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Bid Corporation Limited - Capital Markets Day May 16 2018 Management Update On General Trading Conditions

Release Date: 16/05/2018 14:30
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Capital Markets Day – May 16  2018
Management update on general trading conditions

Bid Corporation Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number: 1995/008615/06
Share code: BID ISIN ZAE 000216537
(“Bidcorp” or “Company” or “Group”)


Capital Markets Day – May 16 2018

Management update on general trading conditions

Shareholders are advised that the Bidcorp executive management are meeting
with members of the financial community (including shareholders, financial
analysts and the press), today May 16th 2018, for an update on current market
conditions and the trading environment across its international operations.

As announced in February 2018, Bidcorp took the decision to treat the UK
Logistics CD (“CD”) business segment as a discontinued operation. The
following update deals with the continuing and discontinued operations
separately.

Continuing operations:

Management comments as follows:

1. Current trading performance and overall market conditions

   -   Trading for the third quarter of the 2018 financial year has been positive
       (measured in home currencies), largely maintaining the earnings
       trajectory achieved in the first 6 months of the 2018 financial year.
       Performance achieved by our European businesses remains excellent.
   -   Currency volatility continues to impact Bidcorp’s rand translated results,
       with a negative constant currency impact of approximately 0,4% (to the
       end of March 2018) against the basket of currencies in which the Group
       trades.
   -   Trading conditions have seen increasing inflation in certain categories of
       products, particularly dairy and some wage cost pressure is evident in a
       few economies as unemployment levels fall.
   -   Fundamentals within the global foodservice industry remain positive and
       continued organic growth and bolt-on opportunities remain in all our
       operating geographical segments.
   -   Bidcorp remains focused on growth – organically in current markets, via
       in-territory bolt-on acquisitions to expand geographic reach and product
       ranges; and via strategic acquisitions as the Group enters new markets.
Australasia

   -   Bidfood Australia’s performance is in line with expectation as our
       major metro expansion gathers pace. The splitting of the Melbourne,
       Sydney and Brisbane / Gold Coast branches has created some cost
       pain and disruption but the quarterly profitability run rate is now
       positive in two of the 3 regions. Our focus with our recently acquired
       liquor wholesaler has been to grow into the branches. Supply
       Solutions (Imports) launched its cheese processing plant with
       immediate success. The fresh and meat businesses are showing
       improvement. A bolt-on foodservice business in regional Western
       Australia was acquired with effect from March 2018.
   -   New Zealand continues to perform well despite experiencing volatile
       pricing and availability of fresh produce, a tightening labour market
       and the costs of increased capacity. All segments of the business
       continue to develop profitably. Further capacity expansion is being
       planned.
   -   Further acquisition opportunities remain under consideration in both
       countries.

United Kingdom (“UK”)

   -   Bidfood UK continues to perform well despite a challenging 3rd
       quarter with unseasonal weather conditions, increasing stress in the
       business community and lower consumer confidence. Sales volumes
       continue to improve particularly in the independent and undisciplined
       multiple sectors. National account volumes have also grown. Internal
       business improvements continue to be implemented, particularly in
       the ecommerce arena. Further investment into increased capacity
       remains a key focus to cater for anticipated growth. Opportunities in
       relation to importing exclusive brands are being explored. Further
       acquisitions of niche independent foodservice businesses are under
       consideration. The 4th Quarter sales have rebounded strongly.
   -   Trading in Bidfresh has been a little disappointing in the 3 rd quarter
       as a depot move, seafood price volatility and poor cost management
       dampened profitability. The Fresh business has achieved a good
       national footprint across each of the Meat, Produce and Seafood
       segments however further focus is directed to building management
       capability in each of the pillars.

Europe

   -   Overall results from our European businesses have been pleasing.
       Strong like-for-like trading profit growth in constant FX, excluding
       positive effects of acquisitions, has been achieved. In particular, the
       performances of the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech & Slovakia,
       Poland and Italy are good.
   -   Netherlands delivered an improved performance, albeit off a low
       base. The business is making progress as the infrastructure
       reconfiguration and distribution rationalization projects start to benefit
    the overall cost base. Further benefits of range consolidation and IT
    simplification are anticipated in the medium term. A small bolt-on
    acquisition to complement the geographic footprint was completed in
    the 3rd quarter.
-   The Belgium performance is pleasing, delivering solid volume growth
    in its freetrade and institutional sectors. Depot consolidation has
    commenced between Bestfoods and Langens to achieve operational
    efficiencies in the infrastructure footprint. Private label opportunities
    in the freetrade segment are being explored. The myBidfood
    ecommerce platform implementation is underway.
-   Czech & Slovakia have continued to perform strongly across all
    segments of their business. Robust economic growth is driving low
    unemployment and higher wage costs. Higher consumer spending is
    boosting demand in the horeca and retail segments. Production
    facilities are operating at high capacities to meet demand. Further
    infrastructure investment in depots and production facilities is
    underway to bolster capacity.
-   Good organic growth in Poland has continued driven by focus on the
    freetrade sector. New depots in Gda?sk, Lublin and Pozna? have
    come on stream, boosting productive capacity. The current product
    range is being expanded to incorporate both Asian cuisine and liquor.
    Further margin enhancement continues to be achieved.
-   DAC Italy has delivered a solid performance in Q3 F2018 off the back
    of high business and consumer confidence. D&D, a horeca specialist,
    was acquired with effect from January 2018, broadening the
    geographic footprint. Global procurement benefits in Italian product
    (sourced/co-sourced from/with DAC Italy) are being achieved across
    the Group.
-   Bidfood Iberia comprises businesses in Spain and Portugal. Political
    disturbances in Catalonia have had a dampening effect on Guzman,
    particularly in Barcelona however consumer confidence is returning
    quickly. The acquisitions of a produce business in Portugal and meat
    business in Spain have settled in well and overall performance is in
    line with expectations. Significant internal focus is being directed to
    integrating our recent acquisitions and the new ERP implementation.
    Management remain confident about the potential opportunity in the
    Spanish market.
-   Our German and Austrian acquisition, made in July 2017, is
    strengthening its business foundation including sales structures, IT
    platforms, human capital and infrastructure. Germany represents a
    very large and developed foodservice opportunity.
-   The Baltics, with a focus on Lithuania, is now profitable. A new depot
    is under construction in Kaunas.
-   Further expansion, both in terms of in-country bolt-on acquisitions
    and strategic entry into new geographies in Europe, remains
    possible, as we are not represented or underrepresented in many
    countries.
Emerging markets

  -   South Africa has performed credibly in extremely tough operating
      conditions. Recent positive political developments have yet to
      translate into meaningful economic growth and improved consumer
      sentiment. Food inflation had declined markedly since the double-
      digit rate in 2017 resulting in a challenging trading environment in the
      Bidfood business. The listeriosis outbreak in the 3rd quarter impacted
      consumer confidence in chilled processed meats, impacting sales
      growth in the Crown Ingredients business. The Chipkins Puratos JV
      is performing well and developing new product offerings with the
      benefit of the Puratos influence.
  -   Within Greater China overall, performance has held up well despite
      the impacts of dairy market supply dislocation, margin pressures, the
      effects of a strong euro and rising operating and logistics costs. Hong
      Kong profitability remains hobbled by cost inefficiencies due to
      duplicate warehousing costs but management have plans to reduce
      this impact. In mainland China, our geographic expansion continues.
      Operations faced challenges with dairy supply and pricing however
      reliance as a category on lower margin dairy is diminishing overall as
      the product range grows. Structural supply chain changes resulted in
      some working capital absorption. A small foodservice acquisition has
      been made to complement the footprint. As the overall business
      grows, management structures are being reviewed.
  -   Singapore continues to make steady progress as we develop our
      foodservice model. Growth has been positive. Bidfood Malaysia,
      albeit small, is developing well.
  -   Further expansion into Asia always remains an opportunity. A joint
      venture in Vietnam is being pursued.
  -   In South America, management continues to focus on building a
      strong growth platform in a region with significant potential. Our
      Brazilian business has delivered a solid performance in a tough
      foodservice market. Investment continues to enable the development
      of their broadline product range. Bolt-on opportunities continue to be
      explored. Chile is performing to expectation, with a focus on product
      range extension with further expansion of its geographic footprint
      planned.
  -   In the Middle East, our business in the UAE has underperformed
      affected by lower tourism impacted from the geopolitical challenges,
      lower oil prices and new consumer taxes in the region. Our Saudi
      operation has performed well, buoyed by structural reforms and less
      impacted by regional geopolitical issues. Our investment in Jordan
      has commenced.

2. Acquisitive activity

      -   In Q3 F2018, we have made the following bolt-on acquisitions costing
          (exclusive of acquisition costs) in aggregate R318 million:
              o We acquired 70% of D&D, a broadline distributor operating in
                 Italy.
              o Bidfood SA acquired 70% of a fresh produce distributor.
              o Angliss Greater China acquired 60% of a foodservice
                 distributor.
              o In Australia, we acquired 100% of a broadline distributor in
                 regional Western Australia.
      -   YTD F2018, we have spent in aggregate (exclusive of acquisition
          costs) R906 million on new territory and bolt-on acquisitions.
      -   Management remains highly motivated and alert to all acquisition
          opportunities that present themselves both in current markets and in
          new territories.

Discontinued operation:

Trading performance in CD has been poor as corrective action to downscale
our exposure is being undertaken. Significant restructuring was implemented
following the exit of the KFC contract on February 14th 2018. However, a portion
of the contract was awarded back to CD effective end March. Negotiations for
the sale of the business are progressing positively.
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The full presentation is being webcast and recorded and a playback recording
is available on the Group’s website www.bidcorpgroup.co.za .

The Capital Markets Day presentations and management update has not been
reviewed or reported on by the Company’s independent auditors.
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Johannesburg
May 16 2018

Sponsor
The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

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