The Allkem Ltd (ASX: AKE) share price is pushing higher on Thursday morning.
At the time of writing, the lithium miner's shares are up 2% to $11.54.
Why is the Allkem share price rising?
According to the release, the proposed merger is gathering pace and completion is becoming more and more likely.
This morning, Allkem revealed that Allkem Livent plc (New TopCo) has filed the necessary paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Furthermore, all competition and foreign investment approvals are expected to be received prior to the proposed closing of the transaction.
In light of this, subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory, shareholder, and Australian Court approvals, and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, Allkem and Livent are targeting completion of the transaction by the end of 2023.
Allkem expects to dispatch a notice of the meeting and an explanatory statement to shareholders in November. This booklet will contain information about the transaction, including the basis for the board's recommendation, as well as the independent expert's report.
Should you buy Allkem shares?
A number of brokers believe investors should be buying Allkem shares before the merger is completed.
In fact, Morgans has just upgraded the company's shares to an add rating with an improved price target of $15.30. Based on the current Allkem share price of almost 33% for investors over the next 12 months.
It is a similar story for analysts at Citi, which this week put a buy rating and $16.50 price target on its shares. This suggests an even greater upside of approximately 43% from current levels.