We expect solid mine output growth in Brazil, particularly for iron ore, despite weak prices. While we forecast iron ore prices will average lower year-on-year over the coming years, from USD100/tonne in 2015 to USD85/tonne in 2018, Brazilian firm Vale will continue to take advantage of its low unit costs and seek to increase its global market share. Vale has cited unit costs in the USD30-50 per tonne range in the past, though reported Q214 costs as low as USD22/tonne. We therefore expect iron ore mine output will grow at an average annual pace of 4.3% to 2018. Shipping times and costs to China are longer and higher compared with Australian iron ore producers though, which may lead to Australian producers capturing a greater share of the Chinese iron ore import market.
We expect Brazil's total mining industry value to see only modest growth averaging 1.2% per annum to 2018 despite solid growth in iron ore output. Ultimately, our bearish iron ore price outlook underpins our modest industry value forecast as iron ore makes up around 85% of the country's total mining export value. We believe Chinese economic growth will trend lower as steel-intensive fixed asset investment shifts to more domestic consumption, leading to lower demand growth from Vale and other iron ore producers, and further exacerbating the global glut of the steelmaking ingredient.
We maintain the country will see positive base and precious metals production growth despite a more...
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Brazil's mining industry value will see slower average growth to 2018 compared with previous years on account of subdued mineral prices . Nevertheless, mine production will still see growth as both domestic and foreign miners continue to exploit the country's significant reserves of both industrial and precious metals.