world-class Coeur d’Alene Mining District, north of the prolific Silver Valley. With over 7,000 acres of patented and unpatented land, the Company has the largest private land position in the area following its consolidation of the Murray Gold Belt for the first time in over 100-years.

 

The Company also has an expanded focus on identifying and exploring Critical Minerals (Rare Earth Minerals). Its business strategy is to grow its asset base and mineral production over time while advancing its Rare Earth Element projects. In addition to gold and gold production, the Company maintains an important strategic presence in the U.S. Critical Minerals sector, specifically focused on the more “at-risk” Rare Earth Elements (REE’s). The Company’s Diamond Creek and Roberts REE properties are included the U.S. national REE inventory as listed in USGS, IGS and DOE publications. Both projects are in central Idaho and participating in the USGS Earth MRI program, with the Diamond Creek Project also participating in the Idaho Department of Commerce’s IGEM program.

 

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its majority-owned subsidiary, the New Jersey Mill Joint Venture (“NJMJV”). Intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated. The portion of NJMJV partially owned by other investors is presented as non-controlling interest on the consolidated balance sheets, statements of operations, and statement of changes in stockholders’ equity.

 

Accounting for Investments in Joint Ventures and Equity Method Investments

Investment in Joint Ventures

For joint ventures where the Company holds more than 50% of the voting interest and has significant influence, the joint venture is consolidated with the presentation of non-controlling interest. In determining whether significant influence exists, the Company considers its participation in policy-making decisions and its representation on the venture’s management committee.

 

For joint ventures in which the Company does not have joint control or significant influence, the cost method is used. For those joint ventures in which there is joint control between the parties, the equity method is utilized whereby the Company’s share of the ventures’ earnings and losses is included in the statement of operations as earnings in joint ventures and its investments therein are adjusted by a similar amount. The Company periodically assesses its investments in joint ventures for impairment. If management determines that a decline in fair value is other than temporary it will write-down the investment and charge the impairment against operations.

 

Equity Method Investments

Investments in companies and joint ventures in which we have the ability to exercise significant influence, but do not control, are accounted for under the equity method of accounting. In determining whether significant influence exists, the Company considers its participation in policy-making decisions and representation on governing bodies. Under the equity method of accounting, our share of the net earnings or losses of the investee are included in net income (loss) in the consolidated statements of operations. We evaluate equity method investments whenever events or changes in circumstance indicate the carrying amounts of such investments may be impaired. If a decline in the value of an equity method investment is determined to be other than temporary, a loss is recorded in earnings in the current period. At December 31, 2021, the Company’s 37% common stock holding of Buckskin Gold and Silver, Inc. is accounted for using the equity method (Note 9).

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

 

At December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company’s percentage ownership and method of accounting for each joint venture and equity method investment is as follows:

 

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

Joint Venture

 

%

Ownership

 

 

Significant

Influence?

 

Accounting

Method

 

%

Ownership

 

 

Significant

Influence?

 

 

Accounting

Method

 

NJMJV

 

 

65%

 

Yes

 

Consolidated

 

 

65%

 

Yes

 

 

Consolidated

 

Butte Highlands Joint Venture (“BHJV”)

 

 

50%

 

No

 

Cost

 

 

50%

 

No

 

 

Cost

 

Buckskin Gold and Silver

 

 

37%

 

Yes

 

Equity

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

Non-controlling Interest

Non-controlling interests in the net assets of consolidated subsidiaries are identified separately from the Company’s stockholders’ equity and its net income (loss). Non-controlling interests represent non-controlling investor’s initial contribution at the date of the original acquisition, ongoing contributions, and percentage share of earnings since inception.

 

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes for items such as mineral reserves, depreciation lives and methods, potential impairment of long-lived assets, deferred income taxes, settlement pricing of gold sales, fair value of stock based compensation, estimation of asset retirement obligations and reclamation liabilities. Estimates are based on historical experience and various other assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Revenue Recognition

Gold Revenue Recognition and Receivables-Sales of gold sold directly to customers are recorded as revenues and receivables upon completion of the performance obligations and transfer of control of the product to the customer. For concentrate sales, the performance obligation is met, the transaction price can be reasonably estimated, and revenue is recognized generally at the time of shipment at estimated forward prices for the anticipated month of settlement. The embedded derivative contained in our concentrate sales is adjusted to fair value through earnings each period prior to final settlement. Due to the time elapsed from shipment to the customer and the final settlement with the customer, prices at which sales of our concentrates will be settled are estimated. Previously recorded sales and accounts receivable are adjusted to estimated settlement metals prices until final settlement by the customer. For sales of dore’ and metals from doré, the performance obligation is met, the transaction price is known, and revenue is recognized at the time of transfer of control of the agreed-upon metal quantities to the customer by the refiner. 

 

Sales and accounts receivable for concentrate shipments are recorded net of charges by the customer for treatment, refining, smelting losses, and other charges negotiated with the customers. Charges are estimated upon shipment of concentrates based on contractual terms, and actual charges typically do not vary materially from estimates. Costs charged by customers include fixed costs per ton of concentrate and price escalators. Refining, selling, and shipping costs related to sales of doré and metals from doré are recorded to cost of sales as incurred. See Note 13 for more information on our sales of products.

 

Other Revenue Recognition-Revenue from harvest of raw timber is recognized when the performance obligation under a contract and transfer of control have both been completed. Sales of timber found on the Company’s mineral properties are not a part of normal operations.

 

Inventories

Inventories include concentrate inventory and supplies inventory. Concentrate inventory is valued at the lower of full cost of production or estimated net realizable value based on current metal prices. Costs consist of mining, transportation, royalties, and milling costs including applicable overhead, depreciation, depletion, and amortization relating to the operations. Costs are allocated based on the stage at which the ore is in the production process. Supplies inventory is stated at the lower of first-in, first-out weighted average cost or estimated net realizable value.

   

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

 

Income Taxes

Income taxes are recognized in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 740 Income Taxes, whereby deferred income tax liabilities or assets at the end of each period are determined using the tax rate expected to be in effect when the taxes are actually paid or recovered. A valuation allowance is recognized on deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that some or all of these deferred tax assets will not be realized.

 

Uncertain tax positions are evaluated in a two-step process, whereby (i) it is determined whether it is more likely than not that the tax positions will be sustained based on the technical merits of the position and (ii) for those tax positions that meet the more-likely-than-not recognition threshold, the largest amount of tax benefit that is greater than 50% likely of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the related tax authority would be recognized.

 

Fair Value Measurements

When required to measure assets or liabilities at fair value, the Company uses a fair value hierarchy based on the level of independent, objective evidence surrounding the inputs used. The Company determines the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements in their entirety fall. The categorization within the fair value hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Level 1 uses quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities, Level 2 uses significant other observable inputs, and Level 3 uses significant unobservable inputs. The amount of the total gains or losses for the period are included in earnings that are attributable to the change in unrealized gains or losses relating to those assets and liabilities still held at the reporting date. At December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company did not have any assets or liabilities that were valued at a fair value measurement other than its gold sales receivable. Due to the time elapsed from shipment to the customer and the final settlement with the customer, management must estimate the prices at which sales of gold concentrates will be settled. Previously recorded sales and accounts receivable are adjusted to estimated settlement metals prices until final settlement by the customer. See Note 13 for further information.

 

Financial Instruments

The carrying amounts of financial instruments including cash and cash equivalents, reclamation bond, notes payable to related parties, notes payable, and the Small Business Administration loan approximate their fair values. The fair value of the convertible notes payable at December 31, 2021 is $2,922,923 based on the convertible rate and the trading price of the Company’s stock at December 31, 2021.

 

Net Income (Loss) Per Share

Net income (loss) per share is computed by dividing net income (loss) attributable to the Company excluding net income (loss) attributable to a non-controlling interest by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the year. Diluted net income (loss) per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur from common shares issuable through stock options, warrants, and other convertible securities. For the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, potentially dilutive common stock equivalents excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share as their effect would have been anti-dilutive are as follows:

 

 

 

December 31,

2021

 

 

December 31,

2020

 

Stock options

 

 

507,175

 

 

 

150,000

 

Stock purchase warrants

 

 

669,467

 

 

 

426,788

 

Convertible debt

 

 

392,866

 

 

 

367,064

 

Total

 

 

1,569,508

 

 

 

943,852

 

 

Reclassifications

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2021 financial statement presentation. Reclassifications had no effect on net income (loss), stockholders’ equity, or cash flows as previously reported.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers cash in banks and other deposits with an original maturity of three months or less when purchased to be cash and cash equivalents. These deposit balances may at times exceed federally insured limits. No losses have been recognized because of these balances.

  

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant, and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation and amortization are based on the estimated useful lives of the assets and are computed using straight-line or units-of-production methods. The expected useful lives of most of the Company’s buildings are up to 50 years and equipment life expectancy ranges between 2 and 10 years. When assets are retired or sold, the costs and related allowances for depreciation and amortization are eliminated from the accounts and any resulting gain or loss is reflected in operations.

 

Mineral Properties

Significant payments related to the acquisition of mineral properties, mineral rights, and mineral leases are capitalized. If a commercially mineable ore body is discovered, such costs are amortized when production begins using the units-of-production method based on estimated reserves. If no commercially mineable ore body is discovered, or such rights are otherwise determined to have no value, such costs are expensed in the period in which it is determined the property has no future economic value.

Consideration received by the Company pursuant to joint ventures or mineral interest agreements is applied against the carrying value of the related mineral interest. When and if payments received exceed the carrying value, the excess amount is recognized as a gain in the consolidated statement of operations in the period the consideration is received.

 

Interest Capitalization

When capital projects are funded within the reporting period for which cash is paid which could have been used for debt reduction an amount equal to 10% of the capital project expenditure in interest expense is capitalized in mineral properties.

 

Mine Exploration and Development Costs

The Company expenses exploration costs as such in the period they occur. The mine development stage begins once the Company identifies ore reserves which is based on a determination whether an ore body can be economically developed. Expenditures incurred during the development stage are capitalized as deferred development costs and include such costs for drifts, ramps, and infrastructure. Costs to improve, alter, or rehabilitate primary development assets which appreciably extend the life, increase capacity, or improve the efficiency or safety of such assets are also capitalized. The development stage ends when the production stage of ore reserves begins. Amortization of deferred development costs is calculated using the units-of-production method over the expected life of the operation based on the estimated recoverable mineral ounces.

 

Pre-Development Activities

Pre-development activities involve cost incurred in the exploration stage that may ultimately benefit production, such as underground ramp development, pumping, and open-pit development, which are expensed due to the lack of evidence of economic development, which is necessary to demonstrate future recoverability of these expenses. These costs are charged to operations as incurred.

 

Claim Fees

Unpatented claim fees paid at time of staking are expensed when incurred. Recurring renewal fees which are paid annually are recorded as other current assets and expensed over the course of the year.

 

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

The Company evaluates the carrying amounts of its long-lived assets for impairment whenever events and circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable from the estimated future cash flows expected to result from its use and eventual disposition. Estimated undiscounted future net cash flows from each mineral property are calculated using estimated future production, three-year average metals prices, operating capital and costs, and reclamations costs. An impairment loss is recognized when the estimated discounted future cash flows expected to result from the use of an asset are less than the carrying amount of the asset. The Company’s estimates of future cash flows are subject to risks and uncertainties. It is reasonably possible that changes in estimates could occur which may affect the expected recoverability of the Company’s investments in mineral properties.

  

 

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2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies (continued)

 

Asset Retirement Obligations and Remediation Costs

Mineral properties are subject to standards for mine reclamation that have been established by various governmental agencies. Asset retirement obligations are related to the retirement of the mine when a contractual obligation has been established and a reasonable estimate of fair value can be determined. These obligations are initially measured at fair value with the resulting cost capitalized at the present value of estimated reclamation costs. An asset and a related liability are recorded for the fair value of these costs. The liability is accreted, and the asset amortized over the life of the related asset. Adjustments are made for changes resulting from either the timing or amount of the original estimate underlying the obligation. If there is an impairment to an asset’s carrying value and a decision is made to permanently close the property, changes to the liability are recognized and charged to the provision for closed operations and environmental matters. Separate from asset retirement obligations, the Company records liability for remediation costs when a reasonable estimate of fair value can be determined. Accrued remediation costs are not discounted.

 

Reclamation Bond

Various laws and permits require that financial assurances be in place for certain environmental and reclamation obligations and other potential liabilities. At December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company had a $103,320 reclamation bond for the Golden Chest Mine.

 

Stock Based Compensation

All transactions in which goods or services are received for the issuance of shares of the Company’s common stock or options to purchase shares of common stock are measured at fair value of the equity interest issued. The fair value of common stock awards is determined based upon the closing price of the Company’s stock on the date of the award. The Company estimates the fair value of stock-based compensation of options using the Black-Scholes model, which requires the input of some subjective assumptions. These assumptions include estimating the length of time employees will retain their vested stock options before exercising them (“expected life”), the estimated volatility of the Company’s common stock price over the expected term (“volatility”), the risk-free interest rate and the dividend yield. Changes in the subjective assumptions can materially affect the estimate of the fair value of stock-based compensation.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Response and Impact

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic (“COVID-19”) in early 2020, in March 2020 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued guidelines to mitigate the spread and health consequences of COVID-19. The impact of the guidelines on our business has been minimal. The Company implemented changes to its operations and business practices to follow the guidelines and minimize physical interaction, including using technology to allow employees to work from home when possible and altering production procedures and schedules, asset maintenance, and limiting discretionary spending. As long as they are required, the operational practices implemented could have an adverse impact on our operating results due to deferred production and revenues or additional costs. The negative impact of COVID-19 remains uncertain, including on overall business and market conditions. It is possible that future restrictions could have an adverse impact on our operations or financial results beyond 2021.

 

Going Concern

The Company is currently producing from both the open-pit and underground at the Golden Chest Mine. In the past, the Company has been successful in raising required capital from sale of common stock, forward gold contracts, and debt. As a result of its planned production, equity sales and potential debt borrowings or restructurings, management believes cash flows from operations and existing cash are sufficient to conduct planned operations and meet contractual obligations for the next 12 months.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

Accounting Standards Updates Adopted

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12 Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. The update contains several provisions intended to simplify the accounting for income taxes. The update is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2020. The update was adopted as of January 1, 2021, and its adoption did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

Accounting Standards Updates to Become Effective in Future Periods

In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12 Debt with Conversion and Other Options (Subtopic 470-20) and Derivatives and Hedging—Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity’s Own Equity. The update is to address issues identified as a result of the complexity associated with applying generally accepted accounting principles for certain financial instruments with characteristics of liabilities and equity. The update is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years and with early adoption permitted. Management is evaluating the impact of this update on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

3. Inventories

 

At December 31, 2021 and 2020, inventories consisted of the following:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Concentrate inventory

 

 

 

 

 

 

In process

 

$41,082

 

 

$90,743

 

Finished goods

 

 

97,074

 

 

 

230,318

 

Total concentrate inventory

 

 

138,156

 

 

 

321,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies inventory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mine parts and supplies

 

 

54,998

 

 

 

52,600

 

Mill parts and supplies

 

 

20,568

 

 

 

28,876

 

Total supplies inventory

 

 

75,566

 

 

 

81,476

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$213,722

 

 

$402,537

 

 

 

4. Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment at December 31, 2021 and 2020 consisted of the following:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Mill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

$225,289

 

 

$225,289

 

Building

 

 

536,193

 

 

 

536,193

 

Equipment

 

 

4,192,940

 

 

 

4,192,940

 

 

 

 

4,954,422

 

 

 

4,954,422

 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

(1,085,730)

 

 

(914,095)

Total mill

 

 

3,868,692

 

 

 

4,040,327

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buildings and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buildings

 

 

324,075

 

 

 

297,932

 

Equipment

 

 

5,042,915

 

 

 

3,250,551

 

 

 

 

5,366,990

 

 

 

3,548,483

 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

(1,847,191)

 

 

(1,229,136)

Total building and equipment

 

 

3,519,799

 

 

 

2,319,347

 

Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Creek

 

 

266,934

 

 

 

266,934

 

BOW

 

 

230,449

 

 

 

230,449

 

Eastern Star

 

 

250,817

 

 

 

250,817

 

Gillig

 

 

79,137

 

 

 

79,137

 

Highwater

 

 

40,133

 

 

 

40,133

 

Total land

 

 

867,470

 

 

 

867,470

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$8,255,961

 

 

$7,227,144

 

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

5. Mineral Properties

 

Mineral properties at December 31, 2021 and 2020 are as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Golden Chest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral Property

 

$1,577,669

 

 

$1,539,001

 

Infrastructure

 

 

1,056,037

 

 

 

468,669

 

Total Golden Chest

 

 

2,633,706

 

 

 

2,007,670

 

New Jersey

 

 

248,289

 

 

 

248,289

 

McKinley-Monarch

 

 

200,000

 

 

 

200,000

 

Butte Potosi

 

 

274,440

 

 

 

274,440

 

Alder Gulch

 

 

2,473,066

 

 

 

773,101

 

Park Copper

 

 

78,000

 

 

 

-

 

Less accumulated amortization

 

 

(64,315)

 

 

(48,267)

Total

 

$5,843,186

 

 

$3,455,233

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2021, $49,273 of interest expense was capitalized in association with the ramp access project at the Golden Chest. No interest was capitalized in 2020.

 

Golden Chest

The Golden Chest is an open pit and underground mine project currently producing for the Company located near Murray, Idaho consisting of 25 patented and 70 unpatented mining claims. A 2% Net Smelter Royalty is payable on production at the Golden Chest to a former joint venture partner. Royalty expense of $151,763 and $114,204 was recognized as costs of sales and other direct production costs in the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively. 

New Jersey

The Coleman property is located at the New Jersey Mine area of interest and consists of 62 acres of patented mining claims, mineral rights to 108 acres of fee land, 80 acres of land for which the Company owns the surface but not the mineral rights, and approximately 130 acres of unpatented mining claims. 

McKinley-Monarch

The McKinley-Monarch project is located near the town of Lucille, Idaho. The project consists of 28 unpatented claims totaling 560 acres. The Company started exploring the property in 2013.

 

Butte Potosi

In 2018, the Company purchased the Butte and Potosi properties near its Golden Chest mine. These properties consists of patented mining claims some of which include both the surface and mineral rights and some of which include only the mineral rights. There is an underlying 2% net smelter return on all ores mined and shipped from any lode production from the patented claims on the Butte property. 

Alder Gulch

In February 2020, the Company purchased property located in Alder Gulch just north of Murray in Shoshone County, Idaho which consists of 368 acres of real property, including patented mining claims with both surface and mineral rights. In February 2021, the Company paid $10,000 and in April of 2021, the Company paid an additional $1,689,965 to complete the purchase of approximately 512 acres of land adjacent to the Alder Gulch property for a total of $1,699,965. The Company started exploring the property in 2020.

 

Park Copper

In August 2021, the Company paid $78,000 in cash for 100 acres of patented mineral property in Shoshone County referred to as Park Copper.

 

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6. Notes Payable

 

At December 31, 2021 and 2020, notes payable are as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Paus 2 yrd. LHD, 60-month note payable, 4.78% interest rate payable through October 2024, monthly payments of $5,181

 

$164,422

 

 

$217,354

 

Paus 2 yrd. LHD, 60-month note payable, 3.45% interest rate payable through July 2024, monthly payments of $4,847

 

 

143,547

 

 

 

195,768

 

Compressor, 48-month note payable, 5.25% interest rate payable monthly through January 2022, monthly payments of $813

 

 

410

 

 

 

9,958

 

CarryAll transport, 36-month note payable, 4.5% interest rate payable monthly through June 2024, monthly payments of $627

 

 

17,752

 

 

 

-

 

CarryAll transport, 36-month note payable, 4.5% interest rate payable monthly through February 2024, monthly payments of $303

 

 

7,501

 

 

 

-

 

Atlas Copco loader, 60-month note payable, 10.5% interest rate payable monthly through June 2023, monthly payments of $3,550

 

 

58,866

 

 

 

93,265

 

Sandvik LH203 LHD, 36-month note payable, 4.5% interest payable monthly through May 2027, monthly payments of $10,352

 

 

283,955

 

 

 

-

 

Doosan Compressor, 36-month note payable, 6.99% interest payable monthly through July 2024, monthly payments of $602

 

 

17,064

 

 

 

-

 

Caterpillar 306 excavator, 48-month note payable, 4.6% interest payable monthly through November 2024, monthly payments of $1,512

 

 

49,421

 

 

 

64,896

 

Caterpillar 938 loader, 60-month note payable, 6.8% interest rate payable monthly through August 2023, monthly payments of $3,751

 

 

70,734

 

 

 

109,492

 

Caterpillar R1600 LHD, 48-month note payable, 4.5% interest rate payable through January 2025, monthly payments of $17,125

 

 

590,535

 

 

 

-

 

Caterpillar AD22 haul truck, 48-month note payable, 6.45% interest rate payable monthly through June 2023, monthly payments of $12,979

 

 

221,694

 

 

 

358,043

 

Total notes payable

 

 

1,625,901

 

 

 

1,048,776

 

Due within one year

 

 

664,153

 

 

 

339,704

 

Due after one year

 

$961,748

 

 

$709,072

 

 

All notes are collateralized by the property or equipment purchased in connection with each note. Future principal payments of debt at December 31, 2021 are as follows:

 

2022

 

$664,153

 

2023

 

 

584,778

 

2024

 

 

354,770

 

2025

 

 

22,200

 

Total

 

$1,625,901

 

 

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7. Asset Retirement Obligations

 

The Company has established asset retirement obligations associated with the ultimate closing of its mineral properties where there has been or currently is operations. Obligations were established for the New Jersey mill in 2014 and the Golden Chest mine in 2016. Activity for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 is as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1

 

$173,001

 

 

$163,369

 

Accretion expense

 

 

9,953

 

 

 

9,632

 

Change in asset retirement obligation estimate

 

 

(10,606)

 

 

-

 

Balance at December 31

 

$172,348

 

 

$173,001

 

 

The change in the asset retirement obligation estimate during the current year related to a revision to the estimated start of the reclamation process to a later date at our Golden Chest properties.

 

8. Joint Venture Arrangements

 

New Jersey Mill Venture Agreement (“NJMJV”)

In January 2011, the Company and United Mine Services, Inc. (“UMS”) now Crescent Silver, LLC (Crescent) entered into a joint venture agreement relating to the New Jersey mineral processing plant. To earn a 35 percent interest in the venture, UMS provided $3.2 million funding to expand the processing plant to 15 tonnes/hr. The Company is the operator of the venture and charges operating costs to Crescent for milling its ore up to 7,000 tonnes/month, retain a milling capacity of 3,000 tonnes/month, and as the operator of the venture receive a fee of $2.50/tonne milled. As of December 31, 2021, and 2020, an account receivable existed with the Mill Joint Venture from Crescent for $4,442 and $4,177, respectively.

 

Butte Highlands Joint Venture

On January 29, 2016, the Company purchased a 50% interest in Butte Highlands JV, LLC (“BHJV”) for a total consideration of $435,000. Highland Mining, LLC (“Highland”) is the other 50% owner and manager of the joint venture. Under the operating agreement, Highland will fund all future project exploration and mine development costs. The Agreement stipulates that Highland is manager of BHJV and will manage BHJV until such time as all mine development costs, less $2 million are distributed to Highland out of the proceeds from future mine production. The Company has determined that because it does not currently have significant influence over the joint venture’s activities, it will account for its investment on a cost basis.

 

9. Investment in Buckskin

 

In August 2021 the Company exchanged 45,940 shares of the Company’s common stock for 22% of Buckskin Gold and Silver Inc. (“Buckskin”). The Company’s closing share price on the date of the agreement (August 18, 2021) was recorded as the cost basis for the investment. In October 2021 the Company exchanged an additional 30,358 shares of the Company’s common stock for an additional 15% of Buckskin. The Company’s closing share price on the date of the exchange (October 15, 2021) was recorded as the cost basis for the investment addition. This investment in Buckskin is being accounted for using the equity method resulted in recognition of equity income on the investment of $3,782 during the year ended December 31, 2021. The Company makes an annual payment of $12,000 to Buckskin per a lease covering 218 acres of patented mining claims. As of December 31, 2021, the Company holds 37% of Buckskins outstanding shares.

 

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10. Income Taxes

 

The Company did not recognize a provision (benefit) for income taxes for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

The significant components of net deferred tax assets at December 31, 2021 and 2020 were as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net operating loss carry forward

 

$4,796,000

 

 

$3,984,500

 

Mineral properties

 

 

241,300

 

 

 

201,200

 

Asset retirement obligation

 

 

4,600

 

 

 

8,400

 

Stock based compensation

 

 

503,400

 

 

 

219,000

 

Other

 

 

16,800

 

 

 

14,800

 

Total deferred tax assets

 

 

5,562,100

 

 

 

4,427,900

 

Valuation allowance

 

 

(4,017,800)

 

 

(3,286,100)

 

 

 

1,544,300

 

 

 

1,141,800

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant, and equipment

 

 

(1,544,300)

 

 

(1,141,800)

Total deferred tax liabilities

 

 

(1,544,300)

 

 

(1,141,800)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net deferred tax assets

 

$-

 

 

$-

 

 

At December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company had net deferred tax assets principally arising from the net operating loss carryforward for income tax purposes. As management of the Company cannot determine that it is more likely than not that the Company will realize the benefit of the deferred tax assets, a valuation allowance equal to 100% of the net deferred tax asset exists at December 31, 2021 and 2020.

 

At December 31, 2021 the Company had net operating loss carry forwards of approximately $18,118,000 for both federal and state purposes, $11,100,000 of which expire between 2021 through 2037. The remaining balance of $7,018,000 will never expire but its utilization is limited to 80% of taxable income in any future year.

The income tax provision (benefit) for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 differ from the statutory rate of 21% as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision (benefit) at statutory rate for the period

 

$(683,600)

 

$(155,400)

State taxes, net of federal taxes

 

 

(178,200)

 

 

(43,300)

Non-taxable item-CARES Act loan forgiven

 

 

-

 

 

 

(96,200)

Change in rate reconciliation

 

 

57,000

 

 

 

-

 

Adjustment of prior year tax estimates

 

 

73,100

 

 

 

(5,800)

Increase (decrease) in valuation allowance

 

 

731,700

 

 

 

300,250

 

Total provision (benefit)

 

$-

 

 

$-

 

 

The Company is open to examination of our income tax filings in the United States and state jurisdictions for the 2019 through 2021 tax years. Tax attributes from years prior to that can be adjusted as a result of examinations. In the event that the Company is assessed penalties and or interest, penalties will be charged to other operating expense and interest will be charged to interest expense. The Company has reviewed its tax positions and believes it has not taken a position that would not be sustained under examination.

 

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11. Equity

 

The Company has authorized 200,000,000 shares of no-par common stock at December 31, 2021 and 2020. In addition, the Company has authorized 1,000,000 shares of no-par preferred stock, none of which had been issued at December 31, 2021 or 2020. On December 6, 2021, the Corporation completed a one-for-fourteen (1:14) reverse share split of all of its issued and outstanding common shares, resulting in a reduction of the issued and outstanding shares from 152,573,743 to 10,898,408. Shares reserved under the Corporation’s equity, incentive plans and warrants were adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split. All share and per share data presented in the Corporation’s consolidated financial statements have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the reverse stock split unless otherwise noted.

 

Stock Purchase Warrants Outstanding

Transactions in common stock purchase warrants for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 are as follows:

 

 

 

Number of

Warrants

 

 

Exercise

Prices

 

Balance December 31, 2019

 

 

921,438

 

 

$2.52-3.08

 

Issued

 

 

400,002

 

 

$2.52-5.60

 

Expired

 

 

(772,628)

 

$2.52-3.08

 

Exercised

 

 

(122,024)

 

$2.80

 

Balance December 31, 2020

 

 

426,788

 

 

$2.52-5.60

 

Issued

 

 

289,294

 

 

$5.60-7.00

 

Exercised

 

 

(46,615)

 

$2.52

 

Balance December 31, 2020

 

 

669,467

 

 

$2.52-7.00

 

 

These warrants expire as follows:

 

Shares

 

 

Exercise

Price

 

 

Expiration

Date

 

 

33,070

 

 

$2.52

 

 

April 21, 2022

 

 

347,103

 

 

$5.60

 

 

August 28, 2022

 

 

235,722

 

 

$5.60

 

 

October 14, 2023

 

 

53,572

 

 

$7.00

 

 

November 12, 2023

 

 

669,467

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Options

In April 2014, the Board of Directors of the Company established a stock option plan to authorize the granting of stock options to officers and employees. Upon exercise of the options shares are issued from the available authorized shares of the Company. Options reserved to any one related person on an annual basis may not upon exercise exceed 5% and the aggregate number of all options outstanding will not exceed 10% of the issued outstanding common shares in total as calculated at that time.

 

In February 2021, the board granted 283,936 stock options to officers, board members, and employees. These options vested immediately and are exercisable at $5.60 for 3 years. Total stock-based compensation recognized on these options was $604,571. In March 2021, the Company granted 3,572 stock options to an individual for services rendered to the Company. These options vested immediately and are exercisable at $5.60 for 3 years. Total stock-based compensation recognized on these options was $9,860. In October 2021 the Company granted 182,166 stock options to officers, board members, and employees. These options vested immediately and are exercisable at $5.60 for 3 years. Total stock-based compensation recognized on these options was $473,144. An additional 32 options were recorded in 2021 representing fractional share issuances related to the 1-14 reverse stock split. The fair value of stock option awards granted, and the key assumptions used in the Black-Scholes valuation model to calculate the fair value of the options are as follows:

 

 

 

February 11, 2021

 

 

March 15, 2021

 

 

October 20, 2021

 

Fair value

 

$604,572

 

 

$9,860

 

 

$473,143

 

Options issued

 

 

283,936

 

 

 

3,572

 

 

 

182,143

 

Exercise price

 

$5.60

 

 

$5.60

 

 

$5.60

 

Expected term (in years)

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

3.0

 

Risk-free rate

 

 

0.19%

 

 

0.33%

 

 

0.70%

Volatility

 

 

97.9%

 

 

99.3%

 

 

96.6%

 

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11. Equity, continued

 

Transactions in stock options for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 are as follows:

 

 

 

Number of Options

 

 

Exercise Prices

 

Balance December 31, 2019

 

 

375,893

 

 

$

1.40-2.52

 

Exercised

 

 

(82,143)

 

$

1.40-2.52

 

Expired

 

 

(143,750)

 

$

1.40-2.52

 

Balance December 31, 2020

 

 

150,000

 

 

$

1.40-1.96

 

Granted

 

 

469,674

 

 

$5.60

 

Exercised

 

 

(101,786)

 

$

1.40-1.96

 

Forfeited

 

 

(10,713)

 

$

1.96-5.60

 

Balance December 31, 2021

 

 

507,175

 

 

$

1.96-5.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable at December 31, 2021

 

 

507,175

 

 

$

1.96-5.60

 

 

At December 31, 2021, the outstanding stock options have an intrinsic value of approximately $1,108,000 and have a weighted average remaining term of 2.2 years. Cashless options exercised in the year ended December 31, 2021 had an intrinsic value of $445,290.

 

12. Related Party Transactions

 

At December 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company had a note payable to Ophir Holdings, LLC, a company owned by two officers and one former officer of the Company, 6% interest, monthly payments of $3,777 with a balloon payment of $110,835 in February 2023. The balance due on the note was $116,611 and $154,312 at December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively. At December 31, 2021, $10,543 of related party debt is payable in 2022 and the remaining $106,068 is payable in 2023. Related party interest expense for the years ending December 31, 2021, and 2020 was $7,627 and $10,992, respectively. There is no accrued interest payable at December 31, 2021 or 2020 on this note.In February 2020, the Company’s corporate secretary, Monique Hayes, participated in the Company’s convertible debt offering for $25,000. Interest expense on her note was $975 and $1,742 for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 respectively. She converted her note in May 2021 as provided in the agreement. See Note 14.

 

The Company leases office space from certain related parties on a month-to-month basis. Payments under these short-term lease arrangements totaled $25,008 and $24,840 for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively, and are included in general and administrative expenses on the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

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13. Sales of Products

 

Our products consist of both gold flotation concentrates which in 2020 and 2021 we sold to a broker (H&H Metal), and an unrefined gold-silver product known as doré which we sell to a precious metal refinery. Revenue is recognized upon the completion of the performance obligations and transfer of control of the product to the customer, and the transaction price can be determined or reasonably estimated.

 

For gold flotation concentrate sales, the performance obligation is met when the transaction price can be reasonably estimated, and revenue is recognized generally at the time when risk is transferred to H&H Metal based on contractual terms. Based on contractual terms, the Company has determined the performance obligation is met and title is transferred to H&H Metal when the Company receives its first provisional payment on the concentrate because, at that time, 1) legal title is transferred to the customer, 2) the customer has accepted the concentrate lot and obtained the ability to realize all of the benefits from the product, 3) the concentrate content specifications are known, have been communicated to H&H Metal, and H&H Metal has the significant risks and rewards of ownership to it, 4) it is very unlikely a concentrate will be rejected by H&H Metal upon physical receipt, and 5) we have the right to payment for the concentrate. Concentrates lots that have been sold are held at our mill up to 60 days, until H&H Metal provides shipping instructions.

 

Our concentrate sales sometimes involve variable consideration, as they can be subject to changes in metals prices between the time of shipment and their final settlement. However, we can reasonably estimate the transaction price for the concentrate sales at the time of shipment using forward prices for the estimated month of settlement, and previously recorded sales and accounts receivable are adjusted to estimated settlement metals prices until final settlement for financial reporting purposes. The embedded derivative contained in our concentrate sales is adjusted to fair value through earnings each period prior to final settlement. It is unlikely a significant reversal of revenue for any one concentrate lot will occur. As such, we use the expected value method to price the concentrate until the final settlement date occurs, at which time the final transaction price is known. At December 31, 2021, metals that had been sold but not final settled thus exposed to future price changes totaled 2,196 ounces of gold. The Company has received provisional payments on the sale of these ounces with the remaining amount due reflected in gold sales receivable.

 

Sales and accounts receivable for concentrate shipments are recorded net of charges for treatment and other charges negotiated by us with H&H Metal, which represent components of the transaction price. Charges are estimated by us upon transfer of risk of the concentrates based on contractual terms, and actual charges typically do not vary materially from our estimates. Costs charged by the customer include fixed treatment, refining and costs per ton of concentrate and may include penalty charges for lead and zinc content above a negotiated baseline as well as excessive moisture.

For sales of doré and of metals from doré, the performance obligation is met, the transaction price is known, and revenue is recognized at the time of transfer of control of the agreed-upon metal quantities to the customer.

Sales of products by metal for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020 were as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Gold

 

$8,156,948

 

 

$6,102,115

 

Silver

 

 

24,689

 

 

 

10,699

 

Less: Smelter and refining charges

 

 

(551,221)

 

 

(437,867)

Total

 

$7,630,416

 

 

$5,674,947

 

 

Sales by significant product type for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 were as follows:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Concentrate sales to H&H Metal

 

$7,285,651

 

 

$5,384,597

 

Dore’ sales to refineries

 

 

344,765

 

 

 

290,350

 

Total

 

$7,630,416

 

 

$5,674,947

 

 

In 2021 and 2020 floatation concentrates sold to H&H Metals Corp accounted 95% of all gold sales. The remaining 5% in 2021 and 2020 was doré sold to a third party. At December 31, 2021 and 2020, our gold sales receivable balance related to contracts with customers of $408,187 and $264,779, respectively, consist only of amounts due from H&H Metal. There is no allowance for doubtful accounts. We have determined our contracts do not include a significant financing component. For doré sales, payment is received at the time the performance obligation is satisfied. Consideration for concentrate sales is variable, and we receive payment for a significant portion of the estimated value of concentrate parcels at the time the performance obligation is satisfied.

 

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14. Convertible Debt

 

In February 2020, the Company issued convertible promissory notes with an aggregate principal value of $885,000 from which funds were utilized for the purchase of the Alder Gulch property (Note 5). The notes are collateralized by the Alder Gulch property as well as other unencumbered real property that the Company currently owns. The outstanding principal amount of the notes bears interest at an annual rate of 8.0% with interest payments due monthly and the principal due in February 2023. The principal amount of the notes is convertible at the option of the note holders into shares of the Company’s common stock at a price of $2.52 per share (351,192 shares) prior to the maturity date of the notes. In July 2020, one of the participants converted $50,000 in debt for 19,840 shares of the Company’s common stock. In 2021, the remaining eight participants converted 835,000 in debt for 331,349 shares of the Company’s common stock. Interest expense for these notes was $30,426 and $59,886 for the years ended December 31, 2021, and 2020, respectively including $975 and $1,742, respectively to the Company’s corporate secretary, Monique Hayes, who participated in the Company’s convertible debt offering for $25,000 which was also converted for 9,921 shares of the Company’s stock.

 

In July 2020, a current convertible debt holder was issued an additional convertible promissory note for a principal balance of $