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Alkane Resources Limited

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis


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Company Description

Alkane Resources Limited is a diversified mining and exploration company headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1996, the company produces a range of products and services, including gold, copper, zirconium, and rare earths, and serves the global mining and exploration markets. Alkane also produces and sells specialist products such as zircon, rutile, and ilmenite for specialty industrial and high-tech applications, as well as exploring for uranium and thorium on its own properties.

Industry Overview

Alkane Resources Limited operates in the mining industry. The global mining industry has an estimated market size of $720 billion US Dollars in 2020, with an estimated 10 million people employed in mining operations across the world. These employees are primarily based in countries with large natural resource deposits, such as Australia, Canada, China, and the United States. The majority of these employees work in underground and surface mining operations.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged Alkane Resources Limited as a business operating within the Mining and Materials industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457638B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457637B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457636B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457635B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457634B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457633B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457632B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457631B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures
Patent ID: US10457630B2
Date: December 24, 2019

Patent Title: Method and Apparatus for Separating Multi-Component Mixtures

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Exploration and development of minerals, metals and energy resources
  • Mining and processing of gold, copper, tantalum, zircon and other minerals
  • Production and marketing of specialty metals, including rutile and zircon
  • Exploration and development of energy resources, including uranium and natural gas
  • Mining and processing of energy resources, including uranium, natural gas and coal
  • Production and marketing of energy products, including electricity, steam and gas
  • Exploration and development of energy infrastructure, including pipelines and power stations
  • Consulting services in exploration, mining and energy development
  • Investment in new ventures, projects and other resources
  • Environmental services, including water and waste management, and rehabilitation of disturbed land

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • OZ Minerals
  • Newcrest Mining
  • IGO Limited
  • Western Areas
  • Northern Star Resources
  • St Barbara Ltd
  • Gold Road Resources
  • Saracen Mineral Holdings
  • Silver Lake Resources
  • Dacian Gold Limited
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Shareholders: The shareholders of Alkane Resources Limited are the ultimate owners of the company.

2. Customers: Alkane Resources Limited customers include the international and domestic buyers of the company’s products.

3. Employees: Alkane Resources Limited employees are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.

4. Suppliers: Alkane Resources Limited suppliers provide the company with various materials and services.

5. Government: Alkane Resources Limited is subject to the rules and regulations of the governments of the countries in which it operates.

6. Local Community: Alkane Resources Limited has an obligation to its local communities to ensure it is conducting business ethically and responsibly.

7. Financial Institutions: Alkane Resources Limited relies on financial institutions to provide financing and other capital requirements.

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like Alkane Resources Limited different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand Alkane Resources Limited and its position within the marketplace.

The value proposition for Alkane Resources Limited is to provide a sustainable and environmentally friendly source of fuel for the future. Alkane Resources Limited is committed to reducing its environmental impact and creating a sustainable business model.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Low cost production: Alkane Resources Limited has a low cost production advantage due to its low-cost mining operations and infrastructure.

Access to high-grade ore reserves: Alkane Resources Limited has access to high-grade ore reserves, which are located close to existing infrastructure.

Strong balance sheet: Alkane Resources Limited has a strong balance sheet with minimal debt and a high return on equity.

Experienced management: Alkane Resources Limited has an experienced management team with deep knowledge of the resources sector and the ability to identify and develop profitable projects.

Diversified product portfolio: Alkane Resources Limited is diversified across several commodities, enabling it to capitalise on different market conditions and opportunities.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Industrial Partners
  • Distributors
  • Retailers
  • End-Users
  • Investors
  • Government Agencies
  • Suppliers
  • Contractors
  • Research and Development Organisations
  • Financial Institutions

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Technological Innovations: Technological developments have been changing the way businesses operate. Alkane Resources Limited will need to keep up with the latest technology in order to stay competitive in the market. They will need to invest in research and development in order to remain up-to-date with the latest trends in technology.

Changing Regulations: Alkane Resources Limited will need to stay abreast of any changes in regulations that could impact their operations. By staying up-to-date with the latest regulatory developments, they will be able to anticipate and prepare for any changes that could impact their business.

Global Expansion: Alkane Resources Limited will need to consider expanding their operations to new markets in order to remain competitive. This will involve researching potential markets, understanding the local regulations, and developing a strategy to penetrate these markets.

Sustainability: Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for businesses, and Alkane Resources Limited will need to ensure that their operations are as sustainable as possible. This involves reducing their environmental impact, investing in renewable energies, and managing their resources in a responsible manner.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for Alkane Resources Limited include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement

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Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

Alkane Exploration Services: Professional geological assessment services to help customers identify and assess the potential of minerals and hydrocarbon resources.

Alkane Energy Solutions: A comprehensive suite of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions that includes resource assessment, energy audits, design and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems, and other energy efficiency measures.

Alkane Refining: Specialized refining services for the processing of rare earths, rare metals and other minerals.

Alkane Financing Services: Financial advisory services and capital raising services for projects related to the exploration and development of mineral and hydrocarbon resources.

Alkane Environmental Services: Environmental consulting and compliance services for mineral and hydrocarbon projects.

Alkane Engineering & Design: Engineering and design services for the development and operation of mineral and hydrocarbon projects.

Alkane Research & Development: Research and development services for the exploration and development of minerals and hydrocarbons.

Alkane Logistics & Supply Chain Management: Logistics services for the transportation and storage of minerals and hydrocarbons.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Newcrest Mining Limited
2. Evolution Mining Limited
3. Northern Star Resources Limited
4. St Barbara Limited
5. IGO Limited
6. OZ Minerals Limited
7. Perseus Mining Limited
8. Westgold Resources Limited
9. Silver Lake Resources Limited
10. Doray Minerals Limited

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries
The Porters 5 forces for Alkane Resources Limited are as follows:

1. Supplier Power - Alkane Resources Limited has a strong supplier base with a number of suppliers competing for its business. This gives the company a good negotiating position and keeps prices competitive.

2. Buyer Power - The company has a small number of buyers for its products, which gives it less negotiating power. However, the company has strong relationships with its buyers and is able to negotiate favorable terms.

3. Threat of Substitutes - There are a number of substitutes for Alkane Resources Limited's products, which puts downward pressure on prices. However, the company has a unique product portfolio that gives it some pricing power.

4. Threat of New Entrants - The barriers to entry in the industry are relatively LOW, which increases competition and puts downward pressure on prices.

5. Competitive Rivalry - The level of competition in the industry is high, which puts downward pressure on prices and margins.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: Alkane Resources Limited’s customers come from a variety of industries including energy, industrial, automotive, electronics and medical. These customers purchase Alkane’s mineral products, which are used to produce a variety of goods, from batteries to fuel to electronics components.

Actors: The main actors for Alkane Resources Limited include the employees, investors, suppliers and the communities in which they operate. The employees are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, while the investors provide the capital necessary to finance the company’s operations. The suppliers provide the raw materials needed to produce Alkane’s mineral products, while the communities provide the locations in which the company operates.

Transformation process: Alkane Resources Limited’s transformation process begins with the sourcing of raw materials from suppliers. These materials are then processed in order to produce the desired mineral products. These products are then sold to customers and the revenue generated is used to finance the company’s operations.

World view: Alkane Resources Limited’s world view is focused on sustainability and responsible mining. The company strives to ensure that its operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner and that it is contributing to the long-term sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

Owners: Alkane Resources Limited is owned by a number of shareholders, who own shares in the company. These shareholders are responsible for providing capital to the company in order to finance its operations.

Environmental constraints: Alkane Resources Limited is subject to a number of environmental constraints, including regulations imposed by governments and other organisations. These regulations require the company to ensure that its operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner and that it takes into consideration the long-term sustainability of the communities in which it operates.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Alkane Resources Limited business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. Alkane has a large and diversified portfolio of mining assets and exploration projects in Australia.

2. The company has a strong management team with extensive experience in the mining industry.

3. Alkane has a strong financial position with no debt and a cash balance of A$108 million as at 30 June 2017.

4. The company has a strong track record of delivering projects on time and on budget.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Increase operational efficiency: Alkane Resources Limited can focus on improving operational efficiency by leveraging digital technologies to reduce costs and increase process efficiency. This can include the implementation of automated systems for data collection, analytics, and decision-making, as well as the adoption of mobile and cloud-based solutions for improved workflow.

2. Expand into new markets: Alkane Resources Limited can explore opportunities to expand into new markets to increase revenue. This can include developing new products and services, and entering new markets through strategic partnerships and alliances.

3. Invest in research and development: Alkane Resources Limited can invest in research and development to create innovative products and services and expand their portfolio. This can include investing in new technologies and exploring new markets for potential growth.

4. Enhance customer experience: Alkane Resources Limited can focus on enhancing customer experience by implementing customised solutions and developing customer loyalty programmes. This can include providing customised support and services, as well as developing incentives and rewards programmes to increase customer loyalty.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. Lack of focus: Alkane Resources Limited has a number of different business interests, including mining, exploration, energy, agriculture, and property development. This lack of focus means that the company does not have a clear strategy or direction, and this can lead to operational inefficiencies and missed opportunities.

2. Small size: Alkane Resources Limited is a relatively small company, with a market capitalisation of only around $600 million. This small size means that the company lacks the financial and operational resources of larger competitors, and this can put it at a competitive disadvantage.

3. Limited geographical diversification: The majority of Alkane Resources Limited's operations are located in Australia, with a smaller presence in China. This limited geographical diversification leaves the company exposed to risks associated with the Australian economy and political environment.

4. Lack of experience: Alkane Resources Limited is a relatively young company, having only been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange since 200

3. This lack of experience can lead to operational and strategic mistakes, and the company may find it difficult to compete against more established competitors.


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Increasing competition: With the increasing presence of competitors in the mining industry, Alkane Resources Limited is facing a significant threat to its business. These competitors are able to offer lower prices and better quality products, which could potentially lead to a decrease in market share and revenue.

2. Commodity price fluctuations: Alkane Resources Limited is highly exposed to the fluctuations of commodity prices. As commodity prices rise and fall, Alkane Resources Limited must adjust their operations and strategies accordingly in order to remain competitive in the market. This can be a difficult task and can have a significant impact on the company’s bottom line.

3. Environmental regulation: Alkane Resources Limited is often subject to strict environmental regulations and standards, which can be costly and time consuming to comply with. This can be a major strategic and operational threat to the company, as it can lead to increased costs and delays in operations.

4. Political instability: Political instability in the countries where Alkane Resources Limited operates can be a major threat to their business. This instability can lead to changes in laws and regulations that can affect the company’s operations and strategies. It can also lead to civil unrest, which can further disrupt operations and cause delays and disruptions in production.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for Alkane Resources Limited. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to Alkane Resources Limited, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: Alkane Resources Limited is an Australian multi-commodity mining and exploration company. They explore, mine and process minerals and metals, such as gold, copper, niobium and zirconium.

Collaborators: Alkane works with its partners in the resource industry, such as contractors, suppliers and government agencies. They also collaborate with the local community and environmental organisations to ensure sustainable operations.

Customers: Alkane’s customers include end-users in the automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries. They also sell to smelters, refineries and other processors.

Competitors: Alkane’s competitors include other multi-commodity mining companies, as well as individual companies specialising in specific minerals and metals.

Content: Alkane provides information about their operations, projects and products on their website. They also share news and updates about their activities and the resource industry. Additionally, Alkane publishes research and analysis about the industry and its opportunities.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged Alkane Resources Limited as having an innovation score of C3.


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The changelog for this report can be found below, complete with the next scheduled update:

v1.1: Initial load of report
Date: 1st March 2023

Key Financials added (BETA)
Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 25th April 2023

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