Jatropha Business Venture
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2011
|Jatropha Business Venture|
|Jatropha Business Venture||
Note 3 Jatropha Business Venture
The Company entered into the bio-fuels business in 2007 by acquiring certain trade secrets, know-how, business plans, term sheets, business relationships, and other information relating to the cultivation and production of seed oil from the Jatropha plant for the production of bio-diesel, and by entering into certain employment agreements and property management agreements. Subsequent to entering into these transactions, the Company identified certain real property in Mexico it believed to be suitable for cultivating the Jatropha plant. During 2008, GCE Mexico acquired the land in Mexico for the cultivation of the Jatropha plant. In March 2010, the Company formed Asideros 2, a Mexican corporation, which has acquired additional land in Mexico adjacent to the land acquired by Asideros. All of these transactions are described in further detail in Note 1 above and in the remainder of the notes.
Mobius Consulting Agreement
The Company entered into a consulting agreement with Mobius pursuant to which Mobius agreed to provide consulting services to the Company in connection with the Companys new Jatropha biofuel feedstock business. The Company engaged Mobius as a consultant to obtain Mobius experience and expertise in the feedstock/bio-diesel market to assist the Company and Mr. Palmer in developing this new line of operations for the Company. The original term of the agreement was twelve months. The Company terminated the agreement in July 2008, with the termination to become effective August 2008. The Company had recorded liabilities to Mobius of $322,897 for accrued, but unpaid, compensation and costs as of December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010. However, the Company disputes these charges, and the additional amounts that Mobius claims that it is owed, and is currently in litigation with Mobius to resolve this liability. Mobius is related to the Company thru stock ownership.
On October 15, 2007, the Company entered into a service agreement with Corporativo LODEMO S.A DE CV, a Mexican corporation (the LODEMO Group), to provide services related to the establishment, development, and day-to-day operations of the Companys Jatropha Business in Mexico. This agreement was cancelled in 2009. As of December 31, 2011 and as of December 31, 2010, the Companys financial statements reflect that it owes the LODEMO Group $251,500 for accrued, but unpaid, compensation and cost. The Company disputes the total of these charges and is currently in discussions with LODEMO to resolve this liability. The Lodemo Group is a shareholder of The Company.
GCE Mexico I, LLC and Subsidiaries
GCE Mexico was organized primarily to facilitate the acquisition of the initial 5,000 acres of farm land (the Jatropha Farm) in the State of Yucatan in Mexico to be used primarily for the (i) cultivation of Jatropha curcas, (ii) the marketing and sale of the resulting fruit, seeds, or pre-processed crude Jatropha oil, whether as biodiesel feedstock, biomass or otherwise, and (iii) the sale of carbon value, green fuel value, or renewable energy credit value (and other similar environmental attributes) derived from activities at the Jatropha Farm.
Under the LLC Agreement, the Company owns 50% of the issued and outstanding common membership units of GCE Mexico. The remaining 50% of the common membership units was issued to five of the Investors. The Company and the other owners of the common membership interest were not required to make capital contributions to GCE Mexico.
Our projected revenue sources are tenuous, and no assurance can be given that all anticipated revenues will, in fact, be received. At present, The Company is in discussions with certain of its existing shareholders to increase their equity investment in the Company, and we believe it is likely that the Company will be successful in raising sufficient funds to meet its operating expenses for the remainder of 2012; however no assurances can be given that this will be the case. Currently, the sole source of cash that we can classify as probable and material are reimbursement payments that we receive from additional capital contributions forecasted to be provided by the Preferred Members of GCE Mexico. These reimbursements are expected to cover approximately 25% of our corporate overhead for the remainder of 2012. Although we do not currently have any consulting agreements in place for 2012, we do expect to receive management consulting fees for Jatropha management and advisory services from third parties that enter into contracts with us in the future.
The net income or loss of the Mexican subsidiaries is allocated to its shareholders based on their respective equity ownership, which is 99% to GCE Mexico and 1% directly to the Company. GCE Mexico has no operations separate from its investments in the Mexican subsidiaries. According to the LLC Agreement of GCE Mexico, the net loss of GCE Mexico is allocated to its members according to their respective investment balances. Accordingly, since the common membership interest did not make a capital contribution, all of the losses have been allocated to the preferred membership interest. The noncontrolling interest presented in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets includes the carrying value of the preferred membership interests and of the common membership interests owned by the Investors, and excludes any common membership interest in GCE Mexico held by the Company.