Updated trading statement in respect of the six months ended 31 December 2014
20 February 2015
Shareholders are referred to the trading statement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited on 3 December 2014 whereby shareholders were advised that headline earnings and basic earnings to be reported on for the six months ended 31 December 2014 (1H F2015) would be lower by at least 45% and 55%, respectively, than those of the prior corresponding period. The Company and its directors are satisfied that a reasonable degree of certainty exists to provide shareholders with a likely range by which the Company’s headline earnings per share and basic earnings per share are expected to decrease.
ARM’s 1H F2015 headline earnings were negatively affected by a decline in US Dollar export commodity prices, especially for iron ore. The lower US Dollar prices were partially offset by a weaker average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate during the six month period.
Accordingly, ARM announces that headline earnings per share for 1H F2015 are expected to decrease by between 55% and 58% to between 455 and 490 cents per share (1H F2014: 1 084 cents per share).
ARM’s 1H F2015 basic earnings were impacted by an unrealised mark-to-market loss on the Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited investment due to the fall in the Harmony share price below the previously reported level of R25.90 per share. The basic earnings per share are therefore expected to decline by between 52% and 55% to between 360 and 380 cents per share (1H F2014: 794 cents per share).
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has neither been reviewed nor reported on by the external auditors of ARM.
The Company’s interim results will be released on 16 March 2015.
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20 February 2015
Sponsor: Deutsche Securities (SA) (Proprietary) Limited