Metals Acquisition dual lists on ASX following A$325m IPO

20th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Metals Acquisition dual lists on ASX following A$325m IPO

Copper miner Metals Acquisition Limited (MAC) on Tuesday started trading on the ASX, following completion of its oversubscribed initial public offering (IPO) in Australia.

MAC raised A$325-million through the issue of 19.12-million chess depository interests (CDIs) at the top of its indicative price range, being A$17 a CDI.

At listing, MAC has an implied total market capitalisation of about A$1.18-billion, which the company said cemented the IPO as the biggest ASX mining listing based on market cap in more than five years.

Also listed on the NYSE, MAC’s goal is to acquire and operate metals and mining assets in high-quality, stable jurisdictions around the world that are critical in the electrification and decarbonisation of the global economy.

The company’s foundational asset is the CSA copper mine near Cobar, western New South Wales, which MAC acquired from Glencore last year. CSA is the highest-grade copper mine in Australia.

MAC will use the IPO proceeds to repay a A$127-million deferred consideration facility to Glencore in connection with the A$1.64-billion acquisition of CSA. It will also commit further working capital to improve the mine’s production, development opportunities and undertake in-mine, near-mine and regional exploration.

Backed by a board and management team, MAC is led by CEO Mick McMullen, who has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in the exploration, financing, development and operations of mining companies globally.

McMullen grew up in western New South Wales and was previously CEO and president of Canadian gold producer Detour Gold, where he increased Detour’s market capitalisation from C$2.1-billion to C$4.9-billion over seven months leading to the C$4.9-billion acquisition of Detour by Kirkland Lake Gold. He was CEO at US palladium and platinum producer, Stillwater Mining, increasing its market capitalisation from $1.3-billion to $2.2-billion, and its eventual $2.7-billion sale to Sibanye Gold.

“An Australian IPO and listing will allow us to pursue a range of organic and inorganic growth opportunities in Australia and globally to continue building shareholder value,” said McMullen.