Rio Tinto results for the year ended 31 December 2012

Rio Tinto results for the year ended 31 December 2012

Download pdf here

Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh said “Today I am setting out how we can build on our strengths and improve this great company. Under my leadership, Rio Tinto will have an unrelenting focus on pursuing greater value for shareholders. To do this we need to run the business as owners not managers and my immediate priority is to build more focus, discipline and accountability throughout the organisation. Demonstrating this commitment, we will deliver our capital reduction and cost savings targets and improve performance across our business.”

• Reinforcing capital allocation discipline

– Pursuing greater value for shareholders by investing capital only in assets that, after prudent assessment, offer attractive returns that are well above our cost of capital.
– Balancing the use of capital between returns to shareholders and capital expenditure, while aiming to maintain a strong balance sheet with a single A credit rating.

• Improving performance at existing businesses

– Targeting cumulative cash cost savings of more than $5 billion by the end of 2014, equivalent to an annual run rate of $3 billion by 2014, assuming stable market and operating conditions.
– Reducing capital expenditure on approved and sustaining projects to approximately $13 billion in 2013.
– Lowering exploration and evaluation spending by $750 million (pre-tax) in 2013 compared with 2012.

• Delivering approved growth projects with two significant milestones in 2013:

– Phase one Pilbara iron ore expansion to 290 Mt/a has been accelerated and is now scheduled for completion during the third quarter of 2013. Phase two expansion to 360 Mt/a to be operational by the first half of 2015.
– Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine now being commissioned with first commercial production scheduled by the end of June 2013. Discussions with the Government of Mongolia regarding the continuing implementation of the Investment Agreement are ongoing.

2012 financial results

2012 underlying financial results reflect record iron ore production and shipments and a second half recovery in copper volumes. This was in the context of lower average market prices in 2012 which reduced underlying earnings by $5.3 billion compared with 2011:
– Underlying earnings1 of $9.3 billion.
– Net loss of $3.0 billion after impairments of $14.4 billion, primarily relating to aluminium businesses as well as coal assets in Mozambique.
– 15 per cent increase in full year dividend to 167 cents per share.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

Contacts:

Media Relations, EMEA / Americas
Illtud Harri
Office: +44 (0) 20 7781 1152
Mobile: +44 (0) 7920 503 600

David Outhwaite
Office: +44 (0) 20 7781 1623
Mobile: +44 (0) 7787 597 493

Christina Mills
Office: +44 (0) 20 7781 1154
Mobile: +44 (0) 7825 275 605

Media Relations, Australia / Asia
David Luff
Office: +61 (0) 3 9283 3620
Mobile: +61 (0) 419 850 205

Bruce Tobin
Office: +61 (0) 3 9283 3612
Mobile: +61 (0) 419 103 454

Media Relations, Canada
Bryan Tucker
Office: +1 (0) 514 848 8151
Mobile: +1 (0) 514 825 8319

Investor Relations, London
Mark Shannon
Office: +44 (0) 20 7781 1178
Mobile: +44 (0) 7917 576 597

David Ovington
Office: +44 (0) 20 7781 2051
Mobile: +44 (0) 7920 010 978

Investor Relations, North America
Jason Combes
Office: +1 (0) 801 204 2919
Mobile: +1 (0) 801 558 2645

Investor Relations, Australia
Christopher Maitland
Office +61 (0) 3 9283 3063
Mobile +61 (0) 459 800 131

Further information:

If you have been forwarded this email, you may wish to signup for our media releases directly.

Website: www.riotinto.com