BMI View: Ghana's mining sector is heavily reliant on gold production and, as such, will face severe headwinds over the next few years as prices of the commodity come under increasing pressure globally. We expect the country's gold miners to continue reducing capacity and expenditure over the coming quarters, through the country will continue to rank as Africa's second largest gold producer after South Africa. In contrast, bauxite production is forecast to expand at a steady pace over the medium term, as the industry attracts the attention of overseas investors.
Mining will remain an important component of Ghana's economy through the next few years, however, the growth of the industry is being affected by a lack of diversity, with gold mining accounting for about 90% of the country's total mineral exports. An ongoing decline in global prices will therefore pose a major threat to the growth of Ghana's mining sector going forwards, with prices forecast to average USD1,100/USD in 2015 before dropping to USD950/USD by the end of our forecast period. Falling prices will put increased pressure on the profit margins of the country's gold miners, with many firms, including market leader Newmont Mining, moving to cut expenditure in the face of falling revenues.
However, we believe overall mining revenues will be steadied, to a certain extent, by further expansion of the country's bauxite mining sector over the next few years. Long-term growth in global aluminium production will see the industry become increasingly the focus of attention from overseas mining groups, adding to significant recent investment by China's Bosai Minerals Group. April saw a Qatari trade delegation to Ghana announce that business in the country were exploring plans to invest in the country's bauxite mining sector to support aluminium production in the Middle Eastern country. While supply chain issues remain a constraint on production capacity, we expect bauxite output to grow at a steady...
The Ghana Mining Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s mining and commodity forecasts for metals, minerals and gems, covering all major indicators including reserves, production, exports and values. The report also analyses trends and prospects, national and multinational companies and changes in the regulatory environment.
BMI's Ghana Mining Report provides industry strategists, service companies, company analysts and consultants, government departments, trade associations and regulatory bodies with BMI's independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the mining industry in Ghana.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI’s key forecasts and industry analysis, covering mining reserves, supply, demand and prices, plus analysis of landmark company developments and key changes in the regulatory environment.
Industry SWOT analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the mining sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.
BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series (2009-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:
- Mining industry: Industry size (USDmn), real growth (%), % of GDP, employment (‘000), workforce as % of total workforce, average wage (USD).
- Output: Production volumes (‘000 tonnes, carats etc.) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state, including bauxite, copper, gold, coal, lead, silver, tin, titanium, uranium, zinc etc.
- Exports: Value of exports (USDmn) for all major metals, minerals, ores and gems mined in each state.
- Commodity markets: Global demand, supply, stocks and benchmark prices (USD) for aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, gold and steel.
BMI’s Mining Risk Reward Index
BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (mining companies and support service providers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.
Competitive Landscape Tables & Analysis
Comparative company analyses and tables detailing USD sales, % share of total sales, number of employees, year established, market cap/NAV, ownership structure, production and % market share.
Details and analysis of all current and planned developments (new ventures, capacity expansion and other investments) across the sector broken down by metal/ore.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
The Mining reports are based on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations (UN, WB, IMF), national chambers of commerce and industry, national statistical offices, government ministries and central banks, and multinational companies.
*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.