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

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

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

WA digs deeper on BHP royalties

Original article by Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 15 & 16 : 22-Jan-19

Western Australia’s Treasurer Ben Wyatt says the state government will pursue BHP for backdated iron ore royalties totalling between $200m and $300m. He claims that an audit undertaken in 2016 had revealed that the resources group had underpaid royalties since the early 2000s. BHP had reached a $529m settlement with the Australian Taxation Office regarding its Singapore marketing hub in November 2018.

CORPORATES
BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND

Rio still upbeat on Chinese demand

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 20 : 13-Nov-18

Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques says the Chinese steel industry’s demand for higher-grade iron ore remains strong in the wake of production capacity cutbacks and measures aimed at reducing air pollution. He has also told the UBS Australasia conference in Sydney that structural changes in the aluminium sector will take longer to have an impact

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

China’s steel mills thriving

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 20 : 8-Nov-18

Fortescue Metals Group Elizabeth Gaines says the trade war with the US has not affected China’s steel production, which was higher than expected in September. Gaines adds that China’s infrastructure investment program has been a key driver of the high level of steel production, which in turn has prompted a rally in the iron ore price. Fortescue has signed memorandums of understanding with eight public and private steel mills at the China import expo in Shanghai.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BAOWU STEEL GROUP, HEBEI WENFENG IRON AND STEEL COMPANY LIMITED

At long last, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting claims win in Atlas Iron takeover saga

Original article by Stuart McKinnon
The West Australian – Page: Online : 10-Oct-18

Hancock Prospecting has gained acceptances for more than 90 per cent of Atlas Iron’s shares, allowing it to move to the compulsory acquisition stage of its takeover bid. Hancock had initially offered $0.042 per share for Atlas, valuing its bid at $390m, before subsequently increasing it to $427m. Atlas’s assets include the Mt Webber iron ore mine, while Hancock has a controlling stake in the Roy Hill iron ore mine and a 50 per cent stake in the Hope Downs project.

CORPORATES
ATLAS IRON LIMITED – ASX AGO, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MINERAL RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX MIN

Long-term deals key to iron-clad alliance

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 20 : 24-Sep-18

BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metal Group were among the Australian iron ore companies that were represented at the recent China International Steel & Raw Materials Conference. Australia currently supplies 62 per cent of China’s seaborne iron ore, with iron ore being Australia’s biggest export to China. Businesses involved in commerce between Australia and China are hopeful that the relationship between the two countries, which has been somewhat strained in recent times, will improve under new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

CORPORATES
BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, ROY HILL HOLDINGS PTY LTD, VALE SA, UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET