If it’s not iron ore, then Vale is not interested, it seems. In its latest attempt to slim down and rid itself of non-core assets, the Brazilian miner said on Monday that it will sell at least half of its stake in Norway’s aluminium producer Norsk Hydro. The sale could fetch as much as $1.1bn. Read more
How much money can you lose up the Zambezi? Quite a lot if you are Rio Tinto.
The miner’s shares fell nearly 3 per cent early on Thursday after it announced a $14bn writedown and the departure of chief executive Tom Albanese and of Doug Ritchie, the man in charge of the group’s ill-fated Mozambique coal venture.
A spectacular example of the risks in mining – and the dangers of operating in emerging markets as the company disclosed that it never received formal approval for a key element of the Mozambique project – transporting coal on the Zambezi. Read more
More bad news for Oleg Deripaska. As a huge lawsuit brought by a fellow Russian oligarch against him began in London, the billionaire chief executive of Rusal would have received word from Nigeria that his company’s investment there is in peril.
The supreme court in Abuja ruled on Friday that Rusal should be stripped of ownership of the former state-owned Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (Alscon). Read more
Given weak aluminium prices, investors were braced for bad results from Rusal, the world’s largest producer. But Monday’s announcement of an 84 per cent slump in first-quarter net profits to $74m still came below expectations.
Oleg Deripaska, CEO, warned that conditions would remain difficult for some time. Shares in the Russian company dropped 1.4 per cent, putting them 57 per cent down over the last 12 months. Read more
Russian oligarchs make uneasy partners – both for each other and for other shareholders. The falling out at Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium group, isn’t the first such row, and it won’t be the last.
Viktor Vekselberg resigned as Rusal chairman late on Monday, declaring that the company was in “deep crisis” because of bad management and heavy debt. On Tuesday, Oleg Deripaska, Rusal’s dominant shareholder, hit back: the company announced that Vekselberg had “failed to perform his functions”, and not turned up to a live board meeting for a year. Read more