Lower gold prices are offsetting increased output
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) March 01, 2013
Ongoing concerns about conditions in global financial markets and tension in the Middle East have added to gold's lustre. According to IBISWorld industry analyst M. Williams, “these trends have renewed investor interest in the metal, which has resulted in a rising gold price”. The Gold Ore Mining industry is expected to generate revenue of $13.3 billion in 2012-13, compared with $7.96 billion in 2007-08, yielding annualised growth of 10.8%. Industry revenue is forecast to fall by 1.9% in 2012-13, as lower gold prices (in Australian dollars, adjusted for inflation) more than offset increased output. Gold prices (in both US dollars and Australian dollars) are expected to ease during the year as concerns over the eurozone debt crisis start to recede.
The Gold Ore Mining industry has moderate concentration. The four largest players – Newmont Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, Barrick (PD) Australia Ltd, Newcrest Mining Limited and Gold Fields Australia Pty Limited – account for a moderate share of the industry. Concentration has increased in the past five years, reflecting takeover and merger activity played out on the global stage. “Firms have sought economies of scale and scope”, says Williams.
Australia's gold ore production is forecast to be about 265 tonnes in 2012-13, compared with 227 tonnes in 2007-08. Virtually all gold ore mined in Australia is refined locally before being exported. In addition, bullion from other countries is imported into Australia for refining and re-export, and both local and imported secondary gold (used gold) is re-refined locally and then re-exported. As a result, the value of gold exports typically exceeds industry revenue. The value of gold exports is forecast to be $17.1 billion in 2012-13. Imports of gold to Australia are also substantial, amounting to about $8.4 billion in 2012-13. There are about 252 gold mines in Australia, mostly operated by very small firms. Gold production is forecast to increase over the five years through 2017-18, as new mines commence operation and gold prices are expected to increase in both US dollars and local currency.
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