Commodities Buzz: Canadas Copper Mountain grabs Altona Mining in $72-million deal

Canadas Copper Mountain Mining has completed the acquisition of Australian junior Altona Mining for A$ 93 million, or about $ 72 million. As part of the deal, each Altona share will be exchanged for 0.0974 Copper Mountain shares, which equates to a 41.7% premium based on closing prices at the time of both companies first agreed on the deal, in November. The merger gives the Vancouver-based copper miner access to Altonas assets, which include $ 30 million in cash, and a permitted development project in Queensland, Australia.

Copper Mountains main asset is the 75%-owned Copper Mountain open pit mine, in southern British Columbia, which is forecast to produce between 34,000 and 38,500 tonnes of the red metal this year. The combination of the two companies creates a mid-sized copper miner, with an expected annual production of about 73,000 tonnes of the metal.