South Korean Firm to Acquire Majority Stake in Indonesian Nickel Miner

South Korean Firm to Acquire Majority Stake in Indonesian Nickel Miner

Acquisition Details

LX International, the trading arm associated with South Korea’s LX Group, has announced its intention to acquire a 60% stake in the Indonesian mining company PT Adhi Kartiko Pratama. The deal is valued at approximately 132.9 billion won ($101.3 million) and is part of LX International’s initiative to enhance its production of nickel, a vital component for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Resource and Infrastructure Insights

The Indonesian mining assets located on Sulawesi Island reportedly contain significant nickel reserves, estimated at 36 million tons, with potential applications for the production of EVs. These mines are strategically positioned near an industrial complex dedicated to nickel processing, featuring established infrastructure that includes roads, mining pits, and port facilities.

Production Expansion Plans

Upon completion of this acquisition, LX International aims to more than double the annual nickel output of the mines from the current 1.5 million tons to 3.7 million tons by the year 2028. This move is in line with the company’s broader shift from coal to minerals essential for EV batteries, aligning with global trends towards sustainable energy and transportation solutions.

Financial Performance

LX International has disclosed a decline in its third-quarter financial metrics, with operating profits and net profits falling by 76.7% and 80.2%, respectively, from the previous year. The company attributes these downturns to a combination of factors, including a decrease in natural resource prices and freight rates following last year’s market boom.

Despite the current economic climate, the company is optimistic about an uptick in performance for the upcoming quarter, citing seasonal energy demands and a projected rebound in air freight activity.

Industry Shift

The acquisition highlights LX International’s strategic reorientation towards materials fundamental to the burgeoning EV sector. This transition reflects an ongoing shift within the industry as companies increasingly invest in resources critical for future technologies.

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