2012 Gold Reserve Bonus Pool Plan
The Board of Directors approved a bonus plan (the “Bonus Plan”) in May 2012, which was intended to compensate the participants, including executive officers, employees, directors and consultants for their contributions related to: the development of the Brisas Project; the manner in which the development effort was carried out allowing the Company to present a strong defense of its arbitration claim; the support of the Company’s execution of the Brisas Arbitration; and the ongoing efforts to assist with positioning the Company in the collection of an award, sale of the Mining Data or enterprise sale.
The bonus pool under the Bonus Plan, as originally structured, was comprised of the gross proceeds collected or the fair value of any consideration realized related to such transactions less applicable taxes multiplied by 1% of the first $200 million and 5% thereafter. In June 2018, the Board modified the Bonus Plan to increase the percentage participation of certain individuals who in the Board’s opinion were not adequately recognized for their current contribution to efforts associated with the conclusion of the Settlement Agreement and the collection of the amounts contemplated thereunder. The effect of the Board’s modification to the Bonus Plan was to increase the after tax percentage allocation for the first $200 million up to a maximum of 1.28% and the percentage allocation thereafter up to a maximum of 6.4%.
The Bonus Plan is administered by a committee of independent directors who selected the individual participants in the Bonus Plan and fixed the relative percentage of the total pool to be distributed to each participant. Participation in the Bonus Plan by existing participants is fully vested, subject to voluntary termination of employment or termination for cause. Participants who reach age 65 and retire are fully vested and continue to participate in future distributions under the Plan.
As of June 30, 2018, the total estimated remaining amount due pursuant to the terms of the Bonus Plan (including those amounts remaining in the Trust Account and the receivable associated with the Venezuelan bonds) from the sale of the Mining Data and the arbitration award is approximately $2.3 million. The amount distributed during the six months ended June 30, 2018 based on amounts actually received in our North American bank account was approximately $0.4 million.
Due to U.S. and Canadian Sanctions against Venezuela and the uncertainty of transferring the funds still on deposit in the Trust account outside of Venezuela, the Board of Directors has only considered those funds actually received by the Company in its North American bank account as funds available for purposes of calculating the Bonus Plan distributions, however, the full amount due based on total payments to the Trust Account has been accrued as a payable in the Consolidated Balance Sheets and recorded as an expense in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
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