As the spot uranium price has declined nearly -11% in the last month, prices for uranium shares have risen dramatically.
-Key drivers of uranium equities rally
-Three megatrends supporting uranium
-Spot uranium slides over -7% during 2021
By Mark Woodruff
A sweeping rise in the share prices of current and prospective uranium producers has drawn widespread attention in 2021.
Share prices for a selection of uranium companies tabled weekly by industry consultant TradeTech have all increased over the last four months, some doubling or tripling in that time.
Given the wide variation of assets, production histories and marketing strategies relating to those companies, TradeTech identifies a few key drivers for the share rally.
Firstly, there are supply/demand fundamentals as primary production has been significantly curtailed over the last few years. In addition, some investors believe select companies were undervalued, even in an environment where prevailing prices were below the cost of production for most.
Institutional and retail investors have also directed capital toward clean energy projects, including many related to nuclear power. This has been guided by Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principles, combined with a policy outlook that foresees greater progress in mitigating climate change.
The above share price drivers tally with additional details published this week by investment management firm Shaw and Partners from a recent uranium conference.
Keynote speaker Brandon Munro listed various thematics for the uranium sector including commitments to carbon neutral by leading economies and the electrification of everything, which requires a greater input from nuclear.
Mr Munro, the Chair of the World Nuclear Association nuclear fuel demand working group, also noted the Chinese shift towards technology and a greener economy.
There is also strong interest in small and simpler SMR reactors for generating electricity from nuclear power and for other applications including processing heat and hot electrolysis to produce green hydrogen.
Mr Munro explained that all the supportive thematics were driven by the three megatrends of our time: climate mitigation, expansionary monetary policy and geopolitical tension.
A long-running saga is finally over for Cameco with the rejection of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax appeal.
The Supreme Court of Canada has turned down a request by CRA, which asked the court to hear an appeal regarding Cameco and its use of a foreign subsidiary to sell and trade its uranium.
The dismissal means that the dispute for the 2003, 2005, and 2006 tax years is fully and finally resolved in Cameco’s favor, the company announced on February 18.
ASX-listed Deep Yellow ((DYL)) last week conducted a successful placement to raise $40.8m at $0.65 per share. An additional $2m will be raised via a share purchase plan at the same price.
The funds will be applied to the completion of the Tumas pre-feasibility study, ongoing exploration and advancing targeted M&A opportunities.
The funds raised considerably strengthen the balance sheet with a pro-forma cash balance of $50m.
TradeTech’s Weekly Spot Price Indicator is US$28.25/lb, down -US$1.10 from last week’s Indicator.