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WILDERNESS HOLDINGS LIMITED - Unaudited announcement of condensed consolidated financial results for the six months ended 31 August 2017
26 Oct 2017

Wilderness Holdings Limited "Wilderness" or "the Company" or "the Group" Share code: WIL ISIN: BW0000000868 Registration number: 2004/2986 BSE: Primary Listing JSE: Secondary Listing Tax reference number: C075372-01-01-7 Unaudited interim announcement of condensed consolidated financial results For the six months ended 31 August 2017 Founded in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Holdings is an award-winning and globally respected ecotourism company present in the prime wilderness and wildlife areas of southern and east Africa. Pivoted off the continent's most diverse portfolio of luxury safari camps, the Group operates a vertically integrated business model that combines the ownership of product (safari camps), support services (bush airline, and touring and transfer services), and marketing, sales and reservations businesses. Collectively, these are termed "the travel experience" and serve to ensure certainty of supply, ownership of the supply chain and a seamless service to both the client (the travel trade) and the consumer (our guest). Our Blueprint-The 4Cs The Wilderness Group is committed to ensuring the sustainability of our operations. This commitment is part of our DNA, with our Vision and Values based on our 4Cs sustainability ethos of: - Commerce - Community - Culture - Conservation Highlights - Revenue up 10% to P705 million - EBITDA up 2% to P179 million - Adjusted EBITDA* up 8% - Total revenue per available room** down 5% - Profit after tax up 25% to P117 million - Cash generated by operations up 13% to P218 million - HEPS up 26% to 43 thebe per share - Occupancy rate down to 65% from 66% * Adjusted EBITDA excludes the effects of the Governors' acquisition and foreign exchange (losses)/gains. ** Total revenue per available room (TRevPar) is calculated as total revenue from Travel Experience divided by total available rooms. Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income Unaudited Unaudited Six Six Audited months months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 Change 2016 2017 Revenue 704 949 10% 641 912 1 107 467 Cost of sales (209 826) (184 406) (353 447) Gross profit 495 123 457 506 754 020 Other gains 581 2 000 16 182 Operating expenses (309 161) 11% (277 278) (550 018) Foreign exchange losses (7 754) (7 400) (11 317) Operating profit for year before items listed below (EBITDA) 178 789 2% 174 828 208 867 Impairment loss (4 231) (3 133) (3 165) Depreciation and amortisation (41 273) (36 121) (76 927) Operating profit 133 285 (2%) 135 574 128 775 Net finance costs (9 473) (3 297) (9 195) Unrealised foreign exchange gains/(losses) on loans 9 319 (5 416) (20 806) Share of associate company profit 2 035 1 926 2 600 Profit before taxation 135 166 5% 128 787 101 374 Taxation (18 395) (35 205) (38 623) Profit for the period 116 771 25% 93 582 62 751 Other comprehensive (loss)/income (2 211) 4 764 17 059 Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss: Exchange differences on translating foreign operations (2 211) 4 764 17 059 Total comprehensive income for the period 114 560 98 346 79 810 Profit attributable to: Owners of the Company 99 945 79 370 55 497 Non-controlling interest 16 826 14 212 7 254 116 771 93 582 62 751 Total comprehensive income attributable to: Owners of the Company 97 311 85 422 73 844 Non-controlling interest 17 249 12 924 5 966 114 560 98 346 79 810 Earnings per share (thebe) Basic 42.17 23% 34.23 23.74 Diluted 41.92 28% 32.71 23.59 Condensed consolidated statement of financial position Unaudited Unaudited Audited as at as at as at 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Assets Non-current assets 887 950 714 620 795 849 Property, plant and equipment 643 635 540 855 571 121 Goodwill 69 085 62 937 69 152 Intangible assets 116 107 71 019 119 694 Investments and loans in associates 14 735 12 026 12 700 Loans receivable 13 622 - - Deferred tax assets 30 766 27 783 23 182 Current assets 732 720 454 500 428 919 Inventories 35 341 32 799 31 952 Receivables and prepayments 181 975 161 602 140 968 Current tax receivable 25 885 11 902 23 818 Bank balances and cash 489 519 248 197 232 181 Total assets 1 620 670 1 169 120 1 224 768 Equity and liabilities Equity attributable to the owners of the Company 566 763 532 329 507 985 Stated capital 167 291 156 086 167 291 Foreign currency translation reserve 21 443 11 780 24 080 Common control reserve (73 324) (73 324) (73 324) Other non-distributable reserves 19 318 (9 983) 19 318 Share-based payment reserve 34 23 461 (518) Retained income 432 001 424 309 371 138 Non-controlling interest 44 536 (13 402) 28 586 Total equity 611 299 518 927 536 571 Non-current liabilities 444 548 100 461 226 759 Borrowings 379 402 49 741 160 617 Deferred tax liabilities 65 146 50 720 66 142 Current liabilities 564 823 549 732 461 438 Trade and other payables 497 119 461 674 385 923 Borrowings - current portion 7 078 12 254 7 210 Current tax liabilities 8 471 13 692 6 603 Bank overdrafts 52 155 62 112 61 702 Total liabilities 1 009 371 650 193 688 197 Total equity and liabilities 1 620 670 1 169 120 1 224 768 Net asset value per share (thebe) 239 230 217 Net tangible asset value per 161 172 137 share (thebe) Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows Unaudited Unaudited Audited six months six months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Cash flow from operating activities Cash generated from operations 253 776 218 540 210 902 Net finance costs (9 473) (3 297) (9 195) Taxation paid (26 532) (23 280) (45 839) Net cash inflow from operating activities 217 771 191 963 155 868 Cash flow from investing activities Acquisition of subsidiary companies - (71 705) (71 705) Additions to property, plant and equipment and intangibles (120 794) (71 308) (142 392) Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment 3 318 1 469 4 510 Increases in long-term loans receivable (13 622) - - Net cash outflow from investing activities (131 098) (141 544) (209 587) Cash flow from financing activities Non-controlling interests' share of dividends (1 299) (3 269) (3 269) Share-based payment - employee tax settlement - - (14 908) Dividends paid (39 082) (34 782) (34 782) Repayment of long-term liabilities (2 709) (28 447) (58 037) Increases in long-term liabilities 227 134 2 592 138 857 Net cash inflow/(outflow) from financing activities 184 044 (63 906) 27 861 Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 270 717 (13 487) (25 858) Unrealised exchange (losses) on foreign cash balances (3 832) (2 393) (5 628) Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of year 170 479 201 965 201 965 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year 437 364 186 085 170 479 Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity Unaudited Unaudited Audited six months six months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Opening balance 536 571 469 528 469 528 Minority portion of dividend paid (1 299) (3 269) (3 269) Dividends paid (39 082) (34 782) (34 782) Total comprehensive income for the period 114 560 98 346 79 810 Share-based payment reserve 552 410 (12 364) Other (3) (11 306) 37 648 Closing balance 611 299 518 927 536 571 Additional disclosure Unaudited Unaudited Audited six months six months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Reconciliation between profit attributable to owners of the Company and headline earnings Profit attributable to owners of the Company 99 945 79 370 55 497 Adjustments IAS 16 - Gains on disposal and impairment of property, plant and equipment (543) (1 977) (6 128) IAS 27 - Gains on disposal of subsidiaries - - (10 134) IAS 36 - Impairment of assets 4 209 3 086 3 204 Tax effects of adjustments (745) (130) 2 841 Minority interest (37) (286) (299) Headline earnings 102 829 80 063 44 981 Number of shares issued (thousands) Issued 237 362 231 882 236 859 Weighted average 237 017 231 882 233 781 Diluted weighted average 238 444 242 642 235 246 Basic 43.38 34.53 19.24 Diluted 43.13 33.00 19.12 Commitments Capital Authorised by directors and contracted for 63 478 33 483 110 006 Not yet contracted for but authorised by directors 56 832 79 234 129 381 120 310 112 717 239 387 It is intended to finance capital expenditure from working capital generated and existing borrowing facilities. Operating leases Minimum lease payments due - within one year 16 122 23 415 16 929 - in second to fifth year inclusive 51 515 53 667 39 557 - after fifth year 49 526 84 387 66 229 117 163 161 469 122 715 Borrowings Non-current Interest bearing 371 274 38 440 157 661 Non-interest bearing 15 206 23 555 10 166 Less: Current portion of (7 078) (12 254) (7 210) long-term liabilities 379 402 49 741 160 617 Segmental information Unaudited Unaudited Audited six months six months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Segmental profit Botswana 91 608 93 669 122 677 Kenya 5 083 13 360 9 523 Namibia 22 909 14 492 16 833 Rwanda 7 669 3 802 6 914 South Africa 35 399 45 831 39 173 Zambezi 24 546 8 509 8 959 Intergroup (1 252) 565 (77) Group 185 962 180 228 204 002 Depreciation and amortisation Botswana (18 543) (17 674) (37 942) Kenya (1 792) (593) (2 737) Namibia (6 981) (5 371) (11 495) Rwanda (141) (165) (397) South Africa (4 360) (3 537) (6 408) Zambezi (9 456) (8 781) (17 948) Group (41 273) (36 121) (76 927) Transactions unallocated to a segment Other gains 581 2 000 16 182 Foreign exchange (losses)/gains (7 754) (7 400) (11 317) Impairment losses (4 231) (3 133) (3 165) Interest paid (11 052) (3 739) (11 096) Interest received 1 579 442 1 901 Unrealised forex loss - loans 9 319 (5 416) (20 806) Associate earnings 2 035 1 926 2 600 Profit before taxation 135 166 128 787 101 374 Taxation (18 395) (35 205) (38 623) Profit after tax 116 771 93 582 62 751 Segmental assets Botswana 850 492 627 294 705 077 Kenya 59 537 59 862 48 314 Namibia 173 726 149 775 143 138 Rwanda 76 262 31 059 70 626 South Africa 415 478 241 447 199 714 Zambezi 150 307 152 124 122 019 Central financing activities and eliminations (105 132) (92 441) (64 120) Group 1 620 670 1 169 120 1 224 768 Unaudited Unaudited Audited six months six months year ended ended ended 31 Aug 31 Aug 28 Feb P'000 2017 2016 2017 Revenue Revenues by type of service Travel experience 621 484 573 948 990 273 Service fees 67 192 53 006 87 645 Other revenue 16 273 14 958 29 549 704 949 641 912 1 107 467 Revenues by geographical regions Botswana 293 969 284 803 477 373 Kenya 49 355 31 430 73 021 Namibia 107 477 91 342 176 559 Rwanda 20 733 8 352 24 192 South Africa 459 286 446 503 731 983 Zambezi 114 177 96 752 162 432 Intergroup (340 048) (317 270) (538 093) 704 949 641 912 1 107 467 % % % Revenue by source market (%) Africa and Middle East 32 31 33 Americas 43 44 40 Australasia 2 3 2 Europe and Asia 23 22 25 100 100 100 Commentary The Group produced a sound performance demonstrating its resilience to the continued appreciation of the home currencies with 10% and 2% growth in revenue and EBITDA, respectively. Organic growth was pleasing, recording an 8% increase in EBITDA, this despite having the Group's flagship camp earning less revenue while the rebuilding of the new camp is in progress. Total available bednights (capacity) increased by 14% as the Governors' businesses were included for the full period in comparison to just two months in the prior period. This inclusion of Governors' resulted in a marginal decline of one percentage point, to 65%, in occupancy rate. The air business in Namibia has made a promising recovery from a loss of P2 million to a profit of P1.5 million. In late June, Bisate Lodge opened in Rwanda and is proving to be highly successful with occupancy rates reaching 90% in the high season. The Group recorded a 26% increase in headline earnings per share ("HEPS"). Governors' acquisition The comparative results for Governors' include only high season, following its consolidation from 1 July 2016, while the current reporting also includes low season. This equates to a contribution of P64 million (2016: P39 million) to revenue and P12 million (2016:P18 million) to EBITDA. In the volatile election environment in Kenya the downturn in performance was expected and with the continued electoral uncertainty there could be further impact. The Group is satisfied with its acquisition of Governors' and the mutual co-operation between the two businesses, and is confident that additional synergies between the groups can be unlocked. Financial review Revenue increased by 10% to P705 million following the strong growth in bednights sold to 101 166 (2016: 89 297). Available bednights have increased by 14% to 155 226 (2016: 136 038). The sales mix has changed materially as the Tour Series and Governors' categories combined now account for 35% (2016: 25%) of total bednights sold. EBITDA margin declined from 27% to 25%, largely due to the inclusion of the low season of the Governors' businesses. Excluding Governors', EBITDA margin would have been unchanged at 26%. The impact of the exchange rate on the revenue line was negligible but on bottom line was far more significant as the stronger Pula and Rand pushed real selling rates down, impacting negatively on performance in South Africa and Botswana in particular. The Rand gained 11% against the USD, while the Pula appreciated by 5%. Operating costs remained well contained with an increase of 5% after adjusting for Governors'. Other gains of P0.5 million include proceeds from insurance claims amounting to P1.1 million offset by losses on disposal of assets amounting to P0.6 million. Impairment losses amounted to P4.2 million and relate to the decommissioning of the old camp assets. In line with the Group's hedging strategy, forward cover remains at zero percent of calculated forward exposure until, in the opinion of the Board, the Rand fundamentals make cover necessary. Net finance costs were 187% higher at P9.5 million (2016: P3.3 million), being a consequence of the inclusion of Governors' and the increased debt to finance capital investment and acquisitions. The Group's effective tax rate decreased from 27% in the prior year to 14%, largely due to the recognition of a P10 million deferred tax asset in the Governors' Group following its strong turnaround in performance. Capital expenditure amounted to P121 million for the period, continuing with the Group's philosophy to ensure our properties and assets remain in pristine condition. However, capital expenditure is expected to taper off at the end of the financial year following the completion of Bisate Lodge and Mombo Camp. Approximately P23 million has been spent on new camps and P71 million on rebuilding existing camps. The balance is largely defensive in nature. Cash balances, less overdrafts, have increased by 135% to P437 million as a result of strong cash generated from operations amounting to P218 million and a net increase in borrowings amounting to P224 million, as these were drawn down to finance capital expenditure previously funded out of own cash resources. Geographical operations (segmental performance) Namibia, Rwanda and Zambezi regions all recorded strong growth as, combined, they contributed 30% (2016: 15%) of segmental profit and reflect combined growth of 104% from P27 million to P55 million. Botswana's performance was down 2%. South Africa declined 23% as a direct result of the strength of the Rand. Kenya recorded a decline of 62% following the inclusion of low season for the period. Loan advanced The Group continues to look for growth opportunities and to promote sustainable tourism land use. Accordingly, the Group is participating in the development of a camp in a new concession area and has advanced funds on loan account to a local investor. The funds will be utilised, under supervision by the Group, to develop a world-class camp which it will support thereafter by providing marketing and sales services. This transaction allows the Group to take a more direct interest in the camp at an opportune time in the future, should this be considered prudent for the Group and the local investor. Dividend In line with the Group's stated policy to only consider paying dividends based on full year results, no interim dividend is proposed. Subsequent events No material events have occurred between the reporting date and the date of this report. Leases The Lease Renewal Process ("LRP") for the concessions upon which Mombo, Little Mombo and Xigera camps are located has been completed. The Group expects the signed leases to be received imminently and for all intents and purposes deems the process complete. The Group has also commenced the LRP for the concession upon which Vumbura Plains and Little Vumbura are situated. All the relevant requirements in terms of the LRP have been complied with and submitted to the Botswana Tourism Organisation; the Group is confident of a positive conclusion early next year. Shares in issue During the period the Company issued 503 555 ordinary shares at no par value (representing approximately 0.21% of the enlarged number of shares in issue) for no consideration to settle the share scheme obligations. At 31 August 2017 the number of ordinary shares in issue was 237 362 408 (2016: 231 882 451) and the weighted average number of shares was 237 016 867 (2016: 231 882 451). Related party information There have been no related party matters that require disclosure which would have a material impact on the interpretation of the above results. Basis of preparation The condensed financial information has been prepared in accordance with and containing the information required by IAS 34 Interim Financial Reportin,the SAICA Finacial reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Commitee and Financial Prononcements as issued by Financial Reporting Standards council and complies with the disclousure requirements of the Botswana Stock Exchange and the JSE.The report has been prepared using accounting policies that comply with International Financial Reporting Standards, in a manner that is consistent with those applied in the prior year financial statements. Changes in accounting policies and comparability The Group has adopted certain new standards, amendments and interpretations to existing standards which are effective for the financial year beginning 1 March 2017. The adoption of amendments to these standards has not had any material impact on previously reported figures. The IFRIC issued IFRIC 22 Foreign Currency Transactions and Advance Consideration in December 2016 clarifying the application of IAS 21 to advance consideration transactions. The IFRIC is applicable for all financial periods commencing on or after 1 January 2018, however, the Group has elected to early adopt the interpretation with effect from this current period. In addition, the Group has elected to apply this IFRIC on a prospective basis and as such no comparative information is restated as a result of the new requirements. Outlook Tourism activity in southern Africa is at high levels. Our forward occupancy for the rest of the year is encouraging. The Group's strategic intent is to invest in African tourism and we have tailored our business model to have the most impact in this environment. However, this model is vulnerable to events that impact on travellers. The political and economic uncertainty in Kenya and Zimbabwe and the volatile currencies are a concern. By order of the Board 26 October 2017 Keith Vincent Chief Executive Officer Ami Azoulay Chief Financial Officer (Preparer) Wilderness Holdings Limited: Registered office (Botswana): Deloitte House, Plot 64518, Fairgrounds, Gaborone, Botswana External company registration number: 2009/022894/10 Registered office (South Africa): 373 Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia, South Africa. PO Box 5219, Rivonia 2128, South Africa JSE Sponsor: Arbor Capital Sponsors Proprietary Limited Transfer secretaries: Corpserve Botswana - Computershare Directors: BBP Tafa# (Chairman), M Tollman* (Deputy Chairman), KNW Vincent (CEO), A Azoulay (CFO), DA de la Harpe, JM Hunt*, RJ Marnitz*, MW McCulloch#, GB Tollman#, MPK ter Haar*, C Vinsonneau#, J Zeitz* #non-executive director *independent non-executive director Group Company Secretary: L Alexander www.wilderness-holdings.com Date: 26/10/2017 03:00:00 Produced by the JSE SENS Department. The SENS service is an information dissemination service administered by the JSE Limited ('JSE'). The JSE does not, whether expressly, tacitly or implicitly, represent, warrant or in any way guarantee the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information published on SENS. 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