(Reuters) -Lundin Mining Corp said on Monday it would buy sister firm Josemaria Resources Inc in a cash-and-stock deal worth C$625 million ($483 million), sending shares of the Canadian miner down nearly 15%.
Through the acquisition, Lundin Mining will gain Josemaria's silver-copper-gold project in Argentina, a country many experts consider as having great untapped mineral wealth. Its Latin American operations are currently in Chile and Brazil.
Both companies are part of Lundin Group, which also includes other individually managed public businesses such as Lundin Gold and Lundin Energy.
The Canadian miner said the deal equates to 30% in cash and 70% in Lundin Mining shares. It implies a purchase price of C$1.60, a 31.1% premium to Josemaria's last close, according to a Reuters calculation.
Shares of Josemaria rose 18% to C$1.44.
Once in production, Lundin said Josemaria is expected to produce on average more than 130,000 tonnes of copper, nearly 225,000 ounces of gold and 1 million ounces of silver annually over a 19-year mine life.
This growth would increase Lundin's copper production by nearly 50% and gold production over 140%, compared with its 2022 outlook.
In February, Lundin Group had said https://reut.rs/3mhy8Z1 it plans to begin operating the Josemaria project 2026, after an investment of $ 3.09 billion.
($1 = 1.2940 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Arunima Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)