Hermes-Sojitz investment fund closes $340 million deal

Press Release ( - Nov 16, 2016 - In the second quarter 2016 international direct investments fund Hermes-Sojitz closed the deal for selling 60.3 % of shares in Sinopac — company carrying out exploration and mining of rare earth metals in Africa. Share purchaser is unknown. Deal value is equal to USD 340 million.

Exploration and mining of rare earth metals are one of the most promising and profitable industry sector. Rare earth metals are represented by 17 elements of the periodic (Mendeleev) table. These metals are widely used in manufacturing high tech and bulk products, including mobile phones, flat TVs and microwave ovens. Demand for rare earth metals increases by 10-15 % per year.

Naoki Matsumura, Chairman of Board of Directors of Hermes-Sojitz Asia-European investment fund says,”More than half of world reserves of carbonatite rocks of magmatic origin are located in Africa. These rocks are regarded as the best raw material for mining of rare earth metals. That is why Africa is head and shoulders above the rest in mining rare earths from carbonatite rocks”.

We would like to remind that Hermes-Sojitz has already been implementing projects in Africa for several years. The funds invests in exploration and mining of mineral deposits, food industry and development. The fund has opened several fish-canning factories. Moreover, special attention is paid to hotel industry development. Hermes-Sojitz representatives believe that closing the latest highly profitable deal shall help the fund to enhance its influence in Africa and relations between the fund and local missions.

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