Leading Edge Materials Receives Approval for First-Year Exploration Program in Romania

Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA


Vancouver, July 14, 2022 – Leading Edge Materials Corp. (“Leading Edge Materials” or the “Company”) (TSXV: LEM) (Nasdaq First North: LEMSE) (OTCQB: LEMIF) (FRA: 7FL) is pleased to report that it has received confirmation that the National Agency for Mineral Resources (“NAMR”) has approved the first-year exploration program (the “Exploration Program”) for the Bihor Sud exploration license (the “Project”).

Highlights:

  • Exploration to focus on surface mapping and re-opening historical galleries
  • Rock grab samples from mine dumps report grades up to 6.8% Cobalt and 28% Nickel

The Exploration Program covers a number of initial exploration activities to validate the geological potential of the Project and further build on information acquired under the earlier prospecting permit. Planned exploration activities include geological and topographical mapping, geophysical studies and surface sampling. Owing to a vast amount of historical underground mine workings and exploration adits within the perimeter, an additional focus area will be to prepare for and re-open an initial three mine galleries which would allow the exploration team to continue exploration activities underground during the winter season. The Company is working on organizing the local exploration team and required land, environmental and local permits which upon completion will allow camp establishment and start of exploration work.


(Figure 1: Map showing exploration license perimeter, exploration target zones and selection of identified historical mine gallery entrances.)

Initial exploration work will focus on establishing an exploration camp in the Leucii Zone in the south-western area of the license perimeter. Entrance to this area is facilitated by an existing forestry road and will grant the exploration team and consultants a base for accessing gallery openings G7 and G4 in the Leucii Zone, and G Dibarz in the Dibarz Zone (See Figure 1). This area was prioritized based on results from previous work done and sampling of historical mined material during the prospecting permit as presented in the table below. Most mine gallery openings are located on the hillsides in the valleys with waste rock having been deposited outside of the openings on the slopes below. During the prospecting work rock grab samples were collected from these mine dumps often resulting in high grade cobalt and nickel grades from assays. Notably, many of these samples represent disseminated mineralization in dark schist and carbonate derived from unknown zones in the galleries. One of the immediate exploration targets would be to identify the location and extent of these zones once the galleries are accessible.

Sample ID Easting Stereo70 Northing Stereo70 Altitude Sample Wt. kg Co ppm Co% Ni ppm Ni% Au ppm Au ppm
Assay Method         ME-ICP61a Co-OG62 ME-ICP61a Ni-OG62 Au-ICP21 Au-GRA21
Leucii Zone
LEMHG2-01 320072 515459 775 1.27   1.115   1.805 0.09  
LEMHG7-01 318831 546106 590 1.3   1.585   1.755 0.77  
LEMHG7-02 318740 546076 590 0.57   1.755   2.320 0.68  
LEMHG7-03 318740 546076 590 1.31   1.415   3.430 0.34  
LEMHG7-04 318740 546076 590 1.25   0.944   25.500 3.36  
LEMHG7-05 318740 546076 590 1.87 45800     12.700   17.75
LEMHG7-06       0.08 21800     16.550 8.12  
LEMHG7-07       0.67 19500   89600   1.07  
LEMHG7-08       0.14 1410     18.250 0.517  
LEMHG7-09       0.66 15700   28000   0.334  
LEMHG7-10       0.37 8400     28.000 2.52  
LEMHG7-11       1.21 25900   26500   1.91  
Dibarz Zone
LEMDIB-01 320356 546974 845 0.21   1.020   9.410 0.72  
Avram Zone
LEMHG11N-01 322186 548867 1124 0.45   5.490 32400   0.54  
LEMHG16bis-01 322115 548752 1129 0.14 13800     25.100 0.419  
LEMHGAR-01 321964 549119 1148 0.07   6.830 39500   0.436  
LEMHG14/16-01 320336 549030 1128 0.32 48600   44300   0.168  
LEMHG14/16-02 320336 549030 1128 0.20 38500   40400   0.075  
LEMHG14/16-03 320336 549030 1128 0.39   5.630 69600   0.178  
LEMHG14/16-04 320336 549030 1128 0.42 530   680   0.005  
LEMHG14/16-05 320336 549030 1128 0.19   6.320 73200   0.457  
LEMHG14/16-06 320336 549030 1128 0.10   5.960 68800   0.337  
LEMHG10-01 320328 549412 1186 0.86 9950   12100   0.699  
LEMHG10-02 320328 549412 1186 0.17 15200   21900   0.844  
LEMHG10-03 320328 549412 1186 0.03   6.610 54200   0.201  


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Filip Kozlowski, CEO of the Company states: “The approval of the first-year exploration program takes us another step closer to commencing the real exploration work on the ground in Bihor Sud. Primary focus within the exploration program will be to establish an exploration camp within the Leucii Zone to build on some of the very promising results discovered under the prospecting permit. In parallel, commencing work on re-opening the G7, G4 and G Dibarz galleries creates an opportunity to potentially continue underground exploration work over the winter season giving us a running start as we look ahead to further exploration work in 2023.

The Bihor Sud exploration license perimeter covers a 25 square kilometer area in the Northern Apuseni Mountains of Transylvania. Located approximately 90 km south-east from Oradea which is the administrative capital of Bihor County, the Project lies within the Upper Cretaceous and Neogene Carpathian magmatic arcs which extend from Turkey to Hungary and are host to several well-known mines and mineral deposits such as the Timok-Bor-Majdanpek copper-gold zone, Skouries and Chelopec. The Northern Apuseni Mountains have documented high grade skarn and carbonate replacement mineral deposits and historic production of Cu, Mo, Ag, Au, Zn, U and Pb. Within the License area, there is a significant amount of historical mine works including a substantial former underground uranium mine which stopped production in the 1990s. The demand for nickel and cobalt is expected to grow significantly over the next decade due to their use in high-energy density cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. With Europe currently reliant on importing these critical raw materials from third countries that control mining and refining along the value chain, establishing primary sources and refining capacity within the European Union would enable a more secure and sustainable alternative for European battery manufacturers.

The Project is developed by Leading Edge Materials through its 51% owned local Romanian joint-venture subsidiary, LEM Romania SRL (“LEMR”), with a local Romanian arm’s length part owning the residual 49%. Pursuant to a JV Agreement, Leading Edge Materials will be transferred an additional 39% ownership interest in LEMR (for an aggregate 90% ownership) triggered by the filing on SEDAR of a positive Feasibility Study technical report for the Project (see news release April 29, 2018 and August 9, 2018).

QA/QC and Qualified Person
The position of rock grab samples from the mine dumps were recorded with GPS (the not GPS-recorded samples LEMHG7-06 to -11 all come from mine dumps below gallery G7) and sent for sample preparation to ALS Romania SRL’s laboratory in Rosia Montana, Alba, Romania (CRU-31, PUL-31, SPL-22Y). Gold assays were performed at ALS Romania, and all other elements were assayed at the ALS laboratory in Dublin, Ireland, as per the assay codes in the table above. ALS followed the standard QA/QC protocol. The Company believes that the reported results are accurate and repeatable but cautions that neither the precise location nor the extent of mineralized zones in the galleries are currently known, and that no inferences on the grade and size potential of mineralized zones can be made at this stage.

Martin S. Oczlon, PhD Geo, CEng MIMMM, a consultant to Leading Edge Materials and Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical content of this press release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Leading Edge Materials Corp.

Filip Kozlowski, CEO

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info@leadingedgematerials.com
www.leadingedgematerials.com

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About Leading Edge Materials
Leading Edge Materials is a Canadian public company focused on developing a portfolio of critical raw material projects located in the European Union. Critical raw materials are determined as such by the European Union based on their economic importance and supply risk. They are directly linked to high growth technologies such as batteries for electromobility and energy storage and permanent magnets for electric motors and wind power that underpin the clean energy transition towards climate neutrality. The portfolio of projects includes the 100% owned Woxna Graphite mine (Sweden), Norra Karr HREE project (Sweden) and the 51% owned Bihor Sud Nickel Cobalt exploration alliance (Romania).

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The information was submitted for publication through the agency of the contact person set out above, on July 14, 2022, at 4:00 am Vancouver time.

Leading Edge Materials is listed on the TSXV under the symbol “LEM”, OTCQB under the symbol “LEMIF” and Nasdaq First North Stockholm under the symbol "LEMSE". Mangold Fondkommission AB is the Company’s Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North and may be contacted via email CA@mangold.se or by phone +46 (0) 8 5030 1550.

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