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19-Apr-2018
(C)
Revenue for the interim period increased by 10.4% to R15.2 billion (2017: R13.8 billion) and gross profit was up 10.1% to R3.1 billion (2017: R2.8 billion). Profit for the period rose to 16.4% to R678.6 million (2017: R582.8 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share was 15.6% higher at 285.5 cents per share (2017: 247 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved an interim gross ordinary dividend for the period ended 28 February 2018 of 102.5 cents per share (2017: 88.0 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and it will be paid in cash.



Company outlook

Consumer confidence appears to be improving but it is too early for this to translate into increased disposable income. Consumer spending is therefore expected to remain constrained for the balance of the group's financial year.



However, Clicks is anticipated to continue its growth momentum and will be opening 40 new stores this year, well ahead of the target of 25 to 30 stores.



UPD aims to mitigate the impact of the lower single exit price (SEP) increase through continued tight cost control and the benefit of four new distribution contracts starting in the second half.



The core health and beauty markets in which the business operates are resilient and the group's market-leading brands are well positioned to increase market share in the current environment.

16-Feb-2018
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on SENS on 15 February 2018 in which shareholders were advised regarding the launch of an accelerated bookbuild (?the Bookbuild?) in relation to the disposal by the Clicks Group Employee Share Ownership Trust (?ESOP Trust?) of up to 7 642 904 Clicks Group ordinary shares (the ?Bookbuild Shares?) as a result of the unwind of 50% of the Scheme.



The ESOP Trust is pleased to announce that the Bookbuild has been successfully completed and that 7 642 904 Bookbuild Shares have been placed with 35 participating investors on behalf of the beneficiaries of the ESOP Trust (?Beneficiaries?) who elected to sell their Clicks Group ordinary shares (?Clicks Group Shares?) at the bookbuild price of R166.00 per share (the ?Bookbuild Price?). The Bookbuild Price represents a discount of 3.7%, 0.9% and 2.0% to the closing price, 3 day VWAP and 30 day VWAP on 15 February 2018 of a Clicks Group Share, respectively.
15-Feb-2018
(Official Notice)
In January 2011, Clicks Group shareholders approved a broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, in terms of which the Clicks Group Employee Share Ownership Trust (?ESOP Trust?) acquired 29.2 million unlisted Clicks Group ?A? ordinary shares (the ?A Shares?), amounting to 10% of Clicks Group?s issued shares at that time, for the benefit of Clicks Group?s employees and the New Clicks Foundation Trust (?Beneficiaries?) (the ?Scheme?).



As part of the unwind of the first 50% of the Scheme, Clicks Group listed 7 979 384 ordinary shares (?Clicks Group Shares?) on the JSE Ltd. on 5 February 2018 and these Clicks Group shares have been placed under the control of the ESOP Trust. Of these, the ESOP Trust will offer 7 642 904 Clicks Group Shares (?Bookbuild Shares?) for sale to qualifying investors on behalf of the Beneficiaries who elected to sell their Clicks Group shares by way of an accelerated bookbuild (?Bookbuild?).



The bookbuild shares will be offered to invited qualifying investors only (as set out in greater detail in the disclaimer below), subject to the terms and conditions provided to the invited qualifying investors, and will not be offered to the public in any jurisdiction.



The book for the bookbuild is open with immediate effect and may close at any time thereafter. Pricing and allocations will be decided at the close of the Bookbuild. The timing of the closing of the bookbuild and the price at which the bookbuild shares will be placed (?Bookbuild Price?) are at the discretion of the ESOP Trust and Investec Bank Ltd., who will act as the bookrunner (the ?Bookrunner?) pursuant to a placement agreement entered into between the Bookrunner, the ESOP Trust and the Clicks Group. Details of the number of bookbuild shares placed and the bookbuild price will be announced as soon as is reasonably practicable following the closing of the bookbuild.



The bookbuild is subject to pricing that is acceptable to the ESOP Trust and the ESOP Trust reserves the right to amend the quantum of the bookbuild.



31-Jan-2018
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on 31 January 2018 all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of votes.
22-Jan-2018
(Official Notice)
The Clicks chain increased sales by 14.2% in the 20 weeks to 14 January 2018 (?the period?) as the brand continued to show its resilience in the current tight consumer spending environment.



Clicks reported comparable store sales growth of 7.5% and showed real volume growth of 4.8% as selling price inflation measured 2.7%.



Total group retail sales increased by 13.0% and by 6.7% on a comparable store basis, with selling price inflation of 3.0%.



UPD, the group?s pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution business, increased turnover by 11.6%, ahead of selling price inflation which averaged 6.2% for the period.



Total group turnover for the period grew by 11.3% to R11.1 billion.



Clicks Group?s interim results for the six months to 28 February 2018 will be released on SENS on or about 19 April 2018.
23-Nov-2017
(Official Notice)
Clicks? integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2017 has been published today, 23 November 2017, and is available on the group?s website, www.clicksgroup.co.za. A printed copy is available on request from the company secretary at companysecretary@clicksgroup.co.za.



The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 26 October 2017. The annual financial statements were audited by the group?s auditors, Ernst and Young Inc. Their unqualified report is incorporated in the audited annual financial statements and is also available for inspection at the group?s registered office.



Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting will be held at the registered office of Clicks, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town, on 31 January 2018 at 09:30 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting. The notice of annual general meeting is available on the group?s website and is being distributed to those shareholders who have not elected to receive electronic communications. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at the annual general meeting is 26 January 2018. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 23 January 2018.
27-Oct-2017
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report, Clicks intends to spend R680 million in the 2018 financial year in capital expenditure as it expands its store footprint. Chief executive David Kneale said the record capital investment would make it possible for the group to open 25 to 30 new Clicks stores and 30 to 35 new pharmacies, with significant investment in the retail and pharmaceutical supply chain to support the increased scale of the group.
26-Oct-2017
(C)
Revenue went up 11% to R28.3 billion (R25.5 billion) whilst gross profit was 12.2% higher to R5.6 billion (R5.0 billion). Operating profit grew 15.4% to R1.8 billion (R1.6 billion). Profit for the year rose by 16.8% to R1.3 billion (R1.1 billion). In addition, headline earnings increased by 16.0% to 536.3 cents per share (462.4 cents per share).



Final dividend

The board of directors has approved a final gross ordinary dividend of 234.0 cents per share (2016: 196.0 cents per share) and 32.2 cents per ordinary "A" share (2016: 27.2 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Company outlook

Low economic growth and political uncertainty are expected to continue to dampen consumer confidence and constrain spending in the year ahead.



The core health and beauty markets in which the group operates are defensive and have proven to be relatively resilient in challenging trading conditions. The group's market-leading brands are well positioned in this environment.



A record capital investment of R680 million is planned for the 2018 financial year as the group continues to invest for long-term growth. This includes the opening of 25 to 30 new Clicks stores and 30 to 35 new pharmacies, with significant investment in the retail and pharmaceutical supply chain to support the increased scale of the group.
21-Apr-2017
(C)
Revenue for the interim period increased to R13.8 billion (2016: R12.7 billion), gross profit rose by 11% to R2.8 billion (2016: R2.5 billion), profit for the period jumped 14.5% to R582.8 million (2016: R509 million), while headline earnings per share grew by 15.3% to 247 cents per share (2016: 214.2 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved an interim gross ordinary dividend for the period ended 28 February 2017 of 88.0 cents per share (2016: 76.0 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Company outlook

Consumer spending will continue to be constrained in the months ahead, with low economic growth, higher taxes and ongoing political turbulence weighing negatively on disposable income and consumer sentiment.



The health and beauty markets in which the group operates are relatively resilient and in the current environment management will focus on protecting income, controlling costs and managing cash efficiently.



The group remains strongly cash generative and will continue to fund organic growth through the operating cash flows produced by the business. Capital investment has been increased to R577 million for the full financial year to support the increased scale of the group.
22-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group announced the appointment of Ms Nonkululeko Gobodo as an independent non-executive director and member of the group?s audit and risk committee with effect from 1 March 2017.



On Ms Gobodo?s appointment to the group?s audit and risk committee on 1 March 2017, independent non-executive director David Nurek will stand down from the committee at the same date.
01-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
On 1 February 2017, the company cancelled and de-listed 170 450 ordinary shares.



These shares were held under the employee share incentive trust scheme administered by the New Clicks Holdings Share Trust. As there are no participants left to whom the company is obligated to deliver any shares the company has repurchased and cancelled the 170 450 shares. The price at which these shares have been repurchased is R116.60, being a 2.80% discount to the volume weighted average price as traded for five business days immediately preceding the date the repurchase transaction was effected.



The shares cancelled represented 0.07% of the issued share capital of the company immediately prior to such cancellation. Following the cancellation, the issued share capital of the company comprises of 245 967 313 ordinary shares.





27-Jan-2017
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that Clicks was boosted by Christmas sales, which resulted in an increase of sales of by 13.6 percent in the 20 weeks to mid-January. Chief executive David Kneale said that the Clicks chain performed well in the current constrained consumer environment, showing volume growth of 4.2 percent, well ahead of most retailers. Kneale added that management was confident of Clicks maintaining its competitive market position through its value offer to customers and the continued expansion of the Clicks store and pharmacy footprint.
26-Jan-2017
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on 26 January 2017 all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of votes.



The company?s total number of shares in issue eligible to vote is 265 677 163 and the total number of shares represented in person or by proxy at the meeting was 222 200 259, representing 83.64% of the eligible shares.



Retirement of non-executive director

As advised in the 2016 integrated annual report, independent non-executive director Dr Nkaki Matlala has retired from the board of directors of Clicks Group with effect from 26 January 2017.

26-Jan-2017
(Official Notice)
The Clicks chain increased sales by 13.6% in the 20 weeks to 15 January 2017 (?the period?), continuing to demonstrate the resilience of the brand in the current weak consumer spending environment.



Clicks reported comparable store sales growth of 9.6% and showed real volume growth of 4.2% as selling price inflation measured 5.4%. Total group retail sales increased by 12.2% and by 8.5% on a comparable store basis, with selling price inflation of 5.3%.



UPD, the group?s pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution business, increased turnover by 6.4%, ahead of selling price inflation which averaged 4.3% for the period. Total group turnover for the period grew by 8.6% to R10.0 billion.



Clicks Group?s interim results for the six months to 28 February 2017 will be released on SENS on or about 21 April 2017.
25-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group?s integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2016 has been published today and is available on the group?s website ( www.clicksgroup.co.za). A printed copy is available on request from the company secretary (companysecretary@clicksgroup.co.za).



The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 27 October 2016. The annual financial statements were audited by the group?s auditors, Ernst and Young Inc. Their unqualified report is incorporated in the audited annual financial statements and is also available for inspection at the group?s registered office. Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting will be held at the registered office of Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town, on 26 January 2017 at 09:00 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting. The notice of annual general meeting is available on the group?s website and is being distributed to those shareholders who have not elected to receive electronic communications. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at the annual general meeting is 20 January 2017. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 17 January 2017.
11-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the agreements Clicks and Netcare Ltd. ("Netcare") entered into on 8 June 2016 to outsource their 37 retail pharmacies in the Medicross family medical and dental centres (?Medicross?) and the hospital retail front shop operations (?front shops?) of the Netcare Hospital division to Clicks (?the Transaction?) has been approved by the Competition Commission.



Clicks will in due course assume control of all Medicross pharmacies and 45 front shops of the Netcare Hospital division. The agreement excludes the dispensing of prescriptions in the Netcare Hospital pharmacies which remain within Netcare?s hospital operations.



The parties wish to confirm that employees involved in these areas of the business will be transferred to Clicks on terms similar to their current conditions of employment and any other employees indirectly affected will remain employed by Netcare on their current conditions of employment. The rationale for the transaction is to offer an enhanced retail service offering to both patients and consumers by affiliating the pharmacy and the front shops to an experienced retail provider such as Clicks.



As previously mentioned we wish to reiterate that the transaction is non-categorised in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements for Netcare and Clicks and will have no material impact on the earnings and financial positions of either Netcare or Clicks. Shareholders are referred to the joint media statement on the websites of both Clicks (www.clicksgroup.co.za) and Netcare (www.netcare.co.za).
01-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
The company announced the appointment of Matthew Welz as Company Secretary with effect from 1 November 2016.
27-Oct-2016
(C)
Revenue for the year increased by 9.6% to R25.5 billion (2015: R23.3 billion), gross profit rose by 10.8% to R5 billion (2015: R4.5 billion), profit for the year was 14.6% higher at R1.1 billion (2015: R954.6 million), while headline earnings per share grew by 15.8% to 462.4 cents per share (2015: 399.2 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved a final gross ordinary dividend of 196.0 cents per share (2015: 169.5 cents per share).



Outlook

The weak consumer spending environment is expected to continue into 2017 as low economic growth, together with ongoing political and social uncertainty, will place further financial pressure on consumers. The core health and beauty markets, as well as the group's business model, are resilient and the business will trade through this tough environment by focusing on providing value to customers and managing costs efficiently. Clicks has strong organic growth prospects for the medium to long term, with extensive opportunities to expand its store footprint in South Africa. Record levels of capital expenditure of R577 million will be invested in stores, IT and supply chain to support the growth in the business. Management is confident of the group's ability to sustain performance and deliver on its medium-term financial and operating targets.
09-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are hereby advised, in terms of section 3.59(b) of the JSE Ltd. Listings Requirements, that David Wallace Janks has resigned as Company Secretary, effective 9 September 2016.



Annalize Barnard has been appointed as the Acting Company Secretary, effective 9 September 2016. Mrs Barnard is the Group Public Officer and a chartered accountant who has been employed by the Clicks Group for 11 years. The board is satisfied Mrs Barnard has the necessary skills and expertise, having previously fulfilled this role for the company.
08-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Netcare Ltd. ("Netcare") has entered into a long-term agreement to outsource their 37 retail pharmacies in the Medicross family medical and dental centres (?Medicross?) and the 51 hospital retail front shop operations (?front shops?) of the Netcare Hospital division to Clicks (?the Transaction?). In terms of the agreement, Clicks will assume control of all Medicross pharmacies and the front shops of the Netcare Hospital division. The agreement excludes the dispensing of prescriptions in the Netcare Hospital pharmacies which remain within Netcare?s hospital operations.



Specific employees involved in these areas of the business will be transferred to Clicks on terms similar to their current conditions of employment and any other employees indirectly affected will remain employed by Netcare on their current conditions of employment. The rationale for the Transaction is to offer an enhanced retail service offering to both patients and consumers by affiliating the pharmacy and the front shops to an experienced retail provider such as Clicks.



The implementation date of the Transaction is expected to be 1 October 2016, subject to various conditions precedent and regulatory approvals, including Competition Commission approval. The Transaction is a non-categorised transaction in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements for Netcare and Clicks and will have no material impact on the earnings and financial positions of either Netcare or Clicks.



Shareholders are referred to the joint media statement on the websites of both Clicks (www.clicksgroup.co.za) and Netcare (www.netcare.co.za).
22-Apr-2016
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, aggressive retail sales promotions have helped foot traffic to beauty and pharmaceutical group Clicks, which reported double digit interim profit growth. Clicks reported growth of 13.4% in retail sales for the six months to end-February, while turnover increased 13.4% to R12.1 billion. After tax profit grew 16% to R509 million. Clicks said its businesses had performed particularly well over the festive and holiday season, with customers responding positively to value offers and innovative product ranges.
21-Apr-2016
(C)
Revenue for the interim period rose 13.4% to R12.7 billion (R11.2 billion). Gross profit was 11.9% higher at R2.5 billion (R2.3 billion). Operating profit jumped 14.4% to R732.2 million (R640.1 million). Profit for the period grew 16.1% to R509.0 million (R438.6 million). In addition, headline earnings per share increased by 16.7% to 214.2 cents per share (183.5 cents per share).



Interim dividend

The board of directors has approved an interim gross ordinary dividend for the period ended 29 February 2016 of 76.0 cents per share (65.5 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Outlook

Clicks Group is well positioned for continued growth despite the weakening outlook for consumer spending in the months ahead.



The core health and beauty markets in which the group trades are relatively resilient to economic downturns, with the strong value proposition of the Clicks brand appealing to consumers. Clicks also has considerable scope to expand its store and pharmacy footprint in South Africa.



The group continues to invest for long-term growth and record levels of capital expenditure of R455 million will be invested in the financial year.
27-Jan-2016
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on 27 January 2016 all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of votes.
21-Jan-2016
(Official Notice)
The Clicks chain increased sales by 13.6% in the 20 weeks to 17 January 2016 (?the period?), highlighting the resilience of the business in an environment of declining consumer confidence and increasing economic uncertainty.



Clicks reported comparable store sales growth of 10.6% and showed real volume growth of 7.2% as selling price inflation measured 3.4%.



The Body Shop increased sales by 12.7% and by 9.3% in comparable stores. Musica grew sales by 2.6% with same stores sales 0.4% lower.



Total retail sales increased by 12.7% and by 9.8% on a comparable store basis, with selling price inflation of 3.3%.



UPD, the group?s pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution business, increased turnover by 11.0% to R4 billion.



Total group turnover grew by 12.2% to R9.2 billion.



Clicks' interim results for the six months to 29 February 2016 will be released on SENS on or about 21 April 2016.
19-Nov-2015
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group?s integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2015 has been published today and is available on the group?s website www.clicksgroup.co.za. A printed copy can be requested from the office of the company secretary at companysecretary@clicksgroup.co.za.



The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 22 October 2015. The annual financial statements were audited by the group?s auditors, Ernst and Young Inc. Their unqualified report is incorporated in the audited annual financial statements and is also available for inspection at the group?s registered office.



Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting (?AGM?) will be held at the registered office of Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town, on Wednesday 27 January 2016, at 09:00 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is available on the group?s website and is being distributed to those shareholders who have not elected to receive electronic communications. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at the AGM is 15 January 2016. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 8 January 2016.
23-Oct-2015
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that Clicks shares briefly rose to a record the previous day after the beauty and pharmaceutical retailer reported market share gains that offset weaker consumer spending. Clicks chief executive David Kneale indicated that Clicks was taking market share across categories and from competitors. Mr Kneale added that this was driven by frequent discount offers, lower prices and the company 's loyalty programme. Clicks plans capital expenditure pf R432 million this year. Clicks had opened 22 new stores and 22 new pharmacies during the period under review.
22-Oct-2015
(C)
Revenue for the year increased by 15.3% to R23.3 billion (2014: R20.2 billion), gross profit rose by 9.7% to R4.5 billion (2014: R4.1 billion), profit for the year was 10.4% higher at R954.6 million (2014: R864.8 million), while headline earnings per share grew by 16.8% to 399.2 cents per share (2014: 341.7 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved a final gross ordinary dividend of 169.5 cents per share (2014: 136.5 cents per share) and a 23.5 cents per ordinary "A" share (2014: 19.0 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Outlook

Consumer spending is unlikely to improve in the short term, which will ensure that the retail trading environment remains constrained. UPD is expected to face a demanding year owing to the ongoing margin pressure from the faster growth in generic medicines. However, the group has a portfolio of strong, market-leading brands which have the capacity to increase market share over the medium term.



The group will continue to invest for long-term growth, with record capital expenditure of R432 million planned for the year ahead. Clicks will open 20 to 25 new stores and 25 to 35 new pharmacies, with 50 stores to be refurbished. Management is confident of the group's ability to continue to generate cash and to achieve its medium-term financial targets.
23-Apr-2015
(C)
Turnover increased by 14.1% to R10.7 billion (R9.3 billion). Gross profit was up by 10.2% to R2.3 billion (R2.1 billion) and operating profit was 12.2% higher at R640.1 million (R570.6 million). Net attributable profit improved to R438.6 million (R389.7 million). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 15.1% to 183.5cps (159.4cps).



Dividend

A gross interim ordinary dividend of 65.5cps has been declared.



Outlook

Trading conditions are expected to remain unchanged in the second half of the year with consumer disposable income under continued pressure. Loadshedding in the winter months poses a further risk to sales in the second half of the year.



Despite the headwinds in the consumer environment the Clicks chain is well positioned for continuing growth, supported by a strong value proposition, the benefits of the relaunched ClubCard and a sustainable pipeline of new stores and pharmacies. UPD will continue to entrench its leadership position in the pharmaceutical distribution market by growing scale and extracting efficiencies.



Record levels of capital expenditure of R379 million will be invested this year.
28-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on 28 January 2015 all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of votes.



The company?s total number of shares in issue eligible to vote is 269 725 617 and the total number of shares represented in person or by proxy at the meeting was 218 696 214, representing 81.08% of the eligible shares.



As advised to shareholders on SENS on 16 January 2015, ordinary resolution no 7 proposing the re-election of Keith Warburton as a director of the company was withdrawn following the resignation of Mr Warburton as an executive director.
28-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Clicks increased sales by 13.9% to R8.2 billion in the 20 weeks to 18 January 2015 (?the period?). Selling price inflation was consistent with the prior period and averaged 3.6%.



The Clicks chain grew turnover by 10.3%, driven by a well planned promotional programme which appealed to value conscious consumers.



Clicks showed real volume growth of 3.6% as comparable sales grew by 7.6% with selling price inflation of 4.0%.



Musica increased sales by 2.0% with same stores sales growth of 1.0%. The Body Shop grew sales by 10.9% and in comparable stores by 9.0%.



Total retail sales, including Clicks, The Body Shop and Musica, increased by 9.6% and by 7.1% on a comparable store basis, with inflation of 3.8%.



UPD continued to benefit from its growing distribution business and increased turnover by 21.0%. The business faces ongoing margin pressure from the increasing generic penetration in the local market.



The financial information in this trading update has not been reviewed or reported on by the group?s independent auditor. Clicks Group?s interim results for the six months to 28 February 2015 will be released on SENS on or about 23 April 2015.
16-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Clicks announces that Keith Warburton, an executive director of Clicks and the chief operating officer of the Clicks brand has resigned after nearly two years at the helm, effective 31 March 2015. Accordingly the company hereby notifies shareholders that it withdraws Ordinary Resolution Number 7 per the Notice of Annual General Meeting posted to shareholders proposing the re-election of Keith Warburton as a director of the company.



Vikesh Ramsunder, the current managing director of UPD, will succeed Keith Warburton as the chief operating officer of the Clicks brand with effect from 1 April 2015. During his tenure as the head of UPD he has grown the UPD bulk distribution business into a significant player in the market, whilst maintaining its market leadership in pharmaceutical wholesaling.



Vikesh has a proven track record of delivery across diverse portfolios and brands in the group. A former member of the Clicks operating board, he has led Clicks? logistics and business process functions and served as the general manager for retail operations in Kwa-Zulu Natal.



Keith and Vikesh will work together closely over the next two months to ensure a smooth transition.



Vikash Singh, the current UPD head of operations and distribution, will succeed Vikesh as the managing director of UPD. Vikash too is a seasoned executive with an impressive track record of delivery in both the Clicks and UPD brands. He is well-known to the UPD clients and stakeholders, which will enable a seamless transition.



These internal promotions reflect the quality of the group?s talent and succession planning process.
20-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group?s integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2014, which incorporates a summary of the audited annual financial statements for the period, will be mailed to shareholders today, 20 November 2014. The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 23 October 2014. The annual financial statements were audited by the group?s auditors, Ernst - Young Inc. Their unqualified report is incorporated in the audited annual financial statements and is also available for inspection at the group?s registered office.



Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting (AGM) will be held at the registered office of Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 09:00 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the integrated annual report. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at this AGM is 16 January 2015. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 9 January 2015.



Shareholders are advised that, due to the current ongoing labour disruption at the South African Post Office, they may experience postal delays and may not receive the notice of the AGM in time to submit proxy forms to the company?s share transfer secretaries (Computershare) or the group?s registered office. Accordingly Clicks Group has posted both the integrated annual report containing the notice of AGM and the audited annual financial statements on the Clicks Group website at www.clicksgroup.co.za. A printable version in PDF format can be e-mailed to shareholders upon request to the Company Secretary (david.janks@clicksgroup.co.za).
23-Oct-2014
(C)
Turnover for the year ended 31 August 2013 increased by 9.2% to R19.1 billion (2013: R17.5 billion). Gross profit shot up to R4.1 billion (2013: R3.8 billion), operating profit jumped by 10.3% to R1.2 billion (2013: R1.1 billion), while profit attributable to equity holders of the parent was higher at R864.6 million (2013: R750.3 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew by 13.1% to 341.7 cents per share (2013: 302.0 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors have approved a final gross ordinary dividend of 136.5 cents per share



Outlook

The current consumer environment is not expected to change significantly in the year ahead.



The businesses will continue to focus on the effective delivery of their strategies. Clicks plans to expand its retail presence by opening 20 - 25 stores and pharmacies. UPD aims to gain further market share in pharmaceutical wholesale.



Management remains confident in the group's ability to continue to grow market share and generate cash. The board of directors have resolved to reduce the dividend cover to 1.7 times commencing with the 2015 interim dividend. Capital expenditure of R370 million has been committed for 2015, mainly for stores and pharmacies, and IT systems.
29-Aug-2014
(Official Notice)
The company announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 31 August 2014 and is anticipated to end on 23 October 2014, when the Clicks Group results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R115 million. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company?s shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited.
24-Apr-2014
(C)
Turnover increased by 9.6% to R9.3 billion (R8.5 billion). Gross profit was up by 8.5% to R2.1 billion (R1.9 billion) and operating profit was 7.3% higher at R570.6 million (R531.9 million). Net attributable profit improved to R389.7 million (R363.6 million). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 9.6% to 159.4cps (145.4cps).



Dividend

A gross interim ordinary dividend of 53.5cps has been declared.



Outlook

The current challenging consumer trading environment is expected to continue during the second half of the financial year, while selling price inflation is anticipated to average 4% to 5% for the year. Management plans to improve delivery in Clicks by growing sales through its value offer, private label, pharmacy and ClubCard. Clicks will also continue to focus on the prudent management of margin and costs.



UPD aims to extract value from the recent investments in wholesale automation and in distribution capacity while continuing to extract cost efficiencies across the business. The group remains on track to achieve its medium-term financial and operating targets.
28-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
The Company announced that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 28 February 2014 and is anticipated to end on 24 April 2014, when Clicks' results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R50 million. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the Company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE.
19-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced the appointment of Keith Warburton as an executive director with effect from 18 February 2014.
13-Feb-2014
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Clicks will establish New York-listed health and wellness retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) in South Africa through a unique franchise agreement. Consequently, GNC's international range of vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition and slimming products will be sold in over 50 Clicks stores from late this month. Crest Shopping Centre will house the first GNC store in Johannesburg on 1 April followed by three more stores this year.
07-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
In terms of the specific authority granted by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting ("AGM") held on 30 January 2014, Clicks cancelled and de- listed 22 185 735 ordinary shares on 7 February 2014.



These shares were acquired as part of general repurchases by a subsidiary company in terms of the general authorities granted by shareholders at the AGM's held in January 2011, January 2012 and January 2013. Clicks had also during these periods issued shares for cash to a subsidiary in terms of the relevant authority granted at the AGM held in January 2011 and the General Meeting held in June 2011.



The cancellation of these shares has no financial impact on headline earnings per share (diluted and undiluted) and earnings per share (diluted and undiluted) of Clicks.



The shares cancelled represent 8.27% of the issued ordinary share capital of the company immediately prior to such cancellation. Following the cancellation, the issued share capital of the company will now comprise 246 137 763 ordinary shares of 1 cent each and 29 153 295 "A" ordinary shares of 1 cent each.
30-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks shareholders held today, 30 January 2014, all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders representing 82.36% of the issued share capital in Clicks (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting.
30-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
Clicks increased sales by 11.6% to R7.7 billion in the 21 weeks to 19 January 2014 ("the period"). Selling price inflation averaged 3.5% for the period. The Clicks chain grew turnover by 8.4%, with dispensary sales growing by 12.4% and front shop sales by 7.2%. Comparable sales grew by 5.7% with selling price inflation of 3.6%. Musica increased same stores sales by 1.0%. The Body Shop grew sales by 6.3% and in comparable stores by 2.9%. Total retail sales increased by 7.5% and by 5.3% on a comparable store basis, with inflation of 3.8%. UPD continued to benefit from its growing distribution business and increased turnover by 19.5%.



Clicks' interim results for the six months to 28 February 2014 will be released on SENS on or about 24 April 2014.
17-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the circular to Clicks shareholders dated 19 December 2013, including the notices of general meeting and scheme meeting to be held on 30 January 2014 ("the Meetings") contained therein ("the Circular").



Subsequent to the posting of the Circular a number of shareholders expressed concerns regarding the change in Clicks' capital structure as a result of the proposed transactions described in the Circular.



The board has considered the matter, and in the light of the shareholders' concerns, has resolved to withdraw the proposed transactions. In the circumstances the Meetings, relating to the creation and issuance of the preference shares and the associated scheme of arrangement, will not proceed.



The Annual General Meeting will still be held as scheduled.
19-Dec-2013
(Official Notice)
21-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
The Clicks Group integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2013, which incorporates a summary of the audited annual financial statements for the period, was mailed to shareholders today, 21 November 2013. The integrated annual report and the audited annual financial statements are available on the Clicks Group website at www.clicksgroup.co.za. The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 24 October 2013.



Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting ("AGM") will be held at the registered office of the Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 09:30 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the integrated annual report. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at this AGM is 17 January 2014. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 10 January 2014.
15-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
In line with Clicks' strategy of optimising its capital structure, Clicks is considering the issuance of a perpetual preference share instrument of between R500 million and R900 million subject to market conditions and ordinary shareholder approvals. It is currently envisaged that the proceeds of the potential issuance will be used to accelerate Clicks' current share repurchase programme. The specific and precise details relating to the price of Clicks' shares in respect of the repurchase programme are still to be determined.



Further announcements in this regard will be made as and when appropriate.
24-Oct-2013
(C)
Turnover for the year ended 31 August 2013 increased by 13.6% to R17.5 billion (2012: R15.4 billion). Gross profit shot up to R3.8 billion (2012: R3.5 billion), operating profit jumped by 9.1% to R1.1 billion (2012: R1 billion), while profit attributable to equity holders of the parent was higher at R751.2 million (2012: R688.7 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew by 10.6% to 302.4 cents per share (2012: 273.5 cents per share).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved a final gross ordinary dividend of 119.5 cents per share (2012: 107.9 cents per share) and a 16.8 cents per ordinary "A" share (2012: 15.2 cents per share). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Prospects

The group remains focused on delivering excellence in health and beauty retailing and healthcare supply management. The current weak consumer spending environment is anticipated to continue and trading over the important festive season period will be critical to performance in the year ahead. Selling price inflation is expected to be 4% - 5% for 2014. The Clicks footprint will be expanded with the planned opening of 25 new stores and 20 - 25 dispensaries. Capital expenditure of R338 million has been committed for 2014 for stores and pharmacies, IT systems and expanding distribution capacity in UPD.
09-Oct-2013
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that health and beauty retailer Clicks was a fantastic operator which had managed to keep its head above water despite a tough environment. The Public Investment Corporation and Coronation Fund Managers recently increased their stakes in the company. In the six months to February, headline earnings were up 10 percent to R366 million and analysts said similar growth was expected for the company's full year earnings despite the consumer spending slowdown. Its shares have gained almost 35 percent over the past two years.
30-Aug-2013
(Official Notice)
The company announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 31 August 2013 and is anticipated to end on 24 October 2013, when the Clicks results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R50 million. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd.
26-Apr-2013
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report, Clicks is gaining more of the chemist market in the private pharmaceutical sector as payoff from contracting small independent pharmacies. David Kneale, group chief executive said Clicks was not only increasing market share in all its core health and beauty markets but also experiencing good growth in its United Pharmaceutical Distributors (UPD) division. The in-store pharmacy is becoming Clicks' principal brand.
25-Apr-2013
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced the appointment of Keith Warburton to the newly-created position of chief operating officer of the Clicks chain with effect from 6 May 2013.
25-Apr-2013
(C)
Turnover increased by 11.4% to R8.5 billion (R7.7 billion). Gross profit was up 6.7% to R1.9 billion (R1.8 billion). Net attributable profit rose to R363.6 million (R331.1 million). In addition, headline earnings per share grew by 10.5% to 145.4cps (131.6cps).



Dividend

A gross interim ordinary dividend of 48.5cps has been declared.



Outlook

The group aims to further strengthen its position in health and beauty retail and supply. The retail environment will remain tough for the Clicks chain and selling price inflation is expected to average 4% - 5% for the second half of the year. In these conditions the focus will be on driving revenue growth, maintaining margin and containing costs. UPD will also continue to drive turnover growth while optimising costs and driving efficiencies.



Full-year earnings forecast

The group anticipates that diluted headline earnings per share for the year to 31 August 2013 will increase by between 5% and 10% over the previous financial year. This forecast is based on the following assumptions: Retail trading conditions are expected to remain challenging as consumer spending remains subdued; selling price inflation will be relatively low for the year; and cost pressures will remain as the group continues to invest in pharmacies, stores and distribution capacity to ensure sustainable growth.
14-Mar-2013
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced the launch of a non-capital raising sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) Programme effective 14 March 2013. Deutsche Bank has been appointed as the depositary bank for the ADR Programme.
28-Feb-2013
(Official Notice)
The company announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 28 February 2013 and is anticipated to end on 25 April 2013, when the Clicks Group interim results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R50 million. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited.
23-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held today, 23 January 2013, all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders are advised that the appointment of Ernst - Young Inc. as the company's auditor was approved at the meeting. Shareholders representing 73.92% of the issued share capital in Clicks Group (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting.
23-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
Clicks increased sales by 11.7% to R5.97 billion in the 18 weeks to 30 December 2012 ("the period") as consumer spending remains muted. Selling price inflation averaged 2.2% for the period. The Clicks chain grew turnover by 8.0%, with dispensary sales growing by 9.0% and front shop sales by 7.6%. Comparable sales grew by 5.3% with selling price inflation of 2.6%.



Musica increased same stores sales by 8.2%. Turnover was impacted by the closure of a further seven stores during the period and total sales increased by 1.0%. The Body Shop grew sales by 10.2% and in comparable stores by 6.8%. Total retail sales increased by 7.3% and by 5.5% on a comparable store basis, with inflation of 2.8%. UPD benefited from its growing distribution business and increased turnover by 20.3%.



Clicks' interim results for the six months to 28 February 2013 will be released on SENS on or about 25 April 2013.
23-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
The Clicks integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2012, which incorporates a summary of the audited annual financial statements for the period, is currently being mailed to shareholders. The integrated annual report and the complete audited annual financial statements are available on the Clicks website at www.clicksgroup.co.za. The integrated annual report and audited annual financial statements contain no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 18 October 2012.



Notice of AGM

Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting will be held at the registered office of the Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 09:30 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the integrated annual report. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at this AGM is 11 January 2013. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 4 January 2013.
18-Oct-2012
(C)
Turnover increased by 9.2% to R15.4 billion (R14.1 billion). Gross profit rose 6.7% to R3.5 billion (R3.3 billion) and operating profit was up 7.9% to R1 billion (R937.6 million). Net attributable profit increased to

R688.7 million (R650.9 million). In addition, headline earnings per share grew 9.4% to 273.5cps (250.1cps).



Dividend

A final ordinary dividend of 107.9cps has been declared.



Outlook

Growth in consumer spending is expected to remain muted in the year ahead and the health and beauty markets will continue to be promotionally driven. Selling price inflation is currently anticipated to remain at low single-digit levels. The group's focus in this trading environment will therefore be on growing sales volumes and containing costs.



Capital expenditure of R356 million has been committed for 2013 for new stores, new pharmacies, store revamps, IT systems and the expansion of UPD's distribution infrastructure. Trading space is planned to increase by 4% to 5%. The group's brands are all leaders in their respective markets and have proven track records of gaining market share. Based on the growth potential of Clicks and UPD, together with the group's strong cash-generating ability, management is confident of achieving its medium-term financial targets.
31-Aug-2012
(Official Notice)
The company announced that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 31 August 2012 and is anticipated to end on 18 October 2012, when Clicks results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R100 million.



The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd.
13-Jun-2012
(Official Notice)
Clicks advised that Michael Harvey, an executive director of the group and managing director of Clicks, has resigned. Until such time as a new managing director is appointed, David Kneale will take over the leadership of the Clicks chain and the Clicks operating board will report directly to him. The recruitment process will target both local and international retail executives and will enable the group to further strengthen its succession pipeline.
26-Apr-2012
(C)
Revenue for the interim period increased by 7% to R8 billion (2011: R7.5 billion). Gross profit grew by 6.1% to R1.8 billion (2011: R1.7 billion), operating profit rose by 5.8% to R488.9 million (2011: R462.3 million), while profit attributable to equity holders of the parent was higher at R331.1 million (2011: R320.9 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share jumped by 7.5% to 131.6cps (2011: 122.4cps).



Interim dividend

The board of directors has approved and declared a gross interim ordinary dividend of 44.1cps (2011: 37cps ). The source of the dividend will be from distributable reserves and paid in cash.



Prospects

The health and beauty markets are expected to remain highly competitive. Selling price inflation is anticipated to be less than 2% for the full year. In these market conditions, the group's focus will be on driving volume growth and containing costs. Management is committed to maintaining the investment in the longer term growth of the business, with capital expenditure of R183 million committed for the second half of the year. The group remains well positioned in the medium-term through the market leadership and growth potential of both Clicks and UPD.
29-Nov-2011
(Official Notice)
The Clicks Group integrated annual report for the year ended 31 August 2011 is currently being mailed to shareholders and is available online on the Clicks Group website (www.clicksgroup.co.za). The integrated annual report contains no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 20 October 2011. The annual financial statements contained in the integrated annual report were audited by the group's auditors, KPMG Inc. Their report which is incorporated in the integrated annual report is also available for inspection at the group?s registered office. Shareholders are advised that the annual general meeting ("AGM") will be held at the registered office of the Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 at 10:00 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the integrated annual report. The record date for purposes of determining which shareholders are entitled to participate in and vote at this AGM is 6 January 2012. The last date to trade in order to be eligible to vote is 29 December 2011.
20-Oct-2011
(C)
Revenue for the year ended 31 August 2011 increased by 6.4% to R14.8 billion (2010: R13.9 billion). Gross profit rose by 11% to R3.2 billion (2010: R2.9 billion), operating profit climbed by 13.9% to R937.6 million (2010: R823.3 million), while profit attributable to equity holders of the parent improved to R650.9 million (2010: R565.4 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew by 17.8% to 250.1cps (2010: 212.3cps).



Dividend

A final distribution of 88cps has been declared, bringing the total distribution for the year to 125cps, an increase of 17.7%.



Prospects

Consumer spending is expected to remain muted in the current uncertain economic climate. Inflation is anticipated to remain low and no SEP increase is expected for 2012. The group will face increasing cost pressures in employment, property, transport and utilities. The focus for the year ahead will therefore be on driving volume and containing costs. The group remains well positioned in the medium term through the market leadership and growth potential of its brands. Capital expenditure of R257 million has been committed for 2012 and trading space is planned to increase by 4% to 5%. As a result of the group's continued strong cash generation, the board has resolved to reduce the distribution cover from 2.0 to 1.8 times from the 2012 financial year, which will further enhance returns to shareholders.
17-Aug-2011
(Official Notice)
09-Jun-2011
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Clicks announced the opening of three-in store pharmacies with dispensaries and clinics in Swaziland. CEO David Kneale said the new pharmacies were part of the group's medium-term goal to have 500 stores with pharmacies.
01-Jun-2011
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group shareholders are advised that at the general meeting held today, Wednesday, 1 June 2011, all the resolutions set out in the circular to Shareholders dated, Thursday, 21 April 2011 and proposed at the general meeting were passed by the requisite majority of Shareholders. Shareholders are informed that the interim distribution will be paid by way of a capital reduction out of Clicks Group's share premium account.



As previously announced on 21 April 2011, Shareholders are advised of the following dates in respect of the interim distribution:

*Last day that ordinary shares trade cum the interim distribution Friday, 24 June 2011

*Ordinary shares trade ex the interim distribution Monday, 27 June 2011

*Record date to determine those Shareholders entitled to the interim distribution Friday, 1 July 2011

*Payment in respect of the interim distribution made to shareholders Monday, 4 July 2011

21-Apr-2011
(Official Notice)
Clicks shareholders ("shareholders") were advised that a circular (the "circular"), was posted to shareholders on Thursday, 21 April 2011, containing full details of the following:

* proposed amendments to the Clicks' articles of association;

* a specific share issue (the "specific issue")*; and

* an interim distribution (the "interim distribution").

Authority for the specific issue will only be required if, upon the date of such issue of shares. A general meeting of shareholders (the "general meeting") will be held at 09:00 on Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at the company's registered office, being the corner of Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town, 8001, to consider and, if deemed fit, passing, with or without modification, the resolutions set out in the notice of general meeting in relation to the proposed amendments to the Clicks' articles of association, the specific issue and the interim distribution.



Interim distribution

The board of directors of the company (the "board") approved the interim distribution of 37.0 cents per ordinary share to be made to Shareholders recorded in the register of Shareholders on Friday, 1 July 2011 ("record date") in lieu of the interim dividend on the shares for the six months ended 28 February 2011. The payment of the interim distribution by way of a capital reduction out of the company's share premium account is subject to shareholder approval in the form of an ordinary resolution, as set out in the notice of general meeting.



Salient dates and times

Shareholders were advised of the following dates in respect of the general meeting and the interim distribution:

* Proxies for the general meeting to be lodged by 09:00 : Tuesday, 31 May

* General meeting at 09:00 : Wednesday, 1 June

* Results of the general meeting and finalisation announcement released on SENS : Wednesday, 1 June

* Results of the general meeting and finalisation announcement published in the press : Thursday, 2 June

* Last day that ordinary shares trade cum the interim distribution : Friday, 24 June

* Ordinary shares trade ex the interim distribution : Monday, 27 June

* Record date to determine those shareholders entitled to the interim distribution : Friday, 1 July

* Payment in respect of the interim distribution made to shareholders : Monday, 4 July.
14-Apr-2011
(C)
Turnover increased from R6.6 billion to R7.2 billion in 2011.Gross profit increased to R1.7 billion (2010: R1.5 billion) and operating profit increased to R462.3 million (2010: R396.8 million). Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders increased to R320.9 million (2010: R274.1 million). Headline earnings per share increased to 122.4cps (2010: 100.5cps).



Dividend

The board of directors has approved an interim distribution of 37.0 cents per share (2010: 30.5 cents per share). The source of the distribution will be either from distributable reserves and paid in cash as a dividend or as a capital reduction out of share premium. The source of the distribution will be made known on or before Friday, 17 June 2011.



Prospects

The trading environment remains challenging. Selling price inflation is expected to stay low for the remainder of the financial year while the business faces continuing inflationary pressures from higher wages and utility costs. UPD is expected to face a tougher second half as no increase has been granted in the single exit price (SEP) of medicines for 2011. However, the group?s focused strategy ensures that the brands remain competitively advantaged, with good organic growth prospects in the health and beauty markets.



Full-year earnings forecast

The group currently anticipates that diluted headline earnings per share for the year to 31 August 2011 will increase by between 17% and 22% over the previous financial year. This forecast is based on the following assumptions: The group?s operational and trading performance for the second half will continue in line with the results achieved for the period under review; further organic growth will be generated from store expansion and the opening of additional pharmacies; and there will be no marked changes in trading conditions, the regulatory environment and in the macroeconomy that will impact on consumer spending.
31-Mar-2011
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced the appointment of Michael Fleming as an executive director with effect from 31 March 2011. He will be the group's executive financial director.
24-Mar-2011
(Official Notice)
Clicks shareholders are advised that the group's diluted headline earnings per share for the six month period ended 28 February 2011 ("the period") is expected to be between 20% and 25% higher than the corresponding period last year. Diluted earnings per share for the period is expected to be between 20% and 25% higher than the comparative period. The results have been driven by the continued strong performance from the core Clicks chain and the ongoing benefits of the group's capital management programme. Clicks's results for the six months ended 28 February 2011 will be released on SENS on Thursday, 14 April 2011.
19 Jan 2011 08:51:44
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that the Clicks group reported a 16.8% increase in sales for the last 18 weeks of last year, as the brand gained market share in core merchandise categories. Clicks appears to be performing in line with other established cash retailers such as Shoprite, Massmart and Mr Price, which all gave strong sales updates last week for similar periods. Total retail sales increased 14.2% and 11.4% on a comparable store basis.
18 Jan 2011 14:27:33
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, all the ordinary resolutions and special resolution were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders representing 76.0% of the issued share capital in the Clicks Group (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting.



General meeting

At the general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 relating to the group's broad-based black economic empowerment transaction, all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders representing 76.7% of the issued share capital in the Clicks Group (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting. The special resolutions will be lodged with CIPRO for registration in due course.
18 Jan 2011 10:02:23
(Official Notice)
Clicks increased sales by 16.8% off a high base in the 18 weeks to 2 January 2011 ("the period") as the brand continued to gain market share in its core merchandise categories. Comparable store sales grew by 13.6%. Clicks achieved strong real growth of 12.7%, with selling price inflation of only 0.9%. Total retail sales increased by 14.2% and by 11.4% on a comparable store basis. Musica continued to gain market share over Christmas although sales for the period declined by 2.1% as inflation reduced to -0.4%. Gaming and lifestyle merchandise showed good growth while CD sales slowed mainly due to limited new releases. The Body Shop increased unit sales although turnover declined by 5.3% as the business experienced selling price deflation of 10.1%. Group chief executive David Kneale commented that a feature of the reporting period was the rapid decline in selling price inflation which measured only 0.6% for the retail businesses in the period compared to 8.9% in the prior year. UPD increased turnover by 6.5% as the market slowed as a result of lower inflation and the faster growth in sales of lower value generic medicines. Total sales for the group increased by 9.5% to R5.1 billion, with inflation declining from 9.4% to 1.8%. Clicks Group's interim results for the six months to 28 February 2011 will be released on SENS on or about 14 April 2011.
26 Nov 2010 14:27:41
(Official Notice)
The Clicks Group annual report for the year ended 31 August 2010, which includes the notice of the annual general meeting to be held on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, together with the circular for the proposed broad-based black economic empowerment transaction ("circular") were mailed to shareholders on 26 November 2010. The annual report and the circular are both available online on the Clicks Group website (www.clicksgroup.co.za).



No change statement

The annual report contains no changes from the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 21 October 2010. The annual financial statements contained in the annual report were audited by the group's auditors, KPMG Inc. Their report which is incorporated in the annual report is also available for inspection at the group's registered office.



Notice of annual general meeting

Notice was given that the fifteenth annual general meeting of shareholders will be held at the registered office of the Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 at 10:00 to transact the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the annual report.



Notice of general meeting

Notice was also given that a general meeting of shareholders will be held at the registered office of the Clicks Group, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 at the later of 11:00 or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the annual general meeting to transact the business as stated in the notice of general meeting contained in the circular.
21 Oct 2010 10:23:13
(Official Notice)
21 Oct 2010 09:05:05
(C)
Revenue for the financial year ended 31 August 2010 rose by 9.1% to R13.9 billion (2009: R12.8 billion). Gross profit increased by 15.3% to R2.9 billion (2009: R2.5 million), and operating profit improved by 16.1% to R823.3 million (2009: R709.2 million). Profit attributable to equity holders of the parent strengthened to R565.4 million (2009: R472.4 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew by 26.6% to 212.3cps (2009: 167.7cps).



Dividend

A final dividend of 75.7 cents per share has been declared, resulting in a total dividend of 106.2 cents for the year, an increase of 26.4% over the previous year. The source of the distribution will be a capital reduction out of share premium as per the approval given by shareholders at the annual general meeting held on Monday, 18 January 2010. Distribution cover has been maintained at two times headline earnings.



Prospects

Management remains cautious on the outlook for the recovery in consumer spending in the year ahead. Trading for the first seven weeks of the new financial year has continued in line with the performance in the second half of the 2010 financial year. Selling price inflation is expected to remain in mid-single digits during the new financial year. The group will continue to invest for longer term growth and capital expenditure of R250 million has been committed for 2011, with trading space planned to increase by 4% to 5%. The strategic objectives of pre-eminence in health and beauty retailing and pre- eminence in healthcare supply and pharmacy management remain core to the future of the business. The group is well positioned for growth through the expansion of the Clicks store and pharmacy network, new revenue opportunities in UPD and organic growth in the health and beauty markets. The group's medium-term operating margin target has been increased to 6.0% - 7.0% to reflect improved performance and prospects.
14 Oct 2010 11:36:35
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group announces the appointment of Michael Fleming as Chief Financial Officer. He will join the Clicks Group in February 2011 as Chief Financial Officer designate and will succeed Keith Warburton after a short transition period. Michael (43) is currently the Chief Financial Officer and an executive director of Tiger Brands Ltd.
29 Sep 2010 10:03:25
(Official Notice)
Clicks group shareholders are advised that the group's diluted headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 August 2010 ("the period") is expected to be between 25% and 30% higher than the previous financial year. This earnings guidance is higher than the range provided in the group's interim results released on 22 April 2010 owing to good second half trading and continued efficient working capital management. Diluted earnings per share for the period is also expected to be between 25% and 30% higher. Clicks group's results for the year ended 31 August 2010 will be released on SENS on Thursday, 21 October 2010.
08 Sep 2010 14:01:41
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced the appointment of Vikesh Ramsunder as managing director of UPD, the group's pharmaceutical wholesaler, with effect from 1 October 2010. Vikesh (39) is currently head of logistics for Clicks. He replaces Lynda van Niekerk who has been head of UPD since 2005. She will remain with the group in a consulting capacity.
01 Sep 2010 07:54:48
(Official Notice)
31 Aug 2010 08:08:34
(Official Notice)
The company announced that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 31 August 2010 and is anticipated to end on 21 October 2010, when the Clicks group results are scheduled to be published. The maximum aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R168 000 000. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares.
24 Aug 2010 09:04:09
(Official Notice)
Clicks is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Nkaki Matlala as an independent non-executive director with effect from 24 August 2010.



05 Aug 2010 08:54:42
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group announces the resignation of executive director and chief financial officer, Keith Warburton, with effect from 31 March 2011.
14 May 2010 10:44:00
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the general meeting held today, Friday, 14 May 2010, all the resolutions set out in the circular to shareholders dated, Thursday, 29 April 2010 and proposed at the meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders.



Shareholders are informed that the interim distribution will be paid by way of a capital reduction out of Clicks Group's share premium account.

*As previously announced on 29 April 2010 the salient dates of the interim distribution are unchanged and are detailed below:

*Last day that Clicks Group shares trade cum the interim distribution Friday, 25 June 2010

*Clicks Group shares trade ex the interim distribution Monday, 28 June 2010.

*Record date to determine those Clicks Group shareholders entitled to the interim distribution Friday, 2 July 2010

*Payment in respect of the interim distribution made to Clicks Group shareholders Monday, 5 July 2010.

*Clicks share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised between Monday, 28 June 2010 and Friday, 2 July 2010, both days inclusive.
29 Apr 2010 08:56:43
(Official Notice)
The Clicks board has approved an interim distribution of 30.5 cents per share to shareholders by way of a capital reduction out of Clicks' share premium account. The interim distribution is in lieu of the interim dividend on the ordinary shares for the six months ended 28 February 2010. The payment of the interim distribution by way of a capital reduction out of Clicks' share premium account is subject to the passing of the requisite ordinary resolutions at the general meeting to be held at 10:00, on Friday, 14 May 2010. A circular containing full details of the interim distribution has been posted on Thursday, 29 April 2010. Shareholders are advised of the following dates in respect of the interim distribution:

*Last day that Clicks shares trade cum the interim distribution -- Friday, 25 June 2010

*Clicks shares trade ex the interim distribution -- Monday, 28 June 2010

*Record date to determine those Clicks shareholders entitled to the interim distribution -- Friday, 2 July 2010

*Payment in respect of the interim distribution made to Clicks Group shareholders -- Monday, 5 July 2010
22 Apr 2010 09:17:34
(C)
Turnover increased from R5.9 billion to R6.5 billion in 2010.Gross profit increased to R1.5 billion (2009:R1.2 billion) and operating profit increased to R396.7 million (2009:R354.5 million). Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders increased to R274.1 million (R230.9 million). Headline earnings on a per share basis increased to 100.50cps (80.70cps).



Dividends per share

An interim dividend of 30.50 cps was declared for the period under review.



Prospects

The retail trading environment is expected to remain challenging and any recovery in consumer spending is unlikely to benefit the group in the second half of the financial year. The impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on retail spending remains an unknown factor. Price inflation for the group should moderate in the months ahead. Trading for the first seven weeks of the second half of the financial year has continued in line with the performance for the first half. Management will continue to maximise organic growth opportunities in the health and beauty markets with a clear value proposition for customers, and are confident of sustaining the current performance levels in the second half. Employee share scheme The group is currently evaluating the viability of a broad-based employee share ownership scheme. Extending equity ownership to employees will accelerate transformation and build on the progress that has been made across all other areas of black economic empowerment within the group. In addition, this will enable the group to attract and retain scarce and specialist skills. Any proposed share ownership scheme will be subject to shareholder engagement and approval.
30 Mar 2010 10:02:28
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group shareholders are advised that the group's diluted headline earnings per share for the six month period ended 28 February 2010 ("the period") is expected to be between 20% and 25% higher than the corresponding period last year. Diluted earnings per share for the period is expected to be between 20% and 25% higher. The group's results for the period have benefited from continued strong trading and efficient working capital management. Clicks group's results for the six months ended 28 February 2010 will be released on SENS on Thursday, 22 April 2010. The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's auditors.
26 Feb 2010 11:13:06
(Official Notice)
The company announce that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 28 February 2010 and is anticipated to end on 22 April 2010, when the company's results are scheduled to be published. The aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R79 800 000. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listing Requirements of the JSE Ltd.
18 Jan 2010 14:23:53
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of Clicks Group shareholders held on Monday, 18 January 2010, all the ordinary and special resolutions were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders representing 83.2% of the issued share capital in the Clicks Group (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting.
18 Jan 2010 10:02:26
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group increased retail sales by 13.4% for the 18 week period to 3 January 2010. This performance is due to the continued strong trading results from the Clicks chain which grew turnover by 15.7%, driven by the growth in the health and beauty merchandise categories. This again underlines the defensive qualities of the business and the benefits of a value offer in a tight consumer economy. Musica performed in line with the trend of the previous financial year. CD sales were stable and Musica continued to gain market share. The Body Shop performed well considering the current trading environment.



While retail trading conditions are expected to remain unchanged in the short term, management believes selling price inflation has peaked and will fall steadily over the remainder of the group?s financial year. Inventory has been tightly managed and stock levels are well under control. The group remains confident of delivering on its strategic objectives and financial targets outlined to shareholders in the 2009 annual report. The information contained in this trading update has not been reviewed or reported on by the group?s auditors. Clicks Group's interim results for the six months to 28 February 2010 will be released on SENS on or about 22 April 2010.
27 Nov 2009 12:21:34
(Official Notice)
The Clicks annual report for the year ended 31 August 2009 is currently being mailed to shareholders and contains no changes to the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 22 October 2009. The annual report is available online on the Clicks Group website (www.clicksgroup.co.za).



Notice was given that the fourteenth annual general meeting of shareholders will be held at the registered office of Clicks, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Monday, 18 January 2010 at 11:00 to transact business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting which is incorporated in the annual report.
19 Nov 2009 12:32:30
(Official Notice)
On 19 November 2009, Clicks Group cancelled and de-listed 27 367 849 ordinary shares. These shares were bought back as part of a general repurchase by a subsidiary company in terms of the general authority to repurchase shares approved by shareholders at the annual general meetings held in January 2006 to 2009. The cancellation of these shares has no financial impact on the headline earnings per share (diluted and undiluted) and earnings per share (diluted and undiluted) of Clicks Group. The shares cancelled represent 9.04% of the issued share capital of the company immediately prior to such cancellation. Following the cancellation, the issued share capital of the company will now comprise of 275 473 552 ordinary shares of 1 cent each.
23 Oct 2009 08:16:36
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Clicks wants to engage with stakeholders over the implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance scheme and wants to present ideas to the government. CE David Kneale said it makes sense for "basic health care coverage to be extended to pharmacists."
22 Oct 2009 08:53:02
(C)
Group turnover (continuing operations) increased by 8.8% to R12.2 billion (2008: R11.2 billion). Retail turnover rose by 15.4% as the Clicks chain lifted turnover by 17.7%. Price inflation was 9.2%. Total income, consisting of gross profit and other income, increased 13.8% to R3.1 billion and there was growth of 20.1% in operating profit to R709 million (2008: R590 million). Net attributable profit was up by 7.1% to R472 million (2008: R441 million). In addition, HEPS grew to 167.7cps (2008: 134cps).



Dividend

The board of directors have approved a final distribution of 59.5cps (2008: 42.3cps).



Prospects

The integrated healthcare retail and supply model provides a unique positioning for the Clicks Group in South Africa. Growth and performance will be driven through core strategic objectives. Good growth prospects should lead to market share increases through the expansion of the Clicks store base and roll-out of in-store pharmacies, and continued growth in the health and beauty markets, while UPD is expected to benefit from sales growth in Clicks and Link, as well as new revenue opportunities in export sales and third party distribution agencies.



30 Sep 2009 11:12:47
(Official Notice)
Clicks Group shareholders are advised that the group's diluted headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 August 2009 is expected to be between 22% and 27% higher than the previous financial year. This earnings guidance is higher than the range provided in the group's interim results on 30 April 2009 as a result of good second half trading and working capital management. Diluted earnings per share for the period is expected to be between 10% and 15% higher after benefiting from one-off profits from the disposal of businesses and sale of property in the previous financial year. Clicks Group's results for the year ended 31 August 2009 will be released on SENS on Thursday, 22 October 2009. The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's auditors.
31 Aug 2009 09:57:57
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that Clicks and MTN Group Ltd ("MTN") have scrapped an agreement for the sale of 17 Musica stores to MTN, citing certain legal conditions that could not be met. Clicks said the deal had been cancelled after less than half the landlords, whose consent was required, approved the leases been allocated to MTN. Gryphon Asset Management CIO, Abri du Plessis, commented that the failure of the deal was "bad news for Clicks. I can't see it finding a buyer." Du Plessis did not expect a quick turnaround at Musica, saying the unit would have to be very innovative to survive.
28 Aug 2009 16:20:05
(Official Notice)
The company announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period. The closed period will commence on 31 August 2009 and is anticipated to end on 22 October 2009, when the company's results are scheduled to be published. The aggregate consideration payable for the shares to be repurchased is R105 000 000. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchase will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listing Requirements of the JSE Ltd.
20 Aug 2009 10:28:11
(Official Notice)
In terms of a general authority granted to Clicks group to repurchase its ordinary shares by a special resolution passed by Clicks group shareholders at the AGM held on 27 January 2009, a maximum of 48 620 883 ordinary shares.



In terms of paragraph 11.27 of the JSE listing requirements, Clicks group announced that it has acquired, in the open market, 12 156 253 ordinary shares, equivalent to 3.75% of the issued share capital at the time of the granting of the authority, for a total consideration of R217 385 773. The repurchases were carried out between 4 February 2009 and 18 August 2009. The highest price paid was R19.99 per share and the lowest price paid was R14.99. The average price paid was R17.88 per share.



The requirements of paragraph 5.72 of the JSE requirements have been complied with in the repurchasing of these shares. The extent of the authority remaining unfulfilled is 36 464 630 ordinary shares, equivalent to 11.25% of the total number of shares in issue.
30 Jun 2009 13:17:36
(Official Notice)
Professor Peter Eagles has resigned as a non-executive director of the Clicks Group with effect from 29 June 2009.
29 Jun 2009 12:12:06
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the odd lot offer to Clicks shareholders who held less than 100 ordinary shares in Clicks on Friday, 26 June 2009 has been implemented.



Results of the odd lot offer

The total number of ordinary shares relating to those odd lot holders who elected to sell or were deemed to have sold their odd lot holdings is 5 674. These ordinary shares were purchased by Clicks at R17.41 per share for a total consideration of R98 784.34. These shares will be delisted and restored to the status of authorised but unissued share capital. The total number of ordinary shares which continue to be held by odd lot holders who elected to retain their odd lot holdings is 2 658. As a result of the implementation of the odd lot offer, the number of Clicks shareholders has been reduced by 310, and the total number of shares in issue has been reduced by 5 674 to 302 633 551.



Payment to odd lot holders

Cheques and electronic transfers in respect of the sale of odd lot holdings will be posted by ordinary post to the relevant odd lot holders or effected on or about Monday, 29 June 2009 respectively, except for certificated odd lot holders who failed to make an election and who were therefore deemed to have sold their odd lot holdings, in which case the money owing to them will be held on their behalf until such odd lot holders have surrendered their documents of title.
19 Jun 2009 13:47:19
(Permanent)
New Clicks Holdings Ltd was renamed to Clicks Group Ltd on Monday, 22 June 2009.
11 Jun 2009 08:21:23
(Official Notice)
All the special resolutions set out in the circular to shareholders dated Monday, 4 May 2009 have been registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office. The odd lot offer is now unconditional. A further announcement regarding the take up of the odd lot offer will be made following the closing of the odd lot offer on Friday, 26 June 2009. The salient dates and times as detailed in the announcement released on SENS on Monday, 4 May 2009 and published in the press on Tuesday, 5 May 2009, remain unchanged.



Shareholders are reminded that the name change and re-classification of the company to the food and drug retailers sector on the JSE Ltd will be effective from Monday, 22 June 2009. Shareholders are informed that the distribution declared on Thursday, 30 April 2009 will be a capital reduction paid out of share premium. The salient dates for the distribution will be under the new ISIN ZAE000134854.
29 May 2009 11:16:25
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the general meeting held on Friday, 29 May 2009 all the resolutions set out in the circular to shareholders dated, Monday, 4 May 2009, and proposed at the meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. The special resolutions will be submitted for registration at the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office in due course.
25 May 2009 10:43:43
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement made and circular posted to shareholders on Monday, 4 May 2009, and are advised in advance of the general meeting to be held on Friday, 29 May 2009 that the odd lot offer price has been determined as R17.41 per share. The offer price is equivalent to the volume weighted average traded price of New Clicks shares on the JSE Ltd over the 5 (five) trading days commencing on Monday, 18 May 2009, and ending on Friday, 22 May 2009, plus a 5% premium. The salient dates and times as detailed in the announcement released on SENS on Monday, 4 May 2009 and published in the press on Tuesday, 5 May 2009, remain unchanged.
04 May 2009 09:52:47
(Official Notice)
A circular has been posted on Monday, 4 May 2009 to shareholders containing details relating to, inter alia, a proposed change of name, an odd lot offer and an issue of shares for cash, to be approved at the general meeting to be held on Friday, 29 May 2009.



Change of name

A special resolution will be proposed to change the name from "New Clicks Holdings Ltd" to "Clicks Group Ltd". For a period of not less than one year, Clicks Group Ltd will reflect the former name "New Clicks Holdings Ltd" on all documents of title in brackets beneath the new name "Clicks Group Ltd".

The proposed name has been approved and reserved by the registrar. In terms of the JSE listings requirements, approval has been granted by the JSE for the change of name and for the abbreviated name "Clicks" to be used with the share code "CLS" and the ISIN ZAE000134854.



Odd lot offer

Approximately 376 (11%) out of 3 331 New Clicks shareholders hold less than 100 New Clicks shares each. Odd lot holders have a combined holding of 7 750 New Clicks shares. The necessary resolutions for the implementation of an odd lot offer have been included in the notice of general meeting which forms part of the circular.

The articles of association of New Clicks are being amended, inter alia, to enable New Clicks to implement the odd lot offer.



Salient dates - Times for the name change and odd lot offer

Last day to lodge proxy forms (by no later than 9:00) for the New Clicks general meeting - Thursday 28 May 2009

Results of New Clicks general meeting announcement on SENS - Friday 29 May 2009

Election period for the odd lot offer opens at 09:00 by no later than - Friday 12 June 2009

Last day to trade: securities under old name in order to be eligible to participate in the odd lot offer - Friday 19 June 2009

Trading under the new name of Clicks Group Ltd on JSE commences under the JSE share code "CLS" - Monday 22 June 2009



The circular is only available in English. Copies may be obtained from the group secretary of New Clicks and the transfer secretaries.
30 Apr 2009 10:34:20
(C)
Revenue increased from R5 838 million to R6 278 million in 2009.Gross profit increased to R1 237 million (2008:R1 121 million) and operating profit increased to R354 583 million (2008:R299 157 million). Profit attributable to ordinary shareholders decreased to R230 971 million (R254 400 million). Headline earnings on a per share basis increased to 80.70cps (68.40cps).



Dividends per share

An interim dividend of 24.5 cents per share was declared for the period under review.



Prospects

Retail trading conditions are expected to remain challenging in the coming months. The group's business is defensive and competitively advantaged. The listing of New Clicks on the JSE will be reclassified to the Food and Drug Retailers sector on 22 June 2009, which will more accurately reflect the current and future composition of the group's earnings. The group continues to be cash generative and R140 million has been committed to capital investment for the remainder of the year. Trading for the first two months of the second half of the financial year has continued in line with the performance for the first half.
31 Mar 2009 14:09:40
(Official Notice)
David Janks has been appointed group legal counsel and company secretary of New Clicks with effect from 1 July 2009.
12 Mar 2009 09:14:27
(Official Notice)
New Clicks has reached agreement with MTN Group Ltd ("MTN") to sell up to 17 Musica retail outlets to MTN and to release space for MTN in six other Musica stores. In terms of the agreement, MTN will take over Musica's rental obligations, certain store-related service contracts and permanent staff in the 17 stores. The six stores where space has been released will be converted into separate MTN retail outlets. The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including landlords consenting to the assignment of the leases concerned to MTN.
04 Feb 2009 08:04:36
(Official Notice)
On 3 February 2009, New Clicks cancelled and de-listed 21 500 000 ordinary shares. These shares were bought back as part of a general repurchase by a subsidiary company in terms of the general authority to repurchase shares approved by shareholders at the annual general meetings held in January 2007 and 2008. The cancellation of these shares has no financial impact on the headline earnings per share and earnings per share of New Clicks. The shares cancelled represent 6.63% of the issued share capital of the company immediately prior to such cancellation. Following the cancellation, the issued share capital of the company will now comprise of 302 639 225 ordinary shares of 1 cent each.
27 Jan 2009 14:00:38
(Official Notice)
At the annual general meeting of New Clicks shareholders held on Tuesday, 27 January 2009, all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders. Shareholders representing 83.84% of the issued share capital in New Clicks (excluding treasury shares) were present in person or by proxy at the meeting. The special resolution will be lodged with the Registrar of Companies for registration in due course.
20 Jan 2009 09:05:33
(Official Notice)
Retail sales increased by 11.1% for the four months ended December 2008, with a particularly pleasing trading performance from the flagship business, Clicks, which lifted turnover by 13.1% and by 11.2% on a same store basis. The strong value offer in Clicks continues to appeal to consumers who are under financial pressure. The smaller gifting ranges across the confectionery, toiletry and beauty categories were well suited to the needs of consumers at this time and resulted in robust festive season trading. Health (including dispensary) and beauty merchandise continue to be the major drivers of sales growth. Clicks posted real sales growth of 7.4% after recording inflation of 5.7%. The slowdown in consumer spending was evident in Musica which offers more discretionary merchandise. Musica's performance was impacted by slower sales of DVDs and gaming software, although the business continued to record market share gains during the period. The Body Shop performed reasonably well in the current environment, with sales of smaller gifting ranges again proving popular. Consumers were more discerning and conscious of how they spent their money over this Christmas period. In seeking out value for money, shoppers focused on smaller, more practical gifts. They left their shopping late and also appear to have deferred purchases to the post Christmas period and into early January. UPD The strategy adopted by UPD in the previous financial year to focus on its more profitable and loyal customers has resulted in sales growth slowing to 3.7% for the four month period, in line with expectations. This focus on more profitable customers will enable UPD to drive further efficiencies from the business.



Retail trading conditions are expected to remain challenging in 2009 with continued pressure on consumer expenditure, despite relief from the declining fuel price and further expected cuts in interest rates. The group is, however, confident of achieving the strategic objectives and financial targets set out in the 2008 annual report. The information contained in this trading update has not been reviewed or reported on by the group's auditors. New Clicks' interim results for the six months to 28 February 2009 will be released on SENS on or about 30 April 2009.
18 Dec 2008 14:46:57
(Official Notice)
Following the announcement on 11 August 2008 that New Clicks had acquired a 60% stake in leading courier pharmacy business, Direct Medicines, the group advises shareholders that all conditions precedent, including the approval of the competition authorities, have been met and the transaction is now unconditional. The business has been renamed Clicks Direct Medicines and the effective date of the transaction is 1 September 2008.



New Clicks has the option to acquire the remaining 40% of the business after three years. These shares are held by empowerment group Vuwa Healthcare (26%) and management (14%).
28 Nov 2008 15:50:45
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2008 will be dispatched to shareholders on 28 November 2008, and contain no modifications to the reviewed preliminary group results published on SENS on 23 October 2008. The annual financial statements will be available online on the New Clicks website (www.newclicks.co.za) on Monday, 1 December 2008.



Notice of AGM

Notice was given that the thirteenth annual general meeting of shareholders of New Clicks will be held at the registered office of New Clicks, corner Searle and Pontac Streets, Cape Town on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 at 11:00 to transact business as stated in the notice of the annual general meeting forming part of the annual financial statements.
23 Oct 2008 09:41:05
(C)
Turnover (continued operations) increased by 12.2% to R11.3 billion (R10.1 billion), with selling price inflation of 3.9% for the year. Turnover from the retail businesses of Clicks, Musica and The Body Shop rose by 11.6% and 9.2% on a comparable store basis, with price inflation of 3.8%. UPD, the group`s pharmaceutical distributor and wholesaler, lifted turnover by 13.3% and reported price inflation of 3.9%. Total income (gross profit plus other income) increased 15.0% to R2.7 billion. Headline earnings increased 12.3% from R357 million to R401 million.



Distribution

The board of directors has approved a distribution of 42.3cps (33.2cps) comprising a final cash dividend of 3.7cps and a capital reduction distribution out of share premium of 38.6cps in lieu of a dividend.



Prospects

The group's strategic objectives remain unchanged and the medium-term ROE target has been revised upwards to 35 - 40% to reflect improved prospects. The performance over the past year has shown that the group's businesses are robust and well positioned in the current trading environment. Capital expenditure of R250 million has been committed for the year ahead. In the absence of any marked deterioration in trading conditions, shareholders can expect continued real earnings growth in the 2009 financial year.
07 Oct 2008 09:25:11
(Official Notice)
New Clicks announced that the company secretary, Allan Scott, had elected to take early retirement with effect from 31 March 2009.
06 Oct 2008 10:59:20
(Official Notice)
New Clicks' shareholders are advised that the group's diluted headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 August 2008 is expected to be between 25% and 30% higher than the previous financial year. Diluted earnings per share for the year is expected to be between 30% and 35% higher than the previous financial year. These are both within the forecast ranges indicated in the group's interim results on 24 April 2008. New Clicks' results for the year ended 31 August 2008 will be released on SENS on Thursday, 23 October 2008.
22 Sep 2008 11:00:39
(Official Notice)
New Clicks is pleased to announce the appointment of John Bester as an independent non-executive director with effect from 1 October 2008. John served as a partner of Ernst - Young for 10 years, has held financial director positions in commerce and industry and is currently the financial director of Personal Trust International. He is non-executive chairman of Barnard Jacobs Mellet Holdings and a non-executive director of Western Province Rugby. The group also advises that independent non-executive director, Rob Lumb, will be resigning from the board of New Clicks for personal reasons, with effect from 30 November 2008.
29 Aug 2008 09:06:11
(Official Notice)
New Clicks announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period, which commences on 1 September 2008 and ends on 23 October 2008 when the company's results are scheduled to be published. The maximum number of shares to be repurchased is 4 900 000. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company's shares. Any purchases will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the listings requirements of the JSE Ltd.
11 Aug 2008 14:35:52
(Official Notice)
New Clicks has acquired a 60% stake in leading courier pharmacy business, Direct Medicines, for a cash payment of R13.2 million. David Kneale, group chief executive of New Clicks, said the acquisition will enable Clicks to broaden its coverage in the retail pharmacy market and accelerate its national pharmacy presence. The transaction is expected to be effective from 1 September 2008 and is subject to regulatory approvals. New Clicks has the option to acquire the remaining 40% of the business after three years.
01 Aug 2008 09:54:17
(Media Comment)
Business Report noted that New Clicks has launched its 150th pharmacy, helping the group achieve its aim of having a dispensary in every shop and becoming the largest pharmacy chain in the country. Group CEO, David Kneale said the firm is planning to have 400 pharmacies in five years' time. New Clicks also plans to open 40 more over the next twelve months.
24 Apr 2008 09:26:34
(C)
Group turnover from continuing operations increased by 13.1% to R5.64 billion (2007: R4.98 billion), with selling price inflation measured at 3.4% for the six month period. The 15.2% increase in group operating expenditure from continuing operations includes a provision for the employee incentive schemes which reflect the current performance of the group, set-up costs for the Blueprint retail programme and Musica store opening costs. Management expects cost growth to be contained below the level of turnover growth for the full year. Operating profit increased 15.2% as a result of higher turnover and the improved retail margin. The group?s headline earnings increased 12.0% from R188 million to R210 million, with the results of the Discom business included in the comparative period.



Dividends

The board of directors has approved an interim distribution of 18.8 cents per share (2007: 15.0 cents), comprising a cash dividend of 3.7 cents per share and a distribution out of share premium of 15.1 cents per share in lieu of a dividend.



Prospects

In the absence of any unforeseen factors in the macro-economy and any marked deterioration in the trading environment, the board and management expect diluted headline earnings per share to increase by between 20% and 30% for the year to 31 August 2008. Diluted earnings per share are forecast to grow by between 30% and 40%. These forecasts have not been audited or reviewed by the company?s auditors.
31 Mar 2008 11:26:56
(Official Notice)
Diluted earnings per share for the period is expected to be between 50% and 60% higher than last year, with the additional profit arising from the disposal of retail businesses Discom and Style Studio, as well as the sale of land adjacent to the group?s head office. New Clicks` interim results will be released on SENS on Thursday, 24 April 2008.
10 Mar 2008 12:33:35
(Official Notice)
New Clicks announces that it has acquired, in the open market, 11 250 196 ordinary shares, equivalent to 3.35% of the issued share capital at the time of the granting of the general authority, for a total consideration of R159 104 615. The repurchases were carried out between 30 January 2008 and 7 March 2008. The highest price paid was R15.00 per share and the lowest price paid was R13.25 per share. The average price paid was R14.14 per share. All the shares have been repurchased by a subsidiary of New Clicks and are being held as treasury stock.
03 Mar 2008 10:38:34
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement published on SENS on 27 February 2008 we advise that the maximum cost of the shares to be repurchased is R90 million.
27 Feb 2008 12:29:52
(Official Notice)
New Clicks announces that an agreement has been entered into in relation to the purchase of its shares by a subsidiary company during its closed period, which commences on 1 March 2008 and ends on 24 April 2008 when the company?s results are scheduled to be published. The mandate in the agreement is for an irrevocable, non-discretionary programme to purchase the company?s shares. Any purchases will be effected within certain pre-set parameters within the limits of the programme and the Listings Requirements of the JSE.
05 Feb 2008 09:45:20
(Official Notice)
Bertina Engelbrecht, the group human resources director, has been appointed as an executive director, with Professor Fatima Abrahams and Fatima Jakoet as independent non-executive directors. All appointments are effective 1 March 2008.
09 Jun 2006 10:51:09
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the general meeting of New Clicks shareholders held on Friday, 9 June 2006, approval was received for the passing of all the ordinary resolutions in respect of the cash distribution of 11.2 cents per share by way of a reduction of share premium and a general authority to make distributions to shareholders by way of a reduction of share premium. Shareholders are reminded of the following salient dates in respect of the cash distribution of 11.2 cents per share.

*Last day to trade cum cash distribution Friday, 23 June 06

*New Clicks shares trade ex-distribution Monday, 26 June 06

*Record date Friday, 30 June 06

*Payment made to shareholders Monday, 3 July

02 Jun 2006 12:10:03
(Official Notice)
NuClicks has appointed Bertina Engelbrecht as group director for human resources and organisational development with effect from 1 July 2006. An experienced human resources professional, Bertina (43) will be responsible for remuneration and benefits strategy, talent acquisition and development, corporate social investment programmes as well as driving transformation in the group. She has also been appointed to the group's executive committee, which comprises executive directors David Kneale (chief executive officer), Keith Warburton (chief financial officer) and Michael Harvey (managing director, Clicks).
17 May 2006 09:26:20
(Official Notice)
On 17 May 2006, NuClicks cancelled and delisted 26 931 767 ordinary shares in terms of the general authority to repurchase shares approved by shareholders at the annual general meeting held on 23 January 2006. These shares were bought back as a general repurchase by a subsidiary company during the period June to December 2004. The cancellation of these shares has no financial impact on New Clicks. The shares cancelled represent 7.15% of the issued share capital of the company and following the cancellation the issued share capital of the company comprises 349 806 265 ordinary shares of 1c each.

04 May 2006 09:43:07
(C)
11 Apr 2006 10:12:32
(Official Notice)
NuClicks has restructured its board of directors with the appointment of five new directors. Professor Peter Eagles (57) and Martin Rosen (55) have been appointed as non-executive directors, while senior executives David Kneale (51), Keith Warburton (48) and Michael Harvey (37) have been appointed as executive directors, with effect from 10 April 2006. Dr Allen Zimbler and Peter Swartz have resigned as non-executive directors, also with effect from 10 April 2006.
23 Jan 2006 14:18:42
(Official Notice)
At the group's annual general meeting, shareholders approved all special resolutions and all ordinary resolutions except the re-election of TC Honneysett due to Honneysett's retirement.
23 Jan 2006 11:37:39
(Official Notice)
Trevor Honneysett, chief executive of NuClicks, announced that he intended to retire with effect 23 January 2006 following a decision to take early retirement. Honneysett would be succeeded as chief executive by David Kneale, currently the deputy chief executive. In terms of his service contract, Honneysett was subject to a 12 month notice period. The board, on the recommendation of the remuneration committee, agreed that he would receive a salary in lieu of serving out his full notice and a gratuity in accordance with company policy based on his 35 years of service.
23 Jan 2006 09:06:27
(Official Notice)
NuClicks increased its turnover by 15.1% in the four month period ending 31 December 2005. The wholesale pharmaceutical distribution turnover increased by 30.2% as it attracted increased sales volumes from independent retail pharmacies and private hospital groups. Sales of retail brands grew by 7.9% in the first four months of the financial year, while same store sales increased by 9.9%.
15 Dec 2005 15:10:03
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2005 will be dispatched to shareholders on 15 December 2005, and contain no modifications to the reviewed preliminary results published on SENS on 26 October 2005.



Notice of annual general meeting

Notice is hereby given that the tenth annual general meeting of shareholders of New Clicks will be held on Monday, 23 January 2006 at 11:00 to transact business as stated on the notice of the annual general meeting forming part of the annual financial statements.
26 Oct 2005 12:19:19
(Official Notice)
NuClicks, on 26 October 05, announced the appointment of David Kneale as deputy chief executive officer of the group with effect from January 2006.
26 Oct 2005 11:23:45
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20 Oct 2005 10:20:38
(Official Notice)
The wage dispute between retail chain Clicks and trade union SACCAWU was settled on 19 October 2005. The settlement has been structured over an 11-month period, with staff receiving a wage increase of R254 per month from August to December 2005, and R255 per month from January to June 2006. This equates to an annual increase of 9.1% or R233.33 per month over a 12 month period. Clicks offered a wage increase of R225 per month to its staff within the bargaining unit, an increase of 8.8%, while the union was demanding an 11.7% increase. Mike Harvey, brand leader of Clicks, welcomed the settlement and said the striking workers would return to work on 20 October 2005. All 290 Clicks stores across the country continued to trade during the 13-day strike, he said, owing to the effectiveness of the contingency plans implemented ahead of the strike. Harvey said the financial impact of the strike would be disclosed when the financial results of Clicks' holding company, New Clicks Holdings, are published on 26 October 2005.
11 Oct 2005 14:09:19
(Official Notice)
As a result of the change in the interpretation of accounting standard IAS 17 (AC 105) on Leases by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in Circular 7/2005, New Clicks has adopted the straight-line method of recognising property rental expenses. This will have the effect of decreasing diluted headline earnings per share by 1.8c for the year ended 31 August 2005 as well as decreasing the comparative diluted headline earnings per share by 1.6c for 2004.



After bringing to account the above adjustment, the group anticipates that diluted headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 August 2005 will be between 60c and 65c per share. In the year ended 31 August 2004 New Clicks reported a diluted basic loss per share of 3.5c. As reported at the time, the difference between the diluted basic loss per share and the diluted headline earnings per share of 74.5c arose mainly as a result of the impairment of goodwill of R258.2m for the investment in Purchase Milton - Associates, the amortisation of goodwill of R16.3m and other capital items.



In the current year an amount of R17.1m is required for an impairment of the Link Investment Trust goodwill as well as various other capital items. The impact of this for the year ended 31 August 2005 is that diluted basic earnings per share will be lower than diluted headline earnings per share and it is estimated that it will be between 55c and 60c per share.



New Clicks' results for the year ended 31 August 2005 will be released on SENS on Wednesday, 26 October 2005.
07 Oct 2005 17:36:44
(Official Notice)
Clicks announced that it was trading out of all its 290 stores across the country today (7 October 05), despite a strike called by trade union SACCAWU after the parties failed to reach agreement on the annual wage increase. Clicks has offered a wage increase of R225 per month to its staff within the bargaining unit, which is an increase of 8.8% over last year and well above the current inflation rate of 4.9%. SACCAWU has so far rejected the offer.
07 Oct 2005 08:49:57
(Media Comment)
SA Catering and Allied Workers' Union confirmed that NuClicks would be facing a strike due to a wage dispute. According to Business Report, the union who represented 2500 Clicks workers, demanded a 10% monthly pay increase. The company responded by making an offer of a 8.8% increase.

05 Oct 2005 16:37:04
(Official Notice)
The South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) has informed the management of Clicks that its members will be embarking on a strike from Friday 7 October as the parties have been unable to reach agreement on the annual wage increase. Clicks has offered a wage increase of R225 per month to its staff who are SACCAWU members, which is an increase of 8.8% over last year and well above the current inflation rate. SACCAWU has so far rejected the offer. In 2004 Clicks paid its staff an increase of R222.50 per month, a 9.3% increase.



Clicks remains committed to resolving the wage dispute through negotiation and dialogue.The company will adopt a strict policy of "no work, no pay" towards staff during any strike action.The management of Clicks has implemented contingency plans in all stores across the country to limit any possible inconvenience to customers should Clicks be affected by the industrial action. The proposed strike does not affect the professional pharmacy staff of Clicks.
25 Aug 2005 10:44:21
(Official Notice)
Keith Warburton has been appointed chief financial officer of New Clicks with effect from 1 September 2005.
25 Aug 2005 10:39:52
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of New Clicks has announced the resignation and early retirement of Raymond Godfrey as an executive director with effect from 31 December 2005. Mr Godfrey (57) has 35 years` service with the group and was appointed to the board in March 1996. He will remain in his current position as an executive director and group merchandise director until his retirement at the end of December 2005.
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Clicks Group is a retail-led healthcare group which is listed in the Food and Drug Retailers sector on the JSE.



Founded in 1968, the group has been listed on the JSE since 1996. Following changes in South African legislation in 2003 to allow corporate pharmacy ownership, the group entered the retail pharmacy market with the opening of the first Clicks pharmacy in 2004.



The group is today a leader in the healthcare market where Clicks is the country?s largest pharmacy chain with 473 in-store pharmacies and a 22.2% share of the retail pharmacy market. UPD has a 25.6% share of the private pharmaceutical wholesale market.


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