First Quantum Minerals to Acquire Lumina Copper Corp., Cash and Share Transaction Valued at Approximately $470 Million
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (“First Quantum” or “the Company”) (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) and Lumina Copper Corp. ( “Lumina”) (TSX VENTURE:LCC) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which First Quantum will acquire, by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”), all of the outstanding securities of Lumina. Based upon the consideration, the total value of 100% of the fully diluted common shares of Lumina is approximately $470 million. First Quantum currently owns 2.5 million of Lumina’s outstanding common shares.
Lumina is the 100% owner of the TacaTaca copper deposit located in the Puna region of Salta Province in northwest Argentina, approximately 120 kilometres east of the Escondida, the world’s largest producing copper mine. TacaTaca currently has a reported National Instrument 43-101 compliant indicated mineral resource estimate of approximately 21.15 billion pounds of copper (9.6 million tonnes of copper) contained in 2.17 billion tonnes grading 0.44% copper, 0.08g/t gold and 0.013% molybdenum (0.57% copper equivalent) and an inferred mineral resource estimate of approximately 7.55 billion pounds of copper (3.4 million tonnes of copper) contained in 921 million tonnes grading 0.37% copper, 0.05g/t gold and 0.012% molybdenum (0.47% copper equivalent), using a 0.3% copper equivalent cut-off.(1) These estimates are defined by 148,000 metres of drilling. The deposit remains open in some areas to depth and along the southern boundary of the northeastern limb.
Commenting on the proposed transaction, Mr. Ross Beaty, Lumina’s founder and largest shareholder said, “I am very pleased with First Quantum’s intended acquisition of our company. First Quantum is an outstanding mining company with a significant and growing portfolio of copper operations. In our view, they are the most capable company in the world to develop TacaTaca into a major copper mine. This transaction provides Lumina shareholders with the option to retain exposure to TacaTaca’s future development in the hands of a world class mine development and operating team through ownership of First Quantum’s shares. I encourage all Lumina shareholders to vote in favour of this transaction.”
Mr. Philip Pascall, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Quantum said, “The acquisition of Lumina is another step in First Quantum’s long-stated objective of geographical diversification through the acquisition of world class, early-stage copper assets. TacaTaca will significantly add to First Quantum’s development pipeline and is at the stage where we can apply our resources and development expertise to realize its full potential and further add to First Quantum’s copper production profile. Once the acquisition of Lumina has been completed we will immediately review the TacaTaca project to determine the most efficient and economical timing for its development in the context of the projects that we are currently developing.”
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06 October 2017