RBPlat to list on JSE on 8 November 2010
In its pre-listing statement, RBPlat indicates that the company is well-positioned to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the platinum group metals (PGMs) sector to maximise value for the company by:
- enhancing operational excellence at Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine (BRPM) through the implementation of volume-enhancing initiatives and reducing unit costs, while continuing to conduct business safely;
- pursuing organic growth and value-accretive opportunities by developing the Styldrift 1 expansion project, evaluating other brownfield growth opportunities and opportunistically pursuing value-adding partnerships; and
- creating a sustainable and agile operating model by delegating operational decision-making and building employee capabilities.
An offer for subscription and sale has been made, subject to certain conditions, to institutional investors in South Africa and to selected institutional investors in other jurisdictions, and, by invitation, to management and employees of the company and BRPM, to whom the offer will specifically be addressed, of up to 44,766,456 ordinary shares having a par value of R0.01 each in the share capital of the company (assuming an offer price at the mid-point of the offer price range). The offer shares comprise 16,528,926 new ordinary shares having a par value of R0.01 each to be issued by the company and up to 28,237,530 issued ordinary shares to be sold by Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anglo Platinum Limited) and Royal Bafokeng Platinum Holdings (Proprietary) Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Proprietary) Limited (RBH), the selling shareholders, collectively comprising 27.28% of the total issued share capital at listing. A further 4,461,448 ordinary shares may be sold by the selling shareholders pursuant to a 30-day option which the selling shareholders intend to grant to the joint-global coordinators and the joint bookrunners for the offer for the purpose of covering short positions resulting from overallotments or from sales of offer shares at or before the end of the stabilisation period (being the period commencing on the date of listing and ending 30 days thereafter).
It is currently estimated that the price at which the offer shares will be offered for sale and subscription pursuant to the pre-listing statement will be between R56.00 and R65.00 per offer share. However, the offer price may be outside the offer price range.
The offer is subject to a minimum subscription as prescribed in the JSE’s Listings Requirements in order to meet the shareholder spread and free float requirements. There is no minimum capital requirement to be realised by the offer.
Subject to the fulfilment of the conditions to the offer as set out in the pre-listing statement, 164,089,430 fully paid RBPlat ordinary shares of a par value of R0.01 each (being the entire issued share capital of the company as at that date) will be listed.
RBPlat is well-placed to exploit its existing assets, develop future resources and reserves and aims to leverage its key competitive strengths to enhance its market position. These are:
- RBPlat is well-positioned to capitalise on the anticipated improvement in the PGM sector’s strong supply and demand fundamentals.
- The BRPM joint venture has significant shallow, high grade and well-known reserves and resources.
- BRPM’s existing operations and planned expansion and replacement projects are situated in the largest PGM-enriched zone in the world.
- BRPM is an established producer with a track record of attractive margin production with the opportunity to reduce unit costs.
- The company is well-positioned, with significant growth potential within its existing operations and in the surrounding area.
- The company has a focused management team and dedicated workforce with extensive experience in the platinum mining industry.
- The support and expertise of Anglo Platinum as a joint venture partner and RBH as a shareholder.
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Note for editors:
RBPlat is an independently operated and managed, black-empowered mid-tier PGMs producer whose current mining operations and planned expansion prospects are based on the Bushveld Igneous Complex in North West Province, South Africa, the largest source of PGMs in the world. The company’s key asset is a 67% stake in a joint venture between the company and Anglo Platinum, the world’s largest platinum producer, at the BRPM.
RBPlat has the benefit of entrenched broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership by the Royal Bafokeng Nation (through its wholly-owned investment vehicle RBH). All of the BRPM joint venture’s mining and prospecting rights have been converted to “new order” rights as required under South African law.
The mining plan for the BRPM joint venture currently focuses on the shallow Merensky Reef on the Boschkoppie property, with mine-approved plans for replacement of the Merensky Reef with the UG2 on Boschkoppie (as of 2014 commensurate with the depletion of Merensky reserves) and expansion to the Merensky Reef on the Styldrift property. Boschkoppie production is currently planned to be maintained between 2.3 and 2.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) until 2033, at which point production will begin to steadily decline to approximately 1.2 mtpa at the end of the currently-projected life of forecast.
The company is developing a brownfield project on the neighbouring Styldrift farm which is contiguous to the Boschkoppie mine, involving a new mine development sunk to a depth of 740m. This development is expected to increase the company’s production to 430,000 tpm of milled ore, yielding up to 420,000 oz platinum-in-concentrate per annum. The Styldrift 1 project development has an expected nominal capital cost of R11.8 billion (R9.4 billion for mining infrastructure and R2.4 billion expansion of the concentrator) and is expected to achieve steady state production by 2017.
BRPM concentrate is currently produced at a concentrator situated on the BRPM joint venture property operated by Royal Bafokeng Platinum Management Services (Proprietary) Limited, which has been contributed to the BRPM joint venture for the life of the joint venture by Anglo Platinum. The company has long-term offtake arrangements with Anglo Platinum for the company’s share of concentrate.
The concentrator’s capacity will be increased by approximately 2.8 mtpa at a cost of approximately R2.4 billion to accommodate the additional production from the Styldrift 1 project.
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