Nicky Oppenheimer, the chairman of De Beers and a major shareholder in Anglo American, has placed 27.3 million of his ordinary shares in Anglo American as security for a loan facility the company disclosed in a regulatory filing.
Oppenheimer holds a 40 percent stake in De Beers and is a director of Anglo American plc. The value of the shares that were put up as security is about GBP 726.6 million or $1.1 billion. Oppenheimer holds the shares through two holding companies, E Oppenheimer & Son International Limited and Gartland Limited.
Recently, Oppenheimer and Anglo American agreed, together with the government of Botswana, to provide De Beers with an infusion of $500 million. Botswana holds a 15 percent stake in De Beers.
According to the filing, E Oppenheimer & Son International and Gartland provided the Anglo American shares as part of a package of security comprising of other assets as well.
Courtesy of IDEX online