Financing of Remaining Options
- $1 million financing of remaining 10c options secured.
- Options converted at a premium with a New York based investor and current shareholders.
New York investor, Long State Investments (Long State), has provided the $1 million finance for the remaining options. Long State is an investment group with a strategic focus on energy, mining and growth sectors and seek to add value by working closely with management. Long State will also assist in introducing LKE and its value proposition to potential offtakers and strategic investors, and these services are fee-based, common in the industry.
The conversion of the options at a slight premium to market has been seen as a strong vote of confidence in the Company and the upcoming news flow. Lake Resources wishes to thank current and new shareholders for their support.
Lake plans to initiate a three hole drilling campaign at the Cauchari Lithium project which is anticipated to show a likely extension to the high grade lithium brines in adjacent properties include 620mg/L lithium close to the lease boundary (see LKE release 6 Sept 2018). A maiden resource estimate is anticipated over the Kachi Lithium project in late October which should help to advance strategic partner discussions underway in China, Korea and Japan.
Managing Director Steve Promnitz said: "Lake is pleased to secure further investor support as the company is about to commence drilling at Cauchari. We are well on track for mobilization and commencement works. We will be drilling approximately 400-500 metres away from nearby high grade results which we aim to repeat."
In order to enable the Company to secure additional, non-dilutive funding, the Company has further agreed an equity participation arrangement of $575,000 per quarter with Long State. The potential funding receivable by the Company under this arrangement, based upon the performance of its Shares, has no upper limit. The Company's participation will be determined and payable in 2 settlement tranches payable quarterly as measured against a Benchmark Price of $0.115 per share. If the measured share price exceeds the Benchmark Price, for that quarter, the Company will receive quarterly settlement on a pro rata basis, and vice versa should the measured share price be below the Benchmark Price.
On 27 August 2018, LKE announced that approximately $0.8 million had been provided to the Company through the conversion of the LKEO 10c options. The underwriting agreement could not be completed as planned due to the average share price at the time trading under the conversion price.
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.
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