Lithium Energy Products Enters into a Binding Agreement to Acquire 100% of the Lost Sheep Mining Operation
TSX VENTURE: LEP
Vancouver, British Columbia / TheNewswire / 1st February 2019. LITHIUM ENERGY PRODUCTS INC. ("Lithium Energy Products" or "LEP" or the "Company") (TSX-V: LEP) (FRANKFURT: N8I) is pleased to announce that on 17th January, 2019 it entered into a Binding Letter of Intention ("LOI") with American Strategic Minerals (the "Vendor" or "ASM") to acquire 100% of its assets, including the Lost Sheep mine (the "Lost Sheep Property"), based in Utah.
The arm's length acquisition will include 51 claims of US federal land, and 640 acres of State land, covering a total land area of approximately 1,660 acres. In addition, the Vendor has begun staking additional land packages which the Company will inherit upon acquisition. The Company will also inherit a working plant, the Vendor's mining equipment, and the bagging and processing facility, so the Company can continue the fluorite operation.
In a recent release, Fluorite was identified by the US government as 1 of its top 35 minerals that is deems crucial to the economy and national security1. The mineral is principally used in the production of steel, which according to the USGS, the US currently buys predominantly from Mexico, South Africa, and Vietnam2. China is also suffering a significant shortage of fluorite for use in their steel industry3, giving the Company a lot of blue-sky potential in the two largest steel producing markets.
Under the terms of the LOI, upon completion of its due diligence, the Company will move towards a definitive agreement with the Vendor, a privately held corporation existing under the provisions of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act (the "BCBCA"). Pursuant to the terms of the definitive agreement, a special-purpose subsidiary of the Company, will amalgamate with the Vendor under the BCBCA, (the "Amalgamation"), to complete a change of control RTO, and the Company will carry on the business of the Vendor. Should the parties enter into a definitive agreement, the Company has agreed with the Vendor, that all the Vendor's claims, property, permits, equipment, and assets will transfer to the Company. Immediately prior to the completion of the Amalgamation, the Company will issue the Vendor one LEP common share for every two ASM common shares. In addition, the Company agrees to issue the Vendor, a half (1/2) warrant for every LEP share issued to ASM, priced at $0.16. The warrant will be valid for two calendar years, from the date of closing. Should the parties sign a definitive agreement, the total number of shares that will be issued to ASM is 14,195,145. The total number of warrants to be issued to ASM is 7,097,573. After the transaction, the individual ASM shareholders are expected to collectively represent 51.74% of LEP's total common shareholders. The current share price of ASM is priced at $0.10, giving the company a market capitalization of $2,839,029, which should be considered the value of the transaction.
James Walker, CEO of LEP said, "This is an exciting development for the Company. This is an operational mine, and one of the only fluorite mines in the United States4. Provided our due diligence is completed successfully, the Company intends to upgrade the mine's equipment, its plant, and increase the labour force. There is a customer base in place, with requests for orders already established, and a large steel market capable of utilising all the fluorite the mine can produce."
The Property does not host mineral resources or mineral reserves. The Company production decision is not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating the economic and technical viability of the project. Projects of this nature have increased uncertainty and risk of economic and technical failure associated with its production decision.
Raul Sanabria, P.Geo., is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release. Mr. Sanabria is not independent to the Company as he is a shareholder. The property has not been the subject of a NI 43-101 report.
About Lithium Energy Products Ltd.
Lithium Energy Products has 3 highly prospective properties in Kamloops, Nevada and Arizona.
Vanadium Ridge Project - Barriere, British Columbia
20% owned - 5213 acres - 20 claims
50km north of Kamloops.
Airborne magnetic survey detected an intense magnetic anomaly. A vanadium-rich magnetite deposit was subsequently discovered.
Preliminary diamond drilling discovered multiple massive magnetite seams and pods. All drill holes intersected broad intervals of magnetite mineralization.
Initial metallurgical testing of the magnetite / vanadium produced concentrate averaging 67% iron, 93% magnetite, and 0.74% vanadium.
Metallurgical testing indicates that the magnetite is coarse-grained, soft, and that silica is not bound in magnetite. Crushing produces a good liberation of silica at 106 microns resulting in a high-grade magnetite concentrate even in samples with disseminated magnetite.
Favourable logistics are excellent: Rail, high power transmission lines and a highway run through the property. It is located just over 300 km from a shipping port in Vancouver, B.C.
Jackpot Lake Lithium Property -Moapa Valley, Nevada
100% owned - 2,800 acres - 140 claims
35 km NE of Las Vegas
1976 USGS completed 129 core samples; highest Lithium value was 550 ppm, average 175 ppm
Spectrographic and atomic-absorption analyses of 135 stream sediment samples confirmed potential for lithium mineral deposits.
Wilcox Lithium Property -Arizona
1,400 acres on shore of Wilcox Playa - Dry lake bed
In 1976 USGS identified this area as one of the most prospective locations for lithium brines and highly analogous to Clayton Valley
The USGS has identified a 22-sq. mile anomaly with high electrical conductivity, interpreted as subsurface brine field with no hydrological outlet.
The company is also the owner of five iron (magnetite) ore properties in the Red Lake Mining District in the Province of Ontario. The Red Lake District is an established mining region where Lithium Energy Products has two near term development projects, the past producing Griffith mine and the Karas property.
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