Rio investors asked to push miner to leave Minerals Council of Australia

Shareholders of world’s second largest miner Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) are being recruited to demand the company quit Australia’s top mining lobby group. The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) is looking to persuade about 100 investors to co-file a resolution at Rio Tinto’s upcoming annual general meeting, in which it will ask the group to leave[…]

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%[…]

Commodity boom has a dark side as cost creep erodes windfall

Mining and metal companies are rediscovering the downside of rallying prices: higher costs. A sharp rebound in commodity markets in the past two years put producers in a profitability sweet spot after years of cost-cutting to cope with low prices. Now, as the upturn matures and the higher cost of energy and other materials starts[…]

These are top-10 global mining trends expected for 2018

To thrive in the mining industry’s historical boom and bust cycle and capitalize on new opportunities, companies must rethink the traditional mining model. (Image: PlusONE| Shutterstock.) In the last 10 years, the mining industry has been on a roller-coaster, with commodity prices reaching both historic highs and lows, as well as operational realities shifting irrevocably[…]

Rio Tinto autonomous trucks now hauling a quarter of Pilbara material

Mining giant Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON, NYSE: RIO) driverless trucks fleet has achieved a major milestone as it moved its one-billionth tonne of material in Western Australia’s Pilbara region last month, the company said. The figure corresponds to roughly 25% of both ore and waste material hauled last year across the company’s five sites in[…]

These are some of the top mining assets on the block

Big mining companies, restored to health following the 2015-16 price crash, are seeking to rationalize their portfolios and acquire assets in line with heightened focus on the best quality minerals and anticipated demand for battery materials. Still, the mood remains cautious and the focus has been on smaller deals after the damage inflicted by steep[…]

Agarwal plans to keep his Anglo American stake for a long time

(Bloomberg) — Anil Agarwal, the Indian commodities billionaire, said the rally in Anglo American Plc vindicated his personal bet in the mining group, adding that he plans to own the shares for a long time. Agarwal surprised Anglo’s management last year when he took a 21 percent stake in the company, becoming its top shareholder.[…]

Randgold’s Kibali mine in DRC to achieve full production this year

Africa-focused gold producer Randgold Resources (LON:RSS) said Monday it expected its Democratic Republic of the Congo mine to achieve full production this year, following the commissioning of its underground operation’s automated ore handling and hoisting system. Mine is on track to produce its target of 700,000 ounces of gold in 2018. The company, which has five operating[…]

The periodic table of commodity returns

Jeff Desjardins on January 18, 2018 If for some reason, you still think that the commodity markets are predictable, today’s chart provides a nice piece of humble pie. The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns, which comes to us annually from our friends at U.S. Global Investors, shows the returns of commodities over each year of the past[…]