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Delta Emd Limited - Trading Statement For The Full Year Ended 27 December 2014

Release Date: 19/12/2014 09:19:00      Code(s): DTA     
Delta EMD Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number 1919/006020/06
ISIN: ZAE000132817
Share code: DTA
(?Delta EMD? or ?the Group?)


TRADING STATEMENT FOR THE FULL YEAR ENDED 27 DECEMBER 2014

Shareholders are referred to the Group?s statement of unaudited
results for the six months ended 27 June 2014 released on the Stock
Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited on 21 August 2014.

This trading update is for the full year ending 27 December 2014
(?full year?) and is intended to apprise shareholders of the expected
Group results for the full year, of progress made toward the
liquidation of inventories, and of an additional impairment.     This
trading update also provides updates on required regulatory
approvals, the progress made toward the sale of assets, and expenses
incurred in connection with the discontinuation of the Group?s
business.

More than ninety percent of the Group?s inventories on hand as at 27
June 2014 and subsequently generated through work-in-process are
expected to be sold before year end. The remaining inventories are
expected to be sold during the first quarter of 2015.

The marketing of assets held for sale continues. Assets classified
as assets held for sale include the Black Rock calciner plant and the
former Australia plant site. An agreement for the sale of the Black
Rock calciner plant was signed on 4th December 2014. The agreement is
subject to the fulfilment of certain suspensive conditions by 30
January 2015. An agreement for the sale of the Australian plant site
was signed on 21 November 2014. The agreement is subject to the
fulfilment of certain suspensive conditions by 28 February 2015.
Sales of assets, and any gains realised on those sales, will be
accounted for as and when ownership transfers and payment is
received. A SENS announcement will be issued when the above mentioned
agreements become unconditional.

The Group has undertaken an impairment review of its assets in
accordance with IAS36 and has determined to reduce the carrying value
of the Black Rock calciner plant to fair value, resulting in a pre-
tax impairment of R35.7 million.

The regulatory processes required for approval of the decommissioning
of the Nelspruit plant are proceeding as planned. The required final
basic assessment report was submitted to the authorities during
December 2014 after completion of stakeholder hearings held during
October 2014 and November 2014. Regulatory approval for the
decommissioning of the Nelspruit plant is expected to be granted
during the first quarter of 2015.

The sale of the majority of the Nelspruit assets must await
decommissioning approval. Various loose assets, as well as assets not
requiring the decommissioning approval, were sold during the second
half of the year.   The Group forecasts R23.2 million of profits on
the sale of these assets during the full year.

The Group?s expenses relating to the discontinuation of its business
totalled R89.5 million (Eighty nine million and five hundred thousand
rand) during the period up to 27 June 2014. R130.1 million (One
hundred and thirty million and one hundred thousand rand) of such
expenses are forecast for the full year, including the provisions
reported in the first half for inventory impairment (R30.0 million),
retrenchments (R40.6 million), and retention incentives (R11.2
million), as well as provisions related to the former use of a
landfill site (R15.0 million), external advisors and consultants
(R9.8 million), preparation of the required environmental reports
(R5.2 million), and settlement of long term contracts (R4.0 million).

Including the foregoing expenses and impairments, the Group forecasts
an after tax loss for the year of between R107 million and R120
million (2013: an after tax loss of R69.2 million) and forecasts an
after tax headline loss for the year of between R101 million and R113
million. This forecast includes R23.2 million of gains realised on
the sales of certain Nelspruit assets referred to above, but excludes
any gains or losses that might be realised on the sale of the Black
Rock calciner plant or the Australia plant site.

The Group expects to conclude the sale of the Black Rock calciner
plant and the Australia plant site during the 1st quarter of 2015 and
expects to declare special dividends following completion of those
sales.

The forecast financial information on which this trading statement is
based has not been reviewed and reported on by the Group?s external
auditors.

Delta EMD?s results for the year are expected to be released on SENS
on or about 20 February 2015.

19 December 2014
Nelspruit

Merchant bank and sponsor
RAND MERCHANT BANK (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

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