SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

December 02, 2010 08:46 ET

Canadian Rare Earth Miners Look Like Prime Takeover Targets

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Rare Element Resources & Avalon Rare Metals

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 2, 2010) - Merger & Acquisition activity in Canada has been skyrocketing this year with the Country's miners being in the spotlight. Lee Hodgkinson, head of the Canadian mining practice at KPMG, recently pointed out that close to half of the world's M&A activity happen in Canada. In the third quarter the total value of M&A's in the country rose more than 40% sequentially to $48 billion, boosted by 10 mega-deals -- deals with values greater than $1 billion. Nearly 60 percent of those mega-deals were cross border transactions -- signalling a trend in international interest. With Canadian rare earth miners garnering a lot attention this year, speculation is mounting that these companies could be next in the M&A spotlight. The Bedford Report examines the emerging rare Earth Elements Industry and provides research reports on Rare Element Resources Ltd. (NYSE Amex: REE) and Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In recent months Wall Street has began to take notice of the Rare Earth Metals. Rare earth metals are the life blood of modern computers, batteries and alternative energies. For example, there are nearly ten pounds of the rare earth element, lanthanum, in every Toyota Prius engine. In addition, rare earth elements are vital to military technology.

While China continues to dominate the rare elements market -- at the moment China accounts for as much as 95 percent of global production of rare earth metals -- the US hopes to re-establish itself as a global leader in Rare Element production. Recently the US House of Representatives passed the Rare Earths and Critical Materials Revitalization Act of 2010, which supports the discovery and development of rare earth sites inside of the United States.

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With the House working on a bill to allow more companies to mine for rare earths, this raises the possibility that a major mining company looking to expand its product portfolio could potentially acquire one of these cheap Canadian Rare Earth plays. In fact, back in October shares of Rare Element Resources skyrocketed after Reuters quoted analysts saying that the company is a prime takeover target.

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