Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Warren Buffett Backed China Automaker BYD Sees Profits Jump On Stronger EV Demand.

  
International Business Times:


  We have another confirmation of the increasing demand in EV in China. Government efforts start to pay off and now we can see the new dynamic behind the headlines we have discussed before:

"Now we have the huge market for EVs, dramatically sliding lithium batteries costsand brilliant minds investing in the future. Elon Musk with Tesla Motors, Warren Buffet with BYD, James Dyson and Richard Branson with Virgin have joined the Lithium Club. It is the great energy and Richard Branson has the ability to reshape the industries like nobody else. Apple iCar is only adding to the fire and buzz about electric cars these days. Richard Branson has started the Lithium Fever in London already and International Lithium is back on the funds and investor bankers circuit now. New people are coming to study our sector and the best projects and companies will find their audience again. Top lithium producer from China with 1.2 B market cap Ganfeng Lithium is financing our J/V projects in Ireland and Argentina . With our teams on the grounds we are moving fast forward in the development of potential raw materials supply for our strategic partner."

Backed By Warren Buffett China's BYD Takes Aim At Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory In Battery Race.





  Our industry is getting hotter by the day. After Apple Electric iCar rumours running wild and getting more and more confirmation, we have Warren Buffett stepping into the Lithium Battery Race. Now we have Tesla with its Gigafactory, LG Chem with its Megafactory in China and Boston Power with stake holding by or strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium in Lithium Battery Race. BYD with Warren Buffett backing is making this investment landscape even more exciting. As Elon Musk has said: "All transportation, apart from rockets, will be electric" Read more."

  


International Lithium And Ganfeng Lithium: "The End Of The Lithium 'Big 3'.


  "Joe Lowry has published a very interesting article about the lithium market, major producers and rising Chinese powerhouses in lithium industry. You can find now more details on International Lithium strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium. Apple Electric iCar and Warren Buffet BYD move into energy storage to chase Elon Musk with his Tesla Gigafactory bring Lithium back onto the radar screens of investors now. Read more."


International Lithium Corp. and Ganfeng Lithium Commence Work Programs on the Avalonia and Mariana Lithium Projects.







International Business Times:

China Automaker BYD Sees Profits Jump On Stronger Electric Vehicle Demand; BMW Expects China To Soon Surpass US As Largest EV Market

The Chinese electric car market is finally gaining momentum after five years of government incentives. And as the country’s market for battery powered cars grows, one local automaker has the most to gain as urban Chinese drivers move away from gasoline: BYD Co., the Shenzhen-based maker of electric buses and new-energy passenger cars that boasts partial ownership by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
BYD’s share price leaped more than 7 percent on Monday, to 39.50 Hong Kong dollars ($5.09). The stock movement came after the company reported higher revenue, but a steep drop in 2014 profit, in part due to investments in increasing its battery production capabilities. Investors rallied around BYD’s forecast of a steep rise in first quarter earnings thanks to high demand for smartphone batteries, growing Chinese demand for new-energy cars and strong sales for two recently introduced (non-electric) S6 and S7 sport utility vehicles.
The company says it’s ready to focus more on new energy vehicles, which include both fully electric and plug-in electric hybrids, just as the local Chinese market for the vehicles is beginning to take off thanks to government incentives. Sales of new-energy vehicles more than tripled last year, to 74,499 units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. While this is a sliver of the more than 20 million vehicles bought in the country last year, the recent growth in demand is explosive, just as it is globally.
China’s electric car market, “has been elevated to the national strategy level and can look forward to invaluable opportunities for rapid development,” BYD Chairman Wang Chuan-fu said in a letter to shareholders released Sunday.
In its 2014 annual report released Sunday, BYD said profits declined by nearly 22 percent, to $69.8 million) on an 11 percent increase in revenue, to $8.92 billion. But past investment appear to be taking off. BYD says it expects first quarter profit to increase to as much as $24.2 million, from just $1.9 million in the first three months of last year.
The company claims it received more orders last year for its electric and plug-in hybrid cars than it could fulfill with its battery production capacity. Last year the BYD Qin, a plug-in-hybrid the company bills as a sedan that’s powered with “electricity for trips and gasoline for journeys,” became China’s bestselling new-energy vehicle. Much like General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt, the Qin’s appeal to a small group of consumers is its ability to travel short “trips” on electric power alone before switching to gasoline on “journeys.” The Qin boasts an electric-only range of 43 miles before it has to switch to gasoline.
Since 2010, China has tried to encourage wider adoption of electric vehicles, but the effort had yet to yield the expected results of 500,000 new energy vehicles on the road by the end of this year. In order to prime demand, three of China’s largest, smoggiest cities – Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin – offered early last year to subsidize the purchase of Chinese electric and plug-in-hybrid cars, which helped BYD and its two main rivals in the new-energy Chinese car market, SAIC Motor and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile.
These and other incentives appear to be paying off.
Last week, the head of BMW’s China operations said his company expects that by no later than 2020, the mainland will become the world’s largest market for electric cars – a position currently held by the U.S. thanks to its own state and federal incentive programs.  Other automakers, including Volkswagen Group and Tesla Motors are taking heed at the electric car trend in China, and are gearing up for the expected growth spurt.

“We are coming with ours; others are coming as well,” Karsten Engel, BMW’s head of China operations said during an even in Shanghai last Wednesday, according to the South China Morning Post."