November 9th, 2023 | 07:20 CET
BMW celebrates battery technology, BYD is coming to Europe, and Power Nickel offers a 100% opportunity!
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"[...] Nickel, therefore, benefits twice: firstly from its growing importance within batteries and secondly from the generally growing demand for such storage. [...]" Terry Lynch, CEO, Power Nickel
Power Nickel: More than 100% share price potential?
Regardless of which car and battery manufacturers will ultimately prevail in the current upheaval in the industry, everyone needs raw materials. Power Nickel benefits from this and has projects for various battery metals. The exploration company's most important project is the development of a nickel mine in Canada, putting the Company in the immediate vicinity of the US. And there, as is well known, the development of a strong renewable energy sector is being massively promoted by the state. And not only that, Power Nickel aims to operate the nickel mine in a climate-neutral way. In the context of ESG issues, this makes the Company even more attractive to customers.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the analysts at Fundamental Research see considerable upside potential in the Power Nickel share. The analysts emphasize that companies focusing on metals for electromobility remain attractive. Battery and e-car manufacturers are looking for stable and long-term sources of supply. The drilling program in 2022 identified several high-grade zones. A new resource estimate is to be published this year. Another kicker for the share is the spin-off of peripheral activities. Power Nickel plans to spin off its four early-stage exploration projects (three in Chile and one in Canada) together with its 3% license interest in a copper-molybdenum development project from Teck Resources into a newly listed company. Power Nickel shareholders will receive free shares in this new company. The analysts, therefore, see the fair value of the Power Nickel share at CAD 0.48. The stock is currently trading at CAD 0.22.
BMW: Soon to have more range than Tesla?
The BMW share is currently viewed with some skepticism. According to marketscreener.com, out of 21 analysts, only 8 recommend buying the shares of the Munich-based carmaker. Yet operationally, the Company is performing well. BMW was also able to increase sales and operating profit in the third quarter of 2023. On the other hand, its strategy of having multiple types of powertrains is facing criticism.
But BMW itself is brimming with self-confidence, celebrating its battery technology and seeing itself overtake industry leader Tesla. According to Automotive News Europe, BMW Board Member for Production, Milan Nedeljkovic, explained that it will be up to Tesla to "close the gap to us" in the future. The optimism is based on the new cells from battery partner Eve Energy. These are said to store 46% more energy than Tesla's 4680 cells. BMW wants to offer vehicles with a range of 800 km in the future. At the same time, battery costs are to be reduced by 50%.
BYD: Will Hungary win the race?
And what is new from BYD? Plans for the first European factory are intensifying. A few months ago, there were rumors that the Chinese could take over the German site in Saarlouis from Ford, however this no longer seems to be the case. Instead, BYD is said to be moving to Hungary. According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, the Eastern European country has been chosen as the location. A six-figure number of electric cars are to roll off the production line there in a few years. BYD is expected to make an official decision by the end of the year. Another indication that the speculation could be true is a trip by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to China a few weeks ago. He also visited the BYD headquarters in Shenzhen.
Regardless of where in Europe BYD will build its first factory, competition will increase for local car manufacturers. In its home market of China, BYD has already overtaken Volkswagen as the industry leader this year. It will be interesting to see when BYD reports sales figures for Europe. Power Nickel has little to worry about in terms of sales. But of course, the project must first be developed. But the Company is making good progress, and new resource estimates should boost the share price. BMW is anything but highly valued. However, investors do not seem convinced by the Munich-based company's strategy in the electric age.
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