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Lara Smith

About Lara Smith

Lara has been an analyst for over ten years, starting her career as an equity analyst at Foord Asset Management and more recently as the lead analyst at Steinmetz Group, where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential mining acquisitions in Africa and the Baltic regions. In addition to the Steinmetz principal resource portfolio of diamonds and ferrous metals, they also held a smaller portfolio of base and minor metals including nickel, cobalt, copper and lithium. In 2009, she independently authored three in-depth studies that formed the inception of Core Consultants: the first two provided outlooks for the lithium market and the third was on the global coking coal industry. The Founder and Managing Director of Core Consultants in June 2009, Lara and her team are committed to supplying high quality commodity market research, analysis and valuations to global institutions. Core Consultants has been engaged in over sixty numerous market balance, prefeasibility and feasibility studies for an array of commodities. Their most recent work includes sourcing an ethical cobalt producer in the DRC on behalf of a global mobile telecoms manufacturer, advisory work on the cobalt supply chain, a scoping study for a Spanish potash deposit and a feasibility study for a sulphuric acid plant in Botswana. Lara is also the primary author of three Core Consultants’ reports including the “Core Consultants’ Ferrochrome Quarterly Report,” the “Core Consultants Monthly Rare Earth Report “and the “Core Consultants’ Monthly Manganese Report”. An internationally recognized expert in the field of mining analysis and a well-known speaker, Lara has a BSc in Chemistry, Statistics and Economics and a BComm Hons in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.

87 InvestorIntel Articles By Lara Smith

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Scorpio Gold getting its glitter back


March 21, 2017
| March 21, 2017

My morning ritual starts with a cup of tea, served the British way, booting up my PC and making my […]


Analyst says the time is now for Energizer Graphite


March 20, 2017
| March 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ | OTCQB:ENZR) (“Energizer”) is about to complete a detailed engineering study on its 100%-owned Molo Graphite […]


A takeover bid to create a single technology disrupter in the lithium space?


March 19, 2017
| March 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

The soap opera that is the ongoing takeover bid between ASX listed Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) (“Lithium Australia”) and […]


International Lithium landmarks core resources through major partnerships


March 16, 2017
| March 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Early stage exploration projects have a lot to prove, and there are numerous routes to securing adequate investment. Some succeed […]


Avalon ignites interest with high-purity lithium


March 13, 2017
| March 13, 2017

NY based asset firm Lind: “the time is right to invest in Avalon”…. A project in the making since Clinton […]


Argentina Lithium on exploring the lithium triangle


March 07, 2017
| March 07, 2017

Argentina Lithium & Energy Corp. (TSXV: LIT | OTCQB: PNXLF) (“Argentina Lithium”) secured the necessary permits last month to complete detailed […]