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ITALTILE LIMITED - Further Trading Statement and Business Update

Release Date: 12/08/2021 08:30
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Further Trading Statement and Business Update

Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration number: 1955/000558/06)
Share code: ITE   ISIN: ZAE000099123
("Italtile" or "the Group")


Shareholders are referred to the Sales Update and Initial Trading
Statement released on SENS on 16 April 2021 in which it was advised
that, the board of directors of Italtile (“Board”) was satisfied that
a reasonable degree of certainty existed that the Group's financial
results for the year ended 30 June 2021 (“Review Period”) would be at
least 70% higher than those reported for the year ended 30 June 2020.

The Board is now in a position to confirm that earnings per share
(“EPS”) and headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) for the Review Period
are expected to be within the ranges outlined below:

                              Year ended               Year ended                Percentage
                              30 June 2021             30 June 2020              increase
                              (cents)                  (cents)                   (%)
 EPS*                         138,3 – 144,0            78,3                      77 – 84
 HEPS*                        137,6 – 143,3            79,2                      74 – 81

*The disparity between EPS and HEPS is largely attributable to net
profits of R19 million realised on the disposal of local properties
and other non-current assets in the current year, versus R1 million
in the prior year, and impairments of R10 million on property, plant
and equipment in the current year, versus R16 million in the prior

The Group's results for the Review Period are expected to be published
on SENS on or about 26 August 2021.

The above information has not been reviewed and reported on by the
Group´s external auditors.


Impact of civil unrest and the ongoing pandemic

At the height of the public unrest in July 2021, in the interests of
ensuring the safety of our staff and customers, we closed all of our
18 stores in KwaZulu-Natal for 10 days, as well as 16 stores in other
hotspots for shorter periods of time. Thankfully no injuries were
sustained. Two TopT stores in Orange Farm and Spruitview in Gauteng
were looted and destroyed. There is no doubt this small number of
damaged stores would have been substantially higher without the
outstanding support received from our local communities and taxi
associations, the South African Police Service and the South African
National Defence Force, who were pivotal in protecting businesses in
their neighbourhoods.

In addition to the abovementioned closures, numerous stores were
temporarily closed throughout July 2021 due to positive Covid-19 cases
which occurred during the third wave of the pandemic.

Subsequent to year-end, up to 10 July 2021 (and the onset of the
unrest), the business had recorded 14% growth in sales. Thereafter,
sales trended down for most of July, recovering only slightly in the
last week, and finally ending on 5% growth for the month.

In terms of the widespread damage caused to most of the major retailers
in the building industry, we expect the Group’s subsidiary, Ceramic
Industries, to experience some upside in sales over the next few
months and possibly up to one year, as customers re-stock in the
aftermath of the unrest.

12 August 2021

Merchantec Capital

Investor Communications   083 395 8608   

Date: 12-08-2021 08:30:00
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