Surge Battery Metals, Inc. (OTC: NILIF, $NILIF) stock is moving higher by more than 4% this week as investors weigh the opportunities for NILIF to tap into a massive battery metals market opportunity. And from the looks of things, they are optimistic about the outcome, and they should be.
Surge Battery Metals is a well-capitalized, multi-country lithium and metals exploration company advancing projects in several of the world's most mining-friendly jurisdictions targeting business from the EV and other sector battery metals markets. And that puts billions of potential dollars in the company's crosshairs. But adding more firepower to the NILIF investment proposition is that demand for battery metals, lithium, and other essential elements is surging and only expected to strengthen from already record-setting levels. That's potentially excellent news for NILIF.
And at roughly $0.07 a share, early investors are still welcome. Moreover, with NILIF's revenue-generating opportunities in plain sight and with data to back its claims, current valuations are simply getting too good to ignore and could deliver near and long-term rewards for investors wanting exposure to the billions of dollars in play from a booming EV battery metals sector.
In fact, the time is right to consider the opportunity. Weak broader markets are pulling these battery metals exploration companies too far lower, exposing massive investment opportunities in a sector with tremendous near and long-term sales opportunities. But more than NILIF in the right industry doing the right things at the right time, they have the capital and expertise to turn ambition into dollars. And that makes a difference.
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An Imbalance In Supply And Demand
Foremost, it allows them to advance projects in two of the most mining-friendly jurisdictions in the world, maximizing revenue-generating opportunities through five promising mines across Canada and Nevada. And better than having the right properties, they are fully funded to accelerate and complete its 2022 exploration plan, with roughly $3.8 Million in working capital reported in its most recent financials.
Better still, capital is getting put to work at the right locations. NILIF's closest mining neighbors include companies with highly successful late-stage exploration programs. That's excellent news in an industry where location is everything. The even better news is that all of NILIF's properties are near proven reserves, which could significantly mitigate risk as they enter the late stages of transforming from an exploration company to a metals and elements supplier.
The timing of that is spot-on. Bloomberg recently referred to the lithium markets being in "Ludicrous Mode," citing specifically the imbalance between supply and demand that may take years to reconcile. The Wall Street Journal also supports that premise, reporting that lithium demand alone increased by more than 240% in the back half of last year.
PBS.org also chimed in, saying in a March article that the race to produce more lithium in the United States highlights the importance of lithium in achieving clean energy goals. But that's not all they said. They added that the industry that mines, extracts, and processes the chemical element is poised to grow. In other words, NILIF is ideally positioned to capitalize on an opportunity vital to national interests and industry.
From a NILIF investor's perspective, here's more excellent news: demand isn't slowing. On the contrary, it's surging now and is expected to explode higher, with more than 20 EV manufacturers now in line to secure the battery metals needed to power their vehicles.
Imbalance Benefits Suppliers, NILIF Wants In
Of course, that demand benefits the metals and minerals suppliers the most, enabling them to feed demand where prices for their metals continue to break prior record-setting highs. And with limited supply, surging demand, and the absolute need for lithium to create rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, prices likely won't settle anytime soon. In fact, expect the bull run for battery metals to be a multi-year phenomenon, which bodes well for those unearthing the goods. Surge Battery Metals expects they will be right on time to become a significant supplier to those clients already buying available production as quickly as possible. How substantial is the demand? Well, in a word, record-setting.
Two years ago, the worldwide demand for lithium was about 350,000 tons (317,517 metric tons). While substantial, by 2030, demand for lithium is expected to increase six-fold. And right now, Nevada is about the only place in the U.S. where active lithium mines operate. Yes, potential lithium mining and extracting projects are in various stages of development in states including Maine, North Carolina, and California. Still, truth be known, the processes in place to go from landowner to operator can take years and thousands of pages of paperwork before even a flag can get posted. Thus, while competition may be on the horizon, Nevada is the place to be for now. And NILIF is there.
Better yet, it could be their nearest-term value driver. And arguments side with NILIF's Nevada location alone being worthy of 3X's the current market cap. And even that bullish presumption could be conservative, with assets including a significant landholding in Clayton Valley, the United States' only producing lithium jurisdiction. Keep in mind, that's one location.
Surge is also working to maximize investments at two more Nevada locations, one in the San Emidio Desert and the other in Northern Nevada. Both can be revenue-generating game-changers for the company, whether they unearth lithium or just prove reserves. Remember, similar to gold miners earning market cap for metals under the ground, the same can happen for those with proven lithium. And maybe sooner than later, NILIF's mines may deliver good news on that front.
Nevadas Mining Locations Are Potentially Massive Value-Drivers
Its Northern Nevada location includes 95 different claims across 778 hectares, with stream sediment samples as high as 1980ppm Li. Promising results from the company's initial assessment were released on 12/31/21, with analysis showing the project coincides ideally with Albemarle's recent announcement that they'd begin tapping into lithium clay resources.
West from there, and only a few miles from Tesla's new Gigafactory, is NILIF's San Emidio Desert project. Again, location matters and this area has a proven history as a home to high, documented lithium concentrations. The excellent news for investors liking to trade ahead of potential catalysts is that Phase 1 exploration is expected to be completed by this summer. And following that announcement, a second expected milestone could turn into a catalyst, with Phase 2 of the project moving into drilling exploratory holes, expected to happen by the end of 2022.
Here's another contribution to the NILIF investment proposition. A potentially massive option agreement with Lithium Corporation (OTCQB: LTUM) could expedite the creation of a wealth of shareholder value. In fact, the deal with $LTUM alone could be a bridge to transform Surge Battery from a micro-cap exploration company into one of the industry's most reliable suppliers of battery metals and elements.
Moreover, the terms of that deal are shareholder-friendly, allowing NILIF to expand its business footprint and retain the lion's share of its excess $3.8 million in working capital. Updates from that deal, which are likely imminent, could help correct an apparent disconnect between share price and assets.
Thus, lower entry points in NILIF stock could be an opportunity too good to ignore. Indeed, investors in at higher prices usually don't appreciate lower prices. But those that want to average down knowing that NILIF is on the verge of a transformational year may find the opportunity appealing. Of course, there's more to like about NILIF. After all, they are much bigger than only a play on Nevada lithium.
Other Significant Assets In-Play
Surge Battery Metals is one of the few metal exploration companies on the TSX and OTC with lithium, nickel, and copper resources. And that value is exposed through at least five primary metals and minerals producing locations across two jurisdictions, British Columbia in Canada and, as noted, Nevada in the United States. But most important to each of these operations is knowing they are more than near proven digs; they are in jurisdictions where companies can move toward the end-game of mining, in this case digging, quickly.
And like in Nevada, its other locations are impressive. Surge Battery Metals' projects in British Columbia are nearing monetizing their opportunities from potentially significant nickel deposits. That portfolio includes six mineral claims in the Mount Sidney Williams area covering 1863 hectares (roughly a 2.47-acre measure each) immediately south of and adjacent to the Decar Project and its Mitchell Range area covering 8659 hectares, located in Northern British Columbia. That's not all they have.
Surge's Caledonia Project includes 100% interest in 7 mineral claims, including the Caledonia, Cascade, and Bluebell claims. These properties are 4.3 miles northwest of the Island Copper Mine, which was once Canada's third-largest copper producer. The Caledonia project lies within a 31-mile copper belt that runs Northwest of Island Mine, again putting NILIF near proven reserves. Thus, again, right place at the right time.
A Sum Of Its Parts Too Good To Ignore
Frankly, the sum of NILIF's parts makes the investment opportunity too good to ignore and timely. But, don't expect the window of opportunity at these levels to stay open much longer. News of more milestones reached is likely to send share prices significantly higher.
Remember, Surge Battery Metals is supported by a debt-free balance sheet and roughly $3.8 million in liquid capital, more than enough to fully fund their planned exploration for 2022. And if needed, the management team has secured an additional cash runway to accelerate exploration into 2023 with warrant options that could increase working capital by $8 million.
Another thing to note is that with Surge Battery Metals being an ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance)-mandated company, they could seize upon opportunities faster than even the large-cap miners in the space. That designation could also potentially triple the revenue-generating opportunities compared to those without the ESG status.
Hence, it should be no surprise that NILIF has been described as a blue-chip value at penny-stock prices. And that presumption isn't a bullish exaggeration. It's made knowing that NILIF has the team, the capital, the assets, the locations, and the know-how to transform itself from an exploration company into a miner that can unearth value for itself and its shareholders. And best of all, the demand pipeline can last for decades due to a world transformation to green energy.
Battery Metals- A Generational Bull Market
So, with several milestones in 2021 likely to become 2022 catalysts, the NILIF investment proposition is compelling. And because the unprecedented demand for next-generation batteries isn't a short-term phenomenon, NILIF presents both a near and long-term opportunity for appreciation. Hence, taking advantage of opportunities from this undervalued, under-the-radar battery materials company may do more than return significant gains; it provides exposure to a generational investment opportunity that should be included in growth-minded portfolios.
Know this: A 100 years ago, few had the foresight to invest in oil. But those that did, like J. Paul Getty, made a fortune and created a business legacy that will last for decades more. Can the same happen for those investing in the next most significant generational shift in history? For those in the right investments, that answer is a resounding yes.
In fact, there's no question that many investors will become fabulously wealthy by taking advantage of investment opportunities presented by the "green metals" movement. All that's needed to make that happen is finding the right companies at the right price that are well-positioned to capitalize. Surge Battery Metals meet those standards, making them quite ripe for investment consideration.
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