The board of directors of Ivanhoe Mines have authorised the company to seek strategic advice at a project and corporate levels to help address unsolicited interest that the company has received in recent months.
Executive Chairman Robert Friedland says the mining industry has taken notice of the company and its remarkable Kakula Discovery on the Central African Copperbelt “which is certainly helping to generate attention”.
“We have received a number of unsolicited inquiries from significant mining industry participants in Asia, Europe, Africa and elsewhere. In response, our board has taken the prudent decision to seek strategic advice,” says Friedland.
Friedland notes that it’s expected that an investment bank will be retained, whose mandate will be to examine and advise the board on all strategic options and alternatives available to the company.
The company also has commenced investor and banking analyst tours of its projects, including the Kakula Discovery.
Ivanhoe Mines’ CEO Lars-Eric Johansson adds: “It is important for analysts and investors to gain a first-hand understanding of the progress and potential of our project offering and to see the scale of the Kakula Discovery.”
“Following this, we can obtain strategic advice and make informed decisions that benefit our shareholders and the other governmental, community and local stakeholders in our projects,” he adds.
Ivanhoe Mines will provide further comment only if a specific transaction or process is concluded or if further disclosure is required or deemed appropriate.
There can be no assurance that the company will pursue any transaction or that a transaction, if pursued, will be completed.
Ivanhoe Mines is advancing its three principal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa:
- Mine development at the Platreef platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper discovery on the Northern Limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex;
- Mine development and exploration at the Kamoa copper project — which includes the remarkable Kakula high-grade copper discovery — on the Central African Copperbelt in the DRC; and
- Upgrading and exploration at the historic, high-grade Kipushi zinc-copper-lead-germanium mine, also on the DRC’s Copperbelt