Andrew Forrest’s $500m payday as iron ore rallies

Original article by Julie-anne Sprague
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 12-Dec-19

Shares in Fortescue Metals Group closed $0.14 higher at $10.38 on 11 December, after peaking at a record $10.45. The pure-play iron ore miner’s shares have gained nearly 150 per cent in the year to date; the rally has seen the stake of founder Andrew Forrest rise to around $11.3bn, with the iron ore price trading at around $US93 per tonne. BHP’s share price is currently trading at its highest level since August, while Rio Tinto is trading at a four-month high.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

China has other options for its iron ore

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 11-Oct-19

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines has stressed the importance of Australia’s trading relationship with China. She has told the in a Melbourne Mining Club that commodities exports to China have been a key contributor to Australia’s economic growth, and warned that China will seek other sources of iron ore if relations between the two nations deteriorates. Gaines noted that Ernst & Young has estimated that iron ore accounted for three per cent of Australia’s GDP in 2018-19.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, THE MELBOURNE MINING CLUB, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ALUMINIUM CORPORATION OF CHINA LIMITED

Iron ore forecasts tumble, resources giants downgraded

Original article by Robert Guy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 2-Oct-19

Credit Suisse has scaled back its benchmark iron ore price forecasts for the next three years, due to expectations that Chinese steel production will peak in 2019. The firm now expects iron ore to fetch $US80 a tonne in 2020, which is six per cent lower than its previous guidance. Its price forecast for 2021 has been cut by 13 per cent to $US65/tonne, while the iron ore price is now expected to average $US60 a tonne in 2022. Credit Suisse has also reduced its share price targets for BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, while its rating on the latter has been downgraded from ‘neutral’ to ‘underperform’.

CORPORATES
CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Rio Tinto teams with China to cut emissions

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 26-Sep-19

Rio Tinto has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Baowu Steel Group and Tsinghua University to develop strategies aimed at reducing carbon emissions across the steel industry. Steel-making accounts for the bulk of Rio Tinto’s scope 3 emissions, which totalled 536 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gases in 2018. In contrast, its scope 1 and 2 emissions totalled 28.6 million tonnes. BHP also recently revealed plans to address its scope 3 emissions.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, CHINA BAOWU STEEL GROUP CORPORATION LIMITED, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MARKET FORCES, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH

Iron ore outlook not so bleak: analysts

Original article by Al Root
The Australian – Page: Online : 15-Aug-19

Goldman Sachs analyst Paul Young has upgraded his rating for Fortescue Metals from ‘hold’ to ‘buy’, despite the recent slump in the price of iron ore. Young has also set a price target of $9.80 for Fortescue, around 35 per cent higher than recent levels. Although JP Morgan has noted recently that Vale is producing more ore and Chinese steel inventories are on the increase, Young notes that Goldman’s commodities team has recently upgraded 2019, 2020 and 20201 estimated iron ore prices.

CORPORATES
GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, VALE SA, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, CORONADO GLOBAL RESOURCES INCORPORATED – ASX CRN

Bullish iron ore could give budget $4b boost

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 29-May-19

The iron ore price reached a five-year high of $US108 per tonne on 28 May, prompting strong gains in the share prices of Australia’s three major producers. The federal government’s April 2019 Budget had forecast that the iron ore price would average $US88/tonne in 2019-20; Nicki Hutley of Deloitte Access Economics says government revenue could increase by $4bn if the price remains at its current level over this period. Goldman Sachs does not expect iron ore to remain above $US100 for long; it has issued a revised price forecast for 2019 of $US91.

CORPORATES
BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, VALE SA, DELOITTE ACCESS ECONOMICS PTY LTD, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MOUNT GIBSON IRON LIMITED – ASX MGX, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN, GRANGE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX GRR

Iron ore is surging, but not all producers are joining the party

Original article by Clyde Russell
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 23-May-19

The spot price of iron ore for delivery to China has risen by more than 38 per cent so far in 2019, to over $US100 per tonne. Shares in Australian-listed Fortescue Metals Group have in turned gained 119 per cent in local currency terms, while Rio Tinto and BHP have risen by 33.7 per cent and 15.6 per cent respectively. In contrast, Brazil-based Vale has shed seven per cent in local currency terms so far in 2019, and nearly 16 per cent since a tailings dam collapse in late January.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, VALE SA, GRANGE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX GRR, MOUNT GIBSON IRON LIMITED – ASX MGX, ARGUS MEDIA PTY LTD

Grange raises property stake amid concerns

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 26-Apr-19

The decision by iron ore miner Grange Resources to diversify into property development continues to attract scrutiny. Grange is focusing on apartment developments in Melbourne suburbs such as Toorak and Prahran, where dwelling prices fell sharply in 2018. Some shareholders have expressed concern about the adequacy of Grange’s disclosures regarding its investment in the venture. CGI Glass Lewis has also urged investors to vote against Grange’s remuneration report at its upcoming AGM.

CORPORATES
GRANGE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX GRR, CGI GLASS LEWIS PTY LTD, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Brazil mine ruling brings doubt

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 22 : 21-Mar-19

The iron ore price fell sharply on 20 March after a Brazilian court ruled that Vale can resume production at its Brucutu mine, whose annual capacity is 30 million tonnes. The ruling also weighed on the share price of Fortescue Metals Group, which has been a major beneficiary of reduced output in Brazil in the wake of the Brumadinho tailings dam disaster in January. Fortescue COO Greg Lilleyman has told a conference in Perth that Chinese demand for the company’s lower-grade iron ore remains strong, and stockpiles of its ore at Chinese ports have been falling.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, VALE SA, MOUNT GIBSON IRON LIMITED – ASX MGX, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, CITIGROUP PTY LTD

Fortescue investor reduces stake

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 7-Mar-19

Hunan Valin Group has capitalised on the recent rally in Fortescue Metals Group’s share price by cutting its stake in the pure-play iron ore miner by 1.14 per cent, reducing it to 13.06 per cent. China-based Hunan Valin is Fortescue’s second-biggest shareholder, and acquired its initial stake of 17.4 per cent in 2009. The company last reduced its Fortescue stake in 2016.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, HUNAN VALIN IRON AND STEEL GROUP COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY