October 13th, 2021 | 10:16 CEST
Rock Tech Lithium, Manganese X Energy, Daimler: E-mobility takes off on the stock market
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"[...] We know exactly what we are doing and are implementing what we consider to be a proven technology in an industrially applicable and scalable way. [...]" Uwe Ahrens, Director, Altech Advanced Materials AG
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Rock Tech Lithium: Tesla neighbor turns battery metals green
Rock Tech Lithium aims to cover the entire lithium value chain. In Canada, the element is extracted from the earth's surface in an environmentally friendly way. The process has nothing to do with the water-consuming procedure in South America and is therefore also far less harmful from an ESG point of view. The raw materials will then be shipped to Germany for further processing. Already months ago, CEO Dirk Harbecke announced that he wanted to go far beyond lithium extraction. There was talk of own patents and the great importance of recycling. The recent announcement of Rock Tech Lithium speaks for the fact that the ambitious plans could work out.
The Company announced its intention to build a lithium hydroxide plant in Brandenburg next year. The site is only about 60 km from the Tesla plant in Grünheide, where batteries for electric cars are also produced. Rock Tech Lithium plans to invest around EUR 470 million in the plant, which is scheduled to go into production in 2024. To implement the project, the Company expects to receive support from the public sector. Given the potential emerging around electromobility in Brandenburg, the state and federal government are unlikely to be averse. The share recently reached a new high and now also has momentum on the market.
Manganese X Energy: Is this the first North American manganese producer?
In the wake of innovative companies like Rock Tech Lithium, Manganese X Energy could also develop well. The Canadian Company wants to produce manganese for the battery industry, using sustainable processes to create cost advantages. Manganese X Energy is the only North American Company of its kind listed on a stock exchange. Currently, the Company is conducting preliminary work to make future operations more efficient. "We continue to improve the economics of our workflow chart. Manganese will be a highly sought-after raw material for battery chemistry in the future as more manufacturers move away from cobalt. The key will be to ensure cost-effective production that allows for scalability. Given our strategic location in New Brunswick near the US border, we are well-positioned to supply the North American supply chain," comments CEO Martin Kepman on recent progress.
However, the key unique selling point for Manganese X Energy is that there is currently no relevant manganese producer in North America. As more producers turn their backs on cobalt, manganese could fill the gap. Outside the battery industry, manganese is also needed in steel production, the agricultural industry (fertilizer, animal feed, fungicides) and the construction industry. The flagship Battery Hill project aims to produce manganese in the long term. In addition, Manganese X Energy has a graphite property with DAB and the Peter Lake nickel-cobalt project. The stock has been running sideways in recent weeks. The hype around electromobility has not yet reached the value. If you want to get in early, you should put the stock on your watch list - Rock Tech Lithium has recently shown that the right company announcements can trigger action within hours.
Daimler: How long will the share remain in the fast lane?
While the stocks mentioned so far have what it takes to experience revaluations within a very short period of time, things look a bit different for Daimler: As an established carmaker, giant leaps are unlikely - in exchange, a dividend yield of just under 2% and a more stable share price trend beckon. Daimler wants to perform better this fiscal year in almost all areas and is thus defying the chip shortage, which is also leading to production cuts at the Swabian company. E-mobility is also an issue for Daimler - the entire car fleet is to be electrified by 2022. The plans to spin off the truck division were well received on the stock market. The share gained around 20% in the past month alone. However, the potential now appears limited.
While investors can bet on intact trends with stocks like Rock Tech Lithium or Daimler, Manganese X Energy beckons the chance to invest at the beginning of the trend. At first glance, the company's prerequisites appear good, but investors should carefully examine how the individual stocks fit into their investment strategy, especially in the case of small caps.
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