Waterton Global Resource Management has published a presentation detailing a new path for Hudbay Minerals Inc (TSX, NYSE: HBM) to help it realize its potential.
Waterton, which holds a 12 percent stake in the Toronto-based mining company, also renewed its call to fellow shareholders to elect an independent board and support a change in top management.
The Canadian mining private equity firm nominated Peter Kukielski as CEO and Richard Nesbitt as chairman.
Waterton said the proposed changes in Hudbay’s strategy and leadership could result in an 140 percent increase in share price.
Waterton Releases Presentation Detailing New Strategy to Maximize Shareholder Value at Hudbay
Highlights Current Board and Management’s Pattern of Value Destruction and Failure to Address Deep-Rooted Issues at Hudbay, Including Flawed Strategy, Damaged Credibility and Broken Culture
Believes a New Entirely Independent Board with Relevant Expertise and an Upgrade in Leadership, including Transformational CEO Candidate Peter Kukielski, is Necessary to Rebuild Hudbay
Outlines a Comprehensive and Holistic Corporate Strategy Focused on Creating Long-Term Shareholder Value and Closing Existing Valuation Gap
Notes that Hudbay Has the Potential for Material Share Price Appreciation
February 19, 2019 (Business Wire)
TORONTO — Waterton Global Resource Management, Inc. (collectively with Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP, Waterton Mining Parallel Fund Offshore Master, LP and certain other affiliates, “Waterton” or “we” or “us”), which owns approximately 12% of the issued and outstanding shares (the “Shares”) of Hudbay Minerals Inc. (“Hudbay” or the “Company”) (TSX:HBM) (NYSE:HBM), today published a comprehensive presentation detailing a path forward for Hudbay to recognize its potential. Waterton highlights that with the right leadership and a truly independent Board of Directors with the necessary expertise, Hudbay will be able to close the existing valuation gap to its peer group (1), resulting in meaningful share price appreciation.
The full presentation can be viewed at www.NewHudbay.com.
Key highlights from the presentation include:
The current Hudbay is broken due to its deep-rooted problems:
Hudbay’s current leadership team has proven unable to effectively run a global mining company, resulting in abysmal 1-year, 3-year and 5-year Total Shareholder Returns (“TSR”) relative to its peer group, -35%, -66% and -71%, respectively. (2) Hudbay’s chronic underperformance and significantly discounted valuation is a direct consequence of its:
Flawed strategy: The Company has a myopic short-term strategy that does not translate into shareholder value in a remarkably long-term industry.
Damaged credibility: Leadership consistently misguides the market and fails to deliver on stated portfolio objectives, undermining stakeholder trust.
Broken culture: The current Board has presided over almost a decade of gross underperformance and failed to hold management to account.
New Hudbay has outlined a clear corporate strategy:
New Hudbay will build a mid-tier base metals company that aims to deliver long-term shareholder value with a focus on the Americas. New Hudbay will execute on its strategy by:
Having Trusted Leadership
A new Board with relevant, diverse, and global experience to fill the knowledge gaps on the current Board and transform Hudbay into a world-class intermediate copper company.
Richard Nesbitt as proposed Chairman, a tenacious “blue-chip” leader who has led some of Canada’s largest and most important institutions and has proven experience revamping companies’ strategic direction and culture.
Peter Kukielski as proposed CEO, a proven and respected leader with global mining experience and a track record of creating shareholder value.
Adopting a Culture of Accountability
Ensure management is held to account and fully aligned with shareholders.
Having a Disciplined Approach to Capital Allocation
Ensure that capital is allocated in accordance with a defined strategy, with a focus on return on capital.
Optimizing its Portfolio
Undertake a holistic portfolio review and implement an optimization plan to maximize long-term shareholder value.
Being Performance Focused
Set transparent and value accretive performance objectives and, most importantly, deliver on them.
The clear objective is to achieve long-term share price appreciation:
With the new leadership team at the helm and by executing on its clearly defined strategy, Hudbay can win back the trust of the capital markets and close the valuation gap to its peer group–allowing shareholders to benefit from a material increase in the share price.
Waterton is asking its fellow shareholders to elect an independent Board with impeccable credentials, relevant skills and a track record of success – including a proposed CEO with global mining experience – to redefine a New Hudbay with a clear corporate strategy and a focus on creating long-term shareholder value. Waterton looks forward to effecting immediate, and critically necessary, change at the 2019 Annual Meeting in order to achieve greater accountability, transparency and value for all Hudbay stakeholders.
Waterton is an investment firm that manages capital for global institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and endowments. The firm has ~US$2 billion in assets under management and focuses solely on the metals and mining sector. Waterton has a culture of thoroughness and a disciplined approach to capital allocation, and utilizes its significant industry expertise to produce out-sized risk-adjusted returns.
1 Waterton believes an appropriate peer group for Hudbay should only include companies that (i) have a market capitalization of greater than US$500 million, (ii) have material exposure to the Americas, (iii) have copper comprising greater than 50% of reserves, and (iv) are publicly listed on a major stock exchange, and not the peer group described in Hudbay’s public disclosure.
2 TSR calculated as of October 4, 2018, the last trading day before Waterton first issued a public letter to Hudbay’s Board of Directors.
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