Global Atomic Announces 2021 Results

Dasa Uranium Mine Currently Under Development, Project On Schedule
Stronger Uranium and Zinc Prices Improve Outlook

Global Atomic Corporation ("Global Atomic" or the "Company"), (TSX: GLO) (OTCQX: GLATF) (FRANKFURT: G12) announced today its operating and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021 .

Global Atomic Corporation (CNW Group/Global Atomic Corporation)

Dasa Uranium Project
  • The Company issued its Dasa Project, Phase 1, Feasibility Study ("Feasibility Study"), based on multiple trade-off studies and pilot plant campaigns.
  • The Feasibility Study reported a maiden reserve for the Dasa Project of 4.1 million tonnes grading 5,267 ppm for a total of 47.2 million pounds U 3 O 8.
  • The Feasibility Study resulted in an initial, Phase 1, 12-year mine schedule at a production throughput of 1,000 tonnes per day to produce 45.4 million pounds U 3 O 8 .
  • The Study estimates cash costs, including royalties and all Niger off-site costs, of US$18.91 /lb U 3 O 8 and an all-in sustaining cost of US$21.93 /lb U 3 O 8 .
  • Initial capital expenditures are estimated to be US$208 million .
  • Based on a U 3 O 8 price of US$35 /lb, the after-tax NPV discounted at 8%, is US$157 million for an after-tax IRR of 22.7%. The Feasibility Study sensitivity analysis shows that at a U 3 O 8 price of US$50 /lb the after-tax IRR rises to 44.6% and at US$60 the after-tax IRR would be 57.2% for Phase 1 only.
  • In Q4 2021, the Company began an infill drill program to upgrade Inferred Resources on strike of the Phase 1 Flank Zone to Indicated Resources in order to begin incorporation of additional Phase 2 resources into an updated mine plan.
  • With the mining permit, final Feasibility Study results and Board approval, the Company determined that effective December 30, 2021 , the technical feasibility and commercial viability of the Dasa Project were sufficient to support its development decision.
  • The development decision resulted in a transfer of $45.2 million previously capitalized expenditures from "exploration and evaluation assets" to "mineral property assets" on the Company's balance sheet.
  • The Company engaged HCF International Advisers Limited as its financial advisors for project financing and, by the end of 2021, a short list of interested project lenders had been identified.
  • The Company engaged Fuel Link Limited as its uranium marketing agent and yellowcake offtake discussions have been initiated with utilities.
  • The Company began a drill program in Q4 2021 at the Isakanan deposit on the Adrar Emoles 4 permit to recover core for in-situ leach testing.
Turkish Zinc Joint Venture
  • The Turkish Zinc Joint Venture ("BST" or the "Turkish JV") plant processed over 70,000 tonnes EAFD in 2021.
  • The Company's share of the Turkish JV EBITDA was $11.3 million in 2021 ( $5.6 million in 2020), an increase of 102%.
  • The zinc contained in concentrate shipments in 2021 was 34.8 million pounds and the average realized price was US$1.36 /lb.
  • Available funds were used to secure adequate supplies of critical materials in case of unforeseen supply disruptions and the planned final payment on the Befesa loan was deferred to Q2 2022.
  • The non-recourse Turkish JV debt owing to Befesa was US$4.65 million at the end of 2021 (Global Atomic share – US$2.28 million ).
  • The revolving credit facility of the Turkish JV had been paid down to US$7.8 million at the end of 2021 from US8.2 million.
  • The cash balance of the Turkish JV was US$2.8 million at the end of 2021.
  • Global Atomic continues to receive approximately $1 million in management fees and sales commissions annually from the Turkish JV, helping to offset corporate overhead costs.
  • The Company completed a Bought Deal private placement of 6,250,000 Units on March 16 th at a price of $2.00 per Unit for gross proceeds of $12,500,000 . Each Unit comprised one common share and one-half warrant exercisable at $3.00 per common share over an 18-month period.
  • The Company completed a Bought Deal private placement of 8,750,000 Units on December 7 th at a price of $4.00 per Unit for gross proceeds of $35,000,000 . Each Unit comprised one common share and one-half warrant exercisable at $6.00 per common share over an 18-month period.
  • In May, the Company announced the appointment of Mr. Dean R. Chambers P.Eng ., ICD.D to the Board of Directors and Pierre Hardouin MBA, CPA, CMA joined the Company in September as Vice President Finance.
  • Cash balance at December 31, 2021 , was $34.2 million .
  • 140,000 warrants outstanding at December 31, 2021 were exercised for proceeds of $420,000 .
  • In the year to date period Global Atomic granted 1,082,000 options to directors, officers and employees of the Company Stock options are exercisable at $3.40 to $4.54 for a period of five years.

Stephen G. Roman , President and CEO commented, "Global Atomic had a very productive year in 2021.   The major milestone met during the year was the completion of our Phase 1 Feasibility Study for the Dasa Project, where using a base uranium price of US$35 per pound we determined Phase 1 is able to generate an after-tax 22.7% IRR over a 12-year period.

Uranium is continuing to move higher and is currently trading near US$60 per pound, a price that generates a 57.2% IRR, after tax!  It is important for investors to remember the Phase 1 mine plan represents approximately 20% of the known deposit. The Dasa Deposit is the largest, high-grade uranium deposit under development in Africa , and remains open along strike and down dip for further exploration and expansion."

"The outlook for the Company continues to improve.  Higher zinc prices during 2021 helped double EBITDA from our Turkish Zinc JV over the prior year and zinc prices continue to rise in 2022.   At the Dasa Project site we continue to make excellent progress with the excavation of the Boxcut and building surface infrastructure in preparation for mining.  The Dasa drilling program initiated in the fall of 2021 has shown excellent results and by converting Inferred Resources to the Measured and Indicated categories we expect to increase contiguous Phase 1 mine plan Mineral Reserves and improve  Project economics.  Demand for uranium is increasing as nuclear power is now recognized as a key contributor of baseload, green power solution that will assist in meeting net zero carbon targets.  The Dasa Project remains on schedule to produce Yellowcake at the beginning of 2025, and make a meaningful contribution to world uranium supply."

Dasa Uranium Project
  • The Company expects to finalize the incorporation of its Niger mining company in Q2 2022.
  • The Company began the boxcut excavation in February and expects this to be complete in April.
  • Surface infrastructure to support mine development activities is under construction.
  • Based on an updated mine plan and budget schedule, timing of mining will coincide with mill completion in Q4, 2024. Ore stockpiling will be kept to a minimum by matching the ore development schedule with the mill completion, unless an agreement to transport development ore to Orano Mining is reached.
  • Mining equipment has begun to arrive on site and at the Port of Cotonou in Benin . Assembly and commissioning will occur over the summer months and CMAC-Thyssen (CMAC) will begin training programs in Q3, 2022.
  • The Company has engaged engineering consultants to complete Value Engineering studies for the mill construction, due by the end of March.
  • An EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management) contract is expected to be awarded in Q2 2022.
  • Detailed engineering will be initiated immediately following the EPCM contract award to support the start of the processing plant construction in Q1 2023.
  • Project financing is expected by the end of the year to support construction of the processing plant.
  • The Dasa drilling program has been successful in both indicating an expansion of the resources and upgrading Inferred Resources to Indicated Resources.
  • On completion of the Dasa drill program currently scheduled for June, and the receipt of assays, the current Mineral Resource Estimate ("MRE") will be updated.
  • Following the MRE update, a revised mine plan will be developed and the reserve statement updated; it is expected that this will result in an increase in Phase 1 ore reserves and lower operating costs.
  • The Company is continuing discussions with Orano Mining relating to direct shipping of development ore to the Somair Mine located 105 kilometers north of the Dasa Project.
  • The Isakanan drill program was completed in February and core samples have been shipped to Canada to test for in-situ leach potential.
Turkish Zinc Joint Venture
  • The Turkish zinc plant continues to operate at target operating efficiencies.
  • Various factors have influenced the zinc price in the current year, which has traded above US$1.60 per pound throughout the year-to-date period.
  • Repayment of the remaining Befesa loan is expected to occur in Q2 2022.
  • Turkish JV dividend payments will resume following repayment of the Befesa loan.

The following table summarizes comparative results of operations of the Company:

Year ended December 31,

(all amounts in C$)




$            957,723

$          707,552

General and administration



Share of equity loss (earnings)



Other income



Finance expense



Foreign exchange loss (gain)



Net income (loss)

$       (4,145,753)

$     (3,637,706)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

$       (9,086,937)

$     (1,490,473)

Comprehensive income (loss)

$     (13,232,690)

$     (5,128,179)

Basic and diluted net loss per share



Basic and diluted weighted-average
number of shares outstanding



As at December 31,




$      34,179,449

$       2,448,235

Property, plant and equipment



Exploration & evaluation assets



Investment in joint venture



Other assets



Total assets

$      93,600,033

$     53,041,087

Total liabilities

$         2,895,756

$       1,231,149

Shareholders' equity

$      90,704,277

$     51,809,938

The consolidated financial statements reflect the equity method of accounting for Global Atomic's interest in the Turkish JV. The Company's share of net earnings and net assets are disclosed in the notes to the financial statements.

Revenues include management fees and sales commissions received from the joint venture. These are based on joint venture revenues generated and zinc concentrate tonnes sold. Revenues in 2021 have increased with the increased zinc prices and higher sales in the Turkish Zinc JV.

General and administration costs at the corporate level include general office and management expenses, stock option awards, costs related to maintaining a public listing, professional fees, audit, legal, accounting, tax and consultants' costs, insurance, travel and other miscellaneous office expenses. Stock option expenses, professional fees and salaries have increased in 2021 compared with 2020 due to growth required to support Dasa development.

Share of net earnings from joint venture represents Global Atomic's equity share of net earnings from the Turkish Zinc JV. The significant growth in 2021 EBITDA of the Turkish Zinc JV has resulted in positive equity income compared to a loss in 2020.

Uranium Business

Following completion of the Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Dasa Project in May 2020 , the Company initiated various trade-off studies which were followed up by a Feasibility Study. The Feasibility Study was reported with an effective date of November 15, 2021 and the full Feasibility Study was filed on SEDAR on December 30, 2021 .

The Feasibility Study was completed at a detailed level of design and engineering to enable an appropriate level of confidence to be applied to the economic viability and outcomes of the project. As a result of the Feasibility Study, the following Mineral Reserves were estimated.

Mineral Reserve Category



U 3 0 8


U 3 0 8


U 3 0 8

(Million lbs)

Proven Mineral Reserve




Probable Mineral Reserve





The mining inventory included in the Feasibility Study included a minor amount of Inferred Resources. In Q4 2021, the Company began an infill drilling program to convert the Inferred Resources to Indicated Resources. To date, this drilling program has been very successful and has identified additional resources in these areas as well. The drilling campaign will likely be completed at the end of Q2 2022. Once the assays have been received, the MRE will be updated to reflect both the additional resources and changes in resource categorization.

The expectation is that there will be a significant conversion of Inferred to Indicated Resources. Once the MRE has been updated, the Company will also update its mine plan.  The updated mine plan will also result in an update to the reserve estimate, and is expected to be completed before year end.

Phase 1 Feasibility Study Results

The Phase 1 Feasibility Study on the Dasa deposit was completed using a uranium price of US$35 /pound U 3 O 8 . Key economic and production statistics are as follows:

Summary Project Metrics @ US$35/lb U 3 O 8

Project Economics (USD)

After-tax NPV (8% discount rate)



After-tax IRR



Undiscounted after-tax cash flow (net of capex)



After-tax payback period



Unit Operating Costs

LOM average cash cost (1)

$/lb U 3 O 8


AISC (2)

$/lb U 3 O 8


Production Profile

Mine Life



Total tonnes of mineralized material processed

M Tonnes


Mill processing rate



Mill Head Grade



Overall Mill Recovery (2)



Total Lbs U 3 O 8 processed



Total Lbs U 3 O 8 recovered



Average annual Lbs U 3 O 8 production (3)



Peak annual Lbs U 3 O 8 production




Cash costs include all mining, processing, site G&A, and royalty costs, as well as Niamey head office and other off-site costs. All-in sustain costs ("AISC") include cash costs plus capital expenditures forecast after the start of commercial production.


Ramp up of the mill is assumed to take 12 months, during which recoveries increase. Once stable production levels have been achieved at the end of this 12 months, the recovery rate stabilizes at 94.15%.


Annual production averages 4.8 million lbs/annum during the first 7 years when the high grade Zone 1 is being mined.

The economic analysis for the Study was done via a discounted cash flow ("DCF") model based on the mining inventory from the Feasibility Study Phase 1 mine plan and a price of US$35 per pound of U 3 O 8 . Sensitivity analysis was carried out at price intervals from US$35 per pound to US$60 per pound, as shown in the table below. The DCF includes an assessment of the current tax regime and royalty requirements in Niger . Net present value ("NPV") figures are calculated using a range of discount rates as shown. The discount rate used for the base-case analysis is 8% ("NPV 8 ").

Economic sensitivity with varying uranium prices (USD)

Uranium price (per pound)





Before-tax NPV @ 8%

$187 M

$309 M

$556 M

$804 M

After-tax NPV @ 8%

$157 M

$259 M

$468 M

$676 M

After-tax IRR





The plant is designed with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per day (t/d) or 365,000 tonnes per annum (t/a). The plant layout has been optimised to enable the addition of more processing lines in the future.

The Company is in the process of incorporating a Niger mining company to develop and mine the Dasa deposit. The company's name has been agreed with the Niger Mines Minister to be Société Minière de Dasa S.A. avec CA ("SOMIDA"). Discussions are on-going about other aspects of the incorporation of SOMIDA. On August 19, 2021 , the Mines Minister issued a formal letter to the Company indicating that it would only be participating in the equity of SOMIDA for the 10% free carried interest. Notwithstanding, the Mines Minister could change this position up until the incorporation of SOMIDA.

The Company has entered into an agreement with CMAC-Thyssen International Inc. ("CMAC"), a contract miner based in Val d'Or, Quebec to provide contract mining services in the development of the Dasa underground mine over the first 24 months of mining. Following the March 2020 closure of the Cominak underground uranium mine in Arlit, there is a pool of skilled miners available to the Company in Niger . CMAC will be providing training, development and oversight of the Niger workforce with the new equipment that will be used at site. Initial mining will comprise only ramp development during the first 12 months, followed by access and level. Equipment and mining consumables are being procured and shipped to site. In view of worldwide supply chain disruptions, moving materials to site is taking longer than expected.

The boxcut has been blasted and all preparations should be complete in April. Surface infrastructure is under construction and will continue to be installed throughout the summer. All equipment and supplies should arrive at site by the end of the summer to be ready to start the portal and ramp development thereafter. Although well-funded, the Company has decided to conserve cash and will begin the underground mine development in Q4 2022 rather than in April 2022 . Until an agreement to direct ship ore to Orano's operation in Arlit is finalized, considerable cash can be saved by not stockpiling development ore longer than necessary. This decision has additional benefit of allowing time for more deliveries of equipment and consumables to arrive prior to underground mine development.

Upon completion of the Feasibility Study, the Company has embarked on certain Value Engineering studies to improve on the Feasibility Study processing plant design details. Such studies will be completed by the end of March and an EPCM provider will be selected in Q2 2022. Following the appointment of an EPCM provider, detailed engineering will get underway and surface groundwork preparation will begin in Q4 of this year followed by remaining civils work and construction beginning in 2023. The Company's plan is to commission the processing plant in Q4 2024 so that yellowcake can be produced at the beginning of 2025.

In 2021, the Company engaged HCF International Advisers Limited ("HCF") as its financial advisor to secure project finance for the Dasa Project. HCF has succeeded in short-listing a number of interested project lenders who are in the process of due diligence. It is expected that term sheets can be agreed upon in Q2 2022 to be followed by final due diligence and documentation. With this schedule, the project finance could be in place by Q4 2022 with drawdowns to coincide with the start of processing plant construction in 2023.

Interest in long-term contracting among fuel buyers has been increasing, particularly in view of the Ukrainian situation. The Company expects to receive and respond to a number of requests for proposals from fuel buyers over the coming months.

On January 21, 2021 , GAFC was awarded a further extension on all 6 Exploration Permits through to December 17, 2023 . The Company intends to further explore these permit areas to identify additional deposits which may be developed to feed the Dasa processing facility. All six Exploration Permit areas lie within the Tim Mersoï Basin which has produced uranium for the Republic of Niger for the past 50 years.

With the discovery of the Dasa uranium deposit, the Company's focus in recent years has been on Dasa, including the development of a uranium processing facility to support commercial production. Within the Adrar Emoles 3 Exploration Permit there remains significant potential to extend the known resources of the high-grade Dasa deposit along both strike and at depth.

Further potential exists along strike of the Isakanan prospect on the adjacent Adrar Emoles 4 Exploration Permit. Historical drilling on the Isakanan prospect outlined a non-compliant resource. A drill program was initiated at Isakanan in October 2021 and was completed in February 2022 . Core samples have been sent to Canada to be tested for in-situ recovery (ISR) potential.

Turkish Zinc JV EAFD Operations

The Company's Turkish EAFD business operates through a joint venture, known as Befesa Silvermet Turkey, S.L. ("BST" or the "Turkish JV"), with Befesa Zinc S.A.U. ("Befesa"), an industry leading Spanish company that operates a number of Waelz kilns throughout Europe , the United States and Asia . Under the terms of a Shareholders Agreement, management fees and sales commissions are distributed pro rata to Befesa and Global Atomic. Net income earned each year in Turkey , less funds needed to fund operations, must be distributed to the partners annually, following the BST annual meeting, which is usually held in the second quarter of the following year.

BST owns and operates an EAFD processing plant in Iskenderun, Turkey . The plant processes EAFD containing 25% to 30% zinc that is obtained from electric arc steel mills, and produces a zinc concentrate grading 67% to 70% zinc that is then sold to zinc smelters.

Global Atomic holds a 49% interest in the Turkish JV and, as such, the investment is accounted for using the equity basis of accounting. Under this basis of accounting, the Company's share of the BST's earnings is shown as a single line in its Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss).

The following table summarizes comparative operational metrics of the Iskenderun facility.

Year ended December 31,





Exchange rate (C$/TL, average)



Exchange rate (US$/C$, average)



Exchange rate (C$/TL, period-end)



Exchange rate (US$/C$, period-end)



Average zinc price (US$/lb)



EAFD processed (DMT)



Production (DMT)



Shipments (DMT)



Shipments (zinc content '000 lbs)



The average zinc price in 2021 was US$1.36 /lb, up from US$1.03 /lb in 2020. The zinc price was negatively affected by COVID-19 in Q1 & Q2 2020, but began recovering from the summer 2020 through to the end of the year. The zinc price has continued its upward trend throughout 2021. China has imposed reduced operating hours for smelters and European smelters have reduced production, both the result of higher energy costs and lower availability. Notwithstanding, Waelz oxide concentrates sold by Befesa, including those from the Turkish Zinc JV, continue to be in high demand, so there has been no impact on our business.

A general recovery in the steel industry began in Q3 2020 and has continued into 2021. For the year ended December 31, 2021 , global steel production was up 3.7% compared to 2020. Within this, Chinese steel production declined by 3% in 2021 compared with 2020, resulting in a decline in China's market share from 57% to 53%. Steel production in the rest of the world increased by 12.6% in 2021 when compared to 2020.

The World Steel Association published its short-term outlook for demand in October 2021 , which projected 2.2% overall global demand growth in 2022. This demand growth is broadly-based across all countries, with the exception of China , where demand growth is projected to be flat in 2022. In 2021, China experienced adverse weather, a weakened real estate sector, and government caps on steel production due to energy constraints. Reduced Chinese production resulted in an overall decline in global steel production in Q4 2021. Combined with softening global demand, steel prices declined significantly in December 2021 , but continued supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine have resulted in significant steel price recovery in early 2022. Global steel production declined by 6.1% in January and 5.7% in February 2022 compared with the prior year. A decrease in Chinese production accounted for the decline, with the rest of the world production at levels similar to the prior year.

The impact of the Ukrainian war on global steel markets is uncertain, however as exports from Russia and Ukraine have historically accounted for 10% of global steel exports, it is likely a material percentage of this supply will be replaced by increased production in other countries.

Turkish steel production increased by 13% in 2021 compared with 2020. Expanding consumer loans and infrastructure projects have helped to drive steel demand. As well, Turkey has increased its exports to offset reduced Chinese exports. The steel producers in Turkey are increasing production capacity. In 2021, a major Electric Arc Steel Mill in the Iskenderun region resumed production in a plant that had been on care and maintenance for a number of years. Another producer has announced plans to begin construction of a new plant in the Iskenderun region. In the Izmir region, two steel producers have announced plans to expand their production facilities. These projects will increase the supply of EAFD in the Turkish market and should enable the Turkish Zinc JV to increase throughput at the Iskenderun plant.

In 2021, BST had a positive year with a 102% increase in the Company's share of EBITDA as compared with 2020. BST processed marginally more EAFD in 2021, and as in 2020, ran at approximately 64% of its capacity of 110,000 tonnes as local steel mills are not running at full capacity due to COVID and supply chain disruptions.

The following table summarizes comparative results for 2021 and 2020 of the Turkish Zinc JV at 100%.

Year ended December 31,





Net sales revenues

$        43,579,784

$        33,330,563

Cost of sales



Foreign exchange gain




$        23,031,140

$        11,403,152

Management fees & sales commissions






Interest expense



Foreign exchange loss on debt and cash



Other expense



Gain on property disposition



Tax expense



Net income (loss)

$          8,393,508

$          (2,066,489)

Global Atomic's equity share

$          4,112,819

$          (1,012,580)

Global Atomic's share of EBITDA

$        11,285,259

$           5,587,544


EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure, does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar terms and measures presented by other issuers. EBITDA comprises earnings before income taxes, interest expense (income), foreign exchange loss (gain) on debt and bank, depreciation, management fees, sales commissions, losses (gains) on sale of property, plant and equipment.

The Turkish Zinc JV realized significant growth in revenues in 2021 compared to 2020, benefiting from higher zinc prices and reduced treatment charges in 2021. EBITDA increased to $23 million in 2021 (Global Atomic share - $11.3 million ) compared with $11.4 million in 2020 (Global Atomic share - $5.6 million ).

The cash balance of the Turkish Zinc JV was US$2.8 million at December 31, 2021 .

Total debt was reduced to US$12.45 million in 2021 from US$21.8 million at the end of 2020. At December 31, 2021 , the Befesa loan totaled US$4.65 million ( December 31, 2020 US$13.6 million ) which bears interest at 4.34% with no fixed maturity date (Global Atomic's share of the Befesa loan was US$2.28 million ). The local Turkish revolving credit facility balance was US$7.8 million at December 31, 2021 ( December 31, 2020 - US$8.2 million ) and bears interest only at 7%. The Turkish revolving credit facility can be rolled forward.

The Befesa loan is expected to be paid off in Q2 2022. Once it has been repaid, dividend payments to the Company will resume.

QP Statement

The scientific and technical disclosures in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Ronald S. Halas , P.Eng. and George A. Flach , P.Geo. who are "qualified persons" under National Instrument 43- 101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Properties.

About Global Atomic

Global Atomic Corporation ( ) is a publicly listed company that provides a unique combination of high-grade uranium mine development and cash-flowing zinc concentrate production.

The Company's Uranium Division includes four deposits with the flagship project being the large, high-grade Dasa Project, discovered in 2010 by Global Atomic geologists through grassroots field exploration. With the issuance of the Dasa Mining Permit and an Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Republic of Niger , the Dasa Project is fully permitted for commercial production.   The Phase 1 Feasibility Study for Dasa was filed in December 2021 and estimates Yellowcake production to commence by the end of 2024.   Mine excavation began in Q1 2022.

Global Atomics' Base Metals Division holds a 49% interest in the Befesa Silvermet Turkey, S.L. ("BST") Joint Venture, which operates a modern zinc production plant, located in Iskenderun, Turkey . The plant recovers zinc from Electric Arc Furnace Dust ("EAFD") to produce a high-grade zinc oxide concentrate which is sold to zinc smelters around the world. The Company's joint venture partner, Befesa Zinc S.A.U. ("Befesa") listed on the Frankfurt exchange under 'BFSA', holds a 51% interest in and is the operator of the BST Joint Venture. Befesa is a market leader in EAFD recycling, with approximately 50% of the European EAFD market and facilities located throughout Europe , Asia and the United States of America .

The information in this release may contain forward-looking information under applicable securities laws.  Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to completion of any financings; Global Atomics' development potential and timetable of its operations, development and exploration assets; Global Atomics' ability to raise additional funds necessary; the future price of uranium; the estimation of mineral reserves and resources; conclusions of economic evaluation; the realization of mineral reserve estimates; the timing and amount of estimated future production, development and exploration; cost of future activities; capital and operating expenditures; success of exploration activities; mining or processing issues; currency exchange rates; government regulation of mining operations; and environmental and permitting risks.   Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "is expected", "estimates", variations of such words and  phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "could", "would", "might", "will be taken", "will begin", "will include", "are expected", "occur" or "be achieved".  All information contained in this news release, other than statements of current or historical fact, is forward-looking information.   Statements of forward-looking information are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Global Atomic to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to those risks described in the annual information form of Global Atomic and in its public documents filed on SEDAR from time to time.

Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date such statements are made.  Although management of Global Atomic has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from those forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements.  Global Atomic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities law.  Readers should also review the risks and uncertainties sections of Global Atomics' annual and interim MD&As.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy and accuracy of this news release.

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Toro Energy Limited (ASX: TOE) (‘the Company’ or ‘Toro’) is pleased to announce that geochemical assays have confirmed the massive Ni-sulphides intersected in the discovery holes of the Jumping Jack Ni-sulphide zone (Figure 1), diamond drill holes TED37 and TED38 (Figures 2 and 3), within the Company’s 100% owned Dusty Nickel Project (Figures 3 and 4).

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Azincourt Energy


The uranium market is on the rise. Market research expects global demand for the mineral to continue to grow in the coming years, with more than a dozen nuclear reactors slated to come online, followed by steady rollouts.

These changes in the energy space pose great growth opportunities for junior companies. As the market expects price adjustments for uranium to accommodate a limited supply and growing demand, companies developing uranium assets could be an integral part of producing the building blocks of energy futures.

Azincourt Energy (TSX.V:AAZ, OTCQB:AZURF, FSE:A0U2) is a Canadian resource company focused on acquiring, exploring and developing critical alternative energy projects for uranium and lithium. The company is currently developing its joint venture East Preston uranium project in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as the Escalera Group uranium-lithium project located in Peru’s Picotani Plateau.

The company’s joint venture partners for the East Preston uranium project include Skyharbour Resources (TSXV:SYH) and Dixie Gold (TSXV:DG), both with 15 percent ownership. Azincourt controls a majority interest of 70 percent in the asset, having spent C$2.5 million on the project and paid C$1 million in cash payments since 2017.

The surrounding Athabasca Basin region is a world-class district with the largest, highest grade uranium deposits in the world. The property leverages a rich uranium mining history, a stable political climate and pro-mining policies on the federal and provincial government levels.

The East Preston project is adjacent to NexGen Energy (TSX:NXE), which has a market cap of C$1.69 billion, and Orano, the second largest uranium producer in the world. The overall area surrounding the property contains over C$10 billion in market capitalization.

In Peru, Azincourt’s Escalera Group property consists of three concessions: Escalera, Lituania and Condorlit. They cover a combined area of 7,400 hectares of prospective exploration targets for volcanic-hosted supergene/surficial uranium and lithium on the Picotani Plateau in the Puno district of Southeastern Peru.

The properties are located in a mineral-rich district where mining giants like Minsur and Rio Tinto operate alongside growing mid-tiers and juniors like Bear Creek Mining and Plateau Energy Metals.

A world-class leadership heads Azincourt Energy. The team brings years of expertise in mineral exploration, venture capital markets and geology. Together they have vested institutional support and built a highly attractive mining project portfolio prepped for success.

Company Highlights

  • The uranium market is on the cusp of significant supply deficits despite growing demand.
  • As of 2018, there were 151 planned and 335 proposed reactors to be constructed globally.
  • Azincourt Energy is focused on acquiring, exploring and developing alternative energy assets involving uranium, lithium and other critical clean energy elements.
  • The flagship East Preston uranium project is a 25,000 hectare land position in the prolific Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan.
  • The Escalera Group in Puno, Peru, is a 7,400 hectare asset that leverages the strategic positioning as an emerging uranium-lithium district with a strong base metal presence.
  • The company has a world-class management team and boasts strong institutional support with funds owing approximately 30% of the total shares outstanding.

Key Projects

East Preston Uranium Project

The flagship East Preston uranium project covers over 25,000 hectares in the western Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, a premier location for uranium mining. The property consists of a large inventory of priority drill targets identified within 25 kilometers of prospective exploration corridors. Over C$3 million in exploration expenditures has been spent on the project over the past three years.

Groundwork in 2018 returned samples as high as 8,061 ppm uranium and delineated over 6.5 kilometers of prospective trends. A geophysical program the same year completed 51 kilometers of grid preparation and 46 kilometers of horizontal loop electromagnetic to identify multiple shallow conductive systems across the property. These targets point to potential basement-hosted unconformity uranium deposits.

In March 2021, the company announced its 2021 winter exploration program had ended ahead of schedule. Warm weather and unseasonably limited snowfall helped fast-track development and push project advancement further. Azincourt is excited for the future of this project.

The 2018 ground geophysical program confirmed the interpretation of the previous airborne data and has yielded drill targets within previously untested corridors. Another 2021 drill campaign is underway with a planned 12 holes up to 2,500 meters and a diamond drill program targeting its conductive corridor.

Escalera Group Uranium-Lithium Project

The Escalera Group covers 7,400 hectares located in the Macusani-Crucero-Picotani volcanic field of Puno, southeast Peru. The project leverages the district’s mining-friendly conditions and reputation as an emerging uranium-lithium district with a strong base metal presence.

Historical samples taken from the Escalera project have yielded values of up to 6,812 ppm uranium. Additionally, a 2017 sampling program produced values up to 3,560 ppm uranium and 153 ppm lithium with 2018 samples returning as high as 8,061 ppm uranium. The sampling has identified two new prospective uranium areas measuring a combined 6.5 kilometers.

The proposed uranium mineralization at Escalera is similar to that found at the Macusani uranium deposit held by Plateau Energy Metals, which reported a measured and indicated resource of 52.9 million pounds of uranium and an inferred resource of 72.1 million pounds. Azincourt intends to continue its exploration and rock analysis of the asset.

Management Team

Alex Klenman — President, CEO & Director

Alex Klenman has served as president and CEO of Azincourt since July of 2017. He brings over 30 years of business development, marketing, finance, media and corporate communications experience. Klenman has held and currently holds senior management and board positions in both the public and private sectors, including the CEO position of Nexus Gold Corp., CEO of Leocor Ventures and director of Corporate Development for Arbor Metals Corp. From 2010 to 2014, he was VP of Communications and partner with Falcon Point Capital Partners, a firm that provided finance, communications and marketing initiatives for TSX Venture listed resource companies. Klenman also spent 10 years in broadcasting, which included notable board positions with CKVU Television and Canwest Pacific Television in Vancouver.

C. Trevor Perkins, B.Sc., P.Geo. — Vice President for Exploration

C. Trevor Perkins is a professional geologist with wide-ranging experience in planning and executing mineral exploration programs and managing exploration teams. He brings a proven track record of discovery and results from a successful 25 year career in mineral exploration in some of the world’s most prolific mining regions.

For the past five years, Perkins held the title of exploration manager for UEX Corporation, responsible for overseeing exploration in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. As a Qualified Person for UEX’s uranium and cobalt projects, he was responsible for several 43-101 technical reports and resource estimates for both the Christie Lake and West Bear projects. Also, he managed the team that made the Ōrora Uranium Deposit discovery in 2017.

Perkins was also a senior geoscientist with Rio Tinto and spent a decade with Cameco Corporation. As project geologist for the McArthur River project, he led the team that discovered the McArthur River North Extension zones (110Mlb U3O8) and as senior project geologist based in Darwin, Australia, he led the team that discovered the Angulari uranium deposit.

Paul Reynolds, B.Sc., P.Geo — Director

Paul Reynolds is a professional geoscientist with over 30 years of experience working in Canada, the US, Bolivia, Argentina and Guyana. He specializes in the conception and management of mineral exploration ventures. He has 25 years of experience managing public companies as both a director and executive officer. Reynolds was formerly the chairman of Athlone Energy Ltd., which was sold to Daylight Energy Ltd. in September 2008. He is the president and CEO of Triumph Gold Corp. He is also a director of Cairo Resources Inc., Fremont Gold Ltd. and TerraX Minerals Inc.

Reynolds holds a B.Sc. degree in geology from the University of British Columbia (1987) and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia, a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Ted O’Connor, P.Geo., M.Sc., B.Sc. — Director

Ted O’Connor is a professional geoscientist with over 25 years of experience, predominantly in the uranium exploration industry. He spent 19 years with Cameco, one of the world’s largest uranium producers. He was a director of Cameco’s Corporate Development group where he was responsible for evaluating, directing and exploring uranium deposits throughout North America, Australia, South America and Africa. O’Connor successfully led new project generation from early exploration through to discovery on multiple unconformity uranium projects. O’Connor was also responsible for opportunity evaluation, acquisition, and managing Cameco’s exploration partnerships to grow and diversify Cameco’s exploration portfolio in new jurisdictions and other uranium model types. Most recently, he was the CEO of Plateau Energy Metals, where he oversaw the development of the Macusani uranium and lithium deposits and is now a director and technical advisor to the company.

Vivian Chaung — CFO

Vivien Chuang is a Chartered Professional Accountant with several years of experience in the resource and mining sector. She worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2006 to 2010 and Charlton & Company from 2010 to 2011. Currently, Chuang is president of VC Consulting Corp., which provides CFO and other financial accounting and compliance services to several companies. Chuang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University.

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Drilling Continues To Unlock Potential Scale Of Massive Nickel Sulphide District In WA

High-grade* Ni-sulphide mineralisation at Dimma extended to 160m down- dip and remains open at depth

Toro Energy Limited (ASX: TOE) (‘the Company’ or ‘Toro’) is pleased to announce that diamond drill hole TED55 has intersected ~2m of continuous massive Ni-sulphide mineralisation from 147.2m downhole at its Dimma Nickel Discovery in Western Australia.

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