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Nov 7 (Reuters) - Canadian miner Centerra Gold Inc said on Tuesday it would buy smaller rival AuRico Metals Inc in a deal valued at C$310 million ($243 million).
Centerra offered C$1.80 per share in cash, a 38.5 percent premium to AuRico last close on Monday.
Canadian miners have been boosting acquisitions at home as they come under pressure from foreign governments over profit-sharing at crucial mines.
Toronto-based Centerra reached an agreement with Kyrgyzstan in September to settle all outstanding disputes over the Kumtor gold mine, the company’s biggest.
Earlier this year, miner Alamos Gold Inc , agreed to buy Richmont Mines Inc in a deal valued at about C$905 million, creating a top-10 gold producer in North America.
Centerra’s deal will be funded through cash in hand and debt and is expected to close in January 2018, the companies said in a joint statement.
Scotia Capital was financial adviser to Centerra, while Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd advised AuRico. ($1 = 1.2762 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)