The precious metal osmium (element: Os) is popular with investors, but also with private investors, especially in crystal, bars and other forms. This is certainly partly due to its aesthetics, but also because of a lack of alternatives.
If you look at gold, for example, there are numerous alternatives, other than buying it physically, on the stock market. From gold shares to ETFs and various derivatives. This variety of financial products has not yet materialized for osmium, which also includes corresponding osmium shares. At least not if the term "osmium share" refers to a company listed on the stock exchange that focuses either exclusively or at least primarily on the production of osmium.
Investors who would like to invest in osmium in an alternative or non-physical form as a share, currently have few options. But it's not that there are absolutely none - albeit rather indirect ones.
As mentioned before, there are currently no shares in listed companies whose shares are publicly tradable and which specialize solely in the production or processing of osmium. However - and here comes the point - there are shares that mine osmium as part of other platinum group metals (PGMs).
Note: The numbering of the following osmium shares serves as a list, but is not to be understood as a valuation of the respective share and says nothing about its future price development on the stock exchange. This article serves information purposes only and is not intended as an investment recommendation.
Osmium stock #1: Anglo American Platinum (RPHA, ISIN: US03486T2024, WKN: A2AKNF) - Mining and production of precious metals such as gold and platinum group metals, including osmium
Listed company "Anglo American Platinum" is based in Johannesburg (South Africa) and was founded in 1946. At that time, the company was known as "Anglo Platinum Ltd." and changed its name at a later date.
Anglo American Platinum mines and produces platinum group metals, precious metals and base metals. The platinum group metals mined by the company include: Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium and Osmium. The base metals include: Copper, nickel, chromium as well as cobalt (sulphate) and sodium (sulphate). Anglo American Platinum also mines for gold in its own mines.
Anglo American Platinum is also working towards environmental protection goals with their approch called "FutureSmart Mining™". With the help of technology, digitalization and the associated increase in efficiency, the company aims to make the mining and production of platinum, gold, osmium and other metals more sustainable.
Anglo American Platinum pays its shareholders a dividend.
Osmium stock #2: Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), (IPHB, ISIN: ZAE000083648, WKN: A0KFSB) - Mining of platinum metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium & included in the S&P Africa 40 Index
Like Anglo American Platinum, Implats or Impala Platinum Holdings is also based in South Africa and was founded in 1966 as a subsidiary of Union Corporation and is part of Anglo American PLC. The listed company (ISIN: ZAE000083648) specializes primarily in the mining of platinum metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium and nickel. American Platinum is responsible for around 40% of global platinum production.
Two of Impala Platinum Holdings' mines are located in Zimbabwe and four mines in South Africa. The shares are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and have a high weighting in the S&P Africa 40 Index. The share index created by Standard & Poor's is the first index for the African continent. The inclusion of Implants underlines the importance of the company for the African economy.
Impala Platinum Holdings pays a dividend to its shareholders.
Osmium stock #3: Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye Gold Limited), (SBSW, ISIN: ZAE000173951, WKN: A2PWVQ) - Third largest platinum and palladium producer in the world
Like the other osmium stocks in this list, Sibanye-Stillwater (Sibanye Gold Limited) is based in South Africa too. Despite its comparatively recent founding date in 2012, the mining company is one of the largest gold producers in the world today and the third largest platinum and palladium producer in the world. These metals are mined in Stillwater in the USA and Rustenburg in South Africa.
The company also produces and refines iridium and ruthenium, nickel, chromium, copper and cobalt.
Sibanye-Stillwater pays its shareholders a dividend.
Osmium stock #4: Northam Platinum (7JR, ISIN: ZAE000298253, WKN: A3CS7L) - Platinum, rhodium and palladium
Northam Platinum is another interesting PGM (Platinum Group Metals) company and is listed on Africa's largest stock exchange, the JSE Limited.
The company has outsourced the refining of precious metals, but otherwise Northam Platinum takes care of the mining, removal of base metals and further processing of the three main products platinum, rhodium and palladium. The metals come from the company's own mines in South Africa.
Alternatives to buying and selling osmium shares: crystals and bars
If you don't want to invest in shares in platinum or osmium processing companies, you can also invest directly in the rare precious metal in physical form. At MetaMetals, we offer osmium with a guaranteed degree of purity and certification. Osmium (Os) is offered in the most popular forms for investors as osmium crystals and osmium bars.
Conclusion on trading osmium shares on the stock exchange
As osmium is difficult to produce and (at times) in limited
demand by the industry, there are currently no diverse opportunities for
private investors to invest in osmium shares other than the direct purchase of
the precious metal. The same applies to other financial products such as
futures or CFDs. However, this does not mean that there are none at all. Some
of the largest mining companies for platinum metals, which includes osmium, are
listed on the stock exchange. Even if the osmium is subsequently processed
elsewhere, traders can still invest in osmium in this way. The purchase of
securities from corresponding companies can then be regarded as an indirect
investment in osmium.
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