MANILA, Philippines -- Lafayette Mining's Philippines units are to seek court protection from creditors after their Australian parent went into administration, a company official said Tuesday.
Lafayette will file a petition in the Philippines to continue normal operations, said Carlos Dominguez, chairman and president of Lafayette Philippines.
There were ongoing talks with potential new investors, he said.
The Lafayette firms operate the Rapu-Rapu metals mine in the Bicol region south of Manila, a showcase project from the Philippines' newly revived minerals sector.
In Australia, Lafayette Mining Ltd. said two administrators had been appointed and will immediately take control of the company's business, property and affairs.
"The company has been working for several months with key stakeholders to restructure and recapitalize the company which has a 74 percent interest in Rapu Rapu Processing Inc., located in the Philippines," Lafayette said on its website.