Kidman Resources’ Share Price Volatile on Deed with Wesfarmers

Today, Kidman Resources Ltd [ASX:KDR] announced it had entered a Scheme Implementation Deed (SID), proposing Wesfarmers Limited [ASX:WES] acquire 100% of Kidman’s shares at $1.90 by way of a Scheme of Arrangement.

At time of writing, Kidman Resources’  share price is sitting at $1.90.

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What SID means for Kidman shareholders

In relation to its proposal, Wesfarmers has completed its exclusive period of due diligence, as well as entering into the SID.

If implemented, Kidman’s shareholders will get $1.90 cash for each share, valuing the company’s equity at around $776 million.

The announcement also offers an attractive premium of 47.3% to Kidman’s 1 May 2019 closing share price of $1.29, at the last trading day before its announcement of Wesfarmers proposal as well as the SID.

The decision was recommended by Kidman’s board to be in the best interest of shareholders.

Kidman Chairman, Mr John Pizzey commented on the transaction:

We are pleased to recommend this attractive all-cash transaction with Wesfarmers to our shareholders.

Kidman’s Focus has been to create value for shareholders through the development of a leading Australia integrated lithium project and we have made significant progress towards achieving this goal.

However, the overarching objective of the Kidman Board has always been to act in the best interest of shareholders and maximise shareholder value. After careful consideration of the future development pathway for the Mt Holland Lithium Project, the Kidman Board has concluded unanimously that realisation of a significantly Premium to the undisturbed market value, at a certain cash price, is in the best interest of all our shareholders.’

Kidman Resources’ share price outlook

Kidman resources’ share price has been plagued with volatility, but the thing about volatility is that it isn’t always a bad thing.

Volatility at a time like this, with the company releasing a string of announcements about its deed with Wesfarmers, makes sense.

Kidman’s CEO commented the future of the company, saying:

We are extremely proud of the hard work and achievements of all our staff and the significant progress we have made to date in the developing the Mt Holland Lithium Project. This transaction rewards shareholders for this progress while delivering them with certain cash value for their investment in Kidman today.’


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
For Money Morning

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