Capabilities by Industry: Metals & Mining
Greenhill has considerable transaction experience and a global network of corporate relationships in the Metals & Mining sector. Our Managing Directors and professionals have executed many of the most significant and complex transactions for some of the leading global companies.
Our experience in the Metals & Mining industry encompasses all of the commodity sub-sectors as well as: metals and materials; mining services; processing equipment; and steel and mining.
Below we highlight a few of the transactions on which we have advised in this area:
Formation of an incorporated joint venture
Advised Flinders Mines, an ASX-listed mining exploration and development company, on the formation of an incorporated joint venture with BBI Group, providing a structure for the potential integrated financing and development of Flinders’ Pilbara Iron Ore Project and BBI Group’s Balla Balla rail and port infrastructure project
Hycroft Mining Corporation
Advised Hycroft Mining Corporation, a US-based, gold and silver producer operating the Hycroft mine located in Northern Nevada, on the sale of substantially all of its assets to Mudrick Capital Acquisition Corporation
Kidman Resources Limited
Advised Kidman Resources, an ASX-listed hard rock lithium mining company, on its sale to Wesfarmers, one of Australia’s largest diversified listed companies
Long-term lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Mitsui & Co.
Advised Kidman Resources Limited, an ASX-listed hard rock lithium mining company with a 50% interest in the West Australian Mt. Holland lithium project, on a lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Mitsui & Co., a leading global marketing and trading conglomerate based in Japan. The agreement is for an initial term of two years, plus two 2-year term extension options
US$115mm Debt Facility from SQM
Advised Kidman Resources Limited, an ASX-listed hard rock lithium mining company with a 50% interest in the West Australian Mt. Holland lithium project, on a US$115mm debt facility provided by JV partner Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM), a leading global lithium producer
Martabe gold and silver mine
Advised EMR Capital, a specialist resources private equity manager, on the sale of the Martabe gold and silver mine to United Tractors
Long-term lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Tesla, Inc.
Advised Kidman Resources Limited, an ASX-listed hard rock lithium mining company with a 50% interest in the West Australian Mt. Holland lithium project, on a lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with Tesla, Inc., a global leader in electric vehicle, energy storage and solar panel design, development and manufacturing. The agreement is for an initial term of three years on a fixed-price take-or-pay basis and contains two 3-year term renewal options
Advising Lonmin PLC, a major fully integrated producer of Platinum Group Metals, on the amendment of its debt facilities to support the review and implementation of its strategic options
Natural Resource Partners L.P.
Advised Natural Resource Partners L.P., a publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns, manages and leases mineral properties in the United States, on a series of recapitalization transactions including the extension of NRP’s near-term debt maturities and the issuance of $250mm of new preferred equity capital to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and from several affiliates of GoldenTree Asset Management L.P.
Advised Lonmin Plc on its c.$777mm recapitalization consisting of c.$370mm of bank facilities at the Plc and in South Africa from the Company’s ten lending banks and a fully underwritten Rights Issue of c.$407mm.
Stemcor Holdings Limited
Advised Stemcor Holdings Limited, the global steel trader, on their restructuring of $1.0bn of senior and junior debt and the refinancing of a $1.1bn working capital facility
Advised Alcoa Inc. on its separation into two independent, publicly-traded companies
RTI International Metals, Inc
Advised Alcoa Inc. on the acquisition of RTI International Metals, Inc., a leading producer and global supplier of titanium mill products and a manufacturer of fabricated titanium and specialty metal components, principally for the commercial aerospace and defense sectors
Advised Alcoa Inc. on the acquisition of TITAL GmbH, a privately-held German manufacturer of aluminum and titanium castings predominately for the aerospace and defense end markets
Boart Longyear Ltd.
Advised the Board of Directors of Boart Longyear, the world’s leading supplier of drilling services and equipment for mining and drilling companies, on its strategic review process and subsequent comprehensive recapitalization transactions with certain affiliates of Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
Firth Rixson Limited
Advised Alcoa Inc. on the acquisition of Firth Rixson Limited, a leading provider of highly engineered rings, industrial forgings and specialized metal products primarily to the aerospace industry
Thiele Kaolin Company
Advised Thiele Kaolin Company, a miner and processor of kaolin clay, on a leveraged capitalization and repurchase of a 40% stock interest from Stora Enso Oyj
Thiele Kaolin Company
Advised Thiele Kaolin Company, a miner and processor of kaolin clay, on a range of strategic options, resulting in a leveraged recapitalization and special dividend
Advised Lonmin plc, the world’s third largest primary producer of Platinum Group Metals, on a comprehensive refinancing of its balance sheet, including an underwritten ~$817mm rights issue and amendments to its existing ~$929mm debt facilities
Coal and Allied Industries Limited
Advised Coal and Allied Industries Limited, an Australian based coal mining company, in relation to an acquisition proposal from Rio Tinto Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to acquire all the outstanding shares in the company not already held by Rio Tinto and Mitsubishi
Territory Resources Limited
Advised Exxaro Resources, a diversified South African-based mining company, on its proposed acquisition of Territory Resources, an Australian-based iron producer
Lihir Gold Limited
Advised Lihir Gold Limited, a leading global gold company with operations in Papua New Guinea, Australian and West Africa on an unsolicited takeover proposal from Newcrest Mining Ltd, an international gold company with gold and copper operations
Mining Division of Terex Corp.
Advised Bucyrus International, Inc., a global mining equipment manufacturer, on the acquisition of the mining division of Terex Corp., a diversified equipment company
Advised Lonmin plc, a major producer of Platinum Group Metals, regarding an unsolicited pre-conditional offer for the company by Xstrata plc, a global diversified mining company
Advised Foseco plc, a provider of consumables to the Foundry and Steel industries, on a recommended cash offer from Cookson Group plc