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New Gold Cuts Production Forecasts, But Shares Still Rise 3.31%

New Gold Inc. [NGD-TSX, NYSE American] on Monday reduced its gold production forecast for its…

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New Gold Inc. [NGD-TSX, NYSE American] on Monday reduced its gold production forecast for its Rainy River mine in Ontario, resulting in a company-wide decline of 8.0%

The company now expects to produce between 405,000 and 450,000 ounces of gold this year at an all-in -sustaining cost of between US$1,415 to US$1,495 an ounce, which marks a cost increase of 14% from earlier forecasts.

However, New Gold shares were up 5.0% or $0.075 to $1.58 on volume of 1.3 million. The shares are currently trading in a 52-week range of $3.05 and $1.30.

New Gold is a Canada-focused intermediate gold mining company. It’s two core producing assets are the Rainy River mine and the New Afton copper-gold mine, which is located in British Columbia. The company also holds an 8% gold stream on the Artemis Gold Inc.  [ARTG-TSXV]  Blackwater project, which is also in B.C.

Rainy River is located northwest of Fort Frances, Ontario and the New Afton mine is located west of Kamloops in B.C.

At Rainy River specifically, production was 20,000 ounces less than expected in July and August in the East Lobe and gold production guidance for the operation is now down 13% to 235,000 to 250,000 ounces with the all-in-sustaining cost rising 19% to US$1,365 to US$1,440 an ounce.

A Scotiabank analyst said there remains an element uncertainty with respect to the modeled grade at Rainy River in the ODM zone, although on the East Lobe of the ODM the company has not experienced any issues to date. Additional drilling does not guarantee the modeled grade will continue to reconcile well for the full open pit life of the mine, Scotiabank said.

Back in February,2020, New Gold released an updated life of mine plan for the Rainy River mine. It envisaged average annual gold production of 289,000 ounces at an all-in-sustaining cost of US$967 an ounce. Full depletion of the open pit was expected in early 2025. Underground mining is expected to begin in 2022. Peak production is expected to occur from 2025 to 2027.

The company has said it sees the potential to extend the underground mine life beyond 2028 should the prevailing gold price support the development of additional mining areas during that period and/or exploration efforts increase the resource inventory.

New Gold is engaged in a $300 million partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan that gives Ontario Teachers’ a stake in its New Afton mine.

Under the terms of the strategic partnership, Ontario Teachers’ agreed to acquire a 46% cash flow interest in New Afton and retains an option to convert the 46% interest into a joint venture stake in four years, or have the cash flow interest reduced to 42.5%. In return, New Gold received $300 million, money that will be used to improve the mining company’s flexibility and to reduce debt, New Gold said in a press release.

However, New Gold retains the option to potentially re-acquire 100% of New Afton. The mining company will also retain 100% of the exploration claims outside the New Afton mining permit area. But under the deal, it has granted Ontario Teachers’ an option to acquire its proportionate share of these claims upon conversion into the joint venture interest.

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Fireside Chat: The Future of SPACs Is Bright Despite Early Chaos

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Joanna Makris’ Fireside Chat series, where she provides retail investors with the scoop on the hottest technologies…

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of Joanna Makris’ Fireside Chat series, where she provides retail investors with the scoop on the hottest technologies and trends from today’s business leaders, industry experts and money managers.

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This week, my Fireside Chat aims to get the lowdown on special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). I had a lively conversation with Kris Tuttle, founder of SPACvest, a research service that provides analysis and commentary on the post-SPAC market. Tuttle is a longtime equity investor, having been both a widely recognized technology sell-side analyst and Director of Research at investment banking firms Soundview and Adams Harkness. He is also the founder of IPO Candy, a research service centered on the IPO markets.

In today’s conversation, Tuttle gives a good overview on where we are in the SPAC investing cycle right now and how he evaluates these stocks. He shares with us what’s hot (and what’s not).

Read on to learn about SPAC valuations and management financial guidance shenanigans. Discover why a certain American magazine aimed at men is cool again. And see how cannabis point-of-sale (POS), the cloud-based systems that track inventory and transactions, virtual reality, next-gen ultrasound and more are all the hottest plays in tech.

Also find out why EV charging companies are “glorified extension cords.” And uncover a “sleeper stock” that is trading at a mere $2.

With all of those teasers in mind, let’s dive in to the chat!

How do you feel about SPACs? Are they the new dotcom bubble? Or are they the future for IPOs? 

Kris Tuttle: Well, they were a bit of a dotcom bubble for a while. There were some number of months where you could only describe it as “free money.” Because they are SPACs, they split into warrants and common, and I got involved with them, just as we follow IPOs. And it was just a retail explosion, the SPAC world. You could just buy anything and make money. And things got, as you know, kind of crazy with some of the names…some of the more popular names like Virgin Galactic (NYSE:SPCE) [and] Draft Kings (NASDAQ:DKNG). These were sort of the catalyst names. 

Having said all that … that has kind of ended. And if anything, the pendulum may have swung a little bit too far in the other direction, as just about everything that’s live now is trading at or below cash trust value.

So, I think we’ve kind of come, you know, somewhat full circle. In terms of the future, I think SPACs have proven that they’re another tool in the toolbox for looking at your path as a company. Traditional IPO is still right for the Warby Parkers and these kind of companies, but for some larger, sort of industrial names, SPAC is still kind of an attractive way to potentially do it. And I think, if there’s a bit of hair on your story that may not appeal to retail, sometimes a SPAC is kind of a way to kind of get past that. So I think like M&A, SPAC IPOs are here to stay, but hopefully it’ll be a little bit more of a normal process, without the kind of crazy volatility that we had during that sort of “bubble” phase.

Critics of SPACs talk about these companies as having very loose disclosures, very liberal accounting and limited financials. What are some cautionary elements you use when you look at SPACs and, and how would you caution investors and guide them in this space? 

Yeah. That’s a polite way of saying it. I mean, we’ve worked with companies that have just outright pretended like they never gave guidance … in live Q&A. I’ve worked with CEOs who’ve said, “um, I don’t know what you’re talking about. We never gave guidance.”  And then I would follow up with a question, unfortunately, it’s on Zoom where [I’ll say] “well, I have your slide deck here from February, and this is the guidance you gave.” But of course, they won’t address those questions anymore. 

So it’s … it’s really bad. I mean there are disclosure issues and outright lying in some of these cases. 

So, there’s a few things that you want to do. I mean, first of all, you probably need to do some of your own research on these names. I tend to go towards companies that have existing brands and businesses that I’m familiar with. So, that’s a good first step. I’m also looking at the underwriter. Underwriters aren’t perfect, but a Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) or Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is a little more likely to have done the work than, you know … I don’t want to pick on anybody … but there are others out there. 

But even with quality companies, you should not be relying on 2025 projections. That’s ridiculous. Or those that say we’re relatively cheap compared to some group of the highest multiple companies you can find in the market. So, unfortunately, as you pointed at the beginning, this really has kind of become a stock picker’s space. So doing your work, finding the right companies, management teams and, and real businesses, that’s the only way to really protect yourself. 

So, what are some of the metrics that you look at in terms of financials or evaluation? How do you differentiate a good [SPAC] from a bad one? 

Well, it definitely starts with the management team and the product. So, one name that we own a fair bit of is called Weed Maps [WM Technology (NASDAQ:MAPS)]. It’s in the cannabis space. I’m not an avid cannabis investor by any stretch, but it’s clearly a thing. I’ve known the company for a long time. It’s a technology platform, like Square (NYSE: SQ) or Toast … Point-of-Sale (POS) online. I don’t want to go too far … it’s not Shopify (NYSE:SHOP), but if you’re in the cannabis business and you’re dealing with a recreational market, you need all of this compliance and Point-of-Sale software. So they have a real product with a real competitive moat with a really good management team. And that’s the starting point. It’s not the cheapest stock in the world. If anything, it’s priced pretty well. But this is a big potential market. 

So those are the absolute starting points in terms of the names that make it into our model and real money portfolio. 

What are some other names you’re liking right now? 

There’s a company called Matterport (NASDAQ:MTTR), which, if you’re familiar with the next generation of virtual reality…Matterport actually uses the technology to capture the insides of all the buildings and all the rooms and all the mechanicals that go online and they are used to do a whole range of applications. So they’ve got some really leading-edge technology. They’ve been signing contracts with real estate agencies and governments. And it’s kind of one of these, you know, very futuristic companies, but [with] strong technology, strong management, et cetera … We’ve also owned Genius Sports (NYSE:GENI), which is a kind of sports tech, entertainment and betting brand working with most of the big leagues and minor leagues.

You might have seen Sportradar Group AG (NASDAQ:SRAD) go public today, a regular-way IPO that’s another great company in the space

A consumer brand name that people might remember is the old Playboy Group (NASDAQ:PLBY), which … you know, I didn’t love initially, because it was very expensive. They have a brand which is kind of scorned here in the U.S. [But in] other geographies, particularly Asia, it’s still viewed as cool. But they’re really trying to be an e-commerce company. And, you know, I think they have a lot of potential. So those are ones we have owned. 

There’s two new ones that we just started buying that I think are pretty interesting. One is a name you may remember. The company is called Rockley Photonics (NYSE:RKLY), The founder is Andrew Rickman, who started Bookham [Technology] back in the eighties or nineties prior to the big photonics wave. Anyway, these guys have pivoted to produce what they’re calling the “ultimate spectrometer chip.” Basically it’s a vastly more powerful sort of solution than you can get with LEDs to do all kinds of biometric measurements. It can sense everything from blood pressure to alcohol concentration, to glucose, et cetera. They’re working allegedly with the Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) of the world on the next generations of the watch and those sorts of things. It’s a high risk situation and they won’t be commercial for a while, but if it works, I suspect they [will] probably get acquired before they go full commercial …  There’s another interesting sort of tech play … a handheld ultrasound company called Butterfly Network (NYSE:BLFY).

Ultrasound has been held back by these big machines. They’ve got a really powerful hand held device that pairs with your iPhone or Android phone. And it’s opening up a huge market for that kind of price point — new applications, home care, all that kind of stuff. That’s been just sitting around pretty much since de-SPACing, maybe it’s, you know, $12-ish, $13-ish dollars a share. So, those are two pretty new names that we’ve been adding to pretty aggressively.

A lot of companies in the SPAC world are claiming to be technology disruptors in massive addressable markets … claiming hockey stick kind of revenue ramps. And many of them are in the EV space, both on the car side and the infrastructure side. I did want to ask you about Lucid Motors, which is one that’s of tremendous retail interest. And your thoughts on that [stock] as potentially the next “Tesla killer.”  

Well, Lucid (NASDAQ:LCID) has definitely got the best EV story out there. The best management team. The most attractive car. And their vehicle is actually rolling. Now, people are driving it and saying great things about it. So they deserve some credit for that. 

In terms of “the Tesla killer” — it gets a lot of clicks, I’m sure for reporters, but the company is the first to tell you that they’re not a Tesla killer at all. They are going for a tiny — like 0.5% share of the luxury car market. Yes, they’re gonna have multiple models, but, they’re not a Tesla killer whatsoever. 

The question is how well are they going to execute in terms of delivering cars at scale? I think they can sell every car they can ship. The question is, how many can they ship? The current valuation I guess, is around $31 billion, which, you know, still seems high to me given that they haven’t started the commercial ramp yet and half of their projected revenues in 2023 and into 2024 are based on the Gravity — an SUV which we haven’t even seen yet. 

So you know, it’s definitely an interesting company. I’m puzzled by why they’re launching so many models when they probably can sell everything that they can make for the next five years — if it holds up as well at scale, as people are saying from the test drives. 

But it’s ultimately a really niche product. So it’s, it’s gonna be like, you know, more like a Porsche or a Ferrari. Well, maybe that’s a little too high end … but it’s really gonna be a niche positioning in terms of where the company lives and what part of the market they’re gonna get. 

Ultimately, you know, they may get acquired by someone who has a hole in this area, but not a strong brand … like a Kia or a Hyundai (OTCMKTS:HYMTF) or somebody that’s got a robust business, and they’re gonna have their own EVs, but this would get them a different level of cache in the EV space. 

So, not terrible. I’m neither long nor short it … but I [wouldn’t] be inclined to do either [at] current prices.

And talking about kind of head scratching, puzzling valuations, the EV charging space also seems to be characterized by some pretty incredible numbers. I’m very curious about your take on Chargepoint and EVgo and what you think about that space in general. 

I mean, I’ve gone through all the interviews and shows with management, and I have never been able to get excited about the charging space. If you look at it, the low-end chargers are essentially glorified extension cords that they’re selling online for $800 for people to put in their garages. And you know, that’s already very competitive. There are 10 of them, and [soon] there’ll be 20. And they’ll [cost] $100 in a year. 

And at the high end, it’s gonna be very fragmented. I see utilities and other outfits doing most of the high-end DC charger installations. And again, the long-term business model is ultimately a commodity. So I have never, as much as I’ve looked at them, been able to get interested [enough] to do any deeper research or want to own any of them.

So, we talked about what’s overvalued. Do you have any sleeper stocks that no one knows about right now and that you’re looking at that could be interesting?  

Well, you know, there’s one that is a very traditional name that we’ve owned for a while, but I think it’s gonna be a great stock. Part of the reason is it’s kind of a “ho hummer” company called Aersale (NASDAQ:ASLE). I think it’s around $13. Anyway, they’re in the commercial aircraft maintenance and supply business, which obviously got decimated in 2020. But it’s roaring back. They’ve got like 30% EBITDA margins and climbing strong growth. They might earn $1.20 this year with the stock at $13. So it’s kind of a $20 stock in terms of how undervalued it is right now. And if some of their new products take off next year, [it] could be a $30 or $40 stock. But it’s fundamentally cheap at something like 10 times earnings.

There is a very small, what I would describe maybe as a backdoor play in the SPAC world … a company I’ve known for a little while. It’s actually close to where I live here in Kentucky called American Resources Corp. (NASDAQ:AREC). It’s got like a $2-and-some-odd share price on it, but they are building a pretty big business around supplying high-grade coal products to the steel industry. But they’ve also got some processes to get rare earths out of abandoned coal mines, which they plan to supply to the EV market. So it’s a very interesting speculative story. 

But the SPAC angle is that they launched their own SPAC. So they’re the sponsors of a hundred-million-dollar SPAC, which will do a combination at some point, and as the sponsor shareholder AREC will get those shares. And so you’ve kind of got a double value sort of situation in this name, with a good team [and] high insider ownership. So, you know, it’s definitely sort of more counter to the market. But it’s a great little story that I don’t believe anybody covers or writes about.

Your comments and feedback are always welcome. Let’s continue the discussion. Email me at jmakris@investorplace.com.

On the date of publication, Joanna Makris did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Joanna Makris is a Market Analyst at InvestorPlace.com. A strategic thinker and fundamental public equity investor, Joanna leverages over 20 years of experience on Wall Street covering various segments of the Technology, Media, and Telecom sectors at several global investment banks, including Mizuho Securities and Canaccord Genuity.

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Lakewood Exploration: Silver Strand 43-101, Exploration, Adds Two Silver Projects in Nevada

Source: Maurice Jackson for Streetwise Reports   09/15/2021

Joining us is Morgan Lekstrom, the CEO of Lakewood Exploration, which is on track…

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Source: Maurice Jackson for Streetwise Reports   09/15/2021

Joining us is Morgan Lekstrom, the CEO of Lakewood Exploration, which is on track to become the next pure silver play in the US. In this interview, Mr. Lekstrom discusses the latest update on the pending NI43-101 on the flagship Silver Strand, along with current exploration successes and new additions to the property bank, both in the prolific Hamilton District of Nevada, which are the Eliza Silver Project and Silverton Silver Mine, and we will conclude with pending catalysts.

Maurice Jackson: Joining us for conversation is Morgan Lekstrom, the president of Lakewood Exploration Inc. (LWD:CSE). Glad to have you join us today, as Lakewood Exploration has been busy on several fronts in its resolve to become the next pure silver play in the United States. Sir, I understand you have several updates for us regarding the release of the 43-101 on the flagship Silver Strand, along with exploration successes, portfolio expansion, and pending catalysts. Before we begin, Mr. Lekstrom, please introduce us to Lakewood Exploration and the opportunity the company presents to shareholders.

Morgan Lekstrom: Lakewood Exploration was listed on the stock exchange, the Canadian securities exchange four months ago. We're a newly formed silver company with what we call a triple-pronged approach, where we look to have a large exploration payoff, near-term production potential, and meaningful acquisitions. We have three assets in the United States, one in Idaho in the prolific Silver Valley, two in Nevada, in the Silver Alley, which are all high-grade, past-producing mines. We have a very tightly held share structure with just under 50 million shares out and only 37.6 of them on the market right now. A lot of room to grow as a company and large exploration payoff for shareholders.

Maurice Jackson: Mr. Lekstrom, let's get right to it. Take us to Idaho, to the flagship Silver Strand, where Lakewood exploration has a pending NI 43-101. Lakewood has just provided the market with some important updates. What can you share with us?

Morgan Lekstrom: Lakewood Exploration is very exciting about Silver Strand. We just finished the 43-101 and in the filing process, and we are looking forward to moving into exploration. Our plans right now are being enacted. We're actively in our existing underground. It was always called a historic underground, but we're actively in there. Finished rehabilitation and now we're moving into mining the Silver Strand for creating an exploration cutting. We're looking to get in there, drove right from the underground and from surface. Still planning and drilling to 2,700 meters. That in conjunction with the 43-101, in conjunction with what we're looking at for our drill program and our surface programs, it's leading for pretty exciting times at Silver Strand.

Maurice Jackson: Speaking of that drill program, you're going underground and near-surface. Talk to us about the method first. Are you going underground first or near-surface?

Morgan Lekstrom: We're working on getting into our underground. We have a mining crew in there right now creating that new drill bay, a more strategic drill location for hitting the ore body at deeper depths and at better angles. We're looking at mobilizing that drill crew in there in September, by the end of the summer, and just waiting and looking at strategic targets for the surface program as well.

Maurice Jackson: Now, I realized the labs are backed up and you're just beginning. But do you have any anticipation of when the market may receive the next set of assay results?

Morgan Lekstrom: I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Maurice Jackson: We'll read into that one just as it is, sir.

Morgan Lekstrom: Exactly.

Maurice Jackson: All right. Leaving Idaho, let's visit Nevada, where Lakewood Exploration is looking to further extend its footprint in two project acquisitions. Sir, what can you share with us?

Morgan Lekstrom: Lakewood Exploration is working on two transformative acquisitions which are the Eliza Silver Project and the Silverton Mine. I think we've touched on them before, Maurice, around Eliza and Silverton, Eliza being that prolific Hamilton historic area, 1860-1870 mine, 40 million ounces out of the area. Very high-grade. One of the mines on our claim block had 5,600 to 18,500 thousand grams per tonne silver, mineralization across surface, had no modern exploration done. We're coming up with exploration plans there right now.

 

Lakewood has hired a separate geologist for this work so that we're keeping focused on all three assets in the right way. Silverton being up in Nevada as well. These are all in that Tonopah to Ely area. A lot of prolific mine around there. Round Mountain is one of them. The Silverton mine itself exhibits the same infrared ASTER signatures as Round Mountain. We have some very good geology work that was preliminarily done to the transaction, as well as this is a past-producing silver mine of 933 grams a ton in the 1930s. Again, similar geology to Eliza. There's an ability there to utilize the exploration techniques, as well as having a large exploration payoff between the two for our shareholders.

Maurice Jackson: It sounds like a lot of blue sky potential there, sir. When will the transaction become finalized?

Morgan Lekstrom: We're looking at doing that most likely this week.

Maurice Jackson: Talking about full speed ahead.

Morgan Lekstrom: We are. Like I said four months ago, where we were to where we are now, it's pretty transformative.

Maurice Jackson: Now, once the transaction has been consummated, how will you leverage the intellectual capital that is onsite for both projects?

Morgan Lekstrom: I’m glad you brought that up. I'm heading down to Nevada with the gentlemen that we transacted with Dave Forest, and we're going to be putting in our boots on the ground with a geologist that we just hired. We're going to get that tribal knowledge transfer right away. We're going to make sure we have a concrete plan. I have that geologist already starting.

He's already heading down there right now to put boots on the ground and get his feet wet down there, or as they say in Nevada, keep your feet dry, and come up with that methodical plan, utilizing that knowledge in the background. We want to make sure that when we are coming up with drill targets, that they're utilizing these old existing mines. There's uniform mineralization in that old California mine. We're able to see maybe a little more info than what just a standard exploration project allows us.

Maurice Jackson: Now, before we leave the property bank, multilayered question, what is the next unanswered question for Lakewood Exploration? When can we expect a response, and what will determine success?

Morgan Lekstrom: The real catalyst will be getting underground at Silver Strand and getting modern exploration going on Eliza and Silverton. We're well on our way to doing both.  I need to highlight that four months ago, we vended in Silver Strand and we were able to take that from having almost a very bare-bones plan to re-opening our underground, starting to blast as of today, and putting an underground drill program and a surface program together within four months is pretty impressive for the team. A true demonstration of our geological and business acumen. 

Maurice Jackson: Switching gears, let's look at some numbers. Sir, please provide us the capital structure for Lakewood Exploration.

Morgan Lekstrom: With vending in Eliza and Silverton, we're at 37.4 million shares outstanding. We have 2.7 million options, 7.8 million warrants, and then fully diluted sets us right around 44.9 million shares. Tightly held about. 42% insider held right now. A lot of room to grow. As we grow these assets, as we grow our share structure, there's a lot of value to be seen there for shareholders.

Maurice Jackson: Before we close, Mr. Lekstrom, what would you like to say to shareholders?

Morgan Lekstrom: Stay tuned. We feel there are some real exciting times are happening in silver space and Lakewood Exploration portfolio expansion with key assets in two of most prolific silver states and silver places to mine in the world, in Nevada and Idaho is exciting. We are looking forward to getting the results out as we get them, but also coming up with these plans for Nevada. Stay tuned to what we're doing.

Maurice Jackson: Last question, what did I forget to ask?

Morgan Lekstrom: I think you covered it.

Maurice Jackson: Mr. Lekstrom, for someone that wants to learn more about Lakewood Exploration, please share the contact details.

Morgan Lekstromwww.lakewoodexploration.com

Maurice Jackson: Mr. Lekstrom, it's been a pleasure to speak with you. Wishing you and Lakewood Exploration the absolute best, sir.

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Sibanye (NYSE:SBSW) Buys 50% of Potential Future Largest US Lithium Mine for $490M

Precious metal miner Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE:SBSW) has bought a 50% stake in the pioneer Ltd. Rhyolite Ridge mine in Nevada. The lithium-boron project…

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Rhyolite Ridge. Source: Fluor

Precious metal miner Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE:SBSW) has bought a 50% stake in the pioneer Ltd. Rhyolite Ridge mine in Nevada. The lithium-boron project has the potential to become the largest lithium mine in the US, according to Sibanye’s CEO.

This is Sibanyes’ third investment this year, after Eramet acquired a 30% stake in the Cone Lithium mine in Finland and Eramet’s purchase of a nickel processing plant in Normandy. The deal, one of the largest lithium deals in the US, and comes amid growing concerns about more investment as demand for the metal outstrips supply and efforts to combat climate change could be delayed. The companies say they will form a joint venture to develop Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine 355 km north of Las Vegas. 

ioneer will remain the operator of the project, leveraging Sibanye’s (NYSE:SBSW) experience as the world’s largest platinum group metals (PGM) miner to develop the project. Silbanye-Stillwater has agreed to underwrite a strategic placement of new common shares of Ioneer for $70 million, representing 7.1% of the share capital after the placement. 

The miner said it had already begun securing debt financing to finance the remainder of the $850 million project. According to the company, the full funding and necessary permits are expected by the end of next year and the project is expected to start by the end of 2024. This would bring a critical project online at just the right moment with rising prices and a lack of supply converging into some of the most favourable conditions for lithium miners in history.

Sibanye-Stillwater chief executive Neal Froneman, commented: “Rhyolite Ridge is a world-class lithium project and we recognize its strategic value, with the potential to become the largest lithium mine in the US,” 

Perfect Timing

Once operational, the Nevada mine is expected to produce 2,200 tons of lithium hydroxide, which is used in most Tesla batteries and will fuel the electric vehicle boom for other automakers as well. 

Auto giants such a Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW all have plans to develop their electric vehicle lines further. The need for high-density batteries is one of the critical points of concern for the supply chain, and miners will be a large part of stabilizing supply. 

The deal also includes the rights for ioneer to expand operations at nearby lithium deposits, in which case the company has the option to pay an additional $50 million to secure a 50% interest in the project. The project is at an advanced stage and is the largest and most durable lithium project near Tesla’s Gigafactory in the nearby Port of California. The proximity of the project to the Gigafactory and the battery production facilities housed there is a good setup for simple infrastructure and distribution in the future. 

The proposed mine is intended to boost local lithium supplies to U.S. automakers and battery manufacturers. In June, ioneer signed an agreement to supply lithium carbonate units to South Korean battery manufacturer Ecopro. This is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg for the sector as it is heating up quickly with new deals announced regularly and M&A a pivotal part of many lithium miners’ strategies.

 

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.

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