Northern Star Resources is poised to acquire US giant Newmont Goldcorp's 50 per cent stake in Western Australia's famous Super Pit mine.
The Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie. Carla Gottgens
The $6.26 billion gold producer is expected to launch an equity raising to fund the acquisition and brokers Macquarie Capital and Canaccord Genuity have been tapped to oversee the deal, as first reported by this column.
It is understood the brokers were refining details around pricing and structure on Monday. A deal was expected to launch on Tuesday.
The offer size for the capital raising is about $700 million, sources said.
Sources said Northern Star would pay a bit more for its 50 per cent stake than Perth-based Saracen Mineral Holdings did when it bought Canadian rival Barrick Gold's half-share in the Kalgoorlie gold mine for $1.1 billion, given it will inherit Newmont's operator status at the mine.
?Northern Star Resources has entered into a binding sale agreement with Newmont Goldcorp Australia, a subsidiary of Newmont Goldcorp Corporation,to acquire all the shares in Kalgoorlie Lake View Pty Ltd (KLV), which holds a 50%interest in KalgoorlieConsolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd (KCGM)and in the operationsand assetsmanaged by KCGM (KCGM Operations),for US$775 million and associated assetsfor US$25 million,for a total consideration of US$800million
?The associated assets for US$25 million comprise:a separate parcel of nearby Kalgoorlie tenements 100per cent-owned by Newmont,atransitionalservices arrangementand a US$25 million conditionally refundableoption arrangement to acquire the Newmontpower businesswhichsuppliespower to KCGM
?KCGM is a 50:50 JV between Newmontand Saracen Mineral Holdings and includes the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, among other deposits
?The Transaction delivers NorthernStar a half-share of one ofthe most significantgold systems in the worldwith anendowmentof~80Mozand aspectaculargold content of ~45,000to60,000ozper verticalmetre
?Saracen is an extremely favourable JV partnerfor Northern Star considering itsdemonstrated trackrecord in expeditiouslyunlocking value from assets it has acquired, complementaryskillsetsand theirfamiliaritywith the Western AustralianGoldfields
?Theacquisitionwill be immediatelyaccretive toNorthern Staron an EV/Reserves, EV/Resource, P/NAVbasis and earnings per share inits first full financial year of ownership (FY2021)
?KCGMfor the past two calendaryears has producedon average ~590,000oz per annum at an AISC of US$913/oz
?KCGM has non-JORC Reserves of 7.3Moz and Resources of11.7Moz1(100%basis); Currentmine life is13 years2. The acquisition price equates to less thanUS$140 per Resource ounce