The Coronado Global Resources Inc (ASX: CRN) share price is spending some time in the red on Tuesday morning, now trading at $1.33 apiece.
Yet Coronado shares have delivered outsized returns over the last month, having gained 30% – well ahead of the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO)’s drop of 2% during this time.
Let’s see what’s been fuelling this growth.
But first – a quick recap on Coronado Global Resources
Coronado is in the business of producing high-quality metallurgical coal, also known as coking coal. It is an essential ingredient for steel production worldwide.
The company has a portfolio of operating mines, mining complexes and projects in Queensland and the US, with a footprint that also spans across the Asia Pacific, India and Brazil.
At the time of writing, Coronado Global has a market capitalisation of $2.25 billion.
What’s fuelling the Coronado share price lately?
We can’t assess Coronado Global’s share price without first addressing the elephant in the room and that’s the current prices coal is fetching on commodity markets.
Coal pricing has been on a rampage in 2021, reaching all-time highs in June. It now trades at US$204.8/tonne, a 274% increase over the last 12 months.
Coronado is an ASX resources share that produces a commodity, meaning its share price will fluctuate with volatility in the broader commodity markets.
With this information in mind, and with a recent uptick in coal pricing since August, a picture starts to form as to what’s driving returns here.
Coronado Global’s share price has also been on the move after two key updates in the company’s growth narrative.
In late June, the company announced the resignation of its secretary, vice president and chief legal officer Richard Rose.
Rose joined Coronado in 2017 and saw the company through its ASX listing in 2018. Coronado said Rose would stay on until a replacement was found either internally or externally.
Last month, the company released its half-year results. In its report, the company recognised a 10% year on year (YoY) increase in saleable production while revenue grew 12% YoY.
Despite the growth, Coronado Global’s net loss after tax (NLAT) increased by 22% to $123 million from the year prior.
Coronado Global Resources share price snapshot
The Coronado share price has been an outperformer this year to date, having posted a return of 22% since January 1.
This extends its return in the past 12 months to 48%, well ahead of the broad index’s return of about 25% in the last year.