Volkswagen to spend $40B on electric cars & technology through 2022! This is just one auto manufacturer and one use case for Lithium. Bearing Lithium’s (TSX-V:BRZ)(OTCQB:BRGRF) Maricunga Project is the highest grade, undeveloped lithium salar in the Americas. It is second in grade only to the Salar de Atacama, which accounts for 100% of Chile’s Lithium production and about 40% of global production.
Electric Vehicles Are The Future and The Lithium Sector Is Soaring Upwards
Investor appetite for lithium market can only grow steadily higher, and shows no signs of cooling down. The lithium boom isn’t a mere ‘flash in the bucket’ event, it’s a long-term megatrend that is arising from another major societal and technological level change – the electric car revolution.
Lithium carbonate prices were expected to hit $10000 per tonne over the next few years but have since blown away those predictions escalating as high as US$30,000 per tonne last year and currently sitting around US$15,000 per tonne.
With The Rise In This Sector, Where Can You Still Position Yourself For Maximum Upside In Lithium Stocks?
Let us tell you straight up, we are all about the emerging mining companies getting in on the production end of lithium. We think they have massive potential upside.
There is one junior miner that has a substantial position in one of the most advanced and highest grade lithium salars in the Americas. This junior’s project has had over US$30 million invested to date and with a defined NI 43-101 Measured Resource of 1.7 million tonnes of lithium carbonate and an Inferred Resource of 0.4 million tonnes at an average grade of 1,160 mg/L Li.
Case in Point: Bearing Lithium Corp. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF).
Many of the emerging lithium producers are really “junior” micro cap stocks. They tend to be younger and still in the exploration stage. The lithium stocks in this sector are relatively unknown and, until recently, there haven’t been many investment funds specializing in this sector.
This is a unique situation that is a big advantage, since investors are often looking at acquiring these stocks at pennies per share.
Several companies have recently enjoyed large share price increases such as Liberty Lithium, Millennial Lithium and Quantum Minerals, but none is more impressive than Bearing Lithium Corp. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF).
What makes the Maricunga project so special?
Highest Grade Underdeveloped Lithium Salar That Most Investors Have Not Heard Of
The Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in Chile, which accounts for 37% of the world’s lithium supply. This salt flat is the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium and the industry’s largest players all have active mines there. It is the number one lithium resource in the world, but it is heavily exploited, with high barriers to entry.
However, few know of the other Chilean salt flat that currently holds the number two position, the Salar de Maricunga. Signum BOX, a Chilean market intelligence company specializing in natural resources, ranks the Salar de Maricunga right behind the Salar de Atacama in quality of lithium reserves.
The NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Estimate Shows Why This Project Is A One-Of-A-Kind Opportunity
Earlier in 2017, an independent NI 43-101 Measured and Indicated Resource Estimate was prepared by Frist Reidel, a Certified Professional Geologist with Flo Solutions, an independent mining consultancy.
The report showed that the Bearing Lithium Corp. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF) Maricunga Project has a measured and indicated resource of 1.72 Mt of lithium carbonate plus an additional inferred resource of 0.43 Mt. The average grade of the lithium was 1,160 mg/L Li – extremely high.
See how well it performs against comparables:
Further, the data above only accounts for resources to a depth of 200 metres. However, the most recent drill program completed one hole down to 360 metres and still returned lithium concentration of 975 mg/L – very high grade.
Geophysical and seismic surveys indicate that the resource extends to at least 400 metres, and possibly 500 metres. This has the potential to add at least an additional 1.0 to 2.5 million tonnes of lithium carbonate, doubling the current resource estimate. That’s huge, and shows the immense potential of this project; not even mentioning the additional potassium resource currently defined!
A Project In The Heart Of The ‘Lithium Triangle’, Without Paying Any Costs?
Bearing Lithium Corp. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF), a junior Canadian miner, has one of the most innovative participation structures in the Salar de Maricunga project in Chile. Essentially, it bears no costs until late 2018, thanks to a free carry joint venture agreement that allows it to enjoy the benefits of project advancement while avoiding most of the commensurate risks.
The Maricunga project was so attractive that Australian-listed Lithium Power International, decided that is simply HAD to buy in to this project. Its buy-in cost was funding any and all expenditures of the project through to the end of 2018 which includes the delivery of a definitive feasibility study.
Currently, Lithium Power International has earned itself a 36.2% stake in the JV, with a final goal of 50%. It will fund an additional US$7.55 million in exploration and development costs on top of the payments it has already made totaling US$23.7 million.
At the end of it, Bearing Lithium Corp. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF). will enjoy a comfortable 17.7% stake in the project, without paying for any of the costs.
Our Recommendation: One of the most compelling Lithium Juniors worth looking at. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF)
The lithium sector has had a few stocks that have made significant moves as of late, some of which we have previously mentioned. Then, there are some that seem to spend more on marketing than exploring and drilling. Bearing Lithium, we believe could be one of those “star” performers that isn’t just a story, it’s a company that has a project that has had over $30 million poured into it with an NI 43-101 resource estimate in their hands and significant milestones around the corner. The quality of the resource is outstanding and a stakeholder, POSCO (NYSE: PKX) is one of the world’s largest steel manufacturers.
The demand for lithium is so large, the current lithium companies do not have the capacity to keep up. We believe that Bearing Lithium is in the best position out of all Junior Lithium miners to be the next producer. (TSX-V:BRZ, OTCQB:BRGRF)