GlobeNewswire •March 13, 2019
Cancels Incentive Stock Options
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wealth Minerals Ltd. (the “Company” or “Wealth”) – (TSXV: WML; OTCQX: WMLLF; SSE: WMLCL; Frankfurt: EJZN), announces that it has signed an option agreement giving it the right (the “Option”) to acquire a 100% interest (subject to a 2% NSR royalty) in the Meductic vanadium properties (the “Property”) located approximately 79 km west northwest of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Henk Van Alphen, Wealth’s CEO, commented: “This acquisition was made to give Wealth shareholders increased exposure to metals tied to new battery technologies that are driving the global change in energy use. Lithium and vanadium are key metal inputs with favorable market dynamics in terms of demand and limited supply.”
Stefan Schauss, a Director of Wealth and a vanadium battery expert, stated: “Vanadium is a new battery metal that is enjoying increased demand due to the growing popularity of flow batteries. Flow batteries are used in applications where long duration energy storage is prioritized over other characteristics of rechargeable batteries. Vanadium has historically only been used in the steel industry and new demand from battery manufacturers is expanding the demand landscape.”
The Property, which is comprised of the Wickham 1, Bright Eye Brook 1, 2 and 3, and Meductic 3, 4 and 5 mineral tenures consists of a total area of approximately 1,749 hectares (see Figure 1 and 2). The Property covers known areas of highly anomalous vanadium in outcrop. In addition, a 2018 sample results program confirmed that there is a vanadium enriched section within the Property. Sampling at both the Meductic and Bright Eye Brook mineral tenures area returned vanadium pentoxide values > 0.10% over lengths of between 30 and 64 meters.
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Wealth and the Property owners (the “Owners”) have entered into a formal option agreement dated November 28, 2018 (the “Option Agreement”). Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Wealth made a $20,000 cash payment upon signing and may exercise the Option by paying an aggregate of $720,000 in cash, and issuing an aggregate of 2.5 million common shares of Wealth, to the Owners, in accordance with the following schedule:
|Due Date||Cash||Wealth Shares|
|March 15, 2019||$20,000||150,000|
|One year after signing||$80,000||300,000|
|Two years after signing||$120,000||450,000|
|Three years after signing||$160,000||600,000|
|Four years after signing||$320,000||1,000,000|
Pursuant to the provisions of the Option Agreement, Wealth has agreed to pay the Owners a 2% NSR royalty on all mineral commodities sold from the claims comprising the Property. Wealth has the right to purchase from the Owners, at any time, half of the NSR royalty (1% of the 2%) for a lump sum payment of $1,000,000. Additionally, from the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Option Agreement until production, the Owners shall receive an advance royalty of $30,000 per year, which will be credited towards NSR royalty payments following the commencement of production on the Property.
Wealth also announces that, pursuant to the Company’s 2004 Incentive Stock Option Plan, the Company has cancelled an aggregate of 3,550,000 incentive stock options which were previously granted to directors, officers, employees and consultants.
John Drobe, P.Geo., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Drobe is not independent of the Company as he is a consultant and shareholder of Wealth, and holds incentive stock options in the Company.
About Wealth Minerals Ltd.
Wealth is a mineral resource company with interests in Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. The Company’s main focus is the acquisition and development of lithium projects in South America. To date, the Company has positioned itself to develop the Quisquiro Salar in Chile (the Trinity Project), as well as to work alongside existing producers in the prolific Atacama Salar, where the Company has a substantial licenses package. The Company has also positioned itself to play a role in asset consolidation in Chile with various lithium properties throughout the country.
Lithium market dynamics and a rapidly increasing metal price are the result of profound structural issues with the industry meeting anticipated future demand. Wealth is positioning itself to be a major beneficiary of this future mismatch of supply and demand. The Company also maintains and continues to evaluate a portfolio of precious and base metal exploration-stage projects.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
WEALTH MINERALS LTD.
“Hendrik van Alphen”
Hendrik van Alphen
Chief Executive Officer
For further information, please contact: Marla Ritchie
Phone: 604-331-0096 Ext. 3886 or 604-638-3886
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, anticipated exploration program results from exploration activities, the Company’s expectation that it will be able to complete the Spin-Out, the Arrangement, the Escalones Transaction or the Cristal Transaction or enter into agreements to acquire interests in additional mineral properties, including the definitive agreements with respect to the Letters of Intent, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves, the closing and amount of the Private Placement, and the anticipated business plans and timing of future activities of the Company and Wealth Copper, 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. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans”, “may”, “should”, “potential”, “scheduled” or variations of such words and phrases and similar expressions, which, by their nature, refer to future 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 be able to negotiate the definitive agreements for the acquisition of Cristal and Escalones and list Wealth Copper on the TSX-V, and that it will obtain TSX-V acceptance for of same, that the Company will receive the necessary court order approving the Arrangement, market fundamentals will result in sustained precious metals demand and prices, the receipt of any necessary permits, licenses and regulatory approvals in connection with the future development of the Company’s Chilean 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 and Wealth Copper to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors include, among others, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development activities, actual results of exploration activities, including on Cristal and Escalones, the estimation or realization of mineral reserves and mineral resources, the timing and amount of estimated future production, the costs of production, capital expenditures, the costs and timing of the development of new deposits, requirements for additional capital, future prices of lithium 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 the Private Placement, accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, title disputes, the inability of the Company or Wealth Copper to obtain any necessary permits, consents, approvals or authorizations, including acceptance by the TSX-V required for the filing of the definitive agreements for the Escalones Transaction and the Cristal Transaction, the Private Placement and the listing of the Wealth Copper Shares on the TSX-V and approval of the Arrangement from the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, and risks related to joint venture operations, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company’s latest interim Managements’ Discussion and Analysis and filed with the Canadian Securities Authorities. All of the Company’s Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company’s mineral properties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements in this news release or incorporated by reference herein, except as otherwise required by law. On May 12, 2018 and ending May 12, 2020 Liviakis Financial Communications, Inc. (LFC) was retained by Wealth Minerals LTD in various consulting capacities including strategic management planning, investor relations and other business development responsibilities. LFC is compensated $16K per month. Officers and employees of LFC will buy or sell shares in Wealth Minerals LTD prior, during or after this release. LFC advises Wealth Minerals LTD but does not provide investment advice. LFC is not a registered investment advisor or broker-dealer. All material provided regarding Wealth Minerals LTD including, but not limited to its history, corporate status, and other developments was prepared using information approved and signed off by Wealth Minerals LTD management as approved or public dissemination. Although the information contained herein is believed to be reliable, LFC makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the description of any of the content herein and accepts no liability for how readers may choose to utilize it.