Barrick, Newmont trade barbs after merger talks implode
By Euan Rocha, Allison Martell and Soyoung Kim
TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Failed merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Cotización) and Newmont Mining Corp NEM.N descended into acrimony on Monday, with the two large gold miners publicly accusing each other of scuppering a deal favored by many investors.
Barrick, the world's largest gold miner, landed the first blow on Monday, saying it believed a merger would have been in the best interests of shareholders, but that Newmont's board had decided its shareholders' interests were best served by remaining independent.
Newmont, which has remained quiet for the last two weeks as reports around the stalled merger talks swirled, issued a scathing response, slamming its suitor and stating bluntly that negotiations failed due to the lack of a "constructive, mutually respectful" dialogue.
Shortly after midday, Barrick issued a rebuttal stating the talks failed after Newmont attempted to renege on key terms around a deal that had been already hammered out. Newmont responded with yet another release saying it did not renege on a deal and strongly disagreed with Barrick's characterization of events.
The failed talks hit shares of both companies, which have large overlapping operations in Nevada.
Newmont's stock slid 6.7 percent to $24.67 on the New York Stock Exchange, as many investors do not see Barrick attempting a hostile bid. Barrick shares fell 3.1 percent to $17.33.
Denver-based Newmont slammed Barrick's outgoing chairman and founder, Peter Munk, and Co-Chair John Thornton, who is now set to succeed Munk at Barrick's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. Continuación...