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South32 to acquire additional shares in Arizona Mining

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South32 Ltd has entered into an over-the-counter equity forward contract (the Forward Agreement) to acquire up to an additional 15 million shares in Arizona Mining Inc., equivalent to 4.9% of the Common Shares on issue.

Under the terms of the Forward Agreement, a third-party financial institution will seek to purchase the shares in the market over a maximum period of 12 months. Trading activity will occur at the financial institution’s sole discretion, subject to certain agreed trading parameters. South32 will settle the contract in full in advance of commencing the programme. The final cost is to be determined on completion and will be based on the daily volume weighted average price of the shares over the period.

South32 CEO Graham Kerr said: “Our continued support of Arizona Mining is aligned with our strategy to invest in high-quality mining projects where we can add value. This incremental investment increases our interest in the highly prospective Hermosa Project and demonstrates our commitment to work with Arizona Mining to unlock its full potential.”

In May 2017, South32 acquired 45 million Common Shares, or approximately 15% of Arizona Mining as part of a private placement and investor rights agreement. The investor rights agreement allows South32 to acquire up to, but no more than 19.9% of Arizona Mining within an 18-month standstill period without the consent of Arizona Mining’s board of directors.

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