Sibanye-Stillwater (JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW – advises that it has exercised the option to acquire the Mt Lyell copper mine in Tasmania (Australia), prior to its expiry on 5 November 2023.

Sibanye-Stillwater obtained the option to acquire 100% of Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd for a consideration of US$10 million from Vedanta Limited (the Mt Lyell Transaction), through the acquisition of New Century Resources Limited (NCR) outlined in the announcement dated 27 October 2021. Mt Lyell is a previously operated underground copper mine (with gold by-products), which commenced production in 1894 and operated until it was put on care and maintenance in 2014.

A feasibility study, which considers the re-establishment of the operation, is underway. Sibanye-Stillwater will review its options upon completion of the feasibility study.

Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater commented: ”We identified copper as an essential metal necessary to enable the clean energy transition. Mt Lyell potentially provides a low cost exposure to copper, adding primary production of copper to our current lithium and nickel exposure. We look forward to working with all the local stakeholders including the Tasmanian Government as we consider the potential advancement of this opportunity.”

Notice in terms of Section 45(5) of the Companies Act

Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed to provide loan funding to, and a guarantee for and on behalf of, NCR to facilitate the completion of the Mt Lyell Transaction. Sibanye-Stillwater has also internally restructured the acquisition financing related to NCR (the “NCR Finance Restructuring”). The NCR Finance Restructuring has resulted in the transfer of loan financing obligations between the Group companies.

As required in terms of the provisions of Section 45(5) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (the “Companies Act”), Sibanye-Stillwater advises that pursuant to the special resolution passed at the general meeting of the Company held on 26 May 2023 (the “General Meeting”), the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) has adopted (i) in connection with the Mt Lyell Transaction, a resolution to provide funding to, and guarantees for and on behalf of, NCR; and (ii) in connection with the NCR Finance Restructuring, a resolution to assume certain intercompany indebtedness, each of which constitutes the giving of direct and/or indirect financial assistance to related and inter-related companies and corporations of the Company (the “Financial Assistance”). Shareholders are notified for purposes of section 45(5)(a) of the Companies Act that the Financial Assistance exceeds one-tenth of 1% of the Company’s net worth.

Having considered all reasonable financial circumstances of the Company in terms of and pursuant to the provisions of Section 44 and 45 as read with Section 4 of the Companies Act, the Board satisfied itself that:

  • immediately after providing the Financial Assistance referred to above, the Company would satisfy the solvency and liquidity test contemplated in Section 4 of the Companies Act;
  • all relevant conditions and restrictions relating to the granting of such Financial Assistance by the Company contained in the Company’s memorandum of incorporation are satisfied; and
  • the terms and conditions on which such Financial Assistance is to be given are fair and reasonable to the Company

About Sibanye-Stillwater

Sibanye-Stillwater is a multinational mining and metals processing group with a diverse portfolio of operations, projects and investments across five continents. The Group is also one of the foremost global recyclers of PGM autocatalysts and has interests in leading mine tailings retreatment operations.

Sibanye-Stillwater has established itself as one of the world’s largest primary producers of platinum, palladium, and rhodium and is a top tier gold producer. It also produces and refines iridium and ruthenium, nickel, chrome, copper and cobalt. The Group has recently begun to build and diversify its asset portfolio into battery metals mining and processing and is increasing its presence in the circular economy by growing and diversifying its recycling and tailings reprocessing operations globally. For more information refer to

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