Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Organization and Operations

Organization and Operations
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  

1.         Organization and Operations


Aqua Metals, Inc. (the “Company”) was incorporated in Delaware and commenced operations on June 20, 2014 (inception). On January 27, 2015, the Company formed two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Aqua Metals Reno, Inc. (“AMR”), and Aqua Metals Operations, Inc. (collectively, the “Subsidiaries”), both incorporated in Delaware. The Company is reinventing lead recycling with its patent-pending AquaRefiningTM technology. Unlike smelting, AquaRefining is a room temperature, water-based process that is fundamentally non-polluting. These modular systems allow the lead-acid battery industry to simultaneously improve environmental impact and scale production to meet demand. The Company intends to manufacture the equipment it has developed and pursue the development of lead acid battery recycling facilities, both directly and through licensing or joint development arrangements. The Company commenced the shipment of products for sale, consisting of lead compounds and plastics in April 2017 and to the date of this report all revenue has been derived from the sale of lead compounds and plastics.


Liquidity and Management Plans


The Company completed the development of our first LAB recycling facility at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (“TRIC”) and commenced production during the first quarter of 2017. The TRIC facility will produce recycled lead, consisting of lead compounds, ingoted hard lead and ingoted AquaRefined lead as well as plastic.


The Company generated revenues of $2.1 million during 2017 and had net losses of $26.6 million, $13.6 million and $12.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. As of December 31, 2017, the Company’s cash balance was $22.8 million. The Company believes that its working capital is sufficient to fund the commissioning and commencement of commercial operations of 16 AquaRefining modules and its commercial operations at TRIC through, at least, December 2018, assuming the successful commercial rollouts of the 16 AquaRefining modules.