Anglo American Platinum – operational outlook and guidance update
ANGLO AMERICAN PLATINUM LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1946/022452/06)
Share Code: AMS
(“the Company" or "Anglo American Platinum")
Anglo American Platinum – operational outlook and guidance update
Anglo American Platinum provides an update on its operational outlook and guidance, to coincide with
the Anglo American plc market update.
Natascha Viljoen, Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American Platinum, commented:
“We have been able to bring production back to almost normal capacity levels despite the impact of
Covid-19 on our operations and people this year. This shows the incredible way our people have adapted
to new working environments and embraced new protocols that help protect the health and safety of our
employees and host communities. As a result of embedding these protocols, we expect to return to normal
production levels from 2021 onwards, barring any new restrictions in the event of further Covid-19 waves.
“We are pleased that we have safely and successfully rebuilt the ACP Phase A unit and brought it to full
operation ahead of schedule in early December. We have begun to re-establish the processing pipeline
to finished metals. The installed capacity of the ACP will allow us to refine the metal we produce, as well
as release the build-up in work-in-progress inventory, which will likely take up to 24 months.”
Operational outlook and guidance
Shareholders are referred to the SENS announcement on 7 December 2020 in relation to the safe and
successful rebuild of the ACP Phase A unit. As a result of the early completion of this work, the Company
upgraded refined production guidance for 2020 to between 2.6 – 2.7 million PGM ounces. Sales volumes
have also been upgraded to c.2.8 million PGM ounces, as minor metal refined inventories are drawn
Despite the effects of the pandemic, metal in concentrate (M&C) production returned to close to normal
operating capacity in the second half of 2020. As a result, M&C production for 2020 will be between
3.6 – 3.8 million PGM ounces.
Due to the temporary closure of the ACP during the year, there will be a build-up of c.1 million PGM
ounces in work-in-progress inventory by the end of the year, including the impact of processing recovery
losses. The release of work-in-progress inventory built up in 2020 is expected to take up to 24 months.
Due to planned maintenance on other processing assets in 2021, we expect greater release of work-in-
progress inventory in 2022 than 2021.
As a result, updated operational guidance for the next three years is forecast as follows:
Units 2020 Outlook 2021 Forecast 2022 Forecast 2023 Forecast
Metal in concentrate
Total PGMs (m ounces) 3.6 - 3.8 4.2 - 4.6 4.2 - 4.6 4.2 - 4.6
Platinum (m ounces) 1.7 - 1.8 1.9 - 2.1 1.9 - 2.1 1.9 - 2.1
Palladium (m ounces) 1.1 - 1.2 1.4 - 1.5 1.4 - 1.5 1.4 - 1.5
Other PGMs & gold (m ounces) ~0.8 0.9 - 1.0 0.9 - 1.0 0.9 - 1.0
Total PGMs (m ounces) 2.6 - 2.7 4.6 - 5.0 4.7 - 5.1 4.2 - 4.6
Platinum (m ounces) 1.1 - 1.2 2.1 - 2.3 2.2 - 2.4 1.9 - 2.1
Palladium (m ounces) ~0.9 1.5 - 1.6 1.5 - 1.6 1.4 - 1.5
Other PGMs & gold (m ounces) ~0.6 1.0 - 1.1 1.0 - 1.1 0.9 - 1.0
Unit cost guidance for 2020 is unchanged at R11,800 – 12,200 per PGM ounce. Unit cost guidance for
2021 will be R11,000 – 11,500 per PGM ounce, which reflects the recovery in production as operations
return to normalised levels of production, partially offset by inflationary increases.
Capital expenditure in 2020 is unchanged at R5.7 – 6.5 billion.
The Anglo American plc investor update presentation is available on the Anglo American website at:
This announcement contains forward-looking statements which are based on the Company’s current
beliefs and expectations about future events. The operational and financial forecasts provided in this
announcement are estimates and have not been reviewed and reported on by the Company’s external
Johannesburg, South Africa
11 December 2020
Merrill Lynch South Africa Proprietary Limited
For further information, please contact:
Emma Chapman Jana Marais
(SA) +27 (0)76 480 1570 (SA) +27 (0)79 932 1586
Notes to editors:
Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is a 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, as well as its two joint
venture operations. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. 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 operations, development
projects and undeveloped resources, provides many of the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner,
greener, more sustainable world and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of developed
and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and
the latest technologies to mine, process, move and market our products to our customers – and to
discover new resources – safely and sustainably.
As a responsible producer of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, the
steelmaking ingredients of iron ore and metallurgical coal, and nickel – with crop nutrients in development
and thermal coal operations planned for divestment – we are committed to being carbon neutral across
our operations by 2040. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock
sustainable value from precious natural resources for the benefit of the communities and countries in
which we operate, for society as a whole, and for our shareholders. Anglo American is re-imagining mining
to improve people’s lives.
Date: 11-12-2020 01:30:00
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