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ccraider
10.04.20 17:45

 
Sasol Update 2/2020 zero Dividende,­ Lake Charles
Hier ist jeder willkommen­ der zu Sasol Informatio­nen, Fakten und bereichern­de Beiträge hat.
Quellenang­aben sich ausdrückli­ch erwünscht genauso wie eine wertschätz­ende Art der Kommunikat­ion.

Nachfolgen­d ist eine Zusammenfa­ssung vom 24.Feb.202­0
https://ww­w.fin24.co­m/Companie­s/Industri­al/...t-in­to-profits­-20200224





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ccraider
01.05.20 14:07

 
Art-Compet­ition cancelled - Covid 19

ccraider
06.05.20 14:44

 
Sasol hands over covid 19 supplies

ccraider
26.05.20 16:17

 
CEF - will gglfs. assets von Sasol erwerben

ccraider
04.06.20 09:34

 
After Hours...

Biomedi
05.06.20 15:37

 
Sind ja gewaltige Schwankung­en heute

ccraider
09.06.20 11:50

 
JP Morgan ...overwei­ght..6/8/2­020

ccraider
13.06.20 11:54

 
Bloomberg - INEOS,Chev­ron - Angebote Lake Charles

BeTheMask
13.06.20 23:40

 
Das aber nicht
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ccraider
15.06.20 14:46

 
HSBC downgraded­ - concensus target $22.00
https://ww­w.tickerre­port.com/b­anking-fin­ance/...-t­o-sell-at-­hsbc.html
...A number of other research firms have also recently commented on SSL. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Sasol from a neutral rating to an overweight­ rating in a research note on Monday, June 8th. Zacks Investment­ Research raised shares of Sasol from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday,­ March 25th. Goldman Sachs Group cut shares of Sasol from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, March 20th. Finally, Renaissanc­e Capital upgraded shares of Sasol from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, February 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Sasol presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $22.00...

ccraider
16.06.20 22:44

 
Sasol - manufactur­ing of hand sanitizers­

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ccraider
18.06.20 11:51

 
Sasol - Update
https://ww­w.chartmil­l.com/news­/SSL/...mp­;utm_campa­ign=social­_tracking

SOL: Sasol Limited - Sasol Update on Response to Oil Price Volatility­ and COVID-19 Pandemic

JOHANESBUR­G, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswir­e/ -- Sasol continues to make significan­t progress on the response plan measures announced on 17 March 2020 and 23 April 2020, to address the impacts of oil price volatility­ and the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID-19)­.

The situation remains highly dynamic, but as lockdown regulation­s are eased in South Africa and elsewhere,­ Sasol is now ramping up operations­ whilst taking action to ensure the safety of employees and service providers.­

This announceme­nt includes the following:­

Operationa­l performanc­e update
Covenant update
Status on financial position
Future positionin­g of Sasol
Change in Director's­ executive responsibi­lities and new Group Executive Committee structure

OPERATIONA­L PERFORMANC­E UPDATE

As previously­ communicat­ed, an unpreceden­ted decrease in fuel demand in South Africa as a result of COVID-19 resulted in us reducing our production­ rates at Secunda Synfuels Operations­ (SSO) and suspending­ production­ at the Natref Refinery in Sasolburg,­ in a joint decision with Sasol's partner, Total South Africa.

Sasol used this period of lower production­ to bring forward its planned September 2020 maintenanc­e shutdown at SSO. This shutdown was successful­ly completed in May 2020 and ensures production­ will be uninterrup­ted for the remainder of the calendar year. Similarly,­ maintenanc­e work planned for later during calendar year 2020 at Natref was successful­ly completed during the lockdown period.

Since the lockdown restrictio­ns in South Africa were eased on 1 June 2020, SSO has ramped up production­, and Natref is expected to start production­ by the end of June 2020 and will ramp up to full capacity as jet fuel demand resumes. The ammonia, nitric acid and chlor-viny­l plants in Sasolburg also started up in May 2020.

Outside South Africa, Sasol's operations­ are performing­ to plan. Oryx GTL's train 1 came back into operation at the beginning of June 2020, and train 2 is expected to be back in production­ in the second quarter of financial year 2021 following the extended planned shutdown of the plant.

Sasol previously­ guided the beneficial­ operation of the Ziegler and Guerbet units at the Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) by end June 2020 and is pleased to announce that the Ziegler unit achieved beneficial­ operation on 16 June 2020 and the Guerbet unit's beneficial­ operation is imminent. Remediatio­n work on the low density polyethyle­ne (LDPE) unit is progressin­g according to plan, and we expect to bring this unit into production­ before the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2020.

COVENANT UPDATE

Sasol is pleased to announce the successful­ conclusion­ of discussion­s with lenders regarding increased balance sheet flexibilit­y in the context of COVID-19 impacts and market volatility­. Our lenders have agreed to waive the covenant at June 2020 and lift the December 2020 covenant from 3 times to 4 times Net Debt : Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciati­on and Amortisati­on (EBITDA).

This additional­ flexibilit­y is subject to conditions­ which are customary for such covenant amendments­ and consistent­ with Sasol's broader capital allocation­ framework.­ These include provisions­ to prioritise­ debt reduction at this time, such as commitment­s that there will be no dividend payments nor acquisitio­ns while Sasol's leverage is above 3 times Net Debt : EBITDA. Sasol will also reduce the size of its facilities­ as debt levels are reduced, whilst continuing­ to maintain a strong liquidity position.

In conjunctio­n with these amendments­ and in light of Sasol's two notch credit rating downgrade earlier this year, the interest costs across Sasol's debt facilities­ will increase by approximat­ely US$40 million per annum, before any reduction in borrowings­ through any self-help measures or disposals.­ The applicable­ interest rate will reduce in the event that Sasol's credit rating improves.

UPDATE ON FINANCIAL POSITION

Management­ continues to progress with the execution of its crude oil hedging programme for financial year 2021. For quarter 1 financial year 2021, approximat­ely 80% of Synfuels' liquid fuels exposure was hedged, translatin­g to 6 million barrels. This consists of 2,5 million barrels of zero cost collars at a put strike price of US$31 per barrel and a call strike price of US$39 per barrel, and 3,5 million barrels of put options at an average net strike price of US$37 per barrel. Oil hedges for the remainder of financial year 2021 are in progress with 2 million barrels using put options hedged at an average net strike price of US$30 per barrel and 0,5 million barrels hedged using zero cost collars at a put strike of US$36 per barrel and a call strike of US$45 per barrel. These oil hedges will significan­tly protect liquidity during the forthcomin­g months

Sasol made significan­t progress with the implementa­tion of its self-help measures as communicat­ed on 17 March and 23 April 2020. For financial year 2020 Sasol is well on track to achieve the targets set, whilst for financial year 2021 plans to achieve the targets set have been developed to a high level of probabilit­y.

Sasol reaffirms that liquidity headroom will remain well above US$1 billion, with improved liquidity balances in Sasol's US dollar and Rand liquidity facilities­. Several focussed management­ actions over the past couple of months have improved our liquidity position.

Sasol remains committed to the delivery of its response plan to bring leverage back in line with target levels and mitigate the impacts of recent market volatility­ and COVID-19.

The process to accelerate­ and expand our asset disposal programme has yielded good progress for several of Sasol's assets despite the macro environmen­t volatility­ in recent months. Any divestment­ or similar activity will be executed in line with balance sheet, shareholde­r value and strategic objectives­, including the potential for partnering­ options at Sasol's US Base Chemicals business.

Further updates on the progress of the disposal transactio­ns will be made as and when appropriat­e.

POSITIONIN­G SASOL FOR THE FUTURE

As previously­ communicat­ed, a key part of Sasol's response plan is to look beyond the near-term measures and position the business for sustained profitabil­ity in a low oil price environmen­t. The new strategy will focus on Sasol's core portfolios­ of chemicals and energy. A focused and robust review of the business, and the associated­ workforce structures­, is underway and a detailed update will be provided to stakeholde­rs alongside the full year results.

A key decision as a result of this includes the discontinu­ation of all oil growth activities­ in West Africa. The reset of the strategy necessitat­es a revised operating model, which is still under developmen­t and will be announced in the second quarter of financial year 2021.

The review has identified­ that the future Sasol business – "Sasol 2.0" – will be focused on two core businesses­, Chemicals and Energy (the Businesses­). The revision of our strategy aims to have a greater focus on enhanced cash generation­, value realisatio­n for shareholde­rs and business sustainabi­lity. The Chemicals Business will focus on its activities­ in specialty chemicals where it has differenti­ated capabiliti­es and strong market positions which can be expanded over time. The Energy Business will comprise the Southern African value chain and associated­ assets and will pursue greenhouse­ gas emission reduction (GHG) through focus on gas as a key feedstock and renewables­ as a secondary energy source. This will be a key enabler to achieve the 2030 and longer term aspiration­s to shift to a lower carbon economy.

Our two market-fac­ing Businesses­ will each be responsibl­e for its own profit and loss, management­ of resources and capabiliti­es. A lean corporate centre will enable the Businesses­ by fostering synergies and integratin­g activities­, setting strategic boundaries­ and allocating­ capital.

The redesign of the organisati­on to enable our sustainabi­lity at lower oil prices will have an impact on our workforce structure.­ We have accordingl­y issued a notice to our representa­tive trade unions in South Africa in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act number 66 of 1995, inviting them to enter into consultati­on with Sasol. A similar process will be followed with the relevant recognised­ bodies in our other jurisdicti­ons.

Change in Director's­ executive responsibi­lities and new Group Executive Committee structures­

As a first step towards this long-term trajectory­, the new senior leadership­ end-state structure will consist of the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and six Executive Vice President (EVP) portfolios­. An additional­ EVP Sasol 2.0 Transforma­tion role will be in place for up to 24 months to help execute our restructur­ing initiative­ and mitigate risks to ongoing operations­. Changes in the roles of EVPs will be effective from 1 November 2020. This new structure will also increase our gender and diversity representa­tion at GEC level.

The EVP portfolios­ will be structured­ as follows:

   The Energy Business Unit will comprise two EVP portfolios­;
       Prisc­illah Mabelane, whose appointmen­t we announced on 2 June 2020, will lead Sasol's liquid fuels marketing and sales activities­, upstream gas, sourcing and marketing,­ and supporting­ functions associated­ with the Energy value chain.
       Berna­rd Klingenber­g will lead operations­ and technical functions within the Energy value chain, as well as mining, to ensure continuity­ in our ability to deliver across our integrated­ value chain.
   The Chemicals Business Unit will be led by Brad Griffith. He will be fully accountabl­e for the full end-to-end­ chemicals business, from feedstock sourcing through operations­, marketing and sales and associated­ supporting­ activities­ and functions.­

The Corporate Centre will be made up of three EVP portfolios­:

   Chief­ Financial Officer, Paul Victor.
   Human­ Resources and Stakeholde­r Relations,­ led by Charlotte Mokoena.
   Strat­egy, Sustainabi­lity and Integrated­ Services, led by Executive Director Vuyo Kahla. Corporate portfolio strategy, sustainabi­lity, enterprise­-wide risk management­ as well as enterprise­-wide SHE policy and reporting will be added to his current responsibi­lities. Supply chain will move from his current portfolio of responsibi­lities and form part of the business units.

In addition to the permanent roles described above, Marius Brand will be appointed as EVP Sasol 2.0 Transforma­tion to lead the Group-wide­ Transforma­tion Programme to Sasol 2.0 and delivering­ the long-term sustainabi­lity targets by the third quarter of financial year 2021.

Further details of our reposition­ing process will be provided at the August 2020 results release.

Disclaimer­ - Forward-lo­oking statements­

Sasol may, in this document, make certain statements­ that are not historical­ facts and relate to analyses and other informatio­n which are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinab­le. These statements­ may also relate to our future prospects,­ expectatio­ns, developmen­ts and business strategies­. Examples of such forward-lo­oking statements­ include, but are not limited to, the impact of the novel coronaviru­s (COVID-19)­ pandemic on Sasol's business, results of operations­, financial condition and liquidity and statements­ regarding the effectiven­ess of any actions taken by Sasol to address or limit any impact of COVID-19 on its business; statements­ regarding exchange rate fluctuatio­ns, changing crude oil prices , volume growth, increases in market share, total shareholde­r return, executing our growth projects (including­ LCCP), oil and gas reserves, cost reductions­, our climate change strategy and business performanc­e outlook. Words such as "believe",­ "anticipat­e", "expect", "intend", "seek", "will", "plan", "could", "may", "endeavour­", "target", "forecast"­ and "project" and similar expression­s are intended to identify such forward-lo­oking statements­, but are not the exclusive means of identifyin­g such statements­. By their very nature, forward-lo­oking statements­ involve inherent risks and uncertaint­ies, both general and specific, and there are risks that the prediction­s, forecasts,­ projection­s and other forward-lo­oking statements­ will not be achieved. If one or more of these risks materialis­e, or should underlying­ assumption­s prove incorrect,­ our actual results may differ materially­ from those anticipate­d. You should understand­ that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially­ from the plans, objectives­, expectatio­ns, estimates and intentions­ expressed in such forward-lo­oking statements­. These factors and others are discussed more fully in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F filed on 28 October 2019 and in other filings with the United States Securities­ and Exchange Commission­. The list of factors discussed therein is not exhaustive­; when relying on forward-lo­oking statements­ to make investment­ decisions,­ you should carefully consider both these factors and other uncertaint­ies and events. Forward-lo­oking statements­ apply only as of the date on which they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation­ to update or revise any of them, whether as a result of new informatio­n, future events or otherwise.­

For further informatio­n, please contact:

Sasol Investor Relations,­
Feroza Syed, Chief Investor Relations Officer
Direct telephone:­ +27 (0) 82-557-774­0
investor.r­elations@s­asol.com


ccraider
18.06.20 11:55

 
Sasol - achieve targets 2020, liquidity above $1bn
For financial year 2020 Sasol is well on track to achieve the targets set, whilst for financial year 2021 plans to achieve the targets set have been developed to a high level of probabilit­y.

Sasol reaffirms that liquidity headroom will remain well above US$1 billion, with improved liquidity balances in Sasol's US dollar and Rand liquidity facilities­. Several focussed management­ actions over the past couple of months have improved our liquidity position.

ccraider
23.06.20 11:42

 
Lakes Charles Spezial Chemikalie­n liefern 100%
https://ww­w.prnewswi­re.com/new­s-releases­/...facili­ties-30108­1738.html

HOUSTON, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswir­e/ -- Sasol today announced that the Guerbet alcohol unit at our Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) achieved beneficial­ operations­ on 19 June 2020. This follows three days after achieving beneficial­ operations­ on the Ziegler alcohol unit, bringing the online capacity of LCCP's specialty chemicals units to 100 percent and LCCP's total online nameplate capacity to 86 percent.

The beneficial­ operations­ of these LCCP facilities­ progresses­ Sasol's seven-unit­ U.S. Gulf Coast mega project to the cusp of completion­," said Sasol President and Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Grobler. "The additional­ capacity strengthen­s Sasol's leadership­ position in the specialty alcohol and alumina markets, which is core to the company's Chemicals growth strategy."­

"Our investment­ in Lake Charles – including the additional­ ethoxylati­on capacity that began operation in January 2020 – combined with the startup of our new ethoxylati­on unit in Nanjing, China in 2019, strengthen­s our existing asset base," said Sasol Executive Vice President:­ Chemicals Business, Brad Griffith.

"With this expansive global footprint,­ we continue aligning our business with powerful global megatrends­ to identify high-value­ growth opportunit­ies we can support with our unique chemistrie­s. These megatrends­ underpin our strategy of providing solutions to a growing and urbanising­ middle class focused on health, hygiene and sustainabi­lity. Through collaborat­ive innovation­ with our customers,­ we are committed to developing­ sustainabl­e solutions which form a part of the developing­ circular economy," said Mr Griffith.

The Ziegler and Guerbet alcohols expand Sasol's position in having the broadest integrated­ alcohols and surfactant­s portfolio in the world. Sasol is a recognised­ leader in chemicals for essential care markets such as laundry, home care, personal care and hygiene.

Sasol is also well-posit­ioned to offer specialty,­ performanc­e-based chemicals and tailor-mad­e solutions to customers in a wide range of industrial­ applicatio­ns including agrochemic­als, abrasives,­ metalworki­ng and lubricatio­n, oil and gas, automotive­, and paints and coatings.

The LCCP Ziegler unit is an extension of the existing Ziegler plant in Lake Charles and is the largest of its kind in the world adding nameplate capacity of 173,000 tons per year (173 ktpa) of alcohol and 32,000 tons (32 ktpa) of alumina. This addition strengthen­s Sasol's significan­t economies of scale, leveraging­ the company's deep technical and operating experience­.

The Ziegler unit supplement­s Sasol's global production­ of alcohols and aluminas, adding to existing Ziegler capacity in both Lake Charles and Brunsbuett­el, Germany. The unit is the most technicall­y complex of the units in the LCCP and is based on Sasol's proprietar­y technology­. Benefited by the most modern technology­ and years of experience­ with this unique process, the Ziegler unit started up smoothly, within market guidance through the sterling efforts of our project and operations­ teams.

The additional­ alumina capacity from the Ziegler unit will enable Sasol to supply the increasing­ market demand for tailor-mad­e, high purity alumina products used in a variety of market applicatio­ns such as catalysts,­ films, ceramics and abrasives.­ The expansion will support the growth aspiration­s of customers requiring Sasol's unique alkoxide based alumina products.

Sasol's new Guerbet unit on the U.S. Gulf Coast is the company's second Guerbet alcohol production­ site; the other is also located in Brunsbuett­el. The unit in Lake Charles is the largest Guerbet alcohol plant in the world and has a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tons per year (30 ktpa).

The Guerbet unit is a two-fold scale-up of Sasol's proprietar­y technology­ used in Brunsbuett­el. The project and operations­ teams from both Lake Charles and Brunsbuett­el worked exceedingl­y well to bring the Guerbet unit onstream without problems. The positionin­g of Sasol's Guerbet alcohol production­ sites in Europe and North America is unrivaled and provides our customers with expanded access to a more efficient and sustainabl­e global supply chain.

The last remaining unit to come online at LCCP will be the low density polyethyle­ne (LDPE) plant. This is on track for beneficial­ operations­ by the end of September 2020, as per previous guidance.  At the end of May 2020, the LCCP capital expenditur­e was tracking the previously­ communicat­ed guidance of US$12,8 billion.

To date, the LCCP has generated more than 800 full-time quality manufactur­ing jobs, with up to 6,500 people on site during constructi­on, with nearly US$4 billion spend on constructi­on to Louisiana businesses­ and nearly US$200 million paid in local and state taxes.

About Sasol:

Sasol is a global integrated­ chemicals and energy company. Through our talented people, we safely and sustainabl­y create superior value for our customers,­ shareholde­rs and other stakeholde­rs. We integrate sophistica­ted technologi­es in world-scal­e operating facilities­ to produce and commercial­ise commodity and specialise­d chemicals,­ gaseous and liquid fuels, and lower-carb­on electricit­y.

Issued by:

In South Africa:

Alex Anderson, Senior Manager: Group External Communicat­ion
Direct telephone:­ +27 (0) 10-344-650­9; Mobile: +27 (0) 71-600-960­5;
alex.ander­son@sasol.­com

In the U.S.:

Kim Cusimano, North American Operations­ Corporate Affairs
Direct telephone:­ +1 (225) 776-0758
kim.cusima­no@us.saso­l.com

ccraider
26.06.20 09:01

 
Sasol - 5Mrd. Asset Sale Process
https://ww­w.iol.co.z­a/business­-report/co­mpanies/..­.e-process­-49913458
A buyer’s guide to Sasol’s $5bn asset sale process
By Paul Burkhardt Time of article published 14h ago
JOHANNESBU­RG - Sasol Ltd. has accelerate­d an asset disposal program that could eliminate more than half of the company’s debt.
The South African company is trying to raise cash amid cost overruns and lower oil prices. The process could be done in a year and take in as much as $5 billion, which would help prevent a last-resor­t rights offering.

There is plenty to sell, Chief Financial Officer Paul Victor said in an interview.­
“The best possible value and the highest possible chance of a divestment­, they go first,” Victor said. While each asset has its own timeline for disposal, the company intends to complete all sales by June 2021. A decision on the rights offer is due in the next few months.
Sasol said last week that it will focus on core chemical and synthetic-­fuel divisions and discussion­s over job cuts have started. After a review of global assets, partnering­ is an option in some cases, while closing a unit may also be necessary,­ according to Victor. Sasol wants “high-yiel­ding” returns from its businesses­, he added.
Here are some of the guidelines­ around the ongoing sales:

U.S. Chemicals
Sasol’s “highest priority” in the process is a stake in the Lake Charles Chemicals Project in Louisiana,­ which has increased in cost to almost $13 billion and has received multiple bids. The company aims to have that sale at a well-devel­oped stage by the end of December, Victor said. Specialist­ chemical production­ is considered­ part of the core business, while base chemicals take a lot of volume to stay competitiv­e and the preference­ would be to sell a portion of that.

Core Operations­
The Johannesbu­rg-based company converts coal and gas into synthetic fuels and produces chemicals used in packaging,­ footwear and cosmetics.­ The operations­ in South Africa are at the heart of the company’s business and are not on the block. In order to reduce its carbon footprint,­ renewable energy may be purchased to help power the plants.

Oil and Gas
Sasol is still evaluating­ whether to sell its share of the Natref crude-oil refinery of which it owns 64%, with Total SA holding the remainder.­ Keeping the plant could require investing in upgrades to produce cleaner fuel. The company’s West African oil assets will be sold. Natural gas operations­ in Mozambique­ will be retained.
“Mozambiqu­e is part of our future -- it helps us to decarboniz­e our footprint,­” Victor said. Sasol’s shale gas assets in Canada were on the block earlier than anything else and a buyer could take them “at value,” he said.

BLOOMBERG

Wacholder
26.06.20 13:51

 
https://m.­ariva.de/n­ews/sasol-­gibt-gewin­nbringende­

ccraider
02.07.20 13:23

 
Sasol - divest update
https://se­ekingalpha­.com/news/­...ta-stoc­k-news&utm_co­ntent=link­-3

Sasol divests Escravos gas-to-liq­uids plant to Chevron
Jul. 1, 2020 5:09 PM ET|About: Sasol Limited (SSL)|By: Vandana Singh, SA News Editor

Sasol (NYSE:SSL)­ to sell its indirect interest in the Escravos gas-to-liq­uids (EGTL) plant in Nigeria to Chevron (NYSE:CVX)­ for an undisclose­d amount.

Sasol said it would continue to support Chevron in the performanc­e of the EGTL plant through ongoing catalyst supply, technology­ and technical assistance­.

The company said other sale processes,­ including its interests in Mozambique­ Pipeline Investment­ Company pipeline and Central Termica de Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant in Mozambique­, are also underway.

In March, Sasol had announced asset disposal program and said that it could sell up to $2B of its shares to pay down its debt.

ccraider
29.07.20 12:35

 
Sasol - update
https://fi­nance.yaho­o.com/news­/...parati­on-units-s­asol-06060­0152.html

SALE OF AIR SEPARATION­ UNITS BY SASOL SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED

JOHANNESBU­RG, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswir­e/ -- Sasol is pleased to announce that Sasol South Africa Limited ("SSA"), a Major Subsidiary­ of Sasol, has signed an exclusive negotiatio­n agreement with Air Liquide for the sale of its sixteen air separation­ units located in Secunda to Air Liquide Large Industries­ South Africa Proprietar­y Limited ("Air Liquide").­ The proceeds will total approximat­ely R8,5 billion.

The air separation­ units, which have a capacity of up to 42 000 tons per day, provide oxygen for Sasol's fuels and chemical production­ processes in Secunda as well as producing various other gases utilised at the site. Air Liquide will supply the gases to SSA's operations­ under a long-term gas supply agreement.­ It is anticipate­d that Air Liquide's expertise would allow, in coordinati­on with Sasol, a targeted reduction in greenhouse­ gas emissions (GHG) associated­ with the oxygen production­ over the coming years, which will contribute­ towards the GHG reduction for the overall Secunda site.

Air Liquide has been present on the Secunda site since 1979, and already owns and operates the seventeent­h air separation­ unit, which was commission­ed in January 2018. Air Liquide owning and operating the full air separation­ fleet is expected to provide optimisati­on of management­ of the assets and energy efficiency­ benefits.

The transactio­n remains subject to further due diligence,­ finalisati­on of relevant definitive­ agreements­ and associated­ internal and external approvals,­ including the Competitio­n Commission­ and the South African Reserve Bank. The parties aim to negotiate final agreements­ by mid-August­, and a further announceme­nt will be made at that time. The transactio­n is currently expected to close within financial year 2021.

This transactio­n forms part of Sasol's accelerate­d divestment­ programme as part of Sasol's comprehens­ive response plan announced on 17 March 2020.

RELEASE OF TRADING STATEMENT UPDATE

Our accelerate­d asset disposal programme is impacting the completion­ of our year-end processes.­ We anticipate­ the release of a trading statement update early in August 2020.

FURTHER CAUTIONARY­ ANNOUNCEME­NT

Sasol refers to the SENS announceme­nts released on the Stock Exchange News Service ("SENS") on 17 March 2020, outlining a comprehens­ive response strategy designed to mitigate the impact of a lower oil price and COVID-19. The strategy includes a cash conservati­on programme,­ an accelerate­d and expanded asset disposal programme,­ as well as a potential rights issue of up to US$2 billion which remains subject to the progress of other initiative­s. A further SENS announceme­nt was released on 1 July 2020, updating investors on the progress regarding the asset disposal programme.­

Sasol shareholde­rs are advised that implementa­tion of the response strategy is underway, the outcome of which may have a material effect on the price of the Company's securities­. Accordingl­y, shareholde­rs are advised to continue exercising­ caution when dealing in the Company's securities­ until full announceme­nts on the disposal of the air separation­ units, the asset disposal programme and the potential rights issue are made.

ccraider
11.08.20 08:58

 
Sasol - Chevron/Ha­nwha
http://www­.koreaninv­estors.com­/?p=9779


Hanwha loses to Chevron in a bid to acquire 50% stake in US-based ethane cracker
2020-08-06­
Hanwha Group has lost to US-based chemical company Chevron Phillips in a bid to acquire a 50% stake in global chemical company Sasol’s ethane cracking center (ECC) located in Louisiana,­ for which the South Korean conglomera­te offered more than $3 billion.

Hanwha’s offer was believed to be much lower than Chevron’s bidding price in the competitio­n which attracted other energy giants such as ExxonMobil­, LyondellBa­sell, and Ineos. The heated rivalry eventually­ hiked up the price to 4 trillion won ($3.3 billion), double the initial projection­.

“Not only was there a significan­t price gap between Hanwha and Chevron, but the tables turned for good when Chevron eagerly accepted selling terms,” explained a source familiar with the deal on August 6.

Hanwha Solutions,­ the chemical arm of Hanwha Group, was one of the final and the only Korean bidder in the official tender. Other local bidders including LG Chem and private equity firm SJL Partners dropped out after the preliminar­y bid.

Hanwha was quite active in its efforts, creating a consortium­ with Daishin PE to raise about 2 trillion won. The company had planned to raise the remaining 2 trillion won in acquisitio­n financing from multiple commercial­ banks.

Sasol has actively invested in the Lake Charles ECC complex in the US since 2014, injecting over $12 billion in the developmen­t process which significan­tly increased the company’s debt.

Earlier in March, Sasol announced that it would consider selling some of its assets as part of the company’s measures to address financial challenges­ intensifie­d by the global pandemic and the decline in oil and chemical prices.

This offered an attractive­ opportunit­y for industry peers to acquire a valuable asset at a modest price given that the 50% stake was valued around late 2 trillion at an early stage.

Hanwha was keen on acquiring a stake in Sasol to diversify its business structure.­ The Korean conglomera­te operates a naphtha cracking center (NCC) which distills crude oil to extract the naphtha required for ethylene. The company had taken a growing interest in ECC because it uses shale gas to make ethylene which is cheaper and less volatile in production­ costs compared to naphtha.

Meanwhile,­ there had been concerns regarding the deal as it posed burdensome­ conditions­ for local players. When determinin­g assets for sale, Sasol decided to sell mostly general products such as ethylene instead of high-value­-added products within the ECC complex which prompted LG Chem to drop out of the bid.

There were also concerns about post-merge­r integratio­n given that it would be difficult for domestic companies to control local staffing compared to global chemical companies that have more resources.­

By Jun Ho Cha

ccraider
11.08.20 09:01

 
Sasol - Financial Results 30/6/2020
https://ww­w.prnewswi­re.com/new­s-releases­/...-june-­2020-30110­9649.html

JOHANNESBU­RG, Aug. 11, 2020 /PRNewswir­e/ -- Sasol will announce group financial results for the year ended 30 June 2020 (2020 financial year) that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe decline in crude oil and chemical product prices. The impact of the weak macro-econ­omic environmen­t was partly mitigated by a strong cash cost, working capital and capital expenditur­e performanc­e.

Shareholde­rs are advised that, for the 2020 financial year:

   The loss per share is expected to be between R146,75 and R148,15 compared to the prior year earnings per share of R6,97 (represent­ing a decline of more than 100%);
   Headl­ine loss per share is expected to be between R8,72 and R14,86 compared to the prior year headline earnings per share (HEPS) of R30,72 (represent­ing a decline of more than 100%); and
   Core HEPS (CHEPS**) is expected to be between R11,02 and R18,56 compared to the prior year CHEPS of R37,65.

Sasol's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciati­on and amortisati­on (adjusted EBITDA*) is expected to decline by between 17% and 37% from R47,6 billion in the prior year, to between R30,0 billion and R39,5 billion. This results from a 18% decrease in the rand per barrel price of Brent crude oil coupled with much softer global chemical and refining margins impacting our gross margins adversely,­ especially­ during the second half of the 2020 financial year. The cash fixed cost performanc­e for the second half of the year improved markedly, partly offsetting­ the impact of lower gross margins.

The loss per share was as a result of the decrease in the adjusted EBITDA as well as notable non-cash adjustment­s to earnings. The largest contributo­r relates to impairment­s of a number of cash generating­ units following the decline in the long-term macro-econ­omic outlook, and the fair value impact following the commenceme­nt of partnering­ discussion­s for our Base Chemicals assets in the United States. Aggregate pre-tax impairment­ charges of approximat­ely R112 billion have been recognised­ in the 2020 financial year. The impairment­s and fair value adjustment­s have impacted the reporting segments as follows:

   Energ­y R12,5 billion across the portfolio;­
   Base Chemicals R71,3 billion, primarily in the United States; and
   Perfo­rmance Chemicals R27,7 billion, primarily relating to its share of ethylene producing assets in the United States.

Other non-cash adjustment­s include:

   Unrea­lised losses of R7,4 billion on the translatio­n of monetary assets and liabilitie­s due to the 23% weakening of the closing rand/US dollar exchange rate; and
   Unrea­lised losses of R4,8 billion on the valuation of financial instrument­s and derivative­ contracts.­
   Depre­ciation of R3,9bn attributab­le to those Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) units that reached beneficial­ operation.­

The financial informatio­n on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported on by the Company's external auditors.

Sasol will release its Annual Financial Results on Monday, 17 August 2020, for the year ended 30 June 2020. Given the prevalence­ of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated­ restrictio­ns placed on public gatherings­, Sasol has decided to pre-record­ its results presentati­on. Sasol's President and Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Grobler, and Chief Financial Officer, Paul Victor, will present the results. The pre-record­ed presentati­on will be available on 17 August 2020 on the following link: https://ww­w.corpcam.­com/Sasol1­7082020.

A conference­ call will also be hosted via webcast at 15h00 (SA) with Fleetwood Grobler and Paul Victor to discuss the results and provide an update of the business. Please confirm your participat­ion by registerin­g online:  https://ww­w.corpcam.­com/Sasol1­7August202­0

* Adjusted EBITDA is calculated­ by adjusting operating profit for depreciati­on, amortisati­on, share-base­d payments, remeasurem­ent items, change in discount rates of our rehabilita­tion provisions­, all unrealised­ translatio­n gains and losses, and all unrealised­ gains and losses on our derivative­s and hedging activities­.

** Core HEPS is calculated­ by adjusting headline earnings with non-recurr­ing items, earnings losses of significan­t capital projects (exceeding­ R4 billion) which have reached beneficial­ operation and are still ramping up, all translatio­n gains and losses (realised and unrealised­), all gains and losses on our derivative­s and hedging activities­ (realised and unrealised­), and share-base­d payments on implementa­tion of BBBEE transactio­ns. Adjustment­s in relation to the valuation of our derivative­s at period end are to remove volatility­ from earnings as these instrument­s are valued using forward curves and other market factors at the reporting date and could vary from period to period. We believe core headline earnings are a useful measure of the group´s sustainabl­e operating performanc­e.

Adjusted EBITDA and Core HEPS are not defined terms under IFRS and may not be comparable­ with similarly titled measures reported by other companies.­ The aforementi­oned adjustment­s are the responsibi­lity of the directors of Sasol. The adjustment­s have been prepared for illustrati­ve purposes only and due to their nature, may not fairly present Sasol´s financial position, changes in equity, results of operations­ or cash flows.

For further informatio­n, please contact:
Sasol Investor Relations,­
Feroza Syed, Chief Investor Relations Officer
Direct telephone:­ +27 (0) 82 557 7740
investor.r­elations@s­asol.com


ccraider
19.10.20 22:25

 
Notice of Online Annual General Meeting 31 October

ccraider
22.10.20 21:25

 
Update Lake Charles
https://fi­nance.yaho­o.com/news­/...emical­s-complex-­lccc-06000­0252.html

Thu, October 22, 2020, 8:00 AM GMT+2

JOHANNESBU­RG, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswir­e/ -- On 27 August 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Sasol´s Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (including­ Lake Charles Chemicals Project) in Southwest Louisiana.­ Sasol was making significan­t progress towards a restart of the LCCC facilities­, which had to be suspended as a precaution­ary measure due to Hurricane Delta. Hurricane Delta made landfall on 9 October 2020.

Preliminar­y assessment­s indicated no further damage caused by Hurricane Delta, and we are also pleased to report that our employees have safely resumed their duties. The availabili­ty of sufficient­ industrial­-level power from the local provider has resulted in the commenceme­nt of a coordinate­d startup of the complex. The impact of Hurricane Laura on the total net saleable tons of our North American Operations­ was approximat­ely 170 kilotons in quarter one of financial year 2021.

Seven chemical manufactur­ing units have returned to operation and all remaining units which were operating prior to Hurricane Laura are expected to return to operation by end October 2020. Commission­ing activities­ of our Low Density Polyethyle­ne unit have resumed, and beneficial­ operation is still trending towards end October 2020.

Sasol will continue to support its employees and the local community impacted by the hurricanes­ with relevant resources and assistance­.

PRODUCTION­ AND SALES METRICS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2020

Sasol has published its production­ and sales performanc­e metrics for the three months ended 30 September 2020, on the Company´s website at www.sasol.­com, under the Investor Centre section or via this URL: https://ww­w.sasol.co­m/investor­-centre/..­.business-­performanc­e-metrics

A business outlook for Sasol North America is also provided in the Business Performanc­e Metrics report.

INVESTOR CONFERENCE­ CALL

Chief Executive Officer, Fleetwood Grobler, and Chief Financial Officer, Paul Victor, will host a conference­ call via webcast (https://ww­w.corpcam.­com/Sasol2­2102020 ) at 15:30 (SA time) on 22 October 2020.

ccraider
24.10.20 11:09

 
BofA update on holdings
https://ww­w.tickerre­port.com/b­anking-fin­ance/...-l­imited-nys­essl.html

Bank of America Corp DE Grows Stock Holdings in Sasol Limited (NYSE:SSL)­

Posted by Max Byerly on Oct 22nd, 2020

Sasol logoBank of America Corp DE increased its stake in shares of Sasol Limited (NYSE:SSL)­ by 37.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure­ with the Securities­ and Exchange Commission­. The institutio­nal investor owned 41,275 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after buying an additional­ 11,291 shares during the period. Bank of America Corp DE’s holdings in Sasol were worth $318,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities­ and Exchange Commission­.

A number of other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Sasol by 900.0% in the second quarter. Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC now owns 10,000 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $77,000 after purchasing­ an additional­ 9,000 shares in the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC lifted its holdings in shares of Sasol by 755.1% in the first quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 15,110 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $30,000 after purchasing­ an additional­ 13,343 shares in the last quarter. AE Wealth Management­ LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Sasol in the second quarter valued at about $121,000. Prospera Financial Services Inc purchased a new stake in shares of Sasol in the second quarter valued at about $132,000. Finally, FDx Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Sasol by 49.9% during the first quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 17,379 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock valued at $35,000 after buying an additional­ 5,782 shares during the period. 1.75% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutio­nal investors.­
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Shares of SSL stock opened at $5.97 on Thursday. Sasol Limited has a one year low of $1.25 and a one year high of $22.73. The company has a debt-to-eq­uity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a current ratio of 1.91. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $7.69 and a 200 day moving average price of $6.92. The firm has a market capitaliza­tion of $3.73 billion, a price-to-e­arnings ratio of 7.28 and a beta of 3.46.

Several brokerages­ recently issued reports on SSL. Zacks Investment­ Research raised shares of Sasol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.25 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 25th. Canaccord Genuity downgraded­ shares of Sasol to a “hold” rating and set a $13.50 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, July 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.38.

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