In my previous article I detailed my research into Mpac’s battery cell manufacturing prospects, referring in my conclusion to “interim developments that could be announced at any time“.
On Wednesday (29/6/2022) FREYR announced that they had sanctioned construction of their first gigafactory. This will now be called “Giga Arctic”, a vast improvement on the old name of “Combined Gigafactories 1&2”.
In my previous article I looked at Mpac from the perspective of information published by them, including a run down of all the things that could go wrong with their contract with FREYR. Here I reveal the fruits of further research into that contract.
Sources of information
The other parties to the contract are FREYR, but also indirectly 24M from whom FREYR licence their technology. And it appears that 24M were instrumental in Mpac getting the contract – from the original announcement:
The purpose of this article is to provide a catch-up of what has been happening at packaging machinery supplier Mpac. You can find all my past articles on it here, although I haven’t written about it for a while, for reasons explained here.
I’m going to concentrate on four updates as illustrative of what is going on at Mpac, and which may also cast some light on my investment process with read-across to other companies. You will find links to the announcements in the headings. Since writing this article I have done further research on the FREYR battery contract and this will be the subject of another piece to be published imminently.
Physical Mello is by far the leading conference for serious private investors. As well as keynote speakers and panel discussions, around 40 companies present at each event.
The last time it ran in November 2019 I briefly summarised every company attending in this article. This proved very useful to help me prepare and I hope it was useful for others also. It also helped me trade the “Mello Effect” sometimes seen when investors buy after a good presentation.
As I said in my previous article, most of my investment commentary is now posted to Small Caps Live, a Discord chat server. In the last week or so we’ve made some major improvements which means I can now recommend as a place that all UK Smallcap investors would benefit from by addressing the two issues people have raised with me.
Most of my commentary over the last couple of years has been via Small Caps Live Discord chat and summarised (for me) in the Small Caps Life Substack emails. I’ve also made a few contributions on Mello Monday and PI World. I’ve lead-organised three physical Small Caps Live meets, the latest of which was last month. Every month I tweet my current holdings which forms a notional portfolio that you can monitor in real time here, Google Finance permitting. I also go to a physical meeting of local investors one evening a month. And of course, I have also been investing full time and (on average) making money.
What I haven’t been doing much is posting on this blog. This is a pity because this is objectively the best format for more substantive posts. I’ve had a good think about different media for sharing investment thoughts and summarised here:
Some major improvements have been made recently to the Small Caps Live Discord server that I run together with Mark Simpson, focused around making it more suitable for investors that just wish to discuss investing, or just UK Smallcaps, or just some specific shares they own. If you found it too noisy before then I would urge you to try it again, using the Mute and Notification controls on channels and sections you are / are not interested in. It is also the best platform to contact me by direct message, although I also regularly monitor twitter.
Going forward I intend to continue to write mostly on Small Caps Live. The combination of immediacy, feedback, and the ability to edit is an ideal combination for me to comment on news and other developments. But it isn’t the best medium for longer pieces detailing the investment case, or communicating a considered response to a more complex piece of news. Accordingly I will also be making the time to write substantive articles here, on my blog.