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JSE: SOL - SOLBE1 - Sasol Publishes Production and Sales Metrics for the nine months ended 31 March 2019

Publication Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sasol Publishes Production and Sales Metrics for the nine months ended 31 March 2019

Sasol Limited
(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)


Sasol has published its production and sales performance metrics for the nine months
ended 31 March 2019 on the Company’s website at <Origin Href="Link">www.sasol.com, under the Investor
Centre section or via this URL: <Origin Href="Link">https://www.sasol.com/investor-centre/financial-

Sasol delivered an improved quarterly production and sales performance. Our production
volumes have stabilised post the total West factory shutdown at our Secunda Synfuels
Operations (SSO) during the first half of FY19. Our Lake Charles Chemicals Project
(LCCP) is progressing with the continued ramp-up of the linear low density
polyethylene (LLDPE) unit, following the achievement of beneficial operation (BO) of
this unit in February 2019.

Operating Business Units
Mining productivity continues to track towards targeted productivity levels. Our
productivity rate improved by 10% from the previous year to 1 170 t/cm/s for the
period ending 31 March 2019 and our stock piles have been managed optimally to fully
meet internal customer demand. Current indications are that Mining will achieve
production levels of approximately 38 million tons for the full year, aligned to the
requirements of our value chain customers. At our Mozambican upstream operations, we
delivered a robust production performance, in line with expectations. We expect to
achieve our production target of between 114 - 118 bscf for FY19.

Regional Operating Hubs
Secunda Synfuels Operations (SSO) maintained stable production in Q3 FY19, continuing
to support a normalised run-rate of 7,8 million tons per annum. Stable production at
SSO has enabled us to offset the previously reported 6% reduction in production
volumes for the 1H FY19, now resulting in a 3% reduction in volumes compared to the
prior year. We expect to achieve the upper end of our planned production targets of
7,5 - 7,6 million tons for the year. In Sasolburg, Natref continued with its improved
performance and achieved a production run rate of 636m³/h for FY19 year to date, and
our Sasolburg operations continue to deliver stable production post the planned
shutdowns. In Europe, our operations were negatively impacted by a force majeure on
external ethylene supplies into our Marl site, resulting in a reduction in production
volumes for FY19 year to date.
Strategic Business Units
Our Energy business exceeded our prior period liquid fuels sales volumes by 4%,
enabled through higher SSO and Natref production. We remain on track to achieve the
upper end of our previous sales volumes market guidance of approximately 57 - 58
million barrels. We are pursuing our retail strategy and opened five new Retail
Convenience Centres (RCCs) and divested from four non-profitable RCCs year to date.
We continue to target 15 new RCCs for the financial year. ORYX GTL achieved an average
utilisation rate of 86%, as a result of the extended shutdown.

Base Chemicals delivered a strong performance in Q3 FY19 which resulted in a 9%
improvement in volumes compared to Q2 FY19. The Base Chemicals business (excluding US
produced products) achieved a 6% improvement in volumes compared to Q2 FY19 post the
extended SSO shutdowns during 1H FY19. This was enabled by largely stable operations
at our production facilities in South Africa. At our US Polymers businesses, the high
density polyethylene (HDPE) plant continues to ramp up production during this
financial year and the plant is expected to achieve an average utilisation rate of 80
- 90% for the full year. Our new LLDPE plant, one of the LCCP units, reached beneficial
operation during Q3 FY19 and management continues to focus on the successful ramp-up
of the plant. Notwithstanding the 6% decrease year to date in overall Base Chemicals
sales volumes compared to the prior year, we maintain our expectation that our annual
sales volumes (excluding US produced products) will be 1% lower compared to the
previous financial year.

Performance Chemicals sales volumes increased by 4% quarter on quarter but decreased
by 4% compared to the prior year, mainly due to the force majeure in Europe in Q2
FY19, planned shutdowns and a softer macro-environment in Europe and Asia. As a
consequence of a slower recovery from unplanned supply constraints, we expect our
sales volumes for the full year to be 1 - 2% below the previous year (excluding LCCP).
In Rand terms, we have seen continued strong margins over the reporting period.

Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP)
At Lake Charles, we continue to focus on safely improving productivity in the field
and bringing the plants to mechanical completion and then beneficial operation. The
project continued with its exceptional safety record with a RCR of 0,11. Overall
project completion is at 96%. We are tracking the schedule and the upper end of the
cost estimate provided to the market in February 2019. We expect the Ethylene Oxide
/ Ethylene Glycol unit to reach beneficial operation in June 2019 as per previous

Market Performance
During the period ending 31 March 2019, we experienced higher average crude oil prices
compared to the prior year, which benefitted our Energy business. This was offset by
weaker refining margins, due to lower petrol differentials. Our chemicals businesses
are experiencing softer prices in some end-markets. The group benefitted from the
weaker exchange rate during the period ending 31 March 2019 compared to the prior
Overall, operational stability has been restored as we head towards the end of the
financial year. SSO’s current production levels support a normalised run-rate of 7,8
million tons per annum. We have revised our ORYX average utilisation rate for the
year down to 83%. Performance Chemicals sales volumes have been revised to 1 - 2%
lower than the prior year (excluding LCCP). We have optimised our sales plans with
the aim of recovering the volumes lost as a result of the shutdowns and external
supply constraints.

18 April 2019

Sponsor: Merrill Lynch South Africa Proprietary Limited

Investor Relations:
Feroza Syed, Chief Investor Relations Officer
Telephone: +27 (0) 10 344 8052

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