25 January 2019

Vodacom tumbles as SA revenue declines

The group said a strong performance from its international operations helped to offset the slowdown in SA during the quarter.

Anglo firing on (almost) all cylinders

The diversified miner expects iron ore to bounce back this year after it resumed production at its Minas-Rio operation in Brazil.

Tiger sells Oceana stake to Brimstone

Tiger Brands plans to unbundle the rest of its stake in Oceana by the middle of the year as it focuses on its portfolio of core...

OP-ED: Africa brims with opportunity despite enduring risks

At the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos this week, there are several sessions on Africa and the developing world in general where this report is...

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: Bosasa

Corporate Finance activity of the week

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

Thorts - The Dating Game: Investors & Founders

When investors and early-stage companies engage each other on a possible future together, the differences in their respective M&A experience can be telling.

24 January 2019

Reinet’s value smoulders on BAT decline

The investment company is an alternative entry to British American Tobacco but pays itself management fees.

Imperial CEO steps down early

Marius Swanepoel’s retirement was brought forward after the handover to his successor was concluded earlier than expected.

A generation of unwilling pensioners

A somewhat grey and gloomy reality faces most of us as future-retirees in South Africa. High fees, declining returns, and insufficient contribution and saving rates are...

May Won’t Rule Out Brexit Delay as U.K. Parliament Takes Control

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is refusing to rule out delaying Britain's departure from the European Union as Parliament moves to take over the process to...

Soria Hay: Black Industrialists - a key aspect in government's commitment to grow South Africa

As South Africa enters an election year, the issue of black ownership continues to be a dominant aspect within the country's transformation landscape. This was clearly...

Zapiro: #10YearChallenge

23 January 2019

Massmart slumps on weak year-end sales

Softer than expected sales, particularly over the crucial November and December period, have resulted in a decline in 2018 earnings.

Shoprite hit by kwanza devaluation

Big currency devaluations in many of its markets outside of South Africa left first-half turnover almost flat.

Clicks attracts customers with promotions

While the health and beauty chain grew sales by close to 8% over the past five months it trades on a demanding price-earnings ratio of close...

Challenge could delay Steinhoff's results, again

Until a forensic report into what went wrong at Steinhoff is released, along with its financial accounts, the extent of its troubles remains unknown.

It’s Election Year in South Africa but Traders Aren’t Panicking

With about four months to go before South Africa's election, traders are holding their nerve.

Public Investment Corporation Inquiry: We saw no impropriety -- PIC executives

The Public Investment Corporation inquiry kicked off with two executives saying they witnessed no legal breaches -- or employees acting for their own personal benefit.

22 January 2019

Naspers sets date for MultiChoice unbundling

If you own shares in Naspers on 26 February the unbundling will give you a direct interest in the group's video entertainment business.

MultiChoice targets African growth with listing

The video entertainment group says it will focus on returning its loss-making operations outside of South Africa to profitability as it prepares for a February listing.

Shoprite’s Computicket fined for market abuse

The R20 million administrative penalty follows a drawn-out case by the Competition Commission, which had recommended a heftier fine.

The Week Ahead of 22 January 2019

#ChrisGilmour - Is the S&P 500’s current strength signaling a bull trap?

Analysis: Agrizzi's Bosasa corruption testimony - an opportunity for real change in South Africa's politics

Will the Bosasa's Angelo Agrizzi testimony at the Zondo Commission change the balance of power in the ANC and could it have an impact on the...

21 January 2019

Murray gets in on Australian hydro-electric project

While the engineering and construction group targets complementary markets to grow its order book, ATON’s buyout offer provides a further underpin to the stock.

Aveng cleans up with sale of water treatment business

While the proceeds of the sale will help to reduce debt further, investors aren’t yet buying the infrastructure and engineering group’s turnaround story.

IF ZIMBABWE WENT SOUTH: Could South Africa cope with a Migration Crisis like that of Syria?

The nightmare scenario of a Zimbabwean migration may be the result of the current crisis in that nation. If it happens, is South Africa's government ready...

ANALYSIS: When law-making falters even on legacy legislation such as the National Minimum Wage

Four months after Parliament passed the National Minimum Wage Bill - it was signed into law by the President in late November 2018 to be effective...

OP-ED: Why Soviet troops fought Nazi forces to Boer War tunes

It is often forgotten that the Anglo-Boer War was one of the great liberal and left-wing causes of the late 19th century. The first leader of...

MOTORING: Mercedes-AMG G63: Heavy metal

Flamboyant anachronism, or engineering marvel? The new Mercedes-AMG G63 is both, while also flaunting a proud and capable off-road heritage, and offering true performance talent. But...

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