Low pricing achieved recently has been affected partly by soft market conditions in China, the Brisbane-based lithium miner said.
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The joint venture will allow the American lithium producer, the world’s No. 1, to expand its presence in Australia.
Mineral Resources shares spiked on the news, closing Thursday 26.6% higher at A$15.76.
The company's withdrawal means all eyes are now on Fortescue, which still has a 19.9%-stake in Atlas and has not yet disclosed whether it plans to launch a rival bid or sell its holding into Hancock’s offer.
The offer from Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting values Atlas shares at 17% more than price reached at Friday close.
Move comes a day after Fortescue Metals said it had built a stake in Atlas large enough to block a takeover.
Mining services provider Mineral Resources Ltd on Tuesday said it was looking to sell a minority stake in its Wodgina Lithium mine in the west of Australia.
The decision is final and without appeal.
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"This position has remained unchanged for a number of years," the miner said.