“We are delighted with the continued support from our banking group with the improved terms, increased facility size and maturity extension of our USD RCF. The facility size has been increased to accommodate the growth that has taken place in the Group and whilst not materially utilized, it enhances the Group’s liquidity”, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman commented.
The key terms of the Facility Agreement with a syndicate of international banks, led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited and HSBC Bank Plc, are:
- Principal amount of US$600 million, representing a US$250 million increase from the previous US$350 million facility
- An option for Sibanye-Stillwater to increase the facility size by a further US$150 million to US$750 million, through the inclusion of additional lenders
- The new facility maturity is three years, with lenders having the option to extend the facility tenor through two further one year extensions on request from Sibanye-Stillwater
- Interest is on a sliding scale between Libor plus 1.85% and Libor plus 2.00% dependent on gearing ratios
- Borrowers and guarantors are similar to those under the existing RCF, being the Company (Sibanye Gold Limited), Stillwater Mining Company Limited, Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mines (Pty) Ltd and Kroondal Operations (Pty) Ltd, with Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd now excluded from the guarantor group
Having considered all reasonable financial circumstances of the Company in terms of and pursuant to the provisions of Section 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
- the terms and conditions on which such financial assistance is to be given are fair and reasonable to the Company
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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