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EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED - Eastern Platinum Limited Reports Annual Results For 2019 And Provides A Corporate Update

Release Date: 27/03/2020 08:45
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Eastern Platinum Limited Reports Annual Results For 2019 And Provides A Corporate Update

(Incorporated in Canada)
(Canadian Registration number BC0722783)
(South African Registration number 2007/006318/10)
Share Code TSX: ELR ISIN: CA2768555096
Share Code JSE: EPS ISIN: CA2768555096
(‘Eastplats’ or the ‘Company’)

March 27, 2020

                                                NEWS RELEASE

                              CORPORATE UPDATE

March 27, 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia – Eastern Platinum Limited (“Eastplats” or the “Company”) is pleased
to report that it has filed its Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ending December 31, 2019 and
2018 and the corresponding Management’s Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form. Below is a
summary of the Company’s financial results and highlights for the year ended December 31, 2019 (all amounts in

    •   Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2019 was $39.2 million compared to $0.4 million in the prior year
        due to a full year of operating results from the Retreatment Project (as defined below);
    •   Net income to equity shareholders of $0.1 million (earnings of $0.00 per share) for the year ended December
        31, 2019 versus a loss of $21.8 million (loss of $0.24 per share) the prior year; and
    •   Positive working capital (excluding non-cash deferred revenue) of $9.7 million as at December 31, 2019.

Operations of the Retreatment Project

As previously disclosed, on March 1, 2018, the Company entered into an agreement (the “Framework Agreement”)
with Union Goal Offshore Solution Limited (“Union Goal”) relating to the construction, re-mining and processing of
the tailing resource and offtake of chrome concentrate from Barplats Mines (Pty) Limited tailings facility (the
“Retreatment Project”) located at the Company’s Crocodile River Mine in South Africa (“CRM”).

The Retreatment Project produces revenue based on tons of material made available for processing by re-mining the
tailings, recovery of certain operational costs and allocation of the upfront cash payment from Union Goal for the
offtake of chrome concentrate.

The Company and Union Goal are currently negotiating and working to finalize and update the Framework Agreement
in several areas after one year of operations. Once concluded the Company will provide a detailed update.

A summary of production to the end of December 2019:

                             Average grade Cr         Tons of Cr concentrate

                                   38.6                      598.034

In February 2020, with the goal to further optimize and increase the chrome recovery of the Retreatment Project,
Eastplats began the Optimization Project which will invest approximately ZAR90 million (US$6 million) in additional
equipment, including installation, to enhance the efficiency of the plant and its processing which is designed to provide
increased chrome recovery and grade. The financing of these costs has been agreed to in principal with Union Goal
on similar loan terms to those contained in the Framework Agreement. As mentioned, the Company and Union Goal
are working on updating and finalizing this as soon as reasonably possible.

The Company had also mobilized a portion of the required construction team at CRM and has begun the construction
work at site including infrastructure and civil works in relation to the chrome plant optimization as announced

Platinum Group Metals (“PGM”)

During Q4 2019, Eastplats made the decision to refurbish the small-scale PGM circuit D (previously the scavenger
plant circuit) (“PGM Scavenger Circuit”) and in 2020 has successfully produced PGM concentrate. The Company
had forecasted a ramping up of production in Q2 2020, but it will need to re-assess at the end of the temporary
lockdown in South Africa, discussed below.


The year ended December 31, 2019 was a full year operation and revenue generation at the Retreatment Project. In
2020, the Company approved an optimization project designed to enhance Chrome production for the Retreatment
Project and also commissioned a PGM scavenger plant utilizing as it input feed, a portion of the disposition material
from the Chrome operation. The Company will update its forecast for the year following the temporary lockdown in
South Africa and the completion of the Optimization Project.

The Company’s targets for 2020, subject to capital availability include:
     • Completion of the optimization project for the Retreatment Project;
     • Maximize operating results of the Retreatment Project;
     • Establishment of the appropriate Tailings storage facility phase II capital works program;
     • Commissioning and operation of the PGM scavenger plant;
     • Assessment and decision regarding the larger scale PGM production for the tailings resource;
     • Assessment of the CRM Zandfontein underground operations;
     • Ensure appropriate care and maintenance on all resource properties; and
     • Assessment and decision regarding Mareesburg project.

Care and maintenance with respect to the underground portion of the CRM will continue while the Company assesses
the underground resource. Care and maintenance will also continue for the Company’s Eastern Limb Projects for
2020. The Company is actively looking at opportunities for its other assets including continuing to explore options to
utilize or monetize these assets.

Diana Hu, CEO of Eastern Platinum commented, “Eastplats is excited to have created a new operating and cash-flow
positive venture in the Retreatment Project and seeks to target additional shareholder value in achieving the
Company’s 2020 objectives.”

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”)

As reported in our news release on March 25, 2020, the President of South Africa, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, has imposed
a nation-wide twenty-one (21) day lockdown to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. The lockdown began at midnight on
March 26 in South Africa and is scheduled to end at midnight on April 16, 2020. As a result, the Company has
temporarily closed all operations in South Africa including re-mining operations at CRM, except for some critical
underground care and maintenance activities where the Company obtained an exception.

The effects of the Coronavirus are changing rapidly and with the temporary shutdown of the CRM, the Company
cannot reasonably estimate at this time the outcome of this lockdown but it could have material adverse effects on the
Company’s business, liquidity, cashflows, and the Company’s 2020 outlook and its ability to attain targets.
Annual filings

The Company has filed the following documents, under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at
    • Audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018;
    • Management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2019 and 2018; and
    • Annual Information Form at December 31, 2019.

For further information, please contact:
 Rowland Wallenius, Chief Financial Officer (email)
 (604) 800-8200 (phone)

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” or “forward-looking information” (collectively referred to herein as
“forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking statements include,
without limitation, forecasts, estimates, expectations and objectives for future operations that are subject to a number of
assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Forward-looking statements are
statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “will”, “plan”, “intends”, “may”,
“will”, “could”, “expects”, “anticipates” and similar expressions. Further disclosure of the risks and uncertainties facing the
Company and other forward-looking statements are discussed in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form available
under the Company’s profile on

In particular, this press release contains, without limitation, forward-looking statements pertaining to: forecast of operational
activity of the Retreatment Project, the Company’s ability to obtain financing for or complete the Optimization Project, achieve
operational capacity at the Retreatment Project during 2020, ability to forecasted cashflows of the Retreatment Project and for the
Company, the Company’s ability to test and assess PGM recovery opportunities in connection with the Retreatment Project; the
effects of the Coronavirus and its effects on our operations; the Company’s ability to assess and make decisions with respect to
monetizing its other assets; the continuation of care and maintenance with respect to the underground portion of the CRM and the
Company’s Eastern Limb Projects; and the production ramp up at the PGM Scavenger Circuit; and the Company’s ability to meet
any of its targets for 2020. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions made by and information currently available
to the Company. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to
it, they may prove to be incorrect. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties and
readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of factors could cause actual results to differ
materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements.
These factors include, but are not limited to, unanticipated problems that may arise in our production processes, commodity prices,
lower than expected grades and quantities of resources, need for additional funding and availability of such additional funding on
acceptable terms, economic conditions, currency fluctuations, competition and regulations, legal proceedings and risks related to
operations in foreign countries.

All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, the
“Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information” section contained in the Company’s most recent Management’s
Discussion and Analysis available under the Company’s profile on The forward-looking statements in this press
release are made as of the date they are given and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any
intention or obligation, and does not undertake, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the
information contained herein.


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