Fertilizer prices are at decades high with potash selling for ~$800 per tonne delivered to Brazil supported by fundamentals as global food prices are up ~30% year to date according to the United Nations based on a combination of extreme weather, supply chain issues and worker shortages.
Under this highly positive macro backdrop, Brazil Potash’s Regulation A financing has gone exceptionally well with US$37 million in completed subscription agreements out of which US$33 million have been funded to date and growing. We anticipate raising the full US$50 million approved as the highly regarded investor newsletter writer that launched coverage on our company in October will be back in Brazil early in the new year to update his investor network followed by a second investment newsletter group launching coverage.
In parallel, discussions remain ongoing with multibillion corporations in the agricultural space regarding a cornerstone equity investment to fund a large portion of project construction. We have also started discussions with massive Brazilian farmers and cooperatives regarding offtake agreements to buy our potash as will be required to be in place to secure bank debt for project construction.
Brazil Potash has completed 76 of the 78 items required to obtain the Installation License needed to start project construction. The two outstanding items are both tied to consultations with indigenous people which were approved on November 24th to start after months of preparation and being on hold due to COVID constraints for large group gatherings. These consultations are expected to remain ongoing for several months given the large number of people being consulted from different regions surrounding our project.
Leading these consultations from Brazil Potash’s team is our newly appointed President Brazil, Adriano Espeschit. Adriano is a Brazilian citizen with over 30 years’ experience building and operating mines globally for major company’s including BHP, Vale and Shell Canada. During his career, Adriano has been involved in several successful consultations with indigenous people and has potash experience from his time as Contracts Leader at the Petromisa Potash mine in Brazil. Prior joined Brazil Potash, Adriano was Executive Director of J.Mendo Consultoria, Operations Director of Mirabela Nickel, General Manger of Mouth Keith Nickel Operations for BHP Billiton Australia, Project Leader at Shell Canada where worked with First McKay First Nation and General Manager of the Sossego Project at Vale.
Finally, we are pleased to report that on November 3rd, we obtained the “Exploration Operating License” for our Itapiranga potash discovery. This license allows us to conduct further geological work including drilling and seismic surveys to define a second major potash deposit within the same basin as our existing Autazes project which is exciting. Our team believes the potash basin in northern Brazil is roughly 9,400 square miles in size (MASSIVE) which makes it roughly two thirds the size of the entire Saskatchewan Canada basin in which multibillion company’s including Nutrien, BHP and K+S share the ore body and twice the size of Russia’s Ural basin which hosts multibillion companies Uralkali and Eurochem. Development of another highly economical potash ore body for future expansion could allow us to increase target production from 2.4Mtpa to 5Mtpa with the aim of eventually supplying half of Brazil’s potash needs.
CEO Brazil Potash
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