Increases in the world price of gold and silver will bolster industry operators’ profit margins
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 03, 2014
Operators in the Gold and Silver Ore Mining industry in Canada have exhibited growth over the past five years. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst James Crompton, “As investors flocked to the precious metals during the recession, rising gold and silver prices helped bolster the industry's performance and profitability over the period. However, costs have been increasing for many industry operators, creating a challenging operating environment for small-scale companies.” In the five years to 2014, industry revenue is anticipated to significantly increase.
The world price of gold is expected to increase markedly over the five years to 2014. However, the world price of gold fell significantly in 2013 and it is expected to fall even further in 2014. As economic conditions have improved around the globe, gold and silver prices have eased. The world price of silver is projected to notably decrease; this follows significant drops in 2012 and 2013. Consequently, industry revenue is forecast to decrease considerably in 2014. Though profitability remains strong for most large companies, smaller operators have experienced difficulties as prices have fallen rapidly. Therefore, merger and acquisition activity has persisted over the past five years. For example, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and Yamana Gold Inc.'s joint acquisition of Osisko Mining by June 2014 displays the competitive nature of the acquisition activity in the industry.
Market share concentration in the Gold and Silver Mining industry in Canada is moderate. The top four companies in the industry are estimated to account for nearly half of industry revenue, and this level has been increasing over the past five years. IBISWorld expects this trend to continue as merger and acquisition activity continues. IBISWorld estimates that the number of industry operators will marginally decrease over the next five years. This decrease will likely be the result of continued acquisition activity by the largest operators, as they seek to bolster their reserve bases. Additionally, mines in close proximity to each other are typically prime targets for acquisitions and joint partnerships, as economies of scale can be realized by expanding proximate operations.
Industry revenue is projected to slightly increase in the five years to 2019. “Though investor sentiment has improved greatly since the recession, demand for gold and silver will continue to be strong as more conservative investors seek safe alternatives to equity markets,” says Crompton. Merger and acquisition activity will likely continue over the next five years, as new mining projects are slow to enter production. The largest companies, Goldcorp and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., will likely continue competing for market share through acquisitions, as these companies have the scale and access to capital to aggressively pursue small-scale operations. The world prices of gold and silver are both projected to moderately increase, which will help operators maintain profit levels.
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This industry mines and prepares ores valued primarily for their gold or silver content. Some companies process ore into concentrate or bullion on site, while others maintain refining facilities abroad. Companies in this industry also can store and delay the sale of their output to speculate commodity price fluctuations.
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