• Canaccord is predicting H2 rebound for lithium pricing
  • Even permabear Morgan Stanley admits lithium is “looking up”
  • Here are the top five ASX stocks by upside mentioned by Canaccord its May 5 note


When Canaccord Genuity talks about lithium people listen, says respected former investment banker, analyst, and lithium market commentator Howard Klein.

“No broker has covered lithium longer, has as big research coverage or done more equity placement,” he tweets.

“Seems they were waiting for a bounce to call the bottom.”

Which Canaccord have, in a May 5 note.

“We think the recent lows in reported Chinese chemical pricing of ~US$23/t are not sustainable, nor reflective of the overall market and outlook, and on a medium-term view see reasons to be optimistic for a Chinese-led recovery from 2H’23,” it says.

“Lithium equities are down 25-30% on average since 2022 high reflecting weaker pricing.

“The potential for price rises into 2H’23 represents a …powerful catalyst for shares, in our view.”

It supports late April commentary from hard rock colossus Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) which also pencilled in a potential rebound for the second half of the year.

And how’s this — even permabear Morgan Stanley admits lithium is “looking up”.

“Lithium prices are bouncing after a 5-month selloff, as sentiment is improving, midstream inventories have fallen and actual supply growth has disappointed so far this year,” MS writes, also in a May 5 note.

“We see some upside risk to our 2H23 base case forecast of an average China Lithium price of US$25/kg.”

Disappointing supply growth? No surprise there, for anyone who follows industry veterans like Canaccord, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence or Joe Lowry.

Lithium’s dirty little secret, Lowry reckons, is the industry has never built a mine on time.

Canaccord agrees, noting the industry’s poor track record of delivering projects on time (average delay of three years excluding ramp up), driven mostly by permitting/financing/ technical challenges.

Here are the top five ASX stocks mentioned by Canaccord its note, which Klein has obligingly ranked by upside.

(Next week we will do a deep dive into the top non-ASX (AIM, TSX/V) stocks on Canaccord’s list.)



May 5 share price: 31c

Canaccord share price target: $1.50 (+384% upside)

LPI is currently updating the DFS on its Maricunga brine project in Chile, where it has produced lithium carbonate from test ponds with a 99.92% purity.

That’s well above the 99.5% grade typically required for battery applications.

A stage 1 DFS put a US$626m capex bill on the development, which would produce 15,200t of LCE annually over a 20-year period with an IRR of 39.6%.

Canaccord’s Reg Spencer says brine players like LPI are attractive M&A targets, specially to the Chinese, due to their scale potential.

“The Chinese are effectively locked out of Australia and North America, so if you have a good brine project in South America you are going to attract the interest of the Chinese,” Spencer says.

“For those guys you are looking at companies like Galan Lithium (ASX:GLN) and Lithium Power (ASX:LPI) – companies that have long life and scale potential.”



May 5 share price: 55c

Canaccord share price target: $2.20 (300% upside)

LLL owns half of the monster 143Mt Goulamina project in Mali, which is currently under construction.

LLL could potentially hit cash flow from Goulamina by the end of the year, eyeing two 30,000t shipments of direct shipping lithium ore in the fourth quarter.

Once it is fully built in 2024, Goulamina — a JV with China’s largest lithium company, Ganfeng — will have a more than two-decade life ahead of it.

The first stage will see 506,000t of spodumene shipped each year, ramping up to 831,000tpa in a second phase.

Last month, Argonaut said LLL could triple in value.

“Successful project development and export of product from LLL should see a major re-rating in market value,” said Argonaut.

“While nothing can be done about the project’s host jurisdiction, we expect timely development progress, endorsement by sophisticated institutional funds, comfort in funding options and successful execution of the logistics strategy to unlock value.”



May 5 share price: 99c

Canaccord share price target: $3.30 (233% upside)

Another potential takeover target (mentioned above).

GLN’s high grade HMW lithium brine project in Argentina could eventually produce 60,000t of lithium carbonate equivalent every year.

Located alongside Livent’s major operating El Fenix project, Allkem’s Sal de Vida and POSCO’s Sal de Or, HMW boasts a freshly upgraded 6.6Mt LCE resource at a grade of 880 mg/l Li.

The higher confidence measured portion alone — 4.4Mt at 883mg/L – is one of the largest, high-grade resources in Argentina, GLN says.

Permit approval for a 4000tpa LCE pilot plant is due in the first half this year, with construction to follow. A feasibility study on HMW is also due out soon.

Full scale production is pencilled in for 2025.



May 5 share price: 60c

Canaccord share price target: $1.90 (208% upside)

In 2021, GT1 inked a $9.2m deal with Canadian gold explorer Ardiden (ASX:ADV) to develop ADV’s non-core lithium assets in Ontario.

Since then, it’s been a blur of activity. Aggressive drilling culminated in a recent 4.5Mt maiden resource at the Root project, taking its global inventory across Root and the more advanced Seymour Lake to 14.4Mt.

There’s plenty of room for growth, says the company.

With big shots like Primero, Lithium Americas Corp and AMCI in its corner, GT1 is targeting first spodumene production at Seymour Lake (9.9Mt at 1.04%) in 2025.

A PEA on the project – the equivalent of a scoping study – is due out mid-year.



May 5 share price: 45c

Canaccord share price target: $1.30 (178% upside)

DLI is completely focused on achieving production as quickly as it can, punching in cumulative 25,000m of drilling a month across its Mt Ida and Yinnetharra hard rock projects in WA.

It is one of the few ASX explorers with a lithium resource in the bag at Mt Ida (12.7Mt at 1.2%). Extensional drilling hits like 90.1m at 0.95% indicate this thing could get a whole lot bigger.

The company is aiming to kickstart a DSO mining operation at Mt Ida by the end of the year.

Then there’s Yinnetharra further north, where first pass drilling at Malinda is hitting ore grade lithium from surface and to a depth of 350m, along +950m of strike.

With the recent discovery of lithium 20km from Malinda at the Jamesons prospect, DLI boss David Flanagan says “Yinnetharra is looking more like a province than a project”.

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