Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Goldcorp Said to Have Shown Interest in Newmont Mines

July 18 (Bloomberg) -- Goldcorp Inc. expressed an interest in buying African gold mines from Newmont Mining Corp. earlier this year during merger talks between Newmont and its largest rival, according to people familiar with the situation.

Goldcorp explored the possibility of acquiring mines in Ghana as part of the potential combination of Newmont and Barrick Gold Corp., said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private.

Talks between Barrick and Newmont about a merger broke down in April. The deal the two miners had considered would have included the spinoff of some of the combined company’s assets, two people familiar with the matter said at the time.

Buying the Ghana assets would mark a departure for Goldcorp, which only has mines in the Americas. Chief Executive Officer Chuck Jeannes said in September that the Vancouver-based company is focused on large deposits with low costs and long lives. In April he said Goldcorp is looking in locations with low political risk.

In April, around the same time the Barrick-Newmont discussions faltered, Goldcorp terminated a hostile C$3.3 billion ($3.1 billion) bid for Osisko Mining Corp., a Canadian gold producer that agreed to be bought by two other companies.

Christine Marks, a Goldcorp spokeswoman, and Omar Jabara, a Newmont spokesman, declined to comment on the Ghana assets.

Newmont’s Ahafo and Akyem mines in Ghana accounted for 12 percent of company revenue in 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Newmont is considering expanding a processing plant and constructing a new underground mine in the West African country.

Canada’s Barrick is the world’s largest gold miner by revenue and Newmont is the third-biggest.

To contact the reporters on this story: Liezel Hill in Toronto at lhill30@bloomberg.net; Scott Deveau in Toronto at sdeveau2@bloomberg.net; Matthew Campbell in London at mcampbell39@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net Will Wade

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.