Freeport McMoRan CEO Talks About a "Magical Week"

"Last week was a magical week for us," Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson said on "Squawk Box."

The New Orleans mining giant closed on its acquisition of Phoenix-base Phelps Dodge for $26 billion, then boosted a planned stock offering to help cut some of the $17.5 billion debt it took on for the deal.

Freeport’s stock offering has now been upped to $5 billion, from the $3.5 billion originally planned. The company now also has access to the $3.5 billion in cash that was in Phelps Dodge's treasury.

Such large deals and high leverage may seem risky but Adkerson seems to be taking it all in his stride.

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“The mining business always involves risk," he said. "We’ve developed arguably the greatest ore body in the history of the mining business in a very tough place.”

Adkerson was also bullish about the outlook for the company.

“If commodity prices stay strong, it’s a slam-dunk, [but] you always have to prepare yourself to deal with a weaker price environment and this deal makes a lot of sense at much lower prices.”