How did ASX lithium stocks react to Pilbara Minerals’ extraordinary auction result?
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The miner sold an 8,000t SC5.5 spodumene cargo for an extraordinary $US2,240/t.
That essentially doubles the $US1,250/tonne received via the inaugural auction held late July.
It also sits well up on average recorded prices across the industry this month of between $US650-900/tonne (FOB Australia).
The first Pilbara lithium auction set the market alight because it gave punters a rare look inside the traditionally opaque lithium market.
It also suggested that lithium shortages, which were supposed to start kicking in around 2023-2024, are happening right now.
There was a rush to the doors for lithium stock exposure in August. How did lithium stocks respond this time?
The reaction was more subdued, but still overwhelmingly positive.
27 of the 41 stocks – or 65% — on our list finished in the green. Eight made gains of 10% or more.
Just five stocks lost ground, all by 5% or less.
|CODE||COMPANY||1 DAY RETURN %||1 WEEK RETURN %||1 MONTH RETURN %||6 MONTH RETURN %||1 YEAR RETURN %||LAST SP||MARKET CAP|
|ESS||Essential Metals||24||33||18||126||174||0.26||$ 49,900,194.54|
|PSC||Prospect Res||21||28||24||171||207||0.46||$ 145,738,943.30|
|INF||Infinity Lithium||16||20||15||-32||24||0.115||$ 39,888,541.04|
|EUR||European Lithium||14||10||27||40||107||0.095||$ 86,829,255.13|
|SYA||Sayona Mining||13||13||21||481||1902||0.175||$ 949,101,458.48|
|RLC||Reedy Lagoon Corp.||13||-4||23||13||108||0.027||$ 12,960,627.98|
|QPM||Queensland Pacific||9||9||20||161||1261||0.245||$ 305,012,954.48|
|PLS||Pilbara Min||8||14||5||136||673||2.45||$ 6,634,094,415.82|
|AML||Aeon Metals .||8||0||-5||-43||-61||0.057||$ 41,124,387.26|
|LTR||Liontown Resources||7||42||66||230||832||1.585||$ 2,816,591,692.75|
|GLN||Galan Lithium||6||9||-5||137||721||1.15||$ 292,947,032.16|
|AVZ||AVZ Minerals||6||6||10||46||329||0.27||$ 820,634,033.40|
|TNG||TNG Limited||5||5||2||-11||10||0.088||$ 104,957,751.36|
|EMH||European Metals Hldg||5||8||-20||-1||298||1.67||$ 207,496,684.18|
|LIT||Lithium Australia NL||4||4||-14||4||140||0.125||$ 118,124,730.84|
|AGY||Argosy Minerals||3||-3||10||62||262||0.17||$ 206,294,831.16|
|ORE||Orocobre Limited||2||1||3||105||268||9.78||$ 6,089,283,050.64|
|CXO||Core Lithium||2||26||26||107||1038||0.455||$ 688,819,917.96|
|PLL||Piedmont Lithium Inc||2||-3||-11||-17||694||0.77||$ 435,539,945.50|
|VUL||Vulcan Energy||0||12||10||170||1591||15.9||$ 1,729,782,687.60|
|JRL||Jindalee Resources||0||-8||-15||116||687||3.29||$ 175,699,048.14|
|ASN||Anson Resources||0||7||-4||34||479||0.11||$ 98,852,340.62|
|IGO||IGO Limited||0||1||-1||53||114||9.79||$ 7,413,651,889.27|
|LPI||Lithium Pwr Int||0||0||-5||11||94||0.3||$ 104,630,954.40|
|AJM||Altura Mining||0||0||0||0||0||0.07||$ 209,037,029.25|
|TKL||Traka Resources||0||-7||0||-22||-26||0.014||$ 8,709,510.52|
|MLS||Metals Australia||0||0||0||-33||-33||0.002||$ 8,454,376.09|
|MIN||Mineral Resources.||0||1||-15||31||92||52.42||$ 9,910,859,073.28|
|CHR||Charger Metals||-2||-7||-15||0.585||$ 19,058,465.83|
|LKE||Lake Resources||-3||-6||-19||44||1132||0.505||$ 576,811,820.00|
|AAJ||Aruma Resources||-3||-7||1||52||-35||0.088||$ 11,462,496.77|
|PAM||Pan Asia Metals||-5||-30||157||239||0.475||$ 34,329,322.00|
|ARN||Aldoro Resources||-5||-11||-28||126||319||0.44||$ 40,879,818.89|
Market Cap: $60 million
Cash in Bank: $5.65m (at June 30) plus $5m placement (at August 4)
ESS is all cashed up to advance the ‘Pioneer Dome’ lithium project, 150km south of Kalgoorlie in WA, over the coming financial year.
Feasibility studies will kick off once resources – currently 11.2Mt @ 1.21% lithium (Li2O) – “are of sufficient size”, the company says.
A ~6,000m drilling campaign wrapped up late August, with assays pending.
Market Cap: $174 million
Cash in Bank: $7.9 million (at June 30)
PSC’s flagship project is the advanced 72.7 million tonne hard rock ‘Arcadia’ asset, located on the outskirts of Harare in Zimbabwe.
The near-term developer is on the lookout for a partner to develop and fund the project after “multiple enquiries” from “a range of international parties”.
The project’s DFS was updated in 2019, outlining a low-cost, +15-year project with a pre-tax internal rate of return of 71% and payback within 18 months of first production.
Prospect is currently optimising a definitive feasibility study looking into two options.
The first is a two-stage development with a total run rate of 2.4 million tonnes per annum which will have lower initial capital intensity.
The second is a single stage development that provides greater efficiencies and economic returns at a higher upfront cost.
The studies will be completed in the September and December quarters, respectively.
Market Cap: $44.5 million
Cash in Bank: $19 million (at June 30)
INF’s chances of developing its 75% owned San José lithium project in Spain are looking a little grim after the local government rejected an appeal against the recent denial of the project’s all important Investigation Permit Valdeflórez (PIV) research permit.
The company “strongly disputes” the validity of the decision and is advancing permitting with the view to lodging mining and environmental applications in 2022.
San José, the second largest JORC hard rock lithium deposit in the EU, was expected to produce 15,000 tonnes per annum lithium hydroxide over 30 years.
Market Cap: $99 million
Cash in Bank: $5.4 million (at June 30) plus $6.5 million placement (at August 10)
EUR wants production at the flagship ‘Wolfsberg’ lithium project in Austria to kick in 2023.
In August, it completed its major Phase 2 drilling program at Wolfsberg, where it is has set a target of upgrading its resource to 11 million tonnes at a grade of 1% lithium oxide.
A DFS for the project is expected to be completed in April of next year.
Market Cap: $27 million
Cash in Bank: $6.5 million
BMM, recently spun out of Jadar Resources (ASX:JDR), is about to drill the ‘Rekovac’ lithium project in the little-known jurisdiction of Serbia.
The project “has similar geological settings” to Rio Tinto’s world-class Jadar discovery, the company says.
The stock is currently selling for ~ 70.5c – a 320% gain on its IPO price of 20c per share.