Battle for RBPlat heats up as Northam lobs unsolicited bid

Implats' offer becomes mandatory

Staff reporter
 Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s operations in South Africa’s North West

Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s operations in South Africa’s North West

Meanwhile Impala Platinum said the Takeover Regulations Panel had deemed its general offer for RBPlat, made at R150 per share last month, would become mandatory now Implats had increased its stake in RBPlat to 35.31%. 

However Northam said it did not believe a mandatory offer had been triggered and would make submissions to the TRP.

It confirmed it had submitted a letter to RBPlat expressing interest "to continue the parties' engagements in relation to a potential offer by Northam".

It had made a non-binding offer in October, which RBPlat said its independent board had rejected.

RBPlat then held talks with Implats, which prompted Northam to acquire RBPlat's major shareholder Royal Bafokeng Holdings' 32.8% stake at R180.50 per share.

RBPlat said the Northam unsolicited approach did not contain any details regarding the timing or commercial and financial terms of a possible offer.

"The independent board will deliberate on the Northam unsolicited approach and the requests contained therein, which include a request for Northam to perform due diligence on the company on the same basis as the due diligence performed by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited, and will make an appropriate determination relating thereto consistent with its duties under applicable laws to act in the best interests of all the shareholders of RBPlat," the company said.

South Africa-based PGM miners have reported big increases in earnings this year thanks to higher prices and continued recovery from COVID-19 stoppages.

Implats shares last traded at R206.76, RBPlat at R153.48 and Northam at R197.97.

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