Could APS's RTO-cum-rights unlock value?

Published Wed, Mar 12, 2014 · 10:00 PM
Share this article.

IT is somewhat uncommon for companies that fund reverse takeovers (RTOs) via shares to also subsequently raise cash. But that is exactly what bereavement service provider Asia-Pacific Strategic Investments is doing.

In September last year, the Catalist-listed company said that it was undertaking an RTO deal to buy a firm holding gold-mining exploration rights in Armenia.

AP Strategic provided a bit more clarity on this RTO recently when it revealed that it had entered into a conditional sale-and-purchase agreement with vendor GR Business Holdings, a joint venture held by investment company China Global Energy and Resources (51 per cent) and businessman George Richmond (49 per cent), to buy Coeur Gold Armenia for $500 million. Coeur Gold Armenia holds two Armenian exploration rights to mine for gold, silver, antimony and copper. The licence is valid for 25 years from November 2012.

BT is now on Telegram!

For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. Subscribe to

Companies & Markets


Get the latest coverage and full access to all BT premium content.


Browse corporate subscription here