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Mining giant spends US$239million on local equipment suppliers

Mining giant spends US$239million on local equipment suppliers


Zimbabwe’s most preformation and largest platinum producer, Zimplats Holding Limited spent 56% of equipment supply and consumables on local suppliers as part of its responsibility to empower local communities, the group owners Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) said.

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According to Implats, the company prioritises constructive and beneficial relationships as well as sustainable socio-economic development in mine-host communities.

Implats said Zimplats spent US$239 with Zimbabwe local suppliers while South African companies spent over R4.4 billion.

“In South Africa, the Group spent R126 million on community development initiatives, a further R212 million on the Group’s industry-leading housing development and R719 million on skills development. R3.5 billion was spent with local-tiered suppliers with >25% black ownership and US$239 million (or 56% of discretionary spend) was spent with local suppliers in Zimbabwe. In Canada, supplies to the value of C$39 million were procured from Indigenous communities in the areas of the mine’s operations.” Implats said.

During the financial year ended June 30, 2021, Zimplats spent US$159.1 million on capital projects including stay-in-business, replacement and expansion projects compared to US$104 spent in the previous year.

Revenue for Zimplats increased 56% to US$1.4bn in the period under the review, largely due to the increase in the prevailing average metal prices during the year.

Despite the 2% decline in volumes sold, the cost of sales increased by 14% to US$546.7m primarily due to an increase in revenue indexed expenses resulting from the higher revenue achieved in the year.

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Operating cash cost per 6E ounce increased by 8% to US$661 per ounce from US$613 per ounce in 2020.

The gross profit margin increased to 60% from 45% in 2020 primarily due to higher metal prices while income tax expense increased to US$237.4m on higher profitability.

As a result, profit after tax stood at US$563.1m while net cash generated from operating activities increased to US$453.1m.

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