Usha Resources Announces Amendment to Jackpot Lake Agreement
Vancouver, British Columbia / April 25, 2022 – Usha Resources Ltd. (“USHA” or the “Company”) (TSXV: USHA) (OTCQB: USHAF), a North American mineral acquisition and exploration company focused on the development of drill-ready battery and precious metal projects, is pleased to announce that further to its news release dated March 31, 2022, it has entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to its mineral property option agreement (the “Option Agreement”) with Ares Strategic Mining Inc. (the “Vendor”) to acquire a 100% interest in 140 mineral claims located in Jackpot Lake, Clark County, Nevada (the “Property”) following a preliminary review completed by the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”).
Pursuant to the Amendment, the Company and the Vendor have agreed to reduce the maximum number of shares to be potentially issued under the Option Agreement for the 2nd and 3rd payments from 3,000,000 common shares (the “Shares”) to 1,875,000 Shares. Total consideration for each of the 2nd and 3rd payments remains the same at $225,000 in cash or Shares at the discretion of the Company.
The amended consideration terms are as follows:
$75,000 payable within five days from receiving approval from the Exchange.
$500,000 payable in Shares of the Company within five days from the date of Exchange approval, to be issued at a deemed value according to the 10-day VWAP;
$225,000 payable through a combination of cash or Shares of the Company (at the discretion of the Company), up to a maximum of 937,500 Shares, on the 6-month anniversary date, to be issued at a deemed value according to the 10-day VWAP; and
$225,000 payable through a combination of cash or Shares of the Company (at the discretion of the Company), up to a maximum of 937,500 Shares, on the 12-month anniversary date, to be issued at a deemed value according to the 10-day VWAP.
All other terms of the Option Agreement remain the same. The Amendment and the transactions contemplated therein, including the issuance of the Shares, is subject to final approval of the Exchange. All securities issued in connection with the Amendment will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period.
The Property is located within Clark County, 35 kilometres northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is comprised of 140 mineral claims that total 2,800 acres. The project is exploring a “playa” which appears to be within a closed basin that may contain potentially lithium-rich brines. The geologic model is similar to that of Albemarle’s Silver Peak Nevada Lithium Mine which has operated continuously since 1966, and Iconic Mineral’s Bonnie Claire Project, which recently released a Preliminary Economic Assessment report (PEA) that indicates 40-year mine with an after-tax NPV8% of 1.5 billion, where sediments from lithium‑rich surrounding source rocks accumulate and fill the deposit leading to a potential concentration of lithium brine due to successive evaporation and concentration events.
Figure 1 - Left, location of Jackpot Lake. Right, aerial image of the "playa".
The project is considered to be “drill-ready” based on the following work which has successfully delineated a 5 x 2 kilometre anomaly within a closed basin that suggests the presence of a highly concentrated brine:
129 core samples collected by the USGS with an average lithium value of 175 ppm with a high of 550 ppm and spectrographic and atomic-absorption analyses of 135 stream sediment samples confirming the potential for lithium mineral deposits.
Gravitational surveying which has identified a closed basin, critical for ensuring brines remain within the basin without dilution from external water sources.
Geophysical modelling based upon gravitational and controlled source audio magnetotellurics/magnetotellurics (CSAMT/MT) surveys has provided evidence of highly concentrated brines which are relatively near the surface. The CSAMT survey results of the Jackpot Lake Project demonstrate a large consistent body of very low resistivity – consistent with highly concentrated brine behavior – throughout the property, predominantly above bedrock depths of 625 meters.
The CSAMT Survey and report was conducted and prepared by Hasbrouck Geophysics, who has extensive experience of both surveying and data processing for brine-bearing basin environments across the southwestern U.S.
Figure 2- Left, gravitational surveying outlined the footprint of the Jackpot lithium brine anomaly. Right, CSMAT survey slices showing a cross-section of the anomaly illustrating the highly enriched brines throughout the property in red.
Based on the above, the Company intends on completing an aggressive exploration program by drilling both shallow and deep holes to test the targets outlined by the CSAMT Survey at possible higher concentration brine zones with the goal of completing a 43-101 resource estimate by Q4 of 2022.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Helgi Sigurgeirson, P.Geo., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).
About Usha Resources Ltd.
Usha Resources Ltd. is a North American mineral acquisition and exploration company focused on the development of quality battery and precious metal properties that are drill-ready with high-upside and expansion potential. Based in Vancouver, BC, Usha’s portfolio of strategic properties provides target-rich diversification and consist of Jackpot Lake, a lithium project in Nevada; Nicobat, a nickel‑copper‑cobalt project in Ontario; and Lost Basin, a gold-copper project in Arizona. Usha trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol USHA and the OTCQB Exchange under the symbol USHAF.
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