Lake Resources and WMC Energy execute Conditional Framework Agreement involving a 10percent strategic investment in Lake Resources and off-take for up to 25,000 metric tons per annum (mtpa) battery grade lithium (LCE) from Kachi Project
• Off-take of up to 25,000 tonnes per annum of battery grade lithium from the Kachi Project.
• WMC Energy to acquire 10 percent of Lake underpinning the development of a Clean Lithium Supply Chain to meet the global environmental demands for electric vehicles particularly in Europe and North America.
• Continued de-risking of the project for financiers and investors.
Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX: LKE; OTC: LLKKF) (Lake) announces that ithas entered into a Conditional Framework Agreement (CFA) with WMC ENERGY B.V. (WMC)for the offtake of up to 25,000 mtpa of battery grade lithium from the Kachi Project and a 10percent investment by WMC in Lake.The key terms of the CFA are as follows:• A 10 percent investment in Lake at AUD1.20 per share to support the realization of the Kachi Project;
• Offtake of 50 percent of Kachi project lithium product up to 25,000 mtpa of LCE;
• An initial offtake term of ten years with an option to extend the term with an additional five years;
• Offtake to be priced on an agreed market price formula based upon the average quoted price in the quotational applying a discount.
The CFA is subject to a standard set of conditions being achieved by Lake Resources including: finalization of the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS); the performance of Lilac’s demonstration plant; due diligence by WMC; and the LCE meeting the applicable product specifications.
The CFA becomes unconditional upon the satisfaction of said conditions precedent. Stu Crow, Lake’s Executive Chairman, states: “The CFA delivers a long-term strategic alignment with WMC and its supply chain into its European and North American customers.”
“WMC Energy has a track record of being a market leader in nuclear fuels and expanded into battery materials including lithium to serve predominantly the US and European lithium-ion battery supply chain for EVs with their strategic needs”, Mr. Crow continues.
The agreement strengthens Lake’s long term shareholder base and adds to the equity component required for drawdown of debt facilities for project development.
Lake’s new CEO and MD David Dickson states that the CFA cements the ability of Lake to scale up the production of LCE in an environmentally friendly fashion and offers partners like WMC an opportunity to participate in Lake’s other projects. As Lake moves to develop these adjacent projects, a growing supply of high-quality lithium products becomes available to WMC and its partners and customers across the US and Europe.
“Increasing customer and consumer scrutiny around the environmental and ethical credentials of lithium projects particularly from the European markets drives our focus on sustainable extraction,” Mr Dickson said.
“WMC is excited to support Lake Resources in its endeavours to make the Kachi Project a success. The engagement under the CFA will help Lake Resources expand its down stream footprint across the European and North American lithium-ion battery supply chain, enablingLake to optimally benefit from the anticipated growth in demand for battery materials like lithium carbonate across these markets,” states Amrish Ritoe, Director Corporate BusinessDevelopment for WMC’s battery materials team.
Mr. Ritoe continues: “With our extensive network in Europe and North America, we are well positioned to create a partnership with Lake and others that will help Lake to accelerate the development of the Kachi Project.
WMC has consented to this market release. Lake will update the market on progress on the implementation of the CFA with WMC as soon as it is able to do so.