Heat Check: Alexco Resource Corp. (AXU) Vs. Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU)

Alexco Resource Corp. (AMEX: AXU) shares are 26.72% up in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 6.52% or $0.18 higher in the latest trading session. However, stock’s trailing 12-month performance remains nearly +306.02% lower. Comparatively, the stock is -16.00% down YTD and 18.55% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is 10.53% and 6.52% over the month.

Analyst Recommendations

On July 07, 2014, H.C. Wainwright recommended the AXU stock is a Buy, while earlier, ROTH Capital had Initiated the stock as a Buy on February 20, 2018. 3 analysts offering the recommendations for the stock have a consensus rating of 2.00 to suggest that the AXU stock is a “Moderate Buy. 0 of the 3 analysts rate the stock as a “Sell”, while 0 has rated it as “Underweight”. 2 recommend buying, with 1 rating it as an Overweight.

The stock currently trades at $2.94 and analysts tracking its performance over the next 12 months have a consensus estimate price target of $2.89. The forecasts give the Alexco Resource Corp. stock a price target range of $3.75 on the higher side while at least one analyst think the stock could plunge to a low of $2.39. The two limits represent an upside potential of 21.6% or -23.01%.

Earnings Forecast

Analysts estimate the earnings to decrease -700.00% in the current quarter to -$0.01, up from the -$0.02 reported in the same quarter a year ago. For the current year, earnings should grow to an average of $0.05, down -84.00% from -$0.06 reported last year. Wall Street estimates earnings per share to be at an average of $0.21 for the next year.

Energy Fuels Inc. (AMEX:UUUU), on the other hand, is trading around $1.90 with a market cap of $218.49M and analyst research firms have a positive stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $3.25 and spell out a more modest performance – a 41.54% return. Some analysts are even forecasting -$0.17 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.

Let us briefly look at the Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.

Company balance sheet and cash flow

UUUU’s operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $0.34 million. This represented a 12.66% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $0.4 million. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS declined -$0.08 on the year-over-year period, shrinking to -$0.10 as given in the last earnings report.

In terms of the balance sheet & cash flow as of (Jun 2020), the total assets figure advanced to $188.13 million from $184.93 million over the previous quarter. Short term investments amounted to $1.68 million while total current assets were at $57.02 million. The cash flow from operating activities totaled -$15.83 million, significantly higher than the -$22.99 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was -$15.98 million.

Insider activity

Insiders have transacted a total of 3 times at Energy Fuels Inc. over the last 6 months, with insider purchases undertaken 3 times and accounting for 17,500 shares. Insider sales totaled 0 shares over the same period, with these deals completed in 0 transactions. Looking at these numbers, we realize that net purchases over that period are 3.0 shares. Insiders now hold a total of 6.71M shares after the latest sales, with 0.40% net shares purchased.

Major holders

Insiders own 5.35% of the company shares, while shares held by institutions stand at 23.29%. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with Energy Fuels Inc. having a total of 111 institutions that hold shares in the company.