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Anglo American completes demerger of South African coal operations

Anglo American has completed the demerger of its thermal coal operations in South Africa.

As of today (7 June 2021) Thungela Resources Limited will start trading through a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange.

The admission to trading of Thungela on the Johannesburg and London stock exchanges follows the completion of the demerger of Anglo American’s thermal coal operations in South Africa that was announced on 8 April 2021 and was approved by shareholders on 5 May 2021. The scheme of arrangement to implement the demerger was sanctioned by the UK High Court of Justice on 26 May 2021.

Read: Court approves arrangement to implement demerger of Thungela

Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American said, “We have consistently believed in a responsible transition from thermal coal, being a transition that seeks to balance the needs and expectations of all stakeholders. The demerger of Thungela lives up to that promise by bringing our employees, shareholders, host communities, host government and our customers along with us.

“Thungela starts its journey today as a high quality independent business. We have every confidence that Thungela will be a responsible steward of what are valuable thermal coal resources in South Africa and will continue delivering value for all its stakeholders and for South Africa as a whole.”


July Ndlovu, CEO of Thungela, said, “We are excited to be listing Thungela today. The company plays an important role in providing affordable energy to our customers in the developing world, as well as in South Africa. Our business consists of well-established, wellmanaged assets that produce high-quality thermal coal, with access to a world-class export infrastructure. Thungela has an enviable cash cost position and is poised to deliver attractive returns to shareholders.”

With the completion of the demerger and at the point of listing of Thungela, 100% of the issued share capital of Thungela is held by Anglo American’s shareholders who each received one Thungela share for every ten Anglo American shares that they hold. Each Anglo American shareholder also retains their existing shareholding in Anglo American. Thungela holds 90% of the thermal coal operations in South Africa with the remaining 10% held collectively by an employee partnership plan and a community partnership plan.