Vale challenges Rio and BHP on China sales

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 1-Mar-18

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale has indicated that since 2016 its profits margins on sales to China have matched those of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. Vale has increased the average iron content of its ore to 64.3 per cent, and a spokesman says this should rise further over the next several years. In contrast, BHP’s ore has an average iron content of 61 per cent, while Rio Tinto’s averages 62 per cent. Meanwhile, BlackRock fund manager Evy Hambro says expectations that the price discount for lower-grade iron ore will be sustained prompted the World Mining Trust to divest its stake in Fortescue Metals Group in 2017.

CORPORATES
VALE SA, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BLACKROCK INCORPORATED, BLACKROCK WORLD MINING TRUST PLC

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