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Altech Chemicals Ltd (ATC)

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Altech Chemicals Limited is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of High Purity Alumina (HPA) through the construction and operation of a HPA processing plant in Johor, Malaysia.  Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company’s 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia.

HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire, which is used in many products in the electronics industry. Increasingly HPA is used by lithium-ion battery manufacturers as the coating on the battery’s separator, which improves performance, longevity and safety of the battery.

As of 2018, global HPA demand was approximately 19,000t. It is estimated that this demand will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30% by 2028, with HPA market demand is forecast to be approximately 272,000t. This is driven by the increasing adoption of LEDs worldwide as well as the demand for HPA by lithium-ion battery manufacturers to serve the surging electric vehicle market.  

Key Details
Cash At Bank FY20
$6.6m
Net Assets FY20
$68.56m
Commodities
HPA
HPA Price
$US15-40/kg
Updated: 17 Aug 2021

Why Invest in Altech?

Developed a novel nano-technology HPA coating for graphite and silicon, with the potential to vastly improve lithium-ion battery life.

Investing in vertically integrated, high margin, high value proposition HPA Project to supply its technology.

HPA demand is ​​estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 30% during the period 2018-28.

Commenced a pre-feasibility study for the construction of a HPA battery material coating plant in Germany and completed Stages 1 and 2 at its Malaysian HPA plant site.

Mitsubishi Australia secured as buyer of HPA for 10 years.

People

Board

Iggy Tan

Managing Director
Jul 2014 - Present

Mr Tan is a highly experienced mining and chemical executive with a number of significant achievements in commercial mining projects such as capital raisings, funding, construction, start-ups and operations.

Profile

Iggy Tan

Managing Director

Jul 2014 - Present

Mr Tan is a highly experienced mining and chemical executive with a number of significant achievements in commercial mining projects such as capital raisings, funding, construction, start-ups and operations. Mr Tan has over 30 years' chemical and mining experience and been an executive director of a number of ASX-listed companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Iggy Tan became the Company's managing director in August 2014. He is responsible for managing and implementing the next stage of the Company's strategic business objectives, which includes the commercialisation of the high purity alumina (HPA) project. Having been involved in the commissioning and start-up of seven resource projects in Australia and overseas, including high purity technology projects, Mr Tan is an accomplished project builder and developer. Mr Tan previously held the positions of managing director of Nickelore Limited, Galaxy Resources Limited and Kogi Iron Limited. At Galaxy Mr Tan was responsible for the capital raising, construction and start-up of the company's Mt Cattlin spodumene mine ($80m) and the Jiangsu lithium carbonate plant ($100m), which resulted in Galaxy becoming the world's leading producer of high purity lithium carbonate. The Jiangsu plant was eventually sold for $260m in 2014.

Luke Frederick Atkins

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Atkins is a lawyer by profession and one of the founders of the company. Mr Atkins brings to the board extensive experience in the areas of mining, exploration, and corporate governance.

Profile

Luke Frederick Atkins

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Atkins is a lawyer by profession and one of the founders of the company. Mr Atkins brings to the board extensive experience in the areas of mining, exploration, and corporate governance. Mr Atkins is also Non-Executive Director of the successful ASX listed mining and exploration company, Bauxite Resources Ltd (BRL). Mr Atkins formerly held the role of Executive Chairman of BRL after co-founding the company in 2007. He has played a key role in BRL third party negotiations to successfully access funding, joint venture partnerships, land and infrastructure. Mr Atkins has had extensive experience in capital raisings and has held a number of executive and non-executive directorships of private and publicly listed companies including a number of mining and exploration companies.

Daniel Lewis Tenardi

Non-Executive Director

Mr Tenardi is a highly experienced mining executive with some 40 years in the industry, including with a number of global resource industry leaders across a range of commodities, including iron ore, gold, bauxite, and copper.

Profile

Daniel Lewis Tenardi

Non-Executive Director

Mr Tenardi is a highly experienced mining executive with some 40 years in the industry, including with a number of global resource industry leaders across a range of commodities, including iron ore, gold, bauxite, and copper. Mr Tenardi previously spent 13 years with Alcoa, at its bauxite mines in the Darling Range in Western Australia, and a further two years at Alcoa's Kwinana refinery. He has substantial gold mining experience, including with Roche Mining at the Kalgoorlie Superpit and at Anglo Gold Ashanti's Sunrise Dam. Mr Tenardi subsequently worked at executive level for Rio Tinto's Robe River Iron Associates and their East Pilbara Division, and was appointed as a Director of Robe River Iron Associates in the latter years of his employment with Rio Tinto. Prior to this appointment, Mr Tenardi was Managing Director of Bauxite Resources Ltd, where he led the rapid growth of the company from its initial exploration phase, expansion of land holdings, to the commencement of trial shipments and securing supportive strategic partnerships with key Chinese partners. Mr Tenardi also held the positions of General Manager of Operations and Chief Operating Manager at CITIC Pacific Mining. Mr Tenardi is currently non-executive director of Grange Resources Ltd.

Peter Bailey

Non-Executive Director

Mr Bailey is a highly experienced and qualified engineer with over 40 years' experience in the mining and industrial mineral production industry and has an electrical engineering degree from the University of London.

Profile

Peter Bailey

Non-Executive Director

Mr Bailey is a highly experienced and qualified engineer with over 40 years' experience in the mining and industrial mineral production industry and has an electrical engineering degree from the University of London. Mr Bailey spent the majority of his career in the iron ore mining, bauxite mining, zinc-lead-copper mining, alumina refining and alumina chemicals industries respectively. Mr Bailey was President of Alcoa Bauxite and Alumina in 1996, and was responsible for Alcoa's eight alumina plants outside of Australia. He was also the chairman of the Alcoa Bauxite joint venture in Guinea, Africa. In 1998, he was appointed President of Alcoa Worldwide Chemicals' industrial chemicals department from 1998. He was responsible for Alcoa's worldwide chemicals business, comprising 13 plants across eight countries, with an annual revenue of approximately $700 million. Post Alcoa, Mr Bailey was chief executive officer of Sherwin Alumina, an alumina refinery based in Texas, USA. The Sherwin alumina plant was capable of producing 1.4 mtpa of smelter grade alumina and 300,000 tonnes of chemical grade or specialty alumina per year. The Sherwin alumina plant was eventually sold to China Minmetals (51%) and then the remaining 49% to Glencore in 2007.

Shane Volk

Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer
Nov 2014 - Present

Mr Shane Volk has extensive accounting and corporate governance experience in Australian and international mining operations.

Profile

Shane Volk

Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Nov 2014 - Present

Mr Shane Volk has extensive accounting and corporate governance experience in Australian and international mining operations. Mr Volk is a qualified Chartered Secretary and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Mr Volk has previously worked in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia across a diverse range of mining-related capacities such as exploration, operations, business development and corporate governance. Mr Volk was previously chief financial officer and company secretary for African Iron Ltd, Emerson Resources Limited, and Kogi Iron Limited.

Tunku Yaacob Khyra

Non-Executive Director

Tunku Yaacob Khyra is the Executive Chairman of the Melewar Khyra Group of Companies (Melewar), a Malaysian base diversified financial and industrial services group.

Profile

Tunku Yaacob Khyra

Non-Executive Director

Tunku Yaacob Khyra is the Executive Chairman of the Melewar Khyra Group of Companies (Melewar), a Malaysian base diversified financial and industrial services group. He is the major owner and shareholder of Melewar. Tunku Yaacob Khyra sits on the Boards of Khyra Legacy Berhad, Mycron Steel Berhad, MAA Group Berhad, Melewar Industrial Group Berhad, Ithmaar Bank B.S.C.(listed on Bahrain Stock Exchange) and several other private companies. Tunku Yaacob Khyra graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Economics and Accounting from City University, London. An accountant by training, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He started his career as an Auditor with Price Waterhouse, London from 1982 to 1985 and subsequently joined Price Waterhouse Kuala Lumpur from 1986 to 1987. He joined Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad in 1987 and retired as its Chief Executive Officer in 1999.

Uwe Ahrens

Alternate Director
Aug 2015 - Present

Mr Uwe Ahrens is executive director of Melewar Industrial Group Berhad and managing director of Melewar Integrated Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Profile

Uwe Ahrens

Alternate Director

Aug 2015 - Present

Mr Uwe Ahrens is executive director of Melewar Industrial Group Berhad and managing director of Melewar Integrated Engineering Sdn Bhd. He also sits on the Board of several other private limited companies. Mr Ahrens holds Masters in both Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. Upon graduation, Mr Ahrens joined the international engineering and industrial plant supplier, KOCH Transporttechnik GmbH in Germany, now belonging to FLSmidth Group, where he held a senior management position for 12 years, working mainly in Germany, USA and South Africa. In 1997, he was based in Kuala Lumpur as General Manager of KOCH in South East Asia and became its Managing Director in 1999. He joined Melewar Group in 2002 and is also currently chief technical officer of the Melewar group of companies being responsible for engineering, upgrading, modification and extension of machinery and plant as well as the overall maintenance.

Hansjorg Plaggemars

Non-Executive Director

Mr Plaggemars was previous member of the board of Delphi Unternehmensberatung AG and Deutsche Balaton AG (ATC major shareholder) and currently acts as their representative.

Profile

Hansjorg Plaggemars

Non-Executive Director

Mr Plaggemars was a previous member of the board of Delphi Unternehmensberatung AG and Deutsche Balaton AG (ATC major shareholder) and currently acts as their representative. Mr Plaggemars is based in Hiedelberg, Germany and is an experienced company director and manager. He studied business administration at the University of Bamberg from 1990 to 1995. Mr Plaggemars has been a management consultant since June 2017 and is a board member of various companies within the scope of projects. Mr Plaggemars is currently a member of the management board of Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed Altech Advanced Materials AG. Mr Plaggemars also currently serves as a non-executive director at ASX listed Devenport Resources Limited, Kin Mining Limited and Azure Minerals Limited.

Projects

Project

High Purity Alumina Project

Altech Chemicals Limited is aiming to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of high purity alumina through the construction and operation of a proposed 4,500tpa high purity alumina (HPA) processing plant at Johor, Malaysia.

Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from the Company’s 100%-owned kaolin deposit at Meckering, Western Australia. Initial construction works for the Malaysian HPA plant commenced in August 2018 with clearance of the Company’s plant site.

Altech released a Final Investment Decision Study (FIDS) for the HPA project, detailing a 4.5ktpa HPA operation over a 30 year life with a capex of US$298m and an average operating cost of US$9.9/kg.

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Key Milestones

Historical Milestones

Developed a novel nano-technology HPA coating for graphite and silicon, with the potential to vastly improve lithium-ion battery life.
Initiated vertically integrated, high margin, high value proposition HPA Project to supply its technology.
Commenced a pre-feasibility study for construction of a HPA battery material coating plant in Germany.
Completed Stages 1 and 2 of construction at its Malaysian HPA plant site.
Secured 10-year off take sales arrangement with Mitsubishi Australia.

Future Milestones

Begin construction on Saxony Battery Material Coating Plant.
Completion of Malaysian HPA production plant once balance of project finance finalised.
Bring vertically integrated production system online.

Investors

Major Shareholders

Deutsche Balaton

MAA Group Berhad

Delphi Unternehmens- beratung

Capital Raises

$14.5 Million Raised from Rights Issue
|Dec 2020

$14.5 million has been raised (before costs) via its non-renounceable entitlement offer that was launched on 9 November 2020, and closed 11 December 2020 with the shortfall placed on 22 Jaunuary 2021. Underwritten by major shareholders, Deutsche Balaton, Delphi and the Melwar group.

Raised $14.5 million
Offer Price $0.04
Notes One free attaching option for each two new shares subscribed and issued. Exercise price $0.08, expiry 31 May 2022.
Share Placement and SPP Raises $4.6m
|Dec 2019

Completion of an $1.8 million (before costs) share placement and the initiation of a share purchase plan (SPP) whereby existing shareholders could apply for up to $30,000 of new Altech shares at the same price as the Placement participants. An additional $2.8 million was raised via the SPP for a total $4.6 million.

Raised $4.6m
Offer Price $0.0975
Notes
$18 million Placement
|Apr 2019

Successful completion of an A$18.0 million (before costs) share placement. Anchored by two German institutional investors (Deutsche Balaton and Delphi), each subscribed to A$5.425 million worth of new Altech shares.

Raised $18m
Offer Price $0.1085
Notes

Reports and Presentations

Quarterly Activities and Cashflow Reports

30 Jul 2021 | Report
PDF (6145.4 KB)

Company Presentation

14 May 2021 | Presentation
PDF (7939.4 KB)

2021 Half Year Report and Accounts

31 Dec 2020 | Report
PDF (673.3 KB)

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