6-K 1 anglogold_release.htm AngloGold Ashanti Limited
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PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF
Report on Form 6-K dated December 18, 2020
Commission File Number 1-14846
AngloGold Ashanti Limited
(Name of registrant)
76 Rahima Moosa Street
Newtown, 2001
(P.O. Box 62117, Marshalltown, 2107)
South Africa
(Address of principal executive offices)

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Enclosure: Press release:
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AngloGold Ashanti Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Reg. No. 1944/017354/06
ISIN. ZAE000043485 – JSE share code: ANG
CUSIP: 035128206 – NYSE share code: AU
(“AngloGold Ashanti” or the “Company”)
AngloGold Ashanti Provides Year-End 2020 Update on Business and Strategic Matters

·   On track to meet cost and production guidance for 2020 for the eighth consecutive
·   Significant progress on delivering our strategy to be a leading global gold mining
company, with 10 producing assets across a high quality, geographically diverse
·   Completed sale of the South African assets and progressed Phase 2 of the
redevelopment of Obuasi to 82% complete – currently on-time and on-budget
·   Strong progress to increase life-of-mine, improve development and increase reserves
net of depletion across the portfolio
·   Strong balance sheet with lowest gearing in almost a decade, ample liquidity and an
improved maturity and cost profile
·   FY 2020 free cash flow generation will be the strongest in almost a decade, with
shareholders benefitting from doubling the dividend pay-out ratio
·   Scope 2 GHG emissions to fall 45% after sale of South Africa assets; new Climate
Strategy and emission targets expected in H2 2021
·   Non-executive Director, Maria Ramos appointed as Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti
·   CEO search process in progress, with Board considering internal and external
·   Capital Markets Day planned for Q1 2021 to showcase significant potential that exists
within portfolio
(JOHANNESBURG) – AngloGold Ashanti Interim Chief Executive Officer Christine Ramon
has affirmed that the Company is on track to meet its cost and production guidance for 2020,
given a strong operating performance from its key assets.

The Company’s guidance was initially withdrawn in March this year due to the uncertainty
created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Revised guidance was issued on 21 September 2020,
pegging production for the year between 3.03Moz and 3.10Moz, and all-in sustaining costs
between $1,060/oz and $1,120/oz.

“Our operations have done an exceptional job keeping people and communities safe through
the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while delivering on production and keeping
costs down,” Ramon said. “This was possible due to our work over the year to deliver on our
strategic objectives and optimising the portfolio to focus on quality assets in target jurisdictions.
We’re expecting our strongest free cash flow performance in nearly a decade. Given the
momentum we’ve built, I’m excited about the year ahead as we continue to execute on our
organic growth plans, including adding more low cost ounces through our focused Ore
Reserve investment programme, ongoing brownfields development, and two potential new
greenfield projects in Colombia.”
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AngloGold Ashanti maintains a prudent approach to long-term mine planning, using a
$1,200/oz gold price for its Ore Reserve calculations in 2020. Fuller detail of the significant
potential that exists within the portfolio and the vision for each site will be provided at the
Capital Markets Day planned for the first quarter of next year, along with cost, capital and
production guidance for 2021 and 2022, and indicative cost, capital and production profiles for
the next five years. This will illustrate the exciting long-term potential of the portfolio.

Strong Balance Sheet

AngloGold Ashanti has strengthened its balance sheet by reducing borrowings, increasing
liquidity and extending the average maturity of its debt by issuing a $700m, 10-year bond at a
coupon of 3.75%, the lowest it has ever achieved.

The Company is on track to build on the robust free cash flow of $516m in the first nine months
of the year and is expected to post its strongest annual free cash flow performance in almost
a decade. Last month, the Company announced that it will double its pay-out ratio to 20% of
free cash flow, before accounting for growth capital expenditure.

This combination will underpin a sharply higher dividend payment year-on-year.

Improving direct returns to shareholders on a sustainable basis is central to AngloGold
Ashanti’s capital allocation framework and a key strategic priority for the Company. Adjusted
net debt is expected to fall further by year-end after already declining by nearly half to $875m,
in the nine months through to 30 September 2020. The ratio of Adjusted net debt: Adjusted
EBITDA is expected to end the year below its September levels of 0.36 times, well below the
Company’s target of one times through the cycle, and amongst the lowest of its global gold
peers. This provides the Company with the financial wherewithal to actively evaluate all
options that seek to enhance shareholder value.

Portfolio Upgrades

The development of Ore Reserves is key to the long-term success and sustainability of
AngloGold Ashanti, and the Company is committed to enhance operating flexibility and extend
the lives of its existing mines by converting its Mineral Resources into better defined Ore
Reserves. This focused investment programme, now in its first year, is expected to add ounces
net of those it depleted through production in 2020 and positions the Company to continuously
replace Ore Reserves. During 2020, the Company is projected to spend $140m on its
exploration activities.

“Investment in Ore Reserve replacement and improved development is a high-return, low-risk
vital use of capital and is a key part of our strategy,
” Ramon said. “We are able to leverage off
our existing operating footprints, ore body knowledge and skills base which increases the
chances of success.”

The Company continues to see significant geological potential in Tanzania, at its Geita mine,
where the Nyamulilima deposit, close to its recently depleted Nyankanga open pit, will likely
add new Ore Reserves this year, with more to come in the following year. The team on site is
working to bring the deposit, a near-surface source of oxide ore, into production in late 2021
to supplement growing production from the underground mine.

“The emerging potential at the Nyamulilima deposit, coupled with the solid progress being
made in advancing the development from our three underground mining fronts, will ensure
Geita remains a tier one asset for many years to come,”
said Sicelo Ntuli, AngloGold Ashanti’s
COO: Africa. “We have 22 drill rigs working on site at the moment, and we’re very encouraged
by the results.”
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Elsewhere in Africa, the Company is doing necessary preparatory work, including construction
of a haul road, to bring the higher-grade Block 2 deposit at Siguiri mine, in Guinea, into
production. At Iduapriem in Ghana, Cut 7 and Cut 8 waste-stripping which began in recent
months is making good progress and will extend through next year, extending mine life to
almost a decade. Preliminary work has also started on a new tailing’s facility, to support the
longer mine life.

Additional Ore Reserves are expected to be added – net of depletion – at Siguiri, in Guinea;
at Obuasi, in Ghana; at AGA Mineração, in Brazil; and at Sunrise Dam, in Australia, where the
discovery of the new Frankie ore body and the known Carey Shear underground ore body,
adjacent to current working areas, are yielding new ounces.

“Sunrise Dam is a great example of how our focus on scaling-up development and adding Ore
Reserves will improve mining flexibility and increase life,”
said Ludwig Eybers, AngloGold
Ashanti’s COO: International. “We’re making progress in creating this virtuous circle across
our portfolio.”

The Obuasi Redevelopment Project, which sits atop a 31Moz Obuasi Mineral Resource,
remains on budget and on track to ramp up to a steady-state mining rate of 4,000 tonnes a
day. The mine is expected to reach its full production rate in the second half of 2021. The plan
remains for the mine to produce an average of 350,000oz to 400,000oz of gold a year, at an
all-in sustaining cost of $800/oz to $850/oz, which is lower than the Company’s average cost
of production, and in the lower half of the industry cost curve. In the second decade of its life,
both costs and production will improve further from these levels, as mining fronts reach higher
grade parts of the ore body.

“Obuasi will be a world class, high-margin asset for AngloGold Ashanti for well over 20 years,”

said Graham Ehm, AngloGold Ashanti’s Executive Vice President: Group Planning &
Technical. “It’s a cornerstone asset for us and we’re focused on bringing it into full production
in the months ahead.”

The Company intends to make investment decisions on its two Colombian projects in the
coming year, namely its wholly owned Minera Cobre Quebradona copper-gold project and
the Gramalote joint venture (50:50) with operator B2Gold. These approvals are likely to be
sought in 2021. Once in production, these projects will further improve the cost and life-of-
mine profile of AngloGold Ashanti’s portfolio.

“There is excellent progress being made on both projects,”
Ramon said. “As we look to their
development, we are focused on ensuring affordability, further de-risking the development of
these projects, even at much lower commodity prices. Quebradona takes AGA into the copper
business, adding an exciting commodity essential for renewable energy and electric vehicle
technologies, amongst others, as the world moves towards decarbonisation and lowering
emissions in the face of climate change

Commitment to Responsible Mining

Sustainability remains at the foundation of AngloGold Ashanti’s strategy. The Company
continues to prioritise local procurement at its mines and to prioritise employment from host
countries and communities. The Company expects to improve on the $3.3bn in value
distributed to host governments and communities in 2019, including $808m in taxes and
royalties, $559m in employee salaries, wages and training; and $1.7bn in payments to
suppliers and service providers.
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“We’re not only focused on being a cleaner, safer company, but also being a more significant
contributor to the societies in which we operate,”
said Stewart Bailey, Executive Vice President
of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability. “This is an essential component to strengthening our
license to operate.”

The Company will move into 2021 positioned to deliver a significantly smaller carbon footprint
than in 2020, with the sale of its South African assets expected to further reduce annual Scope
1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions of its portfolio by about 45%. In 2008, the Company
announced a target of a 30% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2022 and had
already achieved a 43% reduction in carbon intensity of its operations by 2018, due to a
number of energy efficiency projects, the sale of certain assets powered by coal-fired
electricity, and the use of hydropower at several of its assets – including its Brazil operations
– and replacing diesel generators in Australia with natural gas. The Company’s projects in
Colombia are expected to use power from the national grid, which is backed by hydropower.

The Company is working on a new Climate Strategy, that includes implementation of the
recommendations of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosure. This is
expected to be completed around mid-year, while new emission reduction targets are
expected before year-end.

AngloGold Ashanti has adapted quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic while doing its part to
contribute to the global efforts to stop the spread of the virus and provide public health and
economic relief to local communities. Notwithstanding the challenges posed to the business,
the pandemic has proven AngloGold Ashanti’s social and sustainability capabilities,
highlighting the strength of local participation at its global assets, relationships with
governments and host communities, and the benefit of its diverse portfolio which supported
the business during stoppages. This is all testament to the quality of the people in the business
and their commitment to its values.

Leadership Update

Appointment of Chair
On 8 December 2020, the Board of AngloGold Ashanti advised that Independent Non-
Executive Director Maria Ramos was appointed Chair of the Board. Ms Ramos succeeded
Sipho Pityana. The Board noted the significant contribution made by Mr Pityana to the
Company since his appointment to the Board in 2007 and his appointment as chair in 2014.

Ms Ramos and the Board of Directors fully endorse the long-term vision and strategic direction
of AngloGold Ashanti and are supportive of the excellent work the executive management
team is doing to deliver on the short- and long-term operational, financial and strategic
priorities of the business.

CEO Search
The global search for a CEO is currently underway, with the Board considering both internal
and external candidates. The Board is focused on finding a candidate with exemplary
leadership skills, who is firmly aligned with the Company’s culture and values.

18 December 2020
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Certain statements contained in this document, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those
concerning the economic outlook for the gold mining industry, expectations regarding gold prices, production, total cash costs,
all-in sustaining costs, all-in costs, cost savings and other operating results, return on equity, productivity improvements, growth
prospects and outlook of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations, individually or in the aggregate, including the achievement of project
milestones, commencement and completion of commercial operations of certain of AngloGold Ashanti’s exploration and
production projects and the completion of acquisitions, dispositions or joint venture transactions, AngloGold Ashanti’s liquidity
and capital resources and capital expenditures and the outcome and consequence of any potential or pending litigation or
regulatory proceedings or environmental health and safety issues, are forward-looking statements regarding AngloGold Ashanti’s
operations, economic performance and financial condition. These forward-looking statements or forecasts involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause AngloGold Ashanti’s actual results, performance or achievements
to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in these forward-looking
statements. Although AngloGold Ashanti believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements and
forecasts are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results
could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes in
economic, social and political and market conditions, the success of business and operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory
environment and other government actions, including environmental approvals, fluctuations in gold prices and exchange rates,
the outcome of pending or future litigation proceedings, any supply chain disruptions, any public health crises, pandemics or
epidemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic), and other business and operational risks and other factors. For a discussion of
such risk factors, refer to AngloGold Ashanti’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2019, which has
been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These factors are not necessarily all of the
important factors that could cause AngloGold Ashanti’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-
looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results.
Consequently, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. AngloGold Ashanti undertakes
no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances
after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by applicable law. All
subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to AngloGold Ashanti or any person acting on its behalf are
qualified by the cautionary statements herein.

The information contained in this announcement has not been reviewed or reported on by AngloGold Ashanti’s external auditors.

Non-GAAP financial measures

This communication may contain certain “Non-GAAP” financial measures. AngloGold Ashanti utilises certain Non-GAAP
performance measures and ratios in managing its business. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and
not as an alternative for, the reported operating results or cash flow from operations or any other measures of performance
prepared in accordance with IFRS. In addition, the presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled
measures other companies may use.

Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa Reg No: 1944/017354/06
ISIN. ZAE000043485 – JSE share code: ANG CUSIP: 035128206 – NYSE share code: AU

Website: www.anglogoldashanti.com
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly
caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

AngloGold Ashanti Limited
Date: December 18, 2020
L Marwick
EVP: General Counsel
and Interim Company Secretary