Oversubscribed IPO sees Oceana Lithium rally 65% on ASX debut

Fri 01 Jul 22, 12:35pm (AEDT)
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Key Points

  • Oceana Lithium successfully raised $6m at 20 cents per share
  • The stock debuted at 12:00 pm AEST, opening 65% higher at 33 cents
  • The company operates two prospective, early-stage projects in Brazil and the Northern Territory

Oceana Lithium (ASX: OCN) shares rallied 65% upon listing on Friday, perhaps a sign that investor demand for lithium stocks remains tenacious in the face of a volatile broader market. 

The IPO was oversubscribed, successfully raising $6m at 20 cents per share for an indicative market cap of $12.7m. 

Introducing Oceana Lithium

Oceana Lithium owns 100% of two highly prospective, early-stage projects covering large acreage in the lithium bearing regions of Brazil and the Northern Territory. 

The Solonopole Lithium Project, located in Brazil, has around 17km of potential pegmatite already mapped from prior exploration activities. 

Oceana intends to undertake follow-up exploration activities such as infill soil geochemistry tests across identified lithium anomalies and magnetic surveys in the lead up to a first pass drilling program. 

The Napperby Lithium Project is located 250km northwest of Alice Springs, with a massive acreage of 650km2. The project is considered relatively early-stage, with various tenement areas subject to little dedicated lithium exploration.

The Northern Territory Geological Survey confirmed that pegmatites in the area were of the lithium-caesium-tantalum type and numerous prospective pegmatite outcrops have been identified and worthy of field investigation.

Napperby, while the larger project by area size, will undergo a first-pass exploration program consisting of rock-chip sampling, geophysical surveys and mapping. 

Oceana Lithium projects
Solonopole Project (left) and Napperby Project (right)

Significant cornerstone investor

Oceana Lithium secured one of China’s top lithium hydroxide and carbonate producers - Ya Hua - as a major anchor investor. Ya Hua is a key lithium supplier to Tesla and has a keen eye for developing local lithium explorers.

Ya Hua agreed to subscribe $1m under the offer and is the third largest shareholder with 7.8% of the company.

Investors might recognise Ya Hua as a major shareholder for ‘Australia’s next lithium producer’, Core Lithium (ASX: CXO).

Ya Hua began investing in Core Lithium as early as 2017, supporting the development of their Finniss Lithium Project as both an equity investor, offtake partner and provided financing support.

Stacked board

Oceana Lithium’s Executive Director Sebastian Kneer and Technical Consultant Brain Talbot both hail from Galaxy Resources, which now operates under Allkem (ASX: AKE).

Kneer was the exploration manager for Galaxy’s flagship Mt Cattlin project, where he played a key role in large exploration and resource definition programs.

Dr Qingtao Zeng, the managing director of Australasian Metals (ASX: A8G), will also join as a non-executive Director. Australasian Metals is also a lithium explorer, operating the Mount Peake and Barrow Creek Lithium Projects, both of which neighbour Napperby. 


Disclaimer: Oceana Lithium was a Market Index client at the time of publishing. All coverage contains factual information only and should not be interpreted as opinion of financial advice.


Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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