Uranium, gold explorers to raise $14m

Uranium explorer Peninsula Energy is planning a $9.1 million capital raising to fund costs associated with its mines in the US, while De Grey Mining is planning to raise $5 million to fund exploration activities at its Mallina gold project, near Port Hedland.

Alkane to raise $55m

Alkane Resources has received commitments to raise $20 million through a share placement, and up to $34.8 million through a 1-for-8 rights issue, to accelerate exploration and development programs in the Tomingley gold corridor in New South Wales.

NRW confirms BGC acquisition

NRW Holdings has purchased BGC Contracting for $116.4 million in cash, three weeks after it was named preferred bidder, and plans a capital raising of $130 million to fund the transaction.

AFG directors in $27.6m sale

Two Australian Finance Group founders have sold shares worth about $27.6 million, about 5 per cent of the company, as they plan to diversify their portfolios.

Catalyst to raise $8m

West Perth-based Catalyst Metals has received commitments to raise $7.9 million through a share placement, backed by Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting, to accelerate its Four Eagles and Tandarra gold projects in Victoria.

iCetana signs Hartleys for IPO

Western Australia’s latest initial public offering has brought together an unlikely pairing – a tech company that has been strongly supported by venture capital investors and a stockbroking firm that has traditionally focused on the mining sector.

WA Group buys White Ribbon

Not-for-profit group Communicare Inc has announced the acquisition of White Ribbon Australia, following negotiations with liquidators Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants.

APM hikes Konekt takeover offer, again

West Perth-based APM has been forced to lift its takeover bid for ASX-listed Konekt for a second time, increasing its offer price from 64 cents to 70 cents per share, to match a second higher offer from competing bidder Maximus.

Veris sells Elton business for $13m

Perth-based Veris has sold its advisory service arm Elton Consulting to global engineering group WSP for $13 million, in a bid to retire debt and strengthen the company's cash position.

Winchester to raise $6.4m

US-focused Winchester Energy has received commitments to raise $6.4 million through a share placement to fast-track oil exploration and production activities at its Permian Basin project in Texas.

Mincor to raise $35m

Perth-based Mincor Resources has received commitments to raise $30 million through a placement, backed by major shareholders Andrew Forrest and Independence Group, and is looking to raise a further $5

Meteoric to raise $7m

Perth-based Meteoric Resources has received commitments to raise $7 million through a share placement to accelerate its Juruena and Novo Astro gold projects in Brazil.

Abalone exporter to raise $2.9m

Ocean Grown Abalone is seeking to raise $2.9 million through a one-for-eight rights issue to progress the feasibility and development of its Esperance hatchery and grow-out project in Western Australia.

ADC completes $18m acquisition

Perth-based property group Australian Development Capital (ADC) has acquired the Belmont headquarters of international rail solutions group Hitachi Rail in an $18 million transaction.

Alderan partners with Rio for US project

Minerals explorer Alderan Resources has entered an earn-in and joint venture agreement worth up to $US30 million with Rio Tinto to explore its Frisco project in Utah.

Tietto to raise $17m

African-focused gold explorer Tietto Minerals announced it would raise $17 million through a share placement, primarily to fund drilling at the company’s Abujar project in Côte D’Ivoire.

Saracen pays $US750m for Super Pit stake

Saracen Mineral Holdings confirmed today it has agreed to buy a 50 per cent stake in Kalgoorlie’s famous Super Pit gold mine with managing director Raleigh Finlayson saying the asset has already delivered positive surprises.

ERA to raise $476m to close uranium mine

Rio Tinto said it will subscribe to $326 million rights shares of Energy Resources of Australia, which has been desperately seeking funds to close and rehabilitate the controversial Ranger uranium mine.

Talga to raise $6.3m

West Perth-based Talga Resources is seeking to raise $6.25 million through a share placement and purchase plan, primarily to fund the development of its graphite project in Sweden.

Phylogica invests $15m into Vision Pharma

Biotech company Phylogica announced it had increased its shareholding in Vision Pharma to 90 per cent, following a $15 million investment using funds it had raised through a recent rights issue.

Monadelphous expands to South America

Engineering company Monadelphous has entered the Chilean market with the acquisition of two jointly-owned mining services providers, Buildtek and Maqrent.