TORONTO, ON – (April 26, 2022) – Electra Battery Materials Corporation (TSX-V: ELBM; OTCQX: ELBMF) (“Electra”) today announced that the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC has approved the listing of Electra’s common shares on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”). Electra will commence trading on Nasdaq on April 27, 2022, under the ticker symbol “ELBM”. Electra’s common shares will continue to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol “ELBM”.
“Listing on the Nasdaq is a significant milestone for Electra and a natural next step in the evolution of the Company,” said Mr. Trent Mell, CEO. “With the heightened interest in electric vehicles, decarbonization, critical minerals and onshoring supply chains, we felt it was important to increase our presence in our primary market for our ultra low carbon battery materials. We are pleased to offer our shareholders the ability to trade on a major U.S. exchange and the expected increase in liquidity will support our Company well over the long-term. We look forward to introducing Electra to a new and larger investor base.
“Phase 1 of Electra’s Battery Materials Park involves the commissioning of North America’s first battery grade cobalt refinery in December of this year. Funding was secured in 2021 to take the hydrometallurgical refinery through construction and into commissioning.”
Concurrent with the commencement of trading on Nasdaq, Electra’s common shares will cease trading on the OTC Markets. Shareholders are not required to take any action. Electra recommends that investors who bought shares on the OTC Markets monitor their brokerage accounts to ensure their holdings are updated to correctly reflect the new ticker symbol.
Electra to Ring Nasdaq Closing Bell
Management will participate in a closing bell ceremony at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, in celebration of its listing. Trent Mell, CEO, will ring the Closing Bell alongside members of Electra’s team.
The bell ringing event can be viewed on Nasdaq.com live stream at: https://livestream.com/accounts/27896496/events/10228408
About Electra Battery Materials
Electra’s core strategy is to produce low carbon, ethically sourced battery materials for the North American electric vehicle supply chain. The Company is specifically focused on creating the first integrated battery materials park in North America, providing refined cobalt, nickel and recycled battery materials to North American battery precursor manufacturers.
The first phase of this strategy is to expand and bring into production the Company’s ultra low carbon hydrometallurgical refinery in Ontario, Canada. Construction of Phase 1 remains on schedule to commence commissioning of the expanded refinery in December 2022 and initially ramp-up to 5,000 tonnes of contained cobalt production per year, with steady state production achieved by mid-2023. Subject to future permits and market conditions, the Company plans to increase production capacity to a 6,500 tonne per annum run rate by mid-2024.
Prior to commissioning its cobalt sulfate refinery, Electra intends to complete a bulk sample processing of lithium-ion battery material known as “black mass” in Q3, leveraging existing refinery infrastructure. The objective is to demonstrate the effectiveness of its process flowsheet to recover the majority of lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper and graphite content from lithium batteries prior to construction of its commercial plant, which is targeted for 2023.
A study is underway in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, Glencore plc and Talon Metals on engineering, permitting, socio-economic and cost studies associated with the construction of a nickel sulfate plant as well as a battery precursor cathode active materials (PCAM) plant adjacent to Electra’s cobalt refinery and recycling plant.
Electra also owns the advanced exploration-stage Iron Creek cobalt-copper project in Idaho, USA. Electra is positioning itself to be an integral part of the North American battery supply chain by providing low carbon, sustainable and traceable raw materials for the region’s fast growing electric vehicle industry.
On behalf of Electra Battery Materials Corporation
Chief Executive Officer
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