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Lithium Co. Registers Subsidiary for Argentina Project

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American Salars Lithium Inc. intends to register a mining company in Argentina to hold its Pocitos 1 lithium project as it moves toward production. Find out why one analyst believes the stock is a Strong Buy.

American Salars Lithium Inc. (USLI:CSE) announced it intends to register a mining company in Argentina under the name American Salars Pocitos SA as a 100%-owned subsidiary to hold its Pocitos 1 lithium project as it moves through the process toward production.

Starting the subsidiary is "a crucial next step as the company matures from the acquisition, discovery, and delineation of inferred mineral resources to the establishment of measured and indicated resources, economics, environmental (policies), tax efficiency, development and the potential for pilot and eventual commercial production" at the project, American Salars noted in a release. "Upon completion of the option of the Candela II project on Salar de Incahuasi, the company will register an additional Argentina subsidiary to hold that project."

In June, American Salars announced its agreement to acquire 100%-interest in the Pocitos 1 lithium salar project earlier this month. The project, which consists of 800 hectares (ha) near the town of Pocitos, has a National Instrument 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) from 2023 consisting of an Inferred 760,000 tonnes lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE), which will need to be updated as 40% of it covers the neighboring Pocitos 2 block.

The company also has an NI 43-101 compliant inferred lithium resource of 457,000 tonnes LCE at Candela II.

Follow-Up Drilling Locations Identified

The Pocitos 1 project is located about 10 kilometers from the township of Pocitos where there is gas, electricity, and accommodation, American Salars noted.

The project itself covers about 800 hectares (1,977 acres) and is accessible by road. Collective exploration since 2017 totals over US$2 million in project development, including surface sampling, trenching, TEM and MT geophysics, and the drilling of three wells that returned outstanding brine flow results, the company said.

"Locations for immediate follow-up drilling have already been identified for upcoming exploration based on the most recent MT survey," American Salars said in the release.

Lithium values of 169 parts per million (ppm) from drill hole PCT22-03 packer test assayed from laboratory analysis conducted by Alex Stewart were recorded during the project's December 2022 drill campaigns. A packer sampling system was used in high-quality diamond drill holes that were drilled to a depth of up to 409 meters.

The flow of brine was observed to continue for more than five hours, with all holes exhibiting exceptional brine flow rates.

"An NI 43-101 updated report completed by WSP Australia has been released on the Pocitos 1 project," the company said. "Ekosolve Ltd., a DLE technology company, was able to produce 99.8% purity lithium carbonate, and extraction was above 94% of the contained lithium in the brine, i.e. 158.86 ppm of lithium would have been recovered from 169 ppm."

The Catalyst: Putting the Spark in the Energy Transition

Lithium is an important part of the energy transition as an important element in electric vehicle (EV) batteries and energy storage systems. It also strengthens alloys and serves as a high-temperature lubricant.

Fastmarkets reported a consensus among market analysts pointing to a recovery in lithium prices in the fourth quarter of 2024.

"This optimism is grounded in expectations of increased activity . . .  to meet end of year targets, strong battery production seen in March and April finally filtering through upstream and low inventory levels necessitating restocking," the website noted.

China continues to dominate the market, which is projected to grow from US$2.5 billion in 2023 to US$6.4 billion by 2028 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4% from 2023 to 2028, according to a report by Markets and Markets

However, "according to traders familiar with the matter, manufacturers grappling with slowing EV demand growth have been cutting orders for lithium products, in anticipation that they may soon be able to restock inventories at even lower prices," Yvonne Yue Li and Annie Lee wrote for Bloomberg.

"Still, some traders said they see limited downside in prices, which have already been squeezing the margins of some higher-cost producers. Contracts in Guangzhou for July are the cheapest on offer, suggesting a bottoming out during summer," they wrote.

Katusa Research predicted the lithium market could have a major breakout this year, citing its use in EVs and storage batteries as key drivers. 

"The opportunity in lithium is more electric than ever," Katusa wrote.

Stock Could 'Clear New Highs Soon'

American Salars' stock was "dormant" from September through late February, marking out a low base with almost no trading, Technical Analyst Clive Maund wrote on June 17. *

"But in March, it suddenly came to life, blasting higher on strong volume to double in price in a matter of a few days," Maund wrote. "However, since that early March surge, it has meandered around in a rather erratic manner, dropping back hard during the second half of April and early May to successfully test the support shown at the breakout point."

The "recurrent heavy upside volume since early March is also bullish," Maund said. "This is a powerful indication that the stock is destined to break out above the resistance to clear new highs soon, despite the dip of the past week or so."

Since Maund wrote about it, the stock has held tight, only going down 2 cents.

The analyst rated the stock a Strong Buy "for both fundamental and technical reasons."

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"After a massive speculative runup in 2020 and especially in 2021, the lithium price fell victim to a severe bear market that ran from mid-2022 through the end of 2023," Maund wrote on June 17. "By the end of last year, this bear market had exhausted itself, and a basing process began that has continued up to the present."

Ownership and Share Structure

American Salars said it has 28.8 million shares outstanding and 5.5 million warrants, according to the company.

As for insiders, the CEO Horsley owns about 1.83 million, or about 7.37%, with 4666,666 warrants. Strategic investor Hillcrest Merchant Partners owns 1 million shares or 4.03%. There are no institutional investors, and the rest is retail.

Its market cap is CA$5.89 million. It trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.45 and CA$0.11.

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  1. American Salars Lithium Inc. has a consulting relationship with an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, and pays a monthly consulting fee between US$8,000 and US$20,000.
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* Disclosure for the quote from the Clive Maund source June 17, 2024

  1. For the quote (sourced on June 4, 2024), the Company has paid Street Smart, an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, US$1,500 in addition to the monthly consulting fee. 
  2. Author Certification and Compensation: [Clive Maund of] is being compensated as an independent contractor by Street Smart, an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, for writing the article quoted. Maund received his UK Technical Analysts’ Diploma in 1989.  The recommendations and opinions expressed in the article accurately reflect the personal, independent, and objective views of the author regarding any and all of the designated securities discussed. No part of the compensation received by the author was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views expressed. Disclosures

The quoted article represents the opinion and analysis of Mr. Maund, based on data available to him, at the time of writing. Mr. Maund's opinions are his own, and are not a recommendation or an offer to buy or sell securities. As trading and investing in any financial markets may involve serious risk of loss, Mr. Maund recommends that you consult with a qualified investment advisor, one licensed by appropriate regulatory agencies in your legal jurisdiction and do your own due diligence and research when making any kind of a transaction with financial ramifications. Although a qualified and experienced stock market analyst, Clive Maund is not a Registered Securities Advisor. Therefore Mr. Maund's opinions on the market and stocks cannot be  only be construed as a recommendation or solicitation to buy and sell securities.

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