Fund reviews: analysis of lesser-known funds - Financial Mail
The high-equity unit trust sector is now the bedrock of the unit trust industry. With more than 200 funds in the sector, Stephen Cranston reviews the top performing lesser-known funds available in South Africa. Gavin Wood comments.
Restructure gives Adcock profit a boost - Business Day
Pharmaceutical group Adcock Ingram has managed to turn its rest of Africa operations profitable, contributing to a tripling of after-tax profit in the year to end-June. The group grew overall revenue by 7% to R5.96 billion and after-tax profit was up 213% to R561 million in the year to end-June. Aslam Dalvi comments.
Bidcorp off to a blistering start - Business Day
Bidcorp’s maiden full-year results show the company got off to a blistering start as a JSE-listed entity. The company, which was spun out of Bidvest in May 2016, reported a near double-digit rise in earnings despite difficult trading conditions in some key operations. Dirk van Vlaanderen comments.
Massmart sticks to expansion strategy - Business Day
Massmart says it has not given up on Africa and will continue to invest in its business on the continent. CEO Guy Hayward said that despite the challenges faced by most African economies, there were signs the tide could yet change for the better. In the period under review, Massmart’s total sales were R42.5 billion, an increase of 0.5% compared with the year-earlier period. Comparable store sales declined 1.6% with product inflation of 3.2%. Dirk van Vlaanderen comments.
Battle of the PGM belt - Financial Mail
Platinum mining companies are having to take painful decisions to make operations resilient in the face of low prices, regulatory uncertainty, labour and community protests and an unclear demand outlook. Abdul Davids comments.
Hulamin sets example for ailing steel industry - Business Day
As SA’s steel industry appears to be going into terminal decline, the aluminium market has been looking up. The pride of South African aluminium production, Hulamin, has just reported strong interim results to June 2017, despite a stronger rand. Abdul Davids comments.
Future looks bright for Mondi - Business Day
Higher prices for Mondi’s products underpin a positive outlook for the international packaging, paper and pulp manufacturer after it reported a robust performance in the first half of 2017. Revenue rose 8% to €3.6 billion in the six months from the same period in 2016. But underlying operating profit of €497 million came off €32 million. Dirk van Vlaanderen comments.