Sasol Limited Interim Financial Results for the Six Months Ended 31 December 2010

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Mar 07, 2011, 00:13 ET from Sasol Limited

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  • Headline earnings per share increased by 22% to R12,97
  • Group cash fixed costs down in real terms
  • Interim dividend increased by 11% to R3,10 per share
  • Cash generated by operations increased by 65% to R15,1 billion
  • First BEE listing and Ixia BEE transaction successfully concluded
  • Strengthened focus on safety
  • Local and international investments drive growth

Significant growth investments

South Africa



R billion

Wax expansion

8,4

Mine replacement

8,0

Secunda growth phase 1

7,8

Synfuels gasifiers and 17th reformer

3,4

Ethylene purification unit

1,9

Sasolburg electricity generation

1,6



International



R billion

Acquisition of Canadian gas reserves

7,5

Tetramerisation

1,5

Mozambique CPF expansion

1,4




Estimated total capital and business acquisition expenditure for 2011 – R23 billion*

Segment report

for the period ended

Turnover

R million

Business unit analysis

Operating profit

R million

full

year

30 Jun 10 Audited

half

year

31 Dec 09 Reviewed

half

year

31 Dec 10 Reviewed


half

year

31 Dec 10 Reviewed

half

year

31 Dec 09 Reviewed

full

year

30 Jun 10 Audited

95 538

45 899

48 005

South African energy cluster

7 447

8 097

17 808

7 863

3 623

4 263

- Mining

140

170

815

5 371

2 582

2 697

- Gas

1 282

1 178

2 479

33 893

16 370

15 664

- Synfuels

5 389

6 072

13 175

48 411

23 324

25 381

- Oil

665

680

1 364

- Other

(29)

(3)

(25)

3 967

1 926

2 824

International energy cluster

872

343

468

2 282

1 098

1 846

- Synfuels

 International

539

112

131

1 685

828

978

- Petroleum

 International

333

231

337

71 577

33 734

39 637

Chemical cluster

3 453

1 463

5 496

14 321

6 408

8 234

- Polymers

574

(137)

958

15 765

7 498

8 120

- Solvents

440

204

1 154

25 283

11 507

14 636

- Olefins &

 Surfactants

1 600

904

2 492

16 208

8 321

8 647

- Other

 chemical

 businesses

839

492

892

5 420

2 851

3 801

- Other

 businesses

246

565

165

176 502

84 410

94 267


12 018

10 468

23 937

(54 246)

(26 338)

(27 035)

Intercompany turnover




122 256

58 072

67 232








Overview

Chief executive, Pat Davies says:

"Sasol continued to deliver on its strategy by further improving the operational and cost performance of our existing assets, while progressing growth opportunities that are based on our proprietary technology. The recent significant shale gas acquisition made in Canada accelerates our upstream gas and GTL growth focus. Furthermore, our deleveraged balance sheet allows us to consider a range of other growth opportunities."

Earnings attributable to shareholders for the six months ended 31 December 2010 increased by 21% to R7,6 billion from R6,3 billion in the prior year+ while headline earnings per share and earnings per share increased by 22% to R12,97 and by 20% to R12,68, respectively, over the same period.  

Operating profit of R12,0 billion increased by 15% compared with the prior year. Operating profit was positively impacted by higher average crude oil prices (average dated Brent was US$81,68/barrel in 2010 compared with US$71,42/barrel in 2009) and chemical product prices. However, a 7% stronger average rand/US dollar exchange rate (R7,11/US$ in 2010 compared with R7,64/US$ in 2009) partially offset the benefits of the higher average crude oil prices. Overall, group production volumes declined by 4% from the prior year primarily due to the Sasol Synfuels' major planned outage, however, the majority of our other businesses reflected improved volumes. Cash fixed costs were down in real terms through our continued focus on cost containment.

The operating profit in the current period was negatively impacted by once-off charges compared with the prior year. These once-off charges include competition related administrative penalties of R112 million, the Escravos gas-to-liquids (EGTL) partial impairment of R123 million and the Ixia Coal BEE transaction share-based payment expense of R565 million. The current period also includes a Sasol Inzalo BEE share-based payment expense of R432 million compared with R400 million in the prior year.

The decrease in the effective tax rate from 36,0% to 33,7% resulted due to decreases in foreign tax rates, partly offset by competition related administrative penalties and share-based payment expenses compared with the prior year, both of which are not deductible for tax purposes.

Cash flow generated by operating activities was R15,1 billion compared with R9,2 billion in the prior year. This was mainly due to increased operating profits and reduced working capital, both as a result of price and volume effects. Progress was made on the group's pipeline of growth projects, resulting in capital expenditure of R9,2 billion for the period.

+All comparisons refer to the prior year comparable period unless otherwise stated.

Chief financial officer, Christine Ramon says:

"Amidst a recovering global economy, our continued focus on operational efficiency, cost containment and business improvement plans has enabled us to sustain robust businesses with healthy margins. Our strong financial position is underpinned by strong cash generation, which allows for the advancement of selected growth opportunities, while maintaining a buffer for volatility given that the rand strength remains the biggest risk to our earnings. In line with our progressive dividend policy, we have enhanced shareholder returns by increasing the interim dividend."

Robust performance from existing operations

South African energy cluster

Sasol Mining – higher US dollar coal prices

Operating profit of R705 million, excluding the once-off Ixia Coal transaction share-based payment expense of R565 million, was 315% higher than the prior year. Although production and sales volumes decreased due to the planned Sasol Synfuels' outage and adverse geological conditions, higher US dollar export coal prices as well as sales prices to Sasol Synfuels contributed to an improved operating profit. This improvement, however, was partially offset by a stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate and stock effects.

Sasol Gas – improved sales volumes

Operating profit increased by 9% to R1 282 million compared with the prior year mainly as a result of improved sales volumes, despite lower gas prices due to the stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate. The increased sales volumes were supported by the start-up of a new compressor in Mozambique.

Sasol Synfuels – major planned outage impacts production volumes

Sasol Synfuels' operating profit decreased by 11% to R5 389 million compared with the prior year. Production volumes were 7,5% lower than the prior year due to the largest maintenance outage in Sasol Synfuels' history as well as subsequent instabilities experienced. Operating profits were further negatively impacted by higher feedstock and energy costs; however, these were partially offset by higher average oil prices resulting in favourable product prices. Open cycle gas turbines were successfully commissioned during July 2010, making available an additional 200 megawatts of electricity generation capacity for the Sasol Synfuels operations, thereby significantly reducing the impact of abnormal electricity price increases on the Sasol Synfuels' unit cost.

Sasol Oil – increased sales volumes supported by higher wholesale margins

Operating profit decreased by 2% to R665 million compared with the prior year. Higher sales volumes resulted from increased direct sales at service stations and from commercial customers, in part due to the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Wholesale margins were also higher. This effect was, however, negated by the stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate as well as by lower refining margins. During the period, five new retail convenience centres were opened.

International energy cluster

Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) – increased production at Oryx GTL

SSI's operating profit increased by 381% to R539 million compared with the prior year. This was mainly due to increased production at the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar and higher crude oil prices which were partly negated by a stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate. The Oryx GTL plant is producing well, achieving record daily production levels, at times above 100% of design capacity, during the first half of the 2011 financial year. The 10% debottlenecking project is being implemented as planned.

In addition, due to various factors impacting on our participation in the EGTL project, we have decided to partially impair our EGTL investment by R123 million during the period.

Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) – higher oil and gas prices, improved Mozambican volumes

Operating profit increased by 44% to R333 million compared with the prior year, mainly due to higher oil and gas prices and positive foreign exchange translation effects from foreign operations. Sales volumes from our Temane operations increased; however, the favourable impact was partially offset by lower sales volumes from our Etame venture. Exploration expenditure was higher during the period. Work on the expansion of the onshore gas production facilities in Pande and Temane, Mozambique, to increase the current annual production capacity from 120 million gigajoules to 183 million gigajoules, is progressing according to schedule.

Chemical cluster

Sasol Polymers – international polymer prices recovering

Sasol Polymers reflected an operating profit of R574 million compared with an operating loss of R137 million for the prior year. Operating profit was positively impacted by a 9% increase in production volumes from our local operations and a 26% increase from our offshore operations. The recovery in international polymer prices also contributed positively to the increase in operating profit, which was partially offset by the stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate. Arya Sasol Polymer Company contributed positively with an average capacity utilisation of 71% for the period. Our offshore operations contributed R761 million to the operating profit. Included in operating profit is a once-off administrative penalty of R112 million payable to the South African Competition Commission.

Sasol Solvents – improved margins

Operating profit increased by 116% to R440 million compared with the prior year. This is mainly due to improved margins, resulting from higher prevailing product prices coupled with cost savings. The increased operating profit was, however, partially offset by a stronger rand against the US dollar. Production volumes reflected a decline compared with the prior year as a result of scheduled outages at production facilities.

Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S) – robust demand and improved margins

Operating profit increased by 77% to R1 600 million compared with the prior year, mainly as a result of robust demand in most of the Sasol O&S markets as well as improved margins. The increase in operating profit from our foreign operations was partially offset by foreign currency translation effects.

Other chemical businesses – improved sales volumes in European and South African wax and explosives markets

Operating profit increased by 71% to R839 million compared with the prior year. Sales volumes in the European and South African wax and explosives markets improved on the back of increased demand. Lower fertiliser sales volumes were experienced due to the impacts associated with the required exit from the retail fertiliser business as well as inclement weather. The improvement in operating profits was diluted by the stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate. Cost control and restructuring have remained a key focus area for our other chemical businesses, in particular for Sasol Nitro.

Competition law compliance

We continue to focus on enhancing Sasol's competition law compliance processes and systems throughout the group.

There are matters that remain subject to investigation. The South African Competition Commission (the Commission) has initiated investigations in respect of some of the industries in which Sasol participates, including the South African piped gas, petroleum, fertiliser, wax and polymer industries.

Subsequent to the Commission having referred complaints of excessive pricing of polypropylene and propylene in the domestic South African market and of price fixing in respect of polypropylene to the Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal), Sasol Polymers, a division of Sasol Chemical Industries Limited (SCI), on 14 December 2010, concluded a settlement agreement with the Commission in relation to its existing propylene supply agreement (the Supply Agreement) with Safripol. At the time of concluding the Supply Agreement in 1993, neither party understood this pricing formula to give rise to competition law concerns. However, the Commission, in terms of the current Competition Act, found that the pricing formula, which required the exchange of pricing information amounts to indirect price fixing. This contravention is technical in nature and given the uncertainty surrounding the legal position in relation to the pricing formula and the technicality of the matter, it was considered prudent to settle the matter. Sasol Polymers has therefore agreed to pay a penalty of R112 million, which represents 3% of Sasol Polymers' turnover derived from its sale of polypropylene products for the 2009 financial year. The settlement agreement is in full and final settlement of the Commission's allegations that the pricing formula gave rise to indirect price fixing. Sasol Polymers and Safripol have also reached agreement on key terms that are to govern the future monomer supply relationship between the parties, which we consider to be fully compliant from a competition law perspective. The settlement agreement was confirmed by the Tribunal on 24 February 2011.

Sasol Polymers does not agree with the Commission's contention that the prices at which Sasol Polymers supplies propylene and polypropylene are excessive and consequently, the Commission's allegations in respect of excessive pricing do not form any part of the settlement agreement concluded between the parties.

On 30 October 2009, after being advised that certain provisions in a suite of agreements concluded between Sasol Gas, Coal, Energy and Power Resources Limited (CEPR) and Spring Lights Gas (Pty) Limited (Spring Lights) constituted contraventions of the Competition Act (the Act), Sasol Gas applied for leniency in terms of the Commission's corporate leniency policy and obtained conditional leniency. On 20 August 2010, Spring Lights concluded a settlement agreement with the Commission in terms of which Spring Lights acknowledged the mentioned contraventions and agreed to pay an administrative penalty of R10,8 million. The settlement agreement was referred to the Tribunal on 1 September 2010 for confirmation but the matter was postponed sine die to enable the Commission to make a ruling on an exemption application of Spring Lights.

We continue to interact and cooperate with the Commission in respect of the leniency applications as well as in the areas that are subject to Competition Commission investigations. As and when appropriate, we will make further announcements in respect of material matters.

Sustaining Sasol into the future

Developments in the sustainable development area include the following:

  • In July 2010, we concluded an agreement with Gassnova SF, a Norwegian state-owned enterprise responsible for managing carbon capture and storage (CCS). This agreement allows us to participate in the European CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, currently under construction in Norway.
  • In September 2010, we concluded the Ixia Coal transaction in line with Sasol Mining's empowerment strategy and its commitment to comply with the objectives of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act as well as the Mining Charter. This transaction results in Ixia Coal Funding (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Ixia Coal (Pty) Limited, acquiring a 20% shareholding in Sasol Mining for a purchase consideration of R1,8 billion.
  • The recordable case rate for employees and service providers, including injuries and illnesses, improved by 8% from 0,51 at 30 June 2010 to 0,47 at 31 December 2010. However, we have had too many tragic incidents and a new and substantial safety improvement plan is currently being implemented.
  • In February 2011, we listed the Sasol BEE Ordinary shares on the JSE Limited's main board. This trading facility provides many Sasol Inzalo shareholders access to a regulated market in line with our commitment to broad-based shareholder development.

Acquisitions and projects progressing

Acquisitions in support of our GTL proposition are advancing, supported by our strong cash flow generation and balance sheet which provide a solid platform for growth:

  • In December 2010, Sasol signed an agreement with Talisman Energy Inc. (Talisman), a Canadian-based company, to acquire a 50% stake in their Farrell Creek shale gas assets located in the Montney Basin, of British Columbia, for an amount of R7,1 billion. Talisman will retain the remaining 50% interest and continue as operator of the Farrell Creek assets which cover over 51 000 acres of land and which also include associated gas gathering systems and processing facilities.
  • In December 2009, the Project Application Report for the China coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant was submitted to the Chinese Government for approval. Pending the outcome of this decision, all further project activities have been delayed.
  • The feasibility study for the Uzbekistan GTL plant is continuing and is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of the 2011 financial year.
  • The pre-feasibility study in respect of our Indian CTL project is in its final stages.
  • Sasol Solvents will begin construction of the world's first commercial ethylene tetramerisation unit at the Sasol O&S, Lake Charles production site in the United States. The planned capacity for this facility is 100 000 tons per annum of combined 1-octene and 1-hexene which are co-monomers used in the plastics industry. Construction is expected to begin in the 2011 calendar year, with beneficial operation expected by the middle of the 2013 calendar year.
  • Construction on the wax production facility in Sasolburg, South Africa, is progressing according to plan.

Balance sheet remains strong

Gearing at 31 December 2010 of 2,5% (30 June 2010: 1,0%) remained low as a result of improved 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 as our large capital intensive growth programme and gas acquisition strategy gains momentum. At the annual general meeting of 26 November 2010, shareholders renewed their 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* – improved operational performance, uncertain macro economic conditions

Signs of recovery have been seen in some developed economies, albeit at a sluggish pace, and downside risks remain. Financial stability experienced a setback as market volatility increased and investor confidence decreased, especially in the European markets with the selling off of sovereign debt. However product prices and the demand for chemical products have shown significant improvement. Crude oil prices have been increasing steadily supported by geopolitics in the Middle East/North Africa and growing risks to supply, offsetting the negative impact of the rand/US dollar exchange rate. The further strengthening of the rand/US dollar exchange rate remains the single biggest external factor exerting pressure on our profitability.

We remain on track to deliver on our expectations for an improved operational performance and to contain cost increases to within inflationary levels for the full year. We anticipate that Sasol Synfuels' production volumes will be marginally lower than that of the previous year, taking into account the major planned maintenance outage which was undertaken in September 2010. We expect to maintain Oryx GTL and Arya Sasol Polymer Company's operating rates for the full year. However, in light of the continuing uncertain macro economic conditions and our assumptions in respect of improved crude oil and product prices, weaker refining margins as well as the stronger rand/US dollar exchange rate, our focus remains on factors within our control: volume growth, margin improvement and cost containment. The current volatility and uncertainty of global markets makes it difficult to be more precise in this outlook statement.

The board has decided to increase the interim dividend taking into account the ongoing strength of our financial position and current capital investment plans, as well as the increased earnings and the improved market and economic conditions. This approach is in line with our progressive dividend policy and our commitment to return value to shareholders.

* In accordance with standard practice, it is noted that this information has not been reviewed or reported on by the company's auditors.

Acquisitions and disposals of businesses

In September 2010, we concluded the Ixia Coal transaction. This transaction results in Ixia Coal Funding (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Ixia Coal (Pty) Limited, acquiring a 20% shareholding in Sasol Mining for a purchase consideration of R1,8 billion. The transaction resulted in a non-controlling interest for the Sasol group of an effective 10,2% being recognised.

Subsequent events

In January 2011, the Commission withdrew its investigation into the South African coal mining industry.

On 1 March 2011, the suspensive conditions pertaining to the agreement with Talisman in respect of the acquisition of a 50% stake in their Farrell Creek shale gas assets, were fulfilled and the transaction was completed.

Changes of directors and company secretary

On 26 November 2010, Mr A Jain retired as a non-executive director of Sasol Limited. On 1 January 2011, Messrs BP Connellan and TA Wixley retired as non-executive directors of Sasol Limited. The company secretary, Dr NL Joubert, has been appointed the country president, Sasol Canada, and Mr VD Kahla has been appointed as company secretary with effect from 14 March 2011.

Declaration of cash dividend number 63

An interim cash dividend of South African R3,10 per ordinary share (2009: R2,80 per share) has been declared for the six months ended 31 December 2010. The interim cash dividend is payable on all ordinary shares (including the Sasol BEE ordinary shares), excluding the Sasol preferred ordinary shares.


The salient dates for holders of ordinary shares are:

Last day for trading to qualify for and participate in the interim dividend

(cum dividend)

Friday, 1 April 2011

Trading ex dividend commences

Monday, 4 April 2011

Record date

Friday, 8 April 2011

Dividend payment date

Monday, 11 April 2011




Holders of American Depositary Receipts (1)


Ex dividend on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Record date

Friday, 8 April 2011

Approximate date for currency conversion

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Approximate dividend payment date

Thursday, 21 April 2011




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

On Monday, 11 April 2011, 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, 11 April 2011.

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised between Monday, 4 April 2011 and Friday, 8 April 2011, both days inclusive.

On behalf of the board

Ms Hixonia Nyasulu    Chairman

Mr Pat Davies         Chief executive

Ms Christine Ramon    Chief financial officer

Sasol Limited

7 March 2011

The interim financial statements are presented on a condensed consolidated basis.

Statement of financial position

at


31 Dec 10 Reviewed Rm

31 Dec 09 Reviewed Rm

30 Jun 10 Audited

Rm

Assets




Property, plant and equipment

74 173

68 807

72 523

Assets under construction

23 038

18 832

21 018

Goodwill

701

790

738

Other intangible assets

1 101

1 026

1 193

Investments in associates

2 978

3 015

3 573

Post-retirement benefit assets

768

782

789

Deferred tax assets

1 003

959

1 099

Other long-term assets

2 042

2 148

1 828

Non-current assets

105 804

96 359

102 761

Assets held for sale

121

19

16

Inventories

16 337

15 898

16 472

Trade and other receivables

20 487

18 962

20 474

Short-term financial assets

40

456

50

Cash restricted for use

2 489

972

1 841

Cash  

13 330

15 822

14 870

Current assets

52 804

52 129

53 723

Total assets

158 608

148 488

156 484

Equity and liabilities




Shareholders' equity

95 876

86 317

94 730

Non-controlling interest

2 550

2 374

2 512

Total equity

98 426

88 691

97 242

Long-term debt

14 319

14 119

14 111

Long-term financial liabilities

59

66

75

Long-term provisions

7 588

5 977

7 013

Post-retirement benefit obligations

4 529

4 565

4 495

Long-term deferred income

360

277

273

Deferred tax liabilities

11 189

9 578

10 406

Non-current liabilities

38 044

34 582

36 373

Liabilities in disposal groups held for sale

4

5

4

Short-term debt

1 239

4 671

1 542

Short-term financial liabilities

289

303

357

Other current liabilities

20 393

20 020

20 847

Bank overdraft

213

216

119

Current liabilities

22 138

25 215

22 869

Total equity and liabilities

158 608

148 488

156 484




Statement of cash flows

for the period ended


half year 31 Dec 10 Reviewed Rm

half year 31 Dec 09 Reviewed Rm

full year 30 Jun 10 Audited

Rm

Cash receipts from customers

66 651

55 868

118 129

Cash paid to suppliers and employees

(51 558)

(46 679)

(90 791)

Cash generated by operating activities

15 093

9 189

27 338

Finance income received

719

616

1 372

Finance expenses paid

(778)

(811)

(1 781)

Tax paid

(2 238)

(2 783)

(6 040)

Dividends paid

(4 713)

(3 654)

(5 360)

Cash retained from operating activities

8 083

2 557

15 529

Additions to non-current assets

(9 217)

(6 573)

(16 108)

Disposal of businesses

13

Additional investments in associate

(1 248)

Other net cash flows from investing activities

76

(528)

652

Cash utilised in investing activities

(9 141)

(7 088)

(16 704)

Share capital issued

248

110

204

Contributions from non-controlling shareholders

27

5

9

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders

(313)

(222)

(318)

Increase/(decrease) in long-term debt

672

631

(2 567)

Decrease in short-term debt

(215)

(3)

(29)

Cash effect of financing activities

419

521

(2 701)

Translation effects on cash and cash equivalents of foreign operations

(347)

(4)

(124)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(986)

(4 014)

(4 000)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

16 592

20 592

20 592

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

15 606

16 578

16 592




Income statement

for the period ended


half year 31 Dec 10 Reviewed Rm

half year 31 Dec 09 Reviewed Rm

full year 30 Jun 10 Audited

Rm

Turnover

67 232

58 072

122 256

Cost of sales and services rendered

(42 901)

(37 529)

(79 183)

Gross profit

24 331

20 543

43 073

Other operating income

292

264

854

Marketing and distribution expenditure

(3 350)

(3 195)

(6 496)

Administrative expenditure

(5 612)

(4 311)

(9 451)

Other operating expenditure

(3 643)

(2 833)

(4 043)





Competition related fines

(112)

Effect of crude oil hedges

(25)

(73)

(87)

Share-based payment expenses

(1 196)

(524)

(943)

Effect of remeasurement items

(177)

(105)

46

Translation losses

(919)

(781)

(1 007)

Other expenditure

(1 214)

(1 350)

(2 052)





Operating profit

12 018

10 468

23 937

Finance income

565

626

1 332

Share of profits of associates (net of tax)

137

57

217

Finance expenses

(983)

(996)

(2 114)

Profit before tax

11 737

10 155

23 372

Taxation

(3 953)

(3 654)

(6 985)

Profit for the period

7 784

6 501

16 387

Attributable to




Owners of Sasol Limited

7 601

6 297

15 941

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries

183

204

446


7 784

6 501

16 387

Earnings per share

Rand

Rand

Rand

Basic earnings per share

12,68

10,54

26,68

Diluted earnings per share(1)

12,69

10,57

26,54




(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 period ended


half year 31 Dec 10 Reviewed Rm

half year 31 Dec 09 Reviewed Rm

full year 30 Jun 10 Audited

Rm

Profit for the period

7 784

6 501

16 387

Other comprehensive income




Effect of translation of foreign operations

(2 813)

(755)

(802)

Effect of cash flow hedges

(41)

50

13

Investments available-for-sale

4

4

Tax on other comprehensive income

19

3

8

Other comprehensive income for the period, net of tax

(2 835)

(698)

(777)

Total comprehensive income for the period

4 949

5 803

15 610

Attributable to




Owners of Sasol Limited

4 768

5 594

15 171

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries

181

209

439


4 949

5 803

15 610








Statement of changes in equity

for the period ended


half year 31 Dec 10 Reviewed Rm

half year 31 Dec 09 Reviewed Rm

full year 30 Jun 10 Audited

Rm

Opening balance

97 242

86 217

86 217

Shares issued during period

248

110

204

Share-based payment expenses

1 017

432

880

Disposal of businesses

(4)

Change in shareholding of subsidiaries

5

9

Total comprehensive income for the period

4 949

5 803

15 610

Dividends paid

(4 713)

(3 654)

(5 360)

Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders in subsidiaries

(313)

(222)

(318)

Closing balance

98 426

88 691

97 242

Comprising




Share capital

27 477

27 135

27 229

Share repurchase programme

(2 641)

(2 641)

(2 641)

Sasol Inzalo share transaction

(22 054)

(22 054)

(22 054)

Retained earnings

88 298

77 525

85 463

Share-based payment reserve

7 613

6 265

6 713

Foreign currency translation reserve

(2 676)

184

137

Investment fair value reserve

5

6

5

Cash flow hedge accounting reserve

(146)

(103)

(122)

Shareholders' equity

95 876

86 317

94 730

Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries

2 550

2 374

2 512

Total equity

98 426

88 691

97 242




Salient features

for the period ended



half year
31 Dec 10

half year
31 Dec 09

full year
30 Jun 10

Selected ratios





Return on equity

%

16,7*

14,8*

17,9

Return on total assets

%

16,6*

15,2*

16,9

Operating margin

%

17,9

18,0

19,6

Finance expense cover

times

16,3

13,7

14,3

Dividend cover

times

4,2

3,9

2,5

*Annualised





Share statistics





Total shares in issue

million

669,7

666,8

667,7

Treasury shares (share repurchase programme)

million

8,8

8,8

8,8

Weighted average number of shares

million

599,6

597,2

597,6

Diluted weighted average number of shares

million

614,4

614,8

615,5

Share price (closing)

Rand

346,28

298,00

274,60

Market capitalisation

Rm

231 904

198 706

183 350

Net asset value per share

Rand

160,38

145,09

159,00

Dividend per share

Rand

3,10

2,80

10,50

Other financial information





Total debt (including bank overdraft)





– interest bearing

Rm

15 142

18 373

15 047

– non-interest bearing

Rm

629

633

725

Finance expense capitalised

Rm

28

20

58

Capital commitments

Rm

43 662

34 202

46 497

– authorised and contracted

Rm

31 840

27 272

31 553

– authorised, not yet contracted

Rm

34 440

25 341

35 769

– less expenditure to date

Rm

(22 618)

(18 411)

(20 825)

Guarantees and contingent liabilities





– total amount

Rm

20 284

27 856

22 003

– liability included in the statement of financial position

Rm

10 207

14 200

10 288

Significant items in operating profit





– employee costs

Rm

8 676

8 151

17 546

– depreciation and amortisation of non-current assets

Rm

3 537

3 153

6 712

– share-based payment expenses

Rm

1 196

524

943

Sasol share incentive schemes

Rm

199

124

119

Sasol Inzalo share transaction

Rm

432

400

824

Ixia Coal transaction

Rm

565

Effective tax rate1

%

33,7

36,0

29,9

Number of permanent employees

number

32 874

33 318

33 339

Average number of employees2

number

33 845

34 118

33 394

Average crude oil price – dated Brent

US$/

barrel

81,68

71,42

74,37

Average rand/US$ exchange rate

1US$ = Rand

7,11

7,64

7,59

Closing rand/US$ exchange rate

1US$ = Rand

6,62

7,41

7,67






1 Decrease in effective tax rate as a result of the decrease in foreign tax rates in the current period.

2 Average employees' numbers include executive directors, employees of subsidiary companies and our share of proportionately consolidated entities and operations. Part time employees and hired labour are included on a full time equivalent basis. People employed by contractors are not included.





Reconciliation of headline earnings


Rm

Rm

Rm

Profit for the period attributable to





owners of Sasol Limited


7 601

6 297

15 941

Effect of remeasurement items


177

105

(46)






Impairment of assets


161

47

110

Reversal of impairment


(31)

(365)

(Profit)/loss on disposal of business


(3)

5

5

Profit on disposal of associate


(6)

(7)

(7)

(Profit)/loss on disposal of assets


(10)

1

(3)

Scrapping of non-current assets


66

59

156

Write off of unsuccessful exploration wells


58






Tax effects and non-controlling interests


(3)

(29)

(19)

Headline earnings


7 775

6 373

15 876

Remeasurement items per above




Mining


(1)

4

1

Gas


7

Synfuels


34

15

58

Oil


(7)

2

10

Synfuels International


133

4

Petroleum International


1

108

Polymers


10

16

14

Solvents


32

37

58

Olefins & Surfactants


(23)

19

(344)

Other chemical businesses


(14)

8

21






Nitro


(8)

13

26

Wax


(6)

(5)

(5)

Infrachem


(1)

Merisol


1






Other businesses


5

4

24

Remeasurement items


177

105

(46)

Headline earnings per share

Rand

12,97

10,67

26,57

Diluted headline earnings per share

Rand

12,98

10,69

26,44




The reader is referred to the definitions contained in the 2010 Sasol Limited annual financial statements.

Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The condensed consolidated interim financial results for the six months ended 31 December 2010 have been prepared in compliance with the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (in particular International Accounting Standard 34 Interim Financial Reporting), the AC500 Standards as issued by the Accounting Practices Board or its successor and the South African Companies Act, 1973, as amended.

The accounting policies applied in the presentation of the interim financial results are consistent with those applied for the year ended 30 June 2010 and are in terms of IFRS, except as follows:

Sasol Limited has early adopted the following standards, which did not have a significant impact on the financial results:

  • IFRS 2 (Amendment), Group Cash-settled Share-based Payment Transactions.
  • IFRS 7, Financial Instruments: Disclosures – Transfer of financial assets.
  • Various Improvements to IFRSs.

Sasol has adopted Various Improvements to IFRSs - IAS 27, Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements, effective 1 July 2010, which did not have a significant impact on the financial results.

These condensed consolidated interim financial results have been prepared in accordance with the historic cost convention except that certain items, including derivatives and available-for-sale financial assets, are stated at fair value.

The condensed consolidated interim financial results are presented in rand, which is Sasol Limited's functional and presentation currency.

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 2010

On 12 August 2010, the Commission announced that it had referred its complaints of excessive pricing of polypropylene and propylene in the domestic South African market against SCI and of price fixing in respect of polypropylene against SCI and Safripol to the Tribunal for adjudication. On 14 December 2010, Sasol Polymers, a division of SCI, concluded a settlement agreement with the Commission in relation to its existing propylene supply agreement with Safripol and agreed to pay a penalty of R112 million. A liability has been recognised in this respect at 31 December 2010. (Refer to competition law compliance matters above).

Independent review by the auditors

The condensed consolidated statement of financial position at 31 December 2010 and the related condensed consolidated income statement, statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows for the six months then ended were reviewed by KPMG Inc. The individual auditor assigned to perform the review is Mr CH Basson. Their unmodified review report is available for inspection at the registered office of the company.

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 28 September 2010 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 under take 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".

Registered office: Sasol Limited, 1 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196

PO Box 5486, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa

Share registrars: Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Limited,

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) Limited

Directors (non-executive): Ms TH Nyasulu (Chairman), Mr C Beggs*, Mr HG Dijkgraaf (Dutch)*,

Dr MSV Gantsho*, Mr GA Lewin (Australian)*, Ms IN Mkhize*, Mr MJN Njeke*, Prof JE Schrempp (German)^

(executive): Mr LPA Davies (Chief executive), Ms KC Ramon (Chief financial officer), Ms VN Fakude

*Independent ^Lead independent director

Company secretary: Dr NL Joubert

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



JSE

NYSE

Sasol Ordinary shares:



Share code:

SOL

SSL

ISIN code:

ZAE000006896

US8038663006

Sasol BEE Ordinary shares:



Share code:

SOLBE1


ISIN code:

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

e-mail: investor.relations@sasol.com

Comprehensive additional information is available on our website: www.sasol.com

SOURCE Sasol Limited



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