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THE BIDVEST GROUP LIMITED - Unaudited Financial Results and Cash Dividend Declaration for the six months ended 31 December 2020

Release Date: 01/03/2021 07:15
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Unaudited Financial Results and Cash Dividend Declaration for the six months ended 31 December 2020

The Bidvest Group Limited                          
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) 
(Registration number 1946/021180/06) 
Share code: BVT 
ISIN ZAE000117321 
("Bidvest" or "the Company") 
 -   R4.1bn trading profit from continuing operations, +3.5% 
 -   Normalised HEPS(1) from continuing operations 651.6 cents, +6.1% 
 -   HEPS from continuing operations 601.7 cents, +6.3% 
 -   Basic EPS from continuing operations 562.3 cents, +17.2% 
 -   R6.2bn cash generated from operations, +86.2% 
 -   ROFE up to 31.3%  
 -   Net debt / EBITDA improved to 1.7x from 2.1x as at June 2020 
 -   Interim dividend 290 cents, +2.8% 
 -   Commissioned R1 billion LPG terminal in Richards Bay 
 -   Executive leadership team 45% women and 45% black 


During the six months to December 2020, Bidvest pulled together like never before, strengthening 
our resolve to emerge stronger. Our entrepreneurial philosophy, agility, discipline, customer 
centricity enabled us to deliver a good set of results. Solid profit and HEPS growth converted into 
exceptional cash flow which enhanced our balance sheet.  

Our people, many of whom are frontline workers, were key enablers in delivering this outcome. We 
are particularly pleased that today 95% of our employees have been able to return to work, a 
massive shift from the approximately 75% of employees that were unable to work during the height 
of the lockdown in 2020. 

We sadly lost a further 44 employees to COVID-19 during the period as infections peaked over the 
past few months. We extend our sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. The 
Bidvest COVID-19 Fund continued to support South African employees during the past six months. 
In the UK and Ireland, employees continued to receive support from their respective government 
employee relief schemes. Governments of South Africa, Ireland and the UK are commended for the 
support provided to livelihoods through TERS and furlough schemes.  

In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the Bidvest family, we will cover the cost of 
vaccinations of our employees not on medical aid in the coming months.                


Trading profit growth of 3.5%, off a pre-pandemic base, was enhanced by the consolidation of PHS, 
the leading hygiene service provider in the UK. During the six months to December 2020, demand 
was disparate across industries. There was good demand for hygiene and facility services, DIY 
products and bulk commodity handling services. Travel and related, as well as hospitality, sectors 
were hard hit and remain, largely, closed.  

Bidvest's focus was on expense and balance sheet management while delivering efficiently into 
market demand. Exceptional cost and margin management across the Group limited the negative 
profit impact of lower demand. This, together with excellent working capital management, resulted 
in cash generated by operations almost doubling to R6.2 billion (H1 2020: R3.3 billion). Free cash 
flow totalled R3.1 billion (H1 2020: R306.9 million). Group cash conversion was 124.3%. 

Normalised HEPS(1), a measurement used by management to assess the underlying business 
performance, grew by 6.1% to 651.6 cents from continuing operations. 

The balance sheet strengthened over the period. Return on Funds Employed (ROFE) improved 
significantly from 17.8% at year end to 31.3%. ROIC of 12.9%, unchanged from 30 June 2020, is 
above the Group's weighted cost of capital. 

The Group declared an interim dividend of 290 cents per share, up 2.8%. 

(1)  Normalised HEPS, which excludes acquisition costs, amortisation of acquired customer contracts 
     and COVID-19 costs, is a measurement management uses to assess the underlying business performance 


Looking ahead, it is likely that the economic downturn will persist with the pace of recovery 
remaining largely uncertain. Cognisant of the constrained operating environment, we have 
optimised our cost base and improved efficiencies. Our businesses are future-fit and their operating 
models scalable, well placed for growth.  

In addition, we have better aligned our product and service mix with evolving market demands and 
we expanded our geographic footprint. 

Bidvest's comprehensive basic-need services and everyday essential products position us favourably 
to withstand the current headwinds as well as capitalise on the resumption of trade. Our businesses 
will continue to seek new revenue and take advantage of the opportunities that are evident in some 

Whilst we continue to pursue our strategy of expanding into niche areas, we will maintain our sound 
capital allocation disciplines. In so doing, we remain confident in our ability to deliver sustainable 
growth and create long-term value for all stakeholders. 

Bidvest is actively participating in national workstreams to enable a return to economic activity as 
soon as possible.  This includes working alongside industry peers to ensure the effective distribution 
of COVID-19 vaccines across the country.                                                 

Dividend declaration 

In line with the Group dividend policy, the directors have declared a final gross cash 
dividend of 290 cents (232.0000 cents net of dividend withholding tax, where applicable) 
per ordinary share for the six months ended 31 December 2020 to those members 
registered on the record date, being Friday, 26 March 2021. The dividend has been 
declared from income reserves. A dividend withholding tax of 20% will be applicable to all 
shareholders who are not exempt.    

Share code:                                           BVT   
ISIN:                                                 ZAE000117321   
Company registration number:                          1946/021180/06   
Company tax reference number:                         9550162714   
Gross cash dividend amount per share:                 290.0   
Net dividend amount per share:                        232.0000   
Issued shares at declaration date:                    340 274 346   
Declaration date:                                     Monday, 1 March 2021   
Last day to trade cum dividend:                       Tuesday, 23 March 2021   
First day to trade ex-dividend:                       Wednesday, 24 March 2021   
Record date:                                          Friday, 26 March 2021 
Payment date:                                         Monday, 29 March 2021 

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between 
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, and Friday, 26 March 2021, both days inclusive.   

Regulatory requirements  

The contents of this short-form announcement are the responsibility of the board of 
directors of the Group. These are the summarised results of the full announcement for the 
interim period and do not contain full or complete details of the financial results. Any 
investment decisions made by investors and/or shareholders should be based on 
consideration of the full announcement as a whole and shareholders are encouraged to 
read the full announcement which is available for viewing on the Company's website 
( and    

The full announcement is available for inspection at the registered office of 
Bidvest, Bidvest House, 18 Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg, 
2196, South Africa and at the offices of Bidvest's sponsors, Investec Limited, 
100 Grayston Drive, Sandown, Sandton, 2196, South Africa. Inspection of the full 
announcement is available to investors at no charge, during normal business hours 
from 1 March 2021.    

The information in this announcement has been extracted from the Unaudited 
Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. The Unaudited Condensed 
Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared under the supervision of 
the Chief Financial Officer, MJ Steyn, BCom CA(SA).   

Date: 1 March 2021 

Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited 

Date: 01-03-2021 07:15:00
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