Sasol Limited audited financial results for the year ended 30 June 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Registered office: Sasol Limited, 1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196
PO Box 5486, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa

Share registrars: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd., 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg 2001
PO Box 61051, Marshalltown 2107, South Africa, Tel: +27 11 370-7700 Fax: +27 11 370-5271/2

Sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) (Pty) Ltd.

Directors (non-executive): Mrs TH Nyasulu (Chairman), Mr C Beggs*, Mr HG Dijkgraaf (Dutch)*, Dr MSV Gantsho*, Ms IN Mkhize*, Mr ZM Mkhize*, Mr MJN Njeke*, Mr PJ Robertson (British and American)*, Prof JE Schrempp (German)#, Mr S Westwell (British)*
(executive): Mr DE Constable (Chief Executive Officer) (Canadian), Mrs KC Ramon (Chief Financial Officer), Ms VN Fakude *Independent #Lead independent director

Company secretary: Mr VD Kahla

Company registration number: 1979/003231/06, incorporated in the Republic of South Africa

Income tax reference number: 9520/018/60/8

Sasol Ordinary shares:
JSE
Share code: SOL
ISIN: ZAE000006896

NYSE
Share code: SSL
ISIN: US8038663006

Sasol BEE Ordinary shares:
Share code: SOLBE1
ISIN: ZAE000151817

American depositary receipts (ADR) program: Cusip number 803866300
ADR to ordinary share 1:1
Depositary: The Bank of New York Mellon, 22nd floor, 101 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10286, USA

Committed to excellence in all we do, Sasol is an international integrated energy and chemicals company that leverages the talent and expertise of our more than 34 000 people working in 38 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and lower-carbon electricity.

  • Significant improvement in second half production
  • Cash fixed costs in line with inflation
  • Operating profit up by 23% to R36,8 billion
  • Headline earnings per share up by 25% to R42,28
  • Total dividend up by 35% to R17,50 per share
  • Cash generated by operations up by 24% to R47,9 billion

Segment report
for the year ended 30 June

Turnover (R million)


Operating profit (R million)



2011

2012

Business unit analysis              

2012

2011

106 860

133 814

South African energy cluster       

28 957

19 947

9 146

10 672

- Mining                              

2 287

1 063

5 445

6 931

- Gas                                  

2 985

2 578

37 485

48 791

- Synfuels                              

22 095

15 188

54 784

67 420

- Oil                                     

1 592

1 180

-

-

- Other                                     

(2)

(62)

5 872

8 429

International energy cluster           

(55)

1 587

3 715

5 318

- Synfuels International               

1 881

1 205

2 157

3 111

- Petroleum International            

(1 936)

382

82 854

94 752

Chemical cluster                      

6 500

8 712

17 082

20 081

- Polymers                               

716

1 579

17 280

18 914

- Solvents                              

1 403

1 655

31 715

37 698

- Olefins & Surfactants                  

3 193

4 161

16 777

18 059

- Other chemical businesses              

1 188

1 317

6 043

8 598

- Other businesses                      

1 356

(296)

201 629

245 593


36 758

29 950

(59 193)

(76 147)

Intercompany turnover



142 436

169 446




better together ...we deliver

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, statements regarding exchange rate fluctuations, volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholder return and cost reductions. Words such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "seek", "will", "plan", "could", "may", "endeavour" and "project" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there are risks that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialise, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. You should understand that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on Form 20-F filed on 7 October 2011 and in other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive; when relying on forward-looking statements to make investment decisions, you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertainties and events. Forward-looking statements apply only as of the date on 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.

Please note: A billion is defined as one thousand million. All references to years refer to the financial year ended 30 June. Any reference to a calendar year is prefaced by the word "calendar".

Overview

Strengthening partnerships that deliver

Chief Executive Officer, David E. Constable says:
"We have delivered strong results with record dividends, despite continuing global economic uncertainty and certain production challenges in the first half of the financial year. Our track record of delivering strong shareholder value has been maintained. Our solid foundation businesses, exciting growth opportunities, and favourable energy market dynamics continue to underpin our overarching growth strategy. Sasol's sustainable profitability is dependent upon building and strengthening mutually beneficial and trust-based relationships with many, often diverse, stakeholders. We continue our relentless focus on safety, cost optimisation, operations excellence and capital project execution. To deliver world-class results and to ensure sustainable value creation, we are driving a high performance culture across our global operations."

From our home base in South Africa, Sasol is expanding internationally based on a unique value proposition, which links our diverse businesses into an integrated value chain supported by top class functions. This enables us to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and lower carbon electricity.

Our ability to deliver sustainable shareholder value is premised on maintaining solid operations, cost containment and accelerating our growth strategy. The positive position we find ourselves in today is as much due to the strengths we have in our organisation as it is to the strong partnerships we are harnessing to deliver mutually beneficial results. We strive to develop our people, keep them safe and healthy, contribute meaningfully to the social and economic development of the countries and communities in which we work and live, and do so in an environmentally proactive and responsible fashion.

Having shown our resilience in facing the global financial crisis, Sasol is well positioned to further expand and excel. In collaboration with our business, government and social partners, we look to the future with confidence.

Year-end results overview
Earnings attributable to shareholders for the year ended 30 June 2012 increased by 19% to R23,6 billion from R19,8 billion in the prior year, while headline earnings per share and earnings per share increased by 25% to R42,28 and by 19% to R39,10, respectively, over the same period.

Operating profit of R36,8 billion increased by 23% compared to the prior year on the back of a solid operational performance in our businesses. Operating profit was boosted by a 17% improvement in the average crude oil (average dated Brent was US$112,42/barrel at 30 June 2012 compared with US$96,48/barrel at 30 June 2011) and product prices as well as an 11% weaker average rand/US dollar exchange rate (R7,78/US$ at 30 June 2012 compared with R7,01/US$ at 30 June 2011).

Operating profit for the second half of the year, compared to the first half of the financial year, was R4 billion lower mainly as a result of the partial impairment and higher depreciation charge of our Canadian shale gas assets, year-end closing exchange rate adjustments, with specific reference to the valuation of our open Canadian foreign exchange contracts, the impact of year-end stock movements as well as an increase in our provisions for rehabilitation and other remeasurement items.

Overall, group production volumes are in line with the prior year - the second half's performance improved significantly. Sasol Synfuels, delivered production for the year of 7,2 million tons (mt), despite the negative effect of industrial action and plant instabilities in the first half of the year. Sasol Synfuels saw a significant improvement in the overall production run-rate of the facility during the second half of the year, being the best performance in the last five years. In our European chemical businesses, production was optimised to match lower demand and optimise margins in light of the weakening European market conditions. Production performance at our Arya Sasol Polymer Company (ASPC) and ORYX gas-to-liquids (GTL) operations was strong and in line with our expectations.

Chief Financial Officer, Christine Ramon says:
"Management's strong focus on factors within our control including cost containment, operational efficiencies and margin improvement delivered a solid operational and cost performance, despite a challenging environment. We are carefully monitoring and taking mitigating actions to counter the effects of the euro zone crisis. We continue to maintain a strong balance sheet, amidst a still volatile and uncertain global economic environment, which positions the company well to fund selected growth opportunities and provides a buffer against volatility. The growth in dividends demonstrates our commitment to a progressive dividend policy and to delivering value to shareholders."

Cash fixed costs, excluding once-off and growth costs and the impact of exchange rates, was in line with inflation of 8,6% (South African producers price index (PPI)), despite a challenging South African cost environment, in respect of labour and electricity costs.

The operating profit in the current year was negatively impacted by once-off charges totalling R2 121 million (2011 - R1 103 million). These items relate primarily to the partial impairment of our Canadian shale gas assets of R964 million and impairment of Block 16/19 in Mozambique amounting to R434 million, as well as the write off of an unsuccessful exploration well in Australia amounting to R274 million. This was partly offset by the profit of R124 million on the sale of our Sasol Nitro Phalaborwa operations as well as certain downstream fertiliser businesses and the profit realised on the disposal of the Witten plant in Germany of R285 million. The overall share-based payment expense of R691 million decreased from R2 071 million in the prior year, as a result of a decrease in the Sasol Inzalo BEE share-based payment expense of R360 million and the once-off Ixia Coal BEE transaction expense of R565 million in 2011. In addition, there was a general decrease in the Sasol share incentive schemes expense in line with the Sasol share price performance.

The increase in the effective tax rate from 31,3% to 32,6% resulted primarily from an increase in non-deductible expenses and additional tax losses which have not been recognised as deferred tax assets, compared with the prior year.

Cash flow generated by operating activities was R47,9 billion compared with R38,6 billion in the prior year. This was mainly due to increased operating profits, which was partly offset by increased working capital, both as a result of price and volume effects. Capital investments for the year totalled R29,2 billion.

A refocused delivery-orientated organisation

Chief Executive Officer, David E. Constable says:
"Today, Sasol is a more focused and delivery orientated company. We have a clear strategy in place to drive towards our common objectives. As a group of companies, we are aligned and united. We understand that in working together with our business, government and social partners, we are better able to deliver extraordinary results, not only to allow us to meet the objectives we have set ourselves, but, more importantly, to exceed our shareholders' expectations. We maintain that in building stronger partnerships, and enhancing synergies through operations, capital and business excellence, we will continue to take significant strides forward."

Examples of our broader contributions and deliverables in 2012 include:
- Sasol remains one of the largest corporate taxpayers in South Africa, contributing significantly to the South African economy. During the year, we paid R28,2 billion in direct and indirect taxes to the South African government.
- Sasol Mining's R14 billion mine replacement programme will result in over 4 000 jobs being sustained and a further 5 000 construction jobs being created.
- Taking into account the Sasol Inzalo Employee Share Option Programme (ESOP), the Department of Mineral Resources confirmed that this transaction contributes 26% to the BEE ownership of Sasol Mining, and combined with Sasol Mining's Ixia Coal transaction increases Sasol Mining's BEE ownership to over 40%.
- During 2012, Sasol committed R320,7 million to socio-economic development initiatives globally, with R309,4 million aimed at projects in South Africa.
- The safety incident recordable case rate (RCR) for employees and service providers, including injuries and illnesses, of 0,39 at 30 June 2012 is significantly improved compared with the RCR rate of 0,42 at 30 June 2011.

Growth balanced with operations excellence

As part of our commitment to deliver, we have executed the following across our project pipeline in 2012:

- Looking at our upstream activities:

 - In respect of our Canadian shale gas assets, appraisal and development activities on the Farrell Creek asset continue, with a reduction in the number of active drill rigs in response to the depressed gas prices. Significant efforts are focused on driving down costs and improving the quality of our drilling and completion activities to maximise productivity and increase the overall economic robustness of the asset in the current economic climate.
 - During the year, Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) started the extended well test on the Inhassoro light oil discovery in Mozambique. The initial results are encouraging, and we will take a decision on potential development in the first half of the 2013 calendar year.
 - We have completed the upstream feasibility studies on the Njika 1 and 2 gas discoveries in Block 16/19 offshore Mozambique. Based on our current assessment, the economic development of these gas discoveries is considered highly unlikely and accordingly, the capitalised cost of R434 million (US$56,8 million) was impaired.
 - In February 2012, SPI entered into a farm-in agreement for a 35% share in Woodside's offshore WA-433-P licence in the Carnarvon Basin, Australia. The Vucko-1 exploration well was drilled in April 2012, but no hydrocarbons were found. Accordingly, the capitalised drilling cost of R274 million (US$35 million) was written off.

- Turning to our gas-to-liquid (GTL) growth projects:

 - The feasibility studies to determine the technical and commercial viability of an integrated GTL and chemicals facility as well as a world-scale ethane cracker and associated ethylene derivatives in Louisiana in the United States are progressing well. These studies are expected to be completed in the second half of the 2012 calendar year. The decisions to proceed to front end engineering and design (FEED) packages will be taken thereafter.
 - The feasibility study to determine the technical and commercial viability of a GTL plant in western Canada was completed by the end of June 2012, on schedule and within original budget estimates. We are expecting to finalise our assessment of the feasibility study and take the decision of whether or not to proceed to FEED in the second half of the 2012 calendar year. Our partner, Talisman, for internal reasons, has decided that they will not be exercising their right to participate in the FEED phase of the project.
 - The FEED work for the Uzbekistan GTL plant commenced in October 2011. In support of the project, the Uzbekistan government has begun with the development of the support infrastructure around the proposed plant site. FEED activities are progressing according to schedule and the FEED work is expected to be completed during the second half of the 2013 calendar year.

- Turning to our foundation businesses:

 - The Sasol Synfuels growth programme is progressing well with the gas turbines, 10th Sasol advanced synthol reactor, and 16th oxygen train delivering in line with expectations. Construction on the gas heated heat exchange reformers project continues. In related projects, two of four new gasifiers were commissioned successfully, with the 17th reformer reaching beneficial operation in May 2012.
 - Good progress continues to be made on the R14 billion mine replacement projects in Secunda, South Africa. In May 2012, the R3,4 billion Thubelisha shaft was inaugurated at the Twistdraai Colliery in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The shaft will extend the life of the colliery beyond 2039 and will support the long-term coal supply to Sasol Synfuels as well as the export market.
 - Work on the Clean Fuels 2 project for Sasol Synfuels and Natref is progressing well. The feasibility studies will be completed by the end of the first quarter of the 2013 calendar year. The Clean Fuels 2 specification regulations were gazetted on 1 June 2012. We continue to engage with the South African government on cost-recovery mechanisms and specifications.
 - Construction on the FT wax expansion project facility in Sasolburg, South Africa, continues to progress. The commissioning of the new Slurry Bed Reactor, which is key equipment for the capacity expansion has, however, unfortunately been delayed until the end of the 2013 calendar year. While this will not jeopardise the completion date of 2015 for the full project, it will delay the first ramp up stage versus the original schedule.
 - In January 2012, the cobalt catalyst manufacturing plant in Sasolburg, being a first of its kind in South Africa, reached beneficial operation.
 - Our ethylene purification unit project in Sasolburg, which will yield additional ethylene to support our polymer plants to run continuously is expected to be in operation in the 2013 calendar year, at an estimated cost of R1,8 billion, which is below budget.
 - Sasol New Energy is in the process of developing additional gas-fired electricity generation capacity at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique, in partnership with that country's state-owned power utility, Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM). A final investment decision is expected in the second half of the 2012 calendar year.
 - During the year, Sasol New Energy began construction of a 140 megawatt electricity generation plant in Sasolburg, South Africa. The plant will utilise natural gas as its feedstock. The first gas engines arrived in Sasolburg in May 2012. It is anticipated that the facility will be on line and reach full capacity during the first quarter of the 2013 calendar year.

Our operations deliver solid performance

South African energy cluster

Sasol Mining - higher sales volumes and prices to Sasol Synfuels

Operating profit of R2 287 million was 41% higher than the prior year, excluding the once-off Ixia Coal transaction share-based payment expense of R565 million recognised in the prior year. Production volumes were in line with those of the prior year, despite industrial action and adverse geological conditions. The improved operating profit was supported by higher sales prices to Sasol Synfuels, offset by lower US dollar export coal prices, together with the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate.

Sasol Gas - improved sales prices and volumes

Operating profit increased by 16% to R2 985 million compared to the prior year mainly as a result of higher gas prices and increased sales volumes, despite the negative impact of exchange rates on gas purchases.

Sasol Synfuels - higher prices and improved production volumes

Sasol Synfuels' operating profit increased by 45% to R22 095 million compared to the prior year primarily due to higher average rand oil prices resulting in favourable product prices. Production volumes were 1,1% higher than the prior year, due to improved plant efficiencies and fewer plant instabilities, coupled with a phased shutdown compared to the full shutdown in 2011. Operating profits were negatively impacted by higher feedstock, energy and maintenance costs.

Sasol Oil - higher product prices and higher margins

Operating profit increased by 35% to R1 592 million compared to the prior year, despite lower sales volumes resulting from an extended planned shutdown at the Natref refinery, coupled with crude oil supply shortages resulting from an unplanned third party single buoy mooring (SBM) shutdown in December 2011 and reduced trading activities. Higher marketing margins, together with higher product prices, and the impact of the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate underpinned the improved operating profit.

International energy cluster

Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) - ORYX GTL delivers new production highs

SSI's operating profit increased by 56% to R1 881 million compared to the prior year. This was mainly due to increased production at the ORYX GTL plant in Qatar, coupled with higher crude oil and product prices, which were partly negated by increased spending on study costs in Canada and the US. The ORYX GTL plant continues to achieve new production records and is consistently producing above design capacity of 32 400 barrels per day.

Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) - Mozambique volume growth, however low North American gas prices impact Canadian assets

SPI recorded an operating loss of R1 936 million compared with an operating profit of R382 million in the prior year. Increased gas production volumes from Mozambique and sustained production in Gabon contributed positively to SPI's results. However, increased depreciation and a partial impairment of R964 million related to our Canadian shale gas assets, as well as the impairment of Block 16/19 in Mozambique amounting to R434 million and the write off of a dry well WA433 in Australia amounting to R274 million, negatively impacted SPI's results. The assets in Canada remain under pressure in the short term mainly due to the extremely low natural gas prices in North America, but we are positive about the medium to long-term volume potential and strategic value of the asset. During the current year, our Canadian operations produced and sold 16,9 billion standard cubic feet (bscf) of natural gas.

Chemical cluster

Sasol Polymers - Arya Sasol Polymer Company (ASPC) achieves capacity utilisation rate of 84%

Sasol Polymers' operating profit decreased by 55% to R716 million compared to the prior year. Operating profit was positively impacted by a 1% increase in overall sales volumes; however, this increase was negated by the slowing of the international polymers market, coupled with the continued margin squeeze experienced in the South African polymers business, where feedstock price increases outweighed the increases in selling prices. Our international operations contributed R937 million to operating profit. In addition, translation losses of R480 million were recognised, primarily due to an exchange rate adjustment at our ASPC operations. ASPC achieved a capacity utilisation rate of 84% for the year.

Sasol Solvents - lower sales volumes, challenging trading environment

Operating profit decreased by 15% to R1 403 million compared to the prior year. Difficult trading conditions continued to prevail, especially during the latter half of the year. Average product prices, despite being above prior year levels, steadily reduced during the course of the year. Margins contracted on the back of higher feedstock costs and lower sales volumes. This was partially offset by the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. Production volumes were in line with the prior year, despite planned and unplanned outages at upstream facilities, as well as production cut-backs, mainly in Europe, due to market constraints.

Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S) - gross margins steady, despite lower volumes

Operating profit decreased by 23% to R3 193 million compared to the prior year, mainly as a result of significant once-off profits recognised in the prior year. The prior year included a reversal of an impairment of R500 million related to the Sasol Italy operations. Gross margins were maintained, and expanded in some regions, despite some reductions in volumes. Included in operating profit is a profit of R285 million recognised on the sale of the Witten site in Germany.

Other chemical businesses - strong prices in Sasol Nitro offsets impact of lower volumes

Operating profit in our other chemical businesses decreased by 10% to R1 188 million compared to the prior year. The operating profit of our Sasol Wax business was negatively impacted by declining sales and production volumes in the wax markets, on the back of lower demand for paraffin waxes in the United States and European markets.

Despite lower explosive sales volumes, due to customer safety stoppages and labour unrest in the mining sector, the Sasol Nitro business delivered solid financial results. Operating profit includes a once-off profit of R124 million resulting from the sale of Sasol Nitro's Phalaborwa assets and certain of its downstream fertiliser businesses.

Competition law compliance

We continue to evaluate and enhance our compliance programmes and controls in general, and our competition law compliance programme and controls, in particular. As a consequence of these programmes and controls, including monitoring and review activities, we have also adopted appropriate remedial and/or mitigating steps, and made disclosures on material findings, as and when appropriate.

The South African Competition Commission (the Commission) is conducting investigations into several industries in which Sasol operates, including the piped gas, petroleum, coal mining, fertilisers and polymer industries. We continue to cooperate with the Commission in these investigations. To the extent appropriate, further announcements will be made in future. As part of its investigation into the polymer industry, the Commission has contended that the prices at which Sasol Polymers supplies propylene and polypropylene are excessive. Sasol Polymers does not agree with the Commission's assessment and is contesting the Commission's allegations. The Competition Tribunal hearing in respect of this matter is scheduled to commence in mid-May 2013. In March 2012, the Commission issued a notice of non-referral in respect of the complaint initiated by Omnia (Pty) Ltd. against Sasol Chemical Industries Limited (SCI) stating that the alleged conduct was substantially the same conduct as that which the Commission had settled with SCI previously. Omnia has self referred the matter. SCI does not agree with Omnia's allegations of excessive pricing, price discrimination and refusal to supply in respect of ammonia and is thus defending the matter before the Competition Tribunal. No date for hearing has yet been set. Due to the uncertainty related to these matters, it is currently not possible to estimate contingent liabilities, if any, and accordingly no provision has been recognised at 30 June 2012.

Cash generation supports strong balance sheet

Gearing at 30 June 2012 of 2,7% (30 June 2011 - 1,3%) remains low as a result of healthy cash flow generation. This low level of gearing is expected to be maintained in the short-term, but is likely to return to within our targeted range of 20% to 40% in the medium-term, taking into account our growth programme as well as our progressive dividend policy.

At the annual general meeting of 25 November 2011, shareholders renewed the authority to the Sasol directors to buy back up to 10% of Sasol's issued share capital (excluding the preferred ordinary and Sasol BEE ordinary shares) for a further 12 months. No shares were repurchased during the current period.
Profit outlook* - strong management focus in a challenging environment

Crude oil prices have remained volatile during the past year and we expect that they will continue to be volatile in the near term, due to weakening demand in Europe as well as lower growth in emerging markets and the United States. This is coupled with higher than expected oil supply and geopolitical developments. Off this base, product prices are expected to be equally volatile. The resolution of the European debt crisis remains uncertain. The rand/US dollar exchange rate remains one of the biggest external factors impacting our profitability.

We anticipate that Sasol Synfuels' production volumes will improve to between 7,2 and 7,4 million tons. In our international operations, we expect ORYX GTL to perform at its planned utilisation rate of between 80% and 90% of nameplate capacity. In addition, we remain confident that production at ASPC will be above 80% of nameplate capacity. Despite the production delays implemented at our Canadian shale gas assets, we expect future volumes to grow steadily once gas prices trigger further economic development. Although demand and prices for chemicals have softened recently, we still maintain solid operating margins. Our South African Polymers operations are experiencing severe margin pressure, which is expected to continue.

In view of recent developments regarding trade restrictions and possible oil sanctions against Iran, Sasol Oil has diversified its crude oil sourcing, to mitigate risks associated with oil supply disruptions from the Middle East.

We remain on track to deliver on our expectations for improved operational performance and to contain normalised cash fixed costs within South African PPI inflation. The macro economic conditions continue to be volatile, impacting our assumptions in respect of improved crude oil and product prices, weaker refining margins as well as the weaker rand/US dollar exchange rate. We continue to focus on factors within our control: volume growth, margin improvement and cost containment within inflation. The current volatility and uncertainty of global markets and geopolitical activities makes it difficult to be more precise in this outlook statement.

Taking into account the ongoing strength of our financial position and current capital investment plans, as well as the increased earnings, management has recommended and the board has approved the final dividend. This approach remains in line with our progressive dividend policy and our commitment to consistently return sustainable value to shareholders.

* In accordance with standard practice, it is noted that this information has not been reviewed nor reported on by the company's auditors.

Subsequent events

Activities to further the potential disposal of our investment in ASPC are progressing. We continue to engage with a number of interested parties, who include business and government stakeholders. Further announcements will be made once sufficient certainty is achieved.

Appointment of directors

On 29 November 2011, Mr ZM Mkhize was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Sasol Limited. Mr S Westwell and Mr PJ Robertson were appointed as independent non-executive directors of Sasol Limited, with effect from 1 June 2012 and 1 July 2012, respectively.

Declaration of cash dividend number 66

The proposed amendments to the tax treatment of dividends in South Africa became effective on 1 April 2012. The group's final dividend for year ended 30 June 2012 and dividends declared thereafter will be affected by a dividend withholding tax. As a result of the withdrawal of secondary tax on companies (STC) and the introduction of a dividend withholding tax, the savings in STC have been passed onto shareholders by increasing the dividend payment for the current financial year. We will continue to assess future dividends taking into account our progressive dividend policy.

A final gross cash dividend of South African R11,80 per ordinary share (2011 - R9,90 per share) has been declared for the year ended 30 June 2012. The final cash dividend is payable on all ordinary shares (including the Sasol BEE ordinary shares), excluding the Sasol preferred ordinary shares. The dividend has been declared out of retained earnings (income reserves). The South African dividend withholding tax rate is 15%. The total STC credits utilised, as part of this dividend declaration and passed onto shareholders, amounts to R58,5 million. At the declaration date there are 644 961 616 Sasol ordinary, 25 547 081 Sasol preferred ordinary and 2 838 565 Sasol BEE ordinary shares in issue, and consequently the STC credits utilised per share amount to 8,68877 cents per share. The net dividend amount payable to shareholders, who are not exempt from the dividend withholding tax, is 1 004,30332 cents per ordinary share, while for shareholders who are exempt from dividend withholding tax is 1 180,0 cents per ordinary share.

The salient dates for holders of ordinary shares are:

Declaration date
Monday, 10 September 2012

Last day for trading to qualify for and participate in the final dividend (cum dividend)
Friday, 5 October 2012

Trading ex dividend commences
Monday, 8 October 2012

Record date
Friday, 12 October 2012

Dividend payment date
Monday, 15 October 2012

Holders of American Depositary Receipts1

Ex dividend on New York Stock Exchange                              

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Record date                                                                 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Approximate date for currency conversion                                     

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Approximate dividend payment date                                            

Friday, 26 October 2012

1 All dates are approximate as the NYSE sets the record date after receipt of the dividend declaration.

On Monday, 15 October 2012, dividends due to certificated shareholders on the South African registry will either be electronically transferred to shareholders' bank accounts or, in the absence of suitable mandates, dividend cheques will be posted to such shareholders. Shareholders who hold dematerialised shares will have their accounts held by their CSDP or broker credited on Monday, 15 October 2012.

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised between Monday, 8 October 2012 and Friday, 12 October 2012, both days inclusive.

On behalf of the board

Hixonia Nyasulu
Chairman

David E. Constable
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Ramon
Chief Financial Officer

Sasol Limited
10 September 2012

Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The preliminary summarised consolidated financial results for the year ended 30 June 2012 have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting, Listing Requirements of the JSE Limited, the AC500 Standards as issued by the Accounting Practices Board or its successor and the South African Companies Act, 2008, as amended.

The accounting policies applied in the presentation of the preliminary summarised financial results are consistent with those applied for the year ended 30 June 2011 and are in terms of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, except as follows:

Sasol Limited has early adopted the following standards:

  • IFRS 7 (Amendments), Financial Instruments: Disclosures - Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities.
  • IAS 19 (Amendments), Employee Benefits.
  • IAS 32 (Amendments), Financial Instruments: Presentation - Offsetting Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities.
  • IFRIC 20, Stripping Costs in the Production Phase of a Surface Mine.
  • Various Improvements to IFRSs.

Except for IAS 19 (Amendments), Employee Benefits, these newly adopted standards did not significantly impact our financial results.

These preliminary summarised consolidated financial results do not include all the information required for complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

These preliminary summarised consolidated financial results have been prepared in accordance with the historic cost convention except that certain items, including derivative instruments, liabilities for cash-settled share-based payment schemes, financial assets at fair value through profit or loss and available-for-sale financial assets, are stated at fair value.

The preliminary summarised consolidated financial results are presented in South African rand, which is Sasol Limited's functional and presentation currency.

Christine Ramon CA(SA), Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for this set of financial results and has supervised the preparation thereof in conjunction with the Executive: Group Finance, Paul Victor CA(SA) and the General Manager: Group Statutory Reporting, Samantha Barnfather CA(SA).

Related party transactions

The group, in the ordinary course of business, entered into various sale and purchase transactions on an arm's length basis at market rates with related parties.

Significant changes in contingent liabilities since 30 June 2011

Sasol Synfuels was in legal proceedings with regard to the operation of a plant in Secunda. Ashcor claimed damages of R313 million relating to their inability to develop their business and a projected loss of future cash flows. On 28 September 2011, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa dismissed the appeal by Ashcor. These proceedings have been decided in favour of Sasol.

As a result of the fine imposed on Sasol Wax GmbH in October 2008 by the European Commission, on 23 September 2011, Sasol Wax GmbH was served with a law suit in The Netherlands by a company to which potential claims for compensation of damages have been assigned to by eight customers. On 30 September 2011, another law suit has been lodged with the London High Court by 30 plaintiffs against Sasol Wax GmbH, Sasol Wax International AG and Sasol Holding in Germany GmbH. The law suits do not demand a specific amount for payment. The plaintiffs are trying to specify the amount of alleged damages. The result of these proceedings cannot be determined at present.

Independent audit by the auditors

These preliminary summarised consolidated financial results for the year ended 30 June 2012 have been extracted from the complete set of annual financial statements on which the auditors, KPMG Inc, have expressed an unqualified audit opinion. KPMG Inc has also issued an unqualified audit report on these summarised financial statements, stating that these summarised results are consistent in all material respects with the complete annual financial statements. The auditor's reports and annual financial statements, which have been summarised in this report, are available for inspection at the registered office of the company.

Preliminary summarised financial statements

The preliminary financial statements are presented on a summarised consolidated basis.

Statement of financial position
at 30 June


2012

2011

2010



Restated1

Restated1


Rm

Rm

Rm

Assets

Property, plant and equipment                          

95 872

79 245

72 523

Assets under construction                                

33 585

29 752

21 018

Goodwill                                                          

787

747

738

Other intangible assets                                      

1 214

1 265

1 193

Investments in associates                                   

2 560

3 071

3 573

Post-retirement benefit assets                             

313

265

178

Deferred tax assets                                           

1 514

1 101

1 099

Other long-term assets                                   

2 437

2 218

1 828

Non-current assets                                      

138 282

117 664

102 150

Assets held for sale                                     

18

54

16

Inventories                                                   

20 668

18 512

16 472

Trade and other receivables                           

26 299

23 174

20 474

Short-term financial assets                             

426

22

50

Cash restricted for use                                  

5 314

3 303

1 841

Cash                                                           

12 746

14 716

14 870

Current assets                                              

65 471

59 781

53 723

Total assets                                                 

203 753

177 445

155 873

Equity and liabilities




Shareholders' equity                                    

125 234

107 171

93 915

Non-controlling interest                                   

3 080

2 689

2 510

Total equity                                                  

128 314

109 860

96 425

Long-term debt                                                

12 828

14 356

14 111

Long-term financial liabilities                             

38

103

75

Long-term provisions                                          

10 518

8 233

7 013

Post-retirement benefit obligations                        

6 872

5 160

5 120

Long-term deferred income                                

455

498

273

Deferred tax liabilities                                          

13 839

11 961

9 987

Non-current liabilities                                            

44 550

40 311

36 579

Liabilities in disposal groups held for sale              

-

-

4

Short-term debt                                                   

3 072

1 602

1 542

Short-term financial liabilities                                

135

136

357

Other current liabilities                                       

27 460

25 327

20 847

Bank overdraft                                                   

222

209

119

Current liabilities                                                

30 889

27 274

22 869

Total equity and liabilities                                 

203 753

177 445

155 873


1 The groups' accounting policy in respect of employee benefits has been amended due to the adoption of the amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. This change in accounting policy has been applied retrospectively and prior year comparative figures have been restated. The post-retirement benefit obligations increased by R264 million (2010 - R625 million) and the post-retirement benefit assets decreased by R527 million in 2011 (2010 - R611 million).



Income statement

for the year ended 30 June



2012

2011



Rm

Rm

Turnover                                                                           


169 446

142 436

Cost of sales and services rendered                         


(111 042)

(90 467)

Gross profit                                                                     


58 404

51 969

Other operating income                                               


1 416

1 088

Marketing and distribution expenditure                  


(6 701)

(6 796)

Administrative expenditure                                       


(11 672)

(9 887)

Other operating expenditure                                         


(4 689)

(6 424)

 Competition related administrative penalties              


-

(112)

 Effect of crude oil hedges                                                


214

(118)

 Share-based payment expenses                            


(691)

(2 071)

 Effect of remeasurement items                               


(1 860)

(426)

Translation gains/(losses)                                           


243

(1 016)

 Other expenditure                                                         


(2 595)

(2 681)

Operating profit                                                                


36 758

29 950

Finance income                                                          


796

991

Share of profits of associates (net of tax)                   


479

292

Finance expenses                                                    


(2 030)

(1 817)

Profit before tax                                                           


36 003

29 416

Taxation                                                                      


(11 746)

(9 196)

Profit for the year                                                           


24 257

20 220

Attributable to 




Owners of Sasol Limited                                        


23 583

19 794

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries                 


674

426



24 257

20 220





Earnings per share                                                   


Rand

Rand

Basic earnings per share                                            


39,10

32,97

Diluted earnings per share1                                        


38,95

32,85





1 Diluted earnings per share are calculated taking the Sasol Share Incentive Scheme and Sasol Inzalo share transaction into account.



Statement of comprehensive income
for the year ended 30 June


2012

2011

2010



Restated1

Restated1


Rm

Rm

Rm

Profit for the year                                               

24 257

20 220

16 387

Other comprehensive income, net of tax 




Items that can be subsequently reclassified to the
income statement                                                    

4 101

(1 938)

(817)

Effect of translation of foreign operations                

4 063

(2 026)

(842)

Effect of cash flow hedges                          

41

111

13

Investments available-for-sale                 

(3)

-

4

Tax on items that can be subsequently reclassified 




to the income statement                                               

-

(23)

8

Items that cannot be subsequently reclassified 




to the income statement                                     

(821)

332

(282)

Actuarial gains and losses on post-retirement 




benefit obligations                                                 

(1 195)

440

(436)

Tax on items that can not be subsequently 




reclassified to the income statement                   

374

(108)

154

Total comprehensive income for the year           

27 537

18 614

15 288

Attributable to




Owners of Sasol Limited                            

26 853

18 186

14 849

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries            

684

428

439


27 537

18 614

15 288





1 The groups' accounting policy in respect of employee benefits has been amended due to the adoption of the amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. This change in accounting policy has been applied retrospectively and prior year comparative figures have been restated. Total comprehensive income decreased by R282 million in 2011 (2010 - increase of R332 million).



Statement of changes in equity
for the year ended 30 June


2012

2011

2010



Restated1

Restated1


Rm

Rm

Rm

Opening balance                                         

109 860

96 425

86 217

Effect of change in accounting policy                

-

-

(495)

Shares issued during year                                    

325

430

204

Share-based payment expenses                         

485

1 428

880

Disposal of businesses                                           

-

(4)

-

Transactions with non-controlling shareholders in
subsidiaries                                                        

101

-

9

Total comprehensive income for the year            

27 537

18 614

15 288

Dividends paid                                               

(9 600)

(6 614)

(5 360)

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders in
subsidiaries                                                    

(394)

(419)

(318)

Closing balance                                               

128 314

109 860

96 425

Comprising 




Share capital                                                 

27 984

27 659

27 229

Share repurchase programme                     

(2 641)

(2 641)

(2 641)

Sasol Inzalo share transaction                    

(22 054)

(22 054)

(22 054)

Retained earnings                                          

112 547

98 564

85 437

Share-based payment reserve                      

8 509

8 024

6 713

Foreign currency translation reserve               

2 137

(1 914)

113

Actuarial gains and losses                             

(1 250)

(433)

(765)

Investment fair value reserve                          

15

5

5

Cash flow hedge accounting reserve               

(13)

(39)

(122)

Shareholders' equity                                   

125 234

107 171

93 915

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries       

3 080

2 689

2 510

Total equity                                               

128 314

109 860

96 425





1 Comparative figures have been restated due to the change in accounting policy related to employee benefits. This change in accounting policy has been applied retrospectively and prior year comparative figures have been restated. Shareholders' equity decreased by R478 million in 2011 and R815 million in 2010.



Statement of cash flows
for the year ended 30 June


2012

2011

2010


Rm

Rm

Rm

Cash receipts from customers                  

168 934

138 955

118 129

Cash paid to suppliers and employees           

(121 033)

(100 316)

(90 791)

Cash generated by operating activities           

47 901

38 639

27 338

Finance income received                           

1 149

1 380

1 372

Finance expenses paid                             

(666)

(898)

(1 781)

Tax paid                                         

(10 760)

(6 691)

(6 040)

Dividends paid                                      

(9 600)

(6 614)

(5 360)

Cash retained from operating activities          

28 024

25 816

15 529

Additions to non-current assets                    

(29 160)

(20 665)

(16 108)

Acquisition of interests in joint ventures          

(24)

(3 823)

-

Disposal of businesses                               

713

22

-

Additional investments in associate               

(81)

(91)

(1 248)

Other net cash flows from investing activities         

936

92

652

Cash utilised in investing activities             

(27 616)

(24 465)

(16 704)

Share capital issued                                  

325

430

204

Contributions from non-controlling shareholders        

11

27

9

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders        

(394)

(419)

(318)

(Decrease)/increase in long-term debt               

(859)

545

(2 567)

Decrease in short-term debt                          

(112)

(295)

(29)

Cash effect of financing activities              

(1 029)

288

(2 701)

Translation effects on cash and cash equivalents of
foreign operations                                

649

(421)

(124)

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents        

28

1 218

(4 000)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     

17 810

16 592

20 592

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year           

17 838

17 810

16 592









Salient features
for the year ended 30 June



2012

2011

Selected ratios




Return on equity                                                          

%

20,3

19,7

Return on total assets                                              

%

20,0

18,7

Operating profit margin                         

%

21,7

21,0

Finance expense cover                           

times

57,3

34,8

Dividend cover                                           

times

2,3

2,5

Share statistics 




Total shares in issue                                  

million

673,2

671,0

Sasol ordinary shares in issue                           

million

644,8

642,6

Treasury shares (share repurchase programme)     

million

8,8

8,8

Weighted average number of shares                         

million

603,2

600,4

Diluted weighted average number of shares                  

million

616,2

614,5

Share price (closing)                                

Rand

342,40

355,98

Market capitalisation 




- Sasol ordinary shares                                

Rm

220 788

228 749

- Sasol BEE ordinary shares                           

Rm

686

742

Net asset value per share                                  

Rand

208,27

178,89

Dividend per share                                            

Rand

17,50

13,00

 - interim                                         

Rand

5,70

3,10

 - final                                                

Rand

11,80

9,90

Other financial information 




Total debt (including bank overdraft) 




- interest bearing                                    

Rm

15 596

15 522

- non-interest bearing                               

Rm

526

645

Finance expense capitalised                      

Rm

24

43

Capital commitments                                   

Rm

46 140

48 321

 - authorised and contracted                    

Rm

50 665

41 367

 - authorised, not yet contracted                 

Rm

28 621

33 458

 - less expenditure to date                           

Rm

(33 146)

(26 504)

Guarantees and contingent liabilities 




- total amount                                          

Rm

25 299

30 995

- liability included in the statement of financial position  

Rm

11 194

10 945

Significant items in operating profit 




- employee costs                    

Rm

19 921

18 756

- depreciation and amortisation of non-current assets  

Rm

9 651

7 400

- share-based payment expenses                            

Rm

691

2 071

  Sasol share incentive schemes                           

Rm

221

676

  Sasol Inzalo share transaction                            

Rm

470

830

  Ixia Coal transaction                                        

Rm

-

565

Directors' remuneration                                    

Rm

70

58

Share options granted to directors - cumulative          

000

665

780

Share appreciation rights with no performance targets 




granted to directors - cumulative                         

000

112

215

Share appreciation rights with performance targets

granted to directors - cumulative                             

000

700

370

Medium-term incentive rights granted to directors - 




cumulative                                                      

000

156

82

Sasol Inzalo share rights granted to directors - 




cumulative                                                      

000

50

50

Effective tax rate1                                         

%

32,6

31,3

Number of employees                                     

number

34 916

33 708

Average crude oil price - dated Brent                

US$/barrel

112,42

96,48

Average rand/US$ exchange rate                    

1US$ = Rand

7,78

7,01

Closing rand/US$ exchange rate                   

1US$ = Rand

8,17

6,77





1 The increase in the effective tax rate from 31,3% to 32,6% resulted primarily from the increase in non-deductible expenses and additional tax losses that have not been recognised as a deferred tax asset, compared with the prior year.





2012

2011

Reconciliation of headline earnings                                         


Rm

Rm

Profit for the year attributable to owners of Sasol Limited             


23 583

19 794

 Effect of remeasurement items                                                 


1 860

426

  Impairment of assets                                                              


1 642

171

  Reversal of impairment                                                               


(12)

(516)

  Profit on disposal of business                                                      


(354)

(9)

  Profit on disposal of associate                               


(7)

(6)

  Profit on disposal of assets                                    


(138)

(14)

  Scrapping of non-current assets                             


459

359

  Write off of unsuccessful exploration wells              


270

441

Tax effects and non-controlling interests                  


61

106

Headline earnings                                                 


25 504

20 326

Remeasurement items per above 




Mining                                                                   


61

3

Gas                                                                      


11

6

Synfuels                                                               


238

197

Oil                                                                        


14

17

Synfuels International                                          


34

126

Petroleum International                                       


1 609

442

Polymers                                                          


62

46

Solvents                                                            


83

63

Olefins & Surfactants                                         


(179)

(500)

Other chemical businesses                                 


(94)

(11)

 Nitro                                                                


(88)

(1)

Wax                                                                  


(2)

(3)

 Infrachem                                                          


8

(8)

 Merisol                                                              


(12)

1

Other businesses                                                


21

37

Remeasurement items                                            


1 860

426

Headline earnings per share                                    

Rand

42,28

33,85

Diluted headline earnings per share                         

Rand

42,07

33,72

The reader is referred to the definitions contained in the 2011 Sasol Limited annual financial statements.

e-mail: investor.relations@sasol.com

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Contact:
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SOURCE Sasol Limited



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