Rio Tinto has agreed to sell its 57.7 per cent stake in Palabora Mining Company for 373m dollars.
The purchaser is a consortium comprising South African and Chinese entities led by the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited and Hebei Iron & Steel Group, who are committed to the ongoing sustainable management of Palabora.
The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals in South Africa and China which are expected to take four to six months.
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Guy Elliott, Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto, said: "Palabora is a good business but is no longer a natural fit within Rio Tinto's portfolio. Selling our stake reflects Rio Tinto's policy of continually reviewing our portfolio to generate best value for shareholders.
"I expect Palabora to continue prospering under its new ownership. During the transition we will continue to run the operations efficiently and safely."
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