Friday, May 11, 2012

Iamgold buys Trelawney for C$608m

Canadian gold producer IAMGOLD Corp stated it could spend around C$608 million (US$614 million) to acquire fellow TSX-listed Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc, increasing its indicated source base by 5%.

The purchase would consider the shape of the scheme of arrangement with IAMGOLD delivering C$3.30/share of Trelawney stock, which the businesses stated represented a 37% premium on Trelawney’s 20-day weighted normal share rate prior towards the announcement.

The provide is conditional on 66% approval from Trelawney shareholders, and contains a C$21 million break price for IAMGOLD in the event the bargain falls by means of.

Trelawney’s principal asset would be the Do?té Lake venture, positioned on an extension of your successful Abitibi greenstone belt in Ontario. A useful resource estimate in February assessed the job as holding an indicated gold useful resource of 930,000oz and an inferred useful resource at five.9Moz, which IAMGOLD explained would improve its somme inferred means by 95%.

“This transaction supplies an accretive return on invested funds as we are effectively redeploying proceeds from your sale of non-core property right into a Canadian gold task that considerably strengthens our potential gold manufacturing account,” stated IAMGOLD chief govt Stephen Letwin.

The company claimed that the buy would enhance its Canadian belongings to 35% of its somme source base, and stated growth at C?té Lake may be funded from its inner cashflow.

Trelawney’s board advised that shareholders settle for the present, declaring that expense financial institution RBC Cash Markets had claimed the offer was financially equitable.

On the other hand, analysts at Jennings Capital argued that IAMGOLD had undervalued its target, expressing: “Given the deposit dimensions, exploration likely, land position and entry to infrastructure, we watch IAMGOLD’s offer you for Trelawney as as well minimal and opportunistic given that the value of junior gold organizations is incredibly reduced.”

They extra: “Our valuation is based on the ‘fair’ offer you of US$100/oz plus Trelawney’s dollars of C$103 million, for your whole bargain that ought to be really worth C$790 million.