American Lithium Reaches Settlement to Purchase Plateau Power Metals and Consolidate Growth-Stage Lithium Belongings

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia and TORONTO, Feb. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — American Lithium Corp. (TSXV:LI | OTCQB:LIACF | Frankfurt:5LA1) (“American Lithium”) and Plateau Power Metals Inc. (TSXV:PLU | OCTQB:PLUUF) (“Plateau”) are happy to announce that they’ve entered right into a definitive association settlement (the “Settlement”) to consolidate two vital and strategic undeveloped lithium belongings within the Americas at a time of quickly rising lithium demand within the context of accelerating concentrate on electrical autos, power storage and renewable power era. It’s anticipated that Plateau shareholders will maintain roughly 21% of American Lithium’s shares on an excellent undiluted foundation upon completion of the Transaction (as outlined under).

Transaction Highlights

Advantages to American Lithium Shareholders

  • Establishes American Lithium’s place as a consolidator of lithium improvement belongings within the Americas
  • Considerably will increase the lithium useful resource base combining American Lithium’s TLC lithium mission (“TLC”) in Nevada and Plateau’s Falchani lithium mission (“Falchani”) in Peru
  • Provides extra progress potential to additional discover and develop these district-scale lithium properties on a consolidated platform
  • Publicity to the Macusani Uranium mission (“Macusani”), believed to be the biggest uranium deposit in Peru
  • Complementary addition of key executives with vital technical experience in lithium extraction and metallurgy

Advantages to Plateau Shareholders

  • Instant and enticing premium to Plateau shareholders of 84% on a spot foundation and 72% on a VWAP20 (as outlined under) foundation as of market shut on February 5, 2021
  • Alternative to take part in a number one lithium explorer and developer with a extremely strategic asset positioned proximal to the Tesla Gigafactory in mining-friendly Nevada because the US appears to be like to expedite home manufacturing of lithium as a part of its “Crucial Mineral” initiatives
  • Each jurisdictional and mission danger diversification with the potential for 2 main manufacturing centres
  • Enhances liquidity, entry to capital and advertising and marketing experience with a broad market following, permitting for the upside of the rising lithium market to be higher realized

American Lithium intends to implement a strategic strategy to the uranium belongings of Plateau, particularly Macusani, with the aim of maximizing the worth of this asset for the advantage of shareholders of the mixed entity following the closing of the transaction. The timing and precise strategy to this asset shall be decided following completion of the Transaction (as outlined under).

Michael Kobler, CEO and Director of American Lithium, acknowledged: “We’re more than happy to have the ability to add Plateau and its belongings to the American Lithium platform. We imagine that Falchani provides geographic and geological variety in one of many main mining jurisdictions in South America and one of many strongest rising markets globally. The mixture of belongings and key personnel is complimentary and can place American Lithium with a big and numerous lithium useful resource base and robust technical experience from which to unlock vital extra shareholder worth.”

Laurence Stefan, President and COO of Plateau, additional added: “This Transaction represents a big premium for our shareholders and permits us to realize publicity to an asset portfolio in Nevada, a profitable group, and a bigger public firm platform possessing entry to capital and wonderful buying and selling liquidity. Sure members of Plateau’s group and board will proceed on with the newly diversified firm to supply for continuity.”

Transaction Particulars

Beneath the phrases of the Settlement, American Lithium has agreed to amass the entire issued and excellent frequent shares of Plateau (the “Transaction”) on the idea of 0.29 items (every entire unit, an “Alternate Unit”) of American Lithium for every share of Plateau held, by means of a plan of association underneath the Enterprise Companies Act (Ontario) (the “Association”).

Every Alternate Unit will consist of 1 (1) frequent share of American Lithium plus one-half (0.5) of a typical share buy warrant of American Lithium (every entire such warrant, an “Alternate Warrant”). Every Alternate Warrant will entitle the holder to amass one (1) extra frequent share of American Lithium at an train worth of $3.00 for a interval of thirty-six (36) months from completion of the Transaction. American Lithium will use commercially affordable efforts to checklist the Alternate Warrants on the TSX Enterprise Alternate as quickly as practicable following closing of the Transaction.

The Association represents a 72% premium to Plateau shareholders utilizing the trailing 20-day quantity weighted common buying and selling worth (“VWAP20”) on the TSX Enterprise Alternate of every firm as of market shut on February 5, 2021 and valuing the Alternate Warrants utilizing the Black-Scholes methodology at a 50% volatility.

Pursuant to the phrases of the Settlement, American Lithium will purchase the entire issued and excellent frequent shares of Plateau on the idea of 0.29 Alternate Models (the “Alternate Ratio”) for every share of Plateau held. The excellent and unexercised warrants to buy frequent shares of Plateau shall be adjusted in accordance with their phrases based mostly on the Alternate Ratio. Plateau’s excellent and unexercised inventory choices shall be adjusted and holders of the choices will obtain frequent shares of American Lithium, the variety of frequent shares to be adjusted based mostly on the Alternate Ratio, topic to a discount in time period for inventory choices held by people who won’t be persevering with on with American Lithium post-closing of the Transaction. All RSUs and DSUs of Plateau will vest instantly and shall be handled in accordance with their respective plans.

Upon closing of the Transaction, Plateau will nominate two administrators to affix a newly reconstituted board of American Lithium. American Lithium will moreover retain sure workers and consultants of Plateau so as to present continuity with ongoing concession work in Peru and improvement actions at Falchani with Plateau’s current Peru group.

The Association shall be carried out by means of a court-approved plan of association and would require the approval of: (i) no less than 66 2/3% of the votes forged by all Plateau shareholders; (ii) no less than 66 2/3% of the votes forged by all Plateau shareholders and all holders of Plateau inventory choices voting collectively as a single class; and (iii) and a easy majority of the votes forged by all Plateau shareholders excluding sure or associated events as required by Multilateral Instrument 61-101, in every case by securityholders current in individual or represented by proxy on the securityholder assembly.

The Settlement consists of customary provisions, together with non-solicitation, right-to-match and fiduciary out provisions, in addition to sure representations, covenants and circumstances which might be customary for a transaction of this nature. A termination price of $3.25 million could also be payable by Plateau within the case of sure terminating occasions, together with the acceptance of a superior proposal.

Closing of the Transaction is topic to the receipt of relevant regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of sure different closing circumstances customary in transactions of this nature, together with, with out limitation, approval of the Ontario Superior Courtroom of Justice and the TSX Enterprise Alternate. Closing of the Transaction is anticipated to happen in Could 2021.

In reference to the Transaction, American Lithium and Plateau have additionally entered right into a secured mortgage settlement. The mortgage is in a principal quantity of $1.5 million, carries an annual rate of interest of 6% and is for use in funding Plateau’s budgeted working capital wants.

Additional data relating to the Transaction shall be contained in a administration data round to be ready by Plateau and mailed to its shareholders and optionholders in reference to a particular assembly of securityholders to be held to think about the Association, which is predicted to be held in April 2021, with additional particulars to be supplied. All shareholders and optionholders of Plateau are urged to learn the data round as soon as out there, as it’ll comprise necessary extra data regarding the Transaction.

Board Suggestions and Voting Assist

The Association has been unanimously accredited by the board of administrators of each American Lithium and Plateau, and the administrators of Plateau, based mostly on the advice of a particular committee of unbiased administrators of Plateau, suggest that Plateau shareholders and optionholders vote in favour of the Transaction.

The entire administrators and officers of Plateau, plus sure vital shareholders, straight holding or controlling in mixture roughly 17% of the issued and excellent frequent shares of Plateau, have entered into customary voting help agreements agreeing to vote in favour of the Transaction.

Haywood Securities Inc. has supplied a equity opinion to the particular committee and board of administrators of Plateau that, as of the date thereof, and based mostly upon and topic to the assumptions, limitations and {qualifications} acknowledged therein, the consideration to be obtained by the shareholders of Plateau underneath the Association is honest, from a monetary standpoint, to the shareholders of Plateau.

Advisors and Counsel

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is performing as authorized counsel to American Lithium. In reference to completion of the Transaction, Axemen Useful resource Capital Ltd. is entitled to obtain successful price upon closing.

Haywood Securities Inc. is performing as monetary advisor and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is performing as authorized counsel to Plateau. In reference to completion of the Transaction, Bedrock Capital Company, or its agent, is entitled to obtain a finder’s price upon closing.

Not one of the securities to be issued pursuant to the Transaction have been or shall be registered underneath the United State Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities legal guidelines, and any securities issued pursuant to the Transaction are anticipated to be issued in reliance upon out there exemptions from such registration necessities pursuant to Part 3(a)(10) of the U.S. Securities Act and relevant exemptions underneath state securities legal guidelines. This information launch doesn’t represent a proposal to promote or the solicitation of a proposal to purchase any securities.

About American Lithium

American Lithium is actively engaged within the acquisition, exploration and improvement lithium deposits inside mining-friendly jurisdictions all through the Americas. The corporate is at present exploring and creating the TLC lithium mission positioned within the extremely potential Esmeralda lithium district in Nevada. TLC is near infrastructure, 3.5 hours south of the Tesla Gigafactory, and in the identical basinal surroundings as Albemarle’s Silver Peak lithium mine, and a number of other advancing deposits and assets, together with Ioneer Ltd.’s (previously International Geoscience) Rhyolite Ridge and Cypress Growth Corp.’s Clayton Valley Mission.

About Plateau

Plateau Power Metals Inc., a Canadian exploration and improvement firm, is enabling the brand new power paradigm by means of exploring and creating its Falchani lithium mission and Macusani uranium mission in southeastern Peru, each of that are located close to vital infrastructure.

On behalf of the Board of Administrators of American Lithium Corp.

“Michael Kobler”

CEO & Director

On behalf of the Board of Administrators of Plateau Power Metals Inc.

“Laurence Stefan”

President and COO

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Neither TSX Enterprise Alternate nor its Regulation Providers Supplier (as that time period is outlined within the insurance policies of the TSX Enterprise Alternate) accepts duty for the adequacy or accuracy of this press launch.

Cautionary Assertion Relating to Ahead Wanting Info

This information launch accommodates sure forward-looking data and forward-looking statements (collectively “forward-looking statements”) throughout the that means of relevant securities laws. All statements, apart from statements of historic truth, are forward-looking statements. These embrace statements relating to the intent of American Lithium and Plateau (the “Corporations”), or the beliefs or present expectations of the officers and administrators of the Corporations publish closing of the Transaction. Ahead-looking statements on this information launch embrace, however usually are not restricted to, statements relating to anticipated advantages of the Transaction, the closing of the Transaction, TLC and Falchani (the “Tasks”) and any statements relating to the enterprise plans, expectations and goals of the Corporations.

Ahead-looking statements are steadily recognized by such phrases as “could”, “will”, “plan”, “count on”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “intend”, “point out”, “scheduled”, “goal”, “aim”, “potential”, “topic”, “efforts”, “possibility” and comparable phrases, or the adverse connotations thereof, referring to future occasions and outcomes. Ahead-looking statements are based mostly on the present opinions and expectations of administration usually are not, and can’t be, a assure of future outcomes or occasions. Though the Corporations imagine that the present opinions and expectations mirrored in such forward-looking statements are affordable based mostly on data out there on the time, undue reliance shouldn’t be positioned on forward-looking statements because the Corporations can present no assurance that such opinions and expectations will show to be appropriate.

All forward-looking statements are inherently unsure and topic to a wide range of assumptions, dangers and uncertainties, together with dangers, uncertainties and assumptions associated to: the Corporations’ potential to finish the Transaction; the Corporations’ potential to safe the required secuirityholder and regulatory approvals required to finish the Transaction; dangers associated to the satisfaction or waiver of sure circumstances to the closing of the Transaction; the Corporations’ potential to realize their acknowledged objectives because of the Transaction; the estimated prices related to the development of the Tasks; dangers and uncertainties referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent and method to which measures taken by governments and their companies, the Corporations or others to try to cut back the unfold of COVID-19 may have an effect on the Corporations, which may have a cloth antagonistic impression on many facets of the Corporations’ companies together with however not restricted to: the power to entry mineral properties for indeterminate quantities of time, the well being of the workers or consultants leading to delays or diminished capability, social or political instability in Peru which in flip may impression Plateau’s potential to keep up the continuity of its enterprise working necessities, could end result within the decreased availability or failures of varied native administration and demanding infrastructure, decreased demand for the Corporations’ potential merchandise, availability of supplies, international journey restrictions, and the supply of insurance coverage and the related prices; dangers associated to the understanding of title to the properties of the Corporations, together with the standing of the “Precautionary Measures” filed by Plateau’s subsidiary Macusani Yellowcake S.A.C. (“Macusani”), the result of the executive course of, the judicial course of, and any and all future treatments pursued by Plateau and its subsidiary Macusani to resolve the title for 32 of its concessions; the continued potential to work cooperatively with stakeholders, together with however not restricted to native communities and all ranges of presidency; the potential for delays in exploration or improvement actions because of the COVID-19 pandemic; the interpretation of drill outcomes, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the chance that any future exploration, improvement or mining outcomes won’t be in keeping with our expectations; mining and improvement dangers, together with dangers associated to accidents, gear breakdowns, labour disputes (together with work stoppages, strikes and lack of personnel) or different unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and improvement; dangers associated to commodity worth and overseas alternate fee fluctuations; dangers associated to overseas operations; the cyclical nature of the business through which the Corporations function; dangers associated to failure to acquire satisfactory financing on a well timed foundation and on acceptable phrases or delays in acquiring governmental approvals; dangers associated to environmental regulation and legal responsibility; political and regulatory dangers related to mining and exploration; dangers associated to the unsure international financial surroundings and the results upon the worldwide market usually, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic measures taken to cut back the unfold of COVID-19, any of which may proceed to negatively have an effect on international monetary markets, together with the buying and selling worth of the Corporations’ shares and will negatively have an effect on the Corporations’ potential to lift capital and can also lead to extra and unknown dangers or liabilities to the Corporations. Different dangers and uncertainties associated to prospects, properties and enterprise technique of Plateau and American Lithium are recognized, respectively, within the “Dangers and Uncertainties” part of Plateau’s Administration’s Dialogue and Evaluation filed on January 19, 2021, within the “Danger Elements” part of American Lithium’s Administration’s Dialogue and Evaluation filed on January 29, 2021, and in current securities filings out there Precise occasions or outcomes could differ materially from these projected within the forward-looking statements. Neither of the Corporations undertakes any obligation to replace forward-looking statements besides as required by relevant securities legal guidelines. Traders shouldn’t place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Cautionary Be aware Relating to Plateau Concessions

Thirty-two of Plateau’s 151 concession are at present topic to Administrative and Judicial processes (collectively, the “Processes”) in Peru to overturn resolutions issued by INGEMMET and the Mining Council of MINEM in February 2019 and July 2019, respectively, which declared Macusani’s title to the 32 of the concessions invalid as a result of late receipt of the annual validity fee. In November 2019, Plateau utilized for injunctive reduction on 32 concessions in a Courtroom in Lima, Peru and was profitable in acquiring such an injunction on 17 of the concessions together with three of the 4 concessions included within the Macusani Uranium Mission PEA. The grant of the Precautionary Measure (Medida Cautelar) has restored the title, rights and validity of these 17 concessions to Macusani till a closing choice is obtained in on the final stage of the judicial course of. A Precautionary Measure utility was made on the identical time for the remaining 15 concessions and the remaining three concessions which comprise uranium mineral useful resource estimates, nonetheless the method has been delayed as a result of numerous in-country components. A date for the listening to has not but been set. If Plateau doesn’t acquire a profitable decision of Processes, Macusani’s title to the concessions may very well be revoked.

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