Vale considers selling stakes in coal, fertilizer businesses

Vale (VALE +1.7%) says it might sell stakes in its global fertilizer and coal businesses to strategic partners to lighten project costs but isn't targeting the segments for divestments as it still considers them part of its long-term core.

The two segments account for a small portion of Vale's revenue - a combined 7.9% in Q3 - and have weighed on cash flow.

Vale says it is considering selling a 15%-25% stake in its coal division, although it plans to invest ~$2.8B in the business next year.

Vale's efforts to become a major player in fertilizers took a hit this year when it suspended a $6B potash project in Argentina; it has just $52M set aside for investing in new fertilizer projects next year.

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  • PeakOiler
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    Not surprising that Brazil is in such trouble when flagship Brazilian corporations like Vale buy in-ground assets like potash and coal as if they weren't commodities that are subject to massive fluctuations. Vale looked like a genius company a few years back, buying whatever was going up, now they are having to bail just to stay solvent. Will they ever learn?
    5 Dec 2013, 01:01 PM Reply Like
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