Khan Resources loses Chinese suitor
A Chinese state-owned entity has abandoned a friendly takeover of Canada’s Khan Resources Inc. China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) planned to acquire Toronto-based Khan for $51.8-million, or 96¢ a share, to get control of a uranium deposit in Mongolia. However, the Mongolian government subsequently cancelled Khan’s licences as it cut a deal to develop its uranium assets with Russia. Khan complained that the Russians applied pressure on Mongolia to force the company out of the picture. Given that situation, Chinese regulators decided not to approve CNNC’s takeover bid, and Khan shares plummeted more than 50% yesterday. Khan said it will meet with its legal and financial advisors to determine a way forward for the company. The offer from CNNC will officially expire on May 25.
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