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Rio Tinto: No Plans at This Time to Increase Stake in Ivanhoe Mines; Ivanhoe Down 10% in U.S. Pre-Trade

An independent arbitrator has upheld Rio Tinto's ( RIO ) claim challenging a shareholder rights plan in effect at Ivanhoe Mines (IVN.TO,IVN), allowing the large diversified miner to purchase additional shares in Ivanhoe.

In a statement, however, Rio said at this time it has no intention of making a full takeover bid for Ivanhoe's shares,' later adding that it "reserves the right to change its intention in the future."

Ivanhoe shares plunged on the news in U.S. pre-trade this morning, falling over 10% to $18.60 each, down $2.10. Rio stock is up nearly 2% at $50.00 a share ahead of the bell.

Rio currently owns 49% of Ivanhoe stock. The arbitrator also dismissed Ivanhoe's counterclaim that Rio Tinto breached a 2006 private placement agreement with Ivanhoe. As part of the 2006 private placement, the companies established a 5-year stand-still agreement -- later extended through Jan. 18, 2012 -- capping Rio's stake in Ivanhoe.

As part of the decision, the arbitrator dismissed Ivanhoe's counterclaim and ruled that Rio Tinto did not breach the Private Placement Agreement with Ivanhoe.

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