“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with the royalty holder to buy back this valuable royalty, which also ensures that the company will control 100% of all concessions comprising TLC. As TLC moves through development and into production, this transaction should be highly accretive and will maximize project value,” Simon Clarke, American Lithium CEO, commented.
Clarke also noted that removing this remaining royalty would enables the company to present TLC as a wholly unencumbered project in the initial preliminary economic assessment (PEA), which is expected to be released in the next few days.
Located in the Esmerelda lithium district northwest of Tonopah, the TLC property is host to a near-surface lithium claystone deposit that is amenable to low-cost, sustainable mining methods, as its proximity to Tonopah offers ready access to paved roads, electricity and water infrastructure.
The upcoming PEA will incorporate the recently updated mineral resource for the TLC project, which is estimated at 4.2 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) in the measured category, 4.63 million tonnes LCE indicated and 1.86 million tonnes LCE inferred.
Shares of American Lithium jumped 7.1% by 12:10 p.m. ET following the latest project update. The company has a market capitalization of C$911.6 million.