DISCOVERY LIMITED - Trading statement: year ended 30 June 2018

Release Date: 23/08/2018 16:34
Code(s): DSY
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Trading statement: year ended 30 June 2018

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1999/007789/06)
JSE share code: DSY, DSYBP
DSY ISIN: ZAE000022331
DSBP ISIN: ZAE000158564
JSE bond code: DSYI

("Discovery" or "the Company” or “the Group”)


In accordance with paragraph 3.4(b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, issuers must publish a trading
statement as soon as they have a reasonable degree of certainty that earnings per share and / or
headline earnings per share for the next reporting period will differ by at least 20% from that of the
previous corresponding period.

Shareholders are advised that:
- Headline earnings per share (undiluted) for the year ended 30 June 2018 (“current period”) is
  expected to increase in the range of 30% to 35%, to between 888 cents and 922 cents over the
  prior year ended 30 June 2017 (“prior period”) (2017: 683.1 cents); and
- Earnings per share (undiluted) is expected to increase in the range of 25% to 30%, to between 855
  cents and 889 cents (2017: 684.2 cents) over the prior period.

It is practice for the Company to issue a trading statement on “normalised” headline earnings per share,
which in management’s view best represents the underlying performance of the Group.

Accordingly, shareholders are advised that:
- Normalised profit from operations is expected to increase by between 15% and 20% in the current
  period over the prior period to between R8.1 billion and R8.5 billion (2017: R7.0 billion); and
- Normalised headline earnings per share (undiluted) is expected to increase in the range of 13% to
  18%, to between 816 cents and 852 cents over the prior period (2017: 722.2 cents).

Discovery’s results for the year are due to be released on SENS on 4 September 2018.

The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported
on by the Company’s external auditors.

23 August 2018

RAND MERCHANT BANK (A division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

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