CNMC to transfer Africa copper, cobalt assets to engineering arm

Copper Smelter (Adobe Stock)

China Nonferrous Mining Corp (CNMC) said late on Monday its parent had agreed to sell its 74.52% stake in the company to the group’s engineering arm for 7.36 billion yuan ($1.06 billion) in a restructuring move.

State-owned China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group is selling its 2.6 billion shares to its 33.75%-owned subsidiary, China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction, known as NFC, according to a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange, which did not provide a reason for the move.

The transfer, which was first flagged in September last year with no value placed on the deal, will see NFC take control of the group’s copper and cobalt assets in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

NFC is seeking to raise up to 3.2 billion yuan via a share issue to fund some of the Africa projects.

Almost half will be invested in the Kambove copper smelter in the DRC, with 840 million yuan going to the Lualaba copper smelter, also in the DRC, and 490 million yuan to the Chambishi Southeast copper-cobalt mine in Zambia, according to the filing.

($1 = 6.9492 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(By Tom Daly; Editing by Louise Heavens)

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