05 February 2018

No caution required (but nerves of steel recommended)

Resilient and associated companies continue to fall despite moves to calm investors.

PPC bemoans lack of infrastructure projects

While Southern African volumes are under pressure, it’s growing volumes in Zimbabwe, Rwanda and DRC

Hudaco rides the rand rollercoaster

The company says it’s only through buying new businesses with better growth potential that it has been able to increase profits.

Mining cushions Murray & Roberts

While low investment in oil & gas has continued, the engineering and construction group’s underground mining unit is expected to report improved earnings

Zuma corruption charges: Will NPA team leader Moipone Noko defend the king?

As President Jacob Zuma fights for his political life there are a few chess pieces left on the board that might still be able to defend...

Eskom board hits ground running, issuing stern ultimatum to staff

Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza is sending a stern warning to Eskom employees to come clean or be shown the door. By ORATENG LEPODISE.

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 2): Renewable Energy is a win-win

Renewables everywhere thrive on the fair and open competition that no new nuclear plant has achieved anywhere. Nuclear costs are murky, rising, and augmented by the...

02 February 2018

Growing backlash over Viceroy's Capitec report

The ratings agency says Capitec is well capitalised with conservative reserving, which is appropriate for high normalised credit losses.

Viceroy v. Capitec: It’s Complicated

Tuesday was a day of high drama for the South African markets, with local lender Capitec's shares at one point falling 20% on the back of...

Private Equity Deal of the Year

This is the 13th year in which this Gold Medal award is to be made. Nominations were received from advisory firms which together with nominations from...

DRDGold glisters on production report

A rise in production has more than compensated for a decline in the rand price of gold over the period.

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

A2X , one of the new independent stock exchanges, has joined Africa’s largest vendor neutral data centre Teraco, to bring its fast trading system closer to...

Glencore maintains targets as coal disappoints

The group has lowered its 2018 guidance for coal due to the expected sale of its Tahmoor mine in Australia.

Oscar van Heerden: It’s the Economy, Stupid: How to unlock avenues for investments

With the nostalgia dying down post the Nasrec ANC conference and some positive steps being observed from certain quarters such as the Asset Forfeiture Unit and...

Thorts - Amendments to the taxation of debt restructures

This is no longer the case. For example, should a person who did not previously hold any shares in a company (such as an external creditor)...

Corporate finance activity of the week

Capitec Bank repurchases preference shares. The company has repurchased a further 114 849 preference shares at an average price of R89.05 per preference share for R10,23...

01 February 2018

Vodacom’s data revenue jumps on rising customer numbers

The group now generates R2 billion a month in data revenue in South Africa as it adds more customers.

Barloworld in talks to buy bolt-on auto business

Its fleet dealership businesses had a tough first quarter, while its equipment and logistics businesses fared better

Why the American market?

I believe the US Stock market is the best place for global diversification. Here are my reasons, and a look at OMI, a healthcare logistics company...

Ascendis Health falls on subdued earnings growth

Following a spate of acquisitions, transaction and financing costs have held back earnings growth.

Ceramic deal boosts Italtile’s turnover

Stripping out the impact of the Ceramic takeover, Italtile's like-for-like sales have dwindled

Newsflash: Eskom admits its financial frailty, blames poor leadership

Releasing Eskom's long-delayed interim results on Tuesday, acting Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe admitted that the energy utility's financial position is unsustainable. He blamed poor leadership at...

South Africa’s Electricity Choice (Part 1): Why Ramaphosa must kill the nuclear dream

Shifts ever more adverse to nuclear new-build have accelerated on every front. The global nuclear enterprise is slowly dying of an incurable attack of market forcesi....

Analysis: Team SA had to work double-time and hit the right notes to capture world’s attention at Davos

Team South Africa has returned from the World Economic Forum at Davos triumphantly, claiming renewed investor confidence and interest in a country soon to be helmed...

31 January 2018

Capitec retaliates against Viceroy’s “loan shark” report

The Reserve Bank says as far as it’s concerned Capitec is solvent, well capitalised and has adequate liquidity.

Steinhoff slumps on ongoing results delay

The retailer says auditors PwC continue to work with it and its legal advisors on its accounting irregularities.

State Capture: Lord Hain refuses meeting with Hogan Lovells until firm admits wrongdoing and apologises

Earlier in January Lord Peter Hain delivered a stinging attack in the House of Lords on international law firm Hogan Lovells for its tailored handling of...

US demand boosts De Beers’ diamond sales

The diamond producer says the industry is restocking, leading to increased demand for rough diamonds.

Helen Zille: From the Inside: From hot water to thin ice on the Day Zero trajectory

We in the Western Cape have a fundamentally different approach to the role of partnerships with the private sector. Policy approaches make the difference between success...

Sponsored - If you sell, sell!

As we are all now aware, we are experiencing one of the toughest markets in years and so, due to consulting with the experts of the...

Paul Hoffman: State Capture Commission: There’s no time to waste – here’s what needs to be done

Free advice is usually worth what one pays for it. Nevertheless, the evidence leaders in the State Capture Commission, whoever they may be, will have their...

30 January 2018

Investors gag over Taste's rights offer

Shareholders holding just 13.8% of the company’s stock took up their rights.

People lose their taste for Spur

The restaurant group blames lower sales on the “perfect storm” of March 2017.

Why the American market?

I believe the US Stock market is the best place for global diversification. Here are my reasons, and a look at OMI, a healthcare logistics company...

The week ahead

At the Allan Gray investment conference in late August last year, American economist Todd Bucholz laid out some clear guidelines that investors should observe when attempting...

Anglo offloads Eskom-tied assets

Seriti Resources has bought another colliery from Anglo as it becomes a major supplier to Eskom.

MTN flags a return to profitability

The mobile network operator says earnings for the year to end December are likely to be positive.

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