Noront recommends shareholders accept improved BHP offer
- BHP increases its all-cash offer to Noront shareholders to C$0.75 per share, representing a 36% premium to its previous offer, a 7% premium to the Wyloo offer and a 213% premium to Noront’s unaffected price.
- Noront supports BHP’s improved offer and recommends shareholders tender now to receive the cash consideration offered.
- The BHP offer will be open until 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on November 9, 2021. Shareholders have 22 days to decide to accept the full and immediate value offered by BHP.
- BHP’s offer does not require Wyloo’s support to be successful.
- BHP’s all-cash offer provides certainty of value and liquidity.
Offer expires 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on November 9, 2021; for more information visit NorontTender.ca
TORONTO and MELBOURNE, Victoria, – MINING – BHP Lonsdale Investments Pty Ltd (“BHP Lonsdale”), a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP, and Noront Resources Ltd. (TSXV: NOT) (“Noront“) announced today that BHP has agreed to increase its all-cash offer for Noront shares to C$0.75 per share (the “Offer”).
The Noront Board, considering the superior C$0.75 per share cash purchase price in the amended Offer, has determined that the proposal from Wyloo Metals Pty Ltd. (“Wyloo”), at a price of C$0.70 per share, has ceased to be a “superior proposal”, and recommends the Noront shareholders tender their shares to the BHP Offer.
Shareholders have until 11:59 p.m. (Toronto Time) on November 9, 2021 to accept the increased Offer and tender their shares.
Improved Premium & Highest All-Cash Offer Available to Shareholders
BHP’s increased Offer of C$0.75 per Noront share is superior to other offers available to Noront and its shareholders. BHP had the option to match Wyloo and elected to exceed Wyloo’s proposal by C$0.05. BHP’s increased offer delivers compelling value to Noront shareholders:
213% premium over Noront’s unaffected price of C$0.241
36% premium over BHP’s previous offer of C$0.55 per share
7% premium over Wyloo’s latest offer of C$0.70 per share
BHP Chief Development Officer, Johan van Jaarsveld, said: “Our increased offer of C$0.75 per share provides a compelling premium for Noront shareholders and is available to shareholders now. Our offer provides shareholders with the value inherent in Noront’s portfolio of projects, including the Eagle’s Nest project, delivering shareholders who accept our offer certainty of value and immediate liquidity.”
1 On May 21, 2021, the last trading day prior to Wyloo’s first publicly announced intention to make an offer for Noront at C$0.315 per share.
Certainty of Value Today; Protection from Execution & Dilution Risk
The Offer provides 100% cash consideration for Noront shares, providing Noront shareholders with certainty of value now while removing financing, market, regulatory and execution risks to Noront shareholders.
BHP recognizes that delivering Noront’s portfolio of projects in the Ring of Fire is expected to take many years, require significant capital investment, development of remote infrastructure, and management of numerous stakeholders. There is no certainty that shareholders remaining invested in Noront will ever realize the value for their shares offered by BHP in cash today.
Noront and BHP believe that the Offer provides Noront shareholders with the value inherent in Noront’s portfolio of projects without the long-term risks associated with the development and execution of those projects. Noront CEO, Alan Coutts, said: “This transaction provides a premium to Wyloo’s offer, and delivers certainty of value to Noront shareholders via an all-cash offer. Noront’s Board of Directors determined that BHP’s improved offer is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders and recommends Noront shareholders tender their shares to the BHP offer.”
Noront’s Board of Directors, with input from its financial and legal advisors and the Special Committee, determined the improved offer is fair, from a financial point of view, to Noront shareholders (other than BHP Lonsdale and its affiliates).
The BHP Offer Does Not Require Wyloo’s Support
Wyloo’s support of the transaction is not required in order for the Offer to be successful. In order for Noront shareholders to receive the C$0.75 all-cash offer price for their shares, at least 50% of shares not owned by BHP must be tendered. Only those who tender their shares will receive the cash consideration of C$0.75 per share. If shareholders other than Wyloo support the Offer and tender their shares, the Offer will succeed.
BHP Chief Development Officer, Johan van Jaarsveld, said: “Now is the time for shareholders to decide if they want to tender to our improved offer and crystallize the compelling and full value it represents.”
To tender your shares, see shareholder information below.
For Noront shareholders
A notice of variation (the “Notice of Variation”) in respect of the Amended Offer will be mailed shortly to Noront shareholders and will be available under Noront’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on Noront’s website at www.norontresources.com.
Tendering is quick and easy
Only those who tender their shares will receive the cash consideration of C$0.75 per share. For more information, please visit www.noronttender.ca.
Tender by 11:59 p.m. (Toronto time) on November 9, 2021
|How to tender your shares|
|Shareholder type:||How do I tender my shares to BHP’s offer?|
Most Noront shareholders are beneficial shareholders. This means your Noront shares are held through a broker, bank, or other financial intermediary, and you do not have a share certificate.
|Contact your bank or your broker’s corporate actions department immediately and instruct them to tender your shares to the Offer.|
You hold your Noront shares directly and may have a share certificate.
|Contact Kingsdale Advisors:
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About Noront Resources
Noront Resources Ltd. is focused on the development of its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum and palladium deposit and the world class chromite deposits including Blackbird, Black Thor, and Big Daddy, all of which are located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario in an emerging metals camp known as the Ring of Fire. www.norontresources.com
BHP is a world-leading global resources company. We extract and process minerals, oil and gas, with 80,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas. Our products are sold worldwide, with sales and marketing led through Singapore and Houston, United States. Our global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. Our Potash head office is in Saskatoon and our head office for metals exploration is in Toronto.
Our corporate purpose is to bring people and resources together to build a better world. Our strategy is to create value by growing our exposure to a portfolio of world-class, expandable assets in future-facing commodities. We create value for our stakeholders and the communities where we operate by focusing on safety, sustainability, innovation and exceptional performance.
BHP has a strong track record in Canada
BHP has a strong track record of mining development and investment in Canada over several decades. We have invested in diamonds, potash, exploration, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research, and in environmental preservation through the BHP Foundation in Canada’s boreal forest. We have built strong relationships with communities and stakeholders throughout our history in Canada. Earlier this year, BHP approved US$5.7 billion in investment for its Jansen project, for what stands to be one of the world’s largest, most modern potash mines and a significant economic driver for Saskatchewan.