01 July 2019

WBHO says skilled staff are emigrating

The roads, construction and civil engineering group says skilled employees are emigrating due to economic challenges and the weak construction sector.

Hudaco grinds on

The industrial group says the government needs to implement measures to kick-start the economy.

PBT Group hints at future dividends

The data management group hasn’t declared a 2019 dividend but says payouts are likely in the future due to improved operating conditions.

Attacq, Hyprop sell Ghana mall

The real estate investment trusts are scaling back their exposure to Africa outside SA after writing down the value of their properties.

PSV’s losses multiply in difficult year

The group says it’s confident it can continue as a going concern due to shareholder support and a planned capital raise.

Basil Read downscales as business rescue drags on

The group is moving to smaller premises after laying off most of its employees a year after entering rehabilitation.

28 June 2019

Tiso Blackstar exiting its media empire

Titles including The Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail and Sowetan will soon be under new ownership.

Spur to buy back Grand Parade stake

The restaurant franchisor wants to repurchase the 10% held by the casino and fast-food group before a five-year lock-in expires.

ATON’s bid for Murray drags on

Fifteen months on, the German firm has extended its offer to M&R’s minorities by another three months due to delays in getting regulatory approval.

Mid Cap Darlings – Resilient

Resilient was founded in 2000 and was one of the first property developers to look towards servicing the lower LSM markets with formal retail shopping infrastructure....

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)

PPC grows earnings in a tough market

The cement producer has cut overhead costs and improved its cash flow, helping it to reduce its SA debt.

Weekly corporate finance activity by SA exchange-listed companies

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

Thorts - Widespread amendments to SA’s Competition Law Regime

An extensive set of competition law amendments has been in the making since December 2017 when the Competition Amendment Bill was initially gazetted for public comment

27 June 2019

Exxaro volumes fall on lower Medupi demand

The coal and heavy minerals producer says production volumes are down so far this year, while coal export prices have also declined.

New CEO for PPC

The cement producer says the former Holcim executive will take over as soon as his work permit has been approved.

Tough times for cement producer Sephaku

The cement and concrete producer plans to reduce debt while assessing future growth opportunities.

Sibanye enters JV with Generation Mining

The gold and platinum producer says selling a stake to Generation unlocks immediate value for the group.

Gemfields goes for gold

Although the group is focused on coloured gemstones, it said evidence of gold near its ruby mine couldn’t be ignored.

Grit targets premium listing

The pan-African property investor says it’s also considering its options to raise more capital to fund a pipeline of potential opportunities.

Sanlam a preferred Insurance sector stock for Ingham Analytics

Ingham Analytics rate Sanlam, together with Discovery, as the two preferred stocks in the life insurance sector. Sanlam’s income yield is both secure and attractive

26 June 2019

Omnia’s earnings implode

The chemicals, fertilizer and explosives group has reported a more than R1 billion swing in profitability following a tough year for all its divisions.

Anglo Platinum flags higher earnings

Shareholders could be in for a bumper payout after the platinum producer changes its dividend policy last year.

Etion wraps up a tough 2019

Declining demand brought on by economic uncertainty impacted the digital technology group as it completed a restructuring.

Edcon reduces Resilient's distribution

The real estate investment trust says its 2019 distribution will be at the lower end of previous guidance, partly due to its Edcon exposure.

Wescoal ‘disappointed’ as it reports lower earnings

The coal producer says its second-half performance was impacted by disruptions, including industrial action at its Vanggatfontein mine.

Metrofile to exit non-core business following review

The documents storage business plans to sell or close three businesses and expand its digital services offering.

25 June 2019

JSE hit by poor market sentiment

The stock-exchange operator says the difficult economic environment in SA has impacted investor appetite.

Equites lined up for July listing on A2X

The property fund sees a secondary listing on A2X as an opportunity to attract new investors and deliver more value for shareholders.

Invicta grows earnings after toughest year ever

The engineering and capital equipment group says just about every sector it operates in has been under severe pressure.

Kibo strikes energy storage accord

The announcement of the partnership with ESS Tech came alongside the release of its 2018 financial results.

Tsogo places leftover hotel shares

Some shareholders were unable to receive stock in Tsogo Sun Hotels in this month’s unbundling.

The Week Ahead of 24 June 2019

The S&P 500 reaches new all-time high. Geopolitical tensions in the middle east escalated significantly last week with the shooting down of an unmanned US drone...

CDC to invest in Mettle’s solar rollout

A consortium headed by the British development finance institution will ultimately hold 40% of Mettle Solar Investments.

Etion warns of a full-year loss

Apart from a umber of once-off costs, the digital technology group says customers are spending less on projects.

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