Toro Energy

Successful A$12.3 Million Placement

Toro Energy Limited (Toro or the Company) is pleased to announce that it has secured firm commitments for a A$12.3 million placement (before costs) comprising the issue of approximately 23 million new fully-paid ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (Placement). The Placement was well supported by new and existing institutional, sophisticated and professional investors.


  • Toro has received firm commitments to raise A$12.3 million at $0.52 per share
  • Strong support from offshore and domestic institutional investors
  • Use of funds include pilot plant development and associated works and drilling at the Company’s Wiluna Uranium Project
  • In addition to the Placement, the Company announces that it will offer eligible shareholders the opportunity to apply for new Toro shares under a Share Purchase Plan to raise up to at least A$2 million at the same price as the Placement
The Placement funds will primarily support further development of the Wiluna Uranium Project and provide working capital for the Company. Specifically, proceeds will be used to fund the following:
  • Pilot plant program as part of the Lake Maitland pre-feasibility study and to test samples across the Company’s entire Wiluna Uranium Project;
  • Drilling for additional samples at Lake Maitland, Lake Way and Centipede-Millipede for further metallurgical test work to inform an improved processing flowsheet;
  • Additional exploration and evaluation activities to maintain tenements in good standing; and
  • General working capital and costs of the Placement.

Commenting on the capital raise, Executive Chairman, Richard Homsany said:

“Toro is extremely pleased with the outcome of this capital raising and is delighted to welcome new highly reputable investors to its register together with the increased investment from existing shareholders. On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank the joint lead managers and all investors who supported the transaction which further strengthens Toro’s register. The Board is grateful for the continued support of our existing shareholders and will offer eligible shareholders the opportunity to apply for new Toro shares under a Share Purchase Plan.

As global uranium markets continue to strengthen and public sentiment and government support align, Toro remains committed to developing the Wiluna Uranium Project to maximise its value. With further work, Toro is confident its assets will emerge as attractive stand-alone mining projects and we very much look forward to the year ahead.”

Canaccord Genuity (Australia) Limited and Euroz Hartleys Limited acted as Joint Lead Managers and Bookrunners to the Placement.

Placement

Toro received strong support from a number of high-quality institutional investors both domestically and internationally for the Placement.

Under the Placement, the Company will issue new fully-paid ordinary shares (Placement Shares) at $0.52 per Placement Share. The Placement offer price represents a 13.3% discount to the last-close on 17 January 2024 ($0.60 per share) and a 13.2% discount to the 5-day VWAP ($0.599 per share).

The Placement Shares will be issued within the Company’s existing placement capacity under ASX Listing Rules 7.1 and 7.1A. Settlement of the Placement Shares is expected to occur on Thursday, 25 January 2024. All Placement Shares will rank equally with the Company’s existing shares on issue.

Key Dates

The Placement timetable is indicative only and subject to variation. The Company reserves the right to alter the timetable at its discretion and without notice, subject to the ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act (Cth).

Uranium Market Update

Global uranium markets continue to strengthen and fundamentals remain strong. There has been significant sector momentum with spot uranium prices recently breaking through US$100/lb, the second highest level in history as price action continues to reconcile with supply tightness as evidenced by unfilled RFPs over recent months. Contracting volumes are at decade long highs with UxC estimating that utilities have contracted more than 160Mlb in 2023, compared to a total of 125Mlbs in 2022. Nuclear power sentiment is improving and gathering momentum, with the US and 20 other countries announcing that their nuclear power will be tripled by 2050. Security of supply remains critical, with the potential US ban on Russian LEU imports, which the Senate is expected to vote in favour of in the coming weeks.


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2024 Uranium Outlook Report for Investors

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2024 Uranium Outlook Report

After a stellar 2023, the question is whether uranium will continue to rise steadily or spike higher like it did in the last cycle.

Our journalists have reached out to the insiders to get you their best forecasts and tips on the best way to invest in uranium in 2024.

Table of Contents:

  • Uranium Price Forecast: Top Trends That Will Affect Uranium in 2024
  • Justin Huhn: Uranium Price, Supply and Stocks in 2024 — Plus Cameco Analysis
  • Lobo Tiggre: Gold Stocks Still on Sale, How I'm Playing Uranium Right Now
  • Gwen Preston: Gold Gearing Up for Next Move, Safest Bets in Uranium
  • Top 5 Canadian Uranium Stocks
Uranium Outlook 2024

A Sneak Peek At What The Insiders Are Saying

“We don't need any more catalysts. We've got a 30 million to 50 million pound supply deficit in the market probably for the next five years. That's what we're looking at. And that's what's going to move the price"
— Justin Huhn, Uranium Insider

"To us (nuclear energy) was always the answer. And while everyone seems very pessimistic about everything, I think that perhaps we could be on the verge of a huge, major transformation where finally we do appreciate nuclear for the unbelievable technology that it is."
— Adam Rozencwajg, Goehring & Rozencwajg

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Uranium Outlook 2024

Uranium Price Forecast: Top Trends That Will Impact Uranium in 2024

The uranium spot price took a leap in 2023, rising from below US$50 per pound to close the year above US$90.

The energy commodity fell out of favor after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, and although prices have been rising fairly steadily over the last few years, they started increasing in earnest during the back half of 2023.

What trends moved the market last year and what's next in 2024? The Investing News Network (INN) asked experts to share their thoughts on key drivers and how investors can get exposure. Here's what they had to say.

How did uranium perform in 2023?

Uranium's sizeable price jump in 2023 came as various supply and demand factors converged.

Excess inventory created by the Fukushima incident has finally dried up, and nuclear utilities are ready to sign new long-term contracts with uranium producers. However, material isn't necessarily readily available — many companies cut output or took their mines offline entirely when uranium prices were lower, and restarting production isn't quick.

"The last 18 months or so we've had kind of a flurry of announcements from mining companies signaling that they're going to bring mines back online. And many of these mines have been on care and maintenance since 2018 — some of them even earlier," John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, told INN in November.

"That's great, those are the easy pounds to find," he continued. "The hard pounds are the new projects, and that's because you need to raise a lot of capital to fund the financing of the construction. Those construction projects are obviously very complex engineering endeavors, and they obviously take many years to come online."

Uranium price from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. \u200b

Uranium price from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023.

Chart via Cameco.

Plus, with prices on the rise, miners can selective about the deals they do. As Gwen Preston of Resource Maven explained to INN, utilities will pay what they have to in order to get supply — which is an advantage for sellers.

"There has been for many years lots of excess supply in the spot market. Utilities have been able to just pick up supply in the spot market to cover those future demands. Now we're getting more into a contracting situation," she said in November. "Everything is really set up, it's a seller's market right now. It's just very tight."

Adding complexity is the growing emphasis on supply chain security. While Russia is only the sixth largest uranium-producing country, it has key roles in enrichment and conversion — its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 highlighted the potential fragility of uranium supply, and countries like the US have been looking to reduce their dependence on Russia since then. In December, the US House of Representatives approved legislation that would ban imports of enriched uranium from Russia 90 days after enactment, and while it still requires Senate approval, many market participants are confident it will be successful. If it passes, Russia may put its own ban on exports of uranium to the US.

Niger, the seventh largest uranium producer, also made headlines in 2023 due to supply concerns. In August, a military coup in the country worried investors, although companies operating there reported no disruptions.

Against that supply backdrop, uranium demand continued to grow this past year and is set to increase substantially moving forward. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) expects reactor demand to come in at about 65,650 metric tons (MT) in 2023, with that amount rising to nearly 130,000 MT in 2040 in its reference scenario, which is based on government and utility targets. The WNA also looks at a lower scenario, which would see demand come to only 87,000 MT by 2040, and an upper scenario, where demand would clock in at 184,300 MT by that time.

WNA data shows that currently about 440 reactors are operating across the world, with 60 under construction and an additional 110 planned. Most reactors in the construction or planning stages are in Asia, but experts agree that nuclear power is gaining traction globally and will become a larger piece of the energy pie. It's also worth noting that multiple countries, including the UK, Belgium and Japan, are looking to extend the lives of existing reactors.

"To us (nuclear energy) was always the answer," said Adam Rozencwajg, managing partner at Goehring & Rozencwajg. "And while everyone seems very pessimistic about everything, I think that perhaps we could be on the verge of a huge, major transformation where finally we do appreciate nuclear for the unbelievable technology that it is."

Where will the uranium spot price go in 2024?

After 2023's move past US$90, speculation is rife about where uranium prices could go in 2024. For many investors, the question is whether the commodity will continue to rise steadily or spike higher like it did in the last cycle.

Mart Wolbert, who goes by @YellowBull11 on X and is the founder of Contrarian Codex, said he's always expected a price spike, but now he thinks it's possible that uranium could make a parabolic move to the upside.

"My expectation was always a robust price move to the upside, steady as she goes, to US$80, US$90, US$95 and then perhaps a blow-off top. Right now I think a parabolic price spike is the right way to look at this, and I think that has blown my base-case scenario — especially after (2023's World Nuclear Association event) — out of the water," he said.

Wolbert noted that it's financial entities like the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust (TSX:U.U) that could create a parabolic move. The trust currently holds 63,161,826 pounds of U3O8 and has a total net asset value of US$5.95 billion.

"If (the Sprott trust sees) a lot more flows again like they did in 2021 and the start of 2022, they will be buying a lot more pounds, and they will be buying a lot more pounds in a physical market that is increasingly getting tighter," he noted, pointing to players like Yellow Cake (LSE:YCA) and PFYN Capital, which are also now looking to snap up uranium.

"You have all these financial entities, as well as a few hedge funds, that are looking to play a part in this market. If they deliver on their potential, or God forbid if they overperform their potential, there will really be a massive price spike," he explained in a conversation with INN. "Because there is simply not enough supply available to really absorb these hundreds of millions — perhaps even billions of dollars — if we really see capital flows coming in."

Justin Huhn, founder and publisher of Uranium Insider, made a similar comment, describing financial players as a "wild card." He also brought up small modular reactors (SMRs), which have about one-third the power-generation capacity as a traditional reactor. They're expected to be a key source of demand in the future, although for now numbers are unclear.

Rozencwajg also sees SMRs a demand-side story to watch further into the future. "I think some of what these (SMR) companies are doing is really revolutionary, and will be critically important going forward. But none of them make the slightest bit of difference to supply and demand dynamics between now and 2030. What you have now is a China reactor buildout story, you have an India reactor hopeful plan and you have Saudi Arabia looking to build reactors as well. And that's all you need — that's what keeps this market really tight until the end of the decade," he noted.

Focusing back on prospects for 2024, Lobo Tiggre, editor and founder of IndependentSpeculator.com, chose uranium as his highest-conviction trade at the beginning of 2023, but has a more muted outlook this coming year.

"With those new pounds coming on, it's hard to say that now is the time for uranium to go vertical again," he told INN. "To be very clear, I'm not bearish, I'm not anti-uranium. I'm not saying it's peaked and it's going over. But I'm saying last year it was easy to say, 'Okay, uranium's got to go up, the price is still too low.' It's no longer still too low. We're at the incentive price now. So it's harder to say it has to go up again. Now, it may ... but it's less of a sure thing than a year ago."

As mentioned, uranium entered 2024 above US$90, trading at levels not seen since 2007.

How to invest in uranium in 2024?

Investors who believe in uranium's upside potential have diverse options when it comes to getting exposure.

Speaking to INN, resource industry veteran Rick Rule, proprietor at Rule Investment Media, suggested that the "easy money" in uranium is now off the table. In his view, it's now time for the "real money" to be made.

"Right now you have to focus on real companies doing real things. Companies like NexGen Energy (TSX:NXE,NYSE:NXE) and Fission Uranium (TSX:FCU,OTCQX:FCUUF) that will be taken over. Companies like Boss Energy (ASX:BOE,OTCQX:BQSSF) that are in production and will enjoy much higher prices than their feasibility studies suggested they would enjoy," Rule said at the New Orleans Investment Conference in November.

Chris Temple, editor and publisher of the National Investor, made a similar comment in a December interview, saying he's interested in the most unleveraged sellers of uranium. "Right now with uranium you want to focus on those that can sell it now, and are going to be exponentially increasing their production — like a Uranium Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:UEC), like an Energy Fuels (TSX:EFR,NYSEAMERICAN:UUUU)," he told INN.

But Temple also reminded investors not to discount the vehicles that are likely to attract generalist investors once their interest in the uranium sector has been piqued — those include the Global X Uranium ETF (ARCA:URA), the Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (ARCA:URNMM) and of course the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust.

It's also possible to take a more speculative approach. As Resource Maven's Preston pointed out, the universe of uranium stocks is small, and a rising price is likely to lift all boats. "If you want to go into the risky end, which is the explorers, you absolutely have the opportunity, the possibility of multiples of the gains that you might get on the producer side. But of course there's the risk. The explorer will move with the market until or unless they either win at a discovery or fail," she said. "If they win you might get huge, huge returns — ridiculous returns — but there's a big 'if' in that."

Investor takeaway

After a stellar performance in 2023, many experts remain bullish on uranium in 2024. While opinions differ on its price trajectory and which stocks to focus on, the broad consensus is that opportunities for investors remain.

Don’t forget to follow us @INN_Resource for real-time updates!

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: Purepoint Uranium Group, Nuclear Fuels and Energy Fuels are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

The Investing News Network does not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the information reported in the interviews it conducts. The opinions expressed in these interviews do not reflect the opinions of the Investing News Network and do not constitute investment advice. All readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence.

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Justin Huhn: Uranium Price, Supply and Stocks in 2024 — Plus Cameco Analysis

All eyes were on uranium at the end of 2023 as the energy fuel soared through US$100 per pound.

But where is the market headed this year? Justin Huhn, founder and publisher of Uranium Insider, shared his thoughts in an extensive interview with the Investing News Network, emphasizing his continued bullishness.

Outlining current supply/demand dynamics, Huhn said that although 2023's sizeable deficit of about 40 million pounds will shrink a little in 2024, he sees a "very large" deficit persisting for a number of years.

Huhn sees this situation pushing prices for uranium much higher, although he didn't give an exact number.

"The price isn't going to make sense for anybody," he said. "We can arguably go up another US$20 — that will arguably incentivize every project in the world to be profitable. But the price is going to go far beyond that simply driven by the substantially larger amount of demand than we have for supply."

In terms of which stocks to focus on, Huhn said since December small- and mid-cap companies have been outperforming larger-cap companies — he's tracking that movement via the Sprott Junior Uranium Miners ETF (NASDAQ:URNJ), which holds a basket of small- and mid-cap uranium stocks, and sector major Cameco (TSX:CCO,NYSE:CCJ).

"The main theory around this is that as the story gets more popular due to its relative performance and it starts to attract more investment attention, you're going to attract more retail investors, and the retail investors largely go after the smaller companies because they believe that there's torque in those companies. And there is torque in those smaller companies," he explained during the conversation. "Unfortunately, when risk is off, that torque is to the downside. When it's on they can outperform by orders of magnitude."

Watch the interview above for Huhn's full thoughts on the topics discussed above, as well his analysis of Cameco's latest results, contracting in the uranium space and why the sector doesn't need any more catalysts.

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Lobo Tiggre: Gold Stocks Still on Sale, How I'm Playing Uranium Right Now

Lobo Tiggre, CEO of IndependentSpeculator.com, shared his updated thoughts on both gold and uranium at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC), saying he remains bullish on both commodities in 2024.

Gold stocks were a hot topic at the event, with many investors wondering when they will move.

"I do think gold's going to go higher," Tiggre said. "I don't think gold's going to come down to meet the stocks — I think the stocks are going to come screeching back up to meet gold. The fact that the stocks are on sale is a good thing."

Looking at the metal itself, he said gold looks poised to move higher in the coming year.

"We're going into a situation that looks very bullish for gold, either because I'm right about a recession and recessions are very bullish for gold, or because the Fed is cutting rates and higher rates are supposed to be bad for gold, and lower rates are supposed to be good for gold. So that's kind of a win-win for gold," he explained to the Investing News Network.

"You go into that at a US$2,000 (per ounce) plus or minus gold price — I'm not going to give you a price forecast, but I'll say a mere 10 percent increase ... you do that again in 2024, just 10 to 15 percent, (and) you're looking at US$2,200 to US$2,300 gold. And that is so far above the last nominal high it would be making headlines left and right."

In terms of uranium, Tiggre described Kazatomprom's (LSE:59OT,OTC Pink:NATKY) recent news as "very material," saying that although it hasn't changed his marching orders, he's now more near-term optimistic on the sector this year.

"I was concerned about high prices curing high prices. We have the low-cost producers and projects in development coming online now ... and then we have the secondary supply that we talked about before, these funds and things that bought low to sell high — we don't know how much they're going to sell," he said. "All of that makes 2024 something of a question mark. But then you throw this new question mark on the supply side — it's more interesting to me."

Even so, Tiggre reminded investors not to chase stocks, and to keep an eye on the companies in their portfolios.

"It's just not true that the stocks have gone nowhere. If your uranium stock has gone nowhere, sorry, but you need to ask yourself some questions — look in the mirror — about your stock selection here. Because the price has proved highly material to the companies that can actually deliver value to the market now and in the near term," he said.

Watch the interview above for more from Tiggre on gold and uranium. You can also click here for the Investing News Network's full VRIC playlist on YouTube.

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Gwen Preston: Gold Gearing Up for Next Move, Safest Bets in Uranium

Speaking to the Investing News Network, Gwen Preston of Resource Maven shared her thoughts on gold in 2024, noting that the yellow metal should work for investors from the middle of the year onward.

"I think the next move up in gold is going to require the rate cut — we've had the expectation of the rate cut built into the price, that's why we've gone up to new highs," she said at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC). "But we're still really in that sideways trend ... I think actually breaking through it will require the rate cut."

Looking over to uranium, Preston said that although the price has moved substantially in recent months, the commodity's supply/demand dynamics are such that it could "easily" jump to US$140 per pound overnight.

In terms of supply, uranium has become a seller's market. While companies are working to bring new mines online and restart idled production, the process won't be quick. She sees some relief coming from hedge funds that bought uranium at low prices and are now ready to sell, but emphasized that the volumes they'll be able to provide will be small.

There's also the east/west divide in the sector. Preston noted that the US Senate is likely to approve a ban on Russian uranium imports — and if that happens, Russia will probably preemptively cut off sales of the material to the US.

"There just isn't supply ... despite a few little setbacks that maybe create a trading range for a little while here to stabilize this huge price run that we've seen, I think (the price) will still go higher. I'm very confident that the price is going to end 2024 higher than the insane price that it began the year at. Because it's not actually insane. It's a valid representation of the lack of this essential commodity that the utilities need," she explained during the conversation.

In Preston's view, the safest uranium stocks right now are those with growing US production — those include Uranium Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:UEC), enCore Energy (TSXV:EU,NASDAQ:EU) and Energy Fuels (TSX:EFR,NYSEAMERICAN:UUUU).

Watch the interview above for more from Preston on gold and uranium. You can also click here for the Investing News Network's full VRIC playlist on YouTube.

Don't forget to follow us @INN_Resource for real-time updates!

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: Energy Fuels is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

The Investing News Network does not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the information reported in the interviews it conducts. The opinions expressed in these interviews do not reflect the opinions of the Investing News Network and do not constitute investment advice. All readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence.

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Top 5 Canadian Uranium Stocks of 2024

The uranium spot price hit a two decade high of US$106 per pound in January.

The energy commodity endured low prices for decades, but its recent rapid rise has come amid ongoing supply concerns and a strong outlook for demand. On the supply side, major producers are facing headwinds in ramping up output, while geopolitical concerns are creating supply chain uncertainty. In terms of demand, governments around the world continue to build out their nuclear power capacity in an effort to move away from fossil fuels.

The Investing News Network has recently spoken with many market watchers who are bullish on uranium, including Rick Rule, John Ciampaglia, Lobo Tiggre, Byron King and Justin Huhn. Tiggre mentioned uranium as a sector for which he has near-term optimism. For his part, Huhn pointed out that small- and mid-cap companies have been outperforming larger-cap companies. Rule highlighted the uranium companies he's looking at in this market environment.

Below are the top uranium stocks on the TSX, TSXV and CSE by share price performance so far this year. All data was obtained on February 21, 2024, using TradingView’s stock screener, and all companies had market caps above C$10 million at the time. Read on to learn what factors have been moving their share prices.

1. Myriad Uranium (CSE:M)

Year-to-date gain: 89.19 percent; market cap: C$12.63 million; current share price: C$0.35

Uranium exploration company Myriad Uranium has an earnable 75 percent interest in the Copper Mountain uranium project in Wyoming, one of the most prolific uranium jurisdictions in the the US. The project area hosts several known uranium deposits and historic uranium mines, including the Arrowhead mine.

The company also holds an 80 percent stake in uranium exploration licenses that cover more than 1,800 square kilometers in Niger’s Tim Mersoï Basin. The area is home to several world-class uranium deposits that lie on the same fault structures, including Orano’s Imouraren mine, Global Atomic’s (TSX:GLO,OTCQX:GLATF) Dasa project and GoviEx Uranium’s (TSX:GXU,OTCQX:GVXXF) Madaouela asset.

Myriad hasn't put out any market-moving news so far in 2024, but its share price has seen strong momentum. Uranium's price upside is likely helping, along with recent legislation would require the US to buy domestically sourced uranium for its nuclear power generation. The bill still requires Senate approval, but is expected to receive it.

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2. District Metals (TSXV:DMX)

Year-to-date gain: 59.38 percent; market cap: C$29.42 million; current share price: C$0.255

District Metals has built a portfolio of polymetallic exploration and development projects, with its main focus being the wholly owned Viken uranium-vanadium project and the polymetallic Tomtebo project in Sweden.

The Viken property is among the largest deposits by total historic mineral resources of uranium and vanadium in the world. The deposit also hosts significant molybdenum, nickel, copper and zinc mineralization. In addition to these, the company has the Tåsjö and Ardnasvarre polymetallic projects, which are both prospective for uranium.

Although there is currently a moratorium on uranium mining in Sweden, there are signals that a shift could be on the horizon. Support for the country's uranium industry came in June, 2023 in the form of a Swedish news article with quotes from multiple politicians. Swedish Minister for the Environment Romina Pourmokhtari stated, “I believe that we need uranium mines in Sweden,” according to the article, and Swedish Minister for Energy and Business Ebba Busch said, “Sweden also needs more uranium to achieve greater fossil-free electricity production.”

District Metals completed a C$4.5 million bought-deal private placement in early February, after which the company's share price hit its year-to-date high at C$0.345.

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3. Aero Energy (TSXV:AERO)

Year-to-date gain: 52 percent; market cap: C$12.11 million; current share price: C$0.19

Formerly known as Angold Resources, mineral exploration and development company Aero Energy holds a district-scale, 250,000 acre land package in the historic Uranium City district within Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. The company has identified more than 50 shallow drill-ready exploration targets on the property.

Found along the frontier northern rim of the Athabasca Basin, Aero’s property includes the formerly producing Gunnar mine, whose historical output comes to 18 million pounds of U3O8.

Aero’s flip from gold to uranium has helped to boost its share price, which hit a 2023 low of C$0.04 on October 13.

The company plans to kick off a 10,000 meter exploration program in Q2 2024. At the Murmac and Sundog projects on the property, Aero is planning an initial 4,000 meter drill program across 20 holes with an average depth of 200 meters. At the Strike project, Aero has planned an initial 1,000 meter drill campaign across five holes.

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4. Premier American Uranium (TSXV:PUR)

Year-to-date gain: 45.16 percent; market cap: C$33.1 million; current share price: C$2.25

Premier American Uranium is building a project portfolio with assets in two of the most prolific uranium-producing jurisdictions in the US: the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming and the Uravan Mineral Belt of Colorado. The company has three projects in the Uravan Mineral Belt with historic uranium and vanadium production.

Shares of the company reached their highest price on February 12, trading at C$3.29. Premier American first began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on December 1, 2023. Looking forward to 2024, the company is permitted and licensed for a drill campaign at its 25,500 acre Cyclone project in Wyoming.

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5. Forsys Metals (TSX:FSY)

Year-to-date gain: 34.25 percent; market cap: C$191.27 million; current share price: C$0.98

Uranium company Forsys Metals’ primary focus is advancing its Norasa uranium project in Namibia, which is the world’s third largest uranium-producing country and is home to the world’s fifth largest-known uranium resources. The project hosts the Valencia and Namibplaas uranium deposits.

Shares of the company reached their yearly peak on January 24, trading at C$1.15 each.

Forsys is currently re-evaluating Norasa's 2015 feasibility study and geological data. In addition, the results of a 4,100 meter drill program will help inform improved process and pit designs. The company is also looking at new technologies with the potential to optimize recovery rates, tailings and project economics. Forsys expects to complete this work by mid-2024.

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FAQs for investing in uranium

What is uranium used for?

Uranium is primarily used for the production of nuclear energy, a form of clean energy created in nuclear power plants. In fact, 99 percent of uranium is used for this purpose. As of 2022, there were 439 active nuclear reactors, as per the International Atomic Energy Agency. Last year, 8 percent of US power came from nuclear energy.

The commodity is also used in the defense industry as a component of nuclear weaponry, among other uses. However, there are safeguards in effect to keep this to a minimum. To create weapons-grade uranium, the material has to be enriched significantly — above 90 percent — to the point that to achieve just 5.6 kilograms of weapons-grade uranium, it would require 1 metric ton of uranium pre-enrichment.

Because of this necessity, uranium enrichment facilities are closely monitored under international agreements. Uranium used for nuclear power production only needs to be enriched to 5 percent; nuclear enrichment facilities need special licenses to enrich above that point for uses such as research at 20 percent enrichment.

The metal is also used in the medical field for applications such as transmission electron microscopy. Before uranium was discovered to be radioactive, it was used to impart a yellow color to ceramic glazes and glass.

Where is uranium found?

The country with the greatest uranium reserves by far is Australia — the island nation holds 28 percent of the world’s uranium reserves. Rounding out the top three are Kazakhstan with 15 percent and Canada with 9 percent.

Although Australia has the highest reserves, it holds uranium as a low priority and is only fourth overall for production. All its uranium output is exported, with none used for domestic nuclear energy production.

Kazakhstan is the world’s largest producer of the metal, with production of 21,227 metric tons in 2022. The country’s national uranium company, Kazatomprom, is the world’s largest producer.

Canada’s uranium reserves are found primarily in its Athabasca Basin, and the region is a top producer of the metal as well, although some of the major mines have been under care and maintenance in recent years.

Why should I buy uranium stocks?

Investors should always do their own due diligence when looking at any commodity so that they can decide whether it fits into their investment plans. With that being said, many experts are convinced that uranium has entered into a significant bull market, meaning that uranium stocks could be a good buy.

A slew of factors have led to this bull market. While the uranium industry spent the last decade or so in a downturn following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, discourse has been building around the metal's use as a source of clean energy, which is important for countries looking to reach climate goals. Nations are now prioritizing a mix of clean energies such as solar and wind energy alongside nuclear. Significantly, in August 2022, Japan announced it is looking into restarting its idled nuclear power plants and commissioning new ones. Experts consider this an important catalyst for uranium.

Uranium prices are very important to uranium miners, as in recent years levels have not been high enough for production to be economic. However, in 2024, prices spiked from the US$58 in August 2023 to a high of US$106 per pound U3O8 in February 2024. At this price level, uranium stocks remain highly undervalued.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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