Rio Tinto Reports 12% Decline in Annual Earnings

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Rio Tinto disclosed a 12% decrease in annual earnings on Wednesday, amounting to $11.8 billion for 2023, down from $13.4 billion the previous year.

The decline, attributed mostly to lower prices for aluminium and minerals, aligned with market forecasts, including the LSEG consensus estimate of $11.7 billion. Despite the earnings dip, Rio Tinto announced a better-than-expected final dividend, signaling receding inflation pressures.

As the world’s largest iron ore producer, Rio Tinto anticipates a rise in Pilbara production costs in 2024 due to persistent labor and parts inflation in Western Australia. However, Chief Financial Officer Peter Cunningham expressed optimism, noting a moderation in costs as the company enters 2024.

Despite cost pressures, Rio Tinto remains committed to its growth agenda, leveraging its financial strength to capitalize on strategic opportunities.

Source: Reuters

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