Sibanye-Stillwater cements its industry-leading surface mining partnership with DRDGOLD
Johannesburg,10 January 2020: Sibanye-Stillwater is pleased to announce that it has exercised its option to subscribe for additional ordinary shares of DRDGOLD Limited (“DRDGOLD”) to attain a 50.1% shareholding in DRDGOLD (the “Option Shares”). The option was exercised on 8 January 2020 in terms of the DRDGOLD option agreement between Sibanye-Stillwater and DRDGOLD, entered into on 22 November 2017 and approved by the DRDGOLD shareholders on 28 March 2018.
The subscription price for each Option Share is R6.46 per share, payable in cash, representing a 22.69% discount to the closing price of R8.35 per DRDGOLD share and a 10% discount to the 30-day volume weighted average traded price of DRDGOLD’s shares, on the JSE Limited (“JSE”) on the day prior to the date of exercise of the option, being 7 January 2020. The exercise of the option will increase Sibanye-Stillwater’s holding in DRDGOLD from 38.05% (265,000,000 shares) to 50.1% (433,158,944 shares).
It is anticipated that the Option Shares will be listed on the JSE on 22 January 2020. DRDGOLD will continue to be listed on the JSE (Ticker code: DRD) with a secondary listing on the NYSE in the form of American depository receipts (Ticker code: DRD).
Commenting on the exercise of the option, Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, said: “By securing the majority holding in DRDGOLD, a leading surface mining and processing company, we continue to create value for all stakeholders in line with our vision. We are thrilled that the value of our initial shareholding has already increased by 147% over 17 months. The DRDGOLD team has a proven track record and has successfully implemented the Far West Rand Recoveries project, having reached its 500 000 tonne per month planned capacity for Phase 1. We look forward to further value creation as DRDGOLD completes its detailed planning and possible implementation of Phase 2”.
This is a voluntary announcement by Sibanye-Stillwater as the exercise of the option falls below the 5% threshold of the categorisation of transactions in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements.
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