SNL Metals & Mining Releases Annual World Exploration Trends 2015

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Decrease of 26% in 2014 worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets compared with the previous year.

SNL Metals & Mining World Exploration Trends Report 2015

The latest World Exploration Trends report from SNL Metals & Mining reveals mining companies responded to the poor market conditions with a sharp reduction in their exploration activity. The result was a 26% decline in worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets in 2014, compared with the previous year.

In the 25th edition of its Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) report, SNL Metals & Mining calculated that the mining industry's total budget for nonferrous metals exploration was US$11.4 billion in 2014. This contrasts with the US$15.2 billion allocated in 2013 and the record US$21.5 billion budgeted in 2012. The steep plunge in exploration budgets was due to a combination of investor wariness of the junior sector, which 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.

SNL's 2014 exploration estimate was based on information collected from more than 3,500 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which almost 2,000 had exploration budgets reported in the CES study. These companies (each budgeting at least US$100,000) together allocated US$10.74 billion for nonferrous exploration, which SNL estimates covers 95% of worldwide commercially-oriented nonferrous exploration spending. Adding estimates of budgets that SNL could not obtain, the 2014 worldwide total exploration budget reached US$11.36 billion.

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

Attendees of the PDAC conference are encouraged to visit the SNL Metals & Mining booth, #115 on the main trade show floor, for a free copy of the report and additional information.

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