Glencore and Evolution Mining Limited (Evolution) have entered into a binding agreement for the sale and purchase of Glencore’s 100% interest in Ernest Henry Mining Pty Ltd, the owner of the Ernest Henry Mining (EHM) copper-gold mine in Queensland, Australia.
Glencore will receive A$1 billion, comprising A$800 million on the closing of the transaction and a further A$200 million payable 12 months after the transaction closes.
Evolution will assume full ownership and operational control of the copper-gold mine and will enter into a copper concentrate offtake agreement and separate ore tolling agreement with Glencore.
Evolution, a local Australian company, has worked in partnership with Glencore for the past five years at EHM and has emerged as a globally relevant low-cost gold producer with a strong growth profile.
Jake Klein, Evolution Mining, Executive Chairman, commented: “We have long coveted to own Ernest Henry. It is a world class asset, in Australia, and one which we know extremely well due to our successful investment in the asset in 2016 and we are proud that it will once again be 100% Australian owned. The acquisition is consistent with our strategy, materially improves the quality of our portfolio and delivers both strong cashflow and mine life extension opportunities.
The site management team have an outstanding track record of operational delivery and we are delighted they will be joining Evolution and look forward to working with them to make this an even better operation.
We are also pleased to be continuing our strong relationship with Glencore and that the product will continue to be treated in the local region at its Mt Isa smelter and Townsville refinery.”
Gary Nagle, CEO, Glencore, commented: “Evolution has been a strong partner in the Ernest Henry mine for five years. They share our way of working and commitment to operating responsibly across all aspects of the business.”
Glencore’s commitment to north-west Queensland will continue with the Mount Isa Mines copper and zinc complex, copper smelter and Townsville copper refinery. Glencore will also increase its focus on lower-cost, long-life copper assets in its global portfolio like those in Africa and South America.
Glencore will offtake 100% of the copper concentrate produced at EHM. Glencore will continue to be among Australia’s leading producers and exporters of the green metals that underpin the global transition to a low-carbon future.