Summary Box: Glencore, Xstrata In $90B Merger

Published February 7, 2012 4:09PM (EST)

MOTHER LODE: Anglo-Swiss mining group Xstrata PLC announced plans Tuesday to merge with commodities trading giant Glencore International PLC in a deal that will create the world's fourth largest natural resources group.

COMBINED CONTROL: The combined company, to be called Glencore Xstrata, with a market value of $90 billion, will control a chain of businesses from mining to refining, storage and shipping of basic commodities like coal, copper and corn.

KING COAL: The new group will be the world's largest producer of thermal coal, used to fire power plants, as well as a major force in mining and producing copper and other metals.

By Salon Staff

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