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[…]

Rio Tinto and two former top execs must face fraud charges — SEC

The United States’ top securities regulator has rejected arguments by Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) and two former top executives that its civil lawsuit claiming they concealed the plunging value of coal assets owned by the big Anglo-Australian mining company should be dismissed. Last week, the company, its former chief executive Tom Albanese, and its ex finance[…]

Rio facing class action in the U.S. over Mozambique coal mine

Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP released a statement saying it filed a suit on behalf of purchasers of Rio Tinto American Depositary Receipts between Oct. 23, 2012 and Feb. 15, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The action has been filed against Rio Tinto (ASX,[…]

Coking coal price finally breaks fall

On Friday, Chinese traders returned to financial markets after the lunar new year break welcomed by a surprise interest rate announcement from the People’s Bank. It’s the latest sign that Beijing’s  stimulus efforts are coming to a close and that stoking economic growth is no longer the number one priority. Friday’s Caixin manufacturing PMI reading[…]

SEC said to be probing Rio Mozambique coal deal

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a massive writedown booked by world number two miner Rio Tinto on a coal deal in Mozambique according to news reports. Rio Tinto acquired the Benga mine and other coal projects in the Southern African country’s Tete province in 2011, after buying Australia’s Riversdale Mining for $3.7[…]

Met coal price surge could revive giant Mozambique project

The stunning rise in the price of coking coal shows now signs of reversing, and the nearly three-fold rise in the price of the steelmaking raw material since hitting multi-year lows in November appears to be breathing new life into long-shelved projects. Benchmark Australian export metallurgical coal was exchanging hands at $213.20 on Friday, up[…]