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July 14th, 2023 | 07:10 CEST

RegenX Tech Corp, Daimler Truck, Siemens Energy - Rethinking sustainability with great investment potential

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Photo credits: Daimler Truck AG

RegenX Tech Corp. recovers palladium from used diesel vehicle catalytic converters to return the precious raw material to the economic cycle. With increasing global demand for palladium in various industries, the Canadian company has promising prospects. Construction of the first plant in Tennessee, USA, has been approved, with plans for a gradual capacity expansion to four module sites. Daimler Truck is known for its robust diesel vehicles. Since the spin-off from the main Mercedes-Benz Group, the Company has been doing better than ever. Now it is aiming for 12% returns and promising dividend shareholders 40-60% participation in the group committee. Meanwhile, Siemens Energy is currently dealing with committees of a different kind. They have encountered a significant issue with their Spanish wind turbine subsidiary Gamesa. A task force and various committees are investigating the problem.

time to read: 6 minutes | Author: Juliane Zielonka
ISIN: REGENX TECH CORP | CA75903N1096 , Daimler Truck Holding AG | DE000DTR0013 , SIEMENS ENERGY AG NA O.N. | DE000ENER6Y0

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    Sustainable circular economy: Regenx Tech Corp. starts with palladium extraction from catalysts

    For those who prioritize sustainability, the concept of a circular economy is indispensable. The circular economy is an approach to using resources longer and more efficiently to avoid waste and pollution. That is where RegenX Tech Corp. comes into play. The Company specializes in extracting precious metals from catalytic converters used in diesel vehicles.

    Here, a valuable raw material lies dormant: 84% of the world's supply of the precious metal palladium (Pd) is used in catalytic converters. Palladium's unique chemical properties make it a key element in clean energy, air purification and other environmentally friendly technologies. Therefore, RegenX Tech Corp.'s approach is unique in the world and has little competition so far. Instead of painstakingly mining palladium from traditional mining operations, the Canadians are doing everything they can to bring the precious metal back into the economic cycle.

    RegenX Tech Corp. presents an additional candidate for investors seeking genuine sustainability in their portfolios. Palladium is used in jewelry, electronics, dentistry, and the automotive industry. The precious metal is also used in ceramic multilayer capacitors, which are an essential component of common electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and fax machines. Likewise, palladium is found in connectors of various electronic devices.

    Therefore, RegenX Tech Corp. need not worry about continued demand. The first plant for conversion is being built in the US state of Tennessee, in the idyllic town of Greeneville. That is where the Company received its permit to build the plant.

    This permit means that construction of Module 1 can now begin. Commissioning will include testing all components, processing smaller batches, and gradually upgrading the technology to 100% of the expected 2.5 t per day capacity. The phase-in period is expected to take up to 90 days to reach full capacity. RegenX's CleanTech solution uses its proprietary chemical and process engineering technology to provide a sustainable alternative to current smelter options for platinum and palladium recovery from recycled diesel catalysts.

    "We have developed a technology that incorporates modern urban mining while promoting sustainability in a circular economy," says Greg Pendura, CEO of RegenX. The goal is to complete the commissioning phase and expand a facility with four modules.

    Daimler Truck targets 12% return and launches share buyback starting in August

    Truck manufacturer Daimler is aiming for a significant increase in revenue and profit by the end of the decade. This week, the DAX-listed Group announced that the Company is on track to achieve its set target of an adjusted return on sales of more than 10% in its industrial business by 2025. The ambition for 2030 is to achieve sales growth of 40% to 60% compared to 2025 and a return on sales of more than 12%.

    Growth will be driven by the technology strategy, which includes unified platforms for software and multiple powertrains, increased service revenue, and the introduction of autonomous and zero-emission trucks. Till then, the Company will rely on diesel engines with catalytic converters, a goldmine for RegenX Tech. Daimler Truck aims to reach EUR 3 billion in revenue in 2030 through its process optimization and digitalization efforts. Furthermore, the future prospects sound promising, with an operating profit of over EUR 1 billion from autonomous trucks**.

    However, investors should be cautious in this regard. To date, there has been no technological breakthrough in the autonomous driving category. Whether this will change by 2030 remains uncertain for Daimler. By producing high volumes based on a uniform technology architecture for diesel and electric drives as well as software solutions, the Company aims to make the business extremely profitable.

    In order to also be protected from logistics chain breaks in the future, the Group is working on active portfolio management as far as cost-efficient suppliers are concerned. Here, Daimler Truck refers to the planned merger with its Japanese subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso and Hino Motors.

    Last year, Daimler Truck's revenue was EUR 51 billion, with a margin of 7.7%. From August, the DAX-listed Group plans to use its rising liquidity to buy back up to EUR 2 billion worth of its own shares over a 24-month period. This led to a share price increase of more than 3% this week. In the future, 40% to 60% of the Group's earnings will be distributed to shareholders as dividends, which will also benefit the former parent company Mercedes-Benz as the main shareholder. Last year, the dividend ratio was 40%, with a dividend of EUR 1.30.

    Siemens Energy - The devil is in the details: Troubleshooting after 37% share price loss

    What Bayer AG experienced with the takeover of Monsanto, Siemens Energy is experiencing a similar disaster with the takeover of the wind turbine subsidiary Siemens Gamesa in Spain. For years, the Spanish subsidiary has weighed on the balance sheet of Siemens Energy. In late June, the Company admitted that problems with the onshore wind turbines it had already installed were greater than expected and that the expansion of production of new offshore turbines was not progressing as hoped.

    The Company slashed its profit forecast and expects billions of dollars in additional costs. In response, Siemens Energy's share price plunged 37% at one point. "We have reached the point where we say this must have been the last profit warning. Otherwise, we have to change something," an insider told Reuters news agency.

    The CEOs of the affected companies, Christian Bruch of Siemens Energy and Jochen Eickholt of Gamesa, have the backing of the supervisory board, as they are seen as the right individuals to solve the problems. In other words, a hire-and-fire approach will not solve the ongoing issues, so it is wise to let the executives do their job.

    Meanwhile, Siemens Energy is conducting a vigorous internal search for clues. Task forces of experts are being formed. A special commission of the supervisory board will also investigate why the problems at Gamesa were overlooked in the full takeover by Siemens Energy. On Friday, Siemens Energy declined to comment. Meanwhile, the blame is being passed on to the external wind turbine inspectors DNV, who certify Gamesa's turbines. DNV, on the other hand, denies any responsibility for the problems.

    In addition to quality issues and design flaws, certain contracts are also causing concern. Particularly in the offshore sector, there are unsecured framework agreements from recent years that provide for delivery readiness. There is a risk of losses due to lower raw material prices.

    In order to provide a sustainable alternative to recovering the precious metal, RegenX Tech Corp. extracts palladium from used diesel vehicle catalytic converters. The Company plans to build a plant in Greeneville, Tennessee, to meet the growing demand for palladium in various industries. Its technology promotes a circular economy and allows for incremental capacity expansion. In the long term, RegenX Tech Corp. plans to operate a plant with four modules. One of Daimler Truck's goals is to increase revenue and profit by the end of the decade. The main target is a return on sales of more than 10% by 2025 and revenue growth of 40% to 60% by 2030. Unified platforms, autonomous driving and zero-emission trucks are part of the Swabian company's technology strategy. Daimler Truck expects revenue of EUR 3 billion and more than EUR 1 billion in profit from self-driving trucks by 2030. Starting in August, the Company will use share purchases to boost liquidity. Siemens Energy is struggling with the consequences of the Siemens Gamesa acquisition. The share price plunged 37%. Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch and Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt have the backing of the Supervisory Board. After all, someone has to do the job of troubleshooting.

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    Der Autor

    Juliane Zielonka

    Born in Bielefeld, she studied German, English and psychology. The emergence of the Internet in the early '90s led her from university to training in graphic design and marketing communications. After years of agency work in corporate branding, she switched to publishing and learned her editorial craft at Hubert Burda Media.

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