This is up from the 14.04c reported in 2016.
This will represent an increase of between 100 percent and 120 percent.
The company also expects a better improvement in the headline earnings per share (Heps).
It said its Heps for the period was expected to fall in the range of between 28.13c a share and 30.93c a share as compared to the 14.02c reported in the last corresponding period.
The company will release the interim results on or about May 11.