Northgate Minerals Shares Surged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of gold miner Northgate Minerals (ASE: NXG) soared more than 35% on Monday after AuRico Gold (NYS: AUQ) agreed to acquire it.

So what: The all-stock deal values Northgate at roughly $1.5 billion, representing about a 45% premium to its Friday closing price. If the transaction goes through, AuRico stands to nearly double its gold resources, with production increasing to 470,000 ounces in 2011 from a previous 280,000 ounces.

Now what: The deal -- in which Northgate owners will get 0.365 of an AuRico share for each of theirs -- is expected to close in late October subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. "We're excited about this announcement given the acquisition will create a premier intermediate gold producer operating in three of the top mining jurisdictions in the world," AuRico CEO Rene Marion said. So while Northgate shares are probably all popped out for now, AuRico -- whose shares are down double-digit percentages today -- might be worth looking into.

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