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AFRICAN RAINBOW MINERALS LIMITED - Reviewed provisional results for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 and final cash dividend declaration

Release Date: 30/08/2019 07:05
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Reviewed provisional results for the financial year ended 30 June 2019 and final cash dividend declaration

African Rainbow Minerals Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1933/004580/06)
JSE Share code: ARI
ISIN: ZAE000054045
("ARM" or the "Company")


This short form announcement is the responsibility of the board
of directors of ARM (the "Board") who acknowledge their
responsibility to ensure the integrity of the provisional results.

The details contained in this announcement are only a summary of
the information in the full announcement and do not contain full
details of the Company's financial performance and position or
other relevant information about the business for the financial
year under review. Any investment decisions by investors and/or
shareholders should therefore be based on the full announcement
published on the Company's website at and is
available on the following link:

The full announcement is also available for inspection free of
charge during business hours (excluding weekends and public
holidays) from Friday, 30 August 2019 at the registered office of
ARM at ARM House, 29 Impala Road, Chislehurston, Johannesburg. In
addition, copies of the full announcement may be requested by
emailing the Company's investor relations department on

Salient features of the provisional results for the financial
year ended 30 June 2019 (F2019):

  - Revenue increased by 5% to R9 595 million (F2018: R9 112  million).
  - Headline earnings increased by 9% to R5 226 million or
    R27.18 per share (F2018: R4 814 million or R25.26 per
  - The iron ore division delivered a 103% increase in headline
    earnings to R3 397 million (F2018: R1 672 million).
  - Basic earnings were R3 554 million (F2018: R4 562 million)
    and include attributable impairments (after tax) of the
    Nkomati Mine and Sakura Ferroalloys of R1 070 million and
    R507 million, respectively.
  - A final dividend of 900 cents was declared. An interim
    dividend of 400 cents per share was paid in April 2019
    bringing the total dividend for F2019 to 1 300 cents per share 
    (F2018: 1 000 cents per share).
  - ARM received dividends of R3 315 million for F2019 (F2018:R3 000 million) 
    from Assmang.
  - A robust financial position was maintained with consolidated
    net cash increasing by R1 606 million to R2 601 million
    (R995 million at 30 June 2018).
  - The Company net asset value increased by 29% from R21 907 million 
    to R28 180 million.
  - An agreement to scale down the loss-making Nkomati Mine was
    reached by the joint venture partners. Engagements with
    affected stakeholders are under way.


ARM is committed to creating and maintaining a safe work
environment for all employees. Despite our initiatives and
determination to achieve the target of zero harm, an employee, Mr
Thomas Maluleke was fatally injured in a fall of ground accident
at Modikwa Mine on 27 March 2019. The Board and the management
team extend sincere condolences to the family, friends and
colleagues of Mr Maluleke.

The number of lost time injuries across our directly or jointly
managed operations reduced marginally from 91 to 90 in F2019
while the number of reportable injuries increased from 68 to 76.
A Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.42 per 200 000
man-hours was reported for the financial year under review
(F2018: 0.38 per 200 000 man-hours).

Safety figures and statistics are reported only for the
operations where ARM has direct or joint management and therefore
do not include the ARM Coal and Sakura Ferroalloys operations.
Reported safety figures and statistics are on a 100% basis.

Financial performance

Headline earnings increased by 9% to R5 226 million or R27.18 per
share in F2019 (F2018: R4 814 million or R25.26 per share) driven
mainly by higher headline earnings delivered by the iron ore and
Two Rivers operations.

The F2018 headline earnings included a net fair value gain of
R977 million while the F2019 headline earnings include net fair
value and re-measurement gains of R49 million. Excluding the net
fair value and re-measurement gains, the F2019 adjusted headline
earnings are up by 35%.

Segmental earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation (EBITDA) were 16% higher at R9 336 million 
(F2018: R8 024 million).

ARM continued to benefit from its portfolio diversification as
lower US Dollar prices for manganese ore, manganese alloy,
platinum, nickel and thermal coal were more than offset by higher
US Dollar prices in iron ore, palladium and rhodium. The average
realised Rand/US Dollar weakened by 11% during F2019 to
R14.19/US$ (F2018: R12.84/US$). For reporting purposes, the
closing exchange rate was R14.09/US$ (30 June 2018: R13.72/US$).

ARM Ferrous - Headline earnings increased by 41% to R4 960 million 
(F2018: R3 528 million) as the iron ore division
delivered a 103% increase. Iron ore prices were high in the
financial year under review with the index price for 62% Fe iron
ore fines CIF North China increasing from US$64.45/t in July 2018
to close at US$116.35/t at the end of June 2019. Concurrently,
lump premiums increased by 9% over the financial year. A
combination of higher fines prices, increased lump premiums and a
higher lump to fines ratio in sales volumes resulted in average
realised iron ore prices increasing by 34% (on a Free on Board
(FOB) equivalent basis). On-mine unit production costs at the
iron ore operations increased by 8%.

Headline earnings in the manganese division were 15% lower mainly
due to reduced profitability at the manganese alloy operations
owing to lower manganese alloy prices and high input costs
(particularly for manganese ore and reductants).

ARM Platinum - Headline earnings declined by 73%. Two Rivers Mine
delivered a 5% increase in headline earnings benefitting from an
increase in the Rand PGM basket price which was partially offset
by lower sales volumes. Two Rivers Mine continues to be impacted
by lower head grades. Initiatives to improve the PGM volumes at
Two Rivers Mine are being considered, including installation of
additional milling capacity. An addition of approximately 40 thousand 
tonnes per month of milling capacity to the Two Rivers Mine plant 
would result in an increase of PGM production volumes
to approximately 380 thousand 6E PGMs per annum.

Modikwa Mine headline earnings remained flat at R105 million.
Although Modikwa also benefitted from higher PGM prices, reported
headline earnings were negatively impacted by a R156 million fair
value loss on intercompany loans in accordance with new
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 9. This loss
is partially eliminated in ARM Company with a R19 million net
gain effect on the group consolidated earnings. EBITDA at Modikwa
Mine was 34% higher at R327 million (F2018: R244 million).

Nkomati Mine reported a headline loss of R315 million impacted by
an increase in unit production costs and a R130 million negative
mark-to-market adjustment as the nickel price reduced to US$12 675/t 
at 30 June 2019. An agreement was reached by the joint
venture partners to scale down production at the loss-making
Nkomati Mine and place the mine on care and maintenance from
September 2020 in preparation for closure.

ARM Coal - Headline earnings were R411 million including a loan
re-measurement gain of R245 million. The corresponding financial
year headline earnings of R1 485 million included a fair value
gain of R1 210 million on restructuring of the ARM Coal loans.
Excluding the fair value and re-measurement gains, GGV Mine
recorded a headline loss of R53 million in F2019 (F2018: R33 million 
headline loss) while the PCB operations recorded headline
earnings of R219 million (F2018: R308 million).

The ARM Corporate and other headline loss of R257 million is R356
million lower than the R613 million reported in F2018. This is
mainly due to higher fee income (R130 million); lower unrealised
and an intercompany loan re-measurement gain on the ARM Mining
Consortium loan (R175 million). These were partially offset by a
higher bonus provision (R35 million), Machadodorp Works expenses
now included in the Corporate and other segment (R39 million) and
intercompany loan re-measurement loss on the ARM Coal loans of
R215 million (F2018: R233 million loss).

Headline earnings/(loss) by
                                            12 months ended 30 June   
                                     Reviewed       Audited              
R million                                2019          2018   % change   
ARM Platinum                              112           420       (73)   
TWo Rivers Mine                           322           306          5   
Modikwa Mine*                             105           105          -   
Nkomati Mine                            (315)             9              
ARM Ferrous                              4960          3528         41   
Iron ore division                        3397          1672        103   
Manganese division                       1611          1904       (15)   
Chrome division**                         (3)          (21)         86   
Consolidation adjustment                 (45)          (27)       (67)   
ARM Coal**                                411          1485       (72)   
Goedgevonden Mine                         137           852       (84)   
PCB operations                            274           633       (57)   
ARM Copper****                                          (6)              
ARM Corporate and other                 (257)         (613)        139   
Headline earnings                        5226          4814          9   
Headline earnings from continuing        5226          4820          8            
Headline loss from discontinued             -           (6)                  

*     Modikwa Mine's F2019 headline earnings include a fair value
      loss of R156 million (net of non-controlling interest and tax)
      on the re-measurement of mostly inter-company loans in
      accordance with new IFRS 9 accounting standard which became
      effective for ARM from 1 July 2018. This fair value loss is
      partly eliminated at the ARM Corporate and other segment with a
      R19 million gain effect on the group consolidated headline earnings.

**    In F2018 the Chrome Division comprised of Machadodorp Works
      where slag was being processed to produce ferrochrome.
      Machadodorp Works was sold to ARM in F2019 and is now included
      in ARM Corporate and other segment from 1 March 2019.

***   The F2019 headline earnings include a R245 million re-measurement 
      gain on the ARM Coal loans which were restructured in F2018. 
      R215 million of this fair value gain is eliminated in the 
      ARM Corporate and other segment. In F2018 (when the loans
      were restructured) a fair value gain of R1 210 million was
      included in the ARM Coal headline earnings and a R233 million
      fair value loss was included in the ARM Corporate and other

****  ARM Copper comprised Lubambe Mine which was sold in F2018.

These results have been achieved in conjunction with ARM's
partners at the various operations, Anglo American Platinum
Limited (Anglo Platinum), Assore Limited (Assore), Impala
Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats), Norilsk Nickel Africa (Pty)
Ltd (Norilsk) and Glencore South Africa (Glencore).

Basic earnings for the financial year were R3 554 million (F2018:
R4 562 million) and include amongst others the following
attributable impairments:

  - Nkomati Mine assets of R1 070 million after tax;
  - Sakura Ferroalloys assets and investment (included in the
    equity-accounted Assmang joint venture) of R507 million
    after tax; and
  - Goodwill recognised on the acquisition of Machadodorp Works
    of R146 million with no tax effect.

Dividend declaration

The Board has approved and declared a final dividend of 900 cents
per share (gross) in respect of the year ended 30 June 2019
(F2018: 750 cents per share). The amount to be paid is
approximately R1 998 million.

An interim dividend of 400 cents per share was declared and paid
in F2019 bringing the total dividend for F2019 to 1 300 cents per share.

This declaration is consistent with ARM's commitment, as a
globally competitive company, to pay dividends while retaining
the ability to fund efficiency improvements and sustaining production.

ARM has updated its dividend declaration guiding principles to
include a formula in determining dividends. ARM will aim to pay
ordinary dividends to shareholders equal to approximately 40-70%
of annual dividends received from its group companies.

Dividends remain at the discretion of the Board of Directors and
will take into account the Company's capital allocation
principles as well as other relevant factors such as financial
performance, commodities outlook, investment opportunities,
gearing levels as well as solvency and liquidity requirements of
the Companies Act.

ARM will aim to pay an interim and a final dividend. The
weighting between the interim and final dividends is likely to
result in the final dividend being higher than the interim

Where appropriate, the Board will consider supplementing ordinary
dividends with special dividends. ARM will not borrow funds to
pay dividends.

The dividend declared will be subject to Dividend Withholding
Tax. In accordance with paragraphs 11.17(a) (i) to (x) and
11.17(c) of the JSE Listings Requirements the following
additional information is disclosed:

    - The dividend has been declared out of income reserves;
    - The South African Dividends Tax ("Dividends Tax") rate is
      20% (twenty percent);
    - The gross local dividend amount is 900 cents per ordinary
      share for shareholders exempt from the Dividends Tax;
    - The net local dividend amount is 720.00000 cents per share
      for shareholders liable to pay the Dividends Tax;
    - As at the date of this declaration ARM has 222 008 324
      ordinary shares in issue; and
    - ARM's income tax reference number is 9030/018/60/1.
    - A gross dividend of 900 cents per ordinary share, being the
      dividend for the year ended 30 June 2019 has been declared
      payable on Monday, 30 September 2019 to those shareholders
      recorded in the books of the Company at the close of
      business on Friday, 27 September 2019. The dividend is
      declared in the currency of South Africa. Any change in
      address or dividend instruction to apply to this dividend
      must be received by the Company's transfer secretaries or
      registrar not later than Monday, 23 September 2019. The last
      day to trade ordinary shares cum divided is Monday,  
      23 September 2019. Ordinary shares trade ex-dividend from
      Wednesday, 25 September 2019. The record date is Friday, 
      27 September 2019 whilst the payment date is Monday, 
      30 September 2019.

No dematerialisation or rematerialisation of share certificates
may occur between Wednesday, 25 September 2019 and Friday, 27
September 2019, both dates inclusive, nor may any transfers
between registers take place during this period.

Changes to the Board

On 26 June 2019 Mr Kobus Moller resigned as an independent non-executive 
director of the Company, to pursue other interests.

The following changes were made to the composition of ARM board
committees to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the board.

    - Messrs D C Noko and J A Chissano have been appointed as
      members of the social and ethics committee; and
    - Mr D C Noko has been appointed as a member of the investment

Review by independent auditors

The financial information has been reviewed by the external
auditors, Ernst & Young Inc. The partner in charge is LIN
Tomlinson CA (SA)) whose unqualified review report is
available for inspection at the Company's registered office.
The Integrated Annual Report containing a detailed review of
the operations of the Company together with the audited
financial statements will be distributed to shareholders in
October 2019.
Any reference to future financial performance included in
these results has not been reviewed or reported on by ARM's
external auditors.


For all investor relations queries please contact:

Jongisa Magagula
Corporate Development and Head of Investor Relations
Tel:      +27 11 779 1507

30 August 2019

Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited

Date: 30/08/2019 07:05:00
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