JOHANNESBURG, February 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
At the annual general meeting held on 17 November 2017, Sasol shareholders approved a specific authority to acquire 8 809 886 ordinary shares from its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sasol Investment Company (Pty) Ltd (SIC) at Sasol's closing ordinary share price on the business day prior to the approval of the repurchase by the Sasol board of directors (the Board) or its nominee (Specific Repurchase).
In accordance with the authority conferred on him by the Board, the Chief Financial Officer today, after the Board concluded that Sasol satisfied the solvency and liquidity test as required in terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited (JSE), sections 4 and 46 of the Companies Act, approved the Specific Repurchase of 8 809 886 ordinary shares from SIC at the closing price on 23 February 2018 of R394.50 per ordinary share effective, 26 February 2018.
The effect is that the shares have been cancelled and restored to Sasol's authorised ordinary share capital as from today. No treasury shares will be in issue after the Specific Repurchase. Application will be made to the JSE for the delisting of the shares with effect from Monday, 5 March 2018.
The acquisition will have no financial effect on Sasol or its shareholders, other than in respect of Specific Repurchase costs that are normally incurred in transactions of this nature. As the Specific Repurchase is intra-group, between Sasol and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SIC, the net cash position of the Sasol group will not change as a result of the acquisition (except for the payment of the transaction costs).
Consequently, the financial effect of the Specific Repurchase on Sasol's earnings per share, headline earnings per share, net asset value per share and net tangible asset value per share will be confined to the cost of the sponsor fee, the legal fees, the taxes levied by the South African Revenue Services and the JSE documentation fee which are considered negligible. The Specific Repurchase will be funded out of Sasol's existing reserves resulting in a reduction of contributed tax capital.
Sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) Proprietary Limited
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