Analysis of Mining Financials

Analysis of Mining Financials

Areas of Study: Management

Qualifies for CMS

Short Course Short Course
  • Audience Level: Professional Tool Tip
  • Dates: Unscheduled Tool Tip
  • Early Bird: Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Included Tool Tip
  • Registration Fee: Tool Tip
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada Tool Tip
  • Duration: 2 days
  • CEUs: 1.6 (16 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course was formerly titled "Interpreting the Financial Statements of a Mining Company".

This course will enable you to develop an awareness of the relevant financial information you can discover about a mining corporation from its audited financial statements. You will also have an appreciation for how accountants are challenged with exercising professional judgment on qualitative issues involving alternative or new accounting standards (IAS, IFRS), balanced with a need for numerical precision. You will recognize that professional judgments included in financial assessments are similar to those made in demonstrating probable and proven mineral reserves.

"Analysis of Mining Financials" uses the business environment in the mining industry as a relevant context for understanding the financial statements of mining corporations. It isolates select accounting aspects as being fundamental to your becoming an informed reader of audited financial statements . . . including balance sheets, income statements, cash flows statements, statements of shareholders' equity and the audited notes. Current examples of financial statements of both large and small mining companies are used and analyzed to illustrate these fundamentals.

The course draws on credible sources to highlight relevant characteristics of accounting for mining. The objective of this material is to identify some prominent aspects of financing the corporate mining strategy, delve into the distinct areas where there are issues in accounting for the mining industry, and summarize the risks that are currently inherent in understanding the financial statements of those involved in mining. The course provides the tools to establish a profile of a company's overall financial status and identifies the attributes that contribute to financial health and flexibility.

Participants are advised to bring a laptop computer (with MS Excel).

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Understanding Financial Statements of Mining Companies.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for two days of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia and University of Arizona. more details »

Simon Fraser University Credit for Custom Corporate Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Participants who successfully complete the EduMine certification exam, meet Simon Fraser University requirements for admission to graduate studies in the Faculty of Business Administration, and complete all pre- and post-course assignments may receive credit for Bus550: "Financial Accounting for Mining" in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire short course and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone interested in knowing how to extract financial intelligence from company reports, and to those in the mining financial and investment sectors who do not have a strong accounting background. It is a requirement for those seeking certification through the Simon Fraser University Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Alain Duncan

Alain Duncan BA, MBA, CA is a Senior Lecturer on Financial and Managerial Accounting in the Executive MBA program at Simon Fraser University. Alain, a chartered accountant, is a two-time winner of the Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award and winner of the Simon Fraser University award for excellent teaching. Prior to joining the Simon Fraser University faculty, Alain was an economist for the Ontario government (editor of the Ontario economic review) and CFO for two Canadian corporations. He has acted as examiner for the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, as well as instructing review courses for the CGA, CFA and CPA designations.

Provisional Schedule

Day 1: 5 February 2013, from 8:15am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session
08:15 – 08:45 Registration and Breakfast
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome and Profile of Participants
09:00 – 9:30 Principles and Authorities underlying Accounting Reports: Discussion of Canadian GAAP as it affects reports by Canadian corporations with shares traded on Canadian and foreign stock exchanges
09:30 – 10:30 The Financial Statements: 4 basic F/S and the Notes: theory and practice. We examine several F/S of mining companies
10:30 – 10:50 Refreshments
10:50 – 12:30 Assets: Investments in marketable securities, current accounting treatment, mineral properties and reclamation costs
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Discounting future cash flows: general concept and application to impaired assets and to reclamation costs
14:45 – 15:00 Refreshments
15:00 – 16:00 Liabilities: long term financing, banks, bonds and discounting. Other long term liabilities and related present values
16:00 – 17:00 Unstructured: time for exercises, questions and any overlaps from above
Day 2: 6 February 2013, from 8:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Time Session
08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 9:30 Shareholders' Equity section of B/S: different kinds of shares, options, convertible securities. Treasury shares in jurisdictions that allow such
09:30 – 10:30 Earnings per Share and other measures of performance, effect of dilutive securities on EPS
10:30 – 10:50 Refreshments
10:50 – 12:30 Investments in others: passive, significant influence, control
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Investment in others: concepts re equity method and consolidated F/S. Class exercises as desired
14:45 – 15:00 Refreshments
15:00 – 16:00 Accounting Developments: made in Canada changes, impending adoption of international accounting standards, harmonization. Future areas of concern, study and rule making
16:00 – 17:00 Unstructured: time for exercises, questions and any overlaps from above

How to Register

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The full fee for the two day program is CAD 1,450 + tax. The fee covers tuition, a comprehensive set of course notes, access to EduMine e-learning, a certificate of attendance, continental breakfasts and lunches including light refreshments. The fee does not cover accommodation.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 3 or more OR if you provide your Annual EduMine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.


The course will be held at InfoMine Inc, Vancouver, Canada, Suite 640 - 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. Detailed arrival instructions will be sent to all participants 10-14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

Hotel Accommodation

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A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the course. Cancellations thereafter will be liable for the loss of the full fee.

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