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SIBANYE STILLWATER LIMITED - Class action suit against Sibanye-Stillwater dismissed

Release Date: 12/11/2020 13:23
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Class action suit against Sibanye-Stillwater dismissed

Sibanye Stillwater Limited
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Registration number 2014/243852/06
Share codes: SSW (JSE) and SBSW (NYSE)
ISIN – ZAE000259701
Issuer code: SSW
(“Sibanye-Stillwater” or “the Group” or “the Company”)

Class action suit against Sibanye-Stillwater dismissed

Johannesburg, 12 November 2020. Sibanye-Stillwater (Tickers JSE: SSW and NYSE: SBSW)
is pleased to advise that on 10 November 2020, a Brooklyn, New York, Federal Court
dismissed with prejudice, a putative securities class action suit seeking damages for
allegedly false and/or misleading statements by the Group and CEO Neal Froneman (the
“Defendants”), related to safety incidents in 2018.

The class action was brought on behalf of all persons or entities who purchased
Sibanye-Stillwater ADRs between 23 February 2017 and 31 October 2018, inclusive. The
class action was filed shortly after the occurrence of fatal incidents at Sibanye-
Stillwater’s SA gold operations in H1 2018. The Plaintiffs alleged that, in light of
the fatalities, statements that the Defendants made regarding safety were false and
misleading and violated the U.S. federal securities laws.

In dismissing the class action, the Court found that Plaintiffs failed to allege any
violation of the U.S. securities laws, based on their failure to allege any materially
false or misleading statements.     The Court also found that Plaintiffs failed to
establish that the Defendants acted with fraudulent intent, or that their alleged
losses were caused by the statements in question. In doing so, the Court denied the
Plaintiffs’ request to file a further amended complaint, finding that it would be
futile, and directed the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment and close the case.

These Court proceedings are thus concluded, subject to any further proceedings
required in the trial court to finalize a judgment and any appeals that may be lodged.

Group CEO Neal Froneman commenting on the dismissal said: “We are extremely pleased
with the outcome of the class action. We take the safety of our employees very
seriously and ensuring a safe and enabling work environment is a primary focus
throughout the Group. The judgment validates our decision to oppose this class action
and to protect the interests of our stakeholders against spurious and opportunistic
legal actions.”


Investor relations contact:
James Wellsted
Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +27 (0) 83 453 4014

Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa Proprietary Limited


The information in this announcement may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the “safe harbour” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, including, among others, those relating to
Sibanye Stillwater Limited’s (“Sibanye-Stillwater” or the “Group”) financial positions,
business strategies, plans and objectives of management for future operations, are necessarily
estimates reflecting the best judgment of the senior management and directors of Sibanye-

All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this announcement may be
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements also often use words such as “will”,
“forecast”, “potential”, “estimate”, “expect” and words of similar meaning. By their nature,
forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events
and circumstances and should be considered in light of various important factors, including
those set forth in this disclaimer. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such

The important factors that could cause Sibanye-Stillwater’s actual results, performance or
achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among
others, our future business prospects; financial positions; debt position and our ability to
reduce debt leverage; business, political and social conditions in the United States, South
Africa, Zimbabwe and elsewhere; plans and objectives of management for future operations; our
ability to obtain the benefits of any streaming arrangements or pipeline financing; our
ability to service our bond instruments; changes in assumptions underlying Sibanye-
Stillwater’s estimation of their current mineral reserves and resources; the ability to
achieve anticipated efficiencies and other cost savings in connection with past, ongoing and
future acquisitions, as well as at existing operations; our ability to achieve steady state
production at the Blitz project; the success of Sibanye-Stillwater’s business strategy;
exploration and development activities; the ability of Sibanye-Stillwater to comply with
requirements that they operate in a sustainable manner; changes in the market price of gold,
PGMs and/or uranium; the occurrence of hazards associated with underground and surface gold,
PGMs and uranium mining; the occurrence of labour disruptions and industrial action; the
availability, terms and deployment of capital or credit; changes in relevant government
regulations, particularly environmental, tax, health and safety regulations and new
legislation affecting water, mining, mineral rights and business ownership, including any
interpretations thereof which may be subject to dispute; the outcome and consequence of any
potential or pending litigation or regulatory proceedings or other environmental, health and
safety issues; power disruptions, constraints and cost increases; supply chain shortages and
increases in the price of production inputs; fluctuations in exchange rates, currency
devaluations, inflation and other macro-economic monetary policies; the occurrence of
temporary stoppages of mines for safety incidents and unplanned maintenance; the ability to
hire and retain senior management or sufficient technically skilled employees, as well as
their ability to achieve sufficient representation of historically disadvantaged South
Africans in management positions; failure of information technology and communications
systems; the adequacy of insurance coverage; any social unrest, sickness or natural or man-
made disaster at informal settlements in the vicinity of some of Sibanye-Stillwater’s
operations; and the impact of HIV, tuberculosis and the spread of other contagious diseases,
such as coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Further details of potential risks and uncertainties
affecting Sibanye-Stillwater are described in Sibanye-Stillwater’s filings with the
Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the content. Sibanye-Stillwater
expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking
statement (except to the extent legally required).


Date: 12-11-2020 01:23:00
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