Request for temporary suspension, delayed distribution of the annual report, renewal of cautionary
TONGAAT HULETT LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Registration number 1892/000610/06
Share code: TON
(“Tongaat Hulett” or “Company”)
RESTRUCTURING PLAN, LIQUIDITY FACILITY, VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION, DELAYED DISTRIBUTION OF INTEGRATED ANNUAL
REPORT AND RENEWAL OF CAUTIONARY
RESTRUCTURING PLAN AND LIQUIDITY FACILITY
Tongaat Hulett wishes to advise shareholders that the newly established Restructuring
Committee (“Committee”) and the newly-appointed Chief Restructuring Officer (as
announced on SENS on 24 June 2022) have commenced their duties to oversee and expedite
the Company’s restructuring efforts. The Committee has been tasked with formulating a
comprehensive restructuring plan that seeks to improve liquidity levels and reduce debt to
sustainable levels. The intention of the Committee is to table the plan before the Company’s
board of directors (“Board”) by 30 September 2022.
To allow sufficient time and resources to complete the restructuring plan, the Company is in
final negotiations with the South African lender group to replace the Company’s seasonal
overdraft facility with a larger short-term ‘borrowing base’ liquidity facility.
VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF THE LISTING OF
TONGAAT HULETT’S SHARES ON THE JSE
Shareholders were advised in the SENS announcement dated 15 June 2022 that Tongaat
Hulett would not be able to release its provisional annual financial results for the financial year
ended 31 March 2022 (“Provisional 2022 Financial Statements”) by 30 June 2022. A
longer-term liquidity facility is required for Tongaat Hulett’s audited annual financial statements
for the financial year ended 31 March 2022 (“Audited 2022 Financial Statements”) to be
finalised, and this is largely dependent on the outcome of the restructuring plan. While every
effort is being made to finalise the restructuring plan as soon as possible, it is clear that neither
the Provisional 2022 Financial Statements nor the Audited 2022 Financial Statements will be
finalised by 31 July 2022.
Due to the delay in the finalisation and publication of the Provisional 2022 Financial
Statements and the Audited 2022 Financial Statements, the Board has voluntarily approached
the JSE and requested a temporary suspension of the Company’s shares.
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released by the JSE on SENS earlier today,
in which the JSE confirms that it is considering the request for suspension received from the
Board and that it will communicate its decision on the possible suspension as soon as
While the Board is conscious that some investors and potential investors might prefer retaining
the discretion to trade, the Board’s view is that a temporary suspension of trading it is in the
best interests of Tongaat Hulett and its stakeholders and serves to protect investors and
This decision has not been taken lightly. Should the JSE decide to suspend the listing of the
Company’s shares, the Company contemplates applying to the JSE for the temporary
suspension to be lifted as soon as is responsibly possible after the release of the Audited
2022 Financial Statements.
THE BUSINESS OPERATIONS OF TONGAAT HULETT ARE CONTINUING
Tongaat Hulett’s business operations will continue in the normal course notwithstanding the
possible temporary suspension of the listing of the Company’s shares.
DELAYED DISTRIBUTION OF THE INTEGRATED ANNUAL REPORT
The delayed finalisation of the Audited 2022 Financial Statements will result in a delay in the
finalisation and distribution of the integrated annual report, which will accordingly not occur by
31 July 2022, as required by the JSE Listings Requirements.
Shareholders will be updated on further developments as and when they arise, and further
announcements will be made as and when appropriate.
RENEWAL OF CAUTIONARY
Shareholders are referred to the further cautionary announcement released by the Company
on SENS on 31 May 2022 and the subsequent announcements released by the Company on
SENS on 3 June 2022, 10 June 2022, 15 June 2022 and 24 June 2022 in relation to the
proposed recapitalisation of Tongaat Hulett.
In light of the content of this announcement and given that negotiations in relation to the capital
restructuring are still ongoing, shareholders are advised to continue to exercise caution when
dealing in the Company’s securities until a further announcement is made.
15 July 2022
Date: 15-07-2022 08:46:00
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