Rio on track for world iron ore crown

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 17-Oct-19

Rio Tinto shipped 86.1 million tonnes of Pilbara iron ore during the September quarter, and 240 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2019. A strong performance in the fourth quarter could see Rio Tinto’s full-year exports top 330 million tonnes, which is the upper range of its guidance for the calendar year. This would also allow it to surpass Vale as the world’s biggest iron ore exporter, given that the Brazilian company now expects to export about 319 million tonnes for the year. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto has advised that its alumina and bauxite production in 2019 will be below previous guidance.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, VALE SA, TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LIMITED

Indigenous-owned iron ore venture gets $12m NAIF loan

Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 20-Sep-19

The federal government’s $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility has made a $12.5 million loan to the $45 million First Iron mining project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The project, which is being developed by the Australian Aboriginal Mining Corporation, will use the loan to construct new supporting infrastructure for the First Iron mine, which is to supply ore for Fortescue Mining’s Cloudbreak operations. The NAIF has now awarded $1.4 billion in concessional loans to 13 projects in Australia’s north, with the NAIF stating the loans will help create over 4,000 jobs and generate $3 billion in public benefit.

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NORTHERN AUSTRALIA INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY, AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL MINING CORPORATION

Forrest reaps $1bn in dividends

Original article by John Stensholt, Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 27-Aug-19

Fortescue Metals Group has posted a record net profit of $US3.2bn ($4.7bn) and revenue of $US10bn for 2018-19. The pure-play iron ore miner’s net debt was $US2.1bn at the end of the financial year, while its cash holdings totalled $US1.9bn. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.24 per share and a full-year payout of $1.14 a share. Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest will be paid $1.24bn in dividends for the full year, including about $261m from the final dividend. Fortescue expects its iron ore shipments for 2019-20 to be within the range of 170-175 million tonnes, at an average price of $US13.25-$US13.75 per tonne.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, VALE SA

FMG’s dilemma as record profit meets price fall

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 26-Aug-19

Fortescue Metals Group is forecast to post a record underlying profit of $US3.03bn ($4.49bn) for 2018-19, following a rally in the iron ore price during the financial year. Some analysts expect the pure-play miner to announce a final dividend on 26 August, despite the recent fall in the iron ore price and the fact that Fortescue’s interim dividend was well within its stated target of paying 50-80 per cent of its net profits in dividends.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, ILUKA RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX ILU

BHP takes Rio’s iron ore heavyweight title

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

BHP has become the world’s lowest-cost iron ore producer, after its average unit cost of production fell to $US11.89 a tonne in the second half of 2018-19. Meanwhile, BHP expects iron ore shipments from the Pilbara to top 286 million tonnes in 2019-20. However, BHP does face some challenges; it recently advised that the iron content of its Jimblebar Fines iron ore product will fall from 61 per cent to 59.5 per cent during 2019-20, while two autonomous haulage trucks at the Jimblebar mine remain out of action following a collision in March.

CORPORATES
BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

BHP grade issues at Pilbara mines cloud the outlook for iron ore

Original article by Nick Toscano
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 19-Aug-19

BHP recently advised that the iron content of its ‘Jimblebar Fines’ iron ore product will fall from 61 per cent to 59.5 per cent during 2019-20. Jimblebar Fines accounts for around 15 per cent of BHP’s iron ore sales from Western Australia, with most of its Pilbara output being exported to China. Industry observers indicate that the iron content downgrade is partly the result of problems with BHP’s fleet of autonomous trucks, which has required it to mine in pits with lower-quality ore.

CORPORATES
BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fortescue finds port space for magnetite but impasse on royalties

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 7-Aug-19

The Iron Bridge magnetite project will significantly increase Fortescue Metals Group’s shipments from Port Hedland, with production slated to commence in 2022. The pure-play iron ore miner has indicated that its port infrastructure will be able to cope with the increased export volumes. Meanwhile, CEO Elizabeth Gaines says the Western Australian government is resisting Fortescue’s efforts to have royalty relief extended to the Iron Bridge project. The royalty discount applies to CITIC’s Sino Iron magnetite project and Ansteel’s Karara project.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, CITIC LIMITED, ANSHAN IRON AND STEEL COMPANY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

BHP opts to sell lower-grade iron ore

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 30-Jul-19

BHP intends to maintain production volumes at its Jimblebar iron ore mine over the next year, as it mines a lower-grade section of the deposit. This will have no impact on the mine’s lump iron ore product, but the iron content of the higher-grade Jimblebar Fines product will fall from 61 per cent to 59.5 per cent during 2019-20. BHP has indicated that it will aim to lift the iron content of Jimblebar Fines above 60 per cent again in 2020-21. The price discount for lower-grade iron ore narrowed in 2018-19 due to supply disruptions.

CORPORATES
BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, DALIAN COMMODITY EXCHANGE

Fortescue expands its base in China

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 23 : 26-Jul-19

Fortescue Metals Group has advised that its iron ore shipments totalled 167.7 million tonne in 2018-19, including a record 46.6 million tonnes in the final quarter. Fortescue received an average price of $US65 per tonne during the financial year, an increase of 50 per cent. The pure-play miner has forecast that it will ship between 170 million and 175 million tonnes of iron ore in 2019-20. Meanwhile, Fortescue has opened a new office in China that will allow it to sell smaller volumes of iron ore to customers.

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

Hancock loses stoush over royalties

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 25-Jul-19

The Supreme Court of Western Australia has ruled in Wright Prospecting’s favour in the latest round of its dispute with Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting. The long-running dispute centres on the right to royalties from the Hope Downs iron ore tenements. The court has rejected Hancock’s bid to have Wright Prospecting’s legal action put on hold until the outcome of its appeal against a 2018 court ruling is known.

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HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, WRIGHT PROSPECTING PTY LTD, SUPREME COURT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, COURT OF APPEAL (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)