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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lithium Americas (Argentina) Corp. (TSX/NYSE: LAAC) (“Lithium Argentina” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it and certain of its subsidiaries have executed a definitive agreement (the “Transaction”) with a subsidiary of Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. (“Ganfeng Lithium”,) whereby Ganfeng Lithium agrees to acquire $70 million in newly issued shares of Proyecto Pastos Grandes S.A. (“PGCo”), the Company’s indirect wholly-owned Argentinian subsidiary holding the Pastos Grandes project (“Pastos Grandes” or “Project”) in Salta, Argentina, which is expected to represent an approximate 15% interest in PGCo and the Project.

    Pastos Grandes is an advanced stage lithium brine project acquired by the Company in early 2022 with the acquisition of Millennial Lithium Inc. The Project is in the same basin as the Sal de la Puna project (together, the “Pastos Grandes Basin”), adjacent to Ganfeng Lithium’s Pozuelos-Pastos Grandes project (“PPG”) and 100 km from the operating Caucharí-Olaroz project (“Caucharí-Olaroz”) jointly owned and operated by Lithium Argentina and Ganfeng Lithium.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Ganfeng Lithium agrees to acquire $70M in newly issued shares of PGCo, which is expected to represent an approximate 15% interest of PGCo
    • Ganfeng Lithium, with support of Lithium Argentina, to undertake preparation of a regional development plan for the Pastos Grandes Basin and PPG, expected to be finalized by the end of 2024
    • Technical collaboration ongoing to explore benefits of Ganfeng Lithium’s direct lithium extraction (“DLE”) technology to complement the existing conventional solar evaporation process at Pastos Grandes
    • Proceeds to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet and support development and operating activities in Argentina
    • Offtake rights for PGCo remain uncommitted; Company is exploring opportunities to bring in new customers and financing to accelerate and support development of a global lithium chemical supply chain
    • The Transaction is expected to close in Q2 2024

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    “The Transaction with Ganfeng Lithium demonstrates our long-term commitment to Salta and the sustainable development of Argentina’s lithium industry,” commented John Kanellitsas Executive Chairman, interim CEO and President. “While we continue to prioritize the ramp up at Caucharí-Olaroz, already among the largest lithium brine operations in Argentina, the Transaction further strengthens our balance sheet and enhances our growth plans by leveraging our existing teams and nearby operations.”

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    Lithium Argentina Announces Ganfeng Lithium Agrees to Acquire Interest in Pastos Grandes for $70M VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Lithium Americas (Argentina) Corp. (TSX/NYSE: LAAC) (“Lithium Argentina” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it and certain of its subsidiaries have executed a definitive …