The official decision on 232 was announced on Friday night. In our view this is positive for the overall uranium market, as we believe its resolution should allow utilities and producers to enter into long-term agreements, which should push the uranium price higher. While positive for the overall market, the premium that U.S. producers and developers had acquired over the last ~18 months is likely to come out of the market.
GoviEx Uranium Inc.
Recent events suggest that a Presidential decision on Section 232 investigation into Uranium is coming soon, which in our view should be a catalyst for the entire uranium space. We have summarized our thoughts below.
A new uranium bull market is coming – sooner than most people think. Our work suggests that the current price environment is unsustainable and that the long-term the price needs to increase 72% to more than US$55/lb U3O8e to stimulate the market enough to bring on new production (Figures 4, 5 and 6). In this report, we evaluate both the supply and demand fundamentals of the market, the real cost to bring on new supply and the price response required to do so. In addition, we evaluate most uranium companies and provide a detailed analysis of stocks that we believe are likely to benefit with the coming bull market.
Impact: Mildly Positive GoviEx’s announcement of a signed letter of support from the Minister of Mines of Niger significantly de-risks the company’s permitted flagship asset and fast-tracks it to become an important uranium producer with strong leverage to the uranium price. Currently trading at a discount to peers, GoviEx is due to re-rate the next uranium up-cycle.
Impact: Neutral GoviEx announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Windiga Energy to evaluate the feasibility of developing a solar-diesel energy power plant to supply the Madaouela project with low-cost renewable energy. While this is likely to only have an incremental impact on project economics, GoviEx remains one of the few late-stage development uranium companies positioned to start production in the next uranium up-cycle.