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Re: CHINA/AUSTRALIA - Hanlong lifts bid for Sundance: report

Released on 2012-02-29 14:00 GMT

Email-ID 1219122
Date 2011-10-06 12:35:25
You called after my bed-time. I try desperately to get 6 hours and turn
the phone off at 11pm. Not always so, but I try.

On 10/6/11 2:43 AM, William "Bill" O'Chee wrote:

I tried calling you, but to no avail.
Will try tomorrow evening your time.
William O'Chee
Himalaya Consulting
Australia: +61 7 31033306
Aust mob: +61 422 688886
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On 06/10/2011, at 12:46 AM, Jennifer Richmond wrote:

A little discussion from our side.

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: [EastAsia] Fwd: Fwd: INSIGHT - CN65 Re: CHINA/AUSTRALIA -
Hanlong lifts bid for Sundance: report
Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 09:43:06 -0500

We do know that Sundance directors unanimously recommended Hanlong's
57c cash per share offer yesterday, implying a market cap of $A1.65
billion, or a 65.3 percent premium.

The new offer was reportedly contingent on Sundance securing an
agreement with govts of Cameroon and Congo to approve conventions for
the Mbalam project. Govt approvals in these countries were not
expected to come unless Sundance could show it had the necessary
financing - the increased bid has done that - so I'd be surprised if
these govts did not make regulatory approvals now.

Sundance did the right thing by holding out for a higher bid because
we know Hanlong wants to get its hands on the project to try and break
the stranglehold of BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale. Hanlong chairman
Liu Han told Sichuan Daily that the successful purchase of Sundance
will have a huge impact on Chinese mining and Chinese iron markets.
Liu also said that Hanlong has signed a deal with an unnamed Chinese
construction company to build the rail and port infrastructure for the
Mbalam project, which it said would produce iron ore at a "very
competitive" $US21 a tonne.

Don't forget that there were also insider trading allegations against
Hanlong employees in Oz on Sept 14, although it's starting to look
like this might not be a deal breaker. Getting a read on Oz's foreign
investment review board (FIRB) thinking on this is going to be more
difficult. I will say that FIRB just approved a plan (yesterday) by
Rio Tinto and Japan's Mitsubishi to to basically mop up the remaining
shares in coal miner Coal & Allied that they don't already own. Rio
currently owns 75.5 percent of Coal & Allied, and Mitsubishi 10.2
percent. They've offered $125 a share, valuing the miner at $10.8
billion, minus the special dividend of up to $8 per share proposed by
Coal & Allied. I mention this because sometimes it feels like FIRB
makes approval decisions in waves...

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: [EastAsia] CHINA/AUSTRALIA - Hanlong lifts bid for
Sundance: report
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2011 11:19:43 -0500

Hanlong lifts bid for Sundance: report

Chinese group Hanlong Mining has lifted its takeover offer for
Sundance Resources Ltd, in order to secure an agreement on the
deal from the takeover target, according to a reports by Reuters

Sources told Reuters that Hanlong has raised its offer from the
50 cents per share bid made in July. The new bid would be
revealed by Tuesday, the sources said.

Hanlong's initial bid valued Sundance at around $1.4 billion.

Earlier this morning, Sundance was placed in a trading halt,
ahead of an announcement on its possible acquisition by Hanlong.

"The company requests an immediate trading halt of its
securities until open of trading on Wednesday 5 October, 2011,
or release of an announcement by the company," Sundance said.

"The reason for the request is to provide an update regarding
the proposal from Hanlong Mining Limited to enter into a Scheme
of Arrangement to acquire 100 per cent of the issued capital of
Sundance Resources Limited."

An announcement would be made to the market prior to open of
trading on Wednesday, the company said.

Hanlong is also looking to take over Bannerman Resources Ltd,
with a $144 million bid.

However, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
(ASIC) is investigating trades by Hanlong employees in both
Sundance Resources and Bannerman Resources and has obtained
court orders to restrict their travel.

In September, Hanlong Mining said it would stand down its
executives who were being investigated by the corporate watchdog
for suspected insider trading in the Chinese company's takeover

Sundance shares last traded at 43 cents a share.

With AAP

Jennifer Richmond
w: 512-744-4324
c: 512-422-9335