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August 31, 2021updated 01 Feb 2022 10:09am

Gold Fields: how well is the company positioned to weather future industry disruption?

By Data Journalism Team

Gold Fields, a mining company based in South Africa, has a relatively high chance of benefiting from its investments in a series of technological, macroeconomic, and sector-specific investments in recent years, according to analysis from GlobalData.

The company was ranked fourth out of 50 in a ranking of overall leadership in the 10 themes that matter the most to the mining sector.

These themes, which can be defined as any issues that keep CEOs awake at night, describe technological, macroeconomic and industry-specific challenges that companies are currently facing, as well as the opportunities they create. GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem identifies and tracks these challenges, and how they create the long-term winners and losers of the mining industry.

Gold Fields received the top mark of five for three of the 10 themes identified as the most important to the mining sector in the GlobalData Thematic Scorecard – Capital Raising, ESG and Commodity Markets – indicating that it is a dominant player in those categories. Gold Fields received a high mark of four for its performance in Internet of Things, M&A, Workplace Safety and COVID-19; a mark of three for Autonomous Vehicles and Climate Change; ; and a low mark of one for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

The interactive graphic below allows you to compare Gold Fields to the ratings of other mining companies across the 10 themes in question. The higher up a company is on the list, the better positioned it is to weather disruption in the future, while the companies at the bottom are more vulnerable to disruptive threats.

Gold Fields Ltd (Gold Fields) is a producer of gold and is involved in the underground and surface gold mining and related activities including exploration, extraction, processing and smelting. The company is also active in the exploration of platinum group metals.

The company had proved and probable reserves of 50.0 million ounces (Moz) of gold and 593 million pounds of copper as of December 2020. In FY2020, the company produced 2.2 Moz of gold. The company’s total capital expenditure stood at US$583.7 million in FY2020, which stood at 15.0% of the company’s revenue in FY2020.

The company also holds interest in exploration projects including Gruyere in Western Australia; Far Southeast in Philippines; and Salares Norte in Chile. The company also has a joint venture with Asanko Gold, and operates the Asanko gold mine complex comprising two main deposits and nine satellite deposits.

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