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Stillwater Mining Company -- Moody's downgrades Sibanye-Stillwater to Ba3; negative outlook

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today downgraded Sibanye Gold Limited's (Sibanye-Stillwater) corporate family rating (CFR) to Ba3 from Ba2 and probability of default rating (PDR) to Ba3-PD from Ba2-PD. Concurrently, the ratings on the senior unsecured notes due in 2022 and 2025 issued by Stillwater Mining Company and guaranteed by Sibanye-Stillwater have been downgraded to Ba3 from Ba2. Today's rating action reflects Moody's view of increasing downside risks for Sibanye-Stillwater's credit profile as a result of challenging operating conditions in South Africa and increasing refinancing risks for the company as its ZAR6 billion revolving credit facility (RCF) matures in November 2019.