11 March 2021
Our performance is testimony to Sanlam’s resilience, and the quality, scale and diversity of our business. Also central to our success is the calibre and commitment of our employees and their ability to execute and deliver value for our shareholders.
The estimated fall in global real gross domestic product (GDP) due to widespread COVID-19-related economic restrictions, was the sharpest since World War II. The South African rand weakened against most of the currencies where we operate, with the Angolan kwanza being the main exception. The weaker average rand exchange rates however did not have an overall significant impact on the Group’s operational earnings and GEV for the period due to offsetting positive and negative foreign currency translation differences. The latter primarily relates to the translation of negative investment return in Sanlam Emerging Markets at the weaker average rand exchange rate and the weaker Angolan kwanza.
The Group is guided by its purpose: empowering generations to be financially confident, secure and prosperous. Our commitment to Africa is the cornerstone of our strategic positioning with a vision of becoming the most admired financial services player in Africa. Key to this is humanising technology and designing our digitalisation journey around our clients. We continue to leverage our partnership model to introduce a broader spectrum of society to the benefits of financial resilience.
The information included in this annual results announcement indicated as “excluding the impact of COVID-19” has been presented to illustrate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other existing market conditions on the Group’s results and is the responsibility of the Group’s board of directors (Board). It is presented for illustrative purposes only and because of its nature may not fairly present the Group shareholders’ fund information, Group’s financial position, changes in equity, result of operations or cash flows. All references to information “excluding the impact of COVID-19” was calculated by excluding those components of earnings that were most significantly impacted by COVID-19 and related market conditions. The performance indicators are specifically identified. For comparability, the same earnings components are also excluded from the comparative period. It should be noted that although these impacts are ascribed mainly to COVID-19, it is acknowledged there are also other external and market impacts that could have influenced these items. Given the exclusion of the current and prior year impacts of certain elements of the results, the variances are not necessarily an indication of what the profit growth would have been had COVID-19 not occurred.
Interested parties can view the live video webcast of the results presentation on the Internet via a link on the Sanlam Investor Relations website or by the following URL : https://www.corpcam.com/Sanlam11032021.
This webcast can also be accessed and viewed on Android and Apple tablets and mobile devices. A delayed version of the webcast will be available shortly afterwards at the same address.
A dial-in facility will be available. We kindly advise callers to dial in 5-10 minutes before the presentation starts at 09:00.
Access code for recorded playback: 38614
The presentation will be broadcast at 09:00 on the South African DStv network channel 412 (BusinessDay TV).
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