Vancouver, B.C. / TheNewswire / August 20, 2018 - South Star Mining Corp. ("South Star" or the "Company") (TSXV: STS) (OTCQB: STSBF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Urbix Resources, LLC for advanced testing, optimization development and commercialization of its Santa Cruz project graphite concentrates. The Company would also like to announce that it has been listed for trading on the OTCQB(R) Market exchange in the United States under the symbol "STSBF". South Star has also applied for Depository Trust Company ("DTC") eligibility.
The testing program will include detailed characterization, purification, expandability and market suitability on four different flake-size concentrates previously produced during the Company's pilot plant program. The evaluation will take place at Urbix's cutting edge R&D facility in Mesa, Arizona and incorporate its advanced purification and exfoliation technologies. The program will begin within 30 days and require approximately twelve weeks to complete. Upon completion of this round of test work, the companies have agreed to work toward formalizing potential commercial relationships including offtakes, processing, technology sharing and product distribution. Total estimated value of the test program is approximately C$400,000 which will be partially paid in cash and grants with the balance payable to Urbix as 384,000 shares in the Company valued at C$0.45 per share. The share issuance is subject to TSX approval and a four month hold period.
Company CEO Eric Allison stated "We are very excited about moving forward on one of our key strategic objectives in association with a leading graphite technology company like Urbix. The information provided will greatly assist South Star in its marketing efforts as well as in the ultimate design of our processing facilities in Brazil. We are firm believers in the future of graphite, not only in its traditional markets, but in many new advanced applications and Urbix is at the forefront of this technological development."
Urbix Resources, LLC is an advanced natural graphite processor with expertise ranging across low-cost environmentally friendly graphite purification, nuclear graphite, graphene, and other advanced carbon derivatives. Urbix is also an expert in li-ion battery cell design and boasts next generation high voltage electrolyte and fast charging electrode nanoarchitecture.
Adam Small, CMO of Urbix stated "We are thrilled to be advancing with South Star's world-class management team and very high quality flake graphite produced at their Santa Cruz project. We feel the combination of our cutting edge refining techniques and their strategically placed resource will culminate in one of the top flake graphite supply chains in the world."
Approval for trading on the OTCQB will expand the Company's presence in the United States and provide existing and future shareholders in the U.S. with a transparent trading platform. South Star Mining will continue to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under its existing symbol "STS". Added Mr. Allison, "Admission to the OTCQB exchange is part of our long-term strategy to increase shareholder liquidity and to introduce the company to a broader range of institutional and retail investors in the U.S."
ABOUT SOUTH STAR MINING CORP.
South Star Mining Corp. is focused on the acquisition and development of near-term mine production projects in Brazil to maximize shareholder value. To learn more, please visit the Company website at www.southstarmining.com.
On behalf of the Board,
Mr. Eric Allison
Chief Executive Officer
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This news release and the PEA contain references to inferred resources. The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
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