Operators in the Gold and Silver Ore Mining industry in Canada have exhibited growth over the five years to 2016. This growth has largely been driven by increasing production volumes of gold, as both gold and silver prices have fallen from historic highs during the period. Up until 2012, when gold and silver prices hit their peak, industry operators ramped up production to take advantage of high prices, driving up industry revenue. However, gold and silver prices have fallen in recent years. Furthermore, costs have increased for many industry operators, creating a challenging operating environment for small-scale companies. Over the next five years, merger and acquisition activity will likely continue 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.
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 can also store and delay the sale of their output to speculate commodity price fluctuations.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.