This year's publication marks our seventh annual survey of the top 40 mining companies by market capitalisation, provides a comprehensive analysis of the financial performance and position of the global mining industry and also discusses current trends in the global mining industry.
2009 certainly was a year of two halves. It began with commodity prices continuing to fall, tough price negotiations with customers and challenging market conditions. However, companies responded swiftly and decisively: funding was restructured, mines were closed and production cut as margins declined.
However, in contrast, the year ended with the market capitalisation of the top 40 returning to the heights of 2007 and a cautious optimism returning to market releases.