ship4.18@ Bald Hill: Lithium concentrate ready to be trucked to Port Esperance for shipment to offtaker Burwill Holdings in China. Photo: CompanyThis month is quite a happening month for Singapore-listed lithium producer Alliance Mineral Assets (AMA).

AMA stock 

36.5 c

52-week range

21 – 46 c

PE (ttm)


Market cap

S$231 m

Shares outstanding

632 million

yield (ttm)


1-year return


Source: Bloomberg

In early May, the first shipment of lithium concentrate from Bald Hill Project -- 50-50 owned by AMA and ASX-listed Tawana Resources -- left for China.

The lithium product -- which has been bought under an offtake agreement with Burwill Holdings -- will be processed in China for use in the making of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

And within weeks of each other, two institutional funds bought significant stakes in AMA, whose Bald Hill Project is the first Australian lithium mine to reach production status since 2016. 

The 2 new substantial shareholders: 



Buy price

Shares bought


Total stake

Regal Funds Management

2 May 2018

33 c

34.17 m



LIM Advisors
(Hong Kong)

21 May 2018

35 c

30.0 m




Just early last year, there were sceptics aplenty -- and the share price was about a third of today's level.
  As funding and infrastructure for the Bald Hill Project made progresse, so did the share price.

And now comes the first wave of institutional funds (with a relatively bigger risk appetite compared to their peers): On 2 May 2018, Regal Funds Management crossed the 5% shareholding threshold with its 34,172,804 shares (a 5.41% stake, to be precise).

Sydney-based Regal had bought the shares at 33 cents apiece via a placement by AMA.

Then a fund in Hong Kong bought 30 million shares from Living Waters Mining (Australia), the investment vehicle of Tjandra Pramoko, the ex-CEO of AMA, and his spouse, Simone Suen.

The shares are held by LIM Asia Special Situations Master Fund Limited, whose investment manager is LIM Advisors, which manages more than US$1 billion of assets.

Substantial Shareholders

Number of shares held

% stake

Burwill Holdings



LIM Advisors



Jonathan Lim 
Keng Hock



Living Waters
Mining (Australia)



Regal Funds Management



The fund paid 35 cents a share in the married deal, raising its holding to 60.35 million shares, or a 9.5% stake in AMA.

Prior to that, LIM Advisors, according to market talk, had bought a load of placement shares, alongside Regal Funds Management, from AMA on 2 May 2018.
Without naming them, AMA had said it had placed out 76,522,804 new shares to 3 "sophisticated and institutional investors in Australia and Hong Kong".

The deals, at 33 cents a share, raised gross proceeds of S$25.3 million.

The two funds' acquisitions of AMA shares came ahead of a major catalyst for the stock -- an announcement, expected within this quarter, of an upgrade to the lithium reserves of Bald Hill Project.

Broker Canaccord Genuity in Australia, in April 2018, estimated that the upgrade could see the life of mine of Bald Hill more than double from 3.6 years currently to ~8 years.

regspencerReg Spencer, analyst, Canaccord Genuity"We continue to see further resource upside at Bald 
Hill, and in our view this is reflected in Tawana's plans to assess a second DMS circuit. 

estimate that this could see concentrate production increase by ~90% to 380ktpa. To maintain an 8 year Reserve life at the expanded rate, Indicated resources would need to increase to ~20Mt, which we don't believe is a low probability outcome given current Ind/Inf Resources of 19Mt, and the under-explored nature of the Bald Hill project area."

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