Cobalt prices continue to rise on the back of increasing demand for electric vehicles. As a result, carmakers and technology companies are looking to secure long-term supply of the metal.
Mass production of lithium-ion batteries will be needed to power electric cars, which are forecast to reach 16.5 million in 2025, according to UBS (NYSE:UBS). And as demand for batteries surges, prices for metals such as cobalt are also expected to soar.
In light of those developments, investors interested in the cobalt space are growing more and more interested in cobalt stocks. To help provide a picture of which cobalt-focused companies are making progress this year, we’ve put together a brief overview of three cobalt stocks on the TSX that have seen share price gains year-on-year. Read on to learn what they’ve been up to in 2018.
1. Katanga Mining (TSX:KAT)
Current price: C$1.74; year-on-year gain: 443.75 percent
Katanga Mining operates a large-scale copper-cobalt mine complex in the Democratic Republic of Congo through two joint ventures; the joint ventures are called Kamoto Copper Company and DRC Copper and Cobalt Project. Major miner Glencore (LSE:GLEN) increased its interest in Katanga Mining to about 86.33 percent last year.
In 2015, the company announced the decision to suspend the processing of copper and cobalt during the construction phase of the whole ore leach project. The suspension continued through most of 2017, and production restarted in December.
2. Fortune Minerals (TSX:FT)
Current price: C$0.26; year-on-year gain: 30.77 percent
Fortune Minerals expects to benefit from the development of its NICO cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper project, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The plan is for bulk concentrate from NICO to be shipped to a planned metals processing plant in Saskatchewan. The company is positioned to become a Canadian producer of battery-grade cobalt chemicals with gold and bismuth co-products.
On March 27, Fortune Minerals provided an update on its NICO project. On April 2, the company reported the approval of the Tlicho all-season road, which will connect the community of Whati to the territorial highway. Fortune has already received environmental assessment approval to build a 49-kilometer spur road from Whati to its proposed NICO mine.
3. eCobalt Solutions (TSX:ECS)
Current price: C$1.43; year-on-year gain: 14.4 percent
eCobalt Solutions is focused on providing clean cobalt products essential for the rapidly growing rechargeable battery and renewable energy sectors, made safely, responsibly and transparently in the US. eCobalt’s primary asset is its Idaho cobalt project in Lemhi County, Idaho.
In January, the company announced the shipment of 3 tonnes of bulk mineralized sample for pilot metallurgical testing to produce clean cobalt concentrate. In February, eCobalt increased the measured and indicated resource estimate for its Idaho project. The company also closed a bought-deal financing for a total of $29.9 million.
The data for this article was retrieved on April 5, 2018. Only TSX-listed cobalt companies with market capitalizations greater than $50 million are included.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Priscila Barrera, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
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