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Anglo stake in De Beers "worthless", says analyst

08 april 2009

Anglo shares reached its highest in nearly three months last Friday, when a $2 billion bond offer eased rights issue fears. However, Barclays Capital was more concerned about De Beers, in which Anglo has a 45% stake, PolishedPrices.com reported citing Financial Times.
While other brokers value the stake at up to $2 billion, BarCap considered it worthless, said the FT report.
"The extent of De Beers' problems may be under-appreciated by the market and should ultimately be an incremental negative for the Anglo American share price," analyst Christopher LaFemina said.
De Beers reported $3.6 billion of debt at the end of 2008 - about 30 times BarCap's forecast of its operating earnings this year, according to the FT report. De Beers has also needed loans totalling about $762 million from its three shareholders, it said.
"We are concerned that more shareholder loans may be necessary to keep De Beers afloat," BarCap said. "Anglo American's cost of capital is not zero, and repayment of these loans is not certain. In our view, these interest-free loans destroy value for Anglo American shareholders."