Sylvania Platinum

Sylvania Platinum


Market Cap£255m

Last Close 95.5p

Sylvania Platinum focuses on the re-treatment and recovery of PGMs including platinum, palladium and rhodium, mainly from tailings dumps and other surface sources, but also lesser amounts of run-of-mine underground ore from Samancor chrome mines in South Africa.

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Investment summary

Sylvania Platinum is a low-risk, high-yielding South African platinum group metals (PGM) dump retreatment operation. The company is highly cash generative with US$138.6m cash at end September 2022, following improved Q123 results relative to Q422. Newly published exploration results include an updated Joint Ore Committee Code (JORC) compliant Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for the Northern Limb projects and a JORC compliant scoping study focused on the North Body (NB) of the more advanced Volspruit project, assigning a pre-tax net present value (NPV) of US$27.3m (8.8p/share) at an internal rate of return of 17.9%. This excludes any rhodium contribution, which is still being assessed. We see material potential NPV uplift to the Volspruit project from rhodium, based on a 5.5% rhodium contribution to total PGM ounces; we estimate this could increase the NB value by a multiple of up to eight times. The discovery of the T-Zone reef at the Far Northern Limb (FNL) project is also of considerable significance.

Y/E Jun
Revenue (US$m)
PBT (US$m)
EPS (fd) (c)
P/E (x)
P/CF (x)
2021A 206.0 145.0 143.0 35.9 3.1 2.6
2022A 152.0 83.0 81.0 20.4 5.4 3.3
2023E 167.0 97.0 96.0 25.1 4.4 3.1
2024E 180.0 102.0 98.0 25.7 4.3 3.0
Industry outlook

PGM prices, especially platinum, iridium and ruthenium will likely benefit from their use in the future hydrogen economy. Rhodium and palladium will benefit from sharply higher auto sales in H222, as forecast by industry experts. Lower production from nearly all PGM producers will support prices further.

Last updated on 30/11/2022
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Sylvania Platinum – Massive rhodium gearing to exploration assets
Metals & mining | research Update | 8 November 2022
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Sylvania Platinum – executive interview
Metals & mining | Edison TV | 4 November 2022
Sylvania Platinum – Low risk option on PGMs, stellar dividend payer
Metals & mining | research Update | 12 September 2022
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Balance sheet
Forecast net debt (US$m) 130.1
Forecast gearing ratio (%) 47
Price performance
Actual 3.8 17.6 10.4
Relative* (2.8) 13.9 7.4
52-week high/low 110.6p/77.0p
*% relative to local index
Key management
Jaco Prinsloo CEO
Lewanne Carminati CFO