Annual Financial Statements

Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2011


The directors have pleasure in submitting the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 March 2011.

Tongaat Hulett is an agri-processing business that includes the integrated components of land management, property development and agriculture. The activities are dealt with in detail in the integrated annual report.

The net profit attributable to shareholders for the year ended 31 March 2011 amounted to R833 million (15 months to 31 March 2010: R2,898 billion). This translates into a headline earnings per share of 760,5 cents (2010: 826,5 cents) based on the weighted average number of shares in issue during the year.

An interim dividend number 166 of 110 cents per share was paid on 20 January 2011 and a final dividend number 167 of 140 cents per share has been declared and is payable on 21 July 2011 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 15 July 2011.

The salient dates of the declaration and payment of this final dividend are as follows:

Last date to trade ordinary shares “CUM” dividend     Friday   8 July 2011
Ordinary shares trade “EX” dividend     Monday   11 July 2011
Record date     Friday   15 July 2011
Payment date     Thursday   21 July 2011

Share certificates may not be dematerialised or re-materialised, nor may transfers between registers take place between Monday 11 July 2011 and Friday 15 July 2011, both days inclusive.

The dividend is declared in the currency of the Republic of South Africa. Dividends paid by United Kingdom transfer secretaries will be paid in British currency at the rate of exchange ruling at the close of business on Friday 8 July 2011.

There was no change in the authorised capital of the company.

During the year, 1 134 530 fully paid ordinary shares of R1,00 each were issued by way of a distribution to shareholders in respect of the dividend for 2010

During the period, 202 422 shares were allotted (there were no shares alloted to directors) in respect of options exercised in terms of the company’s employee share incentive schemes for a total consideration of R6 million. Details of the unissued ordinary shares and the company’s share incentive schemes are set out in notes 11, 34 and 35.

At the previous AGM, a general authority was granted by shareholders for the company to acquire its own shares in terms of the Companies Act. The directors consider that it will be advantageous for the company were this general authority to continue. Such authority will be used if the directors consider that it is in the best interests of the company and shareholders to effect any such acquisitions having regard to prevailing circumstances and the cash resources of the company at the relevant time. Shareholders will be asked to consider a special resolution to this effect at the forthcoming AGM meeting with the proviso that the number of ordinary shares acquired in any one financial year may not exceed five percent of the ordinary shares in issue at the date on which this resolution is passed.

In compliance with the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited (“JSE”), the acquisition of shares or debentures (“securities”) pursuant to a general authority may only be made by a company subject to such acquisitions:

Further, in terms of the listings requirements of the JSE, the directors consider that in their opinion, taking into account the effect of the maximum acquisition by the company of shares issued by it as referred to above:

The principal subsidiaries and joint ventures of the company are reflected in note 26.

The attributable interest of the company in the results of its consolidated subsidiaries and joint ventures for the year ended
31 March 2011 is as follows:

  12 months to 15 months to
  31 March 31 March
  2011 2010
In the aggregate amount:    
Net profit (Rmillion) 670 935
Net losses (Rmillion) 29 96

During the period, T H Nyasulu and T V Maphai resigned from the Board in July 2010 and March 2011 respectively. The composition of the Board, at 31 March 2011, is as follows: J B Magwaza (Chairman), P H Staude (CEO), B G Dunlop, F Jakoet,
J John, R P Kupara, A A Maleiane, M Mia, T N Mgoduso, N Mjoli-Mncube, M H Munro, C B Sibisi and R H J Stevens.

Directors retiring by rotation at the AGM in accordance with article 61 of the articles of association are B G Dunlop, F Jakoet,
N Mjoli-Mncube, and M H Munro. These directors are eligible and offer themselves for re-election. Details of each of these retiring directors are set out on pages 53 to 55. R H J Stevens will retire at the AGM, having reached the mandatory retirement age.

At 31 March 2011, the present directors of the company beneficially held a total of 277 161 ordinary shares equivalent to
0,26 percent in the ordinary listed share capital of the company (31 March 2010: 224 162 shares equivalent to 0,22 percent). Details of the directors’ shareholdings and interests in the share incentive schemes are provided in notes 33 and 34. There has been no change in these holdings between 31 March and 26 May 2011.

The Companies Act 2008, as amended, (the Act) came into effect on 1 May 2011. The Audit and Compliance Committee has considered the provisions of the Act and is taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance. The committee confirms that during the period under review it carried out its functions responsibly and in accordance with its terms of reference as detailed in the Corporate Governance section of the integrated annual report. In addition, the committee is satisfied that the designated auditors of the company are independent of the company.

There were no material events between the balance sheet date and the date of this report.