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Lithium Brine Co. Awarded 100%-Interest Kazakhstan Mining License

Source: Streetwise Reports

 

September 5, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Condor Energy released its Q2 results as it seeks to develop assets in Kazakhstan. Read on to see why one expert is keeping an eye on this stock.


Condor Energies Inc. (CDR:TSX.V) has released its results from the second quarter of this year (Q223), including financial statements and management discussion and analysis. These documents are available on the company's website.

The report has included the highlights of Q2. In July of 2023, Kazakhstan gave Condor a 100% working interest for six years in a 37,300-hectare lithium brine mining license. The company is awaiting final approval from the government of Kazakhstan for its 95% working interest in a separate lithium brine mining license in Kazakhstan.

In June, Condor created a US$5.9 million three-year term loan facility, with interest at 9.0% per annum, that is intended for working capital needs and corporate purposes.

Condor is undertaking final negotiations in order to run the day-to-day operations of eight gas-condensate fields in Uzbekistan. In Kazakhstan, Condor is still attempting to lock in a long-term LNG feed gas supply contract.

Prior to the government of Kazakhstan granting Condor a lithium mining license, in July of 2023, a well drilled on a previously acquired license found brine deposits that contained concentrations of 67 milligrams per liter of lithium in carboniferous aged intervals.

A 670m column of lithium brine has been identified using historical records and data from core drilling. This well touched the top of Denovian-aged sediments. Reservoir sands that were found were not tested.

Condor's lithium licenses are ideally positioned between Europe and Asia. This location provides access to robust lithium markets. Condor's goal is to produce lithium through closed-looped direct lithium extraction technologies, which is more cost-effective than other lithium extraction technologies.

A Hot Market for Lithium

Jessica Cummins of Stockhead reports that the market is hot for lithium and other EV battery metals.

Luke Larative of Seneca Financial Solutions noted, "Over the last few years, most brokers and analysts forecast underestimated lithium prices. This was epitomized in January of this year when lithium 'perma-bear' UBS upgraded its lithium price forecasts by up to 50%, admitting that they had previously underestimated demand from North Asian battery makers and electric vehicle buyers."

Cameron Drummond of Stockhead predicts that EV manufacturing in China will dramatically drive up demand for battery-grade lithium.

According to Benchmark Metals Intelligence (BMI), "the Asia region maintained its position as the regional leader in terms of EV battery plant investments, attracting 38 projects into either gigafactory or EV battery component plant investments."

A Company Worth Looking Into

Analyst Malcolm Shaw of Hydra Capital identified Condor Energies as a company worth looking into.

According to Shaw, "It took flight after the company announced that it is in advanced discussions with respect to taking over eight gas fields in Uzbekistan, along with an exploration block or two."

Condor is unique because its goal is "to revitalize Soviet-era fields with standard Western development practices." He specifically compared it to the early success of PetroKazakhstan, which sold for CA$4 billion.

In an August 15 report, Research Capital analyst Bill Newman maintained a CA$0.50 target price for the company.

Newman said, while under review, "We look forward to additional details on the many growth opportunities which could be released in the coming months."

Ownership and Share Structure

Management and insiders own 2.83% of the company. Andrew G. Judson owns 1.93% with 1.08 million shares, and Donald Streu owns 0.90% of the company with 0.50 million shares.

Institutions own 24.0% of the company. EurAsia Resource Value SE owns 23.63% with 13.27 million shares, and Palos Management Inc. owns 0.37% with 0.21 million shares.

There are 56.16 million shares outstanding and 41.31 million free-float traded shares. It has a market cap of CA$39.42 million. It trades in the 52-week period between CA$0.25 and CA$1.85.

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