Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) To Establish Strategic Asian Footprint & Fund Growth Through Hong Kong Listing
The Company has appointed Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and BNP Paribas (BNP Paribas) as joint sponsors and joint bookrunners for the proposed listing on the SEHK. Both Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas are leading, globally renowned investment banks. Azure Capital has been engaged as the Company's financial adviser.
The Hong Kong listing will provide the platform for Galaxy to establish a vertically integrated, lithium resource, chemical and battery manufacturing company.
Galaxy also announces that it is evaluating the potential to construct a manufacturing plant to produce lithium ion batteries for E-Bikes.
Galaxy Managing Director, Mr Iggy Tan, said that moving toward a vertically integrated business model and the downstream production of E-Bike lithium batteries offers the potential for higher margins and attractive returns for the Company.
"The E-Bike market in China is experiencing rapid growth and the production of these battery packs represents an excellent entry point to the market," Mr Tan said.
Hong Kong Listing
The strategic rationale for Galaxy's listing on the SEHK is tied to a perceived strong appetite for lithium exposure by the Chinese and international investment community. With the Company approaching lithium carbonate production in 2011, this is an ideal time for the Company to list on the SEHK. The SEHK is one of the largest and most liquid stock exchanges, and has one of the most diversified bases of institutional and retail investors, in Asia.
Mr Tan said a Hong Kong listing will provide an outstanding platform for growth and position Galaxy as one of the largest and lowest cost lithium carbonate producers in China.
"The listing and associated capital raising represents the beginning of another exciting growth phase for the Company with the potential to deliver value for existing Galaxy shareholders and new investors alike," he said.
"The dual listing will afford Galaxy greater access to capital sources, significantly improve liquidity and provide greater alignment between our investor and our customer base.
"With policies under implementation aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy and encouraging the mass production of new, clean energy vehicles, there is a greater understanding of the demand growth prospects for lithium products amongst Chinese and Hong Kong based investors," Mr Tan said.
The joint sponsors have lodged a listing application with the SEHK on the Company's behalf known as a "Form A1". This marks the commencement of the process undertaken by the SEHK to consider and approve a new listing applicant. The listing will be subject to the approval of the SEHK. Galaxy shareholders will be asked to approve the proposed dual listing in an extraordinary general meeting within the next two months and further details will be made available to shareholders in the notice of this meeting.
Lithium Ion Battery Project
Galaxy has recently completed a feasibility study evaluating the potential to develop a Lithium Ion Battery Project in the Jiangsu Zhangjiagang High Technology Park. Based on feasibility study results, the Company believes the Lithium Ion Battery Project offers a compelling opportunity for Galaxy's downstream expansion and investment in the lithium ion battery manufacturing industry.
The feasibility study models production of high quality, lithium ion battery packs for E-bikes at a rate of 350,000 per annum in the first phase. The proposed plant will be highly automated, utilising Korean technology, and designed with the potential to eventually double and triple production capacity across three phases of operation to meet the growing demand for E-bike lithium ion batteries. Demand growth for battery-powered bicycles or E-Bikes is very positive in developing countries, with China producing 30 million E-Bikes in 2009 and growth recorded at 5 - 7% per annum over the period. Galaxy has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with a Korean consortium, KUBT, to supply the turn-key equipment for the Lithium Ion Battery Project.
KUBT is a group of equipment suppliers covering different aspects of the battery manufacturing process that have formed a consortium to provide plant design and equipment supply services. KUBT has previously supplied equipment to several large and reputable lithium ion battery producers including LG Chem, Samsung and SK Energy.
The Company has also established an experienced team of lithium battery operation and technology experts to investigate the project opportunity headed by Mr Walter Yi, Managing Director (Battery Division). Mr Yi was formerly General Manager of A123 Systems' China lithium battery plant. A123 Systems is a Nasdaq listed global battery company. The project manger is Dr Yatendra Sharma, a battery technologist experienced in lithium ion batteries.
The development of the Lithium Ion Battery Project remains at a preliminary stage and a final investment decision is yet to be made by the Company.
If the Company proceeds with the project, the Company will be organised into three distinct autonomous operating divisions, being resources, chemicals and batteries. Each business division will be headed by a specialist managing director and staffed with experienced operational teams.
Mr Tan said that Galaxy has the potential to be one of the first vertically integrated lithium resource, chemical and battery producer in the world. The Company is also actively seeking opportunities to invest in other lithium battery associated processing and technology companies to meet this strategy.
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About Galaxy Resources Limited
Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) (OTCMKTS:GALXF) is an international S&P / ASX 200 Index company with lithium production facilities, hard rock mines and brine assets in Australia, Canada and Argentina. It wholly owns and operates the Mt Cattlin mine in Ravensthorpe Western Australia, which is currently producing spodumene and tantalum concentrate, and the James Bay lithium pegmatite project in Quebec, Canada.
Galaxy is advancing plans to develop the Sal de Vida lithium and potash brine project in Argentina situated in the lithium triangle (where Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet), which is currently the source of 60% of global lithium production. Sal de Vida has excellent potential as a low cost brine-based lithium carbonate production facility.
Lithium compounds are used in the manufacture of ceramics, glass, and consumer electronics and are an essential cathode material for long life lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as mass energy storage systems. Galaxy is bullish about the global lithium demand outlook and is aiming to become a major producer of lithium products.
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