American Lithium to acquire Plateau Energy amid EV boom

The Falchani lithium project is located in Peru’s Puno district. Image from Plateau Energy Metals.

At a time of rapidly growing lithium demand backed by an increasing focus on electric vehicles, energy storage and renewable energy generation, American Lithium (TSXV: LI) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Plateau Energy Metals (TSXV: PLU) to consolidate two “significant and strategic” undeveloped lithium assets in the Americas.

The acquisition of Plateau Energy would establish American Lithium as a consolidator of development assets in the Americas, the company stated, adding that the deal would “substantially increase its resource base” by combining its TLC project in Nevada and Plateau’s Falchani project in Peru.

American Lithium also plans to implement a strategic approach to Plateau’s uranium assets, specifically Macusani, believed to be the largest uranium deposit in Peru.

It is expected that Plateau shareholders will hold approximately 21% of American Lithium’s shares on an outstanding undiluted basis upon completion

“We believe that Falchani offers geographic and geological diversity in one of the leading mining jurisdictions in South America and one of the strongest emerging markets globally,” Michael Kobler, American Lithium CEO said in a media release.

Under the terms of the agreement, American Lithium will acquire all the issued and outstanding common shares of Plateau on the basis of 0.29 units for each share of Plateau held.

Each unit will consist of one American Lithium common share plus one-half of a common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional common share of American Lithium at an exercise price of C$3.00 for a period of 36 months from the date of completion.

The arrangement represents a 72% premium to Plateau shareholders using the trailing 20-day volume weighted average trading price on the TSX Venture Exchange of each company as of market close on February 5, 2021.

It is expected that Plateau shareholders will hold approximately 21% of American Lithium’s shares on an outstanding undiluted basis upon completion of the transaction.

“This transaction represents a significant premium for our shareholders and allows us to gain exposure to an asset portfolio in Nevada, a successful team, and a larger public company platform possessing access to capital and excellent trading liquidity. Certain members of Plateau’s team and board will continue on with the newly diversified company to provide for continuity,” Laurence Stefan, Plateau’s COO, added.

Following announcement of the deal, shares of American Lithium surged 15.3% to a 52-week high of C$3.49 by midday Wednesday. The company’s market capitalization is C$441.1 million.

Shares of Plateau Energy Metals also hit a 52-week high of C$0.95 earlier in the session. The stock was up 46.6% to C$0.88 by midday Wednesday, giving the junior miner a market capitalization of C$91.3 million.

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