Saskatoon: Managing Capital Risk Exposure by Design

April 19, 2018 all-day
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
612 Spadina Crescent E
SK S7K 3G8

CIM Saskatoon Branch, in collaboration with CIM MES, is pleased to present:

Michael Samis

Associate Partner, EY’s Transaction Advisory Service


who, as part of the CIM Saskatoon Management and Economics Technical Night, will deliver a presentation on:

Managing Capital Risk Exposure by Design


The mining industry has been criticised for over-investing in projects by front-loading capital investment. This criticism reflects the irreversibility of capital investment which can lead to negative returns and value destruction when business conditions turn hostile. An Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling (IVRM) framework can help companies consider the possibility of both hostile and favourable commodity price environments in their investment decision-making. IVRM is illustrated with a case study involving design choice at a prefeasibility project. In this example, there is a choice between either a staged development or a front-loaded capital design when there is gold price uncertainty. The analysis shows how static cash flow models may lead to front-loading capital with unnecessarily high risk exposure while a dynamic IVRM analysis brings out the lower capital risk of staged development. When capital is expensive, there is a real benefit to using IVRM to better understand the value of actively managing capital risk exposure with flexible project design.


Biography: Dr. Michael Samis is a leading Integrated Valuation and Risk Modelling practitioner in the natural resource industries with more than 25 years of mining experience. He has extensive professional experience valuing mining and petroleum projects with complex forms of flexibility and risk. His assignments have ranged from exploration stage to late-stage capital investments and include project financing and contingent taxes. Mike has presented more than 30 professional valuation courses at universities and mining companies world-wide and has published or presented numerous valuation papers. In 2013, the CIM awarded Mike with the Robert Elver Award for his contributions to mineral economics. He holds a Ph.D from the University of British Columbia in mining engineering and finance and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Dr. Samis is currently an Associate Partner with Ernst and Young’s Transaction Advisory Service in Toronto where he and his team also value derivative securities.


Thursday, April 29, 2018
6:15pm – 9:00pm

Doors open & Networking: 6:15pm
Supper: 7:00pm
Technical Presentation: 8:00pm


Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

612 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon

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