Freeport-McMoran (FCX) Comments on Icahn's 13D Filing; Welcomes Constructive Shareholder Input

August 27, 2015 4:43 PM EDT

After the close of the market on August 27, 2015, Carl Icahn filed a Schedule 13D regarding the acquisition of interests in Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX).

FCX maintains an open dialogue with our shareholders and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value.

Earlier today, FCX announced revised capital and operating plans in response to the recent decline in commodity prices resulting in reduced capital expenditures, lower production levels and lower operating, administrative and exploration costs. Today’s actions, along with the August 5, 2015 announcement of reduced oil and gas capital expenditures, are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans. The steps we are taking to reduce costs and capital expenditures will strengthen our financial position during a period of weak and uncertain markets and preserve our large resource base for improved future market conditions.

Our high quality portfolio of long-lived assets, flexible operating structure and experienced management team provide a solid base to address the current market conditions while maintaining an attractive portfolio of assets positioned for long-term success.

FCX is a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with an industry-leading global portfolio of mineral assets, significant oil and gas resources and a growing production profile. FCX is the world's largest publicly traded copper producer.

FCX's portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world's largest copper and gold deposits; significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde operation in South America; the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the DRC; and significant U.S. oil and natural gas assets in the Deepwater GOM, onshore and offshore California and in the Haynesville natural gas shale, and a position in the Inboard Lower Tertiary/Cretaceous natural gas trend onshore in South Louisiana. Additional information about FCX is available on FCX's website at ""

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