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Kingsgate facing board spill
Published: 16 Nov 17
Embattled gold miner Kingsgate Consolidated is facing a board spill after shareholder Metal Tiger requested a general meeting to remove a number of the company’s directors. Metal Tiger is hoping for shareholder support to remove Ross Smyth-Kirk, Sharon Skeggs and Peter Warren as directors of Kingsgate and to be replaced by Richard Warburton, David McNeilly, Terence Grammer, Mark Potter and Neville Bergin.
New Hope increases output and sales
Published: 16 Nov 17
Coal miner New Hope has reported an increase in both production and sales during the quarter ended October, as weather conditions in New South Wales improved. Total saleable coal production during the three months under review reached 2.37-million tonnes, up from the 2.24-million tonnes reported in the previous corresponding period, while coal sales was up from 1.85-million tonnes to 2.14-million tonnes.
Nkwe resumes trading on the ASX
Published: 16 Nov 17
South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum has resumed trading on the ASX after nearly a year, following the lifting of a Section 47 notice on its Garatau project, in Limpopo. The South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) issued the Section 47 notice in October last year, threatening to suspend or cancel the mining right under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.
Zeta ups holding in three companies
Published: 16 Nov 17
ASX-listed Zeta Resources has executed a binding term sheet that would see it increase its stake in three resource companies. Zeta on Thursday announced that it would acquire investment holding company Axelrock for 110.8-million shares, at a deemed issue price of 45.2 c a share, valuing the transaction at around A$50.1-million.
China's Chalco plans to launch Guinea bauxite mine by early 2018
Published: 16 Nov 17
A unit of China's biggest state-run aluminium firm, Chinalco, plans to start producing bauxite at its project in the West African nation of Guinea later this year or early in 2018, a company executive said on Thursday. Guinea's mines ministry said in August that Chalco, Chinalco's listed arm, was set to invest $500-million to churn out bauxite, a raw material for aluminium, in the country's north.
BHP eyes two-year exit from shale; also selling nickel BHP eyes two-year exit from shale; also selling nickel
Published: 16 Nov 17
BHP Billiton said on Thursday it hopes to fully divest its troubled US onshore shale business in around two years and is also seeking a buyer for its nickel business in Australia. The renewed push to unload both sets of assets, which the world's biggest mining company no longer deems strategic, comes as prices for oil and nickel enjoy a price resurgence.
'Raj Pink' diamond fails to sell at Geneva sale – Sotheby's
Published: 16 Nov 17
"The Raj Pink", the largest known diamond graded "fancy intense pink" for its rare colour, was among several major jewels stranded on the auction block on Wednesday at Sotheby's sale in Geneva. The cushion-shaped stone, weighing 37.30 ct and mounted on a ring, was billed as the star lot at Sotheby's semi-annual jewellery sale in the Swiss city. The pre-sale estimate for the diamond, found in South Africa in 2015, was $20-million to $30-million.
Investor TCI demands UK's LSE answer more questions in board tussle
Published: 16 Nov 17
Activist investor TCI has demanded the London Stock Exchange answer a series of questions ahead of a shareholder meeting called by the fund to oust the chairperson over his handling of the planned replacement of its chief executive. Among the questions TCI wants answered by the LSE board before the meeting, the date of which has yet to be set, are the specific reasons behind the exit of CEO Xavier Rolet, who TCI said in a letter dated November 15 was "dismissed".
Vale CEO Schvartsman cuts investments in low-return segments
Published: 16 Nov 17
Vale will halt new investments in low-return segments like its nickel business, the company's CEO said on Wednesday. Fabio Schvarstman told investors in a conference in New York on Wednesday that he expects nickel prices to recover over the medium term, as demand for the metal rises thanks to demand from battery producers. Schvartsman said he expects Vale's share discount to its peers to shrink in the coming months, as the company migrates to a single class of stock.
Bloom Lake restart breathes new life into Quebec/Labrador economies Bloom Lake restart breathes new life into Quebec/Labrador economies
Published: 16 Nov 17
Champion Iron Ore announced the official restart of the Bloom Lake mine, near Fermont, Quebec, on Wednesday, providing a healthy economic injection to the region through the employment of 450 people. Hitting a significant milestone only 19 months after acquiring the mothballed high-grade iron-ore asset on the cheap, the company’s TSX-listed equity gained as much as 15% during trading hours Wednesday.
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