Brazilian iron ore miner MMX Mineracao e Metalicos SA (MMX) which is controlled by Eike Batista posted a profit for the second consecutive quarter as it expanded its iron ore production.
Equinox Minerals has beaten analysts estimates as it reported a fourth quarter profit. It also said that its full year copper output has surpassed its guidance. Equinox ended the year with $319,480 million in cash and cash equivalents.
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) brought together the who’s who of the mining fraternity at the world’s largest mining convention as over 22,000 delegates attended the event. PDAC executive director Tony Andrews said that mining was a cyclic business and that it was currently on a major upswing thanks to the rise in commodity prices.
Avocet Mining has said that the year ending December 31 has seen a pre-tax profit of $33.55 million. They reported this exceptional increase of 221% as the prices of gold rose and so did their output in 2010.
Glenn Stevens, the Reserve Bank governor, warned Australians that the mining boom would not last forever and they need to save for the time when commodity prices will fall.
With record profits announced by BHP Billiton and the alleged loss of tax funds due to the renegotiation of the new mining tax, there has been a call by the Australian Greens to impose a higher tax on mining companies.
First half year profits of BHP Billiton took a record leap of a 71 % to reach a profit of $10.6 billion of which $10 billion will be returned to shareholders. Reuter’s analysts had predicted a profit of $10.3 billion for the same period and they were also surpassed.
BHP Billiton is expected to post record $15 billion earnings for the six month period pre-tax. This would give the company a $30 billion plus full year result. It has broken the record for biggest profits posted by a company in Britain with this. The last record was set by Shell three years ago when it unveiled profits of $27.5 billion.
Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited, the third largest gold producing company in Africa, has announced a 33% second fiscal quarter operating profit thanks to the rising price of gold bullion.
Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX:SVM)(NYSE:SVM) today reported its unaudited financial and operating results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2010.