Exercise of option to acquire a further 10% interest in Xstrata’s South African coal business, excluding Goesgevonden JV

13 October 2006

Further to the announcements dated 31 August 2006 and 11 September 2006, ARM and Xstrata are pleased to announce that the final transaction documents in relation to ARM exercising the option granted by Xstrata South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (“XSA”) to acquire a direct equitybased participation interest in XSA’s coal business, excluding the Goedgevonden joint venture, of 10%, have been signed.

13 October 2006

Financial adviser and sponsor to ARM
Deutsche Securities (SA) (Pty) Ltd

Investment Bank to Xstrata
Standard Bank

Attorneys to ARM
Bowman Gilfillan

Attorneys to Xstrata
Werksmans Inc.