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Monday 22 February, 2021

Sylvania Platinum

Half-year Report Announcement

RNS Number : 8612P
Sylvania Platinum Limited
22 February 2021
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

22 February 2021

 

Sylvania Platinum Limited

 ("Sylvania", the "Company" or the "Group")

 

Interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2020

 

Sylvania (AIM: SLP) is pleased to announce the results for the six months ended 31 December 2020.  Unless otherwise stated, the consolidated financial information contained in this report is presented in United States Dollars ("USD").

 

Achievements

· Sylvania Dump Operations ("SDO") delivered 36,335 4E PGM ounces (HY1 FY2020: 40,003 4E PGM ounces). Good production performance despite lower volumes of fresh arisings and lower PGM feed grades associated with the scale-down at some host mine operations;

· Revenue generated for the period increased 44% to $85.2 million, net of pipeline sales adjustments (HY1 FY2020: $59.0 million), benefitting from the strengthening average gross PGM basket price in HY1 FY2021 of $3,184/oz (HY1 FY2020: $1,830/oz);

· Group EBITDA increased 58% to $58.0 million (HY1 FY2020: $36.7 million);

· Net profit increased 70% to $40.5 million (HY1 FY2020: $23.9 million);

· Cash balance at 31 December 2020 of $67.1 million (HY1 FY2020: $33.8 million);

·   Bought back 375,652 shares under the Share Buyback Programme, as well as 1,448,075 shares from employees, all transferred to Treasury;

· 690,000 ordinary shares held in Treasury to be cancelled;

· Final dividend of 1.6 pence per ordinary share for FY2020 paid in December 2020 (FY2019: 0.78 pence); and

· Additional Windfall Dividend of 3.75 pence per ordinary share declared by the Board, to be paid in April 2021.

 

Challenges

· T he effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on employees and operations remained a key focus for the period and although there were no associated production losses during the period, management continues to follow Government guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and protect production against any future impact;

· As anticipated, the scale-down of certain operations within the host mines has continued to affect the SDO PGM ounce production profile at the Western operations, but improved plant feed rates and stable production assisted in mitigating against any related impact; and

· Operations experienced intermittent power outages associated with a combination of breakdowns and vandalism of power supply infrastructure of the national power utility.

 

Opportunities

· Lannex mill and spiral upgrade in operation after commissioning in Q1 and circuit optimisation will continue as ROM feeds stabilise during Q3 to improve processing efficiencies and profitability;

· The MF2 expansion project at Lesedi to improve PGM recovery efficiency and ounce production has commenced and is anticipated to commission during HY1 FY2022;

· R&D efforts identified potential that would enable the Company to re-treat low PGM grade tailings resources at selected sites that would otherwise have been sterilised, thereby extending the operational life of these operations; and

· The Group remains debt free and continues to generate sufficient cash reserves to fund capital expansion projects.

 

 

 Commenting on the period, Sylvania's CEO Jaco Prinsloo said:

 

"The SDO has achieved a solid 36,335 ounces of PGM production in the period despite facing an adverse set of circumstances.  The production teams are to be commended for their resilience as they successfully navigated through the second wave of COVID-19 in South Africa.  Whilst production wasn't directly affected, there was a greater impact on employees as well as challenges relating to lower-grade feed sources being processed. 

 

As disclosed in the Chairman's Letter in the FY2020 Annual Report, the Board committed to pay a Windfall Dividend on the difference in Rhodium and Palladium prices received versus the 2020 calendar year consensus, net of smelting charges and taxes, if the prices remained favourable.  I am pleased to report that the Board has approved a Windfall Dividend of 3.75 pence per ordinary share payable in early April 2021.

 

The implementation of our process optimisation initiatives, such as the Project Echo modules and improved fines classification technology, have contributed to these solid results and the Company is confident in achieving its target of 70,000 PGM ounces for the financial year."

 

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse regulation (EU) no.596/2014 as amended by the Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

 

 

For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of the Company by Jaco Prinsloo .

 

 

USD

Unit

Unaudited

Unit

 ZAR

 

HY1 2020

HY1 2021

% Change

% Change

HY1 2021

HY1 2020

 

Production

1,348,769

1,421,445

5%

T

Plant Feed

T

5%

1,421,445

1,348,769

 

  2.28

1.93

-15%

g/t

Feed Head Grade

g/t

-15%

1.93

  2.28

 

  615,980

632,079

3%

T

PGM Plant Feed Tons

T

3%

632,079

615,980

 

  3.54

3.20

-10%

g/t

PGM Plant Feed Grade

g/t

-10%

3.20

  3.54

 

57.14%

55.66%

-3%

%

PGM Plant Recovery

%

-3%

55.66%

  57.14%

 

  40,003

36,335

-9%

Oz

Total 4E PGMs

Oz

-9%

36,335

  40,003

 

  53,062

49,244

-7%

Oz

Total 6E PGMs

Oz

-7%

49,244

  53,062

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1,830

3,184

74%

$/oz

Average gross basket price

R/oz

83%

48,296

  26,336

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financials

  50,960

77,545

52%

$'000

Revenue (4E)

R'000

68%

1,257,824

  748,964

 

3,375

3,341

-1%

$'000

Revenue (by-products and base metals)

R'000

9%

54,194

49,618

 

  4,697

4,318

-8%

$'000

Sales adjustments

R'000

1%

70,050

  69,027

 

  59,032

85,204

44%

$'000

Revenue

R'000

59%

1,382,068

 867,609

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  21,340

26,156

23%

$'000

Operating costs

R'000

35%

424,261

  313,639

 

  1,155

1,119

-3%

$'000

General and administrative costs

R'000

7%

18,154

  16,976

 

  36,650

58,026

58%

$'000

Group EBITDA

R'000

75%

941,223

  538,656

 

  444

574

29%

$'000

Net Interest

R'000

43%

9,316

  6,530

 

  9,752

16,864

73%

$'000

Taxation

R'000

91%

273,540

  143,322

 

  3,434

1,203

-65%

$'000

Depreciation and amortisation

R'000

-61%

19,514

  50,475

 

  23,909

40,534

70%

$'000

Net profit

R'000

87%

657,485

  351,388

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  3,110

2,488

-20%

$'000

Capital Expenditure

R'000

-12%

40,350

  45,710

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  33,817

67,095

98%

$'000

Cash Balance

R'000

108%

986,406

  474,791

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-

-

-

R/$

Ave R/$ rate

R/$

10%

16.22

  14.70

 

-

-

-

R/$

Spot R/$ rate

R/$

5%

14.70

14.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Cost/Efficiencies 

  530

710

34%

$/oz

SDO Cash Cost per 4E PGM oz

R/oz

48%

11,511

  7,795

 

  400

524

31%

$/oz

SDO Cash Cost per 6E PGM oz

R/oz

45%

8,494

  5,876

 

  554

739

33%

$/oz

Group Cash Cost Per 4E PGM oz

R/oz

47%

11,984

  8,140

 

  418

545

30%

$/oz

Group Cash Cost Per 6E PGM oz

R/oz

44%

8,843

  6,137

 

  569

751

32%

$/oz

All-in sustaining cost (4E)

R/oz

46%

12,188

  8,356

 

  629

801

27%

$/oz

All-in cost (4E)

R/oz

41%

12,988

  9,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sylvania cash generating subsidiaries are incorporated in South Africa with the functional currency of these operations being South African Rand ("ZAR"). Revenues from the sale of PGMs are received in USD and then converted into ZAR. The Group's reporting currency is USD as the parent company is incorporated in Bermuda. Corporate and general and administration costs are incurred in USD, Pounds Sterling ("GBP") and ZAR. 

 

For the six months under review, the average ZAR:USD exchange rate was ZAR16.22:$1 and the closing exchange rate was ZAR14.70:$1.

 

 

A. OPERATIONAL OVERVIEW

 

Health, safety and environment

During the period there were no significant occupational health or environmental incidents reported.  In regards to safety, the SDO experienced one lost-time injury ("LTI") at Millsell where an employee suffered an injury to his ribs in a vehicle related incident while offloading a telehandler. Safety records at Tweefontein and Doornbosch both remain LTI-free for eight-and-a-half years whilst Lesedi achieved one-year LTI-free during Q2.

 

Impact of COVID-19 and the South African Government imposed Lockdown

The SDO recommenced operations in Q4 FY2020 following almost six-weeks of the South African Government imposed hard-lockdown where all mining operations were placed on care and maintenance. Operations were accordingly scaled up during HY2 FY2020 and stabilised during Q1 of the reporting period, with the Company having implemented various initiatives to safeguard employees from the effects of COVID-19. 

 

A resurgence of the virus in South Africa occurred during Q2 which presented new challenges. Although no disruptions to operations were experienced, some employees were impacted. After not having any infections during August to November 2020, the Company reported 4 positive cases during December 2020 and 21 new cases during January 2021. Thankfully, at the time of this report, most employees who recorded active cases of the virus had recovered and returned to work, with the total number of reported cases within the Company since March 2020 to date standing at 39.

 

With a revised level-3 lockdown imposed on 1 February 2021, the Group continues to monitor the situation closely and has implemented further measures to ensure the health and safety of employees, as well as limit any impact on production. Access to sites has been restricted to employees and essential services required to sustain operational performance, and employees continue to work from home where possible. 

 

Operational performance

The SDO achieved 36,335 ounces for the first half of the 2021 financial year. Half-year on half-year PGM production decreased 9%, predominantly as a result of lower volumes of fresh ROM and current arisings material and lower PGM feed grades associated with the scale-down at some host mine operations since March 2020. This decrease is in line with the anticipated impact on production of 10% to 15% as announced previously. 

 

PGM plant feed tons increased 3% in comparison to HY1 FY2020, however PGM plant feed grade decreased 10% and PGM plant recovery decreased 3% as a result of more oxidised and lower grade material currently being treated.  Although there have been some signs of a recovery in the chrome market during recent months, the scaled-down operations at selected host mines are expected to continue to impact on PGM production for the next 6 to 12 months and operations will continue to focus on plant throughput stability and efficiencies to mitigate this impact.

 

Cash costs per ounce for the SDO increased 48% in ZAR terms from ZAR7,795/oz to ZAR11,511/oz and 34% in USD terms from $530/oz to $710/oz. The increase is partially attributable to the decrease in PGM ounce production and the increase in the mineral royalty tax rate from 0.5% to 7%.  The increase in the mineral royalty tax cost is a result of the SDO having fully utilised its capital allowances at 30 June 2020, which previously reduced the tax rate applied, and the increase in revenue due to the significantly higher basket price.  The rate is capped at 7% and in the absence of any future large capital spend, is set to remain at this rate going forward.  Salaries and wages; consulting fees incurred for permitting; higher mining costs related to the increase in dump re-mining tons and the cost to mitigate the impact of lower ROM and current arisings tons that were delivered directly to the plants by the host mine; higher electricity costs and an increase in consumables also contributed to the higher cash cost.

 

Operational focus areas

Optimisation of flotation performance and recovery efficiencies remain a focus area, especially at the Western operations, where lower-grade and more oxidised open cast ROM material is currently being treated as a result of the previously announced scale-down at the host mines.

 

Although power disruptions or production losses related to load-shedding by the national power utility were less frequent during the reporting period, there has been a significant increase in vandalism and theft of copper cables at various sub-stations of the utility, particularly at Western operations during Q2, that affected power supply and production which has resulted in approximately 2% downtime in the reporting period. During the past year the Company has been investigating alternative power supply options based on the specific needs and requirements of the respective operations and we are currently evaluating the results. Initial indications are that green energy solutions could range in cost to between $3.0 million and $5.0 million per operation, depending on the plant size and existing infrastructure. Evaluations are underway which take the capital requirements, running costs and expected life of mine metrics to assess the merits of both potential green-energy solutions and more conventional systems in order to optimise value add to the operations.

 

There have been continued improvements in the water supply issues at Tweefontein following the completion of the boreholes, as announced in the Company's HY1 FY2020 report. Although not significantly impacting production during the reporting period, planning continues to establish a dedicated water supply to the Lesedi operation.

 

Capital Projects  

The new Lannex mill and spiral upgrade is in operation after being commissioned during the reporting period and circuit optimisation is ongoing. This project will enable the plant to improve processing efficiencies and profitability based on the current feed sources that include the ROM fines from open cast operations.

 

The Mooinooi chrome proprietary processing modifications and optimisation project to improve fines classification and fine chrome recovery efficiency is on track and expected to be commissioned during HY2 FY2021, which will contribute towards improving PGM feed grades and ounces at the plant.

 

The proposed MF2 expansion at Lesedi, similar to existing Project Echo modules rolled out between 2016 and 2020, was fast-tracked in order to mitigate the delayed Tweefontein module due to power constraints, and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of HY1 FY2022.  The construction of the new secondary milling and flotation module will improve the upgrading and recovery of PGMs.

 

Following promising results from the Company's specific fine chrome recovery research and test work initiated in HY1 FY2020, a circuit configuration and technology has been identified to enable the economic recovery of fine chrome from some existing dumps, which has historically been uneconomical to recover. This latest development could enable the Company to re-treat low PGM grade tailings resources that would otherwise have been sterilised thereby extending the operational life of PGM operations at selected sites.  This would also add value to the host mines through increased chrome recovery and production and the Company is currently engaging with the host mine in relation to this.

 

Outlook

Management and the Board remain confident that the operations should achieve the previously announced target for production of 70,000 ounces for FY2021. However, the Board is mindful of the potential challenges ahead and will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and the reduced feed from the host mines. 

 

B. FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

For the half year ended 31 December 2020

 

31 December 2020

31 December 2019

 

Note

$

$

 

 

 

 

Revenue

1

85,204,446

59,032,353

Cost of sales

 

(24,709,262)

(24,579,603)

Royalties tax

 

(2,595,982)

(122,401)

Gross profit

 

57,899,202

34,330,349

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

24,716

34,916

Other expenses

2

(1,100,567)

(1,149,341)

Operating profit before net finance income and income tax expense

 

56,823,351

33,215,924

 

 

 

 

Finance income

 

888,300

697,509

Finance costs

 

(313,996)

(253,239)

Profit before income tax expense

 

57,397,655

33,660,194

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

3

(16,863,716)

(9,751,668)

Net profit for the period

 

40,533,939

23,908,526

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cents

Cents

Profit per share for profit attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the Company:

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

14.90

8.42

Diluted earnings per share

 

14.56

8.22

 

1.  Revenue is generated from the sale of PGM ounces produced at the six retreatment plants, net of pipeline sales adjustments. 

2.  Other expenses relate to corporate activities and include consulting fees, audit fees, travel, advisor and PR costs, share registry costs, directors' fees, share based payments and other smaller administrative costs. 

3.  Income tax expense include current tax, deferred tax and dividend withholding tax.

 

 

The average gross basket price for the six months to 31 December 2020 was $3,184/oz compared to $1,830/oz for the six months ended 31 December 2019. The Group recorded revenue of $85.2 million for the six months to 31 December 2020, a 44% increase half-year on half-year, as a result of the higher basket price. The increase of Palladium and Rhodium had the largest impact on the basket price.

 

The operational cost of sales is incurred in ZAR and represents the direct and indirect costs of producing the PGM concentrate and amounted to ZAR424.3 million for the reporting period compared to ZAR313.6 million in the six months to 31 December 2019. The main cost contributors being salaries and wages of ZAR135.0 million (HY1 FY2020: ZAR118.0 million), mining costs of ZAR44.3 million (HY1 FY2020: ZAR35.6 million), reagents and milling costs of ZAR31.0 million (HY1 FY2020: ZAR24.6 million), electricity of ZAR49.5 million (HY1 FY2020: ZAR43.2 million) and royalty tax of ZAR42.1 million (HY1 FY2020: ZAR1.8 million).  The significant increase in mineral royalty tax is as a result of the increase in rate from 0.5% to 7%. The increase in the mineral royalty tax cost is a result of the SDO having fully utilised its capital allowances at 30 June 2020, which previously reduced the tax rate applied, and the increase in revenue due to the significantly higher basket price.  The rate is capped at 7% and in the absence of any future large capital spend, is set to remain at this rate going forward.  

 

Cash costs per ounce for the Group were ZAR11,984/oz compared to ZAR8,140/oz in the previous corresponding period. The all-in sustaining cost ("AISC") for the Group amounted to ZAR12,188/oz and an all-in cost ("AIC") of ZAR12,988/oz for the period to 31 December 2020.  This compares to the AISC and AIC for 31 December 2019 of ZAR8,356/oz and ZAR9,242/oz respectively.

 

General and administrative costs were $1.1 million for the six months to 31 December 2020 compared to $1.2 million for the corresponding period in the prior year. These costs are incurred in USD, GBP and ZAR and relate mainly to share registry costs, advisory and public relations costs, consulting and legal fees and stock exchange costs. 

 

Interest is earned on surplus cash invested in South Africa at an average interest rate of 4% per annum.  Interest is paid on instalment sale agreements for the purchase of movable plant and vehicles.

 

Income tax is paid in ZAR on taxable profits generated at the South African operations at a rate of 28%.  Income tax charged for the six months to 31 December 2020 is ZAR273.5 million compared to ZAR143.3 million for the six months to 31 December 2019 due to the increase in revenue. Deferred tax movements for the Group relate mainly to unredeemed capital expenditure and provisions.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

For the half year ended 31 December 2020

 

Note

31 December 2020

31 December 2019

 

 

 $

 $

Net cash inflow from operating activities

4

12,327,520

19,774,892

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from investing activities

5

(2,593,164)

(3,217,914)

 

 

 

 

Net cash outflow from financing activities

6

(7,332,565)

(5,133,572)

 

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

2,401,791

11,423,406

 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange fluctuations on cash held

 

8,816,921

596,652

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents beginning of reporting period

 

55,876,612

21,797,141

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of reporting period

 

67,095,324

33,817,199

 

4.  Net cash inflow from operating activities includes a net operating cash inflow of $26,053,595, net finance income of $818,380 and taxation paid of $14,544,455.

5.  Net cash outflow from investing activities includes payments for property, plant and equipment of $2,276,262, exploration and evaluation assets of $211,309, loan to joint operation $109,129 and cash inflow of $3,536 from proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment.

6.  The net cash outflow from financing activities consists of the repayment of borrowings of $68,346, payment of lease liabilities of $40,514, payments for share transactions of $1,364,330 and dividends declared and paid of $5,859,375.

 

 

Cash is held in USD and ZAR. As at 31 December 2020, the Company's cash and cash equivalents balance was $67.1 million.  Cash generated from operations was $12.3 million for the reporting period, which includes an outflow of $32.4 million for working capital changes due to an increase in trade receivables as a result of the increase in the gross basket price and the four-month payment pipeline in terms of the off-take agreements and $14.5 million paid in provisional income tax.  The Company spent $2.5 million on capital expenditure comprising of $0.9 million on specific optimisation projects, $1.4 million on stay in business capital and $0.2 million on exploration projects. In December 2020, $5.9 million was paid to shareholders as a dividend and $1.4 million was spent on share buybacks. With the strengthening of the ZAR against the USD the reported cash balance increased by $8.8 million from the last reporting date of 30 June 2020. It should be noted that the Group holds a large portion of cash in ZAR and a strengthening ZAR:USD exchange rate will have a favourable impact on the Group cash balance, but a weakening of the ZAR against the USD will have the opposite impact.

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 31 December 2020

31 December 2020

30 June 2020

 

Note

$

$

Assets

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other financial assets

7

278,869

226,009

Exploration and evaluation assets

 

43,943,342

42,840,775

Property, plant and equipment

 

36,974,430

30,472,227

Total non-current assets

 

81,196,641

73,539,011

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

8

67,095,324

55,876,612

Trade and other receivables

9

67,107,455

27,074,169

Other financial assets

 

809,082

622,711

Inventories

10

3,574,069

2,166,294

Current tax asset

 

6,091

1,047

Total current assets

 

138,592,021

85,740,833

Assets held for sale

 

4,100,918

3,436,086

Total assets

 

223,889,580

162,715,930

 

 

 

 

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

Issued capital

11

2,868,457

2,868,457

Reserves

12

61,321,522

41,594,587

Retained earnings

 

130,758,571

96,084,007

Total equity

 

194,948,550

140,547,051

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

As at 31 December 2020

31 December 2020

30 June 2020

Continued/

 

 

 

 

Note

$

$

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

13

160,234

235,576

Provisions

14

4,579,219

3,646,044

Deferred tax liability

 

10,498,097

9,328,039

Total non-current liabilities

 

15,237,550

13,209,659

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

10,079,755

7,519,728

Borrowings

13

248,077

215,918

Current tax liability

 

3,373,375

1,199,324

Total current liabilities

 

13,701,207

8,934,970

Liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale

 

2,273

24,250

Total liabilities

 

28,941,030

22,168,879

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

223,889,580

162,715,930

         

 

7.  Other financial assets mainly consist of the loan receivable granted to TS Consortium from Sylvania South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a South African subsidiary of the Group. TS Consortium is a joint operation research and development project.  Sylvania South Africa (Pty) Ltd has a 50% interest in the joint operation.

8.  The majority of the cash and cash equivalents are held ZAR and USD.  ZAR denominated balances make up $48,315,163 (ZAR710,308,194) of the total cash and cash equivalents balance.

9.  Trade and other receivables consist mainly of amounts receivable for the sale of PGMs.

10.  Inventory held is spares and consumables for the SDO.

11.  The total number of issued ordinary shares at 31 December 2020 is 286,845,657 Ordinary Shares of US$0.01 each (including 14,237,042 shares held in treasury), 375,652 shares were bought back through the Share Buyback Programme, 75,000 shares were issued to non-executive directors and 2,505,000 bonus shares were exercised.

12.  Reserves include the share premium, foreign currency translation reserve, which is used to record exchange differences arising from the translation of financial statements of foreign controlled entities, share-based payments reserve, treasury share reserve, the non-controlling interests reserve and the equity reserve.

13.  Interest bearing loans and borrowings are secured instalment sale agreements over various motor vehicles and plant and equipment as well as the right-of-use lease liability.

14.  Provision is made for the present value of closure, restoration and environmental rehabilitation costs in the financial period when the related environmental disturbance occurs.

 

 

C. Mineral Asset Development and opencast mining projects

 

As announced in the Annual Report FY2020, the Group assesses the value of its mineral asset development projects on a regular and consistent basis.  Various studies have been initiated in order to determine how best to optimise the respective projects by targeting more localised higher-grade areas and considering less capital-intensive infrastructure and processes to unlock value. 

 

Grasvally Chrome Project

The Grasvally Chrome Project remains an asset for sale and the Option Agreement as negotiated and reported in the Company's Annual Report FY2020 is still valid. Any change or development in the status of the sale or any other important aspect of the project will be communicated without delay to shareholders.

 

Volspruit Platinum Project

During the period under review, technical consultants were engaged to evaluate and optimise mine designs, evaluate process design and update metallurgical performance parameters through additional test work. The final test work report is expected in the next quarter and the planning phase towards updating the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") for the project and to obtain the Water and Waste Use Licenses is ongoing which incorporates specialist studies still to be completed.

 

Northern Limb Projects

The Company employed specialist consultants to assist in evaluating these resources and to explore the economic potential of the deposits and studies have identified specific higher-grade portions along the ore body that could potentially be attractive for shallow, low-risk open cast extraction and PGM processing. A concept level mining study to confirm initial findings has begun and will continue until late 2022. The study will include infill drilling and additional assaying.

 

D. CORPORATE ACTIVITIES

 

Dividend Approval and Payment

The Board declared a final dividend of 1.60 pence per ordinary share on 7 September 2020 with a record date of 30 October 2020 and payment date of 4 December 2020.

 

In addition to the annual dividend paid, the Board recognises that the Company has enjoyed a significant positive cashflow impact as a result of the Palladium and Rhodium prices and has approved a one-off Windfall Dividend of 3.75 pence per ordinary share, payable on 9 April 2021. Payment of the dividend will be made to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 5 March 2021 and the ex-dividend date is 4 March 2021. 

 

This Windfall Dividend payment is based on excess cashflow generated from Palladium and Rhodium prices achieved above long-term broker consensus prices for these metals for the 2020 calendar year. Actual production achieved, actual prices achieved and the actual ZAR exchange rate has been taken into account as well as its share of royalties, corporate tax and dividend withholding tax. Consideration taken as to the calculation of the Windfall Dividend has been on an "achieved basis" and is a once-off consideration.

 

Transactions in Own Shares

During the period the Company concluded its second Share Buyback Programme in which it bought back 1,047,599 shares from certificated non-UK shareholders who held 175,000 shares or fewer in the Company. 

 

The Non-Executive directors of the Company were awarded 25,000 shares each and a total of 2,505,000 shares were exercised by various directors and employees which vested from bonus shares awarded to them in August 2017. All shares awarded came from Treasury and 1,053,250 of the vested bonus shares which were repurchased to satisfy the tax liabilities of certain employees and 394,825 shares which were repurchased were placed back into Treasury. 

 

Accordingly, at the end of the period the Company's issued share capital was 286,845,657 Ordinary Shares, of which a total of 14,237,042 were held in Treasury. Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares with voting rights was 272,608,615.

 

Post period end, the Board has approved the cancelation of 690,000 Ordinary Shares held in Treasury.  Following the cancellation, the Company's issued share capital is 286,155,657 Ordinary Shares, of which a total of 13,547,042 Ordinary Shares are held in Treasury.  Therefore, the total number of Ordinary Shares with voting rights is 272,608,615.

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Jaco Prinsloo CEO

Lewanne Carminati CFO

+27 11 673 1171

 

 

 

Nominated Adviser and Broker

 

Liberum Capital Limited

+44 (0) 20 3100 2000

Richard Crawley / Scott Mathieson / Ed Phillips

 

 

 

 

Communications

 

Alma PR Limited

+44 (0) 20 3405 0208

Justine James / Helena Bogle / Josh Royston /

Faye Calow

[email protected]

 

 

CORPORATE INFORMATION

 

 

Registered and postal address:

Sylvania Platinum Limited

 

Clarendon House

 

2 Church Street

 

Hamilton HM 11

 

Bermuda

 

 

 

 

SA Operations postal address:

 

 

PO Box 976

 

Florida Hills, 1716

 

South Africa

 

 

 

Sylvania Website : www.sylvaniaplatinum.com

 

 

About Sylvania Platinum Limited

 

Sylvania Platinum is a lower-cost producer of platinum group metals (PGM) (Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium) with operations located in South Africa. The Sylvania Dump Operations (SDO) comprises six chrome beneficiation and PGM processing plants focusing on the retreatment of PGM-rich chrome tailings materials from mines in the Bushveld Igneous Complex. The SDO is the largest PGM producer from chrome tailings re-treatment in the industry. The Group also holds mining rights for PGM projects and a chrome prospect in the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex.

 

 

For more information visit https://www.sylvaniaplatinum.com/  

 

ANNEXURE

 

The following definitions apply throughout the period:

4E PGMs

4E PGM ounces include the precious metal elements Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium and Gold

6E PGMs

6E ounces include the 4E elements plus additional Iridium and Ruthenium

Adjusted Group EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation adjusted for impairments

AGM

Annual General Meeting

AIM

Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange

All-in sustaining cost

Production costs plus all costs relating to sustaining current production and sustaining capital expenditure.

All-in cost

All-in sustaining cost, plus non-sustaining and expansion capital expenditure

Bonus Shares

Sylvania Platinum Limited Bonus Share Award Plan

CGU

Cash generating unit

Current risings

Fresh chrome tails from current operating host mines processing operations

DMRE

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

EBITDA

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation

EA

Environmental Authorisation

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

EIR

Effective interest rate

EMPR

Environmental Management Programme Report

FAM

Forward Africa Mining (Pty) Ltd

GBP

Pounds Sterling

IASB

International Accounting Standards Board

IFRIC

International Financial Reporting Interpretation Committee

IFRS

International Financial Reporting Standards

I&APs

Interested and Affected Parties

IRR

Internal Rate of Return

JO

Joint operation

LED

Local Economic Development

LEDET

Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

Lesedi

Phoenix Platinum Mining Proprietary Limited, renamed Sylvania Lesedi

LSE

London Stock Exchange

LTI

Lost time injury

MAR

Market Abuse (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

MF2

Milling and flotation technology

MPRDA

Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act

MRA

Mining Right Application

NWA

National Water Act 36 of 1998

PDMR

Persons displaying managerial responsibilities as defined by the Market Abuse Regulation

PGM

Platinum group metals comprising mainly Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium and Gold

Phoenix

Phoenix Platinum Mining Proprietary Limited, renamed Sylvania Lesedi

Pipeline ounces

6E ounces delivered but not invoiced

Pipeline revenue

Revenue recognised for ounces delivered, but not yet invoiced based on contractual timelines

Pipeline sales adjustment

Adjustments to pipeline revenues based on the basket price for the period between delivery and invoicing

Programme

Sylvania Platinum Share Buyback Programme

Project Echo

Secondary PGM Milling and Flotation (MF2) program announced in FY2017 to design and install additional new additional fine grinding mills and flotation circuits at Millsell, Doornbosch, Tweefontein and Mooinooi.

Revenue (by products)

Revenue earned on Ruthenium, Iridium, Nickel and Copper

RoM

Run of mine

SDO

Sylvania dump operations

SLP

Social and Labour Plan

Shares

Common shares

Sylvania

Sylvania Platinum Limited, a company incorporated in Bermuda

TS Consortium

Tizer Sylvania Consortium

USD

United States Dollar

VWAP

Volume-weighted average price

WIP

Work in progress

WULA

Water Use Licence Application

UK

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

ZAR

South African Rand

 

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