BHP Billiton completes sale diamonds business

BHP Billiton completes sale of diamonds business

5:24 AM, 12th April 2013
BHP Billiton completes sale of diamonds business

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: BHP Billiton has completed the sale of its diamonds business, comprising its interests in the EKATI Diamond Mine and Diamonds Marketing operations, to Dominion Diamond Corporation (formerly Harry Winston Diamond Corporation). The purchase price was $500 million plus purchase price adjustments of $53 million for a total amount paid of $553 million. The sale of the diamonds business to Dominion Diamond was announced on 13 November 2012, subject to receipt of regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, all of which have been satisfied.

Dominion Diamond will assume all of BHP Billiton’s obligations under EKATI’s Environmental Agreement with the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories, Socio-Economic Agreement with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Impact and Benefit Agreements with Aboriginal Groups and pension liabilities linked to the mine’s defined benefit scheme. BHP Billiton employees working at EKATI, in Yellowknife and in Diamonds Marketing in Antwerp have become employees of Dominion Diamond as part of the transaction.

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