- Debt due diligence at an advanced stage
- Confirmatory pilot plant test work in South Africa, Australia and Germany
- HPA market study completed
- Technical due diligence at an advanced stage
- Permitting in Malaysia and Australia progressed
Altech has been working exclusively with German KfW IPEX-Bank on project finance structuring. The Company is currently targeting US$70 million of project debt; the majority of which is aimed to be subject to German export credit cover (ECA), typically offered at attractive interest rates and terms; the remainder is expected to be available on normal commercial loan terms.
On 10 August 2016 the appointment of due diligence consultants by Altech and KfW IPEX-Bank was announced. The consultants are engaged to undertake definitive technical, market and legal reviews of the Company's HPA project, with an independent "expert opinion" report presented at the conclusion of the reviews for the benefit of the ECA.
The due diligence consultants completed site visits to Meckering, Fremantle and Perth, Western Australia and to Johor, Malaysia in early August 2016 and their respective initial reviews did not identify any major flaws in the HPA project. However various pilot plant confirmatory test work programs were requested and detailed audits initiated accordingly. The test work programs and audits are now well advanced.
Commenting on the due diligence activities, Altech managing director Iggy Tan said, "The last five months have been extremely busy for the Company as we worked with the various due diligence consultants to complete confirmatory pilot plant test work and respond to a large number of detailed information requests.
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About Altech Chemicals Ltd
HPA is a high-value, high margin and highly demanded product as it is the critical ingredient required for the production of synthetic sapphire. Synthetic sapphire is used in the manufacture of substrates for LED lights, semiconductor wafers used in the electronics industry, and scratch-resistant sapphire glass used for wristwatch faces, optical windows and smartphone components. There is no substitute for HPA in the manufacture of synthetic sapphire.
Global HPA demand is approximately 25,315tpa (2016) and demand is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.7% (2016-2024), primarily driven by the growth in worldwide adoption of LEDs. As an energy efficient, longer lasting and lower operating cost form of lighting, LED lighting is replacing the traditional incandescent bulbs.
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