Lithium Ionic Intersects 1.93% Li2O Over 5.66m at Itinga Project, Brazil

May 31st, 2022 7:00 EST

TORONTO, May 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lithium Ionic Corp. (TSXV: LTH) (“Lithium Ionic” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce assay results for the first two (2) drillholes from the ongoing drill program at its 100% owned Itinga Lithium Project in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The first phase of drilling is targeted at near surface mineralization associated with a 1.3 km lithium soil anomaly located directly south of the producing CBL Lithium mine and north of Sigma Lithium’s Barreiro deposit (20.4Mt grading 1.4% Li2O) (Figure 1).

The first 2 holes were designed to test the depth extension and continuity of high-grade results at Itinga Project Area 1 where trenching exposed 8.8m grading 1.46% Li2O incl. 5.8m grading 1.82% Li2O (see press release dated May 24th, 2022). Results from this drilling have successfully proven the down-dip extension of the mineralized domain below 35 metres from surface and remain open at depth and along strike. Drilling is underway to continue to delineate extents of the drilling released today, as well as test additional significant soil anomalies recognized by the Company earlier this year (Figures 2 & 3). The Company will also be continuing exploration and drilling on its other land holdings in the area this year as it will aim to show considerable growth in the coming months.       

Itinga Initial Drilling Results

Hole ITDD-22-002

  • 5.66m grading 1.93% Li2O from 33.08m

Hole ITDD-22-001

  • 5.2m grading 1.55% Li2O from 8.50m

Blake Hylands, Chief Executive Officer of Lithium Ionic, comments, “The Itinga drilling confirms the surface sampling and trenching work the team has done across the Company’s land holdings are excellent indicators for mineralized domains. We feel confident our ongoing drill program will continue to outline a much broader system and we look forward to presenting more excellent results in the coming weeks.”

Itinga Lithium Project Update

The drilling program currently underway is planned for over 30,000m of drilling and aims to outline a significant resource on the Company’s ground, initially focused on Area 1, located 800 metres south of the operating CBL Lithium Mine and directly north of Sigma Lithium’s Barreiro deposit. Lithium-bearing pegmatite / spodumene showings in this prolific mining jurisdiction are characterized by high grade and high quality battery-grade lithium as demonstrated by the production at CBL and published metallurgical work on adjacent properties.

Figure 1: Itinga Project Area 1 location and geology map. Note the surface expression of the CBL mine in the northeast corner of Project Area 1 and Sigma Barreiro deposit to the southeast.https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/2bfd2886-f257-4642-8b96-52a22f1ba657

Figure 2: Itinga Project Area 1 plan map outlining holes drilled to date and planned. Drill results are from holes located on the southwest end of the 1.3 km soil anomaly above and along strike from initial trench results.https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/198dd982-32de-4c33-8f46-0ed38e5c0320

Figure 3: Initial drilling results, Itinga Project Area 1. Results show strong zone of spodumene bearing pegmatite near surface and continuing along strike and at depth. The zone remains open at depth. Drilling is ongoing to delineate the extent of the mineralization.https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b04e4717-a3c2-43b0-a07f-28fcdb209215

About Lithium Ionic Corp.

Lithium Ionic is a publicly-traded company which owns a 100% ownership interest in the Itinga lithium project in Brazil (the “Itinga Project” or the “Project”).

The Itinga Project is located in Minas Gerais State (MG), Brazil. The Project comprises five mineral licenses covering more than 1,300 hectares in the prolific Aracuai lithium province. A portion of the Project occurs immediately south of the CBL lithium mine and plant, Brazil’s only lithium producer, and immediately north of the large Barreiro and Xuxa lithium deposits of Sigma Lithium Corp (TSXV: SGML) (NASDAQ: SGML).

The Project area has excellent infrastructure, including access to hydroelectrical grid power, water, a commercial port, highways and communities. Lithium mineralization (spodumene, lepidolite, petalite) occurs within a halo of pegmatite dikes and apophyses that occur within the rocks surrounding Neoproterozoic granitic intrusions. Mineralization within the mineralized province and the distribution of the mineralized pegmatites is controlled by a complex and crosscutting system of northeast and northwest oriented faults that were exploited by the dikes. Mineralized structures have been identified in two areas within the Project and the remainder of the Project area remains to be explored.

Itinga Project Area 1 Drill Results:

Hole ID: ITDD-22-001   UTM_E: 189738 UTM_N: 8141713  
From To (m) Li (ppm) Li2O (%) Nb (ppm) Sn (ppm) Ta (ppm)
4.10 4.68 0.58 4183 0.90 96 401 154
8.50 9.54 1.04 9097 1.96 138 352 105
9.54 10.58 1.09 10451 2.25 115 161 51
10.58 11.62 1.04 5612 1.21 97 179 32
11.62 12.66 1.04 7092 1.53 137 368 31
12.66 13.70 1.04 3354 0.72 113 172 45
19.00 19.45 0.45 6346 1.37 124 115 140
               
Hole ID: ITDD-22-002   UTM_E: 189762 UTM_N: 8141767  
From To (m) Li (ppm) Li2O (%) Nb (ppm) Sn (ppm) Ta (ppm)
33.08 34.21 1.13 10917 2.35 62 163 25
34.21 35.34 1.13 9654 2.08 95 353 106
35.34 36.47 1.13 7943 1.71 65 137 38
36.47 37.60 1.13 6271 1.35 79 369 33
37.60 38.74 1.14 10142 2.18 134 367 86

Quality Assurance and Control

During the drill program, assay samples were taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half was sent for assaying at SGS Laboratory, an independent certified commercial laboratory, and the other half was retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples. Every sample was processed with Drying, crushing from 75% to 3 mm, homogenization, quartering in Jones, spraying 250 to 300 g of sample in steel mill 95% to 150#. SGS laboratory carried out multi-element analysis for ICP90A analysis.

Qualified Persons

The technical information in this news release has been prepared by Carlos Costa, Vice President Exploration of Lithium Ionic and David Gower, a director of Lithium Ionic, and both are “qualified persons” as defined in NI 43-101.

For more information please contact:

Lithium Ionic Corp. Blake Hylands, P.Geo.Chief Executive OfficerEmail: [email protected]

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-statements.” Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements, or developments to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes, in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. When used in this press release, the words “estimate”, “project”, “belief”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “predict”, “may” or “should” and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release include information relating to the prospectivity of the Project, the mineralization and development of the Itinga Project and other mining projects and prospects thereof. Such statements and information reflect the current view of the Company. Risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the expectations of the Company as of the date of this news release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

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