In a recent InvestorIntel interview, Jack Lifton speaks with Pini Althaus, CEO and Director of USA Rare Earth, LLC about USA Rare Earth’s progress towards production at its Round Top heavy rare earths, lithium and critical minerals project in Texas.
In this InvestorIntel interview, which may also be viewed on YouTube (click here to subscribe to the InvestorIntel Channel), Jack pointed out that the markets for lithium and rare earths are entering a bull market because of the lack of supply to satisfy demand. Pini went on to say that with the ever-increasing demand for rare earths in the US, “USA Rare Earths is in discussion with a number of companies around the world to source feedstock to separate rare earths and then provide those materials into the US supply chain.” USA Rare Earth recently exercised options to acquire 80% of Round Top Project and completed Series C Funding round of $50 million making it fully funded through the completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study. The company expects to produce separated materials at the demonstration plant at its Round Top Project later this year leading to full-scale commercial production in 2023.
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About USA Rare Earth, LLC
USA Rare Earth, LLC owns an 80% operating joint venture interest in the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project located in Hudspeth County, West Texas. Round Top hosts a wide range of critical heavy rare earth elements, high-tech metals, including lithium, gallium, zirconium, hafnium and beryllium. Based on the Preliminary Economic Assessment (dated August 16, 2019) projects a pre-tax net present value using a 10% discount rate of $1.56 billion based on a 20-year mine plan that is only 13% of the identified measured, indicated and inferred resources. The PEA estimates an internal rate of return of 70% and average annual net revenues of $395 million a year after average royalties of $26 million a year payable to the State of Texas. Based on the cost estimates set forth in the PEA, Round Top would be one of the lowest-cost rare earth producers, and one of the lowest cost lithium producers in the world. The Round Top Deposit hosts 16 of the 17 rare earth elements, plus other high-value tech minerals (including lithium), including 13 of the 35 minerals deemed “critical” by the Department of the Interior and contains critical elements required by the United States, both for national defense and industry. Round Top is well located to serve the US internal demand. In excess of 60% of materials at Round Top are expected to be used directly in green or renewable energy technologies. In 2020 USA Rare Earth opened a rare earth and critical minerals processing facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and in April 2020 USA Rare Earth acquired the neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnet manufacturing system formerly owned and operated in North Carolina by Hitachi Metals America, Ltd.
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