VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA, April 10, 2023 – Comstock Inc. (NYSE: LODE) (“Comstock” and the “Company”) On March 7, 2023, the Company announced that its 88.21% owned LINICO Corporation (“LINICO”) subsidiary entered into amended and restated agreements to sell certain assets for $27.0 million, including the Battery Recycling Facility located in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (the “Facility”) to American Battery Technology Company, a Nevada corporation (“ABTC”). Pursuant to the terms of the LINICO agreements, $1.5 million of the purchase price will be held in escrow for up to 18 months for the settlement of any potential buyer indemnification claims.
On March 31, 2023, the parties amended the Facility purchase agreement, and on April 6, 2023, the parties amended and restated the Facility purchase agreement (the “Amended and Restated Agreement”) wherein the Company agreed to take certain action previously contemplated by LINICO, including purchasing the Facility prior to the sale to the buyer.
On March 1, 2023, the Company received $6 million from the sale of certain equipment associated with these agreements.
On April 6, 2023, the Company received $5 million in cash and 10 million restricted shares of ABTC stock (with a guarantee that the Company will receive additional cash and/or shares if and to the extent that the proceeds from such shares are less than $6.6 million). and will also receive an additional $10 million in cash on or before April 21, 2023.
“The sale of these assets became strategic once we secured our permitted 200-acre battery metal storage facility in Mound House, Nevada, and as we expanded our metals recycling business into photovoltaics and other electronic devices, in addition to lithium-ion batteries, stated Mr. Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock’s executive chairman and chief executive officer. Comstock Metals is now leveraging our existing platform, technology and near-term market opportunities for profitable production.”
The Company now expects to receive net proceeds of over $14 million from these sales. The 10 million shares will be registered for resale pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by ABTC.
Comstock (NYSE: LODE) commercializes innovative technologies that contribute to global decarbonization by efficiently converting under-utilized natural resources, primarily, woody biomass into net zero renewable fuels, end of life metal extraction, and generative AI-enabled advanced materials synthesis and mineral discovery.
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