Vancouver, B.C. October 3, 2017, (TSXV: SMY) Search Minerals Inc. (“Search” or the “Company”) reports that it has entered into debt settlement agreements (the “Settlement Agreements”) with creditors of the Company, pursuant to which the Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 987,501 common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) at a deemed price of $0.06 per Share (the ” Shares for Debt Transactions”).
The total amount of indebtedness settled by the Settlement Agreements is $59,250 (the “Debt”), of which $25,000 is payable to NunatuKavut Community Council (“NCC”) pursuant to the Exploration Activity Agreement (the “NCC Agreement “) between the Company and NCC dated August 22, 2012, as amended, (the “NCC Debt”) and $34,250 of which is payable to the former Executive Chairman, Jim Clucas, (“Clucas”) for accrued management fees.
The Company will issue 416,667 Shares to NCC to settle the NCC Debt, which will be issued concurrently with an additional 50,000 Shares due for issue under the original terms of the NCC Agreement.
In addition, the Company will issue 570,834 Shares to Clucas pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement with Clucas.
Greg Andrews, President and CEO comments: “We are very appreciative of the continued support by the NunatuKavut Community Council for the development of the Port Hope Simpson Critical Rare Earth District. The guidance and support of NCC has been very helpful as we continue to advance the Environmental Assessment application process for the FOXTROT project and as Search plans to initiate the 2000m Deep Fox drill program, subject to funding”
Todd Russell, President of NCC, states: “We appreciate the time and effort that Search Minerals has invested into building a positive relationship with the NCC and our communities. They have been very diligent in their work and have been respectful of the fact they are on our Indigenous lands. The NCC looks forward to continuing to strengthen its relationship with Search Minerals as the project progresses.”
The Company decided to settle an aggregate of $59,250.00 of the Debt with Shares in order to preserve its remaining cash for operations and the settlement of other obligations.
The completion of the Shares for Debt Transactions is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. All Shares issued will be subject to a four month hold period which will expire on the date that is four months and one day from the date of issue.
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 SE Labrador. 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 and continues with its efforts to prove up the District, its primary objective remains development of FOXTROT through identifying a separation partner and continuing to pursue favorable financing and offtake agreements. 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 - $CDN), a short payback period and is scalable due to Search’s proprietary processing technology.
Cautionary Note: 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 to enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have a demonstrated economic viability
About neo-CREOs (Adamas Intelligence - December 2016)
We consider neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium to be neo-CREOs because there is a high probability they will be in short supply by 2025, 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 there is a high probability it will be in short supply by 2025 and 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.
About NunatuKavut Community Council
The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut. NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuktitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit.
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