07 August 2020

MTN hanging up on Middle East operations

The cell phone network operator says it is focusing its future strategy on its African markets, where growth has been strong.

Mondi rallies on dividend resumption

After a resilient first-half, the paper and packaging group resumed has dividends, recognising the importance to shareholders.

Glencore suspends dividends to cut debt

The mining and commodities marketing giant is prioritising debt due to the uncertainties presented by Covid-19.

Hammerson to reduce debt with rights issue, disposal

The shopping centre owner will ask shareholders for more cash to reduce debt and strengthen its defences against Covid-19.

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

Weekly summary of Merger & Acquisition activity by South African companies

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

Weekly summary of all Merger & Acquisition activity from across Africa (excluding South Africa)

Jubilee moves closer to copper target

The metals processing company has entered a JV that will accelerate copper production at its Sable Refinery in Zambia.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

Weekly summary of corporate finance activity by South African exchange listed companies

Thorts - Retail sector presents challenges and opportunities in the face of COVID-19

The sector has had to transform radically, not only to survive the current situation, but also to ensure that it remains viable and sustainable.

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06 August 2020


Gold Fields rides the bullion rally

The gold producer will report a strong rise in interim earnings as it maintained production amid a rising gold price.

DRDGOLD lifts production but misses target

The gold producer has come in just shy of its full-year production guidance due to Covid-19 but has benefitted from a higher rand gold price.

JSE benefits from Covid-19 turbulence

The exchange operator says its first half performance masks the structural impediment of the SA economy.

Covid provisions push Liberty into a loss

The life assurer has set up a R3 billion reserve fund to cover increased mortality claims, withdrawals and lapse rates.

DealMakers South Africa M&A Analysis H1 2020

Round up of South African M&A activity for the period H1 2020 plus the M&A and GCF league tables

Covid 19: The last reprieve from nature?

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Covid-19 and power cuts decimate Mpact’s earnings

The packaging group says it was impacted by the closure of quick-service restaurants and the banning of alcohol sales.

No battle in RMI's bid for Hastings

RMI and OUTsurance plan to raise their stake in the UK insurer to 30 percent, with the option of an additional 10 percent.

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05 August 2020

Pick n Pay rings up Covid-19 costs

The supermarket group says first-half earnings will be less than half those reported last year due to Covid-19 and retrenchment costs.

Cashbuild extends reach with TBC acquisition

The R1.1 billion deal will increase its presence in the coastal regions and expose it to the higher end of the market.

Sasol is in the spotlight

Ingham Analytics say that if Sasol management keep flogging the shareholders' silver as they're attempting to do...

RBPlat's profits surge despite Covid-19

The platinum producer lost 45 days of production due to the pandemic but was supported by higher metal prices.

Blue Label warns about Cell C default

The mobile operator says the non-payment was not a surprise to lenders that understood its turnaround strategy.

Cartrack grows revenue despite Covid disruption

The vehicle telematics group says new subscriber additions decelerated in the three months to end-May as a result of the pandemic.

Ecsponent sells MyBucks Zambia stake

The investment group says it will use the proceeds to settle high yield debt as it restructures its business.



04 August 2020

Shoprite exiting Nigeria as local sales rise

The retailer has reported a strong increase in SA sales despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Hammerson mulls rights issue and JV exit

The shopping centre owner is battling to reduce debt as it collects just a portion of its rentals due to Covid-19.


Gold is rising at the same time as Treasury interest rates are falling. Odd?

Renergen ready to drill first well

The emerging natural gas and helium producer says results from the Virginia Gas Project are still a month or so away.

Make American Dream your alternative future

When you have your heart set on immigrating, the question then becomes, where would the best country be for you and your family to move to?

Premier Hotels & Resorts is open for Business

It's business (un)usual as Premier Hotels and Resorts welcome back Essential Services, Business Travellers and small conference groups

Implats appoints new chairman designate

Thandi Orleyn will replace Mandla Gantsho as chair of the platinum producer after its AGM in October.

Etion warns of wider losses

The digital technology company says there has been a big decline in project spending by its customers.

Trematon sells Gansbaai centre

The disposal is line with with its strategy of optimising investment returns.

03 August 2020

MTN holding back on an interim dividend

The network operator is preserving its liquidity due to Covid-19 uncertainty but may pay a final dividend at year-end.

Glencore supported by marketing business

The group says its marketing arm has risen to the challenge posed by Covid-19, with strong counter-cyclical earnings.

Gloomy outlook as Novus reports a loss

The print and packaging group says it is only likely to return to a profit in 2022 if the lockdown lifts by next March.

Thorts - Amendment and restatement of documents: Considerations for security providers

In funding transactions (whether by means of debt or the issue of preference shares), funders typically require security for the funding provided.

Make American Dream your alternative future

When you have your heart set on immigrating, the question then becomes, where would the best country be for you and your family to move to?

The Week Ahead

Gold rises on weaker US dollar.

Astoria encouraged by trading at CNA

The investment group led a consortium of investors that bought the stationary chain from Edcon in April.

Sebata holding out for NOSA proceeds

If the ICT company receives the earn-out owed to it from the NOSA disposal it is likely to dish it out to shareholders.

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