FYI receives positive ESG rating from Sustainalytics

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By Trevor Hoey. Published at Jun 16, 2021, in Technology

FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI; OTCQB: FYIRF; FSE: SDL) has received an impressive initial result for its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating, rewarding the initiatives management has undertaken in order to develop a strong and professional corporate culture, ideals that are being increasingly recognised across the investment community at retail and institutional levels.

FYI is positioning itself to be a significant producer of 4N and 5N HPA in the rapidly developing high-tech product markets.

HPA is increasingly becoming the primary sought-after input material for certain high-tech products principally for its unique properties, characteristics and chemical elements that address those applications’ high specification requirements such as LED’s and other sapphire glass products.

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) refer to the three central criteria of the sustainability and societal impact of a company.

Analysis of these criteria is considered to help to better determine the future financial performance and potential investment merit in a company and to promote a sustainable business model while also assisting with the company’s contribution in fundamentally reshaping the global economy with a change to its attitude and mindset via the goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

The independent ESG rating service company, Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Inc company, provides a best-in-class analysis and methodology to measure a company’s exposure to industry specific ESG risks and consequently rates how well a company manages those risks.

The ratings are comparable across peers and sub-industries.

ESG recognition comes on the back of MSCI inclusion

It was just last month that FYI’s investment credentials received another lift with the group being added to the MSCI Australia Micro Cap Index which is designed to measure the performance of the microcap segment of companies traded on the ASX.

This was the catalyst for a 10% share price increase with investors realising that inclusion in the MSCI would provide increased exposure to global institutions and investment markets and the potential for liquidity to increase, providing better access to capital sources and the ability to negotiate finance on competitive terms.

However, even after this rerating, FYI presents as undervalued with its market capitalisation of approximately $200 million failing to capture the compelling metrics of its High Purity Alumina Project.

It is worth noting that FYI’s shares are trading close to their 12 month high, and with the company undertaking inclusive negotiations with Alcoa Australia Ltd regarding a possible High Purity Alumina Project Joint Venture a potential development is looming that would have a decided impact on the company’s share price.

FYI measured against 14,000 global industry participants

Harking back to the ESG evaluation process, Sustainalytics has calculated FYI’s initial ESG rating measured against their universe of approximately 14,000 global industry participants, including a sub-industry category of 153 direct peer and competitor companies.

FYI will apply both an ESG and economic overlay to the company to ensure long-term sustainable and shareholder value is created via the development of its innovative, high quality, ultra-pure HPA project.

Sustainalytics has calculated FYI’s initial ESG rating based on the group’s stringent evaluation process.

FYI achieved an impressive overall ESG rating of 28.0 (out of 100) and a ranking of 9th out of 153 peers, placing it in the top 6th percentile.

The company was top-ranked in three categories and top 5 ranking in a further five categories.

This ranking equated to an adjusted “Medium” score, and it is important to note that no company in the peer group achieved a “Low” score due to Sustainalytic’s strict analysis methodology.

Reaffirming FYI’s dedicated commitment to ESG principles, managing Director Roland Hill said, “FYI is committed to developing and continuing a strong corporate culture to implement our ESG objectives.

"FYI’s goal is to efficiently manage and grow our business under a defined ESG framework and to progressively improve the company and its ESG standards.

"It is pleasing then, to receive our inaugural ESG rating from a globally respected agency.

"The rating itself is outstanding in the context of our peer group results and provides an excellent platform on which FYI can develop and improve our ESG aspirations.’’

Importantly, the company’s ESG framework not only provides transparency over its own ESG management and activities, it also includes full traceability of the group’s entire integrated supply chain, allowing for confident verification of the quality and ethical origins of its HPA.

The following table underlines FYI’s performance across the various categories.

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