Assignment: Analyze and value a gold mining company
Mario Gabelli once suggested to a group of Columbia MBA students to become an expert in an industry. The process will take at least six months of intensive reading and research to get to a level of what you need to know and what you can ignore. Then in a year or so move on to another industry. After five or six years you will have competency in five to six different industries. Since investing is all about context, we first need to learn about the gold (precious-metals) mining industry.
Whether you will analyze a gold mining company, a shipping firm, a title insurance business or a media company, you will need to develop an understanding of the industry within which your firm operates.
Since we do not have six months to study, we will move at an accelerated pace.
OK, so what do you need to start with and how would you begin? Pretend that you wanted to build a mining company from scratch, how would you do it? If you were airdropped into Northern Pakistan, what would you first need after hitting the ground?
Friday, I will post my suggestions and information sources. Meanwhile, you can think and search for yourself. Eventually, we will move on to the particular company. Don’t hesitate to post questions if you are unclear or my instructions are incomprehensible.