SENS announcement – Trading Statement for financial year ended 31 December 2010

Commentary to the summarised results for the year ended 31 December 2010


The year to 31 December 2010 was significant for the company and shareholders should be pleased with the outcome. For many years the company’s major priority was to settle all claims with JCI Limited (JCI) and this was achieved on 23 June 2010. The JCI settlement had the effect of yielding a recovery R783.5 million to the group. This was declared as a dividend to shareholders. Subsequently a dividend valued at R338.4 million was declared, bringing the total dividends declared to shareholders to R1 110.1 million or R15.46 per R&E share for the financial year. The difference between the settlement amount and the dividend declared is mainly due to changes in the fair value of the assets distributed.

The settlement paved the way for the company’s suspension to be lifted on the JSE and this was achieved on 4 June 2010.

Your company is now a cleansed entity trading freely on the JSE. Not only was substantial value returned to shareholders, but R&E is optimally positioned to maximise the value of its remaining suite of assets.

In addition, various lawsuits against third parties were settled and this yielded further recoveries of R25.2 million. There remain material lawsuits against third parties and these were progressed during the year. The company has an adequate balance sheet to sustain these legal claims.

Priority has been given to ensure that the company’s prospecting rights are retained and exploited to ensure a commercially viable outcome.

The income statement

The group results for the 2010 year were positive, showing total profit of R741 million.

This was mainly as a result of recoveries made and dividends earned on investments. Continued expenditure on consulting, forensic, legal, audit fees and tax advisors was necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. In this regard, it is worth noting that R&E made recoveries of R25.2 million in addition to the JCI settlement in the year under review. The group also incurred substantial expenses in pursuit of the settlement with JCI.

The balance sheet

The major assets, excluding the assets held for distribution, of the R&E group as at 31 December 2010 consist of cash and prospecting rights. The board has adopted a minimum risk approach to protect the group’s cash investments, which are monitored daily in conjunction with a specialist treasury firm to maintain optimal returns with minimal associated risks. More than 90% of these investments yield a tax-free dividend return.

The group’s prospecting rights are stated at cost less impairments as we do not have sufficient geological information to allow us to declare the reserves as stated in the previously published competent persons reports. The group intends to retain most of its prospecting rights but will negotiate possible sale transactions with third parties where it is commercially sound to do so. Planned prospecting expenditure on all rights currently held is R21.7 million over the course of the next four years. R&E will progressively review the exploration programme to ensure efficient application of the company’s resources.

The post-retirement medical benefit obligation is unfunded. The group continues to fulfill its obligations. However, in managing the liability, we have successfully offered members of the medical aid scheme a cash amount in exchange for the renunciation of their benefits under the scheme, an alternative that is proving to be beneficial for both parties.

Income tax for the group currently consists mainly of tax payable in the form of STC as a result of the distributions to shareholders.

The R&E group has calculated tax losses as at 31 December 2010, but no deferred tax assets were raised as it is not probable that there would be future taxable profits against which to offset the tax losses. As in the past, certain tax matters dating back to 1998 that were part of the Kebble legacy are still being finalised with the South African Revenue Service.

Cash flow

The group’s primary cash inflows were as a result of investing activities, various loans owing to the group being repaid, dividends earned on cash and cash equivalents and the disposal of assets received in settlements. The group utilised this cash to fund its operations during the year.


Setting aside the settlement with JCI, the outlook for 2011 is similar to that for the previous year. Expenditure on legal and operational expenses is expected to be at a similar level, which is likely to prevail until all claims have been finalised.

R&E is assessing various opportunities to utilise its assets. The positive net cash position further enhances the company’s ability to attract potentially lucrative opportunities, although the board will endeavour to always protect its asset base and ensure that there will be adequate funds to finalise all third party litigation.

The remaining claims against various parties are strategically evaluated on an ongoing basis and shareholders are once again assured that the board will adopt a commercial and pragmatic approach towards further recoveries.

David Kovarsky      Marais Steyn                  Van Zyl Botha
Chairman            Chief Executive Officer       Financial Director

7 March 2011

The financial statements are presented on a summarised consolidated basis.Statement of comprehensive income

  For the year ended 31 December
    2010 2009
  Notes R’000 R’000
Revenue   20 408 17 433
Recoveries – JCI 6 783 549
           – Other   25 204 60 240
Other income   9 805 220
Other operating expenses   (80 826) (47 519)
Results from operating activities   758 140 30 374
Finance income   1 519 33 662
Profit before taxation   759 659 64 036
Taxation   (18 200) (11 678)
Profit for the year   741 459 52 358
Other comprehensive income      
Net change in fair value of available-for-sale investments 10 49 874 12 137
Foreign currency translation differences   19
Total comprehensive income   791 333 64 514
Profit or loss attributable to:      
Non-controlling interest   54 17 615
Owners of the company   741 405 34 743
Profit for the year   741 459 52 358
Total comprehensive income attributable to:      
Non-controlling interest   54 17 615
Owners of the company   791 279 46 899
Total comprehensive income for the year   791 333 64 514
Basic and diluted earnings per share (cents) 11 1 032 48

Statement of financial position

    As at 31 December
    2010 2009
  Notes R’000 R’000
Non-current assets   782 247 032
Plant and equipment   308 108
Intangible assets   474 474
Investments in equity securities   246 450
Current assets   568 291 549 096
Loans receivable   207 543
Trade and other receivables   2 649 46 747
Investments held for distribution 10 273 845
Cash and cash equivalents   291 797 294 806
Total assets   569 073 796 128
Equity and liabilities      
Shareholders’ equity   174 455 484 152
Issued capital   748 748
Share premium   986 054
Reserves   62 011 12 137
Retained earnings/(Accumulated loss)   111 696 (514 787)
Non-controlling interest 7, 8 250 378
Total equity   174 455 734 530
Non-current liabilities      
Post-retirement medical benefit obligation   36 429 34 575
Current liabilities   358 189 27 023
Tax payable   11 220 15 579
Shareholders for dividend 11 338 477
Trade and other payables   8 492 11 444
Total equity and liabilities   569 073 796 128

Statement of changes in equity

  For the year ended 31 December
    2010 2009
  Notes R’000 R’000
Share capital      
Balance at the beginning and end of the period   748 748
Share premium   986 054
Balance at the beginning of the period   986 054 986 054
Settlement distribution 11 (803 804)
GFI and cash distribution 11 (182 250)
Foreign currency translation reserve  
Balance at the beginning of the period   (19)
Movement for the period   19
Investment fair value reserve   62 011 12 137
Balance at the beginning of the period   12 137
Net change in fair value of available-for-sale investments   49 874 12 137
Accumulated profit / (loss)   111 696 (514 787)
Balance at the beginning of the period   (514 787) (549 530)
Transaction with non-controlling shareholders 8 9 074
Profit for the period   741 405 34 743
Settlement distribution 11 32 231
GFI and cash distribution 11 (156 227)
Non-controlling interest    – 250 378
Balance at the beginning of the period   250 378 232 763
Transaction with non-controlling shareholders 7,8 (171 051)
Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders   (79 381)
Profit for the period   54 17 615

Statement of cash flows

  For the year ended 31 December
  2010 2009
  R’000 R’000
Profit before taxation 759 659 64 036
Adjusted for:    
  Recoveries not settled in cash (808 754)
  Other non-cash items 26 420 (378)
  Finance income (1 519) (33 662)
  Dividends received (20 408) (17 433)
  Working capital changes 41 146 (46 627)
Cash utilised in operations (3 456) (34 064)
Finance income 635 1 040
Taxation paid (22 559) (10 088)
Cash flows from operating activities (25 380) (43 112)
Cash flows from investing activities 101 752 62 174
Dividends received 20 408 17 433
Proceeds from disposal of recovered assets 27 344
Proceeds on disposal of investment in equity securities 8 061
Acquisition of investment in equity securities (5 129)
Acquisition of investment in subsidiary (202)
Acquisition of plant and equipment (285) (14)
Loan payments received 46 426 135 350
Loans advanced (85 466)
Cash flow from financing activities    
Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders (79 381)
Translation effect on foreign cash and cash equivalents 19
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (3 009) 19 081
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 294 806 275 725
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period 291 797 294 806

Notes to the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010

1. Reporting entity
R&E is a company domiciled and incorporated in the Republic of South Africa. The financial statements of the company for the year ended 31 December 2010 include the company and its subsidiaries (together referred to as the “group”).

2. Statement of compliance
The summarised consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010 have been prepared in compliance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 Interim Financial Reporting, the AC 500 standards as issued by the Accounting Practices Board and the Companies Act of South Africa.

These financial statements were approved by the board of directors of R&E on 7 March 2011.

3. Significant accounting policies
The accounting policies applied by the group in these financial statements are in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and are consistent with those applied by the group in its consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2009. The following standards and interpretations were adopted on 1 January 2010:

– IAS 27: Amendment Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements;
– Various: Improvements to International Financial Reporting Standards 2009;
– IFRS 3: Business Combinations; and
– IFRIC 17: Distribution of Non-cash Assets to Owners (IFRIC 17).

There was no significant impact on these financial statements as a result of adopting these standards and interpretations, except for IFRIC 17.

IFRIC 17 addresses the accounting treatment for non-cash distributions made to owners. In terms of IFRIC 17 a liability is recognised at the fair value of the asset to be distributed when the distribution is authorised. The asset to be distributed is reclassified as held for distribution and measured in accordance with IFRS 5. Re-measurement of the liability at fair value of the asset to be distributed will be recognised in equity. When the distribution is made, the liability and the asset will be derecognised. IFRIC 17 has been applied prospectively.

All dividends declared during 2010 (refer note 11) have been accounted for in terms of IFRIC 17.

4. Independent audit by the auditors
The summarised consolidated statement of financial position at 31 December 2010 and the related summarised consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows for the year then ended and related notes was audited by KPMG Inc. The individual auditor assigned to perform the audit is Mr CH Basson. KPMG’s unqualified audit report is available for inspection at the registered office of the company.

5. Segment reporting
The group operates in a single operating segment as an investment holding company with assets in the South African mining industry.

6. Settlement with JCI Limited and distribution of shares
On 28 May 2010, the shareholders of R&E approved the settlement agreement with JCI Limited (JCI) as well as the distribution of the shares received as part of the settlement to R&E shareholders. The JCI shareholders also approved the settlement with R&E on 4 June 2010.

The settlement circular, containing full details of the settlement, was distributed to shareholders on 12 May 2010. As a result of the settlement, the JCI group transferred the following assets to the R&E group on 2 July 2010:

– 6 051 632 GFI shares; and
– 1 555 710 220 JCI shares (a fresh issue).

A recovery of R783,5 million was recognised in profit or loss on 23 June 2010 (the date on which the last suspensive condition contained in the settlement agreement was met) at the fair value of the shares receivable.

No tax liability arose from the settlement transaction as all the affected entities within the group have sufficient income tax and capital gains tax losses to absorb the recovery. There were also no tax consequences as a result of the distribution of the abovementioned GFI and JCI shares, as it was made partially out of share premium and partially as an unbundling in terms of section 46 of the Income Tax Act.

On 5 July 2010, R&E distributed the above shares as well as the 305 186 049 JCI shares already held by it (JCI unbundling shares) to its shareholders.

The JCI shares received as part of the settlement as well as the JCI unbundling shares were valued at R0.105 per share. The revaluation of the JCI unbundling shares resulted in a R15.6 million impairment being recognised in profit or loss.

7. Excussion of FSD shares from JCI
At 31 December 2009, R&E had a loan receivable from the JCI group of R207.5 million. This loan was secured by a pledge of shares held by JCI in Free State Development and Investment Corporation Limited (FSD). On 14 January 2010 (the agreed settlement date), JCI was unable to make a full repayment of the loan. As a result, R&E exercised its security and became the beneficial owner of a further 6 690 610 FSD shares at an agreed value of R161.9 million, increasing its shareholding in FSD by 30.10% to 85.21%.

8. Purchase of remaining stake in FSD
On 19 November 2010, the company purchased the remaining 14.79% stake in FSD from JCI for a consideration of R0.2 million. The decrease in value was a result of cash distributions made by FSD prior to the acquisition.

9. Distribution of 2 270 687 GFI shares and special cash dividend of 90 cents per R&E share
On 30 November 2010, R&E shareholders approved the distribution of R&E’s remaining listed investment in GFI (amounting to 3.16193 GFI shares per 100 R&E shares held), as well as a cash dividend of 90 cents per share.

These distributions were effected on 17 January 2011. STC is payable on the portion of the distribution not made out of share premium.

10. Investments held for distribution
At the reporting date, the GFI shares referred in note 9 (which represent the group’s entire remaining portfolio of listed securities) were revalued to fair value, with the gain recognised in other comprehensive income. The shares were then re-classified as “Investments held for distribution” in accordance with IFRIC 17.

11. Earnings per share and dividend per share

  For the year ended 31 December
  2010 2009
Basic earnings and diluted earnings per ordinary share    
Basic and diluted earnings for the period (R’000) 741 405 34 743
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 71 813 182 73 063 128
Earnings per share (cents) 1 032 48
Headline and diluted headline earnings per ordinary share    
Headline and diluted headline earnings for the period (R’000) 754 893 34 743
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue 71 813 182 73 063 128
Headline earnings per share (cents) 1 051 48
  R’000 R’000
Reconciliation between basic and headline earnings for the period    
Profit for the period attributable to the equity holders of the company 741 405 34 743
Adjusted for:    
Profit on disposal of available-for-sale investments (2 165)
Impairment of investment held for distribution 15 653
  754 893 34 743
Tax effect of adjustments
Portion attributable to non-controlling interest
Headline earnings for the period attributable to equity holders of the company 754 893 34 743
Dividend per share    
Total dividends declared 1 110 050
– 23 June 2010 771 573
– 30 November 2010 338 477
Eligible shares in issue 71 813 235
Dividend per share (cents) 1 546

The dividend distribution to ordinary shareholders of the company, as declared on 23 June 2010 of R771.6 million, consists of the JCI settlement assets amounting to R771.8 million and the JCI unbundling shares of R32.0 million adjusted for the portion returned to the group by virtue of its 3 million treasury shares.

  R’000 R’000
Total dividend payable from R&E’s share premium 803 804
Dividend payable to group entities recognised in retained earnings (32 231)
Dividend distributed 771 573

The dividend payable to ordinary shareholders of the company, excluding the treasury shares, amounting to R338,4 million, as declared on 30 November 2010, consists of 2 270 687 GFI shares and a special cash dividend of R64,6 million which was recognised in the statement of financial position as a liability.

12. Net asset and tangible net asset value and per share

  31 December 2010 31 December 2009
Net asset value per share (cents) 243 674
Net tangible asset value per share (cents) 242 674

13. Material changes
To the knowledge of the board, there have been no material changes to the information contained in the independent mineral asset valuation reports that were disclosed to shareholders in the settlement circular.

14. Related-party transactions
As a result of the settlement during the year, the JCI group is no longer considered a related party. For major transactions with JCI refer to notes 6, 7 and 8.

15. Events after reporting date
Refer to note 9 for the significant event occurring after 31 December 2010.

16. Annual general meeting

Details concerning the date, time and venue of R&E’s annual general meeting will be announced on SENS in due course.

DC Kovarsky (Chairman)**, M Steyn (CEO)*, V Botha*, MB Madumise**,
JH Scholes**
(* Executive, ** Independent non-executive)

Secretary and Registered office:
RP Pearcey FCIS, 7th Floor Fredman Towers, 13 Fredman Drive, Sandown, 2196

Transfer secretaries:
Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Limited
(Registration number 2004/003647/07) 70 Marshall Street, Johannesburg 2001

10 March 2011

Sponsor: PSG Capital (Pty) Limited

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