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Reviewed interim results

Released 07:00 15-May-2017

RNS Number : 0504F
Barloworld Limited
15 May 2017
 

Barloworld Limited

Reviewed interim results for the six months to 31 March 2017

 

About Barloworld

Barloworld is a distributor of leading international brands providing integrated rental, fleet management, product support and logistics solutions. The core divisions of the group comprise Equipment and Power (earthmoving equipment and power systems), Automotive and Logistics (car rental, motor retail, fleet services, used vehicles and disposal solutions, logistics management and supply chain optimisation). We offer flexible, value adding, innovative business solutions to our customers backed by leading global brands. The brands we represent on behalf of our principals include Caterpillar, Avis, Budget, Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyster, Massey Ferguson and others.

 

Barloworld has a proven track record of long-term relationships with global principals and customers. We have an ability to develop and grow businesses in multiple geographies including challenging territories with high growth prospects. One of our core competencies is an ability to leverage systems and best practices across our chosen business segments. As an organisation we are committed to sustainable development and playing a leading role in empowerment and transformation. The company was founded in 1902 and currently has operations in over 20 countries around the world with 78% of just over 20 000 employees in South Africa.

 

Corporate information

Barloworld Limited

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)   (Registration number: 1918/000095/06)

(Income tax registration number: 9000/051/71/5)   (JSE share code: BAW)   (JSE ISIN: ZAE000026639)

(Share code: BAWP)   (JSE ISIN: ZAE000026647)

(Namibian Stock Exchange share code: BWL)   ("Barloworld" or "the company")

 

Registered office and business address

Barloworld Limited, 180 Katherine Street, PO Box 782248, Sandton, 2146, South Africa

+27 11 445 1000

invest@barloworld.com

 

Directors

Non-executive: DB Ntsebeza (Chairman), NP Dongwana, FNO Edozien^, H Hickey, M Lynch-Bell*, SS Mkhabela, SS Ntsaluba, P Schmid, OI Shongwe

Executive: DM Sewela (Chief executive), DG Wilson

^Nigerian *UK

 

Group company secretary

Lerato Manaka

 

Enquiries

Barloworld Limited

Lethiwe Motloung

+27 11 445 1000

invest@barloworld.com

 

Instinctif

Hartwell Tshuma

+27 11 447 3030

hartwell.tshuma@instinctif.com

 

Sponsor

JP Morgan Equities South Africa (Pty) Ltd

 

For background information visit www.barloworld.com

 



 

Salient features

Revenue up 2% to R32.5 billion

 

Operating profit up 5% to R1 849 million

 

Cash generated from operations of R929 million

(1H'16: R1 771 million)

 

Headline earnings per share up 9% to 365 cents

 

Interim dividend per share up 9% to 125 cents

 

Dominic Sewela, CE of Barloworld Limited, said:

"The group produced a pleasing overall result in challenging trading conditions. The Automotive division achieved a record result in a tough vehicle market with all segments showing positive growth. Logistics performance was below prior year due to the weakening trading conditions.

 

Equipment Russia outperformed expectations, while activity levels in Iberia remain disappointing. Equipment southern Africa produced an improved operating result despite the slowdown in mining demand. This was underpinned by good aftermarket activity. Income

from our Bartrac joint venture in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was well up on the prior year.

 

The outlook for global economic growth remains positive and this is reflected in the increased demand for commodities and improved commodity prices. Some recovery in sub-Saharan Africa growth is expected, notwithstanding the downside risks due to lower oil prices and possible further credit-rating downgrades for South Africa. A strategic review process has been completed outlining our focus on fixing and addressing underperforming businesses, optimising the existing portfolio and pursuing targeted high growth opportunities."

 

15 May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman and chief executive's report

 

Overview

The global economy continues to show improvement boosted by strong growth in Asia. Despite weak first quarter growth, the US economy is still expected to expand by close to 2% in the current year. The US Federal Reserve has shown confidence in the recovery of the US economy and is likely to push for further interest increases during the course of the year. The anti-globalisation and protectionist rhetoric of the Trump administration has however fuelled fears of increased barriers to free global trade.

 

The South African economy has been adversely affected by the fall out following the cabinet reshuffle announced by President Zuma on 30 March. The full impact of the resultant sovereign ratings downgrade by S&P and Fitch is likely to be felt. Business and consumer confidence levels have been shaken which is likely to negatively affect both investment as well as consumer spending going forward. The South African economy grew by 0.3% in 2016 and the outlook for growth in 2017, while clouded by recent events, is now forecast to be of the order of 0.7%.

 

Group revenue for the six months to March 2017 grew by 2% to R32.5 billion while operating profit increased by R93 million (5.3%) to R1 849 million.

 

Headline earnings per share increased by 30 cents (9%) to 365 cents per share favourably impacted by a strong operating performance and reduced losses from associates.

 

An interim dividend of 125 cents per share (1H'16: 115 cents) has been declared.

 

Operational review

Equipment and Handling

Equipment southern Africa

Revenue to March of R8.2 billion is R1 billion (11%) below last year mainly as a result of reduced mining activity particularly outside of South Africa. The stronger Rand negatively impacted revenue during the period by R185 million.

 

Operating profit to March of R713 million is up by R12 million (1.7%) with South Africa trading ahead of last year and the other African territories all trading behind the prior year. The operating margin for the period improved from 7.6% to 8.7% mainly as a result of the increased aftersales mix which represented 61% of total revenue compared to 54% last year.

 

Bartrac, our joint venture in the Katanga province of the DRC, produced a profit of R41 million in the period compared to a loss of R27 million last year. The Glencore Katanga mine which suspended mining during the course of last year has now mobilised a part of their fleet to gear up for the new processing plant which is expected to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2017. This has necessitated placing additional technicians on site to achieve the required service levels for the mine.

 

While our profitability in Angola has improved compared to last year, the current oil price has not resolved the hard currency shortage prevailing in that country. We continued to curtail our trading operations during the period but have once again generated cash resulting in increased cash on hand at the end of March.

 

Equipment Iberia

Activity levels in both Spain and Portugal remain disappointing. Revenue to March of €133 million was €5.6 million (4.1%) down on last year.

 

The operating profit to date of €591 000 (R8 million) was well down on the €1 389 000 generated last year (R23 million).

 

Our associate Energyst produced a significant loss during the period arising from the loss of a major contract in Argentina.

 

Equipment Russia

The Russian economy continues to fight its way out of the two-year recession with the Central Bank of Russia cutting interest rates to stimulate growth. Any further weakening of the oil price is, however, seen as a risk to this recovery.

 

Equipment Russia produced a strong performance in the first six months with revenue of US$167.5 million (R2 267 million) 6% up on the US$157.9 million (R2 347 million) of last year. The increase was driven by stronger mining machine sales as well as improved parts demand. The stronger Rand shaved R232 million off revenue for the period.

 

Operating profit to March of US$19.4 million is 24% (US$3.7 million) ahead of last year. In Rand terms operating profit of R262 million showed a 12% improvement on last year.

 

Handling

The joint venture (JV) with BayWa AG was finalised at the end of February with net proceeds of R301 million received in respect of the transaction. The results of the new JV renamed BHBW (SA) have therefore been disclosed in associate income from 1 March 2017.

 

Automotive and Logistics

Automotive

The division generated revenue to March of R16 321 million which was R1 564 million (11%) ahead of last year with all the business segments showing good revenue growth. The operating profit of R863 million was R106 million (14%) up on last year with an improved operating margin of 5.3% compared to 5.1% in 2016.

 

Car rental

Revenue for the first half of R3 262 million was R411 million (14%) above the comparative period last year. This was driven by a 4.2% increase in billed days, a higher average rate per day of 2.3% and strong revenue growth from used vehicle sales due to a combination of increased units and higher average selling prices. Average fleet utilisation for the period was above 75% in line with the prior year.

 

Year-to-date operating profit of R297 million showed a R31 million (12%) improvement on last year mainly due to the excellent used vehicle result.

 

Avis Fleet

Revenue for the six months increased by 4.7% to R1 688 million. Operating profit of R292 million was R32 million (12.3%) up on last year aided by improved used vehicle profitability.

 

Motor Trading

Revenue increased by R1 078 million (11%) to R11 371 million and was positively impacted by the acquisitions of the two Union Motors Mercedes-Benz dealerships by NMI-DSM and the Salvage Management and Disposals business in 2016. Revenue for the first six months was negatively impacted by lower new vehicle sales on the back of a 7.1% decline in the South African dealer market.

 

Operating profit to March of R274 million was R43 million (19%) ahead of last year mainly as a result of the acquisitions completed last year.

 

In October 2016, we acquired the balance of the shares (49%) in the N4 Jaguar Land Rover business with the related property.

 

Logistics

Revenue to March of R3 199 million exceeded the prior year by R561 million (21%) mainly due to the KLL and Aspen acquisitions in January 2016 as well as the full impact of the additional contracts added within Supply Chain and Transport during 2016.

 

Year-to-date operating profit of R51 million was R11 million below last year due to tougher trading conditions in the period as well as costs related to the finalisation of the Supply Chain software disposal.

 

Strategic review

The group completed a comprehensive strategic review and a new strategy was presented and approved by the board in March 2017.

 

The group's future ambitions are supported through achieving top quartile shareholder returns; driving profitable growth across all businesses; institutionalising a high-performance culture; and continuing to make a world of difference to our stakeholders. Key initiatives include fixing and addressing underperforming businesses; optimising the existing portfolio; and pursuing targeted high-growth opportunities.

 

Human resources, diversity and sustainable development

Tragically there were two work-related fatalities in March 2017. Our condolences go out to the bereaved families. Support has been extended to both families in terms of counselling and financial assistance. We have heightened our focus on safety across the group and appropriate measures have been incorporated in ongoing safety programmes.

 

The focus remains on coaching and mentoring programmes aimed at ensuring we have the leadership capability, talent and skills to realise our strategic targets, and to ensure that the profile of our workforce reflects the societies in which we operate. In addition, our attraction and retention strategies are aimed at an "inclusive workforce" where every employee believes they come to work with a sense of purpose and leave with a sense of achievement.

 

A wide range of diversity and inclusion initiatives which include partnering with emerging suppliers are under way. We are engaging with our principals to advance their localisation activities, which would support emerging localisation and industrialisation programmes in South Africa. The partnership with the South African Department of Trade and Industry has resulted in the launch of the Barloworld Siyakhula Incubation Hub in March 2017, which supports 63 small and medium enterprises to date that have created some 830 new jobs. Our activities remain centred around enhancing our diversity profile and resulting competitiveness.

 

We are monitoring progress against our various sustainable development objectives and in support of our renewable energy goal, additional solar photovoltaic capacity is being installed.

 

Changes in directorate and executive management

At the annual general meeting held on 8 February 2017 the following director changes took place:

·      Independent non-executive director, Mr Steven Pfeiffer, retired having reached the retirement age for non-executive directors of 70 years.

·      Mr Clive Thomson retired as an executive director of the board, member of sub-committees and chief executive of the Barloworld group as part of a structured succession plan.

·      Mr Dominic Sewela succeeded Mr Thomson as chief executive for the Barloworld group.

·      Mr Peter Bulterman also retired as an executive director of the board in terms of a planned process to reduce the number of executives represented on the board. Mr Bulterman remains in the employ of the company as the chief executive of the Equipment division.

 

Ms Hester Hickey and Messrs Peter Schmid and Michael Lynch-Bell were appointed as independent non-executive directors of the Barloworld Limited board with effect from 1 April 2017 in line with a structured board nomination process.

 

Mr John Blackbeard retired from the company and the board of Barloworld Limited and its sub-committees at the end of April 2017 following the disposal of the Handling and Agriculture South Africa businesses into a 50:50 JV with BayWa AG.

 

Ms Babalwa Ngonyana resigned from the Barloworld Limited board with effect from 11 May 2017 due to increased external executive commitments.

 

Mr Kamogelo Mmutlana was appointed chief executive of the Barloworld Logistics division with effect from 1 March, following Mr Steve Ford's resignation at the end of February 2017.

 

The board wishes to thank the non-executive and executive directors that has departed for their valuable service to the board and Barloworld over the years.

 

Funding

Group net debt at the end of March of R9 085 million increased by R1 069 million from September 2016. This was R1 983 million down on March 2016. The net cash outflow for the period of R857 million was mainly due to increased working capital of R362 million and an investment of R773 million in the Avis fleet leasing and Equipment rental fleet.

 

In line with previous years, we believe that we will be able to reverse the working capital utilisation in the second half to ensure that the group is cash positive for the year.

 

Outlook

Recent Caterpillar Inc. results indicate an improvement in global mining aftermarket and rebuild activity and they currently project the number of mining trucks produced in their factories to double in 2017. The Equipment southern Africa firm order book at March 2017 has increased to R1.9 billion compared to the R1.3 billion at September 2016 on the back of improved demand in mining and construction.

 

The Equipment Russia firm order book at March stood at US$53 million compared to US$21 million at September 2016. This order book would, however, increase to US$173 million with the inclusion of the US$120 million Polyus Gold mining truck order finalised after period end. The pipeline of major projects in Siberia and the Russian Far East currently being negotiated provide an exciting outlook for mining activity in our territory.

 

The Equipment Iberia firm order book at March of €44 million was well up on the September level of €26 million. The order book for new machines has improved significantly from last year and now represents approximately 49% of the total firm orders with Power Systems representing 51%. While industry machines sales are projected to rise sharply during the year, the increase is weighted towards smaller construction equipment.

 

New vehicle sales in South Africa are expected to remain under pressure impacted by declining consumer and business confidence. Consequently we do not expect dealer new vehicle volumes to show growth this year. In response to that we are taking steps to improve the returns and sustainability of our Motor Retail dealerships.

 

In Car Rental we are forecasting continued growth in the foreign in-bound segment and a continued strong contribution from the sales of used vehicles.

 

In Avis Fleet the financed fleet has increased slightly through organic growth as well as the addition of a number of smaller fleets. The renewals of certain existing longstanding contracts have been delayed and are now only likely to impact our next financial year.

 

The Logistics business is a good indicator of the state of the economy and with the current uncertainty for the South African economy we have noted some signs of slowing in both the Supply Chain as well as the Transport businesses. We nonetheless continue to forecast an improvement in the traditionally stronger second half.

 

The outlook for global economic growth remains positive and this is reflected in the increased demand for commodities and improved commodity prices. Some recovery in sub-Saharan Africa growth is expected, notwithstanding the downside risks due to lower oil prices and possible further credit-rating downgrades for South Africa. While we have seen some pick up in mining machine demand in southern Africa, it is still too early to call a sustained upturn in the mining cycle. We do, however, believe that the major mining groups are approaching a significant decision point where they will need to either invest in replacement capital expenditure or incur operating expenditure for rebuilds of existing machine fleets.

 

A strategic review process has been completed outlining our focus on fixing and addressing underperforming businesses, optimising the existing portfolio and pursuing targeted high-growth opportunities.

 



DB Ntsebeza

DM Sewela

Chairman

Group chief executive

 

 



 

Group financial review

 

Revenue for the first six months increased by R585 million (2%) to R32.5 billion with the bulk of the improvement in Automotive and Logistics which showed increases of R1.6 billion (11%) and R0.5 billion (21%) respectively. Revenue in Equipment Russia was up by 6% in Dollar terms while Equipment Iberia was down in Euro terms. Rand revenues for both regions were negatively impacted by the stronger Rand exchange rate. In Equipment southern Africa revenue decreased by R1 billion (11%) as a result of reduced mining activity and a stronger Rand. The stronger Rand reduced total revenue by R0.7 billion.

 

Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was up by 7.6% to R3 205 million with depreciation and amortisation up by 11% as a result of new acquisitions and increases in the leasing and rental fleets.

 

Operating profit rose by 5.3% to R1 849 million with the operating margin up slightly to 5.7%. In Equipment southern Africa, operating profit was up by 1.7%, driven largely by a higher mix of aftersales. In Equipment Russia operating profit in Dollar terms was 24% ahead of the prior period, due to higher mining equipment demand as well as increased parts sales. Equipment Iberia operating profit was down on the comparative period.

 

Automotive produced a strong result with operating profit up 14% to R863 million in a tough trading environment with all business units showing an improvement on the prior period. Logistics generated an operating profit of R51 million which was R11 million down on the prior period.

 

The net negative fair value adjustments on financial instruments of R123 million (1H'16: R55 million) mainly comprise the cost of forward points on foreign exchange contracts and currency losses on bank balances in Equipment southern Africa, as well as losses on unhedged transactions in Handling South Africa. The prior year benefited from currency gains in Equipment southern Africa.

 

Finance costs increased by R15 million to R680 million. This is mainly due to higher interest rates in South Africa.

 

Losses from non-operating and capital items of R38 million mainly relates to the disposal costs of the Handling business and the impairment of an intangible asset in Logistics off-set by profit on sale of property in Automotive.

 

The taxation charge reduced by R12 million to R306 million while the effective taxation rate for the period (excluding prior year taxation and taxation on non-operating and capital items) increased slightly to 27.9% (1H'16: 27.7%).

 

The loss from associates of R7 million compared favourably to a loss of R41 million last year. The improvement is largely driven by the Bartrac joint venture in the Katanga province of the DRC which recorded a profit of R41 million in the first half compared to a loss in the prior year of R27 million. This was offset by the increased loss in Energyst our European associate to R50 million (of which R19 million relates to goodwill impairment).

 

Headline earnings per share (HEPS) was up by 9% to 365 cents per share compared to the 335 cents in the prior period.

 

Basic earnings per share (EPS) of 337 cents is 9% lower than the 368 cents in the prior period mainly due to the losses from non-operating and capital items in the current year.

 

Cash flow

Cash generated from operations of R929 million was down on the R1 771 million generated in the prior period, due to the increased net investment in fleet leasing assets and equipment rental fleet. Working capital increased by R362 million which was in line with the prior period. Equipment southern Africa reduced working capital by R561 million, while Automotive and Logistics showed an absorption of R895 million in the period.

 

Net cash used in the investment activities of R105 million was favourably impacted by the proceeds of R301 million received from the sale of assets of the Handling SA businesses into a joint venture company with BayWa AG. The net cash outflow before financing activities for the year of R857 million was R844 million higher than the R13 million outflow last year.

 

In line with previous years we expect to reduce our working capital utilisation in the second half to ensure that we are cash positive for the full year.

 

Financial position

Total assets employed in the group increased by R2.0 billion (4%) to R48 billion compared to September 2016. This was driven by an increase in fleet leasing and Equipment rental fleet, while the stronger Rand reduced total assets by R578 million.

 

Total interest-bearing debt at 31 March 2017 increased by R1.3 billion to R12.3 billion (September 2016: R11 billion) while cash and cash equivalents increased by R0.2 billion to R3.2 billion. Net interest-bearing debt at 31 March 2017 of R9 billion was R1.1 billion up on the R8 billion at September 2016.

 

Debt

In April 2017, the BAW13 bond for R450 million matured and was repaid utilising existing facilities.

 

A bond auction planned for 6 April 2017 was postponed due to the uncertainty in the market, following the cabinet reshuffle and the sovereign ratings downgrade.

 

At the subsequent auction held on 4 May 2017, a three-year unsecured bond totalling R582 million (BAW25) was issued. While there are sufficient unutilised long-term borrowing facilities to cover upcoming maturities for the balance of the year, the group is in the process of finalising additional committed facilities to maintain its liquidity position.

 

South African short-term debt at March includes commercial paper totalling R597 million (September 2016: R807 million). While this market has remained active, liquidity and spreads have been negatively impacted by interest rate uncertainty. We expect to maintain our participation in this market to the extent permitted by overall liquidity in the market.

 

Cash and cash equivalents at March of R3.2 billion included US$51.5 million (R689 million) held in Angola of which US$47.5 million was denominated in Kwanza and the rest in US Dollar. The cash held in Kwanza has increased from the US$37.5 million (R516 million) held at September 2016.

 

At the end of March, the group had unutilised borrowing facilities of R7.6 billion, of which R6.5 billion was committed. The group's ratio of long-term to short-term debt was 66:34 (September 2016: 76:24). This position has improved subsequent to the issuance of BAW25 in May 2017 and the finalisation of the new facilities.

 

The long-term and short-term issuer Global Scale Rating of Baa3 and P-3 and long-term and short-term issuer National Scale Rating of Aa3.za and P-1.za assigned by Moody's Investors Services, remains valid until June 2017. The outlook on the ratings is stable.

 

The group total debt to equity ratio at 31 March 2017 was 63% (September 2016: 56%), while group net debt to equity was 47% (September 2016: 41%).

 

Gearing in the three segments remain in line with group target ranges:

Debt to equity (%)

Trading

Leasing

Car Rental

Group

total debt

Group

net debt

Target range

30 - 50

600 - 800

200 - 300



Ratio at 31 March 2017

32

604

279

63

47

Ratio at 31 March 2016

38

662

248

64

53

Ratio at 30 September 2016

29

720

216

56

41

 

Accounting policies

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The basis is consistent with the prior period except for the reclassification of the interest-bearing floorplan facilities reported in 2016.

 

Consistent with this change reported in the 2016 annual financial statements, Barloworld's comparative results for the six months ended to 31 March 2016 have been restated to reflect changes in disclosure of the interest-bearing floorplan liabilities.

 

Dividend

An interim dividend totalling 125 cents per share was declared in respect of the half year's earnings (2016: 115 cents). All issued shares are entitled to receive dividends. The interim dividend declared is covered 2.9 times by headline earnings (2016: 2.9 times).

  

Going forward

The group remains committed to improving returns. This is particularly relevant in our Equipment businesses in southern Africa and Iberia as well as Logistics which are generating below target returns. The group will also focus on generating positive free cash flow in 2017 through strict control of working capital and capital expenditure in the second half. We will also proactively take steps for the early refinancing of debt that is maturing within the next 18 months.

 

 

DG Wilson

Finance director

 



 

Operational reviews

 

Equipment and Handling


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31 Mar

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30 Sept

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31 Mar

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31 Mar

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Rm

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30 Sept

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31 Mar

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30 Sept

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Audited

Equipment

12 409

13 833

27 857

 984

 960

2 239

14 905

15 642

- Southern Africa

8 214

9 238

18 547

 713

 701

1 585

10 126

10 546

- Europe

1 928

2 248

4 473

 8

 25

 55

2 320

2 694

- Russia

2 267

2 347

4 837

 262

 234

 599

2 459

2 402










Handling

 603

 719

1 505

 2

 3

 25

 547

 910


13 012

14 552

29 362

 986

 963

2 264

15 452

16 552

Share of associate loss




(7)

(39)

(22)



 

While Equipment southern Africa had a decline of 11% in revenue, operating profit for the same period was up in comparison to the same period last year. Operating margin for the first six months to March improved from 7.6% in 2016 to 8.7% in 2017. The continued focus on business improvement and cost reduction initiatives as well as the increase in aftersales mix contributed to the improvement in the operating margin. The associate in the Katanga province of the DRC delivered an operating profit of R41 million, against a loss of R27 million in 2016. Overall, returns improved when compared to the same period last year.

 

Equipment Iberia operated in an improving macroeconomic environment with new machine industry growth; however, this remains concentrated in the small equipment segment. Revenue was 4% down compared to the prior period in Euro terms driven by lower prime product revenues, while aftermarket revenues grew and overall margins were maintained. The division generated €9.9 million in cash for the period compared to a €12.5 million utilisation in the prior period. Operating profits of €0.6 million were down against the prior period. Energyst negatively impacted the associate line due to the loss of a major contract in Argentina and the business is currently undergoing restructuring to concentrate on their European operations.

 

Equipment Russia revenues and operating profit grew by 6% and 24% respectively in US Dollar terms. Operating margin benefited from a favourable sales mix with the increase in aftermarket sales which traditionally have higher margins. Net assets remained well controlled resulting in healthy returns and positive cash flow generation. Significant growth in customer firm orders was driven by a number of mining deal closures predominantly driven by gold and base metals mining, coupled with coal recovery.

 

The disposal of Handling and Agriculture SA into a joint venture with BayWa came into effect on 1 March 2017 and now trades under the name BHBW SA. Trading in agriculture is up on last year as the drought appears to have ended and South Africa seems set to produce a bumper maize crop. Net operating assets include certain retained receivables and some inventory that will be turned to cash during the balance of the year.

 



 

Automotive and Logistics


Revenue

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Net operating assets


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31 Mar

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30 Sept

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2017

Rm

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31 Mar

2016

Rm

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30 Sept

2016

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31 Mar

2017

Rm

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30 Sept

2016

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Automotive

16 321

14 757

31 427

863

 757

1 654

10 142

8 686

- Car Rental

3 262

2 851

5 967

297

266

536

3 687

2 534

- Avis Fleet

1 688

1 613

3 641

292

260

560

3 764

3 786

- Motor Trading

11 371

10 293

21 819

274

231

558

2 691

2 366

Logistics

3 199

2 638

5 756

51

62

223

2 783

2 472

- Southern Africa

3 108

2 509

5 527

56

66

226

2 668

2 348

- Europe and Middle East

91

129

229

(4)

(4)

(3)

115

124











19 520

17 395

37 183

914

819

1 877

12 925

11 158

Share of associate loss





(2)

(4)



 

The Automotive division delivered another record result for the first six months of the financial year, continuing to prove resilient in challenging market conditions. Divisional operating profit improved by 14% off revenue growth of 11%, while achieving an overall operating margin of 5.3% (1H'16: 5.1%). The division continues to focus on generating strong operational cash flows, costs and asset management to improve returns.

 

Car Rental delivered a solid result, further improving operating profit by 12% off a revenue growth of 14% and achieving an operating margin of 9.1% (1H'16: 9.3%). The business grew rental day volumes, increased revenue per rental day, successfully managed fleet utilisation at 75% and maintained market leadership in a competitive environment. Avis Car Sales continued to earn good returns on the sale of ex-rental vehicles.

 

Avis Fleet delivered a strong result, increasing operating profit by 12% off a revenue growth of 4.7% and achieving an operating margin of 17.3% (1H'16: 16.1%). The business returned to positive financed fleet growth of 1.0%. Fleet under management declined on the back of a weaker new vehicle market. Improved profit contribution from used vehicles supported the overall results.

 

The Motor Trading operations delivered a pleasing result given the tough trading conditions and declining new vehicle market. Operating profit increased by 19% off a revenue growth of 11%, improving overall operating margin to 2.4% (1H'16: 2.2%). This result was supported by the recent acquisitions and improved aftersales performance.

 

Despite revenue being up by 21% to R3.2 billion on last year, the Logistics division's results were negatively impacted by tougher trading conditions in the period as well as costs related to the finalisation of the Supply Chain software disposal. Operating profit is down 17% to R51 million in comparison to March 2016. A traditionally stronger second half is expected. However, the impact of the recent downgrade on the trading environment is being closely monitored.

 



 

Corporate


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2016

Rm

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Rm

Audited

31 Mar

2017

Rm

Reviewed

31 Mar

2016

Rm

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Rm

Audited

31 Mar

2017

Rm

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Rm

Audited

- Southern Africa



2

(13)

10

48

657

578

- Europe




(38)

(36)

(54)

(2 747)

(2 908)




2

(51)

(26)

(6)

(2 090)

(2 330)

Share of associate income






1



 

Corporate Office primarily comprises the operations of the group headquarters and treasury in Johannesburg, the treasury in Maidenhead (United Kingdom) and the captive insurance company.

 

Southern Africa has shown a higher operating loss compared to the previous comparative period largely as a result of once-off charges relating to group strategic projects and higher employment costs resulting from the group leadership transition. In Europe the higher operating loss is due mainly to increased operating costs.

 

DIVIDEND DECLARATION

Dividend number 177

Notice is hereby given that final dividend number 177 of 125 cents (gross) per ordinary share in respect of the six months ended 31 March 2017 has been declared subject to the applicable dividends tax levied in terms of the Income Tax Act (Act No. 58 of 1962) (as amended) (the Income Tax Act).

 

In accordance with paragraphs 11.17(a)(i) to (x) and 11.17(c) of the JSE Listings Requirements, the following additional information is disclosed:

·      The dividend has been declared out of income reserves;

·      Local dividends tax rate is 20% (twenty per centum);

·      Barloworld has 212 692 583 ordinary shares in issue;

·      The gross local dividend amount is 125 cents per ordinary share;

·      The net dividend amount is 100 cents per share.

 

In compliance with the requirements of Strate and the JSE Limited, the following dates are applicable:

·      Last day to trade cum dividend                                                           Tuesday, 6 June 2017

·      Shares trade ex dividend                                                                    Wednesday, 7 June 2017

·      Record date                                                                                        Friday, 9 June 2017

·      Payment date                                                                                     Monday, 12 June 2017

 

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or rematerialised between Wednesday, 7 June 2017 and Friday, 9 June 2017, both days inclusive.

 

On behalf of the board

LP Manaka

Group company secretary

 

Directors

Non-executive: DB Ntsebeza (Chairman), NP Dongwana, FNO Edozien^, H Hickey, M Lynch-Bell*, SS Mkhabela, SS Ntsaluba, P Schmid, OI Shongwe

 

Executive: DM Sewela (Chief Executive), DG Wilson

^Nigerian *UK

 



 

Condensed consolidated income statement

 





Six months ended

Year ended


Notes



31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

Revenue




32 532



31 947

66 547

Operating profit before items listed below (EBITDA)




3 205



2 978

6 674

Depreciation




(1 286)



(1 167)

(2 426)

Amortisation of intangible assets




(70)



(55)

(113)

Operating profit

3



1 849



1 756

4 135

Fair value adjustments on financial instruments




(123)



(55)

(209)

Finance costs




(680)



(665)

(1 346)

Income from investments




 71



 51

 113

Profit before non-operating and capital items




1 117



1 087

2 693

Non-operating and capital items

4



(38)



 85

 120

Profit before taxation




1 079



1 172

2 813

Taxation

5



(306)



(318)

(809)

Profit after taxation




 773



 854

2 004

Loss from associates and joint ventures




(7)



(41)

(25)

Net profit for the period




 765



 813

1 979

Net profit attributable to:









Owners of Barloworld Limited




 710



 781

1 883

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries




 55



 32

 96





 765



 813

1 979

Earnings per share^ (cents)









 - basic




336,6



 368,4

 890,5

 - diluted




334,7



 368,2

 888,2

^ Refer note 2 for details of headline earnings per share calculation.

 



 

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income

 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

Profit for the period




 765



 813

1 979

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:




(323)



 479

(550)

Exchange (loss)/gain on translation of foreign operations




(366)



 567

(377)

Translation reserves realised on the liquidation and disposal of foreign joint ventures and subsidiaries








(83)

Gain/(loss) on cash flow hedges




 59



(122)

(121)

Deferred taxation on cash flow hedges




 (16)



 34

 31

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:




(28)



(39)

(1 134)

Actuarial losses on post-retirement benefit obligations








(1 343)

Taxation effect




 (28)



 (39)

 209










Other comprehensive (loss)/income for the period




(351)



 440

(1 684)

Total comprehensive income for the period




 414



1 253

 295

Total comprehensive income attributable to:









Owners of Barloworld Limited




 359



1 221

 199

Non-controlling interests in subsidiaries




 55



 32

 96





 414



1 253

 295

 



 

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position

 


Notes



31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Restated

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

ASSETS









Non-current assets




20 174



19 987

20 179

Property, plant and equipment




13 852



13 946

13 806

Goodwill




2 003



1 901

2 015

Intangible assets




1 678



1 647

1 713

Investment in associates and joint ventures

6



1 178



 980

 923

Finance lease receivables




 164



 117

 147

Long-term financial assets

7



 363



 625

 448

Deferred taxation assets




 936



 771

1 127

Current assets




27 774



29 776

25 015

Vehicle rental fleet




3 572



3 172

2 789

Inventories




10 287



13 961

10 317

Trade and other receivables




10 600



10 257

8 826

Taxation




 85



 68

 55

Cash and cash equivalents

13



3 230



2 318

3 028

Assets classified as held for sale

8



 27




 828

Total assets




47 975



49 763

46 022

EQUITY AND LIABILITIES









Capital and reserves









Share capital and premium




 441



 441

 441

Other reserves




4 804



6 275

5 134

Retained income




13 549



13 619

13 367

Interest of shareholders of Barloworld Limited




18 794



20 335

18 942

Non-controlling interest




 716



 617

 737

Interest of all shareholders




19 510



20 952

19 679

Non-current liabilities




12 043



12 592

12 446

Interest-bearing




8 133



9 726

8 379

Deferred taxation liabilities




 628



 567

 703

Provisions




 135



 139

 111

Other non-current liabilities




3 147



2 160

3 253

Current liabilities




16 422



16 219

13 830

Trade and other payables




11 223



11 525

10 054

Provisions




 930



 918

 931

Taxation




 87



 116

 180

Amounts due to bankers and short-term loans




4 182



3 660

2 665

Liabilities directly associated with assets classified as held for sale

8







 67

Total equity and liabilities




47 975



49 763

46 022

 



 

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity

 



Share

capital

and

premium

Rm

Other

reserves

Rm

Retained

income

Rm

Attribu-

table to

Barloworld

 Limited

shareholders

Rm

Non-

controlling

interest

Rm

Interest

of all

share-

holders

Rm

Balance at 1 October 2015 (audited)


 13 351

 19 426

 616

 20 042

Total comprehensive income for the period



 479

 742

 1 221

 32

 1 253

Other reserve movements



 3

 15

 18

(21)

(3)

Dividends




(489)

(489)

(10)

(499)

Shares issued


 159



 159


 159

Balance at 31 March 2016 (reviewed)


 441

 6 275

 13 619

 20 335

 617

 20 952

Total comprehensive (loss)/ income for the period


 7

(1 022)

 64

(958)

Other reserve movements



(112)

(15)

(127)

 21

(106)

Acquisition of subsidiary





 

 96

 96

Other changes in minority shareholders' interest and minority loans





 

(55)

(55)

Dividends




(244)

(244)

(6)

(250)

Balance at 30 September 2016 (audited)


 441

 5 134

 13 367

 18 942

 737

 19 679

Total comprehensive (loss)/income for the period


 682

 359

 55

 414

Other reserve movements



(7)

(11)

(18)

(51)

(69)

Dividends




(489)

(489)

(25)

(514)

Balance at 31 March 2017 (reviewed)


 441

 4 804

 13 549

 18 794

 716

 19 510

 



 

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows

 





Six months ended

Year ended


Notes



31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Restated

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

Cash flow from operating activities









Operating cash flows before movements in working capital




3 262



2 899

7 161

Movement in working capital




(362)



(351)

2 119

Cash generated from operations before investment in rental fleets




2 900



2 548

9 280

Fleet leasing and Equipment rental fleet




(773)



 228

(506)

    Additions




(1 614)



(1 071)

(2 580)

    Proceeds on disposal




 841



1 299

2 074

Vehicles rental fleet




(1 198)



(1 005)

(947)

    Additions




(2 938)



(2 263)

(3 798)

    Proceeds on disposal




1 740



1 258

2 851










Cash generated from operations 




 929



1 771

7 827

Realised fair value adjustments on financial instruments




(172)



 50

(105)

Finance costs and investment income




(600)



(591)

(1 202)

Taxation paid




(395)



(291)

(805)

Cash (outflow)/inflow from operations




(238)



 939

5 715

Dividends paid (including non-controlling interest)




(514)



(499)

(772)

Net cash (applied to)/retained from operating activities




(752)



 440

4 943

Net cash used in investing activities




(105)



(453)

(1 436)

Acquisition of subsidiaries, investments and intangibles

11



(51)



(506)

(1 057)

Proceeds on disposal of subsidiaries, investments, intangibles and loans repaid

12



 301



 316

 258

Net investment in leasing receivables




(48)



 4

 9

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment




(368)



(453)

(980)

Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment




 60



 186

 334

Net cash (outflow)/inflow before financing activities




(857)



(13)

3 507

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities




1 122



(116)

(2 753)

Shares repurchased for equity-settled share-based payment




 



 

(95)

Shares issued net of share buyback




 



 125

(162)

Shares issued




 




 286

Purchase of non-controlling interest




(22)



(136)

(142)

Non-controlling interest loan and equity movements




(69)



 64

 24

Net increase/(decrease) in interest-bearing liabilities




1 213



(169)

(2 664)










Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents




 265



(129)

 754

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period




3 028



2 372

2 372

Effect of foreign exchange rate movements




(63)



 61

(112)

Effect of cash balances held for sale




 



 14

 14

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period




3 230



2 318

3 028

 



 

Notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements

 

1.

BASIS OF PREPARATION


The condensed consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with the requirements of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements for interim reports, and the requirements of the Companies Act applicable to financial statements. The JSE Listings Requirements require interim reports to be prepared in accordance with, IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and the Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council. The accounting policies applied in the preparation of the condensed consolidated interim financial statements were derived in terms of International Financial Reporting Standards and are consistent with those accounting policies applied in the preparation of the previous consolidated financial statements, except for the restatement as detailed in note 17.

 


This report was prepared under the supervision of SY Moodley (group general manager: finance) BCom CA(SA), ACMA.





Six months

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 March

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

2.

RECONCILIATION OF NET PROFIT TO HEADLINE EARNINGS









Net profit attributable to Barloworld Limited shareholders



 710



 781

1 883


Adjusted for the following:









Loss/(profit) on disposal of subsidiaries and investments
(IFRS 10)



 42



(15)

(168)


Profit on disposal of properties and other assets (IAS 16)



 (15)



 (70)

 (10)


Loss on sale of plant and equipment excluding rental assets
(IAS 16)






 8



Impairment of goodwill (IFRS 3)







 15


Reversal of impairment of investments in associates and joint ventures (IAS 28)







 37


Impairment of plant and equipment (IAS 16) and intangibles
(IAS 38) and other assets



 11




 6


Taxation effects of remeasurements



 10



 7

 10


Associate and non-controlling interest in remeasurements



 12



 (1)



Headline earnings



 770



 710

1 772


Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period (000)









 - basic



210 995



211 934

211 425


 - diluted



212 138



212 093

211 973


Headline earnings per share (cents)









 - basic



 364.9



 335.0

 838.1


 - diluted



 363.0



 334.8

 836.0

 



 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

3.

OPERATING PROFIT









Included in operating profit









Cost of sales (including allocation of depreciation)



24 608



25 077

51 345


Loss/(profit) on disposal of other plant, equipment and rental assets



 43



(34)

 69


Amortisation of intangible assets in terms of IFRS 3 Business Combinations



 13



 3

 22

4.

NON-OPERATING AND CAPITAL ITEMS









(Loss)/profit on disposal of investments and subsidiaries



(42)



 15

 168


Impairment of goodwill







(15)


Reversal of impairment of investments in associates and joint ventures







(37)


Profit on disposal of properties and other assets



 15



 70

 10


Impairment of plant and equipment, intangibles and other assets



(11)




(6)


Gross non-operating and capital items (loss)/profit



(38)



 85

 120


Taxation charge on non-operating and capital items



(10)



(7)

(10)


Non-controlling interest on non-operating and capital items






 1



Non-operating and capital items included in associate income



(12)






Net non-operating and capital items (loss)/profit



(60)



 79

 110

5.

TAXATION









Taxation per income statement



(306)



(318)

(809)


Prior year taxation



14



(10)

(62)


Taxation on non-operating and capital items



(10)



(7)

(10)


Attributable to a change in the rate of income tax



1



 7

 5


Taxation on profit before prior year taxation,
non-operating and capital items and rate change



(312)



(308)

(742)


Effective taxation rate excluding non-operating and capital items, prior year taxation (%)



27.9



27.7

28.9


The interim taxation charges for the IAS 12 par 41 adjustments have been calculated by applying an estimated average annual effective tax rate for March 2017. A significant factor in estimating the annual effective tax rates for various countries are the exchange rates which have been based on management's best estimate.

 



 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Book value

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Book value

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Book value

Rm

6.

INVESTMENT IN ASSOCIATES AND JOINT VENTURES









Joint ventures



 979



 655

 646


Unlisted associates



 199



 325

 277





 1 178



 980

 923

7.

LONG-TERM FINANCIAL ASSETS









Unlisted investments



 49



 49

 44


Other long-term financial assets



 96



 57

 102


Unlisted debt instruments*



 218



 519

 302





 363



 625

 448


* The long-term element of the investment in Angolan USD linked government bonds.








8.

 ASSETS CLASSIFIED AS HELD FOR SALE









The major classes of assets and liabilities comprising the disposal group and other assets classified as held for sale were as follows:









Property, plant and equipment



 27




 152


Intangibles







 2


Inventories







 650


Trade and other receivables







 24


Assets of disposal group held for sale



 27




 828


Trade and other payables







 (67)


Total liabilities associated with assets classified as held for sale







(67)


Net assets classified as held for sale



 27




 761


Per business segment:









Handling







 746


Logistics



 27




 15


Total group



 27




 761


The assets classified as held for sale relate to assets within Barloworld Logistics' Transport division.



 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Restated

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

9.

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS









Carrying value of financial instruments by class:









Financial assets:









Trade receivables









 - Industry



 6 300



 6 455

 5 654


 - Government



 465



 365

 423


 - Consumers



 908



 881

 540


Other loans and receivables and cash balances



 5 102



 4 622

 4 899


Finance lease receivables



 317



 404

 379


Derivatives (including items designated as effective hedging instruments)









 - Forward exchange contracts



 2




 2


Other financial assets at fair value



 114



 49

 33


Total carrying value of financial assets



 13 208



 12 776

 11 930


Financial liabilities:









Trade payables









 - Principals



 3 689



4 025

 2 603


 - Other suppliers



 3 169



 2 958

 5 684


Other non-interest-bearing payables



 313



 154

 369


Derivatives (including items designated as effective hedging instruments)









 - Forward exchange contracts



 1



 106

 46


Interest-bearing debt measured at amortised cost



 14 995



15 898

 10 085


Total carrying value of financial liabilities



 22 167



23 141

 18 787



 

9.

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS continued


Fair value measurements recognised in the statement of financial position


Level 1 measurements are derived from quoted prices in active markets. Level 2 and level 3 measurements are determined using discounted cash flows.



31 March 2017



Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss






Financial assets designated at fair value through profit or loss

 2


 42

 44


Available-for-sale financial assets






Shares



 5

 5


Total

 2


 47

 49









31 March 2016



Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss






Financial assets designated at fair value through profit or loss



 44

 44


Available-for-sale financial assets






Shares



 5

 5


Total



 49

 49


Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss






Derivatives

 35



 35


Derivative assets designated as effective hedging instruments

 71



 71


Total

 106



 106









30 September 2016



Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Total


Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss






Financial assets designated at fair value through profit or loss



 28

 28


Available-for-sale financial assets






Shares



 5

 5


Derivative assets designated as effective hedging instruments


 2


 2


Total


 2

 33

 35


Financial liabilities at fair value through profit or loss






Financial liabilities designated at fair value through profit or loss


2


2


Derivatives


 91


 91


Total


 93


 93





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

10.

DIVIDENDS DECLARED









Ordinary shares









Final dividend No 176 paid on 16 January 2017: 230 cents per share (2016: No 174 - 230 cents per share)



 489



 489

 488


Interim dividend No 175 paid on 13 June 2016: 115 cents per share







 245


Paid to Barloworld Limited shareholders



 489



 489

 733


Paid to non-controlling interest



 25



 10

 16





 514



 499

 749

11.

ACQUISITION OF SUBSIDIARIES, INVESTMENTS AND INTANGIBLES









Inventories acquired






(131)

(154)


Receivables acquired






(139)

(183)


Payables, taxation and deferred taxation acquired






 277

 457


Borrowings net of cash






 101

(34)


Property, plant and equipment and non-controlling interest






(150)

(239)


Total net assets acquired






(42)

(153)


Goodwill arising on acquisition






(144)

(290)


Intangibles arising on acquisition in terms of IFRS 3 Business Combinations






(93)

(196)


Total purchase consideration






(279)

(639)


Non-cash consideration






 25



Deemed disposal of associate at fair value on obtaining control







 21


Net cash cost of subsidiaries acquired






(254)

(618)


Cash acquired






 28

 142


Investments and intangibles acquired



 (51)



(280)

(581)


Cash amounts paid to acquire subsidiaries, investments and intangibles



 (51)



(506)

(1 057)





 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

12.

PROCEEDS ON DISPOSAL OF SUBSIDIARIES, INVESTMENTS, INTANGIBLES AND LOANS REPAID









Inventories disposed



 492



 39

 39


Receivables disposed



 20



 22

 22


Payables, taxation and deferred taxation balances disposed



 (55)



 (47)

 (46)


Borrowings net of cash






 9

 9


Property, plant and equipment, non-current assets, goodwill and intangibles



 145



 146

 146


Net assets disposed



 602



 169

 170


Receivable from subsidiary disposed






(25)

(22)


Less: Non-cash translation reserves realised on disposal of foreign subsidiaries







 1


Investment in joint venture



 (301)






Profit on disposal






 122

 117


Net cash proceeds on disposal of subsidiaries



 301



 265

 266


Bank balances and cash in subsidiaries disposed of






 (9)

 (9)


Proceeds on disposal of investments and intangibles






 59

 1


Cash proceeds on disposal of subsidiaries, investments, intangibles and loans repaid



 301



 316

 258


The net cash proceeds on disposal arises from the sale of the assets of the Agriculture SA and Handling SA business into a joint venture company with BayWa AG.








13.

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS









Cash balances not available for use due to reserving and foreign exchange restrictions



 874



 662

 580


This includes US$47.5 million (R635 million) of Angolan Kwanza cash on hand (Sept 2016: US$37.5 million, R520 million).








14.

COMMITMENTS









Capital commitments to be incurred



1 537



1 988

2 231


Contracted - Property, plant and equipment



 425



 680

 392


Contracted - Vehicle rental fleet



 777



 902

1 196


Approved but not yet contracted



 335



 406

 643


Operating lease commitments



2 936



3 499

3 316


Capital expenditure will be financed by funds generated by the business, existing cash resources and borrowing facilities available to the group.











 





Six months ended

Year ended





31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm



31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

15.

CONTINGENT LIABILITIES









Performance guarantees given to customers, other guarantees and claims



1 123



1 344

1 017


Buyback and repurchase commitments not reflected on the statement of financial position



 111



 61

 98


 

The Group has received a statement of objection from the Dutch Competition Authorities in respect of a subsidiary disposed of in 2013, setting out their provisional findings on an industry-wide investigation for the period ended 2010. At this stage the outcome of these proceedings cannot be predicted with any certainty. Management is, however, giving the matter its full attention and has, in conjunction with legal advisers, submitted written and verbal responses to the objection.

16.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS


There has been no significant change in related party relationships and the nature of related party transactions since the previous year.

 


Other than in the normal course of business and those disclosed in note 11 and note 12, there have been no other significant transactions during the year with associate companies, joint ventures and other related parties.

 

17.

CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES


New accounting standards


The group will be adopting the Disclosure Initiative - Amendments to IAS 1 (December 2014) in the current year and this will impact disclosure in the consolidated financial statements for September 2017.

 


Floorplan


In line with the change in accounting policy on floorplan effected in September 2016, the group reclassified the interest-bearing floorplan liability from amounts due to bankers and short-term loans to trade and other payables in March 2016. Motor Trading has a number of floorplan facilities which are arranged by the vehicle manufacturers to finance dealer inventory purchases. These short-term credit lines are initially interest free and only become interest-bearing after a certain specified period. This treatment is in line with the disclosure of other automotive companies.



 


The impact of the change in accounting policy on the comparative amounts is as follows:





March 2016





Previously

stated

Rm



Restatement

Rm

Restated

Rm


Consolidated statement of financial position









Amounts due to bankers and short term loans



4 505



(845)

3 660


Trade and other payables



10 680



 845

11 525


Current liabilities



15 185




15 185


Consolidated statement of cash flows









Cash flows from operating activities









 Movement in working capital



(895)



 544

(351)


Cash (applied to)/retained from operating activities



(104)



 544

 440


Cash flows from financing activities









Net increase/(decrease) in short-term interest-bearing liabilities



 375



(544)

(169)


Net cash from/(used in) financing activities



 428



(544)

(116)

18.

EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING PERIOD


There have been no significant events to report after the reporting period.

19.

AUDITOR'S REVIEW


These condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended 31 March 2017 have been reviewed by Deloitte & Touche, who expressed an unmodified review conclusion. A copy of the auditor's review report is available for inspection at the company's registered office.

 


The auditor's report does not necessarily report on all of the information contained in this announcement/ financial results. Shareholders are therefore advised that in order to obtain a full understanding of the nature of the auditor's engagement they should obtain a copy of that report together with the accompanying financial information from the issuer's registered office.

 


Any forward-looking statements included in this announcement have not been reviewed or reported on by the auditors.

 



 

20.

OPERATING SEGMENTS




Revenue

Operating profit/(loss)




Six months

ended

Year

ended

Six months

ended

Year

ended




31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm


31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm


31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm



Equipment and Handling

 13 012


 14 552

 29 362

 986


 963

 2 264



Automotive and Logistics

 19 520


 17 395

 37 183

 914


 819

 1 877



Corporate




 2

(51)


(26)

(6)



Total

 32 532


 31 947

 66 547

 1 849


 1 756

 4 135



Southern Africa

 28 247


 27 218

 57 002

 1 630


 1 548

 3 551



Europe

 4 285


 4 729

 9 545

 219


 208

 584



Total

 32 532


 31 947

 66 547

 1 849


 1 756

 4 135



* The net operating assets/(liabilities) include assets/liabilities classified as held for sale.


 

20.


OPERATING SEGMENTS continued

 




Fair value adjustments on financial instruments

Segment result: Operating profit/(loss) including fair value adjustments

Operating margin

Net operating assets/ (liabilities)*




Six months

ended

Year

ended

Six months

ended

Year

ended

Six months

ended

Year

ended






31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm


31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm


31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

%


31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

%

30 Sept

2016

Audited

%

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

Rm

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Rm


Equipment and Handling


(113)


(54)

(201)

 873


 909

 2 064

7.6


6.6

7.7

15 452

16 552


Automotive and Logistics


(2)


(2)

(7)

 912


 817

 1 870

4.7


4.7

5.0

12 925

11 158


Corporate


(8)


 1

(1)

(59)


(25)

(8)





(2 090)

(2 330)


Total


(123)


(55)

(209)

 1 726


 1 701

 3 926

5.7


5.5

6.2

 26 287

25 380


Southern Africa


(110)


(57)

(209)

 1 520


 1 491

 3 342

5.8


5.7

6.2

24 152

23 059


Europe


(13)


 2

 

 206


 210

 584

5.1


4.4

6.1

2 135

2 321


Total


(123)


(55)

(209)

 1 726


 1 701

 3 926

5.7


5.5

6.2

26 287

25 380

 

 

 



 

Salient features

 




Six months ended

Year ended




31 Mar

2017

Reviewed



31 Mar

2016

Restated

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Audited

Financial








Headline earnings per share (cents)



 364.9



335.0

838.1

Dividends per share (cents)



125



115

345

Operating margin (%)



 5.7



5.5

6.2

Net asset turn (times)



 2.1



1.9

2.1

EBITDA/interest paid (cover)



 4.7



4.5

5.0

Net debt/equity (%)



 46.6



52.8

40.7

Group return on net operating assets (RONOA) (%)



 15.0



12.0

15.9

Group return on ordinary shareholders' funds (%)



 8.0



7.1

9.2

Net asset value per share including investments at fair value (cents)



 8 837



 9 561

 8 997

Number of ordinary shares in issue (000)



 212 693



 212 693

 212 693

Non-financial#








Non-renewable energy consumption (GJ)*



1 608 948



1 461 150

3 117 091

Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2e)*



 140 702



 129 216

 272 961

Water withdrawals (municipal sources) (ML)



 350



 423

 788

Number of employees



 20 100



 20 335

 20 786

Lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR)†



 0.90



 0.91

 0.83

Work-related fatalities



 2



 0

 1

dti^ B-BBEE rating (level)+



 3



 2

 3

# Deloitte & Touche have issued an unmodified limited assurance report on the non-financial salient features for the year ended 30  September 2016, in accordance with International Standard 3000 (Revised) on Assurance Engagements Other Than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information. The 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2016 non-financial salient features have not been reviewed and reported on by the auditors.

* Based on updated energy (GJ) and emission (tCO2e) conversion factors.

∆  Scope 1 and 2.

†  Lost-time injuries multiplied by 200 000 divided by total hours worked.

^ Department of Trade and Industry (South Africa).

+  Audited and verified by Empowerdex. The September 2016 and March 2017 ratings are based on the revised Codes of Good Practice.

 









Closing rate

Average rate


Six months ended

Year ended

Six months ended

Year ended

Exchange rates (Rand)

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Audited

31 Mar

2017

Reviewed

31 Mar

2016

Reviewed

30 Sept

2016

Audited

United States Dollar

 13.41

 14.71

 13.75

 13.56

 14.94

 14.75

Euro

 14.34

 16.76

 15.45

 14.57

 16.29

 16.32

British Sterling

 16.77

 21.14

 17.86

 16.91

 21.91

 20.99

 


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