Johannesburg – Northam Platinum says it has bought four million preference shares for a total cash value of R200 million in Zambezi Platinum from Coronation Asset Management.
Coronation was acting as investment manager on behalf of its clients.
The price paid of R49.468 per preference share was calculated as the redemption value of a preference share as at Monday, October 31.
The preference shares, constituting approximately 2.5 percent of the total preference shares in issue, were issued by Zambezi in 2015 in terms of Northam’s black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction, which raised Northam’s empowerment equity levels to 31.4 percent.
Zambezi was incorporated as a special purpose vehicle for purposes of facilitating the Northam BEE transaction, the primary purpose of which was to hold the Northam ordinary shares for the benefit of historically disadvantaged South African participants and issue the preference shares.
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Zambezi is a ring-fenced entity and does not conduct any operational business activities, with its only investment being the BEE shares. Northam said it considered the preference shares to be a high-yield instrument with a credit risk profile and the investment in the preference shares would, among other things, generate a high return without the introduction of significant additional third party risk for Northam.
Northam chief executive, Paul Dunne, said the transaction would be beneficial to Northam. “The preference shares offer an attractive yield whilst acting as a partial hedge against any potential financial liability which could arise in respect of the guarantee that Northam provided to the holders of preference shares in terms of the Northam BEE transaction.”