Financial Results for the year ended 31 March 2021
Tongaat Hulett Limited
(Registration number 1892/000610/06)
Share code: TON
("Tongaat Hulett" or "the group" or "the company")
FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021
- Continued progress with the business turnaround strategy
- Successful conclusion of disposals to the value of R6.6 billion
- A 42% reduction in group debt from disposals, as well as reduced costs, working capital
improvements and operational efficiencies
- Debt refinancing agreements concluded in South Africa and Mozambique
- Strong market share gains in the sugar operations
- R323 million in dividends received from Zimbabwean sugar operations
- Recovery in the financial results hampered by the following:
- Continued negative impacts from hyperinflation in Zimbabwe
- Significant delays and cancellations in land sales due to COVID-19
- Lower raw sugar production and a refinery loss, since corrected in South Africa, which
was partially offset by the reversal of all short-term and turnaround incentive accruals
- Partial contribution from the starch, Namibia and Eswatini operations due to their disposal
- Unrealised foreign exchange losses due to significant volatility in the MZN/ZAR exchange rate
- Benefit from lower borrowings largely offset by higher cost of the restructured South
African debt facilities
Group financial results (including the discontinued starch and glucose operation)
- Basic earnings per share improved by 1 916% to 1 794 cents (2020: 89 cents)
- Headline earnings per share decreased by 801% to a loss of 631 cents (2020: Headline profit
per share of 90 cents)
Group financial results from continuing operations (excluding starch operations)
- Revenue down 3% to R14 918 million (2020: R15 382 million)
- Operating profit down 44% to R1 818 million (2020: R3 257 million)
- Hyperinflationary net monetary loss reduced to R626 million (2020: loss of R1 296 million)
- Basic loss of R929 million (2020: loss of R286 million)
- Basic loss per share of 689 cents (2020: loss of 212 cents)
- Headline loss of R1 109 million (2020: loss of R285 million)
- Headline loss per share of 822 cents (2020: loss of 211 cents)
- Cash generated from operations of R1 820 million (2020: R2 337 million)
- No dividend was declared in the current year
Tongaat Hulett's turnaround plan commenced two years ago and is centred around improving
governance and control, debt reduction and repositioning the business as a sustainable entity,
whilst protecting overall employment. Our efforts continue to yield positive results, notwithstanding
a challenging economic backdrop and the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful asset disposals, as
well as stringent cash flow management and cost reduction efforts supported a 42% reduction in
debt levels during the year. The Mozambique sugar operations delivered solid results, almost
doubling its operating profit. The Zimbabwean operations are significant and continued performing
well despite ongoing hyperinflation effects. The South African operations made excellent
progress, as evidenced by the financial results in the first half of the year. In the second six
months, this improvement was countered by lower sugar production and the once-off refinery
loss. COVID-19 related challenges resulted in a material reduction in the revenue and profits of
the property business.
The good progress made in honouring existing commitments to lenders under challenging
circumstances has allowed Tongaat Hulett to secure an agreement with its lenders to refinance
the existing South African debt facilities of R6 400 million, which largely mature on
30 September 2021. An agreement was also secured with lenders to restructure debt facilities
With evidence of the impact of subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we remain
cautious of the ongoing uncertainty and impact this may have on our operations and people. This
will inevitably lead to increased input costs due to higher commodity prices, create further
complexity and result in increased cost of logistics and services. The health and safety of our
people and communities remains a priority.
We will continue to firmly re-establish a sustainable growth path, reduce debt and restore
confidence in Tongaat Hulett, especially working with our extended grower network which has in
some instances shared the pains of our challenged past. Unfortunately, addressing a legacy of
cultural, maintenance and operational difficulties requires significant time and patience, and we
remain confident that the strategy and business model will build a more sustainable future for
Tongaat Hulett. The entrenchment of ESG processes in the organisation is also being prioritised.
The sugar operations will remain focused on improving operating efficiencies and asset reliability,
reducing costs, and building capacity. Investment in assets will be increased in the coming years
to protect and maintain Tongaat Hulett's asset base. We will continue to pursue the repatriation
of dividends from Zimbabwe. Sales at the start of the new financial year have been impacted by
lower opening sugar inventory and a challenging start to the crushing season. Signs of strong
commercial improvements and the ability to leverage the opportunities presented by the Sugar
Masterplan should allow the company to make up the deficit. Diversification of the sugar revenue
streams remains a medium to long-term imperative.
New property sales continue to be considered in relation to associated legacy obligations. While
sales may remain depressed in the short term, the emerging demand is encouraging. The
property portfolio is being repackaged to accelerate sales in anticipation of an improved market.
Efforts to realise synergies, improve cost efficiencies and negotiate cost-sharing arrangements
for legacy obligations will continue to be pursued during 2022.
We expect that lower debt levels will benefit finance costs in 2022. Cash generation, debt
reduction to a sustainable level, liquidity management, the ongoing review of the Group's capital
structure, and conclusion of the South African debt refinance remain as priorities.
Any forward-looking statements have not been reviewed or reported on by the external auditors.
For a more comprehensive analysis of Tongaat Hulett's financial results and strategy,
please refer to the full results announcement on www.tongaat.com.
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The summarised consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2021, from which
this short form announcement has been extracted, have been audited by Deloitte & Touche, who
have expressed an unmodified audit opinion in terms of the International Standards on Auditing.
The auditor's report includes a separate section under the heading "Material Uncertainty Related
to Going Concern" which draws attention to the note in the financial statements that discloses the
matters giving rise to the material uncertainty and states that these conditions indicate that a material
uncertainty exists that may cast significant doubt on the entity's ability to continue as a going concern.
The directors of Tongaat Hulett take full responsibility for the preparation of this report and the
financial information has been correctly extracted from the underlying audited group financial
statements for the year ended 31 March 2021.
13 July 2021
Tongaat Hulett Limited
Registration No: 1892/000610/06, JSE share code: TON, ISIN: ZAE000096541
L von Zeuner (Chairman), DC Noko (Lead-independent non-executive director),
L de Beer, RM Goetzsche, JJ Nel, AH Sangqu, L Stephens
JG Hudson (CEO), RD Aitken (CFO), DL Marokane
JJ van Rooyen
Amanzimnyama Hill Road, Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal
P O Box 3, Tongaat 4400.
Telephone: +27 32 439 4019
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Date: 13-07-2021 08:00:00
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