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.

25 February 2020

Market bloodbath adds to Sasol’s woes

The oil and chemicals group has cut its interim dividend as a weaker oil price and costs at its Lake Charles project decimated earnings.

JSE maintains payout in a volatile market

The stock exchange operator says a strong cash position supports its unchanged full-year payout despite lower earnings.

L2D maintains dividend in tough environment

The shopping centre owner says its conservative gearing provides a buffer against the current economic climate.

12 Section 12J investor tips

By the end of February, most taxpayers are looking for every opportunity to reduce their tax liabilities.

Tough conditions puts the brakes on Super Group

The logistics and supply chain group says it faced difficulties in all its main operating geographies.

Adapt IT holds back on dividend

The software and digital solutions provider is not paying an interim dividend as it reviews its capital structure due to elevated debt.

Blue Label flags a return to profit

The prepaid products group wrote off its investment in Cell C last year and said it would have no impact on current earnings.

24 February 2020

AngloGold shines on higher gold price

The gold producer has increased its dividend by more than 50 percent as rising metals prices boosted its cash flow.

Aspen continues to cut debt

The pharmaceuticals group says the recent sale of its Japanese business will bring debt close to its medium-term target.

Tongaat sells Umhlanga land to Balwin

The sugar producer and KZN and owner is selling assets to reduce debt to levels negotiated as part of a financial arrangement with banks.

NEPI Rockcastle beats guidance with its dividend

The shopping centre owner has benefited from rising rentals as more shoppers visit its centres in Central and Eastern Europe.

Assore hurt by weaker commodity prices

The mining holding company has cut its dividend by 30 percent after weaker commodity prices resulted in lower annual earnings

The Week Ahead with Chris Gilmour 23 February 2020

Global economic growth facing recession.

Aveng to report reduced losses

The engineering and infrastructure group says mining services subsidiary Moolmans turned in a first-half operating profit.

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