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.

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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.

21 February 2020

Woolies trims dividend after tough period

The retailer says it is looking for ways to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus at its Australian operations.

Truworths maintains dividend in tough environment

The retailer has been affected by difficult trading conditions including weak economic growth, load shedding and Brexit uncertainty in the UK.

Anglo benefits from higher iron ore, platinum prices

The diversified mining group has increased its payout by 9 percent following a strong performance from its PGM and iron ore operations.

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Stadio rallies on trading statement

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