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AFRICAN RAINBOW MINERALS LIMITED - Reviewed provisional results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021 and final cash dividend declaration

Release Date: 06/09/2021 07:05
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Reviewed provisional results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021 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 which 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 Monday, 06 September 2021 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

  - Headline earnings for the financial year ended 30 June 2021
    (F2021) increased by 136% to R13 064 million or R66.88 per
    share (F2020: R5 534 million or R28.50 per share)
  - A final dividend of R20.00 per share is declared. In addition
    to the interim dividend of R10.00 per share, the total
    dividend for F2021 is R30.00 per share (F2020: R12.00 per
  - ARM Ferrous headline earnings were 77% higher at R7 927
    million (F2020: R4 479 million) driven by higher US dollar
    iron ore prices and increased iron ore and manganese ore sales
  - ARM Platinum headline earnings increased by R3 524 million to
    R4 666 million (F2020: R1 142 million) underpinned by higher
    US dollar prices for platinum group metals (PGMs),
    particularly rhodium
  - Segmental earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and
    amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 121% to R24 321 million
    (F2020: R11 009 million)
  - Basic earnings were R12 626 million or R64.64 per share
    (F2020: R3 965 million or R20.42 per share) and included
    attributable impairments of the:
       - Assmang equity investment in Sakura Ferroalloys of R169
         million (with no tax effect)
       - Fixed assets of Cato Ridge Works of R185 million (after
       - Exploration assets that were aimed at increasing the
         Beeshoek Mine life-of-mine of R26 million (with no tax
       - Assmang equity investment in Cato Ridge Alloys of R48
         million (with no tax effect)
  - Net cash improved by R4 465 million to R8 202 million at 30
    June 2021 (30 June 2020: R3 737 million restated)
  - Unit production costs were under pressure, increasing above
    inflation mainly due to operational challenges, exacerbated
    by Covid-19-related challenges
  - The group net asset value per share increased by 25% to
    R179.08 per share (30 June 2020: R143.65 per share).

Safety performance

We remain focused on ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of
our employees. Risks to this priority have increased since the
onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. We continued to proactively prevent
the spread of Covid-19 through strict health and safety measures.
These have been audited by the Department of Mineral Resources and
Energy (DMRE) and are being continuously monitored at our corporate
offices and operations.

As part of these measures 142 052 Covid-19 health screenings were
conducted by 30 June 2021, resulting in 7 428 tests of which 2 134
were positive cases.

Regrettably, 34 of our colleagues succumbed to Covid-19 in F2021.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to their family, friends and

ARM is supporting the South African Covid-19 vaccination programme.
Campaigns to promote vaccination are being rolled out at our
corporate offices and operations. Five operations were selected as                                                                  
vaccination sites in support of the government-led vaccine rollout

External service providers have been appointed at these sites and
are vaccinating employees, contractors and members of our host

Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19, our operations
delivered improved safety performances. The group lost-time injury
frequency rate (LTIFR) per 200 000 man-hours improved to 0.41 from
0.45 in F2020.

Regrettably, two colleagues were fatally injured in separate
accidents at Modikwa Mine in 1H F2021. On 13 September 2020, Mr
Dennis Hlengani Mdaka, a rock-drill operator, was fatally injured
when he entered an unventilated development end at South 2 shaft.
On 7 October 2020, Mr Johannes Mahlalela, a team leader, sustained
an injury to his right arm during a shift. Although he was stable
post-surgery, he passed away in hospital on 11 October 2020
following medical complications.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Mr Mdaka
and Mr Mahlalela and to their colleagues and friends.
Remedial actions as agreed with the DMRE, were implemented
following these two incidents. Initiatives are ongoing at all
operations to ensure that safety training continues and safety
standards are strictly upheld.

Safety achievements in F2021 included:
   - Black Rock Mine completed 12 consecutive years fatality-free
   - Beeshoek Mine completed 18 consecutive years fatality-free
   - Cato Ridge Works completed a full year without a lost-time
   - Khumani Mine recorded its lowest ever LTIFR of 0.04 per 200
     000 man-hours
   - Two Rivers Mine recorded 1 million fatality-free shifts.

Financial performance

Headline earnings
ARM is pleased to report record headline earnings of R13 064 million
in F2021, a 136% increase compared to the F2020 headline earnings
of R5 534 million. Our diversified portfolio of commodities again
stood us in good stead as significantly higher US dollar prices
for PGMs and iron ore more than offset the negative impact of a
stronger rand against the US dollar. Increased US dollar prices
were further augmented by higher sales volumes delivered for iron
ore, manganese ore and PGMs.

The average realised rand strengthened by 1.8% versus the US dollar
to R15.39/US$ compared to R15.68//US$ in F2020. For reporting
purposes, the closing exchange rate was R14.27/US$ (30 June 2020:

ARM Ferrous headline earnings were 77% higher at R7 927 million
(F2020: R4 479 million) as a 104% increase in the iron ore
division’s headline earnings more than offset a 46% decrease in
the manganese division’s headline earnings.

The iron ore division benefited from a 5% increase in sales volumes
and a 79% rise in the average realised US dollar price for iron
ore. These benefits were partially offset by a stronger average
realised rand versus the US dollar coupled with a 16% increase in
unit cost of sales (drivers of the unit cost increases are discussed
in the ARM Ferrous operational performance section in the full
report which can be found on ARM’s website at The
iron ore division’s
headline earnings included an attributable R881 million positive
fair value adjustment to revenue related to open iron ore sales
which are expected to be realised at higher prices compared to
initial prices recorded.

Despite a 22% increase in manganese ore sales volumes, the
manganese ore operations reported lower headline earnings mainly
due to the reduction in average realised US dollar prices for
manganese ore as increased global supply put pressure on prices.
The manganese alloy operations (including Sakura) reported improved
attributable headline earnings of R37 million compared to an
attributable headline loss of R114 million in F2020 as manganese
alloy prices improved, particularly in the second half of the
financial year.

ARM Platinum headline earnings increased by R3 524 million to
R4 666 million in F2021 (F2020: R1 142 million), positively
impacted by higher average realised US dollar PGM prices
(particularly rhodium) coupled with a 3% increase in PGM production
volumes (on 100% basis) as volumes recovered after Covid-19-related
lockdowns at the end of F2020.

Headline earnings at Two Rivers Mine improved by 179% as the mine
increased volumes by 15% and kept unit production costs flat year-

Modikwa Mine headline earnings were 96% higher as the benefit of
higher PGM prices was partially offset by lower volumes and above-
inflation unit production cost increases which were due to safety-
related stoppages after the two fatal accidents and 12 days of                                                                  
industrial action in the first half of the financial year. Modikwa
Mine production volumes and unit production costs improved in the
second half of the financial year, a trend that is expected to
continue as the mine ramps up production volumes.

Nkomati Mine reported attributable headline earnings of R165
million for F2021 (F2020: R704 million headline loss). Scaling down
is complete and the mine is now under care and maintenance as
planned and previously communicated.

ARM Coal reported an attributable headline loss of R250 million
(F2020: R2 million) which included re-measurement gains of R242
million (F2020: R485 million) on partner loans. Excluding these
gains, the ARM Coal headline loss was R492 million (F2020: R487
million), mainly due to lower coal sales volumes (owing to
underperformance from Transnet Freight Rail) and above-inflation
unit cost increases which was partially offset by higher average
received coal prices.

Corporate and other (including Gold) headline earnings were R828
million compared to R78 million in F2020. This was mainly due to
higher management fees received of R1 800 million (F2020: R733
million) following revised fee arrangements at Assmang which align
ARM’s management fees to the performance of Assmang.

The Machadodorp Works headline loss was R107 million (F2020: R163
million) as research into developing energy-efficient smelting
technology progressed.

Basic earnings and impairments
Basic earnings of R12 626 million (F2020: R3 965 million) included
impairments of the following assets:
   - Assmang’s investment in Sakura Ferroalloys of R169 million
     (with no tax effect)
   - Fixed assets of Cato Ridge Works of R185 million (after tax)
   - Exploration assets that were aimed at increasing the Beeshoek
     Mine life-of-mine of R26 million (with no tax effect)
   - Assmang’s equity investment in Cato Ridge Alloys of R48
     million (with no tax effect).
Refer to note 9 of the financial statements for further details.

Financial position
At 30 June 2021, ARM’s net cash was R8 202 million (30 June 2020:
R3 737 million restated), an improvement of R4 465 million compared
to the end of the 2020 financial year. This amount excludes
attributable cash and cash equivalents held at ARM Ferrous (50% of
Assmang) of R4 099 million (F2020: R3 208 million). There was no
debt at ARM Ferrous in either of these reporting periods.

Cash flow
Cash generated from operations increased by R3 936 million to
R7 802 million (F2020: R3 866 million) after a R5 305 million
increase in working capital requirements (F2020: R1 189 million).
This was mainly due to the increase in trade and other receivables,
which in turn was due to higher revenue in the reporting period.

Dividends received from Modikwa, Two Rivers and Assmang amounted
to R289 million, R1 431 million and R4 000 million, respectively
(F2020: Rnil from Modikwa, R664 million from Two Rivers and R3 750
million from Assmang).
A dividend of R82 million was received from Harmony (F2020: Rnil).
In F2021, R3 322 million in dividends was paid to ARM shareholders
(representing the F2020 final dividend of R7.00 per share and the
1H F2021 interim dividend of R10.00 per share (F2020: R2 717 million
was paid representing the F2019 final dividend of R9.00 per share
and the 1H F2020 interim dividend of R5.00 per share).

Net cash outflow from investing activities was R838 million (F2020:
R2 343 million outflow) and includes a net transfer from
investments in financial assets of R816 million (F2020: R1 539
million transfer to investments in financial assets).

Borrowings of R648 million (F2020: R264 million) were repaid during
the period, resulting in gross debt of R1 469 million at 30 June
2021 (30 June 2020: R1 978 million restated). Modikwa Mine fully
repaid its partner loans in F2021.

Capital expenditure
Segmental capital expenditure was R4 105 million (F2020: R3 506
million) and included R426 million of capitalised waste stripping
at the iron ore operations (F2020: R394 million).

Dividend declaration
ARM aims to pay ordinary dividends to shareholders in line with our
dividend guiding principles. Dividends are at the discretion of the
board of directors which considers the company’s capital allocation
guiding 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.

For F2021, the board approved and declared a final dividend of 2 000
cents per share (gross) (F2020: 700 cents per share). The amount to
be paid is approximately R4 489 million.

The dividend declared will be subject to dividend withholding tax.
In line with paragraphs 11.17(a) (i) to (x) and 11.17(c) of the JSE                                                                  
Listings Requirements, the following additional information is
   - The dividend has been declared out of income reserves
   - The South African dividends tax rate is 20%
   - The gross local dividend is 2 000 cents per ordinary share for
     shareholders exempt from dividends tax
   - The net local dividend is 1 600.00000 cents per share for
     shareholders liable to pay dividends tax
   - At the date of this declaration, ARM has 224 453 258 ordinary
     shares in issue
   - ARM’s income tax reference number is 9030/018/60/1.
A gross dividend of 2 000 cents per ordinary share, being the final
dividend for the financial year ended 30 June 2021, has been declared
payable on Monday, 4 October 2021 to those shareholders recorded in
the books of the company at the close of business on Friday, 1
October 2021. The dividend is declared in the currency of South
Africa. Any change in address or dividend instruction applying to
this dividend must be received by the company’s transfer secretaries
or registrar not later than Friday, 1 October 2021. The last day to
trade ordinary shares cum dividend is Tuesday, 28 September 2021.
Ordinary shares trade ex-dividend from Wednesday, 29 September 2021.
The record date is Friday, 1 October 2021 while the payment date is
Monday, 4 October 2021.

No dematerialisation or rematerialisation of share certificates may
occur between Wednesday, 29 September 2021 and Friday, 1 October
2021 both dates inclusive, nor may any transfers between registers
take place during this period.

Review by independent auditor
The financial results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021
have been reviewed by the company’s registered auditor, Ernst &
Young Inc. (the partner in charge is PD Grobbelaar CA(SA)), who
expressed an unmodified conclusion on these results. The full
review report can be found on the ARM website at


For all investor relations queries please contact:

Jongisa Magagula
Executive Director: Investor Relations     and   New   Business
Tel:      +27 11 779 1507


6 September 2021
Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited


Date: 06-09-2021 07:05:00
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