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Recap of the KNI IPO and share price run

Published 28-AUG-2021 15:00 P.M.


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Kuniko Ltd (ASX:KNI) is clearly the biggest story of the week after its 20c IPO traded between 80c to $1.05 during its opening day on Tuesday. Congratulations to the lucky ones who got a rare allocation in the IPO. We added KNI to our portfolio on Tuesday, the day it was listed.

Two days later, the KNI share price went nuts after it released what we thought was a pretty vanilla exploration update. It soared to as high as $3.60 on massive volume, going into a price query trading halt before re-opening on Friday, where it spent the day pretty comfortably bouncing around the $2 mark on an outrageous ~$64M shares traded.

We’ve been investing for a long time but haven’t seen anything like that in years.

We think the KNI share price action during the last two days is a combination of a few things:

  • Tiny amount of KNI shares on issue: There are only ~53M KNI shares on issue, and VUL holds over a quarter of them. This, combined with other sticky holders, means there aren't as many shares to go around to anyone who wants to build a long term position.
  • Long term investors and VUL holders/followers who missed out on the IPO or didn't get a big enough IPO allocation trying to build a long term position in KNI were buying up shares on market and holding on to them, further reducing the KNI free float every hour.
  • Day traders rapidly buying and selling caught hold of KNI on Thursday, and probably amplified the share price swings when combined with long term investors buying and holding their positions.
  • KNI’s direct association to VUL’s rise: There is little doubt that VUL is the market darling of the last 2 years, so there was already going to be a huge amount of positive attention on KNI and its tiny 53M shares on issue.

We can’t predict what will happen over the next few weeks, but we think KNI will continue to hold on to a relatively high valuation given the amount of attention on it and low number of shares on issue. Despite KNIs early stage, It looks like many investors are happy to pay a premium price for what they believe could be another successful European Zero Carbon battery metals story, like VUL.

Last week’s KNI share price activity was extreme and we hope that any KNI investors out there have created their own investment plan that works for them and are sticking to it.

We didn’t sell a single KNI share last week. We are long term holders in KNI, so are happy to have the majority of our KNI stock escrowed for 2 years — meaning we can’t sell it until then. For the KNI stock we hold that is NOT escrowed, even if we wanted to sell last week when the price spiked (to free carry as part of our long term investment strategy), we can’t. That’s because we must ALWAYS adhere to our strict trading blackouts that are in place for 3 days after we send an email about a company.

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📰 This week on Next Investors

As mentioned, Kuniko (ASX:KNI) was the standout performer of the Next Investors portfolio this week. Shares in the Vulcan Energy spinout listed on the ASX on Tuesday after a heavily oversubscribed IPO, before the stock ended the day up 325% from its 20c listing price.

But that was far from the end of the action for KNI this week. While Wednesday was relatively quiet, Thursday saw the stock jump from its 80c opening price to as high as $3.60 per share after announcing that exploration was underway at its Norwegian battery metals projects.

📰 Introducing Kuniko (ASX:KNI): Zero Carbon Copper, Nickel and Cobalt

Alexium International (ASX:AJX) released its annual results yesterday, demonstrating that its commercialisation strategy is starting to deliver. Over the year, AJX realised key commercial and product-line milestones that significantly expand its market opportunities and establish new revenue streams.

Revenues were up 20% for the year, while costs were down a massive 76% — positive trends that we expect will continue to ramp up over the next few quarters as AJX continues executing on its growth strategy in FY2022.

📰 AJX financials released early: the progress is in numbers & more announcements to come says CEO

Vulcan Energy (ASX:VUL) announced on Monday that it has appointed Europe’s biggest bank by assets, BNP Paribas, to help with its Bankable Feasibility Study and structuring project finance to build its Zero Carbon Lithium project.

VUL has already signed multiple offtakes agreements for its Zero Carbon Lithium with battery maker LG Chem and auto-giant Renault, plus a rumoured offtake MoU with another auto-giant, Stellantis.

We also reported that German research house, Alster, has released a new research report with a VUL price target of $19.50. You can read more and find a link to that report here:

📰VUL appoints project finance advisor BNP Paribas. Alster upgrades VUL price target (again) to $19.50

🗣️ Quick takes on key portfolio company events this week:

WhiteHawk (ASX:WHK)

Almost nine months into his presidency, it is clear that cybersecurity is a priority for Joe Biden’s administration as it works closely with the public and private sector to address concerns. Biden held talks with some of the USA’s leading technology companies this week to address cybersecurity deficiencies — a “core national security challenge” for the US.

After the meeting, the White House announced that Google had committed to invest $10 billion in cybersecurity over the next five years, while Microsoft said it would invest $20 billion over the same period.

We think that WHK is well placed to take advantage of the growing urgency around cybersecurity protocols in the US.

Read more on Biden’s meeting here and watch his speech on Wednesday:

Biden Cybersecurity PBS Article

Minbos Resources (ASX:MNB)

MNB has completed a dry season environmental survey for the Cabinda Phosphate Project, in Angola. This survey, along with the wet season survey completed in May, is critical for completion of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments that are critical path activities for the Cabinda Phosphate Project.

The MNB share price has been in a nice upward trend since late June, and with the share price back above 10c again we are now moving up in 0.5c increments.

MNB Chart

Galileo Mining (ASX:GAL)

GAL this week reported that soil sampling targeting palladium and nickel has defined two new priority targets at its Norseman Project, adding to the list of targets for initial drill testing in the next drill program.

GAL’s share price took a pounding in the previous week before their results came out, but the results were good and the share price has now recovered some ground.

Managing Director Brad Underwood has appeared on a video for Samso where he discusses GAL’s recent nickel drilling program, drill targeting using geophysical EM surveys, and the potential for palladium and nickel at the Norseman Project. The video can be found HERE.

Elixir Energy (ASX:EXR)

On Wednesday, EXR provided an operations update in regards to a range of exploration/appraisal activities underway across its Coal Bed Methane project in Mongolia.

These activities all contribute to the systematic building up and de-risking of gas resources across the project area.

We are definitely overdue for an update on what’s been happening with EXR.

Advanced Human Imaging (ASX:AHI)

AHI has further progressed its path to a Nasdaq listing this week. The company announced on Friday the filing of a registration with the SEC relating to a “proposed US public offering of American Depositary Shares, each of which will represent a yet to be determined number of ordinary shares of AHI”.

We are keen to see AHI deliver on its promised NASDAQ listing and will provide an update on AHI soon.

OneView Healthcare (ASX:ONE)

ONE has reported that its cloud-based Care Experience Platform is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace to Azure customers worldwide. This basically means that any hospital that has a big enterprise deal with Microsoft can easily adopt ONE’s cloud based solution for improving hospital patient care experience.

We are looking forward to reading the ONE annual report and management commentary and outlook that’s expected to come out this week.

In our other portfolios 🧬 🦉 🏹

🧬 Finfeed

Last Monday, we announced our very first investment in our Finfeed small cap biotech portfolio, Dimerix (ASX:DXB). This week saw DXB announce its first Australian “ethics submission”, which once approved, paves the way for patient recruitment and the beginning of its fully funded Phase 3 trials on its Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) therapy.

Visit our Finfeed biotech portfolio

🦉 Wise-Owl

Bod Australia (ASX:BDA) reported its full year financial results, delivering record breaking 25% revenue growth from the previous FY, while driving down its costs at the same time.

As it’s making solid progress, we think it’s only a matter of time before the share price of the medicinal cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), and hemp healthcare company

starts to turn around from its current near 12-month low.

📰 BDA posts record breaking full year revenue, up 25%

🏹 Catalyst Hunter

While best known for its nickel project, Aldoro Resources (ASX:ARN) also has a sizeable exploration target for rubidium (Rb) in WA (rubidium is an extremely rare and expensive metal). On Friday, ARN reported that it has defined an initial Exploration Target after re-evaluating historical drill holes at the project. The market was impressed, with the stock closing up 27% on the news.

📰 ARN Adds Rubidium Target in Battery Metals Exploration Portfolio

🌎 Mainstream Media:

Cybersecurity (WHK)

PBS News: Biden tackles cybersecurity with tech, finance leaders
Washington Post: Biden tells top CEOs at White House summit to step up on cybersecurity

Hydrogen (PRL)

The Economist: Hydrogen: the fuel of the future?
CNBC: ‘World’s first fossil-free steel’ produced in Sweden and delivered to Volvo

MSN News: World Heritage Area around Gnaraloo Station could house massive green hydrogen project

AFR: NSW moves to kickstart green hydrogen

Nickel (GAL)

Bloomberg: Nickel Is Becoming a Battleground for Bets on Battery Future
AFR: Nickel target Western Areas plays hard to get

AFR: 50 years after Poseidon, big nickel is back

Iron Ore (PFE)

AFR: The D-Day looming for iron ore investors Iron ore price rises on China steel demand optimism


Bloomberg: Inflation-Wary Germans Are Loading Up on Gold

Have a great weekend,

Next Investors

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