Albemarle (ALB) Opens Battery Materials Innovation Center

Albemarle Corporation ALB announced the opening of its Battery Materials Innovation Center (“BMIC”) located at its Kings Mountain, NC, facility. The BMIC is projected to be fully operational this month and support Albemarle's lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate and advanced energy storage materials growth platforms.

The BMIC is equipped to facilitate synthesis of new materials, material properties characterization and analysis, material scale-up capabilities as well as material integration into battery cells for performance testing.

The site includes a dry room with a multi-layer pouch cell line that can manufacture cell-phone sized batteries to show critical aspects of battery performance and speed up transition of new products to customers.

The lab will also create lithium metal anode technologies, which will increase battery energy density by using advanced lithium metal rolling to achieve lithium foils 20 microns thin. The team intends to feature lithium foils as thin as 3-5 microns using new technologies presently being developed.

Shares of Albemarle have surged 114.4% in the past year compared with 46.9% rally of the industry.

Zacks Investment ResearchZacks Investment Research
Zacks Investment Research

Image Source: Zacks Investment Research

Albemarle, in its last earnings call, stated that it expects its performance for full-year 2021 to improve modestly on a year-over-year basis on a sustained recovery in global economic activities.

The company expects net sales for 2021 between $3.2 billion and $3.3 billion. Moreover, adjusted EBITDA for the year has been forecast in the range of $810-$860 million. Albemarle also continues to see adjusted earnings per share in the band of $3.25-$3.65 for 2021.

Albemarle Corporation Price and Consensus

Albemarle Corporation Price and ConsensusAlbemarle Corporation Price and Consensus
Albemarle Corporation Price and Consensus

Albemarle Corporation price-consensus-chart | Albemarle Corporation Quote

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Albemarle currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Nucor Corporation NUE, Olin Corporation OLN and Cabot Corporation CBT.

Nucor has a projected earnings growth rate of around 344.9% for the current year. The company’s shares have surged 131.7% in a year. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Olin has an expected earnings growth rate of around 506.7% for the current year. The company’s shares have skyrocketed 309.3% in the past year. It currently sports a Zacks Rank #1.

Cabot has an expected earnings growth rate of around 137.5% for the current fiscal. The company’s shares have surged 53.8% in the past year. It currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1.

Zacks Names “Single Best Pick to Double”

From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all.

You know this company from its past glory days, but few would expect that it’s poised for a monster turnaround. Fresh from a successful repositioning and flush with A-list celeb endorsements, it could rival or surpass other recent Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in a little more than 9 months and Nvidia which boomed +175.9% in one year.

Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

Nucor Corporation (NUE) : Free Stock Analysis Report

Albemarle Corporation (ALB) : Free Stock Analysis Report

Cabot Corporation (CBT) : Free Stock Analysis Report

Olin Corporation (OLN) : Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on Zacks.com click here.

Zacks Investment Research

By Matt Earle

Matthew Earle is the Founder of MiningFeeds. In 2005, Matt founded MiningNerds.com to provide data and information to the mining investment community. This site was merged with Highgrade Review to form MiningFeeds. Matt has a B.Sc. degree with a minor in geology from the University of Toronto.

If you would like to receive our free newsletter via email, simply enter your email address below & click subscribe.

MOST ACTIVE MINING STOCKS

 Daily Gainers

 Lincoln Minerals Limited LML.AX +125.00%
 Golden Cross Resources Ltd. GCR.AX +33.33%
 Casa Minerals Inc. CASA.V +30.00%
 Astro Resources NL ARO.AX +25.00%
 Athena Resources Ltd. AHN.AX +22.22%
 Adavale Resources Limited ADD.AX +22.22%
 Azimut Exploration Inc. AZM.V +21.98%
 New Stratus Energy Inc. NSE.V +21.05%
 Dynasty Gold Corp. DYG.V +18.42%
 Azincourt Energy Corp. AAZ.V +18.18%