Vancouver – Conscious of the industry consolidation trend, EuroZinc Mining (EZM-T, EZM-X) has tabled a shareholder’s rights plan to thwart a potential hostile takeover offer for the base metals producer.
The plan will have rights issued and attached to each common share, becoming exercisable when triggered by a company or group announcing its unsolicited intention of acquiring control of the company and reaching an ownership level of 20% or more. All shareholders, exclusive of the hostile bidders, would be entitled to exercise their rights to purchase a common share at one-half the market trading price.
EuroZinc also announced conditional approval for listing its shares on the American Stock Exchange.
The company produces copper from its Neves-Corvo mine in southern Portugal and plans zinc concentrate output from the operation in mid-2006. EuroZinc also holds the Aljustrel zinc-lead-silver mine, about 40 km from Neves-Corvo, and is evaluating placing the past producer back into production.