Rio could surprise on ore exports

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 23 : 11-Jan-18

UBS estimates that Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore shipments rose to a record 90.2 million tonnes in the December 2017 quarter, putting it on track to meet its full-year guidance of 330 million tonnes. According to UBS’s forecast, Rio Tinto’s shipments rose by 17 per cent month-on-month in December, to 32.5 million tonnes. Rio Tinto ultimately aims to lift annual shipments to 360 million tonnes, although its Pilbara rail network currently has a capacity of about 330 million tonnes. UBS estimates that the Pilbara shipments of BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group for the quarter totalled 71.3 million tonnes and 40.5 million tonnes respectively.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD

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