23 June 2020

Telkom disconnects dividends for now

The telecoms group says it needs to preserve capital due to Covid-19 and as it prepares for an imminent auction of valuable spectrum.

Growthpoint says the worst may be behind it

While it entered the Covid-19 crisis with a strong balance sheet and prudent cash-flow management, it may still reconsider dividend payouts.

Stor-Age remains resilient in the face of Covid-19

The self storage property specialist has increased its final dividend but says it is not providing any guidance for the year ahead.

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Omnia rallies on profit turnaround

The chemicals, fertiliser and explosives group has reduced debt significantly after a R2 billion rights issue last year.

Switzerland joins Glencore probe

The Swiss Attorney General is investigating the company for failing to have measures in place to prevent graft in the DRC.

City Lodge plans R1.2 billion rights issue

The hotel group needs to reduce debt and cover a cash shortfall as most of its hotels remain closed due to the lockdown and travel restrictions.



22 June 2020

Covid-19 puts the brakes on Motus

The automotive group plans to close dealerships and scale back its car rental business due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Merafe and Glencore to lay off workers

The companies have commenced a section 189 process due to the worsening operating environment across the local ferrochrome industry.

Hulamin warns of wider losses

The aluminium products manufacturer delayed the release of its 2019 results as it resolved certain accounting issues.

Telkom rallies ahead of results

The telecoms group will report a big drop in full-year earnings due to restructuring costs and Covid-19 related impairments.

Basil Read rescue process hindered by Covid-19

The business rescue practitioners still believe the full implementation of the rescue plan will get a better result than a liquidation.

The Week Ahead

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19 June 2020

Jobs at risk as Sasol unveils new look

The leaner Sasol 2.0 will focus on its core Chemicals and Energy businesses to ensure that it remains sustainable at lower oil prices.

AMSA plans large scale restructuring

The steelmaker says previous cost-saving initiatives will not be enough due to the impact of Covid-19 on its business.

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TFG fashions cash call due to ongoing uncertainty

The retail group wants to reduce its debt and have cash on hand to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

Curro plans rights issue as it eyes opportunities

Majority shareholder PSG Financial Services will follow its rights and mop up more shares if they are not taken up by minorities.

Naspers warns of lower earnings following Prosus unbundling

Results have been distorted by the listing of Prosus last year, while Covid-19 may impact its 2021 numbers.

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18 June 2020

Massmart suffers alcohol-free hangover

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Aspen and Ascendis climb on dexamethasone trials

A clinical trial found that the steroid treatment reduced the death rate in patients requiring respiratory intervention as a result of Covid-19.

Tongaat to reduce debt with eSwatini sale

The sugar producer and land owner is disposing of non-core businesses in a bid to reduce debt by at least R8.1 billion by next March.

Implats declines Waterberg option

The platinum producer says it will remain an active participant in the development project and will retain its minority shareholding.

Italtile sales dented by Covid-19

The tile manufacturer and retailer expects sales to continue recovering after they ground to a halt in April.

HCI hit by Covid-19-related impairments

The investment company has reported a basic loss after impairing its hotel and gaming interests, as well as some oil and gas exploration assets.



17 June 2020

Discovery sets billions aside for Covid-19

The health insurer and financial services group says full-year earnings will take a hit and it will not pay dividends until it is appropriate to.

Bidcorp sees quicker recovery

Although sales have picked up sooner than expected, the food services company says it is too early to determine whether it will pay a dividend.

Zeder sells Quantum stake to Country Bird

It will use the cash to support its other portfolio companies and may consider new investments, share buybacks or a special dividend.

Telkom to ring up lower earnings

The telecoms group says its full-year results were affected by retrenchment costs, Covid-19-related impairments and a decline in fixed-line business.

Wescoal flags full-year loss

The coal producer expects demand to improve from next month as the economy continues to reopen.

Delta holds back on dividend due to Covid-19

The real estate investment trust says it would not meet liquidity requirements if it made the payment due to its capex obligations.

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