Nov. 17, 2014, 9:10 AM
- Osisko Gold Royalties (OTC:OKSKF, OTCPK:OSKFF) agrees to acquire Virginia Mines (OTCPK:VGMNF) for ~$461M in an all-stock deal, combining two companies that derive their income from royalties from gold mines in Quebec.
- The companies say the deal gives them greater liquidity, stronger finances and better access to capital.
Apr. 23, 2014, 11:19 AM
- Yamana Gold (AUY -0.6%) and Agnico Eagle (AEM +2%) are "clear winners" for acquiring Osisko Mining (OSKFF) because it is crucial for gold miners to secure low-risk production at this stage in the cycle, National Bank analyst Steve Parsons says.
- It is increasingly difficult to find large gold deposits in mining friendly jurisdictions - such as Osisko's Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec - and companies need to look at obtaining those assets now or face declining production profiles in the future, Parsons says, adding that now is a good time for mid-tier miners to do business with senior producers who are busy cleaning up their balance sheets.
- For AUY, Parsons says the addition of a low-cost, cornerstone asset should help the stock get re-rated towards its higher-multiple peers; for AEM, the deal is accretive on all metrics and adds another cornerstone asset to its already concentrated portfolio.
Apr. 21, 2014, 12:51 PM
- Goldcorp (GG +0.8%) officially gives up its bid for Osisko Mining (OSKFF -0.1%), saying it will not raise its offer to acquire the company; its most recent C$3.6B offer will expire tomorrow night before midnight.
- Yamana Gold (AUY -3.5%) and Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM -3.7%) joined forces last week for a C$3.9B offer to acquire Osisko.
Apr. 17, 2014, 2:59 PM
- After getting the best deal he could for Osisko Mining (OSKFF) with the friendly $3.9B combined offer from Yamana Gold (AUY) and Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), thwarting Goldcorp's (GG) out-of-the-blue hostile offer, CEO Sean Roosen lashes out at the Canadian system that led to the outcome.
- "The bigger companies basically have free range to rape and pillage," Roosen says, believing large companies benefit from rules requiring Toronto-listed bidders to win approval from their own shareholders for an acquisition being paid for with a new share issue equal to more than 25% of the current float.
- Poison pills in Canada are limited in duration, unlike in the U.S. where they can, at least in theory, last forever.
Apr. 16, 2014, 9:51 AM
- Yamana Gold (AUY -1.5%) and Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM -3.3%) agree to acquire Osisko Mining (OSKFF) for C$3.9B, or C$8.15/share.
- The total offer consists of C$1B in cash, C$2.33B in AUY and AEM shares, and shares of a new company with an implied value of ~C$575M.
- The companies say the offer represents an ~11% premium to the implied value of Goldcorp's (GG +2%) hostile bid.
- The deal replaces a transaction announced April 2 in which AUY agreed to buy 50% of Osisko’s assets.
Apr. 10, 2014, 9:56 AM
- Goldcorp's (GG -1.5%) sweetened bid hasn't swayed Osisko Mining (OSKFF +1.6%) CEO Sean Roosen, who makes it clear his company still favors a deal with Yamana Gold (AUY +1.4%) since it ensures continued strong exposure to the Canadian Malartic mine in Quebec: "It has a higher upside than Goldcorp ever will."
- Goldcorp's Chuck Jeannes sees it differently, of course, maintaining that Osisko shareholders will retain continued exposure to Canadian Malartic as well as benefit from Goldcorp’s portfolio of world-class assets.
- Osisko shareholders may be turned off by the complexity of the AUY deal; at least one analyst thinks the GG bid will be viewed more favorably by investors because it is more straightforward and worth slightly more.
Apr. 10, 2014, 7:26 AM
- Goldcorp (GG) has increased its offer for Osisko Mining (OSKFF) to C$7.65 a share in cash and stock, making the deal worth C$3.6B vs C$2.6B previously.
- Goldcorp is offering 0.17 share and an increased cash bid of C$2.92 a share.
- Osisko has been trying to stave off Goldcorp's advances with a deal with Yamana Gold (AUY). (PR)
Apr. 8, 2014, 2:20 PM
- Osisko Mining (OSKFF +1.3%) CEO Sean Roosen predicts Goldcorp (GG +2.4%) will end up walking away from its hostile takeover attempt because it won't be able to raise its bid for Osisko enough to trump last week's offer from Yamana Gold (AUY +1.2%).
- Goldcorp had "painted themselves in a corner" by telling shareholders repeatedly that they would not overpay for Osisko and now it will be hard to come back, Roosen says.
- The CEO adds that some in-house problems had cropped up recently for GG, including the suspension of operations last week at its Los Filos mine in Mexico and the filing of a technical report on its Eleonore project in Quebec, which Roosen says was "not exactly a stellar outcome."
Apr. 3, 2014, 10:57 AM
- Goldcorp (GG -1.5%), whose C$2.6B hostile bid for Osisko Mining (OSKFF -1.7%) was set to expire this Friday, says it is extending its offer until April 15 while it continues its due diligence process at Osisko’s Malartic mine in Quebec.
- In an attempt to thwart Goldcorp's offer, Osisko said Yamana Gold (AUY -1.5%) would buy a 50% stake in its mining and exploration assets for C$930M, and GG says it plans to complete an analysis of yesterday's proposal.
- GG agreed last month not to take up and pay for shares that were deposited in favor of its bid before April 15, as part of a settlement with Osisko.
Apr. 2, 2014, 6:40 PM
- Yamana Gold (AUY) looks to have captured a huge prize in the Malartic gold mine via the acquisition of a 50% stake in Osisko Mining's (OSKFF) mining and exploration assets, but analysts are skeptical about AUY effectively paying a premium without gaining a controlling interest in the mine itself.
- Cowen analyst Adam Graff approves of the deal as it would help generate some tax savings for AUY in Canada, but he doubts the savings will offset the negative impact of the purchase premium.
- Investor Adrian Day says the implied price AUY would pay doesn't look grossly high, but the deal structure, where Yamana will not get control, is unusual; if hostile takeover bidder Goldcorp (GG) comes back with a better offer, he thinks many shareholders will find it easier to wrap their heads around than AUY's deal.
- Analysts had not expected another mining company to challenge Goldcorp, and some see a higher bid coming: "They have been chasing this asset for five years and there is no reason they would let it slip through their fingers."
- AUY shares -2.2% on the day, but most gold miners gained: OSKFF +7.7%, GG +2%, NGD +4.4%, ABX +4%, AGI +4%, NEM +3.3%, ANV +3.3%, NG +3%, GFI +2.7%, KGC +2.6%.
Apr. 2, 2014, 9:59 AM
- Yamana Gold (AUY +1.7%) and Osisko Mining (OSKFF +3%) announce a partnership in which AUY will acquire a 50% interest in Osisko's mining and exploration assets for C$441.5M in cash and 95.7M AUY common shares having an aggregate value of C$929.6M.
- AUY will become an equal partner in all of Osisko's mining and exploration assets; Osisko will continue to operate the Canadian Malartic Mine and all other projects under the guidance of a joint operating committee.
- AUY is stepping in as Osisko's white knight as the latter attempts to fight off a hostile takeover bid by Goldcorp (GG +2.9%), but the deal is complicated and will require some selling to shareholders.
Mar. 26, 2014, 11:59 AM
- Goldcorp (GG -2.6%) would rather walk away from its hostile $2.8B offer for Osisko Mining (OSKFF -5.7%) than pay too much, Chairman Ian Telfer says without ruling out a higher bid.
- But Telfer says he remains confident the his company’s bid will succeed; in an interview yesterday, he pointed out that Osisko is running out of time to find a white knight bidder, and that the “just say no" defense almost never works.
- Telfer says Goldcorp got what it wanted out of the settlement earlier this month as it eliminated Osisko’s poison pill and will allow the company to do more due diligence on Osisko’s Canadian Malartic mine; GG possibly could raise its bid depending on what the due diligence reveals, Telfer says.
Mar. 11, 2014, 12:57 PM
- Osisko Mining (OSKFF +0.3%) urges patience from its shareholders and says it is still pursuing a range of alternative to Goldcorp's (GG +0.4%) hostile C$2.89B takeover offer, a day after Goldcorp said it is extending its offer to acquire all of Osisko’s shares to March 21.
- Osisko countered with a statement reminding its shareholders that a settlement agreement between the two companies stipulates that Goldcorp cannot take up and pay for any Osisko shares deposited to its bid before April 15.
- Osisko shares have been trading well above the implied value of Goldcorp’s offer since the bid was announced Jan. 14.
Mar. 3, 2014, 10:57 AM
- Osisko Mining (OSKFF +5.1%) agrees to drop its legal effort to block Goldcorp's (GG +2.4%) hostile takeover bid, a possible sign that a rival offer may emerge.
- Osisko says it will allow full due diligence access to its business and assets by April 1 and won’t apply its shareholder rights plan; in exchange, Goldcorp will not to take up and pay for shares deposited in the takeover bid before April 15 unless Osisko announces a transaction with another party.
- In its own announcement, Osisko says it is aggressively pursuing alternatives, suggesting it is part of the reason for the settlement with Goldcorp.
Feb. 19, 2014, 3:19 PM
- Osisko Mining (OSKFF -3.8%) CEO Sean Roosen again urges shareholders to reject Goldcorp's (GG -2.8%) unsolicited takeover offer and adds that the bid is preventing them from getting a dividend.
- Roosen says Osisko had set the stage for significant dividend policy for 2014, but claims that some of the money is now being spent on lawyers and bankers dealing with the legal challenge against Goldcorp.
- TD Securities downgrades Osisko to Hold from Buy, believing there’s significant risk the Goldcorp offer will fail with an unfavorable court ruling.
- Late Tuesday, GG extended its C$2.89B hostile bid for Osisko to March 10.
Feb. 5, 2014, 7:45 AM
- Goldcorp (GG) agrees to effectively freeze its hostile C$2.78B offer for Osisko Mining (OSKFF) as a judge sets a March 3 date for a court trial; Goldcorp also says it won’t buy or pay for any Osisko shares sold into the bid before a judgment from the trial.
- Osisko started the lawsuit to stop the takeover last month, alleging Goldcorp misused confidential data; Goldcorp has denied the allegations.