06 June 2018

Ramaphoria fails to boost growth

The economy shrank the most since the global financial crisis in the first quarter due to sharp contractions in agriculture and mining.

Aveng proceeds with rights offer as ATON turns away

The construction group will offer investors new shares at 10c each, regardless of whether a merger with Murray & Roberts goes ahead.

eXtract on track with transformation

The group, which was unbundled from enX, is exiting its mining contracts as it transforms itself into an alternative investment fund.

Eddie Cottle: The Labour Relations Amendment Bill - A victory for Business

On 29 May 2018, the South African Parliament passed the National Minimum Wage Bill together with the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour...

EDITORIAL: SARS inquiry by Judge Nugent, the game-changer South Africa desperately needs

It looks as though we may have to settle in for the long haul in the prosecution of Jacob Zuma for corruption. There has been very...

05 June 2018

Richemont trades handbags for old watches

The luxury goods group has sold luxury handbag maker Lancel to Piquadro and has bought

Studio marked up on higher student numbers

Shares in the tertiary education group shot up 20% after it updated the market on student numbers and outlined plans for a new Durbanville campus.

STAR receives summons from Tekkie Town

The retail group says it’s been advised that there’s no reasonable prospect of its being held liable for an earn-out deal.

Delta prepares for another tough year

The property fund expects earnings to decline marginally due to once-off lease adjustments and asset disposals.

The Week Ahead of 5 June 2018

In SA, private sector credit extension (PSCE) fell in Apr to 5.1% year on year (y/y) from 6% in Mar. The main culprit was reduced borrowing...

The semantics of stakeholder communications

Locals aren’t as enthused by the new development. Residents, occupying low-cost housing blocks, face the threat of eviction to make way for the new shopping gargantuan.

Top 10 richest people in Africa

Last year Africa had 21 billionaires and this year Africa has 23 with a combined total of $75.4 billion dollars. This is R956 065 460 000

04 June 2018

Mr Price is back on track

The retailer has normalised its dividend payout as its earnings recovered after last year’s blip.

Life gets a healthy boost from Alliance

The inclusion of Alliance Medical’s earnings for the full six months led to Life Healthcare’s profit more than doubling.

Metair powers up battery unit with Slovenian deal

If the deal goes ahead, Metair says it will make it a key player in the global energy solutions market.

Interview: Tracey Davies on Just Share

Just Share is also trying to change the way that companies behave around social and environmental issues. Stephen Gunnion spoke to executive director, Tracey Davies, to...

Public Investment Corporation: CEO Matjila says he's staying put at embattled PIC while the pressure builds for greater transparency

Claims of Dan Matjila's looming suspension arose earlier this week when it emerged that the PIC's investment committee is looking again at the corporation's recent R4.3-billion...

Canada hits US with billions in retaliatory tariffs in steel row

Canada hit back at steep US tariffs on aluminum and steel on Thursday, announcing retaliatory duties on up to Can$16.6 billion (US$12.8 billion) in American imports.

MAVERICK INTERVIEW: Reserve Bank Governor Kganyago, a voice of reason amid a political cacophony

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago is a level-headed man who remains above the political fray while steering the country's macroeconomic policy. Kganyago is unassuming and brilliant,...

01 June 2018

Jewellery loses its sparkle at Taste

The fast food and luxury goods group has reported wider losses as it invests in rolling out Domino’s and Starbucks outlets.

Murray tries to get ATON on side for Aveng deal

Shares in Aveng jumped 36% yesterday after Murray & Roberts said it planned to discuss the merits of a merger with ATON.

Security acquisitions boost CSG’s earnings

The contract services group has grown its Security and Risk Solutions business through a number of deals last year.

Huge Group no longer a minnow

The telecoms and fintech group says acquisitions made last year have opened it up to new growth opportunities.

Greenbay to buy back “undervalued” shares

The property group plans to buy back up to 4.99% of its own shares as it says they trade at a big discount to NAV.

Sport in an INCEtant! 1 June 2018

This week, I have to recommend staying up late on Saturday night to watch the Springboks in action against Wales. This will be the first time...

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

Have a look to see what is happening this week in our DealMakers section with the latest M&A results with JSE-listed, unlisted and companies in Africa...

Corporate finance activity of the week

Old Mutual has announced it intends to proceed with a global offering of up to 9.6% of Quilter. The price range will be published on June...

Thorts - Peermont repositions for long-term growth

Peermont, a leading South African gaming, entertainment and hospitality company, has implemented a range of complex and holistic balance sheet optimisation transactions to position the company...

Movers & Shakers - Brett Roberts

Prior to joining Bravura, Roberts held positions at Rand Merchant Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (London and Johannesburg), Deutsche Bank (London) and Vodacom (internal M&A).

31 May 2018

Spar gets Irish boost on weaker rand

Almost a third of Spar’s turnover is generated in foreign currency and the rand’s depreciation against the euro helped boost first-half earnings.

Nampak gets cash out of Nigeria as business picks up

The packaging group still plans to sell its glass business and expects to conclude a deal by the first half of next year.

Vukile to list Spanish subsidiary as it grows offshore

The real estate investment trust is experiencing strong deal flow and seeing the benefits of the operating infrastructure it has created in Spain.

Finbond eyes further US growth as a rand hedge

The short-term lender says there are big opportunities in the $46 billion per year US alternative financial services market.

Anderson sails into French Open Round 2

Cape Town - South Africa's top tennis player, Kevin Anderson , has sailed into the second round of the French Open after a straight-sets victory over...

EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time in 16 years

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe's general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the...

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