TRUSTCO GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED - Trading Statement for the year ended 31 March 2014

Release Date: 12/06/2014 13:42
Code(s): TTO
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Trading Statement for the year ended 31 March 2014

Incorporated in the Republic of Namibia
(Registration number 2003/058)
NSX share code: TUC
JSE share code: TTO
ISIN Number: NA000A0RF067
("the Group")


Shareholders are advised that the Group is presently finalising its
annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2014.

Total revenue for the Group grew by more than 35% from the previous
financial year.

The Group expects:

-    headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2014
     to be a minimum of 14.87 cents, which is 220% higher than the
     headline earnings per share for the previous comparable
     period, being the year ended 31 March 2013 (“previous period”)
     of 4.65 cents; and
-    basic earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2014 to
     be a minimum of 29.34 cents, which is 442% higher than the
     basic earnings per share for the previous period of 5.41

The expected increase in earnings per share is mainly attributable
to the following key factors in the 2014 financial period:

-   student loan book growth has driven increased profitability in
    the education and student finance segments of the Group’s
    business, whilst non-performing loans remain low;

-   sales in the property segment of the Group’s business have grown
    from the previous period and have contributed meaningfully to
    Group earnings; and

-   the Group’s Namibian insurance segment continues to grow
    earnings at good organic rates, however the Insurance segments
    outside of Namibia remain in loss making positions as expansion
    efforts continue.

Further details will be provided in the abridged audited group
results for the year ended 31 March 2014 and the annual integrated
report, due to be released on or about 27 June 2014.

The financial information on which this trading statement is based
has not been reviewed or reported on by the Group's auditors in
accordance with either 3.4b(viii)(1)(aa) or 3.4b(viii)(1)(bb) of the
Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited.

By order of the board
DJ Steyn
Company Secretary
12 June 2014

JSE Sponsor
Sasfin Capital
(a division of Sasfin Bank Limited)

NSX Sponsor
IJG (Pty) Limited

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