Appia Announces Filing of Corrective Disclosure in Response to Issue Review by the Ontario Securities Commission

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - January 9, 2019) - Appia Energy Corp. (CSE: API) (OTCQB: APAAF) (FSE: A0I.F) (FSE: A0I.MU) (FSE: A0I.BE) (the "Company" or "Appia)  wishes to announce that as a result of an issue oriented review of its continuous disclosure record by the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC"), the Company is issuing this news release to clarify certain disclosures made in its news releases, in its management discussion and analysis for the year ended September 30, 2017 (the "2017 Year-End MD&A") and for the nine-month period ended June 30, 2018 (the "2018 Q3 MD&A"), on its website and in certain presentations filed on its website. The clarifications substantially relate to the noncompliance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"), section 2.3 (1) (d), by disclosing the grades of the total rare earth element ("TREE") or total rare earth oxide ("TREO") without disclosing the individual grades of the rare earth elements ("REEs") or rare earth oxides ("REOs") that make up the TREE or TREO grades reported.

Corrective Disclosure relating to MD&A

The Company is today re-filing its 2017 Year-End MD&A and 2018 Q3 MD&A which now both include appended tables disclosing the individual grades of the REEs and REOs that make up the previously reported TREE and TREO results relevant to the Company's Alces Lake showings. All of the other information contained in the original 2017 Year-End MD&A, which was filed on SEDAR on December 11, 2017, and in the original 2018 Q3 MD&A, which was filed on SEDAR on August 28, 2018, remain unchanged. The revised 2017 Year-End MD&A and 2018 Q3 MD&A can be viewed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Corrective Disclosure Relating to News Releases

The news releases issued on March 5, 2018, May 7, 2018, June 11, 2018, June 26, 2018, August 2, 2018 and October 10, 2018 all disclosed TREE and TREO grades without providing the individual grades of the REEs and REOs. The table appended to this news release provides clarifying disclosures made in respect of the individual REE and REO grades that make up the TREE and TREO grades previously reported.

The news releases dated October 29, 2018, November 8, 2018 and November 26, 2018 (collectively the "Re-Filed News Releases") had links to tables of results which were posted on the Company's website but the tables and information on the website were not filed on SEDAR. The three news releases are now being re-filed on SEDAR and now include tables and figures within the Re-Filed News Releases.

The news releases included a factor to convert the elemental grade of the rare earths to an oxide grade. The OSC was concerned that using a factor to multiply the elemental grade to convert it to an oxide grade was misleading since the elemental grade is generally a fraction of the oxide grade. The disclosure in the Re-Filed News Releases and in all future press releases to be issued by the Company will have the multiplier factor removed.

The Company has also retracted disclosure in the October 29, 2018 news release that included "total in situ value" for a delimited high-grade core on the Wilson showing.

In the "About Appia" section of the news releases, the Company previously disclosed mineral resource estimates as contained U3O8 and TREEs contrary to NI 43-101 without disclosing the quantity and the grade or quality for each category of the mineral resources. All future news releases that disclose mineral resources will disclose those mineral resources as tonnage and grade. Future disclosure will not state or imply that estimates are"NI 43-101 compliant". The following erroneous disclosure: "The Company also has NI 43-101 compliant resources of 8.0 M lbs U3O8 and 47.7 M lbs Total REEs Indicated and 20.1 M lbs U3O8 and 133.2 M lbs Total REEs Inferred in the Teasdale Zone plus 27.6 M lbs U3O8 Inferred in the Banana Lake Zone in the historic mining camp of Elliot Lake in Ontario (previously reported in the Company's news release dated August 14, 2013). The resources are largely unconstrained along strike and down dip." should be replaced with the following disclosure: "The Company also has a 100% interest in 12,545 hectares (31,000 acres), including rare earth element and uranium deposits over five mineralized zones in the Elliot Lake Camp, Ontario, which historically produced over 300 million pounds of U3O8 and is the only Canadian camp that has had significant rare earth element (yttrium) production. The deposits are largely unconstrained along strike and down dip."

Corporate Website

The Company has updated its website to amend the disclosure relating to "contained U3O8 and contained REEs" to the following: "Appia has NI 43-101 Mineral Resources of 14,435,000 tons grading 0.554 lbs. U3O8/ton and 3.30 lbs. TREE/ton for a total of 8.0 M lbs U3O8 and 47.7 M lbs TREE Indicated and 42,447,000 tons grading 0.474 lbs. U3O8/ton and 3.14 lbs. TREE/ton for a total of 20.1 M lbs. U3O8 and 133.2 M lbs. TREE Inferred in the Teasdale Zone plus 30,315,000 tons grading 0.912 lbs. U3O8/ton for a total of 27.6 M lbs U3O8 Inferred in the Banana Lake Zone in the Elliot Lake, ON, historic mining camp. The resources are largely unconstrained along strike and down dip. *Refer to the Teasdale Lake zone and Banana Lake zone pages for qualifying notes regarding the Mineral Resource estimates, and individual element grades supporting the reported TREE results."

All references to the Alces Lake TREOs have been addressed with a table (Alces Lake - Summary REO Assay Results) in the "Geochemistry Results" section which discloses the grades of each of the REEs that make up the TREOs mentioned on the website (excluding news releases).

Corporate Presentation and Fact Sheet

The Company has amended and posted an updated corporate presentation and fact sheet with tables of results that disclose the individual REE and REO grades of the reported TREEs and TREOs for the Elliot Lake and Alces Lake properties, respectively.

Alces Lake Technical Presentation

The slide deck entitled "New Discoveries and Geological Perspectives for High-Grade Rare Earth Element Mineralization on the Alces Lake Property, Northern Saskatchewan" has been updated and re-filed on the website to disclose the individual REO grades that make up the reported TREOs.

About Appia

Appia is a Canadian publicly-traded company in the uranium and rare earth element sectors. The Company is currently focusing on delineating high-grade critical rare earth elements and uranium on the Alces Lake property, as well as prospecting for high-grade uranium in the prolific Athabasca Basin on its Loranger, North Wollaston, and Eastside properties. The Company holds the surface rights to exploration for 63,980 hectares (158,098 acres) in Saskatchewan.

The Company also has a 100% interest in 12,545 hectares (31,000 acres), including rare earth element and uranium deposits over five mineralized zones in the Elliot Lake Camp, Ontario, which historically produced over 300 million pounds of U3O8 and is the only Canadian camp that has had significant rare earth element (yttrium) production. The deposits are largely unconstrained along strike and down dip.

Appia's technical team is directed by James Sykes, who has had direct and indirect involvement with over 450 million lbs. U3O8 being discovered in five deposits in the Athabasca Basin.

Appia currently has 62 million common shares outstanding, 82.6 million shares fully diluted.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This News Release contains forward-looking statements which are typically preceded by, followed by or including the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "estimates", "intends", "plans" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance as they involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. We do not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward- looking statements and shareholders are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such statements.

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Drivas, President, CEO and Director: (tel) 416-546-2707, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) appia@appiaenergy.ca

James Sykes, VP Exploration & Development, (tel) 306-221-8717, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) jsykes@uraniumgeologist.com

Frank van de Water, Chief Financial Officer and Director, (tel) 416-546-2707, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email) fvandewater@rogers.com

(PLEASE SEE THE APPENDED TABLE)

Individual REE and REO grades supporting reported TREE and TREO grades

Zone From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Sample
Source
La2O3
(wt%)
CeO2
(wt%)
Pr6O11
(wt%)
Nd2O3
(wt%)
Sm2O3
(wt%)
Eu2O3
(wt%)
Gd2O3
(wt%)
Tb4O7
(wt%)
Dy2O3
(wt%)
Ho2O3
(wt%)
Er2O3
(wt%)
Tm2O3
(wt%)
Yb2O3
(wt%)
Lu2O3
(wt%)
Y2O3
(wt%)
Sc2O3
(wt%)
ThO2
(wt%)
U3O8
(wt%)
TREO
(wt%)
CREO
(wt%)
Reference News Release - March 5, 2018
Ivan (2017) 0.00 1.85 1.85 Outcrop (cut) 9.847 22.118 2.743 8.714 1.325 0.015 0.608 0.052 0.115 0.011 0.085 0.005 0.003 0.001 0.277 0.002 4.722 0.193 45.920 11.639
Reference News Releases - May 7, 2018 and June 11, 2018
Wilson (2017)


Boulder (grab) 6.556 14.864 1.788 5.867 0.881 0.008 0.413 0.035 0.085 0.007 0.058 0.003 0.002 0.001 0.193 0.002 3.624 0.133 30.764 7.783
Ivan (2017) 0.00 0.95 0.95 Outcrop (cut) 10.731 23.708 3.008 9.506 1.426 0.016 0.662 0.056 0.124 0.011 0.091 0.005 0.003 0.001 0.292 0.002 5.505 0.199 49.645 12.711
Reference News Release - August 2, 2018
Wilson (2017) 1.50 2.00 0.50 Outcrop (cut) 6.075 13.881 1.607 5.492 0.815 0.007 0.382 0.034 0.075 0.007 0.056 0.003 0.002 0.001 0.179 0.002 3.399 0.130 28.618 7.214
Ivan (2017) 0.00 1.20 1.20 Outcrop (cut) 11.235 25.182 3.129 9.899 1.496 0.017 0.685 0.059 0.130 0.013 0.097 0.006 0.003 0.001 0.314 0.002 5.687 0.247 52.269 13.234
Reference News Release - October 10, 2018 (range of values)
*Ivan (2017)


Outcrop (cut) 10.147 22.657 2.833 8.980 1.360 0.015 0.626 0.054 0.118 0.011 0.087 0.005 0.003 0.001 0.282 0.002 4.988 0.221 47.181 12.000
Wilson (2017)


Boulder (grab) 6.556 14.864 1.788 5.867 0.881 0.008 0.413 0.035 0.085 0.007 0.058 0.003 0.002 0.001 0.193 0.002 3.624 0.133 30.764 7.783
Wilson (2017) 0.00 1.80 1.80 Outcrop (cut) 4.457 10.106 1.213 4.016 0.605 0.005 0.282 0.025 0.055 0.005 0.040 0.002 0.002 0.001 0.130 0.002 2.487 0.085 20.945 5.315
Wilson (2017) 0.00 2.70 2.70 Outcrop (cut) 3.944 8.963 1.050 3.556 0.527 0.005 0.250 0.022 0.049 0.004 0.036 0.002 0.001 0.001 0.117 0.002 2.176 0.076 18.529 4.681
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 2.850 6.511 0.761 2.636 0.385 0.003 0.196 0.020 0.054 0.001 0.034 0.001 0.003 0.001 0.171 0.002 2.010 0.052 13.630 3.475
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 2.639 6.007 0.672 2.438 0.348 0.003 0.176 0.018 0.048 0.001 0.030 0.001 0.003 0.001 0.150 0.002 1.732 0.037 12.537 3.179
Wilson (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 2.568 5.921 0.714 2.379 0.361 0.003 0.175 0.015 0.038 0.002 0.025 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.090 0.002 1.604 0.064 12.298 3.150
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 2.533 5.823 0.674 2.298 0.327 0.002 0.150 0.013 0.032 0.002 0.023 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.074 0.002 1.486 0.035 11.956 3.019
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 2.111 4.778 0.509 1.901 0.266 0.001 0.124 0.012 0.026 0.001 0.019 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.065 0.002 1.187 0.026 9.819 2.449
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 1.935 4.471 0.476 1.843 0.275 0.002 0.145 0.015 0.049 0.001 0.026 0.001 0.005 0.001 0.156 0.002 1.122 0.020 9.405 2.386
Wilson (2017) 0.00 4.60 4.60 Outcrop (cut) 1.929 4.373 0.519 1.740 0.260 0.003 0.123 0.011 0.025 0.003 0.018 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.060 0.002 1.093 0.036 9.069 2.298
Hinge (2017)


Boulder (grab) 1.888 4.263 0.454 1.680 0.225 0.001 0.111 0.009 0.024 0.001 0.017 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.055 0.002 1.090 0.031 8.733 2.169
Wilson (2017) 0.00 1.80 1.80 Outcrop (cut) 1.409 3.191 0.375 1.277 0.184 0.002 0.090 0.008 0.018 0.002 0.013 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.045 0.002 0.835 0.024 6.619 1.680
NW Wilson (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 1.082 2.432 0.324 0.960 0.146 0.001 0.075 0.007 0.016 0.001 0.011 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.038 0.003 0.660 0.024 5.101 1.308
NW Wilson (2017)


Boulder (grab) 0.997 2.309 0.256 0.923 0.131 0.001 0.069 0.007 0.017 0.001 0.011 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.047 0.002 0.666 0.015 4.775 1.204
Hinge (2017)


Boulder (grab) 0.971 2.211 0.211 0.875 0.109 0.001 0.063 0.006 0.014 0.001 0.010 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.034 0.002 0.624 0.021 4.513 1.107
Hinge (2017)


Boulder (grab) 0.800 1.818 0.197 0.721 0.101 0.001 0.050 0.005 0.010 0.001 0.008 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.022 0.002 0.591 0.015 3.738 0.934
Danny (2017)


Outcrop (grab) 0.482 1.137 0.124 0.495 0.072 0.001 0.041 0.005 0.015 0.001 0.008 0.001 0.001 0.001 0.047 0.002 0.300 0.001 2.434 0.640

 

Area From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Sample
Source
La
(wt%)
Ce
(wt%)
Pr
(wt%)
Nd
(wt%)
Sm
(wt%) 
Eu
(wt%)
Gd
(wt%)
Tb
(wt%)
Dy
(wt%)
Ho
(wt%)
Er
(wt%)
Yb
(wt%)
Lu
(wt%)
Y
(wt%)
Th
(wt%)
U
(wt%)
TREE
(wt%)
CREE
(wt%)
Reference News Releases - June 26, 2018 and August 2, 2018
Charles (2011)       Outcrop
(grab)
3.450 7.680 0.861 3.220 0.442 0.004 0.206 0.018 0.045 0.004 0.036 0.002 0.001 0.105 2.230 0.050 16.074 4.148
**Bell (2010)       Outcrop
(grab)
4.048 8.448 0.880 3.344 0.528         0.352         n/a n/a 17.600 n/a
The REEs Thulium (Tm) and Promethium (Pm) are not reported because they are both extremely scarce in nature, and Pm forms as a product of spontaneous fission of U-238
TREO = Total Rare Earth Oxide = sum of La2O3+CeO2+Pr6O11+Nd2O3+Sm2O3+Eu2O3+Gd2O3+Tb4O7+Dy2O3+Ho2O3+Er2O3+Tm2O3+Yb2O3+Lu2O3+Y2O3+Sc2O3
CREO = Critical Rare Earth Oxide = sum of Pr6O11+Nd2O3+Eu2O3+Tb4O7+Dy2O3
TREE = Total Rare Earth Elements = sum of La+Ce+Pr+Nd+Sm+Eu+Gd+Tb+Dy+Ho+Er+Yb+Lu+Y
CREE = Critical Rare Earth Elements = sum of Pr+Nd+Eu+Tb+Dy
*Ivan (2017) = this is a composite of the reported 2017 samples
**Bell (2010) = this sample was reported by the Saskatchewan Geological Survey which only reported the REEs as shown in the table
Conditions Used for Reporting Composite Results: 1) maximum internal dilution along lines does not exceed 2.0 m, 2) true thicknesses have not been determined
n/a = not applicable
Appia considers grades greater than 1.897 wt% TREO to be "high-grade"
*Note: >1.897 wt% TREO represents >75th percentile for global REO deposit grades of advanced stage-projects (excluding Gakara, Steenkampskraal and Mount Weld CLD deposits). The global REO deposit information was derived from publicly available information as of January 31, 2018, from individual company websites, SEDAR technical report filings, and the Technology Metals Research Advanced Rare Earth Projects Index (http://www.techmetalsresearch.com/metrics-indices/tmr-advanced-rare-earth-projects-index/)

 

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