07 March 2018

FirstRand not too hot, not too cold

The banking giant has delivered first-half results that were pretty much in line with expectations due to the stagnant economy.

Clover ready to milk an improving economy

The dairy and drinks group has lifted margins following a realignment of its business and the introduction of new products.

Sea Harvest reels in record earnings

The fisheries group has doubled its catch thanks to strong demand for Cape Hake and investments made in its Saldana Bay processing plants.

A tale of two halves for RBPlat

After reporting a first-half loss, the platinum producer grew headline earnings strongly in the second half despite production interruptions.

Cashbuild keeps building in tough economy

The building materials retailer has reported a drop in first-half headline earnings for the first time in five years.

Listeriosis outbreak: The blame games begin

The world's worst outbreak of listeriosis in history has claimed 180 South African lives and counting. Now, the time-honoured national pastime of finger-pointing and blame-shifting has...

06 March 2018

Food groups hit by listeriosis

Tiger Brands and RCL Foods have suspended production of products suspected of causing the outbreak of listeriosis in the country.

Merafe pays record dividend after strong year

The group has paid down debt and rewarded shareholders after reporting record production from its joint venture with Glencore.

Texton maintains dividend despite restructuring

The property group paid R180 million to internalise its management function as it shifts direction.

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Astral lays golden earnings egg

Better trading conditions and a low 2017 base will result in a surge in first-half earnings.

Raubex on the prowl for growth

The construction group says it has made good progress on international expansion opportunities which will position it well for the year ahead.

The Week Ahead

President Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffled his cabinet late on Mon night. This was a compromise reshuffle that left many incompetent ministers still inside cabinet and made no...

05 March 2018

Nedbank gets lift from falling impairments

The bank grew earnings for the year but continued to face losses at its West African associate Ecobank Transnational.

Cash-flush Mondi rallies on special dividend

The paper and packaging group says the payout reflects the strength of its financial position and its continued confidence in its ability to generate cash.

Analysis: What Mantashe’s thesis says about the new mineral resources minister

Gwede Mantashe inherited the mineral resources portfolio from Mosebenzi Zwane, meaning it's beset by challenges. The former ANC secretary-general's Wits Master's thesis provides some insight into...

Liberty works to restore margins and boost profit

The life assurer says it will spend 2018 restoring the financial performance of its retail insurance business and improving STANLIB’s investment performance

Bell flags earnings bonanza

Improving markets, the weak rand and lower losses in the DRC have led to a fivefold rise in full-year earnings.

Steven Boykey Sidley: The New Order in SA: The world’s shortest political honeymoon

Remember those days when we walked around optimistic and misty-eyed about the rebirth of South Africa under the new president? When we reacted to his speech...

James Speirs: Land Reform: Confusion across the political spectrum

One thing is clear: until poor South Africans own their homes, be they in cities or rural areas, development will stall.

02 March 2018

Absa’s back and aiming for growth

A decline in impairments last year has helped lift Barclays Africa’s full-year headline earnings by 4% as it prepares to rebrand.

Cheers to Brazil as recovery boosts AB InBev

South American sales at the world’s biggest brewer boosted full-year volumes, while merger synergies with SABMiller boosted earnings.

Implats halves its losses as review gets underway

The platinum producer is focusing on unprofitable operations as it tries to restore earnings.

Ascendis shares perk up on results

The healthcare group plans to focus on organic growth as it reduces debt.

Fairvest sitting pretty for upturn

As a focused South African fund, Fairest says it should outperform as lower inflation and interest rates support consumer spending.

Movers & Shakers - Gary Felthun and Craig Atkinson

Global law firm White & Case LLP has strengthened its Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition in Johannesburg of partner Gary Felthun and local partner...

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

Oro Agri is an international company involved in the research and development, production, distribution and sales of a unique range of patented agriculture biological products.

President’s Keepers’ Jacques Pauw raided – but why now?

NB Publishers is standing by Jacques Pauw - and Pauw says no journalist would keep sensitive documents lying around the house. But more pressing is the...

Parliament: Historic land expropriation agreement reached amid South Africa’s changing politics

The EFF on Tuesday scored a backhanded political victory when the ANC supported its call for a constitutional amendment for land expropriation without compensation, even as...

Corporate finance activity of the week

Following the agreement to acquire 3G Mobile, the company launched an accelerated bookbuild to raise R900 million to partly fund the acquisition. 72,000,000 new Blue Label...

Thorts - Pan African Resources

This project is a major milestone for Pan African, increasing gold production by more than 25% and decreasing the average production cost per ounce of gold...

01 March 2018

Growthpoint back in top spot

The real estate investment trust’s market cap reached R80.4 billion in December and has since swelled to R87 billion.

Steinhoff listings safe - for now

The group is in contact with its principal regulators and says none of them is seeking a suspension of the company’s ordinary shares.

Sasol ADR shares and Tanger Factory Outlet REIT

Sold Sasol and purchased Tanger Factory Outlet Centers to provide higher and more stable dividend income

Mining lifts Murray & Roberts

The group says the outlook for underground mining is improving, while its other divisions face short-term challenges.

Slow town planners hold back Balwin’s earnings

After hiring professionals to help it engage with the authorities, the property developer says it’s ready to start construction.

Bowler Metcalf blames it on the rain

The plastic packaging group says its first-half earnings were affected by capricious weather patterns and a plastic shortage

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