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Voluntary trading statement and trading update for the six months ended 31 December 2023

Voluntary trading statement and trading update for the six months ended 31 December 2023

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1895/000926/06)
ISIN: ZAE000058723
JSE & A2X share code: DRD
NYSE trading symbol: DRD
("DRDGOLD" or the "Company" or the "Group")


DRDGOLD is in the process of finalising its results for the six months ended 31 December 2023 ("Current
Reporting Period") and shareholders are accordingly advised that the Company has reasonable certainty that
for the Current Reporting Period it will report earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per share
("HEPS") of between 65.3 cents and 71.5 cents compared to EPS and HEPS of 62.3 cents for the six months
ended 31 December 2022 ("Previous Corresponding Period"), being an increase of between 5% and 15%.

The expected increase in EPS and HEPS, respectively, for the Current Reporting Period compared to the
Previous Corresponding Period, are primarily due to movements in, inter alia, the following items:

1. Revenue

   Group revenue increased by R319.9 million, or 12%, to R2,974.2 million (2022: R2,654.3 million).

   Ergo Mining Proprietary Limited's ("Ergo") revenue increased by R234.5 million to R2,193.0 million
   (2022: R1,958.5 million), mainly due to a 22% increase in the Rand gold price received. Gold sold
   decreased by 8% from 2,040kg in 2022 to 1,872kg as a result of a decrease in throughput tonnages from
   9.8Mt in 2022 to 8.1Mt, due to ongoing delays in the regulatory approval for 4L3 and community interference
   in respect of 5L27, and Ergo having to rely on legacy and clean-up sites to make up tonnes. The impact of
   the decrease in throughput tonnage was offset by a 15% increase in yield to 0.233g/t from 0.203g/t in 2022.
   The water usage license for 4L3 was received on 18 January 2024, while the construction of the pipe-
   column to 5L27 was completed late January 2024.

   Far West Gold Recoveries Proprietary Limited's ("FWGR") revenue increased by R85.4 million to
   R781.2 million (2022: R695.8 million). The 22% increase in the Rand gold price received was offset by an
   8% decrease in gold sold to 663kg (2022: 722kg). The decrease in gold sold was as a result of a lower head
   grade from the new Driefontein 3 site than that of the depleted Driefontein 5 site, resulting in a 12%
   decrease in yield from 0.245g/t in 2022 to 0.215g/t.

2. Cash operating costs

   The impact of the increase in revenue on earnings and headline earnings was moderated by an increase in
   Group cash operating costs of R257.5 million, or 14%, to R2,097.1 million (2022: R1,839.5 million).

   At Ergo, cash operating costs increased by R197.8 million, or 12%, to R1,792.0 million
   (2022: R1,594.2 million) due to double digit increases in machine hire costs and contract reclamation costs
   driven by the reclamation of remnant material on legacy and clean-up sites and increased diesel prices.

   At FWGR, cash operating costs increased by R59.8 million, or 24%, to R305.1 million (2022: R245.3 million)
   due to increases mainly in reagent usage, in particular lime and steel balls in response to the increased
   acidity and coarser material reclaimed from Driefontein 3. Electricity costs have also increased as a result of
   the reclamation of Driefontein 3 and the installation of a high shear agitator at the Driefontein 2 Plant to
   release more gold. Machine hire costs were higher due to the continued clean-up of Driefontein 5 and
   increased diesel prices.

3. Capital expenditure

   Cash expenditure on capital projects increased by R687.4 million, or 177%, to R1,074.7 million
   (2022: R387.3 million). The significant increase was due to the establishment of the solar power plant at
   Ergo which is scheduled for substantial completion in March 2024, with battery storage facilities scheduled
   to be completed by October 2024.

4. Liquidity

   As at 31 December 2023, DRDGOLD held R1,529.4 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to
   R2,392.2 million as at 31 December 2022 (30 June 2023: R2,471.4 million). During the Current Reporting
   Period, DRDGOLD had a free cash outflow (cash inflow from operating activities less cash outflow from
   investing activities) of R370.8 million (2022: free cash inflow of R215.4 million) after a R685.7 million
   increase to R1,107.2 million in investing activities (2022: R421.5 million) and paying cash dividends of
   R559.4 million (2022: R342.5 million). The Group remains free of any bank debt as at 31 December 2023
   (30 June 2023: Rnil).

5. Production and cash operating cost per unit guidance

   In the Company's 2023 integrated annual report, published on 30 October 2023, the Company issued a
   production guidance for the year ended 30 June 2024 of between 165,000 ounces and 175,000 ounces.
   With the new reclamation sites now in operation at Ergo, DRDGOLD expects to remain within range, albeit
   to the lower end. Although we expect the cost pressures experienced in the first half of the financial year to
   ease going forward, the Group has increased its cash operating unit cost guidance from R770,000/kg to

6. Capital projects

   At Ergo, the construction of the solar power plant remains on track with 14MW currently being drawn by the
   Ergo plant.

   Specialist studies required for the environmental and water use license authorisation for the expansion of
   the Brakpan/Withok Tailings Storage Facility are ongoing, and we expect the design to be submitted to the
   Department of Water and Sanitation by the end of the 2024 financial year.

   At FWGR, Phase II, to double the capacity at the Driefontein 2 Plant and build the 800 million tonne
   Regional Tailings Storage Facility ("RTSF") is underway, and DRDGOLD expects the regulatory approvals
   required to commence construction of the RTSF to be imminent.

The financial information contained in this announcement is the responsibility of the directors of DRDGOLD,
and such information has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's auditors.

The condensed consolidated unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2023 are expected 
to be published on SENS on or about Wednesday, 14 February 2024.

6 February 2024

One Capital

Date: 06-02-2024 08:00:00
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