The Mineral Resources Ltd [ASX:MIN] share price is down 5% as the iron ore and lithium producer updated the market on its outlook.
MIN shares are currently trading for $38.87 a share.
A tale of two commodities — iron ore and lithium
MIN is a large producer of both iron ore and lithium.
At one point this year, both commodities were pulling in the same direction…and propelling MIN shares upward.
MIN stock rose as high as $65 in July this year on surging lithium and iron ore prices.
Of course, the two commodities are now not pulling in the same direction.
Iron ore spot prices are falling on waning China demand, worries swirling around Evergrande, and coming supply from Brazil’s Vale operation.
For the interested, our Editorial Director Greg Canavan, foreshadowed the fall in the iron price in his latest research brief, which you can read here.
Of course, lithium prices are still elevated, as demand from battery manufactures and automakers for the white metal outstrips supply.
That hasn’t stopped MIN shares falling 39% from their 52-week high.
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Takeaways from MIN’s AGM address
Mineral Resources said its long-term iron ore strategy is to transition from a small high-cost miner to a high-volume, low-cost miner, with lost-cost mine and transport solutions.
Of course, reducing extraction and mining costs will improve MIN’s margins when producing iron ore. And improved margins can cushion prolonged periods of depressed iron ore prices.
MIN also said it’s aiming to develop iron ore three mining hubs in the next 2–5 years.
- ‘Ashburton – 30Mtpa, 2-year development
- ‘Southwest Creek – 30Mtpa, 2 years approvals plus 3-year development
- ‘Yilgarn – transitioning from hematite to magnetite.’
As for MIN’s lithium strategy, the miner continues to focus on converting spodumene to high-quality lithium hydroxide.
Importantly, in the next 2–5 years, MIN expects to bring the Wodgina lithium mine back to full production in line with market demand.
This represents about 750ktpa, with MIN’s joint venture partner to convert all product to lithium hydroxide.
Now, if you want to learn more about the lithium industry, I suggest checking out this report.
And if you want an in-depth tour of investing in lithium, I suggest going over this guide that we published last month.
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