Establishment of a lithium exploration subsidiary in Australia

Deutsche Rohstoff AG and its Australian partner SensOre have established the Australian subsidiary Exploration Ventures AI Pty Ltd.

Joint Venture with SensOre/Focus on Western Australia

Mannheim, 23. January 2023 Deutsche Rohstoff AG and its Australian partner SensOre (ASX: S3N) have established the Australian subsidiary Exploration Ventures AI Pty Ltd (“EXAI”). The company is focused on the exploration of lithium in Western Australia. Deutsche Rohstoff AG will hold a 70% share in the company. Since formation, EXAI has already secured three early-stage exploration projects through three Farm-in agreements and one exploration license application.

Since early 2022, SensOre and Deutsche Rohstoff AG had identified particularly prospective targets based on SensOre’s technology. The approach combines artificial intelligence (AI) technology, big data and comprehensive geoscientific know-how. With this approach, SensOre aims to become a global leader in minerals targeting.

The focus is on Western Australia (“WA”), as the state is not only one of the world’s most active and successful mining regions, but also currently accounts for approximately 90% of the lithium mined from hard rock. In addition to the world’s largest lithium (spodumene) mine, the Greenbushes Mine in the southwestern part of the state, other projects have begun production in recent years and new deposits have been discovered. Thus, the successful identification of a lithium deposit in WA holds tremendous potential.

The three projects identified to date are very promising from the perspective of the EXAI Joint Venture, but additional potential targets are being evaluated in parallel and possibly acquired. In the context of early-stage exploration, an initial small investment is common, after which a decision is made as to which projects will be pursued and which lack sufficient prospectivity.

Exploration expenditures for the initial Farm-ins amount to approximately AUD 1 million (EUR 0.64 million) in the first 12 to 18 months after successful due diligence, which will be spent mainly on initial geological and geophysical exploration work. The share of Deutsche Rohstoff AG in these expenditures amounts to 70% in accordance with the share in EXAI. With positive results and indications, a decision will be made on a drilling program for individual projects. Under the three Farm-in agreements and with positive results, the Joint Venture could invest about AUD 10 million (EUR 6.5 million) over the next 4 to 4.5 years to acquire a 51-80% interest in the projects.

The two Farm-ins include the Gecko North project about 60 km Northwest of the Mt Marion lithium mine as well as parts of the Montague project about 100 km west of the Kathleen Valley lithium deposit. In addition, the Joint Venture has submitted a wholly-owned exploration application for the Bowgarder Well license in the western Yilgarn Craton approximately 300 km North of the city of Perth.

Lithium represents an indispensable component in current battery technologies. Therefore, even in more conservative scenarios for the electric car sector, massive additional demand for lithium is expected. The price for the most common lithium mining product, spodumene concentrate (SC6), has increased since 2020 from around 500 USD/ton to currently around 6,000/USD per ton. Deutsche Rohstoff AG sees the Joint Venture with SensOre as a unique opportunity to participate in this exciting market and to find economically interesting lithium deposits.

Mannheim, 23. January 2023

Deutsche Rohstoff identifies, develops and sells attractive raw material deposits in North America, Australia and Europe. The focus is on the development of oil and gas deposits in the USA. Metals such as gold and tungsten round off the portfolio. Further information is available at www.rohstoff.de

Contact

Deutsche Rohstoff AG

Phone +49 621 490 817 0

info@rohstoff.de

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Disclaimer
All transaction are carrying out by SiLLC, a private portfolio management assembly. This document is not an offer of securities for sale or investment advisory services. This document contains general information only and is not intended to represent general or specific investment advice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and targets are not guaranteed. Certain statements and forecasted data are based on current expectations, current market and economic conditions, estimates, projections, opinions and beliefs of SiLLC and/or its members. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements or in any of the case studies or forecasts. All references to SiLLC’s advisory activities relates to SiLLC Assembly International.

Deutsche Rohstoff Group recorded higher oil production in the current quarter than expected in October

  • Oil and gas production in Q4 higher than expected
  • Revenue and EBITDA 2022 around 7% above forecast of 14 October
  • Forecast 2023 and outlook 2024 unchanged
  • EBITDA increases by a further ca. EUR 10 million

Mannheim, Dezember 12, 2022 16:30h Deutsche Rohstoff Group recorded higher oil production in the current quarter than expected in October. The four US-subsidiaries produced an average of over 9,650 BOEPD (barrels of oil equivalent per day) in the first 11 months of 2022. Compared to 30 September (9,339 BOEPD), this represents an increase in expected total production of about 110,000 BOE.

The increase in revenue is mainly due to higher production volumes from the existing wells in Colorado, as well as very high initial production from the wells in Utah, which started production in Q4. Some additional wells in Utah will start production in H1 2023. In Wyoming, the wells were also all able to produce at or above plan.

Forecast 2022 (increase)

  • Sales of EUR 163 to 168 million (previous forecast EUR 152 to 157 million)
  • EBITDA EUR 138 to 143 million (previously EUR 128 to 133 million)

Forecast 2023 (unchanged)

For 2023, the Company confirms the forecast as follows:

Base scenario

  • Group sales: EUR 140 to 160 million
  • EBITDA: EUR 110 to 125 million

Increased price scenario

  • Group sales: EUR 155 to 175 million
  • EBITDA: EUR 125 to 140 million

The assumptions for the basis of the forecast remain unchanged at a EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.12 EUR/USD, a natural gas price of USD 4, and a WTI price of USD 75 in the base scenario and USD 85 in the increased price scenario.

For 2024, the Executive Board continues to expect sales above EUR 120 million and EBITDA above EUR 100 million. This is based on only 4 additional net wells at Cub Creek until mid-2023, non-operated wells in Utah until mid-2023 and the already contractually secured Occidental joint venture.

For a definition of the term EBITDA, please refer to the Deutsche Rohstoff AG website at https://rohstoff.de/en/apm/.

Mannheim, 12 December 2022

Deutsche Rohstoff identifies, develops and sells attractive raw material deposits in North America, Australia and Europe. The focus is on the development of oil and gas deposits in the USA. Metals such as gold and tungsten round off the portfolio. Further information is available at www.rohstoff.de

Contact

Deutsche Rohstoff AG

Phone +49 621 490 817 0

info@rohstoff.de

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Disclaimer
All transaction are carrying out by SiLLC, a private portfolio management assembly. This document is not an offer of securities for sale or investment advisory services. This document contains general information only and is not intended to represent general or specific investment advice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and targets are not guaranteed. Certain statements and forecasted data are based on current expectations, current market and economic conditions, estimates, projections, opinions and beliefs of SiLLC and/or its members. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements or in any of the case studies or forecasts. All references to SiLLC’s advisory activities relates to SiLLC Assembly International.

Third quarter 2022 financial report published

EUR 20 million net profit in Q3/EBITDA 2022 of EUR 128 to 133 million

Mannheim. Deutsche Rohstoff Group today published its Q3 2022 report, confirming the figures already announced. In the first 9 months of 2022, revenues of EUR 118.2 million (previous year: EUR 53.2 million), earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 102.3 million (previous year: EUR 52.1 million) and consolidated net income of EUR 52.6 million (previous year: EUR 21.4 million) were achieved. The report is now available HERE.

The very good half-year result continues to have a positive impact on the Group’s balance sheet. In the 3rd quarter, the bank liabilities of EUR 24.5 million still existing as of 30 June 2022 were repaid in full. Equity increased again in the 3rd quarter and stands at EUR 135.0 million as of 30 September 2022. The equity ratio after 9 months was 38.9 percent (previous year: 32.2 percent).

The four U.S. companies produced an average of 9,339 BOE per day in the first three quarters (previous year: 7,135 BOEPD), for a total production of 2,549,508 BOE (previous year: 1,947,804 BOE). Oil accounted for 1,351,255 barrels (previous year: 865,197 barrels), with natural gas and condensates accounting for the remainder. All volumes are the Group’s net share.

A positive contribution to earnings of EUR 15.1 million in the first 9 months was also made by other operating income, which mainly resulted from the sale of securities and from currency gains.

The Company’s hedge book continues to expand. For Q4 2022, the Group’s hedge ratio for oil is 42% and for gas 55% of expected production, which has been hedged at around USD 68/barrel of oil and USD 3.8/MMBtu. For 2023, around 20% of oil production and 28% of gas production are currently hedged at ca. 75 USD/barrel oil and USD 3.9/MMBtu natural gas.

Forecast

The Company had also increased its guidance for 2022 and 2023 on 14 October 2022. The following key figures are expected for 2022:

• Revenues of EUR 152 to 157 million (previously: EUR 140 to 150 million)

• EBITDA EUR 128 to 133 million (previously EUR 120 to 130 million)

This forecast is based on an oil price of USD 85/barrel, a EUR/USD exchange rate of 1.00 and a gas price of USD 6.00 in Q4 2022.

For 2023, revenues of EUR 140 to 160 million and an EBITDA of EUR 110 to 125 million are expected in the base scenario. In the increased price scenario revenues of EUR 155 to 175 million and an EBITDA of EUR 125 to 140 million are expected. For the year 2024, the Executive Board is already expecting sales above EUR 120 million and EBITDA above EUR 100 million.

The assumptions of this forecast are an exchange rate of 1.12 EUR/USD, a natural gas price of USD 4, and a WTI price of USD 75 in the base scenario and USD 85 in the increased price scenario.

The Management Board of Deutsche Rohstoff AG will hold a web call on Wednesday, 2 November at 2:00 p.m., on the 9-month-results. Interested investors can register for the call HERE. [Please note, that the web call will only be held in German.]

For a definition of the term EBITDA, please refer to the Deutsche Rohstoff AG homepage at https://rohstoff.de/en/apm/.

Mannheim, 31 October 2022

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Disclaimer
All transaction are carrying out by SiLLC, a private portfolio management assembly. This document is not an offer of securities for sale or investment advisory services. This document contains general information only and is not intended to represent general or specific investment advice. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and targets are not guaranteed. Certain statements and forecasted data are based on current expectations, current market and economic conditions, estimates, projections, opinions and beliefs of SiLLC and/or its members. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements or in any of the case studies or forecasts. All references to SiLLC’s advisory activities relates to SiLLC Assembly International.


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