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Latin Resources Quarterly Activities Report For The Period Ending 30 September 2022

Latin Resources Limited (ASX: LRS) (“Latin” or “the Company”) is pleased to report on its activities for the three months ending 30 September 2022.

Salinas Lithium Project, Brazil

  • Resource definition diamond drilling is on track for the delivery of the maiden Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) for the Colina Lithium Prospect in December 2022.
  • New lithium discovery at Colina West, located 500m west of the Colina Lithium Prospect.
  • Leading consultants SGS Geological Services (“SGS”) appointed to carry out metallurgical test work, JORC MRE and a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) on the Colina Lithium Prospect.
  • Latin expects to progress from PEA directly to Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”).
  • Extremely positive first pass sighter metallurgical test work results on the Colina lithium pegmatite sample where the simple liberation and high recovery of the spodumene has potential to drive highly positive outcomes for project economics, showing:
    • High recovery of 78.72% of Li2O; and
    • Production of an extremely high-grade Li2O concentrate (up to 6.57%) from simple Heavy Liquid Separation (“HLS”).
  • Regional mapping teams recommenced field work in the area to the south-east at the Salinas South tenement area, where previous work identified a ‘lithium corridor’ over a distance of 4.0km.

Cloud Nine Halloysite-Kaolin Deposit, WA

  • Trial mining test-pit completed with 50 Tonnes bulk sample collected.
  • Bulk sample will be used to provide kaolin material to potential customers as offtake discussions advance.
  • Bulk scale metallurgical test work will be used to optimise mining design.

Corporate

  • Appointment of Peter Oliver as Non-Executive Director, a highly accomplished C-suite leader with 20+ years’ experience in lithium leadership roles including Tianqi Lithium and Talison – Greenbushes Lithium mine.
  • Latin held $29.9 million in cash and investments as at 30 September 2022.
During the quarter, the Company progressed activities at its Salinas Lithium Project in Brazil, reporting completion of the resource definition drilling campaign, positive metallurgical test work, and the commencement of Feasibility Studies.

At the Cloud Nine Halloysite-Kaolin Project in Western Australia the Company completed the test-pit and collection of bulk samples.

Latin Resources Executive Director, Christopher Gale commented:

“I am absolutely delighted with the progress made this quarter at Latin Resources as we have continued to complete our milestones at a rapid pace.

“The team has now completed all the required drilling at the Colina Prospect for our Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate, which remains on track for December, and we are very excited to prove to our shareholders the great potential of this project.

“Our drilling campaign has uncovered significant potential with the new Colina West discovery, and we are also pleased to be back on the ground at Salinas South where we hope to further extend the potential of the Salinas Lithium Project.

“The preliminary results from our metallurgical test work are very positive, indicating high recovery rates without the need for complicated and costly processing, which gives us great confidence in the economics of this project.

“Finally, the completion of the test-pit and collection of bulk samples at Cloud Nine is an important stepping-stone in the development of the Project as a world class kaolin deposit”.


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SQM REPORTS EARNINGS FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2023

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Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 , of US$2,012.7 million ( US$7.05 per ADR), a decrease of approximately 48.5% from US$3,906.3 million ( US$13.68 per ADR) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 .

Gross profit reached US$3,075.1 million (41.2% of revenues) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 , lower than US$5,736.6 million (53.6% of revenues) recorded for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 . Revenues totaled US$7,467.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 , representing a decrease of approximately 30.3% compared to US$10,710.6 million reported for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 .

The Company also announced earnings for the fourth quarter of 2023 of US$203.2 million ( US$0.71 per share), a decrease of approximately 82.3% compared to US$1,151.0 million ( US$4.03 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2023 reached US$400.7 million , approximately 75.6% lower than the US$1,641.9 million reported for the fourth quarter 2022. Revenues totaled US$1,311.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2023, a decrease of approximately 58.1% compared to US$3,133.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2022.

SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos , stated: "Our fourth quarter 2023 results reflected record-high sales volumes in lithium business and increased sales volumes in iodine and potassium business lines when compared to the previous quarter and the same period last year. Despite a downturn in lithium market prices when compared to the previous year, our focus on operational efficiency and ability to successfully execute capacity expansion projects have facilitated notable production growth in lithium and iodine businesses over the past year. While we continue with our expansions in Chile and expect our lithium carbonate capacity to reach 210,000 metric tons during the first quarter of this year, we also celebrated first production of spodumene concentrate at our Mt. Holland operation site during the fourth quarter of 2023. In the iodine business, as a result of successful start-up of Pampa Blanca operation, record-high production volumes were achieved during the year, reconfirming SQM´s position as industry leader with ability to deliver growth ahead of competition."

He continued by saying: "As we enter into 2024, we anticipate another robust year of growth in lithium market, with global demand increasing by at least 20%, supported by electric vehicle sales growth globally and increasing demand for battery materials. However, the excess in lithium and battery materials capacity seen during last year is expected to continue during this year, keeping pressure on lithium market prices. We expect our average lithium prices to remain relatively stable throughout the year and our sales volumes to increase slightly during this year, subject to market conditions and any changes in supply-demand balance."

He finished by saying: "In December last year, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Codelco to jointly develop the Salar Futuro project and sustainably operate in the Salar de Atacama beyond 2030. Together with the communities, we are working on the definitive documentation in the upcoming months and will inform the market once this process is concluded. Last year, SQM was included into both DJSI World and Emerging Markets indices, several years ahead of our internal goal. This is the result of ongoing work and our commitments to increase the transparency and sustainability of our operations."

Total capital expenditure in 2023 was close to US$1.1 billion . For the period 2024-2025, total capex is expected to be approximately US$2.4 billion , including:

  • US$1.4 billion related to lithium capacity expansion projects in Chile , including US$130 million of maintenance.
  • US$700 million related to nitrates and iodine capacity expansion project in Chile , including US$160 million of maintenance.
  • US$340 million related to Mt. Holland lithium project in Australia and exploration projects.

The capex for 2024 is expected to be approximately US$1.3 billion , including maintenance.

About SQM

SQM is a global company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Santiago Stock Exchange (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A). SQM develops and produces diverse products for several industries essential for human progress, such as health, nutrition, renewable energy and technology through innovation and technological development. We aim to maintain our leading world position in the lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and thermo-solar salts markets.

For further information, contact:

Gerardo Illanes / gerardo.illanes@sqm.com
Irina Axenova  / irina.axenova@sqm.com
Isabel Bendeck / isabel.bendeck@sqm.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Maria Ignacia Lopez / ignacia.lopez@sqm.com
Pablo Pisani / pablo.pisani@sqm.com

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Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are estimates that reflect the best judgment of SQM management based on currently available information. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that are outside of our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated in such statements, including our ability to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Plan. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by SQM with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the most recent annual report on Form 20-F, which identifies other important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to SQM on the date hereof and SQM assumes no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

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