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Anglo American Aims for Cost Efficiency Amid Economic Challenges

Mining Giant Targets Significant Savings and Production Adjustments

by Adenike Adeodun

Anglo-American, a leading global mining company, has announced its strategic focus on improving cost performance and cash generation. During an investor update call on December 8, Chief Executive Duncan Wanblad detailed plans to reconfigure assets in response to current market conditions and constraints. The company is aiming for significant cost savings and a substantial reduction in capital expenditure by 2026.

Wanblad highlighted the company’s proactive measures to counteract the impacts of global economic weaknesses, particularly in consumer-focused sectors like diamonds and platinum group metals (PGMs). These sectors have been hit hard by persistent inflationary pressures, necessitating deliberate actions to optimize returns.

Production Adjustments

According to a report by Mining Weekly, Anglo-American’s subsidiary, Kumba Iron Ore, is set to reduce its 2024 production guidance due to ongoing logistics challenges in South Africa. These constraints, particularly in ports and rail infrastructure, have led to increased stockpile levels and revenue impacts. While the government is addressing these issues, Anglo American is taking immediate steps to reconfigure its business and revise mine plans. The adjusted production aims to reduce structural costs and protect margins.

Wanblad also noted the group’s focus on higher-margin production through its PGMs processing facilities in South Africa and operational adjustments at the Los Bronces copper operation in Chile. Investment in the Mogalakwena open-pit PGMs mine will be strategically timed to maximize returns.

Financial Outlook

The group expects to deliver lower unit costs in 2024, despite high inflation, and achieve a $1.8 billion decrease in capital expenditure over the 2023–2026 period. These efforts are part of Anglo American’s broader strategy to enhance operational and financial performance amid economic volatility.

“In response to the cyclical weakness in PGMs and diamonds, we have already made significant strides in reducing our business support costs, with further cost efficiencies expected in 2024,” Wanblad stated. The company anticipates a production decrease of around 4% in 2024, with a focus on value enhancement and cost reduction.

Looking ahead, Wanblad emphasized the growing demand for responsibly produced raw materials, driven by global decarbonization efforts and urbanization. Anglo-American is positioning itself to capitalize on these major demand trends through a series of well-planned, margin-enhancing projects.

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