CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Listing preferred option for Anglo's South Africa platinum mines- CEO

viernes 24 de abril de 2015 06:37 GYT

(Corrects chairman's name, paras 8-9))

* 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

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.   Continuación...