MPACT LIMITED – Trading Statement – SENS

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Trading Statement

Mpact Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 2004/025229/06)
JSE share code: MPT ISIN: ZAE000156501
(“Mpact” or “the Company” or “the Group”)

TRADING STATEMENT

In terms of the JSE Limited Listings Requirements, listed companies are required to publish
a trading statement as soon as they are satisfied that a reasonable degree of certainty exists
that the financial results for the period to be reported on next will differ by 20% or more from
the financial results of the previous corresponding reporting period.

Continuing operations

Shareholders are hereby advised that for Mpact’s continuing operations, basic earnings per
share (“EPS”) for the year ended 31 December 2021 are expected to be between 340 and
360 cents (“cps”), an increase of between 89.3% and 100.4% when compared to the year
ended 31 December 2020 (“prior year”).

Headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) are expected to increase between 81.7% and 92.7%
and underlying earnings per share (“underlying EPS”) to increase between 85.4% and
96.1% when compared to the prior year.

For the year ended 31 December 2021, Mpact benefitted from robust demand across most
businesses resulting in revenue from continuing operations increasing by approximately 13%
when compared to the prior year to R11.5 billion.

The Paper business benefitted from higher domestic demand, a more favourable product
mix and higher average selling prices which were partly offset by significant increases in
costs, most notably of pulp and recovered paper.

The Plastics business showed good growth across most sectors and improved profitability
despite delays in increasing selling prices to recover higher polymer costs.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) are expected to
increase between 22% and 30% (December 2020: R1,144 million), and underlying earnings
before interest and tax (EBIT) between 52% and 59% (December 2020: R607 million).

Net finance costs are expected to be approximately R140 million (December 2020: R170
million) due to lower average net debt and interest rates. Net debt of R1,756 million
(December 2020: R1,408 million) increased mainly due to a cash outflow in respect of the
share buy-back undertaken in January 2021 as well as increased working capital.

The effective tax rate for the year ended 31 December 2021 is expected to approximate the
statutory tax rate of 28% (December 2020: 19.4%).
Business held for sale / discontinued operations

Following a strategic review, Mpact’s Board has decided to sell its plastic trays and films
business, Mpact Versapak, as a going concern. Versapak currently forms part of the Plastics
Division of Mpact.

Mpact Versapak will be disclosed separately in the Annual Financial Statements for the year
ended 31 December 2021, with the assets and liabilities being reported as “held for sale”
and the Income Statement reported as a “discontinued operation”.

The decision to sell Versapak does not affect any other Mpact Plastics businesses being
FMCG, Plastic Containers and Preforms and Closures.

Versapak is a leading producer of plastic trays and film with a well-established brand, blue-
chip customers and a solid asset base. The reason for the decision is that Versapak’s
products are not fully aligned with Mpact’s strategy.

The Company is currently in the early stages of engagement with potential buyers for the
business. It is anticipated that the sale could take several months to complete.

For the year ended 31 December 2021, Versapak reported revenue of R920 million (2020:
R839 million), and net earnings of R2 million (December 2020: R15 million), which equates
to basic earnings per share of 1.5 cents (December 2020: 9.0 cents). Verspak’s net asset
value as at 31 December 2021 was R301 million (December 2020: R217 million).

Continuing operations and total operations

Based on the above, Mpact expects EPS, HEPS and underlying EPS to be in the following ranges:

For the year ended 31
For the year ended 31 December 2021
December 2020
Continuing Total
Continuing operations Total operations [1] operations
Operations
Cents per share (cps)
EPS Between 340 and 360 Between 340 and
cps, an increase of 360 cps, an increase
between 89.3% and of between 80.3% and 179.6 188.6
100.4% 90.9%

HEPS Between 330 and 350 Between 330 and
cps, an increase of 350 cps, an increase of
between 81.7% and 92.7% between 68.3% and 78.5% 181.6 196.1

Underlying Between 345 and 365 Between 345 and
EPS cps, an increase of 365 cps, an increase of
between 85.4% and 96.1% between 72.0% and 82.0% 186.1 200.6

1. Restated to exclude the discontinued operations.

The weighted average number of shares used in the calculation of EPS, HEPS and
underlying EPS for the year ended 31 December 2021 was 147,264,489 shares compared
to 169,322,144 shares for the prior year.
Shares repurchased

Shareholders are referred to the Company’s announcements on SENS dated 20 October
2020 and 27 January 2021, in which the Company gave notification that it had repurchased
5% and 10%, respectively, of its issued share capital. In total, 25,129,154 shares were
repurchased at an average purchase price of R13.71 per share. The total cash outflow for
the repurchase was R344,567,164. Of the total, 15,413,152 million shares were repurchased
during the 2021 financial year with a corresponding cash outflow of R257 million.

The total number of shares in issue at the date of this announcement is 148,175,363 shares.

Mpact’s audited results for the year ended 31 December 2021 will be released on SENS on
or about 7 March 2022.

Shareholders are advised that the financial information on which this trading statement is
based has not been reviewed and reported on by the Company’s external auditor.

Melrose Arch

14 February 2022

Sponsor

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Date: 14-02-2022 05:30:00
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