VANCOUVER, British Columbia, November 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Standard Lithium Ltée (“Standard lithium“or the”Society“) (TSXV: SLI) (NYSE: SLI) (FRA: S5L), an innovative lithium technology and projects development company, today announced that Koch Strategic Platforms (“KSP»), A subsidiary of Koch Investments Group, will invest US $ 100 million in Standard Lithium through a direct private placement to support the Company’s strategic development objectives.
US $ 100 million direct private placement (the “Direct investment“);
Standard Lithium will issue 13,480,083 ordinary shares (“Ordinary actions”) Of the Company at a price of CA $ 9.43 (US $ 7.42) per common share;
The direct investment follows a thorough due diligence of Standard Lithium’s LiSTR DLE technology, demonstration plant and project development objectives; and,
The parties should explore opportunities to work with several subsidiaries of Koch Industries in key areas of alignment with the project development needs of Standard Lithium (the “Strategic opportunities“).
In addition to the new capital, the company, along with several subsidiaries of Koch Industries, are exploring strategic opportunities to work collaboratively in several key areas. These potentially include working with Koch Engineered Solutions (“KES“) which provides key processing equipment, engineering, procurement and construction services; as well as Koch Minerals & Trading (“KM&TWhich is involved in trading many of the materials the Company will need in the future, as well as the lithium products it intends to produce.
The net proceeds of the direct investment of US $ 100 million will be used by the Company to pursue the following objectives:
Continue to rapidly advance the first commercial project proposed for the Lanxess facility;
Accelerate and expand the development of the Southwest Arkansas Lithium Project Company;
Continue to develop and commercialize modern lithium extraction and processing technologies and work in collaboration with KES companies; and,
Allow the strategic expansion of the project.
“We are entering an important phase for Standard Lithium and we are delighted to start it with a globally recognized industry leader such as Koch Strategic Platforms as a partner” said Robert Mintak, CEO of Standard Lithium. “KSP has an impressive track record of investing in disruptive technologies and their support is a significant endorsement of the company’s core technology, development plans and our intention to make the Gulf region a leading resource provider. lithium. “
“KSP is focused on investing in companies with strong tailwinds that are disrupting the market as we know it. We are excited to invest in Standard Lithium as they pave the way for lithium production here in the United States. “ said David Park, president of Koch Strategic Platforms.
Strategic alignment with Koch companies
The Company expects the direct investment from KSP to achieve mutually beneficial alignment with several companies of Koch Industries. For example, several companies within the KES and KM&T platforms could help in the following ways:
Provide key industry technologies and process solutions for the commercialization of Koch Separation Solutions;
Supervision of the engineering and development of Koch Project Solutions;
Group Engineering, Procurement and Other Construction Services Optimized Process Designs (OPD); and,
Raw material supply agreements and assistance with future agreements for the sale of lithium products for the KM&T group.
Conditions of direct investment
Pursuant to the direct investment, KSP will subscribe for 13,480,083 common shares of Standard Lithium at a price of C $ 9.43 (US $ 7.42) per share for gross proceeds to Standard Lithium of C $ 127,070,000. (US $ 100,000,000). All common shares issued to KSP will be subject to statutory restrictions on resale prescribed by applicable securities laws in Canada and the United States. Completion of the direct investment remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, as well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
MaxEn Capital Advisors, Ltd. acted as the sole financial advisor to Standard Lithium in connection with the transaction, led by the Senior Managing Director, Howard Margulis, and will be entitled to receive a cash commission and share purchase warrants from Standard Lithium in consideration for the services provided.
About Standard Lithium Ltd.
Standard Lithium is an innovative lithium and technology development company. The Company’s flagship project is located in southern Arkansas, where it is engaged in testing and demonstrating the commercial viability of mining lithium from more than 150,000 acres of licensed brine operations. . The Company has commissioned its first industrial-scale direct lithium mining demonstration plant at the South Lanxess plant in southern Arkansas. The demonstration plant uses the company’s proprietary LiSTR technology to selectively extract lithium from Lanxess residual brine. The demonstration plant is used for proof of concept and commercial feasibility studies. The scalable and environmentally friendly process eliminates the use of evaporation ponds, reduces processing time from months to hours, and dramatically increases efficient lithium recovery. The Company also continues to develop the resources of more than 30,000 acres of separate brine leases located in Southwest Arkansas, known as the Southwest Arkansas Lithium Project, and approximately 45,000 acres of mining leases located in the desert. of Mojave, San Bernardino County, California.
Standard Lithium is jointly listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the US Stock Exchange NYSE under the ticker symbol “SLI”; and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “S5L”. Please visit the company’s website at www.standardlithium.com.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Standard Lithium Ltd.
Robert Mintak, CEO and Director
About Koch’s Strategic Platforms
With offices in Atlanta and Wichita, KSP aims to be the preferred investment partner for strategic, growth-oriented companies that innovate in sectors with disruptive potential. Established in 2020, the KSP team pursues public and private investments with companies where long-term mutual benefits can be realized. https://www.kochind.com/
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