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[…]

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,[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

Mining profits are super-charged and BlackRock wants to get paid

 (Bloomberg) — The world’s mining sector is firing on all cylinders again, and one of it’s biggest investors can’t wait to get paid. After five years of under-performance, a combination of synchronous global growth and under-investment in new supply has driven up commodity prices, increasing cash flow and profit margins for the world’s biggest[…]

CHARTS: Big mining's surge in value shames tech giants

Big cap diversified miners are riding a wave of optimism as global growth prospects – especially in manufacturing – continues to strengthen.  Global economic activity as measured by the JP Morgan global manufacturing and services index showed output rising at the fastest pace since March 2015. The manufacturing index has now signalled expansion for a record 82 months[…]

South Africa's NUM says coal strike to begin on Nov. 19

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers will begin a strike over wages in the coal sector on November 19, the union’s spokesman said on Friday. A protracted strike in the coal sector could affect power supply in Africa’s most industrialised economy, as about 85 percent of electricity is generated from the fossil fuel. According to[…]

CHARTS: Mining's 2017 rally forecast to fizzle out

Gold’s retreat during September may be hurting sentiment and iron ore and coking coal prices have come in for renewed punishment, but so far in 2017 the mining sector has been able to build on last year’s strong gains. Gold and silver prices were just hanging onto double digit year-to-date gains at the end of Q3 while[…]

Luxembourg shoots for the stars with fresh space mining deal

Luxembourg seems to be in a rush to achieve its goal of becoming Europe’s hub for space mining, as it announced Monday a deal with a newly created company specializing in geolocation services and developing space infrastructure. Kleos Space, 100% owned by UK-based Magna Parva, is one of dozens of firms to have either settled[…]