Perenti considering further Australia mining services consolidation

In response to media speculation, Perenti has confirmed it is “currently giving consideration” to the potential purchase of Downer EDI’s mining services division.

“The process is ongoing and Perenti would only put forward an offer to acquire the business if it were to align with its strategy and deliver value for the company’s shareholders,” it said.

Downer confirmed in November that it would be undertaking a portfolio review “to determine whether there are opportunities to enhance the alignment” of its portfolio, noting that an important area of focus for the review was the mining business.

Perenti, a global mining services firm, has expanded substantially in the past few years, acquiring Barminco in late 2018 to become Australia’s second-largest mining services company.