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Focus Graphite inks deal for up to 60% stake in Canindé graphite project, Brazil

Focus Graphite (CVE:FMS) (PINK:FCSMF) said Monday that it has signed a letter of intent to earn up to a 60 per cent interest in Lara Exploration’s (CVE:LRA) Canindé graphite project in Brazil, in a deal worth $7 million.

The Canindé graphite project is located in Ceará State in northeast Brazil and comprises 15,615 hectares of exploration licenses.
Under the terms of the deal, Focus will act as the operator of the Canindé project exploration program throughout the duration of the agreement.
Focus can earn an initial 51 per cent interest in the project by spending $2.5 million on exploration (including a minimum of 2,000 metres of drilling) within three years of signing a definitive agreement, as well as issuing 500,000 common shares to Lara.
Focus can then elect to earn an additional nine per cent in the project by investing a further $4.5 million on exploration and by delivering a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) within two years.
The parties said reconnaissance work by Lara has identified a number of anomalous weathered bedrock outcrops with flake graphite bodies up to approximately 10 metres wide. These outcrops are associated with wider zones of lower-grade disseminated graphite flake occurrences along a 16 kilometre long, north-northwest trending zone within the property.
The agreement is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval, and both parties are aiming to complete the deal by August 31.
Focus, an emerging mid-tier junior mining company, is the owner of the highest-grade (at 16 per cent) technology graphite resource in the world, also known as the Lac Knife deposit in Fermont, Quebec.
The company’s goal is to become the lowest-cost producer of technology-grade graphite, and is invested in the development of graphene applications and patents through Grafoid Inc.
In early May, Focus inked a licensing agreement with Hyrdo-Quebec’s technology research institute, IREQ, allowing it to develop a graphite purification facility and anode production facility for lithium-ion batteries.
The new, Focus-owned facility will transform first-production graphite sourced from the Lac Knife deposit to battery-grade material.
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