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International Lithium Association (ILiA) established to be the voice of the global lithium industry

The world has entered the “lithium century” almost without noticing it, but until now this critical industry lacked a central voice. Of the many applications…

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The world has entered the “lithium century” almost without noticing it, but until now this critical industry lacked a central voice. Of the many applications for lithium batteries, electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage solutions (ESS) stand out as by far the largest and fastest growing sectors, driven by the world-wide shift from traditional fossil-fueled vehicles towards cleaner forms of transport and energy use.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that the growth in EVs could see lithium demand increase by more than 40 times by the year 2030.

Against this background of exceptional growth, the International Lithium Association (ILiA) has been formed to provide a central, global voice for the lithium producers and their stakeholders, and to promote a sustainable and a responsible future for the lithium value chain.

The five founding members of ILiA are SQM; Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd; AMG Brazil S.A.; Orocobre Ltd; and Pilbara Minerals, which between them account for well more than half of global lithium production. ILiA’s primary goals are to become a trusted source of information about lithium, to promote a greater awareness of ILiA members’ ESG credentials, and to address key challenges faced by the industry efficiently and effectively.

The new organization will have its HQ and secretariat in London, although its first Chairman—international lithium expert Anand Sheth of Titan International Pty Ltd—will continue to be based in Perth, WA, Australia. ILiA was co-founded by Anand Sheth and Roland Chavasse, an experienced industry association manager, with the support of leading lithium producers to be a not-for-profit professional body run by and for its members.

We have created a global lithium professional association for two strong reasons: there wasn’t one before and lithium is key to the current global energy revolution as the world transitions towards ‘net zero carbon’ which will bring unprecedented growth to the market but also intense attention from media, government regulators, civil society, end-user groups and other external stakeholders. The Association will include Members from the entire supply chain: from resource to the end-users.

—Anand Sheth

The element lithium (Li) is the lightest of all the metallic atoms and is the 33rd most common element on Earth. However, due to lithium’s high reactivity, metallic lithium is not found as such in nature. Traces of this element are present in nearly all minerals, brines, clays and sea water. The crust of earth contains an average of about 60 parts per million (ppm) or 0.006% while sea water typically contains 0.18 ppm Li (0.0018%).

Currently there are around eight large industrial operators in Australia, Chile, Argentina, China, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Portugal that produce lithium raw materials at significant scale, although this number is set to rise as lithium production increases to meet future demand.



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A $57 Price Target Could Be Just the Beginning for Xpeng

Let’s be honest. Not every investor loves Chinese companies and stocks right now. Perhaps some investors saw what happened to ride-hailing giant Didi…

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Let’s be honest. Not every investor loves Chinese companies and stocks right now. Perhaps some investors saw what happened to ride-hailing giant Didi Global (NYSE:DIDI). As a result, maybe they’re afraid to take a position in China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Xpeng (NYSE:XPEV) because XPEV stock might also tank.

Image of Xpeng's (XPEV) G3 electric SUV outside a mall in ChinaSource: Johnnie Rik / Shutterstock.com

Yet let’s not make generalizations. Granted, the Chinese government has been cracking down on some companies, mainly due to cybersecurity and antitrust concerns.

But not every China-based company is in trouble. Moreover, XPEV stock won’t necessarily meet the same fate as Didi and other Chinese stocks.

Indeed, recently issued statistics indicate that Xpeng is firing on all cylinders. Besides, one prominent analyst is bracing for its shares to climb, and his bullish argument is convincing.

A Closer Look at XPEV Stock

The shares did have their time in the sun, back in November 2020. At that time, the share price rocketed from $20 to a peak of $74.49.

Unfortunately, folks who chased the stock in the mid-$70’s were soon punished for their haste. As it turned out, a nasty crash ensued in late 2020 and persisted throughout the first few months of 2021.

Since the summer, XPEV stock has been rangebound and can’t seem to break above $45. There’s an old saying, though: the longer the base, the higher in space. In other words, prolonged sideways periods can sometimes be the launch pad for a major breakout.

So don’t be discouraged by the lateral movement of XPEV stock. A big move could be just around the corner – and it would be a shame if you don’t have a position in the stock when it happens.

No One Can Argue With These Results

Stocks will always have their doubters and naysayers, especially when it comes to Chinese companies nowadays. However, the skeptics would be hard-pressed to argue with the numbers included in Xpeng’s recently published vehicle delivery update.

Seriously, the company just killed it across the board. For one thing, Xpeng posted 10,412 deliveries in September, marking the company’s highest-ever monthly delivery figure.

Along with passing the 10,000 milestone, that number also represents a 199% year-over-year surge and a 44% increase over the previous month.

Do you need more ammo that supports the bull thesis? Here you go: for Q3, Xpeng achieved a quarterly record of 25,666 deliveries. That amounted to a 48% increase versus Q2, as well as a 199% YOY improvement.

But wait; it gets even better when we extend the timeline. In the first nine months of the year, Xpeng delivered a total of 56,404 vehicles, which represents a whopping YOY increase of 300%.

Bear in mind, this occurred during a semiconductor shortage, as well as the Chinese government’s crackdown on multiple industries.

Yu Said It

Even with those delivery stats in mind, some folks will still be nervous about Xpeng because Chinese stocks have taken a beating this year. To help assuage their fears, I’ll refer the skeptics to Deutsche Bank’s Edison Yu.

While acknowledging that there have been several reasons for the underperformance of Chinese stocks, Yu asserts that the “largest overhang” has been investors’ reluctance to commit to the nation’s equities following the Chinese authorities’ crackdown on Didi.

I tend to concur with Yu’s reasoning. Looking ahead, Yu believes that “sentiment {towards Chinese EV stocks)  could be bottoming going into year-end.” That, of course, should be beneficial to Xpeng and its shareholders.

Furthermore, for Q4, Yu believes that Xpeng’s delivery guidance in the 35,000 to 40,000 range, and he predicts that the company will deliver 15,000 vehicles in December.

Those estimates are realistic, and would bring Xpeng’s full-year volume to almost 94,000 deliveries, representing a 247% YOY increase. Yu raised his price target on XPEV stock from $51 to an even more ambitious $57.

The Bottom Line

I like the sound of $57, but long-term investors can aim even higher than that if they truly believe in the company. And why wouldn’t they? Just look at those delivery numbers and the surges in the automaker’s deliveries.

They’re outstanding and suggest that XPEV stock deserves to be much higher.

So if you own the stock, just be patient and be prepared for a spectacular ending to Xpeng’s  record-breaking year.

On the date of publication, David Moadel 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.

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Neo Lithium Reports US$1.13 Billion After-Tax NPV For Tres Quebradas

Neo Lithium Corp. (TSXV: NLC) shared on Tuesday the results of its feasibility study for the production of lithium carbonate at
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Neo Lithium Corp. (TSXV: NLC) shared on Tuesday the results of its feasibility study for the production of lithium carbonate at its Tres Quebradas lithium brine project in Catamarca Province, Argentina. The results highlighted US$1.13 billion after-tax NPV8%.

Compared to the previous pre-feasibility study, the results of the feasibility study show mine life extends to 50 years from 35 years. After-tax IRR is expected to be at 39.5% and the payback period is expected to be after 2.25 years from the start of the production.

The property is estimated to have an annual average production of 20,000 lithium carbonate tonnes. Furthermore, the property is expected to incur cash operating costs of US$2,954 per lithium carbonate tonne.

On capital costs, the property’s initial spending came to US$370.5 million, and sustaining capital spending is expected to be US$143.5 million for the life of mine.

The study also reported measured & indicated resources of 1.75 million tonnes of lithium carbonate at 800 mg/L cut-off and 5.37 million tonnes of lithium carbonate at 400 mg/L cut-off.

Proven and probable reserves for the property are reported to be 0.77 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent for the first 20 years of production and 1.67 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent for the life of mine.

Earlier this month, the mining firm announced that it will be acquired by Chinese mining company Zijin Mining Group Co. in a $960 million all-cash deal.

Neo Lithium last traded at $6.26 on the TSX Venture.


Information for this briefing was found via Sedar and the companies mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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United Lithium Achieves 99.1% Pure Lithium From Spodumene Concentrate

United Lithium (CSE: ULTH) this morning posted further results from testwork being conducted to produce lithium carbonate, also known as
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United Lithium (CSE: ULTH) this morning posted further results from testwork being conducted to produce lithium carbonate, also known as Li2CO3. The technical grade of the lithium carbonate, as well as the recovery of Li2O is said to be excellent. The results follow the successful testing of proprietary floatation tech.

The lithium carbonate under the test process was produced from spodumene concentrate, with the testing producing a final product with a purity of 99.1%. Lithium rich pegmatite was sourced for the program from Canada, with spodumene specifically selected due to it being classified as the “most important commercial lithium mineral due to its high Li content and favourable processing characteristics.” The processes of calcination, acid roasting, and water leaching were used to produce the lithium carbonate from the spodumene.

Following the successful tests, the company is now proceeding to test for the product of lithium hydroxide from the spodumene concentrate. Pilot plant testing meanwhile will begin in early 2022, which will test lithium rich feed materials. The results of such testing will then be utilized for an economic assessment for the viability of producing lithium from both spodumene and petalite feed.

“Test work to date has demonstrated that it is possible to modify traditional processes and shortcut lithium carbonate production using innovative out of the box thinking. United Lithium aims to commercialize a sustainable and robust process flow sheet for lithium concentrate production, high grade lithium carbonate and potentially high purity battery grade lithium hydroxide, with the ability to accommodate multiple feed materials with minimal modifications,” said CEO Michael Dehn on the development.

United Lithium last traded at $0.70 on the CSE.


FULL DISCLOSURE: United Lithium is a client of Canacom Group, the parent company of The Deep Dive. The author has been compensated to cover United Lithium on The Deep Dive, with The Deep Dive having full editorial control. Additionally, the author personally holds shares of the company. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security.

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