Newmont acquires Cripple Creek
Newmont Mining (NEM) announced on June 8 that it has a purchase agreement to acquire the CC&V (Cripple Creek & Victor) gold mine from AngloGold Ashanti (AU). The transaction is expected to close in Q315.
The purchase consideration is $820 million in cash, plus a 2.5% smelter royalty for gold production from future underground ore. The acquisition will be financed through proceeds from equity issuance (83%) and cash (17%) from Newmont’s balance sheet.
Newmont will issue 29 million shares to acquire CC&V. These shares represent close to 7% of the company’s current market capitalization. The management believes that its current operating performance supports this financing approach. Management says that the issuing of shares is earnings and cash flow accretive to shareholders.
The CC&V mine is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s an open-pit mine that has been operational since 1995. It produced 211,000 ounces of gold and 110,000 ounces of silver in 2014. It offers a long mine life in a safe jurisdiction with low geopolitical risk.
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In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss why the acquisition of the CC&V makes sense for Newmont.