Australia takes Rio Tinto to court over Mozambique coal deal

Australia’s corporate watchdog is taking Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON:RIO) former chief executive Tom Albanese and chief financial officer Guy Elliott to court for allegedly misleading investors in relation to the miner’s botched coal investment in Mozambique. According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the two ex-executives engaged in “misleading and deceptive” conduct by[…]

Anglo American concludes sale of three coal mines in South Africa

Anglo American (LON:AAL) has completed the sale of three Eskom-tied thermal coal operations in South Africa to Seriti Resources, a group of black-controlled companies for R2.3 billion (about $164 million). The deal includes the New Vaal, New Denmark and Kriel mines, as well as various mine life extension projects, which supply about 24 million tonnes[…]

South Africa's mining charter to be finalized in three months

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 28 (Reuters) – South Africa’s new mining minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday he will finalise the latest version of an industry charter which lays out requirements for black ownership levels and other targets in the next three months. Uncertainty around the charter has deterred investment into a sector that accounts for 8[…]

Shipping gauge shows iron ore, copper prices heading for fall

Drifting into the doldrums? The Baltic Dry Shipping Index came to prominence at the start of the Chinese-led commodity supercycle around a decade ago. The London-based Baltic Exchange tracks the cost of moving commodities along more than 50 routes around the world and the BDI is considered one of the go-to barometers of the global[…]

Anglo American 'shows off' — doubles profits, halves debt, pays highest divvy in a decade

Global miner Anglo American (LON:AAL) was full of good news Thursday as it announced it had doubled its net profit in 2017, slashed debt and said it would pay its highest dividend in a decade, thanks mainly to rising commodity prices and lower costs. The company, the last of the world’s largest miners to report annual[…]

Canada the world's overall top mining destination, despite Saskatchewan fall

Canada is the world’s most attractive region for mining investment, based on the combined rankings of all its provinces and territories, the latest annual global survey of mining executives released Thursday by the Fraser Institute shows. While the Maple Leaf country overtook Australia as regional destination number one, many of its provinces and territories did not fair well[…]

Miners rich in cash are aiming for fat dividends, debt payments

The mining industry is awash with cash, and so far it’s got two main uses — pay down debt and reward investors. Three of the big four London-listed miners have released earnings this month, and it’s clear the companies are doing what shareholders have demanded of them. Glencore Plc, which traditionally favored stuffing its war[…]

Glencore gives investors $2.9bn in dividends after ‘strongest’ results ever

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) said Wednesday it would pay shareholders $2.9bn in dividends after achieving what it called its “strongest results on record”, which attributed mainly to a sharp recovery on commodity markets and a strong performance from its marketing unit. The 2017 results leave Ivan Glasenberg, the head of the Swiss company, well positioned to[…]

Mining M&A jumps to 4-year high – expect more in 2018

The value of global mining and metals deals hit a four-year high in 2017, according to accountancy firm EY, boosted by a jump in money raised on stock exchanges to a six-year high. Mining and metals deals totalled $51 billion last year, up 15% from 2016. Activity was dominated by coal and steel transactions. However,[…]

Randgold doubles dividend as CEO charges against DRC mining code

Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources (LON:RSS) has doubled its full-year dividend after solid 2017 results, but it’s warning the good times may be over soon as it’s now facing demanding new regulations in Congo, one of its key jurisdictions. The company, which has five operating gold mines across west and central Africa, boosted shareholder payout by 100%[…]