SASOL LIMITED - Change to dividend policy and segmental reportingRelease Date: 18/02/2015 11:19:00 Code(s): SOL SOLBE1
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1979/003231/06)
Sasol Ordinary Share codes: JSE: SOL NYSE: SSL
Sasol Ordinary ISIN codes: ZAE000006896 US8038663006
Sasol BEE Ordinary Share code: JSE: SOLBE1
Sasol BEE Ordinary ISIN code: ZAE000151817
("Sasol" or "the Company" or ?the Group?)
CHANGE TO DIVIDEND POLICY AND SEGMENTAL REPORTING
In response to the current low oil price environment, an initiative to
conserve cash over the next 30 months was announced by Sasol on 28 January
2015 (?Response Plan?).
Sasol?s Response Plan comprises 5 key components, namely:
? capital portfolio phasing and reductions;
? capital structuring;
? working capital improvements;
? margin enhancement; and
? further cash cost reductions, supplementing the Group?s target of at
least R4 billion annual costs savings driven through the company-wide
business performance enhancement programme, which was launched in 2013.
Looking specifically at the capital structuring lever, the management team
and the Sasol board of directors (?Board?) evaluated the Company?s
progressive dividend policy, which had been introduced to maintain or
improve dividends in line with the Company?s anticipated sustainable growth
The Company?s dividend policy takes into consideration various factors,
including overall market and economic conditions, the Group?s financial
position, capital investment plans as well as earnings growth.
In the context of a low oil price environment, the Group?s earnings will be
negatively impacted. The current macroeconomic conditions have therefore
necessitated a reassessment of the Company?s progressive dividend policy.
At a special meeting of the Sasol Board, the directors approved a change in
the Company?s dividend policy. The revised policy is based on a dividend
cover range, which will be similar to the dividend cover rates applied
during the 2008 to 2014 financial years.
The Board considers that, in the current environment, this revised dividend
policy, together with the other components of the Response Plan, will
provide sufficient flexibility for the Company to manage its balance sheet.
This will also allow the Group to execute its growth programme while
continuing to return value to shareholders through dividend payouts.
Another important component of the Company?s Response Plan efforts is the
ongoing refinement of its operating model, and the further optimisation of
its management structures to ensure greater focus and efficiency while
enabling additional cost reductions.
To this end, earlier this month, Sasol announced changes to its top
management structures. The Company has also decided to combine two of its
reportable segments, Southern Africa Energy and International Energy, and
their associated management structures, into one segment, now called
Given this decision, Sasol?s segmental reporting will now consist of six
reportable segments: Mining, Exploration and Production International,
Energy, Base Chemicals, Performance Chemicals, and Group Functional
Sasol will be announcing its results for the first half of the 2015
financial year on 9 March 2015. The interim dividend will be announced at
the same time, and the segment information contained in these results will
be disclosed on this revised basis.
18 February 2015
Sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) Proprietary Limited
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