03 March 2020

Bidvest still on the lookout for deals

The industrial services group says its debt levels remain comfortable and it will consider strategic investments here and offshore.

RCL’s Master Plans for sugar and chicken

Industry frameworks are being developed to address challenges local poultry and sugar groups continue to face due to cheap imports imbalances.

Datatec may list Logicalis business in Brazil

The ICT solutions and services group has appointed advisors to look into a possible flotation of its Latin American business on the B3 exchange.

Cartrack attracts foreign interest

The group says a foreign investor proposes floating a restructured group on a major stock exchange with a secondary listing on the JSE.

Sea Harvest reports a strong 2019 catch

The group has benefited from acquisitions and improved margins at its SA operations but has warned of weaker abalone sales due to the coronavirus.

MAS Real Estate lifts dividend on strong CEE performance

The property investors aims to dispose of the remainder of the Western European property investments by next year.

02 March 2020

Tongaat sells starch unit to Barloworld

The sugar producer and land owner will use the proceeds to reduce debt in line with a financing agreement with its lenders.

Northam buys more prefs as earnings surge

The platinum producer says it may consider resuming dividends in the medium term after it has de-risked the Zambezi preference share structure.

Diversified portfolio cushions African Rainbow

The commodities group has lifted its interim dividend by a quarter, supported by a strong rise in prices for platinum group metals.

2020 budget - backdrop to an outrageous prediction

This analysis, timed to take stock of the implications of the 2020 government budget, is a must-read too.

Blue Label returns to a profit after Cell C write-off

The group is now focused on improving cash generation, reducing debt and improving returns to shareholders.

The Week Ahead with Chris Gilmour 2 March 2020

Global Equity markets suffer rapid correction.

CIG makes progress under tough conditions

The infrastructure group says although its turnaround will still take some time a solid platform has been established.

28 February 2020

Coronavirus hits AB InBev's sales in China

The brewer says the pandemic is likely to result in a 10 percent decline in first-quarter EBITDA, with the impact continuing to evolve.

Coronavirus makes 2020 even tougher for Steinhoff

The furniture manufacturer and retailer says it is taking a number of steps to mitigate against any potential effect of the pandemic.

Implats reinstates dividends, saves jobs

The platinum producer has benefited from a 41 percent rise in the rand price of its metals while sustaining its operating performance.

No dividend as Massmart tackles turnaround

The retailer and wholesaler has swung to its full-year loss and is now preparing to rejig its business and close unprofitable stores.

Who's doing what this week in the South African M&A space?

Weekly summary of Merger & Acquisition activity by South African companies

Who's doing what in the African M&A space?

Weekly summary of all Merger & Acquisition activity from across Africa (excluding South Africa)

BAT smoulders on higher dividend

The cigarette maker has grown its share of a declining market and raised prices to compensate for lower volumes.

Mondi increases dividend despite a dip in earnings

The paper and packaging group says it remains highly cash generative and is seeing evidence of pricing stability in certain segments.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

Weekly summary of corporate finance activity by South African exchange listed companies

Thorts - Disruptive technology and its impact on the M&A landscape

Disruptive technologies are forcing companies to change their business approach for fear of losing their market share or becoming irrelevant

27 February 2020

Mboweni’s budget steers away from austerity

The budget aims to cut the public sector wage bill instead of hiking taxes and may stave off a credit rating downgrade next month.

Motus steers through hazardous conditions

The automotive group says the impact of the coronavirus on the production and supply of cars and spare parts is an added risk.

Comair buffeted by strong headwinds

The airline operator has swung to a half-year loss and has suspended dividend payments due to its current financial status.

Capco focused on London’s West End

The London property owner has reported a decline in its property portfolio and net asset value after selling its Earls Court development.

Grindrod Shipping says coronavirus has disrupted trading patterns

The shipping group says the pandemic has shown the high interdependence of all regions and industries due to globalisation.

26 February 2020

Shoprite brings in more high-end customers

The retailer is also forming a joint venture with Equites Property Fund to manage and develop a portfolio of logistics properties.

Curro marked down for weaker earnings

The private school group says it was affected by its decision to retain learners in a depressed economy, while its interest bill rose.

AECI benefits from restructuring

The chemicals and explosives group is taking measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on its African mining operations.

Imperial holds up under deteriorating conditions

The logistics group has benefitted from the rationalisation and cost-cutting it implemented last year.

Hammerson rebases dividend on rental pressure

The shopping centre owner has maintained its 2019 dividend but warns that it will come down sharply this year.

Libstar prepares to dish up higher earnings

The food group has benefited from margin improvement and a lower interest bill after it used its listing proceeds to reduce debt.

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