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First Cobalt options Canadian Cobalt Camp assets to Kuya Silver

The option has been exercised by Kuya by issuing 671,141 common shares at a 20-day volume-weighted average price of $1.49

First Cobalt - First Cobalt Corp options Cobalt Camp assets to Kuya Silver
Over a 3-year earn-in period, Kuya will be required to make $1 million in additional payments to First Cobalt and invest $4 million in exploration activities

First Cobalt (TSX-V:FCC, OTCQX:FTSSF) Corp. announced that Kuya Silver Corporation has given notice of intention to exercise an option to earn a 70% interest in all of First Cobalt's remaining mineral rights in the Canadian Cobalt Camp.

The Toronto-based company holds the largest land package in the historic silver-cobalt mining camp of Cobalt, Ontario, with more than 10,000 hectares and several past-producing mines, including some of the region's largest high-grade silver producers.

First Cobalt said Kuya previously acquired a 100% interest in a property package surrounding the Kerr Lake area for $4 million. Kuya also received a six-month option to elect to exercise to earn up to a 70% interest in First Cobalt's remaining Cobalt Camp assets for an additional $1 million in cash or Kuya shares. The option has been exercised by Kuya by issuing 671,141 common shares at a 20-day volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of $1.49.

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In addition, over a 3-year earn-in period, Kuya will be required to make $1 million in additional payments to First Cobalt and invest $4 million in exploration activities.

The firm highlighted that a $2.5 million milestone payment is triggered upon the completion of a maiden mineral resource estimate of at least 10 million silver equivalent ounces on either of the Kerr assets or the remaining assets. “The payment increases to $5 million should the resource exceed 25 million silver equivalent ounces,” said the company.

First Cobalt retains a right to refine base metal concentrates produced at First Cobalt's refinery as well as a back-in right for any discovery of a primary cobalt deposit on the remaining assets.

In a statement, First Cobalt CEO Trent Mell, said: "This option agreement allows us to focus on our strategy of producing the world's most sustainable battery materials for the EV market. Our primary focus is to commission our Canadian hydrometallurgical refinery in Q4 2022 and advance exploration activities at our Iron Creek cobalt-copper project in Idaho.”

He added: "As Kuya builds upon the work we completed in 2017 and 2018, our shareholders will benefit from their success through milestone payments and a 30% interest in the resulting joint venture. The Kuya team's strong technical skills is suited to the style of mineralization in the Cobalt Camp. We are keen to see exploration results in historically underexplored areas of this silver-cobalt district, including known targets such as the Schumann Lake area."

First Cobalt's mission is to be a sustainable producer of battery materials. It owns a permitted North American hydrometallurgical refinery, a critical asset in the manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles. First Cobalt also owns the Iron Creek cobalt-copper project in Idaho, US as well as cobalt and silver properties in the Canadian Cobalt Camp.

Contact the author Uttara Choudhury at uttara@proactiveinvestors.com

Follow her on Twitter: @UttaraProactive

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