15 September 2017

Aspen benefits from convalescing SA and expanded drugs portfolio

Aspen has benefited from a recovery in its South African business and a growing portfolio of anaesthetics drugs.

Dangote wants to cement a deal with PPC

PPC has confirmed that one of the additional two bidders keen on making an offer for the cement producer is Aliko Dangote’s Dangote Cement.

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

Find out whats happening this week with JSE listed companies, unlisted companies and companies in Africa.

DAWN rallies on deal to sell Grohe stake

Shares in DAWN clawed back some of their recent losses after it said it had sealed a deal to sell its 49% stake in GDW.

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Pretoria’s beehive in Paris

This is the seventh edition of the Open Secrets' series, Declassified: Apartheid Profits.

Corporate finance activity of the week

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Thorts - Collective Bargaining

While it appears unlikely that violent strikes will be declared unprotected in South Africa any time soon, some tentative but encouraging steps are being taken...

Movers & Shakers - Filipa Serra & Gonçalo Noronha Andrade

Find out who your movers and shakers are this week in the M&A Pulse broght to you by DealMakers.

National Development Plan: Five years on, are celebrations really in order?

This month marks five years since the government's National Development Plan was adopted by Parliament - and a spirit of celebration is in the air.

14 September 2017

What companies a Section 12J Venture Capital Company can invest in.

Venture Capital Companies follow a strict and clearly defined set of regulations. In this post, we will look into the investment criteria for a qualifying company.

Richemont benefits as the rich resume their shopping

After destroying excess inventory last year, Richmond has reported rising sales across all regions, with particularly strong growth in the Asia Pacific.

Apple unveils three new iPhones, hails 'biggest leap forward'

Apple has unveiled three new iPhone models, including a top-of-line handset described as "the biggest leap forward" since the original iPhone 10 years ago.

With Irma goodwill gesture, Tesla's remote control raises eyebrows

Electric car maker Tesla helped its owners fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma, offering a complementary boost to the car battery's range.

Tough year gets even tougher for Jasco

The electronics group says while it managed to maintain operating profit at last year’s level, headline earnings slumped 61% to 2.5c per share.

Refocused Altron flags earnings rise

Headline earnings per share from its total operations, including those that have been discontinued, are expected to rise by between 16% and 36%.

Zuma, State Security and Public Protector behind attack on SA Reserve Bank, court papers reveal

An explosive affidavit filed by the South African Reserve Bank in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday has confirmed suspicions that Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, colluded...

13 September 2017

And then there was one

Ben Kruger is stepping down as joint CEO of Standard Bank, leaving Sim Tshabalala to lead the bank. Kruger remains an executive director.

Comair flying high on rand tailwind

Comair has reported a sharp rise in profit for the year to end June as it benefited from the rand’s recovery from a year earlier.

Ascendis holds back on final dividend so it can make more deals

Ascendis Health has held off on a final dividend as it looks for more acquisitions to complement its existing portfolio of healthcare businesses.

Cutting back could be the key to retiring much earlier

Retirement might seem light-years away, but if you get to your golden years with insufficient funds, it's guaranteed to be even further.

Clover blames it on the weather and weak economy

Clover has reported a sharp drop in profits due to drought, wet weather, the weak economy and volatile rand.

Trellidor boosts revenue with Taylor acquisiton

Trellidor says last year’s acquisition of Taylor Blinds has helped diversify its revenue streams and given it a new market to grow into.

Adcock buys Genop to expand its non-regulated portfolio

Adcock Ingram is buying Genop Holdings in a move that it says will complement its existing portfolio of drugs and products and diversify its business away...

TRAINSPOTTER: The Way we are. The Where we are.

There are literally hundreds of rumours circulating the South African political space. Here's Richard Poplak's take on what's playing out.

12 September 2017

AVI brands withstand the tough economy

AVI has made up for weaker sales volumes of tea and biscuits by raising prices.

Remgro gets a boost from positive bond revaluation

The investment holding company expects to post a sharp rise in headline earnings due to a positive fair value adjustment on its Mediclinic bonds.

Morningside News delivers hyper-local news, views and events to Sandton residents!

When it comes to news, we’re spoilt for choice with a variety of news channels, newspapers, websites, radio bulletins and social media feeds to choose from....

US: From Hurricane Harvey to Cyclone Donald, a country weathering multiple storms

As yet another astounding hurricane lashes part of America, J. BROOKS SPECTOR reviews the legislative storm that struck Washington this past week.

Zimbabwe: Marange diamond fields firms ‘captured’ by sinister spooks, state elites

Political elites and security services have captured the companies mining Zimbabwe's Marange diamond fields and siphoned off billions, according to a new report.

Analysis: What’s behind the ‘sale’ of The New Age and ANN7 to Jimmy Manyi?

What are we to make of the purchase by Jimmy Manyi of the Gupta-owned media assets? On the information available, it looks like a scam.

11 September 2017

What is Section 12J?

Would you like to know what a Section 12J Venture Capital Company is and what it means for an investor?

Rex Trueform tries to entice more shoppers through Queenspark’s doors

Rex Trueform is developing more properties and expanding its retail offering as it tries to grow turnover in a tough market.

Gassed up Afrox lifts interim dividend by 21%

Afrox is seeing increased demand for its gases, particularly from hospitals and the homecare market which use it for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions.

ANC in Opposition: Challenging the DA while it’s vulnerable in Joburg

Barely a month goes by without a no confidence motion somewhere across government. The latest motion is playing out in Johannesburg.

Metrofile eyes growth opportunities in Africa and the Middle East

Metrofile says the weak local economy held back business growth last year, as has the continued delay in government and corporate spending decisions.

RMBH looking for new opportunities in the property sector

RMB Holdings says it plans to grow its newly-created property business and is looking for expansion opportunities, either independently or through the existing portfolio.

Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi: The price of your silence is too steep

As we witness the unfolding horror, we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. An open letter by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

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