AFE - AECI Limited - Sale of business Release Date: 17/07/2007 13:00:02 Code(s): AFE
AFE - AECI Limited - Sale of business
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration No. 1924/002590/06)
Share code: AFE
ISIN No. ZAE000000220
AECI LIMITED: SALE OF BUSINESS
AECI Limited ("AECI" or "the Company") has agreed to sell its decorative
coatings business, trading as Dulux, to ICI plc ("ICI") for a cash
consideration of R745 million. The sale includes the South African operations
as well as the subsidiaries in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and
Zambia. Subject to the fulfillment of the conditions precedent as set out
below, it is expected that the transaction will take effect from 1 October
2007, when a gain on disposal of some R500 million will be recognised by AECI.
The proceeds will be used to fund the Company`s major capital projects and
AECI`s strategic focus is increasingly on the supply of specialty products and
services based on chemistry to customers in the mining and manufacturing
sectors in Africa and elsewhere, with an emphasis on technical support and
application know how. The Dulux business, which targets primarily the retail
consumer market, is not well aligned with this strategy.
ICI operates a leading international decorative coatings business which owns
the Dulux brand outside of Southern Africa and Australia. ICI`s global
expertise in marketing, technology and procurement, amongst other
capabilities, is expected to accelerate the profitable growth of the regional
Dulux business and to bring significant benefit to its people.
The sale of the South African business is subject to the following conditions:
*the unconditional approval of the Exchange Control division of the
Reserve Bank of South Africa, for the implementation of the sale of the
South African business in accordance with the terms of the Sale of
Business Agreement; and
*the unconditional approval of the competition authorities in terms of
the Competition Act for the sale of the South African business in
accordance with the Sale of Business Agreement;
The sale of the subsidiaries is subject to the following conditions:
*the sale of the South African business becoming unconditional; and
*all government and other forms of regulatory approval being complied
with in the applicable jurisdictions.
Set out in the table below are the pro forma financial effects of the
transaction on the Company`s earnings per share ("EPS"), headline earnings per
share ("HEPS"), net asset value per share ("NAV") and tangible net asset value
per share ("TNAV") , based on the annual results for the year ended 31
December 2006, had the transaction been implemented as at 1 January 2006 for
income statement purposes and on 31 December 2006 for balance sheet purposes.
The pro forma financial effects have been prepared for illustrative purposes
only and, because of their nature, may not give a true reflection of the
Company`s financial position, changes in equity, results of operations or cash
flows. The pro forma financial effects are the responsibility of the Company`s
Results as Results adjusted for Percentage
published the impact of the change
disposal of Dulux
(cents) (cents) (%)
EPS (see notes 1 829 1 296 56
HEPS (see notes 1 853 846 -1
NAV (see note 3) 3 255 3 672 13
TNAV (see note 3) 2 333 2 749 18
1. Dulux assumed to be sold for R745 million effective 1 January 2006 and
the proceeds used to reduce AECI borrowings.
2. Interest rate on AECI borrowings assumed to average 7.7 per cent during
3. Dulux assumed to be sold for R745 million effective 31 December 2006.
4. Based on the number of shares in issue throughout 2006, being 110 431 458
shares excluding treasury shares held.
17 July 2007
Sponsor: J.P.Morgan Equities Limited
Date: 17/07/2007 13:00:02 Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za
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