With Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s earnings poised to almost triple, companies looking for a gateway to ship iron ore to China can still acquire the Australian producer at half the valuation it fetched a year ago.
BHP Billiton Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Marius Kloppers won’t let three failed investments worth more than $100 billion prevent further takeover attempts. Finding big, buyable targets will be the difficulty.
Record coal deals this year have slashed the number of potential targets in Australia, the world’s largest exporter. The combination of Whitehaven Coal Ltd. and Aston Resources Ltd. looms as the last prize standing.
BHP Billiton Ltd.’s $20 billion foray into U.S. shale gas has been hit by a decade-low plunge in prices, raising the specter over the world’s biggest mining company of the Alcan Inc. deal that almost sank Rio Tinto Group.
Queensland’s government opened the initial share sale of its coal freight network, an offer that may be worth about A$7 billion ($6.5 billion) and become Australia’s largest since Telstra Corp. in 2006.
Electrician-turned-miner Nathan Tinkler, Australia’s youngest billionaire who yesterday agreed to sell his coal assets for A$2.6 billion ($2.6 billion) in stock, is looking for his next mining deal overseas.
BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Group are set to pay higher taxes in Australia after Julia Gillard ’s Labor party today won support to form a minority government, following the closest election in 70 years.
Peabody Energy Corp. is leaving the door open for a rival bidder to step in for Macarthur Coal Ltd. by offering less for the Australian mining company than it did last year, even as profit is projected to double.