U.S. Strategic Metals announces $500 million in funding commitments

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December 18, 2023

U. S. Strategic Metals (USSM) has announced nearly $500 million in funding and commitments. The most recent financings include a $230 million commitment from affiliates of Appian Capital Advisory with initial funding of a $120 million secured term loan facility and a $70 million secured royalty financing arrangement. This funding will enable the expansion of USSM's mining, recycling and processing operations in Fredericktown, MO.

After already deploying over $250 million to date, the additional capital will advance USSM's unique, green, ethical, low carbon, low emission, American-made technology. USSM processes and recovers battery critical minerals including cobalt, nickel, lithium and copper. Most importantly, USSM expects to be the first significant near-term battery critical minerals recycling and processing solution to reduce sourcing dependence on China.

The investment marks a pivotal step in USSM's commitment to providing critical battery minerals and fortifying the United States' position in the green energy sector. By reducing reliance on global supply chains, USSM is at the forefront of fostering a secure and resilient domestic battery industry.

USSM's Fredericktown site has seen significant investment to date, including contributions from the founders (Waterfield Holdings and Stacy W. Hastie), HPS Investment Partners and Glencore, advancing development and initial construction of the first phase of commercial processing. This latest funding is expected to ensure the finalization of phase one of commercial processing and expand mine development.

USSM is excited to partner with Appian to advance the project through commercial production. "Appian is a sophisticated, proven investor in this sector. This new round of investment will enable USSM to complete its first full phase, expected to process 240 tons of feedstock per day, a significant milestone," said Stacy W. Hastie, chief executive officer of USSM. "USSM is capable of processing various metallic feedstocks including recycled lithium-ion batteries, battery production scrap, mixed metal concentrate, and traditional ore. This makes USSM the only domestic operation fully permitted with significant processing capacity.

"This funding milestone will enable USSM to provide auto makers a secure and ethical domestic supply to meet the majority of U.S. demand for cobalt for vehicle batteries—a game changer for the auto industry and the U.S. strategic battery materials supply chain all while repurposing a former Superfund site in the American heartland," Hastie said.

Michael W. Scherb, founder and chief executive officer of Appian, said: "Appian is excited to partner with USSM to develop its cobalt-nickel mine and battery recycling and mineral processing operation in Missouri. USSM will shape the battery recycling landscape in the U.S. and play a critical role in establishing a domestic supply of essential minerals for the energy transition. This transaction is a further example of the continued success of Appian's dedicated credit and royalties offering and the added value that our market-leading technical team brings to project owners."

"We congratulate USSM on securing this investment to expand its critical minerals recycling and processing operations in Fredericktown," Missouri Governor Mike Parson said. "Not only will this investment create good-paying job opportunities in the region, but it will also strengthen supply chains and allow Missouri and the nation to be less reliant on nations like China. The demand for domestic battery production and critical mineral exploration is on the rise, and this investment proves Missouri is well-positioned to capitalize on that opportunity and emerge as a national leader."

About United States Strategic Metals (USSM)
U. S. Strategic Metals, LLC (USSM), is North America's only sustainable, long-term battery metals production and processing solution. USSM's unique strengths make it the market leader in reliable, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly strategic metals for U.S. and global markets. It is the only vertically integrated producer and recycler of critical battery materials, including cobalt, nickel, copper and lithium, in North America and is therefore strategically positioned to supply clean, domestic, and ethically sourced battery metals required to meet the unprecedented demand for electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries. For more, visit US Strategic Metals.

This story was compiled with information from PR Newswire and U.S. Strategic Metals. Photo from Shutterstock.


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