06 September 2019

FirstRand maintains momentum

The banking group has grown earnings and its dividend despite subdued growth and rising risks.

Sanlam benefits from SAHAM acquisition

The purchase of the remainder of the Moroccan business last year contributed to a decent rise in operating profit.

No dividend as Implats returns to profit

The platinum producer blames uncertain and volatile conditions and the ongoing restructuring of its Rustenburg mines.

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

Weekly summary of M&A activity by South African companies

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

Weekly summary of all M&A activity from across Africa (excluding South Africa)

Hyprop lowers its distribution as it exits investments

The group is selling its assets in Africa outside SA due to a difficult trading and declining property prices.

Metrofile says its restructuring is working

The documents storage business reported a much stronger second half and said the benefits would continue to flow through.

Assore reports record earnings and dividend

The group has benefited from high iron ore prices and a weak rand but says geopolitical risks are weighing on global commodity markets.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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

Thorts – The anatomy of a ‘lawless’ acquisition

It is no secret that FinTech is growing at breakneck speed in Africa, with the current magic is happening in Ghana and in other ‘next-big-thing’ countries.

05 September 2019

Discovery is back on track

The financial services group says a temporary decline in earnings has been addressed and it expects profit growth to return to normal.

Momentum Metropolitan makes good on its pledge

The insurance group says it remains committed to its three-year earnings target.

Libstar benefits from investment spend

The food producer and importer says capex projects completed last year helped lift its performance.

Anchor attracts more fixed income investment

The asset manager and stockbroker has grown assets strongly since December due to a shift to safe interest rate products.

Sasfin flags higher earnings

The financial services group has benefited from lower impairments after improving its credit processes.

Trencor earnings muddled by Textainer deconsolidation

The group says last year’s earnings included a big gain after it deconsolidated the container group from its accounts.

Old Mutual - Softness in the H1 F2019 result

Ingham Analytics says that the reported results for the six months ended 30 June 2019 are weak and are off an already tepid historic base.

04 September 2019

Aspen rallies despite earnings decline

The pharmaceuticals group expects to report a fall in annual earnings but has slashed debt following asset disposals.

WBHO held back by Australian losses

The engineering and construction group says a number of new large public sector contacts could reignite the local industry.

DRDGold’s strategy pays dividends

The mine tailings retreatment specialist has quadrupled its dividend due to rising production and a stronger gold price.

Cashbuild feels the pinch

The building materials retailer expects trading conditions to remain challenging but will continue with its store expansion and relocation strategy.

Foschini holds back on credit sales

The retailer says cash turnover has grown strongly as the year gets underway but it is closing the credit taps.

Fortress lowers distribution guidance

Holders of the B shares will get less than previously forecast next year due to impairments on development land.

Old Mutual - Softness in the H1 F2019 result

Ingham Analytics says that the reported results for the six months ended 30 June 2019 are weak and are off an already tepid historic base.

Transaction Capital heads for A2X

The group will retain its primary JSE listing and its share capital will not be affected by the secondary listing.

The Week Ahead 2 September 2019

Global political uncertainty remains high, markets shrug it off for the time being.

03 September 2019

Bidvest overcomes difficult economy

The industrial group has grown earnings following strong performances from its services businesses.

Tough conditions hold Old Mutual back

The life assurer doesn’t expect a significant financial impact from litigation over its decision to fire Peter Moyo as its CEO.

RCL's earnings sour on sugar tax

The branded food producer has impaired its Sugar business due to what it sees as a permanent reduction in local demand.

Sun International reveals a mixed hand

The hotels and casinos group plans a comprehensive review of Sun City due to falling occupancies.

Sea Harvest reels in a big rise in earnings

Growth at the seafood and fisheries group has been supported by the addition of Viking Fishing and Ladismith Cheese to its operations.

Brimstone narrows its losses

A big rise in earnings at subsidiary Sea Harvest helped offset the cost of exiting the consortium that is taking Clover private.

The Week Ahead 2 September 2019

Global political uncertainty remains high, markets shrug it off for the time being.

02 September 2019

Discovery on the mend

After a big first-half decline, the financial services group’s full-year earnings won’t be down as much.

ARM raises dividend despite impairments

The diversified miner says it continues to benefit from portfolio diversification with a strong performance from its iron ore operations.

Grand Parade sells Slots stake to Sun

Shareholders could be in for a special dividend or buyback as the group exits its investment in the limited payout machine operator.

Balwin takes cautious approach as sales rise

The property developer plans to preserve cash even as sales of its sectional title units improve.

Northam spends R1 billion on Zambezi prefs

The platinum producer bought 13.7 million preference shares from the Public Investment Corporation in a move that should benefit shareholders.

Cartrack’s subscribers top a million

The fleet management and vehicle recovery group says it will grow full-year revenue in the double digits.

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