09 Jun - 4 min read
Sasol Restructures Existing Oil Hedges and Increases the Hedge Cover Ratio for Oil for Financial Year 2022
Sasol Restructures Existing Oil Hedges and Increases the Hedge Cover Ratio for Oil for Financial Year 2022 Sasol Limited (Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) (Registration number 1979/003231/06) Sasol Ordinary Share code: JSE: SOL NYSE: SSL Sasol Ordinary ISIN codes: ZAE000006896 US8038663006 Sasol BEE Ordinary Share code: JSE: SOLBE1 Sasol BEE Ordinary ISIN code: ZAE000151817 (“Sasol” or “the Company”) SASOL RESTRUCTURES EXISTING OIL HEDGES AND INCREASES THE HEDGE COVER RATIO FOR OIL FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2022 Sasol has made significant progress in deleveraging its balance sheet following a strong operating performance in a more supportive macroeconomic environment, continuing cash conservation measures and ongoing asset divestments. One of the Company’s main objectives remains to reduce absolute debt levels, which will trigger the consideration to resume dividend payments. Debt metrics are currently following a positive trajectory but may still be negatively impacted by oil price volatility. The current hedging program consists mainly of put options and provides protection against oil prices decreasing to below approximately US$43,11 per barrel. Following the recent material rise in the oil price, Sasol has been able to restructure and enhance its financial year 2022 hedging programme, ensuring cash flow robustness and protection against future oil price volatility. The existing oil put hedges of 24 million barrels for financial year 2022, as reported in the Production and Sales Metrics ending 31 March 2021, have been restructured and replaced by a zero cost collar hedging structure. This has allowed the Company to increase the gross average floor oil price on the existing 24 million barrels from US$43,11 per barrel to approximately US$60,09 per barrel, albeit with a cap of approximately US$71,97 per barrel. The premium paid on the original put options for financial year 2022 will be realised as an expense of approximately US$30 million to US$34 million, reflecting the cancelled options and new hedges which were executed in terms of the updated hedging strategy. The oil hedge cover ratio for financial year 2022 has also been increased by hedging an additional 18 million barrels or an incremental 4,5 million barrels per quarter. This was achieved by increasing the hedge cover ratio from 80% to 90% of total Synfuels synthetic crude oil production, and including 90% of Sasol’s share of Oryx production and equivalent commodity chemicals volumes where there is a strong correlation to oil price. The incremental 4,5 million barrels for quarter one to three of financial year 2022 have been executed using swaps at an average strike level of US$67,52; US$67,03 and US$67,21 per barrel respectively. Completion of the last 4,5 million barrels for quarter four is still in progress. The actual realised chemical margins for the base chemical sales volumes for financial year 2022 will be unaffected by this hedging program. The updated hedging levels underpin the strengthening of the balance sheet and the reduction of the Company’s absolute debt levels. The restructuring was focused on financial year 2022 only. The Company will however continue to update the market on any changes to our financial risk management positions in our quarterly market disclosures. 9 June 2021 Johannesburg Sponsor: Merrill Lynch South Africa Proprietary Limited Disclaimer - 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, expectations, developments and business strategies. 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