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ADCOCK INGRAM HOLDINGS LIMITED - Unaudited group financial results and cash dividend declaration for the six month period ended 31 December 2019

Release Date: 20/02/2020 07:05
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Unaudited group financial results and cash dividend declaration for the six month period ended 31 December 2019

Adcock Ingram Holdings Limited 
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) 
(Registration number 2007/016236/06) 
Share code: AIP ISIN: ZAE000123436 
("Adcock Ingram" or "the Company")

UNAUDITED GROUP FINANCIAL RESULTS AND CASH DIVIDEND DECLARATION
FOR THE SIX MONTH PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2019

Continuing operations

  -  B-BBEE level 1  
  -  REVENUE AND TRADING PROFIT INCREASES 1%
  -  OPERATING EXPENSES FLAT
  -  CASH ON HAND R363 million
  -  INTERIM DIVIDEND 100 cents per share

Introduction

On 29 July 2019, Adcock Ingram became a subsidiary of The Bidvest Group Limited, 
with minority shareholders owning 49% of the Company. Closer interactions 
are now taking place between Adcock Ingram and Bidvest, including the appointment 
of an additional Director to the Adcock Ingram Board of Directors to assist in 
exploring strategic possibilities for Adcock Ingram, to complement its range of 
trusted healthcare products.

In November, Adcock Ingram was certified as a B-BBEE level 1 provider,
endorsing the Group's focus on Transformation as an imperative.

South African consumers remain under financial pressure, due to the country's 
low economic growth, high levels of unemployment and ongoing utility problems. 
The results for the six-month period ended 31 December 2019 reflect the difficult 
trading conditions and constrained consumer environment.

Against this background, the Board is satisfied with the profits for the half year
under review, particularly that with strict cost control and a relentless focus on
customer service, growth in both revenue and trading profit was achieved.

                                                       Unaudited     Unaudited
                                                      Six months    Six months
                                                           ended         ended
                                          Change     31 December   31 December
                                               %            2019          2018

Continuing operations
Revenue from contracts
with customers                (R'000)          1       3 628 386     3 594 581
Gross profit                  (R'000)          -       1 394 855     1 389 661
Trading profit                (R'000)          1         490 134       485 454
Operating profit              (R'000)          1         461 776       456 956
Headline earnings per share   (cents)          1           218,5         217,2
Basic earnings per share      (cents)          3           219,3         213,0
Total operations
Revenue from contracts
with customers                (R'000)        (1)       3 628 386     3 680 821
Gross profit                  (R'000)        (1)       1 394 855     1 414 751
Trading profit                (R'000)          -         490 134       490 372
Operating profit              (R'000)          -         461 776       461 874
Headline earnings per share   (cents)          -           218,5         219,5
Basic earnings per share      (cents)          2           219,3         215,3
Total assets                  (R'000)                  6 850 967     6 416 768
Net asset value per share     (cents)                    2 608,9       2 412,5
Dividend per share            (cents)                      100,0         100,0

Prospects

The effect of the current economic climate on consumer spending and behaviour remains 
concerning. In the absence of sustainable SEP increases, margins will continue to be 
under pressure from cost increases, particularly labour, transport and utilities, and 
active ingredient prices which are directly linked to currency fluctuations.

To attempt to protect margins, the Group has placed a heightened focus on
driving productivity in the factories, strict cost control and expanding the
Group's product portfolio, by acquisition or partnership, particularly in less
regulated product classes.

Dividend policy

Shareholders are advised that the Board has approved a change to the Company's 
dividend policy, from dividends covered  2 to 3 times by headline earnings, 
to 2 to 2.5 times.

Dividend distribution

The Board has declared an interim gross dividend out of
income reserves of 100 cents per share in respect of the
six months ended 31 December 2019. The South African
dividend tax ("DT") rate is 20% and the net dividend payable
to shareholders who are not exempt from DT is 80 cents per
share. Adcock Ingram currently has 175,758,861 ordinary
shares in issue and qualifying for ordinary dividends.
The income tax reference number is 9528/919/15/3.

The salient dates for the distribution are detailed below:

Last date to trade cum distribution                     Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Shares trade ex distribution                          Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Record date                                              Friday, 13 March 2020
Payment date                                             Monday, 16 March 2020

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised
between Wednesday, 11 March 2020 and Friday, 13 March 2020, 
both dates inclusive.

LP Ralphs                                                              AG Hall
Chairman                                               Chief Executive Officer

Approved by the Board: 19 February 2020
SENS release date: 20 February 2020

Company secretary 
NE Simelane

Registered office
1 New Road, 
Midrand, 1682 

Postal address 
Private Bag X69, 
Bryanston, 2021 

Transfer secretaries 
Computershare Investor Services Proprietary Limited, 
Rosebank Towers, 
15 Biermann Avenue, 
Rosebank, 
Johannesburg, 2196. 
PO Box 61051,
Marshalltown, 2107 

Auditors 
PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc, 
4 Lisbon Lane, 
Waterfall, 2090 

Sponsor 
Rand Merchant Bank 
(a division of FirstRand Bank Limited), 
1 Merchant Place, 
corner Fredman Drive and Rivonia Road, 
Sandton, 2196 

Bankers 
Nedbank Limited,
135 Rivonia Road, 
Sandown, Sandton, 2146. 

Rand Merchant Bank, 
1 Merchant Place, 
corner Fredman Drive and Rivonia Road, 
Sandton, 2196. 

Investec Bank Limted, 
100 Grayston Drive, 
Sandton, 2146

The full-long form announcement is available at https://senspdf.jse.co.za/documents/2020/JSE/ISSE/AIP/AIP012020.pdf 
The contents of this short-form summary announcement are the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Any investment 
decision should be considered and based on the content of the information contained in the full announcement which 
will be published on the Company's website at www.adcock.com/investors/financialreports. Copies of the full announcement 
are available for inspection at the registered office of the Company and may be requested without charge during office 
hours by phoning +27 11 635 0143.



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