UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 14A

 

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CAMBER ENERGY, INC.

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CAMBER ENERGY

15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450

Houston, Texas 77094

NOTICE OF COMBINED 2021 AND 2022 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

To Be Held SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

 

Dear Stockholders:

 

Camber Energy, Inc. (“we”, “us” or the “Company”) cordially invites you to attend our combined 2021 and 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. The meeting will be held virtually on September 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (Houston time), at 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094.

 

We did not hold an annual meeting last year and as such we are holding a combined 2021 and 2022 annual meeting this year.

 

Due to the public health impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and to support the health and well-being of our management and stockholders, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Company will be held in a virtual meeting format only. The virtual meeting may be accessed at https://agm.iproxydirect.com/cei. There is no in-person meeting for you to attend. Registration to attend the Annual Meeting will being at 9:45 a.m. (15 minutes before the Annual Meeting begins), which can be accomplished using your control number and other information. Once your registration is complete, you can access the Annual Meeting at https://agm.iproxydirect.com/cei and click on “Vote My Shares” to cast your vote on the proposals being considered at the Annual Meeting. You will also be permitted to submit questions at the time of registration. After registration is complete and you have entered the Annual Meeting virtually, the next screen will include a “Ask a Question” box where your questions may be submitted. You may ask questions that are confined to matters properly before the Annual Meeting and of general Company concern. All answers to proper questions received at the meeting will be posted to the Investor Relations page of our website upon conclusion of the meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Houston time). We encourage you to access the virtual meeting prior to the start time. Online access will open approximately at 9:45 a.m. (Houston time), and you should allow ample time to log in to the meeting and test your computer audio system. We recommend that you carefully review the procedures needed to gain admission in advance. There will be technicians ready to assist you with any technical difficulties you may have accessing the virtual meeting. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the virtual meeting during check-in or during the meeting, please call the technical support number that will be posted on the virtual stockholder meeting login page. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote and submit your proxy in advance of the meeting by one of the methods described in the proxy materials for the Annual Meeting.

 

 

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At the meeting we will be considering and voting on the following matters:

 

 

1.

Electing four directors to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”), each to serve a term of one year;

 

 

 

 

2.

Ratification of the appointment of Turner, Stone & Company L.L.P. (“Turner”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022; and

 

 

 

 

3.

To consider a non-binding advisory vote on compensation of our named executive officers.

 

Stockholders who owned our common stock, Series C Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series C Preferred Stock”) and Series G Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series G Preferred Stock”) at the close of business on August 12, 2022 (the “Record Date”), may attend and vote at the meeting, provided that the Series C Preferred Stock holders have no voting rights on the Proposals above and the Series G Preferred Stock holders have no voting rights on Proposal 1 above or any shareholder proposals. The holders of the Series C Preferred Stock and the Series G Preferred Stock have contractually agreed not to vote any shares except as requested by the Company’s Board of Directors. A stockholders list will be available at our offices at 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094 for a period of ten days prior to the meeting. We hope that you will be able to virtually attend the meeting.

 

Pursuant to rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the Company uses the Internet as the primary means of furnishing proxy materials to stockholders. Accordingly, the Company is sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to the Company’s stockholders. All stockholders will have the ability to access the proxy materials (including the Company’s Annual Report to the stockholders, the Proxy Statement or the form of proxy) via the Internet at https://www.iproxydirect.com/CEI or request a printed set of the proxy materials by contacting our main office at (281) 404-4387. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a printed copy may be found in the Notice. The Notice contains a control number that you will need to vote your shares. Please keep the Notice for your reference through the meeting date. In addition, stockholders may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by email on an ongoing basis. The Company encourages stockholders to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials on the Internet to help reduce the environmental impact of its annual meetings.

 

Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please vote electronically via the Internet or by telephone, or, if you requested paper copies of the proxy materials, please complete, sign, date and return the accompanying proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. See “How do I cast my vote?” in the Proxy Statement for more details.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

 

  By order of the Board of Directors,
     
/s/ James A. Doris

 

James A. Doris  
 

Chief Executive Officer

 
   

Houston, Texas

 

 

August 17, 2022

 

 

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

2

DEFINITIONS

3

INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING

3

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

4

PROPOSAL 1  ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

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PROPOSAL 2 RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

17

PROPOSAL 3  NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

20

OTHER INFORMATION

23

PRINCIPAL STOCKHOLDERS

23

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

23

NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMPENSATION

24

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

25

ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT

26

LETTER AGREEMENT

26

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR END

26

INCENTIVE COMPENSATION PLANS

26

DESCRIPTION OF CAPITAL STOCK

27

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

33

DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

33

SECTION 16(A) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

34

CODE OF ETHICS

34

DISSENTERS’ RIGHTS

35

OTHER MATTERS

35

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2023 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS AND 2023 PROXY MATERIALS

35

NOMINATIONS FOR DIRECTORS FOR THE 2023 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

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CAMBER ENERGY

15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450

Houston, Texas 77094

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Camber Energy, Inc. (“Camber,” “we,” “us”, “our” or the “Company”) has made these materials available to you on the Internet or, upon your request, has delivered printed versions of these materials to you by mail, in connection with the Company’s solicitation of proxies for use at our combined 2021 and 2022 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting” or the “Meeting”) to be held virtually on September 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (Houston time), at 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094, and at any postponement(s) or adjournment(s) thereof. These materials were first sent or given to stockholders on August 17, 2022. You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and are requested to vote on the Proposals described in this Proxy Statement.

 

For the continued support of the health and well-being of our management and stockholders, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Company will be held in a virtual meeting format only. The virtual meeting may be accessed at https://agm.iproxydirect.com/cei. There is no in-person meeting for you to attend. Registration to attend the Annual Meeting will being at 9:45 a.m. (15 minutes before the Annual Meeting begins), which can be accomplished using your control number and other information. Once your registration is complete, you can access the Annual Meeting at https://agm.iproxydirect.com/cei and click on “Vote My Shares” to cast your vote on the proposals being considered at the Annual Meeting. You will also be permitted to submit questions at the time of registration. After registration is complete and you have entered the Annual Meeting virtually, the next screen will include a “Ask a Question” box where your questions may be submitted. You may ask questions that are confined to matters properly before the Annual Meeting and of general Company concern. All answers to proper questions received at the meeting will be posted to the Investor Relations page of our website upon conclusion of the meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Houston time). We encourage you to access the virtual meeting prior to the start time. Online access will open approximately at 9:45 a.m. (Houston time), and you should allow ample time to log in to the meeting and test your computer audio system. We recommend that you carefully review the procedures needed to gain admission in advance. There will be technicians ready to assist you with any technical difficulties you may have accessing the virtual meeting. If you encounter any difficulties accessing the virtual meeting during check-in or during the meeting, please call the technical support number that will be posted on the virtual stockholder meeting login page. Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we urge you to vote and submit your proxy in advance of the meeting by one of the methods described in the proxy materials for the Annual Meeting.

 

 
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Information Contained In This Proxy Statement

 

The information in this Proxy Statement relates to the Proposals to be voted on at the Annual Meeting. Included with this Proxy Statement are copies of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, each as filed with the SEC on June 8, 2022, 2022 (the “Annual Report”). If you requested printed versions of these materials by mail, these materials also include the proxy card or vote instruction form for the Annual Meeting.

 

Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials

 

Pursuant to rules adopted by the SEC, the Company uses the Internet as the primary means of furnishing proxy materials to stockholders. Accordingly, the Company is sending a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice”) to the Company’s stockholders. All stockholders will have the ability to access the proxy materials (including the Company’s Annual Report, which does not constitute a part of, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into, this Proxy Statement or the enclosed form of proxy, except as set forth below under “Documents Incorporated By Reference”)) via the Internet at https://www.iproxydirect.com/CEI or request a printed set of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a printed copy may be found in the Notice. The Notice contains a control number that you will need to vote your shares. Please keep the Notice for your reference through the meeting date. In addition, stockholders may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by email on an ongoing basis. The Company encourages stockholders to take advantage of the availability of the proxy materials on the Internet to help reduce the environmental impact of its annual meetings.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Unless the context requires otherwise, references to the “Company,” “we,” “us,” “our,” “Camber” and “Camber Energy, Inc.” refer specifically to Camber Energy, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

 

In addition, unless the context otherwise requires and for the purposes of this Proxy Statement only:

 

 

·

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time;

 

·

Exchange Act” refers to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended;

 

·

SEC” or the “Commission” refers to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission; and

 

·

Securities Act” refers to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

 

INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING

 

Our Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) is soliciting proxies for the combined 2021 and 2022 annual meeting of stockholders. This Proxy Statement contains important information for you to consider when deciding how to vote on the matters brought before the meeting. Please read it carefully.

 

 
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The Company will pay the costs of soliciting proxies from stockholders. Our directors, officers and regular employees may solicit proxies on behalf of the Company, without additional compensation, personally or by telephone.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

General Questions and Answers

 

Q:

Who can vote at the meeting?

 

 

A:

The Board of Directors set August 12, 2022 as the record date for the meeting. You can attend and vote at the meeting if you were a holder of our common stock, Series C Preferred Stock or Series G Preferred Stock at the close of business on the record date, provided that the Series C Preferred Stock holders have no voting rights on the Proposals above and the Series G Stock holders have no voting rights on Proposal 1 or any shareholder proposals. On the record date there were 491,230,109 shares of common stock issued and outstanding, 415 shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued and outstanding (which have no voting rights at the annual meeting), and 5,272 shares of Series G Preferred Stock issued and outstanding (which have no voting rights on Proposal 1 or any shareholder proposals), voting in aggregate 545,750,593 total voting shares at the meeting.

 

 

Q:

What Proposals will be voted on at the meeting?

 

 

A:

Three Proposals are scheduled to be voted upon at the meeting:

 

 

·

The election of directors.

 

 

 

 

·

To ratify the appointment of Turner, Stone & Company L.L.P. (“Turner”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.

 

 

 

 

·

To consider a non-binding advisory vote on compensation of our named executive officers.

 

 
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Q:

Why did I receive a one-page notice in the mail regarding the Internet availability of proxy materials instead of a full set of proxy materials?

 

 

A:

Pursuant to rules adopted by the SEC, we have elected to provide access to our proxy materials over the Internet. Accordingly, on or about August 17, 2022, we are sending the Notice to our stockholders of record and beneficial owners. All stockholders will have the ability, beginning on or about August 17, 2022, to access the proxy materials on the website referred to in the Notice or request to receive a printed set of the proxy materials. Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or to request a printed copy may be found in the Notice. In addition, stockholders may request to receive proxy materials in printed form by mail or electronically by email on an ongoing basis, provided, however, that only one annual report or proxy statement will be delivered to multiple security holders sharing an address.

 

 

Q:

Can I vote my shares by filling out and returning the Notice?

 

 

A:

No. The Notice identifies the items to be voted on at the meeting, but you cannot vote by marking the Notice and returning it. The Notice provides instructions on how to vote via the Internet, by telephone or by requesting and returning a paper proxy card, or by submitting a ballot in person at the meeting.

 

 

Q:

How can I get electronic access to the proxy materials?

 

 

A:

The Notice will provide you with instructions regarding how to:

 

 

·

View our proxy materials for the meeting on the Internet; and

 

 

 

 

·

Instruct us to send future proxy materials to you electronically by email.

 

Choosing to receive future proxy materials by email will save us the cost of printing and mailing documents to you and will reduce the impact of our annual meetings on the environment. If you choose to receive future proxy materials by email, you will receive an email next year with instructions containing a link to those materials and a link to the proxy voting site. Your election to receive proxy materials by email will remain in effect until you terminate it.

 

Q:

How do I cast my vote?

 

 

A:

Stockholders whose shares are registered in their own names may vote at the virtual meeting or by proxy. If you would like to vote at the virtual meeting, please follow the instructions that will be available on the online meeting platform during the meeting. Proxies may be submitted over the Internet, by telephone or by mail.

 

 

·

Call 1-866-752-8683 to vote by telephone;

 

 

 

 

·

Go to https://www.iproxydirect.com/CEI to vote over the Internet; or

 

 

 

 

·

· If you received a paper copy of your proxy materials, please MARK, SIGN, DATE AND RETURN your proxy card in the postage-paid envelope. If you are voting by telephone or the Internet, have the control number from your proxy card ready, and please do not mail your proxy card.

 

Proxies submitted over the Internet or by telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on Monday, September 26, 2022. Submitting a proxy authorizes the persons appointed as proxies to vote your shares at the Annual Meeting in the manner that you have indicated. The persons named in the form of proxy (James A. Doris and Holly McCaw) have advised that they will vote all shares represented by proxy unless authority to so vote is withheld by the stockholder granting the proxy. If your proxy does not indicate your vote, the persons named in the proxy will vote your shares ”FOR” each of the nominees to our Board of Directors, “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Turner as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending 31, 2022, and “FOR” approval of the compensation of our named executive officers. If any other matters properly come before the meeting, your shares will be voted in accordance with the discretion of the persons named in the proxy.

 

 
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If your shares are registered in the name of a broker, bank or other nominee (typically referred to as being held in “street name”), you will receive instructions from your broker, bank or other nominee that must be followed in order for your broker, bank or other nominee to vote your shares per your instructions. Many brokerage firms and banks have a process for their beneficial holders to provide instructions via the Internet, via fax or over the telephone. If Internet, fax or telephone voting is unavailable from your broker, bank or other nominee, please request a paper copy of the proxy and complete and return the voting instruction card in the addressed, postage paid envelope provided.

 

In the event you do not provide instructions on how to vote, your broker may have authority to vote your shares. Under the rules that govern brokers who are voting with respect to shares that are held in street name, brokers have the discretion to vote such shares on routine matters, but not on non-routine matters. Routine matters include the ratification of the appointment of independent auditors, but not the election of directors or the non-binding advisory vote to approve executive compensation (collectively, the “non-routine matters”). Your vote is especially important. If your shares are held by a broker, your broker cannot vote your shares for these non-routine matters unless you provide voting instructions. Therefore, please instruct your broker regarding how to vote your shares on these matters promptly. See “Vote Required” following each Proposal for further information.

 

If you hold shares through a broker, bank or other nominee and wish to be able to vote in person at the meeting, you must obtain a legal proxy from your broker, bank or other nominee and present it to the inspector of election with your ballot at the meeting.

 

Q:

Can I revoke or change my proxy?

 

 

A:

Yes. You may revoke or change a previously delivered proxy at any time before the meeting by delivering another proxy with a later date, by voting again via the Internet, fax or by telephone, or by delivering written notice of revocation of your proxy to our Secretary (the “Secretary”) at our principal executive offices before the beginning of the meeting. You may also revoke your proxy by attending the meeting and voting in person, although attendance at the meeting will not, in and of itself, revoke a valid proxy that was previously delivered. If you hold shares through a broker, bank or other nominee, you must contact that nominee to revoke any prior voting instructions. You also may revoke any prior voting instructions by voting in person at the meeting if you obtain a legal proxy as described above.

 

 

Q:

How does the Board of Directors recommend I vote on the Proposals?

 

 

A:

The Board of Directors recommends you vote “FOR” each of the nominees to our Board of Directors; “FOR” the ratification of the appointment of Turner as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022; and “FOR” approval of the compensation of our named executive officers.

 

 

Q:

Who will count the vote?

 

 
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The inspector of election will count the vote.

 

 

Q:

What is a “quorum?

 

 

A:

A quorum is the number of shares that must be present to hold the meeting. The quorum requirement for the meeting is 33% of the outstanding voting shares as of the record date, present in person or represented by proxy. Your shares will be counted for purposes of determining if there is a quorum if you are present and vote in person at the meeting; or have voted on the Internet, by fax, by telephone or by properly submitting a proxy card or voting instruction card by mail. Abstentions and broker non-votes also count toward the quorum. An abstention will have the same practical effect as a vote against the ratification of the appointment of our independent registered public accounting firm, the approval of the compensation of our named executive officers (which is non-binding), and the Proposal to approve the adjournment of the meeting, if necessary. “Broker non-votes” occur when brokers, banks or other nominees that hold shares on behalf of beneficial owners do not receive voting instructions from the beneficial owners prior to the meeting and do not have discretionary voting authority to vote those shares.

 

 

Q:

What vote is required to approve each item?

 

 

A:

The following table sets forth the voting requirement with respect to each of the Proposals:

 

Proposal 1 - Election of directors.

The four nominees for election as directors at the Annual Meeting who receive the greatest number of “FOR” votes cast by the stockholders, a plurality, will be elected as our directors.

 

Proposal 2 - Ratification of appointment of independent registered public accounting firm.

To be approved by stockholders, this Proposal must receive the affirmative “FOR” vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote.

 

Proposal 3 - Non-binding advisory vote to approve and ratify the compensation of our named executive officers.

To be approved by stockholders, this Proposal must receive the affirmative “FOR” vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote, provided that this Proposal is non-binding.

 

Q:

What does it mean if I get more than one Notice ?

 

 

A:

Your shares are probably registered in more than one account. Please provide voting instructions for all Notices, proxy and voting instruction cards you receive.

 

 

Q:

How many votes can I cast?

 

 
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Holders of our common stock receive one vote for each share of common stock which they hold as of the Record Date. Holders of our Series C Preferred Stock do not have the right to cast votes on the Proposals described above. Holders of our Series G Preferred Stock have the right to cast votes on all Proposals above, except Proposal 1 and any shareholder proposals, equal to the as-converted amount of such Series G Preferred Stock (subject to the beneficial ownership limitation in the Certificate of Designations of Preferences, Powers, Rights and Limitations of Series G Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series G COD”)).

 

 

Q:

Where can I find the voting results of the meeting?

 

 

A:

The preliminary voting results will be announced at the meeting. The final results will be published in a current report on Form 8-K to be filed by us with the SEC within four business days of the meeting.

 

PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

At the meeting, four directors are to be elected. Each director is to hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders or until his successor is elected and qualified. After identifying the members of our Board of Directors who are up for re-election in fiscal year 2022 and reviewing the criteria that the Nominating and Governance Committee uses when evaluating director nominees, the Board of Directors nominated the four directors for election at the meeting based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee. All of the director nominees are already serving as members of the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

In considering individual director nominees and Board of Directors committee appointments, our Nominating and Governance Committee seeks to achieve a balance of knowledge, experience and capability on the Board of Directors and its committees and to identify individuals who can effectively assist the Company in achieving our short-term and long-term goals, protecting our stockholders’ interests and creating and enhancing value for our stockholders. In so doing, the Nominating and Governance Committee considers a person’s diversity attributes (e.g., professional experiences, skills, background, race and gender) as a whole and does not necessarily attribute any greater weight to one attribute. Moreover, diversity in professional experience, skills and background, and diversity in race and gender, are just a few of the attributes that the Nominating and Governance Committee takes into account. In evaluating prospective candidates, the Nominating and Governance Committee also considers whether the individual has personal and professional integrity, good business judgment and relevant experience and skills, and whether such individual is willing and able to commit the time necessary for service on the Board of Directors and its committees.

 

While there are no specific minimum requirements that the Nominating and Governance Committee believes must be met by a prospective director nominee, the Nominating and Governance Committee does believe that director nominees should possess personal and professional integrity, have good business judgment, have relevant experience and skills, and be willing and able to commit the necessary time for service on the Board of Directors and its committees. Furthermore, the Nominating and Governance Committee evaluates each individual in the context of the Board of Directors as a whole, with the objective of recommending individuals that can best perpetuate the success of our business and represent stockholder interests through the exercise of sound business judgment using their diversity of experience in various areas. We believe our current directors possess diverse professional experiences, skills and backgrounds, in addition to (among other characteristics) high standards of personal and professional ethics, proven records of success in their respective fields and valuable knowledge of our business and our industry.

 

 
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Nominees

 

The following table and accompanying descriptions indicate the name of each director nominee, including their age, principal occupation or employment, and the year in which each person first became an officer or director.

 

Name

 

Position

 

Date First

Elected/Appointed

as Director

 

Age

James A. Doris

 

Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

December 23, 2020

 

49

Fred Zeidman

 

Director

 

January 11, 2018

 

74

James G. Miller

 

Director

 

July 10, 2018

 

73

Robert K. Green

 

Director

 

December 23, 2020

 

59

 

Directors

 

James A. Doris, Chief Executive Officer And Director

 

Mr. Doris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Company on December 23, 2020 in conjunction with the acquisition of Viking Energy Group, Inc. (“Viking”) by the Company. He has been an officer and director of Viking since 2014 and has been an integral part of transitioning the Company’s to an appropriate platform to facilitate growth. He has over 25 years of experience negotiating national and international business transactions. Formerly a lawyer in Canada, Mr. Doris represented domestic and foreign clients regarding their investment activities in Canada for over 16 years. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Doris served as Executive Vice President and In-House Counsel for a real estate investment and development company as well as working at one of Canada’s leading law firms. Mr. Doris graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa.

 

Director Qualifications:

 

The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Doris is highly qualified to serve as a member of the Board of Directors due to his extensive experience in the energy sector, including oil and gas industry, and negotiating business transactions.

 

Fred S. Zeidman, Director

 

From December 2014 to February 2021, Mr. Zeidman served as Chairman of Gordian Group LLC, a U.S. investment bank specializing in board level advice in complex, distressed or “story” financial matters. Mr. Zeidman currently serves as Director of External Affairs of MCNA Dental, lead Director of Straight Path Communications, Inc., Director REMA and Director Prosperity Bank in Houston. He was formerly Restructuring Officer of TransMeridian Exploration Inc. and Chief Bankruptcy Trustee of AremisSoft Corp.

 

 
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Mr. Zeidman, Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council was appointed by President George W. Bush in March 2002 and served in that position from 2002-2010. A prominent Houston based business and civic leader, Mr. Zeidman also is Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Heart Institute. He is on the board of the Development Corp of Israel (Israel Bonds) and served on the Board of the National World War II Museum.

 

Over the course of his distinguished 50 year career, Mr. Zeidman has been involved in numerous high-profile workouts, restructurings and reorganizations. He was the former CEO, President and Chairman of Seitel, Inc., a Houston-based onshore seismic data provider where he was instrumental in the successful turnaround of the Company. He held the post of Chairman of the Board and CEO of Unibar Corporation, the largest domestic independent drilling fluids company, until its sale to Anchor Drilling Fluids in 1992.

 

Mr. Zeidman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University.

 

Director Qualifications:

 

The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Zeidman is highly qualified to serve as a member of the Board of Directors due to his significant experience serving as a director of public and private companies and institutions and his substantial understanding of the oil and gas industry in general.

 

James G. Miller, Director

 

Mr. Miller is a retired corporate executive, having served as president and CEO of several energy companies. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of companies listed on NYSE, NASDAQ and the Australian Stock Exchange. From 2009 until 2016, Mr. Miller served as a Director of Guardian 8 Holdings. From December 31, 2010 through March 2018, he was a Director of Enerjex Resources, Inc. (NYSE American), an oil and gas exploration and production company, and chaired the Audit Committee. In March 2018, Enerjex executed a merger which concluded his Board service.

 

He also served on the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter, for 16 years and is a past Board Chair.

 

Mr. Miller holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Director Qualifications:

 

The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Miller is highly qualified to serve as a member of the Board of Directors due to his experience having served as president and CEO of several energy companies and serving on the Board of Directors of several publicly-traded companies.

 

 
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ROBERT K. GREEN, DIRECTOR

 

Robert K. Green was appointed to the Board of Directors in conjunction with the acquisition of Viking and is a former Fortune 100 chief executive officer in the energy, telecommunication and utility industries, and has extensive experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and legislative strategies. Mr. Green has served on the boards of directors of seven publicly traded companies and was elected chairman of the board of two New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) companies and three other publicly listed companies. He guided these companies and others in capital markets strategies involving initial public offerings (IPOs) and private investments with a combined value of more than $5 billion and more than 50 merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, some of which surpassed $1 billion. Mr. Green has been a Partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell since 2003.

 

Director Qualifications:

 

The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Green is highly qualified to serve as a member of the Board of Directors due to his experience having served as a CEO of a publicly-traded company and having served on the Board of Directors of several publicly-traded companies.

 

Family Relationships

 

There are no family relationships among our directors or executive officers.

 

Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings

 

To the best of our knowledge, during the past ten years, none of our directors or executive officers were involved in any of the following: (1) any bankruptcy petition filed by or against any business of which such person was a general partner or executive officer either at the time of the bankruptcy or within two years prior to that time; (2) any conviction in a criminal proceeding or being a named subject to a pending criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations and other minor offenses); (3) being subject to any order, judgment, or decree, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any court of competent jurisdiction, permanently or temporarily enjoining, barring, suspending or otherwise limiting his involvement in any type of business, securities or banking activities; (4) being found by a court of competent jurisdiction (in a civil action), the SEC or the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to have violated a federal or state securities or commodities law, (5) being the subject of, or a party to, any Federal or State judicial or administrative order, judgment, decree, or finding, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, relating to an alleged violation of (i) any Federal or State securities or commodities law or regulation; (ii) any law or regulation respecting financial institutions or insurance companies including, but not limited to, a temporary or permanent injunction, order of disgorgement or restitution, civil money penalty or temporary or permanent cease-and-desist order, or removal or prohibition order; or (iii) any law or regulation prohibiting mail or wire fraud or fraud in connection with any business entity; or (6) being the subject of, or a party to, any sanction or order, not subsequently reversed, suspended or vacated, of any self-regulatory organization (as defined in Section 3(a)(26) of the Exchange Act), any registered entity (as defined in Section 1(a)(29) of the Commodity Exchange Act), or any equivalent exchange, association, entity or organization that has disciplinary authority over its members or persons associated with a member.

 

 
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Information Concerning the Board of Directors and its Committees

 

All directors hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their successors have been duly elected and qualified. There are no agreements with respect to the election of directors. We have previously compensated our directors for service on the Board of Directors and committees thereof through the issuance of shares of common stock, stock options and cash compensation for meeting fees. Additionally, we reimburse directors for expenses incurred by them in connection with the attendance at meetings of the Board of Directors and any committee thereof (as described below). The Board of Directors appoints annually the executive officers of the Company and the executive officers serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

The Board of Directors does not currently have a lead director. However, because of its capable and experienced independent directors and its strong committee system (as described more fully below), we believe this leadership structure is appropriate for the Company and allows the Board of Directors to maintain effective oversight and management and, therefore, a lead director is not necessary at this time.

 

Executive Sessions of the Board of Directors

 

The independent members of the Board of Directors of the Company meet in executive session (with no management directors or management present) from time to time, but at least once annually. The executive sessions include whatever topics the independent directors deem appropriate.

 

Risk Oversight

 

The Board of Directors exercises direct oversight of strategic risks to the Company. The Audit Committee reviews and assesses the Company’s processes to manage business and financial risk and financial reporting risk. It also reviews the Company’s policies for risk assessment and assesses steps management has taken to control significant risks. The Compensation Committee oversees risks relating to compensation programs and policies. In each case management periodically reports to our Board of Directors or relevant committee, which provides the relevant oversight on risk assessment and mitigation.

 

Policy Against Hedging

 

The Company does not currently have a policy against hedging.

 

Communicating with our Board of Directors

 

Stockholders may contact the Board of Directors about bona fide issues or questions about the Company by writing the Secretary at the following address: Attn: Secretary, Camber Energy, Inc., 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094.

 

 
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Our Secretary, upon receipt of any communication other than one that is clearly marked “Confidential,” will note the date the communication was received, open the communication, make a copy of it for our files and promptly forward the communication to the director(s) to whom it is addressed. Upon receipt of any communication that is clearly marked “Confidential,” our Secretary will not open the communication, but will note the date the communication was received and promptly forward the communication to the director(s) to whom it is addressed. If the correspondence is not addressed to any particular Board member or members, the communication will be forwarded to a Board member to bring to the attention of the Board of Directors.

 

Board and Committee Activity and Compensation

 

For the fiscal years ending December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, the Board of Directors held telephonic conferences and corresponding via email as necessary, but held no formal meetings. All material decisions of the Board of Directors were evidenced via the unanimous written consent of the Board of Directors and the various committees described below. Though no formal meetings were held, all directors attended at least 75% of the Board of Directors’ telephonic conference. All of the then current directors attended our fiscal year 2020 Annual Stockholder meeting held on March 11, 2020. The Company encourages, but does not require all directors to be present at annual meetings of stockholders.

 

The Board of Directors has a standing Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Miller, Mr. Zeidman and Mr. Green are “independent” members of the Board of Directors as defined in Section 803(A) of the NYSE American Company Guide. Committee membership and the functions of those committees are described below.

 

Board of Directors Committee Membership

 

 

 

Audit Committee

 

Compensation

Committee

 

Nominating

and Governance

Committee

James A. Doris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert K. Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fred S. Zeidman

 

M

 

C

 

C

James G. Miller

 

C

 

M

 

M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C - Chairman of Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

M - Member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audit Committee

 

The Board of Directors has selected the members of the Audit Committee based on the Board of Directors’ determination that the members are financially literate and qualified to monitor the performance of management and the independent auditors and to monitor our disclosures so that our disclosures fairly present our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

 
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The Audit Committee’s function is to provide assistance to the Board of Directors in fulfilling the Board of Directors’ oversight functions relating to the integrity of the Company’s financial statements, the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence and the performance of the Company’s independent auditors, and perform such other activities consistent with its charter and our Bylaws (the “Bylaws”) as the Committee or the Board of Directors deems appropriate. The Audit Committee produces an annual report for inclusion in our proxy statement. The Audit Committee is directly responsible for the appointment, retention, compensation, oversight and evaluation of the work of the independent registered public accounting firm (including resolution of disagreements between our management and the independent registered public accounting firm regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work. The Audit Committee shall review and pre-approve all audit services, and non-audit services that exceed a de minimis standard, to be provided to us by our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee carries out all functions required by the NYSE American (the “NYSE American”), the SEC and the federal securities laws.

 

The Audit Committee has the sole authority, at its discretion and at our expense, to retain, compensate, evaluate and terminate our independent auditors and to review, as it deems appropriate, the scope of our annual audits, our accounting policies and reporting practices, our system of internal controls, our compliance with policies regarding business conduct and other matters. In addition, the Audit Committee has the authority, at its discretion and at our expense, to retain special legal, accounting or other advisors to advise the Audit Committee.

 

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Miller, Mr. Zeidman and Mr. Green are “independent,” and that Mr. Miller is an “audit committee financial expert” (as defined in the SEC rules) because he has the following attributes: (i) an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and financial statements; (ii) the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with accounting for estimates, accruals and reserves; (iii) experience analyzing and evaluating financial statements that present a breadth and level of complexity of accounting issues that are generally comparable to the breadth and complexity of issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by our financial statements; (iv) an understanding of internal control over financial reporting; and (v) an understanding of audit committee functions. Mr. Miller has acquired these attributes by means of having held various positions that provided relevant experience, as described in his biographical information above.

 

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, the Audit Committee held no formal meetings, but took various actions via a unanimous written consent of the committee. The Audit Committee’s charter is available on our website at www.camber.energy at “Governance” - “Policies” and was filed as Exhibit 14.3 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended March 31, 2009, filed with the Commission on July 29, 2009.

  

Compensation Committee

 

The Compensation Committee is responsible for the administration of our stock compensation plans, approval, review and evaluation of the compensation arrangements for our executive officers and directors and oversees and advises the Board of Directors on the adoption of policies that govern the Company’s compensation and benefit programs. In addition, the Compensation Committee has the authority, at its discretion and at our expense, to retain advisors to advise the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee may delegate its authority to subcommittees of independent directors, as it deems appropriate.

 

For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021, the Compensation Committee held no formal meetings. The Compensation Committee’s charter is available on our website at www.camber.energy at “Governance” - “Policies” and was filed as Exhibit 14.5 to our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended March 31, 2009, filed with the Commission on July 29, 2009.

 

 
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Nominating and Governance Committee

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for (1) assisting the Board of Directors by identifying individuals qualified to become Board of Directors members; (2) recommending individuals to the Board of Directors for nomination as members of the Board of Directors and its committees; (3) leading the Board of Directors in its annual review of the Board of Directors’ performance; (4) monitoring the attendance, preparation and participation of individual directors and to conduct a performance evaluation of each director prior to the time he or she is considered for re-nomination to the Board of Directors; (5) reviewing and recommending to the Board of Directors responses to shareowner proposals; (6) monitoring and evaluating corporate governance issues and trends; (7) providing oversight of the corporate governance affairs of the Board of Directors and the Company, including consideration of the risk oversight responsibilities of the full Board and its committees; (8) assisting the Board of Directors in organizing itself to discharge its duties and responsibilities properly and effectively; and (9) assisting the Board of Directors in ensuring proper attention and effective response to stockholder concerns regarding corporate governance. We have not paid any third party a fee to assist in the process of identifying and evaluating candidates for director.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee uses a variety of methods for identifying and evaluating director nominees. The Nominating and Governance Committee also regularly assesses the appropriate size of the Board of Directors and whether any vacancies on the Board of Directors are expected due to retirement or other circumstances. In addition, the Nominating and Governance Committee considers, from time to time, various potential candidates for directorships. Candidates may come to the attention of the Nominating and Governance Committee through current Board members, professional search firms, stockholders or other persons. These candidates may be evaluated at regular or special meetings of the Nominating and Governance Committee and may be considered at any point during the year.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee evaluates director nominees at regular or special Committee meetings pursuant to the criteria described above and reviews qualified director nominees with the Board of Directors. The Committee selects nominees that best suit the Board of Directors’ current needs and recommends one or more of such individuals for election to the Board of Directors.

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider candidates recommended by stockholders, provided the names of such persons, accompanied by relevant biographical information, are properly submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Company in accordance with the manner described below. The Secretary will send properly submitted stockholder recommendations to the Committee. Individuals recommended by stockholders in accordance with these procedures will receive the same consideration received by individuals identified to the Committee through other means. The Committee also may, in its discretion, consider candidates otherwise recommended by stockholders without accompanying biographical information, if submitted in writing to the Secretary.

 

 
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In addition, the Company’s Bylaws permit stockholders to nominate directors at an annual meeting of stockholders or at a special meeting at which directors are to be elected in accordance with the notice of meeting pursuant to the requirements of the Company’s Bylaws and applicable NYSE American and SEC rules and regulations.

 

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, the Nominating and Governance Committee held no formal meetings, but did take various actions via a unanimous written consent of the committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee’s charter is available on our website at www.camber.energy at “Governance” - “Policies” and was filed as Exhibit 99.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2013, filed with the Commission on June 28, 2013.

 

Director Nominations Process. As described above, the Nominating and Governance Committee will consider qualified director candidates recommended in good faith by stockholders, provided those nominees meet the requirements of NYSE American and applicable federal securities law. The Nominating and Governance Committee’s evaluation of candidates recommended by stockholders does not differ materially from its evaluation of candidates recommended from other sources. Any stockholder wishing to recommend a nominee should submit the candidate’s name, credentials, contact information and his or her written consent to be considered as a candidate. These recommendations should be submitted in writing to the Company, Attn: Secretary, Camber Energy, Inc., 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094. The proposing stockholder should also include his or her contact information and a statement of his or her share ownership. The Committee may request further information about stockholder recommended nominees in order to comply with any applicable laws, rules, the Company’s Bylaws or regulations or to the extent such information is required to be provided by such stockholder pursuant to any applicable laws, rules or regulations.

 

Compensation of Directors.

 

The following table sets forth compensation information with respect to our non-executive directors during our fiscal years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020.

 

Name

 

Fiscal Year

 

Fees Earned or Paid in Cash ($)*

 

 

Option Awards ($)

 

 

All Other Compensation

 

 

Total

 

Fred S. Zeidman (1)

 

2021

 

$ 53,336

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 53,336

 

 

 

2020

 

$ 53,333

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 53,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James G. Miller (1)

 

2021

 

$ 53,336

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 53,336

 

 

 

2020

 

$ 53,333

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 53,333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert K. Green (1)

 

2021

 

$ 53,336

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 53,336

 

 

 

2020

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

*The table above does not include the amount of any expense reimbursements paid to the above directors. No directors received any stock awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, or nonqualified deferred compensation earnings during the period presented. The table above does not include perquisites and other personal benefits, or property, unless the aggregate amount of such compensation is more than $10,000.

 

(1) In 2021 and 2020, the Company paid each member of the Board of Directors their pro rata portion of a $40,000 quarterly Board of Directors fee in cash, payable in arrears and based on the number of members of the Board of Directors at the end of each calendar quarter (for example if there are three (3) members of the Board of Directors at the end of a calendar quarter, each member would receive $13,333 in total compensation for such applicable calendar quarter).

 

 
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Vote Required

 

The four nominees for election as directors at the Annual Meeting who receive the greatest number of votes cast by the stockholders, a plurality, will be elected as our directors. As a result, broker non-votes and abstentions will not be counted in determining which nominees received the largest number of votes cast. You may vote “FOR” all nominees, “AGAINST” all nominees or withhold your vote for any one or more of the nominees.

 

Board Recommendation

 

Our Board of Directors recommends a vote “FOR” all four nominees to the Board of Directors.

 

PROPOSAL 2

RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

General

 

The Audit Committee has selected Turner to audit our consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. Turner has been our independent registered public accounting since September 21, 2021. We are asking the stockholders to ratify the appointment of Turner as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. Turner was appointed by the Audit Committee in accordance with its charter.

 

In the event stockholders fail to ratify the appointment, the Audit Committee may reconsider this appointment. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may direct the appointment of a different independent accounting firm at any time during the year if the Audit Committee determines that such a change would be in the Company’s and our stockholders’ best interests.

 

The Company does not anticipate a representative from Turner to be present at the annual stockholders meeting. In the event that a representative of Turner is present at the Annual Meeting, the representative will have the opportunity to make a statement if he/she desires to do so and the Company will allow such representative to be available to respond to appropriate questions.

 

The Audit Committee has approved all services provided by Turner and Marcum LLP (“Marcum”). Representatives of Turner do not plan to attend the Annual Meeting.

 

 
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Change in Independent Auditors

 

As disclosed in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 22, 2021, we dismissed Marcum on September 16, 2021 as our independent auditor. We engaged Turner on September 21, 2021 as our independent public accounting firm to audit our consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021 and to re-audit our consolidated financial statements for the years ended March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019, and for the transition period ended December 31, 2020, which had previously been audited by Marcum. The audited financial statements included in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 were audited by Turner.

 

During the Company’s prior fiscal years ended March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019, the transition period ended December 31, 2020, and through September 16, 2021, there were no disagreements (as defined in Item 304(a)(1)(iv) of Regulation S-K and the related instructions to Item 304 of Regulation S-K) with Marcum on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedures, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of Marcum, would have caused Marcum to make reference to the matter in its report on the consolidated financial statements for such year.

 

Audit Fees

 

The aggregate fees billed by our independent auditor, Turner, and our former independent auditor, Marcum, for professional services rendered for the audit of our annual financial statements included in our Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, and for the review of quarterly financial statements included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ending March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2021 and 2020, were:

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Turner

 

$ 145,000

 

 

$ -

 

Marcum

 

$ 495,505

 

 

$ 323,100

 

 

We do not use the auditors for financial information system design and implementation. Such services, which include designing or implementing a system that aggregates source data underlying the financial statements or that generates information that is significant to our financial statements, are provided internally or by other service providers. We do not engage the auditors to provide compliance outsourcing services.

 

The Audit Committee has considered the nature and amount of fees billed by Turner believes that the provision of services for activities unrelated to the audit is compatible with maintaining Turner’s independence.

 

 
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Policy on Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit and Non-Audit Services of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

The Audit Committee’s policy is to pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided by the independent registered public accounting firm. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Pre-approval is generally provided for up to one year and any pre-approval is detailed as to the particular service or category of services and is generally subject to a specific budget. The Audit Committee may delegate the authority to pre-approve the retention of the independent registered public accounting firm for permitted non-audit services to one or more members of the committee, provided that such persons are required to present the pre-approval of any permitted non-audit service to the committee at the next meeting following any such pre-approval. None of the fees paid to the independent registered public accounting firm under the category Audit Fees described above were approved by the committee after services were rendered pursuant to the de minimis exception established by the SEC.

 

Audit Committee Report

 

The Audit Committee represents and assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities for general oversight of the integrity of the Company’s financial statements, the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications and independence, the performance of the Company’s internal audit function and independent registered public accounting firm, and risk assessment and risk management. The Audit Committee manages the Company’s relationship with its independent registered public accounting firm (which reports directly to the Audit Committee). The Audit Committee has the authority to obtain advice and assistance from outside legal, accounting or other advisors as the Audit Committee deems necessary to carry out its duties and receives appropriate funding, as determined by the Audit Committee, from the Company for such advice and assistance.

 

In connection with the fiscal years 2020 and 2021 audited financial statements of the Company, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (1) reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements with the Company’s management; (2) discussed with the Company’s independent auditors the matters required to be discussed by the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (Codification of Statements on Auditing Standards, AU 380), as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) in Rule 3200 and Exchange Act Regulation S-X, Rule 2-07; (3) received the written disclosures and the letter from the independent auditors required by the applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding the independent auditors’ communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence; (4) discussed with the independent auditors the independent auditors’ independence; and (5) considered whether the provision of non-audit services by the Company’s principal auditors is compatible with maintaining auditor independence.

 

Based upon these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors approved, that the audited financial statements for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 be included in the Company’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 for filing with the SEC.

 

The undersigned members of the Audit Committee have submitted this Report to the Board of Directors.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

 

James G. Miller, Chairman

Fred S. Zeidman

 

 
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The foregoing report is not soliciting material, is not deemed filed with the SEC and is not to be incorporated by reference in any filing of the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof and irrespective of any general incorporation language in any such filing.

 

Vote Required

 

The approval of the ratification of the appointment of Turner as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022 requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote. As a result, abstentions will have the same practical effect as votes against this Proposal. Broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this Proposal. However, because brokers generally have discretionary authority to vote on the ratification of our independent auditors, broker non-votes are generally not expected to result from the vote on this Proposal. For the approval of the ratification of the appointment of Turner, you may vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” or abstain from voting.

 

Board Recommendation

 

Our Board of Directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the ratification of appointment of Turner as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.

 

PROPOSAL 3

NON-BINDING ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 14A of the Exchange Act and the related rules of the SEC, we are including in this proxy statement a separate proposal, which gives our stockholders the opportunity to approve or not approve the compensation of our Named Executive Officers (as disclosed in this proxy statement) by voting for or against the resolution below (commonly referred to as “Say-on-Pay”). While our Board of Directors and Compensation Committee intend to carefully consider the stockholder vote resulting from the proposal, the final vote will not be binding on us and is advisory in nature.

 

In considering their vote, stockholders are encouraged to review with care the information regarding our executive compensation program as discussed under “Named Executive Officer Compensation” (beginning on page 24), and the accompanying compensation tables and narratives.

 

 
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Our Compensation Committee oversees all aspects of our executive compensation program, annually reviews each component of our executive compensation program and seeks to ensure that the compensation program for our executive officers is aligned with the interests of our stockholders and the compensation practices of our peer companies (with whom we compete for executive management personnel). Our executive compensation program is also designed to attract, motivate and retain a highly qualified executive management team and to appropriately reward our executive officers for their contribution to the achievement of our short-term and long-term business goals and the creation and enhancement of stockholder value. The Compensation Committee is guided by the following key principles in determining the compensation of our executive officers:

 

 

·

Competition Among Peers. The Compensation Committee believes that our compensation program should reflect the competitive recruiting and retention conditions in the Company’s industry, so that we can attract, motivate and retain top industry talent.

 

·

Accountability for Our Performance. The Compensation Committee also believes that our compensation program should be tied in part to our financial and operational performance, so that our executive officers are held accountable through their compensation for the performance of the Company based on our achievement of certain pre-determined financial and operational goals.

 

·

Accountability for Individual Performance. In addition, the Compensation Committee believes that our compensation program should be tied in part to the executive officer’s achievement of pre-determined individual performance goals, to encourage and promote individual contributions to the Company’s overall performance.

 

We believe that our executive compensation program (1) has played a significant role in our ability to attract, motivate and retain a highly qualified executive team to manage the Company, and (2) is structured in the best manner possible to support the achievement of our short-term and long-term business goals and the creation and enhancement of stockholder value.

 

In accordance with the requirements of Section 14A of the Exchange Act and the related rules of the SEC, the Company is providing stockholders with the opportunity to cast an advisory (non-binding) vote on the compensation programs of our named executive officers. Accordingly, you may vote on the following resolution at the meeting:

 

RESOLVED, that the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Company’s proxy statement for the Company’s combined 2021 and 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, pursuant to Item 402(m) through (q) of Regulation S-K, including the compensation tables and narrative discussion, be, and hereby is, APPROVED.”

 

The Company’s policy is to provide stockholders with an opportunity to approve the compensation of the named executive officers every year at the annual meeting of stockholders.

 

Ratification of this appointment shall be effective upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast on such proposal provided that a quorum exists at the Annual Meeting. Abstentions with respect to the ratification of this appointment will have the effect of a vote against ratification of this proposal. Properly executed proxies will be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with the instructions specified on the proxy; if no such instructions are given, the persons named as agents and proxies in the enclosed form of proxy will vote such proxy “FOR” the ratification of this Proposal.

 

As noted above, the vote solicited by this Proposal is advisory in nature and its outcome will not be binding on the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee, nor will the outcome of the vote require the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee to take any action. Moreover, the outcome of the vote will not be construed as overruling any decision of the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee or creating or implying any additional fiduciary duty of the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee. However, the Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee will carefully consider the outcome of the vote when considering future executive compensation arrangements.

 

 
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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

During 2021, Mr. Zeidman (Chair) and Mr. Miller served on our Compensation Committee. No member of our Compensation Committee is or was an officer or employee of the Company. During 2021, no executive officer of the Company served as (i) a member of the Compensation Committee (or other board committee performing equivalent functions) of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our Compensation Committee, (ii) a director of another entity, one of whose executive officers served on our Compensation Committee, or (iii) a member of the Compensation Committee (or other board committee performing equivalent functions) of another entity, one of whose executive officers served as our director.

 

2020 Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

 

We provide our stockholders with the opportunity to cast an advisory vote on executive compensation (the “Say-On-Pay Proposal”) every year. At the last annual meeting of our stockholders held on March 11, 2020, 88.5% of the shares voted at the annual meeting and cast on the proposal, voted in favor of our Named Executive Officers’ 2020 compensation. The Board of Directors and the Compensation Committee considered these favorable results and did not make significant changes to our executive compensation program because it believes this advisory shareowner vote indicates strong support for our current compensation policies.

 

Vote Required

 

The approval of the advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares represented at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote. As a result, abstentions will have the same practical effect as votes against this proposal. Broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this proposal. For the approval of the advisory vote on the compensation of our named executive officers, you may vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” or abstain from voting.

 

Board Recommendation

 

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in the accompanying compensation tables and the related narrative disclosure contained in this proxy statement.

 

 
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OTHER INFORMATION

 

Principal Stockholders

 

The following table sets forth information as of August 12, 2022 regarding the beneficial ownership of our common stock, assuming the conversion of our Series C Preferred Stock, by:

 

 

·

each stockholder known by us to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of our outstanding shares of common stock,

 

·

each director,

 

·

each executive officer named in the Named Executive Officer Compensation table, beginning on page 24, and

 

·

all directors and executive officers as a group.

 

Beneficial ownership for the purposes of the following table is determined in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. These rules generally provide that a person is the beneficial owner of securities if such person has or shares the power to vote or direct the voting of securities, or to dispose or direct the disposition of securities or has the right to acquire such powers within 60 days. For purposes of calculating each person’s percentage ownership, common stock issuable pursuant to options, warrants or other securities exercisable within 60 days are included as outstanding and beneficially owned for that person or group, but are not deemed outstanding for the purposes of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. Except as disclosed in the footnotes to this table and subject to applicable community property laws, we believe that each beneficial owner identified in the table possesses sole voting and investment power over all common stock shown as beneficially owned by the beneficial owner.

 

Percentage ownership of our common stock in the table is based on 545,750,593 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of August 12, 2022, assuming the conversion of all shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued and outstanding as of August 12, 2022, subject to a beneficial ownership limitation preventing conversion into our common stock if the holder would be deemed to beneficially own more than 9.99% of our common stock. This table is based on information supplied by officers, directors and selling stockholders and by Schedules 13D and Schedules 13G, if any, filed with the SEC. Unless otherwise indicated, the address of each of the individuals and entities named below is c/o Camber Energy, Inc., 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450, Houston, Texas 77094.

 

To our knowledge, except as indicated in the footnotes to this table and pursuant to applicable community property laws, the persons named in the table have sole voting and investment power with respect to their common stock. Pursuant to Rule 13d-4 under the Exchange Act, the statements concerning voting and dispositive power concerning the common stock included in the footnotes to this table shall not be construed as admissions that such persons are the beneficial owners of such common stock.

 

 

 

Number of

Shares of

Common Stock

 

 

Percent of

Common

Stock

 

Stockholder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Officers and Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Doris

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

Frank W. Barker, Jr.

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

Robert K. Green

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

Fred S. Zeidman

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

James G. Miller

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

All Executive Officers and Directors as a Group (Five Persons)

 

 

-

 

 

*

 

Greater than 5% Stockholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antilles Family Office, LLC (1)

 

 

54,520,848

 

 

 

9.99 %

* Indicates beneficial ownership of less than 1% of the outstanding common stock.

 

(1) 5330 Yacht Haven Grande, Suite 206, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 00802. As of August 12, 2022, the holder holds 415 shares of Series C Preferred Stock; provided that the Company may not issue shares which, when aggregated with all other shares of common stock then deemed beneficially owned by the holder, would result in the reporting person holding at any one time more than 9.99% of all common stock outstanding immediately after giving effect to such issuance. The Company believes that John Burke has voting and dispositive control over the securities held by the shareholder. Antilles and its affiliate Discover have contractually agreed not to vote any shares except as requested by the Company’s board of directors.

 

Executive Officers

 

All of our executive officers are listed in the following table:

 

Name

 

Age

 

Position

James A. Doris

 

49

 

Chief Executive Officer

Frank W. Barker, Jr.

 

66

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

James A. Doris, Chief Executive Officer

 

Mr. Doris’s biographical information is presented above in Proposal 1, beginning on page 8.

 

Mr. Barker, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

Mr. Barker was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for the Company on December 23, 2020 in conjunction with the acquisition of Viking by the Company. Mr. Barker is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of Florida. Mr. Barker has been providing professional services to Viking since the beginning of 2015. On December 29, 2017, Mr. Barker accepted the position as Chief Financial Officer of Viking. Mr. Barker has vast experience providing strategic, financial, accounting and tax-related services in various capacities to both Public and Private entities, including Compliance Reporting with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the planning, preparation and oversight of annual audit functions, presentation of financial data to Public Company Boards, turn-around management, bankruptcy and asset recovery, Strategic planning for survival of troubled companies, financial forecasting and cash flow management, litigation support and forensic analysis, mergers and acquisitions and reverse mergers. Mr. Barker has served as Chief Financial Officer of several Public Companies with Revenues in excess of $40 million. Mr. Barker’s Industry experience include the fields of Defense Contracting, Manufacturing, Alternative Energy, Electrical Contracting, Healthcare Research and Construction, Oil and Gas, Health Care Services and Administration, Not for Profit, Retail, Distribution, Gaming, Real Estate, Professional Services, Internet Technologies, Media Communications, Web Based Technologies, Banking, Investments, Insurance, Private Equity, Municipal and County Governments and Treasure Exploration. Mr. Barker received a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida in 1978.

 

 
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Named Executive Officer Compensation

 

The following table sets forth information concerning the compensation of our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and the most highly compensated executive officer other than the CEO and CFO who was serving as an executive officer of the Company for the year ended December 31, 2021 and for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 (the Company did not have any executive officers other than its CEO and CFO as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020), and up to two additional individuals for whom disclosure would have been required had they been serving as an executive officer at the end of the last completed fiscal year (collectively, the “Named Executive Officers”).

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Fiscal Year

 

Consulting Fees/Salary

 

 

Bonus

 

 

Stock Awards

 

 

All Other Compensation

 

 

Total

 

James A. Doris

 

2021

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 180,000 (2)

 

$ 180,000

 

Chief Executive Officer (1)

 

2020

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$ N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

2019

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$ N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank W. Barker, Jr.

 

2021

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 180,000 (4)

 

$ 180,000

 

Chief Financial Officer (3)

 

2020

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$ N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

2019

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

$ N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis G. Schott

 

2021

 

$ 176,836 (7)

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 176,836

 

Former Interim Chief Executive Officer (5)

 

2020

 

$ 300,000 (7)

 

$ 150,000

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 38,851 (8)

 

$ 488,851

 

 

 

2019

 

$ 300,000 (7)

 

$ 25,000

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 33,120 (8)

 

$ 358,120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Schleizer

 

2021

 

$ 165,052 (9)

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 165,052

 

Former Interim Chief Financial Officer (6)

 

2020

 

$ 360,000 (9)

 

$ 150,000

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 40,000 (10)

 

$ 550,000

 

 

 

2019

 

$ 200,000 (9)

 

$ -

 

 

$ -

 

 

$ 26,666 (10)

 

$ 226,666

 

 

* Does not include perquisites and other personal benefits, or property, unless the aggregate amount of such compensation is more than $10,000.

 

No executive officer earned any non-equity incentive plan compensation or nonqualified deferred compensation during the periods reported above. The value of the Stock Awards in the table above was calculated based on the fair value of such securities calculated in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718.

 

 

(1)

Mr. Doris was appointed as CEO on December 23, 2020.

 

 

 

 

(2)

The amount included in “All Other Compensation” for the year ended December 31, 2021, is comprised of $180,000 paid to AGD Advisory Group, Inc., a company affiliated with Mr. Doris.

 

 

 

 

(3)

Mr. Barker was appointed as CFO on December 23, 2020.

 

 
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(4)

The amount included in “All Other Compensation” for the year ended December 31, 2021, is comprised of $180,000 paid to FWB Consulting, Inc., a company affiliated with Mr. Barker.

 

 

 

 

(5)

Mr. Schott served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Camber from May 2018 through his resignation on December 23, 2020.

 

 

 

 

(6)

Mr. Schleizer served as Chief Financial Officer (beginning as Interim Chief Financial Officer) since June 2, 2017, as a member of the Board of Directors since October 6, 2017, and as Treasurer of Camber since January 9, 2018. He resigned from all three positions on December 23, 2020. Mr. Schleizer is the Managing Partner of BlackBriar Advisors LLC (“BlackBriar”). In addition to financial management, BlackBriar provides accounting, treasury, administrative and financial reporting services to the Company. Total fees paid by the Company to BlackBriar during the year ended March 31, 2019 was $713,000, of which Mr. Schleizer attributed $200,000 to his services as Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

 

 

(7)

Mr. Schott works on a consulting basis through Fides Energy LLC (“Fides”). Total fees paid by Camber to Fides during the year ended December 31 2021 and the nine months ended December 31, 2020 were $176,836. In addition to his monthly $25,000 fee, plus expenses, throughout 2020, Fides was paid a $150,000 bonus for past services and upon completion of the Viking acquisition, and a CEO termination fee of $86,742.

 

 

 

 

(8)

Represents amounts paid to Mr. Schott in connection with reimbursement for health insurance premiums.

 

 

 

 

(9)

Mr. Schleizer is the Managing Partner of BlackBriar Advisors LLC (“BlackBriar”). In addition to financial management, BlackBriar provides accounting, treasury, administrative and financial reporting services to Camber. Total fees paid by Camber to BlackBriar during the year ended December 31, 2021 and the nine-month period ended December 31, 2020 were $165,042 and 550,000, respectively.

 

 

 

 

(10)

Mr. Schleizer also received director’s fees from Camber for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 and the year ended 2019 of $40,000 and $26,666, respectively.

 

Employment Agreements

 

As of December 31, 2021, the Company did not have any formal compensation arrangements with any executive except that the Company had orally agreed to pay, commencing April 2021, the entity of the Company’s CEO $20,000 per month, and the entity of the Company’s CFO $20,000 per month. The Company has no employees, but engages professional consultants as needed.

 

 
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Engagement Agreement

 

The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Louis G. Schott as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company on May 25, 2018. In connection with Mr. Schott’s appointment as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company, the Company entered into an engagement letter with Fides (the “2018 Engagement”). Pursuant to the letter, Fides agreed to supply Mr. Schott’s services to the Company as Interim Chief Executive Officer and we agreed to pay Fides $25,000 per month for the use of Mr. Schott’s services. The agreement was terminated can be terminated by either party with 90 days’ notice and terminates automatically upon the death of Mr. Schott. Pursuant to the agreement, Mr. Schott is also eligible to receive bonus compensation at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Mr. Schott received a $150,000 bonus on December 23, 2020 and the 2018 Engagement was also terminated.

 

Letter Agreement

 

Effective on December 1, 2017, the Company entered into a letter agreement (the “2017 Engagement”) with BlackBriar, pursuant to which BlackBriar agreed to provide advisory and accounting services to the Company and to make Mr. Robert Schleizer available to the Company as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. In consideration for such services, the Company agreed to pay BlackBriar a fee of $40,000 per month, and to reimburse BlackBriar for reasonable customary and necessary expenses including for travel and related costs. BlackBriar is also eligible for bonuses in the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Company. The letter agreement includes customary indemnification obligations and can be terminated at any time upon written notice of either party with no penalty. Mr. Schleizer received a $150,000 bonus on December 23, 2020 and the 2017 Engagement was also terminated on December 23, 2020.

 

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

 

None of our Named Executive Officers had any stock options or stock awards outstanding as of December 31, 2021.

 

Incentive Compensation Plans

 

The Company stockholders approved the 2014 Stock Incentive Plan (as amended to date, the “2014 Plan”) at the annual stockholder meeting held on February 13, 2014, which has since been amended. The 2014 Plan provides the Company with the ability to offer (i) incentive stock options (to eligible employees only); (ii) nonqualified stock options; (iii) restricted stock; (iv) stock awards; (v) shares in performance of services; or (vi) any combination of the foregoing, to employees, consultants and contractors as provided in the 2014 Plan.

 

The Company stockholders approved the Lucas Energy, Inc. 2012 Stock Incentive Plan (“2012 Plan”) at the annual stockholder meeting held on December 16, 2011. The 2012 Plan provides the Company with the ability to offer (i) incentive stock options (to eligible employees only); (ii) nonqualified stock options; (iii) restricted stock; (iv) stock awards; (v) shares in performance of services; or (vi) any combination of the foregoing, to employees, consultants and contractors as provided in the 2012 Plan.

 

The Company stockholders approved the Lucas Energy, Inc. 2010 Long Term Incentive Plan (“2010 Plan” and together with the 2014 Plan and the 2012 Plan, the “-Plans”) at the annual stockholder meeting held on March 30, 2010. The 2010 Plan provides the Company with the ability to offer (1) incentive stock options, (2) non-qualified stock options, and (3) restricted shares (i.e., shares subject to such restrictions, if any, as determined by the Compensation Committee or the Board of Directors) to employees, consultants and contractors as performance incentives.

 

 
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As a result of the reverse stock splits effectuated on December 24, 2018 and October 29, 2019, the number of shares of common stock authorized for initial issuance or grant, under the 2010 Plan, 2012 Plan and 2014 Plan are nominal. Moving forward the Company does not anticipate making any further awards under the Plans.

 

Under the 2010 Plan, 58 shares of the Company’s common stock are authorized for initial issuance or grant, under the 2012 Plan, 96 shares of the Company’s common stock are authorized for initial issuance or grant, and under the 2014 Plan, as amended, 2,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock are authorized for issuance or grant. As of December 31, 2021, there was an aggregate of 58 share available for issuance or grant under the 2010 Plan, 96 shares were available for issuance or grant under the 2012 Plan and an aggregate of approximately 2,500,000 securities were available for issuance or grant under the 2014 Plan as amended for future issuances and grants, respectively. The number of securities available under the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Plans is reduced one for one for each security delivered pursuant to an award under the Plans. Any issued or granted security that becomes available due to expiration, forfeiture, surrender, cancellation, termination or settlement in cash of an award under the Incentive Plans may be requested and used as part of a new award under the Plans.

 

The Plans are administered by the Compensation Committee and/or the Board of Directors in its discretion. The Compensation Committee interprets the Plans and has broad discretion to select the eligible persons to whom awards will be granted, as well as the type, size and terms and conditions of each award, including the exercise price of stock options, the number of shares subject to awards, the expiration date of awards, and the vesting schedule or other restrictions applicable to awards.

 

Description of Capital Stock

 

The total number of shares of all classes of stock that we have authority to issue is 1,010,000,000, consisting of 1,000,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, and 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share. As of August 12, 2022, we had (i) 491,230,109 shares of common stock outstanding, (ii) 5,200 designated shares of Series C Preferred Stock, 415 of which were outstanding and (iii) 25,000 designated shares of Series G Preferred Stock, 5,272 of which were outstanding.

 

Common Stock

 

Holders of our common stock: (i) are entitled to share ratably in all of our assets available for distribution upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up of our affairs; (ii) do not have preemptive, subscription or conversion rights, nor are there any redemption or sinking fund provisions applicable thereto; and (iii) are entitled to one vote per share on all matters on which stockholders may vote at all stockholder meetings. Each stockholder is entitled to receive the dividends as may be declared by our directors out of funds legally available for dividends. Our directors are not obligated to declare a dividend. Any future dividends will be subject to the discretion of our directors and will depend upon, among other things, future earnings, the operating and financial condition of our Company, our capital requirements, general business conditions and other pertinent factors.

 

 
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The presence of the persons entitled to vote 33% of the outstanding voting shares on a matter before the stockholders shall constitute the quorum necessary for the consideration of the matter at a stockholders meeting.

 

The vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast on the matter at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute an act of the stockholders, except for the election of directors, who shall be appointed by a plurality of the shares entitled to vote at a meeting at which a quorum is present. The common stock does not have cumulative voting rights, which means that the holders of a majority of the common stock voting for election of directors can elect 100% of our directors if they choose to do so.

 

Preferred Stock

 

Subject to the terms contained in any designation of a series of preferred stock, the Board of Directors is expressly authorized, at any time and from time to time, to fix, by resolution or resolutions, the following provisions for shares of any class or classes of preferred stock:

 

1)

The designation of such class or series, the number of shares to constitute such class or series which may be increased (but not below the number of shares of that class or series then outstanding) by a resolution of our Board of Directors;

 

 

2)

Whether the shares of such class or series shall have voting rights, in addition to any voting rights provided by law, and if so, the terms of such voting rights;

 

 

3)

The dividends, if any, payable on such class or series, whether any such dividends shall be cumulative, and, if so, from what dates, the conditions and dates upon which such dividends shall be payable, and the preference or relation which such dividends shall bear to the dividends payable on any share of stock of any other class or any other shares of the same class;

 

 

4)

Whether the shares of such class or series shall be subject to redemption by the Company, and, if so, the times, prices and other conditions of such redemption or a formula to determine the times, prices and such other conditions;

 

 

5)

The amount or amounts payable upon shares of such series upon, and the rights of the holders of such class or series in, the voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution or winding up, or upon any distribution of the assets, of the Company;

 

 

6)

Whether the shares of such class or series shall be subject to the operation of a retirement or sinking fund, and, if so, the extent to and manner in which any such retirement or sinking fund shall be applied to the purchase or redemption of the shares of such class or series for retirement or other corporate purposes and the terms and provisions relative to the operation thereof;

 

 

7)

Whether the shares of such class or series shall be convertible into, or exchangeable for, shares of stock of any other class or any other series of the same class or any other securities and, if so, the price or prices or the rate or rates of conversion or exchange and the method, if any, of adjusting the same, and any other terms and conditions of conversion or exchanges;

 

 
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8)

The limitations and restrictions, if any, to be effective while any shares of such class or series are outstanding upon the payment of dividends or the making of other distributions on, and upon the purchase, redemption or other acquisition by the Company of the common stock or shares of stock of any other class or any other series of the same class;

 

 

9)

The conditions or restrictions, if any, upon the creation of indebtedness of the Company or upon the issuance of any additional stock, including additional shares of such class or series or of any other series of the same class or of any other class;

 

 

10)

The ranking (be it pari passu, junior or senior) of each class or series vis-à-vis any other class or series of any class of preferred stock as to the payment of dividends, the distribution of assets and all other matters;

 

 

11)

Facts or events to be ascertained outside the articles of incorporation of the Company, or the resolution establishing the class or series of stock, upon which any rate, condition or time for payment of distributions on any class or series of stock is dependent and the manner by which the fact or event operates upon the rate, condition or time of payment; and

 

 

12)

Any other powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights, and any qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, insofar as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of our articles of incorporation, as amended, to the full extent permitted by the laws of the State of Nevada.

 

The powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional and other special rights of each class or series of preferred stock, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, if any, may differ from those of any and all other series at any time outstanding.

 

Series A Convertible Preferred Stock

 

On August 31, 2020, our Board of Directors approved the designation of 28,092 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series A Preferred Stock”), which were designated with the Secretary of State of Nevada on August 31, 2020 to have substantially similar rights as the Series C Preferred Stock of Viking (as amended) (the “Viking Series C Preferred Stock”), as adjusted for the exchange ratio set out in the merger agreement at that time, which was subsequently terminated as noted below.

 

On December 23, 2020, the Company entered into (i) a termination agreement with Viking terminating the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated August 31, 2020, as amended to date.

 

On February 15, 2021, the Company entered into a new Agreement and Plan of Merger with Viking. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger with Viking, upon closing of the Merger, each one (1) share of Viking Series C Preferred Stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be converted into the right to receive one (1) share of the to be designated Series A Preferred Stock of Camber.

 

 
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Each share of Camber Series A Preferred Stock will be convertible into 890 shares of common stock of Camber subject to a 9.99% beneficial ownership limitation, will be treated equally with the Company’s common shareholders with respect to dividends and liquidation, and will have no right to vote on any matters, questions or proceedings of Camber except: (a) on a proposal to increase or reduce Camber’s share capital; (b) on a resolution to approve the terms of a buy-back agreement; (c) on a proposal to wind up Camber; (d) on a proposal for the disposal of all or substantially all of Camber’s property, business and undertaking; (f) during the winding-up of Camber; or (g) with respect to a proposed merger or consolidation in which Camber is a party or a subsidiary of Camber is a party.

 

As of August 12, 2022, the Company had no Series A Preferred Stock issued or outstanding.

 

Series C Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock

 

Holders of the Series C Preferred Stock are entitled to cumulative dividends in the amount of 24.95% per annum (adjustable up to 34.95% if a trigger event, as described in the designation of the Series C Preferred Stock occurs), payable upon redemption, conversion, or maturity, and when, as and if declared by our Board of Directors in its discretion, provided that upon any redemption, conversion, or maturity, seven years of dividends are due and payable on such redeemed, converted or matured stock. The Series C Preferred Stock ranks senior to the common stock and pari passu with respect to our Series B Preferred Stock. The Series C Preferred Stock has no right to vote on any matters, questions or proceedings of the Company including, without limitation, the election of directors except: (a) during a period where a dividend (or part of a dividend) is in arrears; (b) on a proposal to reduce the Company’s share capital; (c) on a resolution to approve the terms of a buy-back agreement; (d) on a proposal to wind up the Company; (e) on a proposal for the disposal of all or substantially all of the Company’s property, business and undertakings; and (f) during the winding-up of the Company.

 

The Series C Preferred Stock may be converted into shares of common stock at any time at the option of the holder, or at our option if certain equity conditions (as defined in the certificate of designation for the Series C Preferred Stock), are met. Upon conversion, we will pay the holders of the Series C Preferred Stock being converted an amount, in cash or stock at our sole discretion, equal to the dividends that such shares would have otherwise earned if they had been held through the maturity date (i.e., seven years), and issue to the holders such number of shares of common stock equal to $10,000 per share of Series C Preferred Stock (the “Face Value”) multiplied by the number of such shares of Series C Preferred Stock divided by the applicable conversion price of $162.50 per share.

 

 
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The conversion premium under the Series C Preferred Stock is payable and the dividend rate under the Series C Preferred Stock is adjustable. Specifically, the conversion rate of such premiums and dividends equals 95% of the average of the lowest 5 individual daily volume weighted average prices during the Measuring Period, not to exceed 100% of the lowest sales prices on the last day of the Measuring Period, less $62.50 per share of common stock, unless a trigger event has occurred, in which case the conversion rate equals 85% of the lowest daily volume weighted average price during the Measuring Period, less $62.50 per share of common stock not to exceed 85% of the lowest sales prices on the last day of such the Measuring Period, less $62.50 per share. Notwithstanding the above, in no event will the value of the common stock pursuant to the foregoing be below the par value per share of the common stock ($0.001). The “Measuring Period” is the period beginning, if no trigger event has occurred, 30 trading days, and if a trigger event has occurred, 60 trading days, before the applicable notice has been provided regarding the exercise or conversion of the applicable security, and ending, if no trigger event has occurred, 30 trading days, and if a trigger event has occurred, 60 trading days, after the applicable number of shares stated in the initial exercise/conversion notice have actually been received into the investor’s designated brokerage account in electronic form and fully cleared for trading. Trigger events are described in the designation of the Series C Preferred Stock, but include items which would typically be events of default under a debt security, including filing of reports late with the SEC.

 

The Series C Preferred Stock has a maturity date that is seven years after the date of issuance and, if the Series C Preferred Stock has not been wholly converted into shares of common stock prior to such date, we may redeem the Series C Preferred Stock on such date by repaying to the investor in cash 100% of the Face Value plus an amount equal to any accrued but unpaid dividends thereon. 100% of the Face Value, plus an amount equal to any accrued but unpaid dividends thereon, automatically becomes payable in the event of a liquidation, dissolution or winding up by us.

 

We may not issue any other preferred stock (other than the Series B Preferred Stock) that is pari passu or senior to the Series C Preferred Stock with respect to any rights for a period of one year after the earlier of such date (i) a registration statement is effective and available for the resale of all shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock, or (ii) Rule 144 under the Securities Act is available for the immediate unrestricted resale of all shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Series C Preferred Stock.

 

The Series C Preferred Stock is subject to a beneficial ownership limitation, which prevents any holder of the Series C Preferred Stock from converting such Series C Preferred Stock into common stock, if upon such conversion, the holder would beneficially own greater than 9.99% of our outstanding common stock.

 

Pursuant to the Fifth Amended and Restated Certificate of Designation (the “Series C COD”), which was filed as required by various agreements that we entered into in October 2021, holders of the Series C Preferred Stock are permitted to vote together with holders of common stock on all matters other than election of directors and shareholder proposals (including proposals initiated by any holders of Preferred Shares), on an as-if converted basis, subject to the beneficial ownership limitation in the Series C COD for the Series C Preferred Stock, even if there are insufficient shares of authorized common stock to fully convert the Series C Preferred Stock. Also pursuant to the October 2021 Agreements, due to the occurrence of a trigger event the Company no longer has the right to conduct an early redemption of the Series C Preferred Stock as provided for in the Series C COD.

 

 
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The following tables present a range of estimates of the number of shares potentially issuable to settle future conversions of the Series C Preferred Stock outstanding at August 12, 2022, including the conversion premiums, reflecting consideration of all provisions that pertain to the computation of settlements as follows:

 

Estimate of Common Shares Due to Series C Pref. Shareholders (assuming Dividends/Conversion Premium are paid in stock as opposed to cash)

 

Series C Pref. Shares Outstanding – August 12, 2022

 

 

415

 

Assume Triggering Event

 

 

Yes

 

 

Low VWAP During Measurement

Period - $0.3613

 

 

 

 

 

Conversion Price for Preferred Stock

 

$ 3.25

 

Camber Common Share Price

 

$ 0.3613

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price for Calculating Conversion Premium (i.e. 85% of VWAP less $0.10)

 

$ 0.2071

 

Series C Pref Shares

 

 

415

 

Face value per share

 

$ 10,000

 

Total value

 

$ 4,150,000

 

Annual Conversion Premium

 

$ 1,450,425

 

Total Conversion Premium (7 years worth of dividends)

 

$ 10,152,975

 

Underlying common shares for Face Value Portion

 

 

1,276,923

 

Underlying common shares for Conversion Premium

 

 

49,024,505

 

Total Potential Shares

 

 

50,301,428

 

 

 Series G Convertible Preferred Stock

 

On or about December 30, 2021, the Company filed with the State of Nevada the Series G COD.

 

Pursuant to the Series G COD, the Series G Preferred Stock, each of which having a face value of $10,000 per share, may be converted into shares of common stock at any time at the option of the holder at a price per share of common stock equal to one cent above the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the date of the issuance of such shares of Series G Preferred Stock, or as otherwise specified in the Stock Purchase Agreement, subject to adjustment as otherwise provided in the Series G COD. Upon conversion, the Company will pay the holders of the Series G Preferred Stock being converted a conversion premium equal to the amount of dividends that such shares would have otherwise earned if they had been held through the maturity date.

 

The Series G Preferred Stock, with respect to dividend rights and rights upon liquidation, winding-up or dissolution, rank: (a) senior to the Company’s common stock; (b) junior to the Series C Preferred Stock, (c) senior to the Series E Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock and Series F Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock, as such may be designated as of the date of this Designation, or which may be designated by the Company after the date of this Designation; (d) senior, pari passu or junior with respect to any other series of Preferred Stock, as set forth in the Certificate of Designations of Preferences, Powers, Rights and Limitations with respect to such Preferred Stock; and (e) junior to all existing and future indebtedness of the Company.

 

 
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Except as prohibited by applicable law or as set forth herein, the holders of shares of Series G Preferred Stock will have the right to vote together with holders of common stock and Series C Preferred on all matters other than: (i) the election of directors; (ii) and any shareholder proposals, including proposals initiated by any holder of shares of Series G Preferred Stock, in each instance on an as-converted basis, subject to the beneficial ownership limitation in the Series G COD even if there are insufficient shares of authorized common stock to fully convert the shares of Series G Preferred Stock into common stock.

 

Commencing on the date of the issuance of any such shares of Series G Preferred Stock, each outstanding share of Series G Preferred Stock will accrue cumulative dividends at a rate equal to 10.0% per annum, subject to adjustment as provided in the Series G COD (to a maximum of 30% per annum), of the Face Value. Dividends will be payable with respect to any shares of Series G Preferred Stock upon any of the following: (a) upon redemption of such shares in accordance with the Series G COD; (b) upon conversion of such shares in accordance with the Series G COD; and (c) when, as and if otherwise declared by the Board of Directors.

 

Dividends, as well as any applicable conversion premium payable hereunder, will be paid in shares of common stock valued at (i) if there is no Material Adverse Change as at the date of payment or issuance of common shares for the conversion premium, as applicable, (A) 95.0% of the average of the 5 lowest individual daily volume weighted average prices of the common stock on the trading market during the applicable measurement period for the calculation of the conversion premiums (the “Measurement Period”), which may be non-consecutive, less $0.05 per share of common stock, not to exceed (B) 100% of the lowest sales price on the last day of such Measurement Period less $0.05 per share of common stock, or (ii) during the time that any MAC is ongoing, (A) 85.0% of the lowest daily volume weighted average price during any Measurement Period for any conversion by holder, less $0.10 per share of common stock, not to exceed (B) 85.0% of the lowest sales price on the last day of any Measurement Period, less $0.10 per share of common stock.

 

On the Dividend Maturity Date, the Company may redeem any or all shares of Series G Preferred Stock by paying holder, in registered or unregistered shares of common stock valued at an amount per share equal to 100% of the liquidation value for the shares redeemed, and the Company will use its best efforts to register such shares.

 

The following table presents a range of estimates of the number of shares potentially issuable to settle future conversions of the Series G Preferred Stock outstanding at August 12, 2022, including the conversion premiums, reflecting consideration of all provisions that pertain to the computation of settlements as follows:

 

Series G Pref. Shares Outstanding – August 12, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

5,272

 

Conversion Price for Preferred Stock

 

$ 0.9003

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock Price

 

$ 0.51

 

 

 

 

 

Price for Calculating Conversion Premium (i.e., 85% of VWAP less $0.10)

 

$ 0.3335

 

 

 

 

 

Series G Pref Shares

 

$ 5,272

 

 

 

 

 

Face value per share

 

$ 10,000

 

 

 

 

 

Total value

 

$ 52,720,000

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Conversion Premium

 

$ 15,816,000

 

 

 

 

 

Total Conversion Premium (5 years guaranteed)

 

$ 79,080,000

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying common shares for Face Value Portion

 

 

58,558,258

 

 

 

 

 

Underlying common shares for Conversion Premium

 

 

237,121,439

 

 

 

 

 

Total Potential Shares

 

 

295,679,697

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible Loan

 

The Company entered into a loan agreement on December 24, 2021 (the “Loan Agreement”) with Discover Growth Funds, LLC (“Discover”), pursuant to which Discover agreed to loan the Company $25,000,000 in exchange for a promissory note in the principal amount of $26,315,789.47, representing a 5% original issue discount.

 

On January 3, 2022 the Company received $25,000,000 (the “Loan Proceeds”) from Discover. Discover may convert amounts owing under the Loan Agreement into shares of common stock of the Company at a fixed price of $1.50 per share, subject to beneficial ownership limitations.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

Related Party Transactions

 

The Company’s CEO and director, James Doris, renders professional services to the Company through AGD Advisory Group, Inc., an affiliate of Mr. Doris’. Amounts paid for the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 were $180,000 and $0, respectively.

 

The Company’s CFO, Frank W. Barker, Jr., renders professional services to the Company through FWB Consulting, Inc., an affiliate of Mr. Barker’s. Amounts paid for the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 were $180,000 and $0, respectively.

 

Related Party Office Space Use

 

As of December 31, 2020, the Company consolidated its office into Viking’s office in Houston. Prior to that, BlackBriar provided Camber’s office space without charge to Camber.

 

Director Independence

 

During the years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, the Board of Directors determined that 75% of the Board of Directors is independent under the definition of independence and in compliance with the listing standards of the NYSE American listing requirements. Based upon these standards, the Board of Directors has determined that Messrs. Miller, Zeidman and Green are “independent” members of the Board of Directors as defined in Section 803(A) of the NYSE American Company Guide, and Mr. Doris is not “independent” due to his status as an officer of the Company (see “Executive Officers” above beginning on page 23).

 

 
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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors and officers, and the persons who beneficially own more than ten percent of our common stock, to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the SEC. Copies of all filed reports are required to be furnished to us pursuant to Rule 16a-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act. Based solely upon our review of the Section 16(a) filings that have been furnished to us and representations by our directors and executive officers (where applicable), we believe that all filings required to be made under Section 16(a) during fiscal 2019 and through the date of this filing, were timely made.

 

Pursuant to SEC rules, we are not required to disclose in this filing any failure to timely file a Section 16(a) report that has been disclosed by us in a prior annual report or proxy statement.

 

Code of Ethics

 

On November 29, 2016, the Board of Directors approved and adopted an amended and restated Code of Business and Ethical Conduct (the “Revised Code”), which applies to all officers, directors and employees. The Revised Code replaced the Company’s prior Code of Ethics adopted in June 2009 and reflects, among other matters, clarifications and revisions relating to conflicts of interest, confidentiality, compliance with laws, reporting and enforcement, and other matters intended to update the Company’s Code of Ethics.

 

You can access our Revised Code on our website at www.camber.energy, and any stockholder who so requests may obtain a free copy of our Code of Ethics by submitting a written request to our Secretary. Additionally, the Code of Ethics was filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Form 8-K dated November 29, 2016, filed with the SEC on December 5, 2016, as Exhibit 14.1 thereto.

 

We intend to disclose any amendments or future amendments to our Revised Code and any waivers with respect to our Revised Code granted to our principal executive officer, our principal financial officer, or any of our other employees performing similar functions on our website at www.camber.energy within four business days after the amendment or waiver. In such case, the disclosure regarding the amendment or waiver will remain available on our website for at least 12 months after the initial disclosure. There have been no waivers granted with respect to our Revised Code to any such officers or employees.

 

The Revised Code includes a policy on reporting illegal or unethical business or workplace conduct by employees, officers or members of the Board of Directors, which replaced our prior Whistleblower Protection Policy adopted in 2009.

 

Dissenters’ Rights

 

Under Nevada law there are no dissenters’ rights available to our stockholders in connection with any of the Proposals.

 

 
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Other Matters

 

Our Annual Reports to Stockholders on Form 10-K covering the fiscal years ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other information are available on our website (www.camber.energy) and may also be obtained by calling (281) 404-4387 or writing to the address below:

 

Camber Energy, Inc.

15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450

Houston, Texas 77094

Attn: Secretary

 

The persons designated to vote shares covered by our Board of Directors’ proxies intend to exercise their judgment in voting such shares on other matters that may properly come before the meeting. Management does not expect that any matters other than those referred to in this Proxy Statement will be presented for action at the meeting.

 

Stockholder Proposals for 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and 2023 Proxy Materials

 

Proposals of holders of our voting securities intended to be presented at our 2023 fiscal year Annual Meeting of stockholders and included in our proxy statement and form of proxy relating to such meeting pursuant to Rule 14a-8 of Regulation 14A must be received by us, addressed to our Secretary, at our principal executive offices at 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094, not earlier than the close of business on April 19, 2023, and not later than the close of business on June 29, 2023, together with written notice of the stockholder’s intention to present a proposal for action at the fiscal 2023 Annual Meeting of stockholders, unless our annual meeting date occurs more than 30 days before or 30 days after September 27, 2023. In that case, we must receive proposals not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day prior to the date of the fiscal 2023 annual meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the date of the annual meeting or, if the first public announcement of the date of the Annual Meeting is less than 100 days prior to the date of the meeting, the 10th day following the day on which we first make a public announcement of the date of the meeting. The notice must be personally delivered to the Company or sent by first class certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and must include the name and address of the stockholder, the number of voting securities held by the stockholder of record, a statement that the stockholder holds such shares beneficially and the text of the proposal to be presented for vote at the meeting, a statement in support of the proposal, and must otherwise comply with Rule 14a-8 of Regulation 14A and the requirements of our Bylaws.

 

The proposal should state as clearly as possible the proposal and should be accompanied by a supporting statement. The proposal, including the accompanying supporting statement, may not exceed 500 words. Upon receipt of any such proposal, the Company will determine whether or not to include such proposal in the proxy statement and proxy in accordance with regulations governing the solicitation of proxies. The Company reserves the right to reject, rule out of order, or take other appropriate action with respect to any proposal that does not comply with these and other applicable rules and requirements. As the rules of the SEC make clear, simply submitting a proposal does not guarantee that it will be included.

 

 
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Nominations for Directors for the 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

 

The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider qualified director candidates recommended in good faith by stockholders, provided those nominees meet the requirements of NYSE American and applicable federal securities law. The Nominating and Governance Committee’s evaluation of candidates recommended by stockholders does not differ materially from its evaluation of candidates recommended from other sources. Any stockholder wishing to recommend a nominee should submit the candidate’s name, credentials, contact information and his or her written consent to be considered as a candidate. These recommendations should be submitted in writing to the Company, Attn: Secretary, Camber Energy, Inc., 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094, not earlier than the close of business on April 19, 2023, and not later than the close of business on June 29, 2023, together with written notice of the stockholder’s intention to present a proposal for action at the fiscal 2023 Annual Meeting of stockholders, unless our annual meeting date occurs more than 30 days before or 30 days after September 27, 2023. In that case, we must receive proposals not earlier than the close of business on the 120th day prior to the date of the fiscal 2023 annual meeting and not later than the close of business on the later of the 90th day prior to the date of the annual meeting or, if the first public announcement of the date of the Annual Meeting is less than 100 days prior to the date of the meeting, the 10th day following the day on which we first make a public announcement of the date of the meeting. The notice must be personally delivered to the Company or sent by first class certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, and must include the name and address of the stockholder, the number of voting securities held by the stockholder of record, a statement that the stockholder holds such shares beneficially and the text of the proposal to be presented for vote at the meeting, a statement in support of the proposal, and must otherwise comply with Rule 14a-8 of Regulation 14A and the requirements of our Bylaws. The proposing stockholder should also include his or her contact information and a statement of his or her share ownership. The Committee may request further information about stockholder recommended nominees in order to comply with any applicable laws, rules or regulations or to the extent such information is required to be provided by such stockholder pursuant to any applicable laws, rules or regulations.

 

  Sincerely,
     
/s/ James A. Doris

 

James A. Doris

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Houston, Texas

 

 

August 17, 2022

 

 

 

 
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CAMBER ENERGY, INC.

 

THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS – SEPTEMBER 27, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. (HOUSTON TIME).

 

CONTROL ID:

REQUEST ID:

 

The undersigned stockholder of CAMBER ENERGY, INC., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement of the Company, each dated on or around August 17, 2022, and hereby appoints James A. Doris and Holly McCaw proxies and attorneys-in-fact, each with full power of substitution, on behalf and in the name of the undersigned, to represent the undersigned at the 2022 annual Meeting of Stockholders of the Company, to be held on September 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (Houston time) at 15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 450 Houston, Texas 77094, and to vote all shares of the Company that the undersigned would be entitled to vote if then and there personally present, on the matters set forth on the reverse side, and all such other business as may properly come before the meeting. You hereby revoke all proxies previously given.

 

 
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(CONTINUED AND TO BE SIGNED ON REVERSE SIDE.)

 

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

 

If you vote by phone, fax or internet, please DO NOT mail your proxy card.

 

MAIL:

Please mark, sign, date, and return this Proxy Card promptly using the enclosed envelope.

 

 

FAX:

Complete the reverse portion of this Proxy Card and Fax to 202-521-3464.

 

 

INTERNET:

https://www.iproxydirect.com/CEI

 

 

PHONE:

1-866-752-VOTE(8683)

 

 
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PLEASE COMPLETE, DATE, SIGN AND RETURN PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE STOCKHOLDERS OF

ENVELOPE.

CAMBER ENERGY, INC.

PLEASE MARK YOUR VOTE IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS SHOWN

 

HERE:

PROXY SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PROPOSAL 1

FOR

WITHOLD

 

 

Election of Directors

 

 

 

James A. Doris

 

 

Fred S. Zeidman

 

CONTROL ID:

James G. Miller

 

REQUEST ID:

Robert K. Green

 

 

PROPOSAL 2

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

Ratification of the appointment of Turner, Stone & Company L.L.P. as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022.

 

 

PROPOSAL 3

FOR

AGAINST

ABSTAIN

 

To approve, by non-binding vote, the compensation of the Company’s named executives.

 

 

 

This Proxy, when properly executed will be voted as provided above, or if no contrary direction is indicated, it will be voted “For All” In Proposal 1 and “For” each of Proposals 2 and 3, and for all such other business as may properly come before the meeting in the sole determination of the Proxies.

 

 

MARK “X” HERE IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING:

MARK HERE FOR ADDRESS CHANGE ☐ New Address (if applicable):

________________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

 

IMPORTANT: Please sign exactly as your name or names appear on this Proxy. When shares are held jointly, each holder should sign. When signing as executor, administrator, attorney, trustee or guardian, please give full title as such. If the signer is a corporation, please sign full corporate name by duly authorized officer, giving full title as such. If signer is a partnership, please sign in partnership name by authorized person.

Dated: ___________________________, 2022

 

 

 

(Print Name of Stockholder and/or Joint Tenant)

 

 

 

(Signature of Stockholder)

 

 

 

(Second Signature if held jointly)

 

 
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