In an April 23 research note, Eric Zaunscherb, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, reported that eCobalt Solutions Inc. (ECS:TSX;ECSIF:OTCQX;FRA:FCO) provided a progress update on its advanced-stage Idaho cobalt project, currently in the preconstruction phase.
Numerous efforts in that regard have begun and are underway. Concerning the water treatment plant, contracts were awarded for its construction, Zaunscherb indicated, and components of the plant are being delivered. In general, contracts were given for construction of infrastructure, earthworks and concrete. The advanced roaster is being design engineered based on pilot tests. Key staff positions, such as mine manager, superintendents and metallurgists, continue being filled.
Construction should move into full swing this summer, Zaunscherb noted. Before that, however, in Q2/18, eCobalt is expected to release its optimized feasibility study on Idaho.
What Canaccord anticipates seeing in that study is "production ramping up from 2020 and achieving steady state of about 900 tons per annum cobalt in cobalt sulphate at a cash cost of US$15 per pound the following year," Zaunscherb outlined. This cost compares to the current $44 cobalt price, according to the Metal Bulletin.
ECobalt stock is currently trading at CA$1.40 per share. However, a rerating should occur, Zaunscherb opined, once the company completes the feasibility study and obtains financing for development. On eCobalt, Canaccord Genuity has a CA$1.80 price target and a Speculative Buy rating.
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