Lithium Ionic Drills 1.31% Li2O over 24.0m, incl. 1.67% Li2O over 10.0m; and 2.12% Li2O Over 7.2m at Bandeira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lithium Ionic Corp. (TSXV: LTH; OTCQX: LTHCF; FSE: H3N) (“Lithium Ionic” or the “Company”) is pleased to report new assay results for 16 drill holes from its Feasibility-stage Bandeira Lithium Project (“Bandeira”), situated in northern Minas Gerais State, Brazil, in a world-class hard rock lithium district known as the “Lithium Valley”, where two lithium producers currently operate (see location map and drill highlights in Figure 1). These results were completed as part of the 50,000-metre drill program completed in H2 2023 at its Itinga and Salinas group of properties. Drilling is ongoing at Bandeira, as well as other high priority regional targets as part of an expanded ~50,000-metre drill program planned for 2024.

An updated NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate for Bandeira, which will capture drill data beyond the August 2023 cut-off from the mineral resource estimate announced on October 19, 2023, is currently underway as part a Feasibility Study, which is on track for completion this quarter.

Significant drill intercepts from the most recent Bandeira results, include:

  • 1.31% Li2O over 24.0m, incl. 1.86% Li2O over 6.0m and 1.67% Li2O over 10.0m; intersected from ~100 metres down hole (hole ITDD-23-228)
  • 2.12% Li2O over 7.2m and 1.53% Li2O over 8.0m (hole ITDD-23-226)
  • 1.96% Li2O over 5.9m and 1.73% Li2O over 6.0m (hole ITDD-23-224)
  • 1.33% Li2O over 10.4m, including 1.65% Li2O over 8.0m, intersected from ~44 metres down hole (hole ITDD-23-243)
  • 1.35% Li2O over 7.3m (hole ITDD-23-232)
  • 1.81% Li2O over 5.0m (hole ITDD-23-210)
  • 1.65% Li2O over 5.5m (hole ITDD-23-230)

Blake Hylands, P.Geo., Chief Executive Officer of Lithium Ionic, commented, “Results from Bandeira continue to impress us with consistently high grades over meaningful widths. Our drilling efforts at Bandeira are primarily focused on expanding and upgrading the deposit, however geotechnical and condemnation drilling are also underway in preparation for mine development. We look forward to delivering some significant milestones in the near-term, including a Feasibility Study for Bandeira as well as an initial mineral resource estimate at our Salinas Project.”

Bandeira is a 175-hectare property, currently representing around 90% of the Company’s total resource tonnage but only ~1% of the Company’s 14,182-hectare land package. The property hosts a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate (“MRE”) of 13.72Mt grading 1.40% Li2O (474,892t LCE) in the Measured and Indicated category, in addition to 15.79Mt grading 1.34% Li2O (523,118t LCE) in the Inferred category, which formed the basis of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) that supported a long-life and low-cost spodumene concentrate mining project with a post-tax Net Present Value (“NPV”) 8% of US$1.6 billion (~C$2.2 billion) and an Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) of 121% (see press release dated October 19, 2023 or Technical Report HERE).

The Company is rapidly advancing Bandeira towards a production decision, while it continues to define and grow lithium mineralization at other regional targets. A NI 43-101 compliant Feasibility Study (“FS”) for Bandeira, including an updated MRE, is progressing well and on track for completion this quarter. On November 21, 2023, the Company submitted its application for a Concomitant Environmental and Installation License (“LAC”, or Licença Ambiental Concomitante in Portuguese) to the State of Minas Gerais, who have recognized its properties as “priority projects” (see press release dated July 19, 2023). The LAC approval, anticipated in mid-2024, would result in the environmental and social license together with an authorization to begin construction.

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Figure 1. Drill Collars, Traces and Intercept Highlights for New Bandeira Results

View Figure 1 here: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/ad1e99ab-c6be-4202-b2cd-71bf2f10b076 

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Figure 2. Section LT400 NE Showing New Drill Holes ITDD-23-211, ITDD-23-228 and ITDD-23-234

View Figure 2 here: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b0c35324-6f2a-48c5-9573-22319c229089

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Figure 3. Core Photo, Drill Hole ITDD-23-228

View Figure 3 here: https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bae48200-7404-486d-a585-34bcbe32afc2

Table 1. Bandeira Drill Results

Hole IDAzDipFromToMetresLi2O (%)
ITDD-23-193330-5365.0868.853.771.39
ITDD-23-210150-65139.91143.253.341.62
and219.57223.513.941.98
and256.99259.012.021.75
and276.43278.982.550.65
and285.60287.942.341.22
and298.00302.984.980.83
and565.09570.084.991.81
and584.29587.823.530.80
ITDD-23-211150-5716.5117.511.001.04
and  188.35189.320.971.06
and  197.53198.631.101.54
ITDD-23-223150-5094.0498.194.151.49
ITDD-23-224150-6328.4334.325.891.96
and166.46172.455.991.73
ITDD-23-225150-5478.9981.132.141.85
and83.8085.972.170.72
ITDD-23-226150-6735.2742.507.232.12
and171.61179.577.961.53
ITDD-23-2280-9098.93122.9424.011.31
including99.93105.936.001.86
including110.13120.1310.001.67
ITDD-23-230150-65161.98167.495.511.65
ITDD-23-231150-60129.79136.356.561.12
ITDD-23-232150-49138.70145.957.251.35
ITDD-23-233150-50146.75148.902.151.27
ITDD-23-2340-9095.1297.532.411.44
ITDD-23-2350-90104.46111.296.831.20
and167.04171.574.531.17
ITDD-23-2360-90101.89104.893.001.39
ITDD-23-2430-9044.0654.4210.361.33
including45.0653.068.001.65

About Lithium Ionic Corp.

Lithium Ionic is a Canadian mining company exploring and developing its lithium properties in Brazil. Its Itinga and Salinas group of properties cover 14,182 hectares in the northeastern part of Minas Gerais state, a mining-friendly jurisdiction that is quickly emerging as a world-class hard-rock lithium district. Its Feasibility-stage Bandeira Project is situated in the same region as CBL’s Cachoeira lithium mine, which has produced lithium for +30 years, as well as Sigma Lithium Corp.’s Grota do Cirilo project, which hosts the largest hard-rock lithium deposit in the Americas.

Quality Assurance and Control

During the drill program, assay samples were taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half was sent for assaying at SGS Laboratory, a certified independent commercial laboratory, and the other half was retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples. Every sample was processed with Drying, crushing from 75% to 3 mm, homogenization, quartering in Jones, spraying 250 to 300 g of sample in steel mill 95% to 150. SGS laboratory carried out multi-element analysis for ICP90A analysis.

Qualified Persons

The technical information in this news release has been prepared by Carlos Costa, Vice President Exploration of Lithium Ionic and Blake Hylands, CEO and director of Lithium Ionic, who are both “qualified persons” as defined in NI 43-101. Mr. Costa and Mr. Hylands have both read and approved the content in this news release.

Investor and Media Inquiries:

+1 647.316.2500info@lithiumionic.com

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Lithium Ionic Corp.

Blake Hylands Chief Executive Officer, Director

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-statements.” Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements, or developments to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes, in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. When used in this press release, the words “estimate”, “project”, “belief”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “predict”, “may” or “should” and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release include information relating to the prospectivity of the Company’s mineral properties, the economic viability of the Bandeira, the mineralization and development of the Company’s mineral properties, the Company’s exploration program and other mining projects and prospects thereof, the Company’s ability to complete a Feasibility Study, the Company’s ability to complete a MRE for Salinas, the Company’s ability to complete an environmental impact assessment and obtain the requisite permitting and approvals and the Company’s future plans. Such statements and information reflect the current view of the Company. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of the Company as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

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Figure 1

Drill Collars, Traces and Intercept Highlights for New Bandeira Results
Figure 2

Section LT400 NE Showing New Drill Holes ITDD-23-211, ITDD-23-228 and ITDD-23-234
Figure 3

Core Photo, Drill Hole ITDD-23-228
Source: Lithium Ionic Corp.

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