Mitsubishi Materials completes Chile's Mantoverde copper mine stake deal

12th February 2021 By: Reuters

TOKYO - Japan's Mitsubishi Materials Corp said on Friday it had completed its purchase of a 30% stake in Chile's Mantoverde copper mine from Mantos Copper for $275-million.

Japan's third-biggest copper smelter also said $520-million in project finance had been completed.

The $275-million investment includes a pro-rata portion of construction capital expenditure as well as adjustments for working capital since last February, it said in a statement.

Mitsubishi announced plans to buy the stake last year to secure concentrate for its smelters.

The acquisition was subject to conditions including an arrangement of project finance, which was completed with six banks on Friday, a spokesman said, without identifying the lenders.

As part of the deal, Mitsubishi Materials agreed to provide a $60 million credit facility to cover potential cost overruns until completion of the project, which provides the company with incremental copper concentrates it produces.

As a result, on top of an offtake entitlement from its 30% stake, Mitsubishi Materials expects to be entitled to about 42% of the copper concentrate from the project, it said.

The mine has 2.1-million tonnes of copper reserves and is owned by a consortium led by British investment company Audley Capital Advisors and Orion Mine Finance, which control Mantos Copper.

The partners plan to spend $784 million to expand facilities and build a concentrator to extract and process sulphide ore, with an aim to start production in 2023.