Rustenburg has one of the largest concentrations of smelting activity in Africa
Creditors of International Ferro Metals will, on 24 March 2016, vote on the amended business rescue plan of its South African subsidiary, International Ferro Metals SA

The business rescue practitioner will seek approval of an amended business rescue plan which proposes a decrease in the purchase price payable by Samancor Chrome.

This lower purchase price follows the settlement in January between IFMSA, International Ferro Metals SA Holdings and Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM), regarding its interests under a chromite supply agreement under which RPM is obliged to supply UG2 chrome ore to IFMSA.

The terms of the settlement, RPM will supply IFMSA with 10 000 tpm of UG2 per for calendar year 2016 at no cost and 7 500 tpm from January 2017 to November 2020 at a cost of R170/t.

The backlog of approximately 57 000 t at the end of December 2015 will be supplied at a rate of 10 000 tpm from January 2016, also at no cost.

At the time of the announcement, IFM said this settlement had a material impact on the purchase consideration to be payable by Samancor for the assets of IFMSA. Samancor has therefore reduced its aggregate offer price from R720 million to R520 million.

The aggregate consideration will be paid in three divisible tranches:

  • R310 million for the business and assets of IFMSA;
  • R140 million for the IFMSA mining right and beneficiation plant; and
  • R70 million for certain receivables of Sky Chrome and Sky Chrome’s equity for R1;

The acquisition  is subject to a number of conditions being satisfied, including obtaining regulatory approvals.