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ANGLO AMERICAN PLATINUM LIMITED - 2019 Interim Results Short Form Announcement

Release Date: 22/07/2019 08:00
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2019 Interim Results Short Form Announcement

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1946/022452/06)
Share Code: AMS
ISIN: ZAE000013181
("Anglo American Platinum" or “the Company")


Financial Performance

H1 2019 overview

Anglo American Platinum delivered another strong financial performance in H1 2019, with increased
earnings, returns and operating cash flows, benefitting from strong market fundamentals which saw the
US Dollar platinum basket price increase 16%, and coupled with a weakening rand, led to the ZAR
platinum basket price increasing by 33% year-on-year.

 Key Financials                                                 H1 2019        H1 2018       % change
 Dollar basket price / platinum ounce sold                        2,685          2,318             16
 Rand basket price / platinum ounce sold                         38,305         28,695             33
 Revenue (R billion)                                               42.9           33.5             28
 EBITDA (R billion)                                                12.4            6.8             82
 EBITDA margin %                                                    32%            21%           11pp
 Headline earnings (R billion)                                      7.4            3.4            120
 Headline earnings per share (R/share)                            28.15          12.82            120
 Basic earnings (R billion)                                         7.3            2.2            236
 Basic earnings per share (R/ share)                              27.88           8.31            235
 Operating free cash flow (R billion)                               4.3            1.9            126
 Net cash (R billion)                                               6.0            0.5          1,100
 Dividend per share (R/ share)                                    11.00           3.74            194
 ROCE %                                                              45             22           23pp

Headline earnings increased by 120% to R7.4 billion primarily because of a higher rand basket price,
and a stock count adjustment gain of R1.0 billion in the period compared to a stock count adjustment
loss of R0.4 billion in the comparative period.

The Company strengthened its balance sheet to end the period with net cash of R6.0 billion from the
R2.9 billion net cash position at 31 December 2018. This reflects a R3.1 billion improvement after paying
a final dividend of R2.0 billion for 2018 in March 2019.

Return on capital employed doubled to 45% due to the strong earnings
Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo American Platinum commented:

“Anglo American Platinum has delivered safe, responsible and profitable production in H1 2019. We
are committed to the elimination of fatalities and ensuring safe operations. We have had no fatal
incidents at our own managed operations in H1 2019 and we continue to improve the overall safety
performance of the business with a further reduction in the total recordable case injury frequency rate
to the lowest on record.

Anglo American Platinum continues to deliver PGM industry leading returns and has increased EBITDA
by 82% to R12.4 billion, resulting in an increase in the EBITDA margin to 32%, an increase in Return
on Capital Employed (ROCE) to 45%, and an increase in headline earnings per share, up 120% to
R28.15. The Board has declared an interim dividend based on a pay-out ratio of 40% of headline
earnings of R3.0 billion, or R11.00 per share. This is a very much stronger business today because of
the actions we have taken in recent years and I’m pleased to say that there are further opportunities to
unlock full potential from our operations.

We’ve seen steady production from our operations, though certain headwinds, including Eskom power
shortages and strike action at Mototolo, have impacted our first half performance but we expect to see
a stronger performance in H2 2019. Mogalakwena production was slightly lower as we mined through
a new cut and focused on waste removal in H1, allowing us greater access to ore tonnes in H2 2019.
The turnaround plan at Amandelbult is progressing with significant improvement on the development of
Dishaba seen in Q2 and the subsequent increase in immediately available ore reserves, with an
expected ramp-up now that the infrastructure upgrades have been completed. Unki continues to deliver,
with another record performance. Mototolo had a tough start to the year, due to the unprotected strike
and difficult ground containing geological faults but is expected to step up performance going into the
second half.

We made progress on refining the work-in-progress (WIP) inventory. However, Eskom power outages,
the Mortimer smelter furnace rebuild in Q1 and a stock count gain in the period has led to a temporary
build-up in WIP inventory which should be largely refined in H2 2019.

The fundamentals of PGM demand remain robust, with the US Dollar platinum basket price increasing
16%, particularly for palladium and rhodium, and coupled with a weakening rand led to a ZAR platinum
basket price increasing by 33%. Despite the temporary increase in WIP, we generated operating free
cash flow of R4.3 billion, increasing net cash to R6.0 billion.

We are focused on the next phase of value delivery and work is under way to realise value at existing
operations. Our aim is to achieve and beat world best operating practices and implementing
FutureSmart™ technology and innovation to enable material efficiency improvements. Market
development continues to progress, with a number of achievements made in H1 2019, including the
announcement of the launch of Lion Battery Technologies Inc. partnership for the accelerated
development of next-generation PGM-containing batteries, and the announcement of the Mirai Creation
Fund II joining Anglo American Platinum, Mitsubishi Corporation & The Public Investment Corporation
as an investor in AP Ventures. Finally, project studies continue to assess how to unlock optimal value
from Mogalakwena and the Mototolo/Der Brochen ground.”

Short form announcement

This short-form announcement is the responsibility of the directors. It is only a summary of the
information contained in the full announcement and does not contain full or complete details. Any
investment decision should be based on the full announcement accessible from Monday, 22 July 2019,
via the JSE link and also available on the Company’s website at
These interim results have been reviewed by the Group’s auditors, Deloitte & Touche who expressed
an unmodified conclusion thereon.

Copies of the full announcement may also be requested by contacting Anglo American Platinum
Investor Relations by email at and are available for inspection
at Company’s registered office at no charge, weekdays during office hours.

The JSE link is as follows:

Johannesburg, South Africa

22 July 2019

Sponsor: Merrill Lynch South Africa Proprietary Limited

For further information, please contact:
Investors:                                       Media:
Emma Chapman                                     Jana Marais
(SA) +27 (0) 11 373 6239                         (SA) +27 (0) 11 638 2607         

Notes to editors:

Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s
leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg
Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa.
Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum
has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part
of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed
to the highest standards of safety and continues to make a meaningful and sustainable difference in
the development of the communities around its operations.

Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in
almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and
undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, more electrified world
and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing
economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest
technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our
customers around the world – safely, responsibly and sustainably.

As a responsible miner – of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore,
coal, nickel and manganese – we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work
together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those
resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for
society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people’s lives.

Date: 22/07/2019 08:00:00
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