Hear It First… Get Our FREE Streetwise Reports Newsletters


'Major Project Endorsement': SoftBank Invests $99M in Lithium Development Firm
Research Report


Ryan Walker, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners, explained the agreement and its implications.

An April 6 research note indicated that SoftBank Group has agreed to invest up to CA$99 million in Nemaska Lithium Inc. (NMX:TSX; NMKEF:OTCQX). The vehicle is a private placement of 88.5 million common shares subscription receipts at $1.12 per share. "SoftBank's investment is an important project endorsement, providing credibility for Nemaska to pursue and close additional equity and debt financing options," wrote analyst Ryan Walker with Echelon Wealth Partners.

SoftBank Group is a US$78 billion, Japanese-based multinational conglomerate holding company whose business divisions include energy, mobile, Internet, robot and business.

As for the details of the SoftBank-Nemaska arrangement, the gross proceeds of the placement would be held in escrow until, for one, Nemaska completes additional financing. The company needs a total of $775825 million for the commercial-scale Shawinigan plant, the Wabouchi mine (both located in Quebec) and working capital.

Walker explained that "if the escrow release conditions are not met or waived by Aug. 6, 2018, the funds would revert to SoftBank and the financing automatically canceled." If all stipulations are met and the financing gets completed, SoftBank would have the right to own 9.9% of Nemaska.

At that point, should SoftBank owns at least a 5% interest in Nemaska, it would have these additional rights:

  1. The right of first offer to purchase up to 20% of the lithium hydroxide and carbonate produced at the Shawinigan plant from Wabouchi "at pre-agreed discounts applicable to a pre-determined price-based formula," said Walker.
  2. The right to one nominee for director of Nemaska.
  3. The right to participate in any future equity offerings.

Nemaska continues working on obtaining supplementary financing, "including US$300350M in debt, closure of a recently announced US$150M streaming facility and additional private and/or public equity," Walker noted.

He added that Echelon is confident the lithium firm will accomplish the needed capital, particularly with the confidence boost from Softbank. Were Nemaska to complete all additional financing by early August, then the plant and mine would be on track for commercial production in H2/20.

Echelon has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$3 per share price target on Nemaska Lithium. The company's shares are currently trading at around CA$1.32 per share.

Want to read more Energy Report articles like this? Sign up for our free e-newsletter, and you'll learn when new articles have been published. To see a list of recent articles and interviews with industry analysts and commentators, visit our Streetwise Interviews page.

1) Doresa Banning compiled this article for Streetwise Reports LLC and provides services to Streetwise reports as an independent contractor. She or members of her household own securities of the following companies mentioned in the article: None. She or members of her household are paid by the following companies mentioned in this article: None.
2) The following companies mentioned in this article are billboard sponsors of Streetwise Reports: None. Click here for important disclosures about sponsor fees.
3) Comments and opinions expressed are those of the specific experts and not of Streetwise Reports or its officers. The information provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.
4) The article does not constitute investment advice. Each reader is encouraged to consult with his or her individual financial professional and any action a reader takes as a result of information presented here is his or her own responsibility. By opening this page, each reader accepts and agrees to Streetwise Reports' terms of use and full legal disclaimer. This article is not a solicitation for investment. Streetwise Reports does not render general or specific investment advice and the information on Streetwise Reports should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Streetwise Reports does not endorse or recommend the business, products, services or securities of any company mentioned on Streetwise Reports.
5) From time to time, Streetwise Reports LLC and its directors, officers, employees or members of their families, as well as persons interviewed for articles and interviews on the site, may have a long or short position in securities mentioned. Directors, officers, employees or members of their immediate families are prohibited from making purchases and/or sales of those securities in the open market or otherwise from the time of the interview or the decision to write an article, until one week after the publication of the interview or article.

Disclosures from Echelon Wealth Partners, Nemaska Lithium Inc., Apr. 6, 2018

Echelon Wealth Partners compensates its Research Analysts from a variety of sources. The Research Department is a cost centre and is funded by the business activities of Echelon Wealth Partners including, Institutional Equity Sales and Trading, Retail Sales and Corporate and Investment Banking.

I, Ryan Walker, hereby certify that the views expressed in this report accurately reflect my personal views about the subject securities or issuers. I also certify that I have not, am not, and will not receive, directly or indirectly, compensation in exchange for expressing the specific recommendations or views in this report.

Important Disclosures:
During the last 12 months, has Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. provided financial advice to and/or, either on its own or as a syndicate member, participated in a public offering, or private placement of securities of this issuer? Yes

During the last 12 months, has Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. received compensation for having provided investment banking or related services to this Issuer? Yes

Want to read more about Cobalt / Lithium / Manganese investment ideas?
Get Our Streetwise Reports Newsletter Free and be the first to know!

A valid email address is required to subscribe