Thursday, March 27, 2014

Troubled Russian Aluminum Giant Stops LME Warehousing Rule Changes

Rusal is trying to restructure $10 bil. in debt. The LME rule changes would have been a serious hit to the world's largest producer's cash flow. ("tens of millions of pounds")
From Reuters:

Rusal legal win makes London Metal Exchange halt warehouse reform
The London Metal Exchange (LME) will not implement reforms to cut logjams in its global warehousing network as scheduled next month after it lost crucial elements of a legal case brought by Russian aluminium giant Rusal.

"The LME is disappointed with the outcome of the judicial review," the exchange said in a statement on Thursday. "The implementation of the rule will not take place on 1 April 2014."

The LME, the world's biggest marketplace for base metals, had planned to implement reforms designed to cut long queues to access metal from warehouses, but Rusal argued the measures would damage prices of its products.

United Company Rusal, the world's largest producer of aluminium, sought court permission last month for the review on grounds including human rights.

"We welcome this decision by the High Court and look forward to working closely with the LME, and indeed all key stakeholders," said Rusal's Chief Executive Oleg Deripaska.

A new consultation should "serve to increase the integrity of price discovery and transparency across the market", he added.

The LME, owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing , said it was taking legal advice on its options, including launching an appeal or a re-consultation on its reforms.

In court last month, the LME voiced "serious concerns" over its ability to maintain an orderly base metal market if forced to repeat the consultation....MORE