Vancouver B.C. May 10, 2013: International Lithium Corp. (“ILC” or the “Company”) (ILC: TSX-V) is pleased to announce that Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. (“Ganfeng Lithium”) has agreed to lend ILC a total of $2,289,000 to advance the Company’s Mariana Lithium-Potassium Brine project in Argentina and for ILC to provide the outstanding scheduled cash payments to secure an unencumbered 100% ownership of the Mariana project. Subject to final approval by the TSX Venture Exchange and Ganfeng Lithium’s shareholders, Ganfeng Lithium will advance ILC a total of USD$2,289,000 (“Loan”). USD$1,199,000 will be advanced within two business days of Ganfeng Lithium receiving shareholder approval (“First Advance”), and a further advance of USD$1,090,000 will follow in May 2014 (“Second Advance”). The Loan will mature two years following the date of the Second Advance and during the term of the loan ILC will pay interest of 10% per annum on the balance of the Loan, payable quarterly.
In lieu of receiving repayment of the loan, Ganfeng Lithium may elect to convert into an interest in the Mariana Property. The loan agreement contemplates that Ganfeng Lithium may convert what would otherwise be ILC’s repayment obligation for the First Advance into a 26% interest in ILC’s rights in the Mariana Property. Likewise, instead of receiving repayment of the Second Advance, Ganfeng Lithium may convert into a 25% interest in ILC’s rights to the Mariana Property, for a total interest of 51%. If Ganfeng Lithium elects to convert up to a 51% property interest, at that time, the parties would enter into a joint venture relationship for the operation of the Mariana Property.
“This latest transaction demonstrates the confidence and continued support ILC has received from our strategic partner Gangfeng Lithium, providing us with the resources to move in course with exploration plans and operations that will allow us to unlock the potential value in the projects that we have been advancing since the formation of the company.” States Kirill Klip, President of International Lithium Corp.
About GanfengLithium Co. Ltd.
Ganfeng Lithium based in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, China, is a professional producer of lithium products which has developed a comprehensive product chain, including lithium metal and alloys, inorganic and organic lithium chemicals, supplies a wide range of lithium products for primary and secondary lithium battery market, pharmaceutical and new material industries. Ganfeng Lithium’s principal market is in China with international exports to Europe, Japan, the USA and India. Ganfeng Lithium was founded in 2000 and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in August 2010, notably as the first publicly listed lithium company in China and has experienced rapid continuous growth over the last 12 years.
About International Lithium Corp.
International Lithium Corp. is an exploration company with an outstanding portfolio of projects, strong management ownership, robust financial support and a strategic partner and keystone investor Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd., a leading China based lithium product manufacturer.
The Company’s primary focus is the Mariana lithium-potash brine project in Argentina within the renowned South American ‘Lithium Belt’ that is host to the vast majority of global lithium resources, reserves and production. The 160 square kilometre Mariana project strategically encompasses an entire mineral rich evaporite basin that ranks as one of the more prospective salarsor ‘salt lakes’ in the region.
Complementing the Company’s lithium brine projects are rare metals pegmatite properties in Canada and Ireland that have revealed through recent highly positive results a clear potential that the Company will advance with the support of its strategic partner, Ganfeng Lithium. These projects can add distinct value as the Company strives to source rare metals to help meet the increasing demand through the growth in global technologies that utilize the rare metals suite of elements.
With the increasing demand of high tech applications in battery and vehicle propulsion technologies, lithium and other rare metals are no doubt the metals of tomorrow’s green tech economy. By positioning itself with solid development partners and projects with significant resource potential, ILC aims to be the green tech resource developer of choice for investors and build value for its shareholders.
International Lithium mission is to find, explore and develop projects which have the potential to become world class lithium, potash and rare metal deposits.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President, International Lithium Corp.
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