Disposal of Altron Document Solutions

(Registration number 1947/024583/06)
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Share Code: AEL ISIN: ZAE000191342
(“Altron” or “Altron Group” or the “Company”)



1.1. On 16 March 2022, agreements were concluded whereby the Altron Group, via its major
subsidiaries, Altron TMT Proprietary Limited (“ATMT”) and Altron TMT SA Group Proprietary
Limited (“ATMTSA”) would dispose of all its business interest in Altron Document Solutions
(“ADS”) and its associated subsidiary in the Eastern Cape, Genbiz Trading 1001 Proprietary
Limited (“Genbiz”), to a third party purchaser, Xerotech Proprietary Limited (“Xerotech”), a
subsidiary of Bi-Africa Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited (“Bi-Africa”). In terms of the
disposal, Altron, ATMT, ATMTSA, Xerotech and BiAfrica (collectively “the Parties”) have
concluded a sale of business agreement and a sale of shares agreement to record the
salient terms of the disposal therein (“the Transactions”) (“the Agreements”). The disposal
of the ADS operating division is aligned to the Group’s 2.0 strategy and the decision to
dispose of the ADS business will result in a greater focus on Altron’s core ICT businesses
which still remain in the portfolio of companies.


2.1. The ADS business provides office printer technology solutions and services in South Africa
and Sub-Saharan Africa. ADS has been the strategic partner for Xerox Limited (“Xerox”) in
these markets, distributing and servicing Xerox office automation and high-volume
production products and solutions for more than 20 years. Additionally, ADS distributes
Duplo finishing equipment and Fujifilm inkjet production machines in the local market. This
high invested-capital business is no longer core to Altron’s operating model.


3.1. The outstanding conditions precedent for the Transactions to be effective by 31 May 2022
(the Effective Date, unless otherwise extended) are:

3.1.1. The necessary consents (as required) to cede and assign customer and supplier
contracts and/or arrangements related thereto;
3.1.2. The conclusion of a Framework Agreement between the Parties to regulate the
standard operating protocol of ADS relating to the unwind of the working capital as
set out below;
3.1.3. The conclusion of a Transitional Services Agreement between the parties relating
to IT services;
3.1.4. The conclusion of a distribution agreement between Xerotech and Xerox to the
satisfaction of both parties whereby Xerotech is to be appointed as Xerox’s
distribution agent in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa;
3.1.5. In regard to Genbiz, the waiver of minority pre-emptive rights, certain changes to
the shareholders agreement and/or MOI, and the regularisation of loans from and
to shareholders; and
3.1.6. regulatory approvals (as required).

3.2. The Agreements contain the relevant and applicable warranties and disclosures related
thereto as mutually agreed upon between the Parties.

3.3. Bi-Africa has guaranteed the performance of Xerotech under the Agreements.

3.4. Altron has guaranteed the collectability of debtors ceded on a “back-to-back” basis by ADS
and Genbiz with the Technologies Acceptances Receivables Proprietary Limited (“TAR”)
securitisation vehicle.

3.5. The disposal of ADS and Genbiz is to be concluded as one indivisible transaction between
the Parties.


4.1. The disposal consideration for the sale of the ADS business is as follows:

4.1.1. for the sale of the ADS business as a going concern, the purchase consideration
for the goodwill, customer base, “back-to-back” rentals with TAR, leased motor
vehicles and ERP system is R20.1 million which shall be payable by Xerotech to
ATMT on the Closing Date (being the first business day following the Effective

4.1.2. debtors accounts as at the Effective Date will be paid to ATMT as collected by
Xerotech in terms of the Framework Agreement subsequent to the Effective Date
(as at 31 August 2021, being the date of Altron’s most recently-audited interim
financial statements, the debtors carrying value was R346 million);

4.1.3. in regard to inventory (which had a carrying value of R316 million as at 31 August
2021): inventory that is not slow moving as defined in the Agreement will be paid in 3
(three) equal monthly instalments to ATMT, the first instalment due and
payable at the end of the month in which the Effective Date occurs and the
remaining two instalments at the end of each consecutive month thereafter
(as at 31 January 2022, 49% of inventory was in this category); inventory that is slow moving as defined in the Agreement will be paid to ATMT
as realised subsequent to the Effective Date at the lower of cost or 90% of net
realisable value as at the Effective Date;

4.1.4. the book values of laptops and IT equipment, training equipment and motor
vehicles, prepayments and deposits, net of assumed staff-related liabilities, will be
payable to ATMT as soon as Effective Date Accounts have been finalised; and

4.1.5. ATMT will settle the balance of the liabilities of the business in terms of their
customary terms of payment after the Effective Date (as at 31 August 2021, these
payables amounted to R191 million).

4.1.6. The Disposal consideration for the interest in Genbiz is as follows: R14.6 million to ATMTSA for the 57.7% equity interest payable on the Closing
Date based on a net asset value peg for the company on the Effective Date of
R18.75 million; R9.9 million for the loan claim ATMT has in Genbiz payable in four equal
monthly instalments commencing from the close of the Transactions. The total consideration in terms of the Transactions being the disposal
consideration inclusive of the amounts to be settled by ATMT as stated under
4.1.5 has been capped at R715 million.


5.1. The net book value of the balance sheet items related to the Transactions as at 31 August
2021 amounted to R538 million (inclusive of payables to be settled by Altron as part of this

5.2. For the six months ended 31 August 2021, ADS (inclusive of Genbiz) generated revenue of
R500.1 million, EBITDA of R5.2 million, operating profit of R0.4m and an attributable loss
after tax of R11.2 million.


6.1. The net proceeds received from the Transactions will be applied to reduce the debt of the
Altron Group.


7.1. The Transactions have been categorised as a Category 2 transaction in terms of the JSE
Listings Requirements.

17 March 2022

Transaction Advisor
Marsden Advisory Pty Ltd

Investec Bank Limited

Date: 17-03-2022 02:15:00
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