Disappointing Trading for Pilbara Minerals

Pilbara Minerals Ltd [ASX:PLS] has seen a difficult few months. Today, we’re seeing their share price suffer — down at time of writing by 8.40%. This brings their share price to 54 cents.

The mining company has continued to report solid production from their projects; however, a weakening demand for their profit has forced them to cut back on their operations to salvage cash flow and working capital.

And it doesn’t look to be getting much brighter for the lithium miner, now set to be impacted further by a shutdown of a concentrator in late July.

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Bad news continues for Pilbara Minerals

On Monday, Pilbara released their Pilgangoora Production and Sales Update. It revealed that the Lithium-Tantalum Project had produced a record 22,375 dry metric tonnes of spodumene concentrate in May. This was an estimate 85% of their planned Stage 1 capacity.

It appears that operations have been in line with expectations and resulted in consistent production growth ‘month-on-month to date’.

But while they report that battery-ready lithium chemicals have been in demand, sales have been ‘constrained’ due to the construction, commissioning and build-out of the offtake customer chemical conversion capacity in China.

Pilbara will be combatting this by moderating production during June and July, assessing RCR defects, completing further plant improvement works, as well as drawing down final product stocks.

Considering the last few months of Pilbara’s stock performance, it seems as though many investors have run for the hills. And it has, in turn, even brought down the prices of their competitors.

What does this news mean for investors?

Considering the weakness in lithium, it appears it might not be the best time to attain Pilbara stocks right now. In fact, it looks like they’re entering a winter.

The spodumene concentrate price has continued to decline, ranging from US$600–$640 per dry metric tonne.

However, this bad news doesn’t mean Pilbara is exempt from bouncing back, which is why we’ll be keeping a close eye on the miner and keeping you up to date with movements.


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
For Money Morning

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