Market Report: Kenmare Resources shedding up to 20 per cent of workers at its Mozambique titanium mine


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There’s no let up for Kenmare Resources. The Irish miner has been locked in emergency talks with lenders, but yesterday admitted it was fighting fires on another front. Despite cost-cutting, the collapse in minerals prices means Kenmare is shedding up to 20 per cent of workers at its Mozambique titanium mine. It comes as a deadline for debt talks looms at the end of this month. Shore Capital’s Yuen Low said the fact that Kenmare had been forced to make these cuts so close to the cutoff period did not bode well. Kenmare collapsed 0.46p to 3.66p.

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