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Aqua Metals Advances Key Strategic Initiatives During Second Quarter 2022

Company remains on plan for revenue generation in 2023

Second Quarter and Recent Highlights:

  • Aqua Metals has successfully recovered all the high-value metals from used lithium-ion batteries, including high purity lithium hydroxidecopper, nickel, cobalt, and manganese dioxide.
  • Proved at bench scale our clean and economical metals recycling process. 
  • Initiated the deployment of our first lithium-ion recycling pilot operation at our Innovation Center in Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, which will begin operations later this year.
  • Signed a Letter of Intent with Dragonfly Energy Corporation, a leader in lithium-ion deep cycle batteries, Dragonfly would purchase commercial quantities of lithium hydroxide for ongoing development of solid state lithium-ion battery technologies and future manufacturing activities
  • AquaRefining equipment arrived at our first international partner, ACME Metals Enterprise in Taiwan, with commissioning expected later in Q3.
  • 100% of our operations, including offices and the Innovation Center, are and will be 100% powered by renewable energy, reinforcing Aqua Metals’ commitment to the environment.

RENO, Nev., July 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) (“Aqua Metals" or the "Company”), which is reinventing metals recycling with its AquaRefining™ technology, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

“We are developing what we believe is the cleanest and most cost-efficient lithium-ion battery recycling solution that is fundamentally non-polluting, offering a competitive superior metals recycling solution,” commented Steve Cotton, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our progress in the second quarter reinforces our confidence in our path to revenue, through multiple financial strategies and partnerships designed to rapidly grow our business.”

The research team at the Aqua Metals Innovation Center in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center is continuing to advance research and development initiatives to further differentiate the Company’s technology. During the quarter, the Company announced that it had plated high purity cobalt and produced manganese dioxide from lithium-ion battery black mass. With the production of these two materials, the Company has successfully recovered all the high-value metals from used lithium-ion batteries, including lithium hydroxidecopper, and nickel, proving at bench scale the clean and economical metals recycling process. Based on the successful results to date, the Company has initiated the deployment of a lithium-ion battery recycling pilot at its Innovation Center that will be installed, commissioned, and begin operations later this year. Aqua Metals also announced it signed a Letter of Intent to partner with Dragonfly Energy, an innovative company that recognizes AquaRefining’s superior, high-value Li recovery approach with the lowest environmental footprint of any technology currently under development.

During the second quarter of 2022, the shipments of our third-generation (version 1.5) PB AquaRefining Aqualyzers arrived at ACME Metals. Installation and commissioning will begin in Q3 of 2022

2022 Q2 Financial Results

During the second quarter of 2022, Aqua Metals continued to focus on research and development activities to enhance its ability to recycle metals found in lithium-ion batteries and the preparation of commissioning of the ACME Metals’ facility. The Company was not in commercial production during 2022 and, as a result, generated no significant revenue during the quarter.

Cost of product sales decreased by approximately 51% during the quarter to $1.0 million compared to $2.1 million in Q2 2021. The cost of product sales decreased during Q2 2022 due to wrapping up the plant clean-up project.

Research and development costs included expenditures related to improving the Lithium-ion battery AquaRefining technology. Research and development increased approximately 196% during the second quarter compared to the three months ended June 30, 2021. Research and development is a crucial part of our business strategy and includes our focus on continuous product improvement of the Company's proprietary technology for LAB recycling and further advancing our development related to the application of AquaRefining to recycling lithium-ion batteries. These costs also include expenditures toward building our pilot plant, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.

General and administrative expenses increased approximately 12% for the three months ended June 20, 2022, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2021. Increases in general and administrative expenses included changes in stock-based compensation and an increase in professional fees. 

For the second quarter of 2022, the Company had an operating loss of $4.0 million, compared to an operating loss of $4.4 million for the second quarter of 2021. The net loss for the second quarter of 2022 was $3.2 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $8.0 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021.

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had $6.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss those results and corporate developments at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) the same day. Investors can access the live call by dialing (877)-407-9708 toll free or (201)-689-8259 for international callers. Participants have the option of attending the earnings call online by accessing the following link:

The results call will include PowerPoint presentation slides, so if you do listen via telephone, please log in online to view those slides. A live webcast or replay of the earnings conference call is also available via the company website, and can be found at the following link: A telephone replay will be available until January 11, 2023, by dialing (877)-660-6853 or (201)-612-7415 and using Pin Number 13731415.

About Aqua Metals

Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQMS) is reinventing metals recycling with its patented hydrometallurgical AquaRefining™ technology. Unlike smelting, AquaRefining is a room temperature, water-based process that emits less pollution. The modular Aqualyzers™ cleanly generate ultra-pure metal one atom at a time, closing the sustainability loop for the rapidly growing energy storage economy. The Company’s offerings include equipment supply, services, and licensing of the AquaRefining technology to recyclers across the globe. Aqua Metals is based in Reno, Nevada. To learn more, please visit

Aqua Metals Social Media

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Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Aqua Metals, Inc. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that contain words such as "expects," "contemplates," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "believes", "estimates", "potential" and variations of such words or similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes, or that do not relate to historical matters. The forward-looking statements in this press release include our expectations for our Aqua Metals Innovation Center, our ability to develop our AquaRefining technologies for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries and the expected benefits of our Innovation Center, the recycling of lithium-ion batteries and our deployment of AquaRefining technology and equipment to our Taiwan partner’s facility. Those forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Among those factors are: (1) the risk that we may not derive the expected benefits from our Aqua Metals Innovation Center; (2) the risk we may not be able to recycle lithium-ion batteries using our AquaRefining process or, if we do, derive the expected benefits from such recycling; (3) the risk that we may experience COVID-19 related delays in deploying equipment and technology to our Taiwan partner; (4) the risk that licensees may refuse or be slow to adopt our AquaRefining process as an alternative to smelting in spite of the perceived benefits of AquaRefining; (5) the risk that we may not realize the expected economic benefits from any licenses we may enter into; (6) the risk that we may not be able to access additional capital, through the sale of our TRIC facilities and equipment or otherwise, as and when needed and (7) those other risks disclosed in the section "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 24, 2022. Aqua Metals cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur, except as required by law.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    June 30, 2022     December 31, 2021  
Current assets                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 6,425     $ 8,137  
Accounts receivable     234       269  
Lease receivable, current portion     16,037       920  
Inventory     28       123  
Assets held for sale     1,100       2,633  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     310       356  
Total current assets     24,134       12,438  
Non-current assets                
Property and equipment, net     3,308       2,367  
Intellectual property, net     550       640  
Investment in LINICO     2,000       1,500  
Lease receivable, non-current portion           15,528  
Other assets     893       796  
Total non-current assets     6,751       20,831  
Total assets   $ 30,885     $ 33,269  
Current liabilities                
Accounts payable   $ 898     $ 685  
Accrued expenses     2,331       3,005  
Lease liability, current portion     288       388  
Total current liabilities     3,517       4,078  
Building purchase deposit     1,250       1,328  
Lease liability, non-current portion     434       330  
Total liabilities     5,201       5,736  
Commitments and contingencies                
Stockholders’ equity                
Common stock; $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 75,772,815 and 70,416,552 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively     76       70  
Additional paid-in capital     217,030       211,309  
Accumulated deficit     (191,422 )     (183,846 )
Total stockholders’ equity     25,684       27,533  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 30,885     $ 33,269  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Product sales   $ 4     $     $ 4     $  
Operating cost and expense                                
Cost of product sales     1,048       2,138       2,043       3,749  
Research and development cost     521       176       1,072       465  
General and administrative expense     2,390       2,129       5,154       4,428  
Total operating expense     3,959       4,443       8,269       8,642  
Loss from operations     (3,955 )     (4,443 )     (8,265 )     (8,642 )
Other income and (expense)                                
Insurance proceeds net of related expenses           460             448  
PPP loan forgiveness           201             332  
Gain (loss) on disposal of property and equipment     739       (4,254 )     590       (4,254 )
Interest expense     (12 )     (4 )     (12 )     (9 )
Interest and other income     62       24       113       25  
Total other income (expense), net     789       (3,573 )     691       (3,458 )
Loss before income tax expense     (3,166 )     (8,016 )     (7,574 )     (12,100 )
Income tax expense                 (2 )     (2 )
Net loss   $ (3,166 )   $ (8,016 )   $ (7,576 )   $ (12,102 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted     75,215,009       68,152,296       73,584,761       67,518,650  
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.18 )

Contact: Glen Akselrod, Bristol Capital
(905) 326-1888, Ext. 1

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