Endeavour Mining Corporation (OTCQX: EDVMF) has entered into a definitive agreement with SEMAFO Inc. to acquire SEMAFO to create a top 15 global gold producer. Both board of directors have unanimously approved the acquisition.
Combined production of over 800,000 ounces of gold per year as its project and exploration pipeline will united six mines with further potential to optimize the asset base. The new entity will have greater ability to fund growth as cash flow and liquidity sources are heightened. The new entity will have over 1.0 Moz of gold production in 2020 as costs will fall below USD 900 per ounce In 2020.
Michael Beckett, Chairman of Endeavour, stated:
“This combination will create one of the leading gold companies, with the largest portfolio of operating assets located entirely in West Africa. In addition to being immediately accretive on all key metrics, this transaction will enhance our scale as well as providing improved trading liquidity, greater asset diversification and a reduced risk profile for all shareholders.
We will also continue to benefit from having La Mancha as a cornerstone shareholder, who will invest $100 million into to the combined entity and hold a 25 per cent interest on a pro forma basis.”
Sébastien de Montessus, President & CEO of Endeavour, stated:
“This combination offers a rare opportunity to bring together two leading West African mine operators with a shared strategic vision, complementary assets, and management teams with a proven track record. We believe this transaction represents a compelling value equation for both sets of shareholders with the potential for a meaningful re-rating, whilst providing increased asset diversification and enhancing our ability to manage risks within the business.
Together, we will create a leading West African gold company with production of more than 1 million ounces of gold annually, supported by a robust pipeline of development projects and a significantly enhanced exploration portfolio focused on the highly prospective Birimian Greenstone Belt.
With both companies having recently completed build-out phases and mine ramp-ups, the combined business is well positioned for a sustained period of strong cash flows. Our enhanced capital markets profile should provide added trading liquidity, free float and size, characteristics that investors are seeking in today’s market environment, and we will continue to allocate capital in a disciplined and efficient manner with a focus on maximizing shareholder returns.”
Benoit Desormeaux, President and CEO of SEMAFO, stated:
“This transaction has received strong support from our key shareholders who recognize it as an exciting value creating opportunity to bring together two companies with common values and shared cultures built on decades of successful West African experience. For our shareholders, this transaction offers the benefits of both an upfront premium and a significant re-rating opportunity within a stronger merged company.
Our team, and I, are thrilled to be joining forces with Endeavour and we look forward to the opportunity to leverage our combined skill sets to create value for all shareholders. We will leverage our expertise in Montreal to build a technical hub to realize operational, technical and exploration synergies, while advancing studies on our enhanced project pipeline.”