First Class Metals PLC (“First Class Metals” “FCM” or the “Company”) the UK metals exploration company seeking large scale metal discoveries across its extensive Canadian Schreiber-Hemlo & Sunbeam land holding is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with a third party in respect to a Lithium project in Ontario.
· Exclusivity Agreement signed giving sixty days exclusivity on a highly prospective, strategically located lithium project in Ontario.
· Premium fundraising from a private subscription of £300,000 to one single HNW resource sector investor at 16p per share.
Precise details of the agreement are covered by an NDA, however FCM can report the project is less than 100km from Armstrong in northwest Ontario in a district already proved to be prospective for hard rock, pegmatite hosted lithium.
A structure of over 800m has been identified and is wholly contained within the claim block, the lithium-tantalum mineralization is pegmatite-hosted with significant rubidium and cesium mineralization also reported. All of which are ‘critical minerals’ as identified by the Canadian Government and supported within the ‘Critical Minerals Strategy’ directive released by the Canadian Government on the 9th of December 20221.
Previous workers have identified Li2O and Ta2O5 mineralization along the entire length of the showing from sampling at surface, grading up to 1.68% Li2O (Lithium Oxide) over 7.9m and 0.168% Ta2O5 (Tantalum Oxide) over 2.54m in separate channels samples. Several shallow historic drill holes along the occurrence have returned significant intersections, including, (in separate drill holes) an intersection grading 1.08% Li2O over 6.1m and a separate intersection of 399.8ppm Ta2O5 over 2.92m. Both intersections were less than 20m down hole. The occurrence is open along strike and to depth and remains to be fully evaluated
FCM has a sixty day exclusive right to conclude negotiations and execute an Earn In deal, the salient points of which have already been established.
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Marc Sale CEO commented:
“FCM is very encouraged with the opportunity to negotiate entry into this very prospective early-stage lithium prospect and in doing so will significantly augment the portfolio of critical minerals in our exploration focus.”
Fundraising & Issue of Equity
Alongside the lithium property exclusivity, FCM will place via a private subscription 1,875,000 ordinary shares at a price of 16p, raising £300,000 from a single HNW resource/battery metals investor. The subscription includes a one for one warrant totalling 1,875,000 warrants at 22p for a three-year period.
· Private subscription is at a 4% premium to the 5 VWAP day mid closing price from the previous week (5/12/2022-9/12/2022).
· All the subscription has been taken by one single HNW resource/battery metals focussed investor.
· The 16p issue represents a 60% premium to the IPO in late July 2022.
A further 300,000 new ordinary shares will be issued in lieu of outstanding professional advisor fees, who have elected to receive payment in shares.
The new ordinary shares will rank pari-passu with the Company’s existing issued ordinary shares. The Company intends to allot and issue these new ordinary shares under its existing authorities on a non-pre-emptive basis.
The Company will be making its application to admit the new ordinary shares to the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market (Standard List) of the LSE. Admission is expected to occur on 19th December 2022.
Conditional on Admission, the Company’s issued ordinary share capital will be 68,873,707 ordinary shares, which may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.
For further information, please contact:
First Class Metals PLC
James Knowles, Executive Chairman
Marc J Sale, CEO
Ayub Bodi, Executive Director
First Equity Limited
(Financial Adviser & Broker) Jonathan Brown Jason Robertson 02073742212
First Class Metals PLC – Background
First Class Metals is focussed on exploration in Ontario, Canada which is considered a top global destination for exploration with a robust and thriving junior mineral exploration sector. Specifically, the Hemlo ‘camp’ is a proven world class address for gold /VMS exploration. This geological terrane has significant production, both base / precious metals and a prolific number of exploration projects and numerous prospector’s showings.
FCM has commenced exploration programmes based on the detailed historical data review of available information on and around its seven claim blocks which comprise over 180km².
Forward Looking Statements
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