Infignos Media -- buyersUSA Consulting
NOW PLAYING
15 Radio Streams
Click Here
Tangible Investment Group
Advertise Here

From Energy - Mining / Metals

Brought to you by Oxford Lumber

Neighborhood service and warehouse prices since 1958. We're also proud to own and operate Roanoke Ace Home Center, Talladega Ace Home Center and Jacksonville Home Center. Oxford Lumber is located at 1400 Barry Street. Call 256-831-0540

Gratitude

Sale of Diamonds Business

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:22:47 EST

BHP Billiton has signed definitive agreements to sell its diamonds business, comprising its interests in the EKATI Diamond Mine and Diamonds Marketing operations, to Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. (Harry Winston) for an aggregate cash consideration of US$500 million. The transactions are subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions. Completion is expected in the first quarter of calendar year 2013.

Under the terms of the agreements, Harry Winston will assume all of BHP Billiton's obligations under EKATI's Environmental Agreement with the Government of Canada and the Northwest Territories, Socio-Economic Agreement with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Impact and Benefit Agreements with Aboriginal Groups and pension liabilities linked to the mine's defined benefit scheme. Harry Winston is also committed to maintaining EKATI's environmental standards and will continue to work with local businesses and communities in the Canadian North. All BHP Billiton employees working at EKATI, in Yellowknife and in Diamonds Marketing in Antwerp will become employees of Harry Winston as part of the transaction.

BHP Billiton Diamonds & Specialty Products President Tim Cutt said: 'We are very proud of EKATI's track record and the substantial value it has created for the region and our shareholders. The mine's success is a credit to the people who work there, at Yellowknife and with the marketing team in Antwerp. Harry Winston has long experience in the Canadian diamond industry and their commitment to study further development at EKATI could help extend the mine's contribution to Northern Canada for many years to come.'

BHP Billiton Chief Executive Non-Ferrous Andrew Mackenzie said: 'The divestment of EKATI is consistent with our focus on large, long-life, low-cost, expandable, upstream assets and, together with the recent sale of our interests in Richards Bay Minerals and Yeelirrie, reflects our ongoing pursuit of a simpler business.'

The EKATI joint venture parties holding the minority interests in the EKATI mine hold pre-emptive rights to purchase BHP Billiton's interests and have 60 days from the date they are provided with notice to exercise such rights. Harry Winston's agreements to purchase BHP Billiton's EKATI interests are subject to the expiration or waiver of these pre-emptive rights and other customary regulatory and closing conditions.

The divestment of EKATI will result in an impairment of approximately US$200 million (post tax) to the carrying value of the asset which will be reflected as an exceptional item in BHP Billiton's financial results.

About EKATI

EKATI is located 310 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife and 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. It was Canada's first diamond mine. BHP Billiton's interest in EKATI consists of an 80 per cent interest in the Core Zone Joint Venture, comprising existing operations and a 58.8 per cent interest in the Buffer Zone Joint Venture, primarily focusing on exploration targets.

This release was made outside the hours of operation of the ASX market announcements office.


Source: WebWire



From Our Blogs

Help College-Age Children Resolve to Manage their Finances Better

Parents and guardians can help their children become more financially savvy.

Resolve to Make Your Skin More Beautiful this Year

The new year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful.

Resolve to Adopt Cost-Cutting Shopping Habits in the New Year

Easy ways to start saving now and develop smart shopping habits for the remainder of 2015.

ne Last Indulgence Before Your New Year's Resolutions Kick In

There’s another chic pastry that deserves its day -- the madeleine!


Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Our Website Sponsors

TransformationSolutions.com

Stop smoking, lose weight, and even improve your golf score. For our free consultation call 256-237.8049 or visit us on the web at transformationsolutions.com

Buyer's Edge Realty

Annie Brunson, Buyer’s Edge Realty: A long record of successfully guiding buyers and sellers through all aspects of real estate.

Oxford Carpets Coldwater

A new depth of 1st quality luxury for your family at frugal prices! Always 50% less than our local competitors! Call Oxford Carpets Coldwater at 256-835-2155

LaMar's Donuts

Our donuts are the ultimate indulgence. Visit us at our 1781 Hamric Drive E. location in Oxford. Call 256-832-4353.

TCBY Yogurt

The country's best yogurt. Softserve, hand scooped, smoothies, cakes, pies, and specialty items. There's nothing like a specialty ice cream cake for your next special occasion! Visit or Anniston location at 1903 Quintard Avenue. 256-238-8229.