25 August 2020

Absa battered by rising bad debts

The banks says all its business units remain profitable despite the Covid-19 impact on credit impairments.

Aspen rises on potential Europe deal

The pharmaceuticals group has been selling non-core assets to reduce debt that has been worrying investors.

Tongaat fined again for accounting fraud

The FSCA says the restated financial resulted have highlighted the gap that existed between prior public statements and the financial reality.

Famous Brands sells tashas back to founders

The restaurant group has not disclosed how much it received for returning the upmarket cafe chain to full family ownership.

Old Mutual forecasts first-half loss

The group has booked a number of impairments in anticipation of rising death claims and the impact of Covid-19 on the economy and its business.

Bidcorp warns of lower earnings

The global food services business suffered a big decline in fourth-quarter sales and has racked up additional abnormal costs.



24 August 2020

Sun International lets go of Latam Dreams

The group will use the $160 million from the sale of Sun Dreams to extinguish offshore debt in Latin America and reduce local gearing.

Covid-19 masks Tiger’s recovery

The fast-moving consumer goods group will report a decline in full-year earnings as the pandemic added to its costs.

RCL suffers from restaurant closures

The food group will report a significant decline in headline earnings and a basic loss for the year due to hefty impairments.

NEPI Rockcastle offers shares in lieu of dividend

The shopping centre owner wants to protect its balance sheet and liquidity due to Covid-19 fallout.

The Week Ahead

S&P 500 reaches new record high.

Covid crashes ARB's party

The group has booked some impairments as it may take two to three years to get back to pre-Covid-19 levels of activity.

Insimbi optimistic despite Covid-19 challenges

The metals recycler says it lost 7 weeks of revenue in its new financial year due to the hard lockdown.

21 August 2020

Standard Bank’s earnings fall as bad debts rise

The bank says risk remains high and should the outcome be worse than expected, additional provisions will be required.

Nedbank warns of elevated impairments

The banking group says its credit loss ratio will remain above levels reached during the global financial crisis this year.

Gold Fields benefits from new projects, rising gold price

Despite the recent rally, the gold producer says it continues to run and plan its business at lower gold prices.

Mr Price rings up lower sales due to Covid-19

The value retailer claims to have gained market share even as sales were impacted by the lockdown and the challenging economic environment.

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)

Massmart’s interim loss tops R1 billion

Excluding the impact of Covid-19, the mass retailer and wholesaler said its losses for the period would probably have been smaller.

Implats flags earnings bonanza

The platinum producer says a big increase in the dollar basket price for PGMs, together with the weaker rand, are behind the increase.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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

Thorts - Working from home, a new normal for investment banks?

Technology has enabled and COVID-19 has forced people to work from home but certain social dynamics, key to keeping industries thriving, cannot be replaced by technology.


20 August 2020

Never a dull day at Office for Truworths

Following a big impairment last year, the retail group has written down UK chain by a further R2.8 billion.

Curro grows learner numbers despite Covid-19

While there has been a decline in enrolments since January, the private schools group is still showing year-on-year growth in learners.

MTN names Ralph Mupita as new CEO

Ralph Mupita has been CFO since 2017 and has played a critical role in developing and executing its strategy, capital allocation and financial performance.

Metair positioned for recovery

The group is focused on new model launches and has approved a big investment to support new vehicle projects.

Sanlam warns of Covid-19 impact

The insurer will book R7.8 billion in impairment charges after Covid-19 impacted the value of its international businesses.

Santam to report lower earnings

The short-term insurer has been impacted by lower underwriting and investment results, as well as impairments.

Murray flags a full-year loss

After a strong start to the year, the engineering and construction services group says Covid-19 contributed to a perfect storm.

Grindrod to report wider loss despite resilient performance

The freight, logistics and financial services group says cash generation remains strong, as does its balance sheet.




19 August 2020

BHP braced for a challenging year

The diversified resources group says it should still generate returns due to its diversified portfolio of high-quality assets.

PPC cements over cracks in its accounts

The cement producer has delayed the release of its annual results due to disruptions caused by Covid-19 and after restating its 2019 numbers.

Northam snaps up more Zambezi prefs

The platinum producer has now bought back close to half the preference shares issued to fund its empowerment deal.

Resilient expects reduced payout

The real estate investment trust says it will stick to its dividend policy despite the impact of Covid-19.

Fortress warns of lower distribution

The real estate investment trust is tweaking its model so it can pay out less to A shareholders due to Covid-19.

Balwin to report lower earnings

The residential property developer held off on a final dividend last year due to uncertainty about Covid-19.


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