3 of 2020



Newsletter No. 3                                                                                                 7 February 2020




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African Fashion International acquires online marketplace for art

Imprint at AFICTFW. Picture: SDR.

African Fashion International (AFI) has acquired an online marketplace for art, Wezart which is aimed at promoting and celebrating African creatives showcasing their work on global stages.

The acquisition is part of a strategic plan by AFI to become a digital hub for Africa’s creative industry, connecting fashion, art and music.

“African Fashion International has over the years successfully propelled many African designers globally. fashion, art and music are connected, and this acquisition is in line with AFI’s growth strategy,” said AFI Founder and CEO, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

Started in 2016, the online store aims to assist artists in Africa to sell their artwork online by creating a virtual gallery, make online sales and track their monthly sales.

The artwork from the online marketplace will be exhibited during AFI Fashion Week in Cape Town, giving artists an opportunity to showcase their craft as well as grow their businesses.

“The acquisition by AFI of Wezart, is an important step in the right direction for the business as it will now be able to provide a strong user base for the artists,” said former Managing Director, Sihle Majola.

AFI will formally introduce wezart.co.za during AFI Fashion Week in Cape Town on Wednesday, March 11 through an auction that will be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

AFI Fashion Week will take place from March 12 – 14, 2020.

Woolworths trading update

Group sales for the 26 weeks ended 29 December 2019 ( current period’) increased by 3.8% compared to the 26 weeks ended 23 December 2018 ( prior period’) and by 4.6% in constant currency terms. As previously reported, the 2019 financial year had a 53 week year, which resulted in a shift in trading weeks in 2020 compared to the prior financial year. This shift resulted in the Christmas week, including Boxing Day which is a significant trading day in Australia, falling into the first half of the current year compared to the second half of the prior year. In South Africa, the constrained economic environment, exacerbated by the disruption to trade caused by power outages and unseasonal weather in parts of the country, contributed to slower December trade.

Woolworths Fashion, Beauty and Home ( FBH’) sales and comparable store sales both grew by 2.2% and by 0.9% after adjusting for the shift in trading weeks. Price movement in Fashion categories was 4.0% and overall net space growth across FBH was 1.2%. Woolworths Food sales increased by 8.1%, and by 7.8% after adjusting for the shift in trading weeks, with comparable store sales 5.4% higher and price movement of 5.1%. The business has maintained positive volume growth for the period and continues to grow market share. Net space growth was 4.0%.

The Woolworths Financial Services book reflected positive year-on-year growth of 8.3% as at the end of December 2019. The annualised impairment rate for the six months ended 31 December 2019 was 3.3% (six months ended 31 December 2018: 3.2%). In Australia, David Jones sales for the period increased by 4.9% and were 0.5% lower after adjusting for the shift of the Christmas week. The disruption from the Elizabeth Street store refurbishment, due for completion in March 2020, has reduced, compared to the second half of last year, as additional floors have opened for trade. Comparable store sales (which include online) were 0.4% lower after adjusting for the trading week shift. Online sales grew by 61.8% and now comprise 10.4% of total sales. Net space increased by 1.2%.

Country Road Group sales declined by 2.5%, and increased by 3.3% excluding the sales impact of the Myer exit. Comparable store sales (which include online) grew by 0.1% after adjusting for the shift in trading weeks. Online sales in Australasia grew by 6.2% and now represents 21.4% of total Australasia sales. As the contribution from online sales increases, the reduction of unproductive space remains a priority in David Jones and the Country Road Group. Net space in the Country Road Group reduced by 8.1%, which includes the space exited in Myer.

This voluntary trading statement is issued in terms of Section 3.4 (b) of the JSE Listings Requirements.
Shareholders are advised that earnings per share ( EPS’), headline earnings per share ( HEPS’) and adjusted diluted HEPS for the current period are impacted by the adoption of IFRS 16. EPS and HEPS are unlikely to differ by 20% or more than the previous corresponding period. The Group will be reporting on IFRS 16 for the first time in the interim financial results of the 2020 financial year on a modified retrospective approach, with no restatement of the reported comparative prior period results.

Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, in both the current and prior periods, EPS, HEPS and adjusted diluted HEPS are expected to be within the ranges reflected in the table below:
December 2019 expected range (%)
EPS: -7.5% to -12.5%
HEPS: -7.5% to -12.5%
Adjusted diluted HEPS: -9.0% to -14.0%

December 2019 expected range (cents)
EPS: 172.8 to 182.7
HEPS:175.4 to 185.4
Adjusted diluted HEPS: 174.5 to 184.6

Including the impact of IFRS 16 in the current period, EPS, HEPS and adjusted diluted HEPS are expected to be within the ranges reflected in the table below:
December 2019 expected range (%)
EPS : -15.0% to -20.0%
HEPS : -15.0% to -20.0%
Adjusted diluted HEPS: -17.5% to -22.5%

December 2019 expected range(cents)
EPS: 158.0 to 167.9
HEPS:160.3 to 170.3
Adjusted diluted HEPS: 157.2 to 167.4

Constant currency information
The constant currency information contained in this announcement has been presented to illustrate the impact of changes in the Group’s major foreign currency, the Australian dollar. In determining the constant currency turnover and concession sales growth rate, turnover and concession sales denominated in Australian dollars for the current period have been adjusted by application of the aggregated monthly average Australian dollar exchange rate for the prior period. The foreign currency fluctuations of our rest of Africa operations are not considered material, and have therefore not been applied in determining the constant currency turnover and concession sales growth rate. The aggregated monthly average Australian dollar exchange rate is R10.05 for the current period and R10.26 for the prior period.

The constant currency information, which is the responsibility of the Group’s directors, has been prepared for illustrative purposes only and may not fairly present the Group’s financial position, changes in equity, cash flows or results of operations.

The information contained in this announcement, including voluntary estimated financial information and constant currency information, has not been reviewed or reported on by the Group’s external auditors. The Group’s interim financial results for the 26 weeks ended 29 December 2019 will be released on the Stock Exchange News Service on or about 20 February 2020.

Loepfe to be part of Swiss Pavilion at ITME Africa

Loepfe will be presenting its comprehensive portfolio of quality control solutions to the African market at ITME Africa, , which is going to take place for the first time at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 14-16. Loepfe will be part of the Swiss Pavilion. Loepfe is considered world-wide as the specialist for integral quality control systems.

Loepfe will showcase the new yarn clearer generation YarnMaster Prishma which ensures optimised performance for all yarn styles. The four sensor technologies interact intelligently and ensure unprecedented fault visibility and data quality. This unconventional new concept guarantees the perfect balance between efficiency and quality.

In addition, interesting information on Loepfe’s data collection and management system MillMaster Top 2.0 will be provided. The quality process is conveniently managed as an integrated part of the functional scope of YarnMaster Prisma.

YarnMaster EOS will also be shown at the fair. It convinces with most reliable clearing results for the open-end spinning process. WeftMaster Falcon-i will be of great interest for all high-tech fabric producers. It will ensure yarn quality control for latest high-tech materials such as carbon fibres, monofilaments, multi-filaments as well as spun yarns in all material compositions. Zero-defect manufacturing of high-tech fabrics becomes possible as smallest knots, fluff, filamentation, thick places and capillary breaks are detected before being interwoven into the fabric.

Africa’s continuously growing textile industry offers exciting possibilities. Especially Ethiopia is not only farming its own cotton but has also made major investments in the development of the entire textile value chain. Textiles meeting the corresponding quality requirements are manufactured for the local market and for international trade.

Another example is South Africa which has entered the technical textiles sector and manufactures a wide range of textiles with different requirements on technologies and quality assurance. F2F

Did you know……..

As the eighteenth century progressed, the invention of machines designed primarily to increase both the quantity and quality of cotton yarn made the manufacture of pure cotton fabric possible.

Textile machines were not new in the eighteenth century. In 1598 William Lee invented a stocking frame for knitting. By the end of the seventeenth century, it had all but eliminated hand knitting


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