Sibanye receives affirmative credit ratings ahead of bond issue
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Westonaria, 7 June 2017 - https://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=297484: Sibanye is pleased to announce that it has received a Ba2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) with a stable outlook and a B+ rating with a positive outlook from S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”).
In assigning the Ba2 (stable) corporate family rating to Sibanye, Moody’s noted that it reflects Sibanye’s solid business profile underpinned by diversified metal production revenues, as well as the Company’s track record of setting and sticking to conservative financial policies. The ratings outlook assumes Sibanye will: “deleverage as planned, following the addition of the Stillwater acquisition debt and the successful integration of the new mining assets”.
S&P noted that the assigned B+ (positive) rating reflects its view that Sibanye will: “generate positive discretionary cash flow after the Stillwater acquisition that should enable it to gradually reduce leverage in line with its stated financial policy”.
“The affirmative credit ratings endorse Sibanye’s maturing business model and the value that is being created by our recent acquisitions. Refinancing the Stillwater acquisition bridge facility is a key focus area of ours and hence these ratings are a positive step forward in establishing an appropriate long-term capital structure for Sibanye.” said Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye.
Sibanye also announces it has mandated Citi, HSBC, Barclays as Global Coordinators and Bookrunners, as well as Credit Suisse and Standard Bank as Bookrunners of a proposed US$1bn bond offering, the rating of which is expected to be in line with the newly obtained corporate ratings. The proceeds of the issuance will be used to refinance part of the bridge loan facility obtained by Sibanye to finance the acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company.
Sibanye Investor Relations Contact:
SVP Investor Relations
Sibanye Gold Limited
+27 (0) 83 453 4014
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited
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