LONDON, March 6 Canadian miner First Quantum
Minerals, in the throes of a C$5.1 billion bid for rival
Inmet Mining Corp, said on Wednesday it was confident
the hostile bid would succeed, a week after extending the offer.
But First Quantum President Clive Newall said the company
had alternatives, and would continue to pursue development
assets where it can leverage its capabilities "of developing
projects more efficiently and at a lower cost" than rivals.
First Quantum last week extended its cash-and-stock bid for
Inmet, owner of the giant Cobre Panama project, to March 11,
citing regulatory issues.
"We are pretty confident the deal will go through," Newall
said on a conference call. "We have plenty of things we can do
otherwise," he added, in a nod to the group's organic growth but
also to numerous assets being placed on sale by the sector's
major diversified miners.
Inmet has asked its shareholders to reject First Quantum's
bid, calling it inadequate, but the offer already has the
support of Inmet's largest shareholder, Leucadia National Corp