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Wsl - Wescoal Holdings Limited - Trading Statement

Release Date: 03/06/2010 12:56:01      Code(s): WSL
WSL - Wescoal Holdings Limited - Trading Statement                              
Wescoal Holdings Limited                                                        
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)                                  
(Registration number: 2005/006913/06)                                           
(JSE code: WSL     ISIN: ZAE000069639)                                          
("Wescoal" or "the company")                                                    
Trading Statement                                                               
In terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, companies are required
to publish a trading statement as soon as they are satisfied that a reasonable  
degree of certainty exists that the financial results for the period to be      
reported on will differ by at least 20% or more from the financial results for  
the previous corresponding period.                                              
Shareholders are advised that Wescoal is currently finalising its results for   
the year ended 31 March 2010 and are advised that its earnings per share for the
year is expected to be between 4.6 and 5.4 cents per share and headline earnings
per share for the year is expected to be between 4.0 and 4.6 cents per share.   
Earnings per share includes an impairment of R2, 1 million relating to the      
briquette making business of Wescoal Mineral Recoveries (Pty) Limited, a        
subsidiary of Wescoal and a profit on sale of assets for R3, 2 million.         
Coal Trading division - despite the strengthening of international coal markets,
volumes are down in line with the national decline in manufacturing activity and
increased competition from producers who traditionally favored exports over     
local sales. Margins continue to remain under pressure due to competitiveness   
experienced in the pricing of coal.                                             
Coal Mining and Washing division - during the last quarter of the financial year
the mining and washing division was boosted by the Khanyisa acquisition which   
achieved excellent results for that quarter. The stated production target of 1, 
2 million tons per annum will in all probability be exceeded and it is expected 
that the mining division will be the major profit contributor to the group going
forward.                                                                        
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been 
reviewed or reported on by the company`s auditors.  The company`s results for   
the year ended 31 March 2010 are expected to be published on SENS during the    
week of 7 June 2010.                                                            
3 June 2010                                                                     
Johannesburg                                                                    
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