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

28 February 2018

Changing of the guard at FirstRand

CEO Johan Burger will be replaced by Alan Pullinger when he retires at the end of next month, while chairman Laurie Dippenaar is also headed for...

Grindrod steers shipping to listing

The group expects to report a smaller loss for 2017, helped by stronger commodity markets and drybulk shipping rates.

AECI rides on resources recovery

The chemicals and explosives group has delivered record headline earnings thanks to a recovery in the global resources sector.

WBHO making inroads down under

Australia now contributes 61% of group revenue due to strong growth but higher-margin South Africa still makes up over half of its profit.

Aveng moves ahead with disposals as losses narrow

The construction and mining contracting firm believes that its current valuation doesn’t reflect the intrinsic value of its underlying operations.

Torre looks to disruption for opportunities

The industrial group has emerged from a restructuring and is looking to strengthen its position through partnerships and technology disruption.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Ramaphosa plays difficult balancing act

In his second week on the job, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday night. He made wide-sweeping changes and fired some of former...

27 February 2018

Oil recovery fuels Sasol

The oil and chemicals group says if oil prices can be sustained at close to $70 a barrel, it augurs well for its second half.

Shoprite “beats the odds” on low prices

The retailer said its internal inflation dropped seven percentage points to 0.4%, with price decreases for thousands of products.

Bidvest poised for the economic recovery

The industrial services group says most of its divisions are ideally positioned to take advantage of a revival in economic growth and investment.

The Week Ahead

The global economic growth outlook still appears to be intact, with inflation only making a moderate reappearance. #ChrisGilmour

Chicken shake-up boosts RCL

Once-off factors and a turnaround at its Chicken business have boosted RCL’s interim profit by more than half.

Rand hampers Hulamin as demand improves

The aluminium supplier and exporter is also keeping a close watch on proposed new US trade regulation which could affect its exports.

Health-E News: What's for breakfast, Jozi?

Over half the population has unhealthy levels of body fat. At Johannesburg's three busiest taxi ranks, energy drinks, chips, pap and meat are the most popular...

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