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Saturday, October 8, 2011

$100 million for expansion into Kalimantan mining: AKR

Sat, 08October, 2011

The Jakarta Globe, one of the leading English news paper in Indonesia reported that, AKR Corporindo, a fuel and chemical distributor, has set aside $100 million to finance its expansion plans, including a push to acquire a coal-mining plant in Kalimantan, a top executive said.

The company’s president director, Haryanto Adikusumo, said on Wednesday that AKR would also spend some of the funds that it raised from a sale in a plantation company to build roads and coal terminals in Kalimantan.

“This diversification aims to meet growing demand in Indonesia, India and China,’’ Haryanto said.

Jakarta-based AKR is also building a coal terminal at Kalimantan’s Timbau Bay to ferry coal to overseas markets like China, the president director added.

AKR’s coal sales are forecast to increase to 1.2 million tons in 2012 from around 200,000 tons this year. AKR already has a coal-mining plant in the area that started commercial operations in the middle of this year.

Haryanto said that AKR targets revenue to increase to Rp 18 trillion ($2 billion) this year from Rp 12 trillion in 2010. Its first-half revenue rose 74 percent to Rp 9.06 trillion from a year earlier. In the same period, its net income more than doubled to Rp 266 billion from Rp 94 billion.

AKR’s coal expansion is in line with moves by other Indonesian companies, such as vehicle distributor Astra International, that have announced massive expansion plans.

The acquisition of coal mining companies is a frequent choice, to benefit from the rising price of coal in the global market. Astra, the largest automotive retailer in Indonesia, has allocated $1.5 billion for investment, which includes the purchase of a coal miner next year.

AKR raised Rp 2.2 trillion from the sale of its stake in Sorini Agro Asia to agribusiness giant Cargill this year. Sorini is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of sorbitol and operates seven manufacturing facilities that are located in East Java and Lampung.

Shares of AKR rose 6.45 percent to Rp 62,475 on the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Thursday. The shares have risen 43 percent this year.

sourced The Jakarta Globe, by Faisal Maliki Baskoro via coalspot

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