Digging deep: Despite production and export volume growth, low prices place limits on revenue

Australia has a large supply of mineral, hydrocarbon and non-mineral reserves, which the Mining division extracts, processes and sells. These reserves are often high quality and close to the Earth's surface, enabling Australia's Mining division to be price competitive on a global scale. The division is export-oriented, with exports expected to account for more than 72% of revenue in 2018-19. Exports are projected to account for an even greater proportion of revenue by 2023-24, due to a forecast increase in natural gas exports.The Mining division's performance depends on pricing, the value of the Australian dollar, global supply trends, capital investment and demand for commodities. The division's operations are generally cyclical, as new supply takes years to develop...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$230bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-0.3%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
165,780
Businesses
7,326
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Division exports are expected to account for more than 72% of revenue in the current year
  • The industrialisation of countries such as China and India has driven demand for natural resources
  • The division is forecast to focus on output growth and productivity over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Mining division has a low degree of concentration, with the largest four enterprises projected to account for 34.0% of revenue in 2018-19. This has decreased over the past five years as BHP and Rio Tinto lost market share due to divestments and lower iron ore prices. The division is influenced by a small number of large mining companies, which typically operate globally. Inside of specific mining industries, concentration is often high. However, due to the specialisation of companies within many of these industries, division concentration is medium.Concentration varies across the individual industries within the division. Exploration industries tend to have low concentration due to low entry barriers and the large number of exploration firms. Con...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Mining Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Mining Industry are

  • Availability of resource
  • Proximity to transport
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of iron ore and US dollars per Australian dollar in the Mining industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Mining Industry?

    The Mining division includes all operations that mainly extract minerals or hydrocarbons (oil and gas), explore for minerals or hydrocarbons, and provide a variety of services to firms engaged in these activities.

    Industry Products
  • Coal mining
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Other metal ore mining
  • Iron ore mining
  • Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying
  • Exploration and other mining services
  • Industry Activities
  • Coal mining
  • Oil and gas extraction and mining
  • Metal ore mining
  • Non-metallic mineral ore mining
  • Other mineral mining and quarrying
  • Services to mining
  • Mining exploration services
  • Contract and mining support services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of iron ore
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • Actual capital expenditure on mining
  • GDP of mainland China
  • World price of natural gas
  • World price of steaming coal

  • Current Performance
  • Revenue and profit
  • Capital investment
  • Productivity challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating conditions
  • Gas expansion
  • Low-cost production
  • Table: Mining Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Mining Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Petroleum Refining and Petroleum Fuel Manufacturing
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Aluminium Smelting
  • Copper, Silver, Lead and Zinc Smelting and Refining
  • Gas Supply
  • Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Mining
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Wholesale Trade

  • Products & Services
  • Iron ore mining
  • Coal mining
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Other metal ore mining
  • Exploration and other mining services
  • Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying
  • Chart: Mining Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Iron ore export markets
  • Oil and gas export markets
  • Black coal export markets
  • Domestic energy industries
  • Metal product manufacturing industries
  • Other export markets
  • Mining division
  • Other domestic industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Mining Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Mining

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Mining Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    BHP Billiton Limited, Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited,
  • Table: BHP Billiton Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Rio Tinto Plc - Rio Tinto Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Mining Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Mining Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bord-And-Pillar
  • A coal mining method that divides a coal seam into regular blocks to aid in extraction processes.
  • Coking Coal
  • Coking, or metallurgical, coal is a high carbon content used to produce coke for steelmaking.
  • Natural Gas
  • Naturally occurring gases consisting primarily of methane, but also including small amounts of heavier hydrocarbons such as propane and butane.
  • Oil Field
  • An underground or undersea deposit of oil contained within a stable geological formation.
  • Steaming Coal
  • Steaming coal, or thermal coal, is a high energy content burned as fuel in power stations.
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