Audited financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1979/003231/06)
Sasol Ordinary Share codes: JSE: SOL NYSE: SSL
Sasol Ordinary ISIN codes: ZAE000006896 US8038663006
Sasol BEE Ordinary Share code: JSE: SOLBE1
Sasol BEE Ordinary ISIN code: ZAE000151817
(Sasol or the company)
Audited financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019
Our foundation business delivered resilient results with a mostly strong volume and
normalised cash fixed cost performance against the backdrop of a challenging
macroeconomic environment. Our business was impacted by market and geopolitical risk,
including subdued growth in global gross domestic product (GDP).
Our gross margin percentage decreased 2% compared to the prior year driven by a softer
macro environment negatively impacting supply-demand dynamics especially in our
chemicals business. We view this as temporary as the market is expected to recover over
the short-to-medium term. Our Energy business benefitted from higher crude oil prices and
higher diesel differentials. These benefits were partly offset by weaker petrol differentials
driven by negative supply-demand fundamentals.
Cash fixed cost, excluding capital growth and the impact of exchange rates, increased by
5,7%, relative to our internal 6% inflation target. Our cost management processes remain
robust while we continue to evaluate further opportunities to embed our continuous
improvement efforts. The sustained competitiveness of our business remains top of mind.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) decreased 9% compared to the prior year due to lower chemical product
prices and higher LCCP (Lake Charles Chemicals Project) operating cost. As the LCCP
progresses through the sequential beneficial operation schedule, the costs associated with
relevant units are expensed while the gross margin contribution follows the ramp-up profile
and inventory build. We expect a closer match between margin and costs for the LCCP to be
achieved from 2020.
EBIT (Earnings before interest and tax) decreased 45% to R9,7 billion, largely due to
significant remeasurement items of R18,6 billion (US$1,3 billion) recorded in the current year
resulting from softer chemical prices as well as the higher than anticipated capital spend on
Core headline earnings per share (CHEPS)(2) increased 5% to R38,13 compared to the prior
year. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) increased 12% to R30,72 per share compared to
the prior year. The increase in core headline earnings continues to reflect our cash flow
generating ability from our foundation businesses despite weaker chemicals pricing.
Key metrics 2019 2018 Change %
EBIT (R million) 9 697 17 747 (45)
Headline earnings (R million) 18 941 16 798 13
Earnings per share (Rand) 6,97 14,26 (51)
Headline earnings per share (Rand) 30,72 27,44 12
Core headline earnings per share(2) (Rand) 38,13 36,38 5
Dividend per share (Rand) 5,90 12,90 (54)
- Interim (Rand) 5,90 5,00 18
- Final (Rand) - 7,90 (100)
1 Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting EBIT for depreciation, amortisation, share-based payments, remeasurement
items, movement in rehabilitation provisions due to discount rate changes, unrealised translation gains and losses, and
unrealised gains and losses on hedging activities. This constitutes pro forma financial information and should be read in
conjunction with the full announcement.
2 Core headline earnings per share adjust the standard JSE definition of headline earnings for the impact of translation
gains arising on the translation of monetary assets and liabilities to functional currency, market-to-market valuation of
hedges, Sasol Khanyisa equity-settled share-based payments recorded in the income statement, LCCP losses during
ramp-up and provision for significant tax litigation matters. This constitutes pro forma financial information and should be
read in conjunction with the full announcement.
Net asset value 2019 2018 Change %
Total assets (R million) 469 968 439 235 7
Total liabilities (R million) (244 173) (210 627) 16
Total equity (R million) 225 795 228 608 (1)
Turnover (R million) EBIT (R million)
2018(1) 2019 2019 2018(1)
19 797 20 876 Mining 4 701 5 244
Exploration and Production
4 198 5 184 International (889) (3 683)
69 773 83 803 Energy 16 566 14 081
43 951 48 813 Base Chemicals (1 431) 918
64 887 68 296 Performance Chemicals (7 040) 7 853
52 78 Group Functions (2 210) (6 666)
202 658 227 050 Group performance 9 697 17 747
(21 197) (23 474) Intersegmental turnover
181 461 203 576 External turnover
1 Restated for the transfer of the Phenolics, Ammonia and Specialty Gases business from Performance Chemicals to Base
Balance sheet management
Cash generated by operating activities increased to R51 billion compared to R43 billion in
the prior year. This was largely attributable to favourable Brent crude oil prices and the
exchange rate, together with our strong working capital performance. These benefits were
offset by softer chemical prices and losses attributable to the LCCP incurring costs with
limited corresponding returns while in ramp-up phase.
Our net cash on hand position decreased from R17,0 billion to R15,8 billion as at 30 June
Actual capital expenditure, including accruals, amounted to R56 billion. This includes R30
billion (US$2,1 billion) relating to the LCCP. The higher LCCP capital cash flows and
significant impairments recorded increased our gearing to 56,3%, which is above our
previous market guidance of 44 – 49%.
We continue to actively manage the balance sheet with the objective of maintaining a robust
liquidity position and a balanced debt maturity profile. Active balance sheet management will
remain a key ongoing focus during this peak gearing phase.
During 2019, we refinanced the US$4 billion LCCP asset-based facility in two phases,
initially by the issue of US$2,25 billion of US dollar-denominated bonds and thereafter by a
US$1,8 billion 5-year bank loan financing (with a net debt: EBITDA covenant of 3,0 times).
The US dollar bond issue was Sasol’s first such issuance since the inaugural US$1 billion
10-year bond issued in 2012. The issuance comprised a US$1,5 billion 5,5-year bond and a
US$0,75 billion 10-year bond. This refinancing enabled Sasol to optimise our mix of funding
instruments between bank loans and bond market, while at the same time extending the
maturity of the debt profile from 2021 to as far out as 2028. An additional benefit of
refinancing away from asset-based security was that S&P re-rated the 2012 bond back to
the same investment grade level as Sasol Limited. The US$1,8 billion bank loan was closed
in June 2019.
As part of the refinancing, we agreed with our lenders to amend the net debt: EBITDA
covenant from 2,5 times to 3,0 times under the US$3,9 billion Revolving Credit Facility
entered into in 2017. Our net debt: EBITDA at 30 June 2019 was 2,6 times, with the banks
definition of net debt: EBITDA expected to range between 2,2 and 2,4 times, which remains
well below the covenant.
In addition, in the domestic South African market, we have both bank loan facilities, and the
R8 billion Domestic Medium Term Note Programme (DMTN) which was established in 2017.
In August 2019 Sasol issued our inaugural paper to the value of R2,2 billion in the local debt
market under the DMTN programme.
Another key element of financial market risk management is our hedging programme. We
continue to make good progress with hedging our currency and ethane exposure. For further
details of our open hedge positions we refer you to our Analyst Book (
will continue to hedge our net cash exposures for our balance sheet for 2020 and 2021 and
will reduce our cover ratios once we are satisfied with the balance sheet’s gearing levels.
In line with our capital allocation framework, we continue to hold a long-term commitment to
maintain our investment grade credit ratings.
After careful consideration of our current leverage and the volatility in the macroeconomic
environment, the Board has made the decision to pass the final dividend to protect and
strengthen our balance sheet. We continue to ensure that we deliver the key elements of our
strategy, particularly the final completion of the LCCP. The Board may further consider the
passing of the 2020 interim dividend based on the health of the balance sheet credit metrics
at that stage.
In May 2019, the Board commissioned an independent review into the circumstances that
may have delayed the prompt identification and reporting of the LCCP cost and schedule
overruns. The review has now been concluded. Management has determined that, as of 30
June 2019, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was ineffective due to the
existence of a material weakness with respect to the capital cost estimation process
implemented in connection with the LCCP, which resulted from the aggregation of a series of
individual control and project-related control environment deficiencies, the remediation of
which had not been fully implemented and validated as of year-end.
There were no restatements to earnings, financial position or cash flow. Please refer to the
Company’s announcement on 28 October 2019 for more information on the conclusions and
Change in directors and Company Secretary
The following changes to the Board and the Company Secretary of the Company occurred
after the publication of the Companys interim results on 22 February 2019:
- Mr SA Nkosi was appointed as a Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate
with effect from 1 May 2019. Mr Nkosi will become Chairman at the conclusion of the
Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27 November 2019.
- Dr MSV Gantsho and Mr MJN Njeke will retire as Non-executive Directors at the
conclusion of the AGM on 27 November 2019.
- Mr S Westwell will succeed Mr MJN Njeke as Lead Independent Director with effect
from the conclusion of the AGM.
- Mr B Nqwababa and Mr S Cornell resigned as Joint Presidents and Chief Executive
Officers and as Executive Directors with effect from 1 November 2019.
- Mr FR Grobler was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer and as
Executive Director with effect from 1 November 2019.
- Mr VD Kahla was appointed as Executive Director with effect from 1 November 2019.
He will accordingly resign as Company Secretary with effect from 1 November 2019.
- Ms MML Mokoka was appointed acting Company Secretary with effect from
1 November 2019.
This announcement is the responsibility of the directors. The information in this short-form
announcement, including the financial information on which the outlook is based, has not
been audited and reported on by Sasol Limited’s external auditors. Financial figures in this
announcement have been correctly extracted from the audited annual financial statements. It
is only a summary of the information contained in the full announcement and does not
contain full or complete details. Any investment decision should also take into consideration
the information contained in the full announcement, published on SENS on 28 October
2019, via the JSE link. The full announcement and the FY19 annual financial statements will
be available on the Companys website at
Copies of the full announcement may also be requested from the office of the Chief Investor
Relations Officer, email@example.com or +27 10 344 9280, alternatively collected
from the Groups registered office, Sasol Place, 50 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg
2090 at no charge, weekdays during office hours.
The JSE link is as follows:
The Chief Executive Officer will host a conference call and webcast at 15h30 (SA) to discuss
the results and give an update on other business activities.
Conference call details:
Monday, 28 October 2019 Time Dial-in numbers Replay numbers
South Africa 15:30 +1 412 317 6061 +1 412 317 0088
United Kingdom 13:30 +1 412 317 6061 +44 (0) 20 3608 8021
United States (ET) 09:30 +1 888 317 6003 +1 877 344 7529
Singapore 21:30 +1 412 317 6061 +1 412 317 0088
Moscow, Russia 16:30 +1 412 317 6061 + 1 412 317 0088
Toronto, Canada 09:30 +1 866 605 3851 +1 855 669 9658
Passcode: 5196987 10133772
Webcast and replay link:
SENS issue: 28 October 2019
Sponsor: Merrill Lynch South Africa (Pty) Limited
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Please note: One billion is defined as one thousand million, bbl – barrel, bscf – billion
standard cubic feet, mmscf –million standard cubic feet, oil references brent crude, mmboe –
million barrels oil equivalent. All references to years refer to the financial year ended 30
June. Any reference to a calendar year is prefaced by the word “calendar”.
Date: 28/10/2019 08:00:00
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