ioneer Ltd (ASX:INR) shares opened up 9.4% this morning at 17.5 cents on speculation surrounding it being a takeover target.
An article today in The Australian newspaper suggested ioneer could be on the radar of Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO).
Notably, ioneer's board contains non-executive director Alan Davies, a former Rio executive.
Davies is a well-known natural resources and industrial executive with a 20-year career with Rio Tinto culminating in being CEO responsible for energy and industrial minerals.
Davies recently purchased company shares
Recently, Davies purchased 384,254 ioneer shares for about $50,337 through on-market trades.
This purchase increases his overall holding (direct and indirect) in the company to about 2.75 million shares and 857,710 options.
ioneer released a pre-feasiblity study (PFS) in October 2018 for its Rhyolite Ridge project demonstrating its scale, long life and low-cost.
Developing the project would make ioneer the largest lithium producer in the United States.
With forecast annual production of 20,200 tonnes lithium carbonate and 173,000 tonnes boric acid, Rhyolite Ridge will be a globally significant producer of both lithium and boron.