Glencore snatches Rio Tinto-owned mines from Yancoal with $2.55B offer

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) has performed a coup d’etat on a deal that was practically sealed between Yancoal Australia (ASX:YAL) and Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) for Rio’s coal assets in Australia’s Hunter Valley. The company said Friday that it has offered $2.55 billion for the mines that are near coal operations already owned by[…]

Anglo American appoints takeovers expert as new chairman

Anglo American (LON:AAL), the world’s fifth largest diversified miner, has appointed Stuart Chambers to succeed Sir John Parker as chairman of the group. Chambers, 61 and former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, will join Anglo as a non-executive director in September, replacing Parker in November. Stuart Chambers is known for his active participation in the sale of several[…]

Adani to go ahead with polemic Carmichael coal mine after all

Indian conglomerate Adani Group has decided to go ahead with its $12 billion (A$16bn) Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland, Australia, one of the world’s largest thermal coal mines approved in recent years. The decision comes only days after the conglomerate agreed to pay the state hefty royalties on the coal produced there[…]

Is coking coal pricing moving away from quarterly benchmarks?

Metallurgical coal miners could be exposed to more pricing volatility if a move afoot to do away with quarterly pricing comes to anything. Coking coal, the kind used in steelmaking, is currently set at quarterly benchmarks between Australian mining companies and Japanese steelmakers. “They want index-linked or fluctuating pricing. They are tired of quarterly discussions[…]

Here's why the iron ore price is tanking

The destruction of iron ore and coking coal prices in the past week has been brutal. Northern China 62% Fe import prices are down more than 12% since last Friday after losing another $4 on Friday to below $60 a tonne. Measured from its February peak, the steelmaking raw material is down a stomach-churning 37%.[…]

Anglo’s sale of Drayton coal mine spooks horse breeders

Anglo American’s (LON:AAL) sale of its Drayton coal project in New South Wales has reignited debate about the co-existence of mining operations and horse studs in the Hunter Valley. The company, which abandoned the project last year as it failed to get the necessary permits, announced Thursday it had agreed to sell its 88.17% stake[…]

Another BHP investor pressing for oil spinoff, board shake-up

Australia’s Tribeca Investment Partners became Friday the second shareholder in world’s largest miner BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) to publicly press for strategic changes at the company. Tribeca, a Sydney-based boutique hedge fund, has sent the miner an eight-page letter titled “Making BHP Great Again,” in which it says the company could raise nearly $10 billion from the[…]

South32 buys stake in Canada’s Arizona Mining for $81 million

Australia’s South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32) is investing some of its $1.5 billion of cash in a minority stake in Canada-listed Arizona Mining (TSX:AZ), which plans to develop a zinc-lead-silver project in Arizona. Deal comes only two weeks after South32 walked away from a $200 million planned acquisition of Peabody Energy’s coal mine in New South Wales. As part of[…]