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Lithium Royalty Corp. Reports Q4 2023 Earnings Regarding Financing Lithium Projects Amid Market Challenges

iconApr 3, 2024 18:03
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On 28 March, Lithium Royalties Corp (LRC) announced its Q4 2023 earnings. As a company that specializes in financing lithium projects to receive a percentage of revenue or production without bearing the costs of operations, the company has become gradually known to the public for its successful global investments.

On 28 March, Lithium Royalties Corp (LRC) announced its Q4 2023 earnings. As a company that specializes in financing lithium projects to receive a percentage of revenue or production without bearing the costs of operations, the company has become gradually known to the public for its successful global investments.

LRC’s portfolio has grown to 35 assets including Sigma Lithium’s Grota do Cirilo, Arcadium Lithium’s Mt. Cattlin and James Bay, and Zijin Mining’s Tres Quebradas. Within the portfolio, 3 projects are in production, 3 are in construction and expected to enter production in 2024, and another 29 projects are in exploration or development. At the same time, the company has been prioritising the “ABCs of hard rock lithium” which includes Australia, Brazil, and Canada to generate significant growth.

In terms of earnings, the company revenue in Q4 2023 reaches US$1 million, down 66% from Q3 2023 due to a 54% decline in lithium market prices despite volume increase. It is further impacted by operating projects’ provisional pricing adjustments at the year-end. The full-year revenue reaches US$5.5 million, up 228% from 2022.

Analysts posed various questions that mostly revolved around the company's near-term cash flows, especially on how the lithium prices, pricing mechanisms, and the weaker financing environment would impact LRC's royalty pipeline. The executives responded with a cautious yet positive view, highlighting the company’s strong cash flow and flexibility in investments.

LRC positions itself as a near-term revenue driven investor. While other investors such as major lithium producers usually prioritise long-term strategic growth and even sacrifice near-term financial returns. Such differences could inform the public to have a closer examination of the financial health of a lithium project instead of fully banking on the narrative of the long-term energy transition.

Looking from this angle, Lithium Royalty Corp. (LRC) remains optimistic about the lithium market's near-term future, drawing reasons from the ever-growing demand from the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Yet, considering that there are various factors involved and a long time lag when transmitting the end demand to the upstream lithium production, lithium price and its pricing mechanism shall remain the top concerns for investors like LRC.

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