10 December 2019
Anglo American: world-class assets driving sustainable competitive returns
Anglo American plc ('Anglo American' or 'the Group') is today providing an update to investors and analysts on the Group's sustained operational and financial performance improvements and outlook.
The briefing will cover guidance for the current and next three financial years, including in relation to capital expenditure and production volumes, and a progress update on Anglo American's organic growth projects.
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: 'We are building on the complete transformation of both the quality of our portfolio and our performance over the last six years. Anglo American is now amongst the very best in terms of our overall cost curve position as a result of fundamental operating changes, the technical and product marketing expertise we have applied, and the wholesale upgrade of our portfolio.
'We will continue to upgrade our asset portfolio over time and we see our progress continuing on all fronts as we also bring a number of high quality growth projects online during the next three years, delivering 20-25% production growth by 2023.'
Continued performance improvement during 2019 and confident outlook:
· 2019 unit costs expected to reduce by 5%;
· 2019 total production volumes to again increase;
· 2020 production expected to increase by 3%, with cost inflation largely absorbed by productivity and cost improvements; and
· expect to meet $3-4 billion target of incremental annual EBITDA between 2017 and 2022.
Stephen Pearce, Finance Director of Anglo American, added: 'We are disciplined in investing to deliver value-adding growth - focused on quality production volumes, margins and returns. As we also progress our share buyback of up to $1 billion, our net debt is naturally increasing, albeit well within our tolerance of
Mark Cutifani concluded: 'We expect our next step change in performance to come from a combination of:
· our P101 programme that is achieving new levels of industry best-practice equipment performance across our operations;
· volume growth from existing and new operations, such as Quellaveco; and
· the deployment of our FutureSmart Mining™ approach to technology, digitalisation and sustainability.
It is this approach that will transform how we discover, mine, process and market our products and how our stakeholders experience our business - environmentally and socially.
'Anglo American's portfolio spans the high quality products that are aligned to the demographic and macro trends of a fast growing and urbanising global population in a cleaner, more electrified and connected world. Combined with our multi-stakeholder mindset to create a sustainable business in all dimensions, we believe we are well set to keep delivering.'
The presentation which contains the details relating to the information referred to above is available on the Anglo American website at: www.angloamerican.com/investors/investor-presentations/2019.
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Notes to editors:
Anglo American is a leading global mining company and our products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life. Our portfolio of world-class competitive mining operations and undeveloped resources provides the metals and minerals that enable a cleaner, more electrified world and that meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of the world's developed and maturing economies. With our people at the heart of our business, we use innovative practices and the latest technologies to discover new resources and mine, process, move and market our products to our customers around the world - safely, responsibly and sustainably.
As a responsible miner - of diamonds (through De Beers), copper, platinum group metals, iron ore, coal and nickel - we are the custodians of what are precious natural resources. We work together with our business partners and diverse stakeholders to unlock the sustainable value that those resources represent for our shareholders, the communities and countries in which we operate, and for society as a whole. Anglo American is re-imagining mining to improve people's lives.
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