Consolidation within the mining sector continues this morning, with the announcement that Eldorado Gold (TSX: ELD) will be acquiring that of QMX Gold Corp (TSXV: QMX) in a friendly transaction. The total transaction is valued at $132 million, and is to take place in the form of both cash and shares.
Under the terms of the transaction, QMX shareholders are to receive $0.075 in cash and 0.01523 of an Eldorado common share for each share of QMX held, resulting in total consideration of $0.30 per share, a 39.5% premium to yesterdays closing price of QMX on the venture. Eldorado previously owned a 17% stake in the company, which it acquired in December 2019 at $0.06 per share.
Eldorado has justified the transaction by indicating it will increase the firms footprint in the Abitibi region by 550%, while adding a pipeline of organic growth opportunities. The benefit to QMX shareholders meanwhile is the premium being placed on the company.
The transaction is subject to the approval of QMX shareholders, with a meeting slated to occur in March 2021, where the company will be required to achieve at least 66 2/3% approval from stakeholders. Eldorado sharehodlers are not required to approve of the transaction.
The proposed transaction is anticipated to close in late March or early April 2021.
QMX Gold Corp last traded at $0.215 on the TSX Venture.
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