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Syrah Resources well set to capitalize on new trends in post-coronavirus global graphite markets

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) could end up being one of the major beneficiaries of the economic transformations that are likely to take place in the post-coronavirus crisis world.

Major themes are already emerging: supply chains are likely to become increasingly localized, the electrification of the worlds vehicle fleet is set to gather pace, and markets in general are becoming more wary of the monopolistic tendencies of some countries as regards commodities.

With its graphite production in Mozambique Syrah covers all these bases and, as its shares are currently trading at a relatively lowly A$0.31, also offers investors an entry point to the future at a reasonable price.

But what exactly is possible here?

Well, for context, its worth noting that when the Australian graphite boom was in full swing Syrahs shares were trading at around 20 times higher than they are now. Back then though, there was a bubble mentality in the market and actualization of the companys plans was still some..

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) could end up being one of the major beneficiaries of the economic transformations that are likely to take place in the post-coronavirus crisis world.

Major themes are already emerging: supply chains are likely to become increasingly localized, the electrification of the worlds vehicle fleet is set to gather pace, and markets in general are becoming more wary of the monopolistic tendencies of some countries as regards commodities.

With its graphite production in Mozambique Syrah covers all these bases and, as its shares are currently trading at a relatively lowly A$0.31, also offers investors an entry point to the future at a reasonable price.

But what exactly is possible here?

Well, for context, its worth noting that when the Australian graphite boom was in full swing Syrahs shares were trading at around 20 times higher than they are now. Back then though, there was a bubble mentality in the market and actualization of the companys plans was still some way off.

This time round the market is in a fairly sober mood, following months of coronavirus-related lockdowns, but Syrah is now that much closer to becoming one of the worlds major players in anode graphite production.

Indeed, at the start of the year, as graphite prices stumbled, Syrah took the decision to cut back on production to some degree, in order to assist in balancing the market. Once youre taking decisions like that, you know youve reached a position of some relevance.

The questions now are: what will that market do next, and what will Syrah do next?

A key point of departure when it comes to answering both of these questions is to consider Syrahs ongoing expansion into upstream operations in the USA.

In 2019 the company sold of the order of 160,000 tonnes of natural graphite, of which around 120,000 tonnes of fines graphite went into the Chinese market, one of the biggest in the world.

That key market will remain in place for Syrah in the years ahead, but opening up America too puts the company much further up the value chain. Currently, 100% of anode precursor, the processed material that actually ends up being used in batteries, is produced in China. And 100% of coated precursor, the finished product, is produced in Asia.

But that is about to change.

“The aim,” says Syrahs Kristian Stella, “to become the first ex-China vertically integrated producer of finished anode material from natural graphite.”

The anodes in question are the negative electrodes of lithium ion batteries, which almost everyone expects to proliferate in the coming years. Vehicle sales as a whole took a hit during the coronavirus crisis, but it was notable that in the US Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) outsold everybody else. Meanwhile, charging infrastructure is increasingly being rolled out and, with the word just having reminded itself of what a major reduction of atmospheric emissions would feel like, there is plenty of positive sentiment around.

And unlike many companies around, Syrah is already well positioned to take advantage. In 2018 the company bought a site in Louisiana, where it subsequently produced unpurified spherical graphite and sent out a batch of samples to potential customers.

“The intent ultimately is to address the ex-Asia market,” says Stella.

“We initially established in the USA, but since that time European electric vehicle sales have gained momentum. So, we see the potential to export from the USARead More – Source

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THC Global plans to accelerate medicinal cannabis production on back of strong June quarter

THC Global Group Ltd (ASX:THC) reached several milestones in the June quarter, supplying its first Australian patient with Canndeo branded medicinal cannabis medicines produced at its Southport Facility.

The roll-out of the full suite of the Canndeo medicines range is continuing throughout this quarter and will see the launch of eight new medicine formulations for Australian patients.

THC is also preparing for its maiden export of Canndeo branded medicines to Europe and Canada, with supply expected to commence in quarter three for Canada and quarter four for Europe.

New Zealand exports[hhmc]
In addition to medicinal cannabis sales under the Canndeo brand, THC is now a manufacturer for both Cannatrek and Medleaf Therapeutics.

Under the agreements with Cannatrek and Medleaf, THC will produce and white-label cannabis medicines under those respective brands for sale in the Australian and New Zealand market.

The initial export order to New Zealand worth $260,000 is expected to be deliv..

THC Global Group Ltd (ASX:THC) reached several milestones in the June quarter, supplying its first Australian patient with Canndeo branded medicinal cannabis medicines produced at its Southport Facility.

The roll-out of the full suite of the Canndeo medicines range is continuing throughout this quarter and will see the launch of eight new medicine formulations for Australian patients.

THC is also preparing for its maiden export of Canndeo branded medicines to Europe and Canada, with supply expected to commence in quarter three for Canada and quarter four for Europe.

New Zealand exports


In addition to medicinal cannabis sales under the Canndeo brand, THC is now a manufacturer for both Cannatrek and Medleaf Therapeutics.

Under the agreements with Cannatrek and Medleaf, THC will produce and white-label cannabis medicines under those respective brands for sale in the Australian and New Zealand market.

The initial export order to New Zealand worth $260,000 is expected to be delivered by the company in October.

Tetra Health


The Companys newly acquired clinic network, Tetra Health, has seen significant growth since acquisition with an increase of over 30% in patient enquiries in June alone.

Tetra Health is a key strategic asset for the company in seeking to bridge the affordability gap for cannabis medicines in Australia by providing low cost of access for new patients and product-independent guidance on medicines.

Hydroponics equipment


As announced in early July, the companys hydroponics equipment and cultivation solutions provider achieved its maiden $3 million unaudited half-year trading revenue milestone in June 2020, with total first half 2020 unaudited revenue reaching $3.2 million, being around a 50% increase over the prior period.

The launch of new product and service offerings targeted at the micro-cultivator and home-cultivator sectors through the year is expected to drive further revenue growth.

Difficulties in sourcing and transporting of merchandise from major Asian manufacturing hubs experienced in quarter one due to COVID-19 appear to have partially subsided over quarter two.

As the company noted in its quarter one update, these delays have affected the timing of cash receipts from customers but is unlikely to significantly affect revenue over a longer time scale given pending customer orders are fulfilled as stock is landed in Canada.

THC is preparing for its maiden export of Canndeo branded medicines to Europe and Canada

$8.1 million capital raising


During the quarter, the company completed an institutional placement to raise $6.6 million and a subsequent share purchase plan which raised a further $1.5 million, taking the total capital raised to $8.1 million at 30 cents per share.

Funds will be primarily applied towards enhancing the THCs working cRead More – Source

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Yandal Resources completes shortfall in $3.3 million non-renounceable rights issue

Yandal Resources Ltd (ASX:YRL) has issued the remaining shortfall shares under the 1 for 5 non-renounceable pro-rata rights issue to raise a total of $3.3 million before costs.

On June 12, the company directors announced a pro-rata non-renounceable rights offer to accelerate the Gordons project as well as the Mt McClure project in Western Australia.

Under the rights issue, eligible shareholders were offered the opportunity to acquire one new share for every five shares held at the record date on June 17 at an issue price of 25 cents per new share.

A total of 1.32 million shortfall shares have now been issued for $330,000

Exploration well-funded[hhmc]
The company plans to progress the feasibility study at its Flushing Meadows prospect at the Ironstone Well Project in the September quarter.

Exploration will also continue at the Gordons Dam prospect.

Yandal is well funded for drill programs which were postponed in the June quarter and will be completed in the September quarter.

The..

Yandal Resources Ltd (ASX:YRL) has issued the remaining shortfall shares under the 1 for 5 non-renounceable pro-rata rights issue to raise a total of $3.3 million before costs.

On June 12, the company directors announced a pro-rata non-renounceable rights offer to accelerate the Gordons project as well as the Mt McClure project in Western Australia.

Under the rights issue, eligible shareholders were offered the opportunity to acquire one new share for every five shares held at the record date on June 17 at an issue price of 25 cents per new share.

A total of 1.32 million shortfall shares have now been issued for $330,000

Exploration well-funded


The company plans to progress the feasibility study at its Flushing Meadows prospect at the Ironstone Well Project in the September quarter.

Exploration will also continue at the Gordons Dam prospect.

Yandal is well funded for drill programs which were postponed in the June quarter and will be completed in the September quarter.

These include:

  • 21 AC holes for 2,500 metres at the Flushing Meadows North prospect;
  • 6 AC holes for 720 metres at the Flushing Meadows South prospect;
  • 3 RC holes for 200 metres Read More – Source
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Nanoveu in back-to-back trading halts ahead of capital raising news

Nanoveu Ltd (ASX:NVU) has been granted back-to-back trading halts by the ASX pending a capital raising announcement.

The trading halt will be in place until the announcement is made or the start of normal ASX trading on Friday, August 7, whichever occurs sooner.

Distribution agreements [hhmc]
Nanoveu recently signed distribution agreements for its antiviral protection products for the Thai and Malaysian markets with Sanyo Trading Company Ltd.

Through these agreements, Sanyo will look to leverage its extensive contacts in the Asia-Pacific region to distribute several Nanoveus products to groups including hospitals, banks, schools and shopping malls.

Nanoveu will ship its business to business (B2B) rolls of antiviral film – to be applied to an increasing number of surfaces – in addition to its consumer-focused antiviral mobile phone cases and doorRead More – Source

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Nanoveu Ltd (ASX:NVU) has been granted back-to-back trading halts by the ASX pending a capital raising announcement.

The trading halt will be in place until the announcement is made or the start of normal ASX trading on Friday, August 7, whichever occurs sooner.

Distribution agreements


Nanoveu recently signed distribution agreements for its antiviral protection products for the Thai and Malaysian markets with Sanyo Trading Company Ltd.

Through these agreements, Sanyo will look to leverage its extensive contacts in the Asia-Pacific region to distribute several Nanoveus products to groups including hospitals, banks, schools and shopping malls.

Nanoveu will ship its business to business (B2B) rolls of antiviral film – to be applied to an increasing number of surfaces – in addition to its consumer-focused antiviral mobile phone cases and doorRead More – Source

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