A gold miner working underground at a gold mine in Boksburg. Picture: Lori Waselchuk/AP

Johannesburg - Sibanye Gold plans to raise $1 billion from shareholders and a further $1 billion in debt, most likely bonds, to pay for the acquisition of Colorado-based Stillwater Mining Company.

The funds will be raised by the middle of this year and will help repay a $2.65 billion bridge loan from a group of banks, Westonaria, South Africa-based Sibanye said in a statement Tuesday.

The remainder of the loan will be repaid through a combination of sources such as commodity-streaming deals, the company said.

When Sibanye announced the $2.2 billion purchase in December, it said it planned to raise $750 million to $1 billion from shareholders before saying in February it may increase this amount to $1.3 billion.

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The company received approval for the purchase of the US’s only platinum and palladium miner on April 14. Sibanye shareholders vote on the deal April 25.

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