BHP Mining News

US steel and aluminum tariffs a ‘black day for the world’ — BHP

BHP chief executive officer Andrew Mackenzie believes US President Donald Trump’s plans for steel and aluminum tariffs will harm the global economy.

Samarco iron ore mine could reopen this year

Samarco Mineracao – a Vale-BHP joint venture – ceased operations in November 2015 following a deadly tailings dam burst.

BHP's productivity gains are cheered by investors — and unions

BHP has said it expects to deliver $2 billion of net productivity gains by the end of the 2019 financial year.

Miners rich in cash are aiming for fat dividends, debt payments

The mining industry is awash with cash, and so far it’s got two main uses — pay down debt and reward investors.

BHP sees faster shale sale in race to exit $10 billion unit

The company expects initial bids for the assets in the June quarter, according to a statement Tuesday.

Toyota to make cheaper electric motors by halving use of rare earths

Asia’s No.1 carmaker has developed a magnet that reduces dependence on neodymium, a key rare earth metal used in the world’s most powerful batteries for electric vehicles.

BHP rebuffs Elliott as first-half profit hits three-year high

The New-York based fund argues an overhaul could add more than $22 billion in value for shareholders and wants BHP to conduct an independent study.

Japan's Mitsui wants more of Chile's Collahuasi copper mine, but none of Los Pelambres

Mitsui’s investments in Chile’s copper industry date back to the 1990s and it now has minority interests in a number of the country’s leading mines.

Mining sector unloved as investors find it hard to trust

Data shows that two years after the worst of the raw materials slump is over, investors are still not ready to pour in fresh funds despite a price rally.

Vale’s iron ore output hit record high in 2017

Output of the steelmaking material reached 366.5 million tonnes last year, boosted by record high productionat Vale's northern system, which composed of its Carajás, Serra Leste and the massive S11D mine.

Copper, iron ore price jump sparks rally in mining stocks

Top listed copper producer Freeport jumped 7.4% and with Vale – up 6% – was among the NYSE's top 10 most actively traded stocks.

BHP takes $1.8 billion hit from US tax reform

Charge is due to due to cuts in the US Federal corporate income tax rate, the world’s biggest mining company said.

South32 prepares to spin off South African coal assets within six months

President and chief operating officer Mike Frasersaid company has received a number of offers for the assets, which it up for sale in November last year as part of a shift away from coal.

Rio investors asked to push miner to leave Minerals Council of Australia

Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility says it needs 100 shareholders to co-file resolution at Rio’s upcoming annual general meeting.

Pile-of-cash dilemma for mining industry once crippled by slump

With metals from zinc to palladium trading at multi-year highs, four of the world’s top producers generated combined free cash flow last year of about $87 million a day.

Wood Mackenzie cuts iron ore price outlook as markets fall again

The UK-based research and consultancy group has dropped its price forecast to $63 a tonne or 12% below last year's average of $71 per tonne.

These are some of the top mining assets on the block

Big mining companies, restored to health following the 2015-16 price crash, are seeking to rationalize their portfolios and acquire assets in line with heightened focus on the best quality minerals and anticipated demand for battery materials.

Output at Chile's Escondida copper mine falls 7.8 pct in 2017

The decline to 903,000 tonnes came despite the start of operations at a new wing.

Vale confirms talks with BHP over Samarco exit

During a meeting with investors and analysts in Sao Paulo, Vale’s investor relations director, André Figueiredo, said it seemed “natural” for his company to become the sole owner of the project.

Vale is said to be negotiating BHP exit from Samarco venture

Vale and BHP Billiton in talks over future of their Samarco iron-ore joint venture, including the possibility of the Brazilian miner taking full ownership.

BHP to fund $181m for more Samarco dam cleanup

BHP has agreed to fund a total of up to $181 m in financial support for the Renova Foundation and Samarco Mineração S.A. (Samarco) until 30 June 2018.

Rio Tinto appoints one of its own as the company’s new chairman

After a nine-month search, the miner has picked the current leader of the remuneration committee, Simon Thompson, to assume the post in March 2018.

BHP tightens belt, targets $1.6bn in cost-cutting at Australian operations

The world’s No.1 miner is targeting as much as $1.6 billion in productivity gains at its iron ore, copper and coal units in the country over the next two years.

Investors force Rio Tinto to ditch plans to have Mick Davis as chairman

Decision comes in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt led by the Investor Forum, a London-based body representing some of the world’s biggest money managers.

South32 to spin off South Africa coal business

Process could lead to a listing of the business on the Johannesburg stock exchange, it said.