VANCOUVER, British Columbia (August 16, 2021) – Euro Manganese Inc. (TSX-V and ASX: EMN; OTCQX: EUMNF) (the "Company" or "EMN")today filed its third quarter financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) andis pleased to provide the following financial and operating highlights for the quarter:
On May 10, 2021, the Company completed the second tranche of a two-tranche brokered private placement of 50 million CHESS Depository Interests (“CDIs”), with each CDI representing one common share, at a price of AUD0.60 for aggregate gross proceeds of AUD30.0 million ($28.6 million) and net proceeds of AUD28.5 million ($27.2 million). Accordingly, the Company ended the quarter with $33.8 million in cash and $27.8 million in working capital.
On May 31, 2021, the Company entered into royalty termination agreements to purchase and extinguish an aggregate 1.2% net smelter royalty interest in the Manganese Chvaletice Project (the “Project”) for aggregate consideration of USD4.5 million (approximately $5.5 million) payable in two installments: 20% in cash, amounting to USD0.9 million ($1.1 million) which was paid May 31, 2021; and 80%, amounting to USD3.6 million (approximately $4.5 million), on or before January 31, 2022, by a combination of cash and up to 50% in common shares, at the sole option of the Company, based on a price per share equal to the 20-day volume weighted average price on the TSX-V prior to the date of issuance.
On June 14, 2021, following discussions with prospective customers, the Company announced its plan to re-start its pilot plant to produce samples of high purity manganese finished products made from Chvaletice tailings. This will allow prospective customers to continue or initiate their supply chain qualification of the Company's products in advance of receiving large-scale samples from the Project’s Demonstration Plant (“DP”).
The DP fabrication is proceeding well, but has experienced some recent delays, in part due to the effects of COVID-19 restrictions and supply chain interruptions in China. The procurement and manufacture of the DP equipment components is essentially complete with fabrication and assembly of the individual modules to commence in the coming weeks. Commissioning and initial production of the DP are now targeted for the second quarter of 2022.
Subsequent to quarter-end, the Czech Ministry of the Environment granted the Company an extension of its exploration licenses to May 31, 2026, enabling the work to continue on all aspects of the manganese resource development, including the tailings extraction for the DP. Additionally, a new Preliminary Mining Permit was granted by the Ministry of the Environment, also valid to May 31, 2026, securing the Company’s exclusive rights to conduct the Final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Project (“Final EIA”).
Work on the Project’s definitive feasibility study and Final EIA continues, with completion of both expected in the first quarter of 2022. Completion of these key elements of the Project could potentially enable environmental permitting in late 2022.
Euro Manganese CEO, Marco Romero, stated: “As the Chvaletice Manganese Project moves forward, the future of the electric vehicle industry and high-purity manganese in EV batteries, has never looked better. During the last several months we have seen major policy announcements from the European Commission and the United States designed to accelerate the world’s transition to e-mobility and develop sustainable battery and battery raw materials supply chains. Our company has also experienced strong customer interest in our products. Meanwhile, the ongoing trend towards increased use of manganese-rich batteries continues, with recent announcements from several major automotive, battery, and battery materials industry players. is well-positioned to benefit from this momentum, and our battery grade manganese products made by recycling waste stand to become a valuable element of Europe’s emerging battery value chain.”
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About Euro Manganese:
Euro Manganese Inc. is a battery materials company whose principal focus is advancing the development of the Chvaletice Manganese Project, in which it holds 100% interest. The proposed Project entails re-processing a significant manganese deposit hosted in mine tailings from a decommissioned mine, strategically located in the Czech Republic. The Company’s goal is to become a leading, competitive, and environmentally superior primary producer of ultra-high-purity Manganese Products in the heart of Europe, serving the lithium-ion battery industry, as well as other high-technology applications.
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