Companhia Vale Do Rio Doce

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Demerger Vote for BHP Billiton and South32 Is on May 6

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Demerger Vote for BHP Billiton and South32 Is on May 6

Highlights of the Potential BHP Billiton-South32 Demerger (Part 1 of 10)

Demerger vote on May 6

BHP Billiton’s (BHP) board recommended voting in favor of the South32 demerger. The shareholder approval vote on the demerger will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. If the demerger is approved, BHP Billiton shares will stop trading with an entitlement to South32 shares at the end of May 15, 2015.

South32 shares are expected to start trading on the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) on June 2, the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) on May 18, and the LSE (London Stock Exchange) on May 26, 2015.

Demerger rationale

BHP Billiton is planning to demerge its South32 entity. The company will hold assets that are non-core to BHP’s strategy. The demerger is expected to simplify BHP and unlock shareholder value. As a result, BHP will be able to focus on its core portfolio of petroleum, copper, iron ore, coal, and potash assets. These assets collectively contributed 96% of BHP’s EBIT (or earnings before interest and tax) in fiscal 2014.

BHP intends to streamline its organizational structure further and increase its utilization of global shared centers. In the long term, BHP expects this simplification to lead to additional productivity benefits and portfolio enhancements.

Series overview

In this series, we’ll discuss the demerger and the demerged entity in detail. We’ll also discuss the capital structure, South32’s businesses, and the advantages and disadvantages of the demerger.

BHP and other companies in the industry—including Rio Tinto (RIO) and Anglo American (AAUKY)—were on an expansion spree for a decade or so. However, for two years they have been in a cost-cutting and productivity-enhancing mode because of the depressed commodity price environment.

As part of returning higher value to the shareholders, these companies have been looking for prospective buyers for their non-core and lower quality assets. Iron ore players like Vale SA (VALE) and Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) are also on a cost-cutting spree.

Investors can consider ETFs, like the SPDR S&P Metals & Mining ETF (XME), to gain exposure to the metals and mining sector. Cliffs Natural Resourcse forms 3.7% of XME’s holdings.

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Vale do Rio is a copper producing company based in .

Vale do Rio produces copper, aluminum, bauxite, iron, manganese, nickel and silica in Brazil, develops coal and copper in Australia and in Brazil, and holds various exploration projects in Brazil and in Peru.

Its main assets in production are ALUNORTE, URUCUM MINE, MILTONIA 3, MORRO DA MINA, CAPAO XAVIER, TAQUARI - VASSOURAS, SOSSEGO MINE, CARAJAS, SAMARCO, ANDRADE, CONCEIÇÃO, MINAS DO MIEO, AGUA LIMPIA / CURURU, GONGO SOCO, MRN (BAUXITE MINING), SERRA LESTE, MILTONIA 5, SERRA NORTE - N4W, SERRA NORTE - N4E, SERRA NORTE - N5-W, SERRA NORTE - N5E, SERRA NORTE - N5E-N, SERRA NORTE - N5S, SEGREDO/JOAO PEREIRA, PICO/SAPECADO/GALINHEIRO, VARGEM GRANDE COMPLEX TAMANDUA, CAPITAO DO MATO, ABOBORAS, PARAOPEBA COMPLEX JANGADA, BRUCUTU, BAU, FABRICA NOVA, FAZENDAO, TIMBOPEDA and CORREGO DO FEIJAO in Brazil, its main assets in development are BELVEDERE in Australia and SALOBO PROJECT in Brazil and its main exploration properties are SALOBO, VERMELHO, MAR AZUL MINE, ONÇA PUMA and PROJECT 118 in Brazil and CORDILLERA DE LAS MINAS in Peru.

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