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SP Angel . Morning View . Monday 18 07 22

Copper climbs on a pullback in US inflation expectations and Chinese language property market information


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Botswana Diamonds PLC (AIM:BOD) – Drilling underway at Thorny River

CMOC (BMV: CMOCTEZ) – CMOC suspends all exports from Tenke Fungurume copper, cobalt mine within the DRC

Kore Potash PLC (AIM:KP2, ASX:KP2, JSE:KP2)* – Q2/22 replace highlights completion of the Optimisation Examine with EPC proposal anticipated in Aug/22

Energy Metallic Sources PLC (AIM:POW)* – Web site go to accomplished at newly acquired Botswana licenses


Ukraine central financial institution has bought over $12bn of its gold reserves throughout conflict

  • Ukraine’s central financial institution has bought $12.4 billion of gold reserves for the reason that starting of Russia’s invasion on the twenty fourth of February.
  • Deputy Governor Kateryna Rozhkova advised home information retailers: “We’re promoting in order that our importers are in a position to purchase crucial items for the nation,”


Copper costs rise as China seeks to agency up property sector

  • Copper costs recovered considerably on Monday morning, following two weeks of decline which noticed costs dip under $7,000/t for the primary time in over a 12 months.
  • Chinese language regulators have urged banks to extend lending to builders to allow them to full unfinished housing initiatives.
  • Turmoil in China’s property market has weighed on copper costs in latest weeks, with China accounting for over 50% of world copper demand.
  • Copper costs are buying and selling over 2% larger than Wednesday’s shut as of 9.30am London time.


Will we be preventing ‘Deflation’ subsequent 12 months as a surge in manufacturing output progress meets collapsing shopper demand?

  • US Federal Reserve First precedence is to manage inflation by adjusting rates of interest
  • Inflation is subsequently driving:

    • Rates of interest
    • US greenback strengthening – on account of the carry commerce and funds looking for shelter within the US greenback.

  • US Federal Reserve Second precedence is to create jobs

    • US payroll knowledge is robust enabling the Fed to deal with their first precedence, although that is virtually definitely about to alter quick

  • Demand

    • New job adjustments and better ensuing incomes inspired spending because the US / West got here out of lockdown
    • Inflation now seems to be weakening shopper demand
    • Excessive gasoline costs is additional tightening family money availability
    • Larger rates of interest including to larger price of gasoline decreasing family spending energy
    • Client confidence is poor as a result of raised uncertainty over Ukraine and power availability
    • Enterprise confidence has collapsed – pushing again enlargement initiatives and capex

  • Manufacturing output

    • New order progress is stalling manufacturing and is slowing in providers
    • Overproduction is already resulting in heavy discounting by retailers

  • Building sector

    • Price inflation in building renders extra marginal initiatives unworkable
    • Labour shortages and provide chain points add to venture threat and prices, although these ought to enhance.
    • Larger day charges for expert crafts(individuals) and unskilled labourers
    • Chinese language property funding fell 5.4% in H1.
    • Chinese language property gross sales collapsed 22% yoy in H1 by flooring space
    • Chinese language consumers of unfinished properties threaten a mortgage strike
    • China has simply began to encourage lenders to lenders to increase loans to certified actual property initiatives

  • Oil costs stabilising

    • Oil costs might show to be deflationary subsequent 12 months
    • Fuel costs prone to stay excessive until Ukraine conflict is over / potential regime change in Russia

  • Europe – European economies slowing quick as recession provides to potential new disaster if Russia restricts gasoline provides

    • The latest shutdown of the Nordstream pipeline has delayed plans to refill storage with Russian gasoline via the Summer season
    • It’s not a query of if, it’s only a query of how exhausting will or not it’s in Europe this Winter?
    • Authorities bond yield differential between PIGS and Northern European economies creates potential new debt disaster.

  • China – is worried that demand from its largest buyer, the US, is falling and will weaken their ‘export-led’ progress prospects

    • Q3 is prone to present a pointy restoration from a disastrous Q2 as manufacturing output recovers to fulfill order backlog however who will purchase the merchandise?
    • China has nearly no inflation, that is partly as a result of its US greenback foreign money peg and partly due better state affect on wages and fundamental shopper costs.
    • However China has property and doubtlessly a banking disaster to work via earlier than it restores shopper confidence.
    • Chinese language policymakers and the PBoC have developed a broader vary of levers with which to regulate its economic system and could also be compelled to speed up its ‘Twin Circulation’ coverage to encourage home consumption, although this can be robust with the continued property disaster.
    • China is already providing low-cost finance to drive home EV gross sales to cut back gasoline consumption and generate demand to assist rising EV manufacturing


China – turbocharges Electrical Automobile gross sales via lower-cost loans for consumers

  • We knew it will come, China is set to be and stay the world’s largest producer of Electrical Autos.
  • Credit score for automobiles rose 37.5% mother to $8.1bn in June
  • We’d go additional and say that China’s ambition is to turn out to be the premier producer of car worldwide.

    • First base for China is to lift EV gross sales and minimize oil imports for gasoline.
    • Second base might be to chop car imports, steer gross sales in the direction of home producers.
    • Third base is to turn out to be the world’s largest producer of Electrical Autos with a robust command of the market.


Dow Jones Industrials +2.15percentat 31,288

Nikkei 225 closed at 26,788

HK Cling Seng +2.38% at 20,780

Shanghai Composite +1.55% at 3,278



US – US markets closed larger on Friday with futures constructing on these positive factors early on Monday following higher than anticipated retail gross sales launched on Friday in addition to a pullback in inflation expectations as indicated by the College of Michigan knowledge.

  • Long run inflation expectations (over the following 5-10 years) measured by the College of Michigan got here in at 2.8% in July, down from 3.1% in June and the bottom since July final 12 months.
  • The headline Client Sentiment index additionally got here in higher than anticipated for July.
  • Easing of inflation expectations is welcome information with optimistic financial knowledge decreasing dangers of the central financial institution going for full proportion level hike subsequent week.
  • Retail Gross sales (%mother): 1.0 v -0.1 (revised from -0.3) in Could and 0.9 est.
  • Core Retail Gross sales (%mother): 0.7 v -0.1 (revised from 0.1) in Could and 0.1 est.
  • UoM Client Sentiment: 51.1 v 50.0 in June and 50.0 est.


China – Regulators requested banks to step up lending to property builders on the again of rising boycott of mortgage funds for unfinished housing initiatives.

  • A whole bunch of 1000’s of consumers have stopped mortgage funds on greater than 200 unfinished actual property initiatives in China final week including to sector’s liquidity crunch.
  • Property gross sales by flooring space fell 22% yoy from January-June vs a 24% yoy in fall January-Could
  • New building begins fell 34% yoy within the first six months accelerating from a 31% fall within the first 5 months.
  • Property costs have been flat in round 70 main cities in June on the earlier month.
  • Regulators from the China Banking and Insurance coverage Regulatory Fee met with banks final week to debate boycotts.
  • Shares of lenders and property builders climbed on the again of the information.

Regulators seen encouraging lenders to increase loans to certified actual property initiatives (Reuters)

  • The transfer is designed to cut back the danger of a mortgage-payment boycott on unfinished homes
  • Eg the sooner the condominium blocks are completed the earlier homeowners can transfer in.
  • Finally, the authorities may wish to unwind the apply of consumers making mortgage funds on unfinished properties.
  • Covid: New covid instances reported continued to climb over the weekend with officers imposing new restrictions over the weekend, FT studies.
  • 580 new native instances have been recorded on Sunday marking the very best quantity since late Could when many cities remained beneath lockdown.
  • Officers in Guangxi accountable for half of the nation’s new instances have been faraway from their posts for permitting the virus to unfold.
  • Tianjin, a metropolis of 16m residents neighbouring Beijing, introduced in non permanent restrictions on motion on Monday because it performed mass testing after native instances of the virus have been reported.
  • Shanghai continued with mass testing in 9 districts whereas the gaming enclave of Macau prolonged its lockdown, Bloomberg writes.


Japan – Tokyo’s Metropolitan Authorities raised its Covid an infection alert for the capital to the very best degree Thursday final week.

  • The capital reported ~16.9k new instances mid final week, in comparison with ~3.6k at first of the month.
  • Instances are reported to be surging throughout the nation as properly, though the variety of extreme infections thus far stays low.


ECB – The ECV governing council will probably be assembly this week and is anticipated to announce the primary fee hike since 2011 on Thursday.


UK – The third spherical of voting amongst member of parliament to be held immediately to eradicate the one of many 5 remaining candidates.

  • Outcomes are to be introduced at 8pm this night.
  • Rishi Sunak led final week’s second spherical of voting with 101 votes adopted by Penny Mordaunt (83) and Liz Truss (64).
  • Two additional rounds of voting with be held on Tuesday and Wednesday to slender the checklist to 2 candidates.
  • The ultimate consequence will probably be introduced on September 5.

UK climate: ‘Keep indoors’ warning as Met Workplace ‘by no means seen’ climate charts like this (Sky Newa)

  • the UK may hit 41C over the following two days – with forecasters saying the document temperature of 38.7C is prone to be damaged on Monday and Tuesday.



US$1.0143/eur vs 1.0028/eur final week.  Yen 138.13/$ vs 138.74/$.  SAr 17.004/$ vs 17.205/$.  $1.194/gbp vs $1.184/gbp.  0.683/aud vs 0.674/aud.  CNY 6.740/$ vs 6.764/$.

US greenback pulls again following robust positive factors

  • Expectations for a possible 100bp rise in US rates of interest has been tempered by latest feedback serving to the greenback decrease.
  • The US greenback has had an awfully robust run in opposition to most different currencies knocking commodity costs and elevating the price of servicing US-dollar denominated debt for abroad firms.


Commodity Information

Valuable metals:         

Gold US$1,721/oz vs US$1,704/oz final week

Gold ETFs 102.4moz vs US$102.5moz final week

Platinum US$868/oz vs US$845/oz final week

Palladium US$1,878/oz vs US$1,906/oz final week

Silver US$18.95/oz vs US$18.26/oz final week

Rhodium US$14,000/oz vs US$13,900/oz final week


Base metals:   

Copper US$ 7,346/t vs US$6,975/t final week

Aluminium US$ 2,379/t vs US$2,314/t final week

Nickel US$ 19,810/t vs US$18,440/t final week

Zinc US$ 2,980/t vs US$2,829/t final week

Lead US$ 1,962/t vs US$1,844/t final week

Tin US$ 25,250/t vs US$24,250/t final week



Oil US$103.7/bbl vs US$99.7/bbl final week

Crude oil costs rose this morning after President Joe Biden’s journey to Saudi Arabia did not extract any near-term dedication to spice up its oil provide and relieve the essentially tight bodily market.

European power costs edged decrease on studies that Canada has returned a repaired turbine required by the Russian Portovaya compressor station, which is an important aspect of the Nord Stream pipeline.

The US rig rely rose by 4 to 756 rigs final week, with oil rigs including 2 models to 599 rigs and a couple of models recorded as miscellaneous rigs.

Pure Fuel US$7.164/mmbtu vs US$6.703/mmbtu final week

Uranium UXC US$46.65/lb vs US$46.70/lb final week



Iron ore 62% Fe spot (cfr Tianjin) US$96.6/t vs US$100.1/t

Chinese language metal rebar 25mm US$624.4/t vs US$638.7/t

Thermal coal (1st 12 months ahead cif ARA) US$271.0/t vs US$251.0/t

Coking coal swap Australia FOB US$250.0/t vs US$240.0/t



Cobalt LME 3m US$55,445/t vs US$60,445/t

NdPr Uncommon Earth Oxide (China) US$125,009/t vs US$125,305/t

Lithium carbonate 99% (China) US$67,587/t vs US$67,347/t

China Spodumene Li2O 5percentmin CIF US$4,720/t vs US$4,720/t

Ferro-Manganese European Mn78% min US$1,375/t vs US$1,389/t

China Tungsten APT 88.5% FOB US$327/t vs US$327/t

China Graphite Flake -194 FOB US$815/t vs US$815/t

Europe Vanadium Pentoxide 98% 8.3/lb vs US$8.4/lb

Europe Ferro-Vanadium 80% 35.25/kg vs US$35.25/kg

China Ilmenite Focus TiO2 US$360/t vs US$359/t

Spot CO2 Emissions EUA Value US$85.0/t vs US$83.5/t

Brazil Potash CFR Granular Spot US$1,050.0/t vs US$1,050.0/t


Battery Information

VW to double ID EV gross sales in China, regardless of COVID-19 disruptions

  • Volkswagen China has caught to its objective of doubling gross sales of its ID collection of EVs this 12 months regardless of COVID-19 disruptions.
  • VW is assured of delivering 15,000 to twenty,000 of its ID automobiles per 30 days within the upcoming months, in response to Stephan Wollenstein, the corporate’s China CEO.
  • The German carmaker set a goal in January of doubling gross sales of its ID battery EVs in China to 140,000 this 12 months, from the 70,000 models it bought in 2021.
  • Regardless of disruptions from latest COVID lockdowns at its main manufacturing websites, the corporate stated it bought 59,400 ID EVs in China within the first six months this 12 months.


China’s H1 battery output surges 176% yoy

  • China’s output of energy batteries surged 176.4% yoy to 206.4GWh within the first half of the 12 months, in response to business knowledge.
  • Within the first six months of 2022, manufacturing of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries totalled 123.2GWh up 226.8% from a 12 months in the past.
  • Ternary lithium battery output totalled 82.9GWh, up 125% from H121.

Johnson Matthey to construct £80m hydrogen cell facility within the UK

  • Johnson Matthey has introduced it’s constructing an £80m gigafactory because it appears to be like to scale up the manufacturing of hydrogen gasoline cell elements at its present website in Royston, UK.
  • Earlier this 12 months, Johnson Matthey introduced its technique, with an ambition to be the “market chief in efficiency elements for gasoline cells and electrolysers”, focusing on greater than £200m in gross sales of hydrogen applied sciences by finish of 2024/25.
  • The gigafactory will initially be able to manufacturing 3GW of proton alternate membrane (PEM) gasoline cell elements yearly for hydrogen automobiles.
  • The Superior Propulsion Centre estimates that the UK will want 14GW of gasoline cell stack manufacturing and 400,000 excessive stress carbon fibre tanks yearly to fulfill car manufacturing calls for by 2035.
  • There might be as many as 3m gasoline cell electrical automobiles (FCEVs) on the highway globally by 2030.
  • The plans have been backed by the governments Automotive Transformation Fund, with Enterprise Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng saying: “This funding, backed by Authorities, is a significant vote of confidence from Johnson Matthey within the UK. Their new facility won’t solely add to our rising electrical car provide chain, however it can additionally assist safe a whole lot of extremely expert jobs.”


Tesla lays down 2TWh problem to Panasonic

  • Following new mandate from Tesla, Panasonic is constructing a pipeline of 2TWh of battery and uncooked materials provides for automaker, in response to Chief Expertise Officer Shoichiro Watanabe.
  • As reported final week, Panasonic plans to spend $4bn to construct a second gigafactory in Kansas to focus on progress within the US auto market – the Japanese battery producer is Tesla’s largest provider as a result of Nevada gigafactory, a three way partnership with Tesla that has a capability of 44GWh.
  • Tesla has stated it desires to provide 20m EVs by the top of the last decade, and whereas it goals to make its personal batteries, CEO Elon Musk has stated that it’s going to nonetheless depend on exterior suppliers.
  • Assuming the 2TWh will probably be a mixture of 50% lithium nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA) and 50% NCM excessive nickel, the overall uncooked materials consumption would equal 170,000t of cobalt hydroxide, 1,630,000t of LCE, 1,660,000t of nickel and a couple of,400,000t of graphite anode, in response to evaluation from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.


Firm Information

Botswana Diamonds PLC (AIM:BOD) 0.93p, Mkt Cap £8.2m – Drilling underway at Thorny River

  • Botswana Diamonds studies the beginning of its newest part of drilling at its Thorny River prospect in South Africa the place the corporate is planning to drill not less than ten reverse-circulation drilling to find out the attainable presence of further ‘blows’.
  • Structural geological mapping along side geophysical knowledge has outlined “4 high-grade gravity anomalies “ and the drilling is aimed toward potential useful resource expansions.
  • Chairman, John Teeling, described the drilling as “an vital subsequent step in our drive to determine a industrial operation at Thorny River. We’re hopeful that these further holes will increase the useful resource base to permit a monetary analysis of better potential for the Thorny River diamond venture
  • The corporate says that drilling is anticipated to take round 2 weeks.

Conclusion: The most recent drilling at Thorny River goals to increase the useful resource envelope and we stay up for the outcomes


CMOC (BMV: CMOCTEZ) –  CNY5.31, CNY103bn – CMOC suspends all exports from Tenke Fungurume copper, cobalt mine within the DRC

  • CMOC is complying with calls for by a court-appointed administrator.


Kore Potash PLC (AIM:KP2, ASX:KP2, JSE:KP2)* 1.2p, Mkt Cap £39m – Q2/22 replace highlights completion of the Optimisation Examine with EPC proposal anticipated in Aug/22


  • The Firm highlighted progress at its growth prepared flagship Kola Sylvinite Potach Challenge within the Sintoukola Basin, Republic of Congo.
  • Q2/22 marked completion and receipt of the Optimisation Examine on the venture in April that delivered capital price financial savings and lowered building interval enhancing venture economics.
  • Capital price was lowered by $520m to $1.83B in comparison with the 2019 DFS on an EPC foundation and minimize building interval by 6m to 40m.
  • NPV10% (attributed submit 10% ROC free carried curiosity) and IRR (each submit tax) elevated to $1.62B and 20%, from $1.45B and 17%, utilizing similar $360/MOP value assumption.
  • Utilizing near present spot $1,000/MOP CFR Brazil value, economics are available at $9.35B and 49%, respectively.
  • Late June, the staff introduced it had signed a Heads of Settlement with SEPCO confirming venture design, timeline and growth price (aside from a possible adjustments associated to the underground mine share of works that presently beneath evaluation and account for ~9% or $164m of complete capital price) whereas reiterating completion of the EPC proposal in Aug/22.
  • The EPC contract proposal for growth of the Challenge is anticipated in August 2022.
  • As soon as phrases of the contract are agreed by the Firm, financing ought to observe and is anticipated to be finalised in H2/22.
  • The Firm remained debt free and held $7.6m in money (This fall/21: $11.1m).

Conclusion: Spotlight of the quarter is the supply of the Optimisation Examine that improved venture economics by decreasing complete growth capex by >20% and minimize building interval by six months. The HoA signed in June suggests the EPC proposal ought to be delivered in August and following the evaluation by the Firm ought to clear the best way for funding proposal in H2/22, closing on which might mark a big de-risking and rerating occasion for the Firm.

*SP Angel acts as Nomad and Dealer to Kore Potash


Energy Metallic Sources PLC (AIM:POW)* 0.875p, Mkt Cap £12m – Web site go to accomplished at newly acquired Botswana licenses

  • Energy Metallic offers an exploration replace for the Firm’s Tati venture, Botswana.
  • Visits have been made to all three of the corporate’s licenses, together with the newly acquired 16.14km2 PL049/2022 which covers the historic Cherished Hope gold mine.
  • Floor mapping has proven the historic gold workings are extra intensive than beforehand understood, with not less than 10 particular person workings comprising of vertical shafts and trial pits over 175m.
  • Intensive tailings on website are going to be evaluated for his or her reprocessing potential.
  • Comply with-up exploration consists of sampling of the fines dump materials and planning for RC drilling aimed toward testing the along-strike and down-dip extent of the Cherished Hope mineralised quartz reef constructions.

*SP Angel acts as nomad and dealer to Energy Metallic


No.1 in Copper:  “The winner of the 2020 Fastmarkets Apex contest for copper was the staff at SP Angel comprising John Meyer, Sergey Raevskiy and Simon Beardsmore, with an accuracy rating of 93.8%”

No1. In Gold:  “SP Angel’s trio took the highest spot for the gold value prediction all year long, with an accuracy rating of 97.59%”

The SP Angel staff additionally ranked 1st in Palladium, third in Tin and fifth in Silver within the fourth quarter of 2020



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Sources of commodity costs

Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver – BGNL (Bloomberg Generic Composite fee, London)

Gold ETFs, Metal – Bloomberg

Copper, Aluminium, Nickel, Zinc, Lead, Tin, Cobalt – LME

Oil Brent – ICE

Pure Fuel, Uranium, Iron Ore – NYMEX

Thermal Coal – Bloomberg OTC Composite

Coking Coal – SSY

RRE – Steelhome

Lithium Carbonate, Ferro Vanadium, Tungsten, Spodumene, Ferro-Manganese, Graphite – Asian Metallic



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