Teck Resources has agreed to sell its entire interest in its steelmaking coal business, Elk Valley Resources (EVR), through a sale of a majority stake to Glencore for an implied enterprise value of $9.0 billion, and a sale of a minority stake to Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC).
The sale of Teck’s steelmaking coal business at the implied enterprise value of $9 billion on a 100% basis achieves a simple and complete separation of steelmaking coal from base metals.
Glencore has agreed to acquire 77% of EVR for $6.9 billion in cash, payable to Teck at closing of the Glencore transaction, subject to customary closing adjustments.
NSC has agreed to acquire a 20% interest in EVR in exchange for its current 2.5% interest in Elkview Operations plus $1.3 billion in cash payable to Teck at closing of the NSC transaction and $400 million paid out of cash flows from EVR. NSC will also enter into a long-term steelmaking coal offtake rights arrangement at market terms, continuing NSC’s long-standing commercial arrangement for the purchase of steelmaking coal from the Elk Valley.
POSCO has advised Teck it intends to exchange its current 2.5% interest in Elkview Operations and its 20% interest in the Greenhills joint venture, for a 3% interest in EVR. At closing of the Glencore transaction, Glencore will acquire from Teck any remaining receivable payable to Teck by EVR.
Teck will continue to operate the steelmaking coal business and will retain all cash flows from EVR until closing of the Glencore transaction, estimated to be $1 billion. Following the closing of that transaction, Teck will have no further financial interest in EVR.
Key historical information on EVR, as reported by Teck, is outlined below:
- Production of steelmaking coal of 21.5 Mt in 2022 and 17.3 Mt year to date to September 30, 2023;
- EBITDA of C$7.4 billion ($5.4 billion) in 2022 and C$3.7 billion year to date to September 30, 2023;
- Profit before tax of C$6 billion in 2022 and C$3.1 billion year to date to September 30, 2023; and
- Gross assets as at September 30, 2023 of C$18.5 billion.
Jonathan Price, President and CEO, Teck, said: “This transaction will be a catalyst to re-focus Teck as a Canadian-based critical minerals champion with an extensive portfolio of copper growth projects, unlocking the full value potential of the company. This sale will ensure Teck is well-capitalised and able to realise value from our base metals business and deliver strong returns to our shareholders while maintaining a robust balance sheet. Glencore has made strong commitments that will create new benefits for Canada and the Elk Valley and ensure responsible stewardship of the steelmaking coal operations for the long term.”
Gary Nagle, CEO of Glencore, said: “We are pleased to have reached agreement to acquire Teck’s steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley. These world-class assets and the experienced people that operate them are expected to meaningfully complement our existing thermal and steelmaking coal production located in Australia, Colombia and South Africa. Glencore has high regard for the business that has been developed over many decades in British Columbia and looks forward to maintaining and enhancing its operational performance, environmental stewardship and social contribution.
“We are dedicated to working with all governing bodies and stakeholders to ensure that the transaction is of benefit to Canada, which includes a commitment from Glencore regarding employment, engaging in further reclamation efforts and to engage constructively and meaningfully with the Indigenous Nations in the Elk Valley. This transaction also deepens our longstanding commitment to Canada, supporting our position as one of the largest diversified miners and suppliers of critical minerals in Canada, in one of the world’s leading mining jurisdictions.”
Closing of the Glencore transaction is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of approvals under the Investment Canada Act and competition approvals in several jurisdictions, and is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2024. The NSC transaction is also subject to customary conditions, including receipt of certain competition approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2024. These transactions are not inter-conditional.