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June 23, 2014
07:46 EDTRIO, TRQOyu Tolgoi receives audit report from Mongolian Tax Authority
Turquoise Hill (TRQ) announced that Oyu Tolgoi has received an audit report from the Mongolian Tax Authority claiming unpaid taxes, penalties and disallowed entitlements associated with the initial development of the Oyu Tolgoi mine. Turquoise Hill is of the firm view that Oyu Tolgoi has paid all taxes and charges as required under the Investment Agreement and Mongolian law. Turquoise Hill and Rio Tinto (RIO) are reviewing the detailed tax claim. Any element of the claim that amounts to a breach of the investment agreement will trigger the dispute resolution process outlined in the investment agreement including possible international arbitration. The impact of these claims on resolution of the outstanding shareholder issues is unclear at this time. However, completion of the underground feasibility study is likely to be delayed if a resolution to the tax matters is not reached before June 30. Turquoise Hill CEO Kay Priestly said, "We strongly disagree with the claims in the audit report and are currently reviewing all options to resolve this matter."
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August 27, 2015
10:33 EDTRIOFreeport McMoRan surges after further cut to capital spending plans
Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) are surging in morning trading after the company announced plans to cut spending and production in response to current market conditions. It also plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. WHAT'S NEW: Freeport-McMoRan this morning reduced its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. The 2016 CapEx outlook includes $1.4B in mining projects, $600M in mining sustaining capital and $2B in oil and gas expenditures. The company said it will reduce copper sales by about 150M pounds per year in 2016 and 2017 and cut 2016 unit site production by 20%. Additionally, the company plans to reduce 2016 minerals exploration costs to $50M from $100M. Freeport also said it expects a 10% reduction in employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. The company cited recent declines in copper prices for the reductions and said the actions announced today are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans for its mining business. Freeport said it views the long-term outlook for its business "positively," helped by limitations on copper supply. In the near-term, however, Freeport said it will continue to monitor market conditions and capital spending, but is currently "adjusting operations to maximize current cash flow under weak market conditions while preserving its large mineral resources and growth options for the longer term." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Since late 2014, Freeport has cut its 2015 capital expenditure budget to $6.3B from $7.5B, including reductions of $700M in oil and gas expenditures and $500M in mining expenditures. Earlier this month, Freeport cuts its oil and gas capital budgets for 2016 and 2017 by $900M each in response to market conditions and maintained its expectations for $2.8B in O&G CapEx for this year. In July, after reporting its second straight quarterly loss, Freeport said its cost reduction plans would include potential adjustments to mine plans and future copper and molybdenum production volumes to reduce costs and preserve valuable resources for anticipated improved market conditions in the future. Freeport previously commented that it would pursue additional capital cost reductions, potential additional divestitures or monetizations and other actions as required to maintain a strong balance sheet while preserving a strong resource position. PRICE ACTION: Freeport-McMoRan is up 16.5% to $9.22 in morning trading. Shares are down over 60% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other major integrated mining companies include Rio Tinto (RIO), BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale S.A. (VALE).
August 21, 2015
10:02 EDTRIOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:19 EDTRIORio Tinto initiated with a Neutral at Axiom
August 19, 2015
06:45 EDTRIOGlencore's second merger attempt with Rio Tinto less likely, AFR reports
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