SASOL LIMITED: TRADING STATEMENT FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 30 JUNE 2022

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 4:44 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sasol's financial performance for the year ended 30 June 2022 (2022 financial year) was underpinned by a favourable macroeconomic environment, with higher crude oil prices, refining margins and chemicals prices against a backdrop of heightened geopolitical tensions. This resulted in a strong gross margin improvement from the prior year, combined with robust cost and capital expenditure performance. These benefits were partly offset by operational challenges in our integrated South African value chains which resulted in lower production, as reported in the annual business performance metrics published on 25 July 2022 (https://www.sasol.com/investor-centre/financial-results).

Sasol´s adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (adjusted EBITDA**) for the 2022 financial year is expected to increase by between 36% and 56% from R48,4 billion in the prior year, to between R66,0 billion and R75,6 billion. This is mostly due to a strong recovery in Brent crude oil and chemical prices, partly offset by realised oil hedging losses and lower Chemicals sales volumes.

Shareholders are advised that, for the 2022 financial year:

  • Earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be between R60,59 and R63,51 compared to the prior year earnings per share of R14,57 (representing an increase of more than 100%);
  • Headline earnings per share (HEPS) are expected to be between R42,84 and R50,74 compared to the prior year headline earnings per share of R39,53 (representing an increase by between 8% and 28%); and
  • Core HEPS (CHEPS*) are expected to be between R65,21 and R70,76 compared to the prior year CHEPS of R27,74.

Notable non-cash adjustments (before taxation) for the 2022 financial year include:

  • Unrealised losses of R5,2 billion on the translation of monetary assets and liabilities and valuation of financial instruments and derivative contracts;
  • Net gain of R9,9 billion on remeasurement items, mainly due to:
    - a gain of R4,9 billion on the realisation of the foreign currency translation reserve (FCTR) on the divestment of Sasol Canada's shale gas assets;
    - a gain of R3,7 billion on the divestment of 30% equity interest in Republic of Mozambique Pipelines Company (ROMPCO);
    - a gain of R2,9 billion on the realisation of FCTR on the divestment of the European Wax business; and
    - a R1,4 billion reversal of impairment on the Chemicals Work Up & Heavy Alcohols value chain due to a higher price outlook on the back of a sustained increase in demand for alcohols into the personal hygiene market during and post the COVID-19 pandemic;
    - partly offset by a loss on scrapping of property, plant and equipment of R2,8 billion in the Chemicals America segment.

The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported on by the Company's external auditors.

Sasol will release its 2022 annual financial results on Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at 09h00 (SA time) followed by a conference call hosted by Fleetwood Grobler, our President and Chief Executive Officer and Hanré Rossouw, our Chief Financial Officer.

Please connect to the call via the webcast link: https://www.corpcam.com/Sasol23082022 or via teleconference call link: https://services.choruscall.za.com/DiamondPassRegistration/register?confirmationNumber=3629805&linkSecurityString=7a93dfa35.

* Core HEPS is calculated by adjusting headline earnings with non-recurring items, earnings losses of significant capital projects (exceeding R4 billion) which have reached beneficial operation and are still ramping up, all translation gains and losses (realised and unrealised), all gains and losses on our derivatives and hedging activities (realised and unrealised), and share-based payments on implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) transactions. Adjustments in relation to the valuation of our derivatives at period end are to remove volatility from earnings as these instruments are valued using forward curves and other market factors at the reporting date and could vary from period to period. We believe core headline earnings are a useful measure of the group´s sustainable operating performance.

** Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting operating profit for depreciation, amortisation, share-based payments, remeasurement items, change in discount rates of our rehabilitation provisions, all unrealised translation gains and losses, and all unrealised gains and losses on our derivatives and hedging activities.

Adjusted EBITDA and Core HEPS are not defined terms under IFRS and may not be comparable with similarly titled measures reported by other companies. The aforementioned adjustments are the responsibility of the directors of Sasol. The adjustments have been prepared for illustrative purposes only and due to their nature, may not fairly present Sasol´s financial position, changes in equity, results of operations or cash flows.

Disclaimer - 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, expectations, developments, and business strategies. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and measures taken in response, on Sasol's business, results of operations, markets, employees, financial condition and liquidity; the effectiveness of any actions taken by Sasol to address or limit any impact of COVID-19 on its business; the capital cost of our projects and the timing of project milestones; our ability to obtain financing to meet the funding requirements of our capital investment programme, as well as to fund our ongoing business activities and to pay dividends; statements regarding our future results of operations and financial condition, and regarding future economic performance including cost containment, cash conservation programmes and business optimisation initiatives; recent and proposed accounting pronouncements and their impact on our future results of operations and financial condition; our business strategy, performance outlook, plans, objectives or goals; statements regarding future competition, volume growth and changes in market share in the industries and markets for our products; our existing or anticipated investments, acquisitions of new businesses or the disposal of existing businesses, including estimates or projection of internal rates of return and future profitability; our estimated oil, gas and coal reserves; the probable future outcome of litigation, legislative, regulatory and fiscal developments, including statements regarding our ability to comply with future laws and regulations; future fluctuations in refining margins and crude oil, natural gas and petroleum and chemical product prices; the demand, pricing and cyclicality of oil, gas and petrochemical product prices; changes in the fuel and gas pricing mechanisms in South Africa and their effects on prices, our operating results and profitability; statements regarding future fluctuations in exchange and interest rates and changes in credit ratings; total shareholder return; our current or future products and anticipated customer demand for these products; assumptions relating to macroeconomics; climate change impacts and our climate change strategies, our development of sustainability within our Energy and Chemicals Businesses, our energy efficiency improvement, carbon and GHG emission reduction targets, our net zero carbon emissions ambition and future low-carbon initiatives, including relating to green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel; our estimated carbon tax liability; cyber security; and statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "seek", "will", "plan", "could", "may", "endeavour", "target", "forecast" and "project" and similar expressions are intended to identify 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 and others are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed on 22 September 2021 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 foregoing factors and other uncertainties and events, and you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. 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.

For further information, please contact: 
Investor Relations:
Tiffany Sydow
VP Investor Relations
+27 (0)71 673 1929

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