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Sasol announces improvement in headline earnings forecast for financial year

Release Date: 05/09/2006 15:17:01      Code(s): SOL
Sasol announces improvement in headline earnings forecast for financial year    
Sasol Limited                                                                   
(Incorporated in South Africa)                                                  
(Registration number: 1979/003231/06)                                           
ISIN Code: ZAE000006896                                                         
Share Code: SOL                                                                 
NYSE Code: SSL                                                                  
("Sasol" or "the Company")                                                      
On 1 March 2001, Sasol acquired Condea from RWE Dea for a purchase consideration
of Euro1 295 million. The business, also including thereafter certain existing  
Sasol assets in South Africa, was subsequently named Sasol Olefins and          
Surfactants (O&S). At the time, the long-term view of oil prices held by leading
reputable agencies and banks was about US$20,00/b. At this price, the margins of
the business were considered to be robust and sustainable going forward.        
On 1 August 2005, Sasol announced its intention to consider the divestiture of  
the O&S business subject to fair value being received. Thereafter, substantial  
work was undertaken to prepare the business for sale and the bidding and        
divestiture processes are far advanced.                                         
When the proposed divestiture process was initiated last year, prevailing       
international oil prices had risen by 125% to about US$45,00/b. Since then,     
these have increased further by 55% to about US$70,00/b. In other words,        
international oil prices are currently 250% higher than when the business was   
acquired. Long-term oil price forecasts by reputable agencies and leading banks 
have also increased significantly. These increases represent fundamental changes
in energy costs and their related impact on oil-derivative feedstock costs. In  
turn, these have depressed the operating performance of O&S and, as a result,   
have reduced the potential value of the business.                               
The strategic rationale for considering the disposal of the business remains    
valid and relevant. It is not vertically integrated to Sasol"s required         
standards and is not adequately linked to our proprietary Fischer-Tropsch       
technology processes. The financial impact of changes in the input costs of the 
business - together with current market-place dynamics - exceeds the benefits of
significant reductions that have successfully been achieved in the fixed costs  
of the business and various other productivity improvements. After a review of  
valuations and bids received from interested parties, which confirm Sasol"s     
valuation, it is necessary in accordance with International Financial Reporting 
Standards (IFRS) 5 ( non - current assets held for sale and discontinued        
operations ) to write-down the net asset value of the business to its fair      
This results in a reduction of net asset value and a charge to the income       
statement in the financial statements ended 30 June 2006 of about R2,8 billion, 
after tax. This write-down results in a reduction in attributable earnings per  
share which are nevertheless still expected to increase by between 5% and 10%   
over the comparable result of the previous financial year. Headline earnings per
share are expected to increase by between 30% and 35%, which compares with the  
25% to 30% range announced in the trading statement issued on 2 June 2006.      
The cash position of the group is not affected by the write-down and based on   
current assumptions it is not anticipated, therefore, that there will be any    
effect on current or future dividends. Negotiations will be entered into with   
prospective new owners in the coming months and, if a divestiture materializes, 
our gearing will obviously benefit from the cash proceeds. The cash proceeds    
will contribute to the funding of the exciting international gas-to-liquid (GTL)
and coal-to-liquid (CTL) plans that Sasol is considering in various countries,  
and which are considered to be core to Sasol"s future growth ambitions.         
Sasol"s financial results for the year ended 30 June 2006 will be announced on  
Tuesday, 12 September 2006.                                                     
The above information has not been reviewed and reported on by the company"s    
5 September 2006                                                                
Issued by sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) (Proprietary) Limited               
Forward looking statements                                                      
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to analyses and other information based on forecasts of future results and      
estimates of amounts not yet determinable.  These are forward-looking statements
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are risks that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking    
statements will not be achieved.  If one or more of these risks materialize, or 
should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may be very       
different from those anticipated.  The factors that could cause our actual      
results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates
and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements are discussed more  
fully in our annual report under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on Form 20-
F filed on October 26, 2005 and in other filings with the United States         
Securities and Exchange Commission.  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.                                                            
Date: 05/09/2006 03:17:07 PM Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za                     
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