|Shareholders are advised that Phumzile Langeni has resigned as an independent non-executive director of the board of directors of Libstar Holdings Ltd. and as chairperson of the Libstar audit committee, effective 31 December 2018.|
Shareholders will be kept informed in relation to the appointment of a replacement independent non- executive director and chairperson of the Libstar audit committee.
|Libstar released its maiden interim results following its listing therefore there are no comparatives. Revenue from continuing operations was R4.5 billion, gross profit was R944.6 million and operating profit came to R223.5 million. Profit for the period from continuing operations was recorded at R65.1 million and headline earnings per share from continuing operations was 13 cents per share.|
The board will, at the next year-end reporting date, assess the full year operational performance of the Group and make an appropriate recommendation as to the declaration of a dividend to shareholders. Accordingly, the Company will not declare an interim dividend. The Company has an initial target dividend pay-out ratio of 30-40% of profit after tax. The amount, timing and frequency of future dividends will be at the sole discretion of the Board and will be a function of the profitability, growth opportunities and strategy of the Group.
Although market conditions are expected to remain tough, the Group is looking forward to a stronger performance in the second half of the year.
There are growth opportunities across our business driven by the completion of several earnings- enhancing projects and the introduction of higher-margin innovative new products. We have started producing a new range of dairy products which are already selling extremely well and are launching other products, including private label wet condiments and prepared meals. We are commissioning a par-bake artisanal breads and rolls facility in the fourth quarter.
We are focused on margin improvements through lower cost manufacturing and packaging as well as procurement and other supply chain efficiencies. We are also concentrated on the more resilient upper- end of the market.
Benefits from the integration of recently acquired businesses are coming through. Additionally, the integration of Denny Foods into Montagu Foods has been a success and there are further consolidation exercises underway.
We are not expecting any repeat of the once-off incidents from the first half of the year which reduced our revenues quite considerably. Dickon Hall's trading is catching up following the strike earlier in the year.
Libstar's Normalised EBITDA is typically weighted 60% towards the second half of the year, particularly in the fourth quarter.
|Shareholders are advised that:|
- Earnings per share (?EPS?) and headline earnings per share (?HEPS?) from continuing operations is expected to be between 11 cents and 14 cents or between 44% and 56% lower than the 25 cents for the comparative period;
- EPS from discontinued operations is expected to be between 1.3 cents loss and 0.7 cents loss or between 57% and 77% higher than the 3 cents loss for the comparative period; and
- HEPS from discontinued operations is expected to be between 1.2 cents loss and 0.8 cents loss or between 40% and 60% higher than the 2 cents loss for the comparative period.
EPS and HEPS include the effect of the issue of 120 million shares at R12.50 per share in terms of the Group?s initial public offering (IPO), which increased the weighted average number of shares in issue (net of treasury shares) from 468.9 million shares in the comparative period to 523.3 million in the current period, an increase of 11.6%.
In a challenging trading environment, Libstar has shown strong revenue growth during the reporting period. However, gross profit margins were negatively impacted by a national oversupply of fresh mushrooms and the lower-margin Sonnendal Dairies business acquisition which has enhanced the Group?s yoghurt manufacturing capabilities.
Despite these market conditions, Adjusted EBIT, presented in accordance with the accounting policies set out in the Group?s pre-listing statement dated 24 April 2018, and after adjustment for amortisation of customer contracts, unrealised foreign exchange movements, share appreciation rights as well as other non-operating expenditure, is expected to be between R310 million and R320 million compared to R319.4 million for the comparative period. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between R385 million to R400 million or 1% to 5% higher than the R381.3 million for the comparative period.
Libstar expects to publish its reviewed interim financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.
|Further to the Pre-listing Statement, the pricing announcement dated 4 May 2018 and the listing of Libstar on the JSE on 9 May 2018, shareholders are herewith provided with an update on the stabilisation action undertaken by the Stabilisation Manager: As at the close of trading on Monday, 21 May 2018, the Stabilisation Manager had, in terms of the Sponsor and Placement Agreement, repurchased in full 36 532 298 Ordinary Shares comprising the Over-allotment Option.|
|Further to the company?s listing on the main board of the JSE Limited on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 and the company?s intention to align its governance structures further to the listing, shareholders are advised of the following changes to the board of directors (?Board?) and Board Committees, effective 9 May 2018: |
* Wendy Luhabe has been appointed as Chairperson of the Board. Wahid Suleiman Hamid will remain a non-executive director of the Board.
* Phumzile Langeni has been appointed as Chairperson to the Social and Ethics Committee.
* JP Landman has been appointed as Lead-independent Director and Chairperson to the Investment and Strategy Committee.
* Wendy Luhabe has been appointed as Chairperson to the Nominations Committee.
|Libstar was founded in 2005 as an investment holding company investing in companies operating in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. The company focuses on the food, beverage, household and personal care segments of the market.|
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Libstar has annualised net revenues in excess of R7bn. The group consists of 28 business units that operate nationally across 31 sites located in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.
Libstar offers its customers a wide range of products with the convenience of a single supplier with nationwide presence, and distribution and manufacturing capacity. The group concentrates on supplying the needs of the foods service industry, private label segments of larger retailers and the manufacturing of products for brand owners, as well as its own branded products.