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SASOL LIMITED - Sasol achieves beneficial operation of second LCCP production unit; ratings and funding covenant update

Release Date: 03/06/2019 07:05
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Sasol achieves beneficial operation of second LCCP production unit; ratings and funding covenant update

Sasol Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number 1979/003231/06
Sasol Ordinary Share codes: JSE: SOL NYSE: SSL
Sasol Ordinary ISIN codes: ZAE000006896 US8038663006
Sasol BEE Ordinary Share code: JSE: SOLBE1
Sasol BEE Ordinary ISIN code: ZAE000151817
(“Sasol” or “the Company”)

Sasol achieves beneficial operation of second Lake Charles Chemicals Project production
unit; ratings and funding covenant update

Sasol provided an update on the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) in an announcement on 22
May 2019. The announcement included reference to the fact that beneficial operation of the Ethylene
Glycol (EG) facility had been achieved, with the beneficial operation of the Ethylene Oxide (EO)
facility expected within days.

Sasol is pleased to announce that the EO facility achieved beneficial operation on 31 May 2019. The
combined EO/EG unit is the second of the seven LCCP production units to come online.

Management continues to take actions to mitigate the impact of LCCP’s revised capital cost on the
business, whilst ensuring these actions do not adversely impact Sasol’s long term sustainability.
Sasol still expects peak gearing in FY19 and with net debt to EBITDA for FY19 remaining within the
2,0 – 2,3x guidance range. The net debt to EBITDA covenant applicable to the $3,9bn Revolving
Credit Facility has been amended from 2,5x to 3,0x.

Following the LCCP announcement, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s both affirmed Sasol’s investment
grade rating, with Moody’s amending its outlook to negative.


3 June 2019
Johannesburg

Sponsor:
Merrill Lynch South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Disclaimer – Forward-looking statements
Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements that are not historical facts and relate to
analyses and other information which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of
amounts not yet determinable. These statements may also relate to our future prospects,
developments and business strategies. Examples of such forward-looking statements include, but are
not limited to, cost estimates and expected timing of beneficial operation of LCCP, targets or guidance
regarding our gearing ratio and dividend pay-out ratio, net debt-to-EBITDA ratio, EBITDA and internal
rate of return for LCCP, as well as statements regarding our future liquidity, credit ratings and non-
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on Form 20-F filed on 28 August 2018 and in other filings with the United States Securities and
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which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of them,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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