Sasol will shutdown its Natref refinery as of Arpil 9 in response to the “unprecedented decline” in fuel demand, stemming from South Africa’s lockdown aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.
Sasol “will prevail”, the company’s CEO Fleetwood Grobler said on a conference call intended to reassure investors and employees. The plan should stabilise the company, protect the balance sheet and preserve stakeholders’ interests.
Sasol’s share price has declined by more than 80% since the beginning of the year, with the company saying it would accelerate efforts to cut costs and sell assets.
Scrapping its dividend, Sasol laid out a tough set of results with earnings down 72% at 4.5 billion rand ($297 million) with its Lake Charles project in the US continuing to drag the South African company down.
Sasol and its join CEOs, Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell, will part company as of October 31 following the company’s misjudged investment in a multi-billion dollar gas facility in the US.