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40 ASX stocks making 52-week lows: Battery metals, coal and soft commodities

Mon 29 May 23, 3:08pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Syrah Resources, Vulcan Energy and 5E Materials stand out as unloved battery metal stocks
  • Coal stocks pull back sharply as Newcastle coal futures tumble even further, now down 64% year-to-date
  • Agriculture stocks like Elders and Incitec Pivot earnings are being hit by softening commodity prices

Welcome back to the 52-week Low Series where we look for trends and value among some of the market’s most discarded and disliked companies. 

Market Index’s 52-week lows scan shows users which companies are making 52-week lows on the given day. This time, we’re grouping stocks from the same sector.

Note: This list only refers to companies making 52-week lows in the past two weeks, with a market cap of more than $500 million and omits those that are thinly traded. Share price performance as at Friday, 26 May 2023.

The not-so-hot battery metal stocks



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Syrah Resources





Vulcan Energy





5E Advanced Materials




It's a bit of a case-by-case basis for the three stocks above. The only thing they have in common is that they've all been on a relatively downward spiral for the past 3-4 months.

Syrah Resources: It’s trading at levels not seen since December 2020 and down almost 70% from November 2022 highs. Syrah was aggressively sold off after its March quarter results on 27 April, namely due to a) higher-than-expected production costs and b) plans to lower graphite production to “match periods of volatile customer demand and lower sales ordering.” 

Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX SYR) Share Price - Market Index
Syrah Resources 12-month price chart (Source: Market Index)

Vulcan Energy: The emerging lithium brine producer has drawn a lot of criticism from its Definitive Feasibility Study – released onin 13 February – which raised its NPV by more than 250% (most by raising lithium price assumptions) but requires almost 1.5bn euros (~A$2.4bn) in capex. Vulcan says it’s targeting a debt to equity ratio of 65:35. Under this rationale, that’s still more than $800m in equity vs. its current market cap of $630m. 

Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd (ASX VUL) Share Price - Market Index
Vulcan Energy 12-month price chart (Source: Market Index)

5E Materials: 5EA is an emerging lithium and boron producer based in Southern California. The stock has been in a downward spiral since June 2022. In March, the company appointed Susan Seilheimer Brennan as CEO – Brennan was formerly the CEO of NYSE-listed Romeo Power. During her time as Romeo CEO, the stock fell from $6.80 to 35 cents. Hmmm.

5E Advanced Materials Inc (ASX 5EA) Share Price - Market Index
5E Materials 12-month price chart (Source: Market Index)

Coal on the back foot



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Coronado Global Resources




Macquarie says that the energy markets have underestimated consumers’ response to high energy prices, with demand destruction exceeding expectations. Newcastle coal futures maintained its downward trend last week, tumbling 12% on Friday to US$140 a tonne.

“Demand destruction was partly due to a warm Northern Hemisphere winter, but the data also points to efficiencies and demand savings by both industrial and residential consumers. Some of these may be reversed as prices moderate,” the analysts said.

Newcastle coal futures
Newcastle coal futures (Source: TradingView)

Soft commodity prices are also weakening 



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Incitec Pivot





Australian Agricultural Company




The commentary from Elders and Incitec has been relatively consistent with the general decline in soft commodity prices and adverse weather conditions.

  • Elders half-year FY23 results (15 May): “Elders reported a resilient HY23 performance against a volatile agricultural industry backdrop, impacted by softened livestock trading conditions, weaker crop input prices and unseasonably wet weather.”

  • Incitec half-year FY23 results (17 May): Experienced an overall $70m negative contribution from “from lower commodity prices with the impact of declining fertiliser prices partially offset by the higher realised ammonia price.”

Real Estate and Financials



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Cromwell Property Group





EVT Limited





Charter Hall Social Infrastructure





Australian Foundation Investment Company





Carlton Investments





Cobram Estate Olives




The rest of the 52-week low list


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West African Resources










Rural Funds Group





Future Generation Australia





Harvey Norman





APM Human Services International





Grange Resources





The Star Entertainment





Energy Resources of Australia





Boart Longyear





Bank of Queensland





Written By

Kerry Sun

Content Strategist

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. He is an avid swing trader, focused on technical set ups and breakouts. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a big UFC fan, loves poker and training Muay Thai. Connect via LinkedIn or email.

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