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Rio's Argyle diamond mine in the Kimberley.

Rio Tinto’s diamond float moves to lift-off

Western Australia’s big Argyle diamond mine appears destined to shine as a key part of a new company being packaged by mining giant Rio Tinto for listing on the London stock exchange.

Other mines and exploration assets in Rio Tinto’s worldwide diamond portfolio will also be tipped into a float which industry sources say will emerge as a multi-billion dollar specialist diamond business.

Finding a way out of diamonds, which sit oddly alongside Rio Tinto’s speciality of bulk and base metal commodities such as iron ore, coal, copper and aluminium, has been on the company’s agenda since late last year.

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Total Shareholder Return as at 31/10/16

1 year TSR5 year TSR
296thBHP Billiton38%-1%
419thRio Tinto12%-1%
495thNational Australia Bank-0%12%
521stCommonwealth Bank-7%14%
576thWoolworths-19%-1%
773 WA (and selected non WA) listed companies ranked by 1 year TSR relative to other companies with similar revenue
Source: Morningstar

Share Transactions

13/12/13
$0 Bought
13/12/13
$90k Sold
03/05/13
$1k Bought
Total value as at the date of the transaction
Source: Morningstar

Revenue

1st↑Woolworths$61,149.4m
2nd-Rio Tinto$49,225.3m
3rd↓BHP Billiton$42,224.6m
4th-National Australia Bank$27,213.0m
5th-Commonwealth Bank$27,005.0m
77 listed non wa companies ranked by revenue.
Source: Morningstar

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