2011 will be remembered as a year of paradox- profits were often in record territory, yet share prices were weak, cash returned to shareholder hit new heights yet price earnings ratios were lower than in the depths of the Global Financial Crisis’s first wave.
The financial woes that gripped most of the world’s developed economies over 2011 seem to have unnerved investors to the point that they became wary about the industry’s growth story, or were instead reacting to other short-term global economic concerns.
The bleakness that characterised world equity markets led investors, it seems, to forget the fundamental strength underpinning mining’s future.
The industry’s future lies not in Europe, nor the US, nor Australia for that matter. Rather, mining looks to where its customers reside - the developing world. Over the past 20 years growth in places as diverse as China, India, South East Asia, Africa and Latin America has far outpaced growth in the west. Even with some slowdown expected in China – from double to still sturdy single-digit growth – the International Monetary Fund forecasts the emerging world will average about 6 per cent growth or more through to 2016.
The short reason for this is that these economies are growing. They need cities and infra-structure to be built to cater for their growing populations. Resources are the means to this end.
The industry faces a number of key challenges in particular bringing supply to market. The issues here are varied and include:
The world’s big miners need to consider all these issues at the same time as they are required to placate often voracious shareholder calls to assert strict capital discipline and to return ever greater reams of cash.
Answers to these challenges are complex but the onus is on the industry to continue to tell our story and present to investors, governments, and the communities in which we operate an investment story that remains one of the strongest in the world today.
2013 Global Gold Price Report
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Junior Mine 2012
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Mining Tax Quarterly
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Mine ― The growing disconnect
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2012 Gold Price Report
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