Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the announcement today by Bacanora Lithium (AIM:BCN) (“Bacanora”) that it has signed its Investment Agreement and Offtake Agreement (‘the Strategic Investment’) with Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. (“Ganfeng” or “GFL”), the world’s largest lithium metals producer in terms of production capacity and the world’s third largest lithium compounds producer. Both agreements, which are on substantially the same terms as outlined in the Company’s announcement on 20 May 2019, have now been submitted to the relevant authorities in China for approval and completion. Completion of the Strategic Investment is anticipated by the end of July 2019 and would form a major part of the Company’s finance package for an initial 17,500 tonnes per annum lithium carbonate operation at the large scale, high grade Sonora Project in Mexico.
Bacanora is a lithium exploration and development company. Cadence holds approximately 1.5% of Bacanora’s equity and 30% of Mexalit and Megalit joint venture companies. Mexalit is the owner of the El Sauz, El Sauz 1, El Sauz 2, Fleur and Fleur 1 mineral concessions, which forms part of the 20-year mine plan of the Sonora Lithium Project in Northern Mexico.
- Cornerstone strategic investment of 29.99% in Bacanora for £14,400,091
- GFL has been granted pre-emption rights proportionate to its shareholding in Bacanora.
- GFL shall appoint one Director to the Board of Bacanora.
- Project level investment of 22.5% in Sonora Lithium Ltd (“SLL”), the holding company for the Sonora Lithium Project, for £7,563,649.
- GFL has an option to increase its interest in SLL to up to 50% within 24 months at a valuation based on the share price of Bacanora at the time of subsequent investment.
- GFL shall appoint one Director to the Board of SLL.
- Additional long-term offtake at a market-based price per tonne.
- 50% of Stage 1 lithium production.
- Up to 75% of Stage 2 lithium production.
- GFL will complete a review within six months of the EPC engineering design and capital costs of Sonora Lithium Project with a view to reducing costs and accelerating the timetable.
The full release can be found at: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/BCN/14129811.html
Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented:“On behalf of Cadence Minerals, we are delighted to see Bacanora sign this milestone agreement with Ganfeng to develop the Sonora Lithium project. As Bacanora CEO Peter Secker says, Ganfeng’s operational expertise and industrial credibility is a strong endorsement of the Sonora Project’s potential.”
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Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.
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