Anglo American is exploring an preliminary public providing of its diamond enterprise De Beers, two individuals accustomed to the matter instructed Reuters on Tuesday, with one flagging London as the popular venue.

The potential itemizing was the default choice, the second individual mentioned, though the method is at an early stage. Each had been talking on situation of anonymity as a result of the plans are non-public.

The London-listed miner set out on Tuesday its plans for a possible break-up through a demerger or sale of a few of its belongings, because it fights off a $43 billion takeover bid from BHP Group.

CEO Duncan Wanblad mentioned the plan was to spin out or promote De Beers, with out giving additional particulars. Anglo holds 85 % of De Beers, whereas the federal government of Botswana, the situation of its greatest mines, owns the rest.

Anglo declined to remark. Botswana’s authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

“De Beers is a superb set of belongings and it’s an excellent enterprise,” Wanblad instructed a media name earlier on Tuesday. “It’s sitting on the backside of a cycle. That cycle is extra macroeconomic than basic.”

De Beers might fetch a valuation of 8 to 10 occasions core earnings, one of many individuals mentioned.

Though he helps the expansion technique Anglo has developed for De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer by worth, Wanblad mentioned Anglo believes it’s “higher executed by completely different homeowners and in a unique construction” from at the moment’s.

Like different luxurious items, diamonds have suffered a fall in international demand. De Beers, which each mines diamonds and produces artificial gems through its Lightbox Jewelry unit, has been limiting provide and providing flexibility to contracted prospects.

In February, Anglo introduced a $1.6 billion impairment cost on the division. It acquired De Beers in 2011, shopping for the Oppenheimer household’s 40 % stake for $5.1 billion.

A London itemizing could be a lift for the UK inventory market, which as of final month had attracted solely 2 % of European IPO volumes this 12 months, based on Dealogic Information, reflecting a sluggish economic system and a notion the market is undervalued.

By Anousha Sakoui and Clara Denina; Enhancing by Veronica Brown, Catherine Evans and Jan Harvey

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