South Star Mining Corp. Announces an Additional Five-Year Offtake Agreement and Conversion of Convertible Debt
Toronto, ON – TheNewswire - May 12, 2021 – South Star Mining Corp. (“South Star” or “the Company”) (TSXV:STS) (OTC:STSBF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) for 20,000 tonnes of natural flake graphite concentrate over a period of five years for the Santa Cruz Graphite Project (“Project”). The strategic offtake was signed on May 10th, 2021 with a United States industrial specialist (“Partner”) in high-quality graphite including coated spherical purified graphite (CSPG), downstream processing and marketing. Terms and conditions of the Agreement are confidential for competitive market conditions.
Richard Pearce, President and CEO of South Star, commented: “With this latest offtake agreement we have the majority of our production sold for the Phase 1 operations and a great start on Phase 2 operations. The tonnages associated with this agreement will mainly be processed into CSPG for the growing lithium-ion battery (LiB) markets. The recent offtake agreements reinforce the high-quality nature of the deposit that create value for our Partners and ensure that the future of Santa Cruz is very bright with a diversified product line across a broad array of market sectors. I also think the recent agreements reinforce the phased approach to production, which underscores risk management and effective allocation of capital. This is another important achievement in moving the Project from development into production in 2022 and then scaling it up for Phase 2 operations. Once again, we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with our Partners, and we are excited about having a strong presence in the LiB market and the electrification revolution. We are quickly building this Company into the first new operation in continuous commercial production in the Americas in more than a decade.”
The Company is also announcing the retirement and conversion of 100% of the Convertible Debenture (May 6, 2020 Press Release). Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the agreement, 5.6M common shares have been issued along with 5.6M warrants for the aggregate gross proceeds of C$280,000. With the conversion of the debenture, South Star is now debt free.
About South Star Mining Corp.
South Star Mining Corp. is focused on the selective acquisition and development of near-term production projects in Brazil. South Star is driven to create fundamental value in the battery metals sector for clients and investors with real projects that have strong intrinsic financial and operating metrics, and that can be profitable throughout the resource cycle. South Star has an experienced executive team with a strong history of discovering, developing, building and operating profitable mines in Brazil.
The Santa Cruz Graphite Project, located in Southern Bahia, is the first of a series of battery metals projects that will be put into production. Brazil is the second-largest graphite-producing region in the world with more than 80 years of continuous mining. The Project has at-surface mineralization in friable materials, and successful large-scale pilot-plant testing (>30t) has been completed. The results of the testing show that approximately 65% of Cg concentrate is +80 mesh with good recoveries and 95-99% Cg. With excellent infrastructure and logistics, South Star is carrying its development plan towards Phase 1 production projected in Q4 2022, pending financing.
The Santa Cruz project is being developed in a phased approach. Phase 1 operations for the 5,000 tpy pilot plant operations are fully licensed, and the Company is preparing to start construction in September 2021 with commercial production targeted for Q4 2022. Phase 2 operations will represent a larger scale concentration plant currently planned to produce between 25,000 to 30,000 tpy of concentrate. The sizing of Phase 2 plant could be increased depending on the successes of the Phase 1 operations, ongoing development of commercial relationships, and market conditions.
South Star is committed to a corporate culture, project execution plan and safe operations that embrace the highest standards of ESG principles based on transparency, stakeholder engagement, ongoing education and stewardship. To learn more, please visit the Company website at http://www.southstarmining.ca.
This news release has been reviewed and approved by Richard Pearce, P.E., a "Qualified Person" under National Instrument 43-101 and President and CEO of South Star Mining.
On behalf of the Board,
Mr. Richard Pearce
Chief Executive Officer
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