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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






  • Extensive mining reserves and resources
  • Vertically integrated operations


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



  • Growing demand for copper
  • Acquisitions to expand operations


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