In a Nov. 25 research note, Haywood analyst Colin Healey reported that Azarga Uranium Corp. (AZZ:TSX; AZZUF:OTCQB) received Environmental Protection Agency permits, the last of the required major federal permits, for its Dewey Burdock in situ recovery (ISR) uranium project in South Dakota.
"With full federal level permitting complete, Azarga significantly derisks its position as the next potential U.S. uranium producer and increases its attractiveness as a mergers and acquisitions tuck-in candidate as it puts major impediments and milestones behind it," Healey wrote.
Healey reviewed the next steps for Dewey Burdock. The first is Azarga receiving the state permits it needs, and that process may resume now that the federal permit process is complete. Already the South Dakota Department of Environmental & Natural Resources has recommended the state permits be approved.
Once Azarga has the requisite state permits, indicated Healey, Dewey Burdock will be fully permitted and, thus, Azarga can make a construction decision on it. Once permitting is done, Azarga will be an ideal acquisition target for any domestic ISR producers. Other factors making Dewey Burdock desirable are its high grade, less than US$32 million upfront capex and expected low cost production.
Healey noted that Azarga is well positioned to benefit from the upcoming catalysts. One is receipt of the state permits for Dewey Burdock. Another is completion of obtaining proof that Azarga's Gas Hills project in Wyoming is ISR amenable, "which we see as additional blue sky potential for the stock."
Haywood has a target price of CA$0.50 per share and a Buy rating on Azarga, which is one of its Top Picks in the uranium space.
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