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ITALTILE LIMITED - Voluntary Trading Statement for the Year Ended 30 June 2019

Release Date: 07/08/2019 09:45
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Voluntary Trading Statement for the Year Ended 30 June 2019

(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1955/000558/06)
Share code: ITE ISIN: ZAE000099123
(“Italtile” or “the Group”)


Italtile is currently finalising its results for the year ended 30 June 2019 (“the review period”).


Comparable disclosure and analysis of the Group’s results for the review period with the prior
corresponding period have been impacted on by the acquisition of Ceramic Industries Proprietary
Limited (“Ceramic”) (“Acquisition”) as set out in the circular to shareholders of Italtile dated 23 August
2016, which became effective on 2 October 2017 and the partially underwritten renounceable rights
offer as set out in the circular to shareholders of Italtile dated 6 November 2017 (“Rights Offer”).


Following the Acquisition, the Group holds a 95.47% stake in Ceramic and an effective 71.54% in Ezee
Tile Adhesive Manufacturing Proprietary Limited (“Ezee Tile”). Accordingly, the results for the year
under review include the consolidated results of both businesses for the full year from 1 July 2018 to
30 June 2019 versus the nine-month period from 2 October 2017 to 30 June 2018 in the prior
corresponding period.

Sales related to Ceramic and Ezee Tile are referred to as “manufacturing” sales to distinguish them
from “retail” sales reported by Italtile’s retail brands, CTM, Italtile Retail and TopT.


In terms of the Acquisition, 150 936 170 Italtile shares were issued to shareholders of Ceramic.
Further, in terms of the Rights Offer, 135 985 156 Italtile shares were subscribed for by the close of
the Rights Offer on 24 November 2017. In addition, in terms of a specific repurchase of shares
(“Repurchase”) as published on SENS on 8 March 2018, 25 000 000 Italtile shares were repurchased
by Italtile from Four Arrows Investments 256 Proprietary Limited.

As a result of the above, the Group’s current issued share capital is 1 295 254 148 shares, reflecting
an increase of 25.35% (pre- Acquisition, Rights Offer and Repurchase: 1 033 332 822 shares).
Consequently, the weighted average number of shares in the review period is 7.6% higher than that
of the prior corresponding period.


The weak trading conditions and negative consumer sentiment experienced in the first half of the year
under review persisted over the balance of the 12 months, deteriorating notably since April 2019. In
light of high levels of personal indebtedness, unprecedented unemployment and hikes in VAT, fuel
and utility costs, disposable income remained constrained. In addition, meaningful investment by both
the public and private sectors was curtailed or deferred in the context of country-specific risk factors
including uncertainty regarding the outcome of the national election and general policy direction,
endemic corruption, sustained dissatisfaction with poor service delivery and inconsistent power


Following the Group’s creditable performance in the first half of the year under review, management
cautioned in February 2019 that while solid headline earnings growth could be achieved in the second
half, growth would not be at the same level as the prior corresponding period. This forecast was based
on the very strong double-digit increase in headline earnings achieved off a low base in the prior
comparable period (January 2018 to June 2019), derived from major improvements in efficiencies and
cost cutting across the business, and the consolidation of Ceramic and Ezee Tile for the full six-month

In line with this forecast, and notwithstanding the worsening of trading conditions over the year, the
Group has achieved its stated goal of delivering improved headline earnings growth for the review

Management is satisfied that the results to be reported are a good reflection of the Group’s:

-   resilient business model and robust 50-year trading record;
-   unwavering efforts to better execute retail excellence principles;
-   strong cash generative nature, disciplined cash management and cost leadership; and
-   leveraging of growth opportunities in the business through an unrelenting focus on the customer.

The Group’s system-wide turnover for the review period was R10.0 billion, 15.2% higher than the prior
corresponding period (2018: R8.7 billion). System-wide turnover is defined as the aggregate of the
Group’s consolidated turnover (total sales by Group-owned entities and corporate stores, excluding
sales from owned supply chain businesses to corporate stores) and the retail turnover of franchisees
of the Group.

Total retail store turnover grew 6.1% for the review period compared to the previous corresponding
period, with average selling price inflation estimated at 2.7%. Like-on-like retail store turnover
(excluding sales of new stores opened and stores closed during the period), increased by 4.2%
compared to the prior corresponding period. Retail store turnover is defined as the aggregate turnover
of all stores, either corporate or franchised, in the Group’s retail network.

Manufacturing sales included in the consolidated results for the year under review grew by 36.5%
compared to the previous corresponding period, which included only nine months of trading from
October 2017. Manufacturing sales for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 rose by 1.4% compared
to the same period in the prior year. Average selling price inflation for the review period is estimated
at 3.0%.

The Group’s basic earnings per share is expected to be between 101.7 cents and 103.6 cents (2018:
95.0 cents), representing an increase of between 7.0% and 9.0% compared to the prior corresponding

Headline earnings per share is expected to be between 100.7 cents and 102.6 cents (2018: 95.0 cents),
reflecting an increase of between 6.0% and 8.0% compared to the prior corresponding period.

The disparity between basic earnings and headline earnings growth is attributable to net profits of
R12 million realised on the disposal of local properties.


The information on which this announcement is based has not been reviewed or reported on by
Italtile's auditors.


The Group's results for the year ended 30 June 2019 are expected to be published on SENS on or about
22 August 2019.

7 August 2019

Merchantec Capital

Date: 07/08/2019 09:45:00
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