March 22nd, 2021 | 08:40 CET
K+S, Goldseek Resources, Gazprom - those who wait for others to buy will lose out
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K+S AG - positive news currently fizzling out
There was justified hope that the K+S share price could crack the EUR 10 mark in recent weeks. This was because the worrying news that had previously been in the air, namely that BaFin had commissioned a special audit of the balance sheet, turned out to be only half as bad. The auditor Deloitte issued an unqualified opinion for the consolidated financial statements, which also waved through the previously questioned write-down plausibility. But the news that the special write-down in question was around EUR 140 million lower than announced, at EUR 1.86 billion, did not excite investors. The significantly upwardly revised growth estimate of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) for the industry in the current year in the middle of the month also failed to give the share price any positive impetus. The association now expects companies in the chemical-pharmaceutical industry to grow by 3% in the current year. In December, the estimate was still a meager 1.5%.
Do all good things come in threes? Unfortunately, this does not apply here; the market was not interested in the third positive announcement last Monday either. The Group wants to expand the production capacity of its potash plant in Zielitz near Magdeburg. K+S will invest about EUR 30 million for this purpose. The new production plant for high-purity potassium chloride, which plays a significant role in the industrial production of detergents, paints, plastics, textiles and other products for everyday use, will start operations in early 2023.
The majority of analysts currently rate the share as "hold" with a target price of EUR 8.60. It is also roughly the level at which the stock exited trading last Friday. A few experts believe that the Company, which is currently valued at EUR 1.6 billion, is worth more. UBS and Baader see the fair value per share at EUR 10.10 and EUR 11, respectively.
GOLDSEEK RESOURCES INC - Go for it
With Goldseek Resources' shares, investors have the unusual opportunity to profit from a promising company virtually from the outset. The Canadian gold explorer has been listed for just one year and is fully funded for its 2021 drill programs. Management and insiders have "skin in the game" and hold 61% of the share certificates. It's not just the assembled competent team that makes the Company promising; it is the strategy being pursued.
Goldseek Resources owns five properties. Four of them are located in Québec, one in Ontario. In early March, the Company announced it had entered into an option agreement to acquire the entire Beschefer project from Wallbridge Mining. If the option is exercised, this would be the sixth project in the portfolio. Before the end of the first quarter, Canadians expect news from ongoing drilling programs and project developments of up to four properties. The Canadians' acquisition strategy is clever. The acquired projects are all located in areas where gold mines exist and gold producers have already done enough preliminary work. This approach significantly increases the probability of success in terms of raw material discoveries. The likelihood that a major will take over the project in question or the entire Company increases enormously.
Canada is the fifth-largest gold producer in the world. About 2/3 of the mined gold comes from Québec (34%) and Ontario (42%). These facts underline that Goldseek Resources has positioned itself correctly and that it is right to strengthen itself in Ontario. Prominent neighbors such as Barrick Gold, Wallbridge Mining, Osisko Mining and Bonterra Resources should make investors feel good. With extensive upcoming newsflow, the share price of the Company, which is fully financed for 2021, should soon be significantly higher. Goldseek Resources is currently valued at just CAD 9 million. Investors should buy.
GAZPROM PJSC ADR - A political pawn or a beneficiary of the hydrogen megatrend?
Gazprom is the world's largest producer of natural gas. The Moscow-based Company controls the Russian pipeline network for natural gas and has a de facto monopoly. The Russian state is the largest shareholder with just over half of the shares.
For some time now, the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea has been a political issue. It is a thorn in the United States side, which sees Europe's energy independence in jeopardy. Anyone who thinks that the US has its interests and is looking for sales markets for liquefied gas is mistaken. The new US government is also putting on the pressure. Last week, our friends from overseas called on all companies involved in the project to pull out and threatened them with sanctions.
Gazprom has an undisputed dominant market position. The issue of politics weighs on the stock here and there. Investors should use price setbacks in connection with the saber-rattling around Nord Stream 2 to build up positions. But perhaps it will soon be the "trending topic" of hydrogen that will boost the stock. That would only be logical since hydrogen can be produced from natural gas. According to a Company announcement on March 18, the Group is examining the production and use of hydrogen and export deliveries of hydrogen and methane-hydrogen mixtures using the existing gas infrastructure to various interested parties. The background to this is the increasing importance of hydrogen in the energy mix of several countries.
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