SIBANYE STILLWATER LIMITED – Sibanye-Stillwater invests further in circular economy with 19.99% investment in New Century Resources – SENS


Sibanye-Stillwater invests further in the circular economy through a 19.99% investment in New Century Resources

Sibanye Stillwater Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number 2014/243852/06
Share codes: SSW (JSE) and SBSW (NYSE)
ISIN – ZAE000259701
Issuer code: SSW
(“Sibanye-Stillwater” or “Company” or “the Group”)


Sibanye-Stillwater invests further in the circular economy as it expands its
tailings retreatment exposure through a 19.99% investment in New Century Resources

Johannesburg, 27 October 2021: Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW)
(Sibanye-Stillwater) is pleased to announce that it has entered into investment agreements
to acquire a 19.99% shareholding in New Century Resources Limited (Ticker ASX: NCZ) (New
Century) through a new equity placement, and sub-underwriting of a New Century entitlement
offer, for a maximum cash consideration of US$46 million(1) (the Transaction). The
Transaction is expected to be completed in December 2021, with a portion (outlined in the
“Transaction details” section) subject to approval by New Century shareholders.

More about New Century

New Century is a leading tailings management and rehabilitation company which currently
owns the Century tailings zinc retreatment operations in Queensland, Australia and is
listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. The Century zinc operations were placed on
care and maintenance in 2016 following depletion of the original open pit in-situ reserves
after producing and processing on average 475ktpa zinc and 50ktpa lead concentrate for 16
years. New Century converted existing processing infrastructure to enable re-processing
of legacy tailings waste dumps. The infrastructure refurbishment was completed in August
2018 and the operations have been re-processing tailings since.

Key operating metrics:(2)

• Top 15 global zinc producer with annual zinc (Zn) production of 128 ktpa (FY2021)

• Reserves: 51.8Mt at 3.1% Zn for 1,613kt contained Zn (including tailings of 49.3Mt at
3.1% Zn content for 1,473kt contained Zn)

• Resources (incl. Reserves): 65.2Mt at 3.5% Zn for 2,306kt contained Zn (including
tailings of 53Mt at 3% Zn for 1,604kt contained Zn)

• Life of Mine (LOM) to 2027, with indicated and inferred resources offering opportunity
to extend LOM to 2030+

• Attractive second quartile industry cost curve position, with C1 cash costs (net of
by-products) of US$0.89/lb Zn(2)(3) vs current spot of US$1.59/lb

The New Century management team has a proven track record of best practice tailings
reprocessing in Australia and is focused on expanding the business by providing best-in-
class advisory services to large-scale, tailings reprocessing and rehabilitation
operations in Australia and globally.

Investment rationale

Sibanye-Stillwater believes that the Transaction represents a unique opportunity to
generate long-term value for our stakeholders while enhancing its profile as a premier,
global tailings retreatment leader, uniquely positioned to play a key role in future supply
chains for a sustainable circular economy.

1 Being a maximum subscription amount of A$61.39 million and at an assumed exchange rate of A$1.00/US$07517.
2 The information in this announcement that relates to New Century – including in relation to production,
mineral resources and ore reserves estimates, costs and other financial information or plans – is extracted
from publicly available information about New Century. Sibanye-Stillwater has not independently verified such
information, and, to the maximum extent permitted by law, makes no representation or warranty, express or
implied, as to the fairness, accuracy, correctness, completeness or adequacy of any information in relation to
New Century.
3 As of the quarter ending September 2021.

This investment in New Century represents an attractive opportunity for Sibanye-Stillwater
on a standalone basis, given the ability to own 19.99% of a high-quality tailings
retreatment business in Australia and complements our existing investment in DRDGOLD
Limited (DRDGOLD) in South Africa. As New Century develops its environmental liability
management advisory service to large mining clients globally, and on the back of increased
scale and visibility, we expect New Century to benefit from a re-rating in line with
recyclers and waste management providers. Therefore, the investment itself is expected to
have embedded re-rating potential as New Century grows and develops its strategy with the
assistance of Sibanye-Stillwater as a partner.

Sibanye-Stillwater took the opportunity to create an industry-leading surface mining
partnership with DRDGOLD in November 2017 by vending selected gold surface reprocessing
assets and currently owns 50.7% in DRDGOLD. The investment in New Century allows Sibanye-
Stillwater to expand on the success of its investment in DRDGOLD in another tier-1 mining
jurisdiction and to build a global platform for tailings retreatment with associated
complementary partnerships.

The investment in New Century further diversifies Sibanye-Stillwater geographically,
providing a foothold into Australia, a high-quality international mining jurisdiction.

The Transaction also allows for potential sharing of technological best practices and
synergy realisation across Sibanye-Stillwater’s various investment platforms, further
advancing Sibanye-Stillwater as a global, ESG-focused industry leader in tailings

New Century’s investment in the Mt Lyell copper mine will also provide an opportunity for
sustainable green copper production, large scale tailings reprocessing and rehabilitation.
Through this investment Sibanye-Stillwater further increases its exposure to green metals.

Transaction details

Sibanye-Stillwater (through its wholly-owned subsidiary) will acquire a 19.99% ownership
stake in New Century through a phased equity investment program (expected to be completed
in December 2021) in line with New Century’s announced capital raising timetable The investment in
New Century will be conducted as a subscription by Sibanye-Stillwater for newly issued
New Century ordinary shares at an issue price of A$0.155 per share. This represents a 0%
discount to New Century’s market close on 30 September 2021 (being the last trading day
in New Century shares before the date of this announcement), for a total consideration of
up to US$46 million (1). The phased equity investment program will comprise an unconditional
placement to (among others) Sibanye-Stillwater, the partial sub-underwriting by Sibanye-
Stillwater of a New Century entitlement offer, and a conditional placement to Sibanye-
Stillwater subject to the approval of New Century shareholders (Conditional Placement).

The Transaction will be funded through Sibanye-Stillwater’s available cash reserves.
Relevant regulatory approvals (including South African Reserve Bank and Australian Foreign
Investment Review Board) have been received for the Transaction. The Conditional Placement
(only) remains subject to the approval of New Century shareholders at its Annual General
Meeting planned to be held in November 2021.

For more information on the Transaction, refer to

Sibanye-Stillwater Chief Executive Officer Neal Froneman commented, “This investment in
New Century represents a significant next step in our strategy of building a leading global
tailings retreatment business, diversified by commodity and geography and is aligned with
our sustainability strategy of building a climate change resilient business.

We have been impressed with what the New Century management team has achieved at developing
a globally significant zinc producing business through the reprocessing of tailings, whilst
facilitating the rehabilitation of an old mine site.

We are pleased to partner with New Century Resources in this exciting next phase of their
growth at Mt Lyell and support their vision of growing their Tailings Management advisory
service business model globally, to produce green metals and address environmental legacy
Investor relations contact:

Email: [email protected]
James Wellsted
Head of Investor
Relations Tel: +27
(0) 83 453 4014

Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited

Advisors and counsel
Financial Advisor: Citigroup Global Markets Limited
Legal Advisors: Ashurst and Webber Wentzel


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of the “safe harbour” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including, among others, those relating to
Sibanye Stillwater Limited’s (“Sibanye-Stillwater” or the “Group”) financial positions,
business strategies, plans and objectives of management for future operations, are
necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of the senior management and directors
of Sibanye-Stillwater and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.
As a consequence, these forward-looking statements should be considered in light of various
important factors, including those set forth in this report.

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they relate to future events and circumstances and should be considered in light of various
important factors, including those set forth in this disclaimer. Readers are cautioned
not to place undue reliance on such statements.

The important factors that could cause Sibanye-Stillwater’s actual results, performance
or achievements to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the
forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Sibanye-Stillwater’s future
financial position, plans, strategies, objectives, capital expenditures, projected costs
and anticipated cost savings, financing plans, debt position and ability to reduce debt
leverage; economic, business, political and social conditions in South Africa, Zimbabwe,
the United States and elsewhere; plans and objectives of management for future operations;
Sibanye-Stillwater’s ability to obtain the benefits of any streaming arrangements or
pipeline financing; the ability of Sibanye-Stillwater to comply with loan and other
covenants and restrictions and difficulties in obtaining additional financing or
refinancing; Sibanye-Stillwater’s ability to service its bond instruments; changes in
assumptions underlying Sibanye-Stillwater’s estimation of its current mineral reserves;
any failure of a tailings storage facility; the ability to achieve anticipated efficiencies
and other cost savings in connection with, and the ability to successfully integrate,
past, ongoing and future acquisitions, as well as at existing operations; the ability of
Sibanye-Stillwater to complete any ongoing or future acquisitions; the success of Sibanye-
Stillwater’s business strategy and exploration and development activities; the ability of
Sibanye-Stillwater to comply with requirements that it operate in ways that provide
progressive benefits to affected communities; changes in the market price of gold and
PGMs; the occurrence of hazards associated with underground and surface mining; any further
downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating; a challenge regarding the title to any of
Sibanye-Stillwater’s properties by claimants to land under restitution and other
legislation; Sibanye-Stillwater’s ability to implement its strategy and any changes
thereto; the occurrence of labour disruptions and industrial actions; the availability,
terms and deployment of capital or credit; changes in the imposition of regulatory costs
and relevant government regulations, particularly environmental, tax, health and safety
regulations and new legislation affecting water, mining, mineral rights and business
ownership, including any interpretation thereof which may be subject to dispute; the
outcome and consequence of any potential or pending litigation or regulatory proceedings
or environmental, health or safety issues; the concentration of all final refining activity
and a large portion of Sibanye-Stillwater’s PGM sales from mine production in the United
States with one entity; the identification of a material weakness in disclosure and
internal controls over financial reporting; the effect of US tax reform legislation on
Sibanye-Stillwater and its subsidiaries; the effect of South African Exchange Control
Regulations on Sibanye-Stillwater’s financial flexibility; operating in new geographies
and regulatory environments where Sibanye-Stillwater has no previous experience; power
disruptions, constraints and cost increases; supply chain shortages and increases in the
price of production inputs; the regional concentration of Sibanye-Stillwater’s operations;
fluctuations in exchange rates, currency devaluations, inflation and other macro-economic
monetary policies; the occurrence of temporary stoppages of mines for safety incidents
and unplanned maintenance; Sibanye-Stillwater’s ability to hire and retain senior
management or sufficient technically skilled employees, as well as its ability to achieve
sufficient representation of historically disadvantaged South Africans in its management
positions; failure of Sibanye-Stillwater’s information technology and communications
systems; the adequacy of Sibanye-Stillwater’s insurance coverage; social unrest, sickness
or natural or man-made disaster at informal settlements in the vicinity of some of Sibanye-
Stillwater’s South African-based operations; and the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and the
spread of other contagious diseases, such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Further
details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting Sibanye-Stillwater are described
in Sibanye-Stillwater’s filings with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Integrated Annual Report 2020 and the
Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the content. Sibanye-
Stillwater expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any
forward-looking statement (except to the extent legally required). These forward-looking
statements have not been reviewed or reported on by the Group’s external auditors.

Date: 27-10-2021 09:42:00
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