Dec 03, 2019 06:42 AM

China’s Zijin to Buy Canada’s Continental Gold for $1 Billion

Photo: VCG
Photo: VCG

(Bloomberg) – China’s Zijin Mining Group Co. agreed to buy Continental Gold Inc. in a deal worth C$1.37 billion ($1 billion), marking the second takeover in two weeks of a Canadian gold miner.

Zijin said it will pay C$5.50 a share in cash for Continental and major shareholder Newmont Goldcorp Corp. was supportive, according to a statement issued Monday. The offer reflects a 29% premium to the share price from the past 20 days.

The company, China’s biggest listed producer of mined gold, has been making deals around the world in recent years as it looks to bolster its exposure to gold and copper.

The acquisition would give Zijin control of the Buritica gold project in Colombia, which is under development. Output at Zijin Mountain, China’s top gold mine for which the producer is named, is dropping because of depleting resources.

Last week Canada’s Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. agreed to buy Detour Gold Corp. for $3.7 billion, furthering a mergers and acquisitions spree that’s swept the gold mining industry.

There’s been constant speculation about gold mining acquisitions after huge deals rocked the industry in the past year: Newmont Mining Corp.’s acquisition of Goldcorp Inc. and Barrick Gold Corp.’s takeover of Randgold Resources Ltd. The two combinations created companies that dwarf the rest of the industry and put pressure on smaller miners to consolidate to stay relevant to shareholders.

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