30 August 2019

Woolies sends Moir to sort out David Jones

The retail group has more than halving the value of its investment in the Australian chain, which has been hit by a cyclical downturn.

Hail and fire ignite claims at Santam

After a relatively benign start to 2018, the insurer faced big claims for fire and hail damage this year.

Sanlam - “A sound result from Sanlam’s Santam stake”

Ingham Analytics issues a note entitled "A sound result from Sanlam's Santam stake" following the release of interim results from the short-term insurer, which Sanlam owns...

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

Weekly roundup of M&A activity by South African companies

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

Weekly roundup of all M&A activity from across Africa (excluding South Africa)

Massmart sees no end to weak environment

The mass retailer and wholesaler has swung to a loss due to constrained consumers and internal missteps.

Steinhoff may sell businesses to save them

The retailer has reported a rise in revenue despite current challenges thanks to Pepkor Europe and Pepkor Africa.

ADvTECH affected by emigration

The private education group is growing its mid-fee schools as emigration and affordability impact premium campuses.

Sibanye-Stillwater shakes off gold strike

With the strike over and the inclusion of Lonmin, the group says it may resume dividend payments next year.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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

Thorts - Virtual-only AGMs and e-Voting: an inevitable reality?

Should SA-listed companies embrace virtual-only annual general meetings (AGM) where shareholders attend the AGM exclusively using a web-based platform allowing participation and electronic voting in real-time?

Dis-Chem bounces back from strike

The discount pharmacy chain has also benefitted from a bigger increase in the Single Exit Price for drugs.

29 August 2019

Motus steers its way through tough conditions

The automotive group expects solid financial results for 2020, subject to stable currencies and SA retaining its investment grade rating.

Bidcorp dishes up higher earnings

The food services group says the UK and Eastern Europe delivered strong performances, while SA showed a recovery.

Adcock gets a clean bill of health

Shares in the pharmaceuticals manufacturer jumped after it reported a strong increase in annual earnings.

Murray and Roberts on track with strategy

The engineering and construction group is positioning itself for more big contract wins in the natural resources sector.

Distell hurt by currency devaluations

The wine and spirits group has reported strong growth in Africa but was hit by currency issues in Angola and Zimbabwe.

Dis-Chem bounces back from strike

The discount pharmacy chain has also benefitted from a bigger increase in the Single Exit Price for drugs.

28 August 2019

Imperial takes restructuring pain

The logistics group says the benefits of a big reorganisation should reflect in its bottom line in the year ahead.

Strike pushes Sibanye-Stillwater into a loss

The group has also recognised a fair-value loss on its dollar convertible bonds due to a rally in its share price this year.

DRDGold flags higher earnings

The mine tailings re-treatment specialist has benefitted from a higher gold price and the inclusion of Far West Gold Recoveries.

Sea Harvest helps reduce Brimstone’s losses

The black empowerment investment group says its interim loss and headline loss will be lower, partly due to its Sea Harvest investment.

“The Yield Curve is Inverted” Why the hype, what is it and how does it impact you?

Recently there has been a lot of hype around the “Inverted Yield Curve” and upcoming recession. So, what is this hype all about?

Amplats wraps up acquisition of prospecting rights from Atlatsa

The platinum producer is buying the Kwanda North and Central Block rights from Atlatsa, which is in the process of delisting from the JSE.

27 August 2019

Naspers prepares for $100 billion Prosus listing

Naspers says the top 10 consumer internet giant will have an estimated market capitalisation of $100 billion on day one.

Naspers capitalisation could be taxing

SA investors taking up stock in Prosus when it lists next month may be liable for capital gains tax.

Sasol swept by more waves at Lake Charles

The oil and chemicals group has revised its earnings guidance for the project lower due to problems at the Ethane Cracker.

Acquisitive Stadio grows earnings strongly

The private education group has grown student numbers and earnings following a spate of acquisitions.

The Week Ahead of 26 August 2019

Global growth is cooling and the measures that central banks have to stimulate is limited.

Super Group steers its way through the downturn

The logistics group continues to benefit from positive momentum in the commodities cycle as consumer-facing business come under pressure.

Safari battle heats up

More than a quarter of the retail property owner’s shareholders say they won’t support Comprop’s proposed R5.90 per share offer.

26 August 2019

Naspers shareholders say yes to global listing

Investors will get one share in Prosus for each Naspers share they hold when it lists next month.

No dividend as Northam triples operating profit

The platinum producer says its current capital structure, project commitments and the difficult economy preclude the payment of a cash dividend.

Grindrod bites the bullet following restructuring

With its non-core businesses held for sale, the freight and financial services group is focused on trade corridors and finance.

Hulamin buckles under tough conditions

The aluminium products manufacturer says it has taken corrective action after a number of factors impacted interim earnings.

NEPI Rockcastle sticks with distribution guidance

The property owner says it has had more visits to its shopping centre as retail spending by Eastern Europeans grows.

Murray and Roberts’ strategic plan gains traction

The specialised engineering and construction group expects a rebound in annual earnings and says its order book remains strong.

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