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Review of Rio Tinto Corporation's Q2 activity

Rio Tinto plc (LON: RIO) CEO J-S Jacques stated: “We had difficult operational performance all through the portfolio within the first half of the yr, whereas we invested sooner or later progress of Richards Bay Minerals and Resolution. Although we experienced operational and weather circumstances in our iron ore operations in Australia, pricing and market demand have remained robust. We continue to concentrate on enhancing and optimizing the performance and productivity of our assets to promote future cash movement. This combined with a better value strategy and disciplined capital allocation will continue to yield the most effective return for our shareholders in the brief, medium and long term.

Q2 2019 Q2 2018 vs. Q1 2019 H1 2019 vs. H1 2018 Pilbara iron ore transfers (100%) Mt 85.4 -3% +%% 154.6 -Eight% Pilbaran iron ore production (100%) Mt 79.7 -7% + 5% + 5% + 5% 155.7 155.7 Eight% bauxite kt 13407 + 1% + 5% 26171 + 1% kt kt kt ] zero% + 1% 1,599 zero% Excavated copper kt 137.1 -13% -5% -5% -5% % -5% 281.0 281.zero 281.zero ] -5% Titanium dioxide slag kt 303 + 31% + 2% 599 + 14% + 14% + 14% in IOC and ore pellets and concentrate Mt 2.5 2.5 + 191% + 2% 5.0 + 55% [1965906] 3] Operational Update

• Pilobara Iron Ore shipments of 85.4 million tonnes (100%) within the second quarter have been 3% decrease than within the second quarter of 2018. In April, the shipments have been affected by recovery operations following Tropical Cyclone Veronica.

• 2019 Pilbara's deliveries tips have been reviewed on 19 June 2019–330 million tonnes, 100% (previously 333–333 million tonnes) resulting from operational challenges for mines. Unit value management has been revised to $ 14 per $ 15 per tonne (previously $ 13 to $ 14 per ton).

• Lower iron ore manufacturing was the first factor for a 2% discount in equal copper manufacturing in the first half in comparison with the corresponding

• Bauxite production of 13.four million tonnes in the second quarter was 1% larger than in the identical interval in 2018.

• Aluminum production zero, Eight million tonnes have been in the second quarter of 2018. 19659059] • 137 thousand tons of mined copper production was 13% decrease than in the second quarter of 2018, and manufacturing was lower than that of Escondida and Kennecott.

• 303 thousand tons of titanium dioxide slag manufacturing was 31% larger than in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting operational performance according to the operational challenges of 2018.

• The second quarter manufacturing within the Canadian Iron ore Company was remarkably greater than the corresponding quarter in 2018, which was affected by the strike. Nevertheless, the guidelines for the share of Rio Tinton iron ore pellets and enrichment manufacturing are revised to 10.7 to 11.Three million tonnes (beforehand 11.3 to 12.Three million tonnes) because of opposed climate circumstances within the first quarter and the danger of flooding in June. [19659059] • Rio Tinto in the present day launched a separate announcement containing an update to the Oyu Tolgoi sub-project

• On April Eight, 2019, Rio Tinto introduced its acceptance of the development of the Zulti-South venture in Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in southern Finland for $ 463 million ( Rio Tinton shares $ 343 million).

• On April 15, 2019, Rio Tinto introduced its commitment to the additional value of $ 302 million ($ 166 million Rio Tinto) to promote the Copper venture in Arizona. ] All figures in this report are unaudited. All the change rates on this report are US dollars, and the feedback seek advice from Rio Tinto's share of production until in any other case famous. In an effort to examine manufacturing volumes in an identical means, the output from the sale of belongings accomplished in 2018 isn’t part of the production of Rio Tinto.


Rio Tinton's share of manufacturing (million tonnes)

Q2 2019 vs. Q2 2018 vs. Q1 2019 H1 2019 vs. H1 2018
Pilbara Mix Lump 19.Eight -9% -1% 39.8 -7%
Pilbara blends 28.5 -9% -1% 57.2 -6%
Robe Valley Accumulation 1.2 -16% + 89% ] 1.Eight -39%
Robe Valley Fines 2.1 -19% + 19% 19659003] 3.four -41% ] Yandicoogina Fines (HIY) 14.0 -2% + 4% 27.four -Three%
Pilbara Manufacturing
19659003] 65.6 [19659003] -8% + 2% 129.7 -Eight%
Complete manufacturing of Pilbara (100%) 79.7 [1 9659003] -7% + 5% 155.7 -8%
Complete shipments of Pilbara (a) (100%) 85.4 -3% +24% 154.6 ] -8%

(a) Pilbara Blend's sales embrace 2.4 million tonnes of various merchandise within the second half of 2012 in Q1 and three.9 million in H1 2019

Pilbara activities

Pilbara's operations generated 155.7 million tonnes (Rio Tinto divides 129.7 million tonnes) within the first half of 2019, 8% decrease than in the same period of the yr 2018.

As highlighted in our first quarter report, vital disruptions have been brought on by Tropical Cyclone Veronica and hearth. The consequences of Cape Lambert A. Cyclone Veronica continued in the second quarter, correcting Cape Lambert A's port amenities, which affected the delivery and operations of Robe Valley and Yandicoogina. All fixes at the moment are prepared.

As reported on June 19, 2019, the mine's operational challenges have been notably skilled in our Larger Brockman Middle. This has shown gaps within the deliberate material movement and has affected mine sequencing in both the massive Brockman Middle and the broader system. In 2019 and 2020, waste material mobility can be elevated to improve mine performance and nicely sequencing. Value tips (hereafter) have been revised to include these mining operations

Sales within the first half have been 154.6 million tonnes (Rio Tinto's 129.6 million tons), which was 8 % lower than within the first half of last yr. Cyclone Injury to Port Amenities

About 16 % of the first half of 2019 sales have been priced as regards to the previous quarter's average index, which was one month. The remaining was bought either in the present quarter's common, in the current month's common, or in the spot market.

Roughly 33 % of the first-half sales have been made free (FOB) and the remaining was bought with freight.

Achieved Common Pricing Throughout First Half. 2019 was $ 78.5 wet per metric ton per fob (first half of 2018: $ 57.9 wet per metric ton), equal to $ 85.3 per metric ton. Pilbara Blend's gross sales in the second quarter included 2.4 million tonnes of further products, resulting in complete gross sales of Three.9 million tonnes in the first half of 2019.

Pilbara Tasks

The iron ore mine of the coder is proceeding with a plan that features scheduled planning, procurement and development actions, together with the ramp-up of the majority business and the graduation of railway development. The primary Codeer ore is predicted to be in late 2021, based on earlier instructions.

The Robe River Joint Enterprise, which maintains manufacturing tasks (West Angelas C&D and Mesa B, C and H in the Gown Valley), is progressing by way of the required environmental and cultural heritage challenge. Mesa H environmental approvals have been considerably delayed and contingency plans can be evaluated if crucial. In accordance with previous instructions, the primary ore of these tasks is predicted in 2021.

2019 Tips

As reported on June 19, 2019, Rio Tinto's Pilbara shipments are anticipated to be 320-330 million tonnes in 2019, 100 %. (beforehand 333 to 333 million tonnes). Steerage is maintained within the climate. Main railway maintenance is scheduled to take place in October and will appear within the current guide

Rio Tinton Pilbara's unit value tips for 2019 have been revised to $ 14 – $ 15 per ton (previously $ 13-14 per ton), which includes the price of additional waste cargo in the second half of the mine and the overall decline in transport.


Rio Tinton's share of production (& # 39; 000 tonnes)

Q2 2019 vs. Q2 2018 vs. Q1 2019 H1 2019 vs. H1 2018 vs. ] Rio Tinto-Aluminum Bauxite 13.407 + 1% + 5% + 17% + 17% + 19659009] transmissions of bauxite, the third-party 9.477 + 8% + 7% 18.318 + Eight% [19659007] Aluminum 1,878 1,878 [19659003] -6% 6% Three,886 -3% Aluminum 803 0% + 1% 1.599 zero%



Production of 13.four million tonnes was 1% greater than in the corresponding interval of 2018. Production of managed operations elevated by 2% and Amu's progress continued despite the consequences of the weather within the first quarter. This was partly offset by the production of Brazilian uncontrolled Porto Trombetas (MRN) JV. CBG's enlargement undertaking, an unmanaged three way partnership in Guinea, experienced a slower-than-expected improve, but has now reached goal levels

9.5 million tonnes of bauxite have been shipped to third parties in the second quarter


Aluminum manufacturing within the second quarter of 2019 was 6 % lower than in the corresponding interval of 2018, mainly resulting from giant maintenance activities at unmanaged QAL and decrease ranges. bauxite provide from MRN, which impacts manufacturing in Vaudreuil


Aluminum production 0.8 million tonnes in the second quarter was according to the corresponding period in 2018. Aluminum production in the first half was 1% larger than in the identical interval in 2018, reflecting continuous enchancment in productiveness.

2. July 2019 Becancour smelter management and commerce unions agree on a new workforce that may result in the relaunch of manufacturing on the end of July, full rush is predicted by mid-2020

Common realized aluminum prices within the first half of 2019 have been $ 2,174 per ton (2018: $ 2,547 per ton). . Included are value-added product (VAP) commissions, which represented 54 % of the first metallic bought within the first half of 2018 (H1 2018: 58%) and generated engaging product rewards, averaging $ 242 per tonne of VAP bought (H1 2018: $ 222 per ton). market premiums. The Mid-West premium was paid from $ 396 / ton in 2018 to $ 420 / ton in the first half of 2019. 10% obligation on imports of aluminum into the USA beneath Article 232, which was efficient for imports from Canada. was paid until tariffs have been lifted on 19 Might 2019.

Aluminum value inflation had a while to mitigate certain raw supplies, especially Kaustinen soda and oil coke, compared to 2018, although pricing had a delayed impact. mechanism. Nevertheless, this was partly offset by inflationary pressures on other prices


The Ketano British Columbia hydroelectric plant has reached a total of 828 meters of tunnel drilling gear, which has been mined by 30 June 2019. The present development is slightly not on time, but value estimates remain on the finances

2019 tips

2019 steerage has not modified. Rio Tinto's anticipated share of bauxite manufacturing in 2019 is 56-59 million tonnes. Aluminum manufacturing tips vary from Three.2 to three.four million tonnes and alumina manufacturing control is Eight.1 to eight.four million tonnes


Rio Tinton's share of manufacturing (000 tonnes)

Q2 2019 Q2 2019 Q2 2019 Q2 2019 ] vs. Q2 2018 vs. Q1 2019 H1 2019 vs. H1 2018
Dug Copper
Rio Tinto Kennecott
41.1 -20% -22% 93 , 7 + Eight%
to Escondida 82.9 -10% + 9% 158.9 -13%
Oyu Tolgoi 13.1 -1% -15% 28.5 + 9%
] 19659003]
Purified Copper
Rio Tinto Kennecott 63.3 + 55% + 114% + 114% 92.Eight ] + 22%
to Escondida 19.zero -9% + 2% Three,7,7 Three,7,7 ] 10%
[19659003] [1 9659003] 19659009] Argyle 3292 -5% + 18% 6079 -13%
Diavik 1188 + Three% + 18% + 18 % [19659003] 2,198 -1%

Rio Tinto Kennecott

Quarryed copper manufacturing in the second quarter was 20 % decrease than within the corresponding period in 2018. The sub-jar, which was consistent with the decrease degree of mining, was partially compensated

Refined copper manufacturing was 55% larger than within the second quarter of 2018, reflecting a robust melting property and improved mining proportion. Production was significantly larger than within the earlier quarter, when anode furnace was closed for deliberate maintenance.

Rio Tinto Kennecott continue to pay and to buy a third-party to concentrate on optimizing the melter use: 31,800 tons of focus handled for processing in the second quarter of 2019 in comparison with 31.Three thousand tonnes in the second quarter of 2018.

Molybdenum grades have been greater in the second quarter and seal production was more than two and a half occasions greater than in the corresponding quarter of 2018.


Mineral copper production in Escondida in the second quarter of 2019 was 10% lower than in the corresponding period in 2018, primarily because of concentrates feeding copper grades

Oyu Tolgoi

The mine production from open pit mines within the second quarter of 2019 was 1% decrease than within the second quarter of 2019 in the same interval in 2018 and 15% lower than in the earlier quarter because of the transfer of ore sources to lower-level areas of the mine as deliberate

Oyu Tolgoi Underg spherical Undertaking

Rio Tinto revealed a separate announcement on 16 July 2019 on the replace of the Oyu Tolgoi sub-project

Momentary pricing

The Group had an estimated GBP 287 million in copper gross sales on June 30, 2019. which have been briefly 275 cents per kilogram. The final worth of these gross sales can be decided within the second half of 2019. The comparability was 240 million kilos of open shipment on December 31, 2018, which was briefly 277 cents per kilogram.

Decision Copper

15. April 2019 Rio Tinto announced its dedication to the extra value of $ 302 million ($ 166 million Rio Tinto) to promote the Copper venture in Arizona. The investment funds additional drilling, ore testing, infrastructure enhancements, and allow activities, as Rio Tinto aims to promote the venture to the ultimate stage of the challenge's licensing part


Argyle's carat manufacturing in the second quarter of 2019 was 5% decrease than in the corresponding interval in 2018 because of a decrease recovery price, Compensated by partially robust mining volumes

In Diavik, carats recovered within the second quarter by 3% larger than within the second quarter of 2018. barely greater quality grades and ore remedy

2019 directions

2019 instructions have not changed. Rio Tinto's share of mining copper production in 2019 is estimated at 550 to 600 thousand tonnes. The manufacturing of refined copper is estimated to be 220–250 thousand tonnes

The diamond production control for 2019 is 15–17 million carats.


Rio Tinton's share of manufacturing

Q2 2019 vs. Q2 2018 vs. Q1 2019 H1 2019 vs. H1 2018 Iron ore pellets and seal (million tons) IOC 2.5 + 191% + 2% + 2% + 2% 55% Minerals (& # 39; 000 tonnes) 138 + four% + 20% 253 -1% titanium dioxide slag 303 + 31% + 31% + 2% [19659003] 599 + 14% [19659003 ] Australian Power Assets 620 + 3% 22% [1965] 9003] 1,413 03] + 11% Rössing 1.142 + 23% + 43% 1.944 + 9%

Canadian Iron Ore Firm (IOC)

Another fourth-quarter production obtainable for manufacturing was significantly larger than the corresponding interval in 2018, which was affected by labor and a couple of% greater than within the previous quarter. Though manufacturing within the first quarter was 55% greater than within the corresponding period in 2018, manufacturing within the first quarter was affected by unfavorable weather circumstances and the June flood occasion.

Iron and Titanium

The manufacturing of titanium dioxide uncooked materials within the second quarter was 31 % greater than within the corresponding interval in 2018, reflecting higher operational performance.

Rio Tinto Fer et Titanen (RTFT) is presently in use in eight of the nine furnaces, and four of the 4 furnaces presently operate at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM). The rebuilding of the fourth furnace in the current state of RBM began in July, when the furnace was anticipated to be operational by the top of 2019. The choice to launch the remaining empty oven at RTFT is predicated on maximizing quantity [19659059] On April 8, 2019, Rio Tinto introduced its acceptance of the Zulti South challenge for a hoop mechanism in South Africa for $ 463 million (Rio Tinton's $ 343 million). The primary production is scheduled for late 2021.


Australian power assets continue to deal with present stocks. Manufacturing within the second quarter was 3% larger than in the corresponding period in 2018, and higher quality and recoveries partly compensated for decrease production capacity

Second quarter manufacturing in Rössing's uranium was 23% larger than in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

On 26 November 2018, Rio Tinto announced a binding agreement with the Chinese language National Uranium Corporation to sell its 68.62 % stake in Rössing's uranium. The Namibian Competition Committee has now acquired approval and the ultimate completion befell in July

2019 tips

ROK's steerage on Rio Tinto's anticipated share of 2019 iron ore pellets and seal manufacturing can be revised to € 10.7–11.Three million. tons (previously 11.3–12.3 million tonnes) on account of antagonistic weather circumstances in the first quarter and the danger of flooding in June

The manufacturing management of titanium dioxide slag has not modified between 1.2 and 1.four million tonnes and the corresponding manufacturing instruction for boron oxide


Expenditure on research and analysis, earlier than taxes and prepayment, acknowledged in the revenue statement within the first half of 2019 was $ 287 million, in contrast with $ 232 million. in the first half of 2018. About 51% of these costs have been as a consequence of central search, 38% to Copper & Diamonds, 7% to Power & Minerals and the remaining to iron ore and aluminum.

Key Discovery Objects Not Considerably Released In Second Quarter

Research Subjects

Rio Tinto has a robust portfolio of tasks in eight nations in eight commodities. Most of this quarter's exploration expenditures targeted on copper targets in Australia, Canada, Chile, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Serbia, america, Zambia, and diamond tasks in Canada. Mining flight analysis continued at several Rio Tinto corporations, comparable to Pilbara Iron in Australia, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, Weipa in Australia, Diavik in Canada, and Bingham, Resolution and Boron in america.

The challenge carried out by Winu in Western Australia additional demonstrates that the relatively extensive intersection of vascular copper mineralization is related to gold and silver beneath a relatively low deck ranging from 50 to 100 meters. Mineralization stays open at depths and east, north and south. The inverse rotation (RC) and diamond drilling will continue, and the RC drilling will primarily concentrate on the definition of the dimensions and tenor of the supergen zone, and the diamond drilling will continue to test the scope of the deposit. Drilling is underway for drilling eight diamond drilling rigs and three RC drilling rigs in Winu

The quarterly activity is as follows:

Classes Part Advanced Analysis Tasks Greenfield / Brownfield
Packages Aluminum [19659003] Cape York, Australia Amargosa, BrazilSanxai, Laos Cape York, Australia Copper and Diamonds Copper / Molybdenum: Decision, US : Winu, Australia, La Granja, PeruNickel: Tamarack, USDiamonds: FalCon, Canada Copper Greenfield: Australia, Chile, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Serbia, United States, ZambiaCopper Brownfield: Bingham, Resolution, US Oyu Tolgoi, MongoliaNickel Greenfield : Canada, Finland, UgandaDiamonds Greenfield: CanadaDiamonds Brownfield: Diavik, Canada Power and Minerals Lithium Borates: Jadar, SerbiaPotash: KP405, CanadaSand Miner alder sand: Mutamba, Mozambique Uraniu m: Roughrider, Canada Heavy Mineral Sand: TanzaniaIndustrial Minerals: Serbia Iron Ore Pilbara, Australia Pilbara, Australia Pilbara, Australia

might embrace "forward-looking statements" inside the which means of the 1995 US Personal Securities Settlement Act. Any statement aside from the historical information contained in this notice, including, with out limitation, those referring to Rio Tinto's manufacturing forecast or steerage, the monetary position of future management, enterprise technique, plans and objectives (together with improvement plans and targets for Rio Tinto merchandise and reserve and resource positions) are statements concerning the future. The phrases "intend", "goal", "project", "anticipate", "estimate", "plan", "believe", "wait", "can", "should", "want", "goal", 19659064] Such forward-looking statements embrace recognized and unknown risks, uncertainties, and different elements which will end in precise production, efficiency, or performance of the Rio Tinton which are materially totally different from the longer term production, performance, or results of such forward-looking statements or implications. Such forward-looking statements could also be affected by danger elements as defined in the newest annual report of Rio Tinton and by the accounts of Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as the newest annual report on Type 20-F submitted to the US Securities and Markets Authority ("SEC") or Type 6-Ks. delivered to or sent to the SEC. Future statements should subsequently be interpreted within the mild of such danger elements, and unnecessary dependence should not be used for forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements will only converse concerning the date of this announcement. Rio Tinto expressly disclaims all obligations or commitments (apart from the relevant regulation, the UK Itemizing Rules, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the Australian Stock Change Listing Guidelines) disclosing any updates or modifications. a forward-looking assertion that would include any modifications to Rio Tinton's expectations in relation to them or modifications in occasions, circumstances, or circumstances underpinning such an opinion.

Nothing in this disclosure must be interpreted as which means that the revenue per revenue of Rio Tinto Company or Rio Tinto Restricted is essentially the identical as its historic earnings per share.

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