Carl Icahn Files 13D on Freeport McMoRan (FCX) ~ market folly

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Carl Icahn Files 13D on Freeport McMoRan (FCX)

Activist investor Carl Icahn has filed an amended 13D with the SEC regarding his stake in Freeport McMoRan (FCX). The filing's main purpose was to send a statement from Icahn:

"This is a classic example of activists working constructively with an existing Board and management.  Since the Company announced the "Review of Strategic Alternatives" for its Oil & Gas business in October 2015 (not coincidentally the date of our arrival on the Board), the analyst community has heavily doubted the Company's ability to execute asset sales in this environment (particularly the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets along with all liabilities and potential future bonding obligations).  Yesterday's announcement demonstrates the Company is making good on its stated goal of deleveraging and is on track to cut its net debt by half, from year end 2015 through the end of next year, at current copper prices.  I applaud management and the whole Board of Directors for all steps taken in this regard.     

In light of the Company's recent initiatives, and as a large shareholder with two representatives on the Board of Directors, I completely endorse CEO Richard Adkerson's recent comments that Freeport is "…open for all strategic moves, whether that means selling assets, [or] selling the company" to create value for all shareholders."

For more on this investor, we just highlighted Icahn's talk at the Delivering Alpha conference yesterday.

Per Google Finance, Freeport McMoRan is "a natural resource company with a portfolio of mineral assets, and oil and natural gas resources. The Company's segments include the Morenci, Cerro Verde, Grasberg and Tenke Fungurume copper mines, the Rod & Refining operations and the U.S. Oil & Gas Operations. It has organized its operations into five primary divisions: North America copper mines, South America mining, Indonesia mining, Africa mining and Molybdenum mines. Its portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, mining operations in North and South America, the Tenke Fungurume (Tenke) minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Africa, and oil and natural gas assets in the United States. Its Atlantic Copper smelts and refines copper concentrates, and markets refined copper and precious metals in slimes. It has a smelter at its Miami, Arizona, mining operation, and molybdenum conversion facilities in the United States and Europe."

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