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Omnia Holdings Limited - Trading Update

Release Date: 09/11/2005 15:41:48      Code(s): OMN
Omnia Holdings Limited - Trading Update                                         
OMNIA HOLDINGS LIMITED                                                          
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)                                  
(Registration number 1967/003680/06)                                            
JSE code: OMN                                                                   
ISIN: ZAE000005153                                                              
("Omnia" or "the Group")                                                        
TRADING UPDATE                                                                  
Omnia is a diversified, specialist chemical services provider with balanced     
interests in chemicals, mining and agriculture markets. In accordance with the  
Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, the Group is reporting in terms of    
International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") for the half year ended 30 
September 2005.                                                                 
The Group"s fertilizer sales are considerably lower than normal due to an       
expected reduction in this year"s summer maize planting and the late onset of   
summer rains.                                                                   
Shareholders are therefore advised that headline and basic earnings have        
decreased by more than 20% in respect of the six months ended 30 September 2005.
This is compared to both the prior period"s published results as well as the    
IFRS adjusted prior year comparatives. The increase in the weighted average     
number of shares in issue, resulting from shares issued in the previous year,   
has further impacted on headline and basic earnings per share. Accordingly, the 
headline and basic earnings per share for the six months ended 30 September     
2005, as compared to both the prior period"s published result as well as the    
IFRS adjusted prior year comparatives, are expected to be between 20% and 40%   
lower than the headline and basic earnings per share for the comparable period. 
The benefits of a more balanced profile of business interests achieved between  
the three core businesses of Chemicals, Mining and Agriculture has to a large   
extent shielded the Group from the full impact of the expected low fertilizer   
sales.                                                                          
Shareholders are further advised that the Group"s results for the six months    
ended 30 September 2005 have not yet been reviewed and/or reported on by the    
Group"s auditors.  It is anticipated that the results for the six months ended  
30 September 2005 will be published on or about 29 November 2005.               
Johannesburg                                                                    
9 November 2005                                                                 
Sponsor:                                                                        
Barnard Jacobs Mellet Corporate Finance                                         
(Pty) Limited                                                                   
Date: 09/11/2005 03:41:51 PM Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za                     
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