American Battery Technology Company (“ABTC”) (OTCQX: ABML), an integrated battery materials technology company, announced today that after completion of a competitive diligence process to secure funding to facilitate advancement of the company’s commercial-scale construction projects, the company has consummated a debt financing with a single institutional investor for up to $50 million in zero coupon, Senior Secured Convertible Notes.
“This capital investment supports the continued development of our core projects as we evolve from pilot and demonstration scale systems up to commercial scale facilities in each of our business units,” stated ABTC CEO Ryan Melsert. “We evaluated a wide range of financing alternatives over the past several months, and the use of this debt financing is very well aligned with our growth plans.”
These funds will support the near-term expansion of ABTCs battery material processing operations, including.
- Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling: ABTC currently has the first phase of its first commercial-scale recycling facility undergoing commissioning, which utilizes ABTCs internally-developed technologies for the strategic demanufacturing and recycling of battery components. A second phase will subsequently be added that includes its targeted chemical extraction train for the manufacturing of battery grade critical materials, and a third phase of these battery recycling operations will be integrated to further increase the material recovery rates and decrease operating costs. ABTC was recently selected for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant for a $20 million project to support the commercialization of this third phase, and the funds from this announced financing will directly support these efforts.
- Primary Lithium Resource Development: ABTC is working to develop and commercialize its 10,340-acre lithium-bearing claystone deposit in Nevada, recently identified as one of the largest known lithium deposits in the U.S. with an inferred* resource of 15.8 million tons of lithium carbonate equivalent. These announced funds will support the current exploration program to continue the evolution of this domestic resource towards upgrading from the current ‘inferred’ resource to ‘measured and indicated’ resource classification, and also to proceed through the permitting operations to commercialize this domestic critical material resource.
- Primary Lithium-Hydroxide Refinery: ABTC has developed its own technologies for the refining of its lithium-bearing claystone resource into battery grade lithium hydroxide product. This set of integrated processes is currently being demonstrated in its pilot plant, which is supported by a U.S. DOE grant it was awarded in 2021, with the processing capacity of up to 5 metric tonnes per day. As a result of the early successes of these efforts, in the fall of 2022 ABTC was selected by the U.S. DOE for an additional grant award for a $115 million project to construct a commercial scale lithium hydroxide refinery based on these first-of-kind technologies. The funds from this announced investment will directly support these commercial scale construction efforts as matching funds.