CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BACANORA MINERALS LTD. ("Bacanora" or the "Company") (TSX-V:BCN) (AIM:BCN), the Canadian and London listed lithium exploration and development company, notes the announcement today from Cadence Minerals Plc ("Cadence") that it has sold a portion of its interest in the Company (the "Sale") to an existing institutional investor in the Company, which has taken the opportunity to increase its stake, and to other parties, including members of Bacanora's Board.  The Sale is in line with Cadence's press release of 21 August 2017 in which it announced that it had commenced discussions with a select group of institutional investors and other parties with regards to a potential sale of part of its interest in Bacanora.  

Following today's sale of approximately 8.9 million shares at 70 pence (approximately C$1.13) per share, representing 6.75% of Bacanora's current issued share capital, Cadence retains a 9.3% interest in Bacanora. 

As part of the Sale, Bacanora is pleased to announce that the following Directors of the Company have purchased common shares in Bacanora from Cadence:

DirectorRoleNumber of Common Shares purchasedPurchase price (pence)Number of Common Shares held following the transactionPercentage of Common Shares held following the transaction
Mark HohnenChairman714,28570p*1,514,9511.15%
James StraussNon-executive Director42,85770p*102,8570.08%

*Approximately C$1.13.

Bacanora CEO Peter Secker said, "We welcome the purchase of existing shares in Bacanora by institutional investors and members of the Board.  Having a shareholder register which already includes a number of blue chip institutions as well as a strategic partner in the form of leading Japanese trading house Hanwa will be invaluable, as the Feasibility Study at the Sonora Project in Mexico nears completion and we move closer to the construction phase of what we believe will be a world class lithium operation.  The Company remains on course with our objective to become a supplier of battery grade lithium carbonate to fast growing industries such as electric vehicles and energy storage, and I look forward to providing further updates on our progress in the months ahead."

"Finally, I would like to thank Cadence for their contribution to the Company's development and look forward to continue working with them going forward."

ABOUT BACANORA:

Bacanora is a Canadian and London listed lithium exploration and development company (TSX-V:BCN) (AIM:BCN). The Company is exploring for, and developing a pipeline of international lithium projects, with a primary focus on the Sonora Lithium Project. The Company's operations are based in Hermosillo in northern Mexico.  The Company is led by a team with lithium expertise and proven mine development, construction and operations experience.

The Sonora Lithium Project, which consists of ten mining concession areas covering approximately 100 thousand hectares in the northeast of Sonora State. The Company, through drilling and exploration work to date, has established an Indicated Mineral Resource (in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.  ("NI-43-101")) of 4.5 million tonnes (LCE1) and 2.7 million tonnes Inferred.2  A Pre-Feasibility Study completed in Q1 20163 established Probable Mineral Reserve (in accordance with NI 43-101) of 2.1 million tonnes LCE and demonstrated the economics associated with becoming a 35,000 tpa lithium carbonate and 50,000 tpa SOP producer in Mexico.

In addition to the Sonora Lithium Project, the Company also has a 50% interest in the Zinnwald Lithium Project in southern Saxony, Germany.  The Zinnwald Lithium Project is located in a granite hosted Sn/W/Li belt that has been mined historically for tin, tungsten and lithium at different times over the past 300 years. The strategic location of the Zinnwald Lithium Project allows immediate access to the German automotive and downstream lithium chemical industries.

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1 LCE = lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) equivalent; determined by multiplying Li value in percent by 5.324 to get an equivalent Li2CO3 value in per cent. Use of LCE is to provide data comparable with industry reports and assumes complete conversion of lithium in clays with no recovery or process losses.

2 See Amended Mineral Resource Estimate for the Sonora Lithium Project, Mexico, April 2016. The lead author of the amended report is Mr. Martin Pittuck (MSc., C.Eng., FGS, MIMMM) of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited ("SRK").  A copy of this report is available under Bacanora's corporate profile at www.sedar.com.

3 See Technical Report on the Pre-Feasibility Study for the Sonora Lithium Project, Mexico, 15 April 2016. The authors of the PFS are Ausenco Limited, SRK and Independent Mining Consultants Inc. A copy of this report is available under Bacanora's corporate profile at www.sedar.com.

Peter Secker, CEO
info@bacanoraminerals.com