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

Form 10-Q

(Mark One)

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

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012

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

For the transition period from _______________ to _______________.

Commission file number: 333-150462

Pershing Gold Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Nevada
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
26-0657736
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
   
1658 Cole Boulevard
Building 6, Suite 201
Lakewood CO
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
80401
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (877) 705-9357

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

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

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). x Yes o No.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act (Check one):

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

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

Applicable only to issuers involved in bankruptcy proceedings during the preceding five years:

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed all documents and reports required to be filed by Sections 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 subsequent to the distribution of securities under a plan confirmed by a court. Yes o No o

Applicable only to corporate issuers:

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date. As of August 20, 2012, there were 256,619,445 shares of common stock, par value $0.0001, issued and outstanding.
 
 
 

 
 
PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Page
     
ITEM 1
Financial Statements
3
     
ITEM 2
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
46
     
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
51
     
ITEM 3
Defaults Upon Senior Securities
53
     
ITEM 4
Mine Safety Disclosures
53
     
ITEM 5
Other Information
53
     
ITEM 6
Exhibits
53
 
 
 

 
 
ITEM 1 Financial Statements
 
PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
ASSETS
           
CURRENT ASSETS:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 4,041,476     $ 3,670,567  
Marketable securities - trading securities
    -       100,000  
Notes receivable, net
    500,000       -  
Other receivables
    4,934       113,241  
Prepaid expenses - current portion
    227,475       463,737  
Deferred financing cost
    -       50,919  
Due from equity method investor (former Parent Company)
    -       347,335  
Assets of discontinued operations - current portion
    -       61,050  
                 
Total Current Assets
    4,773,885       4,806,849  
                 
OTHER ASSETS:
               
Prepaid expenses - long-term portion
    -       37,759  
Property and equipment, net
    7,656,876       8,031,103  
Mineral rights
    16,786,912       8,501,071  
Reclamation bond deposit
    4,557,629       4,557,629  
Deposits
    3,884       51,000  
                 
Total Other Assets - Net
    29,005,301       21,178,562  
                 
Total Assets
  $ 33,779,186     $ 25,985,411  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
                 
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
               
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
  $ 746,331     $ 821,111  
Senior convertible promissory notes, net of debt discount
    -       1,066,445  
Convertible promissory note, net of debt discount
    -       118,487  
Note payable - related party, net of debt discount
    561,750       510,832  
Derivative liability
    -       6,295,400  
Liabilities of discontinued operation
    -       21,622  
                 
Total Liabilities
    1,308,081       8,833,897  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies
               
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY :
               
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 50,000,000 authorized
               
Convertible Series A Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 2,250,000 Shares Authorized; 
none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    -       -  
Convertible Series B Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 8,000,000 Shares Authorized;
none issued and outstanding and 500,000 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    -       50  
Convertible Series C Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 3,284,396 Shares Authorized;
none issued and outstanding and 3,284,396 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    -       328  
Convertible Series D Preferred stock ($.0001 Par Value; 7,500,000 Shares Authorized;
none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011)
    -       -  
Common stock ($.0001 Par Value; 500,000,000 Shares Authorized;
256,619,445 and 142,773,113 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)
    25,661       14,277  
Additional paid-in capital
    105,660,910       47,114,351  
Accumulated deficit
    (14,901,794 )     (14,901,794 )
Accumulated deficit since inception of exploration stage (September 1, 2011)
    (58,313,672 )     (15,074,534 )
                 
Total Pershing Gold Corporation Equity
    32,471,105       17,152,678  
                 
Non-Controlling Interest in Subsidiary
    -       (1,164 )
                 
Total Stockholders' Equity
    32,471,105       17,151,514  
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
  $ 33,779,186     $ 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 June 30,
   
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
     
For the Period from Inception of Exploration stage (September 1, 2011) through
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
   
June 30, 2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
                               
Net revenues
  $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -  
                                         
Operating expenses:
                                       
Compensation and related taxes
    8,320,213       159,750       14,810,946       264,750       15,893,025  
Exploration cost
    1,770,062       -       3,059,961       -       4,859,983  
Consulting fees
    685,949       199,407       1,604,573       387,267       7,175,752  
General and administrative expenses
    1,284,812       154,407       2,306,675       326,211       3,739,145  
                                         
Total operating expenses
    12,061,036       513,564       21,782,155       978,228       31,667,905  
                                         
Operating loss from continuing operations
    (12,061,036 )     (513,564 )     (21,782,155 )     (978,228 )     (31,667,905 )
                                         
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):
                                       
Other income
    -       -       80,000       -       80,000  
Gain from sale of uranium assets pursuant to an option agreement
    -       -       930,000       -       930,000  
Gain from sale of subsidiary
    2,500,000       -       2,500,000       -       2,500,000  
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
    (12,494 )     -       (21,928 )     -       (195,958 )
Settlement expense
    (4,883,196 )     -       (4,883,196 )     -       (9,682,196 )
Realized gain - trading securities
    -       -       19,702       -       19,702  
Realized gain - available for sale securities
    17,600       -       340,600       -       340,600  
Share of loss of equity method investee
    (83,333 )     -       (83,333 )     -       (83,333 )
Interest expense and other finance costs, net of interest income
    (8,356 )     (322,235 )     (11,338,774 )     (322,235 )     (15,854,250 )
                                         
Total other expenses - net
    (2,469,779 )     (322,235 )     (18,681,594 )     (322,235 )     (21,267,294 )
                                         
Loss from continuing operations before provision for income taxes
    (14,530,815 )     (835,799 )     (40,463,749 )     (1,300,463 )     (52,935,199 )
                                         
Provision for income taxes
    -       -       -       -       -  
                                         
Loss from continuing operations
    (14,530,815 )     (835,799 )     (40,463,749 )     (1,300,463 )     (52,935,199 )
                                         
Discontinued operations:
                                       
(Loss) gain from discontinued operations, net of tax
    (124 )     (1,681,780 )     (50,298 )     (2,505,478 )     802,367  
                                         
Net loss
    (14,530,939 )     (2,517,579 )     (40,514,047 )     (3,805,941 )     (52,132,832 )
                                         
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest
    (1,770 )     200,768       (1,164 )     200,768       (172,517 )
                                         
Net loss attributable to Pershing Gold Corporation
    (14,532,709 )     (2,316,811 )     (40,515,211 )     (3,605,173 )     (52,305,349 )
                                         
Preferred deemed dividend
    (1,086,000 )     -       (2,702,777 )     -       (5,987,173 )
                                         
Preferred stock dividends
    (12,150 )     -       (21,150 )     -       (21,150 )
                                         
Net loss available to common stockholders
  $ (15,630,859 )   $ (2,316,811 )   $ (43,239,138 )   $ (3,605,173 )   $ (58,313,672 )
                                         
Loss per common share, basic and diluted:
                                       
Loss from continuing operations
  $ (0.07 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.22 )   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.33 )
(Loss) income from discontinued operations
    (0.00 )     (0.06 )     (0.00 )     (0.10 )     0.01  
    $ (0.07 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.22 )   $ (0.15 )   $ (0.32 )
                                         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - Basic and Diluted
    208,433,252       28,758,138       180,593,498       25,718,458       159,874,485  
 
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 Six Months Ended
June 30, 2012
   
For the Six Months Ended
June 30, 2011
   
For the Period from
Inception of
Exploration stage
(September 1, 2011) through
June 30, 2012
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
                 
                   
Net loss attributable to Pershing Gold Corporation
  $ (40,515,211 )   $ (3,605,173 )     (52,305,349 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash ised in operatimg activities:
                       
Depreciation
    509,260       4,053       835,188  
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       1,308,794       12,049,972  
Amortization of prepaid expense in connection with the issuance of common stock issued for prepaid services
    -       116,665       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
    21,928       -       195,958  
Non-controlling interest
    1,164       (200,768 )     171,911  
Gain from sale of subsidiary
    (500,000 )     -       (500,000 )
Share of loss of equity method investee
    83,333       -       83,333  
Common stock issued for services
    346,361       -       1,183,861  
Common stock issued in connection with an employment agreement
    1,735,417       -       1,735,417  
Common stock issued and included in settlement expense
    4,883,196       -       9,644,696  
Stock-based compensation
    12,445,069       400,375       14,929,536  
Gain from sale of uranium assets pursuant to an option agreement
    (930,000 )     -       (930,000 )
                         
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
                       
Restricted cash - current portion
    -       (2,185,216 )     1,320,817  
Accounts receivable
    -       -       -  
Other receivables
    99,908       -       86,575  
Prepaid expenses - current portion and other current assets
    159,837       (278,205 )     2,029,159  
Assets of discontinued operations - current portion
    -       (1,569,059 )     141,378  
Prepaid expenses - long-term portion
    37,759       -       41,912  
Restricted cash - long-term portion
    -       -       500,000  
Deferred financing cost
    -       (25,000 )     -  
Deposits
    (7,884 )     (20,000 )     (7,884 )
Assets of discontinued operations - long term portion
    -       -       40,556  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
    (16,302 )     226,734       347,081  
Liabilities of discontinued operation
    (21,622 )     -       28,730  
                         
NET CASH USED IN  OPERATING ACTIVITIES
    (4,246,103 )     (5,757,363 )     (6,208,562 )
                         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
                       
Advances on note and loan receivable
    -       (18,500 )     -  
Acquisition of mining rights
    (2,576,400 )     -       (2,576,400 )
Advances on loan receivable - related party
    -       (375,726 )     -  
Payment received on note receivable
    930,000       25,000       930,000  
Increase in reclamation bond deposits
    -       -       (1,715,629 )
Cash acquired from acquisition of business
    -       2,000,100       -  
Net proceeds received from the sale of marketable securities
    100,000       -       100,000  
Proceeds from disposal of assets
    70,875       -       204,306  
Purchase of property and equipment
    (215,342 )     (3,972 )     (281,590 )
                         
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY INVESTING ACTIVITIES
    (1,690,867 )     1,626,902       (3,339,313 )
                         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                       
Proceeds from sale of common stock, net of issuance cost
    6,307,500       246,000       9,484,916  
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  
Collection on subscription receivable
    -       30       -  
Payments on notes payable
    (1,539,771 )     -       (3,406,493 )
Advances to parent company
    -       -       48,745  
Distribution to former parent company
    40,150       -       40,150  
Proceeds from related party advances
    -       3,071       -  
                         
NET CASH PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES
    6,307,879       5,499,101       12,667,318  
                         
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE ON CASH
    -       (10,768 )     1,649  
                         
NET INCREASE  IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    370,909       1,357,872       3,121,092  
                         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- beginning of period
    3,670,567       509,550       920,384  
                         
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS- end of period
  $ 4,041,476     $ 1,867,422     $ 4,041,476  
                         
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW  INFORMATION:
                       
Cash paid for:
                       
Interest
  $ 196,102     $ 4,771     $ 528,593  
Income taxes
  $ -     $ -     $ -  
                         
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
                       
                         
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  
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 upon sale of subsidary
  $ 500,000     $ -     $ 500,000  
Issuance of a note receivable in connection with sale of uranuim assets pursuant to an option agreement
  $ 930,000             $ 930,000  
Common stock and warrants issued for acquisition of mining rights
  $ 5,709,441     $ -     $ 5,709,441  
Distribution to former parent company
  $ 517,949     $ -     $ 517,949  

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
June 30, 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. , 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.  The Company is a gold and precious metals exploration company pursuing exploration and development opportunities primarily in Nevada.  The Company is currently focused on exploration of its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada.  None of the Company’s properties contain proven and probable reserves, and all of its activities on all of the Company’s properties are exploratory in nature.
 
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.  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 September 1, 2011, the Company exited the sports and entertainment business and disposed of its Empire subsidiary pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement by and between the Company, Empire and Concert International Inc. (“CII”) (see Note 3).  Pursuant to the Stock Purchase Agreement, the Company agreed to sell to CII its Empire subsidiary, including the 66.67% equity ownership interest in Capital Hoedown Inc.  (“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 subsidiaries 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
June 30, 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 with the owners of Arttor Gold LLC (“Arttor Gold”).  Each of the owners of Arttor Gold,  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 Series B Convertible Preferred Stock and 13,000,000 shares of Common Stock in exchange for 100% membership interests in Arttor Gold.   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 limited liability company (“Noble Effort”), 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. (“Acquisition Sub”), and Continental Resources Group, Inc. (“Continental”), entered into an asset purchase agreement and, through the Acquisition Sub, closed on the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Continental  in consideration for (i) shares of the Company’s common stock 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 became a majority owned subsidiary of Continental. As of June 30, 2012, Continental holds 29.65% 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 and Lakewood Group LLC. Gold Acquisition, a Nevada corporation was formed in August 2011.
 
A newly-formed wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Battle Corp. (“Red Battle”), a Delaware corporation, was formed on April 30, 2012 and on May 23, 2012, purchased all of the outstanding membership interests of Arttor Gold and Noble Effort which held the Company’s North Battle Mountain and Red Rock Mineral Prospects. The Company and Red Battle, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger on May 24, 2012 with Valor Gold Corp. and Valor Gold Acquisition Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valor Gold Corp. (see Note 4). As a result of this transaction, Red Battle, together with Arttor Gold and Noble Effort was acquired by Valor Gold in connection with this transaction.
 
Pershing Royalty Company, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary, formed on May 17, 2012 acquired a 1% royalty on the North Battle Mountain and Red Rock Mineral Prospects pursuant to a Net Smelter Return Production Royalty Agreement (“NSR Agreement”) with Arthur Leger (see Note 4).
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 1 – ORGANIZATION AND DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS (continued)
 
On June 11, 2012, the Company and American Strategic Minerals Corporation (“Amicor”) effected the exercise of an Option Agreement, through the assignment of Acquisition Sub, (see Note 4). As a result of the assignment of Acquisition Sub, the Company divested all of its uranium assets to Amicor.
 
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 June 30, 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 June 30, 2012, and the results of operations and cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2012 have been included. The results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company had a net loss attributable to Pershing Gold Corporation of $ 40,515,211 and $4,246,103 of net cash used in operations. However, of the $40,515,211 net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012, $36,017,412 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 and deferred financing costs, non- cash interest expense, and loss from extinguishment of debts. At June 30, 2012, the Company had a working capital of $3,465,804. Additionally, at June 30, 2012, the Company had an accumulated deficit of approximately $73.2 million.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company has cash and cash equivalents for a total of approximately $4 million. Additionally, the Company anticipates and intends to sell the remaining shares of Amicor (option consideration) received in January 2012 pursuant to an Option Agreement for the remainder of 2012 to further  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 will meet 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”.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
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, 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.
 
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 June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company recorded a deficit non-controlling interest balance of $0 and $1,164, respectively, in connection with, Secure Energy LLC, the majority-owned subsidiary of ND Energy, Inc. and Green Energy, Inc., 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 June 30, 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 consist of the Company’s investment 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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
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.
 
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
June 30, 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 June 30, 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 June 30, 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 – available for sale, net of discount for effect of restriction
 
$
-
   
$
-
   
$
-
 
 
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 as amended (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. At the end of each period, the Company evaluates the carrying value of the marketable securities for a decrease in value. The Company evaluates the company underlying these marketable securities to determine whether a decline in fair value below the amortized cost basis is other than temporary. If the decline in fair value is judged to be “other- than- temporary”, the cost basis of the individual security shall be written down to fair value as a new cost basis and the amount of the write-down is charged to earnings.
 
The carrying amounts reported in the consolidated balance sheets 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 June 30, 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
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
Prepaid expenses
 
Prepaid expenses – current portion of $232,409 and $463,737 at June 30, 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 $0 and $37,759 at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, consisted 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company incurred exploration cost of $3,059,961.
 
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. In addition, in February 2012, the Company acquired certain unpatented mining claims from Silver Scott Mines Inc. for a purchase price of $550,000. On April 5, 2012, the Company acquired from Victoria Gold Corporation (“Victoria Gold”) rights to approximately 13,300 acres of unpatented mining claims and private lands adjacent to the Relief Canyon Mine property. The Company paid Victoria Gold $2.0 million in cash, 10 million shares of the Company’s common stock, warrants to purchase 5 million shares of the Company’s common stock at $0.60 per share, exercisable at any time on or prior to April 5, 2014, and 2% net smelter return royalty (see Note 14).
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
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 June 30, 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.
 
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 June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
June 30, 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 June 30, 2012
   
For the Three Months ended June 30, 2011
   
For the Six Months ended June 30, 2012
   
For the Six Months ended June 30, 2011
 
Numerator:
                       
Loss from continuing operations
  $ (14,530,815 )   $ (835,799 )   $ (40,463,749 )   $ (1,300,463 )
Loss from discontinued operations
  $ (124 )   $ (1,681,780 )   $ (50,298 )   $ (2,505,478 )
                                 
Denominator:
                               
Denominator for basic and diluted loss per share
                               
(weighted-average shares)
    208,433,252       28,758,138       180,593,498       25,718,458  
                                 
Loss per common share, basic and diluted:
                               
Loss from continuing operations
  $ (0.07 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.22 )   $ ( 0.05 )
Loss from discontinued operations
  $ (0.00 )   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.00 )   $ (0.10 )
 
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.
 
   
June 30, 2012
   
June 30, 2011
 
Common stock equivalents:
           
Stock options
   
34,848,000
     
2,600,000
 
Stock warrants
   
12,222,188
     
-
 
Convertible preferred stock
   
-
     
8,750,000
 
Convertible promissory notes embedded conversion feature
   
-
     
750,000
 
Total
   
47,070,188
     
12,100,000
 
 
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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 2 - SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (continued)
 
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 by and between the Company, Empire and CII (see Note 1). 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 stock purchase agreement, 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 June 30, 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 subsidiaires of the Company. As of June 30, 2012, the Company has not collected such note from CII. Accordingly, as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, this note receivable, net of allowance for bad debt of $500,000, amounted to $0.
 
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:
 
   
June 30,
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
 
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 3 – DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (continued)
 
The following table sets forth for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 indicated selected financial data of the Company’s discontinued operations of its sports and entertainment business.
 
   
For the Three Months ended June 30, 2012
   
For the Three Months ended June 30, 2011
   
For the Six Months ended June 30, 2012
   
For the Six Months ended June 30, 2011
 
Revenues
  $ -     $ 214,584     $ -     $ 327,336  
Cost of sales
    -       135,332       -       194,391  
Gross profit
    -       79,252       -       132,945  
Operating and other non-operating expenses
    (124 )     (1,761,032 )     (50,298 )     (2,638,423
                                 
Loss from discontinued operations
  $ (124 )   $ (1,681,780 )   $ (50,298 )   $ (2,505,478 )
 
NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION 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 in consideration for (i) shares of the Company’s common stock equal to eight shares of the Company’s Common stock 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 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, warrants to purchase 41,566,999 shares of common stock, and options to purchase 2,248,000 shares of common stock 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 June 30, 2012, Continental holds 29.65% 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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION AND DECONSOLIDATION (continued)
 
The issuance of 76,095,214 shares of common stock including the issuance of warrants to purchase 41,566,999 shares of common stock and options to purchase 2,248,000 shares of common stock 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, the Company’s director and then Chairman, 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 was common ownership between the Company and Continental, through the Company's Board Member and a stockholder, such collective interests in the Company only accounted for a total of 15% upon the consummation of the Asset Purchase.
 
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 Asset Purchase, 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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION AND DECONSOLIDATION (continued)
 
The Purchase Agreement constitutes a plan of reorganization within the meaning of Treasury Regulations Section 1.368-2(g) and constitutes a plan of liquidation of Continental.   The Company agreed to file a registration statement under the Securities Act in connection with liquidation of Continental no later than 30 days following (i) the closing date of the Asset Sale or (ii) the date that Continental delivered or filed its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.  Continental will subsequently distribute the registered shares to its shareholders as part of its liquidation.  The Company agreed to use its best efforts to cause such registration to be declared effective within 12 months following the closing date of the asset sale.  The Company had agreed to pay liquidated damages of 1% per month, up to a maximum of 5%, in the event that the Company fails to file or is unable to cause the registration statement to be declared effective.  Continental was expected to liquidate on or prior to July 1, 2012 however, such registration statement filed by the Company has not been declared effective and as a result, Continental was unable to liquidate prior to July 2012. In August 2012, the Company entered into an Amendment Agreement with Continental and Acquisition Sub whereby the parties agreed to amend the Asset Purchase Agreement dated as of July 22, 2011, to remove the liquidated damages provision associated with the registration rights obligations by the Company.
 
Continental Resources Acquisition Sub, Inc.
 
On January 26, 2012, the Company and Amicor entered into an option agreement (the “Option”) whereby Amicor acquired the option to purchase certain uranium properties and claims from the Company for a purchase price of $10.00 in consideration for the issuance of (i) 10,000,000 shares of Amicor’s common stock (see Note 5) and (ii) a six month promissory note in the aggregate principal amount of $1,000,000.  Pursuant to the Option, the consideration received by the Company was non-refundable, The Company and Amicor amended the Option on April 24, 2012 and May 3, 2012 in order to extend the termination date of the Option. On June 11, 2012, Amicor notified the Company of its decision to exercise the Option.  The Company and Amicor effected the exercise of the Option, through the assignment of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Acquisition Sub, which is the owner of 100% of the issued and outstanding common stock of each of Green Energy Fields, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“Green Energy”) (which is the owner of 100% of the issued and outstanding common stock of CPX Uranium, Inc.) and ND Energy, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“ND Energy”).  Additionally, ND Energy and Green Energy hold a majority of the outstanding membership interests of Secure Energy LLC.  As a result of the assignment, Acquisition Sub is no longer a subsidiary of the Company.
 
As of June 30, 2012, $930,000 of the principal amount of note has been paid. Under the terms of the note, Amicor was required to pay the balance of the note upon completion of a private placement totaling $1 million or more on or before July 26, 2012. The $1.0 million private placement was not completed by that date thus Amicor was not required to pay the final $70,000 due under the note. The note receivable from Amicor at June 30, 2012 amounted to $0.
 
The Company accounted for such transaction pursuant to ASC 845-10 “Nonmonetary Transactions” and related subtopics for an exchange of a nonmonetary asset for a noncontrolling ownership interest in a second entity. Since the Company received cash in the exchange of its nonmonetary assets and the cash received was greater than 25% of the fair value of the assets exchanged, the transaction was considered a monetary exchange and full or partial gain recognition is required.  The fair value of the uranium assets exchanged approximates the Company’s carrying value which amounted to $0. In accordance with ASC 845-10, the Company recognized a gain from the sale of uranium assets of $930,000 which represents the cash collected from the note as of June 30, 2012.  The Company has no actual or implied commitment, financial or otherwise, to support the operations of the new entity in any manner and the Company plans to liquidate its investment in Amicor. Consequently, the Company treated its investment in Amicor as a marketable securities- available for sale with an initial basis of zero (see Note 5).
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION AND DECONSOLIDATION (continued)
 
David Rector, a member of the Company's Board of Directors, is a director of Amicor. Joshua Bleak, Continental's Chief Executive Officer and director, is a director of Amicor.
 
Red Battle Corp.
 
On May 24, 2012, the Company and Red Battle entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with Valor Gold Corp., a Delaware corporation ("Valor Gold"), and Valor Gold Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valor Gold (the "Buyer"). The Merger Agreement provides for, upon the terms and subject to the conditions in the Merger Agreement, the merger of the Buyer with and into Red Battle with Red Battle continuing as the surviving entity and the corporate existence of the Buyer ceasing (the "Merger"). The Merger effectively resulted in, the sale of the Company’s two Lander County, Nevada exploration properties, Red Rock Mineral Prospect (including Centerra Prospect), and North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect, to Valor Gold for (i) $2,000,000 in cash (the “Cash Consideration”), (ii) a 5% promissory note in the principal amount of $500,000 due 18 months following the issuance date and (iii) 25,000,000 shares of Valor Gold’s common stock.  As further consideration for the Merger, (i) Arthur Leger, the Company’s former Chief Geologist, agreed to surrender to the Company  for cancellation of 1,750,000  shares of the Company’s common stock; (ii) Arthur Leger agreed to grant, as lessor, a 1% net smelter returns production royalty on all minerals produced from certain claims under the Red Rock Mineral Prospect and North Battle Mountain Mineral Prospect leases to the Company; and (iii) Mr. Leger agreed to defer certain royalty payments under the terms of the Lease Agreements with Arttor Gold related to the Red Rocks and North Battle Mineral Prospect Claims. Under the terms of the note, all outstanding principal, together with all accrued but unpaid interest, is payable upon the earlier of: (i) the closing of  one or more private placements of the Valor Gold’s securities in which Valor Gold receives gross proceeds of at least $7,500,000 or (ii) 18 months following the issuance of the note. As of June 30, 2012, note receivable and interest receivable amounted to $500,000 and $2,534, respectively.
 
Prior to the Merger, certain entities under Mr. Honig’s control and Mr. Honig’s family members held 5,600,003 shares of Valor Gold. Additionally, one of the shareholders of the Company  held 750,000 shares of Valor Gold prior to the Merger Agreement. Contemporaneously with the closing of the Merger, such shareholder purchased 1,250,000 shares of Valor Gold’s common stock in Valor Gold’s Private Placement.  Additionally, entities under Mr. Honig’s control purchased 5,000,000 shares of Valor Gold’s Series A Preferred Stock in Valor Gold’s Private Placement.
 
Assuming the conversion into common stock of Valor Gold’s Series A Preferred Stock both the interest of the aforementioned shareholder and entities controlled by Mr. Honig in Valor Gold shall account for 18%  of Valor Gold’s issued and outstanding common stock at the  closing of the Merger.  In addition to being large shareholders of the Company and Valor Gold, both the shareholder and Mr. Honig/entities controlled by Mr. Honig, directly and indirectly, may influence the Company’s decisions with respect to voting of the 25,000,000 shares of Valor Gold owned by the Company, through ownership interests in Continental and their investments in both the Company and Valor Gold. Mr. Honig has served as co-Chairman of the Company and currently is a director of the Company.  Accordingly, the Company and Mr. Honig are considered to be founders and “promoters” of Valor Gold as defined under the Securities Act. As a result of such shareholder  and Mr. Honig/entities controlled by Mr. Honig being among the largest shareholders of the Company and Valor Gold, there may exist certain conflicts of interest with respect to the business and affairs of each of these companies.  The Company believes that the shareholder and Mr. Honig/entities controlled by Mr. Honig are independent private investors who have no agreements, arrangements or understandings with respect to the ownership or control over any of these companies. The Company also considered the guidance in EITF 02-5 “Common Control”, that the Merger Agreement was not treated as a common control transaction as there were no group of shareholders that holds more than 50% of the voting ownership interest of each entity with contemporaneous written evidence of an agreement to vote a majority of the entities’ shares in concert exists.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 4 – ACQUISITION, DISPOSITION AND DECONSOLIDATION (continued)
 
The Company accounted for the 25 million shares of Valor Gold’s common stock under ASC 845-10-S99 “Transfer of Nonmonetary Assets by Promoters or Shareholders” whereby the transfer of nonmonetary assets to a company by its promoters or shareholders in exchange for stock prior to or at the time of the company's initial public offering normally should be recorded at the transferors' historical cost basis determined under GAAP. The Company recorded the 25 million shares of Valor Gold at historical cost basis of the nonmonetary assets transferred which amounted to $83,333. As a result of this transaction, during the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recognized a gain from sale of subsidiary of $2,500,000 which represents the cash and note consideration to the Company pursuant to the Merger Agreement.
 
Consequently, the issuance of 25 million shares of Valor Gold’s common stock to the Company accounted for approximately 38.6% of the total issued and outstanding stocks of Valor Gold as of May 24, 2012. As a result of the Company’s ownership interest of more than 20% of Valor Gold, the Company is considered to be an equity method investor which is accounted for under equity method of accounting.  As of June 30, 2012 the Company holds a 37.7% interest in Valor Gold.  The Company recorded its share of Valor Gold’s net loss which amounted to $83,333 using the equity method of accounting and such investment has been reduced to zero. Under ASC 323-10-35 “Investments – Equity Method”, the equity method investor shall discontinue applying the equity method when the investment has been reduced to zero and shall not provide for additional losses, unless the equity method investor provides or commits to provide additional funds to the investee, has guaranteed obligations of the investee, or is otherwise committed to provide further financial support to the investee. The Company is not obligated or committed to provide additional funds or further financial support to Valor Gold and as such the Company shall not record additional share of losses of Valor Gold upon reducing such investment to zero.
 
NOTE 5 – MARKETABLE SECURITIES
 
Marketable securities at June 30, 2012 consisted of the following:
 
 
Cost
 
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
 
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
   
Realized Gain from Sale of Securities
 
Fair
Value
 
                       
Publicly traded equity securities – available for sale
                      340,600        
                                         
Total
  $     $     $     $ 340,600     $  
 
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 that costs $100,000 and generated proceeds of $119,702. The increase in fair value of $19,702 has been recorded as realized gain in the statement of operations as of June 30, 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
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 5 – MARKETABLE SECURITIES (continued)
 
In January 2012, the Company received 10 million restricted shares of Amicor’s common stock pursuant to the Option with Amicor (see Note 4). At the time of issuance, the Company recorded the cost of investment in accordance with ASC 845-10 “Nonmonetary Transactions” and was valued at zero. Between February 2012 and April 2012, the Company sold 760,000 shares of Amicor’s common stock under a private transaction and generated net proceeds of $340,600 and has recorded a realized gain – available for sale securities of $340,600 during the six months ended June 30, 2012. Additionally, in July 2012, the Company sold an aggregate of 1,500,000 shares of the Amicor’s common stock under a private transaction and generated net proceeds of $225,000 or $0.15 per share.
 
The issuance of 10 million shares of Amicor’s common stock to the Company accounted for approximately 26.6% of the total issued and outstanding stocks of Amicor as of January 26, 2012. As of June 30, 2012 the Company holds 27.6% of interest in Amicor. Although the Company holds more than 20% ownership interest in Amicor, the Company believes that such investment is temporary as the Company’s primary intent is to sell the shares of Amicor as evidence by the Company’s sale of Amicor’s shares between February 2012 to July 2012. The Company accounted for such investment in Amicor as marketable securities available for sale.
 
NOTE 6 – PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
 
Property and equipment consisted of the following:
 
   
Estimated Life
 
June 30, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Furniture and fixtures
5 years
 
$
56,995
   
$
20,000
 
Office and computer equipments
1 - 5 years
   
144,916
     
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
   
3,160,833
     
3,115,266
 
Vehicles and mining equipments
5 - 10 years
   
549,675
     
659,622
 
       
8,437,036
     
8,346,111
 
Less: accumulated depreciation
     
(780,160
)
   
(315,008
)
                   
     
$
7,656,876
   
$
8,031,103
 
 
For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, depreciation expense amounted to $509,260 and $4,053, 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 $509,260 depreciation above.
 
Prior to the assignment of the Company’s former wholly owned subsidiary, Acquisition Sub, depreciation expense amounted to $33,789 which is included in the $509,260 depreciation above and the accumulated depreciation amounted to $39,912.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES
 
Senior convertible promissory notes consisted of the following:
 
   
June 30, 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
 
 
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 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”), 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 under 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 Notes issued to one of the assignees was $2,400,000 and the principal amount of the Acquired Note issued to the other assignee was $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
June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 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  entered into agreements to amend the notes (which had current principal balance of $2,960,229) (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 “March 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.
 
In connection with this March 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 was equal to the fair value of shares issued in excess of the fair value issuable pursuant to the original conversion terms.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 7 – SENIOR CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES (continued)
 
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 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. Such shares of Series D Preferred Stock were converted into the Company’s common stock in June 2012 (see Note 12).
 
On March 30, 2012, the Company also amended the $2.4 million note assigned to Frost Gamma Investments Trust (“FGIT”) to allow for the conversion of this note into the Company’s Series D Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. FGIT 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 was 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. Such shares of Series D Preferred Stock were converted into the Company’s common stock in June 2012 (see Note 12).
 
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 six months ended June 30, 2012 and was included in interest expense. Accrued interest as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, amounted to $0 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
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 8 – CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTES
 
At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, convertible promissory notes consisted of the following:
 
   
June 30, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Convertible promissory notes
 
$
-
   
$
1,015,604
 
Less: debt discount
   
-
     
(897,117
)
                 
Convertible promissory notes, net
 
$
-
   
$
118,487
 
 
On September 14, 2011, the Company sold $1,715,604 of its 9% secured promissory note. The note was acquired by FGIT. The proceeds of the note were 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. 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 FGIT  has a first priority senior security interest. The note was also secured by a pledge of 100% of the stock of Gold Acquisition 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 (including 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 its securities which 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 FGIT 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
June 30, 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 was 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. Such shares of Series D Preferred Stock was converted into the Company’s common stock in June 2012 (see Note 12).
 
As a result of the conversion of this note, the Company fully amortized the remaining unamortized debt discount of $897,117 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and was included in interest expense. Accrued interest as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, amounted to $0 and $7,882, respectively and was included in accounts payable and accrued expenses.
 
NOTE 9 – NOTES PAYABLE
 
As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, note payable – related party consisted of the following:
 
   
June 30, 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
 
 
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, including a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. The Credit Facility Agreement consisted of a loan pursuant to which $4.5 million was borrowed on a senior secured basis. The indebtedness under the  Credit Facility Agreement 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 was 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
June 30, 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 the 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 of the Company offered in a private placement. Each unit was sold for a purchase price of $0.40 per unit and consisted 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 to February 1, 2013.
 
As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, accrued interest and fees on this note payable – related party amounted to $126,416 and $109,493, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, amortization of debt discount and deferred financing cost amounted to $101,836 and was included in interest expense.
 
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 4). 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 was secured by certain assets of the Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Arttor Gold and Noble Effort. 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 and Arttor Gold, (or the sale of all or substantially all of the assets of Arttor Gold and Noble Effort) to a third party purchaser or (y) October 10, 2012. The Bridge Note was fully paid on May 29, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, accrued interest on this note 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
June 30, 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 June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. During the six months ended June 30, 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 six months
ended June 30, 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 (see Note 9), certain lenders, including 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. The Company did not generate net profits from the Events. On May 4, 2011, Sheldon Finkel and the Company’s Board Member 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 June 30, 2012, principal amount of the note payable – related party amounted to $561,750.
 
Member of the board of directors
 
As of June 30, 2012, a member of the Company's Board of Directors, Barry Honig, holds 6,049,126 shares of Continental, directly or indirectly.  In addition, family members, including trusts for the benefit of Mr. Honig's minor children, currently own 3,685,000 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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 11 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS (continued)
 
Continental Resources Group, Inc.
 
As of June 30, 2012, Continental holds 29.65% 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 was considered an advance to Continental. Additionally, between April 2012 and May 2012, the Company paid an aggregate of $40,150 for the payment of Continental’s accounting fees.  During the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded such advances to paid in capital which represents distributions to the Company’s former parent company for a total of $558,099. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company had a receivable from Continental amounting to $0 and $347,335 respectively. These advances were short-term in nature and non-interest bearing and were recorded as due from equity method investor.
 
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, 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 provides for Series B Preferred Stock’s preferential payment and over the Company’s Common Stock. Between October 2011 and December 2011, 7,500,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock were converted into 7,500,000 shares of common stock. On February 3, 2012, 500,000 shares of 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. As of June 30, 2012, 8,000,000 shares of  Series B Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value were authorized with none issued and outstanding.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
Series C Convertible Preferred Stock
 
On September 29, 2011, the Company sold 3,284,396 shares of Series C Convertible Preferred Stock and two-year warrants (the “Series C 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 Series C 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 Series C 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 Series C Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, a preferential amount in cash equal to the stated value. The Series C 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 Series C 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 Sereis C Preferred Warrants on a cashless basis. In June 2012, the conversion price of the Series C Preferred Stock was adjusted to $0.32 per share as a result of certain anti-dilution provisions contained therein due to the sale of the Company’s common stock at $0.32 per share. In June 2012, 3,284,396 shares of Series C Preferred Stock were converted into 10,263,738 shares of the Company’s common stock.
 
The Series C Preferred Stock does not include any mandatory redeemable provisions. As of June 30, 2012, 3,284,396 shares of Series C Preferred Stock, $0.0001 par value were authorized with none issued and outstanding.
 
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. 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, or the closing of a purchase with more than 50% of the outstanding shares of stock 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”.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
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.
 
On April 11, 2012, the Company filed an amendment to the Certificate of Designation for the Series D Preferred Stock 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 June 2012, the conversion price of the Company’s Series D Convertible Preferred Stock was adjusted to $0.32 per share as a result of certain anti-dilution provisions contained therein due to the sale of the Company’s common stock at $0.32 per share.
 
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 (the “Series D Preferred Stock Purchase Price”).
 
All of the proceeds from the Series D 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 March Note Assignment and Assumption Agreement, $1,100,000 of the notes were amended to allow for its conversion into the Company’s Series D 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 Preferred Stock at $1.00 per share. FGIT 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
June 30, 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 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).
 
The Company recorded loss from extinguishment of debts for a total of $2,436,888 in connection with the note conversions and preferred deemed dividend of $537,499 in connection with the issuance of the additional shares of Series D Preferred Stock discussed above.
 
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). The Company recorded preferred deemed dividend of $79,278 in connection with the conversion of the Series D Preferred Stock into the Company’s common stock at an adjusted conversion price of $0.35 per share.
 
In June 2012, 6,086,968 shares of Series D Preferred Stock were converted into 19,021,775 shares of the Company’s common stock in June 2012.  Additionally, as consideration for agreeing to convert its Series C Preferred Stock and Series D Preferred Stock, the Company issued an additional 3,000,000 shares of common stock to the preferred shareholder and such shares were valued at the fair market value on the date of grant at $0.36 per share or $1,086,000 and have been included in preferred stock deemed dividend.
 
The Company recognized preferred stock dividends of $21,150 related to the Series D Preferred Stock during the six months ended June 30, 2012. Accrued dividends amounted to $17,550 as of June 30, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, there were 7,500,000 shares of Series D Preferred Stock authorized and none issued and outstanding.
 
Common Stock
 
Between January 2012 and February 2012, the Company sold an aggregate of 2,237,500 units (the “Units”) with net proceeds to the Company of $847,500. Each Unit was sold for a purchase price of $0.40 per Unit and consisted 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. The Company has agreed to file a “resale” registration statement with the SEC covering all shares of common stock and shares of common stock underlying the warrants (including as issued to placement agents) within 60 days of the final closing date of the sale of any Units and to maintain the effectiveness of the registration statement until all securities have been sold or are otherwise able to be sold pursuant to Rule 144. The Company has agreed to use its reasonable best efforts to have the registration statement declared effective within 120 days of the final closing on the sale of Units. The Company is obligated to pay to investors a fee of one (1%) per month in cash for every thirty day period up to a maximum of six (6%) percent, (i) that the registration statement has not been filed after the filing date, and (ii) following the effectiveness date that the registration statement has not been declared effective; provided, however, that the Company shall not be obligated to pay any such liquidated damages if the Company is unable to fulfill its registration obligations as a result of rules, regulations, positions or releases issued or actions taken by the SEC pursuant to its authority with respect to “Rule 415”, provided the Company registers at such time the maximum number of shares of common stock permissible upon consultation with the staff of the SEC.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
In April 2012, the Company sold an aggregate 4,385,716 shares of common stock to certain investors for an aggregate purchase price of $1,535,000 or a purchase price of $0.35 per share.
 
On June 19, 2012, the Company issued 12,500,000 shares of its common stock to certain investors in a private placement for an aggregate purchase price of $4,000,000 or a purchase price of $0.32 per share. In connection with the private placement, the Company paid fees of $75,000 and issued 234,375 shares of its common stock to a placement agent as consideration for certain placement agent services. In connection with the private placement, the Company and the purchasers entered into a registration rights agreement dated June 19, 2012 which provides the purchasers certain rights relating to the registration of the Common Stock under the Securities Act. Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, at any time after December 19, 2012, the purchasers have the right to require the Company to file a registration statement under the Securities Act to register the Common Stock. In addition, if the Company registers any of its equity securities under the Securities Act, the Company is required to give the purchasers prompt notice of its intention to do so, and the purchasers may request the common stock to be included in the registration statement.
 
On February 9, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Stephen Alfers as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  Simultaneously with Mr. Alfers’ appointment, Barry Honig resigned from his position as Chairman of the Company but remains a member of the Board. On February 9, 2012, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Alfers, pursuant to which Mr. Alfers shall serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company until December 31, 2015, subject to renewal.  Pursuant to the terms of his Employment Agreement, Mr. Alfers will be entitled to a base salary of $250,000 per year and was issued (i) 12,000,000 shares of the Company’s restricted common stock and (ii) an option to purchase 10,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock with a term of ten years and an exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the trading day immediately prior to the date of issuance of such grant  or $0.49 which shall be vested in full on the Effective Date.
 
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 $1,735,417 in connection with the vested restricted stock grants. At June 30, 2012, there was a total of $4,144,583 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested restricted stock grants arrangement.
 
On February 3, 2012, 500,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock were converted into 500,000 shares of common stock. The Company valued these common shares at par value.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
On February 23, 2012, the Company issued 2 million common shares to the original holders of the senior secured promissory note in connection with the 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 six months ended June 30, 2012 in connection with the Note Modification Agreement.
 
On March 30, 2012, in connection with the March 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 such shares 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.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
On February 23, 2012, a majority of the Company’s outstanding voting capital stock authorized by written consent, in lieu of a special meeting of the Company’s stockholders, the Company to effectuate 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 Board has not set an exact ratio for the reverse stock split.
 
On April 27, 2012, the Company issued 50,000 shares of common stock to a consultant in consideration for certain consulting services rendered. The Company had accrued such consulting expense prior to issuance amounting to $45,000. The Company valued these common shares at the fair market value on the date of grants at approximately $0.90 per share or $45,000.
 
On April 5, 2012, the Company issued to Victoria Gold. and Victoria Resources (US) Inc.  10 million shares of the Company’s common stock, and a 2 year warrant to purchase 5 million shares of Common Stock at a purchase price of $0.60 per share in connection with the acquisition of rights to approximately 13,300 acres of mining claims and private lands adjacent to the Company’s landholdings at the Relief Canyon Mine in Pershing County, Nevada (see Note 14).   The Company valued the 10 million common shares at the fair market value on the date of grants at approximately $0.46 per share or $4,600,000.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded the value of such shares and warrants into mineral rights as reflected in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets.
 
As previously disclosed, on July 22, 2011, the Company purchased substantially all of the assets of Continental in consideration for (i) 8 shares of the Company’s common stock for every 10 shares of Common Stock of Continental outstanding; (ii) the assumption by the Company of the outstanding warrants to purchase shares of Continental’s common stock at a ratio of one warrant (the “Company Warrants”) to purchase 8 shares of the Company’s Common Stock for every Continental Warrant to purchase 10 shares of Continental’s common stock; and (iii)  the assumption of Continental’s 2010 Equity Incentive Plan and all options granted and issued thereunder at a ratio of one option to purchase 8 shares of the Company Common Stock for every option to purchase 10 shares of Continental’s common stock outstanding. Between April 2012 and June 2012, the Company issued an aggregate of 9,729,285 shares of its common stock to holders of Company Warrants in consideration for the cancellation of such Company Warrants.  Additionally, such holders agreed to the elimination of certain most favored nations provisions or price protection associated with the shares of Continental’s common stock issued in connection with the Continental Warrants (the “Warrant Cancellation Transaction”). The Company issued 9,729,285 shares of the Company’s common stock at a ratio of 300 shares for every 1,000 Company Warrants held.  An aggregate of 32,430,954 Company Warrants were cancelled as a result of the Warrant Cancellation Transaction. Accordingly, the Company valued the 9,729,285 common shares at the fair market value on the date of grants ranging between $0.29 to $0.505 per share or $4,883,196.
 
In connection with the Merger Agreement between the Company, Red Battle, and Valor Gold, the Company cancelled 1,750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (see Note 4). The Company valued these cancelled common shares at par value.
 
On June 18, 2012, the Company granted an aggregate of 9,000,000 shares of restricted common stock to the Company’s CEO and two directors of the Company. Such restricted shares shall vests one third at the end of each three years from the date of issuance. Additionally, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $62,333 in connection with the vested restricted stock grants. At June 30, 2012, there was a total of $2,997,667 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested restricted stock grants arrangement.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $46,540.
 
At June 30, 2012, there was a total of $86,418 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recognized stock based compensation of $814,997 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 June 30, 2012, there was a total of $473,286 of unrecognized compensation expense related to these non-vested replacement option awards.
 
During the six months ended June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $4,537,000 in connection with the fully vested options granted to the Company’s CEO.
 
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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation and stock-based consulting expense of $136,816 and $78,181, respectively.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
On April 6, 2012, the Company and its director, Barry Honig, entered into a consulting agreement (the “Consulting Agreement”) pursuant to which Mr. Honig would provide certain consulting services relating to business development, corporate structure, strategic and business planning, selecting management and other functions reasonably necessary for advancing the business of the Company.  The Consulting Agreement has an initial term of three years, subject to renewal.
 
In consideration for his services, the Company agreed to pay Mr. Honig the following consideration:
 
·
A ten-year option to purchase 12,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, exercisable at $0.35 per share which shall be vested in full on the date of issuance;
·
On such date that the Company receives minimum gross proceeds of at least $5,000,000 due to the occurrence of a Triggering Event (as defined in the Consulting Agreement) or the combination of multiple Triggering Events, Mr. Honig shall receive a one -time payment of $200,000; and
·
Upon a Change in Control (as defined in the Consulting Agreement) of the Company, Mr. Honig shall receive a one-time payment of $500,000.
 
The 12,000,000 options were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.39 per option or a total of $4,633,200 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $0.46 per share, volatility of 105%, expected term of 6 years, and a risk free interest rate of 0.89%.  In April 2012, the Company paid the one-time payment of $200,000 to Mr. Honig pursuant to the Consulting Agreement.
 
On June 18, 2012, the Company granted an aggregate of 6,000,000 10-year options to purchase shares of common stock exercisable at $0.34 per share to the Company’s CEO and Barry Honig, a director of the Company. The 6,000,000 options were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.28 per option or a total of $1,660,200 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of 0.34 per share, volatility of 107%, expected term of 6 years, and a risk free interest rate of 0.69%. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation expense of $1,660,200 in connection with these fully vested options.
 
On June 18, 2012, the Company granted an aggregate of 2,700,000 10-year options to purchase shares of common stock at $0.34 per share which vests 25% on date of issuance; 25% on each of December 31, 2012; December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2014 to David Rector, a director of the Company, three employees and three consultants of the Company. The 2,700,000 options were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.28 per option or a total of $747,090 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $034 per share, volatility of 107%, expected term of 6 years, and a risk free interest rate of 0.69%. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded stock-based compensation and stock-based consulting expense of $116,250 and $93,000, respectively.
 
At June 30, 2012, there was a total of $771,533 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
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
A summary of the stock options and changes during the period are presented below:
 
   
Number of Options
   
Weighted Average Exercise Price
   
Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Life (Years)
 
Balance at December 31, 2011
   
3,548,000
   
$
1.11
     
8.45
 
Granted
   
31,800,000
     
0.39
     
10
 
Exercised
   
-
     
-
     
-
 
Forfeited
   
(500,000
)
   
0.81
     
8.59
 
Cancelled
   
-
     
-
     
-
 
Balance outstanding at June 30, 2012
   
34,848,000
   
$
0.46
     
9.60
 
                         
Options exercisable at June 30, 2012
   
31,395,467
   
$
0.46
         
Options expected to vest
   
3,452,533
                 
Weighted average fair value of options granted during the period
         
$
0.36
         
 
Stock options outstanding at June 30, 2012 as disclosed in the above table have approximately $687,000 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 six months ended June 30, 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 June 30, 2012, 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
June 30, 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 consisted 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 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 six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recognized stock based consulting of $163,155.
 
On April 5, 2012, the Company issued to Victoria Gold. and Victoria Resources (US) Inc.  10 million shares of the Company’s common stock, and a 2 year warrant to purchase 5 million shares of Common Stock at a purchase price of $0.60 per share in connection with the acquisition of rights to approximately 13,300 acres of mining claims and private lands adjacent to the Company’s landholdings at the Relief Canyon Mine in Pershing County, Nevada (see Note 14). The 5 million warrants were valued on the grant date at approximately $0.22 per warrant or a total of $1,109,441 using a Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following assumptions: stock price of $0.46 per share, volatility of 105%, expected term of 2 years, and a risk free interest rate of 0.35%. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company recorded the value of such shares and warrants into mineral rights as reflected in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The Warrant may be exercised in whole, or in part, at any time by means of a “cashless” exercise.  In the event of an “Organic Change”, as defined in the Warrant, the Company may elect to: (i) require the holder to exercise the Warrant prior to the consummation of such Organic Change or (ii) secure from the person or entity purchasing such assets or the successor resulting from such Organic Change, a written agreement to deliver to the holder, in exchange for the Warrant, a warrant of such acquiring or successor entity.
 
 
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PERSHING GOLD CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(FORMERLY SAGEBRUSH GOLD LTD.)
(AN EXPLORATION STAGE COMPANY)
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
June 30, 2012
 
NOTE 12 – STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (continued)
 
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
   
20,449,150
     
0.46
 
4.20
Cancelled
   
(32,430,954)
     
2.83
 
3.86
Forfeited
   
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