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Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 6-K
Report on Form 6-K for March 11, 2013
Commission File Number 1-31615
Sasol Limited
1 Sturdee Avenue
Rosebank 2196
South Africa
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Enclosures: Sasol Limited reviewed interim financial results for
                   the six months ended 31 December 2012
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Sasol Limited
Reviewed interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2012
Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemical company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than
34 000 people working in 38 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.
- Sasol Synfuels’ production up 10%
- Operating profit up by 9% excluding once-offs
- Headline earnings per share up by 2% to R24,01
- Interim dividend of R5,70 per share
- Cash flow from operations up by 6%
- US projects progressed to front-end engineering and design phase
- US dollar bond oversubscribed by 3,47 times
Segment report for the period ended
Turnover (R million)
Operating profit (R million)
full year
30 Jun 12
half year
31 Dec 11
half year
31 Dec 12
Business unit analysis
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
133 814
63 057
71 002
South African energy cluster
16 704
13 469
28 957
10 672
5 107
6 180
1 301
1 002
2 287
6 931
3 292
4 077
2 038
1 461
2 985
48 791
22 337
27 959
12 458
9 909
22 095
67 420
32 321
32 786
1 099
1 592
8 429
4 416
4 795
International energy cluster
1 154
5 318
2 910
2 986
Synfuels International
1 235
1 033
1 881
3 111
1 506
1 809
Petroleum International
(1 936)
94 752
47 162
48 571
Chemical cluster
4 339
6 500
20 081
9 398
10 510
(2 440)
18 914
9 082
9 826
1 115
1 403
37 698
19 493
18 417
Olefins & Surfactants
1 567
1 660
3 193
18 059
9 189
9 818
Other chemical businesses
1 018
1 188
8 598
4 205
4 410
Other businesses
1 691
1 514
1 356
245 593
118 840
128 778
18 934
20 476
36 758
(76 147)
(35 537)
(43 338)
Intercompany turnover
169 446
83 303
85 440
Advancing sustainably
Chief Executive Officer, David E. Constable says:
“We are entering a significant chapter in Sasol’s history. The strategic mega-projects we advance in the medium term will serve to enhance the company’s position
as an international energy and chemicals player. We know that by focusing on the factors we can influence, in the near term, we will set ourselves up for greater
success in the years ahead. For us, safety and the wellbeing of our people and the environment; enhanced operational performance; world-class project execution;
cost reduction; and strengthened stakeholder relations remain paramount.
We have shown, time and again, that Sasol continues to be resilient in challenging times. Notwithstanding, ongoing global economic uncertainty, international
socio-political instability and commodity market volatility, we continue to maintain a strong operational performance, while advancing our exciting growth projects
in a measured and responsible manner. Through our high performing Sasol people working in tandem with our partners, service providers, suppliers, customers and
host governments, we are committed to delivering long-term shareholder value responsibly and sustainably.”
Interim results overview
Earnings attributable to shareholders for the six months ended 31 December 2012 declined by 13% to R12,1 billion from R13,9 billion in the prior year*. Headline
earnings per share increased by 2% to R24,01 and earnings per share decreased by 13% to R20,10, over the same period.
Sasol recorded an operating profit of R18,9 billion for the period. Excluding the impact of once-off charges, amounting to R3,6 billion, operating profit increased by
9% compared with the prior year, on the back of a solid operational performance. The increase in operating profit, excluding the impact of once-off charges, was
primarily due to increased sales volumes, underpinned by an 11% weaker average rand/US dollar exchange rate (R8,48/US$ for the six months ended 31 December
2012 compared with R7,63/US$ for the six months ended 31 December 2011), despite a marginally lower average crude oil price (average dated Brent was
US$109,81/barrel at 31 December 2012 compared with US$111,41/barrel at 31 December 2011) and moderately lower product prices.
The operating profit in the current year was negatively impacted by once-off charges totalling R3,6 billion (31 December 2011: R0,3 billion). These items relate
primarily to the partial impairments of our Arya Sasol Polymer Company (ASPC) investment and the Solvents Germany business of R1 974 million and R198
million, respectively, as well as the write off of an unsuccessful exploration well in Mozambique amounting to R428 million. In addition, included in the once-off
charges is an amount of R1 015 million related to translation losses, primarily at our ASPC operations, resulting from the depreciation of the Iranian Rial against the
US dollar. These once-off items also include a gain relating to the remeasurement to fair value of our existing shareholding in the Merisol business, which arose
from the step up acquisition.
Sasol Synfuels delivered production for the period of 3,7 million tons (mt). The significant improvement in the overall production run-rate of the facility seen during
the second half of the 2012 financial year has continued during this period. In light of the continuing weak European market conditions, our European chemical
businesses’ production was optimised to match lower demand and optimise margins. Production performance at our ASPC and ORYX gas-to-liquids (GTL)
operations was strong and in line with our expectations.
* All comparisons refer to the prior year comparable period unless otherwise stated
Chief Financial Officer, Christine Ramon says:
“Our solid operational performance underpinned the continued strong cash flow generation across our businesses. We have demonstrated our commitment to a
progressive dividend policy and to delivering value to shareholders, despite the significant impact of impairments and other once-off charges. Our strong balance
sheet continues to position the company well to fund our attractive growth projects that are steadily advancing. We are comfortable that we will manage the
long-term gearing of the company within our targeted range, taking into account the phasing of our US growth projects, a buffer for volatility and our progressive
dividend policy.”
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Cash fixed costs, excluding once-off and growth costs and the impact of exchange rates, increased by 6,9% in real terms, due to a challenging South African cost
environment, in respect of labour, maintenance and electricity costs. In order to contain the impact of these cost increases, we have successfully ramped up our
electricity generation capacity to 67% of our own requirements. In addition to procurement and maintenance cost reduction strategies, we are actively analysing
the cash fixed cost drivers in the group to identify opportunities where we can further reduce and contain our cost base sustainably, with a greater drive for shared
services in the group.
The effective tax rate of 31,8% is higher than the prior year’s effective tax rate of 29,3%. This resulted primarily from an increase in non-deductible expenses
relating mainly to once-off charges.
Cash flow generated by operating activities was R21,4 billion compared with R22,7 billion in the prior year. Cash flow from operations increased by 6%, however
this was offset by increased working capital, both as a result of price and volume effects. Capital investments for the period amounted to R14,4 billion.
Taking into account the ongoing strength of our financial position and current capital investment plans, as well as the progressive dividend policy, management has
recommended and the board has approved the interim dividend. This approach remains in line with our commitment consistently to return sustainable value to
Delivering on growth and operations excellence
We are making progress on the delivery of our project pipeline and are pleased to see the following:
- Looking at our upstream activities:
- In December 2012, the Sasol and Talisman Montney Partnership approved the annual work programme and budget for the 2013 calendar year in respect of our
Canadian shale gas assets. The capital expenditure for the 2013 financial year is expected to be approximately CAD500 million, including the Talisman carry
- During the period, two major compression projects were advanced to ensure that the Pande and Temane natural gas fields, as well as the facilities at the Central
Processing Facility (CPF), in Mozambique, will be able to meet the anticipated market ramp-up resulting from the 183 million gigajoules CPF expansion.
- An amount of US$168,2 million has been approved for the development of the South East Etame and North Tchibala projects, as well as the expansion project of
the Main Etame field in Gabon. This investment will ensure that we will be able to profitably mature additional discovered hydrocarbon resources in the permit area
and extend the life of our assets in Gabon. The capital will be spent between the 2013 and 2016 financial years.
- In October 2012, the work programme and budget for the drilling of the nine corehole exploration programme at our coal bed methane assets in Botswana,
during the 2013 financial year, was approved. Drilling commenced on 2 December 2012.
- The Mozambique Inhassoro light oil appraisal well has been on a long-term test since March 2012 and will be shut in, as per contractual obligation, at the end of
February 2013. The well has cumulatively produced 200 000 barrels of light oil. We now have, with effect from 25 February 2013, up to 24 months to submit a
Field Development Plan.
- Turning to our growth projects:
- On 3 December 2012, we announced that we will proceed with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phases of an integrated, world-scale ethane cracker
and downstream derivatives units and a 96 000 barrels per day (bbl/d) GTL facility in the US:
- The ethane cracker will produce 1,5 million tons of ethylene that will be used to produce a range of ethylene derivatives. The total project costs of the ethane
cracker and downstream derivative units are estimated at between US$5 billion and US$7 billion. We expect beneficial operation for the ethane cracker to be
achieved during the 2017 calendar year.
- The GTL facility, a first of its kind in the United States, will produce four million tons per annum of high quality fuel and other value-added products. Total project
costs are estimated at between US$11 billion and US$14 billion. The GTL project will be delivered in two phases after the ethane cracker, with each phase
comprising at least 48 000 bbl/d. At this stage, the final investment decision for the US GTL project is expected to be taken in 18 to 24 months, appropriately
phased after the final investment decision for the US ethane cracker.
- As part of FEED, we will be assessing in detail ways in which to manage and mitigate potential risks associated with executing these mega-projects, as well as the
phasing of the projects to enable us to meet our internal gearing targets and our progressive dividend policy before a final investment decision is taken.
- The feasibility study to determine the technical and commercial viability of a GTL facility in Western Canada was successfully completed. In accordance with the
need to prioritise our growth portfolio, a decision was made to phase this investment opportunity after the integrated US GTL and ethane cracker complex. A FEED
decision will, therefore, be considered at a later stage.
- The FEED activities for the Uzbekistan GTL plant, which commenced in October 2011, are progressing well. FEED activities, including the assessment of project
financing, are expected to be completed during the second half of the 2013 calendar year.
- In Nigeria, the Escravos GTL project is progressing steadily, with commissioning and start-up activities. The plant is expected to be in operation towards the end of
the 2013 calendar year.
- Our foundation businesses:
- The Sasol Synfuels growth programme is progressing, with the start of installation of the gas heated heat exchange reformers (GHHERs). The progress on this
project will be closely monitored. Once the first pair of GHHERs is installed and operational, the site will have increased flexibility and the timing of the second set
of GHHERs installation will be planned to maximise volumes. The last of the four new gasifiers was successfully commissioned in September 2012.
The complex brownfields volatile organic compound abatement project continues, along with the replacement of tar tanks and separators as well as the coal tar
filtration east project.
- The R3,5 billion Thubelisha Shaft at the Twistdraai Colliery in Mpumalanga, South Africa, has largely been completed within budget. We anticipate that all work,
including gaining access to areas around the devolatized coal section, will be finalised in the third quarter of the 2013 calendar year. The development of the
Impumelelo and Shondoni Collieries, which are part of Sasol Mining’s R14 billion mine replacement programme, are progressing. Despite shaft sinking challenges
due to productivity at the Impumelelo Colliery, it is anticipated that the project will be completed within budget during the fourth quarter of the 2014 calendar
year. Construction of the Shondoni Colliery is progressing and we expect that the first development section will start opening up the underground area during the
first quarter of the 2014 calendar year. Beneficial operation in respect of this colliery is anticipated for the 2015 calendar year.
- Construction on the FT wax expansion facility in Sasolburg, South Africa, continues to progress. The commissioning of the new Slurry Bed Reactor, which is
critically important for the capacity expansion, is expected to take place at the end of the 2013 calendar year. The Sasol board originally approved a budget of R8,4
billion in respect of the total project, which is expected to be sufficient for completion of phase 1 as well as pre-investment of common facilities of phase 2. The
capital cost of phase 2 of the project is currently being assessed together with other key project parameters. There could be a further delay in the previously
announced beneficial operation dates for phase 2 with additional cost impacts.
- Progress on the construction of our R1,9 billion ethylene purification unit project in Sasolburg, and the R1,3 billion C3 stabilisation project in Secunda continues.
These projects are expected to be in operation in the second half of the 2013 calendar year and in the middle of the 2014 calendar year, respectively.
- During the period, through Sasol New Energy (SNE), we continued to advance the development of our US$246 million gas-fired power generation plant in
Mozambique, in partnership with the country’s state-owned power utility Electricidade de Moçambique at Ressano Garcia. All conditions precedent to a final
funding and investment decision were finalised and ground works have commenced on site. Beneficial operation is expected during the first half of the 2014
calendar year.
- The Secunda Natref integration pipeline, which facilitates the transfer of liquid fuels components between the two facilities, was commissioned in December
2012, below the approved budgeted amount of R1 billion.
Doing business responsibly
We continued to deliver on our broader sustainability contributions during the period:
- Our gas engine power plant in Sasolburg successfully started operations and began producing electricity at full capacity by the end of December 2012, three
months ahead of schedule and almost 20% below budget. The plant, which uses natural gas as feedstock, has an operating capacity of 140 megawatts (MW) and
marks a significant step in boosting our own power generation capacity and improving energy efficiency. In addition, this plant contributes to the reduction of our
greenhouse gas emissions intensity, while easing the load on the national grid for the benefit of the South African communities.
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- SNE continues to progress alternative energy studies and projects, including electricity generation from natural gas as feedstock, solar-based renewable energy
projects and liquefied natural gas opportunities. In addition, we continue to advance our in-house knowledge on carbon capture, utilisation and storage as well as
underground coal gasification (UCG).
- Our external water conservation partnerships have started yielding results, with the first water savings of R2 million being achieved in the Emfuleni Municipality
in the Sasolburg region. The concept of water off-setting has been positively received by the South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and
Environmental Affairs and further development of a water off-setting policy by the Department of Water Affairs is being supported by SNE.
- As at previous United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conferences, we were represented at COP 18 in Doha, Qatar, and provided technical
input to various working groups considering sustainable climate change solutions. Our joint venture, ORYX GTL, was one of the key sponsors supplying fuel to
branded buses which transported delegates to the various conference venues.
- In terms of South African climate change policy, our experts are participating in several working groups, together with the South African government and other
stakeholders, to develop the standards and guidelines which would give effect to the country’s climate change response policy, which was published in 2011. We
continue to engage stakeholders on climate change-related policies and initiatives, to find workable and sustainable solutions to the climate change challenge.
- During the period, we paid R15 billion in direct and indirect taxes to the South African government. Sasol remains one of the largest corporate taxpayers in South
Africa, contributing significantly to the South African economy.
- Sasol supports the move to a lower-carbon economy, taking into account South Africa’s critical developmental challenges. The South African Finance Minister’s
proposal is for a R120/ton carbon tax with effect from 1 January 2015, increasing by 10% per annum for five years. Coal-to-liquids and GTL will receive a 60%
basic exemption. An updated policy paper is expected at the end of March 2013. Implementation of a carbon tax, as currently proposed, cannot proceed without a
full understanding of its consequences on the economy in the form of aspects such as employment, competitiveness and trade measures. Sasol will continue to
engage with the South African government on carbon taxes.
- The safety incident recordable case rate (RCR) for employees and service providers, including injuries and illnesses, of 0,36 at 31 December 2012 has improved
compared with the RCR rate of 0,39 at 30 June 2012. Notably, our RCR for employees and service providers, excluding illnesses, of 0,32 at 31 December 2012 (30
June 2012: 0,35) is at its lowest level in our recent history.
- During the period, we committed to R800 million over the next four years to the municipalities in the Sasolburg and Secunda regions as part of our commitment
to enhance development in these areas.
Our operations deliver solid performance
South African energy cluster
Sasol Mining – higher sales volumes and prices to Sasol Synfuels
Operating profit of R1 301 million was 30% higher than the prior year. Production volumes were down 1% compared to those of the prior year due to some
challenging geological conditions as some collieries near the end of their life of mine. Operating profit was supported by higher sales prices and volumes to Sasol
Synfuels as well as the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate, offset by lower US dollar export coal prices and volumes.
Sasol Gas – improved sales prices and volumes
Operating profit increased by 39% to R2 038 million compared to the prior year mainly as a result of higher sales prices and increased demand for volumes, which
supported Sasol’s initiatives to increase energy efficiencies and reduce carbon emission intensity.
Sasol Synfuels – production volumes up by 10%
Sasol Synfuels’ operating profit increased by 26% to R12 458 million compared to the prior year primarily due to a weaker average rand/US dollar exchange rate
resulting in favourable product prices and margins. The commissioning of new equipment, notably the four additional gasifiers, as well as the impact of the 17th
reformer, coupled with plant stability, resulted in production volumes being 10% higher than the prior year. Cash unit costs increased by 13% compared to the
prior year, due to higher feedstock prices (which are largely internal to the group), as well as increased maintenance and energy costs, which negatively impacted
operating profit. Sasol Synfuels completed a successful planned shutdown in September 2012.
Sasol Oil – higher margins despite lower volumes
Operating profit decreased by 17% to R907 million compared to the prior year primarily due to lower production volumes at the Natref refinery resulting from an
extended planned shutdown and late start-up of the refinery. These lower volumes were somewhat offset by the higher volumes from Sasol Synfuels, however, sales
volumes were lower than the prior year. Higher marketing and refining margins contributed positively to operating profits for the period.
International energy cluster
Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) – ORYX GTL excels in performance
SSI’s operating profit increased by 20% to R1 235 million compared to the prior year. This was mainly due to the contribution of the ORYX GTL plant in Qatar on
the back of higher volumes, supported by the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. The ORYX GTL plant, which has maintained an RCR of zero, produced above
90% of design capacity ahead of a planned statutory shutdown that started in February 2013.
Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) – Mozambique volume growth, however low North American gas prices impact Canadian asset performance
SPI recorded an operating loss of R707 million compared with an operating profit of R121 million in the prior year. Oil and gas production increased by 25% to
11,2 million barrels oil equivalent (mmboe) compared to the prior period. The increase is mainly attributable to higher production from the Mozambican (18%) and
Canadian (90%) ventures. Production from Gabon remained stable despite the ongoing field decline. During the current period, our Canadian operations produced
2,2 mmboe (31 December 2011: 1,1 mmboe) of natural gas.
However, the positive impact of the increased production was offset by higher depreciation of CAD94 million related to our Canadian shale gas assets, as well as
the write off of dry well Mupeji-1 in Mozambique amounting to R428 million.
Chemical cluster
Sasol Polymers – margin pressure and negative impact of Arya impairment
Sasol Polymers South Africa recorded an operating loss of R1 187 million. Sales and production volumes in our South African polymers business were 10% and 9%
respectively, higher than the prior year, despite the slow recovery in the polymer market, which was exacerbated by the road freight and mining industries strike
action. Margins continue to be squeezed in the South African polymers business, where feedstock price increases outweighed the increases in selling prices. We have
commenced with a business turnaround programme in our South African operations and are positive that this will begin yielding positive results.
Our international operations contributed R1 736 million to operating profit, excluding the partial impairment of our investment in ASPC of R1 974 million and
translation losses of R1 015 million, relating primarily to our ASPC operations, mainly due to the depreciation of the Iranian Rial against the US dollar. ASPC
achieved a capacity utilisation rate of 84%. The divestiture of our investment in ASPC is continuing.
Sasol Solvents – higher sales volumes but trading environment remains challenging
Operating profit decreased to R48 million compared to an operating profit of R1 115 million in the prior year. Production volumes increased by 8% compared to
the prior year, despite protracted road freight industrial action in South Africa and production cut-backs, mainly in Europe, due to market constraints. While sales
volumes increased, these benefits were partially offset by lower US dollar selling prices and contracting margins, resulting from continued high feedstock prices over
this period. Operating profit includes a partial impairment of R198 million related to our German operations.
Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S) – European operations under margin pressure
Operating profit decreased by 6% to R1 567 million compared to the prior year. While our US operations continued to benefit from the low US ethane prices, our
European based businesses came under increased pressure as a result of reduced volumes due to softer demand and lower lauric oil prices, coupled with continued
high petrochemical feedstock prices.
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Other chemical businesses – Sasol Nitro delivers strong performance despite difficulties in explosives business
Operating profit in our other chemical businesses decreased by 18% to R836 million compared to the prior year. The operating profit of our Sasol Wax business has
remained flat compared to the prior year on the back of improved production volumes in the wax markets, coupled with increased sales of hard wax from South
The Sasol Nitro business delivered solid financial results. This was despite the negative effects of labour unrest in the mining sector and significantly higher
feedstock cost in the fertiliser business. Operating profit for the prior year includes a once-off profit of R120 million resulting from the sale of Sasol Nitro’s
Phalaborwa assets and certain of its downstream fertiliser businesses.
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, coal mining, 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.
As part of its investigation into the polymer industry, the Commission has contended that the prices at which Sasol Polymers supplies propylene and polypropylene
are excessive. Sasol Polymers does not agree with the Commission’s assessment and is contesting the Commission’s allegations. The Competition Tribunal hearing
in respect of this matter is scheduled to commence on 13 May 2013.
The Commission has referred allegations of price-fixing and market division against Chevron SA, Engen, Shell SA, Total SA, Sasol Limited, BP SA and the South
African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) to the South African Competition Tribunal for adjudication. The Commission is alleging that the respondents
exchanged commercially sensitive information, mainly through SAPIA, in order to ensure that their respective prices for diesel followed the Wholesale List Selling
Price published by the South African Department of Energy. This is not a new matter and Sasol began engaging with the Commission in this regard in 2008 as part
of its group-wide competition law compliance review, which preceded the Commission’s investigation into the liquid fuels sector. Sasol has reviewed the
Commission’s referral documents and does not agree with the Commission’s allegations. Accordingly, Sasol will take the appropriate legal steps available to it.
US dollar bond offering a success
Gearing at 31 December 2012 of 6,6% (30 June 2012: 2,7%) remains low. On 7 November 2012, we were very pleased to announce our successful US$1 billion
bond issuance. The bond, with a tenure of 10 years and a fixed coupon rate of 4,5%, was oversubscribed by 3,47 times. This coupon is the lowest US dollar fixed
coupon rate achieved by a South African domiciled corporate (non-state owned enterprise) with this term. The proceeds from this offering will be used for general
corporate purposes, including the funding of our capital investments. The low gearing is supported by the continued healthy cash flow generation, particularly from
our foundation businesses. This low level of gearing is expected to be maintained in the short term, but is likely to return to within 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
We expect the global environment and South African economy to maintain a modest recovery into the financial year. However, weakening demand in Europe and
lower growth in emerging markets and the US remain a concern. Crude oil prices are expected to remain stable over the near term. Product prices are expected to
remain volatile. The resolution of the European debt crisis and concerns regarding the US debt ceiling remain uncertain. The rand/US dollar exchange rate remains
one of the biggest external factors impacting our profitability.
We expect an overall solid production performance for the 2013 financial year with our production guidance remaining unchanged:
- Sasol Synfuels’ volumes will be between 7,2 and 7,4 million tons;
- The full year average utilisation rate at ORYX GTL in Qatar is expected to be between 80% and 90% of nameplate capacity due to a planned shutdown;
- Full year production at ASPC in Iran will be approximately 75% to 80% of nameplate capacity due to feedstock constraints; and
- Our shale gas venture in Canada will continue to show flat volumes in line with the prior year.
We continue to actively engage with an interested party to divest from our share in ASPC. Further losses relating to the foreign currency translation reserve of
approximately US$100 million may be recognised in income once we finally divest from ASPC. There may be further impairments linked to the fair value of the
asset as a result of a deteriorating Iranian environment and the accounting requirement to continue recognising operating profits, which might not be recuperated
through the divestiture.
We remain on track to deliver on our expectations for improved operational performance. As costs are incurred to improve plant stability and the weaker rand
continues to exert pressure on our South African businesses, we expect that our normalised fixed costs will increase above the South African producers’ price index
(PPI) inflation. Cost reduction is a specific target within our short-term incentive scheme and, accordingly, management continues to focus on controllable cost
elements. The macroeconomic conditions continue to be volatile, impacting our assumptions in respect of a stable crude oil price and volatile product prices,
stronger refining margins as well as the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. 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 makes it difficult to be more precise in this
outlook statement.
* In accordance with standard practice, it is noted that this information has not been reviewed nor reported on by the company’s auditors.
Acquisitions and disposals of businesses
During December 2012, Sasol Gas began the process of disposing of its 49% share in Spring Lights Gas. Negotiations with external parties, as well as approval by
the South African Competition Commission, are expected to be concluded within the next 12 months. In addition, Sasol Oil disposed of its bitumen business,
operated by Tosas, for a consideration of R120 million. This disposal is subject to the South African Competition Commission’s approval.
In December 2012, Sasol acquired the remaining 50% shareholding in Merisol for a purchase consideration of US$85 million.
Subsequent events
Activities to further the potential disposal of our investment in ASPC are progressing well. We have concluded a memorandum of understanding with an interested
party regarding the disposal of ASPC. With effect from 28 February 2013, the investment is classified as a disposal group held-for-sale. Further announcements will
be made once more progress has been made.
Declaration of cash dividend number 67
An interim gross cash dividend of South African 570 cents per ordinary share (31 December 2011: 570 cents per share) has been declared for the six months ended
31 December 2012. 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 are 646 283 316 Sasol ordinary, 25 547 081 Sasol preferred ordinary 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 484,50000 cents per share, while the dividend amount payable to
shareholders who are exempt from dividend withholding tax is 570,0 cents per share.
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The salient dates for holders of ordinary shares and BEE ordinary shares are:
Declaration date
Monday, 11 March 2013
Last day for trading to qualify for and participate in the interim dividend (cum dividend)
Friday, 5 April 2013
Trading ex dividend commences
Monday, 8 April 2013
Record date
Friday, 12 April 2013
Dividend payment date
Monday, 15 April 2013
The salient dates for holders of our American Depository Receipts are 1:
Ex dividend on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Record date
Friday, 12 April 2013
Approximate date of currency conversion
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Approximate dividend payment date
Thursday, 25 April 2013
1. All dates are approximate as the NYSE sets the record date after receipt of the dividend declaration.
On Monday, 15 April 2013, 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 CSDP or broker credited on Monday, 15 April 2013.
Share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised between Monday, 8 April 2013 and Friday, 12 April 2013, both days inclusive.
On behalf of the board
Hixonia Nyasulu
David E. Constable
Chief Executive Officer
Christine Ramon
Chief Financial Officer
Sasol Limited
11 March 2013
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The interim financial statements are presented on a condensed consolidated basis.
Statement of financial position
31 Dec 12
31 Dec 11
30 Jun 12
Property, plant and equipment
99 149
86 566
95 872
Assets under construction
38 452
35 437
33 585
Other intangible assets
1 445
1 104
1 214
Investments in associates
2 487
3 718
2 560
Post-retirement benefit assets
Deferred tax assets
1 377
1 241
1 514
Other long-term assets
2 249
2 997
2 437
Non-current assets
146 394
132 131
138 282
Assets held for sale
24 069
21 712
20 668
Trade and other receivables
26 128
23 975
26 299
Short-term financial assets
Cash restricted for use
5 525
7 817
5 314
22 622
8 857
12 746
Current assets
79 208
63 112
65 471
Total assets
225 602
195 243
203 753
Equity and liabilities
Shareholders’ equity
132 428
119 391
125 234
Non-controlling interest
3 294
2 788
3 080
Total equity
135 722
122 179
128 314
Long-term debt
21 402
14 162
12 828
Long-term financial liabilities
Long-term provisions
10 991
9 405
10 518
Post-retirement benefit obligations
7 785
6 150
6 872
Long-term deferred income
Deferred tax liabilities
14 863
13 316
13 839
Non-current liabilities
55 528
43 476
44 550
Liabilities in disposal groups held for sale
Short-term debt
9 129
3 097
3 072
Short-term financial liabilities
Other current liabilities
24 245
26 044
27 460
Bank overdraft
Current liabilities
34 352
29 588
30 889
Total equity and liabilities
225 602
195 243
203 753
1 The groups’ accounting policy in respect of employee benefits was amended during the year ended 30 June 2012
due to the adoption of the amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. This change in accounting policy was applied
retrospectively and the 31 December 2011 comparative figures were restated. As a result, post-retirement benefit
obligations increased by R1 006 million at 31 December 2011 and the post-retirement benefit assets decreased by
R626 million at 31 December 2011.
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Income statement
for the period ended
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
85 440
83 303
169 446
Cost of sales and services rendered
(53 010)
(53 936)
(111 042)
Gross profit
32 430
29 367
58 404
Other operating income
1 416
Marketing and distribution expenditure
(3 267)
(3 589)
(6 701)
Administrative expenditure
(6 373)
(5 331)
(11 672)
Other operating expenditure
(4 465)
(4 689)
Effect of crude oil hedges
Share-based payment expenses
Effect of remeasurement items
(2 621)
(1 860)
Translation (losses)/gains
1 642
Other expenditure
(1 099)
(1 252)
(2 595)
Operating profit
18 934
20 476
36 758
Finance income
Share of profits of associates (net of tax)
Finance expenses
(1 033)
(2 030)
Profit before tax
18 484
20 201
36 003
(5 876)
(5 927)
(11 746)
Profit for the period
12 608
14 274
24 257
Attributable to
Owners of Sasol Limited
12 157
13 894
23 583
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries
12 608
14 274
24 257
Earnings per share
Basic earnings per share
Diluted earnings per share1
1 Diluted earnings per share are calculated taking the Sasol Share Incentive Scheme and Sasol Inzalo share transaction
into account.
Statement of comprehensive income
for the period ended
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Profit for the period
12 608
14 274
24 257
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
Items that can be subsequently reclassified to the income statement
2 127
4 600
4 101
Effect of translation of foreign operations
2 111
4 575
4 063
Effect of cash flow hedges
Investments available-for-sale
Tax on items that can be subsequently reclassified to the income
Items that cannot be subsequently reclassified to the income
Actuarial losses on post-retirement benefit obligations
(1 195)
Tax on items that cannot be subsequently reclassified to the income
Total comprehensive income for the period
14 510
18 240
27 537
Attributable to
Owners of Sasol Limited
14 060
17 853
26 853
Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries
14 510
18 240
27 537
1 The groups’ accounting policy in respect of employee benefits was amended during the year ended 30 June 2012
due to the adoption of the amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. This change in accounting policy was applied
retrospectively and the 31 December 2011 comparative figures were restated. As a result, total comprehensive
income decreased by R634 million as at 31 December 2011.
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Statement of changes in equity
for the period ended
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Opening balance
128 314
109 860
109 860
Shares issued during the period
Share-based payment expenses
Acquisition of businesses
Transactions with non-controlling shareholders in
Total comprehensive income for the period
14 510
18 240
27 537
Dividends paid
(7 267)
(6 090)
(9 600)
Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders in
Closing balance
135 722
122 179
128 314
Share capital
28 211
27 876
27 984
Share repurchase programme
(2 641)
(2 641)
(2 641)
Sasol Inzalo share transaction
(22 054)
(22 054)
(22 054)
Retained earnings
117 437
106 368
112 547
Share-based payment reserve
8 702
8 264
8 509
Foreign currency translation reserve
4 232
2 655
2 137
Actuarial gains and losses
(1 479)
(1 067)
(1 250)
Investment fair value reserve
Cash flow hedge accounting reserve
Shareholders' equity
132 428
119 391
125 234
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries
3 294
2 788
3 080
Total equity
135 722
122 179
128 314
1 The groups’ accounting policy in respect of employee benefits was amended during the year ended 30
June 2012 due to the adoption of the amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. This change in
accounting policy was applied retrospectively and the 31 December 2011 comparative figures were
restated. As a result, total shareholders’ equity decreased by R1 114 million as at 31 December 2011.
Statement of cash flows
for the period ended
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Cash receipts from customers
86 252
83 633
168 934
Cash paid to suppliers and employees
(64 817)
(60 975)
(121 033)
Cash generated by operating activities
21 435
22 658
47 901
Cash flow from operations
27 461
25 946
50 172
Increase in working capital
(6 026)
(3 288)
(2 271)
Finance income received
1 149
Finance expenses paid
Tax paid
(4 745)
(5 163)
(10 760)
Dividends paid
(7 267)
(6 090)
(9 600)
Cash retained from operating activities
9 577
11 701
28 024
Additions to non-current assets
(14 350)
(14 540)
(29 160)
Acquisition of businesses
Acquisition of interests in joint ventures
Disposal of businesses
Additional investments in associate
Other net cash flows from investing activities
Cash utilised in investing activities
(14 364)
(14 651)
(27 616)
Share capital issued
Contributions from non-controlling shareholders
Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders
Increase/(decrease) in long-term debt
7 522
Increase/(decrease) in short-term debt
6 513
1 503
Cash effect of financing activities
14 041
(1 029)
Translation effects on cash and cash equivalents of foreign
1 011
Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
9 503
(1 420)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
17 838
17 810
17 810
Cash in disposal groups held for sale
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
27 312
16 390
17 838
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Salient features
for the period ended
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Selected ratios
Return on equity
Return on total assets
Operating profit margin
Finance expense cover
Dividend cover
* Annualised
Share statistics
Total shares in issue
Sasol ordinary shares in issue
Treasury shares (share repurchase programme)
Weighted average number of shares
Diluted weighted average number of shares
Share price (closing)
Market capitalisation
- Sasol ordinary shares
234 441
248 300
220 788
- Sasol BEE ordinary shares
Net asset value per share
Dividend per share
- interim
- final
Other financial information
Total debt (including bank overdraft)
- interest bearing
30 817
16 895
15 596
- non-interest bearing
Finance expense capitalised
Capital commitments
64 299
49 692
46 140
- authorised and contracted
58 335
46 973
50 665
- authorised, not yet contracted
43 622
33 892
28 621
- less expenditure to date
(37 658)
(31 173)
(33 146)
Guarantees and contingent liabilities
- total amount
34 130
39 073
25 299
- liability included in the statement of financial position
19 563
11 401
11 194
Significant items in operating profit
- employee costs
10 213
9 182
19 921
- depreciation and amortisation of non-current assets
5 445
4 393
9 651
- share-based payment expenses
Sasol share incentive schemes
Sasol Inzalo share transaction
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half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Effective tax rate1
Number of employees
34 857
34 626
34 916
Average crude oil price - dated Brent
Average rand/US$ exchange rate
1US$ = Rand
Closing rand/US$ exchange rate
1US$ = Rand
1 The increase in the effective tax rate from 29,3% to 31,8% resulted primarily from the increase in non-deductible expenses
related to the impairment of Arya Sasol Polymer Company and other once-off items, compared with the prior year.
Reconciliation of headline earnings
half year
31 Dec 12
half year
31 Dec 11
full year
30 Jun 12
Profit for the year attributable to owners of Sasol Limited
12 157
13 894
23 583
Effect of remeasurement items
2 621
1 860
Impairment of assets
- impairment of investment in Arya Sasol Polymer Company
1 974
- other impairments
1 642
Reversal of impairment
Profit on acquisition of business
Profit on disposal of associate
Profit on disposal of assets
Scrapping of non-current assets
Write off of unsuccessful exploration wells
Tax effects and non-controlling interests
Headline earnings
14 522
14 161
25 504
Remeasurement items per above
Synfuels International
Petroleum International
1 609
1 988
Olefins & Surfactants
Other chemical businesses
Other businesses
Remeasurement items
2 621
1 860
Headline earnings per share
Diluted headline earnings per share
The reader is referred to the definitions contained in the 2012 Sasol Limited annual financial statements.
Basis of preparation and accounting policies
The condensed consolidated interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2012 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting
Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting, Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices
Committee and Financial Reporting Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council, as well as the South African Companies Act, 2008, as
The accounting policies applied in the condensed consolidated interim financial results are consistent with those applied for the year ended 30 June 2012 and are
in terms of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.
The condensed consolidated interim financial results do not include all the disclosure required for complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance
with IFRS.
These condensed consolidated interim financial results 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 results are presented in South African rand, which is Sasol Limited’s functional and presentation currency.
Christine Ramon CA(SA), Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for this set of financial results and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with the
Executive: Group Finance, Paul Victor CA(SA).
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.
Significant changes in contingent liabilities since 30 June 2012
As a result of the fine imposed on Sasol Wax GmbH in October 2008 by the European Commission, on 23 September 2011, Sasol Wax GmbH was served with a
law suit in The Netherlands by a company to which potential claims for compensation of damages have been assigned to by eight customers. On 30 September
2011, another law suit has been lodged with the London High Court by 30 plaintiffs against Sasol Wax GmbH, Sasol Wax International AG and Sasol Holding in
Germany GmbH. The result of these proceedings cannot be determined at present.
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Independent review by the auditors
These condensed consolidated interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2012 have been reviewed by KPMG Inc. KPMG Inc. has issued an
unmodified review report on these condensed consolidated interim financial results. The auditor’s unmodified report is available for inspection at the registered
office of the company.
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) (Pty) Ltd.
Directors (non-executive): Mrs TH Nyasulu (Chairman), Mr C Beggs*, Mr HG Dijkgraaf (Dutch)*, Dr MSV Gantsho*, Ms IN Mkhize*, Mr ZM Mkhize*, Mr MJN Njeke*,
Mr PJ Robertson (British and American)*, Prof JE Schrempp (German)**, Mr S Westwell (British)*
(executive): Mr DE Constable (Chief Executive Officer) (Canadian), Mrs KC Ramon (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
Sasol Ordinary shares
Share code: SOL
ISIN: ZAE000006896
Sasol BEE Ordinary shares
NYSE Share code: SOLBE1
Share code: US8038663006
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
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, 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 12 October 2012 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”.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant, Sasol Limited, has
duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: March 11, 2013
By:      VD Kahla
Name: Vuyo Dominic Kahla
Title:   Company Secretary