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 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 and financial analysts are challenged with exercising professional judgment on qualitative and quantitative financial material, and 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 and analyzing the financial statements of mining corporations. It isolates select accounting and financial 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. 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 and financial analysis 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 inherent in understanding the financial statements of those involved in mining. The course provides some of 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 expected 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, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

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 appropriate for anyone interested in gaining some fundamental understanding on how to extract financial intelligence from company financial reports. This is particularly essential to those in the mining management, financial, and investment sectors who do not necessarily possess a financial and/or accounting background.

The course will be of particular interest to mining analysts with a limited financial background, various levels of management (including CEOs, COOs, etc.), fund and asset managers, bankers, lawyers, mining consultants, engineers responsible for development planning, exploration managers and other specialists in the valuation of mineral projects. It will also be of interest to industry-based geologists and engineers, as well as government officials.

Carlos da Costa

Carlos da Costa offers risk management, finance, and accounting instruction at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business for both graduate and undergraduate students. He is also an instructor at the University of British Columbia where he provides mining risk management, finance, and economics-related instruction. Carlos is a seasoned financial professional with solid experience in financial derivatives, structured finance, market and credit risk management, alternative investments, and computational investment management.

He is actively involved with PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers' International Association) and the Management & Economics Society (MES) of CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum).

Provisional Schedule

Instruction will take place from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day, with a lunch break from noon to 1:00pm and 15 minute coffee breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Day 1:

  • Overview of financial management (including: Securities Exchanges; Capital Markets; Agency Issue, Ethics & Sarbanes-Oxley Act; Financial Institutions & Markets; Going Public / IPO; Stocks / Dividends Basics; etc.).
  • Principles and authorities underlying accounting reports: basic discussion of IFRS vs US GAAP as it impacts the financial statements of corporations listed on multiple stock exchanges.
  • The Financial Statements (F/S) and the notes: basics and practice (review the main concepts of key financial statements and their respective components). We examine several F/S of mining companies.
  • Performing financial statement analysis (including: statements of comparative and common-size form; ratio analysis; financial distress / forecasting the financial distress of mining companies; etc.).
  • Unstructured: time for exercises, questions and any overlaps from above.
Day 2:

  • Performing financial statement analysis (including: statements of comparative and common-size form; ratio analysis; financial distress / forecasting the financial distress of mining companies; etc.). (continuation from Day 1)
  • Shareholders' equity section of B/S: different kinds of shares, options, convertible securities. treasury shares in jurisdictions that allow such.
  • Earnings per Share (EPS) and other measures of performance, effect of dilutive securities on EPS.
  • Investments in others: passive, significant influence, and control.
  • Investment in others: concepts equity method and consolidated F/S (mergers & acquisition accounting). Specifically, Consolidation vs. Equity Method of accounting.
  • Understanding the basics of derivatives and hedging, and the accounting for derivatives and for hedging activities.
  • Group in-class project: analysis of mining financials.
  • Unstructured: time for exercises, questions and any overlaps from above.

How to Register

To register yourself, click the ‘Register Now’ button and complete the online registration form.
To register on behalf of someone else, or to register groups of 2 or more, please contact us; discounts may apply.

Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or [email protected] and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.


The fee covers the lecture, access to Pre-Course e-learning, a certificate of attendance, and catered 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 5 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

If you need to make hotel reservations, we recommend the following hotels. Each hotel is within a 5-15 minute walking distance of the course venue and provides convenient access to transportation and 'Canada Line' rapid transit to/from Vancouver International Airport.

When making reservations make sure to ask for the "InfoMine corporate rate".

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting a short course registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made 4 or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply.

  • Cancellation made more than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 70% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made more than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: 50% of the registration fee is reimbursed.
  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees.

Edumine reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organisations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. If a course is cancelled, fees will be refunded in full. Edumine also reserves the right to postpone or make such alterations to the content of a course as may be necessary.

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