Whitehaven books record profit, doles out special dividend

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: Online : 16-Aug-19

Whitehaven Coal has reported a statutory net profit of $527.9 million for the 2019 fiscal year, while advising that its net profit after tax of $564.9 million was a record one for the company. Whitehaven’s underlying EBITDA of $1.04 billion was up $29.8 million on the previous corresponding period. Whitehaven declared a final dividend of $0.13 per share, along with a special dividend of $0.17 per share. Whitehaven achieved an average price of $US100/tonne for its thermal coal for the year, up $US2/tonne.

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Whitehaven boss hints at hefty dividends for shareholders

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 18 : 12-Jul-19

Whitehaven Coal will post underlying earnings of $567.6m for 2018-19, according to the consensus forecast of analysts polled by Bloomberg. It would be the group’s second successive record profit, with Whitehaven benefiting from the premium at which its thermal coal has traded compared with the benchmark price. MD Paul Flynn has given indications that Whitehaven will maintain its dividend payout ratio, although some analysts suggest that it may be prudent to retain some cash given its plans to develop the Vickery and Winchester South mines.

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WHITEHALL ASSOCIATES, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, BLOOMBERG LP, FARALLON CAPITAL PTY LTD

BHP energises coal to dodge China import restrictions

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 18 : 19-Jun-19

BHP is looking at ways to upgrade the quality of thermal coal produced at its Mt Arthur mine in New South Wales, in order to increase exports to Japan and South Korea. The move is aimed at offsetting the impact of China’s restrictions on coal imports from Australia. Coal buyers in Japan and Korea generally prefer coal that contains about 6,000 kilocalories of energy per kilogram, whereas the coal that BHP ships to China typically has 5,500 kilocalories of energy per kilogram.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, S&P GLOBAL PLATTS

Adani nod ‘common sense’: Yancoal boss

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 17-Jun-19

Yancoal Australia CEO Reinhold Schmidt has welcomed the decision by Queensland’s Department of Environment to approve Adani’s groundwater management plan for its proposed Carmichael coal mine. The decision was arguably accelerated by Labor’s poor showing in Queensland seats in the federal election, but Schmidt says the mining sector wants consistent and predictable rules, no matter which party is in government.

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YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE PROTECTION, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

Legal setback for Adani on eve of sign-off

Original article by Charlie Peel, Sarah Elks
The Australian – Page: 8 : 13-Jun-19

The development of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine may be further delayed due to an ‘administrative error’ by the federal government. Adani’s separate proposal to build a 110km water pipeline will have to be reassessed by Environment Minister Sussan Ley and reopened to public comment. This follows the revelation that the Department of the Environment cannot prove that it had considered all of the public submissions it received on the pipeline project. The Queensland Government is slated to make a decision regarding the groundwater management plan for the Carmichael mine on 13 June.

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ADANI MINING PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION INCORPORATED, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS OFFICE LIMITED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND GREENS

Adani downsizes, cuts new job numbers to as low as 800

Original article by Sarah Elks
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jun-19

Doubts have emerged as to how many ongoing jobs would be created at Adani’s Carmichael coal mine if the $2bn project goes ahead. A spokeswoman says the project would create 1,500 direct jobs and 6,750 indirect jobs during the ramp-up and construction phases. She adds that the number of jobs when the mine becomes operational will be in line with open-cut coal mines of a similar size in Queensland, which is between 800 and 1,500. Adani had originally flagged the creation of about 5,000 operational jobs at Carmichael, before the size of the project was scaled back.

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ADANI MINING PTY LTD, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE LIMITED

Coal being phased out faster than expected, BHP warns investors

Original article by Killian Plastow
The New Daily – Page: Online : 24-May-19

BHP has indicated that it has no plans to increase its thermal coal portfolio. CFO Peter Beaven says it expects the thermal coal market to plateau over time, before declining. Jason Aravanis of IBISWorld says demand for black coal is expected to fall by around six per cent a year by 2024, with most of that fall coming from thermal coal. Demand for coking coal, which is used to make steel, is expected to remain sound. The Department of Industry, Innovation & Science’s Resources and Energy Quarterly report for March had forecast that thermal coal export earnings are likely to hit a record $27 billion in 2018-19, before falling to $20 billion by 2023-24.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, IBISWORLD PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, GLENCORE PLC, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, MINERAL COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Chinese prefer Indonesian coal

Original article by Glenda Korporaal, Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 15-Apr-19

Michael Cooper of S&P Global Platts says new tenders being issued by China’s state-owned power stations are specifying lower-grade thermal coal of the type that is produced by Indonesia. He adds that traders have indicated that the preference for coal from Indonesia rather than Australia is politically motivated. He also notes that Chinese power stations are also favouring coal sourced from Colombia, despite much longer shipping times. There has been speculation that restrictions on Australian coal imports could be lifted at the end of May, but it has not been confirmed by the Chinese government.

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S&P GLOBAL PLATTS, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

Whitehaven to roll out driverless trucks

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 21 : 12-Apr-19

Whitehaven Coal has downgraded its sales expectations for 2018-19 to between 20.5 and 21 million tonnes, compared with previous guidance of 21.5 to 22.5 million tonnes. It follows a three per cent fall in production during the March quarter, with output affected by lower yields at its Maules Creek mine in New South Wales. Meanwhile, Whitehaven has advised that it aims to deploy six autonomous haulage trucks at the Maules Creek mine by October. It will be the first time driverless trucks have been used at an Australian coal mine.

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WHITEHAVEN COAL LIMITED – ASX WHC, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, MORGANS FINANCIAL LIMITED

Rio lashed over probe records

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 20 : 5-Apr-19

Rio Tinto has admitted that it had failed to provide the US Securities & Exchange Commission with a large number of documents relating to its ill-fated investment in Mozambique-focused coal producer Riversdale Mining. The SEC is investigating the conduct of Rio Tinto executives – including former CEO Tom Albanese – regarding the timing of a write-down of the Riversdale assets. Rio Tinto has blamed "technical problems" for its failure to provide some 25,000 documents to the SEC.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, UNITED STATES. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, RIVERSDALE MINING LIMITED, DISTRICT COURT OF UNITED STATES, GIBSON DUNN AND CRUTCHER LLP, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA