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TRQ

Turquoise Hill

$1.96

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, RIO

Rio Tinto

$49.54

0.34 (0.69%)

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Turquoise Hill provides underground development update

Turquoise Hill (TRQ) provided an update on underground development. Rio Tinto (RIO), in its role as manager of Oyu Tolgoi and underground construction contractor, has undertaken its second annual schedule and cost re-forecast for the project. According to this re-forecast, lateral development has progressed well, construction completion schedule remains on track for 2022 and the project is expected to be completed at the $5.3 billion budget estimate disclosed in the 2016 Oyu Tolgoi Feasibility Study and the 2016 Oyu Tolgoi Technical Report. Oyu Tolgoi has committed $2.1 billion to Mongolian vendors and contractors since the restart of project development. Additionally, several key facilities have been completed, including Shaft 5, various underground infrastructure and a new camp to house 5,500 workers. Despite significant progress in the development of the project, Rio Tinto has notified Turquoise Hill, based on preliminary results, of a delay to achievement of sustainable first production which is now expected to occur by the end of Q3'21 instead of Q1'21. This is a result of certain delays including, but not limited to, the completion of Shaft 2, which includes over four months of schedule contingency, and challenging ground conditions. First draw bell remains on track for mid-2020, partly due to a change in the draw bell sequencing strategy. Shaft 2 production capability is a key enabler of increased underground development as well as further construction of critical underground infrastructure, such as Primary Crusher One and the material handling systems, that support the start of production ramp-up. While the full effect of some critical path impacts, including the Shaft 2 delay, has been partly mitigated, the net effect is sustainable first production has been forecast by Rio Tinto to be delayed by up to nine months, and is now anticipated to occur in late Q3'21. Through the end of Q3'18, Oyu Tolgoi has maintained strong crew productivity and underground development. Until the completion of Shaft 2, Oyu Tolgoi is expected to experience similar, but not increased, development rates as seen in Q3'18. Turquoise Hill has commenced its own review, with the assistance of the Company's independent Qualified Person, of the cost and schedule re-forecast and its impact on the project's critical path as a result of the anticipated delay in sustainable first production. The Company will assess the impact of this delay including, among other things, to the Company's cash flows and liquidity during the affected period, any potential increase in funding requirements and the timing of such funding requirements, as well as investigate potential mitigation options relating to cash flow and longer-term project funding. Turquoise Hill will update the market at the conclusion of that process. Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill will also commence a definitive estimate review in Q4'18. The definitive estimate review is projected to conclude in early Q3'19 and will provide the next cost and schedule review of the project.

TRQ

Turquoise Hill

$1.96

-0.015 (-0.76%)

RIO

Rio Tinto

$49.54

0.34 (0.69%)

TRQ Turquoise Hill
$1.96

-0.015 (-0.76%)

RIO Rio Tinto
$49.54

0.34 (0.69%)

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Rio Tinto upgraded to Buy on undervalued free cash flow at Goldman Sachs
As previously reported, Goldman Sachs analyst Paul Young upgraded Rio Tinto to Buy from Neutral as he believes the company's capital discipline gives it sustainable high free cash flow. The company, which has reduced net debt faster than peers by cutting capital expenditures and costs earlier and selling non-core assets, should be awarded a superior multiple than most of its global peers due to its margin expansion and higher EPS growth, said Young, who raised his price target on Rio shares to A$90 from A$84.
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Rio Tinto upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Dominic O'Kane upgraded Rio Tinto (RIO) to Overweight while lowering his price target for the shares to 4,850p from 4,950p. The analyst finds the current valuation attractive with Rio trading at a 15% discount to BHP Billiton (BHP). Further, he believes China's fiscal loosening and infrastructure investment, as well as its anti-pollution steel capacity shut downs, will boost demand for high quality Australian iron ore.
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