Paulson will not support Newmont takeover bid for Goldcorp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Paulson & Co Inc will not support Newmont Mining Corp’s planned $10 billion takeover of rival Goldcorp Inc as the premium offered is unjustified, the investor said in a letter on Thursday.

The transaction is dilutive to Newmont shareholders and only Goldcorp shareholders would benefit from the deal’s synergies, Founder John Paulson and Partner Marcelo Kim said in the letter to Newmont Chief Executive Officer Gary Goldberg.

Newmont made a friendly offer in January for Goldcorp in what would be the gold sector’s biggest-ever takeover transaction, a bid to create the world’s largest gold producer.

Paulson & Co holds 14.2 million Newmont shares, according to the letter. That gives it 2.7 percent of the company, making it one of its biggest shareholders.

Newmont spokesman Omar Jabara said the company had just received the letter and was evaluating it.

The transaction would also transfer to Goldcorp investors a significant proportion of the value from Newmont’s recent joint venture with Barrick Gold Corp of their Nevada assets, Paulson said.

“I think there is value-creation potential available for Newmont in buying Goldcorp at the current exchange ratio,” said Christopher Mancini, an analyst at Gabelli Gold Fund, which owns both Newmont and Goldcorp shares.

“Voting down the Goldcorp deal from a Newmont shareholder perspective, just because they’d have to share some of the synergies in Nevada, would be like cutting off your nose to spite your face,” he added, declining to say how Gabelli will vote.

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