VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2016) - Scientific Metals Corp. ("STM" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:STM) (FRANKFURT:26X) (OTCQB:SCTFF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arm's length share purchase agreement with the shareholders of a private company pursuant to which the Company will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of the private company. The private company owns all of the outstanding shares of Idaho Cobalt Company whose sole assets are 58 unpatented lode mining claims, totalling 1,160 acres, that are contiguous with STM's Iron Creek Project (the "Property"). The share purchase agreement provides that the Company will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of the private company in consideration for the issuance of 10,000,000 common shares of the Company. Assuming completion of this transaction, STM will substantially expand its land holding in the region from 7 patented lode mining claims totalling 137 acres to 65 lode mining claims totalling 1,297 acres. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.
STM president, Brian Kirwin commented: "The acquisition of the surrounding ground to the Iron Creek Cobalt Property is a significant step in STM's growth. Our early interpretation of the historical data suggests that there is potential to significantly expand the historic resources that Noranda had previously estimated. We are excited to now have this key ground as we begin exploration of the Property."
- The property is located in the most prolific trend of cobalt mineralization in the USA, the Idaho Cobalt Belt.
- A substantial amount of historic exploratory work has been completed on the Property, including approximately 30,000 feet of diamond drilling, and the mining of 1,500 feet of underground workings.
The earliest historic estimates of the mineralized zones at the Property are contained in the historical literature describing two underground targets in the No Name Zone, as previously announced in the Company's press releases of July 26, 2016 and September 7, 2016:
- The first lense is described by Noranda Exploration, Inc. as a "possible reserve" and is reported to contain 1,050,000 tons grading 0.61% cobalt over a strike length of 750 feet.
- The second lense is described as a "possible reserve" and is reported to contain 229,000 tons grading 0.48% cobalt over a strike length of 600 feet.
- Together, the lenses contain 1,279,000 tons grading an average of 0.59% cobalt with excellent potential for expansion.
The Company is treating the tonnage and grade estimates above as historical estimates. The historical estimates do not use categories that conform to current CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves as outlined in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and have not been redefined to conform to current CIM Definition Standards. They were prepared in the 1980s prior to the adoption and implementation of NI 43-101. The Noranda report does not detail cut-off grades and metal prices used to estimate the historical mineralization and used a tonnage factor of 11 cubic feet per ton. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources and the Company is not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources. More work, including, but not limited to, drilling, will be required to conform the estimates to current CIM Definition Standards. Investors are cautioned that the historical estimates do not mean or imply that economic deposits exist on the Property. The Company has not undertaken any independent investigation of the historical estimates or other information contained in this press release nor has it independently analyzed the results of the previous exploration work in order to verify the accuracy of the information. The Company believes that the historical estimates and other information contained in this press release are relevant to continuing exploration on the Property.
Management of the Company is relying on the historical estimates contained in the Noranda report because the authors were experts and used industry standard procedures at the time. The historical estimates are relevant to the Company's planned exploration program because they identify significant mineralization that will be the target of this exploration program.
Mr. Garry Clark, P. Geo., of Clark Exploration Consulting, is the "qualified person" as defined in NI 43-101, who has reviewed and approved the technical content in this press release.
About The Company
STM is a Canadian-based exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of production grade lithium deposits in North America. STM has acquired the Deep Valley lithium property, located in west-central Alberta, consisting of a 6,648 ha (16,427 acres) permit that encompasses an area of reported enrichment of lithium brines. This property is located in the active Fox Creek - Sturgeon Lake area of Alberta, where formation waters within Leduc aquifers are known to be highly enriched in lithium, potassium, boron, bromine and other commodities. Within the central part of the property, historic samples of formation waters (brines) have returned 140 mg/L (ppm) from the Leduc Formation, which are amongst the highest values recorded for Alberta.
This news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. In particular, forward-looking information in this press release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's proposed acquisition of the private company and with respect to future exploration work on the Property. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. We cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. Consequently, there is no representation that the actual results achieved will be the same, in whole or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information.
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