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BOWLER METCALF LIMITED - General Repurchase of Shares

Release Date: 30/05/2019 08:53
Code(s): BCF     PDF:  
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General Repurchase of Shares

Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
(Registration number: 1972/005921/06)
Share code: BCF    ISIN: ZAE000030797
(“the Company” or “Bowler Metcalf”)


     In compliance with paragraph 11.27 of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited
     (“JSE”), the board of directors of the Company ("the Board") hereby advises
     shareholders that a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, in accordance with the
     general authority granted by shareholders at the Company’s annual general meeting
     held on 7 November 2018 (“General Authority”), has cumulatively repurchased
     2 824 943 Bowler Metcalf ordinary shares (“Shares”) in the aggregate, representing
     3.22% of the Company's issued share capital ("Repurchase").

     The Company reached the 3% repurchase threshold, as provided for in the Listings
     Requirements of the JSE, on 28 May 2019, hence requiring the publication of this

     Details of the Repurchase are as follows:

      Dates of Repurchases:                                      17 May 2019 to 28 May 2019
      Total number of Shares repurchased:                                         2 824 943
      Highest price paid per Share repurchased:                                       R6.62
      Lowest price paid per Share repurchased:                                        R6.50
      Total value of Shares repurchased:                                        R18 596 426
      Shares currently in issue and in issue at the date the
      General Authority was granted (including treasury
      shares):                                                                   87 624 108
      Shares in issue (excluding treasury shares):                               81 995 105

     Before the Repurchase, 5 629 003 shares were held as treasury shares, representing
     6.42% of the Company’s total issued share capital. After the Repurchase, 8 453 946
     shares are held as treasury shares, representing 9.65% of the Company’s issued share
     capital. The Shares will not be cancelled at this stage and remain listed as they will be
     held in treasury.

     Following the Repurchase, the number of shares that can be held as treasury shares is
     308 465 ordinary shares.

     The extent of the General Authority outstanding is 13 574 078 ordinary shares,
     representing 15.49% of the Company’s total issued share capital, net of treasury shares,
     at the time the General Authority was granted.
     The Board has considered the effect of the Repurchase and is of the opinion that, for a
     period of 12 months following the date of the Repurchase and as at the date of this

     -   the Company and its subsidiaries (“the Group”) will be able in the ordinary course of
         business to pay its debts;
     -   the assets of the Company and the Group will be in excess of the liabilities of the
         Company and the Group. For this purpose, the assets and liabilities were
         recognised and measured in accordance with the accounting policies used in the
         latest audited annual group financial statements;
     -   the share capital and reserves of the Company and the Group will be adequate for
         ordinary business purposes; and
     -   the working capital of the Company and the Group will be adequate for ordinary
         business purposes.

     The Company and the Group have passed the solvency and liquidity test and since the
     test was performed, there have been no material changes to the financial position of
     the Group.

     The Repurchase was funded from the Company’s available cash resources.

     In the depressed South African business environment, the current Bowler share price, its
     cash position and availability of stock favours a repurchase of shares. The Company is
     well positioned to fund its planned strategy of growth and sustainability from its current
     resources and future cash flow. The strategy will be earnings enhancing.

     The Company’s cash balances decreased by R18 596 426 as a result of the Repurchase
     and, with the classification of the Shares as treasury shares, the issued share capital will
     reduce by the same amount. The annualised interest foregone on the cash required to
     effect the Repurchase is estimated to amount to approximately R927 260 after tax,
     assuming an average interest rate of 7.0% as earned in the previous financial year. The
     Repurchase will have the effect of reducing the number of shares in issue used for
     purposes of the net asset value per share, earnings per share and headline earnings
     per share calculations by 2 824 943 shares.

     The Repurchase was effected through the order book operated by the JSE trading
     system and done without any prior understanding or arrangement between the
     Company and the counter parties. Accordingly, the Company has complied with
     paragraph 5.72(a) of the Listings Requirements of the JSE.

Cape Town
30 May 2019

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