Sibanye-Stillwater operating update for the six months and year ended 31 December 2017
Johannesburg, 4 February 2018: Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers: SGL (JSE) and SBGL (NYSE) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URd4m-Te4Ds&t=28s) is pleased to report positive operating results for the year ended 31 December 2017, with all the operations delivering solid results in the second half of the year.
SA gold operations
Gold production for the year ended 31 December 2017 of 43,600kg (1.4Moz) was higher than guidance (provided in the Q3 operating results) of between 42,000kg and 43,000 kg (1.35Moz and 1.38Moz), with gold production for the second half of the year 4% higher than for the first half, despite the closure of the Cooke operations in October 2017.
All-in sustaining cost (AISC) for the year is expected to be approximately R483,000/kg (US$1,130/oz) which is better than guidance of between R485,000/kg and R495,000/kg (US$1,115/oz and US$1,140/oz), due to increase in production in the second half of the year, which resulted in AISC declining to approximately R480,000/kg (US$1,130/oz), from R485,441/kg (US$1,143/oz) in the first half of the year.
Total capital expenditure for the year was R3.4 billion (US$ 256 million).
SA PGM operations
The positive momentum at the SA PGM operations continued, with attributable PGM production of about 1.19M 4Eoz for the year ended 31 December 2017, 4% higher than the upper range of guidance of 1.15M 4Eoz with attributable PGM production for the second half of the year of 603,635 4Eoz, 2% higher than for the first half. AISC is expected to be approximately R10,300/4Eoz (US$775/4Eoz), which is lower than guidance provided of between R10,500/4Eoz and R11,000/4Eoz (US$775/4Eoz and US$815/4Eoz). AISC for the second half of the year is expected to be approximately R10,300/4Eoz (US$770/4Eoz), 1% lower than the first half.
Total attributable capital expenditure for the year was R1.3 billion (US$95 million) (and total capital expenditure, excluding Mimosa, was R1.0 billion (US$78 million)).
US PGM operations
The US PGM operations produced about 376,300 2Eoz for the eight month period since acquisition by Sibanye-Stillwater, which was in line with guidance of between 350,000 (2Eoz) and 380,000 (2Eoz). Pleasingly, the US operations delivered record recycling throughput for the year and, as previously disclosed, the Blitz project yielded first PGM output in October 2017, ahead of schedule. AISC of approximately US$650/2Eoz for the eight months is in line with guidance of between US$620/2Eoz and US$650/2Eoz. PGM production for the six months ended 31 December 2017 was approximately 282,600 2Eoz, at an AISC of US$660/2Eoz.
Total capital expenditure for the eight months ended 31 December 2017 was US$124 million.
Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman commented: “This is positive set of operating results, which, combined with the restructuring of the Cooke operations completed in the fourth quarter of 2018, provides a solid base for deleveraging the Group in 2018.”
Note: All rand figures have been converted to US dollar using the average R/US$ exchange rate for the year of 13.31, 13.21 for H1 2017 and 13.41 for H2 2017.
Results presentation on 22 February 2018
Sibanye-Stillwater will release its results for the six months and year ended 31 December 2017 on 22 February 2018 via a live presentation. For webcast and conference call details on the day, please refer to the following link: www.sibanyestillwater.com/investors/financial-reporting/operating-financial-updates/2017.
SVP Investor Relations
Sibanye Gold Limited
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Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited
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