THE SPAR GROUP LIMITED - Unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2023
14 June 2023 7:05

Unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2023

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


+7.9% (2022: R67.6 BILLION)

-17.5% (2022: R1.8 BILLION)

447.7 CENTS
-30.2% (2022: 641.1 CENTS)

5 576.0 CENTS
+27.5% (2022: 4 373.9 CENTS)


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Rmillion                                        Unaudited   Unaudited       
                                               six months  six months   
                                                    ended       ended
                                                 31 March    31 March        %
                                                     2023        2022   change
Turnover(1)                                      72 924.6    67 605.2      7.9
Operating profit                                  1 512.0     1 832.0    (17.5)
Earnings per share                   (cents)        425.3       605.5    (29.8)
Headline earnings per share          (cents)        447.9       642.6    (30.3)
Diluted headline earnings per share  (cents)        447.7       641.1    (30.2)
Dividend per share                   (cents)            -       175.0        -
Net asset value per share            (cents)      5 576.0     4 373.9     27.5

(1) Turnover represents revenue from the sale of merchandise.


Rmillion                                                                          The SPAR
                              Southern Africa     Ireland Switzerland   Poland   Group Ltd
Turnover1                            47 101.8    17 102.5     7 337.1  1 383.2    72 924.6
Gross profit                          4 698.7     2 551.9     1 286.9    278.4     8 815.9
Gross profit margin %                    10.0        14.9        17.5     20.1        12.1
Operating profit/(loss)               1 022.8       436.7       110.0    (57.5)    1 512.0
Operating margin %                        2.2         2.6         1.5     (4.2)        2.1
Profit/(loss) before taxation           918.7       314.3        57.6   (114.7)    1 175.9
Financial position
Total assets                         28 134.4    17 471.1    12 338.2  2 491.1    60 434.8
Total liabilities                    22 948.1    13 734.4     9 670.6  3 353.7    49 706.8

SPAR delivered a commendable trading performance amid challenging environments. Turnover for the group increased by 7.9% to R72.9 billion. Over the past
12 months, all regions have come under considerable inflationary cost pressures. The cost pressures, coupled with SAP software go-live challenges at the
KwaZulu-Natal distribution centre (KZN DC) and subsequent loss of turnover during the latter half of the period, resulted in a decline in operating profit
of 17.5% to R1.5 billion. Due to rising interest rates across all geographies, finance costs on debt and overdrafts have increased relative to the prior
comparative period. Diluted headline earnings per share declined by 30.2% to 447.7 cents. In light of the challenges, the board of directors (board)
believes it prudent not to declare an interim dividend.

SPAR Southern Africa reported an increase in turnover of 5.6%, which was negatively impacted by a constrained consumer environment exacerbated by high
levels of electricity loadshedding, the high base effect of liquor sales in the prior comparative period, the loss of turnover from the SAP software go-live
challenges experienced at the KZN DC, as well as a weaker trading performance from Build it. The SPAR core grocery business reported sales growth of 7.9%
against internally measured wholesale price inflation of 10.8%. SPAR's on demand shopping platform, SPAR2U, was available in 234 sites at the end of March
2023. TOPS at SPAR liquor business reported a decline in wholesale turnover of 1.9% for the period (against extraordinary growth of 41.6% in the prior
comparative period). On a combined basis, core grocery and liquor turnover increased by 6.5% for the period. Build it reported a decline in turnover of
3.8%, which is reflective of the intense slowdown in the building sector, with the manufacturing of building materials severely impacted by the increased
levels of electricity loadshedding. The pharmaceutical business, S Buys Pharmacy at SPAR, continued to deliver excellent sales performances from both
Pharmacy at SPAR and Scriptwise (specialised pharmacy), delivering 20.0% turnover growth for the period.

BWG Group (Ireland and South West England) delivered another strong trading performance with turnover increasing by 8.8% for the period in EUR terms, and
15.1% in ZAR terms. Both markets experienced the continued challenges brought on by consumers dealing with higher costs of living, driven by ongoing food
price inflation, higher interest rates and energy costs. In Ireland, all retail brands performed strongly. The foodservices business was boosted by a full
recovery of the hospitality sector, which was restricted for parts of the prior comparative period due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Furthermore,
recently acquired small wholesale businesses were successfully integrated during the period, adding to the positive performance in this region. In the
United Kingdom, Appleby Westward's corporate retail division benefitted from the acquisition of stores during the period, and the wholesale business
reported solid growth.

SPAR Switzerland's turnover declined by 4.3% in CHF terms (increased by 6.9% in ZAR terms) against the prior comparative period. Food retailers across
Switzerland remain under pressure due to continued loss of volumes relative to the extraordinary gains made during the pandemic when the Swiss borders were
closed. Wholesale turnover increased by 2.0% in CHF terms, impacted by the transfer of petro-convenience corporate stores to independent retailers during
2022. Owing to the contraction in the restaurant industry caused by high costs of energy, goods and labour, coupled with consumers eating out less, turnover
from the TopCC cash and carry business was adversely impacted and declined by 2.6% in CHF terms.

SPAR Poland made considerable progress during the period. The extension of the distribution centre in Czeladz was completed and the benefits of the extended
range have been well received by retailers. SPAR Poland delivered turnover growth of 4.9% in PLN terms (9.3% in ZAR terms), compared to the prior
comparative period. SPAR's strategy to invest in price has been well received by retailers, improving SPAR's competitiveness in the marketplace and against
the backdrop of very high inflation which continues to place pressure on consumer disposable income. The growth in retailer loyalty and reduction in
operating loss is encouraging. Retailer loyalty for the country has improved from 48% to 60% at period end.

Shareholders are hereby reminded of the changes to the board, which took place during the reporting period and the board is pleased to report the progress
in respect of the composition of the board in line with the King IV code on corporate governance. In December, a new independent non-executive director was
appointed chairman, currently acting as executive chairman until a group CEO has been appointed. In February, one long-serving independent non-executive
director stepped down and a non-executive director and the group CEO retired. The process to find a new group CEO is well underway and the board is 
conscious of the uncertainty caused during this period. The executive chairman continues to fulfil an important role supported by the chairman's committee 
in supporting the country CEOs and addressing the group opportunities and challenges. Two new independent non-executive directors were appointed, selected 
for their specific skillsets. In May, SPAR also appointed a new company secretary, dedicated to supporting the board and committees in further elevating
governance within the group. The former company secretary will focus on environmental, socio-economic and other governance matters as SPAR's dedicated ESG
executive, driving SPAR's commitment to the future of our brand and our planet. An independent non-executive director has been appointed deputy chair of
the board.

Recognising the challenges facing the group, the board believes it is prudent not to declare an interim dividend for the period ended 31 March 2023 (2022:
175.0 cents per share). The board will revisit this decision going forward, taking into consideration the prevailing macro and operating conditions at the
time. Returning capital to shareholders in the form of dividends and responsible capital allocation remains a priority for the board.

In Southern Africa, management remain focused on strategic growth areas to drive turnover, and have seen a positive uptick in sales post the period end.
While conditions are expected to remain tough, management is taking action to reduce the impact thereof and will continue to attract consumers through real
value house brand offerings. SPAR's new strategy for private label is being launched. Resolving all outstanding SAP software implementation challenges
remains an urgent priority for the business and for our retailers in the KZN region. Operational and capital expenditure discipline and improved working
capital are critical focus areas for management.

In the European regions, the summer months are traditionally positive months for retail trading and hospitality sector growth. BWG Group plans to build on
the momentum delivered during the first half of the financial year across both markets and will focus on the execution of its new EUROSPAR supermarket
strategy in Ireland. The Swiss team is focused on growth through new business opportunities, and strict cost discipline to improve profitability will be key
in the months ahead. The board is considering business options in Poland and will announce its decision in due course.

Given the cost pressures across all markets, retailer profitability remains a key focus for all management teams. SPAR retailers are resilient. We salute
them for facing these challenges and playing a positive role within their communities, while continuing to operate against headwinds that remain outside of
their control. We will continue to provide the necessary support they need during these testing times and remain focused on the opportunities identified.

The board is positive about the future of the SPAR business. 

Mike Bosman               Mark Godfrey
Executive Chairman        Chief Financial Officer

Date of release on SENS: 14 June 2023

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Directors: MJ Bosman (Executive Chairman), JA Canny*, PMP da Silva*, MW Godfrey, LM Koyana*, M Mashologu*, ST Naran*, AG Waller* (Lead independent), 
SA Zinn* (Deputy Chairperson) 
(*Independent non-executive)

Company Secretary: S Ashokumar 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: JSE Investor Services (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 4844, Johannesburg, 2000

Auditors: PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., Waterfall City Heliport, 4 Lisbon Ln, Jukskei View, Midrand, 2090

Sponsor: One Capital, 17 Fricker Road, Illovo, 2196

Bankers and corporate brokers: 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


Date: 14-06-2023 07:05:00
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