SNL Metals & Mining Releases Annual World Exploration Trends 2014 Report

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Findings show 29% decrease in 2013 worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets compared to prior year.

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World Exploration Trends Report 2014

The latest World Exploration Trends report from SNL Metals & Mining reveals that all company types cut their exploration activity sharply in 2013 in response to lower metals prices, uncertain demand, and poor market conditions. The result was a 29% decrease in estimated worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets compared with 2012.

SNL Metals & Mining’s 24th edition of Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) shows that the mining industry’s total budget for nonferrous metals exploration was US $15.2 billion in 2013, significantly lower than the record US $21.5 billion total in 2012. The steep plunge in exploration budgets was due to a combination of investor wariness of the junior sector that made it difficult for most companies to raise funds, and a strong pullback by producing companies on capital and exploration spending to improve their margins.

For the full report detailing additional exploration trends, please contact Christina Twomey at ctwomey(at)snl(dot)com.

Attendees of PDAC conference are encouraged to visit the SNL Metals & Mining booths 115 and 616 on the main trade show floor. Glen Jones, our Director of Metals & Mining Database, will be presenting on the Mexico State of the Market in the Mexico Mining Seminar on Sunday, March 2 from 12:00 - 4:00pm. Registration is required.

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