Lithium & Battery Tech ETF

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ETF blog logoBatteries have a growing importance in our lives. From mobile phones, laptops and of course, the largest new trend is electric vehicles that require sizeable batteries to enable range and large battery storage for renewable power.

For investors looking to benefit from this trend the main batteries being used are lithium-ion, a technology that has been around since 1985. Their stability and ability to be small in size have seen them take over as the world’s preferred battery technology. Between 1991 and 2018 the price for a lithium-ion battery (in dollars per kWh) fell around 97% while energy density increased three-fold. we see this best in our ever-shrinking movie phones.

However, accessing lithium is not easy for a local investor even though there are some mining companies in the space, most notable locally we have Sibanye-Stillwater*. Sibanye-Stillwater is increasing its stake in Keliber, a Finnish mining and battery chemical company. But this will take some years before production and is currently only a small part of the overall Sibanye-Stillwater group.

This Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) focuses on lithium as the input as well as the finished profit, that is battery technology.

The top holding at just over 10% is Albemarle, a global speciality chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine, refining catalysts and applied surface treatments.

EVE Energy as the second largest holding is a storage battery manufacturer as is the third largest, BYD Company.

The Top 10 holdings are as below;

Lithium & Battery Tech ETF top 10 holdings

Lithium & Battery Tech ETF top 10 holdings

Interestingly the top country is China at almost 50% while the US is second at just below 17%.

Our view?

I like this. Battery tech, and lithium, are definitely a large part of our future. The journey will be bumpy and new battery types may emerge in time, but for a long-term hold, this is a great-looking ETF. As the chart below shows, it has been doing well as of late after many years of going nowhere.

LIT ETF 10 year chart

LIT ETF 10 year chart

Simon Brown

* The writer holds shares in Sibanye-Stillwater


ETF name Lithium & Battery Tech ETF
NYSE code LIT
ETF issuer Global X
Issue date 22 July 2010
Total investment cost (TER) 0.75%
ETF Benchmark Solactive Global Lithium Index
Tax-free savings account No – offshore
Number of holdings 39
Market cap US$4.33billion
Performance 1 year (annualised) +0.48%
Performance 3 years (annualised) +41.64%
Performance 5 years (annualised) +22.24%
Performance 10 years (annualised) +10.91%
Dividend yield 0.29%


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