(https://www.commodity-tv.com/play/sibanye-stillwater-record-first-half-of-2020-starting-to-pay-dividend/) Sibanye-Stillwater advises that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sibanye Gold Limited (the “Issuer”) today, 18 September 2020, exercised its option on its USD450,000,000 1.875 per cent convertible bonds due 2023 (the “Bonds”) in line with the terms and conditions (the “Conditions”) to redeem all outstanding Bonds on 19 October 2020 (the “Optional Redemption Date”) at their principal amount, together with accrued but unpaid interest up to (but excluding) the Optional Redemption Date. The current aggregate principal amount of Bonds outstanding is USD383,800,000.00.
Holders of outstanding Bonds (the “Bondholders”) are entitled, in terms of the Conditions, to each exercise a right on the redemption of the Bonds to convert the Bonds into ordinary shares of the Company (the “Conversion Rights”). Bondholders are expected to exercise their Conversion Rights and if all such Conversion Rights are exercised, this will result in the issuance of up to 248,430,319 ordinary shares of the Company, as previously approved by the shareholders. Should some Bondholders fail to exercise their Conversion Rights, the Issuer will redeem the remaining Bonds from its cash resources.
The redemption of the Bonds will further improve the leverage and capital structure of the Group, and signifies the progress the Group has made since issuing the Bonds in 2017 for the acquisition of Stillwater, as it concludes a key element of the acquisition financing. Furthermore, the redemption of the Bonds eliminates interest costs and related income statement revaluation costs and volatility, materially reducing financing costs and outstanding debt.
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 Stillwater Limited’s (“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 Sibanye-Stillwater. 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. 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, 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; 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 the spread of other contagious diseases, such as coronavirus (“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. 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 legally required).