Wed, Apr. 15, 11:12 AM
- Cameco (CCJ +5.5%) confirms it has signed a supply agreement to provide 7.1M lbs. of uranium concentrate to Indian nuclear reactors under a long-term contract through 2020.
- CCJ says the contract is its first with India, which is the world's second fastest growing market for nuclear fuel.
- The agreement was announced on the second day of Indian Prime Minister Modi's official visit to Canada.
- Earlier: Canadians oppose potential uranium deal as Indian PM Modi visits (Apr. 14)
Tue, Apr. 14, 2:59 PM
- With Indian Prime Minister Modi arriving in Canada, a new poll shows Canadians are 60% opposed to helping develop India’s nuclear energy industry.
- Modi is set to meet with political and business leaders, with news of a possible agreement for India to buy uranium from Cameco (CCJ -1.6%) expected as soon as tomorrow in what would be the company's first deal with the country.
- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has lauded the possibility of a uranium deal and said it would boost CCJ's revenue and support jobs in the province.
Mon, Apr. 13, 9:41 AM
Fri, Apr. 10, 7:15 PM
- Uranium producer Cameco (NYSE:CCJ) would reap a revenue windfall if a nuclear power sales agreement with India is finalized, Saskatchewan’s premier Brad Wall tells Bloomberg.
- A long-term deal by CCJ to sell uranium to India reportedly could be announced as soon as next week when Indian Prime Minister Modi visits Canada.
- CCJ is not saying if a deal is near, only that it has been meeting with Indian government officials and working towards a long-term supply agreement.
Thu, Apr. 9, 11:15 AM
- Cameco (CCJ +3.1%) is higher after Canaccord upgrades shares to Buy from Hold with a C$23 price target, up from C$20.
- Canaccord notes that uniquely among commodities, CCJ did not reduce its Q2 uranium price forecast, and that the company will enjoy the full benefit of the reduced exchange rate between Canadian and U.S. dollars - even more crucial to CCJ’s financial forecasts than spot uranium prices, the firm says.
- The ongoing Canadian Revenue Agency tax disputes remain the key valuation risk for CCJ, Canaccord says, but even adjusting for an assumption that CCJ loses all outstanding tax disputes, the firm sees bottom-of-cycle share price support at C$18-C$20 and mid-cycle share price support at C$17.
Tue, Feb. 10, 11:26 AM
- The IRS is demanding back taxes from Cameco (CCJ +2.3%), believing that the revenue reported by CCJ’s Swiss subsidiary is inadequate and that a portion should be taxed back in the U.S. at a much higher level.
- The claim is similar to that made by the Canada Revenue Agency, which is trying to shift Cameco Europe’s revenue to Canada and apply a back taxes and penalties.
- CCJ says it has done nothing wrong but that the amount of back taxes and transfer pricing penalties could amount to as much as C$1.5B plus other penalties if it loses the CRA dispute; the IRS demand is much smaller, as it seeks to collect US$32M it feels it was owed in 2009, and the agency is auditing tax returns from 2010-12.
Mon, Feb. 9, 2:52 PM
- Cameco (CCJ +2.6%) enjoys solid gains after Q4 earnings routed analyst expectations, as rising uranium prices and a drop in sales expenses helped fuel a 14% Y/Y increase in profit; revenue slipped 9% to C$889M but the result was well ahead of estimates.
- CCJ’s full-year results of C$1.04/share were the lowest since 2006, but the company thinks it is the trough, as it foresees the Cigar Lake mine’s output of 340K lbs. grow to 18M by 2018.
- Looking to FY 2015, CCJ projects revenue remaining little changed to falling as much as 5% compared with last year due to an expected decline in uranium and fuel service sales, which would indicate a range of C$2.27B-C$2.44B, trailing the analyst consensus expecting ~$2.5B.
Sat, Feb. 7, 2:11 AM
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Wed, Jan. 14, 2:56 PM
- Cameco (CCJ -4%) says it expects its newest mine at Cigar Lake, Saskatchewan, to produce 6M-8M lbs. of uranium concentrate in 2015, rising to 18M lbs. by 2018, but the results apparently disappoint investors as shares slide.
- CCJ says Cigar Lake produced 340K lbs. of uranium concentrate during 2014, matching company projections.
Mon, Jan. 12, 7:14 PM
- Fission Uranium's (OTCQX:FCUUF) "truly phenomenal" resource estimate for its PLS deposit has rekindled takeover speculation about the company, and CEO Dev Randhawa says investment bankers already have set up a data room for potential bidders.
- Fission said late Friday the deposit contains an estimated 105.5M lbs. of uranium resources, with more than half of the resource comprised of a high-grade zone that could potentially be mined at very low costs; the discovery is smaller than Saskatchewan's McArthur River and Cigar Lake mines, analysts say it compares favorably to everything else in the province.
- Fission needs the help of a major company for actual development into a mine; Cameco (NYSE:CCJ), Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) and France Areva are sometimes mentioned, but since the discovery is shallow and could be mined as an open pit, the CEO thinks it may draw interest from more general buyers such as Teck Resources (NYSE:TCK) that have no history in the region.
Dec. 4, 2014, 4:43 PM
Nov. 24, 2014, 2:37 PM
- Uranium prices have reversed recent gains, plunging $6/lb. (~13.5%) to $38 over the past week in their biggest weekly drop since 1996.
- TD Securities' Greg Barnes thinks the current volatility is more reflective of trader positioning in a thinly traded market than utilities exhibiting strong fundamental demand; the analyst is not convinced that the rapid drop will be enough to trigger a wave of buying by utilities.
- Uranium names are broadly lower today: CCJ -3%, DNN -3.8%, UEC -1.6%, URG -5.7%, URZ -4.4%, UUUU -1.5%, URRE -0.4%.
- ETFs: URA, NLR, NUCL
- Earlier: Uranium spot prices could pass $50/lb. in next 12 months, analyst says
Nov. 10, 2014, 2:41 PM
- Uranium names are moving briskly higher after H.C. Wainwright analyst Jeffrey Wright says uranium spot prices could rise above $50/lb. in the next year, as a positive decision on the restart of two Japanese nuclear reactors could alleviate psychological pressures on the uranium market.
- The firm maintains Buy ratings for Uranium Energy (UEC +9.3%), Uranerz Energy (URZ +14.7%) and Ur-energy (URG +8.6%).
- Also higher: CCJ +2.9%, DNN +7.1%, URRE +30.9%, UUUU +10%.
- ETFs: URA, NLR, NUCL
Nov. 7, 2014, 12:20 PM
- Reports that Japan is restarting some reactors may be helping uranium stocks catch a bid today.
- Two reactors at Japan's Sendai nuclear plant are due to become the first to be restarted in the country since the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima facility.
- Also, Denison Mining (DNN +22.2%) reported Q3 earnings last night, delivering a loss of $0.01 vs. a loss of $0.10 in the prior-year quarter.
- CCJ +10.3%, UEC +5.4%, UUUU +6.1%, URRE +27.2%, URG +16.9%, URZ +11.5%.
- ETFs: URA, NLR, NUCL
Cameco Corp is engaged in the exploration for and the development, mining, refining, conversion, fabrication and trading of uranium for sale as fuel for generating electricity in nuclear power reactors in Canada and other countries.
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