2018-02-12

RCL - trading statement


Shareholders are advised that RCL FOODS expects that its headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) for the six months ended December 2017 is expected to be between 69.5 cents (+46.0%) and 79.0 cents (+66.0%) when compared to the reported HEPS of 47.6 cents for the six months ended December 2016 (“corresponding period”).

Earnings per share (“EPS”) for the six months ended December 2017 is expected to be between 72.0 cents (+93.5%) and 79.0 cents (+112.4%) when compared to the reported EPS of 37.2 cents for the corresponding period.

The corresponding period's financial results were impacted by the material once-off items listed below, which were detailed in the December 2016 results annoucement:
*An after-tax impairment of R102.7 million (excluded from headline earnings) relating to redundant plant and equipment identified following the decision to reduce commodity chicken volumes. The impact on EPS was a negative 11.9 cents.
*The recognition of a R37.4 million after-tax provision for restructuring costs and fair value adjustments on biological assets, also associated with the decision to reduce chicken volumes. The impact on HEPS and EPS was a negative 4.3 cents.
*A foreign exchange loss of R27.9 million (nil tax impact), relating to the settlement of the Zam Chick and Zamhatch options. The impact on HEPS and EPS was a negative 3.2 cents.

Excluding the above once-off items, HEPS for the six months ended December 2017 is expected to be between 69.5 cents (+26.1%) and 79.0 cents (+43.4%) when compared to the normalised HEPS of 55.1 cents for the corresponding period. Similarly, EPS for the six months ended December 2017 is expected to be between 72.0 cents (+27.2%) and 79.0 cents (+39.6%) when compared to the normalised EPS of 56.6 cents for the corresponding period.

The improvement in the underlying results over the corresponding period is mainly attributable to the Chicken business unit. Chicken benefitted from substantially lower feed input costs, higher IQF prices, and the positive impact of their revised business model implemented in the second half of the prior financial year, which focused on limiting the production of consequential commodity products. The Sugar business unit's result is materially down on the corresponding period, stemming from the negative impact that sugar imports have had on local market sales volumes.

Within the Groceries portfolio, margin and volume gains in Grocery and Pies offset volume pressure in the Speciality and Beverages business units. Lower commodity input prices assisted margins and drove an improved result for Animal Feed. Milling has made progress in regaining lost volumes, whilst labour issues disrupted progress in Baking.

The Logistics division's results are down on the corresponding period as a result of the reduced loads from the Chicken business unit following the implementation of their revised business model, however the implementation of various cost saving initatives have partially mitigated this impact. The Group's financial results for the six months ended December 2017 are expected to be released on SENS on 26 February 2018. The directors take responsibility for the financial information on which this trading statement is based, which has not been reviewed and reported on by the Group's external auditors.

2017-11-08

RCL - report on proceedings at AGM


At the 51st(fifty first) annual general meeting ("AGM") of the shareholders of RCL FOODS held on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, all the ordinary and special resolutions proposed at the meeting were approved by the requisite majority of votes.

The special resolution/s will, where necessary, be lodged for registration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission in due course.

2017-11-02

RCL FOODS LIMITED - Disclosure of significant holding of RCL Foods Limited ordinary shares


RCL 201711020041A
Disclosure of significant holding of RCL Foods Limited ordinary shares

RCL FOODS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1966/004972/06)
ISIN: ZAE000179438
Share Code: RCL
(“the company”)

DISCLOSURE OF SIGNIFICANT HOLDING OF RCL FOODS LIMITED ORDINARY SHARES

In accordance with the JSE Limited Listings Requirements and Section 122
of the Companies Act 2008, shareholders are advised of the following:

Prudential Investment Managers (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd has notified the
company that accounts under its management have increased its holding in
the company and now represents 5,04% of the voting rights in the company.

Durban
2 November 2017

Sponsor
RAND MERCHANT BANK (A division of FirstRand Bank Limited)

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2017-09-29

RCL FOODS - no change statement, AGM notice, BEE


With regard to the audited results for the year ended June 2017, shareholders are advised that the annual financial statements have been distributed to shareholders on 29 September 2017 and contain no modifications to the audited results which were published on SENS on 29 August 2017.

Notice of the annual general meeting
Notice is hereby given that the 51st annual general meeting of the Company's shareholders will be held at No 10 The Boulevard, Westway Office Park, Westville, on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at 08h30 to transact the business as stated in the annual general meeting notice forming part of the annual financial statements.

*Record date to determine which shareholders are entitled to receive the notice of annual general meeting - 22 September 2017
*Last day to trade in order to be eligible to attend and vote at the annual general meeting - 31 October 2017
*Record date to determine which shareholders are entitled to attend and vote at the annual general meeting - 3 November 2017
*Forms of proxy for administrative purposes for the annual general meeting to be lodged by 08h30am* - 6 November 2017

Availability of BEE Compliance Report
Shareholders are advised that the latest annual compliance report in terms of Section 13G(2) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act No. 46 of 2013, is available on www.rclfoods.com.

2017-09-20

RCL FOODS - avian influenza announcement


RCL FOODS confirms that an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) has recently been detected at the company's Heuningdal breeder farm in the Western Cape, situated between Malmesbury and Darling, after also having experienced a small outbreak at our Viva breeder farm near Muldersdrift in Gauteng.

The affected sites have been depopulated, and the loss amounts to approximately 5% of the company's total breeder stock. The cumulative direct costs associated with AI amount to approximately R26m, and the company is evaluating all opportunities to minimise the possible impact of this reduced volume.

AI has been spreading across South Africa, with over 50 reported cases since June 2017. AI is not known to affect humans, so there is no concern from a chicken consumption perspective.

Although containing the spread of the virus is proving difficult in South Africa, RCL FOODS will continue to relentlessly implement the strictest possible biosecurity measures at all sites to safeguard the health of its flocks. RCL FOODS is also working closely with government and other authorities in this regard.

2017-08-29

RCL final results June 2017


Revenue decreased marginally by 0.3% to R24.9 billion (R25.0 billion). Operating profit increased to R776.5 million (R317.2 million). Profit attributable to equity holders was higher at R515.7 million (R182 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share came in at 63.5 cents per share (96.5 cents per share).

Dividend
The directors have resolved to declare a final gross cash dividend (number 85) of 20 cents per share bringing the total dividend declared for the year ended June 2017 to 30 cents per share (2016: 30cents).

Prospects
RCL believe that economic growth will continue to be lacklustre in the coming year, which implies that demand will remain constrained, with flat to declining volumes. On the positive side, the record maize crop, as well as improved supply of other crops should help to restore margins and contribute to welcome price relief for consumers. The Chicken business unit is expected to achieve significant improvements in profitability relative to the past financial year, due to the revised business model as well as lower input costs. Production volumes in Sugar should improve on the back of renewed irrigation, although the increasing trend in sugar imports and its impact on local sugar prices remains a major concern and places Sugar"s 2018 performance at risk. Groceries has a good pipeline of innovations. A strong focus will also be placed on capitalising on opportunities that will become available as a result of the new plant and equipment coming into operation at the UHT and pet food plants.

Logistics will focus on operationalising the recent contract wins, pursuing further opportunities to replace the business that was lost through Chicken"s restructuring, and the implementation of a number of cost containment initiatives. In addition, the Logistics division will look to capitalise on its new brand positioning launched in June 2017, which reflects a spirit of innovation and a desire to "go beyond" simply logistics and supply chain. Further internal opportunities in synergies, overhead savings and production efficiencies that flow from our "ONE RCL FOODS" initiatives will continue to receive substantial focus. The outcome of the chicken industry"s crisis remains uncertain, but substantial work has been done between government and industry to find a sustainable solution. RCL remain confident in our strategy and are making steady progress towards our goal of a diversified food portfolio, focused on adding higher margin, added value products and categories.

2017-08-29

RCL final results June 2017


Revenue decreased marginally by 0.3% to R24.9 billion (R25.0 billion). Operating profit increased to R776.5 million (R317.2 million). Profit attributable to equity holders was higher at R515.7 million (R182 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share came in at 63.5 cents per share (96.5 cents per share).

Dividend
The directors have resolved to declare a final gross cash dividend (number 85) of 20 cents per share bringing the total dividend declared for the year ended June 2017 to 30 cents per share (2016: 30 cents).

Prospects
RCL believe that economic growth will continue to be lacklustre in the coming year, which implies that demand will remain constrained, with flat to declining volumes. On the positive side, the record maize crop, as well as improved supply of other crops should help to restore margins and contribute to welcome price relief for consumers. The Chicken business unit is expected to achieve significant improvements in profitability relative to the past financial year, due to the revised business model as well as lower input costs. Production volumes in Sugar should improve on the back of renewed irrigation, although the increasing trend in sugar imports and its impact on local sugar prices remains a major concern and places Sugar"s 2018 performance at risk. Groceries has a good pipeline of innovations. A strong focus will also be placed on capitalising on opportunities that will become available as a result of the new plant and equipment coming into operation at the UHT and pet food plants.

Logistics will focus on operationalising the recent contract wins, pursuing further opportunities to replace the business that was lost through Chicken"s restructuring, and the implementation of a number of cost containment initiatives. In addition, the Logistics division will look to capitalise on its new brand positioning launched in June 2017, which reflects a spirit of innovation and a desire to "go beyond" simply logistics and supply chain. Further internal opportunities in synergies, overhead savings and production efficiencies that flow from our "ONE RCL FOODS" initiatives will continue to receive substantial focus. The outcome of the chicken industry"s crisis remains uncertain, but substantial work has been done between government and industry to find a sustainable solution. RCL remain confident in our strategy and are making steady progress towards our goal of a diversified food portfolio, focused on adding higher margin, added value products and categories.