BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Oct. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE: BBU) (TSX:BBU.UN) (“Brookfield Business Partners”), together with its institutional partners (collectively “Brookfield”), today announced an agreement to sell its 81% interest in North American Palladium Inc. (TSE: PDL) (“NAP”), a Canadian mining company and the only pure-play palladium producer in the world, to Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (JSE: IMP) (“Implats”).
Implats has agreed to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of NAP held by Brookfield for total proceeds of approximately $570 million. The agreement is part of a broader transaction whereby Implats will also acquire the remaining 19% of NAP’s issued and outstanding shares not held by Brookfield.
Since Brookfield recapitalized NAP and acquired control of the company in 2015, NAP has completed a successful operational turnaround resulting in consistently strong earnings, significantly increased palladium production and mine life, growth of reserves through exploration activities, and reduced costs. Palladium demand has remained robust, supported by strong demand from the auto industry for use in catalytic converters that support reduced emissions.
Sale proceeds to Brookfield Business Partners for its 20% ownership interest in NAP are approximately $130 million, after taxes.
Closing of the transaction is subject to NAP shareholder approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to occur in Q4 2019.
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