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Lenders agree to increase Royal Bafokeng Resources’ debt facilities to R3bn
Published: 25 Sep 18
Nedbank and First Rand Bank, trading through its Rand Merchant Bank division, have agreed to increase Royal Bafokeng Resources’ (RBR’s) existing debt facilities from R2-billion to R3-billion. RBR, a subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), earlier this year entered into an agreement to acquire Rustenburg Platinum Mines’ 33% interest in the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine joint venture (JV) for about R1.86-billion.
Luminex says Anglo American to earn into Ecuador project
Published: 25 Sep 18
Diversified miner Anglo American has signed a formal earn-in and joint venture agreement with Vancouver-based Luminex Resources, relating to Pegasus A, Pegasus B and Luz concessions in Ecuador. The agreement gives Anglo the right to earn a 60% ownership interest in a JV company indirectly holding the properties if it invests $50-million and makes $7.3-million of cash payments over a seven-year period.
Glencore increases share buy-back programme by $1bn
Published: 25 Sep 18
Global diversified miner Glencore has increased its $1-billion share buy-back programme by a further $1-billion, and also extended the duration of the programme until the close of dealings in February 2019. The implementation of the programme is in line with the company’s financial policies and thresholds, and will be effected in accordance with the terms of the authority granted  by shareholders at the 2019 annual general meeting, the company said in a release.
Barrick's Randgold acquisition may spur more gold mining deals Barrick's Randgold acquisition may spur more gold mining deals
Published: 25 Sep 18
Gold miners earned the ire of investors including billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson for entering into bad deals that destroyed shareholder value in the past. Shareholders of the two companies announcing a merger Monday signaled they think this time may be different.
Alaska’s Peak Gold PEA published
Published: 25 Sep 18
The joint venture partner in Peak Gold have published the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the gold project, near Tok, Alaska, detailing the “attractive” economics of the openpit operation at a gold price of $1 250/oz. Using the base case gold price and a silver price of $17/oz, the PEA yielded a pre-tax net present value (NPV), using a 5% discount, of $393-million and an internal rate of return of 37%.
Denison selects low-cost ISR method for Wheeler River project  Denison selects low-cost ISR method for Wheeler River project
Published: 25 Sep 18
Uranium company Denison Mines has selected the low-cost in-situ recovery (ISR) mining method for the development of the high-grade Phoenix deposit at the Wheeler River project, marking the first deposit identified for ISR mining in Canada’s Athabasca basin. The company decided on ISR mining following the evaluation of 32 alternate mining methods to replace the high-cost jet bore mining system contemplated in the 2016 preliminary economic assessment (PEA).
Barrick silences its biggest critic by buying out Randgold Barrick silences its biggest critic by buying out Randgold
Published: 24 Sep 18
For more than two decades, Mark Bristow has been a thorn in the side of Barrick Gold. Now he’s its closest partner. The 59-year-old South African will take the role of chief executive officer at Barrick after the Canadian company inked a $5.4-billion deal to buy out Randgold Resources. It’s a bigger stage for Bristow, known as an outsider for his sharp and frequent criticisms of the gold industry and a genius at running an African mine.
Barrick Gold to buy Randgold Resources in $18.3bn deal Barrick Gold to buy Randgold Resources in $18.3bn deal
Published: 24 Sep 18
Canada's Barrick Gold has agreed to buy Randgold Resources in a $18.3-billion share deal to create the world's largest gold company in an industry under investor pressure to put capital to good use. The new Barrick company, which will be listed in New York and Toronto, will own five of the world's 10 lowest cost gold mines and will be valued at $24-billion including debt.
Kalgoorlie nickel smelter shut after fire
Published: 24 Sep 18
HP Billiton said on Monday its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter has been closed after a fire that broke out over the weekend and the plant will remain shut while it assesses the damage. The fire had been put out, there were no injuries and efforts would focus on returning the plant to normal operations, the global miner said.
US private equity firm launches Coronado Coal IPO in Australia US private equity firm launches Coronado Coal IPO in Australia
Published: 24 Sep 18
US private equity firm Energy and Minerals Group (EMG) on Monday kicked off its planned float of Coronado Coal Group in Australia, seeking to raise up to A$1.3-billion for 30% of the group. The float will give the company an enterprise value of up to A$4.4-billion, making it the biggest coal mining float in Australia since Yancoal Australia listed in 2012 at the peak of the country's mining boom.
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