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Silvercorp raises bid for OreCorp, offering A$260M

EditorNikhilesh Pawar
Published 24/11/2023, 06:04 am

Silvercorp Metals (NYSE:SVM) Inc. has sweetened its takeover bid for OreCorp Limited by A$20 million, increasing the total offer to A$260 million or A54.3 cents per share. This revised proposal represents a 12% premium over OreCorp's share price at Tuesday's market close. The enhanced cash component of the deal is now A19 cents per share, up from the previous A15 cents, with the stock exchange ratio remaining unchanged at 0.0967.

The improved terms come after initial reluctance from key shareholders, including Tim Goyder and Nick Giorgetta, who are expected to receive larger payouts under the new arrangement. In light of this development, OreCorp's board has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept the updated offer.

The shareholder vote, scheduled for December 8, remains set despite these amendments to the deal. If approved, it would mark the unification of Silvercorp and OreCorp into a global precious metals producer with multiple exchange listings.

Silvercorp's commitment to the acquisition is further evidenced by its investment in the advanced Nyanzaga gold project in Tanzania, demonstrating confidence in the project's potential. The company has allocated A$28.2 million from a placement towards resettlement compensations in Tanzania and boasts adequate funds to cover the Nyanzaga project costs.

Joint integration efforts are already underway in Perth following the establishment of an integration committee between Silvercorp and OreCorp. With Tanzanian regulatory approval secured and strengthened government relations in Tanzania, Silvercorp is targeting late 2025 for the first gold production at Nyanzaga.

Additionally, Silvercorp projects robust fiscal 2024 production across its portfolio, which includes gold, silver, lead, and zinc. The Nyanzaga project's geographical advantage is also highlighted by its proximity to Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu mine, which adds operational value to Silvercorp's expansion strategy.

InvestingPro Insights

In the context of Silvercorp Metals Inc .'s increased takeover bid for OreCorp Limited, real-time data, and InvestingPro Tips can offer investors a deeper understanding of the financial health and future prospects of these companies. According to InvestingPro, Silvercorp Metals Inc. (SVM) exhibits high earnings quality, with free cash flow exceeding net income, which suggests a strong foundation for the company's financial activities. Furthermore, SVM's balance sheet holds more cash than debt, providing a buffer for strategic maneuvers such as the acquisition of OreCorp.

InvestingPro Tips for OreCorp Limited (ORE) highlights consistent increases in earnings per share and expectations for net income growth this year. These factors, along with analysts' anticipation of sales growth, paint a promising picture for OreCorp's financial trajectory post-acquisition.

InvestingPro Data for SVM indicates a market capitalization of $415.63 million, a P/E ratio of 12.8, and a revenue growth of -4.26% over the last twelve months as of Q2 2024. Meanwhile, OreCorp's market capitalization stands at $215.69 million with a notably lower P/E ratio of 4.85, and an EBITDA growth of 923.29% over the same period, emphasizing its profitability and potential value addition to Silvercorp.

Investors seeking more comprehensive analysis can find additional InvestingPro Tips for both companies, with SVM having 11 and ORE having 9 tips available. These insights are part of the InvestingPro subscription, now on a special Black Friday sale offering a discount of up to 55%. This investment intelligence could be particularly valuable for shareholders considering the revised takeover proposal and the strategic implications for both Silvercorp and OreCorp.

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