MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 04/12/12 -- Critical Elements Corporation (TSX VENTURE:CRE)(OTCQX:CRECF)(FRANKFURT:F12) ("Critical Elements") and Blue Note Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BNT) ("Blue Note") report that they have agreed to extend the term of the binding agreement announced on July 19, 2010 (the "Agreement") providing for the acquisition by Blue Note of all of Critical Elements' interests in the Croinor gold project located near Val-d'Or, Quebec.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Blue Note now has until May 31, 2012, or such other later date as mutually agreed by Blue Note and Critical Elements, to make a final payment of $2,250,000 to complete the transaction. In addition, Blue Note shall issue 17.5 million common shares to be held in escrow, for release at a rate of 500,000 shares per month over 35 months from the date of closing. The transaction includes Critical Elements' 71% ownership in the Matchi-Manitou property.
About Critical Elements Corporation
Critical Elements is actively developing its 100%-owned Rose lithium-tantalum flagship project located in Quebec.
A recent financial analysis of the Rose Project based on price forecasts of US$260/kg ($118/lb) for Ta2O5 contained in a tantalite concentrate and US$6,000/t for lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) show an after-tax Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of an estimated 25% for the Rose Project, with an estimated Net Present Value (NPV) of CA$279 million at an 8% discount rate. The payback period is estimated at 4.1 years. The pre-tax IRR is estimated at 33% and the NPV at $488 million at a discount rate of 8%. (Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability).
The project hosts a current NI 43-101-compliant Indicated resource of 26.5 million tonnes of 1.30% Li2O Eq. or 0.98% Li2O and 163 ppm Ta2O5 and an Inferred resource of 10.7 million tonnes of 1.14% Li2O Eq. or 0.86% Li2O and 145 ppm Ta2O5.
Critical Elements is presently in the tendering process for the various aspects of the feasibility study and has commissioned Genivar to complete an environmental impact study of Rose deposit and Acme Metallurgical Ltd. of Vancouver is carrying out project metallurgy.