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What are the top cobalt stocks so far in 2022? These TSX- and TSXV-listed cobalt companies have all seen year-to-date share price increases.

Top 3 Canadian Cobalt Stocks of 2022
Company Description
1. Fuse Cobalt (TSXV:FUSE)

Year-to-date gain: 14.29 percent; market capitalization: C$10.92 million; current share price: C$0.08

Fuse Cobalt is a cobalt-focused exploration company operating out of Cobalt, Ontario. It has two projects: the Teledyne cobalt project, which is comprised of 13 claims over 607 hectares, and the Glencore-Bucke project with two claims covering 16.28 hectares. The company hopes to supply the domestic battery supply chain, which is largely based out of Ontario.

In 2022, Fuse Cobalt added many new members to its board of directors and advisory board: Greg Reimer, Frank Basa, Matthew Halliday, James Hellwarth and Gerhard Kiessling. The company was busy in the summer months, with the majority of those appointments coming in July and August. On August 11, Fuse signed a memorandum of understanding with Electra Battery Metals (TSX:ELBM,NASDAQ:ELBM) to supply the latter company’s nearby cobalt sulfate refinery with cobalt from Fuse’s two projects.

“Having a domestic source of cobalt raw material produced ethically and with low-carbon emissions will help us to better address the demand for onshore EV battery materials,” Electra CEO Trent Mell said in the press release. “We look forward to working with Fuse Cobalt as they advance development of their projects and begin production.”

Later that month, Fuse began a “state of the art” Alpha IP geophysical survey before starting a diamond drilling program, both at Glencore-Bucke. The company’s share price rose over the week and a half following that news, reaching a year-to-date high of C$0.11 on September 2. The survey concluded on September 7, and the company has stated that preliminary results are promising.

2. DLP Resources (TSXV:DLP)

Year-to-date gain: 4.76 percent; market capitalization: C$16.96 million; current share price: C$0.22

Exploration company DLP Resources is focused on base metals and cobalt projects in Southeast BC. It has two wholly owned cobalt projects, the Hungry Creek copper-cobalt-silver project and the Redburn Creek copper-cobalt project.

DLP Resources started the year by appointing a new CEO, the company’s president Ian Gendall. Gendall retained the president position, and the previous CEO, Jim Stypula, became executive chairman. Much of the company’s 2022 exploration has been focused on its non-cobalt projects. However, on July 28, DLP Resources announced the commencement of drilling at Hungry Creek, with 1,800 meters over six holes planned. As part of an exploration update in mid-September, DLP Resources shared that the drilling has been completed and the company is now awaiting results.

3. Nickel 28 Capital (TSXV:NKL)

Year-to-date gain: 4.08 percent; market capitalization: C$95 million; current share price: C$1.02

Unlike the other companies on this list, Nickel 28 Capital is a streaming and royalty company focused on battery metals, primarily nickel and cobalt. The company has an 8.56 percent joint venture interest in the Ramu nickel-cobalt operation in Papua New Guinea, as well as royalty agreements for 13 nickel and cobalt projects.

Most of Nickel 28’s news this year has been annual and quarterly results. On February 1, it shared full-year and Q4 2021 operating results for Ramu, including annual output of 2,953 MT of contained cobalt and sales of 3,035 MT. Although Nickel 28 didn’t release more news until May 9, its share price trended upwards earlier this year, with a spike in early March and steady growth in April. It hit its year-to-date high of C$1.73 on April 20, but fell off in early May.

On June 1, Nickel 28 released its results for the 2021 financial year, including the repayment of US$38 million in debt. Its Q2 results came in August, with total H1 production of 1,525 MT of contained cobalt at Ramu and sales of 932 MT.

Significant news for Nickel 28 came in mid-August, when the company announced that Giga Metals (TSXV:GIGA,OTCQX:HNCKF) had secured a joint venture agreement with Mitsubishi (TSE:8058) to develop Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt project; Nickel 28 has a 2 percent net smelter agreement for the asset.

Click here to read the previous top cobalt stocks article.

Cobalt prices performed strongly in 2021, and in March through May of this year experienced highs not seen since 2018, reaching US$82,000 per metric ton (MT). However, prices plunged in late June and early July.

Sitting at US$51,995 per MT on September 20, cobalt is officially down year-to-date. Trading Economics explains that high cobalt prices and demand have prompted miners to return to production, dampening supply worries. Additionally, COVID-19 lockdowns in China have affected demand, and the relaxation of power restrictions in the country have helped increase output.

Although it's back down at the moment, it's worth keeping in mind that cobalt prices are still up by nearly US$20,000 over the beginning of 2021. The battery metal is an essential part of the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles (EVs) and the clean energy movement. Experts expect rising EV purchases to continue driving demand for cobalt.


Below is a look at the three top cobalt stocks on the TSX and TSXV by share price performance. All year-to-date and share price information was obtained on September 14, 2022, using TradingView’s stock screener, and all companies listed had market caps above C$10 million at that time.

1. Fuse Cobalt (TSXV:FUSE)

Year-to-date gain: 14.29 percent; market capitalization: C$10.92 million; current share price: C$0.08

Fuse Cobalt is a cobalt-focused exploration company operating out of Cobalt, Ontario. It has two projects: the Teledyne cobalt project, which is comprised of 13 claims over 607 hectares, and the Glencore-Bucke project with two claims covering 16.28 hectares. The company hopes to supply the domestic battery supply chain, which is largely based out of Ontario.

In 2022, Fuse Cobalt added many new members to its board of directors and advisory board: Greg Reimer, Frank Basa, Matthew Halliday, James Hellwarth and Gerhard Kiessling. The company was busy in the summer months, with the majority of those appointments coming in July and August. On August 11, Fuse signed a memorandum of understanding with Electra Battery Metals (TSX:ELBM,NASDAQ:ELBM) to supply the latter company’s nearby cobalt sulfate refinery with cobalt from Fuse’s two projects.

“Having a domestic source of cobalt raw material produced ethically and with low-carbon emissions will help us to better address the demand for onshore EV battery materials,” Electra CEO Trent Mell said in the press release. “We look forward to working with Fuse Cobalt as they advance development of their projects and begin production.”

Later that month, Fuse began a “state of the art” Alpha IP geophysical survey before starting a diamond drilling program, both at Glencore-Bucke. The company’s share price rose over the week and a half following that news, reaching a year-to-date high of C$0.11 on September 2. The survey concluded on September 7, and the company has stated that preliminary results are promising.

2. DLP Resources (TSXV:DLP)

Year-to-date gain: 4.76 percent; market capitalization: C$16.96 million; current share price: C$0.22

Exploration company DLP Resources is focused on base metals and cobalt projects in Southeast BC. It has two wholly owned cobalt projects, the Hungry Creek copper-cobalt-silver project and the Redburn Creek copper-cobalt project.

DLP Resources started the year by appointing a new CEO, the company’s president Ian Gendall. Gendall retained the president position, and the previous CEO, Jim Stypula, became executive chairman. Much of the company’s 2022 exploration has been focused on its non-cobalt projects. However, on July 28, DLP Resources announced the commencement of drilling at Hungry Creek, with 1,800 meters over six holes planned. As part of an exploration update in mid-September, DLP Resources shared that the drilling has been completed and the company is now awaiting results.

3. Nickel 28 Capital (TSXV:NKL)

Year-to-date gain: 4.08 percent; market capitalization: C$95 million; current share price: C$1.02

Unlike the other companies on this list, Nickel 28 Capital is a streaming and royalty company focused on battery metals, primarily nickel and cobalt. The company has an 8.56 percent joint venture interest in the Ramu nickel-cobalt operation in Papua New Guinea, as well as royalty agreements for 13 nickel and cobalt projects.

Most of Nickel 28’s news this year has been annual and quarterly results. On February 1, it shared full-year and Q4 2021 operating results for Ramu, including annual output of 2,953 MT of contained cobalt and sales of 3,035 MT. Although Nickel 28 didn’t release more news until May 9, its share price trended upwards earlier this year, with a spike in early March and steady growth in April. It hit its year-to-date high of C$1.73 on April 20, but fell off in early May.

On June 1, Nickel 28 released its results for the 2021 financial year, including the repayment of US$38 million in debt. Its Q2 results came in August, with total H1 production of 1,525 MT of contained cobalt at Ramu and sales of 932 MT.

Significant news for Nickel 28 came in mid-August, when the company announced that Giga Metals (TSXV:GIGA,OTCQX:HNCKF) had secured a joint venture agreement with Mitsubishi (TSE:8058) to develop Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt project; Nickel 28 has a 2 percent net smelter agreement for the asset.

What is cobalt?

Cobalt is a silver-gray metal that is often produced as a by-product of nickel and copper mining. It does not occur as a separate metal anywhere in the world, and must be produced by reductive smelting, or from the metallic ore cobaltite, which is made of cobalt, sulfur and arsenic.

What is cobalt used for?

Historically, cobalt oxides were used to impart a blue pigment to glass, porcelain and paints, hence the still-used cobalt blue paint. The metal is also used to produce superalloys, as cobalt imparts qualities such as corrosion and wear resistance, which are useful in applications such as airplanes, orthopedics and prosthetics.

Today cobalt is most famously used in the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that run everything from smartphones to EVs.

Where is cobalt mined?

The majority of cobalt production comes out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which was responsible for producing 120,000 MT of the material in 2021. For perspective, the second largest cobalt-producing country, Russia, had an output of 7,600 MT the same year; third place Australia produced 5,600 MT.

As the lithium-ion battery and EV supply chains garner global attention, companies are trying to limit their exposure to cobalt produced from the DRC, which is known for human rights abuses and sometimes child labor in its mining industry.

In response to this trend, many countries with cobalt are attempting to create domestic cobalt and EV supply chains in the hope of attracting companies looking to avoid DRC-sourced cobalt. This can be seen in the up-and-coming battery corridor in Ontario, Canada, as well as in the US-based Idaho cobalt belt.

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

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