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finance & economyAugust 4, 2022

Nexeon Raises Over $200m to Fund Battery Materials Manufacturing


Further to the announcement of its strategic partnership with and investment from SKC on 26 January 2022, Nexeon, a leading battery materials developer and manufacturer has completed the second close of its fundraise resulting in a total investment of US$170m. Additionally, a further US$50m of commercial investments is being made in Nexeon’s technologies as a consequence of the investment round.The capital raised will provide Nexeon with further resources to accelerate the expansion of its own manufacturing capabilities to mass produce tens of thousands of metric tonnes annually of its silicon-based anode materials for use in rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries.Nexeon is already supplying a number of Tier 1 global battery manufacturers and OEMs. It is also actively engaged with emerging regional players as the electric vehicle market develops new supply chains for their products.Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT), which provides products and technologies that purify, protect, and enhance the world around us, is the latest cornerstone strategic investor to join a strong shareholder group with extensive manufacturing and automotive market experience.Erik Ripple, a Senior Vice President at Ingevity, has been appointed to the Nexeon board – see separate announcement.GLY Mobility Fund and Korean private equity investors Daishin Private Equity and Shinhan Investments also participated in the second close of the round which raised a further US$90 million.The first close of the investment round, which raised US$80 million was led by SKC, one of Korea’s leading advanced materials companies, along with private equity firm SJL.Scott Brown, Nexeon Chief Executive, commented,“These substantial multinational strategic investors and partners are a strong endorsement of our technology, capabilities and our vision – to produce class leading battery materials, making for a more sustainable and efficient world.“This oversubscribed funding round and other investments provide us with all the resources we need to execute on the manufacturing strategy for our game changing battery technology. We have already doubled in size this year as we have started to scale up.“Lithium-ion is the dominant battery technology for portable device applications, particularly the electric vehicle market. We see wide-ranging market opportunities for our products given the continued improvement in battery technology, environmental pressures and new and widening market opportunities to address growing demand in all walks of life.”John Fortson, Ingevity Corporation Chief Executive, commented,“We are very excited to partner with Nexeon to advance technologies that will increase the efficiency and durability of lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles and other consumer electronics, and ultimately contribute to efforts to protect our environment.“This partnership expands applications for Ingevity’s activated carbon and creates significant opportunity for market growth.”Note to editorsNexeon (nexeon.co.uk) is a leading international developer and manufacturer of breakthrough silicon-based anode materials for rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. These are fundamental to the establishment of a carbon neutral and sustainable environment.Nexeon’s battery materials enable rapid charging and extremely high energy density, making the battery lighter, smaller and more cost effective. Higher energy density batteries significantly enhance performance for an increasing range of diverse consumer and commercial markets, including electric vehicles.Nexeon is based in Oxfordshire with operations in Japan. It has a well-established multi-disciplinary technical team with a wide range of expertise.Ingevity (www.ingevity.com.) provides products and technologies that purify, protect, and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, we develop, manufacture and bring to market solutions that help customers solve complex problems and make the world more sustainable.We operate in two reporting segments: Performance Chemicals, which includes specialty chemicals and engineered polymers; and Performance Materials, which includes high-performance activated carbon. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks, coatings, elastomers, bioplastics and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions.Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,850 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT).HSBC Bank plc (“HSBC”), which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, is acting as financial adviser to Nexeon Ltd and no one else in connection with the matters described in this Announcement and will not be responsible to anyone other than Nexeon Ltd for providing the protections afforded to clients of HSBC, or for providing advice in connection with the matters referred to herein. Neither HSBC nor any of its group undertakings or affiliates owes or accepts any duty, liability or responsibility whatsoever (whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, in tort, under statute or otherwise) to any person who is not a client of HSBC in connection with this Announcement or any matter referred to herein. 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