Operational update and trading statement
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1913/004355/06)
Share code: RLO
("Reunert" or the “Company” or the “Group”)
OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND TRADING STATEMENT
Reunert is in the process of finalising its financial results for the year ended 30 September 2019
(“Results”). The board of directors of Reunert (“Board”) is expected to approve the Results on
18 November 2019 for publication on SENS on 19 November 2019.
Accordingly, shareholders of Reunert (“Shareholders”) are herein below provided with an operational
update on the trading performance of the Company, as well as the resultant trading statement.
Despite difficult trading conditions in South Africa, both the Information Communication Technologies
(ICT) and Applied Electronics segments performed well. Consistent with the prospects outlined to
Shareholders in the interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2019 (“Interim Results”), both
segments are expected to deliver a positive growth in segment core operating profit*.
The South African (“SA”) power and telecom cable businesses, in our Electrical Engineering segment,
continued to be negatively impacted by the ongoing decrease in the country’s infrastructure development.
The weak financial position of key SA state owned entities and municipalities, as well as the lack of
confidence in the private sector, led to a reduction in gross domestic fixed investment. These two
businesses have both been restructured in the second half of the financial year to ensure that their
capacity and costs are reflective of expected future volumes. Neither of the businesses have lost market
share to competitors and both remain well positioned to benefit from the longer term recovery in this key
area of the South African economy.
The operational environment described above is expected to result in the core operating profit* of the
Group reducing by between 4% and 8% over the comparative period.
The Group’s profit after tax has been impacted by the above matters as well as the loss on the sale of
Prodoc Svenska AB (“Prodoc”) in the first half of the financial year and recent developments at Zamefa.
The Zambian government announced various amendments to prevailing legislation on 27 September
2019, which will be implemented from 1 January 2020. As a result of the amendments, Zamefa’s cash
flow will be positively impacted by the zero VAT rating of copper cathode but adversely impacted by
amendments to the duty regime on exports. As a direct consequence of these amendments, the Group
has impaired the plant and equipment and the goodwill associated with Zamefa. The Company will
continue with its discussions with the Zambian Minister of Finance and other key members of his team, to
explain the impact of this latest decision on Zamefa and to try and retain the existing duty regime.
Cash flow from operations improved during the financial year due to the positive impact of the targeted
reduction of working capital.
*core operating profit = consolidated operating profit adjusted for disclosed once off items contained therein. Because of its nature,
this pro forma financial metric may not be a fair reflection of the Group’s operating profit and is not intended to comply with the
requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards.
In terms of paragraph 3.4(b) of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements, companies are required to publish
a trading statement as soon as they are satisfied that, with a reasonable degree of certainty, the financial
results for the current reporting period will differ by at least 20% from the financial results of the previous
As comprehensively set out in both the financial results for the year ended 30 September 2018
(“Previous Results”) and the Interim Results presentations, Reunert’s recent Results have been
impacted by several once-off items set out below and the operational update, described above, resulting
in this trading statement.
- Earnings per share are expected to be between 515 cents per share and 466 cents per share
(2018: 717 cents); a decline of between 28% and 35% compared to the Previous Results.
- Headline earnings per share are expected to be between 602 cents per share and 544 cents per
share (2018: 703 cents); a decline of between 14% and 23% compared to the Previous Results.
This is largely attributable to:
- The following once-off items which positively increased the Previous Results compared to the
current financial year’s Results:
- release of the NSN tax provision;
- release of the contingent purchase consideration for SkyWire Proprietary Limited; and
- profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment.
- The once-off items incurred in the current financial year being:
- the loss on the disposal of a subsidiary, Prodoc; and
- the impairment of goodwill and plant and equipment at Zamefa.
- The reduced operating profit of the two SA cable businesses in the current financial year.
A detailed analysis of these once-off items is available on our website at -
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed nor reported on
by the Group’s external auditors and is the responsibility of the directors of the Company.
8 November 2019
Date: 08/11/2019 04:15:00
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