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Sasol - Reviewed interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2013

JOHANNESBURG, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

HIGHLIGHTS

Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol (JSE: SOL, NYSE: SSL) is an international integrated energy and chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 34 000 people working in 37 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity.

  • Strong group operational performance
  • R723 million spent on socio-economic and skills development in South Africa
  • Sasol Synfuels' normalised production volumes up by 3%
  • Normalised cash fixed costs below SA PPI of 6,4%
  • Operating profit up 33%, excluding once-off items
  • Headline earnings per share up by 26% to R30,19 off a record base
  • Cash generated from operations up 50%
  • Record interim dividend of R8,00 per share, up by 40%

Segment report for the period ended





Operating profit/(loss) after


Turnover



remeasurement items


 R million



R million

full year

half year

half year


half year

half year

full year

30 Jun 13

31 Dec 12

31 Dec 13

 Business unit analysis

31 Dec 13

31 Dec 12

30 Jun 13















145 954

70 574

82 926

South African energy cluster  

21 189

16 536

36 616

12 324

6 180

6 978

Mining                     

1 351

1 302

2 214

8 081

3 998

4 784

Gas                                 

2 626

1 967

3 919

58 275

27 959

31 800

Synfuels                    

16 223

12 458

28 624

67 274

32 437

39 364

Oil                     

989

809

1 859

-

-

-

Other                                 

-

-

-

4 515

2 238

2 766

International energy cluster  

(6 572)

(1 159)

(2 877)

881

429

358

Synfuels International                

(435)

(452)

(991)

3 634

1 809

2 408

Petroleum International    

(6 137)

(707)

(1 886)

98 943

45 740

57 778

Chemical cluster                

3 644

1 823

3 022

17 759

8 339

10 362

Polymers                  

(351)

(1 124)

(1 506)

20 728

9 601

8 850

Solvents                  

358

29

825

41 278

18 417

26 401

Olefins & Surfactants                   

2 749

1 568

3 580

19 178

9 383

12 165

Other chemical businesses      

888

1 350

123

368

62

610

Other businesses                

1 120

1 080

2 018

249 780

118 614

144 080


19 381

18 280

38 779

(79 889)

(38 764)

(45 812)

Intersegmental turnover




169 891

79 850

98 268





 

OVERVIEW

Full steam ahead

"Looking at the first half of the 2014 financial year, safe, reliable and efficient operations remain at the core of everything we do at Sasol. Coupled with ongoing operations improvements, advancements on our capital projects, and an enhanced group-wide safety focus, we continue to deliver sustainable value for all of our stakeholders.

With July the 1st fast-approaching, we are moving full steam ahead to go live with our new operating model, which will drive streamlined management structures, cost-effective processes and meaningful savings."

David E Constable, Chief Executive Officer

 

Interim results overview

Earnings attributable to shareholders for the six months ended 31 December 2013 increased by 5% to R12,7 billion from R12,2 billion in the prior year*. Headline earnings per share increased by 26% to R30,19, and over the same period, earnings per share increased by 4% to R20,88. Excluding the impact of net once-off remeasurement items, amounting to R5,7 billion, earnings attributable to shareholders increased by 25% compared with the prior year on a similar basis.

Sasol recorded an operating profit, after remeasurement items, of R19,4 billion for the period, excluding our share of profits of equity accounted joint ventures and associates of R2,2 billion, which includes our ORYX GTL plant. This achievement was on the back of a strong operational performance from our global businesses, coupled with a 19% weaker average rand/US dollar exchange rate (R10,08/US$ for the six months ended 31 December 2013 compared with R8,48/US$ for the six months ended 31 December 2012), as well as a relatively flat average Brent crude oil price (average dated Brent was US$109,83/barrel at 31 December 2013 compared with US$109,81/barrel at 31 December 2012) and improved chemical prices.

Earnings attributable to shareholders in the current period were negatively impacted by net once-off charges totalling R5,7 billion (31 December 2012 - R3,6 billion). These items relate primarily to the R5,3 billion (CAD540 million) impairment of our Canadian shale gas assets, the final loss of R198 million on the disposal of our Arya Sasol Polymer Company (ASPC) investment, the impairment of the Sasol Solvents Germany disposal group held for sale of R466 million and the fair value gain of R110 million related to the acquisition of the remaining 60% shareholding in Wesco China. These once-off items also include a gain of R453 million relating to the profit on disposal of our 49% share in Spring Lights Gas.

* All comparisons refer to the prior year comparative period, as restated for the adoption of the new consolidation suite of accounting standards unless otherwise stated (refer to the basis of preparation and accounting policies section of this announcement for details thereon).

"Across our global operations, we are maintaining our strong cash flow generation ability. We continue to deliver value to our shareholders through the strong performance of our businesses, the advancement of our growth projects and the execution of our progressive dividend policy. Our balance sheet remains resilient and provides a sufficient buffer for volatility."

Paul Victor, Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

First half 2014 highlights

Sasol Synfuels delivered better than expected production volumes for the period of 3,7 million tons (mt) (31 December 2012 - 3,7 mt), despite the east factory total and phase shutdown, which took place in September 2013. This was the largest ever shutdown at Sasol Synfuels, consisting of 155 822 activities undertaken with an additional 36 000 people on site. Normalised Sasol Synfuels volumes increased by 3% on a comparable basis.

Production performance at our ORYX gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which achieved a year-to-date average utilisation rate of 94%, exceeded our expectations.

In our European chemical businesses, we continue to optimise our production volumes and margins, in light of the slower than expected tenuous recovery of the European market. However, our Sasol Olefins and Surfactants business has delivered improved business margins, specifically in the US, while our Sasol Polymers business has performed better than expected.

Cash fixed costs, excluding the impact of a weaker exchange rate and once-off and growth costs, decreased marginally by 0,2% in real terms, despite a challenging South African cost environment, driven by high labour, maintenance and electricity costs. Notwithstanding, our current cost inflation is in line with the South African producers' price index inflation trends of 6,4% for the first half of the 2014 financial year. The total costs for the first half of the 2014 financial year increased by 20% compared to the prior year. Normalised for exchange rate movements of 12%, higher costs associated with increased volumes of 3% and a 3% increase in depreciation, our total costs increased by 2% related to inflation. To ensure that we sustainably reduce our cost base, we have taken important strides in our management-led business performance enhancement project.

Cash flow generated from operations increased by 50% to R28,1 billion compared with R18,7 billion in the prior year. However, this was offset by increased working capital, both as a result of price and volume effects. Capital investments for the period amounted to R20,0 billion, in line with our expectations.

Taking into account the ongoing strength of our financial position, current capital investment plans, as well as our progressive dividend policy, the Sasol board of directors has declared an interim dividend of R8,00 per share, which is an increase of 40%, compared with the prior year. This approach supports our commitment to consistently return value to our shareholders.

 

Driving business effectiveness

Since launching our business performance enhancement programme in 2013, we have finalised the design of our new group-wide operating model including its related top management structures, which will become effective on 1 July 2014.

Our new group executive committee structure is aligned with our future value chain-based operating model, comprising four distinct groupings:

  • Operating Business Units, which comprise our mining and upstream oil and gas activities;
  • Regional Operating Hubs, which include our operations in Southern Africa, North America and Eurasia;
  • Strategic Business Units, which focus on our commercial and enhanced customer interfaces within the energy and chemicals arenas; and
  • Group Functions, which will deliver fit-for-purpose business support services and solutions.

By the end of the 2014 financial year, we expect to have reorganised most of our senior management structures and refined our financial reporting processes, in line with the new operating model. Focus on safety, operational stability and compliance will remain key during this period.

Together with the implementation of our new management structures and related corporate governance framework, we are introducing key systems and process changes, to ensure a simplified, cost-effective, efficient, competitive organisation.

At our 2013 year-end results announcement we confirmed that through this programme, we expect to generate sustainable annual savings of more than R3 billion. Based on our current analyses, we are confident that we will exceed this savings target, 30% to 40% of the savings expected to be realised by the end of the 2015 financial year. The full benefit of our management interventions will be evident from the 2016 financial year. Cash fixed cost trends are expected to follow inflation.

The majority of the savings identified related to optimising external spend, improving operational productivity and restructuring the organisation. The new operating model will also result in simplified and fit-for-purpose functional support. Our 2014 financial year savings is trending to be more than R200 million.

The cost of implementation approximates R1,2 billion for the 2014 financial year, which includes project costs, costs associated with the reconfiguration of our enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and restructuring expenses. The costs associated with this programme are expected to be incurred over the next three years, with the majority being incurred in the 2014 and 2015 financial years.

 

Delivering on growth projects and driving operations excellence

We are encouraged with the headway we are making in delivering on our project pipeline:

  • Looking at our growth projects:
  • We continue to progress with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of our US growth programme, which includes an integrated, world-scale ethane cracker and downstream derivatives complex and a GTL facility in Westlake, Louisiana. It is anticipated that we will reach the final investment decision (FID) for the ethane cracker and downstream derivatives project during the 2014 calendar year, with the FID for the GTL facility to follow 18 to 24 months thereafter.
  • With our joint venture partner, Ineos, we are advancing with the FEED phase on a high density polyethylene plant in the US. We also expect to reach an FID on this project during the 2014 calendar year.
  • We are in an extended FEED phase on our Uzbekistan GTL project. The majority of the technical FEED activities have been completed. FID for this project is, amongst others, dependent on securing appropriate project funding, as well as confirming a suitable partner to take up 19% of our current stake in the venture. We anticipate that we will reach financial close during the second half of the 2014 calendar year.
  • In Nigeria, the Escravos GTL project is progressing steadily with commissioning and start-up activities. Beneficial operation in respect of the first train is expected to be achieved during the first half of the 2014 calendar year.
  • Focusing on our foundation businesses:
  • We have successfully commissioned the ethylene purification unit (EPU5) in Sasolburg. The project was completed on time and within its approved budget. The EPU5 project increases ethylene volumes for our polyethylene plants by approximately 47 kilotons annually. Furthermore, the construction of the R1,3 billion C3 stabilisation project in Secunda remains on track and is expected to be in operation in the middle of the 2014 calendar year.
  • In February 2014, we successfully completed commissioning of the tetramerisation project in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This first-of-a-kind technology to selectively convert ethylene to higher value co-monomers, 1-octene and 1-hexene, is currently in start-up and first product was successfully produced. We expect that the plant will be fully operational by the middle of the 2014 calendar year.
  • The Sasol Synfuels growth programme remains on track and is nearing completion. Beneficial operation of the entire programme is still expected to be reached at the end of the 2014 calendar year. The complex brownfields volatile organic compound (VOC) abatement project, along with the replacement of tar tanks and separators and the coal tar filtration (CTF) east project are experiencing schedule and cost pressures. The capital cost and schedule of these projects have been reassessed. The VOC abatement and CTF projects' beneficial operation dates have been extended to the middle of the 2016 calendar year and the first half of the 2017 calendar year, respectively. The total approved cost of these three projects is estimated at R7,5 billion.
  • Sasol Mining's R14,0 billion mine replacement programme continues to progress steadily. It is anticipated that the Impumelelo and Shondoni collieries will reach beneficial operation during the first half and second half of the 2015 calendar year, respectively. The slight delay in reaching beneficial operation is as a result of shaft sinking constraints experienced at Impumelelo and water challenges experienced at Shondoni, which have now been resolved. Both projects are still anticipated to be completed within budget, without any impact on the supply of coal to the Sasol Synfuels business.
  • Construction on the FT wax expansion in Sasolburg continues. The commissioning of phase 1 is now expected to take place during the fourth quarter of the 2014 calendar year, seven months later than previously communicated. The delay in phase 1 is mainly due to the underperformance of key contractors. Commissioning of phase 2 of the project remains on track. The revised total project cost for both phases is estimated at R13,6 billion. No further impairment of this project is currently considered necessary.
  • Construction of the R1,98 billion loop line from Mozambique to Secunda, which will enable additional gas monetisation in Mozambique, is progressing well. Beneficial operation is expected during the second half of the 2014 calendar year and the project is expected to be completed within budget.
  • We continued to advance the development of the US$246 million 140 megawatts gas-fired power plant at Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, in partnership with the country's state-owned power utility Electricidade de Mozambique. Beneficial operation remains on track for the middle of the 2014 calendar year and will be within budget.
  • Turning to our upstream activities:
  • The Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) development project in Mozambique advanced from pre-feasibility to feasibility. The full field development plan for the PSA is on track to be submitted to the Mozambican authorities by the 25 February 2015 deadline.
  • Offshore Gabon, we are maturing and developing additional proven oil reserves to maintain and potentially boost production in the non-operated Etame Marin Permit (EMP) for an amount of US$168,2 million. Progress on the development of the Etame expansion project and the South East Etame and North Tchibala projects are on track for beneficial operation in the 2015 calendar year.

 

Operational performance

South African energy cluster

Sasol Mining - increased mining costs

Operating profit of R1 351 million was 4% higher than the prior year. Operating profit was negatively impacted by increased mining costs, coupled with flat production volumes, as well as additional external coal purchases to sustain demand. Lower sales volumes to Sasol Synfuels and the export market further contributed negatively. However, in contrast, Sasol Mining benefited from higher sales prices to Sasol Synfuels, as well as the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate.

 

Sasol Gas - higher sales prices and volumes

Operating profit, excluding remeasurement items, increased by 11% to R2 173 million compared to the prior year. This was mainly as a result of higher sales prices and a 4 million gigajoules (or 5%) increase in sales volumes. Operating profit includes a gain of R453 million recognised on the disposal of our investment in Spring Lights Gas.

 

Sasol Synfuels - higher prices, stable volumes due to planned shutdown

Sasol Synfuels' operating profit increased by 30% to R16 223 million compared to the prior year, primarily due to a weaker average rand/US dollar exchange rate resulting in favourable product prices and improved margins. Production volumes of 3,7 million tons were stable compared to the prior year, despite the east factory total and phase shutdown, which took place in September 2013, compared to only a phase shutdown in the prior period. Normalised Sasol Synfuels volumes increased by 3% on a comparable basis. Cash unit costs increased by 6,9% compared to the prior year, which is now in line with the South African producers' price index. This is as a result of production stability and ongoing management efforts to contain costs.

 

Sasol Oil - higher margins coupled with higher volumes

Operating profit increased by 22% to R989 million compared to the prior year primarily due to improved crude refining and higher sales and marketing margins. However, foreign exchange losses on commodity derivatives, due to the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate, impacted negatively on operating profit. Cash fixed cost increases were contained to below inflation. Our Natref refinery's operating profit is included in Sasol Oil's results on a line-by-line consolidation basis, due to the adoption of the new accounting standards, as referred to in the basis of preparation and accounting policies section of this announcement. Prior to the adoption of the new accounting standards, Natref was consolidated as a subsidiary. Prior year comparative amounts have been restated accordingly. Production volumes increased by 12% compared to the prior year, due to higher volumes at Natref, primarily as a result of postponing the facility's planned shutdown to the second half of the 2014 financial year.

 

International energy cluster

Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) - higher ORYX GTL volumes

SSI's operating loss of R435 million decreased by 4% compared to the prior year. This was mainly due to lower US GTL study costs, as this project has moved to the FEED phase.

As a result of the adoption of new accounting standards, as discussed in the basis of preparation and accounting policies section of this announcement, ORYX GTL has been accounted for as an equity accounted joint venture and is no longer proportionately consolidated. Income from equity accounted joint ventures, including ORYX GTL, increased by 13% to R1 898 million from R1 679 million in the prior year. The increase is mainly due to the contribution of higher volumes at the ORYX GTL plant in Qatar, supported by the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. The ORYX GTL facility, which has maintained a zero recordable case rate (RCR), achieved a year-to-date average utilisation rate of 94% of nameplate capacity.

 

Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) - Mozambique volume growth, however, low North American gas prices impact Canadian asset performance

SPI recorded an operating loss of R6 137 million compared to an operating loss of R707 million in the prior year. SPI's African volume-producing businesses reflected an operating profit of R1 187 million, on the back of improved production from our Mozambique and Gabon assets. Total gas sales from Mozambique increased by 12% compared to the prior year. The Pande and Temane gas fields in Mozambique performed well and, in addition, we are planning for significant growth in the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) area in Mozambique. Although Gabon's oil production is slowly declining, we are maturing additional volumes to sustain the life of the asset.

Our Canadian shale gas asset in Montney generated an operating loss of R6,5 billion, including an impairment of R5,3 billion (CAD540 million) and depreciation of R1,3 billion (CAD131 million) for the period. Our Montney investments remain under pressure due to low North American gas market prices and high depreciation, both of which contributed to the operating loss for the period. In conjunction with our future joint venture partner, Progress Energy, we currently have two drilling rigs in operation. Cash flow from our upstream Canadian operating activities remains positive.

 

Chemical cluster

Sasol Polymers - improved margins and volumes in South African business

Sasol Polymers recorded an operating loss of R351 million compared to an operating loss of R1 124 million in the prior year. The South African polymers business recorded an operating loss of R363 million (2012 - R1 187 million). Sales and production volumes were 1% and 7%, respectively, higher than the prior year mainly due to improved plant efficiencies as well as plant stability benefits being achieved through the commissioning of EPU5 in October 2013. Margins have also improved on the back of increased US dollar-based prices and a weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. Our international operations contributed an operating profit of R194 million, excluding income from associates and equity accounted joint ventures of R164 million and the loss of R198 million realised on the disposal of our investment in ASPC. This final disposal loss related mainly to the recycling of the foreign currency translation reserve in the income statement. As a result of the adoption of new accounting standards, as discussed in the basis of preparation and accounting policies section of this announcement, ASPC's comparative results have been accounted for as an equity accounted joint venture and is no longer proportionately consolidated.

 

Sasol Solvents - higher sales volumes coupled with improved margins

Operating profit increased from R29 million to R358 million compared to the prior year. This is mainly due to higher product prices, improved solvent sales volumes and a weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate, partly negated by an impairment of R466 million related to our German operations, which have been classified as a disposal group held for sale at 31 December 2013. The co-monomers product portfolio has been transferred into Sasol Olefins & Surfactants from Sasol Solvents, effective 1 July 2013, and their results are excluded in the operating profit from this effective date. Our operations in Germany remain under pressure as a result of higher feedstock costs without a commensurate increase in sales prices.

 

Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S) - improved volumes and margins in the US compensate for weaker margins in Europe

Operating profit increased by 75% to R2 749 million compared to the prior year, largely underpinned by higher production and sales volumes in the US and the weaker rand/euro exchange rate. While our US operations continued to benefit from improved margins due to low US ethane prices, some of our European-based businesses remain under pressure as a result of lower volumes and pressure on margins, due to continued high petrochemical feedstock prices.

 

Other chemical businesses - improved hard wax volumes, challenging market conditions for Sasol Nitro

Our other chemical businesses' operating profit of R888 million decreased by 34% compared to the prior year. The operating profit of our Sasol Wax business increased by 24% compared to the prior year, on the back of a 14% increase in sales volumes in South Africa as well as weaker rand/US dollar and rand/euro exchange rates. Despite the slower global economic conditions, particularly in Europe, sales volumes for the global wax business have improved over the last 18 months.

Sasol Infrachem's operating profit of R640 million was negatively affected by softer global ammonia prices, coupled with lower production volumes. The Sasol Nitro business incurred an operating loss of R57 million for the period. While sales volumes increased slightly, this was offset by lower selling prices and contracting margins, due to the low ammonia/urea price differential.

 

Doing business responsibly

We continued to deliver on our broader sustainability and community contributions during the period:

  • Our safety incident recordable case rate (RCR) for employees and service providers, including injuries and illnesses, of 0,34 at 31 December 2013 has improved compared with the RCR rate of 0,36 at 30 June 2013. Our RCR for employees and service providers, excluding illnesses, is 0,30 at 31 December 2013 (30 June 2013 - 0,31). This performance was overshadowed by three fatalities during the period. Given an enhanced process safety focus, we have seen a reduction in process-related safety incidents.
  • In February 2014, Sasol Mining's Secunda mining rights were extended to 2040 by the Department of Mineral Resources. This extension further consolidates eight mining rights and two prospecting rights acquired or applied for previously. These rights provide a basis for the achievement of our South African 2050 strategy.
  • Our Ikusasa programme is progressing well. Four areas are focussed on, namely education, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and safety and security in the Secunda and Sasolburg regions. As part of our R200 million commitment for 2014 to the communities in which we operate, we invested R23 million and R46 million in Secunda and Sasolburg, respectively, during the period.
  • At Sasol, we believe that education is the foundation of a prosperous future. Providing quality education and well-equipped schools in rural South Africa is vital to improve job creation opportunities and socio-economic development. In light of these objectives, Sasol Nitro, in Rustenburg, will be providing three schools with four classrooms each to alleviate the overcrowding.
  • In partnership with South Africa's Department of Energy, Sasol launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) at Makwana Village, in the Free State Province in January 2014. To date, Sasol has contributed to the establishment of seven such centres in government-identified poverty nodes. The main objective of these centres is to bring affordable and sustainable energy services closer to poorer rural communities, by delivering energy essentials such as petrol, diesel, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas. These centres serve as an economic hub for new employment opportunities and serves as an important platform to drive small business development.
  • In October 2013, Sasol, together with the South African Department of Trade and Industry (dti), inaugurated the ChemCity Business Incubator (CBI) in Sasolburg. The CBI will support and promote the development of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises. The R60 million facility forms part of the dti's national campaign to roll out 200 businesses. Sasol, by contributing R41 million, will develop and manage the facilities as part of its contribution to promote socio-economic development.
  • Sasol and General Electric's Power and Water division have, together, developed new water technology that will clean waste water, while also providing biogas as a by-product for power generation. Sasol will use this new technology, known as Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology to further enhance our GTL value proposition.
  • In November 2013, Sasol launched its Sasol turbodiesel TM ULS 10ppm to the South African market. This is the lowest sulphur content diesel offering available on the African continent. This development is a step forward in moving South Africa closer to cleaner fuel specifications in line with international standards. Sasol turbodiesel TM ULS 10ppm already complies with international sulphur and cetane requirements.
  • We contributed towards the completion of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs' study on the greenhouse gas mitigation potential for South Africa. This study forms the basis for the determination of sector-specific emission budgets towards the end of the 2014 calendar year. We further provided detailed inputs to the South African National Treasury's proposals on carbon tax design options and considerations.
  • Our efforts in the water stewardship arena received two awards. The South African Department of Water Affairs presented Sasol with the water conservation and water demand management award in October 2013, for our Emfuleni Municipality project. In addition, Sasol Water Sense won the Mail and Guardian's "Greening the Future" award in the water management category.

 

Competition law compliance

We continue to evaluate and enhance our compliance programmes and controls in general, and our competition law compliance programme and controls, in particular. As a consequence of these programmes and controls, including monitoring and review activities, we have also adopted appropriate remedial and/or mitigating steps, and made disclosures on material findings, as and when appropriate.

The South African Competition Commission (the Commission) is conducting investigations into several industries in which Sasol operates, including the piped gas, petroleum, fertilisers and polymer industries. We continue to cooperate with the Commission in these investigations. To the extent appropriate, further announcements will be made in future.

 

Cash generation supports strong balance sheet

The deleveraged balance sheet reflected an ungeared position of 0,8% at 31 December 2013 compared to the ungeared position of 1,1% at 30 June 2013. The low gearing is supported by continued healthy cash flow generation from across the group. This low level of gearing is expected to be maintained in the short term, but is likely to return to our targeted range of 20% to 40% in the medium term, taking into account our growth programme as well as our progressive dividend policy.

Profit outlook(+) - strong management focus on improved operational performance and cost reduction

Macro-economic conditions remain volatile. In the near term, we anticipate stable crude oil prices, slightly improved natural gas prices, slow recovery of chemical product prices and softer refining margins. The rand/US dollar exchange rate remains one of the biggest external factors impacting our profitability and we expect a slight strengthening from its current levels. In addition to driving safety performance, compliance and operational stability, we continue to focus on factors within our control: volume growth, margin improvement and cost reduction. The current volatility and uncertainty of global markets and geopolitical activities constrains us from being more precise in this outlook statement.

We expect an overall solid production performance for the 2014 financial year with our production guidance as follows:

  • Sasol Synfuels' volumes are expected to be between 7,3 and 7,5 million tons;
  • The average utilisation rate at ORYX GTL in Qatar is expected to remain above 90% of nameplate capacity; and
  • Our shale gas venture in Canada will show marginally decreased production compared to the prior year, due to reduced drilling activities and less new wells coming on stream. Any significant ramp-up will be triggered by natural gas price increases, which have shown some recovery in the short term, but remain low. Nonetheless, we are confident of the long-term opportunities created by these investments, as they continue to form an integral part of our North America strategy and provide a natural hedge for our downstream plans in the US.

We remain on track to maintain our improved operational performance. As costs are incurred to ensure plant stability and the weaker rand continues to exert pressure on our South African businesses, we expect that our normalised cash fixed costs will increase slightly above the South African PPI inflation. Cost reduction is a specific target within our short-term incentive scheme and, accordingly, the management team continues to focus on controllable cost elements. We anticipate that the implementation costs associated with our business performance enhancement programme, will be approximately R1,2 billion for the 2014 financial year. The majority of this programme's costs will be spent in the 2014 and 2015 financial years.

(+) The financial information contained in this profit outlook is the responsibility of the directors and in accordance with standard practice, it is noted that this information has not been reviewed and reported on by the company's auditors.

 

Acquisitions and disposals of businesses

On 2 July 2013, Sasol Gas disposed of its 49% share in Spring Lights Gas for a purchase consideration of R474 million, realising a profit on disposal of R453 million.

On 16 August 2013, we disposed of our 50% interest in ASPC for a purchase consideration of R3 606 million (US$365 million). A final loss of R198 million was recognised on the disposal of the investment. All outstanding amounts in respect of the purchase consideration have been received in full. As a result of the transaction, Sasol has no ongoing investments in Iran.

In September 2013, Sasol acquired the remaining 60% shareholding in Wesco China, for a purchase consideration of R519 million (US$52 million), resulting in a fair value gain of R110 million on the acquisition.

In December 2013, Sasol signed an agreement to dispose of most of its Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH assets. The conclusion of the sale is dependent on certain conditions being met, including approval by the European anti-trust authorities. It is expected that, once final transaction approval has been obtained, a loss on the disposal will be recognised during the second half of the 2014 financial year. As at 31 December 2013, the affected assets and liabilities of Sasol Solvents Germany were classified as a disposal group held for sale.

 

Change in directors

Mrs TH Nyasulu retired as chairman and non-executive director of Sasol with effect from 22 November 2013. On 22 November 2013, Dr MSV Gantsho was appointed as the independent chairman of Sasol. Mr B Nqwababa was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Sasol and a member of the audit committee with effect from 5 December 2013.

 

Declaration of cash dividend number 69

An interim gross cash dividend of South African 800,00 cents per ordinary share (31 December 2012 - 570,00 cents per ordinary share) has been declared for the six months ended 31 December 2013. The interim cash dividend is payable on the ordinary shares and the Sasol BEE ordinary shares. The dividend has been declared out of retained earnings (income reserves). The South African dividend withholding tax rate is 15% and no credits in terms of secondary tax on companies have been utilised. At the declaration date, there were 649 886 916 ordinary shares (including 8 809 886 treasury shares), 25 547 081 preferred ordinary shares and 2 838 565 Sasol BEE ordinary shares in issue. The net dividend amount payable to shareholders, who are not exempt from the dividend withholding tax, is 680,00 cents per share, while the dividend amount payable to shareholders who are exempt from dividend withholding tax is 800,00 cents per share.

The salient dates for holders of ordinary shares and BEE ordinary shares are:



Declaration date         

Monday, 10 March 2014

Last day for trading to qualify for and participate

in the interim dividend (cum dividend)  

Friday, 4 April 2014

Trading ex dividend commences

Monday, 7 April 2014

Record date

Friday, 11 April 2014

Dividend payment date

Monday, 14 April 2014


The salient dates for holders of our American Depository Receipts are(1):



Ex dividend on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Record date

Friday, 11 April 2014

Approximate date of currency conversion

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Approximate dividend payment date

Thursday, 24 April 2014


1 All dates are approximate as the NYSE sets the record date after receipt of the dividend declaration.

 

On Monday, 14 April 2014, dividends due to certificated shareholders on the South African registry will either be electronically transferred to shareholders' bank accounts or, in the absence of suitable mandates, dividend cheques will be posted to such shareholders. Shareholders who hold dematerialised shares will have their accounts held by their Central Securities Depository Participant (CSDP) or broker credited on Monday, 14 April 2014.

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised between Monday, 7 April 2014 and Friday, 11 April 2014, both days inclusive.

On behalf of the board




Mandla SV Gantsho

David E Constable  

Paul Victor

Chairman

Chief Executive Officer

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Sasol Limited






10 March 2014



 

The interim financial statements are presented on a condensed consolidated basis





Statement of financial position

at

 





half year

half year(1)

full year(1)


31 Dec 13

31 Dec 12

30 Jun 13


Rm

Rm

Rm

ASSETS 




Property, plant and equipment                     

104 324

90 512

100 989

Assets under construction            

46 737

37 691

39 865

Goodwill                                           

631

591

574

Other intangible assets      

1 551

1 198

1 418

Investments in equity accounted joint ventures            

8 804

8 502

8 636

Investments in associates                             

2 093

2 501

2 688

Post-retirement benefit assets             

452

383

407

Deferred tax assets                      

2 435

1 377

2 318

Other long-term assets              

3 407

2 487

3 208

Non-current assets                                     

170 434

145 242

160 103

Assets in disposal groups held for sale                

1 463

268

2 274

Inventories                                                            

26 241

22 353

22 619

Trade and other receivables                           

27 352

25 210

28 340

Short-term financial assets                               

1 789

627

1 526

Cash restricted for use                     

3 718

3 385

6 056

Cash                                                                               

25 886

22 524

25 247

Current assets                                   

86 449

74 367

86 062

Total assets                                               

256 883

219 609

246 165

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 




Shareholders' equity                                 

158 212

132 390

149 583

Non-controlling interests                            

3 512

2 956

3 310

Total equity                                            

161 724

135 346

152 893

Long-term debt                                                          

21 893

19 776

21 340

Long-term financial liabilities                                   

19

70

20

Long-term provisions                                                 

12 614

10 756

12 228

Post-retirement benefit obligations                       

8 783

7 761

8 813

Long-term deferred income                                

302

279

305

Deferred tax liabilities                              

17 895

14 331

15 572

Non-current liabilities                                         

61 506

52 973

58 278

Short-term debt                                              

1 922

7 785

1 565

Short-term financial liabilities                                 

80

115

189

Other current liabilities                                     

29 419

22 538

32 492

Bank overdraft                                                     

737

835

748

Liabilities in disposal groups held for sale                              

1 495

17

-

Current liabilities                                                         

33 653

31 290

34 994

Total equity and liabilities                                                

256 883

219 609

246 165


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.

 

 

 

Income statement

for the period ended

 





half year

half year(1)

full year(1)


31 Dec 13

31 Dec 12

30 Jun 13


Rm

Rm

Rm





Turnover                                                  

98 268

79 850

169 891

Materials, energy and consumables used                

(44 100)

(36 533)

(76 617)

Selling and distribution costs                            

(2 758)

(2 348)

(5 102)

Maintenance expenditure                              

(4 048)

(3 698)

(7 243)

Employee related expenditure                     

(11 602)

(9 412)

(22 477)

Exploration expenditure and feasibility costs                 

(300)

(781)

(1 369)

Depreciation and amortisation                   

(6 683)

(5 014)

(11 121)

Other expenses, net              

(3 666)

(3 126)

(4 234)

 Translation gains                

1 055

683

2 892

 Other operating expenses               

(5 244)

(4 279)

(8 889)

 Other operating income                                 

523

470

1 763





Operating profit before remeasurement items                

25 111

18 938

41 728

Remeasurement items                                 

(5 730)

(658)

(2 949)

Operating profit after remeasurement items          

19 381

18 280

38 779

Share of profits of equity accounted joint ventures, net of tax  

1 997

592

1 562

Share of profits of associates, net of tax                 

156

204

504

Profit from operations, joint ventures and associates             

21 534

19 076

40 845

Net finance costs                           

(449)

(561)

(1 139)

 Finance income                                            

512

312

669

 Finance costs                                   

(961)

(873)

(1 808)





Profit before tax                                                  

21 085

18 515

39 706

Taxation                                                       

(7 900)

(5 939)

(12 595)

Profit for period                                     

13 185

12 576

27 111

Attributable to 




Owners of Sasol Limited                   

12 710

12 157

26 274

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries               

475

419

837


13 185

12 576

27 111





Earnings per share                              

Rand             

Rand               

Rand

Basic earnings per share                                                        

20,88

20,10

43,38

Diluted earnings per share                                

20,85

20,02

43,30


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.

 

 

Statement of comprehensive income

for the period ended

 





half year

half year(1)

full year(1)


31 Dec 13

31 Dec 12

30 Jun 13


Rm

Rm

Rm





Profit for period                                                                

13 185

12 576

27 111

Other comprehensive income, net of tax 




Items that can be subsequently reclassified




to the income statement                                   

3 572

2 127

8 160

 Effect of translation of foreign operations              

3 574

2 111

8 121

 Effect of cash flow hedges                                                

(16)

17

78

 Investments available-for-sale                                    

13

5

(17)

 Tax on items that can be subsequently reclassified 




 to the income statement                                    

1

(6)

(22)





Items that cannot be subsequently reclassified




to the income statement                                               

157

(225)

(338)

 Remeasurements on post-retirement




 benefit obligations                                                  

224

(324)

(497)

 Tax on items that cannot be subsequently 




 reclassified to the income statement                         

(67)

99

159





Total comprehensive income for the period                          

16 914

14 478

34 933

Attributable to                                                     

158 212

132 390

149 583

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries                      

3 512

2 956

3 310

Total equity                                                               

161 724

135 346

152 893


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.

 

Statement of changes in equity
for the period ended

 





half year

half year(1)

full year(1)


31 Dec 13

31 Dec 12

30 Jun 13


Rm

Rm

Rm

Opening balance

152 893

127 942

127 942

Shares issued during period

220

227

727

Share-based payment expense

136

193

374

Disposal of business

291

-

7

Acquisition of business

(93)

(20)

(14)

Transactions with non-controlling shareholders in subsidiaries

(14)

13

8

Total comprehensive income for the period

16 914

14 478

34 933

Dividends paid to shareholders

(8 357)

(7 267)

(10 787)

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders in subsidiaries    

(266)

(220)

(297)

Closing balance

161 724

135 346

152 893

Comprising
Share capital

28 931

28 211

28 711

Share repurchase programme

(2 641)

(2 641)

(2 641)

Sasol Inzalo share transaction

(22 054)

(22 054)

(22 054)

Retained earnings

132 349

117 399

127 996

Share-based payment reserve

9 020

8 702

8 883

Foreign currency translation reserve

14 001

4 232

10 235

Remeasurements on post-retirement benefit obligations

(1 431)

(1 479)

(1 585)

Investment fair value reserve

9

19

(3)

Cash flow hedge accounting reserve

28

1

41

Shareholders' equity

158 212

132 390

149 583

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries

3 512

2 956

3 310

Total equity

161 724

135 346

152 893


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.

 

Statement of cash flows

for the period ended

 




half year

half year(1)


31 Dec 13

31 Dec 13


Rm

Rm




Cash receipts from customers                         

99 409

80 960

Cash paid to suppliers and employees                            

(71 301)

(62 241)

Cash generated from operations                              

28 108

18 719

 Cash flow from operations                                         

33 235

24 385

 Increase in working capital                        

(5 127)

(5 666)

Finance income received                                    

3 043

2 328

Finance costs paid                             

(255)

(264)

Tax paid                                                               

(6 604)

(4 705)

Dividends paid to shareholders                                   

(8 357)

(7 267)

Cash generated by operating activities                                 

15 935

8 811

Additions to non-current assets                             

(19 896)

(13 817)

Acquisition of interests in joint ventures                    

-

(721)

Disposal of businesses                                           

2 319

-

Additional investment in equity accounted joint ventures       

(55)

(361)

Acquisition of interests in associates                         

(519)

(199)

Repayment of capital from associate                        

274

399

Other net cash flows from investing activities                       

390

464

Cash used in investing activities                                  

(17 487)

(14 235)

Share capital issued                                                          

220

227

Contributions from non-controlling shareholders                 

-

27

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders                       

(266)

(220)

Proceeds from long-term debt                            

239

8 567

Repayments of long-term debt                                      

(962)

(776)

Proceeds from short-term debt                                     

993

7 100

Repayments of short-term debt                               

(763)

(587)

Cash (used in)/ generated by financing activities                 

(539)

14 338

Translation effects on cash and cash equivalents of



foreign operations                                                                      

454

192

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents                                

(1 637)

9 106

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                  

30 555

15 997

Net reclassification to held for sale                                

(51)

(29)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                      

28 867

25 074


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.

 

 

Salient features





for the period ended







 half year  

half year(1)     

full year(1)



31 Dec 13    

31 Dec 12   

30 Jun 13

Selected ratios





Return on equity

%

17,5* 

19,2* 

19,1

Return on total assets                         

%

18,5* 

18,9* 

18,7

Operating profit margin                       

%

19,7

22,9

22,8

Finance costs cover

times            

86,5

73,4

79,5

Dividend

times             

2,6

3,5

2,3

*Annualised 










Share statistics





Total shares in issue                        

million         

678,2

674,6

677,2

Sasol ordinary shares in issue                                      

million        

649,9

646,2

648,8

Treasury shares (share repurchase programme)  

million       

8,8

8,8

8,8

Weighted average number of shares           

million          

608,7

604,9

605,7

Diluted weighted average number of shares   

million             

609,5

607,1

606,8

Share price (closing)                            

Rand           

514,50

362,80

431,54

Market capitalisation - Sasol ordinary shares  

Rm            

334 374

234 441

279 983

Market capitalisation - Sasol BEE ordinary shares           

Rm       

1 064

809

871

Net asset value per share                         

Rand             

260,95

219,66

247,12

Dividend per share                                   

Rand      

8,00

5,70

19,00

 - interim                                               

Rand           

8,00

5,70

5,70

 - final                                                   

Rand            

-

-

13,30






Other financial information





Total debt (including bank overdraft)        

Rm             

24 552

28 396

23 653

 - interest bearing                                        

Rm            

23 991

27 894

23 111

 - non-interest bearing                                

Rm             

561

502

542

Finance expense capitalised                

Rm              

250

146

300

Capital commitments - Property, plant and 





equipment (subsidiaries and





joint operations)

Rm                   

59 797

62 707

66 061

 - authorised and contracted                 

Rm              

70 747

56 454

62 330

 - authorised, not yet contracted            

Rm                     

38 886

42 850

44 244

 - less expenditure to date                  

Rm                   

(49 836)

(36 597)

(40 513)

Capital commitments - Property, plant and 





Equipment (equity accounted joint venture





and associates)                                          

Rm                 

953

983

617

 - authorised and contracted                     

Rm                     

1 221

1 178

880

 - authorised, not yet contracted                  

Rm           

400

402

438

 - less expenditure to date                      

Rm            

(668)

(597)

(701)

Guarantees and contingent liabilities





- total amount                                        

Rm         

43 356

39 398

42 701

- liability included in the statement of





  financial position                                     

Rm           

21 995

19 816

21 271

Significant items in operating profit





- restructuring costs                            

Rm              

190

-

98

- share-based payment expenses              

Rm                      

1 210

439

2 038

  Sasol share incentive schemes                   

Rm               

1 074

248

1 666

  Sasol Inzalo share transaction                      

Rm              

136

191

372






1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information.


Effective tax rate                                      

%

37,5

32,1

31,7

Number of employees (excluding equity





accounted joint ventures and associates)       

number        

34 188

33 562

34 044

Average crude oil price - dated Brent      

US$/barrel     

109,83

109,81

108,66

Average rand/US$ exchange rate           

1US$ = Rand        

10,08

8,48

8,85

Closing rand/US$ exchange rate                     

1US$ = Rand     

10,50

8,46

9,88






Reconciliation of headline earnings                   


Rm 

Rm

Rm

Earnings attributable to owners of Sasol Limited       


12 710

12 157

26 274

  Effect of remeasurement items for subsidiaries and





  joint operations                                                


5 730

658

2 949

    Impairment of property, plant and equipment(2)         


3 265

148

206

    Impairment of assets under construction(2)        


2 625

61

2 096

    Impairment of other intangible assets                  


81

78

131

    Other impairments                              


21

46

58

    Reversal of impairment                         


(10)

-

(33)

    (Profit)/loss on disposal of non-current assets      


(10)

7

1

    Net profit on disposal of investment in businesses  


(255)

-

-

    Fair value gain on acquisition of businesses          


(110)

(245)

(318)

    Scrapping of non-current assets               


74

135

339

    Write off of unsuccessful exploration wells        


49

428

469

Tax effects and non-controlling interests            


(77)

(117)

(752)






    Effect of remeasurement items for equity accounted joint ventures and associates 

      Gross remeasurement items                        


12

1 963

3 538

      Tax effects                                  


-

(139)

(140)

Headline earnings                            


18 375

14 522

31 869






2 The impairment relates mainly to the write-down of our shale gas assets in Canada of R5,3 billion due to the decline in gas prices in North America and the valuation of recent market transactions for similar assets in the Montney region.






Remeasurement items per above





Mining                                                  


(5)

2

7

Gas                                     


(453)

-

-

Synfuels                                        


22

43

77

Oil                                                             


12

60

78

Synfuels International                         


12

(7)

(7)

Petroleum International                    


5 478

449

428

Polymers                                       


109

1 988

3 572

Solvents                                              


486

243

341

Olefins & Surfactants                           


2

28

64

Other chemical businesses                       


72

2

1 815

Other businesses                                   


7

(187)

112

Remeasurement items                              


5 742

2 621

6 487

Headline earnings per share               

Rand             

30,19

24,01

52,62

Diluted headline earnings per share    

Rand          

30,04

23,89

52,53


1 Restated to reflect the adoption of the consolidation suite of accounting standards. Refer to the basis of preparation for additional information. The reader is referred to the definitions contained in the 2013 Sasol Limited annual financial statements.


 

BASIS OF PREPARATION

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 31 December 2013 have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standard, IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council, as well as the requirements of the South African Companies Act, 2008, as amended.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not include all the disclosure required for complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the historic cost convention except that certain items, including derivative instruments, liabilities for cash-settled share-based payment schemes, financial assets at fair value through profit or loss and available-for-sale financial assets, are stated at fair value.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are presented in South African rand, which is Sasol Limited's functional and presentation currency.

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements appearing in this announcement are the responsibility of the directors. The directors take full responsibility for the preparation of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements. Paul Victor CA(SA), Acting Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for this set of condensed consolidated interim financial statements and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with the Acting Executive: Group Finance, Nina Stofberg CA(SA).

 

ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The accounting policies applied in the preparation of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements are in terms of IFRS and are consistent with those applied in the consolidated annual financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2013, except as follows:

The consolidation suite of standards, namely IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements (IFRS 10), IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements (IFRS 11) and IFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities (IFRS 12) became effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013. Accordingly, Sasol adopted these new accounting standards on 1 July 2013 which resulted in a restatement of the group's previously reported results for the years ended 30 June 2013 and the six months ended 31 December 2012.

 

IFRS 10, Consolidated Financial Statements

IFRS 10 replaces IAS 27, Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements, that addresses the accounting for consolidated financial statements and SIC-12, Consolidation - Special Purpose Entities. IFRS 10 provides a single basis for consolidation with new criteria to determine whether entities, in which the group has an interest, should be consolidated. The adoption of IFRS 10 has resulted in an existing subsidiary, National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Natref), in which the group has a 64% interest, being accounted for as a joint operation using the line-by-line consolidation method. The change from full consolidation to reflecting Sasol's 64% interest is not considered material. No other material subsidiaries within the group were affected. The group has applied IFRS 10 retrospectively in accordance with the transition provisions and the results for the years ended 30 June 2013 and the six months ended 31 December 2012 have been restated accordingly.

 

IFRS 11, Joint Arrangements

IFRS 11 replaces IAS 31, Interests in Joint Ventures, and SIC-13, Jointly-controlled Entities - Non-monetary Contributions by Venturers and changes the classification for joint arrangements.

Under IFRS 11, a joint arrangement is classified as either a joint operation or a joint venture based on the rights and obligations of the parties to the arrangement, the legal form of the joint arrangement and when relevant, other facts and circumstances. IFRS 11 removes the option to proportionately consolidate joint ventures and instead, all interests in joint arrangements that meet the definition of a joint venture under IFRS 11 must be accounted for using the equity method.

The adoption of IFRS 11 has resulted in the following changes:

 


Sasol's interest (%)

Previous classification

Revised classification

ORYX GTL                        

49

Proportionately consolidated      

Equity accounted

Sasol-Huntsman GmbH & co KG   

50

Proportionately consolidated            

Equity accounted

Petlin (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd      

40

Proportionately consolidated       

Equity accounted

Uzbekistan GTL LLC                         

44,5

Proportionately consolidated         

Equity accounted

Arya Sasol Polymer Company(1)   

50

Proportionately consolidated        

Equity accounted

Merisol LP(2)                            

50

Proportionately consolidated            

Equity accounted


1 The group disposed of its investment in Arya Sasol Polymer Company in August 2013. The comparative periods for the years ended 30 June 2013 and the six months ended 31 December 2012 have been restated in accordance with IFRS 11 to include this investment as an equity accounted joint venture.

2 In December 2012, Sasol acquired the remaining 50% shareholding in Merisol. Accordingly, this investment was accounted for as a 100% subsidiary from 31 December 2012.


All other joint arrangements (including Sasol Canada and Natref) will continue to be accounted for using the line-by-line consolidation method.

 

IFRS 12, Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities

IFRS 12 sets out the requirements for disclosures relating to an entity's interest in subsidiaries, joint arrangements, associates and structured entities. None of these disclosures are applicable for the condensed consolidated interim financial statements, unless required as a result of significant events and transactions in the period. Accordingly these disclosures will be provided in the group's annual financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2014.

 

Impact of accounting policy changes on the group's results

As discussed above, the group has restated the financial performance and position for the six months ended 31 December 2012 and for the year ended 30 June 2013 to reflect the adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11. The quantitative impact of adopting these standards on the prior year condensed consolidated financial statements is set out in the tables below.

 

Adjustments to the consolidated statements of financial position

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

at 31 December 2012

 






Effect 



As 

of adopting



Previously 

IFRS 10 and 



Reported

IFRS 11 

Restated


Rm

Rm 

Rm

ASSETS 




Property, plant and equipment                               

99 149

(8 637)

90 512

Assets under construction                                

38 452

(761)

37 691

Investments in equity accounted joint ventures        

-

8 502

8 502

Investments in associates                            

2 487

14

2 501

Other non-current assets(1)                                       

6 306

(270)

6 036

Non-current assets                                         

146 394

(1 152)

145 242

Inventories                                                                       

24 069

(1 716)

22 353

Trade and other receivables                                        

26 128

(918)

25 210

Cash                                                                                       

28 147

(2 238)

25 909

Other current assets(2)                                    

864

31

895

Current assets                                                       

79 208

(4 841)

74 367

Total assets                                                          

225 602

(5 993)

219 609

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 




Shareholders' equity                                                 

132 428

(38)

132 390

Non-controlling interests                                                    

3 294

(338)

2 956

Total equity                                                            

135 722

(376)

135 346

Long-term debt                                                                     

21 402

(1 626)

19 776

Long-term provisions                                            

10 991

(235)

10 756

Other non-current liabilities(3)                                            

23 135

(694)

22 441

Non-current liabilities                                                     

55 528

(2 555)

52 973

Trade payables and accrued expenses                                 

24 245

(1 707)

22 538

Other current liabilities                                               

10 107

(1 355)

8 752

Current liabilities                                                              

34 352

(3 062)

31 290

Total equity and liabilities                                                   

225 602

(5 993)

219 609


1 Other non-current assets comprises of goodwill, other intangible assets, investment in securities, post- retirement benefit assets, long-term receivables and prepaid expenses, long-term financial assets and deferred tax. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

2 Other current assets comprises of assets in a disposal group held for sale, tax receivable, prepaid expenses and short-term financial assets. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

3 Other non-current liabilities comprises of long-term financial liabilities, post-retirement benefit obligations, long-term deferred income and deferred tax liabilities. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

 

 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

at 30 June 2013

 



Effect of



As

adopting



Previously

IFRS 10 and



reported

IFRS 11

Restated


Rm

Rm

Rm





ASSETS           




Property, plant and equipment                    

108 070

(7 081)

100 989

Assets under construction                             

41 244

(1 379)

39 865

Investments in equity accounted joint ventures           

-

8 636

8 636

Investments in associates                         

2 676

12

2 688

Other non-current assets(1)                              

7 903

22

7 925

Non-current assets                         

159 893

210

160 103

Inventories                                                                    

24 056

(1 437)

22 619

Trade and other receivables                           

29 003

(663)

28 340

Cash                                                                                        

32 713

(1 410)

31 303

Other current assets(2)                                                        

3 830

(30)

3 800

Current assets                                                                       

89 602

(3 540)

86 062

Total assets                                                                      

249 495

(3 330)

246 165

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 




Shareholders' equity                                     

149 625

(42)

149 583

Non-controlling interests                                                  

3 650

(340)

3 310

Total equity                                                                  

153 275

(382)

152 893

Long-term debt                                                                 

22 357

(1 017)

21 340

Long-term provisions                                                    

12 397

(169)

12 228

Other non-current liabilities(3)                                              

25 341

(631)

24 710

Non-current liabilities                                             

60 095

(1 817)

58 278

Trade payables and accrued expenses                                  

33 477

(985)

32 492

Other current liabilities                                            

2 648

(146)

2 502

Current liabilities                                                             

36 125

(1 131)

34 994

Total equity and liabilities                                                

249 495

(3 330)

246 165


1 Other non-current assets comprises of goodwill, other intangible assets, investment in securities, post- retirement benefit assets, long-term receivables and prepaid expenses, long-term financial assets and deferred tax. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

2 Other current assets comprises of assets in a disposal group held for sale, tax receivable, prepaid expenses and short-term financial assets. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

3 Other non-current liabilities comprises of long-term financial liabilities, post-retirement benefit obligations, long-term deferred income and deferred tax liabilities. The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a material impact on these items.

 

 

Adjustments to the consolidated income statements

Condensed consolidated income statement

for the period ended 31 December 2012

 



Effect of 



As

adopting 



Previously

IFRS 10 and 



reported

IFRS 11

Restated


Rm

Rm

Rm





Turnover                                              

85 440

(5 590)

79 850

Materials, energy and consumables used             

(37 001)

468

(36 533)

Selling and distribution costs                             

(2 479)

131

(2 348)

Maintenance expenditure                              

(4 427)

729

(3 698)

Employee related expenditure                            

(9 915)

503

(9 412)

Exploration expenditure and feasibility costs            

(777)

(4)

(781)

Depreciation and amortisation                            

(5 445)

431

(5 014)

Other expenses, net                                       

(3 841)

715

(3 126)

   Translation gains/(losses)                                              

(299)

982

683

   Other operating expenses                                 

(4 151)

(128)

(4 279)

   Other operating income                                                

609

(139)

470





Operating profit before remeasurement items               

21 555

(2 617)

18 938

Remeasurement items                                        

(2 621)

1 963

(658)

Operating profit after remeasurement items          

18 934

(654)

18 280

Share of profits of equity accounted joint ventures, 




net of tax                                                                         

-

592

592

Share of profits of associates, net of tax                       

204

-

204

Profit from operations, joint ventures and associates       

19 138

(62)

19 076

Net finance costs                                                                     

(654)

93

(561)

Profit before tax                                              

18 484

31

18 515

Taxation                                                                       

(5 876)

(63)

(5 939)

Profit for the period                                                         

12 608

(32)

12 576

Attributable to 




Owners of Sasol Limited                                

12 157

-

12 157

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries                      

451

(32)

419


12 608

(32)

12 576

 

 

 

Condensed consolidated income statement

for the year ended 30 June 2013

 



Effect of 



As

adopting 



Previously

IFRS 10 and 



Reported

IFRS 11

Restated


 Rm

Rm

Rm





Turnover                                                        

181 269

(11 378)

169 891

Materials, energy and consumables used                 

(77 538)

921

(76 617)

Selling and distribution costs                                        

(5 371)

269

(5 102)

Maintenance expenditure                      

(7 544)

301

(7 243)

Employee related expenditure                         

(23 476)

999

(22 477)

Exploration expenditure and feasibility costs          

(1 354)

(15)

(1 369)

Depreciation and amortisation                          

(12 030)

909

(11 121)

Other expenses, net                                            

(6 841)

2 607

(4 234)

   Translation gains                                                        

899

1 993

2 892

   Other operating expenses                                        

(9 692)

803

(8 889)

   Other operating income                                         

1 952

(189)

1 763





Operating profit before remeasurement items            

47 115

(5 387)

41 728

Remeasurement items                                                    

(6 487)

3 538

(2 949)

Operating profit after remeasurement items           

40 628

(1 849)

38 779

Share of profits of equity accounted joint ventures,




net of tax                                                                      

-

1 562

1 562

Share of profits of associates, net of tax                    

445

59

504

Profit from operations, joint ventures and associates       

41 073

(228)

40 845

Net finance costs                           

(1 294)

155

(1 139)

Profit before tax                                                              

39 779

(73)

39 706

Taxation                                                                    

(12 597)

2

(12 595)

Profit for year                                                                  

27 182

(71)

27 111

Attributable to 




Owners of Sasol Limited                                 

26 278

(4)

26 274

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries                           

904

(67)

837


27 182

(71)

27 111

 

 

Adjustments to the consolidated statement of cash flows

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

for the period ended 31 December 2012

 



Effect of 



As

adopting



Previously

IFRS 10 and



Reported

IFRS 11

Restated


Rm

Rm

Rm





Cash generated from operations                              

21 435

(2 716)

18 719

Net finance income                        

154

1 910

2 064

Tax paid                                                                     

(4 745)

40

(4 705)

Dividends paid                                                                 

(7 267)

-

(7 267)

Cash generated by operating activities             

9 577

(766)

8 811

Additions to non-current assets                         

(14 350)

533

(13 817)

Acquisition of new or additional interests in joint ventures    

(721)

(361)

(1 082)

Acquisition of new or additional investments in associates    

(199)

-

(199)

Other net cash flows from investing activities                      

906

(43)

863

Cash used in investing activities                               

(14 364)

129

(14 235)

Share capital issued on implementation of share options        

227

-

227

Contributions from non-controlling shareholders in 




Subsidiaries                                                        

27

-

27

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders in




subsidiaries                                                  

(248)

28

(220)

Net movement in long-term debt                              

7 522

269

7 791

Net movement in short-term debt                           

6 513

-

6 513

Cash generated by financing activities                              

14 041

297

14 338

Translation effects on cash and cash equivalents of foreign




Operations                                                                         

249

(57)

192

Increase in cash and cash equivalents                         

9 503

(397)

9 106

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period           

17 838

(1 841)

15 997

Net reclassification to held for sale                                   

(29)

-

(29)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period               

27 312

(2 238)

25 074

 

Other elements of the financial statements

The adoption of IFRS 10 and IFRS 11 did not have a significant impact on the statement of changes in equity or the statement of comprehensive income for the years ended 30 June 2013 and the six months ended 31 December 2012.

 

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

The group, in the ordinary course of business, entered into various sale and purchase transactions on an arm's length basis at market rates with related parties.

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW BY THE AUDITORS

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements, including the segment report, for the six months ended 31 December 2013 have been reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., who expressed an unmodified conclusion thereon. The individual auditor assigned to perform the review is Mr PC Hough. A copy of the auditor's unmodified review report on the condensed consolidated interim financial statements is available for inspection at the company's registered office, together with the condensed consolidated interim financial statements identified in the auditor's report. The auditor's report does not necessarily report on all of the information contained in this announcement of interim financial results. Shareholders are therefore advised that in order to obtain a full understanding of the nature of the auditor's engagement they should obtain a copy of the auditor's report together with the accompanying condensed consolidated interim financial statements from the company's registered office.

Registered office: Sasol Limited, 1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196 PO Box 5486, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa

Share registrars: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd, 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg 2001 PO Box 61051, Marshalltown 2107, South Africa, Tel: +27 11 370-7700 Fax: +27 11 370-5271/2

JSE sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) Proprietary Limited

Directors (non-executive): Dr MSV Gantsho* (Chairman), Mr C Beggs*, Mr HG Dijkgraaf (Dutch)*, Ms IN Mkhize*, Mr ZM Mkhize*, Mr MJN Njeke*, Mr B Nqwababa*, Mr PJ Robertson (British and American)*, Prof JE Schrempp (German)#, Mr S Westwell (British)*

(executive): Mr DE Constable (Chief Executive Officer) (Canadian), Mr P Victor (Acting Chief Financial Officer), Ms VN Fakude *Independent #Lead independent director

Company secretary: Mr VD Kahla

Company registration number: 1979/003231/06, incorporated in the Republic of South Africa

Income tax reference number: 9520/018/60/8


JSE                          

NYSE

Sasol Ordinary shares: Share code: 

SOL

SSL

ISIN:

ZAE000006896

US8038663006




Sasol BEE Ordinary shares:



Share code:

SOLBE1


ISIN: 

ZAE000151817



American depositary receipts (ADR) program:

Cusip number 803866300 ADR to ordinary share 1:1


Depositary: The Bank of New York Mellon, 22nd floor, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10286, USA

Sasol Investor Relations Team  
Tel.: +27 (0)11 441 3113

Forward-looking statements:

Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements that are not historical facts and relate to analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements may also relate to our future prospects, developments and business strategies. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding exchange rate fluctuations, volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholder return and cost reductions. Words such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "seek", "will", "plan", "could", "may", "endeavour" and "project" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there are risks that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. You should understand that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on Form 20-F filed on 9 October 2013 and in other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive; when relying on forward-looking statements to make investment decisions, you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertainties and events. Forward-looking statements apply only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Please note: A billion is defined as one thousand million. All references to years refer to the financial year ended 30 June. Any reference to a calendar year is prefaced by the word "calendar".

 

SOURCE Sasol

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