VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA, August 10, 2023 – Comstock Inc. (NYSE: LODE) (“Comstock” and the “Company”), an innovator of technologies that enable systemic decarbonization and the energy transition by efficiently converting under-utilized natural resources into renewable energy products, today announced its second quarter results and business updates.
“The focus for 2023 is the commercialization of our technologies,” said Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock’s executive chairman and chief executive officer. “Our biorefining and metal recycling technologies are commercially ready and offer unprecedented performance for our prospective customers. Our dedicated Fuels team is progressing multiple revenue producing opportunities with globally recognized renewable fuel producers while our Metals team has finalized its first commercial-ready production system, applied for all permits and is readying the equipment and the site for deployment in the second half of 2023. We have also commercialized a portion of our mining claims bringing in new cash proceeds estimated at well over $2.0 million in 2023.”
Selected Strategic Highlights from the Second Quarter 2023
The Company’s strategic investments have outperformed in providing non-dilutive cash and rapid technology development. Notable actions:
- Agreed to sell the LINICO facility for $27+ million delivering non-dilutive proceeds of over $15 million in cash
- Agreed to sell 4% of Green Li-ion Pte. Ltd. (“Green Li-ion”) preferred shares for $0.8 million
- Advanced discussion for the monetization of our investments in Silver Springs real estate and water rights
“We successfully monetized our LINICO facility for 2023 cash proceeds of over $15 million and have agreed to monetize a portion of our investment in Green Li-Ion, at a valuation suggesting potential additional proceeds of up to $20 million,” continued De Gasperis. “Our Silver Springs properties have also risen in value to potentially yield another $20 million.”
Comstock’s strategic investment in Quantum Generative Materials LLC (“GenMat”) represents a valuable component of the Company’s long-term innovation strategy, both in terms of advancing technologies that enable systemic decarbonization and by leveraging artificial general physics-based intelligence (“AGPI”) for more efficient and effective mineral discovery. It has:
- Established a research agreement with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), collaborative conducting experiments in the fields of density functional theory (DFT), artificial intelligence (AI), material prediction and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), atomistic simulation, and machine learning models, further accelerating GenMat technologies
- Elevated physics-based material simulations and confirmed the precision and accuracy of those simulations
- Received regulatory approval for the launch and operation of its hyperspectral imaging sensor for mineral discovery
“GenMat is an important component of our technology innovation strategy,” stated Mr. De Gasperis. “Its ability to simulate and engineer new material solutions, including, for example, batteries and semi-conductors, can be employed today for commercial use, while it continues developing toward AGPI for more efficient and effective mineral discovery.”
- Demonstrated the production of commercially effective lignocellulosic biointermediates suitable for use in existing renewable fuel refineries at pilot scale in our R&D facility and established the capability for ongoing operations
- Developed a baseline lifecycle carbon analysis (“LCA”) model with a third-party engineering firm to demonstrate industry-leading carbon intensity (“CI”) scores for fuel produced through our pathways
- Advanced development agreement discussions for commercial scale projects with multiple, operationally experienced, technologically sophisticated, and well capitalized customers
“Our innovation and engineering teams have now demonstrated the highest industry yields with the most beneficial carbon impact,” stated David Winsness, President of Comstock Fuels. “Producing 100+ gasoline gallon equivalents per tonne of lignocellulosic feedstock delivers a leading lifecycle carbon intensity score and a profitable pathway to expanded biofuel production globally.”
- Finalized commercial deployment plans for our production-ready photovoltaic recycling system
- Leased an operating facility and submitted permits for proprietary metal processing and recycling system in Nevada
- Finalized the broader material recycling system and equipment for deployment, and permit-pending production
- Engaged leading electronic waste material suppliers for securing photovoltaics feedstock
“We have effectively repositioned our recycling production system, attacking the immediately addressable photovoltaic materials market,” said Dr. Fortunato Villamagna, President of Comstock Metals. “We are now readying our newly leased facility and establishing agreements with material suppliers so we can start production as soon as our permits are approved.”
- Executed a revenue generating lease with Mackay Precious Metals Inc. resulting in $2+ million in 2023 cash revenues, and advancing mineral exploration in our northernmost mining claims
- Established a plan for more than doubling our mineral resources, leveraging our team, technology and partners
- Continued engagement with multiple mineral-development parties for expanding revenues and mineral resources
- Advanced our planning with GenMat for developing and expanding the next-generation geostatistical digital model of the most strategic development areas, including the launch of space-based hyperspectral imager later this year
“We have received cash proceeds of $1.25 million from our new mineral lease with nearly $1.0 million more expected in 2023,” continued Mr. De Gasperis. “We are engaged with multiple, potential development partners with the objective of enabling a material expansion of our gold and silver mineral resources, while simultaneously achieving cash profitability.”
Selected Financial Results
The Company unveiled its companywide vision during its UPLODE23 Virtual Investor Day online, June 28, 2023. The videos from this event are available on the Company’s website.
“UPLODE23 showcased the scope of our dedicated, knowledgeable, and innovative leadership teams and enabled our investors to broadly appreciate how Comstock has positioned itself as a technology company, leading an unprecedented and globally impactful clean energy transition. Our investments and the ongoing commercialization of these decarbonizing technologies have positioned us for explosive, exponential growth that will span decades,” stated Mr. De Gasperis.
Net loss for the six-months ended June 30, 2023 decreased by $9.5 million to $11.2 million (or a loss of $0.11 per share) from a loss of $20.6 million (or a loss of $0.30 per share) for the comparable 2022 period. Debt was $6.4 million at June 30, 2023, as compared to $7.9 million at December 31, 2022. Cash and cash equivalents were $1.6 million and $2.5 million, on June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively. The Company had 105,876,509 outstanding common shares at June 30, 2023.
The Company meaningfully advanced and expects to complete the monetization of over $30 million in sales of our non-strategic assets during 2023, including the net $15 million in cash and stock proceeds already received from the sale of the LINICO facility and certain equipment (“Facility.”) For the six-months ended June 30, 2023, the Company received cash proceeds of $21.0 million from American Battery Technology Company (“ABTC”) and a net 9,076,923 of ABTC common stock toward the sale of the Company’s Facility. The Company now expects to sell these shares during in the third and fourth quarters of 2023, and expects to receive, at a minimum, proceeds of $6.0 million. The Company paid $12.0 million to close on the Facility, representing estimated 2023 of approximately $15.0 million from the purchase and sale of the Facility. The Company anticipates a more than $7.0 million gain upon closing the Facility sale.
Comstock Fuels is engaged with multiple, operationally experienced, technologically sophisticated customers and partners for early adopter commercial agreements for commercial scale projects for supplying our bio-intermediates and expects one or more agreements to be completed this year.
Comstock Metals has submitted all permits for operating its manufacturing facility in Silver Springs, NV, and expects receipt of permits and the full deployment of its entire production system by the end of 2023, with operations commencing as soon as permits are received. Comstock Metals also expects initial supply-revenue agreements in advance of production.
Comstock Mining is developing, in collaboration with GenMat and potentially other mineral development partners, a next-generation geostatistical digital model of the most strategic development areas, including the broader Dayton resource area, using existing geologic and geophysical data and advancing those efforts toward expansion plans of the existing resources.
The Company expects to exceed its non-mining asset sales target by well over $30 million in net cash proceeds.
Conference Call Details
Comstock will host a conference call today, Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 4:15 p.m. ET to report its Second Quarter 2023 results and business update. We invite all investors and other interested parties to register for the webinar at the link below.
Date: August 10, 2023
Time: 4:15 pm ET
Register: Webinar Registration
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Comstock (NYSE: LODE) commercializes technologies that enable systemic decarbonization and the energy transition by efficiently converting under-utilized natural resources into renewable energy products, and by leveraging physics based artificial intelligence for more efficient and effective mineral and materials discovery.
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