The world’s leading niobium supplier
In September 2011, CITIC Metal, teaming up with Baowu Group (formerly known as Baosteel Group), Ansteel Group, Shougang Group and TISCO, established the Hong Kong-based China Niobium Investment Holdings Limited, and ac- quired a 15% equity stake of Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM), the world’s largest producer of niobium. CITIC Metal held a 33.3% stake in the consortium. Since the investment, CBMM has consistently delivered stable performance and good earnings and maintained high dividend payout ratio.
Niobium is of strategic importance to the national economy and defense. As a country with low niobium reserves, un- desirable grade, many paragenic ores and difficulties to develop, China is currently 95% reliant on foreign sources of niobium and the single largest consumer of CBMM. The investment has guaranteed stable supply of niobium to China, creating synergy with the Company’s niobium product lines and enhancing strategic ties between the Company and the downstream clients.
Founded in 1955 in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Brazil, CBMM has been recognized as the world’s largest and leading niobium producer. With more than 70% of the world’s niobium reserves, CBMM operates the largest and highest-grade niobium mine with the longest mine life for over 100 years based on the current production plan and lowest cash cost. Over the years, CBMM has been maintaining over 75% share of global niobium supply.