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December 20, 2012
19:37 EDTVALEVale to take $4.2B pre-tax charge in Q4
Vale S.A. informs that it has concluded the annual assessment of Onša Puma and aluminum assets, which will imply the recognition of an impairment charge before tax of $4.2B, thus affecting our earnings in Q4. The issues with the two furnaces of Onša Puma determined the total stoppage of its ferronickel operations since June. After analyzing the case, Vale decided to rebuild one of the furnaces, at an estimated cost of $188M in 2013, and plans its start up in 4Q13. Given this event and in face of the current market environment for ferronickel, the valuation of Onša Puma determined the need to recognize an impairment charge before tax of $2.848B. The book value of Onša Puma was $3.778B as of September 30. The downward volatility of aluminum prices and the macroeconomic uncertainties about the European economy have contributed to reduce the market value of our 22% stake in Hydro ASA, a Norwegian aluminum producer, to a level below the book value of our investment. Based on Hydro share prices at September 30, we are recognizing an impairment charge before tax of $1.3B, which will impact our 4Q12 net earnings. Reference Link
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November 27, 2015
10:31 EDTVALEVale to hold Vale Day
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November 23, 2015
08:37 EDTVALEU.S. district judge dismisses Rio Tinto case against BSG Resources
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November 20, 2015
06:15 EDTVALEVale to close Manitoba nickel and smelting operations in 2018, Reuters reports
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November 19, 2015
06:40 EDTVALEBHP Billiton backs dividend policy amid profit slump, CNBC reports
BHP Billiton (BHP) defended its dividend policy amid a drop in share prices and profits slump this year as well as weak China growth and a recent mine disaster in Brazil, CNBC reports. BHP chairman Jacques Nasser said at the company's annual meeting that the dividend policy is the result of "appropriate capital management," the report says. In addition, the company said it and joint venture partner Vale (VALE) will be commissioning an external probe of the Samarco dam spill, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
06:17 EDTVALEBHP Billiton reviewing all dams worldwide, U.K. Times reports
BHP Billiton (BHP) CEO Andrew Mackenzie told analysts and investors at the company's annual general meeting that the company is reviewing all of its dams worldwide after the Samarco mudslide in Brazil killed at least nine people, The U.K. Times reports. Mackenzie also said BHP is considering moving away from the arrangement under which mines that it partly owns are managed by committee rather than by a single operator; the Samarco mine is half run by BHP, with the remainder owned by Vale (VALE). Reference Link
November 16, 2015
18:50 EDTVALESamarco to set aside $262M for initial costs after Brazil dam breach, WSJ says
Samarco, a joint venture of Vale (VALE) and BHP Billiton (BHP), reached an agreement with Brazilian prosecutors to establish an initial $262M cleanup fund related to two dam breaches at its iron-ore mines in Minas Gerais state, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
13:26 EDTVALEVale: It will take 'years' for Rio Doce river to recover, Reuters reports
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