- Strategic Minerals said the acquisition of the Leigh Creek copper mine in Australia had been delayed by a combination of the December holiday period and the need to satisfy a number of deal conditions.

It was anticipated that binding contracts would be exchanged in the coming weeks and settlement would occur once all conditions precedents were met, the company said.

"We have no concerns about completing the transaction but want to ensure that all procedures are completed properly to reduce risk to the company," chief executive John Peters said.

At 2:21pm: [LON:SML] Strategic Minerals PLC share price was -0.23p at 2.13p

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