Teck Resources Limited

Teck Resources Limited

April 30, 2009 03:05 ET

Teck Announces Proposed Pogo Sale

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) - Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TCK.A and TCK.B, NYSE: TCK) today announced that it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd. ("SMM") regarding the proposed sale of Teck's 40% interest in the Pogo mine in Alaska for US$245 million subject to adjustment for working capital. SMM holds an indirect 51% interest in Pogo and an affiliate of Sumitomo Corp. holds a 9% interest in Pogo.

The arrangement with SMM follows receipt by Teck of a third-party offer to acquire Teck's interest in Pogo on comparable terms. Completion of the transaction is subject to the negotiation and settlement of a definitive agreement and other customary conditions. Teck expects the transaction to close by the end of the second quarter.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information as defined in the Securities Act (Ontario). Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Teck to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include statements concerning the proposed sale of Teck's interest in the Pogo mine to SMM. These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially. These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including, among others, assumptions regarding the satisfaction of the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction with SMM. The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive. Events or circumstances could cause actual results to differ materially.

Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not limited to, risks relating to the settlement of definitive documentation and the fulfillment of other conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the amended bridge and term facilities and other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Teck's reports filed with Canadian securities administrators.

Certain of these risks are described in more detail in the annual information form of Teck and in its public filings with Canadian securities administrators. Teck does not assume the obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements after the date of this document or to revise them to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at www.teck.com.

Contact Information

  • Teck Resources Limited
    Greg Waller
    Vice President, Investor Relations & Strategic Analysis
    (604) 699-4014