A strategy of rapid production increases and spot sales enabled the company to make tremendous market share gains, but at the expense of prices globally that have suffered due to oversupply.
But things might be changing suggests Justin Chan, an analyst at broker Numis.
Can the uranium price recover?
In short, the uranium price can recover and rapidly.
Spot uranium prices are currently languishing at US$18.50 from a price of over US$50 four years ago.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is one reason but there are others.
“In our view, the current spot price reflects short term oversupply with the largest factor being the growth in Kazakh spot production,” said Chan.
"As this ends it may create a short squeeze situation as nuclear power generating utilities have increasingly relied on spot purchases to supplant contracts signed in the rush of the 2006-2009 uranium bull market.
US utilities have less than 50% of their uranium supply under contract from 2020 onward, he adds, while EU utilities will have less than 50% coverage from 2022.
Favoured uranium plays
Canadian group NexGen Energy (TSX:NXE) with a C$4.00/share target has, in Numis’s view, the most strategically important undeveloped deposit in the uranium sector.
Peninsula Energy (ASX:PEN) with a target of A$1.05/share, meanwhile, is ramping up phase I production at the Lance ISR facility in Wyoming, U.S.