April 16, 2012 / 10:30 PM / 5 years ago

Energy Fuels to buy Denison Mine's U.S. assets

(Reuters) - Canada's Energy Fuels Inc (EFR.TO) said it is looking to buy the U.S. mining assets of Denison Mines Corp (DML.TO) in an all-stock transaction valued at C$106 million.

Energy Fuels plans to issue 425 million shares as part the transaction that will see Denison shareholders end up with a 66.5 percent stake in the combined entity.

Energy Fuels CEO Steve Antony said the deal will combine the only operating uranium mill in the U.S., White Mesa, with a significant resource base and substantially increase White Mesa's available feedstock.

The two companies have also agreed to a reciprocal C$3 million break-up fee as they enter into exclusive negotiations.

Energy Fuels said its three largest shareholders -- Dundee Resources Ltd, Pinetree Capital Ltd and Mega Uranium Ltd -- who together own about 22.7 percent of its shares, have indicated their willingness to support the deal.

Energy Fuels also expects to seek shareholder approval to implement a 10-for-1 reverse stock split.

Energy Fuels shares closed at 25 Canadian cents on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.

Reporting by Shounak Dasgupta in Bangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal

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