Polyus set for listing after Kazakh progress
“Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold producer, is poised to come to the London market after a long-delayed merger with Kazakhgold appeared resolved on Friday. The deal, which carries a nominal share-swap value of $13.1bn (£8bn), would create the largest gold miner on the London market in production terms.
Polyus, which has controlled Kazakhgold since 2009, proposed a reverse takeover last year. Polyus was to be bought by its smaller, majority-owned subsidiary, in order to gain access to Kazakhgold’s London listing.”
Source: Financial Times, June 18 2011
- Polyus Gold reached gold production of 1.4Moz last year, which is over 20% of total Russian production and close to 2% of global production. The company operates 9 mines and has 2 development projects at present. Reserves of 78Moz place the company among the gold miners with the largest potential globally.
- Polyus will get access to the London Stock Exchange by merging with Kazakhgold, which already is listed in London.
- The deal is an example of the trend of Russian miners pursuing a listing on western stock markets (especially London) to enable western investors to invest and make it easier to raise capital for the range of development projects to be undertaken in Russia.
- Secondary reason to pursue a London listing mentioned by Polyus is the potential for ‘acquisition and consolidation in the industry’, as the listing makes it easier to execute both share-based and cash execute. As Polyus currently is not sitting on a huge war-chest the company will likely stick to organic growth and small acquisitions financed share issuance. Furthermore the company could look around for potential international buyers.
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