Uranium producer seen as 'top leverage pick to the expected uranium price recovery'
One uranium producer and explorer reported Q2/17 results that led one analyst to increase its target price.
Energy Fuels Inc. (EFR:TSX; UUUU:NYSE.MKT) reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2017 on Aug. 3. The company announced $34.2 million of working capital, with cash and equivalents of $18.7 million and approximately 370,000 pounds of uranium concentrate. During the quarter, the company sold 300,000 pounds of U3O8 at an "average realized price of $50.14 per pound."
Rob Chang, an analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald, found the results positive, noting in an Aug. 8 report that "Q2/17 revenue of $17.9M beat our forecast due to an earlier than expected contract delivery of 300,000 lbs."
Looking ahead, Chang stated that "FY/17 uranium production guidance has been upheld at between 640,000-675,000 lbs while sales guidance of 160,000 lbs for the remainder of the year is in-line with our expectations after adjusting for the earlier than expected delivery in Q2. . .a new NI 43-101 resource estimate for the Canyon Mine is expected during Q3/17. The expectation is for an increase in both the uranium and copper resource."
Chang stated that "EFR remains our top leverage pick to the expected uranium price recovery as the company has several assets that are within 1-2 years of production once the decision is made to start/restart them. That will allow the company to quickly respond to what we expect to be a violent uranium price spike as utilities seek to secure long term contracts to replace those that are rolling off."
Cantor Fitzgerald is maintaining a Buy recommendation and increased its target price to CA$4.25 from CA$4.05. Energy Fuels' shares are currently trading at around CA$2.14.
Rodman & Renshaw analyst Heiko Ihle reiterated in an Aug. 4 report the firm's "Buy rating and $5.00 per share price target on Energy Fuels." He noted that "due to continued weak spot uranium prices, we expect a deliberate drop in production to 650,000 pounds in 2017. We note that this is sufficient to meet higher-priced, long-term contractual obligations for the year. Although the uranium market has remained depressed as a whole, we feel that Energy Fuels has accumulated a strong combination of both conventional and ISR projects, and that this portfolio of assets should provide investors with strong leverage to an increasing uranium price environment going forward."
Ihle also noted that Energy Fuels' Canyon Mine resource evaluation program continued in the second quarter, "identifying additional high-grade uranium and copper mineralization. The program has resulted in multiple high-grade discoveries through the significant underground development and core drilling that has taken place. Given the positive results thus far, we expect the new resource estimate to add substantial uranium and copper resources."
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