19 June 2019

Old Mutual sacks CEO over dividend payments

Recent corporate governance breakdowns in the private and public sectors highlighted the need for directors to be vigilant in managing conflicts of interest.

MultiChoice scores with World Cup viewers

The video entertainment business reduced losses from its Rest of Africa operations as it grew subscriber numbers by 17% to 7.7 million.

Brait’s losses swell after a tough year

The investment company says it’s taking steps to reduce the discount its shares trade at relative to its value.

Alex Forbes sweetens results with special div

The pension funds administrator says it doesn’t plan to hold excess cash on its balance sheet following a change in its strategy.

Schroder progresses with its Winning Cities strategy

The real estate investment trust says the cities it has property in are better placed than many to weather global economic and political risks.

18 June 2019

Omnia’s litany of woes

On top of already tough economic conditions, the chemicals and fertilizer group has faced drought, impairments and currency issues in Zimbabwe.

Kore Potash raises funds for expansion

The potash exploration and development company says its Sintoukola project in Congo has the potential to become a preeminent production hub.

Etion warns of earnings decline

The company, previously called Ansys, says customers are spending less on projects due to the subdued economy.

Green light for Lighthouse to issue shares

The property investor says it will issue additional stock as and when investment opportunities arise.

The Week Ahead of 17 June 2019

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14 June 2019

Mining remains in the doldrums

Lower gold production led a decline in overall mining production in April, continuing the negative trend for the sector.

Novus adapts to new base

The printing and packaging group has had to adjust since Media24 renegotiated printing contracts on less favourable terms.

Zarclear benefits from revised strategy

The investment group narrowed the discount to value its shares trade at after building a new investment case.

Trustco recovery aided by once-offs

The Namibian investment company says its diversity also assisted growth in 2019 earnings.

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

Weekly summary of M&A activity by South African companies

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

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

Pembury reverses course on retirement

The group says it decided to dispose of its remaining retirement villages following feedback from shareholders and potential funders.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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

Thorts - The cost of not saying sorry

In this age of round-the-clock company scrutiny, almost as much focus is given to how a company handles a crisis as to the crisis itself.

Fake News

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13 June 2019

BAT expects vaping growth to ignite sales

The world’s second-biggest cigarette maker says its New Category portfolio will report growth of between 30% and 50% this year.

Naspers talks Turkey in digital payments space

The consumer internet group believes there’s a big opportunity for its PayU subsidiary in Turkey as the government promotes digitisation of the economy.

Hope for 2nd quarter growth

After load shedding contributed to a fall in GDP in the first three months of the year, positive growth has started to emerge for the second...

Crookes Brothers gets a boost from nuts and bananas

The agricultural group says its 2019 results underscore the success of its diversification strategy.

Fake News

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12 June 2019

Group Five to fill investors in on business rescue

The construction group’s business rescue practitioners will engage with shareholders next week as assets are put up for sale.

Resilient Stor-age raises dividend

The self-storage property group expects next year’s dividend to be 7%-9% higher if conditions don’t deteriorate.

Oando’s AGM cancelled amid boardroom tussle

The Nigerian oil group says the SEC’s actions are not in the best interests of the company or its shareholders.

Wescoal won’t be farming on Vanggatfontein

Acquiring the surface rights to the farm where its Vanggatfontein colliery is situated will allow it to expand the operation.

Adrenna warns of lower earnings

The property group will report a headline loss per share but its tangible net asset value has improved.

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