UPDATE 2-Listing preferred option for Anglo's South Africa platinum mines- CEO
* Says still in talks with some parties on platinum sale
* Minas Rio iron project a drag on shares-chairman
* Minas Rio currently breaking even after capital-CEO (Adds CEO, chairman comments)
By Silvia Antonioli
LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Anglo American favours a listing of some South African platinum mines as the most likely route to divesting those assets, the mining group's chief executive said on Friday.
Platinum has been a problem for London and Johannesburg-listed Anglo American for some time, due to recurrent strikes and stubbornly weak prices.
Anglo American Platinum has said that it would divest several assets, including some in Rustenburg, which was at the centre of a five-month strike last year. This is part of a plan to switch to more mechanised mining.
"We are still in negotiations with some parties regarding a potential trade sale but from our point of view, at this stage, the preferred option is an IPO," chief executive Mark Cutifani said at the company's annual general meeting, referring to a stock market listing.
Anglo's sale price expectations are struggling to meet the offers from the potential buyers, according to sources familiar with the process. Continuación...