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Releasing exploration companies from onerous regulatory burdens is positive

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 Mining Charter Three does not tie exploration companies down to the obligations it places on new mining licence applicants. Exploration has not been encumbered with 30% black economic empowerment obligations, 5% carried interest for labour, 5% carried interest for communities and the other boxes... 

Erris appoints investment banker as CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Europe-focused explorer Erris Resources has appointed investment banker Anton du Plessis as CEO, succeeding Merlin Marr-Johnson, who on Thursday resigned as director and elected to step down. Erris, which has a portfolio of zinc and base metals projects in Ireland and gold projects in Sweden,... 

China's at 'peak steel' right now, top iron-ore shipper says

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 The world’s largest steel market is about to go into reverse. Production in China will peak in 2018 and then shrink next year as local demand drops, according to forecasts from the Australian government, which says the shift will add to headwinds for core ingredient iron ore. Mainland steel... 

Exxaro, Seriti said to mull bids for South32 coal assets

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2018 Exxaro Resources and Seriti Resources are among groups considering bidding for South32’s South African thermal coal operations, which have been valued at almost $800-million, according to people familiar with the matter. South32’s South Africa Energy Coal unit, the country’s third-biggest... 

China's Tianqi Lithium seeks up to $1bn in Hong Kong listing - sources

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 China's Tianqi Lithium Corp is looking to raise up to $1-billion in its Hong Kong stock market flotation, despite this year's fall in lithium prices, two people close to the deal told Reuters. The company, the world's second largest lithium producer by sales, on Friday filed plans for Hong... 

Goldman says buy commodities as clock ticks toward trade war

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has poured cold water on the notion that a trade war between the US and China represents a serious threat to raw materials, saying most of them aren’t likely to be significantly impacted, and after recent declines now’s the time to buy. The Wall Street... 

Commodities face a twin threat, Morgan Stanley says

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Commodities face a twin threat in the coming months, according to Morgan Stanley, which flagged burgeoning risks to consumption from a potential escalation in global trade tensions, especially for metals, as well as any slowdown in China. “Escalating global trade tensions bring a risk of demand... 

Anglo looks to sell Peru copper stake to Japanese firms – sources

By: Reuters     17th May 2018 Anglo American is likely to sell up to 30% of its multi-billion dollar Peruvian copper project Quellaveco to Japanese entities, including Mitsubishi, which already own part of it, three sources familiar with the matter said. The London-listed miner said in its 2017 financial results it is... 

BP said to tap Morgan Stanley as it weighs buying BHP assets

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2018 BP is weighing an acquisition of some of BHP Billiton’s energy assets as the British oil major seeks more US shale, according to people familiar with the matter. The London-based company is working with Morgan Stanley to advise on the plans, said the people, asking not to be identified as the... 

Lithium glut fears tempered by optimism over surging demand

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Warnings of a lithium glut may be premature. For one thing, doomsayers assume all the lithium in brine or hard rock deposits will get processed, but that’s not the case, said Jay Roberge, partner and managing director at Tehama Capital Corporation, a Vancouver-based merchant bank. 

Goldman Sachs no longer one of top three commodities banks

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 Goldman Sachs lost its place among the top three earners of commodities-related revenue in 2017, falling below rivals JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Citibank for the first time, data from analytics firm Coalition showed. US-based investment bank Goldman has been among the top three since Coalition... 

The lithium sector surge is poised to ignite a deals bonanza

By: Bloomberg     21st March 2018 The tripling in lithium prices over three years is poised to fuel a multi-billion dollar rush of deals as major players jostle for dominance to supply the metal needed for the electric vehicle battery revolution. China’s expected to lead a mergers and acquisition bonanza as companies seek to... 

Battle to keep Lonmin platinum deal alive hinges on the rand

By: Bloomberg     9th March 2018 When Lonmin CEO Ben Magara announced in December that Sibanye Gold had agreed to buy the platinum miner, he was visibly relieved. He can’t relax just yet. 

Top banks' 2017 commodities revenue drops 42% to lowest since 2006

By: Reuters     16th February 2018 Commodities-related revenue at the 12 biggest investment banks fell by 42% last year to its lowest since at least 2006, a report by financial industry analytics firm Coalition said on Friday. 

Glencore-Canada venture hitched to low-carbon economy shift

By: Martin Creamer     5th December 2017 The joint venture partnership Glencore struck with a Canadian pension plan on Tuesday provides exposure to commodities that benefit from a low-carbon economy. BaseCore Metals, a 50:50 partnership centred on base metals streams and royalties, involves Glencore Canada Corporation contributing a... 

Alcoa sees global aluminum market balancing on China's curbs

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2017 Alcoa Corp sees Chinese cuts in aluminum production returning the global market to “relative balance” as the Asian nation’s supply-side reforms begin to bite. The largest US aluminum producer reduced its global surplus forecast for the lightweight metal this year as China appears to be holding to... 

Exxaro begins Tronox sell-off

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2017 Diversified mining company Exxaro Resources on Tuesday commenced the sell-off of a portion of the shares it holds in US mineral sands mining company Tronox. The JSE-listed Exxaro, headed by CEO Mxolisi Mgojo, is monetising its Tronox stake to focus on its core activities as well as provide... 

Gold elite challenged by base metals bourse on market future

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2017 The world’s biggest industrial metals exchange is taking on the most powerful players in the gold market with the launch on Monday of its first futures contract for the commodity since the middle of the 1980s. The London Metal Exchange and its partners aim to grab a piece of the action in a city... 

UK’s GFG Alliance signs binding deal to buy struggling steelmaker Arrium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th July 2017 London-based GFG Alliance will buy the struggling Arrium steel plant and iron-ore mining operation in Whyalla, South Australia. GFG Alliance, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, on Tuesday submitted a modified offer for the Arrium Australia businesses, prompting the administrators to back the bid, despite... 

Paper trail on metal loans ended in fakes as banks lose millions

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 For all the high-tech wizardry of modern financial markets, there’s one corner of the commodity world that still depends almost entirely on printed paper – making it an easy target for crooks. Buyers and sellers of base metals like copper, aluminum and nickel use documents known as warehouse... 

S Australian govt welcomes Arrium sale

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th June 2017 South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has welcomed a decision by the administrators of Arrium Mining and Materials, after the company confirmed that a Korean consortium had been chosen as the preferred bidder for the group of companies. The consortium is led by Newlake Alliance Management... 

Owner of $1bn cobalt project says rally is far from over

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2017 Tight cobalt supplies will keep boosting the price of one of this year’s hottest commodities, according to Eurasian Resources Group, which is developing an almost $1-billion project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Cobalt jumped 71% this year on surging demand for the metal used in... 

Polyus launches secondary share offer in London, Moscow

By: Reuters     5th June 2017 Russia's top gold producer Polyus will offer new and existing shares in a secondary share offering in both London and Moscow, it said on Monday, in a deal that will test investor appetite for Russian assets. 

Implats launches dual convertible bond offerings

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2017 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday launched dual convertible bond offerings to enhance the company’s short-to-medium term liquidity and maintain its strong financial position. Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Implats, headed by new CEO Nico Muller, is offering up to... 

Gold seen climbing as Yellen sets scene for negative rates

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2017 Gold will rise after the Federal Reserve pledged to stick to its gradual pace of tightening as negative real interest rates deepen and weigh on the dollar, according to  Wayne Gordon, executive director for commodities and forex at UBS Group AG’s wealth management unit. The Fed raised rates by a... 

Stillwater deal advances as Sibanye grasps $2.6bn bridge finance nettle

By: Martin Creamer     13th February 2017 Precious metals mining company Sibanye on Monday announced that it had successfully closed the syndication of the bridge facilities to support its acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company of the US. Sibanye said in a Johannesburg Stock Exchange news service announcement that the syndication... 

Discipline the watchword for iron-ore miners as new supply looms

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2016 The world’s largest iron-ore producers will need to exert tight control over supplies to keep prices at about $45 a metric ton as China’s drive to weed out unwanted steel capacity poses risks to demand, according to Singapore-based DBS Group Holdings. The raw material’s rally in 2016 may come... 

Iron giants to add 200Mt of supplies through 2020

By: Bloomberg     26th September 2016 The world’s two largest iron-ore exporters Australia and Brazil will each add about 100-million metric tons of supply through the end of the decade, boosting a global glut and hurting prices in a slump that will then force marginal miners to cut output, according to Citigroup. Shipments from... 

Iron’s 50m extra tons spell weaker price – Liberum

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2016 The world’s top iron-ore suppliers including Brazil’s Vale will add almost 50-million tons of supply in the 12 months to next June, undermining prices and feeding a global glut, according to Liberum Capital. Suppliers that also include Australia’s BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Gina Rinehart’s Roy... 

‘Know-nothing’ iron bears will be wrong again, Cliffs says

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2016 The largest US iron-ore producer says the bears are getting it wrong all over again. Prices will probably be sustained above $50 a metric ton as demand in China is stable and the impact of new supply won’t be as severe as forecast, according to Cliffs Natural Resources. “Those forecasts saying... 

Biggest commodity surprise of 2016 is a windfall for miners

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2016 The surprise surge in coal prices should provide an unexpected profit boost for the world’s biggest mining companies as they navigate a commodity downturn that sapped earnings. Gains for coking coal, used with iron-ore to make steel, accelerated in recent weeks and benchmark prices from top... 

Gold believers from Soros to UBS lose faith in miners’ gain

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 The red-hot market for gold-mining companies has made the shares too expensive for some investors, even though they remain bullish on the outlook for bullion. Earlier this year, fund managers including George Soros had gobbled up shares of producers such as Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining in a... 

Iron-ore at risk as China veteran warns steel output to drop

By: Bloomberg     25th August 2016 Steel production in China, the world’s biggest supplier, will probably contract this year and shrink further in 2017 as local demand slows, hurting the outlook for iron-ore, according to Li Xinchuang, a vicechairperson at the China Iron & Steel Association. “There will be significant declines in... 

Citigroup says this ‘hot commodity’ is destined to cool off soon

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2016 Iron-ore, dubbed by Citigroup as one of the hot commodities of 2016, looks set to cool off. Prices may sag toward the end of the year and into 2017 as supply rises and steel demand fades, the bank said, adding to the list of banks that are calling time on an unexpected rally. The raw material... 

A commodities rebound is accelerating right on China’s doorstep

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 China may be slowing, but a commodities rebound is under way and the world’s biggest miner knows where the next growth story is building – emerging economies in Southeast Asia. Combined gross domestic product in the ASEAN-5 nations – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam –... 

Three-decade iron-ore veteran says 2017 to bring challenges

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2016 Iron-ore strayed well off-script in 2016 as a rally surprised the bears. Michael Zhu, former global sales director at Vale SA, says the commodity will probably face a tough year in 2017 as supply keeps on expanding while China’s steelmakers struggle to sustain output at current levels. “I’m not... 

Iron-ore seen back at $40 by Morgan Stanley as seasons shift

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2016 Iron-ore’s 2016 rally may be about to face a challenge from the changing of the seasons. Morgan Stanley has forecast that prices may tumble back to $40 a metric ton this half as the approach of winter in China typically blunts steel demand and output. “Our short-term forecast still features a... 

What’s next for iron-ore from the guy who predicted 2016’s rally

By: Bloomberg     11th August 2016 Iron-ore will probably extend 2016’s rally as China takes further steps to stoke growth and the dollar weakens, according to Prestige Economics’s Jason Schenker, whose rare bullish call in the final quarter of last year is turning out to be right. While the ride may be choppy, the commodity will... 

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