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Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, Chief financial officer

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan,
Chief financial officer

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KEY FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES MET – A YEAR OF RECORD EARNINGS

Executive summary

In a year of record gold prices, better operating performance from some of the group’s key assets and the first year of full exposure to spot prices, AngloGold Ashanti successfully met all three of its key 2011 financial objectives which were set out in the 2010 CFO’s report. Taking each of these objectives in turn:

  1. 1.Ensuring that the benefits of the hedge book elimination are captured in improved earnings and cash generation

    The 2011 earnings and cash flow metrics were well ahead of the levels seen in 2010, capturing the benefits of the hedge book elimination. Profit attributable to equity shareholders for 2011 increased 20-fold to $1.55bn. Adjusted headline earnings for 2011 of $1.3bn represented a 65% increase on the levels seen in 2010 of $787m*. Cash inflow from operating activities rose 59% in 2011 to $2.66bn from $1.67bn* recorded in 2010. Free cash flow in 2011 also rose 59% from $525m* in 2010 to $833m in 2011. These increases demonstrated the leverage AngloGold Ashanti offers to the average spot gold price, which rose year-on-year by 28%.

  2. 2.Maintaining our international investment grade credit ratings

    During 2011, AngloGold Ashanti successfully maintained its international investment grade credit ratings from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s financial services. The liquidity and solvency metrics improved year-on-year, on the back of stronger earnings and improved cash generation.

  3. 3.Maintaining a prudent statement of financial position, while at the same time not compromising the project pipeline and returns to shareholders

    The group’s net debt** position at $610m on 31 December 2011 represents a 53% debt reduction, when compared with 31 December 2010 ($1.29bn). The strong cash generation helped the group meet its increased 2011 capital expenditure payments, including joint ventures, of $1.53bn and at the same time improve dividends declared to shareholders with respect to the year, by 162% as compared to 2010, from 145 SA cps (20 US cps) to 380 SA cps (49 US cps) . Return on net capital employed rose from 15% to 20% and return on equity rose from 20% to 25%.

    During the fourth quarter of 2011, AngloGold Ashanti obtained a A$600m four-year unsecured revolving credit facility on competitive terms from a syndicate of 11 banks to fund working capital and development costs at the group’s Australian operations. None of the group’s principal financing facilities** (which include the two rated bonds, 3.5% convertible bonds, $1bn syndicated revolving credit facility and A$600m syndicated revolving credit facility) mature for repayment until the second quarter of 2014. The improved cash generation under current market circumstances, headroom under its debt facilities and longer debt tenor has placed the group in a position to meet its 2012 and 2013 project capital requirements.

Turning to the 2011 performance, some of the key financial metrics include:

Dividends declared per ordinary share (SA cps)
  • Gold production: 4.33Moz (4% below 4.52Moz recorded in 2010 due to unprecedented floods in Australia; higher safety stoppages and industrial action in South Africa);
  • Average US dollar spot price: $1,572/oz (28% higher than the average spot price of $1,227/oz in 2010);
  • Total cash costs: $728/oz (14% higher than $638/oz recorded in 2010 due to higher inflation, stronger fuel prices, increased royalty charges and lower units of production);
  • Adjusted headline earnings: $1.3bn (65% higher than the $787m recorded in 2010 which excluded the impact of accelerated hedge buy-backs. Adjusted headline loss in 2010 after factoring in the cost of the accelerated hedge buy-backs was $1.76bn);
  • Adjusted headline earnings per share: 336 US cps (58% higher than 212 US cps recorded in 2010)*;
  • Profit attributable to equity shareholders: $1.55bn (20-fold increase as compared to the $76m recorded in 2010);
  • Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation: $3.0bn (58% increase on the $1.9bn recorded in 2010);
  • Free cash flow: $833m (an increase of 59% on the 2010 level of $525m). This excludes proceeds from the sale of non-core assets of $35m (pre-tax) in 2011 and $134m in 2010;
  • Net debt at year-end**: $610m (53% reduction when compared to the 2010 level of $1.29bn);
  • Return on net capital employed: 20% (2010: 15%);
  • Return on equity: 25% (2010: 20%); and
  • Dividends declared per ordinary share: 380 SA cps or 49 US cps (162% increase on the 145 SA cps or 20 US cps declared in 2010).

On 15 March 2012, Moody’s Investors Service announced that it has upgraded AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s credit rating from Baa3 to Baa2 with a stable outlook.

Production

Gold

Gold production of 4.33Moz for the year was 4% or 184,000oz lower than that of 2010. This decrease was primarily due to the high wall slip and flood-related work stoppages at the Sunrise Dam mine, the sale of Tau Lekoa in 2010, and the impact of safety-related stoppages and industrial action in South Africa, and was partly offset by improvements at Geita and the Americas operations.

South Africa’s production decreased 9% or 161,000oz to 1.62Moz, of which 63,000oz related to the sale of Tau Lekoa during 2010. The balance of the production decrease occurred across most of the South African mines except for Savuka and Kopanang. The lower output was due mainly to strike action and an increased number of government-imposed safetyrelated stoppages. At TauTona, production remained constrained as a result of increased seismicity in the area which halted production. Great Noligwa experienced lower production due to a combination of ore pass blockages and the closure of two haulages. This was partly offset by an increase in production at Savuka as the mine returned to production late last year following a seismic event in 2009. At Kopanang, higher grades were mined during the year which marginally increased production.

Production from Continental Africa increased 5% or 78,000oz to 1.57Moz. Geita turned in another strong performance benefiting from higher grades mined in the Nyankanga pit, whilst at Iduapriem, an increase in volumes mined contributed to the higher production. These increases were partially offset by lower production at Yatela, Siguiri, Navachab and Obuasi where lower grades were recovered.

In the Americas region, production increased 6% or 49,000oz to 891,000oz. The increase was mainly due to better gold recovery from the heap leach pad at Cripple Creek & Victor, which benefited from better pad pH chemistry and the strategy of stacking higher grade ore closer to the pad liner. At AGA Mineração, higher tonnage and grades contributed to increased production whilst the lower production at Serra Grande was mainly related to lower grades.

Australasia’s production decreased 38% or 150,000oz to 246,000oz. The lower production at Sunrise Dam was due to flood-related work stoppages and ramp failure resulting from the excessive rainfall. Mining was suspended for prolonged periods while remediation work was undertaken.

By-products

Uranium production of 1.38Mlb was 6% lower than 2010 due to lower grades and lower gold production. Silver production of 2.96Moz was in line with the previous year.

Income statement

An analysis of the abridged income statement for the year, with comments on significant variances, is presented as follows:

Figures in $ million Notes 2011 2010
Gold income 1 6,570 5,334
Cost of sales 2 (3,946) (3,550)
Loss on non-hedge derivatives and other commodity contracts 3 (1) (702)
Gross profit   2,623 1,082
Corporate administration, marketing and other operating expenditure 4 (305) (240)
Exploration costs 5 (279) (198)
Special items 6 163 (126)
Operating profit   2,202 518
Net interest paid 7 (144) (123)
Exchange gains and fair value adjustments on convertible bonds 8 190 (53)
Share of equity accounted investments' profit   73 63
Profit before taxation   2,321 405
Taxation 9 (723) (276)
Profit for the year   1,598 129
Other financial data      
EBITDA (excluding hedge buy-back costs)   3,014 1,897
Adjusted headline earnings (excluding hedge buy-back costs)   1,297 787

Income statement commentary

Profit for the year increased from $129m in 2010 to $1,598m in 2011, mainly as a result of the higher spot gold price, the elimination of the loss on non-hedge derivatives and other commodity contracts (outlined in note 3 below), improved performance from Geita and the fair value gains on the convertible bonds.

  1. 1.Gold income

    Gold income at $6,570m was 23% higher than in 2010. This was due to the increase in the average gold price received which rose from $1,159/oz to $1,576/oz (1), in line with higher spot gold prices.

  2. (1) Excludes hedge buy-back costs.

  3. 2.Cost of sales
    2011 vs 2010 – analysis of total cash costs [graph]

    Cost of sales increased by 11% from $3,550m to $3,946m in 2011:

    • Total cash costs increased 9% from $2,778m in 2010 to $3,028m in 2011. Total cash costs per ounce increased from $638/oz to $728/oz (refer to graph below). This was mainly due to:

      • lower production levels;
      • stronger local operating currencies (particularly the Australian dollar) against the US dollar;
      • inflation-related increases in salaries, consumables, power and fuel;
      • higher royalties paid globally which related to higher gold prices and the profit-based royalty introduced in South Africa from 1 March 2010;
      • other variances include higher costs at Geita associated with mining in the Star and Comet Pits and maintenance on the SAG mill; at AGA Mineração, due to additional mining and transport costs pertaining to the Córrego do Sítio sulphide project, with treatment taking place at the Cuiabá plant; at Siguiri, where higher power costs were imposed by the government; and at Cripple Creek, where costs increased with deeper mining; and
      • higher deferred stripping costs at Iduapriem due to a revision in the production plan.

      All of these were partly offset by:

      • lower deferred stripping costs mainly at Sunrise Dam due to the floods, and at Geita following the change in the life of mine stripping ratio; and
      • higher income from by-products, mainly price related, and higher sales of silver and uranium.
    • Rehabilitation costs and other non-cash costs increased from $109m to $229m as a result of changes to the life-of-mine profiles; additional environmental impact; a change in inflation and discount rate assumptions; a change in the design of tailings storage facilities; and a change in methodology following requests from some regulatory agencies to backfill open pits that have been mined out.
    • Retrenchment costs of $15m were incurred mainly in the South African region.
    • Amortisation of tangible and intangible assets increased from $692m to $770m in 2011. This increase is attributable to the reassessment of the useful lives of assets and the components of property, plant and equipment in accordance with revisions to the business plans, the higher tangible asset base and the impact of stronger local currencies.
  4. 3.Loss on non-hedge derivatives and other commodity contracts

    The decrease in the loss on non-hedge derivatives and other commodity contracts from $702m in 2010 to $1m in 2011 is attributable to the elimination of the gold hedge book during 2010. The company now has full exposure to the gold spot price.

  5. 4.Corporate administration, marketing, and other operating expenditure

    This expenditure increased from $240m in 2010 to $305m in 2011, and included costs associated with the business improvement initiative, Project ONE, inflation-related increases in corporate office costs, capacity building costs within the Continental Africa region and costs associated with global information technology.

  6. 5.Exploration costs

    Expensed exploration costs (excluding equity-accounted joint ventures) increased from $198m in 2010 to $279m in 2011. Expensed exploration costs (including equity-accounted joint ventures) increased from $205m in 2010 to $313m in 2011. The expensed exploration costs consisted of greenfield expenditure of $98m, brownfield expenditure of $87m, expenditure of $19m on the De Beers marine venture, and prefeasibility expenditure of $109m. The increase is due to higher prefeasibility expenditure at La Colosa and Gramalote in Colombia, Tropicana in Australia, and Mongbwalu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as increased exploration activities in Guinea, the Solomon Islands and marine exploration areas.

  7. 6.Special items

    Special items yielded an income of $163m in 2011 compared to an expense of $126m in 2010. This is made up as follows:

    Figures in $ million 2011 2010
    Income items    
    Net impairment reversals of tangible assets 121
    Losses recovered through insurance claims 3 24
    Profit on disposal of assets and investments 2 43
    Royalties received 79 8
      205 75
    Expense items    
    Impairment of assets, investments and receivables (21) (102)
    Loss on disposal of assets (8) (25)
    Indirect tax expenses and legal claims (6) (17)
    Mandatory convertible bond transaction costs (56)
    Other operating costs (7) (1)
      (42) (201)
    Total special items 163 (126)
    • Net impairment reversals in 2011 included a $135m reversal of the Geita cash generating unit impairment due to an increase in the long-term real gold price, and a significant increase in the life-of-mine Ore Reserve. This was partially offset by the $9m impairment of the TauTona VCR shaft pillar and ore pass and various other minor asset impairments. In 2010, impairments related mainly to the below 120 project level at TauTona and Savuka mine development.
    • Royalties received for 2011 consisted mainly of the $38m royalty from Boddington, $35m from the sale of the Ayanfuri royalty and the $5m royalty from Tau Lekoa.
    • Other operating costs included the modification cost of $7m for the Izingwe black economic empowerment transaction.
  8. 7.Net interest paid

    Net interest paid increased from $123m to $144m in 2011 due to the higher interest and fees paid on the rated and mandatory convertible bonds with the bonds being in issue for a full year in 2011 and an increase in the unwinding and discounts of long-term provisions and receivables.

  9. 8.Exchange gains and fair value adjustments on convertible bonds

    In 2011, the fair value gain of $84m on the option component of the convertible bonds was due to the decline in volatilities and the share price which decreased the option value. In 2010, a fair value loss of $1m was recorded.

    In 2011, the fair value gain of $104m on the mandatory convertible bonds was a result of the movement in the listing price of the bonds on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, a fair value loss of $55m was reported. The mandatory convertible bonds are carried at fair value.

  10. 9.Taxation

    The taxation charge was substantially higher in 2011 at $723m compared with $276m in 2010. The increase was due to higher earnings, tax losses having been fully utilised in South Africa and Geita, and tax credits in 2010 not being repeated in 2011. These factors were partly negated by the recognition of a deferred tax asset in North America relating to tax losses which are now available for offset against taxable income.

Other financial data

EBITDA (excluding the cost of hedge buy-backs) increased from $1,897m in 2010 to $3,014m in 2011. The year-on-year increase of $1,117m is illustrated in the graph below.

2011 vs 2010  EBITDA [graph]

Adjusted headline earnings (excluding the cost of hedge buy-backs) increased from $787m in 2010 to $1,297m in 2011. The year-on-year increase of $510m is illustrated in the graph below.

2011 vs 2010  Adjusted headline earnings (excluding the cost of hedge buy-backs)[graph]
  • The increase in adjusted gross profit was due to the improved margins resulting from the higher received gold price partly offset by higher operating costs and lower production;
  • Corporate costs increased by $58m and exploration by $81m;
  • Net interest paid was $21m higher (refer note 7 previously);
  • Taxation was $507m higher (refer note 9 previously) when compared to 2010. This was primarily due to taxation benefits on the hedge buy-back in 2010 which were not repeated in 2011, and deferred taxation on net impairment reversals; and
  • Other items of $60m included the insurance pay-out for the interruption of operations at Savuka, lower retrenchment costs in 2011, equity income from associates and joint ventures, higher royalties received and lower indirect taxes.

Statement of financial position

An analysis of the abridged statement of financial position as at 31 December is presented and variations in balances are commented upon below.

Figures in $ million Notes 2011 2010
Tangible and intangible assets 1 6,735 6,374
Cash and cash equivalents   1,112 575
Other assets 2 2,955 2,583
Total assets   10,802 9,532
Total equity 3 5,166 4,113
Borrowings 4 2,488 2,704
Deferred taxation   1,158 900
Other liabilities 5 1,990 1,815
Total equity and liabilities   10,802 9,532

Statement of financial position commentary

The statement of financial position improved significantly with net debt (excluding the mandatory convertible bonds) reducing from $1.29bn in 2010, to $610m in 2011. The significant increase in equity during the year was mainly due to increased earnings following the hedge book elimination in 2010, the subsequent full exposure to the spot gold price and improved performance from Geita.

Significant events that impacted the statement of financial position were:

  1. 1.Tangible and intangible assets

    The increase in tangible and intangible assets from $6,374m to $6,735m was mainly due to capital expenditure of $1,439m (excluding that of joint ventures) incurred during the year, an impairment reversal of $135m at Geita, partly offset by the exchange effects of local currencies against the US dollar of $425m, and an amortisation charge of $770m. Other movements included changes in estimates of decommissioning assets, impairments and deferred stripping costs.

  2. 2.Other assets

    Other assets consists mainly of investments, inventories, trade and other receivables, non-current assets, deferred tax assets, cash restricted for use and assets held for sale. Other assets increased from $2,583m in 2010 to $2,955m in 2011.

    Significant movements included:

    • an increase in the deferred tax asset of $59m mainly in North America;
    • an increase in inventory of $239m following a build-up of stockpiles at various mines to provide flexibility;
    • an increase in investments in associates and joint ventures of $80m with the granting of additional funding to the Kibali joint venture for project development, and to the Thani joint venture for exploration activities;
    • an increase in cash restricted for use of $15m which is due to higher restricted cash balances mainly at the Tropicana project; and
    • a net increase of $27m in current trade and other receivables owing to prepayments on capital projects.

      This was all partly offset by:
    • a decrease of $76m in non-current trade and other receivables owing to a decrease in VAT receivable, due mainly to an offset arrangement against corporate taxes payable at Geita (movement from non-current to current); and
    • a decrease of $51m in other investments mainly due to the fair value adjustment on shares held in International Tower Hill Mines Limited.
  3. 3.Total equity

    Total equity increased from $4,113m in 2010 to $5,166m in 2011.

    Significant movements included:

    • an increase in share capital and share premium of $62m (net of share issue expenses) due to the modification of the ESOP share scheme and an increase in the number of shares issued in terms of the share incentive scheme;
    • profit for the year of $1,598m which was mainly due to the higher gold price received;

      Partially offset by:
    • a decrease in other comprehensive income of $458m including foreign currency translation reserves, cash flow hedge reserves, available-for-sale reserves and actuarial gains and losses; and
    • dividends paid to equity shareholders of $131m and to minorities of $27m.
  4. 4.Borrowings

    Total long- and short-term borrowings decreased from $2,704m in 2010 to $2,488m in 2011. Borrowings and related facilities are summarised as follows:

    Figures in $ millions Notes   2011 2010
    Mandatory convertible bonds 1 Refer group note 26 for conversion features 760 874
    Rated bonds   $700m 10-year bonds    
        $300m 30-year bonds 996 995
    3.5% Convertible bonds   Refer group note 26 for conversion features 652 623
    FirstRand Bank Limited loan facility 2 Repaid and cancelled 107
    Syndicated loan facility 3 $1bn 38
    Syndicated loan facility 4 A$600m
          2,408 2,637
    Other loans and finance leases     80 67
    Total     2,488 2,704

    Notes:

    1. During September 2010, the company issued $789m worth of mandatory convertible subordinated bonds due on 15 September 2013. The bonds are carried at fair value (refer to group note 26 for conversion features). Both the Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s ratings agencies have confirmed that they regard these bonds as equity in determining their ratings, and have reaffirmed AngloGold Ashanti’s international investment grade credit ratings. These instruments have therefore been treated as equity and excluded from borrowings in the Non-GAAP debt metrics.
    2. During February 2011, the R1.5bn FirstRand Bank Limited loan facility was fully repaid and cancelled. The loan was SA rand-based and interest had been charged on this loan at JIBAR plus 0.95% per annum.
    3. During February 2011, the amounts drawn under the $1bn syndicated revolving credit facility were repaid, but the facility remains in place. The loan was US dollar-based and subject to debt covenant arrangements for which no default event occurred.
    4. During December 2011, the group successfully obtained a four-year A$600m syndicated revolving credit facility.
      This facility will be used to fund the working capital and development costs associated with the group's mining operations in Australia without eroding the group's headroom under its other facilities and exposing the group to account for foreign exchange gains (losses) each quarter. The facility matures in December 2015. This facility was undrawn at the reporting date.
  5. 4.Other liabilities

    Other liabilities consists mainly of provisions such as environmental rehabilitation, pension and post-retirement benefits, liabilities held for sale, trade, other payables and deferred income, derivatives and taxation payable. Other liabilities increased from $1,815m in 2010 to $1,990m in 2011.

    Significant movements included:

    • increases in environmental rehabilitation and other provisions of $193m (refer rehabilitation comments in the income statement). Other provision increases relate mainly to post-retirement benefit plan liabilities which increased due to a change in inflation and discount rate assumptions;
    • an increase in taxation of $21m, due mainly to higher mining taxes in South Africa and Geita as a result of improved earnings and the utilisation of tax losses; and
    • increases in trade, other payables and deferred income of $43m owing mainly to the higher level of accruals in line with the increased level of capital expenditure.

    All of which were partly offset by:

    • a decrease of $83m in derivatives which relates mainly to a drop in the value of the option component of the convertible bonds.

Statement of cash flows

An analysis of the abridged statement of cash flows is presented and significant variations in balances are commented upon below.

Figures in $ million Notes 2011 2010
Cash generated from operations 1 2,923 1,714
Dividends received from equity-accounted investments   111 143
Net taxation paid   (379) (188)
Cash utilised for hedge buy-back costs 2 (2,611)
Net cash inflow (outflow) from operating activities   2,655 (942)
Capital expenditure, including intangible assets 3 (1,409) (973)
Net proceeds from the (acquisition) and disposal of tangible assets, investments, associates and joint venture loans 4 (168) 51
Interest received   39 32
Other investing activities   (26) 19
Net cash outflow from investing activities   (1,564) (871)
Net proceeds from share issues 5 9 778
Net borrowings (repaid) proceeds 6 (159) 674
Mandatory convertible bond transaction costs   (26)
Dividends and finance costs paid   (313) (232)
Net cash (outflow) inflow from financing activities   (463) 1,194
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   628 (619)
Translation   (102) 105
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   586 1,100
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year (1)   1,112 586
  1. (1) The cash and cash equivalents balance at 31 December 2010 includes cash and cash equivalents included in the statement of financial position as part of non-current assets held for sale of $11m.

Statement of cash flow commentary

The increase in the closing cash position followed on from the higher earnings which in turn were primarily due to the higher gold price received during the year and improved performance from Geita.

Operating activities
  1. Cash generated from operations increased by $1,209m from $1,714m to $2,923m in 2011, mainly due to the higher received gold price, the benefits of which were partly offset by the decline in gold sold and the rise in total cash costs. Movements in working capital resulted in a net outflow of $170m in 2011 compared with a net outflow of $299m the prior year. The lower level of working capital cash outflow was due to reduced levels of trade and other receivables.
  2. The final tranche of the accelerated hedge buy-back was concluded during the last quarter of 2010, resulting in the elimination of the gold hedge book.
Investing activities
  1. During 2011, net acquisition costs were $168m while in 2010, net proceeds from the sale of assets and investments was $51m. The most significant movements during the year were the acquisition of a non-controlling interest in First Uranium for $30m, and additional investments in associates and joint ventures of $115m. In 2010, the B2Gold and Red 5 investments were sold for $68m and $9m respectively, and additional shares were acquired in International Tower Hill Mines for $11m and in XDM Resources for $6m. The balance of the movements relate mainly to real estate activities in Brazil, investments in the environmental rehabilitation trust funds, and other sundry investment purchases and disposals.
  2. During 2011, net acquisition costs were $168m while in 2010, net proceeds from the sale of assets and investments was $51m. The most significant movements during the year were the acquisition of a non-controlling interest in First Uranium for $30m, and additional investments in associates and joint ventures of $115m. In 2010, the B2Gold and Red 5 investments were sold for $68m and $9m respectively, and additional shares were acquired in International Tower Hill Mines for $11m and in XDM Resources for $6m. The balance of the movements relate mainly to real estate activities in Brazil, investments in the environmental rehabilitation trust funds, and other sundry investment purchases and disposals.
Financing activities
  1. Net proceeds from the issue of shares decreased from $778m to $9m in 2011. In 2011, the movements related to shares issued in terms of the employee share incentive scheme. In 2010, the most significant movement related to an equity offering which resulted in the issue of 18,140,000 ordinary shares at an issue price of R308.37, raising $773m (net of share issue costs), the proceeds of which were applied to eliminate the hedge book.
  2. During 2011, net borrowing repayments were $159m, compared with net borrowing proceeds of $674m in 2010. Repayments include $50m on the $1bn syndicated revolving credit facility, and $107m on the R1.5bn FirstRand Bank Limited loan facility. No material proceeds were received during 2011.

    The 2010 year included proceeds of $983m on the $700m and $300m rated bonds, $819m on the mandatory convertible bonds, $307m from FirstRand Bank Limited and $170m on the $1bn syndicated revolving credit facility. This was partly offset by repayments of $1,060m on the $1.15bn syndicated loan facility, $250m on the Standard Chartered term facility, $120m on the $1bn syndicated loan facility and $200m to FirstRand Bank Limited.

Other developments

  • It was announced that with effect from the September 2011 quarter, AngloGold Ashanti plans to pay dividends quarterly rather than half-yearly.
  • On 8 February 2012, the disposal of the group’s interest in the AGA-Polymetal Strategic Alliance consisting of AGAPolymetal Strategic Alliance Management Company Holdings Limited, Amikan Holding Limited, AS APK Holdings Limited, Imitzoloto Holdings Limited and Yeniseiskaya Holdings Limited to Polyholding Limited was completed. The consideration received for the disposal was $20m. These assets were classified as held for sale at 31 December 2011.
  • On 2 March 2012, AngloGold Ashanti agreed to acquire First Uranium (Pty) Limited (South Africa) (FUSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toronto-based First Uranium Corporation (FIUC) and the owner of Mine Waste Solutions (MWS), a recently commissioned tailings retreatment operation located in South Africa’s Vaal River region and in the immediate proximity of AngloGold Ashanti’s own tailings facilities, for a cash consideration of $335m. The transaction will be funded from cash reserves and debt facilities, and is subject to various conditions which are expected to be completed by end of the second quarter of 2012.
  • The South African government announced in the budget speech on 22 February 2012 that the secondary tax on companies (STC) would be repealed with the introduction of a 15% withholding tax on dividends. Gold mining companies, such as AngloGold Ashanti, who had previously elected to be exempt from STC were subject to a higher gold formula of 43% and company (non-mining income) tax rate of 35%. It was also announced that the higher maximum gold formula would be removed and the lower gold formula rate of 34% would be applicable as well as the lower company tax rate of 28% relative to nonmining income. When this legislation is enacted, it is anticipated to have a material favourable impact on the taxation liability of the South African operations.
  • In Ghana, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning announced in December 2011 that the government is seeking to increase income tax rates for mining companies from the current 25% to 35% with effect from 1 January 2012. In terms of the stability agreement between AngloGold Ashanti and the government of Ghana which was ratified by Parliament on 18 February 2004 and amended in February 2007, the corporate tax rate during the duration of the agreement until 26 April 2019 for its Ghanaian operations, will be a maximum of 30%. The increase in the corporate tax rate to 30% (January 2012 to April 2019) and to 35% (beyond April 2019) is anticipated to have a material unfavourable impact on the taxation liability of the Ghanaian operations.