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Fwd: [alpha] INSIGHT - INDONESIA - Freeport - CN65

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 3373596
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
Response from source CN65: disagree. I don't know what the figures are
for this mine, but if that is what they have forward sold, then it equates
to only 12.5 days production. This means they are unlikely be under much


From: "Alfredo Viegas"
To: "Benjamin Preisler"
Cc: "Melissa Taylor"
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 7:15:35 AM
Subject: Re: [alpha] INSIGHT - INDONESIA - Freeport - CN65

As of June reporting - Freeport had 55 million pounds of copper sold
forward, most of which was due for delivery by end August. Uncertain if
they would roll these contracts, but maybe they did, but that is only
about $200mn impact. Meanwhile back in July the Indonesia workers went
on strike for 8 days and this cost Freeport 35 million pounds of lost
copper production and 60,000 oz of lost gold. Hence, I think we can
see that if this strike goes on for a long while it can quickly add up
in terms of lost production


From: "Benjamin Preisler"
To: "Alpha List"
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 7:45:27 AM
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT - INDONESIA - Freeport - CN65

**I have another new Indo source I want to test out on this issue and I
can also go back to this source. What are some specifics we're looking
at? This source is sending in an interesting question, not really
insight. We need to see if we can find out more.

ATTRIBUTION: Australian contact connected with the government and
natural resources
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Former Australian Senator
ITEM CREDIBILITY: Not really insight but direction
DISTRO: Alpha + Invest

Dear Jen,
In case you haven't heard:

Freeport Weighs Grasberg Strike Impact on Output, Shipments
Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is
assessing the
impact on production and deliveries at its Grasberg copper and gold
mine in
Indonesia after the union said 70 percent of workers started a
one-month strike
last night. About 8,000 employees at Grasberg, excluding workers from
contractors, joined the strike that started at midnight to demand wage
Juli Parorrongan, a labor union spokesman, said today. Freeport miners
are also
striking in Peru. We are disappointed that union workers decided to
implement an
illegal work stoppage, said Ramdani Sirait, a PT Freeport Indonesia
in a statement. The company has negotiated in a diligent good-faith
manner with
union representatives to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement.
Grasberg has
the worlds largest recoverable reserves of copper and the biggest
single gold
reserve, according to the Freeport website. Workers in Peru, Chile,
Bolivia and
Indonesia have gone on strike at copper, gold and zinc mines this
year, seeking
improved conditions and a bigger slice of record profits after metal
prices more
than doubled since the end of 2008. Copper for three-month delivery
advanced as
much as 1.1 percent to $8,727 a metric ton on the London Metal
Exchange today and
traded at $8,647.75 a ton. Strikes at Grasberg in Papua province 1,940
(3,120 kilometers) east of Jakarta, and in Peru may widen a global
shortage of
copper estimated at 670,000 metric tons this year by Barclays Capital
and boost
prices of the metal.

The issue on this is how much of Freeport's production is forward sold?
If they have not forward sold much, then there is not a huge amount of
pressure, since prices will rise, and so marginal profits will increase,
marginally offsetting losses on fixed capital. if they have forward
sold their production, then there will be greater issues, and the
company will be under more pressure, unless the contracts have a force
majeure clause covering strikes.


Benjamin Preisler
+216 22 73 23 19