Sibanye-Stillwater updates operational guidance for the year ending 31 December 2018
Johannesburg, 2 July 2018: Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SGL and NYSE: SBGL - https://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298294), wishes to advise that production guidance from the SA gold operations for the year ending 31 December 2018, has been revised 6% lower to between 36,500kg and 37,500kg (1.17Moz and 1.21Moz), with All-in sustaining costs (AISC) revised to between R515,000/kg and R530,000/kg (US$1,227 and 1,263/oz) and capital expenditure to R3,000 million (US$230 million). These revisions are primarily due to operational disruptions following safety related incidents at Kloof and Driefontein and the power disruption earlier in the year at Beatrix, as well as damage to footwall infrastructure providing access to the western side of the Masakhane mine, following a seismic event on 3 May 2018.
Following a thorough assessment of the damage caused by the seismic event on the western side of the Masakhane mine, a decision has been taken to rehabilitate the footwall infrastructure in order to enable access to this part of the mine. Production from the western side of the Masakhane mine is planned to commence in February 2019, building up to normal production volumes of approximately 170kg (5,466oz) per month by April 2019.
Access to the eastern side of the Masakhane mine was unaffected by the seismic event, and operations in that area which produces approximately 80kg (2,570oz) per month of gold, resumed on 11 June 2018.
The resumption of full production of approximately 250kg (8,038oz) per month from the Masakhane mine in April 2019, should result in annual production from the SA gold operations increasing in 2019.
The SA PGM operations have maintained their strong performance from Q1 2018 and 4E PGM production is likely to be at the upper limit of guidance of between 1.1Moz and 1.15Moz, with AISC towards the bottom end of guidance, between R10,750/4Eoz and R11,250/4Eoz (US$825/4Eoz and US$860/4Eoz). Capital expenditure is forecast at R1,200 million (US$92 million).
2E PGM production guidance from the US PGM operations for the year ending 31 December 2018 is maintained at between 580,000oz and 610,000oz with AISC between US$640/2Eoz and US$680/2Eoz. Capital expenditure is expected to be up to US$222 million.
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