Lonmin is one of only three integrated primary platinum producers globally with an enviable mine-to-market business.
Lonmin is a primary producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) (platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and gold), which are principally used in the automotive and jewellery industries. Our fundamental aim is to create long-term value for our shareholders as we move through the economic cycle. The Company’s business is based on exploration, mining, smelting and refining and marketing of PGMs. Platinum is our principal product, and in a typical year is the source of 60-70% of our revenues and Palladium is our second biggest source of revenue. By-products from PGM mining include copper, nickel and chrome.
We continue to seek ways to maximise value with new initiatives in the processing such as the smelter clean-up and the other precious metals plant, which have already resulted in the release of additional PGMs. Other projects underway, such as the bulk tailings treatment project, will improve PGM recovery rates and increase volumes of chrome production, and we are utilising our excess processing capacity by sourcing new toll treatment contracts.
While there will inevitably be short-term volatility in the prices of one or more of the PGMs, we believe that the long-term fundamental economics of these metals remain highly attractive. Our strategy is to preserve cash and be able to sustainably withstand current low price environment for the next few years.
How we deliver value
We create value from our existing operations through safe mining, vertical integration and harnessing our industry-leading expertise in processing UG2 ore.
Our mine-to-market business is endowed with good assets, which include:
- Shallow mining operations (average depth of 600 meters)
- Immediately available ore reserves (IAOR) of 19 months, which is above industry average
- Long-life mining resources with good grades (4.50 g/t) (4E)
- Total mineral reserves of 31.8 million and resources of 178.3 million (4E)
- UG2 ore generally of a higher grade than Merensky ore, with a greater width, making this ore more economic to extract, with a lower risk of dilution
- World-class processing and smelting operations and an industry leader in overcoming the mineralogical and metallurgical challenges of processing UG2 ore
Our resilient workforce, great mining assets, projects and leading processing technology combined make our successful mine-to-market business model.
Securing prospecting and mining rights to areas which have PGM mineralisation. We hold rights to significant areas of the Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa, the world’s largest deposit of PGMs and home to around 80% of the world’s known platinum resources.
Developing these areas into resources and reserves and managing mining operations. With more than 40 years’ experience in mining PGMs in South Africa, Lonmin has developed superior conventional mining methods and relevant process technologies.
Processing and refining
Developing industry leading processing and refining techniques.
We were the first in our industry to commercialise the separate treatment of UG2 ore and to use our know-how and technology to create value by putting our ore through the full, vertically integrated processing chain, producing high-purity refined metals for sale.
By maintaining close relationships with key customers, we acquire market intelligence and an understanding of market trends.
We have created and maintain a robust internal control and reporting environment, with strong processes for risk identification and mitigation, implemented by a dynamic management team and overseen by an experienced Board of Directors.
Our values-based culture is exhibited through the way we work at Lonmin and the behaviour of all employees, managers, Directors and others helps to promote an ethical, responsible and fair approach to how we do business.
We work hard at establishing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from employees and their trade union, through communities and local government, suppliers, contractors, customers and other business counterparties, to national government in its many roles and the providers of our funding – lending banks and our shareholders.
We embrace transformation as a business imperative. We endeavour to play our full part in addressing historic inequalities and creating the conditions in which current and future generations can succeed in creating a shared purpose.
We believe that there is only one way to sustain success – by taking all critical risks into account when we are planning ahead. Working safely, respecting those with whom we work and protecting the environment are all part of our core processes.
People make the difference. In our employee relations we aim to develop and retain the best via our workplace relationships and the way we work, and to ensure as safe and stable a workplace environment as possible.