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Today's Headlines Mining

  • New Tax Rules in Indonesia to Speed Up Freeport Indonesia Deal

    After the much publicized signing by the Indonesian government and US mining giant Freeport McMoRan of the Heads of Agreement regarding the sale of a stake in Freeport Indonesia (the operator of the lucrative Grasberg mine in Papua) on 12 July 2018, we have not heard much about the deal that is valued at USD $3.85 billion.

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  • H1-2018 Corporate Earnings Reports Indonesia: Astra International

    Although Astra International, one of Indonesia's biggest diversified conglomerates, has been affected by subdued car sales in Indonesia in recent years, the company remains comfortably within the top ten of biggest listed companies in terms of market capitalization on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.

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  • Banking Sector Indonesia Still Lacks Confidence in Mining Industry

    Local banks in Indonesia remain hesitant to disburse loans to companies that are engaged in Indonesia's mining sector due to the high degree of bad debt in this sector. Hence, credit disbursement to the country's mining sector continues to shrink. On the one hand, it is positive that Indonesia's banking sector becomes less dependent on the volatile movement of mining commodity prices.

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  • Coal Mining Industry: Price Remains High on Robust Chinese Demand

    Coal demand remains high, particularly due to robust demand from China, the world's largest coal importer. This brings the projection for the full-year 2018 coal price to the range of USD $98.50 - $107.00 per metric ton. So far this year the coal price (ICE NewCastle Coal January 2018) surged around 4 percent, while in full-year 2017 the price had surged 57.09 percent.

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  • Earnings & Shares of Indonesian Coal Miners Improve on Rising Price

    The rising coal price is a great boost for the corporate earnings of coal mining companies as well as the share prices of those companies that are listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. Newcastle Coal Futures (January 2018 delivery) touched USD $97.10 per metric ton at the end of last week, up 26 percent so far this year. Meanwhile, prices of energy commodities are expected to rise further in the remainder of the year.

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  • Heavy Equipment Production & Sales on the Rise in Indonesia

    Production and sales of heavy equipment in Indonesia is recovering more markedly in 2017 on the back of rising activity in the country's mining and construction sectors. Between 2012 and 2015 sales of heavy equipment plunged sharply in Indonesia. In 2016 a modest recovery was seen. This year, the recovery of Indonesia's heavy equipment sector is progressing at a faster pace.

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Latest Columns Mining

  • Will the Indonesian Government Become Majority Shareholder of Nickel Miner Vale Indonesia?

    Will the Indonesian Government Become Majority Shareholder of Nickel Miner Vale Indonesia?

    Over the past decade we have seen some examples of protectionist tendencies in the mining sector of Indonesia. For example, gold and copper miner Freeport Indonesia came under Indonesian control in late-2018 after the state acquired a 52.1 percent stake in the company as a consequence of renegotiations (which also involved the extension of the company’s mining permits in Indonesia).

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  • Bauxite Ore Export Ban; Developing a Domestic Mineral Refining & Processing Industry in Indonesia

    Bauxite Ore Export Ban; Developing a Domestic Mineral Refining & Processing Industry in Indonesia

    On 10 June 2023 the Indonesian government imposed a ban on bauxite ore exports in a bid to encourage the development of a domestic bauxite processing and refining industry. This move was not a surprise. Over the past couple of years, government officials had mentioned their desire to ban bauxite ore exports from June 2023. And in December 2022 it was Indonesian President Joko Widodo himself who reaffirmed this ambition.

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  • Revision of Indonesia’s Controversial 2009 Mining Law; Better, Same, or Worse?

    Whenever Indonesia Investments discusses or illustrates the risks that are involved in Indonesia’s investment environment, we usually take the 2009 Mining Law as an example to illustrate the lack of legal certainty in Indonesia. Lack of legal certainty is one the key obstacles in Indonesia’s investment environment, and has therefore been undermining investment realization in Indonesia.

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  • Coal Mining Update: Contract Extension Relaxation, Price Pressures & the Government’s Dilemma

    By revising Indonesian Government Regulation No. 23/2010, the Indonesian government plans to provide local coal miners more certainty by allowing an earlier submission of a request for the extension of mining concessions. Stakeholders in the mining sector argue that this would considerably strengthen the nation’s investment climate, specifically the coal mining industry, on the back of improved legal certainty.

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  • Freeport McMoRan and Indonesia Reach Agreement on Stake, or Did They?

    After years of struggle and negotiations there now seems light at the end of the tunnel for the Indonesian government and US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Both sides signed a Head of Agreement on Thursday 12 July 2018 that will give Indonesia’s state-owned mining company Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (better known as Inalum) and the local government of Papua a 51.23 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia, implying the company - the operator of the Grasberg mine, which is the world’s largest gold mine and second-largest copper mine – will come under Indonesian control.

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  • Indonesian Mining Companies in Focus: Aneka Tambang (Antam)

    One of the companies, listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, that is experiencing a very good performance so far in 2018 is vertically integrated and diversified mining and metals company Aneka Tambang, a state-controlled entity. Not only did the company's corporate earnings and production figures surged in the first quarter of 2018 on the back of stronger commodity prices (and rising demand), but shares of Aneka Tambang also soared - by a whopping 45.60 percent - up to Friday (22/06).

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  • Indonesian Heavy Equipment Distributors in Focus: Intraco Penta

    Indonesian heavy equipment distributor Intraco Penta is optimistic that its corporate earnings will improve in 2018 and 2019 on the back of rising coal prices and the so-called "replacement cycle". Ferdinand Dion, Investor Relations Strategist at Intraco Penta, said every five years mining companies tend to replace those heavy equipment units that have been consistently used for the past five years.

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