Teck Resources shares tumble after China Investment unloads half its stake in Canadian miner

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2017, 6:36am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2017, 6:36am

Teck Resources Ltd dropped the most among large mining stocks after China Investment Corp unloaded nearly half its stake in Canada’s largest diversified miner.

The Vancouver-based company dropped 6.7 per cent to C$29.47 at the close in Toronto, making it the worst performer in the Bloomberg World Mining Index, which was little changed. The shares have gained 33 per cent in the past year.

CIC subsidiary Fullbloom Investment sold in a private placement 42 million Class B shares, representing 7.36 per cent of all outstanding voting shares, Teck said on Tuesday in a statement. After the sale, CIC will hold 59.3 million voting shares, with a voting interest of about 4.4 per cent in Teck, it said.

“We have been a shareholder of Teck since 2009,” CIC Executive Vice President Ju Weimin said in the statement. “We have full confidence in the management of Teck. The fundamentals of the company are sound. We are supportive of the strategic direction of Teck and look forward to ongoing close cooperation in future.”

The decision by CIC, which remains Teck’s largest shareholder, came even as both copper and coal prices continued to gain. Copper is up 25 per cent this year on the London Metal Exchange, while zinc has gained 22 per cent. Metallurgical coal, the company’s largest commodity by revenue, has been more volatile. A benchmark price of coal used in steelmaking soared in April before falling back sharply, and it is down 7.1 per cent so far this year.

The secondary sale was done through JPMorgan Chase & Co. with a pricing range of US$23.75 to US$24 a share or roughly US$1 billion for 42 million shares.

“We understand CIC’s reasons for monetising a portion of its shareholding and are pleased that CIC intends to remain a significant financial investor in Teck,” Teck Chief Executive Officer Don Lindsay said in the statement.