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

Share surge elevates Forrest to $13bn man

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 15 & 16 : 21-Jan-20

Shares in pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group have gained more than 10 per cent so far in 2020, reaching a new intra-day high of $11.92 on 20 January. The rally has lifted Fortescue’s market capitalisation to more than $36bn, and it now ranks as Australia’s 13th largest company in terms of market cap. The stake of founder Andrew Forrest is now worth about $13bn, while his net wealth has increased by about $1bn since the start of the year and $7bn since March.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG

Maxsted hastens BHP exit in retreat from blue chip boards

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 19 : 15-Jan-20

BHP director Lindsay Maxsted will step down later in 2020, after nine years on the board. He was re-elected at BHP’s annual meeting in late 2019, and gave no indication that he intended to retire. Maxsted has declined to comment on the reasons for his impending exit from the board; however, a major BHP shareholder has indicated that they had expected Maxsted to step down in the next year or so given the money-laundering scandal at Westpac, where he has also stepped down. BHP says the timing of Maxsted’s departure is linked to tenure guidelines which suggest that directors should not serve for more than nine years.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Union pushes to overturn BHP’s Fair Work win on enterprise deals

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 9-Jan-20

The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union is appealing the Fair Work Commission’s decision to approve two enterprise agreements covering employees of BHP’s Operations Services division. The bulk of these workers are employed at BHP’s coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, and the CFMEU contends that they should be covered by the enterprise agreement for the miner’s other workers in the basin. The CFMEU argues that these workers earn up to $40,000 a year more than the Operations Services employees.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MARITIME, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION

Desert wildflower halts lithium mine project

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The Australian – Page: 18 : 8-Jan-20

The US subsidiary of Australian-listed Ioneer Limited has agreed to suspend exploration work at a lithium project on federal land in Nevada. This follows concerns that mining would pose a threat to a rare species of desert wildflower called Tiehm’s buckwheat, which is found only in Nevada’s Silver Peak Range. The Center for Biological Diversity had launched legal action against the Trump administration in a bid to stop further exploration at Ioneer’s tenements in order to protect the wildflower. The lawsuit was withdrawn after Ioneer USA agreed to put exploration on hold.

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IONEER LIMITED – ASX INR, CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

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.

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

Early exit for BHP’s Mackenzie

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 14 : 24-Dec-19

BHP’s outgoing CEO Andrew Mackenzie had previously advised that he will leave the resources giant on 30 June. However, he says the transition to new CEO Mike Henry is ahead of schedule, so he will now depart on 31 March. BHP has advised that Mackenzie will not receive any severance pay or a payment in lieu of notice. Henry, who formally takes the helm on 1 January, is expected to make changes to BHP’s executive leadership team.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Iron’s endless summer keeps on keeping on

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 43 : 21-Dec-19

Shares in Fortescue Metals Group are trading at an 11-year high, boosted by factors such as continued strong demand for iron ore in China and supply disruptions in Brazil. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto’s shares have regularly traded above $100 in 2019, and the stock has not fallen below $35 in the last decade. Demand for iron ore has defied expectations over the last 10 years. The price of the steel input peaked at almost $US190 per tonne in 2011; its fall to around $US80/tonne in subsequent years prompted some observers to forecast that the iron ore boom was over. However, Australia’s iron ore exports reached a record $77bn in 2018-19 and could top $81bn in 2019-20. Likewise, some experts forecast that China’s annual steel production will exceed one million tonnes for the first time in 2020.

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

Haoma Mining – Chairman’s address to shareholders, by Gary Morgan, Wednesday December 18, 2019

Original article by
Haoma Mining NL Announcements – Page: Online : 19-Dec-19

Yesterday at Haoma Mining’s AGM, Chairman Gary Morgan presented information on Haoma’s activities, including recent Test Work at Bamboo Creek. Included in the information was the report that over the last 7 days a Vat Leach Trial at Bamboo Creek processed a sample of 1.425 tonnes of course (+180 microns to -3mm) Kitchener Low Grade Ore using the Elazac Leach Process. The ‘calculated’ gold grade (based on the Elazac Assay Method) was 37.39 g/t gold. Shareholders were reminded that the Bamboo Creek Vat contains 28,000 tonnes of crushed course Kitchener Low Grade ore and leaching should be operating early next year.

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HAOMA MINING NL