Inmet Mining Corporation

Inmet Mining Corporation

December 23, 2010 07:30 ET

Inmet Announces Amendment of Subscription Agreement for Purchase of $500 million of Subscription Receipts by Temasek Holdings Subsidiary

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2010) - Inmet Mining Corporation ("Inmet") (TSX:IMN) announced today that it and Ellington Investments Pte. Ltd. ("Ellington"), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, have agreed to amend the subscription agreement between them under which 9,258,419 subscription receipts previously issued to Ellington can be exchanged for Inmet common shares.

Under the amended subscription agreement, each subscription receipt will now be exchangeable for 0.840283 of an Inmet common share, representing a subscription price per Inmet common share of $64.2699, or a 15 percent discount to the five day volume-weighted average price of Inmet common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange as at December 22, 2010. The subscription receipts will now be automatically exchanged no later than 150 days after the coming into effect of legislation to amend the Code as described below. Upon exchange of the subscription receipts, Inmet's issued and outstanding shares will increase to 69,328,750 common shares. Ellington will receive 7,779,692 Inmet common shares, that would represent approximately 11.2 percent of Inmet's issued and outstanding common shares at that time, on a non-diluted basis.

Jochen Tilk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inmet said, "The amendment to the subscription agreement reflects the strength of the relationship that we have established with Temasek as well as the confidence that Temasek has in Inmet and the Cobre Panama project. The additional timing is consistent with the expectation that legislation to amend the Panamanian Mineral Resources Code will be put forward early in 2011 as consistently indicated by the Panamanian government in its public statements."

The subscription receipts were originally purchased by Ellington at a price of $54.0049 each for total proceeds to Inmet of $500 million, and were exchangeable on a one-for-one basis for Inmet common shares, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including the coming into effect of legislation passed by the legislative assembly of the Republic of Panama amending Panama's Mineral Resources Code (the "Code") to permit entities in which foreign governmental bodies or authorities have an interest to hold direct or indirect interests in mining concessions in Panama.

Inmet and Ellington have also amended the investor rights agreement previously executed between them that will take effect upon exchange of the subscription receipts for common shares. Under the amended investor rights agreements, subject to certain conditions and exceptions, Ellington and members of the Temasek group will now be permitted to divest their Inmet common shares (or economic interest therein), or increase their ownership of Inmet common shares, after a period of four months following the exchange of the subscription receipts for Inmet common shares.

The subscription receipt proceeds will remain in escrow with CIBC Mellon Trust Company, as subscription receipt agent, pending exchange of the subscription receipts for common shares. On completion of the exchange, the escrowed funds will be released to Inmet and the proceeds will be used by Inmet for the development of its Cobre Panama project and for general corporate purposes.

If the Code amendment described above is not in effect by June 30, 2011, the subscription receipts shall be automatically terminated and cancelled and the escrowed funds plus accrued interest will be returned to Ellington.

Forward looking information

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About Inmet

Inmet is a Canadian-based global mining company that produces copper, zinc and gold. We have interests in four mining operations in locations around the world: Cayeli, Las Cruces, Pyhasalmi, and Ok Tedi. We also have a 100 percent interest in Cobre Panama, a development property in Panama.

About Temasek Holdings

Incorporated in 1974, Temasek Holdings is an Asia investment company headquartered in Singapore. Supported by 12 affiliates and offices in Asia and Latin America, Temasek owns a diversified S$186 billion portfolio as at 31 March 2010, concentrated principally in Singapore, Asia and the emerging economies. Temasek's investment themes centre on Transforming Economies, Growing Middle Income Populations, Deepening Comparative Advantages and Emerging Champions. Its portfolio covers a broad spectrum of industries: financial services; telecommunications, media & technology; transportation & industrials; life sciences, consumer & real estate; energy & resources.

Total shareholder return for Temasek since its inception in 1974 has been a healthy 17% compounded annually. It has a corporate credit rating of AAA/Aaa by rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's respectively.

Contact Information

  • Inmet Mining Corporation
    Jochen Tilk
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 860-3972
    Inmet Mining Corporation
    Flora Wood
    Director, Investor Relations
    (416) 361-4808