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May 24th, 2024 | 07:15 CEST

Energy transition with the battery revolution! BASF, Altech Advanced Materials, Siemens Energy and BYD

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And once again, Nvidia! The NASDAQ continues to set the pace. In addition to good figures from the corporate sector, hopes of an imminent interest rate cut are currently providing a boost. This should happen as early as June. Despite persistent inflation figures, the financial community believes that the Fed should prevent or at least mitigate the impending downturn in the US economy by making loans cheaper. This is grist to the mill of the long-term bulls in the tech sector. As a result, the NDX reached a new all-time high and only just missed the next thousand mark at 18,996 points. Commodities, especially battery metals, are now also bullish. This is shifting the focus of potential alternative technologies for the lithium-ion standard. Which stocks in this sector are attracting attention?

time to read: 4 minutes | Author: André Will-Laudien

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    Uwe Ahrens, Direktor, Altech Advanced Materials AG
    "[...] Silumina Anodes® is a ceramic-coated graphite/silicon anode composite material that we plan to produce in Schwarze Pumpe, Saxony. Here, we aim to supply manufacturers of batteries for e-cars with an application-ready drop-in technology that is low-cost, high-performance and safe. [...]" Uwe Ahrens, Direktor, Altech Advanced Materials AG

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    BASF - Germany is no longer the first choice location

    *Germany has no longer had access to cheap gas for 2 years. Given that this situation is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future, the world's largest chemical company, BASF, has now had to make initial adjustments at its main plant in Ludwigshafen. A restructuring is planned, which will also involve the sale of entire plants. This primarily affects production sites for ammonia, methanol and melamine, which can no longer be operated profitably in the current European market environment. "One cannot imagine this plant suddenly scaling back, closing down in part, instead of expanding. It has always expanded*," said Fritz Hofmann, former BASF works council member in Ludwigshafen.

    BASF remains an important supplier in the global process industry, but the production of the substances no longer necessarily has to take place in Germany. According to the chemical company, it made a profit everywhere last year, except in Germany. The Board of Executive Directors complains that there are too high energy costs, too much bureaucracy, and too much over-regulation. As a result, BASF is cutting costs and reducing jobs in Germany. At the same time, the Company is investing massively in China, with around EUR 10 billion going into the construction of a new mega-plant for basic chemicals in Zhanjiang alone. BASF is also one of the largest battery material producers in the world. Therefore, proximity to Asia, the hub of e-mobility, makes perfect sense.

    **BASF shares have performed very well so far in 2024, with an increase of over 19%, including a generous dividend payment. 13 out of 25 analysts on the Refinitiv Eikon platform continue to vote to "Buy" and have an average price expectation of EUR 54.70, around 12% above the current price.

    BYD - A new version of the Blade Battery is on the way

    BYD has performed poorly this year. Although the Company was able to outperform Tesla in the delivery of e-vehicles in the first quarter, the share price is not really getting back on its feet at the moment. In terms of technology, the Chinese remain at the forefront. A new version of the successful Blade Battery has just been unveiled. It weighs significantly less than its predecessor but can store more electricity due to its increased energy density. The further developed lithium iron phosphate battery (LFP) is due to be launched on the market this summer. The innovative battery technology is now also being sold to competitors such as Tesla, Toyota, Kia, Ford and Hyundai. On the Refinitiv Eikon platform, 33 out of 34 experts are still positive, with an average 12-month upside potential of 32%.

    Altech Advanced Materials - The next generation up its sleeve

    After several capital measures, the Altech Advanced Materials share price has recently calmed down. No wonder because after a positive feasibility study, the battery innovator from Germany is now looking for permits and subsidies at the Schwarze Pumpe site. In a few years, ultra-modern units should be rolling off the production line here, but substantial investments will have to be made before that. The joint venture project with Fraunhofer is called CERENERGY® and focuses on a new sodium chloride solid-state battery for intermediate energy storage in the grid.

    In 2023, the battery cell was further improved, and a production design has already been developed, i.e., all raw material, machine, and system suppliers have been determined. The necessary approval procedures have been initiated, funding applications have been submitted and the Company is attending trade fairs to further raise its profile. CEO Uwe Ahrens is setting the bar high for the coming years because, in addition to the existing pilot plant for the new sodium-based CERENERGY® battery, the patented Silumina Anodes coating process is also to be launched on an industrial scale in the future.

    The battery market is on the move; in addition to Asia, the next generations are also being developed in Germany. Anyone investing in Altech now is currently doing so at a very low market valuation of around EUR 41 million. Next week, on May 28 at 10:30 a.m., Altech will comment on current developments in a conference call. You can register here: mwb-Research - Conference call with Altech

    Siemens Energy - This chart looks dangerous

    Pay attention to the chart of Siemens Energy. With the rally of the last 7 months, the share price has quadrupled from EUR 6.40 to around EUR 25.80. Fundamentally, resolving the problems at the Spanish wind subsidiary Siemens Gamesa has finally allowed the Company to breathe a sigh of relief. To streamline the Company, the Munich-based company is now selling its Indian division, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, for around USD 1 billion. Despite all the euphoria, the negative comments from analysts have been piling up recently. JP Morgan and Bernstein remain skeptical, with price targets of EUR 13 and EUR 15, respectively, while Goldman Sachs recently confirmed its target of EUR 32.70. From a technical standpoint, we would like to point out a double top from 2023 around the EUR 25 mark. If you set your safety stop at EUR 23.50, the ample profits will remain in the book or increase further in the event of an upward breakout.

    In the last 6 months, Siemens Energy has been the clear winner in the comparison chart. The share has almost quadrupled since the fall of 2023. The dividend star BASF is also making solid progress. BYD and Altech have undergone a correction and should soon be moving upwards again. Source: Refinitiv Eikon 23.05.2024

    Now that Berlin has canceled the environmental bonus for e-vehicles, the market can only continue to exist with good battery performance data compared to conventional technologies. BASF, BYD and Altech Advanced Materials have the right ideas in a highly dynamic market, so the long-term opportunities for investors should outweigh the risks. Siemens Energy is at risk of a correction after the considerable rise.

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    Der Autor

    André Will-Laudien

    Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets.

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