Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rio leads in Riversdale takeover race


Rio Tinto improved its odds of winning an Australian coal company after Tata Steel of India, the target company’s largest shareholder, signalled it backed the deal.

Rio’s A$3.9bn (£2.4bn) agreed takeover of Riversdale Mining – which is developing coal deposits in Mozambique – still faces possible disruption from a consortium of five Indian mining and steel companies. Tata, one of the world’s largest steel companies, was seen as the most likely potential counterbidder. It owns 24 per cent of Riversdale’s shares.


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