Following the unbundling, Gold Fields will focus on cash flow generation, more predictable dividend pay-outs and growth through the expansion and life extension of its existing mines in Ghana, Peru and Australia, as well as realising value from its world-class portfolio of development and exploration projects.
"The South Deep project is core to our expansion plans and we will continue to invest in this operation to secure the ramp-up to 700,000 ounces per year," Holland says.
He adds: "Gold Fields' shareholders should continue to enjoy amongst the highest dividend yields in the sector, due to our policy of ensuring that dividends have the first call on cash flows and distributing between 25% and 35% of normalised earnings to shareholders."
Based on the results for the 12-month period ended December 2011 Sibanye Gold's gold production was 1.4 million ounces making it one of the largest domestic gold producer in South Africa. Sibanye Gold's unaudited revenue for the 2011 financial year amounted to R16.6 billion with unaudited earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") of R6.8 billion, as extracted from the audited consolidated Gold Fields financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2011.Gold Fields' production (excluding Sibanye Gold) for the 12 months ended December 2011 was 2.2 million gold-equivalent ounces and its mineral reserves, as at 31 December 2011, were 64 million ounces, comprising 40 million ounces at South Deep and 24 million ounces at the international operations. Gold Fields' unaudited revenue for the 2011 financial year (excluding Sibanye Gold) amounted to US$3.5 billion with unaudited EBITDA of US$2.0 billion, as extracted from the audited consolidated Gold Fields financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2011. The mineral reserve positions at 31 December 2011 were 22 million ounces for Sibanye Gold and 64 million gold-equivalent ounces for Gold Fields, comprising 40 million ounces at South Deep and 24 million ounces at the international operations. Sibanye Gold will retain Gold Fields' South African net debt of approximately R4 billion, while approximately US$1.4 billion of offshore net debt will be retained by Gold Fields. The transaction will be effected through a 1:1 distribution of Sibanye Gold shares (in the form of shares or American depositary receipts ("ADRs") to existing Gold Fields' shareholders (whether held in the form of shares or depository receipts).
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