02 November 2012
Anglo American Platinum Limited (Anglo American Platinum) announces the approval of the proposed 51% indigenisation implementation plan at Unki Mines (Private) Limited (Unki) by the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment.
This transaction is the culmination of the originally envisaged process to develop Unki in partnership with the people of Zimbabwe.
The proposed transaction will be facilitated through a notional vendor financing structure and includes the following shareholding structure:
• 10% equity ownership transaction with a trust established for the benefit of the community surrounding Unki’s operations;
• 10% equity ownership transaction with a trust to be established for the benefit of all full time employees of Unki;
• 10% equity ownership transaction with a consortium of strategic equity partners;
• 21% equity ownership transaction with the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Fund.
The disposal of equity under the indigenisation implementation plan will be undertaken at a market-related valuation of Unki adjusted for debt and is subject to the requisite Anglo American Platinum board and statutory approvals, as may be required. The acquisition price will be repaid from future dividends and Anglo American Platinum intends to implement the indigenisation plan by 30 June 2013. The expected economic cost to Anglo American Platinum of the empowerment plan is US$59.3 million, which equates to 12.9% of the enterprise value of Unki at date of transaction. The Government of Zimbabwe has also agreed that it will ensure Anglo American Platinum receives payment of the amount of $142 million due to it for the cession of the Kironde and Bougai mineral right claims in March 2008. The payment of the $142 million is in lieu of empowerment credits due per the March 2008 cession of claims agreement and is in addition to amounts that will be receivable in respect of the disposal of the 51% equity in Unki.
“Anglo American Platinum continues to contribute significantly to the upliftment of its host communities and its employees in South Africa and will leverage this experience to ensure the successful and seamless implementation of this transaction in Zimbabwe” commented July Ndlovu, Chairman of Unki.
Ndlovu further noted that “the success of this transaction is dependent on further engagement and consultation with affected stakeholders and consequently, forms part of an on-going engagement programme with the Government of Zimbabwe, Unki’s host communities, employees and other key stakeholders.”
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Notes to editors:
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe and is actively exploring in Brazil. Anglo American Platinum has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. www.angloamericanplatinum.com
Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Anglo American’s portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American is committed to the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all its businesses and geographies and to making a sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations. The company’s mining operations, extensive pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities span Southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. www.angloamerican.com