BHP wary as nickel takeover talks proceed

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 18 : 20-Aug-21

Nickel miner Western Areas has advised that it is holding preliminary discussions with IGO Limited regarding a potential merger. IGO is keen to expand its nickel portfolio, given that its Nova project in Western Australia is nearing the end of its mine life. Further consolidation in the sector would have implications for BHP’s Nickel West division, whose Kalgoorlie smelter is highly dependent on nickel supply from smaller producers.

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WESTERN AREAS LIMITED – ASX WSA, IGO LIMITED – ASX IGO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Lihir mine finally shines for Newcrest

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 20-Aug-21

Newcrest Mining has posted a record $US1.16bn profit for 2020-21, with EBITDA of $US2.44bn and revenue of $US4.58bn. Newcrest produced 2.1 million tonnes of gold during the financial year, at an average all-in-sustaining cost of $US911 an ounce. Meanwhile, CEO Sandeep Biswas believes that new mining methods could allow the company to lift production at its Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea to one million ounces per year. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $US0.40 per share, and a full-year payout of $0.55.

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NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM

A perfect storm is brewing for Australia’s iron ore miners

Original article by Stephen Bartholomeusz
The Age – Page: Online : 20-Aug-21

A convergence of "China-centric" developments have seen the price of iron ore fall by over 30 per cent since its May peak, and some will have long-term impacts on demand for Australia’s most valuable export commodity. One of these developments is China’s commitment to achieve a peak in its carbon emissions by 2030 and to be net zero by 2060. China’s steel industry accounts for 13 per cent of its emissions, so this is one of the main areas of its focus, while it is also seeking to source new supplies of iron ore.

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Elliott lurks as BHP slumps on unification plan

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 18 : 19-Aug-21

BHP’s proposal to scrap its dual-listed structure has had a lukewarm reaction from Australian investors, with its local shares falling by seven per cent on 18 August. In contrast, BHP’s London-listed shares rose by four per cent in response to the proposal. Don Hamson of Plato Investment Management says this indicates that the Australian-listed shares’ traditional premium is being erased. BHP CEO Mike Henry contends that shifting to a primary listing in Australia will make the resources giant more efficient and agile. Activist hedge fund Elliott Management has previously pushed for the dual-listed structure to be abolished.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION

Vaccine targets essential: Roy Hill

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 : 4-Aug-21

Roy Hill CEO Gerhard Veldsman addressed the annual Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie on 3 August. He warned that the skilled labour shortage in Western Australia will continue while coronavirus-induced interstate travel restrictions remain in place. Veldsman also stressed the need for about 80 per cent of the nation’s population to be vaccinated, arguing that Australia risks falling behind the rest of the world. He added that the national cabinet’s latest four-stage plan to re-open the economy must include firm target dates for each of these stages.

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ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, DIGGERS AND DEALERS FORUM

London judges backtrack to revive $9.43-billion Brazil dam lawsuit against mining giant BHP

Original article by
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 28-Jul-21

BHP faces renewed legal action over the collapse of the Samarco iron ore tailings dam in Brazil in 2015, after London’s Court of Appeal ruled that a $9.4bn lawsuit can proceed. A lower court had struck it out the lawsuit by 200,000 claimants in 2020, ruling that the UK legal action was an abuse of process. The Court of Appeal had upheld this ruling in March. BHP has contended that the case should not proceed in the UK as the tailings dam disaster is also subject to legal action in Brazil.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, COURT OF APPEAL (GREAT BRITAIN), SAMARCO MINERACAO SA

BHP’s Tesla nickel deal a boost for carbon transition

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 25 : 23-Jul-21

BHP has struck an agreement with electric vehicle maker Tesla to supply it with nickel from its mines and refinery in Western Australia. BHP’s chief commercial officer Vandita Pant said it was delighted to sign the agreement with Tesla, and noted that demand for nickel in batteries is tipped to rise by more than 500 per cent over the next decade. The agreement with Tesla has led to further speculation that BHP plans to divest its oil and gas assets, in addition to the sale of its remaining interests in energy coal mines.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, TESLA INCORPORATED

Records roll on China iron ore sales

Original article by Ronald Mizen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 23-Jul-21

New figures show that Australia’s iron ore shipments to China rose by $1.1bn to $14.8bn in June, despite the ongoing trade tensions between the two countries. Australia exported some $17.6bn worth of the steel input during June, with China accounting for about 85 per cent of this total. The Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that the iron ore price rose by five per cent during the month. Meanwhile, Australia’s overall exports grew by $2.8bn in June, to $41.2bn; the nation’s goods trade surplus was steady at a record $13.2bn.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

BHP flags long China coal ban

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 21-Jul-21

BHP has advised that it produced a record 284.1 million tonnes of iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia during 2020-21. The resources group shipped 283.9 million tonnes of iron ore from the Pilbara, compared with 283.3 million tonnes for the previous financial year. BHP expects to produce 278 to 288 million tonnes of iron ore in the Pilbara in 2021-22, while the group has warned that China’s ban on Australian coal imports is likely to remain in place for some time.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Rio feels pinch as labour hit slows exports

Original article by Nick Evans
The Weekend Australian – Page: 25 : 17-Jul-21

Rio Tinto’s iron ore shipments fell 12 per cent to 76.3 million tonnes in the June quarter, while its half-year shipments were down three per cent to 154.1 million tonnes. Rio cited a range of factors for the fall in shipments, including labour shortages and the need to revamp mine plans around Pilbara heritage sites. Rio’s previous full year guidance for shipments was between 325 to 340 million tonnes, and it now expects shipments to be at the lower end of its forecast. However, to even achieve that will require it to ship 171 million tonnes in the second half of 2021

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO