Under the new proposed deal, SQM agreed to acquire all of Azure’s shares at an offer price of A$3.52 per share, a premium of 44.3% to the stock’s last close of A$2.44 on Friday.
The world’s second-biggest lithium chemicals maker, which is partnering with Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers to build the A$1.9 billion Mt Holland lithium hydroxide project in Western Australia, bought a 19.99% equity in Azure for A$20 million in March.
“Azure Board unanimously recommend that Azure shareholders support the transaction by voting in favour of the scheme… in the absence of a superior proposal,” the company said in a statement.
($1 = 1.5898 Australian dollars)
(By Roushni Nair; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Subhranshu Sahu)