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Today's Headlines Mining

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

    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

    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

    Bank 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 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

    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

    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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  • Freeport Indonesia & Government Stuck on Divestment Valuation

    Freeport Indonesia & Government Stuck on Divestment Valuation

    Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry stated that it will remain committed to the agreement that was made between Freeport Indonesia and the central government of Indonesia on 29 August 2017. However, although parent company Freeport-McMoran agreed to divest a majority stake in its Indonesian unit (Freeport Indonesia) in those negotiations, the exact divestment valuation is yet to be agreed upon.

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Latest Columns Mining

  • Weak Legal Certainty; Indonesia Ranks Lowest in Mining Sector

    Weak Legal Certainty; Indonesia Ranks Lowest in Mining Sector

    The Indonesian Mining Institute (IMI) is concerned about foreign perceptions of Indonesia's mining sector. According to the Fraser Institute, a Toronto-based public policy research and educational organization, Indonesia now ranks lowest in terms of the "state of the investment climate in the mining sector across the world". A new survey, conducted by the Canadian think-tank, shows that Indonesia's recently introduced government policies (stemming from the New Mining Law) that affect the activities in the mining sector has seriously undermined foreigners' confidence in a conducive investment climate in Indonesia's mining sector.

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  • Mining Regulation Amendment to Provide More Certainty

    Mining Regulation Amendment to Provide More Certainty

    Recently the Indonesian Government issued Government Regulation number 1 of 2017 (Regulation 2017). The Regulation 2017 is the fourth amendment of Government Regulation 23 of 2010 on the implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Activities. In this column we discuss the main changes in the Regulation 2017 which relate to the extension of the business license of mining companies, the sales of minerals and coal, the divestment obligation and the refinery obligation.

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  • New Export Rules: Operations Freeport Indonesia in Jeopardy

    New Export Rules: Operations Freeport Indonesia in Jeopardy

    Uncertainty about the continuation of the company's copper concentrate exports could imply that Freeport Indonesia needs to terminate operations at the Grasberg mine in Papua. Currently, shipments of copper concentrate from the mine to the smelter in Gresik (East Java) have ceased, while the company's storage facilities are full to the brim. Part of workers at the Grasberg mine have been sent home as the processing plant has not been producing any concentrate since Friday (10/02).

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  • Indonesian Mining Companies in Focus: Tin Miner Timah

    Indonesian Mining Companies in Focus: Tin Miner Timah

    State-controlled, yet listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, tin producer and exporter Timah is expected to experience improving corporate earnings in 2017 supported by recovering production volumes and the rising trend of global commodity prices. Danareksa Sekuritas expects the price of refined tin to rise 12.4 percent to USD $20,000 per ton this year, followed by a further rise to USD $21,000 per ton in 2018. Meanwhile, Danareksa Sekuritas also expects Timah's production volume to rise around 25 percent (y/y) to 28,000 tons this year (slightly below the company's target of 30,000 tons).

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  • Indonesia's Backflip on Mining Policies: Export Ban Revised

    Indonesia's Backflip on Mining Policies: Export Ban Revised

    On Thursday (12/01) the government of Indonesia said it eased regulations concerning the controversial ban on exports of metal ore and concentrates of other minerals. Based on the New Mining Law that was revealed in 2009, Indonesian shipments of mineral ore would be banned starting from January 2014. This policy was designed in order to boost the development of domestic processing facilities (smelters) and become an exporter of value-added mining products (hence becoming less vulnerable to volatile prices of raw materials).

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  • Freeport Indonesia May Pursue Initial Public Offering (IPO)

    Freeport Indonesia to Pursue Initial Public Offering (IPO)

    Chances are big that Freeport Indonesia will conduct an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange to comply with the divestment requirement. Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, operates the vast Grasberg mine in Papua. This mine is the world's largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine. The Indonesian government's divestment requirement is one the demands for starting contract extension negotiations in 2019.

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  • Oil & Gas Industry: Understanding Indonesia's Cost Recovery Scheme

    Oil & Gas Industry: Understanding Indonesia's Cost Recovery Scheme

    Because we have received quite some questions about Indonesia's cost recovery scheme in the oil and gas industry, we decided to devote an article to this topic. Simply put, the oil recovery scheme that the Indonesian government applies in the upstream oil and gas industry concerns the reimbursement of exploration and production costs to oil and gas contractors. This should make oil and gas exploration in Indonesia more attractive and thus stop the two-decade long decline in the nation's oil output.

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  • 2009 Mining Law Indonesia: Mineral Ore Export Ban Delayed until 2022?

    2009 Mining Law Indonesia: Mineral Ore Export Ban Delayed until 2022?

    Indonesia is currently discussing the revisions that need to be made to the 2009 Mining Law (Law No. 4/2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining). As there is a lack of progress with the development of smelting (processing) facilities in Indonesia, authorities may decide to postpone the full implementation of the ban on exports of unprocessed mineral ore by five years. Initially, this ban was supposed to come into effect in January 2014. However, it was pushed back to 11 January 2017 to allow more time for smelter development in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Freeport Indonesia Requests New Copper Concentrate Export Permit

    Freeport Indonesia Requests New Copper Concentrate Export Permit

    Freeport Indonesia has requested for a recommendation from Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to obtain another six-month permit for the export of copper concentrate. The existing permit expires on 8 August 2016. Since Indonesia's ban on mineral ore exports was implemented in January 2014, Freeport Indonesia - subsidiary of US-based natural resources company Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc - has been required to obtain six-month permits in order to continue shipments of copper concentrate.

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  • Oil & Gas Industry: Indonesia to offer Open Bid Split Tender Schemes

    Oil & Gas Industry: Indonesia to offer Open Bid Split Tender Schemes

    There is few interest from the private sector to participate in Indonesia's oil & gas block tenders. Besides Indonesia's unconducive investment climate (that includes weak government management, bureaucracy, an unclear regulatory framework and legal uncertainty), low global petroleum prices have also managed to curb investors' enthusiasm. In a bid to entice private investors the Indonesian government has decided to change the concept for oil & gas tenders in 2016 from a fixed revenue split to an open bid split scheme.

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