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Supply and Geopolitical Issues Appear to be Globally Threatening Crucial Sources of Rare Earth Minerals

Defense Metals Corp. (TSXV:DEFN)(OTC:DFMTF) Could Potentially Resolve These Problems

By now, you’re aware of the dire predictions of global warming.

As a result, global governments appear to be moving towards electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Some leaders, such as California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, appear to have signed executive orders banning the sale of gas-powered passenger cars in their jurisdiction starting in 2035.(1) Many others seem to be putting incentives and policies in motion for more reliance on solar and wind energy.

Though, reliable access to rare earth metals, such as neodymium and praseodymium, could be critical for all of this to happen.(2)

Unfortunately, many countries appear to be running into a severe problem.

Right now, nearly all rare earth seems to come from China. This China-led rare earth ecosystem appears to be fractured and unstable. For example, from mining to exports, China appears to have announced stricter regulations over the entire rare earth industry.

“The new rules could give Beijing greater control over the supply of materials that have become vital for high-tech manufacturing around the world. China accounts for more than roughly 60% of global rare-earth production, and its exports appear to have sunk to a five-year low in 2020,” as reported by Nikkei Asia.(3)

That could be part of the reason that the U.S. – which seems to rely on approximately 80% of China for rare earth imports- appears to be spearheading an initiative to find alternative sources.(3)

Besides, according to Forbes, China appears to be stockpiling rare earth and critical minerals for its own domestic use, as companies and governments face worldwide shortages due to new demand for electric vehicles.  They further note that China could be on pace to own that market.(4)

This is how a company such as Defense Metals Corp. could come into play.

Given widespread demand, the company could be well-positioned to meet the demand for North American-sourced critical rare earth elements (REE) with one of the highest grade road accessible deposits, with the potential to reduce the political and strategic risk of the current reliance on Chinese REE sources.(2)

The Top 7 Reasons to Consider Defense Metals Corp. (TSXV:DEFN)(OTC:DFMTF)

  1. The global community seems to be in desperate need of rare earth mineral supply.
  2. Right now, nearly all rare earth seems to come from China, which appears to have been an unstable situation. Worse, China appears to have announced stricter regulations over the rare earth industry.(3)
  3. Location, Location, Location: Canada claims to have some of the largest known reserves and rare earth supply resources in the world. According to the Government of Canada, there are an estimated 15 million tons of rare earth oxides.(5)
  4. Attractive Drill Results: Defense Metals Corp.’s rare earth drill results seem to indicate large scale higher mineralization at its Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project in British Columbia.(6)
  5. Well Positioned to Meet Demand: Defense Metals could be well-positioned to meet the demand for North American-sourced critical REE’s with one of the highest grade road accessible deposits, with the potential to reduce the political and strategic risk of the current reliance on Chinese rare earth supply.(2)
  6. The project seems to indicate mineral resources of approximately 4,890,000 tons averaging roughly 3.02% LREO (Light Rare Earth Elements) and inferred mineral resources of nearly 12,100,000 tons averaging around 2.90% LREO.(7)
  7. Experienced Leadership Team: Defense Metals Corp. appears to be led by a team of experienced veterans of the rare earth industry with a proven track record of delivering success.

Defense Metals Corp. (TSXV:DEFN)(OTC:DFMTF) Seems To Have Attractive Technicals

After finding double bottom support at around $0.07, the Defense Metals Corp. stock seems to have rallied to a high of approx. $0.43 – good for a return of about 514%.  After a recent pullback to about 36 cents, the stock appears to have caught strong support.  With demand for rare earth seeming to see momentum, it could mean potential moves for the stock.

In addition, its short-, medium-, and long-term indicators appear to be positive, including its 20-day MA, 20-50 day MACD oscillator, 20-100 day MACD oscillator, 20-200 day MACD oscillator, 50-day MA, 50-100 day MACD oscillator, 50-150 day MACD oscillator, 50-200 day MACD oscillator, 100-day MA, 150-day MA, 200-day MA, and its 100-200 day MACD oscillator.

For comparison’s sake, take a look at rare earth company, MP Materials, which ran from approximately $9.89 a share to a high of roughly $40.74. Defense Metals Corp. could have that same sort of potential.

Defense Metals Corp. Could Have Strong Positioning 

With a small market cap of approximately $21.5 million, Defense Metals could be very well-positioned to meet North American demand.

Its roughly 1,708-hectare Wicheeda REE Property, located approximately 80 km NE of Prince George, British Columbia, appears to be readily accessible by all-weather gravel roads and seems to be close to infrastructure, such as power transmission lines, the CN railway, and major highways.

Most impressive, the project claims to have mineral resources of nearly 4,890,000 tons averaging approximately 3.02% LREO (Light Rare Earth Elements) and inferred mineral resources of about 12,100,000 tons averaging around 2.90% LREO.

Defense Metals is extremely pleased with the Wicheeda REE Property LiDaR survey results. This incredibly high-resolution dataset could arm us with an enhanced property-wide terrain model. This level of precision could also be expected to positively impact project development efforts with respect to numerous ongoing studies including environmental baseline monitoring, geological modelling, and resource estimation; and looking forward to optimizing the siting of critical development infrastructure,” Craig Taylor, CEO of Defense Metals says.(8)

Defense Metals Corp. is Also Led by a Powerhouse Team

With significant potential for industry growth, a “Hall of Fame” level management team of executives, and what seems to look like considerable strategic advantages, Defense Metals Corp. seems prepared for the future.

CRAIG TAYLOR
CEO & PRESIDENT

Since 1994 Mr. Taylor has been President and CEO of Vanville Projects Ltd., a private company which provides products and services to resorts, hotels and restaurants worldwide. From March 2008 until December 2016, Mr. Taylor was a director of Saber Capital Corp., a former capital pool company, which completed its qualifying transaction and was renamed Emblem Corp. In addition, he was a director of Advantage Lithium Corp., a TSX-V listed junior exploration company, from March 2007 until August 2016. From April 2012 until April 2016, he was a director of Clear Mountain Resources Corp., a TSX-V listed junior resource exploration company (now named Patriot One Technologies Inc.). Also, from February 2006 until July 2010 Mr. Taylor was the CEO, CFO, president and a director of Angus Resources Inc., a former capital pool company listed on the TSX-V which in 2010 completed its qualifying transaction and was renamed Batero Gold Corp. Mr. Taylor has also served as director and officer of several other public companies engaged in mineral exploration and development.

RYAN CHEUNG
CFO & DIRECTOR

Ryan Cheung, CPA, CA, has been providing accounting, management, securities regulatory compliance services to private and public-listed companies. Mr. Cheung also serves as an officer and/or director of a number of public-listed companies. Mr. Cheung holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

ANDREW BURGESS
DIRECTOR

Mr. Andrew S. Burgess, C.A., C.P.A.is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently the CFO of Spectrum Mining Corporation. He is an experienced professional with more than 35 years accounting, finance and financial reporting experience with listed companies. Mr. Burgess has a broad base of experience with natural resource, service and industrial companies in the areas of general management, financial and management reporting, taxation, corporate reorganizations, investments, acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debenture financing, budgeting, investor relations and administration. He has extensive public company and IPO experience.

KRISTOPHER J RAFFLE
P.GEO & DIRECTOR 

Kristopher J. Raffle, B.Sc., P.Geo. serves as the Qualified Person for the Company. Mr. Raffle is also a current director of First Legacy Mining Corp. Mr. Raffle is a Partner and Principal Geologist with Edmonton-based geologic consulting firm APEX Geoscience Ltd. Mr. Raffle has over 18 years’ North American-focused base and precious metals exploration experience. APEX has wide-ranging Nevada Carlin-type gold experience, including near-mine exploration at Scorpio Gold Corp.’s Mineral Ridge Project; NI 43-101 reporting for Battle Mountain Gold Inc.’s Lewis Project and Barksdale Capital Corp.’s Swales Project; consulting and geological modeling for NuLegacy Gold Corp.’s Red Hill Project; in addition to completion of multiple Mineral Resource Estimates for Gold Standard Ventures Corp.’s Pinion, Dark Star, and North Bullion deposits within their flagship Railroad Project. APEX’s current Nevada activities include modelling and resource estimation work for several projects on behalf of Waterton Global Resource Management Inc., and Fiore Gold Ltd.’s Gold Rock Project.

MAXIMILIAN SALI
DIRECTOR

Mr. Sali has been in the capital markets for 10 years managing private family assets. He is the president of Baccarat Investments Inc., a private company providing consulting and management services to public companies along with investing.

ALEX KNOX
M.SC, P. GEO. & ADVISOR

Mr. Knox has worked in the exploration and development of carbonatite and REE deposits since 1984, first with Molycorp Inc., at the time the owner of the producing Mountain Pass, California, light REE mine, and later as an independent consultant for various public and private companies and projects throughout North America. Mr. Knox was part of the team that discovered the Kipawa heavy-enriched REE deposit in southwest Quebec, as well as the Ashram light-enriched REE deposit in northern Quebec. He has extensive experience in carbonatite/REE geological environments and has also worked on the Oka carbonatite complex near Montreal and the Prairie Lake carbonatite in northwestern Ontario, among others.

CHRIS GRAF
P.ENG & ADVISOR

Mr. Graf was born in Cranbrook, B.C. and graduated from Mount Baker high school in Cranbrook in 1969. He obtained a B.Ap.Sc. degree in geological engineering from UBC in Vancouver, B.C. in 1974 and has been registered as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia since 1980.He has successfully applied his profession for the past 40 years, conceiving and conducting mineral exploration programs in British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon as well as northern Mexico. His forte has been mineral property evaluation, field exploration and diamond drilling.  Mr. Graf was a director of the BC and Yukon Chamber of Mines during the 1990’s when the provincial NDP were in power. During his tenure he was very involved in the Chamber’s Aboriginal Affairs and Environmental/Park committees trying to mitigate the NDP’s overly ambitious land use policies that were largely negative for mineral exploration in BC.In 2011, Mr. Graf was the recipient of the Chamber’s Frank Woodside Past Presidents Award for distinguished service to the Minerals Industry.

ANDREW LELAND
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Mr. Leland earned his commission in US Army in 1998 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Norwich University. He served as an US Army Air Defense Officer focused on Short Range Air Defense for eight years, and has participated in multiple combat tours supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) operations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iraq. After leaving the service in 2006, Mr. Leland has been employed with companies across both industry and defense contracting sectors.

JAMIE SPRATT
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Mr. Spratt is Principal at Walmsley Capital Inc., a focused mining corporate finance and advisory business that he founded in 2019. Over the past 14 years, Jamie has developed extensive mining capital markets and investment sector experience. He has built a strong reputation as an analyst and advisor having built deep partnerships with mining CEOs and institutional investors. Jamie was a Partner and Equity Research Analyst at Clarus Securities Inc., a small and mid capitalization focused boutique investment bank for 10 years, where he was instrumental in building one of the leading mining practices in Canada.

DALE WALLSTER
ADVISOR

Dale Wallster is a geologist and prospector with 40 years’ experience in North American mineral deposit exploration. He was president and founder of Roughrider Uranium Corp., a company acquired by Hathor Exploration Limited in 2006 for its strategically located uranium properties in the Athabasca Basin. Dale and his team are widely credited in the mineral exploration sector for the discovery of the Hathor’s Roughrider deposit. In January 2012, Hathor became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto as part of a CAD$650 million acquisition.

KARL T. WAGNER
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Karl Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Eastern Sky Technologies, a global risk consultancy specializing in crisis management and corporate resilience. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Security, Custody Digital Group. An expert in intelligence and national security affairs, Karl has created and led multi-million dollar enterprise risk management programs in both government and private industry. Karl served as Senior Director, Global Security at Palo Alto-based Tesla, Inc. from September 2018 to April 2019. He is a former member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), having served as a CIA senior leader and a Directorate of Operations (DO) expert manager, with 29 years of worldwide experience, including service in Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The Top 7 Reasons to Consider Defense Metals Corp. (TSXV:DEFN)(OTC:DFMTF)

  1. The global community seems to be in desperate need of rare earth mineral supply.
  2. Right now, nearly all rare earth seems to come from China, which appears to have been an unstable situation. Worse, China appears to have announced stricter regulations over the rare earth industry.(3)
  3. Location, Location, Location: Canada claims to have some of the largest known reserves and rare earth supply resources in the world. According to the Government of Canada, there are an estimated 15 million tons of rare earth oxides.(5)
  4. Attractive Drill Results: Defense Metals Corp.’s rare earth drill results seem to indicate large scale higher mineralization at its Wicheeda Rare Earth Element Project in British Columbia.(6)
  5. Well Positioned to Meet Demand: Defense Metals could be well-positioned to meet the demand for North American-sourced critical REE’s with one of the highest grade road accessible deposits, with the potential to reduce the political and strategic risk of the current reliance on Chinese rare earth supply.(2)
  6. The project seems to indicate mineral resources of approximately 4,890,000 tons averaging roughly 3.02% LREO (Light Rare Earth Elements) and inferred mineral resources of nearly 12,100,000 tons averaging around 2.90% LREO.(7)
  7. Experienced Leadership Team: Defense Metals Corp. appears to be led by a team of experienced veterans of the rare earth industry with a proven track record of delivering success.

Source 1: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/09/23/governor-newsom-announces-california-will-phase-out-gasoline-powered-cars-drastically-reduce-demand-for-fossil-fuel-in-californias-fight-against-climate-change/
Source 2: https://defensemetals.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Defense-Metals-Corporation-Corporate-Presentation-Feb-4th-2020.pdf
Source 3: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Markets/Commodities/China-tightens-rare-earth-regulations-policing-entire-supply-chain
Source 4: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2021/01/17/chinas-rare-earths-slump-a-sign-of-domestic-hoarding-for-ev-batteries-and-more/?sh=4b11ffda79a8
Source 5: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/our-natural-resources/minerals-mining/minerals-metals-facts/rare-earth-elements-facts/20522
Source 6: https://www.juniorminingnetwork.com/junior-miner-news/press-releases/2656-tsx-venture/defn/65711-defense-metals-starts-wicheeda-rare-earth-element-drill-program.html
Source 7: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/defense-metals-receives-wicheeda-ree-property-lidar-survey-results-301218345.html
Source 8: https://defensemetals.com/defense-metals-receives-wicheeda-ree-property-lidar-survey-results/

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This document includes certain statements that constitute “forward-looking information or statements” within the meaning of applicable securities law, including without limitation, Defense Metals’ expectations for its deposit, plans for its project, as well as other statements relating to the technical, financial and business prospects of Defense Metals and other matters. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events, level of activity, performance or results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: (i) risks related to rare earth elements, and other commodity price fluctuations; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of exploration results; (iii) risks related to the inherent uncertainty of exploration and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; (iv) that resource exploration and development is a speculative business; (v) that Defense Metals may lose or abandon its property interests or may fail to receive necessary licences and permits; (vi) that environmental laws and regulations may become more onerous; (vii) that Defense Metals may not be able to raise additional funds when necessary; (viii) the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with Defense Metals expectations; (ix) exploration and development risks, including risks related to accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration and development; (x) competition; (xi) the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of geologic reports or studies; (xii) the uncertainty of profitability based upon Defense Metals history of losses; (xiii) risks related to environmental regulation and liability; (xiv) risks associated with failure to maintain community acceptance, agreements and permissions (generally referred to as “social licence”), including local First Nations; (xv) risks relating to obtaining and maintaining all necessary government permits, approvals and authorizations relating to the continued exploration and development of Defense Metals projects; (xvi) risks related to the outcome of legal actions; (xvii) political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; (xix) risks related to current global financial conditions; and (xx) other risks and uncertainties related to Defense Metals prospects, properties and business strategy. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, the loss of key directors, employees, advisors or consultants, adverse weather conditions, increase in costs, equipment failures, government regulations and policies, litigation, decrease in the price of REE, the impact of Covid-19 or other viruses and diseases on the Company’s ability to operate, failure of counterparties to perform their contractual obligations and fees charged by service providers. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and, accordingly are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty of such statements.

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Address: 815 Hornby Street Suite 605 Vancouver BC V6Z 2E6 CA
Phone: +1 604 283-6110
Website: https://www.defensemetals.com

Company Description

Defense Metals has an indicated mineral resource of 4,890,000 tonnes averaging 3.02% LREO and inferred resources of 12,100,000 tonnes averaging 2.90% LREO. It is an advanced mineral exploration company focused on metals and elements commonly used in the EV market, military, national security and the “GREEN” energy technologies, such as, high strength alloys and rare earth magnets. Defense Metals has an option for 100% of the 1,708 Ha., Rare Earth Wicheeda Property in British Columbia, Canada.