Ceritech is a private company registered in Germany with its headquarters in Leipzig, Saxony. The main shareholder is the Deutsche Rohstoff AG with 66.1 % of shares.
In contrast to companies listed on the stock exchange, we have a limited obligation to report publicly. Currently, this is helpful to us. It protects our idea and gives us the necessary freedom to develop our project without interference.
Without taking the general public into account, we regularly inform our investors and shareholders in our newsletter. Furthermore, every shareholder naturally has the opportunity to gather information about our business and the strategy of the company and to also exert influence during our annual shareholder’s meeting. Every shareholder may also feel free to contact us at any time.
Investors are hereby invited to contact us at any time. We will gladly discuss our project with you personally.
Capital Increase in Q1/2018
Our next financing is scheduled for Q1/2018. Until then, we will have reached important milestones which make an investment in Ceritech fundamentally safe.
The funds will be used exclusively for the development of our Rare Smart Earths Gypsum Project. It will allow us to advance our project swiftly. We also gathered enough information and knowledge about the beneficiation process to be able to leave the rather small-scale lab work behind us. For the upcoming year, we plan to scale our process up to a pilot plat. This will enable us to get much closer to an industrial implementation. The parameters we gather during piloting will be integrated into the facility’s design and contribute to further optimization. It is our goal to finish a pre-feasibility study in 2018. A Feasibility study is planned for 2019.
It is Ceritech’s objective to become an industrial manufacturer of rare earth elements in a comparatively short amount of time. We separate ourselves from other rare earth projects by not developing a conventional mining project.
Even when prices for rare earths were considerably lower as today, we decided to develop our Smart Rare Earths Project. By extracting rare earths from waste gypsum (which is part of an already existing fertilizer industry) we are able to almost completely eliminate mining and waste dump costs.
Smart Rare Earths also has the potential to stay economically profitable and marketable even under adverse market conditions. Common mining projects cannot do this or fall victim to temporarily cheap prices for raw materials – see the bankruptcy of US-American Molycorp (one of the few western manufacturers of rare earths) in June 2015 and the abandonment of many exploration projects, for example. Economic stability and the ability to compete are critical for long-term success of these projects in temporarily volatile markets.
That is why Ceritech specializes in extracting rare earths as a byproduct of other industries. We are able to eliminate many cost factors which usually occur in conventional mining projects.
Smart Rare Earths – Scheduling
Ceritech’s Smart Rare Earth Project works without developing an own mine, including expensive exploration, infrastructure and waste dump management. This leads to a comparatively short amount of time we plan for our entire project development. The aforementioned circumstances, however, also keep costs for our project development very low. We focus on developing our product and mineral engineering.
Ceritech estimates costs of about 9 million Euros for project development. We aim to push the Smart Rare Earth Project to be ready for large-scale sales volumes using this sum. Costs for project development are to be covered by two funding events which will be triggered by reaching two milestones. The first milestone is a binding contract with one of our fertilizer partners.
We plan to collect 3 million Euros in equity capital with submission of this binding contract. This enables us to continue project development including a PFS study. Should this study show positive results, an additional 6 million euros will ensure development of the project until it is ready for construction. If the realization of the project works out as planned, we estimate a start of production by the end of 2021 / beginning of 2022.