- Comstock will pay $US10.75 ($14) million in cash and stock for a 64% stake in Linico.
- Lead recycler Aqua Metals is also taking a stake in Linico in $US2 ($3) million transaction.
- Linico plans to increase its investment in Singapore’s Green Li-ion, a clean technology maker.
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Comstock Mining shares more than quadrupled Wednesday, gaining as much as 338%, after the gold and silver miner said it has bought a majority stake in Linico Corp, a lithium-ion battery recycling company, a move that comes at a time of growing use of the energy source.
Comstock said it took a 64% ownership stake in Linico with $US4.5 ($6) million in cash and 3 million shares of its restricted common stock. As part of the transaction, Aqua Metals, a lead battery metal recycler, is investing $US2 ($3) million for a 10% stake in Linico.
Shares of Comstock jumped by as much as 338% to hit an intraday high of $US9.85 ($13) after closing at $US2 ($3).25 in Tuesday’s session. The shares have since pared gains to $US7.06 ($9). Comstock’s stock price at the start of 2021 was valued at just over $US1 ($1).
Meanwhile, Aqua Metals shares gained as much as $US33 ($43), hitting an intraday high of $US8.06 ($10).
“We see spent lithium-ion batteries as a potent industrial mineral, and — as with any resource, we need the right team, technology, and infrastructure to extract and process it,” said Comstock CEO Corrado De Gasperis in a statement.
Comstock said Linico recently purchased a battery metal recycling facility from Aqua Metals. Linico will use proceeds from the stake sales to increase its strategic investment in Singapore-based clean technology maker Green Li-ion Pte Ltd., with plans to buy Green Li-ion’s patented process equipment, enabling the production of 99.9% pure lithium-ion cathodes.
Comstock noted that International Energy Agency has projected demand for lithium will significantly increase to fulfill global demand for electric vehicles.
This week, Peridot Acquisition, a special acquisition company, or SPAC, said it planned to merge with lithium-Ion battery recycler Li-Cycle.