DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (“Newmont” or “the Company”) announced it has closed the sale of its equity stake in the Valcambi gold refinery in Switzerland to a subsidiary of Rajesh Exports Ltd (“REL”) for total net proceeds of US$119 million. Newmont will continue its existing refining relationships with Valcambi under the new ownership structure.
“This sale further strengthens Newmont’s balance sheet and enhances our focus on our core business,” said Randy Engel, Executive Vice President for Strategic Development. “Since mid-2013, we have executed $1.6 billion in non-core asset sales, allowing us to further pay down debt, invest in new, profitable production and return capital to shareholders.”
The Valcambi refinery began operations in 1961 in Balerna, Switzerland, and Newmont first acquired its equity interest in 2004 from Credit Suisse. Valcambi has grown to be one of the world’s largest gold and silver refineries, with a significant manufacturing business. REL, a leading gold jewelry manufacturer and one of the largest direct gold consumers in the world, has been a longstanding customer of Valcambi.
Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company employs approximately 28,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Suriname and Indonesia. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.
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