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Benchmarking is an effective way to gauge a company’s competitiveness in a particular market. It assists a company in improving its performance by identifying and applying best demonstrated practices to its areas of operation. Benchmarking can be considered from the company’s operating costs, financial competitiveness or market dynamics in terms of regional or global market share analysis. Investors frequently use this tool to compare an array of possible investment options. Producers use benchmarking to understand their particular strengths and shortcomings. Understanding how your business compares with your direct competitors helps guide management decisions as well as company strategy.
A due diligence is an independent audit of a potential mining investment and serves to confirm the material facts of the project. The main objective is to assist our clients in determining the assets’ true value as well as highlight any operational or economic risks to the project.
In today’s world, most processes are technically feasible, though not everything is economically feasible. Often a particular deposit or project may lend itself to producing a variety of products. A prospective iron ore producer may for instance have the choice to produce ore or concentrates or pellets or sinter feed. A prospective lithium producer may have the option of producing technical grade lithium concentrates, lithium oxide, technical grade lithium carbonate or battery grade lithium carbonate. Often the best choice is not always the most beneficiated product nor is it necessarily a single product. A market study therefore seeks to understand the current global economic climate and consider how our clients can best position themselves so as to take advantage of the economic trends. This study often requires costing various freight options, a basic engineering to establish the costs of various product options, looking at whether the client could secure an offtake agreement, availability of finance and an outlook for demand/supply balance for each prospective product/process option.
A market forecast study is a long term economic analysis of a particular market with the goal of providing a price forecast range of a particular commodity market over the medium and long term. Core Consultants studies supply and demand data including end-user markets, new and planned project data, trade data and price volatility graphs in order to make a prediction of a commodity’s long term prospects. Our clients use these types of reports for IPO listing documents, informing analysts and portfolio managers, inclusion in prefeasibility and feasibility studies and to inform their own internal business development teams.
Many prospective producers come to us with the need to either acquire a deposit or they may already own a deposit or mining concession and need a partner for financial reasons or to assist them in realising the project’s value. In this instance Core Consultants will conduct a review of the concession or producers and shortlist possible partners on behalf of our client.
Many producers have the in-house technical capabilities to run the mine, but do not necessarily have access to end-user market participants. Core Consultants will therefore shortlist potential off-takers or marketing agreements with third party traders on behalf of our clients.
In order for a mine to deliver a final product, it involves inputs from a number of raw materials. Should any raw material not be available, it could result in a force majeure. Other supply chain risks could be the provenance of the raw materials used. The issue of conflict minerals is becoming increasingly concerning for OEM’s which may not use or procure a raw input directly, but rather through contracts with battery or magnet suppliers. However not having an understanding of where these materials originate, could have dire consequences for the OEM Company. As such Core Consultants analyses our clients’ entire supply chain and ensures that there is sufficient quantities of a raw material in order that the mine can continue operating smoothly. Similarly in the case of an OEM group, Core Consultants would conduct a due diligence in order to ensure that the raw material supplier is a socially responsible source.
Price forecasts may be short term, (1-3 months), medium term (1-5 years) or long term (10-20 years) depending on the need. Our clients use our forecasts as inputs into NPV project calculations, prefeasibility or feasibility studies or as part of determining the overall company strategy.