Sprott ESG Mining Risk Heat Map

Mining Risk Heat Map

Not Ranked
Minimal Risk
Opportunity: Good/Strong
Low Risk
Opportunity: Acceptable
Moderate Risk
Opportunity: Acceptable/Need to be Smart
High Risk
Opportunity: Iffy/Difficult, Situation Dependent
Extreme Risk
No Thanks/Too Difficult

Our team has ranked each country in the world from least to most risky.
The following categories were considered:

  • Equity or Debt Investment
  • Political Stability
  • Risk of Terrorism and Violence
  • Ease of Logistics
  • Ease of Personnel Movement
  • Fiscal Stability (Tax, Royalties, etc.)
  • Currency Repatriation/Convertibility
  • Transparency/Corruption
  • Legal System
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Sprott Mining Heatmap

Numeric Country Rankings

Country Avg. Ranking
Minimal Risk
Australia 1.9
Canada 2.2
United States 4.2
Finland 4.3
New Zealand 5.2
Chile 6.9
Sweden 7.7
Low Risk
Mexico 10.7
Peru 10.9
Brazil 14.9
United Kingdom (includes N Ireland) 17.4
Spain 19.0
Ireland 19.6
Turkey 19.9
Ghana 20.1
Greenland (Denmark) 21.3
Colombia 22.9
South Africa 23.2
Portugal 23.6
Namibia 23.7
Moderate Risk
Guyana 25.1
Botswana 25.4
Senegal 26.3
Ecuador 27.4
Bulgaria 27.6
Fiji 28.6
Panama 29.9
Japan 30.3
Mali 31.4
Cote d’voire / Ivory Coast 32.5
Dominican Republic 33.9
High Risk
Serbia 34.7
Argentina 35.2
Suriname 36.0
Mongolia 38.8
Papua New Guinea 39.2
Philippines 39.2
Nicaragua 39.8
Cambodia 40.9
Bosnia 41.4
Russian Federation 42.4
Burkina Faso 42.7
Guinea 43.3
Morocco 45.2
Greece 45.4
Indonesia 45.9
French Guiana 46.4
Laos 46.5
Egypt 46.6
Kenya 49.1
Guatemala 49.9
Bolivia 50.9
Vietnam 51.1
Tanzania 52.1
DR Congo 52.4
Gabon 52.8
Romania 53.0
Zambia 53.1
Thailand 54.7
Extreme Risk
Kazakhstan 55.9
Mozambique 55.9
Armenia 56.0
Eritrea 56.0
Mauritania 57.0
Kyrgyzstan 57.6
China 58.9
Saudi Arabia 59.4
Ethiopia 60.6
Nigeria 61.6
Liberia 62.4
Uzbekistan 63.1
Zimbabwe 63.4
Sudan 69.9
Iran 72.0
Venezuela 73.0

Sprott Contributors: Neil Adshead, Greg Caione, Whitney George, Doug Groh, Jim Grosdanis, Peter Grosskopf, John Hathaway, Victor Huwang, Shree Kargutkar, Jason Mayer, Narinder Nagra, Dusan Petkovic, Rick Rule, Maria Smirnova, and Justin Tolman. This document is intended solely for the use of Sprott Inc. and its affiliates, for use with investors and interested parties. Investments, commentary and statements are unique and may not be reflective of investments and commentary in other strategies managed by Sprott Asset Management USA, Inc., Sprott Asset Management LP, Sprott Inc., or any other Sprott entity or affiliate. Opinions expressed in this document are those of the presenter and may vary widely from opinions of other Sprott affiliated Portfolio Managers or investment professionals.

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