Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Energy Fuels is a leading U.S.-based uranium mining company, supplying U3O8 to major nuclear utilities. Energy Fuels also produces vanadium from certain of its projects, as market conditions warrant, and is ramping up commercial-scale production of REE carbonate. Its corporate offices are in Lakewood, Colorado, near Denver, and all its assets and employees are in the United States. Energy Fuels holds three of America’s key uranium production centers: the White Mesa Mill in Utah, the Nichols Ranch in-situ recovery (“ISR”) Project in Wyoming, and the Alta Mesa ISR Project in Texas. The White Mesa Mill is the only conventional uranium mill operating in the U.S. today, has a licensed capacity of over 8 million pounds of U3O8 per year, has the ability to produce vanadium when market conditions warrant, as well as REE carbonate from various uranium-bearing ores. The Nichols Ranch ISR Project is on standby and has a licensed capacity of 2 million pounds of U3O8 per year. The Alta Mesa ISR Project is also on standby and has a licensed capacity of 1.5 million pounds of U3O8 per year. In addition to the above production facilities, Energy Fuels also has one of the largest NI 43-101 compliant uranium resource portfolios in the U.S. and several uranium and uranium/vanadium mining projects on standby and in various stages of permitting and development. The primary trading market for Energy Fuels’ common shares is the NYSE American under the trading symbol “UUUU,” and the Company’s common shares are also listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “EFR.” Energy Fuels’ website is www.energyfuels.com.
Michael Heim, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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The sales, along with recently signed utility contracts, will generate cash flow as UUUU starts up operations. Congress allocated $75 million to establish a national uranium security reserve in its 2020 budget. The US Energy Secretary indicated earlier that it expects to make four individual awards of 100,000-500,000 pounds of U3O8 for a total of 1 million pounds. Energy Fuels, as the largest licensed producer of uranium, was in a good position to receive one of the rewards. The UUUU announcement did not indicate a volume level. Peninsula Energy announced that it received an award for 300,000 pounds but did not specify a sales amount.
The sales can be done right away before mining operations are restarted. The conditions of the DOE award state that the uranium must be physically located at Honeywell’s conversion facilities in Metropolis, IL. Energy Fuels currently holds about 610,000 pounds of U3O8 at Metropolis worth more than $30 million at current uranium spot prices. A volume awards similar to that for Peninsula seems reasonable implying that the DOE is paying a price near $60/lb. or slightly above current spot prices, and be well within current inventory levels.
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