Mining Weekly 52/’12: Copper Wars continued, South African taxes
December 24, 2012 businessmining
- Copper Wars: First Quantum raises takeover bid for Inmet
- Almost 2 years after the consolidation in the copper mining industry was accelerated by the proposed merger of Lundin and Inmet, First Quantum is trying to take over Inmet to form a major copper producer. Inmet’s board rejected two earlier, lower bids, and is now facing a $5.1bn takover offer.
- The proposed Lundin-Inmet (Symterra) merger did not materialize because Equinox made a takeover bid for Lundin, after which Equinox was acquired by Barrick, which ‘won’ a bidding war with Minmetals.
- In attempts to get the Cobre Panama project funded Inmet earlier this year sold a stream with most of the planned precious metals production to royalty company Franco Nevada for an investment of approx. $1bn.
- Sources: Wall Street Journal; Financial Times; Newsday
- ANC will not nationalize South African mines, but wants to increase taxes
- The ruling ANC party has turned down a plan to nationalize the mining sector in the country. At the same time the party leaders do call for increased taxes to keep a larger part of the benefits from natural resource extraction in the country. No details on the tax increases have been given yet.
- Sources: The Globe and Mail; Wall Street Journal; Financial Times
Trends & Implications:
- The copper industry is in a phase of consolidation because many large development projects are in the hands of relatively small miners who don’t have the funds to develop the large projects on their own. With project pipelines being scrutinized in the light of slowing demand growth, large miners are searching for and buying those projects that are actually going to make it, and small miners with and without good development projects try to team up to combine operating assets with strong development projects.
- South Africa is already one of the countries with the highest effective tax rates to mining companies in the world, combining a 28% income tax rate with a 10% secondary tax, and adding mining royalties depending on the mineral mined. Further tax increases will make it very unlikely that foreign companies try to enter into the South African mining landscape, but will also make it more attractive for the large South African players to try to expand abroad.
2012 | Wilfred Visser | thebusinessofmining.com
Top Mining Industry Blogs
The Business of Mining was selected among the world's top 9 mining industry blogs by Mining IQ.
- Recycling & the Future of Mining
- Capital Structure after the Crisis
- Technological Risk in Mining: Biotech replacing Potash?
- Minesourcing: How could crowdsourcing be used in mining?
- Mining impact of Japan's earthquake
- Vale acquires Simandou iron ore assets
- Vertical integration in mining: the trader's value chain
- BHP faces potash cartel backlash
acquisition Africa aluminium Anglo American ArcelorMittal Australia Barrick BHP Billiton Brazil Bumi business Canada cash CEO China Chinalco coal Coal India Codelco coking coal copper De Beers debt demand diamonds dividend ENRC fertilizer Freeport-McMoran Glencore GlenStrata gold government Guinea India Indonesia investment IPO iron ore Ivanhoe Macarthur merger mining mining business Mongolia nickel Oyu Tolgoi Peabody Pilbara platinum potash PotashCorp price pricing profit Queensland Rio Tinto Russia shareholders Simandou South Africa steel strike supply takeover tax thermal coal trading uranium USA Vale Vallar Vedanta Xstrata zinc