Rio Tinto hit with record FCA fine and U.S. fraud charges

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Riversdale has predicted that the Benga project will produce some of the lowest-cost coking coal in the world.

The SEC said that as RTCM began to suffer a series of setbacks with a concomitant decline in the value of the assets.

The miner had raised $5.5bn from the United States investors by making misleading claims, the SEC said. After a second reduction, Rio Tinto sold the Mozambique subsidiary for $50 million, billions of dollars below the acquisition price.

"The UK listing regime requires listed companies to adhere to high standards of disclosure and transparency".

In addition, before the end of 2011, the company discovered the Government of Mozambique would reject its application to barge on the Zambezi. "They tried to save their own careers at the expense of investors by hiding the truth", said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC's Enforcement Division.

Albanese served as CEO between 2007 and 2013. 2014 - Albanese named chief executive of Indian mining company Vedanta Resources Plc, where he serves until September 2017. J P Morgan Chase & Co set a GBX 4,000 ($53.15) target price on shares of Rio Tinto plc and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd.

As a result of the charges, Mr Elliott stood down from his role as a non-executive director at oil group Royal Dutch Shell.

"We sincerely hope he satisfactorily resolves those proceedings and, that in that event, he would like to be considered for rejoining the board", said Charles Holliday, Shell's chairman.

Rio pledged to fight the charges, saying it "believes that the SEC case is unwarranted and that, when all the facts are considered by the court, or if necessary by a jury, the SEC's claims will be rejected". In a filing with a district court in NY, the SEC accused the company and the two former senior executives of fraud.

America's financial regulator, the Securities and and Exchange Commission, filed a complaint in federal court in Manhattan.

The impairment was later reflected in Rio Tinto's 2012 year-end accounts published in January 2013, which knocked 80% off the initial value of the investment. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Rio Tinto PLC from a "hold" rating to a "strong-buy" rating and set a $56.00 price target for the company in a research note on Saturday, October 7th. 2011 - Rio Tinto's chief executive for energy Doug Ritchie describes the Mozambique operations as the "greatest undeveloped seaborne coking coal region in the world".

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said it was the highest fine it had issued to date for a breach of rules under which listed firms operate.

Despite the modelling results, Rio Tinto decided that it would not carry out an impairment test, as required by global accounting standards, to assess whether an impairment was required to be recorded in its financial reporting of its 2012 half year interim results.

Rio Tinto avoided the full GBP39.1 million fine from the FCA by agreeing to settle early in its investigations, undertaken in collaboration with the SEC and Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Rio Tinto plc is a mining and metals company.

"Rio Tinto should have been aware of its obligation to carry out the impairment test and the resulting material impairment should have been reported to the market at its half year results in 2012", FCA Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight Mark Steward said.

Instead, they concealed the adverse developments, allowing Rio Tinto to release misleading financial statements days before a series of USA debt offerings. "The case is now closed".

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