Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol Inzalo Public has announced its intention to list on the BEE Segment of the Main Board of the stock exchange operated by the JSE. The requisite documentation for listing is currently being reviewed by the JSE and neither the documentation nor the application for listing has been formally approved by the JSE.
If approved by the JSE, Sasol Inzalo Public shareholders will be approached for the approvals required to enable a listing. Sasol Inzalo Public was established by Sasol Limited in 2008 to allow previously disadvantaged South Africans an opportunity to acquire an interest in the company and to share in Sasol´s success. This includes black South Africans, B-BBEE-owned companies and B-BBBEE controlled companies, as defined in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, No. 53 of 2003 (BEE Act). Sasol Inzalo Public indirectly owns 2,4% of Sasol's total issued share capital.
The proposed listing of the ordinary shares in Sasol Inzalo Public on the JSE will provide existing and prospective holders of ordinary shares in Sasol Inzalo Public with access to a licensed trading platform with the benefits of a globally recognised stock exchange in a regulated environment. This includes a market determined share price and exit mechanism, while ensuring that Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares are traded exclusively amongst BEE compliant persons, as defined in the JSE Listings Requirements, for the remaining duration of the empowerment period, which commenced on 8 September 2008 and will end on 7 September 2018 (Empowerment Period).
The board of directors of Sasol Inzalo Public decided to list the ordinary shares in Sasol Inzalo Public on the JSE pursuant to a directive issued by the Financial Services Board (FSB) to the effect that it would not allow existing single counter trading mechanisms to continue operating without a license under the Financial Markets Act 2012 (Act No 19 of 2012)(FMA).
Sasol Inzalo Public has been granted an exemption to operate its existing trading mechanism until 30 November 2015.
Commenting on the proposed listing, Ms Khungeka Njobe, Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director of Sasol Inzalo Public, said "By listing Sasol Inzalo Public on the main board of the JSE, shareholders will be able to trade on a world-class stock exchange and benefit from the flexibility this platform offers. “
She added, “This is testament of the commitment to our shareholders and ensuring that we comply with all regulatory requirements".
A pre-listing statement including full details of the proposed listing will be available on or about 23 October 2015.
Note to editors:
During May 2008, Sasol Inzalo Public issued the funded invitation prospectus dated May 2008 ("Funded Invitation Prospectus") inviting black people, B-BBEE-owned companies and B-BBEE controlled companies, to make offers, in terms of which successful applicants would be allotted and issued Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares ("Funded Invitation"). The Funded Invitation formed part of the BEE ownership initiatives of Sasol aimed at furthering Sasol´s BEE objectives. A total of 16 085 199 Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary Shares were issued by
Sasol Inzalo to 214 404 successful applicants. As at the date of this announcement, a total of 16 085 199 Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares which are held by 206 496 holders remain in issue.
From 8 September 2011, Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shareholders were permitted to trade their Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares and in terms of the Funded Invitation Prospectus, Sasol and Sasol Inzalo Public undertook to use their reasonable endeavours to establish a trading market to facilitate trading in the Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares. Sasol and Sasol Inzalo Public put in place the Sasol Inzalo Public share trading platform with effect from 1 March 2012.
In July 2014, the FSB issued a directive stipulating that a person who maintains or provides infrastructure which meets the requirements of the definition of an exchange in the FMA operates an exchange, regardless of whether the infrastructure is provided for transactions in respect of only one security.
On the basis of this directive, the FSB informed Sasol Inzalo Public that it is of the view that the Sasol Inzalo Public share trading platform is an exchange in terms of the FMA and is therefore required to be licensed as an exchange in terms of the FMA.
The FSB granted Sasol Inzalo Public a temporary exemption until 30 November 2015 from applying to the FBS to have the Sasol Inzalo Public share trading platform licensed as an exchange or from listing the Sasol Inzalo Public ordinary shares on the BEE Segment of the Main Board of the JSE as an asset backed security. At the date of issue of this announcement, the JSE is the only exchange licensed under the FMA which has a segment where trade in the securities listed on that segment, namely BEE Securities, is restricted to occur exclusively between BEE Compliant Persons.