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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Latin Metals Inc. ("Latin Metals" or the "Company") - (TSXV: LMS) (OTCQB: LMSQF) provides a corporate update and announces a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $1 million.
The Company's development of a prospect generator business model is continuing to advance, with option agreements signed with Barrick Gold ("Barrick") and AngloGold Ashanti ("AngloGold") during the first half of the year.
Keith Henderson, the Company's President and CEO stated, "Securing deals with two major gold mining companies is a significant step forward in developing the Company into a sustainable prospect generator. Major gold companies generally only complete a few transactions each year with prospect generators, and it is a notable achievement for Latin Metals to have completed two deals."
Mr. Henderson continued, "Ultimately, the success of the Company as a prospect generator will depend on the quantum of exploration dollars and drill meters in the ground. Both Barrick and AngloGold have commenced exploration at their respective projects and have the financial resources to fund the exploration programs under their property options."
At its core, the prospect generator model is a shareholder-focused model which aims to protect investors from excessive dilution associated with frequent equity financings (Figure 1). The model ultimately works to increase the chances of exploration success by having multiple exploration projects funded by option partners. In each case Latin Metals retains a minority interest in the projects and attempts to avoid shareholder dilution by keeping costs low.
Figure 1: Prospect Generator Model
As the Company builds a portfolio of partner-funded projects, the Company will conduct moderate financings, as and when needed to the extent not otherwise funded by partners. The Company's aim is to become as self-sustaining as possible over time as the number of its projects and partners increases, thereby reducing the necessity of equity financings.
Partner Funded Exploration
Organullo Project, Argentina
AngloGold has commenced exploration at the Organullo project, Salta Province, Argentina, and Latin Metals expects to receive initial exploration results later in the year. Environmental Impact Assessments ("EIA") have been submitted to provincial authorities in preparation for drilling, which is expected to begin in Q1 2023, subject to availability of drill rigs and receipt of permits.
Cerro Bayo Project, Argentina
Barrick's exploration is ongoing at Cerro Bayo in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. Work to date has included mapping, sampling and geophysics, and Latin Metals expects to provide an update in Q4. Barrick intends to begin drilling at Cerro Bayo in Q1 2023.
Esperanza Project, Argentina
Libero Copper and Gold ("Libero") (TSXV: LBC), a mineral exploration company that holds a collection of porphyry copper deposits throughout the Americas, has submitted an EIA to provincial authorities for planned exploration activities at the Esperanza copper-gold project and work is expected to begin in due course.
Lacsha Copper Project, Peru
The Company's Lacsha copper project in Peru has brought exploration success during the last 18 months. Work this year has focused on securing a drill permit and a partner to fund the drilling. Working towards a drill permit, Latin Metals has executed a 3-year agreement with the local community and the Peruvian governmental authorities have approved the Company's initiation of the drill permitting process. As part of the permitting process, all environmental and archaeological field work has been completed and reports accepted and approved by the relevant governmental authorities. Final steps now include a public hearing in September and issuance of the drill permit if the process is successful.
Auquis Copper-Gold Project, Peru
Exploration work at the Auquis copper discovery is ongoing with additional rock sampling in progress and geophysics planned for Q4. It is expected that the project will be partner-ready in early 2023.
The Company continues to seek properties for acquisition so that the pipeline of projects available for partners remains full.
The Company also announces a non-brokered private placement (the "Financing") of up to 10,000,000 units (each, a "Unit") for a subscription price of $0.10 per Unit, to raise total gross proceeds of up to $1.0 million. Each Unit will consist of one common share in the capital of Latin Metals (each, a "Share") and one-half of one common share purchase warrant, with each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one Share at a price of $0.20 per Share for a period of 24 months from the closing of the Financing. Certain directors and officers of the Company are expected to subscribe for approximately 4,475,000 Units under the Financing (for gross proceeds of $475,000).
The proceeds of the Financing are intended to fund ongoing exploration at the Company's mineral projects in Argentina and Peru and for general working capital.
The Company may pay finder's fees on all or a portion of the Financing, consisting of a cash commission equal to up to 7% of the total gross proceeds raised and finder's warrants equal to up to 7% of the total number of Units issued, where each finder's warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one Share at a price of $0.10 per Share for a period of 12 months from the closing of the Financing.
All securities issued in connection with the Financing will be subject to a hold period of four-months and one day in Canada. The Financing is subject to the receipt of all necessary approvals including acceptance for filing of the Financing by the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") and any applicable securities regulatory authorities. Any participation by directors or officers in the Financing is considered a related party transaction within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions ("MI 61-101"). The related party transaction will be exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101, as neither the fair market value of the securities to be issued under the Financing nor the consideration to be paid by the directors and officers will exceed 25% of the Company's market capitalization.
This news release does not constitute an offer of sale of any of the foregoing securities in the United States. None of the foregoing securities have been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "1933 Act") or any applicable state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) or persons in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of the foregoing securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
LATIN METALS INC.
President & CEO
For further information, please contact:
999 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W2
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements regarding the closing of the Financing, the participation of directors and officers in the Financing, the use of proceeds of the Financing, the ability of the Company to become a self sustaining prospect generator, planned exploration of the Company's projects by the Company and its partners, anticipated exploration program results from exploration activities, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, and the anticipated business plans and timing of future activities of the Company, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Often, but not always, forward looking statements can be identified by words such as "pro forma", "plans", "expects", "may", "will", "should", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "potential" or variations of such words including negative variations thereof, and phrases that refer to certain actions, events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. In making the forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions, including without limitation, that it will obtain TSXV acceptance for the Financing and the required corporate approvals for same, that market fundamentals will result in sustained precious metals and copper demand and prices, the receipt of any necessary permits, licenses and regulatory approvals in connection with the future development of the Company's projects in a timely manner, the availability of financing on suitable terms for the development, construction and continued operation of the Company's projects, and the Company's ability to comply with environmental, health and safety laws.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and other factors include, among others, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development and mine development activities at the Company's projects, estimation or realization of mineral reserves and mineral resources, requirements for additional capital, future prices of precious metals and copper, changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial markets and in the demand and market price for commodities, lack of investor interest in future financings, possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, possible failures of plants, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, delays or the inability of the Company to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required, including of the TSXV, financing or other planned activities, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, currency fluctuations, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, risks relating to epidemics or pandemics such as COVID-19, including the impact of COVID-19 on the Company's business, risks related to joint venture operations, and risks related to the integration of acquisitions, as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's latest Management Discussion and Analysis and other filings of the Company with the Canadian Securities Authorities, copies of which can be found under the Company's profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Except as otherwise required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements in this news release or incorporated by reference herein.
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