David says there has been a huge amount of interest this week in Denison Mines, as the uranium spot price has moved upwards. They are seeing a much broader group of inquiring investors.
The recent 10% production cutback by KazAtomProm represents a fair percentage of the supply that normally enters the spot market. Instead of just sovereign interest, they may be changing their methods by looking at the market with a higher degree of sophistication, and in a more commercial way, They may be realizing that pounds in the ground are better than selling at current prices. If they get to a position where they can influence the market, like other large companies such as Cameco, this could be beneficial.
Mr. Cates thinks the recent gains are sustainable, he feels the market was oversold and was in total apathy. He expects that there will be some profit taking. Denison has seen a significant increase recently in volume and stock price, as real money is entering the space. While spot is higher, there exists very few mines that could begin production at this level.
Many companies need capital, and will be wanting to take advantage of the market optimism. More investors may be willing to take positions and hold them until significant gains are made. He wants to see more interest from utilities and their entry into the spot market in a meaningful way. There could be more production cutbacks as a result of contracts coming off and no longer being economical. This could help to get the market back on track.
Talking Points From This Week’s Episode:
• Lots of interest from a wide range of investors
• Recent significant stock and spot price moves.
• Production cuts in Kazakhstan may affect the spot market oversupply.
• KazAtomProm may be taking a more aggressive business position.
David D. Cates is the President and CEO of Denison Mines Corp. and Uranium Participation Corp. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Master of Accounting and a B.A. Degree.
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Cates played a key role in the Company’s mergers and acquisitions activities – leading the acquisition of Rockgate Capital Corp. and International Enexco Ltd. Mr. Cates joined Denison in 2008 and held the position of Director, Taxation prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cates held positions at Kinross Gold Corp. and PwC LLP with a focus on the resource industry.