Sibanye Stillwater Limited

01/31/2022 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/31/2022 08:42

Sibanye-Stillwater to assume full ownership of Kroondal, doubling its life of mine - Form 6-K

Sibanye-Stillwater to assume full ownership of Kroondal, doubling its life of mine
Johannesburg, 31 January 2022: Sibanye-Stillwater (JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW) is pleased to announce that
it has entered into an agreement with Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited ("RPM") a subsidiary of Anglo
American Platinum Limited ("AAP"), through its subsidiary, Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited
("Rustenburg operation"), which will result in the Rustenburg operation assuming full ownership of the low
cost, mechanised Kroondal operation. This transaction will facilitate the life of the Kroondal operation being
extended to 2029 and ensure significant value creation for all stakeholders.
Sibanye-Stillwater currently operates the Kroondal operation, which is located adjacent to, and up-dip of
Sibanye-Stillwater's Rustenburg operation and the shallow Klipfontein open pit operation. The Kroondal
operation is subject to a 50/50 pool and share agreement ("Kroondal PSA") between Kroondal Operations
Proprietary Limited (a 100% held subsidiary of Sibanye-Stillwater) and RPM ("collectively the PSA Parties").
Sibanye-Stillwater acquired its 50% interest in the Kroondal PSA following its acquisition of Aquarius Platinum
Limited in April 2016.
By the end of 2020 certain shafts at the Kroondal operation had reached the boundaries of the Kroondal
PSA lease area. In order to allow the affected shafts to continue operating, with effect from January 2021,
a contractor mining agreement was agreed between the PSA Parties and the Rustenburg operation,
providing for the mining of the Rustenburg operation from the Kroondal operation (the "Contractor
The Contractor Agreement permits immediate exploitation of parts of the Rustenburg operation's orebody
which would otherwise only have been mined from the existing Rustenburg operation infrastructure
sometime in the future, allowing for the early conversion of a portion of the Rustenburg operation's mineral
resources into reserves and extending the life of the Kroondal operation.
In addition to the Contractor Agreement, the Rustenburg operation and RPM have entered into a sale and
purchase agreement ("Sale Transaction") in terms of which the Rustenburg operation will acquire RPM's
50% interest and all associated liabilities in respect of the Kroondal PSA and the Marikana pool and share
agreement ("Marikana PSA")(which operation was placed on care and maintenance in 2012) (together
"the PSA's") for a cash consideration of R1.00 plus the assumption of RPM's portion of all associated liabilities,
which includes all associated closure costs and rehabilitation liabilities. The rehabilitation liabilities are
currently calculated at approximately R415 million.
The implementation of the Sale Transaction is subject to the fulfilment of the following key conditions
The delivery of 1,350,000 4E ounces by the Kroondal operation to RPM's designated smelters through the
mining of both the Kroondal PSA orebody and the Rustenburg operation's orebody (together "the
Project Area") and the Klipfontein open pit operation. The 1,350,000 4E ounces will be delivered in
accordance with the terms of the current Kroondal PSA and the current Kroondal operation purchase
of concentrate (PoC) agreement with RPM. This condition precedent is expected to be fulfilled early in
2024; and
Regulatory approvals including Competition Commission approval and Section 11 consent in terms of
the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 for the transfer of the mining right, currently
held by RPM, to Sibanye-Stillwater's Rustenburg operation
On completion of the Sale Transaction, the PSA's with AAP will be terminated and Sibanye-Stillwater (through
the Rustenburg operation), will be entitled to mine the remaining PSA ore body and ore from the Rustenburg
operation that may be accessed from the Kroondal operation infrastructure entirely for Sibanye-Stillwater's
account. The PoC agreement will also fall away on completion of the Sale Transaction, with all PGM
concentrate from the combined operations being subject to the terms of the current Rustenburg
operation's sale and toll treatment agreement with RPM.
These agreements will more than double the life of the Kroondal operation, underpinning much needed
sustained employment opportunities, and ensuring significant value creation for all stakeholders through the
lower cost and more efficient extraction of the project area orebody than would have been the case as
two standalone operations.
Sibanye-Stillwater Chief Executive Officer Neal Froneman commented "We welcome this mutually
beneficial transaction which, through the full consolidation of these operations under a single owner will
unlock significant value for all stakeholders by extending the operating life of the Kroondal operation, which
as a standalone operation, was constrained by the existing PSA agreement. We are unlocking the true
potential of these adjacent mines by utilising the mechanised and low cost Kroondal operation to mine
across the boundary with the Rustenburg operation. This will accelerate the extraction of more remote parts
of the Rustenburg operation orebody, sustain employment for more than 2,500 people until 2029 and ensure
the creation of significant value for all stakeholders in the region."
Investor relations contact:
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James Wellsted
Head of Investor Relations
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James Wellsted
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Relations Tel: +27 (0) 83
453 4014
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited

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successfully integrate, past, ongoing and future acquisitions, as well as at existing operations; the ability of Sibanye-Stillwater to
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benefits to affected communities; changes in the market price of gold and PGMs; the occurrence of hazards associated with
underground and surface mining; any further downgrade of South Africa's credit rating; a challenge regarding the title to any of
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its strategy and any changes thereto; the occurrence of labour disruptions and industrial actions; the availability, terms and
deployment of capital or credit; changes in the imposition of regulatory costs and relevant government regulations, particularly
environmental, tax, health and safety regulations and new legislation affecting water, mining, mineral rights and business
ownership, including any interpretation thereof which may be subject to dispute; the outcome and consequence of any potential
or pending litigation or regulatory proceedings or environmental, health or safety issues; the concentration of all final refining
activity and a large portion of Sibanye-Stillwater's PGM sales from mine production in the United States with one entity; the
identification of a material weakness in disclosure and internal controls over financial reporting; the effect of US tax reform
legislation on Sibanye-Stillwater and its subsidiaries; the effect of South African Exchange Control Regulations on Sibanye-Stillwater's
financial flexibility; operating in new geographies and regulatory environments where Sibanye-Stillwater has no previous
experience; power disruptions, constraints and cost increases; supply chain shortages and increases in the price of production
inputs; the regional concentration of Sibanye-Stillwater's operations; 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; Sibanye-Stillwater's ability to hire and retain senior management or sufficient technically skilled
employees, as well as its ability to achieve sufficient representation of historically disadvantaged South Africans in its management
positions; failure of Sibanye-Stillwater's information technology and communications systems; the adequacy of Sibanye-Stillwater's
insurance coverage; social unrest, sickness or natural or man-made disaster at informal settlements in the vicinity of some of
Sibanye-Stillwater's South African-based operations; and the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and the spread of other contagious
diseases, such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting Sibanye-Stillwater
are described in Sibanye-Stillwater's filings with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission, including the Integrated Annual Report 2020 and the Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended 31
December 2020.

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