February 1, 2019 / 4:17 PM / 6 months ago

Gold refiner Asahi wins auction for Republic Metals Corp- sources

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Precious metals refiner Asahi has won an auction for the assets of bankrupt Miami-based refiner Republic Metals Corporation (RMC), outbidding its Swiss rival Valcambi, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

RMC was one North America’s largest precious metals refineries before it filed for bankruptcy in November.

Asahi won the auction in a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday with a bid of $25.5 million, one of the sources said.

The court did not comment. RMC and its lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

If the purchase is completed, it will cement Asahi’s position in the Americas.

Owned by Japan’s Asahi Holdings, the company is already the largest refiner of gold mined in the region with smelters in Canada, the United States, and Japan and offices in Mexico and Chile.

The sale will be finalised at another hearing later in February at which any objections from RMC’s creditors will be heard, according to the sources and court documents.

Valcambi, owned by Indian jeweller Rajesh Exports and whose Swiss precious metals refinery is the world’s largest, had sought to buy RMC before it declared bankruptcy.

Valcambi opened the bidding for RMC’s assets with an offer of $16 million.

Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Veronica Brown and David Evans

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