Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) Acquisition

Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT)

Shares of Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) nearly doubled in value after the company’s subsidiary, Sharing Economy Investment Limited, entered into an exclusivity agreement with Inspirit Studio. The stock was up by 96% after signing the agreement that paves way for the acquisition of a 51% stake in Inspirit Studio.

CLNT Stock Performance

Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT)

The stock is currently trading in a short uptrend as it closes in on its 52-week high of $10.70 a share. CLNT is also up by more than 100% for the year after outperforming the overall industry.

The acquisition of a 51% stake in Inspirit Studio will expand the Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) footprint into the delivery service business. Inspirit Studio is the owner of a mobile platform dubbed Anyway that allows people to provide courier services during commuting times. The platform connects senders and freelance couriers who are willing to deliver letters and parcels for a small fee.

“With Anyway, senders can get speedy responses to contact with our freelance couriers who are in close proximity to the senders. There is no limitation on service area and business hours. With a five-month pilot program in Hong Kong, we have signed up over 2,000 freelance couriers, with over successful 6,000 transactions,” said Inspirit Studio, CEO Kurt Tam

Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) is hoping to generate significant value from Anyway given the growth being experienced in the peer-to-peer delivery business. The Chinese market alone grew from 124 million people in 2014 to 231 million last year, and reports project the marketplace to grow to 353 million people by next year.

Power Charger Renting Business

Separately, Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) subsidiary, EC Power has started to provide mobile power charger rental services through convenience stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The company plans to provide the rental chargers in over 700 store locations in Hong Kong and in over 40 locations in Macau.

The Cleantech Solutions International Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNT) subsidiary also plans to expand the services to other regions. There are also plans to acquire a battery production company to capture the burgeoning market demand. The Chinese battery renting market is set to reach 104 million users by the end of the year and grow to 246 million users by 2019.

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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.

LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) Targeting Large Growth Industry Play

LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF)

LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) is positioning itself to attempt to become one of the world’s major suppliers of lithium. Demand for lithium is currently around $30 billion but projected to grow to as much as $78 billion by 2024 – an annualized growth rate of over 11%. The projected growth of lithium demand is largely due to the explosion in mobile devices and alternative energy production.

LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) has assets in the prolific lithium triangle of Salta Province, Argentina. Their Sal de los Anegles project sits on 20,100 acres in that key region. This project contains high-grade lithium brine. Lithium brine is more desirable to brine found in hard rock due it the lower extraction costs. LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) is also exploring the 83,650 acre Arizaro project located close to their Sal de los Angeles project. The Arizaro lands are some of the least explored areas for lithium brine however there are initial indicators that hint at the existence of elevated lithium brine levels. Lastly, LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) has two large properties in Clayton Valley, NV – over 15,000 acres. The properties are located adjacent to North America’s only producing lithium operation which is own and operated by Albemarle which happens to be one of the world’s largest producers of lithium.

In February, LITHIUM X ENERGY C COM NPV (OTCMKTS:LIXXF) was recognized by the TSX Venture 50 and ranked #1 in the mining sector. TSX Venture Exchange is Canada’s leading capital formation platform for growth stage companies and an important part of Canada’s vibrant and unique capital markets continuum. However, as an exploration company, Lithium X revenues have not yet appeared. In 2012, the company reported a Net Income loss of (-$160,605) and that grew to a loss of (-$5.26) million in 2016.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.

Aqua Metals (AQMS) Announces Partnership with Johnson Controls (JCI)

Aqua Metals, Inc. – Nasdaq: AQMS

At one point today Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) was up almost 70%. Shares of Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) ended yesterday at $11.41 but after news of a partnership with Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) investors pushed the shares to a high of $16.10. Average daily volume figures for AQMS are short of 200k, but today’s session has already seen over 2 million shares traded with over three hours left in the regular session.

Alameda, CA-based Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) is a start-up battery recycling company that will utilize proprietary technology to compete in the $20B+ global lead-acid battery (LAB) market. Smelting has been the industry standard for LAB recycling but Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) uses their patented AquaRefining method which is claimed to be cheaper and with lower harmful emissions.

Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) used the proceeds from its 2014 IPO to build a facility in Reno, Nevada. The company successfully commissioned the Reno facility and completed its pilot recycling process in 2016. Today an agreement was announced that finalized an agreement between Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS)  and Johnson Controls that covers North America, China and Europe. In exchange for a sum, Johnson Controls will – become the first licensee for the proprietary AquaRefining technology, supply Aqua Metals Inc. with batteries to recycle, purchase metals produced at Aqua Metals, Inc. facilities, and acquire almost 5% of AQMS outstanding shares. Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, supplying approximately 152 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers.

Shares of Aqua Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq:AQMS) had an EPS loss of $0.50 in 2014 and a loss of $1.47 in 2015. The single firm that rates AQMS shares gives them a “Strong Buy” with a price target of $6.50

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 96 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

2/9/2017
Ticker Symbol AQMS
Last Price a/o 1:20 PM EST  $                    15.66
Average Volume                    188,750
Market Cap (mlns)  $                  200.60
Sales (mlns) $0.00
Shares Outstanding (mlns) 17.58
Share Float (mlns) 13.72
Shortable Yes
Optionable Yes
Inside Ownership 6.50%
Short Float 13.59%
Short Interest Ratio 9.87
Quarterly Return 15.25%
YTD Return -12.97%
Year Return 142.25%