It’s not just Forrest making a killing from Fortescue

Original article by Julie-anne Sprague, Robert Guy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 23-Jan-20

Fortescue Metals Group’s share price rose to a new record high of $12.69 on 22 January, extending the stock’s gain in the year-to-date to 18.7 per cent. The rally has seen the stake of founder and chairman Andrew Forrest rise to around $13.9bn; when his other investments are taken into account, Forrest’s estimated wealth is now about $15.9bn. Other Fortescue executives with an equity interest in the pure-play iron ore miner have also benefited from the stock’s rise, including CEO Elizabeth Gaines and deputy CEO Julie Shuttleworth.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Henry sharpens BHP’s iron will

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 15 & 20 : 22-Jan-20

BHP still expects its 2019-20 iron ore production in the Pilbara to be within the range of 273 to 286 million tonnes, after reporting output of 137 million tonnes for the first half. This suggests that production in the second half could be up to 149 million tonnes. BHP received an average of $US78.30 per tonne for iron ore in the first half, which is 41 per cent higher than previously. Meanwhile, BHP has advised that production at its Mount Arthur coal mine in New South Wales was affected by the drought and bushfires during the first half.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Glencore considered Fortescue takeover in 2016, but Forrest wasn’t keen

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 13 & 15 : 6-Jan-20

Sources have indicated that Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore held internal talks regarding a potential bid for Fortescue Metals Group in 2016. It is believed that Glencore looked at a possible approach to Fortescue in order to diversify into iron ore and to capitalise on a sharp fall in the price of the steel input at the time. Glencore has declined to comment, while Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines says the company is focused on growing its business. Glencore had previously sought to expand into iron ore in 2014, via a $190bn merger proposal with Rio Tinto.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, GLENCORE PLC, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, COAL AND ALLIED INDUSTRIES LIMITED

China appetite for ore strong, says Fortescue

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 16-Dec-19

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines is upbeat about the outlook for the iron ore price in 2020. She says the benchmark price will continue to benefit from inventory restocking ahead of the Chinese New Year, while she does not expect the price gap between benchmark iron ore and the lower-grade ore produced by Fortescue to widen much. Fortescue received 89 per cent of the benchmark price during the September 2019 quarter, after the gap had widened significantly in mid-2018.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Forrest locks horns with WA government over native title court fight

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 11-Dec-19

Fortescue Metals Group is seeking special leave to appeal against a Federal Court ruling with regard to its Solomon iron ore mining hub in the Pilbara. Western Australia’s State Solicitors Office wants the High Court to dismiss Fortescue’s application, arguing that there are major flaws in its case. The Federal Court dismissed Fortescue’s appeal against a 2017 ruling in early October, effectively stating that it had constructed the mining hub without the consent of traditional land owners.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Rio to open $1bn Pilbara mine

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 27 : 28-Nov-19

Rio Tinto has advised that it will invest $US749m ($1bn) on the Western Turner Syncline 2 expansion at its Tom Price iron ore hub in the Pilbara. Exports are slated to commence in 2021, and the output will replace existing production at other Pilbara mines rather than adding new capacity. Rio Tinto also intends to deploy autonomous haulage trucks at the Western Turner Syncline 2 project.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Rinehart prepares for Roy Hill ore boost

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: Online : 27-Nov-19

A wet-high intensity magnetic separation plant at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara will increase its production by 4-5 million tonnes a year. This will put the project on track to lift its annual export capacity to 60 million tonnes. The plant is slated to be fully operational by mid-2020 and will extend the life of the Roy Hill project by allowing more iron ore to be recovered from wet tailings and blended with lower-grade ore.

CORPORATES
ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, MARUBENI CORPORATION, POSCO, CHINA STEEL CORPORATION

Degrading ore body adds to Citic’s woes

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 25-Nov-19

China-based Citic has declined to comment on the likely cost of proposed changes to the processing plant at its Sino Iron project in the Pilbara. A decline in the quality of the project’s iron ore has prompted Citic to undertake a trial program which would entail using different equipment to process ore on one of the facility’s six production trains. The cost of the trial program is believed to be minimal, although overhauling the entire plant could prove to be expensive. Meanwhile, Citic is awaiting a court ruling in the latest round of its royalties dispute with businessman Clive Palmer.

CORPORATES
CITIC LIMITED, SINO IRON PTY LTD, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Gaines proves her mettle

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 18 : 21-Nov-19

Fortescue Metals Group CEO Elizabeth Gaines is ranked second in Fortune magazine’s 2019 list of the world’s most successful business leaders. Gaines is the first woman to make the annual list. Fortune notes that the pure-play iron ore miner delivered 263 per cent profit growth and revenue growth of 45 per cent in 2018-19, with both metrics rising to record levels in Gaines’ first full financial year at the helm. Meanwhile, Fortescue has achieved a total return of 90 per cent since Gaines was appointed in February 2018, increasing its market value to around $US20bn ($29.4bn).

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Rio workers exposed to toxic gas

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 14-Nov-19

Rio Tinto was issued with a prohibition notice on 21 October, after workers at the Tom Price iron ore hub in the Pilbara were exposed to a toxic gas in September. Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety ordered the temporary closure of the open pit and required Rio Tinto to improve monitoring systems and safety procedures at the site. Rio Tinto has taken remedial action and advised that the incident will not affect its 2019 output from the Pilbara. Production at the Tom Price hub began in 1966.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF MINES, INDUSTRY REGULATION AND SAFETY