Trump goes after another of the Obama-era protection rules to favour miners

The Trump administration is going after another of the Obama-era environment protection rules by ordering a review of conservation plan for the greater sage grouse, in a move that would make more land available to oil, gas and mining companies. Announcing the measure, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that while the federal government has a responsibility under[…]

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[…]

BHP puts US shale assets back on the block amid investors pressure

Mining giant BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE:BHP), (LON:BLT) is once mulling the future of its US-based Fayetteville shale gas assets to focus on more lucrative opportunities in oil, but said decision was not related to activist investor Elliott Management’s call earlier this month for an overhaul of the firm. The company, which last year logged its largest-ever[…]

BHP brands Elliott's overhaul proposals as flawed, costly

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) has come up with a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which issued a 10-page letter on Monday calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. In its extensive presentation, the Melbourne-based miner said the minor shareholder’s proposal to overhaul BHP’s structure and spin off its US petroleum division[…]

BHP Billiton to escalate defence from Elliott with Goldman’s help

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which yesterday issued a 10-page letter calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. The bank’s involvement in the issue is nothing new, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. In fact,[…]

BHP rejects activist fund Elliott urge to spin off US oil assets

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT), the world’s largest mining company, has rejected a push by activist investor Elliott Management to unlock shareholder value by spinning off about $22 billion of its US oil assets and list them in New York. The hedge fund manager’s demerger proposal, BHP said in a statement, included the suggestion of[…]

Glencore’s profit soars on commodities rebound

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) became Thursday the latest company to prove the mining industry is coming back up from one of the sector’s most severe downturns by posting a 48% increase in 2016 profits. A surge in commodity prices combined with Glencore’s multibillion-dollar asset fire-sale not only helped it swing back to profit, but also to[…]

EPA’s proposed financial responsibility rule for miners a ‘job killer’ — industry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Friday a new set of financial responsibility requirements for the hard rock mining industry, which main goal is said to be protecting taxpayers from having to carry the weight of expensive clean-up operations. Under the proposed regulation, companies mining non-coal minerals such as gold, silver, copper or lead[…]

Glencore to resume dividend in 2017 as debt reduction on track

Mining and commodities trader giant Glencore (LON:GLEN) just added a fresh sign to a mounting pile of indicators that signal a long-awaited recovery in the mining industry, by announcing it will resume paying dividends in 2017 and also meet its goal this year to cut net debt. The Swiss company, which was one of the[…]