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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED - Solid annual performance - production and grades up, costs down

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Solid annual performance - production and grades up, costs down

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited
Registration number 1950/038232/06
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
ISIN: ZAE000015228
JSE share code: HAR
(“Harmony” or “the Company”)


Solid annual performance - production and grades up, costs down

Year on year

•   3% increase in gold production to 36 453kg (1.17moz)
•   4% reduction in all-in sustaining costs at R413 433/kg (US$1242/oz)
•   5% improvement in underground recovered grade at 4.77g/t
•   Responsible capital expenditure – 30% reduction year on year

Quarter on quarter

• 7% increase in gold production to 8 935kg (287 266oz)
• All-in sustaining costs remained stable at R428 383/kg (US$1 267/oz)


Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (“Harmony” and/or “the Company”)
today announced its fourth quarter and year end results for the
financial year 2014 (FY14). Gold production for FY14 increased by 3%
to 36 453kg (1.17moz) compared to financial year 2013, with a 4%
decrease in all-in sustaining costs to   R413 433/kg (US$1 242/oz) in
FY14. Production profit for FY14 was R3.8 billion (US$367 million)
compared to R4.6 billion (US$519 million) in FY13, mainly due to a 5%
decrease in the rand gold price received and a 4% (R495 million)
increase in cash operating costs for FY14.

The Company’s capital expenditure supports safe production and a
sustainable future and it continued its responsible capital expenditure
during FY14, with a 30% decrease in total capital expenditure to
R2.5 billion (US$244 million) as planned, compared to R3.6 billion
(US$ 412million) in FY13, mainly due to a decrease in capital
expenditure at Hidden Valley in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Harmony reduced its net loss of R1.27 billion (US$123 million) for
FY14, when compared to a net loss of R2.35 billion (US$224 million) in
FY13. The net loss in FY14 is mainly due to the impairment of Phakisa
of R1.38 billion (US$130 million) , which reduced the net profit of the
Company, but did not have an impact on reported cash balances, free
cash flow or headline earnings. The Company recorded headline earnings
of 26 SA cents per share (2.5 US cents) for the year.

Gold production for the June 2014 quarter increased by 7% from 8 368kg
(269 035oz) in the March 2014 quarter to 8 935kg (287 266oz) in the
June quarter. All-in sustaining costs remained steady at R428 383/kg
(US$1 267/oz). Production profit for the quarter was R847 million(US$81
million) compared to R924 million (US$85 million) in the March 2014
quarter, mainly due to a 3% decrease in the rand gold price to R435
775/kg (US$1 289/oz).   Cash operating costs increased by 6% (R180
million) in the June 2014 quarter, mainly due to an increase in
consumables as well as higher winter electricity tariffs for the South
African operations. Headline earnings of 30 SA cents per share (2.9 US
cents) were recorded for the June 2014 quarter.

“We continue to regenerate Harmony in order to remain efficient miners,
keeping costs down and funding our own capital to ensure future growth
and profitability. This allows us to have low debt, financial
flexibility and be highly geared against the gold price. We are
experienced explorers, mine developers and operators in emerging
economies. Our asset portfolio consists of a number of quality assets
– including Golpu, which is a massive high-grade copper and gold
resource in PNG”, said Graham Briggs, chief executive officer.

“We have revised our strategy based on these key strengths. Our five
year strategy is to improve our margins through safely delivering on
our plans and increase free cash flow through higher grades, cost
control and grow our value per share of our PNG assets by completing
the Golpu studies with the intent of building the Golpu mine. We also
intend identifying acquisition opportunities of open pit mines and bulk
projects. We remain committed to positioning Harmony as a competitive,
value focused gold mining company”, Briggs added.


For more details contact:

Henrika Ninham
Investor Relations Manager
+27 (0) 82 759 1775 (mobile)

Marian van der Walt
Executive: Corporate and Investor Relations
+27 (0) 82 888 1242 (mobile)



14 August 2014

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

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