Sibanye-Stillwater re-structures the historical Lonmin black economic empowerment structure
Johannesburg, 14 April 2021. Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW - https://www.commodity-tv.com/ondemand/companies/profil/sibanye-stillwater-ltd/) is pleased to advise that effective 13 April 2021, it has re-structured the previously highly indebted Lonmin Plc (subsequently changed to Lonmin Limited and now renamed Sibanye UK Limited) (“Lonmin”) broad-based black economic empowerment (“B-BBEE”) structure in relation to Western Platinum Proprietary Limited (“WPL”) and Eastern Platinum Limited (“EPL”) (WPL and EPL hereinafter collectively referred to as “Marikana”), with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the B-BBEE shareholding in Marikana and facilitating the realisation of value to the B-BBEE shareholders (“the Re-structuring”).
Subsequent to its acquisition of Lonmin in June 2019, Sibanye-Stillwater has had constructive engagements with Phembani Group Proprietary Limited (“Phembani”) (which inherited its participation in the Marikana B-BBEE structure in December 2015, as part of a larger non-related transaction) and the other Marikana B-BBEE shareholders regarding the Re-structuring. The Re-structuring has been implemented to facilitate inter alia:
- Access for the Marikana B-BBEE shareholders to distributable Marikana dividends in the short and medium term through the introduction of a 10% trickle dividend while any intercompany debt is outstanding. Thereafter, the Marikana B-BBEE shareholders will participate fully in their attributable portion of Marikana’s dividends
- The longer-term accruing of value to the Marikana B-BBEE shareholders through
- The release of Incwala Platinum Proprietary Limited (“Incwala Platinum”) to repay the loans made to it by WPL
- The replacement of historical debt with a more affordable preference share arrangement
- The creation of a sustainable B-BBEE financing structure for Marikana which is consistent with Sibanye-Stillwater’s transformation objectives
Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater, commenting on the Re-structuring said: “We welcome the re-structuring of the Marikana B-BBEE shareholder structure, which is the result of engagements with all the relevant shareholders in order to reach an agreement that is sustainable, ensures the real accruing of value to the Marikana B-BBEE shareholders and is fair to all stakeholders. The revised structure will allow for a sustainable capital structure for the Marikana B-BBEE shareholders, as well as immediate access to distributable cash flow and the ongoing transfer of tangible value. This re-structuring is supported by all Marikana B-BBEE shareholders.”
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