Newmont Mining Corp. intends to pay its shareholders a one-time dividend worth US$470-million after a number of large investors pushed for the giant miner to renegotiate terms of its takeover of Goldcorp Inc.
Newmont shareholders who own stock as of April 17 will be entitled to US$0.88 per share. The dividend is payable only if shareholders on both sides approve Newmont’s US$10-billion takeover of Goldcorp.
Last week, Paulson & Co said Newmont should pay about 23 per cent less for Goldcorp in light of its recent joint venture (JV) agreement with Barrick Gold Corp. The hedge fund argued that the JV had materially increased the value of Newmont and as a result it should pay less of its own stock for Goldcorp.
In January, Newmont offered 0.328 of a share and US$0.02 in cash for each Goldcorp share – a premium of 17 per cent.
On Friday, Van Eck, Newmont’s third biggest shareholder said it agreed with Paulson and advised that Newmont go back and get a better deal for its shareholders.