Welcome to

The SPAR Group Limited

INTEGRATED ANNUAL REPORT 2018
Welcome to the SPAR online report – our holistic feedback to stakeholders on the group’s performance for the financial year from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. This report forms part of a set that provides you with an overview of how we create value and govern our culture and performance while delivering on our strategy and prospects. We explain how we developed this report and provide you with guidance on how to use it here.
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Who we are

SPAR is a warehousing and distribution business listed on the JSE in the Food and Drug Retailers sector. The group owns several country licences for the SPAR retail brand, which is used by a network of independent retailers who trade under our brand and are supplied on a voluntary basis through our distribution centres.
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WHY INVEST
IN SPAR?

SPAR South Africa has the potential to scale up in future by continuing to apply learnings in any market,
to create supply chain efficiencies and to build relationships wherever we go.
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Reports from
our leaders

The SPAR Group reported a pleasing performance for the year under review, with turnover increasing by 5.9% to R101.0 billion, despite continued challenging trading conditions.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

MIKE HANKINSON

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S
REPORT

GRAHAM O’CONNOR

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FINANCIAL REVIEW

MARK GODFREY

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OUR MATERIAL
RELATIONSHIPS

We are committed to understanding and responding to the interests and expectations
of our stakeholders to be able to create authentic shared value for all.
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Our strategy and
business model

The SPAR strategy articulates the key imperatives and enablers required to deliver on the group’s
outcomes and vision of being the ‘First-choice brands in the communities we serve’.
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FOCUS ON
SOUTH AFRICA

We serve licenced SPAR retailers in South Africa and neighbouring countries through our
eight distribution centres, which contract with more than 5 000 suppliers and service
providers to offer more than 1 300 SPAR branded products to consumers.
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FOCUS ON
IRELAND

SPAR operates in Ireland through its ownership of BWG Group –
the market leader in convenience retail in Ireland – and in
South West England, through Appleby Westward.
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FOCUS ON
SWITZERLAND

SPAR Switzerland has a multi-brand retail strategy in German-speaking
Switzerland, serving corporate and independent retailer stores
under the SPAR banner.
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OUR GOVERNANCE
approach

The board is the custodian of corporate governance and plays a prominent role
in the strategic development, risk management and sustainability
processes of the group.
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Our reporting
approach

We aim to provide our readers with a broad understanding of the group’s past
performance in the context of the external environment, demonstrated through a wide
range of activities, interactions and relationships. This should enable you to gauge
the prospects and future trajectory of SPAR’s value creation abilities.
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING

We encourage all our shareholders to attend the annual general meeting
of The SPAR Group Ltd.
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DOWNLOADS

SPAR achieved pleasing overall financial results for the 2018 financial year.
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