According to Forbes Magazine, over 1,000,000 electric vehicles (EV’s) were sold around the world in 2017.
“The number of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and other EVs in circulation worldwide has now surpassed three million,” stated the article, “an expansion of 50 percent from 2016.”
China had the highest global sales figures with 580,000 EVs sold – good for a 2.2% market share in 2017.
A large EV battery requires 25 kilograms of graphite.
The annual economic cost is about $700 billion – from medical expenses, hospitalisation and lost productivity.
Graphite heavy EVs are now an official part of China’s clean air policy.
How to profit from this macro demand trend?
We present you with micro-cap Ceylon Graphite (CYL.V), that has “the rights to most of Sri Lanka’s known government-held graphite resources, excluding mines already in production”.
Ceylon controls hundreds of graphite shafts, which it is drilling to discover how far the graphite veins continue into the rock. Ceylon’s CEO, Bharat Parashar intends to build multiple mines at a capex of about $1 million per mine.
Parashar is a heavyweight: 36 years of deal-making in South Asia – raising over $8 billion through debt and equity transactions.
Parashar estimates his cash costs at $200/tonne; large flake graphite sells between $1,250 and $5,000 per tonne.
Yes, “Grade-is-King” but location is also important.
Sri Lanka has recently signed a $1.1 billion deal with China to develop the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota – playing a key role in China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which links China to Europe and Africa.
Sri Lankan Graphite has a purity similar to ultra-expensive Synthetic Graphite ($20,000/tonne).
On September 27, 2018 CYL announced that the graphite obtained from its K1 site is “upgradeable and meets the specifications of marketable battery grade graphite with a final carbon content of 99.96 wt -%.”
The testing was conducted by certified German lab Dorfner Anzaplan.
These tests confirm Ceylon Graphite’s end goal of producing a premium grade marketable battery grade product for prospective lithium-ion battery manufacturers and other energy storage end-users.
Further lab testing will evaluate the feasibility of producing a spherical graphite product from the samples provided by CYL.
Spherical graphite is used in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. Global demand for spherical graphite is surging – largely driven by EV sales.
“This testing confirms that we have the ability to provide marketable battery grade product to battery manufacturers and energy storage companies,” stated Parashar.
Parashar believes that Ceylon is rapidly approaching its goal “of becoming a relevant player in the graphite market.”
Ceylon Graphite has six large sized high-quality veins at its K1 site, test results from each showing Carbon content of over 90%.
“We have some of the world’s purest naturally-occurring graphite readily accessible at our mines,” confirmed Parashar, “which is easier and cheaper to upgrade to marketable battery grade than lower grades of natural graphite.”
On August 28, 2018, Ceylon announced the discovery of two new large untapped natural graphite veins, one 28 cms wide at 66.8 meters and another 10 cm wide at 71.5 meters at its K1 site.
These veins were discovered in the normal course of drilling at the K1 site.
“This discovery coupled with the veins we discovered earlier in the year clearly demonstrates a large resource base at K1,” stated Parashar, “We are positioning the site to start commercial production of some of the purest naturally occurring graphite on the planet.”
According to Bloomberg news, graphite demand is soaring “because of its use in electric-vehicle batteries.”
A recent Global Graphite Market Report, predicts that the global graphite market will reach $21.4 Billion by 2024, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.6%.
China is currently working towards a new EV target of 12% of all vehicles by 2020.
Ceylon Graphite in Sri Lanka expects to receive its mining license for K1 shortly.
CYL traded at a 52-week high of .25.
It is currently trading at .17 – with a market cap of $9.3 million.
Full Disclosure: Ceylon Graphite is an Equity Guru marketing client, and we own stock.