Anglo American plc wishes to draw attention to an announcement made by Anglo Platinum regarding a trading statement, attached hereto.
Anglo Platinum trading statement
This trading statement is issued in compliance with the revised Listings Requirements (Section 3.4 (b)) of the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa, which became effective on 1 December 2004.
Anglo Platinum wishes to advise shareholders that headline earnings for the year ended 31 December 2004 are expected to be R2,61bn, 24,9% higher than the headline earnings of R2,09bn for the year ended 31 December 2003. Headline earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders, which exclude dividends of approximately R153 million attributable to preference shareholders, are expected to be R2,46bn, 17,7% higher than headline earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders for the previous corresponding period.
The forecast financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported on by the Company's auditors. Anglo Platinum intends publishing its annual results on 14 February 2005.
The information contained in press releases, annual or interim reports, analyst presentations, and financial information should not be deemed accurate or current except as of the date of issue. Anglo American plc does not, does not intend to, and specifically disclaims any duty to, update or correct such information.