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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (SWOT Analysis) - October 2013

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“SWOT is an acronym for the internal Strengths and Weaknesses of a firm and the environmental Opportunities and Threats facing that firm. SWOT analysis is a widely used technique through which managers create a quick overview of a company’s strategic situation. The technique is based on the assumption that an effective strategy derives from a sound “fit” between a firm’s internal resources (strengths and weaknesses) and its external situation (opportunities and threats). A good fit maximizes a firm’s strengths and opportunities and minimizes its weaknesses and threats. Accurately applied, this simple assumption has powerful implications for the design of a successful strategy.”

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. (Freeport-McMoRan or the company) is a holding company engaged in the exploration, mining, and production of copper, gold, and molybdenum. The company has operations in North America, South America, Africa, and Indonesia. Freeport-McMoRan is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and employed approximately 34,000 people as on December 31, 2012.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Location of Factor

TYPE OF FACTOR

Favorable

Unfavorable

Internal

Strengths

  • Extensive mining reserves and resources
  • Vertically integrated operations

Weaknesses

  • Labor disruption
  • Litigations
  • Dependence on subsidiaries to pay dividends

External

Opportunities

  • Growing demand for copper
  • Acquisitions to expand operations

Threats

  • High competition in the copper mining industry
  • Environmental regulations
  • Operational hazards
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