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Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTCQB: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") and its 50% joint venture partner in Bonnie Claire, Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. (CSE: NVLH) (OTCQB: NVLHF) (FSE: 87K) ("Nevada Lithium") are pleased to announce that the Plan of Operation ("PoO" or "Plan") on the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the "Project" or "Property"), has been declared complete and accepted by the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM").

BLM resource specialists have reviewed all the baseline environmental studies for the PoO and have deemed them acceptable. No significant environmental issues were found in the baseline reports. Therefore, BLM considers the Plan ready for analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BLM has determined that the level of environmental review required for this Plan is an Environmental Assessment (EA). The Poo will be formally granted upon completion of the EA and a public commentary period.

Iconic Mineral's CEO, Richard Kern stated, "We are pleased that no significant environmental issues have been found at Bonnie Claire, which could slow the development of this major lithium resource."

Drilling Exploration Update
Iconic is also pleased to announce that it has initiated its 2022 exploration program at Bonnie Claire. The Company is currently improving roads, setting up water storage and moving supplies and machinery to the project. The first drill hole of the year will commence in approximately one week. This year's drilling will further define the resource, provide additional metallurgical samples, and initiate borehole mining testing required for the Prefeasibility Study.

Qualified Person

Richard Kern, Certified Professional Geologist, a qualified person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Kern is not independent of the Company as he is the Chief Executive Officer of Iconic.

Bonnie Claire Property

The Bonnie Claire Property is located within Sarcobatus Valley, which is approximately 30 km (19 miles) long and 20 km (12 miles) wide. Quartz-rich volcanic tuffs containing anomalous amounts of lithium occur within and adjacent to the valley. Drill results from the salt flat have included lithium values as high as 2550 ppm Li and a 1560 foot (roughly 475 meter) vertical intercept that averaged 1153 ppm Li. The current 43-101 resource from the PEA report for borehole mineable portion of the resource is 3,407 million tonnes grading 1,013 ppm Li or 18,372 million kilograms of lithium carbonate equivalent. The gravity low within the valley is 20 km (12 miles) long, and the current estimates of depth to basement rocks range from 600 to 1,200 meters (2,000 to 4,000 feet). The current claim block covers an area of 74 km2 (28.6 mi2) with potential for brine systems and further sediment resources.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

SIGNED: "Richard Kern"

Richard Kern, President and CEO
Contact: Keturah Nathe, VP Corporate Development (604) 336-8614

For further information on Iconic, please visit our website at www.iconicminerals.com. The Company's public documents may be accessed at www.sedar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities legislation, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements with respect to the Option, the Joint Venture, the amount of the Offering, the expected use of proceeds from the Offering and the future business plans and exploration activities of the Company, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: "will", "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "may", "should", "potential", "scheduled" or variations of such words and phrases and similar expressions, which, by their nature, refer to future events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. In making the forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions, including without limitation, that investor interest will be sufficient to close the Offering, that market fundamentals will result in sustained precious metals demand and prices, the receipt of any necessary permits, licenses and regulatory approvals required for the Option Agreement and the future development of the Company's projects in a timely manner.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors include, among others, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development activities, actual results of exploration activities, including on the Smith Creek Property, requirements for additional capital, future prices of lithium and gold, changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial markets and in the demand and market price for commodities, lack of investor interest in future financings, accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, risks relating to epidemics or pandemics such as COVID-19, including the impact of COVID-19 on the business, financial condition and exploration and development activities of the Company, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, title disputes, the inability of the Company to obtain any necessary permits, consents, approvals or authorizations, including of the TSX Venture Exchange in respect of the Option Agreement and the Offering, the timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, and risks related to joint venture operations, and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company's latest interim Management's Discussion and Analysis and filed with the Canadian Securities Authorities. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements in this news release or incorporated by reference herein, except as otherwise required by law.

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Iconic Minerals

Iconic Minerals

Overview

The lithium battery market is booming as electric vehicles and green energy continue to rise in popularity. It’s clear that between consumer trends and regulatory shifts, this trend shouldn’t be slowing down any time soon.

Market research from Global Data predicts global lithium demand to more than double, rising from 47,300 tonnes in 2020 to 117,400 tonnes in 2024. For investors wanting to get into the mining sphere, looking to exploration and development companies focused on lithium presents exciting investor opportunities and prospectively high returns.

Iconic Minerals (TSXV:ICM,OTC:BVTEF,FSE:YQGB) is a mineral exploration and development company focused on its several high-quality lithium exploration projects in Nevada, USA. Resource-rich properties, safe mining-friendly conditions and an expert management team prime the company for significant economic growth.

The company’s flagship Bonnie Claire lithium project is 80 percent owned by Iconic and presents very promising resource potential. Early exploration campaigns on the property have revealed high recoveries of lithium values from sediments and additional commercially viable by-products the company can capitalize on. Iconic Minerals is operating it as a joint venture with Nevada Lithium, which obtained a 20 percent interest in March 2021.

The Bonnie Claire lithium property encompassed in the famous Sarcobatus Valley holds 1,155 claims covering over 18,300 acres (28.6 square miles). Operating in the same state as one of Tesla’s facilities, the property leverages excellent infrastructure, strategic positioning and prime mining conditions.

The company’s other highly prospective lithium property is its Smith Creek Valley property in Nevada. The property hosts considerable similarities in geochemical and geological characteristics to the nearby Clayton Valley Basin, where lithium brines are produced. This comparison presents Iconic with exciting development potential and warrants further exploration.

Iconic closed a financing of C$1,000,000 in the beginning of 2021 and announced an additional funding of US$1,600,000 in March from its joint venture partner, Nevada Lithium, which completed Phase One of its Joint Venture Option Agreement with Iconic, for 20 percent interest in the Bonnie Claire. This funding has enabled the accelerated development of the company’s Bonnie Claire lithium project. The funding also pushes the pathway to production forward for the project, which consists of metallurgical testing, groundwork, an extensive drilling program and bulk sampling over the next 12 months. This includes the completion of its Preliminary Economic Assessment in Q2 of 2021. A Plan of Operation for the Bonnie Claire project has also been initiated.

A world-class leadership heads Iconic. The team brings years of expertise in mineral exploration, venture capital markets and corporate finance. Together they have built a highly attractive mining project portfolio prepped for success.

Iconic’s Company Highlights

  • Iconic is a mining exploration and development company focused on exciting lithium and gold projects in Nevada, US.
  • The company’s flagship Bonnie Claire lithium project hosts excellent lithium extraction and discovery potential and exists in one of the state’s largest landholdings. It has the potential to be one of the largest deposits in the US.
  • The company has 80 percent ownership of the Bonnie Claire lithium project, and Nevada Lithium a 20 percent interest.
  • Iconic’s other highly prospective lithium property in Nevada is its Smith Creek Valley property. The Smith Creek Valley basin has the potential to mimic the significant successes of adjacent basins and projects in the area.
  • Iconic’s expertly curated project portfolio also includes exciting gold properties that host excellent development and discovery potential.

Iconic’s Key Projects

Bonnie Claire Project

The Bonnie Claire property, which sits within the Sarcobatus Valley, is approximately 30 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. The surrounding region’s geochemical profile contains quartz-rich volcanic tuffs, anomalous amounts of lithium and salt flats that have yielded lithium values up to 340 ppm at surface and up to 2,500 ppm in the sediments. The current estimates of depth to basement rocks range from 600 to 1,200 meters, with the potential to expand. A 2018 NI 43-101 report defined an inferred resource of 5.37 billion kilograms LCE with an average grade of 963 ppm lithium.

A recent drill program identified four drill holes with 43-101 compliant resources of 28.58 billion kilograms of lithium carbonate equivalent. The drill program that defined the current resource only covered an area of 3 km2, but previous geophysics points at a potentially much larger mineralized area of 27.3 km2.

Drilling to date has shown exciting lithium mineralization systems that could be greater than 600 meters. The company already has significant drilling permits and metallurgy to advance the development and determine the most efficient recovery method for the project.

Smith Creek Valley Property

Smith Creek Valley property sits within Nevada’s Smith Creek Valley, which is over 64 km long in a north-northeast direction and averages 14.5 kilometers in width. Iconic currently controls 808 placer claims totaling 65.4 km2.

The enclosed Smith Creek Valley Basin covers 1,507 km2 and leverages strategic positioning near the Clayton Valley Basin, where lithium brine is produced. The majority of rock weathering into the basin is lithium-rich felsic ash flow tuff. Activity in this geothermal region is believed to be a major contributing factor to developing these economic lithium brines.

Previous work on the property includes a gravity study of the Smith Creek Valley area, which revealed a large gravity under the southern portion of the valley. Additionally, sampling of brine evaporates located northwest of the project site returned lithium values of up to 470 ppm. These findings could mean geothermally heated groundwater is bringing up lithium mineralization to the surface.

Iconic’s Management Team

Richard R. Kern, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Geo. — President, CEO & Director

Richard R. Kern is a professional geologist with over 25 years of experience in base and precious metal exploration in the US, Central America, South America and Australia. He has been involved in significant discoveries in the Western US and Australia, including recent finds at Fire Creek Mine, Nevada; Moss Mine, Arizona; and Bruner Property, Nevada.

His hands-on, field-oriented mentor management style has been implemented with great success. Kern’s exploration involves a mixture of geology, geochemistry and drilling with state of the art GIS, geochemical and geophysical methods. Kern was a principal in the companies Bristle Cone Ventures LP, Geo Surveys and Sierra Vision Launch LLC. He has held executive and management level positions in companies such as Western North America North Mining Inc., Homestake Mining company, Superior Oil and US Geological Survey.

Kern’s areas of expertise include establishing base and precious metal exploration programs throughout North America, emphasizing Western US, Mexico, Honduras and Panama. He has also managed significant gold and copper exploration projects in Western US, Australia, Mexico and Ecuador, including some minor work in New Guinea, Malaysia, China and Fiji.

Kern has a Masters of Science Degree in Geology from Idaho State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Montana State University in Geology.

Richard Barnett, CPA, CGA — CFO & Secretary

Richard Barnett has extensive corporate experience as a CFO, controller and secretary with over 20 years of accounting experience serving both public and private corporations. His experience covers many companies producing oil and gas, resource and explorations, engineering, and research and development. Barnett is a member of the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia. To stay abreast of new business procedures, he has taken extensive business and accounting courses in addition to regulatory courses and workshops. In addition to overseeing the company’s accounting functions, Barnett’s responsibilities include managing the annual audit, budgeting, preparation of financial statements and management discussions and analyses.

Keturah Nathe — Director and VP Corporate Development

Keturah Nathe has 13 years of experience in the corporate finance and management industry, including investor relations, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and corporate management as a director and officer.

Huitt Tracey — Director

Huitt Tracey has been involved in the North American venture capital markets for over 22 years. Serving in capacities as stockbroker, director, officer or investor relations consultant, he has provided expertise to numerous companies in industries, including advanced technology, IP, telecommunication, biotechnology, energy and mining. In more than a decade as an Account Executive with brokerage firms that specialize in the corporate financing of American and Canadian ventures, he assisted in the initial public offering and development funding of many now well-established companies that pioneered innovative and disruptive technologies.

Jurgen Wolf — Director

Jurgen Wolf has been involved in the oil and gas industry for more than 26 years, assisting public companies with investor relations and administration. Wolf was educated in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1953. From 1958 to 1982, he operated and owned pre-cast concrete factories in Calgary and Vancouver, and from 1982 to 2002, he operated and owned J.A. Wolf Projects Ltd., a commercial construction company.

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Iconic Updates 2022 Work Program Progress at Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Updates 2022 Work Program Progress at Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTC Pink: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") and its 50% partner in Bonnie Claire, Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. (CSE: NVLH) (FSE: 87K) ("Nevada Lithium") are pleased to provide an update on the 2022 mineral exploration and development work that has commenced on the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the 'Project' or 'Property'), located in Nye County, Nevada.

Drill contracts for mud rotary and core drilling at the Property have been signed with initial drilling expected to begin shortly. Site preparations have begun, with initial work being conducted under the Notice of Intent ("NOI") environmental permit currently in place. Further drilling will commence after the approval of the Plan of Operations. The drill program will include core and mud rotary drilling. The core drilling contractor is American Drilling Corporation based in Spokane Valley, Washington. All mud/rotary holes will be drilled by Harris Exploration Drilling based in Fallon, Nevada.

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Iconic Announces 2022 Work Program at Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTC PINK: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") is pleased to provide an update on the 2022 mineral exploration and development plans for the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project (the 'Project' or 'Property'), located in Nye County, Nevada. The work plan is the culmination of discussions between the Company and its 50% partner in Bonnie Claire, Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. (CSE: NVLH; FSE: 87K) ("Nevada Lithium"). The approximately $5M USD work program has been fully funded by Nevada Lithium through its Property earn-in payments to Iconic, as part of the Option Agreement whereby Nevada Lithium obtained its 50% interest.

Iconic Minerals Ltd. CEO, Richard Kern, comments: "With funding in place and our Plan of Operation (PoO) filed with the BLM, the Company will complete a major expansion of its exploration and development program in 2022. The transition from resource to reserve and moving toward completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) is a major step forward in defining this major Lithium deposit."

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Iconic Receives Final Option Payment of $2MM USD for Its Bonnie Claire Lithium Project

Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTC Pink: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") is pleased to announce that the Company has received the third and final option payment of $2MM USD from Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. ("Nevada Lithium"). With this payment, Nevada Lithium has fully earned its option for an aggregate 50% ownership in the Bonnie Claire Project.

"We are pleased to announce the receipt of the third option payment from Nevada Lithium and look forward to working in our Joint Venture Agreement on the Bonnie Claire Lithium Project to confirm what we believe to be one of the largest world class lithium deposits," said Iconic CEO, Richard Kern.

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Iconic Receives 2nd Option Payment for Bonnie Claire and Extends Deadline for Final Payment

Iconic Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: ICM) (OTC Pink: BVTEF) (FSE: YQGB) (the "Company" or "Iconic") is pleased to announce that the Company has received the second option payment of $2MM USD from Nevada Lithium Resources Inc. ("Nevada Lithium") which increases Nevada Lithium's aggregate ownership in the Bonnie Claire Project to 35%. Concurrent with the payment, Iconic and Nevada Lithium have also agreed to an amendment of the Option Agreement, which extends the deadline for the third and final option payment under the agreement until December 15th, 2021. Upon payment of the third option of $2MM USD, Nevada, will have fully earned its option for an aggregate 50% ownership in the Bonnie Claire Project.

"We are pleased to announce the receipt of the second option payment from Nevada Lithium and look forward to working in partnership to confirm what we believe to be one of the largest world class lithium deposits. The Company anticipates the acceptance of the Plan of Operations in the near future and is eager to commence our 2022 drilling campaign at the Bonnie Claire Property. The data collected from this campaign is integral to the completion of the Pre-Feasibility Study and the next stage of our development towards Pre-Production," said Iconic CEO, Richard Kern.

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Iconic Provides Corporate Update

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The top lithium producer's revenue from lithium sales increased almost 970 percent year-on-year to hit US$1.44 billion, with its sales volume increasing 59 percent and reaching its highest level at 38,100 tonnes.

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  • Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2022 , were US$2,019.8 million .
  • Earnings per share totaled US$2.79 for the three months ended March 31, 2022 .
  • Our first quarter results include payments related to the agreement with Corfo and tax provisions that totaled approximately US$800 million .
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin for the first three months of 2022 reached 58.7%.
  • SQM will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Thursday, May 19 , at 12:00pm ET ( 12:00pm Chile time).

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