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SOL - Sasol Limited - Sasol confirms expected range of earnings per share

Release Date: 12/02/2010 09:43:02      Code(s): SOL
SOL - Sasol Limited - Sasol confirms expected range of earnings per share       
for the six months ended 31 December 2009                                       
Sasol Limited                                                                   
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)                                  
(Registration number 1979/003231/03)                                            
ISIN: ZAE000006896 & US8038663006                                               
Share codes: JSE - SOL & NYSE - SSL                                             
("Sasol" or "the Company")                                                      
Sasol confirms expected range of earnings per share for the six months          
ended 31 December 2009                                                          
In a trading statement released on 3 December 2009, Sasol advised               
shareholders that earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per          
share ("HEPS") of the group for the six months ended 31 December 2009           
were expected to decrease by at least 45% compared to the prior                 
comparable period.                                                              
As previously stated, HEPS for the first half of the 2009 financial year        
were at a record high.  It was reported that the expected decrease in           
earnings was mainly due to the significant strengthening of the rand            
against the US dollar and a decrease in average crude oil and product           
prices compared to the corresponding six months of the previous reporting       
period. In addition, the average oil price achieved during the prior year       
comparable period was positively impacted by the effect of oil hedges           
which resulted in a net gain of approximately R5 billion. It was also           
highlighted that the results may be further impacted by the potential           
change in volume variances and the impact of a stronger rand on closing         
financial assets and liabilities, as well as any adjustments resulting          
from the half year-end closure process. Volatile market conditions, at          
the time, precluded the group from providing a more precise indication of       
the range of the earnings decline expected.                                     
Following completion of the half-year closure process, Sasol is now able        
to indicate that the reduction in EPS and HEPS is expected to be between        
50% and 55%.                                                                    
It is emphasised that, as per our previous statement, this trading update       
deals only with the first half of the 2009 financial year comparison. The       
very low earnings base of the second half of the 2009 financial year will       
strongly influence a comparison of the full 2010 financial year`s results       
with 2009 and guidance in this regard will be given in due course.              
The above information has not been reviewed or reported on by the               
Company`s external auditors.                                                    
Sasol`s interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2009 will be       
released on Monday, 8 March 2010.                                               
12 February 2010                                                                
Issued by sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) (Proprietary) Limited               
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 9        
October 2009 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 Sasol does not undertake any obligation to           
update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new information,           
future events or otherwise.                                                     
Date: 12/02/2010 09:43:02 Supplied by www.sharenet.co.za                     
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