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Implats, Zim dispute deepens

Mar 08 2012 10:20 Reuters

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IMPALA PLATINUM HOLDINGS LIMITED [JSE:IMP]

Last traded 0
Change -0,99
% Change 0
Cumulative volume 49362
Market cap 51.37bn

Last Updated: 28-11-2014 at 09:51. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

Anglo American Plat Ltd [JSE:AMS]

Last traded 0
Change -2,41
% Change 0
Cumulative volume 10687
Market cap 100.43bn

Last Updated: 28-11-2014 at 09:48. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Johannesburg - A war of words between Impala Platinum holdings [JSE:IMP] and Zimbabwe intensified on Thursday, when the world’s second-biggest platinum producer denied offering to hand over a stake in its local unit to the government.

A senior Zimbabwean minister told Reuters on Wednesday Implats had agreed to cede the 29.5% stake in Zimplats under a new law to transfer majority ownership of foreign companies to local blacks.

Implats said this was not the case.

“Implats has not made an irrevocable offer to the Zimbabwe government today,” the company said in a two-sentence statement.

Implats has argued that the stake, worth more than $300m, need not be handed over because it was promised "empowerment credits" for mining rights it returned to the Zimbabwean government in 2006.

Senior Implats executive Johan Theron said that as far he was aware no letter had been sent to Harare, but the Implats board would meet on Friday to discuss the issue.

“A range of options will be put to the board,” he said, adding that Implats remained committed to finding a solution to the problem.

Implats shares have fallen 3.3% since February 22 when Zimbabwe issued the company with an ultimatum over the Zimplats stake. Rival Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] has dropped 1.9% over the same period.

 
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