Sasol posts strong financial results supported by macroeconomic environment

  • Black-owned businesses spend in South Africa up 40% to R33,6 billion of R55,8 billion B-BBEE spend
  • Invested R1,2 billion in skills development
  • Key terms agreed with IPPs for more than 600MW of renewable energy for SA Operations
  • Balance sheet strengthened with net debt down to US$3,8 billion
  • Reinstatement of dividend of R14,70 per share
  • Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) up by more than 100% to R61,4 billion
  • Earnings per share up more than 100% to R62,34, core headline earnings per share up more than 100% to R68,54

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sasol delivered a strong set of financial results against the backdrop of increased volatility resulting from ongoing geopolitical tensions, extended COVID-19 lockdowns and global supply chain disruptions. We benefitted from higher energy and chemicals prices, as well as strong cost and capital discipline through the delivery of our Sasol 2.0 transformation programme. This was offset by lower volume performance mainly due to the operational challenges experienced in the first half of the financial year. We have seen improved performance on the back of more stable operations in the second half of the financial year.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of R61,4 billion increased by more than 100% compared to the prior year, driven by higher crude oil prices, refining margins and chemical prices. This also resulted in a strong gross margin improvement compared to the prior year.

Key metrics

2022

2021

Change %

EBIT (R million)

61 417

16 619

>100

Adjusted EBITDA1 (R million)

71 843

48 420

48

Headline earnings (R million)

29 735

24 503

21

Basic earnings per share (Rand)

62,34

14,57

>100

Headline earnings per share (Rand)

47,58

39,53

20

Core headline earnings per share2 (Rand)

68,54

27,74

>100

Dividend per share (Rand)

–   Interim (Rand)

–   Final (Rand)

14,70

 

  1. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting EBIT for depreciation, amortisation, share-based payments, remeasurement items, change in discount rates of environmental provisions, all unrealised translation gains and losses, and all unrealised gains and losses on our derivatives and hedging activities. We believe adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of the Group’s underlying cash flow performance. However, this is not a defined term under IFRS and may not be comparable with similarly titled measures reported by other companies. (Adjusted EBITDA constitutes pro forma financial information in terms of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements and should be read in conjunction with the basis of preparation and pro forma financial information as set out in the full set of audited summarised financial statements).
  2. Core HEPS is calculated by adjusting headline earnings per share 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 B-BBEE 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. (Core HEPS constitutes pro forma financial information in terms of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements and should be read in conjunction with the basis of preparation and pro forma financial information as set out in the full set of audited summarised financial statements.

 

Net asset value

2022

2021

Change %

Total assets (R million)

419 548

360 743

16

Total liabilities (R million)

226 351

208 272

9

Total equity (R million)

193 197

152 471

27

 

Turnover

EBIT/(LBIT)

2021

2022

2022

2021

R million

R million

R million

R million

Energy business

21 704

24 386

Mining

3 456

3 227

10 990

11 941

Gas

14 622

6 656

60 649

102 964

Fuels

27 959

(18 170)

Chemicals business

60 597

67 275

Africa

24 072

6 957

29 360

41 926

America

981

8 116

46 038

55 419

Eurasia

7 552

4 680

26

56

Corporate Centre

(17 225)

5 153

229 364

303 967

Group performance

61 417

16 619

(27 454)

(28 229)

Intersegmental turnover

201 910

275 738

External turnover

 

Dividend

A final gross cash dividend of South African 1 470 cents per share (30 June 2021 – nil cents per ordinary share) has been declared for the year ended 30 June 2022. The cash dividend is payable on the ordinary shares and the Sasol BEE ordinary shares. The Board is satisfied that the liquidity and solvency of the company, as well as capital adequacy remaining after payment of the dividend, are sufficient to support the current operations for the ensuing year. The dividend has been declared out of retained earnings (income reserves). The South African dividend withholding tax rate is 20%. At the declaration date, there are 629 367 128 ordinary and 6 331 347 Sasol BEE ordinary shares in issue. The net dividend amount payable to shareholders who are not exempt from dividend withholding tax, is 1 176 cents per share, while the dividend amount payable to shareholders who are exempt from dividend withholding tax is 1 470 cents per share.

Sasol Limited’s Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2022 (the Annual Financial Statements) have also been published on the Company’s website at : https://www.sasol.com/investor-centre/financial-results.

Copies of the full announcement and the Annual Financial Statements may also be requested from the Investor Relations office, investor.relations@sasol.com.

The JSE link is as follows: https://senspdf.jse.co.za/documents/2022/JSE/ISSE/SOL/FY22Result.pdf.

The President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer will share the results on Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at 09:00 (SA time) followed by a conference call.

Please connect to the call via the webcast link: https://www.corpcam.com/Sasol23082022.

Or via teleconference: https://services.choruscall.za.com/DiamondPassRegistration/register?confirmationNumber=3629805&linkSecurityString=7a93dfa35.

Issued by:

Alex Anderson, Senior Manager: Group Media Relations and External Relations
Mobile: +27 (0) 71 600 9605; Email: alex.anderson@sasol.com

Matebello Motloung, Manager: Group Media Relations
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 773 9457; Email: matebello.motloung@sasol.com 

About Sasol:

Sasol is a global chemicals and energy company. We harness our knowledge and expertise to integrate sophisticated technologies and processes into world-scale operating facilities.

We strive to safely and sustainably source, produce and market a range of high-quality products globally.

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