With the rapid development of the new energy industry, the battery grade lithium carbonate market is experiencing a series of changes. In order to adapt to such changes in the battery grade lithium carbonate market (the lack of transactions that could be taken as a reference for the market players due to low transaction frequency and small transaction volume), and to further reduce the transaction risks and costs across the battery grade lithium carbonate industry chain by referring to SMM Price, SMM has been constantly improving and deepening its research on the battery grade lithium carbonate industry chain. After prudent information accumulation and market research, SMM has decided to launch the item of SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index starting from December 6, 2022.
Guidelines to SMM price assessment methodology
Shanghai Metals Market (“SMM”) is an independent service provider that does not participate in trades. SMM is a market observer that engages buyers and sellers in the commodities market. By consulting with independent industry participants, SMM drafts the methodology, examines and revises it regularly based on the specifications and terms of trade that are generally used in the market, with equal weighting given to transactions that meet the standards. SMM reserves the right to exclude any unreliable or unrepresentative price data from its price assessment, in line with this methodology and other related Benchmark governance policies and procedures.
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This document specifies the standards and management methods for the SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index assessment, which are formulated to establish a transparent and verifiable SMM price setting mechanism.
SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index
The SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index is assessed and reported based on the methodology defined in this document. As a benchmark, it can be referred to by battery grade lithium carbonate industry chain players as a reference for their settlement price of battery grade lithium carbonate. The price index reflects the guide prices of battery grade lithium carbonate that are the most tradable at the time of publication on each full trading day. The price index is based on the actual transaction and bid/offer of spot battery grade lithium carbonate from the industry chain players, and is calculated with different weights of each price submitter.
2. Introduction of price assessment
The SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index reflects the most representative battery grade lithium carbonate prices for the day the index is published. The index is calculated as a weighted average by using the most tradable prices submitted by players across the battery grade lithium carbonate industry chain in China. This document specifies the methodology of SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index calculation model in accordance with the IOSCO standard, as well as the process of collecting and treating sample transaction data, with the purpose of establishing an accurate, transparent and verifiable mechanism for SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index assessing.
3. Process of data collection
SMM price analysts will collect battery grade lithium carbonate-related data information from submitters by means of phone, fax, email, QQ, WeChat and other forms of communication between 9:00 – 11:30 China Standard Time (“CST”) on every trading day. (Price data that are submitted after 11:30 CST will not be included in price assessment on the day, while data that does not contain the required minimum information details will not be included either, even if the data are submitted before the deadline)
The data will include traded prices within the day, and the most likely traded prices, bids and offers. All communication content on instant messengers, WeChat messaging and emails as well as face-to-face communication will be recorded, while phone communication via phone calls will also be recorded in summary and input into the database. Price data must be a typical, repeatable transaction between unaffiliated market participants (completely financially and legally independent).
SMM price analysts are subject to a code of business ethics when reporting to their supervisors the content of any coerced or threatened communication from market participants, or any kind of induced offer that seeks to influence the outcome of an assessment.
Price data provided by the submitters to SMM should include at least the following kinds of information. SMM analysts should encourage the price submitter to report as much detailed information as possible, not just the minimum requirements specified.
4. Formation of price index and treatment of outlier
SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index is derived from a weighted average of the collected data after standardisation as well as each enterprise. The initial weight of each enterprise is calculated based on the amount of lithium carbonate equivalent participated in each trading segment of battery grade lithium carbonate chain by that company.
SMM will keep tracking and reviewing the weightings of enterprises and industry segments, adjusting or maintaining the weightings based on changes in the market supply and demand as well as in consultation with submitters and market players. SMM will analyse the data information collected and the price index calculated on a daily basis after all the data information is collected and reserves the right to adjust the weights. The adjusted weights will be used to produce the final price index for that day. The regressed weights will be used as the initial weights for the next working day.
5. Assessment (calculation) of price index
The result obtained through prudent collection, standardisation and weighed calculation will be published in the form of a price index during 11:30-11:45 CST on each trading day.
6. Price index publication
SMM will form the SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index in accordance with the following standards and regulations and publish on the SMM websites at www.metal.com (English) or www.smm.cn (Chinese) during 11:45-12:00 CST on each working day, except for weekends and public holidays.
The time in between the deadline for price collection (11:30 CST) and the deadline for price publication (11:45 CST) daily is used to verify and calculate the final SMM Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index.
The time of the price publication may also be affected by emergencies and force majeure factors, such as power outages and natural disasters. In such cases, SMM will make every effort to inform the market of the delayed publication schedule as soon as possible.
6. Unit and form of existence
Form of targeted products of Battery Grade Lithium Carbonate Price Index: in compliant with YS/T582-2013, Li2CO3 ≥ 99.5%, magnetic materials ≤ 0.003%. For details, please refer to YS/T582-2013 Battery Grade Lithium Carboante.
Unit: 10,000 RMB/mt in physical content;
Form of existence: in the form of a price index (rebounded to two decimal places), tax included (13% VAT included);
Payment method: delivery to the factory, tax included; credit + bank acceptance (based on the mainstream payment method according to SMM survey, and other payment methods will be converted to this standard).
Online update: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST on each trading day
We welcome all relevant players in the industry chain to participate and help SMM to better serve the enterprises in the battery grade lithium carbonate industry chain. Should you have any questions, please feel free to send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.