Sibanye-Stillwater retains favourable debt covenant for 2019
Johannesburg, 11 January 2019: Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SGL and NYSE: SBGL - https://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298572 ) is pleased to report that all lenders of its US dollar and rand revolving credit facilities (RCF), comprising 13 leading South African and international banks, have agreed to retain the upper limit of the RCF, Net debt: Adjusted EBITDA* (ND:Adj EBITDA) covenant at 3.5x, for a further 12 months (until 31 December 2019), and on the same terms as the previous covenants. In terms of the previous covenants, the ND:Adj. EBITDA limit on the RCFs was scheduled to step down from 3.5x to 2.5x from 31 December 2018.
The extension of the covenants at higher limits, will provide the Group with additional flexibility during a period where the group expects more operational stability and continuing value creation from the entry into the Platinum Group Metals Sector. As per the strategic update issued yesterday, Group liquidity remains sound following the early settlement of some of the long term debt during 2018, and with the next major debt repayment only due in mid-2022.
Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater commented: “The extension of the existing RCF covenant limits on the same terms as before, is a significant vote of confidence in the fundamental outlook for the group by our 13 lending banks. The headroom resulting from the extension provides sufficient financial flexibility and should provide the market with additional confidence.”
* The Group reports adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) based on the formula included in the facility agreements for compliance with the debt covenant formula. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance under IFRS and should be considered in addition to and not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance and liquidity.
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