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QUANTUM FOODS HOLDINGS LIMITED - Trading Statement
Trading Statement QUANTUM FOODS HOLDINGS LIMITED (Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) Registration Number: 2013/208598/06 Share Code: QFH ISIN Code: ZAE000193686 ("Quantum Foods" or "the Company") TRADING STATEMENT Shareholders are reminded of the exceptional earnings achieved by the Company in the 2018 financial year, when earnings in the egg business benefited significantly from increased egg prices due to the national egg shortage following the outbreak of Avian Influenza in 2017. The below trading statement should be considered in this context. In terms of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, a listed company is required to publish a trading statement once it is 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 for the previous corresponding period. Shareholders are hereby advised that for the twelve-month period ending 30 September 2019, a reasonable degree of certainty exists that: - headline earnings per share ("HEPS") of the Company will be at least 42% or 68.9 cents per share lower than reported in the comparable period; and - earnings per share ("EPS") of the Company will be at least 42% or 69.0 cents per share lower than reported in the comparable period. This implies that for the twelve-month period ending 30 September 2019: - HEPS is expected to be lower than 95.0 cents per share and EPS is expected to be lower than 95.3 cents per share, compared to HEPS of 163.9 cents per share and EPS of 164.3 cents per share respectively, reported in the comparable period that ended 30 September 2018. HEPS for the first six months of 2019 was 45.4 cents per share and EPS for the first six months of 2019 was 45.2 cents per share. Earnings expected for the second six months of the 2019 financial year, compared to the first six months of the 2019 financial year, was impacted by: - Improved levels of profitability in the feeds business, benefiting from increased volumes; - Improved levels of profitability in the farming business, mostly due to improved production efficiencies on the commercial layer farms; and - Lower levels of profitability from the eggs business due to higher feed input costs and a decline in egg prices resulting from an increase in supply of eggs in the South African market. A further trading statement will be issued as soon as there is a reasonable degree of certainty as to the likely range within which the Company's HEPS and EPS is expected to decrease. The results for the twelve-month period ending 30 September 2019 is expected to be published on SENS on or about 28 November 2019. The financial information on which this trading statement is based, has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's external auditors. Wellington 16 September 2019 Sponsor PSG Capital Date: 16/09/2019 11:00:00 Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited ('JSE'). The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information published on SENS. The JSE, their officers, employees and agents accept no liability for (or in respect of) any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage of any kind or nature, howsoever arising, from the use of SENS or the use of, or reliance on, information disseminated through SENS.