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State of the Market: Mining Q1-2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
State of the Market: Mining Q1-2019
Prices for many commodities rebounded in the March quarter, but downward revisions to global economic growth continue to cloud the mining industry’s outlook. Facing this uncertainty since the second half of 2018, many companies struggled to attract investors during the first quarter of 2019. January and February represented two of the weakest months on record for financing activity, before a modest recovery in March. The persistent slide in funding also lead to reduced drilling activity levels, contributing to our Pipeline Activity Index falling to its lowest since March 2016. Yet there may be positive times ahead – improving markets and optimism should lead to a recovery in the second quarter as confidence begins to return after the first quarter price rally.
As the mining industry comes to grips with medium-term uncertainties, join us for our review of the quarterly performance of the mining sector, and hear our views on the outlook for lithium exploration, supply, and costs.
Mark FergusonResearch Director, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Mark Ferguson is an Research Director and the Head of Mining Studies for the Metals & Mining Research division of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Full Bio
Mark Ferguson is an Research Director and the Head of Mining Studies for the Metals & Mining Research division of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Having worked for previous iterations of the division since 2004, Mark has extensive experience in producing exploration and supply-side studies for the mining sector.
He is currently responsible for providing strategic leadership and functional direction for the research group, and for managing production of the group’s reports and publications. These publications include annual editions of the Corporate Exploration Strategies and Strategies for Reserves Replacement studies, as well as various monthly and quarterly publications focused on global exploration, production, and market trends.
Mark holds an MSc in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie University. Minimize
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Adam WebbHead of Mine Economics, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Adam is head of Mine Economics working within the Metals & Mining Research team at S&P Global Market Intelligence. Full Bio
Adam is the Head of Mine Economics working within the Metals & Mining Research division at S&P Global Market Intelligence. He is responsible for developing the Mine Economics product and manages a team of analysts. The primary focus of the Mine Economics team is building asset level production and financial models of mining operations across the globe, and producing data and research articles to provide valuable insights to our clients.
Prior to joining S&P Global Market Intelligence, Adam spent four years working as a geologist on mine sites in Western Australia. He worked on active mine sites, as well as exploration and development properties which helped him develop a detailed understanding of the practicalities of the mining industry.
He has a BSc in Earth Science from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and an MSc in Geochemistry from the University of Leeds. Minimize
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