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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
 (Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15 (D) OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

o TRANSITION REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15 (D) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT

For the transition period from __________ to __________

COMMISSION FILE NUMBER:  333-150462

Pershing Gold Corporation
(Name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Nevada
26-0657736
(State or other jurisdiction of
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation of organization)
Identification No.)

1658 Cole Boulevard Building 6 Suite 210, Lakewood, CO
 (Address of principal executive office)


(877) 705-9357
 (Registrant’s telephone number)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes  x     Noo

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes  x     Noo

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 the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer
o
Accelerated filer
o
       
Non-accelerated filer
(Do not check if smaller reporting company)
o
Smaller reporting company
x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act) Yeso   Nox

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the registrant's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.  204,220,557 shares of common stock are issued and outstanding as of May 15, 2012.
 

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
FORM 10-Q
FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED March 31, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
   
Page No.
PART I. - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.
Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011
3
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
4
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Three months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)
5
 
Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
6
Item 2.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
47
Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
50
Item 4.
Controls and Procedures.
50
 
PART II - OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.
Legal Proceedings.
51 
Item 1A.
Risk Factors.
51
Item 2.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
53
Item 3.
Default upon Senior Securities.
53
Item 4.
Mine Safety Disclosures.
53
Item 5.
Other Information.
53
Item 6.
Exhibits.
54

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

   
March 31,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
ASSETS
           
CURRENT ASSETS:
           
    Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 2,592,035     $ 3,670,567  
    Marketable securities - trading securities
    119,702       100,000  
    Marketable securities - available for sale securities
    4,650,000       -  
    Notes receivable, net
    70,000       -  
    Other receivables
    -       113,241  
    Prepaid expenses  - current portion
    392,892       463,737  
    Deferred financing cost
    -       50,919  
    Due from equity method investor (former Parent Company)
    517,949       347,335  
    Assets of discontinued operations - current portion
    -       61,050  
                 
      Total Current Assets
    8,342,578       4,806,849  
                 
OTHER ASSETS:
               
    Prepaid expenses  - long-term portion
    35,267       37,759  
    Property and equipment, net
    7,887,493       8,031,103  
    Mineral rights
    9,051,071       8,501,071  
    Reclamation bond deposit
    4,557,629       4,557,629  
    Deposits
    59,884       51,000  
                 
      Total Other Assets - Net
    21,591,344       21,178,562  
                 
     Total Assets
  $ 29,933,922     $ 25,985,411  
                 
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
               
    Accounts payable and accrued expenses
  $ 869,598     $ 821,111  
    Senior convertible promissory notes, net of debt discount
    -       1,066,445  
    Convertible promissory note, net of debt discount
    -       118,487  
    Note payable
    500,000       -  
    Note payable - related party, net of debt discount
    561,750       510,832  
    Deferred revenue
    1,666,667       -  
    Derivative liability
    -       6,295,400  
    Liabilities of discontinued operation
    -       21,622  
                 
        Total Liabilities
    3,598,015       8,833,897  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
               
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY :
               
  Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 authorized                
    Convertible Series A Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 2,250,000 Shares Authorized;
         none issued and outstanding as of  March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    -       -  
    Convertible Series B Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 8,000,000 Shares Authorized;
         none issued and outstanding and 500,000 as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    -       50  
    Convertible Series C Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 3,284,396 Shares Authorized;
         3,284,396 outstanding as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011)
    328       328  
    Convertible Series D Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 7,500,000 Shares Authorized;
         6,086,968 outstanding as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011)
    609       -  
    Common stock ($.0001 Par Value; 500,000,000 Shares Authorized;
        180,184,556 and 142,773,113  shares issued and outstanding as of
           March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    18,019       14,277  
    Additional paid-in capital
    80,849,995       47,114,351  
    Accumulated deficit
    (14,901,794 )     (14,901,794 )
    Accumulated deficit since inception of exploration stage (September 1, 2011)     (39,629,480 )     (15,074,534 )
                 
    Total Pershing Gold Corporation Equity
    26,337,677       17,152,678  
                 
    Non-Controlling Interest in Subsidiary
    (1,770 )     (1,164 )
                 
     Total Stockholders' Equity
    26,335,907       17,151,514  
                 
     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
  $ 29,933,922     $ 25,985,411  
                 
                 
See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION  AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
   
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, 2012
   
For the Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011
   
For the Period from
Inception of
Exploration stage
(September 1, 2011) through
March 31, 2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
                   
Net revenues
  $ -     $ -     $ -  
                         
Operating expenses:
                       
   Compensation and related taxes
    6,490,733       105,000       7,572,812  
   Exploration cost
    1,289,899       -       3,089,921  
   Consulting fees
    918,624       187,860       6,489,803  
   General and administrative expenses
    1,021,863       171,804       2,454,333  
                         
         Total operating expenses
    9,721,119       464,664       19,606,869  
                         
Operating loss from continuing operations
    (9,721,119 )     (464,664 )     (19,606,869 )
                         
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):
                       
   Loss from entinguishment of debts
    (4,769,776 )     -       (4,769,776 )
   Change in fair value of derivative liability
    (1,454,889 )     -       5,447,917  
   Loss from disposal of assets
    (9,434 )     -       (183,464 )
   Other income
    80,000       -       80,000  
   Settlement expense
    -       -       (4,799,000 )
   Realized loss - available for sale securities
    (27,000 )     -       (27,000 )
   Unrealized gain - trading securities
    19,702       -       19,702  
   Other income pursuant to an option agreement
    4,333,333       -       4,333,333  
   Interest expense, net of interest income
    (11,330,418 )     -       (15,845,894 )
                         
   Total other expenses - net
    (13,158,482 )     -       (15,744,182 )
                         
Loss from continuing operations before provision for income taxes
    (22,879,601 )     (464,664 )     (35,351,051 )
                         
Provision for income taxes
    -       -       -  
                         
Loss from continuing operations
    (22,879,601 )     (464,664 )     (35,351,051 )
                         
Discontinued operations:
                       
   (Loss) gain from discontinued operations, net of tax
    (50,174 )     (823,698 )     802,491  
                         
Net loss
    (22,929,775 )     (1,288,362 )     (34,548,560 )
                         
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest
    606       -       (170,747 )
                         
Net loss attributable to Pershing Gold Corporation
    (22,929,169 )     (1,288,362 )     (34,719,307 )
                         
Preferred deemed dividend
    (1,616,777 )     -       (1,616,777 )
                         
Preferred stock dividends
    (9,000 )     -       (3,293,396 )
                         
Net loss available to common stockholders
  $ (24,554,946 )   $ (1,288,362 )   $ (39,629,480 )
                         
Loss per common share, basic and diluted:
                       
  Loss from continuing operations
  $ (0.15 )   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.25 )
  (Loss) income from discontinued operations
  $ 0.00     $ (0.04 )   $ 0.01  
                         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
   OUTSTANDING - Basic and Diluted
    152,753,739       22,718,027       139,030,857  
                         
                         
   

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION  AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
               
 
 
               
For the Period from
 Inception of
 Exploration stage
 
   
For the Three
Months Ended
   
For the Three
Months Ended
   
(September 1, 2011) through
 
   
March 31, 2012
   
March 31, 2011
   
March 31, 2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
                 
                   
Net loss attributable to Pershing Gold Corporation
  $ (22,929,169 )   $ (1,288,362 )     (34,719,307 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash
   (used in) operating activities:
                       
Depreciation
    241,794       1,960       567,722  
Bad debts
    13,333       -       513,333  
Bad debts in connection with discontinued operations
    61,050       60,794       98,800  
Amortization of promotional advances
    -       8,643       -  
Amortization of debt discounts and deferred financing cost
    8,100,450       385,479       12,049,972  
Amortization of prepaid expense in connection
   with the issuance of common stock issued for prepaid services
    -       46,666       116,669  
Loss from extinguishment of debts
    4,769,776       -       4,769,776  
Change in fair value of derivative liability
    1,454,889       -       (5,447,917 )
Interest expense in connection with the note modification
    3,022,186       -       3,022,186  
Interest expense in connection with the conversion of notes payable
    -       -       230,192  
Gain from disposal of discontinued operations
    -       -       (1,134,448 )
Loss from disposal of assets
    9,434       -       183,464  
Non-controlling interest
    (606 )     -       170,141  
Realized loss - available for sale securities
    27,000       -       27,000  
Unrealized gain - trading securities
    (19,702 )     -       (19,702 )
Common stock issued for services
    239,028       -       1,076,528  
Common stock issued in connection with an employment agreement
    694,167       -       694,167  
Common stock issued and included in settlement expense
    -       -       4,761,500  
Stock-based compensation
    5,436,870       176,250       7,921,337  
Other income pursuant to an option agreement
    (4,333,333 )     -       (4,333,333 )
                         
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
                       
Restricted cash - current portion
    -       (3,135,568 )     1,320,817  
Note receivable
    -       -       -  
Other receivables
    99,908       -       86,575  
Prepaid expenses - current portion and other current assets
    70,845       (7,924 )     1,940,167  
Assets of discontinued operations - current portion
    -       325,357       141,378  
Prepaid expenses - long-term portion
    2,492       -       6,645  
Restricted cash - long-term portion
    -       -       500,000  
Deposits
    (8,884 )     -       (8,884 )
Assets of discontinued operations - long term portion
    -       30,000       40,556  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
    88,451       -       451,834  
Liabilities of discontinued operation
    (21,622 )     55,264       28,730  
                         
NET CASH USED IN  OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    (2,981,643 )     (3,341,441 )     (4,944,102 )
                         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                       
Advances on note and loan receivable
    -       (2,177,628 )     -  
Acquisition of mining rights
    (550,000 )     -       (550,000 )
Payment received on note receivable
    930,000       25,000       930,000  
Proceeds received from the sale of marketable securities
    323,000       -       323,000  
Proceeds from disposal of assets
    70,875       -       204,306  
Purchase of property and equipment
    (178,493 )     (3,972 )     (244,741 )
                         
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    595,382       (2,156,600 )     (1,053,064 )
                         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                       
Proceeds from sale of common stock, net of issuance cost
    847,500       -       4,024,916  
Proceeds from sale of preferred stock
    1,000,000       -       4,284,396  
Proceeds from note payable - related party
    -       2,250,000       -  
Proceeds from note payable
    500,000       2,250,000       500,000  
Proceeds from convertible promissory note - related party
    -       100,000       -  
Proceeds from convertible promissory notes
    -       650,000       1,715,604  
Payments on notes payable
    (1,039,771 )     -       (2,906,493 )
Advances to parent company
    -       -       48,745  
                         
NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    1,307,729       5,250,000       7,667,168  
                         
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH
    -       -       1,649  
                         
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE  IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    (1,078,532 )     (248,041 )     1,671,651  
                         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- beginning of period
    3,670,567       509,550       920,384  
                         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- end of period
  $ 2,592,035     $ 261,509     $ 2,592,035  
                         
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
                 
Cash paid for:
                       
Interest
  $ 71,817     $ 4,771     $ 404,308  
Income taxes
  $ -     $ -     $ -  
                         
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
         
                         
Issuance of common stock for payment of loans payable
  $ -     $ 360,000     $ -  
Issuance of common stock for payment of notes payable and accrued interest
  $ 8,315,258     $ -     $ 9,323,005  
Issuance of common stock in connection with the conversion of a promissory note
  into a current private placement
  $ -     $ -     $ 611,750  
Carrying value of assumed assets, liabilities and certain promotion
  rights agreement contributed from Golden Empire, LLC
  $ -     $ (30,551 )   $ -  
Common stock issued for prepaid services
  $ -     $ 280,000     $ -  
Issuance of additional notes payable upon assignment of debt
  $ 294,285     $ -     $ 294,285  
Beneficial conversion feature and debt discount in connection with
    the issuance of convertible promissory notes
  $ 168,163     $ 750,000     $ 1,883,767  
Debt discount in connection with the issuance of the credit facility
   agreement and notes payable
  $ -     $ 1,800,000     $ -  
Deferred financing cost in connection with the issuance of the credit facility
    agreement and notes payable
  $ -     $ 900,000     $ -  
Preferred stock deemed dividend
  $ 1,616,777     $ -     $ 4,901,173  
Issuance of common stock for payment of Continental's accrued legal fees
  $ 170,614     $ -     $ 170,614  
Issuance of common stock for payment of accrued dividend
  $ 3,601     $ -     $ 3,601  
Reclassification of derivative liability to equity
  $ 7,750,289     $ -     $ 7,750,289  
Issuance of a note receivable pursuant to an option agreement
  $ 1,000,000     $ -     $ 1,000,000  
                         
                   
 
See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS
 
Organization
 
Pershing Gold Corporation  (the “Company”), formerly Sagebrush Gold Ltd., formerly The Empire Sports & Entertainment Holdings Co., formerly Excel Global, Inc. (the “Shell”), was incorporated under the laws of the State of Nevada on August 2, 2007.In September 2010, the Company changed its name to The Empire Sports & Entertainment Holdings Co, which was subsequently changed to Sagebrush Gold Ltd. on May 16, 2011. On February 27, 2012, the Company changed its name to Pershing Gold Corporation.
 
On September 29, 2010, the Company entered into a Share Exchange Agreement (the “Exchange Agreement”) with The Empire Sports & Entertainment, Co. (“Empire”), a privately held Nevada corporation incorporated on February 10, 2010, and the shareholders of Empire (the “Empire Shareholders”). Upon closing of the transaction contemplated under the Exchange Agreement (the “Exchange”), the Empire Shareholders transferred all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Empire to the Company in exchange for shares of common stock of the Company.  Such Exchange caused Empire to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
 
Prior to the Exchange, the Company was a shell company with no business operations.
 
The Exchange was accounted for as a reverse-merger and recapitalization. Empire was the acquirer for financial reporting purposes and the Company was the acquired company. Consequently, the assets and liabilities and the operations reflected in the historical financial statements prior to the Exchange were those of Empire and was recorded at the historical cost basis of Empire, and the consolidated financial statements after completion of the Exchange included the assets and liabilities of the Company and Empire, historical operations of Empire and operations of the Company from the closing date of the Exchange.
 
Empire was incorporated in Nevada on February 10, 2010 to succeed to the business of its predecessor company, Golden Empire, LLC (“Golden Empire”), which was formed and commenced operations on November 30, 2009. Empire was principally engaged in the production and promotion of music and sporting events. The Company had assumed all assets, liabilities and certain promotion rights agreements entered into by Golden Empire at carrying value of ($30,551) which approximated fair value on February 10, 2010. Golden Empire ceased operations on that date. As a result of the Exchange, Empire became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company and the Company succeeded to the business of Empire as its sole line of business.
 
A newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary, EXCX Funding Corp., a Nevada corporation was formed in January 2011 for the purpose of entering into a Credit Facility Agreement in February 2011 (see Note 9).
 
On April 26, 2011, a shareholder agreement (the “Shareholder Agreement”) was executed and entered into between Empire, Concert International Inc. (“CII”) and Capital Hoedown Inc.  (“Capital Hoedown”). Pursuant to the Shareholder Agreement, Empire has the right to select two directors, and CII has the right to select one director of Capital Hoedown. Based on the Shareholder Agreement, Empire had owned 66.67% and CII had owned 33.33% of the corporate joint venture. Contemporaneously with the execution of the Shareholder Agreement, Empire issued a revolving demand loan to CII and Denis Benoit, up to a maximum amount of $500,000.  Additionally, Empire issued a revolving demand loan to the Company’s former majority owned subsidiary, Capital Hoedown Inc., up to a maximum amount of $4,000,000 which bears 10% interest per annum and payable on the earlier of the termination date on January 15, 2012 or upon demand by Empire. On September 1, 2011, the Company exited the sports and entertainment business and disposed of its Empire subsidiary pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) by and between the Company, Empire and CII.  Prior to the purchase, CII was the owner of a 33 1/3% minority interest with Empire in Capital Hoedown, Inc., an Ontario corporation, formed to undertake an event held during August 2011.   Pursuant to the SPA, the Company agreed to sell to CII its Empire subsidiary, including the 66.67% equity ownership interest in Capital Hoedown, for $500,000 payable on March 31, 2012 pursuant to a Senior Promissory Note issued by CII to the Company which bears interest at 8% per annum (see Note 3). As a result, on September 1, 2011, Empire and Capital Hoedown are no longer considered a subsidiary of the Company.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS (continued)

 
On May 24, 2011, the Company entered into four limited liability company membership interests purchase agreements (the “Agreements”) with the owners of Arttor Gold LLC (“Arttor Gold”).  Each of the owners of Arttor Gold, (the “Members”) sold their interests in Arttor Gold in privately negotiated sales resulting in the Company acquiring 100% of Arttor Gold.  Pursuant to the Agreements, the Company issued 8,000,000 shares of preferred stock, designated Series B Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) and 13,000,000 shares of Common Stock in exchange for 100% membership interests in Arttor Gold.  Each share of Series B Preferred Stock is convertible into one share each of the Company’s common stock. Assuming the conversion into Common Stock of the Series B Preferred Stock, the Company had an additional 21,000,000 shares of its Common Stock, on a fully-diluted basis, outstanding following the transaction. As a result of this transaction, on May 24, 2011, Arttor Gold became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. Arttor Gold (an exploration stage company), a Nevada limited liability company, was formed and organized on April 28, 2011. Arttor Gold operates as a U.S. based junior gold exploration and mining company.
 
A newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary, Noble Effort Gold, LLC, a Nevada corporation was formed in June 2011. A newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary, Continental Resources Acquisition Sub, Inc., a Florida corporation was formed in July 2011. A newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp., a Nevada corporation was formed in August 2011.
 
On July 22, 2011, the Company, Continental Resources Acquisition Sub, Inc., the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary (“Acquisition Sub”), and Continental Resources Group, Inc. (“Continental”), entered into an asset purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) and, through the Acquisition Sub, closed on the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Continental (the “Asset Sale”) in consideration for (i) shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Shares”) which was equal to eight Shares for every 10 shares of Continental’s common stock outstanding; (ii) the assumption of the outstanding warrants to purchase shares of Continental’s common stock and (iii)  the assumption of Continental’s 2010 Equity Incentive Plan and all options granted and issued thereunder (see Note 4). After giving effect to the foregoing, the Company issued 76,095,214 shares of its Common Stock, 41,566,999 warrants, and 2,248,000 stock options following the transaction.

Consequently, the issuance of 76,095,214 shares of the Company’s common stock to Continental accounted for approximately 67% of the total issued and outstanding stocks of the Company as of July 22, 2011 and the Company had become a majority owned subsidiary of Continental. As of March 31, 2012, Continental holds 42.23% of interest in the outstanding common stock of the Company.  Effective February 2012, the Company is considered to be an equity method investee as a result of the decrease in Continental’s ownership interest of less than 50% which is accounted for under equity method of accounting.

On August 30, 2011, the Company, through its newly-formed wholly owned subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. (“Gold Acquisition”) acquired the Relief Canyon Mine (“Relief Canyon”) located in Pershing County, near Lovelock, Nevada, for an aggregate purchase price consisting of: (i) $12,000,000 cash and (ii) $8,000,000 of senior secured convertible promissory notes issued to Platinum Long Term Growth LLC (“Platinum”) and Lakewood Group LLC (“Lakewood”). Gold Acquisition, a Nevada corporation was formed in August 2011.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of presentation
 
The condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("US GAAP") and present the condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries as of March 31, 2012. In the preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company, intercompany transactions and balances are eliminated and net earnings are reduced by the portion of the net earnings of subsidiaries applicable to non-controlling interests. All adjustments (consisting of normal recurring items) necessary to present fairly the Company's financial position as of March 31, 2012, and the results of operations and cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 have been included. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. The accounting policies and procedures employed in the preparation of these condensed consolidated financial statements have been derived from the audited financial statements of the Company for the period ended December 31, 2011, which are contained in Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 16, 2012. The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 was derived from those financial statements.

As reflected in the accompanying consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company had a net loss of $ 22,929,169 and $2,981,643 of net cash used in operations. At March 31, 2012, the Company had a working capital of $4,744,563. Additionally, at March 31, 2011, the Company had an accumulated deficit of approximately $54.5 million. However, of the $22,929,169 net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2012, $19,716,336 consisted of non cash expenses such as stock based compensation to certain employees and consultants, change in fair value of derivative liability, amortization of debt discount, non- cash interest and loss from extinguishment of debts. As of March 31, 2012, the Company has cash and cash equivalents for a total of approximately $2.6 million. In April 2012, the Company sold 4,385,716 shares of common stock to certain investors for an aggregate purchase price of $1,535,000. The Company anticipates selling the remaining shares (option consideration) received in January 2012 pursuant to an Option Agreement for the remainder of 2012 to increase the Company’s working capital (see Note 5). Based on the Company’s historical use of cash and other mitigating factors, management believes that the Company has met its expected needs required to support its operations for the next 12 months.

Exploration stage company

On September 1, 2011, the Company exited the sports and entertainment business and disposed of its Empire subsidiary pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement. The Company will no longer be engaged in or pursue agreements with artists or athletes for sports and entertainment promotion and events, and will focus its activities exclusively on its new business segment, gold exploration as a junior exploration company. As a result of the Company's focus on gold exploration, the Company is considered an exploration stage company effective September 1, 2011. Accordingly, the Company is an exploration stage company as defined in ASC 915 “Development Stage Entities”.
 
Use of estimates
 
In preparing the condensed consolidated financial statements, management is required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the date of the consolidated balance sheet, and revenues and expenses for the period then ended.  Actual results may differ significantly from those estimates. Significant estimates made by management include, but are not limited to, allowance for bad debts, the useful life of property and equipment, the fair values of certain promotional contracts and the assumptions used to calculate fair value of options granted and derivative liability, beneficial conversion on convertible notes payable, capitalized mineral rights, asset valuations, common stock issued for services, common stock issued for conversion of notes and common stock issued in connection with an acquisition.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

Non-controlling interests in consolidated financial statements

In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 810-10-65, “Non-controlling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements, an amendment of Accounting Research Bulletin No. 51,” (“SFAS No. 160”).  This statement clarifies that a non-controlling (minority) interest in a subsidiary is an ownership interest in the entity that should be reported as equity in the consolidated financial statements. It also requires consolidated net income to include the amounts attributable to both the parent and non-controlling interest, with disclosure on the face of the consolidated income statement of the amounts attributed to the parent and to the non-controlling interest. In accordance with ASC 810-10-45-21, those losses attributable to the parent and the non-controlling interest in subsidiary may exceed their interests in the subsidiary’s equity. The excess and any further losses attributable to the parent and the non-controlling interest shall be attributed to those interests even if that attribution results in a deficit non-controlling interest balance. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company recorded a deficit non-controlling interest balance of $ 1,770 and $1,164, respectively, in connection with a majority-owned subsidiary of ND Energy, Inc. and Green Energy, Inc. (Secure Energy LLC), as reflected in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers all highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less when acquired to be cash equivalents. The Company places its cash with a high credit quality financial institution. The Company’s account at this institution is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") up to $250,000. In addition to the basic insurance deposit coverage, the FDIC is providing temporary unlimited coverage for non-interest bearing transaction accounts through December 31, 2012. At March 31, 2012, the Company has not reached bank balances exceeding the FDIC insurance limit on interest bearing accounts. To reduce its risk associated with the failure of such financial institution, the Company evaluates at least annually the rating of the financial institution in which it holds deposits.

Marketable securities

Marketable securities that the Company invests in publicly traded equity securities and are generally restricted for sale under Federal securities laws. The Company’s policy is to liquidate securities received when market conditions are favorable for sale. Since these securities are often restricted, the Company is unable to liquidate them until the restriction is removed. Marketable securities that are bought and held principally for the purpose of selling them in the near term are to be classified as trading securities and reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses included in earnings. Pursuant to ASC Topic 320, “Investments –Debt and Equity Securities” the Company’s marketable securities have a readily determinable and active quoted price, such as from NASDAQ, NYSE Euronext, the Over the Counter Bulletin Board, and the OTC Markets Group (formerly known as the Pink Sheets).

Trading securities are carried at fair value, with changes in unrealized holding gains and losses included in income and classified within interest and other income, net, in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.

Available for sale securities are carried at fair value, with changes in unrealized gains or losses are recognized as an element of comprehensive income based on changes in the fair value of the security.  Once liquidated, realized gains or losses on the sale of marketable securities available for sale are reflected in the net income (loss) for the period in which the security was liquidated.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

Comprehensive income

Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2011-05 amends FASB Codification Topic 220 on comprehensive income (1) to eliminate the current option to present the components of other comprehensive income in the statement of changes in equity, and (2) to require presentation of net income and other comprehensive income (and their respective components) either in a single continuous statement or in two separate but consecutive statements. These amendments do not alter any current recognition or measurement requirements in respect of items of other comprehensive income. The amendments in this Update are to be applied prospectively.
 
Fair value of financial instruments

The Company adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures” (“ASC 820”), for assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis. ASC 820 establishes a common definition for fair value to be applied to existing generally accepted accounting principles that require the use of fair value measurements, establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosure about such fair value measurements. The adoption of ASC 820 did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position or operating results, but did expand certain disclosures.

ASC 820 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Additionally, ASC 820 requires the use of valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. These inputs are prioritized below:
 
 
Level 1:
Observable inputs such as quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or
liabilities
 
Level 2:
Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data
 
Level 3:
Unobservable inputs for which there is little or no market data, which require the use of the
reporting entity’s own assumptions.
 
 
The Company analyzes all financial instruments with features of both liabilities and equity under the FASB’s accounting standard for such instruments. Under this standard, financial assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Depending on the product and the terms of the transaction, the fair value of notes payable and derivative liabilities were modeled using a series of techniques, including closed-form analytic formula, such as the Black-Scholes option-pricing model.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
The following table presents a reconciliation of the derivative liability measured at fair value on a recurring basis using significant unobservable input (Level 3) from January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012:
       
   
Conversion feature
derivative liability
 
Balance at January 1, 2012
 
$
6,295,400
 
Reclassification of derivative liability to equity
   
(7,750,289)
 
Change in fair value included in earnings
   
1,454,889
 
Balance at March 31, 2012
 
$
-
 
 
Investment measured at fair value on a recurring basis:

   
Fair Value Measurements Using:
 
  
 
Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets
(Level 1)
   
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
   
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 
  
                 
Marketable securities –trading
 
$
119,702
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
                         
Marketable securities – available for sale, net of discount for effect of restriction
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
4,650,000
 
                         

The Company classifies the trading securities as Level 1 assets as their fair values are readily determinable and based on quoted market prices. Unrealized gains or losses on marketable securities -trading are included in earnings.  
 
The Company classifies the investments in marketable securities available for sale as Level 3, adjusted for the effect of restriction. The securities are restricted and cannot be readily resold by the Company absent a registration of those securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) or the availabilities of an exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act. As these securities are often restricted, the Company is unable to liquidate them until the restriction is removed. Unrealized gains or losses on marketable securities available for sale are recognized as an element of comprehensive income based on changes in the fair value of the security. Once liquidated, realized gains or losses on the sale of marketable securities available for sale are reflected in our net income for the period in which the security was liquidated.

The carrying amounts reported in the balance sheet for cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, other receivables, prepaid expenses, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximate their estimated fair market value based on the short-term maturity of these instruments. The carrying amount of the note payable at March 31, 2012, approximate their respective fair value based on the Company’s incremental borrowing rate. The Company did not identify any other assets or liabilities that are required to be presented on the consolidated balance sheets at fair value in accordance with the accounting guidance.
 
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
Prepaid expenses

Prepaid expenses – current portion of $392,892 and $463,737 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, consist primarily of costs paid for future services which will occur within a year. Prepaid expenses include prepayments (in cash and common stock) of public relation services, consulting and business advisory services, and prepaid insurance and mineral lease which are being amortized over the terms of their respective agreements. Prepaid expenses – long term portion of $35,267 and $37,759 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, consist primarily of costs paid for future mineral lease payments after one year.
 
Mineral property acquisition and exploration costs

Costs of lease, exploration, carrying and retaining unproven mineral lease properties are expensed as incurred. The Company has chosen to expense all mineral exploration costs as incurred given that it is still in the exploration stage. Once the Company has identified proven and probable reserves in its investigation of its properties and upon development of a plan for operating a mine, it would enter the development stage and capitalize future costs until production is established. When a property reaches the production stage, the related capitalized costs will be amortized, using the units-of-production method over the estimated life of the probable-proven reserves. When the Company has capitalized mineral properties, these properties will be periodically assessed for impairment of value and any diminution in value. To date, the Company has not established the commercial feasibility of any exploration prospects; therefore, all costs are being expensed. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company incurred exploration cost of $1,289,899.
 
ASC 930-805, states that mineral rights consist of the legal right to explore, extract, and retain at least a portion of the benefits from mineral deposits. Mining assets include mineral rights. Acquired mineral rights are considered tangible assets under ASC 805. ASC 805 requires that mineral rights be recognized at fair value as of the acquisition date. As a result, the direct costs to acquire mineral rights are initially capitalized as tangible assets. Mineral rights include costs associated with acquiring patented and unpatented mining claims. ASC 930-805-30-1 and 30-2 provides that in fair valuing mineral assets, an acquirer should take into account both:

 
·
The value beyond proven and probable reserves ("VBPP") to the extent that a market participant would include VBPP in determining the fair value of the assets.
 
·
The effects of anticipated fluctuations in the future market price of minerals in a manner that is consistent with the expectations of market participants.

In order to fair value the mineral rights acquired, management utilized a compilation and review report prepared by a third-party which documented the estimated, indicated and inferred mineral resources related to the Relief Canyon Mine property. Based on these findings, management determined that the fair value of the acquired mineral right amounted to $8,501,071 in connection with the acquisition of the Relief Canyon Mine Property (see Note 4). In addition, in February 2012, the Company acquired certain unpatented mining claims from Silver Scott Mines Inc. for a purchase price of $550,000.The Company has recorded the acquired mineral right’s fair value as mineral rights on the condensed consolidated balance sheet as a separate component of property, plant and equipment. If proven and probable reserves are established for the property and it has been determined that a mineral property can be economically developed, costs will be amortized using the units-of-production method over the estimated life of the probable reserve. For mineral rights in which proven and probable reserves have not yet been established, the Company assesses the carrying values for impairment at the end of each reporting period and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. 

On March 31, 2012, based on managements’ review of the carrying value of mineral rights related to the acquisition of such mineral rights, management determined that there is no evidence that these acquired mineral rights will not be fully recovered and accordingly, the Company has determined that no adjustment to the carrying value of mineral rights was required.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

As of the date of these consolidated financial statements, the Company has not established any proven or probable reserves on its mineral properties and incurred only acquisition and exploration costs.

Property and equipment
 
Property and equipment are carried at cost. The cost of repairs and maintenance is expensed as incurred; major replacements and improvements are capitalized. When assets are retired or disposed of, the cost and accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts, and any resulting gains or losses are included in income in the year of disposition. Depreciation is calculated on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the assets, generally one to twenty five years.
 
Impairment of long-lived assets
 
The Company accounts for the impairment or disposal of long-lived assets according to the ASC 360 “Property, Plant and Equipment”.  The Company continually monitors events and changes in circumstances that could indicate that the carrying amounts of long-lived assets, including mineral rights, may not be recoverable.  Long-lived assets in the exploration stage are monitored for impairment based on factors such as the Company's continued right to explore the area, exploration reports, assays, technical reports, drill results and the Company's continued plans to fund exploration programs on the property, whether sufficient work has been performed to indicate that the carrying amount of the mineral property cost carried forward as an asset will not be fully recovered, even though a viable mine has been discovered. The tests for long-lived assets in the exploration stage would be monitored for impairment based on factors such as current market value of the long-lived assets and results of exploration, future asset utilization, business climate, mineral prices and future undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use of the related assets. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the estimated future net undiscounted cash flows expected to be generated by the asset. When necessary, impaired assets are written down to estimated fair value based on the best information available. Estimated fair value is generally based on either appraised value or measured by discounting estimated future cash flows. Considerable management judgment is necessary to estimate discounted future cash flows. Accordingly, actual results could vary significantly from such estimates. The Company recognizes an impairment loss when the sum of expected undiscounted future cash flows is less than the carrying amount of the asset. The Company did not consider it necessary to record any impairment charges of long-lived assets at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
 
Goodwill and other intangible assets

In accordance with ASC 350- 30-65, the Company assesses the impairment of identifiable intangibles whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. Factors the Company considers to be important which could trigger an impairment review include the following:
 
 
1.
Significant underperformance relative to expected historical or projected future operating results;
   
2.
Significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired assets or the strategy for the overall business; and
 
3.
Significant negative industry or economic trends.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
When the Company determines that the carrying value of intangibles may not be recoverable based upon the existence of one or more of the above indicators of impairment and the carrying value of the asset cannot be recovered from projected undiscounted cash flows, the Company records an impairment charge. The Company measures any impairment based on a projected discounted cash flow method using a discount rate determined by management to be commensurate with the risk inherent in the current business model. Significant management judgment is required in determining whether an indicator of impairment exists and in projecting cash flows.
 
Environmental remediation liability

The Company has posted bonds with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) as required by the State of Nevada in an amount equal to the maximum cost to reclaim land disturbed in its mining process. The Company posted a reclamation bond deposit of $4,557,629 to provide surface reclamation coverage for the Relief Canyon Mine, as required by the BLM to secure remediation costs if the project is abandoned or closed. Due to its investment in the bond and the close monitoring of the BLM Nevada State Office, the Company believes that it has adequately mitigated any liability that could be incurred by the Company to reclaim lands disturbed in its mining process. The Company also posted a surface management bond with BLM for a total of $50,000 for its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Arttor Gold and Noble Effort Gold LLC and was included in deposits as reflected in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.

Income Taxes

The Company accounts for income taxes in accordance with ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes.   Under ASC Topic 740, deferred tax assets are recognized for future deductible temporary differences and for tax net operating loss and tax credit carry-forwards, and deferred tax liabilities are recognized for temporary differences that will result in taxable amounts in future years. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using the enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the periods in which the deferred tax asset or liability is expected to be realized or settled. A valuation allowance is provided to offset the net deferred tax asset if, based upon the available evidence, management determines that it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.
 
ASC Topic 740 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. ASC Topic 740, also provides guidance on de-recognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition. The Company may, from time to time, be assessed interest and/or penalties by taxing jurisdictions, although any such assessments historically have been minimal and immaterial to its financial results. In the event the Company has received an assessment for interest and/or penalties, it has been classified in the statements of operations as other general and administrative costs.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)

Basic and Diluted Net Loss per Share
 
Net loss per common share is calculated in accordance with ASC Topic 260: Earnings Per Share (“ASC 260”). Basic loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. The computation of diluted net loss per share does not include dilutive common stock equivalents in the weighted average shares outstanding as they would be anti-dilutive. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted loss per share:
 
   
For the Three Months ended March 31, 2012
   
For the Three Months ended March 31, 2011
 
Numerator:
           
Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(22,879,601)
   
$
(464,664)
 
Loss from discontinued operations
 
$
(50,174)
   
$
(823,698)
 
                 
Denominator:
               
Denominator for basic and diluted loss per share
               
(weighted-average shares)
   
152,753,739
     
22,718,027
 
                 
Loss per common share, basic and diluted:
               
Loss from continuing operations
 
$
(0.15)
   
$
( 0.02)
 
Loss from discontinued operations
 
$
(0.00)
   
$
( 0.04)
 

The following were excluded from the computation of diluted shares outstanding as they would have had an anti-dilutive impact on our loss from continuing operations and loss from discontinued operations. In periods where the Company has a net loss, all dilutive securities are excluded.
 
   
March 31, 2012
   
March 31, 2011
 
Common stock equivalents:
           
Stock options
   
14,148,000
     
2,600,000
 
Stock warrants
   
39,653,142
     
-
 
Convertible preferred stock
   
26,775,326
     
2,250,000
 
           Convertible promissory notes embedded conversion feature
   
-
     
750,000
 
 Total
   
80,576,468
     
5,600,000
 


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
Stock-based compensation
 
Stock-based compensation is accounted for based on the requirements of the Share-Based Payment Topic of ASC 718 which requires recognition in the consolidated financial statements of the cost of employee and director services received in exchange for an award of equity instruments over the period the employee or director is required to perform the services in exchange for the award (presumptively, the vesting period). The ASC also requires measurement of the cost of employee and director services received in exchange for an award based on the grant-date fair value of the award.
 
Pursuant to ASC Topic 505-50, for share-based payments to consultants and other third-parties, compensation expense is determined at the “measurement date.” The expense is recognized over the vesting period of the award. Until the measurement date is reached, the total amount of compensation expense remains uncertain. The Company initially records compensation expense based on the fair value of the award at the reporting date.

Related parties
 
Parties are considered to be related to the Company if the parties, directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, control, are controlled by, or are under common control with the Company. Related parties also include principal owners of the Company, its management, members of the immediate families of principal owners of the Company and its management and other parties with which the Company may deal if one party controls or can significantly influence the management or operating policies of the other to an extent that one of the transacting parties might be prevented from fully pursuing its own separate interests. The Company discloses all related party transactions.

Recent accounting pronouncements
 
Accounting standards that have been issued or proposed by the FASB that do not require adoption until a future date are not expected to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements upon adoption.
  
NOTE 3 – DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

In September 2011, the Company decided to discontinue its sports and entertainment business and prior periods have been restated in the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related footnotes to conform to this presentation.. On September 1, 2011, the Company disposed its Empire subsidiary pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “SPA”) by and between the Company, Empire and CII. Prior to the purchase, CII was the owner of a 33 1/3% minority interest with Empire in Capital Hoedown, Inc., an Ontario corporation, formed to undertake an event held during August 2011. Pursuant to the SPA, the Company agreed to sell Empire to CII its Empire subsidiary, including the 66.67% equity ownership interest in Capital Hoedown, for $500,000 payable on March 31, 2012 pursuant to a Senior Promissory Note issued by CII to the Company which bears interest at 8% per annum. As a result, on September 1, 2011, Empire and Capital Hoedown are no longer considered a subsidiary of the Company. As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, this note receivable, net of allowance for bad debt of $500,000, amounted to $0.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 3 – DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (continued)

The remaining assets and liabilities of discontinued operations are presented in the balance sheet under the caption “Assets and Liabilities of discontinued operation" and relates to the discontinued operations of the sports and entertainment business.  The carrying amounts of the major classes of these assets and liabilities are summarized as follows: 
 
   
March 31,
2012
   
December 31,
2011
 
Assets:
           
Accounts receivable, net
 
$
-
   
$
44,300
 
Notes and loan receivable
   
-
     
16,750
 
Assets of discontinued operations
   
-
     
61,050
 
                 
Liabilities:
               
Accounts payables and accrued expenses
 
$
 -
   
$
 21,622
 
Liabilities of discontinued operations
 
$
-
   
$
21,622
 

The following table sets forth for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 indicated selected financial data of the Company’s discontinued operations of its sports and entertainment business.

   
March 31, 2012
   
March 31, 2011
 
Revenues
 
$
-
   
$
291,200
 
Cost of sales
   
-
     
189,916
 
Gross profit (loss)
   
-
     
101,284
 
Operating and other non-operating expenses
   
(50,174
)
   
(924,982
                 
Loss from discontinued operations
 
$
(50,174
)
 
$
(823,698


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION AND DECONSOLIDATION
 
Continental Resources Group, Inc.
 
On July 22, 2011, the Company, Acquisition Sub, and Continental, entered into a Purchase Agreement and, through Acquisition Sub, closed on the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Continental (the “Asset Sale”) in consideration for (i) shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Shares”) which was equal to eight Shares for every 10 shares of Continental’s common stock outstanding; (ii) the assumption of the outstanding warrants to purchase shares of Continental’s common stock equal to one warrant to purchase eight shares of the Company’s common stock for every warrant to purchase ten shares Continental’s common stock outstanding at an exercise price equal to such amount as is required pursuant to the terms of the outstanding warrants, and (iii)  the assumption of Continental’s 2010 Equity Incentive Plan and all options granted and issued was equal to one option to purchase eight shares of the Company’s common stock for every option to purchase 10 shares of Continental’s common stock outstanding with a strike price equal to such amount as is required pursuant to the terms of the outstanding option.  Upon the closing of the Asset Sale, Acquisition Sub assumed the Assumed Liabilities (as defined in the Purchase Agreement) of Continental.  Under the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the Company purchased from Continental substantially all of its assets, including, but not limited to, 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Continental’s wholly-owned subsidiaries (Green Energy Fields, Inc., and ND Energy, Inc.) After giving effect to the foregoing, the Company issued 76,095,214 shares of its common stock, 41,566,999 stock warrants, and 2,248,000 stock options following the transaction. Consequently, the issuance of 76,095,214 shares of the Company’s common stock to Continental accounted for approximately 67% of the total issued and outstanding stocks of the Company as of July 22, 2011 and the Company had become a majority owned subsidiary of Continental. As of March 31, 2012, Continental holds 42.23% of interest in the Company.  Effective February 2012, the Company is considered to be an equity method investee as a result of the decrease in Continental’s ownership interest of less than 50% which is accounted for under equity method of accounting.

The issuance of 76,095,214 shares of common stock including the issuance of 41,566,999 stock warrants and 2,248,000 stock options were valued at $14,857,676 which primarily represents the fair value of the net asset acquired  from Continental of cash of $11,164,514, a note receivable of $2,000,000, prepaid expenses and other current assets of $1,904,997 and assumed liabilities of $293,659. The Company accounted the value under ASC 805-50-30-2 “Business Combinations” whereby if the consideration is not in the form of cash, the measurement is based on either the cost which shall be measured based on the fair value of the consideration given or the fair value of the assets (or net assets) acquired, whichever is more clearly evident and thus more reliably measurable. The Company deemed that the fair value of the net asset of Continental amounting to $14,857,676 is more clearly evident and more reliable measurement basis.

Prior to the asset purchase agreement, Barry Honig, our then Chairman and the Company’s current director, held 2,685,000 shares of Continental directly and certain entities under Mr. Honig’s control and family members held 3,075,838 shares of Continental. Additionally, one of the shareholders of the Company held 4,569,252 shares of Continental prior to such agreement. Though there were common ownership between the Company and Continental, through the Company's Board Member and a stockholder, both interest in the Company only accounted for a total of 15% upon the consummation of the asset purchase agreement.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION AND DECONSOLIDATION (continued)

Accordingly, pursuant to ASC 805 “Business Combinations”, the Company applied push–down accounting and adjusted to fair value all of the assets and liabilities directly on the financial statements of the subsidiary, Acquisition Sub. The net purchase price paid by the Company was allocated to assets acquired and liabilities assumed on the records of the Company as follows:
 
Current assets (including cash of $11,164,514)
 
$
13,069,511
 
Note receivable
   
2,000,000
 
Prepaid expenses – long term portion
   
41,912
 
Property and equipment
   
39,912
 
         
Liabilities assumed (including a 12% note payable of $50,000)
   
(293,659
)
         
Net purchase price
 
$
14,857,676
 

On July 18, 2011, the Company borrowed $2,000,000 from Continental, and issued it an unsecured 6% promissory note. On July 22, 2011, in connection with the Purchase agreement, the Company acquired the note receivable which was payable to Continental and included the acquisition of the $2,000,000 note receivable as part of the purchase price allocation. Accordingly, the acquired note receivable was eliminated against the note payable on the Company’s financial statements. 

Unaudited pro forma results of operations data as if the Company and the subsidiaries of Continental had occurred are as follows: 
 
   
For the Three Months ended March 31, 2012
   
For the Three Months ended March 31, 2011
 
Pro forma revenues
 
$
-
   
$
-
 
Pro forma loss from operations
   
(9,721,119
)
   
(2,785,605
)
Pro forma net loss
   
(22,929,775
)
   
(3,619,837
)
Pro forma loss per share – basic and diluted
 
$
(0.15
)
 
$
(0.16
)

 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 5 – MARKETABLE SECURITIES

Marketable securities at March 31, 2012 consisted of the following:

 
Cost
 
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
 
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
 
Fair
Value
 
                 
        Publicly traded equity securities - trading
 
$
100,000
   
$
19,702
   
$
   
$
119,702
 
        Publicly traded equity securities – available for sale
   
4,650,000
     
     
     
4,650,000
 
                                 
Total
 
$
4,750,000
   
$
19,702
   
$
   
$
4,769,702
 

Trading securities are carried at fair value, with changes in unrealized holding gains and losses included in income and classified within interest and other income, net, in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations. Unrealized gains or losses on marketable securities available for sale are recognized on a periodic basis as an element of comprehensive income based on changes in the fair value of the security. Once liquidated, realized gains or losses on the sale of marketable securities available for sale will be reflected in the Company’s net loss for the period in which the security are liquidated.

In April 2012, the Company sold its marketable securities – trading generating proceeds of $119,702. The increase in fair value of $19,702 has been recorded as unrealized gain in the statement of operations as of March 31, 2012.

In January 2012, the Company received 10 million restricted shares pursuant to an option agreement (see Note 13). At the time of issuance, the Company recorded the cost of investment at the fair market value (based on the recent selling price of the Investee’s common stock at a private placement) of the shares at $0.50 per share or $5 million. Between February 2012 and March 2012, the Company sold 700,000 shares of the Investee’s common stock under a private transaction and generated net proceeds of $323,000 and has recorded a realized loss of $27,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

NOTE 6 – PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

Property and equipment consisted of the following:
 
   
Estimated Life
 
March 31, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Furniture and fixtures
5 years
 
$
45,085
   
$
20,000
 
Office and computer equipments
1 - 5 years
   
131,704
     
26,606
 
Land
-
   
266,977
     
266,977
 
Building and improvements
5 - 25 years
   
727,965
     
727,965
 
Site costs
10 years
   
1,272,732
     
1,272,732
 
Crushing system
20 years
   
2,256,943
     
2,256,943
 
Process plant and equipments
10 years
   
3,161,583
     
3,115,266
 
Vehicles and mining equipments
5 - 10 years
   
577,110
     
659,622
 
       
8,440,099
     
8,346,111
 
Less: accumulated depreciation
     
(552,606
)
   
(315,008
)
                   
     
$
7,887,493
   
$
8,031,103
 
                   


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012
 
NOTE 6 – PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT (continued)

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, depreciation expense amounted to $241,794 and $1,960, respectively.
 
Between February 2012 and March 2012, the Company sold mining and drilling equipments with a net book value worth $80,309 to third parties for a sales price of $70,875 realizing a loss on sale of assets of $9,434. The depreciation expense during the period, prior to the sale of such mining and drilling equipments amounted to $4,196 which is included in the $241,794 depreciation above.

NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES

On August 30, 2011, the Company, through Gold Acquisition acquired the Relief Canyon Mine for an aggregate purchase price consisting of: (i) $12,000,000 cash and (ii) $8,000,000 of senior secured convertible promissory notes (collectively, the “Notes”) issued to Platinum and Lakewood.
 
The Notes are joint and several obligations of the Company and Gold Acquisition and bore interest at a rate of 9% per annum with principal and interest payable on the first business day of each month commencing on the earlier of: (i) 3 months after the Company or Gold Acquisition begins producing or extracting gold from the Relief Canyon Mine or (ii) 18 months after the original date of issuance of the Note (the “Commencement Date”). The principal amount shall be paid in 12 equal monthly installments, with the initial payment due on the Commencement Date.   The Notes were convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock, at a price per share equal to $0.55, subject to adjustment in the event of mergers, recapitalizations, dividends and distributions applicable to shareholders generally and are further subject to full-ratchet anti-dilution protection.  In October 2011, the conversion price of the senior convertible promissory notes had been adjusted to $0.40 per share as a result of certain anti-dilution provisions contained therein due to the sale of common stock at $0.40 per share.

Between January 5, 2012 and February 23, 2012, the Company prepaid a total of $1,039,771 towards the senior secured convertible promissory note to Platinum and Lakewood.

The Assignment and Assumption Agreement dated February 23, 2012

On February 23, 2012, pursuant to a certain assignment and assumption agreement (the “Assignment and Assumption Agreement”), with certain assignees (collectively, the “Assignees”) acquired an aggregate of $4.0 million of the outstanding principal amount of the Notes (the “Acquired Notes”) from Platinum and Lakewood (collectively, the “Assignors”). After giving effect to the transactions contemplated pursuant to the Assignment and Assumption Agreement and the prepayment of the Notes, Platinum retained $2,368,183 and Lakewood retained $592,046 of the Original Notes (the “Remainder Notes,” and together with the Acquired Notes, the “New Notes”). The principal amount of Acquired Note issued to one of the assignees is $2,400,000 and the principal amount of the Acquired Note issued to the other assignee is $1,600,000 and bore interest at 9% per annum. The note holders waived any prepayment penalty in connection with the prepayment and assignment.

On February 23, 2012, the Company had entered into those certain Note Modification Agreements, (the “Note Modification Agreements”) with the Assignees and Assignors, respectively, to extend the Maturity Date (as defined in each of the New Notes) to February 23, 2014, the definition of Commencement Date (as defined in each of the New Notes) to February 23, 2013 and to eliminate the prepayment penalty. The Notes were convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock, at a price per share equal to $0.40, subject to adjustment in the event of mergers, recapitalizations, dividends and distributions applicable to shareholders generally and are further subject to full-ratchet anti-dilution protection.  

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (continued)

The Assignors entered into their Note Modification Agreement in exchange for (i) the issuance to Platinum of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 4,144,320 shares of Common Stock, (ii) the issuance to Lakewood of warrants to purchase an aggregate of 1,036,080 shares of Common Stock, (iii) the issuance of 1,600,000 shares of the Common Stock to Platinum, and (iv) the issuance of 400,000 shares of Common Stock to Lakewood. The warrants may be exercised at any time, in whole or in part, at an exercise price of $0.40 per share.  The warrants may be exercised until the fifth anniversary of their issuance. The warrants may be exercised on a cashless basis at any time. On March 29, 2012, such warrants were exercised on a cashless basis (see Note 12).

Accordingly, the Company valued the 2 million common shares at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.489 per share or $978,000. The 5,180,400 warrants were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.394 per warrant or a total of $2,044,186 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $0.489 per share, volatility of 110%, expected term of 5 years, and a risk free interest rate of 0.88%. The Company recognized a total interest expense of $3,022,186 during the three months ended March 31, 2012 in connection with the Note Modification Agreement.

The Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement dated March 30, 2012

On March 30, 2012, the Company, Platinum and Lakewood, the original holders of the Company’s Amended and Restated Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Notes, originally issued by the Company on August 30, 2011, and amended and restated on February 23, 2012 (the “Notes”), with a current outstanding principal balance of $2,960,229, entered into agreements to amend the Notes (the “Note Amendments”).  Under the Note Amendments, the Notes were amended to provide a $0.35 Conversion Price. The original holders of the notes agreed to convert $262,500 of the Notes in exchange for an aggregate of 750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $51,563 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.

The Company also entered into a Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement on March 30, 2012 (the “Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement”) pursuant to which the original holders assigned the remaining principal amount $2,697,729 (after such conversion discussed above) of the Notes to various assignees and such assignees agreed to fully convert the acquired Notes into the Company’s Common Stock in consideration for an aggregate purchase price of $3,256,252. A total of $2,992,014 was assigned to various assignees and the original holders waived $264,238 of the aggregate purchase price payable by the assignees for the Notes under the Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement at an amended conversion price of $0.35 per share. The Company recorded loss from extinguishment of debt of $294,285 which represents the excess of the purchase price over the remaining principal. Such additional principal of $294,285 was considered to have an embedded beneficial conversion feature because the effective conversion price was less than the fair value of the Company’s common stock and as such were treated as a discount and were valued at $168,163 which was fully amortized upon the conversion of the Notes and was included in interest expense.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (continued)

In connection with this Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement, the Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion discussed below under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $529,911 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.

These various assignees agreed to convert an aggregate principal amount of $1,892,014 into 5,405,754 shares of the Company’s Common Stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share. Such various assignees received an additional 1,118,432 shares of the Company’s Common Stock as consideration for the note conversion and were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.55 per share or $615,138 and have been included in loss from extinguishment of debts.

The remaining assigned amount of $1,100,000 was amended to allow for its conversion into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock equivalent to the stated value of the Series D Preferred Stock which is $1.00 per share. Each share of Series D Preferred Stock is convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at an effective conversion price of $0.35 per share subject to anti-dilution provisions. As such, the Company issued a total of 1,100,000 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 227,586 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this convertible promissory note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock. The Company recorded a loss from extinguishment of debts of $357,635 and preferred deemed dividend of $130,049 in connection with the issuance of the additional 227,586 shares of Series D Preferred Stock.
 
On March 30, 2012, the Company also amended the $2.4 million note assigned to FGIT to allow for the conversion of this note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this note agreed to fully convert this note (together with accrued and unpaid interest of $21,600) into 2,421,600 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 501,021 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock. The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $475,671 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms. The Company recorded a loss from extinguishment of debts of $787,319 and preferred deemed dividend of $286,298 in connection with the issuance of the additional 501,021 shares of Series D Preferred Stock.

On March 30, 2012, one of the assignees, agreed to convert the assigned $1.6 million note (together with accrued and unpaid interest of $14,400) into 4,612,571 shares of Common Stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share and an additional 954,325 shares of the Company’s Common Stock as consideration for the note conversion. The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $317,114 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.  The additional 954,325 shares of common stock were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.55 per share or $524,878 and have been included in loss from extinguishment of debts.
 
As a result of the conversion of the senior secured convertible promissory notes, the Company fully amortized the remaining unamortized debt discount of $6,933,333 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and was included in interest expense. Accrued interest as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, amounted to $123,669 and $45,999, respectively and was included in accounts payable and accrued expenses.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (continued)

Senior convertible promissory notes consisted of the following:

   
March 31, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Senior convertible promissory notes
  $ -     $ 7,999,778  
Less: debt discount
    -       (6,933,333 )
                 
Senior convertible promissory notes, net
  $ -     $ 1,066,445  

NOTE 8 – CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES

On September 14, 2011, the Company sold $1,715,604 of its 9% secured promissory note (the “Note”). The Note was acquired by FGIT. The proceeds of the Note have been used to post additional bonds with the BLM (the “Additional Bond”) in order to advance certain exploration and Phase One drilling activities at the Company’s Relief Canyon Mining property. The Note was a joint and several obligation of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Principal and interest under the Note was payable on the first business day of each month commencing on the later of (i) thirty (30) months from the original date of issuance and (ii) ten (10) days following the payment and/or conversion in full of the senior secured promissory notes dated as of August 30, 2011, issued to Platinum and Lakewood. The Note may be pre-paid, in full or in part at a price equal to 105% of the aggregate principal amount of the Note plus all accrued and unpaid interest thereon at the election of the Company. The Note was convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at a price equal to $0.50 per share, subject to adjustment in the event of mergers, recapitalizations, dividends and distributions applicable to shareholders generally. The Note was subordinated to the payment in full and satisfaction of all obligations owed to Platinum and Lakewood other than the Additional Bond and proceeds of the Additional Bond, in which Frost Gamma is intended to have a first priority senior security interest. The Note was also secured by a pledge of 100% of the stock of Gold Acquisition Corp. held by the Company. The Note may be prepaid upon the occurrence of a Qualified Financing, as defined in the Note, of at least $1,715,604. Certain holders of senior secured indebtedness of the Company (Barry Honig, a Member of the Company’s Board of Directors) agreed to subordinate certain senior obligations of the Company to the prior payment of all obligations under the Note. The Company concluded that since this convertible promissory note does not include a down-round provision under which the conversion price could be affected by future equity offerings, this convertible promissory note was not considered a derivative.

Pursuant to the terms of the Note, the Company was required to prepay the principal amount of the Note in full upon the occurrence of a Qualified Financing in which the Company receives from one or more investors, net proceeds of at least $1,715,604 (not including any outstanding debt conversion or investments made by the note holder).  The Company has determined that the sale of the Units that occurred between September 2011 and October 2011, in the aggregate, constituted a “Qualified Financing” under the terms of the Note and accordingly, the Company was required to prepay the outstanding principal value of the Note.  On October 31, 2011, the Company and Note holder entered into a Waiver Agreement pursuant to which the Company and the Note holder agreed that the Company would prepay $700,000 principal of the Note and would waive (i) prepayment of the balance of the principal of the Note and (ii) any default under the Note arising solely from the Company’s partial prepayment of the Note upon the occurrence of the Qualified Financing.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 8 – CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (continued)

On March 30, 2012, the Company amended this Note to allow for the conversion of such Note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this Note agreed to fully convert the remaining note of $1,015,604 (together with accrued and unpaid interest $9,140) into 1,024,744 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 212,017 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this Note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock. The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $483,094 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms. The Company recorded a loss from extinguishment of debts of $333,168 and preferred deemed dividend of $121,152 in connection with the issuance of the additional 212,017 shares of Series D Preferred Stock.

As a result of the conversion of this Note, the Company fully amortized the remaining unamortized debt discount of $897,117 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and was included in interest expense. Accrued interest as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, amounted to $0 and $7,882, respectively and was included in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, convertible promissory notes consisted of the following:
 
   
March 31, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Convertible promissory notes
  $ -     $ 1,015,604  
Less: debt discount
    -       (897,117 )
                 
Convertible promissory notes, net
  $ -     $ 118,487  

NOTE 9 – NOTES PAYABLE

In February 2011, the Company, Empire and its wholly-owned subsidiary, EXCX Funding Corp. (collectively the “Borrowers”), entered into a credit facility agreement (the “Credit Facility Agreement”) with two lenders, whereby one of the lenders is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. The credit facility consists of a loan pursuant to which $4.5 million can be borrowed on a senior secured basis. The indebtedness under the loan facility was evidenced by a promissory note payable to the order of the lenders. The loan was used exclusively to fund the costs and expenses of certain music and sporting events (the “Events”) as agreed to by the parties. The notes bear interest at 6% per annum and matured on January 31, 2012, subject to acceleration in the event the Borrowers undertake third party financing. In addition to the 6% interest, the Borrower shall also pay all interest, fees, costs and expenses incurred by lenders in connection with the issuance of this loan facility. Pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, the Borrowers entered into a Master Security Agreement, Collateral Assignment and Equity Pledge with the lenders whereby the Borrowers collaterally assigned and pledged to lenders, and granted to lenders a present, absolute, unconditional and continuing security interest in, all of the property, assets and equity interests of the Company as defined in such agreement. Furthermore, in connection with the Credit Facility Agreement, the Lenders entered into a Contribution and Security Agreement (the “Contribution Agreement”) with the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Finkel (See Note 11). As consideration for the extension of credit pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, the Borrowers are obligated to pay a fee equal to 15% of the initial loan commitment of $4.5 million (the “Preferred Return Fee”) of which Sheldon Finkel, shall receive a pro-rata portion (1/3). The Preferred Return Fee shall be payable if at all, only out of the net profits from the Events.  Accordingly, the Company shall record the Preferred Return Fee upon attaining net profits from the Events. The Company issued to the lenders and Sheldon Finkel an aggregate of 2,250,000 shares of the Company’s newly designated Series A Preferred Stock, convertible into one share each of the Company’s common stock.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 9 – NOTES PAYABLE (continued)

The Company valued the 2,250,000 Series A Preferred Stock at the fair market value of the underlying common stock on the date of grant at $1.20 per share or $2,700,000 and recorded a debt discount of $1,800,000 and deferred financing cost of $900,000 which are being amortized over the term of these notes. Such deferred financing cost represents the 750,000 Series A Preferred Stock issued to Sheldon Finkel for guaranteeing one-third of the net losses and assignment of that certain irrevocable letter of credit, as described above. Between May 2011 and December 2011, 2,250,000 of these preferred shares were converted into common stock. During August 2011, the revenues from the Events did not exceed its costs and accordingly the Company is indebted to the lenders, including a Board Member of the Company, and the Credit Facility Agreement may be in default after accounting for the revenues from the Events.  As a result, the obligations under the Contribution Agreements became obligations of the parties thereto to each other. Between August 2011 and December 2011, the Company paid a total of $3,326,500 to the lenders and such amount reduced the principal balance of these notes. On November 29, 2011, the holder of this note payable, converted $611,750 principal balance of this note into an aggregate of 1,529,375 of Units offered in a private placement. Each Unit was sold for a purchase price of $0.40 per Unit and consists of: (i) one share of Common Stock and (ii) a two-year warrant to purchase fifty (50%) percent of the number of shares of Common Stock purchased at an exercise price of $0.60 per share, subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events.

In March 2012, the Board Member agreed to extend the maturity date of such note up to February 1, 2013.

As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, accrued interest and fees on this note payable – related party amounted to $117,896 and $109,493, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, amortization of debt discount and deferred financing cost amounted to $101,836 and was included in interest expense.

As of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, note payable – related party consisted of the following:
 
 
 
March 31, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Note payable - related party
  $ 561,750     $ 561,750  
Less: debt discount - related party
    -       (50,918 )
                 
Note payable - related party, net
  $ 561,750     $ 510,832  

On March 17, 2011, in connection with the asset purchase agreement with Continental, the Company assumed a 12% $50,000 due on demand note from Prospect Uranium Inc. (see Note 3). In August 2011, the Company paid off the principal balance of $50,000 plus accrued interest of $8,000.

In March 2012, the Company received $500,000 in connection with a 5% secured promissory note (the “Bridge Note”), which is secured by certain assets of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Arttor Gold, LLC and Noble Effort Gold LLC. The Company administratively issued such Bridge Note on April 10, 2012.  The full amount of principal and accrued interest under the Bridge Note will be due and payable on a date that shall be the earlier to occur of: (x) the sale of Noble Effort Gold LLC and Arttor Gold LLC, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries (the “Gold Subsidiaries”) (or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets collectively contained in the Gold Subsidiaries) to a third party purchaser or (y) October 10, 2012. As of March 31, 2012, accrued interest on this note amounted to $616 and recorded in accounts payable and accrued expenses.


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 10 – DERIVATIVE LIABILITY
 
In connection with the issuance of the 9% senior convertible promissory notes dated August 30, 2011, the Company has determined that the terms of the convertible notes include a down-round provision under which the conversion price could be affected by future equity offerings undertaken by the Company. Accordingly, under the provisions of FASB ASC Topic No. 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging – Contracts in an Entity’s Own Stock, the convertible instrument was accounted for as a derivative liability at the date of issuance and adjusted to fair value through earnings at each reporting date. The Company has recognized a derivative liability of $0 and $6,295,400 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Loss resulting from the increase in fair value of this convertible instrument was $1,454,889 and $0 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 respectively. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company reclassified $7,750,289 of the derivative liability to paid-in capital due to the conversion of the senior convertible promissory note into common stock on March 30, 2012 (see Note 7).

The Company used the following assumptions for determining the fair value of the convertible instruments under the Black-Scholes option pricing model:
 
 
For the three months
ended March 31, 2012
   
Expected volatility
1036% - 110%
Expected term
2.00 - 2.17 Years
Risk-free interest rate
0.27% - 0.33%
Expected dividend yield
0%

NOTE 11 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
 
Note payable - related party
 
In connection with the Credit Facility Agreement as discussed in Note 9, the Company’s Board Member funded $2,250,000 to the Company under this Credit Facility Agreement . Furthermore, in connection with the Credit Facility Agreement, the lenders entered into a Contribution Agreement with the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Finkel, pursuant to which Sheldon Finkel agreed to pay or reimburse the lenders the pro rata portion (1/3) of any net losses from Events and irrevocably pledged to lenders a certain irrevocable letter of credit dated in June 2010 in favor of Sheldon Finkel. The Company also issued to Sheldon Finkel and the Company’s Board Member 750,000 shares each of the Company’s newly designated Series A Preferred Stock, convertible into one share each of the Company’s common stock. As consideration for the extension of credit pursuant to the Credit Facility Agreement, the borrowers are obligated to pay a fee equal to 15% of the initial loan commitment of $4.5 million of which Sheldon Finkel, shall receive a pro-rata portion (1/3). The Preferred Return Fee shall be payable if at all, only out of the net profits from the Events. On May 4, 2011, Sheldon Finkel and the Company’s Board Member had converted their shares into 1,500,000 shares of Common Stock. Between August 2011 and December 2011, the Company paid a total of $1,688,250 to the Company’s Board Member and such amount reduced the principal balance of his note. At March 31, 2012, principal amount of the note payable – related party amounted to $561,750
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 11 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS (continued)
 
Member of the board of directors
 
As of March 31, 2012, a Member of the Company's Board of Directors, Barry Honig holds 5,121,619 shares of Continental, directly or indirectly.  In addition, family members, including trusts for the benefit of Mr. Honig's minor children, currently own 3,635,000 shares of Continental of which Mr. Honig disclaims beneficial ownership.  Accordingly, as one of the largest shareholder of Continental, Mr. Honig may be deemed to be in control of Continental and accordingly there may exist certain conflicts of interest as a result.  On November 14, 2011, Mr. Honig filed a Schedule 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission voluntarily disclosing his positions.  Furthermore, in connection with the asset purchase agreement with Continental, entities controlled by Mr. Honig were granted 4.5-year-warrants to purchase an aggregate of 2,050,666 shares of the Company's common stock at $2.835 per share upon assumption of the outstanding warrants of Continental.
 
Continental Resources Group, Inc.

As of March 31, 2012, Continental holds 42.23% of interest in the Company.  Effective in February 2012, the Company is considered to be an equity method investee as a result of the decrease in Continental’s ownership interest of less than 50% which is accounted for under equity method of accounting. In March 2012, the Company issued 250,000 shares of its common stock to a third party for the payment of Continental’s accrued legal fees of $170,614 (see Note 12) and considered as an advance to Continental. At March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has a receivable from Continental amounting to $517,949 and $347,335 respectively. These advances are short-term in nature and non-interest bearing and have been recorded as due from equity method investor as reflected in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet.

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Preferred Stock

The Company is authorized within the limitations and restrictions stated in the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Company, to provide by resolution or resolutions for the issuance of 50,000,000 shares of Preferred Stock, par value $0.0001 per share in such series and with such designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights and qualifications, limitations or restrictions as the Company’s Board of Directors shall fix by resolution or resolutions providing for the issuance thereof duly adopted by the Board of Directors.
 
Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

Each share of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock is convertible into one share each of the Company’s common stock. The holders of the Company’s Series B Preferred Stock are entitled to the same number of votes per share of common stock that the holder of the Series B Preferred Stock may convert into at the time of the vote. In the event of a liquidation preferences upon the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the business of the Company, the holder of the Series B Preferred Stock would have preferential payment and distribution rights over any other class or series of capital stock that provide for Series B Preferred Stock’s preferential payment and over the Company’s Common Stock. Between October 2011 and December 2011, 7,500,000 Series B Preferred Stock were converted into 7,500,000 shares of common stock. On February 3, 2012, 500,000 Series B Preferred Stock were converted into 500,000 shares of common stock. The Company valued these common shares at par value. The Series B Preferred stock does not include any mandatory redeemable provisions. The Series B Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 8,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2012.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock

 On September 29, 2011, the Company sold 3,284,396 shares of designated Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and two-year warrants (the “Preferred Warrants”) to purchase 9,853,188 shares of Common Stock at an exercise price of $0.60 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $3,284,396. Each share of preferred stock is convertible into shares of common stock at a conversion price of $0.50 per share, subject to adjustment in the event the Company issues common stock or securities convertible into or exercisable for shares of common stock at a price lower than the conversion price then in effect, but not less than $0.30 per share. The preferred stock has a stated value of $1.50 per share. In the event of the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the business of the Company, each share of Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, a preferential amount in cash equal to the Stated Value. The Preferred Warrants may be exercised until the second anniversary of issuance at a cash exercise price of $0.60 per share, subject to adjustment. The Preferred Warrants may be exercised on a cashless basis at any time after the original date of issuance. On September 29, 2011, the Company issued 4,429,415 shares of common stock in connection with the exercise of the 9,853,188 Preferred Warrants on a cashless basis. In March 2012, the conversion price of the Company’s Series C Convertible Preferred Stock was adjusted to $0.35 per share as a result of certain anti-dilution provisions contained therein due to the conversion of notes into common stock at $0.35 per share.

The Series C Preferred stock does not include any mandatory redeemable provisions. There were 3,284,396 shares of Series C Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value authorized and 3,284,396 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2012.

Series D Convertible Preferred Stock

On February 21, 2012, the Company designated 1,000,000 shares of 9.0% Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock. Each share of Series D Preferred Stock is convertible (together with accrued and unpaid dividends thereon) into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion price of $0.40 per share, subject to equitable adjustments after such events as stock dividends, stock splits or fundamental corporate transactions, and subject to anti-dilution provisions. The holders of the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock do not have voting rights.  Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company’s business, each holder of Series D Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, for each share thereof a preferential amount in cash equal to $1.00.  All preferential amounts to be paid to the holders of Series D Preferred Stock in connection with such liquidation, dissolution or winding up shall be paid before the payment or distribution of any assets to the holders of (i) any other class or series of capital stock and (ii) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share. The Company is required to redeem in cash all or portion of the Series D Preferred Stock upon the occurrence of a major transactions such as a consolidation, merger or other business combination, sale and transfer of more than 50% of any of the Company’s assets, closing of a purchase with more than 50% of the outstanding shares of stock were tendered and the inability of the Company to convert any portion of the Series D Preferred stock due to insufficient authorized number of shares of common stock as defined in the certificate of designation. The redemption price is equivalent to the sum of (i) the greater of (A) 110% of the aggregate stated value of the outstanding shares of the Series D Preferred Stock plus all accrued dividends and (B) the aggregate stated value of the outstanding shares of the Series D Preferred Stock plus all accrued dividends divided by the conversion price on the date of the major transaction redemption price is demanded or the date the major transaction redemption price is paid in full whichever is less multiplied by the volume weighted average price on (x) the date of the major transaction redemption price is demanded and (y) the date the major transaction redemption price is paid in full whichever is greater and (ii) all other amounts, costs, expenses and liquidated damages. The Company believes that the occurrence of the major transactions as defined in the certificate of designations are considered conditional events and as a result the instrument does not meet the definition of mandatorily redeemable financial instrument based from ASC 480-10-25 “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity”. However, this financial instrument would be assessed at each reporting period to determine whether circumstances have changed such that the instrument now meets the definition of a mandatorily redeemable instrument (that is, the event is no longer conditional). If the event has occurred, the condition is resolved, or the event has become certain to occur, the financial instrument will be reclassified as a liability.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)

On April 11, 2012, the Company filed an amendment to the Certificate of Designation for the Series D Preferred Stock (the “Certificate Amendment”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Nevada to increase the number of authorized shares of Series D Preferred Stock that may be issued by the Company to 7,500,000. In March 2012, the conversion price of the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock was adjusted to $0.35 per share as a result of certain anti-dilution provisions contained therein due to the conversion of notes into common stock at $0.35 per share.

On February 23, 2012, the Company entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with two subscribers (the “Purchase Agreement”) and sold 1,000,000 shares of the Series D Preferred Stock and an aggregate of 8,750,000 warrants to acquire shares of  Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $1,000,000 (the “Preferred Stock Purchase Price”).

All of the proceeds from the Preferred Stock Purchase Price were used to prepay (i) $800,000 of that certain senior secured convertible promissory note to Platinum and (ii) $200,000 of that certain senior secured convertible promissory note to Lakewood (see Note 7).

In accordance with ASC 505 (“Equity - Dividends and Stock Splits”), the Series D Preferred Stock was considered to have an embedded beneficial conversion feature (ECF) because the conversion price was less than the fair value of the Company’s common stock. This Series D Preferred Stock was fully convertible at the issuance date, therefore a portion of proceeds allocated to the Series D Preferred Stock of $1,000,000 was determined to be the value of the beneficial conversion feature and was recorded as a preferred deemed dividend. In connection with the initial sales of the Series D Preferred Stock, the initial estimated fair values allocated to the ECF were $226,629 and the fair value allocated to the warrants of $773,371was recorded as a preferred deemed dividend on February 23, 2012.

The assumptions used valuing the warrants include:
 
        Risk free interest rate (annual)
0.88%      
        Expected volatility
110%        
        Expected life
5 Years     
        Assumed dividends
none        
 
In connection with the Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement dated March 30, 2012, $1,100,000 was amended to allow for its conversion into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock equivalent to the stated value of the Series D Preferred Stock.  As such, the Company issued a total of 1,100,000 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 227,586 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this convertible promissory note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 7).
 
On March 30, 2012, the Company also amended the $2.4 million note assigned to FGIT to allow for the conversion of this note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this note agreed to fully convert this note (together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon) into 2,421,600 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 501,021 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 7).
 
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
On March 30, 2012, the Company amended a convertible promissory note to allow for the conversion of such note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this note agreed to fully convert this note (together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon) into 1,024,744 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 212,017 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this Note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 8).
 
In connection with the Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement dated March 30, 2012, $1,100,000 was amended to allow for its conversion into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock equivalent to the stated value of the Series D Preferred Stock.  As such, the Company issued a total of 1,100,000 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 227,586 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this convertible promissory note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 7).
 
On March 30, 2012, the Company also amended the $2.4 million note assigned to FGIT to allow for the conversion of this note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this note agreed to fully convert this note (together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon) into 2,421,600 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 501,021 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 7).

On March 30, 2012, the Company amended a convertible promissory note to allow for the conversion of such note into the Company’s Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. The holder of this note agreed to fully convert this note (together with accrued and unpaid interest thereon) into 1,024,744 shares of Series D Preferred Stock and an additional 212,017 shares of Series D Preferred Stock in consideration for the conversion of this Note into shares of Series D Preferred Stock (see Note 8).
 
Vesting of restricted stock grant is as follows:
 
i.
6,000,000 shares of restricted common stock (less any shares sooner vested upon registration of 3,000,000 shares of the restricted common stock with the Securities Exchange Commission) shall vest on the earlier of (a) such date that the Company consummates a secondary public offering of its securities in which the Company receives gross proceeds of at least $7,000,000 or (b) one (1)year from the Effective Date of this Agreement;
ii.
3,000,000 shares of restricted common stock shall vest two (2) years from the effective date of this agreement; and
iii.
3,000,000 shares of restricted common stock shall vest three (3) years from the effective date of this agreement.

Additionally, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $694,167 in connection with the vested restricted stock grants. At March 31, 2012, there was a total of $5,185,833 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested restricted stock grants arrangement.

On February 3, 2012, 500,000 Series B Preferred Stock were converted into 500,000 shares of common stock. The Company valued these common shares at par value.

On February 23, 2012, the Company issued 2 million common shares to the the original holders of the senior secured promissory note in connection with a Note Modification Agreement (see Note 7). Accordingly, the Company valued the 2 million common shares at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.489 per share or $978,000 and was recognized as interest expense during the three months ended March 31, 2012 in connection with the Note Modification Agreement.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
On March 30, 2012, in connection with the Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement (see Note 7), the various assignees agreed to convert an aggregate principal amount of $1,892,014 into 5,405,754 shares of the Company’s Common Stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share. Such various assignees received an additional 1,118,432 shares of the Company’s Common Stock as consideration for the note conversion and were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.55 per share or $615,138 and have been included in loss from extinguishment of debts.

On March 30, 2012, the original holders of the senior secured notes agreed to convert $262,500 of the notes in exchange for an aggregate of 750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock(see Note 7). The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $51,563 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.

On March 30, 2012, the holder of the assigned $1.6 million note (together with accrued and unpaid interest of $14,400) agreed to convert such note into 4,612,571 shares of Common Stock at a conversion price of $0.35 per share and an additional 954,325 shares of the Company’s Common Stock as consideration for the note conversion. The Company accounted the reduction of the conversion price from $0.40 to $0.35 per share and such conversion under ASC 470-20-40 “Debt with Conversion and Other Options” and accordingly recorded loss from extinguishment of debts of $317,114 which is equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.  The additional 954,325 shares of common stock were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.55 per share or $524,878 and have been included in loss from extinguishment of debts.

On March 30, 2012, the holder of the 400,000 shares of the Company’s Series D Preferred Stock converted his shares of Series D Preferred Stock into 1,153,143 shares of the Company’s Common Stock (which included accrued and unpaid dividends thereon).

On March 20, 2012, the Company issued 250,000 shares of common stock to a third party in consideration for payment of legal services rendered of $129,028 and Continental’s accrued legal fees of $170,614 for a total amount of $299,642.  The Company valued these common shares for $299,642 (see Note 11).

In March 2012, the Company issued 200,000 shares of common stock to a consultant in consideration for payment of public relations services rendered.  The Company valued these common shares at the fair market value on the date of grants at approximately $0.55 per share or $110,000.

In March 2012, the Company issued an aggregate of 6,229,718 shares of common stock in connection with the exercise of the 11,399,150 stock warrants on a cashless basis. The Company valued these common shares at par value.

On February 23, 2012, a majority of the Company’s outstanding voting capital stock have authorized by written consent, in lieu of a special meeting of the Company’s stockholders, that the Company effect a reverse stock split at a ratio not less than two-for-one and not greater than fifteen-for-one, with the exact ratio to be set and the amendment to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation to be filed at the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors.  Currently, the Company’s stockholders have not set an exact ratio for the reverse stock split.


 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
Common Stock Options

On September 29, 2010, the Company’s Board of Directors and stockholders adopted the 2010 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2010 Plan”). The 2010 Plan reserved 2,800,000 shares of common stock for issuance. Upon the closing of the Exchange, the Company had outstanding options to purchase 2,800,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under the 2010 Plan which represents an exchange of 2,800,000 options previously granted with similar terms  on June 1, 2010, prior to the reverse merger and recapitalization.  In connection with these options,for the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $23,270.
 
At March 31, 2012, there was a total of $109,388 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested option-based compensation arrangements under the 2010 Plan.

On July 22, 2011, the Company granted 2,248,000 stock options and warrants to purchase 41,566,999 shares of common stock pursuant to an asset purchase agreement entered into between the Company, Acquisition Sub and Continental (see Note 4). The 2,248,000 9-year options to purchase shares of common stock at $1.423 per share are subject to a vesting schedule based on the stock option holder's continued employment and services. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recognized stock based compensation of $407,498 which represents the portion of the vested replacement option awards attributable to post-combination services due to the assumption of the stock options of Continental which was accounted for under ASC 805-30-30-9 (“Acquirer Share-Based Payment Awards Exchanged for Awards Held by the Acquiree’s Employees). These options were valued on the grant date at $1.11 per option using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $1.10 per share, volatility of 196%, expected term of 10 years, and a risk free interest rate of 2.99%. At March 31, 2012, there was a total of $880,785 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested replacement option awards.

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, 500,000 options were forfeited in accordance with the termination of employee relationships.
 
On February 9, 2012, the holders of approximately 53% of the outstanding shares of the Company's common stock voted in favor of the adoption of the Company's 2012 Equity Incentive Plan (the " 2012 Plan").  The Board approved the 2012 Plan on February 9, 2012, which reserves 40,000,000 shares of common stock for issuance thereunder in the form of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options and restricted stock grants, issuable to the Company's officers, directors, employees and consultants.

10,000,000 options were valued on the grant date (February 9, 2012) at approximately $0.45 per option or a total of $4,537,000 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of 0.49 per share, volatility of 110%, expected term of 10 years, and a risk free interest rate of 2.04%. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $4,537,000 in connection with the fully vested options.

On March 6, 2012, the Company granted an aggregate of 1,100,000 10-year options to purchase shares of common stock at $0.45 per share, the market price on the date of issuance, which vests 25% on date of issuance; 25% on each of December 31, 2012; December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2014 to two employees and a consultant of the Company. The 1,100,000 options were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.41 per option or a total of $448,690 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $0.45 per share, volatility of 103%, expected term of 10 years, and a risk free interest rate of 1.98%. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation and stock-based consulting expense of $89,228 and 50,988 respectively.

At March 31, 2012, there was a total of $308,474 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested option-based compensation arrangements under the 2012 Plan.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)

A summary of the stock options and changes during the period are presented below:
 
   
Number of Options and Warrants
   
Weighted Average Exercise Price
   
Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Life (Years)
 
Balance at December 31, 2011
   
3,548,000
   
$
1.11
     
8.45
 
Granted
   
11,100,000
     
0.49
     
10
 
Exercised
   
-
     
-
     
-
 
Forfeited
   
(500,000
)
   
0.81
     
8.59
 
Cancelled
   
-
     
-
     
-
 
Balance outstanding at March 31, 2012
   
14,148,000
   
$
0.63
     
9.46
 
                         
Options exercisable at March 31, 2012
   
-
   
$
-
         
Options expected to vest
   
1,827,667
                 
Weighted average fair value of options granted during the period
         
$
0.45
         
 
Stock options outstanding at March 31, 2012 as disclosed in the above table have $710,000 intrinsic value at the end of the period.

Common Stock Warrants

On July 22, 2011, the Company granted 2,248,000 stock options and warrants to purchase 41,566,999 shares of common stock pursuant to an asset purchase agreement entered into between the Company, Acquisition Sub, and Continental (see Note 4). The assumption of stock warrants was replaced with the Company’s 3,200,000 4.5-year warrants to purchase shares of common stock at $2.835 per share granted to an affiliated company and its assignees which are subject to a vesting schedule based on the warrant holder's continued services and the Company’s 38,366,999 (ranging from 5 months to 4.60 years) warrants to purchase shares of common stock at an exercise price of $2.835 which were related to private placement sale of the Company’s common stock. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recognized stock based compensation of $165,730 which represents the portion of the vested replacement warrants awards attributable to post-combination services due to the assumption of the stock warrants of Continental which was accounted for under ASC 805-30-30-9 (“Acquirer Share-Based Payment Awards Exchanged for Awards Held by the Acquiree’s Employees). These warrants were valued on the grant date at $1.11 per option using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $1.10 per share, volatility of 193%, expected term of 10 years, and a risk free interest rate of 1.56%. At December 31, 2011, there was $0 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these replacement warrant awards.

Out of the warrants to purchase 41,566,999 shares of common stock discussed above, a total of 2,050,666 4.5-year warrants were granted to an affiliated company, whereby a Member of the Company’s Board of directors is the President of the affiliated company. 
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
Between January 2012 and February 2012, the Company sold an aggregate of 2,237,500 units with net proceeds to the Company of $847,500. Each Unit was sold for a purchase price of $0.40 per Unit and consists of: (i) one share of Common Stock and (ii) a two-year warrant to purchase fifty percent (1,118,750 warrants) of the number of shares of Common Stock purchased at an exercise price of $0.60 per share, subject to adjustment upon the occurrence of certain events. The warrants may be exercised at any time on a cashless basis at 100% of the closing price for the Common Stock on the business day immediately prior to the date of exercise. In March 2012, the Company issued 336,974 shares of common stock in connection with the exercise of these 968,750 stock warrants on a cashless basis.

On February 23, 2012, the Company entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with two subscribers and sold 1,000,000 shares of the Series D Preferred Stock and an aggregate of 8,750,000 warrants to acquire shares of Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $1,000,000 (see Note 12 – Preferred Stock). On March 29, 2012, the Company issued 2,967,143 shares of common stock in connection with the exercise of these 5,250,000 stock warrants on a cashless basis.

On February 23, 2012, in connection with a Note Modification Agreement, the Company issued warrants to purchase an aggregate of 4,144,320 shares of Common Stock to Platinum and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 1,036,080 shares of Common Stock to Lakewood (see Note 7). The warrants may be exercised at any time, in whole or in part, at an exercise price of $0.40 per share until the fifth anniversary of their issuance.   The warrants may be exercised on a cashless basis at any time. In February 2012, the Company issued 2,925,601 shares of common stock in connection with the exercise of these 5,180,400 stock warrants on a cashless basis.

On March 6, 2012, the Company issued a warrant to purchase 400,000 shares of the Company’s common stock at an exercise price equal to the market price of the Company’s common stock on the date of issuance or at $0.45 per share to a consultant in consideration for services rendered. The 400,000 warrants were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.41 per option or a total of $163,155 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $0.45 per share, volatility of 110%, expected term of 10 years, and a risk free interest rate of 1.98%. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recognized stock based consulting of $163,155.
 
A summary of the status of the Company's outstanding stock warrants and changes during the period then ended is as follows:
 
  
 
Number of Warrants
   
Weighted Average Exercise Price
 
Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Life (Years)
Balance at December 31, 2011
   
35,603,142
   
$
2.64
 
3.94
Granted
   
15,449,150
     
0.42
 
4.81
Cancelled
   
-
     
-
 
-
Forfeited
   
-
     
-
 
-
Exercised
   
(11,399,150)
     
0.42
 
4.64
Balance at March 31, 2012
   
39,653,142
   
$
2.41
 
3.85
                   
Warrants exercisable at March 31, 2012
   
39,653,142
   
$
2.41 
 
3.85
                   
Weighted average fair value of options granted during the three months ended March 31, 2012
         
$
0.40
   

 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 13 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Royalty Agreement - F.R.O.G. Consulting, LLC

On May 24, 2011, the Company, through its subsidiary, Arttor Gold, entered into two lease agreements with F.R.O.G. Consulting, LLC, an affiliate of one of the former members of Arttor Gold, for the Red Rock Mineral Property and the North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect.  The leases grant the exclusive right to explore, mine and develop gold, silver, palladium, platinum and other minerals on the properties for a term of ten (10) years and may be renewed in ten (10) year increments.  The terms of the Leases may not exceed ninety-nine (99) years. The Company may terminate these leases at any time.

The Company is required under the terms of the property lease to make annual lease payments. The Company is also required to make annual claim maintenance payments to Federal Bureau of Land Management and to the county in which its property is located in order to maintain its rights to explore and, if warranted, to develop its property. If the Company fails to meet these obligations, it will lose the right to explore for gold on its property.
 
Until production is achieved, the Company’s lease payments (deemed “advance minimum royalties”) consist of an initial payment of $5,000 upon signing of each lease, followed by annual payments according to the following schedule for each lease:
 
Due Date of Advance
Minimum Royalty Payment
 
Amount of Advance
Minimum Royalty Payment
 
1st Anniversary
 
$
15,000
 
2nd Anniversary
 
$
35,000
 
3rd Anniversary
 
$
45,000
 
4th Anniversary
 
$
80,000
 
5th Anniversary and annually thereafter
during the term of the lease
 
The greater of $100,000 or the U.S. dollar equivalent of 90 ounces of gold
 
 
In the event that the Company produces gold or other minerals from these leases, the Company’s lease payments will be the greater of (i) the advance minimum royalty payments according to the table above, or (ii) a production royalty equal to 3% of the gross sales price of any gold, silver, platinum or palladium that the Company recovers and 1% of the gross sales price of any other minerals that the Company recovers. The Company has the right to buy down the production royalties on gold, silver, platinum and palladium by payment of $2,000,000 for the first one percent (1%). All advance minimum royalty payments constitute prepayment of production royalties to FROG, on an annual basis.  If the total dollar amount of production royalties due within a calendar year exceed the dollar amount of the advance minimum royalty payments due within that year, the Company may credit all uncredited advance minimum royalty payments made in previous years against fifty percent (50%) of the production royalties due within that year. The Leases also requires the Company to spend a total of $100,000 on work expenditures on each property for the period from lease signing until December 31, 2012 and $200,000 on work expenditures on each property per year in 2013 and annually thereafter. 

The Company is required to make annual claim maintenance payments to the Bureau of Land Management and to the counties in which its property is located. If the Company fails to make these payments, it will lose its rights to the property. As of the date of this Report, the annual maintenance payments are approximately $151 per claim, consisting of payments to the Bureau of Land Management and to the counties in which the Company’s properties are located. The Company’s property consists of an aggregate of 305 lode claims. The aggregate annual claim maintenance costs are currently approximately $46,000.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 13 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (continued)

On July 15, 2011, the Company (the “Lessee”) entered into amended and restated lease agreements for the Red Rock Mineral Property and the North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect by and among Arthur Leger (the “Lessor”) and F.R.O.G. Consulting, LLC (the “Payment Agent”) (collectively the “Parties”) in order to carry out the original intentions of the Parties and to correct the omissions and errors in the original lease, dated May 24, 2011. In the original lease, the Parties intended to identify Arthur Leger as the owner and lessor of the Red Rock Mineral Property and the North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect and to designate the Payment Agent as the entity responsible for collecting and receiving all payments on behalf of Lessor. Lessor is the sole member of the Payment Agent and owns 100% of the outstanding membership interests of the Payment Agent. All other terms and conditions of the original lease remain in full force and effect.  Lessor is the former Chief Geologist of Arttor Gold.
 
Royalty Agreement – Centerra (U.S.) Inc.

In August 2011, the Company and its subsidiary, Arttor Gold, entered into lease agreements with Centerra (U.S.) Inc. (“Centerra”). The leases grant the exclusive right to explore, mine and develop any and all metals, ores and other minerals on the properties which consist of 24 unpatented mining claims located Lander County, Nevada for a term of ten (10) years and may be renewed in ten (10) year increments. The Company may terminate these leases at any time.

The Company is required under the terms of our property lease to make annual lease payments. The Company is also required to make annual claim maintenance payments to Federal Bureau of Land Management and to the county in which its property is located in order to maintain its rights to explore and, if warranted, to develop its property. If the Company fails to meet these obligations, it will lose the right to explore for gold on its property. 
 
Until production is achieved, the Company’s lease payments (deemed “advance minimum royalties”) consist of an initial payment of $13,616 upon signing of the lease, followed by annual payments according to the following schedule for each lease:

Due Date of Advance
Minimum Royalty Payment
 
Amount of Advance
Minimum Royalty Payment
 
1st Anniversary
 
$
12,000
 
On or before each of the 2nd and 3rd  Anniversary
   
15,000
 
On or before each of the 4th and 5th  Anniversary
   
20,000
 
On or before each of the 6th and 7th  Anniversary
   
25,000
 
On or before each of the 8th and 9th  Anniversary
   
30,000
 
10th Anniversary  and subsequent anniversaries
so long the agreement shall remain in effect
 
40,000
 
 
In the event that the Company produces gold or other minerals from these leases, the Company agrees to pay lessor a production royalty of equal to 4% of net smelter returns for all products extracted, produced and sold from this property after recoupment of the advance minimum royalty payments previously made to lessor pursuant to the payment table above. No production royalty shall be payable on rock, dirt, limestone, or similar materials used by lessee in its operations. The Company has the right to buy down the production royalties by payment of $1,500,000 for the first one percent (1%) on or before completion of a positive feasibility study and another one percent (1%) by making cash payment of $2,500,000 on or before achievement of commercial production. The Leases also requires the Company to spend a total of $100,000 on work expenditures on this property for the period from lease signing until 5th anniversary, $150,000 on work expenditures on this property for the period from the 6th anniversary until 10th anniversary and $200,000 on work expenditures on this property per year on the 11th anniversary and annually thereafter. The Company is required to make annual claim maintenance payments to the Bureau of Land Management and to the counties in which its property is located. If the Company fails to make these payments, it will lose its rights to the property.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 13 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (continued)

Agreements Purchased from Continental Resources Group, Inc.

The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Continental Resources Acquisition Sub, Inc. was formed in July 2011 to purchase substantially all of the assets of Continental, which assets included 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of Green Energy Fields, Inc. and ND Energy Inc. (see Note 4).  The purchased assets include certain agreements in uranium mining claims in Arizona, California and North Dakota.
 
Uranium Lease Agreements
 
In connection with the execution of the Membership Interests Sale Agreements of Secure Energy LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of ND Energy, Inc. and Green Energy, Inc., the Company acquired the following Uranium lease agreements:
 
 
1)
Slope County, North Dakota, Lease 1 and 2
 
On June 28, 2007, Secure Energy, LLC, signed a 20 year mining lease to develop and operate 472.8 acres of uranium mining properties in the Slope County, North Dakota. The Company prepaid the annual payment of $10 per net acre for eight years amounting to $36,717 at the date of signing. The Company will pay a production royalty of $0.75 per pound of all uranium sales.
  
 
2)
Slope County, North Dakota, Lease 3
 
On November 23, 2007, Secure Energy, LLC signed a 10 year mining lease, with right to extend an additional 10 years to develop and operate 554.24 acres of uranium mining properties in the Slope County, North Dakota. The Company prepaid the annual payment of $10 per net acre for ten years amounting to $53,775 at the date of signing. The Company will pay a production royalty of $0.75 per pound of all uranium sales or 5% of net proceeds from the sale of uranium bearing ores.
 
Royalty agreements
 
On July 22, 2011, through the acquisition of Continental’s assets, the Company had purchased a 100% interest in certain 86 unpatented lode mining claims located in Mohave County, Arizona. The Company will pay a 3% net smelter returns royalty on all uranium sales. The Company shall have the right to reduce the royalty from 3% to 0% by paying the aggregate sum of $1,500,000 ($500,000 for each 1%).
 
On July 22, 2011, through the acquisition of Continental’s assets, the Company assumed the purchase and sale agreement with Absaroka Stone LLC to purchase certain unpatented mining claims commonly known as the “Uinta County (Carnotite) Uranium Prospect” located in the Uinta County of Wyoming.  Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Absaroka Stone LLC agreed not to stake for its own account any additional mining claims within a 15 mile radius of the property.  Any additional mining claims to be located within a 15 mile radius of the property (the “Claim Body”) were to be located, staked and filed by the Company, at its expense and held in its name.   Such agreement requires a minimum of $200,000 relating to location, maintenance, exploration, development or equipping any one or more of the mining claims that comprise the Claim Body for commercial production within 24 months from the date of the agreement.  If the Company fails to incur a minimum of $200,000 in expenses related to the foregoing within 24 months, the Company shall pay an aggregate sum of $50,000 to Absaroka Stone LLC. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, the Company would pay a 1% gross royalty to Absaroka Stone LLC on any revenues derived from the sale of all uranium-vanadium, gold, silver, copper and rare earth ores or concentrates produced from the Claim Body, up to an aggregate of $1,000,000.  The Company has the option to eliminate the royalty obligations by paying Absaroka Stone LLC an aggregate payment of $1,000,000.
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 13 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (continued)

Litigation

On February 7, 2012, the Company obtained a copy of  a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Complaint”) entitled Relief Gold Group, Inc., v Sagebrush Gold Ltd, Gold Acquisition Corp., Barry C. Honig, and David S. Rector (12 civ 0952).  Relief Gold alleges various causes of action including breach of contract, intentional interference with contract, intentional interference with prospective business relationship/economic relations, misappropriation of trade secrets and unjust enrichment, related to the Company’s acquisition on August 30, 2011 of the assets of the Relief Canyon Mine pursuant to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  Plaintiff served an amended complaint on May 10, 2012.  The Company’s time to answer or move with respect to the amended complaint expires on May 24, 2012.
 
Further, on or about February 29, 2012, Gold Acquisition Corp. (“GAC”) commenced an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada against Firstgold, Terence Lynch and Relief Gold Group Case No. 12-05013-GWZThrough the adversary proceeding, GAC is seeking confirmation that all information, intellectual property and know how related to Relief Canyon was property of Firstgold that was sold to GAC.  In addition, GAC moved for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order staying the prosecution of the above-referenced action pending in the Southern District.  The motion for a preliminary injunction was denied on or about March 15, 2012.  Firstgold filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on April 23, 2012; GAC’s response is due by June 6, 2012. GAC has attempted to start the discovery process and filed a motion to compel on May 11, 2012.  A hearing date has not yet been set, but GAC has requested that it be heard on shortened time.  A scheduling conference in this matter has been set for June 13, 2012.
 
GAC also filed a Motion for Order to Show Cause in Firstgold’s main bankruptcy action Case No. 10-50215-GWZ requesting that the court require Firstgold to complete documentation for conveyance of property.   That motion was granted on or about February 28, 2012.

Option Agreement

On January 26, 2012, the Company entered into an Option Agreement (the “Option Agreement”) with American Strategic Minerals Corporation, a Colorado corporation (“Amicor”), pursuant to which Amicor obtained the option  to acquire certain uranium exploration rights and properties held by the Company (the “Uranium Properties”), as further described herein.  In consideration for issuance of the option, Amicor issued to the Company (i) a $1,000,000 promissory note payable in installments upon satisfaction of certain conditions (the “Note”), expiring six months following issuance and (ii) 10,000,000 shares of Amicor’s common stock (collectively, the “Option Consideration”).  Pursuant to the terms of the Note, upon the closing of a private placement in which Amicor receives gross proceeds of at least $5,000,000 (within six months of the closing of the Option Agreement), then Amicor shall repay $500,000 under the Note.  Additionally, upon the closing of a private placement in which Amicor receives gross proceeds of at least an additional $1,000,000 (within six months of the closing of the Option Agreement), Amicor shall pay the outstanding balance under the Note.  The Note does not bear interest.  The option was exercisable for a period of 90 days following the closing of the Option Agreement, in whole or in part, at an exercise price of Ten Dollars ($10.00) for any or all of the Uranium Properties.  In the event Amicor does not exercise the option, the Company will retain all of the Option Consideration. Between January 2012 and February 2012, the Company collected $930,000 of the Note. On the date of the Option Agreement, the Company recorded the Option Consideration as deferred revenue to be amortized over the term of the Option Agreement. The Company recorded the 10 million shares of Amicor’s common stock at the fair market value (based on the recent selling price of Amicor’s common stock at a private placement) of the shares at $0.50 per share or $5 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company recognized other income of $4,333,333 which represents the earned income pursuant to the terms of this Option Agreement. Note receivable from Amicor at March 31, 2012 amounted to $70,000.  David Rector, a member of the Company's Board of Directors, is a director of Amicor. Joshua Bleak, Continental's chief executive officer, is a director of Amicor.
 
In April 2012, the Company and Amicor extended the expiration date to May 15, 2012 and subsequently on May 7, 2012, both parties agreed to extend the expiration date of the option to June 15, 2012.

 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
March 31, 2012

NOTE 13 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (continued)

Operating Lease
 
In February 2012, the Company signed a three year lease agreement for office space located in Lakewood, Colorado containing approximately 2,390 net rentable square feet and such lease will start in March 2012 and expires in April 2015. The lease requires the Company to pay an annual base rent of $18.50 per rentable square feet or $44,215 plus a pro rata share of operating expenses. The base rent is subject to annual increases beginning on May 1, 2013 as defined in the lease agreement. Future minimum rental payments required under these operating leases are as follows: 

Years ending December 31:
     
2012
    33,161  
2013
    45,111  
2014
    46,306  
2015 and thereafter
    11,651  
    $ 136,229  

NOTE 14 – MINERAL PROPERTIES

North Battle Mountain and Red Rock Mineral Prospects
 
Through the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Arttor Gold LLC, the Company has the rights to explore the North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect located in Lander County, Nevada.
 
The North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect is located in Lander County, Nevada, 18 kilometers north of the town of Battle Mountain in north central Nevada.  The property consists of 36 unpatented lode mining claims and encompasses approximately 700 acres.  The North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect can be accessed from Battle Mountain by a paved county road for about 5.5 miles to the North Battle Mountain rail siding, and then by a graded gravel road from which an unimproved dirt road leads east to the north-central part of the property.