S&P Global Core Battery Metals ETF

The first ETF to invest only in companies mining battery metals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Global demand is soaring for the battery metals lithium, nickel and cobalt.

  • Driving that demand is rapid growth in the electric vehicle, consumer electronics and energy storage industries, which all rely heavily on lithium-ion batteries.

  • ION is the first ETF to invest only in companies mining battery metals.


Soaring Demand for Batteries and the Metals that Make Them

An energy revolution is underway, driving a huge surge in demand for the lithium-ion batteries used to power electric vehicles (EVs), consumer  electronics, and the energy storage industry. In turn, the need for these  batteries is fueling demand for lithium, nickel and cobalt metals needed to manufacture them.

As global lithium-ion battery manufacturing continues to take off, and demand for these critical metals soars, a potentially exciting investment opportunity is emerging.



Powering the Battery Revolution

Global battery demand is expected to grow at a 25% annual rate until 2030.1 But what is behind the battery-power surge? Here are three main drivers:


Electric Vehicles


Consumers and automakers are turning to EVs, as governments around the world put policies in place to reduce or even eliminate fossil-fuel vehicle sales.

Over 50% of passenger vehicle sales could be EVs by 2035.2

56 million EVs could be sold annually by 2040.1

Consumer Electronics


Smartphone, laptop and other portable consumer electronics growth—particularly in developing nations—is on the rise with tremendous room for growth.

Consider the smartphone ownership rates in four of the world's most populous countries:3


China: 66% | India: 35% | Indonesia: 62% | Pakistan: 21%

Energy Storage


The use of home and commercial lithium-ion battery storage to store excess solar, wind and other types of power for later consumption is expanding.

Global energy storage is currently a $9 billion industry.4

The global energy storage industry is expected to grow ~3X by 2029.4


Tapping Into the Battery Metals Miners Opportunity


Focusing on the miners may be an effective way for investors to capitalize on the growing demand for battery power.

Miners May Benefit from Supply and Demand Imbalance

The limited supply of metals critical to manufacturing lithium-ion batteries is being significantly outpaced by demand. This could lead to sustained shortages potentially beneficial to battery metal miners, who control the rights to those resources.

  • Even though lithium production more than doubled to 100,000 metric tons over the last decade,365,000 additional metric tons was needed to meet 2021 demand.6

  • Experts suggest the world could face lithium-ion battery metals shortages by 2025.7


Miners Have Demonstrated Appealing Investment Characteristics

The mining industry has high barriers to entry. Building a new mine requires government cooperation and often faces environmental or regulatory hurdles. It also requires enormous capital investment, making it hard for new players to come into the space.

Miners have generally been profitable. They have already been producing attractive margins, in contrast to the generally unprofitable EV manufacturers and others in the battery supply chain.


Miners Have Solid Business Models

Miners generally have business models with operating leverage that lets them scale operations in response to market forces.

  • When demand and prices are high, they may ramp up production to increase potential earnings and profit margins.

  • When prices fall, they may reduce production or stockpile metals for processing later when prices increase.

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  • Investment Objective

    ProShares S&P Global Core Battery Metals ETF seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, that track the performance of the S&P Global Core Battery Metals Index.

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The index is designed to track the performance of companies involved in the battery supply chain that are engaged in the mining of lithium, nickel or cobalt as determined by the index methodology.

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S&P Global Core Battery Metals ETF

The first ETF to invest only in companies mining battery metals.

Sources: 1S&P Dow Jones Indices, “Battery Metals”, August 2021. 2Bloomberg NEF, “Electric Vehicle Outlook 2022” and, “Electric Cars and Batteries: How Will the World Produce Enough?” 8/17/21.” 3Statista, “Penetration rate of smartphones in selected countries 2021,” October 2022, and “Twenty countries with the largest population in mid 2021,” June 2022. 4Fortune Business Insights, March 2022. 5ProShares and U.S. Geological Survey, “Mine production of lithium worldwide from 2010 to 2021,” January 2022. 6ProShares and Statista, “Projection of worldwide lithium demand from 2019 to 2030,” March 2022. 7IEA, “Electric cars fend off supply challenges to more than double global sales,” January 2022.

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Any forward-looking statements herein are based on expectations of ProShare Advisors LLC at this time. ProShare Advisors LLC undertakes no duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investing is currently subject to additional risks and uncertainties related to COVID-19, including general economic, market and business conditions; changes in laws or regulations or other actions made by governmental authorities or regulatory bodies; and world economic and political developments.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. This ProShares ETF is subject to certain risks, including the risk that the fund may not track the performance of the index and that the fund’s market price may fluctuate, which may decrease performance. Please see summary and full prospectuses for a more complete description of risks. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.

Companies engaged in battery metals mining are subject to various risks, including: changes in the supply of and demand for battery metals; price changes resulting from inflation and inflation expectations; supply chain and other disruptions due to changing world events, economic conditions and political risks; currency fluctuations; regulatory and legislative scrutiny of the environmental impact of battery metal mining; and risks associated with the development of mineral deposits.

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