The chemicals sector is one of the lesser known industries on the ASX but it has had its fair share of winners in recent months.
This sector covers a unique array of smaller industries — from fertilisers to zinc-based sunscreen manufacturers.
It even includes hand sanitisers which have been in hot demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a list of all ASX chemicals stocks and their 12-month share price performance:
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The biggest 12-month winners
By far and away the best performing stock is Zoono (ASX:ZNO), which makes hand and surface sanitisers. The company’s run began late last year when its microbe shield showed promise against swine fever.
But the key catalyst for continued growth in 2020 has been soaring demand for its products as COVID-19 broke out across the world.
Taking out second place is Secos Group (ASX:SES), which makes compostable plastic made from Biopolymer resin. It is up 179 per cent in 12 months.
The company had been supplying councils already but this deal was Secos’ first with a major retailer. Chairman Richard Tegoni told Stockhead in July the deal was the tip of the iceberg as there were many plastic products primed to be made from other materials including dog bags and diapers.
ZNO & SES share price chart
Water treatment and potash movers
Taking bronze is SciDev (ASX:SDV), which provides chemicals and wastewater treatment for the industrial sector.
This not only reduces the direct costs of treating water but also sludge disposal and trade waste charges.
While many of its peers in the water treatment industry have gone backwards in 2020, following a solid 2019, SciDev has more than doubled in 12 months.
Back in March, the peak of the COVID-19 panic, the company booked $4.8m in sales. It has continued to win clientele in the infrastructure, petroleum and mining sectors.
SciDev last month locked in global mining giant BHP (ASX:BHP) for a trial of its chemistry at the Olympic Dam mine — Australia’s largest copper mine.
Sitting on a 98 per cent gain is potash play Reward Minerals (ASX:RWD).
Sulphate of potash (SOP), which Reward is looking to produce, is a premium-grade fertiliser for crops.
Reward has been one of the more successful potash hopefuls in recent months. While the company’s share price took a hit in February and March during the COVID-19 selloff, it quickly recovered its losses and then some.
In April, it received news the Western Australian environment minister rejected an appeal against the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report which had been in favour of its Lake Disappointment project.
In June, the minister formally approved the project implementation and this made Reward’s Lake Disappointment only the second WA SOP project to reach this stage.
SO4 & SDV share price chart
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Barry Stroman was a reporter for Zerg Watch, before becoming the lead editor. Barry has previously worked for Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat covering countless stories concerning all things related to tech and science. Barry studied at NYU.