Natural Resources Newsletter - 23 March 2015

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FORTESCUE'S SCRAP DEBT REFINANCING PLANS DUE TO FALL IN GLOBAL COMMODITY PRICES

The Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG), the world's fourth-biggest exporter of iron ore, has been forced to scrap a bid to borrow US$2.5 billion (AUS$3.2 billion) as part of a plan to refinance part of its existing debt. FMG's shares fell 5.3% to AUS$1.865 in Sydney on 18 March 2015, the lowest close since January 2009, after it announced that the sale had been postponed, citing volatile US credit markets and a failure to achieve the terms it wanted. According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Nev Power, "Debt capital markets were not favourable at this time and as a result we think it is a disciplined and prudent decision to defer the voluntary refinancing at this stage."