9 Mar 2023 07:00
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FIRST CLASS METALS PLC
9th March 2023
Zigzag Lithium Property Earn-In & Issue of Equity.
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 signed an agreement with Nuinsco Resources Limited in respect to the Zigzag lithium project in Ontario.
· Historic grades at surface up to 1.68% lithium (Li20) over 7.9m and 0.168% tantalum (Ta205) over 2.54m. The claim group covers the historic Tebishogeshik occurrence as well as other mineralised occurrences.
· The pegmatite hosting the deposit is reported to be more than 800m in length and 20m thick at surface.
· Sampling by Nuinsco returned strongly anomalous lithium, tantalum, and rubidium, peaking at 3.55% Li20 with significant tantalum, and rubidium results at 836 ppm Ta₂O5, and 4,003 ppm Rubidium Rb₂2O.
· Exploration Permit already in place, allowing for exploration activities which may include stripping, trenching, and drilling.
· Property located 10.5km from the Green Technology Metals Limited (ASX: GT1) Seymour Project and several other hard rock lithium properties. Close to nearby current and future planned key infrastructure.
· Signing completes the process outlined in the 'Exclusivity Agreement' announced on the 112th of December 2022 for the 'Lithium property Earn In'. The project funding was also announced in the same news release, James Goozee a High Net Worth Individual ("HNWI") lithium/battery metals focussed investor took the full £300,000 private subscription at 16p per share.
Figure 1--ZigZag Lake pegmatite (grey) with very coarse gained lithium bearing spodumene crystals (pale green), for scale the business card 3"x2".
The project is less than 100km from Armstrong in northwest Ontario in the Seymour Lake area, a district already proved to be prospective for hard rock, pegmatite hosted lithium. Existing infrastructure currently in place in the local area is expected to be further bolstered in the future by the planned Jackfish Hydro project and a Spodumene Process Plant at the Green Technology Metals, Seymour site which is just over 10km away.
The six unit claim group includes a mapped structure of 800m which (Tebishogeshik occurrence) and is wholly contained within the claim block, the lithium-tantalum mineralization is pegmatite-hosted with significant rubidium and cesium mineralization also reported. See figure 2. All of which are 'critical minerals' as identified by the 2Canadian and United Kingdom Governments.
Previous workers of the Tebishogeshik occurrence have identified Li2O and Ta2O5 mineralization along the entire length of the showing from sampling at surface, grading up to 1.68% Li2O over 7.9m and 0.168% Ta2O5 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 structure is open along strike and to depth and remains to be fully evaluated.
Lithium-ion battery production capacity pipeline globally to 2030 increases up to 8.1 TWh and North American EV battery production is forecast to reach 1 TWh annually by 2030. Even if production from known current assets were to double against planned capacities, expected North American demand alone would exceed supply by 40%.
2 Minister Wilkinson Releases Canada's $3.8-billion Critical Minerals Strategy to Seize Generational Opportunity for Clean, Inclusive Growth - Canada.ca
Resilience for the Future: The United Kingdom's Critical Minerals Strategy (publishing.service.gov.uk)
Figure 2-Zigzag Claim Block geology with main known Lithium Pegmatite's mapped.
Terms of the deal:
The deals is structured so that FCM has an option to earn-in up to an 80% interest over the exclusive option held by Nuinsco Resources over the Zigzag mining claims. The payments for the exercise of this option include a cash component of $CAD500,000 and a share component of $CAD250,000 in FCM Ordinary Shares spread across approximately 3.5 years. Additionally, FCM has committed to undertake exploration related expenses on the property over the same period to a value of $CAD550,000.
Table 1 Zigzag Option Schedule
Ordinary FCM Shares (CAD$)
Annual Work Commitment (CAD$)
June 01, 2023
June 01, 2024
June 01, 2025
June 01, 2026
These payments and work commitments maybe accelerated at FCM's option. Upon completion, the Zigzag mining claims will be owned by FCM and Nuinsco on an 80:20 basis and the parties will have deemed to enter a joint venture for the development of these mining claims. Should either party not wish to contribute to this joint venture a standard industry dilution clause shall apply. If either party dilutes to a 10% ownership interest or lower, their entire interest will automatically convert into a NSR royalty payment, and the other party shall be the 100% owner of the Zigzag mining claims. Additionally, half of such NSR royalty payment may be purchased by the other party by paying a sum of $CAD 750,000.
Figure 3 the Zigzag property is in a very prospective exploration proven lithium rich belt.
Issue of Equity
350,000 new ordinary shares are being issued to cover elements of the Nuinsco Share Payments and professional fees incurred, they 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 the 16th of March 2023.
Conditional on Admission, the Company's issued ordinary share capital will be 70,794,589 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.
Marc Sale CEO commented:
"FCM is very enthused with the opportunity to have executed the agreement on this very prospective lithium prospect. FCM has now significantly augmented their portfolio of critical minerals within our exploration focus. Given the worldwide shift toward greener and cleaner economies, the acquisition of additional property assets such as Zigzag Lake is a strategic progression for FCM."
For further information, please contact:
James Knowles, Executive Chairman
Marc J Sale, CEO
Ayub Bodi, Executive Director
First Equity Limited
(Financial Adviser & Broker)
NOTES TO EDITORS
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 holds 100% ownership of seven claim blocks covering over 180km² along a 150km strike of the Hemlo-Schreiber-Dayohessarah greenstone belt which also contains the >23M oz shear hosted Hemlo gold mine operated by Barrick Gold. Recently FCM completed the option to purchase the historical high grade (gold) Sunbeam.past producing mine
The significant potential of the properties for precious, base and battery metals relate to: 'nearology' insomuch that all properties lie close to identified mineral anomalism, for example Palladium One's RJ and Smoke Lake nickel projects are close to the FCM's West Pickle Lake soil / VTEM anomaly. This also demonstrates the second critical asset the properties hold: vector, anomalies, be they geological, geochemical, or geophysical that have demonstrated mineral potential extend on to FCM's properties.
The inferred shear on the Esa property is being explored by neighbours both to the west and east where it crosses into their properties. Furthermore, the properties have not been extensively explored either historically or more contemporaneously . This is predominantly attributable to the overall lack of outcrop. However, modern exploration techniques are better able to 'see through' the ground cover and to identify anomalies.
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