Net profit margin of the top mining companies 2002-2018

This statistic shows the average net profit margin of the global mining industry represented by the top forty mining companies worldwide, from 2002 to 2018. In 2011, the net profit margin of the mining industry's leading companies was approximately 24 percent. Seven years later, in 2018, the net profit margin stood at ten percent. The net profit margin (also known as profit margin, net margin, net profit ratio) is a measurement to describe the profitability of a company. It is calculated by dividing the net income by the total revenue (or net profit by sales). For 2018, it means that the top 40 mining companies kept ten cents of profit out of every U.S. dollar they earned.

Profits of top mining companies

The average net profit margin of the world’s top 40 mining companies stood at some seven percent in 2014, but decreased to negative seven percent in 2015, and then rebounded to ten percent in 2018. These figures are a distinct decrease when compared to the years before. For example, in 2010, the profit margin stood at around 25 percent among the global top 40 mining firms.

In 2018, the top 40 mining companies generated a net profit of approximately 66 billion U.S. dollars. As of that year, the company with the highest market capitalization was Austrialian/British mining giant BHP Billiton.

The global top 40 mining companies, which represent the vast majority of the industry, generated more than half a trillion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2018. In terms of quantity, these companies produce most of all coal (including thermal and metallurgical coal), iron ore, and bauxite.

Net profit margin of the top mining companies worldwide from 2002 to 2018*

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2002 to 2018

Special properties

Top 40 mining companies

Supplementary notes

* This statistic includes the aggregated results of the top 40 companies by market capitalization, as reported in PwC's Mine report in each of the respective years disclosed, except for 2014, which uses the current years’ Top 40’s financial comparative financial results. These companies represent the vast majority of the industry and serve as a proxy for the industry as a whole.
Figure for 2016 was restated in the 2018 edition of the report.
All income statement data presented excludes Glencore marketing and trading revenue and costs.
This statistic was assembled using various editions of the report.

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