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[…]

India's outback coal bets sour as global prices recover

(Bloomberg) — Australian mining legend Lang Hancock’s dream four decades ago of exporting coal from the country’s remote Galilee Basin is becoming a nightmare for two Indian conglomerates. Adani Group bought into the Queensland basin in 2010, followed a year later by GVK Group, with plans to ship thermal coal by the middle of the decade.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

BHP CEO will meet with activist Elliott to discuss demands

(Bloomberg) — BHP Billiton Ltd.’s top executive will meet with major critic Elliott Management Corp. this week to discuss demands for a business overhaul that the activist group argues could deliver more than $22 billion in value. BHP’s first-half results missed analysts’ expectations and the shares fell 4.6 percent, on pace for the biggest daily drop[…]

BHP rebuffs Elliott as first-half profit hits three-year high

BHP Billiton Ltd. rejected a new activist call for a corporate overhaul and joined rivals in boosting investor returns as first-half profit rose to a three-year high. The world’s biggest miner raised interim dividend payments 38 percent to beat estimates as underlying earnings rose by 25 percent to $4.1 billion, according to a Tuesday statement.[…]

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,[…]