Piedmont Lithium Sells Sayona Mining Shares

BELMONT, North Carolina, February 21, 2024 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced the sale of the shares it held in Sayona Mining (“Sayona”) (ASX: SYA).

The Company has agreed to sell 1,152.2 million shares of Sayona for A$0.052 Australian Dollars (“A$”) per share through a secondary block sale via Canaccord Genuity. The sale price represents a premium to the 20-day volume weighted average price and will result in gross proceeds of approximately A$59.9 million, or US$39.4 million for Piedmont. Following the transaction and some smaller recent public market share sales, Piedmont will no longer hold any shares of Sayona. The sale of these shares has no impact on Piedmont’s joint venture or offtake position with Sayona Quebec.

The decision to divest the Sayona shares aligns with Piedmont’s commitment to maintaining a prudent balance sheet while simultaneously minimizing dilution of Piedmont’s shareholders. This action, in addition to the cost-saving initiatives outlined in Piedmont’s recent corporate update, strategically positions Piedmont for the long term.

“This transaction underscores our commitment to delivering long-term value for Piedmont shareholders,” said Keith Phillips, President and CEO of Piedmont Lithium. “We acquired our initial Sayona shares as part of our strategic investment in the Sayona Quebec joint venture and will recognize a meaningful gain on the investment. We remain fully committed to our joint venture with Sayona, with a particular focus on the ongoing ramp up of North American Lithium, the largest lithium operation in North America. Our 25% joint venture interest and associated offtake agreement are core assets of Piedmont, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners at Sayona to supply IRA-qualified lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain.”

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development construction and production activities of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium and Piedmont; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa; and strategy. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, and (xiv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance, and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Piedmont Lithium to Release Fourth-Quarter & Full-Year 2023 Results on February 22, 2024

BELMONT, North Carolina, February 15, 2024 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced that it will release its fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 earnings following the Nasdaq close on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 results on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada). Access to the call is available via webcast or direct dial. A link to the webcast and direct dial numbers are provided below:

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION (Public):

Participant URL: https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/957370119

Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: 1 (800) 715-9871

Participant Toll Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 307-1963

Conference ID: 6860456

WEBCAST DETAILS

Event Title: Piedmont Lithium Q4 and Full Year Earnings Call

Event Date: February 22, 2024

Start Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). We believe these geographically diversified operations help us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Piedmont Lithium Provides Corporate Update

  • North American Lithium ramp up continues with record quarterly production in Q4’23
    • Operating cost improvements expected upon completion of key capital projects
    • Piedmont offtake agreement provides strong leverage to anticipated recovery in lithium prices
  • Ewoyaa advancing through approvals process with Final Investment Decision anticipated in 2025
    • Piedmont and Atlantic currently co-funding modest project development costs in advance of FID
    • Pursuing financing options non-dilutive to Piedmont’s shareholders to fund capex in 2025+
  • Permitting, partnering, and debt funding discussions progressing for domestic projects
    • Large, strategic projects positioned for development in stronger markets
  • Initiated cost savings plan in Q1’24 targeting ~$10 million in annual run rate savings
    • Piedmont ended 2023 with $72 million in cash and currently holds marketable securities of ~$38 million

BELMONT, North Carolina, February 6, 2024 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle (“EV”) supply chain, today provided an update on key business and portfolio activities.

Quebec – North American Lithium

Ramp up continues on target at North American Lithium (“NAL”), Piedmont’s joint-venture mining operation in Quebec. NAL produced 34,237 dry metric tons (“dmt”) of spodumene concentrate in Q4’23, at an average grade of 5.5% Li2O, representing a 9% increase in production from the prior quarter. Operations achieved records in concentrate production (13,954 dmt), mill availability (80%), and global lithium recovery (66%) in December 2023.

Cash operating costs at NAL are expected to improve upon completion of important capital projects in mid-2024. In particular, completion of the crushed ore storage dome is expected to enable the operation to achieve full production rates and result in meaningfully lower unit production costs. Furthermore, mining costs are currently elevated with activity focused in the area of pre-existing underground mine works dating from the 1950s. Unit mining costs are expected to improve once operations have moved past the old mining works.

Inclement weather and port congestion resulted in the delay of one of Piedmont’s planned Q4’23 shipments, with 14,248 dmt of spodumene concentrate shipped during Q4’23 and 13,104 dmt being shipped in mid-January 2024. Piedmont expects to begin deliveries under its long-term contracts in 2024 and reduce reliance on volatile spot market sales.

Piedmont is working with its NAL joint-venture partner, Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA), to conduct a strategic review of NAL operations. The objective of the review is to continue improving NAL’s productivity and operating costs, with a view toward positioning NAL to continue to operate throughout the market cycle.

“We are very pleased with the progress at NAL and anticipate continued operating improvements through 2024,” said Keith Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont Lithium. “NAL is North America’s only operating spodumene mine, and as such, is quite strategic to the long-term customers we serve. As we complete our operational review with our partners at Sayona, our goal is to optimize production rates and operating costs and maintain leverage for the recovery in lithium prices that we anticipate based upon market dynamics and historical pricing trends.”

Ghana – Ewoyaa Lithium Project (“Ewoyaa”)

Piedmont and its partner, Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11) (“Atlantic”), continue to advance development of the Ewoyaa project in Ghana. Atlantic announced recently that the Minerals Income Investment Fund of Ghana (“MIIF”) completed a $5 million investment in Atlantic and discussions continue regarding MIIF’s potential investment of $27.9 million directly into Ewoyaa for a 6% project stake, which would reduce funding requirements for Piedmont and the project’s other partners.

Construction at Ewoyaa is targeted to commence in 2025 following receipt of required permits and approvals, which are expected later in 2024. Piedmont expects Ewoyaa funding will be minimal in 2024 and is evaluating a range of options that would be non-dilutive to Piedmont shareholders to fund its share of project capital in 2025 and beyond. Piedmont expects to submit a formal application for the Ewoyaa project debt financing later this quarter to the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. The size and terms of any such arrangement will be the subject of due diligence and negotiation, but customary project financing could account for a majority of project capital. Separately, Piedmont is exploring possible funding related to its 50% offtake interest in the project. Of note, Atlantic recently announced completion of Stage 1 of a competitive offtake partnering process for the 50% of the Ewoyaa material controlled by the joint venture.

“We are excited about the potential of the Ewoyaa project,” commented Mr. Phillips. “Based on technical studies, Ewoyaa is expected to be a large operation offering the potential of a high return on invested capital given its relatively low capex and opex profile. We expect 2024 project spending to be minimal with a focus on advancing the project through the environmental permitting and approvals processes to prepare for an ultimate investment decision in 2025.”

United States Projects

Piedmont’s projects in North Carolina and Tennessee are central to its long-term strategy of developing an integrated lithium hydroxide business in the United States. In the current lithium price environment, the Company is managing the pace of development and capital spending at both Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium, including deferrals of property purchases, engineering expenses, and other development costs.

On January 18, the Company delivered its formal response to a third request for additional information (ADI #3) to the North Carolina Division of Energy, Minerals, and Land Resources (“DEMLR”). DEMLR is currently reviewing the response and a decision is possible in the coming weeks. In the event Piedmont receives a positive decision on the Carolina state mining permit, the Company would prepare for local project rezoning and permits while continuing to work with state agencies in North Carolina to obtain final air and industrial discharge permits.

Corporate

Piedmont finished 2023 with $72 million in cash and currently holds approximately $38 million in marketable securities. The Company intends to reduce its capital spending in 2024 and control operating expenses through expense management that the Company views as prudent, including a recently completed 27% reduction in force. The Company expects to complete the majority of its cost savings initiatives by the end of Q1’24 and is targeting approximately $10 million in annual run rate savings.

“These cost reduction actions, while difficult, are necessary to position the Company for the long-term. Lithium prices have fallen sharply, and the market consensus is currently negative. However, lithium has been a cyclical business over the past decade with trough markets in pricing generally followed by new record highs,” commented Mr. Phillips. “As they say in the mining business, ‘the solution to low prices is low prices,’ and announcements of capacity curtailments and new project deferrals have recently become commonplace with more likely to come. At today’s lithium prices and equity valuations, new project development is expected to be challenging for all, and if EV markets continue to grow, then another period of lithium shortages appears likely to follow.”

“We believe we are extremely well-positioned as a partner in North America’s only producing spodumene mine and in an exceptional low-capex development project in Africa, with tactical optionality to build downstream businesses in two locations in the United States. We have taken a series of measures we believe are judicious to protect shareholder value in this downturn, while remaining strategically positioned for the lithium market recovery that we foresee,” said Mr. Phillips.

Legal

On January 18, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted Piedmont’s motion to dismiss a securities class action lawsuit, originally filed in July 2021, against Piedmont and two of its executives.

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). We believe these geographically diversified operations helps us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development construction, production, and ramp up activities or the timing of these activities, of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium and Piedmont, including regarding operating cost improvements, regulatory approvals or permits or the timing thereof, project spend, timing of completion of capital projects and the effects of such projects, timing of planned deliveries and ability to improve productivity; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa, including financing options, the timing of final investment decisions and project spend; strategy; market cycles; lithium prices; equity values; costs of new project developments; lithium shortages; lithium market recovery; certain Company approvals, permitting, partnering and debt funding discussions; a recently completed workforce reduction; expense management and possible or assumed future financial results or financial condition. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, (xiv) our ability to deliver on our expense management efforts and other cost improvements expected upon completion of key capital projects as well as our future cash payments associated with these initiatives and potential future impairment charges and (xv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance, and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Piedmont Lithium Sells Portion of Atlantic Shares to Assore

BELMONT, North Carolina, January 18, 2024 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced an agreement to sell a portion of shares it holds in Atlantic Lithium (“Atlantic”) (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11) to Atlantic’s largest shareholder, Assore International Holdings (“Assore”).

The Company has agreed to sell 24.3 million shares of Atlantic for GBP0.25 per share, representing a premium to the prevailing market price. The shares to be sold represent approximately 3.9% of Atlantic’s outstanding shares and will result in approximately US$7.8 million in proceeds for Piedmont. Following the transaction, Assore will own approximately 28.4% of Atlantic. Piedmont will retain 32.7 million Atlantic shares, representing approximately 5.2% ownership in Atlantic. The sale of these shares has no impact on Piedmont’s joint venture, earn-in, or offtake position with Atlantic or the Ewoyaa project.

“We finished 2023 in a strong position with approximately US$72 million in cash and US$47.4 million in marketable securities as of market close on January 17. We have always viewed our Atlantic shares as a potential source of capital and are pleased to further bolster our cash balance through this agreement,” said Keith Phillips, President and CEO of Piedmont Lithium. “We remain confident about the potential of Ewoyaa as a logistically advantaged, low-cost producer of spodumene concentrate, but are taking a disciplined approach to deploying capital in the current lithium price environment and positioning ourselves for the recovery we anticipate in the lithium market.”

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development construction and production activities of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium and Piedmont; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa; and strategy. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, and (xiv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance, and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Piedmont Lithium Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

Inaugural Revenue and Profit Recorded on Commencement of Lithium Concentrate Shipments

  • Revenue of $47.1 million on sales of 29,011 dry metric tons (dmt) of lithium concentrate.
  • Gross profit of $23.8 million, reflecting a gross profit margin of 50.4%.
  • Net income of $22.9 million and adjusted net income(1) of $16.9 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.19 and adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) of $0.88.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $16.2 million, reflecting an adjusted EBITDA margin(1) of 34.3%.
  • Cash and cash equivalents of $94.5 million at September 30, 2023.
  • On track to deliver full-year shipment guidance of approximately 56,500 dmt of lithium concentrate.

BELMONT, North Carolina, November 7, 2023 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced financial results for third quarter 2023.

“The third quarter was transformational for Piedmont as we made our first customer shipments under our offtake agreement with our joint-venture operation, North American Lithium(2). As a result, Piedmont became a revenue-generating lithium company and recorded adjusted net income of $17 million and adjusted earnings per share of $0.88.

“NAL is the largest operating lithium mine in North America, and production is ramping up well.

“While we are pleased with Piedmont’s operational and financial performances, our results were materially impacted by the 45% decline in spot lithium prices during the quarter. Virtually all of our offtake tonnage will eventually be sold under long-term contracts announced earlier this year, but initial shipments are being made on the spot market. The benchmark spodumene concentrate price fell from more than $3,500/dmt at the start of the quarter to approximately $1,900/dmt today, directly impacting our quarterly results as our spot shipments are settled at the spot price around the time of customer receipt.

“Piedmont expects to have two shipments in the fourth quarter and confirms our previous full year outlook of shipping approximately 56,500 dmt of lithium concentrate.

“EV demand remains strong globally with unit sales growth of 35% year to date and global EV penetration a record high of 18% in 2023. We continue to expect the U.S. electric vehicle market to grow significantly, in part, due to the positive stimulus provided by the Inflation Reduction Act. Further, with battery pack capacity for all EV types increasing and energy storage systems becoming a more substantial factor in the market, the total GWh of new battery capacity deployed has grown by nearly 50% this year. We believe the combination of growth in EV sales and total GWh deployed will drive continued lithium demand growth.

“With NAL in production, we look forward to advancing the rest of our projects, with the assistance of federal government finance agencies and strategic partners where possible, and always with a view to minimizing dilution to existing shareholders.”

Keith Phillips, Piedmont Lithium President and Chief Executive Officer

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(1) See end of this release for reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.

(2) North American Lithium (“NAL”).

Third Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights

All references to dry metric tons (“dmt”) in this release relate to lithium (spodumene) concentrate.

Units

Q3’23

Q3’22

Sales

Concentrate shipped

dmt

29,011

Revenue

$ millions

47.1

Realized price (~5.3% Li2O)(1)

$/dmt

1,624

Realized cost of sales(2)

$/dmt

805

Profitability

Gross profit

$ millions

23.8

Gross profit margin

%

50.4

Net income(3)

$ millions

22.9

16.7

Adjusted net income(4)

$ millions

16.9

(8.9)

Adjusted diluted EPS(4)

$

0.88

(0.49)

Adjusted EBITDA(4)

$ millions

16.2

(9.3)

Adjusted EBITDA margin(4)

%

34.3

Cash

Cash and cash equivalents(5)

$ millions

94.5

117.6

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(1) Realized price is the average estimated price, net of certain distribution and other fees, for ~5.3% Li2O grade, which includes referenced pricing data up to September 30, 2023, and is subject to final adjustment. The final adjusted price may be higher or lower than the estimated average realized price based on future price movements.

(2) Realized cost of sales is the average cost of sales including Piedmont’s offtake pricing agreement with Sayona Quebec for the purchase of lithium concentrate at a market price subject to a floor of $500 per metric ton and a ceiling of $900 per metric ton, adjustments for product grade, freight, and insurance.

(3) Net income includes gain on dilution from equity method investments, which is reported on a one-quarter lag, of $8.0 million and $29.4 million, for the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

(4) See end of this release for reconciliation of non-GAAP measures.

(5) Cash and cash equivalents are reported as of the end of the period.

Third Quarter 2023 and Recent Business Highlights

Piedmont Lithium

  • Purchased 29,011 dmt from NAL in Q3’23.
  • Shipped 29,011 dmt (~5.3% Li2O) in Q3’23 to two customers.
  • Our first shipment included a $31.6 million provisional prepayment received in Q3’23 based on indicative market pricing of $3,350/dmt at the time of contract execution. With the recent decline in lithium prices, current market pricing is now approximately $1,900/dmt. We have accrued $7.8 million associated with the final settlement, which will occur in Q1’24.

North American Lithium (Quebec, Canada)

  • In Q3’23, NAL produced 31,486 dmt and shipped 48,211 dmt, of which 29,011 dmt were sold to Piedmont.
  • In October 2023, Sayona Mining provided a forecast for the one-year period July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 projecting production of 140,000 to 160,000 dmt and shipments of 160,000 to 180,000 dmt.
  • NAL has substantially progressed ongoing capital improvement projects, including a capacity increase for its tailings storage facility and a new crushed-ore dome.
  • Concentrate produced and shipped by NAL and concentrate shipped by Piedmont:

Share

Units

Q3’23 YTD

Q3’23

Q2’23

North American Lithium

Concentrate produced

100%(1)

dmt

64,606

31,486

29,610

Concentrate shipped

100%(2)

dmt

48,211

48,211

Piedmont Lithium

Concentrate shipped

100%

dmt

29,011

29,011

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(1) Concentrate produced represents 100% of NAL’s production.

(2) Concentrate shipped represents 100% of NAL’s shipments, inclusive of shipments to Piedmont totaling 29,011 dmt in Q3’23.

Note: The table above reports quarterly and year-to-date information in accordance with Piedmont’s fiscal year reporting, which is on a calendar-year basis. Concentrate produced and concentrate shipped (above) are reported in the periods in which activities actually occurred. For financial statement purposes, Piedmont reports income (loss) from its 25% ownership in Sayona Quebec, which includes NAL, on a one-quarter lag.

Ewoyaa Project (Ghana)

  • Piedmont exercised its option to acquire an initial 22.5% equity interest, subject to Ghanaian governmental approval, in Atlantic Lithium’s Ghanaian lithium portfolio, which includes Ewoyaa.
  • Piedmont expects to earn an additional 27.5% equity interest, subject to funding the first $70.0 million of capital expenditures for Ewoyaa, which would result in Piedmont and Atlantic Lithium each owning 50% of the Ewoyaa project.
  • In Q3’23, the Minerals Income Investment Fund of Ghana (“MIIF”) entered into a non-binding agreement with Atlantic Lithium to invest $27.9 million to acquire a 6% equity interest in Ewoyaa, with the investment earmarked for Ewoyaa’s project development costs, and to fund 6% of all future exploration and development costs within Atlantic Lithium’s Ghanaian portfolio. These funds are expected to equally reduce Piedmont and Atlantic Lithium’s capital expenditure contribution to Ewoyaa.
  • In Q4’23, Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources granted a mining lease for Ewoyaa, subject to ratification by the Ghanaian Parliament. The mining lease includes a 13% free-carried interest in Ewoyaa for the Government of Ghana and a 10% royalty. If both the mining lease is ratified and the agreement with MIIF is executed, Piedmont and Atlantic Lithium would each own 40.5% equity interest in Ewoyaa. Piedmont would continue to maintain a 50% life-of-mine offtake right to future lithium concentrate production from Atlantic Lithium Ghana under these agreements.
  • Prior to starting construction, an approval by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana will be required. Atlantic Lithium expects the permitting process to be finalized in H2’24.

Tennessee Lithium (Tennessee)

  • In Q3’23, Piedmont received the final material permits required to proceed with construction of the 30,000 metric ton per year lithium hydroxide conversion facility.
  • Piedmont exercised its option to purchase land for the plant site and is working on closing with local economic development.
  • In Q3’23, Piedmont engaged advisors to support its funding strategy for the construction of Tennessee Lithium. In consultation with the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”), Piedmont has decided to pursue an Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (“ATVM”) loan with the DOE’s Loan Programs Office, rather than complete the previously announced $141.7 million grant under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The ATVM loan, if awarded, would be expected to cover a significantly larger share of the capital required for the project, strengthening the opportunity for strategic parties to partner with Piedmont on the project. Piedmont expects the DOE and strategic funding processes to take several months to complete.
  • In Q4’23, Piedmont purchased a tailings storage facility adjacent to the Tennessee Lithium plant site for the placement of inert tailings to be produced as part of the alkaline pressure leach process. Also in Q4’23, Piedmont agreed to acquire a large industrial complex in close proximity to the Tennessee Lithium plant site. These two acquisitions should result in significant net economic benefits to the project.

Carolina Lithium (North Carolina)

  • Piedmont continues to advance the state mining permit process. In Q3’23, Piedmont submitted a partial draft response to the North Carolina Department of Environment, Minerals and Land Resources’ most recent additional information request.
  • Piedmont continues to engage with community stakeholders, including the Gaston County Board of Commissioners, in advance of anticipated rezoning efforts.

Exploration

  • In Q4’23, Piedmont paid $1.5 million to acquire a 19.9% equity interest in Vinland Lithium, which owns the Killick Lithium Project in southern Newfoundland, Canada. Piedmont has the right to earn up to a 62.5% equity interest through staged investments in Killick Lithium. Piedmont will be entitled to 100% marketing rights and a right of first refusal on 100% offtake rights to any lithium concentrate produced on a life-of-mine basis from Killick Lithium at competitive commercial rates.
  • The Vinland investment is consistent with Piedmont’s strategy to build a world-class spodumene resource base by investing in projects with large-scale potential, in attractive jurisdictions, and managed by strong exploration teams.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Outlook

Q4’23

FY 2023

Concentrate shipped (dmt)

~ 27,500

~ 56,500

Capital expenditures

$18 million — $22 million

$63 million — $67 million

Investments in and advances to affiliates(1)

$10 million — $14 million

$46 million — $50 million

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(1) Investments in and advances to affiliates includes contributions to our equity method investees (Sayona Quebec, Sayona Mining, and Atlantic Lithium) and advances to affiliates for lithium projects, specifically Ewoyaa.

Piedmont expects to ship approximately 27,500 dmt in Q4’23, confirming the full-year guidance of approximately 56,500 dmt for the start-up year, 2023. The vast majority of forecasted capital expenditures relate to Tennessee Lithium and Carolina Lithium. Investments in and advances to affiliates reflect cash contributions to our equity method investees (Atlantic Lithium, Sayona Quebec and Sayona Mining) and advances to Atlantic Lithium for the Ewoyaa Project.

Safety and Sustainability

Piedmont is strongly committed to building safety into the foundation of all aspects of our company, operations, and culture. During Q3’23, members of management participated in an intensive safety leadership training program to help ensure a collaborative and uniform commitment to safety across the organization, particularly as we advance toward operations. Also in Q3’23, Piedmont hired an additional safety professional in Tennessee to manage operations of our recently acquired landfill, support the corporate team, and prepare safety initiatives related to our Tennessee Lithium project.

Piedmont issued its inaugural sustainability report, Progressing with Purpose, in June 2023, which governs our ESG efforts as we develop our operations and advance our equity interests. The report affirms the Company’s commitment to being a responsible, respectful steward of the planet, people, and the communities where Piedmont plans to operate its wholly-owned projects, Tennessee Lithium and Carolina Lithium. The aspirations reflected in the report are intended to guide the Company’s ESG strategy and are centered on the four pillars of planet, people, communities, and governance.

Conference Call Information

Date:

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Time:

8:30 am Eastern Standard Time

Dial-in (Toll Free):

1 (888) 510-2296

Dial-in (International):

1 (646) 960-0479

Conference ID:

4530245

Participant URL:

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Piedmont’s earnings presentation and supporting material are available at:

https://piedmontlithium.com/investors

About Piedmont

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing lithium concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development, construction and production activities of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium, and Piedmont; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa; and strategy. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining, or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, and (xiv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

PIEDMONT LITHIUM INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenue

$ 47,127

$ —

$ 47,127

$ —

Costs of sales

23,363

23,363

Gross profit

23,764

23,764

Exploration and mine development costs

471

434

1,668

1,485

Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,185

7,160

31,793

20,200

Total operating expenses

11,656

7,594

33,461

21,685

Income (loss) from equity method investments(1)

3,852

(2,003)

(1,565)

(6,547)

Income (loss) from operations

15,960

(9,597)

(11,262)

(28,232)

Interest income

1,031

373

2,959

373

Interest expense

(8)

(21)

(34)

(97)

Loss from foreign currency exchange

(22)

(35)

(88)

(60)

Gain on dilution of equity method investments(1)

7,958

29,367

15,208

29,367

Total other income

8,959

29,684

18,045

29,583

Income before taxes

24,919

20,087

6,783

1,351

Income tax expense

2,028

3,422

3,170

3,422

Net income (loss)

$ 22,891

$ 16,665

$ 3,613

$ (2,071)

Earnings (loss) per share:

Basic

$ 1.19

$ 0.93

$ 0.19

$ (0.12)

Diluted

$ 1.19

$ 0.92

$ 0.19

$ (0.12)

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic

19,203

17,966

18,974

17,343

Diluted

19,239

18,081

19,011

17,343

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(1) Income (loss) from equity method investments and Gain on dilution of equity method investments are reported on a one-quarter lag.

PIEDMONT LITHIUM INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 94,495

$ 99,247

Accounts receivable

23,281

Other current assets

4,374

2,612

Total current assets

122,150

101,859

Property, plant and mine development, net

116,422

71,541

Other non-current assets

25,734

18,873

Equity method investments

133,044

95,648

Total assets

$ 397,350

$ 287,921

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$ 34,607

$ 12,862

Current portion of long-term debt

201

425

Other current liabilities

8,052

124

Total current liabilities

42,860

13,411

Long-term debt, net of current portion

44

163

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

1,174

1,177

Deferred tax liabilities

5,221

2,881

Total liabilities

49,299

17,632

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock; $0.0001 par value, 100,000 shares authorized; 19,209 and 18,073 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively

2

2

Additional paid-in capital

459,475

381,242

Accumulated deficit

(102,045)

(105,658)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(9,381)

(5,297)

Total stockholders’ equity

348,051

270,289

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$ 397,350

$ 287,921

PIEDMONT LITHIUM INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2023

2022

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net Income (loss)

$ 3,613

$ (2,071)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

Stock-based compensation expense

7,378

2,643

Loss from equity method investments

1,565

6,547

Gain on dilution of equity method investments

(15,208)

(29,367)

Deferred taxes

3,170

3,422

Depreciation

174

32

Noncash lease expense

169

72

Loss on sale of property, plant and mine development

12

Unrealized loss on investment

27

54

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(23,281)

Other assets

(1,633)

(959)

Operating lease liabilities

(148)

(69)

Accounts payable

21,865

270

Accrued other current liabilities

7,712

(2,627)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

5,403

(22,041)

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(44,978)

(21,892)

Advances to affiliates

(6,828)

(9,815)

Investments in equity method investments

(28,667)

(14,087)

Net cash used in investing activities

(80,473)

(45,794)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuances of common stock, net of issuance costs

71,084

122,059

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

93

Principal payments on long-term debt

(344)

(973)

Payments to tax authorities for employee share-based compensation

(422)

Net cash provided by financing activities

70,318

121,179

Net (decrease) increase in cash

(4,752)

53,344

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

99,247

64,245

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$ 94,495

$ 117,589

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following information provides definitions and reconciliations of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures presented do not have any standard meaning prescribed by GAAP and may differ from similarly-titled measures used by other companies. However, we present these measures in this press release because we believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful means of evaluating and understanding how our management evaluates our financial condition and results of operations.

The following are non-GAAP financial measures for Piedmont Lithium:

Adjusted net income (loss) is defined as net income (loss) plus or minus the gain or loss from gain on dilution of equity method investments, gain or loss from foreign currency exchange and certain other adjustments we believe are not reflective of our ongoing operations and performance.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (or adjusted diluted EPS) is defined as diluted EPS before gain on dilution of equity method investments, gain or loss from foreign currency exchange and certain other costs we believe are not reflective of our ongoing operations and performance. Any references to adjusted EPS are to adjusted diluted EPS.

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expenses, income tax expense, and depreciation.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA plus or minus the gain or loss from gain on dilution of equity method investments, gain or loss from foreign currency exchange and certain other adjustments we believe are not reflective of our ongoing operations and performance.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.


Below are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis for adjusted net income (loss), adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS

Three Months Ended September 30, 2023 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Diluted EPS Diluted EPS

Net income

$ 22,891

$ 1.19

$ 3,613

$ 0.19

Gain on dilution of equity method investments(1)

(7,958)

(0.41)

(15,208)

(0.80)

Loss from foreign currency exchange(2)

22

88

Other costs(3)

152

0.01

441

0.02

Tax effect of adjustments(4)

1,794

0.09

3,447

0.19

Adjusted net income (loss)

$ 16,901

$ 0.88

$ (7,619)

$ (0.40)

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(1) Gain on dilution of equity method investments represents a noncash gain recognized due to Piedmont electing not to participate in Sayona Mining’s share issuances and is reported on a one-quarter lag. These shares were issued at a greater value than the carrying value of our ownership interest and as a result our interest in Sayona Mining was diluted and reduced.

(2) Loss from foreign currency exchange relates to currency fluctuations in our foreign bank accounts denominated in Canadian dollars and Australian dollars and marketable securities denominated in Australian dollars.

(3) Other costs include severance costs, legal and transactional costs associated with the DOE loan and grant initiatives, and costs related to certain significant strategic transactions.

(4) No income tax impacts have been given to any items that were recorded in jurisdictions with full valuation allowances.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2022 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Diluted EPS Diluted EPS

Net income (loss)

$ 16,665

$ 0.92

$ (2,071)

$ (0.12)

Gain on dilution of equity method investments(1)

(29,367)

(1.62)

(29,367)

(1.69)

Loss from foreign currency exchange(2)

35

60

Other costs(3)

296

0.02

541

0.03

Tax effect of adjustments(4)

3,422

0.19

3,422

0.20

Adjusted net loss

$ (8,949)

$ (0.49)

$ (27,415)

$ (1.58)

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(1) Gain on dilution of equity method investments represents a noncash gain recognized due to Piedmont electing not to participate in Sayona Mining’s share issuances and is reported on a one-quarter lag. These shares were issued at a greater value than the carrying value of our ownership interest and as a result our interest in Sayona Mining was diluted and reduced.

(2) Loss from foreign currency exchange relates to currency fluctuations in our foreign bank accounts denominated in Canadian dollars and Australian dollars and marketable securities denominated in Australian dollars.

(3) Other costs include severance costs, legal and transactional costs associated with the DOE loan and grant initiatives, and costs related to certain significant strategic transactions.

(4) No income tax impacts have been given to any items that were recorded in jurisdictions with full valuation allowances.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

2023

2022

2023

2022

Net income (loss)

$ 22,891

$ 16,665

$ 3,613

$ (2,071)

Interest income, net

(1,023)

(352)

(2,925)

(276)

Income tax expense

2,028

3,422

3,170

3,422

Depreciation

68

21

174

32

EBITDA

23,964

19,756

4,032

1,107

Gain on dilution of equity method investments(1)

(7,958)

(29,367)

(15,208)

(29,367)

Loss from foreign currency exchange(2)

22

35

88

60

Other costs(3)

152

296

441

541

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 16,180

$ (9,280)

$ (10,647)

$ (27,659)

Adjusted EBITDA margin(4)

34.3%

(22.6)%

$ —

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(1) Gain on dilution of equity method investments represents a noncash gain recognized due to Piedmont electing not to participate in Sayona Mining’s share issuances and is reported on a one-quarter lag. These shares were issued at a greater value than the carrying value of our ownership interest and as a result our interest in Sayona Mining was diluted and reduced.

(2) Loss from foreign currency exchange relates to currency fluctuations in our foreign bank accounts denominated in Canadian dollars and Australian dollars and marketable securities denominated in Australian dollars.

(3) Other costs include severance costs, legal and transactional costs associated with the DOE loan and grant initiatives, and costs related to certain significant strategic transactions.

(4) Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue.

High-Grade North American Lithium Drill Results Show Potential for Mineral Resource Upgrade

  • Multiple, new, high-grade lithium zones identified, including outside the planned pit shell model
  • Some intercepts at thicker and higher grades than previously encountered
  • Results of in-pit drilling indicate potential for further mineral resource conversion

BELMONT, North Carolina, November 2, 2023 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced that initial 2023 drill campaign results from the jointly owned North American Lithium (“NAL”) project have identified multiple, thick, high-grade spodumene-bearing pegmatites.

Drill results identified new, high-grade mineralized zones along the northwest margin of the NAL deposit, beyond the current NAL pit operations and the planned pit shell model. Additionally, mineralization from inside the pit shell model shows continuity and consistency in grade and thickness, providing the potential for mineral resource conversion within the pit shell model as well as definition below the existing pit.

“We are pleased with these excellent drill results, which indicate the potential for further resource and mine life extension at NAL. The thick widths and high grades of these intercepts are encouraging and underscore the importance of NAL, which is already North America’s largest operating lithium mine,” said Piedmont Lithium President and CEO Keith Phillips. “We look forward to the remaining assay results as NAL continues to ramp production and prepare Q4’23 customer shipments.”

NAL is a wholly owned project of Sayona Quebec, a joint venture between Piedmont (25%) and Sayona Mining (75%). Piedmont holds an offtake agreement to purchase the greater of 113,000 metric tons per year or 50% of the spodumene concentrate production from North American Lithium at a ceiling price of $900 per metric ton (SC-6.0%) on a life-of-mine basis.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors

Piedmont’s public disclosures are governed by the U.S. Exchange Act of 1934, including Regulation S-K 1300 thereunder, whereas Sayona discloses estimates of “measured,” “indicated,” and “inferred” mineral resources as such terms are used in the JORC Code and Canada’s National Instrument 43-101. Although S-K 1300, the JORC Code, and NI 43-101 have similar goals in terms of conveying an appropriate level of confidence in the disclosures being reported, they at times embody different approaches or definitions. Consequently, investors are cautioned that public disclosures by Sayona prepared in accordance with the JORC Code or NI 43-101 may not be comparable to similar information made public by companies, including Piedmont, subject to S-K 1300 and the other reporting and disclosure requirements under the U.S. federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder.

The statements in the link below were prepared by, and made by, Sayona Mining. The following disclosures are not statements of Piedmont and have not been independently verified by Piedmont. Sayona Mining is not subject to U.S. reporting requirements or obligations, and investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these statements. Sayona Mining’s original announcements can be found here.

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development construction and production activities of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium and Piedmont; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa; and strategy. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, and (xiv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Piedmont Lithium Updates Timing of Q3 Earnings Release

BELMONT, North Carolina, November 2, 2023 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced that it will issue the release of its third quarter 2023 earnings at 7:00 AM Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada), prior to the Nasdaq open on Tuesday, November 7. The Company had previously announced that the earnings release would be issued on Monday, November 6, after the market close.

The amendment to the schedule was made to better coincide with the timing of Piedmont’s earnings call at 8:30 AM Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada) on November 7, and allow for the information to be disseminated outside of market trading periods for Nasdaq and the ASX, as PLL is traded on both exchanges.

Access to the call is available via webcast or direct dial. A link to the webcast and direct dial numbers are provided below:


PARTICIPANT INFORMATION (Public):

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Participant Toll Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 960-0479

Conference ID: 4530245

WEBCAST DETAILS

Event Title: Q3 2023 Piedmont Lithium Earnings Conference Call

Event Date: November 7, 2023

Start Time: 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Ghana Issues Mining Lease For Ewoyaa Project

  • Piedmont JV project receives historic first lithium mining lease from the Government of Ghana
  • Mining lease provides rights to mining and commercial production for an initial 15-year period
  • Ewoyaa Lithium Project poised to become a major producer of spodumene concentrate
  • Ewoyaa expected to provide most of the feedstock for Piedmont’s lithium hydroxide plant in Tennessee

BELMONT, North Carolina, October 24, 2023 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced that Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has granted a mining lease for the Ewoyaa Lithium Project (“Ewoyaa” or the “Project”), which is being developed by Piedmont and its partner, Atlantic Lithium Limited (“Atlantic Lithium”).

The mining lease provides exclusive rights to carry out lithium mining and commercial production activities for an initial 15-year period and is renewable in accordance with Ghanaian legislation. The issuance of the mining lease is subject to ratification by the Ghanaian parliament and follows last month’s announcement by the Minerals Income Investment Fund of Ghana (“MIIF”) of its plans to invest (1) $27.9 million to acquire a 6% stake in Ewoyaa and (2) an additional $5 million in Atlantic Lithium to help further, in part, the development of Ewoyaa. Prior to starting construction, an approval by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana also will be required. Atlantic Lithium expects the Ewoyaa permitting process to be finalized in H2 2024.

Piedmont Lithium Chief Operating Officer and Atlantic Lithium Non-Executive Director Patrick Brindle said receipt of the mining lease marks a significant step toward production and reflects Ghana’s interest in becoming a global resource for lithium concentrate. “We are excited for our partner Atlantic Lithium, and we thank the project team and the Minerals Commission for their diligent efforts throughout the application process. The issuance of Ghana’s first mining lease for lithium demonstrates clear support for the Ewoyaa Lithium Project and the opportunity it presents for the country and local communities,” said Brindle. “This milestone also reinforces Piedmont’s plans to utilize Ewoyaa material as feedstock for the proposed 30,000 metric ton per year Tennessee-based lithium hydroxide conversion facility.”

Piedmont owns a 9% equity interest in Atlantic Lithium, and in August announced that it exercised its option to acquire an initial 22.5% interest in Ewoyaa, subject to government approvals. Piedmont has a right to earn an additional 27.5% interest in the Project, subject to satisfying certain funding requirements, which would result in Piedmont and Atlantic Lithium each owning 50% of Ewoyaa, exclusive of the expected MIIF investment and the Ghanaian government’s carried interest. Piedmont also holds an offtake agreement to purchase 50% of lithium concentrate production at Ewoyaa on a market-based pricing mechanism for the life of the mine.

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of or as described in securities legislation in the United States and Australia, including statements regarding exploration, development construction and production activities of Sayona Mining, Atlantic Lithium and Piedmont; current plans for Piedmont’s mineral and chemical processing projects; Piedmont’s potential acquisition of an ownership interest in Ewoyaa; and strategy. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other risk factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual timing of events, results, performance or achievements and other factors to be materially different from the future timing of events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, among others: (i) that Piedmont, Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium may be unable to commercially extract mineral deposits, (ii) that Piedmont’s, Sayona Mining’s or Atlantic Lithium’s properties may not contain expected reserves, (iii) risks and hazards inherent in the mining business (including risks inherent in exploring, developing, constructing and operating mining projects, environmental hazards, industrial accidents, weather or geologically related conditions), (iv) uncertainty about Piedmont’s ability to obtain required capital to execute its business plan, (v) Piedmont’s ability to hire and retain required personnel, (vi) changes in the market prices of lithium and lithium products, (vii) changes in technology or the development of substitute products, (viii) the uncertainties inherent in exploratory, developmental and production activities, including risks relating to permitting, zoning and regulatory delays related to our projects as well as the projects of our partners in Quebec and Ghana, (ix) uncertainties inherent in the estimation of lithium resources, (x) risks related to competition, (xi) risks related to the information, data and projections related to Sayona Mining or Atlantic Lithium, (xii) occurrences and outcomes of claims, litigation and regulatory actions, investigations and proceedings, (xiii) risks regarding our ability to achieve profitability, enter into and deliver product under supply agreements on favorable terms, our ability to obtain sufficient financing to develop and construct our projects, our ability to comply with governmental regulations and our ability to obtain necessary permits, and (xiv) other uncertainties and risk factors set out in filings made from time to time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Australian Securities Exchange, including Piedmont’s most recent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements, projections and estimates are given only as of the date of this press release and actual events, results, performance and achievements could vary significantly from the forward-looking statements, projections and estimates presented in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Piedmont disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, projections, and estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, Piedmont, except as required by applicable law, undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of Piedmont, its financial or operating results or its securities.

Piedmont Lithium to Release Third-Quarter 2023 Earnings on November 6, 2023

BELMONT, North Carolina, October 17, 2023 – Piedmont Lithium (“Piedmont” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL), a leading global supplier of lithium resources critical to the U.S. electric vehicle supply chain, today announced that it will release its third-quarter 2023 earnings following the Nasdaq close on Monday, November 6.

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its third-quarter 2023 results on Tuesday, November 7, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada). Access to the call is available via webcast or direct dial. A link to the webcast and direct dial numbers are provided below:

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION (Public):

Participant URL:  https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/951511499

Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: 1 (888) 510-2296

Participant Toll Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 960-0479

Conference ID: 4530245

WEBCAST DETAILS

Event Title: Q3 2023 Piedmont Lithium Earnings Conference Call

Event Date: November 7, 2023

Start Time: 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

About Piedmont Lithium

Piedmont Lithium Inc. (Nasdaq: PLL; ASX: PLL) is developing a world-class, multi-asset, integrated lithium business focused on enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in North America. Our goal is to become one of the largest lithium hydroxide producers in North America by processing spodumene concentrate produced from assets where we hold an economic interest. Our projects include our Carolina Lithium and Tennessee Lithium projects in the United States and partnerships in Quebec with Sayona Mining (ASX: SYA) and in Ghana with Atlantic Lithium (AIM: ALL; ASX: A11). These geographically diversified operations will enable us to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move toward energy independence and the electrification of transportation and energy storage. For more information, follow us on Twitter @PiedmontLithium and visit www.piedmontlithium.com.