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Mineral Resources to acquire Atlas Iron
Mineral Resources Limited announces that it has entered into a binding Scheme Implementation Deed with Atlas Iron Limited in relation to a combination of the two companies.
Under the terms of the agreement, MRL has agreed to acquire all of the shares of Atlas via a Scheme of Arrangement (“Scheme”). Atlas shareholders will receive 1 new MRL share for every 571 Atlas shares held on the record date. Based on the closing prices of MRL and Atlas shares on 4 April 2018, this equates to a 59% premium. The Directors of Atlas have unanimously recommended that Atlas shareholders vote in favour of the Scheme and intend to vote the Atlas shares that they control in favour of the Scheme in the absence of a superior proposal and subject to an independent expert concluding (and continuing to conclude) that the Scheme is in the best interests of Atlas shareholders.
Commenting on the acquisition, Chris Ellison, Managing Director of MRL said, “The acquisition of Atlas, including its portfolio of iron ore assets and its export capacity allocation at Utah Point, is onstrategy for MRL. The culture that has been developed within Atlas is an exceptionally good fit with that which has been fostered in MRL. The majority of the Atlas senior leadership team have been running the business for many years and their skillset, experience and intimate knowledge of the Atlas business will be an extremely valuable asset within the consolidated Atlas-MRL business. I look forward to them integrating into the MRL team over the coming months. MRL has the balance sheet capacity required to support the rapid development of the Atlas assets. The amalgamation of MRL’s existing Pilbara iron ore assets with those of Atlas will enable us to exploit greater synergies and economies of scale which will drive down costs to ensure the consolidated iron ore business is sustainable in the new environment of lower global prices for low grade iron ore.”