The Essential Metals Ltd (ASX: ESS) share price is off to the races, up 8.11% in afternoon trade to 20 cents per share.
Below, we take a look at the asset sale announcement from the ASX lithium and gold explorer that looks to be driving investor interest.
What asset sale was reported?
The Essential Metals share price is rocketing after the company reported it will divest its 51% interest in the Mavis Lake Lithium Project, located in Canada.
Essential Metals’ Joint Venture partner International Lithium Corporation, is also divesting its interest, giving 100% of the project to Critical Resources Ltd (ASX: CRR) under an Option Agreement. The Critical Resources share price is up 12.90% at time of writing.
According to the release, the divestment will realise $1.6 million in cash and shares, along with $1.5 million in cash that’s linked to certain milestones for Essential.
Critical Resources will pay $175,000 for the right to acquire 100% of the Mavis Lake Lithium Project. If it elects to go through with the deal, it will pay $1.5 million in cash and 68 million in Critical Resources shares, valued at 2.2 cents per share. That’s significantly below the current 3.6 cents per share.
Essential Metals and International Lithium Corporation will share the proceeds equally.
Additionally, the Essential Metals share price could be getting a lift from the report that milestone payments totalling $3 million may be received subject to the definition of a lithium resource at the project.
Commenting on the divestment, Essential Metals’ managing director, Tim Spencer said:
The strong interest in lithium has allowed Essential and ILC to monetize an early-stage, non-core asset on favourable terms. Retaining upside exposure via a shareholding in Critical Resources means we will benefit from any success the Critical Resources team has in advancing Mavis Lake.
We will continue to focus our efforts on the company’s first-class West Australian lithium and gold projects.
Spencer said rapidly advancing the company’s Pioneer Dome Lithium Project in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields was the highest priority.
Essential Metals share price snapshot
The Essential Metals share price is up an impressive 150% year-to-date. By comparison the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO) has gained 12% so far in 2021.
Over the past month, Essential Metals shares have lost 9%.