Baird says lithium stock Albemarle can surge more than 45%, cites pricing power
There is a large shopping for alternative in lithium firm Albemarle , in response to Baird. Baird upgraded the corporate to outperform and raised its worth goal to $288 from $222, which suggests a acquire of 47% from Friday’s shut. “ALB is down ~41% from its highs lower than a 12 months in the past, and we consider that readability on the impression of pricing, a reset of steerage, and ALB’s vertically built-in system place it as a pacesetter for the close to and long run,” analyst Ben Kallo wrote in a Monday observe. He famous that lithium costs have tumbled greater than 40% 12 months thus far. Nonetheless, Baird thinks there’s a important imbalance within the provide and demand ranges for lithium, significantly as stationary lithium-ion battery storage for electrical autos rises. The lowered steerage for 2023 is “a beautiful entry level for the inventory,” Kallo stated. The analyst added that Albemarle’s “range and high quality of assets give it a aggressive benefit on value and skill to service a number of finish markets. We see upside to estimates from any enhance in lithium pricing, potential tailwinds from the IRA, and the rising demand for lithium.” Baird additionally stated the oligopolistic construction within the bromine market, wherein Albemarle is a top-three producer, offers the corporate relative pricing energy. “ALB has been capable of efficiently implement numerous pricing will increase lately. This pricing energy ought to enable ALB to go alongside larger prices of manufacturing to its clients and in addition assist to partially offset any near-term softness in demand for electronics merchandise utilizing BFRs,” in response to Kallo. “Moreover, ALB is a pacesetter in catalyst merchandise and its capability enlargement efforts in Korea and Saudi Arabia ought to assist the corporate preserve its present share and in addition open up an expanded market potential for completed polyolefin catalysts,” he added. Shares have been up 2.1% Monday throughout premarket buying and selling. In the meantime, the inventory is down greater than 9% in 2023. —CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.