Archive | Canadian Media Resource Articles

Hudbay Investor Seeks to Replace CEO and Most of its Board – by Scott Deveau (Bloomberg News – January 16, 2019)

https://www.bloomberg.com/

Hudbay Minerals Inc.’s second-largest investor is seeking to oust the Toronto miner’s chief executive officer and replace most of its board.

Waterton Global Resource Management will nominate eight new directors at Hudbay’s upcoming annual meeting with a slate that includes former mining executive Peter Kukielski and financial services industry veteran Richard Nesbitt, according to a letter to shareholders Wednesday.

Waterton, which owns about 12 percent of Hudbay, will propose that Kukielski be named CEO of Hudbay and Nesbitt chairman. Kukielski was most recently CEO of Nevsun Resources Ltd. Nesbitt was previously the CEO of CIBC World Markets Inc., as well as the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Continue Reading →

Indigenous Energy Summit to tackle pipeline ownership, leadership issues – by Geoffrey Morgan (Financial Post – January 16, 2019)

https://business.financialpost.com/

First Nations will hear presentations on how they might take ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline

CALGARY — First Nations that produce oil and gas in Canada will tackle some of the most contentious issues facing the sector at the Indigenous Energy Summit on Wednesday, including potential ownership bids for, and protests about, pipelines.

One of the biggest issues in the Canadian energy sector is the ongoing fight between hereditary chiefs and elected chiefs over the the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia, which has opened wounds for current and former northern B.C. chiefs.

Meanwhile, First Nations will hear presentations on how they might take ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline. Continue Reading →

Newmont CEO defends Goldcorp deal amid speculation rival bidders could emerge – Gabriel Friedman (Financial Post – January 16, 2019)

https://business.financialpost.com/

One analyst downgraded Newmont from outperformer to neutral ‘until the company provides additional clarity on its strategic plans’

Gary Goldberg, chief executive of Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corp., started off Tuesday morning feeling upbeat.

One day after announcing his company’s US$10 billion bid for Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc., his company’s stock was trading down, again, falling three per cent at one stage on Tuesday, after falling 8.89 per cent on Monday; and now Goldcorp was also trading down more than three per cent.

Reaction to the deal looked decidedly mixed. One analyst was raising questions about the rationale for the deal and another was suggesting the price was too low and Goldcorp could attract other bidders; and yet Goldberg insisted none of it was surprising or unnerving in the slightest. Continue Reading →

Newmont likely to sell a number of Goldcorp’s Canadian mines – by Niall McGee (Globe and Mail – January 16, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Newmont Mining Corp.’s acquisition of Goldcorp Inc. will likely result in the sale of a number of the latter’s Canadian mines as the combined company focuses on its best-performing and lowest-cost operations.

On Monday, the Denver-based gold major announced it had reached a friendly deal to acquire Vancouver-based Goldcorp for US$10-billion in a mostly share transaction that will see Newmont’s mine portfolio jump to 20 properties across four continents.

It was the second major deal in the Canadian gold sector in the past few months, with Toronto’s Barrick Gold Corp. recently closing its US$6-billion acquisition of Randgold Resources Ltd. Continue Reading →

Monster Gold-Mining Deals Pile Pressure on Those Left Behind – by Thomas Biesheuvel and Danielle Bochove (Bloomberg News – January 15, 2019)

https://www.bloomberg.com/

Mark Bristow’s tenure as boss of the world’s biggest gold miner might have been short-lived, but his message for smaller rivals just got even more pointed.

“Holy camoly, I missed out on a great opportunity!” is how Bristow described anyone not involved in Barrick Gold Corp.’s purchase of Randgold Resources Ltd. in September. With Newmont Mining Corp. poised to become the No. 1 producer through a $10 billion takeover of Goldcorp Inc. announced Monday, the pressure on those left behind will be even greater.

The two mega deals promise to transform the industry that many investors have shunned due to floundering bullion prices and poor decision making by producers. The newly combined companies are also expected to put several unloved assets up for sale, leaving lots of room for maneuvering by those that missed out on the dealmaking so far. Continue Reading →

Newmont’s Goldcorp Gamble May Need ‘Drastic Surgery’ to Pay Off – by Danielle Bochove, Caleb Mutua and Marvin G. Perez (Bloomberg News/Yahoo – January 15, 2019)

https://finance.yahoo.com/

(Bloomberg) — The cost to create the world’s largest gold company: A 17 percent premium for a $10 billion all-shares acquisition that faces some big-time challenges down the line.

Newmont Mining Corp.’s deal for Goldcorp Inc. stands in stark contrast to the recent zero-premium merger between Barrick Gold Corp. and Randgold Resources. The key question: Why? In October, Goldcorp shares fell to their lowest since 2002 after the miner reported lower output and higher costs than expected. Since then the stock improved only marginally before today.

The merged company will have the world’s largest production and reserve base, and the kind of liquidity and diversified assets required to attract institutional investors, Stephen D. Walker, an analyst with RBC Capital markets, wrote in a research note. Continue Reading →

Newmont Mining to take over Goldcorp in US$10-billion acquisition deal – by Niall McGee and Rachelle Younglai (Globe and Mail – January 15, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Goldcorp Inc. has agreed to a US$10-billion takeover by Newmont Mining Corp. that sees the Vancouver company, once the world’s most valuable gold miner, acquired by a U.S. competitor at a fraction of its peak value.

The Goldcorp takeover is the second big deal in the past few months involving a large Canadian gold company. On Jan. 1, Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. closed its US$6-billion acquisition of African operator Randgold Resources Ltd.

Now, Newmont is set to surpass Barrick and grab the crown as the world’s largest gold producer by market capitalization, production and reserves. Newmont and Goldcorp will produce 6 to 7 million ounces of gold a year over the next decade, executives said on Monday. The combined stock market capitalization of the new company would be about $35-billion, compared with Barrick’s $29-billion. Continue Reading →

OPINION: After Goldcorp-Newmont deal, who’s next in the gold-industry merger wave? – by Andrew Willis (Globe and Mail – January 15, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

In the gold sector, nothing gets the sharks circling like the combination of promising mines and a depressed stock price. The sector’s prolonged slump now has its biggest predators, Newmont Mining Corp. and Barrick Gold Corp., feeding on weaker rivals, creating expectation of further takeovers in an industry where many experts see consolidation as long overdue.

Denver-based Newmont snapped up former market darling Goldcorp Inc. for US$10-billion after a series of management miscues left the Vancouver-based owner of 13 properties with a valuation that trailed comparable companies.

Barrick took advantage of much the same dynamics last September, striking a US$6-billion deal with Randgold Resources Ltd. after investors got the jitters over the company’s mines in politically unstable African countries such as Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue Reading →

Why the Newmont-Goldcorp blockbuster deal is in sharp contrast to the Barrick-Randgold merger – by Gabriel Friedman (Financial Post – January 15, 2019)

https://business.financialpost.com/

Newmont has higher a dividend, safer locations than Barrick and will invest in Canada, but its stock still fell. Perhaps copper-gold mining will help it shine

As Newmont Mining Inc.’s chief executive Gary Goldberg hawked a proposed $10 billion all-stock purchase of Vancouver-based Goldcorp to his investors on Monday, he and his team emphasized massive gold production, a focus on mines in the safest jurisdictions in the world and continued investment in Canada.

That drew a stark contrast to chief rival Barrick Gold, which also recently completed a mega-merger, and has reduced its presence in Canada and grown in more risky jurisdictions. “This is not a deal we have to do, it’s a deal we want to do,” Goldberg told investors.

But while Barrick’s share price surged after announcing its deal, Newmont’s stock had declined 8.89 per cent to close at US$31.78 on Monday afternoon. Continue Reading →

Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp – by Ian Bickis (Canadian Press/Timmins Daily Press – January 15, 2019)

https://www.timminspress.com/

Newmont Mining Corp. has struck a US$10-billion deal to take over Goldcorp Inc. in a move that will see the U.S.-based mining giant grow even larger while Canada’s mining industry loses a head office.

TORONTO — Newmont Mining Corp. has struck a US$10-billion deal to take over Goldcorp Inc. in a move that will see the U.S.-based mining giant grow even larger while Canada’s mining industry loses a head office.

Colorado-based Newmont will add Vancouver-based Goldcorp’s seven mines in North and South America to its global operations of 12 operating mines to create a company expected to rival or top Barrick Gold as the world’s largest gold producer. “This is not a deal we have to do, this is a deal that we want to do,” Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg told a conference call Monday.

The deal follows Barrick Gold’s US$6.1-billion all-stock takeover of Randgold Resources Ltd. that closed at the start of the year to create a company with a combined 2018 gold production guidance of between 5.8 million and 6.3 million ounces. Continue Reading →

Newmont Deal for Goldcorp Further Erodes Canada’s Gold Clout – by Danielle Bochove and Jacqueline Thorpe (Bloomberg News – January 14, 2019)

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/

Canada’s influence on the global mining industry appears to be shrinking by the day. Perhaps stung by the nationalistic backlash against Barrick Gold Corp.’s merger with Randgold Resources Ltd., Newmont Mining Corp. devoted a big chunk of its news release Monday explaining how its $10 billion offer for Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc. will help Canada.

But there’s no hiding the fact that the global head office of the world’s largest gold miner will be in Greenwood Village, Colorado, where Newmont is based. Like “New Barrick,” which no longer has its top executives in Canada, Newmont Goldcorp’s incoming chief executive officer and current chairwoman are expected to remain in the U.S.

While some jobs will flow from Nevada to the miner’s new regional base for North America in Vancouver, it’s hard to imagine the influence of that city not waning as a result of the deal. Continue Reading →

OPINION: Another one bites the dust: Goldcorp sale a further example of the hollowing-out of corporate Canada – by Eric Reguly (Globe and Mail – January 14, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Toronto’s Barrick Gold always wanted to team up with Newmont Mining of Colorado. Merging the two giants, which have adjoining operations in gold-rich Nevada, would have created an unassailable industry leader and reduced costs by an estimated US$1-billion a year. On paper, it looked like a dream deal. But it never got off the ground, in good part because Barrick founder Peter Munk wanted the new company to stay in Toronto, not move to Denver.

Were he alive today, Mr. Munk – a Canadian patriot who believed in the value of head offices – would be distraught. In the autumn, Barrick bought Randgold Resources but handed management control to Randgold’s executives, who promptly gutted Barrick’s Toronto headquarters, leaving the world’s top producer with a mere 65 employees in its echo-chamber offices on Bay Street. The deal was, in effect, a reverse takeover. The new Barrick will be run from the Channel Islands.

On Monday, it was Newmont’s turn to accelerate what appears to be the second wave of the great hollowing-out story, a decade after Inco, Falconbridge, Alcan, Dofasco, Stelco and dozens of other industrial powerhouses were eradicated from the Canadian map. Continue Reading →

Barrick CEO to Forge Ahead in Latin America Despite Past Strains – by Danielle Bochove and Laura Millan Lombrana (Bloomberg News – January 10, 2019)

https://www.bloomberg.com/

Barrick Gold Corp.’s new boss intends to push ahead with plans to increase investment in the mineral-rich — but environmentally tricky — deposits straddling the Chile-Argentina border.

“If you want to find elephants, go to elephant country,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Bristow, a South African geologist and big-game hunter, said in a phone interview. The Toronto-based company “absolutely” intends to invest more money in the El Indio copper-and gold belt, he said, adding that its partnerships with Chinese and Chilean miners remain key to its strategy in the region.

The world’s largest gold miner, which completed its merger with Randgold Resources Ltd. at the beginning of the year, had been revamping its South American strategy since John Thornton became chairman in 2014. Continue Reading →

OPINION: What happens when Canadian companies stop flying the flag – by Matthew Bellamy (Globe and Mail – January 12, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Matthew J. Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa and the author of Profiting the Crown: Canada’s Polymer Corporation.

When General Motors announced in late November that it would be closing its plant in Oshawa, Ont., the outrage was immediate – and perfectly understandable. Here was a strategic move on the part of a multinational company, tearing out roots and slashing the manufacturing jobs that were the lifeblood of the town. Add in the billions of dollars that Ottawa had spent to keep the company in Canada, and it’s easy to see why Canadians would take this so personally.

Meanwhile, the recent news about Barrick Gold – that it would lay off more than half of the staff at its Toronto head office in the wake of a merger with Randgold, an African operator headquartered in the Channel Islands, and revamp its board of directors to leave just one Canadian-born member who lives in New York – hasn’t stirred the emotions in quite the same way.

Fair enough, too: Much of Barrick’s business, since it transitioned from a money-losing oil and gas firm to a money-spinning mining company, has happened outside of Canada, in places such as the United States, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina and Chile. And even though the company’s dynamic founder, Peter Munk, lived in Canada for seven decades, he passed away in March. Continue Reading →

This pipeline is challenging Indigenous law and Western law. Who really owns the land? – by Justine Hunter, Brent Jang, Wendy Stueck and Shawn McCarthy (Globe and Mail – January 12, 2019)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Pipeline owners say they have consent, but Wet’suwet’en leaders are divided

With members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation blockading a pipeline project on their traditional lands, Na’moks was standing by a crackling campfire, next to an RCMP checkpoint, drawing in the snow with his right boot.

The hereditary chief of the Tsayu clan made a small circle to represent the authority of elected band councils within reserves. Outside that circle, he explained, is where Wet’suwet’en clans wield power over a vast territory. “We are hereditary chiefs,” he said, “and we have control of this land.”

The temporary checkpoint was set up earlier this week in a remote area of the B.C. Interior as things got tense, with RCMP officers arresting 14 protesters on Monday at a blockade erected last month along a logging road. Continue Reading →