Hindalco to accept Metal X offer to buyout Australian arm

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Aditya Birla-led aluminium manufacturer Hindalco said on Tuesday it will accept the Australian company Metal X’s improved takeover offer for its Australian subsidiary Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd.

Metal X has announced its “intention to improve its ongoing takeover offer for acquiring the shares of ABML under the relevant laws of Australia”, Hindalco said in a stock exchange filing.

Metal X has offered one fully paid ordinary share in Metals X Ltd for 4.5 ABML shares and Australian $0.08 in cash for every ABML share held, it said.

“Further, the company (ABML) has informed that Hindalco has communicated to ABML its intention to accept the aforesaid offer subject to receiving the approval of RBI and no bona fide superior proposal being announced by a third party within five business days of Metals X announcing its intention to make the aforesaid offer,” the filing added.

“Aditya Birla is an underperforming company and its shareholders have seen substantial loss of wealth over the last few years,” said Metals X chief executive and managing director Peter Cook.

“However, Metals X believes its underground mining experience, technical capability, financial capacity and experience in operating Western Australian mines make Metals X almost uniquely placed to take on the nifty challenge,” he said.

Nifty is an underperforming asset, which, with appropriate stewardship, is capable of being a good mine, he added.

Metals X, which mines gold, tin and nickel, aims to expand its operations by adding copper as a new commodity division.



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