Gold Fields unbundles GFIMSA (KDC and Beatrix) to create a new South African gold mining company called Sibanye Gold
Thursday, Nov 29, 2012
JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE, NASDAQ Dubai: GFI) today announces the creation of a new South African gold mining company through the proposed unbundling of its 100% owned subsidiary, Sibanye Gold Limited (Sibanye Gold), formerly known as GFI Mining South Africa Proprietary Limited (GFIMSA), which holds the KDC and Beatrix gold mines as well as various service companies.
Subject to approval by the JSE and the NYSE, Sibanye Gold will be listed as a separate and independent company on both exchanges in February 2013. Sibanye Gold shares will then be distributed to existing Gold Fields shareholders (whether held in the form of ordinary shares or depository receipts).
Both Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold will be domiciled in South Africa with their primary listing of shares on the JSE and a secondary listing of American depository receipts on the NYSE. The other existing secondary listings on the Swiss, Dubai and Brussels stock exchanges for Gold Fields will remain unchanged.
Following the unbundling, Gold Fields will retain the balance of its current
portfolio of assets, including the developing South Deep Gold Mine located in South Africa.
Matthews S Moloko, currently a non-executive director of Gold Fields and executive Chair and Founder of the Thesele Group, will become the non-executive Chair of Sibanye Gold and will step down from the Gold Fields board. Other non-executive directors will be Jerry Vilikazi, Chair of Palama and former CEO of Business Unity South Africa, Rick Menell, a non-executive director of Gold Fields, and Keith Rayner, CEO of KAR Presentations, who will also chair the Audit Committee. Two further HDSA directors will be appointed in due course.
Cain Farrel, the current Company Secretary of Gold Fields, will become the new Company Secretary of Sibanye Gold.
Neal Froneman, currently Chief Executive Officer of Gold One, will become Chief Executive Officer of Sibanye Gold and Charl Keyter, currently Head of Finance for Gold Fields' international operations, will become the Chief Financial Officer of Sibanye Gold.
Peter Turner, the Executive Vice President for Gold Fields' South Africa Region as well as the rest of the executive team for the Region (excluding those dedicated to South Deep), and the senior operational management teams of the KDC and Beatrix gold mines, will remain with Sibanye Gold.
Dr Mamphela Ramphele will continue to chair Gold Fields, Nick Holland will
remain Chief Executive Officer and Paul Schmidt will remain Chief Financial Officer.
The separation of Gold Fields and Sibanye Gold will enable the two independently governed and managed companies to focus on their respective strategic goals and to operate more effectively as separate entities, to the benefit of shareholders, employees and communities.
Holland says: "While some parts of the GFIMSA operations have been in production for as long as 70 years, these assets still have inherent quality and extensive resource and reserve potential. The separation will liberate Sibanye Gold into a fit-for-purpose, sustainable gold mining company best positioned to maximise long-term value for stakeholders.
"By unbundling the cash-generative KDC and Beatrix mines into Sibanye Gold, its cash flows can be utilised to extend the life of the mines and improve dividend payouts to shareholders. The first priority, however, will be to achieve stable and safe production," Holland says.
Froneman says that the company will be committed to maintaining profitable, stable and low cost operations that provide a high degree of leverage to the gold price. "We will selectively pursue synergistic opportunities for consolidation in the South African gold industry and, as a separately listed entity, will be able to fully utilise our free cash flows for the benefit of the Company and its stakeholders," he says.
There will be no job losses directly as a result of the creation and unbundling of Sibanye Gold. In addition all conditions of employment will remain unchanged.
Sibanye Gold has committed itself to both continuing and enhancing Gold Fields' sustainable development, labour relations, transformation and other BEE policies. "The ability to preserve employment in deep level gold mining by extending the life of mines will depend on effective co-operation between management, trade unions and the workforce," Froneman comments.
Sibanye Gold will therefore develop policies which will incentivise its
workforce to benefit from the success of the business through a profit-sharing scheme as well as continued investments into improved living conditions that will improve the lives of employees.
Source: Gold Fields Limited