After Zero Hedge posted the King World News update that Carlos Slim may be looking at (re)entering the silver market fray by acquiring Fresnillo yesterday (following a comparable rumor spread some time ago by none other than the Daily Mail, which of course meant it was going to be bogus), the stock is reacting appropriately and has moved violently to the upside, 5% higher at last check. The FT, which has chimed in on this development this morning, believes that the Mexican billionaire may need to bid a hefty premium for the $19 billion company.
Now, Slim would certainly have to pay a hefty price to take control of Fresnillo. The company is currently controlled by the Peñoles mining group, which in turn is controlled by another Mexican billionaire, Alberto Baillères.
Baillères also doubles up as Fresnillo’s chairman and has never shown any desire to sell up. That could change, of course, if Slim offered a knock out price but what would that need to be? £25 a share? That would value Fresnillo at almost £18bn. Is that a cheque a shrewdie like Slim would be willing to write?
And while speculation is healthy and all, it is also completely useless. We will follow this one closely as this could just be the M&A catalyst that sends shares in the PM space through the roof.