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Evaluating Mineral Projects: Applications and Misconceptions [Paperback]

Thomas F. Torries

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March 1 1998 0873351592 978-0873351591

Whether you’re an experienced evaluator of mineral projects, a student, or a decision maker who is not a practitioner but must use evaluation results, this new book is an essential reference for your bookshelf. Designed to complement traditional engineering texts, this book emphasizes the concepts of mineral project evaluation rather than computational details. It describes various economic evaluation techniques typically employed (including conventional cost analysis, discounted cash flow, and option analysis), their uses, and their relationships with geological, technological, and financial evaluations. Also discussed are the strengths and weaknesses of commonly practiced evaluation methods.

This book explains the practical difficulties in conducting an analysis and correctly interpreting the results, as well as the use of alternative techniques. Because many existing texts do not adequately discuss the meanings and application of merit measures, such as net present value (NPV) or internal rate of return (IRR), this book represents an exciting departure from standard reference tools. Contents include:

  • why NPV and IRR are both valid and useful merit measures
  • the shortcomings of conventional NPV and IRR analysis
  • the dangers of scenario analysis
  • why conventional incremental analysis is not needed to correctly calculate IRR
  • why the desire to achieve NPV-consistent IRR is misleading
  • how competitive cost analysis is conducted and used
  • why option pricing is an important addition to the evaluation process.

When used correctly, evaluation methods are powerful tools to help us understand the economics of investment projects. Don’t miss out on this new source. Contains glossary and full index.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Evaluating Mineral Projects Jan. 24 2010
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The mineral evaluator has that peculiar necessity of requiring knowledge equally in the two fields of his discipline: the physical science that explains minerals and the financial science that arranges the numbers describing their configuration.

This is a good introduction to financial side of the discipline of evaluating mineral resources. The concepts are described from scratch with great lucidity. Abstruse concepts of the financial apparatus are given a commonsensical turn which deftly assist the understanding. Methods of valuation which rely on geological and minerological investigations are unfortunately sparsely treated or absent.

For a quick introduction to the subject, one that is easy to understand and thorough on the financial side of mineral appraisal, I do recommend this book.

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