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Infinity secures 75% Ownership of San Jose Lithium Project

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Infinity increases ownership from 50% to 75% of the San Jose Lithium Project

Infinity and the Project are now well positioned to attract strategic investment

Movement from lithium carbonate to lithium hydroxide pathway has driven renegotiation of the JV ? positive outcome optimally aligns project and partners

Local JV partner to receive reimbursement for previous expenditure and for transfer payments (this totals ?1 million in staged payments until mid-2020)

Local JV partner retains preferred contractor rights ensuring alignment of goals and focus on project development

Infinity Lithium Corporation Limited (ASX:INF) (?Infinity?, or ?the Company?) is pleased to advise it has successfully completed a renegotiation of the San Jose Lithium Project (?San Jose, or ?the Project?) Joint Venture (?JV?) agreement with local partner Valoriza Mineria S.A. (?Valoriza Mineria?) resulting in the immediate acquisition of a further 25% in the JV entity Tecnolgia Extremena Del Lito S.L. (?TEL?).

Infinity?s CEO and Managing Director, Ryan Parkin commented ?Infinity is delighted to announce the progression of project ownership to 75% as we enter a period of increasing engagement of potential strategic partners and move towards the delivery of the San Jose Lithium Project pre-feasibility study.. The resulting acceleration in project ownership reflects the alignment of the Project towards lithium hydroxide opportunities and the relevance of that product in one of the world?s largest electric vehicle markets?.

Commercial Terms:

As previously announced, under the original JV agreement (ASX announcement 14 June 2016) with Valoriza Mineria, Infinity was able to earn-in to a 75% interest through the delivery of a feasibility study on lithium carbonate production with an agreed budget of ?2.5 million. mediate payment of ?250,000 and additional ongoing payment commitments totalling ?750,000 payable within 14 months or by 13 May 2020.

The key commercial terms of the renegotiated JV agreement are contained in the Appendices of this announcement.

Strategic Importance of San Jose in the European LIB Supply Chain:

As the Company has advised, the lithium market is increasingly demanding lithium hydroxide to supply the growing lithium-ion battery (?LIB?) industry.nt supply chain sustainability and carbon emission requirements.

The fully integrated San Jose Lithium Project, located in the Extremadura region of Spain, retains increasing strategic importance in the context of burgeoning lithium-ion battery investment in the European Union (?EU?) and the United Kingdom (?UK?).

Maros Sefcovic (Vice President of the European Commission) recently noted that mines are opening or re-opening and that the EC ?have also identified a gap linked to Europe?s refining capabilities for lithium.

The EC, through Mr Sefcovic, continue to progress addressing this key component essential for the European EV industry and the importance to consider both regularity and financial assistance ?We are ready to discuss not only the regulatory aspects of course but also financial assistance ? be it under the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) or under Public Private Partnerships with the European Investment Bank (EIB).?

A further consideration is the increasing importance of the environmental sustainability of supply and the carbon footprint of all aspects of the supply chain in the production of European EV (ASX announcement 12 March 2019).


Immediate transfer of 25% interest whereby ?250,000 is paid upon execution of the amended JV agreement, resulting in the immediate transfer of shares in TEL to Infinity?s wholly owned Spanish subsidiary Extremadura Mining S.A.

Ongoing additional staged payment commitments totalling ?750,000 payable within 14 months or by 13 May 2020. Therefore, the total payment amounts payable in consideration of 25% project interest in TEL through the immediate and subsequent staged payments amounts to ?1,000,000.

Infinity retains the right to forgo subsequent staged payments, revert to 50% project interest and earn-in to 75% through the delivery of a lithium chemicals feasibility study. The delivery of the feasibility study would be required within 18 months of Infinity?s election and notification provided to Valoriza Mineria to forgo subsequent staged payments.

The Agreement contains a mechanism in which project ownership can be increased to 100% by either a Put or Call Option held between parties. The Option has an exercise value of ?10 million and lapses upon project development. The Put Option is only valid upon the Decision to Mine and the majority is payable from project sales revenue.

Valoriza Mineria to continue as preferred contractor through their globally recognised civil engineering and construction entities, continue to provide services in environmental, hydrological, social and in-country liaison.


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Date: 03/18/2019 - 13:31
Language: English
News-ID 1547740
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Firma: Swiss Resource Capital AG
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