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$4.5 million raised in oversubscribed placement
$4.5 million raised in oversubscribed placement
Brisbane, Mar 22, 2018 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Lithium exploration company Lake Resources N.L. (ASX:LKE) ("Lake" or "LKE") announces that it has secured commitments to raise $4.5 million (before costs) in an oversubscribed private placement by way of the issue of 33,333,335 new ordinary LKE shares (Offer Shares) at $0.135 per share (Placement) with an attached 1-for-2 option exercisable at $0.20 on or before 15 December 2018 (Attaching Option), to sophisticated and professional investors. The Placement is expected to complete on Monday 26 March 2018.

- Lake completed oversubscribed private placement of $4.5 million

- Offer was upscaled from $4 million due to significant demand from current shareholders

- Patersons Securities Limited and Hunter Capital Advisors Pty Ltd were joint lead managers

The intention was to raise $4 million but due to significant demand from current shareholders, the offer was upsized. The Company has agreed to seek quotation of the Attaching Options subject to meeting the listing requirements under the ASX Listing Rules.

The funds raised through the Placement will be used by Lake for further exploration at its Olaroz, Cauchari and Paso Lithium Brine Projects, and for ongoing drilling and initial scoping studies at the Kachi Lithium Brine Project. In addition, a portion of the funds will repay the outstanding notes and for working capital.

Lake Resources' Managing Director Steve Promnitz, said: "Lake is grateful for the overwhelming interest to support exploration over the Olaroz and Cauchari areas as they are immediately adjacent to high grade lithium production or drill holes with high grades and flow rates."

Lake's 100% owned flagship brine projects (covering over 170,000ha), Olaroz/Cauchari/Paso and Kachi, have similar settings to major world-class brine projects being developed in the highly prospective Lithium Triangle in Argentina. The Company's Olaroz/Cauchari Projects are located next to Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production project and SQM/Lithium Americas Cauchari development project. Lake recently signed a landmark agreement with the Jujuy Provincial Government, confirming tenure of its Olaroz/Cauchari/Paso Projects and allowing Lake to advance exploration efforts for the first time since their acquisition 2 years ago.

The Company is currently drilling at its Kachi Lithium Brine Project (100% ownership - mining lease). The Kachi project covers 50,000 Ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla Project. Results are expected from April/May onwards.

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About Lake Resources NL

Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is a lithium exploration and development company focused on developing its three lithium brine projects and hard rock project in Argentina, all owned 100%. The leases are in a prime location among the lithium sector's largest players within the Lithium Triangle, where half of the world's lithium is produced. Lake holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina (~200,000Ha) secured in 2016 prior to a significant 'rush' by major companies. The large holdings provide the potential to provide consistent security of supply demanded by battery makers and electric vehicle manufacturers.

The Kachi project covers 69,000 ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla project in Catamarca Province. Drilling at Kachi has confirmed a large lithium brine bearing basin over 20km long, 15km wide and 400m to 800m deep. Drilling over Kachi (currently 16 drill holes, 3100m) has produced a maiden indicated and inferred resource of 4.4 Mt LCE (Indicated 1.0Mt and Inferred 3.4Mt) within a 8-17 Mt LCE exploration target (refer ASX announcement 27 November 2018).

A direct extraction technique is being tested in partnership with Lilac Solutions, which has shown 80-90% recoveries and lithium brine concentrations in excess of 3000 mg/L lithium and is planned to be trialled on site in tandem with conventional methods as part of a PFS to follow the resource statement. Scope exists to unlock considerable value through partnerships and corporate deals in the near term.

The Olaroz-Cauchari and Paso brine projects are located adjacent to major world class brine projects either in production or being developed in the highly prospective Jujuy Province. The Olaroz-Cauchari project is located in the same basin as Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production and adjoins Ganfeng Lithium/Lithium Americas Cauchari project, with high grade lithium (600 mg/L) with high flow rates drilled immediately across the lease boundary.

Two drill rigs are currently drilling at Cauchari with results anticipated to extend the proven resources in adjoining properties into LKE's area with results anticipated from November into December 2018. This will be followed by drilling extensions to the Olaroz area in LKE's 100% owned Olaroz leases.

Significant corporate transactions continue in adjacent leases with development of Ganfeng Lithium/Lithium Americas Cauchari project with Ganfeng announcing a US$237 million for 37% of the Cauchari project previously held by SQM. Nearby projects of Lithium X were acquired via a takeover offer of C$265 million completed March 2018. The northern half of Galaxy's Sal de Vida resource was purchased for US$280 million by POSCO in June 2018. These transactions imply an acquisition cost of US$55-110 million per 1 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) in resources.

The demand for lithium continues to be strong for lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles, according to recent data from the leading independent battery minerals consultant, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Supply continues to be constrained suggesting good opportunities for upstream lithium companies.



Steve Promnitz
Managing Director
Lake Resources N.L.
T: +61-2-9188-7864

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