Rio Tinto Plc.

Rio Tinto is a multinational mining and resources company with headquarters in both London and Melbourne. It is a dual-listed company which trades on the London Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.

It was founded in 1873 when a group of investors purchased a large mining operation on the Rio Tinto river in Huelva in Spain. Rio Tinto translates to “red river” which is an indication of rich iron deposits as well as other minerals.

Since this purchase Rio Tinto has expanded through a series of mergers and takeovers to dominated world commodity markets. Its main commidities are aluminium, iron ore, copper, uranium, coal, and diamonds.

During the 1880’s the Rothschild Family took control of Rio Tinto. They still work in partnership with Rio Tinto management to run the operation.

The Alcan $38.1 billion Takeover

In 2007 Rio Tinto took over Alcan (Aluminium Canada) and has been burded with debt as a result.

BHP Billiton Takever Offer

Also in 2007 BHP Billiton made a hostile takeover offer for Rio Tinto which was blocked by the board of directors. Following this China’s Chinalco (Aluminum Corporation of China) and America’s Alcoa purchased a 12% stake in Rio Tinto which prevented any opportunity for BHP to make another hostile bid (they could not purchase enough shares to take a controlling stake).

Chinalco Investments

Since this event Chinalco has made further investments into Rio Tinto, adding to its 9% stake purchased to block BHP Billiton. Amongst other investments, in March 2010 Chinalco made a $1.3 billion investment in Rio Tinto’s Simandou iron ore project. Rio Tinto has kept a controlling 50.35% ownership at Simandou.

Company Information

  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Head office
  • 2 Eastbourne Terrace
  • London
  • W2 6LG
  • UK
  • T: +44 20 7781 2000
  • F: +44 20 7781 1800


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Rio Tinto Dividend Payments

Rio Tinto issues dividends twice a year. They operate a share dividend reinvestment plan. Historic dividend payments are published on their

“Rio Tinto has a progressive dividend policy – in other words, we aim to increase the value of dividends that you receive, year-on-year.”


  3 comments for “Rio Tinto Plc.

  1. SHP
    July 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

    (Reuters) – Miner Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) is pressing ahead with plans to boost iron ore production by at least 10 percent as it counts on rising sales to steel mills in China, even as its economy slows.

    Full story:

  2. SHP
    May 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Goldman Sachs today said that now is the time to buy commodities. This has boosted mining and commodity stocks.

  3. SHP
    May 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Rio Tinto Jersey Holdings 2010, which is owned in full by Rio Tinto, is making a takeover bid for Riversdale Mining. The offer closes on 3rd June 2011.

    Rio Tinto currently owns 73.39% of Riversdale Mining, based on the current confirmed shareholder acceptances.

    Rio Tinto already has a majority interest in Riversdale Mining Limited (Riversdale),
    taking control of significant tier one coking coal projects.

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