Mining companies struggled amid forecasts of lower metals prices during Q2, with the bulk seeing share prices drop during the period – but some critical mineral-focused firms achieved massive gains, according to Mining Journal Intelligence (MJI) research.
MJI’s Mining Equity Report 2023 – Q2 Update provides data and analysis of initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary raisings, and share price performance for more than 2000 publicly traded mining companies globally during the quarter, based on information sourced from Bloomberg and PitchBook.
More than two-thirds (67.9%) of companies saw share prices fall during Q2. The median share price change during the quarter was an 11.6% drop – compared to a fall of 3.1% in Q1.
The weaker performance followed metals price falls. Despite a 10% rise in the metals and minerals price index in Q1, the World Bank is predicting an 8% drop for 2023.
“Global demand in manufacturing is expected to remain weak, and China’s recovery is expected to be heavily services-oriented,” the bank said in its Commodity Markets Outlook report in April.
But some companies – mainly those focused on critical minerals – delivered strong gains. Among the juniors, Azure Minerals (with lithium and nickel projects) and lithium-focused Wildcat Resources saw shares rise 343% and 300% respectively.
On the financings front, mining companies announced US$2.97 billion in secondary raisings, up from $2.43 billion in Q1.
There was a drop in the number of mining IPOs in the quarter, to 12, but an increase in the combined value of the offerings to $1.33 billion, lifted by two large offerings by nickel mining companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
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