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HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED - Acquisition of Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions from AngloGold Ashanti

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Acquisition of Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions from AngloGold Ashanti

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


HARMONY’S ACQUISITION OF MPONENG AND MINE WASTE SOLUTIONS FROM ANGLOGOLD
ASHANTI


Johannesburg.      12    February     2020.    Harmony     has    entered    into   a   definitive   agreement
("Transaction Agreement") with AngloGold Ashanti Limited ("AngloGold") to acquire AngloGold's South
African business (the "Business" and/or the "Acquisition"), subject to certain conditions set out below.


Harmony believes the Acquisition is the natural next step following the acquisition of Moab Khotsong in
2018 and represents a compelling opportunity to enhance its position as a robust cash-generative gold
mining company, with a proven track-record of running assets effectively and efficiently.


"Over the past two years, Harmony has added over 500 000 quality gold ounces per annum through the
acquisition of Moab Khotsong and now Mponeng and Mine Waste Solutions. The Acquisition has the
potential to improve our overall recovered grade and increasing our cash flow margins. Harmony has
demonstrated its ability to increasing the life of mines it operates in South Africa – sustaining the mine
communities surrounding the mining operations, preserving jobs and further unlocking value for its
shareholders through increased grades and stronger margins”, Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer of
Harmony said.


1.       Transaction Rationale

The Acquisition represents an opportunity to acquire a portfolio of South African gold assets which have an
excellent strategic, financial, operational and geographical fit with Harmony's current operations and is in
line with its stated merger and acquisition criteria. In addition, Harmony believes it is best placed to acquire
the AngloGold business given its existing gold mining assets in South Africa, its relationship with key
stakeholders in South Africa and its recent acquisition of Moab Khotsong from AngloGold.


The Acquisition:


     -   enhances Harmony's near-term production, adding annual gold production of approximately
         350,000oz per annum; increases Harmony's South African reserves by 8.27 million ounces
         (excluding Mponeng below infrastructure reserves) and improves Harmony's portfolio mix between
         surface and underground operations;

     -   is a natural strategic fit with Harmony's current asset base providing multiple opportunities to
         optimise operational performance of the assets and realise synergies;
     -   increases cashflow at current gold prices; and

     -   consolidates Harmony's position as a leading gold producer in South Africa.


2.       Stakeholder benefits

Harmony believes the acquisition is beneficial to all its stakeholders, in that it:


     -   creates value for Harmony's shareholders and delivers on its strategic objectives;

     -   creates further investment and employment opportunities in the South African gold mining sector
         through the potential extension of the life of mines of the target assets;

     -   benefits South Africa and its social transformation agenda; and

     -   delivers on Harmony's Black Economic Empowerment ("BEE") commitment.

3.       The business and key financials

The Acquisition includes the following assets and liabilities:


     -   The Mponeng mine and its associated assets and liabilities;

     -   The Tau Tona and Savuka mines and associated rock-dump and tailings storage facility
         reclamation sites, mine rehabilitation and closure activities located in the West Wits region and their
         associated assets and liabilities;

     -   First Uranium (Pty) Limited which owns Mine Waste Solutions (Pty) Limited and Chemwes (Pty)
         Limited as well as associated tailings assets and liabilities;

     -   Covalent Water Company (Pty) Limited, AngloGold Security Services (Pty) Limited and
         Masakhisane Investments (Pty) Limited; and

     -   Certain rock-dump reclamation, mine rehabilitation and closure activities located in the Vaal River
         region and their associated assets and liabilities.


Together these assets produced revenue of ZAR8,047 million and profit after tax of ZAR331 million for the
year ended 31 December 2019. The value of the net assets of Target Business as at 31 December 2019 was
R9,901 million. The above information was extracted from AngloGold's management accounts and were
produced in terms of AngloGold's accounting policies. The financial information has not been reviewed or
reported on by Harmony’s external auditors.


The Acquisition does not include AngloGold Ashanti’s


     -   Interest in Rand Refinery Limited;

     -   Obligations relating to the post-retirement medical cost for its retired employees; and



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     -   Obligations under the Silicosis Class Action Settlement Agreement



4.       Purchase Price

Harmony will pay US$200 million in cash on completion of the Acquisition (the "Acquisition Consideration").


Furthermore, Harmony has agreed to pay to AngloGold:


     -   a deferred compensation of US$260 per ounce on underground gold production from the Mponeng,
         Savuka and TauTona mines that exceeds 250 000 ounces per annum for a period of six years
         commencing on 1 January 2021 ("Mponeng Deferred Compensation"). Based on AngloGold's
         current production forecast, the Mponeng Deferred Compensation has a value of approximately
         US$100 million; and

     -   a deferred compensation of US$20 per ounce in relation to underground production sourced within
         the West Wits mineral rights (comprising the Mponeng, Savuka and TauTona mines) below the
         current infrastructure if it is developed. The Mponeng Extension reserves at Mponeng currently
         reported by AngloGold total approximately 8.53 million ounces.

Harmony will settle the Acquisition Consideration in cash utilising available banking facilities and available
cash resources.


5.       Broad – Based Black Economic Empowerment

Harmony understands the importance of ensuring that social and economic transformation be accelerated
in the South African mining environment and consequently has successfully concluded a number of B-BEE
transactions that have resulted in empowering a broad-based group of South African citizens. Harmony
strives to ensure full compliance with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (the
"MPRDA"). Harmony's empowerment credentials are evidenced from its most recent DMRE Charter audit
as well as the fact that it holds and maintains several new order mining rights.


Harmony's BEE credentials are supported by its anchor shareholder, African Rainbow Minerals Limited, and
improved by the two recent broad-based interventions put in place in support of the Moab Khotsong
transaction, i.e. the Community Trust and the Employee Trust.


Harmony may consider a further BEE transaction for Mponeng in furtherance of our transformation
programme. Any BEE transactions have been fully factored in by Harmony in its assessment of the
Acquisition.


6.       Other salient terms of the Transaction Agreement

The Transaction Agreement provides for terms customary in agreements of this nature and includes
(amongst other things): (i) negotiated representations, warranties, undertakings, indemnities and limitation
on liability customary for a transaction of this nature; (ii) provisions governing the operation of the Target


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Business during the interim period; and (iii) material adverse change-related provisions.

7.        Conditions Precedents

The Acquisition is subject to a number of conditions precedent, including:


      -   Approval from the South African Competition Authorities in terms of the Competition Act, 1998;

      -   Section 11 approval from the Minister of Mineral Resources in terms of the MPRDA in relation to
          Mponeng mine;

Harmony has committed to engage with the relevant authorities and other stakeholders to ensure the
conditions precedent are fulfilled as soon as possible.


8.        Memorandum of Incorporation of acquired companies

Harmony confirms that the provisions of the memorandum of incorporation of those companies acquired will
not frustrate Harmony’s compliance with the JSE Listings Requirements and that nothing contained in the
memorandum of incorporation of the acquired companies will relieve Harmony from compliance with the
JSE Listings Requirements.

9.        Categorisation

In terms of the JSE Listing Requirements, the Acquisition is classified as a category 2 transaction and
accordingly no Harmony shareholder approval is required.


10.       Dial-in details for conference call


Harmony management will host a live conference call pertaining to the acquisition at 10:00am South Africa
Standard Time. You can join the call via the listed phone numbers below:


Johannesburg(Telkom)                010 201 6800
Johannesburg(Neotel)                011 535 3600
USA and Canada                    1 508 924 4326
UK                                0 333 300 1418


Participants to please request to be joined into the Harmony call. Should you not be able to join the call at
10:00am, please use the following conference replay numbers:
South Africa               010 500 4108
UK                        0 203 608 8021
Australia                  073 911 1378
USA                       1 412 317 0088
International:          +27 10 500 4108
Access Code:                      30770




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12 February 2020
Johannesburg


Financial advisor and transaction sponsor: UBS
Legal advisors: Bowmans and Herbert Smith Freehills
Technical consultants: SRK Consulting and Fraser McGill
Sponsor: JP Morgan Equities South Africa (Pty) Ltd



Disclaimers


The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law
and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed
should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. This announcement is for information
purposes only and does not constitute or form part of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or
subscribe to any securities of Harmony. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be
registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") or with any securities
regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold, resold,
transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States except pursuant to registration under, or an
exemption from the registration requirements of, the Securities Act. There will be no public offering of
securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction.


The reserves and resources information disclosed in relation to the Target Assets have been extracted from
the Mineral Resources and Ore Reserve Report for 2018 of AngloGold Ashanti. The report states that VA
Chamberlain, MSc (Mining Engineering), BSc (Hons) (Geology), MGSSA, FAusIMM, an employee of
AngloGold Ashanti, assumes responsibility for the Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve processes for
AngloGold Ashanti and is satisfied that the Competent Person have fulfilled his responsibilities and has
consented to the information to be included in the announcement and for his name to be disclosed in this
announcement.


Forward looking statements


Certain statements included in this announcement, as well as oral statements that may be made by Harmony,
or by officers, directors or employees acting on its behalf related to the subject matter hereof, constitute or are
based on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are preceded by, followed by or include the
words “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “envisage”, “intend”, “plan”, “project”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”,
“hope”, “can”, “is designed to” or similar phrases.


These forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Harmony, that could cause
Harmony’s actual results and outcomes to be materially different from historical results or from any future
results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors
include, among others, Harmony’s ability to complete the Transaction, Harmony’s ability to successfully
integrate the acquired assets with its existing operations, Harmony’s ability to achieve anticipated efficiencies

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and other cost savings in connection with the Transaction, Harmony’s ability to increase production, the
success of exploration and development activities and other risks. Harmony undertakes no obligation to
update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or
circumstances after the date of this announcement or to reflect any change in Harmony’s expectations with
regard thereto.


This release includes mineral reserves and resources information prepared in accordance with the South
African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.


Although Harmony believes that the expectations reflected in any such forward-looking statements (or this
announcement) relating to the Transaction are reasonable, the information has not been reviewed or reported
on by the reporting accountants and auditors and no assurance can be given by Harmony that such
expectations will prove to be correct. Harmony does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise
any of the information given in this announcement that may be deemed to be forward-looking.


As it relates to AngloGold Ashanti’s numbers: The numbers used are unaudited historical combined
information for the year ended 31 December 2019, prepared of the assets and liabilities forming part of the
transaction, which has been based on management accounts.




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Date: 12-02-2020 08:42:00
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