08/05/2017 - 09:37

Macmahon, AMNT progress ‘transformational’ deal

08/05/2017 - 09:37

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Macmahon Holdings has finalised documentation for what is a potentially transformational deal with Indonesia's PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara, two months after announcing a heads of agreement in the midst of a hostile takeover battle.

Macmahon, AMNT progress ‘transformational’ deal
Macmahon shareholders are expected to meet in July to consider the deal.

Macmahon Holdings has finalised documentation for what is a potentially transformational deal with Indonesia's PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara, two months after announcing a heads of agreement in the midst of a hostile takeover battle.

Under the deal, Macmahon will provide earthmoving and mining services for AMNT's Batu Hijau copper and gold mine, while the Indonesian company wil become its biggest shareholder.

Macmahon says the 14-year life-of-mine contract is expected to generate revenue of $US2.9 billion and materially improve earnings in the 2018 financial year.

It now expects earnings before interest and tax for the 2018 financial year of between $40 million and $50 million.

Under the deal, Macmahon also will acquire $US145.6 million of mining equipment from AMNT and pay for it by issuing 954 million of its shares to AMNT's subsidiary, Amman Mineral Contractors, at a price of $A0.203 per share.

That will make AMC Macmahon's biggest shareholder, with a stake of 44.3 per cent.

The deal is subject to approval from Macmahon shareholders.

The terms are broadly unchanged from those announced in March, when Macmahon said PT Amman could emerge with a shareholding of between 40 per cent and 50.1 per cent.

The total value of work over the life of the project has been increased from $US2.7 billion to $US2.9 billion, while the amount of work expected over the first five years of the contract (from January 2018) has been cut from $US2.0 billion to $US1.8 billion. 

The announcement of the heads of agreement helped Macmahon fend off a hostile takeover offer from CIMIC Group, which was pitched at a price of 14.5 cents per share. 

Earlier today, Macmahon said all of its directors believed the deal could be transformational for the company and could position it as a leading force in mining services.

It said the deal would give it a regional profile and scale, and could lead to other work in Indonesia.

Its directors unanimously recommend that shareholders support the transaction.

"If completed, this transaction will see Macmahon's scale significantly increase and that brings with it a number of benefits which will assist us in the execution of new and existing projects," Macmahon chief executive Michael Finnegan said in a statement.

"It will make us a stronger and more robust business, and will provide us with a supportive and strategically aligned major shareholder which should help us to grow even further."

Macmahon shareholders are expected to meet in July to consider the deal.

Shares in Macmahon were steady at 15.5 cents at 1129 AEST.

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