Big IPO year on the cards

PATERSONS analyst Simon Tonkin likes the ongoing price prospects for lithium, cobalt, copper, nickel and zinc, and sees a potential big year for IPOs, with commodity price strength and history suggesting a doubling of floats in 2018 could be on the cards after a much improved 2017.

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Tonkin told the RIU Explorers Conference in Fremantle that between 30 and 60 floats could be on the way after 25 companies listed in 2017 – up from a mere seven the year before.

Floats increased strongly after 24 IPOs in 2002 and 21 IPOs in 2009, with a staggering 117 hitting the market back in the halcyon days of 2007.

In terms of commodity pricing, Tonkin and Patersons continue to like lithium, but caution the ramping-up of the spodumene producers in Western Australia could have a dampening-effect in the shorter term.

Tonkin also suggested investors who are keen on the cobalt sector need to keep in mind that metallurgical recovery can be an issue.

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