Barrick Gold Corp. managed to cling to the title of world’s largest miner in 2017, but Executive Chairman John Thornton made it clear he won’t be pressuring the troops to repeat that this year.
With rival Newmont Mining Corp. breathing down its neck, Barrick won’t be giving in to the temptation of seeking growth for growth’s sake. Thornton said Barrick looked at a “number of external opportunities” in 2017 and passed on all of them.
In mining, history shows that when times are good, companies overpay for “mediocre assets and invest in projects with low returns,” he said Thursday at the company’s Investor Day in Toronto. “At Barrick, this will not happen.” Continue Reading →