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HULAMIN LIMITED - Trading statement for the year ended 31 December 2018 and restatement of prior period results

Release Date: 28/02/2019 10:05
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Trading statement for the year ended 31 December 2018 and restatement of prior period results

Hulamin Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1940/013924/06)
Share code: HLM
ISIN: ZAE000096210
("Hulamin" or "the Company")


TRADING STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2018 AND RESTATEMENT OF
PRIOR PERIOD RESULTS

In terms of para 3.4 (b) of the JSE Listings Requirements, listed companies
are required to publish a trading statement as soon as the board of directors
is satisfied that a reasonable degree of certainty exists that the financial
results for the period to be reported on next will vary by at least 20% when
compared to those of the prior corresponding reporting period.


Hulamin achieved a record sales volume of 245 000 tons in 2018. Hulamin
Rolled Products performed particularly well in the second half achieving
annualised sales of 240 000 tons. This improved performance resulted in
record headline earnings for the half-year and strong underlying cashflows
for the year under review. Despite results being impacted by the strong
currency in the first half, normalised¹ earnings for the full year is expected
to be up by between 23% to 32% over the prior year.


We have reviewed the application of hedge accounting in terms of the IAS 39
standard. This has resulted in the restatement of the 2017 Annual Financial
Statements following a timing adjustment between the 2017 and 2018 results.
There is no cumulative impact on earnings and also no impact on cash resulting
from this restatement. Hulamin’s commodity risk management programme is
highly effective. Hulamin plans to adopt the new financial instruments
standard IFRS 9 in 2019, which will overcome the limitations of IAS 39.


The change to earnings per share (EPS), headline EPS (HEPS) and normalised¹
EPS is therefore as follows:


                       31/12/2017                      31/12/2017
                       Reported(cents)                 Restated(cents)


EPS                    104                             95
HEPS                   104                             95
Normalised¹ EPS        64                              64

We have focused strongly in recent years on improving underlying performance
and free cash flow generation. In parallel, we have also adopted a more
prudent capital allocation process by means of raising investment hurdle
rates.    Mounting uncertainty in the macro environment and the associated
rise of risk indicators, has also supported increasing the Company’s weighted
average cost of capital (WACC) to more accurately value the Company’s
internal forecasts of future cash flows.


This WACC increase results in material changes to the valuation of assets
and, as a consequence, impairment charges have been applied to both Hulamin
Rolled Products and Hulamin Extrusions.


After making these impairment adjustments, Hulamin expects EPS, HEPS and
normalised¹ EPS for the year ended 31 December 2018 to be within the ranges
shown below:


                       31/12/2018                     31/12/2017
                       Expectation(cents)             Restated(cents)


EPS                    -248(-361%) to -242(-354%)     95
HEPS                   93(-2%) to 99(+4%)             95
Normalised¹ EPS        79(+23%) to 85(+32%)           64


¹ Normalised earnings are defined as earnings excluding non-recurring items
and once-off adjustments. The impact of metal price lag has been removed
from normalised earnings in order to enhance the visibility of underlying
earnings.


The financial information in this trading statement has not been reviewed or
reported on by the Company’s external auditors.


Hulamin’s results for the year ended 31 December 2018 are expected to be
released on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 04 March 2019.


Pietermaritzburg
28 February 2019



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