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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 21, 2020





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-35327   45-2069276

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)



520 Broad Street

Newark, New Jersey

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (973) 438-3500


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)




Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b)-2 of the Exchange Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol  

Name of each exchange on

which registered

Class B common stock, par value $.01 per share   GNE   New York Stock Exchange
Series 2012-A Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share   GNE.PRA   New York Stock Exchange


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company   


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐



Item 8.01Other Events.


In December 2020, Afek Oil & Gas Ltd., the oil and gas exploration project in the Golan Heights in Northern Israel (“Afek”) of Genie Energy Ltd. (the “Registrant”), completed the final planned testing on one of its completed exploratory wells. As previously disclosed, that test was conducted as prior analysis indicated that a zone within the well potentially contained evidence of hydrocarbons at levels sufficient to warrant additional testing. After analyzing the results of the test and subsequent activity, as no traces of light oil were found, Afek began to shut down its operations. Afek is in the process of cleaning the wells in accordance with regulatory requirements and expects that operations will fully cease on or about December 31, 2020. As Afek represented the only remaining active project under the Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS) segment, the Registrant’s fourth quarter of 2020 results of operations related to GOGAS and by extension, Afek, will be treated as discontinued operations.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



  By:  /s/ Michael Stein
    Name: Michael Stein
    Title: Chief Executive Officer

Dated: December 21, 2020