Stats show BC's smaller mines have avoided wild swings of larger players

Largest mines hit hardest

British Columbia’s largest producing mines have had a rough few years with revenue dropping precipitously after peaking in 2018.

Average revenue for the largest mines hit a high point in 2018 at $704.1 million.

The average subsequently fell 26.2% to $519.5 million in 2020, wiping out at least three years of growth preceding 2018.

No. 3 Teck Resources Ltd.’s Fording River mine, near Elkford, is perhaps the most emblematic of the decline. In 2018, Fording River was No. 1 on the list with $2.22 billion in revenue, 34.6% higher than the second-largest mine. However, the mine’s revenue fell 55.4% to $991.6 million in 2020.

Meanwhile, the median revenue for B.C.’s top mines has remained relatively constant over the past four years, suggesting that smaller mines on the list did not have the same wild revenue swings as their larger counterparts did.

No. 8 Red Chris mine near Dease Lake boasted the largest one-year revenue growth: $400 million in 2020, up from $200.9 million in 2019. No. 15 Coeur Mining Inc.’s Silvertip mine had the steepest revenue decline: a 95.3% drop to $2.6 million in 2020 from $56.6 million in 2019.

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