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MiX Telematics Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Preliminary Results for Full Fiscal Year 2018
[May 10, 2018]

MiX Telematics Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Preliminary Results for Full Fiscal Year 2018


MiX Telematics Limited (NYSE: MIXT, JSE: MIX), a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and for its full fiscal year 2018, which ended March 31, 2018.

"We were very pleased with our fourth quarter results, which capped off another strong year for MiX. During fiscal 2018, we made significant progress toward achieving our long-term adjusted EBITDA margin target of 30% plus as we expanded our margin by over 600 basis points to 25.8%. This was largely due to 19% subscription revenue growth on a constant currency basis," said Stefan Joselowitz, Chief Executive Officer of MiX Telematics. "The strong performance was driven by the continued growth in our premium fleet subscriptions globally, improvements in ARPU and ongoing operating leverage in the business. Looking forward, we have entered fiscal 2019 with great momentum. We are confident in our ability to achieve our long-term goals given our strong pipeline and ability to further enhance margin accretion across the business."

Financial performance for the three months ended March 31, 2018

Subscription revenue: Subscription revenue was R373.6 million ($31.6 million), an increase of 16.1% compared with R321.7 million ($27.2 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenue increased by 19.4% on a constant currency basis, year over year. Subscription revenue benefited from an increase of over 54,800 subscribers, representing an increase in the subscriber base of 8.8% from March 2017 to March 2018. Subscription revenue also benefited from an increase in average revenue per user. Reported subscription revenue was lower than the third quarter of fiscal 2018 due to the appreciation of the South African Rand in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 over the third quarter of fiscal 2018. If the same exchange rates used in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were used in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, subscription revenue would have been R391.6 million ($33.1 million), representing a constant currency increase of 4.1%.

Total revenue: Total revenue was R453.5 million ($38.4 million), an increase of 15.9% compared to R391.4 million ($33.1 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Total revenue increased by 18.7% on a constant currency basis. Hardware and other revenue was R79.9 million ($6.8 million), an increase of 14.6%, compared to R69.7 million ($5.9 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Gross margin: Gross profit was R296.0 million ($25.0 million), compared to R265.0 million ($22.4 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Gross profit margin was 65.3%, compared to 67.7% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The Company's gross profit margin in fiscal 2018 includes higher depreciation charges related to in-vehicle devices and high value peripherals used in certain of its bundled fleet contracts. These contracts generate higher ARPUs and in the long-term are expected to result in an increase in gross profit margins as they go through contract renewal cycles.

Operating margin: Operating profit was R73.8 million ($6.2 million), compared to R40.9 million ($3.5 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Operating profit margin was 16.3%, compared to 10.5% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The margin expansion was attributable primarily to revenue growth leveraging our fixed overhead and ongoing cost management initiatives. Operating expenses of R223.7 million ($18.9 million) have declined by R0.3 million ($0.03 million), or 0.2%, since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS measure, was R130.2 million ($11.0 million), compared to R87.1 million ($7.4 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Adjusted EBITDA margin, a non-IFRS measure, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was 28.7%, compared to 22.3% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 the Adjusted EBITDA margin of 28.7% expanded by 2.8% from the Adjusted EBITDA margin of 25.9% reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. A quarter over quarter increase in hardware revenues and resultant gross profit contributed 1.3% to this Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion.

Profit for the period and earnings per share: Profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was R64.3 million ($5.4 million), compared to R31.2 million ($2.6 million) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Profit for the period included a net foreign exchange loss of R1.2 million ($0.1 million) before tax. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, profit for the period included a net foreign exchange loss of R5.1 million ($0.4 million).

Earnings per diluted ordinary share were 11 South African cents, compared to 5 South African cents in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the calculation was based on diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue of 580.8 million compared to 568.2 million diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

The Company's effective tax rate for the quarter was 13.7%, compared to 15.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Ignoring the impact of net foreign exchange gains and losses, and related tax consequences, the tax rate which was used in determining adjusted earnings below, was 26.9% compared to 28.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

On a U.S. Dollar basis, and using the March 31, 2018 exchange rate of R11.8255 per U.S. Dollar, and at a ratio of 25 ordinary shares to one American Depositary Share ("ADS"), profit for the period was $5.4 million, or 23 U.S. cents per diluted ADS, compared to $2.6 million or 12 U.S. cents per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Adjusted earnings for the period and adjusted earnings per share: Adjusted earnings for the period, a non-IFRS measure, was R55.3 million ($4.7 million), compared to R30.0 million ($2.5 million) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Adjusted earnings per diluted ordinary share, also a non-IFRS measure, were 10 South African cents, compared to 5 South African cents in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

On a U.S. Dollar basis, and using the March 31, 2018 exchange rate of R11.8255 per U.S. Dollar, and at a ratio of 25 ordinary shares to one ADS, the adjusted profit for the period was $4.7 million, or 20 U.S. cents per diluted ADS, compared to $2.5 million, or 11 U.S cents per diluted ADS in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Statement of financial position and cash flow: At March 31, 2018, the Company had R290.5 million ($24.6 million) of net cash and cash equivalents, compared to R356.3 million ($30.1 million) at March 31, 2017.

The Company generated R121.4 million ($10.3 million) in net cash from operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and invested R63.5 million ($5.4 million) in capital expenditures during the quarter (including investments in in-vehicle devices of R41.2 million or $3.5 million), leading to free cash flow, a non-IFRS measure, of R57.9 million ($4.9 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with free cash flow of R54.0 million ($4.6 million) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Financial performance for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018

Subscription revenue: Subscription revenue increased to R1,434.6 million ($121.3 million), up 15.7% from R1,239.9 million ($104.9 million) for fiscal 2017. On a constant currency basis, subscription revenue increased by 18.9%. Subscription revenue benefited from an increase of over 54,800 subscribers since the end of fiscal 2017, representing an increase in subscribers of 8.8% from March 2017 to March 2018. Subscription revenue also benefited from an increase in average revenue per user.

Total revenue: Total revenue for fiscal 2018 was R1,712.5 million ($144.8 million), an increase of 11.2% compared to R1,540.1 million ($130.2 million) for fiscal 2017. On a constant currency basis, total revenue increased by 14.5%. Hardware and other revenue was R277.9 million ($23.5 million), a decrease of 7.4% compared to R300.1 million ($25.4 million) for fiscal 2017.

Gross margin: Gross profit for fiscal 2018 was R1,125.5 million ($95.2 million), an increase of 8.1% compared to R1,041.3 million ($88.1 million) for fiscal 2017. Gross profit margin was 65.7%, compared to 67.6% for fiscal 2017. The Company's gross profit margin in fiscal 2018 includes higher depreciation charges related to in-vehicle devices and high value peripherals used in certain of its bundled fleet contracts. These contracts generate higher ARPUs and in the long-term are expected to result in an increase in gross profit margins as they go through contract renewal cycles.

Operating margin: Operating profit for fiscal 2018 was R215.0 million ($18.2 million), compared to R137.9 million ($11.7 million) in fiscal 2017. The operating profit margin for fiscal 2018 was 12.6%, compared to the 9.0% in fiscal 2017. The decline in the gross profit margin of 1.9% described above was offset by strict cost management, which resulted in an operating profit margin increase of 3.6%. Despite the 11.2% revenue increase described above, the increase in operating costs was limited to 1.2%.

Fiscal 2018 sales and marketing costs represented 10.8% of revenue, compared to 11.8% of revenue in fiscal 2017. Due to higher than expected hardware revenues, the fiscal 2018 ratio was marginally below the Company's estimates contained in its Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, in which the Company advised that in future periods it expected these costs to remain relatively constant as a percentage of revenue (i.e.11% to 12% of revenue).

Fiscal 2018 administration and other costs were 42.6% of revenue, compared to 46.9% in fiscal 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA was R441.9 million ($37.4 million), compared to R301.6 million ($25.5 million) for fiscal 2017. The Adjusted EBITDA margin for fiscal 2018 was 25.8%, compared to 19.6% in fiscal 2017.

Profit for the year and earnings per share: Profit for fiscal 2018 was R181.2 million ($15.3 million), compared to R121.4 million ($10.3 million) in fiscal 2017. Profit for the year included a net foreign exchange loss of R5.1 million ($0.4 million) before tax. During fiscal 2017, a net foreign exchange gain of R1.5 million ($0.1 million) was recognized.

Earnings per diluted ordinary share were 32 South African cents, compared to 19 South African cents in fiscal 2017. For fiscal 2018, the calculation was based on diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue of 574.0 million, compared to 631.8 million diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue during fiscal 2017. The diluted weighted average ordinary shares in issue during fiscal 2018 were lower than in fiscal 2017, due to the weighted average impact of the share repurchases described in note 9 to the Group financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

The Company's effective tax rate for fiscal 2018 was 15.7%, compared to 18.1% in fiscal 2017. Ignoring the impact of net foreign exchange gains and losses, and related tax consequences, the effective tax rate, which was used in calculating adjusted earnings below, was 28.7%, consistent with fiscal 2017.

Adjusted earnings for the year and adjusted earnings per share: Adjusted earnings for fiscal 2018, a non-IFRS measure, was R156.8 million ($13.3 million), compared to R104.7 million ($8.9 million) in fiscal 2017. Adjusted earnings per diluted ordinary share, a non-IFRS measure, were 27 South African cents, compared to 17 South African cents in fiscal 2017.

On a U.S. Dollar basis, and using the March 31, 2018 exchange rate of R11.8255 per U.S. Dollar, and at a ratio of 25 ordinary shares to one ADS, adjusted profit for fiscal 2018 was $13.3 million, or 58 U.S. cents per diluted ADS, compared to $8.9 million, or 35 U.S. cents per diluted ADS in fiscal 2017.

Cash flow: The Company generated R353.2 million ($29.9 million) in net cash from operating activities for fiscal 2018 and invested R338.3 million ($28.6 million) in capital expenditures during the year (including investments in in-vehicle devices of R229.8 million or $19.3 million), leading to free cash flow of R14.9 million ($1.3 million) for fiscal 2018, compared with free cash flow of R28.0 million ($2.4 million) for fiscal 2017.

Capital expenditure payments increased by R42.7 million ($3.6 million) in fiscal 2018 compared to fiscal 2017 primarily as a result of increased investments in in-vehicle devices due to the continued increase in the number of bundled subscription contracts.

The Company utilized R62.5 million ($5.3 million) in financing activities during fiscal 2018, compared to R519.6 million ($43.9 million) utilized during fiscal 2017. The cash utilized in financing activities in fiscal 2018 includes the repurchase of 5.0 million ordinary shares, which resulted in a cash outflow of R18.7 million ($1.6 million) and dividends paid of R53.2 million ($4.5 million). The cash utilized in financing activities in fiscal 2017 included the repurchase of 200.8 million ordinary shares, which resulted in a cash outflow of R473.7 million ($40.1 million) and dividends paid of R53.0 million ($4.5 million).

Segment commentary for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018

The segment results below are presented on an integral margin basis. In respect of revenue, this method of measurement entails reviewing the segmental results based on external revenue only. In respect of Adjusted EBITDA (the non-IFRS profit measure identified by the Group), the margin generated by our Central Services Organization ("CSO"), net of any unrealized inter-company profit, is allocated to the geographic region where the external revenue is recorded by our Regional Sales Offices ("RSOs").

CSO continues as a central services organization that wholesales our products and services to our RSOs who, in turn, interface with our end-customers and distributors. CSO is also responsible for the development of our hardware and software platforms and provides common marketing, product management, technical and distribution support to each of our other operating segments. CSO's operating expenses are not allocated to each RSO.

Each RSO's results reflect the external revenue earned, as well as the Adjusted EBITDA earned (or loss incurred) by each operating segment before the CSO and corporate cost allocations.

For further information in this regard please refer to note 3 of the Group financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.



         
Segment   Subscription Revenue
Fiscal
2018
R'000
  Total Revenue
Fiscal
2018
R'000
  Adjusted EBITDA
Fiscal
2018
R'000
  % change

on prior

year

  Adjusted EBITDA
Margin
Fiscal
2018
 
Africa 872,646 957,478 440,900 28.1% 46.0%
  Subscription revenue increased by 13.0% in the segment as a result of a 7.3% increase in subscribers since March 31, 2017 and an increase in the number of bundled subscriptions. Total revenue increased by 11.4%. Enhanced scale and stringent cost control drove an expansion in the Adjusted EBITDA margin to 46.0% (up from the 40.0% Adjusted EBITDA margin reported in fiscal 2017).
Americas 194,890 227,605 79,127 195.2% 34.8%
  Subscription revenue growth on a constant currency basis was 73.6%. Subscribers increased by 32.0% since March 31, 2017. In addition, subscription revenue was assisted by the market's ongoing preference for bundled deals across new and existing customers. Total revenue improved by 53.5% on a constant currency basis as hardware sales were lower in fiscal 2018. The region reported an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 34.8% (up from the 16.7% Adjusted EBITDA margin reported in fiscal 2017).
Middle East and Australasia 200,241 278,665 106,835 17.2% 38.3%
  Subscription revenue increased by 6.9% on a constant currency basis. Subscribers increased by 5.6% from March 31, 2017. Total revenue in constant currency declined by 2.6% as hardware and other revenues were lower than in fiscal 2017. The region reported an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 38.3% (up from the 29.9% Adjusted EBITDA margin reported in fiscal 2017). The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA margin was primarily as a result of the restructuring plans implemented during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
Europe 115,199 193,260 65,326 24.8% 33.8%
  Subscription revenue growth on a constant currency basis was 6.0%. Subscribers increased by 6.0% since March 31, 2017. Total revenue increased by 13.3%, on a constant currency basis, due to higher hardware revenues compared to fiscal 2017. The region reported an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 33.8% (up from the 29.5% Adjusted EBITDA margin reported in fiscal 2017).
Brazil 50,735 54,430 16,747 78.3% 30.8%
  Subscription revenue increased by 63.9% on a constant currency basis. The increase was due to the market's preference for bundled deals and an increase in subscribers of 29.9% since March 31, 2017. On a constant currency basis total revenue increased by 51.8%. The segment reported Adjusted EBITDA of R16.7 million ($1.4 million) in fiscal 2018, at an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.8% (up from the 24.8% Adjusted EBITDA margin reported in fiscal 2017).
Central Services Organization 904 1,044 (149,878) (17.3%) -
  CSO is responsible for the development of our hardware and software platforms and provides common marketing, product management, technical and distribution support to each of our other operating segments. The negative Adjusted EBITDA reported arises as a result of operating expenses carried by the segment.
 

Preliminary financial information

The unaudited financial information set forth above is preliminary and subject to potential adjustments. Adjustments to the consolidated financial statements may be identified when audit work has been performed for the Company's year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited condensed financial information. Any changes to the financial information from the completion of the audit will be announced on SENS.

Business Outlook

MiX Telematics has translated U.S. Dollar amounts in this Business Outlook paragraph from South African Rand at an exchange rate of R12.5391 per $1.00, which was the R/$ exchange rate reported by Oanda.com as at May 7, 2018.

Based on information as of today, May 10, 2018, the Company is issuing the following financial guidance for the full 2019 fiscal year:

  • Subscription revenue - R1,596 million to R1,616 million ($127.3 million to $128.9 million), which would represent subscription revenue growth of 11.2% to 12.6% compared to fiscal 2018. On a constant currency basis, this would represent subscription revenue growth of 13.5% to 15.0%.
  • Total revenue - R1,829 million to R1,859 million ($145.9 million to $148.3 million), which would represent revenue growth of 6.8% to 8.6% compared to fiscal 2018. On a constant currency basis, this would represent revenue growth of 9.1% to 10.9%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA - R515 million to R535 million ($41.1 million to $42.7 million), which would represent Adjusted EBITDA growth of 16.6% to 21.1% compared to fiscal 2018.
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted ordinary share of 29.6 to 31.7 South African cents based on a weighted average of 582 million diluted ordinary shares in issue, and based on an effective tax rate of 28.0% to 31.0%. At a ratio of 25 ordinary shares to one ADS, this equates to adjusted earnings per diluted ADS of 59.0 to 63.2 U.S. cents.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2019 the Company expects subscription revenue to be in the range of R379 million to R383 million ($30.2 million to $30.5 million) which would represent subscription revenue growth of 13.0% to 14.2% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2018. On a constant currency basis, this would represent subscription revenue growth of 15.1% to 16.3%.

The key assumptions used in deriving the forecast are as follows:

  • Growth in subscription revenue and subscribers are based on expected growth rates related to market conditions and takes into account growth rates achieved previously.
  • Achieving hardware sales according to expectations, as hardware sales are dependent on the volumes of bundled solutions selected by customers.
  • An average forecast exchange rate for the 2019 fiscal year of R12.5000 per $1.00.

The forecast is the responsibility of the board of directors and has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's external auditors. The Company's policy is to give guidance on a quarterly basis, if necessary, and does not update guidance between quarters.

The Company provides earnings guidance only on a non-IFRS basis and does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Ordinary Share guidance to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures because of the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations, including adjustments that could be made for foreign exchange gains/(losses) and related tax consequences, restructuring costs, share-based compensation costs, and other charges reflected in the Company's reconciliation of historic non-IFRS financial measures, the amounts of which, based on past experience, could be material.

The information disclosed in this "Business Outlook" paragraph complies with the disclosure requirements in terms of paragraph 8.38 of the JSE Listings Requirements which deals with profit forecasts.

Quarterly Reporting Policy in respect of JSE Listings Requirements

Following the listing of the Company's ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company has adopted a quarterly reporting policy. As a result of such quarterly reporting the Company is, in terms of paragraph 3.4(b)(ix) of the JSE Listings Requirements, not required to publish trading statements in terms of paragraph 3.4(b)(i) to (viii) of the JSE Listings Requirements.

Conference Call Information

MiX Telematics management will also host a conference call and audio webcast at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and 2:00 p.m. (South African Time) on May 10, 2018 to discuss the Company's financial results and current business outlook:

  • The live webcast of the call will be available at the "Investor Information" page of the Company's website, http://investor.mixtelematics.com.
  • To access the call, dial +1-800-239-9838 (within the United States) or 0 800 998 654 (within South Africa) or +1-323-794-2551 (outside of the United States). The conference ID is 5328999.
  • A replay of this conference call will be available for a limited time at +1-844-512-2921 (within the United States) or +1-412-317-6671 (within South Africa or outside of the United States). The replay conference ID is 5328999.
  • A replay of the webcast will also be available for a limited time at http://investor.mixtelematics.com.

About MiX Telematics Limited

MiX Telematics is a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as SaaS to customers managing over 676,000 assets in approximately 120 countries. The Company's products and services provide enterprise fleets, small fleets and consumers with solutions for safety, efficiency, risk and security. MiX Telematics was founded in 1996 and has offices in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Brazil, Australia, Romania, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates as well as a network of more than 130 fleet partners worldwide. MiX Telematics shares are publicly traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE: MIX) and MiX Telematics American depositary shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MIXT). For more information visit www.mixtelematics.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including without limitation, statements concerning our financial guidance for the first quarter and full year of fiscal 2019, our position to execute on our growth strategy, and our ability to expand our leadership position. These forward-looking statements reflect our current views about our plans, intentions, expectations, strategies and prospects, which are based on the information currently available to us and on assumptions we have made. Actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements and will be affected by a variety of risks and factors that are beyond our control including, without limitation, those described under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, as updated by other reports that the Company files with or furnishes to the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-IFRS financial measures

Adjusted EBITDA

To provide investors with additional information regarding its financial results, the Company has disclosed within this press release, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure, and it does not represent cash flows from operations for the periods indicated, and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company's results of operations, or as an alternative to cash flows from operations as an indicator of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as the profit for the period before income taxes, net finance income/(costs) including foreign exchange gains/(losses), depreciation of property, plant and equipment including capitalized customer in-vehicle devices, amortization of intangible assets including capitalized in-house development costs and intangible assets identified as part of a business combination, share-based compensation costs, restructuring costs, profits/(losses) on the disposal or impairments of assets or subsidiaries, insurance reimbursements relating to impaired assets and certain litigation costs.

The Company has included Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin in this press release because they are key measures that the Company's management and board of directors use to understand and evaluate its core operating performance and trends; to prepare and approve its annual budget; and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of the Company's core business. Accordingly, the Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating its operating results.

The Company's use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider this performance measure in isolation from or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under IFRS. Some of these limitations are:

  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to the Company; and
  • other companies, including companies in the Company's industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including operating profit, profit for the year and the Company's other results.

Headline Earnings

Headline earnings is a profit measure required for JSE-listed companies and is calculated in accordance with circular 2/2015 issued by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. The profit measure is determined by taking the profit for the year prior to certain separately identifiable re-measurements of the carrying amount of an asset or liability that arose after the initial recognition of such asset or liability net of related tax (both current and deferred) and related non-controlling interest.

Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

Adjusted earnings per share is defined as profit attributable to owners of the parent, MiX Telematics Limited, excluding net foreign exchange gains/(losses) net of tax, divided by the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue during the period.

We have included Adjusted earnings per share in this press release because it provides a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of the Company's core business by excluding net foreign exchange gains/(losses) from earnings. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted earnings per share provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's operating results.

Free cash flow

Free cash flow is determined as net cash generated from operating activities less capital expenditure for investing activities. We believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's cash flows as it provides detail of the amount of cash the Company generates or utilizes after accounting for all capital expenditures including investments in in-vehicle devices and development expenditure.

Constant currency and US Dollar financial information

Financial information presented in United States Dollars ("U.S. Dollars" and "$") and constant currency financial information presented as part of the segment commentary constitute pro forma financial information under the JSE Listings Requirements. Unless otherwise stated, MiX Telematics has translated U.S. Dollar amounts from South African Rand ("R") at an exchange rate of R11.8255 per $1.00, which was the R/$ exchange rate reported by Oanda.com as at March 31, 2018.

Constant currency information has been presented to illustrate the impact of changes in currency rates on the Group's results. Unless otherwise stated, the constant currency information has been determined by adjusting the current financial reporting year's results to the prior year's average exchange rates, determined as the average of the monthly exchange rates applicable to the year. The measurement has been performed for each of the Group's currencies, including the U.S. Dollar and the British Pound. The constant currency growth percentage has been calculated by utilizing the constant currency results compared to the prior year results.

This pro forma financial information is the responsibility of the Group's board of directors and is presented for illustrative purposes. Because of its nature, the pro forma financial information may not fairly present MiX Telematics' financial position, changes in equity, results of operations or cash flows. The pro forma financial information does not constitute pro forma information in accordance with the requirements of Regulation S-X of the SEC or generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. In addition, the rules and regulations related to the preparation of pro forma financial information in other jurisdictions may also vary significantly from the requirements applicable in South Africa. The pro forma financial information contained in this results announcement has been reviewed by our auditors, Deloitte & Touche and their unmodified report thereon is available for inspection at the Company's registered office.

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MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
South African Rand United States Dollar
Year ended Year ended Year ended Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
Revenue 1,712,482 1,540,058 144,813 130,232
Cost of sales   (586,963 )   (498,785 )   (49,635 )   (42,179 )
Gross profit 1,125,519 1,041,273 95,178 88,053
Other income/(expenses) - net 4,246 426 359 36
Operating expenses   (914,813 )   (903,837 )   (77,359 )   (76,431 )
-Sales and marketing (184,978 ) (181,601 ) (15,642 ) (15,357 )
-Administration and other charges   (729,835 )   (722,236 )   (61,717 )   (61,074 )
Operating profit 214,952 137,862 18,178 11,658
Finance (costs)/income - net   (69 )   10,391     (6 )   879  
-Finance income 8,951 16,068 757 1,359
-Finance costs   (9,020 )   (5,677 )   (763 )   (480 )
Profit before taxation 214,883 148,253 18,172 12,537
Taxation   (33,690 )   (26,812 )   (2,849 )   (2,267 )
Profit for the year   181,193     121,441     15,323     10,270  
 
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent 181,134 121,458 15,318 10,271
Non-controlling interests   59     (17 )   5     (1 )
    181,193     121,441     15,323     10,270  
 
Earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.32 0.19 0.03 0.02
-diluted (R/$) 0.32 0.19 0.03 0.02
 
Earnings per American Depositary Share (Unaudited)
-basic (R/$) 8.07 4.82 0.68 0.41
-diluted (R/$) 7.89 4.81 0.67 0.41
 
Ordinary shares ('000)(1)
-in issue at March 31 564,420 563,435 564,420 563,435
-weighted average 561,088 629,626 561,088 629,626
-diluted weighted average 573,981 631,819 573,981 631,819
 
Weighted average American Depositary Shares ('000)(1) (Unaudited)
-in issue at March 31 22,577 22,537 22,577 22,537
-weighted average 22,444 25,185 22,444 25,185
-diluted weighted average   22,959     25,273     22,959     25,273  
 

(1) March 31, 2018 figure excludes 40,000,000 (March 31, 2017: 40,000,000) treasury shares held by MiX Telematics Investments Proprietary Limited ("MiX Investments"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group.

       
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
South African Rand United States Dollar
Year ended Year ended Year ended Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
Profit for the year 181,193 121,441 15,323 10,270
Other comprehensive income:
Items that may be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations   (60,331 )   (80,870 )   (5,101 )   (6,838 )
- Attributable to owners of the parent (60,339 ) (80,820 ) (5,102 ) (6,834 )
- Attributable to non-controlling interests   8     (50 )  

1

 

 

  (4 )
Taxation relating to components of other comprehensive income   (237 )   (59 )   (20 )   (5 )
Other comprehensive loss for the year, net of tax   (60,568 )   (80,929 )   (5,121 )   (6,843 )
Total comprehensive income for the year   120,625     40,512     10,202     3,427  
 
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent 120,558 40,579 10,196 3,432
Non-controlling interests   67     (67 )   6     (5 )
Total comprehensive income for the year   120,625     40,512     10,202     3,427  
 

       
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
HEADLINE EARNINGS
Reconciliation of headline earnings
South African Rand United States Dollar
Year ended Year ended Year ended Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent 181,134 121,458 15,318 10,271
Adjusted for:
(Profit)/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (1,264 ) 262 (107 ) 22
Impairment of intangible assets 2,687 3,166 227 268
Impairment /(reversal of impairment) of property, plant and equipment 9 (791 ) 1 (67 )
Non-controlling interest effects on the above components - 8 - 1
Income tax effect on the above components   (380 )   (661 )   (32 )   (56 )
Headline earnings attributable to owners of the parent   182,186     123,442     15,407     10,439  
Headline earnings
Headline earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.32 0.20 0.03 0.02
-diluted (R/$) 0.32 0.20 0.03 0.02
 
Headline earnings per American Depositary Share (Unaudited)
-basic (R/$) 8.12 4.90 0.69 0.41
-diluted (R/$)   7.94     4.88     0.67     0.41  
 

       
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
ADJUSTED EARNINGS
Reconciliation of adjusted earnings
South African Rand United States Dollar
Year ended Year ended Year ended Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
Profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent 181,134 121,458 15,318 10,271
Net foreign exchange losses/(gains) 5,073 (1,476 ) 429 (125 )
Income tax effect on the above component   (29,403 )   (15,307 )   (2,486 )   (1,294 )
Adjusted earnings attributable to owners of the parent   156,804     104,675     13,261     8,852  
 
Reconciliation of earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share
Basic earnings per share (R/$) 0.32 0.19 0.03 0.02
Net foreign exchange losses/(gains) 0.01 # # #
Income tax effect on the above component   (0.05 )   (0.02 )   (0.01 )   (0.01 )
Basic adjusted earnings per share (R/$)   0.28     0.17     0.02     0.01  
 
Adjusted earnings
Adjusted earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.28 0.17 0.02 0.01
-diluted (R/$) 0.27 0.17 0.02 0.01
 
Adjusted earnings per American Depositary Share (Unaudited)
-basic (R/$) 6.99 4.16 0.59 0.35
-diluted (R/$)   6.83     4.14     0.58     0.35  
 

# Amount less than $0.01.

       
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
South African Rand United States Dollar
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 334,038 294,120 28,247 24,872
Intangible assets 898,527 881,900 75,982 74,576
Finance lease receivable - 22 - 2
Deferred tax assets   40,717     28,130     3,443     2,379  
Total non-current assets   1,273,282     1,204,172     107,672     101,829  
 
Current assets
Assets classified as held for sale (note 6) 17,058 - 1,442 -
Inventory (note 7) 57,013 26,449 4,821 2,237
Trade and other receivables 286,406 260,576 24,219 22,035
Finance lease receivable - 140 - 12
Taxation 30,373 26,302 2,568 2,224
Restricted cash 20,935 13,268 1,770 1,122
Cash and cash equivalents   308,258     375,782     26,067     31,777  
Total current assets   720,043     702,517     60,887     59,407  
Total assets   1,993,325     1,906,689     168,559     161,236  
 
EQUITY
Stated capital 846,405 854,345 71,575 72,246
Other reserves (51,614 ) (4,370 ) (4,364 ) (369 )
Retained earnings   722,380     594,514     61,086     50,274  
Equity attributable to owners of the parent 1,517,171 1,444,489 128,297 122,151
Non-controlling interest   10     (1,558 )   2     (131 )
Total equity   1,517,181     1,442,931     128,299     122,020  
 
LIABILITIES
Non-current liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities 82,658 100,067 6,990 8,462
Provisions   2,132     1,833     180     155  
Total non-current liabilities   84,790     101,900     7,170     8,617  
 
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 350,519 309,110 29,638 26,139
Taxation 2,832 4,521 239 382
Provisions 20,283 28,778 1,715 2,434
Bank overdraft   17,720     19,449     1,498     1,644  
Total current liabilities   391,354     361,858     33,090     30,599  
Total liabilities   476,144     463,758     40,260     39,216  
Total equity and liabilities   1,993,325     1,906,689     168,559     161,236  
 

       
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
South African Rand United States Dollar
Year ended Year ended Year ended Year ended
March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated 2018 2017 2018 2017
  Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
Cash flows from operating activities
Cash generated from operations 413,025 377,115 34,927 31,890
Net finance income received 4,845 9,057 410 766
Taxation paid   (64,662 )   (62,601 )   (5,468 )   (5,294 )
Net cash generated from operating activities   353,208     323,571     29,869     27,362  
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditure payments (338,261 ) (295,523 ) (28,604 ) (24,990 )
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 4,388 369 371 31
Deferred consideration paid - (1,103 ) - (93 )
Decrease in restricted cash 127 6,951 11 588
Increase in restricted cash   (8,389 )   (3,588 )   (709 )   (303 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (342,135 )   (292,894 )   (28,931 )   (24,767 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares 10,726 7,072 907 598
Share repurchase (note 9) (18,666 ) (473,682 ) (1,578 ) (40,056 )
Dividends paid to Company's owners (53,201 ) (52,966 ) (4,501 ) (4,479 )
Acquisition of non-controlling interest (note 11)   (1,353 )   -     (114 )   -  
Net cash used in financing activities   (62,494 )   (519,576 )   (5,286 )   (43,937 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (51,421 )   (488,899 )   (4,348 )   (41,342 )
 
Net cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 356,333 860,762 30,133 72,789
Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents   (14,374 )   (15,530 )   (1,216 )   (1,314 )
Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year   290,538     356,333     24,569     30,133  
 

           
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2018
Attributable to owners of the parent
South African Rand

Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated

  Stated

capital

  Other

reserves

  Retained

earnings

  Total   Non-
controlling
interest
  Total
equity
 
Balance at March 31, 2016 (Audited) 1,320,955     74,262     526,082     1,921,299     (1,491 )   1,919,808  
Total comprehensive income -     (80,879 )   121,458     40,579     (67 )   40,512  
Profit for the year - - 121,458 121,458 (17 ) 121,441
Other comprehensive loss -     (80,879 )   -     (80,879 )   (50 )   (80,929 )
Total transactions with owners (466,610 )   2,247     (53,026 )   (517,389 )   -     (517,389 )
Shares issued in relation to share options exercised 7,072 - - 7,072 - 7,072
Share-based payment transaction - 2,247 - 2,247 - 2,247
Dividends declared (note 10) - - (53,026 ) (53,026 ) - (53,026 )
Share repurchase (note 9) (473,682 )   -     -     (473,682 )   -     (473,682 )
                         
Balance at March 31, 2017 (Audited)   854,345     (4,370 )   594,514     1,444,489     (1,558 )   1,442,931  
Total comprehensive income -     (60,576 )   181,134     120,558     67     120,625  
Profit for the year - - 181,134 181,134 59 181,193
Other comprehensive (loss)/income -     (60,576 )   -     (60,576 )   8     (60,568 )
Total transactions with owners (7,940 )   13,332     (53,268 )   (47,876 )   1,501     (46,375 )
Shares issued in relation to share options and share appreciation rights exercised 10,726 - - 10,726 - 10,726
Share-based payment transaction - 9,000 - 9,000 - 9,000
Share-based payment - excess tax benefit - 5,833 - 5,833 - 5,833
Dividends declared (note 10) - - (53,268 ) (53,268 ) - (53,268 )
Share repurchase (note 9) (18,666 ) - - (18,666 ) - (18,666 )

Transactions with non-controlling interests

-     (1,501 )   -     (1,501 )   1,501     -  
                         
Balance at March 31, 2018 (Reviewed)   846,405     (51,614 )   722,380     1,517,171     10     1,517,181  
 

MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED            
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2018
Attributable to owners of the parent
United States Dollar

Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated

  Stated
capital
  Other
reserves
  Retained
earnings
  Total   Non-
controlling
interest
  Total
equity
Balance at March 31, 2016 (Unaudited) 111,704 6,280 44,487 162,471 (126 ) 162,345
Total comprehensive income -     (6,839 )   10,271     3,432     (5 )   3,427  
Profit for the year - - 10,271 10,271 (1 ) 10,270
Other comprehensive loss -     (6,839 )   -     (6,839 )   (4 )   (6,843 )
Total transactions with owners (39,458 )   190     (4,484 )   (43,752 )   -     (43,752 )
Shares issued in relation to share options exercised 598 - - 598 - 598
Share-based payment transaction - 190 - 190 - 190
Dividends declared (note 10) - - (4,484 ) (4,484 ) - (4,484 )
Share repurchase (note 9) (40,056 )   -     -     (40,056 )   -     (40,056 )
                         
Balance at March 31, 2017 (Unaudited)   72,246     (369 )   50,274     122,151     (131 )   122,020  
Total comprehensive income -     (5,122 )   15,318     10,196     6     10,202  
Profit for the year - - 15,318 15,318 5 15,323
Other comprehensive (loss)/income -     (5,122 )   -     (5,122 )   1     (5,121 )
Total transactions with owners (671 )   1,127     (4,506 )   (4,050 )   127     (3,923 )
Shares issued in relation to share options and share appreciation rights exercised 907 - - 907 - 907
Share-based payment transaction - 761 - 761 - 761
Share-based payment - excess tax benefit - 493 - 493 - 493
Dividends declared (note 10) - - (4,506 ) (4,506 ) - (4,506 )
Share repurchase (note 9) (1,578 ) - -

 

 

(1,578 ) - (1,578 )

Transactions with non-controlling interests

-     (127 )   -     (127 )   127     -  
                         
Balance at March 31, 2018 (Unaudited)   71,575     (4,364 )   61,086     128,297     2     128,299  
 

NOTES TO PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

1. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

The preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with the requirements of the JSE Limited ("JSE") Listings Requirements for preliminary condensed financial statements and the requirements of the Companies Act applicable to financial statements. The JSE Listings Requirements require preliminary condensed financial statements to be prepared in accordance with the framework concepts and the measurement and recognition requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and the SAICA Financial Reporting Guides as issued by the Accounting Practices Committee and Financial Pronouncements as issued by the Financial Reporting Standards Council and to also, as a minimum, contain the information required by IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting.

The accounting policies applied in the preparation of the preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements are in terms of IFRS and are consistent with those accounting policies applied in the preparation of the previous consolidated annual financial statements, unless otherwise stated.

The preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements were prepared under the supervision of the Interim Group Chief Financial Officer, Paul Dell, CA(SA). The results were made available on May 10, 2018.

The Group has adopted all the new, revised or amended accounting pronouncements as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") which were effective for the Group from April 1, 2017, none of which had a material impact on the Group.

Certain new accounting standards and interpretations have been published that are not mandatory for the March 31, 2018 reporting period and have not been early adopted by the Group in fiscal 2018. The effect of adopting IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16 is set out below.

Management is in the final stages of its project to adopt IFRS 9, IFRS 15 and IFRS 16 and as such the figures mentioned below represent our current expectations of the impact from these standards.

Standards and amendments       Executive summary
IFRS 9 Financial Instruments ("IFRS 9") IFRS 9 addresses classification and measurement of financial assets and replaces the multiple classification and measurement models in IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement with a single model that has only two classification categories: amortized cost and fair value. IFRS 9 also introduces a new impairment model and aligns hedge accounting more closely with an entity's risk management.

 

The standard is effective for the Group from April 1, 2018.

 

The most relevant change to the Group is the requirement to use an expected loss model instead of the incurred loss model which is currently being used when assessing the recoverability of trade and other receivables. Based on the expected loss model contained in IFRS 9, the expected increase in the provision for doubtful debts at April 1, 2018 is between R2.0 million ($0.2 million) and R4.0 million ($0.3 million).

 
 
IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("IFRS 15")

IFRS 15 replaces IAS 18 Revenue and IAS 11 Construction Contracts. It is a single, comprehensive revenue recognition model for all contracts with customers and has the objective of achieving greater consistency in the recognition and presentation of revenue. In terms of the new standard, revenue is recognized based on the satisfaction of performance obligations, which occurs when control of goods or services transfers to a customer.

 

The revenue standard is effective for annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and therefore is applicable for the Group from April 1, 2018.

 

The standard permits a modified retrospective cumulative catch-up approach for the adoption, which the Group has decided to apply. Under this approach, the Group will recognize transitional adjustments in retained earnings on the date of initial application (i.e. April 1, 2018), without restating the comparative period. Under the practical expedient, the new requirements only need to be applied to contracts that are not completed as of April 1, 2018.

 

The Group has assessed the impact of applying IFRS 15 on its financial statements and has identified the following areas that will be affected:

 

Costs incurred in obtaining a contract:

 

Commissions incurred to acquire contracts need to be capitalized and amortized, unless the amortization period is 12 months or less. Currently, the Group expenses commissions. Under IFRS 15, the amortization expense reflects the settlement of the related performance obligations, which, depending on the specific contract, may include hardware, installation, training and/or service. To the extent commission capitalized is commensurate, the commission attributable to service will be amortized over the minimum contractual period or, if shorter, the expected life of the contract. To the extent it is not commensurate, the commission capitalized that is attributable to service will be amortized over the expected life of the contract.

 

The expected impact on the Group at April 1, 2018 is as follows:

• Capitalized commission asset with a net book value of between R43.0 million ($3.6 million) and R48.0 million ($4.1 million); and

• Additional recurring commission liability of between R6.0 million ($0.5 million) and R8.0 million ($0.7 million).

 

Recurring commission is commission which is payable for each month the customer remains with the Group. Since the commission relates to acquiring a customer contract, as part of the adoption of IFRS 15, a recurring commission liability will be recognized at the date on which the contract is acquired. The measurement will reflect the total commission payable over the minimum contractual period, or if shorter, the expected life of the contract, together with the effect of the time value of money, where significant. Under current accounting the recurring commissions are accrued for on a monthly basis.

 

Amortization expense of external commissions capitalized under IFRS 15 will be recognized in cost of sales; while that of internal commissions will be recognized in sales and marketing costs. Commissions not capitalized under the 12-month practical expedient will also be classified in the same manner. This is in line with the current income statement presentation of the commission expense. The impact of IFRS 15 on both cost of sales and sales and marketing costs for fiscal 2019 is not expected to be material based on current forecasts.

 

Significant financing:

 

In respect of contracts for which the Group receives payment more than 12 months in advance, interest expense will need to be accrued on the income received in advance liability. This will result in the revenue being measured at a higher amount when it is recognized, compared to current accounting.

 

At April 1, 2018, it is expected that the income received in advance liability (which will be disclosed as 'liabilities related to contracts with customers') will be between R1.0 million ($0.1 million) and R3.0 million ($0.3 million) higher than the balance at March 31, 2018.

 
 
IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers ("IFRS 15")

Fixed escalations:

Fixed escalations will need to be spread evenly over the contract period resulting in the related revenue being different to what is actually billed. In the earlier part of the contract, revenue will be higher than the amount billed; while in the latter part it will be lower. Currently, the Group recognizes the increase in revenue due to fixed escalations only once the escalations are effective.


A contract asset of between R1.0 million ($0.1 million) and R2.0 million ($0.2 million) is expected to be recognized on April 1, 2018 reflecting the amount by which revenue should have been higher under IFRS 15 in periods prior to March 31, 2018 as a result of straight-lining the fixed escalations.

 
 
IFRS 16 Leases ("IFRS 16")

IFRS 16 replaces IAS 17 Leases and addresses the accounting and disclosures for leases.

 

The standard provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognize right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for all leases, unless the lease term is 12 months or less or the underlying asset is a low-value asset. Lessors continue to classify leases as operating or finance, with IFRS 16's approach to lessor accounting remaining substantially unchanged from its predecessor, IAS 17.

 

IFRS 16 applies to annual reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019, but can be early adopted. Given that the Group will be applying IFRS 15 from April 1, 2018, the Group decided to also adopt IFRS 16 from this date.

 

The Group has chosen to apply the 'simplified approach' on adoption of IFRS 16 that includes certain relief related to the measurement of the right-of-use asset and the lease liability at April 1, 2018, rather than full retrospective application. Furthermore, the 'simplified approach' does not require a restatement of comparatives.

 

The Group leases land and buildings, office equipment and vehicles which are currently treated as operating leases.

 

The expected impact on the Group at April 1, 2018 is as follows:

 

  • Right-of-use asset with a net book value of between R29.0 million ($2.5 million) and R32.0 million ($2.7 million); and
  • Lease liability (net of accruals/prepayments already recognized) of between R31.0 million ($2.6 million) and R35.0 million ($3.0 million).
 

Summary of the expected impact at April 1, 2018 of adopting IFRS 9, IFRS 15 & IFRS 16:

                       
South African Rand United States Dollar
IFRS 9 Assets (R2.0 million) to (R4.0 million) ($0.2 million) to ($0.3 million)
IFRS 15 Assets R44.0 million to R50.0 million $3.7 million to $4.2 million
IFRS 16 Assets R29.0 million to R32.0 million $2.5 million to $2.7 million
Total Assets R71.0 million to R78.0 million $6.0 million to $6.6 million
 
IFRS 15 Liabilities R7.0 million to R11.0 million $0.6 million to $0.9 million
IFRS 16 Liabilities R31.0 million to R35.0 million $2.6 million to $3.0 million
Deferred tax liabilities R6.0 million to R10.0 million $0.5 million to $0.8 million
Total liabilities R44.0 million to R56.0 million $3.7 million to $4.7 million
 
Net increase in equity R22.0 million to R27.0 million $1.9 million to $2.3 million
 

Summary of the expected impact on fiscal 2019 results of adopting IFRS 9, IFRS 15 & IFRS 16:
The impact on profit after tax for fiscal 2019 is not expected to be material.

Presentation currency and convenience translation

The Group's presentation currency is South African Rand. In addition to presenting these preliminary condensed consolidated financial results in South African Rand, supplementary information in U.S. Dollars has been prepared for the convenience of users of the Group financial results. Unless otherwise stated, the Group has translated U.S. Dollar amounts from South African Rand at the exchange rate of R11.8255 per $1.00, which was the R/$ exchange rate reported by Oanda.com as at March 31, 2018. The U.S. Dollar figures may not compute as they are rounded independently.

The supplementary information prepared in U.S. Dollars constitutes pro forma financial information under the JSE Listings Requirements. This pro forma financial information is the responsibility of the Group's board of directors and is presented for illustrative purposes. Because of its nature, the pro forma financial information may not fairly present MiX Telematics' financial position, changes in equity, results of operations or cash flows. The pro forma financial information does not constitute pro forma information in accordance with the requirements of Regulation S-X of the SEC or generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. In addition, the rules and regulations related to the preparation of pro forma financial information in other jurisdictions may also vary significantly from the requirements applicable in South Africa.

2. Independent review

The preliminary condensed consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2018 have been reviewed by Deloitte & Touche, who expressed an unmodified review conclusion thereon, which is available for inspection at the Company's registered office. The auditor's report does not necessarily report on all the information contained in these financial results. Shareholders are therefore advised that in order to obtain a full understanding of the nature of the auditor's engagement they should obtain a copy of the auditor's report together with the accompanying financial information from the Company's registered office. Any reference to future financial performance, included in this announcement, has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's auditors.

3. Segment information

Our operating segments are based on the geographical location of our Regional Sales Offices ("RSOs") and also include our Central Services Organization ("CSO"). CSO is our central services organization that wholesales our products and services to our RSOs who, in turn, interface with our end-customers, distributors and dealers. CSO is also responsible for the development of our hardware and software platforms and provides common marketing, product management, technical and distribution support to each of our other operating segments.

The chief operating decision maker ("CODM") reviews the segment results on an integral margin basis as defined by management. The CODM, who is responsible for allocating resources and assessing performance of the operating segments, has been identified collectively as the executive committee and the Chief Executive Officer who make strategic decisions. In respect of revenue, this method of measurement entails reviewing the segmental results based on external revenue only. In respect of Adjusted EBITDA (the profit measure identified by the CODM), the margin generated by CSO, net of any unrealized intercompany profit, is allocated to the geographic region where the external revenue is recorded by our RSOs. The costs remaining in CSO relate mainly to research and development of hardware and software platforms, common marketing, product management and technical and distribution support to each of the RSOs. CSO is a reportable segment of the Group because it produces discrete financial information which is reviewed by the CODM and has the ability to generate external revenues.

Each RSO's results therefore reflect the external revenue earned, as well as the Adjusted EBITDA earned (or loss incurred) by each operating segment before the remaining CSO and corporate costs allocations. Segment assets are not disclosed as segment information is not reviewed on such a basis by the CODM.

       
SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS
             
South African Rand
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated
 

Subscription
revenue

 

Hardware and
other revenue

  Total
revenue
 

Adjusted
EBITDA

 
Year ended March 31, 2018 (Reviewed)
Regional Sales Offices
Africa   872,646 84,832 957,478 440,900
Europe 115,199 78,061 193,260 65,326
Americas 194,890 32,715 227,605 79,127
Middle East and Australasia 200,241 78,424 278,665 106,835
Brazil       50,735     3,695     54,430     16,747  
Total Regional Sales Offices 1,433,711 277,727 1,711,438 708,935
Central Services Organization       904     140     1,044     (149,878 )
Total Segment Results 1,434,615 277,867 1,712,482 559,057
Corporate and consolidation entries   -     -     -     (117,191 )
Total       1,434,615     277,867     1,712,482     441,866  
 

       
South African Rand
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated
 

Subscription
revenue

 

Hardware and
other revenue

  Total
revenue
 

Adjusted
EBITDA

 
 
Year ended March 31, 2017 (Audited)
Regional Sales Offices
Africa 772,224 86,945 859,169 344,077
Europe 113,223 64,108 177,331 52,369
Americas 121,462 38,957 160,419 26,804
Middle East and Australasia 199,474 104,976 304,450 91,149
Brazil       32,653     5,158     37,811     9,394  
Total Regional Sales Offices 1,239,036 300,144 1,539,180 523,793
Central Services Organization       878     -     878     (127,828 )
Total Segment Results 1,239,914 300,144 1,540,058 395,965
Corporate and consolidation entries   -     -     -     (94,352 )
Total       1,239,914     300,144     1,540,058     301,613  
 

       
SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS
             
United States Dollar
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated
 

Subscription
revenue

 

Hardware and
other revenue

  Total
revenue
 

Adjusted
EBITDA

Year ended March 31, 2018 (Unaudited)
Regional Sales Offices
Africa   73,794 7,174 80,968 37,284
Europe 9,742 6,601 16,343 5,524
Americas 16,480 2,766 19,246 6,691
Middle East and Australasia 16,933 6,632 23,565 9,034
Brazil       4,290     311     4,601     1,416  
Total Regional Sales Offices 121,239 23,484 144,723 59,949
Central Services Organization       76     14     90     (12,674 )
Total Segment Results 121,315 23,498 144,813 47,275
Corporate and consolidation entries   -     -     -     (9,909 )
Total       121,315     23,498     144,813     37,366  
 

       
United States Dollar
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated
 

Subscription
revenue

 

Hardware and
other revenue

  Total
revenue
 

Adjusted
EBITDA

Year ended March 31, 2017 (Unaudited)
Regional Sales Offices
Africa   65,302 7,352 72,654 29,096
Europe 9,574 5,421 14,995 4,428
Americas 10,271 3,294 13,565 2,267
Middle East and Australasia 16,868 8,877 25,745 7,708
Brazil       2,761     437     3,198     794  
Total Regional Sales Offices 104,776 25,381 130,157 44,293
Central Services Organization       75     -     75     (10,810 )
Total Segment Results 104,851 25,381 130,232 33,483
Corporate and consolidation entries   -     -     -     (7,980 )
Total       104,851     25,381     130,232     25,503  
 

 
4. Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Profit for the year
  South African Rand   United States Dollar
Year ended   Year ended Year ended   Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
    Reviewed   Audited   Unaudited   Unaudited
 
Adjusted EBITDA 441,866 301,613 37,366 25,503
Add:
Net profit on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 1,264 - 107 -
Decrease in restructuring costs provision 741 - 63 -
Reversal of impairment - 791 - 67
 
Less:
Depreciation (1) (151,945 ) (98,508 ) (12,849 ) (8,329 )
Amortization (2) (63,926 ) (44,734 ) (5,406 ) (3,783 )
Impairment (3) (2,696 ) (3,166 ) (228 ) (267 )
Share-based compensation costs   (10,352 )   (3,311 )   (875 )

 

  (280 )
Equity-settled share-based compensation costs (9,000 ) (2,247 ) (761 )

 

(190 )
Cash-settled share-based compensation costs   (1,352 )   (1,064 )   (114 )

 

  (90 )
Net loss on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets - (262 ) -

 

(22 )
Increase in restructuring costs provision   -     (14,561 )   -  

 

  (1,231 )
Operating profit 214,952 137,862 18,178 11,658
Add: Finance (costs)/income - net (69 ) 10,391 (6 ) 879
Less: Taxation   (33,690 )   (26,812 )   (2,849 )   (2,267 )
Profit for the year   181,193     121,441     15,323     10,270  
 

(1) Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment (including in-vehicle devices).
(2) Includes amortization of intangible assets (including product development costs and intangible assets identified as part of a business combination).
(3) Asset impairments relate to the impairment of capitalized product development costs of R2.3 million ($0.2 million) in the Africa segment and R0.4 million ($0.03 million) in the CSO segment. In 2017, asset impairments related to the impairment of capitalized product development costs of R2.6 million ($0.2 million) in the Africa segment and R0.5 million ($0.04 million) in the CSO segment.

 
5. Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA margin to Profit for the year margin
 
Year ended   Year ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited
 
Adjusted EBITDA margin 25.8 % 19.6 %
Add:
Net profit on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 0.1 % -
Decrease in restructuring costs provision 0.0 % -
Reversal of impairment - 0.1 %
 
Less:
Depreciation (8.9 %) (6.4 %)
Amortization (3.6 %) (3.0 %)
Impairment (0.2 %) (0.2 %)
Share-based compensation costs   (0.6 %)   (0.2 %)
Equity-settled share-based compensation costs (0.5 %) (0.1 %)
Cash-settled share-based compensation costs   (0.1 %)   (0.1 %)
Net loss on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets - (0.0 %)
Increase in restructuring costs provision   -     (0.9 %)
Operating profit margin 12.6 % 9.0 %
Add: Finance (costs)/income - net (0.0 %) 0.7 %
Less: Taxation   (2.0 %)   (1.8 %)
Profit for the year margin   10.6 %   7.9 %
 

6. Assets Classified as Held for Sale

The Assets classified as held for sale relate to the property held by the CSO segment. No impairment loss was recognized on reclassification of the property as held for sale as the fair value (estimated based on the recent market prices of similar properties in similar locations) less costs to sell is higher than the carrying amount. Management anticipate that the sale will be completed within 12 months.

7. Inventory

The increase in the inventory balance is primarily as a result of additional components and hardware devices on hand to meet the Company's internal safety inventory requirements and in anticipation of future hardware sales.

8. Free Cash Flow

 
Reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash generated from operating activities
  South African Rand   United States Dollar
Year ended   Year ended Year ended   Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Unaudited   Unaudited   Unaudited
                 
Net cash generated from operating activities 353,208 323,571 29,869 27,362
Capital expenditure payments   (338,261 )   (295,523 )   (28,604 )   (24,990 )
Free cash flow   14,947     28,048     1,265     2,372  
 

9. Share Repurchase

Fiscal 2018
On May 23, 2017, the MiX Telematics board of directors approved a share repurchase program of up to R270 million ($22.8 million) under which the Company may repurchase its ordinary shares, including American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"). The Company may repurchase its shares from time to time at its discretion through open market transactions and block trades, based on ongoing assessments of the capital needs of the Company, the market price of its securities and general market conditions. This share repurchase program may be discontinued at any time by the board of directors, and the Company has no obligation to repurchase any amount of its securities under the program. The repurchase program will be funded out of existing cash resources.

At March 31, 2018, the following purchases had been made under the share repurchase program:

                             

South African Rand

 

Figures are in
thousands unless
otherwise stated

     

Total number of
shares
repurchased

 

     

Average price
paid per
share (1)

     

Shares canceled
under the share
repurchase
program

 

     

Total value of
shares
purchased as
part of
publicly
announced
program

 

     

Maximum value
of
shares that may
yet
be purchased
under
the program

 

 
June 2017 5,015,660       3.72       5,015,660       18,666       251,334
        5,015,660               5,015,660       18,666       251,334
 
                             

United States Dollar



Figures are in
thousands unless
otherwise stated

     

Total number of
shares
repurchased

     

Average price
paid per
share (1)

     

Shares canceled
under the share
repurchase
program

     

Total value of shares
purchased as part of
publicly announced
program

     

Maximum value of
shares that may yet
be purchased under
the program

 
June 2017 5,015,660       0.31       5,015,660       1,578       21,254
        5,015,660               5,015,660       1,578       21,254
 

(1) Including transaction costs.

Subsequent to the repurchase, the shares were delisted and now form part of the authorized unissued share capital of the Company. At March 31, 2018, the Company had 564,420,145 ordinary shares of no par value in issue (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares held by MiX Investments).

Fiscal 2017

On April 29, 2016, the Company entered into an agreement (the "share repurchase agreement") with Imperial Holdings Limited ("Imperial Holdings") and Imperial Corporate Services Proprietary Limited ("Imperial Corporate Services"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Imperial Holdings, to repurchase all 200,828,260 of the Company's shares held by Imperial Corporate Services (the "repurchase shares") at R2.36 ($0.20) per repurchase share, for an aggregate repurchase consideration of R474.0 million or $40.1 million (the "repurchase"). At the general meeting held on August 1, 2016, shareholders of the Company approved the repurchase in terms of the JSE Listings Requirements and the South African Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008, at which point the transaction was accounted for in terms of IFRS. The repurchase was implemented on August 29, 2016. Subsequent to the repurchase, the shares were delisted and now form part of the authorized unissued share capital of the Company.

In fiscal 2017, the financial effect of the transaction was as follows:

       
Year ended Year ended
March 31, March 31,
2017 2017

South African
Rand

United States
Dollar

    Audited       Unaudited
Aggregate repurchase consideration 473,955 40,079
Impact of discounting related to the fiscal 2017 share repurchase transaction (3,222) (272)
Transaction costs capitalized   2,949       249
Total share repurchase cost   473,682       40,056
 

10. Dividends Paid

During fiscal 2016 the board of directors decided to reintroduce the Company's policy of paying regular dividends. Dividend payments are currently considered on a quarter-by-quarter basis.

The following dividends were declared by the Company in fiscal 2018 (excluding dividends paid on treasury shares):

  • In respect of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, a dividend of R11.3 million ($1.0 million) was declared on May 23, 2017 and paid on June 19, 2017. Using shares in issue of 563,514,561 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2 South African cents or 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, a dividend of R14.0 million ($1.2 million) was declared on August 1, 2017 and paid on August 28, 2017. Using shares in issue of 558,898,901 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2.5 South African cents or 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, a dividend of R14.0 million ($1.2 million) was declared on October 31, 2017 and paid on November 27, 2017. Using shares in issue of 559,418,095 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2.5 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the third quarter of fiscal year 2018, a dividend of R14.0 million ($1.2 million) was declared on January 30, 2018 and paid on February 26, 2018. Using shares in issue of 562,320,145 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2.5 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.

The following dividends were declared by the Company in fiscal 2017:

  • In respect of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, a dividend of R15.2 million ($1.3 million) was declared on May 24, 2016 and paid on June 20, 2016. Using shares in issue of 761,337,500 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, a dividend of R15.3 million ($1.3 million) was declared on August 4, 2016 and paid on August 29, 2016. Using shares in issue of 763,087,500 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, a dividend of R11.3 million ($1.0 million) was declared on November 3, 2016 and paid on November 28, 2016. Using shares in issue of 563,434,240 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.
  • In respect of the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, a dividend of R11.2 million ($0.9 million) was declared on February 2, 2017 and paid on February 27, 2017. Using shares in issue of 563,434,240 (excluding 40,000,000 treasury shares), this equated to a dividend of 2 South African cents and 0.2 U.S. cents per share.

11. Acquisition of non-controlling interest

In June 2014, the Group entered into a quotaholders agreement with Edge Gestão Empresarial LTDA ("Edge"), whereby Edge was granted a 5% holding in the equity interest of MiX Telematics Serviços De Telemetria E Rastreamento De Veículos Do Brazil Limitada ("MiX Brazil"). Prior to this quotaholders agreement, Edge held a non-controlling interest in MiX Brazil of 0.0025%. Edge is a Brazilian-based investment company controlled by Luiz Munhoz, the Managing Director of MiX Brazil. The increase in the equity interests granted to Edge was in respect of services provided by Luiz Munhoz to MiX Brazil, in his role as Managing Director of MiX Brazil. In terms of the quotaholders agreement, Edge had an option to transfer its interest in MiX Brazil back to the Group at fair value. The quotaholders agreement with Edge represented a cash-settled share-based payment.

In September 2017, Edge exercised the put option in the quotaholders agreement. In terms of the subsequent sale agreement, MiX Investments acquired Edge's 5% equity interest in MiX Brazil for R1.4 million ($0.1 million) which increased the Group's interest in MiX Brazil to 100%. As a result, the Group recognized a cash-settled share-based payment expense and liability of R1.4 million ($0.1 million), which was subsequently settled. The non-controlling interest related to MiX Brazil of R1.5 million ($0.1 million) was also transferred to other reserves within equity.

12. Fair values of financial assets and liabilities measured at amortized cost

The fair values of trade and other receivables, restricted cash, cash and cash equivalents, trade payables, accruals, bank overdrafts and other payables approximate their book values as the impact of discounting is not considered material due to the short-term nature of both the receivables and payables.

13. Contingencies

Service agreement

In terms of an amended network services agreement with Mobile Telephone Networks Proprietary Limited ("MTN"), MTN is entitled to claw back payments from MiX Telematics Africa Proprietary Limited, a subsidiary of the Group, in the event of early cancellation of the agreement or certain base connections not being maintained over the term of the agreement. No connection incentives will be received in terms of the amended network services agreement. The maximum potential liability under the arrangement is R43.7 million ($3.7 million). No loss is considered probable under this arrangement.

14. Change in estimate of useful lives of product development costs capitalized

During fiscal 2018, the CSO segment reassessed the useful lives of certain projects where, on average, the useful lives were increased from 5.0 years to 6.5 years. The reassessment of the useful lives resulted in a R4.5 million ($0.4 million) reduction in the product development amortization expense relative to what it would have been in fiscal 2018 had the change not occurred. The amortization reduction expected to be charged to the income statement over the future fiscal years is as follows:

                           
Figures are in thousands Year ended March 31,
             
       

2019

    2020     2021     2022     2023     2024     2025     2026     2027     2028
 
South African Rand 1,694 611 748 457 334 303 158 106 106 27
United States Dollar 143     52     63     39     28     26     13     9     9     2
 

15. Taxation

Section 11D Allowances relating to tax assets recognized

MiX Telematics International Proprietary Limited ("MiX International"), a subsidiary of the Group, historically claimed a 150% allowance for research and development spend in terms of section 11D ("S11D") of the South African Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962 ("the Act"). As of October 1, 2012, the legislation relating to the allowance was amended. The amendment requires pre-approval of development project expenditure on a project specific basis by the South African Department of Science and Technology ("DST") in order to claim a deduction of the additional 50% over and above the expenditure incurred (150% allowance). Since the amendments to S11D of the Act, MiX International had been claiming the 150% deduction resulting in a recognized tax benefit. MiX International has complied with the amended legislation by submitting all required documentation to the DST in a timely manner, commencing in October 2012.

In June 2014, correspondence was received from the DST indicating that the research and development expenditure on certain projects for which the 150% allowance was claimed in the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years did not, in the DST's opinion, constitute qualifying expenditure in terms of the Act. MiX International, through due legal process, had formally requested a review of the DST's decision not to approve this expenditure. While approvals were obtained for a portion of this project expenditure as a result of a further review performed by the DST in February 2017, we continue to seek approval for the remaining projects and as such the legal process is ongoing. In addition to the approvals that were subject to the legal process, further approvals have been obtained for certain project expenditure, relating to both current and prior financial years. However, at period end, an uncertain tax position remains in relation to S11D deductions in respect of which approvals remain pending.

Since the introduction of the DST pre-approval process, the Group has recognized in the income statement cumulative tax incentives in addition to the incurred cost of R20.5 million ($1.7 million) in respect of S11D deductions, of which R2.3 million ($0.2 million) was recognized in the current financial year. R17.7 million ($1.5 million) relates to deductions in respect of development project expenditure which has been approved by the DST. R2.8 million ($0.2 million) relates to an uncertain tax position in respect of projects where approvals have not yet been received from the DST. If the Group is unsuccessful in this regard, the Group will not recover the R2.8 million ($0.2 million) raised at March 31, 2018.

Impact of foreign exchange movements

The impact of foreign exchange movements and the related tax effects on the Group's effective tax rate is shown below:

       
South African Rand Year ended March 2018 Year ended March 2017
Reviewed Unaudited
Profit for the period   Foreign exchange gains   Adjusted earnings Profit for the period   Foreign exchange gains   Adjusted earnings
                             
 
Profit before tax 214,883 5,073 219,956 148,253 (1,476 ) 146,777
Taxation   (33,690 )   (29,403 )   (63,093 )       (26,812 )   (15,307 )   (42,119 )
Profit after tax   181,193     (24,330 )   156,863         121,441     (16,783 )   104,658  
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent 181,134 (24,330 ) 156,804 121,458 (16,783 ) 104,675
Non-controlling interests   59     -     59         (17 )   -     (17 )
    181,193     (24,330 )   156,863         121,441     (16,783 )   104,658  
Effective tax rate 15.7 % - 28.7

%

18.1 % - 28.7 %
 
       
United States Dollar Year ended March 2018 Year ended March 2017
Reviewed Unaudited
Profit for the period   Foreign exchange gains   Adjusted earnings Profit for the period   Foreign exchange gains   Adjusted earnings
                             
 
Profit before tax 18,172 429 18,601 12,537 (125 ) 12,412
Taxation   (2,849 )   (2,486 )   (5,335 )       (2,267 )   (1,294 )   (3,561 )
Profit after tax   15,323     (2,057 )   13,266         10,270     (1,419 )   8,851  
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent 15,318 (2,057 ) 13,261 10,271 (1,419 ) 8,852
Non-controlling interests   5     -     5         (1 )   -     (1 )
    15,323     (2,057 )   13,266         10,270     (1,419 )   8,851  
Effective tax rate 15.7 % - 28.7 % 18.1 % - 28.7 %
 

Excluding the impact of foreign exchange gains and losses and its related tax consequences, the effective tax rate in fiscal 2018 is consistent with fiscal 2017.

 
16. Other operating and financial data
  South African Rand       United States Dollar
Year ended   Year ended Year ended   Year ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Reviewed   Audited       Unaudited   Unaudited
Subscription revenue 1,434,615 1,239,914 121,315 104,851
Adjusted EBITDA 441,866 301,613 37,366 25,503
Cash and cash equivalents 308,258 375,782 26,067 31,777
Net cash (1) 290,538 356,333 24,569 30,133
Capital expenditure incurred   332,886     289,418         28,150    

24,475

Property, plant and equipment expenditure 238,248 170,010 20,147 14,377
Intangible asset expenditure   94,638     119,408         8,003     10,098
Capital expenditure authorized but not spent   85,053     132,836         7,192     11,233
Total development costs incurred   130,166     142,112         11,008     12,019
Development costs capitalized 65,343 78,020 5,526 6,599
Development costs expensed within administration and other charges   64,823     64,092         5,482     5,420
Subscribers (number) 676,866 622,062 676,866 622,062
Net asset value per share (R/$) 2.69 2.56 0.23 0.22
Net tangible asset value per share (R/$)   1.10     1.00         0.09     0.08
 

(1) Net cash is calculated as being net cash and cash equivalents, excluding restricted cash less interest bearing borrowings.

     
Exchange Rates

The following major rates of exchange were
used:

South African Rand: United States Dollar
-closing 11.83 13.41
-average 12.99 14.06
South African Rand: British Pound
-closing 16.60 16.75
-average     17.21     18.42
 

The Group's functional and presentation currency is South African Rand. The strengthening of the closing rate of the South African Rand against the functional currencies of the Group's foreign operations resulted in a decrease in assets and liabilities in respect of the foreign operations and the resulting foreign currency translation reserve reduction of R60.3 million ($5.1 million) since March 31, 2017.

17. Changes to the board of directors

With effect from October 3, 2017, Fundiswa Roji-Maplanka, was appointed as an independent non-executive director to the board of directors, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, as well as the Social and Ethics Committee. Fundiswa Roji-Maplanka was previously a non-executive director of MiX Telematics from August 2007 to November 2014.

With effect from November 7, 2017, Chris Ewing resigned as an independent non-executive director from the board of directors, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, as well as Chairperson to the Social and Ethics Committee.

With effect from November 7, 2017 Fundiswa Roji-Maplanka, was appointed Chairperson to the Social and Ethics Committee.

18. Changes to the Auditors

With effect from October 13, 2017 Deloitte & Touche ("Deloitte") were appointed as auditors in the place of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. ("PwC"). The decision to change auditors was not as a result of any disagreement between the Company and PwC with respect to accounting principles or practice, financial statement disclosures or auditing scope or procedures.

19. Events after the reporting period

Other than the items below, the directors are not aware of any matter material or otherwise arising since March 31, 2018 and up to the date of this report, not otherwise dealt with herein.

Dividend declared

On May 8, 2018 the board declared in respect of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 which ended on March 31, 2018, a dividend of 3 South African cents (0.3 U.S. cents) per ordinary share to be paid on June 4, 2018.

Details of Dividend Declared

The details with respect to the dividends declared for ordinary shareholders are as follows:

                                         

Last day to trade cum dividend

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Securities trade ex-dividend Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Record date Friday, June 1, 2018
Payment date Monday, June 4, 2018
 

Share certificates may not be dematerialized or rematerialized between Wednesday, May 30, 2018 and Friday, June 1, 2018, both days inclusive.

Shareholders are advised of the following additional information:

  • the dividend has been declared out of income reserves;
  • the local dividends tax rate is 20%;
  • the gross local dividend amounts to 3 South African cents per ordinary share;
  • the net local dividend amount is 2.4 South African cents per ordinary share for shareholders liable to pay dividends tax;
  • the issued ordinary share capital of MiX Telematics is 604,420,145 ordinary shares of no par value; and
  • the Company's tax reference number is 9155/661/84/7.

The details with respect to the dividends declared for holders of our ADSs are as follows:

     
Ex-dividend on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Thursday, May 31, 2018
Record date Friday, June 1, 2018
Approximate date of currency conversion Monday, June 4, 2018
Approximate dividend payment date Thursday, June 14, 2018
 

Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of shareholders of MiX Telematics will be held at Matrix Corner, Howick Close, Waterfall Park, Midrand, Johannesburg on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 14:30 p.m. (South African time). For South African shareholders, the last day to trade in order to be eligible to participate in and vote at the annual general meeting is Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and the record date for voting purposes is Friday, September 14, 2018. The notice of annual general meeting will be distributed to shareholders no later than June 29, 2018.

           
For and on behalf of the board:
R Frew SB Joselowitz
Midrand
May 10, 2018
 
           
MIX TELEMATICS LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
South African Rand United States Dollar

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Three months
ended

Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Unaudited   Unaudited       Unaudited   Unaudited
Revenue 453,528 391,427 38,352 33,100
Cost of sales   (157,573)   (126,384)       (13,325)   (10,687)
Gross profit 295,955 265,043 25,027 22,413
Other income/(expenses) - net 1,464 (136) 124 (12)
Operating expenses   (223,652)   (223,994)       (18,913)   (18,942)
-Sales and marketing (37,002) (35,260) (3,129) (2,982)
-Administration and other charges   (186,650)   (188,734)       (15,784)   (15,960)
Operating profit 73,767 40,913 6,238 3,459
Finance income/(costs) - net   691   (4,142)       58   (351)
-Finance income 3,055 1,790 258 151
-Finance costs   (2,364)   (5,932)       (200)   (502)
Profit before taxation 74,458 36,771 6,296 3,108
Taxation   (10,188)   (5,525)       (862)   (467)
Profit for the period   64,270   31,246       5,434   2,641
Attributable to:
Owners of the parent 64,270 31,246 5,434 2,641
Non-controlling interests   *   *       *   *
    64,270   31,246       5,434   2,641
 
Earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.11 0.06 0.01 #
-diluted (R/$) 0.11 0.05 0.01 #
Earnings per American Depositary Share
-basic (R/$) 2.86 1.39 0.24 0.12
-diluted (R/$) 2.77 1.37 0.23 0.12
Adjusted earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.10 0.05 0.01 #
-diluted (R/$) 0.10 0.05 0.01 #
Adjusted earnings per American Depositary Share
-basic (R/$) 2.46 1.33 0.21 0.11
-diluted (R/$) 2.38 1.32 0.20 0.11
Ordinary shares ('000)(1)
-in issue at March 31 564,420 563,435 564,420 563,435
-weighted average 562,767 563,435 562,767 563,435
-diluted weighted average 580,750 568,216 580,750 568,216
Weighted average American Depositary Shares ('000)(1)
-in issue at March 31 22,577 22,537 22,577 22,537
-weighted average 22,511 22,537 22,511 22,537
-diluted weighted average   23,230   22,729       23,230   22,729
 

# Amount less than $0.01.
* Amount less than R1,000/$1,000.
(1) Excludes 40,000,000 treasury shares held by MiX Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group (March 2017: 40,000,000).

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

1. Basis of preparation and accounting policies

Financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018

Further to the Group's financial results for the year ended March 31, 2018, additional financial information in respect of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 has been presented together with the relevant comparative information. The quarterly information comprises a condensed consolidated income statement, a reconciliation of adjusted earnings to profit for the period (note 3), a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit for the period (note 4) and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA margin to profit for the period margin (note 5) and other financial and operating data (note 6).

The accounting policies used in preparing the financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 are consistent in all material respects with those applied in the preparation of the Group's annual financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2017.

The quarterly financial results have not been audited or reviewed by the Group's external auditors.

2. Presentation currency and convenience translation

The Group's presentation currency is South African Rand. In addition to presenting these condensed consolidated financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 in South African Rand, supplementary information in U.S. Dollars has been prepared for the convenience of users of this report. Unless otherwise stated, the Group has translated U.S. Dollar amounts from South African Rand at the exchange rate of R11.8255 per $1.00, which was the R/$ exchange rate reported by Oanda.com as at March 31, 2018. The U.S. Dollar figures may not compute as they are rounded independently.

 
3. Reconciliation of adjusted earnings to profit for the period
  South African Rand       United States Dollar
Three months ended   Three months ended Three months ended   Three months ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Unaudited   Unaudited       Unaudited   Unaudited
Profit for the period attributable to owners of the parent 64,270 31,246 5,434 2,641
Net foreign exchange losses 1,150 5,106 97 432
Income tax effect on the above component   (10,136)   (6,335)       (857)   (536)
Adjusted earnings attributable to owners of the parent   55,284   30,017       4,674   2,537
Reconciliation of earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share
Basic earnings per share (R/$) 0.11 0.06 0.01 #
Net foreign exchange losses # # # #
Income tax effect on the above component   (0.01)   (0.01)       #   #
Basic adjusted earnings per share (R/$)   0.10   0.05       0.01   #
Adjusted earnings per share
-basic (R/$) 0.10 0.05 0.01 #
-diluted (R/$) 0.10 0.05 0.01 #
Adjusted earnings per American Depositary Share
-basic (R/$) 2.46 1.33 0.21 0.11
-diluted (R/$)   2.38   1.32       0.20   0.11
 

# Amount less than $0.01.

4. Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Profit for the Period
  South African Rand       United States Dollar
Three months ended   Three months ended Three months ended   Three months ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Unaudited   Unaudited       Unaudited   Unaudited
Adjusted EBITDA 130,155 87,110 11,007 7,366
Add:
Net profit on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 1,152 - 97 -
Decrease in restructuring costs provision 768 - 65 -
Reversal of impairment - 791 - 67
Less:
Depreciation (1) (39,067) (27,100) (3,304) (2,292)
Amortization (2) (14,878) (5,514) (1,258) (466)
Impairment (3) (2,563) (3,011) (217) (255)
Equity-settled share-based compensation costs (1,800) 3,746 (152) 317
Net loss on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets - (117) - (10)
Increase in restructuring costs provision   -   (14,992)       -   (1,268)
Operating profit 73,767 40,913 6,238 3,459
Add: Finance income/(costs) - net 691 (4,142) 58 (351)
Less: Taxation   (10,188)   (5,525)       (862)   (467)
Profit for the period   64,270   31,246       5,434   2,641

(1) Includes depreciation of property, plant and equipment (including in-vehicle devices).
(2) Includes amortization of intangible assets (including capitalized in-house development costs and intangible assets identified as part of a business combination).
(3) Asset impairments relate to the impairment of capitalized product development costs of R2.3 million ($0.2 million) in the Africa segment and R0.3 million ($0.03 million) in the CSO segment. In 2017, asset impairments related to the impairment of capitalized product development costs of R2.6 million ($0.2 million) in the Africa segment and R0.4 million ($0.03 million) in the CSO segment.

 
5. Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA margin to Profit for the Period margin
  Three months ended       Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017
    Unaudited       Unaudited
Adjusted EBITDA margin 28.7% 22.3%
Add:
Net profit on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 0.3% -
Decrease in restructuring costs 0.2% -
Reversal of impairment - 0.2%
Less:
Depreciation (8.6%) (6.9%)
Amortization (3.3%) (1.4%)
Impairment (0.6%) (0.8%)
Equity-settled share-based compensation costs (0.4%) 1.0%
Net loss on sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets - (0.1%)
Increase in restructuring costs provision   -       (3.8%)
Operating profit margin 16.3% 10.5%
Add: Finance income/(costs) - net 0.2% (1.1%)
Less: Taxation   (2.3%)       (1.4%)
Profit for the period margin   14.2%       8.0%
 

           
6. Other operating and financial data
South African Rand United States Dollar

Three months ended

Three months ended Three months ended Three months ended
Figures are in thousands unless otherwise stated March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    Unaudited   Unaudited       Unaudited   Unaudited
Subscription revenue 373,623 321,708 31,595 27,205
Adjusted EBITDA 130,155 87,110 11,007 7,366
Cash and cash equivalents 308,258 375,782 26,067 31,777
Net cash (1) 290,538 356,333 24,569 30,133
Capital expenditure incurred   63,114   81,617       5,337   6,902
Property, plant and equipment expenditure 44,108 45,877 3,730 3,880
Intangible asset expenditure   19,006   35,740       1,607   3,022
Total development costs incurred   30,488   32,152       2,578   2,719
Development costs capitalized 16,543 17,268 1,399 1,460
Development costs expensed within administration and other charges   13,945   14,884       1,179   1,259
Subscribers (number)   676,866   622,062       676,866   622,062
 

(1) Net cash is calculated as being net cash and cash equivalents, excluding restricted cash less interest bearing borrowings.

         
Three months ended Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017
      Unaudited         Unaudited
Exchange Rates
The following major rates of exchange were used:
South African Rand: United States Dollar
-closing 11.83 13.41
-average 11.96 13.23
South African Rand: British Pound
-closing 16.60 16.75
-average     16.64         16.38
 

7. Development costs historical data

The table below sets out development costs incurred and capitalized for each of the last eight quarters including the period ended March 31, 2018.

                 
South African Rand
Figures are in thousands (Unaudited) Three months ended
                                     
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30,   March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30,
        2018   2017   2017   2017   2017   2016   2016   2016
 

Total
development
costs incurred

      30,488   32,336   34,167   33,175   32,152   36,696   36,034   37,230

Development
costs capitalized

16,543 15,996 16,148 16,656 17,268 20,415 21,028 19,309

Development
costs expensed
within
administration and
other charges

      13,945   16,340   18,019   16,519   14,884   16,281   15,006   17,921
 
                   
United States Dollar
Figures are in thousands (Unaudited) Three months ended
                                       
March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30,   March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30,
          2018   2017   2017   2017   2017   2016   2016   2016

Total
development
costs incurred

        2,578   2,735   2,890   2,805   2,719   3,103   3,047   3,150

Development
costs capitalized

1,399 1,353 1,366 1,408 1,460 1,726 1,778 1,635

Development
costs expensed
within
administration and
other charges

        1,179   1,382   1,524   1,397   1,259   1,377   1,269   1,515
 

For more information please visit our website at: www.mixtelematics.com

MiX Telematics Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number: 1995/013858/06)
JSE share code: MIX NYSE code: MIXT ISIN: ZAE000125316
("MiX Telematics" or "the Company" or "the Group")

Registered office
Matrix Corner, Howick Close, Waterfall Park, Midrand

Directors
RA Frew* (Chairman), SB Joselowitz (CEO), EN Banda*, SR Bruyns* (Lead Independent Director), PM Dell, IV Jacobs*, F Roji-Maplanka*, CWR Tasker, AR Welton*
* Non-executive

Company secretary
Java Capital Trustees and Sponsors Proprietary Limited

Auditors
Deloitte & Touche

Sponsor
Java Capital Trustees and Sponsors Proprietary Limited


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