THE PROJECT PIPELINE HANDBOOK presents the methodology behind the database of development projects, critically assesses mature, pre-production investment opportunities as a direct result of investor demand, and shares a cross-section of assets from within our growing universe of coverage.

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Chris Cann 
Head of Aspermont Research & Intelligence

Educated in Western Australia, where he completed a bachelor of science and post-graduate diploma in journalism, Chris began his resources reporting career in 2004 with publishing houses Paydirt Media (Paydirt, Gold Mining Journal) and Aspermont (RESOURCEStocks, MiningNews.net). Since arriving in the UK he has completed a geology degree (first class) from the University of London in 2013; the Level Three Capital Markets Programme (Securities) through the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; and a financial modelling course at City of London University. He became Mining Journal editor in 2015 before building out Aspermont’s dedicated research unit in 2017, at which point he became head of Aspermont research and intelligence.

Ratings Methodology

Commodity Forecasts

Project Ratings

The Project Pipeline Handbook database is the result of direct investor demand following our inaugural Mining Journal Select conference in 2018, which sought to critically assess mature, pre-production investment opportunities and present only those of sufficient quality to our investor audience. The report also covers:

REPORT METHODOLOGY

While the database captures 24 metrics for each asset, the formula takes select metrics and manipulates them in various ways to deliver indicative ratings across six categories, which are weighted for an overall score: Economics (40%); Jurisdiction (20%); Confidence (15%); Financeability (10%); Geology (7.5%); and Engineering/Metallurgy (7.5%).

Economics

World Risk Report ‘Investment Risk Index’ rating

NPV, IRR and, NPV:Capex ratio

Jurisdiction

Confidence

Commodity-price assumption, Discount rate, Study age, and Study stage

Financeability

Market capitalisation:Capex ratio and Operating margin

Geology

Resources (M&I) and Resource grade

Engineering/Metallurgy

Proven technology

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PRECIOUS METALS

WHAT'S INSIDE THE REPORT?

The indispensable Project Pipeline Handbook is a snapshot of Mining Journal Intelligence’s carefully crafted and nurtured development-asset rating system: a dynamic formula to assess projects for invitation to Aspermont’s prestigious Mining Journal Select investor event. 

The robust and in-depth methodology developed by MJI has resulted in a comprehensive and detailed shortlist of the most promising projects in the market today. Looking at six key project metrics from economics, jurisdiction, geology and engineering on the basis of investor relevance and like-for-like comparisons, MJI has founded a transparent and consistent dataset that is fundamental to investment decision making.

BATTERY METALS

OTHER 
COMMODITIES

Presents forecasts for three prominent commodities across precious metals, including gold, silver and PGMs, followed by an in-depth look at 14 of the most promising development assets in this grouping, with gold the featured commodity in each of the asset profiles.

BASE METALS

Begins with an outlook and price forecast for three key commodities: copper, zinc and tin, before turning attention to development assets across the three metals that offer the most potential as assessed by MJI.

Dives into the respective outlooks for four battery metals: lithium, cobalt, graphite and nickel. We then proceed to explore the current, leading projects across these commodities, with vanadium also making an appearance.

A melange of commodities of huge importance to investors. We look at the forecast for potash, uranium, iron ore, and both thermal and metallurgical coal. The remainder focuses on assets across three of these commodities plus a borates asset that leads the database ratings.

Presents forecasts for three prominent commodities across precious metals, including gold, silver and PGMs, followed by an in-depth look at 14 of the most promising development assets in this grouping, with gold the featured commodity in each of the asset profiles.

Begins with an outlook and price forecast for three key commodities: copper, zinc and tin, before turning attention to development assets across the three metals that offer the most potential as assessed by MJI.

Dives into the respective outlooks for four battery metals: lithium, cobalt, graphite and nickel. We then proceed to explore the current, leading projects across these commodities, with vanadium also making an appearance.

A melange of commodities of huge importance to investors. We look at the forecast for potash, uranium, iron ore, and both thermal and metallurgical coal. The remainder focuses on assets across three of these commodities plus a borates asset that leads the database ratings.