Nevsun Resources to buy Reservoir Minerals for $365 million (Reuters Canada – April 25, 2016)

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(Reuters) – Canadian miner Nevsun Resources Ltd NSU.TO said it has agreed to buy Reservoir Minerals Inc RMC.V for about $365 million in cash and stock. Nevsun, which owns the Bisha copper-zinc mine in Eritrea, will pay two shares of Nevsun and $0.001 in cash for each Reservoir share, the company said on Sunday.

The deal values Reservoir shares at C$9.401 each, representing a 35 percent premium to its last close, based on Nevsun stock’s Friday closing price. Nevsun will also provide $135 million in financing to Reservoir, by buying about 12.2 million of Reservoir shares for $90.3 million and providing an unsecured cash loan of $44.7 million to Reservoir.

Vancouver-based Reservoir is a mining exploration and development company. Its flagship venture is the Timok copper and gold project in Serbia, which it owns in a joint venture with U.S.-based miner Freeport McMoRan Inc FCX.N.

Lundin Mining LUN.TO, another Canadian miner, said on March 3 that it agreed to buy part of Freeport’s stake in the Timok project for up to $262.5 million.

The proposed transaction is, however, subject to a right of first offer (ROFO) that Reservoir had, which put Reservoir first in line to purchase the Freeport stake.

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