Ten years of creating value through growth and returns
Although the Group has a history stretching back over a century, Fresnillo only became a listed company in 2008. Fresnillo plc made its debut on the London Stock Exchange following a successful and profitable, decades-long track record as a mining company with proven expertise in the mining value chain, from exploration through to mine development and operation.
Our world-class precious metal assets include the largest primary silver mine in the world, in addition we have an exceptional portfolio of development projects and exploration prospects.
As the industry faces cyclical challenges, we are confident that our extensive management experience, attractive country environment, low-cost production, commitment to exploration investment throughout the metals cycle, and a financially sound balance sheet have positioned us to thrive over the long term.
Our continuous and growing investment in exploration in recent years has resulted in a strong pipeline of projects at all stages of exploration and development, ensuring long-term organic growth and advancing our strategic objectives to produce 65 moz of silver by 2018, having already surpassed ahead of schedule our 750,000 oz gold target. We are well positioned in the precious metals industry with a low cost production profile, rich resource base, robust growth pipeline and strong cash position.
We maintain strict and consistent investment parameters in terms of tonnage, ore grade and production costs, with an eye towards consolidating our mining districts. Projects that meet these criteria are advanced through a disciplined development process.
Our business model is dependent on community support and constructive labour relations, sound environmental management and exemplary safety and healthy performance. A core pillar of our strategy is strengthening the Group's sustainability framework. We continue to work in reinforcing safety conditions as the single most important effort.
We remain committed to identifying and evaluating partnership and acquisition opportunities that align with our strategy and add value. Our ongoing focus on increasing productivity, containing costs, expanding the resource and reserve base, and strengthening our growth pipeline while investing in our people and communities will create ongoing and sustainable value for our shareholders and all our stakeholders.
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