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VIDEO: ZEN Graphene $ Recaps Successful 2019, Enters 2020 Strong $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 15th, 2019

This decade began with incredible hope for graphene as the miracle material that would change everything.

By 2015, hope gave way to indifference as graphene failed to live up to the smallest of expectations.

With the next decade just 15 days away, ZEN Graphene Solutions has reignited the great graphene hope with a string of great successes in 2019 that put commercialization within sight.

If you walked away from graphene years ago, you now owe it to yourself to watch this interview with ZEN CEO Francis Dube and find out why 2020 could mark the start of the graphene decade.

Beyond Pencils and Green Technology: The Best Graphite Stocks (NGC, SGH, GPH, CHGI, GTI & GRPH)

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:53 AM on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Graphite is an increasingly important technology component with graphite mining stocks including Northern Graphite Corp (NGC), Standard Graphite Corp (SGH), Graphite One Resources (GPH), China Carbon Graphite Group (CHGI) and Graphite Corp (GRPH) plus GrafTech International (GTI).

Nov 6, 2012 1:33:42 AM PST

Most investors are probably unfamiliar with graphite, a popular choice for electrodes because of its electric conductivity, in part because most of the publicly traded graphite stocks like Northern Graphite Corp (CVE: NGC), Standard Graphite Corp (CVE: SGH) and Graphite One Resources (CVE: GPH) trade on Canadian exchanges but there are a options for US investors, including China Carbon Graphite Group (PINK: CHGI), GrafTech International Ltd (NYSE: GTI) and Graphite Corp (PINK: GRPH). So why should investors be interested in graphite and hence, graphite stocks?

What is Graphite?

First a bit of history: Back in in 1789, the material known as graphite was named “graphite,” a derivative from an ancient Greek word meaning “to draw/write,” because it was already being used in pencils. In fact, most pencil “lead” is actually ground up graphite. Today, graphite is mostly used for batteries, brake linings, expanded graphite, foundry facings, lubricants, refractories and steelmaking. However, the real and potentially “unlimited” (up to a certain point) growth for graphite comes from potential new uses in the form of green initiatives like electric cars, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries (Note: There is 10 times more graphite than lithium in lithium-ion batteries plus it takes 30-40 times more graphite to make these batteries thanks to losses during processing), nuclear energy, solar energy and semiconductors. Likewise, the rise of China, Brazil, India and other emerging markets is creating strong demand for traditional graphite uses e.g. steel making and the automotive industry.


In addition, its worth noting that China produces around 70% of the world’s graphite but production and export growth there is leveling off, costs are rising and quality is falling. Hence, new sources of graphite will need to be developed – meaning there are opportunities for North American based mining stocks.

Price Range for +80 mesh, 94-97%C graphite (US$/tonne)


Canada Listed Graphite Stocks

Among the many small Canadian graphite stocks, the following are worth mentioning briefly as they also trade on the OTC:

Northern Graphite Corp (CVE: NGC). Also trading on the OTCBB under the symbol “NGPHF,” Northern Graphite Corp’s principal asset is the Bissett Creek graphite project that is located 100km east of North Bay, Ontario and 15km from the Trans Canada highway. Northern Graphite Corp believes it will be in a position to begin construction of the mine sometime in early 2013 but those plans will be subject to the availability of financing. On Monday, Northern Graphite Corp rose 1.27% to C$0.80 (NGC has a 52 week trading range of C$0.74 to C$3.47 a share) for a market cap of C$37.50 million plus the stock is down 14.9% since the start of the year and down 30.4% since April 2011 according to Google Finance.


Standard Graphite Corp (CVE: SGH). Positioning itself as North America’s premier pure-play graphite exploration company that also trades on the OTC under the symbol “NGPHF,” Standard Graphite Corp controls a 100% interest in 12 prospective graphite properties within known graphite districts in both Quebec and Ontario. Standard Graphite Corp is currently undertaking an exploration plan and intends to soon commence construction on its Bissett Creek Mine, subject to financing. On Monday, Standard Graphite Corp closed at C$0.180 (SGH has a 52 week trading range of C$0.16 to C$1.07 a share) for a market cap of $3.99 million plus the stock is down 45.45% since last January.


Graphite One Resources (CVE: GPH). Also trading on the OTCQX under the symbol “GPHOF,” Graphite One Resources is a mineral exploration company focused on its Graphite Creek Property located on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. According to Graphite One Resources, the property offers significant potential for the discovery and development of a large-flake, high-grade graphite mineralization exposed at surface – meaning an open pit mine can be used. Graphite One Resources plans to advance Graphite Creek to a NI 43-101 compliant resource in 2013. On Monday, Graphite One Resources rose 3.03% to C$0.170 (GPH has a trading range of C$0.06 to C$0.40 a share) for a market cap of C$14.59 million plus the stock is up 54.5% since the start of the year and down 62.2% over the past five years.


US Listed Graphite Stocks

The few pure US listed graphite stocks that investors should be aware of include the following:

China Carbon Graphite Group (PINK: CHGI). Founded in 1986 as a state-owned carbon and graphite manufacturer and restructured in 2002 as a private enterprise. China Carbon Graphite Group is one of China’s leading wholesale suppliers of fine grain and high purity graphite and it’s a top overall producer of carbon and graphite products. There is not too much written about China Carbon Graphite Group but for what its worth given it’s a Chinese company, the company does issue regular earnings reports with the last one noting the ramp up of its higher margin business. On Friday (the last day CHGI traded), China Carbon Graphite Group fell 9.8% to $0.460 (CHGI has a 52 week trading range of $0.32 to $1.26 a share) for a market cap of $11.15 million plus the stock is up 2.2% since the start of the year and down 22.5% over the past five years according to Yahoo! Finance.

Chart forChina Carbon Graphite Group, Inc. (CHGI)

GrafTech International (NYSE: GTI). A world leader in graphite material science with more than 125 years of experience in the carbon and graphite industry, GrafTech International products are used in a variety of applications in various industries, including metal production, electronics, chemicals, aerospace and transportation. The last time GrafTech International reported earnings, shares soared because they beat expectations although revenue and net income both fell. Likewise, GrafTech International’s sales for its core industrial-materials business fell 14% but the smaller engineered-solutions segment (e.g. consumer products) rose 41%. In addition, GrafTech International’s bottom line had surged 46% in the second quarter thanks to higher prices for its graphite electrodes and needle coke. On Monday, GrafTech International rose 0.38% to $10.63 (GTI has a 52 week trading range of $8.45 to $17.69 a share) for a market cap of $1.43 billion plus the stock is down 22.1% since the start of the year and down 39.7% over the past five years.

Graphite Corp (PINK: GRPH). An exploration stage company focused on the evaluation, acquisition and development of domestic graphite mining opportunities, Graphite Corp believes the best alternate source of flake graphite is located in Alabama along with Montana. Hence, Graphite Corp is an investor’s best bet for a pure play graphite stock whose source of graphite is safely located in the USA should there be an interruption with supplies of graphite from China. Moreover, Graphite Corp has completed a total of $750,000 worth of equity financings to fund the acquisitions of its properties in Alabama and Montana and to begin initial work programs while budgets and exploration plans are being developed with work to beginning this quarter. Hence, Graphite Corp is a graphite stock investors should be watching. On Monday, Graphite Corp fell 2.56% to $0.760 (GRPH has a 52 week trading range of $0.20 to $1.05 a share) for a market cap $18.01 million plus the stock is down about 5% since last October.

Chart forGraphite Corp. (GRPH)

The Bottom Line. Irrespective of the economy, graphite will only meaning investors at least need to keep an eye on graphite stocks like Northern Graphite Corp, Standard Graphite Corp, Graphite One Resources, China Carbon Graphite Group, GrafTech International and Graphite Corp.