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Glencore SWOT & PESTLE Analysis

ID : 52247353| Feb 2019| 15 pages


Business Sector :Commodity trading and mining

Operating Geography :Switzerland, Europe, Global

About Glencore :

Glencore is an Anglo-Swiss multinational company. The company name Glencore is essentially an acronym for Global Energy Commodity Resources. It was formed through a merger between Glencore and Xstrata. It is the third-largest family business in the world and was the largest commodity trading company in the world in 2010 with a global market share of 60% for internationally tradable zinc and 50% for internationally tradable copper. It has also got 14th rank on Fortune’s Global 500 list. It has a strong marketing policy and a widespread distribution network that caters to the needs of customers in the diverse fields of industrial, food processing industries, power generation, construction, steel, automotive and oil.

Glencore Revenue :

USD 205.5 billion (2017) – FY ending 31st Dec 2017 (y-o-y growth 34.4%)
USD 152.9 billion (2016) – FY ending 31st Dec 2016

Competitive Analysis of Glencore

The SWOT analysis for Glencore is presented below:
1. Global presence with production facilities in 50 countries.
2. Profitable investments for future in Africa
3. Strong backing as it is family owned business
4. Large quantity of high quality reserves.
5. Low labor and conversion costs
1. Accused of not paying enough tax on its profits at one of its mines.
2. High debt
3. Accused of violation of licenses
4. Management issues regarding women in top management
1. Diversification of business.
2. Heavy industrialization at global level, causing an increase in demand for fuel (Coal)
3. Large mining reserves.
4. High purchasing power and more investment opportunities.
5. Declining energy prices and depreciating operating currencies.
1. Price competitiveness from local players
2. Threat from Government Policies
3. Selling of assets to reduce its debt
4. Currently weak global commodity market
5. Pressure from NGOs
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Detailed SWOT Analysis of Glencore


1. Global presence with production facilities in 50 countries: Glencore has its units scattered all over the globe with a strong presence in all of the major continents. It has around 150 assets which mine a variety of minerals including Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Iron and Oil. Other assets include warehousing facilities at a number of places as well port access and storage which enables it to transport its products easily from one place to another.

Glencore SWOT analysis has been conducted and reviewed by senior analysts from Barakaat Consulting.


1. Glencore Home Page- 2. Annual report 2016-

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