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Chinas Shandong Gold to Pay Premium in Takeover of Australian Gold Mining Firm

Perth-based mining firm Cardinal Resources is entertaining a takeover bid by one of Chinas largest, state-owned gold mining firms.

Shares in the ASX-listed Cardinal Resources surged after the announcement on June 18, which will see Shandong Gold buy 100 percent of the company in an all-cash offer.

The offer from Shandong, at 60 cents per share, beats out a previous offer from Russian firm Nord Gold.

The Chinese mining giant will be paying a premium on Cardinals average share price, which was valued at 46 cents per share on June 18.

The board of directors of Cardinal Resources have “unanimously” recommended the shareholders accept the bid.

CEO Archie Koimtsidis said the board negotiated what it believed was a “strong offer for our shareholders” and one which “delivers a significant premium to Cardinals market price, at a time of considerable volatility and uncertainty in global markets.”

“I am pleased that Shandong Gold is committed to getting on with development of Namdini to establish the first long-life gold mine in the Upper East Region of Ghana, bringing many significant and long-lasting benefits to the local community and Ghana,” he said in the announcement.

Cardinal has two gold mining projects in Ghana, West Africa.

The bid is subject to approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board, as well as regulatory bodies in China.

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The entity buying Cardinal Resources is the Hong Kong-listed Shandong Gold, which is 48 percent owned by Shandong Group based in northeast China.

In turn, the group is controlled by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, a commission tasked with controlling Chinas near-100 mammoth sized state-owned enterprises.

State-owned enterprises (SOE) are tied with the ideological needs of the Chinese Communist Party and have been at the forefront of its Belt and Road Initiative.

According to the Chinese Regulation of Party Organisations in SOEs, the enterprises must implement Chinese leader Xi Jinpings “socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics” and “uphold the partys leadership and strengthen party building.”

Charles Burton, an associate professor of political science at Brock University, _

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