VANCOUVER, May 15, 2018 - Search Minerals Inc. (“Search” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SMY), is pleased to acknowledge receipt of a grant of $68,722.20 from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador towards exploration work completed in 2017 on the Company’s Critical Rare Earth Element claims located near the communities of St. Lewis and Port Hope Simpson in Southeastern Labrador.
Greg Andrews, President and CEO of Search Minerals states, “Search is very appreciative of the non-repayable Junior Exploration Assistance Program (“JEA”) funds granted by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which enabled us to hire local personnel and continue to explore and advance the Port Hope Simpson Critical Rare Earth Element District (“the “District”) in 2017. The Company controls a belt 70 km long and 8 km wide and there are still 20 showings within this belt to be further assessed. The 2017 field season funding allowed our geologists to keep prospective exploration licenses in good standing, and more importantly, allowed Search to initiate a drill program at our Deep Fox prospect. Search anticipates completing the Phase 1 drill program to 2000m at Deep Fox in 2018, and based on positive results, could continue the drill program another 2000m later in the year. The JEA Program and the support of the Department of Natural Resources has played an important role for Search and has enabled us to continue to explore our District in Newfoundland and Labrador and we truly appreciate that support,”
Annual and Special Meetings Results
The Company is pleased to report that at the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders, which took place on April 19, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia (the “Meeting”), the shareholders approved the election of Greg Andrews, George Molyviatis, Jocelyn Bennett, David Dreisinger and Leo Power as directors of the Company for the ensuing year. At the Meeting, the shareholders also approved the re-appointment of Mao & Ying LLP Chartered Accountants as auditors of the Company for the ensuing year and the Company’s rolling stock option plan.
In addition, the shareholders voted in favour of an ordinary resolution to approve the creation of InCoR Holdings PLC as a new “Control Person” (as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”)) of the Company. The resolution approving the creation of InCoR as a new Control Person received approval of 99.86% of disinterested Shareholders and was required by the Exchange as a pre-condition to the exercise of conversion rights of InCoR under previously acquired debentures.
Following the Meeting, the board re-appointed the Company’s executive officers: Greg Andrews as President/CEO, Matthew Anderson as Chief Financial Officer, Dr. David Dreisinger as Vice President of Metallurgy and Dr. Randy Miller as Vice President of Exploration.
The Audit Committee will consist of Jocelyn Bennett, Leo Power and Greg Andrews, and the Compensation/Nominating Committee will consist of: Jocelyn Bennett, George Molyviatis and Leo Power.
About Search Minerals Inc.
Led by a proven management team and board of directors, Search is focused on finding and developing resources within the emerging Port Hope Simpson Critical Rare Earth Element (“CREE”) District of South East Labrador (the “District”). The Company controls a belt 70 km long and 8 km wide including its 100% interest in the FOXTROT Project which is road accessible and at tidewater. Exploration efforts have advanced “Deep Fox” and “Fox Meadow” as significant new CREE prospects very similar and in close proximity to the original FOXTROT discovery. While the Company has identified more than 20 other prospects in the District, its primary objective remains development of FOXTROT with the clearly demonstrated success of the proprietary processing technology at the pilot plant level and delineation of prospects that will ensure competitive-low cost production beyond the 14-year mine life contemplated in the preliminary economic assessment of FOXTROT completed in April 2016. The FOXTROT Project has a low capital cost to bring the initial project into production ($152 M), a short payback period and is scalable due to Search’s proprietary processing technology. The preliminary economic assessment is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized. The preliminary economic assessment includes the results of an economic analysis of mineral resources. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
About neo-CREOs (Adamas Intelligence – December 2016)
We consider neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium to be neo-CREOs and they are vital to NdFeB magnets used widely in renewable power generation, electric mobility, and energy-efficient technologies. We consider terbium to be a neo-CREO because upon experiencing shortages of dysprosium, consumers in the magnet industry will rapidly consume available terbium supplies in its place for applications involving renewable power generation, electric mobility and energy efficient technologies. Lanthanum is considered a neo-CREO because it is widely used in catalytic converters and rechargeable batteries, and will be increasingly used as a thermal stabilizer by producers of poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) to minimize lead consumption and improve the energy efficiency of PVC and other processing equipment.
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