Newmont Mining Corp. will buy rival Goldcorp Inc. in a deal valued at US$10 billion, creating the world’s largest gold miner and cementing a return of M&A to the industry.
The transaction comes just three months after Barrick Gold Corp.’s move to buy Randgold Resources Ltd. in a $5.4 billion transaction, which instantly spurred speculation that rivals would have to respond.
The companies announced Monday that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents in cash for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares.
The combined company will be called Newmont Goldcorp and will be owned 65 per cent by current Newmont shareholders and 35 per cent by Goldcorp shareholders
The deal is the second high-profile merger in the mining industry since Barrick Gold agreed to buy Randgold Resources Ltd in September last year to cut costs.
The gold mining industry has come under fire from investors in recent months for poor management of capital. This combined with falling gold reserves and higher extraction costs have prompted miners to look for cost efficiencies.
Goldcorp president and CEO David Garofalo said Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers, with a North American regional office in Vancouver that will oversee more than three million ounces of gold production.
The companies said Goldcorp’s Vancouver headquarters will also be the base for some of its global functions, including oversight of Indigenous community relations.
“The strategic rationale for combining Goldcorp with Newmont is powerfully compelling on many levels, and both teams are fully committed to delivering on the transaction’s value proposition for all of our stakeholders,” Garofalo said in a statement.
The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies, but requires approval by shareholders of both companies as well as regulatory approvals in several countries.
Newmont chief executive Gary Goldberg will lead the combined company and Newmont president and chief operating officer Tom Palmer is also expected to remain in the same role.
Newmont chairwoman Noreen Doyle will head the board of the combined company, while Goldcorp chairman Ian Telfer will be deputy chairman.
The companies said the combined entity is expected to maintain a significant Canadian presence on its board and among the management of its Canadian properties.
Goldberg said the company expects to generate up to $100 million in annualized “synergies” before tax and operate in the Americas, Australia and Ghana.
Newmont Goldcorp will also divest between $1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets over two years to optimize gold production of six to seven million ounces annually.