TORONTO, ON – (January 4, 2023) – Electra Battery Materials Corporation (NASDAQ: ELBM; TSX-V: ELBM) (“Electra” or the “Company”) today announced it has signed an amendment (the “Amendment”) to a 2021 share purchase and option agreement with Kuya Silver Corporation (“Kuya”) relating to silver and cobalt exploration assets in the Canadian Cobalt Camp (the “Assets”).
Highlights of the Amended Agreement
- Electra has granted to Kuya the right to acquire a 100 percent interest in its remaining assets in the Canadian Cobalt Camp.
- To exercise this right, Kuya is required to make a payment in cash or in the equivalent value of its shares totaling $1 million to Electra on or prior to January 31, 2023. The equivalent value of Kuya’s shares will be based on the share price equivalent to the earn-in volume weighted average price prior to the issuance.
- Kuya has also agreed to enter into a royalty agreement with Electra whereby it will grant Electra a two percent royalty on net smelter returns from commercial production derived from the remaining assets.
- Electra will retain a right of first offer to refine any base metal concentrates produced from the Assets at Electra’s Ontario refinery.
“Our initial agreement with Kuya was designed to allow us to maximize shareholder value for our exploration assets in Ontario, given our primary focus on recommissioning North America’s first cobalt sulfate refinery,” said Trent Mell, Electra’s CEO. “Accelerating the terms of the initial agreement with Kuya allows us to focus on advancing our strategy of developing an integrated battery materials complex that combines the production of cobalt, nickel, and manganese sulfates with the recycling of battery black mass.”
Electra and Kuya first entered into a share purchase and option agreement on February 26, 2021 whereby Kuya acquired a 100 percent interest in the property package surrounding the Kerr Lake area for $4 million and an option to earn up to a 70 percent interest in Electra’s remaining assets for an additional $1 million. Under the original agreement, Kuya was required to make $1 million in additional payments and invest $4 million in exploration activities. Pursuant to the terms of the Amendment, Kuya will also be assuming management of any ongoing obligations and liabilities associated with the Assets.
The Cobalt Camp
Electra held the largest land package in the historic silver-cobalt mining camp of Cobalt, Ontario, with more than 10,000 hectares and over 50 past-producing mines, including some of the region’s largest high-grade silver producers. The Company conducted extensive exploration from 2017 to 2019 that included creating a proprietary 3D geological model based on digital compilation of historic mine workings, integrated with exploration drilling, geophysical data and surface bedrock geology maps.
Over 600 million ounces of silver and 50 million pounds of cobalt were mined in the district along with copper and nickel over a 60-year period. Discovered in 1903, silver production peaked between 1919 to 1931. Exceptionally high-grade vein-style, native silver mineralization was mined at up to 185 oz/t Ag (5,200 g/t Ag) from surface and underground.
About Kuya Silver Corporation
Kuya Silver is a Canadian-based mineral exploration and development company with a focus on acquiring, exploring, and advancing precious metals in Peru and Canada.
About Electra Battery Materials
Electra is a processor of low-carbon, ethically-sourced battery materials. Currently commissioning North America’s only cobalt sulfate refinery, Electra is executing a multipronged strategy focused on onshoring the electric vehicle supply chain. Keys to its strategy are integrating black mass recycling and nickel sulfate production at Electra’s refinery located north of Toronto, advancing Iron Creek, its cobalt-copper exploration-stage project in the Idaho Cobalt Belt, and expanding cobalt sulfate processing into Bécancour, Quebec. For more information visit www.electrabmc.com.
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