Reporting season is always a useful time to glean insights from individual companies but more powerful when you are able to benchmark across the industry. First, the most recent round of mining company quarterly reports highlight how successful resource companies have been at optimizing operating costs. Lower diesel, mining and haulage costs are being enhanced by efficient equipment and crew scheduling to see material reductions in cash costs. The trend was visible across the sector, but prominent in updates from Sandfire, IGO, and Saracen.