An Introduction to Modelling Metal Project Finance serves as an introduction to the critical issues associated with the debt financing of mining projects. The aims and objectives of project financing are discussed with an overview of the steps leading up to application. The course is aimed at professionals throughout the mining industry and assumes a basic appreciation of the main financial parameters.
Logical guidelines on how to construct a preliminary level cash flow model of project finance are provided, with descriptions of the major input variables. Nickel and platinum are used as example commodities with which to demonstrate the principles of modelling project finance.
A background discussion on the technical aspects and major costs involved in developing a large-scale open pit nickel mining project is followed by a step by step guide to the development of a financial model of the project using the financial modelling software tool IC-MinEval. Similarly, background discussion on platinum mining is followed by a step by step guide to developing a financial model of an underground platinum mining project using IC-MinEval. The workbooks generated by IC-MinEval are also included as downloadable spreadsheets for each worked example. A case example is included from Prof. Buchanan's book, Metals and Energy Finance (2018).
The course comprises 21 viewing sessions of 30–60 minutes each with supporting figures, tables, and extensive worked examples for nickel and platinum projects, plus interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 10 hours of viewing content. The worked examples include fully integrated sets of the completed spreadsheet models.