Arm Trading update
10 February 2005
ARM results have been positively impacted by strong performances from its ferrous metals and nickel divisions: owing to increased volumes and high commodity prices for, primarily, manganese; and better nickel prices. These performances were partially offset by equity accounted losses from Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) for the period until 30 November 2004. ARM is treating Harmony as an investment from 1 December 2004.
Shareholders are therefore advised that ARM expects its headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 December 2004 to be between 9 and 11 cents per share, while basic earnings for the period are expected to be between 115 and 120 cents per share*. This compares with the result for the corresponding six months period to 31 December 2003 being a 1 cent loss for both headline and basic earnings.
This trading statement has not been reviewed or reported on by ARM’s external auditors. The release of the announcement of the half-year results is expected to be published on or about 15 February 2005.
* Includes a reversal of previously deferred profits on the sale of Avgold Limited
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