Australian private equity firm to deploy $550 million into mining sector

By MINING.com Editor

Written with material from Denham Capital news release

Denham Capital, a resources and energy-focused global private equity firm, closed its first stand-alone mining fund, the Denham Mining Fund, at $558 million to expand its portfolio in Australia, Canada, South America and Africa.

Denham Capital says it will continue its strategy of partnering with management teams with proven track records to acquire companies and assets in the metals and minerals sectors, that are close to or already in production. The fund will target investments in base metals, metallurgical coal, and industrial and specialty minerals in Australia, Canada, South America and Africa.

Denham sees opportunities in mining.

“The close of our first mining fund marks a significant and strategic milestone for Denham Capital. We are pleased that our limited partners share our belief that there is a robust pipeline of opportunities across the global mining sector and that they chose to work with us,” said Carl Tricoli, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Denham Capital.

“We are grateful to have the support of our partners who see value in backing our plans to expand Denham’s mining portfolio.”

“It’s an attractive market where we see in many jurisdictions the opportunity to secure projects that meet our investment criteria,” added Bert Koth, Managing Director and Partner, Denham Mining Fund at Denham Capital.

“We seek to partner with local management teams who understand capital efficiency and can demonstrate edge in accessing opportunity and execution through their superior technical experience and regional knowledge.”

The closing of the Fund brings the amount of invested and committed capital under Denham’s management to approximately $9.8 billion. The firm’s current mining portfolio includes Pembroke Resources, a Sydney based company pursuing and developing metallurgical coal projects in the Asia-Pacific region, Auctus Minerals, a Perth-based company developing base metals assets throughout Australia; Mining Ventures Brazil, a company currently developing a heavy rare earths project in Brazil; Pangea Limited, a Johannesburg based African mining platform targeting and developing projects in several African countries; Santiago Metals, a Chilean mining venture developing copper mines in Chile; and Stellar Mining, a mining and exploration company in Peru. The firm announced the sale of JDS Silver in 2017.

Denham raised the Fund with third-party commitments from institutional investors globally, representing leading foundations, endowments, public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. Latham & Watkins LLP served as the Fund’s legal counsel and First Point Equity acted as placement agent.

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