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Sirius Minerals shares set for a re-rating in the coming months as Yorkshire mine advances through development

Liberum has a 'buy' recommendation and with a 60p price target suggests substantial upside, although the broker's full asset valuation sees the mine developer being worth up to 110p per share

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Project financing will be a major valuation target

Sirius Minerals PLC (LON:SXX) is set for a series of ‘re-rating triggers’ over the coming months as the group’s mine development project in Yorkshire, that’s according to Liberum Capital.

Analyst Richard Knights, in a note,  highlighted that the UK miner’s share price is presently trading at a significant discount of 70% to the Liberum valuation of 110p because of the remaining risks to the project – such as marketing risk, financing risk and construction risk.

Knights does, however, expect those valuation discounts will unwind as the project advances.

READ: Sirius Minerals still targeting Stage 2 financing by end of this year

“The company is in a strong position to largely eliminate two of these three risks in the next 6 months,” Knights said.

“Signposts that it on the right path, such as bank syndicate commitment letters, indications of government participation and/or offtake agreements could be even more imminent.”

The Liberum analyst has a ‘buy’ recommendation and has a 60p per share target, suggesting major upside to the current price of 34.52p.

Closing the Phase 2 financing is seen by Knights as the major catalyst which he believes will trigger the re-rating that will narrow the discount to 50%.

“Sirius expects bank commitment letters in June, which will then be compiled into a final document in July. Positive newsflow around interest levels could de-risk,” he added.

“The company has noted that Europe and Brazil are most advanced in terms of new offtake.

“Finance will be conditional on offtake hitting 6-7mt, but offtake not a roadblock to getting conditional commitments from banks.”

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