Newmont Mining will buy rival Goldcorp in a deal valued at $10 billion, creating the world’s largest gold miner and cementing a return of M&A to the industry.
The transaction comes just three months after Barrick Gold’s move to buy Randgold Resources in a $5.4 billion transaction, which instantly spurred speculation that rivals would have to respond.
Goldcorp shares surged in US pre-market trading, climbing 13% to $10.96 as of 6:25 a.m. in New York. Newmont shares slipped 3%.
The two huge gold deals have the potential to spark investor interest after the industry lost favor following years of lackluster bullion prices, bad investments and disastrous deals. Just two weeks ago, Mark Bristow, the new chief executive officer of Barrick, said the industry is heading for irrelevance unless there are major changes.
Newmont and Goldcorp were “clearly not willing to sit back and let Barrick take the limelight,” said Kieron Hodgson, a natural resources analyst at Panmure Gordon in London.
Newmont will pay 0.3280 of its own shares for each Goldcorp share, a premium of 17% to the weighted average share price from the last 20 days. Newmont also plans to pay 2 cents for each Goldcorp share.
The deal will create a miner that exceeds Barrick-Randgold in scale, producing about 7.9 million ounces of gold a year.
And at about $10 billion, the transaction will rival Barrick’s purchase of Placer Dome Inc. as the gold-industry’s biggest takeover. That deal had a final value of about $9.9 billion when it closed in 2006, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
NewmontGoldcorp said they will sell up to $1.5 billion in assets over the next two years, echoing a similar Barrick pledge to concentrate on the best-performing mines. Newmont also promised initial cost savings from the merger of $100 million a year.
The promise of unloading assets, something Barrick is also expected to do, will have repercussions for the industry as a host of mines are likely to be put up for sale. Additionally, the two big deals will add pressure to other gold miners such as Kinross Gold and AngloGold Ashanti, which have missed out on the sudden deal rush.
“I can see a new wave of mid-tier producers being spawned from assets deemed sub-economic by the two ‘giants,’” said Hodgson.
Goldberg, who has lead Newmont since 2013, will remain CEO until the deal and integration of the two companies is complete — likely in the fourth quarter — after which he will hand over to Chief Operating Officer Tom Palmer.
Newmont has retained BMO Capital Markets, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Group as financial advisors, while Goldcorp has TD Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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