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Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) operates the Grasberg mine in Indonesia (EIDO) with Rio Tinto (RIO) (TRQ) as a minority partner. While the mine is a crown jewel in Freeport’s portfolio due to its vast size and attractive unit cash costs, its operations have been surrounded by uncertainties. Let’s discuss these uncertainties in perspective.
As we noted in the previous part of this series, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) expects its unit cash costs to fall in 2018, largely due to lower production costs at its Grasberg mine (RIO)(TRQ). Freeport expects a byproduct credit of $2.56 per pound at its Grasberg mine this year, bringing down the mine’s unit cash costs after byproduct credits to -$0.57 per pound. To put this figure in context, consider that the company’s unit cash costs after byproduct credits are expected to average $1.67 per pound in North America and $1.63 per pound in South America.
As we noted previously, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) has reinstated its dividend, which was suspended in 2015. In this article, we’ll see what could be Freeport’s management’s next priority after dividend reinstatement. During the 4Q17 earnings call, Richard Adkerson, Freeport’s CEO, said that that he has two personal milestones: “One is when Freeport starts paying dividends again and two is when I can take a group of analysts and shareholders back out to Grasberg to see the place.” While dividend reinstatement was more of a policy decision, Grasberg represents a more complex problem for Freeport.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) operates the giant Grasberg mine in Indonesia. Rio Tinto (RIO) (TRQ) is Freeport’s minority partner in the mine (GLEN-L). The operations have been surrounded by controversies in the last few years.
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