Resource export earnings surge

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 1-Jul-19

The Department of Industry estimates that Australia’s resources export earnings reached a new high of $275bn in 2018-19. It forecasts that this will top $285bn in 2019-20, before falling to $260bn in 2020-21 as commodity prices ease. Iron ore exports are forecast to reach a record $79bn in 2019-20, up from $75bn in 2018-19, and ease to $65bn in 2020-21. Resources Minister Matt Canavan notes that mining investment has fallen in the last five years, and he says governments in Australia should capitalise on high commodity prices by reducing the regulatory barriers to investing in the sector.

CORPORATES
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

Belts tighten across exploration sector: BDO

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 11-Jun-19

ASX-listed companies spent $363 million on exploration for minerals, oil and gas in the first three months of 2019, according to accounting firm BDO Global. It was the lowest quarterly exploration expenditure since the three months to June 2017, when just $338 million was outlayed. BDO also found that the average cash balance among exploration companies had declined from $5.79 million to $5.62 million, while the number of exploration companies listed on the ASX is on the decline.

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BDO GLOBAL, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Thank me for miners’ GST push: Grylls

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 13 & 14 : 10-Jan-17

Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson has rejected suggestions that its proposal for changes to the system for distributing GST revenue was influenced by Western Australian National Party leader Brendon Grylls. The MCA’s submission to the Productivity Commission argues that the system disadvantages states that encourage the development of resources projects. Grylls urged the mining sector to lobby for GST reform in 2016, when he proposed to increase the state’s iron ore levy from $A0.25 per tonne to $A5.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Growth-sapping GST must face overhaul: miners

Original article by Sid Maher
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 9-Jan-17

The Minerals Council of Australia has used its submission to the Productivity Commission’s five-year productivity review to urge changes to the system for distributing goods and services tax revenue. The MCA argues that the current system redirects GST revenue from states that have encouraged the development of natural resources to states that place strictures on mining and energy projects. The MCA has also called for a reduction in the corporate tax rate and action to address the power of unions under the Fair Work Act.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. COMMONWEALTH GRANTS COMMISSION, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Maintenance boom for resources

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 19-Dec-16

BIS Shrapnel forecasts that Australia’s resources sector will increase expenditure on maintenance work by 52 per cent over the next five years, to $A10bn. Adrian Hart of BIS says this will include both expenditure that has been deferred and spending on new assets. He adds that there could be some consolidation in the mining services sector as a result. The oil and gas sector is expected to account for the bulk of the increased expenditure on maintenance activity.

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BIS SHRAPNEL PTY LTD, PROGRAMMED MAINTENANCE SERVICES LIMITED – ASX PRG, SEVEN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX SVW, WORLEYPARSONS LIMITED – ASX WOR, MONADELPHOUS GROUP LIMITED – ASX MND, UGL LIMITED – ASX UGL, CIMIC GROUP LIMITED – ASX CIM, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Capex still in free fall, but signs of life emerge

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 32 : 8-Dec-16

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that mining companies reduced their investment in new projects by 10.6 per cent in the September 2016 quarter. The sector’s capital expenditure has fallen for 14 consecutive quarters. However, this may lead to an undersupply of such commodities, which in turn could prompt renewed capex. There are already indications of an upturn in greenfields exploration and IPO activity in the minerals sector.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, ASSOCIATION OF MINING AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES, METALICITY LIMTED – ASX MCT, PANORAMIC RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX PAN, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Mining sector backs 20pc company rate

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 29-Mar-16

A report produced by Canadian academic Jack Mintz has concluded that Australia’s corporate tax rate is uncompetitive, and proposes a progressive reduction from 30 per cent to just 20 per cent. The report was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia. The Federal Government’s May 2016 Budget is widely tipped to include a reduction in the company tax rate.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Explorers ditch ASX as downturn bites

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 26 : 17-Mar-16

Analysis by BDO shows that about 16 per cent of the 753 Australian-listed exploration companies had no active exploration program in the December 2015 quarter. Meanwhile, 25 exploration companies delisted, were placed in administration or opted to exit the sector during the period. Meanwhile, nearly 50 per cent of companies that remain in the sector are estimated to be able to finance operating expenditure for no more than two quarters.

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BDO CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS AND ADVISERS, DORAY MINERALS LIMITED – ASX DRM, BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION

Silver lining in mineral hunt cloud

Original article by Tess Ingram
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 1-Sep-15

The national spend on exploration fell 33 per cent year on year to $A322 million in the June 2015 quarter, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It fell to its lowest level in nine years as miners cut back on costs and expenditure in the face of declining commodities prices. But it was not all bad news. The number of metres drilled was down only nine per cent, suggesting the industry was getting more for its money as costs were slashed in the search for the next generation of mines.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, MINEX CONSULTING PTY LTD, ASSOCIATION OF MINING AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES