Blackstone continued its aggressive exploration program testing multiple massive sulfide vein (MSV) prospects throughout the Ta Khoa nickel sulfide district;

Highlights

• Blackstone continued its aggressive exploration program testing multiple massive sulfide vein (MSV) prospects throughout the Ta Khoa nickel sulfide district;

• Blackstone extended the strike of the Ban Chang prospect, with “step out” reconnaissance style drilling intersecting high-grade mineralisation; maiden drill holes at Ban Chang have intersected high-grade massive sulfide nickel over a 1.2km strike within a massive sulfide target zone now extended Highlights

• Blackstone continued its aggressive exploration program testing multiple massive sulfide vein (MSV) prospects throughout the Ta Khoa nickel sulfide district;

• Blackstone extended the strike of the Ban Chang prospect, with “step out” reconnaissance style drilling intersecting high-grade mineralisation; maiden drill holes at Ban Chang have intersected high-grade massive sulfide nickel over a 1.2km strike within a massive sulfide target zone now extended to more than 2km strike;

• Blackstone’s addition of a second geophysics crew and the purchase of three additional drill rigs have allowed the company to double its exploration capacity at the Ta Khoa Nickel-Cu-PGE project in Vietnam and bring the all-in diamond drilling cost to US$50/m, an ~ 60% reduction in drilling cost relative to Australian industry averages1;

• Following the completion of a highly successful geophysics program at Ban Chang, Blackstone’s geophysics crew was mobilised to the new Nickel-Cu-PGE target Ta Cuong, located 6km along strike from Ban Chang, where drilling is targeting electromagnetic (EM) plates generated by Blackstone’s in-house geophysics crew;

• Blackstone’s in-house geophysics crew also generated the blind discovery of potential massive sulfide nickel targets at the Viper Discovery Zone (VDZ) east of Ban Chang;

• Blackstone raised $17.8 million (before costs) through a placement of 42,426,356 fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of $0.42 per share and welcomed new long-term institutional investors to the Company’s register including cornerstone investor Fidelity International;

• The September Quarter has seen Blackstone position itself to significantly advance the Ta Khoa Nickel-Cu-PGE Project over the coming year, with a strong cash position of $22.7 million (Pre $3 million SPP completed in October) and supportive shareholder base;

• Post the September Quarter, Blackstone completed a Scoping Study demonstrating the potential for a high margin, scalable operation with significant upside. 1 Industry average refers to quoted rates received in Australia for equivalent diamond drillingo more than 2km strike;

• Blackstone’s addition of a second geophysics crew and the purchase of three additional drill rigs have allowed the company to double its exploration capacity at the Ta Khoa Nickel-Cu-PGE project in Vietnam and bring the all-in diamond drilling cost to US$50/m, an ~ 60% reduction in drilling cost relative to Australian industry averages1;

• Following the completion of a highly successful geophysics program at Ban Chang, Blackstone’s geophysics crew was mobilised to the new Nickel-Cu-PGE target Ta Cuong, located 6km along strike from Ban Chang, where drilling is targeting electromagnetic (EM) plates generated by Blackstone’s in-house geophysics crew;

• Blackstone’s in-house geophysics crew also generated the blind discovery of potential massive sulfide nickel targets at the Viper Discovery Zone (VDZ) east of Ban Chang;

• Blackstone raised $17.8 million (before costs) through a placement of 42,426,356 fully paid ordinary shares at an issue price of $0.42 per share and welcomed new long-term institutional investors to the Company’s register including cornerstone investor Fidelity International;

• The September Quarter has seen Blackstone position itself to significantly advance the Ta Khoa Nickel-Cu-PGE Project over the coming year, with a strong cash position of $22.7 million (Pre $3 million SPP completed in October) and supportive shareholder base;

• Post the September Quarter, Blackstone completed a Scoping Study demonstrating the potential for a high margin, scalable operation with significant upside. 1 Industry average refers to quoted rates received in Australia for equivalent diamond drilling

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Lodgement of Codrus Minerals Limited IPO Prospectus

Key Highlights:

Codrus Minerals Limited has lodged its IPO Prospectus with ASIC to raise a minimum of $5,000,000 and a maximum of $8,000,000.
• PAC Partners Securities Ltd and Westar Capital Limited appointed as Joint Lead Managers.
• Priority offer to eligible Blackstone shareholders up to 10,000,000 shares.
• Shannan Bamforth, experienced Exploration Geologist appointed as Managing Director.
• Highly prospective Gold IPO with the spin-out of the Western Australian gold assets, including the Silver Swan South Project, Red Gate Project and the Middle Creek Project
• The Bull Run project in Oregon USA, consisting of 90 claims in Baker County in Eastern Oregon, prospective for gold and has been mined since 1929.
• Blackstone to be a substantial shareholder of Codrus.

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Lodgement of Codrus Minerals Limited IPO Prospectus

Key Highlights:

Codrus Minerals Limited has lodged its IPO Prospectus with ASIC to raise a minimum of $5,000,000 and a maximum of $8,000,000.
• PAC Partners Securities Ltd and Westar Capital Limited appointed as Joint Lead Managers.
• Priority offer to eligible Blackstone shareholders up to 10,000,000 shares.
• Shannan Bamforth, experienced Exploration Geologist appointed as Managing Director.
• Highly prospective Gold IPO with the spin-out of the Western Australian gold assets, including the Silver Swan South Project, Red Gate Project and the Middle Creek Project
• The Bull Run project in Oregon USA, consisting of 90 claims in Baker County in Eastern Oregon, prospective for gold and has been mined since 1929.
• Blackstone to be a substantial shareholder of Codrus.

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Blackstone Minerals Quarterly Report for the Period Ending 31 March 2021

Ta Khoa Nickel – Copper – PGE Project

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More Massive Sulfide Nickel at King Snake

Blackstone Minerals Limited (ASX:BSX, OTC:BLSTF) is pleased to report that it continues to intersect Massive Sulfide Vein (MSV) mineralisation at King Snake. MSV has been observed in all drill holes subsequent to the maiden intersections recently announced (refer Tables 2 & 3 in Appendix 1 of this report and ASX announcement 4 February 2021).

The Company is aggressively drilling at King Snake and sees significant potential for it to be incorporated into ongoing mining and processing studies given the exploration success to date.

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In exceptional market conditions, Rio Tinto achieves record financial results and declares total interim dividend of 561 US cents per share, 75% of underlying earnings

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm said “Government stimulus in response to ongoing COVID-19 pressures has driven strong demand for our products at a time of constrained supply resulting in a significant spike in most prices. We focused on safely running our world-class assets and supplying products to our customers. This enabled us, despite operational challenges, to deliver record financial results with free cash flow of $10.2 billion and underlying earnings of $12.2 billion, after taxes and government royalties of $7.3 billion. We are further strengthening the portfolio with our commitment to fund the high-quality Jadar lithium project, which signals our large-scale entry into the fast-growing battery materials market. We will pay an interim dividend of 561 US cents per share, representing 75% of underlying earnings.

“We are making progress on our four priorities, identifying opportunities for operational improvement, advancing our ESG agenda, taking important investment decisions and stepping up our external engagement. We are making real and lasting changes to the way we engage, interact and operate and are committed to ensuring that we have strong and positive relationships wherever we do business. We have identified what we need to do to make Rio Tinto a better company for the long term, with the right teams in place to unleash our full potential.”

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Lake Resources NL Bonus Issue to Shareholders

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF), in recognition of the support received from its shareholders, wishes to advise that it intends to undertake a bonus issue of options (Bonus Options) to all shareholders with an address in Australia or New Zealand (Eligible Shareholders) at 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on the Record Date (set out in the indicative timetable set out below*).

As the Bonus Options will be issued for nil consideration, Lake is raising no capital from their issue. For every ten (10) shares held at 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on the Record Date, Eligible Shareholders will be issued with one (1) free Bonus Option.

The Bonus Options will have an exercise price $0.35 each, expiring on 15 October 2021 and, if exercised, each will result in the allotment and issue of one (1) fully paid ordinary share in Lake. Lake will not seek listing of the Bonus Options on ASX.

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Lake Resources NL Argentina based Director Strengthens Board

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) has strengthened its Board, announcing today the appointment of experienced energy/natural resources lawyer, Sra. Amalia Saenz as a Non-Executive Director.

Based in Buenos Aires, Sra. Amalia’s appointment will assist Lake and its local team in Argentina in engaging with local stakeholders and preparing for the development of clean lithium production in Argentina.

Sra. Saenz is a partner at the law firm, Zang, Bergel & Viaes in Buenos Aires, where she leads the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.

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Classic Minerals Limited Quarterly Activities Report

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Classic Minerals Limited (ASX:CLZ) has made significant progress at Kat Gap during the quarter as it strives to become a gold producer.

Highlights of the quarter include:

– Assay results returned for infill RC drilling testing the gap between oxide and deeper fresh rock high-grade gold mineralisation at Kat Gap.

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Rio Tinto commits funding for Jadar lithium project

Rio Tinto has committed $2.4 billion to the Jadar lithium-borates project in Serbia, one of the world’s largest greenfield lithium projects. The project remains subject to receiving all relevant approvals, permits and licences and ongoing engagement with local communities, the Government of Serbia and civil society.

The Jadar project would scale up Rio Tinto’s exposure to battery materials, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to investing capital in a disciplined manner to further strengthen its portfolio for the global energy transition.

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In exceptional market conditions, Rio Tinto achieves record financial results and declares total interim dividend of 561 US cents per share, 75% of underlying earnings

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm said “Government stimulus in response to ongoing COVID-19 pressures has driven strong demand for our products at a time of constrained supply resulting in a significant spike in most prices. We focused on safely running our world-class assets and supplying products to our customers. This enabled us, despite operational challenges, to deliver record financial results with free cash flow of $10.2 billion and underlying earnings of $12.2 billion, after taxes and government royalties of $7.3 billion. We are further strengthening the portfolio with our commitment to fund the high-quality Jadar lithium project, which signals our large-scale entry into the fast-growing battery materials market. We will pay an interim dividend of 561 US cents per share, representing 75% of underlying earnings.

“We are making progress on our four priorities, identifying opportunities for operational improvement, advancing our ESG agenda, taking important investment decisions and stepping up our external engagement. We are making real and lasting changes to the way we engage, interact and operate and are committed to ensuring that we have strong and positive relationships wherever we do business. We have identified what we need to do to make Rio Tinto a better company for the long term, with the right teams in place to unleash our full potential.”

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Lake Resources NL Bonus Issue to Shareholders

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF), in recognition of the support received from its shareholders, wishes to advise that it intends to undertake a bonus issue of options (Bonus Options) to all shareholders with an address in Australia or New Zealand (Eligible Shareholders) at 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on the Record Date (set out in the indicative timetable set out below*).

As the Bonus Options will be issued for nil consideration, Lake is raising no capital from their issue. For every ten (10) shares held at 5:00 pm (Sydney time) on the Record Date, Eligible Shareholders will be issued with one (1) free Bonus Option.

The Bonus Options will have an exercise price $0.35 each, expiring on 15 October 2021 and, if exercised, each will result in the allotment and issue of one (1) fully paid ordinary share in Lake. Lake will not seek listing of the Bonus Options on ASX.

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Lake Resources NL Argentina based Director Strengthens Board

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) has strengthened its Board, announcing today the appointment of experienced energy/natural resources lawyer, Sra. Amalia Saenz as a Non-Executive Director.

Based in Buenos Aires, Sra. Amalia’s appointment will assist Lake and its local team in Argentina in engaging with local stakeholders and preparing for the development of clean lithium production in Argentina.

Sra. Saenz is a partner at the law firm, Zang, Bergel & Viaes in Buenos Aires, where she leads the firm’s energy and natural resources practice.

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Classic Minerals Limited Quarterly Activities Report

Perth, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Classic Minerals Limited (ASX:CLZ) has made significant progress at Kat Gap during the quarter as it strives to become a gold producer.

Highlights of the quarter include:

– Assay results returned for infill RC drilling testing the gap between oxide and deeper fresh rock high-grade gold mineralisation at Kat Gap.

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Rio Tinto commits funding for Jadar lithium project

Rio Tinto has committed $2.4 billion to the Jadar lithium-borates project in Serbia, one of the world’s largest greenfield lithium projects. The project remains subject to receiving all relevant approvals, permits and licences and ongoing engagement with local communities, the Government of Serbia and civil society.

The Jadar project would scale up Rio Tinto’s exposure to battery materials, and demonstrate the company’s commitment to investing capital in a disciplined manner to further strengthen its portfolio for the global energy transition.

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Lake Resources NL Appoints New CFO

Sydney, Australia (ABN Newswire) – Clean lithium developer Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) (FRA:LK1) (OTCMKTS:LLKKF) has appointed Peter Neilsen as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Company is ramping up its international project funding and development activities.

A key focus of the new CFO will be to guide a panel of international project financiers to successfully secure funding for Lake’s lithium production.

His other key role will be to develop and assist Lake’s team in Argentina to organise development activities and lithium production. He will also serve as joint Company Secretary.

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