Sibanye-Stillwater prices US$500 million senior unsecured guaranteed convertible bonds due 2028
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Johannesburg, 21 November 2023: Sibanye-Stillwater (JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW - https://www.commodity-tv.com/ondemand/companies/profil/sibanye-stillwater-ltd/) is pleased to announce that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Stillwater Mining Company (the “Issuer”), has priced its offering (the “Offering”) of US$500 million senior, unsecured, guaranteed convertible bonds (the “Convertible Bonds”), due in November 2028 and convertible into new and/or existing Sibanye-Stillwater ordinary shares.
The Convertible Bonds will pay a coupon of 4.25% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrear in equal instalments on 28 May and 28 November of each year, commencing on 28 May 2024. The initial conversion price will be set at a 32.5% premium to the volume weighted average price of Sibanye-Stillwaters’s shares listed on the Main Board of the JSE Limited (“JSE”) between opening of trading and close of trading today, 21 November 2023, converted into US$ using the USD-ZAR exchange rate at the close of trading on the JSE, which will be announced in a separate press release.
The Convertible Bonds will be issued by the Issuer on or around 28 November 2023 (the “Issue Date”) and payments in respect of the Convertible Bonds will be guaranteed, jointly and severally, by Sibanye-Stillwater and its following subsidiaries: Sibanye Gold Proprietary Limited, Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines Proprietary Limited, Kroondal Operations Proprietary Limited, Western Platinum Proprietary Limited and Eastern Platinum Proprietary Limited (together, the “Guarantors”).
The conversion price will be subject to customary adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Convertible Bonds (the “Terms and Conditions”), including, among other things, dividends paid by Sibanye-Stillwater.
“We are very pleased that it was multiple times oversubscribed. The Convertible Bond offering is one of various available financing options, which provides financial flexibility at a reasonable cost under current market conditions, and will enable further delivery on our strategic growth objectives at an opportune time in the commodity cycle, whilst maintaining balance sheet resilience and liquidity” Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman commented.
The proceeds are expected to be applied to the advancement of the Group’s growth strategy including funding the Reldan acquisition announced on 9 November 2023, whilst preserving the current balance sheet for funding existing operations and projects through a lower commodity price environment.
The Convertible Bonds, subject to the receipt of the requisite approval by a general meeting of the shareholders of Sibanye-Stillwater (the “Shareholder Resolutions”), which general meeting shall be convened not later than the date falling 9 months after the Issue Date, will be convertible into Ordinary Shares, pursuant to the Terms and Conditions. Prior to, and/or absent such approval, holders of the Convertible Bonds will, on conversion, receive a cash amount equal to the value of the underlying Ordinary Shares. The dates and times of the general meeting will be communicated in due course.
At any time after the date of the first general meeting of the shareholders of Sibanye-Stillwater following the Issue Date, for so long as the Shareholder Resolutions have not been approved, the Issuer reserves the right, on giving notice to the holders of the Convertible Bonds, to redeem, all but not some only of, the Convertible Bonds at the greater of: i) 102% of their principal amount, and ii) 102% of their fair market value, in each case plus accrued but unpaid interest (all as more fully described in the Terms and Conditions).
The Convertible Bonds will be issued at 100% of their principal amount (i.e. US$200,000 per Convertible Bond). Unless previously redeemed, converted or purchased and cancelled, the Convertible Bonds will be redeemed at their principal amount (plus accrued but unpaid interest) on or around 28 November 2028. The Issuer will have the option to redeem all, but not only some of the Convertible Bonds at their principal amount (plus accrued but unpaid interest) in accordance with the Terms and Conditions at any time (i) on or after 19 December 2026, if the value of the Ordinary Shares underlying a Convertible Bond is equal to or exceeds US$260,000 for a specified period of time, or (ii) if 15% or less of the aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Bonds remains outstanding (all as more fully described in the Terms and Conditions).
Application is expected to be made for the Convertible Bonds to be admitted to trading on the Open market (Freiverkehr) segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange within 90 days following the Issue Date.
In the context of the Offering, the Issuer, Sibanye-Stillwater, the other Guarantors and Sibanye-Stillwater’s other subsidiaries have agreed to a lock-up relating to equity and equity-related securities for a period commencing on pricing and ending 90 calendar days following the Issue Date, subject to certain exceptions and waiver by the Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners.
The Issuer and Sibanye-Stillwater intend to substitute RecycleOne Metals US Holdings Inc. (“RecycleOne”), an indirect subsidiary company of Sibanye-Stillwater incorporated in the State of Delaware, in place of the Issuer as primary obligor under the Convertible Bonds following the Issue Date. Such substitution shall be effected subject to, and upon completion of, the intended accession of RecycleOne as an additional guarantor (i) under the USD675 million 4.000% senior notes due 2026 and the USD525 million 4.500% senior notes due 2029, both of which were issued by the Issuer in 2021 and guaranteed by Sibanye-Stillwater, and (ii) under the principal credit facilities of the Group. Upon such substitution, the Issuer shall jointly and severally guarantee (with the Guarantors listed above) the payment obligations of RecycleOne under the Convertible Bonds.
Absa Bank, BMO Capital Markets, BofA Securities and Goldman Sachs acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners for the Offering (the “Joint Global Coordinators”).
Sibanye-Stillwater is a multinational mining and metals processing group with a diverse portfolio of operations, projects and investments across five continents. The Group is also one of the foremost global recyclers of PGM autocatalysts and has interests in leading mine tailings retreatment operations.
Sibanye-Stillwater has established itself as one of the world’s largest primary producers of platinum, palladium, and rhodium and is a top tier gold producer. It also produces and refines iridium and ruthenium, nickel, chrome, copper and cobalt. The Group has recently begun to build and diversify its asset portfolio into battery metals mining and processing and is increasing its presence in the circular economy by growing and diversifying its recycling and tailings reprocessing operations globally. For more information refer to www.sibanyestillwater.com.
Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners:
Absa Bank Limited (“Absa Bank”)
BMO Capital Markets Limited (“BMO Capital Markets”)
Merrill Lynch International (“BofA Securities”)
Goldman Sachs International (“Goldman Sachs”)
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited
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