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Nevsun: Nearly There

Source: Adrian Day for Streetwise Reports


September 12, 2018 ( Newswire) Fund manager Adrian Day looks at the new offer for Nevsun and the possibility of another bid coming.

Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NSU:TSX; NSU:NYSE.MKT, US$4.40) announced an agreed take-over by Zijin Mining at C$6 per share, a meaningful premium over Lundin's hostile C$4.75 bid. Zijin is the third-largest publicly traded gold miner in the world. Following its purchase of the Bor mine and smelter, it became a front-runner for Timok. The following day, Lundin said would not increase its bid for Nevsun.

This is a good offer, though we should have preferred one at least partially in shares in a good copper company, allowing us to continue to have exposure to Timok, as well as avoid the immediate tax bill.

Will there be another bid?

The probability now that there will be another bid is low, notwithstanding that Timok is one of, if not the best undeveloped copper projects in the world, and that there is a paucity of good copper projects in low-risk jurisdictions. However, the bid is over NAV, at the high end of a purchase of an undeveloped project. Zijin has a competitive advantage with its smelter, so another company bidding higher could not have the same rate of return as Zijin. And if another company made a higher hostile bid, there is always the possibility that Zijin would come back topping it, so a third party is unlikely to go to the time and trouble of a hostile bid they may not win.

But another higher bid is by no means out of the question, given the quality of the asset and the number of companies that have looked at it recently. We speculate that Nevsun's somewhat unusual comments that "the board has preserved the ability to respond to unsolicited proposals"…and "optionality remains for us to consider a superior bid" mean that Nevsun knows other companies are still interested.

We are holding for a little longer:

On the other hand:

In short, we are holding for now. Once the bid circular is filled—by September 18 at the latest—the tender will remain open for 105 days, unless Nevsun shortens the bid period. Were this to occur, we would infer that no other bid was expected. But if you need the funds for something else—whether a holiday or to buy other resource stocks at bargain prices, then you can sell with low risk of foregoing meaningful upside.


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