‘Unlocks hidden value’: Rio Tinto share price slides despite $525 million payday

a mine worker holds his phone in one hand and a tablet in the other as he stands in front of heavy machinery at a mine site.a mine worker holds his phone in one hand and a tablet in the other as he stands in front of heavy machinery at a mine site.

The Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) share price is in the red today.

The mining giant’s share price is currently trading at $96.04, a 1.29% fall. For perspective, the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index (ASX: XMJ) is down 1.29% today.

Rio Tinto is not the only ASX mining giant falling today. BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) shares are also down 1.43%, while Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) shares are 1.84% in the red.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening at Rio Tinto.

Rio completes royalty sale

Rio Tinto has finalised the sale of the Cortez Royalty in Nevada for $525 million in cash to RG Royalties LLC. RG Royalties is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Gold Inc (NASDAQ: RGLD).

This is a 1.2% production royalty on the Cortez gold mine, operated by Nevada Gold Mines and the Formile project.

Nevada Gold Mines is a joint venture between Barrick Gold Corp (NYSE: GOLD) and Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM), while the Formile project is 100% owned by Barrick Gold.

Commenting on the news, Rio Tinto chief financial officer Peter Cunningham said:

This transaction unlocks hidden value from our portfolio and releases cash immediately.

Rio Tinto had held the royalty as part of the sale of its 40% interest in the Cortez Gold Complex to Barrick Gold in 2008.

Last week, Rio Tinto reported revenue had fallen 10% to US$29,775 million in its half year results. Underlying EBITDA fell 26% for the six months ended 30 June. Rio declared a dividend of 276 US cents per share, lower than expectations.

Rio Tinto share price snapshot

The Rio Tinto share price has fallen nearly 28% in the past year, while it has shed more than 4$ year to date.

For perspective, the S&P/ASX 200 Materials Index has fallen nearly 16% in the last year.

Rio Tinto has a market capitalisation of nearly $36 billion based on the current share price

The post ‘Unlocks hidden value’: Rio Tinto share price slides despite $525 million payday appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

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