Silver Lake Agrees to Buy Integra Mining for A$426 Million

Silver Lake Resources Ltd., an Australian gold producer, offered to buy Integra Mining Ltd. for A$426 million ($450 million) in shares to expand output.

Silver Lake is offering 1 new share for every 6.28 of its target, or 45.2 cents a share, Perth-based Silver Lake said today in a statement. That’s a 44 percent premium to Integra’s last closing price on Aug. 3.

Acquiring Integra may double Silver Lake’s annual output to as much as 250,000 ounces this fiscal year from operations in close proximity to each other in Western Australia state. Gold prices, up 2.5 percent in 2012, are gaining for a 12th consecutive year.

“The strategic and financial logic of the combination is clear, driven by the complementary nature of the two companies’ projects and the strong organic growth profile of the combined business,” Les Davis, Silver Lake’s managing director, said in the statement.

Silver Lake slumped 8.5 percent to A$2.60, the most since May 15 at the close of trading in Sydney. Integra rose 27 percent.

Integra’s directors recommended the deal in absence of a higher offer. Integra shareholders will have a 40 percent stake in the enlarged Silver Lake.

There have been $5.9 billion of gold mining deals this year with an average premium of 22 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with a 2011 total of $39 billion at an average premium of 24 percent, the data shows.

RBC Capital Markets is financial adviser to Silver Lake and Macquarie Capital (Australia) Ltd. is advising Integra.

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