HomeInvestingThe Anglo American share price soars to £25, but I'm not selling!

The Anglo American share price soars to £25, but I’m not selling!

For years, I’ve repeatedly argued that UK shares — notably within the FTSE 100 — appear to be discount buys. Already, 2024 has seen a number of takeover makes an attempt by bidders looking for to purchase undervalued UK companies. And immediately (25 April), a blockbuster bid despatched the Anglo American (LSE: AAL) share worth hovering.

Anglo’s share slide

Footsie stalwart Anglo American is a multinational mining firm. It sells a variety of commodities worldwide, together with coal, copper, diamonds, iron ore, nickel, platinum group metals, and coal for steelmaking.

Nevertheless, environmental, social and governance (ESG) traders typically shun main miners’ shares, as they’re main polluters. Then once more, demand for sure base and uncommon metals is ready to rise as the worldwide economic system decarbonises.

Historical past has taught me that like commodity costs, mining shares might be very unstable, with Anglo American being no exception. Certainly, proudly owning these shares in recent times has been like using a curler coaster.

At its 52-week excessive, Anglo inventory closed at 2,610.5p on 14 June 2023. It then crashed laborious, bottoming out a low of 1,630p on 8 December earlier than rebounding. Yesterday, the shares closed at 2,205p, up 575p (+35.3%) from December’s low.

At present, an sudden takeover bid from the world’s largest mining firm, Australian rival BHP Group, despatched the share worth surging. As I write, it hovers round 2,503.5p, valuing the group at £33.4bn.

Even after this sudden leap, this inventory is up simply 3.2% over one yr and 25.2% over 5 years (excluding dividends). That’s hardly ‘shoot the lights out’ territory.


For the report, my spouse and I personal Anglo American inventory, paying 2,202p a share for our stake in August 2023. After immediately’s increase, we now have a paper revenue of 13.7%, plus a dividend of $0.41 (32.9p) a share due on 3 Could.

Mining mega-deals come alongside each decade, however few have produced excellent returns for shareholders. Clearly, BHP needs to purchase Anglo American cheaply with a view to increase its market share in copper manufacturing. That is anticipated to soar as electrical automobiles and renewable power achieve in reputation — and Anglo owns main copper mines in Chile and Peru.

That mentioned, Anglo’s earnings have plunged, hit by worth weak spot for De Beers’ diamonds and in platinum group metals. Additionally, BHP’s provide is sophisticated and troublesome to worth, involving the demerger and spinning-off of Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore. These are listed in South Africa, which could possibly be a problem for that nation’s authorities.

I’m not promoting

Regardless of the 53.6% comeback for the share worth since its December low, I’ve no intention of promoting our holding on this mooted all-share bid.

Sometimes, the mega-merger deal playbook goes like this. An preliminary provide is rejected. The suitor returns with the next bid, which can even be turned down. Typically, different bidders throw their hats into the ring, a ultimate provide wins by way of, or the deal will get shot down and the goal’s share worth dives.

Personally, I’d wish to see an agreed deal nicely above 2,610.5p, the 52-week excessive for Anglo shares. Analysts counsel any knockout bid may exceed £28 and perhaps £30 a share. Therefore, I’m pleased to sit down again and await developments, whereas amassing my money yield of three% a yr!


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