NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Highpower International (HPJ) skyrocketed 44.1% to $4.54 just before noon on Tuesday after the company, which produces and sells rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries, announced its first-ever order for large format lithium batteries.
Huizhou Yipeng Energy Technology, a system integrator that serves several large bus manufacturers throughout China, will use the batteries in its electric buses. The order marks Highpower's first major entry into the electric vehicle market. As part of the deal, Highpower will deliver two formats of product, including 16-ampere-hour and 20-ampere-hour NCM lithium polymer batteries that have passed the quality test from China National Quality Center and Huizhou Yipeng.
The company expects sales to Huizhou Yipeng to range between $4 million and $5 million in the fiscal year 2014.
Some of China's most well-known brands of hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric buses will use the batteries. The company's press release estimates each hybrid electric bus will use 96 of the 16-ampere-hour batteries, while each plug-in hybrid electric bus will use 288 of the 20-ampere-hour batteries.
TheStreet Ratings team rates HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate HIGHPOWER INTERNATIONAL INC (HPJ) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."