The Gascoyne Resources Limited (ASX: GCY) share price has had a golden day, closing up 15.66% at 48 cents.
There’s a bit to cover here, so let’s get straight into it.
What’s led us to this point?
Westgold originally made its intentions known to acquire Gascoyne in an unsolicited, conditional off-market takeover offer for all of the company’s outstanding shares.
The scrip offer was proposed at an exchange of 1 Westgold share for every 4 Gascoyne shares. The Gascoyne share price popped 21% on the day of the announcement.
Gascoyne has remained committed to the Firefly merger, making mention of it in each update on the Westgold proposal.
What makes things more challenging is that Wesgold’s offer, in effect, is contingent on the Firefly scheme not going ahead.
What happened next?
Around two weeks after Westgold first made its move, Gayscoyne’s board unanimously recommended its shareholders reject the offer.
The company’s major shareholder Deutsche Balaton AG1 – who holds 22% of Gayscone’s float – also recommended shareholders reject the proposal at the time.
Instead, Gascoyne unveiled its “enhanced business plan” where it reiterated its FY22 production forecast of 70-80koz on a substantially lower cost base.
Gascoyne then reiterated its recommendation to reject the Westgold offer on 18 October, advocating to “take no action in response to all correspondence from Westgold”.
But Westgold wasn’t done there. It submitted an application to the Australian government’s Takeovers Panel a couple of weeks ago.
It stated that “Gascoyne shareholders are being denied any opportunity to consider the Westgold Offer within a reasonable time period and with reasonable board recommendation and disclosure”.
It also revised its offer, increasing its scrip bid to 3 Westgold shares for every 11 Gascoyne shares, valuing the Gascoyne share price at 53 cents per share and the company at $133 million.
Of course, Gascoyne hit back
The company considered key aspects of the Westgold statement to be “misleading” and strenuously refuted statements that its updated business plan “escalates operational and financial risk to the company”.
Now Deutsche Balaton has chimed back in, explaining it does not support carrying out the scheme of arrangement with Firefly. It says it “does not believe that transaction is in the best interests of Gascoyne shareholders”, according to a release from the company on Monday.
In fact, Deutsche Balaton now considers the Westgold offer is superior to the Firefly scheme, as per a release out of Gascoyne’s camp today.
In the meantime, the Takeovers Panel also advised it has “decided not to make an interim order” in an announcement today.
Now, amid mounting pressures, Gascoyne admits that it “continues to review the Westgold offer and is taking advice from its legal and financial advisors” on the matter.
Its advisors are commissioned with examining the “ability of the Westgold offer conditions to be met, most notably the condition contained in section 7.2(a)” – the Firefly contingency.
Gascoyne again reiterated today that it recommends shareholders to take no action in relation to Westgold’s offer, at least until the review is complete.
Doubtless, there is more to come with this saga and the final decision will, ultimately, be left up to Gascoyne’s shareholders when the time arrives.
After exiting a trading halt, the Gascoyne share price finished the day 15.66% in the green. It closed the session at 48 cents apiece – a 3-month high for shareholders to enjoy.