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ECONOMY | 20-12-2021 11:46

Lundin to buy copper-gold project in Argentina for US$483 Million

Lundin Mining Corp agrees to acquire copper and gold project in San Juan Province for around US$483 million.

Lundin Mining Corp has agreed to acquire Josemaría Resources Inc a copper and gold project in San Juan Province, Argentina, for around US$483 million.

The acquisition will expand Lundin's copper mining operations in South America, with projected average annual production of 130,000 tons over the Josemaría mine's 19-year life, Lundin said Monday in a statement.

Production should start in five years. Miners and investors are optimistic about copper's prospects because of its crucial role in global decarbonisation efforts.

"The world-class Josemaria project is a unique opportunity at an advanced stage with a clear path to production. With Josemaria, Lundin Mining positions itself as a major copper producer with a diversified portfolio of high-quality, long-life base metal assets.

"The acquisition of the Josemaría project complements Lundin Mining's existing portfolio of high-quality mines and underscores our focus on disciplined copper-focused growth," said president and CEO Peter Rockandel.

The share and cash purchase represents a 29 percent premium over Josemaría's average trading price in Toronto in the 10 days to December 17, Lundin said.

by Dylan Griffiths, Bloomberg

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