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Today I posted my two-hundred-and-forty-third YouTube video: Quick Pick Li-Cycle Holdings

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Today’s Quick Pick is Li-Cycle Holdings (NYSE: LICY). Li-Cycle is in the start-up stage of building a hub and spoke system to recycle lithium batteries. As more electric vehicles enter the market, companies that can recycle the lithium from their batteries have drawn a lot of investment dollars, both because fulfilling the green potential of electric vehicles requires closing the battery loop and because recycling provides a supply increasingly expensive of battery materials such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel. And there are new incentives in the field because the Inflation Reduction Act included money for loans/funding for recycling companies. Most of the new entrants are private. One of the few publicly traded battery recycling companies is Li-Cycle. Li-Cycle started as a SPAC, a formerly popular way to take a company, but now the market is largely shunning SPAC companies out of fear that they will run out of capital before they hit breakeven. However, Li-Cycle just announced it had received conditional approval for a $375 million loan from the Department of Energy, allowing it, by my calculations,  to finish its Rochester hub. The hub recovers marketable lithium, cobalt, and nickel from the black mass that the company collects from batteries. Once the hub is completed, it will go from a cash drain on the balance sheet to a generator of cash. This is a risky stock. The shares are down 57% since I added them to my Millennial Portfolio on November 15, 2021, but they are up 21% for 2023 to date as of March 2. This one is for the strong of stomach willing to take a risk and hold on to it through dips as the company starts to generate revenue and earnings.

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