Before October 2015, Government Requires Freeport to Divest 10.64 Percent of Its Shares
Date 14 November 2014
Government requires American mining company, PT Freeport Indonesia to complete divestment obligation of its foreign shares by 10.64 percent before 14th October 2014.
Directorate General of Mineral and Coal of Ministry of ESDM Sukhyar said that the requirement was set forth in Government Regulation (PP) Number 77 of 2014.
In accordance with the regulation, Freeport should have divested of its shares to Indonesian shareholders by 20 percent, Sukhyar said to reporters in Jakarta on Thursday (13/11).
Currently, 9.36 percent of Freeport shares owned by Indonesian shareholders through government, while 90.64 percent held by foreign shareholder i.e. Freeport McMoran. According to PP No. 77 of 2014, Freeport should have divested 10.64 percent of its shares by 14th October 2015 at the latest.
As said by Sukhyar, in accordance with PP 77/2104, Freeport should have divested of its shares by up to 30 percent in five years or before 14th October 2019. The requirement of divestment by 30 percent is set forth in the MOU of renegotiation of Freeports work contract, he explained.
He added that his party would make regulation of Minister of ESDM regarding divestments procedures in order to follow up the PP.
Government through Ministry of Finance also needs to evaluate the divestment value, Sukhyar said while added that the divestment value proposed to government should be bellow market price.
PT Freeport Indonesia calculated that according to current market value, 10 percent of its shares was worth around US$ 2 billion or almost Rp 50 trillion.
Not a pressure
In the opportunity, Directorate General Mineral and Coal Sukhyar denied the assumption that the issuance of PP No. 77/2014 which provided ease of divestment was to give pressure to foreign company including Freeport.
The requirement of divestment was different as the investment scale is also different. If the investment big, surely it takes time for its return, Sukhyar said.
He explained that in accordance with PP 77/2014, government decreased the amount of share divestment for foreign company running its business in underground and open pit mines like Freeport from 51 percent to only 30 percent.
The Government Regulation (PP) which was signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono on 14th October 2014 was revision of PP Number 24 of 2012.(*/ANT/ES)