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

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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%