THE SPAR GROUP LIMITED - Preliminary reviewed condensed group results for the year ended 30 September 2020 and cash dividend declaration

            
SPP
Preliminary reviewed condensed group results for the year ended 30 September 2020 and cash dividend declaration

THE SPAR GROUP LTD
(SPAR) or (the company) or (the group) 
Registration number: 1967/001572/06  
ISIN: ZAE000058517 
JSE share code: SPP

THE SPAR GROUP LIMITED
PRELIMINARY REVIEWED CONDENSED GROUP RESULTS for the year ended 30 September 2020 and cash dividend declaration

Group turnover(1)                                                       +13.5%
Operating profit                                                        +15.6%
Normalised diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS)(2)                 +8.8%
Normalised diluted HEPS(2), excluding Poland                            +21.9%
Net asset value per share                                                +5.7%
Dividend per share                                                       +8.1%

Our purpose - to inspire people to do and be more

SALIENT FEATURES
                                                                    Year ended     Year ended                 %
Rmillion                                                           30 Sep 2020    30 Sep 2019            change 
Turnover(1)                                                          124 277.4      109 477.1              13.5
Operating profit                                                       3 442.6        2 978.9              15.6
Earnings per share (cents)                                             1 078.7        1 124.1              (4.0)
Headline earnings per share (cents)                                    1 135.3        1 129.1               0.5
Normalised diluted headline earnings per share (cents)(2)              1 262.6        1 160.6               8.8
Dividend per share (cents)                                               865.0          800.0               8.1
Net asset value per share (cents)                                      4 102.2        3 879.9               5.7

(1) Turnover represents revenue from the sale of merchandise
(2) Diluted headline earnings adjusted for fair value adjustments to, and foreign exchange effects on financial liabilities, and business acquisition costs

SUMMARY SEGMENT ANALYSIS
                                                                                                        
                                                                                                       The SPAR    
Rmillion                       Southern Africa         Ireland     Switzerland         Poland         Group Ltd                                                                             
Income statement
Turnover                              78 605.4        29 896.7        13 641.9        2 133.4         124 277.4
Gross profit                           7 796.9         3 994.5         2 515.4          473.1          14 779.9
Operating profit                       2 573.6           978.2           361.5         (470.7)          3 442.6
Profit before taxation                 2 299.2           651.7           296.6         (551.1)          2 696.4
Financial position
Total assets                          24 136.1        16 466.9         9 402.2        2 733.4          52 738.6
Total liabilities                     18 762.5        14 496.8         8 279.0        3 310.6          44 848.9

PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW
The SPAR Group has delivered an extraordinary performance for the year ended 30 September 2020. Group turnover increased by 13.5% to R124.3 billion, as
consumers supported our local, convenient, and trusted retailers during this time of crisis. Profitability was positively impacted by a change in sales mix
as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories. Despite the impact of the expected losses in Poland, group normalised
diluted headline earnings per share increased by 8.8%. The Board carefully considered the business outlook and declared a final dividend of 665 cents per
share.

- SPAR Southern Africa contributed growth in wholesale turnover of 5.8% to R78.6 billion. Our core food business increased sales by 9.2%, supported by
  strong demand for groceries. During this period, internally measured wholesale food inflation has risen to 3.9%. TOPS at SPAR liquor business lost almost a
  third of its total trading days due to the restrictions on the sale of liquor, with wholesale turnover for the year decreasing by 15.8%. Despite trading
  restrictions on building materials during the initial five weeks of lockdown, Build it delivered a resilient performance in a weak sector, with wholesale
  turnover 0.9% down. During the period, the total Southern African store network grew to 2 414 stores, with 65 net new stores opened across all brands. The
  group completed 310 store upgrades, against 298 upgrades in the comparable period.

- The BWG Group in Ireland delivered a remarkable result, with sales growth across all retail brands more than compensating for the Cash & Carry and BWG
  Foodservice businesses, which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions in the hospitality industry. The EUROSPAR format, which offers
  convenience and a comprehensive range of groceries, has been the outlier performer with sales growth of 11.5% in local currency. The majority of the retail
  brands in this market are ideally located neighbourhood stores and have performed strongly. The retail network of this business is now 1 391 stores, boosted
  by the acquisition of corporate retail stores in South West England.

- SPAR Switzerland has performed exceptionally well with turnover increasing by 11.6% in CHF terms. This business has seized the opportunity of changing
  consumer behaviour, largely influenced by the closure of Swiss borders during the initial lockdown, with locals shopping closer to home and opting for
  trusted community-based stores over large supermarkets. Our TopCC Cash & Carry business, which caters largely to the hospitality industry, has been boosted
  by Swiss support of local restaurants during the summer months. SPAR Switzerland's total store network has grown to 333 stores during the period.

- The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to our plans and has delayed progress in the Polish market. Given the level of development and reorganisation
  required in year one of operations, this business has been most vulnerable to the impact of lockdown restrictions. Despite the setbacks, good progress has
  nevertheless been made and this region contributed R2.1 billion towards group turnover for the period. The store network stands at 219 stores, including
  25 existing Piotr i Pawel stores still to be converted to SPAR stores.

RESPONDING IN A TIME OF CRISIS
From March this year, all of our markets were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus. As an
essential service provider of groceries, our stores traded throughout the lockdown periods, albeit with periods of restriction on the sale of liquor,
cigarettes and building materials experienced in South Africa.

The group was swift to take the necessary proactive measures and implement effective protocols to safeguard our key priorities: the safety of our people,
retailers, suppliers and consumers; managing the supply chain and keeping our retailers' shelves replenished; and supporting our communities.

The business has adapted to changing consumer behaviour during this time and has benefitted from customers choosing local and conveniently situated shopping
destinations that ensured their safety and wellbeing. Remaining agile, challenging ways of operating and implementing contingency plans have been necessary
to secure our supply chains and ensured that our retailers continued to receive the service they expected.

As an organisation, we remain committed to supporting our communities. SPAR's family values and culture of caring have positioned us well in dealing with
this crisis. Thank you to our employees, suppliers, retailers and customers, who have adapted with us to find new ways of operating during this time.

ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
This short-form announcement is the responsibility of the directors and is only a summary of the information in the full announcement and does not contain
full and complete details thereof.

The full announcement can be found at:
https://senspdf.jse.co.za/documents/2020/jse/isse/SPP/FY20Report.pdf

The full announcement is also available on the company's website at https://investor-relations.spar.co.za/ and copies may also be requested from the
company's registered office and at the office of the JSE sponsor at no charge, during office hours. Any investment decision in relation to the company's
shares should be based on the full announcement. The information contained in this short-form announcement has neither been audited nor reviewed by the
group's external auditors. The preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements were reviewed by the Group's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.,
who expressed an unmodified review conclusion thereon.

PROSPECTS
Consumers are opting for their local, convenient and trusted community retailer, during this time. This is perfectly aligned with the group's vision of
being the first-choice brand in the communities we serve. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group continues to prove its resilience.

In Southern Africa, an existing weak economy has been severely impacted by the pandemic. The consumer environment is expected to remain constrained, with
many South Africans under financial pressure.

Europe is experiencing a second wave of infections and hard lockdown measures. Our businesses in Europe have contingency plans in place to deal with the
disruption and have learnt many lessons from the initial lockdowns. In Ireland, the foodservice and hospitality sector will face continued uncertainty, as
consumers remain cautious, however the retail sector is expected to remain strong in the year ahead. The gradual reopening of the Irish economy is likely to
coincide with the impact of Brexit, which is expected to be disruptive. Our Swiss business is well positioned to maximise the opportunities brought on by
shifts in consumer behaviour, new business gained and by the changing dynamics in the marketplace. In Poland, we will concentrate on building relationships
and driving loyalty with our SPAR retailers. We are focused on breaking even in this region by the end of 2021.

SPAR's extensive distribution and logistics capability, market-leading brands and overall support of independent retailers, ensure that we remain suitably
positioned to deliver exceptional value to consumers.

Mike Hankinson                Graham O'Connor
Chairman                      Chief Executive Officer

DECLARATION OF ORDINARY DIVIDEND
Notice is hereby given that a gross final cash dividend of 665 cents (2019: 516 cents) per share has been declared by the board in respect of the year ended
30 September 2020. The dividend has been declared out of income reserves. This brings the total gross dividend for the year to 865 cents (2019: 800 cents)
per ordinary share.

The salient dates for the payment of the final dividend are detailed below:

Last day to trade cum-dividend                        Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Shares to commence trading ex-dividend              Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Record date                                           Friday, 11 December 2020
Payment of dividend                                   Monday, 14 December 2020

Shareholders will not be permitted to dematerialise or rematerialise their shares between Wednesday, 9 December 2020 and Friday, 11 December 2020, both days
inclusive.

In terms of South African taxation legislation effective from 1 April 2012, and the JSE Limited Listings Requirements, the following additional information
is disclosed:

- The South African local dividend tax rate is 20%;
- The net local dividend amount is 532 cents per share for shareholders liable to pay tax on dividends and 665 cents per share for shareholders exempt from
  such dividend tax;
- The issued share capital of The SPAR Group Ltd is 192 602 355 ordinary shares; and
- The SPAR Group Ltd's tax reference number is 9285/168/20/0.

By order of the board

Mandy Hogan                                                
Company Secretary                                        
Pinetown
18 November 2020

DIRECTORATE AND ADMINISTRATION
Directors: MJ Hankinson* (Chairman), GO O'Connor (Chief Executive Officer), MW Godfrey, LM Koyana*, M Mashologu*, HK Mehta*, P Mnganga*, AG Waller*
(* Non-executive)

Company Secretary: MJ Hogan THE SPAR GROUP LTD: (SPAR) or (the company) or (the group)

Registration number: 1967/001572/06 

ISIN: ZAE000058517

JSE share code: SPP

Registered office: 22 Chancery Lane, PO Box 1589, Pinetown 3600

Transfer secretaries: Link Market Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 4844, Johannesburg 2000

Auditors: PricewaterhouseCoopers, PO Box 1274, Umhlanga Rocks 4320

Sponsor: One Capital, PO Box 784573, Sandton 2146

Bankers: Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd, PO Box 4130, The Square, Umhlanga Rocks 4021

Attorneys: Garlicke & Bousfield, PO Box 1219, Umhlanga Rocks 4320

www.spar.co.za

Date: 18-11-2020 07:05:00
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