12 March 2020

MTN boosted by operations outside SA

The network operator also says CEO Rob Shuter will step down when his four-year contract expires next year.

Absa banks on Africa regions as local growth dwindles

The banking group has grown full-year earnings thanks to stronger performances from its operations outside the country.

Growthpoint warns of flat 2020 dividend

The real estate investment trust says growth in its annual dividend will be nominal at best.

Ascendis battens down the hatches

The pharmaceuticals group plans to slash costs and sell more businesses as it restructures its balance sheet and reduces debt.

Pepkor warns of COVID-19 stock shortage

The effect of the coronavirus has not been significant so far but the retail group says it could affect stock availability later this year.

Quilter plans odd-lot offer

The wealth manager says it will halve its shareholder base, including many Old Mutual policyholders who received shares during its unbundling.

11 March 2020

FirstRand warns of weaker growth

The banking group says it is not immune to the serious macroeconomic challenges facing the country, which it is affecting all customer segments.

Vodacom reaches social pact with CompCom

The network operator will slash the price of data bundles and provide some free services after the Competition Commission weighed in.

Texton trims debt in challenging environment

The real estate investment trust has faced headwinds in SA and the UK and expects its operating environment to remain challenging for now.

Transaction Capital maintains momentum

The financial services group says its taxi finance and debt collection services businesses have remained highly defensive in a tough market.

Brimstone opts for capitalisation to conserve cash

The group plans to issue additional N shares to investors as it holds onto its cash to reduce debt and make investments.

10 March 2020

Amid the market mayhem, Assore to delist

After 70 years on the JSE, the mining holding company says it is more suited to an unlisted environment.

Tough first half for AVI

The fast-moving consumer goods group has reported mixed fortunes as South Africans watch their spending.

Merafe underwhelmed with its results

The group reported a loss due to lower production, weaker prices and an impairment due to the discount its shares trade at relative to its NAV.

Metrofile increases dividend ahead of takeover

Shareholders will receive the interim dividend on top of the offer price made by the Housatronics Consortium.

Trellidor trims dividend as weak economy bites

The security gate and shutters group says the weak economy, house price deflation and poor confidence have weighed on sales.

09 March 2020

Moody’s cuts Sasol to junk on rising debt

The ratings agency says free cash flows will not materially reduce debt built up following delays and cost overruns at its US chemicals project.

Amplats declares force majeure

The platinum producer has cut its product target and says it will take over a year to repair a converter that was damaged in an explosion...

Capitec primes shareholders for higher earnings

The bank expects full-year earnings to be up to 21 percent higher than last year.

Sanlam warns profit could fall by a quarter

The insurance group says stripping out one-off charges, results for 2019 reflect a sold operational performance.

Pioneer on track for delisting

The approval of the Competition Tribunal means Pioneer will go ahead with its delisting in just over two weeks.

The Week Ahead with Chris Gilmour 9 March 2020

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06 March 2020

Standard Bank stifled by economic malaise

The banking group says its core operations proved resilient despite difficult trading conditions.

Aspen keeping a watch on COVID-19

The group says excluding the potential impact of the coronavirus, it has set a strong solid base for its full-year performance.

Momentum Metropolitan gains traction

Halfway through its Reset and Grow strategy, the insurance group had delivered a double-digit increase in earnings.

STADIO beats prelisting forecasts

The higher education group grew student numbers last year despite a decline in enrolments at Milpark Education.

DealMakers AFRICA Annual Awards 2019

On March 3 2020, DealMakers AFRICA held its second standalone awards Nairobi to celebrate the achievements of the advisory firms in East and West Africa

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Santam affected by rising catastrophe claims

The general insurer has maintained an underwriting margin at the top end of its target range despite higher claims.

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

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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Thorts - Navigating deals in the mid-market sector

Transaction sizes in mid-market deals are vastly lower than with the mega-deals and advisers are required to right-size their offering

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