- Completion of A$1,200,000 capital raising via private Placement heavily oversubscribed
- Offer increased due to substantial demand from sophisticated, professional and institutional investors
- LKE well-funded to unlock the substantial value from its lithium brines and pegmatite asset base in Argentina
The placement was completed as follows:
1. 24,000,000 fully paid LKE ordinary shares at $0.05 per share ("Shares"); and
2. 12,000,000 options exercisable at $0.10 each and expiring 18 months after date of issue ("Options").
The Placement was significantly oversubscribed and increased to accommodate substantial demand from a broad range of new investors. Lake is grateful for this support and welcomes new shareholders to the register. Proceeds from the Placement will be used to continue the Company's aggressive exploration programme in Argentina to ensure value and optionality is maximised from its portfolio of lithium exploration assets.
Lake aims to initiate a drill program at the Kachi Project in Catamarca Province in the near term and continue advancing exploration activities across the rest of its portfolio.
The new Shares will rank equally with existing ordinary shares on issue and the Company will seek ASX listing of issued Options.
APP Securities Limited was appointed lead manager for the Placement issue. Fees will include the issue of 1,500,000 Options on the same terms as the Placement. Settlement of the Placement is expected to occur on Friday, 24 February 2017 with the Shares and Options to be allotted on Monday, 27 February 2017.
Steve Promnitz, Managing Director of Lake Resources, commented: "We are delighted with the outcome of the capital raising and are grateful for the level of support from new investors and some existing shareholders.
"Lake's portfolio of prime lithium brine projects and pegmatite assets in Argentina are in outstanding locations and we look forward to maximising value from the portfolio. We are now well funded to complete an initial drill programme in Catamarca and accelerate its broader asset development programme.
"We look forward to reporting a steady stream of news on our exploration results and other initiatives as we progressively unlock the value of our large asset base in Argentina."
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is undertaking an aggressive exploration programme to explore/develop prime lithium projects in Argentina, owned 100%, among some of the largest players in the lithium sector. Lake holds three key lithium brine projects located in the Lithium Triangle which produces half of the world’s lithium. Lake also holds one large package of lithium pegmatite properties which were an unappreciated source of lithium in Argentina until recently. Lake holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina (~165,000Ha) secured prior to a significant ‘rush’ by major companies.
The three key brine projects held by Lake have similar settings to major world class brine projects being developed – Olaroz/Cauchari, Paso and Kachi in the highly prospective Jujuy and Catamarca Provinces. One project is located next to Orocobre’s Olaroz lithium production and Lithium Americas Cauchari project, with another south of FMC’s lithium operation. Upcoming exploration in lithium brine basins, one which is adjacent to some of the leading lithium producers/developers, including Orocobre and SQM, may provide several catalysts for the company’s growth as these areas are assessed for major discoveries.
Significant corporate transactions continue in adjacent leases with development of Lithium Americas Olaroz/Cauchari project with a 28% equity investment of C$106 million, from Gangfeng, an important Chinese producer, and BCP Innovation with a US$205 million debt facility. Advantage Lithium announced a transaction to earn 57% equity in some of Orocobre’s leases, including Cauchari, raising C$20 million in the market. LSC Lithium has also raised $40 million on a large lease package.
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