SOL: Sasol Limited - Progress With Asset Sales and Further C
JOHANNESBURG, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sasol (NYSE: SSL) and Chevron have signed an agreement that will result in Sasol selling its indirect beneficial interest in the Escravos GTL (EGTL) plant in Nigeria to Chevron. The transaction will release Sasol from associated company guarantees and other obligations. Sasol will continue to support Chevron in the performance of the EGTL plant through ongoing catalyst supply, technology and technical support.
The transaction has an agreed economic effective date of 1 September 2019.
EXPLOSIVES JOINT VENTURE
In October 2019 Sasol announced its intention to form a new explosives partnership with Enaex S.A. Sasol has concluded the transaction to sell a 51% share in the business to Enaex, and on 1 July 2020, Enaex Africa in association with Sasol, will officially start operating in South Africa and on the African Continent.
These transactions form part of Sasol's accelerated divestment programme to streamline our portfolio by focusing on core assets, which will enable Sasol's repositioning over the following 24 months.
Divestment processes are well underway with respect to Sasol's equity interests in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Company (Pty) Ltd (ROMPCO) pipeline and the Central Termica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG) gas-fired power plant in Mozambique, and partnering discussions in relation to the Base Chemicals assets in the USA are far advanced. Further updates on these and other disposals will be provided as and when appropriate.
FURTHER CAUTIONARY ANNOUNCEMENT
Sasol refers to the cautionary announcements released on the Stock Exchange News Service on 17 March 2020 and 31 March 2020, outlining a comprehensive response strategy designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and a lower oil price. 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.
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 asset disposal programme and the potential rights issue are made.
Disclaimer - Forward-looking statements
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For further information, please contact:
Sasol Investor Relations,
Feroza Syed, Chief Investor Relations Officer
Direct telephone: +27 (0) 82 557 7740
SOURCE Sasol Limited