SGL : Trading statement and operating update:
Sibanye Gold Limited
Trading as Sibanye-Stillwater
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number 2002/031431/06
Share code: SGL
ISIN – ZAE000173951
Issuer code: SGL
(‘Sibanye-Stillwater’ or ‘the Group’ or ‘the Company’)
Trading statement and operating update for the year ended 31 December 2019
Johannesburg, 14 February 2020: Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SGL and NYSE:
SBGL) is pleased to provide a trading statement and operating update for the year
ended 31 December 2019. The comprehensive financial and operating results for the
six months and the year ended 31 December 2019 (H2 2019 and 2019 year respectively)
will be released on Wednesday, 19 February 2020.
In terms of paragraph 3.4(b) of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited (JSE),
a company listed on the JSE is required to publish a trading statement as soon as
it is satisfied that a reasonable degree of certainty exists that the financial
results for the period to be reported upon next will differ by at least 20% from the
financial results for the previous corresponding period.
A recovery in the Group operating performance in H2 2019 and increased contributions
from DRDGOLD and the Marikana operations, combined with a significant increase in
precious metals prices, boosted Group revenue by 44% year-on-year to R72,925 million
(US$5,043 million) for 2019, compared with R50,656 million (US$3,826million) for
2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 79% year-on-year to R14,956 million (US$1,034
million) for 2019.
The financial performance in H2 2019 was in stark contrast to the first half of the
year, which was significantly impacted by strike action at the SA Gold operations
and other operational disruptions. As a result of the improved operating performance
and sharp increase in precious metals prices in H2 2019, revenue for the period of
R49,390 million (US$3,386 million) increased by 110% from R23,535 million (US$1,657
million) for H1 2019 and 85% from R26,746 million (US$1,884 million) for H2 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for H2 2019 of R12,938 million (US$881 million) was 541% higher than
adjusted EBITDA for H1 2019 of R2,019 million (US$316 million) and 189% higher than
for the comparable period in 2018.
As a result of this strong financial performance, progress on deleveraging the Group
balance sheet has accelerated, de-risking the business and building a solid base for
future delivery of further. Proforma net debt:adjusted EBITDA has reduced
meaningfully to 1.2x* at 31 December 2019, from 2.5x the year before and well ahead
of our 1.8x target for the 2019-year end.
Shareholders are advised that the due to the factors listed below, the Group expects
to report a profit of R433 million (US$30 million) for 2019, which is a significant
improvement on the loss of R2,521 million (US$191 million) for 2018.
The improvement year-on-year primarily reflects, inter alia:
* significantly higher platinum group metals (PGM) and gold prices
* the inclusion of the Marikana operations for seven months, compared with zero
months in the comparative period
* the inclusion of DRDGOLD for a full year, compared with five months in the
* a R1,103 million (US$77 million) gain on acquisition of Lonmin Plc (‘Marikana
* a R1,567 million (US$110 million) deferred tax credit recognised by the US PGM
These improvements were partly offset by:
* losses incurred by the SA gold operations due to the industrial action that ended
in April 2019, followed by the subsequent ramp up to full production capacity
* recognition of a R3,912 million (US$271 million) fair value loss on the US$
convertible bonds, following the 258% increase in the Sibanye-Stillwater share
price during 2019, resulting in the bonds trading well above par value
* restructuring costs from the SA gold and Marikana operations
As a result, the Group expects to report basic earnings per share of 2.5 cents (0.2
US cents) for 2019, which is a 102% improvement on the basic loss per share of 110.4
cents (8.3 US cents) reported for the previous year. The Group expects to report a
headline loss per share (HEPS) of 40.2 cents (2.8 US cents), down 39.5 cents (2.7
US cents) or 5,643% compared with the HEPS of 0.7 cents (0.1 US cents) for 2018.
This is mainly attributable to the R1,103 million ($77 million) gain on acquisition
of Lonmin Plc being excluded from HEPS, but the fair value loss of R3,912 million
(US$271 million) on the US$ convertible bonds being included.
Normalised earnings1 which is more reflective of operating earnings, increased by
R3,797 million (US$263 million), to R2,360 million (US$163 million) from a R1,437
million (US$109million) loss in 2018.
The translation of the rand amounts into US dollar is based on average exchange
rates of R14.46/US$ for 2019, R13.24/US$ for 2018 and R14:69/US$ in H2 2019. This
information is provided as supplementary information only.
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been
reviewed or reported on by Sibanye-Stillwater’s auditors.
All adjusted/normalised information disclosed below has been prepared for
illustrative purposes only and is treated as pro forma financial information by the
JSE Limited. The information is the responsibility of the Group’s board of the
directors and because of its nature may not fairly present the Group’s financial
position, changes in equity, results of operations or cash flows. The Company will
detail the relevant adjustments used to arrive at the pro forma information when its
full-year results are published.
1 As per the covenant definition which includes 12 months of earnings from the Marikana operations
2 Normalised earnings excludes gains and losses on financial instruments and foreign exchange differences,
impairments, gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, occupational healthcare expense, restructuring
costs, transactions costs, share-based payment on BEE transaction, gain on acquisition, other business development
costs, share of results of equity-accounted investees, after tax, and changes in estimated deferred tax rate
The Group operational performance for the year ended 31 December 2019 was solid,
with the operational issues which affected H1 2019, largely having been addressed
by the end of the year. The consistent operational performance from the SA PGM
continued, despite the integration and restructuring of the Marikana operations and
the impact of load-shedding towards the end of the year. 4E PGM production of
1,100,734 4Eoz (excluding the Marikana operation) was above the upper end of annual
guidance. 4E PGM production of 1,608,332 4Eoz including the Marikana operations (for
seven months since acquisition), was 37% higher year-on-year.
The SA gold operations achieved normalised production run rates for the reduced
operating footprint during Q4 2019, delivering annual gold production of 753,194oz
(excluding DRDGOLD) and 932,659oz (Including DRDGOLD).
The US PGM operations reported 2E PGM production of 593,974 2Eoz which was in line
with revised annual guidance, following the operational issues which were experienced
at Blitz during H2 2019.
Sibanye-Stillwater will release its results for the six months and year ended 31
December 2019 on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 after 08:00 (CAT) and will host a live
presentation and webcast at 10:00 (CAT). For the webcast and conference call details,
please refer to our website at www.sibanyestillwater.com.
Investor relations contact:
Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +27 (0) 83 453 4014
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
The information in this announcement may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the ‘safe harbour’
provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements,
including, among others, those relating to Sibanye Gold Limited’s (trading as Sibanye-Stillwater) (‘Sibanye-
Stillwater’ or the ‘Group’) financial positions, business strategies, plans and objectives of management for future
operations, are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of the senior management and directors of
All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements also often use words such as ‘will’, ‘forecast’, ‘potential’, ‘estimate’,
‘expect’ and words of similar meaning. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty
because they relate to future events and circumstances and should be considered in light of various important
factors, including those set forth in this disclaimer and in the Group’s Annual Integrated Report and Annual
Financial Report, published on 29 March 2019, and the Group’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed by Sibanye-Stillwater
with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 5 April 2019 (SEC File no. 001-35785), and the Form F-4 filed by
Sibanye Stillwater Limited with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 4 October 2019 (SEC File no. 333-234096)
and any amendments thereto. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.
The important factors that could cause Sibanye-Stillwater’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, our future business prospects;
financial positions; debt position and our ability to reduce debt leverage; business, political and social conditions
in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbabwe and elsewhere; plans and objectives of management for
future operations; our ability to obtain the benefits of any streaming arrangements or pipeline financing; our
ability to service our bond Instruments (High Yield Bonds and Convertible Bonds); changes in assumptions underlying
Sibanye-Stillwater’s estimation of their current mineral reserves and resources; the ability to achieve anticipated
efficiencies and other cost savings in connection with past, ongoing and future acquisitions, as well as at existing
operations; our ability to achieve steady state production at the Blitz project; the success of Sibanye-Stillwater’s
business strategy; exploration and development activities; the ability of Sibanye-Stillwater to comply with
requirements that they operate in a sustainable manner; changes in the market price of gold, PGMs and/or uranium;
the occurrence of hazards associated with underground and surface gold, PGMs and uranium mining; the occurrence of
labour disruptions and industrial action; the availability, terms and deployment of capital or credit; changes in
relevant government regulations, particularly environmental, tax, health and safety regulations and new legislation
affecting water, mining, mineral rights and business ownership, including any interpretations thereof which may be
subject to dispute; the outcome and consequence of any potential or pending litigation or regulatory proceedings
or other environmental, health and safety issues; power disruptions, constraints and cost increases; supply chain
shortages and increases in the price of production inputs; fluctuations in exchange rates, currency devaluations,
inflation and other macro-economic monetary policies; the occurrence of temporary stoppages of mines for safety
incidents and unplanned maintenance; the ability to hire and retain senior management or sufficient technically
skilled employees, as well as their ability to achieve sufficient representation of historically disadvantaged
South Africans’ in management positions; failure of information technology and communications systems; the adequacy
of insurance coverage; any social unrest, sickness or natural or man-made disaster at informal settlements in the
vicinity of some of Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations; and the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and other contagious
diseases. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the content. Sibanye-Stillwater expressly
disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statement (except to the extent
Date: 14-02-2020 12:32:00
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