Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp in a $10 billion deal to create the world's largest gold producer

Newmont Mining, the giant Colorado-based gold miner, said Monday it would buy Canadian rival Goldcorp for $US10 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The deal would create the world’s largest gold producer called Newmont Goldcorp.

Newmont said it would acquire all of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares, buying each share for 0.3280 of a Newmont share – a 17% premium to Friday’s closing price, according to the companies’ announcement. The newly formed Newmont Goldcorp shares would look to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The combined company would offer a $US0.56 a share dividend – the highest annual dividend among senior gold producers, according to a press release.

The deal highlights further consolidation in the gold-producer space. Barrick Gold and Randgold Resources said last year they would merge, and the deal was completed earlier this year.

On Monday, shares of Newmont Mining fell about 6% in pre-market trading, while Goldcorp surged nearly 10%. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners Exchange-Traded Fund was up just under 1% in pre-market trading.

The price of gold has risen 4% in the last three months amid widespread market volatility; the asset is typically considered a safe haven for investors.

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