Eldorado Withdraws Bid for Andean
“Eldorado Gold Corp. Tuesday withdrew its bid for Andean Resources Ltd., saying it wouldn’t top Goldcorp Inc.’s offer of 3.6 billion Canadian dollars (US$3.48 billion), which Andean accepted last week. Eldorado’s decision dashed hopes among some investors who were looking for a sweetened offer for Andean.
After Vancouver-based Eldorado pulled its bid, shares of Andean Resources, based in Sandy, Utah, declined Tuesday. Andean shares fell 8.5% to close at C$6.39 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Andean is listed in Toronto and Australia. Eldorado shares rose 1.5% to C$20.18.
Andean shares had surged Friday to C$6.98, above the prices offered by Goldcorp and Eldorado, both based in Vancouver, in anticipation of a possible bidding war. Both suitors were lured by Andean Resources’ promising Cerro Negro gold mine in Argentina, which Andean said in July could produce as much as 285,000 ounces of gold a year at low cost, starting in 2012, with the potential for exploration to nearly double that output.”
Source: Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2010
- Eldorado was the first to make a bid for Andean. However, the Goldcorp placed a slightly higher bid which was recommended by Andean’s board after the same board rejected Eldorado’s offer.
- The deal between Goldcorp and Andean has not yet been closed. In case a better bid is done by another player the board will evaluate the fit between companies and the height of the bid to make a recommendation to shareholders.
- Although Eldorado’s withdrawal is not good news for the Andean shareholders who hoped for a higher bid, it is good news for investors in gold. Goldcorp has the financial resources to quickly develop the Cerro Negro deposit, which will increase supply. However, the acquisition makes Goldcorp the second largest gold miner (after Barrick), increasing consolidation in the industry and moving towards a more oligopolistic structure, which will result in higher prices. Therefore, gold futures rose to $1257/ounce.
- A higher cash offer than Goldcorp’s offer is unlikely. In case another company bids for Andean, the bid is likely to be part cash, part share-based or all shares.
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