B2Gold keen on any African assets new Barrick may sell – CEO

TORONTO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Canada’s B2Gold Corp is interested in any West African assets that Barrick Gold Corp may put up for sale after its acquisition of African miner Randgold Resources Ltd, B2Gold’s chief executive said.

B2Gold, whose stock rose as much as 3 percent on Friday following better-than-expected quarterly production results, is “definitely interested” in any projects considered noncore under the new Barrick, CEO Clive Johnson said in an interview.

Under Barrick’s $6.1 billion all-stock deal to buy Randgold, the companies have said they will focus on their biggest and best assets globally and consider selling others.

“If there are opportunities in West Africa that don’t perhaps fit the new Barrick model, in terms of the size of project, or other things, then…

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