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Harmony’s Steenkamp rising to President Ramaphosa’s ten-point challenge  

By: Martin Creamer     12th February 2019 Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp is rising to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ten point mining challenge by striving to pay meaningful social dividends across a broad front and answering the call to beneficiate, which is no mean feat when it comes to gold. The executive head of the million-ounce-plus... 

First US coal plant in years opens where no options exist

By: Bloomberg     11th February 2019 One way to boost coal in the US: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s dark much of the year. That’s how the first coal-fired plant to open in the US since 2015 bucked the trend in an industry that’s seen scores of... 

Caterpillar profit misses as trade strains start to bite

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 Caterpillar had the biggest quarterly profit miss in a decade as a China slowdown hit demand for its signature yellow construction and mining equipment. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company also issued a 2019 profit forecast range which, at the low end, was below the average of analysts’... 

Vale plunges as deadly dam disaster leads to dividend suspension

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 Vale’s dam breach left at least 60 people dead and 292 missing in Brazil, leading the world’s biggest producer of iron ore to suspend dividends as it braces for the financial fallout of the catastrophe. The shares plunged as much as 20%. The collapse of a tailings dam at the Feijao mine in the... 

There's a golden shelter from recession risks at these mines

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2019 There’s a better potential haven than gold for investors spooked by the risk of a recession this year – mid-sized producers who’ve outperformed both bullion and the rest of the mining industry. Companies including Canada’s Kirkland Lake Gold and Australia’s Northern Star Resources have scope to... 

Cash flow

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th January 2019 In the cartoon the two guys are talking. One says, I have a design problem. The other guy says, there are no problems, only challenges. One such challenge in any consulting engineering business is cash flow. All clients of consulting engineers know that, if they go to the supermarket, they have... 

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Hudbay investor seeks to replace CEO and most of its board

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 Hudbay Minerals’s second-largest investor is seeking to oust the Toronto miner’s CEO and replace most of its board. Waterton Global Resource Management will nominate eight new directors at Hudbay’s upcoming annual meeting with a slate that includes former mining executive Peter Kukielski and... 

Senate advances measure to keep sanctions on Deripaska companies

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 The Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, with 11 Republicans aiding Democrats in a rare split with President Donald Trump. The 57-42 vote to take up the measure Tuesday came shortly... 

Garofalo may exit with $6.9m in biggest gold M&A

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Investors and analysts are still debating whether the biggest gold mining deal ever is good for acquirer Newmont Mining, but the CEO of the target company could end up millions of dollars richer. David Garofalo is eligible to collect at least $6.9-million, including as much as $4.6-million in... 

Newmont deal for Goldcorp erodes Canada's gold clout further

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Canada’s influence on the global mining industry appears to be shrinking by the day. Perhaps stung by the nationalistic backlash against Barrick Gold Corp's merger with Randgold Resources, Newmont Mining devoted a big chunk of its news release Monday explaining how its $10-billion offer for... 

Newmont's Goldcorp gamble may need 'drastic surgery' to work

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 The cost to create the world’s largest gold company: A 17% premium for a $10-billion all-shares acquisition that faces some big-time challenges down the line. Newmont Mining’s deal for Goldcorp stands in stark contrast to the recent zero-premium merger between Barrick Gold and Randgold... 

There’s a tiny plastic enemy threatening the planet’s oceans

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. 

Mnuchin defends lifting sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin signaled he won’t back down from plans to lift sanctions on three companies tied to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin even as he said the Trump administration would consider delaying the move to accommodate concerns raised by lawmakers. Mnuchin denied... 

Democrats ask for delay in easing sanctions linked to Deripaska

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 Seven new Democratic chairmen of House committees demanded Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hold off on the planned easing of sanctions against three companies tied to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. “As the chairs of committees with oversight jurisdiction over the US response... 

Barrick's new CEO says gold industry shake-up is just starting

By: Bloomberg     4th January 2019 Barrick Gold Corp.’s new chief executive officer has a message for the gold industry: This is just the start of a big shake-up. Barrick agreed to buy smaller rival Randgold Resources Ltd. in a $5.4-billion deal announced in September. As part of the agreement, Randgold’s CEO, Mark Bristow,... 

Volatile rand has Namibia mulling an end to 25-year currency peg

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 Namibia is growing tired of the economic pain caused by the volatile South African rand and is considering ending a 25-year-old peg to the currency of its larger neighbor. The government in Windhoek is weighing options to amend the currency arrangement or forge a new path for the Namibian... 

Brick and mortar retail not dying a slow death – US property developer  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 Private commercial real estate investor and operator Rainier Companies principal Danny Lovell says brick and mortal retail is here to stay, despite rapid growth in sales on e-commerce platforms. “It is easy to get caught up in the ‘retail Armageddon’ story and it clearly has created . . .... 

Encana to acquire shale oil producer Newfield for $5.5bn

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2018 After years of slimming down its oil and gas holdings, Canada’s Encana is reversing course with a $5.5-billion acquisition of a US shale producer in what will be the company’s biggest-ever deal. Encana agreed to purchase Newfield Exploration, which will give it positions in the Stack and Scoop... 

Growth stock tag possible from Far West surface project –­ DRDGold 

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2018 When it comes to the gold sector, recovering the precious metal from dumps on surface beats pursuing it in deep, dark and dangerous underground mines. The local gold industry has put many feelers out to access gold on surface and one of the most exciting projects under way is Far West Gold... 

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

'Blood gold' controversy forces industry transparency push

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 It’s been labeled “blood gold,” a jarring phrase that ties one of the world’s most valuable metals with brutal mining practices and illicit profits that legitimate miners and refiners are rushing to end. With miners facing increasing pressure to guarantee the provenance of gold, the group that... 

Palladium nears record after hedge funds piled in amid shortages

By: Bloomberg     22nd October 2018 Palladium climbed near a record as the US plans to pull out of the nuclear weapons pact with Russia, fueling tensions with one of the largest producers at a time when consumers are already scrambling for supplies. Production will trail consumption by 481 000 ounces this year and deficits will... 

'You can run but you can't hide,' Cleveland-Cliffs CEO tells analyst

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2018 Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves isn’t a fan of the Goldman Sachs Group analyst who covers his company. As shares of the largest US iron-ore producer fell as much as 10% Friday, Goncalves closed his analyst call by specifically calling out Goldman’s Matthew Korn. The CEO questioned Korn... 

Gold merger will create industry 'superpower'

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 The merger between Barrick Gold (domiciled in Canada and dual-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges) and Randgold Resources (domiciled in Jersey and dual-listed on the London and Nasdaq stock exchanges), announced last month and still awaiting shareholder and regulatory approvals,... 

Alcoa jumps on profit surprise, first share buyback since split

By: Bloomberg     18th October 2018 Alcoa reported third-quarter earnings that were double estimates and announced its first share buyback in more than a decade in a sign that the top US aluminum producer is weathering the trade war. Shares jumped 4.8% at 5:05 p.m. in New York as the company said it would buy $200-million of its... 

Hudbay investor is said to seek changes to miner's board

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 An investor in Hudbay Minerals wants to meet with the Toronto miner to discuss replacing members of its board, as well as to seek assurances it won’t pursue acquisitions or joint venture without consulting shareholders, according to a person familiar with the matter. Waterton Global Resource... 

Freeport CEO may be ready to sell, but does anyone want to buy?

By: Bloomberg     17th October 2018 Freeport-McMoRan’s annual LME Week party is usually an opportunity for CEO Richard Adkerson to hobnob with the traders and consumers who buy copper from his mining company. At this year’s event, he was surrounded by investment bankers. With its biggest stock overhang – a deal around its... 

Gold comes alive in biggest jump since 2016 after equities roiled

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 Gold may have finally snapped out of its inertia. On Thursday, prices posted the biggest gain since June 2016, when the UK voted to exit the European Union, after a slump in global equity markets stoked demand for the metal as a store of value. Bullion received another shot in the arm after data... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

Blockchain tech coming to commodities, Masters tells LME

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 The blockchain is coming to commodity markets, Blythe Masters told guests at the London Metal Exchange annual dinner during LME Week. The virtual ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin promises greater confidentiality, fewer paper exchanges, better provenance and a boost in... 

Rio is hunting deals, discoveries for 'beautiful' diamonds unit

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Two of the world’s top diamonds producers are both shopping for deals, with Rio Tinto following De Beers in hunting for projects to replace aging operations and position for an improving global market outlook. Rio is actively looking for more acquisitions after making a small investment in a... 

Randgold's hook-up with Barrick to leave large void in London market

By: Reuters     2nd October 2018 A tie-up between Randgold Resources and Barrick Gold will leave a void in the London market for investors seeking exposure to gold via companies that produce the precious metal. Canada's Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Africa-focused Randgold for $6.5-billion to create the world's largest gold... 

Half of South Africa's stimulus plan to come from spending shift – Nene

By: Reuters     27th September 2018 South Africa's shifting budget priorities will provide roughly half of the R50-billion ($3.5-billion) in stimulus spending it plans to make by the end of its fiscal year in March, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Reuters. The rest of the fund would come from internal development finance... 

The Californian rare earths mine caught between Trump and China

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2018 The only operating rare earths mine in the US - and once the world’s biggest -- is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were... 

Harmony Gold shows off growing portfolio quality in Denver

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2018 Harmony Gold’s Moab Khotsong mine in South Africa and Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea will together produce a third of the guided 1.5-million ounces in the 12 months to end June, with the projected 500 000 oz from these two operations being produced at an all-in sustaining cost of $950/oz,... 

US fund manager invests A$23m in Blackham Resources

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 ASX-listed Blackham Resources has signed executive agreement with New York-based institutional fund manager, The Lind Partners, for an investment of up to A$23-million, the company announced on Tuesday. An initial A$7.5-million would be provided as a secured convertible note with a 24-month term... 

Bank of America sees gold topping $1 300 on fiscal deficit

By: Bloomberg     24th September 2018 Gold is set to surge over the next year as concerns deepen about the widening US. budget deficit and a tariff-driven trade war starts to damage the country’s economy, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Bullion could average $1 350/oz in 2019 as corporate tax reforms worsen the US... 

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