VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bearing Lithium Corp. (“Bearing Lithium” or the “Company“) (TSX Venture:BRZ) (OTCQB:BRGRF) (FRANKFURT:B6K1) is pleased to announce that it’s joint-venture partner, Lithium Power International (LPI), will accelerate its outstanding payments of US$7.53 million by March 1st, 2018 to satisfy its earn-in of the Maricunga project. The Maricunga project, which is held by joint-venture company, Minera Salar Blanco (MSB), is owned by Bearing Lithium (17.7%), Minera Salar Blanco SpA (32.3%) and LPI (50%).
Including the US$7.53 million pre-payment by LPI, the joint-venture operating company (MSB) will have a treasury of approximately US$9.7 million. Based on current budgets and development timelines, the project is fully-funded without any required contribution from Bearing Lithium or MSB for the 2018 development program which includes the delivery of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), completion of environmental studies and submission of permits. Any expenditures in excess of the current treasury would require approval from at least five out of the six board members of the joint-venture company and contributions would be pro-rated based on ownership interests.
Jeremy Poirier, President and CEO of Bearing Lithium, commented: “We are encouraged by LPI’s acceleration of the payment schedule which was part of their earn-in requirement, which totalled over US$27 million. The joint-venture is well funded with almost US$10 million to deliver on a number of significant milestones in 2018 including the Definitive Feasibility Study. Following the delivery of the DFS, the Maricunga project will have had over US$50 million dollars invested in its advancement, which we believe makes it one of the most advanced lithium brine development projects in the world.”
About Bearing Lithium Corp.
Bearing Lithium Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company, primarily focused on lithium. Its primary asset is a free-carried 17.7% interest in the Maricunga lithium brine project in Chile. The Maricunga project represents one of the highest-grade lithium brine salars globally and the only pre-production project in Chile. Over US$30 million has been invested in the project to date and all expenditures through 2018, including the delivery of a Definitive Feasibility Study in Q3/2018, are fully-funded by LPI, their earn-in joint-venture partner. Bearing Lithium also holds a portfolio of grass-roots exploration projects in the gold district of the Yukon, which are currently optioned to Golden Predator, and a lithium project in Nevada, which is currently optioned to First Division Ventures Inc.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Jeremy Poirier”
Jeremy Poirier, President and CEO
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Jeremy Poirier– President and CEO Bearing Lithium – Telephone: 1-604-262-8835
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This press release includes certain “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, without limitation, statements relating the future operating or financial performance of the Company, are forward-looking statements.
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