LEADING THE NEW WAVE OF LITHIUM DEVELOPERS

Applying innovative proprietary technologies and strategic partnerships to build the first new U.S. lithium project in over five decades.

THE LITHIUM STATE

Southern Arkansas is home to North America’s biggest brine processing industry and the largest reported lithium brine resource in the U.S. at 3.9 Million Tonnes Lithium Carbonate Equivalent or LCE.

POSITIVE PRELIMINARY ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT ANNOUNCED

Standard Lithium announced the results of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA).  The assessment revealed pre-tax US$1.3 Billion NPV at 8% discount rate and IRR of 42%; resource upgraded to 3,140,000 tonnes Lithium Carbonate Equivalent (LCE) at the Indicated Category.

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PLANNED JOINT VENTURE WITH GLOBAL SPECIALTY CHEMICAL COMPANY LANXESS ANNOUNCED

Standard Lithium signed a term sheet with Lanxess AG for a JV in the commercial production of battery grade lithium from brine extracted from the Smackover Formation in south Arkansas.

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BUILDING THE NEXT U.S. LITHIUM PROJECT

US ASSETS REQUIRE A NEW APPROACH:
The U.S. has a lot more untapped lithium resources than economically mined reserves at this point.”
Brian Jaskula, USGS Mineral Commodity Specialist (2017)

By leveraging the existing infrastructure and operational expertise of the largest brine processing facilities in North America, Standard Lithium is leading a new wave of U.S. lithium production. Utilizing proprietary advanced processing technologies and strategic partnerships, the company believes new lithium production can be achieved quickly and more cost effectively.

The Company’s flagship project, the 150,000+ acre “Lanxess Project”, is located in the prolific and productive Smackover brine region of southern Arkansas. By securing access to the strategic resource through agreements with the region’s largest commercial brine operator, Standard Lithium plans to leverage the extensive existing infrastructure and permits, to fast-track the projects’ development timelines.

“Arkansas produces about 9.4 billion gallons of brine annually, according to 2010-16 average statistics reported by the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission.”

Standard Lithium’s patent-pending direct lithium extraction process is the key to unlocking this strategic domestic critical mineral resource. The direct extraction process, known as “LiSTR” has the potential to vastly reduce the recovery time of extracting lithium from brine from as long as a year for conventional evaporation pond processing to just several hours. The process may also prove to be much more environmentally friendly with a significantly smaller footprint - compared to the conventional evaporation pond processes.

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ARE KEY FOR SUCCESS

Standard Lithium and global specialty chemical company Lanxess AG have signed both a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a general Joint Venture (JV) term sheet agreement for a contemplated commercial production of battery-grade lithium compounds from brine extracted from the Smackover Formation in south Arkansas.

The MOU and JV agreement allow Standard Lithium to demonstrate its proprietary LiSTR direct lithium extraction technology on the premises of Lanxess southern brine processing plant. By connecting directly to the existing “tail brine” stream of Lanxess permitted operations the company is saving both significant time and infrastructure cost.

Under the proposed terms of the joint venture*, LANXESS would contribute lithium extraction rights and grant access to its existing infrastructure to the joint venture, and Standard Lithium would contribute existing rights and leases held in the Smackover Formation and the demonstration lithium extraction plant being developed as well as its proprietary extraction processes including all relevant intellectual property rights. Upon proof of concept, LANXESS is prepared to provide funding to the joint venture to allow for commercial development of the future commercial project, and it is anticipated that the joint venture will include options for Standard Lithium to participate in project funding on similar terms. The final terms of the joint venture and any funding arrangement remain subject to completion of due diligence, technical proof of concept, normal economic viability studies (e.g. Preliminary Feasibility Study etc.) to confirm the technical feasibility and economic viability of the project, and the negotiation of definitive agreements between the parties.

A recently completed positive Preliminary Economic Assessment targets the production of 20,900 tonnes lithium carbonate from a 3,140,000 tonnes lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) Indicated Resource from the 150,000 acre Lanxess project.

*  70/30 JV in favor of Lanxess AG with an option for Standard Lithium to achieve 40% subject to attaining certain milestones

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WHAT SEPARATES STANDARD LITHIUM FROM THE HERD?

REDUCE JURISDICTION RISK

  • Geopolitical stability
  • Business-friendly jurisdiction, decades of brine production and development history.
  • White House Executive Order – Lithium is a Critical Mineral for the U.S.

REDUCE TECHNOLOGY RISK

  • Proprietary “LiSTR” Direct Lithium Extraction Technology – faster, more efficient with higher recoveries than evaporation ponds.
  • Successfully scaled at each stage – bench scale>pilot>proceeding to industrial demonstration scale.
  • Future-proofing production with “SiFT” artificial intelligence (AI) powered lithium carbonate crystallization technology.
  • Partnerships with leading engineering and chemical companies.

ELIMINATE DEVELOPMENT RISK

  • Leverage the existing infrastructure and permits of operating brine facilities
  • Highly skilled local workforce
  • Low cost power and plentiful water resources