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American Battery Metals, CEO Interview: Michael Mulberry

Peter Epstein, Epstein Research
0 Comments| April 4, 2019

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The following interview of CEO Michael Mulberry of American Battery Metals (CSE: ABC) was conducted by phone & email in the week ended March 15th. Although there have been a handful of new Vanadium stories hitting the tapes lately, I think the possibility of both a high-grade + a reasonably sized project or projects has to be in place. This Company has that in its Temple Mountain project in Utah, (USA). The project needs to be drilled, but it seems promising as a past producer. I like the share structure, just 22.5 M shares outstanding and a funded exploration program beginning soon. What’s not to like? There’s also a Uranium kicker, which can’t hurt. The project is just a few hours from an operating Uranium/Vanadium Mill.

Please give readers the latest snapshot of American Battery Metals.

American Battery Metals Corp. (“ABM“) [CSE: ABC] is a new, Vanadium-focused junior with a clean capital structure (only 22.5 M shares outstanding) and C$1.7M in cash, having recently closed a C$1.5M Private Placement. ABM is an appropriately named company, focused on supplying the rapidly growing energy storage industry. We are well funded for exploring and drilling our flagship project Temple Mountain in Utah. We believe this project has significant potential, but until we drill it, we won’t know much more than available historical data can tells us. We do know that exploration records show assays of up to 4.97% vanadium oxide (V2O5) and 1.83% uranium (U­3O8). That is high-grade. In addition, there are historical workings, some of which we might be able to use.

Tell us more about the Temple Mountain project.

The Temple Mountain project is located in the county of Emery, Utah, and consists of 61 lode mining claims covering 1,200 acres (approx. 486 hectares). It is located 34 km from the town of Hanksville and is easily accessed by paved roads. The Project has an extensive history of mining for Vanadium & Uranium dating back to 1914, with a number of adits and shafts identified on the property. Its prior production also holds historic significance, as under the surveillance of the U.S. Atomic Commission, 3.8 million pounds of V2O5 and 1.3 million pounds of U3O8 were shipped as part of the Manhattan project, {a concerted R&D effort during WW II that produced the world’s 1st nuclear weapons}.

Past production is exemplified by the high-grade nature of the mineralization, as mentioned, exploration records show assays of up to 4.97% Vanadium oxide (V2O5) and 1.83% Uranium (U­3O8). Historical activity in the district ebbed and flowed based on underlying prices, with production as recently as 1968. Now, with the constant increase in demand for “green” and “clean” energy, and associated grid-scale power storage, the evidence of high-grade Vanadium mineralization at Temple Mountain is very attractive as a potential source of production. 

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Temple Mountain has historical production of both vanadium & uranium. Is American Battery Metals a vanadium AND uranium story? Is uranium a potential benefit to the project or a problem that has to be dealt with?

We currently have two projects ongoing: Lithium in our Fish Lake Valley project in Nevada, and the Vanadium / Uranium Temple Mountain project in Utah. While Vanadium is a focus for us in the growing Redox Battery market, there will be Uranium associated with it. There is a market for uranium production, and we can profit from it as a by-product. In fact, if the Department of Commerce invokes Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, it will force all U.S. demands for Uranium to be sourced domestically.

Is American Battery Metals looking at other energy metals, and/or other jurisdictions?

ABM is focused primarily on Vanadium assets and is looking to add to its portfolio in mining friendly jurisdictions in the continental U.S. In addition to our flagship property at Temple Mountain in SE Utah we also have a Lithium project at Fish Lake Valley in central Nevada. We continue to look at all projects that can produce metals that will support the energy storage sector.

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Where do you see the Chinese vanadium pentoxide price heading over the next few years?  It’s currently at ~US$17/lb., after reaching almost US$35/lb. in the 4th qtr 2018. 

On November 1st 2018, the Chinese Government mandated to have their steel industry incorporate more Vanadium Pentoxide into their re-bar and construction metals. The anticipation of this drove up the price of Vanadium, peaking like you said around US$35/lb. However, it became apparent that approximately 40% of these companies were not complying with the new law, and consequently the demand was lower than anticipated. The Chinese government is currently enforcing the law on all steel producers, which should result in an increased demand for vanadium going forward.

Can you please give readers details on your capital structure, debt & cash figures?

Our capital structure is as follows:

22,437,000 shares outstanding
12,200,000 Warrants @ $0.10
6,017,000 Warrants @ $0.50
600,000 Options @ $0.20

We have $1,700,000 in cash, and no debt — if our in-the-money warrants & options are exercised, we will add another $2,420,000 to the balance sheet.

What exploration activities are planned, with current funding, over the next 6 months?

With the significant increase in the price of Vanadium, the time is right to re-establish a mineral profile at Temple Mountain. We are currently permitting a series of drill holes that will test historic showings. ABM is planning a R/C (reverse circulation) drill program of up to 10 holes for a total of 3,000 feet. We are collaborating with the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM“) and the Department of Oil, Gas & Minerals (“DOGM“) to expedite our permits. Concurrently, we have arranged for a Radon Pot Electret Geophysical survey, which will cover the entire property. The goal of this exploration program is to determine the size & scope of the existing deposit. The results will also indicate the direction the deposit is trending, which will tell us where to expand our holdings.

How has it been working with local & Federal government bodies such as the BLM?

The Utah BLM response to our application has been phenomenal. ABM has recently had face-to-face meetings with both the BLM and DOGM for the State of Utah and we can conform their reputation as one of the top mining friendly jurisdictions in the world. Permitting for our drill exploration at Temple Mountainwill be presented to the Environmental Commission at the BLM on Monday, March 18th. DOGM has come back to us with only a few follow up requirements that have been completed.

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Why should readers consider buying shares in American Battery Metals?

American Battery Metals (CSE: ABC) is exited about the Temple Mountain project as it is the premier property on the San Rafael Swell on the Colorado Plateau, a prolific mining area that has a long history of Vanadium / Uranium production. The infrastructure in the state of Utah supports the mining industry as well, or better, than any other state in the U.S. In addition, the only Vanadium producing Mill is the U.S. is a two-hour drive from our property

Combining this property with our experienced management team creates every opportunity for success. ABM is near the beginning of our value roadmap. As we move forward with our project, we will acquire additional assets, and fulfill our objective of becoming a world-class holder of battery metal properties in mining friendly jurisdictions. We will continue to work tirelessly towards creating shareholder value. Oil, coal, gas, these are the fuels of the past; we are investing in the future. 

Vanadium is poised to be the ‘go to’ solution for large-scale energy storage, which is absolutely crucial to making renewable energy sources practicable as a primary energy solution. In my mind, there’s no better time to invest in the future. Your readers have the opportunity to be a part of the ongoing energy revolution in a company that has just 22.5 M shares outstanding$1.7M in cash, and near-term catalysts in the form of exploration results at Temple Mountain.

Thank you Michael, I look forward to exploration results in coming months at the Temple Mountain Vanadium / Uranium project in Utah. Historical data looks promising, we will see what drilling the project finds!

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