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The Critical Investor • 36 Comments
Jun. 22, 2015, 12:59 PM
- Canada's government says it has approved an application for Australia’s Paladin Energy (OTCPK:PALAF +4%) to construct its proposed Michelin uranium mine in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, making a rare exception to its policy that requires uranium mines to be majority owned by Canadian companies.
- Analysts say the approval may open the door to other foreign investors seeking majority ownership of Canadian uranium mines, and could encourage investment by two Chinese utilities that have said in recent months they are looking at Canada for acquisitions.
- Canadian companies that own non-producing uranium assets in the country include Cameco (CCJ +0.9%), Fission Uranium (OTCQX:FCUUF +2.1%) and Denison Mines (DNN -1.1%).
Feb. 24, 2014, 11:42 AM
- Uranium takeovers are on the verge of a comeback that could put companies such as Denison Mines (DNN +5.2%), Ur-Energy (URG +4.9%) and Fission Uranium (FCUUF) in play, according to a Bloomberg report.
- Uranium prices are forecast to rise more than 40% by year's end as Japanese power plants restart nuclear reactors that have been shut down since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, and analysts say the rebound in uranium demand may fuel takeovers as buyers try to get ahead of rising prices.
- DNN would make an attractive target for someone looking to gain access to Canada’s Athabasca Basin, home to the world’s richest high-grade uranium; a Raymond James analyst thinks Rio Tinto may be particularly interested.
- Cantor Fitgerald thinks DNN and Fission could be targets of Cameco (CCJ +0.8%), which has been building up cash and last month sold a stake in a power plant for C$450M.
- Also: URRE +5.5%, URZ +4.6%, UEC +0.9%, USU +0.4%.
- ETFs: NLR, NUCL.
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:49 PM
Among the Fission Energy assets being acquired by Denison (DNN +3.4%) is a 60% stake in the Waterbury Lake uranium project, part of a deposit attached to Rio Tinto’s (RIO -1.9%) Roughrider deposit - which Cantor Fitzgerald says "ties a neat bow on top of Denison for a potential takeout offer" from RIO. The analyst also considers Cameco (CCJ -1.2%) a potential source of a competing offer for Fission.| Jan. 16, 2013, 2:49 PM