January 09, 2023 | Materials | Australia | Ended

OZ Minerals / BHP Group: Deal Insight

Looking to boost its exposure to critical metals used in clean energy and electric cars, BHP Group (“BHP”) is acquiring copper and nickel producer OZ Minerals. The companies signed a Scheme Implementation Deed (the “Deed”) on 22-Dec-22, which came after BHP completed four weeks of exclusive due diligence (extended by a week on 20-Dec-22). BHP initially made a non-binding, indicative offer for AUD 25 per share on 7-Aug-22, which was rejected by the target’s board for undervaluing the company. On 18-Dec-22, BHP sweetened the price to AUD 28.25 per share, representing a 49.3% premium to OZ Minerals’ closing price on 5-Aug-22, the last trading day prior to BHP’s first proposal. Due diligence was then granted on 21-Nov-22 and the deal is now definitive. The implementation date is expected to be mid to late April 2023 against a long-stop date of 31-Aug-23, and we will assume ...

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