Li-FT Power; world-class #lithium project in #Canada

I’m tracking ~240 junior miners with at least one lithium (“Li“)-prospective property in Canada. The vast majority are early-stage Canadian & Australian-listed plays in Quebec & Ontario. Of those, ~100 are trading at $0.05 or less. Many will disappear… or transition to #uranium, (the only hot commodity).

Of those 240, just 20% have announced drill results — 80% have never reported a single assay! Many in that 80% bucket have been “working” on their properties for years. How many Canadian hopefuls have reported a maiden mineral resource estimate (“MRE“)? Less than 10%.

Top 35 of 89 global projects with hard rock assays… Li-FT #20

Looking beyond Canada, globally there are fewer than 50 pre-production hard rock Li resource estimates, (> 10M tonnes), among publicly-listed companies. That’s why I believe Li prices will recover from currently low levels, timing unknown. My guess is that 1q 2024 will be the bottom.

Lithium stocks had a terrible 2023 and are off to a horrific start this quarter. Yet, I firmly believe that the worse things are in 2023-24, the better they will be in 2025-26. Select companies like Li-FT Power (TSX-v: LIFT) / (OTCQX: LIFFF), with an upcoming MRE of 100M+ tonnes at 1.10%+ Li2O in the works, are clear winners.

The MRE on the 100%-owned Yellowknife project is expected in September, followed by a PEA several months later. Management believes it has > 100 million mineralized tonnes from 8 of 13 pegmatite systems. Seven of the eight are road-accessible.

Consistent drill results have been coming out nearly every week. The Company concluded its 2023 drill program at Yellowknife with 34,238 m completed. So far, management has reported results from 174 of 198 drill holes (30,666 m).

Upon delivery of the MRE, Li-FT’s Yellowknife project in Canada’s Northwest Territories will be the 2nd or 3rd largest hard rock Li project in N. America, after Patriot Battery Metals’ world-class Corvette and Arcadium Lithium’s James Bay [110M tonnes], both in Quebec.

Other notable projects in Quebec include; Winsome Resources Adina, Sayona Mining’s Moblan & NAL, Critical Element’s Rose, and Nemaska’s Whabouchi. Li-FT’s Yellowknife will be larger than all of them. Ontario hosts just one globally-significant project, Frontier Lithium’s PAK.

As investment sentiment in Li improves, (it can hardly get worse), Li-FT will be among a handful of must-own names. Patriot Battery Metals has a monster project, but its valuation is 5x that of Li-FT!

As the biggest Li name in Canada, I imagine Patriot will get acquired by a company like Pilbara Minerals, Albemarle, Mineral Resources, Arcadium, Rio Tinto or POSCO. Once Patriot is gone, 5 of those 6 (and others) will be all over Li-FT.

Yellowknife is one of the best positioned of globally significant Canadian hard rock projects in terms of regional infrastructure & product transportation routes. A paved highway from Yellowknife comes within several km of seven meaningful deposits.

Trucking around, and/or barging across, Great Slave Lake (3-4 months/yr.) to a rail line at Hay River is expected to be straightforward & low-cost. From Hay River, concentrate can be railed to a port at Prince Rupert or further south to the U.S.

The following chart shows three globally-significant, early-stage hard rock Li peers. Pre-MRE junior Azure Minerals is being acquired for ~$1.4B by SQM & Hancock Prospecting. Granted that deal was negotiated in a better Li market, but Wildcat Resources’ valuation is interesting.

Notice that Wildcat & Azure, both Australian-listed, enjoy strong valuations. Will Li-FT will follow PMET’s lead and co-list in Australia?

Assuming in two years that Li-FT has delineated 160M+ tonnes (combined) at Yellowknife, Cali + one or more of ​its Quebec properties, and has a PFS out on Yellowknife, the Company could be worth a multiple of today’s enterprise value {market cap + debt – cash} of $163M. (C$4.55/shr.).

Only six juniors with Canadian projects (one in NWT, four in Quebec, one in Ontario) have world-class hard rock Li projects that can reach meaningful production this decade.

Importantly, the large resource size of Yellowknife and considerable value of its regional infrastructure & transportation routes, is boosted by four additional early-stage projects, one in NWT & three in Quebec.

Li-FT’s 100%-owned Cali project has a spodumene-bearing pegmatite dyke system up to 1,200 x 60 x 300 m deep. It has the potential to be over 50M tonnes, but there’s been no drilling on it. Last year, sampling & mapping was done to establish a rough estimate of grade & tonnage.

Fifty million tonnes would be a Top-8 hard rock resource in Canada, yet Cali is barely noticed in the shadow of Yellowknife. In November, the Company obtained a Land Use Permit enabling it to establish an exploration camp, drill, and construct / maintain winter access roads. A modest drill program is planned for the summer.

In Quebec, the 100%-owned [Rupert, Moyenne & Pontax] properties span a total of 228,237 hectares. Rupert (141,572 ha) surrounds Nemaska’s advanced-stage Whabouchi project {see map below}. To say that $​5B+ Arcadium [formed in merger of Livent & Allkem] should care about Rupert is an understatement.

Moyenne is 25,145 ha, about the same size as the Yellowknife project, and larger than PMET’s 21,400 ha Corvette. It’s within 50-60 km of both the James Bay & Rose projects.

Pontax is 61,520 ha and has the most extensive Li anomaly of the Quebec properties. It has highway access and is < 50 km south of the James Bay project. Any of the three Quebec prospects have the potential to be company-maker​s if farmed out to third parties.

This bullish article on Li-FT Power assumes Li prices will rebound later this year. A widely-followed Li carbonate spot price in China has been pinned ​in the low-to-mid US$13​,000’s/tonne since December 6th, suggesting it might have bottomed. In fact, for the first time in over three months, that price index rose +2,000 yuan/tonne to 97,500.

18,600 m winter drill program to further test 6 pegmatites

As 2024 unfolds, investors in Li​ will come to realize the tremendous value in the world’s top low-technical risk, hard rock projects, even early-stage ones. Li-FT Power’s (TSX-v: LIFT) / (OTCQX: LIFFF) Yellowknife project stands out among peers and deserves a lot more attention.

This year & next there will be a tsunami of Li M&A across Canada. By the end of 2025, Li-FT will likely have been acquired by one of the dozens of (auto & battery makers, large Li & mining) companies looking to secure long-term, safe, Li supply in North America.

In my view, a takeout could happen at well above today’s levels. Li-FT’s enterprise value, {market cap + debt – cash} is just $163M!

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