Mitsui Sells Stake in Silver Bell Copper Mine, Arizona, U.S.A.

Sep. 25, 2014

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Masami Iijima) signed an agreement for the sale of its 25% stake in the Silver Bell Mining LLC, which Mitsui possesses through its subsidiaries, to AR Silver Bell, Inc., which possesses the remaining 75%. Silver Bell Mining operates the Silver Bell Copper Mine located in Arizona, U.S.A., and AR Silver Bell is a subsidiary of Asarco LLC (a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V.). The said stock sell-off was completed on September 22, 2014.

One of the basic policies of Mitsui's New Medium-term Management Plan released in May 2014 was to "pursue growth investments and returns to shareholders based on strong cash generation capabilities." The sale of Silver Bell Mining shares is in line with Mitsui's basic policy of improvement through reshuffling its portfolio of assets and executing strategic asset recycling.

Mitsui will maintain, even after the sale of its equity share, good relationships with Asarco and Grupo Mexico built in the course of operating the business together, and will actively seek new business opportunities by exercising Mitsui's comprehensive business engineering capabilities in the mineral and metal resources domain, as well as in other fields.

Profile of the Silver Bell Copper Mine

Ownership AR Silver Bell 75%, Mitsui's subsidiary 12.5%, Mitsui USA's subsidiary 12.5%
Location 70 km northwest of Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
Production Copper cathode (approx. 20,000 t/y)
History Dec. 1995 AR Silver Bell and Mitsui establish Silver Bell Mining, with respective equity shares of 75% and 25%
May 1996 Construction begins on copper cathode plant
Jul. 1997 Copper cathode plant commences production

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