MPACT LIMITED - Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and declaration of scrip distribution with a cash dividend alternative

Release Date: 08/08/2018 08:00
Code(s): MPT
 
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Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and declaration of scrip distribution with a cash dividend alternative

Mpact Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Company registration number 2004/025229/06)
Income tax number: 9003862175
JSE Share Code: MPT        JSE ISIN: ZAE 000156501
("Mpact" or "the Group" or "the Company")

UNAUDITED INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 JUNE 2018 AND DECLARATION OF
SCRIP DISTRIBUTION WITH A CASH DIVIDEND ALTERNATIVE

SALIENT FEATURES

-    Revenue increased by 2.9% to R5.0 billion (June 2017: R4.8 billion)
-    EBITDA of R443 million (June 2017: R433 million)
-    Underlying operating profit of R168 million (June 2017: R169 million)
-    Underlying earnings per share of 31.5 cents (June 2017: 34.3 cents)
-    Gearing improved to 34.4% (June 2017: 36.3%)
-    Interim gross dividend of 15 cents per share (June 2017: 15 cents per share)

COMPANY PROFILE
Mpact is one of the largest paper and plastics packaging businesses in Southern Africa, with leading market
positions in recovered paper collection, corrugated packaging, recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard,
polyethylene-terephthalate ("PET") preforms and trays, recycled PET ("rPET") and plastic jumbo bins. These
leading market positions allow Mpact to meet the increasing requirements of its customers and achieve economies
of scale and cost effectiveness at the various operations.

Mpact has 40 operating sites - 21 of which are manufacturing operations - located in South Africa, Namibia and
Mozambique. Sales in South Africa accounted for approximately 86% of Mpact's total revenue for the current
period, while the balance was predominantly to customers in the rest of Africa.

As at 30 June 2018 Mpact employed 4,963 people (December 2017: 4,889 people).

GROUP PERFORMANCE

For the six months ended 30 June 2018, the Group's Paper business delivered a pleasing performance despite
the challenging market conditions. This was offset by a decline in the Plastics business which performed below
expectations.

The Group benefitted from the Felixton mill upgrade as well as macro-economic factors such as Chinese policy
interventions on recovered paper and a good citrus crop. These benefits were offset by overcapacity in the styrene
trays sector, drought in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape and subdued consumer demand.

Group revenue of R5.0 billion was 2.9% higher than the comparable prior period, with external sales volumes
decreasing by 5.1% due to lower external sales of recovered paper by Mpact Recycling. The average price increase
reflects a favourable sales mix variance. Excluding the Recycling business, external sales volumes increased by
3.8%.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA") of R443.4 million increased by 2.5%
primarily as a result of an improved gross margin and well contained fixed costs. Underlying operating profit of
R168.3 million was in line with the prior comparable period (June 2017: R169.1 million).

The Group's balance sheet remains strong with its gearing ratio improving to 34.4% from 36.3% at 30 June 2017.
Return on Capital Employed of 7.4% (June 2017: 10.6%) reflects recent capital investments which have not yet
fully contributed to profitability.

Paper business
Revenue grew 5.3% due to higher average selling prices, with volumes declining 5.0% because of lower external
recovered paper sales following the closure of a customer's newsprint machine in October 2017 and increased
use of recovered paper by the Group's paper mills. Sales volumes, excluding the Recycling business, increased
by 6.5% compared to the comparable prior period with growth of 9.4% in containerboard and cartonboard and
2.1% in converted paper packaging.

Sales volumes of fruit packaging increased marginally due to good growth in citrus, avocados and bananas,
offsetting the declines attributable to the drought in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

Underlying operating profit of R219.2 million increased by 23.8%, mainly as a result of higher throughput and
gross profit at the Felixton mill as well as good cost control.

The new corrugator in Port Elizabeth, which was successfully commissioned during January 2018, performed in
line with expectations and the new converting equipment will be commissioned during September 2018.

Plastics business

Revenue decreased by 5.3% to R1.1 billion due to lower sales volumes, partially offset by higher average selling
prices, which were up 6.4%. Sales volumes in the Plastics converting business declined by 11.7% primarily
because of declines in preforms, crates and jumbo bins. Backward integration by customers and the effects of
sugar tax led to lower preform sales. Crates sales reduced due to subdued demand and the end of a supply contract in 
January 2018, while jumbo bin sales were impacted by the drought.

Underlying operating profit in the Plastics converting business was R26.0 million compared to R56.7 million in the
comparable prior period, mainly due to overcapacity in the styrene sector which resulted in lower margins.

Mpact Polymers reported an operating loss of R39.0 million (June 2017: R30.0 million), with production in line
with the prior period, but below expectation. The business experienced low yields and higher maintenance costs
due to dirty feedstock of PET bottles and inadequate washing facilities. New bottle washing equipment will be
installed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Mpact Polymers successfully concluded the restructure of its existing debt facilities. As part of the restructure, the
IDC increased its shareholding by 10% to 31%.

Net finance costs

Net finance costs increased by 12.7% to R112.4 million (June 2017: R99.7 million). The increase in finance costs
was affected by interest capitalised on the Felixton mill upgrade project in the comparable prior year period as well
as higher average net debt during the period.

Tax

The effective tax rate for the period was 29.6% (June 2017: 29.8%), higher than the statutory rate of 28% mainly
due to the non-recognition of deferred tax in Mpact Polymers.

Earnings per share

Basic and headline earnings per share for the period were 29.7 cents (June 2017: 34.3 cents) and 30.5 cents (June
2017: 33.9 cents), respectively. Underlying earnings per share of 31.5 cents (June 2017: 34.3 cents) was achieved.

Net debt

Net debt decreased to R2.2 billion (June 2017: R2.3 billion), mainly due to improved working capital movements and 
lower capital expenditure during the period.

OUTLOOK

Benefits from the capital investments and lower recovered paper prices are expected to deliver growth and
improve operating margins in the Paper business.

The difficult trading conditions affecting the Plastics converting business during the first half of 2018 are expected to
persist.

Mpact Polymers should benefit from higher selling prices, increased throughput and lower finance costs compared
to the second half of 2017. Profitability will continue to be under pressure until the bottle washing equipment has
been installed.

The Group's effective tax rate is anticipated to be higher than the prior year due to a non-recurring S12i tax incentive
of R114 million recognised in 2017.

While the last two years has been very challenging, our significant investments are expected to bear fruit in the
second half of the year and beyond.

Scrip Dividend and Cash Dividend alternative
1. Introduction
   Notice is hereby given that the Board has declared an interim distribution for the six months ended 30 June 2018, by way of the issue of
   fully-paid Mpact ordinary shares of no par value each ("the Scrip Distribution") as a scrip distribution payable to ordinary shareholders
   ("Shareholders") recorded in the register of the Company at the close of business on the Record Date, being Friday, 7 September 2018.

   Shareholders will be entitled, in respect of all or part of their shareholding, to elect to receive a gross cash dividend of 15 cents per ordinary
   share instead of the Scrip Distribution, which will be paid only to those Shareholders who elect to receive the cash dividend, in respect of all or
   part of their shareholding, on or before 12:00 on Friday, 7 September 2018 ("the Cash Dividend").

   The Cash Dividend has been declared from income reserves. A Dividend Withholding Tax of 20% will be applicable to all Shareholders not
   exempt therefrom, after deduction of which the net Cash Dividend is 12 cents per Mpact ordinary share.

   The new ordinary shares will, pursuant to the Scrip Distribution, be settled by way of capitalisation of the Company's distributable retained
   profits.

   The Company's total number of issued ordinary shares is 172,645,908. Mpact's income tax reference number is 9003862175.
2. Terms of the Scrip Distribution
   The number of Scrip Distribution shares to which each Shareholder will become entitled pursuant to the Scrip Distribution (to the extent
   that such Shareholders have not elected to receive the Cash Dividend) will be determined by reference to such Shareholder's ordinary
   shareholding in Mpact (at the close of business on the Record Date, being Friday, 7 September 2018) in relation to the ratio that 15 cents bears
   to the volume weighted average price ("VWAP") of an ordinary Mpact share traded on the JSE during the 30-day trading period ending on
   Monday, 27 August 2018. Details of the ratio will be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service ("SENS") of the JSE in accordance with
   the timetable below.

   Where a Shareholder's entitlement to new Mpact ordinary shares calculated in accordance with the above formula gives rise to a fraction of a
   new ordinary share, such fraction of a new ordinary share will be rounded down to the nearest whole number, resulting in allocations of whole
   ordinary shares and a cash payment for the fraction.

   The applicable cash payment will be determined with reference to the VWAP of an ordinary Mpact share traded on the JSE on Wednesday,
   5 September 2018 (being the day on which an ordinary Mpact share begins trading "ex" the entitlement to receive the Scrip Distribution or the
   Cash Dividend alternative), discounted by 10%.

   The applicable cash payment will be announced on SENS on Thursday, 6 September 2018.
3. Foreign
   The distribution of the Circular, and the rights to receive the Scrip Distribution shares in jurisdictions other than the Republic of South Africa,
   may be restricted by law and any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of such jurisdictions.
   Accordingly, Shareholders will not be entitled to receive the Scrip Distribution shares, directly or indirectly, in those jurisdictions and shall be
   deemed to have elected the Cash Dividend alternative. Such non-resident Shareholders should inform themselves about and observe any
   applicable legal requirements in such jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of non-resident Shareholders to satisfy themselves as to the full
   observance of the laws and regulatory requirements of the relevant jurisdictions in respect of the Scrip Distribution, including the obtaining of
   any governmental, exchange control or other consents or the making of any filing which may be required, compliance with other necessary
   formalities and payment of any issue, transfer or other taxes or other requisite payments due in such jurisdictions. Shareholders who have
   any doubts as to their position, including, without limitation, their tax status, should consult appropriate adviser in the relevant jurisdictions
   without delay.

4. Circular and salient dates
   A circular providing Shareholders with full information on the Scrip Distribution and the Cash Dividend alternative, including a Form of Election
   to elect to receive the Cash Dividend alternative will be posted to Shareholders on or about Wednesday, 8 August 2018. The salient dates and
   events thereafter are as follows:

                                                                                                                                            2018
   Announcement released on SENS in respect of the ratio applicable to the Scrip Distribution, based on
   the 30-day volume weighted average price ending on Monday, 27 August 2018, by 11:00 on                                     Tuesday, 28 August
   Announcement published in the press of the ratio applicable to the Scrip Distribution, based on the
   30-day volume weighted average price ending on Monday, 27 August 2018 on                                                 Wednesday, 29 August
   Last day to trade in order to be eligible to receive the Scrip Distribution or the Cash Dividend
   alternative on                                                                                                           Tuesday, 4 September
   Ordinary shares trade "ex" the Scrip Distribution and the Cash Dividend alternative on                                 Wednesday, 5 September
   Listing and trading of maximum possible number of ordinary shares on the JSE in terms of the
   Scrip Distribution from the commencement of business on                                                                Wednesday, 5 September
   Announcement released on SENS in respect of the cash payment applicable to fractional entitlements,
   based on the volume weighted average price on Wednesday, 5 September 2018, discounted by 10%,
   by 11:00 on                                                                                                             Thursday, 6 September
   Last day to elect to receive the Cash Dividend alternative instead of the Scrip Distribution, Forms of
   Election to reach the Transfer Secretaries by 12:00 on                                                                    Friday, 7 September
   Record Date in respect of the Scrip Distribution and the Cash Dividend alternative on                                     Friday, 7 September
   Scrip Distribution certificates posted and Cash Dividend payments made, CSDP/broker accounts
   credited/updated, as applicable, on                                                                                      Monday, 10 September
   Announcement relating to the results of the Scrip Distribution and the Cash Dividend alternative
   released on SENS on                                                                                                      Monday, 10 September
   Announcement relating to the results of the Scrip Distribution and the Cash Dividend alternative
   published in the press on                                                                                               Tuesday, 11 September
   JSE listing of ordinary shares in respect of the Scrip Distribution adjusted to reflect the actual
   number of ordinary shares issued in terms of the Scrip Distribution at the commencement of
   business on or about                                                                                                  Wednesday, 12 September

   All times provided are South African local times. The above dates and times are subject to change. Any material change will be announced
   on SENS.

   Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 5 September 2018 and Friday, 7 September 2018, both
   days inclusive.

CHANGE IN DIRECTORATE
There has been no change to the Board of Directors for the period ended 30 June 2018.

AJ Phillips                                             BW Strong
Chairman                                                Chief Executive Officer

8 August 2018

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF
PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

                                                                                                                        Unaudited   Unaudited       Audited
                                                                                                                       Six months  Six months          Year
                                                                                                                            ended       ended         ended
                                                                                                                          30 June     30 June   31 December
                                                                                                                             2018        2017          2017
                                                                                                                Notes         R'm         R'm           R'm

Revenue                                                                                                             4     4,976.0     4,833.9      10,119.7   
Cost of sales                                                                                                           (3,194.0)   (3,118.3)     (6,473.8)   
Gross margin                                                                                                              1,782.0     1,715.6       3,645.9   
Administration and other operating expenditure                                                                          (1,617.8)   (1,546.5)     (3,202.2)   
Operating profit                                                                                                    5       164.2       169.1         443.7   
Share of profit from equity accounted investees                                                                              11.4         5.1          20.0   
Profit on sale of equity accounted investee                                                                                   2.0           -             -   
Profit from operations and equity accounted investees                                                                       177.6       174.2         463.7   
Net finance costs                                                                                                         (112.4)      (99.7)       (202.6)   
Investment income                                                                                                             5.4         4.5          11.4   
Finance costs                                                                                                       6     (117.8)     (104.2)       (214.0)   
Profit before tax                                                                                                            65.2        74.5         261.1   
Income tax (expense)/income                                                                                                (19.6)      (22.2)          26.4   
Profit for the period                                                                                                        45.6        52.3         287.5   
Other comprehensive income/(loss)                                                                                                                             
Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss                                                                                            
Actuarial gains on post-retirement benefit schemes                                                                              -           -           4.9   
Tax effect                                                                                                                      -           -         (1.4)   
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss                                                                                                 
Effect of cash flow hedges                                                                                                    4.0       (3.6)         (5.1)   
Tax effect                                                                                                                  (1.1)         1.0           1.4   
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations                                                                     0.8         1.3           1.8   
Other comprehensive income/(loss) for the period net of tax                                                                   3.7       (1.3)           1.6   
Total comprehensive income for the period                                                                                    49.3        51.0         289.1   
Profit/(loss) attributable to:                                                                                                                                
Equity holders of Mpact                                                                                                      50.5        58.0         275.2   
Non-controlling interests                                                                                                   (4.9)       (5.7)          12.3   
Profit for the period                                                                                                        45.6        52.3         287.5   
Total comprehensive income/(loss) attributable to:                                                                                                            
Equity holders of Mpact                                                                                                      54.2        56.5         276.6   
Non-controlling interests                                                                                                   (4.9)       (5.5)          12.5   
Total comprehensive income for the period                                                                                    49.3        51.0         289.1   
Earnings per share (EPS) for profit attributable to equity holders of Mpact
Basic EPS (cents)                                                                                                    7       29.7        34.3         162.1
Diluted EPS (cents)                                                                                                          29.6        34.3         162.0   


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT
OF FINANCIAL POSITION

                                                                                                                        Unaudited    Unaudited      Audited
                                                                                                                            as at        as at        as at
                                                                                                                          30 June      30 June  31 December
                                                                                                                             2018         2017         2017
                                                                                                               Notes          R'm          R'm          R'm

ASSETS
Goodwill and other intangible assets                                                                                      1,106.7      1,119.3      1,110.2
Property, plant and equipment                                                                                             3,760.2      3,652.4      3,822.0
Investments in equity accounted investees                                                                                   106.0         99.5        102.0
Financial asset investments                                                                                                  42.1         41.4         50.0
Deferred tax assets                                                                                                           6.4         10.2          6.9
Non-current assets                                                                                                        5,021.4      4,922.8      5,091.1
Inventories                                                                                                               1,542.7      1,438.8      1,431.2
Trade and other receivables                                                                                               2,262.5      2,082.3      2,266.2
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                   441.4        104.8        350.6
Derivative financial instruments                                                                                              3.6          1.1          2.1
Current tax receivable                                                                                                       20.8         34.0         40.4
Disposal group asset                                                                                                         29.1          3.9            -
Current assets                                                                                                            4,300.1      3,664.9      4,090.5
Total assets                                                                                                              9,321.5      8,587.7      9,181.6
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Capital and reserves
Stated capital                                                                                                      8     2,653.9      2,605.6      2,621.4
Retained earnings                                                                                                         1,460.5      1,285.8      1,470.7
Other reserves                                                                                                               48.9         52.7         41.3
Total attributable to equity holders of Mpact                                                                             4,163.3      3,944.1      4,133.4
Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries                                                                                    98.1        116.4        109.5
Total equity                                                                                                              4,261.4      4,060.5      4,242.9
Interest and non-interest-bearing borrowings                                                                        9     1,390.5      1,431.9      1,387.6
Retirement benefits obligation                                                                                               49.8         52.7         48.9
Deferred tax liabilities                                                                                                    211.1        320.0        212.2
Deferred income                                                                                                              20.8         26.3         23.5
Derivative financial instruments                                                                                              5.5          8.0          9.5
Non-current liabilities                                                                                                   1,677.7      1,838.9      1,681.7
Short-term portion of borrowings                                                                                    9     1,268.0        963.7      1,206.7
Trade and other payables                                                                                                  2,080.2      1,691.7      2,021.7
Other current liabilities                                                                                                       -         14.5            -
Provisions                                                                                                                    4.3          4.4          4.6
Deferred income                                                                                                               5.5          5.5          5.5
Derivative financial instruments                                                                                              5.1          0.7         17.1
Current tax liabilities                                                                                                         -          4.7          1.4
Disposal group liability                                                                                                     19.3          3.1            -
Current liabilities                                                                                                       3,382.4      2,688.3      3,257.0
Total liabilities                                                                                                         5,060.1      4,527.2      4,938.7
Total equity and liabilities                                                                                              9,321.5      8,587.7      9,181.6

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT
OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

                                                                                                                                            Total                           
                                                                                                                                     attributable                           
                                                                            Share-                    Post-                             to equity                           
                                                                             based   Cash flow   retirement                            holders of          Non-             
                                                                  Stated   payment       hedge      benefit       Other   Retained          Mpact   controlling     Total   
                                                                 capital   reserve     reserve      reserve   reserves1   earnings        Limited      interest    equity   
                                                                     R'm       R'm         R'm          R'm         R'm        R'm            R'm           R'm       R'm   
Balance at 31 December 2016                                                                                                                                                 
(audited)                                                        2,532.7      37.4       (3.2)         15.3      (21.2)    1,346.3        3,907.3         113.3   4,020.6   
Total comprehensive income for the                                                                                                                                          
period                                                                 -         -       (2.6)            -         1.1       58.0           56.5         (5.5)      51.0   
Dividends paid2                                                     72.9         -           -            -       (0.6)    (109.0)         (36.7)             -    (36.7)   
Share plan charges for the period                                      -      13.4           -            -           -          -           13.4             -      13.4   
Increase in shareholding by                                                                                                                                                 
non-controlling interest                                               -         -           -            -           -          -              -           8.6       8.6   
Issue/exercise of shares under                                                                                                                                              
employee share scheme                                                  -    (17.1)           -            -        30.2      (9.5)            3.6             -       3.6   
Balance at 30 June 2017                                                                                                                                                     
(unaudited)                                                      2,605.6      33.7       (5.8)         15.3         9.5    1,285.8        3,944.1         116.4   4,060.5   
Total comprehensive income for the                                                                                                                                          
period                                                                 -         -       (1.1)          3.5         0.5      217.2          220.1          18.0     238.1   
Dividends paid(2)                                                   15.8         -           -            -           -     (25.6)          (9.8)             -     (9.8)   
Dividend paid to non-controlling                                                                                                                                            
interest                                                               -         -           -            -           -          -              -         (6.5)     (6.5)   
Share plan charges for the period                                      -      14.1           -            -           -          -           14.1             -      14.1   
Issue/exercise of shares under                                                                                                                                              
employee share scheme                                                  -     (0.1)           -            -         0.1        0.1            0.1             -       0.1   
Purchase of treasury shares                                            -         -           -            -      (50.1)          -         (50.1)             -    (50.1)
Put option held by non-controlling                                        
shareholder of subsidiary                                              -         -           -            -        21.7      (7.1)           14.6             -      14.6   
Purchase of non-controlling interest                                   -         -           -            -           -        0.3            0.3        (18.4)    (18.1)   
Balance at 31 December 2017
(audited)                                                        2,621.4      47.7       (6.9)         18.8      (18.3)    1,470.7        4,133.4         109.5   4,242.9   
Total comprehensive income for the                                                                                                                                          
period                                                                 -         -         2.9            -         0.8       50.5           54.2         (4.9)      49.3   
Dividends paid(2)                                                   32.5         -           -            -       (0.8)     (67.8)         (36.1)             -    (36.1)   
Dividend paid to non-controlling                                                                                                                                            
interest                                                               -         -           -            -           -          -              -         (6.5)     (6.5)   
Share plan charges for the period                                      -      14.5           -            -           -          -           14.5             -      14.5   
Issue/exercise of shares under                                                                                                                                              
employee share scheme                                                  -    (25.0)           -            -        15.2        7.1          (2.7)             -     (2.7)   
Balance at 30 June 2018                                                                                                                                                     
(unaudited)                                                      2,653.9      37.2       (4.0)         18.8       (3.1)    1,460.5        4,163.3          98.1   4,261.4   


1  Other reserves consist of foreign currency translation reserve and treasury shares. During the prior financial year, the put option held by non-controlling interest had expired
   and therefore was derecognised.
2  Dividends declared amounted to R67.8 million (30 June 2017: R109.0 million, 31 December 2017: R134.6 million) of which R32.5 million (30 June 2017: R72.9 million,
   31 December 2017: R88.7 million) related to a capitalisation issue, of which R0.8 million (30 June 2017: R0.6 million, 31 December 2017: R0.6 million) were issued to the Mpact
   Incentive Share Trust.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT
OF CASH FLOWS

                                                                                                                                    Unaudited      Unaudited      Audited
                                                                                                                                   Six months     Six months         Year
                                                                                                                                        ended          ended        ended
                                                                                                                                      30 June        30 June  31 December
                                                                                                                                         2018           2017         2017
                                                                                                                            Note          R'm            R'm          R'm
Cash flows from operating activities
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital                                                                                439.5          431.8      1,019.4
Net (increase)/decrease in working capital                                                                                             (43.1)        (140.8)          5.6
Cash generated from operations                                                                                                14        396.4          291.0      1,025.0
Dividends from equity accounted investees                                                                                                 5.4            7.7         20.1
Taxation paid                                                                                                                           (5.7)         (47.1)      (113.6)
Net cash inflows from operating activities                                                                                              396.1          251.6        931.5
Cash flows from investing activities
Additions to property, plant and equipment and intangibles assets                                                                     (241.6)        (410.8)      (856.4)
Other investing activities                                                                                                               14.3            9.6         24.6
Net cash outflows from investing activities                                                                                           (227.3)        (401.2)      (831.8)
Cash flows from financing activities
Net borrowings raised/(paid)                                                                                                             86.7          (1.0)        196.3
Finance costs paid                                                                                                                    (117.3)        (113.2)      (232.0)
Purchase of treasury shares                                                                                                                 -              -       (50.1)
Dividends paid to Mpact shareholders                                                                                                   (36.1)         (36.7)       (46.5)
Other financing activities                                                                                                              (6.5)              -       (24.6)
Net cash outflows from financing activities                                                                                            (73.2)        (150.9)      (156.9)
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                                                                     95.6        (300.5)       (57.2)
Net cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year1                                                                                     342.8          400.0        400.0
Net cash and cash equivalents at end of year1                                                                                           438.4           99.5        342.8

  
1 Net cash and cash equivalents comprise of cash and cash equivalents of R441.4 million (30 June 2017: R104.8 million, 31 December 2017: R350.6 million) and
  bank overdrafts of R3.0 million (30 June 2017: R5.3 million, 31 December 2017: R7.8 million).

NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1.BASIS OF PREPARATION
  The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance and contain information required by IAS 34
  Interim Financial Reporting as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The condensed consolidated interim financial
  statements are in compliance with the JSE Limited's Listings Requirements, the South African Companies Act, 2008, the SAICA Financial
  Reporting Guide as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and the Financial Reporting Pronouncements as issued by the Financial
  Reporting Standards Council.

  The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are presented in South African Rand, which is the Group's functional currency.

  The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared on the historical cost basis, except for derivative financial
  instruments, financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss and available for sale financial assets. The results of the interim period
  should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

  The preparation of the Group's consolidated results for the half year ended 30 June 2018 was supervised by the Chief Financial Officer,
  BDV Clark CA(SA). These results are unaudited and unreviewed.

2.SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES, ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS, ESTIMATES AND ASSUMPTIONS
  Significant accounting policies
  The accounting policies and methods of computation used are in terms of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and are
  consistent with those applied in the preparation of the annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

  The following accounting standards and interpretations, which had no significant impact on the Group, were adopted in the current period:

  -  IFRIC 22 - Foreign currency transactions and advance considerations
     The amendment clarifies the exchange rate to use in transactions that involve advance consideration paid or received in foreign currency.

  -  IFRS 2 - Share-based payment
     The amendment addresses the classification and measurement of share-based payment transactions.

  -  IFRS 9 - Financial Instruments
     There was no impact on the remeasurement of financial instruments. The standard will result in additional disclosures to the year-end
     annual financial statements.

  -  IFRS 15 - Revenue
     There was no impact to the timing and recognition of revenue. The standard will result in additional disclosures to the year-end annual
     financial statements. The Group has disclosed external revenue by product type and by location of customer in note 4: Segment
     information.

  The following standard will become effective for the financial year beginning on 1 January 2019.

  IFRS 16 - Leases
  A preliminary assessment has been completed. Land and buildings are the most significant lease agreements that will affect the Group. The
  Group is quantifying the impact of operating leases to be capitalised. The capitalised right of use asset and liability will approximate the net
  present value of the future lease payments of the operating lease commitments as at 31 December 2018. The Group intends to apply the
  simplified transition approach and will not restate comparative amounts for the year prior to adoption.

  Significant accounting judgements, estimates and assumptions
  The significant judgements made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty
  were consistent with those applied to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2017.

3.SEASONALITY
  Seasonal effects in the Group's markets have historically resulted in higher revenue and operating profits for the second half, when
  compared to the first half.

4.SEGMENT INFORMATION
  The Group's operating segments are reported in a manner consistent with the internal reporting provided to the Group's executive
  committee, being the chief operating decision-making body. The Group has two reportable segments namely, Paper and Plastics.

  Management has regard to certain operating segment measures in making resource allocation decisions and monitoring segment
  performance. The operating segment measures required to be disclosed under IFRS 8: operating segments adhere to the recognition and
  measurement criteria presented in the Group's accounting policies. All goods sold to customers occur at a point in time.

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                                                                                                                              ended          ended         ended
                                                                                                                            30 June        30 June   31 December
                                                                                                                               2018           2017          2017
                                                                                                                                R'm            R'm           R'm
Group segment analysis
Revenue
Paper                                                                                                                       3,916.1        3,720.3       7,744.9
Plastics                                                                                                                    1,090.1        1,157.4       2,454.7
Revenue before inter-segment revenue                                                                                        5,006.2        4,877.7      10,199.6
Less: Inter-segment revenue                                                                                                  (30.2)         (43.8)        (79.9)
Total                                                                                                                       4,976.0        4,833.9      10,119.7
External revenue by product type
Recycled containerboard, cartonboard and other materials                                                                    1,975.6        1,773.5       3,662.1
Corrugated packaging, bags and sacks                                                                                        1,910.4        1,903.0       4,003.0
Plastic packaging solutions                                                                                                 1,090.0        1,157.4       2,454.6
Total                                                                                                                       4,976.0        4,833.9      10,119.7
External revenue by location of customer
South Africa (country of domicile)                                                                                          4,302.0        4,322.4       9,012.0
Rest of Africa                                                                                                                573.7          419.3         958.7
Rest of World                                                                                                                 100.3           92.2         149.0
Total                                                                                                                       4,976.0        4,833.9      10,119.7
Operating segment underlying operating profit/(loss)
Paper                                                                                                                         219.2          177.0         443.0
Plastics                                                                                                                     (12.8)           27.2          69.7
Corporate                                                                                                                    (38.1)         (35.1)        (56.1)
Operating profit before special items                                                                                         168.3          169.1         456.6
Special items1                                                                                                                (4.1)              -        (12.9)
Share of equity accounted investee's profit                                                                                    11.4            5.1          20.0
Profit on sale of equity accounted investee                                                                                     2.0              -             -
Net finance cost                                                                                                            (112.4)         (99.7)       (202.6)
Profit before tax                                                                                                              65.2           74.5         261.1
Assets
Paper                                                                                                                       5,246.9        4,913.7       5,144.5
Plastics                                                                                                                    1,903.9        1,992.2       1,954.7
Corporate2                                                                                                                  2,170.7        1,681.8       2,082.4
Total assets                                                                                                                9,321.5        8,587.7       9,181.6

1  30 June 2018: Consist of impairment of property, plant and equipment of R4.1 million (31 December 2017: Consist of impairment of property, plant and
   equipment of R4.9 million, impairment on foreign cash balance of R4.8 million and impairment on goodwill and intangible assets of R3.2 million).
2  Includes intangible and other non-operating assets.

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                                                                                                                       ended             ended             ended
                                                                                                                     30 June           30 June       31 December
                                                                                                                        2018              2017              2017
                                                                                                                         R'm               R'm               R'm

5.OPERATING PROFIT
  Included in operating profit are:
  Amortisation of intangible assets                                                                                      5.8               6.8              13.3
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment                                                                        269.3             256.7             534.1
  Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets                                                                             -                 -               3.2
  Impairment of property, plant and equipment                                                                            4.1                 -               4.9
  Impairment of foreign cash balances                                                                                      -                 -               4.8
  Net foreign currency (gain)/losses                                                                                  (14.1)               6.2              19.3

6.FINANCE COSTS
  Bank and other borrowings                                                                                           115.3              113.5             235.6
  Defined benefit arrangements                                                                                          2.5                2.5               5.1
  Interest capitalised to qualifying assets                                                                               -             (12.6)            (27.5)
  Interest on contingent purchase consideration                                                                           -                0.8               0.8
  Total                                                                                                               117.8              104.2             214.0

7.EARNINGS PER SHARE
  Earnings per share (EPS)
  Basic EPS (cents)                                                                                                    29.7               34.3             162.1
  Diluted EPS (cents)                                                                                                  29.6               34.3             162.0
  Underlying earnings per share1
  Basic underlying EPS (cents)                                                                                         31.5               34.3             164.5
  Diluted underlying EPS (cents)                                                                                       31.5               34.3             164.4
  Headline earnings per share2
  Basic headline EPS (cents)                                                                                           30.5               33.9             166.3
  Diluted headline EPS (cents)                                                                                         30.4               33.9             166.2
  1  Underlying earnings is the profit for the period attributable to equity holders of Mpact less the
     impact of special items after tax. At 30 June 2018, the special item was an expense of R4.1 million
     and the related tax effect was R0.9 million income (31 December 2017: expenses of R12.9 million
     and the related tax effect was a R5.8 million income).
  2  The presentation of headline EPS is mandated by the JSE Listings Requirements. Headline earnings
     has been calculated in accordance with Circular 4/2018, "Headline Earnings", issued by the South
     African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
  The calculation of headline earnings, based on basic earnings is as follows:
  Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of Mpact                                                        50.5               58.0             275.2
  Impairment of property, plant and equipment                                                                           4.1                  -               4.9
  Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets                                                                      -                  -               3.2
  Profit on disposal of tangible and intangible assets                                                                (0.6)              (1.0)             (3.3)
  Profit on sale of equity accounted investee                                                                         (2.0)                  -                 -
  Related tax                                                                                                         (0.1)                0.3             (0.8)
  Headline earnings for the period                                                                                     51.9               57.3             279.2


                                                                                                                     Number             Number             Number
                                                                                                                  of shares          of shares          of shares
  Basic number of shares outstanding                                                                            170,308,325        169,106,287        169,746,140
  Effect of dilutive potential ordinary shares                                                                      215,504            136,924             78,066
  Diluted number of ordinary shares outstanding3                                                                170,523,829        169,243,211        169,824,206


  3  Diluted EPS is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue, on the assumption of conversion of all potentially dilutive
     ordinary shares.

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                                                                                                                                  ended        ended        ended
                                                                                                                                30 June      30 June  31 December
                                                                                                                                   2018         2017         2017
                                                                                                                                    R'm          R'm          R'm

8. STATED CAPITAL
   Authorised
   217,500,000 shares of no par value                                                                                                 -           -             -
   Issued
   172,645,908 shares (30 June 2017: 170,882,251; 31 December 2017: 171,461,623) of no
   par value.                                                                                                                   2,653.9      2,605.6      2,621.4
   On 3 April 2018, 1,184,285 (3 April 2017: 2,396,891, 11 September 2017: 579,372) new ordinary shares
   were issued to shareholders who elected to receive capitalisation shares in terms of the capitalisation
   issue in lieu of a cash dividend.

9. INTEREST AND NON-INTEREST-BEARING BORROWINGS
   - Secured interest-bearing borrowings1                                                                                       1,384.1      1,403.1       1,365.5
   - Finance lease liability                                                                                                        3.6         10.0           4.9
   - Instalment loan facility                                                                                                       2.8         18.8          17.2
   Non-current borrowings                                                                                                       1,390.5      1,431.9       1,387.6
   - Secured interest-bearing borrowings1                                                                                       1,215.0        900.0       1,143.1
   - Unsecured non-interest-bearing borrowings                                                                                     45.4         49.0          48.6
   - Finance lease liability                                                                                                        3.9          6.6           4.3
   - Instalment loan facility                                                                                                       0.7          2.8           2.9
   - Bank overdraft                                                                                                                 3.0          5.3           7.8
   Current borrowings                                                                                                           1,268.0        963.7       1,206.7
   Total borrowings                                                                                                             2,658.5      2,395.6       2,594.3
   The Company's borrowing powers are not restricted. The current portion of borrowings is expected to
   be repaid from operational cash flows and other borrowings.
   1The Group has pledged certain assets as collateral against certain borrowings.


10.CAPITAL COMMITMENTS
   - Contracted capital commitments                                                                                               144.7        286.1         142.4
   - Approved capital commitments                                                                                                 384.4        517.8         590.9
   Capital commitments                                                                                                            529.1        803.9         733.3
   Commitments of R521.0 million (30 June 2017: R770.4 million; 31 December 2017: R733.3 million) will be spent in the next 12 months.
   The balance of R8.1 million (30 June 2016: R33.5 million; 31 December 2016: Rnil) will be spent in one to two years.
   These commitments will be met from existing cash resources and borrowing facilities available to the Group.

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                                                                                                                           Six months      Six months         Year
                                                                                                                                ended           ended        ended
                                                                                                                              30 June         30 June  31 December
                                                                                                                                 2018            2017         2017
                                                                                                                                  R'm             R'm          R'm

11.FAIR VALUE ESTIMATION
   The fair value of financial instruments that are not traded in an active market
   (for example, over-the-counter derivatives) are determined using standard valuation
   techniques. These valuation techniques maximise the use of observable market data
   were available and rely as little as possible on Group specific estimates.
   The significant inputs required to fair value all of the Group's financial instruments
   are observable.
   Specific valuation methodologies used to value financial instruments include:
   -  the fair values of interest rate swaps and foreign exchange contracts are calculated
      as the present value of expected future cash flows based on observable yield
      curves and exchange rates; and
   -  other techniques, including discounted cash flow analysis, are used to determine
      the fair values of other financial instruments.
   Financial instruments by category
   Financial assets
   Trade receivables1 (Loans and receivables)                                                                            2,262.5          2,082.3         2,266.2
   Loan receivables (Level 2 - Loans and receivables)                                                                       21.6             20.9            29.5
   Available-for-sale investments (Level 3 - Available for sale)                                                            20.5             20.5            20.5
   Derivative financial instruments (Level 2 - At fair value through profit or loss)                                         3.6              1.1             2.1
   Cash and cash equivalents1 (Loans and receivables)                                                                      441.4            104.8           350.6
   Total                                                                                                                 2,749.6          2,229.6         2,668.9
   Financial liabilities
   Borrowings (Level 2 - At amortised cost)                                                                              2,658.5          2,395.6         2,594.3
   Trade payables1 (At amortised cost)                                                                                   2,080.2          1,691.7         2,021.7
   Derivative financial instrument (Level 2 - At fair value through profit or loss)                                         10.6              8.7            26.6
   Total                                                                                                                 4,749.3          4,096.0         4,642.6
   1The carrying value approximates the fair value.


12.NET ASSET PER SHARE
   Net asset value per share (cents)                                                                                     2,468.3          2,376.2         2,474.5
   Net asset value per share is defined as net assets divided by the number of ordinary
   shares in issue as at the period-end.

13.DISPOSAL OF EQUITY ACCOUNTED INVESTEES
   During the current financial period, the Group disposed of its entire interest in Rusmar Packaging (Pty) Limited for proceeds of
   R4.0 million and a carrying value of R2.0 million. A profit of R2.0 million has been recognised in the statement of profit or loss.
   At 30 June 2018, the proceeds had not yet been received.

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                                                                                                                      Six months       Six months           Year
                                                                                                                           ended            ended          ended
                                                                                                                         30 June          30 June    31 December
                                                                                                                            2018             2017           2017
                                                                                                                             R'm              R'm            R'm

14.CASH GENERATED FROM OPERATIONS
   Profit before taxation                                                                                                   65.2             74.5          261.1
   Depreciation, amortisation and impairments                                                                              279.2            263.5          555.5
   Share-based payments                                                                                                     14.5             13.4           27.5
   Net finance costs                                                                                                       112.4             99.7          202.6
   Share of equity accounted investee profit                                                                              (11.4)            (5.1)         (20.0)
   Profit on sale of equity accounted investee                                                                             (2.0)                -              -
   Decrease in provisions                                                                                                  (2.3)            (6.8)          (8.0)
   Increase in inventories                                                                                               (111.9)           (47.5)         (40.6)
   Decrease/(increase) in receivables                                                                                        7.7             20.5        (155.5)
   Increase/(decrease) in payables                                                                                          61.1          (113.6)          201.7
   Profit on disposal of tangible assets                                                                                   (0.6)            (1.0)          (3.3)
   Fair value change on transactions not qualifying as hedges                                                             (13.6)            (6.2)            9.3
   Amortisation of government grant                                                                                        (2.8)            (2.8)          (5.5)
   Other non-cash items                                                                                                      0.9              2.4            0.2
   Cash generated from operations                                                                                          396.4            291.0        1,025.0

15.RELATED PARTIES
   The Group has a related party relationship with non-controlling shareholders of
   subsidiaries, its associates, joint ventures and directors.

   The Group, in the ordinary course of business, enter into various sales, purchase and
   services transactions with joint ventures and associates and others in which the Group
   has a material interest. These transactions are under terms that are no less favourable
   than those arranged with third parties.

   Details of transactions and balances between the Group and related parties are
   disclosed below:
   Sales to related parties                                                                                                366.6           377.0          824.9
   Purchases from related parties                                                                                              -             0.2            0.4
   Interest expense relating to minority shareholder loans                                                                   4.5            12.5           25.2
   Receivables due from related parties                                                                                    167.5           207.4          213.9
   Payables due to related parties                                                                                          13.8            20.7           17.9
   Minority shareholder loans                                                                                              305.7           292.1          304.7
   Loans to related parties                                                                                                  7.1             1.2            6.8

16.CONTINGENT LIABILITIES AND CONTINGENT ASSETS
   (a) Contingent liabilities for the Group comprise aggregate amounts at 30 June 2018 of R10.8 million (2017: R10.0 million) in respect of
       loans and guarantees given to banks and other third parties.  
   (b) A Group mill is the subject of a land claim, which should not have a material impact on the financial position of the Group.  
   (c) In 2013 a settlement was reached in respect of a dispute relating to the valuation of put options in a group subsidiary. The settlement
       agreement provides for a deferred payment contingent upon the achievement of certain EBITDA and ROCE levels for the years 2017
       to 2018, subject to a maximum amount of R1.9 million (2017: R1.9 million). 
   (d) There were no significant contingent assets for the Group at 30 June 2018.
   (e) As advised to the shareholders on 26 May 2016, the Company is subject to a Competition Commission investigation. The Directors
       are unable at this stage to determine what the outcome of the investigation will be.

17.SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Subsequent to 30 June 2018, Mpact Polymers concluded an agreement with the IDC for the restructure
of its equity and loan financing. As a result of the restructure, the IDC will acquire an additional 10%
investment in Mpact Polymers.

Other than the above, the directors are not aware of any matters or circumstances arising subsequent
to 30 June 2018 that require any additional disclosure or adjustment to the condensed consolidated
interim financial statements.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Directors
Independent Non-Executive:
AJ Phillips (Chairman), NP Dongwana, NB Langa-Royds, M Makanjee, TDA Ross, AM Thompson 

Executive:
BW Strong (Chief Executive Officer), BDV Clark (Chief Financial Officer) 

Company secretary
MN Sepuru

Registered office
4th Floor, No.3 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose Arch, 2196
(Postnet Suite #179, Private Bag X1, Melrose Arch, 2076)

Transfer secretaries
Link Market Services South Africa (Proprietary) Limited
13th Floor, Rennie House, 19 Ameshoff Street, Braamfontein, 2001
(PO Box 4844, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa)

Sponsors
Rand Merchant Bank (a division of FirstRand Bank Limited)
1 Merchant Place, corner Fredman Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2196
(PO Box 786273, Sandton, 2146)

Disclaimer
This document including, without limitation, those statements concerning the demand outlook, expansion projects and its capital resources and
expenditure, may be considered to be forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty and
although Mpact believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such
expectations will prove to have been correct. Accordingly, results could differ materially from those set out in the forward-looking statements as a
result of, among other factors, changes in economic and market conditions, success of business and operating initiatives, changes in the regulatory
environment and other government action and business and operational risk management. While Mpact has taken reasonable care to ensure the
accuracy of the information presented, Mpact accepts no responsibility for any consequential, indirect, special or incidental damages, whether
foreseeable or unforeseeable, based on claims arising out of misrepresentation or negligence arising in connection with a forward-looking statement.
This document is not intended to contain any profit forecasts or profit estimates and has not been reviewed or reported on by the auditors.

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