Noront Resources plans to negotiate with Wyloo on raised buyout offer – ET Auto
Wyloo, Noront’s top shareholder, increased its offer to C$1.10 a share on Monday, valuing the miner at C$616.9 million ($481.28 million), 57% higher than its prior bid and outmatching BHP Group’s C$0.75 per-share offer.
The move by Wyloo is the latest twist in the bidding war between the two miners from Australia for the supply of a key battery metal used in electric vehicles.
Noront on Tuesday did not provide any update whether its board is changing its recommendation for the BHP’s offer, but added that the company is reviewing Wyloo’s proposal.
BHP on Monday also ended talks with Wyloo regarding its support for the takeover of Noront as the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.
At the heart of the tussle is Noront’s Eagle Nest nickel asset in Canada’s so-called Ring of Fire, a high-grade deposit of the metal, as well as copper and palladium.