Bumi slams critics of mining deals

Bumi Resources makes a robust defence of its purchases of three mining companies last week, as Bakrie hopes its convertible bond issue will finally ensure it retains control of its "crown jewels".

Bumi Resources and its dominant shareholder, Bakrie Brothers, countered attacks by mining analysts regarding the coal minerÆs buying spree last week. Nalin Rathod, president-director of Bakrie, protested that analysts with ôno commitment, just criticising on the sidelines, had failed to understand the deals properlyö, while the media eschewed deep analysis for the easy attractions of ôbreaking newsö.

Last week, over four days, Bumi Resources made three purchases of Indonesian coal miners, which analysts quickly complained were too expensive and also...

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