26 November 2018

Life Healthcare back in rude health

The private hospitals group’s Polish operations have turned around, while it sold its Indian business in September.

PPC on the hunt for a new CEO

Reporting interim results, the cement producer said CEO Johan Claassen planned to take early retirement.

Nedbank gets green light for odd-lot offer

The bank will buy back shares from shareholders who received less than 100 shares in the recent unbundling Old Mutual's Nedbank stake.

Verimark offers investors a Black Friday deal

The retailer’s biggest shareholder is offering minorities a 50% premium to buy their stock and go private.

23 November 2018

Mr Price steals a march on competitors

The retailer says independent research confirms that consumers’ perception of its quality and fashion has improved relative to its competitors.

Tiger grits its teeth after tough year

Despite the listeriosis outbreak contributing to a slide in earnings, the group has maintained its dividend due to the strength of its balance sheet.

Steinhoff’s Mattress Firm exits bankruptcy

Steinhoff says its US subsidiary has strengthened its balance sheet, optimised its store footprint and emerged a stronger company.

Capitec wins bid for Mercantile

Buying Mercantile would remove the need to reinvent and create new systems and processes from scratch, fast-tracking its broader bank strategy.

Auditor-General Report: No consequences for 98% of misuse of public money in SA

Who would want to audit South Africa's public finances? Dealing with intransigent state officials, chasing up 'missing' documentation, sometimes being physically threatened - work at the...

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)

Zapiro: Join the Dots

Days from summit, May takes Brexit battle to Brussels

Having survived a challenge from hardline anti-Europeans in her own party, Theresa May comes to Brussels on Wednesday to fine tune the terms of the Brexit...

Corporate finance activity of the week

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

Thorts - Delivering equity financing solutions to SA

With decreasing tariffs and shareholder returns in the latter rounds of the REIPPPP, project finance equity facilities are structured to deliver lower electricity tariffs and better...

22 November 2018

Motus accelerates towards JSE listing

The automotive group says its own listing will provide shareholders with an opportunity to participate directly in its success.

Sasol benefits from oil’s recent rise

The price of Brent crude oil topped $86 per barrel early last month but has since fallen back.

Lewis looks to INspire for more growth

Following the acquisition of UFO, Lewis has launched call centre and online business INspire, which targets middle- to high-income customers in urban areas.

Peregrine pays maiden interim dividend

The financial services and wealth management group says the payout is in line with the direction given to shareholders at the time of its restructuring.

Western Cape weighs on Hospitality

The property fund says hotels have also become more competitive in their pricing due to the weak state of the economy.

No End in Sight for Crypto Sell-Off as Bitcoin Breaches $4,250

Turmoil engulfed cryptocurrency markets again on Tuesday, with every major coin extending a rout that's rocked confidence in the nascent asset class just as U.S. regulators...

Days of Zondo: Politics of distraction at play as EFF drowns out Gordhan's testimony

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan says that the fight against corruption is being hamstrung by the politics of disruption. This week, those politics came to...

Reg Rumney: Let us avoid privatisation by default at our public broadcaster

Nothing would please market fundamentalists more than the media market being left entirely to the private sector. Be careful what you wish for, the saying goes....

21 November 2018

Coronation sees more value in SA assets

Following their relative underperformance over the past year, the fund manager says the major SA asset classes present opportunities.

Pepkor slumps on earnings decline

The retailer says one-off costs related to a third-party debt provision and share dilution will leave full-year HEPS as much as 42% lower.

SANTACO takes a stake in SA Taxi

Over the past decade, Transaction Capital’s SA Taxi has extended loans of close to R22 billion to taxi operators.

Rhodes Foods more bullish on its outlook

A turnaround at Ma Baker is progressing well while the end of the drought in the Western Cape will return its international business to profitability.

ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS: Trade misinvoicing costs South Africa $7.4bn in tax a year

While SARS is scrambling to meet collection targets, a new report estimates the country lost $37-billion in revenue to trade misinvoicing in five years. Trade misinvoicing...

Cryptocurrencies Falter as Bitcoin Tumbles Toward $5,000 Level

Cryptocurrencies resumed their slump on Monday, with Bitcoin falling toward $5,000 in the wake of a split of one of the largest major tokens.

FinChatBot secures $500k investment from Compass & Kalon VP

South African venture capital firm Kalon Venture Partners and Mauritius-based Compass Venture Capital are pleased to announce their co-investment into...

20 November 2018

Steinhoff names new CEO as restructuring progresses

Louis du Preez, who has been leading the restructuring negotiations, will replace Danie van der Merwe, who steps down at the end of the year.

Naspers flags first-half earnings rise

Headline earnings and earnings per share increased considerably as a result of its share of fair-value gains recognised by Tencent.

UK exit boosts Netcare’s profit

The private hospitals group has declared a special dividend of 40c per share following a detailed review of its portfolio, capital structure and capital requirements.

Pioneer faces pressure despite improvement

The branded food producer has reported a big improvement full-year earnings but said pressure started to emerge in the second half.

Astral benefits from higher prices and lower feed costs

After a strong year, the poultry producer says its near-term prospects can be regarded as a mixed bag of negative and positive factors.

The Week Ahead of 20 November 2018

#ChrisGilmour - Global growth slowing but US growth keeps chugging along...

Sponsored - 10 mistakes to avoid in your will

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Days of Zondo: Gordhan, Malema and evidence about Zuma will make for a potent week at State Capture probe

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday is likely to be the most politically contested. Gordhan...

Evita's free speech: Ep. 169: Evita insists - Equality starts at home (Video)

ANC cadre Evita Bezuidenhout tries to expose fake news and highlight alternative facts with a weekly episode of EVITA'S FREE SPEECH.

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