NMDC to acquire three assets abroad by June-July

"These are low-cost acquisitions and we have enough money to fund them," NMDC chairman said, when asked about the deal size for the properties in Mozambique and Australia.

After buying out Australian firm Legacy Iron Ore for about Rs92 crore last year, state-owned NMDC is eyeing to acquire three more overseas properties by June-July, a top company official said.

The three overseas assets on its acquisition radar include 26% stake in Brazilian iron ore firm Amplus for around USD 10-15 million and a coking coal mine in Mozambique, NMDC chairman N K Nanda told PTI.

“Of this, the agreement to acquire the Mozambique coking coal mine is likely to be signed by the end of the month. We are sending a three-member team there next week for site due-diligence,” he said, while declining to name the asset.

Besides, the state-owned iron ore miner is also looking to acquire 50% stake in Wonorah rock-phosphate reserve of Australian firm Minemakers, Nanda said.

“By June-July, we will be completing all the three acquisitions. Due-diligence for the properties has been initiated and is likely to be completed in next 45 days,” the NMDC chairman said.

"These are low-cost acquisitions and we have enough money to fund them," he said, when asked about the deal size for the properties in Mozambique and Australia.

The largest domestic iron ore miner has kept a budget of USD 500 million for overseas acquisitions.

For the deal with Amplus, NMDC has signed an exclusivity agreement (memorandum of understanding) with the Brazilian firm to invest in exploration of latter's iron ore reserves and provide its technical expertise.

"In lieu of our expertise and investments, they (Amplus) have offered us 26% stake. This will cost us around USD 10-15 million," he said, adding that Amplus holds iron ore reserves of about 1.5 billion tonnes.

Nanda further said that "subject to encouraging report of the due-diligence process, the stake can be increased up to 50%."

The other targeted property, Wonarah deposits of Minemakers, is one of the largest under-developed phosphate reserves in Australia, with an estimated resource of 1.26 billion tonnes at 12% phosphate. NMDC has an exclusivity agreement with Minemakers for acquisition of the property.

The Indian miner will be using Legacy -- its Australian arm -- to acquire the Wonarah deposits, Nanda said.

In the late afternoon, NMDC was trading at around Rs178.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.28% down from the previous close.

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LG Balakrishnan & Bros to buy US-based company

The US-based company is engaged in manufacture of precision stamped metal parts.

LG Balakrishnan & Bros (LGBB) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to buy major stock of a corporation in USA, engaged in manufacture of precision stamped metal parts. The closing of this transaction is planned for end June 2012 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals, satisfactory due diligence and other negotiated conditions of closing.

LGBB is mainly into automotive components and manufactures metal forming (fine blanking, forging, machined components and wire drawing) and transmission products such as chains, sprockets, tensioners and belts. Its forging products include steering linkage parts like ball rods, ball pins and ball sockets. It manufactures everything in-house, including steel rolling and tooling. Chains are precision components and require high-quality manufacturing. Its tools division is equipped with sophisticated CNC-wire cutting, spark erosion and micron CNC (computer numerical control) boring machines. Operations are vertically integrated.

In the late afternoon, LG Balakrishnan & Bros was trading at around Rs310 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.48% down from the previous close.

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IL&FS Transportation declared preferred bidder by NHAI for new project

The IL&FS project is on toll basis with a concession period of 24 years including construction period of 2.5 years and the estimated cost of the project is Rs471.05 crore.

IL&FS Transportation Networks was declared preferred bidder by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for construction of new bridges/structures, repair of existing four lane highway from Kharagpur to Baleshwar section of NH-60 from km 0.000 to km 119.300 in Orissa and West Bengal and its operation and maintenance under NHDP Phase I to be executed as BOT (toll) on DBFOT Pattern. The project is on toll basis with a concession period of 24 years including construction period of 2.5 years and the estimated cost of the project is Rs471.05 crore. The company has now received a Letter of Award from NHAI for the project.

In the late afternoon, IL&FS Transportation was trading at around Rs196.50 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2.32% up from the previous close.

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