Friday, October 24, 2014

Osisko rejects offer

MONTREAL—Osisko Mining Corp. said yesterday that shareholders should give its board time to find an alternative to Goldcorp’s hostile $2.6-billion takeover offer, which it called opportunistic and inadequate.
The gold miner, which said it was working with its advisers, including talks with third-parties regarding “strategic alternatives,” urged its shareholders not to tender their stock to the Goldcorp bid.

“Tendering Osisko shares to the Goldcorp offer before the board of directors and its advisers have had an opportunity to fully explore all available strategic alternatives to the Goldcorp offer may preclude the possibility of a superior alternative transaction emerging,” the company said in a statement.
Osisko shares have traded well above the $5.95 implied value of the Goldcorp offer since the stock-and-cash proposal was first announced last week.
Analysts have suggested that Goldcorp will have to raise its offer if it wants to close the deal.
Osisko’s shares were down five cents at $6.42 in trading yesterday on the Toronto Stock Exchange while Goldcorp shares were up 13 cents at $25.56.
Osisko’s main asset is the Canadian Malartic gold mine in northern Quebec, where it has been ramping up operations since its first commercial production in May, 2011.
Goldcorp chief executive Chuck Jeannes has said Canadian Malartic would rank among his companies’ best operations if the takeover is successful.
But Osisko said the Goldcorp offer “fails to recognize the strategic value” of Canadian Malartic and the company’s other projects under development in Canada.
“Canadian Malartic was developed, built, commissioned, and ramped up by Osisko over the past 10 years and would be extremely difficult, time-consuming, and costly to replicate,” the company said.
“The Goldcorp offer has been opportunistically timed to occur before Canadian Malartic enters what Osisko expects will be its most productive years.”
Osisko also reported yesterday that its fourth-quarter gold production totalled 137,321 ounces at estimated cash costs of $713 per ounce.
That compared with 101,544 ounces at cash costs of $833 per ounce in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Gold production last year totalled 475,277 ounces at estimated cash costs of $760 per ounce, compared with 388,478 ounces at cash costs of $849 per ounce for 2012.

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