Mining Week 42/’12: Bakrie vs. Bumi
October 13, 2012 businessmining
Top Stories of the Week:
- Bakrie proposed to buy Bumi’s assets
- The Bakrie Group, which owns approx. 24% of Bumi Plc, has an offer to buy Bumi plc’s assets (Berau and Bumi Resources) and leave the London listed miner active in Indonesia behind as a cash shell. The group previously held 48%, but sold 24% to Borneo Lumbung to ease debt issues.
- Bumi’s share price has dropped 80% versus the high in July 2011 on the back of low coal prices and governance issues.
- Sources: Financial Times 1; Financial Times 2; Wall Street Journal
- BHP Billiton seeks to cut costs
- BHP Billiton announced it would cut jobs in an attempt to cut costs in its iron ore division, attempting to preserve margins at low iron ore prices.
- The company also recently initiated cost reduction measures in its base metal operations and announced a freeze of executive compensation.
- Sources: BHP Billiton Base Metals briefing; International Resource Journal; Wall Street Journal
Trends & Implications:
- Bakrie’s move to leave Bumi plc could imply the end of the Indonesian coal ambitions of Rothschild’s venture. If Bakrie finds the money to execute the deal, it offers other shareholders an opportunity to limit their losses. Bumi could try to reinvent itself and buy assets in other regions with the cash received for Bumi resources and Berau, but it would start with significantly less cash to acquire companies than in its attempt in 2011.
- The updated M&A share attractiveness tracker shows a relative leveling of the playing field in terms of mega M&A over the past month. South African listed companies clearly took a major hit, but as the outlook for these companies deteriorated at the same time the shares have not gained much attractiveness from an acquisition standpoint. Fortescue managed to fend of urgent debt issues and saw its share price rise, but it remains one of the more attractive acquisition targets. BHP Billiton lost its position as the best positioned acquirer as outlook for the company deteriorates with the expectation of slowing global demand.(
2012 | Wilfred Visser | thebusinessofmining.com
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