Li-Cycle Holdings Corp, which went public last year, has closed a $200 million convertible financing with Glencore alongside a long-term battery supply agreement. Kunal Sinha, Glencore’s head of recycling, joined the board. Li-Cycle, a Toronto-based lithium-ion battery resource recovery and recycling company, is also backed by Koch Investments Group.
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (NYSE: LICY) (“Li-Cycle” or the “Company”), an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, today announced that it has executed long-term commercial agreements with Glencore plc (LON: GLEN) (“Glencore”), a leading provider of primary metals for the production of electric vehicle (EV) batteries. The Company also announced that Glencore has concurrently completed its previously announced $200 million investment in Li-Cycle through the purchase of a five-year convertible note, and that Kunal Sinha, Glencore’s Head of Recycling, has been appointed to Li-Cycle’s Board of Directors.
“We’re pleased to launch our strategic partnership with Glencore, enabling us to pursue our shared vision to enable sustainable, localized supply chains for electrification metals. I am confident that we can better serve our collective customers by leveraging our complementary capabilities and delivering an integrated approach by combining primary and recycled metal supply,” said Ajay Kochhar, Li-Cycle co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Further, Glencore’s investment bolsters Li-Cycle’s already strong balance sheet, further enhancing our ability to complete our current pipeline of Spoke and Hub facilities and meet our operating needs while maintaining financial flexibility.”
Glencore is a leading provider of primary metals for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles, including being the top producer of cobalt and a top three producer of class I nickel globally. Li-Cycle is a leading lithium-ion battery recycling company, driving value through the Company’s robust base of battery supply customers and its innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies™. Bringing Li-Cycle’s and Glencore’s complementary capabilities together will help accelerate the path to a circular economy for critical materials in the lithium-ion battery supply chain.
“Achieving our ambition of NetZero total emissions by 2050, requires working collaboratively with other like-minded partners. We are pleased to work with Li-Cycle as a key strategic partner in closing the loop for battery metals, at scale, in localized supply chains, with a sustainable footprint that effectively combines primary as well as recycled raw materials,” said Kunal Sinha, Glencore’s Head of Recycling and Li-Cycle’s newly-appointed director.
Completion of Commercial Agreements
With the commercial agreements in place, Glencore will become an important partner to source battery feedstock for Li-Cycle’s Spoke facilities, as well as both black mass and sulfuric acid for Li-Cycle’s Hub facilities. Glencore will also complement the Company’s existing partners through off-take and marketing of Li-Cycle’s battery-grade end products and certain by-products produced at the Company’s Spokes and Hubs. Li-Cycle management will provide an overview of this strategic partnership in conjunction with its fiscal second quarter 2022 earnings webcast and conference call scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
Closing of Glencore $200 Million Financial Investment
Glencore completed its investment by purchasing a convertible note in the aggregate principal amount of $200 million (the “Note”). The Note has a 5-year term and is convertible into common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) at a conversion price of $9.95 per Common Share. Interest payments will be in cash or payments in-kind (“PIK”), at Li-Cycle’s election. The Note is redeemable at the option of Li-Cycle at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Note then outstanding plus accrued and unpaid interest, and subject to the issuance of certain warrants to acquire additional Common Shares at a price per share equal to the conversion price of the Note until the original maturity date of the Note. In addition, Glencore has entered into an amended and restated standstill agreement and Li-Cycle has granted certain registration rights to Glencore. If Glencore elects to convert the entire aggregate principal amount of the Note, Glencore will hold an approximate 10% equity stake in Li-Cycle (based on the current number of outstanding Common Shares and not factoring in any accumulated PIK interest).
Kunal Sinha Joins Li-Cycle Board of Directors
Pursuant to certain director nomination rights granted to Glencore, in connection with Glencore’s investment in Li-Cycle, Kunal Sinha, Glencore’s Head of Recycling, has joined Li-Cycle’s Board of Directors. Mr. Sinha has been with Glencore since 2012. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sinha was the CEO of Glencore’s North American Sulfuric Acid business. Prior to joining Glencore, he worked for six years in Management Consulting at ZS Associates. Mr. Sinha holds an MBA from the London Business School, an M.S. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.
Additional information regarding this announcement may be found in a Form 6-K that will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission.
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Li-Cycle Fiscal Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Call Details
The Company’s second quarter earnings conference call and webcast will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 8:30 AM ET. Investors may listen to the conference call live via audio-only webcast or through the following dial-in numbers:
Domestic: 1 (800) 909-5202/ International: 1 (785) 830-1914/ Participant Code: LICYQ222/ Webcast: https://investors.li-cycle.com
A replay of the conference call/webcast will also be made available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.li-cycle.com.
About Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.
Li-Cycle (NYSE: LICY) is on a mission to leverage its innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies™ to provide a customer-centric, end-of-life solution for lithium-ion batteries, while creating a secondary supply of critical battery materials. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are increasingly powering our world in automotive, energy storage, consumer electronics, and other industrial and household applications. The world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better manage battery manufacturing waste and end-of-life batteries and to meet the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade raw materials through a closed-loop solution. For more information, visit https://li-cycle.com/.
About Glencore plc
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly sourced commodities that advance everyday life. Through a network of assets, customers and suppliers that spans the globe, they produce, process, recycle, source, market and distribute the commodities that enable decarbonisation while meeting the energy needs of today. Glencore’s ambition is to be a net zero total emissions company by 2050. In August 2021, they increased their medium-term emission reduction target to a 50% reduction by 2035 on 2019 levels and introduced a new short-term target of a 15% reduction by 2026 on 2019 levels. For more information, please visit the Glencore website at www.glencore.com.