What Do Rare Earth Minerals Plc, Tesla Motors Inc And Bacanora Minerals Ltd Have In Common?

When looking at small-cap shares, it pays to look for factors and possible future events that don’t appear to be baked into the price.

Today I’m going to take a look at three companies that, on the face of it, don’t have a lot in common.  That could be true at the moment, but this could well change in a matter of weeks, bringing security and the potential of much improved earnings visibility, going forward. So let’s take a deeper look….

Rare Earth Minerals

Rare Earth Minerals (LSE: REM) is a United Kingdom-based minerals investment and development company. Its purpose is that of the identification, development and mining of rare earth minerals.


Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA.US) designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components.  It is headed by Elon Musk, an entrepreneurial designer, engineer and inventor.  He is the driving force behind a number of companies and concepts.

With the stock trading at over 131 times earnings, there seems to be high expectations here.

Bacanora Minerals

Bacanora (LSE: BCN) is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company. The company is engaged in the exploration and development of industrial minerals in Mexico with a focus on borates and lithium.  As we can see from the chart below, this recently listed stock has underperformed the FTSE 100, but seems to have rallied from lows seen at the start of the year.

In a similar vein to Rare Earth Minerals, the company doesn’t make any money — as a consequence, it is equally as hard to value as Rare Earth Minerals.

Putting It All Together…

I would be the first to admit that this is a rather odd selection of companies, so what’s the connection?

Well, Tesla is rumoured to be planning to unveil a new home battery, meaning that it will need more lithium to keep up with potential demand.  Bacanora has a lithium project located in Sonora State, Northern Mexico, not a million miles from Tesla’s factory currently being built in Nevada.  The additional lithium requirement could well mean large orders for Bacanora – this, in turn would please management of Rare Earth Minerals, who have built up 15.4% in the company – I wouldn’t be surprised to see this rise further in due course.

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