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Clean TeQ share price drops 8% on project delays and cash burn

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The Clean TeQ Holdings Limited (ASX: CLQ) share price has fallen 8% today on announcement of its quarterly activities and cash flow report.

Clean TeQ uses its proprietary continuous ion exchange technology for metals recovery and industrial water treatment. It has touted its flagship project, Clean TeQ Sunrise, as ‘one of the highest grade and largest nickel and cobalt deposits outside of Africa and one of the largest and highest grade scandium deposits in the world’.

Why the market reacted negatively 

1. Delay in first production

The company announced that it is working on an updated overall project delivery schedule and that it is expected that there will be delays in the dates of the Final Investment Decision (FID) and first production. While the company had previously expected a FID in ‘early 2019′, there was no mention of ‘early’ in its quarterly report today.

2. Significant cash burn

In its cash flow statement, the company posted net negative cash flow of almost $17 million in the December quarter. This has likely got some investors worried, or at least wondering if this cash has been put to good use. The current cash balance stands at $117 million.

3. Project financing doubts

Clean TeQ is yet to secure financing for its Sunrise Project. This is another potential concern for investors, although Clean TeQ is still ‘confident of delivering a project financing solution prior to a FID in 2019’.  

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