Podcast #22: Mike Alkin – Uranium

In today’s episode, Marcelo López spoke with Mike Alkin, co-founder of Sachem Cove Partners and manager of an American uranium-focused hedge fund. Mike has been following this market for over 4 years as an investor and was a speaker at the International Uranium Fuel Seminar hosted by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Nashville, USA, in the last week of October.

Alkin, who also attended the World Nuclear Association (WNA) Symposium in London, commented on the biennial report released by the organizers and on the differences between the two events, highlighting the significant attendance of uranium buyers at the NEI-hosted seminar in the USA.

Mike spoke about his presentation at the conference, which focused on the uranium price discovery, i.e., the process of pricing the U3O8 market from a macro and historical perspective. He drew attention to the fact that this industry is scarcely covered by sell-side analysts, and that the consensus adopted by the uranium buyers lacks important and easily refuted fallacious aspects.

In addition to highlighting factors that are hindering the industry, such as the Section 232 petition and the Trump administration’s creation of the Nuclear Fuel Working Group, Mike talked about the functioning of the spot market, its peculiarities and the movements it has observed in terms of player participation and trading volumes in contrast to other times and circumstances.

Finally, Alkin discussed a major issue for investors in the industry, which is the inactivity of buyers in the face of low and unsustainable prices in an attempt to anticipate a price hike and secure low-priced material. Mike explains how the activities of buyers’ professionals are structured, the incentives they have and the way they have acted historically.


  1. Sandro says:

    Great interview though Marcelo,thankyou. Mike is always a pleasure to listen to

  2. Sandro says:

    Surely COVID-19 shutdowns have the utlities reassessing their apathetic approach to term contracts? 6 months on from that interview and still very little action.

  3. J luke says:

    Please consider putting it on YouTube or making the file available? A few of your good podcasts, I am not able to play at 1.5x or faster speeds and this in general makes me reluctant to sit through or even open. I am sure there are a lot like me and I listen to a good number of interviews so can not afford the time.

    Thank you

    • Marcelo Lopez says:

      thanks, J. All episodes are posted on youtube. This one will be as well, give us a couple of days. THanks for your interest and for the tip. Cheers

  4. Mike Young says:

    Hi ML
    Mikes presentation was really good but it fell on deaf ears!
    We need to work hard to get this message out.
    I suppose in a way, if the fuel buyers keep ignoring the truth, the bounce will be higher. Better for us!!

    • Marcelo Lopez says:

      Mike is very knowledgeable, thanks for listening!

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