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Barrick Gold Considers Selling Assets, Hints at Mick Davis Deal

Like most people in the world,Barrick Goldis trying to reduce debt.The Toronto-based gold miner is attempting to cut its debt by $3 billion and has made...

|Apr 7|magazine7 min read

Like most people in the world, Barrick Gold is trying to reduce debt. The Toronto-based gold miner is attempting to cut its debt by $3 billion and has made it very clear they are open to a wide range of asset sales and joint ventures.

Barrick has even hinted at a possible deal with former Xstrata chief executive, Mick Davis.

According to the Financial Times, the company's chairman, John Thornton, said it would be a “good example” to assume that Barrick Gold go into partnership with someone such as Mick Davis, whose company, X2 Resources, is currently looking for investments.

“I could imagine a joint venture in which, let’s say, we sold a minority interest to a party [with] a world-class chief executive and that chief executive was going to run the copper business the way he thought made sense,” Thornton said in an interview with the Financial Times.

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“We would build the business with him. We would be majority owner or even 50-50 owner. It would build value for us.”

Thornton also said Barrick is open to finding a strategic long-term partner interested in selected stakes in a cluster of assets.

Thornton, a former Goldman Sachs banker, said Barrick is confident of meeting its target to cut $3 billion this year from its net debt of more than $10 billion. Barrick, which has been one of the worst-performing large miners of the past two years, is desperately trying to rebuild its reputation with investors.

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The company is also in the advanced stages of selling two gold mines -- Cowal in Australia and Porgera in Papua New Guinea – and is reportedly considering selling its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile.

On a side note, Thornton did confirm with the Financial Times that Barrick has no plans to try and revive a merger with its US rival Newmont Mining. 

(Source: Financial Times)

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