November 9th, 2022 | 10:07 CET
The second Rock Tech Lithium? This is how Mercedes-Benz profits! Jack of all trades Infinity Stone Ventures
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"[...] In 2020, the die is finally cast in the automotive industry towards electromobility. [...]" Dirk Harbecke, Executive Chairman, Rock Tech Lithium Inc.
At home in Southern Germany, the passionate stock exchange expert has been accompanying the capital markets for about twenty years. With a soft spot for smaller companies, he is constantly on the lookout for exciting investment stories.
Mercedes-Benz is on the safe side
The Mercedes-Benz share is likely to be on a few price lists of designated lithium fans. The reason: at first, German premium manufacturers were considered the lame ducks of the mobility turnaround, and then they suddenly made everything clear with cleverly engineered deals. Just this year, Mercedes-Benz secured processed lithium from Rock Tech Lithium. Particularly important here: seamlessly verifiable supply chains and clean product quality. Since Mercedes-Benz and other carmakers are still consumers of lithium, the shares tend to play a secondary role for investors who want to profit from the lithium hype.
However, whether or not an automaker has access to white gold is still relevant for investors. Just imagine if the assembly lines had to stand still or if the expensive batteries had to be bought in to meet the demand for cars. Just as the chip crisis has shaken up the car market in recent years, the battle for the coveted lithium might also be the last to bite. Mercedes-Benz is already in a good position with its deal for 10,000t of lithium hydroxide annually starting in 2025 - the amount is said to be enough to power 150,000 e-cars with batteries.
Rock Tech Lithium: The speculators move on
An investment in the Mercedes-Benz share does not make sense for lithium fortune seekers. But what about Mercedes partner Rock Tech Lithium? The stock has come down significantly over the past few months but, at the same time, has made progress operationally. In addition to the deal with Mercedes-Benz, which is already using around half of the capacity of the planned plant in Guben in Brandenburg, the Company still has the potential to benefit from further increases in lithium prices. This could happen, for example, through purchase agreements concluded later or by deliberately making parts of the production available only for the short term. Rock Tech Lithium also convinces with its commitment to ESG and recycling. In the distant future, the Company even wants to largely abandon mining.
Infinity Stone Ventures: Lithium and much more
All these key data sound like they would make for a convincing equity story - but why does the share price not react to the latest positive news, such as details of a bankable feasibility study which, among other things, envisages a payback of the investments after 4.2 years? The answer could lie in the share price performance during the Company's early phase. Long before the site in Guben was even known, the value increased significantly. One stock that is at a similar stage today as Rock Tech Lithium was a few years ago is Infinity Stone Ventures. The Company has a total of seven projects around lithium, graphite, copper, manganese, nickel and cobalt and can thus be considered an exciting small cap around battery metals. An exploration drilling program is starting at the Rockstone project with the aim of discovering graphite deposits. Infinity Stone Ventures has already taken promising rock samples on the "Camaro and Hellcat" lithium project, which are now to be followed by further measures. A few days ago, the Company purchased 5,961 hectares of land around its Galaxy lithium project.
While the go-getting Infinity Stone Ventures is still operating at an early stage, the multitude of projects with different metals in the ground ensures multiple opportunities to advance the project at once. The stock is hardly comparable to established lithium stocks like Rock Tech Lithium - but at the same time, just a few developments could be enough for the share to follow the same path. With a market capitalization of around CAD 19 million, Infinity Stone Ventures is a highly speculative stock for hard-core speculators. Those who like it calmer can also look for an entry at Rock Tech Lithium - but the early phase with exorbitant returns is already over here.
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