Trading statement and trading update
Shareholders are advised that the group’s loss per share for the year ended 30 June 2017 is estimated to range between 167.8 cents per share and 196.0 cents per share and the headline loss per share is estimated to range between 167.3 cents per share and 196.3 cents per share, compared with the loss per share of 145.3 cents and headline loss per share of 140.9 cents reported for the year ended 30 June 2016. The aforementioned ranges expressed in percentage terms, are, in respect of a loss per share, an increase of between 15% and 35% per share and, in respect of headline earnings per share, an increase of 19% and 39% per share.
The anticipated loss is attributable to the higher Zambezi Platinum (RF) Limited (“Zambezi”) preference share dividends, which are consolidated in the group’s results in terms of the International Financial Reporting Standards. The Zambezi preference shares accrue dividends at a cumulative variable dividend of 3.5% over the prime overdraft interest rate in South Africa. Shareholders are reminded that 159 905 453 Northam shares are held for settlement of the Zambezi preference share liability in terms of the Northam guarantee and that the accrued dividends are consolidated into the Northam results as a non-cash item for Northam.
Despite difficult economic circumstances during the reporting period, both of the group’s operating mines, Zondereinde and Booysendal, are expected to record an operating profit. The group’s total operating profit is estimated to be higher than the previous year, owing to an improved operational performances and well contained unit costs.
The weighted average number of Northam shares in issue for the year ended 30 June 2017 was 349 875 759 (30 June 2016: 349 875 759 shares).
The information on which this trading statement and trading update is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the group’s auditors. The audited results for the year ended 30 June 2017 are anticipated to be published on or about 25 August 2017.
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