Glencore International AG Company Profile

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Glencore International AG is involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of energy, agricultural, and metal commodities. Glencore and its subsidiaries have operations in 30 countries and over 56,000 employees. Its head office is located in Baar, Switzerland,


Founded in 1974 as Marc Rich + Co AG, what is now Glencore originated as a metal, minerals, and crude oil marketing and trading company. During the 1980s, it expanded operations to include agricultural products and began producing and processing commodities. In 1994, the company was renamed Glencore International after a management buyout. The company went public in 2011, trading on both the London Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. In 2013, Glencore merged with Xstrata plc, an Anglo-Swiss mining company, to form the world's largest commodities trading company.

Financial Summary: Half-Year 2019

  • Revenue: $107.1 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA: $5.58 billion
  • Total Assets: $127.2 billion

EBITDA = earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization


Glencore is involved in the automotive, oil, power, steel, and food processing industries. The company and its subsidiaries are directly involved in the production of many commodities and also sources and markets materials from third-party companies. Glencore's operations can be divided into three commodity segments.

Metals and Minerals

Glencore's metals and minerals operations are involved in the production and trading of alumina, aluminum, zinc, copper, lead, ferroalloys (including chromium, vanadium, and manganese), nickel, cobalt, and iron ore. Production can involve the mining of ores, refining of metals, or both. The metals and minerals division of Glencore is operated from Baar and Stamford, Connecticut. Key assets include:

  • Kazzinc, a zinc/lead/copper/gold production facility in Kazakhstan (69.7% ownership)
  • Mutanda Mining and Katanga Mining (86.3% ownership), both copper and cobalt mining companies in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Pasar (78.2% ownership), a smelter of copper in the Philippines
  • Mopani (73.1% ownership), a copper and cobalt mine in Zambia
  • CSA Mine, a copper mine in Australia
  • Horne Smelter, a producer of copper anodes from used electronics and other sources in Canada
  • Mount Isa Mines, a facility that produces copper, silver, lead, and zinc in Australia
  • Collahusi (44% ownership), a copper mine in Chile
  • Antamina (33.75%), a copper and zinc mine in Peru
  • Los Quenuales, a zinc and lead miner in Peru
  • Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture (79.5% ownership), chromite (a chromium-containing ore) mines and smelters in South Africa
  • Rhovan vanadium mine and smelter complex in South Africa
  • Char Technologies, a maker of electrode paste and char in South Africa
  • Raglan Mine, a nickel and cobalt mine in Canada
  • Nikkelwerk, a nickel refinery in Norway

Energy Operations

Glencore's energy segment encompasses the production of oil, gas, thermal coal, and coke, as well as value-added materials, including marine fuels. The energy division of Glencore is operated primarily from London, Baar, Stamford, and Singapore. Key assets include:

  • 26 coal mines in Australia, Colombia, and South Africa, supported by marketing offices in 19 countries
  • HG Storage International (49% ownership), a petroleum products storage and logistics company

Agricultural Operations

Glencore's agricultural operations are involved in the trading and distribution of wheat, sorghum, corn, barley, oilseeds, beans (including peas, lentils, chickpeas, and mung beans), protein meals, vegetable oils (including sunflower, canola, and soybean), biodiesel, sugar, and cotton. These are purchased from a variety of sources ranging from large-scale refineries to individual farmers. Glencore is also heavily involved in the storing, processing, and handling of these commodities. Agricultural operations are managed by the offices in London and Rotterdam. Key assets include:

  • 15 oilseed crushing plants
  • 6 biodiesel processing facilities
  • More than 270 storage facilities in 17 countries
  • 23 port terminals
  • More than 180 ocean-going vessels

Article Sources

  1. Glencore. "2019 Half-Year Report." Accessed Feb. 2, 2020.