$4.5 million raised in oversubscribed placement
- Lake completed oversubscribed private placement of $4.5 million
- Offer was upscaled from $4 million due to significant demand from current shareholders
- Patersons Securities Limited and Hunter Capital Advisors Pty Ltd were joint lead managers
The intention was to raise $4 million but due to significant demand from current shareholders, the offer was upsized. The Company has agreed to seek quotation of the Attaching Options subject to meeting the listing requirements under the ASX Listing Rules.
The funds raised through the Placement will be used by Lake for further exploration at its Olaroz, Cauchari and Paso Lithium Brine Projects, and for ongoing drilling and initial scoping studies at the Kachi Lithium Brine Project. In addition, a portion of the funds will repay the outstanding notes and for working capital.
Lake Resources' Managing Director Steve Promnitz, said: "Lake is grateful for the overwhelming interest to support exploration over the Olaroz and Cauchari areas as they are immediately adjacent to high grade lithium production or drill holes with high grades and flow rates."
Lake's 100% owned flagship brine projects (covering over 170,000ha), Olaroz/Cauchari/Paso and Kachi, have similar settings to major world-class brine projects being developed in the highly prospective Lithium Triangle in Argentina. The Company's Olaroz/Cauchari Projects are located next to Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production project and SQM/Lithium Americas Cauchari development project. Lake recently signed a landmark agreement with the Jujuy Provincial Government, confirming tenure of its Olaroz/Cauchari/Paso Projects and allowing Lake to advance exploration efforts for the first time since their acquisition 2 years ago.
The Company is currently drilling at its Kachi Lithium Brine Project (100% ownership - mining lease). The Kachi project covers 50,000 Ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla Project. Results are expected from April/May onwards.
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About Lake Resources NL
Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) is a lithium exploration and development company focused on developing its 3 lithium brine projects and 1 hard rock project in Argentina, all owned 100%. The leases are in a prime location among the lithium sector's largest players within the Lithium Triangle where half of the world's lithium is produced. Lake holds one of the largest lithium tenement packages in Argentina (~180,000Ha) secured in 2016 prior to a significant 'rush' by major companies. The large holdings provides the potential to provide security of supply demanded by battery makers and electric vehicle manufacturers.
The three key brine projects, Kachi, Olaroz/Cauchari, and Paso, are located adjacent to major world class brine projects either in production or being developed in the highly prospective Jujuy and Catamarca Provinces. The Olaroz-Cauchari project is located in the same basin as Orocobre's Olaroz lithium production and adjoins SQM/Lithium Americas Cauchari project, where high grade lithium (600 mg/L) with high flow rates have been drilled immediately across the lease boundary.
The Kachi project covers 50,000 Ha over a salt lake south of FMC's lithium operation and near Albemarle's Antofalla project. Drilling at Kachi has confirmed a large lithium brine bearing basin over 22km long and over 400m deep. Drilling over Kachi is aimed to produce a resource statement in 2018, anticipated in Oct 2018.
Drilling will commence in coming months at Olaroz-Cauchari now that tenure has been confirmed in a landmark agreement in March 2018. This will provide several catalysts for the company's growth. Scope exists to unlock considerable value through partnerships and corporate deals in the near-term.
Significant corporate transactions continue in adjacent leases with development of SQM/Lithium Americas Olaroz/Cauchari project with an equity/debt investment over $300 million and Advantage Lithium's equity transaction in some of Orocobre's leases. LSC Lithium has also raised over $60 million on a large lease package in similar areas as Lake's properties. Nearby projects of Lithium X were recently acquired via a takeover offer of C$265 million completed March 2018. The northern half of Galaxy's Sal de Vida resource was purchased for US$280 million by POSCO in June 2018.
The demand for lithium continues to be strong for lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles, according to recent data from the leading independent battery minerals consultant - Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. Supply continues to be constrained suggesting good opportunities for upstream lithium companies for many years.
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