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Alpha Lithium soars on 'game-changing' investment

Shares in Alpha Lithium shot up more than 20% yesterday as the company announced a multimillion-dollar investment which could see its early-stage Tolillar lithium project in Argentina funded to commercial production.
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Investment could take Alpha Lithium’s early-stage Tolillar project in Argentina to commercial production

Staff reporter

Alpha said Uranium One Holding, a subsidiary of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, would invest an initial $30 million for a 15% stake in Tolillar.

Uranium One could earn another 35% for $185 million, after milestones were achieved including a 5 tonne per annum pilot plant and a feasibility study.

If Uranium One exercised this earn-in right, it would become operator and control Alpha's board, the proceeds would fund a 10,000tpa plant and it would gain marketing rights.

Alpha president and CEO Brad Nichol said under the deal, the junior would retain a 50% interest in the project.

"This early-stage asset has attained a truly game-changing breakthrough for our shareholders," he said.

"This sort of milestone is rarely achieved by a company with less than two years of operations and with a valuation at this level.

"Exercising the earn-in right implies a value at Tolillar of $529 million, not including any additional consideration."

Uranium One president Andrey Shutov said in a joint statement the deal was aligned with its strategy of acquiring non-uranium mineral resources and represented a scaled approach to lithium production.

Alpha said the transaction was limited to Tolillar and was expected to leave Alpha with about $45 million in cash, which it planned to use on its nearby assets in the Salar del Hombre Muerto.

Alpha had reported a loss of C$2.6 million for the three months to September 30.

It announced an upsized bought-deal offering earlier this month of $21.75 million, priced at $1 per unit.

Its shares (TSXV: ALLI) closed up 20.3% yesterday to $1.48, taking this year's gains to almost 120%, and valuing it at $184 million (US$144 million).