Livent beats profit estimates, raises forecast on higher lithium demand

Lithium producer Livent Corp’s processing plant is observed in Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina, U.S. July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder

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Might 3 (Reuters) – Livent Corp (LTHM.N) on Tuesday posted a improved-than-anticipated quarterly income and bolstered its 2022 profits forecast as it benefited from better demand from customers for lithium utilised in electric-car or truck batteries, sending its shares surging 14%.

The Philadelphia-based organization now expects annual revenue of $755 million to $835 million from its past forecast of $540 million to $600 million.

Lithium prices have hit document highs as need for the EV battery steel has surged amid world wide endeavours to decarbonize automobiles to tackle climate adjust.

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Previously this thirty day period, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Government Elon Musk said lithium is “a limiting factor” in the development of EVs as he encouraged businesses to enter the lithium sector to acquire benefit of larger costs.

Livent posted a internet financial gain of $53.2 million, or 28 cents per share, for the 1st quarter, in comparison with a decline of $800,000, or 1 cent for every share, a calendar year before

Excluding things, the organization attained 21 cents for each share, beating analysts’ anticipations of 14 cents for every share, according to Refinitiv details.

“Powerful lithium demand from customers growth has ongoing in 2022,” mentioned Livent CEO Paul Graves in a assertion, incorporating that Livent saw increased realized charges across its overall product portfolio.

Revenue rose 56% to $143.5 million. Analysts on ordinary were being anticipating revenue of $140.15 million.

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Reporting by Ruhi Soni in Bengaluru Enhancing by Aditya Soni

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