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Grounded Lithium Reports 2023 Year End Financial and Operating Results

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Grounded Lithium Corp. reports its 2023 year-end financial and operating results, showcasing significant achievements such as a strategic acquisition, technology selection, positive economic assessment, private placement, resource upgrades, and partnership agreements with Denison Mines Corp. Despite a net comprehensive loss and cash flow challenges, the company remains optimistic about the development of the Kindersley Lithium Project and its partnerships.
Grounded Lithium Corp. presenta i risultati finanziari e operativi di fine anno 2023, evidenziando traguardi significativi quali un'acquisizione strategica, la selezione tecnologica, una valutazione economica positiva, una collocazione privata, l'aggiornamento delle risorse e accordi di partnership con Denison Mines Corp. Nonostante una perdita netta complessiva e sfide nella generazione di flusso di cassa, la società rimane ottimista riguardo allo sviluppo del Progetto di Litio di Kindersley e alle sue partnership.
Grounded Lithium Corp. informa sus resultados financieros y operativos de fin de año 2023, destacando logros significativos como una adquisición estratégica, selección de tecnología, evaluación económica positiva, colocación privada, mejoras en los recursos y acuerdos de colaboración con Denison Mines Corp. A pesar de una pérdida neta integral y desafíos en el flujo de caja, la compañía se mantiene optimista sobre el desarrollo del Proyecto de Litio Kindersley y sus alianzas.
Grounded Lithium Corp.는 2023년 말 재무 및 운영 결과를 보고합니다. 전략적 인수, 기술 선택, 긍정적 경제 평가, 사모 배치, 자원 업그레이드 및 Denison Mines Corp와의 파트너십 계약과 같은 중요한 성과를 강조합니다. 종합 손실과 현금 흐름의 도전에도 불구하고 회사는 Kindersley 리튬 프로젝트 및 그 파트너십의 개발에 대해 낙관적입니다.
Grounded Lithium Corp. présente ses résultats financiers et opérationnels de fin d'année 2023, mettant en avant des réalisations importantes telles qu'une acquisition stratégique, le choix de technologie, une évaluation économique positive, un placement privé, des améliorations de ressources et des accords de partenariat avec Denison Mines Corp. Malgré une perte nette globale et des défis de flux de trésorerie, la société reste optimiste quant au développement du projet de lithium de Kindersley et ses partenariats.
Grounded Lithium Corp. berichtet über seine finanziellen und betrieblichen Ergebnisse für das Jahresende 2023 und stellt bedeutende Errungenschaften wie eine strategische Übernahme, Technologieauswahl, positive wirtschaftliche Bewertung, Privatplatzierung, Ressourcen-Upgrades und Partnerschaftsabkommen mit Denison Mines Corp heraus. Trotz eines umfassenden Nettoverlusts und Herausforderungen im Cashflow bleibt das Unternehmen optimistisch hinsichtlich der Entwicklung des Kindersley Lithium Projektes und seiner Partnerschaften.
Positive
  • Strategic acquisition of 33 sections of lithium resource lands
  • Selection of Koch Technology Solutions' Li-ProTM extraction technology
  • Positive preliminary economic assessment results with high IRR and NPV8
  • Non-brokered private placement for financial stability
  • Upgrade of inferred resources to Measured and Indicated categories
  • Partnership agreements with Denison Mines Corp. for potential development
  • Significant progress operationally with robust project economics
  • Support from Koch Technology Solutions through equity conversion
  • Financial stability amidst volatile markets
Negative
  • Net comprehensive loss of CAD$4,187,227 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023
  • Challenges in cash flow and funds flow from operations
  • Capital expenditures and liquidity concerns
  • Working capital deficit of CAD$67,543
  • Dilution risk due to potential project development funding by Denison Mines Corp.

CALGARY, AB, April 24, 2024 /PRNewswire/ - (TSXV: GRD) (OTCQB: GRDAF) - Grounded Lithium Corp. ("GLC" or the "Company") announces our financial and operating results for the three and twelve month period ended December 31, 2023.  Selected financial and operational information is set out below and should be read in conjunction with the Company's December 31, 2023 financial statements and the related management's discussion and analysis, which are available for review at www.sedarplus.ca or the Company's website at www.groundedlithium.com.

2023 Financial and Operational Highlights

  • On March 16th, we closed a strategic tuck-in acquisition of 33 sections (8,498 hectares) of lithium resource lands contiguous to existing acreage and important in the development of the early phases of the Kindersley Lithium Project ("KLP").  The tuck-in raised total inferred lithium carbonate equivalent ("LCE") resources to 4.2 million tonnes;
  • On May 25th, we announced the selection of Koch Technology Solutions' Li-ProTM direct lithium extraction technology as the solution of choice for the KLP for the upcoming field pilot.  This culminated an extensive process of screening all available choices in this area.  Based on the brine chemistry associated with the KLP, the Li-ProTM yielded the most encouraging results with 98% lithium extraction recovery rates and 99% rejection rates of unwanted ions;
  • On July 26th, we announced the results of the KLP's maiden preliminary economic assessment ("PEA").  The PEA results represent some of the leading economics in the lithium from brine industry in North America, with an after-tax internal rate of return ("IRR") of 48.5% and an after-tax net present value, discounted at 8% ("NPV8"), of US$1.0 billion, all based on a realized sales price of US$25,000/tonne.  Given the low operating and capital expense items of the KLP, the economics are resilient to sales price variability which at current prices the IRR and NPV8 for the KLP remains positive at 27% and US$406 million, respectively;
  • On Sept 25th, we closed on an up-sized non-brokered unit private placement for $765,000, of which a significant percentage came from insiders of the Company.  Proceeds have been used to meet ongoing corporate commitments;
  • On Oct 24th, we announced an upgrade on 24% of our total inferred LCE resource to a combination of Measured mineral resource and Indicated mineral resource ("M&I"), providing a higher degree of certainty on the resource base.  This upgrade centered around the location of the initial first two phases of the KLP.  Upgrade of resources to M&I represents a significant step in the preparation of certain project feasibility studies;
  • While not an event during the fiscal 2023 period, we executed a series of agreements with Denison Mines Corp ("Denison") on January 15, 2024 wherein Denison has the option to become a majority working interest owner in the KLP by funding project expenditures, in addition to cash payments directly to GLC, over three distinct phases.  Denison is a well-capitalized Saskatchewan focused uranium development company.  The agreements with Denison provide for the potential of significant development of the KLP without the need for GLC to dilute interests either at the asset or corporate level

Financial Results

(CAD$, except per share amounts and common shares outstanding)













Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,



2023

2022


2023

2022

FINANCIAL RESULTS







Net comprehensive loss


776,459

2,246,228


4,187,227

6,978,543

Per share - basic and diluted


0.01

0.04


0.06

0.18








Cash flow used in operating activities 


368,654

1,965,105


3,057,030

3,834,198

Per share - basic and diluted


-

0.03


0.04

0.10








Funds flow used in operations


451,375

2,110,192


3,152,068

3,875,411

Per share - basic and diluted


0.01

0.04


0.04

0.10








Capital expenditures







Capital expenditures


-

593,497


451,846

2,333,815








Liquidity







Working capital surplus (deficit)


(67,543)

2,587,236


(67,543)

2,587,236








Common shares outstanding







Weighted average - basic and diluted


76,613,873

56,872,750


71,245,719

38,066,047

Outstanding, end of period


76,613,873

56,872,750


76,613,873

56,872,750

Operational and Corporate Update

2023 represented a year of significant progress operationally for the Company and for the KLP specifically.  Many of the third-party reports filed through the various regulatory channels supported our original geologic and business model.  With some of the more robust economics at the project level as compared to other lithium from brine operation in north America, it is no surprise that we attracted the financial and operational interest of Denison.   Our partnership with Koch Technology Solutions provides the basis of a potential commercially viable lithium extraction methodology.  Further, subsequent to year-end, Koch, through one of its affiliates, supported the efforts of the Company and the KLP by agreeing to take outstanding amounts owed to them in the Company's stock.  This represents a vote of confidence by a world-class entity.   The evolving partnership with Denison sets the stage for continued advancement of a commercial lithium from brine operation.  The financing at the end of Q3 2023 in addition to the funding provided through the transaction with Denison, affords the Company some degree of financial stability in the midst of very volatile commodity and economic markets.

Looking ahead, the Company is hard at work in ongoing discussions and budget setting with representatives from Denison to determine the next best course of action for the KLP.  Future communications will be provided once finalized.

About Grounded Lithium Corp.

GLC is a publicly traded lithium brine exploration and development company that controls approximately 1.0 million metric tonnes of Measured & Indicated lithium carbonate equivalent mineral resource and approximately 3.2 million metric tonnes of Inferred lithium carbonate equivalent resource over our focused land holdings in Southwest Saskatchewan as per the Company's updated PEA.  The updated PEA, titled "NI 43-101 Technical Report: Preliminary Economic Assessment Kindersley Lithium Project – Phase 1 Update" dated November 7, 2023 and effective as of June 30, 2023, reports a Phase 1 NPV8 after-tax of US$1.0 billion with an after-tax IRR of 48.5%.  GLC's multi-faceted business model involves the consolidation, delineation, exploitation and ultimately development of our opportunity base to fulfill our vision to build a best-in-class, environmentally responsible, Canadian lithium producer supporting the global energy transition shift.  U.S. investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the Company on https://www.otcmarkets.com/

Qualified Person

Scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been prepared under the supervision of Doug Ashton, P.Eng., Alexey Romanov, P. Geo., Meghan Klein, P. Eng., Dean Quirk, P.Eng., Jeffrey Weiss, P.Eng., Chad Hitchings., P.L. Eng., and Michael Munteanu, P.Eng., each of whom is a qualified person within the meaning of NI 43-101.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. The opinions, forecasts, projections and statements about future events of results, are forward looking information, forward-looking statements or financial outlooks (collectively, "forward-looking statements") under the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. These statements are made as of the date of this press release and the fact that this press release remains available does not constitute a representation by GLC that the Company believes these forward-looking statements continue to be true as of any subsequent date. Although GLC believes that the assumptions underlying, and expectations reflected in, these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements pertaining to GLC's vision of becoming a best-in-class, environmentally responsible, Canadian lithium producer supporting the global energy transition.

Among the important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: GLC's expectation that our operations will be in Western Canada, unexpected problems can arise due to technical difficulties and operational difficulties which impact the production, transport or sale of our products; geographic and weather conditions can impact the production; the risk that current global economic and credit conditions may impact commodity prices and consumption more than GLC currently predicts; the failure to obtain financing on reasonable terms; the risk that unexpected delays and difficulties in developing currently owned properties may occur; the failure of drilling to result in commercial projects; unexpected delays due to the limited availability of drilling equipment and personnel; and the other risk factors detailed from time to time in GLC's periodic reports.  GLC's forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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FAQ

What were the key financial and operational highlights for Grounded Lithium Corp. in 2023?

Grounded Lithium Corp. reported significant achievements in 2023, including a strategic acquisition, technology selection, positive economic assessment, private placement, resource upgrades, and partnership agreements with Denison Mines Corp.

What were the financial results for Grounded Lithium Corp. in the fourth quarter of 2023?

Grounded Lithium Corp. reported a net comprehensive loss of CAD$776,459 and cash flow used in operating activities of CAD$368,654 for the three months ended December 31, 2023.

What partnerships were announced by Grounded Lithium Corp. in 2023?

Grounded Lithium Corp. announced partnerships with Koch Technology Solutions for extraction technology and Denison Mines Corp. for potential development of the Kindersley Lithium Project.

How did Grounded Lithium Corp. address financial stability in 2023?

Grounded Lithium Corp. secured financial stability through a non-brokered private placement and partnership agreements with Denison Mines Corp., providing support in volatile markets.

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