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Projections show that half of the global population will live in water-stressed areas by 2025, making water stocks more important than ever.

Water is one of the staples that humans cannot live without. It’s also a scarce resource, as half of the world’s population will live in a water-stressed area by 2025, as per the World Health Organization.

Clean water is critical for the health of populations, and that’s where water treatment and water technology companies have entered the market and thrived. Water technology is expected to boom in the coming years as countries across the globe seek more solutions for purifying water.

This is why investors might be looking to invest in water stocks. What was once primarily an ethical choice is fast becoming a return on investment for early adopters.


What is water investing?

Water covers a broad spectrum of businesses, often dependent on country-specific regulations and levels of privatisation. For example, water utilities are generally considered to be a stable and much less volatile sector, making them an ideal choice for long-term investors.

That said, investing in water can cover verticals as diverse as plumbing and bathroom supplies, such as the Reece Group (ASX:REH), as well as water assets themselves, such as Duxton Water (ASX:D2O); it can also involve water treatment stocks, such as De.mem (ASX:DEM) and Calix (ASX:CLX).

​​Why do investors choose the water market?​​

Decreased rainfall and the threat of ongoing drought in Australia make water an attractive investment. It’s a commodity that is becoming increasingly rare, but as mentioned is essential for human existence.

For the savvy investor there are plenty of opportunities to invest in water. The Investing News Network used TradingView's stock screener to find the biggest ASX water stocks by market cap. Companies are listed by market cap from largest to smallest, and data was accurate as of December 7, 2021.

1. Hansen Technologies

Market cap: AU$1.03 billion

Hansen Technologies (ASX:HSN) is a global provider of software to customers in more than 80 countries focused on the energy, water and communications industries. Founded in 1971, the company has grown to a customer base of more than 600, with target revenue of AU$500 million by 2025. The company expects to reach this target through its organic revenue growth and proven aggregation strategy.

In March 2021, the company's share price took a leap, possibly prompted by its significant agreement with Germany-based Telefonica (NYSE:TEF), resulting in an expected AU$25 million in revenue for Hansen.

2. Rubicon Water

Market cap: AU$277.59 million

First founded in 1995, water supplier Rubicon Water (ASX:RWL) listed on the ASX in September.

Rubicon has created a water-saving automation irrigation system that is used by governments, irrigation water authorities and farmers. For farmers, the technology modernises gravity-fed irrigation systems and improves the reliability and accuracy of water supply to farms.

The technology is deployed across more than 1 million hectares of land across 17 countries, and the company is on track for AU$80.4 million in the 2021 financial year.

3. Duxton Water

Market cap: AU$176.74 million

Duxton Water owns and manages a portfolio of water rights in Australia, primarily along the South Murray Darling Basin. The basin makes up 80 percent of Australian water trade.

Company revenue comes from offering a range of water supply solutions to irrigators, like entitlement leases, spot allocation sales and forward allocation contracts. Due to a constrained supply of water nationally and the impact of climate, Duxton feels confident there is growing demand for its business. The company boasts that it is the only listed vehicle that provides direct exposure to the Australian water market.

4. Purifloh

Market cap: AU$38.62 million

Purifloh (ASX:PO3) operates in water sanitation, indoor air purification and medical sterilisation. The company aims to purify water using its Free Radical Generator (FRG) technology, which will use free radicals to naturally purify water.

The FRG technology has been a focus for the company. While the technology has multiple applications, including water purification, another is as an aerosol that aims to kill airborne viruses and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Ronelle Richards, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Which ASX technology stocks performed the best in 2021? Here’s a look at the five top ASX technology stocks by share price performance.

Australia is home to a thriving tech sector with fresh investment opportunities emerging across a variety of subsectors, such as gaming, fintech, healthcare and cleantech.

The technology sector currently contributes about AU$167 billion to the Australian economy, according to research commissioned by the Technology Council of Australia. This figure has increased by 79 percent from 2016, representing a growth rate that is more than four times that of most industries. In fact, the tech sector is the third largest economic sector in Australia, behind mining and finance/insurance.

Unsurprisingly, many tech stocks on the ASX have performed well in this landscape.


Below the Investing News Network profiles the five best ASX technology stocks in terms of share price performance in 2021. Data for the companies was gathered on December 31, 2021, using TradingView’s stock screener, and all of the best ASX technology stocks listed had market caps above AU$10 million at that time.

1. Novonix

Market cap: AU$4.45 billion; year-to-date gain: 659.5 percent

The first of the best ASX tech stocks on this list is battery technology company Novonix (ASX:NVX), which specializes in developing battery testing equipment for the worldwide lithium-ion battery market. The company was spun out from Dr. Jeff Dahn’s lab at Dalhousie University; Dr. Dahn is one of the pioneers of the lithium-ion battery.

While not yet a revenue generator, the company has benefited from the explosive growth expected out of the fast-moving global electric vehicle (EV) industry.

In December, Novonix announced preliminary results from an environmental impact study; they show the company’s synthetic graphite EV and energy storage system (ESS) battery anode product offers an approximate 60 percent decrease in CO2 emissions, potentially making it “2.5 times better for the environment than Chinese synthetic graphite EV and ESS battery anode material,” as per the Market Herald.

2. Oneview Healthcare

Market cap: AU$114.57 million; year-to-date gain: 488.89 percent

Oneview Healthcare’s (ASX:ONE) interactive software platform offers digital tools to healthcare providers, patients and families to improve point of care outcomes.

This past spring, the global healthcare tech company launched its cloud-based care platform. “Deployed on Microsoft Azure, this platform enables health systems to quickly adopt technology for engaging patients, reducing non-clinical demands on care teams and optimising clinical and operational effectiveness,” notes a press release.

Oneview has signed a number of contracts for the use of this platform, including with Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Northern Health in Melbourne and Kingman Regional Medical Center in Arizona. In late November, Oneview raised AU$20 million in a private placement with plans to use the funds to further product development, scale its cloud enterprise and strengthen its balance sheet.

3. Emyria

Market cap: AU$105.86 million; year-to-date gain: 318.48 percent

Emyria (ASX:EMD) is a healthcare technology company that specializes in data-backed drug development and operates a network of medical clinics. Using proprietary clinical evidence, the company develops registered treatments for underserved medical needs.

Emyria’s current drug development programs center on cannabidiol (CBD) medicines for mental health, CBD/THC treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and MDMA treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.

In late November, one of Australia’s largest private investment groups, Tattarang, made a AU$5 million investment in Emyria, which will help the company further advance its drug development work.

4. PlaySide Studios

Market cap: AU$445.38 million; year-to-date gain: 139.13 percent

PlaySide Studios (ASX:PLY) develops mobile games, virtual reality, augmented reality and PC games. The company’s portfolio consists of 52 titles, including original intellectual property games, as well as games developed with the worlds’ largest studios, such as Disney (NYSE:DIS), Warner Bros and Nickelodeon.

PlaySide Studios is Australia’s largest publicly listed gaming technology company, and following its 2020 initial public offering, it generated revenue of AU$10.88 million for the 2021 fiscal year. In November, the company inked a landmark deal with 2K Games, a label of Take-Two Interactive Software (NASDAQ:TTWO).

In the last weeks of 2021, PlaySide signed a number of deals, including a contract with Shiba Inu Games and a partnership with One True King to co-develop a PC-based game, which will also provide access to One True King's 21 million global followers.

5. Universal Biosensors

Market cap: AU$175.98 million; year-to-date gain: 127.59 percent

Last on this list of best ASX tech stocks is medical device technology company Universal Biosensors (ASX:UBI), which develops, manufactures and commercializes diagnostic testing systems for point-of-care providers and at-home use. It has products for blood glucose monitoring, coagulation testing, immunoassays and molecular diagnostics.

“UBI’s biosensor technology platform has been used to deliver more than 10 billion diagnostic tests to patients worldwide generating billions of dollars in sales,” states a company presentation. “We have licensed and partnered new technology and new biosensors with global applications.”

In November, Universal Biosensors signed a three year master collaboration agreement with Mayo Clinic Biopharma Diagnostics. The deal includes work on Universal Biosensors’ Tn antigen cancer biosensor. In late December, the company entered into a global exclusive license agreement with IQ Science for the commercialization of a SARS-CoV-2 N-protein detection test that will use Universal Biosensors' proprietary electrochemical strip and device technology.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Melissa Pistilli, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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Looking for the best-performing cobalt stocks on the ASX? Here's a look at the three top gainers of 2021.

Cobalt prices have soared this past year, with investors paying more attention to this battery metal.

A large reason for cobalt’s bullish behaviour is that it is used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, which power electric vehicles (EVs) — as demand for EVs continues to rise, it's likely cobalt demand will remain strong too.

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With that in mind, which Australian cobalt miners gained the most value in 2021? Read on to learn more about the three best cobalt companies on the ASX by year-to-date share price gains. All information was obtained on December 30, 2021, using TradingView's stock screener.

1. Jervois Global

Year-to-date gain: 63.89 percent; current share price: AU$0.59

Jervois Global (ASX:JRV) is best known for its Finland operations, which produce cobalt for chemical, catalyst, pigment, powder metallurgy and — most significantly — battery applications. The company is currently in the process of launching its new Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO) and is on track to become the first US cobalt miner.

On December 15, Jervois announced an update on ICO, saying first ore is expected in August 2022, with sustainable production expected by December 2022. The estimated capital expenditure required to stay on schedule has risen to US$99.1 million, up from US$92.6 million, with mine engineering 64 percent complete.

2. Cobalt Blue Holdings

Year-to-date gain: 177.78 percent; current share price: AU$0.50

Cobalt Blue Holdings (ASX:COB) is a rare cobalt-only company, and defines itself by its planned ethical and sustainable extraction and production processes. The firm's flagship New South Wales-based Broken Hill project is slated to produce an average of 3,500 to 3,600 tonnes per year of cobalt once in operation.

In December 2021, Cobalt Blue Holdings announced it has executed a memorandum of understanding with the State of Queensland, acting through the Department of Resources, to assess opportunities for the recovery of cobalt (as well as any coexisting base and precious metals) from mine waste.

3. Australian Mines

Year-to-date gain: 31.25 percent; current share price: AU$0.21

Australian Mines (ASX:AUZ) is aiming to supply metals to the growing EV industry, with a focus on ethical and sustainable production. Its flagship Queensland-based Sconi nickel-cobalt project boasts a mine life of over 30 years and will be capable of processing 2 million tonnes of ore annually.

In late October, Australian Mines reported on its quarterly activities, including an agreement for Korea-based LG Energy Solution, a top global producer of EV batteries, to buy 100 percent of the Sconi project’s nickel-cobalt hydroxide output over an initial six year term. The future agreement indicates that LG Energy Solution will buy a projected 7,000 tonnes of cobalt from Australian Mines over the six year period.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Isabel Armiento, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.