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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED - Harmony takes tier 1 Wafi-Golpu gold-copper asset up the value curve

Release Date: 19/03/2018 07:06:00      Code(s): HAR       PDF(s):  
Harmony takes tier 1 Wafi-Golpu gold-copper asset up the value curve

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")


Harmony takes tier 1 Wafi-Golpu gold-copper asset up the value curve


Johannesburg,       Monday,    19   March    2018.   Harmony    Gold    Mining    Company    Limited
(“Harmony” and/or “the Company”) is pleased to announce an updated Wafi-Golpu
Feasibility Study (“the Updated Study”) prepared by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture
(WGJV) project team.


The Updated Study incorporates the findings from the earlier Pre-Feasibility and
Feasibility Studies announced in February 2016, interpretation of the additional
orebody data derived from further drilling and geotechnical studies, together with
further work undertaken on mine design, hydrology, tailings and port and power
options.


The Updated Study highlights include1:


   -     33% increase in net present value (NPV) to US$2.60 billion (applying a
         discount rate of 8.5%)
   -     Attractive internal rate of return (IRR) of 18.2%
   -     Proposed larger mine with increased mining rates -                average annual steady
         state production of 161 000 tonnes of copper and 266 000 ounces of gold
   -     Forecast to generate significant free cashflows, averaging around USD900
         million per annum in the first ten years of steady state production
             -   5.5 years to early stage cash flow
             -   lowest decile cost copper production of US$0.26/lb
   -     Life of mine capital expenditure US$1 billion lower

   1   All figures represented on a 100% basis. Harmony and Newcrest Mining Limited each currently own
   50% of Wafi-Golpu through the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture.
Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer said “Harmony owns 50% of this tier 1
copper-gold asset.   Project economics set out in the Updated Study demonstrates
significant free cash flow generation. Once in production, the asset has the
potential of being one of the lowest decile cost copper-gold producers.    Current
copper market trends highlight the potential for increased copper prices, further
enhancing the economic fundamentals of the project.”


Peter added: “We look forward to working with the government of Papua New Guinea
during the permitting process, which is a critical step in advancing this important
project in the best interests of our shareholders and the people of Papua New
Guinea”.


The updated and optimised feasibility study incorporates self-generation power
supply options and supports the suitability of deep sea tailings placement as the
preferred tailings deposit solution.   Progression through stages of the project -
and the timing of those stages - is subject to market and operating conditions
and receipt of all necessary approvals, including the respective board approvals.


Please refer to our website at https://www.harmony.co.za/invest for additional
documents in support of this release including the forward looking statements
relating to this release.


March 2018 quarter production update


Production at Harmony's South African operations (excluding the Moab Khotsong
operations) for the quarter ended 31 March 2018 is expected to be in line with
the production of the comparative quarter last year. Production at Hidden Valley
continues to ramp up as planned and is expected to be over 25% higher than the
comparative quarter last year.


As announced on 20 February 2018, Harmony acquired the Moab Khotsong operations
with effect from 1 March 2018. The integration of the Moab Khotsong operations is
progressing well. June 2018 guidance for Moab Khotsong will be provided in the
published quarterly operational update.


Harmony remains on track to achieve its FY18 group production guidance of 1.1Moz
(in addition to the production from Moab Khotsong).


Ends.
Harmony will host an analyst call at 10:00 SA time, a media call at 11:00 SA
time and an international call at 15:00 SA time on Monday 19 March 2018.


Conference calls dial-in numbers
South Africa
Toll-free:
0 800 201 648
Toll:
011 535 3600
010 201 6800


UK
0 333 300 1418 (Toll)


USA and Canada
+1 508 924 4326 (Toll)


Australia
+1 800 350 100 (Toll-free)


Other countries
Toll
+27 10 201 6800
+27 11 535 3600


For more details contact:


Lauren Fourie
Investor Relations Manager
+27 (0)71 607 1498 (mobile)


or


Marian van der Walt

Executive: Corporate and Investor Relations

+27 (0) 82 888 1242 (mobile)


19 March 2018




Sponsor:

J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited.

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