Lithium Related Companies: The Next Big Thing? October 2, 2017
Demand for Lithium surged in tandem with electric car productions. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of electric cars globally is predicted to soar from 2 million in 2016 to 70 million by 2025.
Being one of the top Lithium producing nations, Chile has seen export volume increased exponentially in recent years to meet worldwide demand for this natural resource.
Price of Lithium carbonate, which is a compound used in Lithium batteries, has soared from US$6,000 per tonne in mid-2015 to over US$10,000 currently as demand outstripped supply. Analysts are expecting price to stabilise at around US$10,000/t in the long run as Lithium Producers ramp up supplies.
With such positive dynamics, investors looking for growth can consider investing in one of the stakeholders in the Lithium supply chain. Below is a non-exhaustive list of Lithium supply chain stakeholders which are mainly listed on the Tokyo, New York and Korea stock exchanges.
|Company||Supply chain||Company Profile||Listing|
|Sociedad Quimica SA||Raw materials||Largest Lithium Producer located in Chile. Also produce plant nutrients.||NYSE|
|Albemarie Corp SA||Raw materials||Vertically integrated Manufacturer for Lithium products. Specialty chemical producer.||NYSE|
|GS Yuasa||Battery Packs||Established Japan automotive battery maker||TSE|
|SAMSUNG SDI CO LTD||Battery Packs||Small sized and automotive battery maker. Energy storage system solution provider||KRX|
|BYD CO LTD-H||Battery Packs||China automotive battery and electric car maker||HKEX|
Source: Portfolio Wealth Global
An inexpensive way to get a diverse exposure into this industry will be via Global X Lithium ETF (Stock quote: LIT). Top holdings include household names like Tesla Motors and Panasonic Corp. At a price to earnings ratio of 35, this ETF is suitable for investors who strongly believe that the stakeholders can benefit from the rising global consumption trend for Lithium-related products.
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