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The best ASX lithium stocks based on year-to-date gains have performed well as strength in the lithium market holds strong.

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Lithium price momentum is continuing into 2022, with the clean energy and electric vehicle revolutions providing tailwinds for the battery metal, which is crucial to both.

Many ASX-listed lithium companies are along for the ride, with some seeing gains of over 100 percent year-to-date.

Here the Investing News Network takes a look at the five top ASX-listed lithium companies by year-to-date gains. The list below was generated using TradingView’s stock screener on April 13, 2022, and includes companies that had market caps above AU$10 million at that time.


1. Global Lithium

Year-to-date gain: 145.26 percent; current share price: AU$2.33

Exploration company Global Lithium (ASX:GL1) is focused on its 100 percent owned Marble Bar lithium project, which is located in Western Australia’s North Pilbara Craton. The project’s Archer deposit has been the company's primary exploration target; it is planning a 60,000 metre reverse-circulation drilling program for Q1 of this year. Global Lithium acquired an 80 percent interest in the Manna lithium project from Breaker Resources (ASX:BRB) in December 2021. The two companies plan to work together on exploration at the project in 2022.

On March 3, Global Lithium signed a 10 year offtake deal for spodumene concentrate with Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology (SZSE:300309), which is its largest shareholder. Suzhou TA&A intends to help with construction funding as well. In mid-March, the company released its financial report for the half year ended December 31, 2021. A week later, it provided an exploration update on its Marble Bar and Manna lithium projects. The company’s share price rose following the financial report’s release, and hit a year-to-date high of AU$2.73 on April 4.

2. Sayona Mining

Year-to-date gain: 134.62 percent; current share price: AU$0.305

Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) is a lithium producer working in Canada and Australia. Alongside Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL,NASDAQ:PLL), its strategic partner, the company has acquired North American Lithium, which had a pre-existing lithium mine and concentrator in Quebec, Canada. Sayona has two assets near those, the Authier and Tansim lithium projects, and it intends to create a Quebec lithium hub to feed the battery supply chain. In Western Australia’s Pilbara region, the company has further lithium projects, and it is exploring for gold.

On March 17, the company shared its latest half-year report, including updates on its work during the latter half of 2021. Its share price began increasing after this news, and spent the back half of March moving upwards. Sayona's share price shot up further on April 4 on news that testing of lithium spodumene product from the Authier project shows that it “performs as well as commercially available battery-grade lithium hydroxide.”

3. Jindalee Resources

Year-to-date gain: 115.91 percent; current share price: AU$4.75

Jindalee Resources (ASX:JRL), previously an Australia- and US-focused explorer, announced on April 12 that it is pivoting and repositioning as a pure-play US lithium company. The company has decided to focus on its McDermitt lithium project in Oregon, US, which it describes as “one of the largest lithium deposits in the United States.” The company will be separating its Australian assets into a new ASX-listed company.

The company’s share price has spent April trending upwards, rising from AU$3.42 on April 1 to its year-to-date high of AU$4.75 on April 12.

4. Core Lithium

Year-to-date gain: 105.93 percent; current share price: AU$1.215

According to Core Lithium (ASX:CXO), its Finniss lithium project in the Northern Territory is “one of Australia’s most capital-efficient and lowest-cost spodumene lithium projects.” First production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022, and the company already has multiple four year offtake agreements in place with Ganfeng Lithium (SZSE:002460) and Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group (SZSE:002497).

On March 1, Core Lithium announced a four year offtake arrangement with Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) for up to 110,000 tonnes of lithium oxide spodumene concentrate from Finniss. A week later, the company shared results from a diamond drill program at its Carlton project, which is returning high-grade, spodumene-rich intersections. That news, coupled with the release of its half-year report the following day, led to a small share price spike for Core.

Shares saw a bigger jump at the beginning of April following the release of an update on exploration at Finniss, and Core Lithium hit a year-to-date high of AU$1.60 on April 4. Most recently, the company announced plans to acquire the Shoobridge lithium project near Finniss.

5. Morella

Year-to-date gain: 83.33 percent; current share price: AU$0.033

Morella (ASX:1MC) is an explorer and developer focused on battery metals, with lithium as its primary target. The company has an agreement with Sayona Mining to earn a 51 percent interest in the lithium rights of the latter’s Pilbara and Gascoyne lithium portfolio, including its current focus, which is the Western Australia-based Mallina project. In addition to that deal, Morella has an earn-in option agreement with Lithium Corporation (LSE:0JVB,OTCQB:LTUM) to gain a 60 percent interest in the Fish Lake Valley lithium project in Nevada, US.

Morella released its half-year financial report on March 10, covering the second half of 2021. Four days later, it announced that it has completed the necessary environment, social and governance steps ahead of drilling at Mallina. The company's share price hit its year-to-date high of AU$0.038 on January 20, and although it fell off after, it saw gains throughout March.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Lauren Kelly, currently hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Lake Resources CEO Stephen Promnitz: Scaling Lithium Supply with $150 Million Series B Funding

Lake Resources Managing Director Stephen Promnitz

Lake Resources (ASX:LKE,OTCQB:LLKKF) Managing Director Stephen Promnitz says Lake Resources has secured robust financing to scale up lithium production in preparation for the electric vehicle revolution.

Lake Resources has recently established a technology and funding partnership with Lilac Solutions, and the latter has announced $150 Million Series B to scale lithium supply for the electric vehicle era.

Lake Resources: Scaling Lithium Supply with $150 Million Series B Funding www.youtube.com

"Lilac Solutions are actually going to work with us and progressively earn into our flagship Kachi project, and then provide $50 million towards the development of that project. So come the end of October, we should have somewhere around $70 to $80 million in the bank, plus this $50 million commitment from Lilac going forward. And then if we have some additional $75 million options in June next year. Essentially, we can now see a pathway to the entire project being financed," Promnitz said.

Lake Resources and Lilac Solutions signed a partnership agreement wherein Lilac is able to achieve an equity stake in the Kachi project with project funding obligations while providing its leading technology to advance the project.

"There's a real deal here, and now value opportunity. But on top of that, we've de-risked it from the debt side and from the equity side. This project is going to happen, and not only that, we're going to be scaling it up to 50,000 tonnes per annum soon after we get into production. That will make us one of the top five producers in the lithium space."

Watch the full interview of Lake Resources Managing Director Stephen Promnitz above.

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European Lithium Executive Chairman Tony Sage

European Lithium Executive Chairman Tony Sage said, “There's not one hydroxide plant in Europe, so we hope to be the first. Not only would we be able to source material from our own mine, but we may be able to source material in nearby areas.”

European Lithium Executive Chairman Tony Sage: Developing the 1st Lithium Hydroxide Plant in Europe youtu.be


European Lithium (ASX:EUR,FWB:PF8) Executive Chairman Tony Sage discussed the company’s Wolfsburg project in Austria, a country with a rich mining history dating back to WWII that maintains its infrastructure.

Wolfsburg continues that tradition, positioned only 45 kilometres from the city that hosts the largest Samsung battery factory.

"It’s quite unique. In Europe, a lot of the lithium mines are at the exploration stage," Sage said. "This mine was built back in the '80s by the Austrian government. So all the work has been done. If we were going to do this project today, we would have to get environmental approval and spend about $100 million — but they did all the work and the licence is in perpetuity.


“We can now access that mine and start mining immediately. In fact, in 2017, we mined it and took out 1,500 tonnes, which is a massive advantage in the lithium industry because we were able to build a pilot plant and put 300 tonnes of the material through the pilot plant, which gave us the results that we were looking for in that it's high-grade product.”

Sage also discussed European Lithium’s goals with the project. “Our aim is to mine it. It's a very simple mining process. We're in the process now of trying to acquire land nearby so we can actually put a conversion plant and a hydroxide plant on it. There's not one hydroxide plant in Europe, so we hope to be the first. Not only would we be able to source material from our own mine, but we may be able to source material in nearby areas.”

Sage told the Investing News Network that the government is supportive of its endeavours. “The Austrian government is very keen for us to build hydroxide plants so they can actually entice vehicle companies to build a factory nearby the hydroxide plant. This way, we can have a mine right through to the battery solution for the Austrian government. In the end, all we can do is get the mines up and operating, build the hydroxide plant and see what happens.”

The mine itself is underground. “Underground mining techniques are used all around the world. When they built it, they actually overbuilt — so when we decided to mine back in 2017, it was quite easy for us to find the seam of the orebody and then take the ore out," Sage said.

“We completed a prefeasibility study in 2018. The cost structure then was about US$7,500 per tonne to produce the hydroxide. Right now, the hydroxide price is around US$69,000 a tonne — that’s a massive profit margin that we don’t see as sustainable long term. When we do our definitive feasibility study, we're probably going to use an average price over the life of mine of about US$25,000 — but that's still a huge profit margin. That feasibility study is coming within the next four months, when we’ll be in a good position to partner with someone.”

Watch the full interview of European Lithium Executive Chairman Tony Sage above.

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Ioneer Ltd is pleased to announce that the Company has reached an agreement to establish a joint venture with Sibanye Stillwater Limited to develop the flagship Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project located in Nevada, USA . Under the terms of the agreement, Sibanye-Stillwater will contribute US$490 million for a 50% interest in the Joint Venture, with ioneer to maintain a 50% interest and retain operatorship. ioneer …

Ioneer Ltd (“ioneer” or the “Company”) (ASX: INR) is pleased to announce that the Company has reached an agreement to establish a joint venture (the ” Joint Venture “) with Sibanye Stillwater Limited ( “Sibanye-Stillwater” ) to develop the flagship Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project located in Nevada, USA (the “Project” ). Under the terms of the agreement, Sibanye-Stillwater will contribute US$490 million for a 50% interest in the Joint Venture, with ioneer to maintain a 50% interest and retain operatorship. ioneer has also agreed to provide Sibanye-Stillwater with an option to participate in 50% of the North Basin 1 upon the election of Sibanye-Stillwater to contribute up to an additional US$50 million subject to certain terms and conditions.

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Australian lithium miners continued to move ahead with their projects during the year's third financial quarter.

After hitting all-time highs in 2021, lithium prices started to stabilise in 2022's first quarter.

China’s lockdown measures to battle COVID-19 have disrupted the supply chain and impacted domestic demand in recent weeks, but this is expected to be temporary, according to William Adams of Fastmarkets.

“The lithium market is very tight. We don't see that easing anytime soon,” he said during a recent webinar about risks in the battery metals market. “We think the underlying fundamentals and the trends are still very strong.”


During the third quarter of the financial year, Australian lithium miners continued to move ahead with their projects, and despite the increased volatility in the markets, many ASX lithium stocks saw share price gains as well.

Perth-based Pilbara Minerals' (ASX:PLS,OTC Pink:PILBF) production for the quarter was 81,431 dry metric tonnes (dmt), slightly down compared to the previous three months, but within guidance. The company said the main factor impacting output was higher COVID-19 cases, which resulted in staff and contractor shortages.

“COVID-19 has (and may continue in the near term) to cause operational delays, including staffing shortages for both shut-down and operating staff (mining and processing),” the company said in a statement. Even so, Pilbara has decided to maintain its production guidance in the range of 340,000 to 380,000 dmt.

During its fourth battery material exchange auction, the company saw the highest bid ever at US$5,650 per dmt for a cargo of 5,000 dmt of spodumene, showing the critical shortage in lithium raw material supply.

Western Australia-focused Pilbara, which owns the lithium-tantalum Pilgangoora operation, has partnerships with Ganfeng Lithium (OTC Pink:GNENF,SZSE:002460), General Lithium, Great Wall Motor Company (OTC Pink:GWLLF,HKEX:2333), POSCO (NYSE:PKX), CATL (SZSE:300750) and Yibin Tianyi.

Shares of Pilbara were trading at AU$2.53 on May 10, down 28.13 percent year-to-date, but up more than 100 percent compared to this time last year.

For its part, leading Australian lithium and iron ore miner Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN,OTC Pink:MALRF) saw its Mount Marion mine’s production reach 104,000 dmt during the quarter; it also shipped 94,000 dmt of spodumene concentrate. The company is maintaining its full-year production guidance at 450,000 to 475,000 dmt.

In April, Mineral Resources and partner Ganfeng agreed to optimise production and upgrade Mount Marion's processing facilities. Spodumene concentrate capacity at the operation is expected to increase from 450,000 dmt per year to 600,000 dmt annually.

“The decision to upgrade the plant reflects an expectation that the lithium market outlook will remain extremely strong for the foreseeable future,” the company said in a press release. A second stage increase, expected to be completed by the end of 2022, will see capacity rise further to reach 900,000 dmt.

Aside from Mount Marion, the company holds interests in Wodgina in partnership with another top producer — Albemarle (NYSE:ALB). The companies decided to restart Wodgina last year as a result of soaring global lithium demand. The mine produced its first spodumene concentrate on May 12.

“(We have) also agreed to review the state of the global lithium market towards the end of this calendar year to assess timing for the start-up of Train 3 and the possible construction of Train 4,” the company said. Each train has a nameplate capacity of 250,000 dmt of 6 percent product.

Mineral Resources’ share price was down 10.71 percent on May 10, trading at AU$52.71. That said, the stock is up 9.11 percent year-on-year.

During the March quarter, Argentina-focused Allkem (ASX:AKE,OTC Pink:OROCF) outlined its plans to increase lithium production threefold by 2026 and become a top three chemicals supplier.

In Western Australia, the company owns the Mount Cattlin mine, which produced 48,562 dmt of spodumene concentrate and shipped 66,011 tonnes in the March quarter.

“Strong conditions in the spodumene market are supporting advanced discussions for spodumene concentrate pricing in the June quarter of approximately US$5,000 per dmt SC6 percent CIF on sales of approximately 50,000 tonnes,” the company told investors in a note.

In Argentina, Allkem operates the Salar de Olaroz and is developing the Sal de Vida lithium brine. Additionally, in partnership with Toyota Tsusho (TSE:8015), Allkem is building a 10,000 tonne per year lithium hydroxide plant in Naraha, Japan. The company also owns the James Bay lithium pegmatite project in Canada.

On May 10, shares of Allkem were changing hands for AU$10.95, down 2.23 percent year-to-date, but up over 55 percent year-on-year.

Although its main focus is nickel, Independence Group (ASX:IGO) joined the lithium party last year after it bought a stake in Tianqi Lithium’s Australian assets. The companies, in joint venture, now control the majority of the biggest lithium mine in the world — Greenbushes.

Production at the mine was up 5 percent quarter-on-quarter at 270,464 tonnes of spodumene concentrate. By 2025, Greenbushes is expected to add around 800,000 tonnes per year to its output capacity.

IGO has seen its share price decline 4.63 percent year-to-date, trading at AU$11.34 on May 11. However, the stock is up 47.27 year-on-year.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Priscila Barrera, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Galaxy Resources Limited advises that the following announcement has been made to the Australian Securities Exchange which appears on the Company’s platform : Merger of Galaxy and Orocobre Implemented The announcement can be viewed at: SOURCE Galaxy Resources Limited View original content

Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX: GXY) ( Company ) advises that the following announcement has been made to the Australian Securities Exchange which appears on the Company’s platform (ASX):

  • Merger of Galaxy and Orocobre Implemented

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Drilling Commences on Schedule at the Manna Lithium Project

Initial 20,000m RC Drilling Campaign Underway

Growing multi-asset West Australian lithium company Global Lithium Resources Limited (ASX: GL1, “Global Lithium” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that RC drilling had commenced at the Manna Lithium Project, located 100km east of Kalgoorlie.


Key Highlights

  • Initial Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program has commenced at the Manna Lithium Project
  • Base of operations established to provide accommodation and infrastructure facilities
  • Diamond drilling rig to join the program in June 22, targeting the LCT pegmatites at depth
  • Results to be incorporated into updated Manna Mineral Resource later this year

Earlier this year, experienced contractor Profile Drilling Services (“Profile”) was appointed to undertake the RC drilling program which will initially comprise 20,000m of drilling. Profile is a Western Australianbased drilling services company which specialises in RC mineral exploration drilling and other mining services. Profile has mobilised the RC rig with a further diamond drilling rig planned to join the campaign in June.

The Company has also completed the deployment of a mobile camp at the Manna Project to provide accommodation and infrastructure facilities for both the geology team and drilling contractors onsite.

The Company anticipates, subject to the timely return of assays, to undertake a Mineral Resource update at the Manna Lithium Project following the drilling program. This is also likely to incorporate additional metallurgical test work which it is targeting to be completed in Q4 2022.

Global Lithium Head of Geology Stuart Peterson commented,

“We are pleased to announce that the Company has commenced active exploration activities at the Manna Lithium Project, marking an important milestone for GL1. We are excited to now be engaged in large scale exploration programs at both of our key projects in the Tier 1 lithium and mining jurisdiction of Western Australia. In addition to the commencement of drilling at Manna, our RC drilling campaign at the Marble Bar Lithium Project is also progressing well, with 53% of the 60,000m program completed to date.

“We look forward to updating the market and shareholders of our progress at Manna during drilling as the initial results from this program become available. The results from this program will be incorporated into an updated Manna Mineral Resource which we expect to announce later this year.”