In a Sept. 11 research note, analyst Eric Zaunscherb with Canaccord Genuity reported that eCobalt Solutions Inc. (ECS:TSX; ECSIF:OTCQX; ECO:FSE) successfully finished pilot-scale metallurgical testing for its Idaho cobalt project and intends to release the optimized feasibility study results by the end of this month. "These results could be an important milestone for eCobalt and a catalyst for its share price," he added.
After eCobalt releases the findings, Zaunscherb explained, it will ship samples from the pilot plant to prospects for potential offtake agreements, finalize terms and agreements with them as part of a project financing package and come to a production decision.
The analyst noted that eCobalt's stock price has "suffered since the beginning of the year." He attributed this in part to depressed "sentiment around the battery materials theme" and delays in the feasibility study process. The latter were caused by the decision of eCobalt's management team during the study to change the type of cobalt to be produced at Idaho, to a low-arsenic cobalt copper concentrate instead of cobalt sulphate heptahydrate.
Zaunscherb purported that the battery materials space should gain favor toward year-end, when "electric vehicle sales penetration ticks up and newly constructed battery manufacturing capacity comes online, complete with start-up restocking."
Canaccord Genuity maintains its Speculative Buy rating and CA$0.90 per share target price on eCobalt Solutions, whose stock is trading now at around CA$0.81 per share.
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