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Previous Close6.63
Open6.47
Bid5.42 x 1000
Ask6.19 x 900
Day's Range5.91 - 6.60
52 Week Range2.10 - 8.49
Volume68,513
Avg. Volume53,511
Market Cap58.213M
Beta (5Y Monthly)2.39
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-1.42
Earnings DateNov 12, 2020 - Nov 16, 2020
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  • GlobeNewswire

    Odyssey Marine Exploration Files First Memorial in Mexico NAFTA Case

    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a deep-ocean exploration pioneer engaged in the discovery, development and extraction of seabed minerals, is pleased to report that on Friday, September 4, 2020, Odyssey filed the First Memorial in the case brought against Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on its behalf and on behalf of subsidiary Exploraciones Oceánicas (ExO), alleging that Mexico wrongfully denied environmental approval of the ExO Phosphate project in breach of NAFTA. The First Memorial presents Odyssey’s NAFTA claims that Mexico, among other things: * Violated the Minimum Standard of Treatment; * Indirectly expropriated the investment; and * Treated the investment less favorably than it treated domestic investors.Odyssey seeks damages of more than $2.3 billion including interest from April 2016 to the date of the First Memorial’s submission.The First Memorial is supported by documentary evidence, and 20 expert reports and witness statements.  In summary, this evidence includes: * MERITS:  Testimony from independent environmental experts and legal experts that the environmental impact of ExO’s phosphate project is minimal and readily mitigated by the mitigation measures proposed by ExO.  Witnesses also testified that Mexico’s denial of environmental approval by the prior administration was politically motivated and not justified on environmental grounds, and that Mexico granted environmental permits to similar dredging projects in areas that are considered more environmentally sensitive than ExO’s project location. * RESOURCE:  An independent marine geologist testified as to the size and character of the resource. * OPERATIONAL VIABILITY:  Engineering experts testified that the project uses established dredging and processing technology, and the project’s anticipated CAPEX and OPEX was reasonable.    * VALUE:  A Phosphate market analyst testified that the project’s projected CAPEX and OPEX would make the project one of the lowest cost phosphate rock resources in the world, and damages experts testified the project would be commercially viable and profitable.This NAFTA arbitration is being administered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and it is expected that a redacted version of the First Memorial will be available to the public within approximately 60 days. Once the Memorial is made available by ICSID, Odyssey will provide a link to the filing on its website, www.odysseymarine.com.The NAFTA hearing is scheduled to take place in January 2022 unless settled earlier by the parties.About Odyssey Marine Exploration Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to provide access to critical resources worldwide. Our core focus is the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals. Odyssey also provides marine services for private clients and governments. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com. Forward Looking Information Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2020. The financial and operating projections as well as estimates of mining assets are based solely on the assumptions developed by Odyssey that it believes are reasonable based upon information available to Odyssey as of the date of this release. All projections and estimates are subject to material uncertainties and should not be viewed as a prediction or an assurance of actual future performance. The validity and accuracy of Odyssey's projections will depend upon unpredictable future events, many of which are beyond Odyssey's control and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that Odyssey's assumptions will prove true or that its projected results will be achieved.Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this press release, such as "measured", "indicated," "inferred" and "resources," which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in our filings with the SEC. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of the inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable, and are urged to consider closely the disclosures in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. CONTACT: Laura Barton  Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (813) 876-1776 x 2562 laura@odysseymarine.com

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    Odyssey CEO Mark Gordon to Deliver Keynote and Investor Presentation at The LD 500 Virtual Investor Conference August 31 and September 3

    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a deep-ocean exploration pioneer engaged in the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals, today announced that Chairman and CEO Mark Gordon will  deliver a keynote presentation at 12:30 pm EDT today and an investor presentation on Thursday, September 3 at 11:40 am EDT at The LD 500 virtual investor conference. Registration is free and available through the conference website at https://ld500.ldmicro.com/. “Last week we announced and closed a registered direct offering of securities that provided operating capital to take Odyssey through an expected catalytic event,” stated Mark Gordon. “The LD 500 conference is the perfect opportunity to present our plans and upcoming opportunities to a broader audience.”The financing transaction provided $11.3 million to Odyssey; and Odyssey agreed to invest a portion of that amount to fund operating expenses of Exploraciones Oceanicas (ExO), holder of 50-year mining license for one of the largest untapped phosphate deposits in the world. Odyssey owns a controlling interest in ExO through Odyssey’s controlled Panamanian subsidiary, Oceanica Resources. Odyssey has filed a claim against Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) based upon Mexico’s arbitrary and illegal denial of an environmental permit to recover phosphate sands in the license area.The investor group was anchored by Odyssey’s existing NAFTA funding partner, Poplar Grove LLC. Poplar Grove is managed by Drumcliffe LLC, a private investment management firm that oversees high-value litigation funding portfolios of over $14 billion in claims.“Drumcliffe’s sole focus is to finance and support the recovery of value for the victims of global fraud, corruption and wrongdoing. Our underwriting prior to investing in this matter revealed the actions of the Peña Nieto administration—in particular the actions of former SEMARNAT director Rafael Pacchiano—deprived both Odyssey and the Mexican people of the benefits of this valuable, transformative natural resource,” explained James C. Little, CEO of Drumcliffe. “We applaud the López Obrador administration’s efforts to remedy their predecessors’ misconduct and hope Odyssey and the Mexican Government can resolve this dispute amicably,” Mr. Little stated.  “But the proceeds of the registered direct offering and Drumcliffe’s arbitration funding will also ensure Odyssey has more than enough working capital to resolve this multi-billion dollar dispute through arbitration if it is forced to do so.  We look forward to reading Odyssey’s written arguments after they are filed.”Several long-term Odyssey investors and litigation investment funds, including Kairos Litigation Opportunity Funds and FourWorld Capital Management are also included in the investor group. The Company believes that the large investments made after intensive due diligence by these funds, which specialize in evaluating litigation risk and potential, is an additional strong endorsement of the merits of Odyssey’s NAFTA case.“To achieve the best outcome for Odyssey shareholders, whether through the full NAFTA process or through an earlier settlement, it is imperative that Odyssey and ExO have sufficient cash to last through the outside dates associated with the expected NAFTA timeline. The new financing does exactly that, while allowing us to make investments to create accretion in the phosphate project,” stated Mark Gordon. “This is also extremely significant in terms of management focus.  Based on current budgets and forecasts, this capital will provide Odyssey with the longest duration of operating capital in its 26-year history.  There has not been a point in time during our entire history where management did not have to dedicate some portion of its focus to capital raising activities. For the coming years, management can now turn our full attention to producing value-creating results for shareholders.“As we put the finishing touches on our first Memorial filing in the NAFTA case, we are more confident than ever in the merits of our case. This will be Mexico’s first opportunity to review the evidence, which strongly corroborates the prior unanimous decision of Mexico’s own federal court in 2018 that the denial of the environmental permit was illegal under Mexican environmental law,” continued Gordon.“Although the financing was designed to ensure that we have sufficient cash to last through the full duration of the arbitration process, we continue to believe a mutually beneficial settlement is in Mexico’s and our shareholder’s best interests. Mexico imports almost 60% of its phosphate rock, and a significant portion of Mexico’s arable land remains unfertilized. This project can help Mexico become a net exporter of fertilizer and achieve food security for its citizens,” added Gordon.About Odyssey Marine Exploration Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to provide access to critical resources worldwide. Our core focus is the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals. Odyssey also provides marine services for private clients and governments. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com. Forward Looking Information Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2020. The financial and operating projections as well as estimates of mining assets are based solely on the assumptions developed by Odyssey that it believes are reasonable based upon information available to Odyssey as of the date of this release. All projections and estimates are subject to material uncertainties and should not be viewed as a prediction or an assurance of actual future performance. The validity and accuracy of Odyssey's projections will depend upon unpredictable future events, many of which are beyond Odyssey's control and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that Odyssey's assumptions will prove true or that its projected results will be achieved.Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this press release, such as "measured," "indicated," "inferred" and "resources," which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in our filings with the SEC. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of the inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable, and are urged to consider closely the disclosures in our Form 10-K, which may be obtained from us or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. CONTACT: CONTACT: Laura Barton  Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (813) 876-1776 x 2562 laura@odysseymarine.com

  • GlobeNewswire

    Odyssey Marine Exploration Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a deep-ocean exploration pioneer engaged in the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals, reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, and provided an update on current company operations and projects. Odyssey’s key focus during the quarter continued to be the Exploraciones Oceanicas (ExO) phosphate project in Mexico. This project could provide access to a critical resource needed to produce fertilizer, helping to provide food security to the Mexican people and supplying the phosphate needs of North America for at least 50 years.Odyssey’s legal teams are working two separate, but concurrent processes, while Odyssey continues to work through diplomatic channels in attempts to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with Mexico. “Odyssey is ready to move this important project forward for the benefit of the people of Mexico as well as our shareholders,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to work in good faith with the current administration to reach a mutually beneficial outcome for the project. While we are hopeful an agreement will be reached, we must continue to pursue our North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) claim against Mexico to protect our shareholders’ rights.”The merits of Odyssey’s NAFTA claim against Mexico are extremely strong. Odyssey’s NAFTA legal team will file the company’s first Memorial in the coming weeks. The Memorial will be Odyssey’s first filing in this case and will lay out the strong and compelling evidence supporting Odyssey’s claim. This will be Mexico’s first opportunity to review the evidence, which strongly corroborates the prior unanimous decision of Mexico’s own federal court (the Tribunal Federal de Justicia Administrativa or TFJA) in 2018 that the denial of the environmental permit was illegal under Mexican environmental law.The filing will also make clear that the denial was not due to any valid environmental reasons, and, in fact, was ready to be approved until Rafael Pacchiano, Mexico’s former Secretary of the Environmental and Natural Resources, intervened and unexpectedly ordered that the permit be denied for political reasons.While the NAFTA legal team focuses on that filing, the Mexican legal team continues to pursue the case at the TFJA seeking the annulment of the second arbitrary denial of the environmental permit by Pacchiano in 2018. ExO’s latest filing in this court was submitted on August 3, 2020.In addition to the ExO Phosphate project and new mineral projects in development, the company also owns a majority interest in Bismarck Mining, a company that holds an exclusive exploration license near Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. The license area is adjacent to one of the world’s highest producing gold deposits, which is currently being mined by one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, Newcrest Mining.Although the Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the company’s offshore plans on this project this year, the Odyssey team has established important business relationships in PNG to support legal administration, operations logistics, and government and community relations.  More information about this project can be found on Odyssey’s website (www.odysseymarine.com).Odyssey also provides services to CIC, a mineral development company working in the South Pacific. Odyssey receives cash and equity for providing offshore, research and back office services to CIC. “This model of working with strategic partners in a manner that generates equity in seafloor resource projects demonstrates how Odyssey is executing our business plan in a manner that adds real value to the company by offsetting some of our overhead expenses while diversifying our portfolio of seafloor mineral projects,” added Gordon.“A key element to advancing our various valuable projects and achieving the best outcome for Odyssey shareholders on the ExO project, whether through the full NAFTA process or through an earlier settlement, is that Odyssey and ExO have access to sufficient cash to sustain full operations through the maximum expected duration of the NAFTA timeline,” Gordon continued. “Between existing financing vehicles, a multi-million dollar payment expected in 2020 from an agreement related to a shipwreck project, the sale of equity in deep ocean mineral projects and other identified funding sources, we are extremely confident that we will have adequate capital to achieve these objectives.“We continue to reduce expenses and carefully manage cash. Although expenses look higher year to year for the second quarter, the cash required was reduced. Almost $2.6 million of second quarter expenses were one-time NAFTA legal expenses that have been funded through a specialized $10.0 million litigation funding agreement. An additional $0.4 million included non-cash charges for share-based compensation and a debt discount amortization,” concluded Gordon.Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results Total revenue in the current quarter was $0.5 million, a $0.3 million decrease compared to the same period a year ago.  The revenue generated in each period was a result of performing marine research, project administration and search and recovery operations for our customers and related parties.  One company we provided these services to is a deep-sea mineral exploration company, CIC.Marketing, general and administrative expense decreased $0.3 million to $1.3 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020 compared to $1.6 million from the same period in the prior year.  The key items contributing to this $0.3 million was a decrease of $0.1 million in employee incentives and compensation, $0.1 million in reduction of maritime legal services related to the HMS Victory and a reduction of $0.1 million of professional corporate services.Operations and research expenses increased by $1.6 million from 2019 to 2020 primarily as a result of the following items: (i) a $2.1 million increase in financed professional fees, which are primarily legal and other expenses directly associated with our NAFTA litigation pursuit, (ii) a $0.2 million decrease in our marine services contracted labor and (iii) a $0.2 million savings in operational overhead reductions.   Consolidated financial statements as well as Odyssey's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 20, 2020, are available on the company's website at www.odysseymarine.com as well as at www.sec.gov.About Odyssey Marine Exploration Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to provide access to critical resources worldwide. Our core focus is the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals. Odyssey also provides marine services for private clients and governments. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com. Forward Looking Information Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2020. The financial and operating projections as well as estimates of mining assets are based solely on the assumptions developed by Odyssey that it believes are reasonable based upon information available to Odyssey as of the date of this release. All projections and estimates are subject to material uncertainties and should not be viewed as a prediction or an assurance of actual future performance. The validity and accuracy of Odyssey's projections will depend upon unpredictable future events, many of which are beyond Odyssey's control and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that Odyssey's assumptions will prove true or that its projected results will be achieved.Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this press release, such as "measured", "indicated," "inferred" and "resources," which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in our filings with the SEC. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of the inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable, and are urged to consider closely the disclosures in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.CONTACT: Laura Barton Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (813) 876-1776 x 2562 laura@odysseymarine.com