ANGLO AMERICAN announced on Tuesday it had lifted its stake
in De Beers from 40% to 85% after the Botswana government passed on its
pre-emptive rights worth $1.26bn - a development that was widely expected by
The way is now clear for Anglo American to conclude its
$5.1bn takeover of the Oppenheimer stake in De Beers, possibly in September, or
earlier. The outcome was hailed by Cynthia Carroll, Anglo American CEO, who
said the group looked forward to strengthening its relationship with the
In terms of a previous agreement, the Botswana government
has the right to take up its pro-rata share of the Oppenheimer stake, which
would lift its shares in De Beers to 25% from the current 15%. This would have
left Anglo with a 75% stake in De Beers, and cost the Botswana government
“The Botswana government already has control of its stake in
Debswana so it may not make sense to follow its rights,” Miningmx quoted
Des Kilalea, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, as having said.
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