News Release – Vancouver, British Columbia – October 6, 2022: Monumental Minerals Corp. (“Monumental” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MNRL; FSE: BE5; OTCQB: MNMRF) is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an arm’s length definitive option agreement dated October 5, 2022(the “Option Agreement”) with Lithium Chile Inc. (“Lithium Chile”) (TSX-V: LITH) to acquire a 50.01% interest in the Salar de Turi project (the “Turi Project”) from Lithium Chile. The Turi Project (Photo 1) is located about 120 km northwest from the Salar de Laguna Blanca and 60 km northeast from the city of Calama, Chile.
Photo 1. Salar de Turi looking to the northeast.
The Turi Project is situated within the prolific lithium triangle, a zone within the central Andes high desert that includes Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. This zone is estimated to contain more than half of the world’s lithium supply beneath the many salt flats, also known as salars, that are common to the region. The Turi Project is comprised of 40 exploration concessions totaling 8,500 hectares, 100% owned by Lithium Chile through its wholly owned Chilean subsidiary Minera Kairos Chile Limitada(“Minera Kairos”). The Turi Project is accessible from the city of Calama (60 km to the southwest) via the paved roads 21CH, and B-165 and is close to infrastructure. Travel time from Calama to the Turi Project is approximately 1 hour (see news release dated August 23, 2022 for additional details and map).
Jamil Sader, Monumental’s CEO comments:
“The signing of the Turi Option Agreement demonstrates Monumental’s strong relationship with Lithium Chile and their confidence in Monumental’steam to add value through exploration. Salar de Turi will be Monumental’s second high quality project with Lithium Chile and will greatly expand our presence in Chile. We believe that Chile is an excellent country in which to conduct business and we are excited to rapidly move forward with Turi.”
Terms of the Option Agreement
In order to exercise the option to acquire a 50.01% interest in the Turi Project, Monumental must issue common shares, make certain staged cash payments to Lithium Chile and incur exploration expenditures on the Turi Project as follows:
(a) make cash payments of an aggregate of C$700,000 according to the following schedule:
(i) $200,000 within five days of TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”) approval of the Option Agreement (the “Acceptance Date”);
(ii) $250,000 on or before the fourteenth month anniversary of the Acceptance Date; and
(iii) $250,000 on or before the second anniversary of the Acceptance Date.
(b) incur minimum expenditures on the Turi Project of not less than an aggregate of C$1,400,000 according to the following schedule:
(iv) $700,000 on or before the first anniversary of the Acceptance Date; and
(v) $700,000 on or before the second anniversary of the Acceptance Date.
(c) issue and deliver to Lithium Chile, that number of common shares of Monumental that would result in Lithium Chile holding, on a non-diluted basis, 9.9% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Monumental (the “Payment Shares”), within ten days of the earlier of the closing date of Monumental’s next equity financing and fourteen months following the Acceptance Date. The issuance of the Payment Shares are subject to Exchange approval.
In addition to the statutory hold period of four months and oneday from the date of issuance, the Payment Shares will be subject to a 12-month voluntary hold period from the date of issuance. Upon Monumental earning a 50.01% interest in the Turi Project, Monumental and Lithium Chile will use commercially reasonable efforts to negotiate and execute a joint venture agreement for the purpose of jointly carrying out exploration, evaluation and development of the Turi Project.
The Option Agreement remains subject to Exchange approval.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC) Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a Director of the Company and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Monumental Minerals Corp.
Monumental Minerals Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral resource properties in the critical and electric metals sector. The Company’s flagship asset is the Jemi HREE project located in Coahuila, Mexico near the Texas, USA border which the Company has an option to acquire 100% of the 3,650-hectare project. The Company has an option to acquire a 75% interest and title to the Laguna cesium-lithium brine project located in Chile.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
/s/ “Jamil Sader”
Jamil Sader, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Email: [email protected]
Max Sali, VP Corporate Development and Director
Email: [email protected]
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Forward Looking Information
This news release contains “forward‐looking information or statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, which may include, without limitation, obtaining Exchange approval and completing the proposed transaction with Lithium Chile pursuant to the OptionAgreement, payments and obligations under the OptionAgreement, regulatory and administrative approvals in connection with exploration work on the Turi Project, the potential plans for the Company’s projects, other statements relating to the technical, financial and business prospects of the Company, its projects and other matters. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical facts, that address events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on numerous assumptions regarding present and future business strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future, including the price of metals, the ability to achieve its goals, that general business and economic conditions will not change in a material adverse manner and that financing will be available if and when needed and on reasonable terms. Such forward-looking information reflects the Company’s views with respect to future events and is subject to risks,uncertainties and assumptions, including the risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of exploration results, risks related to the inherent uncertainty of exploration and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses and those other risks filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. While such estimates and assumptions are considered reasonable by the management of the Company, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive and regulatory uncertainties and risks. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, failure to secure personnel and equipment for work programs, adverse weather and climate conditions, risks relating to unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications or expectations, cost escalation, unavailability of materials and equipment, government action or delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job action, and unanticipated events related to health, safety and environmental matters), risks relating to inaccurate geological assumptions, failure to maintain all necessary government permits, approvals and authorizations, failure to obtain surface access agreements or understandings from local communities, land owners or Indigenous groups, fluctuation in exchange rates, the impact of Covid-19 or other viruses and diseases on the Company’s ability to operate, an inability to predict and counteract the effects of COVID-19 on the business of the Company, including but not limited to, the effects of COVID-19 on the price of commodities, geopolitical conflicts, capital market conditions, restriction on labour and international travel and supply chains, decrease in the price of rare earth elements, lithium, cesium and other metals, loss of key employees, consultants, or directors, failure to maintain community acceptance (including from the Indigenous communities), increase in costs, litigation, and failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations. The Company does not undertake to update forward‐looking statements or forward‐lookinginformation, except as required by law.