Interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2021 and cash dividend declaration
IMPALA PLATINUM HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1957/001979/06)
JSE share code: IMP
ADR code: IMPUY
("Implats" or "the Group")
Interim results for the six months ended 31 december 2021 and cash dividend declaration
Key features for the six months:
- Regrettably, six fatal injuries occurred in the period
- 21% improvement in LTIFR to 3.88 from FY2021
- 6% deterioration in TIFR to 10.45 from FY2021
- 88% of employees, including contractors, are fully vaccinated
- 4% decline in gross 6E concentrate volumes to 1.62Moz
- 5% decrease in refined and saleable 6E production to 1.62Moz
- Group unit costs per 6E rose 17% to R16 756/oz on a stock-adjusted basis
- Consolidated Group capital expenditure of R3.6bn
- 6E dollar basket pricing up 10% to US$2 417/oz as rhodium gained 29%
- Rand revenue per 6E ounce sold increased by 2% to R36 230/oz
- Robust earnings and free cash flow generation, restrained by operational challenges and inflation
- Gross profit of R17.9bn and EBITDA of R24.0bn
- Headline earnings of R13.8bn (-4%) and headline earnings per share of 1 690c (-9%)
- Free cash flow of R15.1bn and closing net cash (excluding leases) of R18.5bn
- Interim dividend of 525c per share declared
- Acquired 35.3% shareholding in RBPlat
It was a challenging period for Implats. The financial consequences of a series of operational challenges were compounded
by softening rand PGM pricing, which came off record highs reached in late FY2021. The ongoing impact of the Covid-19
pandemic continues to be felt in constrained labour and skills availability, elevated absenteeism and heightened community
dissatisfaction and lawlessness. This required increased focus and innovation from management teams and added to the
challenges that have persisted across the sector for several years. Inflationary pressures were compounded by the strategic
decision to increase labour to facilitate mining development rates and the payment of a discretionary employee bonus in
recognition of the Groups' strong financial performance in FY2021.
Profitability and cash generation remained strong, indicative of the enduring robustness of the current PGM cycle. The Group
delivered meaningful progress against several key strategic imperatives, including advancing a suite of processing projects
aimed at capitalising on inherent mining efficiencies, ore resource optionality and flexibility at managed and joint venture
(JV) operations. An integrated plan to increase capacity across the Group's smelting and refining assets, advance the reduction
of Implats' carbon footprint and deliver sustainable improvements in environmental performance is now underway.
Safe production is the cornerstone of Implats' objective to achieve zero harm for all employees and contractors. It is
with deep regret the Group reports a deterioration in its safety record in the period under review, with six fatal
injuries at our managed and joint venture operations. The fatal injury frequency rate and the total injury-frequency rate
deteriorated to 0.080 and 10.45 per million man-hours worked, respectively. In contrast, the lost-time injury frequency
rate improved by 21% to 3.88 per million man-hours worked and, by period end, 13 of the Group's 17 operations had achieved
millionaire or multi-millionaire status in terms of fatality-free shifts.
Lower reported volumes at Impala Rustenburg and Impala Canada offset improved throughput at Marula and concentrate
production at managed operations decreased by 4% to 1.62 million 6E ounces. 6E concentrate production from JV operations
at Two Rivers and Mimosa declined by 4% to 271 000 ounces. Third-party 6E receipts of 188 000 ounces were 4% lower and in
aggregate, gross 6E concentrate volumes produced declined by 4% to 1.62 million ounces.
Group refined production of 1.62 million 6E ounces, including saleable production from Impala Canada, declined by 5%.
Refined volumes in the previous comparable period benefitted from increased availability of processing capacity due to
the timing of annual maintenance. Processing assets performed well, with all previously identified excess 6E concentrate
stocks treated during the period.
Inflationary pressures were compounded by additional working cost labour and the payment of the previously signalled
discretionary employee bonus in recognition of the Groups' strong financial performance in FY2021 but benefitted somewhat
from the impact of rand strength on translation of the cost base at Zimplats and Impala Canada. Total cash operating
costs increased by 12%, while unit cost inflation was compounded by lower production volumes and, on a stock-adjusted
basis, increased by 17% to R16 756 per 6E ounce (H1 FY2021: R14 292 per ounce).
Capital expenditure at managed operations rose by 34% to R3.6 billion (H1 FY2021: R2.7 billion) as investment accelerated
across the mining and processing operations at Impala Rustenburg following Covid-19-related delays in the prior comparable
period, and several Group replacement and growth projects were initiated during the period.
The proposed acquisition of all outstanding Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) shares will provide compelling strategic,
operational, and financial benefits for Implats and RBPlat stakeholders and local communities. It will secure a Western
Limb production base to enhance and entrench the region's position as the most significant source of global primary PGM
production, and will deliver tangible socio-economic benefits for the region, its communities, and South Africa as a
whole, including employment security and sustained indirect benefits for the greater-Rustenburg region.
The offer consideration for every RBPlat share consists of R90 cash and 0.30 Implats shares. Implats' 35.3% in RBPlat
ownership at 31 December 2021 and the RBPlat boards recommendation indicate the broad support received for the offer
and affirms the strategic rationale and value proposition provided by this acquisition. During the period, the Group
accounted for a R9.2 billion cash outflow and R6 billion issue of equity in relation to the RBPlats offer.
While rand PGM pricing retraced from recent highs, and sales volumes declined as the Group faced a series of operational
challenges, Implats continued to deliver robust earnings and free cash flow generation. The Group maintained a strong
and flexible balance sheet while pursuing value-accretive organic and acquisitive growth, and sustaining its commitment
to shareholder returns.
Revenue of R55.6 billion decreased by 4%, cost of sales of R37.7 billion increased by 5% and Implats delivered gross
profit of R17.9 billion. EBITDA of R24.0 billion was achieved at an EBITDA margin of 43%.
Implats accounted for two significant once-off, non-cash items in the prior comparable period: an impairment reversal
of R14.7 billion; and a R1.5 billion IFRS 2 BEE charge relating to the restructuring of the Marula BEE debt, which was
included in other expenses. In the period under review, income benefitted from foreign exchange gains and increased
Basic earnings declined to R13.8 billion or 1 693 cents per share while headline earnings of R13.8 billion or 1 690 cents
per share were 4% and 9% lower, respectively.
The Group generated R15.1 billion in free cash flow, after capital investment of R3.5 billion at its managed operations and
ended the period with net cash after debt of R18.5 billion and liquidity headroom of R26.5 billion. The board of directors
declared an interim dividend of 525 cents per share.
Prospects and outlook
All three major PGM markets - platinum, palladium, and rhodium - recorded fundamental surpluses in 2021. The combination of
accelerated destocking of producer inventories, coupled with the shortfall in expected auto demand due to the worsening
chip shortage, resulted in a year characterised by extreme volatility, with tight physical markets and price support in the
first half of the calendar year countered by increased primary and secondary refined supplies and erratic auto purchases in
the latter months.
PGM pricing improved in early 2022. Auto production supply chain constraints eased, supporting increased physical demand as
rising geopolitical tensions and well-signalled processing maintenance across the sector reaffirmed persistent supply-side
constraints. The confluence of these factors is likely to result in a tightening of both palladium and rhodium markets
relative to the over-supply experienced in H1 FY2022. Platinum remains vulnerable to changes in broader precious metal
investor sentiment in the short to medium term.
The Group remains confident in its assertion of enduring, elevated strength in PGMs, and the strategic rationale of
accelerated investment to secure the long-term sustainability and competitiveness of its diverse asset suite, including
industry-leading integrated processing assets.
The operational focus in the remainder of FY2022 will be on restoring operational momentum at Impala Rustenburg and
Impala Canada, progressing delivery across the project suite currently underway, and advancing those projects approaching
approval at the broader Group level.
Implats is committed to maintaining and enhancing its relentless focus on stakeholder engagement as it navigates the
changeable socio-economic environment in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Canada, and pursues the proposed acquisition of
a majority stake in RBPlat.
The impact of production shortfalls relative to expectations at Impala Rustenburg and Impala Canada, together with the
extension of processing maintenance, has necessitated revisions to previously provided key guidance parameters.
Production volumes will be negatively impacted by the accumulation of inventory and Group 6E refined production in
FY2022 is estimated to be between 3.10 and 3.20 million ounces. Group operating costs are forecast to be between
R16 800 and R17 400 per 6E ounce on a stock-adjusted basis. Group capital expenditure is forecast to be between
R8.5 and R9.5 billion as project approvals at Zimplats result in upward revisions to previous guidance. This revised
guidance assumes exchange rates of R15.20/US$ and C$1.26/US$, respectively.
Key financial metrics
Six months ended Six months ended
31 December 2021 31 December 2020
Revenue Rm 55 620 58 121
Gross profit Rm 17 945 22 366
EBITDA* Rm 23 992 25 064
Profit for the year Rm 14 383 25 417
Basic earnings Rm 13 838 25 078
Headline earnings Rm 13 814 14 441
Free cash flow* Rm 15 149 20 145
Net cash (excluding leases) Rm 18 537 20 282
Basic earnings per share cents 1 693 3 222
Headline earning per share cents 1 690 1 855
Dividend declared cps 525 1 000
*Non-International Financial Reporting Standards metrics
Six months ended Six months ended
31 December 2021 31 December 2020
Gross refined production
6E (000oz) 1 616.6 1 694.2
Platinum (000oz) 759.6 787.0
Palladium (000oz) 551.2 576.4
Rhodium (000oz) 92.6 102.5
Nickel (tonnes) 8 223 7 989
6E (000oz) 1 545.7 1 621.4
Platinum (000oz) 741.0 691.8
Palladium (000oz) 529.5 580.4
Rhodium (000oz) 84.3 103.8
Nickel (tonnes) 6 111 5 811
Platinum (US$/oz) 1 022 915
Palladium (US$/oz) 2 200 2 265
Rhodium (US$/oz) 16 036 12 454
Nickel (US$/t) 18 476 14 351
Average rate achieved (R/US$) 15.00 16.22
Closing rate for the period (R/US$) 15.94 14.67
Revenue per 6E ounce sold (R/oz) 36 230 35 635
Revenue per 6E ounce sold (US$/oz) 2 417 2 197
Tonnes milled ex-mine* (000t) 11 301 11 789
Gross 6E concentrate receipts (000oz) 1 616 1 684
Capital expenditure* (Rm) 3 568 2 667
Group unit cost per 6E ounce stock adjusted* (R/oz) 16 756 14 292
Group unit cost per 6E ounce stock adjusted* (US$/oz) 1 114 879
Declaration of dividend
Shareholders are advised that the board has resolved to declare an interim cash dividend of 525 cents per ordinary
share, amounting to R4.5 billion at the date of declaration, for the six months ended 31 December 2021. In terms of the
approved dividend policy, a minimum dividend of 30% of free cash flow, pre-growth capital, should be declared. The board
has the discretion to vary this percentage depending on the current and forecast financial performance, as well as market
and other factors, including sufficiently capitalising the business to allow the Group to take advantage of future
value-accretive growth opportunities. The dividend has been declared from retained earnings.
Implats has 847 914 611 ordinary shares in issue and the Company's tax reference number is 9700178719. The cash dividend
will be subject to a 20% dividend withholding tax for shareholders who are not exempt from, or do not qualify for, a
reduced rate of withholding tax. Therefore, the net dividend amount is 420 cents per ordinary share for shareholders
liable to pay the dividend withholding tax and 525 cents per ordinary share for shareholders exempt from dividend
withholding tax. Shareholders are advised to complete the requisite declaration form to make the Company aware of their
The salient dates are as follows:
- Declaration date: Tuesday, 1 March 2022
- Last day for trading to be eligible for cash dividend: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
- Trading ex-dividend commences: Wednesday, 16 March 2022
- Record date: Friday, 18 March 2022
- Dividend payment date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 16 March 2022 and Friday, 18 March 2022,
both days inclusive.
Short form announcement
This announcement is a summarised version of the Group's full announcement and, as such, it does not contain full or
complete details pertaining to the Group's results. Investment decisions should be made after taking into consideration
the full announcement. Deloitte & Touche, the auditors, have issued an unmodified review conclusion relating to the
reviewed results. This announcement is not reviewed but extracted from the reviewed results.
The financial information on which the above-mentioned prospects and outlook is based has not been reviewed and
reported on by Implats' external auditors.
The full announcement is available on Implats' website at www.implats.co.za and on the JSE's website at
The full announcement is also available for inspection, at no charge, at our registered office (2 Fricker Road, Illovo) and
the office of our sponsor (Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton) from 09:00 to 16:00 weekdays.
A copy of the full announcement may also be requested from the company secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Date: 01-03-2022 07:05:00
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