Aside from iron, manganese is the most essential mineral in the production of steel. Which makes manganese the fourth largest traded metal commodity.
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The company, however, has decided to stay away from thermal coal assets due mainly to uncertainties over demand linked to climate concerns.
The deal includes a 17% interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, south of Sydney.
PGMs down nearly 10% and manganese production down 24%.
The miner continues to look for new assets, including Anglo American’s 40% stake in their manganese joint venture — Samancor.
Despite the loss and a 94% drop in earnings, analysts believe the company's modest debt of $116 million makes it well-positioned to act on opportunities.
The spin-out from BHP Billiton says it is willing to take on the manganese ore venture if the price is right.
The measure is part of a wider revision of the 2009 mining law that led to Indonesia's export edicts and other regulations.
Company is said to have sent out requests to investment banks as it seeks to hire an adviser to assist in the bidding process for Anglo American's niobium and phosphate business in Brazil.
The country's largest mining union said it had received notice from South32 about the planned cuts and wants the government to intervene.
South32's manganese mines in South Africa are unlikely to restart operations until January, when a major review is expected to be completed.
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The company said is not keen on Rio Tinto's thermal coal assets, currently up for sale.
It may reduce the value of its 60% stake in the Samancor Manganese joint venture, as it keeps furnaces shut due to low prices for the commodity.
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The stock closed in Sydney below the $30 mark, which is the lowest it has traded in the last five years.
The world's largest miner has stepped up its cost-cutting plans as it battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices.
The country effectively halted all but processed metal shipments in January in an effort to force miners to build smelters.
The world’s largest miner is only two weeks away from shedding more light on an upcoming spin-off of unwanted assets.
The U.S. largest miner by market value and revenue is also dealing with a strike threat at its Indonesia's Grasberg copper and gold mine, which recently resumed operations.
The mining giant has made a sharp U-turn on its initial decision to snub a London listing for its $17 billion spinoff.
Operations, however, won’t resume until at least Oct. 7.
Protesters are demanding management to review safety conditions following a fatal accident on Sept. 27.