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Vale’s coal business loses US$102 million in 2Q15

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World Coal,

Vale’s coal business made a loss of US$102 million in 2Q15, an improvement on the US$128 million loss in the previous quarter, the company said in its latest earnings report.

Lower costs, which hit the company to the tune of US$18 million, were offset by improved FOB costs at its Mozambique operations and good operational performance at Carborough Downs in Australia.

CAPEX on the company’s Moatize II project in Mozambique was US$172 million, bringing the project to 93% physical progress. Spending on the Nacala Logistics Corridor totaled US$206 million and brought the project to 89% completion.

Overall, quarterly earnings were US$2.12 billion – 38% higher that the previous quarter – as a result of lower costs and higher sales volumes in most business sectors. Net income was US$1.68 billion compared to a loss of US$3.12 in 1Q15.

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