Third competitor files to take over Asarco

Daily Territorial – A third offer to take copper miner Asarco out of Chapter 11 was filed last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, by New York City-based hedge-fund manager Harbinger Capital Partners.

The $500 million reorganization is competing for control of Asarco with plans offered by Sterlite Industries, based in Mumbai, India, and Asarco’s parent company, Grupo Mexico.

The plan from Harbinger Capital, one of Asarco’s largest bondholders, is less than half the other offers but the investment firm says its offer is better because the other two either lack sufficient support from creditors or won’t meet bankruptcy court standards.

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