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Canada's mining industry

A global opportunity for mergers and acquisitions


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Canada's mining industryThe combination of Canada’s abundant natural resources and secure investment climate has helped to establish the country as a global mining centre. Canada’s national stock exchange now lists over 1,300 mining companies — a majority of the world’s publicly traded mining firms — and Canadian metals and minerals producers hold 13 top-five production rankings. While contributing $42 billion to the Canadian economy in 2007, the mining industry also exported over 80% of its production to the global markets. It is safe to say that the outlook for mining in Canada remains robust.

This concentration of mining activity has also propelled Canada onto the global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) stage. Canadian mining companies, whether as acquirers or targets, have taken the spotlight as demand continues to rise for minerals and metals. The following factors are driving the growing M&A trend: consolidation to achieve economies of scale and pricing power, scarcity of large producing assets, and high demand in industrialized nations for metals and minerals. These factors are expected to continue playing out through 2009 and 2010 at the least.

Canada’s mining industry: A global opportunity provides a detailed overview of the ins and outs of investing in the Canadian mining sector — everything from general statistics and an industry profile to legal and regulatory considerations, business taxation policies and accounting standards. As global competition for assets intensifies, mining M&A is expected to persist and strengthen, despite current economic uncertainty. This presents a compelling opportunity for global mining and investment firms. But investors must still navigate much unfamiliar territory if they are to include Canada in their strategies. Precise knowledge of Canadian legal, tax and accounting environments is especially important — as is possession of an M&A execution capability that is focused and fast-moving.

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